Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dog Days Summer Greeting Card and Giveaway!


The Xyron Design Team was given a summer theme for this June project. I went through my stamps and found a sweet little dog sniffing a flower, by Whipper Snapper Designs. I thought it would be fun to do a play on words with "The Dog Days of Summer."

I recently colored an image with Arteza watercolor pencils; this time I decided to use my Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils and Strathmore Series 500 Watercolor Paper to see how they performed in comparison. I still need some practice layering (watercolor pencils seem to reactivate more easily than watercolor even when dry on paper) but these were much easier to work with than the Arteza combo.

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Making the Card

1. Using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, stamp Sweet Sniffs of Spring (Whipper Snapper Designs) on Strathmore watercolor paper (I recommend a Stamp Platform or Stamp Positioner due to the texture on the paper). Although it is waterproof, it is a pigment ink, which usually takes a while to completely dry, so you may want to use a heat tool to set the ink.

2. Color image with Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils, using a waterbrush or watercolor brush and water to blend the colors. You may go over darker areas with pencil while paper is slightly damp to get more pigment lay-down. You may find a list of colors I used below Supplies.

Xyron Whipper Snapper Designs Doodlebug Design Puppy Love Card

3. Die cut image with Cross-Stitched Oval. Using the next size up oval, die cut the grass background paper (Puppy Love Paper Pad). Note: I highly recommend the Sizzix machines for die cutting. I have been very happy with mine!

4. Cut green cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut blue cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base using Mega Runner (see photo below). Cut dog scrabble patterned paper (Doodlebug Design Puppy Love) 4 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to bottom part of card as shown above.


5. Cut blue gingham patterned paper (Doodlebug Design Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints) 1 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches. Use Cricut Maker or other digital cutting machine to cut "The Days of Summer" from green cardstock (I used a system font that I thought would be fun with this card - I also welded some of the letters together). Use a Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker to put adhesive on the backs of the words/letters (see photo above). Arrange words and Mini-Scrabble letters (don't stick down the Scrabble letters yet though) on blue gingham piece, leaving room for bone and paw brads. Note: the brads I used came colored - if you can't find them already colored, you could paint them using Vintage Patina in Onyx and Marble, which is made to stick to metal. Add brads where shown. Hint: I used a soft mallet and cutting mat to lightly tap the prongs flat behind the paper. Use Mega Runner to adhere to top of card base as shown (avoid brads). Adhere Scrabble letters.


6. Adhere die cut grass oval where shown. Adhere watercolored dog oval using dimensional adhesive. Watch the following video to create dimensional adhesive using a Xyron 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive.


Supplies
Colors of Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils Used
  • Grass/Leaf 267, 170, 205
  • Collar/Flower 219, 115
  • Dog 176, 182, 179, 199
  • Sky 120
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Colorful Tropical Birthday Card with Xyron & American Crafts


This is a very easy and fun way to make a colorful tropical themed birthday card. Xyron adhesive plus Bazzill cardstock and American Crafts Confetti Wishes papers, Thickers, and ephemera are the perfect combination for success at any card making level. I just love how the Thickers give the right amount of dimension without adding too much bulk for mailing. The gold foiling adds a touch of elegance.

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Making the Card

1. Cut pink cardstock (Romance) to 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 inch card base. Cut white cardstock (Bazzill White) to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Cut patterned paper (AC Pink Paislee Confetti Wishes 04) to 4 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches.

2. Run the newly trimmed pattern paper and white cardstock through Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive, along with the larger ephemera pieces (Pink Paislee Confetti Wishes) to be used on the card: record, frame with bird, two leaves. Run parrots through Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker. See photo.


3. Adhere white cardstock to pink card base, then adhere patterned paper to white. Adhere record to back of frame with bird then adhere where shown. Adhere two leaves overlapping in bottom right hand corner. I wanted the parrot to look like it is holding the balloon strings so I cut away the bow on either side then hid the rest under the bird's beak. Adhere birds and balloons as shown. Note: if you have any extra adhesive around the edges, I highly recommend the Xyron Adhesive Eraser - it works like a charm!


4. To add dimension, I used Thickers Confetti Wishes. There are a lot of pieces in the set! Adhere "Happy Birthday" banner angled across the top as shown. Adhere the bird over the printed bird (the printed version is larger so line it up on the left so the right looks like a shadow). Adhere musical notes as shown. Adhere gold, pink, and green balloons where shown (the gold covers the printed gold one). Adhere labels "Presents," "Blow out the Candles," "happy birthday," and "balloons" on the bottom left where shown.


Supplies
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hybrid Waterbrush - Kuretake Sable Hair with Niji Base

Hybrid Sable Hair Waterbrush Using Kuretake and Niji

I have a number of waterbrushes - all are nylon tipped. They function to various degrees - although none are great. I do love the amount of water they hold though, making them very convenient for travel. The Kuretake sable hair brush pen is a fine writing and inking instrument, although normally it is rather pricey. Its main drawback is that the ink chamber (which theoretically could be filled with water) is quite small. This modification will allow you to attach the sable hair Kuretake brush pen replacement (a less expensive option to buying the whole pen) to a waterbrush base to get the best of both worlds!

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Making the Hybrid Waterbrush

I got this idea from another YouTuber, whose assembly video is below. My version's assembly is basically the same as the one he shows, with a couple modifications. First let's go over the items you will need in order to create this hybrid waterbrush. You only need to get the Kuretake brush pen tip replacement rather than the entire pen but I will link the full pens at the bottom of this post.
I made the following video, which briefly goes over the parts (also pictured in this post) and shows the waterbrush in action.


The photo below shows the supplies I used (note, you only need one waterbrush - I showed two for size comparison; I used the mini version).

Hybrid Sable Hair Waterbrush Using Kuretake and Niji Supplies

Below are all the parts spread out before I began assembly. You may want to keep the pieces, especially for the waterbrush; you can use it on another waterbrush when it wears out (assuming you have others).

Hybrid Sable Hair Water Brush Using Kuretake and Niji Supplies

Watch the video below for assembly, with the following notes and modifications:
  • Keep the plastic cap from the pen replacement - it will be the cap to your new pen.
  • If you want a smaller base (like mine) order the Niji Waterbrush Mini. The regular brush base is larger - it holds more water but is longer and may be too large for travel (not a problem for studio use of course).
  • Cut the plastic piece from the top of the Niji waterbrush measuring 22 to 24mm from the bottom part (the part that was closer to the base, not the tip).
  • Inserting the replacement into the trimmed plastic piece is difficult but it will eventually go in.
  • Remove the gold ring from the converter before inserting to pen. It was really difficult but it eventually went in. It should go all the way up to where the plastic meets the gold bottom.


Below shows the assembled hybrid brush as well as the pieces left over.


The supplies for my version are listed above, near the beginning of the post. Below are the full brush pens (the cap is nicer but the cost is quite a bit higher). I also listed other waterbrushes (not tested but may work).

Full brush pens:
Kuretake Sable Hair Brush Pen No. 40
Kuretake Sable Hair Brush Pen No. 50
Other waterbrush options:
Kuretake Detailer Tip Watercolor Brush - Smaller Barrel
Kuretake Large Tip Watercolor Brush - Larger Barrel

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Deep Red Stamps White Rabbit, Xyron, and Graphic 45 Card

Hallowe'en in Wonderland, White Rabbit Pop-up Birthday Card

Today's card is a collaboration with Deep Red Stamps and Xyron. Deep Red Stamps sent the Xyron Design Team a few stamps to play with (I received 3). I fell in love with the quirky White Rabbit. I had some papers that would go perfectly with the image - Graphic 45's Hallowe'en in Wonderland! It features almost the exact same rabbit (his clothes have a different design but it's basically the same bunny). Although the papers are for Halloween, I worked around the pumpkins, Alice dressed as a witch, and other like themed papers. Note: the papers have been discontinued, although they may reprint then for Halloween - typically these are limited release items. You can use their other papers for a similar look. Deep Red Stamps also has a White Rabbit Late stamp that could be incorporated into a design.

I decided to make a belated birthday card, referring to the "I'm late!" rabbit quotes (see short video below). For my pop up cake, I decided to add an eclectic mix of papers (see what I did there?) with Karen Burniston's Cake Pop-up dies.


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Alice in Wonderland, White Rabbit Pop-up Belated Birthday Card

Making the Card

1. Cut black cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch top folding card base.

2. From Hallowe'en in Wonderland: cut purple/black striped patterned paper 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches and 3 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches (put aside the former for inside of the card - you will actually use the hat side). Cut aorund black background "Keep Your Appointments" label. Find sheet with vertical strip of cards, cut off White Rabbit and Mad Hatter cards - but don't cut them apart. Find green sheet with running rabbit and watch (Alice is on ends of the strip) - trim that section down leaving enough to go under other element (see top front of card). For inside the card: find sheet with various horizontal strips; cut off top green strip then cut 6 1/2 across by just less than 4 3/4 (to leave room for the inside fold) - trimming off everything below the purple hats, see photo of inside card above - top area. Add stickers inside label areas (I put "You're LATE!" and the teapot/cups in one label and "A TEA PARTY" in the other - trimming off extra overhang from behind with detail scissors). Die cut 2 long scalloped pieces (Cake Pop-up) from blue keyhole patterned paper. Set aside the inside card elements for now.

Alice in Wonderland, White Rabbit Pop-up Card

3. From Rare Oddities: find the red/orange paper, and die cut two sets of hearts (Cake Trims) nearest the top. Stamp Quantum Background on bottom half in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I recommend using a Stamp Platform or Stamp Positioner. Trim down. From cream paper cut 3 1/2 x 6 inches. Stamp White Rabbit on right side in Black Soot Distress Ink (you could use Memento Tuxedo Black if desired - I wanted a more sketchy look for the inside); set aside for inside of card. On extra piece of cream paper, stamp White Rabbit in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. From green paper, die cut two sets of banners (Cake Trims) and Happy Birthday. From black paper, die cut a set of bows (Cake Trims) and Happy Birthday.


4. Color White Rabbit stamped in Memento with Copic Markers. The colors I used are listed under Supplies. Trim around rabbit using detail scissors.

5. Add adhesive to elements for card front (green running rabbit/watch, Keep Your Appointments label, 3 1/2 x 6 3/4 inch purple/black stripe, Quantum Background, both Happy Birthdays) using  Xyron 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive. Adhere purple/black striped piece to bottom leaving 1/8 inch around edges, then Quantum Background about 1 1/4 inches from left side of card, just lower than purple/black stripe piece (leaving about 1/16 inch from bottom of card). Adhere green running rabbit/watch at top, about 1/8 inch from edge, leaving room for Keeping Your Appointments label on right (rabbit's right ear will be about 2 inches from left side of card). Adhere Keeping Your Appointments label at top right, leaving 1/16 inch from edge of card.



6. Run heart strands, at least one heart from the inside, blue scallops, green banners, and black bows (4) through 1.5" Create-a-Sticker (see photo below video). Adhere green banner to front of card where shown. Add bows as shown. Create dimensional tape as in video below and use it to adhere cards and colored White Rabbit as shown. Optional: trim any card parts that are sticking off card, from the back side, using detail scissors. Adhere heart in bottom right corner. Adhere chipboard watch over rabbit's watch (Hallowe'en in Wonderland).


Adding Adhesive to inside card elements - showing cake assembled (step 8)
7. For the inside of the card, trim a little from the purple/black hats piece you set aside in step 2 (the other side has purple/black stripes) - just a small amount off of the 4 3/4 inch dimension to accommodate the fold. Use a 1/4" corner rounder to round the two corners on the rabbit side of the cream paper stamped piece. Use Xyron 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive to add adhesive to pieces for inside of card. Adhere piece with horizontal strips (step 2) to top of card leaving 1/4 inch border around sides and top (should be small space near fold). Adhere hats piece as shown leaving 1/4 inch border around bottom and sides (should be small space near fold). Adhere stamped piece where shown.


8. Using the Cake Pop-up dies and the Hallowe'en in Wonderland papers, use the small cake die to cut 2 from the blue/black keyhole paper, medium die to cut 2 from purple/black striped paper, and large die to cut 2 from the green/black teacup paper. Watch the video below the photos for cake assembly (finish reading this paragraph first so you will know what to use for decorating). For adhesive on most of the tabs, rather than using liquid glue I placed a couple small release sheets on the side and under the tab then used my Mega Runner on the tab. The adhesive is very strong; this way you do not have to wait for glue to dry - just press and it sticks. See photos below. If adhesive gets on craft mat, just roll off with your finger. Decorate cake with red/orange heart strands (bottom tier), green banners (middle tier), two black bows (one on front, one on back) top tier, and cards at top (see step 9). Use blue scallops to decorate bottom once cake has been adhered inside of card.





9. From the strip with small cards (Hallowe'en in Wonderland), cut the triple with Mad Hatter as well as the single Queen of Hearts card. Trim down the left card in the triplet so it won't show when Queen of Hearts is adhered over it. Using edge of blending tool foam, lightly ink edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Adhere Queen of Hearts card overlapping Mad Hatter card; important: the bottom must be about 1 inch wide - if too wide, it won't fit inside top of cake when birthday card is folded.


10. Adhere green Happy Birthday to black Happy Birthday (steps 3 and 5), slightly offset - I recommend doing this starting from one side, moving one or two letters at a time. Adhere to card where shown. If any extra adhesive, use an Adhesive Eraser - it easily picks it up. Use dimensional tape (step 6) on the back of red/orange letter stickers (Hallowe'en in Wonderland) to add "belated" in the middle of Happy Birthday. Adhere heart chain where shown (bottom left).

Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit Pop-up Belated Birthday Card

Xyron, Deep Red Stamps, Karen Burniston pop-up dies, and Graphic 45

Supplies
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