Monday, December 19, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series 2016: Card 10 Sparkling Snowflakes

Hello!  Today's card is the final card of my Handmade Christmas Series 2016.  I love this card because it's so lovely and suitable for any winter holiday or occasion.  I used an alcohol ink panel to stamp and die-cut my snowflakes. I have a video on my YouTube channel demonstrating how to do alcohol ink panels if you're interested in learning more about them linked here.  I used My Favorite Things Snowflake Sparkle card kit to create this and several other cards as well.  I used two stitched rectangle dies to die-cut the frame from silver glitter paper.  After heat embossing the sentiment and snow, I ink blended light blue over the heat embossing utilizing the emboss-resist technique.  I stamped, heat embossed and die-cut the snowflakes and finished the card by putting it all together.  Here is the video tutorial on my YouTube channel; I do apologize as it isn't quite as complete as my normal videos.  I had some footage gremlins steal some footage, but there was enough to demonstrate the important components.  My supply list is below.

Supplies:
MFT Snowflake Sparkle Card kit (stamps, dies, blue ink)
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Alcohol ink panel
Versamark
Wow Sparkling Snow embossing powder
DCWV Silver glitter paper
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
Foam squares
MISTI
Scor-tape




This card was created using the same MFT card kit; Snowflake stamps and dies and sentiment dies.  I also used another alcohol ink panel.  After stamping, heat embossing and die-cutting the snowflakes in a diagonal direction down the middle of the panel, I used my paper trimmer to make a diagonal cut down the middle of the panel.  I used an embossing folder to create the sheet music background and ink blended Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink over the sheet music panel.  After attaching the sheet music panel to the card base with scor-tape, I adhered the bottom half of the alcohol ink panel and fit the die-cut snowflakes back into the the panel creating an in-laid die-cut look.  I adhered the sentiment with Tombow Mono-Multi liquid glue and the card was complete.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you and yours a safe, happy, joyous Christmas and New Year.  See you in 2017!

Much love,
Jasmine








Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series 2016: Card 9 Easy Textured Background

 Welcome to the 9th card of my Handmade Christmas Series for 2016.  The background of this card was a bit of an experiment.  I had been playing around with Colorburst (powdered watercolor pigments) and wondered if I could get a striped look, hoping I wouldn't get mud.  It worked and I love the results!  It is gorgeous!  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see how I created this card from start to finish.  My supply list is below.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Crossing Waves stencil
Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle and Banner dies
Colorburst: Pthalo Green and Alizaron Crimson
BoBunny Sugar Glitter Paste
Vellum
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Versamark
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
Penny Black Rejoice with Joy
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Red glitter enamel dots
Scor-tape

The possibilities are really endless with this technique and I encourage you to try it out and have fun with it!  I love seeing the different colors bloom in the texture paste and no two are the same.

Be sure to let me know what you think and I'm always happy to answer any questions.  Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!!

Much love,
Jasmine

Monday, December 12, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series 2016: Card 8 Watercolor Skating Rudy

Merry Christmas and welcome!  Todays project is the eighth in my series for 2016 and starts off with this adorable Rudolph the Skating Reindeer by Stamping Bella.  I die cut my watercolor paper with a stitched circle die and stamped the image in Archival ink because it's a waterproof ink and I used watercolors to paint in the image.  To get a straight edge for the ice he's skating on, I laid down painters tape so that one hoof is just touching the ice.  The background is a large sheet (9x12 inches) that I colored using spray inks and cut down to card size.  I ran the panel through my big shot with a stitched rectangle die to give it a finished edge.  After heat embossing the sentiment, I added a few enamel dots to complete the card.  Here's the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you'd like to see how I made it from start to finish and my supply list is below.

Supplies:
Stamping Bella Rudolph the Skating Reindeer
Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Lawn Fawn Stitch Circle and Rectangle dies
Archival Black ink
Memento Black ink
MISTI
Daniel Smith watercolors
Versamark
Brutus Monroe Icicle embossing powder
Signo White gel pen
Scor-tape
Virginia Turtle enamel dots

 Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to let me know what you think and what you'd like to see next.  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Much love,
Jasmine

Friday, December 9, 2016

Engraved Embossed Snowflake Ornament Tag with Infinity Engraving LLC

 Hello and Merry Christmas!  Todays project is a fun, easy and versatile tag that can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be.  It's also completely customize-able!  Change up the colors and stamps and you'd have something totally different.  So have fun experimenting and trying things out. 

I started with a Manilla tag and did some ink dipping, drying thoroughly between each layer.  If there is any moisture left in the tag, the stamping will blur out and you will lose the crisp edges. After that, I added the sheet music stamp in random spots and let that dry.  If the sheet music isn't dry, the white embossing powder will stick to it and you'll lose the intricacy of the snowflake stamp.  Then, I heat embossed the snowflake swirls using white pigment ink and glittery white embossing powder.  After that was heat set, I added more blue around the edges with an ink blending tool. 

Next is the die cut chipboard snowflake.  Cover the die cut with embossing ink and cover with embossing powder.  Tap off the excess and heat set.  Repeat this process, adding another layer of embossing powder.  Using the same sheet music stamp we used earlier, ink it up with embossing ink and have it standing by.  Add another layer of embossing powder and as soon as it's completely melted, stamp the sheet music stamp into it and lift off.  Add the die cut snowflake and die cut sentiment to the tag using liquid glue and the tag is complete.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you'd like to see the process from start to finish and my supply list is below.


Supplies:
Ranger Manilla tag
Distress Inks: Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy and Evergreen Bough
Tim Holtz Holiday Wished stamp set
Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink
Wow Sparkling Snow embossing powder
Ranger Embossing Ink dauber/ Versamark
Inkadinkadoo stamp #98249 (snowflake swirl)
Infinity Engraving Chipboard Snowflake
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
My Favorite Things Merry Christmas die
DCWV Silver Glitter paper

What can you do with these?  I make one for each of my nieces and nephews and give them with their gifts as ornaments they can hang up on the tree for years to come. You don't have to limit these to Christmas; you can make them for birthdays or any significant occasion in someones life. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I'd love to know what you think or if you have any questions.  See you next time!

Merry Christmas and much love,
Jasmine

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series 2016: Card 7 Watercolor Owl Flyer

My wish for all of us this Christmas is that we feel the Peace, Love and Joy of Christ throughout the year.  This Pilot Owl image is the Cool Little Christmas set by Unity Stamp Company.  My grandfather used to have an old leather bomber jacket from WWII.  Even though he wasn't a pilot, that little owl reminded me of him and I can still smell the leather and pipe tobacco.  Such lovely memories.

I die cut both the watercolor paper and kraft cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and then stamped on the watercolor panel.  I also die cut the green striped panel; you don't have to, but I like the finished look it gives.  If you intend on using watercolors or any other wet medium, you'll want to make sure the stamping ink you're using will work with your coloring medium.  I used watercolors, so I used a waterproof ink.  If you're using Copic markers (alcohol based) you'll want to use a water-based dye ink to stamp such as Memento.  If you're using Zig Clean Color Brush Pens, those are water based so you'll want to use a waterproof ink to stamp such as Archival. 

By using a compatible stamping ink, you'll avoid smearing or running of your stamped image (and a lot of frustration and heartache!).  A basic rule of thumb for inks and mediums is that opposites attract.  Your ink needs to be unaffected by your medium.  Alcohol markers work well with water-based inks and water-based mediums don't affect or disturb alcohol or solvent based inks. 

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see how I created this project from start to finish.  My supply list is below.

Supplies:
Unity Stamp Co Cool Little Christmas
Archival Black ink
Memento Black ink
Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen XS
Daniel Smith Watercolors
Masking Fluid
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
DCWV Evergreen Stack 12x12
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock (base)
Recollections Kraft cardstock
Scor-tape

Peace, Joy and Love to you and yours as we celebrate the coming of our Savior!  I'd love to know what you think or if you have any questions.  I love to interact with you guys and help in any way I can.  See you next time!

Merry Christmas and much love,
Jasmine



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Handmade Christmas Series 2016: Card 6 Watercolor Floral

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  I loved the floral image from the Steps of Courage set by Unity Stamp Co.  As soon as I saw it, I imagined it in red and gold, working out how I could create a Christmas card out of it.  I came up with two designs and I love each of them.  The sentiment is one of my favorites and perfectly conveys the reason we celebrate Christmas.  The details for the painting are in the video.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply lists are below.

Supplies:
Unity Stamp Co Steps of Courage
SSS White Pigment Ink
SSS Clear Embossing Powder
Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
MISTI
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
Daniel Smith Watercolors:
  • Iridescent Aztec Gold
  • Permanent Alizaron Crimson
  • Green Apatite Genuine
  • Jadeite Genuine
  • Amazonite Genuine
  • Quinacrinone Gold
Penny Black Rejoice with Joy
Versamark
Lindys Stamp Gang Candy Cane Red Gold embossing powder
DCWV Foiled Cardstock Stack
Fun Foam
Scor-tape

Bonus card:

Unity Stamp Co Steps of Courage
Canson 140 lb watercolor paper
Versamark
Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder
Daniel Smith Watercolors- Perm Alizaron Crimson
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
DCWV Foiled Cardstock Stack
Scor-tape
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock



As you can see, this designed is quite simplified in comparison to the other while maintaining the elegance and charm.  For this design, I die cut the panels using the stitched rectangle dies.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the floral image in Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  After painting my flowers and letting them dry, I heat embossed the sentiment, assembled the card and done!  This design would work well for assembly-line style card production and is also quite versatile.  All you would need to do is change the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by and hanging out for a bit!  Let me know if you have any questions and I'd love to know what you think.

Merry Christmas and much love,
Jasmine

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Cabin Ink Dipped Christmas Tag with Infinity Engraving LLC

Hey y'all!  Todays project is a Christmas Tag featuring chipboard snowflakes from Infinity Engraving LLC.  I make a variety of these tags every year and give them as gifts to use as Christmas ornaments.  I try to personalize them, especially for the kids, and you can make them as elaborate or as simple as you want.  I start these with an ink dipping technique and heat dry them.  Expect it to curl up as you heat dry it; it will flatten back out as it dries.  If it's still cool to the touch, it's not dry yet.  Having the tag completely dry is important before moving on to the next step.  If you stamp on cardstock that isn't quite dry, the image can blur out and lose the crisp edges.  After stamping the cabin, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment.  If the tag was still wet or had any moisture anywhere, the embossing powder would stick where we didn't want it and that can ruin the project.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to see how to make this project and learn the techniques I used.  My supply list is below.

Supplies:
Ranger Manilla tags
Distress Inks: Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy, Evergreen Bough
Artistic Outpost: Midwinter stamp set or
Altenew Winter Cottage
Memento Tuxedo Black
MISTI
Versamark
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
Penny Black Rejoice with Joy stamp set
Wow Sparkling Snow embossing powder
Infinity Engraving Chipboard Snowflakes
Judikins Sticky Stuff embossing powder
Glitter Ritz Mystique glitter
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue

I hope you try out these techniques and have fun creating!  Check out Infinity Engraving LLC for tons of chipboard, wood shapes, and ornaments, perfect for creating personalized gifts.  Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss out.

Merry Christmas and much love,
Jasmine

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