Happy Easter Card using Lawn Fawn inks and Eggstra Special Easter Set

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Fawny Holiday Week Day 4 Ombre Tree Line Card

I hope everyone caught my video yesterday! Today, I have one EXTREMELY simple – but probably my favorite – card featured on the Lawn Fawn Blog4

For this card I used the Let It Snow Stamp Set from Lawn Fawn and every green color of Simon Says Stamp Inks they’ve made so far! I’m just obsessed with the Simon inks. Not only do they come out beautiful on paper, but have you seen the puppy paws on the front packaging!?

Anyway, I drew a sloped pencil line and stamped the trees from dark to light starting on the left. Once the trees were stamped, I brought in some Wendi Vecchi Embossing Paste and swiped it along the pencil line I drew to make a snow bank on the front. When the paste was completely dry, I used the second largest rectangle from the Large Stitched Rectangles Lawn Cuts to cut out the front panel. I stamped the greeting in Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red Ink and added some clear cupped sequins to the tress. I added two panels of green cardstock to bring in more color and my card was finished.

I hope you’re enjoying all the Fawny’s beautiful cards!

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Fawny Holiday Week Watercolor Video and Hanukkah Card

IT. IS. HERE….

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My first Lawn Fawn video has magically appeared this holiday season, and I really hope you love it! I’m not even going to describe it… just watch! Be amazed! Enjoy!

What did you think?!

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My second card featured on the Lawn Fawn Blog today is a simple Hanukkah card. I first used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks in various shades of blue to make the ombre background. I cut it with the largest die from the Small Stitched Rectangles Lawn Cuts and used the Happy Hanukkah Stamp Set to heat emboss the menorah and sentiment in Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I took a Neenah 110# Solar White card base and stamped the Star of David in Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Ink around the edges. I popped up the rectangle card front with some 3M Foam Adhesive and that was that! Beautiful!

I really hope you’re enjoying the holiday inspiration, and let me know what you think of my first video!

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Fawny Holiday Week Shaker Card and Watercolored Ornaments Card

Today is Day 2 of Lawn Fawn’s Fawny Holiday Week, and today I have 2 awesome cards being featured! 1

First up is this super simple shaker card! I used the tree from Lawn Fawn’s Trim the Tree Lawn Cuts as my shaker image. I put in an assortment of Lawn Fawn sequins, and dipped the star and Scripty Joy Lawn Cut onto my Golden Glitz Delicata Ink Pad and then covered them both in two layers of Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder.  I just love how simple, elegant, and fun it tuned out!

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I’m sure you all know how much I love watercoloring. For this card, I heat embossed various ornament images from Lawn Fawn‘s Ornate Ornaments Stamp Set with some Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder on some Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock. I then used a medium watercolor brush, dipped it in Crushed Olive, Pumice Stone, Broken China, or Picked Raspberry Distress Inks, dunked the inked brush in water, then held it high above my project so it dripped and made a watery splash! To finish this card, I heat embossed the sentiment in the same embossing powder, used the Large Stitched Rectangles Lawn Cuts to cut out the panel, adhered it to a Neenah Desert Storm card base, and lastly tied some of Lawn Fawn‘s Gold Sparkle Lawn Trimmings into a bow at the top. I really like how the ornaments look like they’re hanging from the Lawn Trimmings.

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One Layer ‘Friends Forever’ Custom Dreamcatcher Card

Learning how to use my markers more efficiently, I’ve gotten really into creating my own images. I’m not the best drawer so I try to use the products I have to make more precise pictures.  Today, I used Lawn Fawn’s Circle Stackables Lawn Cuts to draw a beautiful dreamcatcher.

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I started by drawing the outline circle of the dreamcatcher with the inside of my larger circle die. I then took a pencil and drew 8 evenly spaced dots around my circle (top, bottom, left, right, and the 4 points between), and a dot right in the center. I used a pencil so I could easily erase these dots later on. I then used the smaller circle die, placed it between two dots, and traced this petal shape using my 0.3 COPIC multiliner. Altogether, it takes 18 of these curved lines to create the center of my dreamcatcher.

It may seem daunting and tedious at first, but it was actually SUPER simple, only took about 5 minutes to create, AND now I can make almost any size dreamcatcher I want using the same steps.

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I then used the Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn Collaboration Set ‘Feathered Friends’ to stamp some feathers to hang from three points on my dreamcatcher.

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I used my COPIC multiliner again to draw in the strings connecting the feathers.

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Before I colored the feathers, I wanted to make sure I had a good color palette. Even though it is unconventional to add sequins before you color, I went ahead and did it anyway to give myself a better idea of the COPICs I needed to use. I added these flat sequins by Kelly Purkey from her Metallic Mix. I love how these flat sequins end up looking like beads on the strings of my dreamcatcher!

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Now I was ready to color! I used a technique that I learned in the COPIC Markers for Card Makers Class that I have been using ALL the time. I put a layer of Colorless Blender over my image, add whatever colors I want to the areas I want to have shade or be darker, then I bring the Colorless Blender back in to soften all the edges. I have never loved coloring so much with my COPICs! You can get some really light, pastel, and watery-looking images coloring this way.

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Because I really wanted my custom image to be the focus, I kept this card one-layer and extremely clean. I only added a touch of my Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the feathers, stamped the ‘friends forever’ sentiment, and I was done!

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I have the perfect friend to send this card to, and even though this card is lovely – it’s not nearly as gorgeous as she is!

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Clear Card Made Easy Using Xyron Products

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I’m so excited to share my first clear card!

I’ve been seeing so many crafters making these lately, and I really wanted to try it out and review it for myself.  I could not have chosen a better plan seeing how I got the opportunity to use some Xyron products that make these cards 99% easier!

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For the front of this card, I wanted to do some “die-cut inlaying.”  I took some pictures, so I will take you through it step-by-step in case you have never heard of this technique.  I first die cut a 3″ scalloped circle from Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Circles Stackables for my background from a piece of Hippo Line Dance Paper out of my Let’s Polka 6×6 Petite Paper Pack. I also cut another scalloped circle from typing paper because I will need to have a base to adhere the pieced in die cuts to. I took the sun and largest cloud from the Spring Showers Lawn Cuts set and cut them out of some Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

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I wanted my sun to be in front of the cloud, so I die cut the cloud again out of my already cut scalloped circle, placed my white scalloped circle inside, and then cut the sun (see the picture above!). This will allow me to color all my white cloud pieces and my sun, add some Xyron Permanent Adhesive all over my typing paper circle, and then piece them back inside of the circle to create a flat, one-layer look. Like this…

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Great technique right? It’s extremely versatile as well, allowing you to get a lot more use out of all your  dies!

I used some Simon Says Stamp Inks. I’m absolutely in love with them, but they haven’t added the links to their newest inks yet, so you can find the Lemon Chiffon Ink HERE. The Audrey Blue Ink is a little older and I was able to link it below in the supplies.

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Now for the really cool part… when making a clear card, most crafters have to add extra die cuts on both sides of the front and both sides of the inside layer of the card so that adhesive wont be seen through the acetate. NOT ANYMORE! For this card I only needed to use one for the front and one on the inside because the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker turned my die-cuts into stickers with a thin layer of adhesive that is completely unseen from the other side. You just push you die into the machine…

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… and pull it out the other end. Use a bone bolder to firmly press on and all around the die cut to make sure the adhesive goes on evenly.

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I did the same technique again for my Scripty Hello sentiment. I also cut another scalloped circle from some Neenah Solar White, stamped a cute little buzzing bee from the Hello Sunshine Stamp Set, and once attached to a Clear Hero Arts Notecard – you’re done.  Assembly was a total breeze!  You could add a sentiment instead on the inside, but I felt the ‘hello’ on the front of the card was enough.

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As you can see… NO ADHESIVE MARKS on the inside from the card-front!  Xyron is a total time saver!

Here’s the finished card again…

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Overall, here’s some tips for clear cards:

1.  You don’t want to see adhesive through the acetate – so if you don’t have a Xyron Sticker Maker, you’ll have to layer the back of the card-front and back of the inside with another die cut.

2.  Acetate gets dirty VERY easily and adhesive does not run off very cleanly all the time. Don’t take your acetate out until you’re ready to assemble your card. That way it stays clean, and there is no chance of something from your craft desk falling onto it and making a mess.

3.  Be creative! I have a feeling more and more people will be coming around to use these, so don’t be afraid to try something new on this futuristic type of card base.

Let me know if you have any questions, and have a great day!

 

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Life is Good Top-Folding Card with Slated Panel

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I’ve been seeing people creating these off centered and slated backgrounds on their cards, and I really wanted to see of I liked this technique because I usually like things on my cards nice and square and centered.

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This card was so unbelievable simple to create. I took a few smaller images from Lawn Fawn’s Life is Good Stamp set and created my own patterned paper using Simon Says Stamp’s Khaki Ink and by constantly turning the stamps to create a random pattern. I then took the tiny heart and tiny bird and stamped them randomly with some Hero Arts White Pastel Inks to fill in any empty spaces of the background.

For the slanted panel I used those same yellow and blue white pastel inks and the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blender to lightly blend those inks onto a piece of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I then used the yellow ink and put it directly to paper to create the sentiment strip. I also stamped the castle and large bird stamp and stamped, colored, and die cut them.

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Lastly, I stamped the “Life is Good” and “!” onto my yellow sentiment strip, made a pennant end with a pair of scissors, and assembled the card popping up the castle and bird with some foam tape!

I hope you enjoyed this card! I think it’s so “beachy” and beautiful! Just another great card using great products!

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