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Lining Up Stamped Images

October 31, 2017

Lining Up Stamped Images - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  I’ve got a very simple tutorial to share with you today, and you’ll like this if you’ve ever had trouble lining up or spacing out stamped images. This card is easy & quick, and you can make it for any occasion. I spent time at a farm over the weekend with my family, and we all brought home pumpkins.  They inspired my husband and son to carve them, and me to make a card!

Lining Up Stamped Images - Colorful Encouragement

This is a piece of watercolor paper, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, and scored at 4 1/2 for an A2 card base.  I used  a T-Ruler to draw a light pencil line about 1/2″ from the edge of the card.  My stamps are about 1 inch wide so I gave myself a little room on either side and drew my second line 1 1/4″ from the first.

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I used my stamp positioner so I could double stamp my images – always a good idea on watercolor paper.  I’m using the Autumn Blessings stamp set by Catherine Pooler, and I stamped the pumpkin near the top with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.  Next I stamped one at the bottom, to make sure I had even spacing.  Then I centered the third one between them.

I filled in the other two pumpkins using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  And I have even spacing for all of them, yay!  If you’ve never gotten ahead of yourself and made a mess by not spacing out your images, you probably don’t find this near as exciting as I do.

Lining Up Stamped Images - Colorful Encouragement

This stamp set also comes with a stem and a vine, and I stamped them with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Then I erased the pencil lines.  I love those tiny pumpkins!

Lining Up Stamped Images - Colorful Encouragement

This is part of my sentiment, and I need to pop up some of it with foam tape.  So I cut a very thin strip of it, and hid it behind the letter.

Lining Up Stamped Images - Colorful Encouragement

I cut a piece of brown cardstock to 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, and a second strip 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Next I stamped “For You” from the Autumn Blessings stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white.  I added foam tape to the back of both strips, and attached them to my card base.  Finally I glued my “Thankful” die cut to the card.  I could add sequins to embellish it further, but I like it like it is.

Will you be making any cards for Thanksgiving?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Watercolor With Salt

October 27, 2017

Watercolor With Salt - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’ve got a simple tutorial for you, using watercolor and salt.  Come see how easy this is!

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I’m working on watercolor paper today, because this technique uses quite a bit of water. I misted the paper front and back with water before I laid it on my Ranger craft mat.  Then I pressed my Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink pad onto my craft mat, and misted it with water, as well.  Instant paint!  If you have watercolor, that would work great, too.  I used a large paintbrush to cover the entire surface of my paper.

Watercolor With Salt - Colorful Encouragement

Before the water and paint dry, sprinkle the paper with salt.  I used kosher salt, because the grains are larger, but table salt would work fine.  Set the panel aside to dry, or use a heat tool if you’re impatient!

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For the second panel, I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  It was too light, so I dropped a dot of reinker onto the craft mat, and added it to the paper with my paintbrush.  Much better!

Watercolor With Salt - Colorful Encouragement

I sprinked it with salt, and misted the panel with water once more.  This gives it a softer look.

Watercolor With Salt - Colorful Encouragement

After the panels dried, I die cut them both with Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  I love the icy look of the panel on the left!

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I placed the panel in my stamp positioner and reached for the Snowflakes stamp set by Inkadinkado.  If you don’t have this stamp set, use any snowflake stamps you have.  You can see I’m only stamping on the top left corner of the panel.  I stamped it in Versamark ink, and heat embossed it in white. It’s important to stamp it twice on watercolor paper to get a crisp image, which makes a stamp positioner very handy.

Next I turned the paper 180 degrees, and now I can stamp the opposite corner with no extra work.  If you’re making multiple cards, stamp positioners are your best friend!

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I stamped a sentiment from the Thankful Heart stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, and heat embossed it in white.  Then I attached the panels to my card bases with liquid glue.  I added adhesive gems to the center of some of the snowflakes, and my cards are done!

Update:  I’m having tons of fun making these backgrounds.  I made a few before bed, and let them dry overnight.  When I woke up, I was so excited about the gorgeous backgrounds – it felt like Christmas!  So, I turned them into Christmas cards, using the same supplies as before.  You can use whatever stamps you have.

For this card, I used the same idea as I did here, but I used the Winterhaven dies by Catherine Pooler.

And for this final card, I used the Joy Wreath die by Catherine Pooler.  I die cut the wreath from the center of the panel, plus white cardstock and vellum.  I inlaid the white wreath into the die cut, and glued the vellum wreath over the blue one.  Then I offset the blue wreath over the white, and attached it with liquid glue.  I added lots of adhesive gems over the berries for a final touch.

Are you working on your holiday cards yet?  If you need ideas, see here and here. Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Birthday Spinner Card – Kid’s Choice

October 25, 2017

Birthday Spinner Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’m back with a simple tutorial, and it’s perfect for any child in your life.  Actually, my son helped design it!  He picked the stamps and the colors, and this is the end result.  Can’t wait to show you how easy it is!

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I die cut a panel from Bristol cardstock, using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Next I cut an A2 card base from the same paper.  I temporarily adhered the panel to the card base with tape runner, and centered a layered circle die from Darice on the panel.  Then I ran it through my die cut machine.  Make sure you open the card first, so you don’t mess up the back of the card.

Now I have a panel with a die cut circle, and a card base with a embossed circle.  I lined up the circle die on the card base, and ran it through the machine again.  The holes will line up perfectly.

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I saved the die cuts to make my spinner.  This dog is from the Pawsome stamp set by Waffleflower.  It has the dog facing both directions, which is perfect for a spinner card.  If you don’t have a stamp set that faces both ways, any symmetrical stamp will work.  I colored the dog with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, but use any whatever you have.

Waffle Flower has matching dies for this stamp set, but I don’t have them.  So I used a smaller circle die to cut out my pup, and held the die in place with a piece of Post It tape.  You can see the size difference after I cut the first one.

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I used thread for this next step, but clear thread or fishing line might work even better.  Just use what you have on hand.  I used tape runner to hold the thread to the back of the circle, and lined up the other circle on the back.

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I stretched the string across the hole in the card base, and taped it down with B Creative tape.  This is one of the strongest adhesives I have, and since this card will be played with, I want it to be as strong as possible.  Now the dog is suspended in the window, and when you wind it up, it spins freely when you open the card.

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I stamped the panel with more birthday images from the stamp set, and colored them with markers my son chose.  This is going to be perfect for my nephew’s birthday!

Birthday Spinner Card - Colorful Encouragement

Oops, almost forgot a sentiment!  The panel was too busy to stamp the sentiment on, so I stamped it with Versamark onto a strip of black cardstock.  Then I heat embossed it in white, and attached it to my panel with foam tape.

I attached my panel to the front of the card with tape runner, lining up the circle die cuts.  But the card had too much white, so I die cut another panel from blue paper with the Stitched Rectangle dies by Simon Says Stamp.  I centered it on the inside of my card, and it looks so much better!  Of course, now you can see the thread, but I still like it with a little more color.   I plan to wind up the spinner before I put it in an envelope, so my nephew gets a surprise when he opens his card!

Have you ever make a spinner card?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial!

 

 

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Mason Jar Scene

October 18, 2017

Mason Jar Scene - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  I’m working on another scene card, except this one’s in a jar.  Mason jars are everywhere, and if you have a stamp already, you can make this card.  I’m using some of the products from the new SOA box from Catherine Pooler, and they’re so cute!

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First I die cut a panel that’s about 4 x 5 1/4 from Bristol cardstock. I used the Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  If you don’t have this die, you can always trim it to size with a paper trimmer.  Then I used a mason jar die from Hero Arts to die cut the center of the panel.  I stamped my sentiment underneath, using the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set from Catherine Pooler.  I double stamped the sentiment with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.

The mason jar is from Hero Arts’ Winter Scene stamp set, and I stamped it onto acetate with white StazOn ink.  This is a special ink designed to stamp on surfaces like plastic.  You can see that the threads of the jar didn’t stamp well, but I’ll cover that up.

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I cut out a hill from a scrap of cardstock, and brushed the top of the hill with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  The trees and the house are from Catherine Pooler’s Winterhaven dies.  Aren’t they adorable?

I wanted a lid for my jar, but the stamp set didn’t come with one.  I stamped the top of the jar onto silver cardstock using Onyx Black Verafine ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  Then I used the die to cut out the top of the jar, and trimmed around the threads.  Instant lid!

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I created a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base from the same cardstock I’m using for the rest of the card.  Then I centered my panel on the card base and drew a couple of light pencil lines to mark the edges of the jar.  I heat embossed stars from the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set in the top third of the jar in clear.  Next I added Post It tape around the edges of the panel to protect it from ink.

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I used a Mini Ink Blending tool to add Salty Ocean to the panel, revealing the stars.  Then I added Blueprint Sketch to the top third of the panel for an ombre look.  I removed the Post It tape, and set the card base aside to dry.

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In the meantime, I added B Creative tape to the back of my card panel to attach the vellum.  You need a strong adhesive when working with vellum, and this works better than anything else I’ve found.  Once the vellum was attached, I added more tape over the threads of the jar, and fitted the lid in place.

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I attached my hill temporarily to the panel with a bit of tape runner, and put the card base and panel in my stamp positioner to figure out where to put my stamps. Next I removed the panel so I could stamp the images against the sky.  I stamped my tiny carolers with Versamark ink, and heat embossed them it white.

Mason Jar Scene - Colorful Encouragement

This is 3M foam tape.  I’ve folded it in half, sticking it to itself.  Then I cut the piece off the roll, and cut my doubled piece in half lengthwise.

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I used my strips to go around the jar, and around the outside of the panel for support.  I added an ounce of white iridescent glitter inside my jar, and attached another scrap of acetate to keep the glitter in place. Now I don’t have to worry about glitter going everywhere.

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I attached my hill to the panel with tape runner, making it look like the carolers are standing in the snow.  After I attached the panel to the card base, I added my die cuts to the front of the panel.  The card on the right I made using stamps from the Winter Scene stamp set by Hero Arts.

Which card do you like better?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Stencil Emboss Resist – Stretching Stencils, Day 3

October 16, 2017

Stencil Emboss Resist - Colorful Encouragement

I’ve got another tutorial to share with you, the final installment in my Mini Series about stretching stencils.  If you haven’t seen it before, you can see the first two cards here and here.  My challenge is to get lots of different looks from one stencil.

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I’m starting with a piece of Bristol cardstock cut to 6 x 4 1/2.  You can use whatever paper you have, but I like how well Distress Inks blend on this paper.  Whatever you use, make sure it’s strong enough to handle all the color and heat you’ll be adding to it.

I used a ruler and a pencil to mark the center of each side of the panel.  You can just eyeball it, but I wanted to be a little more precise this time.  I used this same coloring technique on this card, but you can add color any way you want to.  And if you don’t have Distress Ink, you can use watercolor or markers.

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I added Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to the first section of the paper with a Mini Ink Blending tool, going outside the lines a little.  Then I came in with Carved Pumpkin, and blended the two colors where they met.  I continued with Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet.  I left the center a little bit light so all the colors wouldn’t mix and make mud.  Let it dry completely, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

Next I taped the stencil over the panel with painter’s tape, and I covered up the center so the white area wouldn’t show.

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I pressed my Versamark pad directly to the paper through the stencil.  Then I removed the stencil and added clear embossing powder.  It doesn’t show up very well on camera, but you can kind of see it on the right.  Then I pressed my Black Soot Distress Ink pad directly to the panel.  The clear heat embossing protects the paper underneath, and lets the color show through.  I moved the color around with the blending tool to fill in all the tiny areas.

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After I covered the whole piece, it looked like the picture on the left.  I used a slightly damp paper towel to remove the black ink on the embossing powder, and it brightened up the whole image.  Now the colors really pop!

Stencil Emboss Resist - Colorful Encouragement

I attached a pink mat to my card base with tape runner, and added the colorful panel over top.  The sentiment is from The Ton, and I stamped it with more Black Soot Distress Ink.  I added a few Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh, and that completes the last card in my series!

I hope you enjoyed my Mini Series about Stretching Stencils.  Do you have any other ideas for a series?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back later this week.

 

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