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.

Check out the Lawn Fawn Blog to see the other beautiful cards from the Fawnies!

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Lawn Fawn and IMAGINE Crafts Pigment Generations Card

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I was so excited to get to test out some awesome Tsukineko products that I’ve never tried before! A long time ago I saw a video by Shari Carroll where she used water and her Memento Luxe Inks to create a softer 2nd generation. I love getting more out of my inks so I definitely wanted to try a variation of this technique, and this card is definitely an ode to her.

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I used some trees from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day Stamp Set as well as the Love Letter and Northern Pine Memento Luxe Inks. Instead of using water to spritz the stamp, I used Tsukineko’s gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. This made my second generation not only soft, but sparkly and metallic!

To bring in more gold, I used the Delicata Golden Glitz Ink and a few more stamps from the Snow Day Set to add some fun elements.

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To make my card more like Shari’s, I cut my card front into three pieces, glued down the center, put a piece of vellum in between the two remaining sides, and popped those up with some foam tape.

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I still wanted more gold! 🙂  I took my Delicata Golden Glitz Ink pad and put it directly onto the edges of my card base. When I put my popped up piece over top, it masks the rough inside edges.

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For the sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Joy Lawn Cut. I did something a little different here, but I’ll definately use it again and again. We all know that for more intricate die cuts, it’s easier to cut it a few times and layer those pieces together – rather than trying to cut tiny pieces of foam tape. Here, I cut out three of the “joy’s” from the 110# Neenah Cardstock and covered them in the three inks I used on this card.

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When I layered them, you could see all the colors from the side! This would look so cool in any colors!

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I hope you liked this card and will try out some of the products Tsukineko has to offer! Thank you so much for reading and have a great day!

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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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CLICK HERE for Lawn Fawn’s Life is Good Stamp Set

Birthday Card Using Fun Foam Die Cuts and New Lawn Fawn Products

I’m so happy to finally be settled in to my new home and ready to make some awesome posts to share with all of you!

Today I have a super simple card that is colorful and clean, yet has some great dimension. I used a BRAND NEW set from Lawn Fawn called “Beep Boop Birthday“… it is my favorite set from the new release. I love the cute robot images and the small gear images are really cool for creating personalized pattern papers that can give a complex look to any card that will make people really say “wow” even though it takes not much time and not much effort at all.

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To create this card I started with a standard sized Neenah Solar White card front. I then stamped the adorable square balloon stamp in multiple Simon Says Stamp Inks (individually listed down bellow in my supply list). I used some Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp one of the robots and drew in the balloon strings with a 0.3 Copic Multiliner to make it look like the robot was holding the balloons. I used various Cool Gray Copic Sketch Markers to color the robot to give him a little dimension.

Now for the fun sentiment! I used Lawn Fawn’s Cole’s ABCs Lawn Cuts and die cut the word “birthday” from both the card front and a piece of kids adhesive fun foam that you could find at any local craft store. I used the memento ink again to stamp “beep boop” above the die cut area on the card front, trimmed the edges just a bit, attached the card front to a standard A2 Neenah Desert Storm card base, and pieced the foam letters into place. I did not need to use any extra adhesive because the foam sitting inset to the one layer of cardstock holds it like a perfect puzzle piece! The foam comes with a pretty strong adhesive, but if I was using it just as an accent on top of a card and not pieced in, I would probably squeeze some Glossy Accents behind to secure it through the mail.

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Lastly, on the inside, I stamped “happy birthday” along with those perfect gear stamps that I talked about earlier.

I love the way this card came out! The inset foam gives the perfect amount of dimension… more than an embossing powder, folder, or paste, but not so much that it weighs down the card! I will probably be using a lot of this foam in cards to come!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

To see and purchase the rest of Lawn Fawn’s newest release CLICK HERE!

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Technicolored Tuesday – COPIC Blending Valentine’s Card

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You are probably thinking I am crazy again because it is obviously NOT Tuesday, but I just could not wait until next week to share this adorable card. I made this card using a few stamps that are extremely versatile.

This amazingly colorful tree is from Lawn Fawn’s Critters in the Forest Stamp Set. To see how I got such beautiful COPIC blending with these unconventional combinations CHECK OUT MY VIDEO!

I inked up my Hero Arts Five Line Background Stamp with some Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink. I then took a dry baby wipe and dabbed away some of the ink to create a heart shape that I stamped onto some Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

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I figured out where I wanted my technicolored tree to sit on my card and stamped some tiny leaves from the same Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest Stamp Set and colored them with various COPIC markers to make some extremely colorful fallen leaves.

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I then stamped a sentiment from the Paper Smooches I Heart Art Stamp Set with some Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Ink and used my Wink of Stella Glitter Pens to make the word “color” actually COLORFUL.

Lastly, I attached my technicolored tree with some 3M Foam Adhesive, then mounted my entire cardfront onto some Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Cardstock with the corners cut with my Photo Corner/Angle Cut Corner Chomper.

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This makes one FABULOUS Valentine’s Card for any significant other, friend, or family member. I hope you try out some new blending techniques, and as always feel free to comment with any questions!

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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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