Monday, September 29, 2014

Cut Outs Cards

Christmas is coming!  I know, I know, we're still a ways away, but I LOVE Christmas.  So I couldn't wait to start making some Christmas projects.  Don't worry, if you're not ready to get in the Christmas Spirit, I've also made a birthday project too!

For this project, I wanted to use the We R Memory Keepers Polka Dots Cut Out die.  This creates fun cut outs on the front of your card, but leaves your card base intact.  It makes for fun windows on your card.  The Cut Outs dies are also available in a Chevron pattern and Banner pattern.  These make fun birthday cards or quick and easy stationery to keep on hand.

You could definitely leave these as is, but I thought it would be cool to fill these holes back up with different colors and patterns of papers.  I also randomly popped some of them up to give dimension.  To add even more dimension to some of these polka dots, I decided to add Bottle Caps 1/2 inch epoxy dots.  These are so much fun!  They give a really cool raised/dome effect to your pattern paper.  They also add a kind of magnification.  They look especially cool on the glitter polka dots.

I've also take this same idea, and adapted it to a birthday card.  I've just changed to colors to fit the occasion.

It would also be fun to make this in a rainbow or ombre pattern!

A lot of you requested more masculine projects, so I also made this card with masculine themed patterned papers.  Most cards can easily be made for men by changing the colors and elements.  But I am a firm believer that a little bit of glitter is totally acceptable on a masculine card...especially when it's for a celebration.

You see, a little glitter never hurt anyone!  Not even a guy!

I've included a how to video below.  I've also included links to all the products used in these projects below.  Just click the link to go directly to the product page!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oh Joy Ornament Card - Watercolor Resist

Reveal day for Studio Calico is here!  You can see all of my reveal projects featuring Studio Calico's The Underground card kit at this blog post here.  But I wanted to share a very special project featuring the new Snowman Stamp Set from Studio Calico (one of FOUR stamp set add ons for October from Studio Calico).

Although this is technically a Christmas/Winter stamp set, I think you'll be reaching for this stamp set well past the holiday season.  Those circles will come in handy for birthday cards and making confetti backgrounds for any celebration!

I used the Oh Joy sentiment and the ring circle stamps to heat emboss ornaments on watercolor paper.  I then used my Peerless Watercolors to watercolor the images.  You can use any kind of coloring medium that you prefer.  I was feeling artsy that day, and decided to reach for my watercolors.  I always enjoy watercoloring, and it gives such a beautiful result, with very little work.

The colors of my ornaments were inspired by Studio Calico's newest ink pad colors, Lime Light, Glass Slipper and Purple Rain.  Love these colors!  And they work beautifully for a non traditional Christmas color scheme.  You could also watercolor your images using the ink from your Studio Calico ink pads.

I have included a video tutorial below, walking you through the entire creation of this card.  I've also included links to the products used in this project below.  Just click the link to go directly to the product page.

I wanted to show you a look at some of the other cards I created using this Snowman Stamp Set.  You can see the full cards by visiting this blog post here...where I show you the full Studio Calico The Underground projects!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous day!

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