Abstract Birthday Card with Direct to Paper Distress Oxide Ink

dbday2018thumbThis card was so much fun to make. It was intended for a male birthday, so I wanted it to be masculine. I used Distress Oxide Ink to create the background and Crystal Nuvo Drops for the gold highlights and dots. The greeting is from Sizzix Thinlits designed by Tim Holtz. Check out the YouTube video below. The products I used are listed below that. I am an affiliate for the organizations in the links, but they are free for you to use. If you purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage of the sale.

The products I used on this card (I am an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of anything you purchase from the links below. The links are free for you to use :0)

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads: https://amzn.to/2x7tQdm or search for them here:  Ranger Ink Industries

Tonic Studios Crystal Nuvo Drops: https://amzn.to/2xgXeOz

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

Plus Corporation Glue Tape, 4-Pack: https://amzn.to/2NGpUK9

Sizzix Thinlits Celebration Word Dies:  https://amzn.to/2UeqBgZ

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Tonic Studios Mirror Glossy Cardstock Polished Gold: https://amzn.to/2CUeePH

 

Easy Watercolor Card for Spring!

Spring has sprung! Oh those lovely spring colors. You know the ones I’m talking about. They are so heavenly to me, those beautiful colors that epitomize spring and Easter:  Pale pink, peach, and light teal. Using Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (in pale pink, flesh color, and turquoise green), I put down some color onto watercolor paper and then used a Arteza waterbrush to pull out the color in order to create a single color gradient from dark to light. I repeated this step with the remaining two colors. Once it was dry, I added some Elizabeth Craft Designs peel off stickers in gold. To frame it up, I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to design and cut out some rectangles for a cover to my watercolor panel. If you don’t have a die cutting machine, you can use rectangle dies or just a good old craft knife or X-acto knife. To save waste, I used the positive rectangles from my cut to create a second card. To top it all off, I used a Uniball Signo gel pen in gold to outline each frame. Check out the YouTube video below and don’t forget to like and subscribe. The links to the products I used are below the video. I provided more than one link for some of the items so you can shop around. The links are free for you to use and if you happen to purchase something, I will get a small percentage of the sale because I am an affiliate to the organization they link to.

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Hello Spring

Spring is here! That means pretty colors and beautiful weather. To celebrate, I dry embossed some cardstock with a stencil and then added some color with a stencil brush and some gelatos.  Gelatos look like lipstick tubes, but they aren’t for your lips ;0)

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To dry emboss with a stencil, you’ll need a rubber embossing mat as well as your embossing plates. For Cricut cuttlebug users, you’ll need your A plate, then put your paper down and the stencil on top of that. The rubber embossing mat goes next. Then you’ll need two B plates, and finally a cardboard shim to get a better impression.

Without removing the stencil from the paper, I applied some gelatos using stencil brushes. The image below shows how I smeared the gelatos onto my craft mat and then picked up the color with a stencil brush. Too bad I didn’t take a photo of the stencil still attached to the card panel :0(   I used some 3M post it tape to hold the stencil in place on the paper (not the craft mat).
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You can see the result below. I just love the rainbow effect this created on the edge of the card, so I repeated it on the other side, which you can see in the finished card.
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For the greeting, I die cut “hello” from yellow paper using  a HeroArts Stamp & Cut set.  I used black ink to stamp the die cut and added some glossy accents accents to make it shiny. To embellish the card, I stamped a butterfly on some acetate using StazOn ink and fussy cut it out. Next, I added some color to the butterfly with Sakura Glaze pens. The StazOn ink and Glaze pens will take a little extra time to dry so plan accordingly. To make it stand out, I popped up the butterly with dimensional adhesive. I just love that the light casts a colored shadow beneath the butterfly. Before mounting it to a card base, I added some “bling” by putting a few drops of glossy accents around the greeting.

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Don’t forget to adhere it to a card base to make it a card. Feel free to use a colored card base.
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The products I used on this card are linked below. I am an affiliate for Scrapbook.com, Amazon, and Hero Arts.

Hero Arts – Die and Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set – Hello
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Bible Journaling: Genesis 1 – The Creation

In the beginning…famous words, beautiful words. Creation is beautiful. Creation implies a Creator. The concept is simple. God has a way of using the foolish things to confound the wise. The idea that all creatures were created by God (and that humans were created in His image) gives dignity, worth, and purpose to each and every one of us… something people seem to be in desperate need of today. God knew beforehand that the theory of evolution would rise up and He even tried to warn us about it in His word. The book of Genesis was written by Moses long before Jesus came to earth and certainly long before Charles Darwin wrote his book, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”. In Genesis, God repeats a simple phrase over and over. Do you know what that phrase is?  It is, “after his kind”. It seems He wanted to drive that point home to anyone willing to listen…even before the theory of evolution was founded.

Every time Genesis tells us that a creature was created, it says that it brought forth creatures after his kind. This means that each type of creature could only bring forth creatures that were of its own kind. I always used to wonder why God would repeat himself over an over. I believe now it was because He knew beforehand so many would be fooled by the theory of evolution and He wanted to set us straight! In celebration of this, I did some bible journaling in Genesis 1.  The video is below. If you’d like more information on the science of creation you can find many scholarly articles at https://www.icr.org and https://www.answersingenesis.org. I particularly like the “That’s a Fact” videos on the ICR website.

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Valentine’s Day Cut File

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! To celebrate, I am offering a free cut file you can use on your craft projects. To receive it, simply subscribe to my blog and you will receive an email with the cut file. I used the cut to make some greeting cards, of which you can see in the video below. Of course, you may feel free to use them for any craft project you’d like.  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Christmas Elf Card with Metallic Gelatos

IMG_20181219_084451288 (1)Shimmery, shiny, beautiful things that catch the light.  This is the epitome of Christmas. Light goes with Christmas. Christmas is a time of gift giving.  Ever wonder why?  Because the Father of lights gave us the greatest gift we could ever receive…Jesus!  James 1:7 in the King James Version says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” That is why Christmas is about lights!  After all,  He is the light of the world, and we are supposed to be too!  Enjoy my Christmas card below which uses shimmery, shiny metallic gelatos:

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Quick Christmas Cards

quickchristmasthumbnailLove making Christmas cards?  Don’t have a lot of time?  Check out this post for some quick Christmas cards!  I used pre-cut and pre-folded cards and my stash of stickers, glitter/washi tape, gel pens, and other embellishments.  I went through my scrapbook paper packs and pulled out papers that I thought looked “Christmasy” and used them on some of my cards.  I even used a piece of old Christmas wrapping paper!  They came together very quickly and it was a lot of fun! Check out my YouTube video below and there are links to the supplies I used below the video (I am an Amazon affiliate).

 

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Pink Christmas Color Layering

pinkchristmasthumbnailI heard somewhere that pink was going to be the “in” color this winter, so I decided to make a Christmas card using it. I like the green and pink together :0)

This was a pretty easy card, and I made it even easier by using a 3 x 5 blank index card for the front panel…no trimming necessary 😉

The pink gingham stamp is from Kaisercraft and the color layering tree is from Hero Arts.  I used my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp these with a Memento dye in in Angel pink for the gingham background and four shades of green for the tree. The base stamp was stamped in Bamboo Leaves, next was Cottage Ivy, then Olive Grove, and finally Northern Pine.

I heat embossed the snowflakes with Hampton Arts embossing powder in a glittery white and the “Merry Christmas” greeting was done with Hampton Arts embossing powder in black.

To make the ornaments and star pop, I used my Sakura Glaze pen to color them in and then added a white highlight with a Signo Uniball white gel pen.

That’s it!  Pretty simple…hope you try it yourself.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Check out the video below.

 

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Autumn Split Complementary

My inspiration for this card was the Online Card Class called Color Theory.ICT-participant

We learned about using the color wheel to choose color schemes for cards. Today’s lesson was on split complementary colors. If you look at a color wheel, a split complementary includes three colors.  The first can be any color on the color wheel, and then the two other colors are on either side of the first color’s complementary color.  Complementary colors are those that are directly across from each other.  The primary colors’ complements are:  Red and Green, Purple and Yellow, and Blue and Orange.

I decided to use the Kuretake Zig Clean Color brush markers.  These are watercolor markers that give a beautiful result.  Since this card is a fall card with leaves, I wanted to use red.  The complementary color of red is green.  To get a split complementary color scheme, I used the two colors on either side of green, which are the colors blue-green and yellow-green. My pack of markers didn’t have a blue-green, so I chose the color turquoise-green instead and really loved the results.   The mid-brown was a neutral to balance out the other colors.

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I applied the red and mid-brown colors directly to my stamps, which was a Hero Arts set called Textured Leaves. Then, I spritz them with water and stamped them on cold press watercolor paper.  Once dry, I outlined them with a Sakura Glaze pen in clear ink in order to form a barrier around them so I could watercolor the turquoise-green on the background. Then I used the yellow-green marker to put dots all around the leaves.  When dry, I covered the dots with the Sakura Glaze pen. I adhered it to the right side of a card base and used the red marker to color the left edge of the card base.  Then I added a strip of watercolor paper colored with the mid-brown marker.  Check out the video below:

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Autumn Card: Embossing with a Stencil

fallherringbonethumbSome 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):

 

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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