Polar Bear Pals Card/Valentine’s Day Card Series 2017/Card 3

Welcome to my blog!  I created a non-traditional Valentine card today.  I’m using a stamp set that I knew was going to grace my collection the minute I saw it.  I love these polar bears and all the sentiments that go along with them.  You can use them for Christmas cards, winter cards, birthday cards, and, as I’m showing you today, Valentine cards.

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First, I stamped out this cute ice-skating polar bear with some Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.  I used alcohol based markers to color him in.  I’m loving my Copic markers!  I’m collecting them painfully slowly, but one day I will have them all!  Ha ha!!  My collections is interspersed with Blick markers too.  I think they work just as well.  There aren’t as many colors, but their price-point is a lot better.

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I used an embossing folder to add texture to one of my card panels.  I love the gorgeous raised patterns these embossing folders provide!

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It looks fabulous just as it is in the picture above, but I decided to add some ink.  I gently rubbed on some Caribbean Coast dye ink.  It catches on to the raised pattern and makes it pop.

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I didn’t have a card stock to match this blue, so I created my own by blending some of the same ink onto a piece of white card stock.  I wanted to heat emboss my sentiment over it with white embossing powder.  Now my sentiment will match my white heart and tie it all together.

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For a last touch, I added some sparkly white Stickles.  I can never resist adding some form of sparkle to my cards.  Lol!

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Hope you enjoy watching the video of how this card came together.  Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful week!!

 

Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

A2 Intricate Swirl Embossing Folder from The Paper Studio

MFT Pierced Hearts Dies

MFT Polar Bear Pals stamps and dies

Copic Markers:

Bear: C4, C2, C1, RV21

For skates: E33, W7, W5

Skate blades: Blick 029 – cool gray, C1

Scarf: V04, BG13

Stenciled Arrows Card/Valentine’s Day Card Series/Card 2

I have two cards for you today!  I used the same stamps, dies and stencils for both but for the background panels, I used distress ink on one and texture paste on the other.  They both are fabulous products, but they both gave the cards very different looks.

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I’m using an ink blending tool to apply the ink over the stencil on the first card.  I applied it darker in the center and then used a lighter touch toward the edges.  I love this ink; it can be very red if you add enough pressure and ink or with less pressure if can be pink.  All distress inks are a lot of fun to use.  They also come in smaller cubes that come four in a pack.

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I used the same ink with some texture paste–fun stuff!!  I smeared that over the stencil to create the background for my second card.  It’s cool to peel off the stencil to reveal what you created!  (Make sure you clean off your craft mat and stencil right away after using this.)

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Wplus9 created a fun alphabet stamp set called Whimsy Alpha–love this!!  There is a die set available for it too.  I’ll have to put that on my wish list.  However, they weren’t too hard to fussy cut–even for me.

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I used some Tombow tape runner to attached all my elements to my card bases, except for the hearts.  I attached the heart with foam squares–this adds dimension to the cards.

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Here’s the video of how all this came together.  You can watch it here on my blog or on my YouTube channel by clicking HERE.  Enjoy!  Thank you for visiting!!

 

Supplies used to make these cards:

Stamp set: Whimsy Alpha – Wplus9

Inks: Poppy dye ink – MFT, Razzle Berry dye ink – MFT, Pink Gumball dye ink – Ranger, and Delicata Golden Glitz

Card stock: Poppy – MFT

Flower Heart/Valentine’s Day Card Series 2017/Card 1

Happy New Year!! I’m finally back with a new card video.  I’m so excited for 2017.  One of my goals is to publish more card crafting videos.  It’s been about a year since I began this blog, and I’m definitely a card crafting addict.  It’s been so much fun making cards and mailing them out to my family and friends!

Making cards has taken me to a happy place this past year when I so dearly needed that escape.  All summer I’ve been battling breast cancer.  It’s been a rough, scary year, but my Lord, my family and friends and my love of art helped to pull me through.

In September I had a double mastectomy and for a while after that I was unable to craft.  I was surprised how it affected my arms.  I couldn’t lift them up to my craft table.  It took a while to heal from that, hence the delay in making card videos.  However, I won my battle! I’m completely cancer free, and I have a deeper appreciation for life, for my family, and all the simple little details in life that make it so happy.

So, on to my first card of 2017.  I’m going to be making a lot of Valentine cards–I absolutely love Valentine’s Day–the chocolate, the hearts, and, of course, the Valentine’s cards.

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Before I get into how I created this card, I want to show you the new stamp I ordered online of my logo.  Now I can stamp my logo on the back of all my cards.  Fun!

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I’m using a lot of gold on this card.  I’m starting out with gold Delicata ink, and I’m blending that around the heart window on my card.  I then add gold Perfect Pearls for even more shine.  The excess powder wipes clean with a Swiffer towel.

 

Next, I am stamping out the smaller flowers from MFT’s stamps set Desert Bouquet.  I’m stamping them with gold, hot pink and light pink ink.  I’m also stamping the centers of the flowers with gold ink, except for the gold flower–for that I use the hot pink ink.

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Now I can assemble my card.  I’m placing the flowers in a heart shape on the inside of my card.  I’m using Press-n-Seal over my flowers.  It holds the flowers in place so I can lift them off my card and add glue to the back.  I then flip it back over and glue it onto my card.  I then peel off the Press-n-Seal and my flowers are in place.

Here’s a close-up of the pretty flowers on the inside of my card.

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Here’s the video of how my card came together.  You can watch it here on my blog or on my YouTube channel clicking here.