Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Coffee Scene card

Hi there!  My teenagers have finally gone back to school.  I'm so ready for everyone to be back on a normal schedule.  Whew!  Last week  I worked my way through the next Altenew Educator Certification Program class.  Which means I have another submission to share with you!  The name of the class was called Seasonal Scene Building.  Now, this isn't really limited to "seasons" but more about scene building as a whole.  I have to say that this is an area where I struggle.  This class helped me out with tons of different ideas!  So, without further ado, here is my card!

The main idea that struck a chord with me was to create a smaller scale scene and frame it in some way.  As you can see on my card, I used a die cut rectangle to create my frame.  Let's talk about the details.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolor paper down to 3 1/8" x 4 3/8" inches.  Next, I started playing around with the stamps to create the scene I wanted.  Once I had everything in place I took a picture for reference.  My memory isn't always the best and I wanted to make sure I remembered!

Yep, some of the stamps are overlapping the others.  No problem though as I'll be doing some masking.  I moved the whole piece to my Misti and closed the lid.  This picked up the spoon and the coffee pot.  I removed the rest of the stamps.  As I want the spoon to be in the front of my scene it has to be stamped first.

I stamped the spoon again onto some masking paper.  I proceeded to cut out the teeny, tiny spoon mask.  I then put it down over the stamped spoon.  I brought in my next stamp which is the taller cup that goes right behind the spoon.  Lined it up using my Misti, stamped it on the watercolor paper and then onto masking paper.  I stamped and cut out the cup mask.  This is the last mask I need for my scene.  I then placed the other two stamps in my Misti and stamped them.  I did want to mention I had to stamp the images a couple times to get a nice, dark image.  The watercolor paper texture makes it a bit harder to get a good impression the first time you stamp.

Here is the scene all stamped out and the masks removed.

Next I brought out my Derwent Inktense pencils.  I always forget about these little lovelies but I found them again when I was doing a little holiday cleaning!  I will generally color up the entire scene before I bring in a brush and water to smooth and blend them out.  Here are the colors I used.

Blue cup: 1200 Sea Blue & 0220 Sicilian Yellow
Purple cup: 0760 Deep Violet and 0250 Cadium Orange
Pink cup: 0720 Thistle
Spoon, coffee pot & shadows: 2120 Neutral Gray
Coffee in the pot: 1930 Dark Chocolate
Glass in the pot: 0900 Iris Blue
Wall: 0220 Sicilian Yellow and 0250 Cadium Orange

I laid the pencil down in a light coat as I didn't want the colors to be too dark.  For the wall, I drew my horizon line and then colored it all in with the Sicilian Yellow.  Then I put down the vertical lines with the Cadium Orange.   Here is the scene all colored with the Inktense pencils.

Next I worked my way through the scene with a small brush and a small amount of water.  I wanted to stay in control of where the color went so I used just the smallest bits of water.  I kept a paper towel nearby to dab off any excess water or color.  Once the cups and pot were done, I moved on to the wall.  I applied water to the stripes first.  The neat thing about Inktense pencils is that yes, they are watercolor but after they dry they are generally permanent.  So you can go back over them and the colors won't reactivate.  I wanted the stripes to dry before I went over the entire wall so that my stripes would stay visible.  While they dried, I went ahead and added water to the shadows.  Then back to the wall.  I added water over the whole wall and dabbed it with a paper towel to give it a little bit of added texture.  Here is the scene after I applied water with a brush.

I set the scene aside to dry.  Now to the rest of the card.  I took two stitched rectangle dies and taped them together so that they would cut out a frame for my scene.  I chose a dark gray similar to the Neutral Gray Inktense pencil.  I cut it out 3 times and glued them together.  Next I cut a piece of the watercolor paper to  4 1/4" by 5 1/2'' inches.  I knew that my scene was actually a little bit smaller than my frame so the background paper was going to show through.  It needed to be the same white as my scene.  I glued it to a white card base.  Then I centered the frame and glued it down as well.  Then my scene piece.

Now I just needed a sentiment!  I found a piece of purple cardstock similar to the purple cup on my card.  I went over it with anti-static powder and stamped the coffee & friends sentiment with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled Vintage Pearl embossing over the sentiment and melted it with my heat tool.  Then I went back and brushed off the remaining anti-static powder with a paper towel.  I cut it down to a rectangle and glued it only to the frame piece.  It's taller than the scene since it is 3 layers of cardstock.  There you have it!

I love how these classes are challenging me to go outside my comfort zone!  Hope to see you soon!


Altenew Supplies used:

Other Supplies used:

Vintage Pearl embossing powder

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Winter Snowflakes

Hi guys!  Hope you had a great New Year's!  I'm back again on the Dies R Us blog with more winter inspiration.  Can you sense a theme here?  Winter is here to stay for a while.

Come on over to the blog HERE.

Have a grand day!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Miss you

Howdy and hello my crafty friends! I'm enjoying my extra time off from work by completing yet another Altenew Academy class. I'm making it a priorty to continue my work towards my Altenew Educator Certification! The class I just finished was called Celebrations: Stencil Techniques and the teacher was Laurel Beard. Seriously a great class! Yet again jam packed with all sorts of ideas on how to use and create your own stencils!

I started by using the Doodled Lace Cover die to cut out a thick piece of cardstock as well as a thin piece.

I took the thin piece of cardstock and taped it down to a scratch piece of paper.  I liberally sponged on Victorian Velvet distress ink until I happy with the color.  I don't reach for this color very often but I don't know why.  It's gorgeous!  I took a pair of scissors and started cutting apart all of the floral elements. 

Back to that thick piece of cardstock.  I taped it down to a gray piece of cardstock.  I dug around and found my stash of embossing paste.  I squished my Hickory Smoke distress ink pad down on to my glass mat.  Then I took a scoop of paste out and mixed it with the ink.  I did this several times until the paste was as dark as I wanted it to be.  I used a plastic spatula to spread this over the top of the die cut cardstock.  I worked quickly so the paste wouldn't dry our before I was done.  Once it was smoothed out I removed the die cut paper and cleaned up my tools.  This is very important when working with embossing paste!

I set this aside for a little while until the paste was dry.  Then I started fitting the cut out floral pieces into the embossing paste piece.  I glued the pieces in place with a liquid glue.

Here it is with all of the pieces glued in place.

I took the completed panel and attached it to a white, side fold A2 card base.  I took my Wink of Stella marker and went over the leaf and heart shapes.  Now...how to add a sentiment.  I didn't want to cover up the cool background!  I found a small I Miss You sentiment in the Hug Me set from Altenew.  I masked off the "I" and stamped it on white paper with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.  I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.

I cut it down to a small strip and angle cut the right side.  I put foam tape on the back and glued it on the background.  I really love the look of the embossing paste!  I tried to capture the dimension in the photo below.

This class was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the next one!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really do appreciate it!


Altenew supplies used:

Hug Me stamp set

Friday, December 28, 2018

Let it shine!

I took a break from my Altenew Educator Certification Program classes so I could keep up with the holidays.  Now that the big one is over, I'm back at it!

The class I did this time is called Let It Shine.  It's all about ways to add shine, glitter and glitz without having to use a lot.  The instructor had lots of great tips using everything from enamel dots to mirror cardstock.  In fact, she had so many awesome ideas that I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted to focus on!  I actually started two different cards but finally picked one.  The other one I have turned into a birthday card for my son.

Here is my completed card.

I started with a an A2 sized piece of white Neenah 110lb paper.  Near the bottom of the paper I placed a piece of 1/4" Scor-Tape.  I then placed a strip of 1/8" Scor-Tape above and below it.  Next I picked out a blue and teal glitter from my stash.  I carefully peeled up the 1/4" tape backing to reveal the sticky side.  I sprinkled the glitter over the strip, dumped off the extra and burnished it with my finger.  Yep, I totally got my glitter on today!  I cleaned my craft mat using a piece of a dry swiffer cloth to pick up the glitter.  Then I repeated the process with the 1/8" strips and the teal glitter.

Check out all that shimmer!!

On to phase two!  I had already picked out the stamp and die set that I wanted to use.  Mega Greetings 2 and the Mega You die.  I took a scrap piece of white cardstock and rubbed the Starlight Blue ink pad all over it.  It was the closest Altenew blue ink to the blue glitter that I used.  I went over the paper a couple of times until I got complete saturation.  I did dry it with my heat tool because I used quite a lot of ink!

I took the paper and the You die to my die cutter and ran it through.  Now, I also took my glitter piece and ran it through the die cutter as well.  Making sure to keep all the inner pieces.  I then took the blue You and inlaid it into the glitter piece.  I popped the inner part of the Y and the O bits back in from the glitter piece. 

As you can see in the picture above, I cut about an 1" and a 1/2 off of the white glitter piece.  Now on to the card base.  I cut white cardstock to an A2 horizontal, top fold card base.  I took a piece of teal cardstock from my stash and cut it to A2 as well.  Then I used Versamark ink to stamp a pinstripe pattern on the teal piece.  I thought it looked a little plain but I didn't want anything too distracting.  I did give it a quick dry with my heat tool since Versamark stays wet longer than dye inks.  

I glued this directly onto the card base.  Next I applied a liberal amount of foam tape to the back of the glitter piece and adhered it in the center of the card base.  Almost done!  I did want to add the stamped sentiment "are loved" to the card as well.  I took another scrap piece of white paper and rubbed Teal Cave ink on it.  Once it was throughly covered, I dried it with my heat tool.  I went over it with anti-static powder and stamped it in Versamark ink.  Then I sprinkled on white embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.

I cut it down to a  rectangle and played around to find just the right placement.  Once I figured it out, I added foam tape to the back and adhered it in place.  I thought about adding a few embellishments but I think the glitter strip adds enough glitter and glitz!  I hope that comes through in the photos!!

I'll be back soon!

Altenew supplies used:

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Winter bear

Hi guys!  I've got my next design team post up over on the Dies R Us blog.  Come check out all of the details HERE!

See you soon!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Winter Cardinal

Hey there fellow 2 Cute Ink fans!  I'm here with a winter themed project to share with you today.

Isn't this Winter Cardinal just the cutest darn thing ever?  I know, I say that about all of Heidi's stamps but I just can't help myself.    First off, you can get your hands on this digital stamp right HERE.

I decided to use my colored pencils to color up this little cutie.  I also picked my colors based on the patterned papers I had picked out.  All of the colored pencils I used are Prismacolors.

Red PC122, PC926, PC195, PC930
Green PC908, PC911, PC912
Brown PC1082, PC941, PC140
Blue PC901
Snow PC1059

I used Gamsol and a blending stub to smooth out the pencils.  I forgot how lovely the colors look when blended with Gamsol.  All of the layers were cut out using circle dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The patterned paper is from Echo Park's Deck the Hall paper pad.  For the cardbase layer I used a brown from Stampin Up.

I cut all of the layers out and glued everything together.  For the final touches, I added Star Dust Stickles to the snowflakes and Frosted Lace Stickles to the snow.  All done!  Now grab this digital stamp for yourself and get to crafting!


Monday, December 10, 2018

For the Guys

Howdy one and all!  I'm here today with my latest submission for the Altenew Educator Certification program.  The class I just finished was called For The Guys.  Yep, cards for the boys/men in your life!  This is an area that I definitely struggle with so I was thrilled to see it on the list of classes to complete!

There were lots of great suggestions in the class that I am filing away in my brain.  I decided to run with the idea of using a geometric pattern.  It sounded so easy when I came up with the idea!  Here it is...

I inked up another stamp set that has been sitting around waiting for me to give it some love, Trigonometry.  I thought this would be just the perfect set to use for a guy card.

I started by picking the spot on my cardstock where I wanted the bottom of the triangle to be.  Basically I just moved around one of the stamps until I felt it looked right.  Then I used a T ruler to draw a top and bottom line.  I needed these as a reference point to keep me going straight.  This is when I dug out my mini Misti.  I'm not sure I could have completed this card without it!

I used two different Altenew inks for the triangles, Desert Night and Dusk.  I placed my cardstock in the Misti, lined up my first stamp, inked it up and stamped.  Whew.  So far so good!  Then I cleaned off my stamp and turned it upside down, lined it up, and stamped the Dusk triangle.  I repeated the process until I had a strip all the way across.  

Let me interrupt with a little secret, I actually had to stamp this card out four times.  Yep.  It was a little tricker than I thought to get the spacing between the triangles just right.  Not to mention keeping them straight!  I persevered though!!  Once it was done (and dry!) I went back and erased my pencil lines.  

Next I came in with a copic safe black marker and a T ruler.  I wanted to add that extra bit of detail the black lines would add.  Then I used some gray copic markers to create the appearance of a shadow.  I used N3, N1, N0 and colorless blender.  I like how it makes it appear as if I have multiple layers but it is only one!

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the same Trigonometry set with the Desert Night ink.  I also rubbed some of the Desert Ink onto a piece of white cardstock.  I wanted to have a dark blue layer to go between the sentiment and the cardstock.  Once that was done, I cut the pieces down to size and glued them onto the cardstock.

For the final touch, I cut off about a 1/4" from the bottom of the cardstock and mounted it to a dark blue card base.  This lets just a little bit of the blue base show at the top and bottom of the card.  I think it makes the blues pop!

Now it's time to move on to my next class.  See you soon!