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Tutorial: Monoprinting with Deco Foil and Rebekah Meier Designs

Mixed Media has recaptured my heart this year, with stencils, illustration, medium and above all color! The freedom it gives me to create texture and colors gives me the greatest satisfaction. Today’s tutorial and project was a true experience. I will be sharing with you how to monoprint a background with paint, Deco Foil and other textures.

I have a gelli plate that had not seen the light of day in ages and I decided to take it out to try out some monoprinting (which is a tremendously addictive process). The idea of monoprinting with foil had been wandering in my head for at least almost 2 years but of course monoprinting directly with Deco Foil or Deco Foil Mediums would most likely ruin the gelli plate… So I came up with a trick that allowed me to add that foil monoprinted look easily!

The backgrounds turned out so incredibly textured and colorful I had to finish them off as cards with one of my digital stamp sentiments from my shop (Always Remember stamp set). But that is all I’m going to say because it’s time to head over to Therm O Web to view the details on this tutorial!

Tutorial:
Click here to see the complete supply list and step by step tutorial on these Foil Monoprinted Backgrounds.

Leave me a comment and tell me… Do you like this technique and would you try it out? Now see you on Therm O Web for the full tutorial post! Thanks for stopping by!

Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge – Stencil It / Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – Put a Stencil on It / Mixed Media World – Anything Mixed Media Goes / More Mixed Media Challenge – AG Purple



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Inspiration Blog Hop + Sale + DT Call & Winner

Inspiration abounds in our design team, and that is why we host a second blog hop each month to bring you new project ideas using new stamps from our digital shop. Have you visited the shop yet? We have been adding beautiful collections and I know you will find something perfect just for you! This month we released 4 stamp duo sets that the team and I have enjoyed working with because of all the possibilities, combining the images or using them on their own. For today’s card I’m using digital stamps from Sending Kindness…

This card could easily become a wedding card, because of the elegant foiled finishes. Adding deco foil to my digital stamps has been one of my favorite techniques since day one. I printed the flowers in laser and foiled them with different tones of gold deco foil: Champagne, Rose Gold and Amber Watercolor. I also added a rustic foiled touch to the edges of the sentiment frame using a Tape Runner XL. Of course I did print and foiled the sentiment too and added it on a lace textured patterned paper from DCWV. To add a coordinating finish to the vellum flowers I colored them from the back with a matching beige alcohol marker. (That always makes a difference!)

Inspiration Blog Hop

There is much more to see today, so make sure you click on every stop below and check out what our DT and guest designers have made…

June Guest Designers:

We also have a winner to announce…
The winner of our monthly $10 off coupon to the shop is: Natalie Godfrey. Please send me an email through the contact form so we can coordinate your gift!

Before I go, we have 2 events going on right not that you do not want to miss… 

First, our DT call. Send us your application here.

And also, a fabulous bundle sale that is not gonna last for long!
Get all 4 stamp sets at almost 30% off with this bundle!


And that’s it for today! Thanks so much for visiting.

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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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So much inspiration for you! + Our April Giveaway!

That’s right! This month is another special month for Graciellie Design. Our shop continues to grow with new stamp collections and our team can’t stop creating! So today we bring you more inspiration, project ideas and beautiful stamp sets -available now on our digital shop-.

Before we start, we would like to announce our 2 winners for the month of March! The winner of $20 gift card to our digital shop is Tiffelijah! The winner of a $20 gift card to Paper Temptress is being announced on their blog, so head over there -after you finish our blog hop- to find out if you are the lucky winner.

Today I’m showcasing these bold and elegant roses from our new set Strong & Courageous-. This new stamp set is one of the most complete sets we’ve ever had on the shop. It includes 4 sentiments and 4 images. It is actually a pop-up stamp set, meaning that it allows you to decoupage the flowers and leaves if you want to. Although it’s digital the stamps come ready to use, you just need to print the base flower and the pop-up flower in the same size and they will fit perfectly! |

I printed the roses on vellum and white cardstock and then foiled them using Silver and Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil. I painted the back of a couple of vellum flowers with a bit of Antique Linen Distress Paint and found out during the process that any acrylic paint works to create the same effect. The color shows through the vellum and gives the flower a totally different look.

Many of you always wonder what to use to adhere vellum and in this case to also give dimension to the pieces… One of my favorite adhesives for transparencies are Zots. They are completely translucent and they also have dimensional zots that are perfect for this technique.

Since the flowers are a statement on their own, I decided to just add a simple frame and splatter some white acrylic paint to complete the card front. The verses included in this stamp set are so inspiring that I had to add them to the card, so they were foiled and adhered to the inside of the notecards.

More ideas and inspiration are ahead. Stop by the blogs listed below to check out how the designers are using our new stamps this month! In addition to that, part of the team will also be featuring Westcott Brand products. We love to fussy cut flowers and other images here at Graciellie Design and Westcott has some of the best precision scissors out there, so we are very excited to be partnering with them this month!

Leave a comment on each stop 
for a chance to win a $15 gift card!
April Guest Designer:

The winner will be announced on the 15th. I invite you to subscribe to the blog (on sidebar) and follow me on social media so you don’t miss a thing! Thanks so much for taking a minute to join our new release. Make sure to also go to our shop –here– and grab some new stamps!

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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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Paper Temptress & Graciellie Design Team Up – Blog Hop + $40 in Prizes

We have so much inspiration for you today! Graciellie Design is teaming up with Paper Temptress for the day and we are all going to be sharing pure gorgeousness featuring stamps from our shop and stunning specialty papers from Paper Temptress. We’ll be showing you techniques and tips on how to use digital stamps with these beautiful papers.

I am using today a stunning Opal Mica Metallic cardstock for my mixed media background that you can find on Paper Temptress online shop. The quality of these cardstock is amazing and with this project I was happy to discover that you can actually watercolor the mica cardstock and it’s shimmer will show through. Amazing right? Also, I am featuring one of our new stamp sets: Hello Gorgeous. It includes a detailed flower image and beautiful modern sentiments.

I watercolored both the flowers and the background with Stampin’ Up Watercolor Crayons in Earth Tones. I added touches of Gold Deco Foil here and there using a Deco Foil Adhesive Pen which gives the background a distressed look. I framed my card front with a bit of dotted patterned paper and a piece of May Arts lace and leaves to add a delicate touch. The sentiment was foiled in vellum and cut into a small banner. This card gives me countryside vibes!

Since we’ve gotten together to celebrate a blog hop we thought we would also share a couple of amazing prizes… Both Paper Temptress and I are giving away one $20 gift card each. All you have to do is stop by each blog listed below and leave a comment for a chance to win!

Patricia
Melanie
Holley
Stephanie

Graciellie Design
Ginny Maxam
Larissa Pittman
Barbara Thompson

Thanks so much for joining us today! This is the first of hopefully many more blog hops with Paper Temptress. I invite you to visit our shops Graciellie Design and Paper Temptress when you finish the hop to check out what’s new! I know that you will love these papers and I also know that they go along with our stamps beautifully. Do give them a try if you can.

We will be announcing the winner soon, so please subscribe so you don’t miss out! We will have more inspiration for you next time.

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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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March New Release at our Digital Shop!!! Blog Hop + $15 Gift Card

It’s time for our March release at Graciellie Design’s Digital Shop! The team and I are sharing lots of inspiration, tips and ideas on how to use our new collection of digital stamps. We also have a giveaway, so stick with us to learn how you could win!

I’ve been playing a lot with foil resist techniques using different mediums. This time I colored these lovely Lace Flowers with pigment inks, blending different colors to achieve a soft and pretty look.

This card is also a shaker card, so it was fun to make too! To have it be a flatter shaker I used glitter. To finish the card I added a foiled sentiment on vellum and a few rhinestones. The final effect of this card is truly soft and very Spring forward!

For my second card I used Hello Gorgeous, a must-have digi set the designers and I truly enjoyed coloring! I printed the flowers on a laser printer, heated the toner ink to set it completely just in case and brought out my Zigs to create a beautiful blend of blues and greens. Just when you thought digis couldn’t be watercolored… I’ve tried almost every technique with digis (see here), so don’t feel intimidated! (Besides, it will save you time and money! Yay!)

All that yummy sparkle on the flowers was added with shimmer spray, but you could also use glitter glue or glitter pens. The sparkle on the papers is actually original to some amazing metallic cardstocks (Juniper Berry Glimmer and Onyx Mica/Metallic) from an online shop I love: Paper Temptress. This card is just a little taste of what’s coming on March 15th, as we will have a blog hop with Paper Temptress’ designers to showcase our stamps together with their beautiful cardstocks!

Now, come check out what the designers prepared for you! 
Leave a comment on every stop for a chance to win a $15 gift card to the shop!

Gayatri

Agnieska

Barbara Thompson

Maria Pilar

Zmorka 

Shylaashree

Larissa Pittman

Once you finish hopping stop by the shop to take a closer look at the new release! Digitals are so versatile and so affordable you will love them!

ADD-ON: The winner of our Valentine’s Blog Hop is: Janis! Congratulations. Please email me to claim your prize.

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Watercolored Dog Roses with New Stamps by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

As you may know I am now part of Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps creative team, but today I’m also sharing a new stamp set I had the honor of creating for the company: Floral GreetingsI had the absolute joy to put together this set for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps that includes two beautiful floral images and a collection of greetings for every occasion!

My card for today is very clean with a striking color palette. I wanted the flowers to stand out more than anything else. I colored them -guiding myself by dog roses pictures- in two tones of pink and decoupaged them to add more dimension.

To create the decoupage effect I stamped the dogrose branch twice to the background and colored the images. I also stamped the flowers on another piece of white cardstock and colored them. I then fussy cut them and adhere them on top of the previously stamped background, offsetting the flowers a bit to make them look fuller. I also added some sparkle to the images with a shimmer spray.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Make sure to take a minute and stop by the shop to take a closer look to this and other new stamps from our new release at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Have a crafty, happy weekend!