Saturday, March 6, 2021

InkOn3 | Using Atelier Inks with a Gel Press

Can you believe I've never used a Gel Press? I'm jumping on the band wagon and putting my Atelier Inks from InkOn3 to the test! 









I am ALL about easy cards and easy techniques - especially when techniques result in more than one card. I got THREE backgrounds out of one go with the Gel Press! That's a win in my book! 






Be sure to check out my video at the beginning of this post for a full tutorial. This was LITERALLY my first time using my Gel Press and I'm obsessed! I watched a few tutorials on YouTube and decided to give it a try with my Atelier Inks. I haven't seen it done with these inks and you NEED to try them! Look how colorful my backgrounds are! And you can mix and match ink colors to get any type of background you want! 






I inked up my Gel Press, gave it a quick once over with my brayer, placed a stencil on top, and then rubbed a piece of cardstock over the press. That gives me one impression! Then I removed the stencil and placed a second piece of cardstock on my press. That gives me TWO impressions! I realized my stencil still had so much Atelier inky goodness, so I gave it a spritz with water and pressed another piece of cardstock onto the stencil. That gives me THREE backgrounds total! 






I wanted to keep the focus on the pretty Atelier Ink background, so I trimmed down my panels, added a stamped sentiment with Blackout Hybrid Detail Ink, and matted the panel with black cardstock. Easy and simple! This is definitely a technique that I'm going to continue to practice. Thanks for joining me! 

Friday, March 5, 2021

Miss Ink Stamps | Latte Love Foiled Background

A new stencil release from Miss Ink Stamps just hit the shop and the Latte Love Stencil was just BEGGING to be foiled! 









I can't get over this background! The Latte Love Stencil is one of my favorites from the new stencil release! It's such a pretty pattern! 






I sprayed the back of the Latte Love Stencil with Pixie Spray and temporarily adhered it to a piece of black cardstock. I used a Stencil Pal to add an even layer of Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco over my stencil and then set my background to the side to dry for a couple of hours. 






I knew that I wouldn't want to cover up a lot of the background, so I chose some of my favorite images from the Alice Stamp Set to go along with a sentiment from the Wonderland Wisdom Stamp Set. I stamped my images, colored them with Copic markers, added white gel pen highlights, and trimmed them out with scissors. 






Once my background was dry I cut down a piece of Iridescent Deco Foil to be slightly larger than my stenciled background and placed it pretty side up onto my card front. I used Deco Foil Parchment Paper as my carrier sheet to send the background through a hot laminator and just LOOK at the results! Oh I can't even say how much I love this background! 






I hope you love this foiled Latte Love background! There are SEVEN new stencils to see in the Miss Ink Stamps Shop! AND!! For a limited time you'll receive the Pocket Full of Posies Stencil for free with a $50 purchase (no code necessary!), so shop quick! 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Miss Ink Stamps | Stenciled Birthday Card

I love stencils, don't you?! I made a card without coloring and really let some stencils from Miss Ink Stamps do the work for me! 









I started by taping the Floral Stained Glass Stencil to my card front and masking off the top half-ish of my card. I blended on two colors of yellow ink keeping it darker at the masking line for dimension. I removed that stencil and lined up the sunburst from the Scene Builder Stencil in the center of the card. I blended pink ink over the sunburst and shifted the stencil left and right to continue the line of sunbursts across my card. 






I wanted to add some subtle shimmer to my card, so I placed the Scene Builder Stencil back over my sunbursts and used my finger to apply some Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel over the ink blending. Using my finger allows me to add just a little bit of the Glitz Glitter Gel instead of a layered look. 






I definitely wanted to keep the focus on the gorgeous stenciling, so I stamped a simple sentiment from the Streamers Stamp Set and added a strip of black cardstock to the stenciling "seam". I hope you pick up your stencils and show them some love this week! See you soon! 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

LDRS Creative | Friends Like You Springtime Scene

The snow is melting and I am READY for Spring! These cute little LDRS Creative critters set the springtime scene for me! Aren't they just the cutest?! 









I packed a BUNCH of products from the LDRS Creative February Release into this card! Let's start with the background! I wanted to create an easy peasy scene, so I grabbed the new Pastel Patterns 6x6 Paper Pack. I chose three patterns - a blue check for the sky, a green check for the ground, and a pink polka dot to give a break to the eye. I cut all three patterns with the largest die in the A2 Stitched Layered Card Toppers Die Set and then trimmed my panels to three different sizes. I keep to the "rule of threes" as a general principle when I am creating. It's pleasing to the eye - so we have three colors of paper in three different sizes! 






Now let's work on the rest of the pieces for the top of the card! I stamped the adorable jump roping critters from the Friends Like You Stamp Set with Raven Hybrid Ink, colored them with alcohol markers, and cut out the image with the coordinating Friends Like You Die Set. I wanted to use the GORGEOUS Sophie Alpha Stamp and Die Sets together for a fun look. I die cut the letters from white cardstock from both the Sophie Alpha Uppercase Die Set and the Sophie Alpha Lowercase Die Set and then stamped over them with the stamp sets! I used Fandango, Key Lime Pie, and Marina Madness Hybrid Inks and the Sophie Alpha Uppercase Stamp Set and the Sophie Alpha Lowercase Stamp Set. This is a great way to get custom colored die cut letters! 






My card needed just one more thing - a coordinating sentiment strip! I stamped the Get Well Sentiment Stack with Raven Hybrid Ink and die cut all of the sentiments with the Sentiment Stack Coordinating Die and mounted one with foam at the bottom of my card. Thanks so much for joining me today! 

Monday, March 1, 2021

i-crafter March Release | Slimline Borders and Edges

Get ready for the March Release from i-crafter! There are a bunch of new dies available in the shop RIGHT NOW and I used the new Slimline Edges and Borders Die Set for my mini slimline card design!






The GREATEST thing about the Slimline Edges and Borders Die Set is that you can use these dies to add elegant edges to a variety of card sizes - slimline, A2, A7, mini slimline and more! 






I created an alcohol inked panel on Yupo Paper with alcohol inks as well as some gold foiling and trimmed down a small portion and added it to the bottom of my mini slimline card. 






I used the scalloped border design from the Slimline Edges and Borders Die Set and cut a piece of white cardstock and popped it up on top of my alcohol inked panel and trimmed off any overhang. I used purple ink and my i-Blend Brushes to add a bit of purple ink to the edges of my white panel. 






I finished my mini slimline card with a butterfly cut from gold cardstock with the Butterfly Bursts Die Set and the hello sentiment from the Hello Flower Die Set. You can find all of the i-crafter products I used on my card in the i-crafter shop NOW! Happy shopping! 

Pink & Main | Masking, Ink Blending, and Embossing, OH MY!

I have done it! I've made a card that I just LOVE! And I packed a LOT into this simple card! I combined a bunch of techniques and Pink & Main products into this card! 






I used the Mask It Rectangle Stencil and positioned it right in the center of my A2 card background and used an Ergonomic Blender Brush to blend a gradient of ink in the center of my card. This makes a fun center point on my card that you could leave as is, but I decided to step it up a notch! I placed my masked and ink blended card front into the Let's Polka Embossing Folder and ran it through my die cutting machine. Now I have subtle texture added to my background!






I stamped my ADORABLE image from the Gnome Matter What Stamp Set and colored it with Copic Markers. I added lots of white gel pen dots and highlights for texture to the image. This is something new that I'm trying with my coloring and I am loving it! I stamped a sentiment from the Gnome Matter What Stamp Set and die cut both the image and the sentiment with the coordinating Gnome Matter What Die Set






You can recreate this card and change up the ink blending or the embossing folder for a bunch of different looks! I'll see you again soon! 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

i-crafter | Shiny Box Pops Unicorn Add-On Card

I love showing ways to use the products in your stash and stretch them into new projects! I used some elements from the i-crafter Box Pops Unicorn Add-On Die Set to make a regular A2 card!






I wanted to create a magical background for my unicorn, so I used alcohol inks and kept my edges wispy and ethereal! I used a gray blue and pink and when they mixed I got a dusty purple color. I mixed in some silver additive to create some additional shine in the background.






I cut the unicorn from the Box Pops Unicorn Add-On Die Set from white cardstock and the sentiment, stars, and decorative pieces of the unicorn from silver foiled cardstock. The unicorn is made to go in the center of the Box Pops Oval Base, but I wanted to have him on a standard card, so I just cut off the bottom! I arranged all of my pieces onto my card and adhered them with foam tape. 






I hope that this card inspires you to take another look at your add-on die sets and see how you can stretch them for even more card designs!