Cute & Sassy Cards with Questionable Embellishments (And what’s with the warning on the Distress Oxide Sprays?)

Hi friends! After spending all day cleaning, prepping and repainting out the main bathroom (A task I was sure would take 3 hours max, #OptimistProblems) I decided to create a mess, er, I mean batch of cards!

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I had been looking forward to using my new Distress Oxide sprays since I bought a bunch at the Heirloom stamp show but I had so many viewers contact me concerned about a warning on the bottle:

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When I got the first comment I didn’t think anything of it. There are gratuitoius warnings on all kinds of crafting products because companies want to save money on packaging and absolve themselves of any liability especially when their products are made in China. One big craft company even put the warnings on paper packs! After a few more comments and emails I started to take the threat a little more seriously after all Ranger makes their products in the USA so if they are putting this warning on their products knowing what exactly is going into them I started to get worried. I contacted my friend Rich (Aka The Spin Doctor on YouTube) who is a legit scientist what he thought. *I am hoping he will write a blog post on this and if he does I will link to it.  After sharing many scientific citations of the effects of spraying Ti01 (titanium dioxide which is the potentially questionable chemical in this spray) I asked him if it was safer than Bacon (cured meats are a class 2a carcinogen) and he said, yes, it is safer than bacon and alcohol. Essentially the danger could come with breathing in the vapor. The risk of this is low as it is a pump spray and the drop are heavy as opposed to a fine aerosol mist. Obviously, don’t spray it in your face and open a window and if any risk makes you uncomfortable don’t use it.  The product conforms to ASTM D-4236 which means that all of the potentially hazardous components of the art product have been clearly labeled on the product packaging. Since there is no CL label and it doesn’t even state what the potentially dangerous chemical is I take it to be safe and the label is only there to satisfy the CA Prop 65 labeling requirements or a potential threat. But, hey, I’m no scientist.  I feel comfortable using it and I just wanted to put out what I found for you to determine what you want to do. Ranger says “wear a mask” if you are uncomfortable but Tim Holtz did not wear one when demoing at Creativation so I think I’m OK without one. I think there needs to be some clarity on health warning on art materials. ASTM is the best system so far. I think companies fearful of lawsuits are over warning which is making most of us ignore all of them. What do you think?

OK, enough drama, let’s make cards!

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The general consensus on youtube was that the stickers were a bit much on these cards. Anyone else out there embellishment challenged? I think I need to start my design with embellishments in mind, otherwise, I get the dreaded “sticker sneeze” on my cards LOL! Ah well, no one ever rejected a card because of an ill-advised sticker. You do you and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

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The More the Merrier! Stamp a gang!

Hi friends! Do you have stamp sets that have several related characters? Today I’ll show you how to combine them using the masking technique so you can turn a solo stamp into a party!

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I have seen many cute stamps recently that will have a gaggle of characters grouped together like this but with those stamps you only get one option but if you have a set of single characters you can group them however you want giving you more bang for your stamping buck! Watch the video to see how and remember to save any masks you cut for future cards.

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Variations on a theme…

  • Draw or die-cut a Polaroid frame and use this technique to make a “selfie” themed card.
  • Use this technique when you are making a card from a  group of people, such as “Happy retirement from the gang!” or anytime you are going to have a group of people sign a card. People will have fun matching the stamped critter to the person in the office LOL!
  • You can get a more elegant look by using butterfly stamps and coloring the with jewel tones.

Whether you like cute or quirky, elegant or sassy you can get more bang from your stamping buck with this masking technique. Give it a try on your next card and til next time happy crafting!

Using freehand elements to improve your cards!

Hi friends! Have you have tried to stamp a scene with multiple images on a card and felt like everything was floating, nothing matched or it just didn’t feel whole? Today I will show you how you can add a few hand drawn elements to make your card feel cohesive and complete.

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Watch the video to see how!

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Make sure when you are hand drawing elements that you use a pen that matches your stamping ink color and will work with your coloring medium. I used a black sharpie because it was black like my stamping ink and was waterproof so it wouldn’t smear when I painted it with watercolors. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

When to mask and when to fussy cut! Tips for stamping and cardmaking!

Hi friends! I think one of the most enjoyable aspect of stamping is to combine images to create new scenes. Sometimes I use a technique called masking where I stamp the image then cover it up and stamp another image on top so it appears to be behind the first. This allows you to create a picture with many images on one sheet of paper without overlapping lines. Sometimes though, you are better off to stamp images separately and cut them out and arrange them together on a separate sheet of paper. It depends on the type of images you are using and whether you are using a full image or part of an image.

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In this card with the ladies sitting on the couch it would be difficult to get them positioned properly,also I wanted some layered paper and dimension to this card so cutting and glueing were the way to go.

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But on this card by starting with the mixed frame stamp layout it as easy to mask off each box and keep my stamping inside. I also think by masking you create some organization to this wacky cast of barnyard characters.

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Learn how I created these cards in today’s video!

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When to mask:

  1. Mask images when cutting them out would be a pain.
  2. Mask when you can easily work front to back without placement issues.

When to cut and collage:

  1. When it would be difficult to place multiple images front to back (like ladies sitting on the sofa.)
  2. When you have portions of the stamp images you want to omit (like the chairs the ladies were sitting in.)
  3. When you want dimension such as layers of pattern paper or if you want to pop elements up with foam tape.

I hope this makes your card making easier. Let me know what technique you prefer in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Fun Techniques with Masking, Watercoloring with Markers, Distress Oxides and No-Template Envelopes!

Hi friends! Today we are going to explore our supplies and make a stack of fun Happy Birthday cards!

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These are addictive and the thing I love about batch projects like this is how you can practise a new skill and end up with a practical stack of cards because who doesn’t need a stack of birthday cards on hand. The would make great craft fair items too! I know these cards look pretty simple but I have packed this tutorial full of real-time step-by-step techniques that I hope you will find useful for your next card project.

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In this video you will learn the following techniques:
1. Stamp masking
2. Coloring and blending water-based markers
3. How to make an envelope for any size card without a template.
4. Distress Oxide techniques

Another thing I like about making batches of cards is that it is more efficient. You are getting the supplies out and making a mess anyway, might as well make it worthwhile. The first card takes the most time but the following card are made much quicker because you have figured out the design, colors and materials. I hope you give these techniques a try and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

We Wish You a “Meowy” Christmas and A “Yappy” New Year!

Howdy friends! I have a couple new cards to share and they feature some of my favorite things: animals wearing clothing and puns.

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I colored a bunch of these cats and dogs last week (you can see a tutorial on coloring the animals in last weeks video) while watching TV and I decided to use them right away on these cards. They were quick, easy and fun to make. Most of the time spent on this was the coloring I did before hand. I like to have a bunch of images stamped out and ready to color while I watch TV. It’s also helpful if you are trying not to snack in the evening as your hands are busy:) Look, you get a craft and dieting tips all in one place, how do you like that? Anyway, let’s go to the video!

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  • Stamp set Katselkraft Dogs
  • Stamp Set Katzelkraft Funny Accessories
  • Stamp Set Katzelcraft Cats
  • White cardstock
  • Alcohol markers
  • Black fine tip pen (03 micron)
  • Solid color cardstock or card bases or pre cut A2 Cards
  • Double sided tape (ATG)
  • Liquid Glue (Zip Dry)
  • Brads, ribbon or other desired embellishments
  • Dye based ink (Aqua, pink, lime green, red)
  • Music notes embossing folder
  • fine tip scissors

Want more inspiration? Check out this belated birthday card using the cat’s set! I hope you give these ideas a try to til next time happy crafting!

 

Cute Christmas Pup Card!

Hi friends! Today I am making a Christmas card from a couple of sets of everyday stamps! I love it when I find a stamp set that suits my personality and it is versatile enough for any occasion. These cute and quirky animal stamp sets from Katzelkraft really fit the bill when it comes to my type of cardmaking. They are funny, cute (but not too cute), a bit silly and they are large enough to color and take up some real estate on a card.

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In this video we will do a Distress Oxide ink background and some simple alcohol marker coloring with lots of tips and explanations for blending colors. I hope you find it useful:)

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Full directions are in this real-time step by step video tutorial! Enjoy:) I had so much fun making this card that I stamped out all of the dogs and cats and colored them up as I watched TV, it’s so fun, like being a kid again!

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I hope you enjoyed this fun card tutorial! Happy crafting!

 

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