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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.

Layered Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement  Layered Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement  Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement  Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement  Embossing Vellum - Colorful Encouragement

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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Stacked Die Cuts

September 15, 2017

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by today.  I’m working on sending cards to people in my life who need a little boost, and I’ve got a very simple card to share with you.  I’m making it for my son, but it’s easy to customize for anyone.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement  Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, you need a set of layered dies.  This set is by Darice, but use whichever ones you have.  And pretty much any shape will work, as long as you have a few different sizes.  I laid the largest circle on the card base, to see how much of the circle would hang off.  Then I laid the dies on watercolor cardstock and cut them out.

Looking back, I probably should have used a smoother paper, because ink blending covers better on smooth paper.  Oh well, it adds texture, right?

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement  Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

On the largest circle, I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the edges of the die cut.  You’re going to cover up the middle, so you don’t need to color the whole surface.  For the second circle, I wanted a darker shade of blue, but I don’t have enough shades of blue for all six die cuts.  So I pressed my Tumbled Glass Ink pad directly to the paper, and then smoothed it out with the Blending Tool.  In the photo, I’ve already smoothed out the color on half of the circle, and you can see it’s darker than the first die cut. By the way, I’m working on a craft sheet by Ranger today, to keep my desk clean.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

For the rest of the circles, I used the same technique with Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon.  Six different colors, and only three inks!  If you have a large paper collection, you can skip all the coloring, but I wanted lots of blue to keep this masculine, and I don’t have enough colors.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

I attached the cards directly to my card base with tape runner, and stamped a sentiment from Avery Elle in the top corner.  I always want to add lots of shimmer and embellishments, but since this is for my son, I’m trying to keep it very simple.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

This is a second version of the same idea, using several different colors of cardstock.  Much faster without the ink blending!  I die cut a frame using Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp, and cut the largest square from the middle.  Then I attached the frame with foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is by Catherine Pooler.  I added some Clear Wink Of Stella shimmer pen to some of the squares for added interest, and adhered the panel to a black card base.

This card is so simple to make, and it doesn’t take long.  The hardest part is choosing colors!

Are you planning to send cards this week to celebrate the National Day Of Encouragement?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more ideas!

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StampNation Challenge

September 13, 2017

I’ve got another challenge from StampNation to share with you today, with a mood board for inspiration.  All the fall cards are making me crave fall foods.  Maybe this weekend I can make a big pot of chili and watch a little football.  Yes, I love a good football game, and I scream at the TV while my husband falls asleep on the couch.  It’s a strange household!

I hope you check out the mood board and create some fall cards for any occasion this season.  Birthday?  Wedding?  Thank you card?  What will you create?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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