Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Neat & Tangled November Release Week: Day Three


Hello everyone.

Today is Day Three of Neat & Tangled's November release week. Today I made a card inspired by my husband Tim. He doesn't often chime in and give me direction on how to make a card, but today he decided to speak up, so I listened. As soon as he saw the Classic Christmas stamp set by Neat & Tangled he said that I should "do a green background" with "gold heat embossing", so I did.

To check out the enitre November release from Neat & Tangled (CLICK HERE!) to visit the shop and blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to comment here and over on the N&T blog for your chance to win today's giveaway. Giveaway winners will be announced on Friday on the N&T blog.

For my card today I started with a Stampin' Up! Garden Green piece of cardstock and cut it to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches. I grabbed my Distress Oxide ink in Pine Needles and my Nuvo Blending brushes and blended on a little bit of darker green on the outside edges of the background, and looking back on it, I wish I had done another layer of even darker color to make it more dramatic. But I do like the way it preserves the true green of the cardstock in the center behind the images and sentiment.

I stamped two poinsettia images from the Classic Christmas stamp set with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and colored them with my Copic Markers. I did this because I have been warned that coloring with your alcohol markers onto a heat embossed image can ruin your nib. So I avoid doing that. After the images were colored however I put it back into my MISTI where I left the stamp in it's original position and re-stamped the image again using Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink. This time I also heat embossed it using Nuvo Gold Enchantment embossing powder. I also added some sticky ink to the centers of the flower and added a ton of the glitter embossing powder in that area to make it super shiny and glittery in the center.

The two flowers were adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Liquid adhesive flat to the ink blended background panel. Some of the leaves were hanging off of the edge of the cardstock but still within the confines of the card itself. The entire panel was then added to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation. The panel was adhered using large strips of foam tape to give it dimension.


I still needed a sentiment for the card so I cut a strip from the Neat & Tangled Skinny Strips dies that fit perfectly across my card panel. I put it into my MISTI along with the " sending you cheer" sentiment from the Classic Christmas stamp set in this months release. I stamped it using the same sticky ink and heat embossed it to match the rest of the gold on the card. The strip was then popped up using very thin strips of Scotch 3M foam tape.

Tim loved how the card turned out and I am going to give it to him to give to someone special in his life, besides me of course : )

To check out more inspiration using the Neat & Tangled November release (CLICK HERE!) to visit the online store and blog.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Koren




Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Neat & Tangled November Release Week: Day Two


Hello everyone.

It's Day Two of Neat & Tangled's November Release week. Today I created a Christmas card using the products from the NEW November release as well as the shiny black enamel dots from a previous release.

The Neat & Tangled November Release features a poinsettia in the Classic Christmas stamp set as well as beautiful accent foliage to coordinate with it. To check out this set as well as the entire November release (CLICK HERE!) to visit the online store and blog. Make sure you comment here and over there for your chance to win today's giveaway. Giveaway winners will be announced this Friday on the Neat & Tangled Blog.

I started my card with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. cardstock cut to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. I loaded it as well as the Holiday Wishes Background stamp also from the NEW November release, into my original MISTI making sure to remove the foam insert. When using a red rubber background stamp such as this you need to remove the foam insert from your MISTI. That is put there to ensure a better stamped image when using photopolymer stamps. It actually gets in the way if you use it with red rubber or any cling mounted stamps.

I stamped the Holiday Wishes Background stamp with Simon Says Stamp Fog ink leaving a very light text background for my card. I then cut this panel down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4. I mounted it to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base using Scotch 3M foam adhesive to give it a bit of dimension.


I stamped the image of the poinsettia onto the same white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and colored it using my Copic markers. I used only two color families to color my image. I used Red R59, R29, and R27. I am always exploring with my red color combinations to get the best one. I also used Green G46, G43, and G40. I used the coordinating dies that are also available in this month's bundle, which is the best way to shop and save money. 

Before sticking it in place on the card I wanted to experiment with Nuvo drops. I had originally wanted to have a green drop with a red drop on top to mimic the center of some of the photos I had been researching, but after mocking one up I didn't think it would work out. So, I switched gears and used Nuvo Vintage drops in Pioneer Green alone. I wanted the center of the flower to appear bumpy and textured so I made super small drops and waited for each one to dry matte before adding the next drop. I was trying to make them individual drops. I must not have waited long enough because they ended up attaching to one another over night even after I attached the flower to the card. Although they didn't separate, I still saw texture and I liked it. I attached the flower with foam tape to pop it up on the card panel. 

For the sentiment, I stamped the "warmest holiday wishes" stamp onto My Favorite Things Black Licorice cardstock and heat embossed it with Ranger White embossing powder. To cut it down into a strip I used my Fiskars Wire Guide paper trimmer. This helps me line it up and cut (kinda) straight. I used the same foam tape to pop up the sentiment and tuck it in under the flower on the left hand side. 


To add a little something shiny I added the Sophisticated Enamel Dots also by Neat & Tangled, scattered throughout the background.

For more inspiration using products from Neat & Tangled NEW November release (CLICK HERE!) and see cards from the rest of the design team. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.

Koren 



Monday, November 18, 2019

Neat & Tangled November Release: Day One


Hello everyone. It's Day One of Neat & Tangled's November release, and I absolutely loved playing with it. My favorite in the release is the Holiday Wishes Background stamp. I fell in love with it and you will see me use it a bunch throughout the week. Today I used it to create a very clean and simple card.

The new release is AVAILABLE NOW! You can (CLICK HERE!) to shop. Make sure you comment here and over on the Neat & Tangled blog for your chance to win today's Giveaway. Winners will be announced this Friday over on the N&T blog.

Today, I used the NEW Holiday Wishes Background stamp to create a tone on tone background. I stamped the red rubber background stamp using my original MISTI. It was stamped with Simon Says Stamp Fog ink onto a piece of coordinating cardstock. I stamped it directly onto the card base, so I had to make sure to line up the stamp just right in the MISTI to avoid stamping on the back of my card.


I then stamped the "laurel" type images in the NEW Classic Christmas stamp set also in the NEW Neat & Tangled release. I stamped them with Simon Says Stamp's Intense Black ink onto Neenah 110 lb. Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I used my Copic markers to color them and their coordinating dies to cut them out. I popped them up into the lower right hand corner of the card front using Scotch 3M foam tape.

For my sentiment, I stamped the "Merry Christmas" from the same Classic Christmas stamp set with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink onto My Favorite Things Black Licorice cardstock and heat embossed it with Ranger White embossing powder. I used my Fiskars Wire Guide paper trimmer to cut it down to a small strip. I used the same foam tape to pop this up as well.

That is my super simple card using the NEW Neat & Tangled November Release. Make sure you (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled blog to find tons more inspiration from the rest of the design team as well as as shop the new release.

I hope that you will join me again tomorrow for day two. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.

Koren



Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Craft Cast Episode 5 and The Gray Muse


Hello everyone.

Today on The Craft Cast Episode 5, at 3:00 PM EST over on my YouTube Channel, we will be talking LIVE with Ruby- the owner and creator behind The Gray Muse . If you are available at that time to stop by and chat with Tim and I, we would love to have you. You can find a link to my YouTube under my photo here on my blog or (CLICK HERE!).



To visit Ruby's shop and to check out everything that is The Gray Muse (CLICK HERE!).

I also have a card project today using The Cats In The Craftroom stamp set by The Gray Muse. I started with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches. I used one of my Nuvo blending brushes with the short handle to add a little bit of Versamagic Chalk ink in Aegean Blue to the upper center of the card.


I then loaded the card panel into my Mini MISTI as well as the little cat paw stamp from the same Cat's In The Craftroom stamp set. I stamped it three times using the same Aegean Blue ink making a trail of cat footprints in the background.

I stamped the main image of the cat coloring on some paper. I love this image. I stamped it using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. Then I used my Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils to color the image. These pencils are super-easy to use. You add color in the darkest of shadow areas and draw the color out using a blending stump or a brush of some kind. I really enjoy using a product called Fantastix to blend out my pastel pencils. I liken this coloring medium to coloring with chalk or pigment powder. It can get very dusty so I use a Nuvo Surface Sweep brush to clean up and excess pigments that are lying about.

I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut out my image. I do not enjoy fussy cutting and even though the electronic machine isn't always perfect, I believe it still does a better job than my hands do with fussy cutting. I added a small library clip that I bought from Stampin' Up! and had lying around in my stash. I love to buy little embellishments such as this to add to my card projects.



For the sentiments. I used both MFT Blue Yonder and Cornflower to mix it up a bit. I stamped the "I miss you", "I love you", and the "you're the best" from the same Cats In The Craftroom Stamp Set with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink. I then used Ranger White embossing powder and my Wagner heat tool to heat emboss them one at a time. I used my Fiskars Wire Guide paper trimmer to cut them into tiny sentiment strips.

The cat image as well as all of the sentiment strips were popped up using thin strips of foam adhesive. The entire panel was adhered to a piece of white craft from cut slightly smaller than the panel itself and attached to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base using tear tape adhesive. The card is a traditional size A2 scored in a top folding portrait orientation.

To see all of what The Gray Muse has to offer as far as stamps and their beautiful selection of enamel pins perfectly curated for the card maker in mind. (CLICK HERE!) to visit the website.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.

Koren

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Spellbinders Scenic Snapshots


Hello everyone.

Today I have two cards featuring Spellbinders Shapeabilites Scenic Snapshots Harvest Time and Adventure Time. I love these sets. The size is perfect even without the coordinating bell jar die in the Santa's Workshop set. One of my favorite way to make a card is to create a small scene. This set does that for me. I love how these cards turned out.

To shop the entire Spellbinders Shapebilites Scenic Snapshots Collection (CLICK HERE!).

For the first of two projects, (which were made in very similar ways), I cut a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Cardstock to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4. I then took a piece of Avery Repositionable Label Sheet and a very old Spellbinders set of oval dies and cut an oval from the label sheet. I have had this set of dies for such a long time, and like many of my Spellbinders die sets, I love it when I have an opportunity to play with them. They were probably the first die set I ever bought. Anyway, I set aside the oval and used the negative mask left by the die to mask the parts of my card that I do not want the ink to get on. I tried to center the oval as best I could. It helps to cut the piece of label sheet to the size of the card panel you are working with before you die cut the mask. Doing this helps you line up the mask to apply it to the card panel.



After the oval mask was positioned the way I liked it, I then took VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Aegean Blue and a Nuvo Blender Brush and brushed the ink towards the bottom of the oval blending the ink upwards towards the top of the oval. I was trying to blend it to white somewhere around the top of the oval. I did this for both backgrounds used on the projects today.

I wanted to stamp my sentiments for each card before creating the scenes. I used Simon Says Stamps You Got this stamp set for both "keep going" and the "you make life beautiful" sentiments. I stamped them with my Mini MISTI using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.

I then began the arduous task of cutting all of my die-cut pieces. I used the mountains and one layer of grass to create my scene. Varying the adhesive depths to get some dimension. I added snow caps to my mountains as well as a pine tree towards the forefront. I used a thin strip of clear foam adhesive to add it to the scene. I also used one of the clouds up in the sky using foam adhesive to pop it up.


The second card was created using the ray of the sun adhered flat to the background with liquid adhesive. When I was choosing an oval size for the background mask, I used the size of this sun ray to determine which size die was used.

I then used the trees and their tops in varying depths for dimension as well as two layers of grass. I will make sure I link all of the cardstock used on these projects below. Last was the barn and all of its components. I cut some yellow cardstock to fit behind the barn to make it look like light was coming from within the barn. I also considered using a dark gray but I wanted to keep the card bright. I don't know. Maybe the next card I will use gray.

I hope that I've inspired you to create something today. To check out more from Spellbinders (CLICK HERE!).

Thank you for visiting my blog today,

Koren


Friday, November 1, 2019

Neat & Tangled October Release Week: Recap


Hello everyone. It ’s the end of Neat & Tangled’s October Release Week. I hope you all have seen some inspiring ideas to create with the new release. I truly loved creating with this release and I hope you enjoyed it too.

You can purchase the entire release as a bundle (CLICK HERE!).

I created a few cards to create a simple note card set using the NEW Circular stamp set from Neat & Tangled’s October release.  These cards are super simple but fun to create. You can find tons of inspiration over on Pinterest, using all kinds of circle patterns.

These cards do not use sentiments so they can be sent with a personalized written note inside. I like keeping these types of cards on hand to communicate with my kids teachers or personnel in my doctor’s office.

The winners of the giveaway for each day this week should be announced today over on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today,

Koren

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Neat & Tangled October Release Week: Day Four


Hello everyone. It’s Day Four of Neat & Tangled’s October Release Week. Today I’m using the NEW Circular Stamp Set to create a fun universal card that can be used all year round with tons of different color combinations.

(CLICK HERE!) to check out the Neat & Tangled Website to shop the NEW October release and visit the blog for lots of inspiration. Comment here and over on the N&T Blog for your chance to win today’s GIVEAWAY. Winners will be announced tomorrow Friday on the Neat & Tangled Blog.



I started with Neenah 110 lb. Classic Crest Solar White cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4. I loaded it into my Original MISTI and stamped all of the circles in the NEW Neat & Tangled Circular Stamp Set in a random pattern filling the available space on the panel. I used Gina K  dye inks in Passionate Pink, Sweet Mango, Blue Lagoon, Wild Lilac, and Wild Dandelion. I also used Hero Arts Green Hills. I stamped them several times each to make sure I got great coverage using the solid stamps.

I then stamped the outline circle for each coordinating circle off center with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. The outline image as well as the solid color circle are both available in the NEW Circular stamp set.



I took the “smile” stamp from Neat & Tangled’s So Many Sentiments. I aligned the sentiment in the open space on the panel and stamped it with the same Jet Black ink.

I then added the entire panel to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation. I added the panel with a piece of craft foam and Tombow Mono tape runner adhesive.

Make sure you (CLICK HERE!)  to visit the Neat & Tangled website to shop and visit the blog to see tons of inspiration from the design team.

Thank you for visiting my blog today,

Koren

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Neat & Tangled October Release Week: Day Three


Hello everyone. It’s Neat & Tangled’s October Release Week- Day Three and I have another card that features the NEW Circular Stamp Set from the October Release. I also used a sentiment from the NEW Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set. I really went for a vintage and more muted color scheme for this one, and definitely feel like the colors nailed that feeling.

Make sure you (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled website to shop the new release and to check out the blog for tons of inspiration from the design team using the new release.

Comment here on this post, and on the N&T blog for your chance to win today’s GIVEAWAY. The winners will be announced Friday over on the Neat & Tangled blog.


I started with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Classic Crest cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4. I loaded it into my Original MISTI along with the largest of the circles from the NEW Neat & Tangled Circular Stamp Set from the October Release. I placed it in the upper right hand corner of the panel stamping it each time and moving the stamp along the pattern. Trying desperately to keep them in line.

I used Gina K dye ink in Blue Lagoon, Honey Mustard, Peach Bellini, and Faded Brick. I also used Altenew Emerald. I stamped them each multiple times to ensure good solid coverage.

For the sentiment “a heartfelt thanks for all the love and joy you bring to my life” is from the NEW Neat & Tangled Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set. I stamped it on Papertrey Ink Saffron Spice cardstock with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.



I cut down the sentiment strip using my Fiskars Wire Guide Paper Trimmer and popped it up onto my stamped background using Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares.

The entire panel was added to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 and scored at in a top folding portrait orientation. I used craft foam and Tombow Mono tape runner adhesive to pop it up.

Make sure you (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled website to shop and check out all of the inspiration being shared on the blog by the design team.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog,

Koren

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Neat & Tangled October Release Week: Day Two


Hello everyone. It’s Day Two of the Neat & Tangled October Release Week. If you haven’t checked out the entire NEW Release (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled website to shop the release and to check out all of the inspiration for the design team being shared on the blog.

Make sure you comment below as well as on the Neat & Tangled post for today for your chance of winning today’s GIVEAWAY. The winner’s of this weeks giveaways will be announced this Friday over on the N&T Blog.

For todays project I’m using the NEW Circular Stamp Set to create a card inspired by some geometric art I found on Pinterest. To follow me on Pinterest (CLICK HERE!) I have several boards that I pin inspiring photos and color combinations for future reference.

Today’s project isn’t as simple as it looks. With its clean and simple design came lots of measuring and marking to make sure the squares did not look completely wonky.  How did I do? Maybe it’s still wonky, it’s ok. I did my best.


I took a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation and loaded it into my Original MISTI. I aligned the sentiment from Neat & Tangled’s Typed Sentiments Stamp Set that says “I am inspired by your strength”. I stamped it using Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink. This ink will be available in the Neat & Tangled shop for a limited time while supplies last.

To stamp the squares, I cute nine 1 inch by 1 inch squares out of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Classic Crest cardstock. I loaded them into my MISTI, into the lower corner as far as it would go. I also took the largest circle from the NEW Circular Stamp Set available now in the October Release. I used the same Ranger Archival Jet Black ink to stamp all nine squares the exact same way.

I found the pattern on Pinterest and used it to arrange the circle quarters into a very modern abstract placement. I used a T-Ruler to mark straight lines about 3/4 of an inch off both the right and left side of the card base. This will help me align the squares a little straighter.

I used Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares to pop up each individual square into place. Using the lines I made as a guide and then eyeballing the center row to line up with the other.



If the ink did not stamp perfectly, I did stamp it multiple times. I also took a black Copic marker to fill in any areas that were not black enough. Be careful because archival ink is not alcohol marker friendly and can make your lines bleed if you were using it to stamp a lined image and then color it with alcohol markers. I used this technique sparingly as to not create any issues with bleeding. You can still see some variations in the black solid image because of the nature of the ink.

This card was simple to create once I figured out a way to align the squares in a fashion that didn’t look too incredibly wonky. I really enjoyed this card and it’s sophisticated style.

Make sure you (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled website to shop and check out all of the inspiration being share on the blog this week. The NEW October release is now available in the shop.

Thank you for visiting my blog today,

Koren

Monday, October 28, 2019

Neat & Tangled October Release Week: Day One


Hello everyone. It’s Neat & Tangled’s October Release Week! Today I have a card using the NEW Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set. I also used the Modern Triangle Stencil also by Neat & Tangled but from an older release.

Make sure you (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled website and blog to see the entire NEW October release and all of the inspiration from the design team. Definitely leave a comment for your chance to win today’s GIVEAWAY! The winners will be announced this Friday over on the Neat & Tangled Blog. Come back each day for another chance to win.

I started this project with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches. I used some low tack tape stuck to the back to keep my panel in place on my Tonic Studios 12 x 12 Glass Mat.  I also used the same low tack tape to keep my Neat & Tangled Modern Triangle Stencil in place over the panel. Making sure not to cover any of the cardstock with the tape.

In the corner of my glass mat I expelled about a quarter size pile of Blick Modeling Paste. This is a smooth white paste straight from the tube but I added a few drops of Dr. PH Martins Hydrus Watercolor ink to the pile to mix in some color. I added 2 drops of Phthalo Blue an additional 2 drops of Phthalo Green and mixed it together with my Nuvo Spatula.


Once the color was well incorporated and it was the desired shade, I applied it to the cardstock through the stencil using my spatula to roughly add texture as well. I also used the same amount of modeling paste and two drops of the Magenta shade from the same Dr. PH Martin’s Hydras watercolor set. I applied to the paper the same way only this time I concentrated the color to the bottom left leaving the two colors separated.

I set this panel aside to dry in front of a fan. It did take an hour or so to dry enough for me to mess with it at all and even then it probably could have used more time. So be patient and let it dry before you add images over top of it.

While my background was drying, I stamped the large image from the NEW Neat & Tangled Heartfelt sentiments stamp set with My Favorite Things Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. This ink is my favorite to use when I attempt no-line coloring. Although, with my coloring style, I end up drawing the lines back in with whatever coloring medium I am using at the time.

I wanted to use my Derwent Inktense pencils to color only the center of the arrangement. I have created a Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils coloring map so that I could share the colors I used to color the image as well as save it to my Pinterest board in order to reference the color combination again.

I added the darkest shades to the shadow areas and I draw the color out with a blender pen. I really like the texture that pencils give so I try not to blend it too much and lose the pencil lines. I also add the darker colors to the darkest areas and don’t blend them out at all.



Once I was finished coloring the sunflower, I cut it out using my Tonic Studios Kush Grip Scissors. I also took my blender pen and reactivated the color on the edges to make the stark white edges blend in. I used Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares, which are also available in the Neat & Tangled Shop while supplies last. I placed a few on the backside of the sunflower and centered it on my card panel.

The entire panel was then popped up using a piece of craft foam. I adhered a slightly smaller piece to the back of the panel using Tombow Mono Tape Runner Adhesive (also available in the N&T shop for a limited time). I then added it to a Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation.

That is it for my project today. Make sure you come back tomorrow for more inspiration using the NEW Neat & Tangled October Release. Comment below and over on the Neat & Tangled Blog for your chance to win today’s GIVEAWAY. (CLICK HERE) to visit the blog and shop the NEW Release.

Thank you for visiting my blog today,

Koren

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. 

Koren 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

MFT & Friends October Release

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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.

Koren