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Mason Jar Scene

October 18, 2017

Mason Jar Scene - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  I’m working on another scene card, except this one’s in a jar.  Mason jars are everywhere, and if you have a stamp already, you can make this card.  I’m using some of the products from the new SOA box from Catherine Pooler, and they’re so cute!

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First I die cut a panel that’s about 4 x 5 1/4 from Bristol cardstock. I used the Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  If you don’t have this die, you can always trim it to size with a paper trimmer.  Then I used a mason jar die from Hero Arts to die cut the center of the panel.  I stamped my sentiment underneath, using the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set from Catherine Pooler.  I double stamped the sentiment with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.

The mason jar is from Hero Arts’ Winter Scene stamp set, and I stamped it onto acetate with white StazOn ink.  This is a special ink designed to stamp on surfaces like plastic.  You can see that the threads of the jar didn’t stamp well, but I’ll cover that up.

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I cut out a hill from a scrap of cardstock, and brushed the top of the hill with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  The trees and the house are from Catherine Pooler’s Winterhaven dies.  Aren’t they adorable?

I wanted a lid for my jar, but the stamp set didn’t come with one.  I stamped the top of the jar onto silver cardstock using Onyx Black Verafine ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  Then I used the die to cut out the top of the jar, and trimmed around the threads.  Instant lid!

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I created a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base from the same cardstock I’m using for the rest of the card.  Then I centered my panel on the card base and drew a couple of light pencil lines to mark the edges of the jar.  I heat embossed stars from the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set in the top third of the jar in clear.  Next I added Post It tape around the edges of the panel to protect it from ink.

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I used a Mini Ink Blending tool to add Salty Ocean to the panel, revealing the stars.  Then I added Blueprint Sketch to the top third of the panel for an ombre look.  I removed the Post It tape, and set the card base aside to dry.

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In the meantime, I added B Creative tape to the back of my card panel to attach the vellum.  You need a strong adhesive when working with vellum, and this works better than anything else I’ve found.  Once the vellum was attached, I added more tape over the threads of the jar, and fitted the lid in place.

Mason Jar Scene - Colorful Encouragement

I attached my hill temporarily to the panel with a bit of tape runner, and put the card base and panel in my stamp positioner to figure out where to put my stamps. Next I removed the panel so I could stamp the images against the sky.  I stamped my tiny carolers with Versamark ink, and heat embossed them it white.

Mason Jar Scene - Colorful Encouragement

This is 3M foam tape.  I’ve folded it in half, sticking it to itself.  Then I cut the piece off the roll, and cut my doubled piece in half lengthwise.

Mason Jar Scene - Colorful Encouragement

I used my strips to go around the jar, and around the outside of the panel for support.  I added an ounce of white iridescent glitter inside my jar, and attached another scrap of acetate to keep the glitter in place. Now I don’t have to worry about glitter going everywhere.

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I attached my hill to the panel with tape runner, making it look like the carolers are standing in the snow.  After I attached the panel to the card base, I added my die cuts to the front of the panel.  The card on the right I made using stamps from the Winter Scene stamp set by Hero Arts.

Which card do you like better?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Stencil Emboss Resist – Stretching Stencils, Day 3

October 16, 2017

Stencil Emboss Resist - Colorful Encouragement

I’ve got another tutorial to share with you, the final installment in my Mini Series about stretching stencils.  If you haven’t seen it before, you can see the first two cards here and here.  My challenge is to get lots of different looks from one stencil.

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I’m starting with a piece of Bristol cardstock cut to 6 x 4 1/2.  You can use whatever paper you have, but I like how well Distress Inks blend on this paper.  Whatever you use, make sure it’s strong enough to handle all the color and heat you’ll be adding to it.

I used a ruler and a pencil to mark the center of each side of the panel.  You can just eyeball it, but I wanted to be a little more precise this time.  I used this same coloring technique on this card, but you can add color any way you want to.  And if you don’t have Distress Ink, you can use watercolor or markers.

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I added Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to the first section of the paper with a Mini Ink Blending tool, going outside the lines a little.  Then I came in with Carved Pumpkin, and blended the two colors where they met.  I continued with Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet.  I left the center a little bit light so all the colors wouldn’t mix and make mud.  Let it dry completely, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

Next I taped the stencil over the panel with painter’s tape, and I covered up the center so the white area wouldn’t show.

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I pressed my Versamark pad directly to the paper through the stencil.  Then I removed the stencil and added clear embossing powder.  It doesn’t show up very well on camera, but you can kind of see it on the right.  Then I pressed my Black Soot Distress Ink pad directly to the panel.  The clear heat embossing protects the paper underneath, and lets the color show through.  I moved the color around with the blending tool to fill in all the tiny areas.

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After I covered the whole piece, it looked like the picture on the left.  I used a slightly damp paper towel to remove the black ink on the embossing powder, and it brightened up the whole image.  Now the colors really pop!

Stencil Emboss Resist - Colorful Encouragement

I attached a pink mat to my card base with tape runner, and added the colorful panel over top.  The sentiment is from The Ton, and I stamped it with more Black Soot Distress Ink.  I added a few Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh, and that completes the last card in my series!

I hope you enjoyed my Mini Series about Stretching Stencils.  Do you have any other ideas for a series?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back later this week.

 

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Adding Texture With Stencils – Stretching Stencils, Day 2

October 12, 2017

Adding Texture With Stencils - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, welcome back!  I’m already onto Day 2 of my Stretching Stencils Mini Series.  How did that happen?  My challenge is to get lots of use out of one stencil (I’m using the Swoop Stencil by Catherine Pooler).  And today, I’m using my stencil to add texture to my card.

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I blended Peacock Feather Distress Ink around the edges of the watercolor paper.  My blending isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t have to be, since I’ll be covering up most of it.  Next I added Picked Raspberry to the center of the paper.  I love that they blend into purple – so beautiful!  If you don’t have Distress Ink, use whatever you have.  Just cover the panel with color.

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I taped the stencil to the paper, and then I used more tape to hold it to the craft mat, like I demonstrated here.  Next I added Glass Bead Glitter Gel over the stencil with a palette knife.  This is a pretty thick layer, but the glass beads can drag and make lines in the gel, so I kept adding more until it spread evenly over the whole stencil.  If you don’t have Glass Bead Glitter Gel, embossing paste or texture paste would work great, too.

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I removed the stencil carefully, and I immediately washed it with soap and warm water to get the rest of the gel off before it dried.  You can see that the moisture of the gel made the paper bow up, but it smoothed out as it dried.  I left mine to dry overnight, but it might dry faster if you use less.

Adding Texture With Stencils - Colorful Encouragement

I trimmed down my panel with a paper trimmer, and stamped my sentiment on a strip of vellum before attaching it to the card. Finally I added a pink mat behind it, and attached the panel to a white card base with tape runner.  You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I kept it very simple so the background can really shine.

How do you add texture to your cards?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Distress Stencil Card – Stretching Stencils, Day 1

October 11, 2017

Distress Stencil Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here for my newest Mini Series about Stretching Stencils.  My challenge is to use the same stencil 3 different ways.  I hope you try this challenge with me, and let me know what you create!

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I laid the stencil on my desk, and laid the watercolor paper over the stencil.  Then I added strips of painter’s tape to hold the paper to the stencil while I’m working on it.  Next I flipped it over and used more tape to adhere it to my work surface.   I’m using a Ranger craft mat today, but any non-pourous surface would work.  By using 4 pieces of tape, you get a stencil that won’t shift, a crisp image, and you can ink up all the way to the edges.

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I added Wilted Violet Distress Ink in the corner with my Mini Ink Blending Tool.  You can also use Gelatos, colored pencils, markers, whatever you have.  Next I added Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers.  I love how the colors blend!

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Bonus Card!  I don’t want to waste all the ink left on the stencil, so I grabbed another piece of watercolor paper.  I misted the stencil with lots of water, and laid it over my paper.  You get a very soft image, a reverse of the stencil.  Gotta love getting two cards at once!  When it dries, I’ll make another card.

Distress Stencil Card - Colorful Encouragement

I die cut my panel with the Postage Edge Dies from Simon Says Stamp, and attached it to a black card base with tape runner.  The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler’s Simply The Best stamp set, and I die cut the word best with the matching die.  Finally I added purple sequins from Neat &  Tangled to finish the card.

Do you use stencils on your cards?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Stamp Of Approval Box

October 9, 2017

Hey, just have a quick update for you:  the next SOA box will be available tomorrow!  This holiday box is filled with dies and stamp sets  designed to go together.  No more buying items here and there, and then wondering what to do with them when you get home!  Some people like a surprise, so I won’t tell you what’s in the box. But . . . if you go to Catherine’s website, you can see for yourself.  There’s even a chance to win your box for free!  And when the last box came out, it sold out quickly, so if you want a chance to get one, make sure you’re on the wait list.  Being a part of StampNation’s even better, because members get the link tonight!  Hope you check out the box, and I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial!

 

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