Sunday, October 12, 2014

Luminary Circles Birthday Card - Playing With Distress Inks

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having  fabulous Monday.  I know, I know...it's still Monday.  But hopefully today's card will brighten your day a little.  Today's card features the Luminary Circles die from Simon Says Stamp and a fun technique with Distress Inks.

I don't do a lot of playing at times...and today's card was all about playing.  I got inky.  I made a mess...and in the end...that mess resulted in something really therapeutic and beautiful.  I knew I wanted to create a rainbow inked background for my die.  But the fun part was experimenting with ways of adding texture to the inked piece.  In the end, I used a misted background stamp to add just a bit of texture to the inked area.

I've been loving the Tag Die Set from Studio Calico.  There are several tag sizes that seem to work so well on cards.  I layered up a vellum tag and a gold glitter tag for my sentiment on this card.  It was the perfect touch to this simple birthday card.

I also think this card would be fun in an ombre theme.  Instead of rainbow inking, you could achieve an ombre effect by using three or four different inks in the same color family.  

I have included a video below, walking you through the entire creation of this card.  I've also included links to all the products used in this project below.

I'm so glad you stopped by today!  I hope you've been inspired to play a little in your craft spot.  If you enjoyed the video, please make sure you give it a thumbs up on YouTube...and don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss any of my card making videos.  Also, follow me on Instagram (@carissawiley), where I share lots of fun peeks at projects and my life!

Have a fabulous day!

Watch The Video



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tea Time Card - Altering Die Cuts

Flu season is officially here...and I'm sure I'll be needing some get well cards to send to friends and family.  There are a few types of cards that I never have when I need them...get well cards is one of those types.  For today's card, I wanted to create a card that would be perfect to give to a friend who is under the weather, but could also double as just a cute Hello too!  This Tea Time stamp set from Studio Calico's October release is perfect for cute little get well cards.  I can also imagine some adorable birthday cards for the little girl who loves a good tea party!

I also thought it would be a lot of fun to create my own tea bag.  But instead of filling mine with tea, I filled it with sequins.  Because who wouldn't love that?!?  I used the Tags Die set from Studio Calico to create my tea bag.  I also did a little bit of altering to make it the exact size I wanted.  I'll show you exactly how I created that adorable, sequin filled tea bag in the video below.

I've linked all the products used in this project below.  Just click the product to link directly to the product page.

Just a reminder, if you enjoy the video, please make sure you give it a thumbs up on YouTube...and don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss any of my card videos.  You can also find links to all my social media sites, including Twitter, Instagram and YouTube at the upper right hand corner of my blog.  I'd love for you to join me!

Also, see this post HERE for an exciting Christmas class that I'll be contributing to...with greats like Jennifer McGuire, Julie Ebersole, Amber Kemp-Gerstel and Lisa Spangler.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am so glad you came!  I hope you found some inspiration and that you'll come back soon!  Have a fabulous day!

Watch The Video Here