Is it just me or did 2014 fly by? Oh my goodness, Christmas is nearly here and I have so much to do! In the spirit of getting lots done, I created a card that uses minimal stamping, and instead focuses on dies and ink blending with my favorite Essentials by Elle Home & Hearth dies!
First, I used some masking paper and die cut everything out from it! Masking paper is great and really is essential when it comes to ink blending!
First, I laid out the snow scape to creates the horizon on my card.
Then I added the houses, trees and stars.
Next, because I don't want the windows to be dark blue - I masked those too using scraps!
Next up comes the ink blending! I used 3 main Distress Ink colors to create my sky.
I started with the lightest color first.
It's really important to go slow here. You can always add more color but you can't quite subtract! ;)
This is absolutely a technique that gets easier and looks better with practice but it is so fun and exciting!
To add the window color, I simply removed the masking scraps. I love the reveal process here.
I simply used a sponge dauber to carefully add color to the insides of my houses.
I decided the sky needed a shimmer so I covered it all back up and misted it with perfect pearls!
Then, I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it some extra pop!
To finish it off, I decided to frame it so it almost looks like a window looking out.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day! To everyone in the US, Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!
(click on the pics to enbiggan)
The technique above is another great one for creating the illusion of dimension without adding a lot of bulk; vellum card stock makes it SO easy and the effect is AWESOME!!! And, the trick for keeping it simple? Solid or silhouette style images! *fist pump*
Just watch today's video to see how the snow drift is basically "built in" to the design! LOVE that!
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SUPPLIES: (Designer's note: Red pom pom was from my stash of craft supplies)
This week’s In Detail post focuses on Gift Tags. I’m sharing several ways to create custom-made gift tags.
Before we get started, tags mean different things to papercrafters. Perhaps you’ve created a technique tag in a class, or for your own reference, with instructions for or descriptions of the technique written on the back of the tag. Many of the examples I show in the In Detail posts were created with #8 Manila tags on which I note key details on the back.
There’s also the “art tag” in which the creation is not dissimilar to a card; the tag is simply a different canvas than a card front. The tags showcased in the 12 Days of Feminine Tags series, which will run again in the CLASSroom this December, would be considered art tags.
The “real estate” on a gift tag is more limited than on an art tag. With that in mind, I wanted to explore ways to create interest in a limited amount of space without a lot of labor.
Pattern Paper & Pre-Printed Sentiments
An easy and quick custom gift tag can be created with patterned papers that include pre-printed sentiments.
With the tag dies from the Lawn Cuts Tag You're It set and the Lawn Fawn Petite Peace Joy Love Paper Pack, I cut a preprinted “to”/”from” element and a background paper, finishing the tag with Lawn Fawn Peppermint Hemp Cord. With just one sheet in the pad you can create eight different front tags.
No time to color a stamped image? Heat embossing is a way to add interest to a one-layer tag.
For the tag on the left, I stamped a sentiment and image from the Essentials by Ellen Tis the Season by Julie Ebersole set at the same time using the Fiskars Compact Stamp Press and then heat embossed. The second tag was created in the same manner with an image from the same set and a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Cozy Christmas by Julie Ebersole.
Inlaid Die Cutting
Another fun way to add interest to a gift tag is with an inlaid die cut. (I described the technique in this In Detail post.) I nested the largest snowflake from the Penny Black Crystal Trio Snowflake set inside the tag from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 1 set (see this In Detail post for more on that set) and cut the tag with my Big Shot.
I also cut a snowflake from white cardstock and replaced the Jawbreaker one. I stamped and heat embossed a Penny Black sentiment from Joy Filled.
In a similar manner, I used the Lawn Cuts Forest Border to cut Gumdrop and white cardstock.
After piecing the white sky with the green forest border, I taped the pieces on the back and cut the tag with the Lawn Cuts Tag You're It large tag die. I added a sentiment cut with the Lawn Cuts Scripty Joy to finish off the tag.
Use dimension and metallic accents to add impact. I stamped and heat embossed the snowflake from Hero Arts Let It Snow set and cut it with its coordinating die cut.
I adhered the snowflake with dimensional adhesive to a tag cut from Curious Metallic Galvanized Cardstock using the Hero Arts Long and Cute Tags set. I heat embossed the tag with a sentiment from the same Hero Arts stamp and die set.
The Sizzix Snowfall and Falling Trees Embossing Folders by Tim Holtz can be used to add dimension and still leave room for a stamped sentiment. I cut a tag with the Lawn Cuts Tag You're It set and strategically placed it inside the Falling Trees embossing folder leaving plenty of room for the sentiment.
I stamped and heat embossed the tag with a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Winter Gifts set (which coordinates with the Tag You’re It die set).
Want to mass-produce a tag, but at the same time add personalization? I stamped and heat embossed the Lawn Fawn Winter Gifts “from” sentiment with letters from Lawn Fawn Milo's ABCs to personalize the back of a tag. I lined up the sentiment and letters on the Fiskars Compact Stamp Press.
For the tag front, I used the inlaid technique with the Lawn Cuts Scripty Joy die.
I cut the tag with the Lawn Cuts Tag You're It set from patterned paper in the Lawn Fawn Petite Peace Joy Love Paper Pack. I also used the tag die to cut white cardstock that had been cut with the Lawn Cuts Stitched Hillside Border set and stamped with a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Winter Gifts set. I attached the snowy hill to the patterned paper tag and added the penguin with dimensional adhesive.
For these examples, I simply finished off the tags with twine. Obviously ribbons, bells and other embellishments could be added for even more texture, color, sparkle and shine!
Hi it's Julia! I'm back in the CLASSroom today sharing a holiday card that features a stencil technique. As you may know, I'm a big stencil fan and love creating with them. It may be difficult to tell how I've used one from the finished design though.
That's because, to create this card I've combined watercolor pencils with a stencil to create a unique background. I love how it looks like a hand painted design! Keep reading and I'll share how I did it!
First of all, start with a stencil. I'm using the Tim Holtz Holly Boughs Stencil and some Faber-Castell Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. A few scribbles is all it takes. Trust me. I know it looks messy but that's ok. Water will blend it all together. What you really just need is to lay down some color and then add the water. I taped down the stencil with some tissue tape or washi tape so that it wouldn't move.
Quick Tip: Make sure you use watercolor paper for this project!
This next step is the fun one! Remove the stencil to reveal the rough design and start adding in water. You can use a water brush or simply use a paint brush and a container of water. Go over each leaf and berry with a wet paint brush to blend the color and get a beautiful watercolor look!
Once the image is done, I went back in and added blue areas to fill in the background. To do this, I just scribbled a blue watercolor pencil onto a scrap piece of cardstock. Apply lots of color. Then take a very wet brush, pick up the color and wash onto the open areas of your design. Allow to dry well. To speed up the process you can use a heat gun if you like.
I love highlighting the beautiful texture of the watercolor paper and a distressing tool will add a lovely textured edge to the paper. Cut your panel to the desired size (mine is 3.25" x 4.75") and pull the tool back and forth across the edges.
Stamp your sentiment on the bottom left corner of the image panel. I adore Julie Ebersole's handwriting and the beautiful script stamps from the Merry & Bright Stamp Set are perfect stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink.
To add a little extra visual interest to the plain white mat layer, I embossed it using a Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder.
I always love adding bits of texture and accents to my designs. Glossy Accents is one of my favorite ways to do that. To highlight the berries I added drops of Glossy Accents over each one. This step can take some patience as it will take over an hour to be sure it's well dried. Make sure the project is laid flat while it dries so that the liquid does not run.
The final step is to add in some clear sequins for some extra shine. I love how the sequins add more interest but do not add much bulk to the design. While I adore dimensional designs, the holidays are expensive enough without adding on extra postage costs. I save my bulky card designs to deliver in person or send in a gift package to loved ones far away.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try! We'd love to see what you create so be sure to let us know if you do! Thanks so much for stopping by the CLASSroom, enjoy the weekend and this busy but wonderful season!
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Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the CLASSroom. Have you fallen in love with all the full sized background and cutting plate dies? I sure have. I especially love the Impression Obsession Snowflake Background and thought it would fun to use it as a frame for my mini winter scene. The small framed opening was made using the Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frame 10 and the snowflake background was framed using the largest of the Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames. The scene was made using the Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees and one of the Julie’s precious houses from the Essentials by Ellen Home and Hearth set.
I started by cutting the snowflake background and rectangle frame.
I placed the snowflake background on my magnetic platform, set the small nesting die in place and cut the opening for the scene.
I placed a long piece of 1/4” double stick tape on my work surface and rolled it up into a thin strip and applied it to the back of the small frame.
I lined up the frame over the opening and attached.
I used the largest of the two nesting frames to cut a section of white cardstock and cut two sections of ground snow. Using the shape of the frame allowed the snow layers to fit perfectly on the back of the opening.
I used ATG adhesive to attach the two sections together and then attached to the back of the framed opening with 1/8” double stick tape.
The snowflake background is just a tad larger than the rectangle frame. I cut about 3/4 of the edge off so it would be completely covered by the frame.
I applied 1/8” double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the snowflake background.
I cut thin strips and pieces of mounting tape and attached to the back of the snowflake frame. I used a thin strip of rolled up double stick tape to attach the double snow layer since it was a tiny bit thicker than the single layer of the frame.
I attached the frame to the background paper and then attached it to the card base with ATG adhesive.
I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the trees and little house and tucked them into the framed opening to create the mini scene.
The popped up images create another element of dimension for the scene.
The all white frame and images really pop against the sweet star and snowflake background designer paper from the Lawn Fawn Snow Day pad.
Thanks for coming by today. I hope my project has given you new ideas for ways to use your die cut background and cutting plate images.
(click on the pics to enbiggan)
I am totally hooked on the sophisticated, modern metallic look that has been trending this season! Combined with this drop-shadow heat embossing technique, the overall finish is a beautiful luxe effect.
When you watch today's video, be sure to note a few things I mention:
If you're going to use a stamp positioner for this technique, try stamping onto the image plate with a color that will provide good contrast; it's much easier to see when you are determining where to position the second impression.
Use a quick-drying dye ink for the initial impression, and prep over that surface with an anti-static pouch or powder tool, prior to stamping with the Versamark ink; it will help avoid unwanted stray embossing powder.
Try experimenting with different combinations of dye ink and embossing powders, as well as different colors of paper, just to see what the end-result will be! It's a great way to achieve an almost 3D effect.
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We are honored to have Kathy Racoosin share her incredible coloring skills with us today here in the CLASSroom! Meeting Kathy this past September at the Hero Arts event was a highlight of that trip. Her wonderful sense of humor, kind heart and generous spirit make her a true gem!
Kathy loves to color and her dream is to color every day. One of her favorite things to come up with are unique color combinations - this usually happens when she is traveling. She packs her markers for on-the-go coloring and the magic happens!
We would really appreciate if you could help us thank Kathy for sharing her beautiful Copic coloring with us here in the CLASSroom! Please leave your comment on this post by Wednesday, November 19th --- by doing so you will have a chance to win some of the fabulous products Kathy used to create her cards below.
Kathy, thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us here in the CLASSroom! -Ellen
Today Kathy shows two different ways to use the 12 Days of Christmas stamp set at other times of the year by creating two blank cards for any occasion!
Tip: Kathy shows us two ways to remove portions of an image on a stamp if you do not want to use a specific portion. In the photo above Kathy uses a baby wipe to remove the number on the stamp - super simple!
As well, you can use the corner of the ink pad to ink up your stamp or use one of the tiny ink pads and it works even better. Simply eliminate inking the number using this method.
Color your image using Copic markers as shown.
Saturate a nubby rag using enough solution to dampen the rag and blot on the paper. Be sure to have some paper behind the image to absorb any extra ink. Reapply as needed.
Tip: If you use multiple applications of colorless blender you might want to heat set the image so it doesn't bleed.
Cut out bird bodies and pop them off the paper using dimensional foam adhesive.
Highlight with Glossy Accents, enlarge the eyes and add white gel pen accents.
Color some grass and sky, diecut some of your favorite hearts, add some twine and white gel pen accents and you have a darling card for someone special in your life!
Sometimes the most magical creations come from our mistakes. Kathy had a smudge as she created this scene, so she colored the background with some Copic markers, added texture with the blending solution and rag, and added some feathers to the wings with a multiliner. Then use the tip of the colorless blender to create the white dots on the birds bellies.
Again huge thanks Kathy for sharing these gorgeous projects with us here in the CLASSroom! Don't forget to leave your comment for Kathy below!
Yes, it's right around the corner . . . are you ready for the holidays? It's time to get merry!
I adore this sweet Tis the Season stamp set by Julie -- so many adorable images! I couldn't decide which one (or two!) I wanted to use, so I came up with a way to use four of the five from this set! I used this My Favorite Things Peek-a-boo Squared die to cut Neenah Natural White cardstock:
Then I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black and Bamboo Leaves (sweater) ink onto the die cut circles and colored them with these Copic Sketch Markers: E00, R22, R24, YG01, YG03, YG23, YG17, C1, and C4.
Next, I reassembled the circles into the square frame and held them in place with Copic Foam Tape. The square was adhered to a Juicy Pear Bazzill Card Shoppe card base and Santa's hat was given a cute little pom-pom!
Don'tcha love that sentiment? This card definitely made me merry and (almost!) in the holiday spirit, LOL! (I don't think I'm ever quite ready for the holidays to arrive -- are you?). :)
Thanks for joining me today! ~ Sharon