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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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Paper Pumpkin Decorations

October is here and it’s the season of pumpkins! Here’s a simple tutorial to make your own paper pumpkins to decorate your house.

Supplies you will need:

I started by cutting out a rough circle shape from my 12 by 12 inch cardstock using the Tim Holtz Shears 9.5 inch. This does not have to be perfect we just a wonky circle like shape.

Next, draw a smaller circle in the center and cut pizza slice like shapes from the outer edge. See the two photos below, they explain it much better than my pizza analogy 🙂

Now fold the outer edges in, overlapping them slightly to start forming the pumpkin shape.

Using a stapler, staple all the overlapping paper strips close. Adhere the last strip into place.

To decorate the pumpkin, cut out a stalk shape from kraft cardstock, a leaf shape from green cardstock and then cut a thinner green stalk and twist to look like a vine.

Add some detailing to the leaf with a stencil and embellishment mouse. The aquamarine blue color of the mousse looks so pretty on the green!

Finally adhere the stalk, leaf and vine onto the pumpkin shape! And the paper pumpkin is ready!

Make a bunch of these to decorate your mantle, table or anywhere in your house!

Happy Crafting!

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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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Haunted House Decor

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It’s that spooky time of year, and I’m working on getting my house in the mood with some creepy-cute decorations. Today I’m going to show you two different ways to transform some plain white houses into haunted works of art!

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Here’s what you’re going to need:

 

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First I painted both of my houses with black acrylic paint and allowed them to dry thoroughly. Once dry I began working one section at a time, first coating with Nuvo adhesive then spreading the glitter. I avoided putting any adhesive on the window frames to give them a contrasting look. The Nuvo Craft Spoon was very helpful for getting glitter in the tight spaces. (Be sure to cover your surface before you begin to make for easy cleanup!) After I finished applying the glitter, I took my project outside and sprayed a light coat of polyurethane over the glitter. This is an optional step, but it does not dull the glitter and helps reduce flaking.

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Next I began work on the roof by applying a light coat of Nuvo mousse using a blending sponge. In order to create an aged tin affect I did not apply the layer evenly, and tried to let the black paint show through in spots. I applied this technique to both houses.

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For the final detail of this house, I wanted to create some aged looking boards to place over the windows. I cut down a few popsicle sticks in various sizes and applied an uneven coat of stain to each piece. I allowed these pieces to dry overnight before gluing to the house.

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For the second house, I took a more simple approach. I had already applied the black paint and applied mousse to the roof while working on the first house, from there I just needed a couple more embellishments. For the windows, I painted all of the frames with the Nuvo glitter gloss Aqua Flow pen. As I worked my way around the house I accented a few spots with Nuvo drops by drawing a cracking pattern.

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I like the subtlety of the black on black, and there is just enough contrast between the satin paint finish and the gloss of the Nuvo drops.

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These houses look adorable all day long, but they are at their spookiest after dark when I switch on the tiny flickering lights inside.

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Happy Haunting!

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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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