Monday, January 30, 2023

Add Depths to Diecut Flowers

Hello friends!

Hope you are doing well. I can't believe it's nearly the last day of January! 

This year is 1/12 over!  Let's make good use of the rest of this year... without further ado, let's talk about today's project. I am using Spellbinders Zinnia Etched Dies as an example.

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First of all, let me just say that I did not use the dies as intended. However, I love what I created something unique. I also love how my interpretation still looks OK without copying exactly what the dies are for. I need more time to play with this die and follow exactly how it is intended. We shall se if that time would come....


Let's talk about adding depth and color contrast to the flower petals and leaves. You can simply ink-blend (using ink pads) to create various shades and depth of colors. 

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I also used watercolor brush markers or Watercolor to add darker shade and colors. Alcohol markers (such as Copics) are also great for adding colors and shades.

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I did some Partial Dry-embossing with this month's embossing folder. If you see closely, I also added a piece of vellum to create more interest. Thanks for stopping by! 


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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Creative Use of an Unconventional Frame Die

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a new Frame die. 

This Mini Instant Frame Die is in the form of Polaroid Frame type of shape. With a die like this, you MUST try to use it in creative ways to make it worthwhile.

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 You can use this die to frame a photo, sentiment or images. You can also use just part of it! For example, I trimmed off the upper part of the frame and used the bottom part for the stamped sentiment!

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Today's project is a bright and gold combo.


The gold metallic frame really draws the eyes to the focal point.


I die cut and water-colored the flowers from Zero-Waste 3D Floral Cover Die (another goodie) and assembled this floral frame arrangement.

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I also saved the tiny bits (tiny green dots) from the Zero-Waste 3D Floral Cover Die-true ZERO waste! I treated tiny dots like "sequins". Aren't they cute?


Last but not least, here is another project with this frame die. 

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 I hope this post gives you some idea on how to stretch a frame die like this. Thanks for stopping by!  

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Have Fun and Experiment with Your Supplies

Hello friends!

I  recently created an expected card.  I meant to do the regular dry-embossing....I ended doing de-boss instead. This is what it is "supposed to" look like after running the 3D Embossing Folder through the die cut machine.  

This card was dry-embossed on white card stock

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and this one was created with the colored cardstock

you brighten my day (3D EF) 

 Let me refresh your memory about debossing. 

Debossing is the opposite of embossing as you are creating an indent in the material you are using. A metal die is stamped onto the front of the material you are using causing depressions that leave a (debossed) imprint of the image on your paper, card stock (or other chosen material)

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 You can definitely de-boss first and ink up the images. But this was not what I did here.

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 I swiped the ink pad across the 3 D Embossing Folder and THEN dry-embossed it.

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 You can add details by re-deboss it or add colors after running it through the die-cut machine. The main thing is you need to experiment and have fun with your supplies. 

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 Enjoying the process is the key to happy crafting. Often times, this will result a project or two that make you even happier.

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 This was my experience with this project. I was slightly upset when I did the de-bossing by accident, but in the end, I am truly happy with the result and was glad that I didn't give up.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Ethereal Orchid on Paper (& Winner Announcement)

Hello friends!

I hope that you are not tired of seeing another Craft-a-Flower Orchids! This is my 4th version and likely the last (for now). 

This is what happened when you have a beautifully-designed die that you keep finding new ways of using the product. But first, I'd like the definition of the word.
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"ethereal": extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world. Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc. 
This is my 1st version. I ink-blended the petals and water-colored the leaves and stems.
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My 2nd version is close to the first version. I used strong color color contrast and added a stenciled background.
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It then occurred to me to try using vellum.... thus,.... this is my 3rd version.
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With that, I thought of trying to use white paper and vellum together. That's how I made the 4th version.

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The white-paper orchid center was colored with Alcohol Marker.

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I love the luminous look of the vellum. The white paper provides are very realistic look as well.

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Combining various petals seems like a good idea.

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I really love how similar with all of the cards are and yet, each one is so different on its own.

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Do you have a favorite?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Craft Your Life-Meadow Breeze

 Hello friends!

Hope this post finds you well. 

I am popping in with my 2nd take of Craft Your Life Project Kit Meadow Breeze.


 I took out the Trailblazing Fresh Dye Ink Collection and gave a it GREAT workout.

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I rarely have  colored cardstock as a background. This time, I applied the inks to add depth and color contrast. (note to myself: I should do this more often).


 I love the ease of using coordinating stencils.


 The die-cut makes everything nice and easy! Thanks for stopping by! 

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Pansy Etched Dies from The Painter’s Garden Collection by Susan Tierney-Cockburn

 Hello friends!

I am popping in with a new project with Spellbinders Pansy Etched Die.

It's amazing that with these few pieces, you can create something totally dramatic and colors floral designs.


I Googled the image of pansy and tried my best to channel the coloring. With Alcohol Markers, I came up with various shades of colors.

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For the center of the Pansies, I added small sequins to give them some sparkle.

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The shape dies and embossing folders (listed below) are one of my recent favorites from Spellbinders.


 The sentiment is from one of the Spellbinders Card Kit. Hope this card brightens your day. 

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