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01/14/2020

Tue 14

XOXO Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I have a cute Valentine's Day card for you featuring many new products.

To make this card I started with red cardstock and placed the Drifting Hearts Stencil over the paper and sponged Versa Mark ink over the stencil.  I removed the stencil and applied clear embossing powder over the stenciled image and heat embossed it.  This gave the hearts a nice glossy shine.  To make the hearts stand out a little more, I sponged Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress ink over the embossed hearts. Buff the paper with a tissue to remove any ink that might be on the embossed hearts.

I die cut the heart using one of the new Double Stitched Loving Heart dies. From the heart I die cut the Banded Heart Locket Die.

I die cut the branch and used twine to tie the heart to the branch.

I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and adhered it to the back of the heart opening. 

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Using foam tape I glued the card front to my white card base.  I did not put adhesive behind the bunny so that I could put the hanging heart behind the bunny.  I glued the branch and hanging heart to the card front and then placed foam tape behind the bunny to adhere it to the card.

To finish the card I stamped and white heat embossed the XOXO.  Then I used foam tape to glue it to the card.

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That's it for today!  I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

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01/07/2020

Tue 07

Love You
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a card for you which features only some of the wonderful new products from the 2020 Valentine's release.  

To create this card I stamped the Friendship Floral Heart in the upper right hand corner of my card and colored it with colored pencils.  Then I placed the Drifting Hearts Stencil over my card and sponged hearts under the stamped flowers.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink for the hearts and the edge of the card. Next I spattered the card with blue and white ink. When the ink was dry I glued the card front to a black cardstock mat, and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.  

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I die cut the Love Airy Script from black cardstock and glued it to my card front.  Next I stamp the word you on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  

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I hope you enjoy this new release and can see the versatility of all the products.  Even though it's a Valentine's release I feel this card would be a great card for many occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your week!

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12/09/2019

Mon 09

Stencils + Die Cuts = Wintery Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

I recently got together with friends to make holiday cards and I took stencils to create interesting backgrounds for my cards.  I had so much fun revisiting stenciling that I decided to use two of my favorite Memory Box stencils for today's three cards.

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For the first card (the one lying down in the photo above), I started with bright white cardstock, the Winter Snowflakes stencil 88609, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and my ink blending tool.  I used washi tape to secure the paper and the stencil to my work surface to insure sharp inked images.

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I cut a bunch of snowflakes using the SPARKLING SNOWFLAKE TRIO 94287 from some turquoise-y blue cardstock that matched the ink pretty well.

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I used Glue Dots in the snowflake centers to adhere three of them over the stenciled snowflakes and pulled the radiating "arms" up a bit from the cardstock. 

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 I cut the JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 twice, white cardstock for the bottom layer and blue for the top.  I played around a bit with the orientation of the card and the placement of "joy" before glueing the letters on and adding the panel to a matching blue notecard.  For the finishing touch I added dimensional pearls to the snowflake centers.

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Next I took the Sprinkle Dots stencil 88597, bright white cardstock, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and the blending tool to create another background before adding more of the blue snowflakes.

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I layered up the Joy Airy Script again, added it to the panel, adhered it to a blue notecard, and popped pearls into the three snowflake centers.

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As I was working on that card I remembered the WINTER TREE OVAL FRAME 94309 and thought that its swirling dotted lines might match those of the stencil.  So I inked up another background using the Sprinkle Dots stencil on the front of a white notecard and added the oval tree cut from bright white cardstock and the swirly sky background pieced in using  blue cardstock.  You'll notice that the dots are lighter than on the other cards.  I just used less pressure with the blending tool while adding ink over the stencil.

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I added "joy and peace this season" from the MERRY AND BRIGHT MISTLETOE clear stamp set CL5246 stamped with VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink.  

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I think when I remake this card I will make it as a panel to adhere to a blue notecard like I did on the first two cards.  In fact I might just cut this one apart and do that.  I think a layer of the solid blue underneath it all will tie in better with the blue background of the winter tree.

I plan to make more cards using the stencils.  These designs can work all winter for many occasions by just changing up the sentiment. 

I wish I could say that I've made all of the holiday cards I will need to send out this month.  I'm going to be a busy girl this week!  Are yours done and in the mail?  Have you posted one for our Holiday Cards Challenge?  I'd love to see what you've been creating!

Happy Crafting!

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Winter Tree Oval Frame 94309
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Joy Airy Script 94325
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Sprinkle Dots stencil 88597
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Sparkling Snowflake Trio 94287
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Winter Snowflakes 88609
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Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set CL 5246

10/30/2019

Wed 30

Boo to you!
by Donna Sledzik

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Good Morning!  Today I have a quick and easy Halloween card for you!

To make this card I used the spider web stencil and placed it on the corner of my watercolor paper and sprayed across the stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide Spray. 

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Once the ink was dry, I adhered the paper to a black cardstock mat and used foam tape to glue this to a white card base.

Next I die cut the large ghost 3 times from white cardstock and glued those to my card front.

I sponged Craved Pumpkin Distress ink on a strip of white cardstock and used foam tape to glue this to my card.  The word "Boo" I die cut from the new Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die set, and glued that to the orange strip.  

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To finish the card I stamped the sentiment, "to you" under the orange strip.  The sentiment said "Happy Birthday to you",  but I masked off the Happy Birthday and only stamped, "to you" on my card.  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Donnasignature

 

 

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07/30/2019

Tue 30

Masked Stenciling
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I was inspired to make a challenge card.  I was over on the Splitcoaststampers.om site and the "Try a New Technique" theme was "Masked Stenciling."  The basic idea is to mask off part of your card front, add a stencil and then add some ink so that you end up with a decorative backdrop for the card.  You can read all about their current challenge here.

For my card, I started by cutting out a circle mask using Eclipse masking tape and a circle die.  I made sure to adhere the masking tape to some cardstock first so that it would run through my die cut machine:

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Next, I placed my mask onto my card front so that it ran off of the bottom left-hand corner:

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I placed the stencil on top of the mask and then made sure to tape it down really well:

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Finally, I used my Copic airbrush to color over the stencil.  You could just as easily sponge the piece with ink.  Important..make sure that you airbrush or sponge the stencil with a straight down motion.  You don't want to have ink seep under the stencil if you can avoid it:

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To finish the card, I curved a clear sentiment around my masked stencil area and added some flowers I colored with Copic markers.

Colors for airbrush- B02, B18, G07

Colors for poppy 1- R22, R27

Colors for poppy 2- YR15, YR07

Colors for stems and stamens of both poppies- G09, Y13, Y38

** Please note, I used an older Memory Box stencil that is no longer available.  However, there is a very similar Memory Box chevron stencil that is still available.  I will attach a link to that stencil at the end of this post.

What about you guys?  Do you do a lot of challenges?  Do they help inspire you to be creative and try new techniques?

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06/25/2019

Tue 25

Stencil Watercoloring
by Trina Pham

Hello there!  I’m back today with another hibiscus birthday card made with a stencil watercoloring technique.  Can you tell blue is my favorite color? 😉

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The challenge with watercoloring through a stencil is the watercolors getting underneath the stencil.  To resolve that, all you need is this really affordable product we used when we were kids...

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Yes, it’s Elmer’s Rubber Cement glue!  Not only will it help resist the seepage under the stencil, it will secure the stencil in place.  No tape required.

I started by die cutting a DIY stencil with the Hibiscus Collage dies from a piece of acetate.  Applied the glue to the entire back of the stencil.  Let it dry a few seconds then adhered it onto a mix media panel.

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Used Zig markers and a waterbrush to watercolor.  It helps not to use too much water, but have a paper towel on hand if you do.  

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Once watercoloring is complete, allow it to dry before removing the stencil.  Use an adhesive eraser or just your fingers to remove the glue residue from the stencil and your project.   

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Added blue splatters and white heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout on black cardstock to finish.  And that’s it for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day. 

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03/17/2019

Sun 17

Making Stencils out of Your Metal Dies
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to get more use out of my dies.  For my card today, I decided to make a stencil out of my Butterfly Frond  die.

To start, you are going to need a blank stencil.  It is basically a solid piece of plastic that is a good thickness for a stencil.  I bought mine from the Crafter's Workshop, but if you Google "blank stencil sheets," you will see that there are a lot of options.

When I cut out my die from the blank stencil sheet, I was left with a circle and a circle stencil with my fronds:

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Next, I placed the large circle onto some white cardstock and sponged the open area with blue and green PanPastel chalks (Turquoise and Phthalo Green).

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You can see that my chalk is much lighter than the finished project.  Well, I wasn't done yet!  Next, I left my circle stencil on my cardstock and added my frond stencil to the center of my circle. 

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Once it was in place, I sponged over the whole thing with Versamark ink and a sponge.

I removed the frond stencil and left the circle stencil.  In this picture, you can lightly see the Versamark ink.  The fronds don't have any ink because they were covered with the stencil:

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Finally, I rubbed over the whole thing with the same exact colors of chalk.  Don't worry, rubbing the chalk on top will not smudge your Versamark ink.  You can see how the areas that had sponged Versamark ended up much darker and the areas that were covered by the frond stencil only have the first layer of color:

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To finish the card, I added the butterfly form the die set, added my sentiment and added a stitched circle around the frond scene for extra embellishment.

I hope you will consider making some stencils out of your dies.  There are so many possibilities for using your new stencils.

Have a great weekend!

Laurasignature

 

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10/08/2018

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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11/06/2017

Mon 06

Polar Bears Play in the Snow
by Anne Thompson

Polar bears play in the snow on two cards today!  Winter's on the way!

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  • I used the new POWDER Notecards as the base for each card and white cardstock for everything else.  
  • The next layer (the snowflakes) was created using the stencil WINTER SNOWFLAKES 88609 with the embossing plates stack to create a textured snowy sky for each scene.  
  • I added a hill to each card with the larger die from CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871.  
  • I stamped the polar bears from the PLAYTIME ELVES CLEAR STAMP SET CL5216 using Archival Jet Black Ink and cut them out with the PLAYTIME ELVES DIE SET 32216.  I layered three bears on top of each other to make bears that were more dimensional, and I used a Prismacolor Cloud Blue pencil to add some shading to the bears' outlines.

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  • For the card with the three bears, I used dimensional foam dots to raise the hill.  I placed one bear flat against the sky tucked behind the hill, one flat at the bottom of the hill on the right, and popped up the third bear.  
  • I glued on one of the PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, added some Clear Wink of Stella to it and to the dots on the background and the top of the hill. 

I thought I should have a polar bear on a sled for the second card.

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  • Using the Playtime Elves stamps I stamped the elf riding on the sled twice and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I glued the two layers together and then snipped off the elf.  (Sorry, Elf.)  I colored the sled with Dark Brown and Sienna Prismacolor pencils.
  • I took one of the three-layered polar bears and glued its feet to the sled.  I then put dimensional foam dots behind the bear and positioned him sliding downhill.
  • I used Clear Wink of Stella on all of the snowflakes and dots on the sky background and on the hill.
  • To finish this card I stamped "warm WISHES" from the Playtime Elves clear stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink.

 Two more cards done for my holiday stash!  How are you coming with your cards for the upcoming holiday season???

Happy Crafting!

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06/10/2017

Sat 10

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Pinpoint Circle Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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Let's celebrate summer with a  Dragonfly Stems Left Corner on a color-washed center from the Pinpoint Circle Frame.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy-bright background for the delicate golden dragonflies.  They'd be beautiful anywhere - but I think these four Distress Oxide inks created the perfect summer backdrop for them.  Hope you agree!

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Press Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick onto separate areas of a large acrylic block.  Spritz the block with water and allow the colors to start blending for a few seconds.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block and set it aside to airdry for a few minutes.  Dry it completely with a heat-tool. 

Cut it with Pinpoint Circle Frame.  

Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop stencil plastic using the dot die from the Modern Border Trim set.  Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4")  card of smooth white cardstock. Mask a few rows at the bottom of the stencil.  Sponge Imagine Crafts Delicata Gold Shimmer through the stencil.  Dry the ink.

Assemble the card and add light green gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend.  No classes for me this weekend - I'll post another card tonight.  See you then?

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