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MFT Collaboration with PFS

Hello crafty friends! Today we are having fun with this awesome collaboration with My Favorite Things and Picket Fence Studios. We also have a fabulous Giveaway! Leave comments on each blog post for a chance to win a $50 gift card that each company is given away for their stores.

For this card that I created I used the following products: Caribbean Sea Dye and Butterscotch Dye Inks from MFT. Lots of Christmas Cheers Stamp and Dies,  Slim Line Stitched and Scalloped Rectangles and Alpha Die Cutting System and Mini Slim Line Stitched and Scalloped Rectangles Die Cutting System all from Picket Fence Studios. I also, used Petite Gingham Paper Pad from MFT and Spring Fling Sequin Mix from PFS.

Let’s start! First, I die cut a scalloped panel using the small die from Mini Slim Line Stitched and Scalloped Rectangles Die Cutting System. To create the background I used the smashing technique with the Butterscotch Dye ink and the scalloped panel. Then I let it dry.

Once the panel was dry, I placed the  Slim Line Broken Fence Stencil on top of it and applied Paper Glaze Enhancer for extra texture. When this medium was dry I adhered a note card at the back using glue. Additionally, I die cut a scalloped circle out of one of the Petite Gingham Paper Pad using one of the died from the Slim Line Stitched and Scalloped Rectangles and Alpha Die Cutting System. place the scalloped circle on top of the background.

I stamped one of the images from Lots of Christmas Cheers Stamp, colored it using Copic markers and die cut it with the matching die. I placed the. image on top of the scalloped circle using glue.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Fancy Friendship Sentiments Stamp using Caribbean Sea Dye Ink and die cut it with the coordinating die. I added this sentiment to my background along with a few sequins from Spring Fling Sequin Mix and this card was finished.

I really hope you like this card. There’s a video clip over my Instagram showing you how I made this card, in case you want to check it out click here.

Below you will find the supply list and leave some comments in order to enter the Giveaway. Have a wonderful day!

Your friend, Karen


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AECP Family Instagram Hop

Welcome to an AECP Family Hop where we are sharing the Altenew Academy class which has inspired us the most.

We are all at various points in our AECP journey, but we are united in wanting to celebrate the inspiration and knowledge we’ve gained from the classes in Altenew Academy.

~~~~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~~~~

Altenew is generously sponsoring this hop and to be in with a chance to win one of FOUR $25 gift certificates to their online store. You will find all details and the hop list of designers over my IG account.

To be honest, I loved many classes so I decided to put a lit bit of three of them on this card: “All About Layering”, “Creating Watercolor Media” and “Let It Shine”.

Let’s start!

To create my background I used Watercolor Brush markers and I made this organic look with lots of splatters but I didn’t covered the whole panel so the background would have some movement. The colors of watercolors I used on the panel are Rubellite, Midnight Violet and Emerald. These colors belong to the Spring Garden set.

Once my panel was dry, I placed it inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Next, I added a white folded note card at the back using glue.

Then, I added some touches of Antique Gold Pigment over the embossed panel. Additionally, I gold heat embossed some flowers and leaves from the stamp set Nature Blossoms. I watercolored these flowers and leaves using more of the Watercolor Brush markers. The colors I used were Fresh Lemon, Sunkissed, Emerald and Desert Night. Using the matching die I die cut all these images.

I arranged all flowers and leaves on top of my panel using glue and foam tape. Also, I die cut the Waterbrush Hello Die out of golf foil paper and placed it on top of my arrangement. Finally, I watercolor a piece of watercolor paper using Emerald Watercolor Brush marker and once it was dry I gold heat embossed my sentiment and added it to my background along with some sequins and this card was finished.

I hope you like this card and get some inspiration. You will find all the products I used down below. Don’t forget to participate in the IG Hop and leave some love to the other designers. Thank you so much for stopping by and have wonderful weekend!

Your friend , Karen


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Picket Fence Studios April new release is here!

Hi crafty friends! And a new release from Picket Fence Studios is here! The April release is full of wonderful new products and to show case them I have made 5 cards and I will be telling you step by step how I made this Wild Daisy slimline card. Also, below you will find more pictures of the other cards I created for this release and the link to all products (Affiliated links at no cost to you!).

Let’s start! Using the new Scallop Frame Slimline Die I die cut a piece of watercolor paper. I created this organic and natural look for this background using yellow, orange and green watercolors. As you can see I used lots and lots of splatters all around the panel. Then, once my panel was dry, I adhered a folded slimline card at the back using glue.

Next, with the help of my MISTI I stamped the Wild Daisies Stamp onto piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White using Picket Fence Studios Black Hybrid ink and colored them using Copic Markers. When I finished coloring I fussy cut the whole image, added foam tape at the back and placed it at the bottom of my panel.

Finally, I die cut the Slimline Big Happy Hugs out of two different colors of green cardstock in order to create a shade underneath. I added this word dies to my panel using glue and this card was ready!

My next card features this small scallop circle and “hi” word die from the Scallop Frame Slimline Dies.

For the following card I have created a shaker card and I’m show casing the new “celebrate” word die also part of the new Scallop Frame Slimline Dies.

This card features the Monarch Butterfly die cut out of gold glittery cardstock.

And finally I have created this slimline card featuring the new Cats are Family Stamp Set and Details of a Wing Slimline Stencil.

I really hope I can inspire you with all these cards that I have made for this April release. You can click here to find all new products at the Picket Fence Studios store. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Altenew Academy Level 2 – Final Challenge

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m really excited to be sharing my final challenge for Altenew Academy Level 2. I was assigned to create 4 masculine cards plus an altered item/upcycled project. For the cards I chose two themes: birthday and encouragement that are the ones I use the most. I will start presenting and explaining how I made the 4 masculine cards and at the end I will show you the altered item/upcycled project, which in this case was a recycled item.

For this challenge I have selected three components from Level 1 and 2. Here they are:

Easy Die Cutting Techniques: Die cutting is one of my favorite techniques and for these cards I used this technique to create focal points in a very subtle way since I was creating masculine cards. I think masculine cards should be clean and simple so I used a few elements like frames, word dies and feathers that I die cut using different materials like vellum and washi tape, making the layers more interesting. TIP: By using different elements like washi tape or vellum you give your card a very unique look without having to add too many elements to your background.

Impressive Heat Embossing: I love to heat emboss. I could gold-heat emboss every single stamp because I believe you can achieve a sparkly and glamours look when using metallic or glitter embossing powders. Also, you can get different textures that will enrich your projects. TIP: Whenever you heat emboss over vellum you get a better impression and it looks so elegant and beautiful.

Beyond Basic Backgrounds: I love working on making my own backgrounds from scratch, whether is playing with watercolors, ink blending, alcohol inks, etc. It’s always fun to achieve unique backgrounds with different mediums and techniques. For these cards I’m using an Embossing Folder and Washi Tape, the combination is really awesome. TIP: Don’t limit yourself and try different things, getting out of your comfort zone helps to find new creative ways.


Masculine Cards – Birthday and Encouragement theme

Masculine cards are very challenging for many including me, but I have learned that masculine cards need to be as clean and simple as possible. I don’t always get this done but I think you can help yourself by choosing the right combination of colors and the elements that you will use on the card, depending on the theme of course. So, for these cards I chose the Tranquility mini cube set as my ink color combination and this set includes the following colors: Misty Morning, Cloudy Sky, Nimbus and Dark Night. Additionally, I went out of my comfort zone and I included Washi Tape for the first time ever. I have to say that this design is so elegant and definitely work perfect for male cards, so I have to admit that I truly enjoyed using washi tape. Also, I thought that using an Embossing Folder was the right element for these cards and I decided to combine it with the Foiled Marble washi tape. You have many ways to incorporate Embossing Folders and washi tape to your projects, so this can easily be another technique for the Altenew Academy. Lastly, for adding that touch of shine I used Metallic Gold Embossing Powder and Antique Gold Pigment ink, which is my favorite when playing with Embossing Folders. I combined all the previous supplies mentioned before with elements like feathers stamps and dies, word dies and frames throughout the four cards that I made, having the same color combination with unique designs at the same time. Now let’s continue with the process of making the cards.

Supplies

  • Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set
  • Fancy Celebrate Die
  • Nesting Frames Die Set
  • Foiled Marble Washi Tape
  • Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder
  • Tranquility Mini Cube Set
  • Antique Gold Pigment Ink
  • WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder
  • WOW! Ulla’s Cognac Embossing Powder
  • Large Ink Blending Tool
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Vellum
  • White cardstock
  • Gold mirror cardstock
Adding washi tape to a panel

Let’s start with the Encouragement cards.

For this first card I started with an A2 panel, where I applied Misty Morning and Cloudy Sky inks to only half of the panel and using the large Ink Blending Tool. Then, I added this fabulous Foiled Marble Washi Tape on top of the other half panel without ink. But before adding the washi tape I slowly ripped the edges. As my next step, I placed this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Also, I added a white folded note card at the back of this panel.

In addition, I applied Dark Night ink using the Large Ink Blending Tool to a piece of cardstock and then I die cut it with a die from the Nesting Frames Die Set. Then, on top of it I heat embossed the sentiment from the Mini Delight: Strength Stamp using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. I added it to my background along with some feathers that I gold-heat embossed from the same stamp using foam tape and glue. As a final touch, I added to the background a bit of gold using the Antique Gold Pigment ink from Altenew.

In the picture about you can see some images of the process I made to create this background.

For the next card, I ink-blended a piece of cardstock using the Tranquility Mini Cube Set and the Large Ink Blending Tool. I covered the whole panel using all colors from the Tranquility ink set. Then, I placed only half of this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. I trimmed down the edges a little bit too. Next, to visually create a division between the embossed and the non embossed parts, I added a strip of washi tape previously adhered to a piece of cardstock. I also, added a white folded note card at the back.

Using the Nesting Frames Die Set I die cut 3 frames, the first out of washi tape adhered to a cardstock, the second from gold mirror cardstock and the last one out of white cardstock. On this last frame I heat embossed the sentiment from the Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set, using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Additionally, I added two feathers that I stamped and die cut from the same stamp. Finally, I added over the embossed part a bit of gold using the Antique Gold Pigment ink.

The following card is a Birthday card and I started by placing one side of a white folded note card inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Then, I applied to the whole embossed panel Cloudy Sky and Nimbu inks directly on top and not pushing too hard.

I also die cut two frames from the Nesting Frames Die Set, out of washi tape and another from white cardstock. On this last frame, I applied Cloudy Sky, Nimbus and Dark Night inks on top using the Large Ink Blending Tool. Then, I added these frames to the background plus two feathers that were heat embossed on vellum using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Last, I die cut the Fancy Celebrate Die from white cardstock and placed it on top of the frames.

For my last birthday card I ink-blended a panel using all inks from the Tranquility Mini Cube Set. Then, I placed this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder. Adhered a white folded note card at the back and I applied the Antique Gold Pigment Ink directly on top of this panel. The gold definitely enhanced the colors from the background.

Next, I die cut the Fancy Celebrate Die and I only heat embossed half of the word using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Finally, I added the celebrate word to the background along with some feathers die cut from vellum and washi tape.

Above you can take a look at how I made the background for the last birthday card.


Upcycled Item

Now let’s jump into the recycled item and for this project I decided to use one of my aprons, it’s not new, I got it like two years ago and I’m not planning on replacing it because this was a special gift to me. I love coffee and my aunt has a business where she sells organic products. Her Organic Gourmet Coffee is one of my favorites so this apron was given to me by her, it was part of her launching marketing campaign.

So I wanted to give this apron a new look and to add some of my personal touch to it by stamping. The stamp I used was Coffee Love Stamp Set & Die Bundle along with Evergreen ink from Green Fields Mixed Media Ink Bundle, which are perfect for stamping over fabric.

So, I started working on this project by washing the apron and once it was dry I ironed it until it was wrinkles free. Then, I got a large stamping block and created a collage on it using some stamps from the Coffee Love Stamp Set. I inked up the stamps using the Evergreen ink and pressed hard enough on top of the apron to transfer as much ink as possible.

Next, I stamped the Coffee Ring Stamp over the pockets. I didn’t cover the whole pockets, I just made small designs around them and once I was finished stamping I got my iron back, placed a piece of paper towel over my stamped designs and heat set all of them with the iron. This way the ink won’t fade and it became permanent. I loved giving this apron a second life and with my personal touch, thanks to Green Fields Mixed Media Inks this process was easy and fun to achieve.

As you can see here I decided to make a matching coffee card for my apron. We are coffee lovers in my family so this card will be handy! I used Green Fields Mixed Media Inks to stamp on my background using Coffee Ring Stamp and the coffee beans from Coffee Love Stamp Set. I did first, second and third generation stamping and I loved how you can achieve this look with the mix media inks. I also added some splashes of ink using Paper Bag Watercolor Brush.

Once I finished stamping I heat set my background using a heat tool and I adhered a white folded note card at the back. I also created a watercolor panel using Paper Bag Watercolor Brush, Milk Chocolate Ink and Forest Glades mix media ink. Then, I stamped some images from the Coffee Love Stamp Set using Black Jet Mix Media Ink.

Finally, I die cut the images using the coordinating dies and I placed them on top of my panel using glue and foam tape for more dimension. My sentiment was from Coffee Ring Stamp and I used Black Jet Mix Media Ink to stamped it.

I really hope you like these masculine cards and my new apron. I cannot wait to try more mixed media inks on a T-shirt. I think I can create a very special Mother’s Day present for my mom and sister. Below you will find all supplies I used to make the coffee card and to stamp on top of the apron.

Supplies

  • Coffee Love Stamp Set & Die Bundle
  • Green Fields Mixed Media Ink Bundle
  • Coffee Ring Stamp
  • Stamping blocks
  • Milk Chocolate Ink
  • Paper Bag Watercolor Brush
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Watercolor paper
  • Espresso Envelopes

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Waffle Flower Challenge

Hello crafty friends! Did you hear the news? Waffle Flower just started a new weekly challenge program! Each Waffle Flower Challenge (Link: https://waffleflower.com/challenges/) starts on a Friday and runs for a week! This week’s challenge is hosted by their design team member Jeanne. Michelle and I are so excited to be co-hosting the challenge by sharing our creations on 3 platforms: Blog (Link Party), Instagram and Facebook! Check out all the details below!

This week, we challenge you to use watercolored florals in your projects!

There are three ways to enter the challenges:

And here is the direct link to the link party post!:
https://fresh.inlinkz.com/p/0ec860837cbe4fde98f4e3b8a86671a2

Hope you would join us in the challenge fun! There are awesome rewards!

And here is my take on the challenge:

For these cards I’m featuring the Bouquet Builder 3 and Sentiment Additions Stamps and dies from Waffle Flower

I stamped these bouquets using Gingerbread hybrid ink from Scrapbook and colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

I die cut the bouquets and additional flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies.

Above you can take closer look of the flowers. And by the way, this stamp set is absolutely gorgeous!

My backgrounds were created using watercolors and for this card I used teals and aqua colors to make the flowers and leaves pop up from the background. I really love all that contrast of colors on this slimline watercolor card.

I added the bouquet to my background using foam and glue. Finally, I stamped the “love you” sentiment using black ink, die cut it using the matching die and placed it on top of the bouquet.

My second card was created following the same steps as I did with my first card.

But this time, the watercolor background was created using green and yellow colors. That organic look on both cards is exactly what I wanted to create when I first visualized these cards in my mind.

Again, here you can see all the contrast of colors between the flowers and the background.

I really hope you liked these cards that I created with tons of love for all of you. Also, I hope I can inspire you I want to encourage you to play with us in this awesome challenge all this coming week. On Instagram use hashtag #WFC2103W3.

I can’t wait to see all your wonderful floral creations using watercolor. Good luck and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Color your Day | Altenew Academy

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing this colorful card part of the Color your Day class from Altenew Academy. Just like its name this class is all about how to add and play with colors in your cards and feel confident about using them. I’m a fan of adding colors and on this card I was sure to play with colors and contrast. I love getting inspiration from my kids clothing but for this card my inspiration came from a picture that you will see below.

Inspired by this picture

The products I used for this card are Starry Flowers Stamp and dies, Flowing Drops Stencil and Fancy Hello die. Additionally, I used Watercolor Brush Markers and Daffodil Yellow paper glaze as a medium for my stencil.

Let’s start! I placed the Flowing Drops Stencil on top of an A2 watercolor paper and applied the Daffodil Yellow paper glaze across the stencil with the help of an spatula. Then, I removed the stencil and let this panel dry for about 30 minutes.

Once the panel was dry I trimmed down the edges a little bit and adhered a white folded note card at the back using glue. I used paper glaze on the background because I love how bright this shade of yellow is and that helped me to create the contrast with the flowers.

Next. on a piece of watercolor paper I stamped the two images from the Starry Flowers Stamp Set using black ink and then I heat embossed them with WOW! Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I started adding colors with the Watercolor Brush Markers that work beautifully and the pigment doesn’t fade away once it’s dry. Using the matching dies I die cut the flowers and added both of them to the background using foam tape.

Also, I die cut an oval shape out of vellum and adhered it on top of the flowers. Then, I die cut the Fancy Hello die twice out of white and light teal cardstocks. I placed the white die cut behind the teal Hello and added this stack to the vellum.

Finally, a few Nuvo clear drops were added along with some clear iridescent sequins around the panel and this card was finished.

This class was amazing! I have to admit that this was my first time watching how a color wheel works and it really helps. Remember that if you aren’t sure which colors go well together you can always use a color wheel chart. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Your friend. Karen

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Creative Watercolor Media | Altenew Academy

Hello friends! I had such relaxing time making this card using ink sprayers from Altenew. This card is part of the Creative Watercolor Media and the lesson that I wanted to try had re-inkers but since I don’t have them I decided to use ink sprayers. I would never thought of using ink sprayers to watercolor but I’m glad I tried this, the inks worked wonderfully! And this is another way to stretch your craft supplies.

The stamps and dies for this card are the following: Nature Blossoms and Pinstripe. The ink spray colors are: Lavender Fields, Warm Sunshine, Forest Glades and Ocean Waves.

Let’s begin! On an A2 watercolor panel I added water using a brush, then I sprayed Lavender Fields ink spray on top and more water to move the ink. As my personal touch, I added some strokes with another brush leaving marks of the brush around. Additionally, using the same Lavender Fields ink spray I added some splatters. Last but not least, more splatters of white and gold ink were added because I love splatters on my panels.

Next, I stamped the rounded images from the Pinstripe Stamp Set and heat embossed them using a metallic gold embossing powder. I totally love the mix media look that my background has. Once my panel was dry I trimmed down the edges and adhered a folded note card at the back using glue.

Now let’s move to the flowers. On a piece of watercolor paper I stamped the detailed stamps of the flowers and leaves from Nature Blossoms Stamp Set using an embossing ink and then I heat embossed them with a metallic gold embossing powder. I watercolored the flowers using Warm Sunshine ink spray and for the leaves I used a mix of Forest Glades and Ocean Waves ink sprays. Also, I brought back some tips I learned on Level 1 and added some details to the flowers using a colored pencil.

Finally, I die cut the flowers and leaves using the matching dies and arranged all these elements on top of my background using glue and double aided foam tape. I stamped the sentiment THANK YOU from the Pinstripe Stamp Set using black ink and I also adhered it next to the flowers. Some Crystal Clear Nuvo drops were added and this card was finished.

This class have many great tips for watercoloring using different medias in very creative ways, which is really helpful and fun. Also, from the ink leftovers I was able to create two more backgrounds by splotching the ink, isn’t that awesome?!

I hope I can inspire you with this card and thank you so much for stopping by! Have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Altenew Academy Final Challenge – Level 1

Today is a super exciting day for me. I started these lessons in 2018 and for many other commitments I couldn’t finish this. When I was given the final challenge, at first, I was kind of worried about making male cards because I struggle with that so I had my son to choose some colors, stamps and dies and at the end he loved the final results. Goal achieved!

So for my project I made a His & Her Card Set Encouragement Cards and I created a gift box with plenty of room for envelopes and cards with many layers and dimension, those are the ones that love the most.

For this challenge I have selected 3 components from all the classes taken. Here they are:

Easy Die Cutting Techniques: I love dimension and to create many layers on my cards, I believe this makes a card more glamorous and interesting. That being said by stamping and die cutting an image or images you can create clusters and pop up some of them using foam tape. This way you can also create a focal point on your card. TIP: Adding frames helps me getting different levels between my florals and die cut elements. Also, by using different elements like threads, vellum and even embellishments you can create more layers.

Let It Shine: I love gold, glitter and shine so almost in every single card that I make I have to add a bit of shine. By heat embossing your die cut elements with any embossing glitter you can add that pop of sparkle. Also using gold cardstock or a specialty paper like glitter cardstock, with your die cut sentiments, is a great way to add shine and glitter to your projects. I can’t resist the look of gold heat embossed images on my cards so I use this technique quite a lot. Sequins and glitter glue are also another easy way to make your backgrounds shine. TIP: Use a glue pen to add foil accents to your cards, it’s the easiest and fastest way for using foil on your projects and it adds lots of shine.

Celebration Stencil Techniques: Stencils are such an awesome way to create easy backgrounds and they are very inexperienced. My favorite way of using an stencil is by applying embossing ink and then heat embossing it. Don’t forget to use anti static powder before heat embossing and always heat emboss from the back of your panel! TIP: By rotating your stencil you can have a different look and if you use a different medium every time you rotate the stencil, you definitely take your background to a next level. Also, if you have an intricate stencil you can use Prixie spray to hold the stencil in place.


Masculine Card Set Encouragement Cards + Gift Box

I’m going to start with the masculine set. This was a really challenge for me, but I like challenges. I started by choosing inks, colors of cardstock, stamps and dies. I had my son helping me with this! I really needed a male perspective. So, I had Galactic Stream, Teal Cave, Cloudy Sky and Misty Morning ink colors as my palette color combination. Additionally, I added a navy blue and I thought the best color for adding shine was a metallic embossing powder so I used Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder and the navy blue and platinum embossing powder matched the palette color combination perfectly! I tried to combine elements like dies, frames, stencil and cardstocks throughout the four cards I made, having the same palette combination but being unique at the same time.

Masculine A2 Cards Box – Packaging

In addition to the the four cards I made a gift box using a dark teal cardstock that matched my palette combination. I decorated it using the same stencil, dies, frames and colors to maintain the same look as the cards.

Masculine A2 Cards Box – Packaging

On the front part of the box, I adhered two pieces of cardstock previously colored using the Altenew Deco Wallpaper Stencil and ink colors like Teal Cave, Cloudy Sky and Misty Morning. Also, I added this rectangle frame that I die cut out of three different colored cardstocks using the Altenew Fine Frames Rectangles Dies. On top I placed the Hope die cut that was heat embossed using Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder. Finally, I added a piece of ribbon to close the box.

Main Body for the Box

To create this box I watched a video tutorial but I changed the measurements so A2 cards can fit. I used a 12×12 cardstock that was cut at 9” x 8 5/8” for the main body. On the longest side I scored at 6” and 7”. On the short side I scored at 1”-2”-6 5/8”-7 5/8”. On picture #1 you can see the piece of cardstock cut and scored. Then, on picture #2 you see what parts were cut out. I used a corner punch to round some borders, just like you see on picture #3. Last picture #4 shows how the main body looks once it’s been folded and glued. Additionally, you will need to cut a 12” x 4 1/2 piece of cardstock to create the flap and score it at 5 1/4 and 6 1/4. Then, you can glue this flap on the inside of the box.

His Card Set Encouragement Cards
His Card Set Encouragement Cards
His Card Set Encouragement Cards

Supplies:

  • Fine Frames Rectangle Dies
  • Mega Hope Die
  • Mega Greetings 4 Stamp Set
  • Script Words 2 Die Set
  • Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set
  • Deco Wallpaper Stencil
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Plates
  • Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder
  • Sweet Dreams Mini Cube Set
  • Tranquility Mini Cube Set
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Pad
  • Life Changing Blender Brushes
  • Navy Cardstock
  • Sea Shore Gradient Cardstock Set
  • Neenah Crest Solar White folded note cards
  • Foam tape
  • Glue
  • Double Sided Tape

On my first card, I applied Galactic Stream, Teal Cave, Cloudy Sky and Misty Morning color inks to a Strathmore Bristol Smooth A2 panel using the Life Changing Blender Brushes. I added splatters of water and wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Once it was dry I placed the Deco Wallpaper Stencil on top and applied embossing ink, then I heat embossed from behind using Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder.

Also, I die cut the Mega Hope Die out of white and navy cardstock. On the white hope die cut I applied embossing ink and Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder to heat emboss it. Then, I glued the navy hope die cut at the back to create a shadow and make it pop up from the background. I placed the Mega Hope on top of my panel as well as the sentiments, that were heat embossed on navy cardstock using again the platinum embossing powder. I added foam tape to the sentiment strips for more dimension.

The next card has a similar background like my first card, but on this one I stamped the Altenew Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set and heat embossed it with Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder. A white folded note card was adhered at the back of this background.

Next, I die cut the fabulous word die from Script Words 2 Die Set using white and navy cardstock. On the white fabulous die cut I applied embossing ink and Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder to heat emboss it. Then, I glued the navy fabulous die cut at the back to create a shadow and make it pop up from the background. Finally, I added the fabulous die cut on top of my background as well as the sentiment, that was heat embossed on navy cardstock with platinum embossing powder. My sentiment is from Altenew Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set.

In the following card I had so much fun creating this frame and intercalating the colors. I used the Altenew Fine Frames Rectangle Dies to die cut three different colors of cardstock: Navy, Emerald and Mountain Mist. I arranged each frame on top of the same frame rectangle die and applied double sided tape, that way I was able to take the frame out of the frame rectangle die with no problems. I removed the release paper of the tape and adhered the frames to a white panel.

After trimming down the excess from the frames I die cut the fabulous word die and heat embossed it with Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder. Finally, I adhered a shadow to the back of the fabulous die cut out of navy cardstock. I thought this card didn’t need a sentiment, it looks very masculine and no more elements were needed.

For my final card, I placed the Deco Wallpapers Stencil on top of a Strathmore Bristol Smooth A2 panel and applied Aqualicious and Cloudy Sky ink colors using the Life Changing Blender Brushes. I adhered a white folded note card at the back. Then, on top I placed another frame created using the Altenew Fine Frames Rectangle Dies. Also, I added a Mega Hope die cut that was heat embossed with Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder and a sentiment from Mega Greetings 4 Stamp Set.


Feminine Card Set Encouragement Cards + Gift Box

Now let’s see the feminine set that I have created. I made four cards and a gift box. For the palette color combination I decided to used Midnight Violet, Deep Iris, Soft Lilac and Caribbean Sky ink colors. My best match for adding shine was Gold and I used gold cardstock, gold embossing powder and antique gold sequins.

This is how I decorated my gift box. I gold heat embossed the outline part of these flower and leaves from the Build-a-Flower: Anemone Stamp Set through the whole box. I used a stamping block that way I could easily move around the whole panel.

I die cut the Sweet Friend die out of gold cardstock and added on top of the flap. Additionally, I placed some leaves and one flower around the frame using glue and foam tape for more dimension.

Finally, I added a gold ribbon to keep the box closed.

Her Card Set Encouragement Cards
Her Card Set Encouragement Cards
Her Card Set Encouragement Cards

To color the flowers and leaves I used Altenew Watercolor Brushes: Midnight Violet, Turquoise, Desert Night, Lime, Limeade and Moss. To add color to the backgrounds I used Altenew mini inks: Midnight Violet, Deep Iris, Soft Lilac and Caribbean Sky. I applied the inks using the Life Changing Blender Brushes.

I stamped all leaves and flowers onto a watercolor panel using an embossing pad and then I heat embossed them using a gold embossing powder. I used my MISTI to make the stamping process faster and to make enough flowers and leaves for all cards.

I added color using the Altenew Watercolor Brushes and a watercolor brush to add water and move the ink around. Once the images were dry I added splatters of water.

I die cut all images using the matching dies.

Supplies:

  • Script Words 2 Die Set
  • Sweet Friend Die
  • Build-a-Flower: Anemone Stamp Set and Dies
  • Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set
  • Deco Wallpaper Stencil
  • Shades of Purple Mini Cube Set
  • Glacier Cave Mini Cube Set
  • White and Gold embossing powder
  • Antique Gold Sequins
  • Watercolor Brush Markers – Tropical Fiesta
  • Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring Garden
  • Watercolor Paper Pad
  • Life Changing Blender Brushes
  • Navy Cardstock
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Plates
  • Foam tape
  • Glue
  • Double Sided Tape

On my first card, I used an A2 navy card base behind a white panel. On top of this panel I placed two flowers and some leaves using glue and foam tape. This way I created three layers on this card.

To add a touch of shine I die cut the fabulous word die from the Altenew Script Words 2 Die Set out of gold cardstock and put it on top of the cluster created with the flowers and leaves. Finally, I added some Altenew Antique Gold Sequins. On this picture you can see the three layers created on this cluster.

On my next card, I placed the Altenew Deco Wallpaper Stencil on top of a navy cardstock. I used washi tape to keep the stencil in place. Then, I applied embossing ink but I didn’t want to cover the whole panel (I like this look) and i used gold embossing powder to heat emboss from behind using a heat tool. This was my way of adding shine to my card.

At the bottom of the panel I created another cluster with the flowers and leaves and several layers were made. Finally, I ink up a piece of cardstock using Deep Iris ink and once it was dry I gold heat embossed the sentiment. I trimmed down the sentiment to a strip and placed it on top of the flower cluster using glue. If you want you can use gold thread around the cluster.

With the help of the Life Changing Blender Brushes I applied ink to this A2 panel. On two corners of the panel I used Midnight Violet and Soft Lilac inks. Then, in the center of the panel I applied Caribbean Sky ink. When my panel was dry, I gold heat embossed my sentiment in the middle of my background.

Finally, I added the flowers and leaves on each corner where I applied the Midnight Violet and Soft Lilac inks using glue and foam tape.

On my last card, I applied Midnight Violet, Deep Iris and Soft Lilac inks, applying the darker colors at the center of the panel. When my panel was dry, I white heat embossed this background using Altenew Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set. I die cut the Sweet Friend die out of gold cardstock and added on top of the background.

After adding the flowers and leaves I gold heat embossed the sentiment from the Altenew Build-a-Flower: Anemone Stamp Set over navy cardstock. I placed it on top of the frame and added a few Altenew Antique Gold Sequins.

I enjoyed so much this final project and I hope you can get some inspiration from the cards I made. Have a wonderful day!

Karen

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Paper Glaze Cat Mix Media Card | Picket Fence Studio

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing this mix media card using the Cat Stencil, Do Not Take Any Shit Stamp and Broken Fence Stencil along with Black Pansy Paper Glaze.

Let’s start! On a piece of watercolor panel I applied Altenew watercolor brushes and added water using a Distress Sprayer from Tim Holtz to help the colors to move around. I didn’t cover the whole panel with the watercolors.

Once my panel was dry, I placed the Broken Fence Stencil on top and applied a purple ink using the Life Changing Blender Brush. Next, I stamped the sentiment from Do Not Take Any Shit Stamp using Black Hybrid ink from Picket Fence Studios.

Finally, I put the Cat Stencil on top of my watercoloring panel and applied Black Pansy Paper Glazer using a spatula. When my paper Glaze was dry I adhered a folded black notecard at the back and my card was ready.

This was an easy and fun way to play with different mediums and using different stencils. I love this Cat Stencil, it’s super original and unique. Thank for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Karen


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Mix Media Cards | WOW! Embossing Powder

Hello Friends! Today I’m sharing a little bit of mix media fun with these two cards where I’m using watercolor brush markers, ink sprays, acrylic paint and the wonderful embossing powders by WOW!
For my first card I’m using Vicki Boutin 140 lb. Mix Media Art Paper, which I must say holds lots of water and it works wonderfully!   

On my background I used Turquoise, Warm Sunshine and Emerald Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew. I speeded up the process of drying I applied heat with my WOW! Dual Speed Heat Tool. I love how vibrant these colors are. Next, I sprayed on top Gold Glimmer Metallic from Hero Arts and let the panel dry completely. 

I die cut the Lovely Frames Die by Pinkfresh Studio and heat embossed it using WOW! Pop Embossing Powder. I adhered this frame to my watercolor panel and cut the excess. Then, I adhered a white card base at the back.

Finally, I die cut the Hello word die from Essential Classic Words Set Dies by Pinkfresh Studio, heat embossed it with WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Em bossing Powder and placed it on top of my background.

For my next card, I applied Autumn Blaze and Crimson Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew onto my panel moving the color around with water. Then I applied Coral Berry Ink Metallic Shimmer Spray on top and once it was dry I added some splashes of white acrylic paint on top. When my panel dried I adhered a white card base at the back.

I die cut the Lovely Frames die from Pinkfresh Studios and heat embossed it with WOW! Fizz Embossing Powder. I adhered this frame to my watercolor panel and cut the excess. Then, I adhered a white card base at the back.

Lastly, I die cut the Thank You word die from Essential Classic Words Set Dies by Pinkfresh Studio, heat embossed it with WOW! Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder and placed it on top of my background. Additionally, I die cut two flowers from the Smile With Botanicals Dies by Pinkfresh Studio out of white cardstock.


I really like how these two cards turned out. The pictures doesn’t make justice but in real person the contrast of colors and the embossing powder looks very awesome. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this post. Have a wonderful day!
Karen


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