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Double Spirelli Card

November 13, 2017

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  My husband and son have been fighting colds, so I haven’t been getting as much done as I’d like to.  And we’ve also had 3 days of gray skies and rain.  So to fight the gloom, I have a bright sunny card to share with you!

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I made the card on the left months ago, and I was blown away at the response I received.  When I made the card on the right, I had several requests for a tutorial, and here it is!

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I’m working on watercolor paper today, because I’m using Colorburst, and you use quite a bit of water.  First, I added some Perfect Pearls powder to a Mini Mister, and filled the rest with water.  Then I misted my paper generously with water and added the Colorburst.  I’m using Alizarin Crimson, Orange and Lemon Yellow today.  When the powdered pigment hits the water, the color explodes across the page.  Keep adding powder and water until you’re happy with the result.   If you don’t have Colorburst, you can use watercolor, ink blending, or any medium you want.

Once the paper was dry, I die cut it with a Postage Stamp Edge Die by Simon Says Stamp.  You can see the shimmer left by the Perfect Pearls.  And the die cut on the right is the Spiro Doily from Catherine Pooler.  I’ve wanted to make this card for awhile, but the die hasn’t been available.  But it will be in Catherine’s store on November 14!  If you don’t have this die, any doily die would work.

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I fed the string through the holes in the die, and worked my way around the circle, skipping the same number of holes each time.  It’s not easy to do that, when you don’t know how much string you’re going to need.  But you get the benefit of my troubleshooting (and my wasted string!).  I used 8 feet of cotton string to make this design.  If you’re using some other kind of string or thread, you may use more or less.

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After I unwound my doily, I marked the holes I used.  Then I marked the center of my Colorburst panel, and attached my doily with tape runner.  I used a awl to poke small holes through my panel from the back.  Can you see the holes?  I went around the center, and also made another ring using the scallops on the outer edges.  I could remove the doily at this point, but I left it attached to add stability to my card.

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Now you can see the double ring of holes in my panel.  Poking the holes made it easy to line up my sentiment, which is also by Catherine Pooler Designs.  I stamped it with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.

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Next I added a strip of tape runner to the doily and pressed the end of the string into the adhesive.  I threaded my needle with the string, and went through the first hole I marked.  Then I came down through the hole I marked with a 2.  After that, I continued to work my way around the circle, like I did above.  The only difference is this time I’m going through the panel as well.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

When the design was complete, I went under the other strings and pressed the end of the string into the adhesive before trimming off the excess.

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The first circle is done, but I want to make this extra special.  I cut off another 8 feet of string, and started another circle, using the larger ring of holes.

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After the second ring was complete, I added foam tape around the edges to support the panel evenly, and attached it to my card.  I could add sequins or other embellishments, but it already has lots of shimmer from the Perfect Pearls.

Now that I’m comparing this card to the first version, I can see that designs are slightly different, even though I used the same doily and string.  It’s fun to play around with string placement and see how that effects the design.

Will you try this technique?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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Cross Stitch Card

November 6, 2017

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Hey, thanks for coming by today!  I’m back after fighting a cold over the weekend, and it’s really good to be crafting again!

Cross stitch is really popular with card makers these days, and Paper Smooches even makes a die that cuts out all the tiny holes.  But I don’t have the die, and really, you don’t need it.  All you need is a piece of graph paper, and something sharp for poking holes through your paper.  I found a awesome website that lets you print out graph paper in several different sizes, so your project can be any size you want!  For the card above I used this paper here.

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I laid my graph paper over my panel, to see how much room I had to work with.  Then I started sketching.  If you search for simple cross stitch patterns, you’ll be amazed at what you find.  They have patterns to make anything!  The hearts were my own design, but I found the snowflakes here, and the lights were inspired by a bracelet, found here.

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Once I chose my design, I taped my panel behind the graph paper with Post It tape.  Make sure you use a heavy weight paper to keep your stitches from tearing out of your card.  I’m using watercolor paper today, and I die cut it with the Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Next you’ll need something sharp to poke holes in your paper.  An awl would be perfect, but a safety pin or a thumbtack would work fine, too. I’m working on a mouse pad, so I can  poke holes without creasing the paper.

Here you have two options:  pierce all the holes, or only the ones you need.  If you don’t enjoy counting stitches, I highly suggest the second choice!  I did one of each, and it saved me so much time by only poking the holes I needed.  My holes were a little uneven, but it doesn’t really matter too much.

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I’m using DMC six strand embroidery floss, and I’m only using 2 strands at a time.  You can use more to give your stitches a fuller look.  I started on the left side, and made 5 diagonal stitches across the holes, and then 5 more going the other way to complete the x.  The only other stitch I used is the backstitch, on the snowflake card below.  You can learn about other kinds of stitches here.

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Whoops, almost forgot my sentiment!  This is from the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set by Catherine Pooler.  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  Okay, back to stitching.

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I finished stamping all of the lights, and glued down a piece of black cording to connect them.  I guess I could have stitched the cord, too, but I like the dimension it gives to the card.  Now you could stop right here, but the card feels unfinished to me.

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I stamped a few pine boughs at the top of the panel, and added lots of gems to the lights, and berries to the boughs.  You’ve got to have lots of bling at Christmas, right?  Then I attached it to my blue card base with foam tape, because the stitching keeps the paper from laying flat.

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For the second version, I used this paper and this pattern, and it filled most of my panel.  You can see I poked all of the holes, and I like the look, even if I did get lost once.  Hey, I’m still a beginner!  I added sequins and beads for a little shine, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Have you ever tried cross stitch on a Christmas card?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Lining Up Stamped Images

October 31, 2017

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Hey, thanks for coming by!  I’ve got a very simple tutorial to share with you today, and you’ll like this if you’ve ever had trouble lining up or spacing out stamped images. This card is easy & quick, and you can make it for any occasion. I spent time at a farm over the weekend with my family, and we all brought home pumpkins.  They inspired my husband and son to carve them, and me to make a card!

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This is a piece of watercolor paper, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, and scored at 4 1/2 for an A2 card base.  I used  a T-Ruler to draw a light pencil line about 1/2″ from the edge of the card.  My stamps are about 1 inch wide so I gave myself a little room on either side and drew my second line 1 1/4″ from the first.

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I used my stamp positioner so I could double stamp my images – always a good idea on watercolor paper.  I’m using the Autumn Blessings stamp set by Catherine Pooler, and I stamped the pumpkin near the top with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.  Next I stamped one at the bottom, to make sure I had even spacing.  Then I centered the third one between them.

I filled in the other two pumpkins using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  And I have even spacing for all of them, yay!  If you’ve never gotten ahead of yourself and made a mess by not spacing out your images, you probably don’t find this near as exciting as I do.

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This stamp set also comes with a stem and a vine, and I stamped them with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Then I erased the pencil lines.  I love those tiny pumpkins!

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This is part of my sentiment, and I need to pop up some of it with foam tape.  So I cut a very thin strip of it, and hid it behind the letter.

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I cut a piece of brown cardstock to 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, and a second strip 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Next I stamped “For You” from the Autumn Blessings stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white.  I added foam tape to the back of both strips, and attached them to my card base.  Finally I glued my “Thankful” die cut to the card.  I could add sequins to embellish it further, but I like it like it is.

Will you be making any cards for Thanksgiving?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Watercolor With Salt

October 27, 2017

Watercolor With Salt - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’ve got a simple tutorial for you, using watercolor and salt.  Come see how easy this is!

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I’m working on watercolor paper today, because this technique uses quite a bit of water. I misted the paper front and back with water before I laid it on my Ranger craft mat.  Then I pressed my Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink pad onto my craft mat, and misted it with water, as well.  Instant paint!  If you have watercolor, that would work great, too.  I used a large paintbrush to cover the entire surface of my paper.

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Before the water and paint dry, sprinkle the paper with salt.  I used kosher salt, because the grains are larger, but table salt would work fine.  Set the panel aside to dry, or use a heat tool if you’re impatient!

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For the second panel, I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  It was too light, so I dropped a dot of reinker onto the craft mat, and added it to the paper with my paintbrush.  Much better!

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I sprinked it with salt, and misted the panel with water once more.  This gives it a softer look.

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After the panels dried, I die cut them both with Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  I love the icy look of the panel on the left!

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I placed the panel in my stamp positioner and reached for the Snowflakes stamp set by Inkadinkado.  If you don’t have this stamp set, use any snowflake stamps you have.  You can see I’m only stamping on the top left corner of the panel.  I stamped it in Versamark ink, and heat embossed it in white. It’s important to stamp it twice on watercolor paper to get a crisp image, which makes a stamp positioner very handy.

Next I turned the paper 180 degrees, and now I can stamp the opposite corner with no extra work.  If you’re making multiple cards, stamp positioners are your best friend!

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I stamped a sentiment from the Thankful Heart stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, and heat embossed it in white.  Then I attached the panels to my card bases with liquid glue.  I added adhesive gems to the center of some of the snowflakes, and my cards are done!

Update:  I’m having tons of fun making these backgrounds.  I made a few before bed, and let them dry overnight.  When I woke up, I was so excited about the gorgeous backgrounds – it felt like Christmas!  So, I turned them into Christmas cards, using the same supplies as before.  You can use whatever stamps you have.

For this card, I used the same idea as I did here, but I used the Winterhaven dies by Catherine Pooler.

And for this final card, I used the Joy Wreath die by Catherine Pooler.  I die cut the wreath from the center of the panel, plus white cardstock and vellum.  I inlaid the white wreath into the die cut, and glued the vellum wreath over the blue one.  Then I offset the blue wreath over the white, and attached it with liquid glue.  I added lots of adhesive gems over the berries for a final touch.

Are you working on your holiday cards yet?  If you need ideas, see here and here. Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Birthday Spinner Card – Kid’s Choice

October 25, 2017

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Hey, glad you’re here!  I’m back with a simple tutorial, and it’s perfect for any child in your life.  Actually, my son helped design it!  He picked the stamps and the colors, and this is the end result.  Can’t wait to show you how easy it is!

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I die cut a panel from Bristol cardstock, using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Next I cut an A2 card base from the same paper.  I temporarily adhered the panel to the card base with tape runner, and centered a layered circle die from Darice on the panel.  Then I ran it through my die cut machine.  Make sure you open the card first, so you don’t mess up the back of the card.

Now I have a panel with a die cut circle, and a card base with a embossed circle.  I lined up the circle die on the card base, and ran it through the machine again.  The holes will line up perfectly.

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I saved the die cuts to make my spinner.  This dog is from the Pawsome stamp set by Waffleflower.  It has the dog facing both directions, which is perfect for a spinner card.  If you don’t have a stamp set that faces both ways, any symmetrical stamp will work.  I colored the dog with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, but use any whatever you have.

Waffle Flower has matching dies for this stamp set, but I don’t have them.  So I used a smaller circle die to cut out my pup, and held the die in place with a piece of Post It tape.  You can see the size difference after I cut the first one.

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I used thread for this next step, but clear thread or fishing line might work even better.  Just use what you have on hand.  I used tape runner to hold the thread to the back of the circle, and lined up the other circle on the back.

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I stretched the string across the hole in the card base, and taped it down with B Creative tape.  This is one of the strongest adhesives I have, and since this card will be played with, I want it to be as strong as possible.  Now the dog is suspended in the window, and when you wind it up, it spins freely when you open the card.

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I stamped the panel with more birthday images from the stamp set, and colored them with markers my son chose.  This is going to be perfect for my nephew’s birthday!

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Oops, almost forgot a sentiment!  The panel was too busy to stamp the sentiment on, so I stamped it with Versamark onto a strip of black cardstock.  Then I heat embossed it in white, and attached it to my panel with foam tape.

I attached my panel to the front of the card with tape runner, lining up the circle die cuts.  But the card had too much white, so I die cut another panel from blue paper with the Stitched Rectangle dies by Simon Says Stamp.  I centered it on the inside of my card, and it looks so much better!  Of course, now you can see the thread, but I still like it with a little more color.   I plan to wind up the spinner before I put it in an envelope, so my nephew gets a surprise when he opens his card!

Have you ever make a spinner card?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial!

 

 

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