Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Friends Are Always There for You Watercolor Card

Dreamerland Crafts stamp, Lawn Fawn paper, Faber-Castell, Watercolor Card


Some of the recent Dreamerland Crafts stamps now have matching dies! This set is perfect for Spring, Summer, and Fall - depending on how you color the trees. It also comes with a kitten, a piglet, and a step ladder. I just love the sweet expression on the girl's face as she's petting the puppy on her lap.

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Making the Card

1. Cut sea foam cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Cut Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 patterned paper (diagonal multicolored) 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

3. Cut salmon cardstock 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

Prima Watercolor Confections and Faber-Castell Polychromes colored card

4. Cut watercolor paper 3 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Using a Stamp Platform or Stamp Positioner, stamp hills in waterproof black ink (I used VersaFine Onyx Black). Hint: where the lines meet, use a little Post-It tape to mask excess overlap. Watercolor sky in a color similar to the blue in the patterned paper. While wet, use a scrunched up paper towel to create clouds.  I added a little more green to color the grassy areas.

5. On another piece of watercolor paper, stamp the girl and about 10 trees (half tall, half short). Watercolor the trees in Fall colors. I used Prima Watercolor Confections. I colored the girl's dress to match the red-orange line in the patterned paper. Once dry, you may add shading with colored pencils (e.g. Faber-Castell Polychromos). I also use a Prismacolor blender pencil to smooth out the coloring. Die cut each of the pieces. Hint: use a small piece of Post-It tape to hold the dies in place as you cut.

6. Stamp sentiment where shown. Once dry, adhere trees and girl using dimensional tape behind the girl and behind some of the trees (the ones you want in front). I used Lineco glue in a Fineline applicator to adhere the trees that weren't going to be popped up; it's easier to use glue rather than tape due to the texture of the paper.

Prima Watercolor Confections and Faber-Castell Polychromes colored card

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Snowflakes and Stardust Christmas Card

Embossed Snowflakes and Stardust Christmas Card with Distress Inks

This card has some incredible sparkle and shine, unfortunately not all of it shows in the photographs - but it is really beautiful in person. The Rubbernecker Stamps Snowflake Panel background and Snowflakes and Stardust tree stamps coordinate perfectly for a snowy holiday or Christmas card. Tim Holtz, Idea-ology, and Sizzix products help add to the fun.

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Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 inch card base. Cut blue cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Cut Canson Bristol XL paper about 5 x 7 inches. You could use regular cardstock but this paper makes blending easy. Use Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to stamp Snowflake Panel in VersaMark Ink or other embossing ink - you will cover the entire panel so you may want to stamp horizontally across the paper, embossing as you go. I recommend using a powder tool before stamping (although I forgot and some powder stuck where I didn't want it to - I didn't bother re-stamping, I figured it added to the snowy look... at least that's what I tell myself). Emboss with Silver Pearl embossing powder.

3. Once the paper has been completely embossed, use an ink blending tool to blend from bottom to top with the following Distress Inks: Stormy SkyFaded JeansChipped SapphireDusty Concord. Be sure to overlap each color as you go. I usually blend up the paper then back down. Trim to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches; add matching ink to edges so they won't stand out. Use a slightly damp paper towel to wipe over embossing. Spray a couple coats of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Adhere to card base.

Rubbernecker Stamps Snowflakes and Stardust with Distress Inks

4. Cut Canson Bristol XL paper about 5 x 6 inches. Use Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to stamp Snowflakes and Stardust Set tree line (use the one that matches the snowflakes tree stamp) in VersaMark Ink or other embossing ink; emboss with Silver. Next stamp snowflakes tree and emboss with Silver Pearl. Finally stamp Distress Oval Frame and emboss with Silver.

5. Die cut around frame using largest oval from Nested Oval Small Stitch Die Cut Set. Use ink blending tool to blend Stormy Sky Distress Ink starting in center and fading out to edges (leave edges white). Blend Faded Jeans Distress Ink in center area to darken around tree, fading into Stormy Sky ink. Use a slightly damp paper towel to wipe over embossing. Spray with a couple coats of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Adhere to card base with dimensional/mounting tape where shown.

6. On blue cardstock, stamp sentiment and emboss with Silver. Trim to 5 inches wide, leaving a small amount above and below sentiment. Adhere where shown with dimensional/mounting tape.

7. Die cut Sizzix Mini Snowflakes from silver Deco Sheets (you will need to use the Sizzix Movers & Shapers Base Tray and two cutting pads). My favorite die cutting machine is the Sizzix Big Shot Pro because it is heavy duty and cuts the largest Sizzix Pro dies. If you don't need to cut Pro dies, the next model down is the Sizzix Big Shot Plus. The most economical is the Sizzix Big Shot. Adhere largest snowflake in upper right corner; Deco Sheets are adhesive backed so you just need to peel off the backing. On the smaller snowflake, peel adhesive backing away from area that will touch the sentiment and tree oval only. Add dimensional/mounting tape to other parts. Adhere where shown.

8. Adhere Blue Jeans and Lilac Doodlebug Design sequins where shown. I use Beacon Gem-Tac for gluing sequins. Apply Silver Stickles to centers of sequins as well as randomly along the tree snowflakes.

Snowflakes and Stardust Holiday/Christmas Card with Distress Inks

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Twas the Night Holiday Card

Rubbernecker Stamps A Visit from St. Nicholas Christmas Card

The background stamp for this card is the entire famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" published anonymously in 1823. I embossed it in Liquid Platinum on red. The color is a beautiful warm silver - perfect for a holiday card. The double bow is dyed with Distress Inks, tied with twine, and fastened with a holiday brad.

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Making the Card

1. Cut green cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 inch card base. Cut Quartz Stardream cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Stardream cardstock has a subtle shimmer that looks really beautiful in person, but unfortunately doesn't photograph well.

2. Cut red cardstock about 5 x 7 inches (larger than the final for some wiggle room). Rub Powder Tool over surface. Use Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to stamp Twas the Night with VersaMark ink (or other embossing ink). Heat emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Trim to 4 1/2 x 5 5/8 inches, centering writing. Adhere to card base, centered.

A Visit from St. Nicholas Christmas Card with Distress Ink Bow

3. Trim a piece of vellum (thick if possible) about 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Rub Powder Tool over surface. Use Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to stamp Happy Holidays Circle with VersaMark ink (or other embossing ink). Heat emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Use a fairly small paint brush to paint gift and holly in green (Chromium Oxide Green Dark) and red. I used acrylic paints by Golden - I wanted the paint to be opaque so I could use adhesive behind it without it showing. At first I used C.P. Cadmium Red Dark but it didn't match well so I painted over with Naphthol Red Light. You may need two coats. Die cut with 4th largest (2.875 inch) Nested Circle Small Stitch Die. Adhere to card where shown using dimensional/mounting tape.

4. Cut off a length of seam binding, enough for a double bow and tails. Dye with a combination of green Distress Inks or Distress Stains (e.g. Pine Needles and Peeled Paint). Once dry, wrap around your fingers a couple times, leaving a tail on each side. Tie in the middle with a piece of red/white twine. Bend the tines of a holiday brad around the middle. Adhere where shown.

Rubbernecker Stamps A Visit from St. Nicholas Holiday Card

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*Used C.P. Cadmium Red Dark first but didn't match so painted over with Naphthol Red Light

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Frosty in a Frame Christmas Card

Rubbernecker Stamps Frosty in Frame using Faber-Castell Polychromos

This little Frosty stamp is so adorable. I love the sketched look. I wanted my coloring to have a similar look so I used a slightly textured paper with my trusty Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I matched the colors to the Doodlebug Design background papers. The list of colors is near the end of this post, following the list of supplies. Clear Wink of Stella adds a subtle shimmer to the snowman (unfortunately it doesn't photograph well; see closeup below).

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Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 inch x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut blue cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Cut plaid patterned paper (Doodlebug Design Polar Pals) 3 3/4 x 5 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Cut blue cardstock 2 1/2 x 5 inches. Cut tree patterned paper (Doodlebug Design Polar Pals) 2 1/4 x 5 inches. Adhere to center of blue. Adhere to card base where shown.

3. Use Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to stamp Frosty in Small Frame with Jet Black Archival Ink on Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum Surface paper. Note: you could use regular cardstock but I like the extra tooth and texture this paper provides; it may need to be stamped a couple times due to the texture. Color with colored pencils. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos; the list of colors that I used is below the list of supplies. Add Clear Wink of Stella to white parts of snowman - it's subtle; you can barely see it in the photo (it looks better in person). Let it dry and add more if desired. Die cut with 4th largest Nested Square Die.


4. Die cut blue cardstock with 3rd largest Nested Square Die. Adhere colored Frosty in Frame using dimensional/mounting tape - leaving room to slide the sentiment banner under.

Rubbernecker Stamps Frosty in Frame using Faber-Castell Polychromos

5. Use Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to stamp Merry Christmas with VersaMark Ink (or other embossing ink) on blue cardstock, leaving enough room to trim and add tail. Emboss with Snowflake Embossing Tinsel. Note: using the Stamp Platform or stamp positioner allows you to stamp again if you don't like the first result. Trim and cut tails. Adhere to card where shown, between the snowman and its mat.

6. Use Aspen Flurry Punch All Over the Page on white cardstock to create snowflakes. I actually used the Punch Around the Page Snow Flurry punch but it is no longer manufactured, although you can still find it on eBay or other places online. Adhere snowflakes to sticky side of Post-it Tape. Apply Star Dust Stickles. Let dry completely. Adhere where shown (I used tweezers to place each snowflake with a dab of glue).

Rubbernecker Stamps Frosty in Frame using Faber-Castell Polychromos

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Faber-Castell Polychromes Colored Pencils Used:
Cold Gray III 232, Black 199, Terracotta 186, Deep Red 223, Purple Violet 156, Violet 138, Helioblue-Reddish 151, Cobalt Blue 145, Sky Blue 146, Cobalt Green 156, Chrome Oxide Green Fiery 276

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