Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spring Butterfly

It's Wednesday and you know what that means!  I've got a post up over on the Dies R Us blog.  Come check it out HERE.  And of course I have to give you a little peek!


See you there!
~Kristina



Zig 2-Way Glue Pen - Squeeze & Roll
Zig 2-Way Glue Pen - Squeeze & Roll
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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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Tonic Studios-Retractable Craft Pick
Tonic Studios-Retractable Craft Pick
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Elizabeth Craft Designs Butterfly Aperture die
Elizabeth Craft Designs Butterfly Aperture die
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Frantic Stamper Inc Elegant Happy Spring Easter
Frantic Stamper Inc Elegant Happy Spring Easter
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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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Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Challenge time

I'm sad that the weekend is just about over.  However, I am happy I found time to make a card to enter into two challenges!  This card is being entered in the Color Throwdown #538 and Freshly Made Sketches #383.  You can find the links below.




And here is my entry!



Thanks for stopping by!
~Kristina

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Neenah Solar White
Neenah Solar White
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Tonic Studios-Retractable Craft Pick
Tonic Studios-Retractable Craft Pick
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Zig 2-way glue pen
Zig 2-way glue pen
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Xyron Sticker Maker
Xyron Sticker Maker
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Distress Oxide - Tumbled Glass
Distress Oxide - Tumbled Glass
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Distress Oxide - Bundled Sage
Distress Oxide - Bundled Sage
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Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry
Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry
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Distress Oxide - Mowed Lawn
Distress Oxide - Mowed Lawn
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Tim Holtz Organic die
Tim Holtz Organic die
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Modern Cats

Happy weekend everyone!  I am continuing my way through the level 2 classes for the Altenew Educator Certification program.  I have been learning so many new things.  It's awesome!

The class I just completed is called Color With a Twist.  It is taught by the fabulous Therese Calvird.  I love watching her videos!  I decided to base my card on two of the lessons I liked the most.  Die cutting in an unusual way and using an unusual color combination.  I thought both of these would be perfect for getting me outside my usual comfort zone.  Let's start with a picture of my finished card and then I'll take you through my process.


As you can see from the picture, I chose to use a shade of orange and blue together.  I think the only other time I have used these two colors together is for a sports themed card!  The two specific colors I used are Autumn Blaze and Starlight.

I started off with a vertical, top fold A2 sized card base made out of 110lb Neenah Solar white cardstock.  I laid the sitting cat stamp from Modern Cats onto the card base where I wanted it.  Then I played around with square dies until I found the right size.  I used a 2 3/4" sqaure die in this picture but I think the 2 1/2" sqaure from the Halftone Squares die set is a better fit in the end.  I laid the square die over the edge and taped it in place.  I also used the coordinating yarn ball die from the Modern Cats die set but I forgot to snap the picture with it in place.  I ran it through my die cut machine.


Next I brought in the Sqaure Weave Pattern stencil.  I opened up the card base, masked off the card above the fold and taped it down to my work surface.  I then went over the stencil with a blending brush and Starlight ink.  You'll see in the picture that I have areas with lighter and darker ink blending.  This was intentional to add more interest to the background.



I removed the stencil and went to give it a quick wash in the sink.  Next I picked up the cat stamp and inked it with Silver Lake gray ink.  I stamped it right through the die cut opening!  I then stamped the tail/feet detail with Gray Denim and the eyes/whiskers with Charcoal Suit.

I also stamped the yarn ball through the die cut opening with Autumn Blaze ink.  Stamping through the die cut opening insures that they will line up perfectly.



I stamped the cat body again onto a piece of masking paper and cut it out.  I then laid it on top of the stamped cat image.  I took a blending brush and applied Autumn Blaze ink over the cat mask.  I concentrated the color in the center and let it fade out around the edges.


I knew where I planned to put my sentiment but I felt like it still was going to leave too much open space.  I cut three strips of paper in coordinating colors of cardstock.  One orange was cut to 1/4" wide and the second one was cut to 3/8" wide.  The blue strip is cut at 1/2" wide.  Before I added them to the card, I embossed them with a linen like texture die.  Again, I wanted to add more interest.  I will say that it made the strips look a little wavy but I'm totally ok with that!  I adhered them to the card and cut off the excess.



I stamped the "cat people" sentiment with the Starlight ink onto a white rectangle 2" wide by 1" tall.  I then took the ink pad directly to the paper to add color and interest to the edges.  I mounted this onto an orange piece of cardstock just a 1/16th of inch bigger.  I added foam tape and adhered it to the card.

For the final bit of interest I added glitter dots from my stash in orange in blue.  These particular ones are from Echo Park but I don't think they are available anymore.  However, the tangerine and blue jean glitter dots from Doodlebug will work perfectly as well!

This card is definitely outside of my normal wheelhouse but I love the challenge!  I hope you like the results.




Until next time!
~Kristina

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Neenah Solar White
Neenah Solar White
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Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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Altenew Warm & Cozy mini ink cube set
Altenew Warm & Cozy mini ink cube set
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Altenew Deep Blue Seas mini ink cube set
Altenew Deep Blue Seas mini ink cube set
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Altenew Modern Cats stamp & die set
Altenew Modern Cats stamp & die set
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Therm O Web Masking Magic Sheets
Therm O Web Masking Magic Sheets
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Altenew Gentleman's Gray mini ink cube set
Altenew Gentleman's Gray mini ink cube set
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Altenew Halftone Squares die set
Altenew Halftone Squares die set
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Doodlebug Design Tangerine Glitter dots
Doodlebug Design Tangerine Glitter dots
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Doodlebug Design Blue Jean Glitter dots
Doodlebug Design Blue Jean Glitter dots
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Square Weave Pattern stencil
Square Weave Pattern stencil
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Feather Fun

Welcome back to my blog! I finished up my next level 2 Altenew Educator Certification Program class.  This one was called In the Mood for Color.  This class goes into detail about the meanings and feelings evoked when you use certain colors.  I thought it was pretty cool!

I decided I wanted to try my hand at making a card that evokes happiness and good feelings.  Orange is the color for the job!

I started with a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I also pulled out my mini ink blending tools, sponges and the new Golden Sunset mini ink cubes from Altenew.  I love the Altenew ink families when you want to make sure your colors all go together.  I don't find myself using yellow and orange inks very often but these are SO pretty!  I started with the lightest color, Sunray.  I loaded up my blending sponge and started blended in a diagonal line across the cardstock.  I then moved on to Chamomile, Snapdragon and finally Marigold.  Now, this doesn't look so great...not yet anyways.


The trick is layers!  I worked my way back and forth a few times in order to get vibrant and smooth colors.  Once I was happy with the results, I squirted it lightly with water.  I let it sit for 30 seconds or so and then blotted it up.  I dried it with the heat gun.  Next I gave it a quick spray with an iridescent shimmer spray.  I dried this as well with the heat gun.


I'm so in love with this panel!  On to the next steps.  I treated the panel liberally with anti-static powder.  Next I stamped the feather image from Altenew's Happy Dreams stamp set randomly on the panel with Versafine black ink.  Then I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and melted it with the heat gun.  Next I grabbed the spots cluster from the same stamp set.  I stamped it several times over the panel and melted the embossing powder.  At this point I felt like I needed the spots to fill in more of the spaces but the feather were in the way.  I could have gone ahead and created some masks to cover the feathers but I felt a bit lazy.  I just tore some scrap pieces of paper and held them in place as I stamped the rest of the dots.


I went ahead and trimmed the panel down to 4" x 5 1/4".  Now I needed a few more pieces for my card.  I used a stitched circle die to cut out a 2 3/4" circle out of heavy vellum.  I treated it with anti-static powder.  I stamped the "Follow Your Dreams" sentiment, also from the Happy Dreams set, in VersaMark ink.  I didn't want the wand that is included as part of the sentiment so I simply covered it with a small scrap before inking it up.  Then I pulled it off the scrap before stamping down on the vellum.  I sprinkled white embossing powder over it, tapped off the excess and melted it with the heating tool.  



Next I cut a piece of black cardstock into a strip 1 1/2" x 4".  Then I used the largest edge dies from the Lawn Fawn Lacy Borders die set to cut both long sides of the strip. 


 I then glued it about an inch from the left side of the yellow panel.  I flipped the vellum circle over and used a glue pen to carefully apply the liquid glue behind the letters.  This is my trick to keep the adhesive from showing through the vellum.  Then I put it in place over the black strip.  

I found that I hadn't been quite as careful as I thought and you could see some of the glue.  To solve that I went around the left sides of the sentiment with an N3 gray Copic marker.  This added a nice little shadow AND hid the glue.  Problem solved!

I stamped one of the arrows onto white cardstock using the black VersaFine ink.  I sprinkled clear embossing powder over it and melted it with the heat tool.  I then used the matching Happy Dreams die set to cut out the arrow.  I used a little liquid glue on the back and glued it down.  I then glued the entire panel onto a black A2 sized card base.  All done!

This card makes me happy so I guess it did the job!




I had so much fun making the first card I had to make a second one!  This one is almost an exact opposite of the first card.  Where I used black on the first card, I used white.  Where I used white on the first card, I used black on the second.  You get the idea.  

Here it is!


Here they are side-by-side.


And close up so you can see the shadowing around the sentiment on the black card.


Which version is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!
~Kristina

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Zig 2-Way Glue Pen - Squeeze & Roll
Zig 2-Way Glue Pen - Squeeze & Roll
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Neenah Solar White
Neenah Solar White
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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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Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Tool
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VersaFine Onyx Black ink pad
VersaFine Onyx Black ink pad
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Altenew Happy Dreams stamps
Altenew Happy Dreams stamps
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Altenew Happy Dreams dies
Altenew Happy Dreams dies
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Ranger Clear embossing powder
Ranger Clear embossing powder
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Altenew Golden Sunset mink ink cubes
Altenew Golden Sunset mink ink cubes
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Lawn Fawn Lacy Borders dies
Lawn Fawn Lacy Borders dies
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