Spellbinders

Spellbinders October Small Die of the Month

Hello! This card was made with the Spellbinders Small Die of the Month for October. If you want to start your subscription with this die you’ve still got a few more days to order it. Scroll to the bottom for sale information!

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Die cut the four corners and two connectors from a gold shimmer cardstock. Die cut both leaf dies from four different glitter cardstock .

Adhere loose leaves over leaves on corners with a liquid glue. Adhere corners and connectors with liquid glue. I love Bearly Art Precision Glue!

Add foam squares to the back of the leaves. Place on A2 card base cut from Gina. K. Designs Warm Glow card stock.

Die cut the sentiment once from brown shimmer cardstock and three times from Dark Chocolate cardstock. Adhere together with liquid glue. Adhere to card center.

Add Nuvo Drops in Copper Penny, Chocolate Chip, Pale Gold. I don’t have links to any of the specialty papers since I usually get them in kits.

This die set is perfect for autumn cards but it would certainly be fun for a Spring card or even in rainbow colors! It was so easy to assemble as well.

Right now Spellbinders has their past club dies on sale so head over to get some. Plus if you subscribe to a kit you’ll get an extra discount!

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Hero Arts

Hero Arts Stamptember Rainbow Park Scene Card

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card made with the only stamp I purchased during Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp, not that I didn’t want many more. This Hero Arts stamp is no longer available but there are lots of tree and bench stamps out there.

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I stamped the tree trunks in a row with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink in Obsidian. I’d also stamped the tree tops but I made a mistake so I stamped, colored and fussy cut the tree tops instead. I next stamped the bench in line with the trees.

With the exception of the tree trunks and bench, the intention of the coloring was not to be well blended. The sunset sky has a lot of texture using thick slashes of color.

The ground below the trees reflects the tree color as if the ground is wet. This was done with thin streaks of color with a little yellow added. I filled in the remaining areas with the B90’s.

The Copic Markers used are:

I cut the panel to 4” x 5 1/4” and added the tree tops with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped on Hero Hues Pitch Black Cardstock with Embossing and Watermark Ink. Then I added White Detail Embossing Powder and melted it with a heat tool.

I added the sentiment with foam tape. I used a white gel pen to add highlights. The panel was mounted to an A2 top fold card base cut from Hero Hues Pitch Black Cardstock.

I hope this quick post was helpful. REMINDER: the sale on exclusive products at Scrapbook.com ends tonight so go check it out. There are some great deals!

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Colorado Craft Company

Tri-Fold Christmas Card with Anita Jeram & Colorado Craft Company

Hello! Two requests I had from my first post using the Anita Jeram Collection from Colorado Craft Company were to use the Christmas Tree Cat and use multiple sets on one card. So here we go!

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You will need two pieces of Neenah Classic Crest cardstock cut to 4 1/4x 5 1/2”. Place one in Misti Stamping Tool. Stamp the background stripe from the Stripes and Dots stamp set with Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink in Warm Glow.

The great thing about using this ink is that it’s so light and it won’t show through any stamping or coloring. It’s also alcohol marker safe!

Place the scene stamp from the Snow Happy stamp set for the second page of the card on the cardstock center at the top portion of the panel. Now, place the frame stamp from This is Us stamp set on top of this stamp with the deer and bunny in the frame.

Pick up frame with the Misti door. Remove the scene stamp. Stamp the frame with Gina K. Amalgam ink in Obsidian.

Place the Christmas tree from the Christmas Tree Cat, keeping in mind the portion overhanging the window will get cut off. Stamp the tree in the Obsidian Amalgam Ink. Remove stamp but leave panel in Misti.

Place the deer stamp on the panel making sure the deer and bunny faces are visible in the window. Pick up stamp with Misti door and replace stamped panel with unstamped one. Stamp with Amalgam Ink in Obsidian.

Color images with Copic Markers. I used:

E42, E44, E47, E49, E53, E55, E57, E59, YG03, YG17, YG67, R01, R24, R27, R39, BG0000, BG01, BG04, CG01, CG03, CG05, W01, W03, W05, W07

Stamp the sentiments with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. Cut the opening for the window.

Use a piece of 11” x 14” Bristol Smooth Cardstock for the tri-fold card. Cut it to 5 1/2 x 12 3/4”. Score at 4 1/4”from each end. My trimmer isn’t big enough so I scored it first, folded it, then cut it to 5 1/2”. If you don’t have paper long enough, check out what I did here.

Line up the front panel With the front of the card base. Trace the opening with a pencil. Die cut or fussy cut the opening of the card base.

On the inside part of the card base, stamp the sentiment in Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. Stamp the little mouse from the Christmas Tree Cat set on top of the sentiment in Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink. Adhere the two stamped panels on the card.

I trimmed the stamped panels to 4” x 5 1/4” but it’s not really necessary. Add shimmer pen and white gel pen.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. I wrote this the way I created it but if you have dies, it might be a bit easier.

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Arteza, Spellbinders

Alcohol Marker One Layer Card – Spellbinders & Fun Stampers Journey

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card using another stamp set from the Spellbinders new Buzzworthy Collection by Fun Stampers Journey.

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Begin by cutting a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock to 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”. Place the panel in one corner of Misti Stamping Tool. Place the large flower from the Sweet as Honey stamp set in the opposite corner. Stamp using Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink in Obsidian.

Flip the paper 180 degrees and stamp the flower again. Arrange and stamp smaller flowers. I stamped one flower onto Mint Tape, cut it out and masked it so I could add another flower and leaves. Stamp bees as well.

Color the images and background with Arteza Everblend Markers. The background was coloring with A267 but I was too bright so I covered it with A255and darkened the edges with A257. The markers I used are:

  • Large Flower: A412, A415, A422, A935, A9424
  • Small Flower: A935, A2492, A2496, A9421, A9424
  • Leaves/Stems: A543, A941, A942
  • Bees: A935, A945, A251(wings)
  • Leaves: A558, A2553
  • Background: A255, A267, A257

Stamp the sentiments and bee trail with Embossing and Watermark Ink. Add White Detail Embossing Powder and heat with a heat gun. Add Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen to flowers and wings. Add white gel pen highlights. Add panel to an A2 card base.

Pop over to yesterday’s post to see the other card I with the Buzzworthy Collection. And visit Spellbinders to view the rest of the Buzzworthy Collection.

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Spellbinders

Hello Sunshine Stamped Background – Spellbinders Buzzworthy Collection

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card using stamps from Spellbinders new Buzzworthy Collection by Fun Stampers Journey. I love a bright, full and cheerful background design and this one fits that!

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Begin by arranging all of the small sun stamps from the Trip Around the Sun stamp set in a cluster in one corner of the 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” piece of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock in a Misti Stamping Tool. Stamp with Hero Arts Butter Bar Mid-Tone Shadow Ink.

Apply Hero Arts Orange Soda Shadow Ink to a little under half and smooth out the ink edge with a sponge dauber. Apply Hero Arts Just Rust Mid-Tone Shadow Ink to a very small amount of the stamp and use dauber again. Stamp with the Butter Bar ink one more time to smooth everything out.

Repeat these steps moving the stamps to fill the entire background. Be careful not to leave any large gaps. I tend to stamp from top to bottom and top corner to bottom corner.

Stamp the faces with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. Use Copic markers to fill in the background with dots. I used 100, Y17, YR23, YR17. Add R01 for cheeks, placing white gel pen dots over it.

Mask off the word “sending” and stamp the sentiments with Embossing and Watermark Ink on Hero Arts Pitch Black Cardstock. Add Detail White Embossing Powder and heat. Cut into strips.

Adhere the strips with foam tape. I added mine to the bottom portion to hide a smudge on the card panel. Add panel to an A2 card base cut from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock.

I love creating backgrounds from small stamps and this was no exception. And I love how the partial inking worked out to add interest to the images. Be sure to check out the rest of the products in the Buzzworthy Collection!

I have one more card to share from this collection soon. I hope you found this post helpful. Please leave any comments or questions you may have below.

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Colorado Craft Company

Coloring with Distress Oxides – Colorado Craft Company & Anita Jeram

Hello! As requested, I’m sharing a simple coloring technique using the new Anita Jeram collection from Colorado Craft Company. I don’t know about you, but I’m in love with these stamps. I have two more cards in the works!

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Begin by stamping the two dog images from the Wishing You Happiness stamp set with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. Sprinkle with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and heat with a heat gun. You can also head to Scrapbook.com to purchase the stamp set.

Using daubers blend on Distress Oxide in Antique Linen. Blend from tail, partway up body with Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo until desired shading is achieved. Sprinkle on water and blot with a towel to add texture. Set aside to dry.

Using the new low tack and repositionable Mint Tape from Scrapbook.com, mask off the edges of a 4” x 5 1/4” panel of Bristol Smooth Cardstock the width of the tape. Blend on Distress Oxide in Crackling Campfire, Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick. Remove tape.

While the panel dries, die cut or fussy cut the images. The dies can be reserved at Colorado Craft Company or you can request to be notified when they are available at Scrapbook.com.

Determine placement of the sentiment and stamp with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. Adhere the small dog with Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue. Add the larger dog with an action wobbler. Add panel to an A2 card base with foam tape.

I hope this helps show there are ways to to color these images that hopefully are less intimidating and don’t require tons of markers. But on that note, don’t be afraid! If you want to try some different coloring mediums, go for it!

I’d love to see what you been creating with the new Anita Jeram stamps. Add a link in the comments so I can see your projects!

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Altenew, Altenew Educator Certification Program

AECP 1 – Let It Shine

Hello! I’ve just completed the Let it Shine class for the Altenew Educator Certification Program, Level 1. I had a lot of fun making these cards inspired by the class!

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I was inspired by lesson one, glitter. I wanted to create some colorful, glittery backgrounds. I began by cutting pieces of Bristol cardstock to about 6” square.

I used the following stencils and ink cube sets:

Spray Pixie Spray on the back of all the stencils. They all have some pretty delicate spots so this helped a lot.

Blend ink from lightest to darkest with blending brushes. I don’t have the new Altenew brushes but I hope to soon. Blending doesn’t have to be perfect since it will get covered with glitter paste.

Next, spread Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel over stencil. You can also use texture paste and glitter. Cover the entire stencil or only do parts, like in the Honeycomb card. Set the piece aside to dry.

Stamp the images in the Hellebore Build-a-Flower Layering Stamp and Die set. I used the same ink sets, with the addition of the Enchanted Garden Mini Cube Set. Die cut all images.

Stamp the sentiments from the Playful Plumeria stamp set with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. Cut them out.

Using a paper trimmer, cut the stenciled panels to 3 3/4” x 5”. Arrange the flowers and sentiments on the panel. Place a piece of Glad Press and Seal over the pieces and flip them over.

Add foam tape to the pieces, keep them grouped together. Add Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue to the foam tape to help them stick to the glitter. Holding the Press and Seal, flip the pieces over and place them on the card panel.

Put some extra glue under and pieces that overlap. Cover flowers in Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen for a little more shine. Place panel on a top fold A2 card base.

The Let it Shine class was very inspiring! Carissa Wiley is one of my favorite designers. Her backgrounds look beautiful. I love her color choices and how she combines elements on her cards.

There’s a few things I attempted to achieve with these cards. I kept the colors very simple. Each card uses one color for the background and it’s complementary color for the flowers.

I tried to keep the cards fairly simple to keep the focus on the backgrounds. Originally, I was only going to add a sentiment but I followed Carissa’s example and made a grouping with flowers. It was also a good time for more practice with stamp layering.

Have you taken Let it Shine yet? What are your favorite techniques for adding shine to your cards? What’s a technique to add shine you want to use more often? For me, it’s foiling.

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A Blog Named Hero, Hero Arts

See Through Snow Globe Card – New A Blog Named Hero Challenge

Hello! There’s a new A Blog Named Hero challenge. A See Through Element! Here’s my take on that idea!

The die is on Sale!

This card uses the Layering Snow Globe Fancy Die which is currently on sale at Scrapbook.com. So head over there to grab it while you can!

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This is a tri-fold card so you need to cut two pieces of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock to measure 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Score and fold them at 4 1/4”. Let’s call them card base A and B. Card base A opens like a traditional card while B is reversed.

Using the circle die from the Layering Snow Globe Fancy Die set, cut it from the front and inside of card base A. Die cut the circle only from the front of card base B.

Be sure to line these up and make sure there is enough space at the bottom for the snowglobe base.

Die cut the snowglobe three times with the circle taped inside and all three snow scene layers from white cardstock.

Adhere the cards together with the back of card base B behind the back of card base A. Inside this circle place either dark blue cardstock or a night sky scene. I used a piece of a watercolor sky I created in Online Card Classes. Hero Arts has several great night sky stamps available in the Bold Print collection.

Adhere each snow scene behind a snow-globe die cut using liquid glue and cut off any overhang. Adhere the snow globes in front of the openings on each layer of the card, making sure they are lined up correctly.

Add N0 Copic Marker for shading on each side of snowglobe base. Add Lacquer Pen to left and bottom of images as an accent and along top on snowbanks and sprinkle on Icicle Pure White Glitter.

It would probably be better to stamp the sentiments from the Stacking Snowflakes stamp set onto the snowglobe bases before they are adhered to the card, but that never occurred to me!

Anyway, place the sentiments on the snowglobe base inside the Misti Stamping Tool, curving the words until they match the curve of the die cut. Stamp with Ombré Tide Pool to Navy Ink.

Add star sequins throughout the card inside and out.

I hope this tutorial made sense. Please let me know if anything needs clarification.

Be sure to visit the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page for more inspiration. And remember to enter your creation in the challenge!

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Colorado Craft Company

Lovely Legs Halloween Card

Hello! I love this stamp from Colorado Craft Company. They have the most unique stamps and this one was no exception.

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This makes a great Halloween card but I would definitely send this to the right person any time of the year. I’d love to receive a card like this any time as well!

I have provided a list of supplies I used below. And if you have any questions or comments about anything, please let me know!

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Colorado Craft Company

No Coloring Colorado Craft Company Anita Jeram Stamp

Hello! I asked in my first post this month using the new Anita Jeram Collection from Colorado Craft Company what you’d like to see me do with these stamps. A few requests were about less or no coloring. So here is one idea for no coloring.

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Begin with a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” piece of Hero Hues Lapis cardstock. Stamp the deer image from the Snow Happy stamp set with Embossing and Watermark Ink, cover with White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.

Next add Hero Arts Cornflower dye ink from edges inward but not all the way to the center. Repeat with Hero Arts Navy dye ink but don’t go in as far as the first time. If you want more contrast, add Hero Arts Intens-ified Black ink to just the corners. Buff off any ink on embossing.

This should leave a glow in the center. You can enhance it by adding Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment ink.

Splatter Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray throughout background. Add A bit extra to snowball and edges of snow on ground.

Stamp sentiment on Hero Hues Cranberry cardstock with Embossing and Watermark Ink, add White Detail Embossing Powder and heat. Cut out and mount with Arteza Foam Mounting Tape. Add a white heart adhered with Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue.

Add panel to white A2 card base. Finish stamping the sentiment on the inside.

I hope this was helpful and inspiring. While I won’t apologize for my love of and excessive amount of coloring, sometimes it’s very relaxing to complete a card like this.

The giveaway winner was announced and contacted by Colorado Craft Company! The winner on my post was Heiki Carlson! But I really loved all of your comments and would like to see that continue.

Do you have any go to no coloring techniques?

I have another stepped up (basically) no coloring card coming soon. I have also compiled a list of what you would like to see and I am working through it!

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