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Halloween Card Trio

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Halloween is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to send out some ghoulish greetings! Today’s post is packed with three different tutorials, so let’s dive in.

Card #1 – Spooky Cat

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I started by stamping the cat with my Versamark pad and covering with Nuvo Glitter Noir embossing powder. Then I carefully cut it out with the Tim Holtz mini snips.

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To create the layers, I trimmed the background with my 6″ Guillotine, cut the black layer with my Tangerine using a Lawn Fawn die, and created two medallions and a banner with my Silhouette Cameo. When I cut shapes like this with my Cameo, I like to do it in batches so that I can mix and match lots of cards all at once.

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I assembled my layers with a combination of tape runner, a Nuvo glue pen, and foam squares for extra dimension.

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Card #2 – Flying Bats

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To start, I cut several circles out of black cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. To apply the embellishment mousse, I used two different sponges to achieve mixed textures. I added little bits at a time, leaving some areas with little coverage to create a moon like appearance. I cut a background out of the same black cardstock using my Tangerine and one of the scalloped rectangles from the Layering Basics set. The glitter bats were cut on my Silhouette Cameo, while the stamped bat was cut with the Tim Holtz mini snips like you saw with the black cat earlier. I adhered the stamped bat with foam squares as well. To vary the dimension I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to attach the glitter bats, only applying it to the center so that the wings could lift off of the page slightly.

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The Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen is great for adding easy sparkle. I went over just the edges and center of the stamped bat to avoid making my ink bleed. It’s hard to see in the photo, but it was just the right amount of shimmer.

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For some added “star” details, I chose White Blizzard Nuvo drops. You can see in my finished photo that these dry very different than expected. I tested several different drops on a scrap of paper before using them on the actual card. Because of the dark background, the glitter picks up a slightly green tint, which I really like.

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Card #3 – Coffin Peek-a-Boo

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I started by applying layers of the Embellishment Mousse to just the border of the card. I want my window to open onto the white cardstock so I needed to leave the center clean. The window portion of the card consists of several layers. I have the card base, the patterned paper with the hinged coffin, and the individual coffin to layer on top. I first ran the patterned paper through my Tangerine with another size of the scalloped rectangles from Layering Basics set. Then I sent that through the Silhouette Cameo to cut the coffin door with one perforated edge. I also cut the individual coffin on the Cameo from black cardstock, then covered it with the Versamark pad and Glitter Noir embossing powder.

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I placed my sticker on the card before adhering the other layers with tape runner, using tiny pencil marks to get it in the center. I stamped and cut a skull, using the same process as the other cards. Then I added a few “coffin nails” with the Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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A simple piece of jute twine tied to the edge creates a contrasting texture next to the smooth metallic border. The added weight of the embellished coffin door keeps it closed until you are ready for a peek inside at the cute foil skeleton waiting underneath.

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And there you have three fun Halloween cards to give or display this year!

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Happy Haunting!

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Three ways to Hug

Hi Everyone

I’m so pleased to be back with you.  Today I am going to show you three very different ways to use each of the Nuvo pens and the hugs die.  Let’s take a look at the projects first of all:

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Let me take you through each card and how I made it, let’s start with the Kraft one:

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I stamped the Hugs stamp using the Nuvo white embossing powder on black cardstock and heated it.  Then I used the Nuvo glitter markers to color in each of the areas, they really pop well on the back. I then used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I used foam tape to pop it up on the back.  The card front is half a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ that I used the card builder die to shape the front, so that it has that curved look.

Next we can look at the ombre card:

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For this one I first stamped out using the black embossing powder and heated it.  I used the two shades of aqua flow purple, I did the bottom in the dark and the top in the light, I also used the lighter color to ‘pull’ up some of the dark purple to create the third shade.  Again I cut it using the coordinating die in the set and used foam tape to give it dimension.  On the card front I trimmed 3/4″ on the front side and put a 1.5″ purple piece  aligned with the card edge on the back which is what you see on the right side from the front.

Finally I have the window card to show you:

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For this one I first of all added a piece of black to my card front and cut out the Hugs die, make sure you run the card through your Tangerine machine with it open, otherwise you will cut all the way through! Then I closed the card up and aligned the hugs stamp in the my Tim Holtz platform, pick up the stamp on the rubber side and now open the card before you stamp down, then your hugs will be on the inside of the card.  I then colored it in using the brush script markers and added some Nuvo accents to some of the areas.

These cards are all very easy, I made all three in around 40 minutes! I love ways to stretch my supplies to give different effects with the same stamps and dies.  Here’s a complete supply list:


Thanks so much for stopping by today, join me and my fellow design team members throughout the month for more inspiration and also stop by my blog at the Hollow for even more ideas!

Happy Stamping!

Alexandra

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Fall Thanks A Bunch Card

Now that Fall is in the air, I thought it would be a good time to create some fall-themed thank you cards using the September Harvest and Fallen Leaves dies and my favorite colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

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Supplies Used:

To begin, cut the base of the cards from Kraft cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11.  Score and fold in half.  To help create a stash of cards, I create two cards everytime I create.  That way you can use one now and save one for another day!  Cut 2 pieces of kraft cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″ for the card fronts.

Die cut leaves from the Fallen Leaves and September Leaves die sets from white cardstock.  I left the detail portion of these die out for this project.

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Once the leaves are die cut, use either your fingers or the mini blenders brushes to apply the embellishment mousse.  I used my fingers because I wanted a thicker coat of the mousse on my leaves.

Now it is time to get out your stamp platform!

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Line up the stamps right where you want them on the card front.  I am using a clear set of stamps so I turned my stamp platform to the clear side.

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I stamped once but felt like the sentiment could be darker so I inked up the stamps and stamped it again.  That is the beauty of the stamp platform!

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Here are my two card fronts.  I then wrapped the twine around my card three times and adhered the leaves into place.  Once the card front was adhered to the base, these cards were complete!

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I think one of these cards is headed to a teacher at my daughter’s school.  This teacher has really helped my daughter and deserves alittle thanks!

Glad you stopped by today!

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Spooky Haunted House

Now that school is back in session, it is time to start thinking and planning for Halloween.  Here is a quick and easy card that is perfect for a Halloween party invite!

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Supplies Used:

Die cut the Haunted House die from black cardstock using the Tangerine.  Using a piece of low-tack tape to keep the die in place can really make die cutting this fast and easy.

Before die cutting this sentiment, adhere an adhesive sheet onto the cardstock.  Make sure the adhesive will be on the front of the die cut.  Remove the release paper and die the die cut into the glitter.  The best part about apply the glitter this way is that it stays where you put it.  There will be no flying glitter when it comes out of the envelope!

Die cut a few more of the sentiment out of just plain cardstock.  Adhere these layers together so that the sparkly sentiment has a bit of dimension on the card.  Adhere the haunted house into place using the Nuvo glue pen.  Here is the card all put together!

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I love this sparkly “Spooky” card!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Boo Tag Idea

Hello crafters! It’s Smitha here with a fun sparkling tag idea! I will show you how I created this die cut inlay with glitter today!

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I die cut the word BOO from a piece of black cardstock and also from a shipping tag. You want to make sure to keep all the pieces from your die cuts, you can mix and match papers if you want later.

Apply glue all over a small piece of orange cardstock, it needs to be small enough to fit behind the word BOO that’s it. Then place the black die cut “BOO” and nudge it into place. The die cut word will fit into place very easily, like a puzzle.

Now, the insides of the alphabets have exposed glue, so pour a generous amount of the Nuvo glitter onto it, and burnish the glitter into the area nicely. This glitter will basically fit into the nooks and crannies and form one smooth layer with the die cut.

This glitter is simply beautiful and it looks almost like tiny mirrors are trapped in there!

Clean off all the excess glitter to reveal a perfectly inlayed diecut with glitter! It is really hard to capture all that shine from the glitter, but in real life it is perfect for Halloween!

What are you crafting for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

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Mixed Media cardmaking

Fall is in the air and I made this Mixed Media pumpkin themed card, perfect for the season. Enjoy the tutorial.

Supplies Used:

First, place your stencil onto the cardstock. I have the cardstock trimmed to fit my card front here. Center the design and then apply a coat of the Nuvo glimmer paste. I apply a generous coat to evenly cover the stencil, but you can apply as thin or thick a layer you would like.

Carefully lift the stencil to reveal the pattern beneath! This is always a wow moment! Let this dry for a few minutes now. It’s a good idea to quickly wash your stencil and tools in this time 😉

Die cut a pumpkin shape, from a patterned paper next. Stamp or hand letter your sentiment of choice onto it.

Once the glimmer paste had dried, adhere some old book paper, a hand made paper strip and the pumpkin onto the card front. To add more interest and a pop of color, add a few small areas of Nuvo crystal drops.

I simply love the dimension and shine the glimmer paste adds to this card! I kept the rest of the card pretty simple in order to focus on that.

Happy crafting friends!

 

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Back to School Cards

It’s back to school time and I thought I would show you how I made these two handmade cards perfect for the kids new teachers! Enjoy the tutorial.

Supplies:

First step- die cut black and kraft colored cardstocks using the Hello die. This die cuts out the most delicate “Hello” word and I am in love with it!

To create a pencil background, first trim cardstock strips of about 0.5 inches wide. Trim as many rectangles as you need pencils. Then using the Tim Holtz cutter, cut a small triangle piece from white cardstock and affix to the bottom of each pencil. Color in a black tip with an actual pencil.

Adhere all the pencils to your card front. Stagger them slightly to add some interest. Then trim off the excess hanging over the top.

Finally, adhere the “Hello” die cut onto the card and add in the pencil tips with some Nuvo drops of your choice. I chose to use Ebony Black color here.

For this next card, using the Tim Holtz cutter, cut out a paper chain of apple shapes.

Adhere apples onto the card front, add a stalk and leaf using Nuvo drops. Let the drops dry overnight for best results. Adhere the Hello die cut beneath to finish off the card!

I hope you are inspired to create something Back to school themed today! Happy Crafting!