Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Simon Hurley create. | Easy Copic Colored Baseball Cards

I'm keeping it simple and one layered ( shocking, I know haha! ) with the Simon Hurley create. Home Run Stamp Set and making a set of 3 Copic colored cards!

I made this set of 3 cards in less than an hour. That's great for me considering I'm a terribly slow color-er! All of my images and sentiments are from just one stamp set - Home Run. I found it easiest to start by stamping the sentiments in the top center of a piece of Stark White Cardstock cut to the size of an A2 card. Then I filled in with my stamped images around the sentiments. I used the glove, the baseball, and the bat and baseball. There were fitting sentiments for each image!

After my images were stamped I colored them with some simple Copic Marker coloring. And that's it! Card set completed! You can find the Home Run Stamp Set and the rest of of Simon Hurley's products on the Ranger website!

LDRS Creative | Mixing Old and New Stamp Sets to Create a Neighborhood Scene

I love that LDRS Creative is so thoughtful when designing their products! You can mix and match stamps, dies, and stencils from various releases and get just the card you're looking for! I'm using a couple of older scene building stamp sets with the new A Day in the Park Stamp Set from the Summer 2020 Collection!

I paired the new A Day in the Park Stamp Set with a few older scene building stamp sets - On the Move Landscape and On the Move Neighborhood. I think they look perfect together! I stamped the little houses, road, and grassy hill from the On the Move Neighborhood Stamp Set as well as the puffy clouds from the On the Move Landscape Stamp Set with Raven Hybrid Ink and colored the images with alcohol markers. I also stamped the little girl riding the bike from the A Day in the Park Stamp Set. Once they were colored I used the coordinating A Day in the Park Die Set to cut out the girl and used my scissors to quickly trim out the additional scene pieces.

I started assembling my simple scene using the colored images using a LOT of foam tape! I think I had four layers of foam total by the time this card was done! With simple cards like this I think it's important to have something to "step up" the card - my go to's are foam tape and glitter!! So of course I added lots of clear glitter on my images after they were adhered to the card!

I used Raven Hybrid Ink to stamp a cute little sentiment from the A Day in the Park Stamp Set and cut it out with a decorative die from the Practically Oval Frames Die Set. Originally I had built my scene on a white background - but it was a bit too "clinical" for me, so I blended some Bali Blue Hybrid Ink around the outside edge of the card. This mimics a blue sky and really brightened up the card. Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to mix your new LDRS Creative products with products you already have in your stash!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

ThermOWeb | Summer Cards with Neon Flock and Glitz

It's summer! And that calls for bright, neon, summer cards with yummy ThermOWeb products! I used all four colors of Rina K Neon Flock Transfer Sheets as well as the Neon Glitz Glitter Gel on this quick and easy set of cards - and mixed in some summer stamps from Pink & Main with a stencil duo from Trinity Stamps!

I hope you're ready for a big dose of neon! Grab your sunglasses! It's about to get bright! I love how easy it is to use the Rina K Designs Neon Flock Transfer Sheets and the Neon Glitz Glitter Gel! They work so well together! I wanted to show off how easy it is to use them side by side, so I reached for the Trinity Stamps Catching Some Rays Stencils. This is a two pack of stencils that can be used separately or together. Of course I chose together! I made all four cards in the set the same way - making it quick and easy to pull together a whole set of neon goodness!

Let's go step by step through the creation of these cards! I sprayed the back of one of the Catching Some Rays Stencils from Trinity Stamps with Pixie Spray and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock. I used the "chunkier" single ray stencil because I wanted to have a bolder ray of Neon Flock and accent with the Neon Glitz Glitter Gel. In my video you'll see me use a Stencil Pal to spread some Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco over the stencil - however, my finished projects use the Deco Foil Transfer Gel DUO.

Both products work WONDERFULLY! I frequently reach for the Transfer Gel Blanco because it seems to dry a bit quicker in my climate. Both Transfer Gels will work to transfer the Flock Transfer Sheets onto the cardstock, but the Transfer Gel Blanco must be used with a laminator while the Transfer Gel DUO can be used with either a laminator or the pressure from a die cutting machine. I used the Transfer Gel Blanco originally, but when I went to use my laminator I discovered that my laminator wasn't reaching a high enough temperature (so now I get to go crafty shopping for a laminator!). I quickly switched gears and used a Stencil Pal to apply Transfer Gel DUO onto all four cardstock panels.

Even though my video shows me applying Transfer Gel Blanco the process is the same - I used my Stencil Pal to scoop out some of the Transfer Gel DUO and gently spread it over my stencil. Then I set all four panels aside to dry for a few hours.

Once all four of my panels with the Deco Foil Transfer Gel DUO were dry I transferred Neon Flock to each of them using each of the four colors - Poppin' Pink, Orange Glow, Hello Yellow, and Screamin' Green. This is so easy! I cut a piece of the Flock Transfer Sheets to be slightly larger than the A2 card panel, placed the Flock Transfer Sheets face DOWN ( fuzzy side DOWN ) into the Transfer Gel DUO and ran it through my die cutting machine. Peel back the Neon Flock slowly and you have fun fuzzy texture left on the cardstock!

Now let's step up those backgrounds with another dose of neon goodness! I sprayed the back of the second Catching Some Rays Stencil with Pixie Spray and lined it up over the background. Part of the stencil adhered directly over the Neon Flock that I had already transferred onto the card, but it didn't interfere with the Pixie Spray at all. Just be sure to add only a light covering of Pixie Spray to the stencil - you really don't need a lot! I used a Stencil Pal to spread all four colors of Neon Glitz Glitter Gel onto the card backgrounds. I considered using matching colors of Neon Glitz Glitter Gel with the Neon Flock Transfer Sheets, but I decided to switch it up. I applied a thick layer of the Neon Glitz Glitter Gel so that I would have a lot of dimension, but you could do a thin layer if you wanted.

My images and sentiments come from some adorable Pink & Main summer stamp sets. I used the Summer Sloths stamp set as well as the Beach Unicorn stamp set and colored them with Copic Markers. Once my coloring was completed I held the matching Summer Sloths and Beach Unicorn die sets down with Purple Tape and die cut my images. I adhered them onto my cards with my FAVORITE adhesives - iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive and iCraft 3D Foam Squares. That's it! This neon card set is done! I hope these inspire you to break out your Rina K Designs Neon products - or maybe jump in the pool! See you soon!

LDRS Creative | School of Fish Stencil 2 Ways

Today I'm using my favorite stencil from the Summer 2020 Release from LDRS Creative - the School of Fish Stencil! I love how these little fishies are swimming in a swirl! And it's so versatile! I'm using it to create two styles of cards - bright and happy and classy with a touch of contrast!

I made both cards almost the same way - I just switched up the ink colors and the images on top. They came together so quickly!

Let's start with this pretty rainbow School of Fish stenciled background! I adhered the School of Fish Stencil to a piece of white cardstock and went crazy blending a rainbow of Hybrid Inks over the stencil! I used Tickled Pink, Tangerine Dreams, Banana Cream Pie, Prickly Pear Perfection, Marina Madness, Parisian Purple, and ended with a bit more Tickled Pink at the tail end of the School of Fish Stencil.

I stamped a mermaid from the Mermaid Treasures Stamp Set with Raven Hybrid Ink and colored her with alcohol markers. You can color these mermaids any way you want - but I've been reaching for my alcohol markers lately! Once she was all colored I cut her out with the coordinating Mermaid Treasures Die Set.

I added my image from the Mermaid Treasures Stamp Set to the center of the School of Fish stenciled background with foam tape and added a stamped sentiment with Raven Hybrid Ink. That's it for card number one!

Let's move on to the second card! You may notice something different about this one - I flipped the stencil! I love that the School of Fish Stencil is so versatile - you can blend ink through either side of the stencil and even flip the stencil upside down! Really there are four ways you can switch up the orientation of the stencil! Talk about getting the most out of your stencil! This time I decided to go for a bolder look and I stenciled Raven Hybrid Ink through the School of Fish Stencil. I love the crisp black look! And here's a quick tip! The Extreme Clean Stamp Cleaner isn't just for stamps! I use it to get my stencils squeaky clean, too!

I wanted to add something simple to the front of the card - something that would go with the bold stenciled background but not take away from it. I found the PERFECT sentiment in the Explore and Discover Stamp Set! It's a match made in Heaven! I stamped the sentiment banner three times with three different colors of ink - Boysenberry Blast, Tropical Sea, and Parisian Purple and trimmed out the banners with scissors.

All that's left to do is add the banner sentiments to the center of the card with foam tape. This card is even quicker than the first! You could make a bunch and just switch up the sentiment colors!

I hope these cards give you some fun ideas how to use the School of Fish Stencil! And don't be afraid to flip and rotate your stencils! You can often get different looks! Head over the the LDRS Creative store to find the products I used today and the rest of the summer 2020 release!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Pink & Main | Stand Tall, Wear a Crown

Have you checked out the new Summer 2020 release from Pink & Main? You NEEEEEEED to! It's spectacular! I used the new Flamingle stamp and die set for my summery card today.

I used just a few products for this card, but I love how bright and summery it is! There are two sizes of pineapples in the Let's Flamingle Stamp Set. Pineapples are my favorite fruit, so of course I had to use them! I stamped them repeatedly across my background and used white powder to heat set them.

I used an Ergonomic Blending Brush to add color to my background. I LOVE these brushes for all kinds of ink blending, but especially for blending a full background of ink! The background came together so quickly! And I love how the pineapples from Let's Flamingle pop off the page!

Doesn't this flamingo look like a queen! I stamped the large flamingo image from the Let's Flamingle Stamp Set and colored her with Copic Markers and cut out the image with the coordinating Let's Flamingle Die Set.

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Let's Flamingle Stamp Set onto black cardstock, trimmed them into strips, and added them and the flamingo image to the card with foam tape. I added a healthy coat of glitter to the flamingo and each pineapple to finish this summer card! Check out the Let's Flamingle Stamp Set and the rest of the Summer 2020 Release in the Pink & Main shop!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sassy and Crafty Guest Designer | Sweet as a Honeybee

Hey, everyone! I'm a guest designer for Sassy and Crafty for the month of July and I couldn't be more excited about it! I'm using the new Sweet as a Honeybee Stamp Set and Sailor Stripe Stencil for my card!

The Sweet as a Honeybee stamp set is just amazing! I'm a sucker for bees - cutesty style or realistic! And this stamp set has a bunch of extras - little honeycomb hexagons, bee trails, a bee house, and SO MANY SENTIMENTS! Seriously SO MANY SENTIMENTS! That makes my sentiment loving heart so happy! I started by using the Sailor Stripe Stencil along with some yellow ink to create a bright striped background for my little bee scene.

I used the Sweet as a Honeybee Stamp Set to stamp out a bunch of images for my card. I stamped the hexagons three times, the bee house, some flowers and leaves, a couple of bees, the little trails, and a honey drip! I love that the images are all small and easy to color so that I can add a bunch to my card without having it look too busy. I colored each of my images with Copic Markers and trimmed them out with scissors and arranged them on my card.

Have I mentioned that there are a bunch of sentiments in this stamp set? Haha! I stamped out a sentiment and trimmed it and added it to the top of the card. I used a glitter pen to add glitter highlights to each stripe and various parts of the hexagon pieces. And the card is done! Thanks for joining me and I'll see you later this month for another post using Sassy and Crafty products!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Whimsy Stamps | Calories Shmalories Slimline Rainbow Card

Have you heard the news?! I've joined the Whimsy Stamps Video Team! I'll be bringing you Fresh Friday inspiration through the month! In case you're new to me - my style is clean and simple and I love to mix stamps, dies, stencils, etc. to make one finished card! Just like I'm doing today! I used the Calories Shmalories Stamp Set along with the Slimline Windows Die Set and the Rainbows 6x6 Paper Pad to make a bright and yummy card!

I LOVE a good cupcake! My sister makes the best cupcakes I've ever had and she's always making them look so fancy and colorful! I stamped out each of the cupcakes from the Calories Shmalories Stamp Set and colored them with Copic Markers. I kept each of the cupcakes a chocolatey color and mixed up the icing to give them a bunch of yummy flavors.

I used my scissors to cut out the cupcakes with a small white border and set them aside to work on the rest of the card. I used the Slimline Windows Die to cut a white frame, but I wanted to add lots of color to the background. I grabbed what could most definitely be my most favorite paper pad EVER! The Rainbows 6x6 Paper Pad! I FINALLY got my hands on this! It's a hot item! Every time I checked it was sold out! But as I'm typing this it's still in stock in the Whimsy Store ... so RUN! There's not a single pattern that I don't love!

I used the Slimline Windows Die to cut a piece of the Rainbows 6x6 Paper to use for the background of the card. A slimline card is taller than the patterned paper, so I cut the paper in half and carefully lined it up with the Slimline Windows Die and cut twice so that I would have each little window cut from the paper. All I had to do was use a bit of glue to puzzle piece the patterned paper into the Slimline Windows frame I cut from the white cardstock!

I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Calories Shmalories Stamp Set onto the center piece of patterned paper and popped that piece up with foam tape for dimension.

I added all four cupcakes to the card with foam squares and covered them with clear shimmer - and that's it! I hope you enjoyed my first card as part of the Whimsy Stamps Video Team! I'll be back soon with more Whimsy Stamps inspiration!