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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!

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You Are Amazing Card by Heidi Blankenship

Hello everyone!  Heidi here today.  Have you seen the beautiful mandala garden stones that are very trendy right now?  I think they are so beautiful and the intricate designs are amazing.  I wanted to create a card that would resemble the look of the mandala garden stones.  The Nuvo Crystal Drops are perfect for creating the little dots of paint.

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Here is what you will need to create your card:

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To start, place the stencil on top of the mixed media paper.  You can use a low-tack tape to hold the stencil in place.  Then, use a palette knife to apply the Nuvo Mousse Pure Platinum.  Remove the stencil and set paper aside to dry.  Wash the palette knife and the stencil right away.

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Next, apply the Nuvo Crystal Drops.  To create a rainbow pattern use the Nuvo Crystal Drops in this order Gloss – Carnation Pink, Gloss – Ripened Pumpkin, Gloss – Dandelion Yellow, Gloss – Apple Green, Gloss – Caribbean Ocean, and Gloss – Crushed Grape.  Start in the center and work your way out to the edge of the design.  Then set aside to dry. Applying light pressure to the bottles will create smaller drops and a little heavier pressure will create the larger drops.  If you need to, practice making different size drops on a piece of scratch paper.

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Here is a close up to see the dimension from the mousse and drops.

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The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock using VersaMark ink.  Then add Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder – Silver Moonlight and use a heat tool to melt and heat set the powder.  Fussy cut the banner ends of the paper using the Tim Holtz – 5 Inch Mini Snips. To add some dimension to the sentiments add foam squares to the back and then add to the card front.

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To finish off the card add scor-tape to both sides of a piece of white craft foam.  Adhere the card front to the craft foam.  Then adhere the card front to a black A2 top folding card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

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A card for just saying Hi!

I love simple and bright cards in the summer.  There is something about the summer colors that just make me smile and I love it when I have the opportunity to share that smile with someone that I care about.

This card is a simple way to do just that and it is a snap to create so it is the perfect balance of handmade and time-saving, married with the flair of summer.

Here’s what you will need to create your card:

Directions for putting it together:

1.Trim your kraft cardstock to 8.5″ x 5.5″ and fold it in half.  Use it to find two dies that will fit the way you like – one plain and one scalloped, with the scalloped one being smaller.

2.  Cut one of each out of the watercolor paper.

3.  Using a variety of colors of your aqua flow markers, begin adding color to the plain edged larger piece.  Dry between each layer.

4.  Using a third piece of watercolor paper, begin to create your flowers.  Start with the plain flower bases. Apply these stamps to the stamp platform.  Use the Aqua Flow pens to add color.  You might need to stamp it 2-3 times to get the color you are looking for.  Dry completely.

  

5.  Take the corresponding detailed stamp and use the alcohol markers to add the details.  Again you might need to stamp it 2-3 times.

6.  Using your snips, cut out your flower and petal shapes.  Run them through the Xyron.

7.   Adhere the desired flowers to the scalloped watercolor card.

8.  Add some subtle additional color to the cards by dripping on some of the Aqua Flow colors by tapping the pen against a finger.

9.  Add your ‘Hi” sentiment with your stickers.

10.  Use pop dots to add the layers together on the card.

Now you just need to grab an envelope, address it to the intended recipient and you are all set to go!

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Sending Big Hugs!

Hello friends!  It’s Debbie here to share with you a bright and colorful card today.  I love the color combo in this patterned paper and knew it would make such a cute card.

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Supplies Used:

To make this card, cut the apple cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11″.  Fold it at 5 1/2″ to create the base for the card.  Cut a piece of the patterned paper to 4 x 5 1/4″.  Cut a piece of white cardstock and run it through the Tangerine Machine with the Simple Stripes.  Adhere the embossed white cardstock onto the patterned paper panel.  Cut two strips of patterned paper and use scissors to add the banner detail on one edge of each.

Stamp the sentiment and frame onto some white cardstock.  Fussy cut the frame out and add some crystal drops.

This card is super simple and quick to create!  Plus it’s has such fun colors!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Thank You Card Ensemble

Hello friends!  It’s Debbie here today to share with you a fun Thank You card ensemble.  I don’t know about you but Thank You Cards are always in demand at my house.  So when I start making one thank you card, I think it’s best to make a whole stack to keep on hand!  Here are my thank you cards.

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Supplies Used:

 

  1. To begin this project, cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″.   Fold this in half to create the card base.  Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″.
  2. Cut a piece of rose cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4.  Position the Rose Garden Invite Insert Set inside the Cherish the Moment die.

     

  3. Using the Tangerine Machine, die cut the rose cardstock.  Apply this die cut to the white cardstock panel using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.thank-you-4
  4. Tie ribbon around this panel.
  5. Cut a small panel of white cardstock and stamp the rose images from the Bunched Bouquet-Modern Buttonhole Stamp set.  Stamp the “thank you” sentiment from the Best Friends Forever Whimsical Frames Set.  Adhere the panel into place.
  6. Adhere this panel onto the card base.
  7. Add some pearl accents using the Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops.

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It’s easy to create 4 cards just like this one so you will have plenty of Thank You cards for a few weeks!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Mixed Media Panels

Hello crafters! It’s Smitha here with a fun Mixed Media technique. I am creating a smaller mixed media panel in some fun spring colors today!

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Supplies used:

I started by trimming my paper down to a smaller size. I am using watercolor paper today, because I plan to add lots of layers to this Mixed Media panel and I don’t want any warping. Then using the Tim Holtz snips I cut down strips of old book papers and patterned papers, glued them onto the panel.

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To add some pops of color I added Nuvo Crystal drops in few areas and then smushed it around with a brush (or you can use your fingers too!)

This is a fun way to bring color to your Mixed Media pages.

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For the next layer, I stamped a pretty flower with glue and then added the gilding flakes on top. To burnish in the gilding flakes I used a nice bristled brush.

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Now it’s time to add some dimension! I love the Nuvo Embellishment mousse- they go on so easily and dry super quick! I layered them onto the page with a pretty stencil.

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To make things springy, I added some die cut butterflies. I like to add the negative space in areas, cut some butterflies in half in areas- just to add some interest.

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I finished off my panels with a few Nuvo Crystal Drop accents. These were lots of fun to make and turned out pretty cool. And they are small enough that I can add them to a card front even. Let me know in the comments below if you thing these panels are fun to make!

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Thanks for spending some crafting time with me today friends!

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Happy Crafting!

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Love Mixed Media Layout

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My daughter is getting married in June and I wanted to create a scrapbook layout using one of the engagement pictures.  I wanted my layout to be fairly flat so that it could easily be displayed in a frame, but would still go into a scrapbook. Using Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousse, Nuvo Jewels drops and Tonic Studios dies helped me achieve the look I was hoping for!

Here are the supplies I used:

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  1.  Use the Super Trimmer to cut out the middle portion of the base patterned paper.  This is a great paper saving technique when there is limited patterned paper for your layout.

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2.  Distress and tear edges to create interest for the second layer of the layout.  Use a sponge dauber to apply Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse around the outside edges.

3.  Using the Failing Diamonds 6×6 Stencil and a palette knife, apply the Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse directly to the layout and allow to dry.

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4.  Die cut kraft cardstock using the Classic Quatrefoil Patterned Panels die.  Use the paper snips to trim the die cut to fit into the corners of the layout and adhere into place.

5.  Die cut the Sent with Love die from kraft cardstock.  Use the 5″ snips to cut off the “sent with” portion of the die so that it now only reads “love”. Use sponge to apply Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse all over this die cut.

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6.  Free hand cut a heart from some matching patterned paper.  Sponge and distress edges to match the layout.  Adhere onto layout.

7.  Adhere the “love” sentiment die cut into place as shown.

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8.  Mat the picture onto a piece of the patterned paper that was saved from the base piece.  Adhere to the layout using foam tape.

9.  Cut flowers from the paper collection to add to the layout for added interest.

10.  Apply Rosewater Jewel Drops onto layout.

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Here is a closer look at my layout.

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Another look at the layout…….

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Have a great day!

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