January 20, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques ~ January Blog Hop ~ Shaving Cream

Welcome to a Year of Card Techniques 2017:
January - Shaving Cream Marbleizing

Another year of fun techniques is starting and we made it even more exciting. There will be a special prize waiting for one of you each month, so remember to comment below. And since we love comments please do so each month and spread the word. More details about this months prizes will be at the end of this post.

Now on with the projects:

So after I made a little mess in my kitchen, I ended up with quite a few samples. I have to say, even so this technique is a bit messy, it is also a lot of fun and your cards smell really good and so does your kitchen afterwards ... LOL! 

For this technique you don't really need a lot of things. I used some cheap shaving cream (you have to use old fashion shaving cream not gels), a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil, a squeegee that fitted over my paper and all of this placed right next to the sink.

Since I could only find two re-inkers in my stack that didn't really worked together, I went to my local craft store and picked up some inexpensive acrylic paints. One set was peach, dark-orange and gold and the other combination was light blue, blue, teal and silver. I also bought some white too.

I was experimenting a lot and while some of my creations show a ton of marbling, others are a bit more settled. Never the less I picked only a few for this months challenge and keep the rest for projects sometime later this year. I have a couple ideas in my head :-) 

I will have a more detailed description on how this technique works and how I made the cards shown here on my "Technique Friday" segment here on the blog.

So what do you do with all these wonderful creations? Well for me it was all about the beautiful marbling. You want to show off these colors and designs, right? 

This z-fold card was on my list to make for a while and with these wonderful marbled papers I thought I found the perfect match. The card design leaves me a lot of opportunity to show of the beautiful paper.

My second thought was, could I use dies to cut out the paper or would the paper loose its interest? Well, I think you can use dies, but they should have lot's of big areas that will show the paper intact. I think the one I used works fine, but I definitely not use a very delicate one.

My next example is another z-fold card but this time I used the blue toned marble paper. The closed card shows the marbled paper just a bit, but once you open the card you will see the whole beauty of it.  

Last but not least....My "Happy Birthday & Best Fishes" card. This blue marble paper just reminded me of the ocean. So I couldn't resist.... I had to make some waves ...

Well, what do you think about these projects? We love to hear from you, please leave a comment and hop over to the talented Wilma ..... and see what she came up with this month.

In case you got lost on the way, here is today's lineup:

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Here is this months chance to win:

Prize Info: One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of February 4th and receive one "Sending Love" Designer Series 6"x6" paper stack and ribbon combo. The January winner will be announced in February's hop! 

Don't forget to comment and stay tuned...a detailed description of the technique will follow on the next two Fridays on my blog. 

January 13, 2017

Anniversary Card - "Still Got It"

Here is another card that I made last year. Two birthdays together in one card ;-) or 130 years together...

I found this hilarious "Art Impressions" stamp set that I thought fitted perfectly. I designed my card base in three parts.

I used a strip of 12" x 5 1/2" and scored it at
4 1/4" and 8 1/2" leaving the last panel a bit shorter than the first two. I folded them so the right panel folds to the left and the left panel closes the card to the right.

For the front I used a few parts of the stamped images as a teaser....LOL...I stamped and colored the pieces before I punched them with an 1" circle punch.

I stamped my "Happy Birthday" phrase as seen and added the circles with foam dots to the front...done!

On the inside I added two white panels about 1/4" smaller than the base. I used both for some personal messaging...well on the right side I added a few more of the circles and my writing was about "....we are getting ready...almost there...at our age getting ready takes a little longer..." and on the left side we left a personal message. 

Now the recipients were ready to open the final part of the card to reveal the true inside...I stamped the image on white cardstock and added the "Still got it!" phrase that came with the set. I backed it with some silver mirri cardstock and adhered it to the middle panel of my base.

Here are some more close up pictures of the image and the coloring I did. I love to use my watercolor pencils for this technique. They give me a lot of control of light and dark and shadow areas without a lot of fuzz. Meaning, I used regular white cardstock with a smooth surface like our Close to My Heart "Daisy White" cardstock (Neenah or similar works too). I stamped the image in StazOn black ink, but if you are very careful with water and the lines, you can use Memento or any black archival ink as well.

I used just a few pencil colors and in some pictures you can see how I have one side of the body a bit darker and getting lighter to the other side, indicating where my light comes from. This way you create a more dimensional image instead of a flat one. I left the middle part of the faces uncolored, again to give it dimension. Ones you ad some water to those colors, they blend nicely together. 

Make sure to use almost no water on your brush. This technique requires only a tiny little bit. This is why you get away with using regular black ink and cardstock!!!!
I usually wet my brush and pinch it between my fingers to get most of the water out. If you never worked with pencils like this, try on a piece of scrap paper to see how the colors react and how fare a little water goes. 

Make sure to clean the brush in between switching colors or if you feel you pick up too much color. I will have classes for water coloring techniques available this year. Please contact me for more information. You can also leave me a comment here if you like to learn more about watercolors, certain techniques or if you have a question about it.

Tip: If you practiced your coloring skills on an image and only part of it turned out to your liking's, think about using parts like I did here with the circles!

January 11, 2017

Birthday Card with Penguin

Our nieces birthday is in December and so everything with snow and winter is always a perfect image to use. 

She is, like every little girl a big fan of "Frozen" and so I decided to incorporate a little surprise for her as well:

I found this perfect Penguin topper in my stack, actually I found two. I cut penguin on of them out and adhered it with foam dots to the first one. 

For the background, I used different sizes of snowflakes and two different kind of blue inks. If you have a dark ink, stamp the image ones in the dark, then without re-inking, stamp it a second time on the paper and you get a light impression of your image. This is called "second generation stamping" and gives you more for your money ;-)

I covered my base with snowflakes, added a piece of mirri cardstock with foam dots and adhered the penguin image to the silver mirri cardstock. A few snowflakes and a "happy" cut out with my Cricut and a little "birthday" stamp bring this card together....well a little bit of clear shimmer brush can't hurt either right?

Our surprise is in the inside. When she opened it, a Olaf figure is giggling towards her. LOL I placed Olaf on "Adhesive Springs"(Z1725) so he moves every time you move the card.

January 9, 2017

Welcome to 2017 - Christmas Card

Welcome to a new year of crafting and inspiration. I have no idea where 2016 went, but I sure hope 2017 will be around longer ;-)

This been said, I am preparing right now for our new card making classes and therefore can't show you the projects just yet. So let's do some catch up with cards I haven't show here yet...shall we?

I start with our personal Christmas Card 2016. Every year I make usually two different kind of Christmas cards to sent out to family, friends, customers, neighbors etc. 

As I mentioned, 2016 flew by and I was so short on time that I only got around to make one card design to be exact I had to make 80 for them.

I cut pieces of our Close to My Heart "peacock" cardstock to 4"x 5 1/4" and ran it through a snowflake embossing folder...well the folder through my Big Shot...

Since our paper has a white core, I used a fine grid sand paper and went over the snow flakes lightly to expose the white core. 
Next I stamped my pine trees in "daisy white" pigment ink and let it dry over night. I used the same stamp with "New England Ivy" ink to stamp on top of the white image. You have to make sure to offset the second stamping slightly from the white to get the impression of snow on the trees. I stamped a little down and to the left of the white image. This tree stamp set from CTMH is no longer available, but you might have a similar one in your stack to try.

I punches a star from our red glitter paper and added a banner were I stamped "Merry Christmas" in black ink on it.

I used a white glitter brush to imitated the snow along the bottom of the trees and to give the tree a base to stand on.

I have this wonderful stamp from "Whimsy Stamps" that is perfect for the inside and this card is done.

I wish you all a "Happy and Healthy New Year" and I hope to see you back here often. Many new projects, techniques and some surprises coming your way.

If you life in the Fenton, Mi area and like to attend my card making class or some of the new ones coming up, please feel free to contact me for more details. I will put up a schedule here on the blog with classes and topics in the next few weeks. 
Any questions? Please feel free to email me.

January 2, 2017

Welcome Home - Special of the Month

Welcome to 2017 and a New Year full of crafting inspirations and surprises. Let's see what January has in store for us:

Create a beautiful papercrafted wreath with this simple and adorable kit!

Do you love simple and beautiful papercrafting projects as much as I do? Well, then "The Welcome Home" wreath kit is the perfect start in a new crafting year for you. The kit combines beautiful design with simple assembly, resulting in a papercrafted decor piece you can display with pride. The kit includes die-cut paper pieces and gold foil accents, including enough alphabet stickers to allow you to choose your own message. 

You can buy just the kit for $18.95 or you can get it FREE with a $60 qualifying purchase! So let's start the new year with some fresh ideas and projects and let's get the crafty juices flowing. Hope over to my website to see all the wonderful products Close to My Heart has to offer and get your FREE "Welcome Home" project.

Offer is valid January 1st - January 31st, 2017, while supplies last.