Posts Tagged ‘blog hop’

Background Check Blog Hop

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp April Blog Hop!  We are so glad you are here with us today to get some inspiration on a fun variety of ways to create backgrounds using the Life Changing Blender Brushes that are new in the SNS online store!

Here’s the full hop order!  You’re at the beginning with me (Tara) and my card!  If you get lost anywhere along the way, just pop back here for the next link 🙂  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win fabulous prizes… we are giving away 8 Background prize packs and one $50 gift certificate to random commenters along the way! BONUS: You can have 20% OFF the brushes this weekend using the coupon code BRUSH20 (ends Sunday!)

I made two similar cards for today’s hop- here’s a look at them together:

For these cards I wanted to feature a simple ombre type background to let this HUGE stamp shine- it’s Glorious Garden by Tim Holtz and it comes with four simple sentiments and a grid block big enough for the design (I was super excited to see that, though I used it with my stamp platform).  I am brand new to these brushes and a pretty die hard fan of the Ranger Blending tools, but I found these easy to work with and create smooth ‘line free’ blends with my Distress Oxide Inks (for both cards I used Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers).  They were also really easy on the hands, which I’ve heard from a lot of people who struggle with gripping tools.  There are several smaller set options if you aren’t ready for the full set of brushes (or don’t have the budget- I totally get it!).  I think the 2 pack sampler would be a great start!

My ‘before’ photo of my first card is actually the graphic for the hop, but here it is again so you can check out those smooth blends… I only misted a tiny bit of water to add a bit of oxidization.

Here is what the stamp placement looked like in my stamp platform.  I used Versafine Clair and stamped twice to make sure my impression was perfect.

I wanted to keep these cards really simple, so just added a bit of ribbon with some lace behind it.  When adding ribbon to a top layer like this, I have a little trick I use to keep the knot (or bow) in exactly the right spot.  First, I cut the ribbon so it’s plenty long (at least 3-4 times the width of the layer, ) and tie the knot/bow in a loop, like this:

Then I find my perfect spot and snip the ribbon so it has overhang on both sides, which I will adhere to the back of my card.

The amount of overlap doesn’t really matter, as long as there is enough to tape securely (it may be 1/2″ on one side and 3″ on the other… nobody will know!)  Here’s another look at that card:

For my second card, I did a diagonal ombre and added a bit more oxidization with some wet, inky layers on my craft sheet.  I wanted the yellow to be in the big blossom this time, with the design coming up from the bottom right corner.  Here’s a peek at my background before I stamped on it.. love that subtle oxidization!

And here’s the finished card!

I went for yellow twine and a Tim Holtz charm to finish it off:

The cards are very simple, but the fabulous backgrounds and that gorgeous floral stamp really shine.  I hope you like them!  I’ll have a similar card design on a very different background to share with you on Tuesday, so please check back!  If you are ready to try your hand at creating fabulous, inky backgrounds, please join us on our Challenge Page!  We’d love to see what you create (and you’ll get another chance to win a gift certificate!).

 

Hop on over to see what Nancy E. has created next!

Have fun hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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!

Next up on the hop, please visit:

Have fun!

Inky hugs,

Tara

All That Sparkles Blog Hop!

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Welcome to our December blog hop!  This month we are celebrating ALL THAT SPARKLES and there is definitely a celebratory feel to the projects you’ll enjoy today along the hop!  As always, there are prizes to be given randomly to some of you who leave comments along the hop!  There will be a prize from each blog- a fun sparkly surprise pack (5 total) plus a $25 gift certificate to the SNS online store!  So please, leave us some love- we so enjoy reading your comments and hearing your favorite things about our projects!

 

We also have a challenge with the same theme on Facebook, which has already been so much sparkly fun!  You’ve got until the end of the month to play along with us there!

I decided to create a card with the Holly Collage Paper by Tim Holtz, and make it my most glittery element!  The roll is 6″ tall and I tore a piece to glue onto a 5″ card, crumpling it up a bit for extra texture.  I covered the card base with Multi Medium, smoothed out the crumpled collage paper over it and painted over it again to adhere it.  Once it was dry, I used a palette knife to scrape Nuvo Glimmer Paste over the entire surface, covering it in glittery, sparkly goodness!  I used the Moonstone paste, which is clear with shimmers in shades of gold, green & purple depending on the angle!  Definitely a sparkly background!

Once that was dry, I decided to go with a 5×7 card as my base, so I trimmed it down to 4.75″ wide and adhered it to the base.  I cut a rounded edge from a pearlescent cardstock to top my card, adding the Merry Cursive die cut from Memory Box across it (it’s a few years old, so not in stock… but there are plenty of other pretty ones, like this).  I die cut large holly leaves by Tim Holtz, inked them a bit and added some embossing powder for a bit of shimmer.  I added a mix of three different holly berries to finish my card.

My finished card design is simple, but oh so sparkly!  I hope you like it.  I still have a ton of collage paper left on the roll, so I just might be making more of these pretty backgrounds!  I apologize for the shadowy photos… but I wasn’t about to pass up a rare pre-Christmas snow fall as the backdrop to my pictures!

Now it’s time to visit the rest of the design team!  Hop on over and see what the girls have made…

Jessica

Nancy

Amy

Kia

Laurie

 

Don’t forget to leave comments for a chance to win!  And be sure to join our Challenge as well for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara