Focus: Teal |Christmas Card Set (2018)

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Hello Friends! I have another set of Christmas cards for you. I wanted to use an unusual color to add to my Christmas card crafting. I picked teal! It seems to be a very popular color lately, and it goes fabulously with the pops of red and green included on my cards. I used older stamps from my stash for the images and the sentiments. Use whatever you have in your own stash to make some fun teal colored Christmas cards. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting!

Card #1: Poinsettia Card

Prismacolor Pencils: Poppy Red 922, Crimson Red 924, Tuscan Red 937, Charteuse 989

Polychromos Pencils: Emerald Green 9201-163, Light Green 9201-171

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Card #2: Christmas Cardinal Card

Inks: Memento: Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Hot Cocoa, Cottage Ivy,Tuxedo Black  MFT Ink: Pure Plum

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Card #3: Christmas Ornaments Card

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Card #4: Structured Snowflake Card

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Here is my video for these cards. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for watching! Have a wonderful day!!

Christmas Cards using Stamps of Card Kits Past (2018)

Hello! I hope you’re all having fun with your Christmas card crafting this year! I sure am, but I really like re-purposing stamps I have in my stash. Buying the latest and greatest stamps gets expensive. I have a fun video for you today where I visit my stamps from card kits past and use them to create some Christmas cards. These are all Simon Says Stamp card kits. None of these sets are Christmas stamps, but I was able to design some quirky and fun cards with them. It’s also amazing what some red and green inks and cardstocks can do!

Card #1: Flowers & Hearts Christmas Tree Card

The stamp sets I used for this card are May’s Take Heart set for the flowers and June’s Beautiful Flowers for the sentiment. I cut out a cylinder shape from a piece of typing paper to create my stencil, and then I randomly stamped my flowers, leaves, hearts and dots with Poppy Red ink and Elf Green ink from MFT. I made sure to stamp some of them off the side to build my tree shape. I stamped my sentiment in place of the trunk. I used a piece of MFT Poppy Red cardstock to mat my panel and adhered some Irridescent Bubbles from Studio Katia inside the flower for a touch of sparkle.

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Card #2: Christmas Flowers Pattern Paper Card

I love creating my own pattern papers, and with this card, I used the flower image from October’s card kit called Sketched Blooms. It looked kinda Christmasy to me. I used the same Joy sentiment from my first card, and the dot and heart stamp from July’s card kit stamp called One Cool Pineapple. I colored in the flowers and sentiments with a Poppy Red and white Prismacolor pencil. I stamped out the dots with Poppy Red ink from MFT and Bamboo Leaves Ink from Memento. I used another piece of Poppy Red cardstock to mat this panel. I adhered some Bronze Simon Says Stamp sequins to add a more Christmasy feel to the card. 

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Card #3: Cactus Christmas Tree Card

Here is the perfect card to send to a desert-dwelling friend. This cute cactus comes from July’s card kit set called One Cool Pineapple. I used a Santa hat from a snowman stamp set from Stampendous called Smiling Snowman. It wouldn’t have been too hard to hand draw the hat either. I colored in this cactus and hat with some Prismacolor pencils. I adhered one single Christmas ornament using another Iridescent Bubble.

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Card #4: Christmas Mermaid Card

This card has to be my favorite of the set. This mermaid comes from August’s card kit stamp set called Beautiful Mermaids. It looks likes she could very well be holding up a Christmas star. I colored her in with Copic markers. To create the sky and water, I used some Distress Oxide inks in various blue colors. I had to mask her off so I could easily blend the inks around her, and then I peeled off the mask and ink blended lightly over her tail. I masked her tail because I didn’t want to obscure it with too much ink. I used a white gel pen to draw in the foam on top of the water, making sure to draw the foam line over my mermaid. This makes her appear as though she’s in the water and not merely in front of it. I also added falling snow with the gel pen. I was having so much fun creating this card that I almost forgot my sentiment. I had to put my completed card back into my Mini Misti to ink up the sentiment. I then poured over some white embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool. The white sentiment really pops off the blue of the card.

 

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Below is my process video for these cards. You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful day!!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit 2018 |Thanks & Leaves

Hello! I hope you are all having a great weekend so far! I’m back with another 10 cards, 1 kit. Simon Says Stamp’s November card kit is filled with fun items to create some fall themed cards. The stamp set, also called Thanks & Leaves, includes a variety of solid image leaf stamps and gorgeous sentiments. However, there were two items in this kit that didn’t play nice with the rest of the items–the butterfly adornments and the Snarky Small Talk stickers. I love them both, I made cards with them both, but they weren’t fall themed cards. Lol!  See cards #4 and #11. I try to incorporate everything included in the kits in my cards. I also felt a bit coloring deprived with this kit, but I do manage to use my Prismacolor pencils on card #10.

I’ve included pictures of all my cards, as well as the inside designs. If you’re interested in what colors of inks I use, they are also listed below.

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Card #1: Stamped Pattern Paper Card

Distress Oxides: forest moss, spiced marmalade, fired brick

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Card #2: 4 Bar Card

Memento Ink: Dandelion, Rhubarb Stalk, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves

4 Bar Card is 3 1/2 x 4 7/8

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Card #3: Thank You Window Card

Distress Oxides: forest moss, spiced marmalade, fired brick, fossilized amber

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Card #4: Butterfly Card

Distress Oxides: worn lipstick, wilted violet, twisted citron, lucky clover

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Card #5: Thankful for You Card

Inks: MFT Jellybean Green, Ranger Dye Ink Cheese Puff, SSS Hybrid Melon

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Card#6: Embossed Tag Card

Distress Oxides: fired brick, fossilized amber

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Card #7: So Happy You are Family Card

Ranger Dye Inks: Java Bean, Lemon Twist, Electric Lime, Cheese Puff

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Card #8: Wreath Shaker Card

Distress Oxides: spiced marmalade, evergreen bough, candied apple, seedless preserves

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Card #9: Rainbow Leaves Card

Memento Inks: Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly

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Card #10: Colored Pencil On Kraft Card

Prismacolor Pencils: Orange 918, Scarlet Lake 923, Crimson Lake 925, Canary Yellow 916, Apple Green 912, Olive Green 911

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Card #11: Bonus Card – Sending You Smiles Card using Snarky Small Talk Stickers

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Here is my process video which you can watch here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thank you for visiting my blog and YouTube channel! I hope you’re all enjoying your kits, and if you didn’t purchase the kit, that you are inspired with some of the techniques I used to create these cards! I’m so grateful for our fun, crafty community! Hugs!!

Scrapping for Less | Flavor of the Month Card Kit Reveal October 2018 | Joy to the World

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Joy to the World! That song so reminds me of Christmas because as a little girl I was full of joy and glee waiting for Christmas to arrive. Of course though, what child isn’t? Right? Well, I feel the same way every single month when it comes time to reveal the card kit. This month is no exception because Christmas cards are my most absolute favorite cards to make! So let’s get cracking on those Christmas cards! Have you started yours yet? Well, if not, here are some fantastic little collections to get you going. So run, don’t walk to make sure you get your Flavor of the Month kit this month; it is packed full of JOY! Also, you could win a past kit if you head back to the SFL blog and join in by participating in our rafflecopter!


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Hello and welcome! Today I am thrilled to present to you the October card kit for Scrapping for Less. I was invited to be a guest designer this month, and today is reveal day! The Flavor of the Month Card Kit this month is called, “Joy to the World.” This title describes my feelings exactly upon seeing this kit in person and creating cards with it.

This month’s kit is all about Christmas–my favorite holiday to make cards for! I created two cards with each Double Dip Sundae collection and two with the Banana Split ingredients. However, I could have kept on creating with the myriad of supplies included in each collection.

There are four collections in the Double Dip Sundae Kit as well as 6 sheets of colored cardstock and 2 of Neenah 110lb smooth white. Each collections is packed with creative fun. I was also sent the Banana Split ingredients–mine included Frosted Lace Stickles, a jute stocking, a tag die, and a darling stamp set by Scrapping for Less called, “Reindeer Games.” The Flavor of the Month Card Kit is an incredible value!

Card #1: Christmas Tree Ephemera Card

For my first card I chose this cute Christmas tree ephemera as my focus. This is a very feminine card with the pink pattern paper and the pink oval die cut. My sentiment came from the stamp set included in this collection called, “Christmas Bug.” I dipped into the Banana Split ingredients and pulled out the Frosted Lace Stickles and applied it over the bulbs on the tree. This was a quick and delightfully fun card to put together.

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Card #2: Christmas Bug Card

Prismacolor Pencils: Bug – Canary Yellow 916, Goldenrod 1034  Tree – Apple Green 912, Olive Green 911  Tires – 90% Warm Grey 1058, 50% Cool Grey 1063, 10% Cool Grey 1059 Snow – Blue Slate 1024  Sky – Light Cerulean Blue 904

I was excited to ink up the bug image from this first collection and color it in with my favorite medium–Prismacolor pencils. This would make a great masculine Christmas card; however, it would really work for anyone. I used sketch #3 from the Flavor of the Month Card Sketches to pattern my card after. I’ve never really used sketches before, but I gotta tell ya, it took my creative tendencies in a direction they never would have gone, and I love the result.

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Card #3: Deck the Halls Baubles

Distress Oxides: Twisted Citron & Fired Brick

I love Gina K Designs products; so, when I saw this fabulous Gina K stamp set, I couldn’t wait to play with it! I used Distress Oxides to ink it up, and then I heat embossed the sentiment, the stars, and the toppers with some silver glitter embossing powder from Wow. To put the focus on the pretty baubles, I adhered a white circle die cut behind them. The plaid pattern paper behind that coordinated perfectly. I also use the ribbon from this second collection to tie onto the baubles.

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Card #4: Silver & Gold Baubles

Silver and gold go hand-in-hand with Christmas cards. For this card I heat embossed the baubles with gold embossing powder and added accents to them with silver embossing powder. This stamp set is fun because you can mix and match all the smaller images to decorate the baubles. The pattern paper I used behind my main panel is a beautiful plaid, and I’m going to need much, much more of this in my stash. Lol!

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Card #5: Cute Carolers Card

Collection three made me kinda giddy. I love the Christmas carolers in the “Joy to the World” stamp set and the pink plaid pattern papers–both of which were created by Pink and Main. I colored in this little quartet with Copic markers. I cut them out with the tag die from the Banana Split collection and popped it up on the plaid paper with some foam tape. I used sketch #4 to put this card together.

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Card #6: Gingerbread Cookie Card

Copic on gingerbread cookie – E35

Shaker card time! This gingerbread wooden Christmas shape was the perfect focus for card #6. The white sequins around him look like sprinkled sugar. I did color in my little gingy with a Copic marker to make him look like he was baked and ready to pop out of the oven. This will make a great kid’s card!

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Card #7: Santa in the Chimney Card

Copics: Bricks – E07, W3   Gray Bread & Fur – C2, C00  Snow – B000  Red Coat & Hat – R89, R29, R27  Skin – E51, E11, R11  Sky – B60, B000

I patterned this card after sketch #2. I really had fun using these sketches. I colored in this little Santa from the stamp set by Scrapping for Less called, “Cookies for Santa” with Copic markers. My favorite part of the coloring was making this chimney into a brick chimney with more Copics. My sentiment that simply says, “Christmas” comes from one of the cut-apart pattern papers from this collection. I stamped another sentiment on the inside of the card that says, “Be Good for Goodness Sake.”

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Card #8: Cookies & Cocoa for Santa Shaker Card

I think this card is my favorite. I really enjoyed stamping the two small images from the “Cookies for Santa” stamp set repeatedly across this panel of Paper Bag Kraft cardstock. I colored them in using some polychromos colored pencils. I used the same medium to color in the Santa, and I fussy cut him out so he looks like he’s inside the window waving hello. I used all the sequins from this collection inside this shaker window.

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Card #9: Jute Christmas Stocking Card

I wish I could have found a small candy cane to put in this stocking, but they didn’t have any at my local grocery store yet–soon, I’m sure. This stocking is from the Banana Split collection, and I adhered it to my card base with some strong double-sided adhesive. To make it coordinate more with the paper of the card, I added more paper on top of it. I thought the pattern paper behind it was a perfect backing for this cute stocking.

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Card # 10: Joy to the World Card

I love the images from the stamp set in the Banana Split collection. This set was created by Scrapping for Less and is called, “Reindeer Games.” I’m definitely going to make more, a lot, lot more cards with it. I colored in the images with Copic markers and fussy cut them. I ink blended some Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock to add color to the scene behind the little characters. I popped them up on the card with foam squares. The green cardstock framing them was left over from my first card where I die cut an oval out of it. I love putting scraps to good use!

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Here is the instructional video for these cards. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel in HD.


 

A BIG THANK YOU to Scrapping for Less for inviting me to be a guest designer! Check out this fabulous card kit over on their blog: Flavor of the Month Card Kit.

You can also go to their Web Site to download the Checklist and the Sketch Sheets.

Next on the blog hop is the fabulous Mary Polanco! Keep hopping along for some more crafty inspiration.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

10 Cards, 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp Halloween Card Kit 2018 | Frightful Fun

Happy Halloween, my card crafting friends! I had so much fun creating cards with Simon Says Stamp’s Frightful Fun Card Kit that I made 13 cards instead of just 10. The stamp set called Frightful Fun was packed with cute images to color in, or if you need a  fast card, the kit included printed cardstock shapes to adhere to your cards. I really was surprised with how much I enjoyed using these cardstock shapes–I’m usually all about stamps and art mediums. Even my kids enjoyed the kit. They made several goodies bags with the Halloween Treat Bags that were included.

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Card #1: Die Cut Ghost Boo Card

The kit included the most adorable ghost die. I used this for card #1. I cut out the ghost with white cardstock and a piece of black fun foam–I just used the letters from this. I used Distress Oxides Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet, and Black Soot to put some vivid Halloween colors behind him. I also used a piece of the Orange Peel cardstock behind that and adhered it all to a black card base.

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Card #2: Batty for Treats

The kit came with lots of fabulous pattern paper, but that didn’t stop me from creating my own pattern paper with the smaller images from the stamp set. I stamped them onto a piece of Neenah Solar white cardstock and colored them in with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of yellow cardstock and cut it out with a faux stitched circle die–I wanted it to look like the moon. For the inside of this card (and with most of my cards), I used the cut aparts from the pattern paper–so cute and easy to use.

Copics: Bat – V25, C4  Carmel Apples – R35, E35  Candy Corns – YR07, Y08  Taffy – RV13  Lollipops – RV13, B02

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Card #3: Spooky Halloween Tree

I loved using this spooky tree stamp! I colored in this whole scene with Copics and heat embossed the sentiment right onto the panel with white embossing powder. This is almost a one-layer card. I attached this panel onto a black card base.

Copics: Tree – E23, E25, E27  Moon – Y11  Grass – G07  Fence – C2, C4, C7  Owl – E50, E53, E57, YR14  Sky – V15, V17

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Card #4: Ghost Printed Cardstock Shape

There were so many of the printed cardstock shapes from Pebbles in this kit! I loved them all, and I used up most of them on these cards. This ghost was one of my favorites, and he is the star of this card. All I did was die cut some cardstocks from this kit to put behind him, added a few lavender sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and this card was done!

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Card #5: Skeleton Card

I used a piece of the pattern paper from this kit to stamp my skeleton image onto. It has a very subtle bat pattern on it, but it worked well behind this heat embossed image. I used Prismacolor pencils to color him in. This really made him pop off the paper. I used Tim Holtz’s Stacked Deckle Thinlits dies to cut out this panel and a piece of Orange Peel cardstock. These dies are new to my craft room, and I thought they added the perfect touch of tattered Halloween cuteness to the card. It was a last minute decision to add the ribbon onto my card. I never learn to think before I adhere everything together! I have to carefully pull up the layers of my cards to sandwich the ribbon or twine in between them and secure it. However, this card was not coming apart, so I carefully glued it down right at the edges so it wouldn’t fray. I cut some gold confetti sequins into moon shapes with a hole paper punch. On the inside of the card I stamped out another sentiment and the skeleton again with Distress Oxides.

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Card #6: Fancy Halloween Card

The pretty printed cardstock shapes inspired me to make this elegant Halloween card, as well as the Nuvo Ivory Sands glitter. This was another quick and easy card to put together. I also added drops of glue on the pumpkin and the flowers and poured over more glitter. This turned out to be one of my favorite cards from this collection. I also need to add some of this pretty cream colored card stock to my collection–love it!

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Card #7: Trick-or-Treaters Printed Cardstock Shape Card

I thought this would make a great card for one of my kiddos. The trick-or-treaters are adorable! I also wanted to incorporate a piece of the pattern paper that matched the cutout of the kids. This card consisted of die cuts and printed cardstock shapes–very easy and fun! A few enamel sprinkles added a fun finishing touch.

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Card #8: Pumpkins on Kraft Cardstock

I stamped out two of the pumpkins from the stamp set onto a piece of Kraft cardstock. I colored them in with Prismacolor pencils. It didn’t take long to coloring them in, even though I added a few layers of pencil onto this panel. I adhered some strips of pattern paper and cardstock behind this panel. My camera stopped filming while doing this, but it’s simple to recreate by looking at the picture.

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Card #9: Cat in a Cauldron Card

I heat embossed this cat and cauldron image onto a piece of the Royal Purple cardstock with white embossing powder. I used more Prismacolor pencils here and allowed the purple of the paper to show through. I wanted the background to look like a cloud of magical smoke rising up from the cauldron, so I colored around the candies with a green pencil and then went around that with orange, then red, then purple. Another fun kids’ Halloween card.

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Card #10: Spooky Ghosts Card

I had to include a card using the two darling ghost stamps from this set. First, I heat embossed the sentiment onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock with SSS Antique Gold embossing powder. Then I stamped the ghosts randomly around the sentiment and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I used Bristol Smooth cardstock because I was planning on blending some Distress Oxide inks over it, and the Bristol cardstock allows these inks to blend very smoothly. After applying the Distress Oxides, I made sure to wipe off the ink from the lines of my embossed images to brighten them up again.

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Card# 11: Tombstones Happy Halloween Card

I lost the video footage for these last three cards. I really love how they turned out, so I wanted to include them. I used the orange and black dotted pattern paper for my background on this card. These three tombstones are printed cardstock shapes, and I glued the side two down flat. The middle tombstone as well at the grass I popped up with some foam adhesive. I mimicked the sentiments on the tombstones by heat embossing my stamped sentiment–one with white embossing powder and the other with gold.

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Card# 12: Witches Portraits Card

I used more pattern paper and printed cardstock shapes on this card. These two witch silhouettes were too cut to ignore. I used puffy stickers from the kit to look like tacks and drew in the strings with a Copic multi-liner. I should have stopped there, but the kit included a cute little bottle of Glosssy Accents that I wanted to try out. I put Glossy accents over the witch portraits to look like a pane of glass in front of them, but it ended up warping the cardstock shapes. Maybe if I had applied the Glossy accents before adhering the shapes onto the card with foam squares, it would have stayed more flat. Oh well, I tried.

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Card #13: You’re Bewitching Card

Another cute witch is the focus of this card, and I made sure it took center stage by cutting a circle spotlight for her out of this dark gray cardstock. I used Green Apple cardstock behind her to make her pop. The sentiment is another printed cardstock shape, and it went perfectly with my little witch. For added interest I adhered some green sequins from my stash.

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Below is the video I created for these cards. You can watch it here or in HD on my YouTube channel. I hope you enjoy! Happiest of Halloweens to you!

 

10 Cards, 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit 2018 |Sketched Flowers

Hello! I had so much fun creating cards with Simon Says Stamp’s October Card Kit! It included a lot of products that I had never used before. The large stamp set called Sketched Flowers was a hit all by itself–what gorgeous, versatile flowers! So much fun was packed into this kit.

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Card #1: Thinking of You Card using Alcohol Inks & Yuppo Paper

I’ve watched many videos of card crafters using alcohol inks on Yuppo paper–a synthetic, non-porous paper. However, for some reason, I never jumped on the alcohol ink/Yuppo paper bandwagon. I should have a long time ago because it is tremendous fun! Dropping those beautiful inks on the paper and watching them move and blend is kinda enthralling. After I was happy with the background I achieved, I let it dry for a few minutes–it was still tacky in places–and I pressed foil paper onto it. The effect was a sparkly, marble-like background. These backgrounds would be great to use for masculine cards as well. I also used a strip of double sided tape to foil an angled stripe down my panel.

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Card #2: Hello Card using Alcohol Lift Ink

I made another gorgeous background using alcohol inks and Yuppo paper for this card. I stamped out the largest stamp from the Sketched Flowers set using the lift ink. It gave me a beautiful white image of the flowers. I added a sentiment and some sequins and this card was complete.

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Card #3: Hi Card with Transfer Alcohol Ink

Colored Pencils: Deco Yellow 1011, Light Green 920, Light Aqua 992, Aquamarine 905, Cobalt Turquoise 105

When I stamped out my image from card number 2, I had alcohol ink left on the stamp which I stamped onto a piece of white card stock. The image didn’t stamp out very clearly–I think I waited too long to stamp it out. However, I wanted to save this beautiful image, so I used Prismacolor pencils in similar colors to darken the lines. To add more interest I went ahead and colored it in. I framed it with a piece of Bright Yellow card stock and adhered it onto a piece of Peacock card stock.

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Card #4: Fall Themed Card using Gellyroll Pens

I have a box of gel pens that I rarely use, and I wanted to dust them off and give them a try on this card. I used a smudge technique where I’d scribble on some ink and then smudge it out with my finger. This was very fun to do, and I loved the result on this kraft card stock panel!

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Card #5: Stamped Pattern Card

Prismacolor Pencils: White, Apple Green 912, Pink 929, Deco Pink 1014

This card was very fun and fast to put together. This would be a great design to make a whole set of and give to a friend. I randomly stamped out the single images from the stamp set–I also used two of the sentiment to stamp around the card. I colored in the images with Prismacolor pencils and then added gel dots for more interest.

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Card #6: Masculine Birthday Card with Orange Foil and Blue Flowers

Prismacolor Pencils: White, China Blue 1100, Electric Blue 1040, Pale Vermilion 921

This card didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned it, but I still liked the finished product. I die cut circles from Stick It adhesive and place them across the panel. I thought they would foil out into perfect circles, but I think the adhesive was just to thin for this technique. The card turned out kinda shabby-chic, but it’s still cute. I stamped out three flowers and colored them with Prismacolor pencils in complimentary colors. I think this would be a great masculine birthday card in spite of the flowers.

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Card #7: Christmas Card using Sketched Flowers Stamp, Alcohol Ink and Yuppo

Copics: C00. C1, C4, R39, R29, R24, R22, G09, YG07, YG06

I wanted to show how versatile this stamp set is. You could use it for any occasion. I colored in the flowers with reds and greens–leaving some of the flowers white. I also created a alcohol ink background in green by blending the blue and the yellow inks from the kit. I then foiled the background with red foil. For added interest I adhered a strip of double sided adhesive and covered it with more red foil.

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Card # 8: Thinking of You Card

Copics: Greenery – YG63, YG61, YG41  Yellow Rose – Y11, Y15, Y17 Orange Flower – YR07, YR04, YR21

This is a simple yet charming design. I love the fall look to it. The Burnt Orange card stock from the kit was my favorite. I need to get some more of this! I cut out a circle in this card stock and popped it up with foam tape. I stamped and colored in the flower using Copic markers and adhered them in the center of this frame. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and it sure does pop off of this card stock.

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Card #9: Valentine’s Day Card

Copics: YG06, RV02, RV06, R14, R27, R39

I used the gorgeous Sketched Flowers stamp again to create a Valentine’s Day card. I stamped it out on a piece of white card stock and a piece of pink card stock. I then die cut the two panels. I only colored in the image on the heart. It was fun using Copic markers on colored card stock! I then added foam tape behind it and aligned it on the white panel. The little “love you” sentiment from the set fit perfectly in the top corner of the heart.

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Card #10: Botanical Yuppo Paper Die Cuts Card

I had fun putting this design together. I created another alcohol ink background and then used the lift ink to stamp out the three single stamps from this set. I then die cut them with a square die–you could use your paper trimmer to cut them out. Before adhering my die cut with foam tape, I stamped out three of the sentiments from this set. I added this panel onto a white card base. It was only after I adhered everything together that I decided it needed a twine bow, so I carefully peeled off the Bright Yellow card stock. This added a cute touch. For the inside of the card, I used the ink that transferred on the stamps when I used the lift ink on my Yuppo paper. I stamped them on the inside of my card base right away–I didn’t give it any time to dry.

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I could have kept on creating cards with this fabulous kit. This one was definitely a winner. Check out my Etsy shop–I have  a lot of my cards available there. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Here’s the video showing how I created these cards. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel in HD.

 

10 Card 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit 2018 |Sea Treasure

 

Hello & Happy Friday! Here is my 10 cards, 1 kit for Simon Says Stamp September card kit called Sea Treasure–finally! Lol! Life got really busy when school started for my kids. I didn’t have much time to card craft, but I sat down at my craft table every chance I got. I loved creating cards with this kit! The mermaid stamp set is gorgeous and super fun to play with. I also love the 3 full size ink pads included in the kit.

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Card #1: One-layer Mermaid Card with Distress Oxides and Copics

I wanted to try out the new Distress Oxide inks on this first card. Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky blended together beautifully! I used these inks to indicate water behind my mermaid. I like that her hand and tail hang out from the edges of the water. The white space on this card really makes the image pop.

Copics: Skin: E53, E33, E15, R20  Hair: RV63, RV55, RV66  Tail: G20, G02, G05  Star &  Pearls in her hair: Y02, Y17

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Card #2: Prismacolor Mermaid on Kraft Card Stock

I had to try coloring the next mermaid on a piece of kraft card stock. I used Prismacolor pencils this time. I stamped bubbles behind her, and it gave the background a lot of  cute interest. The embossing powder, called Mermaid, included in this kit is gorgeous, and I used it over the sentiment.

Prismacolor Pencils: Tail: 1011 Deco Yellow, 1002 Yellowed Orange, 918 Orange, 922 Poppy Red, Skin: 997 Beige, 939 Peach, 943 Burnt Ochre, 993 Hot Pink  Hair: 993 Hot Pink, 994 Process Red, 995 Mulberry, 931 Dark Purple  Shells & Background: 904 Light Cerulean Blue, 103 Cerulean Blue  Highlights: 938 White

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Card #3: Copic Marker Beach Scene

I really enjoyed putting this card together. I used a 2 mm Molotow masking pen to protect the seashells, sun reflections and the surf so I could color in the beach, sand and water with Copic markers. It worked like a charm. If you try this, make sure you have the right eraser to rub off the masking fluid from your card panel. I tried many, but the one that really worked the best was a glue runner eraser from Ad Tech. I bought it at Hobby Lobby. It wasn’t next to the art supply erasers, so make sure you ask a worker if you are trying to find it.

Copics: Beach & Sea: E53, E51, BG11, BG23  Seashells: V04, V05, V09, V12  –  YG06, Y08 – R22, R27  Sand Dots: E33, E57 & White Gel Pen

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Card #4: Mermaid Shaker Card

This card turned out so bright and pretty. I put very colorful sequins behind the shaker window, and I colored in the mermaid with bright Copic markers. This would be perfect for a girl’s birthday card.

Copics: Skin: E000, E21, E04, R20  Hair: Y11, Y13, Y15, YR23  Tail: BV00, BV02, BV13, Y08, Y02  Shells: RV04, RV02  Rock: E31, E33, E35

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Card #5: Nautical Wreath Card

I love wreath cards! I just had to create one with all the darling little stamps from the set. I wanted to frame the sentiment–Beauty Comes From Within–and the oyster stamp complimented it perfectly. I love the pearl embellishment I put over the stamped pearl. I didn’t keep track of the Prismacolor pencils I used for this. I just grabbed blue pencils from the box. I also used gray and white pencils.

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Card #6: Nautical Pattern Card

I used all the smaller images in the stamp set to create this card–they are all so gorgeous. I don’t often use navy blue card stock in my crafting, but I definitely loved it. I found this single piece in my stash–if think it’s from an MFT card stock sampler. I ended up using it to make two of my cards–this one and the Nautical Wreath card. I masked off the area where I planned on stamping my sentiment, and I stamped and ink blended around this. This really made the sentiment pop! I used Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide around the sentiment and around the edges of the card base.

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Card #7: Lots of Mermaids Window Card

This card took the longest, but I learned a lot about coloring skin tones with Prismacolors. I played with my Prismacolor pencils a lot to figure out which ones I needed to use to get the looks I wanted. After the coloring was done, I wasn’t sure if I should have used the Gamsol–odorless mineral spirits–over my images. I really loved the look of the colored pencils just the way they were, but I was curious to see how they would look all smoothed out.

Prismacolor Pencils:

Top Mermaid’s Green Hair: Sap Green Light – 120, Chartreuse – 989, Dark Green – 908  Top Mermaid’s Skin: Light Peach – 927, Peach – 939, Clay Rose – 1017, Jasmine – 1012 Middle Mermaid’s Red Hair: Yellowed Red – 1002, Henna – 1031, Carmine Red – 926 Middle Mermaid’s Skin: Beige – 997, Nectar – 1092, Terra Cotta – 944                         Bottom Mermaid’s Purple Hair: Parma Violet – 1008, Dioxazine Purple Hue – 132, Violet – 932                                                                                                                                             Bottom Mermaid’s Skin: Light Umber – 941, Sienna Brown – 945, Black Grape – 996, Blush – 993 (for cheeks)

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Card #8: Mermaid Tail Card

I like the look of this card–I like the white space I left on it. I stamped just the mermaid’s tail so that it would appear like she’s swimming off, and you’re just catching a glimpse of her. There are a lot of mermaid tail stamps out on the market, and in my opinion, you have to be careful using them or they’ll look like a gory, cut off mermaid’s tail. It just doesn’t look right. So I made sure to color her right up to the frame of the card–so it looks like she does continue on.

Copics: Tail: BG11, BG13, YG03, YG00  Hair: R85, R83  Treasure Chest: E53, E33, E35, E37, E31  Seaweed: G00, G03, G07

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Card #9: Sea Life in a Water Bubble

I wanted to try something very artistic with this card, and I wanted it to be a one layer card. However, it just didn’t work out that way. Lol! I watched several videos on YouTube where artists draw droplets of water–they make it look so realistic. That’s what I wanted to try. I masked off my circle and stamped my images. I then used Tumbles Glass Distress Oxide over my masked images. I used Stormy Sky Distress Oxide around my circle, but it just didn’t look right. To fix this problem, I cut out my circle with a faux stitched circle die, propped it up with foam tape and attached it to a black card base. I used a dark blue colored pencil around the edges of my circle as well as a white gel pen to make it look like a water bubble. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.

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Card #10: Sparkly Water Mermaid Card

I absolutely had to use the glitter card stock included in this kit, and, of course, I had to  use it for the water. I die cut a wave at the top of my glitter card stock–but you could definitely cut it out by hand. I did some Copic coloring on my mermaid and attached her to the card with some foam tape. This was a fast card to create, but I love how it turned out.

Copics: Hair: YR21, YR24, YR27  Tail: YG11, YG13, YG17  Shells: RV13, RV14, RV17  Skin: E00, E11, E13  Rocks: E70, E74

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Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you go away with some ideas and inspiration for creating your own cards! Happy crafting, my friends!!

Here is the video I created for these cards! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

 

10 Cards, 1 Kit |Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit 2018 | Mandy’s Flowers

Hello! Welcome to my blog! So I’ve finally finished my 10 cards using Simon Says Stamp’s August Card Kit!! I was on vacation, but I didn’t want to miss out on this kit because it’s so fabulous. I even purchased the coordinating dies for the stamp set called Mandy’s Flowers. This is a stamp set that I can see myself pulling out and using often. I wanted the coordinating dies so I could do several fabulous techniques such as partial die cutting and set back stamping. I had so much fun creating these cards! I hope I’ve given you some ideas for your card crafting!!

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Card #1:

My favorite thing about this card is the picket fence! I chose to color it in with my earth tone Copics, but it would look really sharp and cute if you kept it white and used some gray Copics for shadows. The nice thing about this stamp is that the sides are open ended, so you can stamp your fence all the way across your card if you want to. I created a little vignette with the fence and some flowers popped up in front with some foam tape. It’s kinda 3D because the fence also has foam tape behind it. The edges along the window were looking a little raw, so I created my own frame by using a rectangle die in the middle of a piece of purple card stock. I trimmed away the excess until it was a really thin frame. I stamped the sentiment right onto a piece of the pattern paper that came in the kit. For the inside of the card I stamped out the flowers onto the pattern paper and colored them in with colored pencils.

Copics: Fence – E31, E35, E37, YR23, B21   Flowers – V01, V05, V06, YR21, Y17, Y35, YR04, G07, G05, YG06, YG11

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Card # 2:

I love the background stamp that came in this kit; it’s called Modern Rose Blooms. (I called it Modern Flowers in the video, but that’s not correct.) I used VersaMark ink on it so I could heat emboss it with white embossing powder. There is so much you can do with this stamp! I then blended on a Distress Oxide ink called Broken China. I cut it up into stripes and angled them down the front of my card along with some strips of card stock from the kit called Cotton Candy.

To color in the flowers I used Copic marker again-one of my favorite pink combos (see below). I used foam squares behind my die cut image and die cut sentiment.

Copics: Flower – R85, R83, R81, R56, YG06, YG09  Pot – N4, N2, N0

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Card #3:

Coloring with Prismacolor pencils on colored card stock is one of my favorite things to do. I stamped the wreath image onto another piece of Cotton Candy card stock, and this card stock has some nice tooth to it. I stamped out the thank you sentiment inside the wreath-I always need thank you cards! I was glad I tested it to see if this sentiment fit in the wreath because the large sentiments in this set don’t fit unless you stamp it with the flower at the top or the bottom. I used the coordinating die to cut out the wreath in a piece of pattern paper and fit this around the wreath on my colored card stock.

Prismacolor Pencils: 195 Pomegranate, 928 Blush Pink, 1088 Muted Turquoise, 907 Peacock Green

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Card #4:

I created a chalkboard card using black card stock and white embossing powder. However, before I heat embossed it, I stamped it out with white pigment ink. This makes it easier to color in-the raised lines of the embossing don’t get in the way. I adore the pattern paper I used behind the chalkboard piece! I stamped one of the many smaller sentiments onto a piece of white card stock and added a few heart sprinkles around it.

Prismacolor Pencils: Pencils: 195 Pomegranate, 928 Blush Pink, 1088 Muted Turquoise, 907 Peacock Green (Same pencils as card# 3.)

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Card# 5:

I created a very dimensional image with the potted flowers stamp. I stamped and colored it in twice. I then cut out the two flowers and the rim and tray on the pot. The foam tape I put behind these pieces made the pot and flowers look 3D. This card is a lot cuter in person–it was hard to catch the dimension in this picture. I also used all the smaller sentiments to stamp out my own block of text behind the flowers. I used another piece of pattern paper to frame it and a piece of Gina K’s Sweet Corn card stock for my card base.

Copics: Yellow Flower – Y32, Y15, E11, R22  Pink Flower – R22, R20  Leaves – YG11, YG06 Pot – E11, E15, E75

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Card #6:

I could use more of this fancy text pattern paper–it’s so pretty! I cut it out with a scallop frame die. The card base is made from Doll Pink card Stock, and I adhered another piece of Cotton Candy card stock onto the base at an angle. I also adhered the patter paper flat onto the card. I popped up my die cut image with some foam squares. I used some hot pink Copics to color in the tulips. To add some color to the pattern paper, I stamped the heart image and dots around the flowers. I also added the Nuvo Bubblegum Blush Drops around them. I love how bright and pretty this card turned out.

Copics: RV4, RV6, RV9, YG13, YG17, B00

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Card# 7:

I used the coordinating dies for the images on this card to do a partial die cutting technique. I taped the dies over the stamped and colored images and placed half of this panel between the plates. When I rolled it through my Sizzix Big Shot, it only cut out half of the images. I used my paper trimmer and a pen knife to cut out the rest of the card panel. I put foam tape behind this panel and adhered it to a pretty piece of pattern paper.

I used Prismacolor pencils to color in the flowers and the vase. To add highlights and used a white gel pen.

Prismacolor pencils: 118 Cadmium Orange Hue, 1002 Yellowed Orange, 992 Light Aqua, 913 Spring Green, 909 Grass Green, 902 Ultramarine

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Card# 8:

For this card I used the wreath stamp again, but this time I colored it in with Copic markers. I used the coordinating die to cut it out and popped it up with foam tape. I stamped the small images from the stamp set all over a piece of white card stock. I then  used Spruced Ice and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides to add color; however, I wish I had blended on the color before I stamped out the images because the Distress Oxides dulled my stamping. I used up the yard of twine from the kit to add a cute touch of texture behind the wreath. I really love this twine from May Arts Ribbon. I have a whole spool of it, and I use it a lot. The black card base adds a lot to the design of this card. Inside the card I heat embossed another sentiment and images with white embossing powder.

Copics: B60, B63, B66, N0, N2, N4

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Card# 9:

The background stamp is the star of this card design. I inked it up with VersaMark ink, and poured Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing powder over it. I love this embossing powder! I then blended on Tattered Rose Distress Oxide. I used the coordinating die to cut out a window in this pane and put foam tape behind this panel. I stamped and colored my image onto a piece of white card stock so that it would line up with this window.

For the inside of the card I used some more Wow embossing powder called Pink Lady to emboss the images.

Copics: RV4, RV6, RV9 YG13, YG17

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Card#10:

I colored in the pot and flowers again for this card, and I tried to match my coloring to the colors on the pattern paper I chose for this card. Using the Copic Marker Hand Color Chart really makes matching colors easy. You can download it for free from the Copic Marker’s Web Site. I also embossed some lines into my white panel using my paper trimmer as a scoring tool and my bone folder. This gave my card a lot of fun interest. I also used another piece of the Tonic Powder Blue Lace paper to mat the pattern paper. On the inside I used up some of the scraps I had left over.

Copics: Pot – BG53, BG57  Flowers – Y21, Y26, Y17, R22, R24

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Here is the video for these cards! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Cards, 1 Kit | MFT June Card Kit 2018 | Painted Prints

MFT’s card kit for June is called Painted Prints, and it’s really quite lovely. I created a set of 10 cards using the stamps and card stocks included in this kit, as well as a few extra items I picked up from their online shop. This is the first time I’ve ever purchased one of their kits! The flower stamps included in the set look like water-colored tulips and roses. They are layering stamps, and I especially love these kind of stamps! Also included is a set of sentiment stamps, and there is one for every occasion. Here is a look at all of the cards I created.

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Card #1: The vase is the star of this show! I love how the stems show through this vase that I die cut with MFT’s new heavy weight vellum. It made the vase look like frosted glass. I used MFT’s Hybrid ink cubes in coral crush and persimmon to stamp out the tulips–I love these two colors together. I added a blue background to compliment all the orange, and I adhered it to a white card stock base with some liquid glue.

Supplies: Dots & Stripes Confection Paper Pack, Heavy Weight Vellum, Hybrid Ink Cubes #16, Oval Frame Dies, Blue Lagoon Card Stock – Gina K, Connect Glue – Gina K

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Card #2: I used the base layer stamps for all four tulips to stamp a white silhouette of the flowers across this panel. I stamped them with VersaMark ink, poured white embossing powder on them and heat set them. To make them pop off the paper, I ink blended Worn Lipstick and Tatter Rose Distress Oxide inks over the panel.

Supplies: VersaMark Ink, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Tattered Rose Distress Oxide, VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, Clear Embossing Powder Gina K, Twine, Heavy Weight Vellum,

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Card #3: My favorite thing about this card is the color scheme. I love teal and yellow together. I used inks from a variety of companies–my collection is very eclectic. I used another piece of vellum behind my flowers, and I made sure to glue the vellum down where I knew my flowers would hide the glue. When I pulled off the cap from my glitter pen, it splatter all over my card. I just meant to use it on the flowers, but I discovered that the glitter splatters looked really cute, so I spattered on some more. That was a very happy mistake! Lol!

Supplies: Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen, Blue Lagoon Ink, Lavender Fields Ink, Lemon Chiffon Ink, Apricot Ink, Blue Lagoon Card StockHeavy Weight VellumVersaMark Ink, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder,

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Card #4: This is a fabulously fun technique to try! I used some Distress Inks, a piece of watercolor paper, and a spray bottle. I inked up the stamp, sprayed it, and then stamped it onto the paper. It was messy and drippy and fun. I love how the watercolors feathered out and moved around on the paper.

Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Arches Cold Press Watercolor PaperVersaMark Ink, Pink Lady Wow Embossing Powder, Twine, Heavy Weight Vellum, Razzleberry Card Stock

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Card #5: I am really drawn to kraft card stock–I even have kraft ink! I created a tone-on-tone look with this card using the kraft card stock and ink. I think I could have stopped there, and it would make a pretty card. However, I did glue on some flowers and added a sentiment that I heat embossed onto a piece of vellum.

Supplies: Pink Gumball Ranger Ink, Razzle Berry MFT Ink, Electric Lime Ranger Ink, Lily Pad Ranger Ink, Lemon Chiffon MFT Ink, Apricot SSS Ink, VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, Gina K Clear Embossing Powder

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Card #6: Another fun technique is stamping with pigment inks onto dark card stock. I stamped out the flowers onto a piece of Steel Gray card stock using Distress Oxide Inks. It looks more subdued, but I liked how it turned out. I used a piece of striped pattern paper to brighten up the card, and for the card base I used Tickled Pink card stock.

Supplies: Tattered Rose Distress Oxide, Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, Candied Apple Distress Oxide, Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide, Wilted Violet Distress Oxide, Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide, Dots & Stripes Confection Paper Pad, Scalloped Frame Die

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Card #7: I love the look of the flowers on this card! To achieve this fun look, I used the  coordinating dies and the pretty card stocks that came in the kit. I die cut them before I did my stamping. I didn’t stamp the base stamp, just the second and third layer stamps. It gave these flowers a whole new look.

Supplies: Persimmon Ink, Razzleberry Ink, Poppy Ink, Spearmint InkDots & Stripes Confection Paper Pad,

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Card #8: I used Distress Oxide inks to stamp out the flowers for this card. I wanted to keep it simple and elegant since it’s a sympathy card. I used a piece of the Watercolor Wash pattern paper behind my sentiment which I stamped onto a piece of white card stock that I had cut out with a rectangle frame die.

Supplies: Watercolor Wash Paper Pad, Rectangle Frame Die, Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, Twisted Citron Distress OxideTattered Rose Distress Oxide, Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, Candied Apple Distress Oxide,

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Card #9: I had to try out the new vellum as a card base. It is definitely thick enough for a card base, but it was very difficult to score, and as a result, it cracked a little bit when I folded it in half. I used some Delicata gold ink to stamp out the second layer on this flower. This is a pigment ink, so it stayed wet long enough for me to brush on some Perfect Pearls powder in gold. This is a fun technique. The Perfect Pearls makes the gold ink brighter and shinier. You can buff off the excess with a cloth.

Supplies: Watercolor Wash Paper PadScalloped Frame Die, Angel Pink Memento Ink, Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment InkRazzleberry InkPerfect Pearls Gold, Iridescent BubblesHeavy Weight Vellum, VersaMark Ink, Antique Gold Embossing Powder

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Card #10: The last card may be my favorite. I love the simplicity of it. It was definitely quick to put together since I used left-over flowers. I used the cute vase die again and cut it out with Razzle Berry card stock. I did glue together a few layers to this vase–just because I kept changing my mind as to which color card stock to use, but this added some nice dimension to my die cut piece. I used the “Thank You” stamp, but I masked it so I could stack the two words–the two words of this stamp were just too close together for me to cut apart. The fun part of this card was the baker’s twine bow around the vase. I pierced two holes in the kraft card stock and sewed the baker’s twine into the panel. After I glued on the die cut and allowed it to dry, I tied the bow around the vase–this made tying the bow very easy to do. I rounded the bottom corners of my Tickled Pink card base with a corner chomper to soften the look of the card. For finishing touches I added a few water droplets to the flower and some highlights to the vase with a gel pen.

Supplies: Corner ChomperWhite Gel Pen, Water Droplets 4mm, Water Droplets 6mm, Baker’s Twine

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Here is the video for these cards! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD. Thank you for visiting! Have a lovely day!!

 

10 Cards, 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp June 2018 Card Kit | Fly Me Away

Well, actually, it’s 12 cards, 1 kit this month–lol! Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Simon Says Stamp’s June card kit is a beauty, and I had a blast making cards with it. It’s called Fly Me Away, and it features the gorgeous stamp set called Beautiful Flowers. The pattern papers included in this kit are full of watercolor backgrounds and hot air balloons. The kit was packed with fun products, including a new 3D embossing folder from Tim Holtz and Distress Resist Spray.

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Card #1:

For my first card I couldn’t help but start with the huge floral stamp from Beautiful Flowers. I stamped it onto a piece of the pattern paper called Monda Scrap Fly & Scrap using MFT’s Extreme Black Ink. I pulled out some Prismacolor pencils that matched the paper and started coloring.  I used a stamping platform to stamp it onto the paper, and I’d wished I had left it on the door of the platform so I could have re-stamped it when I was done with my coloring to sharpen up the line–oh well, next time! I love coloring on pattern paper because it give you a base color to start off your coloring.

Prismacolors: Scarlet Lake, Pink, Deco Pink, Muted Turquoise, Limepeel, Yellow Chartreuse

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Card #2:

I used my favorite piece of pattern paper from this kit to create this card. I loved the look of the buildings on this paper and the colors! This was a quick card–I let the pattern paper be the star of the show.  I added a sentiment, some twine, some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Silver Lining, and called it done. The pop of color from the sentiment really added to this card. I used two colored pencils for that.

Prismacolors: Scarlet Lake & Deco Pink

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Card #3:

I chose another gorgeous piece of pattern paper to create this card. I dipped the edges of this paper in some VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed it with some silver Hero Arts Embossing powder. I also heat embossed the sentiment onto strips of black card stock and used Hero Arts White Embossing powder. The card stock I used for the base of this card is Green Eyed Monster from MFT. I thought it matched well with the greenery hanging from the basket of the balloon.

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Cards #4 & #5:

These cards are a 2-for-1 deal. I stamped the large flower stamp twice to create these cards. I stamped it first onto a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 piece of cornflower blue card stock with VersaMark Ink and then poured clear embossing powder over it.  Then I stamped it onto white cardstock of the same size with Extreme Black Ink. I colored in the flowers on the white card stock with Copic markers, and then I cut both panel in half together so I knew they would be cut in the exact same place. I trimmed 1/4 an inch off the two bigger panels and replaced it with a sentiment strip. The sentiment I stamped with black StazOn ink onto the gold card stock from the kit. I added a few silver foil crystals to add some sparkle to my cards. I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire, and I love how these two cards turned out.

Copic Markers: YR02, YR04, YR07, YG11, YG13, YG17, G12, Y08, Y11, Y17, B21, B24, E35

 

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Card #6:

This was another simple card to put together with beautiful results. I love the feathers on this piece of pattern paper. I die cut the paper with a faux stitched rectangle die. I stamped a few of the smaller sentiments from the stamp set along the feathers to add more interest to this card. The main sentiment I stamped onto a strip of cornflower blue card stock. I love that some of these sentiments are outlines so you can color them in. I used two Prismacolor pencils to color in the “loved” sentiment.

Prismacolors: Lilac & White

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Card #7:

I was excited to use the Daniel Smith watercolors for this card. For my card base I cut down a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper to a standard A2 sized card. I stamped out a part of the floral image with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, poured on some clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool. Embossing your image makes the painting go faster. These paints were very nice and pigmented. I wish I had more so I could get a better feel for them. I used a size 8 watercolor brush to flick paint spatters all over the front of my card. One layer cards are fun to create. I stamped out more flowers from the set on the inside of the card using a gray ink so it wouldn’t obscure the sentiment inside.

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Card #8:

I really love the 3D embossing folder that came in the kit. I embossed a piece of white paper, but I left about 2 inches of it hanging out of the folder. I wanted a smooth place to stamp my sentiment. They suggest to lightly spray your paper before you run it through your die cutting machine–this helps the paper mold better to the details of the embossing folder. Also run it through your die cutting machine 3 times. I then used some Delicata Golden ink and blended it over the raised images of my embossed paper. I used more gold card stock as a card base.

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Card #9:

The Distress Resist Spray intimidated me a little, but I wanted to try everything from this kit, so I forced myself to use it. I’m glad I did because this stuff if so much fun! Look at the gorgeous distress resist on this card. Make sure you use a cardboard box to spray it into and clean off the nozzle after you use it. I was able to create the cute stripe around my sentiment by masking it with a strip of masking paper. I blended on some Distress Oxides after the resist spray was dry. I used Seedless Preserves and Salty Ocean.

 

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Card # 10:

I used a piece of Peacock card stock for this card. It’s a new card stock that Simon Says Stamp offers, and I really like it. I love using white embossing powder on darker card stocks, so that’s what I decided to do with this card. I stamped my sentiment and flower images in a diagonal across the panel. I also cut up the striped pattern paper and glued the strips across the panel along with some strips of white card stock. I colored in the flowers with Prismacolor pencils and I added Nuvo Crystal drops in Bubblegum Blush around them.

Prismacolor Pencils: Salmon Pink, Blush Pink

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Card #11:

I loved the soft look of this piece of pattern paper. I cut it down very carefully so I could use the excess to decorate the front on my panel. I cut out two matching flowers, matted them with cornflower blue card stock and popped them up with some foam squares for added dimension. To stamp the sentiment I used Simon Says Stamp Steel Blue Ink, and I added a few Nuvo Crystal Drops Bubblegum Blush around it.

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Card #12:

I always need more masculine birthday cards in my stash, and I thought this piece of pattern paper would do nicely. I cut it down to 5 by 3 3/4 and stamped the happy image three time. I used my Mini Misti for that so I could align them perfectly. I only colored in the middle sentiment. I matted my card panel with more gold card stock and then used the last of my Peacock card stock for the card base. I also used the rest of the pattern paper to decorate the inside of this card.

Prismacolor: Aquamarine

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all the cards I created with this kit! You can watch the video I created for these cards here or on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day!!