Thursday, June 7, 2018

Xyron & DCWV Flamingo Spinner Square Card

Xyron DCWV Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo Karen Burniston Pop-up Card

Xyron and DCWV have teamed up for this collaboration post. DCWV sent the Xyron Design Team a 12x12 Premium Stack (pad) of beautiful, colorful papers - including some sheets with foiling. I received Electric Jungle. The tropical theme prompted me to look for my layering flamingo stamps by Hero Arts, which coordinate perfectly with these papers.

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Making the Card

1. Cut Robin's Egg Ombre cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches; fold in half with the darkest shade at the inside top of the card to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.


2. Stamp flamingo layers (Color Layering Flamingo) on smooth white cardstock (I used X-Press It Blending Card). I highly recommend using a Stamp Platform or stamp positioner. I used the following inks for the flamingo: Angel Pink (body), Pink Peony (body feathers), Vibrant Fuchsia (body shadows), Tuxedo Black (eyes/beak). Note: the inks are pictured two photos below. For the legs, I stamped first with Angel Pink then dabbed just the knees and feet with a little Pink Peony and stamped again. Die cut image using 2nd largest Nested Oval Small Stitch Die. Die cut pink cardstock with largest Nested Oval Small Stitch Die. Add Clear Wink of Stella to flamingo. Die cut white foam sheet with 3rd largest Nested Oval Small Stitch Die. Set these aside for now.


3. Find the above pictured papers from Electric Jungle (I cut the "paradise" piece out of the page rather than taking out the entire sheet). Cut water background sheet to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Cut pink flamingo sheet to 1 7/8 x 4 1/4 inches (I cut mine such that 3 lines of flamingos were included). Cut out tag with toucan and "hello;" carefully cut straight across close to top of "hello" word (photo below) and trim to a rectangle for use on front of card. Cut a small piece of Robin's Egg Ombre cardstock a little larger than the "hello" - use the back side. Use ink blending tool and foam to blend the bottom of the "hello" with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink and the top with Worn Lipstick*. Wipe gently with a clean dry paper towel to remove any excess ink from foiled letters. *In hindsight, I probably should have used Memento Angel Pink instead of Worn Lipstick.


4. See above photo. Fussy cut around flower trio and leaves (from tag with blue/green background); cover with Clear Wink of Stella to give it some shimmer. Using dies from Spinner Square Pop-up, die cut flower from label using scalloped square, two flamingos facing each other with small square, toucan with medium square, and mini corners from Robin's Egg Ombre cardstock (back side). Use Wink of Stella on toucan. Cover toucan with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. Cut around flamingo with gold foiling from label with "paradise" - I cut away the word as well; see photo below.

Partially open card; note flowers moving around from right side.

5. Watch the following video for creating the Spinner Square Pop-up. The rest of the pieces for the card are listed below the video - I recommending watching first, cutting the rest of the pieces as described below, then watching again while assembling the card in the order described below the video.


Die cut pink cardstock with large square die for platform. Create a frame of the same size from back of Robin's Egg Ombre cardstock by using two square dies (one with piercing) as shown in video - use removable tape or Post-It tape to hold them together while running them through die cutting machine (pictured two photos below). Die cut and assemble arm (I cut it out of pink cardstock since it wasn't as stiff as the Robin's Egg Ombre cardstock). Use glue as shown in video to adhere to card base - I put it slightly to the right of middle. Die cut Robin's Egg Ombre cardstock (back side) with rectangle for moving piece, glue to moving section as shown; note: I put mine at a slight angle since I wanted to have the flowers centered under the pop up platform when the card was open at 90 degrees. Glue flowers to arm - first you may want to trim the rectangle a bit so the flowers will be closer to the platform (I didn't do this, but wish I had!).


6. Use 9" Creative Station to apply Permanent Adhesive to larger pieces: stamped flamingo, pink oval, foam oval, water background piece, 3 rows of flamingos piece, frame, toucan (be sure it is dry!), a small rectangle of foam (to go under "hello"), scalloped flower square, and flamingo from label (with foiling), See the two photos below.


Use the 1.5" Create-a-Sticker for the small pieces: "hello" and it's rectangle mat, small flamingo square, and small photo corners. Stick inked "hello" to its mat. Adhere water background to front card base (see below photo). Adhere pink paper of flamingos in rows near bottom but allow a little of the water background to show below it. Peel up stamped flamingo and place it on foam oval. Place these on pink oval; adhere to front of card such that the pink oval is touching the left side and slightly below the water but above the edge of flamingo papers (see card front photo, two below). Lightly adhere "hello" where shown, overhanging stamped flamingo oval. Cut a small piece of foam rectangle with adhesive to fit overhang of "hello" and stick under it for support then rub gently to press down.


See photo of inside of card, three above. Adhere frame to large pink square for platform. Adhere toucan and mini photo corners as shown. Center this in card and glue on pop-up platform. Adhere scalloped flower square, small square with two flamingos, and flamingo with gold foiling where shown. Adhere rhinestones to front of card as shown in photo below.

Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo Karen Burniston Pop-up Card

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sweet Greetings with Dreamerland Crafts and Doodlebug

Dreamerland Crafts with Caran d'Ache Luminance colored pencils

Sending Love Flowers and Mailbox & Wall are two of the latest stamps from Dreamerland Crafts. The latter is from their Mix & Match collection - great for creating backgrounds and scenes. I colored this image with Caran d'Ache Luminance colored pencils and blended it with Zest-It Pencil Blend on Canson Artist Series Drawing paper (250g/153.6lb cotton bright white) - this is the first time I'm using all three of these products. This combination isn't for the faint of heart. It was pretty challenging to get the color to blend and layer. I think this combination would work better on a larger piece, using a brush to apply the Zest-It Pencil Blend. On this small scale, I had to constantly dip the blending stump to keep the color moving to fill the paper texture.

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Making the Card

1. Cut Blue/Green cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut cloud paper (Spring Things) 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches and 1 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches. Adhere smaller one at top of card and larger at bottom as shown, leaving a gap for the paper ribbon. Cut a strip of light pink grid paper (Dot-Grid-Daisy-Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints) 1/2 x 5 inches. Adhere where shown. Die cut small bow (Fold Up Bows) in same paper, trim off tails, and assemble (hint: use the end of a paintbrush or other small round item to curve paper before assembly). Set aside bow.

2. Stamp Sending Love Flowers in Jet Black StazOn ink on masking paper. Cut around outside. Cut a piece of Canson Drawing Paper* to about 5x5 inches. I recommend using a Stamp Platform or stamp positioner for the next part. Stamp in the following order using Desert Sand Memento ink (I recommend stamping off first and doing a 2nd generation stamp of this - mine was too dark, making it very difficult to cover with pencil). Stamp Sending Love Flowers main image; mind placement - leaving room for sky and walls. Place mask over image then stamp walls to either side. Use Post-It Tape or other mask over walls (mostly to mask the top of the wall where the bush stamps may overlap). Stamp bushes so they are peeking above walls. Stamp bird where shown.

*Upon coloring (Step 3), I discovered that it is a bit difficult to work with this paper due to its light texture - coloring with pencils over it shows a lot of white, even with a highly sharpened tip and working in small circles. The Zest-It Pencil Blend I used to blend the pencil isn't wet enough on the blending stumps to fill the specks of white easily - some pressure and a lot of patience is needed. For beginners, I would recommend using a smoother cardstock, like 80lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.

Blending with Zest-it Pencil Blend

3. Color image with Caran d'Ache Luminance colored pencils. Blend using Zest-It Pencil Blend and blending stumps as necessary. I left some areas unblended, for example, in the rocks, to give it a rougher look. Hint: color in layers for best results, for example, lightly color an area, use the blending solution and stumps, then add more color; repeat. My favorite pencil sharpener is the KUM Long Point to get a really fine point.

4. Die cut image using largest Nested Square Small Stitch Die. Cut blue/green cardstock 1/4 inch bigger than the die cut image (i.e. leaving 1/8 inch all the way around). Adhere to card where shown then use dimensional/mounting tape to adhere image.

5. Cut out "hello sunshine" (Spring Things) 2x2 inches. Cut blue/green cardstock 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches; adhere "hello sunshine" using dimensional/mounting tape. Adhere to card where shown. Adhere bow.

6. Finish card with crystal sequins where shown (the first photo shows their locations best).

Dreamerland Crafts Sending Love Flowers

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Winner of the Xyron Mega Runner Giveaway!

Good day everybody! Time to announce the winner of the Xyron Mega Runner. There were 10 comments on last week's blog post with 4 who subscribed to my YouTube channel for an extra entry. I put the 14 entries into an Excel spreadsheet, randomized the names, then used a random number generator to choose the winner.


Wow, I guess 7 really is a lucky number! The winner of the Xyron Mega Runner is Jean!! Congratulations! Please email me with your name and physical address - my email is listed in my Privacy Policy (click tab at top of this post), scroll down to number 5. Xyron will be sending the product to you directly. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dog Days Summer Greeting Card and Giveaway!


The Xyron Design Team was given a summer theme for this June project. I went through my stamps and found a sweet little dog sniffing a flower, by Whipper Snapper Designs. I thought it would be fun to do a play on words with "The Dog Days of Summer."

I recently colored an image with Arteza watercolor pencils; this time I decided to use my Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils and Strathmore Series 500 Watercolor Paper to see how they performed in comparison. I still need some practice layering (watercolor pencils seem to reactivate more easily than watercolor even when dry on paper) but these were much easier to work with than the Arteza combo.

Giveaway: Xyron is giving one lucky person a Mega Runner! Yay! To enter, leave a comment below. I will choose a winner randomly and make the announcement here on my blog next week - the person will have a week to respond. Note: I will try to email if the winner has a valid address listed in their profile (please do not put your email address in your comment). If you would like an extra entry, just subscribe to my YouTube channel and tell me in your comment here that you did so.

The Mega Runner comes with a 1/2 inch wide 100 foot roll of strong adhesive. Refills are available in 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch versions.

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. Using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, stamp Sweet Sniffs of Spring (Whipper Snapper Designs) on Strathmore watercolor paper (I recommend a Stamp Platform or Stamp Positioner due to the texture on the paper). Although it is waterproof, it is a pigment ink, which usually takes a while to completely dry, so you may want to use a heat tool to set the ink.

2. Color image with Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils, using a waterbrush or watercolor brush and water to blend the colors. You may go over darker areas with pencil while paper is slightly damp to get more pigment lay-down. You may find a list of colors I used below Supplies.

Xyron Whipper Snapper Designs Doodlebug Design Puppy Love Card

3. Die cut image with Cross-Stitched Oval. Using the next size up oval, die cut the grass background paper (Puppy Love Paper Pad). Note: I highly recommend the Sizzix machines for die cutting. I have been very happy with mine!

4. Cut green cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut blue cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base using Mega Runner (see photo below). Cut dog scrabble patterned paper (Doodlebug Design Puppy Love) 4 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to bottom part of card as shown above.


5. Cut blue gingham patterned paper (Doodlebug Design Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints) 1 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches. Use Cricut Maker or other digital cutting machine to cut "The Days of Summer" from green cardstock (I used a system font that I thought would be fun with this card - I also welded some of the letters together). Use a Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker to put adhesive on the backs of the words/letters (see photo above). Arrange words and Mini-Scrabble letters (don't stick down the Scrabble letters yet though) on blue gingham piece, leaving room for bone and paw brads. Note: the brads I used came colored - if you can't find them already colored, you could paint them using Vintage Patina in Onyx and Marble, which is made to stick to metal. Add brads where shown. Hint: I used a soft mallet and cutting mat to lightly tap the prongs flat behind the paper. Use Mega Runner to adhere to top of card base as shown (avoid brads). Adhere Scrabble letters.


6. Adhere die cut grass oval where shown. Adhere watercolored dog oval using dimensional adhesive. Watch the following video to create dimensional adhesive using a Xyron 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive.


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Colors of Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils Used
  • Grass/Leaf 267, 170, 205
  • Collar/Flower 219, 115
  • Dog 176, 182, 179, 199
  • Sky 120
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