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Valentine Box

February 12, 2018

Valentine Box - Colorful Encouragement

I know I made a box like this a couple weeks ago, but they’re so much fun to make!  And even more fun to fill!  Here’s the tutorial that inspired my box.  My goal was to have all of the cards inside tie in with the paper I used on the box.  However, I didn’t have a matching ink.  So I stamped my images with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, and stamped over it with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  Perfect match!

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Both of the patterned papers I used came from Hobby Lobby, and they coordinate pretty well.  The solid pink paper I used to mat everything also came from Hobby Lobby.  Much as I love buying online, sometimes it’s better to see it in person to get a great match.  All of the paper I used today is from Paper Studio.

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I had scraps of this paper left over, and I couldn’t bear to throw it away, so I made it into cards!  First I cut strips of paper to 1 1/2 by 5″, and the mat to 1 3/4 x 5 1/4.  Next I stamped the sentiments with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  I used Clearly Besotted’s My Valentine stamp set to add the sentiment on the left.  The die cut Love is by Momenta.  On the right I used the Simply Said You stamp set and die from Avery Elle.  I die cut the words Love and You 3 times, and stacked them to give a little dimension.  Finally I heat embossed the words with silver embossing powder, and attached them to the card with tape runner.

Valentine Box - Colorful Encouragement

I had lots of the solid pink cardstock left, but it’s a little plain.  So I heat embossed strips of paper with silver embossing powder, for a little pattern.  I used Hero Arts’ Rings Bold Prints, Catherine Pooler Designs Plaid Background, and Modern Damask, also by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Next I laid out the strips to figure out the placement for the sentiment.  I used Hero Arts’ Celebrate Everyday and heat embossed the sentiment in silver, and added the pink strips with foam tape.  This card is simple, and not too girly.  It’s not easy to make a masculine Valentine, but this is pretty close!

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I stamped another strip of pink cardstock with conversation hearts from my stash, and die cut a heart from the panel.  Then I trimmed 1 inch off either side, so the heart would stand out.  I fit the pieces together on my white card base, and attached the top and bottom pieces with tape runner.  The heart was popped up with foam tape.  I die cut Best by Catherine Pooler, and heat embossed it in silver.  Next I used the Simply The Best stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs to stamp “Friend Ever” onto a strip of cardstock, and I cut banner ends before adding it to the front.

Not all Valentines have to be for a boyfriend or spouse!  You may have a friend who would really appreciate a little card, especially if they’re single, or their loved ones aren’t able to be with them.  I have several friends who are widows, and they love cards like this!

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For this card, I kept it simple.  I stamped a jewel from Winnie and Walter’s My Precious onto a scrap of white cardstock, and heat embossed it in silver.  They I watercolored the gem with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  After it dried, I die cut the jewel using Postage Stamp Edge Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  I added a strip of pink cardstock to the card base with tape runner, and added the panel with foam tape.  The inside of this card says, “You are precious to me,” from the same stamp set.

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I really love that heart paper!  This time I turned it into a shaker card.  The heart panel is popped up with foam tape, and I filled the pocket with pink glitter.  I didn’t take photos of the process, but if you want more info, see the shaker cards I made here.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted’s My Valentine.

I really enjoyed making this box, and sharing it with you!  Do you need any last minute valentines?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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Origami Birthday Card

February 8, 2018

Origami Birthday Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, welcome back!  I’ve got a origami birthday card to share with you, and it’s so easy to make.  If origami intimidates you, this is a great place to start.

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This is an origami kit from my local dollar store.  There are 12 pieces of paper in this package, enough to make 6 cupcakes.  The fold lines are printed on the paper, and the instructions are easy to follow.

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Here’s my finished cupcake.  I added tape runner to hold the folds in place, so it lays flat on my card.  To add a sentiment, I used the Daffodil Dreams stamp set from Sunny Studio.  I stamped the sentiment with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, and die cut the tag using Traditional Tag Stax from My Favorite Things.  Next I made a bow from baker’s twine, using a fork.   I attached the bow with Multi Medium Matte from Ranger, and I’m holding the bow in place with a small acrylic block until the glue dries.

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I die cut a pale blue panel using the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I attached the panel and the cupcake to the card base with tape runner, and popped up the tag with foam tape.  If I had a candle stamp, I would have added it to the top, but I still love the card.  You could also add shimmer to the frosting, or sequins for extra decoration.

StampNation just celebrated their seventh birthday, and there are birthday cards everywhere!  They had several guest designers making birthday cards for everyone in your life, and a perpetual calendar to make all of the birthday cards you need for the entire year.  And did I mention that every card posted is a chance to win prizes?  Come check out the fun, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Distress Resist

February 1, 2018

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Hey, welcome back!  Have you tried Distress Resist yet?  I learned about this technique from Jennifer McGuire, and if you haven’t checked out her site yet, you’ll enjoy it.  She always has great tutorials, and I learn something new every time I’m there.

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I’m working with Bristol cardstock today, but watercolor paper would probably work even better.  You need a heavy paper for this technique.  I pressed the Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink pad to my panel, and kept going until the whole panel was nice and dark.  You want to cover the paper with ink, but we don’t want it soggy.  Then you need to let the paper dry, either on it’s own, or speed up the process with a heat tool.  You want it completely dry before you move on.

Oh, and I’m working on a craft mat from Ranger.  This is a messy technique, so you need to protect your work surface.

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I stamped my image onto the panel with Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I didn’t take a picture of this, because you can’t see the clear image.  Next I went over the image with a slightly damp baby wipe.  A paper towel would work, too.  It reactivates the color, and lifts it to reveal our image.  This is the Sail Boat stamp from Darkroom Door, but any image would work.  It makes the water look like it’s glowing – so cool!

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After the water dried, I die cut the panel with Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  This exposed the edges of the panel, which are still white.  I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to add more Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink around the edges of the panel, and darken them a little.  It makes the panel pop against the white background.  Now we need to add a sentiment.

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I used the largest Postage Edge die to cut another panel from Bristol cardstock.  I also used it for the card base.  If you don’t use the same white paper throughout the card, it won’t match, and it doesn’t look as clean and crisp.  So I try to always use the same white paper for the entire card.

I stamped a sentiment from the Mountains stamp set by The Ton.  And I used Blueprint Distress Ink to stamp my sentiment, to tie the card together.

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I centered the panels on the card base, and attached them with tape runner.  You could use foam tape for dimension, but since this card is going through the mail, I kept it flat.

Have you tried this technique?  Are you going to?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Stamping With Watercolor Markers

January 25, 2018

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Hey, welcome back!  We’ve had a few winter storms over the last few weeks, and I’m getting a little tired of ice and snow.  So to fight the winter blahs, I’ve got a spring card to share with you, and I’m stamping with watercolor markers.  I’m using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, but any watercolor markers would work for this technique.

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I’m working with my homemade stamp positioner (the Wishihadamisti) to layer my images today.  Watercolor markers don’t always stamp perfectly the first time, so you may have to double stamp.  A stamp positioner makes it much easier, but it’s not necessary.  You can always use an acrylic block instead, and line up your images by looking through the stamp.

After I stamped the first layer in Lemon Yellow, I removed the stamp and added the second layer.  Sunny Studios has a guide on their website to show you how to line up the images.  I lined up the second layer, and colored the stamp with Yellow.  And let me warn you, these markers can stain your clear stamps.  I don’t know if it’s all watercolor markers, or just the Zigs, you’ll have to play around with them and let me know.

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I added a stem and leaves the same way, stamped in Pale Green.  Then I scribbled the Cobalt Blue marker onto my page protector, and now I can use it like watercolor paint.  I wet sections of the paper with my waterbrush, and added color from the puddle.  Make sure you don’t get too close to the stamped image, or you might have color where you don’t want it.  Add more ink as necessary. While the panel dries, let’s work on the background.

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This is the Plaid Background stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs.  You need a stamp positioner for this, because you need to stamp in the same place several times.  I scribbled a section of the stamp with a marker, and stamped it down.  You’ll need to stamp each section twice for good coverage.  Then move on to a different section, until the whole panel is filled.  Since I used colors next to each other on the color wheel, they blend together well.  If I’d also added pink, I’d need to keep it away from the green, because they don’t blend well.   I used Yellow, Light Green, and Cobalt Blue for the background.

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After my panel dried, I heat embossed a sentiment in white from JustRite’s ?? stamp set.  But it doesn’t show up against the pale blue background.  So I added Broken China Distress Ink to the panel with a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  It darkened the color just enough to make the sentiment pop.  Then I rubbed the sentiment with a paper towel to remove any ink left on the embossed image.  Much better!

I also used my stamp positioner to add the third layer to the flower (Bright Yellow), and the second layer to the leaves (Light Green).  Since the stem only has one layer, I drew a fine line down the left side of the stem.  You can make super fine lines with the brush tips.

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I wanted to center a strip of vellum on the card front.  I’m using my page protector again, and the graph paper inside it to center my vellum on the panel.  Who knew page protectors had so many uses?  I carefully flipped the panel over, and attached the vellum to the back of the panel with tape runner.

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I adhered my panel to the card base, and used foam tape to pop up the daffodil panel.  You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I think I’ll leave it alone.

Are you craving Spring right now?  What do you do to fight the winter blahs?Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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Bookmark Card

January 22, 2018

Bookmark Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, welcome back!  Last week I made a stationery box, with several cards and envelopes as a gift.  One of the cards had a few more steps involved, so I’m showing you step by step how I made it today.

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This is a 6 x 4 1/2 panel of Bristol cardstock.  I love this paper for ink blending, and even for techniques involving a little water.  If I’m using a lot of water, I use watercolor cardstock.  But either would work well for this technique.  I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to add stripes of color down the card in Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch.

Next I wanted to add some texture.  I’m using a Small Square Acrylic Grid Stamping Block by Catherine Pooler.  It has indents on the sides for my fingers, so I don’t accidentally drop it.  And it has etched grid lines to line up small images and sentiments.  But today, I don’t want to use the etched side, and get ink trapped in the etching.

I rubbed my Lucky Clover ink cube on the smooth side of the block, and misted it with water.  Then I rubbed the ink cube over the paper, twisting the block as I went.  This is basically ink smooshing, but using the block gives me more control.  And I can add more ink until I’m happy with the results.

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After I added texture to the whole panel, I let it dry.  I die cut the panel using Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Next I used the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp leaves all over the panel.  This is the Autumn Leaves stamp set from Wplus9.  You don’t need a stamp positioner for this, but I wanted to stamp each image twice with Versafine Onyx Black ink to get a crisp dark image.

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I need a way to hold my bookmark.  This is one of the Perfect Vines dies from Catherine Pooler.  I’m using Post It tape to hold it on my panel.  But I don’t want to cut out the whole image, just the area in the center.

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I used the Post It tape to line up the panel on my cutting plate.  Then I added the second cutting plate going the other way.  The only part of my panel with 2 cutting plates is the center, which means that’s the only part that will cut.  This is how I do partial die cutting in my Big Kick, and it would also work for the Big Shot.  I set this up to take pictures, then I set it up again in the machine before I ran it though.

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Can you see the cuts in the panel?  I die cut the vine again from black cardstock, and glued it over the cuts in the panel.  You might be wondering why I didn’t just glue the black vine down at either end, and not worry about the partial die cutting.  But the black cardstock is lightweight, and I didn’t want it to tear from the weight of the bookmark.  You could also add a gift card, concert tickets, or another small gift.

I wanted to add some shine to the card, so I added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen over the black die cut.

Bookmark Card - Colorful Encouragement

I attached my panel to my card base with tape runner, and you can see I was careful to only add tape runner to the spaces around the die cut.

Bookmark Card - Colorful Encouragement

Here’s the bookmark I made.  I used the same 12 x 12 paper from Colorbok that I used to make the stationery box.  I heat embossed a sentiment in white using the Everyday Sayings stamp set from Hero Arts.  Next I attached it to a black mat with tape runner.  I punched a hole at the top, and added black and white satin ribbons.

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I tucked my bookmark under the die cut, and my card is finished.  You could add sequins or other embellishments, just make sure they aren’t going to be knocked off by the gift as you tuck it in.

Have you ever made a card with a gift inside?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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