September 15, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques ~ September Blog Hop ~ Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards!


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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
Die Cuts are certainly popular in the crafting world and there are so many from which to choose. But they can be expensive, so we’re looking at additional ways in which we can use them; specifically, inlaid and lifted die cuts.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try an idea or two that we’ve shared with you.
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Die cuts are so much fun and I am sure you have plenty of dies in your stack, right? I had a hard time myself to find the right ones, but I think these examples are perfect. So how did I start with my projects?
I picked two different flower dies and one die with different sizes of lanterns and greens in it. First thing on the list, get the die cutting machine out and start cutting. I chose white cardstock and cut each item about 5x out, just in case. Next I used my Tombow liquid glue to layer multiple cutouts together. I think I ended up with three per project. Yes, simply adhered them together layer by layer. Depending on how thick your paper is you might need more or less layers.
Let's have a look at the lifted die cuts first. To make my lanterns look even more realistic, I run the dies through the machine one more time, this time I used black metallic paper. I then cut away the candle parts. I adhered the layer to the stack of whites and used a black pen to color in the edges. Be careful when you  do this or you end up like me....black color on my white candles, yikes. Now what? I didn't want to start all over, so I ran the die again this time with some red metallic paper and added just the candle part on my white/black candle base. I finished the candle off with some gold glitter glue for the flame. 
These layers adhered together make for a nice sturdy embellishment which will give you an immediate 3-D effect. In stead of adding the different layers of colored paper you can always color everything in, that's why I cut my base elements all in white. Coloring the edges though makes a huge difference....just be careful when coloring them.
Next option are inlaid die cuttings. You simply add one die cutting into another or if you have multiple elements in a die you piece them back together after you cut them. First of are my dandelion flowers. I adhered three layers of white cardstock die cuts together. Next I cut a scalloped circle out of my card topper. I used the same die and cut a scalloped circle from watercolor paper. Then I took the watercolor circle and laid my dandelion die on top and run it through the machine again. Now I was left with my topper with a scalloped hole, a watercolor scalloped circle missing the dandelion piece. I used watercolors to color the circle in. Then I fitter my layered dandelion in the circle, colored just the stem of it and placed it inside the topper. It is a little tricky to get all parts back together, but it is worth it. My tip, use Tombow liquid glue (white bottle).
Last but not least, the poppies. All three flowers are made of three layers. Two are colored in and one stays white. The background is cut of watercolor paper and fitted back into to the topper. This time I added the flower on top and cut the ends off. I am just still debating with myself if I should add a few gold or silver sprinkles on either card. What do you think? Well like always, I hope you had fun and be sure to check back on Fridays for more details, pictures and measurements. This month we are a smaller group due to some family issues, but I think you will still enjoy the hop and bigger chance to win :-) So leave a comment and hop along. Thanks for stopping by

Now you’re off to visit with the talented Kim which always has a surprise for us. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another fabulous technique!

Claudia
Always remember:
"Art comes from the heart.
So there is never a right way or a wrong way;
there is only Your Way."

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September 1, 2017

Technique: Stamping On Patterned Paper! - Part 2

Welcome back to "Stamping on patterned papers".... while I talked about the little more complicated card I made last Friday, today we will concentrate on a simple but also effective stamping technique.

I had to admit, it is hard to see, but both flower images had been stamped on patterned paper (3 1/2 x 4 1/4). This paper is a marbled kind of paper, so you have different shades of green (the second one is blue) in the background. It doesn't always have to be a strong design. Sometimes these kind of paper patterns work perfectly fine too :-)

First I used the green design paper and stamped my three flowers in black ink on it. The stamp set I used is one of the new Close to My Heart stamp sets called "Many Congratulations" (C1693) and contains beside these flowers some wonderful phrases for many occasions. 

Next I used my ZIG markers to color the flowers and stems in. You can use any coloring pens or pencils you have. I added a few pearl drops to the center of the flowers. Ones the drops were dry, I added a piece of ribbon to the bottom of the flower stems and secured it in the back. The bow is tied separately and added with a glue dot to the ribbon. I cut a piece of dark brown cardstock at 4 1/4 x 3 3/4 and adhered it behind the flower piece, leaving a strip of brown showing on the right and left side.

My card base is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 with the fold on top. I covered the front of the base in striped design paper and scored the front at 2 1/8. Make sure to use a bone folder and crease the fold so it stand up easliy. The brown piece is not adhered to the lower 2 1/8 of the fold we created, flush with the bottom and centered. (Easel Card)

















To insure the flowers will stand up, I adhered another piece of brown cardstock (4 x 5 1/4) to the inside of the card. Next I cut a strip of the striped paper and added it with foam dots to the lower part of the inside of the card. This will stop the card from folding together when opened. I added another strip with my phrase on it and a little white cardstock for a note. 

The card base here is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with the fold on top. I covered the front of the card with dark brown cardstock and placed another piece on the inside of the card.

The patterned paper (in this case green paper) is stamped and decorated like the first one, but was cut at 3 1/2 x 5 1/2. After the ribbon was adhered, I placed two small strips of gold foiled paper along each side before the piece was added in the center of the front panel.

I added the little phrase on a scalloped oval to the upper right corner.

For the inside, I chose to stamp some of the flowers in a lighter colored ink and added a matching phrase for my card.










I hope you will try this technique yourself and let me know what you think of it. Stay tuned for more to come and for our September Blog Hop. 



August 30, 2017

Holiday Expressions Book - Sneak Peek 5



This is the final sneak peek since the book will be available in two days. So set your alarms for September 1st and check out the new Season Expressions Book online.

For the final paper pack we have the gorgeous "Silver & Gold" (X7226B) paper pack left. Lots of foiled papers with glitter and glamour. This is the paper pack you need for an elegant approach on your holiday or anniversary picture. 

This paper pack includes 10 double sided sheets of paper, two of 5 design combos, plus there are two sheets of pocket sized pieces. These are great for journaling, accent pieces or cut apart to be used for your pocket scrapbooking. 

All paper packs come with coordinating cardstock packs, complement sets (stickers etc) and other matching embellishments. Here is an example of more bling ... "Gold Glitter" (Z3312) gems.

More matching glitter and foil papers, glitter trim's and embellishments are in the book and the annual Idea Book. 

Last but not least, one more stamp set bundle for you. Again so many more are in the book, but this one works great with the paper pack "Silver & Gold"

The set is called "Silver & Gold" (Z4042) and contains the stamp set see and the matching thin-cuts. 

Well, I hope these little sneak peeks shorten the time for you before you could see the book. You can see the book online on my website or contact me if you like a personal copy of the book.

Have fun browsing and please let me know if you have any questions. Orders can also be placed online on my website or via email....see you soon with new projects.


August 28, 2017

Holiday Expressions Book - Sneak Peek 4




Back are the traditional colors red and green in combination with some cooler blues and grays for the snow pictures you have.
This set is called "Beary Christmas" (X7225B).

It includes 10 double sided sheets of paper, two of 5 design combos, plus there are two sheets of pocket sized pieces. These are great for journaling, accent pieces or cut apart to be used for your pocket scrapbooking. 


All paper packs come with coordinating cardstock packs, complement sets (stickers etc) and other matching embellishments.

Here is one embellishment idea that matches the paper pack, "Beary Christmas" Dots (Z4038). These are super cute dots in three colors and a total of 90 for plenty of decorating.


While there are again so many new stamp sets with or without matching thin-cuts in the book, I thought I show you this one here.

Gingerbread Mr & Mrs with funny faces and decorations and some really cute phrases. This one is called "Gingerbread Friends" and comes in a bundle with thin-cuts (Z3378)

Stay tuned for one more exciting sneak peek before the new Seasonal Holiday Book will go live on September 1st.

August 25, 2017

Technique: Stamping On Patterned Paper! - Part 1

I hope you had fun hopping along with us last week. This technique hop is so amazing and I love all the different ideas everyone comes up with. So before we start working on Septembers technique, let's have a closer look at this months projects, shall we? I started out by picking my stamps and patterned papers, again not to busy designs since I would lose the stamped images. Today I will show you a bit more about the blow fish. The flower projects will come next week and the two ladies maybe some other time ;-)

I started with stamping my fish on the orange doted and green striped papers. I used a sprinkled white paper for the cake and stamped it twice on it as well. No some fuzzy cutting. I cut the fish out of the orange and green, cut the head off the body and mixed them up. Voila ... two fishes are done. 
I already had cut two green and blue mats to go on the front and inside of my card and I also cut my two cakes out, including the candles (well almost). I place one fish and cake on each mat set and played around ... I noticed that the first color combo of the fish looked like he was "normal", orange head, green body...the other combo made him look like he turned green from too much blowing. And that's when I had the idea to do a little two level card. I had my card base already cut at 4 1/4 x 11 and folded in half, so what could I do to make it open in two ways?

This is what I came up with. I used my card base with the fold to the left. I adhered the green mat in the center of the front of the base and place the blue one on top. They both are just 1/8 smaller of each other and the white base. (so just a small frame). Next I cut a strip of the green paper about 1/8 smaller than the blue one I just adhered and about 7 1/2 long. I laid the strip on top of the blue, lining in up so I had even space on the left side, top and bottom. I then folded the rest of the green strip over on the ride side. Make a nice crease.

The part that was folded over is not adhered to the white inside of the card base. Yes, you will have a short green piece of cardstock right on the inside of your card. But no worries, I covered it up with the second set of green and blue mats we cut earlier. Now all that is left is to cut another piece of blue cardstock that will fit on the top of the green we placed on the front, again about 1/8 smaller. So just measure and cut and adhere.   I know, describing it is a bit complicated, but the last picture might explain it the best. You end up with a card where you open the first panel to the right and the second (your original card base front) to the left.

To decorate, I adhered the green fish body direct to the first panel and raised the head with some foam dots. The cake is also adhered flat to the panel. I added a phrase that came with the stamp set to the upper right corner and draw a string and little hook by hand. Now open the panel to the right and decorate the second part.

The fish is adhered the same way I did the first one. I made sure it disappeared right behind the first panel. The cake was adhered direct to the card as well, but ...well you know accidents can happen and while I was cutting the second cake, I cut of some of the candles....happy accident!!!! I cut them all off, separated them a bit and added them back to the cake in a more blown over fashion....this fish had to much air LOL
A glitter paper Happy Birthday is added to this layer and I called it done.
There is plenty of room to write a personal message on the inside. 
I hope you liked this little excursion on how to stretch your card bases just a little. Hard to explain, but I hope it made sense. If not, please feel free to contact me :-) Leave a comment and let me know what you would have done with this little blower fish.

Stay tuned for more cards next Friday and the launch of the brand new Seasonal Holiday Book from Close to My Heart...see you soon

August 23, 2017

Holiday Expressions Book - Sneak Peek 3





Welcome to Fall! I know we are not there yet, but this paper pack sure makes you looking out for the season. It's called "Falling For You" (X7223B) and has all your favorite fall colors combined.

This paper pack, like all the others, includes 10 double sided sheets of paper, two of 5 design combos, plus there are two sheets of pocket sized pieces. These are great for journaling, accent pieces or cut apart to be used for your pocket scrapbooking. 

All paper packs come with coordinating cardstock packs, complement sets (stickers etc) and other matching embellishments.

I know you will love these embellishments... "Bronze Sequins" (Z4029) are a must with this paper pack. Hm, and maybe for some Christmas cheer?

Finally, here is another example of the new stamp sets in the book. Again, so many more stamps and Thin-Cuts are in the book and some come in a bundle like this one. "Falling For You" stamps and Thin-Cuts (Z4041) are only one of the fall sets.

Have a look and explore more on September 1st ....stay tuned for more!


August 21, 2017

Holiday Expressions Book - Sneak Peek 2



Today we start our sneak peek with the paper pack "Cats & Bats" (X7224B). Halloween is calling, but the papers are great for more than that...

This paper pack includes 10 double sided sheets of paper, two of 5 design combos, plus there are two sheets of pocket sized pieces. These are great for journaling, accent pieces or cut apart to be used for your pocket scrapbooking. 







All paper packs come with coordinating cardstock packs, complement sets (stickers etc) and other matching embellishments.


Here are the matching "Cats & Bats" Dots (Z4028) 



Last but not least, here is only one of the many stamp sets this new book offers. Some come with coordinating Thin-Cuts, like the "Cats & Bats" bundle (Z4045) seen here.

Have fun browsing through the new book starting September 1st and see how many more sets you will find.

Stay tuned for more to come ....

August 18, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques ~ August Blog Hop ~ Stamping On Patterned Paper!

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
We all love our stamp sets and we all love our patterned paper.  Well, this month we’re combining the two by stamping ON patterned paper for some unique projects.  It will be fun to see what stamps and papers our team decides to pair together. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:


·         February-So Sketchy
·     March-no hop this month
·         April-Stamp Set Showdown
·         May-World of Watercolor
·         June-Basic Card Folds
·         July-Bleaching Your Card


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And the awesome prize this month is:
Prize #1 


Prize #2

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. 
The winner will be announced on Sunday, August 27, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to go back and check her blog to see if you are the winner!  If you would prefer to be notified, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you if you win. The winner will have until September 9, 2017 to claim their prize.

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Stamping on patterned paper ...well sounds easy enough for me, but there are a few little things to think about before you start. Best patterned paper to use are those with a more settled patterned. The wilder the design and color scheme is, the more you will lose your stamped image on it.


Let's start with some more simple patterns. I found this blue paper in my stack and thought it is perfect for the beginning. I know the paper looks like just blue, but it actually is a marbled piece, settle but lots of little "clouds" of blue. 

I used a new stamp set from Close to My Heart "Many Congratulations" (C1693) which contains these lovely flowers. I used my ZIG markers to color them in.


Like I said, very simple but a nice touch. It safes you from having to create your own background. If you wanted it really simple, you could have left the flowers without color, but I kind a like it this way. I mounted the piece on a piece of dark brown cardstock and used a corresponding paper to cover the front of my card base. Next I scored the front in half and creased the fold so it stands up. I adhered the flower piece only to the bottom of the card base (open part of this card is on the bottom).
To insure the card stays open, I placed a strip of the striped paper with my phrase on foam dots on the inside of the card. Easel card is done.

I found a green patterned paper just like this one and made another card with the same flowers stamped on it. Same technique different look. 

So if you are a beginner and like to try the stamping on patterned paper technique, start with some simple background papers. You will see how much fun it is.


Speaking of fun, I created one more card were I used a bit more of a patterned paper than in these two examples.

I had this funny blow fish stamp set from Art Impressions on my desk and while going through my patterned papers, I encountered an orange paper with big dots on it and a green striped paper that somehow coordinated with the orange one.... LOL. This is what came out of it:


I stamped my fish on the orange and green paper and cut the body and head out of each. Well look at this, I got two fishes now. Next I stamped the cake that came with the set on some paper that had sprinkle all over it. They looked like the kind you put on your cakes. I then cut both cakes out, yes...also around all these candles. 

Now what? I was thinking back and forth what to do with this funny looking fishes....and then cutting out my last cake, I accidentally cut some of the candles off. Great idea...let's cut them all of and separate them a bit. Yeap, I am crazy! ;-)

The measurements and instructions will be on my post next Friday since it would take to long to explain here.

I did some coloring on the cake, since the paper I used was just white with sprinkles and I needed a bit more color. 

I also added some white in the fishes eyes to make them pop. The card starts with the fish starting to blow out the candles like the sign on the hook suggests. 
Then you open the first panel to the right and on the next panel (which is the front of my original card base) you will see the fish a bit green in his face from all the blowing....and some messed up birthday cake. 
Open this panel to the left and you will revel your birthday message. 

Stamping on patterned paper is a fun way to get some extra embellishments on your creations or safes you from having to color all the time :-). The possibilities are endless. Have fun stamping ...



Now you’re off to visit with Kim, who always surprises me with her creations. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!


Don't forget to comment below and on every other hop you visit, we love to hear from you. Also stay tune for next two Fridays to get more information about the techniques used above and more detailed pictures and more...
Hope to see you back here often


Claudia
Always remember:
"Art comes from the heart.
So there is never a right way or a wrong way;

there is only Your Way."

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