Friday, September 30, 2016

A Birthday Card for Katelyn

My 14 year old niece has a birthday coming up in October.  I bought this Darice embossing folder at Joann Fabric and immediately loved all the areas that could be filled in with gel pens.

While at Joann Fabric, I also noticed their gel pens were all 50% off so I picked up these Souffle ones  by Sakura that work great on dark colors.  They dry a lot lighter than they go on but that was okay.

I ran some silver foiled card stock through the embossing folder in my Cuttlebug then went to work on coloring it in.  I may have to give Katelyn the pens I used and some of the embossed card stock because I know she is going to want to try it herself.

Luckily Katelyn doesn't follow my blog so it's safe to post this here (I hope).  

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sue Wilson Poinsettia Mini Background

Today's card uses the same die as yesterday's card; it's the Sue Wilson Poinsettia Mini Background die.   This time I used the larger outer frame for my card.  Yesterday I used the smaller inner rectangle:

Here's what the die looks like:

For today's card, I cut the outer frame on gold paper and colored in the holly and berries with metallic gel pens.  I then cut the smaller inner rectangle in white and adhered the Merry Christmas to it.  The holly and berry embellishment is from my stash but I could have used these,

To frame the card, I cut the smallest frame set from the Sue Wilson Stitched Lattice Frames.

All of the products I used are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Holiday Thank You Card

My nephew always needs Thank You cards at the end of each semester so he can thank the people who are giving him scholarships for college.  So I'm beginning to make some Thank You cards that are appropriate for the end of the 2016 year.  These cards can also be used to thank someone for a gift you may have received for the season.

I used the following dies to make the card:

I started off by cutting the inner part of the Poinsettia Mini Background but not using the outer frame with it so it would stay in the paper.  I cut it twice, lining it up right next to the first cut so the pinprick stitching would line up.

Sue Wilson Dies -Festive Collection - Poinsettia Mini Background

Then I cut out the Stitched Lattice Frames and kept the center rectangle inside the frame to back the white top layer.

I cut the largest of the Stitched Ovals and adhered the Thank You on it.  Then I cut the two smallest of the flowers, pinched the petals for some dimension and added some gems.

All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rose Leaf Embossing Folder Two Ways

When I first saw this Rose Leaf embossing folder at Ecstasy Crafts, I thought to myself "that would make for a really pretty stamp".  Do you ever see embossing folders that you wish were stamps and vice-versa?  It happens to me a lot.

After embossing my water color paper, I used the side with the raised veins in the leaves for my first card:

I rubbed on some Creative Expressions Vintage Golden Green gilding wax over the veins and rubbed some Amethyst gilding wax on the "seeds" of the raspberries.  

I then used some water based ink to paint in the green leaves, and I used some Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Decadent Wine Blending Ink to paint in the berries.  Next I took a paper pencil and dipped it in some Golden Light gilding wax to get the gold dots on the card.

For the second card, I embossed another piece of water color paper that I spritzed with water to get some really deep embossing.  This time I used the opposite side of the paper than what I used on the first card.  The veins in the leaves are debossed, not raised up.

I used some Vintage Golden Green gilding wax on the leaves and Amethyst gilding wax on the berries.  This card has a very vintage look to it IRL with the green gilding wax on the leaves.  It's not a bright green; it is toned down a bit with the mix of gold in it and is actually a very pretty color.

Ecstasy Crafts carries 35 different colors of gilding wax.  Some are listed under the above highlighted words and others are here.

Creative Expressions Gilding Wax (10 ml)      Creative Expressions Gilding Wax Colours by Phill Martin

So, by using water colors on my first card, I actually (kind of) turned the embossing folder into a stamp.

Thanks for taking a look -- Ann.

All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Birthday Card for Nephew

I have a nephew and a niece with birthdays just two days apart; the nephew is turning 18 so I wanted a card that was a bit mature since he's in college now.

I used a Spellbinder's EF called Need a Rope and the feathers are also by Spellbinders.

The feathers have various colors of gilding wax on them but it's hard to see.  I used Patina, Gold and Cast Bronze.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Creepy Spiders

I used the Trick or Treat die along with the Spider Web die set.

You have until Oct. 4 to join along.  Details of the challenge can be found here.


Bats in Trees

I made the orange background first by swiping white paper through some spritzed orange ink on my craft sheet.  Then I stamped the Tree Line Cover a Card over that.  Adhered some bats and the card was basically done.

If you want to see some really nice Halloween cards, check out the entries by the other ladies.  There are some amazing cards there.


Framing the Breeze Two Ways

Ecstasy Crafts has this new embossing folder by Couture Creations called Framing the Breeze:

Couture Creations - Embossing Folder - Framing the Breeze

The folder is part of a new collection that has really pretty nautical paper and other embossing folders too.  I used this same embossing folder on both of my cards but ended up with a totally different look.

Let's talk about the first card:

My eye was immediately attracted to the embossing in the corners of this folder.  I was thinking I could use some gilding wax on the embossing to really accentuate it but I decided to use some distress ink on most of it (only because my green gilding wax didn't seem dark enough) and only used Golden Light gilding wax around the circle and Vintage Berry on what I call "the corner flowers".  

To make the card, I embossed two pieces of gold paper and one piece of white paper.  One of the gold pieces became the frame around the white paper, and the other piece I used to cut out the corners.

The ornament was colored by simply swiping a piece of white paper through some watered down ink on my craft sheet.  I topped the ornament with a bow and added the gem.

On to the second card:

I originally wanted to make a scene in the center of the port hole but it just didn't look right so I decided to make a shaker card.  I used Golden Light gilding wax on the corners only this time.  The center circle was inked with some Antique Linen distress ink and the embossed background was inked with Stormy Sky.  "Hurry Home" was computer generated with the thought that this card could be from a child hoping their Navy Mom or Dad would be home soon.

The anchor and wheel are from the Frantic Stamper Nautical Icons set.

TIP:  If you are using gilding wax and accidentally get some on an area where it shouldn't be, you can usually sand it off if it's accessible with a piece of sandpaper or nail file.

All of these products are available at the Ecstasy Crafts store.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Collecting Seashells Embossing Folder -- Day 3

After I posted my Collecting Seashells card on some Facebook card making group sites, I came across this technique of using Stazon after embossing the foil card stock.

Here's what this Stazon technique looks like with the Collecting Seashells embossing folder:

Foil cardstock colored with alcohol inks, embossed and then swipe a black Stazon ink pad across the entire card.

Silver foil cardstock colored with alcohol inks, embossed then swiped with a black Stazon ink pad.

Silver foil cardstock colored with alcohol inks, embossed then swiped with a dark blue Stazon ink pad

Before I embossed my foil card stock, I dripped on various alcohol inks to give the background some color.  Alcohol inks dry almost instantly on foil card stock.  However, you do have to let the Stazon dry for a least 15 minutes before touching your card.

Here are some other cards with the same technique:

Glossy photo paper that was colored with alcohol inks, embossed, then sanded down (above card)

Silver mirror board colored with alcohol inks, embossed and sanded down

Blue double sided foil cardstock (Recollections) colored with blue and white (pearl) alcohol inks, embossed and sanded.

There are so many different kinds of paper you can use for this technique.  These are just a few.

Thanks for taking a look -- Ann

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Halloween Mini Scene Cards

Halloween is just over a month you have your cards made yet?

I think sunburst / starburst dies work great as backgrounds on cards; you can do so much with them.  For today's cards, I decided to cut the Memory Box Radiant Frame with black cardstock.  

TIP:  If you layer the Radiant Frame on a piece of paper the same color as the frame itself, it helps to hide any imperfections when gluing the rays back into the frame.

TIP:  I don't adhere the "spokes" that are on the Radiant Frame; I simply glue around the four edges of the frame itself.  The rays will hold the spokes down later.

 I cut out the Radiant Frame 3 more times on three different pattern papers which gave me enough "rays" to make three cards.  I like to send Halloween cards to my nieces and nephews, even those who are in college.  Back when I was in college I rarely got mail, but when I did, it really made my day.  So hopefully I can put a smile on my niece's and nephew's faces and include a little treat inside  as an extra bonus.  After all, these are Halloween cards. 

The inner frames with the scenes in them are the Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I always have several of these hanging around because one swipe through the die cut machine cuts all 6 frames at the same time.  I knew I wanted to make some scenes within the frames on the cards so I took out my Impression Obsession Halloween dies and got to work:

Fence Border DIE028

Mini Bats DIE331

The stamps that are on the cards are from the Spooktacular Clear Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn.  I love the sentiments, along with the cute shapes, that come in this stamp set:

The cardstock I was using did not take the stamped greetings very well the first time.  I took out my DIY stamping tool to re-stamp perfectly on top of the first stamp.  Jen Evers has a video here on how to make this stamping tool out of a CD case: 

I'll be making more Halloween cards this month so come back to check them out.  For even more inspiration, stop by the Dies R Us Blog for some great work by the other Design Team ladies.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fall Thankful Card Two Ways

This card was made using an embossing folder, sandable cardstock, and gilding wax.

I started off embossing a lightly spritzed piece of brown Coordinations cardstock that is sandable.  This means it has a different colored core to it than the outside color.  You could also make this card on white cardstock.

The embossing folder I used is the Nellie's Choice Leaves.  It is 8 1/4" x 11 7/8".  This is what it looks like:

Embossing Folder A4 size - Leaves

If your embossing machine doesn't allow folders this large, you can cut the folder down to fit your machine.  Just take one of the plates from your machine, place it on top of your folder, and carefully cut around the edge of the plate with a craft knife or sharp scissors.  You need to leave the folded hinge at the top of your cut out folder in order for the top and bottom pieces of the folder to line up exactly and emboss correctly.

After the paper was embossed, I sanded just the leaves lightly with a sanding block.  This sanding block only costs $1.00 so I always pick up a few at a time even though one block lasts quite a while.

Once it is sanded down, it will have white outlines around the leaves.  I then dabbed some Patina gilding wax on my finger and lightly applied it to some of the leaves.

Then I used come Cast Bronze gilding wax for the rest of the leaves.

This was pretty as it is but I wanted to get some gold in there so I went over the entire card very lightly with some Golden Light gilding wax.  This gave a really nice shine to the edges of the leaves and the background:

Again, I could have left it like it is but I wanted to bring back some of the original brown from the paper.  If you are using white paper, you can also do this following step.

I applied some brown water based ink that I had diluted heavily and brushed it over the entire embossed paper.  This filled in any areas on the paper that didn't get covered with gilding wax.  It also gave a more defined look around the leaves, I think.

After rubbing off the excess ink with a paper towel, I used a heat gun to dry the paper.

The last step was to adhere the word Thankful to my cut out flag and adhere the card panel to my card base.

You can also flip the embossed paper over and apply gilding wax to the debossed side for a totally different look:

I used Amethyst, Golden Light, Cast Bronze and Vintage Berry gilding wax.  Just rub in on with a finger then smooth down with a soft cloth if desired.

I then added some leaves from the Marianne Design Leaf Doily die set.  The purple leaves were turned over so the embossed veins would show, then I rubbed on some gilding wax.  The copper colored leaves were left as is to show how deep the veins are cut into the leaves.

  The image below is a good example for showing the difference between embossing where the letters are raised up on the card and debossing where the letters are pressed into the card:

Image result for emboss vs deboss

I hope you'll give this a try.  Gilding wax is unique over just using inks on embossed papers in that they give a shiny look to the card.
All of the products I used to make my card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann