Posts Tagged ‘handmade cards’

3D Peony Sympathy Cards

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Hello and Happy Wednesday, Nancy F on the blog sharing a set of cards I created out of necessity due to a family member passing away not too long ago.

I am featuring the Crafters Companion Peony Trio 3D embossing folder, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays and Nuvo mouse along with some extras polishes from my stash. 

With all the cards I make over the year you would think I would have had something in my stash, but alas I did not and so I needed something quick and simple yet elegant and thus my cards were born. I hope you like and find some inspiration. 

How I came up with this design was really a “happy accident” as Bob Ross would say. I wanted to figure out a way to make the 3D image stand out and get my colouring done in a quick and simple way.

What better way to add color then with distress inks. Since I have been on an oxide spray kick as of late, I thought hey why not continue with the theme and try them with the embossing folder, so that’s what I did.

I pulled out some cardstock from my stash in both black and white, and cut it down to fit in the embossing folder. I sprayed the folder directly with the oxide ink and then I ran it through and the end results were very cool.

Some I did just with the oxide spray and some of the panels I would add spritzes of water as well, just to see what kind of effect I would get. The look was so cool in fact that I went on to make about 20 or so different backgrounds with both oxide sprays and mica sprays. Stay tuned, as you will see these later in other blog post.

Once all my backgrounds were completely dry it was time to play around with different products from my stash that sadly aren’t carried in the store but I have linked to something very similar.

I used Opal Gilding Polish, Nuvo Mouses, and Prima Mattalique waxes to bring out the flowers on the backgrounds. I applied all of this with just my fingers which allowed for more control over the different products. For finishing touches, I pulled out my trusty black soot distress ink and went over all the details gently just to bring out the flowers even more.


For the cards itself, each measured differently as I would trim them down to different sizes to make up for certain little blunders, so this time I won’t be adding in the measurements. I do apologize.

The sentiment I decided to use was from the Deepest Sympathy set from My Favorite Things. I used Archival ink as I stamped them onto vellum. I heat set each of the sentiment strips with my heat tool so I would not smudge the ink. I have had issues with stamping on vellum as I am always in a rush and forget to heat set.

To assemble the cards I wrapped the vellum sentiments around the floral image, taping into place on the back. I then added fun foam to the back of the panel and adhered it onto the black layer, and flat onto the card. I kept it very simple this time around as I really wanted the focus on the main images.

I am sorry if this is a bit rushed, both kids are sick, whiny and clingy, which means this mama is on very little sleep and a lot of caffeine and crashing slowly. I hope you were inspired I really love this embossing folder and have some other fun cards in the works for you. Stay tuned,

Have a wonderful week

Nancy F


Floral Frenzy Blog Hop

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Yay! It’s blog hop day and since it’s MAY we’re celebrating all things FLORAL today with our Floral Frenzy blog hop! You’re at the very beginning and you are in for a treat- TEN stops in total with our full team sharing projects as well as a guest designer, former DT member Jessica!

As always, we value the comments you leave at all the blog stops along the way… and your comments give you a chance to win! This month we are giving away one BIG prize of a $50 gift certificate! If you’re not sure what to comment along the way, let us know your favorite kind of flower 🙂

Today I decided to make a card for my Mom, since Mother’s Day is coming up! I’ve used the ‘Good Idea’ stamp set by Dina Wakely, because as it says on one of the stamps in the set- flowers are always a good idea!

I wanted to use a color combo that would really pop with the kraft background I chose, and I think this combo of blue & green with purple flowers really does! I’ve stamped a Cover-A-Card Script stamp by Impression Obsession in brown on the kraft background to add a bit of visual texture.

The inside & out stitched circles were die cut from the front of a 5.5″ square kraft card (I used the cut out circles on the card I shared on Tuesday!). I used shades of green & blue Distress Oxide on a white square of cardstock the same size and added water & layers until I got a fun blended, textured look. The flowers were stamped once on the inked background, for placement, and again on white. I used regular Distress Ink to color them because it is less opaque and didn’t hide the black lines as much as Distress Oxide would. I did end up going over some of the lines with a black Stablio pencil afterwards to make it pop, but overall it gave me a nice color blend. I used my tiny/ fine Life Changing Blender Brush to color the flower centers yellow, then added some tiny beeds to my flower centers as well.

I decided to cut ‘MOM’ in negative space on the card front as well, so used 1″ Alphanumeric dies for that. I simply used a scrap of washi tape to keep them in place while I ran it through my Big Shot. This was done before adhering all the pieces together 🙂 Assorted colors & sizes of purple bling add some interest to the finished card. I hope you like it!

Here’s the full list of links for the Floral Frenzy Blog Hop- I’m sure you will love the creative project these talented ladies have for you today! Your next stop is the talented DAWN, so hop on over and have some fun!

1 (YOU ARE HERE) Tara
2 Dawn
3 Susan
4 Nancy F
5 Deborah
6 Kia
7 Laurie
8 Chala
9 Nancy
10 Jessica

Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Try Adding Foiling Fun Without Extra Tools!

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

TRY ADDING FOILING FUN WITHOUT EXTRA TOOLS!

Hello crafting friend! It’s Deb here today, with something new for you to try. Have you been wanting to add foiling to your projects, but you’re not sure about committing to a foiling tool? Well, I  have a great way for you to try adding foiling fun without extra tools! I ordered some of the fun Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil sheets from the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store. All  you need to use them is your cardstock base, some adhesives and a bit of elbow grease.

APPLYING THE FOIL – TAPE METHOD

When I say that these Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets are easy to use, I’m not kidding! First, cut your panel of cardstock. Any colour you want to work with! I started with a white panel, but in the end changed to black. Next, add your adhesive. I used two different widths of Be Creative (Sookwang) Tape; the 1/8″ and 1/4″. I lay them in alternating strips across the panel. Remove the backing from the adhesive strips one at a time, and lay the foil over top of the tape. Rub firmly with your fingers, or use your bone folder, to press the foil onto the tape. Gently peel the foil sheet off of the adhesive; pull slowly in one direction. As you’re pulling off the foil sheet, look at your panel to make sure that the foil has transferred. If you notice that it hasn’t, simply lay the foil back down on top of the tap, and rub more firmly.  If you accidentally lift off the tape and find that an area is without foil, simply lay the foil back down on the tape, and repeat the process – u

sing a piece of the foil that hasn’t already been transferred. The photo below shows how the foil looks once transferred onto the cardstock, and the blank space left on the foil sheet, where the colour once was! I chose the ‘Celebrate’ package of foils to use, as it has a variety of patterned colours.

Try Adding Foiling Fun Without Extra Tools!

CREATE YOUR CARD

When I finished the foiling on the white panel, I like it, but it wasn’t quite the ‘wow’ that I had in mind. So, I repeated the whole process, this time on a black cardstock panel! Don’t worry – I saved the white one to use in another project.  Since this was my 2nd panel, I thought I’d try & be more quick about it – and I lay the entire foil sheet (you get 2 of each colour/pattern per package) onto the taped panel. Well, it did work out, but I can’t say it was much quicker! Because I had my tape beginning and ending in different directions, I had to take more time to burnish the foil onto the tape, as I was peeling off the foil backing. I also had to go back in more places & add the foil onto places where it didn’t stick. So – the lesson in this is – don’t rush! Just have fun and enjoy the process!

Try Adding Foiling Fun Without Extra Tools!

To create the sentiment piece, I stamped the sentiment from the Dylusions Laugh Til You Leak stamp set in Versamark ink and heat set it with gold embossing powder.  Cut banner tails at the bottom, and add it on top of your foiled panel with foam squares. Next, I layered the panel onto a panel of bright yellow cardstock, and then onto a light orange card base. These were from my stash, and unfortunately I don’t remember the names of the colours! I think they were from the Lawn Fawn Rainbow pack of cardstock. Pop them up with foam tape, for extra dimension. To finish off my card, I used some embellishments from my personal stash (we all  have one of these, right? goodies we’ve had for ages, and don’t remember from where we got them?).

GET FOILING NOW!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this project, which shows you how easy it is to use the Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets. Be sure to check out the store – there are lots of different colours available! If you’d like to see another technique using these foil sheets and Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, you can head over to my blog to see it!

Try Adding Foiling Fun Without Extra Tools!