Posts Tagged ‘handmade cards’

Adding Texture Adds Interest

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. I hope that your week went well, and you’re looking forward to the weekend. Maybe you’ll have time for some creating? Today’s post might be of interest to you, if you will be crafting. Adding texture to your cards adds interest. And adding interest usually equals adding a “wow”! Let’s have a look, shall we?

RANGER TEXTURE PASTE

One way of adding texture is to add texture paste. You can either add it randomly, if you’re going for an unstructured look. Or, you can use it with a stencil, for a more defined shape. I chose to use the Ranger Texture Paste with the Tim Holtz Bricked stencil. Since the stencil is of bricks, I knew I wanted to colour the texture paste so it wasn’t the white it is in the tub. Did you know that you can use Ranger Alcohol Inks to colour your texture paste? Yes – you can!

Adding Texture Adds Interest

I love using my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion for this technique! First, scoop out about a tablespoon of texture paste onto your mat. Next, add 2-3 drops of alcohol ink to the paste. Use your palette knife to mix the alcohol ink into the paste. If you want a darker colour, add more ink. (I used Ranger Pebble alcohol ink). When you’ve got the colour you want, apply the paste through the stencil, with your palette knife.  The Make Art Stay-tion comes with 4 magnets, so it’s easy to hold your cardstock and the stencil in place. (for backup, I used a couple of pieces of Purple Tape on the cardstock side).

When you’re finished applying the texture paste, lift off the stencil, and set aside the cardstock piece. Now, be sure to wipe off your Stay-tion and the stencil with a damp towel or paper towels, before the paste hardens.  As long as you clean it right away, it wipes off immediately!

CARD DETAILS

Another way to add texture is with embossing powder. First, stamp the ‘hello’ from the MFT Well, Hello stamp set in Versamark ink, onto white cardstock. Next, cover it with gold embossing powder, and then set with a heat tool. Now, use the coordinating Sweet Hello dies to die cut the sentiment.

The texture paste dries quite quickly, as long as you don’t apply it too thick. Set up this panel in your stamp platform, and line up the Impression Obsession Peek-aBoo Kitty with the side of the bricks.  Next, ink up the stamp, and then press firmly onto the panel.  I used the Gina K. Faded Brick ink for the kitty, and the Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Bright Pink marker for the heart.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

Colour in the kitty with your choice of colours. Next, attach the die cut ‘hello’ with foam squares or tape. Add the card front to a panel of light blue cardstock with foam tape. Finally, add the card front to a light yellow card base.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

We’ve actually added texture 3 different ways to this card. First, with the texture paste; second with the heat embossing, and 3rd with the die cutting. So by adding texture, we’ve added a lot of interest to this card. Otherwise, it could have easily been a simple, one layer card.

SUPPLIES

Did you notice that my card today works for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness Daily Challenge?! Yes, I planned it that way! I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how to add texture, and interest, to your project! Be sure to add your ‘texture’ project to the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook challenge page HERE, and use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE when adding it there, and when sharing on your other social media platforms.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

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Today’s Theme is Flowers

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Happy Friday, and Day 12 of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Challenge! Today’s theme is Flowers. If you’re like me, you probably have dozens of stamps to choose from, for this theme. I recently received a new Taylored Expression Doodle Flowers Background stamp. So that’s what I’m sharing today.

DOODLE FLOWERS BACKGROUND

These flowers are so pretty, and happy looking, I had to let them take center stage. Even though, technically, the center is the only place they’re not!

Today's Theme is Flowers

It looks like a lot of colouring, but it comes together very quickly.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a piece of white cardstock. Use a blending tool to add Broken China distress oxide ink around the edges, getting lighter towards the middle. Next, set up the cardstock in your stamp platform. Place the stamp on top, and then pick it up with the lid. Cover the stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and the stamp onto the blended cardstock.

Remove the cardstock from the stamp platform, and colour the flowers & leaves. I chose my alcohol ink markers for colouring, using both Copic and Spectrum Noir. After colouring, place the panel back into your stamp platform. Place the sentiment stamp from the Penny Black Sentiment Collection set in the middle. Cover the stamp with Nocturne ink, and stamp. Next, cover the sentiment with clear embossing powder, and then set it with a heat tool.

Layer a piece smaller piece of yellow cardstock onto a blue card base, with glue. Next, attach your card front, using foam tape. Finish off the card front by adding a few enamel dots and rhinestones from your stash.

Today's Theme is Flowers

By adding the blended background ink, you add dimension to the card front, without adding an extra physical layer.

JOIN THIS MONTH’S CHALLENGE

Have you joined this month’s daily challenge yet? There’s plenty of time to join – you can even go back & join days that you’ve missed! Today’s theme is flowers, but there’s a new theme each day. Simply choose the day/days you want to join. Create a project with that day’s theme. Then, link your project on the Scrap ‘N Stamp challenge page HERE on Facebook. Use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE. Of course you can share on your other social media platforms like Instagram & Pinterest, too.  At the end of the month, one name will be randomly chosen from all participants to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp!

SUPPLIES

You can find the supplies that I used for my card, in the Scrap ‘N  Stamp online store. Don’t forget to use my Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, to save 10% on your regular priced order!

Today's Theme is Flowers

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Day 25 Challenge – Animals

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Hello and happy Monday, my friend! Deb here for the design team, sharing with you. Today the Scrap ‘N Stamp  day 25 challenge prompt is animals. I love animals, and you could easily tell if you ever looked through my stamp collection! The most difficult part was deciding which animals to include. If you’re not familiar with the Scrap ‘N Stamp challenge, it’s happening all month long, & everyone can participate. Each day there is a new prompt, or theme. Just create your project with the theme of the day, and share it on the challenge Facebook page HERE. Use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE. Everyone who shares a project is automatically entered to win a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp!

DAY 25 – ANIMALS

I decided to use a set that hasn’t seen ink in a while. It’s called Beach Bunnies, by MFT. There’s also coordinating dies, to make life even easier.

Day 25 Challenge - Animals

Too cute, right?! And depending on where you live, you may have already ventured to a beach, just to feel the breeze.

CARD DETAILS

On a piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the bunnies and bird images from the MFT Beach Bunnies set in Tuxedo Black ink. I also used the MFT Sweet Somebunny set for the flowers & butterfly images. Next, choose your favourite alcohol markers to colour. I use a combination of Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, because that’s what I have! Now, use the coordinating dies of both sets to die cut the image.

Take a blue panel of cardstock and a small circle die. Die cut 3 circles, placed as shown above. Next, use the MFT Winter Stencil Strips – dots pattern – and blend on Broken China distress oxide ink.  Now, attach the blue panel to a bright yellow card base, with foam tape. Stamp the sentiment from the Beach Bunnies stamp set onto a strip of white cardstock, and then attach it and all of the images to the card front.

Day 25 Challenge - Animals

All that dimension adds so much fun! I think this card would cheer up anyone who has had to ‘self isolate’ lately, due to health issues.

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!

I’m looking forward to see what you create for day 25 of the challenge! Which animals will you choose? Remember that you can still post from days already past, but please wait to post for future themes/prompts until that day arrives.

The Scrap ‘N Stamp store is still shipping regularly, so you can go ahead & order.

Day 25 Challenge - Animals

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