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Author name: Chala Frank

Advent Booklet Card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Chala here for today’s prompt word Advent!

I must admit this post is a sad one for me as it is my last post as a Scrap’N Stamp Design Team member.  I am going to miss being a part of this fabulous group of ladies and creating with them each month.  I also cannot thank you enough for all your comments and support over the last several years  You guys have been a huge inspiration to me!!  I am not leaving the crafting world, just taking a step back in the commitments I have made.

You will still be able to find me over on my YouTube Channel Crafting Through the Chaos of Life.  In fact, that is where this blog post will take you as my final Design Team submission is a bit of an involved one and easiest to watch on video than to describe.

Some of the items I will be using today are older sets and may not be available, so it gives us a good reason to reach into our stash, blow off the dust and reimagine them for a new use!  I will also be using several digital prints in today’s card booklet.

Stamp and Die sets used/recommended:

Lawn Fawn Lift the Flap

Lawn Fawn Tiny Gingerbread

Lawn Fawn Oh-Snap

Lawn Fawn Tiny Christmas

Lawn Fawn Holiday Helpers

Picket Fence Paper Glaze Golden Rose

Again, I encourage you to look through your stash for items you may already have that you can use!

Without further adieu….below is the video link for my fun Advent Card Booklet!  Enjoy!                


Much love,

Chala xoxox

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Snowflake Card using Gina K Holiday Hexagons

Hello dear friends!

Chala here for today’s prompt word “Snowflakes” and I will be using the Gina K Holiday Hexagons for my card.  I also think the Folk Art Snowflakes would be cute as well.

It is that time of year again when we need to embrace the colder weather (and snow) and what better way to celebrate than to play in your craft room where it is nice and warm and cozy!

The first step to create this card is to prepare the “ripped mask” to place on the top and bottom of the card.  You can tear the masking paper yourself or use a tear ruler like I did.

I then lay the masks down to create a strip in the middle of the horizontally laid card panel where we will place our images.  I used and ink blending brush and broken china distress ink to lightly lay down a layer of ink.  Don’t pull up the masking paper yet!  We want to stamp our snowflake images next.

Next I will lay the panel in my stamp platform and arrange the hexagon snowflakes in a pleasing pattern and ensuring part of the snowflake is on the exposed card panel and the other part is over top of the mask.  I then stamp the snowflake images in the faded jeans distress ink.

The fun part is removing the masking paper to see the image we created underneath.

The last thing we need to do to the panel is stamp our sentiment.  I used Versamark Watermark ink and silver embossing power.

I trimmed the panel down so I could add a layer of silver chrome mirrored cardstock to frame it out and then adhered the entire panel onto a horizontal top folding card base.

Here is the finished card.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


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Slimline Alcohol Ink Gel Prints

Happy Sunday Funday!

Chala here and I am sharing some fun slimline cards using the Alcohol Ink Gel Print technique.

Today I pulled out several products to play around with including the Lavinia Boblong Printing Press, which is perfect for slimline gel prints, the Lavinia Leaf Mask, Mandala stencil, various Alcohol Inks, Pink Fresh Studio Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set and various sentiment dies, acrylic white paint and brayers.

This technique is easier to watch than explain, so I have created a video of today’s cards.  Go ahead and click HERE to watch and see how I created 6 fun cards!

If you are not into watching the video, I will do my best to explain.  You want to drip some alcohol inks onto the gel print and use the brayer to move the ink along the surface.  Be mindful of what colours you choose as you do not want to create mud.  The important thing to remember is to let the alcohol inks dry between the layers.

Once the ink has dried you can now use a stencil and lay it on top of the gel plate.  I like to use my brayer to help lay the stencil flat on the plate.  Next add a few more drops of alcohol ink and again, you can use your brayer to help blend the colours.  The more ink you use the longer you will have to wait for it to dry before proceeding with the next step.  After the ink has dried again, you can now remove the stencil.  To clean my stencils I use hand sanitizer, you can also use isopropyl alcohol or ink blending solution.

The next step is to use a small amount of white paint (although you can use other colours and eve add in perfect pearls to add shimmer) and brayer a thin layer overtop of the alcohol inks.  Then lay your carstock on top.  I like to use an old gift card to smooth over the back of the cardstock to ensure I am lifting as much of the image as possible.  Then slowly pull the cardstock back to reveal your masterpiece.

I continued this process with several backgrounds and even used Alcohol Ink Pearls to add a beautiful shimmer to the background.

I trimmed the backgrounds down to fit onto a 4″ x 8.5″ slimline card base and adhered with some Art Glitter Glue.

You can finish the backgrounds off by adding stamping or simple die cut sentiments or even fun Tim Holtz Paper dolls. The possibilities are endless!  For my die cut sentiments I heat embossed with either gold or clear embossing powder to help the sentiments stand out.

Here is a look at the finished cards.

I hope you enjoyed todays slimline cards and technique and that it has inspired you to give this technique a try!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


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