Friday, February 9, 2018

XOXO Bandages Get Well Card


Rubbernecker Stamps Get Well Card

I stamped the background mainly with one stamp and popped one bandage and the bandage box forward by using color (Copic markers) and Nuvo Crystal Glaze for dimension. I also added Clear Wink of Stella to the colored bandage to make it look a little magical (if you are going to have a boo boo, why not use a sparkly bandage?). Simple matting gives this card a clean look so the focus will be on the colored stamped images.

Affiliate links may be included in this post. I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means for me to earn fees by linking to amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. This helps offset a small portion of my crafting addiction... uh, hobby. See notice at bottom of blog for a longer description.

Making the Card

1. Cut beige 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. Cut black cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Cut alcohol marker friendly cardstock 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches (I used X-Press It Blending Card).

Copic Colored Get Well Card

2. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp bandage box plus bandage (Get Well) above it where shown. These will be the ones you color. Also stamp bandage box in Jet Black StazOn ink on masking paper (I used Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Mask Sheets but I think they have been discontinued). Trim around mask, cutting down middle of black line as best as possible. Apply mask to stamped image (hint: if the mask is too sticky, before applying stick it to your shirt or pants to remove some of the stickiness - I forgot to do this and tore the paper slightly when removing mine).

3. Use Gray Flannel Memento ink to stamp the rest of the bandages as shown. Carefully remove the mask from the bandage box.

4. Color bandage above box with alcohol markers. I used Copic markers in colors E30, E31, E34. Color bandage box: C0, C1, C2, C4, C6.

5. Apply Clear Wink of Stella to bandage. (See photo - it actually shows up better in person.) Apply Nuvo Crystal Glaze over colored bandage and box (note: you could also use Glossy Accents). Set aside to dry.

Wink of Stella on Bandage

6. Stamp "Sending Get Well Thoughts..." (Get Well) inside card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Rubbernecker Stamps Get Well Card

7. Once dry, adhere stamped panel to black cardstock; adhere to card base. Hint: I used liquid glue behind the Nuvo Crystal Glaze areas on both layers due to slight warping - you could also use very strong double sided tape.

Rubbernecker Stamps Get Well Card

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Warming Up Together Winter Birthday Card

Dreamerland Crafts Stamp with Karen Burniston Dies

I made this card for my husband's birthday - he loves pop up cards. Although I think I've spoiled him... when I gave this to him, he actually said "I only want pop-ups from now on." The image is so sweet - a couple warming up with some close, quiet conversation and hot cocoa (hey, I can imagine hot chocolate if I want!). I chose Authentique papers for the color scheme, in muted colors (looks more masculine, I think). You can use any winter themed papers for the card; I recommend painting the couple's clothes to match. I used Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper for stamping, which has a warm cream color, along with Winsor & Newton professional watercolors, although you could use any watercolor you like or even Distress Inks.

Dreamerland Crafts Stamp with Karen Burniston Dies

Karen Burniston's die sets usually include lots of extra decorator pieces. It's great to mix and match dies from different sets. I also did this with two of her word sets to create the sentiment.

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Making the Card

1. Cut cream 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. Before  continuing, please watch the assembly video so you will have an idea of how the frames will be cut and the mechanism will work. I altered the format a little but most of this will apply. Regarding liquid glue, I used Lineco pH Neutral adhesive in a Fineline no-clog applicator bottle - it's especially helpful when applying small die cuts such as the words on the card. For the strong tape, try Therm O Web's Double-Sided Super Tape.


2. Cut house patterned paper from Authentique Seasons: Winter 6x6 pad to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Temporarily adhere to card base. Note: I did this so I could sandwich the clear plastic between the card base and this paper; alternatively you could cut the plastic with the large frame die and sandwich it between the purple frame and this paper. Use medium (dotted) die from Katherine Label Pop-up to die cut a hole 1/2 inch from points to both the top and left side.

3. Cut a piece of recycled plastic packaging just larger than window (you could use the large Katherine Label die to cut it out, which you would do if you decided to sandwich under the frame - in this case you will adhere the frame in step 4 to the plastic). Adhere to card base over hole. I used liquid glue for this, making sure not to get any in the window. Line up and adhere house patterned paper from step 2.

Dreamerland Crafts Stamp with Karen Burniston Dies

4. Die cut purple paper from Authentique Seasons: Winter by creating a frame with the large and medium Katherine Label dies as shown in the video at 5:08. Repeat for the blue paper. Keep centers. Adhere the purple frame to the front and the blue to the inside as shown in the photos.

5. With Jet Black Archival Ink (or other black waterproof ink), stamp Warming Up Together (Dreamerland Crafts) on Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper (I recommend using a Stamp Platform or stamp positioner). Watercolor image. I matched the colors to the paper by mixing and testing on a scrap of the same paper; be sure to mix enough paint before coloring. I used Winsor & Newton Professional watercolors. Many of the colors are transparent and work well in layers (glazing) - just be sure each layer is fully dry before adding another and do not rub or work the area or the layer(s) below will reactivate. I highly recommend a porcelain palette; the paint will not bead on their surface. You can simply use an inexpensive plate from a dollar store or buy one made for the purpose. I have a small 7 well palette like this one by Darice. I used a couple of Silver Black Velvet brushes (the travel versions) in sizes 2 and 8 (large for initial wash and background).

Dreamerland Crafts stamp with Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor

6. Once dry, trim the image to a close rectangle. Use a 1/2 inch corner rounder on the corners. From purple paper, die cut chain decorations (Tag Book Pop-up), all three hearts (Katherine Label Pop-up), and snowflakes - two small and one large - (Winter Charms), keeping the centers of the large snowflake. Also cut the large snowflake from cream cardstock, and keep the center. *Coat the two smaller hearts, one small purple snowflake, and one large purple snowflake and its center in Milled Lavender Distress Stickles (if you don't have Distress Stickles, which are hard to find, you may coat with Rock Candy Distress Glitter and color with alcohol markers, or just use another color of Stickles). Also add Faded Jeans Distress Stickles to heart and snowflakes as desired and Picket Fence Distress Stickles to the small center of cream snowflake. Set aside to dry.

*I first stick the die cuts to Post-it Tape before adding Stickles to make it easier to apply - it gives you a handle and keeps the die cuts from moving around.

7. Adhere one chain decoration to side of image as shown and trim off any extra. Adhere two hearts as shown on right side of image. Assemble pop-up mechanism as shown in video, making sure to line up bottom of the box on the arm inside the window as recommended. Adhere image as shown in video (i.e. exposing adhesive and closing card) - be sure the image lines up in the window but also clears the corner of the arm for movement.

8. From blue paper (Authentique Seasons: Winter), die cut "Winter", "Greetings" (Word Set 3 - Holiday), and "Birthday" (Word Set 2 - Birthday). Die cut oval (Katherine Label Pop-up) from cream cardstock and small label from purple. Adhere cream oval to small purple label; adhere "Winter" to cream oval - adhere all this to medium blue label using dimensional/mounting tape. Adhere labels, snowflakes, hearts, and words where shown. For small die cuts, I use reverse tweezers, which make it easy to place them.

Dreamerland Crafts Stamp with Karen Burniston Dies

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Colorful Place Fish Card Watercolored with Daniel Smith

Rubbernecker Stamps with Daniel Smith Watercolors and Stickles

These fish have the craziest expressions! The original stamp has a worm on a hook with a sign that says "help" but I decided to use a sentiment on the card that didn't really work well with the desperate worm, so I removed it. Watercolor is the perfect medium for coloring this card - the watery background is super easy to do by working in layers. Stickles and Clear Wink of Stella add beautiful sparkle to the card.

Affiliate links may be included in this post. I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means for me to earn fees by linking to amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. This helps offset a small portion of my crafting addiction... uh, hobby. See notice at bottom of blog for a longer description.

Making the Card

1. Cut blue cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches; fold in half to form a side-folding 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut dark blue cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Cut watercolor paper (Strathmore 400 Series) to 4 x 5 1/4 inches (you will trim off a small amount later, I usually make it a little larger for wiggle room when centering). Before inking, you may want to cover the worm on a hook area on the stamp with Post-it tape, or just be very careful when inking so as not to get any on that part of the stamp. Remove the Post-it tape before stamping. Use a Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to stamp fish in waterproof black ink (e.g. Archival Jet Black) on the watercolor piece you just cut. I recommend a positioner because the watercolor paper will probably have texture. I stamped my image a couple times. Stamp the sentiment where shown using the same ink.

Rubbernecker Stamps with Daniel Smith Watercolors and Stickles

3. Watercolor image. I used Daniel Smith Extra Fine watercolors. If you are interested in these watercolors, I highly recommend getting the dot chart. This allows you to try all the colors, getting an idea of which you might like best. The chart also includes transparency and lightfast ratings. Eventually I plan to do a review, so stay tuned! Also paint in the sandy sea bottom and some kelp (I did these fairly lightly since I'll add Stickles later).

4. My bubbles got a bit too much blue on them so I used a white gel pen to create highlights. I still wasn't happy so I tried using Nuvo Crystal Glaze on them. This is the first time I've used it. They dried 3 dimensional but they were dull, not shiny. I'm not sure if this was due to the gel pen or paint but I didn't like it so I added Crystal Stickles on top to give them sparkle and cover the dullness. I finally liked the way it turned out.

5. Add different colors of green Stickles to the Kelp. I used a small brush to apply them - the nozzles were too big for precision. I used: Patina, Lime Green, and Distress Stickles Forest Moss. For the sand I used Distress Stickles Scattered Straw. I don't believe they make Distress Stickles anymore, although you can still find them around. You could try substituting Sandstone, Platinum, or Mercury Glass Stickles for the Scattered Straw and Pine for Forest Moss.

6. Optional: add Clear Wink of Stella Brush to the rainbow fish.

7. Adhere image to card base.

Rubbernecker Stamps with Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors

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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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