Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrating All Mom's

Mother's Day is fast approaching and we all need cards for the mom's in our lives. Whether it's your mom, your grandmother, or a friend that needs encouragement because she's facing challenges as a mom herself. It's also great to send a card to someone who has always been like a mom to you. So, let's create some Mother's Day cards!

For this card, I did partial die-cutting. I started by stamping the image on Class Crest Card Stock 80lb. in Bright White.  This stamp set has layers so you can stamp in different colors to get some shading. When I finished stamping, I positioned the coordinating die over the stamped image and taped it at the edge of the bottom cutting plate. Then I positioned the top cutting plate to line up with the bottom one and ran the die through my machine. 

There were several areas that didn't cut, so I made manual cuts with a crafting knife.

I created a second set of stamped flowers and cut that out completely. I cut this set apart to add additional flowers above the partial die-cut. I also popped up the middle flowers with the second set to add dimension.

For additional shading and to fill in areas I didn't stamp completely, I used several Prismacolor Pencils. I added some POW Glitter Paper in Gold behind the flowers. Then adhered the entire panel to a Pre-creased A7 (5x7) Cougar Invitation in White

To complete the card, I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment. Added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Orange Marmalade to the center of each flower. Then I stamped the floral outline image on the envelop. 

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Until next time. . . . inky hugs!!
Marcia K

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Friendship Cards

It is finally getting warmer on some days around here, and I have been seeing lots of floral cards on social media. I love flowers, particularly coloring them. Today, I will be sharing two cards that incorporate some of my favorite techniques. 

I started by stamping some of these gorgeous daisies on watercolor cardstock and colored them with my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors. I like doing loose watercoloring techniques and then finishing it off with black and white paint splatters for a unique effect. Once they dried, I fussy cut them and set them aside. I die-cut the sentiment 'happiness' from black cardstock and the outline die with Silk Glitter Kings Crown Gold Cardstock. The other sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat-embossed with white embossing powder. 

I added some pen detail on the centers of the daisies. I used gold, black and white gel pens. I seem to adore this combination when working on my watercolor cards! I arranged everything over a white cardbase that I had added black splatters to. I use foam tape for dimension. 

How gorgeous are all the details? I love that gold glitter. It gives it just the right pop with the brightly colored flowers.

For my next card, I decided to do something more basic. This is a really fun technique I picked up from other crafters who like to do one-layer cardmaking. 

I started by stamping images from a stamp set onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. I colored with Copic markers and added dots with a dark gray marker. I die-cut the sentiment from Silk Glitter Kings Crown Gold Cardstock.

I added a strip of Silk Glitter Kings Crown Gold Cardstock to the left side of my card base and then glued the colored piece over it. Then I popped up the sentiment with foam tape for dimension. For some reason, every time I die-cut sentiments that have the dots for the sentiments, I seem to lose them. I end up using Nuvo drops to finish off the "i" in the sentiment.

Creating your own backgrounds is fun, and the possibilities are limitless. The gold glitter is perfect for sentiments and adding sparkle to your cards.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Be a Star

There are many reasons we send cards.  I love the fact that a card can be uplifting and let people know that someone is thinking about them.  An encouraging note can make all the difference.  My project today is all about doing your best --and lots of glitter.

I'm using some Gold Glitter 74lb. cardstock and adhering the back to a piece of Stick-It adhesive, cutting off the excess.  I will be die cutting my cardstock with a very intricate star die cut and want to have the adhesive on the back ahead of time.

All you do is run your die cut through your machine the regular way and peel off the backing to reveal the adhesive.  This is great if you want to avoid a messy glue situation.  

I want to create a light galaxy background for my stars, so I blend some Distress Oxide inks onto a white card panel made from Cougar White Super Smooth cardstock.

I add a little bit of sheer shimmer spray in a light gold color.  The moisture adds a nice shimmer but also cuts through the ink to create the illusion of more stars in the distance.

I heat emboss my sentiment onto some Curious Translucent Cardstock using Versafine Onyx Ink and clear embossing powder.  This heavy vellum is perfect when you want a little bit of a see-through element without having the paper warp with the heat.  I add some extra stars from my die cut with foam tape to highlight the sentiment.

I assemble everything onto the blended panel and add another panel underneath with POW! Black Glitter Paper.  The entire piece is adhered to a 4.25"x 5.5" notecard made from Cougar White Super Smooth cardstock.

Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to head over to the CutCardstock store to see their huge variety of glitter paper.  Have a great day!  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Keep Smiling

It's tough to keep smiling when you’re going through a rough patch in life. In fact, my eldest son just experienced a small setback in his career yesterday, so I’ll be sending him a little encouragement later on this week. I’ll make his card with more of a masculine theme, of course, but the card I have for you today will surely cheer up one of your best girl pals!

I started off by stamping a butterfly outline image onto Classic Crest cardstock with light gray ink. It didn’t matter if it was a good job at this point - I planned to color the butterfly with Copics, and then re-stamp and heat emboss the outline.

To do this, I used a MISTI. That way I could leave the stamp in place, and once the coloring was done, I could pop the cardstock back in there and stamp the outline perfectly to emboss.

It's better to do the coloring this way when using alcohol markers - they don't play nice with designs that have already been embossed (the ink stains the melted powder).

Once I had the coloring finished up, I restamped the butterfly with Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder to match the glittery paper I had chosen for the background.

While that was cooling down, I went ahead and layered the front of the card. For the card base and white layer, I used Classic Crest in Bright White. The card itself is an A2, while the white layer measures 4 x 5 1/4-inches. The silver glitter paper is Mirrisparkle, and it’s one of my favorite glitter papers. The larger piece of glitter cardstock is 4 1/8 x 5 3/8-inches, and the die-cut layer on the front is cut with a die set from Simon Says Stamp called Frames.

I didn’t have a die for the butterfly, so I had to fussy-cut around it. As a side note, if you ever have trouble with cutting out an image, the trick is to “steer” with the paper and keep the scissors as still as possible. You’ll get a much less jagged edge.

To stamp the sentiment, I used Staz-On ink in Jet Black since it works really well on papers like Mirrisparkle. Other inks take a super long time to dry if they dry at all. Again, I used a MISTI here and stamped three times to get a lovely, dark image.

Then it was time to attach the butterfly to its sparkly background with a foam square! I also darkened the body with a .01 Micron pen.

To finish up, I added some self-adhesive gems to the body of the butterfly and around the card.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Encouraging a Friend

One easy way to encourage a dear friend is by sending or giving them a handmade card! Sometimes just letting them know they are thought of and appreciated can lift their spirits, or help them through a difficult time.

With just a few supplies, I was able to make a simple but pretty card in a matter of minutes. Neenah Solar White makes a great card base. I took some help from patterned paper I had in my stash. Using Mono Multi is a simple way to adhere layers of a card. Basis Black and Pop Tones Cotton Candy cardstocks pull it all together.

I created all the components of my card, each cut to size, which then allowed my to assemble in a flash. By cutting the diagonal piece of the floral paper, I could have easy made another card at the same time, and have one to keep on hand for later.

I found an encouraging sentiment from my stamp collection and white heat embossed it so it would really pop off the black cardstock. To help the embossing process, I used an anti-static powder bag. Then with a little VersaMark and my trusty Misti stamp platform, I was all set.

I love how it turned out, and I know it will be appreciated! How do you encourage and uplift people in your life?
Happy Crafting, Amber