Saturday, October 21, 2017

Celebration Cards 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids!

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is: Celebration Cards 4 Kids!  Create and link any celebration card that is appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

Our sponsor prize for this challenge is a $15 gift certificate from Repeat Impressions! SAS4Kids will also be choosing our favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

I am featuring the adorable Layering Baby Penguin from Hero Arts on my card as well as a perfect sentiment from the same set. I die cut some snowbanks with a die from Karen Burniston and added some Nuvo Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy Halloween with Dies and Gelatos

I played with gelatos at a recent stamping play date and created the background of this card with a spider web stamp from Tim Holtz heat embossed and then used as a resist with black and purple gelatos. It seemed perfect for Halloween, so I added some spiders from Memory Box, a ghost from Karen Burniston and the Happy Halloween channel from Memory Box. It was a fun and easy card to make for one of my grandsons.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the Halloween photo inspiration challenge at Simon Says Stamp WednesdayThanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Playing with the Double Embossed Technique

I am revisiting a technique I was fascinated with over a year ago after I first saw a card on Melissa Kerman's blog using the technique. She now calls her technique "Impressions of Tarnished Foil" and we are going to collaborate on some YouTube videos using the technique in different ways for holiday cards. I pulled out some newer embossing folders, StazOn inks and embossing powders to play with and this is one of the cards I made. I used an embossing folder from WeR Memory Keepers and embossing powders from Ranger, Nuvo and Stampendous. The Stampendous embossing powders were the Aged Hunter and Aged Gold and have chunks in them resulting in the black dots on the background. I am not sure I like them? Not snow or stars, but maybe we can just say it is a mixed media look? I started with green, orange and brown StazOn inks on the aluminum foil. The "thinking of you" die is from Tonic Studios nd the deer are from a new set called Winter Wonderland by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.

Stay tuned for a complete YouTube video tutorial on this awesome background technique.

I am entering this card in the Thinking of You challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Easy and Elegant Foiled Tri-Shutter Card with Gina K and Therm O Web YouTube Video

 Yes, you read that right- I said easy tri-shutter card! Any card with foiling is elegant and gorgeous especially when I have used the new Fancy Foils and Foil-Mates from Gina K and Therm O Web. But the tri-shutter part was so easy as you will see in the video here, because all I needed to do was pull a scored and cut Funky Fold Accordian Card out of a package from The Paper Cut and do a few mountain and valley folds. In the video, I will also show you how to do the foiling using Gina K. Therm O Web foil and Foil-Mates. I know the recipient of this card will be so impressed and will be sure to display this stand up elegant Christmas card. Here is a view of the card when it is closed to send in an A2 envelope:

 And here is a view of the gorgeous sparkly foiled elements on all the folds in this card: 

It is so hard to capture the sparkle of the lovely new Fancy Foils from Gina K and Therm O Web in still photography, but you will see it better and also see how the card was put together when you watch the new video here.

This YouTube video is the first of three in this series showing you different ways to use elegant foiling on fun fold holiday cards. The next two videos in the series will be posted on the next two Mondays in October. Be sure to subscribe and if you want to be notified every time I post a new video, click the bell next to the subscribe button. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Love Playing with New Inks and Stamps

I saw a card made with this Namaste stamp from Impression Obsession on a blog or Pinterest and absolutely had to find it and buy it. The message is so beautiful and inspiring. I attached a stencil I created with a leaf die from Stampendous onto a piece of kraft cardstock and sponged fall colors of Distress Oxide ink through it. Then I simply stamped this inspiring stamp in black ink, added some brown sequins and attached to a dark brown cardbase. 

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Batty About You Halloween Card with Distress Oxide Background

At a recent play session with friends, we played with Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide inks and I made this fun background. I used the Soot Black Distress Oxide ink direct to paper covering it completely. Then I placed it in my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform and sprayed water on a SU marble background stamp. I closed the platform so the water from the stamp removed some of the DO color and created this cool background. It is easy to do this with either stencils or stamps. 

I layered the background on a gold card after stamping "batty about you" from IO. I added some die cut bats (also from IO) and a cute jack-o-lantern cut with a layering die from The Paper Cut. Here is a peak at the inside of the card:

The Happy Halloween die is from Tonic Studios. This non-scary Halloween card will be perfect for my youngest grandson! Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Peace, Love and Joy CASED Bridge Card from My New YouTube Class Video

I posted a new Techniques and Tips Class video yesterday here on my YouTube channel where I teach how to make bridge cards in several different sizes. As I explain in the video, I learned how to make bridge cards from a blogpost here on Stampin' With Sandi, and because of her I had to buy the Stampin' Up Hometown Greetings Edgelit Die Set. I CASED much of her card, but used Nuvo Silver Glimmer Paste through a stencil and a different stamp set.  I also used several colors of my favorite Mirri Sparkle Card that I purchased at The Paper Cut. All the details on how to make this and two more bridge cards are on the video here and you can even qualify to win all three cards I made! Here are a couple more views of this card which will fit into an A2 envelope: 

I am entering this card in the Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.