Friday, September 18, 2020

Whimsy Stamps Friday Frenzy | Vintage Wallpaper Sympathy Cards

Unfortunately we live in a world where sympathy cards are necessary. I made two elegant butterfly sympathy cards with Karin Brushmarkers and other Whimsy Stamps goodies.  







The Vintage Wallpaper Background Stamp could be used for a bunch of different card styles depending on which color ink it's stamped in. I decided to go with a light gray to keep the background subtle. 




I stamped all four butterflies in the Butterflies Stamp Set and colored them with Karin Markers. I've only worked with these markers a few times, but oh how I love them! The colors are bright and vibrant! I used 283 Gold in each butterfly as well as 204 Aqua, 181 Lipstick Red, 195 Amber, and 247 Pale Violet. 




I stamped sentiments from the Life Goes On Stamp Set and added them with foam tape. I love this stamp set because you can build your own sentiments. And the mix of text size and font is wonderful! 


I'll see you next Friday with a new Friday Frenzy video

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Simon Hurley create. | Pink and Mint Christmas

I love a traditional Christmas color scheme, but today I'm mixing it up and going slightly into non traditional with pink and mint! Just close enough to the "original" to keep me cozy! Haha! 








The Tree Farm Peel-apart stamp set is my FAVORITE from the recent Christmas in July release from Simon Hurley create. I just love it! So whimsical, but can be so classic, too! I stamped it with Piggyback Ink.This ink is so light, so I used my MISTI so that I could ink it up and stamp it 3 times to intensify the ink color. 






I stamped a few baubles from the Brilliant Baubles Stamp Set with a dark black ink and colored them with Copics. I picked a pink, mint, and gold color scheme. This is my favorite non traditional Christmas color combo! 






I trimmed out the baubles with scissors and added them to my Tree Farm background with foam tape and stamped a sentiment from the Brilliant Baubles Stamp Set to finish the card. See you soon! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

InkOn3 | Black and White with a Pop of Pink

One of my favorite colors combos is black and white ... with a pop of color! Any color will do - but why not go with a happy pink!?  








This background is so easy to make! And I used my most used crisp black ink - Blackout Hybrid Detail Ink! I took two strips of masking tape and spaced them about a quarter of an inch apart. I find that a grid mat makes life easy! I positioned my tape, used a blending brush (specially designated for Blackout Ink) and blended on some Blackout Hybrid Detail Ink, wiped off my tape with an Ink Off Cleaning Cloth, and moved the tape pieces up a half an inch. This leaves me with quarter inch black and white stripes! This takes a bit of time, but seriously look at that background! 






I stamped the flowers, bud, and leaves from the Big Bold Magnolias Stamp Set onto cardstock with Blackout Hybrid Detail Ink and colored them with Copic Markers. I kept the coloring simple and used just a few pink, green, and yellow markers. I cut each of them out with the coordinating Big Bold Magnolias Dies and arranged them onto my black and white striped background. This took a bit of fussing, but I have a handy trick that I share in my video that makes things easier for me! 






I stamped a sentiment from the Dogwood Flower Stamp Set onto a strip of white cardstock and added all of my elements to the card with foam tape. That's it! So easy, but so classy! 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Pink & Main | Pumpkin Spice and Autumn Greetings

 Hello! It's time for pumpkin spice and everything nice! There's a cool breeze and it's the perfect time for a hot drink! 





I mixed the new Need to Venti Stamp Set from Pink & Main with one of my favorite sentiment sets from last year - Fall Sentiments. I stamped out two of my favorite mugs from the Need to Venti Stamp Set and colored them with Copics. I die cut them with the Need to Venti coordinating dies - which I love because they cut out the little holes in the handles! 






I created a simple watercolor background for my hot autumn drinks. I used shimmer watercolors and kept the colors complimentary to my mugs. I used a light red, blue, and purple with gold mixed in. I used a watercolor brush and created freehand circles. Easy peasy! 





I added the mugs from the Need to Venti Stamp Set onto the top center of my card with foam tape and stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Fall Sentiments Stamp Set to finish off the card. See you soon! 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

i-crafter | Leaves Are Falling

The temperatures are FINALLY starting to drop where I live! And I know what comes next! The crisp afternoons, falling leaves, and the very air itself smells like apples! The Leaves Are Falling Stamp Set from i-crafter was just calling my name! 









I used some fun techniques on this card, so check out the video above for a detailed step by step! I show you an easy way for tone on tone stamping, Copic coloring, and partial diecutting! 






I used watermark ink to stamp a bunch of leaves from the Leaves Are Falling Stamp Set all over a piece of dark brown cardstock for a tone on tone look. I also stamped one additional leaf onto Neenah cardstock and colored it with Copics. I used a circle die from the Dashed Circles Flip Card Die Set to cut out the leaf. I also used the same Dashed Circles Flip Card Die Set to cut out a layering circle with the little punched circles detailed border. I needed to do a bit of special die cutting for this, which I detail in the video above. 






I used the i-blend Blender Brushes to add a bit of brown ink to the leaf circle die cut for a bit of a distressed look. I love these little brushes! They are tiny little versions of blender brushes (not foam!) and are just perfect! I finished off the card with a stamped sentiment strip from the Leaves Are Falling Stamp Set. Thanks for joining me! 

Whimsy Stamps | Slimline Hill House Die Cut Inlay

 I'm getting all kinds of spooky with Whimsy Stamps today! I have an easy die cut inlay technique to share. It's a great way to add color to a scene die! 





There are so many things to do with scene dies, but I like to keep it clean and simple. Die cut inlays are so easy! Especially with large die cuts like the Slimline Hill House




I added a kitty holding a broomstick from the Spooky Kitties Stamp Set. All three kitties would fit perfectly into the scene, but this one is my favorite! I added some white word die cuts from the Chills Word Die Set and finished the card with some heat embossed "boos" from the Spooky Kitties Stamp Set




I hope this gives you some die cut inlay ideas! See you soon! 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Pink & Main and Pear Blossom Press EZ Lights Collab

I have a spooky Day of the Dead light up card to share with you! It's part of the blog hop collaboration between Pink & Main and Pear Blossom Press! I love when the companies I love join forces! 










Isn't it cute?! I just love this adorable slimline scene! And their little faces light up! The video above shows just how easy it is to create a light up card, so be sure to check it out! I stamped and colored my images from the Pink & Main Day of the Dead Stamp Set and colored them with Copic Markers then die cut them with the coordinating Day of the Dead Dies. I love how they turned out! 






Now it's time to create my scene! I used a die from the Layered Circles Die Set and cut it from masking paper and positioned it in the top left corner to mask off my moon. I used blender brushes and blended on a few colors of ink to make my sky. I didn't bring the ink all the way to the edge of the circle - this lets me have a glowing moon effect! I peeled off the circle mask and blended on some yellow ink for the moon. 






I die cut a reverse scallop slimline frame using the Blessings Slimline Die Set from black cardstock. I also cut some stitched hills using the Scallop Waves Die Set and added them onto my night sky ink blended piece. 






Now it's time to make the card light up! To see how I do this be sure to watch the video above! It's so easy! I made note of where I wanted the push button and lights to be placed and quickly assembled the light up mechanism. It truly is easy! All you need to do is run the wires and position the light bulbs in the correct place and hold them down with washi tape. You can purchase the EZ Lights from Pear Blossom Press directly or from the Pink & Main shop! Then I added my scene to my card base with Double Thick Foam Tape from Pear Blossom Press. This is a super important part! You want to use thick foam tape so that your button doesn't accidentally get pressed and run down the battery.