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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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Jillibean Soup Birthday Explosion Card


Jillibean Soup (by Hampton Art) sent the Xyron Design Team a 12x12 collection pack, which included 12 doubled-sided sheets of paper (two of each pattern), 1 journaling card sheet, 1 die cut shape sheet, 4 washi sheets, and 1 sticker sheet - all coordinating. The collection I received was called You Make MISO Happy.

A friend's birthday is coming up in December so I decided to make her a birthday card with these cheery papers. Her favorite color is teal so I added that color family to the card. I also used reds, her birthday being so close to Christmas - there are some greens in there as well. I love the little calendar month labels included in the pack; one of the paper designs contains three sets of all the months - I chose the red one for this card and a teal heart to mark the date. The inside of the card is its own pop-up birthday party celebration - so fun!

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Making the Card

1. Cut red 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 4 x 5 1/4 inches. In the collection pack (You Make MISO Happy), find the Tofu/dot sheet (JB2098); cut it to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Set these aside for the moment.

2. Find the Green Card/calendar sheet (JB2093). Trim out the red December calendar label (or whatever month you would like). Cut red cardstock 1/8 inch bigger in each dimension (so there will be a 1/16 inch frame around calendar). Find the Miso Paste/red wavy sheet (JB2088); cut two 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 inch pieces from it, making sure the wavy orientation is going in the long direction (horizontally), and one piece 2 x 4 inches with the waves going across the short side - this piece will be vertical in the card, to be used for the pop up platform. Set these aside too.

3. From the die cut shape sheet, pop out the pink butterfly, pink flower in gray pot, yellow "happy", black and white "Shine On", blue standing bird, blue heart, blue dragon fly, blue flower with yellow center, blue flower in gray flower pot, and pink doily decoration. Set aside.

4. Using the banner/flag dies (Twist Panel Pop-up), die cut 1 each from red cardstock, 1 each from Tofu/dot sheet, and 1 each from Miso Paste/red wavy sheet. String on red/white twine. Hint: dab a little liquid glue on one end of the twine, twist tight, and let it dry before feeding through each flag. See photo for order of flags I used. Set aside.


5. Die cut two explosion wings (Explosion Pop-up) from red paper (you want thin paper for this if possible, due to all the folds). Fold as directed in video below. Set aside. Use the same set to die cut the pop up platform from the 2 x 4 inch Miso Paste/red wavy piece from step 2, leaving equal space above and below the die - these extra flaps will be used to glue the platform in the card. Trim off sides to be flush with die cut edges. Work folds of pop up platform. Set aside.


6. Now to add adhesive to all the pieces you set aside. Run all the large papers (but not the pop-up platform), yellow "happy", and pink doily decoration through the Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive. Run pink butterfly, pink flower in gray pot, black and white "Shine On", blue heart, and blue dragon fly through 1.5" Sticker Maker. Hint: rub all over front of cellophane before peeling off; I use a die pick to go around edges as well. Also run a small piece of craft foam, enough to pop up the pink butterfly, through the sticker maker as well. Pull cellophane (only) off craft foam and adhere to back of pink butterfly, leaving the backing on the craft foam.


7. Adhere Tofu/dot sheet to black cardstock then adhere to front of card. Adhere calendar to red cardstock then adhere to front of card where shown. Adhere yellow "happy" where shown (leave off pink butterfly for now). Adhere "BIRTHDAY" using black letter stickers (hint: rub with teflon bone folder to get them to stick well). Adhere pink flower in gray pot where shown. Keep a scrap piece of backing paper for heart sticker. On the sticker sheet, find the teal heart. Adhere it to the piece of backing paper so you will have a handle for punching - it also keeps the piece from sticking when you punch. Use a pencil to mark the center of the heart. Use the lager hole on the Crop-a-Dile or 1/8 Inch Hole Punch to line up the center mark and punch. Adhere heart to calendar around birth date.

8. Adhere explosion wings inside card on either side, making sure nothing sticks out when folded (see video above). Orient two Miso Paste/red wavy pieces to how they will be in the card (I recommend first cutting these pieces away from other pieces and trimming the backing paper off close to the edges of the papers). Do the following with the bottom piece, then do the top piece: place inside card, use a pencil to mark corners where they overlap wing folds, trim corners with detail scissors, adhere in card making sure fold movements are not hindered.


9. To add the pop up platform (step 5) to the card, you will adhere one side, then the other. Use the top of platform (in photo above, the part that is behind the flower pot that extends and attaches to card) to make a pencil mark on the inside bottom of card from fold; this is the width at which it will be adhered so it will open properly. It should be around 1 1/8 inches unless your fold was off a bit. Use Mega Runner and/or Tape Runner to put adhesive on the reverse side of the bottom flap (not red wavy side) - this is the flap with the small platform cut into it; do not put adhesive on the small platform or anywhere else. Line up hole side with mark (the flap will be to the outside of the mark, not near the fold) and press down. Holding the platform completely shut, put adhesive on the top flap and carefully close card top pick up platform. The pop up platform should now function.

10. To adhere banners on twine, put a line of liquid glue adhesive (I recommend using a fineline tip bottle) across top of smallest explosion fold on one side - see photo where the twine is strung. I suggest placing card upside down on its front while doing this. Place one end of twine in glue and let dry. String other side and glue (you may want to stand banners up to give the twine a little support while drying). Trim ends and add a small drop of glue to ends so they won't fray. Adhere dot washi strip where shown on inside bottom of card. Die cut two heart balloons (Explosion Pop-up), one from red cardstock and one from Tofu/dot paper. While still in die, use die stencil and a white gel pen to add a highlight to balloons. Die cut two balloon strings from black cardstock, adhere balloons to strings. Note: when you adhere balloons in card, make sure they do not show when card is closed (this can be a little tricky - if in doubt, go a little lower). Adhere the rest of the decorative elements where shown (use Tape Runner to put adhesive on bird and flowers just where they touch the platform). Adhere pink butterfly where shown on front of card.


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dog Lover Masculine Birthday Card


One of my first thoughts was of Fall when I saw this super adorable image by Dreamerland Crafts. I paired it with some plaid Halloween paper by Tim Holtz and Idea-ology. I decided to watercolor the image (with M. Graham watercolors), mainly so I could mix colors that would closely match those in the plaid background. I also tried to keep it to a limited palette.

For the painting itself, I used a fairly dry brush technique and glazing to get smooth transitions, building up the layers in the dark areas for contrast. I am working on a watercolor series on my YouTube channel - eventually I hope to show this technique. If you are interested in watercolor, you may want to consider subscribing to my channel so you won't miss anything (hit the bell icon, then you will get notifications when I post).

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Making the Card

0. Note: I made my card with the retired Sizzix Framelits Die Set 14PK - Card, Kind Sentiments Step-Ups (660718). I found a set on the Sizzix site that I believe matches fairly closely, Sizzix Framelits Die Set 15PK - Card, Cute as a Bug Step-Ups (660717)

1. Use main Step-Ups die to cut card base from black cardstock; fold as indicated.

2. Use decorative panel dies to cut plaid sheet from 8x8 Mini Paper Stash Halloween. Adhere to card as shown. Die cut stars strip from antique silver Deco Sheets. Adhere on sides as shown. (If you don't have the die set I used, you could cut other shapes, or even punch a design for the sides.)

3. Stamp Dog Lover (Dreamerland Crafts) on watercolor paper in Nocturne ink using a Stamp Platform. I used half of a 5x7 sheet of hot press watercolor paper since I will be fussy cutting the image.


4. Watercolor image with M. Graham watercolors (or other brand). M. Graham watercolors are professional watercolors, wet easily, and are lightfast. I love using them. In case you missed the post intro, I am doing a watercolor series on my YouTube channel and hope, at some point, to feature the techniques I used to paint this image.

5. Fussy cut image with detail scissors. Hint: move the paper while cutting to make it easier to get into small places and turn corners. Use a black brush tip Copic Multiliner SP (the SP versions are refillable, a better value in the long run plus they don't just go in some landfill) to go around the image from the back side. This hides the white on the sides and gives it a polished look. Adhere to card as shown using dimensional/mounting tape.

6. Using a Stamp Platform, stamp Happy Birthday sentiment (Miscellaneous 02, Dreamerland Crafts) on black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Emboss with Adirondack Clay embossing powder (retired, try Ranger Brick). Trim to a strip and add tails on either end (I cut off the cardstock 1/2 inch from each side of the sentiment, then added tails). Adhere to card as shown using dimensional/mounting tape. Hint: use a black alcohol marker, such as a Sharpie, to go around edges of tape before sticking to image - this will hide any white that may show.

7. Optional: from white or ivory cardstock, die cut another panel from the Step-Ups set. Adhere to back of card for a place to write (you could also put one inside the card).


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Monday, October 29, 2018

Halloween Cards with Xyron and Doodlebug Design


Doodlebug Design has some of the cutest and most colorful papers on the market - definitely a favorite of mine! This year's Halloween release was Pumpkin Party. I've also collected some packs and pads from recent years (OK, I tend to hoard them). Unfortunately, many have limited print runs (adding to my distress of using them!). The one big positive is that some of the collections are available as cuttable files, through Lori Whitlock's website and through the Silhouette online store. I made two cards, using Xyron products to put them all together.


I've purchased Doodlebug Design files from both aforementioned sites. Lori Whitlock's are SVG files, which are more flexible (i.e. may be cut with most cutting machines), whereas the Silhouette versions are proprietary studio files for use with Silhouette software. I have several of the collections already and hope to get more (I joined the Lori Whitlock subscription monthly service - you get the best value when they go on sale, be sure to sign up for her blog updates - that's where many sales are announced). Note: Pumpkin Party SVG collection was not out yet when I made these cards so I chose a similar character from a previous release.

To make these files super easy to assemble after cutting, I use my Xyron products: the big things go into my 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive and the small things go into my 1.5" Sticker Maker. The Adhesive Remove cleans up any extraneous adhesive.

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Making the Card

0. The steps below feature the first card's main character (Frankenstein's monster) plus the chemistry set and spiders for the second card; the second card's main character (scientist) will be similar, just using a different file.

1. Die cut black cardstock with main Circle Flip-its die; fold as directed. Use the decorative side panel dies to cut 12x12 sheet with kids in costume (Costume Party) from Pumpkin Party. Also use the larger side panel die to cut a piece of white cardstock for back of card. Use the circle die to cut Pumpkin Party 6x6 sheet of haunted houses with trees, and another from candy corn sheet. Also from candy corn sheet, cut a strip 1/2 inch wide. This strip will go inside the card to cover the black strip down middle, above and below circle. Use a pencil to mark where the circle starts and ends (with appropriate gap) then use the circle die to cut the paper where marked. See photo below. In Pumpkin Party 6x6 pad, find sheet with printed strips; cut out orange Happy Halloween strip. From Pumpkin Party 12x12 pad, find sheet with square labels; cut out label with princess and Trick or Treat above her head. Set aside these papers for now.

Open Card

    Back of Card

    2. Cut one of the lighter purple cardstock sheets from Hunkydory Adorable Scorable Cardstock to 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut a darker purple from the same pack to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. From Boos & Brews 12x12 pad, cut sheet with chemistry beakers 4 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches. From the Boos & Brews 6x6 pad, find sheet with square labels and strips. Cut out square label with frog, beaker, bottles and spiders with purple frame, and also strip with "Happy Halloween!" Cut tails in left side of strip. Cut craft foam to fit behind strip. Also cut an extra piece of craft foam, enough to pop up spiders. Cut square of yellow-orange cardstock 1/8 inch larger than frog/beaker label so it frames it 1/16 inch all around. Use Nested Circle Small Stitch Dies to cut larger light blue circle (3 5/8 inch) and smaller yellow-orange circle (2 1/8 inch). Set aside all pieces for now.

    See photo below. For inside of card, cut candy strip from Pumpkin Party 6x6 sheet of strips. Cut Doc Frankenstein "I'm mad about CaNDy" rectangle label from Boos & Brews 6x6 pad. Cut purple cardstock (same color used for card base) 1/4 inch bigger than Doc Frankenstein label (it will be framed 1/8 inch around). Set these aside for now as well.



    3. Load Booville - FrankBoos & Brews - Chemistry Set 1, and Boos & Brews - Spiders into Silhouette software (I used Sure Cuts a Lot - SCAL). Ungroup each and move pieces in areas of the mat that are similar in color. See photo below. I put all the small pieces in the top left corner to be cut in white then colored with markers later. I did the same for darker versions of the same color - i.e. I used markers to darken them. Note, I forgot to cut the white layer on the spiders - they should have been in the upper left as well (I ended up cutting scraps by hand to put behind spider bodies). I also deleted any layers or cut lines that were either unnecessary or too small, like the spiders' eyes (use pen/marker to draw in later) and highlights on bubbles and beakers (use white gel pen later).


    4. Cut scraps of cardstock large enough to cover the associated areas and place on cutting mat in appropriate locations.


    5. Once cut, use markers to color any white pieces in their designated colors, as well as darken areas of same color (e.g. neck and scar on Frankenstein monster's face under-layer). See photo below. I also used the markers to darken orange inside pumpkin area (not shown). Hint: place very small pieces in a small dish so they won't get lost. I used a porcelain petal dish, usually used for watercolor.


    6. Run large pieces through 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive. Rub all over clear cellophane before peeling it away - see hint in step 7.* Note: be sure to put white cardstock panel piece for back of black Flip-it card though the Creative Station with the correct side up (it will be opposite the patterned paper since it will be on the back side of the card from it).


    7. Run small pieces through 1.5" Sticker Maker; rub all over cellophane then peel it away.* See photo below. *Hint: use die pick to rub around edges of pieces before peeling up cellophane. For very small pieces, I used liquid glue. Leave these in their dish or bowl for now.


    8. Cut around candy corn circle (leaving it on backing paper) to free it from the rest of the items on the backing paper. Adhere princess with Trick or Treat above her head to center of candy corn circle. Die cut with circle to get rid of overhanging corners (alternatively you could trim them with a pair of detail scissors). When assembling larger card elements, peel backing paper away from cardstock and patterned papers; this keeps them from warping as much. For the black Flip-it card, adhere patterned papers where shown and white piece on back. For purple base card, adhere chemistry beakers to darker purple 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inch cardstock from step 2 then adhere to card base.


    9. Assemble characters, spiders, and chemistry set. Hint: reload the cut files in software and ungroup again - pull layers apart as necessary to see how to assemble them. Use liquid glue for very small parts. Use thin black marker, such as a .03 black Copic Multiliner SP (I prefer the SP version because they are refillable - less waste and more economical in the long run), to draw eyes on spiders (you could also substitute with googly eyes). Use white gel pen to add highlights to bubbles and beakers. (Oops, I forgot to adhere the blue beaker layers before the liquids so I just left them off but it isn't as dimensional without them.)


    10. Use craft foam with adhesive behind the two spiders and black Happy Halloween flag. Adhere all pieces where shown. Adhere Doodlebug Deisgn Sequins: Lilac, Limeade, and Tangerine where shown on black Flip-it card (I used 9 total, 3 in each color).


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