Saturday, September 23, 2017

Your Next Stamp Anything But A Card Video

Hello fellow card makers.

Today I am sharing a project that isn't a card. GASP! I do like to make things that aren't cards, I just haven't featured many of them on my blog and YouTube channel just yet. We were challenged to create anything but a card, so I made a treat box. To see what the other Your Next Stamp Design Team members came up with, (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Your Next Stamp Blog. Comment on the Your Next Stamp Blog for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice. 

This is not my idea. I stole this from Sam at She is an absolute genius when it comes to creating gift boxes and bags. I have watched her for years and I love putting my own spin on her creations. So, I've taken her box... (CLICK HERE!) to visit her blog post or watch her video on this box, and added some of my own touches. I did cut my paper wrap slightly larger to fit my design a little better, but it is the same general principle and dimensions of her box.

So, you start with a piece of cardstock cut to 5.5 x 8". You score along the long side of the cardstock at both 1.75 and 6.75. Then you turn your paper and score the short side of the cardstock at 1.25, 2.5, 3.75, and 5". After scoring, burnish your score lines with a bone folder. Cut out the unnecessary pieces and trim the edges that fold into the box. For greater detail, please see my video or visit (CLICK HERE!) to see her version, she is much better at explaining things than I am. Add adhesive where needed and fold in your sides. Its very simple.

Once your box is built. You are ready to create the patterned paper wrap. You simply wrap a piece of patterned paper around your box and it will slide on and off.  I cut my piece slightly larger than hers so that I could add some pumpkins to my sentiment. My piece measures 5.75x 4. I added tape runner adhesive to keep it wrapped.

As for the matted sentiment. I used a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock. I ink-blended a bit of Distress Oxide ink in Vintage photo along the bottom of the piece. I stamped "Treats for You" in Versafine Onyx Black ink, justified to the right, to leave room for my pumpkins.

I stamped my pumpkins from the Your Next Stamp Fab-Boo-lous Halloween stamp set in Your Next Stamp Black Olive ink. I colored them with my Copic Markers. (See Copic Color Map below) I adhered the larger pumpkin with tape runner adhesive flat to the matted watercolor piece and I popped up the smaller pumpkin with 3M foam tape.

For photos of my project, a link to my YouTube video, a Copic Color Map, and a list of supplies I used to create is project look below.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and don't forget to visit the Your Next Stamp blog to see what the other Design Team Members have done making anything but a card. (CLICK HERE!) . Don't forget to leave a comment on the Your Next Stamp Blog for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice! 


Friday, September 22, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge #73 Card Video

Hello fellow card makers.

Today I am sharing the card I made for Your Next Stamp Challenge #73. This is a biweekly challenge on the Your Next Stamp Blog that is both a sketch and/or color combo challenge. I hope you can play along with us in this week's challenge (CLICK HERE!). Here is a look at both the sketch and the color combo for this weeks challenge.

I fancy myself a clean and simple card maker or some type of hybrid of that style, so typically I'm not as inspired by the sketch as I am the color combinations. The color combinations usually push me outside of my comfort zone and force me to experience new designs. I was really inspired by the photo next to the colors. I thought about using some wood grain and some scripty word die, but ultimately I used the colors to create a group of dressed up candy corn.

I took a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock to ink-blend a little bit of a background for my images to be grounded to. I used Distress ink Black Soot and Hickory smoke. The color peeks out from behind my images at the top and the bottom. I trimmed the background down to leave a half inch strip of patterned paper exposed at the bottom of my A2 sized card. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny's Head Over Heels 6x6 paper pack. The watercolor piece is popped up with a piece of craft foam adhered behind it with tape runner adhesive.

My images were stamped with Your Next Stamp Black Olive ink and grouped on a piece of Neenah 80lb cardstock. The images are from Your Next Stamp Fab-Boo-lous Halloween stamp set. I do not have the coordinating dies for this set but they are available in the Your Next Stamp online store.  I cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut. I colored them with Copic Markers. I personally like the one I "dressed" as an M&M : ) I popped up my cluster image with 3M foam tape and adhered it directly to the background panel.

The speech bubble sentiments , also from the Fab-Boo-lous Halloween stamp set, were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and also cut out with my Brother Scan N Cut. I stamped them several times as to insure a dark solid black image. Then sentiment at the bottom right corner is no exception. It was also stamped with Versafine Onyx Black. Using the MISTI to do the stamping allows you to stamp images multiple times in the exact same spot.

I want to thank you for visiting my blog today. To see photos of my project, a link to my YouTube video creating this card, a Copic color map, and links to the supplies used to make this card, look below.

I hope you play along with us over at the Your Next Stamp Blog (CLICK HERE!) 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Your Next Stamp DT Dare "Get Inky"

Hello fellow card makers.

Today I am sharing with you a card I made for the newest Design Team Dare by Your Next Stamp. We were asked to "Get Inky" and, as any paper-crafter should know, nobody has to ask us to get inky but since they did, lol, I DID! I broke out some Distress inks and used them to watercolor a background on my project today. To see everything the Your Next Stamp Design Team has created for this event (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Your Next Stamp Blog.

I used the new Hobby Chicks stamp set and coordinating dies, as well as the new Ripped Rectangles die set on my project.

I started with a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock. I used a wet on wet technique to add colors of Distress ink to my project. For a full list of supplies, look below. I stamped the sentiment right in the center (sort of) using's white pigment ink. I then heat embossed it with Simon Says Stamp's Detail White embossing powder.  I cut out my front panel using the large rectangle from MFT's blueprints 1 dienamics. I then cut out the sentiment portion of my panel using the middle die from the new ripped rectangles die set. I popped up both the entire front panel and the center portion with black craft foam.

I then stamped my images using Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed it with Stampin' Up!'s clear embossing powder. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color my images. I cut them out using their coordinating dies and popped them up with Scotch 3M foam tape.

I finished off my project adding various colors of Nuvo Jewel drops all over the front panel of the card. The card base is made from Simon Says Stamp's Fog cardstock.

Photos of my project, a Distress ink color map, a link to my YouTube video making this card, and a full list of supplies used to create it are below.

Thank you for visiting my blog today,