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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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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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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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