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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.

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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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Easy Shabby Chic Easter Card – Using an Online Printable Template –

Happy Easter Week! Today I’m sharing an easy to make Easter card. You don’t need die cuts to make a card like this unless you want to!

Main Supplies:
Online Printable Egg Template
Haj Designs Digital Patterned Papers
Die Cuts | ODBD – Doily / Cheery Lynn Designs – Mini Butterflies 1 / Spellbinders – Scalloped Borders One
Embellishments | Eyelet Outlet: 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge / May Arts Ribbon: Leaf Ribbon / SU: Linen thread
Finishes | Inks – Colorbox Mix’d Media Inx in Chiffon, Colorbox pigment ink in metallic gold / Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste / Shimmerz Spray Sparkle
Miscelaneous | White and beige cardstock, Printer, Gold satin ribbon, beige paper chord, vellum, wide lace, 1″ pearlescent lace, sponge dauber, stencil

As you may notice the background of the card is made of ripped borders that I sponged with pink ink and layered together with wide lace. The pretty shabby chic egg started out with a free printable template you can find online for kid’s activities. I printed the template on patterned paper several times cutting borders on two of them to create layers for the egg… Easy! I embellished the card with lace, ribbon, jewels, a few decorative die cuts.

Hope you enjoyed this easy but lovely Easter card! You can try out making egg tags using the same technique I used for the card. Best of all is you can resize the free printable to fit any papercrafting project!

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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!

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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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Soft Shabby Chic Birthday Card – Mixing Textures & Embellishments –

Adding various textures and embellishments is an essential part of a shabby chic design. All the different elements contribute to the dimension of the card and there is almost no limit as too how much you can add to it. Today I’m sharing a birthday card and a few tips and tricks I follow when creating a mixed media card like this.

Main Supplies
Die Cuts – Spellbinders: Elegant Ovals, Classic Ovals Small, A2 Scalloped Borders One, A2 Valiant Honor / Our Daily Bread Designs: Angel Wings, Fancy Foliage
Stamps – Graciellie Design: Sending Blessings Digital Stamp Set
Paper – Our Daily Bread Designs: Shabby Rose Collection
Ranger: Dried Marigold re-inker, Mini Mister, Blending Tool, Old Paper Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon
Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste
SU Rhinestones
Miscelaneous – Resin heart, wood bird embellishment, pearl flower stamens, 2″ white lace, 6/8″ iridiscent lace, tulle, white acrylic paint, brush, Leather textured cardstock in white and beige.


Tips on creating Shabby Chic projects:

1. Embossing – Texture or embossing paste looks great on a background, and one great tip is you can DIY your own texture paste using baby powder, white glue and white acrylic paint.

2. Stenciling – As for stencils, you can find affordable stencils everywhere. On this card I actually used a very inexpensive stencil I found on a hardware store. 
3. Distress – Another technique you can try out to add texture is to tear, fold or roll your front card layer just as I did here around the edges, and I even tucked a piece of lace underneath.
4. Ribbons & Lace – Add a lot of crinkle ribbon, lace, tulle, gauze or other similar textures, which will give the design the shabby chic look you’re looking for.
5. Embellishments – These are important too, from pearls to wood elements, flower stamens, rhinestones, buttons, die cuts and even resin or clay pieces, almost anything goes with layered shabby chic cards. I learned to make my own resin and clay embellishments using homemade molds. You can try out making your own molds using pieces you already have at home and Easy Mold Silicon Putty. You don’t neccesarily need to make the embellishments out of resin, you can also make them from Air Dry Clay which is faster and easier!
6. Splashes of paint and ink – From sprayed cardstock to droplets of ink, this gives the card the final aged look and it also adds depth to the design. You can create your own ink spray by mixing a bit of re-inker with water. You can also use inexpensive white acrylic paint to add a white patina effect to the embellishments (just like I did with the pink resin heart).

    I hope today’s card and post are helpful to you. Remember each of our creative journeys is different, so don’t feel pressure on using elaborate and/or expensive elements on your cards. Look for things you already have in your stash and play with them to layer your projects!

    To check out this and other new stamp sets click here.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge – Spritz and Spray / Mod Squad Challenge – Hearts and Flowers / Craft-Dee Bowz – February Challenge / Frilly and Funkie – Enjoy your Embossing / Double D Challenges – Pretty Pink Hearts / SSS Wednesday Challenge – Have a Heart / Great Impressions – Let’s Celebrate / Pile it On – Homemade Embellishments / Card n Scrap – Sketch /

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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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    Frilly & Shabby Chic Christmas Tag + Tutorial

    After I made my vintage inspired Christmas tag (find it here), I thought I also needed to make a delicate one, using softer colors and lots of layers. Today I have a tutorial to give you even more ideas on how to create some extra special tags this season.

    Find a complete tutorial on this new Christmas tag HERE. Leave me a comment below to let me know if you enjoyed it. I’ll be back with more ideas, tutorials and inspiration for the Holidays soon. Thanks for visiting!

    Sharing with: Card Mania – Christmas / Let’s Craft & Create – Christmas / Poppystamps – Tempting Tags

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    2-in-1 Card & Gift Card Holder handmade in fall neutrals

    Not long ago I came up with a fun idea that incorporates a gift card holder to the front of a card. I thought I would share with you a detailed tutorial on how I make this 2 in 1 card and gift card holder, using beautiful Fall neutral colors and a washed Shabby Chic look. To view my tutorial click HERE

    Fall inspired cards are always so pretty and even warm neutral colors look great together against a washed looking white background. Texture is everything when it comes to Fall projects, so I decided to dry emboss the white layer, add really textured handmade paper flowers and finish the card with jute twine! The touch of distress on the embossed background and flowers give the card a sutile mixed media look!

    You will find that this card is not so hard to make and I hope also the step by step tutorial is easy to follow! To view my tutorial click HEREDon’t forget to like and share my guide by clicking on the little heart on the tutorial’s cover and/or by commenting below this post!

    Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

    Sharing my card with: Mod Squad Challenge – Get your Fall on / The Card Concept – Autumn Neutrals / The Color Throwdown – Challenge 363 / My Time to Craft – Autumnal Colors / Wags ‘n Whiskers – Use a die cut / CAS-ual Chic – Tic Tac Toeing / Classy Cards ‘n Such – Colors of Fall / Love to Create – Anything Creative / Mixed Media Goes / Frilly and Funky – Autumn Splendor / Cardz TV – Fun Folds / Fusion – Falling Leaves Bouquet / SSS Monday Challenge – Wonderful Watercolor (on my flowers) / Paper Sweeties – Inspiration Challenge / DLART – Thankful Thursday OL

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    Decorative Mixed Media Canvas detailed step by step tutorial

    Hi friends! A new week begins and I thought I would inspire you a bit to create something pretty! I love sharing tutorials, so I thought I would repost for you one of my most popular tutorials!

    I made this decorative Shabby Chic / Mixed Media canvas panel not long ago. I have updated the tutorial and added very detailed step by step photos and list of supplies! I know how Mixed Media can be a little intimidating for a traditional cardmaker, but with this tutorial you will learn the basic steps and supplies to achieve a lovely mixed media look not only on a canvas but on every other papercrafting project your little heart desires to create!

    CLICK HERE to check out my tutorial and a detailed list of supplies with great step by step pictures and a couple tips! 🙂 Don’t forget to let me know if you liked my guide tutorial by clicking on the little heart on top (that way I’ll know you enjoyed it)!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week!

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    Flowers and Words of Encouragementcelebrating world cardmaking day

    Today the world celebrates us… It’s World Cardmaking Day! I am almost sure it’s only us, who are part of the papercrafting community, that know about it anyways (lol), but what an opportunity we have  today to share our passion for this hobby through a card with the rest of the world. Let’s not forget why we make cards for. Doesn’t matter the reason, I’m sure we all started creating with our hands to make someone happy, to feel happy ourselves, to do something positive with our lives and to encourage others. That’s the heart of this craft.

    So here is a Shabby Chic card I’ve been working on, using one of my new stamp sets by Unity: Endure (click here fore details).

    I framed this encouraging sentiment with different kinds of handmade flowers that were colored by blending pink and yellow ink sprays, and then smudged with beige paint to give them a chalky look. Silver is the tone I chose to accent the shabby chic design delicately since it doesn’t compete with the elements on the card, such as the patterned paper doilies on the background. The metallic leaves were roughly smudged too with white paint for added “shabby chic-ness”.The wood texture sure adds a nice detail together with the rhinestones and crinkle ribbon.

    I hope you find time to make a card today and share the joy of cardmaking with others around the globe. Thank you so much for stopping by. Know that your comments always inspire and encourage me, and I appreciate it so much! Happy Cardmaking Day!

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