Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Perfect Buddy Card Colored with Arteza Watercolor Pencils


Here's another sweet image by Dreamerland Crafts. I found an interesting quote in one of my paper pads that I thought would be kind of cool with this image. Since the paper is green, I decided to use complimentary colors (red/green). This could be used as a holiday greeting card or just a winter greeting.

Arteza Watercolor Pencils and Paper

To color the image, I wanted to try my new Arteza Watercolor Pencils and Paper. When I swatched the colors, they were nicely pigmented and dissolved pretty well with water. The swatches were on a different watercolor paper; this was my first use with Arteza's paper. Unfortunately the Arteza combination proved to be a bad one. Despite appearances, it was very difficult to use the watercolor pencils with water on this paper. It seems to have too much sizing - the pigments lifted too easily; glazing (layering), even on completely dry paint, just reactivated the first layer and moved it around, often down to the white of the paper.

Using the pencils on wet did not work at all - it basically scraped the wet pigment off the paper instead of depositing more. The only way I could get this to work was by coloring an area completely (including shade and highlight colors), using water in a gentle circular motion over the entire area, waiting for it to dry, then finally going over it with the pencils again - using them more like colored pencils instead of watercolor pencils. Often I had to burnish areas to get enough contrast. The pencils seem waxy when both wet or dry. I tried a few colors on a scrap of another type of watercolor paper, wetted them, let them dry, then tried glazing; this seemed to work a bit better but still had some of the same issues. I still have to do more testing with other types of paper to see if performance will improve. I certainly agree with the "Expert" designation on these watercolor pencils in that it will take an expert to get them to work with this combination.

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Making the Card

1. Stamp image in Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink (or other waterproof ink) on Arteza Watercolor Paper (at least 4x5 inches, i.e. leave plenty of room for die cutting). I recommend using a Stamp Platform or Stamp Positioner due to the texture of the paper (in case you need to stamp again). You may need to heat set the ink before continuing. Add a line indicating the ground with Black Copic Multiliner .5.

2. Color the image with Arteza Watercolor Pencils. The best way to do this is in sections - color a full section, including shading and highlighting colors. Apply water a little at a time in small circular motions. Let dry then add more pencil as needed (likely the dark areas will need more pigment to give the image enough contrast). See below Supplies for a list of colors I used.

3. Die cut image with Cross-Stitched Oval die. Die cut red cardstock with next size up die.

4. Cut green cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut red cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Run red cardstock, watercolored image, and red die cut cross-stitched oval through Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive. Rub around edges. Adhere red cardstock to card base and watercolored image to red cross-stitched oval (set aside the latter).

5. Find green watercolor looking patterned paper with quote "everything you can IMAGINE is real" (Artist Paper Pix, Paper House). Measure the amount of space on each side of quote to the edge of the paper. Mine was 1/4 inch larger on the right side - I wanted the quote centered so I trimmed 9/16 of an inch from the left and 13/16 of an inch off the right side, leaving 1/16 inch border. Trim off white at top of paper.


6. Die cut Scrollwork from green cardstock (note: the die was discontinued, but Royal Swirls looks like it is similar; you could also use a decorative edge punch or other decorative edge die). Trim left side with rounded edge; on right side cut off furthest bit, rounding the element as best as possible (see photo). Check that nothing sticks out from behind top of patterned paper from step 5. You might want to tack patterned paper onto card with removable tape while you get the design lined up as desired. Run through 1.5" Create-a-Sticker, rub around design, adhere to card where shown. Take off removable tape from patterned paper if you used it; apply Mega Runner adhesive to back of patterned paper and adhere to front of card.

7. Adhere cross-stitched red bordered watercolored image where shown. From green cardstock, die cut smallest bow plus associated small rectangle (I used the old die Bow Tied, the new release is Thinlits Bows). Curl back bowed out areas using a watercolor brush handle or pen (something round and smooth). Fold tails forward. Hold tails in place and use Tiny Attacher to secure bow. Adhere small rectangle over staple (it should fit perfectly over it). Adhere to card where shown.

8. From My Perfect Buddy Stamps & Dies, stamp small and large hearts on red cardstock in Jet Black Archival Ink. Die cut and adhere where shown.

9. Apply Holly Stickles to green swirls on green die cut as desired.


Supplies
Arteza Watercolor Pencil Colors Used:Basil A093, Emerald A094, Sage A098, Matcha A006, Pink Macaroon A083, Apricot A034, Burnt Ochre A113, Blood Orange A073, Rose Red A001, Garnet A027, Space Grey A047, Cinnamon A027, Cocoa A027, Camel A110, Elephant Grey A035, Noir A012, Indigo A007

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Beach Birthday Card with Xyron & Paper House


This project is a collaboration between Xyron and Paper House. The Xyron Design Team members were each sent a pad of 12x12 paper (including stickers!) plus a couple rolls of washi tape from Paper House. I chose the Sun Drenched pad because it is so colorful, and I'm dreaming of summer (hoping for warm weather soon)!

When I saw the pad of paper, I had the perfect dies in mind: Karen Burniston recently released the Palm Tree Pop-up as well as some other ocean themed dies. I love how fun this card is!

Xyron & Paper House Birthday Card, Karen Burniston Palm Tree Pop-up

Affiliate links may be included in this post. I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, Share a Sale, and other affiliate programs; these affiliate advertising programs provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to amazon.com and/or other affiliated sites at no cost to you. This helps offset a small portion of my crafting addiction... uh, hobby. I am truly thankful for your kind support! I also receive free products from my design team companies. Regardless, all opinions are my own. I do not get paid for my posts unless otherwise specified. Cookies may be used on this site. See notice at bottom of blog for a longer description.

Making the Card

1. Cut dark brown cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 inch top folding card. Cut black cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Cut 2 3/4 inches off bottom of sunset patterned paper (Sun Drenched, Paper House) then cut 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches horizontally from left bottom corner.

2. To create palm tree/hill silhouette, die cut black cardstock with palm tree hill top die (Tropical Scene dies) with about 3/4" from the bottom, on the left (i.e. enough to cover the island printed on the patterned paper). Extend the cut with the hills die without trees (hint: I used a black fine tipped Sharpie to mark where the blade is located to make it easier to line up). Use scissors if it doesn't cut perfectly. From black cardstock, also cut the tops of 3 palm trees. Trim middle section in a V to make birds; trim one smaller by cutting off part of the "wings."


3. Die cut Happy Birthday from white glitter cardstock. Carefully cut words apart following the curve of the letters.


4. Put all pieces (but not card base!) into Creative Station with permanent adhesive. Rub around all pieces before pulling off cellophane - I recommend cutting the pieces apart first. When removing, pull the backing sheet away from cardstock/paper to keep them from bending. Adhere black cardstock to card base, then sunset patterned paper, then black silhouette hill and palm trees (over the one pictured on the sunset paper). Add a strip of shell washi tape to the bottom as shown. Optional: add stickers shells (Sun Drenched, Paper House) where shown.


Cut pieces apart; pull backing away from cardstock/paper to avoid bending
5. Put birds into 1.5" Create-a-Sticker; rub around edges of birds. Color "Happy" and "Birthday" with alcohol markers (see Supplies for a list of markers I used). Gently blend with colorless blender (note: if you rub too much, the alcohol may dissolve the glue, depending on the glitter cardstock used). Adhere "Happy" to card where shown (save "Birthday" for inside of card). Adhere birds to card where shown (see final image).



6. For the inside of the card, first cut the pieces of paper to line the inside. Reinforce the paper by lining it with black cardstock such that the black will form a border around the card, excluding the inside fold area. To do this, find the sand image paper (Sun Drenched, Paper House) with the wave/sea foam at the top. Trim the right side of the piece 6 1/2 inches from the right edge. Trim up from the bottom (i.e. the side without wave) 4 3/4 inches. Repeat from the bottom of the larger piece 4 3/4 inches, trimming off most of the wave. You should have two pieces 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches. Cut two pieces of black cardstock 6 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches (hint: if you have a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock, first cut 6 3/4 inches down the length of the paper - so you have a long piece - then cut two pieces from that at 4 7/8 inches each). Put the sand pieces (not the black) through the Xyron Creative Station with permanent adhesive. Attach each to a piece of black cardstock such that the long edge matches up with one of the long sides on the black - this will eventually be towards the fold; for the piece with the wave on the corner, match the opposite side to the black edge. See photo below - the edge towards the fold is flush with the black (sorry it is difficult to see - there is no black between the fold and the sand edge). Important: do not run black pieces through Xyron or attach to card yet! Trim a very small amount (< 1/16 inch) from the edges without the borders in order to accommodate the fold.

Adhere sand pieces to black but do not adhere the black yet; they will first be placed only temporarily inside the card.
7. Find the paper with the water and yellow-green sky (Sun Drenched, Paper House). Cut 6 1/2 inches from the right side. Use wave die (Tropical Scene) to cut across the light wave area (I angled the die to match the light area) - the stitched line will be towards the bottom of the page. You will need to extend the cut like you did with the palm tree hill by marking the die (black fine tipped Sharpie) and continuing to cut along the light area (use scissors if it doesn't cut perfectly). Once you have the wave piece, cut off about 2 1/2 inches from the bottom on the right side, leaving 1 1/2 or so inches measuring from the bottom to the wave on the right side; set aside for a moment. Next, cut about 3 inches off the leftover sand piece (by about 5 1/2 inches wide). Cut black cardstock the same size or a little larger. Put the wave and the sand into the Xyron Creative Station. Adhere the sand to black cardstock (you will cut the palm tree bases from this); adhere the wave to the bottom of the piece from step 6, covering the printed wave, so it lines up with the the edges.

Wave piece going into Xyron. Sand piece adhered to black cardstock; palm tree base die pictured, ready to die cut
8. Watch the following assembly video but don't assemble yet. Cut the pieces as described below the video then watch it again while you assemble. Use the Xyron Mega Runner to secure the die cut sand/black border pieces in the card as shown in video; use the Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker for adhesive on coconuts and turtle shell pieces.


Using the Palm Tree Pop-up and Sea Animals dies, die cut the following then shade (described in steps below):
  • Light brown cardstock: cut 2 sets of pop up tree trunks, 2 smaller tree trunks, 1 turtle shell
  • Dark brown cardstock: cut 3 sets of coconuts (9 total), 1 turtle shell detail
  • Green cardstock: 2 sets of large tree tops, 2 small tree tops, 1 turtle
  • Salmon cardstock: 1 crab
  • Black cardstock: 1 oval piece for behind crab's eyes
  • Sand with black cardstock backing (from step 7): 2 tree bases (strips with 4 holes)


Use blending tool and Walnut Stain Distress Ink to shade and stencil (using dies) palm tree trunks. Use Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink to add highlights to palm tree fronds. Note: Use the Xyron Adhesive Eraser on any extra adhesive, such as removable tape residue used to hold the pieces in place or any stuck around the edges of cardstock or paper.

Xyron & Paper House Birthday Card, Karen Burniston Palm Tree Pop-up

9. Once you have assembled the card as described in the video (minus hammock), add the extra tree as shown. Adhere coconuts as you like. Glue black oval behind crab's eyes and use Black Copic Multiliner .5 to draw through crab die as a stencil for the mouth. Add shading with Barn Door Distress Ink (I applied it with a blending tool). Adhere where shown.

10. Use Bundled Sage Distress Ink to shade turtle body and Walnut Stain to shade main turtle shell. Use Black Copic Multiliner .5 to draw through turtle body die for eyes. Assemble turtle and adhere where shown. Adhere "WARM" "Birthday" and "WISHES" where shown, using stickers from Sun Drenched, Paper House for "WARM" and "WISHES".

Xyron & Paper House Birthday Card, Karen Burniston Palm Tree Pop-up

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Fun with Magic Stamp by ColorBox (Clearsnap)


I was recently asked to review the Magic Stamp by ColorBox/Clearsnap with Splitcoaststampers, where you can also find the reviews. I had never used this product before and was intrigued. Clearsnap sent me two Magic Stamps to try. I watched a few YouTube videos that showed how awesome it can be by using a variety of items to create textures (e.g. rubber-bands, bubblewrap, coins, pearls, etc.) for a stamp. All you do is heat the surface (I use a heat tool) and press it on the object(s)!


Another thing about the product is that it is easily reusable - the Magic Stamp will return to its former flat state when heated again, ready to be pressed into something else!


I made three cards, one using a brass stencil, one using an embossing folder, and one using mat board die cuts. All three turned out pretty cool, if I may say so myself!

Affiliate links may be included in this post. I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, Share a Sale, and other affiliate programs; these affiliate advertising programs provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to amazon.com and/or other affiliated sites at no cost to you. This helps offset a small portion of my crafting addiction... uh, hobby. I am truly thankful for your kind support! I also receive free products from my design team companies. Regardless, all opinions are my own. I do not get paid for my posts unless otherwise specified. Cookies may be used on this site. See notice at bottom of blog for a longer description.



Making the Cards


Gear Card

1. Cut blue cardstock about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (or larger, for wiggle room). Place Dreamweaver Gears brass stencil on heat resistant surface. Heat the Magic Stamp on same surface with a heat tool then press on stencil. Hold for a few seconds until cool.


2. Ink Magic Stamp with Peacock ColorBox pigment ink; stamp on blue cardstock. Heat set ink (pigment ink takes a while to dry). Trim stamped image to 3 1/4 x 4 3/8 inches (note: your size may vary slightly depending on the size of the Magic Stamp - just add 1/4 inch to each dimension, i.e. leaving 1/8 inch border around stamped area).


3. Cut black cardstock 1/8 inch larger than stamped image (i.e. 1/16 inch larger all around). Adhere stamped image.

4. Cut kraft cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a top folding 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut brown cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Cut blue cardstock 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Adhere stamped image to card base at an angle as shown.

5. Use a Stamp Platform or Stamp Positioner to stamp tool man, wrench, and hammer (YNS Nailed it! Stamps) in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate Surface paper (or white cardstock - this Strathmore paper has more tooth but may also be more of a challenge as the ink needs to be set with a heat tool or will take a very long time to dry). I recommend leaving the stamps in place so you may stamp again after coloring since the lines may get covered with pencil. I stamped multiple times due to the tooth of the paper then used a heat tool to set the ink.

6. Color the images with Derwent Colorsoft pencils, using blending stumps and walnut oil to blend light layers of pencil. Optional but recommended: after coloring, re-stamp over the top if any of the colored pencil obscured the lines (you could also use a black fine tipped pen, such as a Copic Multiliner, to trace over lines). Die cut with matching dies or fussy cut around stamps (I used my Sizzix Big Shot machine).

7. Stamp "Happy Birthday 'TOOL' you!" on light blue cardstock in VersaMark ink. Emboss with Forget-Me-Not embossing powder. Trim to a strip and add tails on the left side. Adhere to card where shown using Dimensional/Mounting Tape; add hammer where shown. Adhere tool man with wrench in hand using Dimensional/Mounting Tape.


Embossed Happy Birthday Card

1. Open the Happy Birthday embossing folder so that the readable side is facing up and ready for Magic Stamp. Heat the Magic Stamp with a heat tool then press on embossing folder (note: I recommend placing on heat resistant surface before heating, e.g. silicone mat). Hold for a few seconds until cool.


2. Cut a piece of pink cardstock about 4 1/4 x 5 inches (this will be bigger than stamp so you have some wiggle room). Ink Magic Stamp with Chianti ColorBox pigment ink; stamp on pink cardstock. Heat set ink (pigment ink takes a while to dry). Put stamped piece into embossing folder, making sure to line up text (I both looked through the plastic and also flipped it open and closed to check). Emboss (I used my Sizzix Big Shot machine). Clean ink from embossing folder. Trim stamped image to 3 1/4 x 4 3/8 inches (note: your size may vary slightly depending on the size of the Magic Stamp - just add 1/4 inch to each dimension, i.e. leaving 1/8 inch border around stamped area).


3. Cut brown Kraft-Core cardstock to 1/4 inch larger than newly trimmed stamped piece (for 1/8 inch border). Optional: sand around edges to slightly distress cardstock; wipe off any excess dust. Adhere stamped piece to brown.

4. Cut pink cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches; fold in half to form a left-side folding card base. Cut brown polkadot patterned paper from Lost & Found Madison Avenue 6x6 Paper Pad to 4 x 5 1/4 inches; adhere to card base. Adhere stamped piece with brown border.

5. Use a Mini Mister (or other small spray bottle) with water to spritz the Petaloo Canterbury Rose. Use a cotton swab or makeup applicator to color the petals with Old Rose (or Shabby Pink) ColorBox pigment ink. Add some Chianti ColorBox pigment ink to the center. Let dry (I fluffed up the petals into the shaped I wanted before letting it dry). Adhere to card where shown with liquid adhesive; I used Lineco pH Neutral Adhesive in a Fineline applicator.


Hi Hello Card

1. Cut dark pink cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a top folding 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut black cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Cut light pink about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (or even larger for more wiggle room). Die cut "hi" (Cutout Script) and Mini Flourish from mat board. Adhere to 2" Post-it Tape for positioning. Use another piece to tape it down on heat resistant surface. Heat the Magic Stamp on same surface with a heat tool then press on stencil. Hold for a few seconds until cool.


3. Ink Magic Stamp with Old Rose (or Shabby Pink) ColorBox pigment ink; stamp on light pink cardstock. Heat set ink (pigment ink takes a while to dry). Trim stamped image to 3 1/4 x 4 3/8 inches (note: your size may vary slightly depending on the size of the Magic Stamp - just add 1/4 inch to each dimension, i.e. leaving 1/8 inch border around stamped area).


4. Use a red Stardust Gelly Roll to trace around the outline and doodle inside. (You might also try a black pen, such as a Copic Multliner.) Cut dark pink cardstock 1/8 inch larger than stamped image (i.e. 1/16 inch larger all around). Adhere stamped image to dark pink. Adhere to card base.

5. Die cut black cardstock with "hello" (Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Hello). Make it a sticker with Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker. Adhere where shown.

6. On black cardstock, stamp "you make me smile" (Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Hello) using VersaMark ink and emboss with Pink Peony embossing powder. Trim (leaving room for heart) and add tails on the right. Adhere to card where shown. Die cut heart from dark pink cardstock - I used the heart from Karen Burniston's Coffee Charms set. Adhere where shown.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dragon Get Well Card with Xyron and Derwent



This is a collaborative post with Xyron and Derwent. Derwent sent the Xyron Design Team a 24 set of beautiful Procolour pencils and a sketchbook to try out. The pencils are creamy to use and smooth to blend but they are not quite as soft as Derwent Coloursoft pencils so they may be sharpened to a finer point without breaking.


I used the pencils to color this adorable dragon image in the sketchbook then die cut it with stitched ovals dies (Rubbernecker Stamps). I used stumps to blend the colored pencils with Linseed Oil, which worked amazingly well. It was super easy to get a smooth blend. The dragon and sentiment are from the Magical Dragons set by My Favorite Things.

This card can be used as a get well card or just to lift someone's spirits. For example, you could stamp "Get well soon" inside the card or write an inspiring message, as appropriate. Paper by Doodlebug Design.

Affiliate links may be included in this post. I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, Share a Sale, and other affiliate programs; these affiliate advertising programs provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to amazon.com and/or other affiliated sites at no cost to you. This helps offset a small portion of my crafting addiction... uh, hobby. I am truly thankful for your kind support! I also receive free products from my design team companies. Regardless, all opinions are my own. I do not get paid for my posts unless otherwise specified. Cookies may be used on this site. See notice at bottom of blog for a longer description.



Making the Card

The first thing I did was test the Linseed Oil with the pencils and paper to see how well they worked together. I was very happy with the results! A beautiful blend!

1. With Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp dragon (Magical Dragons by My Favorite Things) in Derwent Big Book sketchbook (or on white cardstock). You may want to heat set the image with a heat tool. Color with Derwent Procolour Pencils (the colors I used are listed under Supplies). I used a KUM long point sharpener to sharpen the pencils to a fine point as needed and used blending stumps with Chelsea Classic Studios Linseed Oil Extra Pale to blend.


Lay down color using a circular motion (tiny circles) and work in light layers. Don't rush - just build up the color by alternating between blending and coloring. Note: I added a ground line using a Black Copic Multiliner 0.2.


2. Once the image has been colored, die cut it using Rubbernecker Stamps: Nested Oval Small Stitch Die. Also die cut green cardstock with the next size up stitched oval and gray cardstock with one more size up.


3. Cut light blue cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch top folding card base. Cut dark blue cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 inches. Cut triangle patterned paper (Dragon Tails by Doodlebug Design) 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches.


4. Use the Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive to coat all die cut pieces, plus dark blue cardstock and triangle patterned paper from step 3. Rub before pulling off cellophane.


5. Adhere dark blue cardstock to card base then triangle patterned paper. Adhere dragon to dark green oval then to gray oval. Adhere where shown on card.

6. Using VersaMark ink, stamp "I Heard You Were DRAGON" sentiment on light blue cardstock (may use Stamp Platform or stamp positioner to make it easier). Emboss with Fern Green Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder using heat tool. Trim and add tails. Cut a piece of dark blue about 1/16 inch larger. Use Mega Runner to add adhesive to sentiment banner then stick to dark blue. Cut tails. Adhere to card where shown using Xyron foam tape - watch the following video to make foam tape.


7. Add Swarovski Crystals where shown using strong liquid adhesive.


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