Friday, August 18, 2017

Simple Birthday Card

Hello there. So I'm usually low on Birthday cards and rushing to create one as I walk out the door to a party. I'm trying to be better about that so I wanted to come up with a clean and simple Birthday card design that I could replicate easlily for anyone...

I started by die-cutting THIS die from a piece of Neenah white cardstock. I used my Misti to stamp the toucan image from THIS stamp set using THIS ink. After coloring the bird using my Copics, I stamped THIS balloon image at the top of my panel. I stamped the string from the same set coming out of the bird's mouth and up towards the balloon. It wasn't quite long enough, so I drew in the rest with a black sharpie marker.

Next, I die-cut the largest word from THIS set using THIS fun foam. I went with white on white so it wouldn't distract from the scene. I used THIS on the back before die-cutting to make it easy to adhere. I white heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set on a strip of black cardstock. I trimmed it out and adhered it using THESE adhesive strips.I finished off the card by adding some of THIS on top of the balloon and one of THESE for the bird's eye.

I hope this inspires you to create a clean and simple card design that would be easy to replicate.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Double Take: Stamped Distress Oxide Backgrounds

HI there. I've been having so much fun experimenting with Distress Oxide Inks lately and wanted to do some direct stamping with it. Because of the pigment ink properties in it, it stamps beautifully. I created two cards with a similar design but a very different background look using these inks...
 For the first card...
I chose a feminine color scheme and stamped a variety of THESE stars using warm colors. After stamping, I lightly misted it with some water and dried it. The ink reacts with the water and starts to bleed a bit. I only sprayed lightly because I was working on regular cardstock, but you could spray more for an intense look if you use watercolor paper. 

For the second card...
I did the same stamping with the same images, but didn't add the water. This is just regular stamping. I just love these inks because they give such good results. 

Here's a closer look at each side by side...
I also wanted to share a few tips when finishing off these cards...

-I used vellum to create a focal point for my sentiment to sit. When you have a busy background, the vellum tones down the pattern but still allows the design to show through. 

- For the sentiment, I die-cut THIS die using fun foam. Fun foam holds up great when going through the mail. 

-I adhered the sentiment differently on each card. Don't be afraid to place things differently than how it looks on the package. This is a great way to get more use out of your dies. 

-Sometimes I struggle placement of embellishments. I took a cue directly from the die on where to place the small stars around the sentiment on the pink card. 

I hope this inspires you to experiment with your Distress Oxide Inks and create different background looks. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day. 


Monday, August 14, 2017

SSS September 2017 Card Kit

Hi, crafty friends. Today's card was created using THIS new card kit from Simon Says Stamp...

I used the goodies to create this interactive, rainbow spinner card...

This card is a bit smaller in size. It measures 4x4. I used some of the adorable pattern paper in the kit and die-cut it using THIS die and adhered it to the front of the note card. I used one of THESE circle dies to cut a window in the front. On the inside of the card, I adhered a piece of THIS string using THIS adhesive down the center of the card. I stamped, colored, and cut two rainbow from the stamp set (included in the kit). I adhered them together, sandwiching the string between them. This creates a spinning rainbow...

You can see it in action on my Instagram HERE

To finish off the card, I stamped a sentiment on the inside circle and added an epoxy heart from the kit. I also cut another panel for the inside of the card to hide the adhesive from the rainbow spinner...

Using a long, border stamp from the stamp set, I created a matching envelope. I stamped it using a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks with my Misti...

Click HERE for more information about this kit. 

I hope this inspires you to create an interactive card. 

Thanks so much for visiting today.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Space Background

Hi, there. Today's card features a space background created with THIS and THIS die from Simon Says Stamp's latest release...

I started by covering a sheet of THIS watercolor cardstock with reds, oranges, and yellows from THIS watercolor set. I used another sheet of the same cardstock and die-cut THIS border die several times, rotating it each time until the background was covered. I appled THIS Distress Oxide ink directly to the paper covering it to create a night sky. I mixed some white acrylic paint with a bit of water on an acrylic block and flicked it on to the background using a paintbrush. After it was completely dry, I adhered it directly on top the watercolor piece.

I white heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set on to a black circle cut with THIS die. I die-cut the rocket from THIS die set and adhered it on top of the sentiment. I adhered some of THIS acetate behind the window for a realistic look.

I hope this inspires you to create a space background.

Thanks for joining me today. I'll be back soon...


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Little Tangles Birthday Challenge

Hi, friends. Today I'm sharing a birthday card....

I started by stamping THIS sunburst stamp using THIS ink towards the bottom of a panel cut with THIS stitched rectangle die. I stamped, colored, and cut images from THIS stamp set. I adhered them to the panel along with THIS sentiment. I added some of THIS to the sentiment for some shine.

This card was created for THIS Little Tangles Challenge. Neat and Tangled is turning five this month and we are celebrating with a Birthday Challenge. I hope you can play along. Click HERE for more details. The winner of the challenge gets a $15 gift card to spend at the N&T store!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

*You can find the Sunburst stamp HERE

Saturday, August 5, 2017

SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop- Part 2

Hi, friends. I'm thrilled to be taking part in the SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop. THIS release is full of awesome product, but THIS is my favorite. The images are adorable and I used all of the critters to create these cards...

For all the cards, I used a partial embossing technique to create a focal point on each card. I haven't reached for my embossing folders in awhile, so I broke them out and dry embossed two sides of each card, leaving the center flat to create a focal point.

I stamped each coordinating sentiments multiple times to draw attention to the images and give them a place to "sit". Here's a closer look at each card...
I used a portion of THIS scalloped die to add some interest to the bottom of this card....
I did the same with this card, but used a portion of THIS die along the bottom...

THIS embossing folder is my favorite. It gives an awesome 3-D effect (which is hard to photograph but it so cool in real life)...

I hope you give this partial embossing a try. It gives great dimension without the bulk.

There's much more inspiration using the new products. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit my friend, Shari Carroll. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop. Here's the complete blog hop list...

Looking for even more inspiration? Click HERE and HERE to see cards I shared earlier this week using the new release products. Also, there was another blog hop with this release yesterday. Click HERE to see that.

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon each stop on the hop, so make sure to comment along the way. The winners will be posted on the Simon Blog on Tuesday.

 NOTE:Some of the embossing folders I used are no longer available. I linked to similar ones below...

Friday, August 4, 2017

More SSS Encouraging Words Release Inspiration

Hi! As promised, I'm back today with more inspiration using the products from the Encouraging Words Release from Simon Says Stamp. THIS die is my favorite from the release because it is my belief that Kindness Matters.

I paired it up with THIS rainbow die and transformed it into a cloud by trimming it a bit with my scissors. I swiped each layer of the rainbow using Distress Oxide Inks. For the background, I used THIS and THIS stencil to easily create clouds. You can see the whole panel on my Instagram HERE.

As I was creating the card, I couldn't get the design quite right. I struggled with it till I discovered how easy it is to turn one card into two when using symmetrical shapes, like a rainbow. I cut it down the center (as well as the cloud panel) to create two cards. You could do this with any symmetrical shape and who doesn't like to get a bonus card with minimal work!?

I finished off the card by mounting the pieces on to one of THESE note cards and adding some of THIS to the sentiment to make it stand out.

I think THIS die is a must have from the collection.

I hope this inspires you to create two cards instead of one with your symmetrical shapes.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.