Friday, April 14, 2017

Love to Hear From You with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor and Distress Oxide Ink


When I saw this sweet little girl, I decided I would like to color her in soft colors. I chose a very girly pink. I used the new Distress Oxide inks to color the background, giving it some texture with drops of water. I also used Wink of Stella to give her dress and hairband some sparkle, plus Glossy Accents on the jar to make it look more like glass.

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Making the Card

1. Cut Neenah Desert Storm 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 another piece of Desert Storm about the same size as the card front (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches). Stamp Love to Hear From You in the center using black ink (e.g. Memento Tuxedo Black). Note: if you use a stamp positioner, I recommend leaving the stamp in place - after coloring, many of the lines became dull. I used a black Copic Multiliner to go over all the lines but it would have been much easier to just stamp over it once the coloring was done.

3. Stamp the image on masking paper (I used Post-It Tape). Be sure it is dry before cutting around the image. Hint: cut on the black line so you won't have a ghost line around the image after blending. Place mask over image (ideally you should see some of the black line) and use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Oxide Ink around the girl, but don't go below the grass line. Be sure to soften edges as you move out. Cut grass off mask and replace mask over girl. Apply Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink over grass areas, softening edges. Spray and splatter with water. Let sit for a short time then dab with a clean paper towel to get a blotchy texture in the background.

4. Remove mask. Use a blending stump or small paint brush to apply blue under chair between the legs (you could also have cut this area from the mask with a kraft knife before applying Broken China but I find this easier). Shield image from bottom of chair up and lightly spray the area you just applied, dab. Note: don't worry if things aren't perfect - the pencils will can that.


5. Color image with colored pencils. I used Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor, which are oil based pencils. I have the full set but I found that I would have liked more colors, especially flesh colored. It was really difficult shading her skin. The medium and dark flesh colors are really fake looking so I ended up blending a multitude of colors including brown, gray, and light violet, going over each with flesh colors. I'm still not quite satisfied but the paper was becoming saturated (shiny). I used a little Sansodor (mineral spirits) on a stump to remove the shiny spots. You can fill in any blue or green areas that didn't enough ink, such as around the blades of grass. Use a light hand and it should fill in nicely. I colored the grass in various greens to give them more depth and shadow. Use a white gel pen to add highlights as desired.

6. At this point either re-stamp the image using your positioner or go over the lines with a black pen. I used a Copic Multiliner (size .2). Optional: add Wink of Stella to her dress and headband and Glossy Accents to the jar. Once these are dry, use a stitched rectangle die to cut out the image. I used the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die for this.

7. Cut a piece of pink cardstock a little bigger than the rectangle (step 6). Mine measures 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

8. Stamp "Thinking of You" in embossing ink (or VersaMark) on vellum. Emboss in white (hint: heat up your heat tool before bringing it to the vellum). Cut it as a strip (longer than card front). Wrap around card front as shown and adhere on back of card - leave a little more space on the right side for the bow. Use dimensional tape to adhere to card base.

9. Double up twine or jute if necessary, then tie a bow. Adhere to card where shown.


Supplies
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Rainbow Inked Argyle Congrats Card


This argyle background die by Frantic Stamper can be used to create more than just traditional argyle patterns. For this card, I wanted a rainbow look but with a twist. After blending the rainbow colors and die cutting, I reversed the pattern for something a bit more interesting (I hope). The cheery colors make a good backdrop for this congrats card. And check out how cool the crystal sequins look.

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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 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut black cardstock 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches.

2. Cut a piece of white cardstock about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Using Distress Inks (or Mini Distress Inks) and an Ink Blending Tool, blend from Mustard Seed to Chipped Sapphire (the full ordered list is in the Supplies). Add clear double sided adhesive to the back.


3. Die cut with Argyle Card Panel. Be careful to leave all pieces in the die if possible. Over a craft mat - above or to the side of your work area - flip die onto the craft mat and use a die pick or tweezers to poke out all pieces taking care not to lose any (the small ones are particularly annoying).

4. Remove backing paper from the frame and place in center of black cardstock piece (cut in step 1). Orient such that the colors go opposite to the triangle and diamond pieces off to the side of your work area. Working from bottom to top, piece in triangles and diamonds.

5. Die cut 4 or 5 copies of "Congrats" from white cardstock plus one from black cardstock. Line up and glue these in a stack with the black on top to form a thick word. Use a VersaMarker to coat (or tap in VersaMark ink); emboss with Holographic embossing powder. Top with Glossy Accents. Once dry, adhere to card where shown.

6. Adhere sequins where shown.


Supplies
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Dreamerland Crafts Embrace Your Dream Adventure Awaits Card


This is my first post for the Dreamerland Crafts design team! I absolutely love their adorable stamps! This image of a sweet little boy playing with his toy plane and dreaming of adventures is so precious. I wanted it to have a soft look to it so I decided to color the image with colored pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos) and blend the pencil using stumps and Sansodor (odorless mineral spirits). Just be sure to use this in a well ventilated room (see package warnings). Even though the Sansodor is fairly odorless, it still produces toxic fumes. I keep mine in a small glass jar with a screw lid; I just open it to dip the stump in when I need it then I immediately replace the lid (sometimes I leave it loose if I'm using it a lot).

Making the Card

1. Cut sky blue cardstock to 7 x 10 inches. Fold in half to create a 5 x 7 inch card base.

2. Stamp Embrace Your Dreams using Memento Desert Sand (or other light colored ink). Use the packaging as a guideline. Trace over the eyes, nose, mouth, and part of the patch (looking back, I think I would have preferred to trace the patch in dark brown). Color image with colored pencils, going from light to dark. Use stumps and mineral spirits (in a well ventilated area) to blend areas as you go. Layer colors by staring with a light touch, blend, then layer more in darker areas for shading.


3. Die cut image using 2nd largest stitched circle die (or whatever stitched circle die fits best).

4. Find the following papers in the listed 6x6 pads:

My Mind's Eye Come Away With Me (#6x6203) - Tickets and Adventure Awaits Banner
Teresa Collins Far and Away (FA1010) - Map of North America
Authentique Durrable (#DUR020) - Fuel Gage


5. Cut map paper to 4 3/4 x 6 inches (long side going horizontally, see photo). Adhere map paper to card base where shown. Cut tickets as shown and glue to card base. From the fuel gage paper, die cut using largest stitched circle die (one size larger than the one you used for the image). Adhere where shown. Adhere image in center using dimensional tape. Cut around Adventure Awaits banner; adhere where shown using dimensional tape.

6. Cut three different washi tapes to fit approximately in the bottom left area. Cut tails into each; adhere where shown. Double up a length of twine, thread charm and tie bow. Adhere using strong adhesive (e.g. Glue Dots).


Supplies
  • Cardstock: Sky Blue, White
  • Stamp: Dreamerland Crafts Embrace Your Dream (D17012)
  • Ink: Memento Desert Sand
  • Fine Tipped Black Pen (e.g. .05 Copic Multiliner)
  • Colored Pencils: Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 Set
  • Mineral Spirits (e.g. Sansodor) - Read Package Warnings
  • Blending Stumps (Small)
  • Patterned Cardstock 6x6 Pads: My Mind's Eye Come Away With Me (#6x6203), Teresa Collins Far and Away (FA1010), Authentique Durrable (#DUR020)
  • Dies: My Favorite Things Die-Namics STAX Dies Inside & Out Stitched Circle
  • Washi Tape: Travel/Postal Themed (I used three different ones)
  • Twine: Red/White/Blue
  • Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Adornment Souvenir (Compass Rose)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Glue Dots
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Baby Shaker Card


Make this cute shaker card featuring baby items in the bottom of the wardrobe and 3D drawers with "brass" knobs. I adhered a few of the items to the back so at least some would stay in place while the others floated around when shook.

Making the Card

1. Cut light brown 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 pink polka dot patterned paper to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Stamp light brown and dark brown cardstock with Wood Plank stamp using VersaMark ink. Cut dark brown cardstsock to just a hair under 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches - this will line the back of the Baby Wardrobe.

3. With Baby Wardrobe die, cut one from fun foam* and one from stamped light brown cardstock (step 2). Optional: color fun foam with Copic E84 on all inside edges, continuing over top edge. This will hide the white. Alternatively you may use brown fun foam. Die cut drawers from both the stamped light brown cardstock (fronts) and fun foam (I used the pieces that came out of the shelves). Color edges with Copic. Adhere drawer fronts to fun foam. *I bought thick fun foam with adhesive on back. If your fun foam is thin and/or doesn't have adhesive, you may want to add adhesive as necessary and layer two before die cutting.


4. Cut recycled clear plastic packaging 2 x 3 3/8 inches. Adhere to back of light brown stamped piece in bottom rectangle - be sure it adheres to all sides. Line up and adhere to fun foam (the window should be sandwiched between the front panel and the fun foam).

5. From cardstock, die cut a couple dresses (pink) and boy outfits (blue) plus several ducks (bright yellow), elephants (gray), giraffe (light yellow), and baseballs (white). From Shimmer Sheetz, die cut several hearts (red), stars (yellow), and hangers (silver). Optional: adhere a few of these to the stamped dark brown sheet in the area that will be behind the window (take care to insure they are completely inside). Add all pieces to the shaker area; one side usually looks better than the other - I made sure to face the best side towards the window. Optional: add a few sequins and beads. Adhere the dark brown sheet facing forward so that the wood grain will show in front.

6. Die cut six dresser knobs from Kraft-Core Metallic gold cardstock. Shape them by rubbing on the back of each with a small ball stylus. Glue to front of each drawer as shown. Adhere drawers in wardrobe as shown.

7. Die cut 2 or 3 copies of doll and sailboat from white cardstock. Color one copy with colored pencils or markers. Glue each in a stack with the colored copy on top. Fold legs forward on doll. Adhere doll and boat to top shelf as shown.

8. Die cut "bundle of joy" from blue cardstock. Optional: add Wink of Stella. Add Glossy Accents. Once dry, adhere to top of wardrobe as shown. Adhere wardrobe to card front.


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Baby Wardrobe (FRA-DIE-10132), Onesie (FRA-DIE-10137), Adorable Bundle Set (FRA-DIE-10138)
  • Cardstock: Light Brown (Neenah Desert Sand), Brown (Recollections Kraft), Light Yellow, Bright Yellow, Pink, Light Blue, Gray, White, Kraft-Core Metallic (Gold)
  • Metallic Shimmer Sheetz: Red, Yellow, Silver
  • Patterned Paper: Tiny Tatty Tedy Me to You 8x8 (Pink Polka Dot)
  • White or Brown Fun Foam (Thick)
  • My Favorite Things Wood Plank Stamp
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Recycled Clear Plastic Packaging
  • Small Ball Stylus
  • Colored Pencils or Markers
  • Glossy Accents
  • Optional: Copic E84, Wink of Stella, Beads, Sequins
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Baby Shower Invite


This slightly interactive card has drawers that open to see the information inside (Date, Time, Place). I made it in pink but of course it can be made in other colors such as blue or yellow. I used a wood plank stamp with VersaMark ink to give the drawers a subtle wood like pattern.

Making the Card

1. Cut light gray cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Cut pink newsprint patterned paper 2 1/2 x 3 1/8 inches. Ink edges with Smokey Gray VersaFine. Sand and rough up edges. Add more ink if desired. Cut dark gray cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere inked newsprint to dark gray as shown. Wrap a piece of trim around the front, gluing down then attaching on each side in back. Adhere to card base.

3. Die cut Onsie from pink/white polka dot paper. Stamp "You're invited to a" and "party" on the front as shown in Smokey Gray VersaFine ink. Adhere to card as shown using dimensional tape.

4. Stamp wood grain on light gray cardstock using VersaMark ink (you could also use a slightly darker gray ink). Die cut Little Dresser. Also die cut Little Dresser from silver metallic cardstock - keep knobs only.


5. With Smokey Gray VersaFine ink stamp "Date", "Time", and "Place" on front of the three longer drawers (if you don't want the colons ":" you will have to mask them or remove the ink with your finger before stamping).

6. Cut three strips of thick white paper or thin cardstock to just under 3/8 inches by 2 5/8 inches; fold in half. Write the date, time, and place on the right side insides if you are creating invitations and know the information. Carefully glue drawers to the fronts making sure none of the white shows.

7. Cut white cardstock 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches; glue behind dresser frame, lining up near top. Adhere drawers. Adhere knobs - I added the gray knobs first then the silver ones so they would sit up a little higher. Use dimensional tape to adhere dresser as shown.

8. Adhere buttons where shown.


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Little Dresser (FRA-DIE-10136), Onsie (FRA-DIE-10137)
  • Frantic Stamper Stamps: Baby Party (FRA-CL-066)
  • Cardstock: White, Light Gray, Dark Gray, Silver Metallic (e.g. Kraft-Core Metallic Collection)
  • Patterned Paper: Pink/White Polka Dot (or other light colors), Lost & Found Madison Avenue 6x6 Pad (Newsprint)
  • Wood Grain Stamp (I used My Favorite Things Wood Plank)
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Smokey Gray VersaFine Ink
  • Pink Trim (I used Michaels brand Trims: Spring Blossoms)
  • Buttons
  • Dimensional Tape
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Stitched Bear Hello Card


This card was created with the new March release Frantic Stamper dies. The bear dies come with pierced holes around the edges that may be used with thread for real stitches but I chose to use a Soufflé gel pen as faux stitching. You may also use these dies on material, such as felt. You can pose the bear arms to make them hold something but I chose to make him wave, like he's also wishing you "Hello."

Making the Card

1. Cut light purple 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. Optional: add clear double sided adhesive to back of dark purple cardstock and matching patterned paper. Die cut dark purple cardstock and matching patterned paper with Colorblock #2 Panel. You will not use the inside pieces of the dark purple nor the frame of the patterned paper (save for another card!). Adhere dark purple frame to center of card base. Adhere patterned pieces inside where the fit.

3. Using the Felt Teddy Bear dies, cut two inside ear pieces, muzzle, and two foot pads from light brown cardstock. Cut two outside ear pieces, head, body, two feet, and arms from brown cardstock. Cut face from black cardstock. Add White Soufflé gel pen between stitches on all parts (except face). Optional: add shine on nose and highlights to eyes.

4. Assemble bear as shown (use dimensional tape behind feet). Optional: before adding eyes, apply a little black chalk where eyes will go; you may also add eyelashes with a fine black pen (I used a black Copic Multiliner .05). Adhere bear to card where shown using dimensional tape.

5. Die cut "Hello" from dark purple cardstock. Add Glossy Accents. Once dry, adhere to card as shown.


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Felt Teddy Bear (FRA-DIE-10144), Colorblock #2 Panel (FRA-DIE-10103)
  • Cardstock: Light Purple, Dark Purple, Light Brown (I used Neenah Desert Storm), Brown (I used Recollections Kraft), Black
  • Patterned Paper Matching Purples
  • Gel Pen: White Soufflé (or Other White)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Optional: Black Chalk, Black Pen
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Hedgehog Love Card


Here's a cute card that is perfect for Valentine's day or to tell someone you love them. It was created with Frantic Stamper dies and colored with Copic markers. The background can be varied in pattern by using different colors if desired.

Making the Card

1. Cut red cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches. Fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 inch top folding card base.

2. Cut 3 hearts and the word "Lovely" from red cardstock. Trim ends of "Lovely" to just "Love". Optional: coat each with clear Wink of Stella or other clear glitter pen. Add Glossy Accents to all and set aside to dry.

3. Follow these instructions carefully. Cut a piece of clear double sided adhesive just a hair smaller than the size of the die. Die cut pink cardstock but leave the pieces in the die. You may need to use a metal cutting plate due to the detail. Remove one backing sheet on adhesive. Carefully line up and stick to die cut pieces. Be sure to rub all over, especially on the small triangles at the edges. You may even want to use your die pick to gently push the smaller pieces into the adhesive. Now remove the die cuts as one piece. You may have to replace a few stubborn pieces by hand. Stick to center of card front. Note: you could cut the clear double sided adhesive larger, then trim down after the pieces are in place.


4. Add double sided adhesive to a piece of white cardstock just larger than the die. Die cut from cardstock side (so adhesive will be on the back). Remove white frame from die and carefully adhere over pink frame on card. Hint: I exposed the top part of the adhesive, cutting off the backing sheet just at the top, lined up the bottom and stuck the top down; then I removed the rest of the backing. This made it easier for me to line it all up.

5. Die cut two copies of baby hedgehogs from alcohol marker friendly cardstock. On one copy of each, cut off the hair and discard the rest. These will be layered on top; color these with hair colors. On the full copies, color the hair parts in a mid or dark matching hair color so they won't be so noticeable under the top layer. Note: the list of Copic colors I used is below the supplies. Color the bodies. I used darker colors to fill in eyes and nose on each (lighter on the girl). To give them some dimension and shine, I used Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher on the boy's eyes and nose and Desert Sand on the girl's (it is rather transparent so be sure to color with brown first).

6. Adhere hair to each hedgehog using dimensional tape. Adhere hedgehogs to card front as shown using dimensional tape. Adhere hearts and "Love" where shown.


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Argyle Card Panel (FRA-DIE-10104), Mom and Baby Hedgehogs (FRA-DIE-10146), Lovely & Gorgeous (FRA-DIE-10124)
  • Cardstock: Red, Pink, White
  • Clear Double Sided Adhesive
  • Optional: Wink of Stella (Clear)
  • Glossy Accents
  • Alcohol Marker Friendly Cardstock
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copic)
  • Irresistible Pico Embellisher: Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand
  • Dimensional Tape
Copic Markers Used: W10, E47, E44, E43, E42, E41, E01, E02

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Chester Whipper Snapper Greeting/Easter Card


This card can be given as a simple greeting card or as a cute Easter card. Chester the bunny is adorably curious as to what's going on with the ladybug (or maybe he's just smelling the daisy).

I used my new Peerless watercolors to paint the image. This was the first time using Peerless. The colors came out nice and vibrant but they have a lot of staining power, even on professional watercolor paper (I used Arches Hot Press) so don't make a mistake! More than likely, it won't lift out.

Making the Card

1. Cut light turquoise 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 dark turquoise cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Cut plaid patterned cardstock to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Stamp Chester on watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink (or other waterproof ink). Be sure it is completely dry before applying watercolor (you may want to heat set it). Watercolor image - for this one I used Peerless Watercolors.


3. Die cut image with stitched circle (bit less than 3 3/8 inches). Die cut dark turquoise cardstock with next sized up stitched circle. Adhere dark turquoise circle where shown. Adhere image using dimensional tape in center of dark turquoise circle.

4. Die cut 4 or 5 copies of "hello" from dark turquoise cardstock and one from light turquoise cardstock. Glue together in a stack, with the light copy on top, to form a thick word. Adhere to card as shown.


Supplies
  • Cardstock: Light and Dark Turquoise
  • Patterned Cardstock: Doodlebug Design Spring Garden (5136)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolors (e.g. Peerless)
  • Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc Stamp: Chester (MY824)
  • Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
  • Die-namics Dies: Inside/Out Stitched Circle (MFT-849)
  • Lawn Fawn Die: Scripty Hello
  • Dimensional Tape
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Birthday Stitched Tag Card


This fun birthday card is so festive with its bright colors, explosion of sequins "confetti," and the wild look of twine flowing off the end of the tag. I love the little details, like the stitching on the tag, the balloons in the background, and the swirly designs. These are not colors I would normally use together but I let the Doodlebug Designs paper dictate the color palette; the 6x6 pad comes with all the papers necessary to create this card (except for the white cardstock base).

Making the Card

1. Cut white 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. From the Doodlebug Designs Hip Hip Hooray 6x6 pad, find the teal/orange paper (use the teal side); cut it to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Find the sheet with balloons and clouds; cut it to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Find the orange dotted sheet; cut it to 1 1/2 x 4 inches. Adhere where shown.

3. Find the sheet with yellow stars; die cut with large tag from Frantic Stamper Nested Tags #2. Stamp "smile" and "it's your birthday" (Lawn Fawn Year Three) where shown using Memento Luxe Danube Blue ink - note the spacing for swirly designs.

4. Cut yellow/white and teal/white twine about 5 inches each. Tie through tag hole. Adhere tag as shown. Optional: put a dot of glue on the white border where you would like each strand of twine to sit and adhere such that they are slightly relaxed looking (i.e. don't make them taught). Trim if necessary.

5. Die cut shown Swirly Things (Frantic Stamper) from orange and teal. Adhere to card. Die cut gift (Nested Tags #2) from orange and teal, being careful to keep all orange dots. Cut ribbon/bow from orange gift and adhere to teal gift; adhere to card as shown. Glue in orange dots.

6. Adhere sequins where shown.


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Nested Tags #2 (FRA-DIE-10101), Swirly Things (FRA-DIE-10100)
  • Cardstock: White
  • Paper Pad: Doodlebug Design Hip Hip Hooray 6x6
  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Year Three
  • Ink: Memento Luxe Danube Blue
  • Twine: Yellow/White, Teal/White
  • Sequins: Doodlebug Designs - Bumblebee, Blue Jeans, Swimming Pool, Tangerine
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Lovely White Lace Faux Embossed Card

 Made as part of the Frantic Stamper Design Team

I love the look of white on white - it looks especially elegant with lacy designs. This technique mimics the look of embossing using dies. I added "Lovely" as a shiny focal point using silver cardstock popped up with fun foam. The lacy edging could easily have backing by extending the base of the card in back but I liked the lighter look without it. This would make a nice card for a bridal shower or just to give a woman in your life as a reminder of how special she is.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock to 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. Fold in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Using the Lace Geometric Flower Doily die, cut 3 or 4 copies from white cardstock (if you are careful you can use the parts you clip off rather than cutting as many copies). Use a clear mat glue to adhere to front of card where shown. Note: alternatively you may add adhesive (Xyron) or clear double-sided tape to the back before die cutting. Open the card and clip off any pieces hanging off edges using scissors; close the card and from the back clip any hanging off the top being careful not to cut the crease.

3. Adhere silver cardstock to fun foam. Die cut Lovely. Adhere where shown.

4. Die cut Lovely Arched Loop Edger (both pieces) from white cardstock, leaving a little extra on the bottom. Adhere to inside front of card (be sure the good side is facing outwards so you see it from the front). Watch that you don't get glue on the parts that will show. Also you may want to measure so the card doesn't go past 5 1/2 inches when this is added. Clip off any extra overhanging the sides of the card.


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Lace Geometric Flower Doily (FRA-DIE- ), Lovely Arched Loop Edger (FRA-DIE-10097), Lovely & Gorgeous (FRA-DIE-10124)
  • White Cardstock
  • Silver Cardstock (Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection, Core'dinations GX-1960-02)
  • White Fun Foam
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Let's Play Kaboodle Dog Card with Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils


The adorable doggie footprint border, stitching, and stitched tag dies are new from Frantic Stamper, as part of their March release. The Whipper Snapper Kaboodle dog is perfect for the tag (a little bit has been cropped but enough shows to be super cute). The background is also by Whipper Snapper; background Dog's Life was stamped in VersaMark ink to provide a subtle pattern. This ink is great for watermarking - it looks like you stamped in a darker toned ink that perfectly matches the paper.

I used Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils to color the image. These pencils are easily blended with a light hand.

Making the Card

1. Cut Desert Storm 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 Kraft cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Die cut scallop border very close to the left side (Large Scalloped Edger Set); die cut paw prints (keep a couple of the footprints for an optional inside decoration). Die cut stitching down the right side (In Stitches #3). Stamp Dog's Life background using VersaMark ink in center (I recommend using a stamp positioner). Die cut a strip of black cardstock, about 1 x 5 1/4 inches, with scallop border. Adhere behind footprints; trim if necessary. Adhere to card front.


3. Stamp Kaboodle in black ink on Desert Storm cardstock (about 3 x 4 1/2 inches). Color with colored pencils. Die cut with largest Nested Tags #2. Tie jute through tag hole. Adhere to card as shown using dimensional tape.

4. Cut a 3/4 x 3 1/8 inch strip of Desert Storm Cardstock. Stamp "let's PLaY" and two paw prints as shown. Cut tails in one side. Adhere to card as shown using dimensional tape.

5. Optional: glue a couple footprints inside the card (I put two on the bottom right - adhered after some of the photos were taken).


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Large Scalloped Edger Set (FRA-DIE-10129), Nested Tags #2 (FRA-DIE-10101), In Stitches #3 (FRA-DIE-10187)
  • Whipper Snapper Stamps: Dog's Life B/G (AT622), Kaboodle (MY927)
  • Paper Smooches Stamps: Chubby Chums
  • Cardstock: Desert Storm (Neenah), Kraft (Recollections), Black
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Black Ink (e.g. Memento Tuxedo Black)
  • Colored Pencils (e.g. Faber-Castell Polychromos)
  • Jute
  • Dimensional Tape
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Inlay Hearts Valentine's Day Card


The new Large Scalloped Edger Set from Frantic Stamper (just released) has this cool line of hearts that conveniently fits inside the coordinating scalloped edge die. But it may also be used on its own; here I used it to create inlayed hearts.

Making the Card

1. Cut white 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. Find the middle and carefully line up the hearts die in the center (watch that it does not cut the sides of the card - if too difficult, you may want to make a larger card. Alternatively you could make a separate piece then, once done with these steps, glue it to a card base. Once the middle row has been cut, cut a row above and below it. You may discard the inside pieces.

2. Cut a sheet of thin white cardstock (or this paper) just smaller than the card front (maybe 1/16 inch smaller in each dimension). Adhere clear double sided adhesive to back and trim down if necessary. Adhere to the backside of the front card panel (i.e. behind the hearts). Keep the release sheet and place over front to protect it for now.

3. Die cut hearts in gray cardstock, keeping the pieces intact if possible (otherwise, just try to keep each heart's pieces together). Take the pieces of one heart and piece them into the top left heart; peel up release in that corner, or move the release sheet to under the heart - it will help prevent your hand and other things from getting into the sticky parts. Hint: use tweezers to hold the pieces as you place them. Repeat this process with the plaid paper, piecing into the next top row heart, ditto for the pink then the red hearts. Continue this process for the next two rows following the pattern shown in the photos.

4. Add adhesive to the back of some red cardstock. Stick to red fun foam and die cut Love (if not using fun foam, you may stack a few die cuts, gluing them together one at a time, to form a thick word). Optional: add Glossy Accents to top for some shine.

5. Adhere Love to card as shown. Adhere sequins to card where shown.


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Large Scalloped Edger Set (FRA-DIE-10129),
  • Cardstock: White, Light Pink, Red, Gray
  • Patterned Cardstock: Recollections Valentine 6x6 Pad (307839) - Plaid Sheet
  • Clear Double Sided Adhesive
  • Sequins: Pinks/White/Iridescent
  • Optional: Fun Foam (Preferably Red), Glossy Accents
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Gorgeous Dress Card


This is my first post as part of the Frantic Stamper Design Team. The theme of the month is Feminine Style. This cute little dress in pink fits the bill perfectly! Send this to a girlfriend, daughter, or other woman in your life who needs a little pick-me-up to brighten her day.

Making the Card

1. Cut dark pink 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. Cut light pink cardstock 4 x 4 1/4. Adhere to card base. Cut pale pink cardstock to 3 3/4 x 4 inches.

2. Using the stitches die shown, die cut long edges of pale pink cardstock. Adhere to card base.

3. Using Pleated Dress dies, cut one top and two skirts from light pink cardstock. Emboss dots on one and fold so that the middle pleat is up and then do the side pleats, following the stitched lines. Cut the three right segments off the non-embossed skirt (i.e. cut just to the left of the 3rd stitched line counting from the right). Adhere embossed/folded skirt to plain copy, being sure to glue the sides as well as the two pleats touching the back. Hint: use a glue that will dry clear and mat.

4. Add Rhubarb Crumble Nuvo Crystal Drops to top. Set aside to dry.

5. Using the gorgeous die, cut two copies from light pink cardstock and one from pink. Glue the light pink copies together. Glue the pink copy slightly offset on top.

6. Tie a bow out of the pale pink ribbon.

7. Adhere skirt, top, bow, and gorgeous die cuts as shown.


Supplies
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Poetry: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Chocolate Card


Sorry it has been a while since my last post! I have been working on a new design team - Frantic Stamper! The new dies don't release until next month (February 2017) so even though I've been creating and writing up posts, I can't publish until then! For now, here is a post that I did last year to go with my first video as part of the Imagine Crafts Artist in Residence program. There was a bit of a snafu with getting the video posted on their blog and a change in leadership so this never got released.

The theme for the challenge was Poetry. I had an Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem stamp for the longest time, usually using it as a background for Valentine's Day cards. This one has a little twist - the whimsical lady enjoying boxes of chocolates! You can just imagine her reciting the poem in her head as she eats her chocolates one by one.

Making the Card

Watch the tutorial below for a step-by-step on making the card:


I love how fun this image is, giving a whole new meaning to the poem. I don't know about you, but chocolate has this effect on me.


Unfortunately the Pico Embellisher doesn't show up well in the photos. The chocolates and her earring have a slight 3D feel to them plus a glossy shine and slight shimmer - looks so cool in person!


Supplies

Imagine Crafts Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Masking Material
  • Watercolor Paper (e.g. Arches Hot Press)
  • Stamps: Elizabeth Barrett Browning "How Do I Love Thee", Art Impressions: Love and Chocolate Set
  • Cardstock: Red
  • Brush, Water, Paper Towel
  • Dimensional Tape
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