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Smile Eclipse

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you are enjoying your summer so far. Here in Calgary we’ve been awfully wet and a little cooler than average. In fact, there have been a few times I’ve been tempted to turn on the heat this month! I’m not begging for steaming hot days, but days that heat up enough so that we don’t require the furnace would be great! Let’s hope that the cold weather is behind us for a few months now.

I created this card, hoping to use a more clean and simple style with the eclipse technique. I stamped the colour drops using the MFT Color Drops stamp set in a rainbow of colour using my stamp positioning tool so that they all lined up the way I wanted them to.

I used some low tack tape (I like 3M cellulose tape) to attach the MFT Smile die to the front of the panel I had stamped and trimmed down before I ran it through my Big Shot.

I put the letters aside and mounted the front panel on to a dark blue panel cut 1/8″ larger on the two sides to create the 1/16″ border that I love. You can see the dark blue card behind the cut out letters.

I then cut the letters out of white craft foam and attached the letters to foam. For something like this, I find it easier to this than it is to use foam tape.

To finish off the card, I stamped the “You’re Awesome” sentiment from the MFT All Smiles stamp set in Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink and attached this panel to the front of a white card. I then used liquid glue to attach the foam letters in to the holes where they had been cut out of originally. The foam makes the letters stand up from the card to create the Eclipse look.

I have seen this technique done with a lot of different stamps… I like that I was able to keep it somewhat clean and simple.

Thanks for popping by to visit today… and happy stamping!

Warm & Feathered Hugs – Freezin’ Season

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Helllllloooooo! Guess who’s back? It’s Chala! I am hoping to cheer up your mundane Monday by continuing to celebrate Christmas in July!

It’s funny to think about cold weather right now…only because we have really just started having summer weather here. None the less, I did manage to get in the spirit to make this sweet card using My Favorite Things – Warm & Feathered Hugs stamp set. I absolutely LOVE every single image in this set. Also, the sentiments are perfect for not only Christmas cards….but, Winter themed cards that I can send to my friends who don’t celebrate Christmas. Today’s card is a card that can be just that!

MFT – Warm & Feathered Hugs

To start I am going to stamp the little owl with the scarf with Memento Black Tuxedo ink onto some smooth Crafter’s Companion white cardstock. I have chosen this type of ink and cardstock because they both work well for Copic colouring. I will set this stamped image aside to give the ink some extra time to dry and to think about how I want to colour him.

I was searching through my stash of cardstock and found a piece that I must have stamped up the last time I was making Winter cards. I thought why not use use this on the card! (To make this panel I had cut a standard A2 size panel from some cardstock similar to Lawn Fawn’s Peacock colour and then I used a stamp called Mod Trees and my Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.)

I then picked some light blue cardstock similar to Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid cardstock secure it with some Thermo-Web Removable Purple Tape and die cut that with my Gemini Jr. using the 3rd largest size (2 3/8″ x 3 5/8″) MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax Die.

I also used this same die and cut a piece from some silver mirrored cardstock similar to Tonic – Mirror Cardstock in Frosted Silver and trimmed the outside edge to make a frame that would fit around the mermaid coloured piece.

I start to plan how I want the layout of these pieces to be on my card and I decide that I want the silver frame to be offset at an angle to the light blue cardstock.

Now that the layout is planned out I can move on to Copic colouring that cute little owl. The colours I use are: C0, C1, C2, C5,YR04, Y08, B18 & BG02. Once he is all coloured up I will fussy cut him out. (If you don’t like to fussy cut you can get the coordinating dies!) I am getting better at my Copic colouring! Practice, Practice, Practice! I am pretty happy with how he turned out!

Now it is time to assemble all the pieces. I start by using liquid adhesive to glue together the wonky stitched rectangle and the silver frame.

I then glued these pieces onto the tree card panel that I had found in my stash. I then adhere the owl onto the blue cardstock and add some snowflake sticker embellishments and adhered with my glossy accents. I also add two clear Sparkletz droplets.

I will let the embellishments dry for a bit and then come back and adhere that panel to my A2 card base with a tape runner.

I decided that I would keep the front as is and put my sentiment on the inside. I couldn’t resist using the “Happy Freezin’ Season” sentiment that comes with the stamp set. I pulled out my Stamp Perfect and my favourite sentiment ink VersaClaire Black Nocturne ink. I first stamp the sentiment down onto some clear packaging just to make sure that it is straight and looks good. The last thing you want to do is spend all that time on your card only to stamp your sentiment crooked!! 😫 Trust me, I have done it! The last thing I do is add some Clear Wink of Stella to the owl’s scarf and my Winter Freezin’ Season card is complete!

Share a photo of your card on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page wall and get your name entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Scrap’n Stamp! You’ve got until July 31st to post. Make sure to hashtag it for another chance to win #SNSChristmasinJuly. Winner chosen by random draw. One entry per day.

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Happy Crafting!

~Chala, xoxox

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Happy Home Aversary

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Hello lovelies, I am back today to share a set of custom cards I created for a client, using the Concord and 9th City stack stamp and die set. I have been very fortunate to do some work for real estate agents and even customized a sentiment for one, hence the Home Aversary. It’s such an honor to know my cards are out there in the world.

When Concord and 9th released the city stack set I knew this would be coming home with me at some point. I think there are just so many fun ways to use these stamps and dies. Here is my take, I hope you enjoy.

I started out by stamping the images out on to watercolor paper using Versa Clair Nocturn ink and then heat setting it with some clear embossing powder. I love doing this when I am going to paint as it helps contain the paint a little more and allows for a better result, at least for myself as I am no pro when it comes to painting.

So I made a vow to myself that I wasn’t going to create any more backgrounds until I finally used up a lot of the previously made ones. So to stick to this I rummaged around my stash and found two I liked, one was created with Gansi Tambi watercolours and some plastic wrap. This was a Jennifer McGuire technique, and as usual with her fabulous techniques you can’t just stop at one or two backgrounds. I made probably 6 or 7 and I have finally used the last one up for this card.

The second background I used was the sunshine. I created it with the My Favourite Things Sunbeam stencil and some distress oxides. It was a bit flubbed up but you know what, I just rolled with it, and I think it looked really cool in the end.

Once I had the backgrounds I thought would work and all the painting was dry it was time to move on to the die cutting. I used the coordinating dies to the City Stack stamp set to die cut the houses, trees, and buildings. I decided I wanted to make square cards, so I took the largest of the Lawn Fawn stitched square dies to cut out the backgrounds, as well as the scenic portions of the card. I wanted to make sure everything was the same size when I went to adhere it together. I also die cut 6 black frames out of heavyweight cardstock. I needed something sturdy to hold all the layers together.

I created my own cards bases from Lawn Fawn peacock and white card stock. The bases measure 5×5, the backgrounds measure 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 as do the frames. I glued the background down flat to the card base, then added the buildings flat to the background. From there I had to be strategic and make sure I watched where I was placing everything so I didn’t have portions of the die cut showing through. I used the two frames to glue on the trees adding foam tape behind and around the frame, I repeated that with the houses. I added some Tonic Aqua Shimmer on to the black frame which really made it all pop.

For the inside portion of the card, I created my own sentiment with some older Lawn Fawn Letters stamps and the Happy Happy Happy set. I initially had cut apart the anniversary sentiment from that exact set but sadly I lost part of the word, eek. So I had to create something else. And as I am editing this now I realize I forgot one of the R’s in AVERSARY. F***** !!! Oh well, at least I’ve only made two so far.

I really had fun with this set of cards and have an order for 6 more, so I will be busy painting and cutting and stamping for the next little while.

Have a wonderful and crafty filled weekend.