Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pear Blossom Press Power Pack Hop

Hello everyone.

Today is a special day because we are hopping along with another Pear Blossom Press Power Pack Hop. We are inspiring you to light up someone’s life with a handmade card today using one of Pear Blossom Press’s  awesome power packs. This pack comes with everything you need to create a light up card.

Each Pear Blossom Press Power Pack comes with a battery and switch, a roll of copper tape, and lights. Depending on which pack you purchase the quantity of these items change. It also comes with instructions on how to use these products. Everything you need to make your card light up is included. You just need to add the card.

To shop Pear Blossom Press Power Pack Kits  (CLICK HERE!)

I’m using some Heffy Doodle supplies to create a light up galaxy card to tell someone happy birthday, maybe a little late. I created space because I knew that I wanted to use the “I spaced on your birthday” sentiment. If you press the raised embossed lettering of the sentiment the stars light up the galaxy.

I started with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Cardstock cut to 4 3/4 by 3 1/4. This is different than my normal card panel to make the moon fit a little nicer in the foreground.  I used my Picket Fence Studios Blender Brushes to ink blend a galaxy background. I love creating galaxy backgrounds. Space has intensely vibrant colors and just about any combination would make a great galaxy.

Today my galaxy was inspired by a nebula that I saw on one of NASA’s Instagram feeds. Looking back on it, I wish I had used more blue. The colors I used to create this background were all Distress Oxide. I used Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Stormy Sky (which got lost, in my opinion), Dusty Concord, and Shaded Lilac.

I also placed the background into my Splat Box and used Gansai Tambi Starry Nights Watercolor in #904.  I added a little bit of water to it and scooped a little up with my Zen Royal & Langnickle Round #2 brush and placed it onto and acrylic block. I removed the excess and then lightly tapped the end of my brush onto the side of the acrylic block. This leaves droplets of paint in the sky that look like stars.

I concentrated the majority of the ink blending on the top portion of the background panel, leaving the bottom white. I knew that I wanted to create a moon to fill this area.

To do that, I took a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s Basic Gray cardstock and the Heffy Doodle You’re Weird Die Set. I used the die that coordinates with the moon image in it’s coordinating stamp set. I used it to align the top of a piece of the gray cardstock as to cut the top of it in the shape of the moon but leave the bottom long to have room for a sentiment.  This piece was cut to match the size of the background on the sides but I trimmed the bottom by eye.

To help define the moon’s shape, I stamped it’s coordinating stamp using a stamp positioner. I stamped it with Nuvo Clear Mark Embossing Ink and I used Wow! Black Puff Embossing Powder to do the embossing. I heated it with my Wagner heat tool and left it to cool before stamping the sentiment below it.  This embossing powder is so neat. When you heat it up it expands and creates a texture where its used.

To stamp the sentiment, I put it back into my stamp posistioner and lined up the sentiment knowing that I wanted to leave room for the word Die above it. I stamped the first and last line of this three lined sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed it using Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder. Then I stamped the center of the sentiment with the clear embossing ink and used the same Black Puff Embossing Powder by Wow! But this time I added a little extra powder to really intensify the puff effect but still making sure you can still read the word “spaced”.  I think it looks neat.

Before I could attach the moon panel onto the background I wanted to enhance the background a little more by using the Heffy Doodle Stargazer Backdrop Die to cut stars into the ink blended panel. After running that through my Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine. I was ready to start putting my card together.

To bring in the lights, I used the new Pear Blossom Press Power Pack kit.  This kit takes the guess work out of lighting up your cards.  They have an easy to use design, without the need to “create” or “build” a switch out of a battery and cardstock.  Pear Blossom Press really makes it easy to give your craft something extra with a simple design and simple instructions.

I began by determining my light and switch locations, and then ran the copper tape in a manner that kept it hidden from my Die-cut Background, but still managed to hit all of the necessary lugs on the lights and power pack.   And of course, I overcomplicated the heck out of this thing.  I wanted the lighting to really shine down onto that beautiful reflective underlayment, so I ran my tape and lights on the underside of my background thinking that it would make things super bright... as it turns out, I shouldn’t have, because you can see the copper tape through the card stock.  It is either a result of the super bright foil (which I guess, I was trying for?), or me just not realizing that the cardstock would be so translucent... or maybe both.  Either way, I don’t think I would suggest running things in this manner... just follow the directions on this one folks!!

I added Craft Perfect Foam squares to the back of the front panel in order to pop it up onto the Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Holographic Mirror Cardstock. This is foiled Cardstock is one of my favorite new products to play with. I loved the look of this so much that I cut the “sorry” from the Heffy Doodle Heffy Cuts word Die collection to make a Holographic sorry above the sentiment.  To make the word die a little more dimensional I added layers of both white and dark gray cardstock.  This is not well represented in the photos but if you look at the word die from the side, you can see white and gray stripes layered beneath it using Nuvo Deluxe liquid adhesive. I also used that same liquid adhesive to mount it to my card panel.

All of these components were placed onto a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation.

I hope that you enjoyed my light up card inspiration. These power packs are sold both individually and in packs of three. I have a small box that I keep all of my light up card components inside of and it helps me stay organized when I go to make a light up card. I also keep a Chibitronics notebook inside of it with tips and notes to help me along the way. Maybe someday I will stop having to refer to my notes. I know that the new switches from Pear Blossom Press make this task so much easier for me.

To visit Pear Blossom Press and to check out the power packs (CLICK HERE!)

This is the last stop on the hop but here is the complete list if you missed anyone.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope that I have inspired you to create something today.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Neat & Tangled August Release Week: Recap

Hello everyone.

Today marks the end of Neat & Tangled's August Release Week. I hope that you enjoyed it with us. It is my sincere hope that we can inspire you to create something, no matter what that might be. Use your creativity to the best of your ability every day. (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled Online Store.

Here is a list of this month's release. Each will take you to the Neat & Tangled Online Store where you can shop the release. You can also save 20% by purchasing the entire release in a bundle you can (CLICK HERE!) to do that.

Over on the Neat & Tangled Blog you can find tons of inspiration for the release from the past week. (CLICK HERE!) to check it out. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, 


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Neat & Tangled's August Release: Day Four

Hi everyone! Today is day four of the Neat & Tangled’s August Release Week. Today I have a fun card using the NEW Delicate Dots background. As soon as I saw this background I instantly thought of stamping the background and then adding the NEW Grateful Heart Stamp Set featured in front. I also saw the very real potential to use it as snow. I love this background and with it, I made stars today.

To check out the entire NEW Release (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled Online store. Also, check out todays blog post with tons of inspiration using this month’s release.

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As for the actual description of my card, I started with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White cardstock, and loaded it and my NEW Delicate Dots Background from Neat & Tangled into my Original MISTI. I prepped my piece of white cardstock with and EK Success Powder tool. I also inked up my stamp with Nuvo Clear Mark Embossing Ink and stamped it down. I made sure to apply tons of pressure, it can sometimes be tricky to get all of your dots stamped perfectly the first time. You may need to re-ink and re-apply, but usually the second time is the charm. Especially with red rubber background stamps. I love them though, because you can often get it in one try.

I used Wow! White Puff embossing powder to emboss my delicate dots. This embossing powder, when heated, rises and puffs up. It’s great for snow on winter themed cards. Today, these will be stars in outer space. I cut this piece down to 4 3/4 by 3 1/2.  And we are going to do some ink blending.

To do this, I made myself a stencil. I like to make circle aperture cards, so I took some stencil material and cut a larger than normal hole in the top center area of a rectangle cut to 4 3/4 by 3 1/2. I typically make this size card and I thought this would be handy to have around. I keep it on my rolling cart that allows me all around my craftroom.

I laid this homemade stencil onto my piece of Neenah and used my Picket Fence Blender Brushes to ink blend a warm  galaxy background.  I used Distress Oxide inks in Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet, Spice Marmalade, and Ripe Persimmon.  I used one of the smaller brushes in the set, the smaller round brush to help control the blend in the background.

I started with Black Soot at the top of the circle and Spiced Marmalade at the bottom. Then under the the black I added a little Chipped Sapphire and blended it into the black. Down at the bottom, I blended the Marmalade into some Ripe Persimmon and then Wilted Violet was blended into the darkness.  All of this was done while the white puffs of the embossing powder held strong and with a little wipe of a damp microfiber cloth, they were white again.

I was not yet done with this background. I placed it into my spat box and hit it with Imagine Sparkle and Frost Shimmer Spray as well as Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray. This background really started to shine like stars.

Once my background was complete, I needed to have a focal image, so I used the darling image of the girl on the moon from the To The Stars Stamp Set also by Neat & Tangled. I stamped her on Neenah 110 Solar White Cardstock and colored her and a few clouds with my Copic Markers and I used their coordinating dies to cut them out.

I used a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 in a top folding orientation. I loaded my card base into my MISTI as well and stamped the NEW Delicate Dots Background Stamp by Neat & Tangled onto the card base using Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink. This creates a nice subtle continuation of the stars from the background into the card base in a tone on tone effect.

I took another piece of Neenah 110 lb cardstock and cut it down to 4 3/4 by 3 1/2. I also used a circle die from my stash to cut a circle aperture into it. This way you look through the circle into the background.  Below the circle I stamped the sentiment “i love you past the stars” also from the To The Stars Stamp Set with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. I popped this piece up onto the background using  Scotch 3M Foam Tape. I adhered it to the card base using tear tape adhesive.

To finish off the card I used the same foam tape to pop up my images on to the card to create this lovely space scene. I added a little more fun to my card by adding Ranger Stickles in Frosted Lace to the wings of my fairy as well as a half of a small white pom pom that I cut and glued onto his tail using Nuvo Deluxe Liquid Adhesive. I think these small touches really can finish off a card quite nicely.

Remember to visit the Neat & Tangled online store to see the entire August Release and the blog will have a ton more inspiration for our talented design team. (CLICK HERE!) to check that out.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today,