Posts Tagged ‘Tutorial’

5 Things We Love about Dad

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Happy Monday!  I am here to share a fun “Dad” themed card with you today.

I am going to be doing things a little bit different… I really want to show you an idea of a card and see what products you guys have at home that you can use to create something similar.

My inspiration for today’s card was a digital cut file that I saw in the Silhouette Design Store.  It is by Lori Whitlock and it is called “5 Things Pocket”.  While I know not everyone has an electronic die cutting machine, you can still look through the cut files and get some really great ideas.

I really liked this pocket idea and wanted to incorporate into my card.  I downloaded the file and was able to customize and alter the cut file to fit my needs.  You can easily recreate a pocket like this with metal die cuts like using rectangle dies to create the little files and small circular ones for the tabs.  There are also many free resources on the good ‘ol Inter web!

Since this card is for my husband, I really wanted to personalize it to suit him.  He LOVES math, I mean LOVES.  He can be found spending his leisurely time reading calculus books. and doing equations..for FUN!?  He even spent our holiday last summer in Vegas poolside reading a math and physics book.  People walked by and had a good laugh at him!  It’s funny how we even got together as I am not good at math at all!  None the less…he is MY nerd, so back off girls!  LOL.

I headed to the internet and found some really great math papers that I could download (and I just know he is going to try to solve the calculations on them). I found this set on Etsy from KecheliPapers.  They were perfect for my theme!  I also found another digital cut file from the Silhouette Design Store that looked very similar to an abacus, so I die cut that from some red paper.  Again, you can customize your papers and card to suit who you are making the card for and use background dies that you already have.

I cut one of the papers down to fit a 5 1/2″ square card base and adhered it to the card base with my tape runner and glued the abacus looking die cut closer to the top left hand side of the card.

I used another of the papers to create the envelope and used Gina K Connect Glue as the adhesive.  This is a very strong liquid adhesive and I know it will hold up to the pulling that will happen when the little files are removed and inserted back into it and it gives me wiggle room to ensure I have the edges lines up evenly.  As that has time to set up I can then move onto the little files that will be inserted inside the envelope.   My husband has a very small colour palette that he likes, red, black, blue white and gray, so those are the colours I chose.  You can easily create these and the tabs with dies in your stash.  The next thing to do is to stamp the numbers on the tabs.  I pulled out all the number stamps in my collection and found some that were the perfect size.  This is actually a stamp set that is used to create day-timers.  for the red, blue, gray and white I will stamp with Versamark ink and use clear embossing powder and for the white one I will use Versamark Claire Nocturne Black ink and clear embossing powder.  I suggest using a stamp platform like the stamp perfect so that you can stamp multiple times and get a good impression.  I also notice these stamps developed air bubbles underneath which hindered the stamping, so to overcome this I used the Versamark marker to fill in any gaps.  This is a useful tool to have around, especially because it has the bullet tip one end and the brush tip on the other.

I want to add some lined paper onto the file so that my kids can write what they love about their Dad.  I used another Silhouette file, but you can easily just use white paper or even use lined paper from a small note book.  I adhered this with my taper runner.

I need to work on my sentiment and used one of the big number 5 stamps I had and stamped that with Memento Black Tuxedo ink so I could Copic colour in complimentary blue colours (B24, B26 & B29).  To get the exact sentiment I wanted I created a cut file in my Silhouette Design Studio and sized it to fit on the envelope.  I changed the sentiment from saying “5 Things I Love About You” to “5 Things We Love About Dad”.  You can easily create your own sentiments with stamps, alphabet stamps, alphabet die cuts or even your own printer!  I die cut this twice once from red and once from white cardstock and then used the Gina K Connect Glue to adhere the two together just a little offset to help the sentiment pop off the black background.

It’s now time to finish adhering everything down to the card base.  I used Be-Creative Scor Tape to adhere the envelope to the base.  I chose this adhesive as it is a VERY strong adhesive and again, it will hold up to being pulled on.  Check out my YouTube video to see my special trick on how I use Scar-Tape.  I will then adhere the sentiment with the liquid adhesive to give myself time to wiggle it into the perfect position.

Of course, I could not resist adding a bit of sparkle to this card…even if it is for my husband!  So I pulled out my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen and sparkled that bad boy up!

You can watch the corresponding YouTube video here:                  https://youtu.be/toopBH8ki6s               

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and that you feel inspired to create your own interactive envelope card.  Make sure you head over to the Facebook Challenge Page and share your “Dad” inspired cards!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Chala

 

Texture Paste with a Twist

Monday, December 9th, 2019
Texture Paste with a Twist

Hey Guys! I am so excited to be back sharing my next card that features texture paste with a twist!

Our Design Team absolutely rocked the White Christmas them and I was so inspired by them that I had to create one more to share!

You got a sneak peek a few weeks ago during my Foil Quill video of the Carta Bella/Echo Park Snowflake Fun Stencil. I was so excited to be able to use it for this card as it was perfect to show off the detail that texture paste can give you on a project.

The Technique…

I only have one texture paste and wanted to jazz it up a bit so I decided to mix my own custom paste. To do this I grabbed my Tim Holtz craft mat, palette knife and Ranger opaque matte texture paste and mixed in the Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Crystals until I got the amount of sparkle I liked.

The great thing about this technique is if you are short on craft space like me, you can still get the look of all the colours without having to own ALL the colours. I encourage you to try mixing difference mediums to see what custom creations you can come up with! Remember to share your White Christmas theme cards over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Spread the texture paste in thin even layers. This will help with speeding up the drying time and keeping your textured image looking even.

Once my piece was dry, I die cut it with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies (one of my favourites). I then mounted that onto a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card panel made from silver mirror cardstock. (Here is a link to a similar cardstock) and adhered that panel to the A2 card base.

Make it Sparkle!

I wanted to up the sparkle factor just a bit and decided to add some Studio Katia sliver crystals.

So as not to detract from all that bling, I kept my sentiment very simple. So, I layered grey cardstock on top of a small piece of shimmer cardstock that I had laying on my desk from the blog hop card I created. I heat embossed the sentiment with some tinsel embossing powder. However, in hindsight I would use an embossing powder like Wow Metallic Embossing Powder Super Fine as the tinsel embossing powder was just a bit too chunky for that small and detailed of a sentiment.

I still liked how it turned out and will be making more of these to give out to friends and family.

The Video Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you liked today’s card! You can check out the video here.


Giveaway Reminder!

Remember: if you have not participated in the hop, I encourage you to do so for your chance to win a $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card! You also have until Saturday, December 14th, 2019 to comment, like and subscribe on my White Christmas Blog Hop video for your chance to win a set of Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brushes. I will announce the winner of that prize on Sunday, December 15th, 2019 on my personal blog and YouTube channel.

Here are some photos of the finished card. Thanks for stopping by!


Texture Paste with a Twist


~Chala

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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