Monday, June 30, 2014

Bright Birthday Wishes Card

Today I have a fun and bright birthday card to share with you! This bright Tangelo Twist card stock just screams cheerful when paired with other bright colors!

  • Tangelo Twist card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • Crushed Curry card stock 2-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • Confetti Celebration DSP 2" x 5-1/2"
  • Whisper White card stock 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Confetti Celebration DSP 3/4" x 5-1/4"
  • 20" Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon
  • Stamps: Four You, Cycle Celebration
  • Ink: Versamark, Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist
  • Accessories: Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Black embossing powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Zig Zag embossing folder, Brights Buttons, Glue Dots, Chevron Punch, 2-Way Glue Pen
I started off by folding the Tangelo Twist card stock on the score line. Then I ran the card front through the Big Shot in the Zig Zag embossing folder to add some fun texture. Next up I stamped the greeting from Four You onto the Confetti Celebration DSP in Versamark ink, covered the stamped image with black embossing powder, then heat it with the Heat Tool until it's nice and shiny.

I glued this layer onto the Hello Honey card stock. I wrapped the Bermuda Bay ribbon around the length of the panel and tied it into a bow. I stuck this layer onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals and glued a Brights button right next to the greeting with a Glue Dot.
Once I got the card to this point I thought it could use just something else. So I punched some Silver Glimmer Paper with the Chevron Border Punch and used 2-Way Glue Pen to glue just the chevrons onto the top left corner of the card front.

For the inside I stamped the candles from Cycle Celebration into the bottom right hand corner in Bermuda Bay ink. Then I stamped the greeting in Tangelo Twist ink. Finally I glued the strip of DSP onto the bottom of the card stock and glued this layer inside the card to finish it off.

I really like all the bright colors and geometric designs on the card front. What do you think of the new Tangelo Twist color? Too bright? Or just perfect?


Friday, June 27, 2014

Work of Art

So are you ready to see the next Make and Take card? Well here it is! Lots more new catalog goodies and some fun bright colors!

  • Mellow Moss card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Blackberry Bliss card stock 3-3/4" x 5"
  • Park Lane DSP 3-5/8" x 4-7/8"
  • Whisper White card stock 2" x 3-5/8"
  • Pool Party card stock 1" x 3-5/8"
  • Watercolor paper 2" x 3"
  • 18" Hello Honey ribbon
  • Stamps: Work of Art
  • Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey,
  • Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon
  • Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Scallop Tag Topper Punch
I'm not a huge fan of green so I had a bit of a hard time pairing this new Mossy Meadow color. It is a rich deep shade of green though. So I started off by folding the card stock on the score line. I glued the DSP onto the Blackberry Bliss card stock. Next I used the Scallop Edge Border Punch on both long edges of the narrow strip of Whisper White card stock. I glued the Pool Party card stock onto the scalloped Whisper White then glued that layer onto the DSP. This layer was then glued onto the card front.

Next I used the Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, and Hello Honey markers directly on the stamp image from Work of Art. Then I took a Stampin' Spitzer with water and sprayed the stamp 4-5 times and stamped it onto the Watercolor Paper. Now don't freak out. At this point it looks pretty ugly. But go ahead and dry it with your Heat Tool and the colors will brighten up. Then use the Scallop Tag Topper Punch on both ends of the Watercolor Paper. Finally stamp the greeting on top of the watercolored brush stroke in Blackberry Bliss ink.
Run the Hello Honey ribbon through the tag ends of the watercolor paper. Then stick the tag shape onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. Wrap the ribbon around the card front and tie the ribbon into a knot.

For the inside we once again have to add a piece of white for space to write a message. So I took the Zig-zag stamp from Work of Art and colored each lines in Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, and Hello Honey markers. Then spritz the stamp just like you did before then stamp the image from the bottom up three times. Then add the "Thank you" in Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey ink.
Do you like working with this lovely new green?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Peaceful Petals

Last week was the June Make and Take. So this week I'm starting to share the cards that the ladies made. Since the new catalog was just released a few weeks ago we had to play with the new in colors and some of the fabulous new products! So here is the first card...

  • Blackberry Bliss card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Pool Party card stock 1" x 4-1/4"
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper 3/4" x 4-1/4"
  • Whisper White card stock 3-1/2" x 3-3/4"
  • Whisper White card stock 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Stamps: Hardwood, Peaceful Petals
  • Ink: Momento, Elegant Eggplant
  • Accessories: Old Olive Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Stampin' Dimensionals, Rhinestones, Lace Doilies
For this lovely I started off by folding the Blackberry Bliss card stock on the score line. Isn't this color just so rich and gorgeous?! I stamped the Hardwood background image onto the card front in Elegant Eggplant ink.

Next up I ran the smaller piece of Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot with the 3rd from smallest Deco Labels Framelit. Okay, I kind of cheated here. The Peaceful Petals stamp set technically retired with the Occasions catalog. But I really wanted to show off the new Blendabilities markers without having to use all the colors available and without driving my guests batty with a crazy amount of coloring. So I stamped the flowers and leaves onto the die cut Whisper White card stock in Momento Ink.

I colored the flowers with the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities. Since we don't have shades of brown available in Blendabilies yet I got the brown flower centers by coloring it in with the darkest Daffodil Delight marker then going over it with the darkest Old Olive marker. Let that dry then add some dots of the Old Olive to create more texture.

Then stamp the greeting onto the panel just above the flowers in Coastal Cabana ink. Add a large rhinestone next to the greeting then set this panel aside. 

I cut one of my lace paper doilies in half and glued it onto the card front. I glued the fab new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper onto the strip of Pool Party card stocks then glued that panel down onto the card front over the cut edge of the doily. Then just stick the flower panel onto the card front with a few Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Since the card stock is so dark it kind of is necessary to add a piece of white on the inside so you can add a message. So I took the larger piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge a few times in Coastal Cabana ink then glued the panel inside the card.
I can definitely say I'm loving the new Blendabilies markers! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Clothes Line Baby Shower Invite

When I was working up ideas for these adorable onsite invitations I also came up with this cute version as another option. 
  • Pool Party card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Smoky Slate 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Very Vanilla 3-3/4" x 5-1/8"
  • Polka Dot Parade DSP 2" x 3-3/4"
  • Silver Glimmer Paper 1/8" x 3-3/4"
  • Stamps: Baby Bundle, You're Invited
  • DSP: Polka Dot Parade
  • Ink: Stazon, Versamark
  • Markers: Pool Party, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Summer Starfruit
  • Accessories: Tempting Turquoise embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Silver Glimmer Paper, Stamping' Dimensionals
However, I'm pretty sure I would have hated coloring in this card 15 times over. So I'm glad this on wasn't chosen. It's still super cute though and would make an adorable congrats card.
To make this start off by folding the Pool Party card stock on the score line. Take the Very Vanilla card stock and use the fine point of the Smoky Slate marker to draw three clotheslines. If you draw them quickly you will get more smooth lines. Now stamp the images from Baby Bundle in Stazon ink so it looks like they are hanging on the clothesline. Color in the images with the markers.

Use some glue stick to glue the Very Vanilla onto the Smoky Slate card stock. Now take the Polka Dot Parade DSP and stamp the greeting from You're Invited in the lower right hand corner in Versanark ink. Cover the stamped image with Tempting Turquoise embossing powder, tap off the excess, and heat it with your Heat Tool until it's nice and shiny. The embossed turquoise greeting really pops against the cute Daffodil Delight polka dot paper. Use glue stick to glue this onto the bottom of the Very Vanilla card stock.

Now glue the Silver Glimmer Paper right at the edge of the DSP with 2-Way Glue Pen. Then stick this whole beautiful panel onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

That's all there is too it! The coloring really is the thing that takes the longest. But it is so cute!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!

Fair warning, this is a sponsored, and picture heavy, post. But... it's also a tutorial! There is even a handy dandy coupon so you can get some DecoArt goodness with a discount! Opinions are 100% mine. I have loved using DecoArt paints for quite some time on any painting project I chose to tackle. I have wanted to make one of these signs for quite a while so it just seemed natural to tie it in with a coupon so you can get some paint goodness at a discount.

So.... here is what I painted...

This sign has some fun bright colors and lot of sparkle!

Do you know it's really hard to get a good photograph of glitter and actually show that it's sparkly? This sign looks so much more fab and sparkly in real life.

So.. what do you need???
  • Electronic cutter
  • 12" x 12" piece of Vinyl
  • 12" x 12" cutting mat for electronic cutter
  • 12" x 12" transfer paper
  • 1 x 6 that is 18" long (or a 5-1/2" wide x 18" long hunk of wood)
  • DecoArt Americana Paint: Titanium White, Citron Green, Whispering Turquoise, Purple Pizzaz
  • DecoArt Multisurface Satin in Dolphin (or an Americana shade of gray, but this is what I had)
  • DecoArt Decou-Page
  • DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint in Turquoise and Lavender
  • Painter's Tape, four sponges, plastic tray for paint, craft knife, bone folder or old gift card, and a craft paint brush
Start off by making sure your board is sanded to make it smooth then wipe it off with a damp rag to get all the dust of. Now mix Titanium White paint half and half with some water and brush it onto the front and sides of the board. Allow this to dry for at least an hour so it is completely dry. You don't want the vinyl to pull up the paint later. You can also paint the backside with this whitewash too if you are picky like me. 

Create a file in your electronic cutter software to cut your vinyl template with the words. I used my Silhouette Cameo with Silhouette vinyl and it worked like a charm. Don't want to hassle with getting the template just right? Well if you're using a board the same size as the instructions you can just download this pattern from my store. It even comes with a large size JPEG file so you can make it bigger if you want! 

Weed out the letters and borders from the vinyl. Then cover with the 12" x 12" transfer paper. Rub it down really good with a bone folder or an old credit card. Now take a craft knife and carefully cut between the vinyl so you have two separate pieces to work with. Pull up the first piece slowly to make sure you have all the vinyl pieces. 

Then apply the vinyl onto the sign being careful to center it between the top and the bottom edges so your words are straight. Then add the other half just like you did the first. Make sure you rub the vinyl down really good to get it to stick to the board and peel the transfer paper up slowly to make sure all your vinyl pieces stuck. 

Now take some painter's tape and cover up the seam between the two pieces of vinyl, but make sure you don't cover up any of the letters. 

Coat all of the letters with some DecoArt Decou-Page. No matter how well you rub down the vinyl you will always have some paint bleed underneath on the first coat. So if your first coat is clear then that clear layer will bleed through but you can't see it when it's done. So you end up with nice crisp paint lines. 

Add a small squirt of each paint color into some sort of disposable plastic container. 

One color at a time dab the sponge into the paint. Then using a dabbing up and down motion sponge the paint onto the letters. Use a different sponge for each color of paint. Make sure you're careful when you get close to a word that is in a different color. Allow the paint to dry on the letters for about 15-20 minutes then add another coat of paint onto the letters to get nice coverage. 

Allow the letters to dry again for 15-20 minutes or until it is completely dry. Now squirt a little Turquoise Glamour Dust Glitter Paint into your tray. Take a fresh sponge and sponge just the bottom half of the letters you painted in the Whispering Turquoise. Allow that to dry for 10-15 minutes and add a second coat just to the bottom half of the letters. This gives them kind of a sparkly ombre look. 

Now squirt some Lavender Glamour Dust Glitter Paint into your container and with a fresh sponge dab on the glitter paint over the word "sparkle". Allow this to dry for 10-15 minutes. Repeat to add two more coats of Lavender glitter paint allowing it to dry between each layer. 

Now just let the paint dry completely. I left it sitting for about an hour but that's because I had to cook dinner. 30-45 minutes should do the trick though. Then just gently peel off the vinyl. Carefully use a craft knife or needle tool to pick up the edges of the center of the letters like e, a, o. 

Now your sign is done! If you would like to protect all your hard work you could add a spray sealer of Americana Glossy or Matte sealer to protect your paint while still letting the glitter sparkle and shine. Just add some hangers to the back and hang it up. Or just lean it on a shelf for display. 

Now are you ready for a coupon??? Of course you are! Who doesn't want to get crafty goodies for less. 

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Here is what you have to do...

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Then your order will have free shipping! This coupon code is valid for only US addresses and only from June 22nd to June 30th! So head on over and snatch up the paint so you can make one of these fun signs for your home!

Do you love this sign and want one for your space but don't want to have to get your fingers painty? Here it is in my shop! It took a couple tries to get a good tutorial done for you. So I actually ended up with a couple of these signs. Mine has the word "sparkle" in turquoise. So I thought I would share this lovely with someone who would prefer to have some purple thrown in. There are just so many great colors of the Glamour Dust Glitter Paint I had to play with more than just one!

What projects would you use glitter paint on to add some sparkly glam to your space?
Linking up to these parties. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Smile Mixed Media Card

I made these lovely mixed media cards for a swap that Tracy was hosting. These were so much fun to make! But it has been several weeks since I made so I will try to do my best to remember the steps and materials.

  • Smoky Slate card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Night of Navy card stock 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Canson Mixed Media Paper 3-3/4" x 5"
  • Paint: turquoise, purple, white, yellow, and orange 
  • Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Happy Day
  • Ink: Night of Navy
  • Accessories: Deco Page, Stazon Jet Black, Large Rhinestones, White Gel Pen, black fine point Sharpie

I started off by brushing on some turquoise, yellow, and orange paint in three sections, then dry brushed over the whole thing with some of the orange paint. This paint was from an older stash so I don't remember the exact color names. I was kind of in a hurry to get these done so I didn't write it down as I went. After this dried I stamped the swirl from Everything Eleanor into the lower left hand corner in Night of Navy ink. I allowed this to dry, the brushed over the whole thing with a layer of Decou Page.

Since both the ink and Decou Page are water based the Decou Page re-activated the ink causing it to smear. This was actually the look I was going for, but you have to have a full brush and only brush over the ink once or your image won't be recognizable any more. (I figured that one out the hard way!). After the Decou Page dried completely I painted on the white border lines in white, the flower with turquoise and the  stem with green paint. After that dried I doodled around the edges with a black Sharpie marker and added some white dots in the center of the flower with my White Gel Pen.

Finally I stamped the greeting from Happy Day onto the paper in Stazon ink, glued this onto the Night of Navy card stock, glued that layer onto the card front, and added one large rhinestone.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Slate Roses and Fun Watercolor Technique

This soft and pretty card uses a really fun watercoloring technique to make the patterned paper. It's loads of fun so you should totally try it out for yourself!

Here's what you'll need: 
  • Smoky Slate card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Pool Party card stock 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Smoky Slate card stock 3-1/2" x 3-7/8"
  • Whisper White card stock 1-5/8" x 3-7/8"
  • Pool Party card stock 2" x 3"
  • Silver Glimmer Paper 1/4" x 4"
  • Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Sassy Salutations
  • Ink: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Versamark
  • Reinkers: Strawberry Slush, Pool Party, Gumball Green, Coastal Cabana, Wisteria Wonder
  • Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fancy Fan embossing folder

This fun technique works best with a two-step stamping set. This is also a bit messy, or maybe I'm just a messy crafter, but you might want to wear an apron to keep the ink off your clothes. 

1. To make this card I started off by making my own DSP with some Whisper White card stock, stamps, and ink. So first take a plastic container of some sort. I cut one of the large old wood mount cases in half and used it for this project. Randomly drop a few drops of reinkers. For the flowers I used Strawberry Slush, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder. 

2. Now take a spray bottle or Stampin' Mister with water and spray onto the ink drops until its nice and watery. 

3. Take the larger flower images from Stippled Blossoms. Press the stamp into what looks like a watery mess, then stamp it onto the card stock. Repeat to add all your flowers. In a separate plastic container add drops of Gumball Green and Coastal Cabana reinker, spray with water like you did before, and use this mixture to stamp the leaves. It will look like a total mess right now, but just let it dry completely. 

4. Now you have this beautiful piece of paper. The colors blend so beautifully as the ink dries. If you've been stamping for a while you'll notice less pink and blue. Just add more drops of re inker and mist again with water to make more of your "watercolors". 

5. Rub the entire card stock with your Embossing Buddy. Now take the smaller images from the Stippled Blossoms set and stamp with Versamark ink. Cover the stamped images with White embossing powder, tap off the excess, and heat it with a heat tool. The white embossing powder adds detail to your colorful blotches. 

6. Now you can take your beautiful DSP and cut it down for your card. Glue your handmade DSP onto the bottom of the large piece of Pool Party card stock. Run the small piece of Smoky Slate card stock through the Big Shot in the Fancy Fan embossing folder. Use Glue stick to glue that at the top of the Pool Party card stock. Glue the piece of Silver Glimmer Paper over the seam of the previous two layers. Then glue this panel onto the Smoky Slate card front.

Finally stamp the smaller image of the rose onto the small piece of Pool Party card stock in Pool Party ink. Then stamp the greeting from Sassy Salutations on top of the rose image in Basic Gray ink. Cut this out with the Apothecary Accents framelit and stick it onto the card with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals. 

I really love the blended look of colors you get and all those fun artsy splatters! I hope you give this fun, yet somewhat messy, technique a try!