Monday, October 15, 2018

Merry And Bright w/Kara

Hello! Kara  here and I'm starting to build up my Christmas card stash so that when the time comes I am all set and am not scrambling to get my cards done. I thought a few small stamps from the new Butterfly Mandala set could make a beautiful holiday background!

I started by making a light pencil line vertically in the center of my card panel. I used that line as a guide for stamping the leaf and bud stamp in a straight line. Once they were stamped straight it made filling in the rest very easy to eyeball. You could certainly draw more lines with your ruler to get them absolutely perfect, but I think it turned out great.

I added a bit of color with my Copic markers to the leaves and buds as well as to the Merry in this awesome sentiment from Be Merry. I added a bit of shadow to it with a die cut piece in black cardstock. It helps the sentiment stand out from the background.

I think this design is easily reproducible for mass production. It's bright and festive with just a minimal amount of coloring! Thanks for stopping by. Have you started your holiday cardmaking yet?

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

VIDEO: Making the Most of Your Dies w/Dawn ft. WOODLAND BASICS DIE

Hello crafty friends! Did you get some crafting done yesterday for World Cardmaking Day? Are you stretching it out all weekend? No judgement here!

Just in case you are, I thought I'd pop in and share a couple of cards with you. I've shared these on YouTube and Instagram, but had yet to share them here.


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These cards were a lot of fun to create. They look much more complicated than they are. There's a couple of steps to them, but each one is pretty simple and straight forward, and the process is the same for both.

I started by creating an ink blended background. For my autumn themed card, I ink blended Distress Oxide inks onto a Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock panel in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple. I used the Woodland Basics Die to cut several leaves from the resulting panel and set them aside.

For the stamping in the background, I created a quick stamp by die-cutting the same leaves from fun foam. I adhered the fun foam die cuts to an acrylic block and used them to stamp an all over pattern in Fairy Dust ink on a standard A2 cardstock panel. I then adhered some of the colored leaves directly over the stamping - some with liquid glue and others with foam tape to pop them up.

I filled in the gaps between the pattern with Nuvo Jewel Drops in Grey Mist. For the sentiment, I heat embossed "Grateful" from our So Very stamp set in white onto Black Cardstock and die cut it using the So Very Die. I used the same heat embossing for the rest of the sentiment from our Beautiful Butterflies stamp set.

The Christmas version followed all of the same steps. For this one, I used Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides for the ink blending and die cut the holly leaves from it - also from the Woodland Basics Die.

For the sentiment, I die cut the word Merry - from the Christmas Tag Die - and used the resulting negative die cut. I heat embossed "Christmas", from the Be Merry Sentiments stamp set, in white underneath the die cut "Merry".

I finished it off with dots of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Strawberry Coulis.

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I hope you enjoyed todays projects! Have a fantastic weekend!

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Autumn Leaves w/Kara

Hello, and Happy World Cardmaking Day!

It's Kara and I'm back with a fun fall card design. This is the perfect season for curling up with a hot cup of tea. This teacup from the Hello & Thanks stamp set is perfect and so versatile!

The set comes with beautiful floral designs to sit inside the cup, but I encourage you to try images from your other sets. The single sunflower from the new Autumn Blessings set fits perfectly too.

For this card I wanted to fill the cup with some leaves for autumn. I stamped a few images from the Autumn Leaves stamp set using a mixture of two pure Color Dye Ink colors, Pumpkin Spice and Gala Red. While positioning the leaves inside the cup I was unable to come up with an arrangement that I liked. I decided to push it off my work surface, work on something new and then come back to it. When I did that, the leaves moved into this flowing arrangement and I loved it! I quickly snapped a picture with my phone so that I could recreate it on my card.

I decided I wanted a little more interest in the design, but wanted the focus to remain on those pretty leaves. I popped up a circle to ground the design and sponged on the same colors in the leaves into the negative space behind the circle. I sprinkled in a few acorns from Autumn Blessings stamped in Coconut Husk ink.

I used the same ink to stamp my sentiment from the So Very stamp set. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you like it!

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