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Mini Series – Easter, Day 2

March 17, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of my Easter Mini Series.  This card is easy to create, and doesn’t take lots of expensive supplies.  I used 2 Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp, but any layered dies you have would work for this.  We just need to create a frame.

When you get your dies, they’re usually wired together, and you can clip them apart with wire cutters.  But generally, there’s a small piece of the wire that is hard to clip off completely.  And that works perfectly for this technique.  On these dies, the wires are in the center of each side, and when you line them up with a piece of graph paper, getting the smaller die centered in the larger one is easy.

I used a piece of masking tape to hold the dies together, and used my Big Shot to die cut a frame from black cardstock.

On a second piece of cardstock, I used a T-ruler to draw 2 straight lines 1/2″ apart lightly with a pencil.  I trimmed it out with scissors, and erased my lines.  Next I found a scrap of black cardstock and sketched a hill.  I always have to draw things out to get an idea of the size before I start cutting.

Once I had everything cut out, I laid my frame over it, and adhered it together with tape runner.

I laid my frame over a piece of watercolor paper, and marked the top and bottom of the frame, so I knew how much space I had to fill.  The pencil marks are on the left side of the paper.  Then I reached for my Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I started with Mustard Seed, which you can see at the top.  I went on to add Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, and Blueprint Sketch at the bottom.

Here all the ink blending is complete, and I’ve trimmed down my piece to fit behind my frame.  To find out more about ink blending, and to see a great tutorial, I suggest you visit Jennifer McGuire.  She’s very talented, and knows lots of techniques, including ink blending.

I put foam tape all over the back of my frame and the cross so it’s supported evenly when I send it through the mail.

I decided to skip a sentiment this time, but I did add Clear Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen over the cross and hill to make it stand out.  And that’s it for my card today.  I’ll be back soon with one more installment in my Easter series.  Hope to see you then!


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Cards | Easter | Series

Mini Series – Easter, Day 1

March 15, 2017

This is the first day of my Easter Mini Series.  The technique I used today is called iris folding, and it’s so beautiful.  There are lots of videos with great tutorials on Youtube, but I’ll try to explain it with pictures today.

You need a template, which you can find online.  Any circle template would work for this design today, but  I downloaded the one I used from here.

I trimmed a piece of light blue cardstock down to 5″ x 5″ and sketched out my cave in pencil before cutting it out.  I left the sides uncut so I could see how big my final image would be.

I cut a scrap of light green paper to 5″ x 3″ and drew a hill lightly with a pencil before cutting it out.  Don’t forget to erase the pencil marks.  I taped the grass to the bottom of the blue piece, and laid it over my iris fold template.

I slip my templates into page protectors, so I can use them over again.   And you can see in the photo that my template is colored in.  That’s not really necessary, but it does keep me from getting lost in the design (which is pretty important when you’re using 5 different papers in the same color!).

I taped my card panel over the template on just one side, so it works like a hinge.  You can also see that my cave is a little larger than the template, but we’ll cover that up.

I cut 1″ off from 5 different patterns of 12 x 12 lightweight scrapbook paper, and scored them at 3/4″.  Here are all of my papers before I began filling in my template.

I assigned each of my papers to a color in the template, and got started.  I found number 1 on my template and the paper I chose to go in that spot.  I’ve seen professionals measure and trim each piece, but I’m more of a “grab and tear” kind of girl.  I laid the folded edge of the paper on the line of the template, and taped it at either end.  Then I moved on to piece 2, and lay the folded edge on the line of the template.  I hope this is making sense!



If you feel lost, you can turn over the panel (this is why we only taped it on one side), and see how it looks from the front.  Keep adding pieces, working your way around the circle, and skipping numbers if they’re covered by the hill.

Here I’m almost done filling in the design.

The design is finished, except for the center.  Traditionally, iris folding has a bright metallic or shiny piece in the center, or eye, but I used a black scrap of paper instead.

I didn’t have the right sentiment, so I created one on my computer.  I trimmed it down with my paper trimmer, and cut a small triangle from the end before popping it up on my card with foam tape.  I added foam tape to the back of my card panel, and adhered it to a 5 1/2″ square white card base.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  I’ll be back soon with another card in the series.  Thanks for looking!

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St Patrick’s Day Card

March 13, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I wanted to do a quick St Patrick’s Day card, so I’m using a technique I first saw Nichol Spohr create.  I die cut 8 hearts from green paper using a Simon Says Stamp Heart die set.  You can use any heart die or punch that you have, the only important thing is that all the hearts are the same size.  Mine are about 1″ across.  I folded each heart in half, and laid them out to create a shamrock.  Then I tore a scrap piece of paper about the size of a nickel and put a dot of glue in the center.  I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, but any liquid glue would work.  Liquid glue is better than tape for this, because you’ll need a little play time.  After all the hearts were in place, I set an acrylic block on top to hold everything still while it dried.  It only took about 15 minutes.  While it dried, I took a white card base and stamped Happy St Patrick’s Day from Hero Arts’ Celebrate Everyday stamp set.  I used a stem from Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers set.  When the glue was dry, I trimmed off the extra paper and adhered it over the stem with tape runner.  I glued a small green sticker from my local dollar store to the center, and added a few more around the sentiment.  I needed my acrylic block again to hold the sticker in place while the glue dried, then I bent up the edges of the hearts for dimension.

And that’s my one layer card for today.  Later this week I’m beginning a Mini Series of Easter cards, and I hope to see you there.  Thanks for coming by!

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30 Day Coloring Challenge

March 10, 2017

Hey, thanks for coming by today.  Just wanted to let you know about something fun that’s going on this month.  The Daily Marker is doing another 30 Day Coloring Challenge, and you’re invited to join in.  Find the details here.

I used a coloring page from a coloring book today, and trimmed it down to 2″ x 5″.  I colored this with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  Unfortunately, they don’t blend all that great on this paper.  But I went over it with my Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen, and that helped the colors blend a little more.

For this one I used Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I used Tumbled Glass at the top, followed by Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, and Peacock Feathers topped with Blueprint Sketch at the bottom.

This one has a crease about 3/4 of the way down on the right side.  I hoped it wouldn’t show, but it’s still pretty noticeable.  I added white dots along the the edges of the wings with a white gel pen, and I love the look.  I still need to turn these pieces into cards, but today I’m just having fun coloring and sharing the process with you.

I  hope you enjoyed my short post today, and that you’ll join me at The Daily Marker for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  See you there!

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Mistakes . . . And how to fix them

March 6, 2017

Thanks for coming by today.  Here is a card where things went wrong.  I usually make a card, and then replicate it, with plenty of photos, so I can show you the process.  But I made a few errors on the first card.  So I started the second card, careful to avoid those mistakes, and ended up making a few new ones.  In case you can’t tell, I’m not a professional card maker!  So hopefully you can learn from my mistakes, and find some techniques to cover your own slip-ups.

I used a Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp, and cut the word, “Love” with a Momenta die.  Since I’m going to be using foam tape on the back, I made sure there’s room for it all the way around the opening.  But you could use any die cut.  You could make a pine tree with green scraps behind it for Christmas, or flowers would be great for spring.  And of course, coffee is great for anytime!

If you want to stamp a sentiment on this panel, this is the time to do it.  Once you put foam tape on the back, it’s hard to get a clear impression with a stamp.  (Ask me how I know!)

Don’t forget to save the center of the letters, because you’ll need them later.  The positive piece can be saved for a later project.

These are my supplies:  lots of paper scraps in a range of colors, a piece of scrap paper to be the base (I chose white because it was laying on my desk, but any thing would work here), and tape runner.  My base is just a little larger than the word die in my white panel.  I don’t know if you can see it in the photo, but I covered the base paper with tape runner.

I laid the colored scraps on my base on a diagonal, and pressed them into the adhesive.  Feel free to use any scraps you have laying around, and using different widths together is fine, too.  Several shades of one color would look great for this technique.

I trimmed off the edges hanging off the base, and now I’m ready to put the card together.

I’ve covered the back of my white panel with 3M foam tape, cutting scraps to fill in all the tiny areas.  I also have the center of the “O” ready to go.  The piece from the “E” disappeared for the photo,but I found it later.

I’ve got everything attached to the card base and I’m done, right?  Nope.  Can you see that the Y in You isn’t as crisp as the rest of the stamp?  There was a piece of fuzz stuck to the stamp, and it transferred to my card.  Grrr!  This is why you’re supposed to stamp onto a scrap piece of paper first, to check for issues like this.  This is also why you should clean your stamps very well.  But I didn’t want to make a new card, so . . .

This time I learned my lesson, and cleaned my stamp with a lint-free cloth.  I stamped my sentiment again on a strip of black paper and heat embossed it in white.  I cut little flags at both ends, and popped it up on the card with foam tape.  I decided to add a little shine to the die cut, so I grabbed my Wink of Stella shimmer pen, and colored the paper scraps through the opening.  It probably would have been easier to color it before I glued it all together, but this works fine, too.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and if you decide to try it, I’d love to see the results.  Thanks for looking!

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