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TAKE A BREAK CARD TUTORIAL WITH Deco foil, SPECTRUM NOIR & GRACIELLIE DESIGN DIGITAL FLORAl STAMPS AND PAPERS

Hello there! Gracie here… Welcome to a brand new digital stamp (and paper) release! We’re excited you’re here! We’re extra happy to share the new You Go Girl Digital Stamp Set and the Botanical Dream Digital Patterned Paper Pack… Swoon! Shop all our new digital sets HERE.

My card for today was such a joy to make! I have to confess this is my first slim card ever and I totally understand now what all the hype is… Wow… It really is such a beautiful size to work with on card designs! I worked with Deco Foil and Spectrum Noir markers to create this botanical inspired card. More details below…

It’s Ok to Take a Break Botanical Card Tutorial

I started out by printing our new floral and sentiments on smooth medium weight white cardstock with a laser printer. The images are resizable so it’s easy to plan your design ahead. I set up all the images I want to use on a simple program such as Word and that way I can print everything on one same sheet. (This is my proven no waste printing technique.) The toner a laser printer works with will allow you to foil images on a laminator. I used a Mini Minc to foil the stamps with Gold Deco Foil (which is my favorite foil to use with this alcohol marker coloring). Nevertheless, any laminator will work for the task (even THIS ONE).

I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color this hand illustrated digi. I used MG3, PP3, PP2, PP1 for the flower and AG1. AG2, AG3, AG4 for the leaves. I also used GY1 for the dark yellow accents. I used clean strokes to add shadows to the petals and leaves trying not to blend the darkest hue all the way and keeping a few areas white or nearly white to add light to the coloring. By the way, the Deco Foil won’t damage your marker tip if it’s been foiled and transferred on toner. In fact it acts as a resist when using watercoloring or other water activating media. If you notice that you’ve stained the foil color with during your coloring simply use a cotton swab and a bit of alcohol to clean off any staining. To finish off the flowers I used a Sharpie acrylic paint marker to add white splatters and added some Crystalline Drops to the petals and leaves.

This 8.5″ x 3.5″ slim card base was cut from GK Premium Cardstock in Grass Green. For the card background I printed a sheet from our new Botanical Dream Patterned Papers. This one sheet comes with florals on top, framing this fun grid notebook pattern which allowed me to layer the colored image easily. I used Sticky Dots sheets to adhere the patterned paper and GK Foam Tape to attach the foiled flower. Love the layers and dimension this created for the florals!

For the sentiment I decided to go for this sweet “It’s ok to take a break” phrase which was also printed in toner and foiled with Gold Deco Foil. I used a discontinued MFT Die-namics mini notebook page die to cut it and attached it to the bottom of the slim card using Foam Adhesive Sheets, which adds just the perfect amount of dimension. The sentiment, florals and background are at different levels balancing each other on the final card design. And because there can never be enough bling and shimmer I finished off the card with a few iridescent sequins I attached using Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive! Oh, and of course I ended up rounding all 4 corners of the slim card with a corner punch.

Flash Spring Sale: 25% OFF All Floral Digital Sets

Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and that you feel inspired to color beautiful Spring crafts with our new stamps and papers. To motivate you even more we have a Flash sale going on right now! Get 25% OFF everything in our Floral section, no code needed! Includes our brand new releases as well… Yay! Click HERE to start browsing and shopping your favorite sets.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy crafting.

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Review & Giveaway: Coloring with Inexpensive Markers

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Winner ♥ Gina Gibson

Hey there! This is Gracie from Graciellie Design, and I’m back with a new video, and this time it’s a review for the new Arrtx Alcohol Markers. I was recently sent a box of 80 Arrtx markers to try out, and I thought I’d share the process with you today. Arrtx is a new coloring media brand that is still building their collection, and they are bringing very interesting products to the market at a VERY affordable price. Their products can be found on Amazon.

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I thought the best way to test these markers was by doing some coloring, and that is exactly what we’ll do next. I printed this image from Graciellie Design’s digital shop, from a stamp set called Nourish and Flourish. Click below to watch the entire coloring process, colors used, and more:

Giveaway

Before I go, we have an exciting GIVEAWAY to share. Arrtx has given me an extra set of 80 markers to give away to 1 lucky winner. For a chance to win make sure you’re subscribed to:

1. Aartx on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Arrtx/

2. Graciellie Design’s YouTube. Like today’s video and leave a comment.

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(Giveaway open to US, CA, AU, and Europe union countries.)

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Free Color Chart

Download my FREE Arrtx Color Chart HERE:
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Nourish & Flourish Digital Stamp Sale

 

If you love the stamp I colored for this review, be sure to grab it 40% OFF this weekend only! No code needed! You can find the new Nourish & Flourish Digital Stamp Set HERE. Enjoy!

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That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by today! If you’re interested in finding out more about Arrtx products or checking out this marker set, be sure to check them out here.

 

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Coffee or Cocoa, whatever keeps you grounded (smile) • New Coffee Stamp Set

Happy Monday! I truly hope it’s a good one for you (and me, as well)! I know there’s always so much to do in a week, and our schedules are usually full, but I also know that somehow we manage to find time to stay creative! That creativity is healing and inspiring…

It was a series of little creative breaks what brought me here today! Last week, I found myself illustrating a new stamp set, and then making a card with it! This new set is fun, sweet and extra cute! It is called Coffee or Cocoa, and it is the biggest coffee themed stamp set we’ve ever put together! It comes with 3 images, and 8 sentiments… (Lots of fun!)

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Extra Layered Background using SVG Cut Files and Digital Papers

This card comes with many layers… I started out by cutting one of the new Heart Cards SVG backgrounds on my Cricut Explore Air 2, from white cardstock. Next, I layered a torn piece of patterned paper from the Sweet Love Digital Paper Pack and attached it across the center of the background using Deco Foil Foam Adhesive Sheets. I also adhered a second layer of the same patterned paper underneath the white heart panel, with the same foam sheets. All of this was then added to a GK Passionate Pink Premium Cardstock card base.

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Printing & Coloring my Images

I had so much fun overlaying and printing both heart cups together! I used Microsoft Word to do it… Because of the way the images are created, you’ll be able to do overlays like this one very easily, so no technical knowledge is required… Just insert the images, and place one on top of the other, and then print! I used an inkjet Brother Printer, since regular ink works great with alcohol markers, and that is what I wanted to color the heart cups with! I printed them on Canson Mixed Media Paper.

I used Spectrum Noir markers from the Magenta and Green Teal color family for the cups, and then Red Browns and Muted Browns for the cocoa and coffee. A white gel pen came in handy at the very end to emphasize the little white dots on the cocoa, and also paint some art on the coffee with the help of an Arteza waterbrush (smile).

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The sentiment on the other hand, was printed using a Samsung laser printer, because toner is what works better with vellum. I attached the cups with 3D Foam Squares and the sentiment banner with the new GK Adhesive Dot Runner. Finally I added some Unity Sequins using Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive.

Sale Extended

I love all the possibilities with this new Coffee or Cocoa digital stamps set. I know you’ll love it too! Be sure to click here and visit our new website to check out this and all our other new digital sets. We’ve added new SVG Cut files, patterned papers and stamps to spark your creativity! We’ve also extended our 25% off sale for 1 more day, in case you missed it during the weekend!

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Thanks so much for starting off the week stopping by our blog! I’m always so thankful for your love and support! Would love it if you could share this post with your friends and family too! Wish you an amazing week, and lots of little and inspiring creative breaks! Until next time!