Making Cards · New to Me

My Tribe – Watercolor Backgrounds

You know I’m doing a happy dance, TGIF! Today I have some awesome, easy cards to share with you, featuring My Tribe from Honey Bee stamps. This set came out when I was on my budget freeze, so I wasn’t able to snap it up then. When Honey Bee had a sale for the Forth of July, I took advantage and scooped this set up! Boy, am I happy I did!

Let’s jump right in. The first two cards feature some of the watercolor panels I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.

This first card is my favorite (but it’s a close call, they all turned out fabulous)!

IMG_2360

This panel was made with Cherry Bomb Nuvo Shimmer Powder on Distress Watercolor cardstock. I sprinkled a little bit of the powder and spritzed it with water to get it moving. That’s it! Super easy with great results.

I stamped the dream catcher border stamp on vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Hero Art’s Silver embossing powder. The sentiment was also stamped with Versamark and embossed in silver. It looks difficult to read in the pictures, but it’s clear in real life.

IMG_2361

I die cut the image from the vellum with the matching die and added it to the watercolor panel with Multi Matte Medium hidden behind the embossing. The watercolor panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam. Some Platinum Jewels from Lucy’s Cards finish off the card, and the envelope is from Gina K Designs (Passionate Pink). That pink watercolor is my favorite color, it’s so vibrant and yummy! You can almost see the shimmer in the picture above (I wish the shimmer photographed better).

Next up is the panel I made with Blue Blitz Nuvo Shimmer Powder. This was the same process, shake some powder out, spray with water and let dry.

IMG_2354

This card features another image stamped on vellum and embossed in silver. For this image, I also colored the flower, feathers and circles on the back with Copic markers, for a stained glass look. I added the image to the watercolor panel with clear “foam tape.” This tape is from 3M and I came across it last year. It’s not as thick as real foam tape, but it does add a little bit of dimension.

IMG_2355

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with more Hero Art’s Silver powder. Pretty Pink Posh’s Sea Glass jewels were added to the front, and the watercolor panel was added to a Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry card base. The envelope is Simon Says Stamps.

You can see a bit of the shimmer in the picture above, but it’s 100% more shimmery in real life.

The next card is all new.

IMG_2352

I started by stamping the border image on Distress Watercolor cardstock with Versafine Onyx ink and heat embossed with Recollections Clear powder. Then I took Catherine Wheel Nuvo Shimmer Powder, and shook it over the top of the panel, where the image was and sprayed with water. This shimmer powder contains several different colors within the one powder. I love the yellows, pinks and oranges, they are so pretty.

IMG_2353

I used Versafine Onyx ink again to stamp the sentiment, but instead of clear, I used Wow Holographic Sparkle powder to heat emboss. I love the different colors you get from this embossing powder, and how it changes with the underlying ink.

A thin strip of Magenta Glitter cardstock from Simon Say’s stamps was added to the top of the watercolor panel. I added Pretty Pink Posh’s Buttercream jewels to the card and a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base. This envelope is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink.

Bonus card:

This card was made with the My Tribe set, but it has a background made with ink sprays instead of watercolors. The look is very similar though, but you can see the shimmer a lot better.

IMG_2357

I started out by placing my card panel in a box and spraying it with Bubble Gum and Crushed Grape Dylusions Mica Spray. My Crushed Grape spray was a little bit clogged, so I ended up with the large drops.

I used another image stamped on vellum and heat embossed with the same silver embossing powder. I colored the feathers with Copic markers from the back.  Then I added it to the panel with more of the clear 3M foam tape.

IMG_2358

Before I added the stamped image I die cut my panel with the border die from Concord and 9th’s Confetti Cards (after drying the Mica Spray with my heat gun). I stamped the sentiment from the My Tribe set with Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Art’s Silver powder. Lucy’s Cards Sparkling Bridal jewels accent the card, and the card base is Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender, with a matching envelope.

I had a lot of fun with this set, as you can see. The first thing I did when it arrived was to stamp several of the images and heat emboss them in different colors on different card stock. So far I’ve only used the vellum pieces.

This is another set that I think will get a lot of use on cards for my daughter. She’s into the tribal, boho, dream catcher look. Not only that, it’s a great set with great sentiments. I love the look of the sentiments too.

My Tribe | 6x8 Stamp Set

You can find the stamp set and matching dies on the Honey Bee site here.

Thanks for stopping by, and sticking through another Friday novel!

Nicole

 

 

Challenges · Making Cards · New to Me

Love You Always-Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

Welcome back, and happy hump day! I hope you are dealing with this heat and getting through the week in one piece! I have a quick post today to share with you card I made for this week’s Simon Says Stamps’ Wednesday challenge.

This week the challenge is Red, white and/or Blue and featuring Simon Says Stamps products. I struggled a little bit with this challenge mainly because I thought it was supposed to be Red, White AND Blue. I just couldn’t come up with anything… I even got out all of my SSS products and laid them on my desk. I finally had a spark of inspiration, using a new stamp that just arrived Saturday. I went back to double check on the challenge, and make sure my idea wasn’t actually one of the design teams’ examples, and that’s when I saw that it was “…and/or blue.” Whew!

Here is my card:

IMG_2376

I am so happy with this card, it turned out so much better then I expected! I started out by stamping SSS’s Rebecca Lace Background stamp with Versamark and embossing it with Wow Opaque Super Bright White powder (using a powder tool first). Then I took one of the new Distress Blending Brushes and blended Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink from the center of the stamp out, in a ombre effect.

IMG_2377

Using SSS’s Love stamp set and matching dies, I die cut Love from MFT’s Wild Cherry card stock three times and layered them together. I stamped the You Always in Delicata’s Ruby Red ink on a strip of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and adhered it under the love. The card base is also Wild Cherry, with a matching Gina K Design’s Red Velvet envelope. Sparkling Bridal Mix jewels from Lucy’s Cards finishes off the card.

As I mentioned, I was very happy with how this card came out, and it was super easy to do with the Blending Brush. This background stamp is so elegant and delicate, I can’t wait to use it again! I did stamp it a couple more times, since I had it out 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards · New Products · New to Me

Simon Says Stamps’ Wednesday Challenge-Frame it

This week is going so fast! I have to go back to work tomorrow, and I am not ready. Vacations always go so quickly.

Today I am sharing the card I made for this week’s SSS Wednesday Challenge. The challenge for this week is Frame it, and the featured products are Memory Box.

I don’t have any Memory Box products, but I did just get this gorgeous Ornamental Flower set from Altenew.

IMG_2152

I stamped the flower with the Tea Party ink set, and the center using the lighter three inks from Deep Blue and Sweet Dreams. The leaves were stamped with Frayed Leaves, Forest Glade and Moss. I used some of the smaller leaf stamps and stamped them in MFT Grout Gray to create a background.

The Our Family Framed die was cut from MFT’s Brushed Gold cardstock and layered on the stamped panel with Scor Tape. The flower and leaves were added with foam tape. The work Thanks from Signature Words was also cut from the Brushed Gold cardstock, and adhered with Multi Matte Medium.

I added some accents with Honey Gold glitter Nuvo drops, and added the panel to a MFT Kraft card base. The envelope is matching MFT Kraft.

This card went a little more smoothly, but I still made a few mistakes. The sentiment should have been a little more to the left. I have to say, stamping that layered flower and leaves was really simple. The design and accompanying guide help tons.

Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. I have a new craft room post coming soon.

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards · New Products · New to Me

MFT Sketch Challenge 389

Happy Monday and welcome back! This is my first blog post in my new house, featuring the first card I made in my new craft room! To say I am excited is an understatement.

The card I am sharing today is for this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge. After taking a few weeks off, I was really struggling to find my mojo. It didn’t help that I ordered a whole bunch of new items after I closed on the house (turns out my closing cost were A LOT less then what was estimated.

Since my mojo was missing, I decided to organize my new items, and check out the sketch challenges. Not only is my card inspired by the sketch, but it’s also inspired by a card Barbara Anders designed (here). Her design is the reason I bought the Fireworks set.

Here is the sketch for this week.

Here is my card.

IMG_2148.JPG

Unfortunately, the sun was not cooperating with me today. I used several Altenew inks to stamp the fireworks, and Hero Arts’ Silver Sparkle Embossing powder for the sparks and stars. I cut out the fireworks panel using the Mod Rectangles and layered it onto a Grout Gray card base with fun foam. I used the WOW die cut on Silver Sparkle cardstock and layered it on 4 white sets. The message from You Wow me was stamped on vellum and heat embossed in Hero Arts Silver. The envelope is MFT Metallic Silver.

 

I had a lot of fun making this card, but also was frustrated. I didn’t realize how rusty I was going to be, and I made some mistakes. I guess I forgot that it took time to get to where I was, and it takes practice.

Thanks for stopping by and  hanging out while I worked through this house stuff. I’m happy to be back and sharing cards with you.

Nicole

Making Cards · New to Me · Techniques

Distress Oxide Ink and Micro Glaze

Welcome back! As promised, I am sharing the secrets to the Distress Oxide panel I shared on Monday.

Really, it’s no secret. Tim Holtz shared this technique during Creativation, and Jennifer McGuire also shared it recently. I just happen to think it’s so magical, I want to share it again.

I don’t have step by step pictures (Jennifer McGuire does on her blog here). But I have some “before,” and “after,” pictures that will knock your socks off!

Before I share the magic, let me describe the technique. All you need is Distress Oxide inks, Glossy Cardstock, water and Distress Micro Glaze.

You start out very basic, using the ink smooshing technique to apply Distress Oxide ink onto the Glossy Cardstock. Please, use Glossy Cardstock. This will not work with glossy photo paper (honestly, I tried…). Ink smooshing is where you smoosh your ink pad on a slick surface such as a craft mat, spray it with water, and then push the cardstock into the inky puddle. If you want to layer different colors over each other, us a heat gun to dry the ink between each layer. If you try to add different colors while they are wet, the colors will blend and turn muddy. Drying the layers in between prevent the colors from turing muddy. Here are the results of my smooshing session.

IMG_E0900

I tried to create a rainbow panel with Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves.

IMG_E0901

After awhile I lost track of the colors. I think this is Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac, but  I could be missing a color.

IMG_0904

This one is (I think) Blueprint sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucy Clover, Cracked Pistachio.

fullsizeoutput_277f

You can see how the colors in the panel above are layered on top of each other, instead of blending together. This panel is Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

Ok, now let’s add the Micro Glaze and see what happens.

IMG_0908IMG_0907IMG_0906IMG_0909

See what I mean by magic!!! It intensifies the colors! And, you see even more of the layers!

Let’s look at a panel before Micro Glaze, next to a panel with it.

IMG_0903

The panel on the left has Micro Glaze, the one on the right does not. The difference is crazy!

You can see the tiny jar of Micro Glaze peaking out of the top of this picture. You apply the Micro Glaze using a ink blending tool with a foam pad. The Distress ink round blending tools fit perfectly into the jar. And, a little goes a long way! Seriously, you only need a tiny bit. The Micro Glaze also makes the panels water proof, so it has the added benefit of protecting your panel.

After you apply the glaze to the panel, use a dry rag or cloth to buff off the excess. Then just let it dry. It dries pretty quickly. I was blown away when I saw this on YouTube, and had to try it right away. I learned, as I mentioned above, that you have to used Glossy Cardstock. Glossy Photo paper is not designed to hold that amount of water.

Thanks for stopping, and I hope you enjoyed this magical technique!

Nicole

 

New to Me · Rambling

Stamping Tools Take 2

Welcome back! I promised you a post on my new MISTI and I’m delivering today!

Let’s get something out of the way first, the link to my original Stamping Tool post here.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let me explain how I came to own a MISTI.

The most tragic thing happened at the end of December, I broke my Stamp Perfect!!! I know, I cried too! I blame it on all the Christmas Cards I made.

It’s not so broken that I can’t use it, but it’s only a matter of time before it goes completely. Let me show you.

I knew I was going to need a new tool soon. I do like the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform, but not for everyday stamping. MFT had a sale, and I thought it was the perfect time to pick up a MISTI. This one is the full sized MISTI.

Let’s take a look at all three tools.

I still use the Stamp Platform for large stamps, especially turnabouts and backgrounds. Sometimes I end up with “dead spot,” on smaller stamps, or parts of the stamp that doesn’t stamp correctly.

I will admit, I love the MIST! I understand the hype now! It’s basically the same build as the Stamp Perfect, only much better quality. The plastic is thicker & stronger. It’s also bigger than the Stamp Perfect. I’m hooked! I also picked up the creative corners, but haven’t really used them yet.

As you can see, I still have the Stamp Perfect. I’m not sure why. Maybe I should put my personalized stamp in it, and only use it for that.

So, yes, I have joined the MISTI bandwagon. I drank the Kool Aid and am hooked! It’s so easy to use, sturdy and makes stamping a breeze.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Making Cards · New Products · New to Me

It’s a Wonderful Post!

Happy Monday! I almost said that with a straight face! Honestly I’m not really excited for today. I’m heading back to work after being sick all weekend AND I have to participate in a huge presentation tomorrow. Can we stop time for a little bit?

Well, let’s try to brighten things up a bit with some gorgeous floral cards!

I am absolutely obsessed with Wonder Florals stamp and die set from Concord and 9th. The first thing I did when it arrived was stamp it and heat emboss it in a bunch of color combos (pretty much what I do with most large images I get).

Over the last week I’ve slowly been turning these into cards. I shared one earlier on Instagram, but I have a whole stack left.

Let’s get started!

For this card I stamped her image in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. Then I cut the image out using the coordinated die.

I also stamped the extra flower images separately with the same ink and colored them. I fussy cut the smaller images and added them over the matching images with foam tape.

Check out the dimension you get by adding those images.

I added the large die cut image to a panel of MFT’s Cool as a Cucumber cardstock with fun foam, and added that to Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock card base.

The matching sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock and embossed with Hero Arts’ White embossing powder. I trimmed this down and added the sentiment strip with foam tape.

I finished off the card by adding Wink of Stella to the blue flowers and Purple Rain Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Next up we have some silver and glitter.

With this card I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it twice, using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. Then I die cut the Wonderful and put MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock behind the die cut. I filled in the berries with Blue Lagoon glitter Nuvo Drops. The card base is MFT’s Snow Cone. This one is one of my favorites!

I heat embossed the image in Silver a second time, with the same supplies.

In order to switch things up a bit, stamped the single flower and leaf images and heat embossed them with the same embossing powder. Then I colored them with Copic markers and die cut them. I added them the card panel with foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment “You’re So,” with Altenew’s Turquoise ink and trimmed it down to a small strip, which I added with foam tape. The word “Wonderful,” was colored with Wink of Stella and the panel was added to a Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry card base.

Next up I stuck with the silver embossing powder, but this time on vellum!

I love how the embossing powder melted so smoothly on the vellum!

I went for a stained glass effect on this card, by coloring the back of the vellum with Copics. Then I adhered the vellum piece to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock panel for stability. I added the panel to a Cool as a Cucumber card base.

I stamped the matching sentiment with the same silver embossing powder and added the strips with foam tape. I finished off the card with more Purple Rain Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Next up, I tackled watercolors!

With this card I stamped the image on Bristol watercolor paper and embossed it in white. Then I used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the image.

Next I used the die to cut the word “Wonderful,” from Simon Says Stamp’s Orchid glitter cardstock. I really like how the glitter on this cardstock is iridescent instead of just Purple. It’s beautiful when it catches the light!

I added the watercolor panel to a Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavendar card base and added Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops to the berries. This card is another favorite!

Of course, I had to stamp the image on Navy cardstock with Gold embossing powder… I wasn’t going to skip this!

I used Gina K Design’s In the Navy cardstock and Ranger’s gold embossing powder. I kept this card very simple, cutting out the image with the coordinating die and adding it to a matching card panel with foam tape. I added Wink of Stella to the larger flowers and some Liquid Pearls in gold to the berries.

Whew! That was a lot with one stamp set! I had a tons of fun making these cards, and thinking of different ways to use this beautiful stamp. I know I will be breaking it out again soon (if I can slow down my compulsion to buy everything). I hope you like the examples I shared! Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole