Monday, June 27, 2016

Art Impressions Picture Perfect Greeting Card

Art Impressions makes whimsical stamps that are so much fun to color. For this card I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens for the first time. The colors are nice and vibrant - perfect for this design.

Making the Card

1. Cut light blue cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut chevron paper to 4 1/2 x 6 inches; adhere to front of card as shown. Cut pink flower paper to 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Use the largest square STAX die (about 4 inches) to cut center, creating a frame (keep inside piece for another project). Keep the scraps from these sheets! One chevron piece should be 1 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches; use the back side (white dots on black) for under the sentiment. The pink flower leftover piece will be used for the sentiment itself.

2. On a piece of watercolor paper a bit larger than 4 1/2 inches square, stamp Art Impressions Picture Perfect in black waterproof ink (e.g. VersaFine Onyx Black). Watercolor image (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush, although any watercolor will do). Die cut with largest STAX die.

3. Adhere pink flower frame to card as shown. Adhere watercolor image inside frame. Stamp sentiment in black ink on leftover piece of pink flower paper - trim to a strip then add tails to right side. Adhere white/black polka dot paper where shown. Adhere sentiment using dimensional tape in center.

4. Adhere clay heart as shown. Watch video below to see how to create this embellishment.

5. Die cut small and medium hearts from rose paper. Cover with Glossy Accents, let dry. Rip off a couple pieces of washi tape and adhere as shown. Adhere hearts.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cas-ual Fridays Aces Box Card

Welcome to the Cas-ual Fridays and Imagine Crafts Blog Hop! Leave a comment for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

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Monica Edwards
Jennifer Ingle
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Lydia Evans
Jennifer Vanderbeek
Kelly Griglione
Nadine Carlier
Shona Chambers
Vicki Dutcher
Alison Heikkila
Jeanne Jachna
Neva Cole
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Roni Johnson
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Lisa Lahiff
Terre Fry
Bonnie Sharp
Martha Lucia Gomez
Kimberly Rendino
Mark Melnick
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The Cas-ual Fridays In the Cards stamps and Shuffle dies help to make the perfect box for the card player in your life. There are a lot of sentiments in the stamp set, all centered around playing cards, yet fitting for many different occasions.

Making the Card

1. Die cut black cardstock using the main die from the box card set (there are other box card sets out there including this one from Sizzix). Fold and assemble. Die cut white cardstock with long die for back (this is where you will write your message). You may want to hold off on adhering the piece until you have written your message.

2. Die cut white cardstock 4 times using Shuffle playing card die. Stamp each card as shown using Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black inks. I chose the ace of hearts on which to put the sentiment after stamping the playing card elements. Adhere where shown; note: the ace of spades is adhered to the front inside panel at an angle.

3. Using the same playing card die (instead of the one included with the box card), die cut papers shown for box sides and front flap (My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad, see supplies). From black cardstock, die cut 3 spades and 3 clubs. From red cardstock die cut 2 diamonds and 2 hearts. I chose papers with more black on which to put the red card elements and more white for the black elements. Coat one heart and one diamond in Lady Bug irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Coat one spade and one club in Tuxedo Black irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.

4. Once dry, adhere embellished heart at top right corner of ace of hearts with dimensional tape. Adhere embellished diamond to front ace of spades card as shown. Sandwich black wire between embellished spade and unembellished spade, leaving enough wire for it to stick up above box plus extra to adhere inside box. Use a square of black cardstock to sandwich other end of wire and adhere inside box so it sticks up as shown. Do the same with the embellished club.

5. Adhere one heart to front flap; glue a crystal to it as shown. Adhere spade, club, and diamond on sides as shown.

6. Die cut Stars Triplits (661118) using package numbering as listed below:
  • star 1 red cardstock, 3 copies
  • star 3 black cardstock - add Tuxedo Black irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, glue to center of star 1 red
  • star 4 black cardstock, 2 copies
  • star 2 red cardstock (decorative inside die), adhere to center of star 4 black. Keep inside little star to adhere to other star 4 black
7. Sandwich black wire between embellished star 3 black/star 1 red and plain star 1 red. Adhere inside box at front with scrap black cardstock. Adhere star 1 red to ace of clubs where shown; adhere crystals as shown. Adhere tiny clear rhinestone to center of star 4 black with tiny red star; adhere to ace of diamonds. Adhere red crystal to center of star 2 red/star 4 black; adhere to top of ace of spades using dimensional tape.

8. Die cut letter "A" from Alphanumerics (660056) out of red cardstock and black cardstock (optional: to make it thicker, you may also die cut black craft foam and add it to the sandwich). Coat red "A" with Lady Bug irRESISTible Pico Embellisher; let dry. Add black micro rhinestones to front of "A". Sandwich wire between red and black "A"s (add foam die cut if desired). Add to back inside panel with piece of black cardstock to cover the wire at the other end inside box.

Closed Box Card
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Let's Hang Out Card

Made for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

When I first saw these dies, I really liked them but I couldn't think of how I would use them... finally I came up with a fun sentiment that would work perfectly. Since I don't have a stamp with the sentiment I wanted to use, I just printed it out on my printer.

Making the Card

1. Cut Dove Gray Soft Finish Cardstock to 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a card base. Cut red cardstock to 4 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Die cut scrap of cardstock (any color) with cloud die to create cloud stencil. Die cut another scrap (white cardstock) with grass die to create grass stencil - the top will be the stencil but the bottom will be colored for grass. Cut white cardstock to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches; use landscape (horizontal) as the base for coloring your scene. To color sky, use the bottom piece of cloud die cut with PanPastel Phtalo Blue Tint (Color No. 560.8, light blue) - use circular motion when coloring. Slightly blur lines and add color as shown to create fluffy clouds. To color grass, use top piece of grass die cut with PanPastel Bright Yellow Green Shade (Color No. 680.30). Hint: I only colored in tips then offset to color more, making thicker grass. I also used the applicator to blend color down then added more stenciled grass. Color the white die cut grass with same yellow green. Cut a couple small pieces of grass to go over bottom of each pole - they will overlap, offset from each other.

3. Die cut Wash Day and Fox (Critters 2) pieces from alcohol marker friendly cardstock (e.g. X-Press It blending card). Color with alcohol markers (list of Copic colors used is at bottom of post). When coloring the quilt, first draw lines with an alcohol marker friendly pen, such as the Copic Multiliner. Shape each piece by rubbing on backs with ball stylus. Optional: use a pointed tool to go over lines on quilt. I penciled in the fox's face then used a small Multiliner (.05) to draw in features. Adhere poles first using thick glue, e.g. Kids Choice Glue (I used a toothpick to apply) - do not add glue to the clotheslines themselves. Adhere clothes as shown. Adhere grass over bottoms of poles (two pieces each, offset). Trim grass if necessary. Adhere fox as shown using dimensional tape.

4. On white cardstock, print sentiment on printer using desired font (hint: print several sizes, and different fonts, leaving plenty of space between each, so you may choose the one you like best). Die cut using medium label die from Lucy Label Pop Up. Add PanPastel Phtalo Blue Tint (Color No. 560.8, light blue) to edges. Adhere to card using dimensional tape where shown.

5. Adhere enamel dots as shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: White, Red
  • Alcohol Marker Friendly Cardstock (e.g. X-Press It Blending Card)
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copic Markers)
  • Alcohol Marker Friendly Black Pen (e.g. Copic Multiliner)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Enamel Dots
Copic Markers Used
  • Wood Posts: E59, E57, E55
  • Clothesline: W0, W2
  • Clothespins: E34, E53
  • Pajamas: R89, R29, R24
  • Quilt: C10, C8, C6, C4, C2, C0, R89, R29, R24
  • Jeans/Blue Socks: B37, B32, B34
  • Black Socks: 100 Black, C10, C8, C6
  • Shirt C4, C2, C1
  • Fox: E29, E30, E33, E34, E49, E97, E99, T1, T2, T3

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Hydrangea Card with Embossed BoBunny Paper

This card has a lot of dimension. The hydrangea are on dome shaped platforms to pop them up; the shaped petals make them look more ealistic. I coated the sentiment with White Radiant Neon Amplify, which puffs up when heated, then mounted it on a popped up label. I added texture to the paper using clear embossing powder and a VersaMarker. I also added subtle designs to the label, also using the VersaMarker but with Sparkle embossing powder through a Stage It Stencil.

Making the Card

1. Cut Whisper Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 card base. Cut True Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Optional: go around outside edges with Copic B66 or similar marker - this hides the white core. Adhere to front of card.

2. Cut BoBunny Secret Garden Arbor cardstock to 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. Using largest label die from Lorna Label PopUp, die cut True Blue Soft Finish Cardstock. Optional: go around outside edges with Copic B66. From heavy weight white cardstock, die cut Happy Birthday. (Note: if you do not have heavy weight white cardstock, just die cut a couple copies and glue them in a stack to make them thicker.)

3. As shown in the video below, use Clear embossing powder and VersaMarker to add some shine and slight texture to the paper. You will also decorate the label, using Coffee stencil and Sparkle embossing powder, plus add dimension to the sentiment with White Radiant Neon Amplify.

4. Adhere BoBunny paper to front of card as shown. Create Hydrangea following instructions in video below. I used purple and purple/blue cardstock for the petals - colored them randomly with Elderberry and Paris Dark Memento Inks using a cotton swab to apply the color. I added Narcissus VersaColor ink to the centers. Optional: use clear dimensional silicone under flower domes to help keep their shape. After shaping petals and gluing them on the domes I added small Prills to the centers of each. Use green cardstock for the leaves - highlight with Narcissus VersaColor.

5. Adhere sentiment to label as shown. Using dimensional tape, add label to card where shown. Optional: add sequins as shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Purple, Blue/Purple, Green, White (Heavy weight, or glue two copies of die cut together)
  • Memento Ink: Elderberry, Paris Dark
  • VersaColor: Narcissus
  • VersaMarker
  • BoBunny Paper: 12" Secret Garden Arbor (#19501362)
  • Imagine Crafts Embossing Powder: Clear, Sparkle
  • Radiant Neon Amplify: White
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Masking Tape (e.g. Post-It Removable Labeling Tape)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Optional: Decorator's Solution Clear Translucent Dimensional Silicone
  • Optional: Copic B66 or other marker
  • Optional: Sequins
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Rose Wedding Tag

Create a beautiful tag that's perfect for weddings and anniversaries by adding shimmery Delicata Inks to Susan Tierney-Cockburn's Garden Notes - Rose 2 and stenciling on a tag base. Shown on optional Card Stand/Easel by ECD.

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock to 3 1/2 x 7 inches. Use the main tag die from Tags & More 1 - Lace to die cut top of tag. Trim sides flush with die cut; trim tag to 6 inches in length. Die cut lacy top - be sure to keep the inside pieces to use on the bottom of the tag (see photo). Die cut shown reenforcement piece (for over tag hole). Die cut Love.

2. Die cut Garden Notes - Rose 2 pieces from white cardstock (light weight). Cut extra petals for the large rose (I cut 6 extra).

3. Decorate tag and color die cuts as shown in the video below.

4. Assemble rose as shown in the video below, centering it in the middle of the top stenciled decoration.

6. Adhere Love sentiment and decorative pieces as shown.

Options: if you would like a more subtle background, you could do a tone on tone by using White Shimmer Delicata instead of Silvery Shimmer. For more contrast for the sentiment and decorative pieces, just use Silvery Shimmer and Black Shimmer (i.e. skip the White Shimmer).


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: White
  • Delicata Inks: White Shimmer, Silvery Shimmer, Black Shimmer
  • Ink Blushers
  • Post-It Tape (or other masking tape)

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