Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tis The Season Card - Tips For Mass Producing

Hi everyone!  I'm gearing up for the Send Joy class over at Studio Calico.  I will be contributing to this class that's all about making your own handmade holiday cards, tags and more.  With that in mind, I've been thinking a lot about cards that can be produced in bulk.  So I thought I would drop by today and share a card that I created with mass production in mind.

I used the Holiday Hello stamp set from Studio Calico for this project.  This stamp set was designed by none other than THE Kelly Purkey.  It's fabulous and has some really fun images.  I knew it would be perfect for creating a holiday card that can be produced over and over again.  Stamps are the one thing that you can use and use...they never run out.

I've created a video walking you through the entire creation of this card.  I'll also share some of my favorite tips for mass producing in the video.  I've included links to all the products used in this project as well.  Just click the link to go directly to the product page.

I'll also show you how I created this two color stamped greeting!  It's easier than you think!  It's the perfect way to add a little more WOW to your mass produced cards!

The Send Joy class is enrolling now through October 31st over at Studio Calico.  Don't miss this class.  Lisa Spangler is teaching the class and  Jennifer McGuireJulie EbersoleAmber Kemp-Gerstel, JJ Bolton and myself will be contributing.  It's going to be amazing!  Just look at those contributors!  

You can also check out all of the class supplies available by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you've enjoyed this project...and have been inspired to create your own holiday cards this season.  It's so much fun!

Have a fabulous day!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Walden Sneaks - Studio Calico November Card Kit

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to stop by and share a few sneak peeks of the Walden card kit from Studio Calico.  This November kit is so much fun!  The papers and embellishments are fabulous!  And the stamp set can be used year round for card making.

I created this card using products from the main card kit only, along with my own inks and such.  That nut is such a fun image!

I'm also having fun creating with a couple of the add on stamp sets this month.  I used the Wreath stamp set and the Holiday and New Year stamp set to create a few cards...along with some patterned paper from the main kit.

The Walden card kit (also the Project Life and Scrapbook kits) will be available for purchase on the 27th!  Come back on the 27th to see ALL of the projects I've created with these kits, as well as a video tutorial featuring the Walden main card kit.

Studio Calico subscribers can purchase the kits during pre-sale at noon EST on the 27th.  The rest of the world can purchase the kits and add ons at midnight on the 27th.  If you don't want to miss out, make sure you subscribe so you can be the first to call dibs on these fabulous kits and add ons.  You can find out more about subscribing by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll come back on the 27th to see the full Studio Calico November reveal!  It's always so much fun!  Have a fabulous day!

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!

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