39 posts categorized "Sara Cook"

10/17/2021

Sun 17

Snowman Scene Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a snowy scene Christmas card using the Oval Snowman Collage die.  This is a quick and easy Christmas card to reproduce.   

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Front Panel:

Die cut the Oval Snowman Collage die in the center of a A2 size panel.  Keep the negative die cut to use later.  Ink blend lightly with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass from the outside to frame the scene.  Take Distress ink Rustic Wilderness and a eye shadow brush and add green to the bottom of the branches.  Color the snowman arms with Distress Oxide Gathered Twigs.  Use the negative die cut mask the the body of the snowman.  From the same negative die cut choose one of the branches that look like a carrot and fussy cut it out.  Color it with Distress Oxide Carved Pumpkin ink.  Die cut the hat from a dark brown from the Earth Neutral paper pack.  Die cut the scarf from a dark red from eh Berry Red paper pack.  Glue the carrot, hat and scarf on the snowman.  Use a fine tip black pen to color in the eyes and mouth.  Use a clear drying glue (white drying glue would be good too) and add glue around the top of the branches and outline the oval and snowman.  Sprinkle with Distress Rock Candy Glitter.  Let dry

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Snow Panel:

Ink blend a A2 size panel with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass.  Do NOT over blend. Let dry.  Add the Poppy Stamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape all over the background.  This washi tape is transparent and shows the background color leaving snow falling.  

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Sentiment:

Die cut the Let It Snow Posh Scrip base die from the light blue glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Die cut the top die from white card stock.  Glue the white die cut on the glitter.  Use a silver jewel from the Christmas Fairy Jewels for the top of the i. 

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Card Base:

Make a top folder A2 size top folding card.  Stamp the Merry Christmas using Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair ink from the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set.  Stamp the snowflakes with the same ink around the sentiment.  

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Assembly:

Adhere the snow panel on the card base.  Then adhere the Oval Snowman panel on top of the card.  Glue the Let It Snow sentiment on the top center of the card.

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10/12/2021

Tue 12

Gingerbread House Gift Tags
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I'm using the Gingerbread House Frame craft die set to create gift tags that can be turned into an ornament. This die set with the other matching sets can are versatile.  This is becoming my new favorite die.

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Candy Pieces from the Gingerbread House Frame die set:

Die cut the gumdrops from red, green and blue from the Glitzy Glitter Pad.  Die cut the trees from the Snowman House frame die set from the same glitter green paper. 

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Die cut the snow caps and icing from white from the Majestic Hues Glitter paper pack.  Die cut the candy canes, small peppermint candy, background for the door and window, door trim, and shutters from a dark red from the Berry Red paper pack.  Die cut the candy cane, window/door frame and peppermint candy from white card stock.  Glue the white die cuts on top of the red base.   Glue the trees together per the packaging.  Add snow to the trees and snow die cuts with Neon Amplify by Tsukineko or another solid white mat ink/paint.  I found this in my stash and unsure where I got it.  Let dry.

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Tag Base and House:

Die cut the House Frame and 2 of the House Frame Background from Kraft Woodgrain card stock.  Ink the house background with Distress Antique Lined around the outside.  Then ink blend with Distress Vintage Photo along the edges of the house background and house frame/tag base.  

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To/From Die Cut:

Die cut the 3 smallest rectangle rom the Open Studio rectangle basics set from white card stock. Write To: and From: on the left side the die cut.  Add removable double sided tape on the backside of the die cut.  Save this piece until you are ready to fill it out.  Then just remove the tape and add it to the back of the tag.

Assembly:

Fold the tag base on the first and last fold marks.  Fold the lip of 1 of the house base and glue to the back lip of the tag,  Take the other house base and glue on the window and door to the base. Glue the red trim around the door.  Add foam tape to the edges of the shutters and glue to the other edge and glue on either side of the window.  Glue the snow peak to the top of the window.  Glue the candle canes on either side of the door.   Then the peppermint candies under the candy canes.  Glue the icing along the roof line. Glue along the fold line and add to the center of the tag base.  

Glue the trees to either side of the tag frame.  Glue the large snow peek to the tape frame. Glue on the gum drops on the snow peak changing out the colors to look like lights.  

Take a 8'" piece of twine and fold in half.  Run the twine through the holes to create a loop and tie off the top. 

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10/08/2021

Fri 08

Bird House Holiday Greetings Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a holiday card using the House Frame dies to create a bird house for the Serene Bird.  I use the branch die to hang the bird house in this snowy scene.

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Bird House:

Die cut the House Frame from Memory Box Kraft Woodgrain card stock and the fence from the Cream Woodgrain card stock.  Die cut the House Frame Background from cream card stock and the heart from both the same cream card stock and then from the Kraft Woodgrain card stock.  Trim the House Frame die at the first score line to create a frame.  Take the Distress Oxide Antique Line ink pad and run it at an angle with the grain of the paper. Use your finger or small blending tool to blend the ink and add extra ink as needed.  Make sure to ink the edges to create depth.  Take the Kraft Woodgrain heart frame and do the same but with Distress Oxide ink in Crackling Campfire and then Barn Door.  Ink blend the inside of the cream card stock die cut heart with Distress Oxide Antique Line ink and then use Ground Espresso making the outside darker then the center.  Make sure the ink the edges.  This helps to create depth. Take the Distress Oxide Weathered Wood ink pad and run it at an angle on the fence and the House Frame background die cuts. Center the Heart frame die in the center of the House Frame Background die cut and run through the die cut machine.  Keep the heart frame die and glue it behind the red woodgrain die cut.  Ink the edges with Distress Oxide Ground Espresso.  Glue the inked wood House Frame on tope of the background.  Tie some cream colored twine to the top of the house.  Keep the end long to tie to the branch.

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Serene Bird and Branch:

Die cut the bird dies from heavy weight cream card stock.  Die cut the wings twice.  Die cut the branch from the same cream card stock.  Take a small bending tool, like a eyeshadow brush, and ink blend Distress Oxide Iced Spruce on the leaves.  Then ink blend the branch with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo.  Make sure to ink the edges of the die cuts.  Ink blend the bird body in Distress Oxide Abandon Coral, stay light towards the bottom center of the bird and heavier on the tail and top of the head.  Ink blend with Crackling Campfire.  Ink blend the wing first with Crackling Campfire and then around the edges with Barn Door.  Take the second wing die cut and trim just the top portion, following the cut lines.  Heavily ink blend with Barn Door.  Ink blend the beak with Mustard Seed.  Add a dot with a fine tip black marker to the eye.  Glue the beak and wings on the bird.  Glue just the main branches, just a few drops, on top of each other, off setting the die cuts to make a longer branch.  Tie the twine from the bird house in the center of the branch, only hanging about 1/4".

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Background:

Take cream card stock and trim to 4" x 5 1/4".  Ink blend with Distress Oxide inks from the center out staring with Stormy Sky and then Weathered Wood.  Heavily spray with water and bleach solutions.  I have a spray bottle that I keep with just about 1/10 of the bottle of bleach and the rest with water.  Let the water set for a minute and take a towel and bot off the excess.  Heat dry.  I repeated the process a few times until I had the effect I wanted.  I thought I had to start over but it turned out perfect.

Sentiment:

Die cut the middle sized die from the Banner Sentiment Trio set from cream card stock.  Stamp Holiday Greetings from the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set with Distress Oxide Barn Door ink in the center.  Take a small blending tool and ink the edges up to the stitching with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. 

Assembly:

Adhere the bird house to the bottom center of the background panel.  Glue the heart frame in the cut out.  Glue the fence along the bottom center of the house.  Glue the branch over the bird house, adding glue only to the main branch.  Arrange and glue down some of the branches leading to the leaves to make the branch look more full.  Add some white ink platers with thinned out gesso or a white spray ink. Let dry. Adhere the bird on top of the branch with foam tape, tucking it behind some of the leaves.  Adhere the hear die cut in the bird house, tucking it behind the fence.  Add the sentiment banner with foam tape to the bird house.  Adhere to background to an A2 size brown panel and then to a A2 size cream side folded card.  Add some Clear Fairy Drops around the card. 

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10/05/2021

Tue 05

Icy Old Lamp Post Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a Christmas card today featuring the Old Lamp Post and Merry Christmas Posh Scrip die.  I use the some mix media techniques to get a icy effect on the "glass" of the lamp post. 

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Old Lamp Post:

Trim down acetate to fit behind the cutout for the candle.  Add a thin layer of Distress Collage Medium tMatteo the acetate. Let dry.  With a pallet knife apply a thick layer of Distress Icicle Crackle Paste on top of the Collage Medium.  Leaving it thinner in the center where the candle would be.  Let dry for several hours.  It takes a long, long, long time to dry:).  Add some Distress Grint paste to the sides in chunky small pieces.  Let dry.

Spay Memory Box watercolor paper with Lindy's Dylusions Laidback Lilac ink spays. Spry it on heavy to create a extra dark color.  Heat dry. Die cut the Old Lamp Post die from sprayed watercolor paper.  Use Versafine Clair Nocturne and ink blend on top of the die cuts to create a rusty black look.  Make sure the edges also are inked.  let dry.  Die cut the top portion of the lamp post 2 more times from black card stock, long with the post 1 more time.  Glue the extra pieces to the back of the inked dye cuts except the cutout for the candle.  Adhere the long piece behind the lamp post.  Add Distress Grit paste to the top of the die cuts to make it look like icy snow. Let dry.

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Melted Candle:

Die cut the larger candle from Memory Box watercolor.  Color the flame with a small tipped water based marker.  I used Marvy Markers, Persimmon, Yellow and Brilliant Yellow, coloring from the center with red to the light yellow on the outside.  Add the yellow and brilliant yellow to a nonporous surface and use a small blending tool to add to the base of the candle.  Blend a little Distress Antique Linen to the base of the candle.  Add Distress Vintage Photo to the sides of the candle and melted wax die cut to add shading.  Glue the melted wax to the top of the candle.  

Slim Pinpoint Burst Background:

Die cut the top of the  Slim Pinpoint Burst from Memory Box watercolor paper. Trim to 3 3/4"" x 5 3/4"", keeping the burst in the upper portion of the base.  Ink blend from the center of the burst with Distress Oxide Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, then Spiced Marmalade.  From the outside to the hello burst use Stormy Sky and ink blend with Spice Marmalade.  From the outside again use Chipped Sapphire then Black Soot to darken the edges.  Let dry.  Add white splatter with a white spray ink to create the look of snow.  

Merry Christmas Posh Sentiment:

Die cut the top die Merry Christmas Posh Script from the dark red Polished Foil paper.  Die cut the bottom die from the brown Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  Adhere the top die to the bottom die.

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Assembly:

Select a matching paper from the Woodsy Plaid pack. Remove the the pack fully in tacked.  Trim down only the sides (keeping the edge with the hole in the center) to 4 1/2" wide by 6 3/4" tall.  Trim a small piece of the excess plaid paper and adhere to the back to cover up the hole.  Adhere to a black card base 4 3/4" x 7". Adhere the 2 pcs to the a 4 3/4" x 7" card base, with the hole sin the plaid paper on the bottom of the card.  I used the a light brown card.  Stamp the inside with a sentiment from the Yuletide Moments Sentiment stamp set.  

Adhere the Slim Pinpoint Burst background to the center of the card.  Trim the candle down to fit behind the lamp post and adhere so the flame is in the center of the burst.  Adhere the 2 black die cut to the candle.  Then adhere the top rusty black top to the icy "glass". acetate.  Trim any excess that over hangs.  Adhere over the candle and the black matches die cuts.  Adhere the post below the candle and the top piece.  Die cut one of the  Crisp Bows from dark red Polished Foil paper pack 3 times.  Trim the center piece from each die cut and trim the tails from the bow on 2 die cuts.  Glue the 2 pieces to the back to show the 2 bows behind the top.  Adhere to the center of the lamp post.  Adhere the sentiment to the bottom of the card, hiding the hole in the plaid paper.

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09/27/2021

Mon 27

*2021 Holiday Release* Holiday Wreath Card with Video
by Sara Cook

It is an exciting day.  I am sharing a preview of the new Christmas release. My favorite time of the year.  There is so many fun dies in this release.  My first holiday card features the Florentina Wreath die.  

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Florentina Wreath:

Die cut the Florentina Wreath die from heavy cream card stock and from a mid-tone green from Lush Green paper pack.  On the green die cut ink the center with Distress Oxide Ink Rustic Wilderness and then Vintage Photo along the outside and inside of the wreath.  For the cream wreath add dots of Sunlit Gold Fairy Sugar glue to the round berries.  Let dry.

Smooth Pine Cones:

Die cut the smallest Smooth Pine Cones 3 times from a dark brown from Earth Earth paper pack. Glue the pieces together starting from the smallest die and stacking the next die on top. Create 2 pine cones that are longer and 1 shorter pine cone. Shape the pine cones using your fingers.  Apply Distress Grit paste with a pallet knife.  Let dry.

Curled Holly Branch:

Die cut the Curled Holly Branch 3 times from the same mid-tone green from Lush Green paper pack.  Trim 2 of the die cut  branches to remove the last leave and 2 berries.  Save the 3rd die cut to add in leaves and berries as needed.

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Sentiment:

Die cut the bottom Joy Posh Script die from the rustic orange/red paper from the Glitzy Glitter paper pack.  Add double sided tape behind the gold paper from the Polished Foil paper pack.  Keep the bottom release paper on.  Die cut the top die.   Adhere the top die cut to the bottom die cut.

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Assembly:

Trim the light brown and cream plaid paper from the Woodsy Plaid paper pack to 4" x" 51/4".  Adhere to a A2 size front panel from the same dark brown from Earth Earth paper pack used in make the pine cones.  Adhere to a top fold A2 size light brown card.   Glue the green wreath in the center of the card by adding dots of glue to just the center of the wreath.  Glue the cream wreath on top of the green wreath.  Adhere the trimmed Curled Holly branch to the bottom center of the wreath.  Adhere the short pine cone in the bottom center than add the 2 long pine cones on either side.  Adhere the sentiment on the top of the wreath and pine cones.  Add in extra leaves around the sentiment to fill in any empty spaces.  Adhere matching rustic orange/red embellishments from the Treasure Chet Fairy Gemstones. Stamp the inside with May the Magic of the Christmas season fill your heart with Joy from the Yuletide Moments stamp set.

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09/20/2021

Mon 20

Masculine Birthday Cards
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone.  I have a few family birthdays coming up and need to make some masculine cards.  I loved the background in my last post so I repeated it this week but changed up the color to be more bold.  After I made the first card I had to make another in blue.  Hope you enjoy this technique.

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Background panel:

Trim a heavy white card stock to A4 size.  Stamp with clear embossing ink and heat emboss with Distress Embossing Glaze Crackling Campfire.  Ink blend from lighter to darker around the outside with with Distress Oxide Inks, Crackling Campfire, Fire Brick and Age Mahogany.

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Sentiment:

Stamp Sending Birthday Wishes from the Signature Greetings stamp set on dark red card stock from Berry Red paper pack with black ink.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Die cut the sentiment with the matching die.

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Balloons:

Die cut the Balloon Bunch from a dark red card stock from Berry Red paper pack.  Ink blend the outline die cut with Age Mahogany.  

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Assembly:

Adhere the background panel to a A4 card base.  Carefully glue the Balloon Bunch outline die cut to the upper center of the panel.  Try not to get glue on the Oxide Ink, otherwise it will change colors.  Glue in the rest of the Balloon Bunch pieces into the outline die cut.  Add Glossy Accents to the Bolloon Bunch.  Let dry for several hours.  Adhere the sentiment with foam squares.  

Bonus Card:

For the second card I used Speckled Egg for Distress Embossing Glaze.  I used Speckled Egg and Peacock Distress Oxide Ink for the ink blending.  I did spray the background with bleach water to add a speckle effect.  I also trimmed down the panel by 1/4" to leave a white boarder.  The Balloon Bunch is die cut from matching paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack. 

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09/13/2021

Mon 13

Wreath Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  It is finally raining in the northwest and it just puts me in the card making mood.  I have a wreath birthday card with a lot of dimension and depth, with a little sparkle.  I have been using my mixed media supplies more and more.  In today's card  I'm using my sprays and embossing powder in this card.

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Background Panel:

Create your own pattern paper with the Signature Stamp stamp set is easy with some embossing powder and ink. Cut heavy white card stock to 4 1/8" square.  Stamp Happy Birthday from the Signature Greetings stamp set with embossing ink all over the background.  I used a light golden embossing powder and heat set.  After cooled, ink blend from the sides half way in with Distress Oxide ink Antique Linen.  Leaving the center white. 

Sentiment:

Gold heat emboss twice the Sending Happy Birthday from the Signature Greetings stamp set.  Making sure to let cool in-between embossing.  Die cut with matching die. 

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Wreath Elements:

Die cut the Eucalyptus Collage, Delicate Wreath and the flowers and birds die from the Willow Globe from heavy white card stock least 3 times.  Die cut the flowers at least 3 more times.  I used Lindys Spray inks to color my dies cuts using pink and golden sprays for flowers and 2 wreaths.  For the eucalyptus leaves and 1 wreath I used Lindys Magical powder Shabby Turbine Teal. Leave the birds white.  Using shaping tools I shaped the flowers and leaves while still slightly damp.  

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Assembly:

Create a top folding 4 1/4" square card base from heavy white card stock.  Add foam tape to the back ground panel and center it on the card base.  Layer the 3 wreath die cuts and adhere down. Adhere in the eucalyptus leaves, birds, and flowers around the wreath.  Add light pink and green Fair Jewlels to the center of the flowers and randomly around the wreath.  Add foam dots to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the center of the wreath.

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09/08/2021

Wed 08

Spooky Night Halloween Slimline Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I don't know about you but I am ready for fall, Halloween card making time!  One of my favorite cards to create, spooky night scenes.  I have a Halloween card fueaturing the Castle Collage Dies.

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Sky Background:

Die cut the 3rd largest die from Slim Basic Rectangles set out of heavy white card stock.  Make a mask for the moon by die cutting the 2nd to the smallest die in the Circle Basics set from masking paper.  peel off the backing and adhere in the upper right hand corner of the panel.  Ink blend from the listed to darkest Distress Oxide inks, Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, Hickory Smoke, and Dusty Concord. Blend Black Shoot around the upper corners.  Peel off the mask.  Use the blending tool with the extra ink on it (do not add more) of the Hickory Smoke and Dusty Concord and lightly blend around the moon.  Then take a white gel pen and outline the moon.  Take our finger and blend out the ink to create a haze around the moon.  Add the white gel pen to just the center and blend with your finger outward.  Repeat until you get a lighter center to the moon to create dimension.

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Castle:

Die cut the Fantasy Castle from a medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Die cut the Stone Keep Castle from the darker shade from the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Ink blend the Fantasy Castle with Dusty Concord then lightly with Black Soot.  Repeat the same thing with the Stone Keep but add a little more Black Soot.  Take a charcoal pencil and drawing in the cuts of each Castle and blend with your finger.  To create the windows use Distress Alcohol Pearl inks Alchemy and Deception on transplant Yupo paper.  Glue to the back of the castle and trim off extra with scissors.  Glue the Fantasy Castle from the Stone Keep Castle

Witch:

Die cut the Lantern Witch from the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Ink blend with Dusty Concord and Black Soot.  Adding more Black Soot to the lantern and hate.  You can use sticky note or washi tape to make it easier to ink blend.  Leave the amid and face untouched as the white center of the paper makes it look like the latter is lighting up her face.  Glue some the the Yubo background from the castle behind the lantern and trim off the excess.

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Ghosts:

To create the ghost use Distress Alcohol purple and blu ink on transplant Yupo paper.  Let dry.  Then take a paper towel damp with straight rubbing alcohol and white off.  This gives a slight tint to the Yupo to blend slightly into the background.  Die cut the Yupo with the Floating Ghosts dies.

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Tombstones:

Die cut  several times the smallest die from the Nested Globes die set from the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack and a dark greys from the Earth Neutral paper pack.  With a fine point black marker write names with year ranges and RIP on the tombstones.  Ink blend with Black Soot around the edges and randomly pull some ink across the center.  

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Hills:

For the furthest away hill use the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack and mark where the top of the hill should be to expose of the Cracking Campfire and Mustard Seed sky.  Cut the hill with scissor.  Repeat this process to make 3 more hills from xark greys from the Earth Neutral paper pack. Ink blend with Dusty Concord and Black Soot making the further away more darker.  Adhere the hills on the background.  Leave the top of the hill without adhesive to be able to add the die cuts behind the hills.  

Sentiment:

Stamp and heat emboss Happy Halloween from Poppystamps Halloween Ingredients on black card stock.  I used a purple embossing powder that I had in my stash from several decades ago. Any purple embossing power will do.  Trim each work separately

Assembly:

Adhere the castle to the top of the hill in the center.  Add 3 of the smaller ghost around the castle.  Add a path from the castle entrance down to the next hill using a white pastel pencil and bland with your finger.  Add the witch to the first hill int he center.  Adhere the tombstones in the foreground tucking some behind the hills.  Trim some shorter and glue on the top of the hills.  Add the larger ghost behind one of the tombstones.  Adhere the sentiment on the last hill to the righthand side.  Create a card-base die cutting from heavy black and white card stock the largest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle. Score the white base at 1/4" inch and add adhesive to that section and adhere the black base on top.  Adhere the scene to the center of the card-base.

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08/30/2021

Mon 30

Flower Bouquet Thank You Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a monochromatic bouquet Thank You card for today.  I have seen so many beautiful cards like this and wanted to try one with some fall colors and the spring released flower dies.  I used cream and light orange to create a late summer/early fall feeling.

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Woodgrain Background:

Die cut the Wood Grain Planks, twice, from the cream color Woodgrain card stock.  Paint each plank with Ranger Vintage Collage Medium and let dry.  Then paint with Gansai Tambi Champagne Gold to create a glitter effect.  Let dry.  Glue the planks lengthwise on a side folded A2 size card base.  Make sure to stager the planks so the seams do not line up.

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Flower Bouquet:

Die cut the following flowers from the light orange oar from Sunny Orange paper pack; Lavender Stems, Daisy Stems, Wildflower Stems, and Seed Stems.  I was able to arrange all dies on 1 sheet of paper and die cut it at one time to save time.  Splatter the die cuts with the Gansai Tambi Champagne Gold to add some of the same glitter to the focal point.  Let dry.  Arrange the bouquet until you get a good arrangement and tie with twine.  Add glue to the back of the twine and stem and glue 1 string and trim. Take the other end, add more glue to the back of the knot and wind the twine.  Trim an hold in place until the glue dries.  

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Sentiment:

Die cut the Thank You Streamlined Script die from the same light orange paper as the flowers from the Sunny Orange paper pack.

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Assembly:

Cut 3 strips of clothe strips slightly smaller then the length of the card.  Fray the edges of each strip.  Glue on to the lower half of the card.  Fray and trim the clothe until it looks organic.  Glue on the bouquet of flowers to the left side of the card.  Arrange flowers and foliage and then glue some in place and leave some floating.  Glue the Thank You die cut on top of the clothe.  

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08/16/2021

Mon 16

Seas the Day Collage/Mixed Media Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the summer.  I just got done moving and reorganizing my craft corner.  I had a lot of supplies I had hardly used and wanted to use them again.  A college type scene using mixed media techniques is an easy way to use a lot of different product with your dies.  It is a sea themed collage using the latest Summer Day Dream and Under the Sea release dies and gems.  

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Technique:

I am not going to explain in exact detail on how I created the card.  With mixed media you are just playing with color and textures.  To start a mix media or collage it is easier to pick a color scheme and textures to use through out your design.  For the colors I did stick with traditional ocean colors.  I don't have a complete collection of any inks or paints and just mix and match the different products I have on hand.  The colors I did use  I will reference in distress inks, Speckled Egg, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Cracked Pistachio.  I also used silver and bronze.  For texture I used embossing powders, texture pastes, and clear mica flakes.  Play with your products but keep to a color and texture theme and it will all come together in the end.  

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Background:

For the background I used an extra heavy white card stock, ~140lb, and cut it to 7"x31/2".  I started with creating a stencil by die cutting the Jumbled Line Collage from acetate.  I used matte textured paste to stencil in the center of the background.  Let it dry.  I created a stamp from the Ring Stack die by die cutting from fun foam.  This is an easy why to turn any die cut into a stamp that can be used a few times.  I stamped and blue embossed the image randomly around the back ground.  Next I used spray inks to create the background in all colors in my scheme.  2 of the sprays were shimmer sprays.  Let dry.  To darken the background  ink blended Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon in the center of the card.  Let dry.  Then I added some Distress Crackle paint randomly and then sprinkled with Distress Clear Mica Flakes.

Images:

For the images I die cut from the same extra heavy white card stock.  The dies I used are Marina Sailboats, Whale Family, End of My Rope Set, Deep Blue Ocean, and You Anchor Me.  I die cut several of each die and ended up with more then I used.  To color I used various techniques and textures.  Some I embossed with silver.  Some where ink blended with Distress inks and clear heat embossed.  Some where ink blended with Distress inked and applied Distress Crackle paint and sprinkled with Distress Mica Flakes.  Others were sprayed with ink and covered in the Distress Crackle paint.    To add silver to the ink blended die cuts I used a Gelato stick and blended with my fingers.

Assembly:

For placement I kept the images you would find at the top of the water closer to the top of the background and the images under the water closer to the bottom.  Some are only half adhered so I can place items behind them and in front of others to create layers.  Next add some Clear Fairy Drops for bubbles.  I framed the background on a dark blue paper and adhere to the top section of the 5"x7" white card.  For the Sentiment I used the Seas the Day stamp from Deep Blue Ocean stamp and die set with deep blue dye ink on strip of white card stock.  Then backed with the a strip of the same deep blue paper.  Adhered on the bottom left hand side of the card.

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