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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    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Xyron & Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Halloween Pop-up Card


    A Xyron and Graphic 45 collaboration makes this Halloween/Masquerade card super cool. Graphic 45 sent the Xyron design team a 12x12 pack of gorgeous papers plus a couple matching items. I chose Midnight Masquerade. Along with the 12x12 paper pack, I received the matching Journaling Chipboard and Tags & Pockets plus a packet of Artist Trading Tags. I absolutely love the color combination - it has a Mardi Gras feel to it. The hardest part was deciding which papers to leave out (I wanted to put them all in - both sides... one of these days I will have to make a mini-album out of the rest of these papers so I can show them all off). To make the card even more special, I added pop-up elements to it with Karen Burniston dies.

    GIVEAWAY!! Two lucky winners will receive a Graphic 45 Christmas paper pack and a Xyron Mega Runner! To enter, just post a comment on any of the Graphic 45 projects on the Xyron Facebook page during this week (October 22-26, 2018).

    Disclaimer: Please help support my work in this small way - just use my links if you plan to purchase anything - there's no extra cost to you. Here's the official jargon: links, affiliate links, and cookies may be used in this post and on this site. Using this site implies your consent. 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. 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, possibly monetary compensation, and sometimes free products for review. Regardless, all opinions are my own. Google and Blogger use cookies to provide and improve their services. See Notice at bottom of blog for a longer description and/or see the full Privacy Policy for even more details.


    Making the Card

    0. I recommend first reading through all the steps, cutting out papers as instructed, and watching the videos before putting anything together. Then follow the steps in order. This isn't a difficult card (the hardest part is probably folding the side explosion wings) - but there are a lot of pieces, which is what I think makes it look so cool!

    1. Cut green-blue cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut two pieces of medium purple paper 4 13/16 x  6 3/4 inches (to line the inside of the card). Set aside.


    2. From the Midnight Masquerade 12x12 paper pack, find the pages with all the panels of images (Music Makers). I recommend cutting apart each design but you will only need two copies of the top right image (the guy in the cloak bowing to the lady). Cut dark purple cardstock 1/4 inch larger than one of these images such that 1/8 inch will show as a boarder. Using detail scissors, fussy cut both flower clusters and the man's cloak from the other piece. Use an ink blending tool to apply Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to the edges of the flowers and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to cloak edges. Cut dark blue cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Find the page with the masks (Venetian Carnival) - the back will have a diamond pattern, this is the side we will use; cut to 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches and ink edges with Peacock Feathers. Find the page with the stamps and mask strip at the bottom (Savor the Magic). Cut all the elements apart but leave the dancers strip with the orange/diamond/orange patterned strips attached (if you accidentally cut them off, just adhere them together on the card as shown). For the card, you will use the strip of dancers, the small dark blue and cream design near the bottom of the page (it will end up above the dancers on the card), and three of the stamps (you can choose the three you like best or use the same ones I did). Ink edges of stamps with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. Trim strip of dancers and blue/cream border to 7 inches wide. Ink edges with Peacock Feathers. Set aside.


    3. Using the Upsy Daisy Pop-up dies, die cut three dark blue scalloped squares and two dark purple arms. Watch the video below to see how to fold the arms - use liquid glue to only assemble the box areas of the arms. Don't put the rest together yet. It's best to watch the video below and the next (step 4) to see how this will all go together; the rest of the assembly will continue below - the order is important.


    4. Using the Explosion Pop-up dies, die cut two wings from medium purple paper and fold as shown in the video below but do not assemble anything else yet. Also die cut the pop-up platform from dark purple cardstock, leaving about 1/2 inch above and below; trim sides flush. Note: I made mine out of recycled plastic packaging - it turned out OK but the card is difficult to keep closed and is bulkier than if I had used cardstock. I recommend using dark purple cardstock instead and adhering the center matted stamp near the bottom of the front platform instead of higher up as shown in my photos.


    5. From Midnight Masquerade Tags & Pockets, punch out the pocket with the lady under the moon. Since we will be using the lady side, you may have to trim a little from the folding edges when assembling. Fold everything first to see how much you need to trim. Fold the back across, then fold the side flap in, gluing in place, then fold the bottom flap up, gluing in place. Using an ink blending tool, ink edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. Punch out the orange bordered tag with the woman's back to the viewer and "Midnight Masquerade" written above her head. Trim edges if necessary so it will slip easily in and out of pocket. Ink edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. Next punch out the arrow with mask; ink each with Peacock Feathers.


    6. Run the following through the Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive: 2 pieces medium purple paper (step 1), panel image with man in cloak plus dark purple cardstock (step 2), dark blue cardstock plus diamond paper (step 2), 7 inch strips with dancers and blue/cream (step 2), three cut out stamps (step 2). Rub around all edges. You may want to trim the elements apart before removing backing papers. Note: be sure to flip papers over then peel backing away in order to keep papers from curling as much. If there is any extra adhesive around edges, use Adhesive Remover. Adhere medium purple papers inside card base, one on top and one on bottom, leaving a small gap for the fold. Adhere diamond patterned paper to dark blue paper. Adhere to center front of card base. Adhere blue/cream strip going across card, 2 inches from top. Adhere strip of dancers just below it. Adhere panel image with man in cloak to dark purple cardstock. Adhere to front of card where shown. Adhere stamps to dark blue scalloped squares. Leave off the rest of the elements for now.

    7. Adhere explosion wings to sides of inside card as shown in video, lining up with purple liner edges. Cut two pieces of purple stars (Romantic Rendezvous) paper  4 7/16 x 6 inches. Use the stars side on the bottom and the other side for the top. Open card and lay the stars piece in the card just below the fold line, centered, then mark with pencil the angles of the explosion pop-up where they overlap; cut off just a slight bit more than marked. Flip the card around and do the same for the top piece using the side shown. Run these pieces through Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive (be sure to have the correct sides facing up). Adhere in card, making sure that all folded areas are clear enough to fold unhindered.


    8. Adhere center dark purple pop-up panel (you may want to trim the top and bottom - just keep enough to glue in card). Adhere side arms as in video, making sure they clear the pop-up. Adhere the matted stamps as shown. Die cut balloons shown, using a white gel pen to draw in the balloon shine before removing from die. Note: for the medium purple paper balloons, I cut two of each and glued them together for stability. Die cut strings for each balloon from dark purple cardstock. For the balloons that would be adhered only to their strings, I doubled the string thickness. I also cut a straight string by hand for the center purple balloon behind the center stamp. Adhere each where shown. I cut off the loop on the left orange balloon that is glued behind the stamp. I also popped up the two balloons on the top left by running craft foam through the 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive twice, once on each side (removing cellophane in between) to apply adhesive on both sides - this creates dimensional tape.

    9. Adhere Lilac, Swimming Pool sequins where shown. To place these I highly recommend the Crystal Tanto. While the inside elements dry, on a craft sheet, dye a length of seam binding with Dusty Concord Distress Ink (spray with water) and some twine with Peacock Feathers (I just used what was on the blending tool foam, rolling it as I went along the string).


    10. Use Mega Runner on back of pocket to adhere it to card where shown. Use a hole punch or Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole at the top of the orange tag (where the flower is, just a bit low on it). Tie ribbon and twine around hole. Put tag in pocket. Use the dimensional tape created in step 8 to adhere flower and cloak over the ones on front of card. Use dimensional tape to adhere mask arrow where shown. Add square flower from Journaling Chipboard in upper right corner (or just add another sequin). Add LilacSwimming Pool sequins going from bottom left to top right. Optional: Add clear Wink of Stella where desired on cover and inside (e.g. cloak, flowers, masks). See photo above (may have to click on it to see the shine). Optional: if the card feels too front heavy, cut dark blue cardstock and patterned paper (same size as those used for front of card), run through 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive, and adhere to back of card; this should help the balance.


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