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Snow Simple!

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

Happy Sunday Crafters!

I feel like we just finally are getting into summer weather and here we are talking about Christmas again!?  Lol!  Today I am playing along with the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge and Christmas in July theme by showing  you a card that is “snow simple!”

I really want to show you how you can take a stamp set that you already have and make it feel like a Christmas/Winter card just by adding a bit of snow.

I will be using Lawn Fawn’s stamp set Fairy Friends however, another super cute set that you could use is the Frosty Fairy Friends.  I will be doing some ink blending and masking.

When I am creating a scene card I like to plan out on scrap paper where everything is going to go.  Basically, I stamp everything out and then plan my masking and in what order I need to stamp everything.  This saves me from making too many mistakes and ruining my good cardstock.

Once I have everything planned out I can go ahead and stamp the images that I want to appear in front first with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I will then stamp the images again onto a Gina K Masking Magic sheet.  I fussy cut out the images with my Cutter Bee Scissors and apply the masks overtop of the images.

I then ink blend with my foam ink blending tool in the colour Chipped Sapphire adding a nice dark solid layering of the ink to the background.  I then use my small Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brush and blend Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White Ink around the light and fairy house to give the effect of light reflection.  I also take advantage of the circular shape of the foam blending tool and make a circular impression around the actual light in Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.  Adding this yellow colour gives another dimension to the glowing light feel.

I can then remove the masking paper with my Tim Holtz Craft Pick and colour the images with my Copic Markers.

To make this stamp set feel more “Wintery” or “Christmas” like I begin sketching out where I want the little piles of snow to be with a white gel pen and then I go over these areas with white acrylic paint with a  fine paint brush and also add a few dots here and there to look like falling snow.

Now, you can totally leave your card just like this.  However, I took it a step further (because this girl likes a bit of sparkle on her cards) and I pulled out my laminator and some glitter embossing powder as well as some little iridescent stars that I sometimes use in my shaker cards.     I could have also actually made this a shaker card…but, I was feeling lazy and I also wanted the look of the snow falling without having to shake the card.

I let my laminator heat up and then I sprinkled the glitter embossing powder and iridescent stars in-between the laminator sheet and ran it through.  Using white heat embossing will also work depending on white kind of look you want.  I suggest you do a few test pieces to see how your embossing powders react as well as play around with how much powder to use.

I die cut an oval in another card panel piece and adhered the snowy laminated piece to the back with Be Creative Score-Tape, trimmed off the excess laminating piece.

I then did a bit of stamp surgery using my Cutter Bee Scissors and altered one of the sentiment stamps so that I could just use the word “fairy”.  I then stamped “fairy” and “Christmas” on the lower right hand side of the oval card panel.  I then adhered this panel onto the stamped card piece using one layer of foam tape.  I think maybe two layers would have been better for more dimension.  The last thing to do was then to adhere all of this onto a side folding card, again I used the Be Creative Score-Tape for this.

I really wish that you could see this card in person as when you move it back and forth in the light the look of the snow between the laminated sheet is quite stunning against that ink blended background.

I hope this card has inspired you to look at the stamps sets you have and to see how simple it is to transform them into Winter/Christmas themed cards by adding a little snow.

Hoping you stay cool this week and I look forward to seeing what you create that is “snow” themed by posting your photos on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Take care!

~Chala

 

Food for Thought

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Happy Monday!

Food for Thought

Today I am sharing my take (3 takes actually) on the Scrap’N Stamp Challenge word “Food”.

It was so hard to not make like 20 cards!  I blame Lawn Fawn for this because they have SO many cute stamp sets that incorporate food!  I am itching to get the Simply Celebrate Summer stamp set from their new Summer Release!

Today I am using 3 stamps sets from Lawn Fawn.  “Be Hap-pea“, “Oh Snap” and “Cutie Pie“.

The first card I used the Be Hap-pea stamp and stamped the cute little peas and the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a stitched die cut circle.  I coloured the peas with Copic markers (YG07 YG09 & R81).  The hearts I stamped with Umbrella Crafts Ruby Red dye ink.  I then adhered the stitched circle with a taper runner on to the green patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper pack and then tied some green twine around and created a bow.  I secured this with some Glossy Accents and used some reversible tweezers to hold it in place until it dried.   The final step was to adhere the panel onto an A2 card turned to the landscape position and so that the card was top folding.  I added some hair to one of the little peas to make it look like a girl.  I am in love with these adorable peas!

Lawn Fawn - Be Hap-pea

Card number two features Lawn-Fawn’s “Oh Snap” stamp set.  I am starting to gear my mind to beginning some Christmas cards and this one was a good way to dip my toes into it!  I again stamped everything using Memento Tuxedo Black ink but this time onto a square stitched die cut.  I then Copic coloured the little gingerbread with a broken leg using E55, E57 and R29.  I used a red and white striped pattern paper which I cut from the next size up of a stitched square die cut. Then I adhered these onto an A2 side folding card and trimmed with silver twine and secured again with Glossy Accents.  I left the inside blank.  I like that even though it is a bit “Christmas themed”, I can still use it for other occasions Ie:  missed birthday, etc.

Lawn Fawn - Oh Snap

 

For my final card I stamped the pie from the “Cutie Pie” stamp onto a stitched.  Copic coloured with E31 and E35.  I found a gingham background stamp that I thought would look cute as a table cloth and stamped using Umbrella Ink’s Vanilla dye ink.    I die cut the background piece from a rectangle stitched die cut and adhered that to an A2 side folding card.  I then adhered the stitched circle with some foam tape to add dimension.  I wanted the sentiment to be a bit more bold on this one so I used Versamark Watermark ink and stamped the “Hi Cutie Pie” onto black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  It trimmed that down into a rectangle with my Fiskar’s paper trimmer and mounted that onto the card base with foam tape.  I thought the card needed a little extra something so I added Wink of Stella Clear glitter on top of the pie.  It actually looks like granulated sugar!  I really like the colour combination on this one as it really differs from the colours that I usually gravitate towards!

Lawn Fawn - Cute Pie

I have a few more Lawn Fawn stamps sets sitting on my desk that I want to use which have ice cream, doughnuts, avocados, taco images, etc.   However, I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!  Remember to share your “Food” cards on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!  And if you have not participated in this month’s hop celebrating Canada – you only have two more days to post your comments on the participating blog participants blogs for your chance to win this months’ prizes!

I hope you all have a creative week!

~Chala

5 Things We Love about Dad

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Happy Monday!  I am here to share a fun “Dad” themed card with you today.

I am going to be doing things a little bit different… I really want to show you an idea of a card and see what products you guys have at home that you can use to create something similar.

My inspiration for today’s card was a digital cut file that I saw in the Silhouette Design Store.  It is by Lori Whitlock and it is called “5 Things Pocket”.  While I know not everyone has an electronic die cutting machine, you can still look through the cut files and get some really great ideas.

I really liked this pocket idea and wanted to incorporate into my card.  I downloaded the file and was able to customize and alter the cut file to fit my needs.  You can easily recreate a pocket like this with metal die cuts like using rectangle dies to create the little files and small circular ones for the tabs.  There are also many free resources on the good ‘ol Inter web!

Since this card is for my husband, I really wanted to personalize it to suit him.  He LOVES math, I mean LOVES.  He can be found spending his leisurely time reading calculus books. and doing equations..for FUN!?  He even spent our holiday last summer in Vegas poolside reading a math and physics book.  People walked by and had a good laugh at him!  It’s funny how we even got together as I am not good at math at all!  None the less…he is MY nerd, so back off girls!  LOL.

I headed to the internet and found some really great math papers that I could download (and I just know he is going to try to solve the calculations on them). I found this set on Etsy from KecheliPapers.  They were perfect for my theme!  I also found another digital cut file from the Silhouette Design Store that looked very similar to an abacus, so I die cut that from some red paper.  Again, you can customize your papers and card to suit who you are making the card for and use background dies that you already have.

I cut one of the papers down to fit a 5 1/2″ square card base and adhered it to the card base with my tape runner and glued the abacus looking die cut closer to the top left hand side of the card.

I used another of the papers to create the envelope and used Gina K Connect Glue as the adhesive.  This is a very strong liquid adhesive and I know it will hold up to the pulling that will happen when the little files are removed and inserted back into it and it gives me wiggle room to ensure I have the edges lines up evenly.  As that has time to set up I can then move onto the little files that will be inserted inside the envelope.   My husband has a very small colour palette that he likes, red, black, blue white and gray, so those are the colours I chose.  You can easily create these and the tabs with dies in your stash.  The next thing to do is to stamp the numbers on the tabs.  I pulled out all the number stamps in my collection and found some that were the perfect size.  This is actually a stamp set that is used to create day-timers.  for the red, blue, gray and white I will stamp with Versamark ink and use clear embossing powder and for the white one I will use Versamark Claire Nocturne Black ink and clear embossing powder.  I suggest using a stamp platform like the stamp perfect so that you can stamp multiple times and get a good impression.  I also notice these stamps developed air bubbles underneath which hindered the stamping, so to overcome this I used the Versamark marker to fill in any gaps.  This is a useful tool to have around, especially because it has the bullet tip one end and the brush tip on the other.

I want to add some lined paper onto the file so that my kids can write what they love about their Dad.  I used another Silhouette file, but you can easily just use white paper or even use lined paper from a small note book.  I adhered this with my taper runner.

I need to work on my sentiment and used one of the big number 5 stamps I had and stamped that with Memento Black Tuxedo ink so I could Copic colour in complimentary blue colours (B24, B26 & B29).  To get the exact sentiment I wanted I created a cut file in my Silhouette Design Studio and sized it to fit on the envelope.  I changed the sentiment from saying “5 Things I Love About You” to “5 Things We Love About Dad”.  You can easily create your own sentiments with stamps, alphabet stamps, alphabet die cuts or even your own printer!  I die cut this twice once from red and once from white cardstock and then used the Gina K Connect Glue to adhere the two together just a little offset to help the sentiment pop off the black background.

It’s now time to finish adhering everything down to the card base.  I used Be-Creative Scor Tape to adhere the envelope to the base.  I chose this adhesive as it is a VERY strong adhesive and again, it will hold up to being pulled on.  Check out my YouTube video to see my special trick on how I use Scar-Tape.  I will then adhere the sentiment with the liquid adhesive to give myself time to wiggle it into the perfect position.

Of course, I could not resist adding a bit of sparkle to this card…even if it is for my husband!  So I pulled out my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen and sparkled that bad boy up!

You can watch the corresponding YouTube video here:                  https://youtu.be/toopBH8ki6s               

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and that you feel inspired to create your own interactive envelope card.  Make sure you head over to the Facebook Challenge Page and share your “Dad” inspired cards!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Chala