Posts Tagged ‘ink blending’

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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I Can’t Help Foiling in Love!

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Hey There!  Today’s card is embracing the Random Act of Cardness Facebook Challenge word “foil”!  I can’t help foiling in love with foil!  I have been enjoying the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill so much that I wanted to share another card with you!

The Foil Quill can be used for a variety of different projects (not just cards) and it comes in a few different varieties.  There are the foil tip pens which you can buy in the bold, standard and fine tip as well as the calligraphy pen.  However, today I am going to be showing you the All in One Kit for an electronic die cutting machine like either the Silhouette or Cricut machine. I also have some FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY news!  One lucky blog follower will win their very own We R Memory Keepers All in One Foil Quill set for their electronic die cutting machine!  This is a prize value of $147.00 dollars!  WOW!  All you have to do is comment below and let us know what is the first thing you would make with the Foil Quill All in One set if you won!  The winner will be chosen randomly by the close of business on Friday, August 14, 2020 and will be announced over at the Facebook Challenge Page!

Now, let’s get to today’s card.  This one is fairly simple but has such an elegant look.  I will be using the Silhouette machine and Silhouette Design Studio (Business Edition) to create today’s card.  If you need a more detailed version of how this card was made I encourage you to head over to watch the YouTube video here:

I started off ink blending a standard A2 size card panel with one of my favourite Distress Ink combinations:  Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves.  You can use either the regular Distress Inks like I did or the Distress Oxide inks.

I then chose and elegant dandelion image and created a custom sentiment that says “Make a Wish”.  The wonderful thing about the Silhouette Design Studio is you can totally create your own design or choose one from the Design Store.  There is always a free file of the week and the images are a fairly reasonable price point.

There is a bit of fine tuning that you need to do with the image.  You will have to select the images and change the setting from cut to sketch and then choose your sketch lines.  I recommend you watch the video as I show this process as well as link to my Beginner Video that I made going into greater detail of how best to choose your settings.

Once you have your settings selected you can then get your project ready to foil.  Now, I again I embraced a few “learning opportunities”  (aka: mistakes”) and I feel it is important to share them with you in hopes that it helps you with your project.

I am using the We R Memory Keepers Magnetic Mat and I have to say I really like it!  If you are just using the regular adhesive mat you have to put down some scrap paper then tape your project to the scrap paper and then tape your foil over top.  If you do not do this and simply apply the foil straight onto the adhesive mat you the foil will come off onto the mat and you will ruin it (This surprisingly was not the mistake I made).

Silhouette has also come out with a new version of their adhesive mat which I like much better than the old one.  They have smaller grid lines and have made the mat so that there are arrows on both the top and bottom of the mat allowing you to feed the mat in either way.  This will extend the life of your mat as well.

With that said, you will want to place the magnetic mat onto the adhesive mat.  The magnetic mat comes with 4 magnets.  Two short ones and two long ones.  I had originally planned to do a foil border around my card so I did not end up using them this time.  However, I think they will be very handy on future projects.

Once my magnetic mat was adhered to the adhesive mat I placed my panel down (this is where my mistake came in).  I place my project so that it was not lined up with the top left side.  Rather, I chose to place it one inch to the right and once in down.  I used a small amount of Thermo Web Purple Tape on the corners to hold it in place and then layer the foil over top.  Again, using a small amount of the purple tape I began adhering the edges of the foil down ensuring that it was laying tight and smooth.  Then I loaded the mats into the machine.

Now I can go back to my computer.  Here is my mistake.  On the design window of Silhouette Studio I forgot to move my project down one inch and over one inch.  So, when I sent my project to the machine it was not foiling in the correct area.  I quickly stopped it and removed it from the machine.  I could see that it was going to foil beautifully (YAY!).  However, I now could not use this panel (BOO!).  I will trim off the little bit of foiling and save this for another card (YAY!).  This means I had to redo my ink blending panel (BOO! sort of….I find ink blending therapeutic).

After I had the new panel completed I repeated the process of securing it to the magnetic mat (ensuring everything was smooth) and then I changed the position of the project within the program.  I double check my settings and sent it to the machine.  SUCESS!

The process took a while as I chose to have it do two passes just to be sure everything foiled nicely.  I was not disappointment.  Once the project was complete, I removed the mat from the machine and then removed the foil from the project.  Again, the outcome was stunning!!  As I said before, I originally planned to have a foil border around it, but I really liked it without it so opted not to send it through again (I could have done it all at once, but wanted to see what it looked like first – glad I did that!).

I trimmed 1/8″ off each side and then adhered the panel to a standard A2 size side folding white card base.  You could add gems or other embellishments if you want, but I really liked the simplicity of this card.

I really want to try doing this technique overtop of watercolour, as well as playing around to see if I can foil with alcohol inks and the Yupo Paper.  Stay tuned for a future post to see how this turned out!

I hope that you are inspired to add some foil to your cards!   If you don’t have an electronic die cutting machine you can always use the freestyle pens!  There are a ton of amazing foil colours to choose from and you can check out some of them here.

Remember to comment below for your chance to win the amazing We R Memory Keepers All in One Foil Quill  set for your electronic cutting machine!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing week!

~Chala