Posts Tagged ‘Concord & 9th’

Tuesday with Tara {take 211}

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

As promised, I’m wrapping up July with one more Christmas in July card- this one combines our Blog Hop ‘Turnabout’ theme for July (and featured stamp company, Concord & 9th) with the Christmas theme! I’m using the Snowflakes Turnabout as my card background, behind a little die cut scene I created with a Distress Oxide blended background and dies by Poppy Stamps (Tree Line Hill) & Memory Box (Whispering Pine Landscape) I got them last year and hated that I only only made a couple cards with them! They are no longer in the online store, but I found another similar one that you could use (and I think I need to get to use along with them)!

I created my scene in multiple layers- blending my background with Iced Spruce & Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks & a Life Changing Blender Brush. I die cut the trees from book print, green cardstock and a pearly white cardstock, then layered them over my background and die cut the whole thing with a Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Square Stackables. (I’ll be purchasing the large set so I can have a dotted layer to use together with these! For today, I simply cut a layer 1/4″ larger than the 4″ square). I combined a die cut word (Shadow Script Christmas) with seasonal sentiment stickers by Tim Holtz and finished off the die cut panel with some thin jute. I added some Nuvo Glitter drops to the die cut ‘bright’ and some Rock Candy Distress Stickles (pretty sure it’s discontinued.. but I have a stock pile. The dry glitter is still available, I believe) to the trees for a bit of shimmer.

I stamped my turnabout in the colors I used in my background and added in Mowed Lawn to tie the green in. Turnabouts are designed to be stamped four times, and I used only three colors… the fourth was actually stamped twice with the Spruce & Peacock (I was considering just doing it in one color and changed my mind) so it created a mid tone similar to the blend between the two in my background 🙂 I finished off my snowy background by splattering some Distress Spray Stain in Picket Fence over it.

I was a bit late to the game starting on Christmas in July, but if I’d had time to keep going I would have… ideas were starting to flow and I was ready to shop for some new stamps, stencils & dies! Hopefully my creation inspires you likewise 🙂

Inky hugs,


Simple Water Coloring With Zig Markers

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Hi Everyone, it’s Susan with a quick tutorial showing how easy water coloring can be with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These are a great marker set. They have a lot of fun colors, they have a brush tip and they are really easy to use!  This is a set of 60 but you don’t have to dive in to the big pack to start because they come in 4, 6, 12, and 24 packs – lots of choices to start you off.

I did promise you that these markers were easy to use and I’m going to show you how I made this card. I’ve even got a video tutorial showing the process.

The best tip I can give you, and this tip is good for any medium that you’re working with, is to make color swatches. This is a great way to see the full potential of the inks you’re working with and actually they’re fun to make too.

Now, some of you may think that choosing brown for the flower is a little odd, but another tip I want to give you is to not think about that. Think about what you like and go with it.

Start by adding the ink to the where you want it to be the darkest. Then, using your water brush blend the ink out to the outer edges of the petals. When this layer dried I went in with a darker gray color and adding some shading into the center of the flower.

I like to finish off the water coloring by adding a wash of color around the edges of the image. To do this spread some ink onto a stamping block or a sheet of acetate, add some water and then apply it loosely around the edges.

I told you this was easy. I highly recommend these pens no matter what your skill level may be.

I did mention earlier that I made a video showing the whole process. Here it is – if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting

Stay Sweet, My Friend!

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Happy Saturday, my friend! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend – and maybe having a popsicle or two?! It’s Deb here today for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. We recently had our July Blog Hop, where I used the Concord & 9th Cool Treats Turnabout stamp set. So, I thought I would share another card using the same set, but with a different look.


For today’s card, I didn’t use the Turnabout portion of the stamp set. Instead I focused on the large popsicle die cut shape, and create a shaker card!

Stay Sweet, My Friend!

How fun is this?! Whenever I have a popsicle, it always starts melting as I’m eating it. So – I incorporated that into the design.


First start by die cutting the popsicle from coloured cardstock, using the coordinating Cool Treats dies, and your die cutting machine. I placed mine on an angle. Next, cut two panels the same size as the front popsicle panel – one from acetate, and one from white cardstock.

Attach the acetate to the back of the die cut panel, holding it firmly in place using a double sided tape. Next, cut strips of coloured cardstock that you want to use for creating your multi-coloured popsicle. Attach these on an angle to match the angle of the die cut popsicle; use liquid glue or double sided tape. Trim off any excess from the edges.

Now, with the acetate side up, attach foam tape around edges of the panel, and more foam tape following the outline of the popsicle. The tape outlining the shape of the popsice is the barrier that will hold in the sequins. Before removing the tape backing, add your sequins into the ‘well’ created by the foam tape. Now you can remove the backing from the foam tape from the entire panel, and place your now striped cardstock panel on top – with the stripes facing inward.  Turn over your panels, and have fun shaking the sequins! C’mon – you know you want to – it’s fun! Just think of it as ‘quality control’! *wink*

Use the sprinkles image stamp from the Cool Treats stamp set in either Versamark or the same colour ink as your cardstock panel. Stamp the sprinkles randomly about the front of the panel.

To create the ‘melting/dripping’ look, I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze around the outline of the the popsicle, and added some drips on the top and bottom. Set this aside to dry!


While you’re waiting for your Glaze to dry, you can work on the popsicle stick, and the sentiment.  Place a strip of Vellum in your stamping platform, and line up the two words ‘stay’ and ‘sweet’ on the vellum. Close the platform lid to pick up the stamps, and use your Powder Tool to de-static the vellum. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink, cover it with white embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.

To create the popsicle stick, cut a strip of brown cardstock to length, and round the bottom edges. Blend on some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink to give it some depth.

Once you’re sure that your Glaze ‘drips’ are dry, attach the popsicle stick with liquid glue to the bottom of the popsicle. Attach the sentiment across the middle of the popsicle, adding your liquid glue behind the letters, where it won’t be seen.  Attach your shaker panel to a bright yellow card base, and finish off the card front by adding a few clear droplets. Be sure to add some more Nuvo Crystal Glaze ‘drips’ to your popsicle stick!

Stay Sweet, My Friend!


How do you like to stay cool, on hot summer days? I think a popsicle by the water (pool, lake, whatever) would be perfect! If  you’d like to create some cool (paper) treats yourself, I’ve included links to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store for easy online shopping! To see more ways of using this fun Cool Treats stamp and dies sets, check out my posts HERE and HERE!

Stay Sweet, My Friend!

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