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Making Multiple Cards

October 4, 2017

Making Multiple Cards - Colorful Encouragement

Today, I’m making 12 Christmas cards, all at once.  This is easy to change up for any occasion, and it would be a great way to make lots of birthday cards, or a set of note cards for a gift.

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I started with a 9 x 12 piece of watercolor paper, and I misted the front and back of the paper with water to keep it from bowing up.  I sprinkled the paper with Ultramarine Blue Colorburst from Ken Oliver.  As soon as it hits the water, it starts to move.  And when I added more water, it goes crazy!  With pigment powders like Colorburst, a little goes a long way.  And you definitely need a craft mat or something to protect your work surface.  I’m working on a Ranger craft mat.

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When I picked up the paper, lots of color rolled off.  I can’t wait it, right?  So once the paper was dry, I dragged the paper through the puddles and picked up more color.  Then dry and repeat until you have a look you’re happy with.  I did scorch the paper a little at the top, but I’ll work around it.  And if you don’t have Colorburst, use inks, watercolors, whatever you have.

Making Multiple Cards - Colorful Encouragement

This is the Postage Edge die from Simon Says Stamp.  I cut my watercolor paper into strips, and die cut as many squares as I could.  I got 12 from my watercolor paper – not bad for one technique piece!  Next I used the largest die to cut card panels from white cardstock, but I forgot to get a picture.  If you don’t have the dies, you can cut the paper into squares with a paper trimmer or scissors.  My squares are 2 1/4 inches, and the white panels are 4 x 5 1/4.

Making Multiple Cards - Colorful Encouragement

I temporarily adhered my watercolor paper to my white panel, and placed them in my stamp positioner, in the lower right corner.  Then I grabbed snowflake stamps from my stash, and laid them out so the hung over the sides of the technique piece.  A stamp positioner isn’t necessary, but if you’re making multiple cards, I highly recommend one.   The stamps were getting too close to the side, so I moved my panel away from the corner.  When I had my stamps where I wanted them, I drew a line around the panel so I could easily get each panel into the same spot.

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I stamped the snowflakes and the sentiment all at once with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  And this is why the stamp positioner is so helpful.  You can see on the left that the snowflakes didn’t stamp evenly, and part of the sentiment didn’t stamp at all.  But I reinked the images, and they stamped much better the second time. No realigning necessary – Yay!

Making Multiple Cards - Colorful Encouragement

After I stamped all of my white panels, I cleaned my stamps and centered my technique piece inside the lines I made for my panel.  This time I stamped with Versamark ink, and heat embossed the snowflakes with silver embossing powder.

Making Multiple Cards - Colorful Encouragement

Assembly for these cards it very simple.  I attached my white panel to a blue cards base with tape runner.  Then I added foam tape to the technique piece and lined up the snowflakes.  You could add more shimmer or sequins, but I wanted to keep these cards pretty simple, since they’re going a long way.

And now I get to explain why I’m making Christmas cards so early.  I’m volunteering with Operation Christmas Child, and it’s such an awesome opportunity.  You take a shoebox, fill it with toys, clothing and school supplies, and it’s sent to a child somewhere around the world.  Some of these children have never received a gift in their lives.  So I get the honor of sending them a gift, and showing them love, without ever leaving town.  If you pack a box online, you don’t even have to leave your couch!

Have you ever heard of Operation Christmas Child?  Will you be packing boxes?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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World Card Making Day

October 2, 2017

Well, StampNation is gearing up for one of their biggest events of the year – World Card Making Day!  There will be contests, prizes, special guests, and more inspiration than you’ll find anywhere.  If you’ve never joined StampNation, this is the perfect time to start!  Then you’ll be ready for next week, when the next Stamp of Approval box comes out on October 10.  StampNation members get the link to purchase the box hours before the wait list, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss out, come join us!

And StampNation always has challenges going on, even after this event is over.  I love crafting, but I don’t have too many people I can share this passion with, besides my mom.  StampNation is a whole community of crafters, who support and encourage each other.  This place has become my crafty family, and what a wonderful family it is!  I’ve only been a SN member since March, and it already feels like home.

Are you excited for World Card Making Day?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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Layered Scene Card

September 30, 2017

Layered Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by.  I’ve been inspired by some of the amazing scene cards I’ve seen by Ingrid Blackburn lately.  She makes scenes that look so real, they take my breath away!  I created my own layered scene card, and I can’t wait to show you how to make it.

I die cut my panel with the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  I’m using Bristol cardstock from Canson, but any paper will work.  I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool, to half of the cardstock.  Then I stamped my sentiment with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  But I stamped it crooked, so that’s why I inked the rest of the cardstock and stamped it again.  Today I’m using the Winter Village Stamp set by Papertrey Ink.

Layered Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement

The only inks I used today are Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  I used all three shades to stamp the house, and cut it out with scissors.  I stamped the trees with Mermaid Lagoon, and fussy cut them as well.  There are dies that match this stamp set, but I don’t have them.  The die set also comes with 3 special dies to add snow to the houses.  I drew a wavy line on the roof with a Ranger Embossing Pen, and colored it in.  Then I added white embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.

Layered Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement

I cut out two hills from more Bristol cardstock, and die cut them with the same Stitched Rectangle Die.  Next I stamped the path and the water.  The water didn’t stamp smoothly, so I used my Waterbrush to soften the color.  After it dried, I added the skaters in Broken China Distress Ink.

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I added the tallest hill to the panel with foam tape.  On the house, I added foam tape at the top, and tape runner at the bottom so it sits level on the card.  Can you see both adhesives on the back?

Layered Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement

The bottom of the hill doesn’t quite reach the bottom of the blue panel, but that’s not a problem.  I folded a piece of foam tape in half, making it a double layer.  Next I cut the folded tape in half, and added it to the bottom of my panel.  Now I have a double thickness, and the second hill will be level.

Layered Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement

I added the second hill to the card, and attached the pine trees with more foam tape.  This card has a lot of dimension, so I kept everything else simple.  I did add some shimmer to the snow with a clear Wink Of Stella Shimmer Pen, but that’s it.

Have you ever made a scene card?  What was in your scene?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

 

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Using Paper Scraps

September 25, 2017

Using Paper Scraps - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, welcome back!  If you’ve got lots of paper scraps laying around, you’ll enjoy this simple card to use them up.  I am a bit of a paper hoarder (I’m sure none of you do that!), and I hate to throw away even small scraps.  But sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what to do with them.  Until now, that is.

Using Paper Scraps - Colorful Encouragement

These strips are all cut from the same 6 x 6 paper pad, by Momenta.  Each strip is 1/4″ wide, but they don’t all have to be the same width.  These are leftovers from this card I made a few months ago.  I love rainbow colors, but use any colors you have.  Several shades of one color would be beautiful, too.

Using Paper Scraps - Colorful Encouragement

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 3 3/4 x 5, and attached my strips to the panel with tape runner.  Next I turned the paper over and trimmed off the pieces hanging off with scissors.  No measuring necessary!

Using Paper Scraps - Colorful Encouragement

This sentiment is from WPlus9’s Southern Sentiment stamp set.  I stamped it with Onyx Black Versafine Ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  The square stitched die is from my stash, and I don’t know who it’s from, but Simon Says Stamp has a similar version.  I’m holding it in place with a piece of Post It tape to keep it from shifting when I run it through my die machine.  Then I cut a black mat with the next larger die.

Using Paper Scraps - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped “you shouldn’t have” under the strips of paper with Versafine ink, and attached the panel to my card base with tape runner.  Then I popped up the sentiment with foam tape.  You could add sequins or shimmer, but I kept this card very simple.  This would also be great for a birthday card, or pretty much any occasion.  Just change the colors and the sentiment.

And I have a quick announcement:  StampNation has a new Stamp Of Approval box coming on October 10!  This box has a holiday theme, so if you need Christmas cards, you might want to check this out!  There will be blog hops and lots of sneak peeks coming, so you get a chance to see everything in the box before you buy it.  Last time the box sold out in hours, so if you want to make sure you get one, make sure you’re on the wait list.  And if you join us at StampNation, you get the link earlier than everyone else!

How do you use up your scraps?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon.  See you then!

 

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Embossing Vellum

September 18, 2017

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’m working on Christmas cards, trying to get a head start, and vellum is perfect to give cards a snowy look.  But it’s not always easy to work with, so I have a few tips on how to make vellum a focal point on your next card.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

I’ve trimmed my vellum down with the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I used embossing folders to add texture and dimension to the panel.  You need to die cut the vellum before you emboss it, or the die cut machine will flatten out the texture.  I’ve also learned that embossing can tear the paper, so it took me a couple tries to get the pressure right with my machine.  You might need to add a piece of paper or two under your cutting plate for more pressure.  I used embossing folders from Darice, and Bazzill’s 40 lb vellum, but use whatever you have.

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I decided the trees didn’t show up enough, so I’m adding color with Picket Fence Distress Ink and a Waterbrush.  I rubbed the ink pad onto my craft mat, and used the Waterbrush to pick up the color and apply it to the back of the panel.  By putting it on the back of the vellum, it won’t rub off, and it helps hide any mistakes I make.  If you don’t have a Waterbrush, you can use a paintbrush and water.

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The water warps the vellum, so use as little as possible. If you have Copics, or other alcohol markers, they add color without warping.  But I don’t have white (do they make white?) so I used Distress Ink instead.  I love the watercolor look of the white trees.  I tried adding white behind the snowflakes, too, and I love it with and without the paint.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

Vellum is challenging to attach, because you don’t want the adhesive to show.  I glued Iridescent Jewels from Little Things By Lucy’s Cards to each snowflake, and now I have lots of places to hide adhesive!  I added drops of Glossy Accents behind each snowflake, and centered my panel on my card base.  Don’t forget to lay a couple of acrylic blocks on the panel until the glue dries.  Then I stamped my sentiment (this is from the Hip Holiday stamp set by Catherine Pooler) in Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.  I attached it to the card with foam tape, and I’ve got one Christmas card ready to mail!

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

On this panel, I didn’t add any color to the vellum.  I die cut a frame from white cardstock, like I did here,  and I used the frame and a pencil to mark the center of my card base, so I could add sequins from Neat & Tangled inside the frame.  Next I attached the vellum to the frame with B Creative Tape, a very strong adhesive.  When I attached the frame to the card base with foam tape, I didn’t cover any of the sequins.  I used Hero Arts’ Winter Scene for the sentiment, and I heat embossed it in white.

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With this last card, I ran into a little bit of trouble.  I attached the vellum to the card base with spray adhesive, and it left small dots that showed through the panel.  Note to self:  when attaching vellum with spray adhesive, use a busy background!  So to distract from it, I added snowflakes with a toothpick and white acrylic paint.  The cardinals are from Memory Box, cut from velvet paper I bought at Michaels.  I added a small white frame, and another white sentiment from Hero Arts’ Winter Scene stamp set.

Do you make your own Christmas cards?  Have you started already?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

 

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