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Grab Bag

August 4, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’m working on cleaning my craft space, and using backgrounds I made months ago.  Anytime I start a project and run out of time, it goes into a box near my desk called the grab bag.  Today I pulled out a background, and I’m going to finish it.

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

This is my starting point.  I stamped Simon Says Stamp’s Spring Flowers onto watercolor paper with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.  Then I used my Distress Inks to watercolor the flowers with a messy hand.  I learned this technique in an online class by Mayuri from Candles in the Garden.  It’s an easy, fast way to make a background, and as busy as I am this summer, that’s a good thing!

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

I trimmed down the panel with the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says stamp, and next I needed a place for my sentiment.  This is a part of a nesting die set from Simon Says Stamp, but lots of companies sell similar dies.  And if you don’t have a heart die, use whatever you have.  A flower, a circle or a butterfly would all look great on this background.  I’m holding it in place with some Post-It tape while I run it through my die cut machine.

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I placed the panel on my turquoise card base, and traced the heart lightly with a pencil.  It’s a lot easier to stamp the sentiment if you’re not worried about getting ink or embossing powder on your panel.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Wild Bloom stamp set, and heat embossed it in white.  Don’t forget to erase your pencil lines (ask me how I know!).

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

Next I added 3M foam tape to the back of the panel.  It’s important to support the panel all the way around, especially if you’re planning to mail it.  This step is optional, but it does add a pop to this simple card.

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

I attached my panel to the card base, and added a few sequins from Darice as a final touch.  In case you can’t see it in the photo, I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Dusty Concord to paint in the flowers.

Do you have a grab bag for unfinished art projects?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon!

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Grab Bag – Colored Embossing Paste

April 24, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’m working out of my Grab Bag today, which is a box near my desk where I put all of the projects I started but didn’t finish.  So instead of showing you a tutorial of how to create the background, I’ll just explain what I did, and show you the finished card.  If I have enough responses, I’ll go back and create a tutorial with more pictures.

I used Dreamweavers Pearlescent embossing paste for this.  It’s pretty thick, and you need to use it with heavy cardstock.  I taped my watercolor cardstock to my work surface with painter’s tape, and taped a 6 x 6 stencil from the dollar store (deal of the day!) over it.

I removed some of the paste from the jar, and mixed it with Picked Raspberry Distress Reinker.  Then I used a palette knife to spread the paste over the top half of the stencil.  I quickly mixed more of the paste with a drop of Peacock Feathers Distress Reinker.  The reinker is so concentrated, you don’t need much.  Then I spread it over the bottom half of the stencil.  Where they blended, I got a beautiful purple hue.

When the paste was dry, I trimmed the panel in half, and made 2 cards.  For the first one, I mounted the panel onto a piece of pink cardstock, and then onto a teal card base.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to make lots of butterflies, and glued them all over my card with Glossy Accents.  I didn’t add a sentiment, but this card is so pretty, I don’t think it needs one.

On the second card, I turned the card base on it’s side, and added pink scalloped trim.  At this point, the card was starting to look a little too cutesy and sweet for me.  So I die cut the word “You” from black cardstock, and heat embossed it in clear.  The die and matching stamp set are from Avery Elle.  I added the die cut to the card, and stamped the sentiment underneath.  Finally, I added a trio of butterflies as accents.

 

Oh, and the best part?  The shine the paste adds to the cards.  I angled them so you can see it.  Have you ever used embossing paste?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

 

 

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Grab Bag – Distress Ink Background

March 24, 2017

Thanks for joining me today.  I grabbed a background I made a few months ago, and my challenge is to turn this into a card.  This card was actually an attempt to duplicate a technique from Jennifer McGuire, found here.

I stamped I stamped Hero Art’s Color Layering Butterflies all over my background in Versamark Ink, and dried it with my heat tool without embossing powder.  Then I used Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool to blend my inks around the watercolor paper in a circle.  I started with Picked Raspberry, then Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Dusty Concord.  But the ink didn’t resist like it was supposed to, because I used watercolor cardstock instead of regular cardstock like she recommended.  Oops. The butterflies were barely visible. I added the bodies of the butterflies with Black Soot Distress Ink, but it didn’t help.  I finally stamped the butterflies over the first ones in Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it with a clear sparkle embossing powder.  Now I want to turn it into a card for a family member who’s sick.

I die cut a heart from vellum with a Layering Heart die from Simon Says Stamp.  The Stamp And Cut Prayers set is from Hero Arts, and I heat embossed one of the sentiments onto the heart.  I die cut the word, “prayers” from black cardstock, and pressed it into my Versamark pad before heat embossing it in clear.  I glued it to the heart with Glossy Accents, and laid a acrylic block on top to hold it in place while the glue dries.

I cut foam tape into thin strips so it’s hidden behind the die cut.  I adhered it to my card, and added it to the center of my card panel.  After adding a black mat, I used my tape runner to attach it to my white card base, and my card was complete.

I have lots of cards in the grab bag, ones where things didn’t go right, or I got stuck.  But I hang onto them, and sometimes I can reuse them later.  Hopefully you got some great ideas, too.  See you next time!

 

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