Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wild Whisper Fancy Label Accordion Card


This project is a collaboration between Xyron and Wild Whisper. Wild Whisper sent the Xyron Design Team members each a pack of 12x12 paper. I chose the Forever & Always pack. This pack includes pretty watercolored flowers and sketch doodles. The flowers were so pretty, I decided to feature them in this card. I fussy cut a couple pieces to give the front flower dimension.

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Making the Card

1. Watch the following video so you will know how to assemble the card but don't do it just yet.


2. Die cut pink wavy paper twice with main Fancy Label Accordion die - cut one on each side of the paper. Line them up so the left is the gray flowered side and the right is the pink side - flaps to the right. Train folds and trim flap and tabs on the pink as shown in the video. Use liquid glue (I recommend using Fine Tip Applicator) to glue gray flap to back left side of pink frame.


3. Cut both watercolor flower squares from page of labels then use main Fancy Label Accordion die to cut out flower with gray background (see photo above). Use detail scissors to cut away just the fancy label, then along where folds would be - it should fit flush on gray flowered side of frame. Use the largest (separate) fancy label die to cut out watercolor flower with pink background (see photo at top of post, right side). Cut a square of craft foam a little larger than it.

4. Cut a piece of turquoise cardstock big enough to cut both Fancy Flourish Frames twice (but do not die cut yet). Put turquoise cardstock, craft foam square, and framed flower with grey background through Xyron 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive. Die cut each Fancy Flourish Frames twice from the now adhesive-backed turquoise cardstock (peel cellophane off first). Note: you may need to run them through the die cutting machine a couple times - they do not need to cut through the backing paper but they do need to be cut completely through cardstock.


5. Peel backing off die cut Fancy Flourish Frames and adhere to card front and left inside as shown. Hint: use a Teflon bone folder to rub tops to be sure they really stick. Adhere gray background flower to gray flowered side, lining it up perfectly. Keep backing paper. Use detail scissors to fussy cut one of the matching flowers from flowered paper, as well as a center from another similar flower. Use a ball stylus to rub backs of petals of flower then flip and rub in center. Rub back of separately cut center. Use liquid glue to glue flower to gray background flower, offset. Glue center on top. See photo below.


6. In pencil, trace pink background flower label on adhesive backed craft foam (pull cellophane off first); cut inside of traced line. Use Tape Runner to put adhesive on other side of craft foam, stick to back of pink background flower. Adhere to pink (right) side as shown in above photo. Cut out "LIVE FOR THE" and "moments" (fussy cut around moments). Put words face down on saved backing sheet then use Tape Runner to put adhesive on them. Adhere where shown making sure the card will swing over "moments" without catching. Clean up any stray adhesive with Adhesive Remover. Optional: Add Nuvo Aqua Shimmer to flowers and Glossy Accents to flower centers. Once dry, attach tabs as shown in video using liquid blue.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Acrylic Winter Sky Christmas Holiday Cards


This is a collaboration post between Xyron and Derwent Academy. Derwent Academy sent the Xyron Design Team members a wonderful acrylic paint package, including brushes, pack of 24 tubes of acrylic paint, canvas pack of two, heavyweight acrylic paper, and a metal mixing palette. I knew I
wanted to make Christmas/holiday cards, which got me thinking of winter scenes, particularly landscapes. I had some Penny Black stamps that would be perfect with a painted wintery background.

This is a super easy project - the key is to do it in layers, mixing a little water along the way to get the paint to flow across the textured paper. Normally you do not want to add water to acrylics (or very little) when painting on non-porous surfaces, but because the paper soaks up the paint, there is no problem with the binder being spread too thin (i.e. the paint won't flake off over time as it might on a canvas if too much water is added).


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Making the Card

1. Remove one sheet of Derwent Academy Heavyweight Acrylic Paper from the pad. In the paint palette, squeeze acrylic paints into wells, blues and purples plus a couple white (one for mixing with blues/purples and one to stay white).


2. Going from bottom to top in horizontal strokes with a flat brush, paint pale blue (mix blue with white), light blue, blue, blue-purple, and purple but also mix the colors a bit as you go. Add a bit of water to the brush as needed to keep the paint flowing smoothly across the page. Cover enough of the page to make two cards. See photo.


3. While still wet, add white in areas leaving streaks. While still wet, use a fan brush to pick up white paint and add thin vertical streaks and dry brush strokes as the paint runs out of the brush. Repeat across the painting. Let dry. Add a little water to the white so it is slightly thinner. Either dip Splatter Brush into the white or paint white onto the bristle ends then use your finger to spatter white all over the page (you could also use an old toothbrush for this). Let dry completely.


4. Using Stamp Platform and StazOn Jet Black ink, stamp Wintery Trail on one side of the painted image. Due to the heavy texture in the paper, you will likely need to press hard and stamp 2 or 3 times. You may also want to re-ink your pad if it is getting dry. Don't worry if there are a few dots in the solid area - you can fill them in with black paint using a small brush if necessary (note: if you used paint and the shine is noticeably different when dry, try coating entire surface with Mod Podge). Repeat with Hidden Lane on the other side. I flipped my image to stamp the other side, but you could just cut the paper before stamping. StazOn ink can be challenging to remove. I recommend using StazOn All Purpose Cleaner with a stamp scrubber to clean off the big stuff, then follow up with a Stamp Shammy and water to remove any residue. Once dry, trim images to edges of stamped area.


5. Cut 2 sheets light blue cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form two side-folding 5x7 inch card bases. Note: I made my cards look slightly different from each other - the following are the dimensions I used for my mats. Cut dark blue cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Cut dark purple cardstock just slightly larger than the Hidden Lane painted/stamped image - I used a pencil and eyeballed it but you could measure the image then add 1/4 inch to each dimension (for 1/8 inch border around). Cut blue cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Cut light purple cardstock just slightly larger than the Wintery Trail painted/stamped image. Stamp two "Peace • Joy" messages on light blue cardstock strips with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink (I recommend using a powder tool first). Quickly sprinkle with black embossing powder and heat. Trim to sizes shown, adding tails with detail scissors to left side of one.


6. Put images and mat pieces from step 5 through 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive. See photo above. Having the adhesive uniformly over the back will allow the images to stick even if they curled slightly while painting. Rub with your fingers all around edges on cellophane before removing cellophane. Important: use a bone folder or something hard and flat (e.g. spoon edge) to rub the backing sheet behind the images so the adhesive will stick to the textured areas. To help keep items flat, pull backing sheets off away from back sides. Adhere images to their respective mats then adhere to larger mats, then finally to card fronts - see photos for placement. Use Tape Runner to add adhesive to backs of sentiments and adhere where shown.

7. Adhere flat back crystals where shown (I use Swarovski crystals - they are gorgeous). I recommend using a Crystal Katana or Tanto for easy placement (dip toothpick in glue and put dots where desired, as you hold up rhinestones).


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Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Boy, a Bear, and a Train Christmas Card


I love this sweet scene of a boy playing with his train along side his bear buddy. I can just imagine him receiving the train set as a Christmas gift - playing with it all morning, as his parents get ready for visitors.

I colored the image using Derwent Coloursoft Pencils and blending with Lavender Spike Oil and blending stumps. The lavender spike oil is very strong smelling so if you don't like strong smells, I don't recommend using it. However, it does not have toxic fumes like many other solvents. It is also clear so I am hoping it does not turn yellow over time (I had this issue with Linseed Oil on my Dragon Get Well Card - sadly it turned yellow after only a few months).

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Making the Card

1. Cut blue 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 white cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 inches. Cut blue stripe paper (Dot-Stripe) 3 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches; adhere to white cardstock, then adhere to card base as shown.

2. Cut a piece of Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Use a Stamp Platform and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp The Most Wonderful Gift of All (Dreamerland Crafts), leaving room to die cut image later (I actually wish I had stamped mine a bit higher). Use a Copic Multiliner SP .3 to draw a line across background. Optional: you may also draw tongues for the boy and the bear and fill in above each as shown below.


3. Color image using Derwent Coloursoft Pencils and blending stumps dipped in Lavender Spike Oil. You may want to practice blending on a scrap of the same paper before coloring image. The Spike Oil really blends the pencils well - so much so that you have to use a light hand if you want dark areas. I also recommend going over areas again in pencil, not blending with oil, to get a darker color.


4. Use Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables and Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables to die cut image and blue cardstock as shown. Adhere image to blue, then adhere to card base.

5. Use Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Ink to stamp "Happy Holidays" sentiment (Miscellaneous 02, Dreamerland Crafts) on strip of blue stripe paper (it may be short but tag should cover this). Trim and adhere to card as shown. Also use Blueprint Sketch to dye a length of White Seam Binding, spraying with water as you do to get ombre effects along ribbon. Set aside to dry.


6. Use 1" circle punch to punch snowflake paper (Polar Pals) then put one side in a 1" Tag Press ring so design is facing front (smooth side), push it the rest of the way in. Use Tag Press to close back. Use Crop-a-Dile (or other small hole punch) to punch a hole in top of tag. Tie bow in seam binding you dyed in step 5. Add tag to loop pin with Snowflake Adornment; pin to back of bow. Use Pop-up Glue Dot under tag and Mini Glue Dot under bow to adhere to card where shown (note if sentiment strip is short, this should cover it).

7. Use snowflake punch (All Over the Page3 Snowflake Punch) to punch some snowflakes from white cardstock; adhere where shown.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Waffle Flower Perfect Blend Card with Xyron


This is a collaboration post between Waffle Flower and Xyron. Waffle Flower sent the Xyron Design Team some stamp sets and/or dies. I chose the new Hello Pumpkin stamp set along with a mini stamp set Coffee Time. I thought these would go well together since Hello Pumpkin also had some coffee themed stamps. The mice are so cute! I decided to color them with Copic markers. I also added a couple coffee charms and a coffee cup pop-up by Karen Burniston. The Doodlebug Design papers Cream & Sugar was the perfect compliment for backgrounds.

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Making the Card

1. Cut light gray cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut light brown/kraft cardstock as follows: one 4 x 5 1/4 inches, two 4 x 5 5/16 inches, and one 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches. Cut Coffee Time paper (Cream & Sugar 12x12 Paper Pack) first 5 1/4 x 12 inches, then cut two off at 3 7/8 inches (they will be 3 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches) and one 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. The smaller 5 1/4 x 12 will be for the front of the card so you will use the coffee cup side. The two 3 7/8 x 5 1/4 inch pieces will be used for the inside of the card on the coffee bean side. Orient the pieces as they will be inside the card. Use an ink blending tool to add Walnut Stain Distress Ink to outside edges, leaving the two edges towards the fold with just ink on the very edge. Note: I cut my pieces too short so there is a bigger gap along the fold in my card - I thought it would look better without the gap so I adjusted the measurements accordingly. Cut the coffee cup strip from the page of strips (Cream & Sugar 6x6 Pad); trim to 4 inches. Cut a strip of pink paper 1/8 inch larger (so it will stick out above/below the coffee cup strip at 1/16 inch on either side) by 4 inches. Cut Neenah Solar White cardstock 5/8 x 4 inches. Set aside for now.


2. Cut alcohol marker friendly cardstock (Neenah Solar White) about 2 1/2 x4 inches - you might want to lightly pencil in lines for an area 1 7/8 x 3 3/8 inches - this will be the final size; I like to add a little extra for coloring and wiggle room for cropping. Using a Stamp Platform, arrange mice, then add in coffee cups where their hands will hold them, gently moving mice out of way. I snugged these stamps right up next to each other. Stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. At this time, you may also create a mask by stamping on masking paper or Post-it Tape then fussy cutting with detail scissors; alternatively you can just wipe the ink off the hands of the mice that will hold the beverages before stamping them. Remove beverage stamps, arrange mice, then stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Draw line for ground using a Copic Multiliner SP Black .3 (I prefer the SP versions - refillable, less waste, and more economical in the long run). Color image with Copic markers (see Supplies for the list of colors I used). Trim to 1 7/8 x 3 3/8 inches. Attach to 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 inch light brown piece (step 1) using Tape Runner or Mega Runner. Add glossy accents to mouse's glasses and pink coffee cup. Set aside to dry.


3. See photo below. Cut Neenah Solar White cardstock about 5x5 inches. Cut light brown cardstock 2 1/4 x 4 inches. Cut light gray cardstock 1 1/2 x 4 inches. Cut craft foam about 3x4 inches. From Coffee Cup Pop-up, die cut light blue/green cardstock using zig-zag circle. Watching which side should be up on patterned paper, run all cardstock/paper (except card base) from step 1, craft foam, and cardstock from this step through 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive (you could put the strips through the 1.5" Sticker Maker instead). Cut pieces apart from each other (this will make it easier to die cut later). Adhere 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inch Coffee Time paper to 4 x 5 1/4 inch light brown paper with coffee cup side showing; adhere to front of card. Note: pull backing away from cardstock/paper so they won't bend as much. If there is any sticky residue, use Adhesive Remover - it works really well. Adhere two light brown pieces (4 x 5 5/16 inch) pieces inside card on either side of fold, allowing a very small gap for fold. Adhere coffee bean papers (remember that mine have a bigger gap near the fold - yours should line up with the brown next to the fold).


4. Using Coffee Charms dies, die cut whipped cream, paper cup, and circle label from Neenah Solar White cardstock, coffee cup from pink cardstock, coffee lid from light gray cardstock, and coffee sleeve from light brown cardstock. Emboss coffee sleeve if desired then use Copic E34 to highlight lines. Use Copic T3 to add shading to whipped cream and color bottom half of coffee lid. Using Coffee Cup Pop-up stir stick die, cut 3 hearts from pink paper. Run hearts, small coffee cup sleeve, and label through 1.5" Sticker Maker (see photo above, bottom - left of center; note I ran the hearts through separately). Adhere one heart to label, label to sleeve, then sleeve to paper coffee cup as shown in photo of front of card. Use liquid glue to attach lid to paper coffee cup and whipped cream to pink coffee cup. Run both coffee cups through 1.5" Sticker Maker. Adhere pink coffee cup to blue/green zig-zag circle (step 3); cut sticky backed craft foam to fit behind coffee cup with sleeve and stick coffee cup to it then stick to zig-zag circle as shown. Cut sticky backed craft foam to fit behind zig-zag circle; stick circle to it but do not add to card just yet.


5. Watch video below before die cutting and assembling so you know what you will be doing, but don't do anything else yet. After watching the video, use the Coffee Cup Pop-up dies to cut white cardstock (65 lb recommended) using main coffee cup die. Using adhesive cardstock from step 3, die cut 2 napkin pieces, and plain circle from Neenah Solar White cardstock, coffee sleeve and coffee beans from light brown, and coffee lid from light gray. Use an ink blending tool to add a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink to outsides of coffee beans. Emboss coffee sleeve as shown in video. Use Copic E34 to add lines. Use T3 to shade bottom half of coffee lid. Adhere sleeve to front of pop-up coffee cup (if you are using it as a gift card holder, be aware of gift card tab orientation and adjust accordingly). Adhere lid. Assemble coffee cup on napkin and adhere inside card as shown in video. Adhere three coffee beans where shown (see photos of inside of card).


6. Look at coffee sleeve label in photo below. Die cut dotted circle (Coffee Cup Pop-up) from Neenah Solar White cardstock (without adhesive). On the plain sticky backed circle (step 5), stamp "you & me" (Hello Pumpkin) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (use Stamp Platform to center). Add heart as shown. Cut sticky backed craft foam piece big enough to go behind circle; peel backing from circle then stick to craft foam on its non sticky side. Stick to dotted circle and glue to coffee sleeve as shown in video. Stamp coffee cup (Coffee Time) on sticky backed Neenah Solar White cardstock. Color with Copic markers. Fussy cut around cup using detail scissors. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to go around outside from back to get rid of white edges. Stamp "perfect blend" (Hello Pumpkin) in Memento Tuxedo Black on white strip 5/8 x 4 inches, leaving room for coffee cup on left, coffee bean on right, and heart above - see photo below. Add to card where shown; adhere coffee cup, coffee bean, and heart. Adhere strip of coffee cups to pink strip; adhere to top inside card where shown.



7. To finish the front of the card, cut a strip of light brown paper, about 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches. Place strip in Stamp Platform. Apply powder tool to strip. Using VersaMark ink stamp "COFFEE TIME" (Coffee Time) near left end, leaving about 3/8 inch. Heat emboss in white. Cut tails on right side with detail scissors. Cut a strip of sticky backed craft foam to fit under Coffee Time label. Adhere where shown, along with zig-zag circle with coffee cups (step 4). Adhere mouse scene to bottom of card front as shown using Tape Runner or Mega Runner (if you didn't run it through 9" Creative Station already).


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