Friday, October 11, 2019

Tonic Studios Wonderful Wishes Release Party

Hello everyone.  Today is an exciting day because the NEW Tonic Studios Wonderful Wishes Release is being celebrated with an online party. The party starts over on the Tonic Facebook page with a LIVE broadcast. You wont want to miss it. It will have tons of inspiration from Tonic Studios and the rest of the design team plus some special guest designers. 

To check out the release (CLICK HERE!) to visit the online store to shop and to save 10% with my special discount link. Discount taken at checkout.

For my card, I started with a piece of Papertry Ink’s Hawaiian Shores cardstock and the Tonic Studios Snowflake Flurry Stencil. I used Nuvo Expanding Mousse in Warn Linen to create the snowflake background you see in the photo. I heated it right away with my Wagner Heat Tool to watch it expand into some snowy goodness. 

I took a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Cardstock and cut it to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches. I used a scalloped circle die also from Tonic Studios to create an aperture toward the upper center of the card. The scallops leave a fun pattern to frame the background snowflake. 

I then loaded the recently diecut panel into my Mini MISTI and aligned the sentiment “wishing you the sweetest Christmas” making sure that I left room above it for some stamped and diecut treats. This sentiment is from the NEW Jolly Marshmallow Man stamp set in this release. I wanted to emboss only the Christmas part of the sentiment so I used some Thermoweb Purple tape to mask the first part of the sentiment. I will stamp that part later. I inked up the lower part with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink and removed the temporary purple tape masks and stamped it onto the panel. I heat embossed this part of the sentiment with Nuvo Cool Jade embossing powder. 

As for the second part of the sentiment, I stamped the “wishing you the sweetest” with the same embossing ink only this time I masked the Christmas part of the sentiment and embossed it with Nuvo Glacier White embossing powder. I used my Fiskars wireguide paper trimmer to cut out the thin sentiment strip. This will later get popped up onto the card panel using foam tape. 

I stamped my images using Nuvo Black Shadow Ink onto Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper. After giving it a moment to dry I began to color my images using various colors in the Nuvo Aqua Flow collection. These markers, are basically watercolors in a pen. I find that too much product comes out at one time. I probably squeeze too hard, but to combat that, I use a blender pen to watercolor with instead of a brush and water. I enjoy water coloring much more now that I do it this way. I add a little bit of the watercolor to the darkest areas of the image then drawing the color out to the rest of the area using the blender pen. I will add a little darker color to make the contrast more intense in the shadows. I’ve made a list of the colors that I used to color these images for you to save for later. The images where cut out using my Brother Scan N Cut. 

To put the card together I used Craft Perfect Foam Squares to pop up the white front panel on top of the snowflake panel. I then adhered all of the images using the same foam squares cut down to fit into smaller crevices. Various heights of foam squares where used to complete the fantastical arrangement of candies. I started with the larger images in the back and the smaller images toward the front. 

I then stuck on the sentiment strip I created earlier with the same foam squares right above Christmas arranged just how the artist intended it, slightly off center to each other but filling the space nicely. 

To complete this project I adhered my card panel to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation. 

I hope I’ve inspired you to create something today. To check out the entire NEW Wonderful Wishes release by Tonic Studios (CLICK HERE!) and save 10%  at checkout. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. 


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

MFT & Friends October Release

Hello everyone.

I am so happy to be joining MFT  in celebration of their NEW October release and it is full of festive products, sure to get your holiday crafting underway. I absolutely love the cards I am sharing with you today. To check out the MFT & Friends post over on the blog (CLICK HERE!) and see all of the design team and guest designer inspiration using the new release. I will also be sharing more cards over on Instagram so check my grid later today for more MFT  October release inspiration.

For my first card today I started with a piece of Poppy cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4. I used my Picket Fence Studios Blender Brushes to add some Distress Oxide ink in Ground Espresso to the outside edges. I made sure to leave the center of the panel that pure bright poppy red color.

I used the NEW Merry and Bright Die to cut the words from Papertrey Ink’s Harvest Gold cardstock. I cut it four times and layered them each together using Nuvo Liquid Deluxe Adhesive. This creates a nice thick die cut sentiment that becomes the focal point of your card.

To enhance my card further, I placed both the red background and the yellow word die into my splat box. I mixed a little of the Gansi Tambi Starry Colors #903 and placed a small amount of it onto an acrylic block. I then picked it up with a small round Nuvo Paint Brush and applied it to the card elements. I did concentrate most of the splatter onto the center of the background panel the best I could, but other than that, I was still generous with my splatter.

I adhered the word die along with the same liquid adhesive. The background panel was popped up using black craft foam and Craft Perfect tear tape adhesive. I popped it up onto a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation.

As for my second card I started with a piece of Kraft cardstock, and loaded it, along with many of the images from the NEW MFT Stamps Reindeer Games stamp set. I scattered the images throughout the background as if I were designing my own patterned paper. I saw an image on Pinterest that inspired this design. It was of Christmas wrapping paper. It was adorable and the reason why I made this card. I stamped the images in Nuvo Clear Mark Embossing ink. I heat embossed them using Ranger White embossing powder.

To color them, I used my Derwent Inktense pencils. To use watercolor on non-watercolor paper is a real gamble sometimes. You can easily add too much water and destroy your project. So, I added the smallest amount possible to move the color around on my card without it pilling or warping. I only used two colors. I added Red where I thought the red should be and brown, where I thought brown would be. To make it a little more interesting I also filled in the white spots with a Gelly Roll white gel pen. I cut this panel down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4.

I grabbed some white twine from my stash and wrapped around the panel just like I were wrapping a Christmas present. Before tying a bow in the front, I added a small tag that I cut using MFT’s Blueprints 1 that I think I’ve owned my entire life : ) I cut it out using the same Poppy cardstock as before. I stamped “for you” from the NEW Reindeer Games stamp set with embossing ink and used the same white embossing powder to heat emboss it. I added it to my twine and tied it into a bow. The tag was then popped up using Craft Perfect foam squares so that It would stay in place. I also added a Glue Dot beneath the bow in order to secure it in place.

I added this panel to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base also in size A2 using tear tape adhesive and craft foam.

I hope that you enjoyed my projects today. Make sure you (CLICK HERE!) to visit MFT Stamps online store and blog to find tons of October release inspiration. I will have more on my Instagram feed later today.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Neat & Tangled September Release Week: Recap

Hello everyone. I’m sad that it’s over but it was a great week. The NEW Neat & Tangled September release is available in the online store. (CLICK HERE!) to shop. There is also a ton of inspiration using the new release on the blog with cards from the design team. Here are direct links to each of the September Release products. As well as some photos of my projects from this past week.

The winners of each day have been announced this morning over on the Neat & Tangled Blog.

I hope that you’ve had a good time this week, I know I have.

Thank you for visiting my blog today,