Tuesday, June 30, 2015

You Are A Star - Watercoloring With Distress Markers

Hey everyone!  I'm so glad you've stopped by today.  Today I'm sharing a project I made for a guest post over at the My Favorite Things Blog.  I’ve created a fun card for you featuring the adorable Tutu Cute stamp set, along with some other fun new products.  And I’ve managed to create it WITHOUT gold glitter cardstock. ;)

I started out by stamping this adorable ballerina from the TuTu Cute stamp set in black pigment ink.  I wanted to heat emboss this image so that when I watercolor it, the watercolor would stay inside the lines.  I added clear embossing powder and this gives me a nice, crisp, image.  I used Distress Markers to watercolor my image, but you can use whatever coloring medium that prefer, including dye inks, to watercolor your image  I love the softness that the watercolor gives the image.  

Watercoloring with Distress Markers is easy.  I added to color with the brush tip end of my marker.  I then used my Zig Waterbrush to pull the color out and create a watercolor look.  You can add less water for more intense color.  Or use more water to create a very soft look.  I allowed her to dry completely, and then added a coat of Wink Of Stella to add a little shimmer to her tutu and top.  I used a tapping motion to keep the color from moving too much as a result of adding the Wink Of Stella.

I cut out the adorable ballerina using the coordinating TuTu Cute die set.  I love the convenience of coordinating dies.  Yay for no fussy cutting!  They’re perfect for cutting out the stamped images or creating masks.  You can also use them to create a debossed outline around your stamped images.

I embossed the Myriad Dots background stamp in gold embossing powder on some heavyweight vellum.  I used the Stitched Circle Stax to die cut the vellum.  I love the look of embossing, especially gold, on vellum.  Remember to prep your surface with an antistatic tool too keep embossing powder from sticking to areas that you may not want.  This gives her the perfect sparkly background to stand on.  You’d pay a lot of money for a gold embossed vellum in a craft store, but this is an easy way to make your own with any stamp that you prefer.  I also used this same background stamp to clear heat emboss the background of my card to create some texture.

I created some coordinating gold card stock by pressing my embossing pad to some white card stock and adding gold embossing powder to it.  This was the perfect cardstock to cut the star sentiment from the Stars and Wishes Die-namics set.  I layered that up with some vellum, cut with the coordinating Count The Sars Die-namics set.  I love to use vellum layers behind die cut sentiments.  It creates a soft halo effect.

In order to create the rest of the sentiment, I had to do some creative inking and stamp surgery.  I stamped it on the banner die cut from the Blueprints 25 Die-namics set.  Love the versatility of the Blueprints sets!  You can see exactly how I accomplished the stamp surgery and creative inking in the video tutorial below.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this card project.  Until next time, have a fabulous day!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Banner - Embossing With Wafer Thin Dies

Everyone needs a birthday card to keep on hand, right?  Today I'm dropping by with an easy, colorful birthday card with stamping, heat embossing and embossing with your wafer thin dies.  I've added lots of sparkle to this card with sequins and Wink Of Stella, but you could definitely turn down the sparkle factor if you wanted to.  I come from the more sparkle is better camp...but I realize you're not all there with me. :)

I'm using the Thinking of You stamp set from Big Picture Classes.  (You can find the coordinating die set HERE.)  This stamp set was created for the Card Basics Class that launched on Monday June 22nd, and I love it because it's so versatile!  This class goes over the very basics of card making, from the tools you need to get started, making card bases, layering, stamping and more.  If you're new to card making, or if you just need a brush up on the basics, be sure to head on over there and check it out!

I started my card by embossing the border die from the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 1.  I'll walk you through embossing with your wafer think dies in the video below.  It's important that you set up your die cutting machine like you would if you were embossing with an embossing folder.  You'll need the tan mat from Spellbinders (or a similar embossing mat).  If you don't have one, you can try some craft fun foam in its place.  This embossed stitched line creates the perfect string to dangle some colorful circles from...creating a fun and colorful banner.  It's hard to capture in the photos, but it's such a fun detail in real life.

I chose slightly muted colors for my stamping.  These are just a shade lighter than primary colors and softens the look of this card.  I love these colors mixed together!  I think it would also be fun to create this card with an ombre effect.  I varied the circles that I used along the banner to create interest.  When all of my stamping was complete, I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker over the top of all of the circles to add some subtle shimmer.

I layered up the card front with some vellum and attached some fun foam to the back of the card front to give it sturdy dimension.  After watching Jennifer McGuire's video on the fun foam, I'm sold!  If you haven't seen it, you can check it out HERE!

I've 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've linked to a couple of different sources for each product.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed this colorful card and have discovered (or rediscovered) another way to use your wafer thin dies.  I'll see you later on this week!  Until then, have a fabulous day!

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