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Monday, September 16, 2013

Card Tutorial - Let Your Dreams Take Flight 1 comments  

Perfect Pearls on Vellum and Clear Embossing with Color


Hello there! Welcome back to another card tutorial! Today, I have a card for you with beautiful metallic accents using Perfect Pearls and vellum. It's going to be a long tutorial with a lot of tips and pictures. So grab a cup of coffee/tea and let's get started. 

Here's my card. Feathers are all the rage these days, so I used it as one of the main elements of my card. Feather stamps always look good in metallic tones. Specially when they're heat embossed. But usually metallic embossing powders are only sold in gold and silver. A wonderful solution to the problem is Perfect Pearls. If you're familiar with Perfect Pearls, you'll know that it's usually used on dark backgrounds. This is because the metallic sheen from the Perfect Pearls pops off dark cardstock wonderfully. In this tutorial, we're moving from the usual dark background to vellum! Yes! Vellum. Here we go...

Stamp your image on vellum with watermark ink.

Grab your Perfect Pearls and use a brush to apply it on the stamped image. On dark cardstock you would have to use a stippling motion to avoid getting the Perfect Pearls on areas you don't want it to. But with vellum, I found that it was best to use a sweeping motion to get most of the powder to stick to the watermark ink. Don't press too hard though to avoid smearing the watermark ink.

When you're all done, spritz a bit of water over the image to seal the Perfect Pearls powder. DON'T use too much because you'll warp the vellum. You can leave it to dry, but since I'm not patient, I used my heat gun on it. DON'T over heat the vellum. It will bubble and ruin your project. (I learned this the hard way.)

When it's dry, you can leave it under a heavy book to flatten the feather. Then you can cut out your feather and manipulate the edges to make it look more realistic.

I love heat embossing. But sometimes the embossing powders don't come in colors that I want. I'm going to show you an easy tip on how to get your heat embossed effect with the ink colors you already have in your stash.  The first technique is for Shadow Inks and Dye Inks. Stamp your image regularly and then using watermark ink, stamp over the first stamped image. Now you can heat emboss it! :)

Two things you need to know about this technique though, you have to get your stamp image juiced up THICK with the watermark ink. (I didn't and it came out with this splotchy embossing. But with enough embossing powder it comes out nice and smooth.) So make sure your stamp image is all juicy with the watermark ink. Second, this is only possible with images that don't have a lot of detail. I would imagine that it would be very hard to line up your stamp on an image that is very intricate to do your second stamping.

The second technique is using Pigment Inks. I stamped off comparisons so you can see it. The first one is using the pigment ink only. Note: It didn't work. Then I did the first technique, with the watermark ink over the pigment ink. It came out beautifully. Then lastly, I inked up my stamp image with watermark ink and then went straight and added a coat of pigment ink over it. Again, it came out beautifully! 

This technique is useful for intricate images like the frame I used on my card. 

One last tip. When I was making this frame, I found it SO hard to line up the stamp image with the die since the die was solid. Here's a little trick on how to line your dies with your images and have them come out perfectly each time. 

Make a stencil of your image on a separate cardstock. (You can store this for future use.) Stamp your image then line up the stencil against it.

Now your die will fit exactly into the the stencil and you'll get a perfectly aligned die cut image every time.

There you go! I finished the card off by making a pattern of circles on my background panel. Then I stamped my sentiment in the center and attached the frame with foam tape. Lastly, I adhered the feathers with baker's twine.

I hope you learned a lot from my tutorial today. Perfect Pearls comes in so many beautiful colors. Try it! 

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thank You Card Tutorial 1 comments  

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We all need thank you cards. We send them for anything and everything.  We probably have more of these than any other card in our stash. Well, today I have a simple but elegant thank you card suitable for a lot of thank you occasions. 
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First off, die cut your leaves and stamp coordinating images on them. You can use any leaf stamp and dies set in your stash. The possibilities are endless. 

Then arrange your leaves onto your choice of background patterned paper. Keep the design of the background paper subtle and not very busy so as not to take away from your main focus which are the leaves. Fill in open spaces in between the die cut leaves with stamped leaves. Don't put too much or else it will look very heavy.

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Now take a strip of kraft cardstock and stamp your thank you sentiment on it with VersaMark ink. Then heat emboss it with white embossing powder. It's a good idea to use a powder dispenser before embossing. It keeps stray embossing powder off your project.

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After assembling your card, add some chipboard embellishment for a little more umph! smiley

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It's a good idea to add different dimensions and textures to your card to give it more interest.  Here are a couple more images of my card for this tutorial:

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If you're all done here, why don't you give it a try?! Remember, you can use any leaf or floral stamps and dies you have in your stash. So be creative and play! Thanks for stopping by. I hope this has inspired you to make a card today!

See you again! smiley

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Create A Corner Bookmark 2 comments  

If you look through the Gallery here, or search Pinterest, you'll find all sorts of variations of this project. There is one in our Gallery that is almost identical, {thanks Tracy!}

I just had to figure out how to make them since they are so adorable. Then once I made one, I couldn't stop! I had to try out different punches and embellishments. Well, here are just a few of them, hope you enjoy! Oh, what are they? They are book mark corners, of course!

This project was actually a Fast Scrap a few years ago at one of our crops. So in case you missed it, here it is again.

I started by gathering some of my favorite things:



and ended up with a cute little corner bookmark like this. I'll show you how.

First, I cut a two sided sheet of paper 2.5" x 2.5" (6x6 pads work great for this!)

Then very lightly with a pencil draw lines at the half mark, each direction

Now fold the bottom two corner up to the middle line. 

If you have access to a scoring guide, it will make this much easier.

Now turn the paper over and let's get to work!

Take your favorite punch and punch along one edge. 

You can't see it in the image, but I did run the paper through my Texture Boutique for added texture.

I dabbed some ink on the edges to give it more definition

Turn your paper back over, remember the folds?

I cut a piece of coordinating paper in the shape of a triangle and glued to the back

Here's the back of one of the bookmarks:

Just add a little bling and your corner bookmark is finished!

Here are a few others, all using the same technique



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Posted by Kristin


Friday, March 29, 2013

Paper-Crafted Wedding & Special Occasion Projects 0 comments

Make it YOU by making it yourself!

When I started planning my wedding, I was so excited to add my own personal touches to the event.  Lucky for me, there was no Pinterest "way back then" (12 years ago) and wedding websites were not what they are today - otherwise I would probably still be planning my wedding! Even if you aren't planning a wedding yourself, creating handmade elements for a friend or a family member's wedding is a wonderful way to share your creativity ...

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Get inspired! Make your own treat box and coordinating card. 1 comments

How I turned trash into a treasure featuring My Mind's Eye, Scor-Pal and SRM

We have a favorite cupcake shop in town that has such cute little take-out boxes.  I am a sucker for containers and packaging and as I was disasembling the box to put it in the recycling bin, I started to think dangerous crafty thoughts!  I thought that surely I could use this box as a template to create my own little box ...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How To Make A Tri-panel Card: Featuring Fancy Pants Designs 0 comments

An amazingly simple card with a super complex look

Fancy Pants Designs Tri-panel Card

An amazingly simple card with a super complex look!


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Friday, December 14, 2012

How To Make Matchbook Gift Card Holders 0 comments

Add packaging pizazz to gift cards this season

Some people think gift cards are a cop-out during the gift-giving season . . .but I for one LOVE to receive a gift card! Come on, free money for guilt-free shopping expeditions!? It's the gift that keeps on giving! Jazzing up a gift card in fun packaging can give the gift card some added zip and personality ...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How To Make Gift Boxes With A Scoring Board 2 comments

Customized Scor-pal Packaging

Today I will be showing you how to easily make a gift box that can be used for giving special holiday treats and goodies.

Using the Scor-pal scoring board you can easily make a box like this with your favorite patterned paper or card stock ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sparkly Snowflake Garland 2 comments

featuring Maya Road chipboard snowflakes

Maya Road's new chipboard snowflakes are the perfect base for holiday projects.  Today I'd like to share a sparkly snowflake garland that I created to hang in my dining room ...

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to Make Halloween M&M Treat Holders 0 comments

In this video tutorial, you will learn how to assemble these M&M Treat Holders using the "Monster Mash" die cut pack from Imaginisce. These are perfect treats to hand out on Halloween, and can be altered to fit other types of fun sized candy as well!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Echo Park Summer Journal 1 comments

a quick, colorful book to save summer memories

This summer my family and I will be doing a bit of traveling, and I'd like my seven-year-old to have a place to write about our adventures ...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

How To Make A Triple Easel Display With Score Pal 0 comments

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Today I have an easy project to share that makes a fun and inexpensive gift for almost anyone. Of course, while you're at it, I'm sure you'll want to make one of these triple easel displays for yourself! 


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Quick & Easy Trendy Tube Projects 0 comments

featuring Trendy Tubes

Here are a few snap shots on how to make quick and easy party treats using trendy tubes and other embellishments.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tutorial: Masculine Gift Card Ensemble 0 comments

how to make a gift card and matching gift bag

Today I'd love to share a little gift ensemble that I created, featuring a gift bag, a pennant, and a card.  It's perfect for Father's Day, but it would work well for a masculine birthday, or even a graduation gift.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

How To Make A Coffee Filter Flower Pomander Ball 0 comments

Super Easy & Fun

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