Tuesday, January 19, 2021

LDRS Creative | Easy Masking and Ink Blending

There are a few designs that I keep tucked away in the back of my mind when I'm crafting. I like to pull them out when I want a simple card with some flair! I used the adorable LDRS Creative Boardwalk Mice Stamp Set for this cutie card! 









I have a secret. I pulled out the Boardwalk Mice Stamp Set to play with because I have *never* inked it up! WHAT! Tell me I'm not the only one who hoards cute things! Yikes! I had to remedy the situation, so I used Raven Hybrid Ink to stamp two of the images from the Boardwalk Mice Stamp Set - the little carnival scene and the hot air balloon with the ADORABLE mice. I colored them with alcohol markers keeping the color combination light and spring-y! I used the coordinating Boardwalk Mice Die Set to cut out the images. I love how even the inside pieces of the ferris wheel are cut out! 






I masked off about the bottom 2/3 of my card front with a wide masking tape so that I could add some ink blending behind my "scene". I colored my images with pastel colored markers, so I thought I would do the same with my background. I reached for my Pistachios-A-Plenty Hybrid Ink Pad - a light minty ink that is just gorgeous. When I started blending the ink onto my background I realized that I hadn't cleaned off my ink blending brush from a previous project where I used Key Lime Pie Hybrid Ink. Doh! But you know what?! I LOVE how it turned out! I think that pop of a more vivid ink brings the card to life! I kept the ink concentrated towards my masking tape and blended out to white at the top of the card. I added some flicks of black paint for texture. 






I stamped a sentiment from the Boardwalk Mice Stamp Set with Raven Hybrid Ink in the center of my card right below the ink blending. I added the images on top with a bit of foam tape and that's it! I'll see you soon! 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Pink & Main | Little Cherubs Shaped Card

I love to mix colors and patterns! Here's a peek at the Pink & Main January release where I made an easy shaped card with lots of color! 






This card was so fun and easy to make and uses a bunch of new Pink & Main products! Let's start with the shaped card. I used the second largest die in the new Mod Stitched Rectangle Die Set to cut two pieces of heavy weight white cardstock. I scored one of the die cut pieces about 3/4" from the top to create a fold for my card. I used strong double sided adhesive to attach the second piece of cardstock to the scored piece creating a shaped top fold card. I was going to leave the background white for a light and airy card, but I decided to go full throttle into color! I placed the Roundabout Stencil over the cardstock and used an Ergonomic Blender Brush to add a peachy orange ink all over the front of the card. I LOVE the Ergonomic Blender Brush for adding ink to backgrounds! It's effortless! 






The new All Occasion Florals 6x6 Paper Pack has got to be my favorite of all time! I know I say that a lot, but seriously the colors and patterns have me all starry eyed! You'll want to buy extra of this one for sure! I used the Mod Stitched Rectangles Die Set to cut two patterns from the All Occasion Florals Paper Pack and adhered them on top of my shaped card. I stamped an image from the Little Cherubs Stamp Set, colored it with Copics, and cut it out with the coordinating Little Cherubs Die Set. I completed the card with a black stamped sentiment towards the bottom of the patterned paper. 






The January release from Pink & Main hits the shop in 2 days! I hope I'll see all of you in the Pink & Main shop on Wednesday, January 20th! 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

ThermOWeb | Deco Foil Two Ways Valentine's Day Card

I have some quick ideas for using Deco Foil Transfer Sheets from ThermOWeb on your Valentine's Day cards with and without heat! 









I used two methods of foiling on my Valentine's Day card - one with heat and one without. And I have to say - my no heat method could be a new favorite of mine! 






Let's start with the method of adding Deco Foil Transfer Sheets to a background without heat. I used one of my favorite adhesives - iCraft 6x6 Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets - to cover an entire piece of A2 sized cardstock with adhesive. I chose three colors of Deco Foil for my background - Red, Enchanted Rose, and Silver Stars. I started with the Red Deco Foil Transfer Sheets and cut about a 2" x 6" piece of Foil and crunched it up in my fist so that the Deco Foil looked crackled then I started pressing random portions onto the adhesive covered background. The effect is AWESOME! 






Once I had a good bit of the Red Deco Foil on my background I repeated the process with the Enchanted Rose Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. I cut off a piece of foil, crunched it up, and pounced it onto my background. Then I filled in any empty areas with the Silver Stars Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. This technique is an awesome way to create a distressed, foiled background! But you'll probably have some sticky areas left on your background. Here's a tip! I used my anti static powder tool ( what I would use for heat embossing ) and rubbed it all over my background. No more sticky spots! 






Now let's switch gears to the heat method of adding foil. There are a LOT of ways to add foil with a laminator to a background, but I LOVE to reach for Toner Sheets! They are easy and quick - right up my alley! I always like to preheat my laminator and let it heat up for about 20 minutes after the "ready" light comes on. I find I get a better transfer if my laminator is good and hot before I start foiling. I used the Gina K Designs Stars and Stripes Foil Mates and trimmed a piece of Red Deco Foil to be slightly larger than my background, placed the foil on top of the toner sheet pretty side up, and ran it through my laminator. Now I have pretty foiled stars! 






My images and sentiments for this card are from the Lawn Fawn Pizza My Heart Stamp Set as well as the Milo's ABCs Stamp Set. This card will be for my dad and he and my son make pizza together all the time! It's their special thing! I cut my distressed foiled background in half on a diagonal and adhered it onto my foiled stars background. Then I used a mix of iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive, iCraft 3D Foam Squares, as well as iCraft 3D Foam Strips to adhere the elements onto my background. 






I hope you learned some new tips and tricks! I love that you can use either of these two backgrounds separately on their own or mix them together for one cool card! See you soon! 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Erin Lee Creative | Be Yourself

Well hello! This is just your friendly reminder to be yourself - even if you're a little weird! 






I love to create layers and depth on my cards while still keeping them mail-able. Ink blending and stencils are a great way to do that! I blended a circle of a lemon-y yellow ink onto my card base and then placed the Erin Lee Creative Sunburst Stencil over the top and blended a mustard yellow ink on top of that. The stencil has etch marks in the stencil making it easier than ever to line up the stencil directly in the center of my card. The two layers of yellow ink give a lot of depth with no added bulk! 






One of my favorite color combinations is yellow and black. The contrast between the two colors is amazing and classy! I stamped the large image from the Winter Magic Stamp Set in the center of my card using a black pigment ink and then heat embossed it with clear powder. Now I have two layers of ink blending, stamping, and heat embossing without any bulk, but there is so much dimension! 






I stamped a sentiment from the Stripe Sentiments Stamp Set and die cut it with the coordinating Stripe Die and added it with foam to my card. You could definitely add the strip to the card with glue, but I've found cards go through the mail fine with just one little popped up element. I added some gems around my card design for another bit of shine and texture and this card is finished! Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Simon Hurley create. | No Coloring Two for One Cards

Everyone loves a good two for one card right?! I used Simon Hurley create. products on these easily masked, no coloring, split cards! 




These cards feature some simple masking and stamping with a pop of color from ink blending. No coloring! Yay!! 









I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Sentimental Flowers Stamp Set down the center of a piece of 5.5" x 8.5" Stark White Cardstock. Then I trimmed the piece in half so that I would have two card fronts. I used a Versamarker and clear embossing powder to create easy "masks" for the florals. This way I can add stenciling to these one layer cards without having to fussy cut paper masks. 






I used the Stained Glass Stencil and added a burst of color fading out to white from behind the flowers. I used Overzealous mixed with Sike! as well as Prom Queen mixed with Guppy






I finished the cards with stamped sentiments from the Sentimental Flowers Stamp Set. And that's it! I hope you're inspired! 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

LDRS Creative | You Are Truly Amazing Slim Line Pocket Card

Need an idea for a quick and versatile Valentine's Day card? Look no further! I used a mix of LDRS Creative stamps and dies to make this adorable Slim Line Pocket Card! 









I am head over heels loving the new Slim Line Pocket Dies! I love that you can make smaller cards that perfectly fit in an A2 envelope - even with elements that hang off the side of the card! Let's build this card from the bottom up - starting with the white on white background. Die cutting a white background is a great way to bring texture into a card without being too distracting. I die cut the Slim Line Basket Weave Pocket Die background from white cardstock and adhered it onto a 3" x 5.5" card base. Let's move on to the die cut elements! I reached for some of my go to scene building dies - Here Comes the Sun, In a Cloudy Sky, and the Rainbow Bits Die Set. I cut the clouds from white, the sun from yellow, and a colorful rainbow from scraps of colored cardstock. I can't get enough of all of the stitched details! 






Such an adorable background needs an equally adorable image to go on top and LDRS has me covered! I grabbed the Up and Away Pocket Pals Stamp Set that was released last Spring and stamped the flying elephants and the heart balloon with Raven Hybrid Ink. I colored them with alcohol markers and die cut them with the coordinating Up and Away Dies and added the images to my card with foam tape. 






I stamped the Love Stack Sentiment Stamp Set with Raven Hybrid Ink onto white cardstock and quickly cut a bunch of sentiments with the Sentiment Stack Coordinating Die. I picked my favorite and added it to the bottom of my card with foam tape. I hope this card inspires you! See you soon! 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Pink & Main | Valentine's Day Seasonal Truck

It's just about a month until Valentine's Day and I'm showing off the Pink & Main Seasonal Truck Stamp Set on this festive card! 





I knew I wanted to keep to traditional Valentine's Day colors, so I chose a pink and white polka dot patterned paper from the Best Friends 6x6 Paper Pack as a jumping off point. I cut it to cover an A2 card and decided to add a bit more to the background. 






I die cut the Plaid Slimline Die from white cardstock and added it down the center of my card. The Plaid Slimline Die is sized to fit a slimline card, so it's quite a bit longer than an A2 card. I let the die cut hang off the top and bottom and trimmed off the excess. 






I Seasonal Truck Stamp Set is a large stamp set with the adorable truck image as well as a bunch of coordinating images to place in the bed of the stamp. I stamped the truck and the bed of hearts and colored them with Copic markers. I die cut them with the coordinating Seasonal Truck Die Set and added Wink of Stella as well as Glossy Accents to portions of the colored images. 






I added the truck as well as a sentiment to the card with foam tape and finished with some Glossy Dots. Thanks for stopping by!