Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanks to Everyone

This is the last Thank You card in this series. I really want to thank everyone who was there for us at Art 'n Soul in the last month we were in business. Thanks to our customers and all of our vendors, especially the ones who helped us and went out of their way to make things easier. Thanks to Magenta, Rubbermoon and Stampscapes especially for facilitating our last orders. Thanks to our great rep Steve Meyer at Notions for making sure we got everything, and thanks to all of our very loyal customers. We will miss you greatly! Please like us on Facebook and occasionally when we find something interesting to share we will post there.

As for me, I will continue with my blog posts, and work through my big box of stamps and dies that I have not yet used. I hope you like what I have created and thanks for looking!

I really love this leaf collage die from Poppy. It has plenty of space in the center, so that you could stamp a variety of sentiments. I first cut the die out of a piece of Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock. I centered one of the Memory Box Stitched Square Layers dies over the leaf cutout, and ran it through my Big Shot. It makes such a perfect size square with a pretty stitched edge.

I stamped the You Are awesome stamp (from Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages) in the center of the wreath in Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Since I was using a coated paper, the ink really needed to be embossed because it would take way too long to dry, if ever. If you use regular cardstock, you may not have to emboss it if you don't want to.

Next I cut the leaf collage die out of Yupo paper that was covered with alcohol ink in Fall colors. I intended to keep all of the pieces still in the die, but they fell out. I kept all of them right where they fell, and carried my cutting plate to my work table.

I covered the back of the white panel with scor tape, so that the openings were covered with adhesive. When you turn your piece over, all of the openings are sticky. The leaves I had cut out of the Yupo paper were still on my cutting plate in approximately the right order, and I just placed them in the openings of the white panel one by one. This part went very quickly and easily.

Again using the Memory Box Stitched Square Layers, (the next size up) I die cut a panel out of So Silk Glamour Green cardstock to frame the white panel. I mounted the panels onto a base card of Neenah Cream 110# cardstock cut and scored to 4.25" x 5.5"

Using the "Script Thanks" die from Simon Says Stamp, I cut out the "Thanks" sentiment from Glamour Green cardstock and adhered it below the squares. Under that, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, I stamped the message "for everything" that is from the Memory Box Spring Lilacs set.

This card came together very quickly and could be used for lots of occasions. It could be used for Christmas using green leaves and adding red dots for berries; or for Spring using just different greens for the leaves.

Products Used:
Poppy 1952 Wreath Collage
Memory Box 30038 Stitched Square Layers
Memory Box CL5199 Spring Lilacs Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp SSS101740 Thoughtful Messages Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp SSSD111718 Script Thanks die
Ranger Alcohol Ink
Tim Holtz Yupo paper
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder
Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
Neenah Cream 110# cardstock

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thank You Memory Box

Dave and Monica Brethauer from Memory Box/Poppy helped us out a lot during the last days at Art 'n Soul. I won't go in to all of the nice things they did, but they really went the extra mile in making sure that every single customer who ordered with us at the end received their dies or stamps that they wanted. I'll just say that multiple mailings were required, and they were so kind to us. We appreciated it immensely.

I made this card from the pieces left over from the card on my previous post, and I really love how it turned out - even better than the last one. You can see that one here. The outlines of the leaves here came from the Yupo paper that I die cut for the last card. The gold leaves came from the gold outline for the last card. The "thank you" streamer is cut from the same Metallics Super Gold cardstock. The gold leaves were inlaid into the Yupo outlines and due to the magic of die-cutting, they fit perfectly.

The leaf borders and thank you sentiment were mounted onto 110# Neenah Cream cardstock. In this photo, it looks like there is a green border around the card, but there is not. The final size of the card is 5.5" x 4.25". This makes the perfect Fall thank you card.

Materials used:
Poppy 1858 Brilliant Leaf Border die
Poppy 1796 Thank You Streamer die
Ranger Yupo paper
Alcohol inks: Sunset Orange, Terra Cotta, Sunshine Yellow,
Raspberry, Flamingo, Botanical, Gold Mixative
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thank You Postal Carriers!

When Art 'n Soul was about to close, I wanted to make a few Thank You cards for some people who had helped us out; not only helped during the closing, but all along the way. One of those people was our Postal Carrier. She always had a smile and a kind word for us. When she was not working, our mail was often delayed past closing time. She was genuinely sorry when she heard we were to close.

There was absolutely no stamping on this card. I took a piece of Yupo paper and covered it with alcohol inks in Fall colors.

I die-cut the Yupo paper with the Poppy 1858 Brilliant Leaf Border die. This die cuts out a border of leaves, but also cuts out an outline. I cut it out at the top and bottom of the Yupo, but also cut it out of Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock twice to create the gold outline that I used. I pieced the Yupo leaves into the outline borders, and pieced the Yupo background between the top and bottom border.

At first I cut the "thank you" sentiment out of the gold cardstock also, but it was completely lost in the busy alcohol ink background. I cut it out again out of Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock and stuck it down in the center of the card, right over the gold sentiment. That gave it some dimension and you can also see it much better.

I mounted the panel onto a base card of 100# Neenah solar white cardstock, sized at 5.5" x 4.25", and I applied some Nuvo Seashell Ivory drops.

I saved the leaf outlines that I cut from the Yupo paper, and also the gold leaves that were cut out when I made the gold leaf outlines above. I will share the card that I made with those in a post very soon.

Materials used:
Poppy 1858 Brilliant Leaf Border die
Poppy 1796 Thank You Streamer die
Ranger Yupo paper
Alcohol inks: Sunset Orange, Terra Cotta, Sunshine Yellow,
Raspberry, Flamingo, Botanical, Gold Mixative
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock
Nuvo Ivory Seashell drops

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Fred!

Sorry that I have been absent from the blog for so long. Many of you who know me know that Art 'n Soul, the shop where I have worked the last 6.5 years, recently closed and I have been super busy with helping to facilitate that for a while. I have promised my customers that I will continue to post to my blog, and I will try to post more often.

Other than the shop closing, I've had a wonderful year, including a trip to Holland and Iceland. I had a lot of lovely company this summer also. All through that time I shopped (many of my guests were artists and stampers, and I had to take them around, didn't I?) and acquired lots of stamps, dies, stencils, inks, paper, etc. I decided to put all of my new stamps and dies in a box (and then I had to get a larger box). I'm going to try to use everything in the box before I put those things in their places in my bins. That might mean that next summer you may see things I acquired this past summer. Sorry about that, but I'm determined to use everything!

To kick it off, I used a new die from Poppy for a birthday card for a dear friend from Holland. I'm sure he would not mind my posting it here.

I wanted to keep it simple because of mailing it to Holland, and no sequins or glitter because..guy card.

I die cut a panel of white linen textured cardstock using the largest of the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables LF768.

I then used the Poppy die 1949 Oak Leaf Oval Collage, that is new this Fall. I really like collage type dies. I placed the die right in the center of my panel and cut it out.

Behind the Oak Leaf panel, I mounted a piece of Yupo paper that I had covered with alcohol inks in Turquoise, Pool, Mermaid, Amethyst and Raspberry.

For the sentiment, I stamped the Dutch Happy Birthday sentiment from the Magenta Multilingual Happy birthday stamp 07.907.L. I actually have several of this stamp, and I cut apart one of my cling ones. It has Happy Birthday sentiments in English, French, Icelandic, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Russian. If I don't have room for all of them on a card, I like to be able to use just the one I want. I stamped it with Versafine Deep Lagoon (when oh when will the new Versafine Clair colors be out in this country)?

I mounted the panel onto So Silk Glamour Green cardstock and then onto a 110# Neenah Solar White base card. I hope you like it!

Magenta Stamps Used:

07.907.L Multilingual Happy Birthday

Other Products Used:
Poppy 1949 Oak Leaf Oval
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Tim Holtz Yupo paper
Ranger Alcohol ink: Turquoise, Pool, Mermaid,
Amethyst, Raspberry
Versafine Deep Lagoon
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
110# Neenah Solar White cardstock

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ironing Foil

I was attempting to find a new Technique to share this week, but I wasn't able to get this one to work as well as I wanted it to. I decided to share my card with you anyway, since I still like it very much.

Honestly, I never liked ironing all that much, and this attempt did not change my mind. I have heard that this technique works for others, it just didn't work well enough for me. Maybe my iron wasn't hot enough? 

I first cut out a panel of 80# Neenah solar white cardstock using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. This gave me a stitched panel that is 5" x 3.75" Then I cut the Poppy die 1737 Floral Stem Collage (I really love this die) out of the center of my panel.

This gave me the floral cut out

This die comes with a second piece that you can cut out and place on the flower. I die cut the second petal piece out of toner paper.

The second petal piece gives you a piece that has some detail and is very pretty.

The way that foiling with toner paper and heat works is that you place the foil over the toner cut out and then get it hot enough for the toner to melt, which makes the foil stick to the toner. This works super well when you sent your piece through a laminator or Minc machine. 

I chose Deco Foil Amethyst Watercolor for my petals. I really like Deco foil because it's thicker than others I have tried and seems to work best. I cut a piece out and placed it on top on the petal die cut, and placed them inside a piece of wax paper. 

The pretty side of the foil should be up.

I ironed it for some time, trying to get the toner hot enough to melt.

When I removed the piece it looked like this. You can see the imprint of the die cut petals.

When I peeled off the foil, a lot of it had stuck to the die cut. I will say though, that the foil is not as shiny as it gets when it goes through the laminator. I added the foiled petal to the flower on my panel.

I made a background on Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock, using Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China, Fossilized Amber, and Cracked Pistachio. I flicked water and additional Wilted Violet mixed with water onto the panel and die cut it with the large stitched rectangle die in the Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set.

This is the flower panel placed onto the background, checking to see if I liked the colors, and I did, so I adhered it and put it onto a base card. I added some small beads to the center of the flowers, and stamped the Magenta sentiment "Thinking of You" 07.869.D in Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.

I tried this with a second die-cut and a different color of foil and a lot less of the foil adhered to the toner die-cut. I'm not really sure why, and so I didn't feel good about using this as a Technique of the Week, since I couldn't get reliably similar results. I really do prefer the pieces that have gone through the laminator. If you do not have a laminator or Minc machine, you can get one fairly inexpensively, and if you like the effect that foiling gives you, it's well worth investing in one.

We have foil and toner paper at Art 'n Soul now, and we have more of the Distress Oxides on the way. You can check out my previous posts using Deco Foil, toner paper, and a laminator here and Deco Foil, the Minc toner pen and a Minc machine here.

Products Used:
Poppy die 1737 Floral Stem Collage
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Toner paper
Deco Foil: Amethyst Watercolor
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet, Broken China,
Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
Scor tape
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Technique of the Week: Nuance Spin Art

One of our customers at Art 'n Soul, Sue Wright, brought this technique to me, and agreed to let me use it for Technique of the Week. Sue brought in a salad spinner and we made some backgrounds then and there. Here's one card I made, and this card is also on the Magenta blog today.

This is a perfect fun art project for kids and grandkids. It's fun and the mess is contained pretty well.

It's a good idea to obtain a used salad spinner from the local thrift store. I preferred not to use the salad spinner that I use for food. Some of the spinners don't have an enclosed bottom to them. If you get one like this, you can place it onto a paper plate or bowl so that the mess would be contained.

To begin, Sue said to get some poster putty, make a donut from it, and place it in the center of the spinner basket.

This serves two purposes: first it levels the center which usually has a small bump; second is that when you place your watercolor cardstock into the basket, it will stick down to the putty.

In playing with this technique, I used several different papers, including Bristol and Strathmore watercolor paper. I liked how the color moved the best with the Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock.

I tapped Nuance powder onto the cardstock after placing it into the basket and pressing it down not the putty.

I then sprayed the cardstock liberally with water. You can use plain water, or water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder.

I put the top on the spinner quickly and spun it as fast as I could.

At first this is what I got, and it's pretty, but I wanted a little more color in the center. I tapped more of the Scarlet Nuance into the center, sprayed and spun it again.

I love this! I like how you can keep adding powder, spraying and spinning until you get something you really like. This panel said "celebrate" to me.

To make my card, I let it dry naturally, although you could hurry the drying with a heat tool. I die cut the panel with the Die-namics MFT-483 Blueprints 13 die. I stamped the Magenta Graceful Poppies stamp and the Happy Birthday sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. To accentuate the "celebrate" look of the card, I stamped the Magenta Flowery Ink Spot stamp several times on the panel with Distress Barn Door ink.

I mounted the panel onto a piece of Black So Silk cardstock and then adhered it to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

This was the second background I made, and then I made a few more.

I shared this technique with the staff, and we got together and had a great deal of fun spraying and spinning.

One of the things I did when the staff got together to make these is to wipe out the spinners on many of the staff's panels with paper towels.

I got these paper towels from doing that.

Some of you may remember what I do with beautifully colored paper towels. You can make gorgeous  patterned cardstock with these. You can look at how to do this here on my blog on a technique called Upcycled Paper Towel.

Here is one more card I made using a panel from the spinner technique.

I made this card using one of the new 2017 Holiday Collection dies from Memory Box, as well as a beautiful Magenta stamp. I cut the Memory Box Snowy Cabin die from white cardstock. Then using the Die-namics MFT-860 Inside/out Stitched Squares die, I cut the blue and purple panel AND the Snowy Cabin die cut. I wanted the Snowy Cabin die cut to just fit onto the bottom of the panel.

I used the same square dies to cut a frame from silver glitter paper, and the inside of the frame is the size of the panel and Snowy Cabin die cut. I adhered these pieces to a base card, and stamped the Magenta Peace on Earth sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I think these spinner panels are great for lots of kinds of cards, but especially for a celebration. I loved doing these and I hope you will give it a try. I will try to make some cards with the paper towels and show them in a later post.

Card #1:

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).

37.288.M Graceful Poppies

07.305.G Happy Birthday

0362.E Flowery Ink Spot

MNU002 Bright Yellow

MNU006 Orange

MNU008 Golden Yellow

MNU010 Scarlet

Other Products Used:
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Distress Barn Door ink
YNS Clear & Sparkle Gumdrops
Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
So Silk Black Cardstock
Die-namics MFT-483 Blueprints 13
Salad spinner

Card #2
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).

07.457.H Peace on Earth

MNU001 Turquoise

MNU007 Raspberry

MNU011 Cerulean Blue

MNU013 Royal Blue

Other Products Used:
Memory Box 99785 Snowy Cabin Die
Die-namics MFT-860 Inside/Out Stitched Squares
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
Silver Glitter paper
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Salad spinner

Friday, July 14, 2017

Technique of the Week: Easy Inlay

I got the idea for this technique from Jennifer McGuire's blog. She's always thinking up easier ways to do complicated things, and we like that!

I thought it would be fun to show this technique using Yupo paper and alcohol ink. I wanted to show how you can die-cut Yupo paper with beautiful results.

For this technique I chose a Poppy die 1840 Gentle Leaf Collage, and the Magenta stamp 07.928.I With Sympathy. 

I applied alcohol ink to a piece of Yupo paper, using the same technique shown here. I wanted to show that you can also die cut the Yupo paper, although it can't be torn. For this piece I used some of my favorite new colors of alcohol ink, Amethyst, Limeade, Valencia, and Turquoise.

In planning my design, first I cut the die out of white paper and placed the Yupo paper colored with alcohol inks behind it. It's pretty, but I want the colors of the alcohol ink piece to show up more, and I may need more space for my sentiment.

Clearly my chosen sentiment won't quite fit in

I put the die onto another piece of white cardstock onto my cutting plates and placed the sentiment where I wanted it. I moved the die around until I thought there would be plenty of room for both; then removed the stamp before running the die through with the white cardstock.

I then arranged my die on the Yupo paper. My goal was for the die to cut through the Yupo paper, but for all the pieces to remain in the paper.

I looked carefully at the back of the Yupo paper, with the die still stuck to the other side. It looked like it all cut through.

This is the Yupo paper next to the white die cut cardstock. I'm leaving the pieces in the Yupo paper for now.

I carefully placed the front of the white cut out onto the back of the Yupo paper so that they matched up perfectly.

The white die cut panel lined up with the back of the Yupo paper panel
Working on the back of the white die cut piece that is lined up on the Yupo paper, I adhered scor tape to the entire area of the die cut opening.

The effect of this is that there will be adhesive facing through all of the holes in the front of the die cut opening.

Once the back was completely covered, I flipped it over to the front, and the die is still attached to it.

I poked a sharp tool through all of the holes in the back of the die to ensure that the Yupo paper would release from the die.

As I peeled the die carefully away from the Yupo paper, it revealed that the die cut pieces were still in place, and this is what you want. If any pieces fall out (two of mine did), place them back in their spaces. I pressed the colored Yupo side very firmly.

Since I put adhesive on the back of the white panel that is positioned right behind the Yupo panel, all of the die cut pieces in the Yupo panel stuck to that adhesive. The Yupo pieces only stuck where there was adhesive facing through the die cut.

I carefully peeled the Yupo panel off of the white panel underneath, and the die cut pieces of Yupo paper stayed behind, stuck to the adhesive. If any of them tried to peel up with the Yupo panel, I pressed them down with my sharp tool, so that they all stayed behind, stuck to the scor tape.

The white panel has the Yupo pieces beautifully inlaid into the die cut holes, and I have a beautiful Yupo panel that I can use on another card.

I placed the panel into my MISTI to stamp the sentiment, but first I wanted to stamp it onto a piece of grid paper to ensure that it was perfectly straight. After I did all of this work, I didn't want any mistakes here at the end.

With the first stamping, the sentiment did not stamp all the way. It took a number of stampings to get it all stamped and I found myself wishing I had used the Creative Corners for the MISTI. Sometimes when you stamp close to the edges some stamps do not stamp well there.

I finally got the sentiment right, but can you see in the upper right that I got a little smudge of ink?

I have found that these Mono Sand erasers work very well at removing minor smudges, without damage to the cardstock. We do have these erasers at Art 'n Soul. They are very popular and we have trouble keeping them in stock.

Much better with no smudge

I hope you will give this technique a try! It's much easier to do it than explain it! It really is much easier than trying to individually place each die cut piece by hand.

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).

07.928.I With Sympathy

Other Products Used:
Poppy die 1840 Gentle Leaf Collage
Tim Holtz Yupo paper (1/2 sheet)
Ranger alcohol ink: 
Amethyst, Limeade, Valencia, and Turquoise
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# and 110#
So Silk Black cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink