Autumn Card: Embossing with a Stencil

Some of my favorite colors are the earthy colors of fall.  The deep rich reds, oranges, and golds we see on the falling leaves are so warm and welcoming in my opinion, but I didn’t want to make a card with fall leaves as I had last year.  Instead, I decided to use a herringbone stencil to create an embossed background.  I chose this technique because coloring the raised area through the stencil allows for a multi-colored background.  Please check out my YouTube video of the card below and then see the list of products I used below that (I am an Amazon affiliate):

Cricut Cuttlebug Die Cutting & Embossing Machine:  https://amzn.to/2oVQ8dp

Cricut Cuttlebug Adapter Plate C, 5.875″x7.75:  https://amzn.to/2CImlig

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack  https://amzn.to/2O5xCuf

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack:  https://amzn.to/2QhiKdI

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads:  https://amzn.to/2QkHdib

Finger Sponge Daubers (40 Pack) with Storage Case:  https://amzn.to/2NC79Y2

Inkadinkado Herringbone Sticky Stencil (similar to what I used):  https://amzn.to/2wZVV6o

Darice GX220014 Vellum Value Pack 8.5″X11″ 50/Pkg-Clear 95gsm:  https://amzn.to/2NyAIK9

Sizzix Framelits Die Set with Stamps, Happy Fall Y’all by Jen Long:  https://amzn.to/2x1DEFQ

Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens (Set Of 60):  https://amzn.to/2Qfp99c

Fiskars 9 Inch SureCut Paper Trimmer:  https://amzn.to/2O6kOns

Elmer’s CraftBond Fine Line Glue Pen:  https://goo.gl/TcQ6uT

Dimensional Adhesive(Pop up squares):  https://amzn.to/2x290Ly

We R Memory Keepers WER663007 Precision Press:  https://amzn.to/2CIYPlk

Bible Journaling Psalm 24:1 KJV

Psalm 24:1 KJV The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

When I read this verse, it made me think of the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” So, of course, I wanted an image of the earth. That’s when I thought of using my Creative Devotion rub ons because it has an aqua color circle that could easily double for the earth. Next, I drew on the land and then stamped some cute little faces around the “earth” from a stamp set called, “Stick Family” by Stampabilities. I am not able to find the stamp set online anymore, but I originally purchased it at a Hobby Lobby store. Enjoy the video below and don’t forget to see the products below that!

The products I used on this project ( I am an Amazon affiliate):

American Crafts 2 Sheets Rub-ONS Creative Devotion:  https://amzn.to/2wUaMhM

Prismacolor 3596T Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 12 Count:  https://amzn.to/2wZ0woA

Sakura Pigma Micron 03 PEN 0.35mm Black Ink:  https://amzn.to/2wWGKdj

KJV, Journal the Word Bible, Cloth over Board, Green Floral, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses:  https://amzn.to/2CSpig3

Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Today, I have a freebie for you to help you celebrate Mother’s Day!  Below is a wreath I created on Adobe Illustrator.   To capture the image, right click on the image and select, “Save image as” and then choose the folder you want to save it in.  Never use “Copy image” because the quality of the image will be degraded if you resize it before printing it.  Also, if you plan to color it, you will want to use a laser printer so the ink will not run when it comes into contact with the medium with which you choose to color the flower.  I have read that some people set ink jet images with a heat gun and it doesn’t run when coloring it, but I never had any luck with that method.  Enjoy!  Don’t forget to check out the Mother’s Day shaker card below this post :0)floralwreath

Mother’s Day Shaker Card with Inlaid Die Cuts

Welcome to my blog.  I love making greeting cards by hand.  Today I have a Mother’s Day card for you.  Using a flower die cut, I created three openings on the front panel of my card.  These will be the “windows” for my shaker card.  Then, using the same die cut, I cut out three flowers from pink cardstock.  On the back of the front panel, I adhered a piece of acetate large enough to cover the flower openings.  When dry, I turned the card over and adhered the pink die cuts inside the flower openings I had created earlier on the front panel.  Turning the card over, I placed some foam tape around the openings of the flower and the rest of my front panel.  Now, here comes the sequins.  Fill the “well” created by the foam tape with three different colors (or one if you wish) of sequins.  Remove the release tape from the foam tape and adhere it to the front of your folded card panel. To dress up the front of the card, I cut a strip of watercolored paper with a fancy edged rotary blade…this one was a Fiskars Victorian style blade…and adhered it to the front of my card.  Finally, I used Versa Mark ink to stamp a greeting and embossed it with heat embossing powder.  I hope you enjoy the video below as well as a list of the products used on this card:

To create the watercolor strip I used on the card, I used a wet on wet watercolor technique with some pearlescent watercolors by Yasimoto.  First, I laid down some clean water on my watercolor paper.  Then, I dabbed on the three different colors of watercolor on the paper and allowed them to run together along their edges.  I used pinks and purples.  Then, I used some of the Zig clean color real brush markers in violet and light violet to flick on some splashes of color.  To do this, I colored the Zig markers on a clear acrylic block and used a wet paintbrush to flick the color onto the paper.  Finally,  I sprayed some Tattered Angles glimmer mist in autumn gold onto the page.  ONce it was dry, I used a Fiskar’s rotary trimmer with a Victorian blade to cut the strip of paper for my card.

The products I used on this card:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Flowers Die set #1325: https://amzn.to/2GrQbrU

Cricut Cuttlebug: https://amzn.to/2GbyptT

Fiskars Rotary Trimmer:  goo.gl/GgpxZG

Fiskars Victorian Blade: https://amzn.to/2KusnTF

Glossy Accents: https://amzn.to/2GfhHFK

Hampton Arts Embossing Powder: https://amzn.to/2GdpO9G

Strathmore Watercolor Paper: https://amzn.to/2GwiF3S

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: https://amzn.to/2Gfdp1h

Yasimoto Pearlescent Watercolors: https://amzn.to/2KseZ29

Heidi Swapp Magnolia Lane Stamps by American Crafts: https://amzn.to/2rgem2T

Foam Tape in bulk: https://amzn.to/2HFXg9L (I’ve never used this brand, but couldn’t find link to the one I used on this card).

Sequins in bulk: https://amzn.to/2JFznLS

 

Easter Card with Watercolor Egg Wreath

There is nothing like Easter that makes me think about color.  Instead of just coloring some real eggs this Easter, I decided to break out my oval die set to make some paper eggs. First, I used some watercolor markers to color a sheet of watercolor paper with the colors of the rainbow, only in lighter version to make them feel more “Eastery”.  Then, I used my oval dies to cut out a bunch of “eggs”.  I also used some flower dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create some flowers out of the same watercolor paper.  Then, I used some stickers (border stickers from Hot of the Press/Paper Wishes, and Easter stickers from Walmart) to decorate the eggs.  Putting it all together in a wreath makes a beautiful focal image for an Easter Card.  I used a sheet of textured cardstock the size of 12 X 12 cut to 12 X 6 and scored at 3″ and 6″ to create a gate fold card.  I adhered the wreath to only the right side of the front of the card so the card opens on the wreath side.  Enjoy the card and the video:

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Products I used on this card:

Bible Journaling Luke 16:31

Bible Journaling is something that is new to me.  Adding images to my bible to illustrate what a verse means to me really helps me to remember and cement these ideas and verses in my heart and mind.  I hope they can provide insight, illumination, or encouragement to others.  My journaling bible was purchased from Dayspring.com (I am not an affiliate).  It  has large margins for notes and so on, which I prefer because I don’t like covering up the Word of God.  Anyway, the verse is Luke 16:31 which tells about a rich man and poor man and what happens to them when they die.  Check out my YouTube video to hear more and see my illustrations.  Have a great day!

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Stained Glass Window Card with Maymay Made It heART Scripture Stamp

Stained glass is so beautiful!  I’ve wanted to do a stained glass card for a long time, so I’m so thankful that Maymay Made It produced one.  It is a color laying stamp, but on this card I only used the outline stamp with some Sakura Glaze pens to color in the section of the window.  The inside of the card features cute little faces from a Stampabilities stamp set called “Stick Family” I purchases at hobby lobby a while ago.  Can’t find it for purchase, but they do have some stick family stickers for sale.  Check out the YouTube video to see the card being made and like and subscribe!

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Products I used on this card:
Maymay Made It heart Scripture Stamp Set: https://www.maymaymadeit.com/pages/search-results-page?q=layered+stained+glass+window

stick family sitckershttps://www.hobbylobby.com/Scrapbook-Paper-Crafts/Stickers/Stick-Family-Stickers/p/18958

Color Before Foiling with Distress Ink

I love foiling!  The result is simply gorgeous.  Coloring before foiling, however, takes it to a whole new level.  In the following card, I applied distress ink using fingertip sponge daubers to a pre-printed toner image before foiling it with a pretty pinkish/magenta foil.  As you can see, the results were beautiful. :0)  I used images designed by Anna Griffin along with her Minc machine, which I purchased through HSN. However, you can also use a regular laminator to foil.  If you can’t find the Anna Griffin images, I know that Gina K Designs also does these. She calls them foil mates. I linked them below. However, if you have a laser printer that prints with a toner cartridge, then you can print your own images and foil those!!! I did this for a birthday card and I plan to blog it soon, so check back often for it.

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Create Your Own Background for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

SSS_Wednesday-Challenge-Blinkie-3Today I have a card featuring the Lawn Fawn Bugs and Kisses stamp set.  First, I created a background with these adorable little images.  When creating a background, it is a good idea to choose a stamp set that had large, medium, and small images so you can create balance on your project and fill up empty space with the smaller images.  Second, I traced the lines with a Sakura Glaze pen in clear ink.  You could just heat emboss them with a clear embossing powder.  After the ink was dry, I used fingertip sponge daubers and Distress Ink to color my images.  The Glaze pen resisted the color so the black lines were still visible after applying the Distress Ink.  What a cute background!  Third, I matted my background image with black cardstock that had been trimmed with a victorian edged blade to give more interest to the card and make it a bit more fancy.  Fourth, I adhered the panel to my card-base, which was a pre-cut and folded card from a set I purchased at Michael’s over the holiday.  You can find it on Amazon too.  Fifth, I cut out the word hello using the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut “Hello” set from another card of the same color which I can use to make a second card after removing the die cut from it.  I matted the colored hello die cut with a black hello die cut to create a shadow for the word.  This makes it more defined against that busy background.  Finally, I heat embossed the bottom sentiment, “love bug” in black embossing powder.  You can find a list of supplies below the YouTube video.  I am an Amazon affiliate.  Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day card with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers on Vellum

Happy Early Valentine’s Day! Today I have a subtraction technique with alcohol markers on vellum.  First, I laid down some color on my vellum after cutting it to the size I needed.  Then I used a heart stencil and some q-tips with rubbing alcohol to remove the ink.  This created cute little see-through hearts on the vellum.  As you can see below, I cut a heart-shaped window on the front of my card with Sizzix Framelits heart dies and adhered the colored vellum behind it to create a window card.  The hearts were cute, but I wanted them to stand out more, so I traced them with a Sakura glaze pen and then added some doodles with a Uniball Signo white gel pen.  These last steps are totally optional.  Enjoy the video below the image.  The products I used are listed under the video (I am an Amazon affiliate).

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