Wednesday, April 1, 2020

i-crafter April Release Blog Hop

Hi, all! It's time for a new release from i-crafter! The rest of the design team and I have put together a blog hop to share lots of inspiration using the April release!

I just LOVE the Rose Heart die! It looks like a gorgeous stained glass rose! I decided to do a bit of die cut inlay with multiple colors of cardstock to play up the stained glass effect. I die cut the Rose Heart die from two colors of red cardstock and the leaves from two colors of green cardstock. I also cut the dies from white cardstock to have a white outline. I simply used liquid glue to puzzle piece the die cut pieces in place. 

I needed a big bold sentiment, so I grabbed the Haley Alphabet stamp set from a previous release and stamped the letters to form the word "hello" with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I glued the leaves flat onto the card and popped up the Rose Heart with foam tape. This card needed a little - or a lot! - of bling, so I added some white iridescent gems all over my card. 

There are so many fun techniques you can do with the Rose Heart die! I hope this gives you some inspiration! And remember to hop through the rest of the blogs for even more inspiration with the April release from i-crafter

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ThermOWeb // Neon Glitz and Enamel Easter Peep Cards

Hi!! Easter will be here in a few short weeks and what better way to celebrate than with the Rina K Designs Neon Glitz Glitter Gels and Neon Enamel Transfer Sheets from ThermOWeb!? Throw some Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco in the mix and you've got some FABULOUSLY happy Easter cards!

I only intended to make one card using strips of paper, but I had so much left over that I made three cards! And I still have a bunch of scraps left over! What's even better is that I made all three cards from the individual backgrounds that I made. I love finding ways to use backgrounds creatively.

When I'm using what I call "wet mediums" such as Neon Glitz Glitter Gels and Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco I like to start with the backgrounds and as they dry I work on the rest of my project. For these cards I created two backgrounds with Neon Glitz Glitter Gel and two backgrounds with Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco. I sprayed the back of the Four Point Stars Stencil from Pink & Main with a light coating of Pixie Spray and temporarily adhered the stencil onto an A2 sized piece of white cardstock. I used a Stencil Pal to spread some Hello Yellow Neon Glitz Glitter Gel over the stencil onto the cardstock. I removed the stencil, washed it in the sink, and placed it over another piece of white cardstock and used my Stencil Pal to spread some Orange Glow Neon Glitz Glitter Gel over the stencil. I used the same stencil again to add Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco to two additional pieces of cardstock and set all four pieces aside to dry.

I have found that when I'm using "wet mediums" it's best to apply more of the product over the stencil than you think you'll need and use the Stencil Pal to spread an even layer and add the excess back into the jar. This helps in getting even coverage. I do want to mention that I absolutely do not waste the extra product. I had a viewer mention that they feel it's a waste to spread extra product over a stencil, so I added a few little tips to my video showing how I conserve my precious Glitz Glitter Gels and Deco Foil Transfer Gels!

While my four backgrounds were drying I stamped my cute peeps using Rina K Designs Neon Electro-Pop Inks. I used the My Kind of Peep stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I realized after I completed my cards that this stamp set is retired, but there are plenty of Easter Peep stamp sets on the market. Use what you have! I wanted to have ombre style peeps, so I used the whole rainbow of Rina K Designs Neon Electro-Pop Inks! I stamped the Peeps with the lightest ink color once, then re-inked with the next color of the rainbow - but only part of the Peep and stamped again. And then I inked just the bottom portion of the Peep with the darkest color of Neon Electro-Pop Ink and stamped a third time. This stamp set comes with an outline for each Peep, so I stamped that with a crisp black ink. And boom! Rainbow, ombre, NEON PEEPS!

It didn't take long for my four backgrounds to dry - just an hour or two, but you could leave them to dry overnight if you wish. I do all the time! I trimmed a piece of a Poppin' Pink Neon Enamel Transfer Sheet and placed it shiny side up over one of the Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco backgrounds and ran it through my HOT laminator with a piece of parchment paper as a carrier sheet. I did the same with a piece of Screamin' Green Neon Enamel Transfer Sheet. When I peeled back the Neon Enamel Transfer Sheets I had a fun stenciled background with a gorgeous candy coated enamel finish!

I took all four backgrounds and trimmed them down into 1/2" strips. And yes .... I held my breath the whole time! Haha! I love to do this "paper weaving" technique and I thought it would be especially fun to do it on an Easter card since it makes the background look like a basket! And it's a great way to incorporate a BUNCH of color into a background. I placed 6 strips of the stenciled backgrounds vertically onto my table. I didn't follow rainbow color order. Instead I alternated the types of background strips between Neon Glitz and Neon Enamel. Then I used another background strip and placed it horizontally on top of the vertical strips. I moved the horizontal strip so that it was "weaving" going over one vertical strip and under the next - and over and under and over and under. It's much easier to see in the video! I repeated this process with 5 additional strips of the background pieces until I had a whole background piece. I found it was easiest to use little bits of iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive along the way to keep my strips in place.

I had so many strips left over that I decided to show you some simpler backgrounds. I placed a few strips horizontally on a piece of cardstock and used Gina K Designs White Foam Squares to pop them up onto my card. I also created a third background with vertical strips which I glued down with iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive.

I added little families of the Neon Electro-Pop Peeps and sentiment strips with Gina K Designs White Foam Squares. That finishes all three cards! I hope they give you some bright, neon, Easter inspiration! See you soon!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

i-crafter Swan Tunnel Base 3D Card

Hi, there! I have another card using the Swan Tunnel Base die set from i-crafter. I'm again using it in a different way - kind of an inbetween simple and the way it is supposed to be used!

The Swan Tunnel Base die set has a bunch of dies to create a swan lake scene. I took the largest die that creates the front of the card - it looks like a longish rectangle with score lines on each side - and die cut it from white cardstock. I centered the swan die in the middle of my card front and cut out the swan. I used masking tape to mask off the swan and added a bit of gray ink so that there's a bit of difference in the swan and the rest of the card front for dimension. I die cut the cattails and the tall grass from separate pieces of white cardstock and inked them with brown and green inks.

I lined up the grass pieces behind the swan and glued the layers together. I took a piece of 4.25 inch square watercolor paper and added blue and purple inks to the background and flicked on specks of water for texture. I folded the foreground piece on the score lines and glued the bottom "foot" to the inked background. This creates a 3D card! So fun! And it folds flat so it will fit into a regular A2 envelope!

I added some purple ink to a piece of cardstock and then die cut the letters to form the word "hello" with the Haley Alphabet Outline die set from the inked piece. I glued them to the top of the card so that they would overhang into the swan scene. That's it! See you soon!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Miss Ink Stamps // Painting the Roses Card

Hello, everyone! It's release day at Miss Ink Stamps! Yayyyy!! Words cannot describe how much I LOVE this release! Today I'm using some of my favorites - the Painting the Roses stamp set and Pick a Card stencil!

I love the little card soldiers in the Painting the Roses stamp set! And they pair PERFECTLY with the Pick a Card stencil! I wanted to have a two toned background with a punch, so I decided to do some simple masking! I sprayed the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray and tacked it onto a piece of cardstock. I used 1/2" Purple Tape to mask off the diamonds and hearts. This was super easy because they were in diagonal patterns! I used a blending tool and blended on some Black Soot Distress Oxide ink to the spades and clubs.

Once I was done blending ink onto my card I wiped the excess ink off the stencil with a microfiber cloth and removed the Purple Tape, but I left the stencil in place. I used the Purple Tape once again to mask off the clubs and spades and used a Stencil Pal to spread some Red Velvet Glitz Glitter Gel to give some sparkle, shine, and texture to the hearts and diamonds. I'm left with such a fun background!

I set my background aside to dry and I stamped out a bunch of images from the Painting the Roses stamp set. I can't tell you enough how much I love this stamp set! Seriously love love love!

Once my background was dry I added my images to the card using a mix of liquid adhesive and foam adhesive for dimension. I stamped a sentiment from the Painting the Roses stamp set with red ink and trimmed it into a banner. I coated all of the images with some Liquid Pixie Dust for shimmer!

I hope you've enjoyed these projects using the new release from Miss Ink Stamps! And I want to give a HUGE thank you to Miss Ink Stamps for having me as a guest designer! I'll see you all soon!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Kindred Stamps // Shiny Bobalicious Rainbow Teas

Hi! The new Bobalicious stamp set from Kindred Stamps is so fantastic! Boba tea is super cute (and fun to say! Haha!) I decided to make them rainbow ... because everything is better with rainbows! This fun stamp set will be released on March 27th as part of the Kindred Stamps monthly release!

This card makes me so happy! But it's really easy to make! A little stamping, a little coloring, a little masking, and a little stenciling! I stamped the boba tea image from the Bobalicious stamp set across the center of my card with a MISTI for even spacing and colored them with Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers. I also stamped and colored the adorable girl image and a sentiment under the line of boba teas.

I realized something was missing in the background, so I cut masks for the boba teas from masking paper and covered them up. I placed the Heart and Dots stencil over my card and blended on some pistachio/lime colored ink over the background. It was like magic peeling back the masks from the teas! I'm in love with this background!

Since the whole background is one layer I decided to pop up the girl with foam squares for dimension. I added a healthy layer of Liquid Pixie Dust to the boba teas and the girl's outfit and covered the boba teas with Glossy Accents. Now they're sparkly and shiny and all things yummy!! I hope you love this Bobalicious rainbow card! You can find it in the Kindred Stamps store on March 27th!

ThermOWeb // Neon Flock Week - Orange Glow

Hello! Welcome to Neon Flock week with ThermOWeb and Rina K Designs! The new Neon Flock Transfer Sheets pack a gorgeous neon punch and are perfect for all kinds of bright projects! I'm using Orange Glow Neon Flock Transfer Sheets along with some other Orange Glow Neon products to make a yummy summery orange card!

I was totally inspired by an orange popsicle for this card! I wanted to really make the Orange Glow color pop and have it be the focal point of my card. What I really love about the Neon Collection from Rina K Designs is that all of the products (Electro-Pop ink, Flock Transfer Sheets, Enamel Transfer Sheets, and Glitz Glitter Gel) are all bright and vibrant, but are slightly different in color and you can really see it on this card! The Electro-Pop Ink is lighter than the Enamel Transfer Sheets, which is lighter than the Flock Transfer Sheets, but they are all that GORGEOUS Orange Glow color! I took advantage of the slight variations in color so that I could "stack" the Electro-Pop Ink, Flock Transfer Sheets, and Enamel Transfer Sheets on top of each other without all the colors running together!

I started by creating my striped background. I love using iCraft Easy Tear Tape to create backgrounds because there's no drying time! I'm an impatient crafter, so double sided adhesives are my best friends! I used 1/2" iCraft Easy Tear Tape and added stripes to my card base at 3/4" increments. I left the adhesive backing in place and inked the stripes between the tape lines. I did this before adding the Flock Transfer Sheets so that if I made a mistake and got ink where I didn't want it I could just wipe it off of the backer sheets instead of having it permanently on my Flocked stripes. I did a direct to paper technique - just used one of the flat edges of the Orange Glow Electro-Pop Ink to swipe some yummy Orange Glow ink onto my card between the iCraft Easy Tear Tape stripes.

The Electro-Pop Inks are dye inks so there is little to no dry time (another bonus for me! haha!!) After I applied the Orange Glow ink stripes I removed the backing from the iCraft Easy Tear Tape and added a piece of Deco Foil Orange Glow Neon Flock Transfer Sheet flock side DOWN into the adhesive and ran it through my die cutting machine. When I peeled back the Flock backer sheet I had such pretty Orange Glow textured and flocked stripes mixed with the Orange Glow Electro-Pop ink stripes!

I wanted to keep the focus on the Orange Glow Neon Flock stripes, so I added some simple elements onto my background using Deco Foil Double Sided Foam Adhesive Sheets. For the leafy element I added heavyweight white cardstock onto a piece of a Foam Adhesive Sheet and die cut it with the Leaf Canopy die from Altenew. What's great about these Foam Adhesive Sheets is that they are double sided, so all I had to do to adhere the leafy element to my card was peel away the backing and adhere it to my card. The adhesive is strong and will hold tight to the Neon Flock stripes. I used another piece of a Foam Adhesive Sheet and added a piece of an Orange Glow Neon Enamel Transfer Sheet on top and die cut it with a "thanks" die. Even though this die is fairly intricate you can see how BEAUTIFULLY the Enamel Transfer Sheet and Foam Adhesive Sheet die cut! I finished the card by adding the "thanks" die cut sentiment to the center of my card. I hope you love this yummy creamsicle inspired card using Rina K Designs Orange Glow products as much as I do!

Miss Ink Stamps // Wonderland Wisdom Peek Through Card

Hello! I'm am absolutely beyond excited to be guest designing for the new release from Miss Ink Stamps! I love this company and I LOVE this release! My sneak peek today uses the Wonderland Wisdom stamp set and the Rabbit Hole stencil and they will be available TOMORROW Saturday the 28th at 8am!

The Wonderland Wisdom stamp set is a larger 4x8 stamp set that is packed FULL of all of our favorite sayings from Wonderland! This is definitely a staple sentiment set. It goes with everything in this release!

I wanted to show you that you can make the Wonderland Wisdom stamp set the focal point of a card. And as soon as I saw the smiling cat image I knew I wanted to use it! He's my favorite character! I started with a card base ( which I eventually cut down to 4.25" square ) and die cut a stitched circle from the top left corner. I made sure to open the card base before die cutting so that I only cut through the front of the card and not the back of the card. I chose a circle die that would leave a stitched detail on the negative portion of the die cut ( the card base ), but you could use any circle die you have.

I opened up the card and blended some ink onto the card base using three colors of pink ink - Soft Kisses, Fandango, and Tickled Pink. I kept the lighter ink towards the circle die cut and the darker ink towards the outer edges. I took the Rabbit Hole Stencil and sprayed the back of it with Pixie Spray and positioned the center point of the swirl over the die cut circle. I used the same three colors of ink to blend over the stencil, but I used a heavier hand so that the stenciled portions would be darker than the blended background.

I opened the card and blended some Banana Creme Pie Hybrid Ink onto the inside of the card where the circle die peeks through. And that completes the ink blended portion of this card. Whew! I stamped the smiling face from the Wonderland Wisdom stamp set through the center of the die cut circle on the inside of the card and colored in the nose with a bit of a pink marker.

I stamped and white heat embossed my sentiment from the Wonderland Wisdom stamp set and added some clear bubbles to finish my card. Thanks for joining me! And be sure to check out the Miss Ink Stamps site TOMORROW at 8am for the full release!