Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dies R Us - Bodacious Florals

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Come on over to the Dies R Us blog and check out the project I'm sharing today.  It features just 3 dies and alcohol pearl inks!

Find the blog post right here: http://www.diesrusblog.com/2019/03/bodacious-florals.html



Happy crafting!
~Kristina



Stick It Adhesive sheets
Stick It Adhesive sheets
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Penny Black Bodacious die
Penny Black Bodacious die
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Frantic Stamper Just Because die
Frantic Stamper Just Because die
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Frantic Stamper Diamonds Galore
Frantic Stamper Diamonds Galore
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Neenah Solar White
Neenah Solar White
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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Ranger Alcohol ink - Deception
Ranger Alcohol ink - Deception
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Ranger Alcohol ink - Enchanted
Ranger Alcohol ink - Enchanted
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Ranger Alcohol ink - Smolder
Ranger Alcohol ink - Smolder
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Ranger Alcohol ink - Mineral
Ranger Alcohol ink - Mineral
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Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
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Yupo paper
Yupo paper
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hello You

Hi guys!  I am back!  Today I'm sharing my latest creation for the Altenew Educator Certification program.  I'm so happy that I passed level 1 and am now on the way with level 2 classes!

The class was called Beyond Basic Backgrounds.  What a great class this was!  I definitely enjoyed it and picked up all new tips along the way.  In my card I actually use several of the techniques shown.  The two I am focusing on are foiling a stamped image and water bleaching.  Let's start with a picture of my completed card and then I'll take you through the creation process.



I started by cutting a piece of bristol smooth cardstock down to 4 1/2" x 5 3/4".  I got out the 3 distress ink colors I planned to use along with the blending tool and sponges.  The colors I chose were Black Soot, Evergreen Bough and Old Paper.  I recently saw these colors used together on a YouTube video (Kristina Werner & Debby Hughes) and fell in love with the combination.

I started with the Black Soot and worked my way through Evergreen Bough to Old Paper.  The bristol cardstock makes the blending quite a bit easier.  I did still go back and forth several times to get the depth of color I was looking for and the smooth blend.  Isn't it pretty?



I gave it a bit of a blast with my heat tool and set the panel aside to dry.  While I was waiting, I cut an A2 sized card base out of Neenah 110lb solar white cardstock.  I did make it a top fold.  I took a long strip of 1/4" double sided sticky tape and placed it along the left side of the card.  Next I peeled off the backing paper and laid a piece of silver Deco Foil on top.  I grabbed my teflon bone folder and went over the foil a few times with firm pressure.  I peeled it away to reveal my super shiny silver strip!


Now back to the card panel.  This is where the foiling a stamped image technique comes into play.  I went over the entire panel with an anti-static powder.  Then I picked one of the stamps from Altenew's Beautiful Peony stamp set.  This is one of their recent releases that I just had to have!  I inked it up with Versamark ink and stamped it several times randomly on the panel.  

Next I sprinkled clear embossing powder over all of the stamped images.  I tapped it several times and grabbed a brush to pick up the stray bits of powder.  Then I turned on my heat tool to let it warm up a bit.  The Beyond Basic Backgrounds class shows you how to melt the embossing powder and then immediately put the foil on top and burnish it in place.  It is what I attempted to do but I ran into a few snags.  My embossing powder would not stay melted long enough to grab the foil.  I think that was due to two specific things.  The stamp image is a very fine line.  I think that was why it hardened immediately.  Also, the instructor suggested that bonding powder works better for this technique.  I couldn't find my jar so I just used regular embossing powder.  So, now what?

I was not about to give up on this card.  I decided to get out my Minc machine.  I put the card panel and foil into the Minc carrier sheet.  Once it was all warmed up, I ran it through.  It worked!  Now, it did change the thickness of the stamped image lines but I was totally ok with it.  I also noticed that I must not have gotten all of the stray embossing powder off.  There were lots of random silver flecks on the card panel.  Again, I'm okay with it. I think it looks like I meant to do it!  Happy accidents are the best!

Time to break out the second technique I picked out from the Beyond Basic Backgrounds class.  The instructor showed stamping your images with water onto a distress ink background.  I didn't do that exactly but it is still bleaching with water.  I took a brush with clean water and went over the insides of all the foiled flower images.  I let it sit for a bit and blotted it up.  I repeated the process a few times.  Once it was as light as I could make it, I went over it one more time with Wink of Stella Glitter gloss.  I love the gorgeous shimmer it adds.  

As that was drying, I got out the dies I planned to use on the card.  I used 3 letters from the Calligraphy Alpha die set.  I grabbed a ruler to help get them in a straight line.  



Then I put a piece of low tack tape over them and ran them through my die cut machine.  This is when I cut my panel down to 4" x 5 1/2".  I went ahead and glued the panel onto the card base.  I also added in the little letter bits from the y and the o.


I set the card aside for the moment.  I cut the letters out 3 more times from black cardstock.  I glued all of the layers together using Zig 2-way glue.  The top layer was the letters cut out from the distress panel.  I then glued the letters in place.  Why did I use black cardstock?  I think it helps the die cut letters pop out just a bit more from the background.

We are almost done!  I treated a piece of black cardstock with anti-static powder.  I then stamped hello from the Altenew Faux Veneer set with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled white embossing powder on top.  I made sure all of the stray white bits of powder were removed.  I melted it with my heat tool.  I carefully trimmed it down and glued it right above the you.  Card complete!

Here is a close up so you can see what I mean about the black cardstock.



And one more photo.



I appreciate you stopping by today.  Keep on crafting!

See you soon!
~Kristina

Supplies used:

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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Deco Foil - silver
Deco Foil - silver
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Wink of Stella - Glitter Clear
Wink of Stella - Glitter Clear
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VersaMark Watermark ink pad
VersaMark Watermark ink pad
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Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder
Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder
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Tonic Studios-Retractable Craft Pick
Tonic Studios-Retractable Craft Pick
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Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock
Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock
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Distress Ink pad Black Soot
Distress Ink pad Black Soot
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Distress Ink pad Evergreen Bough
Distress Ink pad Evergreen Bough
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Distress Ink pad Old Paper
Distress Ink pad Old Paper
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Heidi Swapp MINC 6 inch Mini Foil Applicator
Heidi Swapp MINC 6 inch Mini Foil Applicator
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Altenew Faux Veneer stamp set
Altenew Faux Veneer stamp set
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Altenew Calligraphy Alpha Die set
Altenew Calligraphy Alpha Die set
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Altenew Beautiful Peony
Altenew Beautiful Peony
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1/4 inch double sided tape
1/4 inch double sided tape
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Stick It Adhesive sheets
Stick It Adhesive sheets
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Zig 2-way glue pen
Zig 2-way glue pen
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Floral Hello

Happy Wednesday!  Today you'll find me posting over on the Dies R Us blog.  I have a sparkly, monochromatic any occasion card to share with you.  I do hope you will check out all the details.  Click HERE for the post.


Have a fabulous day!
~Kristina

Friday, February 22, 2019

AECP Level 1 Final Challenge

Hi there fellow crafters!  As you all know, I have been working my way through level 1 classes for the Altenew Educator Certification program.  Well, now it's time for my challenge level so that I can graduate to level 2.  Here it goes!

The requirements I was given were fairly straight forward.

1)  Pick any 3 components from any level 1 classes
2)  Create two cards.  One suitable for a birthday/graduation/encouragement.  The other one, something suitable for teenagers or men.

Seems simple enough, right??  LOL.  I *may* have stressed out a bit but I final got a plan laid out and I felt much better.

I think the thing that helped me out the most was the notes that I took during each class.  Anything that popped out at me or seemed important got written down.  Complete with some quick idea sketches if they came to me.  I pulled it out and started flipping through it.  I went over it until I decided which components appealed to me the most.  I will explain them as I go along but I thought you might like to see what my notebook and card plans look like.  You'll have to excuse my messy writing!


Now that I had a plan, it was on to execution!

I started with the masculine card as those are always more of a challenge for me.  My components come from Let it Shine, Easy Die Cutting Techniques and Irresistible Inking Techniques.  The major component I'm using on both cards is inlaid die cutting.  It is one of the techniques shown in the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class. This is the process of cutting a die out of the paper but then putting it back in place.  You can put the exact same piece back in OR you can put something totally different in it's place.  I chose to put different pieces back instead.  Let's see it in action.

Before I could get to the fun part, I had to do a fair amount of planning, measuring and marking on my card stock.


I needed to make sure that my dies were going to be straight across and an even distance from the edge of both sides of the card stock.  Tip-Keep the lines as light as possible and have a kneadable eraser close by.  I find these work the best for erasing my lines easily.  Once I had all of my marks in place, I moved on to adding the dies.  I am using the Caps Bold Alphabet die set for all of my letters.


Even though I planned on using my magnetic base plate in my die cut machine, I still used a low tack tape to hold the dies in place.  I need my placement to be just perfect.

Here is my panel once I had all of the letters cut out.


I put all of the gray letters away but kept out the center for the Os, the A and the R.  I'll need them once I start putting it all together.  Now, I needed the pieces to fill the die spots.  For this I'll be using some white card stock and burgundy card stock.  Both of these were cut to A2 size.  I laid the Pattern Play - Hexagon stamp on top of my card stock I had in my Misti.  Then I closed the door to pick up the stamp.



Next I inked it up with Altenew Silver Stone gray ink.  I stamped it a total of three times to make a nice and crisp image.  Next I used some anti-static powder all over the burgundy card stock.  Then I put it into the Misti.  I did use a bit of temporary adhesive on the back of the card stock to hold it in place while I worked.  Here is where I am incorporating another component from a class.  This one comes from Let it Shine.  It showed how you can add a bit of extra shine to a card pretty easily by using metallic embossing powders.  I inked up the Pattern Play -Hexagon stamp with the sticky Versamark ink this time.  I removed the card stock from my Misti and held it over a large coffee filter.  Then I liberally sprinkled silver embossing powder over it until I had it completely covered.  Tip-using a large coffee filter to catch your embossing powder makes it really easy to put the powder back in the jar.  Not to mention you can use it over and over again!

I let my heat gun warm up for a few minutes so I could melt the powder with a minimum of heat.  This helps to protect your card stock from warping.  Now I had my two panels ready to die cut my letters out of.  I didn't need to worry as much about spacing but I was very careful to keep them lined up.  I wanted the stamped patterns to line up as much as possible once I put them in the gray card base.

Now it was time to incorporate my third component.  This one comes from the Irresitible Inking class.  Direct to paper inking or stamping.  It has been around a really long time but I admit that I forget to use it!  It really is easy to do AND adds a bit something extra.  In my case, it also helps my letters to pop out from the base panel.  I took my mini Vineyard Berry ink cube and rubbed on all the edges of the white letters.  I also rubbed it a bit more generously on the original gray card panel.  I love getting inky!  You should probaby wash your hands before you move on - don't want to mess up your project!



Here is the test run of putting the pieces into the panel.



Now it's time to put it all together!  Before I reveal the front, I wanted to show you the work I did on the backside of the panel.


I used low tack tape to keep the letters in place.  When I go to put it on a card base, the letters won't fall out!  I also decided to add foam tape to the three burgundy letters as I really wanted them to stand out.  Then I mounted the complete panel onto an A2, to fold gray card base.  As I final touch, I stamped the numbers 2019 on a very small piece of gray card stock.  I went around the edges with the Vineyard Berry ink pad, added foam tape and put it on top of the Y.  Here is the completed card!


While I chose to make it a masculine graduation card, you could take of the year and easily turn it into a birthday card or an encouragment card!




It was really had not to add any extra bling but I absolutely love how it all came together.  Now let's move on to card number two.  I am going for a same but different vibe.  Let's make a feminine version!

This one went together a lot quicker.  Before I put my gray card I used the panel with the open letters to trace the letters onto three other pieces of card stock.  I chose light coral, dark coral and ivory.


It made it super easy to line up my dies!  Plus it gave me an idea of the area I would need to cover with stamping for the letter dies I would be putting back in place of the light coral card stock.



I picked three small stamps from the Adore You stamp set.  I randomly stamped a pattern on the ivory card stock using the Pink Pearl mini ink cube.  For the dark coral card stock, I randomly stamped the same three stamps but this time I used Versamark ink.  I did apply anti-static powder before stamping.  This time I chose to use a gold embossing powder.  Again, don't forget to let your heat tool warm up to minimize the warping as you melt the powder.  After that I went around the edges of the ivory letters and the light coral card stock with the Coral Bliss mini ink cube.


Now to put all the pieces of this card together.  I pretty much repeated the same process I used on the gray card.  Put the ivory letters in place, put the light coral centers in place and tape them on the backside to hold them.  Added foam tape to the dark coral letters.  I then glued the panel onto and A2 sized, top folding, light coral card base.  Then I peeled the backer off of the foam tape and carefully lined them up on the panel.  Check out this beauty!




And here they are side by side.


Thanks for hanging in with me all the way to the end!  

Crafty hugs to you all,
~Kristina

Supplies used:

Pattern Play - Hexagon stamp set
Pattern Play - Hexagon stamp set
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Adore You stamp set
Adore You stamp set
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Caps Bold Alphabet die set
Caps Bold Alphabet die set
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Tea Party 4 mini ink cube set
Tea Party 4 mini ink cube set
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Rock Collection 4 mini ink cube set
Rock Collection 4 mini ink cube set
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