April Showers bring May flowers … and planning days for May celebrations. On days full of snow and rain, I am able to spend time in my craft room planning for the upcoming holidays without feeling guilty that I should be working on my never-ending yard. This week, I attempted to create a Mother’s Day card using the colors for this week’s Color My Heart Dare – Lagoon, Mink, Peacock and Silver – which, to me, seemed like very non-traditional Mother’s Day colors. I choose to make a layered Flower Bouquet using various stamped images and, I must say, it turned out better than I had hoped. You can find the list of supplies I used on this card at the very bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 4″ Dotted Velum (Postcard Perfect),
2½” x 4″ Mink Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock scraps
Here are some of the techniques I used to create this card:
- I used the second-generation stamping technique on the large flowers so that the Lagoon and Mink Inks appeared lighter. After stamping, I used a Watercolor Pencil to add shading to the flowers, then brushed it with a Clear Shimmer Brush.
- The images were all cut out by hand and layered onto the card using Thin Foam Dots and 3D Foam Tape. By using two different types of adhesive, I was able to get a multi-layered look on the card.
- I used White Embossing Powder on the sentiment and Silver Embossing Powder for some of the leaves.
Don’t forget that the Color Your Life and the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp sets are only available through April 30th. I hope you take the time to try to create a few Mother’s Day cards this year and, while you are at it, join in on the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenges. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Monochromatic cards can be the most stunning cards, but they can also be difficult to create as you try to find a balance. This week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge is “Pick your own Red” using Poppy, Ruby, Cranberry with optional Gold. As I attempted to mix various red tones along with some tone-on-tone stamping, I came across a wonderful tutorial that gave instructions for creating a background with stencils and clear embossing powder. The dusty wheels in my brain began to spin, and this card emerged using some of the same techniques with an embossing folder. You can find the complete list of supplies I used on this card at the very bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5³⁄8″ x 4¹⁄8″ Ruby Cardstock, 4″ x 1½” Ruby Cardstock, 4″ x 1½” White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 1″ Vellum
1. Prepare your 5³⁄8″ x 4¹⁄8″ Ruby cardstock using an anti-static bag. (You can find more information about this bag as well as a few tips for heat embossing on one of my earlier posts here. )
2. Open the Rose Embossing Folder and generously apply VersaMark™ Ink onto the top portion of the folder.
3. Carefully place the Ruby cardstock onto the bottom half of the folder. You will need to make sure that 1½” of the cardstock will be sticking out from the bottom of the folder to prevent any ink from getting onto the top portion of the cardstock. (If desired you can use a temporary adhesive to keep the cardstock in place.)
4. Close the folder and be extremely careful not to move the cardstock. Apply pressure to the embossing folder to “stamp” the cardstock. You can use a Brayer, a rolling pin, or place the folder onto a texture pad and run it through an embossing machine. You DO NOT want to dry emboss the card.
5. Remove the cardstock from the Rose Embossing Folder and sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder. Tap of the excess, then heat with a Craft Heater until the powder is melted.
6. Cut out the “Thankful” Thin Cut sentiment from both the Ruby and White Daisy cardstock. Layer the two images and adhere to the top of the card.
7. Cut out the “Ribbon Border” Thin Cut from Vellum and attach to the card by wrapping the ends around the Ruby cardstock and adhering in place. (If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush on the Vellum Ribbon Border.)
8. Adhere the Ruby cardstock onto the card base, then add three White Dots, as shown.
The stunning tone-on-tone pattern created with Clear Embossing Powder adds texture and depth to this card. I would love to see some of your monochromatic creations and have you join me for this week’s Color My Heart Dare.
Don’t forget that the “Thankful” Thin Cuts used on this card along with many more of our Thin Cuts are on sale this month during our Die-Namite Sale. I can’t wait to see what you create!
There are times I need a card and I have absolutely no inspiration. I spend hours searching online only to find that I just saved sixteen dog related pins, a gluten-free cookie recipe, and watched a video on how to organize a refrigerator. Today, I needed a few Thank-You cards and, instead of browsing the internet, I decided to copy a card I made earlier this week.
For some recent online challenges I created a simple Bright & Sunny Thoughts card using an overlay. I enjoyed the look of that overlay, so I decided to create another one, this time with Gold Foil paper and a Gold Embossed sentiment. The first card was created using White Daisy cardstock, but, even though I like the simplicity, I like the combination of Pink & Gold on second card much more. Both cards turned out wonderfully, and I didn’t have to reinvent a design – I just used what I already had in my book of tricks.
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You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to card making. All you need to do is pull from your own imagination and use a few simple tools like our How-To Books. I can’t wait to see what you create!
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Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month. This week, I created a simple Valentine’s Day card in traditional black, red, and white tones. You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.
I chose to use the Heart patterned paper from the Adventure Fundamentals Collection, but felt like it needed a little more “something” to fit my card design. I took one of the “Vine” images stamped in black ink to add to the pattern. I am please with the look.
Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4¼” x 5½” Black Cardstock, 4″ x 5¼” B&T Paper (Adventure Fundamentals), (3) 4″ x ½” Red Glitter Paper, 4¹⁄8″ x 3¹⁄8″ Black Cardstock, 4″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3¾” x 2¾” Cranberry Cardstock
1. Adhere the 4¼” x 5½” Black cardstock onto the front of the card base.
2. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Vine” image repeatedly onto the 4 x 5¼” B&T Paper. (I stamped between each heart image.)
3. Adhere the 4″ x 5¼” B&T Paper onto the center of the Black cardstock.
4. Adhere the three Red Glitter Paper strips horizontally onto the B&T paper, starting approximately 1″ from the top of the card. (You could also use Red Shimmer Trim.)
3. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Seed Packet” image onto the 3¾” x 2¾” Cranberry cardstock.
4. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Let Love Grow” sentiment and “Heart” image onto the center of the “Seed Packet” image. Sprinkle White Embossing Powder over the image, use a brush to remove the excess, then heat with a Craft Gun.
5. Adhere the Cranberry cardstock onto the center of the 4″ x 3″ White Daisy cardstock, then onto the center of the 4¹⁄8″ x 3¹⁄8″ Black cardstock.
6. Adhere the layered image onto the center of the card base using 3D Foam Tape.
7. If desired, stamp a sentiment onto the inside of the card.
Don’t forget to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st! Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month. This week, I created this monochromatic card using White Embossing Power as an embellishment. Even though the card was extremely simple to make, the mix of textures and color shades are delightful. I am very pleased with how this card turned out and am excited to send it off. You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.
Embossing Powder has a lovely effect, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out and frustrating if you don’t quite know how to use it. Below you will find a few tips for using Embossing Powder on your projects:
- VersaMark Ink or Pigment Inks are the best to use for Embossing Powders. These inks stay wet and sticky which allows the powder to adhere to your projects. I love using our Pigment Inks with Clear Embossing Powder to create multiple shades of embossed images. I don’t have to multiple shades of embossing powder, just one.
- Before stamping your project, use an Anti-Static bag to remove the static from your project. You can purchase one of these online, or create your own using a baby sock filled with cornstarch. Using this will prevent unwanted embossing powder from sticking to your project. I like to “pounce” mine onto the paper. (Note: These also work great for making adhesive on the back of stickers “unsticky”.)
- Always put the lid on your ink BEFORE pouring the Embossing Powder onto your project. Sometimes your powder ends up in places you don’t want it, and it can destroy an ink pad. I like to use a “Glitter Tray” when pouring my embossing powder onto my project so that I can pour the powder back into the jar. I have also seen people store their powder in square plastic containers.
- Keep a small, soft brush on hand for removing excess powder. I like to use the smallest brush from our Paintbrush Set, because it is fine enough to get into the little spots that may have filled with powder.
- Always use a Craft Heater designed for heat embossing. These are made specifically so that the temperature is high enough to melt the powder. BE CAREFUL and do not get your fingers or other items close to the heat source – it will burn you. I like to use my tweezers or a clothes pin to old items as I heat the powder. I like to hold my Craft Heater behind my project so that I can see the powder melt and make sure that I am not burning my powder.
- Practice makes perfect. Don’t expect every project to turn out exactly how you planned. It’s okay to have a few mistakes. Keep trying and keep creating. 🙂
Did you know that you could get one of my cards in your mailbox? Every time you place an order on my website, you receive a little happy mail from me. Make sure to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st! Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Welcome to the Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog. Close to My Heart has outdone themselves this year with all of the gorgeous fall and winter holiday products in this catalog. If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the products from the New Holiday Expressions catalog.
If you get lost , you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, so naturally, I was drawn to the autumn themed products in the New Holiday Expressions catalog. My favorite stamp set, so far, has been the Falling For You Cardmaking set with the matching Thin Cuts. This set is full of possibilities. You can shade the images with markers or pencils, cut them out and layer them, use them for a background, and more. On this card, I chose to use the stamp set many different ways, including heat embossing the images. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor Paper, 1″ x 6″ Vellum Paper
• Since Fall is so full of color, I used our Watercolor paints to create a background on the 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor paper. While is was still partially wet, I stamped the leaf images onto the cardstock using Flaxen & Saffron inks. This is what mine looked like when I was finished.
• The larger leaf images we created using our Gold & White Embossing Powders. Once the watercolor paints were dry, I stamped the White Embossed Leaf image first, heat it to set, then stamped the Gold Embossed Leaf image.
• The sentiment was created by taking the phrases and placing them in a line on a 3½” x 2″ Acrylix Block, then stamping them onto the watercolor paper with Black Ink.
• The smaller leaf images were heat embossed with our Gold & White Embossing Powders on the 1″ x 6″ piece of vellum. I used the matching Thin Cuts to cut out the images, then layered them behind the watercolor paper.
Now “Hop” on over to Lucy A Marino’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see all of the amazing Holiday Expressions products.
It’s time for the weekly Color My Heart Dare project and this week was quite the challenge for me. I rarely combine cool and warm colors, yet this week we were required to use Poppy, Tangerine, Willow, Glacier, Slate and White Daisy with optional Gold. My solution was to create a “cool” look to the color palette by using our Watercolor paints and keeping the accents simple. Using the Paper Bird stamp set allowed me to create accents with simple, uncomplicated details. This stamp set is only available during the month of July for our Buy Two Get One FREE Stampagaza event.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Slate Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (Script Uptown Fundamental), 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper
• The “Paper Bird” image was stamped onto the Uptown Fundamental Vellum using Black Memento Ink then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
• The “Paper Heart” was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto State Cardstock, then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
• The striped background was created with Watercolor Paints onto the 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper, then was cut 1″ from the bottom after it dried.
• The edges of the Watercolor paper and Heart Image were distressed with the Edge Distresser.
Many of the products shown here are retiring this month.
If you are interested in purchasing them, please
visit my website before July 31st.
They are available while supplies last.
For all those fur parents out there, here is an adorable layout you can create using our Storybook Alphabet acrylic stamp set. Over three years ago, we decided to adopt a dog that was found starving, sickly, and tattered along the roadside. She was so frightened when she came into our home and often hid whenever someone came into the house. Well, not only was she tattered, but we found out soon that she was pregnant. We made the decision to continue the pregnancy, assuming that nothing would survive, but a few months later we had six healthy puppies and , OF COURSE, we had to keep one. God had a plan because six months later our two other dogs (ages 16 and 17) passed away. We are true dog lovers in this home and I felt this layout is a perfect display of our love for those fur babies.
Remember, the Storybook Alphabet set in available until July 31st.
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The Tea-rriffic Stamp of the Month can be used to create some sweet scrapbook layouts. On this week’s project, I used the stamps to create a border and title, then used watercolors on the images. The layout is bright and cheerful just like my daughter when she had her weekly tea parties. (Now I need to get those photos printed.) At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout.
Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Pixie Cardstock, 12″ x 10″ White Daisy Cardstock , 12″ x 6″ Watercolor Paper, 12″ x 6″ Black Cardstock, 12″ x 3″ Crystal Blue Cardstock
Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:
- The Pixie Cardstock background was splattered with White Watercolor Paint. I used a medium watercolor brush, lots of water, and tapped the brush to create splatters.
- The Teacup Border was created by randomly stamping the “Teacup” and “Flower” images with Black Pigment Ink onto Watercolor Paper, then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I used Watercolor Paints on each of the images, then splattered Black Watercolor Paint onto the border with a medium watercolor brush. The image was hand-cut, placed onto Black Cardstock and hand-cut again to create the matting.
- The photo mat was created by welding an Art Philosophy border onto the top and bottom of a 12″ x 4½” rectangle.
- The “Tea Party” title was created on Cricut Design Space using the layering and
flattening techniques. I used a system font called Curls MT, so the file can’t be shared. I will be teaching this techniques to make titles like this at my summer Cricut classes.
The January Stamp of the Month, Adore You, can be used to create some beautiful cards and scrapbook pages. This week’s card can be used for Valentine’s Day, an Anniversary, or as a note to one you love. I’ll be sharing project ideas each week with this set, so be sure to visit often. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” Black Cardstock,
4″ x 5¼” White Daisy Cardstock
1. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” Black Cardstock piece to the front of the card base.
2. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the Floral image in to top left and lower right corners of the 4″ x 5¼” White Daisy Cardstock.
3. Using the Versamark pad, stamp the “Adore” stamp onto the center of the White Daisy Cardstock, then sprinkle on Gold Embossing Powder and shake off extra. Heat with heat gun until it is embossed. NOTE: Use a small paint brush to brush off any unwanted embossing powder before heating.
4. With the ShinHan Twin Touch Markers, color the Floral images. (I used Barely Beige, Mahogany, Carmine, and Golden Yellow for the Flowers. The leaves were shaded using Pastel Green, Sap Green, and the Colorless Blender, then I used Leaf Green on the Ferns.)
5. Adhere the 4″ x 5¼” White Daisy Cardstock onto the center of the Black Cardstock.
6. Finish the card by adding Bitty Sparkles to the centers of each flower. NOTE: Our Tweezers are the perfect tool for applying these little gems.
7. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.