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Snowy Scrapbooking

 

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We haven’t had much snow in Illinois, but we certainly have had more than our share of record cold temperatures! There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than crafting in a nice warm studio. I would much rather document the snow than be out in it, but the subject of my latest project sure looks like he’s having a great time! I went through my stash of vintage photos and found this shot of a little boy all bundled up in the winter of 1948. He’s the perfect subject for a snowy spread.

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Glimmer paste is a really easy way to add sparkle to any project, especially when paired with a stencil. I chose Beautiful Bokeh to create a background of falling snow for this layout. Make sure to secure your stencil with some washi or paint tape. Using a small pallet knife, spread the paste evenly, and make sure that all the areas are filled in. Scrape off any extra paste before carefully removing the stencil. If you are doing a large are that overlaps, be sure to let your first area dry before laying down your stencil again.

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Now that I have my background done, it’s time to assemble all of the other embellishments.

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Using Gliding Flakes on a Card with a Stamp

In a few simple steps you can easily add a gilded touch to any stamped image. I love how this turns out and it will surely wow your recipient!

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I’m using Nuvo Gilding Flakes today to bring a soft gilded look to my card- they come in three beautiful colors and I love to mix all of them to create a unique look.

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Using the trimmer, cut a piece of cardstock down to the required card size. Fold to create card.

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Stamp the Floral tag stamp using glue. I would recommend the Large glue pen. Let the stamped image dry a little till its just tacky to the touch. Pile up a generous amount of the Nuvo Gilding Flakes onto the stamped image.

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Now it’s time to burnish the gilding flakes using a brush with bristles. Apply a moderate amount of pressure over the gilding flakes and rub with a circular motion and gently remove all of the excess gilding flakes.

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Once all the excess gilding flakes have been removed you will have a beautiful stamped image with a soft gilded look.

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It is really difficult to capture the shine of these gilding flakes on the camera. But in real life they look gorgeous!

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I similarly stamped another image to create a matching envelope here. I am addicted to gilding everything now- it is such an easy technique that gives a great wow factor to your project!

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Gothic Valentines

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! While I love the lacy, pink, glittery goodness of the season, I know it isn’t for everyone. That’s why I’m here today to show you how to make some creepy cute mini valentines to suite your gothic side. So turn on a Cure album and let’s dive in!

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I started by die cutting all of my various pieces – the main card, heart, and skeleton.

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I couldn’t resist adding a little glitter. The aqua flow glitter gloss pen makes it easy to add a little sparkle, or a lot. I went over just the border for a fun contrast. I also went around the border of the heart, this time using some Embellishment Mousse.

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The skeleton die creates extremely detailed little pieces. The glue pen is just perfect for getting all of the little areas to attach the rib cage, arms, and hand to the heart.

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After attaching I trimmed off a few areas that went over the edge, but kept some. I wanted to retain the heart shape, while still breaking outside of it a little for added dimension.

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You can use tape runner, or a glue pen to attach the heart to the main card. Then it’s time to embellish with some stickers.

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The Spooktacular die creates a full skeleton each time, so use those other parts to mix and match for a whole set of different valentines. If you want to write a message on the back, don’t miss the opportunity to use some puns such as “No bones about it…” or “‘Til death do us part…”

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Using Leftover Scraps in Unexpected Ways!

Good morning!  Jess here with an unexpected card showing the reason why you should never throw away scraps!

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I was working on a few alcohol ink backgrounds this weekend and was left with a scrap of yupo paper.  It wasn’t quite the right orientation to work for another card in the style I had been making previously and I was considering throwing it away when I decided to see if I could do anything else with it first.  And spoiler alert, I’m so glad I kept it!! 🙂

tonicpaste Shimmers and sparkles make everything better so I immediately grabbed my Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone and a delicate stencil.  I sprayed temporary removable adhesive on the back of the stencil and pressed it over the alcohol inked paper.  Then I used the Nuvo Mousse and Paste palette knife to spread a thin layer of the Nuvo Glimmer Paste over the stencil.  The glimmer paste is iridescent and full of sparkles but clear so it still shows the colors of the alcohol ink.  For a more organic look I allowed the paste to go over the edge of the stencil in a few areas.  After I applied the paste I carefully peeled up the stencil and allowed the paste to dry completely.

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Isn’t it pretty?!

While it was drying I worked on the rest of the card.  I started by running the Miniature Moments Best Wishes die through my Tangerine Machine with black cardstock from the Monochrome Essentials Card Pack three times.  I layered them together with deluxe adhesive and then added a layer of clear glitter gloss to the top of the die for even more sparkle.

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I also knew I wanted to add a few nuvo crystal drops but I was concerned that the dimension of the stencil would cause the drops to dry oddly.  So I applied nuvo crystal drops in ebony black to my crafting mat, let them dry completely, and then carefully peeled them off to create my own enamel-like drops.  Then I just adhered them to the card with deluxe adhesive!  To finish the card I trimmed the panel to 4″ by 5.25″ and adhered it to a black card base.

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Again, when I originally set out to play with this stencil and paste I never would have thought I’d end up with a card I like so much.  Part of my original thought to just toss the scrap was because the alcohol ink didn’t extend across the whole A2 panel so there’d be a patch of white at the bottom of a card.  But now, one of my favorite parts of the end result is that white area and the contrast between shades of pink.  And off course, all the shimmer! 😉

Thanks so much for visiting and have a fabulous crafty day!

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Altered cover with Nuvo Drops

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today. With the new year here, we all have new goals and hobbies on our minds. I decided to start a new book journal and today I will show you how I altered my journal cover! A simple way to get creative and make something unique.

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I printed a coloring page to use today but really you can tear out any page from any adult coloring page to do this technique. The coloring page seen here is a free download on my blog that you can here. Then I fussy cut out some flower and paisley shapes using the shears.

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I adhered the coloring page bits onto the journal first. Then I started “coloring” in my design using Nuvo drops. I start by adding small tiny drops of color at first.

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I then mixed and matched colors and added outlines of different colors. smitha-katti1Here are a few tips for using Nuvo Drops:

  1. Apply thin outlines and try to keep these lines as even as possible. If your lines go thick and thin, chances are it will crack while drying.
  2. If you want to create a thick outline- start with a thin outline first. Let this dry. Then go over that to create a thicker outline.
  3. While applying tiny dots, apply them far apart first. Once these dry, go in between them to apply more dots.

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This might look elaborate, but really it took less than 15 minutes and that dimension adds such a special touch!! I love how this turned out and am so happy with it!

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What have your new year resolutions been this year? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Crafting!

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Quick & Simple Thank You Notes

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Hello again! Today I am here with an easy and practical craft project that is not only perfect for this time of year, but sure to be handy year round. I’m talking about thank you notes. Everyone appreciates a little note of gratitude, and during this time of year you want to make sure you’ve got a stash of notes ready to go. Of course, handmade stationery also makes a lovely gift, so why not stuff those stockings with a few custom thank you notes while you’re at it?

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If you have not used a stamp platform before, you will soon see that it is a game changer! As someone with a background in screen printing, I was so excited to get my hands on this tool. I feel like I am back in the printing studio when I use it. Once you set up your image you can crank out as many cards as you want with precision and ease. If you only have time to make a few cards, you can leave it set up overnight and be ready to continue the next day. It couldn’t be easier!

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I am using a clear stamp, so I made sure my top piece has the word clear facing up.

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Use the magnets to secure your card and position your stamp with the help of the clear grid.

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Treat your card surface with the powder tool if you will be doing heat embossing.

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Apply your ink or in this case Versamark, and just keep stamping! You can do them all with one embossing powder, or mix and match. For an even quicker project skip the embossing and just use dye ink. You can leave your stamp in place to clean it and switch ink colors as many times as you want. As long as your note cards are the same size, you don’t have to readjust your stamp at all until your project is finished! (Can you tell how excited I am about this time saver?)

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Bundling up a set with a simple piece of twine makes for an easy but elegant presentation.

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That’s it! I promised you an easy project today. Happy Crafting!

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Die cut Wreath Card

Hello crafters! It’s Smitha here with a fun sparkling card idea! This simple handmade card is unique and special to gift to your loved ones.

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I am making this card with left over gilded paper that I created for my Gilded Paper Wreath Tutorial. Make sure you check that out first!Cut two scrap pieces and adhered those onto a plain piece of typing paper. By mixing and matching colors we get a unique wreath and also we use up all the left over papers. 

I then die cut the wreath shape using the Tangerine Machine. This die cuts a super delicate and beautiful paper wreath. 

Use a crafters tool to pop out all of the small die cut pieces of the wreath. 

For the sentiment, I die cut this Merry Christmas words from red cardstock. This die cut is so simple and neat.

To finish off the card, I trimmed a piece of cardstock to measure 4 by 5.25 inches to be my card front using the trimmer. I then adhered everything onto my card base. 

I love how colorful this card turned out!!

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Are you making cards this season? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!