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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Coffee Cards (On a dime!)

March 2, 2017

Thanks for coming by today.  I love making cards for the great people in my life, but sometimes I need a little help coming up with an idea.  Stickers are great for that, because it gives you a starting point.  And the best part is cute stickers don’t have to be expensive!  I got these stickers at my local dollar store, and I’m having so much fun.

I trimmed down some kraft cardstock with my paper trimmer, and stamped a sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I added clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.  I used my tape runner to attach my panel to the card, and added the coffee cup stickers.  Instant card!  I didn’t really need the Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh, but sometimes I can’t stop.

For my second card, I trimmed down a piece of deep pink 6 x 6 cardstock to layer behind the kraft cardstock, because I wanted a little more color.  I wanted to use the “coffee” sticker, so I used a Hero Arts sentiment that says, “Sending you sunshine and laughter.”  I cut the stamp apart (shocking, I know!) and selectively inked the words so I could stack them on top of each other.  Clean the stamp well between each word, or you can end up with a mess (ask me how I know!).  After I added the stickers to the kraft cardstock, I stamped the steam over the cup, and heat embossed it.  Finally I attached my panel to my white card base with tape runner, and that completed my card.

I hope you have a great day.  Thanks for looking!

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Emboss Resist with Colorburst


Thanks for coming by today.  I created this card for my grandma’s birthday. First I heat embossed Penny Black’s Allover Pattern in white onto watercolor cardstock.  Then I misted my panel with water (mixed with Perfect Pearls), and sprinkled Pthalo Green and Ultramarine Blue Colorburst watercolor powder over the whole page.  I die cut it with a Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp, and adhered it to my card base with tape runner.  Finally, I heat embossed my sentiment (from Hero Arts) in white onto turquoise cardstock and attached it to my panel with foam tape.  A few Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh completed my card.  Thanks for looking!

I love the intensity of Colorburst, and it takes no effort on my part!  Have you tried Colorburst?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon.

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