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Floral Balloons Birthday Card with Hey Friend Stamps

Happy Friday! It doesn’t get happier than this… A super colorful, birthday card with a fun twist. Today I have a card using the new stamps from the kit Hey Friend as balloons! This is one of my latest kits for Unity Stamp Co. and it is one of the most versatile kits I’ve designed… All images and sentiments included in this set can be used and mixed in different ways, allowing you to create unique projects with it every time!

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This week I’ve been sharing a few videos on Instagram showing how I colored and put together this card. If you want to take a peek make sure to follow me over there.

This was my first time using the new Amalgam Ink and it does everything it is supposed to do and more. I hand stamped the floral elements on Canson Watercolor paper and also the sentiments on vellum, which I then heat embossed in black. (This ink will dry on vellum in case you’re wondering.) I didn’t need to set the ink at all to start watercoloring the flowers with Zig Clean Color markers, which is great.

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I die cut the frame from an Echo Park Summer Dreams patterned paper using an old but cute Spellbinders die called Diamond Effects. I adhered a piece of Polka Dots Clear Toner Sheet behind the frame, foiled with Summer Rainbow Deco Foil, just for fun, no shaker this time.

I fussy cut the flowers with Westcott precision scissors and added them to the card front using XL Tape Runner and 3D Zots by Therm O web. I tried to make the flowers look like balloons, so I used them upside down, adhering them as a cluster.

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To finish my card I added the vellum banners with the sentiments and a bunch of pretty sequins by Unity.

Hope you enjoyed! Make sure to visit me on Instagram to watch how I put together this card! Also stay tuned for a second post coming up later today! Until then.

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Adding Snow Texture to your Christmas Cards with Modeling Paste

I’ve always loved seeing snow texture on Christmas projects and so I decided to add it to my own projects this year using The Crafter’s Workshop modeling pastes! I have a step by step tutorial on TCW’s blog for you so make sure to scroll down and click on the tutorial link.

Whenever I take a closer look at textured Christmas cards there’s usually a special snow texture paste used… (I actually have one of those.) But I’ll show you a way of achieving a very similiar look using supplies you may already have at home in combination with The Crafter’s Workshop texture pastes.

 

Tutorial & Supplies:
Click here to see how I created this background and how I added all the snow texture to my card. Supplies are listed and linked too over there!

I would love it if you could leave me a comment on the tutorial post letting me know what you think about this idea! Are you trying out the technique for your Christmas projects this year? That’s all for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new art journaling post to share. Until then!

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Video Tutorial & Freebie: Crackle Foiled Leaves with Deco Foil

I’m back with a new video tutorial for Therm O Web! First of all thanks SO much for all the likes and reshares on my Mottled Foil tutorial! I’m excited to hear so many of you are trying out the technique! Today I have a great and easy idea to create crackle foiled leaves for your Fall projects. I have a free printable to make it easier for you too!

There is a complete list of supplies on Therm O Web’s blog with links to the shop so you can check out what I used to make this project. While you’re there, don’t forget to download today’s freebie that you can find in the end of my post.
That’s all for now. I will be back soon with more Fall project ideas with Deco Foil! Leave me a comment and let me know what you will be making with this technique. Until next time.

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DIY Mixed Media Canvas with Rebekah Meier Designs

Therm O Web recently released a Mixed Media line by Rebekah Meier and today I’m sharing a project using many of the new products. I have a complete step by step tutorial showing you how to make this mixed media canvas from scratch, using a piece of cardboard as a base! 

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I used the new Mixed Media Medium by Rebekah Meier in ways I haven’t seen anyone use so far, to stencil and attach Frantage embossing powder and Mixed Media Transfer Foil (also new). This technique doesn’t need a laminator which makes this new adhesive an all-in-one product! There are much more tips and tricks for you so make sure you visit Therm O Web’s blog to check out the complete list of supplies and the tutorial CLICK HERE!

Do leave me a comment letting me know what you think about upcycling cardboard and other materials aroung the house to turn them into art! See you on Therm O Web’s blog!

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Stained Flowers DIY Patterned Paper with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Floral specialty papers can be beautiful, especially when they have a metallic finish. I decided to go ahead and try to make my own using Floral Greetings and Peaceful Peonies from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and Laser Silver Lustre paper.

I stamped the flower multiple times to create a pattern. I used Color Box Mix’d Media Inx in Truffe and heat embossed it with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger. I then colored the flowers applying a bit of Zig markers and spreading the color using my fingers. I kept layering the color until I was happy with the shading. This technique gives the flowers a stained look. The glossy paper allows the color to glide and you end up getting a different coloring effect.

I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment on Heavyweight Vellum #48 and cut a banner. I decided to fussy cut 2 flowers from the remainding stamped paper and adhere them on top of a simple pink frame cut from Mountain Rose Glimmer cardstock -which goes along perfectly with the Rose Quartz Mica / Metallic card base. To add dimension to the frame and flowers I used 3D Foam Strips and Foam Squares.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project idea. Make sure to visit Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps to check out these and other new clear stamp sets available now. For more ideas and inspiration visit SNSS blog!

Thanks for visiting.

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DIY Foil Stamped Flowers on Vellum – Elegant Monochromatic Card + Tips & Tricks

I love using transparencies on cards. I usually use vellum because of how delicate it looks. So I decided to use one of Sweet ‘n Sassy’s latests flower stamp from a set I designed –Floral Greetings– in a non-traditional way. You will see me using a couple of stunning papers today from Paper Temptress too!

I used a quick and easy DIY technique to foil the flowers on heavyweight #48 vellum to create these stamped embellishments. First, I stamped the flowers using pigment ink (which works just as well as any embossing ink), and I then heat embossed the images in gold. But because I wanted to create a metal on metal effect I went ahead and foiled the flowers in silver. All I did was cover the images with a piece of Deco Foil Silver Foil transfer sheet and ran them through a laminator making sure to wrap the stamped vellum within at least 2 copy paper sheets folded in half, to avoid the embossing powder from melting completely. This trick will allow you to get a distressed foil effect that lets some of the embossed areas to show. In the end, you get a beautiful silver on gold metallic finish.

I fussy cut the flowers and used them to frame the wonderful verse from Peaceful Peonies. I layered a few die cuts and used a beautiful black shimmery two toned cardstock called Nero Incandescent to go along with the metallic tones on the images. (This is one of the most beautiful papers I’ve worked with.) I added a few touches of beige here and there to make the sentiment pop and tie all the monochromatic layers together. I love the result, but I’m sure this card wouldn’t have been the same without these beautiful stamps!

For more details on these and other stamp sets from our latest releases please visit Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. For more inspiration make sure to subscribe to the blog so you never miss our design team’s projects. (There is so much inspiration here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Watercolored Peony with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

I’ve been loving my Zig markers and have been using it so much lately! Today once again I’m sharing a beautiful emboss resist watercolored peony from Peaceful Peonies by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. I used a color I don’t usually use but it sure makes you think of Summer! I’m also using a couple of stunning papers from Paper Temptress today!

I do not use watercolor paper to color since I am unable to find it where I live, but I use a paper that does not absorb the water so much and I use little water and that does the trick. I’m guessing the paper (called Opalina), is very compressed or has a thin coating that makes it work well with watercolors. I used yellow, hot pink and a peachy pink to color the flowers and two tones of green for the leaves.

To make the flower look even fuller I added leaf die cuts in olive green and also some ferns in Gold Metallic Vellum. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on heavyweight vellum #48 in gold sparkle embossing powder which actually has glitter in it and gives the sentiment a lot of texture.

I love how the tangerine looks against that white textured background. The orange card base ties the elements on the card perfectly and makes the green from the leaves pop.

Thanks so much for visiting today. For more inspiration please make sure to subscribe to this and also to SNSS blog!

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Beautiful Camellias – Spring Cardmaking Inspiration with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Today I want to brighten up your day with a pop of yellow with this fresh and Spring forward handmade card. A splash of watercolor and some alcohol marker coloring against a clean background sure makes you dream of Spring and Summer…

I used my latest stamp design for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Floral Greetings. You get 2 floral images in this set and I decided to go with the Camellia bloom this time. I stamped it multiple times and fussy cut 2 flowers and as many leaves I could. Although the background was watercolored the flowers were colored with Spectrum Noir markers in different tones of yellow.

I used the flowers to frame the minimalist die cut wreath and added a few strips of blue and green cardstock to break the structure of the card front at the same time that it blends in the color palette. Finally I adhered a banner with a greeting stamped and heat embossed in gold on vellum and added some rhinestones to finish the card.

More inspiration using this stamp set can be found on Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps blog! The design team has come up with brilliant ideas using these flowers. I can’t wait to see what you create with it! Visit the shop and get this and other new sets today.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Fresh & Fruity with Sunny Studio Stamps – Fun Summer Card Ideas –

Summer crafts can be so fun, especially with the sweet images from Sunny Studio Stamps. Today I’m sharing 3 cards I created with stamps from the set Fresh & Fruity… It’s so fun and versatile! My favorite thing about these stamps is all the options you get so you can add little faces and other details to your images.

I created patterned backgrounds with the fun fruit images which I heat embossed in glitter gold and white. I went for an ombre look on 2 cards and I decided to watercolor the strawberries on my first card with distress inks. I also foiled the edges on my second card and discover the Thermoweb’s Champagne transfer foil matches perfectly the tone of gold on Clearsnap’s Glitter Gold embossing powder.

Sunny Studio Stamps has a brand new release and I already picked my favorites! They also have fun, versatile dies that go along perfect with their sweet stamps. Make sure you head to their blog (that will be featuring my cards today) and shop to check out their collection. If you stop by the blog I invite you to leave Mendi (the designer behind all these sweet stamps) a comment too!

That’s it for now. Hope you are enjoying your Summer so far! Until next time… Stay crafty.

Sharing with: SSS Wednesday Challenge – AG / HIMCR – Christmas Colors / Your Next Stamp – Color Challenge / HOC – Food, Drinks, Colors /
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Brand New Stamp Release Graciellie Design Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to our April release, blog hop and giveaway! Today a group of incredibly talented designers is ready to share with you an outstanding collection of inspiration projects using the new digital stamp sets from this release. I too have a few creative ideas for you…

Here I printed this beautiful flower twice on vellum and colored it from the back with alcohol markers. To learn how I printed and heat embossed this flower in gold check out my video. The dimension on the flower is achieved by fussy cutting each petal and leaf and off-setting them once they’re adhere on top of the main image. I added the vellum layer over a fun ombre stenciled background (see tutorial here) and added a little banner with an encouraging sentiment to finish my card.
For my second card I went for a striking foiled look that is actually very difficult to photograph! I used a technique I call Foil Resist with which I can mix foiling and watercoloring. I will have a tutorial on it very soon, so stay tuned. Again I printed and heat embossed in gold sparkle my floral collage image on vellum and did some partial cutting to allow some of the edges of the image to stand outside the vellum banner. I colored it too with alcohol markers from the back. The bold and encouraging sentiment finishes the card beautifully.
Now it’s time to see what the designers created… From home decor to gifts, I’m sure you’ll be inspired. Hop along and leave a comment on every stop for a chance to win a NEW stamp set of your choice! 

Make sure to visit the SHOP and take a closer look to our new release.

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