Argyle Card Tutorial

July 17, 2017

Hey, glad you came by today!  Last week, I shared a card I made by accident.  Well, now I’m back with a tutorial for a similar card.

I wanted to show you my work surface for today, a piece of graph paper in a plastic sleeve.  This is designed to be used with a 3-ring binder, but I love using it for ink blending, watercolor, and traveling. I’m using Distress Oxide Inks today.  These inks are a fusion of pigment and dye ink, which means they’re perfect for ink blending! I used Worn Lipstick and a Mini Ink Blending tool to make a stripe across the panel of watercolor cardstock.  Then I added Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.


After the ink blending, I sprinkled water over the panel to activate the oxide effect.  Then I lifted the water – and some of the color – with a paper towel.


This Lattice Frame die from Catherine Pooler is what I’m using to create my diamonds today. If you don’t have this die, look over the dies you have and see what you can create.  Usually, the frame is what I use, and I throw the diamonds away.  Today, I’m doing the opposite.  And note my very important tool for paper removal – a large safety pin.  You can see some of the pieces around the edges fell out, but I don’t need them.


I’m using a ruler and a Zig pen to draw diagonal lines across the die cut, and I’m going over all of the pieces.  I’m being careful to keep the pieces in the die, but a couple didn’t want to stay put.  This is why I used watercolor cardstock, it’s a little bit sturdier, and the pieces don’t fall out so easily.  You can see some of the lines aren’t perfect, but that’s easy to fix.


NextI cut a strip of black paper to 2″ x 5 1/4″.  I went back later and cut it down a little more, so it ended up being about 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″.  Then I cut pieces of foam tape and added them to the diamonds I wanted on my black panel.  I messed up drawing my black lines on a couple pieces, so I punched them out  and used what was left.  You can see that I recycled my watercolor paper from an earlier project, so nothing goes to waste.


After I added foam tape, I uncovered the adhesive, pressed it to my black panel, and lifted the rest of the frame away.  I love how clean and simple this looks!  If you want to make the design bigger, it’s easy to add more foam tape and line it up with the first ones.  After I attached all of my diamonds, I went back and trimmed my black panel down a little to center the design.

I used the leftover watercolor panel to die cut my sentiment.  This is the Hello Stamp And Cut die/stamp set from Hero Arts, and now my sentiment will match my ink blending perfectly, with no extra work!

I added my die cut to the card front with Glossy Accents, and stamped the rest of the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Finally I attached a few Crystal Iridescent sequins from Darice to finish my card.

Have you ever had a “happy accident” card happen to you?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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New Cards

July 14, 2017

Hey, thanks for dropping by!  Have you been busy this summer?  I’ve been going a little crazy here, so I’m trying to catch up a little. Almost every company is releasing new products, and want to see it all!  More than once I got so carried away creating, that I forgot to take photos of the process.  I can post it on StampNation, but I don’t have enough to teach you how to make the card from start to finish.  So I don’t have a tutorial for you today, but I do have a few cards to share with you.

This first card uses a Spiro Doily die, from Catherine Pooler’s newest Stamp Of Approval box, called Naturally Inspired.  These boxes are stuffed with stamps, dies, inks(and maybe a surprise or two), designed to work together.  This Hidden Spirelli card is easy to create.  I used several colors of Distress Ink and a Mini Ink blending tool to make the background.

I used the Perfect Vine stencil – released this week – for the background of this card.  This stencil is designed to go with the Perfect Vine die, and it really IS perfect for almost anyone, male or female, young or old, formal or casual.  I used Gelatos with the stencil in a rainbow of hues, and added a couple butterflies from Memory Box.  This product is still available, and you can get it here.

This last card was an accident, but sometimes those are the best!  This is the Lattice Frame die from the latest SOA box.  I’m working on a tutorial for this card, and I’ll share it next week.  The Naturally Inspired SOA box sold out(in 15 hours!), and the individual products won’t be available for a few months.  But there will be another SOA box soon!  To get updates, subscribe to Catherine’s blog, and I’ll try to update you here, as well.  See you again soon!

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Crafting Travel List – Top 10

July 11, 2017

Do you like to craft while you travel?  I love to create no matter where I’m at, but it’s hard to know what to bring.  And your needs can change depending on your means of transportation, and who’s going with you.  I don’t always take everything in the list, especially if I know I’ll be busy, but here’s my top 10 choices for traveling:

  1. Plastic Sleeve – I love the protective sleeves that are used in 3-ring binders to hold paper.  I have one I use all the time with a piece of graph paper inside, and I use it at my craft space all the time to line up sentiments or center dies.  The plastic keeps my surface clean, which is great for messy projects like ink blending or watercolor.  It’s small enough you can take it anywhere.  And you can store extra paper and supplies inside the sleeve.
  2. Paper – I usually take watercolor cardstock, which is stiffer than standard cardstock.  It holds up great for traveling.  I cut the pages down to A2 card size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  Bristol Strathmore paper is what I use if I’m taking my Zigs, because it helps them blend the best.  Again, I cut it down to size.  Sometimes I take card bases, other times I just wait to finish the cards when I get home.  I love to stamp pages of images onto my paper before I leave, and color them on the road.
  3.  Zig Markers – These markers blend so easily, with or without water.  I love the vibrant colors!  I don’t need to take the whole pack, I just grab a handful of my favorites, a light and a dark of each color for blending.
  4. Watercolors – These also travel well, if you have a small palette.  They’re easy to use, more forgiving than other kinds of paint, and they dry quickly.
  5. Waterbrush – This makes painting easy, even on long plane rides!  Fill the barrel of the brush with water, and you’re ready to paint without a mess.  I use this with my Zigs, as well.
  6. Distress Mini Ink Cubes – These take up almost no space, and the new lids fit tightly, so they don’t pop open and dry out during transit.  Tim Holtz makes a tin, sold separately, to hold 12 cubes.  And I store my ink blending foams in the bottom of each cube, so if I grab an Ink Blending Tool, I can do all kinds of coloring techniques.
  7. Adult Coloring Books – When room is tight, these books are a blessing.  I can color away, cut them up when I get time, and turn them into cards.  Easy peasy.
  8. Colored Pencils – Many of the coloring books have thin pages, so watercolor and even markers can sometimes soak through the paper.  Colored pencils solve this problem for me.  I’m not an expert by any means, but it’s fun to practice.
  9. Tape Runner – This is a great adhesive for travel, because there’s no mess.
  10. Foam Tape – Almost every card I make has some dimension, so this is a must for me!  It travels well, it’s mess free, and it takes your cards to the next level.

Bonus:  Stickers and Adhesive Gems – I love embellishments, but I don’t want to mess with liquid glue when I travel.  This is my compromise:  All of the bling, and no drying time!

Storage:  I have a shoulder bag for my laptop, and I keep my supplies in there, too.  I always keep it close, so I don’t lose it, and because it doesn’t have wheels, it forces me to keep the weight to a minimum.

And that’s my top 10 items for travel.  I had the hardest time narrowing it down to 10 items, I want to bring everything!  You’ll notice I left scissors and liquid adhesive off the list completely, because they’re not allowed on airplanes.  Sequins and glitter tend to end up everywhere, so I save them for when I get home.  And as much I love my stamps, I’d hate to lose any, so I generally leave them behind.  Besides, I have to save room for when I go shopping.  I may come back with more supplies than I had when I left!

What do you bring when you travel?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

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StampNation Sneak Peek

July 7, 2017

Hey, glad you came by today!  I’m on the StampNation Challenge Team, and this is my first SN challenge, all about summer.  Beaches, sunglasses, sunshine, picnics, popsicles, and time by the pool!  These challenges are a great way to stretch your imagination, and your supplies.  If you want to join us at StampNation, and post your card for others’ enjoyment, we’d love to have you.  Can’t wait to see what you create.

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Gelato Card

July 5, 2017

Hey, glad you came by today!  I’ve been over at StampNation, and we just finished a class about Gelatos, taught by Faber Castell.  The class is over, but we’re still celebrating, putting everything we’ve learned into making cards.  I didn’t have any Gelatos when the class began, but there are so many fun things you can do with them!  I finally caved and picked up an iridescent set from Hobby Lobby, and I’m so glad I did.

If you’re not familiar with Gelatos, they’re a creamy watercolor paint, and they come in a tube, kind of like chapstick.  I’m using them on black cardstock, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I temporarily adhered it to my craft mat with tape runner, and taped the Dotlets stencil (from Penny Black) over the paper with Post-It tape.  You can scribble straight over the stencil with the Gelatos, but this stencil is thick, and it kept catching the stick.  So I scribbled it on my craft mat and applied the color with a sponge dauber.

I applied Supernova first, which you can see is a bright orange.  But the color doesn’t show up on the black cardstock, so all you get is a gold shimmer.  Next I turned the stencil and added Blue Moon.  The last color I used is Lunar, which is white, but the shimmer is pink.  I love it!  If you don’t have iridescent or metallic Gelatos, you can still use whatever you have.  Try it and see what works!

For my sentiment, I used the Simply The Best stamp set from Catherine Pooler, and the Best die.  I added more Lunar Gelato to a scrap of black cardstock, and die cut the word from it.  It’s hard to capture the shine on camera.  I glued it to a piece of white cardstock that I die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment around it with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I trimmed the black panel with a larger Stitched Rectangle die, and attached it to a white card base with tape runner.  Then I popped up the sentiment with foam tape.  And this isn’t the best photo, but I was finally able to capture some of the shimmer on the sentiment.  It’s even brighter in person.

Have you ever used Gelatos?  The class at StampNation is still available, if you’d like to join us.  I’ll be back soon with another card.  See you again soon!

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