Hello again crafty friends! It’s Gail on the blog today and I have some some fun, creative cards to share with you! Not only were they fun to make, but the recipient will find them fun to open as well! I took a few photos of the process to so be sure to read on!
First up, I got a bit arty with the backgrounds! I’ve been wanting to play with some of the new Vicki Boutin mixed media products so I just went for it! I created two cards using two of the stamp and die sets: Floral and Moth.
I stamped one of the images from each set repeatedly over a white cardstock background with clear ink and heat embossed. It’s kind of hard to see the clear images on the white background but I wanted them to resist the color that I was about to apply over the top!
I used the Art Crayons and simply scribbled back and forth over the cardstock, then used a wet paintbrush to smooth and soften the colors and also blend them into each other. I love the effect!
Now that the backgrounds were done, I worked on the images that I wanted to “spin” on my card. I used the smaller flower and moth (which I kind of just pretended was a butterfly!) and stamped them with black ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then colored the images again using the Art Crayons.
I took a tip from Vicki Boutin herself and to color the images, I actually just used my water brush to pick up color directly from the tips of the crayons! It worked a treat!
Once I had my images colored I went ahead and die cut them with the coordinating dies. Now I needed to adhere them back to back, sandwiching some very thin gold thread between them. Be sure to use really strong adhesive for this!
The next step was to create a window on my card front so I grabbed a circle die, positioned it where I wanted on my card front and watercolored panel and cut the window out of both so they lined up perfectly.
Then it was just a matter of sandwiching the gold thread above and below the die cut image between the card front and the front panel. Again, strong adhesive works best.
When the card is opened up, the little flower or butterfly spins around in the die cut window and it’s so fun! You can even “wind it up” a bit before giving it to someone to make sure it spins a lot!
Spinners such as this typically work best with images that are symmetrical or mirror images. The images of the flower and butterfly that I used aren’t perfectly lined up but it’s close enough to work!
As primarily a scrapbooker, sometimes it’s so fun and inspiring to create cards experimenting with different techniques! I urge you to give it a go and have fun!
Supplies: Vicki Boutin Stamps & Dies – Floral (376820), Moth (376819), Art Crayons Set 1 (376797), Set 2 (376798), Black Ink Pad (376805)
Let’s put a little shake into a spring card! Creating shaker boxes is a fun and easy project. All you need is some foam tape, sequins, confetti or beads and a small piece of acetate. Decorating the inside is the best part!
To create the shaker, use an electronic die cutting machine to cut three nested rectangle frames. The staggered sizes give this shaker some depth. Back these with thin strips of foam tape to give them a little lift. Attach the transparency to the smallest frame.
Create the bunny scene in the center of the card. Then carefully glue some sequins around the card so that when you put it in the envelope all of the embellishments don’t just collect at the bottom. Last, carefully peel the foam adhesive tape backing and center the window right over the scene.
Use a foam Thicker title to add a sentiment to the card. Here I chose the word “happy” in white. This title on the white background creates texture without taking the focus off of the shaker. I tucked two small puffy bunnies just peeking out from the title to add a tiny bit of color and fun to the card.
The design itself is simple and this is the kind of project that you can put together in a quickly. Shakers are pockets full of love and fun!
SUPPLIES: Shimelle Little by Little (378329) Seek the Moment Patterned Paper, (378356) Hello Joy Phrase Stickers, (378364) Puffy Stickers. Dear Lizzy Lovely Day (376940) - C’est La Vie Patterned Paper, (376953) Layered Stickers, (376956) Thickers Chipboard Stickers.
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Hello my name is Carson and I’m addicted to ink blending. Sadly, blending inks on every card can get a little repetitive so I’m always looking for ways to make my go to technique look a little different and a little more interesting. For this card project I decided to mix it up in two ways, first I blended my inks on the inside of the card instead of on the front, and second, I created a striped look to my blended area by masking with washi tape as I blended my inks.
I adore the new Vicki Boutin Collection and one of my favorite products are the stamp sets with matching dies. I absolutely love the large and varied sentiments that come in each set and the hand drawn images are so fun and funky. I used the Moth and Flora to create these cards.
These stamped images are fabulous for coloring in, however, coloring is not my strength, I can’t shade an image to save my life, but contrast is one of my strengths, so bright colors with black details saved the day!
To create the windows on the card fronts, I simply used some of my basic shape dies and ran them through my die-cut machine being careful to center them and only cut through the card front, not the base. The final touch was to add those perfect little black and white phrase stickers which are also from the Vicki Boutin Collection. They really play up the contrasted look of these cards.
Thanks so much for reading today’s post. Happy Spring crafting friends!
Supplies: Vicki Boutin - Mixed Media - Cardstock Stickers – Phrases (376846), Vicki Boutin - Mixed Media - Dies and Clear Acrylic Stamps – Flora (376820), Vicki Boutin - Mixed Media - Dies and Clear Acrylic Stamps – Moth (376819)
Hiya! It’s Jamie and today I’m sharing a few fun pastel cards! There’s nothing like spring to make one want to bust out these soft toned hues! While not directly spring related, these cards are definitely influenced by the season. Shimelle’s Little by Little collection had so many great pastel shades!
I started out by creating the background of the card design. Pastels are such a soft color, I wanted to contrast that with a hard angled design. I cut three sheet of patterned paper down to 4 x 5.25 and then cut these in half on the diagonal. Then I cut one of these down further and mixed and matched the colors so each card had three patterns. I’m sure I could have done it more precisely here, but I’m not a geometrist (if there is such a thing!) so eyeballing it was the way to go for me.
Once the background was laid down, I added a strip of gold glitter washi tape and a line of machine stitching to add more texture. After that, I added a die cut flower to the middle of the card. This was topped with a wooden button for more dimension.
To embellish the cards, I added flat stickers, puffy stickers, enamel dots and drops of gold mist. I wanted to add a sentiment to each card and thought “celebrate” was perfect for this spring inspired design! I stamped it in a soft teal ink which was a bit hard to read since it’s a lighter hue. So I added some shadowing with a fine tipped pen and adhered one to each card.
For whatever reason, when I sit down make a card, I try to figure out ways to make multiples. Which is why I went with three different sheets of patterned paper. It’s also why I used a stamp and a digital die cut, they’re easily repeatable. I also went looking for products that had multiples of the same, even if the color or shape was slightly different—like the puffy stickers and enamel dots.
Supplies Used: Shimelle Little by Little Patterned Paper: Grinning Badger (378331) Higgledy Piggledy (378342) Pint Sized Fun (378344) Live A Little (378347) Stickers-Clear, Washi, Cardstock/Icon & Alpha (378358) Puffy Stickers Mini Icons (378364) Washi Tape with Gold Foil and Glitter (378365) Wooden Buttons (378366) Enamel Shapes & Dots (378368), Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Stamps & Dies Set-Floral (VBSD-76820)
Welcome to the wonderful world of pastels! I love the soft wash of color that a pastel palette gives a project. It’s such a beautiful, dreamy look. When I started this project, I immediately reached for my photos from Hawaii and thought this would make a great traveler’s notebook album.
I didn’t have a traveler’s album on hand, so I made one. I cut six sheets of white cardstock down to 8.5”x8.5” and folded it in half. For the cover, I cut a sheet of rainbow Dearly Lizzy Lovely Day patterned paper to the same size and placed it at the bottom of the pile. To create the binding, I ran the entire book (including the cover) through the sewing machine right down the center. It was easy as that!
I began the notebook spread with some of my favorite photos from a luau. These were decorated with a chipboard titles, flags, stickers, die cuts, washi tape and even a little bit of patterned paper fringe. The color palette was limited to soft hues of light pink and aqua with a tiny bit of yellow. I love the airy feel of the spread.
The design itself is simple and this is the kind of project that you can put together in a few hours. You can tell the story from beginning to end in just one craft session. That’s the beauty of it! Decorate it with a pastel theme and keep it simple.
SUPPLIES: Dear Lizzy Lovely Day (376936) - Up and Away Patterned Paper, (376959) - Flags, (376963) Coloring Washi Tape. Dear Lizzy Saturday (376277) - Icon Clothespins. Shimelle Little by Little (378359) 6x12 Cardstock Stickers. Hazelwood (376892) Thicker Icon Stickers.
So excited to celebrate Easter. So I’ve an idea to decorate a spot at my house as art corner for my son and his friends. I have 3 years old son who loves art so much, so I think this corner will make him happy and enjoy easter.
I prepared everything from crayons, glaze, color pens, washi tapes, some stamps, and some of the papers for the coloring. You can find all of them by American Crafts.
I put all of the washi tapes inside the terrarium so the kids will be amazed with it. I also created a cute art corner frame to make my corner looks so pretty.
To make it easter I created a simple bunny garland using the patterned papers and tissue paper. Are you ready to craft?
Supplies: Vicki Boutin Mix Media Glaze (VB377000), Mix Media Waterproof Tin (VB376861), Mixology Accents (76814), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Oh Hello (37941), Darling Daisy (376944), Color Me Pretty (3769445), Lovely Day Puffy Sticker (376954), Lovely Day Embellishment Packs (3766958),
Happy April Friends! The weather has been fabulous here in North Carolina and I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning, and when I say little, I mean very little. But one of my spring projects is to tackle my mantle and turn that small little stage into a shrine to spring and Easter. I decided to use some stunning papers from the Hazelwood Collection by 1 Canoe 2 to make a set of candy colored blocks. I love the idea of refining the classic alphabet blocks and turning them into playful home décor.
I created my blocks by purchasing two sets of raw wood blocks from my local craft store in two different sizes. Next, I selected my coordinating papers and cut them all down to the dimensions of the blocks I wanted to cover. Be sure to cut six squares for each block. While watching TV, that part is key, I then used a bookbinding glue to adhere each square of paper to one side of my block. This part can be tedious but goes quickly once you get in a groove.
Once my blocks were covered, I moved on to the fun part, the part involving power tools! I grabbed my orbital sander and sanded down all the edges and corners of the blocks. This gives them a weathered, shabby chic look and makes your papers look more uniform. The final step in prepping the blocks was to seal them with Mod Podge so that I can use them for years to come.
I chose two contrasting fonts to create my message. I liked the classic bold font for the larger blocks and a scripty gold font for the smaller blocks. I have big plans to switch out the words as the spring progresses. I’m going to change “Easter” to “spring” once the holiday has passed and I’m also planning to spell out “I love” on the top row and my son’s names on the bottom. It can be a fun little puzzle to spell out as many fitting phrases as possible and will be beloved by the kiddos, especially if you change out the phrases while they are sleeping.
I hope you’ll give this sweet home décor project a try! Happy Easter crafting friends!
Supplies: Hazelwood Collection - 12 X 12 Double Sided Paper – Rosewater (376869), Hazelwood Collection - 12 X 12 Double Sided Paper - Hazelwood Roses (376873), Hazelwood Collection - 12 X 12 Double Sided Paper - Lazy Daisy (376874), Hazelwood Collection - 12 X 12 Double Sided Paper - Forest Berry (376871), Hazelwood Collection - Thickers - Foam - Gold Foil (376891), Diy Shop 4 Thickers Alphabet (376308), Hello Spring Double-Sided Cardstock 12"X12" (Hsds-20540), Globe Gallery Collection - 3 Dimensional Butterfly (377299)