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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Botanical Christmas Cards

I hope you aren't tired of seeing Christmas things from me. I am trying to get caught up, and I finally am! When I did this post with the Botanical Christmas tags, I said that I would probably use the same stamp set for Christmas cards, and I did! This Botanical Blocks IV is not a new set from Papertrey Ink. I've had it a while, and it's finally the year I use it in a big way!


The sentiment is from a Memory Box set, CL-5181 Scribble Christmas 

Instead of using color pencils on these cards, I decided to go with watercoloring them using Distress inks. I just pressed my ink pads onto an acrylic block, and added some water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder. These images have a beautiful shimmer in real life.


To stamp these cards, I put each of the two main stamp images in turn, into my MISTI stamping tool. Taking a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock 4.25" x 5.5" (I like the TH cardstock for cards like this because it's white and matches the rest of my card) I stamped the image using Versamark ink, first on one side, then turned it 180 degrees and stamped the image again. I embossed the images with JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder. I stamped 5 pieces of cardstock this way for each image, giving me 10 of each image to paint.

I had a lot of fun painting these in the evenings while listening to podcasts, like I do when I color anything. 

To make the cards, I cut 20 pieces of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock to 3.75" x 5". I die cut a rectangle from the upper center of the panel (leaving enough room at the bottom for the sentiment) using the Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die set. This leaves a window with a nice stitched edge. I stamped the sentiment from Memory Box CL5181 Scribble Christmas at the bottom of each white panel and embossed it with JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder.


The colored panels needed to be cut as precisely as possible so that the openings in the centers would be in the right place; and I had to cut 20 of them. To do this, I used a jig that my husband made for me. A friend asked me what a jig is, and I found this description "jig's primary purpose is to provide repeatability, accuracy, and interchangeability in the manufacturing of products" 

Here's a photo of my jig in use. This is how I lined up the die I used (from Hero Arts DI198 Infinity Stitched Rectangles)




First I put the red panel (cut to 4" x 5.25") in the corner formed by the 2 wood sticks (in the top left). Then I put the piece of chipboard down over the red panel. The chipboard piece was the same size as my red panel, and has a cutout that just fits my die, in just the right place. It also has little tabbed cutouts to allow me to tape the die in place. This helped me to cut all 20 colored panels (10 red, and 10 green) in exactly the same place each time.

To finish off the cards, I adhered the white panel with the sentiment onto the colored panel with the center cut out. I cut apart the watercolored pieces and adhered one each in the openings of the colored panels. The whole thing was adhered onto a white base card of 110# Neenah Solar White.

Do you see the pile of rectangles that were cut out of the centers of the colored panels? I have 10 each of green and red. I also have some very sweet white pieces with stitched edges that I cut out of the white panels. June is Christmas tag month for me, so I have a feeling you will be seeing those pieces as tags in the near future!

Products Used:

Both cards:
Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks IV
Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die set
Hero Arts DI198 Infinity Rectangles die set
Memory Box CL5181 Scribble Christmas (for sentiment)
JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder
Perfect Pearls Powder
Versamark Ink
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Poinsettia card:
Distress inks: Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick,  Mowed Lawn
Hopsack Red cardstock from The Paper Cut

Holly card:
Distress inks: Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
Emerald Green cardstock from The Paper Cut

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Easy Stamping for Multiple Cards Technique

I have 5 cards for you today, and the technique I use is easy and fun! All of these images were colored with Prismacolor pencils.


I have discovered that I really enjoy listening to podcasts in the evening. There are SO many out there now that are entertaining, interesting, and educational. But I don't like to just sit and listen; I prefer to also be doing something else. The perfect something else to do is something with my favorite hobby, papercrafting. I can sit for hours in the evening, coloring. I have also learned that listening to podcasts is the perfect activity when I have a boring organizational task to do; or when I am making multiples of cards and am putting all of the parts together.


When making these cards, I chose Prismacolor coloring. I started by die-cutting 5 panels from different colors of cardstock, and arranged this beautiful floral stamp from Gina K Designs across the top of one of the panels. This technique works best if you use a stamp platform. In this case, I used the MISTI.



I stamped the top of each panel using a light color of ink. I don't think it matters what color you used, but I chose Distress inks in colors that coordinated with the Prismacolor palette I would use.

I flipped the panel around 180 degrees and stamped it again, so that I had it stamped on both the top and bottom. I chose Prismacolor pencils in 5 different color palettes, plus greens for the leaves and started coloring. Oh, and be sure to LEAVE THE STAMP IN YOUR STAMP PLATFORM. Do not move your stamp. This is crucial for the last step.

Work in Progress
I kind of like how the coloring looks at this point - almost like no-line coloring, but I'm not stopping here. Once all the coloring is finished, I put each panel back into the MISTI, where the stamp is still in place, and stamped the images (top and bottom) again with Versamark ink. I then embossed each one with different embossing powders.

By the way, this one was done on Strathmore Mixed Media paper in Gray Tone. I love this cardstock, it's very heavy (146#) and I love the gray. I'll be using it quite a bit in the future.


I love, love, love how these turn out, and how easy they are to make. I enjoy coloring anyway, and listening to podcasts makes the time fly and before I know it, I've finished another one.

If colored pencil coloring is not your thing, you can make these cards with markers, watercolors, pan pastels, or your medium of choice.

To complete the cards, I either stamped and embossed a sentiment, or used a die-cut sentiment in the center. Looking at my stash of cards, I was low on Birthday and get well cards, so now I have quite a few! Each panel was mounted on a coordinating mat and then on a base card, and done!


By the way, this stamp (Magenta 07.806.K Sending You) is one of my favorite get well sentiments (I don't like to command people to get well - they are doing their best to on their own; also, not everyone who isn't well is sick - sometimes they are recovering from an injury or surgery). This stamp however is very long and only fits on a card in the horizontal position. I often split it apart as I have done here. In fact, I have now actually cut it apart to make it easier to position just the way I want.

I hope you'll try this technique. Using a stamp platform and being able to flip the card around and stamp it twice made this very easy to do. I am going to look through all of my stamps to find more that will lend themselves to this style. I'm sure I have quite a few! Even if your stamp is large, you only need to use part of it and stamp off the panel. I'll be using this same technique to make some Christmas cards that I will be showing soon.

Products used:
Card #1 Happy Birthday Blues
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites 13 (Happy Birthday)
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC992 Light Aqua, PC905 Aquamarine, 
PC1027 Peacock Blue, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel, 
PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Silver embossing powder
Stardream Silver cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #2 Happy Birthday Oranges on White
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Savvy 10221 Happy Birthday die
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC921 Pale Vermillion, PC1002 Yellowed Orange,
PC1003 Spanish Orange, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel, 
PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Gold embossing powder
Stardream Fairway cardstock
Gold Polish cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#

Card #3 Birthday Kraft and Red
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites 13 (Happy Birthday)
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC928 Blush Pink, PC926 Carmine Red,
PC924 Crimson Red, PC925 Crimson Lake, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Gold embossing powder
Paper Accent Natural Kraft cardstock
Stardream Jupiter cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 110#

Card #4 Speedy Recovery Blues
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Magenta 07.806.K Sending Warm Thoughts
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC919 Non-Photo Blue, PC903 True Blue,
PC906 Copenhagen Blue, PC901 Indigo Blue, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
Distress Oxide Salty Ocean ink
JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder
Blue Malmero Pearl carstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Strathmore Mixed Media paper in Toned Gray

Card #5 Speedy Recovery Purples and Black
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Magenta 07.806.K Sending Warm Thoughts
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC996 Black Grape, Pc1008 Parma Violet, PC956 Lilac,
PC934 Lavender, PC938 White, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Opaque White embossing powder
Papertrey Ink True Black cardstock
So Silk Passion Purple cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Botanical Christmas Tags

As part of my ongoing attempt to have a low stress Christmas this year, I am alternating making Christmas cards and tags each month. April was tag month, so I made these tags using the Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks IV set, which has 2 beautiful framed stamps: Poinsettia and Holly.



I absolutely love all of the PTI Botanical Blocks sets, but this one might be my favorite. You will probably see these stamps on the Christmas cards I will make in May, but using a different medium.

I stamped these tags with Versamark ink, and embossed them with JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder. I couldn't decide whether I liked white cardstock or kraft, so I made half from one and half from the other.



I really enjoy having something to color in the evening while I listen to podcasts, so that's what I did with these. I made 20 total tags, and colored them all with Prismacolor pencils (details on colors below).



I wanted to put a small bow at the top of each, and looked at local stores for some thin, wired, red ribbon. Of course, I couldn't find that at all. I have gold though, so I colored the gold ribbon with a Copic marker, and that worked perfectly!



On the Poinsettia tags, I couldn't color with colored pencil on the leaves because the openings were too small, so I used a Tombow marker. I had in mind that I could use a water brush on them, and it worked ok, but that technique works best on watercolor paper. I think leaving the water out would have been fine.

At one point, I had gotten some green outside the lines and tried to take it out with some water (like you can do on watercolor paper) and it just stayed green, but got bigger and bigger. So I tried using a sand eraser on the big green spot and just made a hole in my paper because it was still wet! lol! I KNOW better than this! This is the tag, and I used some Simon Says Stamp confetti to cover it up. No one will ever know, except for you all. The very last step I went over the ivy and poinsettias with a Wink of Stella pen to add some glittery goodness.



Products used:
Die-namics MFT-525 Stitched Traditional Tag Stax
Patertrey Ink Botanical Blocks IV
Papertrey Ink Snow Globe Sentiments (for sentiment)
Prismacolor Pencils: PC926 Carmine Red, PC924 Crimson Red,
PC 1005 Limepeel, PC909 Grass Green
Tombow marker 245 for leaves on Poinsettias
Versamark ink
JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder
Simon Says Stamp Rainbow Confetti
Celebrate It Gold Wired Edge Ribbon (from Michaels)
Copic marker R46 to color ribbon
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Paper Accents Natural Kraft cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Distress Oxide Glaze Technique: Thanks!

This is my last post for now using the Distress Oxide Glaze technique, although I'm sure I will use this technique a lot more going forward. These backgrounds are so easy and fun to make, and once you have some in your stash, it's easy to make a card in a hurry. If you have not seen my tutorial on this technique, you can see it here. You can also see examples of cards you can make with these backgrounds here (Toward the bottom of this post is what is possibly my favorite card of the bunch.), here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. I know, it's a lot, I get obsessed with a technique and have a hard time letting it go.


This one is probably my favorite of the die-cut series and I think it was the easiest to make. I didn't even stamp anything on it!

I die cut the white panel from Core-dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock using the largest of the Lawn Fawn LF-768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. The square was cut out of the top center of this panel using the MFT-860 Die-Namics Inside/Outside Square Layers.

The Distress Oxide glazed panel was made previously, and the inks used are listed below. I cut the panel using the MFT-768 Die-Namics Blueprints 13 die set, which cuts a rectangle 5.25" x 4".

The flower that is draped across the square opening is from Memory Box 98333 Honeyblossom Sprig. This is one of my favorite Memory Box dies, and it is still in production.

The "Thanks" sentiment was cut from another piece of Oxide glazed panel that had similar colors, using an Impression Obsession die DIE258-K.

The entire panel was adhered to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock, and I glued down some crystal iridescent sequins and put a little Stickles in the center of each sequin.

I hoped you liked this very long sequence of cards using the Distress Oxide glaze technique! My next post will be my April Christmas tags. 

Products Used:
Memory Box die 98333 Honeyblossom Sprig
Impression Obsession DIE258-K Thanks
MFT 768 Die-Namics Blueprints 13 die set
MFT-860 Die-Namics Inside/Outside Square Layers
Lawn Fawn LF-768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Distress Oxide inks: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, 
Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint
Ranger Glaze Medium
Core'dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock
Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Distress Oxide Glaze Technique: Happy Birthday

I have been showing some samples of how to use your Distress Oxide glazed panels, and I especially love using them with die cuts. If you haven't seen the tutorial on how to do this technique, you can see it here. All of the posts from the tutorial to here have been cards using this technique.

Worth noting is that although you can make beautiful cards using die cuts ON these panels, you can also die cut these panels to make gorgeous cards.


I absolutely love this die from Memory Box (99574 Graceful Cattails) and this vertical happy Birthday stamp from Magenta (07.430.I is the perfect stamp to use with it.

Since the inside of the sun in this die cuts out separately, you can cut it out of a different color, which I love. I used two different pieces of Distress Oxide glazed panels that I had previously made.

I cut a white panel from the Core'dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock using the MFT-463 Die-Namics Blueprints 13 die set. The Graceful Cattails die cut was adhered to the left side of this panel.

I stamped the Magenta Happy Birthday stamp on the right side, using Versafine Clair Warm Breeze ink. The white panel was matted with Stardream Flame cardstock and the entire piece was adhered to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

Products Used:
Magenta 07.430.I Happy Birthday
Memory Box 99574 Graceful Cattails
MFT-463 Die-Namics Blueprints 13 die set
Distress Oxide inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, 
Mermaid Lagoon, Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick
Ranger Glaze Medium
Versafine Clair Warm Breeze ink
Ranger Alcohol ink cardstock
Core-dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock
Stardream Flame cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Various sequins


Friday, May 11, 2018

Distress Oxide Glaze Technique: Sending You Sunshine!

Another card using the Distress Oxide glaze technique. If you have not seen my post on how to do this technique, you can see it here.


For the card today, I used another Memory Box die 99940 Fresh Flowers. I like this die because the insides of the petals come out and you can have different color petals and outlines.

In this case,  I die cut the flower first from "Core'dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock, and then also from a panel of Distress Oxide glaze, where I had used pinks and orange colors.

I adhered the flower to a circle of Paper Accents Natural Kraft cardstock, that I had cut using one of the MFT-849 Inside Outside Stitched Circle dies.

I adhered the circle to a panel of Distress Oxide glaze that I had cut with the largest of the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle dies.

I stamped the bottom of the Distress Oxide glazed panel with a Magenta sentiment 07.952.F Sending You Sunshine, using Versafine Clair Green Oasis ink. Since this ink will probably never dry on the glazed surface of my panel, I applied clear embossing powder and heat embossed it.

I matted the panel with a piece of Papertrey Ink Pinefeather cardstock, and adhered the entire panel to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock. I applied YNS Gumdrops - Magical Pastel yellow enamel dots to the centers of the flowers.

Products Used:
Magenta 07.952.F Sending You Sunshine!
Memory Box 99940 Fresh Flowers die
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
MFT-849 Die-Namics Inside-Outside Stitched Circle dies
Distress Oxide inks: Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry,
Wilted Violet, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio,
Lucky Clover Peeled Paint
Ranger Glaze Medium
Versafine Clair Green Oasis ink
JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder
Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
Core-dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock
Papertrey Ink Pinefeather cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
YNS Gumdrops - Magical Pastel

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

#AltenewLove

I'm interrupting my blogposts of more cards using the Distress Oxide glaze technique (which will continue very soon) to show you this. The most amazing thing happened yesterday when our mail came. I got a little envelope from Altenew Stamp Company. I thought hm...did I order something that I forgot about? But this envelope was a small, card sized one. I opened it, and inside was a little stamp set, and definitely something I would have bought. There was a letter thanking me for being a valued customer, and get this...the stamp set was personalized. I mean that they made a stamp out of my name! I am so amazed and thrilled by this.

Here's the stamp set they sent me


Isn't it amazing? It's like they know me and chose something I would love, and it has my name! Wow.

I was so excited that I went in and made a card with it right away. I know I will use this a lot. Thank you Altenew!


I feel like I won the lottery! Yes, I love Altenew stamps and inks, but they had me at quality products and great customer service.



I wanted to share this with all of you, first to tell you that Altenew is such a great company; but also, I hope you like my card. It came together so quickly, and was a lot of fun to make. 

I stamped the floral image with Versamark ink onto watercolor cardstock, and embossed it with JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder. I colored the flowers and leaves with Tombow markers and used a water brush to pull out the color. It was fun and very fast and easy. Love! If you have a smallish floral stamp, you can also make a similar card.

Products Used:
The Dianne Johnson stamp set :-)
Altenew ALT1504 Garden Hydrangea Stamp set (for the sentiment)
Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangles
Hero Arts DI198 Infinity Nesting Rectangles
Tombow Markers 905, 126, 177
Niji water brush
Veramark ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder
Papertrey Berry Sorbet cardstock
Core'dinations 80# White Canvas cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
various sequins