Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stenciled Card

Stenciled Card with Distress Oxide Ink

I just acquired all the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and had to play with them.  After several hours, I had lots of panels to use for card backgrounds.  My favorite is pictured above, attached to a kraft colored panel and card.  In my first video ever, I demonstrated how I made the stenciled panel and card.  You can see the video on Youtube:

If you don't want to watch the video ( it's longer than it should be - I'm still learning) I'll go through the steps here: 


Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink
Ranger blending tool with sponge
A2 size Kraft card
Kraft cardstock 
Kaisercraft 12 x12 Mini Mix stencil
Spray bottle filled with water
Kraft colored ribbon
Decorative button
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive Clear Drying Craft Glue
Hero Arts Hydrangea Layering Stamp Set
WOW! Clear Embossing Powder
Label punch
Heat tool

Cut a piece of kraft colored cardstock to 3.75" x 5" and tape it to the back of the 12 x 12 Mini Mix Kaisercraft stencil.

Use Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink and the Ranger blending tool to stencil this gorgeous background.  This particular stencil has some delicate parts, so pounce in those areas to protect the stencil.

Apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink to the edges of the stenciled panel, just as you would with regular Distress Ink.  The Oxide ink blends beautifully - it's so much easier to blend than regular Distress Ink!  The magic of this ink happens when you mist it with water.  Hold the spray bottle about 18" above the panel and spritz it about three times - the color brightens and almost seems to glow.

Rub Cracked Pistachio Oxide ink to the edges of the front of the A2 size card base so it will be the same color as the stenciled panel.  Then mist it just like the stenciled panel.

Attach the stenciled panel to a 4" x 5.25" piece of plain kraft cardstock.

The button used to embellish the ribbon has a shank, so cut a slit in the middle of the ribbon and push the button through. 

Wrap a piece of string around the center of the ribbon and through the hole in the shank of the button - tie off the string and snip the ends.

Scor-tape is to be the best way to attach ribbon, so apply two pieces of tape to the back side edges of the stenciled panel assembly and pull off the tape backing.

Carefully line up the ribbon, wrap the ends around the panel assembly and stick them to the tape.

Snip off the excess ribbon.

Sttach the panel assembly to the front of the card base, centering in the space.

For the sentiment, use "just because..." from the Hero Arts layering stamp set called Hydrangeas.

The Misti tool is wonderful to assure a good stamped image!  Set it up with a scrap of kraft colored cardstock and ink the stamp with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink.   

Because this ink is a fusion of both dye and pigment inks, it stays wet just long enough to add WOW! clear embossing powder.  Heat the embossing powder until it melts and becomes shiny.

Use a punch to cut out the sentiment.

Use Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive Clear Drying Craft Glue to attach the sentiment to the lower front of the card.  This adhesive from Nuvo is great - the narrow tip doesn't clog and the glue dries to a matte finish.

That's it!!  I love how elegant this simple card looks!  

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cards, Cards and more Cards!

I returned from a week's vacation with my parents in St. Louis.  Of course, I have to take a project to work on, so I brought a bunch of stamps, inks and ideas to make cards.
 Above, I used a layered stamp set from Hero Arts called Hydrangeas for the flowers and Nuvo Crystal Drops for the dots in the background.  Both products are available at my store, Paper Arts, in Edmond, OK.  Below, I used an older Stampendous stamp called Build a Bouquet and a technique called ink lifting to create the blue panel.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Crazy Words stamp set.

 Above, I went crazy with the Concord and 9th Triangle Turnabout stamp set to make the trianble backgrounds.  The Proud of You die is available at Paper Arts.  I used a variety of inks:  Versafine and Memento Dew Drops.

 Above and below, I used one stamp for the focal image, then masked that off to do the wordy backgrounds.  What fun I had making those backgrounds!!

 Above, I used the same Hydrangea stamp used with perfect pearls and Nuvo Crystal drops for the white spots. Below is another wordy background card.

 Above, the another fun background made with a balloon stamp swiped across the stamp pad to get the streaky effect.  The stamps are called Birthday Balloons from a*muse studio, including the sentiments.  Below is a dog from Dare 2B Artzy. Paper Arts carries stamps from both a*muse studio and Dare 2B Artzy.

 Above, the sentiments are from the Tim Holtz's Crazy Words stamp set.  Below, the cute unicorn is from a stamp set from Fawn Lawn, called Pegasus Duo.  I used the coordinating die to make a mask to cover the unicorn to ink in the blue background.  Paper Arts carries lots of Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.

 Above, the Thank You die is available at Paper Arts.  Below, another card using the Pegasus Duo stamp set from Fawn Lawn.
All these cards are available to purchase at Paper Arts, 632 W. Edmond  Road,  Edmond, OK.  The stamps and dies are available as of this publication date, but it's "first come, first serve."  Come see us - we love making new friends!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"See-Thru" Cards

 All these cards has some aspect of seeing through the front.  Above, the front is made from vellum.  Below, the planes are actually cut out from the yellow paper.

 Above, the circle is filled with tulle and the animals are attached to the netting.  Below, there is clear acetate in each diagonal cut.

 Above, the cream dot center stripe is made from sheetrock tape!  Below, the open stripe behind the oval is filled with clear acetate.  (Sorry it is sideways - I'll figure that out soon.)
All these cards are available for purchase at my store, Paper Arts, located at 632 W. Edmond Road in Edmond, Oklahoma.  We have lots of supplies for scrapbooking and cardmaking, along with lots of classes.