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Shabby Chic Christmas Cards with Deco Foil + New Word Die Cuts

It’s been a while since I made a shabby chic card and today I have 2 of them to share, each full of wintery layers and textures. I also will be showing you how to put together this card design on a video tutorial featuring Rebekah Meier Designs mixed media products by Therm O Web and also a new digital pack from my shop with which I made some beautiful foiled word die cuts!

 

 

Tutorial & Supplies
I invite you to visit Therm O Web’s blog to see the complete list of supplies and links. This card design although very layered is not complicated to put together and I know that you will be able to duplicate it translating it to different color schemes using different patterned papers and elements! Click below to watch the video tutorial and click here to subscribe to my channel and watch many other Deco Foil tutorials!

If you are curious about these word svg die cuts, click here to see my new bundle pack that includes over 100 words and coordinating shadows! These can be resized and you can use any electronic cutting machine to make them!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! For more Deco Foil ideas for all your Holiday crafts make sure to subscribe to Therm O Web’s blog.
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Mixed Media Backgrounds & Handmade Flowers with Therm O Web

Today I have a tutorial using Mixed Media Sheets by Therm O Web to create beautiful backgrounds and unique handmade flowers. I have been using these sheets lately to create backgrounds and even flowers so I thought I’d share with you a tutorial on how I achieved this shabby chic look, with lots of texture and dimension.

Therm O Web Supplies:
iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets • Heavy Weight
iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets • Light Weight
iCraft® Mixed Media Adhesive 2.1 fl oz

Other Supplies:
Acrylic Paints in various colors
Brushes
Water mister
Scissors
Stencils
Gauze
Glitter
Texture pastes
Embellishments

Tutorial

View the complete tutorial on how I made these background and handmade flowers using Mixed Media Sheets. These backgrounds are striking but still very delicate and pretty. These sheets are the perfect canvas and as you could see they hold all sorts of mediums very well. It is really sturdy and I love how the backgrounds turn out when I use it. You can paint a whole sheet and trim it for several projects or cut it into pieces from the start to create backgrounds in different colors. They are easy to adhere to surfaces using Therm O Web tapes and adhesives so you can add it to card fronts or small canvases too!
I would love to hear your thoughts on these cards and the background technique. I had shown a preview of a large sheet I had been working on recently on social media and everyone really wanted to know more details and see a final project made with the backgrounds, so that is why I decided to share this tutorial with Therm O Web!

For more ideas and inspiration remember to subscribe to this blog and also follow Therm O Web on their blog where the designers are sharing new project tutorials every day! Until next time.

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2016: A Year in Review – Easy Cardmaking Techniques to Try Out!

Foil Stamping: 3 ways

This year I tried out the trendy look of foil on cards in as many ways possible. Here are 2 different techniques I used to stamp with foil:

Foiling without expensive tools, using traditional rubber stamps is possible. This technique requires a bit of time and patience and won’t give you perfect, even foiling as when using a laminator, but the result is equally stunning!

Though some still haven’t jumped into the world of digital stamping, “digis” have proven to be so versatile over and over again. Use a laser printer and a laminator for a quick foiled result (here) or use a regular ink jet printer, embossing powder and a heat gun (here).

Though you can use clear stamps to foil images just as you do with rubber stamps, this technique uses embossing powder and a laminator which makes the task even easier. 

Ombre Backgrounds

Use the inks on your stash to create a fresh, colorful background and even add some texture to it with some embossing. All you need is inks, sponge daubers and an embossing folder!
Gold dipping has been trendy for a while now and you sure can translate that cool look to your cards too! This technique gives your usual stenciling a twist to achieve a modern, colorful ombre look with a metallic touch!

Heat Embossing Digital Stamps 

Heat embossing has been usually used only with traditional stamps, but it is possible to do it with digital images too! The trick? Using a regular laser printer on glossy papers that allow the ink to dry slower (watch video here).
More inspiration here.
 

Distressed Foiling

Another fun, unconventional way to use foil is adding distressed touches to patterned paper or even regular solid colored cardstock. There are many ways and many distressed effects you can achieve depending on the application you use (meaning type of glue and tool used to apply), but this is certainly a super easy way that doesn’t necessarily requires a laminator (you can skip that step) and will give you a striking unique effect every time (here).

Foil Resist Watercoloring 

Stamp foiling can be taken to another level using this technique. Watercolors give you a beautiful result every time… Now imagine it paired with foil! Just a few splashes of ink sprays or other water reactive mediums will help you get this effect (here and here).

Foiling Transparencies 

Another fun way of using foil is on transparencies. I’ve tried it out on acetate and heavyweight vellum, both with the help of a laser printer. Vellum can be foiled without a laminator using the technique shown before (here), but make sure to check out how I created these two cards to create custom foiled elements (here) and foiled vellum backgrounds with digital patterned papers (here).

I was drawn to try out different tools and mediums this year… I hope you feel inspired to let your creative curiosity and imagination run wild the upcoming year just as I plan too! I look forward to continuing to play with my stash and explore my craft even more!

As a thank you for being part of my journey on the blog this year, I prepared a couple of freebies you might like to grab! Find links to download on my previous post (here).

Also, I invite you to my Blog Anniversary celebration! The big giveaway party goes up on January 1st. See you there!

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Layered Poinsettia Canvas – DIY Christmas Crafts & Holiday Decor –

‘Tis the season to be crafty… Yes, it’s time for holiday crafts! If you’ve followed my tutorials you’ve noticed that I’ve made a few DIY Christmas decor projects since last year. Today I have a poinsettia canvas with lots of layers for a full, tridimensional look. My Christmas decor theme is usually white, cream, gold and bronze. I went ahead and used elements in the same color scheme for my mini media canvas too.

Supplies:
May Arts Ribbon – 1 inch Gold Faux Suede Leaves, STRING/BURLAP – IRIDESCENT WHITE, 1.5 inch White Lace with Ivory Satin Center Ribbon, 3/4 inch Ivory Lace with Pearl Center Ribbon, 3/8 Inch Multi-Size Beaded String – Ivory, 1 Inch SOLID/WRINKLED – IVORY, 5 inch Ivory Tulle
Die Cuts – Spellbinders: Layered Poinsettia / Prima: Forest Leaves
Stamps – Justrite: Festive Poinsettia
Embellishments – Eyelet Outlet: 12mm sticker jewels in white, gold and flower / Twinklets Diamond Dust / Bead Landing word beads / Miscelaneous: Vintage buttons, large pearl stickers, rhinestone stickers, Christmas tree mesh
Adhesives – 3M spray adhesive / UHU all purpose adhesive / hot glue
Tools: Evolution Advanced die cutting machine, American Crafts heat tool, Stanley mini glue gun, SU Simply Scored Stylus, Stamping block
Other – Therm O Web: Amber Watercolor decofoil, Gold decofoil / Cottonwood Arts

To create this piece I started off by putting together the multi layered poinsettias. Click below to learn how I made them.


Layering the canvas is not as difficult as it seems, but again I mixed many different materials:

1. Use spray adhesive to attach gold Christmas tree mesh. (I used a delicate fishnet mesh.)
2. Add several pieces of lace and ribbon to one side of the canvas. (I attached pearl center lace on top of gold satin ribbon.)
3. Make a triple bow from white crinkle ribbon, layer it with iridiscent and pearl beaded string.
4. Gather together tulle ribbon and attach it underneath the white bow.
5. Add the poinsettias on top of the bow.
6. Embellish the tulle with jewels, rhinestones and buttons.
7. Die cut leaves in white cardstock, adding Diamond Dust or any kind of snow glitter and adhere them around the flowers.
8. Die cut more leaves and foil them with decofoil. (I used a multi colored foil.) Adhere the foiled leaves around the flowers.
9. Add a sentiment. (I used a bead word.)

I hope you are inspired to create your own DIY decor pieces this Christmas using craft supplies you already own! This piece is now sitting on one of my book shelves and it goes along perfectly with the rest of our Christmas decor.

For even more inspiration check out our 
Most pinned Christmas card of the year…(click here)



I also invite you to stop by our Etsy shop and check out our NEW Christmas Collection Stamps and Papers! They are available for instant download and just perfect for those last minute cards and tags! 

Click here to shop.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish you a wonderful and creative holiday season! Until next time.

Sharing with the following challenges: Frilly & Funky – Home for the Holidays / House of Cards – December challenge & DT call / The Mixed Media Challenge – Merry & Bright / Pearly Sparkles – Merry Christmas / As you like it Challenge – Favorite Gold or Silver / Moving Along with the Times – AG Christmas / Word Art Wednesday – AG / Crimbo Crackers – Non-traditional Christmas / Retarte – AG

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Foiled Digital Stamps using a Laser Printer – Two Cards, Three Different Techniques –

I recently got a laser printer, a wonderful surprise courtesy of my husband who knows how much I love to foil. So yes, I’ve been foiling away my digital stamps on cards and today I’m sharing 3 different ways to foil your cards using Graciellie Design digital stamps from our Etsy shop!

First, let me show you how I worked with a foil resist technique to watercolor this stunning flower! First I printed the flower using my laser printer on regular white cardstock and then ran it through my Minc machine on level 3 layering it with a gold Decofoil transfer sheet. Once the image was foiled (which is quite easy following these steps), I used a waterbrush and Distress inks to watercolor my flower and because the foil resists the color applied you end up with a stunning result as shown below.

Another wonderful thing I was able to make using my new laser printer was to foil the sentiment of the card on vellum. I used a sheet of heavy weight vellum as if it were paper to print the sentiment, which I resized to fit my card, and the ran it through my Minc machine just as I did before using a gold Decofoil transfer sheet.

The third technique I worked with was creating my own foiled patterned paper! This might as well be my favorite technique since it really will save me a lot of money (if you know what I mean). I love all those foiled pads you can find in kraft and patterned papers, but this is just the best since you can turn any design on your files into a foiled background for your projects. Best of all, you can customize it!


Here I created a patterned paper using my own digital stamps (yes, they are THAT versatile) and printed it on white cardstock using the laser printer, which I again foiled as mentioned before using a Minc machine. The result is astonishing and it sure makes a difference once you put your card together!

I invite you to try out this easy, affordable and modern techniques on your own cards! I know you will love it too. But first, don’t forget there’s still time to grab my new stamp sets on SALE right now at our Etsy shop. It’s the perfect opportunity to complete your collection!

Visit the SHOP today! All Summer and off-season stamps are 50% off! All other sets are also on sale with our Buy 2 Get 1 free promo! See you there! Follow me on Facebook today and sign up for our weekly giveaway for a chance to win your favorite stamp set.

Sharing with: Cheery Lynn Designs – AG / Poppystamps – Fly away with me / Memory Box – Sketch / Word Art Wednesday – AG Encouraging / Crafty Gals Corner – Lots of Layers / Live & Love Crafts – Sprinkles of Summer / A Vintage Journey – Monochromatic / Love to Create – AG Mixed Media / Frilly & Funky – All in the Family /

Add-on: I forgot to mention the foiled butterfly die cuts were cut from Therm O Web’s self adhesive toner sheets. They foil beautifully. You could get a similar effect printing your own black sheet of toner on cardstock but this one self adhesive cardstock from Therm O Web is quite sturdy and very smooth too!

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Easter Bunny Frilly Card – Adding Tons of Layers & Texture –

Some of my favorite seasonal die cuts and stamps are Easter / Spring themed. What better season to play with textures, shabby chic layers and cute die cuts? Today I’m sharing a very layered and textured Easter card using some pretty dies and some new supplies I tried out for the first time.

Supplies:
Graciellie Design | Happy Easter Digital Stamp Set
Dies | Spellbinders: Rose Creations, Gold Elements One / Poppystamps: Chocolate Bunny / Cheery Lynn Designs: English Party Doily
Ink | Colorbox Mixed Media Inx in Chiffon
Embellishments | Eyelet Outlet: Vintage Washi Tape, 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge, Swirl Bling -Jewel Champagne / May Arts Ribbon: 4 Millimeter Pearlized String Beads Ribbon / Marion Smith Designs: White pearl stamens / SU: Linen thread
Finishes | DecoArt: Snow-Tex / Shimmerz Spray Sparkle
Miscelaneous | Beige, White & Pink cardstock, permanent clear glue (uhu), lace, pink gross grain ribbon, sponge dauber, palette knife, shelf liner.
This card started out with the need to use some beautiful old die cuts I hadn’t taken out in a while. I created a detailed square using a corner die, die cutting with it twice to cover the squared layer completely. After that, I started adding layer upon layer, distressing the edges and inking them with my new favorite ink: Mix’d Media Inx by Donna Salazar for Colorbox -which I think works perfect for this kind of project-. 
I also made some pretty flowers with another product by Donna Salazar, her beautiful Rose Creations Dies. I shaped them using a basic technique from my Handmade Flowers 1 video tutorial. I alternated the flowers’ layers with beige and pink and inked the petals with the same soft pink ink used before. I also decided to add a layer of grip liner material on the flowers, using the same die to cut it.

Of course, what is a shabby chic card without embellishments? I added DIY banners made with vintage themed washi tape, I added stunning jewels to the center of the flowers, ribbon, pearl stamens, string beads, linen thread, tulle, ribbon and lace. But I think the little bunny die cut gives the card a unique touch after I applied some DecoArt Snow-Tex paste to make it textured!

Finally I added an Easter sentiment from the new digital stamp set Happy Easter.
If you’d like to take a closer look to this and other sets just released click here.

For more Spring inspiration

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you found some of the new supplies I tried out great for your own crafting. I will be back soon with part 2 of March’s Versatile Cardmaking series featuring Fancy Pants Designs, where I’ll show you how to expand one same product for different projects! Have a creative week!

Sharing with: Frilly & Funkie – Make a Trio / Live & Love Crafts – Signs of Spring / In the Pink – For a Special Lady / Poppystamps – Spring Fling / Great Impressions – Bunny Hop / Ribbon Girls – Spring or Easter / Robyn’s Fetish – Easter Cards / My Sheri Crafts – Spring Fever / Docerela – Spring / Crafty Catz – Ribbon & Bling / Creative Corner – Hoppy Easter / Crafty Ribbons – Monochrome / Jade’s Sparkling Butterflies – Monochrome / We Love Vintage – Spring or Easter / Word Art Wednesday – AG / Cropstop – AG

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Versatile Cardmaking using one Product- Featuring Fancy Pants Designs –

I believe all of us have bought products that we aren’t able to use throughout the year. Maybe they’re seasonal or maybe they only fit a certain style. What if I told you there are products out there that are so versatile, you can stretch them and use them in many ways, for different styles of cards and seasons? Well, today I’m sharing with you two totally different cards using the same product.

This is the first post on a series that I think could help you achieve a much more versatile and enjoyable cardmaking process, saving you time and money along the way. Today I am featuring a kind of product everyone should have in their stash, a kit.

Main Supplies:
Paper – Fancy Pants Designs | Flutter Collection Kit
Embellishments – Eyelet Outlet | Glitter Silver Dot Washi Tape, Vintage Washi Tape, Foil Washi Tape – Gold/Stars, Round Jewels – Pink/Blue, 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge, Pink Pearl Bling – Multi Size – 100 Count, Flower Jewels – Clear, Gray Jewel Multi Size Bling – 100 Count
Stamp – Graciellie Design | Think Spring Digital Stamp Set
Dies – Spellbinders | Rose Creations, Classic Circles, Gold Circles One, A2 Matting Basics. Cheery Lynn Designs | English Tea Party Doily. Memory Box Dies | Botanical Stem
Miscelaneous – Pink Gross Grain Ribbon, Large Pearls, Gauze, Beige cardstock, Double Sided Adhesive, Foam Tape

Using the versatile Flutter Collection Kit by Fancy Pants Designs I was able to complete two cards, one for Spring and another one for Summer. Yes, both cards were made using papers from the same collection! This kit includes patterned and solid textured papers, decorative elements, buttons, solid and patterned gold foil cardstock and embellishments, journaling cards in three different sizes including large ones that would work perfect for a CAS card front. So, as you can see, the possibilities are endless… This is a very complete kit that gives you an incredibly diverse palette to work with and it is the kind of kit everyone need in their stash. Though it is meant to be used for scrapbooking, project life, and albums I decided to show you how much you can get from it for cardmaking too!

On my Spring card I used three of the softer papers in the collection and used die cuts to complete a cute and delicate design. It is really great to find a kit that allows you to create a variety of projects and as you can see, I found pastel tones in this collection that work perfect for Spring. Besides the die cuts I also added a lot of jewels, a couple of banners made from washi tape and one of my digital sentiments that I printed to coordinate the rest of the design.

On my Summer card I used elements and papers from the kit entirely -no die cuts-, and the result was so cute and fun. I love to use journaling cards to layer my cards and that is exactly what I did on my second card. The papers and elements complete the design so well, all I needed to do was add a few jewels and a bit of washi tape.

Take a closer look to the NEW digital stamp set I used on my first card here.

I will be back with the second part of this short series, sharing new cards using this same collection kit. Special thanks to Fancy Pants Designs for sponsoring this series.

Do you own a product that allows you to do versatile cardmaking? Let me know on the comments below.

Sharing with: Cheery Lynn Designs – Doily Theme / Memory Box – Blossoms & Bunnies / The Paper Girls – Rainbows / In the Pink – For a Special Lady / HIMCR – Spring Colors /

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Creating Backgrounds with Digital Stamps – Botanical Friendship Card –

Digital stamps can be used in so many ways! Today I used an image from my new stamp set Hope to create a lace motif background for my card front and even a coordinating layer for the inside of the card.

Main Supplies:
Stamps – Hope digital stamp set, Love digital stamp set by Graciellie Design
Dies – Spellbinders: A2 Matting Basics A, Victoria Accents, Butterflies 2 / Cheery Lynn Designs: English Tea Party Doily / Poppystamps: Holiday Winterberries / Memory Box: Botanical Stem / Heartfelt Creations: Botanical Wings
Frantage Embossing Enamel in Shabby Pink
Miscelaneous – Inkjet printer / Fused Pearl beads / Pearl stamens / Leather textured cardstock in white, cream, light brown / Embossed paper in green / Air dry clay heart / Pearl stickers / Gold button / Ink applicator / Brown inks / Acrylic paint / Brush


Update: You can edit this background using the online program PicMonkey (“add your own overlay”). You can also recolor and resize the background’s format on Microsoft Word.

The classic background that resulted from duplicating the lace motif and editing it’s color guided me towards a vintage / shabby chic design in green, brown and touches of pink. I created a cluster with flowers, butterflies and many different die cuts and embellishments to add dimension to the design. The printed verse stamp from the set Love -cut into a banner- finished the card so nicely, making it a perfect card for a friend not only on Valentine’s but on any occasion.

That pretty heart embellishment was actually created from air dry clay that I cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter, then textured with a pattern stamp and finally heat embossed using some Frantage Embossing Enamel. Like I said in my last post there is virtually no limits when it comes to creating your own embellishments. If you want to learn a few of my go to techniques on embellishments and mixed media click here.

Do you craft your own embellishments? What do you love to make? Tell me in a comment below.

To check out these and other new stamp sets click here.
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Sharing with: Live & Love Crafts – Love is in the Air / Mod Squad Challenge – From the Heart / Word Art Wednesday – AG / SSS Monday Challenge – Spritz and Spray / Double D Challenges – Pretty Pink Hearts / Docerela – Pastel Colors / Simply Create Too – Love & Valentines / C.R.A.F.T. – Make your own embellishment / Aud Sentiments – Love Sentiment / Cards 4 Galz – Fantastic Florals / Double D Challenges – Pretty Pink Hearts / In the Pink – With Love / The Paper Girls – Valentines – Love / Crafty Ribbons – Animals / The Card Concept – Sweethearts / Poppystamps – Crazy in Love / Memory Box – Tickled Pink, Pink cards / Dies R Us – Love / Cheery Lynn Designs – Tickled Pink
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Valentine’s Collage Card + Giveaway -Celebrating Got Joy Creations Blog Hop-

Today I’m part of an awesome celebration. So glad you’re joining the fun too! Welcome to the Got Joy Creations blog hop.  Dana has some very exciting news to share. She started her Youtube channel a little over a year ago and she has reached 1,000 followers! We are so happy to be able to celebrate with her. Along the hop today, you will see some amazing projects all featuring a touch of gold.  It could be ribbon, glitter, embossing powder or even sequins. Here is my take for today…


One of my favorite gold products lately is foil. If you follow me you might have noticed it (lol). I decided to go for a vintage / shabby chic free style collage card. It is certainly a more modern take on shabby chic, but I do love all the elements together. The little cupid was die cut from Deco Foil double sided foam adhesive to which you just have to add the foil directly, no heat required (view the tutorial here). There’s another hint of gold hidden behind the tags, banners and other elements, a strip of embossed gold paper. Hope you find this idea fun and useful!

So let’s get hopping! Some of Dana’s friends have come together to celebrate her accomplishment!
These ladies are so talented… I know you’ll love every stop on the hop.


And what’s a hop without prizes?  Dana is spreading the JOY with her followers. You have until midnight EST January 22 to leave some love for everyone. Here’s what’s up for grabs.

(1) stamp set of YOUR choice from Fleurette Bloom
(1) stamp set of YOUR choice from Mint Owl Studio
(1) Mystery box full of crafty goodness courtesy of Dana

 Want to WIN one of these awesome prizes?  Just follow the instructions below:
* Subscribe to Dana’s Youtube channel 
* Subscribe to Dana’s blog GotJoy Creations
* Leave a comment on each blogsharing your favorite gold product to craft with.
Hope you have fun today getting to know Dana’s work and visiting all of our blogs. If it’s your first time here I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter. It’s not necessary but it sure would make my day!

Until next time…

Sharing with: Mod Squad Challenge – Friendship / SSS Monday Challenge – Best Friends / Always Playing with Paper – Inspiration Photo / Scrapbooking & Cardmaking – Valentine – Oddball ASCB – All you need is Love / In the Pink – AG /

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Botanical Cards for Valentine’s & Spring Tutorials with Umbrella Crafts

I’m starting to feel less and less christmas-y and that means you’ll start seeing a lot of floral inspiration on the blog. I thought I’d share with you my latest 2 cards made for my social media Fun Friday features… I experimented with a new dye ink and stretched it to the most not knowing how much it’s versatility would surprise me in the end. I’m talking about Umbrella Crafts Premium Dye Inks. I was able to stamp, blend, watercolor and even heat emboss (yes, that’s right, emboss) with these inks.

For my first card I created a beautifully blended ombre background and managed to give it a watercolor feel. I also created ombre flowers. Find the tutorial here.

On my second card I used layered stamping with one of Umbrella Crafts Trio Premium Dye Ink Sets and to my own surprise I also heat embossed the stamped flowers in gold using black dye ink (my new favorite)! Find the tutorial here.

I think both these cards would work for friendship Valentine cards and of course also for Spring. The best part is you can try any of these ideas and personalize them!

I invite you to check out all the products I used for today’s products including tools that you can find on the supply list below! They are exclusively available at Scrapbook.com. For more inspiration using Umbrella Crafts products check them out on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharing with: Mod Squad Challenge – Friendship / SSS Wednesday Challenge – Ombre / Die Cut Divas – New Technique, Dies, Stamps, Colors / Live & Love Crafts – Something Old, Something New