Posts Tagged ‘Distress oxides’

Die Cuts vs. Stencil – Compliment Cards

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Hey, Hey! Chala here for your Sunday Funday blog post! Today I am sharing some compliment cards and I thought it would be fun to have a die cut vs. stencil smack down! Lol!

I recently purchased the Birch Press Design Viola Plate die set  and I have to tell you I am in LOVE!  So much so that I wanted to not only use it as the standard die cuts, but I also wanted to create a stencil out of it too!  This set comes with 3 separate steel plate dies that you can use all together like I did today on my first two cards or individually, like I did to create a stencil for my second set of cards.   Although this set has some price, it is well worth it for the versatility!  A great investment piece for any card theme!

Let’s get started with the first two cards.  I pulled out white, teal and navy blue cardstock and cut out two sets of each die plate.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted the navy blue on top or the white cardstock, so I decided to do both.  By using by Gemini Jr. die cutting machine the process went so quick and easy and I got a beautiful cut each time!

One the each layer was die cut I simply adhered them together with some liquid adhesive.  I chose liquid adhesive because of the intricate design of the die cut and to allow me wiggle room to get them into proper position.  I added some crystal gems to the centre of the flowers.  I wanted a simple greeting on the front so I chose a “hello” die sentiment and cut it twice, once from regular white cardstock and one from silver cardstock and layer them together to add dimension.  I then adhere that onto a piece of vellum cut with a stitched circle die and then ran this through my Xyron Creative Station Lite so that you can’t see any adhesive on the back and that with all the layers of cardstock I know that it won’t come off in the mail.

I wanted to send these cards to co-workers as random acts of compliments, so I used MFT’s Hello Beautiful and Anything But Basic – Encouragement stamp sets.

For the next cards I decided to use the B plate from the Birch Press Design Viola Plate die set  to create a stencil.  I simply die cut it from some thick 120lb Cardstock.

I began with some ink blending with Distress Oxide in Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover and Peacock Feathers and created three equal blended parts.  I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process and with the stencil I created and dabbed on some Versamark Watermark ink.  I then used clear embossing powder to seal in the Oxide inks.  I then bring out Black Soot distress oxide and blended that over top.  I buffed off the extra ink from onto of the embossing with a microfibre cloth.  Although I liked the look of it, I wanted to deepen it with a bluer tone so I pulled out my Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and went overtop of the Black Soot to deepen the colour.  I liked this look a lot better.  For the next card I skipped the Black Soot and opted to just go overtop of the embossing with the Chipped Sapphire.  I completed the cards in the same way as I did with the first two adding some crystal gems and finishing with the same hello die cut vellum sentiment.  For the inside sentiments I again used a sentiment from the MFT Anything But Basic – Encouragement and a sentiment from the Picket Fence Here is Where I Work stamp set.  Here’s a look at the finished cards.

Thanks for spending your Sunday with me!  Leave a comment down below or over at the YouTube video with which one you think won the smack down  – Die cut or Stencil?

 

Happy Crafting Friends!

~Chala, xoxo

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

I hope everyone is doing well! It has been a beautiful weekend.   It was made better by all the snowfall we have recently gotten…almost 30cm!  The first thing that came to my mind when I saw all the snow was…..Do you wanna build a snowman?  So, that is exactly what we are going to do for today’s card!

I  want to make a car in which the snowman “came together” on the front like you were building it.  I didn’t think I had enough room on a standard A2 size card so I thought I would use a slimline style.  The base for this slimline card measure 7″ x 8 1/2″ and then is scored at 3 1/2″.  I made two bases and I will adhere them together with scor-tape to create a gatefold / trifold type of card.

To create a snowy background I ink blend the two flaps (gate folds) with some Distress Oxide Inks in Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean and I will bring in just a bit of Black Soot to deepen the Faded Jeans around the top.  I use two types of blending brushes.  The standard foam brushes and Picket Fence Blending Brushes.  I like how much ink the standard foam brushes lay down and I love the way the Picket Fence brushes blend the colours together so smoothly.

Once the ink blending is done I add some water droplets with a find mist sprayer and some sparkle with the Hero Arts White Iredescent Shimmer Spray.  This will give the look of snowfall in the background by the water pushing the pigment out.  You can create larger snowflakes by unscrewing the sprayer and tapping the water directly from the straw.

Make sure you let this dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.  You want to make sure that the ink had dried and set before going on to the next step.

While I let the ink dry I die cut 3 circles in 3 different sizes to create the snowman’s body.  I also used my Silhouette machine and a cut file to create a hat, scarf and nose.  You can fussy cut your own accessories if you don’t have an electronic die cut machine.

Once my inked panels were dry I trim down each gate fold so that they measure 1 3/4″ and that they would close nicely against each other.  I then began to adhere the snowman parts to the card with some Gina K Connect liquid adhesive.  I encountered a bit of a snag in my plan and to find out what that is you will have to watch the video below.

The base and head of the snowman are adhered directly to the left panel of the card and the middle of the snowman is adhered down with foam squares to allow clearance for the snowman body to interlace into each other.

Now it’s time to decorate our snowman.  I adhere the hat and scarf with some more liquid adhesive and decided to use Nuvo Drops in Ebony Black for the eyes and buttons.

The card needed a bit of glitter so I used the Nuvo Glacier Paste in Winter White to create puffy snow on the bottom and the Nuvo Glitter Gloss to add some magic to the top hat.  The only thing left to do is to write a message on the inside.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Snowman card!  Remember to post the snowmen you build on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Page.

 

Summer Sunshine – Sunny Vibes

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

Happy Lazy Sunday!

MFT Sunny Vibes

Hey Crafty friends!  It’s Chala and I am here today to share some cardmaking inspiration with you!  If you are playing along with us on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge page then you know that our word for the day is SUMMER!  I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word summer I automatically think of sunshine!  This is something I don’t feel like we have had a lot of here in Calgary….but here is hoping today’s card warm you up just the same!

I am loving MFT’s new Sunny Vibes stamp set and it is perfect to create a summer scene card.  I first played around by creating a custom one layer background piece.  I chose a few images and stamped them with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and did some simple Copic colouring.  I just love the little critter lounging with its book!   I added a grey shadow to each of the images to give the background piece a bit of depth.  I then used the larger MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted that onto some orange cardstock and then adhered that to an A2 side folding card.  For the sentiment I chose to keep it simple with white heat embossing on black cardstock and then cut that into a banner and adhered it with foam adhesive to add dimension.

MFT Sunny Vibes MFT Sunny Vibes

For my second card I pulled out the Summer Sunshine 6″ x 6″ paper pad from Taylored Expressions.  This paper pad has some fun bright colours and patterns that will add the perfect pop of colour to any card.

My Mom has been doing some quilting and created a beautiful summer patch quilt picnic blanket for my kids.  This inspired my next card.  I used a small square stitched die and die cut 6 patterned pieces and 6 white squares.  Using my Stamp Perfect Tool I was able to quickly then stamped the sunshine onto the white squares and Copic coloured them.  I then arranged them onto some green cardstock similar to that of what you may find on a quilt.  For the sentiment, I die cut a “You are my Sunshine” sentiment several times and stacked them together using Gina K Connect Adhesive.  To make the sentiment pop I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen.  I LOVE the sparkle that this pen gives!

For my final card I wanted to create a beach scene.  I used the MFT Cloud stencil and blended Distress Oxide inks in the colours Broken China and Salty Ocean with one of my smaller Picket Fence Blending Brushes.  I like to do my ink blending on the Wendy Vechhi Make Art Stay-tion as I can use the magnets to hold my project in place while blending.  I die cut some brown cardstock with the Lawn Fawn Hillside Stitched Borders.  I stamped,  Copic coloured and fussy cut out the sunshine, bucket, shell, sandcastle and the puppy holding the sun umbrella with my cutter bee scissors and then adhered them with some of the Gina K liquid adhesive.  This gave me time to wiggle the images into the perfect place.  I again used a simple black cardstock and white heat embossed sentiment cut into a banner.  I wanted to add some more interest to the scene and decided to use my wavy die cut rectangle to give the edge a fun look.  I then adhered this to an A2 size side folding card…and…you guessed it…I added some more sparkle  to the shell and the sunshine with the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen.

MFT Sunny Vibes MFT Sunny Vibes

I really enjoyed how all three cards turned out and how different each one was.  I have a few more ideas for this set but ran out of time!

If you want to see these cards come together you can check out the YouTube video here:

Remember to share your Summer inspired cards over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

~Chala