Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Girl Friend Support Pink Attitude {02.22.2017}

Girl Friend Support Set 1

Howdy! This is a copy of my blog post that is also appearing at Sparkle N Sprinkle's blog today. When I saw this Girl Friend Support Set 1, which is one of Sparkle N Sprinkle's new releases for February 2017, I knew I had to have it! The sentiments are great, and the images are so much fun! Let's check out the card I made using this stamp set.

Glitters and Embossing Powders

I stamped the bustier using my Versamark Ink Pad on kraft cardstock, that I had dusted with my Anti Static Bag, and sprinkled on Flashy Flamingo embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I die cut it into an oval shape. I whipped out my Nuvo Glue Pen Small Tip and added a line of adhesive inside the oval edge. I sprinkled on Bubble Gum glitter to make it a little more sparkly!


Using my Anti Static Bag and my Versamark Ink Pad again, I stamped out the sentiment on more kraft cardstock, and sprinkled on more Flashy Flamingo embossing powder and heat set it. I also used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small Tip to roll on adhesive inside the edge after I die cut it into a wonky rectangle.


I made a background on my card base. I stamped out the same bustier image with white ink to create the background. I also laid down a strip of 1/4" "Tear-ific" Tape on the card base, and two strips of 1/8" "Tear-ific" Tape as well. I pulled off the top release paper, and dusted on Raspberry Soda glitter and burnished in with my finger tool. This really pulled the sparkly pink together and grounded the oval bustier image with the Flashy Flamingo embossing powder. So pretty!


I die cut a scalloped rectangle and wiped the edges with the Versamark Ink Pad. I sprinkled on more Flashy Flamingo embossing powder, and heat set it. This made a really fun edge and perfectly matched the colors I used :)


This was a really fun card to make, and I love it! I love pink, I love the sentiments, I love the bustier image in this stamp set - everything is fun, fun, fun! I know you will love this set too, you need to get it!


This set is really versatile, and it was lots of fun to play with. Here is the stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Monday, February 20, 2017

You Are Awesome Crazy Dog Wobble Card {02.20.2017}

Hello! Today's card is a card I made for my nephew. I sent him a gift card, and this was the card I created to send him his gift. Let's check it out!

I stamped out one of Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs and some accessories. I colored the images with Copic markers, then stamped them again in black ink (using a stamp positioner) and sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, and heat set it. I often do this, adding the embossing powder after coloring, since alcohol-based markers and embossing powder don't like each other. This way, I get a nice stamped image that I color, and also have some embossing as well.

I created a card with a 1/2" dimension to it and cut out the front panel. I die cut a scalloped rectangle frame as well. I die cut a circle and hill, and mounted the dog and accessories on the circle. I mounted the circle onto an Action Wobble and adhered that to the background, which I had ink blended over some puffy cloud die images. The cloud background is hard to see in these photos because I took the photos in bright sunlight. But, it is really cool in real life.

Since I was sending him a gift card, I created a little gift card envelope pocket and mounted it inside the card. I also stamped a sentiment with versamark ink and heat set Sparkle N Sprinkle's Platinum embossing powder.

I hope my nephew enjoys this card. I feel I am masculine-card challenged, but this one was a lot of fun.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Lilac Gatefold Card for Mom [#07/52] {02.17.2017}

Hi! I saw a Gatefold card on Jennifer McGuire's blog, and I decided to replicate it for a card for my Mommy. It was a fun card to make, and I love how it turned out. Let's check it out.

I will get back to how I made the card, but here is the sentiment I stamped out. I stamped it in black ink, and then sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. This made the sentiment shiny and sparkly and oh so pretty!

Okay, back to the gatefold card. Following the directions on Jennifer's blog post, I cut two pieces of white cardstock to 4-1/4" by 7-1/2" and then scored each piece at the 2" mark. I folded each piece at the 2" mark, and reinforced the fold with my teflon bone folder. I stamped the flowers and leaves towards the bottom of one of the full card panels. I stamped fully across the card panel, and then fussy cut away the bottom part of the card. I also stamped the sentiment on the upper edge of the other piece of cardstock's 2" piece. Once both parts were stamped, I layered the cards together. The piece that had the flowers was the front of the card. I adhered adhesive to the 2" piece and attached it to the back of the other cardstock. Here is a photo of how the sentiment looked on the bottom piece's 2" folded piece.

Here is a photo of the top fussy cut edge opening up over the sentiment. I really hope this makes sense. It was really easy to make and an easy way to make a gate fold card.

This was a fun card to make and I hope Mom enjoys it. I love the colors, and had a great time creating it for her.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Luck of the Irish Clovers {02.15.2017}

Sparkle N Sprinkle February stamp release

Hi! I made a card using Sparkle N Sprinkle's Luck of the Irish Enchantress stamp set, which is one of their stamps for their February release. The stamp set is really cute, with this sweet little girl sitting in a pot of gold.

But, I wanted to show that the stamp set can be used in multiple ways. So, I made a card using only the clover and one of the sentiments. Here is my card.

First of all, I "stamped" the sentiment by lightly rubbing the Nuvo Glue Pen Large onto my sentiment stamp. Then, I stamped the sentiment onto cardstock, and then I let the glue dry until it was tacky. After it was tacky, I dusted on the Silver Bullion Gilding Flakes and rubbed the flakes into the tacky glue with a Mini Blender Brush. I dusted off the unstuck flakes, and viola!, the sentiment was gilded! I die cut the sentiment into a tag shape, and distress inked the edges to give it some extra dimension.

I die cut a little grommet circle from my tag dies, and covered it with Versamark Ink, and sprinkled on Forest Green embossing powder and heat set it. I repeated this several times to give the grommet a lot of dimension. Then, I dotted some adhesive from the Fine Tip Nuvo Glue Pen and then adhered the grommet to the tag.

Embossing Powders

I wanted to use several green embossing powders to make a field of clovers for my background. I whipped out my Forest Green, Moss, Spring Willow, and Key Lime embossing powders. I dusted my cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, then stamped the clover a few times with my Versamark Ink Pad. I sprinkled on one of the embossing powders, heat set it, and repeated it as I filled the card with multiple clovers in the four different green embossing powders. I continued this until I had filled the space enough. After this was done, I dotted little adhesive dots using the Nuvo Glue Pen Fine Tip. I let the glue get tacky, then added Silver Bullion Gilding Flakes. I pressed the flakes into the adhesive, then dusted away the left over gilding flakes using the Mini Blender Brush.

I die cut four hearts and arranged them into a four-leaf clover shape as the background of my card. I layered everything together, and had a uniquely shaped, clover card with a wonderful sentiment! This card was really fun to make and I love how it came together.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Bunny Spinner Card {02.13.2017}

I have seen spinner cards on blogs and in stores, but never made one ... until today! This is my first (and not last) spinner card. Let's check it out!

The stamp set I used has this bunny stamp, with a "front" of the bunny and the "back" of the bunny, along with a die piece. The bunny shapes are the same, so once die cut and layered together, the front and back perfectly line up. Here is the back of the bunny. The egg is the same shape from front and back.

To make the card, I stamped out the images, colored them, die cut them, and then die cut holes in the card front and panel to allow the bunny to spin. I adhered the bunny and egg onto a piece of thread, and then adhered the thread underneath the card panel onto the front of the card base. I twisted the bunny and egg and held them when I closed the card and slid it into the envelope. When the recipient pulls it out and opens the card, the bunny and egg spin! It is really fun!

I also stamped a sentiment in the inside of the card. I strategically placed it where it wouldn't show when the card was closed.


This card was fun to make, and sure brings a huge smile to my face. Now that I have made a spinner card, I can see how I can adapt almost any image and die to make a spinner card with whatever I have laying around in my stash. Easy peasy and fun! Give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Pink Butterfly Card for Mom [#06/52] {02.10.2017}

Hi! Today's card for Mom uses patterned paper and die cuts, and NO STAMPING! Sometimes ya just gotta not stamp. Let's check out this card.

I created a top-folding card base with pink cardstock. Then I cut some patterned paper to make a card panel, and distress inked the edges. I cut a smaller piece for the card focal point, and also distressed the edges. Then, I fussy cut some flowers and leaves from a corner, and layered them on top of the card focal piece. Everything was layered up with foam tape for dimension. I also cut out a solid butterfly and an intricate butterfly using dies from coordinating patterned paper. I also inked up these edges.

I raided my stash for some bling and used it to make a bit of a trail for the butterfly.

This card came together pretty quickly. I love patterned paper, but I don't use it enough. I challenged myself to use some up with this card, and I really like the result. A card that can be used for almost any situation, using some gorgeous paper. And, who doesn't love butterflies and bling!?!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Purr-fect Friend card {02.08.2017}

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Sitting Pretty Kitty Digi Stamp

Let's check out the card I made, also appearing on Sparkle N Sprinkle's blog today, with the new Sitting Pretty Kitty digital stamp set.
Sitting Pretty Kitty
I made an easel card. Here is the card opened and propped up, on the sentiment "stopper" which keeps the card front propped up.

Glitters

To make the card, I sized the digital kitty image and the sentiment to the sizes I wanted and printed them on cardstock. I printed two copies of the kitty image, and cut up one of them. I fussy cut out the butterfly, bow, flower leaf, and tail. I popped those up for added dimension on my final card. You can see the kitty's face really well here. I used the Nuvo Glue Pen-Small Tip to add adhesive to the eyes. I sprinkled on Ocean glitter. I also used the glue pen on the butterfly, and added on Tiger Orange and Daisy glitters. I used the glue pen and rolled over the whiskers, and sprinkled on Sparkling Snow glitter. I sparkled up the bow too, and used Ballerina and Orchid Rose glitters. I also used the Ballerina glitter inside the ears.

I also used more Nuvo Glue Pen-Small Tip on the leaf, and sprinkled on Luau Green glitter. I also sprinkled on Peruvian Lily glitter on the kitty tail. Look how pretty everything is.
Sitting Pretty Kitty digi stamp flower and leaf image
Here is the sentiment I printed out. I sized it so that it basically filled the label die I was using as the "stop" for the easel card. I again used the Nuvo Glue Pen-Small Tip and added adhesive to the "broad" brush strokes on the "purr-fect" part of the sentiment. Then, I sprinkled on Hyacinth glitter. This really made the sentiment so much more fun! It was super sparkly, and much brighter in person.
Sitting Pretty Kitty digi stamp You're the Purr-fect Friend sentiment
I really enjoy working with digital stamps. It is so much fun to size them into whatever I want to fit the card or dimension that I need. I also love this kitty. He looks so sassy and a little bit perturbed, just like cats normally do. As the saying goes, "Cats have staff" which is so true. They rule the house and we have to do what they want. I wouldn't want it any other way :)

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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