28 June 2017

CAS Coffee Card with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

I love clear stamp sets, and what I try to do every time I get a new set is stamp as many scraps as I possibly can, fussy cut them and color them all. That gives me a lot of options when I'm about to put together a card. That is exactly what I did with the coffee cup stamps from Fill me Up by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Today's card is one of those clean and simple numbers created with previously stamped pieces on an also previously painted background. You see, I find it to be extra productive to make backgrounds and color stamped images in advance and keep them in a special basket until it is time to make a card. It often proves to be a magical process when you end up finding every coordinating piece you need in the same forgotten spot of your craft room!



Not long ago I shared on YouTube how I make these watercolor washes for my card backgrounds. I use student grade watercolors, but I love the results I get with them. I am also using a special shimmery metallic paper on this card called Cryogen White -that I also used for the tutorial- which makes the wash stand out even more.


This set is very versatile, and the images are so cute. It was designed originally for Bible Journaling, but you know me, I try things in different ways and I've been trying it out for cards also! You might have seen my latest card using this set here.


I stamped the coffee cups on Premium Cardstock and the cup holders from Kraft cardstock. I used a precision knife to cut out the hearts from the cup holders and mounted them with foam squares to add dimension. I adhered those to the watercolored background and finished them off with a coffee word I cut with my Cricut Explore Air 2. So yes, it is a very clean and simple card with a dramatic look with the striking colors and wash on the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time!



26 June 2017

Tutorial: Monoprinting with Deco Foil and Rebekah Meier Designs

Mixed Media has recaptured my heart this year, with stencils, illustration, medium and above all color! The freedom it gives me to create texture and colors gives me the greatest satisfaction. Today's tutorial and project was a true experience. I will be sharing with you how to monoprint a background with paint, Deco Foil and other textures.





I have a gelli plate that had not seen the light of day in ages and I decided to take it out to try out some monoprinting (which is a tremendously addictive process). The idea of monoprinting with foil had been wandering in my head for at least almost 2 years but of course monoprinting directly with Deco Foil or Deco Foil Mediums would most likely ruin the gelli plate... So I came up with a trick that allowed me to add that foil monoprinted look easily!

The backgrounds turned out so incredibly textured and colorful I had to finish them off as cards with one of my digital stamp sentiments from my shop (Always Remember stamp set). But that is all I'm going to say because it's time to head over to Therm O Web to view the details on this tutorial!

Tutorial:
Click here to see the complete supply list and step by step tutorial on these Foil Monoprinted Backgrounds.


Leave me a comment and tell me... Do you like this technique and would you try it out? Now see you on Therm O Web for the full tutorial post! Thanks for stopping by!

Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge - Stencil It / Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Put a Stencil on It / Mixed Media World - Anything Mixed Media Goes / More Mixed Media Challenge - AG Purple



23 June 2017

Graciellie Design & Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - Lots of Inspiration & Prizes

I had the awesome invitation to sponsor the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop today and of course I had to join the fun! If it's your first time visiting, welcome! I am Gracie Chavez owner and creative designer of Graciellie Design Digital Shop and Blog. The design team and I are excited to have this awesome chance and we are sharing lots of project ideas using cute tea cups and fun sentiments! We also have a special release to celebrate the blog hop and it is the cutest tea cup set you'll ever find! It's called Sweet Tea and it comes with this adorable kitten in a tea cup image plus 5 fun sentiments!

I made a colorful card, to go along with the Summer theme for the hop, although I've been into Summer colors lately anyways! I printes my cute image twice, once in toner and another one in ink jet. I foiled the toner printed images using a Minc and Gold Sequins Fancy Foil. I then fussy cut only the tea cup from the foiled image and colored it with Passionate Pink Premium Dye Ink with the help of a sponge dauber. Then I fussy cut the image printed in black, with a regular inkjet printer, and added a little shading with a light beige Spectrum Noir marker, and colored the eyes in green too. I then put together both pieces mounting the kitten on top of the tea cup for a dimensional look!


The fun background was splattered with metallic gold acrylic paint and inked with Passionate Pink Premium Dye Ink. I added a border on one of the edges of the background with black corrugated cardstock and a piece of patterned paper.

To finish off my card I added a foiled sentiment printed on vellum from the new stamp set (which I think is so cute!), using coordinating Passionate Pink Fancy Foil, and a scrapbooking element with a piece of metallic gold ribbon that simulate a tea bag hanging from the cup!




Today, the design team is also sharing some pretty cards for the blog hop, so make sure you click below to check out more project ideas using our tea cup inspired digital stamp sets:

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We have offered a grand prize for this Summer's Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! Many, many amazing companies in the industry are also sponsoring prizes so make sure to join the fun! Here is a sneak peak of our prize for you... The complete June Stamp Duos Release is up for grabs!!! That is 32 images for one lucky winner! BUT, there might be a little something extra offered later too, so stay tuned! Also, grab 10% off the shop during the blog hop using the coupon below!





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So happy you stopped by today! Crafty hugs!


22 June 2017

Foil Dipped Backgrounds with Gina K. Designs & Mixed Media Medium

I have been having fun experimenting with the new Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Medium... This medium is pure gold and there is so much you can do with it! (It is so versatile!) Well, today I have a tutorial showing you another fun way to use it with the new Gina K. Designs line of Premium Dye Inks, Premium Cardstock, Fancy Foils and Foil Mates Sentiments!




Tutorial:
Click here to check out my latest video tutorial for Therm O Web - and the complete list of supplies- featuring these foil dipped backgrounds with Mixed Media Medium and Fancy Foils!


Do leave me a comment letting me know what you think about this technique! You know I love Deco Foil and finding out new ways to apply it is always fun (especially when it doesn't require a laminator)!

Thanks so much for visiting.


20 June 2017

Bright & Happy Card with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Today I'm using what I think is the cutest coffe cup clear stamp there is to make a freestyle collage card! I'm featuring stamps from the sets Fill Me Up and Scribble Flowers by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!




To make this card I went ahead and stamped as many scraps of white cardstock I could with flowers and leaves from the set Scribble Flowers with Umbrella Crafts Black Premium Dye Ink. This particular ink I used is hybrid and it allows you to watercolor the stamped images. I colored them with Zig Markers and a waterbrush using bright colors. Once all the images were colored I fussy cut them and set them aside.

I then stamped the coffee cup from Fill Me Up on Kraft 100# cardstock and the heart coffee cup sleeve on Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper using the same black ink, and fussy cut those too. The final element I stamped was the mini label with little check box words from the same set and heat embossed them in white on 48# heavyweight vellum.

Putting all the pieces together is always fun, but it can take time since there are so many ways to arrange them. The background is actually stenciled -using a TCW Mini Halftone Circles- with Mixed Media Medium and half of it is foiled in Silver Sequins and another part has Colorbox Winter Frost glitter. (See tutorial here.)I added a Wild Orchid -Purple- Double Stitch Design small circle die cut on the back to make all the element pop. I finished off the card with some pink paper twine, a green notebook page edge die cut and 3/8 Reversible Satin Ribbon w/stitches which brings together all the design.

That's it for today! For more ideas an inspiration make sure to subscribe to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharing with: The Ribbon Girl - Any Image / SSS Wednesday - Emboss It /
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