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Editor’s Note: For the next few weeks, our designers will be sharing lots of fun and inspiring Christmas projects with you. This week, we’ll be showcasing Christmas cards. First up is Teresa Kline!
Hello everyone and Merry Christmas! I am so ready … are you? It is Teresa today sharing a fun Christmas card idea with you.
I love washi tape and I am always on the hunt to find new ways of using it. I have created a cute Christmas tree design using my favorite washi tapes.
This is a no fuss way to create a trendy Christmas card and use up your washi tape stash. I am using black, silver and gold this year on one of my trees I’m decorating, so I decided to use that same color combo on this card. I love it! To make this, I layered washi tape in different patterns and angles in a tree shape and then added a glittery star on top!
Here is an adorable tag using the same technique … so cute! This is a great way to get your children involved with making this year’s Christmas cards. It’s a fun and quick way to knock out a lot of cards at once!
Grab a plate of cookies and cider and get started! I would love for you to visit/or follow me on my blog Paperie Blooms or Instagram at 2klines.
Hello, friends! Savannah O’Gwynn here today to share my favorite way to store my paper scraps and finished cards.
SAVfact: I DO NOT like to throw anything away—in particular, paper scraps! I find ways to use up even the tiniest pieces of scrap paper whether I die-cut small shapes, fussy cut small stamped images, or even use the pieces for paper pieced backgrounds and fillers. Everything gets saved!
The trouble with saving all my scraps is that I like to keep the patterned paper scraps with the actual paper pad the pieces came from. My solution is clear plastic sleeves or envelopes, a.k.a. self-sealing bags! These are the best invention ever! They are cheap and they are the perfect solution to my problem. Note: I purchase the 4 3/4 x 6 1/2-inch bags.
I store all of my patterned paper pads (usually the 6 x 6-inch pads) in bins on my shelves. Note: To see more photos of my studio, click here.
If you look closely in the photo above, I store the paper pads upside down. This is because the plastic sleeves are a bit taller than the paper pads and because the scraps or loose papers would fall out when placed “right side up!” Tip: I use a rubber band to hold all the papers and plastic sleeves together! Sometimes I pull papers out that I don’t end up using. Loose papers drive me crazy! To tame this mess of papers, I place everything inside the paper pad and use a rubber band to hold it together.
I don’t normally put a clear plastic sleeve in the paper pad (or use a rubber band) until I pull out and use or cut up the papers. This helps me visualize in my bins which pads are new and which have been used.
When I want to create a card or project, I pull the paper pad out and search through the plastic sleeve first for pieces of scrap paper that might work for my design. This is a time- and paper-saving technique.
Here’s a finished card that I created using scraps!
Supplies: Paper (Mind Your Manners, Daily Details 12×12, White Woodgrain Clear Cut 12×12) and Wonky Alpha Puffy Stickers from Bella BLVD; Hearts dies (#DED-13-106) from Paper Smooches.
Q:What do I do for 12 x 12-inch paper pads?
A: I use large resealable bags or the plastic bags that I get with product packaging. I keep all the plastic sleeves and bags that have resealable closures from my purchases so that I have various sizes for my paper scrap needs!
Q:How do I store solid colored cardstock/paper scraps?
A: I don’t have a fancy idea or tip for this! I use a file folder system in the bottom of my cabinet. This system holds and organizes my cardstock scraps in rainbow order in hanging folders.
Storing scraps isn’t the only use for these plastic sleeves/envelopes! I use them to hold my finished cards! This is an easy way to keep my cards protected and to showcase them at craft shows or when storing them for personal use. Note: If the card envelope is too big for the plastic sleeve, I use a paper clip to attach all the elements together.
I hope that this storage tip has encouraged you to save all of your scraps, reorganize your paper pads and newly saved scraps, and to protect your finished projects and cards!
Editor’s Note: We’re happy to have designer Deborah Nolan as our guest on the CardMaker blog today!
It’s a pleasure to be back as a guest designer sharing another project that utilizes Ranger Distress Oxide inks.
If you’ve missed a chance to play with these inks or don’t understand the difference between the original Distress inks and their Oxide version, I wrote an article on how to create a layered background for the CardMaker blog last week. Today I’m sharing how a stencil can be misted with water to remove color from an inked background for a dreamy, soft image.
Step 1. Ink a background panel with three blocks of Distress Oxide inks, blending each one into the next.
Step 2. Generously mist a stencil with water.
Step 3: Place the stencil on the inked panel with wet side down.
Step 4: Cover stencil with an absorbent cloth/paper towel and press into the panel. Note: The paper towel absorbs the water displaced when exerting pressure on the stencil; this will produce a crisper image.
Step 5: Let the stencil sit on the panel for a minute or two, then remove by lifting straight up.
Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, Distress Oxide inks (abandoned coral, fossilized amber, picked raspberry) and Tim Holtz Distress sprayer from Ranger Industries Inc.; Love stamp and die set (#DC175) and Floral Filigree stencil from Hero Arts; gems from Prima Marketing Inc.; Stick It adhesive from Stick It Adhesive.
Hello, Gaylynn here with a technique that I use often. It is adding dimension and texture to your card-making projects.
This can be done with most images, by repeat stamping and then adding the second trimmed layers from duplicate images. For this example, I used flowers and leaves.
I stamped and colored the background portion onto a cardstock panel. A solid background panel was added behind the front panel. Next, I stamped a second set of flowers and leaves onto a different piece of cardstock.
The second set was colored and then trimmed with scissors. Dies are optional. I used foam tape behind each of these pieces. I positioned and layered the extra pieces and then added a sentiment panel.
Here is the card a little closer. By adding an additional layer of the same or coordinating images, you get an easy 3-D type of look and texture.
I would love to hear how you create dimension and texture for your projects.
Supplies: Cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc. and Simon Says Stamp!; Spring Daisy and Painted Greetings stamp sets from Altenew; ink from My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp! and Ranger Industries Inc.; Copic® markers (C1, C3, G21, Y13, YR23, YR24) from Imagination International Inc.; Mini MISTI stamp-positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia.
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Happy Weekend-eve, friends! Niki here and today I have a quick card-making tip for you. I always find that the edges of cards need a little something extra to look finished. A few of the things I do is add some faux stitching with a pen, or strategically tear the edges, or my personal favorite—frame dies!
If you don’t have any of these babies in your stash, the holidays are around the corner and now’s the time to grab some (or put them on your wish list)! It’s so much faster than distressing or pen work, and your cards will turn out with a polished, professional look.
There’s a bunch of different designs available from several manufacturers, so it’s easy to find something that matches the mood of your card. My favorites are wonky stitching or cross-stitching for fun critter cards, straight stitching for everyday designs, and pierced edges for something a little more formal.
To show you the difference a frame die makes on finished projects, I put together two similar thank you cards. This first one has plain trimmed edges.
I ran this one through my die-cutting machine twice with two stitched rectangle frame dies.
Isn’t it neat how the die-cut stitched edges add a ton more interest? I love the look so much that nowadays I die-cut nearly all my card panels. Shown above is a side-by-side comparison.
I hope you found my card-making tip helpful and you’ll try trimming your next card with some fancy edges!
Hi everyone! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset as a guest designer this week sharing an oldie but a goodie that’s worth repeating. I’m not sure of the exact title for this technique, but I call it “glitter coloring.” That’s right! I’m going to show you how you can change the color of your glitter paper.
First, gather all of your supplies.
For my project, I chose a silver foil sticker sheet that had a mix of flowers, but some looked like snowflakes. Mix and match other seasons and stretch your supplies for many projects. These stickers work well because they have a nice outline and lots of inside space to color.
Also, choose a fine glitter paper that has glitter that won’t flick off if you rub it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to color on it. I used a white iridescent glitter paper to get the best coloring results. I used Copic® markers since they are permanent and dry quickly, but any alcohol-based marker will work. I chose three markers in the same color family because they blend together nicely.
To begin, flick color from the bottom of the sticker to the center with the lightest color and then color the inside. Add a little medium color around the edges and toward the middle. Next, color with the darkest shade along the ends. To finish, coloring back over the whole area with the lightest-color marker to blend it all together.
Next, cut out each snowflake.
Add a sentiment. Put your card together as shown above and adhere your newly colored snowflake embellishments to your card. You could leave this card as is but with just a few more supplies you can enhance your card even more.
Add a couple gemstones, a silver scalloped sticker border, a green ribbon and you’ve stepped this card up a notch.
I hope I’ve inspired you to try coloring your glitter paper and using your stickers. Let’s see what you can create. Feel free to share photos of your creations with us over on the CardMaker Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!
Supplies: Cardstock and Sincere Salutations stamp from Stampin’ Up!; glitter paper and ribbon from American Crafts; Merry & Bright patterned paper from My Favorite Things; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine; Copic® markers (B18, B24, B28) from Imagination International Inc.; Dazzles Sticker Flowers from Hot Off The Press.
Editor’s Note: We’re happy to have designer Deborah Nolan as our guest on the CardMaker blog today!
It’s a pleasure to be a guest designer sharing a project that utilizes Ranger Distress Oxide inks.
If you’ve missed a chance to play with these inks or don’t understand the difference between the original Distress inks and their Oxide version, I’ve written a brief overview of this innovative blend of dye and pigment inks.
The Difference Between Distress & Distress Oxide Inks
The original Distress ink is a water-based dye that is primarily used as a technique medium and is not suitable for stamping images. Like watercolor paint, this product is translucent and is quickly absorbed and disappears on dark paper. Building up layers of color is not an option as each layer will bleed into the next.
1. Distress Oxide ink is a unique marriage of dye and pigment. The addition of pigment is the game-changer here. First, the ink reacts to water to produce a beautiful oxide finish: a rich color that looks and feels like a chalk ink but which doesn’t require heat-setting.
2. Oxide ink is opaque and sits on top of the paper, making it visible on dark cardstock. It also stays wet longer—allowing for embossing—and has a thicker, creamier consistency for an easier, smoother blending experience than the original Distress ink formula.
3. Oxide inks can be layered an infinite number of times because each layer is distinct: colors can be increased and intensified. In contrast, layers of Distress ink bleed into one another and can quickly produce a brown puddle.
4. Like pigment ink, Oxides will produce a crisp, clear stamped image. Mist with water, and the oxidation pops the image off the page.
5. Oxides work on watercolor paper, Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, and glossy and regular cardstock.
Available Colors & Products
There are 24 Oxide colors. Although they share the names of existing Distress inks, the hues are slightly different. They’re packaged in 2 x 2-inch gray plastic to differentiate them from the Distress inks’ black packaging.
Don’t hold out for a mini version because, according to Tim Holtz, the complex formulation of dye and pigment need a surface area greater than one square inch to properly interact. Re-inkers are available, however!
Create A Layered Background Card
Because Oxide ink behaves like a pigment ink, there are a variety of ways it can be manipulated or used. The simplest technique is layering inks to create a stunning background. This can be done with or without water. Adding water activates the “oxidation” which results in a chalk-like finish that increases the colors’ depth and vibrancy.
Step 1. Firmly press and/or drag ink pads onto a craft sheet to create swatches of three (or more) colors. Alternatively, apply ink directly to the paper or to an acrylic block and drag across the paper.
Step 2. Generously spritz the ink swatches, paper or acrylic blocks with water.
Step 3: Tap/push the paper into the swatches to pick up ink.
Step 4: Dry with heat tool.
Optional: Spritz/mist water onto the paper as it’s drying and/or blot excess water with a paper towel or fingers to manipulate the color as desired.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1 and 2 if needed; use the same ink colors or add new ones.
Step 6: Repeat steps 3 and 4 as desired.
Step 7: Make card base from white cardstock.
Step 8: Die cut sentiment and adhere to background panel.
Step 9: Trim border panel sides and adhere to card.
Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, Distress Oxide inks (peacock feathers, salty ocean, twisted citron) and Tim Holtz Distress sprayer from Ranger Industries Inc.; enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye; gems from Prima Marketing Inc.; Thanks on a Line die from Simon Says Stamp!; Stick It adhesive from Stick It Adhesive.
Hi Everyone. Diana here with a tour of my creative space.
This is a view of my crafting space as you walk in the door. This room measures approximately 10’ x 10’ and at one time was a bedroom, then a homeschool room and now my craft retreat.
The dresser under the window is the perfect place to take photos of my cards. There is plenty of room for staging and lots of natural light coming in the window.
The drawers hold lots of supplies—stamp sets, punches, tools and small paper pads. Here’s a peek inside.
This is the view of my craft room from the corner opposite the door. In the center of the room is my craft desk which I made with two inexpensive bookshelves from Walmart and a table top which I ordered from Staples. The entire thing cost about $75 to make and I love it! I designed it to be counter height because I usually craft standing up and it has lots of storage on the sides.
My computer desk is also counter height so that I can use the same chair whether I’m crafting or working on the computer. I purchased the legs and table top from IKEA and added an ALEX drawer unit underneath which holds my office supplies.
On the wall to the left of the door, I have an IKEA Kallax unit. The top holds my Big Shot and rotating craft tool caddy. I purchased the bins and baskets from Target and they hold extra cardstock, craft kits, and some larger dies and Sizzix accessories.
My thin metal dies are stored in a photo box directly under my die-cutting machine. On the shelf next to that, I keep my Copic® markers and paper towels. Next to that, the top drawer holds my Distress inks and Copic® refills; the bottom drawer is the perfect size for holding A2-size envelopes.
On the wall above the Kallax, I have an old cassette holder that I found on Ebay. I painted it black and it is perfect for holding my ink pads.
In the little nook just inside and to the right of the door is a bookshelf which holds my 12” x 12” paper, planner supplies, photo albums, and completed cards that I am selling on Etsy.
To the right of the little nook is the closet. On the top shelf are shipping supplies and seasonal craft supplies. Wrapping paper is kept in a small wastepaper bin in the corner.
I keep my printer on top of the file cabinet that is home to most of my 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock. On top of the printer are some props and backgrounds I use when taking card photos. On the wall above the printer, I hang some of the beautiful art work family members have made for me.
I also keep my ribbon, cello bags and other miscellaneous craft supplies in the closet. I recently completed a major purge, so I have a lot of empty storage space just waiting to be filled.
So that’s it! We’ve come full circle around my craft room. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour!
We’re partnering with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for a one-day blog hop! We have a great lineup of designers from both teams to show you AWESOME projects with tips and techniques along the way. Find giveaway details at the end of the post.
“Wear Your Adhesives on the Outside” is the feature of today’s blog hop. What does that mean? It’s using different mediums such as foil, glitter, embossing powder, microbeads, etc. on your adhesive surfaces to customize your project. We’ll show you how to go above and beyond the usual uses of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® products.
View How to Use 3D Foam Hearts and Other Shapes video below for a quick tutorial: