Friday, December 15, 2017

Orchid Card for Mom (#50/52) {12.15.2017}

Today's card for Mom is a sweet card with a gorgeous orchid, and some sparkle! Gotta love that :) I created a card base with pink cardstock, then trimmed some patterned paper using my 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine. I adhered it to my card base, then layered on a strip of green cardstock and then covered it with a strip of ribbon. I die cut a scalloped circle in green cardstock and another circle with white cardstock. I stamped the orchid from Alt E New's Oriental Orchid Stamp Set, which is a layering stamp. I stamped out the orchid in several shades of purple, and I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in purple ink too.

I After stamping out the orchid, I coated it with a swipe of Wink of Stella glitter pen, then covered it with glossy accents and let it dry. This photo captures some of the shine, but it is much shinier in real life!

This was was so pretty and I love that orchid stamp set! I want to use it a lot!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Bella Fairy Mirror Image & Shaker Card {12.13.2017}

Hello from Designer Chris! Today is a special card. I used the Bella Fairy Stamp / Die Set to make this card. And, I made it into a shaker card and did a mirror image technique to make a twin for Bella. Let's check out the card, shall we?

First, I had to create the second mirror Bella image. To do this, I placed my Bella stamp in my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and closed to lid to pick it up onto the lip. I opened it up and placed a solid block stamp down where Bella would stamp onto. You can see the opened Tim Holtz Stamp Platform here.

And, then I closed the lid to make sure the stamp was lined up over the solid block stamp. You can see that my solid block stamp just fit the Bella stamp image.
I inked up the Bella image with my Versafine Black Onxy Ink and closed the lid and pressed the inked image onto the solid rubber stamp, and then lifted the lid. Here is a photo of what it looked like after this step.


Then, I trimmed a piece of cardstock using the 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine and treated it with my Anti Static Bag. Then, I placed a piece of cardstock straight down onto the inked image on the solid rubber stamp. Note, don't move this piece of cardstock around, just place it directly down onto the inked image. Once it was placed there, I lightly rubbed the cardstock to transfer the image from the solid rubber block onto the cardstock.

And then ... peel the cardstock directly up! Here is the reveal of the mirror image transferred onto cardstock!

As soon as I transferred the mirror Bella image to the cardstock, I sprinkled it with Clear Detail embossing powder, heat set it, and I had a perfect mirror Bella! I also die cut out the mirror stamped image. I used the matching die cut in the Bella Fairy Stamp / Die Set and die cut Bella onto some scrap cardstock. Then, using it as a guide, I arranged the die cut image behind the Bella stamped mirror image. (I didn't have a light table, so I placed the two pieces of cardstock on my window and used the bright sunlight to make sure I lined up the image and die right!) You can see the little border around the edge of Bella here. Once I had this placed in the right spot, I placed the die into the negative space, taped it down with washi tape, and ran it through my Tangerine Machine die cutter. The die easily cut right through the back of the cardstock with the Bella stamp.

And look! Check out the two Bella images. One is the normal stamped image, and the other is the mirror image. They were both stamped in Versafine Black Onxy Ink and then covered in Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set. Pretty cool, eh? I used the Easy Clean Mat on my work surface, which is REALLY EASY to clean up and excess glitter wipes up really easy!

Then, I started building the card and coloring! First thing I did was color the two Bellas the same. I used pinks and blues for her dress and wings, and gave her brown hair.

I also gave her some extra sparkle! Sparkle N Sprinkle just revealed some NEW Microfine Glitters ... and they are GORGEOUS! I used several of them on this card. You can see the Mocha highlights in her hair, Ocean Breeze in her wings and shoes, and Pink Fizz on her dress. To adhere these glitters, I rolled the Sakura Glue Pen where I wanted to apply each glitter, and sprinkled them on. I brushed off the excess using my Glitter Brush. This is so much prettier in real life - still photos don't quite capture all the glittery gorgeous sparkle!

I also die cut the Bella out again and then blinged it up too! I rolled on more Sakura Glue Pen and used more of the new microfine glitters!! For this element, I used the Marine Blue on her wings, Black Diamond on her feather and shoes, and Caspia Sea on her dress.

I began building my card, and I started with a red cardstock base. I die cut the red cardstock using the Tonic Jasmine Sunset Layering Die Collection die. I cut a base with red cardstock, then cut an overlayer in black cardstock with the same die. I adhered these together for the base. I squeezed on some Winter Cranberry Glitter Accents in the upper corner after I built the card layers together. You can see both the layers of the card base and the glitter accents here.

And, I created a shaker element too! I die cut pink cardstock using the Tonic Deco Diamond Patterned Panels Die Set. I adhered a layer of acetate under the deco panel die cut and placed foam tape along the edges. I added in some sequins and placed it over a solid pink cardstock base. I layered up all the elements, added some rhinestone blight in the corners as well, and the card was finished.

I really love these new microfine glitters, and I know you will too! This mirror technique was really fun to use too, and I think I will have to do it more - it is nice to change it up a little bit now and again. And, who doesn't love a shaker card! Also, remember to post your creations in our Creative Challenge on our Facebook page. We really like to see what you create, and the winner gets a prize!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Shadow Box {12.11.2017}

My friend is moving into a new apartment, so I made a Welcome to Your New Apartment shadow box card, with some emboss resist (so I can enter it into the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Emboss Resist). Here is the card.

I created the shadow box using the Shadow Box Card die. I stamped the gnome and mushroom house using Lawn Fawn's Gnome Sweet Gnome stamp set. I colored them with copic markers. I also stamped out the mail box from Lawn Fawn's Just For You, colored it with copic markers, and then die cut it with the matching dies on my Tangerine die cutting machine (which I LOOOOOVE!). I also stamped out some kitchen type utensils from the Just For You stamp set with Versamark Ink on the shadow box, sprinkled on White Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, and heat set it. Then, I ink blended it up with distress inks. I adhered it all together, and the box was done! Here is a photo of one of the edges and more emboss resist!!

I hope my friend enjoys this little apartment warming gift. This card is also entered into the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Emboss Resist.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Embossed Holiday Greetings for Mom (#49/52) {12.08.2017}

The current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge is Emboss Resist, and I was inspired to make my Mom a card with a smattering of holiday sentiments using this technique! Here is the card.

I stamped all the sentiments from Lawn Fawn's Winter Scripty Sayings with Versamark Ink onto watercolor paper. I sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's White Detail embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I painted on blue inks which revealed all the sentiments.

I added this to a blue cardstock base, and my card was done! I will be entering this into the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Emboss Resist. I hope Mom likes it, she does like blue, and she loves the holidays. It all comes together with this card!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cardz 4 Galz Snowman Card {12.07.2017}

Check out these fun snowmen! The current Cardz 4 Galz Challenge is for snowmen! Here is the card I made to inspire you all. Can't wait to see what you create and post in the challenge.

I used an older Lawn Fawn stamp set (Making Frosty Friends), and stamped out these sweet snowmen and their accessories using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I stamped them with Versafine Black Onyx ink and then removed my stamped images from the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I colored them using copic markers, and then replaced the stamped images back into the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and stamped the images again with the Versafine Black Onyx ink. This time, I sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. For the white, I stamped out the images with Versamark Ink, and sprinkled on White Detail embossing powder and heat set them. Once I had all my parts stamped, colored, and heat embossed, I cut them out using matching die cuts. I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle Stackables die and die cut a rectangle for my card panel. I used Distress Inks and ink blended some blues onto the card panel. After it was done and dry, I stamped the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrops stamp onto the card panel with Versamark Ink, and then sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Silver Pearl embossing powder. I also used the sentiment from the Making Frosty Friends and stamped out the sentiment with Versamark Ink, and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Sapphire embossing powder and heat set it.

I also die cut some snowbanks using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders from white cardstock. I rolled on some Sakura Glue Pen, and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Bridal glitter along the edges. I layered these up using foam adhesive, and adhered the snowmen and all their parts on the front of the card. Then, it was done.

I really like this stamp set, and it sure is versatile and a lot of fun. I love having all the parts and can build my snowman however I want it! So much fun!!! I can't wait to see what you create and post for this challenge. Happy holidays!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Snowman Couple card {12.06.2017}

Happy Holidays from Designer Chris! What fun it is to ring in these holidays with this adorable Snowman Couple - Christmas digital stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle! I wanted my card to focus on their love affair, and this is what I created. Let's check it out.

I started out by sizing the digi (pre-colored option) stamp on my computer. When I had it the size I wanted, I printed it out onto white cardstock. Then, I die cut it using the Tonic Essentials - Artist Trading Cards - Hello die around the image. I blended some blue ink along the edges to give the edge of the die some dimension. Then, I whipped out my Sakura Glue Pen, and rolled on adhesive to specific areas on the snowman couple. I used it to adhere glitter to these areas: Easy Green, Pinkerbell, and Bubblegum to the scarves and hats, and Creamsicle to the carrot noses and arms. I also adhered Waterfall to the blue outer edges of the snowman couple. I also used my (amazing!) Glitter Brush to dust off unadhered glitter. This brush is so soft and it just whisks away all the loose glitter super easily. Great addition to your tool kit!

I also die cut out the digi printed sentiment using another die from the Tonic Essentials - Artist Trading Cards - Hello die and blended some light blue ink to the edges on this too. Afterward, I squeezed on some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and sprinkled on Shaved Ice chunky, lightweight glitter and lightly pressed it into the wet adhesive. I let it dry before placing it onto the front of the card. I also repeated the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and Shaved Ice to the base of the snowman couple too, so they were standing in a snowy, glittery snowbank!

II used another Tonic Die for the card base. I used the Tonic Sunray Venus Layering Basics Die Set and cut a black card base. Then, I used the next smallest die to cut the Cascading Hearts Craft Perfect Embossed Paper. I layered these two together and wrapped a white and silver ribbon around the card. I added foam adhesive to the image and sentiment panels and adhered them onto the card front. I made sure one of those sweet textured hearts was visible on that gorgeous paper. Here is a close up.

This snowman couple is too cute, and they make me happy! I can't wait to see what you will do. You can check out this stamp set in action by watching Demo Donna's YouTube video HERE. I hope to see your creations in our Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge on Facebook, as well. To participate in the Creative Challenge, you have to request access to the group (to keep out the spammers!), and then you can post your creations there. Each monthly's challenge runs from the first of the month to the 25th. So excited to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Embossed Card for Mom (#48/52) {12.01.2017}

Hi! For this week's Card For Mom, I went a bit outside my comfort zone and made a card without stamping ... I did only dry embossing and a wee bit of die cutting! Let's check it out!

I cut a card base with glittery blue cardstock to make a square card. Then, I cut another square half an inch smaller. I trimmed this into five one inch strips and then dry embossed three of them. I also die cut a label in black cardstock and another label in the blue glittery cardstock. I dry embossed the black label. I adhered the strips, alternating with the non-embossed strips, and layered the label on top.

It is really fun to do something totally different. I like the elegance of this card, and I like that it has texture and some dimension while still being flat. I do hope Mom enjoys it too.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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