Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Make Embellishments Work for You

 Hello friends!

I have a stash of the latest Spellbinders Happy Thoughts Miscellany Printed Cuts. This is part of the Flea Market Finds Collection by Cathe Holden. 

 Happy Thought Miscellany Printed Die Cuts is part of the Flea Market Finds Collection by Cathe Holden. This set of 39 die cut shapes include flower seed packets, old envelopes, bank checks, and more. These elements would be fun to add in any projects!

Flea Market Finds is Cathe Holden’s debut collection with Spellbinders. She utilizes her vast compilation of vintage treasures to help create collage, junk journaling, cardmaking and more for makers. Combine these wonderful stamps, papers, stickers, stencils, and shapes in this assortment to assemble delightful, vintage-inspired projects.

I am no expert on making vintage cards. This one is my modern take on it.

special-Fancy Labels Clear Stamp Set

One tip I have is..... when you have lots of embellishments on hand, choose one thing that you love to focus on and then go from there.

Fancy Labels Clear Stamp Set from the Flea Market Finds Collection-001

 I stamped the sentiment "A Token of Friendship" in the label die and fussy cut it. 

Fancy Labels Clear Stamp Set from the Flea Market Finds Collection

Next, I added the colorful birdie and stamped sentiment on the lacy pattern paper.

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It was a lot of fun to add these gorgeous elements from Spellbinders' June release. Believe it or not, I have more! Thanks for stopping by! 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

3 Easy Steps to Add Dimensions to a Stenciled Card

 Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a simple stenciled project. This stencil set is one of the EASIEST to use. As you may know, stenciled design can fall flat and non-dimensional. I am sharing three easy steps (and a bonus) to elevate your stenciled card to the next level! 


 Info about this stencil set: The Layered Vintage Floral Stencils is from the Flea Market Finds Collection by Cathe Holden. This set of three laying stencils together creates a lovely floral design full of flowers, greenery, and berry accents. Each stencil layer highlights each component: greenery, flowers, and berries/flower centers. So easy to use!

Flea Market Finds is Cathe Holden’s debut collection with Spellbinders. She utilizes her vast compilation of vintage treasures to help create collage, junk journaling, cardmaking and more for makers. Combine these wonderful stamps, papers, stickers, stencils, and shapes in this assortment to assemble delightful, vintage-inspired projects.

 Blessings

With this Layered vintage Floral Stencil, it is effortless to line up. Simply use the stencil outline as you guide and stencil away.  I am breaking down to three simple steps to add interest and dimensions.

Step 1. Gradient effect: Add shading and colors is likely the most effective way to make a stenciled card pop. When you stencil, do not be afraid of adding other colors into the same area.

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2. All Those Layering: you may not want to cover up your hard stenciled work by adding more layers. However, that doesn't mean you can't. Simply add layers of paper underneath. Now your stenciled card will not fall flat! 

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3. Pop up the image/sentiment: you can simple pop up the image with foam tape and that gives the overall look dimensional.

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BONUS Step: add embossing paste/glitter over your stenciled design. This gives the image extra textures and pops pops of color. 

Now you see why the stencil card do not have to fall flat.... I hope that you find these tips helpful. 

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Altenew Educators’ "Clean and Simple" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

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Welcome to Altenew Educator "Clean and Simple" Blog Hop !I am super excited to share a project with you. If you arrive from the blog of Rachael Shedeed, you are in the right place!

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Feature products: Circle Die Set, BAF Belladonna Lily, Scallop Cover Die, Altenew Blends Paper Pack, Altenew Brushed Gold Metallic Cardstock

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Since the theme is Clean and Simple, I started with the focal point. I was intrigued with Scallop Cover Die. I decided to use Circle Die Set and  Altenew Brushed Gold Metallic Cardstock. 
 
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 The focal point was bright and shiny.  I decided to add two butterflies onto the circle die. they fit right into the circle design seamlessly. This makes the entire design more interesting. 

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I stamped the BAF-Belladonna at the top and bottom.
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There's MORE! Join our Party! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your beautiful, Altenew "Clean and Simple" creations. We will pick one of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party, and the will receive a $10 Altenew gift certificate!


Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each blog hop stop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/04/2022.

 
Your next stop is the blog of Amber Rain Davis
Have fun hopping! Thanks for stopping by!   

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Build a Wreath Etched Die

Hello friends!I have a super bright and happy wreath card to share. 

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I have made many wreath cards in the past. However, this Wreath Builder Etched Die is just cool that it is specifically designed for wreaths. 

 Wreath Builder Etched Dies is part of the Just Wanted to Say Collection. The set of 10 thin metal cutting dies creates a lovely wreath. Cut many pieces to layer to give it interest and dimension. Use it in other ways such as accents or to frame a focal point. This is a versatile set!

Just Wanted to Say Collection is a gathering of sweet designs and sentiments to make creations to perk up someone’s day. The mix of cutting dies, hot foil plate and stamps will help you to accomplish just that! Grab all in the collection to create and spread joy!

 Virginia Lu-Wreath Builder-June 2022 -001

 You can certainly use pattern paper for this die set. I find it easier to color the images in Copic/Alcohol Markers.

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I didn't quite exactly follow the guide on the package and just let my intuition be my guide.

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With cards like this, layering is even more important.  I layered two pieces of pattern paper and that really help the images pop. The details make the design just a little more special.

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Thanks for stopping by!
 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Add That Sense of Movement to Your Card Designs (3 Key Elements!)

 Hello friends!

It's my turn to share a project over Altenew Card Blog. This time, I am sharing a card design with a subtle movement!

Generally, non-interactive cards are mostly flat with some dimensions. Sometimes, it's fun to add that sense of movement to your card design. The receiver would feel the sense of motion and you - as the card designer - will have a ton of fun. Let's move along, shall we?

 06-25-Decorative Swirls Die-Meadow Reflections Stamp & Die Bundle-Bold Sentiment Stamp Set

I am using Decorative Swirls Die Set and Meadows Reflections Stamp and Die Bundle to illustrate the example. To evoke a sense of movement, I have applied three key elements to my design.

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How to Add Movement to Your Card Design

1. Use Dies/Stamps That Simulate Movement

The Decorative Swirls Die Set has some gorgeous flourish designs and they show off some movement splendidly.  I stamped a sentiment from Bold Sentiments in Lagoon and Sunray over the dies. Not only does this provide the pops of colors, but you've also got the sentiment part covered.

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2. Find Objects that Move

I stamped the background with Meadows Reflections Stamp and Die Bundle. This set is absolutely dreamy. With the 3 fluttering butterflies in this set, you can easily create a sense of movement in your card design. I stamped the meadows in Mountain Mist and the butterflies in Canyon Clay and Vineyard Berry).  For the butterflies, I inked up the paper in Canyon Clay and Sunray. I then stamped the butterflies in Obsidian Pigment Ink and die cut them.

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3. Add Splatter/Embellishments

Let's not forget the splattering effect. I simply covered the middle section with a piece of scratch paper and splattered away with Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray. It's amazing what those little droplets can do! If you do not care to splatter, you can use enamel dots (Sea Shore Enamel Dots) or sequins.

I hope that this post inspires you to try creating a card design or any DIY project with movement. I have another card design that used splatters here. Feel free to check it out! Make sure to tag @altenewllc or use the hashtag #Altenew when you post your projects.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

TWO Altenew Gift Certificate Winners

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It brings me a great pleasure to announce the TWO lucky random commenters! 

Every month, Altenew offers two giveaway to my followers/readers. I am thankful for your frequent visits and that you take some precious time to leave me a comment. Your feedback and comments are the energy boost that keep me going. Without further ado, here are the two winners. 

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Altenew-Craft Your Life Project Kit Silk Art

Altenew-Climbing Leaves Stamp & Die Bundle-Cerulean Skies 6 Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set -Icy Lake 6 Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set -Fancy Hugs Die-Sea Shore Washi Tape Set-Sentiment Strips 3 Stamp Set -003

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Mini Bow Etched Die from Spellbinders

Hello friends!

I have a darling project to share. this Mini Bow Etched Die is simply lovely. 

Info: Mini Bow Etched Dies is part of the Birthday Celebrations Collection which has a set of three thin metal cutting dies. These dies will help assemble a sweet bow for any birthday projects and more. So versatile and so adorable - who can resist?!

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 As you can see, I have 6 tiny bows on this card. The reason? It is SO addictive to make this mini bows! If you use thin paper, you can easily die cut two each time at least.

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 I used 6 pieces of pattern paper which is a fun way of showing off the paper.

Mini Etched Bow Die-June 2022

 For the background, I inked up the Hand Drawn Scallops Embossing Folder with various pastel ink and ran it through the diecut machine. 

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The embellishments and sentiment banners are listed below. I hope you enjoy this happy and cheery birthday design.  Thanks for stopping by!  

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