Guest Designer: The WOW! Factor

I like making cards because I just like making things. I don’t have a lot of use for cards, as I don’t really have anyone to send them to, but I still like making them. I still feel like a novice compared to many I’ve seen online, but it’s fun and relaxing and if you’ve ever wanted to give card making a try, I say go for it!

One of the first things I learned about card making was how to take an ordinary card design and make it pop. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add embossing powder to your design. Embossing powder, especially the metallics and sparkly ones, can give your card that “Wow” factor. (Pun intended, heh.)

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Today, for my second social media guest post for WOW! Embossing Powder, I thought I’d take three cards I’d made in the past and jazz them up with EPs. It’s amazing what a little sparkle can do for your design.

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Lawn Fawn card — before

For my first card, I’d made a cute little scene using the Lawn Fawn I Scream for Ice Cream dies. I used the following Lawn Fawn cardstock to create my sweet little treats: Ballet Slippers, Vanilla Malt, Chili Pepper, Paper Bag, Chocolate Bar, Noble Fir and Black Licorice. I glued all my parts together and mounted them on a background using Lawn Fawn’s quilted backdrop. For my sentiment, I used a stamp from LF’s Bannertastic in Ballet Slippers ink with the sentiment from the Sweet Treats stamp set.

It’s a cute card, but it can so easily be taken up a notch by adding embossing powders.

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Lawn Fawn card — after

For this one, I made the card the same way, but for the vanilla cone, I used Sparkling Snow embossing powder to create some pretty shimmer. I also used Red Glitz to make both the cherry and heart sparkle. And finally, I used In the Pink embossing glitter to turn my strawberry cone into strawberry swirl using a flourish stamp. The sentiment I embossed using Metalline Greengage and I finished the card off with some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to give the chocolate topping some shine.

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For my next card, I thought I’d play with Concord and 9th’s Wreath Turnabout stamp.

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Concord & 9th card — before

A simple, pretty card, right? I stamped each turn with the following Versafine Clair inks: Verdant, Green Oasis, Shady Lane and Summertime. The sentiment was also stamped with Green Oasis ink.

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Concord & 9th card — after

To make the card extra special, I used the green Versafine Clair inks for the first three turns of the stamp. But for the final turn, instead of the Summertime ink, I used the WOW Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad to stamp with embossing ink. I sprinkled Metallic Gold Sparkle over the card and heat set it, giving it that extra special touch. I also used Metalline Greengage to emboss the sentiment in the center before finishing the card with a few sequins.

(Tip: Make sure the ink is completely dry before using the embossing powder for the last turn!)

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With my last card, I wanted to play with color layering stamps. I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse along with a few elements from the Color Layering Goldfish set.

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Hero Arts card — before

Color layering stamps create a beautiful layering effect when used with different color inks. For my seahorse card, I used Lawn Fawn inks in the following colors:

• Seahorse: Grape Sode, Juice Box, Sugarplum

• Starfish: Peace fuzz, Pumpkin Spice

• Turret shell: Ballet Slippers, Wild Rose

• Scallop shell: Moonstone, Peacock

•Seaweed: Freshly Cut Grass, Jalapeno

I used the coordinating dies to cut out my stamped images and adhered them onto a die-cut stitched circle from Lawn Fawn using tacky glue and foam squares. For the background, I used the Tim Holtz Waves embossing folder on some blue cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using Fish Tank ink.

Now, it’s a pretty card by itself, but when you add embossing powder as the last layer of the stamp, it adds that extra special touch for your recipient.

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Hero Arts card — after

I restamped my images using the same inks, but instead of the last ink, I used the following embossing powders:

• Seahorse: Persian Indigo

• Starfish: Golden Flame

• Turret shell: Coral Reef

• Scallop shell: Calypso

The card simply glitters in the light!

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Thanks for stopping by and again, my thanks to the WOW Embossing Powder team for allowing me to play with them this month!

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Guest Designer: Make a Wish challenge inspiration

Happy November, everyone! I had hoped to have posted something before now, but I’ve been busy working away on several projects for WOW! Embossing Powder. I was asked to be their guest designer this month, so I’ll have several things to post this month!

My first project was to create something as inspiration for WOW’s monthly Facebook challenge/contest. Their theme this month is Sparkles/Christmas. I don’t have many of their Sparkles glitters, but I do have plenty of sparkly embossing powders!

I thought to make a sparkling Christmas card as my inspiration piece, but I had a slight accident which messed up the bottom of the card, so I just turned it into a mini art journal layout instead!

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I first cut a mask using the Memory Box Flurry Snowflake Frame die. I used the mask to ink the background with various shades of Distress Oxide inks: Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire. While the mask was still on, I stamped my tree using a Lavinia stamp onto my background with embossing ink, then sprinkled the WOW! Blue Glitz embossing glitter on top, setting it with my heat gun. Taking the mask off, I stamped my Lavinia fairies using Versafine Clair Purple Delight ink.

I wanted to add some glittery snowflakes, so I carefully replaced the mask and embossed my snowflakes with WOW! Cloud 9 embossing glitter. These embossing glitters sparkle and shine delightfully in the light!

I added a few gems to my tree and gave one of the fairies and star to place on top. It was at this point I accidentally tore the bottom of my card, so I trimmed it down into a square shape. I took my Joggles mini art journal and ink smushed Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire onto one of the pages, then sprayed the entire page with Tsukineko Shimmer Spray.

I distressed the edges of my card and inked it with Chipped Sapphire. I attached it to my background and added a couple of holiday sentiments to the page.

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I’m rather glad it turned out this way. It’s a reminder to me that even mistakes can be a good things sometimes.

I’ll be back next week with two new projects featuring WOW! Embossing Powders. Thanks for stopping by!

Art Journal: Irish Luck, April Showers & May Flowers

I really should learn not to make grand plans, especially for my vacation weeks. I was on vacation for the last week of May through my birthday on June 4. I had grandiose plans of crafting all week, catching up on some blog posts and maybe trying my first video. Then I learned my nephew was coming to stay with us for a few days. Cool. Maybe I’d have to do fewer projects than I planned, but I could still get in some crafting time.

Then I got sick.

I’m talking cotton in my ears/unable to breathe through my nose/head in a vice sick. On my very first day of vacation. Went to the urgent care clinic to get some steroids to help my breathing since I have bad asthma as well and basically stayed in bed for six days.

So much for crafting on my week off!

I did, however, manage to do a couple of small things, including my May layout for my Julie Nutting art journal. And since I never got around to doing blog posts for March and April, this is me trying to play catch-up.

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Irish Luck

March almost got away from me because of how busy work was that month, so my St. Patrick’s Day layout was a little rushed. I used an Irish-themed paper pad by Authentique to paper-piece the dress of the Julie Nutting Doll with Ruffle Dress.

I wanted to have a leprechaun in the scene, but since I didn’t have any leprechaun stamps, I cobbled one together using the gnome from Lawn Fawn’s Gnome Sweet Gnome stamp set and the top hat from the Hero Arts Happy New Year set. I also die cut a rainbow using the Lawn Fawn Rainbow die and colored it with distress inks, though looking back, I wish I had used Copics.

The flowers and pot of gold are by Memory Box and the grass is Lawn Fawn. I added my sentiment from the same paper pad as I made the dress and put everything together just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

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April Showers

Of course, April’s layout had to be an “April Showers” theme. I have to say, I really like how this one turned out! Looking through my stamps to see what I could add to an “April Showers” theme, I came across the Hero Arts Raining Cats and Dogs stamp set. Perfect!

I had a super-cute raindrop piece of scrapbook paper for the background and added some clouds cut from grey cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Cloud Borders die. I inked the edges with some Hickory Smoke distress ink to make the clouds a little darker.

I used the Camille Julie Nutting doll for this layout and paper-pieced her dress using one of Echo Park’s Dots and Stripes paper pads. Her umbrella is a Spellbinders die called Umbrella Trio.

The hills and trees are Lawn Fawn dies. I stamped my cats and dogs and colored them with Copic markers before using the coordinating dies to cut them out. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. Though you can’t see it in the photo, as a final touch I added a glitter pen to some of the raindrops in the background.

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May Flowers

What should follow “April Shower” but “May Flowers”! I had actually stamped and colored all my pieces for this layout in April, hoping to get May’s layout done in a reasonable time, but of course, life happened and I didn’t manage to get it put together until the very end of the month.

The background for this layout is another piece of scrapbook paper, this time by Ella and Viv. It had a lovely, pastel spring vibe perfect for my flowers. The Julie Nutting doll is Collette. Her dress is paper-pieced in a mish-mash of pink scraps from my stash.

The flowers are a fun stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Artsy Flower Parts. They do have coordinating dies, but I ended up fussy cutting mine since I didn’t want the white border around the die cuts. I stamped them onto a piece of paper, then covered them with gel medium. When they were dry I used my Faber Castell Big Brush Markers to color them. By coloring over the gel medium, the ink doesn’t dry right away and you can push and smudge it with your fingers.

The lake is from the Lawn Fawn Bayou Backdrop die set, which I cut from blue cardstock and inked with distress inks. I stamped some of the flowers from the Simon Says Stamp set directly onto the page and glued the ones I had cut, hand-drawing the stems.

The sentiment is stamped using the Tim Holtz Block Lower Case cling foam stamps for the word “Bloom” and the Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set for the rest of the quote. As a final touch, I added some butterflies I had left over from making my Mother’s Day card from the Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers stamp set.

I’ve already got June and July’s art journal layouts planned out in my head… I’ll just have to wait and see if I can get them done before the end of the month this time!

NSD 2018 + Craft Fair Projects

National Scrapbook Day 2018 has come and gone, so I thought I’d share my makes for this year. I had planned on knocking out my mom’s Mother’s Day card early and work on other projects later in the day. Well… that did not happen. The card took all damn day. But it turned out pretty and I know she’ll love it, so it was worth it.

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Mother’s Day 2018

I did this card based on a Lawn Fawn YouTube tutorial. I used Lawn Fawn’s Fab Flowers the How You Bean? stamps and die sets to make this shaker card. I love getting Mom flowers, but they always die after a while, so this way, her card of flowers will last much longer. She still has last year’s Mother’s Day card on display, so I think she will like this one. And I ended up die cutting so many flowers, I had enough for two cards. The other I plan on adding to my craft fair stock.

Speaking of craft fairs, my goal this year is to attend one for the first time. So I am trying to build up some “stock” to sell at the annual craft fair held in my town before Christmas. I think I will mostly be making cards, but I have a few art pieces I’d like to add in as well. I’ve made four works using Oxide inks and Lavinia Stamps and I thought they turned out rather well. The artworks are 5×7, placed in a decorated 8×10 mat. I don’t know if anyone will be interested in them, but I’m pretty pleased with them.

Speaking of cards, here are some samples of ones I will be making for the craft fair.

Of course, if any of my dear readers are interested in anything ahead of time, just drop me a line at naiensama@gmail.com.

I’ll be back in a few days with updates on my Julie Nutting monthly layouts!

Art Journal: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

First, let me apologize for the lack of posts for the past few months. My various illnesses coupled with a stressful quarter at work, the holidays and my little dog getting sick over Christmas really didn’t leave me with much energy to blog my crafts. I’ve been posting my makes on Instagram, but I’m afraid I left my blog hanging while dealing with everything else. But my goal for 2018 is more posts as well as giving making video tutorials a shot! I’ve ordered a tripod for my camera, so wish me luck!

Because I’ve been so busy and stresses, I’ve taken a break from the various swaps I’d been a part of last year. I found I’d been spending all my crafty time working on swaps, and not enough to time working for me. I’ve taken up painting dot mandalas (a topic for a later post) and I want to get back to art journaling. Which brings me to today’s make.

I had an idea last year to do at least one art journal layout a month using the Julie Nutting doll stamps, but I wanted to start with January. So I waited, and planned, and today, I finished my very first one.

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I’m using the Julie Nutting Dollhouse Album as my journal. To start this layout, I cut two pieces of grey paper to tape down onto the journal pages. I cut it slightly smaller than the page itself in order to leave a border, but I’m not sure I will do this in the future.

My first step was to heat emboss the Hero Arts Garland Bold Prints background stamp with silver embossing powder, to give my little scene a festive atmosphere. I then taped off a small strip at the bottom of the page and added Black Soot Distress Ink for the “floor.”

To make my window scene, I first die cut two windows from the Julie Nutting Parisian View die set. I distressed it using the Carta Bella Traveler’s Journal text stamp using grey ink. I glued the two die cuts together to make one window in order to make it fit on the page.

Next, I used Broken China, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks onto some white cardstock for my night sky. I spritzed the background with a bit of water for texture.

I used the Impression Obsession City Landscape dies to cut out my cityscape and added some highlights with a white gel pen.

I then took my Stylized Fireworks stencil from StencilGirl and added some New Year’s fi reworked with Nuvo Mousse in Pure Platinum and Incan Gold. 

When everything was dry, I layered the window and cityscape dies together and glued them down onto the background.

For the right side of my layout, I decided to go with the Julie Nutting Tasha doll stamp. I paper pieced her dress together using some shiny Kaisercraft paper I had in my leftover stash. I used the top hat stamp from the Hero Arts Happy New Year stamp set to make her hat, adding a small piece of pink glitter paper as the band.

Finally, I stamped the year and sentiment using the Hero Arts Happy New Year stamp set. The final touch was to add the clock from the same stamp set heat embossed in gold. 

I already have ideas for February and March’s layout so I’m looking forward to creating them in the months ahead! 

September ATCs: Second sets

This month, I joined a second ATC swap on another forum, Splitcoaststampers.com. It’s hosted by the same lady who hosts the one on Scrapbook.com and she invited me to participate in both. Since the swap on Splitcoast is every other month, and since I could work in another set of Halloween cards, I decided to take the plunge.

The four categories for August/September were Anything Associated with September or October, Anything That Flies, Coffee/Tea and Artist’s Choice. I chose to do all four categories.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail as to how these cards were made, like I do on my other monthly ATCs, but I will list what I used.

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The Night Visitor

I really wanted to make an interactive ATC, and I got the idea of having a little ghost rise from behind some gravestones. Let me tell you… these were such a PAIN IN THE ASS to make. I had the worst time trying to get them to work and making all the elements stay in place. But I did prevail. I just need to remind myself not to try anything this complicated again… at least not when I’m on a deadline.

You can see the card in action over on my Instagram.

The main gravestone is from MFT Stamps while the smaller gravestones are from the latest Tim Holtz Halloween release. The ghost, pumpkin and trees are by Memory Box. The grass is from Lawn Fawn.

 

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Time Flies

For my Anything That Flies cards, I knew I wanted to do a twist on the theme. The first thing that came to mind with this category was time, and I had the perfect stamp set to use! I heat embossed the unwinding clock from the Visible Image “Ahead of Our Time” stamps in gold over a base that I’d prepared using Prima Color Bloom sprays. I also embossed the falling girl from the same set and fussy cut her out. You can’t tell from the photo, but the whole card is very shimmery and shiny.

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Coffee Break

For my coffee cards, I don’t drink coffee or tea, so I didn’t have a lot to work with. But I did have some cute dies by Memory Box/Poppystamps with which I could create a little cafe scene. My base was a piece of printed music, which I overlaid with a piece of vellum. I die cut all my elements and glued them down on top, then added a little quote sticker from the Tim Holtz Small Talk pad.

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Let Your Light Shine

The sky was the limit with the Artist’s Choice category, so I chose to commemorate the recent total solar eclipse that happened last month. Where I live, we got a little over 2 and a half minutes of totality, and it was simply an amazing experience.

I made these very similarly to how I made my ‘Scorch’ cards back in the summer, only instead of using silvers and golds, I used black paints for the background and the “moon.” The girl and quote are heat embossed in silver from the August My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts.

Christmas is sneaking up on us, but I’m not quite ready to let Halloween pass by without a couple more projects. Thanks for stopping by!

September ATCs: First sets

It’s ATC time!

This month I joined a second ATC swap over on the Splitcoaststampers forum. I ended up doing 9 sets total, so I’ll split my monthly ATC post into two posts.

First up are my ATCs for the Scrapbook.com forums. The themes this month were Halloween, an ATC based on a fall photo, Sweets and Ancestors. I chose all but the Ancestors theme. I really had no inspiration for it.

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Fright Night

I actually ended up doing three Halloween sets. For my first set, I inked up my cards with Carved Pumpkin, Crushed Olive and Seedless Preserves Distress inks, then spritzed with a little water. I inked up the Tim Holtz X-Ray ATC stamp with VersaMark and applied Midnight Copper embossing powder from Lindy’s Stamp Gang. I was having problems with the stamp, so the embossing powder didn’t stick in random places, but I think they turned out OK. I added some Prima flowers, a Tim Holtz metal skull and a quote from the Small Talk Occasions pad to finish.

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I Will Never Leave You

For my second set of Halloween ATCs, I had planned these for months. I bought the free-standing ATC tombstone bases from Retro Cafe Art months ago, and was glad to finally get to play with them! I started by gluing down a piece of paper from the Pink Paislee Spellcast paper pad on both sides of the base. (Since these were free-standing, I wanted to do both sides… though I don’t have a photo of the back, since it’s just plain.)

I inked the edges with some Black Soot Distress ink and added a bit of texture with a text stamp on top. (For the tombstone with the spiderweb, I painted the base with black gesso first.) I then added the black chipboard frame and the skeleton cameo with heavy gel medium and set it aside to dry overnight.

I added the metal spiders with hot glue the next day, as well as the epitaphs from the new Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings stickers.

For the bases, I simply used hot glue with some brown moss and added a skull bead and a tiny mushroom.

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A Sweet Occasion

Thinking I was done with my Halloween cards, I moved on to my Sweets ATCs. A week before I started these, we had gotten the (not really) surprising news that one of my dear cousins, while on a trip to Norway with her beau of over a decade, had eloped while there! So in honor of their marriage, I decided to do wedding cakes as my “sweet.”

I used the Cottage Cutz Tiered Wedding Cake die to make all three. The die comes with a lot of options for paper cake decorating! I inked the edges of the cakes with Antique Linen Distress Oxides and used various shades of blues, pinks and greens for the decorations. I also added some Wink of Stella brush pen to the decorations to give the cakes some glimmer. I attached them to the background using foam tape. The sentiments were from the Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions pad. I glued on some crystal gems for the final touch.

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Autumn Sunset

Our swap hostess had posted a photo of a fall scene for us to draw inspiration from for the Photo Inspired cards. It was a photo of a cabin on a lake surrounded by fall leaves with deer in the yard. I went a little literal with my interpretation!

I used Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade on the base to give my cards a kind of sunset background. I then added a pieces of vellum to the lower half of the card to simulate my lake.

I die cut my scene using various dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps (listed below) and inked them with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Oxides. I tried the bridge in brown at first, but decided I rather preferred the white bridge instead. I did add a little texture to the bridge with a text stamp though.

The tree frame is a die by Cottage Cutz called Tree Frame. It’s the perfect size for ATCs. I added some dots of glue to the branches and sprinkled on some autumn-colored FlowerSoft. I added the frame with some foam tape and glued the deer in front. I added spots on the fawn with a white Sharpie paint pen.

Dies used:

• Memory Box Country Hills Oval Frame

• Memory Box Little Pines

• Memory Box Little Bridge

• Memory Box Mama and Baby Deer

• Cottage Cutz Tree Frame

At this point I thought I was done with my September ATCs. And then my new Hero Arts stamps arrived…

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You Put a Spell on Me

I just had to play with this stamp set, Luna the Halloween Cat, as soon as I opened my package. I had been inspired by a Halloween card on the Hero Arts blog for these ATCs. I taped off the bottom and the top of the ATC base and sponged on some Faded Jeans and Wilted Violets Distress Oxides. Then I taped the cards into my MISTI and spritzed the Hero Arts Starry Night background stamp with a shimmer spray. The water in the spray reacted with the Distress Oxides, leaving a beautiful shimmer behind in the shape of the background stamp.

After drying, I stamped the cats and sentiment with VersaMark and heat embossed them with some black embossing powder. I added a few sequins to the background and a star sequin on the cats’ butts, because why not? 😀

I had to make myself mail my September cards the day after I finished my last set, because I was sorely tempted to make more for Halloween! (And I did for my other set of ATCs for Splitcoast… but that’s a post for another day!)