Friday, January 19, 2018

Valentine's Day Karen Burniston Tag Book Doodlebug Card


Karen Burniston Pop-up Card with Doodlebug Design Papers

I have been anxious to use the Tag Book Pop-up die set since I got it! It makes an amazing card - and can even be used to make a mini album. Although it might seem a little intimidating, it is actually quite straightforward to assemble (and a lot easier than it looks, especially with Karen's assembly video). The decorator dies that Karen put in the set make decorating a breeze.

The Doodlebug Design Cream & Sugar papers are delightful. Even the small donuts have smiling faces - so cute and colorful.

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Karen Burniston Pop-up Card with Doodlebug Design Papers

Making the Card

1. Using the red cardstock for the exterior tags and blue for the interior, assemble the Tag Book Pop-up according to the instructions in the video below. I cut the arm enforcement pieces using the donut patterned paper in the Cream & Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad.


2. To decorate the inside tags, use the tag die (Tag Book Pop-up) to cut one from the colorful heart paper (Cream & Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad) and one from the page with the teacups (Cream & Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad). Be careful when lining up, you may want to use Post-it tape to hold the die in place while running it through the machine. Note: there will be a small amount of pink along the bottom edge from the image below the teacups. Adhere as shown. Add the "Love You!" sticker (Cream & Sugar 12x12 Paper Pack) where shown.

Karen Burniston in Cahoots with Riley and Company Pop-up Dies

3. Use the square die with rounded corners (Tag Book Pop-up) to cut out the donut and milk & cookie (Cream & Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad). Adhere where shown. Die cut two of the large tag reinforcers from colorful heart paper (Cream & Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad); adhere to each large tag inside card (i.e. the card covers inside).

Karen Burniston in Cahoots with Riley and Company Pop-up Dies

4. Cut 2 pieces of the donut patterned paper (Cream & Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad) to 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches. Use 1/2 inch corner rounder on the right side of one (this will go on the left side inside) and on the left (this will go on the right side inside). Adhere inside, lining up wth rounded edges.

5. Cut a piece from the smiling food patterned paper (Cream & Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad) to 2 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Use 1/2 inch corner rounder on all corners. Adhere to front of card. Trim mini notebook page (Cream & Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad) and use 1/4 inch corner rounder to round corners. Die cut paperclip (Tag Book Pop-Up) from blue cardstock. Adhere to note paper as shown. Adhere to front of card.

6. Die cut a large tag reinforcer from pink gingham (Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints 6x6 Pad); adhere to outside tag as shown. Die cut two of each type of banner (Twist Panel Pop-up) from both blue and light blue cardstock. Die cut five hearts (Tag Book Pop-up) from red cardstock. Adhere one heart to each banner and one to the front pink gingham tag reinforcer. Cut about 6 or 7 inches of dark pink/light pink/white twine; string banners along twine. Glue ends of twine behind upper arms (in front of cutout area, but not in it) - one on each side - so that the banner will droop a little when card is opened all the way. Once dry, trim any extra.

Karen Burniston Tag Book Pop-up Card with Doodle Bug Design


7. Cut two pieces of 8 inch twine; loop through front and back tag holes (I fold the twine in half, push the fold through the hole then stick the two ends through and gently tighten). Cut two pieces of 7 inch twine; tie bows on inside tag holes.

8. Cut a piece of white seam binding about 15 inches long. Use Broken China Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink, along with water, to color the seam binding. Let dry (I don't use a heat tool for this since it sometimes fades the color). Cut in half and loop one piece through the front and one piece through the back tag holes.

9. Finally place cover stickers from the Cream & Sugar 12x12 Paper Pack. (I used a craft knife to cut out the middle of the donut). Use dimensional tape to adhere donut where shown. Use double dimensional tape to adhere "hugs & kisses" where shown.

Karen Burniston Tag Book Pop-up Card with Doodle Bug Design

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Let's Just See Arteza Colored Greeting Card

Rubbernecker Stamps Bear with Arteza Expert colored pencils

The Rubbernecker Stamps I used for this card really amuse me. I love the bear's expression - it could be used with a number of funny sentiments. This particular sentiment cracked me up - as those who know me can attest, I don't often hold back.

I decided to use a dark brown ink (Memento Espresso Truffle) rather than black so it wouldn't look so stark against all the browns in the card. I colored the image with the 72 set of Arteza Expert colored pencils. They are waxed based pencils, like Prismacolors. This is the first time I used them and I think I like them as much as my Prismacolors, possibly more. The only drawback is that there aren't as many colors. The good news is, they will likely work well together! Something to try in the future.

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Making the Card

1. Note: I used two versions of the Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock: 80lb cover for the colored image and double thick cover 120lb for the card base itself (they also have a 100lb cover version, which may have replaced the 120lb since I don't see 8 1/2 x 11 inch listed on Neenah Paper's website anymore). Cut (120lb) Desert Storm cardstock to 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut dark brown cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches; adhere to center of card base. Cut light blue cardstock 4 1/8 x 6 1/8 inches; adhere to card base as shown.

2. Cut (80lb) Desert Storm cardstock to 4x5 inches. Use a Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to stamp Distress Oval Frame with Memento Espresso Truffle in center. Inside the oval, stamp Bear with Espresso Truffle. Color with colored pencils. I used Arteza Expert set of 72 colored pencils. For this image, I mainly used browns and golds, plus white under the lighter areas and as highlights. To get lighter shades of browns, I combined colors by putting the browns over white or light gold, or just used less pressure. I drew the ground line and pebbles in a very fine tipped black 0.05 Copic Multiliner (which is also waterproof and alcohol marker friendly) and went over some of the lines of the image that became slightly faded from the colored pencils.

Rubbernecker Stamps Bear with Arteza Expert colored pencils

3. Die cut image using largest Nested Oval Small Stitch die. Adhere to card where shown using dimensional/mounting tape. Stamp sentiment on Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock. Trim, leaving room for tails on right side. Add tails by cutting a V into the right side (I usually put a pencil dot in the middle to mark the point I want to cut to). Cut a piece of dark brown cardstock so it will be about 1/8 inch larger all around (this time I cut a strip that was longer than I needed and 1/4 inch wider than the sentiment cardstock, although sometimes I just eyeball it by marking with a pencil where I want to cut). Adhere to card base with a double thickness of dimensional/mounting tape (be careful not to put any where it will overlap with the image's oval).

4. For the flowers, I used pre-made ones from a couple sources. I colored three of them myself but the other two (the two that look most alike, top and 2nd from bottom) came pre-colored; I bought those at Michaels (one package of blue flowers in different shades of the same hue) in their "dollar" area. The 2nd flower is also from Michels, from their Recollections collection. The others are by Petaloo. I like to buy Petaloo's white or natural colored flowers so I can add my own color to match my cards. I colored the 2nd flower using ColourArte's Silks in Mediterranean Blue. Silks are acrylic paints with a beautiful shimmer, which unfortunately doesn't show up well in photos. Typically I spray the petals with a little water then apply Silks, watered down to the desired intensity. In this case, I gave the middle more concentrated color and the outer petals a bit less. I did the same thing with the largest rose (middle) but using Silks in Chestnut Brown and adding a lot more water as I worked outwards from the middle. I also colored the bottom one with the Chestnut Brown. Note: the new Silks come in cool little bottles (rather than small round plastic screw-top containers - which didn't seem to seal well). I recommend the sample packs. The colors are all gorgeous. ColorArte also makes Twinkling H2Os - watercolors with shimmer. For even more shimmer, I added Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz to some of the flowers.

Rubbernecker Stamps Bear with Arteza Expert colored pencils

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Embossed Wreath Christmas Card

Rubbernecker Stamps Ranger Embossed Wreath Card

Although this stamp set by Rubbernecker Stamps is a probably more often used for creating a garden scene, I thought it would be fun to make the stamped pieces into a wreath for a holiday card. Matching dies make it easy to create. I used red tinsel embossing powder for the flowers, which gives them a beautiful sparkly look (unfortunately the sparkle doesn't show up well in the photos but it's really pretty in person). The Liquid Platinum embossing under the edges of the red mat, perfectly matching the sentiment, is an elegant touch to this clean looking holiday card.

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Making the Card

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

2. Cut white cardstock 4 x 4 3/4 inches. Rub VersaMark ink or other embossing ink along the edges so at least 1/8 inch is covered all the way around (you can do one side at a time if desired). Sprinkle with Liquid Platinum embossing powder; heat with heat tool. Adhere to card base.

3. Cut red cardstock* 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches. Rub powder tool over center area. Using VersaMark ink or other embossing ink, stamp Merry Christmas sentiment in center or just slightly higher than center. You may want to use a Stamp Platform or stamp positioner for this. Emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Use a strong liquid adhesive or super tacky tape adhesive to adhere to card base - the areas under the embossing will come up if the adhesive can't stick to it. I used Gem Tac around the edges but regular tape runner everywhere else. *Make sure the red cardstock matches the red tinsel embossing powder; see step 4.

Rubbernecker Stamps Ranger Embossed Holiday Wreath Card

4. Use a powder tool over the surface of a piece of white cardstock. Stamp several flowers (Create a Garden 2) in VersaMark ink or other embossing ink. Emboss with red tinsel embossing powder. I used the Recollections version in Ruby from Michaels but there are several other brands available. Choose your red cardstock to match whatever brand you purchased. Die cut with matching die (Pot Garden Die Set). Stamp several pine boughs in VersaMark ink or other embossing ink. Emboss with verdigris embossing powder (I used the Ranger brand). Die cut with matching die. Stamp a bunch of leaf branches in VersaMark ink or other embossing ink. Emboss with green embossing powder. I used Imagine Crafts Candy Green embossing powder (EB-000-009) but I also recommend Ranger's Green. Die cut with matching die.

5. Use a ball stylus and a molding pad to shape all leaves and pine boughs by rubbing the ball stylus over the leaves/needles (front side), curving them slightly upwards. Note: you could also use the end of a paint brush or die pick and a mouse pad. Arrange leaf branches around sentiment on card to get an idea of spacing. Adhere with liquid adhesive (I prefer Beacon Kids Choice Glue for this - it's thick and dries clear). See photo. Adhere the pine boughs as shown. Use ball stylus and molding pad to shape flowers by placing them face down on the pad and rubbing behind the petal areas. Flip and press ball stylus in center (if glitter gets on pad, just touch some tape to it to remove it). Use dimensional/mounting tape to adhere flowers as shown.

Rubbernecker Stamps Ranger Embossed Wreath Card

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Elegant Embossed Christmas Card

Rubbernecker Stamps Elegant Christmas Card with Embossing by Ranger

I have collected a lot of metallic embossing powders over the years. When I saw this Christmas Tree Set by Rubbernecker Stamps, I thought I would like to emboss the different trees in variety of metallics on dark cardstock. The touch of gold matting really finishes this elegant card.

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Making the Card

1. Cut dark blue cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 inch card base.

2. Cut gold metallic cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base.

3. Cut dark blue cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Use a powder tool over the surface. Place cardstock in corner of Stamp Platform then line up stamps in their approximate positions. Be sure to leave enough space in the middle for sentiment. Remove all but one stamp. Note: you could also use a stamp positioner or just eyeball it. Stamp using VersaMark ink or other embossing ink. Emboss in one of the metallic colors. Repeat the process one stamp at a time, using a different metallic embossing powder for each tree until all six have been embossed. You might want to keep in mind the order you would like the embossing colors to be on the final card. Some of my powders are old and no longer manufactured but I also used Ranger powders; I love the way they emboss. Under Supplies, I listed the Ranger powders I used plus recommended a few replacements for the ones no longer made.

4. Emboss sentient from Snowflakes and Stardust Set in gold on vellum. Trim to a strip that's about 5 inches wide. Fold edges around embossed blue cardstock where shown. Hint: add a little adhesive behind the areas where the vellum will go, stick one side in the adhesive then fold around, adhering behind the other side. Adhere to card base.

Rubbernecker Stamps Elegant Christmas Card with Embossing by Ranger

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