Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Watercoloring with Simon Hurley Create. Dye Inks

Hello! I love to watercolor and a great way to make sure I get the exact colors I want is to use dye inks! And I love the color palette of the Simon Hurley Create. dye ink line!

The Painted Lines background stamp is perfect for watercoloring! I heat embossed the stamp with white powder and that created slightly wonky little "wells" to hold in the watercolor. Yay for simple and easy! You could use any kind of watercolor, but I decided to use the Simon Hurley Create. dye ink line to add a rainbow of color to the background. I squished a bunch of inks onto my work surface and sprayed them with a spritz of water from my Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and used a brush to add color in between the heat embossed lines. I used Rosy CheeksGuppyTraffic ConeOver the MoonSlippery When WetOverzealousRemember Me, and Crown Me.

I stamped some images from the Bestest Friends stamp set and watercolored them so that they would match my background. I chose to make the balloon purple because I didn't have a lot of purple in the background and I wanted to add a little more purple to the card. I also stamped out a sentiment from the Bestest Friends stamp set and trimmed it into a banner.

I added all of my images to my card with foam squares for dimension. And that finishes this fun and happy birthday card! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Multi Colored Stenciled Eyelash Background

Hey, everyone! I love using stencils to create backgrounds! And I love backgrounds with lots of color! I used the Eyelash Stencil from Erin Lee Creative to create a simple stenciled multicolored background.

I positioned the Eyelash Stencil over my card base and used small ink blending tools to blend on various colors of ink. I didn't have a method to my inking madness - I just tried my best not to put the same color next to each other and create a random pattern. I love how it turned out! And you could even create a bunch of backgrounds in different color families pretty quickly!

I die cut the Love You Forever sentiment die from some Erin Lee Creative Holographic Cardstock and adhered it to the front of my card. It's the perfect shiny touch to finish off this card! Thanks for joining me!

Mother's Day Shaker Card

Hi! The Gorgeous Vases stamp set from Pink & Main is great for so many occasions! I decided to get a jump on Mother's Day and create a fun shaker card!

I love stamping my own backgrounds, and the new line of Plaid stamps make it so easy! There are three large 6x6 Plaid stamps and you can use one, two, or all three of them to build a background! I used a gray ink and stamped the Plaid 2 and Plaid 3 stamps onto a card base to create my background. I stamped out a few images from the Gorgeous Vases stamp set and colored the flowers with alcohol markers and die cut them with the coordinating Gorgeous Vases dies.

I die cut the largest of the Reverse Scallop Rectangle dies from some white cardstock. I adhered acetate to the back of the frame and then created a "well" with foam tape around the outside of the Reverse Scallop Rectangle frame. I filled up the "well" with a sequin mix and added it on top of my stamped background.

I adhered my images from the Gorgeous Vases stamp set onto the front of the shaker. I stamped the sentiment from the Spring Sentiments stamp set and die cut it with a die from the Sentiment Strip die set and added that over the center of the vase with foam tape. That's it for this fun shaker! Thanks for joining me!

Heat Embossing with Cover Dies

Hello! I'm using one of my favorite techniques today - embossing with dies! I love the fun look and I especially love embossing with cover dies! I'll be using products from the new Open Hearts collection from LDRS Creative!

You can do this technique with any die, but today I chose to use the With All My Heart cover plate die from LDRS Creative. I have found that this technique works best with a heavy weight cardstock or even watercolor cardstock.

I used heavy 110lb cardstock and since I planned to heat emboss I treated the cardstock with my anti-static powder pouch. I made little "handles" on my With All My Heart cover plate die by adding some low tack tape to the back so that I could easily pick up the die. I very very very lightly tapped the Watermark Emboss ink pad onto the With All My Heart cover plate die and placed the die onto my cardstock. Without shifting the die I ran it through my die cutting machine and then carefully added gold embossing powder over the die cut panel.

I had barely touched the Watermark Emboss ink to the With All My Heart cover plate die, so I didn't really get the coverage I was hoping for - but that's okay! It looks distressed and perfect to go with the Heart Wreath stamp set! I stamped and colored the main wreath image, lock, and key with Raven Hybrid ink from the Heart Wreath stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I stamped and gold heat embossed a sentiment from the Heart Wreath stamp set onto vellum and mounted it behind the heart wreath image and popped it up with foam tape onto the heat embossed background.

I decided to try this technique again and this time I really pressed the Watermark Emboss ink pad onto the With All My Heart cover die. And this time I may have pressed a bit too hard - oh well! My idea was to only have embossing ink on the "flower petal" shapes, but I got ink in the middle areas as well. You could definitely use a dry paint brush and brush away the excess powder, but I kind of like the "halo" look and all that gold just makes me happy! I stamped some images from the Friends stamp set with Raven Hybrid ink and die cut them with the coordinating Friends dies and added them to the front of my card along with a heat embossed sentiment.

I hope this inspires you to take another look at your dies and use them with heat embossing! Or even just press regular colored inks into cardstock! See you soon!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

i-crafter Unicorn Animalopes

Hello, hello! The Animalopes die set from i-crafter is the cutest die set to make gift card envelopes that look like little critters!

This little Animalope came together really easily! And I die cut all of the pieces from glitter cardstock for some extra sparkle - because every unicorn should sparkle!

Once all my pieces were die cut I started to assemble my Animalope. I wanted the ears to have a bit of pink in the center, so I used a pink Copic marker and added some shading in the center of ear as well as to the cheeks of my unicorn.

I absolutely love that every inch of this unicorn sparkles! This is such a cute way to give a small note or giftcard! Thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Using Small Images to Build a Background

Hello hello! I have a bit of inspiration for you using products from the Simon Hurley Create. release that will be available later this month!

I made a short video showing you the process behind this card. It's really quite simple! The Encouraging Words stamp set has some absolutely FABULOUS large sentiments, but it also has a bunch of amazing tiny images! I stamped my images from the Encouraging Words stamp set with a variety of Simon Hurley Create. dye inks on a piece of Stark White Cardstock. I used all of the new ink colors along with a couple of the pre-existing ink colors. The new ink colors coming later this month are Piggyback, Guppy, Sike!, Minty Fresh, Tropical Tango, and Crown Me. The older colors I used are Rosy Cheeks and Remember Me. The six new colors not only coordinate so well with themselves, but with the rest of the ink line as well!

After my whole background was filled with small stamped images I stamped a sentiment from the Encouraging Words stamp set in the center of the card. I decided to tie in the black sentiment somewhere else on my card, so I trimmed down a small portion of my panel and mounted it onto a black piece of cardstock. I created a top folding A2 card from Stark White Cardstock and adhered my panels on top.

I hope this gives you some inspiration and makes you look at the smaller images in your stamp sets a different way! Thanks for joining me! January Stamp and Stencil Release

Hi, everyone! has a new stamp and stencil release and it's the best! I created a quick trio of ink blended cards using the new Buffalo Check stencil and some of their new stamp sets!

Can I just say how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Buffalo Check stencil from!! I'm seriously in love! I love plaid and this pattern is big and bold! And the stencil is 6x8 so it's large enough to use it horizontally or vertically ... or even diagonally!!

I started each of the three cards with a Neenah Solar White A2 Vertically Scored card base. These are so easy to work with! They're high quality, bright white, already cut and scored cards. All I had to do was fold them in half! Yay! I placed the Buffalo Check stencil diagonally on the card base and used the Tropical Hybrid Ink Set and blended ink onto the background. These inks blend beautifully and are bright and vibrant! I used only the three inks in the Tropical set - Havana Red, Daffodil, and Oasis - to create a whole rainbow of colors! For my first card I blended Daffodil into Havana Red to get a pretty sunshine-y card. I blended Daffodil into Oasis and got a green color in the middle. And for my last card I blended all three colors together to get all six colors of the rainbow!

The Wordfetti - Best Day Ever stamp set pairs perfectly with the Vintage Type Lower stamp set! I love that they look like the same font in different sizes! I stamped and heat embossed portions of various phrases from the Wordfetti - Best Day Ever stamp set as well as build my own coordinating words from the Vintage Type Lower stamp set. I stamped with my MISTI and Versamark Ink onto black cardstock and heat embossed with white powder. I trimmed the sentiments into strips and added them onto my cards with foam tape.

I embellished each of the cards with some black pearls to pull in the black from the sentiment strips. I just love the way the inks blend over the Buffalo Check stencil! Such bold backgrounds! I hope you'll check out the rest of the new release from! See you soon!