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Mixed Media Dies 2 Ways!!

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Welcome back, crafty peeps!!  Laurie here to share two cards using dies from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Set #5.  If you’ve never seen or used these, I highly recommend you check them out!  Each set has 3 large, amazing dies and the price point is awesome!!

My first card features some lazy watercolouring which will be hidden behind a panel cut with one of the floral dies in this set.

I cut the image out of white cardstock and inked the edges with Wild Honey and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  For the watercolouring, I used Bristol Smooth paper and a cheap set of watercolour paints.  I’m sure there was an easier way to do this but I just kept putting the die cut panel over the Bristol and roughly lined up where the ink should go!!

I think that this panel looks pretty cool on its own!!  But layered up together, it looks like this:

Before adhering the two panels together, I added some splatters with the Vintage Photo as well as Ground Espresso Distress Inks.

I added some twine to the left side and stamped the sentiment in Vintage Photo. I used my Misti for this as Distress Ink doesn’t stamp well and I need multiple impressions.  The sentiment comes from the Penny Black Choose Happy Stamp Set.

For the second card, I used another one of the dies from this set and used it to emboss!  You can do this with all your dies as long as you have a tan embossing mat and the correct sandwich for your die cutting machine!

This gives a very pretty result. To bring out the embossing a bit more, I lightly blended some Tattered Rose Distress Ink over top. I should mention, that I had that stitched rectangle in my “spares” bin so that was cut already.  You would want to make sure you cut down your panel BEFORE embossing it!

I adhered the embossed panel onto a piece of black cardstock that was slightly larger.  The “thank you” sentiment and heart come from the From the Heart Stamp Set from MFT…this is a great set to have in your stash!!

As an added touch, I used a couple dies from the Spring Floral Cluster Dies from Flora and Fauna and some shimmer pen on some of the raised portions!

And those are my projects for today!! Hope you found a little inspiration here today!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

See you soon…

Laurie

Mandela Magic with blissfully blended Backgrounds

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Hello Crafty Friends Happy Thursday,

I am excited to be on the blog today sharing some cards and backgrounds inspired by the wonderful  Kristina Werner and her amazing distress oxide colour combinations she shared on a recent video

I got a bit carried away and made NUMEROUS backgrounds which I will turn all into cards in the next few days. But for today I will share the few cards I did manage to finish. The rest of the backgrounds can be found over at my blog Nancy Grace Creations

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I started out just playing around with the different colours as I was in awe of how Kristina’s turned out.

I did pull out a few other colours that I found to be pretty and work well together, along with Kristina’s choices. The colours were Tattered Rose, Ripped Persimmons, Abandon Coral, Wilted Violet, Shaded lilac, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, and Seedless Preserve. I also pulled out a few stencils from my stash, white gesso and my distress tools.

I started with some white card-stock and added the white gesso over it, applying it using various stencils, this one pictured here was the Kaiser Craft Mandela stencil. Once I had applied it I set it aside to dry and went on to ink up more panels (which you can see on my blog) in different colour combinations, just playing around was really fun and helped get my mojo flowing.  I kept it simple for the card designs as I wanted the background to be the focal point.

For this card I kept it simple. I die cut out the You sentiment from a MFT die multiple times to give it dimension. I also cut it out once using deco foil transfer sheet and ran it through my laminator using gold foil. I then layered that slightly off set under the previously cut word.

For the card base itself I cut some Pink delight Shimmer card-stock down to 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 , the black layer is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and then I die cut the inked panel using the MFT Stitched rectangle dies which measured 5 1/4 x 4 . I popped up the distressed panel on  to the black card-stock then added it to the card base flat with some strong adhesive.

I stamped and embossed the little sentiment and die cut using a banner die from MFT also.  I finished it off with some gold sequins  and some clear glitter pen.

For details on the other cards  you can head to my blog, where I will have many more pictures and details.

Hope you have found some inspiration form this blog and please feel free to share your feedback or drop a comment.

Have a Great Weekend


Love is in the Air BLOG HOP

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Hello and welcome to our January 2019 BLOG HOP “Love is in the Air”… we’ve already been seeing some stunning entries on our Facebook Challenge page for the challenge with this same theme, and today we are bringing you some sweet samples from our Creative Design Team!   We are a small group this month, but have seen some amazing entries for our Design Team Call and look forward to introducing several new members next month 🙂  As thanks for your comments on each blog along the hop, we’re giving away one $50 Gift Certificate and each designer will get to give away a Valentines gift pack (set of heart clear stamps, rub ons, red pen, and sparkly paper value $25). So please, leave us some LOVE as you visit our blogs!  Winners will be announced Jan 25 right here on the SNS blog!

 

I had a hard time getting started on this card… really hadn’t picked up any of the amazing new Valentine’s Day products yet, so I was looking for a fresh idea to use the products I already had to fit the theme!  I decided to go for it with the ‘air’ part of the theme and started thinking about birds & butterflies… and finally decided to see if I could create a heart full of a variety of fabulous die cuts!  I started with gathering up some dies I thought might have something I could use- words, birds, flowers, butterflies… The dies I chose were all from Memory Box & Sizzix and included a variety of sizes for me to work with.

Memory Box: Fancy Blossoms, Butterfly Delights, Resting Birds

Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Feather & Ravens, Funky Florals #2, Handwritten Love, 1″ Alpha Numeric

Next I inked up some watercolor card stock with a variety of Distress Ink.  I chose reds & corals for this project, and blended them with lots of water for a vibrant base.

My colors were Distress Ink: Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple

Once the background was dry I placed it on my magnetic platform for my Sizzix Big Shot (a life saver when working with so many different pieces!) and fit as many shapes as I could onto the paper, then ran it through the Big Shot twice to make sure the detailed designs cut through the textured paper.

I did a rough heart shape cut by hand from some scrap paper and used it as my template to figure out a layout.  Because of the large size of my ravens, I decided to use a 5×7 card as my base.  Once i was satisfied with the design, I started arranging them on the background I had stamped (C-A-C Script Cover a Card background by Impression Obsession) and inked already. 

I kept the rest of the card very simple, adding a pearl layer on the kraft base.  I added some clear rhinestones and Nuvo Glitter Drops in some of the open spaces of my design and finished it off with a bit of red foil around the edges of the heart design as well.

It was a fun project that used lots of patience and my trusty glue pen!

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Have fun!

Inky hugs,

Tara