Saturday, August 1, 2020

Like a Sister

Hiya!  Thanks for stopping by at my little corner of the crafty world!  Today I'm making a 5" x 7" card featuring the Like A Sister digital stamp set illustrated by Jeanie Hays for Polka Dot Orchard.  

Purchase HERE

This is such a lovely set and can be used for a variety of occasions.  I really wanted to show off the gorgeous floral image and felt a 5" x 7" card would be a better format to use.  Let's see what you think.


I didn't take any process photos (I forgot!) so I'll talk you through the process.  I printed out two flowers on a piece of Bristol cardstock.  One image I set aside to use as the base.  On the second piece I grabbed a couple hexagon dies and played around with placement.  I looked for areas I thought would make the most impact.  I lightly drew around the dies so I would know where to apply color.

I used Karin Brushmarkers and a Silver Black Velvet 4 round brush.  The smaller flower portion is colored with a combination of Orange Red 051 and Magenta Red 170.  The larger flower was done in just the Magenta Red.  The green is Ocean Teal 377 and the gray is Cool Grey 1 160.  I would draw the marker where I wanted it the darkest and then blend out with a brush and water.  I did that until I had all 3 hexagon areas colored.  Then I taped my dies in place and ran it through my die cut machine.

I added foam tape to the back and then lined the pieces up very carefully with the uncolored flower.  I added the panel to a dark gray 5" x 7" card base.  I added splatters with black acrylic paint and some white pearl acrylic paint.  While I waited for the paint to dry I printed out the two sentiments I wanted from the Like A Sister set.  I cut off the "I" from the "I Miss You".  I added a black layer behind both of the sentiments, added liquid glue and tucked the sentiments in place.  For the finishing touch I added 3 Clear Drops from Studio Katia.  I thought they looked like dew on the flowers.




Toodles!
~Kristina

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Clear Drops mix two - Studio Katia
Clear Drops mix two - Studio Katia
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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Stitched Hexagon dies - Paper Rose
Stitched Hexagon dies - Paper Rose
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Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper
Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper
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A7 Layer dies - Waffle Flower
A7 Layer dies - Waffle Flower
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Silver Brush Black Velvet Round 4
Silver Brush Black Velvet Round 4
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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Build Your Stash Holiday Hop

Hello!  I'm excited to make my very first Christmas card of the year!  Even better, I get to join a linky party for the very first Build Your Stash Holiday Hop.  You can find the details (and prize list!!) and the link up right HERE.  #byshhchristmasinjuly2020


I'm using two different digital stamp sets from Polka Dot Orchard.  They are having an awesome 50% off sale on Christmas/Winter sets.  Plus all other sets are 35% off for a limited time!

I'm using the Poinsettia from Poinsettia Greetings.  You can find that set right HERE.


I sized it to be larger than an A2 size card panel.  I printed it out using my laser printer onto regular copy paper.  Yes.  Regular copy paper.  You see, this wasn't supposed to be a card.  This was a sample I printed out that was laying on my desk.  I had a technique on my mind and I thought I'd just try it out.  And then I just colored the whole thing.  I was so happy with how it turned out I knew I was going to go ahead and figure out how to use it for a project.

The technique is simply to use a standard pencil and a smudging tool to add a hint of a shadow.  This is not my idea at all.  I picked it up from YouTube of course.  My major influences are Amber Rain Davis and Jaycee Gasper.  It's so easy AND satisfying!  I would lightly scribble some pencil in the areas where I wanted the shadows to be.  Then I grabbed a blending stump to smudge it out.  Here's how it turned out!


Obviously copy paper isn't strong enough for a card layer so I glued it onto a piece of cardstock.  I wanted to keep it simple.  I added the yellow at the center of the flower and touches of Gold pen.  I also added random dots with the gold gel pen.  That's it.  I added it onto the black and white patterned paper and then onto a black card base.

The sentiment is from the Holiday Poinsettia set.  I reversed the font color to white.  Then I created a black rectangle in Adobe Illustrator.  I put the white sentiment on top and printed it out.  I added foam tape to the back and added it to the card.

Here is a close up.


I appreciate you stopping by.  I'm off to link my card up to the Build Your Stash Holiday Hop.  Hope to see your cards there!

~Kristina






Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Metallic Alcohol ink slimline cards

Hello and welcome!  The other day I sat down to play with some new goodies.  I recently purchased the newest colors of alcohol inks from Marabu Creative.  They have been just sitting on my desk waiting for me to crack them open.  So...I did!  I used the new metallics and color shifts inks.  I also had a piece of Grafix Opaque Black Craft plastic to try out.

I really just started out for fun.  I wanted to see how the colors looked and moved on the Grafix Opaque black.  Let's take a look shall we?



Aren't they absolutely gorgeous?!  You can find the Grafix Opaque Black craft plastic HERE and the Marabu alcohol inks HERE

I let them dry completely overnight and came back to them the next day.  I happened to have a new die also laying on my desk (sense a theme here?) and I thought let's try it out.  And here is what happened!


If you enlarge the photo above you can see I added texture to some of the foil petals using a stylus.


I love getting two cards out of one piece!  I carefully inlaid all of the cut pieces and added die cut sentiments.  I was pretty pleased for something that started out just as a test piece.

Here they are together.


The die is from Divinity Designs and is called Slimline Flower Petal Background.  I'm glad you popped in today!

~Kristina

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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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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8x8 Metallic - Confections
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8x8 Metallic - Confections
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8x8 Metallic - Jewels
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8x8 Metallic - Jewels
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40lb Vellum
40lb Vellum
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Bold Thanks Die - Altenew
Bold Thanks Die - Altenew
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To A Dear Friend die - Creative Expressions
To A Dear Friend die - Creative Expressions
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Glitter Cardstock Stack - DCWV
Glitter Cardstock Stack - DCWV
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Saturday, July 18, 2020

You Croc My World

One of the newer additions to the Polka Dot Orchard store is the set called You Croc My World.  This super fun set was designed by Malanie Colver.  It's such a fun and whimsical set!  

Purchase HERE

I wanted to do something a little bit different than a card.  Enter sublimation markers from Artesprix.  I recently discovered these little gems when I won a starter kit.  Now I'm hooked!  They are very easy to use.  You color whatever you want onto a piece of regular copy paper using these markers.  Use a heat press to transfer the image to a sublimation blank and you have magic!

To start the process I printed my images out onto copier paper.  I used You Croc My World and Sip Happens.

Purchase HERE

Then I got out my light box and the black Artesprix marker set.  I used the black markers to trace the digital stamp.  Once that was done I used the Artesprix markers to color in the images.  The majority of colors I used are in the original Artesprix marker 10 pack.  Here's what it looked like before I used the heat press.


And here's what it looked like after heat was applied.


I am using a special sublimation Maple bag tag that I also got from Artesprix as my surface.  You tape the colored image to the tag using a special heat resistant tape.  Then you create a sublimation sandwich and apply heat.  My heat source is a 9x 9 Cricut Easy Press 2.  Leave it on for the recommended time and remove heat.  Then you wait because it's HOT!

And at last, the reveal!

Front

Back

And here it is hanging from my suitcase.  I had to dust it off due to lack of use...



I hope you liked my "not a card" project for today.  Come back soon!

~Kristina








Sunday, July 12, 2020

Whoops A Daisy

Hey friends!  I have a secret.  I'm addicted to using my gel press to make prints.  Yep.  Because I totally needed another addiction.  Today I'm combining this latest addiction with my other addiction...slimline cards!  Sit back, grap a cuppa and let's chat.

I am using the Whoops A Daisy set from Polka Dot Orchard.  You can grab it right HERE and it's on sale (for now) at 35% off!  Don't miss your chance to stock up.


I wanted to start by showing the gel prints I'm using on this card.  Let's just say lots of fun was had during their creation.


For these two pieces I started by printing the daisy image on some inexpensive cardstock.  Then I used my gel press, stencils, objects and acrylic paints.



And let's see the finished projects.



For the green version I cut the green layer using the largest die from Trinity Stamps Slimline Scalloped dies.  The daisy layer I cut using the smallest layer die from Trinity Stamps Stitched Slimline dies.  I glued the green layer onto a white card base which measured 8 3/4" x 3 3/4".  I put foam tape on the back of the daisy layer before adding it onto the green layer.   

I printed the sentiment from the Whoops A Daisy set out onto the same white cardstock that I used for the card base.  I cut the blue background piece using the Stitched Slimline dies on the top and the bottom edge.  I wanted it to match the other stitching already on the card.  I glued the sentiment strip onto the blue and trimmed the edges to hang over the daisy panel.



For the pink version I cut created a blue card base that also measures 8 3/4" x 3 3/4".  I cut a piece of white cardstock using the largest die from Trinity Stamps Stitched Slimline dies.  I glued it onto the card base.  I trimmed the daisy layer down using my trimmer to be slightly smaller than the white layer.  I glued it down to the white layer.

This sentiment also comes from the Whoops A Daisy stamp set.  I thought it was fun but it was too big to fit the card how I wanted it to.  I chopped it apart to suit my needs!  I layered it onto some pink cardstock, added foam tape and stuck it to the daisy layer.

I love the completely different but similar looks.  It was also fun to do it in both a vertical and horizontal orientation.

Both cards have a lot of shimmer you can't see in the photos above and I tried to capture it below.  You can also see the great texture!




I didn't get a chance to make them yet but I plan on using the Trinity Stamps Slimline Envelope Builder dies to create some fabulous envelopes!

Now it's time to go make more messes with my gel plate and acrylic paints!

~Kristina


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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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Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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Stitched Frames & Squares - Trinity Stamps
Stitched Frames & Squares - Trinity Stamps
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8.5 inch Tonic Guillotine Cutter
8.5 inch Tonic Guillotine Cutter
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Slimline Envelope Builder die - Trinity Stamps
Slimline Envelope Builder die - Trinity Stamps
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Slimline Scalloped Card Panels die - Trinity Stamps
Slimline Scalloped Card Panels die - Trinity Stamps
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Ranger Ink Gel Plate 9 x 11
Ranger Ink Gel Plate 9 x 11
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Speedball Brayer - 4 inch
Speedball Brayer - 4 inch
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