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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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Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Hey crafty friends! Chala here and today I am sharing a super quick and beginner friendly card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

If you are just starting out I recommend the set of 24 which give you a great selection of colours at a fair price point.

Getting started:

For today’s card I pulled out the Birth-yay stamp set from MFT. I stamped it with VersaClair Nocturne Ink onto some Canson Cold pressed water colour paper cut down to 4″ x 9″.

The Technique:

I am using a wet on dry technique. Start colouring with your lightest colour. You can then go back after to add a darker shadow or shading. It is always easier to cover lighter colours then try to mute darker ones!

Take time to swatch your mediums so that you have a better idea of what colours you would like to use. You can see I did not do this in the video…but decided to take time to do it once I was done. This will make colouring on future projects much easier and quicker!

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Set of 48 colour swatch

Once I achieve the shading I like I will go back over with my darker colour and use my Aqua Flow waterbrush to pull the colour out.

To avoid getting a “muddy” look with the watercolours (and because I am impatient) use your heat tool to dry the image in between.

A few of my thoughts:

The Zig Real Brush markers are very user friendly. I shared with you in a previous post my experience with Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Pens and to me they are night and day. I love both for very different reasons. In my opinion, I found the Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Pens to be very juicy and heavy pigmented.

You may find as a beginner to watercoloring that the Zig Real Brush markers give you a bit more control and are more forgiving. The look is more translucent and in keeping with a more “traditional” watercolour look.

To create the blue wash background I scribbled the Zig Real Brush marker onto my Tim Holtz Glass media mat. Then I picked up the colour with the Aqua Flow water brush and applied it direct to the watercolour paper.

Finishing Touches:

Once the image was dry, I trimmed down the panel and matted it onto some Lawn Fawn Black Licorice carstock and adhered that to the card base. My card base measured 9″ x 8″ and was scored it at 4″ creating a unique business envelope sized card.

I stamped the coordinating sentiments from the Birth-yay stamp set onto Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock. Then using Versamark ink I heat embossed with white embossing power.

By using foam squares to pop the sentiment strips up I add a nice layer of dimension and interest to the project.

I added some highlights to the card with a white gel pen. and stamped a few images onto the envelope itself and coloured them with Copic Markers.

I was so excited to send this card in the mail I forgot to take nice close up pictures of the finished product. 🤦🏻‍♀️ So I apologize for the grainy look of this photo.

The Video:

Remember you can watch the video of how I painted and put this card together by clicking below.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

As always, I appreciate you spending time with me today. Don’t forget to head on over to the What’s New and Hot Deals section to check out the latest arrivals and savings!

Did you know?

Did you know there are several ways you can win prizes with Scrap’N Stamp? Here are a few ways you can participate for your chance to win!

  • Hop along with us at the beginning of each month to find out our monthly theme. We have an amazing design team and I am sure you will leave feeling inspired!
  • Leave comments on our blogs and social media sites. (That includes the Design Team Members personal blogs and social media sites!)
  • Participate in Scrap’n Stamp’s monthly challenges by posting your creations on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page

Have a wonderful crafty day!

~ Chala
"Crafting Through the Chaos of Life"

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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