Saturday, July 23, 2016

Happy Anniversary to the Perfect Pear

Friends of mine are celebrating their 5th anniversary soon, and I wanted a somewhat fun card for them as they are a fun couple.  

I used the Frantic Stamper Juicy Pears, cutting them out on watercolor paper and coloring them with various watercolor inks.  On the inside of the card I wrote "to the perfect pear".

I also had this new Mini Squares stencil by Creative Expressions that I wanted to use.  I mixed some Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste with some green inks and applied it over the stencil, scrapping it off with an old credit card, hoping this would give a little dimension to the card.  In hindsight, I should have done more stenciling on the card.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sue Wilson's Ray of Light as a Stencil

In the previous two posts, I showed some cards using the Sue Wilson Ray of Light die as a die.

Today I want to share how to use the Ray of Light die as a stencil to create a card like the one above.

First, I taped the die face up onto a piece of 4x6 white cardstock.  I used the die face side up because it allowed me to get into the open spaces easier than if I tried it from the back side.

I started off using some Cosmic Shimmer  Scarlet Woman Colour Cloud Blending Ink and a finger dauber, rubbing the dauber into the larger openings around the circle area in the die.  Once the larger areas were covered with ink, I then used a tiny pointed ink tool (I call it a paper pencil) to get the ink down into the skinny lines.  After using the Scarlet Woman ink, I switched to an orange pumpkin color and then finally to yellow.

After the inking was done, I lightly spritzed the paper with water and let the inks run a bit then dried it with a heat gun.  I wanted to use some new Frosty Aqua Gilding Wax I had just gotten so I gently rubbed some on with my finger, staying close to the outer edge of the paper.  I also had some new Frosty Blossom Gilding Wax so I rubbed that over the area that I had inked with Scarlet Woman ink.  To make the gilding wax shine even more, I polished the paper by rubbing gently over the gilding wax areas with a soft cloth.

To finish the card, I cut out a few hills using the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers and manually made a small cross to put on top of the hill.

This card has so much shine to it IRL.  I love these new Gilding Wax colors.

For more inspiration, visit the Gallery at Ecstasy Crafts or go to my Pinterest board.  All the products I used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sue Wilson's Ray of Light -- Day 1

Sue Wilson's new  Ray of Light die cuts out the rays while leaving half of them still attached, and it also embosses lines and dots on the rays, giving the rays some amazing detail.  This can be seen better in the card below where I used a neutral color of paper:

To make the above card,  I took a piece of glossy photo paper and dabbed on a variety of alcohol inks to get the orange and red splotches.  Then I dabbed on some of the metallic gold alcohol ink over the top of those two colors.  Since alcohol ink dries immediately, I was able to cut the Ray of Light die onto my alcohol inked paper right away.   This gave me the top layer for my card, which I raised up with foam tape.

The gold layer underneath is a piece of cardstock that I covered with Creative Expressions Golden Light Metallic Gilding Wax.  I simply dabbed my finger in the wax pot and then rubbed it all over the paper until the entire piece was evenly coated.  To get even more shine, I then polished the paper with a soft cloth.  Gilding wax easily washes off your fingers with soap and water.

The butterfly embellishments are from the Sue Wilson Butterflies in Flight.  I cut them on gold foil paper and embossed them with a stylus while the paper was still in the die.  I added a few black rhinestones to the bodies of the butterflies and the card was done.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Praying Hands Cards

This Praying Hands die is by Dee's Distinctively.  I was a little skeptical getting it as I thought it might be difficult to get out of the die after it's cut but it wasn't.  It comes out as an outline more or less and the inside pieces for the hand, nails and sleeves just pop out.  There are also other praying hands dies on the market but none as big as this one.  I wanted a big one to fill an A2 card.

Other dies I used:

Frantic Stamper Grand Mother and Father

Sue Wilson Ray of Light

The Ray of Light die is very different from most other sunburst dies in that you don't have to piece the triangles back into the die cut to use it.  Half of the rays stay attached, allowing you to layer it on another piece of cardstock.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Raindrops on Roses

Welcome to the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Ann here with a red rose card that could be used for almost any occasion.

I began by cutting the Penny Black Edger on the lower white top panel and again on a piece of black paper, then attached the black edger to a top white panel.

The black fancy oval was then cut out using the Sue Wilson Designs -Frames & Tags Grace as was the white center oval.

I used the Single Rose by Paper Smooches as the focal point on the card, cutting it out twice with black paper then layering them on top of each other for a thicker frame.  The red and green part of the rose was made by coloring a piece of acetate with alcohol inks.  After cutting the die on the red and green acetate, I just adhered the pieces with a glue pen.  To make the raindrops, I dropped on some Glossy Accents but it's hard to see.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Camping Out Under the Stars

When I got this Campsite die set, I knew I had to make a blue tent like my family used to have when I was little.  My Dad took us camping at just about every state run campsite in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  He created such wonderful memories for me and took pictures of all our trips so we could always look back and remember the fun times we had.

I used the Starfall Reverse Cut for the sky and the Evergreen Forest Edger for the trees.

This card was so easy to make and brought back so many memories.  

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Apple Picking Scrapbook Pages

 I'm finally caught up on my nephew's scrapbook, at least until I get more pictures to use.

The following dies from Ecstasy Crafts were used on these scrapbook pages:

Other products used:  Fiskars Tree punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, small apple punch, various letter and number dies

Friday, July 8, 2016

To the Happy Couple

June is the month of weddings, and I've had requests to make some wedding cards.  The Couple die by Tattered Lace is my favorite wedding couple die on the market.   

 Here's what the card looks like on the inside:

I wanted to leave room on the inside to put the name of the couple, their wedding date, and maybe a few hearts.

For the outside I used the Tattered Lace Couple die which I placed on the ovals from the Sue Wilson Festive Collection - Lattice Snowflake.  This die set comes with some great layering ovals that I use on a lot of my cards.

I also used the Frantic Stamper Saharan Screen Card Panel which I cut down to fit the front sides of the card.

The word "Congratulations" on the inside of the card is from the Sue Wilson Expressions Collection.

To make this gatefold card, I cut a piece of cardstock 11 x 5 1/4", placed it horizontally on a scoring board so the 11" side is across the top, and scored at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4".

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