Father’s Day Gift Box Card with Scene Stamping!

Hi friends! I was cleaning up after cooking a meal from a dinner kit and I was about to toss the box in the recycling bin when I realized that it could be upcycled instead!

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The box had a fold out flap which concealed the cooking directions for the dinner kit and I thought it would be cool to make it into a greeting card and since it is already attached to a sturdy box it can be a gift box too!

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Watch the video for a full tutorial!

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Here is a tutorial on masking if you need it. This was fun to make but if I was going to do this again I would save several boxes and cover and decorate them all at once while my supplies were out and I was in the groove. I can see these being useful for birthdays too and you can make more in less time if you batch them out. I hope you use some of these techniques in your next project and til next time happy crafting!

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Come to the Darkside (We have Coffee!)

Hi friends! I think it’s really fun to make cards for my friends. For one getting a card for no reason is more fun than getting a card for a special occasion, and two most of my friends stamp so they really appreciate a handmade card!

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When I saw these new stamps from Katzelcraft I knew they would be perfect for “girlfriend” cards. What a fun way to invite a friend over for coffee or just catch up! I am about to go to a stamp show with 3 of my friends and we are all going to ride together so just imagine 5 hours in a car with me and 3 others that can chat as much as I do, there’s won’t be a dull moment (or a silent one!) In today’s card I will share tips for coloring with alcohol markers, overlapping stamped images and a nifty tip for die cutting a matting layer when you don’t have the next side up die!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if so please share it with a friend! Til next time happy crafting!

 

Waterolor Crayon Windowbox Cards

Howdy friends! When you embark on this crazy hobby we call stamping there is no end to the accessories we can accumulate for our craft. I was a painter long before I ever picked up a stamp so when I first begun stamping I would use paint to stamp with because the thought for spending lots on money on ink pads seemed crazy (and this was back in 2002 where there weren’t as many options as we have today!) If you are new to the hobby you might be wondering how you can stamp in color without breaking the bank, well there are many options!

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I am using watercolor crayons but you can also use water-based markers or even watercolor paint applied with a flat brush (just make sure it’s not to wet.) If you have water-soluble oil pastels, scribble sticks or gelatos they can work too. Try what you have, if the media rewets with water it won’t hurt your stamps. You can even use acrylic paint but care must be taken to ensure you clean your stamps well and don’t let the paint dry in the crevices of the stamp. The only other thing I want to say about this technique is not to expect perfection, you will end up with a loose painterly project and that is part of the beauty of it. Have fun and see where the stamps and crayons take you!

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Card Panel Sizes:
watercolor panel 3″x4.1/2″
Embossed layer 3 3/4″x5″
Card size: 4.1/4″x 5 1/2″

Project tips!

  1. Don’t let the stamp get too wet of you will have blobs. You want to have a crisp impression and you can drag around color with a wet brush if desired.
  2. Don’t worry if you get some blobs because it will add to the painterly effect!
  3. If you don’t have watercolor paper don’t worry, it will still look nice on cardstock but your dragging and blending of the paint may be limited.
  4. Feel free to substitute! Try your art supplies and see what you come up with!

I hope you try this technique on your stamps, it’s a lot of fun! Happy crafting!

 

 

Stamping, Embossing, Paper Piecing, Shading, Highlighting & More! {Cardmaking Tutorial}

Howdy friends! This project is really fun because you get to play and experiment and when you are done you end up with a bunch of cards!

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I love using embossing powder, it not only can make a stamped image shiny and raised but it can also create lots of fun textured backgrounds. I’m using a couple of the new Steth Aptar/Emerald Creek embossing powders. Below are swatches of each color so you can see what they look like heated up (Thanks to Sheth Aptar for providing us with the swatches!)

As you can see they give some textured, antiqued and grungy results perfect for backgrounds and surface treatments. If you want that die cut cereal box to look like decades old metal these will do it! I will share some tips for working with these powders and also show you how to add shading and highlighting to simple stamped shapes to make them pop and hopefully have you using up some scraps while we are at it. I don’t know about you but my scrap bin is getting out of control!

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Project pointers!

  1. Mixing embossing powders in a background is fun but take care not to contaminate your powders. I like to use the main color first and return the excess color to that jar and then sprinkle on the secondary color. You can use the back-end of  paintbrush or a craft stick to take out a tiny amount so there won’t be any contaminated excess to put back in the second jar. Embossing powder goes a long way, it is better to discard excess that has been mixed than to contaminate the whole pot OR you can keep mixed powders in a separate container for future use.
  2. Any media is fine for shading and highlighting but if you use distress crayons  keep in mind they dry fast and smudge them as soon as you apply color or it won’t smudge.
  3. Bumpy paper needs strong adhesive. Anytime you are dealing with warped of bumpy paper you need stronger adhesive because you have fewer contact points (in the case of pressure embossed paper) so you can either use more adhesive (as I did with my ATC tape) to make sure there is contact in more areas or use a thicker adhesive (like I did with hot glue for my stamped pieces) to marry the substrates. Hot glue is aces for warped watercolor backgrounds too! Really tho, what is hot glue not good for?

I hope you give some of these techniques a try in your next project and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Gel Printing with Texture Plates!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a project using a new to me supply that I think you might enjoy if you have wanted to dabble into gelatin printmaking but wanted to avoid the mess and the additional supplies that can go along with it.

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I will be using new texture plated by Carabelle Studios. These are essentially large unmounted rubber stamps that have all of the artwork already collaged and distressed so all you have to do is ink up your plate, press the texture plate to that and pull a print. Watch the video to see how!

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*Note I used a 5″x7″ plate as well and it can be found on Amazon with the printmaking cards and envelopes I used in a bundle. The price can fluctuate on Amazon depending on who is selling it though, I think I paid around $40. *Affiliate link used

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Remember when using the texture plates that any text or numbers will appear correctly when stamped on the gel plate and then a print pulled from that. If you want to use these as rubber stamps the text will be reversed. You can use regular background rubber stamps for this technique, just avoid ones with text. It is a fun way to get some use from supplies you already have too! I have also pressed embossed cardstock on a paint inked plate for a similar effect. I hope this tutorial inspires you to try printmaking. Happy crafting!

Easy Masked New Baby Card!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make this sweet new baby card but you can change the sentiment to suit your needs.

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Watch the video to see the card come together.

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Measurements:
Card size 4 1/4″x5 1/2″ (A2)
Matting layer 4″x5 1/4″
Stamped panel 3 1/4″x4 1/2″

I hope you can use some of the ideas in this video in your next card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Create Beautiful, Lacy, Cut, Tuck & Fold Wreath Cards Using Supplies You Have!

Hi friends! I love the elegant and refined look of braided lattice folds. I shared in previous tutorials how to do a lattice braid along the fold of a card and today I’ll show you how you can create a wreath or frame using a similar technique.

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I’ll be using a standard craft knife and self-healing mat but if you have a swivel knife and glass mat I think it would go a bit smoother. My cutting is not perfect but by the time you fold and stamp the imperfect cuts are not really noticeable. Watch the tutorial and then try it yourself!

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Directions for making your custom tuck and fold lattice frame template.
1. Cut a circle a bit larger than to size of your wreath. Fold that in half, then in half again, then in half again so you end up with a circle divided in 8. Trace over each line with a pencil and ruler so you can see it clearly.

2. Mark 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the center point on each line. This is the point you will start tracing your half shape. The larger the space between the center and the mark you drew the larger the space in the center of your frame.

3. Choose a symmetrical shape like a circle or a heart (paper punches are great to use as templates) cut it from paper and fold it in half to make your template. Then place the folded side of the template on your line (lined up to the point you marked) and trace. Repeat on every line.

4. Trace the same shape but smaller inside of the first shape so you have a double line. Trace the double lines with a black pen so it will stand out when you trace it on your project cardstock.

Keep the template you made as you can use it over and over again. You can trace it onto your nice cardstock using a light box or a window. Use a craft knife to cut on the double lines and fold and tuck to create your dimensional wreath and then accent it with stamping!

I hope you give this project a try and dust of those supplies you already have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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