Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Gerty and Eunice are back in the Old Friends stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I think the sentiment, which is part of the set, is so true - don't you?
I started off by stamping the image, coloring it with Copics and then fussy cutting it out. Purple Dust glitter was added to Eunice's purple hat; Aqua Marine glitter enhances Gerty's glasses as well as the flower in her hat; and Raspberry Soda glitter gives shimmer and sparkle to Eunice's fingernails and Gerty's knitting bag and her jewelry.
For the background I applied VersaMark to the inside of the Cane Weave embossing folder from Spellbinders and ran it through my machine. Then I covered it with Peanut Butter embossing powder and heat set it.
The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of vellum with Memento ink and heat embossed with Clear embossing powder. I created the little ball of yarn from some yarn I had and added two straight pins for the knitting needles.
The card base is a piece of Core'dinations cardstock that I sanded down the raised portion. After that, I added some glue with my Sakura glue pen to the sanded-off areas and sprinkled Aqua Marine onto the glue. This added another element of shimmer to the card (with very little work).
Monday, July 21, 2014
When I saw Winter Stream from Sparkle N Sprinkle, I thought it would make a great tag....maybe for a larger present under the tree :-).
I started off by stamping the image with Archival Ink (Coffee) onto watercolor paper and then I colored it with Distress Markers and a water brush. It's a little hard to distinguish in the photo, but I used Waterscape glitter on all the icicles in the image, Waterfall glitter on the ripples in the water, and Sparkling Snow glitter on all the snow mounds. I also adhered the Sparkling Snow glitter differently. For the other glitters, I added glue using a Sakura glue pen. For the snow mounds, however, I first colored them with an Opaque Paint Markers (Elmer's) and then immediately covered the wet paint with the Sparkling Snow glitter - and it stuck as the paint dried. (That was a happy experiment that was successful and a "good-to-know" for the future.)
The dimensional icicles adhered to the top of the tag are actually a Christmas tree garland that I picked up in an after Christmas sale last year, thinking they might be perfect for one of my projects. I just cut the individual icicles apart and adhered them with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape. I also sprinkled some Waterscape glitter over the exposed adhesive, thereby eliminating any excess stickiness and giving a touch more sparkle.
I wanted to add a little something more to the image, so I die cut my Reindeer (from Die-Versions) from 2 1/2" Tear-ific tape and cardstock. After exposing the adhesive in sections, I added Amber Wheat flock to his antlers and hooves, a bit of Snow White flock to his tail and his chest, and the rest of his body is covered with Dark Chocolate flock. The reindeer is adhered to the tag with a thick dimensional dot and he's "standing" on some Tinsel Twine from Tim Holtz.
Friday, July 18, 2014
I love almost anything to do with cats or dogs (but especially cats). So you know I love this new Feline Humor stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle. It comes in both a digital format (which I used here) as well as in rubber.
I wanted both the sentiment and the cat to be large; that's why I went with the digi version. After printing my combined image out twice (once onto cardstock and once onto copy paper), I die cut the cardstock version with a Lifestyle Crafts die (Nesting Doily Rectangles) and fussy cut out the cat from the copy paper to create a mask.
I left the cardstock in the Nesting die, covered the cat with my mask, and started adding color to the background with Distress Inks (Antique Linen; Tattered Rose) with my blending tool. Once I was happy with the background, I removed the mask and colored the cat with Copic markers.
Using Dimensional Glue, I outlined the large sentiment and then covered it with Blue Raven glitter. I also covered 1/8" Tear-ific tape, which adds an additional frame to the image, with the Blue Raven as well.
Once all the glue was dry, I masked off the inside of the project with scrap paper and covered the doily portion of the die cut with VersaMark and Shimmer embossing powder and then heat set it.
The card base is the result on another happy experiment gone right :-). I deckle edged the black cardstock and then covered it with VersaMark and Shimmer embossing powder. I was amazed at how much sparkle there was on the black after it was heat set. It looks like millions of tiny stars in the night sky. I definitely encourage you to try this embossing powder on dark cardstock.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Gran's Chair by Sparkle N Sprinkle is perfect for the grandparents in your life. It has sentiments for both a grandmother and a grandfather. I have to warn you that lots of dies were used in this creation - but it was so fun to see my idea bloom into reality :-).
Sunny Daze glitter added to them.
The arch and trellis, from Impression Obsession, was die cut twice so I could could cut off the flower box at the bottom and add pop dots to it. All three pieces were covered with VersaMark and heat set using Sparkle embossing powder.
For all the flowers and vines on the trellis, I used quite a few dies and glitters. The vines are from Memory Box (Savannah Border) and Cheery Lynn Designs (Mini Flourish One) and the flowers are all from different sets of Susan's Garden by Sizzix (Yarrow, Sunflower, Forsythia).
I added my glitter colors (Impulsive Purple, Mauvelous, and Carnation) to strips of Sticker Paper and then die cut each individual flower. I adhered them to the trellis with small dabs of Dimensional Glue.
The edges of both cardstock panels were distressed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The die frame between the layers and the sentiment frame (which are both pop dotted), is a new die in my collection from Creative Expressions called Spanish Collection-Granada.
The sentiment was heat embossed onto the smallest frame in this set with Caramel embossing powder. This is a Cosmic embossing powder, so it leaves a little bit of shimmer on the cardstock. You could either wipe it off with your fingertip or leave it. I left it on because it enhanced the details of the die cut.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Wine Friends is another new rubber stamp set (also available in digital format) from Sparkle N Sprinkle featuring Gerty and Eunice. Here, they have bellied up to the bar and are enjoying a nice glass (or two) of vino!
When I saw this set, I thought it would be a great topper on a bottle of wine presented to your favorite hostess. So I went about creating one. Start off with a piece of solid cardstock cut to 7 1/2" x 4 1/4". Score 2 1/2" from the bottom and 1" from the top (optional). You'll create a mountain fold at the bottom and stamp and color the image. Apply adhesive on the inside edges of this panel to create your pocket for the tag.
Copics were used to color the girls and the wine paraphernalia (which are dies from Taylored Expressions: Wine & Dine; Wine Charms).
Dazzling Rose glitter was added to Eunice's (the one on the right) hat and Daisy velvet glitter and Easy Green glitter helps accent Gerty's hat.
I used the Distressed Embossing Technique and Burgundy embossing powder to outline the tag I created. Silver Detail embossing powder was heat embossed over the "metal" portions of the corkscrew. Cordial Red embossing powder was used for the sentiment (which comes with the set) on the tag.
1/8" Tear-ific Tape was added up the sides and covered with Daisy Velvet glitter for just a touch more sparkle.
Here is a close-up of the tag. After coloring the wine bottle and the wine glass with Copics, I gave them a heavy coating of Glossy Accents. This really gave these pieces lots of dimension! Glossy Accents was also added to their eyeglasses and the wine glasses they are holding.
This really does make a create presentation piece. I duplicated this idea for a hostess, except that I added 1/2" Tear-ific Tape up the sides and covered the adhesive with Dazzling Rose glitter. Everything else was done the same. It was a big hit at the party!
Friday, July 11, 2014
A Savior, one of the new reveals this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle makes a fantastic Christmas card. I stamped the image twice and fussy cut out the Holy Family and the star from the second one so I could pop dot them and give the card dimension. The image is colored with Copic markers and Celestial glitter covers their halos. Sparkle N Soft Sun Dazzle was adhered to the star with Dimensional Glue.
I also fussy cut the outline of the entire image. The rays of light were covered with Brushable Glue and then Sunny Daze glitter, which is a semi-transparent glitter. This semi-transparency allows the outlines of the rays to show through the glitter.
I die cut a piece of speckled vellum from a Memory Box die (Debutante frame) and adhered the Holy Family onto the center and stamped my sentiment below. The sentiment is heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder.
The next layer was accentuated using the Distress Embossing technique, Distress Ink (Salty Ocean) and Clear embossing powder. Added a small bow as a final touch.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Here is another way to use the new Sweet Petite Princess die from Die-Versions. I treated the die cut, which was cut from white cardstock, like it was a stamp. I colored the image with Copics and then added two different PK Glitz glitters to the dress portion of the die.
The background was stamped with a script image from Cornish Heritage Farms and heat embossed with Clear embossing powder. This created a resist for my Pan Pastels that I used for the background.
The Celebrate and Love are Sweet Wordlets and the border die cut is Crochet Lace - all from Die-Versions. I also colored some sequins with my Copics to coordinate the colors and added a strip of ribbon to complete this note card.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Daisies from Sparkle N Sprinkle is one of the new reveals this month and was so fun to color. I can think of lots of variations using this image.
I decided to color the image with Copic markers and then fussy cut around it. Easy Green, Bubble Gum, Purple Dust, and Caution Yellow glitters were added to the flowers and vines. The Spellbinders (Grand Labels Eleven) die cut showcases the glittered arrangement well.
I added a strip of 1/2" and 1/8" Tear-ific tape to the patterned cardstock layer and covered the exposed adhesive with Dogwood Rose Velvet glitter (a soon to be released new color). Kraft cardstock and a black card base help make the rest of the card pop with color.