Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happiness Is Accordion Greeting Card

This sweet image of a girl and her cat is just purr-fect for a greeting card. I left extra space below the "hello" is for a message (I would recommend writing it before final assembly though - otherwise it might prove challenging). I love how the Accordion Rectangle card displays beautifully on a table or mantle. The roses by Susan Tierney-Cockburn may be colored to match the background paper almost exactly, making them the perfect embellishments for this card.

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Making the Card

1. Find the shown rose sheet and dots sheet in Save the Date 6x6 paper pad. Die cut with Accordion Rectangle main die with these patterns up, i.e. facing die (may want to be cognizant of the pattern as you place the die). Trim and fold as shown in instructions on packaging but don't assemble yet.

2. Stamp Happiness Is (Dreamerland Crafts) on Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Potting Soil Archival Ink. Using brown ink, rather than black, creates a softer image. I used Distress watercolor paper because the white closely matches the background of the paper I used for the card base.

3. Watercolor the image (I used several sets of Prima watercolor paints, see Supplies below for the sets I used). I mixed the blue/green color for her dress so it would closely match the dots in the paper. I also mixed up enough to use on the leaves for the flowers (step 5). Die cut image using largest accessory rectangle die (Accordion Rectangle, ECD). Adhere to rose page as shown.

4. Die cut blue/green cardstock (Pastels, AC) using Katie Flourish Frame Edges - four of each (enough for 2 full frames). Adhere one set on the dotted page and the other on the back of the rose page (trellis). Die cut white cardstock with largest accessory rectangle die (Accordion Rectangle). Adhere to dotted page as shown. Note: I used fairly thin white cardstock for this and the rose in the next step.

5. Die cut two roses and one bud plus a bunch of extra petals (Rose 2, ECD) from white cardstock. Die cut two sets of leaves. Color leaves with watercolor (same color as dress, step 3); add veins once mostly dry if desired. Use Fired Brick Distress Ink as if it were watercolor to color the petals. I put a light coat on first then added a bit more darker from the bottom up through the centers of the petals (I just left the tips and edges lighter). Shape petals and leaves using ball stylus and leaf tools; see the video below for shaping and assembly (don't use the big stems but save one small stem for the bud; cut off the two large leaves for use). I also use Kids Choice Glue for flowers because of its viscosity.

6. Adhere roses and leaves as shown. Die cut "hello" (Accordion Rectangle, ECD) from pink/peach cardstock (Pastels, AC). Adhere where shown. Finish card assembly as per instructions on packaging.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

YNS Sweet Birthday Card Featuring Gumdrops (Challenge)

This post is part of the Your Next Stamp (YNS) Gumdrop Challenge. The challenge is to use YNS Gumdrops on a project. As a special bonus to you, if you visit the Your Next Stamp blog and leave a comment, you will have a chance to win a YNS stamp set of your choice! Comments must be left by May 12, 2017; the winner will be announced on May 14, 2017.

I chose to use the Total Sweetness stamp set. I colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. It didn't have quite enough "pop" to go with the brightly colored Gumdrops so I added extra bling with Stickles and a Wink of Stella glitter pen. It's difficult to see all the glitter and shine in the photos but it looks very pretty in person. The result is delicious!

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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. Cut another piece about 4 x 4 inches. Note: you may trim to the dimensions in step 2 if you have a stamp positioned - I left extra space in case the stamping was off, plus it is easier to color on a larger piece. Stamp the little girl sitting on the banana split sundae in black ink.

2. Color image with your favorite colored pencils. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos. Hint: use a light touch, color in circles, and layer the color. If you press too hard, you will get shiny spots and the tooth of the paper will be destroyed (i.e. it won't take any more color). Trim to 3 x 3 1/4 inches, centering image.

3. Add Wink of Stella to the ice cream, the girl's shirt, and her shoes. Add Glossy Accents to the cherries. Mix Turquoise and Star Dust Stickles then paint on main part of sundae bowl as shown. Add a dot of Thistle Stickles to the center of the daisy in the girl's hair. Set aside to dry.

4. Stamp sentiment on Desert Storm. Punch with 1 1/4 inch circle. Punch pink cardstock with 1 1/2 inch scalloped circle. Add Thistle Stickles all around the edges, be sure to cover the parts that will show. Set aside to dry.

5. Cut pink cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Cut smiling tea cup paper (YNS Hugs and Kisses) to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches; adhere to pink cardstock. Adhere these to card base.

6. Cut pink cardstock to 3 1/8 x 3 3/8 inches. Adhere image to this piece then adhere to card as shown. Use dimensional tape to adhere sentiment to scalloped circle with Stickles. Add to card with dimensional tape where shown.

7. Add Gumdrops as shown.

  • Stamps: Total Sweetness (Your Next Stamp CYNS562)
  • Patterned Paper: Hugs and Kisses 6x6 Paper Pad (Your Next Stamp YNSPP007)
  • Gumdrops (Your Next Stamp)
  • Cardstock: Desert Storm (Neenah), Pink
  • Colored Pencils (e.g. Faber-Castell Polychromos)
  • Punches: 1 1/4 inch Circle, 1 1/2 inch Scallop Circle (e.g. EK Success)
  • Wink of Stella
  • Stickles: Turquoise, Star Dust, Thistle
  • Glossy Accents
  • Dimensional Tape
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Nailed It! Your Next Stamp Masculine Birthday Card in Prismacolor

Hi y'all! This post is part of the Your Next Stamp (YNS) new release blog hop. The blog hop starts May 6, 2017, at 10 pm EST and will end on May 9, 2017, at midnight EST. Leave a comment on each blog along the way for your chance to win a $25 YNS gift certificate; the more blogs you leave comments on, the better your chances of winning (although you do not need to leave comments on all to be eligible). The winner's name will be posted on the YNS blog on May 11, 2017. See bottom of post for all participating blogs.

The new releases are now available at the YNS store (check the New Products tab for new releases). And here's a coupon code for 20% off (good until May 10, 2017, at midnight).

Included in the new release is this adorable Nailed It set of stamps and complimentary dies. I couldn't wait to color this cute (yet still masculine) image. I was tempted to mask his hand to put a hammer or other tool in it but I kind of liked the way he looks like he's doing a fist pump (appropriate for a birthday!) so I just used the tools in the background. Next time I might do some masking though.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out my preview post using the Good Vibes stamp set (also in this release). The toucan is super fun to color and probably my favorite character in this release. Plus you have to love the punny sentiments that perfectly accompany each set.

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Making the Card

1. Cut green 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 one cream cardstock and one brown gingham paper (Doodlebug Design) to 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

2. On the brown gingham, use Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink to stamp tools in various places all over the paper.

3. On the cream cardstock, spray Fireworks sprays through Speckles Layering Stencil such that Cottage Ivy is heavier on one side and Desert Storm is heavier on the other; they should overlap. Once dry, cut a piece 1 3/4 inches (by 5 1/4) and mount it on the brown gingham as shown, then cut a strip 5/8 inches wide and stamp the sentiment as shown (I put most of the green towards the bottom). Mount on green cardstock that is 3/4 inches wide and 5 1/4 inches long.

4. Stamp the tool man on white cardstock (before coloring, you may want to test your cardstock to be sure the colors will blend the way you like). Coloring the image: I used Prismacolor colored pencils with Sansodor (this is a solvent; you can also use mineral spirits, Gamsol, or other similar product). WARNING: even though many of these products are made to have little to no smell, the fumes still may harm you. Read the package warnings before use. Use in a well ventilated room. I keep my solvent in a small glass jar with a screw lid that I leave ajar while coloring, I only move the lid aside to dip a stump into the solvent as necessary. Use a light hand, color in small circles until the area is filled, then use a stump dipped in solvent to blend. Layer more color as necessary. Use gray over darker shaded areas to get a more true color. Once done use the coordinating die to cut out the image.

4. Cut two pieces of white seam binding about 5 inches long. Use the Cottage Ivy Fireworks spray to die one of the pieces and let dry. Adhere these to the brown gingham paper where shown, wrapping ends around each side and securing on back. Adhere this to the card base.

5. Adhere the tool man and sentiment using dimensional tape. Adhere gears as shown using Mini Glue Dots (I folded them so that they would fit behind the gears).

  • Your Next Stamp: Nailed It! (CYNS539) Stamps and Dies
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Solvent (e.g. Sans odor) - Read warnings on container before using!
  • Stumps
  • Cardstock: White, Green, Cream
  • Doodlebug Designs 6x6 Paper Pad: Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints (5450)
  • Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink
  • Fireworks Spray (Imagine Crafts): Cottage Ivy, Desert Sand
  • Layering Stencil: Speckles THS021 (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz)
  • Gears and Mini Gears (Idea-ology/Tim Holtz)
  • Seam Binding: White
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Mini Glue Dots (1/8 Inch)

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Your Next Stamp Good Vibes Toucan Thank You Card

I'm one of the May guest designers for Your Next Stamp! Today is preview day. Please visit the Your Next Stamp blog for a full list of participating blogs.

For this card, I used the brand new Good Vibes set, featuring an adorable toucan (along with several sentiments). Toucans are colorful birds. I chose to color this one with Copic alcohol markers to really show off those colors. I modeled mine after the Keel-Billed Toucan (or Rainbow Billed Toucan) whose habitat includes south-eastern Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. I used Distress Oxide Inks (with a little help from the old Distress Inks) for a fun background.

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Making the Card

1. Cut bright green 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 bright blue cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Stamp toucan on Copic friendly cardstock (I used X-Press It Blending Card). Color image. Hint: do a Google search for "toucan" and click the images tab; find an image you like to use as a model. See Supplies below for the list of markers I used. Fussy cut around image (you may want to use detail scissors for the small areas).

3. Cut white cardstock 3 7/8 x 5 1/8. Use a blending tool with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink starting in the bottom right corner and moving up towards the upper left as shown. Blend each color in order with the one before it (you may have to go back and forth): Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide, Mustard Seed Distress, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress. Keep in mind where you would like the toucan. Once you are satisfied with the blending, flick some water over the area, wait a few seconds then dab with a clean paper towel. Repeat as necessary to get a dappled effect. Adhere to card base as shown.

4. Stamp sentiment on yellow cardstock. Cut in a strip and add tails to one side as shown. Adhere to a piece of bright green cardstock that's slightly larger, cut around as necessary (I usually line it up in one corner then trim around). Adhere using dimensional tape. Adhere toucan using dimensional tape.

5. Add Gumdrops as shown. Optional: add a dot of white with a gel pen to the toucan's eye as a highlight.

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