63 posts categorized "2019 Spring Collection"

06/22/2019

Sat 22

Ombré Watercolor Background
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I have a CAS tropical birthday card to share today featuring an easy ombré watercolor background technique that I learned from this video

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This technique requires two gradient colors of dye inks that are reactive with water.  For my card I used Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean distress inks.  Took a scrap piece of Mix Media paper from my stash, then blended Salty Ocean about halfway down followed with Chipped Sapphire about a quarter way down.

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Next, a flat brush was wet with water then dragged down the length of the panel.  The brush should be wet, but not soaking or dripping.

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I overworked my panel a little more than what was recommended in the video, but for what I was planning to do, it didn’t matter.

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Before negative diecutting the panel with the Hibiscus Collage dies, Stick It adhesive was added to the back.  When diecutting was complete, it was adhered to regular white cardstock cut to the same size as the panel.  For some shimmer, spritz it with Sparkle spray (wasn’t able to capture it in the photo).  

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To finish, heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout with white embossing powder on a strip of navy cardstock.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!

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06/19/2019

Wed 19

Hello Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card using a mix of new products. The new release has so many pretty dies and a GORGEOUS stamp. I decided to combine a couple of dies.

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I started by  sponging little blue distress ink in the center of the white cardbase. I then die-cut the leaf label in white and adhere it to the card. Next I die-cut the scribble posies outline and emboss them using WOW! Rose Gold embossing glitter.

On a scrap piece of watercolor paper, I added some color burst powders by Ken Oliver. Let it dry.  Adhere the flowers  to this colored panel and cut all around.

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Assemble everything together and stamp the sentiment.

 

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Wed 19

Hello Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card using a mix of new products. The new release has so many pretty dies and a GORGEOUS stamp. I decided to combine a couple of dies.

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I started by  sponging little blue distress ink in the center of the white cardbase. I then die-cut the leaf label in white and adhere it to the card. Next I die-cut the scribble posies outline and emboss them using WOW! Rose Gold embossing glitter.

On a scrap piece of watercolor paper, I added some color burst powders by Ken Oliver. Let it dry.  Adhere the flowers  to this colored panel and cut all around.

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Assemble everything together and stamp the sentiment.

 

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06/11/2019

Tue 11

Sweet Friend Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card using a mix of new products. The new release has so many pretty dies and a GORGEOUS stamp. I decided to use the stamp and did some ghost stamping.

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I started by sponging various colors of distress inks to a white panel. For the next step using a stamping tool helps, I used my Misti. I stamped the  image using the picked raspberry distress ink and then sprayed water to the stamp and stamped the image in the same place. The water reacts with distress inked background and gives a ghost like soft impression. Let this dry.

I then took a white gel pen and added some details to the card. This gives instant pop to the image. Die-cut the image using the coordinating die.

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Add some flick of black ink to the cardbase. Adhere the image.

I then stamped and embossed the sentiment onto a black stripe. Assemble everything together.

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06/05/2019

Wed 05

Sending Note Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card using a mix of new products. The new release has so many pretty dies and a GORGEOUS stamp.

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I started by die-cutting the floral twig and added some color using copic markers. I then sponged a couple of distress inks around the die-cut part and used this as my mat layer.

Make a white cardbase and adhere the mat layer. Now adhere the die-cut into it. this fits perfectly like a puzzle :)

I then applied some spectrum noir clear glitter pen to the die-cut. I die-cut the word "SENDING" using vellum and the outline using white cardstock. I then sponged some shaded lilac distress ink to the outline, applied versamark ink on top of it and embossed using WOW! clear sparkle powder.

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I then stamped and embossed the sentiment onto a black stripe. Assemble everything together.

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06/03/2019

Mon 03

Wrapped Circles, Soaring Swallow, Blooming Floral Circle Frame, and a Birdhouse Button Combine for This Month's Challenge
by Anne Thompson

The big challenge for me today was to choose which button to feature on my card!  I have boxes and tins and jars and bowls of buttons--vintage ones in browns and whites, pottery ones in bright colors, plain pastels, fancy florals, geometrics, birds, animals--so many buttons!  I finally settled on a birdhouse button for this card:

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The colors in the button--red, white, black--determined the color story for this card.  I chose the BLOOMING FLORAL CIRCLE FRAME 94218 because the curvy stem reminded me of tree branches that might support a birdhouse.  I cut that from heavy white cardstock.  Of course there had to be a bird--the SOARING SWALLOW 99995--cut from black cardstock.  I added two circles from the set of WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114, a red one to place behind the Blooming Floral Circle Frame and a small white one to anchor the birdhouse button in the center of the frame.  

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I assembled the circle elements, using a glue pen to adhere the Blooming Floral Circle Frame to the red cardstock large circle.  I threaded some heavy black twine through the buttonholes on the birdhouse, tied a double knot, trimmed the twine, and used Glue Dots to stick it to the small white cardstock circle.  I used a tape runner to secure that piece in the center of the frame.  I selected a large pop-dot for the back of the swallow so that it would be at the same height as the button.

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When I set this completed piece on the front of a Licorice black notecard I felt something was missing, so I tucked a crisp white doily under the red circle and used a tape runner to secure both to the card front.  I then added the tiny black bow at the bottom as a finishing touch.   Without consciously thinking about it, I worked in threes--three pieces of black (bird, twine, bow), three white (frame, circle, doily), and three red with the circle and the red-roofed birdhouse sporting its little red heart!

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Another all-occasion card for my stash!  And the first of many that will feature buttons I've been hoarding!!!

Sort through buttons you have and see what you can add to a card, scrapbook page, home decor piece, gift tag, or whatever you can think of and submit a photo for this month's Cute as a Button Challenge

Happy Crafting!

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05/29/2019

Wed 29

You Brighten My Day Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card using  embossing powder onto the die-cuts and creating a resist background using colored embossing powder.

Clean and Simple doesn’t mean you can’t play with techniques you love. It’s simply lots of white space. Today, I decided to play with some special embossing powders and the products from the new release. Have you checked it out yet! It's AWESOME!

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I started by creating a yellow card base. I then cut a white mat layer using the canson missed media paper. I then simply applied versamark inkpad direct to paper and embossed using mint embossing powder. Heat set it. I then added some yellow distress oxide ink to create a watercolor wash. The embossed part will resist the wash.

Now, I die-cut the Scribble Frond background using a vellum. I then die-cut the Scribble Front outline from white cardstock. Apply versamark ink to it and then embossed it using the Bang embossing powder from the  WOW! Confetti trio set. Love the effect it gives to the die-cut.

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I now adhere the outline to the vellum background and kept it a bit offset.

Stamp and emboss the sentiment onto a black stripe. Assemble everything together.

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05/20/2019

Mon 20

Seashell Circle Frame with an Elegant Shorebird
by Anne Thompson

Here's a card made with leftovers!  Often when I'm die cutting I won't use all of what I cut for that current project.  I usually tuck the leftovers into the paper envelopes with the dies.  This card uses an extra Seashell Circle Frame and an extra bird from the set of  four Elegant Shorebirds, both already cut from white cardstock.

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materials used:

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Coloring the images was easy using a waterbrush and these Distress inks.

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  • Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, and Gathered Twigs on the shells
  • Peeled Paint on the seaweed stalks
  • Salty Ocean on the inner and outer circles
  • Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean on the shorebird

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By using the waterbrush directly onto the ink pads I was able to lift color, test it on scrap white cardstock, and lighten it out as I wanted without oversaturating the cardstock.  I started with the darkest color in the center of the shells and worked lighter colors to the outer edges of each one before painting the seaweed and the inner and outer circles.  I used Peeled Paint to outline the bird, filling it in with a wash of the Salty Ocean blue.

As the paints were drying I looked for a notecard color and some patterned paper that would go well with the painted images.  I chose an orangey jack o'lantern notecard and some mango distressed dots paper from my stash.  I rounded the corners of the patterned paper before sticking it to the notecard.  (I'll use more of this paper on the inside of the notecard with a white box for writing a message.)  I tested the painted circle against the mango paper and decided to add some Gathered Twigs on the outermost edge of each shell so they would show up better sitting against the colored dot paper.

Once the watercolors were dry I assembled the card, peeling the Scor-Tape backing behind the shells and using that to stick the Seashell Circle Frame to the patterned paper already adhered to the notecard.  I used a glue pen on the bird's leg and tucked it behind the inner circle.  I used two small foam dots on its body to give it some dimension in the center of the circle.  The finishing touch was adding light blue pearls in opposite corners.

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Keeping extra die cuts on hand speeds up crafting time!  This can be especially helpful when you need a card in a hurry.  I keep thinking that I'll set aside a day and just cut images and file them away for future use, but I haven't gone that far yet.  :-)  So I am often surprised when I go to an envelope to pull out a die and find pre-cuts ready and waiting for me.

Happy Crafting!

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05/18/2019

Sat 18

Combine Picture Perfect Flower and the Butterfly Meadow by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a dimensional card with the new Picture Perfect Flower peeking through Butterfly Meadow grasses.  Brighten it with glittery butterflies, then add a thoughtful greeting.  Hi - happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring something "old" with something new.  The quick pace of the papercrafts industry makes it feel as though a product introduced a few months ago is already old - but it's perfect for the Garden Bouquet Collection.  

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Diecut a top-folded Limeade A-2 card with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Cut Picture Perfect Flower and Butterfly Meadow from green cardstock.  Save the Picture Perfect Flower offcut and tape it back into the delicate blossom outline.

Cut peach cardstock with the blossom portion and the extra blossom from the Picture Perfect Flower.  Layer them - slightly offset for dimension - over the green blossom and outline. 

Cut the flower center from black cardstock.

Attach Butterfly Meadow to the card front.  Align and attach Picture Perfect Flower inside the card.

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Cut white glitter cardstock butterflies with the die included in the Butterfly Meadow set.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smooth side of limeade cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.

Attach the butterflies.  "Sandwich" a few strands of the meadow grass between two butterflies to add dimension and cover the adhesive behind the butterfly.

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Hope you're enjoying our new collection as much as we love sharing our ideas with you!  The botanical designs are great for summer cards - and they'll continue to be favorites throughout the year.  Flowers and greenery are classic design elements -  think of all the ways you can combine them with items from your stash!

Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!

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05/15/2019

Wed 15

"sending oceans of love" with the Seashell Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

It's me again this week with another card that uses alcohol pearl inks to create a background, this time for the Seashell Circle Frame.

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materials used:

  • Key Lime  top-fold notecard
  • blue-dotted lime paper
  • white cardstock
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
  • Ranger Alcohol Pearl Inks--Tranquil (blue) and Sublime (green)
  • Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
  • SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225
  • "sending oceans of love" from the OCEANSIDE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamps Set CL5240
  • Hero Arts inks--Green Hills and Tide Pool
  • a plain circle die, straw, waterbrush, glue pen, Scor-Tape, pop dots, blue and green gemstones

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  • On a piece of the Alcohol Ink Cardstock, add drops of the Alcohol Pearl inks and then drops of the Blending Solution. 
  • Use the straw to blow the inks around.  Continue adding inks and blending solution, blowing the inks around, until you like what you've got.
  • Spatter the paper with a paintbrush soaked in Blending Solution. 
  • Use a circle die a bit larger than the center of the Seashell Circle Frame to cut this inky paper once it's dry.

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  • Die cut the SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225 from white cardstock.
  • Using a water brush, add some of the Green Hills ink to the seaweed fronds and the outer circle of the die cut.  Add more of the Green Hills ink to the outer circle using the ink pad directly onto the paper.
  • Edge the three shells with more of the Green Hills ink directly onto the paper.
  • Use a glue pen to anchor the inner circle of the frame to the circular inky piece.
  • Put Scor-Tape on the back of that inky circle and adhere the piece to the front of the notecard which has been covered with the dotted paper.
  • Pop the three shells up in the center of the circle and add a few blue and green gemstones.

That finishes the front of the notecard.  Let's look at what I did on the inside.

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  • Die cut a smaller circle from the dotted paper.  Here I used a die from the WRAPPED CIRCLES set 30114.
  • Die cut the center shells from the Seashell Circle Frame using a scrap of white cardstock.  
  • Edge the shells with the Green Hills ink, direct to the paper images.
  • Glue the two smallest shells onto the circle and add some blue gemstones. 
  • Stamp "sending oceans of love" from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments stamps set using the Tide Pool ink.
  • Add the third shell just above that.

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Another all-occasion card finished!  

Happy Crafting!

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