83 posts categorized "Sara Cook"

09/28/2022

Wed 28

Cozy Frame Polar Bear Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card featuring the Celeste Plate and Rectangle Basic to create a custom frame for the Layered Polar Bear.

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Frame:

Die cut the Celeste Plate from the medium purple blue paper from the Stormy Blue paper pack.  Die cut a rectangle from the center using the 9 largest die from the Rectangle Basic Set.  Adhere to a A2 card base of the same color paper.  Die cut the same size rectangle from the center.  Die cut a frame using the same rectangle die and 1 size larger.  Adhere around the center cut out.  Adhere the frame using foam tape to the lightest purple blue from the Stormy Blue paper pad.

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Bear:

Die cut the largest die cut from the Layered Polar Bear from the same light purple blue paper from Stormy Blue paper pad.  Die cut the rest of the dies from heavy white card stock.  Adhere a piece of black paper to the back of the eyes and nose.  Adhere the die cuts together using the front image as a guide.  Die cut the scarf from the Tap; Bundled Snowman die set from a green/blue  paper from the Woodsy Plaid pad.  Adhere to the polar bear.

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Sentiment:

Stamp warm wishes from the Typewriter Holiday Elements with Freesia Fresh Ink on white card stock.  Trim down.

Assembly:

Adhere the frame and card base to a A2 white card.  Adhere the polar bear to the center.  Add clear Fairy Jewels around the polar bear.  Adhere the sentiment to the lower left side of the card.  Stamp the Wishing you a Christmas filled with Joy sentiment from the Sweet Christmas clear stamp set with the same Freesia Fresh Ink.  

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09/25/2022

Sun 25

Frozen Pond Scene Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a scene card with a frozen pond in the woods that is an ice skating dream.  

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Pond:

Ink blend using a Silicone Fresh Ink on a extra heavy white card stock that is at least 5" long and 3" high.  Use a sweeping motion from one end to the other.  Spread Ranger Icicle across the card thickly.  Set aside to fully dry.  Usually takes up to 2 hours.

Trees:

Ink blend the first lightest green paper from the Lush Green paper pad with Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink.  Let dry.  Die cut the full trees from the Layered Narrow Pines.  Color the truck of the tree with a brown ink pen.  Die cut the half trees die out of the first light green paper, not inked.  Adhere the 2 die cuts together.  Add glue to the tips of the trees and then add Tim Holtz Rock Candy glitter to the glue.  Let dry.  Take a white Posco Pen and draw a figure eight in the middle of the paper.

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Ice Skates:

Die cut the blades form silver paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  Die cut the heel from Woodgrain Kraft paper.  Use your finger to add Distress Walnut stain ink over the die cut.  Die cut the shoe from white card stock.  Add shading with Silicone Fresh Ink around the die cut.  Adhere the die cut together using the image on the envelope as a guide.  Thread using a blue cross stick thread through the holes.  Use tape to adhere the ends to the back of the skates.  Tie 2 bows with the same thread and ahead them to the top of the skates.

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Snow Banks:

Fussy cut know banks out of white glitter paper from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pas.  Add a light blue/green alcohol marker to the furthest away hill.  Add a line on the next hill to create the appearance of 2 hills.

Sentiment:

Die cut the Merry Christmas Curled Script from the darkest blu from the Stormy Blue pad.

Assembly:

Take a white 5"x7" card. Ink blend the top with Distress Oxide Stormy Sky.  Splatter with water and white acrylic paint to create the appearance of snow.  Adhere the pond to the lower center of the card.  Adhere the snow banks on top of the pond. Add the trees to the upper snow banks.  Trim off the upper trees.  Adhere the sentiment to the lower left side of the card.  Adhere the skates to the lower right side of the card.

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09/07/2022

Wed 07

Fall Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone. I have a fall birthday card featuring the Exquisite Leaf set and Happy Birthday Posh Script dies from the spring release.  How easy it is to just change up the color scheme and go from spring to fall.

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Leaves:

Spray Open Studio Watercolor paper with Distress Oxide sprays in Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, and Dried Marigold.  Let dry. Die cut 2 sets of the Exquisite Leaf set from the sprayed paper.

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Wood Panel:

Die cut white card stock using the Wood Grain Planks die.  Ink blend with Distress Oxide Walnut Stain on each plank.  Then lightly add some Distress Oxide Antique Linen to highlight the wood grain.   Cut a strip of scrap paper to 4” x 1 ½” and adhere the Wood Grain Plank die cuts.

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Sentiment:

Die cut the bottom die of the Happy Birthday Posh Script die from ivory card stock.  Then die cut the top die from a matching red paper from the Berry Red paper pad.  Adhere together.

Background:

Die cut ivory card stock with the Pinpoint Leaf Plate.  Trim down to 4” x 5 ¼”.  Trim a dark brown paper from the Earth Neutral paper pad to 5 ½” x 4 ¼”.  Adhere the Pinpoint Leaf panel to the dark brown panel.

Assembly:

Adhere the background to an A2 ivory card.  Adhere the wood panel to the center of the background.  Do not add adhesive to the top or bottom of the panel to tuck the leaves behind the panel.  Adhere the sentiment to the center of the wood panel.  Arrange and adhere 1 sets of the leaves to the upper left side of the wood panel.  Adhere the 2nd set of leaves mirrors of the first set in the lower right side of the wood panel.

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08/31/2022

Wed 31

Haunted House Halloween Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a halloween scene card using the Nested Globe die set to create a window to the Creepy Cabin with bats and ghosts flying around.

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Windows:

Take the 3 grey/brown gradient Earth Neutral and trim down to A2 size.  Keep the scraps.  Take the matching sized Nested Globe die to the  and center of the darkest color card panel and die cut out the center.   Repeat on the other 2 panels with the next 2 size Nested Globe dies.  Cut the scrap pcs in to 1/2" strips and glue 2 pcs together. Glue the strips around the edge of each panel to create a little depth between the layers.

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Die Cuts:

Die cut the Creepy Cabin and the fence from Rickety House die set from the same matching dark brown Earth Neutral paper. Die cut the bats from Haunted Entrance Globe Layered die set and Fancy Gate Globe die from Black Glossy paper. Die cut the ghosts from the Haunted Entrance Globe Layered die set from white paper.

Ink Blending:

To make the sky ink blend Distress Oxide Mustard Seed from the lower to center on a white card stock slightly bigger than the smallest opening.  Then ink blend Distress Oxide Ripe Persimmon around the outside edges.  set aside.  Take another scrap white card stock and repeat same ink blending process.  Let dry and then die cut the top Happy Halloween Posh Scrip die and the pumpkins from Haunted Entrance Globe Layered die.  

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Assembly:

Fussy cut the trees from the Creepy Cabin.  Glue the Creepy Cabin to the bottom panel.  Glue the fence to to the back of the Creepy Cabin.  Trim off the fence behind the door and window.  Adhere the sky panel behind the Creepy Cabin.   Adhere 1 of the ghost to the front of the panel.  Take the middle panel and adhere the trees to the back. Adhere 1 ghost to the back of the middle panel and 1 ghost to the front of the panel. Adhere 1 smaller bat to the trees.  Trim the bottom off the Fancy Gate Globe die and adhere to the back of the panel.  Bend the gate so the open outward.  Adhere 1 ghost to the backside of the panel.  Adhere the sentiment, pumpkins, and 1 bat to the front panel.  Adhere to a A2 size card. 

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08/21/2022

Sun 21

Flying Witch Halloween Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I am loving this new Halloween release.  So many good dies to make little Halloween scene cards. I have a scene card with the Flying Witch over the moon.

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Background:

Ink spray on heavy white card stock with Distress Hocus Pocus Mica Stain and Dylusions Postbox Red Shimmer Spray.  Leaving the upper center of the card free of ink.  Let dry.  Trim down the card to 4"x 5 1/4".  In the upper center of the card ink blend with Distress Spiced Marmalade ink.  Then ink blend around the edges with Distress Black Soot ink.  Use the 3" circle die from the Circle Basics Set and die cut the upper center of the card.  Adhere a piece of vellum to the back of the cut out.  Adhere a slightly smaller card to the back using the lightest yellow from the Sunny Orange paper pad.

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Witch:

Die cut the Flying Witch from heavy black card stock.  Die cut the cape and hat from a purple paper from the Glitzy Glitter pad.  Add Distress Antique Linen Crayon to the witch's face and broom.  Adhere the hat and cape to the witch.

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Tree and Cattails:

Die cut the Woodgrain Tree Truck and Cattail Border dies from heavy black card stock.  Add Distress Vintage Photo Crayon to the Woodgrain Tree Truck and rub in.  Add Distress Antique Linen Crayon to the Cattails. 

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Sentiment:

Die cut the background die from the Boo Posh Script die and the top die from heavy black card stock.  Adhere together with glue.

Assembly:

Trim down the same purple paper from the Glitzy Glitter pad to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  Adhere to the center of a black A2 size card.  Adhere the Woodgrain Tree Truck to the right hand side laving a small section of the background to show.  Adhere the witch over the moon.  Then Adhere the cattails to the bottom of the background panel.  Trim off any hanging die cuts.  Add the sentiment to the lower right hand side. Adhere the background panel to the center of the purple glitter paper.  Adhere a 3 1/2 x 4 3/4" light weight card to the inside of the card to write the personalized message. A07E8BD2-BE09-4F9A-8FDB-99D9032612A6_1_201_a

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08/13/2022

Sat 13

Birthday Butterfly Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a simple and easy birthday card featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage die. It is using the cut out butterflies from last week's blog post. 

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Butterflies:

Instructions how to watercolor the paper for the butterflies. Watercolor Open Studios Watercolor paper using a green, blue, yellow and silver paint.  Use a larger sized paint brush for this technique. Spritz both sides of the paper with water then lightly wipe off the any excess water.  Add the paint, starting with the darker colors, by just dabbing on the paper randomly.  Make sure it does not create a pattern and just slightly overlapping the colors as you go.  The colors with slightly blend together.  Using a heat gun, dry the paper.  After dry, die cut the Butterfly Coterie Collage die from the center of the paper.  Use just the butterfly.  

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Sentiment:

Hot foil the Posh Happy Birthday sentiment using silver foil onto the same aqua paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Die cut using the matching die from the set.

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Assembly:

Cut the white paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror paper pad to A2 size.  Adhere to a A2 size white card.   Adhere the sentiment to the center of the card.  Bend the butterflies in half and form the wing around your fingers.  Add adhesive to the center of the butterflies and arrange around the sentiment.  Add a aqua gem to the center from the Pastel Fairy Jewel pack to the center of the butterfly.  Die cut the largest frame from the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set from the silver paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  Adhere to the card. 

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08/11/2022

Thu 11

Watercolored Butterfly Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage die using an easy watercolor technique.  Perfect to send a note to a friend. 

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Butterfly:

Watercolor Open Studios Watercolor paper using a green, blue, yellow and silver paint.  Use a larger sized paint brush for this technique. Spritz both sides of the paper with water then lightly wipe off the any excess water.  Add the paint, starting with the darker colors, by just dabbing on the paper randomly.  Make sure it does not create a pattern and just slightly overlapping the colors as you go.  The colors with slightly blend together.  Using a heat gun, dry the paper.  After dry, die cut the Butterfly Coterie Collage die from the center of the paper (save the butterflies for a later project).  Die cut the 2nd largest Wrapped Stitched Rectangle dies. Measure the die cut and then trim a rectangle out of black paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Adhere the black mirror rectangle at a slight angle behind the watercolor butterfly rectangle.  

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Sentiment

Hot foil the Posh Just a Note sentiment using green foil onto the same black paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Die cut using the matching die from the set.  Add double sided foam tape to the back.

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Assembly:

Adhere the butterfly and black mirror card rectangles at an angle onto a white A2 size card.  Adhere the Just a Note sentiment at the lower right hand corner aligning it with the card.  Adhere the Winter Fantasy Gemstones in the lightest and 2nd lightest gems to the center larger butterflies.  For the smaller butterflies add the clear gems from the Pastel Fairy Jewels set to the center.

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08/03/2022

Wed 03

Ocean Themed Thank You Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card combining the foil plates with the nautical dies to create an ocean themed thank you card.  I am using some older dies with the newer dies.  

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Use one of the 3 color combos from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  The lightest color is used as the foreground waves and the darkest color is the background waves.  Die cut with the Big Splash Board die, making the darker color blue longer to show behind the lighter waves.  Trim down to 4'x51/4" in length.  For the hight I just eyeballed it.  Marking the back and trimming it down. Adhere the 2 die cuts together with foam tape to give dimension.  The clear Fairy Drops are added to the holes in varying sizes to add the effect of water droplets.  

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I used the medium color blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad as the background and hot foiled gold with the Sunburst hot foil plate in the upper left side.  Then trim down the paper to 4"x5 1/4" cutting from the side the Sunburst is on.  Adhere onto a A2 white card.

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Hot foil gold on heavy white card stock using the Posh Thank You hot foil plate and die cut with the matching die.  Adhere in the center of the Sunburst.  

Die cut the largest Marina Sailboat from white and gold paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror pad.  

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Add the waves die cuts to the bottom of the card with foam tape.  Then adhere the gold sail boat and the white sails to the bottom right hand side of the card.  This card design can be easily changed up by using different color combos from any of the paper pads and changing the hot foiled sentiment.  My son liked this card so much they asked for a birthday version to give to their friend.  I used the Fresh Aqua paper pad and the Birthday Wishes Hot Foil plate in that version. 

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07/27/2022

Wed 27

Mixed Media Encouragement Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a  quick mixed media background card today using the new Curling Waves stencil. 3D embossing folder, and matching dies.

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Background:

Clear heat emboss the bubble stamp from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set on Memory Box watercolor paper.  Smoosh some Distress Ink Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers on a glass mat.  Spritz with water and dap the watercolor paper into each color, covering most of the paper.  Take a wet, square paint brush and apply more ink in waving motion randomly across the paper.  Heat set dry.  Use a water brush and add water inside the bubbles and then take a paper towel to dab up the water.  2nd generation stamp the schools of fish from the Blue Ocean stamp set with Blue Bell VersaFine Clair ink randomly in the background.  Take some white gesso and thin down with water the splatter on the background.  Let dry. Cut down to 4'X5 1/4" panel.

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Elements:

Die cut the Ocean Porthole 3 times from black card stock and adhere together.  Rub in Distress Crayon Tarnished Brass all over the front of the die cut.  Die cut the kelp from the Kelp Collage die set from the green Festive Glitter paper pad. Trim the longer kelp into 1 short piece leaving a longer piece.  Stencil the Curling Waves with Distress Oxide Ink Blue Print Sketch and Salvaged Patina.  Die cut with matching dies and then embossing with the matching Curling Waves 3D embossing folder.  Add some white texture paste and then Distress Grit paste to the top of the waves.

Sentiment:

White heat emboss the Refuse to Sink sentiment from the You Anchor Me stamp set on black paper.  Fussy cut out the sentiment.  I am horrible at fussy cutting and already on my 2nd sentiment when I decided to use sandpaper to even out the sides.  This worked perfectly.  This might be an old trick I never learned but it really does help even out the sharp points are uneven cuts.

Assembly:

Adhere the background to a A2 size black card.  Adhere the waves to the lower right hand side, weaving them around the portal.  Adhere to the center of the card.  Add the kelp die cuts to the inside right of the portal.  Adhere the sentiment with foam adhesive.  

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07/23/2022

Sat 23

Ocean Adventure Awaits Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have another quick ocean themed card for today.  This one features my favorite 3d embossing folder, Waves. DEB5770F-1D7E-419B-8499-9E3C1B6170BB_1_201_a

Background:

Ink up the Waves 3D embossing folder with Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch ink and ink emboss a blue paper from Stormy Blue pad.  Trim down to 4" x 5 1/4".  Run Distress Oxide Salvage Patina ink on the waves and blend with finger.  Add white ink to top of waves with a brayer.  

Elements:

Fussy cut an island out of tan card stock.  Splatter with Distress ink, Gathered Twigs. Antique Linen, and Walnut Stain.  Ink blend with Vintage photo.  Fussy cut a surf board from white card stock. Use sandpaper along to smooth the sides down.  Trim down a strip of red card stock and adhere in the center and then trim off the ends around the surf board.  Die cut the palm trees from Nativity House Frame die set from Kraft Woodgrain Paper, making sure the woodgrain is horizontal.  Ink blend with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  Die cut the tops of the palm tree out of white card stock and ink blend with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  Adhere the tops of the trees to the trunk.

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Sentiment:

Stamp Adventure Awaits from the You Anchor Me stamp set on a 1" strip of white card stock with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink.  Trim down to the sentiment is towards the right side and 4" wide.

Assembly:

Adhere the background to a white A2 size card.  Adhere the sentiment to the top of the card.  Then Adhere the island, surf board, and palm trees to the lower right side.

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