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Autumn Leaves Blog Hop

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Thanks for joining us- I hope you’re cozy with a warm beverage of choice (tea, PSL, whatever floats your boat…) and ready for some autumn inspiration.  We are celebrating colorful autumn leaves today!  There’s 7 of us with projects to share, which means 7 chances to win a $25 gift certificate to spend in the store!  Leave comments along the way and please feel free to share about the hop & leave some comments on facebook too 🙂  We are giving away THREE gift certificates and will announce the winners on October 2!

Today I’ve got a pair of cards to share with you, both feature the new Nature’s Wonder stamp set by Tim Holtz, which includes a variety of gorgeous leaves & simple sentiments.  Unfortunately it seems to have been very popular and is a bit tough to get ahold of… I’ve paired it with some autumn shades of Distress Oxide Ink (Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany, Crushed Olive, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade), Copper Embossing Powder and on this card, Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown.

My background started with a variety of stamped leaves, each inked in two of the Distress Oxide Colors.  I then used an Ink Applicator & blending foams to add more color to the background.  I painted each of the leaves with a water brush to give the background a watercolor feel, and I also spritzed a bit of water over it as well.  It was very pretty, but a softer look than I wanted… so I selected a stencil with a bold design (this is an old clockworks stencil by Tim Holtz) and applied the Nuvo Mousse with a palette knife.  The directions said it could be applied thick or thin, so I started as thick as I could get it for lots of texture… then applied some thin swipes along the edges the design was not on.  It’s beautiful how it picked up the texture of the watercolor paper!

I added simple layers to the card, some stamped/embossed images which I fussy-cut (hopefully dies for this set are in a future release!), burlap paper (from my stash- this stuff is mounted on cardstock and it’s fabulous) and a simple but bold text block with a sentiment copper embossed on it.

For this second card, I started with the same background base of Distress Oxides, but decided to add some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone over the stamped panel.  I simply smeared a bunch of it over the panel loosely just to see what it would do, and I kinda love it in all it’s imperfections!

My layers are different, but feature the same elements as my first card.  I like how this background turned out more vibrant than the first one, so I wanted to allow more of it to show under the cut leaves.  The glitter paste really picks up on the warm tones in my background!

And here’s the two cards together- along with some colorful leaves that have freshly fallen!

I hope you like my cards.  Autumn is my favorite season and you’ll be seeing a lot more autumn pretties from me in the coming weeks… but today, you get a variety of inspiration from our talented Design Team!  Enjoy!

Here’s the blog hop order:

Happy Hopping!  Be sure to leave comments along the way for a chance to win 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Shake Up Summer Winners!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Thanks to all of you who visited the team’s blogs & left comments along the way of the hop- we really appreciate all the kind words and are thrilled to have inspired so many of you to make shaker cards!  The following people have won a tonic die & shaker window combo- please contact us at info@scrapnstamp.ca by Sept 20 with your address so we can send you your prize!  Please include “Shake Up Summer Winner” in your email subject 🙂

Congrats to:

  1. Deborah Smart
  2. Kim (Creative Diversions)
  3. Karla Yungwirth
  4. Cindy Holmes
  5. Betty Bywater
  6. Mary-Ann V
  7. Kimberley Lynn Diett-Prince

Thanks again for hopping along with us!

Shake Up Summer Blog Hop!

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp SHAKE IT UP Summer Blog Hop!  We are excited to have you here with us today and share with you each member of our team’s unique take on shaker cards!  You’ll see a mix of takes on ‘old school’ shakers as well as projects using shaker window & die combos, like the ones you can WIN by leaving comments along the way and by sharing about the hop on social media!  It should be a lot of fun, so let’s get started!

I decided to do a twist on an old school shaker, I wanted to find a way to create a shaker panel the full width of my card rather than a window in the center of the card.  I started with ‘hello’ edge die (by MFT) and cut it at an angle along the bottom of the card, leaving room for the coordinating ‘beautiful’ word below it.  I then used that angle as my guide to cut another panel the size that my shaker panel would be.  I pieced it back together with some clear plastic (I used the packaging from a stencil I’d purchased!) glued at the top and bottom then trimmed it to size.  Once my window was the right size, I had to figure out how to seal it off as a shaker- the clear edges kinda snuck up on me and I wasn’t sure how to tackle that.  I decided to let the white foam tape show on one side, but to camouflage it a bit by backing my window with white card stock.  Here’s a look at the hidden part of this panel so you can see how it went together.  I added a random mix of foam tape along much of the solid parts to give the whole card a smooth look.  The biggest part when assembling a shaker from scratch like this is to make sure there aren’t gaps in the foam tape around your window, you don’t want to leak any glitter 🙂

I cut my white panel to cover the inside (less about a 1/4″ at the top so it would fold flat), removed all the foam backing and then filled up my shaker window with a variety of sequins, glitter and beads/micro beads.  I think everything but the sequins were from Prima 🙂

Because that panel was such a stark white, I cut the ‘beautiful’ word and the Tim Holtz sand dollar & sea horse from white textured cardstock.  I love how the gold metallic wax picks up the texture!  The sea horse was inked with Distress Ink before I added the gold details to it.  I added a variety of greenery (aka seaweed) cut from Funky Flowers 2, all of which are watercolor paper painted with Distress Inks.  I grabbed an old Tim Holtz border/texture stamp and inked it up with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide to give some balance to the top of the card. After that, I just added bits of ribbon, twine, paint and sequins to complete the card.

I love glitter, but hate when it gets everywhere… I managed to avoid the mess with this card, and that’s something I like about shakers.  It’s like contained chaos.  🙂

I’m excited for you (and me!) to see what the rest of the girls have to share with you today!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the hop- and enjoy special savings on Shaker windows this week too!

Here’s who’s hopping with us this month:

Tara (SNS blog- you are here!)
Jessica
Kia
Laurie
Karen
Amy