Saturday, June 24, 2017

Amazing Triangles

This new Triangles stencil makes a great background in full or in part. It would also make a great "guy" card. This post is on the Magenta blog today.

I placed the Triangles stencil on a panel of white cardstock cut with the largest die in the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die set. I applied Distress Oxide inks, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, and Cracked Pistachio, using a blending tool and spritzed water lightly across the panel. When the panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and added a few sequins.

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

TM220 Triangles
07.968.H You are Amazing
Other Products used:
Distress Oxide: Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Spice Marmalade
Onyx Black Versafine
So Silk Black cardstock
Various sequins

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Technique of the Week: Double Embossing

As you all may know, there are two main kinds of embossing that we do. One is "dry embossing", where you emboss the paper with either a stencil or embossing folder, using a die cut machine or an embossing stylus. The other is heat embossing, where you apply powder to ink on your paper and heat it until it melts. For this technique, we are doing both kinds!

Before I get into the technique, I want to talk about rubber mats. To emboss a stencil or die using your die cut machine (Big Shot or Cuttlebug) you need a rubber mat. In this technique I used a regular rubber mat (Spellbinders tan mat) and had to shim with 5 pieces of cardstock to get it to make an adequate impression. Lynell Harlow, who pioneered this technique, developed a thicker mat to use, that works much better. Art 'n Soul is going to try to obtain some of these mats from Stampendous. Lynell has said that Stampendous has some in stock, but it's uncertain whether they will continue to carry it. We plan to try to get them in before Lynell's classes in August (which you should not miss; please scroll down for details) Please order one of these mats from Art 'n Soul if you want one, because they may not be available indefinitely.

Now for this technique: I should say that I learned this from Lynell Harlow, and it's not only beautiful, but it's fun to do. My way is slightly different from Lynell's, but both work.

I chose the Magenta Triangles stencil (TM-221) for this technique. I cut a panel of 80# Neenah Solar White cardstock to 3.75" x 5", using the Lawn Fawn LF-768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die. 

I taped the panel to the back of the stencil and embossed it in my Big Shot machine.

Every machine is different, and you may have to figure out the appropriate sandwich for your machine. For mine, I opened Tab 1 (you should set up your machine the way you would to emboss with an embossing folder) and I put down a metal shim, my rubber mat, 5 pieces of shim cardstock, my stencil with the panel taped to it, and both cutting plates.

Once my panel was dry embossed, I added color using a mini blender and Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio. (The panel was still taped to the stencil at this point).

If you move quickly with this process, you can remove the stencil and add your embossing powder to your panel, since Oxide inks are a fusion of dye and pigment inks and can be heat embossed. Unfortunately, since I did not move quickly enough, the bottom of my panel had dried. I replaced the stencil and added Versamark ink with a mini blending tool and added clear embossing powder over the panel. 

Once the panel was heat set, I decided to add another coat of clear embossing, so I placed the stencil again and added more Versamark ink, then more clear embossing powder. 

Placing the stencil is very easy at this point, because the triangles and squares have become raised up by the double embossing.

Once I had the second layer of embossing done, I absolutely loved the look of the shiny and bright triangles and squares!

I cut a strip of the panel, matted it in So Silk Glamour Green cardstock, and adhered it to my base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

I then die cut "Thank You" out of glossy black cardstock, using the Hero Arts Fancy Thank You die DI080.

I sprinkled a few sequins at the end, and I still have half a panel to make another card. I hope you try this beautiful technique! Come in and see the card at the shop, it is so cool in real life. If this technique appeals to you, please check out Lynell Harlow's 4 new incredible stencil classes.

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

TM221 Triangles
Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet,
Broken China, Cracked Pistachio
Versamark ink
JudiKins clear detail embossing powder
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Hero Arts DI080 Fancy Thank You
Glossy black cardstock
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Kensington Thank You

This is the last of the samples I made for my Alcohol Ink Mini class, and it's one of my favorites. I helped design the Magenta sentiment stamp that I used here, and it's close to my heart. All of the languages used here mean a lot to me, especially the second one, "Takk fyrir", which is Thank You in Icelandic.

The strip of alcohol ink covered Yupo paper is just a piece of a larger panel that I made. Yupo paper is plastic and can be tough, but it can be cut and die-cut.

I mounted the colored Yupo paper onto a strip of Stardream Emerald cardstock. I die cut the Memory Box Kensington Border out of Opal White cardstock and attached it to the colored Yupo paper at the left with Scor tape. To attach something to Yupo, it's best that you use very sticky adhesive like Scor tape. I trimmed the die cut off at the bottom. I didn't bother to stick down the rest of the die cut because I like it  partially unattached like that. If you want to stick the whole thing down, I recommend that you cut it out using Stick-it adhesive on the back.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink at the right of the card. This sentiment is nice because of the size. It's just right to add to a card where you have your main image as a strip on one side of the card. I added a bit of Purple Rain Nuvo drops to the left side of the die cut, and scattered a few sequins to the right of the card.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these samples as much as I enjoyed making them!

Products Used:

Magenta Stamp
07.882.I Multilingual Thank You
Memory Box die 98743 Kensington Border
Alcohol inks: Flamingo, Limeade, Amethyst, Turquoise
Yupo Paper
Stardream Emerald cardstock
Purple Rain Nuvo drops
Neenah Solar White 110#

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Amazing Freida Curve

I created this Yupo panel with alcohol ink the same way I have done the previous ones, but this one did not have to have color on the back.

I mounted the Yupo panel onto a piece of Shocking Green So Silk cardstock, and then mounted the die-cut Freida Curve onto the top. I scattered a few sequins and put a little stickles onto the center of each one.

I added a Magenta sentiment to the bottom using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Using alcohol ink on Yupo paper, and adding die cuts make fast, easy, and beautiful cards.

Products used:

Magenta stamp
07.968.H you are Amazing
Poppy Die 1784 Freida Curve
Ranger Alcohol Inks: Raspberry, Turquoise, Botanical
Yupo Paper
Shocking Green So Silk cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neenah Solar White 110#
Stardust Stickles
Various sequins

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fly High Butterfly

For this alcohol ink card I thought I would try a different color of cardstock for the die-cut than just white. I like it, but I do think the white die-cuts are a beautiful contrast.

On Yupo paper, I dripped drops of alcohol ink and pounced with a blending tool covered with felt. If you continue this until the ink starts to dry, you get smaller mottling. I covered both sides of the paper with color, because when the Yupo paper is mounted to the card, the back will show from the inside.

You can do something completely different on the other side if you wish. This side will show on the inside of the card.

I die cut the front of the base card using the MFT846 Inside/Outside Ovals.  I mounted the colored Yupo paper to the inside of the front cover of the base card.

I die-cut the Poppy Bellina Butterfly out of gold foil cardstock, with Stick-it adhesive on the back. I mounted the Bellina Butterfly die-cut onto the front of the card, tucking the bottom of the stem into the bottom of the oval opening.

I stamped the Magenta sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink and scattered a few sequins.

Products Used:

Magenta Stamp:
07.514.G May life always allow you to fly high
Poppy 1391 Bellina Butterfly die
Die-namics MFT-846 Inside/Outside Stitched Ovals
Ranger Alcohol inks: Amethyst, Limeade,
Patina, Valencia, Turquoise
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Yupo paper
Neenah Solar White 110#
Gold Foil paper
Various sequins

Monday, June 19, 2017

Give Wings to Your Passion

Here's another alcohol ink sample I made. The Memory Box and Poppy dies make it easy.

I cut this die out of the Yupo paper and used it on a graduation card for a neighbor. I then cut it out of silver foil paper and inserted it into the space left to make this card. The whole thing is mounted onto Black So Silk cardstock.

This card also shows how well Archival ink works stamped onto Yupo. In this case I used black, but because it works on Yupo, I have acquired a lot of the mini Archival pads in different colors. We do carry the new mini Archival pads at Art 'n Soul.

I chose a sentiment from Magenta that is perfect for bird images.

Products used:
Magenta 07.835.G Give wings
Poppy die 1529 Swirly Bird Ribbon
Ranger alcohol ink: Amethyst, Turquoise, Limeade
Black Archival ink
Silver foil cardstock
Black So Silk cardstock
various sequins

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Have a Beautiful Day!

Another card that I made when I was preparing for the alcohol ink mini class. I love this sentiment from Magenta, and this can apply to all of those Father's out there today! Happy Father's Day and Have a Beautiful Day!!

I cut a circle out of my base card using the Die-namics Inside/Outside Stitched Circles die set. I applied alcohol ink onto the front and back of a panel of Yupo paper so that the back will show on the inside of the card.

I die cut the Honeyblossom Sprig from white cardstock with Stick-it adhesive on the back  stamped the sentiment and scattered a few sequins.

Products used:

Magenta Stamp
07.969.F Have a Beautiful day!
Die-namics MFT-849 Inside/Outside Stitched Circles die set
Memory Box 98333 Honeyblossom Sprig die
Ranger Alcohol ink
Yupo paper
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neenah Solar White 110# card stock
Various sequins