Monday, July 22, 2024

Journey, Create, Dream

 Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.

Today I am using some amazing products from  I Brake for Stamps.






Using whatever I had on my desk today.  It's fun to mix and match to see what you can create.  A large word background stamp stands out against a green card.

Details can be found on my blog.

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Steph

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Saturday, July 20, 2024

A Sequined Background

 Hi, friends!

I hope that everyone is having a great summer!  Mine has been great so far.  I've been able to enjoy some time off while also keeping up with my crafting time.  Speaking of summer, today's card is a celebration of it featuring another one of the Rick St. Dennis bear stamps.  Who doesn't love spending some time at the beach?  A little fun in the sun is good for the soul - even if you're a bear!  My inspiration for the card was a picture of the bear on the beach being given to say hello to a friend.  What sets this card apart from others is that the card panel background is completely made up of sequins.  It was the first time that I've tried this and I am really happy with the results.  What do you think?


Here's what I used to create it:

 Here's how I made it:

  • Adhered turquoise card panel to card base with double sided tape and stamped the sentiment at the top.
  • Stamped the bear onto the smaller white card panel and colored it with alcohol markers, pastel gel pens, and glitter gels pens.
  • Starting at the bottom of the card, glued sequins down to the card base and worked my way up to the top: used cream, brown, and gold sequins for the sand and rocks; turquoise sequins for the ocean; light blue sequins for the sky; silver sequins for a couple of clouds; and yellow sequins for the sun.
  • Adhered the smaller panel to the card; angled the smaller panel to give it a more relaxed, whimsical feel.


I love how the sequined backgrounds almost mimics a mosaic type of look!  It's also nice that some of them are a little more flat and others are a little more shiny to break it up.  I am definitely going to try this technique again!


You may read more about my creative process on my blog.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Fun Faux layers with a twist

 Fun Faux layers with a twist


Sue here today to show an old technique with a twist.  I call this Faux layers which I have been doing off, and on for years.

Here's a closer look at the faux layer.  The twist is using a stencil to add fun, and dimension to the technique.  With some simple masking, color blending, and a adding stencil to get this unique effect on your card.

See more at my blog.

stamps/products used:
Blank Page Muse Special day Birthday by Pam Bray
Blank Page Muse Kindness changes everything by Shaloo Webster
I Brake for Stamps Harvest Love stamp sheet
Block pattern stencil

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Color me Perfect Gift Bag

Lyneen here with a DIY gift bag idea.  I rarely buy beautiful gift bags.  Instead, I pick up bags at the dollar store and decorate them with papers, tags and ribbons.  


Today I have a bag using the Color Me Perfect Art Doll stamp collection and Bedazzled Diamonds Stencil, both created by Pam Bray. 




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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

A Bearable Birthday!

 

Hello, friends!

Welcome back to Paper Play.  Do you ever find yourself needing a quick birthday card and not having the right one in your stash?  It's nice to be able to fall back on something to help save you time when that happens - and that's the focus of today's post.  Blank Page Muse has a great digital download kit, It's Your Party, that will all will you to create a really nice handmade card.  It has a variety of papers, ephemera, greetings, and more.  I chose a paper that I really liked and paired it with one of Rick St. Dennis' adorable bear stamps.  The result is a card that is certain to make someone smile!

 

Here's what I used to create it:

 Here's how I made it:

  • Used the printer app for my printer to reduce the size of the digital background paper for the card (3.75" x 5") and printed it.
  • Adhered printed panel to card base with double sided tape, stamped the sentiment, and applied Glossy Accents to the balloons on the panel to give them texture and make them shine.  TIP: use a heat tool on low or a hair dryer to speed up the drying time of the glossy accents!
  • Stamped the bear onto white card stock; colored the image with a mix of alcohol markers, pastel gel pens, and glitter gel pens; fussy cut the image.
  • Adhered the bear to the card with a Wobbler Action Spring, which gives the bear some motion when tapped.
  • Placed two rows of rainbow gems under the sentiment.


Such a quick way to make a colorful and fun birthday card!

I hope you enjoyed this post and my tips for making a beautiful card in no time at all.  Let me know what you think!

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Monday, July 8, 2024

Almost A One Layer Card

Today's project features a silhouette stamp from I Brake for Stamps. I hope you like it. 


The products I used on this card are:
I used a heavy weight white A2 sized note card. I temporarily adhered the stencil to the card front. I covered the rest of the card with Post-It notes to prevent putting ink on these areas. I blended inks that are from the same color family with gradating shades. I lightly blended one color of ink over the stencil. After which, I cleaned the stencil and placed the stencil back over the card front off setting it toward the bottom right. I repeated the process until the whole panel is covered with ink blended blocks.

I bravely stamped the silhouette stamp on the bottom right of the card front. I did not get a good impression on my first try. On my second attempt, I must have moved my stamp positioner because the image was double stamped. Not to give up on this project, I stamped the image on a white cardstock. (Check my blog to know how many times it took me to get to this point.) I fussy cut the succulent and adhered it directly on top of the distorted succulent. 


Just by looking at it, you would think that this is a one layer card until you have a feel of the stamped image. And since I failed making this into a one layer card, I went ahead and adhered a sentiment strip.

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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Happiness Blooms From Within

Good day, fellow crafters. It's Tamara once again, with a new post where I am going be showcasing my latest card created using  I Brake for Stamps and Blank Page Muse products! 

  



Happiness blooms from within, much like a flower nurtured by the rich soil of self-awareness and personal growth. It isn't something that can be simply acquired or bestowed by external circumstances; rather, it flourishes from our inner resilience, positive mindset, and the choices we make every day. Just as a gardener tends to their plants with care and attention, we must cultivate our inner garden through practices such as gratitude, mindfulness, and self-compassion. 

In my card designs, I embrace this theme of inner happiness. Each handmade card is crafted to inspire joy, reflection, and connection, encouraging us to nurture and celebrate the happiness that comes from within. By sharing these cards, we spread the message that true joy is cultivated internally and blossoms outward, touching the lives of others. 


To create this project, you will need the following:

 

Stamps

·        Blank Page Muse Floral Spray Sunflowers Chrysanthemum Line Art – Pam Bray Designs

·        Blank Page Muse Happiness Blooms from Within words – ShalooWebster

Inks

·        Black ink pad

·        Watermark ink

Paper

·        Cardstock – black

·        Watercolor paper

·        A2 card base – white (4.25” x 5.5”)

Pigments

·        Watercolor pigment

Adhesive

·        Liquid glue

Tools

·        Paint brushes

·        Paper trimmer

·        Heat Tool

·        Stamping platform

·        Die-cutting machine

·        Tub large enough to fit watercolor paper

·        Anti-static powder pad

·        Label Die

Misc

·        Cherry Kool-Aid – sugar free

·        Water – amount per Kool-Aid directions

·        Cup of water for cleaning paint brushes

·        White Embossing powder

 

To craft your card, start by creating the background panel, as this is the most time-consuming portion. First, mix the Cherry Kool-Aid per the package instructions, minus the sugar, in a tub or tray. Once it's fully incorporated, place a sheet of watercolor paper into the prepared liquid. Allow the paper to set for a full 24 hours to absorb the color, then let it dry completely. You can use a heat gun to speed up the process, but the color doesn't look as nice in the final product.

 

Next, stamp your focal images. Using black ink and the Floral Spray Sunflowers Chrysanthemum Line Art stamp, ink and then stamp the image on the area of the watercolor paper where the color looks the most pleasing to your eye. Allow the ink to dry.

 

Now it's time to add color. For this project, watercolors are suggested, but you can also use quality-colored pencils or alcohol markers if you prefer. The best technique with watercolors is to wet small areas of the image at a time with water, then drop small amounts of watercolor pigments into the wet area. Slowly brush the pigment into the desired areas. If the color is too heavy, use a paper towel to dab up the excess. This technique allows you to slowly build up color and results in a better finish. Once you're done, let the paper dry completely.

 

Next, cut the background panel and the cover mat to size. Using a paper trimmer, first trim your water-colored background panel to its final dimensions. For this design, the dimensions are smaller than the A2 card base to provide some visual interest. Then, trim the black cardstock to 4.25” x 5.5” to cover the front of the card base. Set these aside.

 

Now it’s time to create the sentiment. Start with the black cardstock, using either any extra pieces that were trimmed off in the previous step or, as is often done in my studio, the center of the cover mat since it will be covered in the assembly stage. Place your black cardstock in your stamping platform of choice. Align the "Happiness Blooms from Within" words stamp over the area of the card you wish to stamp. Lightly dab the area with an anti-static powder pad where the stamp will land. Using a watermark ink pad, tap the ink pad onto the stamp to get an even coat. Once inked, stamp the image onto the cardstock. Repeat one or two times to ensure a proper image transfer. Cover the freshly stamped image with white embossing powder, then dump off the excess. Heat set this with a heat tool until melted. Lastly, using a label die that fits around the sentiment and a die-cutting machine, cut out the sentiment.

 

For the final step, assemble your card. Using liquid glue, adhere the black cardstock to the card base. Next, align and adhere the background panel with more glue. Lastly, position the sentiment in the desired location and adhere it to the background panel with liquid glue. As an optional idea, you can use pop-dots or foam tape for the sentiment. With that, your card is complete.

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Be a Unicorn

Hello Lyneen here with my first post in July. Today I have a 5 x7 card with several images from the Unicorn Wishes Moon & Stars stamp collection. This collection is a great value for your dollar, with a total of nine stamps.



Stamps used from Blank Page Muse
Unicorn Wishes Moon Stars & Words Art Rubber Stamp Set designed by Donna Gray DGUnicorn






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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Such a Boy Thing

 Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.

Today I am using some amazing products from Blank Page Muse and I Brake for Stamps.


Blank Page Muse Stamps:  Let's Get Away
Blank Page Muse Paper Pack: Tattered & Worn

Mixing and matching assorted stamps provides a very unique card for the special guy in your life!    This fishing scene, one of eight images comprising the Let's Get Away stamp set, was stamped, punched and added to a ribbon which embellished the card.

Details can be found on my  blog.

Thanks for stopping by.


Steph

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Friday, June 28, 2024

Flowers and Butterflies


Hello, it's Sue here today with a couple of summer cards.


Going back to the basics with these cards.  Some stamps, color pencils, and ink can make simple cards.  
A few color pencils for a little simple coloring.

See more on my blog here.

stamps/products used:
stamps used:
Blank Page Muse
Butterfly breezes clear stamp set 
You make me Happy clear stamp set 

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