Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mighty Hands Faith Cards

Hello! I'm so excited to share today's cards with you! I used stamps from a new stamp company called Mighty Hands! They are based in Singapore, but their stamps are made here in the US! I first saw them on Instagram and I fell in love! I'm always looking for Christian stamps to make cards to share with my fellow Christians and these stamps are perfect! And they came in only 3 weeks from Singapore! I couldn't wait to start playing!

I don't know about you, but I have a whole basket of backgrounds sitting next to my desk just waiting for the perfect stamps to finish them off! When I try new techniques I make a bunch of backgrounds and pick my favorites to use and keep the rest for later. I used two of my pre-made backgrounds for these cards!

This one is the more simple background. I used a technique from Jennifer McGuire where I put some acrylic paints onto my cardstock and dragged the paint across the cardstock with a ruler. It's super easy and I have about 20 backgrounds that I made! I loved the colors and chose to use the script "faith" sentiment with one of the skinny text sentiments from the Faith Words stamp set and white heat embossed them. I LOVE this stamp set because of the script faith word and the bunches of coordinating sentiments!

This card was a little more involved, but still fairly simple! I used the Cora Background Stamp from Simon Says Stamp, but I masked off the outer part of the stamp so that I only stamped the inner portion. Then I used some WOW! embossing powder to heat emboss the image. I ink blended some Fossilized Amber Distress Ink onto the whole background, but I kept the center light and the edges dark.

I thought the Faith Words stamp set would be perfect to finish off this background! I used white embossing powder to heat emboss the script faith word onto vellum and used my scissors to trim around the word. I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink to stamp the coordinating sentiment onto white cardstock and then trimmed the cardstock strip so that I could stack the sentiment. I love how the Peacock Feathers ink almost matches my embossed background, but it's just a tad darker so that the sentiment will stand out!

I hope you've enjoyed this peek at the Faith Words stamp set from Mighty Hands and that you'll head over to their store and check them out! See you next time!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Geometric Menagerie Gradient Watercolor

Hey, there! I'm in LOVE with all of the geometric stamp sets in the January 2019 box from The Hedgehog Hollow! Especially the Geometric Menagerie stamp set! I wanted to make some gradient watercolor backgrounds that would make the geometric animals really pop! Make sure you scroll down to the bottom to watch my process video! And if you want to purchase a subscription there are several ways to subscribe! You could do a month to month rolling subscription to The Hedgehog Hollow starting with the January 2019 box or a three month subscription starting with the January box. There are also a few different boxes available for individual purchase so be sure to visit The Hedgehog Hollow shop!

I had the vision for these cards from the minute I saw the Geometric Menagerie stamp set! And I'm so excited with how they turned out! I used some Brea Reese liquid watercolors, but you could use any kind of watercolors. I didn't clean my paint palette very well from my last project - truthfully I never do! Haha! I usually just wipe it out with a baby wipe! I added some liquid watercolors to my palette without realizing that I had left some liquid glitter in the bottom, but I really like how the glitter adds some extra shine! I used a flat brush and added a strip of water and then picked up some of the color and added a heavy concentration to the water on my paper. Then I cleaned my brush and added a strip of water directly above where I had just painted - just barely touching the color I had already laid down. Then I cleaned my brush again and repeated the process - adding a strip of water above the paint. I didn't add any color to the top, just clean water. And I let the color and the water work together and fade out towards the top. 

You can see that little bit of sparkle on the purple watercolor the best! It's really eye catching! I used my heat tool to dry the backgrounds and then flicked on a bit of gold watercolor from my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors paint palette. 

I stamped the animals from the Geometric Menagerie stamp set and the sentiment from the Geometric Love stamp set - both are included in the January box. I used white embossing powder so that they would really pop off the background. 

You could easily create a whole set of these! And I plan to! I love them so much! Check out the video below! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Life is a Circus Patterned Paper Background

Hello! I hope you are all enjoying the January release from Pink & Main! I'm just in LOVE with it! I wanted to use the new Watercolor Foil paper pack, but I loved each and every pattern in the pack and couldn't decide which one to use! No worries! I found a way to use almost every pattern! And of course I used the new Life is a Circus stamp set and Magical stamp set with the coordinating dies!

I tend to stick to the usual A2 sized card, but today I felt like stretching myself a bit! I created a card that would fit into a business size envelope - my card is about 4 inches tall by 9.5 inches wide! I started by creating my background - it's made up of strips of paper from the new Watercolor Foil paper pack! I cut strips of various sizes from almost all of the patterns included in the pack and glued them on to a piece of scrap cardstock cut slightly smaller than my card base. Then I glued the whole piece onto my card with some foam tape.

I stamped and watercolored a bunch of images from the Life is a Circus stamp set, die cut them with the coordinating dies, and glued them flat onto my card. Look at them! Aren't they just the CUTEST!!

I wanted to tie in the gold foil from the patterned paper, so I used the Magical die set to die cut my sentiment from gold foil cardstock. I also cut 3 additional word die cuts and stacked them all together for dimension. I didn't think it stood out enough, so I used the shadow die to die cut some vellum. One of my resolutions is to make more birthday cards, so I used some coordinating sentiments from the Magical stamp set to finish off my card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Pink & Main Need Coffee Clean and Simple Masked Background

Hi, everyone! Today I'm making a clean and simple masked background card with the Need Coffee stamp set from Pink & Main for Scrapping for Less! This girl looks just like me in the morning! Haha! I fell in love with her bunny slippers! Watch the video at the end of this post for my process!

Isn't the card so cute! I created a quick and easy background by die cutting a piece of kraft cardstock with a stitched rectangle die that would be slightly smaller than my card base. Then I used 1/4 inch skinny masking tape (but you could use skinny washi tape) and used my grid mat to space the strips of masking tape 1/4 inch apart. Once I had my panel covered with the tape I used a foam blender to blend on some white pigment ink. I tried to keep the ink concentrated near the bottom and fading out towards the top left. 

I stamped out the image from the Pink & Main Need Coffee stamp set with Copic safe ink and colored her using super basic two color blending for most of the colors. I used a variety of Copic markers and some Spectrum Noir markers. I snapped a photo of the markers I used so you can easily copy my coloring blends if you'd like to!

I mounted my inked background onto a white card base and used foam tape to pop up my colored image. I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of white cardstock and trimmed the edge into a banner and mounted it with foam tape. I thought it needed a little finishing touch, so I added some embellishments with my White Blizzard Nuvo drops! Check out my process in the video below! 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Kindred Stamps Chubby Mermaid Brayered Backgrounds

Hi, everyone! I'm back with another video using the Chubby Mermaid stamp set from Kindred stamps! You know me .... I love building my own backgrounds! Recently I purchased a brayer and I love how quickly I'm able to create distressed inky backgrounds! Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to watch my process video!

I loved making the backgrounds so much that I made three cards to share with you today! Each one is a little different, but I love all of them!

This background turned out much differently than I had envisioned, but it's probably my favorite! I added a bunch of ink and pressed so hard! Haha! You really don't need to press and roll as hard as I did, but I'm not exactly a gentle person lol! I think that's why this background looks so smooth and chalky - I really really pressed and worked the ink into the cardstock. Watch my video to see my technique, but basically I just grabbed my brayer, rolled it back and forth onto my ink pad, and then back and forth onto my cardstock. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Faded Jeans ink for this card. I started with my lightest, moved on to my middle, back to my lightest, then my middle, and the dark, and just kept repeating and repeating. I lost the distressed look I wanted, so I decided to just go for it and add a bunch of ink! And I did! Haha! Once the piece was all inked up, I centered it under the Swirl Stencil and pounced on some white pigment ink with a blending tool. I added quite a bit of white ink, but I absolutely LOVE how it dried back and blends in with the chalky Oxide inks!

I watercolored the mermaid and starfish from the Chubby Mermaid stamp set with my Staedtler felt tipped markers and cut them out and popped them up with foam tape. I added some sequin bits from the Unicorn Hair shaker pack and white heat embossed a sentiment to finish off my first card.

My second card is much simpler and much more what I was trying to do with my brayer! I love the distressed edges! I used my Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide ink and went back and forth short ways and long ways on my cardstock, but not so much that I lost the distressed look. The key is to just put the brayer down! Haha! Put it down! I know it's hard - it is for me! But seriously ... just put it down. I flicked on some Wilted Violet Oxide ink and I love how it reacts with the ink blending, but not the plain white cardstock on the edges of the card!

I again finished off this card with a white heat embossed sentiment, a watercolored mermaid and starfish, and a scattering of sequins from the Owl Post shaker pack.

Here's a bonus card! I didn't show the creation of this card in the video, but I used the same brayer technique using Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Oxide inks. I brayered back and forth keeping my inking towards the center of my panel. I didn't get it completely centered, so I trimmed down the side of my panel and put it on a card base letting the white card base peek through on the edges. Again I heat embossed a sentiment, added my images, and finished off with some sequins from the Tart shaker pack! Watch the video below!

Thanks for watching! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pink & Main January Release Sneak Peek

Hello! We are just a few days away from the January release from Pink & Main! Woohoo!!! This release is so amazing and I can't wait to share with you all that I've created! Let's start with today's sneak peek card! I've used the adorable new Perfect Couple stamp set as well as the Magical stamp set and matching die set and paired them with some older products from the shop! All of the new products will be available January 20th, 2019 under the New Release tab in the store!

Look at those bears on the bike! So adorable! I wanted to make a Valentine's Day card, so I grabbed the Puffy Heart stencil and inked it up with Tattered Rose, Worn lipstick, Picked Raspberry, and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide inks onto a piece of white cardstock. I had planned to put my image directly onto this panel, but the Cloudy Frames dies were screaming at me! Haha! I die cut the largest frame from some white cardstock, but I thought that I wanted a finished edge, so I took a die from the Stitched Rectangles 1 die set and one that was slightly smaller from the Stitched Rectangles 2 die set and lined them up and die cut the tiny stitched frame you see! Perfect!! I used a piece of acetate and some foam tape to create a traditional shaker box to put over my stenciled background. I filled it up with some pink and silver sequins I had in my stash and I love how the shaker looks with that cloudy frame!

Next I stamped out the couple on the bike from the Perfect Couple stamp set (coming January 20th!!) and watercolored the image and die cut it with the coordinating dies. I glued it straight onto the acetate covering the shaker box. The 'you make life' sentiment is from the new Magical stamp set and I stamped it with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink and positioned the sentiment strip in between the bike wheels. I inked up another piece of cardstock with Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry inks and die cut the new Magical die from it. I stacked it up with 3 additional white die cut words for dimension.

I hope you've loved this sneak peek! Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stamping with Dies Using the December 2018 Flavor of the Month Card Kit

Hi! I'm loving the Animals in the Arctic December 2018 Flavor of the Month card kit from Scrapping for Less! Even though this kit is sold out I wanted to share a few card ideas for those of you who were able to purchase the kit! Winter is my favorite and I just love the purples and blues found throughout the collections! But what I really love are snowflakes! The little snowflake die in the kit is perfect for more than just die cutting! Watch my video at the end of this post to see how I use it as a stamp to build my backgrounds!

Can you believe that both of these backgrounds were created by stamping with a die cut? It's one of my favorite ways to stretch my dies! And it's so easy to do! I used the small snowflake die from the third collection and die cut it from some sticky backed fun foam. It's not necessary for it to be sticky backed, but it makes it so much easier. In my video I used green fun foam, but that's only because I have a multi pack of foam and green happened to be the color that was on my desk. You can use any color that you have! If it's sticky backed fun foam you just stick it onto an acrylic block and you're good to go. If it's just regular fun foam you're die cutting add a thin strip of removable adhesive to an acrylic block and stick the fun foam to it.

Once you've mounted the die cut fun foam to your acrylic block you can stamp like you would any other stamp! How awesome! For my cards I used Versamark ink as well as a gold pigment ink, but this technique works with dye inks as well!

I started with a piece of dark purple cardstock included in the kit and stamped my sentiment from the LDRS stamp set from the fourth collection and heat embossed it with white powder. Then I used my die cut snowflake stamp with some Versamark ink to cover up my background. I embossed the snowflakes with pearl embossing powder. It looks so shimmery and wintery! I love how the pearl embossing picks up the background color along with a silvery shine! I cut up the snowflake garland so that I could use the snowflakes individually and used liquid adhesive to glue them and some sequins around my card.

While I had the die cut snowflake adhered to my acrylic block I decided to make another quick and easy card! I used a gold pigment ink and stamped my snowflakes so that it would look like there was a flurry of snowflakes coming down from the top of the card. I used the same ink to stamp my sentiment and BOOM! I have two quick and simple cards! And I stretched my supplies! You can watch my process in the video below!

Thanks for stopping by!