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32 posts from October 2018

Fri 12

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a Halloween theme birthday card.  I have several friends that have birthdays in October that share my love of Halloween, so why not a Halloween birthday card!

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To make this card I created a Distress Oxide inked background which I used behind the lamp die cut.  I applied various colors of oxide inks to my craft mat and sprayed them with plain water.  I took a piece of glossy cardstock and ran it through the inks.  I used the heat tool to dry each layer before adding more ink.

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Once the ink was dry on the paper, I used a blending tool with a foam applicator to apply Micro Glaze over the top of the inked paper.  This will brighten up your color and bring out the layers of ink (I forgot to take a picture of the color before the glaze was applied).

Next I die cut the Hanging Lantern Frame from black cardstock and used only the inside circle portion of the die cut.  I lightly applied Prima gold paste wax to the die cut to give it a vintage look.  

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I glued a piece of vellum behind the lantern and adhered the lantern die cut to the circle I cut from my background paper.

Using watercolor paper I inked the background for my card front with the same distress oxide inks and adhered my lantern die cut to the card front. 

I die cut the bats and the word "wishing" from black cardstock and glued those to the card front.  I stamped my sentiment using a couple of sentiments and masked off the words I didn't want to use.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Thu 11

New Equal Triangle, Friendly Ghosts, Cool Cat and Crouching Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Tricks, treats and the new Equal Triangle Clear Stamps are ready for Halloween...are you?  Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a simple treat wrapper for your favorite little tricksters.

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Who would have thought the Stitched Bump Border die could be used for a trio of candy wrappers?

 

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Trim 8-½" x 11" white cardstock to 8" x 11".  Score and fold it lengthwise at 4" and cut it into two 4"x 5-½" pieces.  Place the Stitched Bump Border die just below cut edges and cut through both layers of each half.   Score both sides of the folded cardstock ¼" away from the original 4" scoreline.  

Cut it into three sections of varying widths.  

Stamp them with random, overlapping layers of the cool triangles and diamonds from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with Sunshine and Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  This combination of stamps and inks creates crisp, sharp images.  The vibrant inks take a few seconds to dry - then look artsy and dimensional with very little effort.  

Fold the bottoms along the scorelines to create a ½" wide base.  Punch a hole through the top.  

Diecut Cool Cat, Crouching Cat, Whimsy Cat and Friendly Ghosts.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind the Crouching Cat's and Whimsy Cat's eyes.

Use doublestick tape or a glue dot to attach the candy inside the wrapper.   Two pieces of Miniature KitKats will fit in the widest wrapper.  Tie the tops with orange tulle.  Fold the ends of the tulle together lengthwise and trim it at a sharp angle for a zig-zaggy edge.  

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Halloween candies come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Stitch Bump Borders is perfect for that because it cuts the top edge and lets you adjust the height of the treat wrapper. Make some wrappers with your favorite candy.  Don't wait till the 31st - share them with co-workers now or tuck them into family lunches for a sweet surprise.  Then go out and buy more candy!

Thanks for visiting - have fun with this project!  Enjoy randomly layering the stamps - no rules about composition, white space or visual balance here.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Impress on Saturday.  We're making five Halloween cards and a treat wrapper in the STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL class at 10:30.  Then it's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.  

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Wed 10

Pan Pastel Thankful Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about making a background using some Pan Pastel chalks and some of the new Memory Box geometric stamps.

First, I took some cream cardstock and sponged three colors of Pan Pastels (Magenta, Orange, and Gold) on top:

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Next, I put my cardstock into my MISTI stamp positioner and stamped a row of triangles on top of my background using Versamark ink.  I then rubbed the same three colors of chalk on top of my Versamark ink:

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Notice how the chalk really makes the pattern pop.  Don't worry about brushing the chalk on top of your Versamark ink.  It won't smudge the pattern.  You can even rub quite hard and it won't mess up your pattern.  My background did change a bit in color as I added more and more chalk to the paper.  I didn't bother setting the finished look with a sealant.  I don't like the smell of sealants, they can change the color of the chalk, and you can still handle a card with Pan Pastels quite roughly without a lot of chalk coming off on your fingers.

To finish the card, I added my thankful sentiment and added some gold leaves I cut from the Stitched Maple Circle Frame.  I cut those out in gold cardstock to match the gold shimmer from my Pan Pastel.  It is rather hard to see the shimmer in the picture, but I promise you it is there!

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Tue 09

New Celebrate Jotted Script and Friendly Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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Let the lovable Friendly Ghosts peek through the branches of the Sapling Collage on a Halloween card that I hope is more delightful than frightful.  It's hard to imagine these simple white shapes can have so much personality!  One of them even multi-tasks as part of an exclamation mark inside the card.

Cut Sapling Collage from dark orange cardstock - be sure to leave some space around it to cut the outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set.  Cut the frame  - leave the diecuts in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges of the frame and inner rectangle.  Flip everything over onto a top-folded black A-2 card.  Press the die firmly onto the card to transfer the diecuts, then carefully remove the die.  Nice and easy and perfectly aligned!

Tuck the ghosts under the collage and add green gem stickers.

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Attach Scor-Tape to dark orange cardstock and cut the Celebrate Jotted Script background.  Cut the delicate "celebrate" from black cardstock.  Attach the black diecut to the adhesive-covered background.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive around the black diecut.  

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Attach the glittered greeting and the littlest Friendly Ghost to the inside of the card.  Create a ghosty exclamation point with the help of the cool Whimsy Cat die - cut the cat  from white cardstock and use one eye offcut for the dot below the little ghost.  (Did I just hear someone say I need to get out more and get a life?)

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Hope you enjoyed this friendly Halloween design and have fun creating with the great new dies and stamps from our Holiday Happenings release!  

Be sure to enter the October Tricks + Tricksters Challenge - share your Halloween or candy-themed projects for big and little kids for a chance to win some great prizes!

Thanks for visiting...Laura has a great project for you tomorrow.  I'll see you again on Thursday, or at Impress on Saturday.  We have two classes coming up - STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL at 10:30 and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.

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Mon 08

HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB Stencil Background
by Anne Thompson

I often get so carried away with the newest products and techniques that I forget to go back and revisit some of the older ones.  When I was thinking about Halloween cards and trying to come up with background ideas, I remembered that I had a Memory Box stencil that might be the perfect thing:  HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610.  I also had a new-to-me ink I wanted to try out--VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, a soft grey that I hoped would be perfect on light gray linen-textured cardstock.  I found a package of Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools and got to work.

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I started with my ink blending tool off the stencil and worked in a circular motion onto it.  This helped to avoid distinct round marks on the web image.  As I worked I sponged a bit more ink along one edge.  You can see in the photo below that I was left with crisp light gray lines once I removed the stencil.

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I loved this!  I made a few more and then trimmed them to 5 1/4" x 4".  I mounted each one on black cardstock that I cut 5 3/8" X 4 1/8".  This gave me a 1/8" border of black all around the web.  I then attached each one to a standard A2 sized light gray notecard which left a 1/8" inch border of the notecard showing.

I used one of the web backgrounds and some favorite dies to make this a top-fold card.

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  • I cut the three little houses from black cardstock using HOUSE TRIO 99877 and added some light orange cardstock scraps behind the windows and doors.  Don't you love these wonky little houses! 
  • I tucked them behind a black cardstock double hill I made using the smallest of the CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871
  • And then I popped on a PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 cut from orange and lime green cardstocks edged with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink.

Don't forget about your stencils!  They make great backgrounds for your stamped and die cut images.

Happy Crafting!  And enter your Halloween projects in our current monthly challenge here.

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Sun 07

Cool Cat
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello... Penny here today with a Halloween greeting. It is just around the corner. Are you ready? As soon as I saw the Cool Cat, I knew he had to be incorporated into a Halloween card. For cat lovers, this die will be a year round staple in your craft room.

 

Let's do this:

 

As always start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded.

Layer the base with Black cardstock.

Die cut White cardstock with the largest of the Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles. Go ahead and adhere it to card front.

 

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Die cut Cottage Garden Gate, Plump Pumpkin and the tiny pumpkin from Happy Halloween Channel from White cardstock. Die cut Cool Cat and Playful Boo from Black cardstock. For a bit of color, die cut Boo from Orange cardstock also. Stack and adhere the letters slightly off center.

Color the gate with light gray marker. Color pumpkins as desired. I used Spectrum Noir markers, but use whatever medium you have available.

 

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Assemble card front as shown. Use foam adhesive for Cool Cat and tiny pumpkin.

Shade the ground under the gate with green and gray markers, then adhere the greeting.

 

Make sure to join our Tricks and Treats challenge this month HERE.

 

Happy crafting,

 

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Sat 06

New Crouching Cat, That’s Acute Triangle and Bold Christmas Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Images from the new That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps create a splashy background for a glittery black Crouching Cat.  Add the look of washi tape with a stamp from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps,  and some glossy Honeycomb Square hexagons.   Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from the 2018 Holiday Happenings release.

It's a collection of traditional and contemporary, bold handwritten greetings and proper typewriter text.  There's something for everyone in this great release!

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It's easy to see why we're excited about the very cool triangle clear stamps and coordinating dies.  There are so many ways to use them to add a fresh, contemporary look to holiday cards.  

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Cut white cardstock using the 3-¼" Studio Hexagon Layers die.  It's also a template for stamping the tall diamond and the smallest solid triangle.  Use the corners of the hexagon to align the diamonds stamped with Sunshine VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set the ink.

Use the midpoint of the sides to align the small triangle stamped with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut a 3-¾" hexagon of green cardstock.

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Cut Crouching Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Leave the little paws in the die until you're ready to attach it.  Cut the big egg from the Clutch of Eggs set from bright orange cardstock.  Attach it behind the cat to create beady orange eyes - it's a perfect fit!

Attach orange duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Honeycomb Square to create shiny-bright hexagon accents.

Stamp the diagonal lines - from the Bold Christmas Greetings set - on orange and black cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Trim them and tear the ends to create 3-½" and 5" accent strips.  

Attach the diecuts to a 4-½" x 6-¼" A-6 card of black cardstock.

How would you use these triangle stamps?  A forest of sleek Christmas trees, pennants or flags are just a few ideas.

Thanks for visiting...be crafty and enjoy your weekend!

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Fri 05

Thankful
by Melissa Rusk

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Happy Friday! Today I have some new dies to highlight that are perfect for Fall. I started with the beautiful Stitched Maple Circle Frame die and cut it out of a gold mirror card paper. To color the leaves I used my Copic markers on this shiny paper, you could also color them with alcohol inks as well. It's such a fun technique and another way to get more out of your alcohol markers or inks.
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I glued it all to the card and then I added a gold mirror card thankful that I cut using the Thankful Jotted Script die over the leaves. A fun and easy card to send to someone you are thankful for this season. Have a great weekend!
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Thu 04

Cool Cat, Friendly Ghosts and Cheers to the 2018 Holiday Happenings Release by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the new 2018 Holiday Happenings release - Friendly Ghosts, Cool Cat and Looking for Mr. Right Triangles are here today!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many triangle designs from the latest release.

They're my favorite shape - and perfect for backgrounds, pennants, landscapes and contemporary design elements.  We have three new triangle clear stamps and coordinating die sets and can't wait to share our ideas with you.

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Although the stamps are great basic backgrounds they're also designed for layering.  Both the solid and detailed stamps work perfectly with the VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Stamp bright orange Summertime and green Verdant backgrounds.  Add the striped overlay details with Nocturne.  Everything goes directly onto a side-folded Kraft A-2 card.

Cut the sophisticated Cool Cat from black cardstock.  Cut two of the Friendly Ghosts from watercolor paper. Use the pokey tool to make the small ghost's eyes just a teeny bit wider.  

Wondering why the Clutch of Eggs die is shown above?  It's the perfect size and shape for cutting black cardstock to layer behind the ghosts for eyes - and orange cardstock for Cool Cat's eyes.

Cut the detailed and background Cheers from orange and black cardstock.

Cut the little Cocktail Hour glasses from orange and black cardstock.  Layer the diecuts so they (sort of) match the layering of the Cheers Jotted Script set.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's PAPERSTYLE 2019 calendar or notecard class at Impress!  Hope you like the 12 designs we created and will be making the calendar or notecard sets for someone on your holiday giftlist.  Thanks too - Ann, Karen and Lynn - for helping us find the perfect supplies for our projects!

See you  again on Saturday...

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Wed 03

Faux Enamel Maple Frame
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Not to long ago, I posted a card of mountains and sky using a watercolor powder background.  Today I want to talk more about using those backgrounds on cards and especially for diecutting.  Long story short, I love the effect you can get with them when cut with dies!

First, a brief reminder of the technique. All you have to do is take a coffee filter, sprinkle it with some watercolor powders, spritz the filter with water to get it nice and wet and then lay it down on a piece of glossy photo paper.  I used ColorBurst powders form my watercolor powder, but another popular brand is Brusho  watercolor powders. 

The really nice thing about this technique is that if you go through the steps once, you get a bright/bold background.  If you remove the filter, spritz it again and place it on another piece of glossy photo paper, the next "printing" of color would be a bit fainter.  I often got 4-5 prints out of one coffee filter with powder on it  I never added more powder to the filter, I just kept adding water.

Here are the two backgrounds I used for the card:

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The background on the left is one of the first printings from a coffee filter, so it is much darker.  The one on the right is much more muted after multiple printings.  The swirls on my backgrounds were caused by wrinkles on the coffee filter.

These backgrounds are fantastic to pair with your diecuts.  I cut a square out of the paper on the right that was the same size as my frame.  I wanted a soft background in the back.  I cut the leaves I wanted to really "pop" on my card out of the paper on the left.  Here is a closeup:

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I loved the effect of the cut out leaf parts on the card.  They had the look of a thick enamel or perhaps a heavily embossed paper or paper covered with Glossy Accents. The shine of the leaf parts contrasted nicely with the matte brown cardstock I used for the frame.

One word of warning...  you really do have to use glossy photo paper and not regular glossy paper.  The watercolor powders dry beautifully on the photo paper without warping it at all.

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