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Double Duty with Dies

 

Hi there! I’ve got a fun technique with dies to share on today’s card. Most of the products that I’ve used on this one are My Favorite Things with the exception of a Sizzix embossing folder, so I’ll start at the beginning.

This is an A2 size card and I cut a piece of dark brown cardstock 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ for a mat under the rest of the elements. I then cut a piece of kraft cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ and taped the MFT Stitched Sentiment Label Strip die-namics cutting edge down towards the top of this cardstock piece.

Once it was die-cut, I was left with 2 separate pieces of cardstock.

I adhered the larger bottom piece with dimensional tape on the outside edges leaving a thin border of the cardstock mat underneath. Then, I die-cut this label strip die again from dark brown cardstock and embossed it with a Sizzix palm leaves embossing folder. I adhered it flat to the mat above my raised cardstock piece and then adhered the top portion of the kraft cardstock above it using dimensional tape again.

I die-cut a total of 5 small palm leaves and 1 large leaf from the MFT Wild Greenery die-namics and colored them with Copics ( 4 of them are colored with G21, G24, G46 and 2 of them are colored with YG01, YG03, YG17). I adhered the large leaf on the bottom portion of the kraft cardstock and one small leaf on the top portion.

Now it was time for my fun die technique. I wanted a thin border of this label strip shape, so I die-cut the shape again from black cardstock. To get this thin strip, I placed the die cutting-edge down slightly below one edge of the shape, taped it in place and die-cut. Do this again with the opposite edge of the shape and you’re left with 2 thin border strips. Pretty cool?

I adhered each strip above and below the die-cut shape area. You could adhere them directly to the edges of the kraft cardstock, but I liked it better slightly offset. It ended up looking less like a mat and more like a neat accent.

I adhered the rest of the leaves around the die-cut area and stamped a leopard image from the MFT Lovable Leopards stamp set on Neenah Desert Storm Environment cardstock. I colored the leopard with Copics and die-cut the image using the coordinating die-namics. I also used dimensional adhesive to adhere the leopard.

For the sentiment, I die-cut the MFT Thanks die-namics from white cardstock and inked them in an ombre color scheme with Memento inks in Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle and Potter’s Clay. To make them stand out a bit more, I die-cut the Thanks die again from black cardstock and adhered each inked letter slightly offset on a black letter to create a shadow effect.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and try this die technique out on various shapes! All kinds of possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by!

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ARRR!!

 

Hi there, mates! My card for today uses some of my new goodies from the My Favorite Things June release. All of the stamps that I used are from the Party Like a Pirate set and I while the whole set is adorable, I decided to work with this sassy parrot.

There’s a good deal of steps to this card and once I get a good camera setup for card making process videos, I’ll film all of it start to finish. For now, I’ll walk through it and try not to be too wordy (the struggle is real).

I started with creating a treasure map for the background using an inexpensive thin watercolor paper. Don’t waste the good thick stuff on this! The thinner the better is the way to go to get this effect. I cut the paper 4″ x 5″ and began to tear the edges from one corner, working my way around the paper. You’ll want to tear from back to front to get that ragged edge that takes the ink. Once I got the paper torn down to the size I wanted for the background, I began inking it with a sponge applicator and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye.

Next, I crumpled the paper up into a little wad of inky mess and then pressed it out relatively flat. You’ll have a bunch of wrinkle lines all throughout the paper that will take the next 2 colors of ink really nicely. I used a sponge applicator again first with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then finishing up with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I used the Walnut Stain sparingly so I didn’t make the map too dark.

I stamped a skull and crossbones in one corner and used a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Vintage Photo to draw an X and tick marks at the top of the card. I didn’t get too fancy with this since most of the map is covered.

 

Next, I die-cut a porthole with the My Favorite Things Ocean View Porthole die-namics from a piece of brown crinkle specialty paper that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. For the rivets on the porthole, I covered small white flat-back pearls with versamark ink, heat embossed them with a metallic bronze embossing powder and adhered them over the holes in the porthole die-cut.

The porthole die-namics die also cuts out a circle in the center which I die-cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I stamped the small palm tree from the stamp set to one side of the circle and masked it before using a sponge dauber and 3 colors of Memento ink to create the sunset. I then colored the palm tree with Copics and stamped a small bird.

For the waves at the bottom, I die-cut 2 more circles with the porthole die-namics from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and then die-cut each circle towards the bottom (one smaller than the other) with a My Favorite Things Ocean Waves die-namics die. I colored the larger wave die-cut with Copic BG57 and the smaller one with BG09 and adhered them layered together at the bottom of my palm tree scene.

 

For my sassy parrot, I started out by drawing a pirate hat for him with a Copic multi-liner pen on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. The easiest way to do this is to stamp the parrot on a piece of scrap paper and draw the hat to fit him. I then used a lightbox to trace the hat again on my Neenah cardstock and a piece of eclipse tape for a mask. I masked off the hat and stamped the parrot, then masked the parrot and stamped the treasure chest. I colored this combined image with Copics and fussy cut around the whole image. I stamped the pirate flag from one of the stamps in the set, colored it also with Copics and fussy cut around both the wooden staff and the flag separately.

For the black background of the card, I cut a piece of cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ and die-cut an oval for the sentiment with a My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Word Windows die-namics die centered at the bottom of the cardstock. I then embossed the cardstock piece with a Tim Holtz Compass embossing folder. I stamped my sentiment from the stamp set on the oval center portion of the die-cut piece in versamark ink and heat embossed it with a Wow! white fine detail embossing powder. I adhered the sentiment with dimensional adhesive over the die-cut oval at the bottom.

 

I adhered my treasure map on the black embossed background first, followed by the palm tree scene and porthole die-cut. I used a thin dimensional adhesive to adhere the parrot image and then tucked and adhered the wooden staff behind the parrot. I also used a thin dimensional adhesive on the pirate flag. I added a little pile of gold coins next to the chest to finish it off.

Whew! That was really wordy, but I hope you enjoyed today’s card!

Stay tuned for a video of this soon. I really enjoyed making this one and filming it should be fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Playing with Oxide Inks

Hi there! Today’s card was my first adventure with Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks. I had to giggle when I finished the background of this card because at first, I thought it looked like a hot mess ( relating back to my perfectionist tendencies). But, I went with it.

So, I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and I cut the piece 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ so I would have room along the edges to tape the piece down on hard board while I played with these inks. I used fossilized amber, cracked pistachio and worn lipstick with the technique of pressing the ink pad onto an acetate sheet, spraying with water and dripping the ink onto the paper. There’s tons of YouTube videos out there using this technique if you’re interested in trying this out.

You want to work with one color at a time and heat set each color before moving on to the next to avoid muddy colors, which I might have a little bit of on this card, but I liked the overall effect.

I cut the watercolor paper down to 3 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ to allow a little room on the left side for a 1/2″ wide strip of patterned paper (this is a My Favorite Things paper).

Next, I stamped and colored the bear image from the My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday stamp set with Copics and die-cut the image with the coordinating die-namics.

 

I finished it off with a nice big bold sentiment from the My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments stamp set and added a few sequins here and there.

I think I may have enjoyed playing with these inks even more than watercolors, at least on backgrounds.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and have a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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All That Shimmers Isn’t Gold… Sometimes it’s Wink of Stella

Hi there! Today’s card is all about gloss, sheen, and shimmer. I’ll admit, this one took quite a bit of time to create, but it was fun combining several different techniques.

First I stamped a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of white Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with the My Favorite Things Mermaid Tail background stamp in versamark ink. I heat embossed the stamped background with Wow! Long Island Teal embossing powder.

Then, I added a little color to the stamped background with a light green Zig clean color pen. Once this was dry, I went over the background with clear Wink of Stella.  It’s difficult to catch this in still photos, but lots and lots of shine in that background!

 

Next, I stamped, masked and colored a mermaid and rock from the My Favorite Things Mermazing stamp set. I fussy cut around the entire image and then stamped the mermaid a second time so I could work on the mermaid tale separately. I used a fish scale Copic coloring technique on the mermaid tail, pressed it on a versamark ink pad and heat embossed the tail with Stampin’ Up! iridescent ice embossing powder. I fussy cut around the mermaid tail and adhered it to my original image.

I die-cut 3 waves in various blue cardstock with the My Favorite Things Ocean Waves die-namics and added a bit of gloss to the edges using an embossing pen and UTEE.

 

I tucked the rock portion of the image slightly under the wave and popped the mermaid up just a little with a thin dimensional adhesive.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut a fish from the stamp set and hand cut 3 small water splashes. They needed a little gloss too, so I randomly inked them in spots with an embossing pen and heat embossed once again with UTEE.

To finish it off, I die-cut a patterned paper with the My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strips die-namics, matted it on a second patterned paper and stamped a sentiment from the set.

A dark teal cardstock mat really made the card front pop on the white card base.

I hope you enjoyed my card for today and thanks for stopping by!

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Magical Unicorn Monday

 

Hi there! Since I shared a magical dragon last Monday, I thought I’d share a magical unicorn this Monday. I think Mondays are anything but magical, so maybe this will help start the week off right.

I played around with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints again on this card and painted a background for my unicorn on Canson cold press. This was kind of tough for me and definitely out of my comfort zone. I’m usually a perfectionist and sloppy random color washes are a challenge, but it’s really good to try new things.

I stamped the unicorn and rainbow from the My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns stamp set, colored both with Copics and die-cut them with the coordinating die-namics to this set.

I finished the card with a sentiment from the stamp set, a little patterned paper and a few sequins.

Sweet and simple for your Monday!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Magical Dragon Monday

Hi there! I thought I’d share a magical dragon for your Monday because, well, all Mondays should have a magical dragon. One of the main reasons I started making cards again is to make people feel good, let them know they’re appreciated and thought of, so my dragon is a motivational job well done little guy and I know a few people who could really use some of this.

I used the My Favorite Things Magical Dragons stamp set on this card and I originally stamped and masked the dragon, fire and smoke on 80 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I drew the rocks under the dragon with a Copic multi-liner and then colored all of my images with Copics.

Then, I decided the white background just wasn’t working and I wanted my dragon against a patterned paper background. I fussy cut around the dragon, fire and rocks as one single piece and cut out the smoke accents. I matted a My Favorite Things patterned paper on orange cardstock and adhered my dragon scene just below the center of the card.

I die-cut a specialty paper from The Paper Company that looks a little like reptile skin from a My Favorite Things sentiment die and matted it on a dark gray cardstock.

I didn’t have a smoke stamp or die large enough for my sentiment, so I die-cut a cloud from the Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Clouds dies and colored it with W1 and a colorless blender to add some swirls and look a little more like my puffs of smoke above.

I hope you have a magical Monday and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Copic Airbrushed Clouds

Hi there! Today’s card features the My Favorite Things Up in the Air stamp set. Birdie Brown does it again with adorable little animals and fun hot air balloons! First, a little info about the cloud background:

There’s numerous ways to create the look of clouds with inks and my personal favorite is using the Copic airbrush system. Usually I will die-cut either individual clouds or a cloud border and airbrush around the die-cuts, but for this card I wanted to use the new My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil.

After I die-cut a piece of 80 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock with the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 Die-namics, I began at the top of the cardstock and airbrushed one edge around the stencil with B000. The stencil is approximately 6″x6″ and each edge has a slightly different cloud shape.

 

 

I then rotated the stencil and placed one edge towards the middle of the cardstock, covering up what I had already airbrushed, and continued rotating the stencil a few more times towards the bottom of the piece.

A little goes a long way when you’re airbrushing, so I always start off to the side of the project I’m working on to get an idea of exactly where the color is laying down.

The stencil made this technique really easy and the clean up of the stencil was a breeze using a little colorless blender and a cloth.

I colored the balloons and dog with Copics and die-cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. The dog and banner are popped up with dimensional adhesive for a little interest.

 

I finished it off by die-cutting a 2″ x 4″ piece of a My Favorite Things patterned paper using the stitched rectangle die from the Blueprints 31 set first, and then the half circle die from this set along one edge. The sentiment is also from this stamp set and it’s stamped on a die-cut gray cardstock using the My Favorite Things Oval Word Window Frames Die-namics and adhered with dimensional adhesive.

I can’t wait to give this to a friend who was recently promoted at work!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!

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Going Out of Bounds

Hi there! My card for today features the new My Favorite Things Giraffing Me Crazy stamp set and Safari Tree Die-namics die. Just like you can never have too many koala stamps, I guess I can never have too many giraffe stamps!

For my background piece, I die-cut a stitched rectangle from kraft cardstock using the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 Die-namics and stenciled a zebra print using a Delta stencil and Memento Peanut Brittle ink.

 

I colored the giraffes with Copics on 100lb. Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock and die-cut them with the coordinating die-namics dies. I die-cut the Safari tree from a textured Tim Holtz Core’dinations cardstock and olive green cardstock and I was then ready to adhere all of my elements.

I wanted the larger giraffe to extend way above the top of the tree, so to do this I had to cut the giraffe in half at the base of his neck. I then adhered the head/neck portion towards the top of the card. My original plan was to keep all of the elements within that rectangle background piece, but overlapping the top edge and “going out of bounds” really emphasized my very tall giraffe.

Next, I adhered the bottom portion of the giraffe towards the bottom of the card and the tree trunk over the top of both pieces. A little layering of the leafy portions with a few adhered using dimensional adhesive gives the tree more visual interest.

 

I also used dimensional adhesive on the smaller giraffe to bring him more forward in the scene.

I stamped a sentiment from this stamp set on a My Favorite Things patterned paper, die-cut the sentiment with another die from the Blueprints 31 and matted the piece on dark brown cardstock.

Sweet cartoonish giraffes are sure to bring a smile!

Hope you enjoyed my card for today and thanks for stopping by!

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Copic Coloring on Neenah Desert Storm

 

 

Hi there! Today’s card is a simple design, but simple can be a very effective way of placing focus on the message or intent of your card and allows a cute colored image to really take center stage. I wanted a lot of white space on this, but not white in the literal sense, so I used 100lb. Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock.

This cardstock is slightly lighter in color than kraft and you can get really interesting results with Copics on it. Be forewarned, though- your Copic colors will look very different on this than on white cardstock. I recommend testing all colors that you plan to use first on a piece of this cardstock before starting to color your image. You will need to go quite a bit darker with your shades than you might think. If you like coloring on the Desert Storm as much as I do, you might want to print off a Copic color chart on the cardstock for easy reference in future projects.

I used the My Favorite Things You Make My Tail Wag stamp set and I stamped the dog first using the MISTI, leaving plenty of room above the dog for my sentiment and the paw prints. I then masked the dog and stamped the dish. Poor little guy looks so sad his dish is empty.

 

I stamped the sentiment and paw prints also from this set and finished it off with a small strip of patterned paper to ground it just a bit.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!

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Drawing a Background Scene

 

Hi there! Today’s card is all about the background. Sometimes you don’t have quite the stamp you’re looking for to create your scene and you have to improvise. I wanted my little chameleon to chill on some big volcanic rocks (think Hawaii here) and I had some tropical plant and flower stamps, but no big rocks. Out came the Copic multi-liner pen.

First I die-cut 80lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock using the My Favorite things Dome Frame Die-namics. I’m loving this die right now, so prepare to see it used again soon. I first had to stamp the Chameleon from the My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamp set using the MISTI. I allowed plenty of room beneath for the large rocks. I then stamped the orange and gold plants from the My Favorite Things Blissful Blooms stamp set below the chameleon towards the bottom left, masking off the smaller gold plant before stamping the larger plant behind it. Now I was ready to draw the rocks and sand. Using a Copic multi-liner, I first draw an irregular line across the bottom of the scene at the base of the plants. This area was for the sand. I then began drawing from each side of the chameleon down towards the sand line. I added a few smaller rocks to the side and in front of the large rock.

I was now ready to color and I chose to start with the sky. I die-cut 2 small clouds from the My Favorite Things Puffy Clouds Die-namics and taped one to each side at the top, overlapping the edges, and masked the stamped images. I also had to mask the rocks and sand. The nice thing about eclipse tape with masking is the ability to see through it. I cut a large piece of the tape, laid it across the scene and traced the rock/sand outline. I cut along the outline and voila! Masked rocks and sand. You could use ink daubers at this point for the sky, but I used the Copic airbrush system for a clean even coverage. I colored the rest of my scene with Copics and added a little pebble rock area for more interest at the bottom.

 

I adhered my scene to the card base centered on a sunny patterned paper from a Hobby Lobby Paper Studio paper pad matted on orange cardstock and adhered the stitched dome frame portion of the die-cut to my scene. I finished it off with stamped, colored and die-cut hibiscus on the left side and a flower cluster popped up with dimensional adhesive on the right from the Polynesian Paradise stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. A simple Hawaiian sentiment at the bottom and my tropical chameleon paradise is complete!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!