Masculine Window “Get Well” Card

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My boyfriend and I have had the flu over the past couple days (his being much worse than mine), so in my time at home I thought I would make an extremely simple and masculine card for him to help him feel a little bit better.

I also got a few new products in the mail, which I’m extremely excited to share because they are so fun to use and come with tons of options.

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I again used my favorite Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background Stamp with the Butter Bar Hero Arts Shadow Ink. I have been trying to find a technique to replicate a patterned paper that came in a recent Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. It was a sheet of triangles, some a metallic, different color than the majority. With my new Wink of Stella Pens (I chose a brown color), I filled in random triangles to get a very similar effect that I had seen on that original paper. The brown triangles give the perfect pop to the background with just the right amount of sparkle to stay masculine.

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I then used my Spellbinders Hexagons to cut a small hexagon out of this patterned card-front, and my folded card-base. I stamped the “Get Well” sentiment from the Just Right Large Fancy Sentiments Set onto a piece of transparency with some Jet Black StazOn Ink, and sandwiched it between the two hexagons to create my window.

I used two $1.50 Craftsmart rubber stamps that I just got from Michaels and stamped the arrow on the outside and the XOXO on the inside – both with Cornflower Hero Arts Shadow Ink. For a final touch, I used the Clear Wink of Stella Brush to add a little sparkle to the arrow on the front of the card.

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Have a good day everyone and stay away from germs as best as you can! The flu is NOT fun!

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Technicolored Tuesday – Hero Arts 2014

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As one final Christmas card, I wanted this to be an extra special Technicolored Tuesday featuring my favorite stamp from Hero Arts 2014 Catalog that was just released. This is the Tiny Flags Background Stamp! All of the inks and the other stamp set I used are also Hero Arts. You really cannot go wrong with their products!

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For this card I used 4 different cube sets by Hero Arts that I got from SimonSaysStamp.com: Blackboard, Field Notes, Summer Splash, and of course Christmas. I love the cubes, and think that techniques like this are exactly why I prefer them to a large ink pad. I’ll link the cubes in my supply list, but when I talk about each color I’ll link the whole ink pad within this post, just in case you are a “big pad” kind of crafter. I took photos during my stamping, so you could see how I accomplished this blending of the colors without compromising any of my ink pads.

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I started out inking the area of the stamp the goes over the previous color, but continues further.

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I then took a dry baby wipe and blotted around all of the ink so there would not be any harsh lines.

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I then took my standard A2 Neenah Solar White card-front and aligned the corner at the same place each time I used a new color. Aligning the stamp right is very important if you want your stamped image to look continuous. Using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig would be ideal for this technique, but I do not have one…. YET 🙂

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After placing the card-front onto the inked stamp you also want to let it sit the for a bit while applying pressure to all areas of the stamp. This will allow the ink to really dye the paper and sink into it so you get a nice, solid image.

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… BEAUTIFUL! I used the following colors in this order (right to left in the photo): Red Royal, Orange Soda, Butter Bar, Green Hills, Cornflower, Passion Flower, and Silver. I really wanted the silver to just fade off so I blotted its edge a little bit more than the rest to ensure its edges were much lighter. I really think this is the best way to get this rainbow effect to a stamp because I would worry that blending the inks on the stamp and stamping the image all at once would mix the colors on my ink cubes as I put on one color after another.
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I then used the Hero Arts Snow Much Joy Stamp Set and stamped my sentiment in Red Royal and the tree in Blackboard. I put a pennant flag end on my sentiment panel,colored my tree with COPIC markers, and cut it out with my BRAND NEW FAVORITE SCISSORS OF ALL TIME Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors. I got these from my sister as an early Christmas present and, believe me when I say this… They. Cut. Like. Butter!

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I adhered the sentiment with some 3M Foam Adhesive and also put some behind the entire card-front to mount it on red cardstock to look a little more festive.

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The tree was adhered with some Tombow Mono Multi Glue on the top, but I wanted it to hang below the sentiment so I put some 3M Foam Adhesive on the bottom of the tree so it stayed even with the sentiment.

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That is the card for the day! I hope you enjoyed and everyone has a BRIGHT AND SPARKLING CHRISTMAS!

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Snow-Globe Stampendous Penquins Card

It’s Holiday Time!!! To thank Die Cuts with a View (or DCWV as most of you know it) for featuring my card on their Instagram the other day, I wanted to do another card using another one of their 6×6 paper stacks.

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I promise this card will WOW any receiver! I wanted to allow the sequins inside the card to have the ability to move giving the illusion of a snow-globe and I think I accomplished just that.

I started out by stamping the Stampendous Penguin Pair Stamp that I just got from Michaels. (I’m really sorry to add that I could not find a store link ANYWHERE on the internet for this stamp. If I would have known this, I would have used a different stamp. Any Christmas character stamp would look fabulous with this type of card technique.)

After stamping them, I colored the pair with my COPIC Markers resulting in some really beautiful blends. I used C1 and C3 for the white portions of their bodies, C5, C7, and 100 Black for the black parts of their bodies, all of the YG group listed in my supplies at the bottom of this post for two different green looks for their accessories, and R22, R24, and R29 for the red portions of the accessories.

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They turned out absolutely adorable in my book.

I then used 4 sheets of the new Heavy-Weight Neenah Cardstock and cut circle windows with one of my Spellbinders Classic Circles Dies in each piece. I then made a sandwich starting with one piece of the cardstock, a sheet of acetate, two more sheets of the cardstock, sequins, the penguin piece, the last sheet of cardstock, and finally a beautiful gold foil sheet of paper from the DCWV Foil Solids 6×6 Stack.

I took some pictures during the assembly.

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The “sandwich style” allows the sequins enough room to move, but not enough to escape out of the card.

I then adhered this thick panel to a piece a Bazill Blueberry Sour Cardstock  which makes the gold foil really POP beautifully. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the same Kelly Purkey Cheers Stamp Set that I’ve used in a bunch of my cards lately.

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I just adore this card. It looks so complicated to create, but it is actually pretty easy and looks so clean and polished. Let me know what you think!

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Technicolored Tuesday – Tie Dye Background Technique

I am so excited to be sharing my first brand new technique card!  I am starting a series called “Technicolored Tuesday.” I am very aware that it is now Wednesday, but I was not prepared for how much work goes into creating a video! WOW! I have even more admiration for the ladies I watch all the time. Hopefully, from now on my Technicolored Tuesday blogs will be on time!

Here is the link to the video… FINALLY!

And here is the super cute end product card!

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Now let’s get into it…

I used Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock and created this fabulous Tie-Dye background by using a rainbow of Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and Seedless Preserves). You need to create a swirled background, but there is no perfection in this technique. Sometimes the messier the better and more authentic it looks.

I then used a Digital Stamp from Jane’s Doodles called Santa Peace and colored him with some COPIC Markers. Looking back, I wish I would have made him a little bigger, but having the card vertical instead of horizontal made a big difference.

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I used E31 and E33 for his face and hands, C1 and C3 for his hair, beard, fur lining, and white undershirt, R22, R24, and R29 for his coat and pants, YG09 and YG67 for his mug and suspenders, and lastly 100 for his boots. I love the way he turned out and I think he just looks perfect.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Ornament Card with Distress Markers

Hi everyone! I’m absolutely obsessed with this beautiful card I made using a sticker set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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I first created the ornament piece for the card-front. I started with a 3.75×5 piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock because I knew I would be watercoloring inside of the stickers. I then chose three different ornaments from Elizabeth Craft Designs Christmas Ornaments Peel-Off Stickers in silver and aligned them along my panel.

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I used four different Distress Markers: Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Chipped Sapphire, and Salty Ocean to watercolor the three images. I love how this color combination turned out! To me, it looks very modern, but timeless – which is what I strive for in every card. The sticker pack also came with little silver lines, which I placed above the ornaments so they appeared to be hanging.

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I then pulled out my DCWV 6×6 Foiled Elegance Paper Stack, picked a gorgeous kraft paper with silver foil elements, and cut it down to a 4.5×5.25 panel. I used a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set on a scrap from the foil paper and heat embossed it with some Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.

Lastly, I put all the pieces together! I adhered the DCWV panel to a Neenah Solar White A2 card base with my Tombow Stamp Runner. Then I used 3M Foam Adhesive on both the ornament piece and sentiment piece.

Overall, I think this card is just so beautiful. It is so easy to color cards in this way. Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers are perfectly made for this technique because going out of the lines is practically impossible!

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Making the Most Out of One Stamp

As my very first post, on my very first blog, I wanted to showcase something that all crafters appreciate: GETTING BANG OUT OF EVERY BUCK!

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In these cards I showcased the extremely cute Holiday Puppy Wood Stamp by Inkadinkado. You still have to love him even though he broke your ornament!!! It is important to use your stamps in multiple ways with multiple techniques to justify spending upwards of $10 on one single stamp.

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This stamp offers so many possibilities for holiday cards.  The first card is so easy to replicate too.  I stamped the puppy three times in different Hero Arts Shadow Inks – Red Royal, Gold, and Forever Green.  I have them in the Hero Arts Christmas Cube Ink Set which is the format I have most of my Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  You can re-ink them and I find them easier to handle when I am trying different techniques. It also does not hurt that they are much more cost effective for me in the cube form.  I was going to keep this card on the extremely simple and classic side, but while stamping I got a pretty big red ink mark in between the red and gold puppies so I decided to use some tiny cupped sequins to try and cover my mess. Obviously, it does not look perfect, but the sequins definitely helped while adding a little dimension and shine to the card.

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The next card is so fun to make because it uses a bunch of different techniques! For this card I stole my inspiration from a blogpost by Jennifer McGuire where she used this same Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background Stamp and “double-stamped” it in two different colors to get a different look to the background.  I’m absolutely obsessed with this technique and I know I’ll be using it with a bunch of my other background stamps.

I also used another background stamp to create the circle frame around the puppy’s face.  I stamped the Polka Dot Background Stamp by Inkadinkado in Memento Luxe Nautical Blue and heat embossed it with some Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  I then diecut the puppy’s face as well as the circle frame using some of Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Nestabilities dies and attached them to the flag background piece with some 3M Foam Adhesive to give a little dimension.  As a final touch, I accented some of the embossed blue dots with some Black Enamel Accents and the bells with Champagne Stickles.

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My final card uses products that I use on the daily! For this card I colored the puppy with Distress Markers on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock and cut him out with a little bit of a border.  I then inked up my Darice Paw Print Embossing Folder with Barn Door and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink Pads and ran it through my Sizzix BIGkick Machine. I then took some Tea Die Distress Ink and blended it into the puppy and edges of the paw print background to give them both a more “Tim Holtzy” look. I cut my background into strips and then applied them to the card so you can see the white underneath.

For all of these cards I used sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Clear Stamp Set and Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

I can still think of more and more ways to make use out of this one little puppy, but I really hope you enjoyed the three cards I shared.  I also hope you are a little more tempted to use those stamps you buy for more than one or two projects. Never forget: the possibilities are endless!!!

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