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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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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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Sparkly Trick or Treat Box with Unique Embossing Technique-Karen Hasheck

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Fall and Halloween will be here before we know it and so now is the time to make trick or treat boxes for the special children in our lives. Tonic Studio’s new line of Halloween dies make creating cute or scary Halloween treats easy and fun. Here are the supplies and steps I used to create this sparkly trick or treat box:

Other: two sided tape in sheets and rolls, heat tool, candy

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Die cut the primary box piece and the bat and spider from the Spooktacular Coffin Treat or Treat Box set out of black cardstock. Die cut “trick or treat” and “happy haunting” out of black cardstock. Die cut the top of the coffin treat box out of gold cardstock and the back of the “happy haunting” die out of two sided tape on a scrap of white cardstock.

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Apply small pieces of strong two sided tape to the places on the primary coffin box as shown and score and fold on all scored lines. Remove the top of the tape strips and form the bottom and top of the coffin box. Many of the tabs will not have tape on them, but will fold in to form the coffin treat box so the box can be opened to store the Halloween candy.

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There are three options to choose from for the side pieces in this Spooktacular Coffin Trick or Treat Box so each box you make can be unique. I chose to use the stitched side piece options and to create the sides with a fun embossing technique I discovered a while back. Here is a link to a tutorial I did explaining the technique and the Kensington Handbag I made with it. This time I added glitter to the embossing powder mix because we all love sparkle, right? I sprinkled Nuvo Spiced Apricot Pure Sheen glitter onto a sheet of two sided tape attached to a piece of white cardstock. Then I sprinkled on Nuvo Gold Enchantment Glitter Embossing Powder and filled in the rest of the sticky tape piece with Nuvo Jet Black Embossing Powder. After burnishing the glitter and embossing powders down, I melted the embossing powder with my heat tool and the result is this bumpy textured glittery piece.

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The next step is to die cut the side and bottom stitched pieces from the completed embossed glittery piece and attach to the coffin treat box. Attach the gold piece to the top of the coffin.

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Attach the black “happy haunting” die cut to the two sided taped back piece and sprinkle on Spiced Apricot glitter. Attach that to the coffin top. Glue on the spider, bat and “trick or treat” with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

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The last and most important step is to fill the sparkly trick or treat box with candy and give it to a special child on Halloween.

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Birthday Wishes Card by Marisa Job

Hello friends! I have been having so much fun with my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens. They are great for coloring and creating water colored backgrounds. The colors blend beautifully with water using the Nuvo spray bottle and Nuvo water brush.

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Tonic Studios Supplies:

Other Supplies: White, Purple and blue cardstock, white watercolor cardstock, Ranger Distress Inks, purple silk ribbon, heat tool.

Instructions:

1. Create a 6” x 6” card base from purple cardstock. Die cut a 5 ½” x 5 ½” square with Scalloped Square die set from white watercolor cardstock.

2. To create the water colored background, scribble with Nuvo Aqua Flow pens on glass cutting mat. I used Aqua Splash, Indigo Dawn and Azure Blue Aqua Flow pens. Spray water on top with Nuvo Light Mist Spray Bottle and then apply white watercolor cardstock on top to capture color. Dry wet cardstock with heat tool. Repeat this process several times until colors are darker.

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3. Die cut Posy Pillar Strips from white cardstock. Color with Aqua Flow pens as background. Glue to card with Funky Glue Pen. Color inside the die cuts with Aqua Splash pen and Nuvo Water Brush.

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4. Mat water colored square with blue cardstock and adhere to card front.

5. Die cut flowers with Apple Blossom die set from white cardstock. Color flowers and leaves with distress inks and dauber. Shape petals with Floral Crafters Tool set, glue layers together and then adhere to card as pictured. Embellish center of flowers with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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6. Create a bow with purple silk ribbon and glue under flower.

Have a great day!!

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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!