Posts Tagged ‘ink blending’

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

New Lavinia Stencils

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Welcome to a new week, my friend! Deb here, for the design team. I’m starting the week off with a new product – a new Lavinia Stencil called Pods. Have you seen this amazing line of stencils yet? Be sure to check them all out, in the Scrap ‘N Stamp store. It was difficult for me to choose just one, but I loved the shape of the Pods, so that’s what I’m sharing today.

PODS FOR FALL

The brilliant thing about this stencil is that you can use it year ’round. Change up the colours you use to suit the season! Of course we’re in fall right now, and I just love the colours of the changing leaves. So I pulled out my Distress inks, and got blending!

New Lavinia Stencils

Don’t you just love the warmth of these colours? And they blend so beautifully.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a piece of smooth white cardstock. Lay the Lavinia Stencil Pods over top, and hold it in place with some Purple Tape.  Choose your colours, and start applying them with a blending tool. I chose Distress inks in Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye.  When finished blending, remove & clean the stencil.  Take a minute to admire your handiwork, ’cause gosh – it’s pretty! *wink*

The stencil and colours are so beautiful, it’s a shame to cover them up. So don’t! Use a piece of vellum, and stamp the sentiment from the Memory Box Harvest Love set in Versamark ink. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and then set with a heat tool.  Die cut the sentiment with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die, and then attach it to the blended panel with glue dots. Now, attach the card front with foam tape to a piece of black cardstock. This helps those gorgeous colours really pop! Finally, attach the front to a dark orange card base. Add the finishing touch of some Picket Fence Studios Candy Corn Shot sequins to the card front.

New Lavinia Stencils

You could add extra shine to your card by switching the black cardstock panel to a gold metallic panel. That would coordinate nicely with the gold embossed sentiment.

DAILY CHALLENGE

It just so happens that today’s word for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge is ‘stencil’! Coincidence? I think not! Ha ha! I’m the one who chose the word for today, knowing that it was my day to share. Whether you choose one of the new Lavinia Stencils, or one of your favourites, I hope that you’ll play along. Be sure to share  your project on the Facebook challenge page HERE, and use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE when you share there, and on your other social media pages. At the end of the month, one luck person will be randomly selected to WIN a $50 GIFT CARD to Scrap ‘N Stamp! Play along with as many days as you like.

SUPPLIES

New Lavinia Stencils

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Daily Challenge Prompt is Moon

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Welcome to a new week! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. If you’re playing along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge, today’s prompt is Moon. If you’re not playing along – why not? It’s easy to do, free – and you could win a prize! You do need a Facebook account, then join the Challenge page HERE. Play along with as many days as you like! Simply create a project with one of the prompt themes, then post it on the Challenge page. Be sure to use the hashtag #snschallenge there, and on other social media platforms. At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly drawn to WIN A PRIZE!

KEEPING THE FAITH

I admit – I chose this prompt of Moon so that I could play some more with my Lavinia stamps! I had so much fun that I created 2 cards to share with you today. This first one features the Moon stamp, as well as Fox 1 (Kernal).

Daily Challenge Prompt is Moon

This also gave me the change to do some ink blending, using the new Tim Holtz Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a  piece of smooth white cardstock. Mask off a circle about 1 3/4″ round, just below the top. About 1/3rd of the way up from the bottom, start blending on Fossilized Amber ink, and then Spiced Marmalade next. At the top, blend on the Crackling Campfire, and then go back & blend the transition areas between the colours. At the very bottom of the panel, blend on Black Soot Distress Oxide.

Now remove the mask,  and stamp the Moon image in dark gray ink. Next, stamp the Fox 1 (Kernal) image in Nocturne ink. See that black line in the neck area? That happened because I had also masked off the top portion of the Fox’s head before blending the background colours. Therefore, I ended up with a different ink saturation after removing the mask! Live and learn, my friend! Even inking & stamping a few times couldn’t fix that line!

Finally, I added to the background by randomly stamping the background sentiment stamp Keep the Faith in Versafine Imperial Purple ink, around the images. More Black Soot was added around all 4 edges of the panel.

Daily Challenge Prompt is Moom

FULL MOON

This second card is much quicker to make! I loved  how it looked, so I haven’t added any sentiment yet. That can be done once I decide who to send it to, and for what occasion.

Daily Challenge Prompt is Moon

CARD DETAILS

With a piece of copy or scrap paper, punch or  cut out a 2″ circle. Place this mask over the top of a piece of white cardstock. Now, use a blending tool to apply Crackling  Campfire distress oxide ink into the circle. Next, remove the mask, and stamp the Lavinia Weeping Willow image in Nocturne ink. Use a blending tool to apply Black Soot distress oxide along the bottom.

Layer the card front onto a piece of black cardstock, and then onto an orange card base. You could turn this into a ‘Hallowe’en’ card by adding some flying bats, or other ‘creepy’ features. For some reason, this reminds me of a Japanese theme, so you could add a crane bird image, or pagoda in the background.

Daily Challenge Prompt is Moon

SUPPLIES

I hope that you’re inspired to join our Daily challenge! If you love Lavinia stamps like I do, be sure to check out all of them in the Scrap ‘N Stamp store – plus the NEW STENCILS from Lavinia! They’re new in stock, and already selling out quickly! (even I missed out on one of the ones I wanted – just click to be notified when it’s back in stock).  Be sure to use my Design Team Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, for 10% OFF regular priced items.

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