Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dogs Are Best Friends Too Card with Copics


These dogs are so adorable! I couldn't wait to make a card with them. I colored them with Copic markers then used the matching dies to cut them out. I used mounting tape to pop up a couple of the dogs, giving them dimension. The Doodlebug Designs Puppy Love paper is the perfect accompaniment for the background of this card.

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Making the Card

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

2. Cut brown patterned paper with doggie heads (Puppy Love 6x6 Paper Pad) to 4 3/4 x 6 inches. Make a small hole about 1/2 inch from bottom right and 1 3/8 inches from right side (optionally, you could wait on putting the card together until you have finished all the parts, then decide where you want the brad inserted). Insert paw brad and flatten in back. Adhere to card base at the right side leaving 1/8 inch on top/bottom/right side.

3. Cut brown cardstock 1 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches. Cut heart paper (Puppy Love) to 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches; adhere to brown. Adhere to card where shown.


4. Using 2nd largest stitched rectangle die (Nested Rectangle Small Stitch Die Cut Set), die cut teal cardstock. Using 3rd largest stitched rectangle die, cut teal/light teal doggie background paper (Puppy Love); adhere to teal stitched rectangle.

5. Stamp the three dogs (Dogs 1) in alcohol marker friendly ink (Memento Tuxedo Black) on alcohol friendly cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card). Color with alcohol markers (I used Copics - the list of colors is below Supplies). Die cut using matching dies (Dogs 1 Die Set). Adhere bulldog where shown on teal/light teal dog background stitched rectangle (I did not use dimensional tape on this one). Adhere the other two dogs using dimensional/mounting tape. Adhere to card base where shown.

6. Stamp sentiment "Best friends..." in VersaMark (or other embossing ink) on vellum. Emboss using fine black embossing powder (I use a powder tool first to prep the area). Cut around sentiment in rectangle about 1 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches. Optional: round corners with 1/4 inch corner rounder. Use glue in very small dots behind words (you don't want it to show), adhere where shown, tucking under paw print.

7. Cut prongs off of bone brad. Use Glue Dots or other strong adhesive behind it to adhere to card as shown.


Supplies
Copic Markers Used (Note: I wasn't completely diligent in keeping track, e.g. I may have used other shades of gray when coloring the shaded areas than I listed).
  • C0 Colorless Blender
  • Bulldog: E55, E57, E59, E50, W0, W2, W4, W6
  • Spiked Collar: R22, R24, R29, C2, C4, C6
  • Schnauzer: N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N6, N8
  • Tongue: R81, R83, R85, C2
  • Tall Dog: E33, E35, E37, E50
  • Blue Collar: B24, B26, B29, C4
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fruit Salad Wine Card

Rubbernecker Stamps Fruit Salad Wine Card

Rubbernecker Stamps makes a lot of humorous sentiments. This is another on the wine theme (you can also see one in a previous post). The background paper is by Doodlebug Design - one of my favorite packs, the 6x6 pad Dot-Grid-Daisy-Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints. It makes it fairly easy to find a patterned paper that matches a particular color I'm looking for.

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Making the Card

1. Cut Cryogen White (or off-white) cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base.

2. Cut turquoise cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Cut turquoise polka dot patterned paper (Dot-Grid-Daisy-Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints) 4 5/8 x 6 inches (keep extra piece!). Adhere to left side of turquoise piece leaving about 1/16 inch on left side. Cut turquoise cardstock 1 1/2 x 6 inches; flip extra piece of patterned paper over and adhere (it should be showing the grid side). Glue to larger piece where shown. Cut a piece of blue/white/black twine about 6 or so inches long. Put adhesive behind the cardstock where you want the ends to go then tuck the twine around, sticking the ends in the adhesive on either side. Adhere to card base. Tie a bow in another piece of twine; adhere on twine where shown.

Rubbernecker Stamps Fruit Salad Wine Card

3. Add a very small amount of each of the following colors of Color Burst to a palette: Merlot, Cerulean Blue, Lamp Black. Mix a little Cerulean Blue with a little Lamp Black, plus water as needed, to make a turquoise matching your papers; apply to glass parts of inside stamp (if you find mixing the blue difficult, just use Broken China Distress Oxide Ink; you will need to apply it to the stamp somehow, e.g. tap some on a craft mat then add it to the stamp with a watercolor brush and a little water). Apply Merlot to wine area on stamp. Stamp on watercolor paper leaving space all around. Use a watercolor brush and water and/or extra Color Burst to paint in any areas as you like.

4. Use a stamp positioner to line up the wine glass stamp outline. (To see how I used my positioner, see my previous wine stamp post.) Paint it in Lamp Black Color Burst and stamp. Watercolor over areas as desired. When dry, cut around image, leaving some space around it. See photo. Adhere to card base using dimensional tape.

5. Stamp sentiment in Broken China Distress Oxide Ink on Cryogen White (or off-white) cardstock. Optional: clear emboss sentiment. Trim down. Cut turquoise cardstock 1/8 larger in each dimension. Cut Cryogen White (or off-white) cardstock 1/8 inch larger than turquoise piece. Adhere stamped panel to turquoise mat using dimensional tape. Adhere to Cryogen White (or off-white) piece. Adhere to card base as shown.

6. Optional: cut a 3/8 x 1 3/8 inch strip of Cryogen White (or off-white) cardstock and two pieces of 1/16 x 1 3/8 inch strips of turquoise cardstock. Glue turquoise strips to either side of Cryogen White (or off-white) strip. Adhere to card where shown.

7. Add a variety of crystal sequins as shown.

Rubbernecker Stamps Fruit Salad Wine Card

Supplies
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Wine a Little CAS Card with Rubbernecker Stamps

Rubbernecker Stamps, CAS Card, Wine a Little, Watercolor Stamping

This card is a Clean and Simple (CAS) design featuring Rubbernecker Stamps - "Watercolor Wine Bottle." They are known for their awesome watercolor stamps. This is a two part stamp - very easy to use, although I recommend using a stamp platform or positioner to get the alignment perfect. I paired it with a fun sentiment.

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Making the Card

1. I used Color Burst pigment powders in Lamp Black and Merlot to color my image. Carefully add a little of each color to a palette (or different areas of a craft mat). Add a little water with a watercolor brush - but not too much; you want it to stick to the stamps. Mount the outline of the bottle and glass to a stamp platform (or positioner), brush with Lamp Black, and stamp on watercolor paper. Important: pay attention to the glass bottom and stem - leave enough room around the image for die cutting. Clean stamp with water and remove.

2. Use a slightly wet brush on the image to move some of the black around in a few places. This will give it more of a "watercolor look."

Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform

3. Use the stamp press or positioner to position then stamp the splashing wine, using Merlot Color Burst. I recycled a sheet of clear plastic packaging to use in my stamp platform for positioning. I stamp on the plastic first (using regular ink) with the plastic butted up against one corner, leaving room around the stamp area for positioning. See above photo. Next I line up the paper under it, remove the plastic (I use magnets to hold the paper), and stamp. Use a slightly wet brush to fill in any gaps (e.g. if the paper is textured). You may want to add more color from the palette. Once dry, die cut with second largest stitched rectangle.

4. Cut white cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch top folding card base.

Rubbernecker Stamps, Watercolor Stamping

5. Die cut burgundy cardstock with largest stitched rectangle. Adhere to card base. Adhere stamped image to this.

6. Using VersaMark Ink or other embossing ink, stamp Wine a Little on vellum. Emboss in black. Trim down, leaving extra space on the right for tails. Mark a light dot in the middle of the right side, as far in as you want the tails cut. Cut from the corners to this dot to form tails. Adhere to card where shown by using small dots of glue (I use Multi Medium Matte) behind the letters; put a weight on it until dry (couple minutes).

7. To make the stars, use Sizzix Triplits Stars dies by Stephanie Barnard. I didn't have any black or wine colored glitter paper so I made my own using black cardstock, glitter, and double-sided adhesive. Add double-sided adhesive to both sides of a piece of cardstock (large enough for some stars). Die cut stars (I used the smallest die for two and the next size up for one). Remove backing from one side of each, dip them in glitter, and burnish with your finger. I used Bright Cranberry on one of the smallest stars and Basic Black on the other two. Optional: the Bright Cranberry didn't match perfectly so I used a B99 Copic Marker to gently color over the glitter, giving it a more wine color. Adhere stars as shown.

8. Adhere black enamel dots where shown. I used Beacon Gem-Tac for this. Note: For the smallest dot, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black for the smallest dot; you could use this for all three as well.

Rubbernecker Stamps, CAS Card, Wine a Little

Supplies
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Katherine Label Pop-Up Window Gift Card


Today I'm using some of the brand new dies from Karen Burniston in Cahoots with Riley and Company. I'm really loving the new collection. They include Halloween and Christmas/holiday dies as well... I'll be making cards with those soon (can't wait!). I thought I'd start with the new gift card holder, which can be used for holidays as well. I used the hedgehog from the Winter Animals set inside the card on the pop-up platform, but allowed him to be seen through the window on the card once the gift card has been removed (see images below with gift card).

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Making the Card

1. Cut salmon cardstock to 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 plaid paper (Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 Pad) to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Temporarily adhere to card front (I made the mistake of adhering it down completely so I had to cut another piece for the inside, when I could have used the drop out piece from the front and it would have matched the pattern in the window more perfectly, sigh). You could use washi or Post-it tape, or just adhere it at the top, gluing down the rest after cutting. Decide where you want the window. Use a piece of temporary tape (e.g. washi or Post-it tape) to hold the die in place and cut with dotted label from Katherine Label Pop-Up set. I recommend running it through a couple times due to the thickness.

3. Using the Gift Card Label dies, cut the gift card holder, two small hearts, and one large heart from the salmon cardstock. From the light salmon cardstock, cut two decorative adornments, two small hearts, and one large heart (I meant to cut all the hearts using the Gift Card Label set but I grabbed the wrong one for the light salmon heart inside).


4. Using the Katherine Label Pop-Up dies, cut the pop-up arm and large label from salmon cardstock. Cut the large label from both salmon and light salmon cardstock; adhere together (note: you can skip the salmon color if the light salmon cardstock is thick enough - I cut the extra salmon label to give it extra support). This will be the platform label. Use the large label and the dotted label, nested, to cut a frame in the light salmon cardstock (use temporary tape to hold in place while cutting). Trace around the outside of the dotted label on the clear plastic (use a Sharpie or other alcohol marker), leaving about an eighth of an inch all around. You want it larger than the window opening but smaller than the gift card frame.

5. Use the dotted label from the Katherine Label Pop-Up set to cut through the salmon gift card label by inserting it under both of the decorative holders. IMPORTANT: carefully line the die up under the decorative holders so that it is even on all sides. Be very careful removing the die so as not to rip the delicate pieces still connected below each decorative holder. Set aside.


6. Adhere the plastic piece you just cut in step 4 to the front of the card using glue that bonds well with plastic (I used Gem-Tac); put a small line around the window opening in the card then put the plastic on top, being careful not to push down too hard; you don't want the glue to get into the window area. Set aside to dry.

7. Follow the instructions in the video below to assemble the pop-up - using the plaid dotted label you cut from the front panel to line up in the window when adhering it to the platform. Karen uses Lineco Adhesive and a Fineline applicator to glue things together. Therm-o-web makes super strong tape for adhering the pop-up arm.


8. Adhere the light salmon frame inside the card, framing the window. To decorate the front of the card, adhere the gift hard holder lined up over window, taking care not to get glue under the parts that will hold the gift holder, although you will need to glue down the small pieces under/above each of the scrolls. Die cut "congrats" three times (Word Set 1) from salmon cardstock. Adhere together to form a thick stack (you may cut more for a thicker stack if desired). Hint: use a matt glue that allows you a little time to adjust before it adheres; I used Multi Medium Matte. For each layer, start with the "c", using a die pick or tweezers to help line it up, then continue with the next letters one at a time. Adhere to front of card where shown. Adhere hearts and decorative elements where shown (save the large light salmon heart and one small salmon heart for inside).

9. Using the Winter Animals set, die cut the hedgehog body from white cardstock. Use the die to stencil the face with black pen (I used a black Copic Multiliner). Die cut the hair from brown plaid cardstock (Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 Pad). To color hedgehog, use Copic markers (the colors I used are listed below Supplies) or colored pencils. Hint: to color front paws, lift each up and slide a small piece of scrap under before coloring to prevent over-coloring onto body. Optional: add black Enamel Accents to eyes and nose with toothpick or very small brush. Once dry, adhere hair to back of hedgehog, sticking up from behind, as shown. Carefully lift the hedgehog's paws and slide a corner of the small salmon heart under them, gluing in place. Adhere hedgehog and light salmon heart to pop-up platform as shown. You may watch the video below to see how Karen creates her winter animals. Karen uses Lineco Adhesive and a Fineline applicator to glue the animal parts together.


10. Optional: cut two strips of plaid paper about 1/4 inch wide and at least 4 1/4 inches long. Adhere to inside of card as shown. If necessary, trim any extra from back of card using scissors.

Supplies
Copic Markers Used: E42, E43, E44, R20

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