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Beginner Foil Quill…and a Secret!

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
I’l Be Gnome for Christmas Foil Quill

Hello Again! It’s Chala and I am back to share with you my beginner foil quill experience….and a secret!

The Foil Quill is one of this years’ hottest new craft items that can be used with the Silhouette, Brother, Cricut and Sizzix electronic die cutting machines. Today I am using my Silhouette machine to show you my very attempt at this technique.

There are specific carriages for each machine and they are ALL included in the one kit. So no need to purchase each carriage separately which is great if you own more than one type of die cutting machine!

Now, I am going to be honest. When this product came out I was not interested in getting it at all. I thought…this is a tool that I really don’t need. So, when I was sent the Foil Quill kit I was very appreciative of getting it…I was excited to use it….but, I really was not optimistic that I would actually like it.

I use my Silhouette machine quite a bit, so I like that I can use this tool with designs that I already own that I purchased through the Silhouette America Design Store, or you can purchase USBs that have designs on them.

This video will show you right from opening the kit, looking at the instructions and my first use and thoughts on the product.

Remember, if you are interested in the products used in the video, I will link them below…

Ready to see what happened and my thoughts? Here’s the video!

The Cards
THE SECRET……

Well…if you watched the video (witch I apologize for how long it was….) you will know that I am IN LOVE with the Foil Quill! It exceeded my expectations and now I want to foil ALL THE THINGS! In fact…I had so much fun I didn’t even stamp! Although…you totally can and I think the Foil Quill will up your card making game!

My BIG secret is….Starting Black Friday Scrap’N Stamp is offer the Foil Quill at 50% OFF (while supplies last)! WHAT?!! I know! Make sure you click on the links below to head over to get yours and to check out all the other great Black Friday Deals!

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Simple Waterfall Cards

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Hey Guys! Glad to be back on the Scrap’N Stamp blog! I wanted to re-share an old card technique that is sure to Wow your recipients.

The waterfall card is one of the first interactive cards I attempted to make way back in the day. The nice thing about this type of card is that you don’t actually need a special die set to create it. It also is a great way to take a look at the stamps you have on hand and use them in a different way. Today I will share two cards with you. One using a newer stamp set by MFT – Picture Perfect which is such an adorable and fun set, as well as an older Lawn Fawn set called Thanks a Latte. I will also be using my Silhouette die cut machine to cut out the pieces for the waterfall card, however, you do not need this machine at all! In fact, there are many free templates available on the internet or you can use the template that I created. My template includes 4 squares in which you can stamp your image or text, a decorative panel that is slightly smaller than an A2 size card and the waterfall mechanism. I encourage you to watch the YouTube video linked below on how to use the template.

A2 Waterfall Card Template

Let’s get started! The template I will be using works with a standard A2 size card. However, you can increase or reduce the size to fit the size of card or stamps that you are using. Once you have your pieces cut out you will want to stamp your images (or sentiments) onto the 4 squares. You can use any medium to colour in your images. I used Copics for mine. Another thing you can do is create additional square cards out of coloured cardstock that are slightly larger in size to give them a backer or frame and to hide any Copic bleed through.

The next step is to prepare your pull / waterfall mechanism. You will want to score and fold the top of the “T” over and glue it down. You can use a liquid adhesive or a strong adhesive like Be Creative  Scor Tape (3mm).

Then you will score the other four marks on the base of the “T” shape and fold the paper to the back. This is a bit tricky to explain…so, I again I encourage you to watch the YouTube video linked below. Once those folds are made, you can adhere your squares down starting with the image that you want on the bottom and lining them up to your score marks. This will make the waterfall effect when you pull on the tab.

I like to punch or pierce holes in the ends of the “T” portion of the waterfall fall mechanism and create corresponding holes in the decorative panel that I can attach the two pieces together with brads. You don’t have to do this, however, if you are not adhering with brads you need to ensure you are only applying adhesive to the end of the tabs…otherwise you cannot feed the waterfall portion through the back….(again, this is confusing to explain but much easier to follow along with the video)! If you are using brads you will want to connect the panel and waterfall mechanism pieces together before you glue the panel down onto your card.

Once you have the panel adhered down you can embellish the pull tab with sting or simply by creating a tab and stamping or writing “pull here”. Again, you can glue the tab or adhere it with a brad. (Note the template above does not have a separate tab piece…but you can always create one!)

Now you can pull down your tab and watch the “waterfall” of images.

To complete your card you can stamp a sentiment or greeting on the inside.

This first one is for yet another birthday that my son Leighton was attending! I kept the front of the card super simple…although you could totally add embellishments and additional stamping!

I thought it would be fun to attach the gift card to the pull tab as an additional surprise! It also helps give the slider mechanism enough clearance for the brad to slide underneath the images without getting caught.

This corresponding sentiments from the MFT – Picture Perfect stamp set was perfect for the recipient and the giver! In fact, the two monkeys remind me of my son and his friend! (My son is really tiny so the little monkey is a spitting image of him! LOL) I also added “Happy Birthday” from the Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey stamp set. (Another set that has images that would be super cute on a waterfall card!)

The second card was going to my son Arden’s teacher for an end of the year “Thank you”. I used some coffee themed patterned paper for the panel.

Again, there is room to add a gift card to the pull tab if you like! On this one I did not add backing cardstock so you can see the Copic colouring that bled through…but, I am okay with that.

I used a sentiment from Picket Fence’s stamp set Good Teacher that I thought worked nicely with the coffee theme. The sentiment just cracks me up…again, it suits the recipient perfectly!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and again, I encourage you to watch the corresponding YouTube video to get a more concise view of how these cards are assembled.

Click Here to watch the Video:https://youtu.be/C71fPqIebVQ

Take a look at your stamp stash and see what cute waterfall combinations you can come up with! I have stamped with the following sets and am hoping to have the cards completed shortly and posted on my Instagram account. Lawn Fawn: Ahoy Matey, Rawrsome, On the Mend, Mama Elephant: Puppy Play, Tailored Expressions: Grouchy Grumplings

Please share your creations and use the tag #snsblogwaterfallcards so we can see what you have come up with.

Have a great long weekend and Happy Canada Day to you all! 🇨🇦

~Chala

Simple Stamping – I’m a Puffer for You!

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Hello friends!  It’s Chala here for today’s blog post.

Things have been crazy in my world and I got so wrapped up in life and trying to survive that I almost forgot my husband’s birthday!  (Bad wife, I know!)  But this made me realize that creating does not have to be super complicated!  Sometimes we are so enamoured with what others create and the techniques they use that we forget that there is nothing wrong with creating a simple card!  In fact, they are just as beautiful and for me….just finding time for crafting therapy through the chaos of my life is what is important.

So, I am here to share a super simple and quick card with you that received just as much praise from my sweet husband as some of the complicated cards I have created.

I will be using the Hero Arts “I’m a Puffer for You” stamp and die combo set.

I stamp some of the cute puffer fish images and party accessories with Memento Tuxedo Black  ink onto some white card stock.  I colour the images with my Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I then wanted to create a super simple ink blended background.  I wanted something that wouldn’t take the focus off the cute little images. To do this I used the Distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon and my ink blended brush and blended the ink onto the middle top portion of an A2 size card base.

I cut an A2 size panel of yellow cardstock and adhered it to a top folding card with my adhesive tape runner. Then I die cut the ink blended panel with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle Die that is slightly smaller that the A2 size panel and adhered that onto of the yellow cardstock.

To  add a bit of interest and to give the background an underwater feel I spray it with some water and lift the water droplets up with my microfibre cloth.

I then lay out the images and sentiments that I wanted to use on the inked panel.  I use Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments.  I adhere the party accesories with some liquid adhesive  and pop the puffer fish images up with scotch 3M foam tape.

I also add one of the left over puffer die cut images onto the inside of the card and give all the puffer images a coating of clear Wink of Stella (because every card needs a bit of sparkle) and stamp one of the solid fish images onto the upper right hand corner of yellow envelope.

I felt like the card needed a little something special so I added these sparkling clear droplets.  You can also achieve this look by using Glossy Accents or Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  I didn’t have time to wait for those to dry so the sparkling clear droplets were perfect for this rush card!

 

Here are some photos of the completed card.

 

Thank you so much for dropping by for today’s blog post.  You can check out the video of how this card came together at my YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/6lt9_2ynXkk

 

Happy Crafting!

~ Chala