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Snow Simple!

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

Happy Sunday Crafters!

I feel like we just finally are getting into summer weather and here we are talking about Christmas again!?  Lol!  Today I am playing along with the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge and Christmas in July theme by showing  you a card that is “snow simple!”

I really want to show you how you can take a stamp set that you already have and make it feel like a Christmas/Winter card just by adding a bit of snow.

I will be using Lawn Fawn’s stamp set Fairy Friends however, another super cute set that you could use is the Frosty Fairy Friends.  I will be doing some ink blending and masking.

When I am creating a scene card I like to plan out on scrap paper where everything is going to go.  Basically, I stamp everything out and then plan my masking and in what order I need to stamp everything.  This saves me from making too many mistakes and ruining my good cardstock.

Once I have everything planned out I can go ahead and stamp the images that I want to appear in front first with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I will then stamp the images again onto a Gina K Masking Magic sheet.  I fussy cut out the images with my Cutter Bee Scissors and apply the masks overtop of the images.

I then ink blend with my foam ink blending tool in the colour Chipped Sapphire adding a nice dark solid layering of the ink to the background.  I then use my small Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brush and blend Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White Ink around the light and fairy house to give the effect of light reflection.  I also take advantage of the circular shape of the foam blending tool and make a circular impression around the actual light in Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.  Adding this yellow colour gives another dimension to the glowing light feel.

I can then remove the masking paper with my Tim Holtz Craft Pick and colour the images with my Copic Markers.

To make this stamp set feel more “Wintery” or “Christmas” like I begin sketching out where I want the little piles of snow to be with a white gel pen and then I go over these areas with white acrylic paint with a  fine paint brush and also add a few dots here and there to look like falling snow.

Now, you can totally leave your card just like this.  However, I took it a step further (because this girl likes a bit of sparkle on her cards) and I pulled out my laminator and some glitter embossing powder as well as some little iridescent stars that I sometimes use in my shaker cards.     I could have also actually made this a shaker card…but, I was feeling lazy and I also wanted the look of the snow falling without having to shake the card.

I let my laminator heat up and then I sprinkled the glitter embossing powder and iridescent stars in-between the laminator sheet and ran it through.  Using white heat embossing will also work depending on white kind of look you want.  I suggest you do a few test pieces to see how your embossing powders react as well as play around with how much powder to use.

I die cut an oval in another card panel piece and adhered the snowy laminated piece to the back with Be Creative Score-Tape, trimmed off the excess laminating piece.

I then did a bit of stamp surgery using my Cutter Bee Scissors and altered one of the sentiment stamps so that I could just use the word “fairy”.  I then stamped “fairy” and “Christmas” on the lower right hand side of the oval card panel.  I then adhered this panel onto the stamped card piece using one layer of foam tape.  I think maybe two layers would have been better for more dimension.  The last thing to do was then to adhere all of this onto a side folding card, again I used the Be Creative Score-Tape for this.

I really wish that you could see this card in person as when you move it back and forth in the light the look of the snow between the laminated sheet is quite stunning against that ink blended background.

I hope this card has inspired you to look at the stamps sets you have and to see how simple it is to transform them into Winter/Christmas themed cards by adding a little snow.

Hoping you stay cool this week and I look forward to seeing what you create that is “snow” themed by posting your photos on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Take care!

~Chala

 

Snowflakes!

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Hi All!  It’s Nancy and I am back today with one of the July prompts for the Scrap ‘n Stamp Random Acts of Cardness….  for today’s challenge word, you need to create with snowflakes!  Anyone that’s been around here for a while knows how much I LOVE snowflakes.  I don’t like winter and I don’t like snow… but I sure do love snowmen and snowflakes!

The challenge for me was deciding what snowflakes to use!

I don’t know how well you can see it in my photo, but the blue behind the snowflake window is all glittery.  I didn’t have enough of piece of appropriate blue glitter cardstock, so I made my own!  I simply used one of my Life Changing Blending Brushes and some Gina K ink to create a blue panel with a bit of a gradient (it’s a little darker at the bottom than it is at the top) and then I used a palette knife to cover the entire inked background with Nuvo Glimmerpaste in Moonstone.  I set it aside to dry before adhering the die cut panel to that glimmery piece of goodness.  I then added it to a card base with foam tape to add a little dimension.

Items Used:

*Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 110lb

*Images:  MFT Giraffes on Ice

Summer Sunshine – Sunny Vibes

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

Happy Lazy Sunday!

MFT Sunny Vibes

Hey Crafty friends!  It’s Chala and I am here today to share some cardmaking inspiration with you!  If you are playing along with us on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge page then you know that our word for the day is SUMMER!  I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word summer I automatically think of sunshine!  This is something I don’t feel like we have had a lot of here in Calgary….but here is hoping today’s card warm you up just the same!

I am loving MFT’s new Sunny Vibes stamp set and it is perfect to create a summer scene card.  I first played around by creating a custom one layer background piece.  I chose a few images and stamped them with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and did some simple Copic colouring.  I just love the little critter lounging with its book!   I added a grey shadow to each of the images to give the background piece a bit of depth.  I then used the larger MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted that onto some orange cardstock and then adhered that to an A2 side folding card.  For the sentiment I chose to keep it simple with white heat embossing on black cardstock and then cut that into a banner and adhered it with foam adhesive to add dimension.

MFT Sunny Vibes MFT Sunny Vibes

For my second card I pulled out the Summer Sunshine 6″ x 6″ paper pad from Taylored Expressions.  This paper pad has some fun bright colours and patterns that will add the perfect pop of colour to any card.

My Mom has been doing some quilting and created a beautiful summer patch quilt picnic blanket for my kids.  This inspired my next card.  I used a small square stitched die and die cut 6 patterned pieces and 6 white squares.  Using my Stamp Perfect Tool I was able to quickly then stamped the sunshine onto the white squares and Copic coloured them.  I then arranged them onto some green cardstock similar to that of what you may find on a quilt.  For the sentiment, I die cut a “You are my Sunshine” sentiment several times and stacked them together using Gina K Connect Adhesive.  To make the sentiment pop I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen.  I LOVE the sparkle that this pen gives!

For my final card I wanted to create a beach scene.  I used the MFT Cloud stencil and blended Distress Oxide inks in the colours Broken China and Salty Ocean with one of my smaller Picket Fence Blending Brushes.  I like to do my ink blending on the Wendy Vechhi Make Art Stay-tion as I can use the magnets to hold my project in place while blending.  I die cut some brown cardstock with the Lawn Fawn Hillside Stitched Borders.  I stamped,  Copic coloured and fussy cut out the sunshine, bucket, shell, sandcastle and the puppy holding the sun umbrella with my cutter bee scissors and then adhered them with some of the Gina K liquid adhesive.  This gave me time to wiggle the images into the perfect place.  I again used a simple black cardstock and white heat embossed sentiment cut into a banner.  I wanted to add some more interest to the scene and decided to use my wavy die cut rectangle to give the edge a fun look.  I then adhered this to an A2 size side folding card…and…you guessed it…I added some more sparkle  to the shell and the sunshine with the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen.

MFT Sunny Vibes MFT Sunny Vibes

I really enjoyed how all three cards turned out and how different each one was.  I have a few more ideas for this set but ran out of time!

If you want to see these cards come together you can check out the YouTube video here:

Remember to share your Summer inspired cards over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

~Chala