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Mixed Media Christmas Tags

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Hello and Happy Saturday,

I am back on the blog today with two mixed media Christmas Tags.

I had a lot of fun just getting inky and seeing where it all took me.


I started with Tim Holtz Manila tags, white gesso and the Stampers Anoymous  Music and Advert stamps set

I had never used gesso up until recently and wow its a game changer.  I inked up the  the music stamps  with the gesso and pressed it on to the tags, set it  aside to dry for a few minutes and went back in and inked with distress oxides.


I used candied apple, barn door and festive berries for the background of one tag, and mowed lawn, pine needles and lucky clover for the second tag.  I absolutely love how they turned out.

I went back in with walnut stain and stamped the another background stamp, and then added glitter paste to the tags (Further details on my blog  Nancy Grace Creations).

I stamped out the Santa from the Classic Christmas set,  on to some Kraft cardstock and cut him out.

I added some detail with my Prisma colour pencils.  For the wreath I used the lawn fawn large wreath die, and cut out numerous  branches from gold, silver and green cardstock.

You can find the full details on my blog, Nancy Grace Creations with a lot more pictures as well.

Scrap’n Stamp Canada also has 25% off Ranger products, so if you feel inspired by my tags you can stock up on some supplies  🙂




Season Greetings from the Great White North

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Hello and Happy Thursday

I am happy to be on the blog today sharing this non traditional  set of holiday cards with you all.

These cards feature some of my favorite products, aka Distress Oxides, Lawn Fawn stitched snowflakes and Taylored Expression snowflake embossing folders.

All the products I have used are linked at the bottom of the blog.

I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration!

These distressed beauties were inspired by a card class I had recently taken taught by a good friend of mine Jo Bird. She is phenomenal with distress inks and I always come out of her classes so inspired and ready to try new techniques and or color combinations.

So I used what I learned from her class and made it my own.

I started off by preparing my bases which were standard A2 5½ x 4¼  cards, and then my panel pieces which measured 5¼ x 4 (I should mention I initially made 4 of these cards and then loved them so much created 6 more)   Once everything was cut down and scored it was time for the creating to begin. I pulled out a snowflake embossing folder and ran my panels through my Gemini jr with the folder. (Sometimes I forget how much I love the embossing folders. You get so much interest with so little work)  Now it was time for the fun to really begin. It was time to get inky.

When I was choosing the colors for the cards, I had a specific client in mind as I was finishing up some Christmas cards for them. So I pulled out Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean , Blueprint Sketch and Jo’s fav Black Soot.  ( To be honest before her classes I don’t think I had ever used Black Soot before, now I CANT get enough! Thanks Jo 🙂 )

I started off covering the of panels  completely with Twisted Citron. I then moved in with Mowed Lawn going over it lightly, from there I added in the Salty Ocean around the edges and brought it home with the Blue Print Sketch.  I then spritzed the panels using my Tim holtz spray bottle and then set it aside to dry ( Normally I’d use my heat tool to speed up the process but it bit the dust on me  )

Once the panels were dry I decided to go over it again just to deepen the colors and with this second layer I decided to spritz it with my Perfect Pearl mix. This added a nice light shimmer and helped to get rid of any streaks left by the blending tool.

I set all four snowflake backgrounds aside to dry and started to work on the remaining parts to the card. I started by cutting down some gold glitter card to 3 x 5¼, I also cut down some vellum strips to 6 x1½ I left them a little longer so I would be able to wrap it around the snowflake panel. Once I had all that cut and set a side, I moved on to die cutting the last elements for the card which were the snowflakes. I used both gold glitter card stock and silver metallic cardstock for the snowflakes, which I end up layering together.  Lastly I stamped my sentiment on to vellum using Archival black ink. The sentiment I used was from the Joyous Christmas sentiment set from My Favorite Things.

Once the panels were dry I went over with Black Soot, trimmed the panel down to 2¾ x 5¼ with the left over stirps I adhered them down to the card base flat, I did this for all four panels. I then went in and adhered the gold strips flat as well  using Be Creative tape as its nice and strong.

The next step was to add the sentiment strip to the distressed panel. I used a little bit of liquid glue behind the stamping and wrapped the edges around the panel, I taped down the little flaps to the back and finally added foam taped to pop it up on the card base.

After every panel was adhered I added the snowflakes with some foam dots, just for a tiny bit more dimension.  Lastly I had to finish off the inside of the card. I cut down some 80lb card stock to 5¼ x 4, I pulled out a snowflake stencil and took some Blue Print Sketch and inked up the panels. I used yet another sentiment stamp from My favorite things to tie it all together.  Before I adhered it to the inside of the card I decided to just add a little extra something, I took some Gold Pigment ink and went around the panel, this gave it a little extra shimmer.

I apologize for the long winded nature of this post, I do hope you enjoyed and found some inspirations for sone non traditional Holiday cards.

Stay tuned as I will be back with more Christmas and holiday themed cards.

Have a wonderful weekend.





Believe in the Magic

Sunday, October 28th, 2018


Good Morning  and Happy Sunday.

I am on the blog today sharing with you a cute little Halloween style card. I am playing off the colours for our very first challenge that is still going on till Nov 1 over on our  Scrap’n Stamp facebook Challenge  page so please come on over and play along.  For my card I pulled out a stamp set I have been longing to use but had not had the chance to. The cute little Magical Day set From My Favourite Things.

It all started off with the black layer of the background. I was literally just playing around to see how well the Oxides inks would stand out on it.  To my happy surprise I really liked the look, so I went with it.  I mushed the ink on to my Glass Media Matt and dragged the black card stock through the ink. I didn’t use water as the card stock wasn’t  going to hold up well wet.  I also ended up pulling out my Fine Tech paints and splattered some orange and purple just to make things stand out a little more.

Once I was happy with the background I set it aside to dry and went on to stamp my images. I decided to stamp the bear and his little bunny using Versa Fine Black Onyx ink and then go over it with clear embossing powder.  I knew I wanted to watercolor the image in and this made it easier to contain the movement of the ink.  From there it was time to color, so I pulled out my Zig Clean Colour real brush makers, a paint brush and some water and went to town.

Once I was done with the images I set them aside to dry and went back to my background panel.  It felt a little plain so I  thought I would add some texture and interest using my stencil and some texture paste.  I mixed in some glow in the dark embossing powder to the paste and stenciled it over. I then added more of the embossing powder once I removed the stencil as I wanted to make sure it would really glow in the dark.

Now it was time to figure out the rest of the design for the card. I went through my stash of backgrounds, paper and dies to see what I wanted to create.

I decided to pull out more of the Alcohol ink background panels I had previously made and incorporate it into this card. ( Really hitting the PURPLE GREEN AND ORANGE colour challenge here)   I die cute some vellum using my stitched circle dies, as well as the ‘believe’ sentiment die which I cut out three times Gemini so I could layer it for more dimension.

The card itself is a bit bigger then an A2 but not by much. It measures 4½ x 5½. I cut down and layered the alcohol ink panel on to some mirror card stock that measures 4 1/8 x5 1/8 , I also layered the black distressed panel on to the same purple mirror card stock which measured 3 3/8 x 5 5/8 

I stamped and die cut a black banner using the MFT Die Stitched Banners and heat embossed in white embossing powder. I popped all the layers up to give some extra dimension and interest. For the vellum circle I went over it with Nuvo Aqua Shimmer brush as I wanted give it that magical look. I also went over the “Believe” sentiment.  In person this is very very sparkly 🙂  For finishing touches on the front of the card I added some sparkling clear sequins.

I also decided to finish off the inside of the card. I pulled out the same starry stencil from Tim Holtz and my Distress Oxides and added some detail all around as well I stamped the little bear again using a light gray ink with a coordinating sentiment from the stamp.


Sorry for the long winded nature of this post I try so hard to keep it short but fail each time lol..

I hope you found some inspiration and that you come on over the facebook page and share your creations with us.

Have a wonderful Sunday and a beautiful week ahead.