11 posts categorized "Vicki Finger"

12/13/2019

Fri 13

Valentine's Day Card ft.La Rue Heart w/Hutton Left & Right Gate Dies
by Vicki Finger

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Hello there!  Vicki here with you today.  Have you noticed all of the Valentine products that are being released right now?  Memory Box has a new release hitting the market right now as well.  It is a super gorgeous release that I know you will all love as much as I do.  I haven't received my products as of yet, so I thought I'd show you an easy card using some previous Memory Box Products that I already had on hand.  It's always a good idea to see what you have that you can add in to the mix of old and new products.   

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This patterned paper you see here is one that I have hoarded for many years! It's from my paper scrapbooking days which I haven't done in about 10 years, although I did quite a bit of digital around 2010 - 2014.  I am down to one full sheet plus a sheet that is about 4.5 x 6 inches.  That's it - that all there is.  Throughout the last 20 or so years, I have made a Valentine's card for my husband using this paper several times. We celebrated our 35th Anniversary this past June but I didn't use to be into paper-crafting so I just bought cards for the first several years.   This is my all-time favorite sheet of paper.  I think I bought about 20 sheets of it way back when and it's been 20 years at least since that happened.  I just love the combination of colors here; the saturated red with the warm coral and yellow tones, and then there are foil accents throughout the stripes. This paper is the epitome of my style.  It's rich and regal looking.  I like to challenge myself to make something completely different each year using this paper. I don't even think my husband realizes I've been using the same one for almost every Valentine's Card.  

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I wanted the La Rue Heart to be the focal image of my card, so I tried to match it up with other Memory Box dies in such a way that it would still let the Heart be the star of the show.  You'll have to decide if I was successful or not.  I'm happy with what I have but I don't know if I achieved my objective or not. *Ü*

I started by cutting a card base from Red Lacquer Shimmer Cardstock from PaperPapers.com.  Next, using the largest Rectangle Basics Die, I cut the patterned paper for the front of my card.  Next I die cut a Left Hutton Gate and a Right Hutton Gate from gold foiled cardstock (you surely know of my love for gold by now).  

Using the Circle Basics Die Set I used two different sizes to get a gold circle and a red one that is slightly smaller.   I also cut the La Rue Heart from the gold and started assembly.  I added the patterned paper on top of the card base, then adhered the left and right Hutton Gates using my 5-inch Xyron sticker maker.  

It can be a bit tricky to get to the adhesive on such intricate dies as the Left and Right Hutton Gates so I'll share a little tip with you here.  I run them through my Xyron to get adhesive on them.  Then before taking the top layer of cellophane off, use an embossing sandwich and run it through your die-cutting machine, back and forth one time.  If you don't do this, then you'll need to take a stylus or something similar to go around all of the edges, inside and out, so you won't have adhesive strings popping up and gunking up your work.  I've used a Multipurpose tool, a stylus, and other similar tools, but using an embossing pad and running it through your die-cutting machine is so much faster --like 60 seconds compared to 20 minutes or so doing it by hand.  I had wondered if this would work, so I tried it one day and I doubt I'll ever go back to the old way.  Doing it this way also means you don't have to use an adhesive eraser or Un-du on it.  Un-du is a fantastic item to have on hand if you use a lot of foiled cardstock like I do as it removes the sticky without damaging the surface of the foil.   

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I adhered the red circle to the gold circle directly, using Kokuyo Tape Runner, which has been my favorite for years and years. Way before my card-making days, it was my preferred adhesive for my scrapbooks. Then using a double thickness of Scotch Foam Tape, I adhered the circle to the card base. 

Using a little bit of adhesive across what would be the center horizontal "band" area, I adhered the La Rue Heart directly to the raised circle.  I also die cut four of the Poppy Stamps Swirled Love Die and glued them together to make a thicker embellishment so that it would really stand up and be dimensional.  For this, I like to use Range Multi Medium Matte as tape runner doesn't work very well for something this intricate.  It tends to catch on the paper and wrinkle or tear it.    

Since I used Red Lacquer Cardstock, I'll need to add a white panel inside of the card for my personal note to my hubby.  I also like to add a little Ghiradelli Square or two in there as well.  I try very hard not to use sequins or bling on cards for my husband, but it takes great restraint.  

Thanks for stopping by today to see my project.  Next time I hope to have a card sharing new Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection dies.  Have a great day!  

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11/29/2019

Fri 29

Simple Noel Card with Dashing Holiday Papers
by Vicki Finger

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Hello there!  It's Vicki here with you today featuring a quick and easy holiday card using some of the products from the 2019 Holiday Release.  There's just a little more than 3 weeks left (not counting Sundays when there is no mail) to send out your holiday cards before Christmas is here.  Although, I can tell you I never mind it when I get a few after Christmas Day either.  So even if you're a few days late, send them anyhow! 

For today's card, I started with a white card base made with Cougar Super Smooth Digital White Cardstock.  Using the 2nd largest Rectangle Basics die, I cut one from the teal, green, and white Snowflake Pattern Paper you can find in the Dashing Holiday Paper Pack.  As usual, I gave it several mists of shimmer spray and then set it under a heavy glass block I have to dry flat. 

Next, I die cut the Antique Holly Label from White and Green Shimmer Cardstock.    I adhered the white outline to the patterned paper, then I inlaid the sentiment strip and the holly leaves of the green shimmer cardstock into the outline using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  

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I die cut the Noel word from Mini Vintage Varsity Christmas dies.  To do this, I ran a strip of white cardstock, slightly larger than my sentiment through my little Xyron Sticker Maker before cutting this so that these tiny letters would already have adhesive on them.  This made placement super easy.  I usually start with the center one or two letters and then work my way out to keep everything pretty centered.  I don't measure, I just eyeball it.  *Ü*

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I embellished the holly leaves with some "hole-less" sequins in three sizes for the berries.  You could use Liquid Pearls, Nuvo Drops or any sequins or gems you might have on hand.  Once the glue was dry, I added my panel to the front of my card base. 

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Looking through my stash of embellishments, I found these cute little snowflakes which added the perfect whimsical touch. This was a quick and easy card and would be very easy to recreate in multiples if you wanted.  

Have a fantastic day and I'll be back next week with a new project for you.  

 

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11/15/2019

Fri 15

Memory Box Quick and Easy Holiday Cards
by Vicki Finger

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Hi friends and visitors! I am here with a post featuring just a couple of Memory Box Dies for a variety of holiday cards. These are very simple cards that you can put together if you're still needing more for your Holiday Greeting Card Stash. They are simple but elegant and very easy to make. I have lots of photos of examples for you as well.

I started by die cutting several of the Ornate Holly Swirls from Gold Foiled Cardstock and a few silver as well. I also cut an equal number of the Joy Airy Script die-cut words for these cards. I added the berries using some Glossy Pearls from Little Things From Lucy's Cards in Watermelon (pink) and Berry, and Ranger Liquid Pearls in the color "Juniper". Just by changing up the cardstock and placement of the die-cuts, it gave me a wide variety of looks.

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This card uses Gold Foiled Cardstock, Red Satin Cardstock and a white card base. The berries are Glossy Berry Mix from Lucy's Pearls.

My next card uses a gold shimmer cardstock for the card base with a Red Satin Mat and Moss Green Shimmer Metallic Cardstock front panel. The placement of the dies is pretty much the same as in the first card.

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This card also uses the Glossy Berry Pearls from Lucy's. One thing you have to be very careful of when working with die cut is the glue. Especially on the satin cardstock that I like to use, the glue can be visible if you get a little too much. I use Ranger Multi Medium Matte or Gina K Connect Glue.

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Next up is a card that uses a Blue Satin Cardstock for the front panel, but white cardstock for the card base. This particular card uses Silver Foiled Cardstock for the die cut word and the Ranger Liquid Pearls in Juniper for the berries. I use the Memory Box Rectangle Basics Dies to cut all of my panels.

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With the change in the placement of the die cuts, it looks very different than it would with gold. While you know how much I love gold if you've been here before, you know I don't use a lot of silver. But sometimes its just what looks best to my eye.

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This card features a pale aqua card front panel on a pink card base and Gold Foiled Cardstock. The Pink is Pale Peony from Papertrey Ink. The aqua is Stardream Metallic in Aquamarine from PaperPapers.com. I get nearly all of my shimmer cardstock from them.

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The pearls are Glossy Watermelon from Little Things from Lucy's Cards. I love to use this color combination at Christmas Time. I finally gave in a got myself a Crystal Katana because my Jewel Picker only works a few times before it quits picking up jewels or pearls. So that makes this go a lot faster than using tweezers or a Jewel Picker. I just put a dot of liquid adhesive and then apply the pearl or jewel on top for a couple of seconds and then it releases very easily without moving it.

I have a lot of friends that I know because of the industry I work in and I love sending them a personal Holiday Card that is meant for them and not necessarily for their family in those cases where I don't know the rest of the family or if they happen to be single.

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This particular card is done on Curious Metallic Lagoon Cardstock on a Rose Quartz Shimmer Cardstock. I had to buy the Rose Quartz in an enormous quantity (100 Sheets) to get it as no one had the specific color I was looking for on a special project I did. I found it somewhere on Amazon, but I couldn't tell where and its no longer available. Simon Says Stamp has some Tonic Papers that look similar in color if you want that really specific Mauve-y color. I again used Silver for this card with Ranger Liquid Pearls in Juniper.

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Next up is this card done in three shades of shimmer metallic cardstock; Aquamarine, Lagoon and Peacock with gold Foiled Cardstock die-cuts. Glossy Watermelon Pearls make for a Beautiful combination.

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Many of the Memory Box dies have lots of details in the die cuts like the ones in these holly leaves.

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This card style would work for a variety of seasonal cards. I have a few people in my life who don't celebrate Christmas but do celebrate the season and this type of card works great for those folks. You can change up the colors for mail or female versions of this card.

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My last card for this post is the same dies with a different type of variation to share. As I was doing all of my die cutting, I lost track of how many pieces of Gold Ornate Holly that I had cut, so having an extra, I changed it up and made a 4 x 8.5 inch card. I really like how this card turned out and hope to have time for a few more.

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For this card, I used Lavender Moon Cardstock from Papertrey Ink along with White Linen Cardstock for the front panel, also from Papertrey Ink. I popped it up on a layer of Foam Tape and stacked the die cut word for a thicker embellishment.

I hope I gave you lots of ideas for how to do a quick change up so that if you want to use the same elements but have your cards each look slightly different you can easily achieve that. Change the color, change the size or orientation, or the embellishments. By doing this, each card still keeps that handmade uniqueness for the recipient.

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11/03/2019

Sun 03

Memory Box Washi Tape on Colored Cardstock
by Vicki Finger

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Hi everyone, Vicki here today!  Did you see this gorgeous card from Pam Sparks' IG or Blog on Friday, October 25th?  Since I had just finished a post using this Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape from Memory Box, I was wondering what it would look like on something other than white cardstock.  As soon as I saw Pam's card in my IG feed, I knew I had to try it out for myself.

Here's a rundown of the colors I put this washi tape on:

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I tried the Winter Woodland Washi Tape on a variety of colored cardstock for you after seeing Pam's card.  Then I put several cards together for my stash.

If you are new to my blog, I make a ton of cards each year and I put little goody bags together for my Sisters-In-Law each year at our Family Christmas celebration.  So between what I use and what I give to them, I need a lot of cards!

I tried to keep things pretty simple for the most part and did a lot with my usual thing, which is Gold Cardstock with whatever.  These cards are no exception.

This card uses Gina K Designs Gold Metallic Cardstock because it was the only shade of cardstock I had on hand for the depth of color I wanted.  I used several varieties of brown cardstock I had a half sheet in my scrap bin, so it worked out alright and I was able to get two card fronts from each 4.25 x 11-inch piece of cardstock.  I also used the Corner Holly Swirl on nearly all of these cards.  I still have a few panels for other projects.  It's pretty handy to make several card panels in the same style for later use.  I keep these extras in a Stamp Pocket on my desk for when I need a card in a hurry!  This color would be awesome for the guys in your life.

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This card uses Hawaiian Shores Cardstock and I truly love the non-traditional color scheme and this ended up being one of my favorites.  As you can see, I stamped and heat embossed the additional little sentiment in Pinefeather Cardstock.  The deep green of this cardstock was the perfect finishing touch for these cards.

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This particular card also uses a green shimmer cardstock call Fairway from PaperPapers.com for the Corner Holly Swirl.  All of the red glitter berries were made with Christmas Red Stickles.  I have some Christmas Red Nuvo Glitter Drops, but they need to be warm to use.  It's been cold this week in Texas, so rather than fool around with the Nuvo Drops, I went right to the Stickles.

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This card panel was done on SU Taupe Cardstock and I also really like the color of this washi tape on it.  Pam's card was done on Hobby Lobby's Kraft Cardstock which she said was pretty much the color of a brown paper bag.

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This card panel was done on Vintage Jadeite cardstock and I also really love the color of this!  Heck, let's face it - I like all the colors!  But the Hawaiian Shores and the Vintage Jadeite happen to be my two favorites!

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This is Watercolor Woodland on grey cardstock.  I used the "on Earth" from the Tidings Wreath Stamp Set and the "& Bright" from the Merry & Bright Mistletoe Stamp Set. I cut the "Merry" apart from the rest of the sentiment so I could use it with the larger Merry word die.

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This card is done on dark blue cardstock with Silver Accents.  I really love how this turned out. For some reason, dark blue with Silver just seems more "right" in my mind and my personal color sense than Gold in most cases. The details in all Memory Box Dies are just beautiful!  

Memory Box's most recent release had several of these large word dies in "Merry", "Peace", "Wish", and "Joy".  I love them all, but my focus this time of year is Christmas!

I guess the point of this post is to literally think "outside the box", beyond just white cardstock under washi tape.  If I hadn't seen Pam's card, I wouldn't have explored the colored cardstock option nearly as soon as I did.

I hope I've inspired you to try some of your colored cardstock scraps with your Washi Tape to achieve a new look! 

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10/27/2019

Sun 27

Holiday Cards Featuring Pine Needle Oval Frame, Candle Centerpiece, Shining Dove & Harvest Double Arches
by Vicki Finger


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Hello Everyone!  Vicki here today with a couple of cards for you using Dies and Washi Tape from the newest Memory Box Holiday 2019 release.  

This card was very simple to create.  I cut the Pine Needle Oval and Candle Centerpiece from Rose Gold Metallic Cardstock.  Then laying just that part of the die that I needed the inlay pieces from I cut the Holly from some Moss Shimmer Metallic scraps.  I did the same for the berries only from Red Satin Cardstock.  The Candle was cut from a scrap of previously painted watercolor cardstock. 

I used some shimmer mist on the Red Satin panel and die cut it with the second largest Rectangle Basics Die.  I also misted it with some shimmer spritz and let it dry while I assembled the various pieces of the candle.  You can see the little flecks of shimmer mist.  Trust me when I tell you it is super sparkly in person! 

I used some Stardust Stickles for the center of the flame on the candle.  there is also a lot of shimmer on the paper.  It was a little bit of a waste to use Shimmer Metallic Cardstock for the background panel since I spritzed it, but it was a leftover piece, so no big deal to me.  

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This took a pretty minimal amount of time for a super beautiful look.  Once I had the candle outline attached to the card front, I used my Crystal Katana tool to inlay the other pieces.  I often wait until I decide who I am sending a card to before adding a sentiment, so this goes right into my stash until I start getting ready to mail my Christmas and Holiday cards - in about a month!!  Holy Cow, this year has flown by.  

Now onto my second project for today!   Memory Box just released its very first Washi Tape and I love the Watercolor Woodland Washi.  It is 4.5-inches wide by 11 yards long and in this case, I just adhered it to some white cardstock and then die cut a panel for the background of this card.  I have several ideas I hope to try soon using this product.

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I used the Rectangle Basics in 2nd largest size to die-cut my background panel.  I die cut two Shining Dove Frames from Cougar Super Smooth Digital White Cardstock.  One to keep pristine white and one to use the parts for my inlay technique.  

I also die cut two of each of the Harvest Double Arch dies from scraps of green cardstock.  In fact, one set is die-cut from a piece of alcohol inked background that I ran through my Minc Machine.  I had the heat setting on high and so it left too much gold foil on it for a background panel, but die cutting the branches from it was a great way to use it.  The other branches are from a green cardstock scrap.  I love using up scraps from my bin for things like this.  Of course, I've barely made a dent in them and I'm sure some of you can relate!  *Ü*

I have a few panels of white 5 x 7 cardstock that I have laminated to use when I need a slick surface to work on.  So laying the Harvest Double Arch Branches on there, I added Xmas Red Stickles to all of the berries as you see in the image above.  I ended up saving this set for another project I have in mind, but I think you will get the idea.  I find that I am having much better luck with the Stickles than I am with my Nuvo Drops, so that's what I used for these.  It makes for quick and easy clean up doing them on the laminated cardstock, and I'm using the same piece over and over rather than using paper towels that are filling up landfills.  

For the green background panel, I used some homemade shimmer mist by mixing clear shimmer spritz with a few drops of reinker in a small mister bottle.  The ones I have are from Stampin' Up and I've had them for several years.  I keep a few flat boxes under my desk for this type of thing and also for spray adhesive.  

Starting with my background panel that used the Washi Tape, I added the frame for my next layer.  Then using the circle piece that you normally throw away, I laid it (without adhesive) to use as a guide for getting the Shining Dove part of the die lined up correctly.  

For the dove, I used a Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen all over.  When that was dry, I added a black gel pen dot for the eye and a little white spec from a white gel pen for the little highlight in the eye.  I used the Brush Merry Christmas for my greeting.  One of my girlfriends loves this Shining Dove Die and Green is her favorite color, so I'm planning to send this to her.  By mixing and matching using card scraps with some new cardstock, I ended up with a card that I think turned out super pretty.  I love how the Harvest Double Arches bring in the same style as the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape.  Those same dies also match with the Silverdale Branch Die as well.  

I love creating individual cards for my close friends and family.  I make a few that are done 8 or 10 at a time in a variety of styles so that I can share cards with my Sisters-In-Law each year.  I love making and they look forward to getting their goody bags each year.  

Last Thursday, Pam Sparks created a card using the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape on a piece of colored cardstock.  While I was working on the card I created for today's post, I wondered what this would look like on other colors besides white.  Pam's IG Post was so inspiring that I wanted to show you what that would look like on multiple colors of cardstock.  I'll be making cards with them today for a later post, but just to give you a few ideas, I'm inserting an image of that here for you!

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My next post will be the cards I created with these panels using a variety of Memory Box Sentiments from the new release.

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10/25/2019

Fri 25

Chandele Star and Chandele Snowflake
by Vicki Finger

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I have a new project for you today featuring some fantastic items from Memory Box's latest Holiday 2019 Release.  I fell in love with this Chandele Star Die and knew I wanted to make it shiny & sparkly!  Those are my two favorite colors after all! 

I also used the coordinating Chandele Snowflake Die to both die-cut and to dry emboss my background panel. Just FYI, this word is pronounced "shan-dell" just in case you are like me and want to make sure you are pronouncing things correctly. 

I have a huge bin of scraps that I try to use as often as possible.  I noticed I had one in a coordinating color that had been die cut and had also been heat embossed - ON THE WRONG SIDE!  This is exactly why I keep those scraps.  So I took the Chandele Snowflake Die and using an embossing sandwich, dry embossed the image into this scrap card panel of Peacock Metallic Cardstock.

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Then I die-cut the Chandele Snowflake from White Glitter Cardstock.   This die does cut each of the tiny dots and other pieces that are shown in the image, but I am just not that patient so I wanted only the white glitter snowflake to put behind the Chandele Star Die.

I chose a light pool colored glitter cardstock and die-cut the Chandele Star Die from that.  Then I used the Memory Box Shining Star Set to die cut a simple Star shape in the largest size to go behind the Chandele star and the next size down to cut one from white to go behind the die-cut Chandele Star. You'll probably have to open the image in a new tab to see the color differences, but I promise you it's there.  I definitely needed that White to make the glitter cardstock die cuts really pop. 

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I wanted to add a few simple embellishments, so I added a jewel in the center of the star and also at the pointed tips of the star.  I also chose to cut the "Peace" word die from the same white glitter cardstock.  I tried a few different colors and the white definitely was the right choice.  Who doesn't wish for a little peace around the holidays? 

Originally, I had planned to line the star up in true North/South orientation, but when I was playing around with orientation before I adhered it, I liked it better in this "tipped" to the left version, which also does a better job of highlighting the Chandele Snowflake.  I used foam tape on the back-side of the snowflake to give it a little bit of dimension. 

Between the Shimmer Cardstock, the Glitter Cardstock and the little gems, this card is absolutely breathtaking in person. Thanks for stopping by today!  I love it when you take the time to leave me a comment!  

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10/11/2019

Fri 11

Holiday Greetings Stamp Set
by Vicki Finger

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Hello!  Today I thought I would do something a bit different for you.  I used the new Holiday Greenery Stamp Set from Memory box for my Watercolor Card. Isn't this swag just beautiful?  I'd love to have something so fresh and Christmasy in my own home during the holidays.

This was really easy to create.  I started by heat embossing the image onto a piece of Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I took a combination of May Green, Green, and Dark Green in my Zig Markers and just scribbled it into each of the leaves.  Using a brush with very little water, I moved the color into the edges and let everything just kind of blend together how it wanted to.  I used the Red Zig for the Berries.  Next, using light blue, I went all around the swag, working the color outward with more water this time.  Once I got in and around all the berries and greenery, I added more of the light blue and worked it outward, turning the paper rather than trying to turn my hand.

I set this aside to let it dry before continuing on to the next steps.  While I was waiting, I chose the colors I wanted to use for all of the background layers. I chose Navy, Teal, and Satin Red, and die cut them with Rectangle Basics Dies.  

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I mounted those to a 4.25 x 5.5 Top Folding Navy Cardbase.  Using my Copic White medium, I mixed a little bit on the top of an acrylic block and using a Princeton Neptune #1 Script Brush, I put white splatter over the entire panel to make it look like snowfall.  Again, I set that aside to dry.  I've found that the longer bristles and smaller sized brush give me the type of splatter I was looking for in this case. 

Once that was completely dry, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell (white pearl) for the little berries and some White Blizzard for the highlight on the red berries.  I let that dry overnight and then hit it with some shimmer mist on the following morning.  Not too much as I didn't want the watercolor to run, but enough so that the recipient will notice when they receive the card.  Then I attached that panel to the card base with all the layers that I had prepared.  I also added a plain white panel on the interior for a note.  A simple gold sentiment to match the gold embossing, "Peace" in Cheshire Script finishes this card off.

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This is a little bit different of a style for me, so I hope you like it or that it inspires you to try something new to you.   I'm not super comfortable with watercolor, but I keep practicing, which means I am improving. Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  

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10/08/2019

Tue 08

Bauble Snowflake Frame & Sparkling Snowflake Trio
by Vicki Finger

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Hello there!  It's Vicki and today I have a card for you featuring some of the new Holiday 2019 Dies from Memory Box!  Given my love for shimmer and shine any time of year, you know that I had to use some of that on a winter snowflake card!  I started by misting up a couple of 4.25 x 5.5 card panels with clear shimmer mist.

I strongly considered using white on white for this card, but I wanted an "icy" color for the card base.  I chose Pearlized Powder Blue from PaperPapers.com.  Once my white card panels were dry, I die cut the Bauble Snowflake Frame Die from one panel and a couple of the smaller snowflakes from the Sparkling Snowflake Trio.  I mean, with "Sparkling" in the name, you know I had to do it.  With the other panel, I cut several more of the snowflakes so that I could layer them up on the front of the card and the inside of the card as well.  I could also have used a shimmer or metallic white cardstock but that paper doesn't give quite the same effect as the white card stock with shimmer mist on it.  These dies cut so well that I don't have any trouble popping them out of the negative.

Memory Box Dies are made in the USA of 100% US Steel.  I don't know about you, but that is something that's important to me as a US Citizen.  They also cut beautifully, every single time.  I am not using a metal adapter plate, but as my cutting pads wear, I may need to add one to my die-cutting sandwich.  I do have a Gemini, but I feel faster cranking everything through my Cuttlebug. When I found out that the Cuttlebug was being discontinued, I bought a dozen sets of "B" plates and a couple of "C" plates.  Eventually, I will have to switch over, but I'm going to be fighting it every step of the way.

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Once I had all the snowflakes die-cut, I started laying them on top of each other to see how I would group them.  I always like to put a sparkly little gem in the very center, so it was mostly a matter of what snowflake went on top of which other one. I pretty much always do the largest on the bottom getting smaller with each layer.  I also rotate the additional layers slightly to make it look like there are as many "branches" as possible together.  After I adhered them together at the centers, I laid them on a piece of white printer paper and Misted them yet again with the some Silver Iridescent Shimmer Mist.

After I set those aside, I grabbed the frame and used micropore tape all along the backside of it to keep the little pieces from falling out.  Then using my Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Pen, I went all over the front of the frame.  This gives the most sparkle possible but you need to be squeezing the brush a little the whole time to keep the product coming out.  I wouldn't really do it on something that was any larger because it would be pretty hard on your hands, but I wanted that super shimmery shine today.

After making my card base, I laid everything out on my card to decide how I wanted the layout to look.  I put foam tape all the way around the large frame and adhered it to the card base.  Next, I put Multi Medium Matte all around the small, skinny frame with the dotted detail and adhered it directly to the card.  I put gems around the larger frame at the inner corners and then at the center point on each outer side of the frame in the center of that side.  The detail in all Memory Box dies is just incredible and I have to say I love working with them.

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Normally, I try to block the sunlight from the afternoon hours by pulling down my blinds.  I hadn't quite gotten it done when I snapped this picture.  The sun had just gone partly behind a cloud eliminating the really dark shadows that come with full sun.  

This is really simple to do as it is primarily assembly.  With a variety of small one-word dies to choose from, it's easy to put a card together.  You could do mass die cutting, and then sit in front of the television and do mass assembly if you wanted to.  I have so many projects and ideas to share right now, so I'll be back soon with another project to share with you.  I'm trying to get better at remembering to take process photos for you, but there weren't really any in this case.  It was simple die-cutting and assembly.

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10/06/2019

Sun 06

Shine Holly Jolly Corner Frame
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here today with a simple card using a technique I copied from our company's founder, Dave Brethauer. Recently, Dave did a short little video where he stacked some napkins together and die cut them.  After that, he painted them with some watercolor which gave them a ton of texture.  I knew I really want to try that technique out for myself.  Here's a link to Dave's video if you want to watch it.

I actually use real napkins at home because I sew.  That's one of the perks of that hobby.  Also, since we're empty nesters, there's rarely more than 4 of us sitting down to eat and most of the time it's just my hubby and I.  I do have one large set of 16 napkins for if we have a lot of company, but 4 napkins are normally how many I make for a set.  I'm great at finding the fabrics that have a little over 1 yard left on them and have been clearance priced.  However, I wanted to try this die-cut napkin technique, so I ran to my Dollar General Store up the road for a pack of their super cheap napkins.  They were literally $1.00.

I love the texture that you can get using this technique and I could incorporate another of my favorites techniques which is to add a bit of gold metallic watercolor to my plain watercolor (Reinkers) to get new colors.  For Example, I added red watercolor to this Ruffled Poinsettia but I didn't feel it was dark enough so I went back with Scarlet Jewel and added a bit of gold to that which gave me the effect I was looking for.  

For the Leaves, I used Mowed Lawn watered down a bit more, then went back and added another drop of color with a drop of the gold watercolor to get a nice variation of color for the leaves.

I used plain gold watercolor for the Holly Jolly interior Corner Frame die, just n the frame part, but it was bright yellow, so I added a drop of dark chocolate to it to tone the yellow down and add some warmth to the color. 

In the end, I ended up taking the gold foiled version of the frame and snipping away the branches because I like the more consistent way it looked to have two gold foiled frames.  The other decorative elements are made from a die-cut, watercolored napkin.  

After laying the gold foiled frame on top of the holly and berry branches, I let it dry and then added Garnet Liquid Pearls for the red berries and let it dry overnight in my window sill.  I added a little Eggshell Pearl from Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

I cut a 5.5 x 8.5 piece of cardstock to make a top folding horizontal card from the color Metallic Nude.  I like how it's a nice subtle color to let the dies be the star if the show.    

In the end, I decided that I wanted a vertical sentiment down the right-hand side, and so I used the Candlelit Shine Die to cut the sentiment from a piece of  Xyroned Gold Foil Cardstock.  Because each letter is separate, you can use it vertically or horizontally.  I was very careful to place each letter where I wanted them, without pressing down, until I was sure I had them lined up well.   

Putting a letter over the poinsettia petal wasn't optimal, but really, I'm probably the only one who will notice.  Any time I have things that need to dry, I set them aside and work on other things while those are drying.  

I have a more detailed list of all the supplies used over at my personal blog, Twinkling Paper Studio.

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Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate it when you leave a comment for me.  

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10/03/2019

Thu 03

Challenge Inspiration with Grand Maple Frame
by Vicki Finger

Hello, Everyone!  Vicki here with you today with a blog post sharing a bit of inspiration for the Memory Box Current Challenge, "Falling Leaves". 

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I love to make fall leaves from some watercolor cardstock that has been loosely watercolored and allowed to dry.  I have multiple color mediums to choose from including some Daniel Smith Watercolors, along with other artist-grade mediums to choose from but, for the completely transparent color that I prefer, I love to use re-inkers with a bit of water and a large #12 watercolor brush.  This 6 well porcelain dish is also a lot smaller than any of my other choices so it pretty much a no brainer for my needs.  I would encourage you to do whatever works best for you. 

Some types of watercolors can be kind of "milky" looking so I like to put a drop or two of reinker into my little porcelain dish with a few drops of water.  You can make it less pigmented by adding more water to the mix.  I have an empty spray bottle that I put a new label on so that it says its Water.  I keep meaning to get one of those little dropper bottles, but I also keep forgetting to order when I am already ordering something else.  When I do this type of project where I'm just letting the water travel and blend and mix with other colors, I like to work on my glass mat which is 20 x 26 in size and put a paper towel underneath my paper to help contain most of the mess.

For me, fall color is all about the deep magentas, reds, corals, golden yellows and bright pinks.   I love to mix those with a bit of Sargent Art Watercolor Magic in Metallic Gold that is easy to find at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Amazon and a variety of other sources.  I have the 8-ounce bottle that I got a few years ago and I still have more than half the bottle left.  I especially love mixing gold into nearly all of my artwork.  It only takes a drop to add a metallic touch to many of your colors.  And you can use it by itself as well.  It's a pretty bright yellow color but you can deepen the color by adding a bit of reinker in Kraft or Dark Chocolate for more of an Antique Gold color.  Just keep mixing it in one drop at a time, until the color deepens to your desired shade.  This works with pretty much any earthy colors.  I use this watercolor for a variety of things in my studio, so it's a must-have item for me.

I took a few pictures here so you can see my process.  For demonstration purposes, I used Canson #140 Watercolor paper which has a pretty heavy texture.  In this case, that's a good thing as it leaves lots of little divots for the shimmer mist to settle into rather than sliding off with the water.

This is how it begins, lots of colors and lots of water.  I use the wide flat brush to add plain water to the paper and the #12 Round Brush to add the color.  As the paper curls up, the colors run and blend together.  You can see from the paper towels in both of these photos, that the paper towel gets very grungy!  Once the color has dried, I hit it with a liberal amount of shimmer mist.  Then I take the dirty paper towel and replace it with a clean one.  

You can see how much water is here; and how much water and color run off the sides of the paper.  Once it's dry and I hit it with Shimmer Mist, I move it momentarily, wipe my glass work surface and then put a clean paper towel under it while the shimmer mist has a chance to dry.  In this case, it happened to be overnight.

Another item that is a must-have in my studio is Sparkle Shimmer Mist from Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts.  My favorite is the Sheer Gold but I also like the Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Mist as well.  I use more gold than sheer, but I like to have the option for whatever I'm working on at the moment.  Since I took these photos at night, it's impossible to capture all of the golden goodness that is on this watercolored panel.  Hopefully, you'll be able to see it better in my end product.  and I'll try to take a better picture once the sun is up.  My husband leaves at 4:00 a.m. and today is trash day, so he wasn't too quiet, so I got up as he was leaving.

Next, I used the Grand Maple Frame Die and die cut one from Gold Cardstock and one from the watercolor background.  I made a card base using Stardream  Metallic Flame Cardstock from PaperPapers.com.  These cardstocks work perfectly with the elegance of the Memory Box Dies.  I bought a bunch of different colors last May and I am so glad I did as I have a lot of colors to work with and they are fantastic with Memory Box's Elegant Dies.

I kept most of the die cut together and intact, but I wanted to use the watercolor paper to inlay for the color on the leaves.  This was very quick to do as there are only a few very small pieces at the tips of the leaves.  Everything else is a larger size and is easy to fit.  I used Post It Tape on the backside, but then as I was switching out the pieces, I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to hold them in place.

I was a little bit unsure about the corners of the actual frame, but in the end, I popped out the corner pieces, then put the rest on foam tape so that the card color comes through.  I tried those corners with inlay as well but preferred to let the cardstock color show through.

I stamped the greeting from the Memory Box Fern & Berries Stamp Set using Versafine Black Onyx and heat setting it with Clear Embossing Powder.  I used my Basic Rectangles Dies to cut the sentiment and the next size up to cut the gold layer for the sentiment.

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This card was actually very quick to make, but because folks like to see the process, that took quite a bit more time so I could have those images for you as well.  I love how this card turned out and I have an extra panel just sitting here waiting to be made into another card like it.  Since I give cards to my Sisters-In-Law each year at Christmas, I need all I can get.

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I loved how this particular watercolor piece turned out and I couldn't bear to get rid of any more of it than necessary.  I die cut it with 2nd largest Basic Rectangles Die but I didn't inlay the watercolor pieces this time. I just popped the pieces our of the frame so that you could see the watercolor background panel.  It was a lot faster to make this way.  It gives the frame that filigree-look that Memory Box is so famous for!

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I got in really close so that hopefully you can see all the gold in with the color.  The second watercolored piece has quite a bit more gold in it, so I spent a little time playing with the various cardstock colors to see which one I want to pair it up with it.  In the end, I chose to pair it with Raspberry Fizz Cardstock to let the Pinks really pop!  I think I'm channeling my inner Dawn McVey here. Ü

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I hope you enjoyed my inspiration for this month's Memory Box Challenge. The supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience.  I have a few more process photos over on my personal blog, TwinklingPaper Studio.  

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