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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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Fall Themed art journal page

Hello friends! Today I am sneaking 30 minutes of me time to create a fall themed art journal page. Follow along with me in the tutorial below.

Supplies used:

I started with a mixed media sheet of paper and I cut some patterned paper scraps randomly around the page.

Next, I chose this pretty stencil to add detail to the page.This one is a favorite of mine and I used my favorite aquamarine embellishment mouse over it. 

Now lets add  more layers with some die cuts. I added the fall leaf and the hello talk bubble.

With the Nuvo drops I added tiny tiny dots over the leaf to create a pattern and design.

To bring some shimmer I used the gilding flakes. Apply a thin layer of glue first and let it dry a bit. Then rub the gilding flakes onto the adhesive and remove the excess.

And here is how my page turned out! So pretty and colorful! I love october and all the fall colors and it makes me happy to bring all those colors onto my page.

I hope you get some crafty time today friends! Thanks for reading!

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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!

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Sparkly Jack ‘O Lantern

It’s finally October!  That means Halloween and fall decorations are everywhere we look.  My house is always decked out with Jack ‘O Lanterns, ghosts and all other things Halloween.

Recently I saw the cutest wood slice pumpkins on Pinterest.  I knew I could make that and give it my own spin using some Tonic Studios dies, Nuvo glitters and glues.  Here is my Sparkly Jack ‘O Lantern.

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Supplies include:

 

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To begin, paint the wood slice using acrylic paint.  Since this slice was cut with a chain saw I had to sand it first but if you buy a wood slice I don’t think you will have to do that!

To create the face, I used the smallest die in the Jubilant Jubilee Bunting Set and the banner die from the Grand Gala Bunting Set.  I covered some white cardstock with Be Creative tape and die cut with so the adhesive would be on the front of the die.

Once everything was die cut, I removed the release paper and put the die cuts into the glitter.  I burnished the glitter into the Be Creative Tape so it would stick really good.  Then I used some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to adhere the eyes, nose and mouth to my pumpkin.  This is a really good all-purpose crafty glue.  As you can see in the picture, there is a bit of glue peeking out from the mouth of my pumpkin.  It’s a good thing the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive dries clear, you won’t see it later!  I added some raffia and some leaves that I created for another project.  You can see how the leaves were created HERE.

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I love my cute my Jack O’Lantern!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Happy Halloween Banner

I can’t believe it’s the first part of October!  This year just seems to be flying by and Halloween will be here before we know it.  Halloween is a favorite at our house and we do a lot of decorating.  This year I thought it would be fun to add a Halloween banner to the decorations using some of the fantastic new Halloween dies from Tonic.

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Supplies Used:

Grand Gala Beautiful Bunting Die Set 1796e
Spooktacular Coffin Treat Box Die Set 1800e (spider, bat, skull)
Huanted House Insert Die Set 1802e
Witchy Bits Halloween Trio Die Set 1820e (hat)
Happy Halloween Minature Moments Die Set 1861e
Rococo Wicked Web 1822e
Rococo Pumpkin Scene 1823e
Rococo Creepy Cauldron 1821e
Nuvo Glimmer Paste – Black Diamond 952n
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – Ebony Black 650n
Nuvo Glitter Drops – Ruby Slippers 752n
Nuvo Glow Drops Neon – Banana Split 747n
Nuvo Glue Pen Medium 203n
Nuvo Light Mist Spray Bottle 849n
Essentials Easy Clean Mat 1514e
Tim Holtz – 8″ Guillotine – 160e
Tim Holtz – 5 inch/ 12.3cm Mini Snips – 816e
Tangerine Die Cutting Machine with Plates 138e
Starthmore Mixed Media Paper
Cardstock – Black, White
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Twisted Citron
Spiced Marmalade
Wilted Violet
Black Soot
Mini Ink Blendings Tools and Foam
Palette Knife
Foam Tape
Heat Tool
Seam Binding – Purple, Orange, Yellow, Green, Black

To begin, start with a piece of black cardstock and used a palette knife to spread the glimmer paste.  Then set aside to dry.

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Next, use the Tangerine and the bunting die to cut five banner pieces.  I knew I was going to be adding inks and water to the paper so I used mixed media paper.

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Smoosh two colors of the Oxide Distress inks on to the craft mat.  Then added water to the inks with the spray bottle.  Originally I tried all four colors of the ink at the same time and I wasn’t happy with the results.  So I chose to do a layer of two colors at a time and I like the results much better.

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Here are the finished pieces.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper in between layers of ink.

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Next, ink the edges of each banner piece using black soot ink.  A mini ink blending tool was used to do the inking.

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These are all of the die cuts that were used.  To have coordinating paper colors apply inks to white cardstock.  Set aside until ink is dry and then die cut.  All of the black die cuts are from the black cardstock with the glimmer paste.

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Assemble all of the banner pieces as shown in the photo of the finished banner.  Then use the glitter drops to add accents to the spiders.

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Then use the crystal drops to add some accents on all of the banner pieces.  The drops can be made different sizes depending on the pressure from squeezing the bottle.

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Have you seen the glow drops?  These are so fun, especially for Halloween.  The glow drops were used on the haunted house and the moon.

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Here you can see some of the glow.

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The next few photos are close ups of each banner piece so you can see all of the details.

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Halloween paper spiders are the only spiders I like lol.

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The oxide inked background are great for Halloween.  It looks like something is bubbling up and brewing in the cauldron.

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Once all of the banner pieces are done die cut five more banner pieces from black cardstock.  Then, cut a long piece of black seam binding and sandwich it in between one of the decorated banner pieces for the front and a black one for the back.  This will give the banner more stability.  To finish the banner tie on the seam binding in between each of the banner pieces.  There are so many fun Halloween home decor pieces and treat bags/boxes that can be made with these new dies.  I hope you have fun creating for Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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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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