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Lawn Fawn – Fairy Friends – Double Loop Slider Card

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Welcome Back!  I hope you have all had an opportunity to play along in the 30 day challenge that we have over at the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook Challenge Page! Today’s challenge is Lawn Fawn and I pulled out a bunch of my Lawn Fawn products to create this fun double loop slider card.  This is a similar concept as to the Double Slider Surprise…..but created in just a little different way and using different dies.

It was when I was sorting through my pre-stamped and pre-cut pieces that I have that it reminded me of this technique that I saw a couple years ago done with MFT products.  It was with a little woodland critter popping out of a tree. I thought it would be fun to recreate this idea but use the Fairy Friends stamp set from Lawn Fawn that I recently purchased.  I was also able to use several other Lawn Fawn products and I will try to list all of them as I go.

I already had the grassy pieces pre cut from the Grassy Hillside Border die from Lawn Fawn and added some distress ink on the edges in Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss.  This gave the pieces more dimension.  I then ink blended a standard A2 size white card panel with Broken China distress ink to create the sky background.  This will be the main piece we will adhere all our pieces on to.

I already had a piece of brown cardstock with wood grain stamped on it.  This is perfect to create the tree.  I cut the piece down with he a stitched rectangle die  and then created shape to the tree trunk using one of the Hillside Border dies.

I also used a circle stitched die to create the hole that my little fairy is going to pop out of.   After die cutting the circle I place a piece of low tack tape on the front to hold the hole in place.  I am going to turn it over and place some Gina K connect glue on the circle portion only. Having it temporarily taped to the original piece will insure that I get it place exactly where I want it.  I will adhere that down onto the blue distress inked card base and then carefully remove the low tack tape and the rest of the die cut tree.  Only the circle should be adhered down.

I stamped the images I wanted to use in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, copic coloured and then fussy cut them out.  I adhered the grass border, flower and the one fairy on the left side of the card with some Gina K Connect adhesive. I trimmed the grass piece making sure I had enough that would show on the left side of the card when the tree was attached and so that it would not add bulk where I want the slider to go.  I then began working on the slider mechanism.

I used some elements from the Let’s Toast Pull Tab add on (The pull tab and the directional arrow) and die cut them from the left over pieces of the wood grain paper from the tree.  I ended up cutting the “T” portion off as it was too long.

Next I move onto die cutting two slots.  These need to be far enough away from each other so that your element fits in between the slots. I cut down a piece of light plastic approximately an inch and a half wide.  Yours will be as wide as what ever slot you will need or the size of the die cut you use. This is the track of your slider.  You can also use a craft knife and a ruler to create these slots if you do not have a die cut that will work.  Just make sure that your slots line up to each other both horizontally and vertically.  If you are off it could cause your slider not to work properly.  I also took the “notch” from the pull tab set and die cut on the bottom of both the card panel and the tree making sure that the notches can line up perfectly when I need to adhere them.

For the “belt” of the slider mechanism I used a piece of plastic tarp I had in my garbage from a painting project.  It was fairly light but worked okay.  I recommend maybe using something a little heavier.  The consistency of a plastic sandwich bag or Ziploc baggie would work well.  The length will be just long enough so that the two ends can over lap enough to secure together.  You will feed the baggie ends from the front to the back, fold the ends over (trimming to overlap just enough to adhere).  Make sure it is not too tight or it will not slide.

The next part is a bit tricky to explain…so, make sure you head over to watch the video for clarification.

I now want to adhere the pull tab to the “belt” or plastic slider we created on the back side of the panel.  I am using some strong Be creative tape.  Only adhere a strip horizontal to the top of your slider. I like to adhere it over top of the seam I made so that It does move through the track and hinder the slide of your element.  I made the mistake the first time of using too much adhesive and my slider would not slide down very far.  You will then turn your base over and work on adhering the image that you want to pop up.  Again, this is a bit of fiddling and I place the tree trunk over to figure out where best to adhere the fairy so that she was partially hidden when the slider was in its original position and when the pull tab was pulled she rose up enough…but, not to high.  I recommend pulling the slider tab all the way down and then line up the image you want to pop up in the exact place you want to see it, and adhere it it in that position.  Due to the size of my image I also needed to use a piece of acetate to boost her up a bit.  You won’t be able to see the acetate because it is clear.

I then turned the panel over to the back again and created a track for the slider to follow with foam tape.  I then proceed to apply the foam tape to the rest of the back of the card ensuring not to place any that might impede on the slider.  At this point I turned it over to the front and adhered the tree down with smaller pieces of foam tape and made sure everything was sliding properly.

You can now remove the foam tape off the back and carefully adhere it down to your card base.  I stamped the coordinating sentient from the Fairy Friends stamp set “have a magical day”.  The last addition I made was to add some clear Wink of Stella to the fairy wings and then using a  heart and “xoxo” from the How you Bean? Conversation Hearts add on from Lawn Fawn I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I thought this made it look like someone carved it into the tree.  I will warn you though it was a bit of a challenge to do, so, make sure you get all your stamping done before you adhere everything down!

I hope you enjoyed my vision for the “Lawn Fawn” challenge for today.

Take Care!


What the Flock?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Hey Crafters!

Anybody else feel like.. What the Flock is going on in the world today?  Well…I am going to embrace the isolation and get to know some crafting materials I haven’t played with before.  Thankfully Scrap’N Stamp is still able to deliver and I ordered some Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets.  There are so many fabulous colours to choose from…and of course I ordered as many as I could!

As soon as I saw these I had several ideas come to mind.  The first was to incorporate our current stencil theme and I created a super chic birthday card with the Fleur de Lis stencil from My Favourite Things.  I think this will work really well with any flourish or geometric stencils.

You will also need the Deco Foil Transfer Gel or the Duo Gel  and a laminator (or iron).  With the help of my Wendi Vechhi Make Art Stay-tion and a craft pallet knife I spread a thin layer of the Deco Foil transfer gel evenly over top of the stencil.  I removed the stencil and set the wet stencil piece aside to dry for about an hour. The transfer gel starts off as white and will dry clear.  Remember to wash your stencil with warm soapy water right away.

While the gel is drying I went ahead and prepared the rest of my embellishment pieces by die cutting some elements from mirrored and white cardstock  I also took the time to preheat my laminator for a good 20 minutes.  Once the transfer gel has dried clear, place the Deco Foil Flock sheet fuzzy size down on to the dried transfer gel.  I use parchment paper as my carrier sheet and I ran it through my laminator twice to ensure good adhesion. Then, gently peel back the liner paper off the flocking.

I am so pleased with the outcome of the black flocking on the hot pink cardstock.  It reminds me of the old textured wallpaper that people used to have, so gaudy looking but so awesome at the same time!  I used my Elizabeth Craft rectangle dies to add more interest and a decorative edge.

I found some jewelled ribbon in my ribbon drawer that adds just the right amount of bling to the background and then use Gina K Connect glue to adhere it to the panel, making sure I wrap the ends around to the back.  I secure the panel down onto some Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and adhere it to an A2 side folding card base with foam adhesive.

I layer the mirrored and white cardstock element pieces on top of the jewelled ribbon securing the pieces with Be Creative Scor-tape.  During one of my trips to my local dollar store I scored big and found some gorgeous 3D butterfly stickers that worked perfectly for the main element of this card.

I then chose a simple Happy Birthday sentiment in a script font stamping with VersaMark ink onto some more black liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I think this card is so elegant looking and I have someone very special in mind to give this to!

For my next card I wanted to show you that you can use the Deco Foil Gel and flock sheets without stencils as well!  I stamped a background with the ice cream from Lawn Fawn’s Sweetest Flavor and in Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I want one of the ice creams to stand out so  I use a paint brush and paint the ice cream mound with the Decal Foil gel.   Again you will know it is ready to flock once the gel dries clear.  This time it was a bit trickier to tell when it was dry as it was on top of white card stock.  I followed the same procedure as my first card, layering the flock fuzzy side down, wrapped in parchment paper and I ran it through the laminator twice.  I must not have put enough of the gel on as it was a bit spotty in areas.  That’s okay though, I used my copic markers to gently darken in the area with a similar colour.  I did very simple colouring and shading and did another black sentiment strip with white embossing.  I layered this panel onto light pink cardstock and used my white gel pen to add a boded of white stitch lines.  To give the ice cream an extra special look I added a tear drop crystal from Studio Katia adhering it with Glossy Accents.  The glossy accents, jewel and flocking made a realistic textured look to the ice cream.

As soon as I saw that Sunshine Yellow flocking I knew exactly what card I wanted to make! I also wanted to try using my Silhouette machine with the flocking. The one thing you want to remember is that you will need to cut the flocking with the white backing piece up.  Otherwise, the blade just scrapes off the flocking.  See the photo below.

I taped down the flocking onto a piece of cardstock with some purple thermoweb tape and then stuck that onto the adhesive carrier sheet.  You do not want to place it down directly onto the adhesive carrier sheet as all your flocking will stick to the sheet!  I cut a simple bunny silhouette shape to create this fun “Peep” card!  I used a copic marker to add the little face, I used several Lawn Fawn products including the sentiment from the Easter Party stamp set, die cut banner from the Double Slider Surprise die set and the Really Rainbow cardstock worked so well as my background.  I love how this one turned out!  So cute!

I can’t wait to use this flocking on other card creations and I hope that these cards inspire you to add some flocking to your cards.

Stay safe and crafty!

Stay safe and crafty!
xoxo, Chala

~Crafting Through the Chaos of Life


Simple Stencils

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to “Stencil Us In” for our latest blog hop!  Today I am continuing to play with some simple stencils to create some fun birthday cards.

I have also been really enjoying playing with my Distress Oxides lately and creating ink blended backgrounds.  The colours I am using today are Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Perseveres.

To start I masked out a white border using post it labelling tape that I got from Amazon.  You can use any masking paper that you have on hand, I also recommend Gina K’s Masking Magic.

I blend the Distress Oxide Inks with a foam blending tool, moving back and forth between the colours to get a beautiful transition from one ink to the other.  I love how easily Distress Oxides blend together.

The next part is the hardest, picking which stencil to use!  I chose the Jet Wing by Carta Bella.

Lay the stencil onto your inked background.  You can leave the masking on for the next step, I was a bit absent minded and took mine off.

Using a finger dauber I apply a generous layer of Brilliance Pigment ink in Moonlight White.   I will then carefully remove the stencil and the masking paper.  You will need to let this dry completely.  I suggest setting it aside for a couple hours….or, if you are impatient like me, you can use your heat tool.

I love the way the stencilling pops off the page and the way the vibrant colours of the Distress Oxides show through.

For the sentiment I used the big and bold Happy Birthday from Hero Arts Snarky Messages stamped in VersaClaire Nocturne Ink.  I recommend using a stamp platform like the Stamp Perfect to ensure you get a good impression of your sentiment.  I played with a few other Carta Bella stencils and love how each card turned out!

I couldn’t resist making one more, this time with in Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio.  I think a big bold Thank You sentiment would also look really nice with this background.

Hope you enjoyed today’s cards!

Have a wonderful and crafty week!