Hello everyone, today is my turn again to share a card tutorial with you over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with you. This time I am keeping to the Spookalicious theme as Halloween is not far away anymore! If you are looking for a simple and easy to do card idea for Halloween, this might be to your liking.
Hello lovelies, today it is my turn again to share a little step-by-step tutorial with you over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Here is what I created – a set of Distress Oxide, die cut background cards:
I had been going in circles for a while and avoiding ordering the Distress Oxides. Why, you think? Well, because I knew that the minute I get them into my hands, I will be hooked. Finally I gave in as I saw so many of my team colleagues having a ball with them. So I bought a set of 6.
Needless to say the six colors are definitely not going to be enough. Might as well have ordered the full set all at once *rollingeyes*. Anyways, here are the cards I created with the Oxides and the lovely Elizabeth Craft Designs die cut dies.
I´ve used both the positive and some of the negative parts on my cards as well as the DIY die cut foam stamp (see tutorial here) on these. Added some bits and bobs from my stash and just had a great time creating!! I do love color, so how on earth did I manage to get by so long without buying these inks *laughs*.
For more details do see my original post over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog (HERE). And to get you hooked too, here are the inks in action – enjoy the video:
This layout has plenty of Elizabeth Craft Design product on it, starting from the White Soft Finish Cardstock as a base. Next I added strips of the new ModaScrap papers onto the bottom and the top. I used the Viaggi Vintage and the Thinking about Polynesia 12×12 inch collections on this scrapbook layout. Then I added some heat embossed (white) sentiments from the Dream Sentiments set by Joset Designs.
A layer of Tattered Angels Aquamarine Glimmer Mist makes the heat embossed images really pop. After that I die cut ModaScrap leaves from Soft Finish Cardstock and then misted those with various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tones (Aquamarine, Marigold, Graphite, Suede and Grumpet). I also used some Java Glimmer Glaze (the black splatters) and Simply Sheer Soft Peach as well as Baseboard Gravel spray ink tones on the leaves.
I also die cut some of the letters on the title, then misted those with grey Glimmer Mist tone and added stickers and other alphas to go with those. I then added some stamped stars and rhinestones into the middle of the flowers.
I finished the page with hand written journaling and some faux stitching along the edges. Here is a start-to-finish video for you to watch to give you a better idea of the steps.
And now, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what the other design team girls have created for this challenge. For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away two sizes of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive which will include: a pack of the 5” x 12” sheets and a 10 mm roll of tape, in addition we will also give away a pack of the new ModaScrap 12” x 12” Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper Pack to 3 winners.
Hello lovely people, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. How about some „May Flowers“ themed ATC´s for this Sunday´s post? With lots of color, layers and happiness :). Remember, last month I did a set themed „April Showers“, so I thought I might as well add to the theme and do „May Flowers“ this month :). Here they are:
And this time I decided to make a little star-to-finish video to go with the set:
I really like how these artist trading cards turned out & I can´t wait for summer to finally arrive. I am missing sunshine, swimming, sitting in the garden and watching flowers bloom and just relaxing in the sun. Who´s with me? 😉
What I did is I first added a layer of Distress Paint, then some stamping and after that added a spray ink toned paste thru the Daisy Play (one of the newest stencils at the STAMPlorations store) stencil. Finally I added some product from my older stash to embellish the ATC´s. Here are some close-ups of the ATC´s:
Here´s to a hopefully gorgeous and sunny June :). Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!!!
Just in case you feel the urge to shop some today, feel free to use this code at the STAMPlorations store:It´s good for all product – reduced and regular prized. Enjoy!!!
Hello everyone, it´s my turn again to share yet another Mixed Media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog today. Quite a while back I shared a clothes tag tutorial with you and today I´d like to share a second one. I always keep nice clothes when I spot them while shopping clothes for me and my boys and later incorporate those in various projects. They are great to alter and work perfect as as starting point for a mixed media project. Here is what I created this time:
Here is what I did:
1. The tag has a logo on it, so I first applied a thin layer of white gesso on top of that area.
2. After that I took old music note sheets and adhered small strips onto the gessoed area.
3. Next I took the Doily Squares stencil and placed it onto the tag. I applied a relatively thick layer of modeling paste with a palette knife thru the stencil onto the tag background and let that dry.
4. After the paste was dry I sprayed two tones of spray ink onto the surface and dried them with a heat gun. Next I added some white and red ink splatters for additional interest.
5. I then placed the butterflies into a misting box (cardboard box) and sprayed a light yellow spray ink layer onto them first.
6. After the first layer was dry, I placed the Super Bubbles stencil on top of the butterflies and sprayed a layer of apricot spray ink thru the stencil onto the butterflies. I carefully removed the wet, misted stencil and randomly pressed the residue ink onto a strip of white paper. That will work as a great starting point for another mixed media project. This way no ink goes to waste.
7. I then outlined the butterflies with a black pen to add more contrast and adhere them overlappingly onto the tag and added half pearls for detail. Finally I adhered a wood veneer piece and a ribbon for detail. This altered clothes tag will make a great present tag for a future present.
There is also a start-to-finish video I prepared for you to give you a better idea of the altering process. Hope you like it!!
I hope you get inspired to play with stencils and alter/recycle a clothes tag or two!! Have fun!!!
Hello everyone, it´s my turn to post a tutorial for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team today. I decided to share a DIY foam stamp idea with you. Sometimes when you look at the die, you wish there would be a stamp like that available too. That is what I thought when I saw the new ModaScrap die cut dies! They can be used to create gorgeous stamps and today I´d like to show you how I made some DIY foam stamps with those die cut dies and how I used the stamps for card backgrounds.
Here is how to make the stamps:
1. Take a piece of adhesive back foam (appr. 2 mm´s thick) and run the foam with a chosen die cut die thru a die cutting machine.
2. Take a piece of thicker foam – I saved mine from parcels I received – and adhere the die cut piece onto the foam.
3. Remove the small, negative, die cut pieces with tweezers. You can even adhere some of the negative pieces along the edges for additional pattern.
4. Take a precision knife and cut with foam carefully along the edges to match the form of the die cut piece. That´s all!
Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the stamps:
And then for the fun part – here are two cards I created using the DIY stamps:
1. Take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and a VersaMark/embossing ink. Apply ink onto the foam stamp and press the stamp onto the white precut paper.
2. Pour clear embossing powder over the stamped surface, dab the residue off with your finger and heat set with a heat gun.
3. Take Distress Inks and apply color onto the background with an ink blending tool. The embossed areas will resist the ink and this way the stamped background pattern will show.
4. Adhere to a card base and decorate with banners, doilie corners, die cut words and/or stamped and die cut images. Whatever you prefer!
Here is a start to finish video on the green „Hello“ card, I hope you get inspired to make some stamps of your own!
This is quite fun and actually very addictive. I could not stop creating my own stamps, once I was finished with the first one! The dragonfly die cut die, for example creates a lovely background stamp and you can vary the size by just using one piece or adhering several dragonflies next to each other onto a bigger foam piece. Oh, the possibilities are almost endless!! Have fun and
Hello there everyone, it´s my turn to share a tutorial for the Die Cut Design Team over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. My passion for paper crafting originally started with scrapbooking, then I discovered other areas of paper crafting and got distracted. Well, I actually broadened my spectrum, to be more precise.
I wanted to go back to creating a layout for a change, so today´s project is combining die cutting and scrapbooking. The basic die cutting forms (rectangles, squares, ovals and circles for example) can be used in so many different ways. On my layout I chose to make them the center of attention. The layout itself is very simple in style. I left quite a lot of white space on my layout and chose to die cut retro styled scrapbooking papers to match my late 1970´s color photo. Building this layout was a little bit like building a puzzle. Here is what I did:
Step 1: I first chose the photo, then picked papers I found suitable for the photo. Step 2: Next I picked smaller sizes of the rectangle, square and fishtail die cut dies and arranged the die cut pieces next to the photo onto the white cardstock. This way I could pick suitable sizes and decide how I wanted the die cut paper pieces to be arranged on the finished page. Remember to take a picture when you have arranged all die cut dies onto the page, otherwise you will forget the order.
Step 3: Pick different patterned paper sheets and die cut the papers. I tried to use different designs next to each other for a more interesting, playful look. Step 4: Adhere the background patterned paper and the white cardstock together with double sided adhesive and then start adhering the die cut squares and rectangles onto their predefined places. Adhere the photo and take a relatively large sticker where you can write the journaling in the end.
Step 5: Grab some white cardstock and die cut various Leafy Brances with your die cutting machine. Adhere the pieces onto the squares for additional detail. Leave some squares empty and fill some. That way the background will look more interesting to the eye.
Step 6: Add wood veneer pieces or other embellishments for additional decoration and use sticker letter to write the title of the page. That is basically all there is to this page. Depending on the colors and forms you choose, the result can look very different. I hope you give this idea a try!
Here is also a star-to-finish video for you to watch the various steps and to give you a better idea on how this layout came together:
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
Hi there lovelies & happy weekend!! Today I ´d like to share a summer themed tag with you. I DO know it is still February and on my side of the hemisphere it is still winter :-)!!! BUT I do like the summer seaons very much, thus a summer themed tag today. I originally created this tag for the Canvas Corp Brands summer tag swap last year. Somehow, never got to post it then though… I received a gorgeous tag from my swap partner too! I am definitely enjoying interacting with other creatives from around the globe very much.
This is what I created for my swap partner. I used almost solely Canvas Corp Brands product on this tag (some 7gypsies, some Tattered Angels and some Canvas Corp product line ones). I don´t know if you are familiar with their website? If not, you should definitely start from HERE. There is an amazing selection of projects to see, created with different brand products available at the Canvas Corp store. Then, do also check out the brands YouTube channels (also here and here)! So much inspiration, ideas and creativity going on!!!
Annnndd…when you are done reading thru all the wonderful projects and watching loads of videos etc., then I bet you can´t wait to get started with a project of your own, right? Well, then you should DEFINITELY check out this section! That is where the monthly challenge goes live! And as a bonus, you can win some lovely Canvas Corp Brands goodies!!!
So back to my tag. I´ve created a short start-to-finish video where all the used products are also listed :). Hope you enjoy!!
Hello there, today I´d like to share a set of easy to make misted background, die cut cards with you. They are also up over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. I really like to use color when crafting and spray inks are so much fun. Therefore I wanted to share this simple and easy card making idea with you!
This is how I created the cards:
1. Take a cardboard box (to protect your working area!) and place a piece of white carstock into the box. Very randomly spray areas of the white cardstock with purple and then green spray ink (you can naturally choose any other color combination too). Dry with a heat tool.
2. Take the dry misted cardstock piece and place three die cut dies onto it and run thru your die cutting machine.
3. Remove the die cut parts – save them, as you can use them on another card – and use the background. Adhere onto a white card base.
4. Take another piece of white cardstock and die cut a sentiment/word at least three times. Adhere the die cut words on top of each other and then onto the card.
5. Apply Glossy Accents on top of the word and carefully sprinkle Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter onto the wet areas. You can simply dab off the loose glitter later, since it will only stick to areas where the wet Glossy Accents is. Let dry properly.
6. Finally take some white texture spray ink and splatter around the card for a fun detail. Let dry.
By changing the color combination or adding letter stickers instead of die cut words, you can easily change/vary the look of the card.
We still have the leftover die cut Leaf Branches to use. Here is an example how you could use those leftover pieces:
Basically, using similar ideas, but replacing the background with a dry embossed white background piece and misting the die cut word you can create a nice card with the leftover pieces and nothing goes to waste. Here is a little start-to-finish video to give you a better idea of the single steps. Hope you like it!
Hello everyone, it´s my turn again today with an art journal spread created using several STAMPlorations stencils. Someone recently broke into our home which was a very unpleasant experience. I have been going thru various emotions since then and creating this art journal spread helped me to deal with those feelings. Here is what I created:
And this is how I created the spread:
1. I first applied yellow and light orange tones with a foam brush onto the journal sheets very randomly.
2. Next I added pink, magenta and orange acrylic paint tones thru various ARTplorations stencil over the first paint layer. After every layer I let the paint dry properly before moving over to the next one.
3. Next I took heavy body acrylic paint and applied that with a palette knife thru the stencils onto the page.
4. Finally I used a foam stamp with acrylic paint and stamped green leaf patterns onto the surface.
5. After that I added random black stamp images here and there for interest.
6. Then I drew the letters onto the background and started to paint the background around them blue. That makes the letters/the word stand out from the background.
7. When the background was dry, I outlined the letters with a white pen and punched circles from a leftover misted paper piece.
8. I adhered the punched half circles on the top and bottom of the pages for additional fun detail and dabbed some white acrylic paint thru a raindrop stencil here and there. Finally I added alpha stickers to build a full sentiment and added a date. I always add a date to an art journal sheet, as my pages always have something to do with my current feelings. It´s in a way something like an art diary for me.
I also recorded a start-to-finish video about my creating process for better insight. Hope you enjoy it!