Thursday, August 9, 2018

Photo Play Halloween Card with Xyron

Xyron with Photo Play Paper Halloween Card

This is a collaboration project with Photo Play Paper and Xyron. Photo Play Paper sent the Xyron Design Team a complete collection from their newest releases. Of course I chose the Halloween (my favorite holiday) themed collection, Trick or Treat. I received a pack of 12x12 inch papers, including a sticker sheet, an adorable... uh, I mean scary, photopolymer stamp set, matching dies, and a pack of cardstock die cuts.

I love the different paper designs in this collection. I wanted to use as many as possible. Normally I would use up scraps for something like this, but in this case I had to cut them from full sheets, so now I will have some scraps to make even more cards like this! I used Distress Inks and a blending tool to ink the edges, giving them a polished look. By the way, if you like a simpler card, you could leave off some items, for example by keeping the background strips then highlighting one large item such as the tag, mounting on a purple mat to one side and just adding the banner.

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Making the Card

1. Cut black cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base.

2. Cut strips 7/8 x 4 3/4 inches from the following papers (Trick or Treat): purple stripe, multicolor thin crossed stripe, green/black gingham, orange/white dot, candy, multicolor thick stripe, pumpkin.

3. Use the following Distress Inks plus an ink blending tool to apply ink around the outside edges of each piece you just cut: Dusty Concord - purple stripe, multicolor thin crossed stripe, candy; Rusty Hinge - pumpkin, orange/white dot; Peeled Paint - multicolor thick stripe; Black Soot: green/black gingham.


4. Use a Stamp Platform or Stamp Positioner and Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the following. Stamp pumpkin and bat on alcohol ink friendly cardstock. Find "eeeeeek!" tag in Trick or Treat Cardstock Die Cuts pack; mask top and left of white stitched area with masking tape or Post-it tape. Stamp spider web as shown, pencil a line down from one of the web ends using a straight edge (see photo). Stamp spider on line where shown. Trace over line from web to spider with Black Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 (I prefer the SP versions to the plastic ones since they are refillable and the nibs are replaceable - less plastic going into landfills!). Erase any extra pencil. Ink edges of tag with Black Soot Distress Ink. Find "The Boo Crew" in Trick or Treat Cardstock Die Cuts pack. Optional: stamp over ghosts using matching stamp (don't worry if it doesn't stamp perfectly; I think it looks a little more ghostly if it's slightly off like mine is).

5. Cut black cardstock slightly larger than "The Boo Crew" die cut (I just eyeballed it - used pencil tick marks where I wanted to cut) - about 1/16 inch all around. Color pumpkin with alcohol markers - I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers colors BO2, BO3. Die cut pumpkin and bat.

6. Find banner letters: B, O, O, ! in Trick or Treat Cardstock Die Cuts pack. Ink edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Use liquid glue to adhere to Halloween colored twine (leave extra twine at each end). From the same pack, find and ink edges of "happy halloween" oval and "31 OCT" circle.


7. On craft foam, trace around "eeeeeek!" tag and hole, bat, "happy halloween" oval, and "31 OCT" circle; you will cut on the inside of these guidelines later to add dimension to these elements. You could also trace the B, O, O, ! banners if you like but I just cut rectangles from the foam for behind these. Marking these will aid you in cutting around them after running through Xyron. Run the following items through the Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive: inked strips from step 3, "The Boo Crew" die cut, its black mat, "eeeeeek!" tag, and the piece of craft foam you marked up. Note: you could use repositionable adhesive in the Xyron to make it easier to place the strips. Run the following items through the 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker: pumpkin, bat, "happy halloween" oval, and "31 OCT" circle.

8. Adhere strips to card base as shown; to make it easier, lightly set down each strip so they may be further adjusted until they look good (they don't have to be spaced perfectly - just be sure to line up tops/bottoms and the two side strips as best as possible). Before pressing in place, place BOO! banner where indicated by pulling up orange/white dot top to tuck left end of banner twine under it, allowing for a little wiggle room; similarly lift up purple striped side to tuck right end under it, making sure to leave enough twine so the letters will still float even with dimensional foam under them. Press strips in place. Use Adhesive Eraser to gently remove any extra adhesive - it works like a charm!

9. To create dimension, cut marked craft foam on the inside of each mark - you want the foam to be smaller than its counterpart die cuts so it won't show when viewing the card from the front. Hint: if you want it to show even less, use black craft foam or go around the outside edges of foam with a black Sharpie or other black alcohol marker (Copic CiaoCopic Sketch). Leaving foam on release sheets, adhere die cuts to their matching foam such that the sticky side of the die cut will be against the non-sticky side of the foam (the sticky side of foam will be used to adhere it to the card). In the case of the tag foam, before adhering cut off the hole area making a U shape from the top so you can tie twine around the tag once they are stuck together (step 10). In the case of the BOO! banner die cuts, just cut rectangles from the foam and adhere the sticky side to each letter - this is opposite of the other die cuts so the letters will be able to move around a bit on the card (don't put any foam under the part of the B banner that overlaps the tag).

10. Add twine to the tag by cutting two pieces, fold in half, loop the fold through the tag hole from the back, then fed the ends through the loop. Adhere all die cut pieces where shown. Add candy stickers where shown.

Xyron with Photo Play Paper Halloween Card

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Surprise Kiss with Daniel Smith Watercolors

Dreamerland Crafts with Daniel Smith Watercolors

This is such a happy stamped scene by Dreamerland Crafts! I decided to color it with my Daniel Smith watercolors (which I love!). The secret here is to start light then layer. I love the look. The Tim Holtz/Ideaology Bouquet was the perfect embellishment to match the flowers in the image - I colored both with Twinkling H2Os. Doodlebug Design papers and Karen Bruniston dies complete the card look.

Disclaimer: Links, affiliate links, and cookies, including those for personalized ads, 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 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, 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

1. 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 card base.

2. Cut small red striped sheet (Cream & Sugar) 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to front of card.

3. Cut a piece of Fabriano Artistico Extra White watercolor paper to about 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches (there will be a little extra for die cutting). Stamp Surprise Kiss in Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink using a Stamp Platform or Stamp Positioner. Also stamp image on masking paper (you may want to heat set the image on masking - it may not dry as quickly as usual); fussy cut around mask image with detail scissors. Apply over image on watercolor paper. Stamp bushes - you will have to stamp a couple times to go across card; you may want to mask the first stamped bushes when you stamp the next - if there is a gap, use black Copic Multiliner to connect them. Note: Copic Multiliners come in disposable and metal SP versions; I highly recommend the SP versions as they are refillable and the nibs are replaceable, rather than the plastic disposables that eventually go into a landfill.


4. Watercolor image with Daniel Smith watercolors with either water brush or watercolor brush. I used a number 6 Silver Black Velvet brush. Start with light washes; add thin layers (glazes) of color, allowing each layer to dry in between. Note: I used Twinkling H2Os to color the flowers - just leave them for now.

5. Die cut image with largest crosshatch oval without crosshatches. Die cut light blue cardstock with largest crosshatch oval with crosshatches; adhere to card base. Adhere image to blue oval using dimensional/mounting tape.

6. Cut one of the flower bunches off Bouquet. Watercolor these plus the ones in the image with Twinkling H2Os, Hot Cinnamon and Mallard. Once dry, adhere bouquet where shown.

7. Find "You warm my heart!" sentiment in Cream & Sugar pack. Trim away from page then add tails as shown with detail scissors.

Dreamerland Crafts with Daniel Smith Watercolors

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Watercolored Flowers with Xyron and Derwent Academy

Xyron, Derwent Academy Collaboration, Newton's Nook Stamps

This is a collaboration project between Xyron and Derwent Academy. Derwent Academy sent the Xyron Design Team a set of Derwent Academy watercolour pencils, brushes, and a pad of watercolour/watercolor paper to try out.

Watercolour (Derwent Academy uses the British spelling of watercolor so I'll use this in the post) pencils are quite versatile, they can be used like colored pencils, or like watercolour by: scribbling some on a sheet of scrap paper and picking it up with a wet brush, coloring on watercolour paper then moving around with water, applying a wet brush to pencil tip then to paper, or applying directly to damp/wet paper.

Watercolour pencils may take a little practice to get used to. They can react differently on different types of watercolour paper (I highly recommend watercolour paper if you will be adding water). If the paper has a lot of sizing, layering might prove difficult. In this case, try doing a layer of wet application, followed by a layer of dry.

I thought the Newton's Nook stamp set Peony Blooms (sent to me for a previous collaboration) would make the perfect subject for watercolouring. I wanted a little of the creamy color of the paper to show through so I used clear embossing powder, then watercoloured everything so that the stamping would show. Embossing also gives the paint boundaries, making it easier to color.

Disclaimer: Links, affiliate links, and cookies, including those for personalized ads, 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 at no cost to you. This helps offset a (very) 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

1. Cut watercolour paper from Derwent Academy Watercolour Pad to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (keep in mind that there will be a little wiggle room, 3/8" around). Stamp "Thinking of You" in VersaMark ink in the center (leaving a little more space below). I highly recommend using a stamp platform or stamp positioner, plus a powder tool to prep the surface before stamping. Emboss with clear embossing powder and set with a heat tool.

2. Working in sections, stamp flowers around edges in VersaMark ink, filling in empty areas with leaves and buds as you like. Emboss in clear as you go.

Xyron, Derwent Academy Collaboration, Newton's Nook Stamps

3. Use Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils and Assorted Brushes to color image. To get the center area really dark, start with one layer of pencils, mostly Dark Green, but also some Light Green in places. I used the two green pencils for variation and mottling in the background. Go over area with a damp (not wet) brush - use a paper towel to blot excess water from brush. Add more pencil - experiment with adding to damp paper; the color should come out more intense but you have to use a gentle touch or you may just push aside the color. Once dry, add more color to smooth and darken as desired. You may need to sharpen the Dark Green pencil a couple times to get into detail areas - I used a KUM sharpener (from Germany - super sharp, works great). Color flowers by adding color along shaded edges then pulling color into the lighter areas. Add a few strokes after blending to show veining.

4. Cut green cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch top folding card base. Cut purple cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Trim watercoloured image to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Run image and purple cardstock through Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive (see photo below). Rub over top clear sheet before removing to help pick up excess adhesive. Carefully peel backing away from purple cardstock; adhere to center of card base. Carefully peel backing away from image; adhere to card base.


5. Add Limeade Doodlebug Sequins and green rhinestones where shown using strong liquid glue.

Xyron, Derwent Academy Collaboration, Watercolor Pencils

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Guest Designer: Karen Burniston and Darkroom Door


This project is a collaboration and blog hop/giveaway with Karen Burniston (in Cahoots with Riley and Company) and Darkroom Door. When Karen asked me if I would like to be a guest designer, I jumped at the chance. I love her dies, plus Darkroom Door has pretty cool stamps - what a great opportunity for fun! The Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies set contains many sizes of butterflies with a doodle sketch look. I decided to color them with bright watercolors to maintain this loose feel.


BLOG HOP AND GIVEAWAY!! Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

Darkroom Door / Rachel Greig
Karen Burniston & Tanya Kostynuk
Belinda Spencer
Summer Hills-Painter 
Teresa Abajo
Karen Aicken
Anneke De Clerck
Frances Byrne
Godelieve Tijskens
Shelly Hickox
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Mary Prasad  <--  You are here!
Robyn Wood
Fran Sabad
Connie Mercer
Kelly Booth
Autumn Clark
Helen Cryer
Kymona Tracey

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Making the Card

1. From lightweight watercolor paper (Bienfang Watercolor Paper, Lightweight 90lb/146gsm), die cut main card die from Charm Accordion. Cut in half on fold line - one will be used for the inside of the card and one for the back, opposite the one inside. Note orientation. Stack one on top of the other lining them up such that the top and bottom hinges (top/bottom of square) have the curve towards the left. Holding the pieces together lined up (as if they were glued together, but don't glue them yet), make a small pencil mark "s" on the front and back so you know which ones to stamp later. Cut another piece the same size as these but without die cutting holes. This will be used for the front of the card.

2. From the same paper, die cut 1 bee, 3 leaf branches, 4 large flowers, 5 small flowers, 3 large center circles, and 3 small center circles (Flower Pot Pop-up). Watercolor flowers, leaves, and bee as shown (Hint: Google flower images as reference). I used Jane Davenport watercolors plus a number 4 Silver Black Velvet brush. Some flowers are double layered - color 2 layers the same and layer offset from each other. To shape: use a ball stylus to rub behind petals, flower centers, leaves, and bee body/wings (lightly); use a die pick to mark lines down the centers of petals and along leaves as veins. Shape in different directions by again using ball stylus on back tips of petals/leaves and/or along length. You want some flowers to go forward and other to go back, plus a mixture for the leaves on the leaf branches. Glue flower layers together then add centers (Lineco pH neutral adhesive in a Fineline bottle and applicator).

View from back when card is open
3. Using Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink, stamp butterfly (Fine Butterflies - on packaging, left side butterfly, 2nd from top) three times on same paper leaving at least half an inch in between. Rough cut each keeping the spaces equal around them - keep extra space for wiggle room. Cut around one of them leaving at least an eighth of an inch around - you will be cutting the other following this outline. Use a small piece of removable tape or washi tape to tape this to the back of one of the other butterflies - use a window or lightbox to line them up as best as possible. Cut around so they will each look good as they turn in the circle charm. Fussy cut around the last butterfly, removing antennae. Watercolor butterflies, including back of fussy cut butterfly in case it is seen when wings are bent up. I used a couple of the same colors as I used in the flowers. Die cut 3 butterfly bodies (Circle Charm Pop-up) from black cardstock. Adhere one to each butterfly, making sure to line up and cover printed antennae, if any. Set aside the two that line up. Go around edges of fussy cut butterfly from back side using Tuxedo Black Memento marker to hide white edges. With a ball stylus, rub on the back of wings to give them shape. Gently bend wings up near body.


4. Cut green 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. Center the piece that was die cut in step 1 marked with an "s", with the curves to the left, inside the card, right side - 1/2 inch from top and sides (there will be a bit more space at the bottom). Temporarily tape in place. Put the circle charm die with the metal "wing" (Circle Charm Pop-up) such that the wing butts up against the fold and centers on the square (see photo). Use a pencil to mark around the inside edges of the largest rounded corner square - this area of the green card back will later be die cut away to allow the inside square to move. Before removing the circle charm die, also mark on the left side of the card the position of the wing (two tick marks) so you may place the die exactly when cutting the front of the card later, then remove the die.

5. Stamping card front: temporarily adhere front card watercolor piece from step 1 to front of card in same position (i.e. 1/2 inch from top and sides). Fold card and put in middle of Stamp Platform. Use light tack masking tape or Post-it tape to cover all green around watercolor piece starting with top; do not cover watercolor paper - butt masking up against each edge. Use enough tape to hold down card. Arrange clean butterfly stamps over entire card such that they will hang off edges (you can rub your thumbnail along taped card edges to better see them). I used all but the largest butterfly. Hint: after arranging, but before stamping on watercolor paper, you may place a scrap sheet over entire card area and stamp to see the arrangement, adjusting any you don't like. Stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink. Use heat tool to set ink before removing anything - keep heat tool moving and don't get too close - you don't want to damage the platform. Keeping stamps in place, clean with Stamp Shammy or other cleaner, just be sure not to move any stamps. Remove center watercolor piece only (being careful in case any ink is still wet). Optional: after removing, lightly pencil around inside masking tape to easily replace stamped watercolor piece later. Next, remove bottom and side strips of masking tape only, being careful not to shift card (keep bottom tape to use again in a moment) - warning: ink may not dry on masking due to its surface; check hands for ink. Stamp using Shady Lane VersaFine Clair ink. Heat set. Carefully replace tape at bottom and remove top tape. Stamp in Shady Lane VersaFine Clair ink. Heat set. Clean stamps in place. Remove card. While stamps are still mounted, stamp pieces marked with "s" one at a time by adhering to platform with a little double-sided tape. Stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink. Note: I forgot and removed the stamps so had to replace them again - you could do this to rearrange if desired. Heat set each before removing. Clean stamps and remove from platform.

6. Watercolor all butterflies on watercolor paper (don't watercolor those stamped directly on front of card). I used a Silver Black Velvet Brush number 4 for the butterflies and number 8 for the background. Watercolor is usually done in layers, completely drying each before the next is applied. If you want the color to spread and blend, drop it in while damp. You might notice my Jane Davenport custom palette in the photo (bottom right). I chose colors from three of the sets to create a split primary palette (warm and cool values of each primary) along with some convenience colors.


7. Watch the following video for the Circle Charm Pop-up, but don't assemble yet. The specific instructions will follow but it's good to know what to aim for before doing it.


8. Apply adhesive around only the edges of the watercolor panel for the front of the card as Karen does in the video; adhere to front of card lining up butterflies. Open card and place it on base cutting plate of your die cutting machine with inside facing up, front of card on left (i.e. watercolor panel under left side). Line up pivot circle die's wing with marks you made in step 4 (left side of card to cut through to front) and add some removable tape to keep it in place. From Spinner Square Pop-up, use 2nd largest square (with dots and crosses) to cut just outside marks made on right side of card - line up all four corner marks evenly. Tape in place. Die cut. Clip off front watercolored circle and tabs like Karen does in video. Keeping pieces, cut off tabs at top and bottom of watercolored circle, then cut off rounded parts leaving square part of each tab - keep squares. Train green circle to flip to front of card then glue watercolor circle to the plain green cardstock that was formerly inside the card, lining up with butterflies on front. Glue squares to top and bottom of pivot area (see photo of front of card). To create charm ring inside card (see photo of inside of card), die cut 2 tabbed circles from green cardstock. Fold each in half, lining up tabs. On one circle, tie invisible thread around top and connect to bottom along fold lines. Use glue to adhere other circle on top, sandwiching the clear thread; trim any excess thread. Glue together, back to back, the two butterflies set aside in step 3, one on each side of thread, centering in circle as best as possible to allow rotation.


9. From purple cardstock, die cut circle to frame opening on left inside card (see photo two above); adhere as shown. Glue watercolored panels cut with charm accordion die to inside right and back of card, back to back, lining up all parts. Train hinges. Glue tabbed charm circle (with butterfly) as shown in video to front circle, then to back circle (just glue to back of square as shown in photo above - you will likely have to have the card partially closed). Train card to fold correctly.

10. Cut a strip of purple cardstock 1 x 4 1/4 inches. Stamp Happy Birthday (Party Time) using VersaMark ink; emboss with Wendy Vecchi Fern Green. Adhere leaves, flowers, bee, and fussy cut butterfly where shown.


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