Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beach Day Slider

I'm squeezing this fun and sunny slider card in at the tail end of summer because I can!  And to be honest, this summer went by so stinking fast, so lets get started.  We have Copic coloring, ink blending, heat embossing and a slider feature.  If you're new to card-making, a project like this can seem daunting and complicated.  However, like most things, when you break it down into individual steps, it's simple and straight forward.  The sand, wave and sky are simple ink blending.  The sand and wave are die cut.  The wave is heat embossed with glossy clear embossing powder.  The critters, sun and castle are stamped, colored and die cut.  I stamped two of the hippo with the second to color and fussy cut just the watermelon and hand section to pop it up on the finished card.  Now we have all of our components. 
Die cut the slider channel from the wave piece and build the support on the back with foam tape.  Lay the wave and sand over the sky so that the wave peeks up behind the sand while the slider channel remains hidden.   Attach slider discs to the back of the elephants feet and place him in the slider channel.  Insert the elephant and move him back and forth to see how he looks and if you like the placement.  Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment at the top left corner of the sky.  Add foam tape to the back of the sand so that it doesn't interfere with the slider mechanism.  Adhere each critter, sun and castle and the card is complete. 
Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below. 
Neat and Tangled Beach Day S&D sets
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Wplus9 Wave Border die
My Favorite Things Spin and Slide discs
My Favorite Things Surf and Turf die
Wow Sparkling Snow embossing powder
Brutus Monroe Icicle embossing powder
Distress Oxide inks
  • Broken China
  • Salty Ocean
  • Peacock Feathers
  • Antique Linen
  • Frayed Burlap
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Copic Markers
  • Elephant: W0, 3; R11; B32  
  • Ball: Y18, YR04, YG06, BG05, V05
  • Floaty: Y13, 18; YR04; B32
  • Hippo: C2, 4; R11; R32, RV13, G17, 05
  • Rhino: W0, 3; R11; BG05, B05, B000
  • Sun:  Y11, 13, 17
3M Foam Tape
Foam Squares
Neenah Classic Cream cardbase

Thanks for hanging out with me and I hope you try this one out.  It's so much fun for any age or gender.

For His glory and much love,

Starry Sky for Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique

 Hey guys!  Todays post is my final Guest DT project with Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique.  This card is fairly simple.  We have some ink blending using colors from the second set of the Distress Oxides with a stencil and some BoBunny Glitter Paste over the top.  What I love about the glitter paste is that it picks up the color of whatever ink you put underneath it, so it looks almost as if it's lit from behind; such a cool effect.  To finish it off, I added a strip of gold on the left side to tie in the gold on the die-cut sentiment.  Simple, yet stunning.  This technique offers such a plethora of variations, so I encourage you to break out you inks and stencils to see what you come up with.
Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Bristol Smooth cardstock
Distress Oxide Inks
Distress Ink
Hero Arts Sky Stencil
BoBunny Glitter Paste in Sugar
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
DCWV Gold Foil paper
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Neenah Classic Cream cardbase

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me today.  I'm always happy to answer any questions, so feel free to ask.  See you next time!

For His glory and much love,

Friday, August 25, 2017

From Backgrounds to Cards

 A few weeks ago, I posted a video on backgrounds using Distress Oxide re-inkers.  Todays post gives you some ideas for using those backgrounds in card projects.  For the top card, I really loved the rainbow effect and wanted it to be the focal point so I kept it simple with a sentiment and a few sequins.  For the bottom card, I used a stencil and some black glitter paste to add some impact while bringing the rainbow colors forward.  To finish it off, I added a die cut and heat embossed sentiment and mounted to a card base with some gold foil paper as a mat to tie in the gold in the die cut.

Here is the video on my YouTube channel demonstrating the background technique and my supply list is below.

Canson XL 140 lb watercolor paper
Distress Oxide Reinkers
  • Picked Raspberry
  • Wild Honey
  • Salty Ocean
  • Twisted Citron
  • Lucky Clover
Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz

Top card:
Stitched Rectangle die
Funny Bones RWD 418 (sentiment)
Pretty Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins
Little Things Ivory sequins

Bottom Card:
DCWV Gold Satin foil paper
Stitched Rectangle die
Concord & 9th Hello die
Wow Turkish Nights embossing powder
Hero Arts Swirl Stencil
Nuvo Black Diamond Glimmer paste

Sunday, August 20, 2017

One Layer Watercolor Peony

 There's tons of tutorials available with the Distress Oxides and I was curious to see how they worked with the original Distress inks, so I combined Distress Oxide reinkers with original Distress reinker using the ink dipping technique.  I loved the results.  I loved the blend of colors, the textural differences between the ink finishes, the soft watercolor look and the mix of hard and soft edges that are hallmarks of watercolor.  Wanting the watercolor to shine, I kept the rest of the card simple with some flowers and a clean sentiment and mounted to a white cardbase.  Here's the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Supply list:
Distress Oxide reinker
Distress Original reinker
Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony
White embossing powder
Funny Bones stamp # RWD123
Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz
White cardbase
Memento Tuxedo Black

Thanks for joining me today.  Catch you next time!

For His glory and much love,

Monday, August 14, 2017

He is Worthy Watercolor with Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique

Todays project is my second Design Team card for Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique and it's gorgeous while easy.  I started out by arranging my stamps on a 4.5" x 6" piece of watercolor paper in my MISTI.  You'll want to use a stamp positioner with this project because watercolor paper can be tricky to stamp on with the uneven surface.  I stamped on the smoother side of my paper using Archival ink.  I chose Archival because it's waterproof and a dark black.  It did take several stampings to get each word smoothly even.  Because I stamped it several times, creating several layers of ink, I set it aside to dry for an hour or so before moving on to adding my watercolors. After taping my piece down to a flat surface (I used a small craft cutting board), I wet down the entire piece with a modest amount of water and began to add paint.  I used blues, teal, pink and purple, being careful about the teal and pink mixing too much to avoid mud.  You also want to be careful about adding too much water so that you avoid getting a lot of puddles.  You can sop up any puddles with a paper towel; you don't want to let them dry like that because you can get ugly edges and hidden mud.  It doesn't show in the pictures well, but I also added a shimmer spray over the top when I was done adding color.  This step adds shimmer (obviously) but also helps to blend it a bit as well.  After it was dry, I ran it through my Big Shot with a stitched rectangle die and then trimmed added a 1/8 inch wide strip of Scor-tape to each side. After removing the backing one side at a time, I added black microfine glitter and burnished it into the tape with my finger.  After mounting to a top folding cardbase, the card is complete.  Here is the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Creative Worship Worthy King
Creative Worship Words of Life: Actions
Neat&Tangled Christmas Journaling
Ranger Archival Jet Black ink
Canson XL Watercolor paper
Gansai Tambi watercolors
Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz
Stitched Rectangle die
Scor-tape: 1/4" and 1/8"
Black Microfine Glitter

Thanks for joining me today!  Don't be afraid or intimidated to get started with watercolors; I know it can be daunting because it looks so easy when other people do it.  This style is a perfect place to start as it's just dabbing on paint and there's no "right" way to do it.  Let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you next time.

For His glory and much love,

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bee Popcard by Art Impression with Copics and Distress Oxides

 I'll be honest, this card...I got frustrated with this card and I'm sure we've all been there with projects we just about gave up on.  However, it's so dang cute and I had already put a lot of work and supplies into it, so I kept going.  As much as I love Art Impressions, someone dropped the ball with this set.  They don't provide clear instructions and there are stamps with coordinating dies that I couldn't figure out what they were supposed to be.  But don't let that stop you.  Hopefully, my video will make your bee building a breeze, as I've tried to work out some of the kinks.  The stamps and coordinating dies come together, but you do need a separate template die to build your bee.  Here is the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Art Impressions Bee PopCard set
Art Impressions PopCard template
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Distress Oxide inks
Black Cardstock
Copic Markers
  • C6, 8, 9 and Y02, 08, 17
Pre-embossed Honeycomb patterned paper
Woodgrain patterned paper
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen
Imagine Crafts Sparkle Spritz
Little Things Lucky Dip Marigold
Matte Medium
Tombow Mono Multi
Foam square adhesive

It took a bit of finagling, but I was really pleased with my finished product and I think my little nephews will enjoy it.  Thanks for joining me and I'll catch you later!

For His glory and much love,

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