Baby | Cards | Series

Pregnancy Card – Baby, Day 1

June 20, 2017

Hey, thanks for coming by!  It’s time for another Mini Series, all about babies.  This is one of my favorite occasions for making cards, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this.  If you changed the sentiment to, “We’re expecting,” this would make a great announcement too. I found this idea here, but I wanted something a little more feminine.

Here’s what I used for my card.  I’ve got a white card base that’s 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″,  two pieces of patterned cardstock cut to 4″ by 5 1/4″, and 2 circle dies from Darice.  If you don’t have dies, this is easy to create without them.  You can cut the paper to size with a paper trimmer, and there are tons of things around the house that you could use for the circles.  I have a salt shaker and a glass that would work perfectly.

 

I laid the larger die on the edge of the paper, and ran it through the Big Kick.  Then I switched circles and ran it through again.  I heat embossed a Hero Arts Congrats sentiment in white.  I tried to stamp, “we’re so happy for you” underneath, but it didn’t stamp evenly.  Oops!

 

Fortunately, this mistake was easy to cover up.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  I added Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive on the back of the words, and attached it to the panel.  Then I trimmed off some of the strip and folded it to the back, and glued it down.  I’ve got acrylic blocks weighing it down until it dries.

 

Where the circles meet, I marked it with a pencil.  I added a piece of white ribbon over the line.  I folded the strip around the back, and glued it down.  Last, I added foam tape to the back of the panel for some dimension.  I made sure to stick it all the way around so I have even support.

For a final touch, I attached a ribbon bow with hot melt glue.  Tying these tiny bows is much a challenge, unless you use this fork tutorial here.  And this simple card is complete.  You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I wanted to keep the focus on the silhouette.  Have you ever made a card like this?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

 

 

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Cards | Series | Wedding

Mini Series – Wedding, Day 3

May 22, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here for my final post in the Wedding Mini Series! I’ve got a watercolor tutorial to share with you, and if you’re intimidated by watercolor, you’ll love this technique, because you have more control, and less mess.

 

I started with two Altenew stamp sets, Tulip and Garden Hydrangea. I only used the outline images, and I stamped the blossoms and leaves onto my watercolor paper with Versamark, and heat embossed them in white. Then I mounted the tulip stem onto my acrylic block, which has lines on it to help keep the design straight. After I stamped it and heat embossed it on the watercolor paper, I stamped it again onto Post It tape with black ink. Whatever ink you have works for this, you just need an image you can see to cut out. I used Black Soot Distress Ink because it’s easy to clean off my stamps.

 

The lines in the acrylic block make this part easy. I lifted just the top of the stem off of the block, and angled it to the side before stamping it again. First I stamped it onto the watercolor paper, then in black onto the Post It tape. Then I was able to bend the stamp in the other direction, and get a symmetrical look. Once I had 3 stems heat embossed, I cut out the Post It tape stems, and masked my images. This allowed me to go back in, and add 2 more stems between the others. I used the marks on the block so the second layer of stems would be halfway between the first ones.

 

Now we get to my favorite part, adding color! I dragged my Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink across my acrylic block, and used a Waterbrush to paint in my hydrangea. If you don’t have a Waterbrush, you can use a small paintbrush and water. Don’t worry about staying in the lines, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Once it’s colored in, mist it with water. I mixed Perfect Pearls with the water to give the flowers some shine, but that’s optional.  Spray the paper until the paint beads up, and let it dry.

 

For the second flower, I used Salty Ocean mixed with Blueprint Sketch. The third is Wilted Violet, and the last is Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch. I used Lucky Clover for the stems and leaves. As you spray the paper with water, the color moves around the design unevenly. When it dries, you get lots of variation in color, which makes it look like you spent a lot of time on it. Good trick, huh?

   

When my paper was dry, I cut out my pieces. Altenew has matching dies for these sets, but I don’t have them. I laid my pieces on the card, a played around with them to find an arrangement I liked before adhering the pieces to my card with tape runner. Next I cut scraps of white ribbon and pressed them into the adhesive on the back of the stem bundle. Finally, I tied a bow for the top, and adhered it with a hot melt glue gun. I find hot melt works better than other adhesives for ribbon and fabric, because it sets so quickly.

I stamped a small sentiment from Hero Arts’ Year Round Sentiments onto vellum, and heat embossed it in white. Next I trimmed it down, and made a cut in the center on the right side. Then I cut from one corner up to the top of the cut, like above. I cut from the other corner to the top of the cut, giving me a perfect banner end.  I added a little tape runner to the top and attached it to the card.

And that’s the end of my Wedding Mini Series. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments below if you have more ideas for a Mini Series in the future, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!

P.S.  I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge and A Blog Named Hero. Hope to see you there!

 

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Cards | Series | Wedding

Mini Series – Wedding, Day 1

May 15, 2017

Hey, glad to have you join me!  I’m starting a new Mini Series, all about weddings.  This card would be great for a bridal shower, or maybe for an engagement party.   It’s easy, and you don’t need lots of fancy supplies.

 

Here’s what I used to create the dress:  a plate, and a candlestick.  Anything round would work, but since I craft in my kitchen, I grabbed what was handy.  You can see a 1/4″ gap between the curves, which I’ll get to in a moment.

 

First, I want to add some texture to this dress.  This step is completely optional, but it adds a nice touch.  You could also stamp some texture onto the dress with Versamark ink, if you don’t have an embossing folder like then one above.  But I positioned the dress inside the folder, and held it in place with Post It tape while I ran it though my Big Kick.  You can see that the folder didn’t cover the whole dress, but I cut off the bottom with my paper trimmer.

 

Next I trimmed down a piece of watercolor pink cardstock to fit the back panel of the card base, and attached it with tape runner.  Now the next part, I forgot to get a picture of, but I cut a slit in the fold of the card with an Exacto knife large enough to slip my ribbon through.  I glued the ends down on the back side with a hot melt glue gun.

 

I folded some silver metallic cord in half, and glued it under the sash with the glue gun.  Then I tied a bow with pink ribbon and attached it to the sash.  And, if you’ve ever struggled to make a tiny ribbbon bow, you know how hard it can be!  The best solution I’ve ever found uses a fork to keep the bow straight and even.  There’s a great tutorial here.

I trimmed the ends of the ribbon and the cord.  I tied knots in the ends of the cording first to keep it from unraveling.

The sentiment is from JustRite, and I heat embossed it in silver.  White would also have looked great.  Do you have any weddings coming up?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon!

 

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Crafts | Series | Spring

Mini Series – Spring, Day 3

April 10, 2017

Hey, glad you could join me today.  I’m making a gift basket for my mom for Mother’s Day next month, and I thought I’d share it with you.  (Mom, if you’re reading, stop now!)

My mom is the reason I love crafting.  She made my clothes as a child, she made the bridesmaid dresses for my wedding, along with countless other gifts and crafts for friends and family.  I would sit next to her as she sewed, holding fabric and handing her pins.

Now we both love card making, so I made her a cardmaker’s gift basket.  If you have a crafty friend, they’ll love this gift, and it works for any occasion.  I bought everything at Micheals, and made a new blogging friend at the same time.  Her name is Allison, and you can find her blog here.

  

I found the paper first, and this became my jumping off point.  I think the pearls look good with it.

 

I bought some flowers, along with a mason jar to store them in, as well as some card bases with matching envelopes.

 

I added a stamp, which I know she’ll enjoy, since her dad used to sing this song when she was young.  I even found some mini ink pads to match the paper, yay!

And this box (that Allison found) became my container.  I love that it looks like a book.

Putting the basket together is pretty easy.  I lined the box with pink tissue paper, and started putting everything inside.  But I don’t like the busy covers on the paper pads.  It’s not working for me.

   

I removed one piece of paper from each pad, and used temporary adhesive to attach the paper to the cover of the pad.  With the die cut paper, I adhered it to the back of the pad, so the white cardboard shows through.  Much better.

Next I stacked the stamp pads, and used double sided tape to attach them to the tissue paper.  The stamp isn’t adhered to anything, but since I’m going to hand deliver this, I’m not worried about it.

Finally I added some coordinating tissue paper to the mason jar, and tied white twine around it to hold the paper in place.

And my basket’s complete!  I’ll put it into a cellophane bag before I deliver it, and add ribbon.  I’ll be back soon later this week with a card to go with it.  Thanks for joining me for the final day of my Spring Mini Series.  Do you ever make gift baskets?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time.

 

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Cards | Series | Spring

Mini Series – Spring, Day 1

April 3, 2017

Hey, glad you could join me today.  I’m working on another Mini Series, all about spring.  My first card is perfect for today, because it’s starting to rain here as I type this post.  The puppy and the puddles are from Hero Arts’ Fun In The Rain stamp set.  I stamped the puddles down the left side of a piece of watercolor paper, using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  Then I misted the paper with water to make the color move a little bit.

You can see some of the color bleeding in this close up.  I stamped the dog in Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and heat embossed the image in clear.  Then I colored it in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and a waterbrush.  I love how well these pens blend with water.  I think the dog looks like a beagle.  I die cut the dog with the matching dies (but you could easily cut it out with scissors), and laid it over the puddles to get the right placement for the sentiment.  I stamped it in black and heat embossed in clear.

 

I die cut my white panel with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp, and matted it onto a blue piece of cardstock.  Then I adhered it to my white card base with tape runner.  I attached the puppy with foam tape, and added the Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh with Glossy Accents.

I’ve been invited to play along with the card challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and I’m excited to play along.  Will you join me?  Hope I see you there, and I’ll be back soon with another post in my Spring Mini Series!

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