Monday, April 23, 2018

Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas Baubles Pink See Through Card [04.23.2018]

Today's card is another Sparkle N Sprinkle April new release! This card is made using the Christmas Baubles stamp set. I highlighted just one of the baubles in my card. Let's check it out!

Supply List:
Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas Baubles stamp set [00-891P6]
 Sparkle N Sprinkle Gold Coast embossing powder [EP364]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Princess Rose embossing powder [EP387]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Shamrock glitter [GM2041]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Gypsy Red glitter [GM2005]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Pink Fizz glitter [GM2050]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Glitter Brush [SG1400]
Versamark ink [VM-001]
Anti Static Bag [99512]
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive [200N]
Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue Pen [206N]
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen [888N]
Tonic Tangerine machine [138e]
Tonic Deco Diamond Patterned Panels Die Set [1331e]
Tonic Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set [1456e]
Tonic Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die Set [1457e]
Tonic Pink Chiffon Mirror Card Satin Effect [9483e]
Tonic Easy Clean Craft Mat [1514e]


I treated cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, then stamped out the ornament, using my Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, and Versamark ink. I then sprinkled on some Gold Coast embossing powder and heat set it. I colored my image with Copic markers, and then rolled on some Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue Pen and sprinkled on Pink Fizz glitter onto the ornament. You can see in this photo below, how pretty the Pink Fizz glitter is!

I added more glitter to the ornament hanger. I rolled on more Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue Pen and sprinkled on Shamrock glitter for the holly leaves, and Gypsy Red for the berries.

I stamped out the sentiment using the Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, and sprinkled on Gold Coast embossing powder and heat set it. Here is a close up of the sentiment. I also die cut out the ornament and sentiment using my Tonic Tangerine machine, and the Tonic Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set. 

I cut out four white cardstock ovals and four scalloped ovals from Tonic's Pink Chiffon Satin Effect Mirror Cardstock, using Tonic's Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set. I also cut out two white cardstock panels using Tonic's Deco Diamond Patterned Panels Die Set. Then, I die cut the panels into a rectangular shape with Tonic's Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die Set. I scored one of the Deco rectangles about 1/4" from the top, folded it, added adhesive, and layered the front and back of the card together. I stamped the inside sentiment using Versamark ink and sprinkled on Princess Rose embossing powder and heat set it. After this step was done, I layered the white ovals over the pink ovals, and lined up the ovals on the front of the card, back of the card front, inside the card, and the back of the back of the card. This way, when the card is closed, all the ovals line up and you can't see all of them, since the card is see-through.

Here is another shot of the card and how fun it is, when it is opened.

Be sure to leave a comment both here on my personal blog post and then head over to the SNS blog and leave a comment there as well for your chance to win a $20 gift card to SNS! One lucky winner will be chosen from one of the Designers' posts on the last day of each month. A comment must be left on both the SNS Blog and the Designer's post in order to qualify. The winner will be announced on the 3rd of the following month, both on the SNS Blog and on the SNS Facebook page.

I hope you enjoyed this card. I love the non-traditional colors of the pink and gold for holiday season. I might have to make more cards like this!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sparkle N Sprinkle Calla Lillies [04.18.2018]

Hi! Today's card is using one of Sparkle N Sprinkle's new April reveal stamp sets, Calla Lillies. I LOVE this stamp set, and these calla lillies are gorgeous. This set tends towards a sympathy stamp set, but I wanted to show how it could also be converted into something bright. I also created some depth and clean lines. Let's check out the card.

Supply List:
Sparkle N Sprinkle Calla Lillies stamp set [00-888P8]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Flower Girl - Magic In You stamp set [00-846P5]
 Sparkle N Sprinkle Clear Detail embossing powder [EP280]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Princess Rose embossing powder [EP387]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Pink Fizz glitter [GM2050]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Tangerine glitter [GM2043]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Diamond Dust glitter [G1116]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Gecko glitter [GM2045]
Memento Tuxedo Black ink [ME-900]
Versamark ink [VM-001]
Anti Static Bag [99512]
Versafine Onyx Black ink [VF-82]
Paper Blooms Coconut flowers [F627]
Nuvo Woodland Green Crystal Drops [663N]
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive [200N]
Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue Pen [206N]
Emerald Green High Gloss Mirror card stock [9454e]
Tonic Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set [1456e]
Tonic Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die Set [1457e]
Tonic Tangerine machine [138e]
Tonic Easy Clean Craft Mat [1514e]
Zig color brush markers


I started by stamping out the calla lilly stamp, in my Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, and Versafine Black Onyx ink (works great with water color mediums!) on two 4.25" x 5.5" pieces of cardstock. The Stamp Platform worked out really well because I was able to stamp two copies of the same image in the exact same spot on the cardstock. I colored one of them using my Zig brush markers, and then placed it in my Stamp Platform and stamped it again with the Versafine Black Onyx ink and then sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I stamped the other piece of cardstock again (the one that hadn't been colored) and also added Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I layered an oval die using one of the Tonic Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die set ovals. I offset the oval to the edge of the cardstock. I layered the non-colored oval-cut cardstock panel over the colored one and lined up the images and adhered the layers together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. Note, it is easier to use a wet adhesive for something like this because it allows a little bit of wiggle room time to get the images perfectly lined up. This was really easy to do! Then, I rolled on some Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue Pen onto areas of the colored calla lillies and sprinkled on Pink Fizz, Tangerine, and Gecko glitters to help color the flowers and leaves. You can see those awesome flowers below.

I stamped out a sentiment from the Flower Girl - Magic in You stamp set with Versamark ink, using my Stamp Platform, and sprinkled on Princess Rose embossing powder and heat set it. Here is a close up of the sentiment. Note, I also die cut the card panel with my Tonic Tangerine machine, and the Tonic Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die Set. I also matted that cardstock panel with some of the Emerald Green High Gloss Mirror card stock - which is GORGEOUS!

And, to top it all off, I squeezed on some Nuvo Woodland Green Crystal Drops at the bottom of the card, and sprinkled on more Gecko glitter to give it even more sparkle and some additional texture. I also used more Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and added some of the white flowers fro the Paper Blooms Coconut collection. I brushed on some Deluxe Adhesive to the petals, and sprinkled on some Diamond Dust glitter to give a lot more shine! So pretty!

Be sure to leave a comment both here on this blog post and then head over to the SNS blog and leave a comment there as well for your chance to win a $20 gift card to SNS! One lucky winner will be chosen from one of the Designers' posts on the last day of each month. A comment must be left on both the SNS Blog and the Designer's post in order to qualify. The winner will be announced on the 3rd of the following month, both on the SNS Blog and on the SNS Facebook page.

I hope this helps show you how you can mix and match stamp sets, and also change the tone of a stamp set from sympathy to cheery just by color choices and changing up a sentiment. This makes stamp sets really versatile and useful in almost any situation! I look forward to what you are creating and posting in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge on our Facebook page. I will see you over there :)

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Lawn Fawn Fairy Card [04.13.2018]

I love black and white, and green is my favorite color, so I made a card with white and black matting, with some sweet green fairies, green florals, and green base! Here is the card.

Supply List:
Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends stamp set & dies
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die
Sparkle N Sprinkle Clear Detail embossing powder
Sparkle N Sprinkle White Detail embossing powder
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Versamark ink
Tonic Die Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die Set
Tonic Tangerine machine
Copic markers
White gel pen
Wink of Stella shimmer pen
Tim Holtz distress inks

I made the black and green matting with the Tonic Die Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die Set and my Tonic Tangerine machine (LOVE it!). I die cut white cardstock with one of the rectangle dies as well. I stamped out the fairies and florals from Lawn Fawn's Fairy Friends stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, a Copic friendly ink, using my Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I colored the images, and then reinserted the cardstock into my Stamp Platform and inked it again with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I die cut the fairies and florals with the matching Lawn Fawn dies.  Then, I swiped some Wink of Stella shimmer pen across all the wings of the fairies too, to add more shimmer and sparkle!

Here is a close up of another of the fairies. She is so cute! I added some polka dots to her dress with the white gel pen, as well as highlights in her hair. I also added some white highlights to the flowers too.

And, for the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink, and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's White Detail embossing powder and heat set it. After I heat set it and it cooled, I blended some blue inks over the sentiment (white embossing powder over white cardstock) to do an embossed resist and let the sentiment shine!

This card is black, white, and bright green! I hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sparkle N Sprinkle Amazing You Paisley Elephant card [04.04.2018]

Hi! Designer Chris with another card from Sparkle N Sprinkle's March release! Let's check out this card I made using the Amazing You - Paisley Elephant stamp set. I wanted to highlight the paisley print within the elephant, and also give it an antiqued feel. This is what I created with these ideas in mind. Let's check it out together!

Supply List:
Sparkle N Sprinkle Amazing You - Paisley Elephant [00-884P5]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Clear Detail embossing powder [EP280]
Sparkle N Sprinkle White Detail embossing powder [EP298]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Copper embossing power [EP236]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Thick Gold embossing powder [EP235]
Memento Tuxedo Black ink [VF-82]
Versamark Ink [VM-001]
Anti Static Bag [99512]
Mini Blender Brush Set [1558e]
Photoplay Rhapsody Collection Pack Free Spirit Paper [RH2456]
Tonic Sunray Venus Layering Basics Die Set [1450e]
Tonic Filigree Affections Idyllics Die & Embossing Folder [1516e]
Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform [1707e]
Tonic Tangerine machine [138e]
Tonic Easy Clean Craft Mat [1514e]
Nuvo Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes [850N]
colored pencils

Here is a close-up of all the layers and the Photoplay Rhapsody paper as one of the layers. It also shows the cracked Clear Detail embossing powder over the paisley elephant, the gold gilding flakes, super thick gold embossing powder and the distressing I did. More info below!

And, here is a shot of the distressed sentiment area. I stamped the sentiment using my Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I inked up my stamp with Versamark ink, and stamped it. I sprinkled on Copper embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I distressed the edges and matted the sentiment with black cardstock. Here are those amazing Copper and Super Thick Gold embossing powders.

Now, a lot of information about how I created the card. I started out by stamping the elephant onto kraft cardstock, using the Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I inked up the stamp with Versamark ink, and stamped it onto the paper. I kept the stamp in the stamp platform for the next step...

After I stamped the elephant with Versamark ink, I removed the stamped cardstock and colored the elephant with pink, orange, and white colored pencils. I placed the stamped image back inside my Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and inked up my stamp with Versamark ink again. I stamped it again, and then removed it and sprinkled on White Detail embossing power and heat set it. You can see in the image below how I colored the elephant (just some of the paisley pattern prints, and not all of them), and what it looked like before I put on the embossing powder. This really works for me - to color the image before I put on the embossing powder. Sometimes I bump up against embossing powder and knick it or knock it out of the way when I am coloring, so I have learned to stamp it again, and then emboss it after coloring ... a stamp platform really makes this easy to do!

After I did the White Detail embossing powder layer, I then did the Clear Detail "crackle" layer to make it look aged and antiqued. I die cut out the elephant stamped, colored, and embossed image with the Tonic Sunray Venus Layering Basics Die Set and my Tangerine machine (AWESOME!). Then, I inked up my entire card piece with Versamark ink, sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I repeated this step about 10 times ... I kept inking up the image, dumping on Clear Detail, heat setting it, and repeating! I did this over and over so much that the elephant panel became pretty thick! Just what I wanted ... Then, I put it into the freezer and let it sit in there and chill for at least 10 minutes. Then, I took it out and cracked it by bending and twisting it several times. Here is a photo of it right after I did all the cracking. You gotta move fast too, because it won't crack once it is thawed. And, then to finish this layer off, I blended some brown ink over the top of the image to darken up the lines as well.

I wanted to add a lot of distressing to this card. I needed to add some texture to the entire card. I pulled out my Tonic Filigree Affections Idyllics Die and Embossing Folder Set. I inked up the inside of the embossing folder with a brown ink (but not perfectly), and then inserted my kraft cardstock panel into the folder and ran it through my Tangerine machine. The photo below shows the ink inside the embossing folder. This gave my kraft cardstock some texture and color and aged it a bit!

I distressed all the edges. I also die cut a piece of patterned paper from the Photoplay Rhapsody collection with another Sunray Venus Layering Basics Die Set. I also rolled on some Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue Pen onto the edges of the patterned paper layer, let it dry to tacky, then burnished in some Radiant Gold gilding flakes from Nuvo. This really pulled everything together! I layered everything up, sprinkled on some Super Thick Gold embossing powder and heat it from below (it is super chunky and will fly away if hit directly with the air from the heat gun.

This card was really fun to make and a departure from my comfort style. It was really fun to make a card with a lot of distressing and the Clear Detail embossing crackle. It is nice to step outside my comfort zone and try something new. I'm glad I did. I love this old, elegant elephant. Remember to post your amazing creations in Sparkle N Sprinkle's Creative Challenge on Facebook. The April challenge is open now, and closes on April 25. I can't wait to see what you create! And, remember to comment on my blog post here, and on this same post in the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog. To be eligible to win the $20 Sparkle N Sprinkle gift coupon, you have to comment on both blog posts!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Lucky Duck Birthday Pop-up Card [03.30.2018]

Today's card is the card I made for my Dad. I struggle with masculine cards, but the good news is, he likes ducks! And, Lawn Fawn just came out with an awesome stamp set called Rub a Dub Dub with ducks, and a whole bunch of bath and rubber duckie type images. But, I turned it into a masculine(ish) card. Here ya go!

Supply List:
Lawn Fawn Rub a Dub Dub stamp set
Lawn Fawn Rub a Dub Dub dies
Lawn Fawn PeekABoo Backdrop die
Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham Petite Paper pack
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
Lawn Fawn Pivot Pop-up die
Lawn Fawn Quinn's Capital ABCs dies
Sparkle N Sprinkle Clear Detail embossing powder
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Tonic Tangerine machine

I die cut the Peekaboo frame with my Tonic Tangerine machine from plaid paper, then layered it over a piece of gingham paper. I also die cut grass using the grassy border die, and inserted it behind each of the "frames" of the peekaboo die. I also stamped out the ducks onto white cardstock using my Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and Memento Tuxedu Black ink (a Copic friendly ink). I colored my ducks with Copic markers, and then placed my cardstock back inside the Stamp Platform, inked up the stamps (which I hadn't moved!) with Versafine Black Onyx ink, stamped them again - over the initial images, and then sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's clear detail embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I die cut out the ducks with the Lawn Fawn Rub a Dub Dub dies, and started placing my ducks around the card. I also stamped out the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx ink, and then sprinkled on more Sparkle N Sprinkle Clear Embossing powder and heat set it. Here is a close up of the daddy duck and baby duck.

For the inside, I cut two pieces of patterned paper to match the front of the card, and placed the blue gingham as the sky and the green plaid as the ground. I die cut the Pivot Pop-up pieces, placed it all together, added a swatch of grassy border, and then die cut the sentiment using Quinn's Capital ABCs. I copic colored some grass at the base of each letter (easier to see on the Happy than the Birthday!) and strategically placed and adhered the sentiment to the popup.

This card came together fairly well, and I am really pleased that I was able to take a really cute and playful stamp set and make it into a masculine card. I love all these products by Lawn Fawn and this card was fun to make. I think my Dad will enjoy this birthday card! And, I will be entering this card into Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #25: Color Inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #68 Rainbow Bow Card [03.29.2018]

Hello! Today's card is for the Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #68, Bows or Buttons. I decided to make a BOW Rainbow! What a fun and silly idea! I knew just the dies I wanted to use for this, I whipped out my Lawn Fawn Rainbow die, and Lawn Fawn Put a Bow On It die. I die cut the rainbow multiple times from the colored cardstock, using my Tonic Tangerine (awesome machine!). I also die cut the bows from the same cardstock. I also die cut some Memory Box clouds from silver glittered paper. I layered this all up over Lawn Fawn Plaid paper die cut into a circle, and mounted it onto a white cardstock scalloped circle, using Tonic's Scalloped Circle die. I also created a white card base using the circle die. I scored paper and placed the circle die just a bit over the edge of the fold, and die cut it. This allows the folded part of the card to stay intact and become a base. Here is the full card. Check it out!

Supply List:
Sparkle N Sprinkle Clear Detail embossing powder
Sparkle N Sprinkle Forest Green embossing powder
Tonic Tangerine machine
Lawn Fawn Rainbow die
Lawn Fawn Put a Bow On It die
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring Petite Paper Pack
Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy stamp set
Memory Box Marshmallow Cloud die

Here is a close up of the bows on the rainbow. I just love these. So sweet. These bows are really easy to make. The die cut cuts them out and then you just have to shape the bow and glue it down. Simple!

And, here is the inside of the card. I stamped out the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Happy Happy Happy stamp set, using my Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I inked up the stamps with Versamark ink, and then stamped it. I sprinkled on Forest Green embossing powder and heat set it.

I am also submitting this to the Lawn Fawnatics Color Inspiration Challenge. I can't wait to see what you create and post in the Cardz 4 Galz Bows / Button Challenge. This is gonna be fun!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sparkle N Sprinkle Bearded Iris [03.21.2018]

Hello! Designer Chris here showcasing another fabulous Sparkle N Sprinkle new March stamp release. Today's card is using Bearded Iris. This gorgeous, and large, iris stamp is so perfect. It is big enough to hold its own on a card, and oh so pretty! Let's check out this card together.

Supply List:
Sparkle N Sprinkle Bearded Iris stamp set [00-889P8]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Gold Coast embossing powder [EP364]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Amethyst embossing powder [EP199]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Pink Fizz glitter [GM2050]
Tonic Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics die set [1457e]
Tonic Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics die set [1456e]
Sparkle N Sprinkle Glitter Brush [SG1400]
Stampendous Ornate Heart metal stencil [FMS4060]
Nuvo Honey Gold glitter drops [762N]
Versamark ink [VM-001]
Anti Static Bag [99512]
Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky]
Tonic Tangerine machine
Tonic Easy Clean Craft Mat [1514e]


I die cut my cardstock, using my Tonic Tangerine machine (incredible!), and used the Mixed Edge Rectangle die set. I layered the heart stencil onto the cardstock - but moved it so that the heart was off the left edge, and higher up. I wanted to allow space for the iris. I used a palette knife and swiped some foil transfer gel onto the cardstock, through the stencil. Here is what it looked like right before I pulled the stencil away (and immediately washed it!). Then, I let it dry, and then added foil with a laminator.  

I positioned my stamp in my Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, treated my cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, inked my stamp with Versamark ink, and stamped it. I sprinkled on Gold Coast embossing powder and heat set it. Here is the iris on the cardstock, before I colored it.

I also stamped out a sentiment from the Bearded Iris stamp set. I repeated the above, positioned my stamp in the Stamp Platform, treated my cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, inked stamp with Versamark ink, stamped the sentiment, sprinkled on Amethyst embossing powder, and heat set it. Then, I die cut out the sentiment with another Tonic Mixed Edge Rectangle die, and then swiped some Sakura Glue Pen just inside the outer edge. I sprinkled on Pink Fizz (my new favorite!) glitter. This gave a soft pink frame around the sentiment. I also squeezed on some Honey Gold glitter drops at the bottom to give it a little something extra. 

I colored the Bearded Iris with Zig water color brushes, and then die cut the Bearded Iris with Tonic's Mixed Edge Oval Layering dies. I also added some more Honey Gold glitter drops to the outer edges of the oval.

As I layered all the layers together, I realized that the Iris oval covered up too much of the foiled heart. So, I fussy cut around the left edge of the iris, right up against the embossed line. I fussy cut a black oval frame (by tracing one of the oval dies) and then layered the fussy cut Bearded Iris over it. I fussy cut the left side of the black frame to allow for a smidge of black matting to frame the edge of the iris that went over the foiled heart. This little bit of black separates the Bearded Iris from the heart, and it is really cool in person. I finished adding all my layers, and this card was done!

I can't wait to see what you create with the March reveal stamps! Remember to post your creations in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge site, which can be reached through our Sparkle N Sprinkle page on Facebook. 
And, remember to post a comment here on my blog and comment on my blog post on Sparkle N Sprinkle's blog too. At the end of the month, Sparkle N Sprinkle will choose a winner. To qualify, you must comment on the Designer's blog and the SNS blog.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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