White & Iridescent Blue Wedding

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a wedding card using Creative Medium to create a shimmer.

Weddings are very special occasions and it is important to design the wedding card or wedding invitation with extra care. I wanted to create a card with a special look and feel. I decided to use White Memento Luxe and Iridescent Blue Creative Medium as the base colors combined with a lot of sparkle from different size of rhinestones. The colors are limited to white and light blue shades and are brightened with Sheer Shimmer Spritz to give it that extra classy look. All the embellishments are glued one by one using the On Point Glue that allows precise glue layering for very small details. As a finishing touch, I added the key in the center of the heart shape and weaved ribbon at the bottom then mounted the card onto a blank cardstock. This card would be a great gift to a couple in love on their special day.

Supplies

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  • Rhinestones – circle, heart
  • White satin ribbon
  • Metallic key

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Love in the Air

Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.

Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.

I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.

Supplies

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Other
  • ScrapBerry’s – circles stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden hearts 40mm
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments

Glittery Sending Happy Wishes by Neva Cole

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.

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Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Rectangles die

Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card!  I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.

Supplies

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Other
  • Stampotique – Minky Girl Stamp
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins

 

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Brilliant Peacock Themed Jewelry

By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Spring is just around the corner and what better color to represent spring than Greenery! Combining green shades and a peacock feather stamp in a one-of-a-kind necklace with matching earrings will catch the eye this spring. The round metal shapes make a perfect base to work with the StazOn colors and create a stylish piece of jewelry.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 1

Position the SHEET Metal circles to the desired design and punch holes where necessary to hold the metal pieces together.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.
Step 2

Remove the protection foil and lightly color with the Sunflower Yellow StazOn. Let it dry.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 3

Cover with the GlazOn using an InkBlusher.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 4

Continue with the Eden Green StazOn and again cover with GlazOn.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 5

Lastly use Teal Blue StazOn and again secure with the GlazOn.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 6

When it dries, pass a layer of the Green Iridescent Creative Medium on top of your StazOn layers.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 7

Partially stamp the peacock stamp with VersaMark, cover with the Imagine’s Black Embossing Powder and heat with a heat gun. Finish by connecting the metal circles with jump rings and connecting them on a cord.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

StazOn on metal creates a brilliant glow and it will shine through on jewelry projects like this one!

Supplies

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Other
  • Viva – peacock feathers stamp
  • Black cord
  • Gold color jump rings
  • Cold color beads
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelers pliers
  • Metal hole punch

 

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Tag! You’re It!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We have been throwing tons of inspiration your way on traditional Valentine’s Day cards this past week. Today we thought we’d change it up and focus on projects that you can use before, during and after today’s holiday! They also happen to all be tags! Jessica Litman makes a fun tag to attach to a bottle of wine. Alison Heikkila does some routine stamp organization—perfect habit for post holiday craft space organization. And Kyriakos Pachadiroglou goes all-in on our color of the month with a mixed media style tag.

Jessica Litman makes a wine bottle tag for Valentine's Day.

Heart of Gold Wine Bottle Hostess Gift Tag by Jessica Litman

I always love making homemade gifts. I feel it shows the person I thought about what I gave them and put effort into making it. So I always like to keep hostess gift thank you cards and labels on hand. For this project, I designed the label to fit on a bottle of wine. I used a cardstock, a stencil and several Fireworks! colors to create a layered background and adhered to the tag. Then I added two additional stamped images and adhered with glue dots. Finish by attaching a ribbon, tie on hostess gift and you are ready to party!

Supplies

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Other
  • Tag
  • Deep Red Cling Stamps – Grunge Tags
  • Thank You Stamp
  • Wine Stamp
  • White cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Ribbon
  • Scissor
  • Paper Cutter

Alison Heikkila creates organizing tags for her stamp collection. Fireworks craft spray. yellow, blue, purple.

Stufftainer Tags by Alison Heikkila

I have a lot of stamps. I use a few different ways to organize them depending on the brand, size, and how often I need to access them. It’s kind of tough to see which stamp is in each container without pulling several out. So, I decided to make tags to label them.

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Supplies

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Other
  • Stampendous – Stufftainers
  • Assorted Stamps – Andy Skinner, Nathalie Kalback, Laurel Burch, and Fran.
  • Tag Die Cut
  • Watercolor paper
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Twine

Kyriakos creates pink Valentine's card tags that could go well with any gift! Rose Color of the Month.
Distressed Pink Mixed Media Tags by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Sharing some love with pink tags that sparkle with a nice mix of Fireworks and Creative Medium. Tags are distressed with VersaColor and then two mixtures cover parts of them. The first is Fireworks! and Creative Medium and the second using Imagine’s White Embossing Powder. All is heat set before placing embellishments. Enjoy for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year!

Supplies

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  • Paper flowers
  • Metallic charms
  • Leaves ribbon – pink
  • Paper tags
  • Crafty individuals – CI-258 stamp
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heat tool

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Decor with a Golden Touch

Perhaps Valentine’s Day also needs a touch of home decor to set the right mood for your loved one! Jessica Litman created this shimmery heart banner to add a little pizzazz to the room. We imagine this banner would look great in combination with flowers and a card. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou took a more earthy route and created a wood block piece that expresses sentiments associated with our Heart of Gold theme.

jessica litman creates this beautiful banner for Valentine's Day using Delicata White Shimmer and Imagine Embossing Clear.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, Jessica Litman felt that creating a banner to decorate would be the perfect fit for the holiday! This project allows a ton of flexibility because the banner can be as long or small as space allows! Jessica started by embossing heart stamps using Delicata White Shimmer and Clear Embossing Powder creating the background on black paper. Delicata is a metallic pigment ink and works great with embossing powders. She then cut the banner shapes and attached the gold heart to the center and finished the banner with a sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine then attaching a string to the back with adhesives should also work.

jessica litman creates this beautiful banner for Valentine's Day using Delicata White Shimmer and Imagine Embossing Clear.

Supplies

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Other
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Black cardstock 12 x 12”
  • Gold cardstock
  • Heart punch
  • Heart stamp
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou uses Goosebumps and walnut ink on wood for this lovely piece of home decor.

Describe a person with a heart of gold and you will get words likes “believe”, “respect”, “patience”, “care”, “love” and much more. Kyriakos choose these words to convey a person with such qualities. He marked these sentiments on a slice of wood and enhanced it by a golden heart and embossing powder. Words are hand lettered with a paintbrush with the magic of GooseBumps and then covered with Walnut Ink to create a resist effect which almost looks hand carved.

Supplies

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  • Slice of wood
  • Buddly Crafts – 40mm wooden heart
  • Gold metallic embellishments
  • Crafty Individuals – CI258 stamp
  • Binder twine
  • Rhinestones
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

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Dynamic Valentine’s Shaker Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

February is the month love is celebrated and what a better way to celebrate than with a Valentine’s Day shaker card. This dynamic card shows a dandelion spreading its seeds with downy tufts that are captured in a window with a heart and red flitters. Resist effects are used to create a light around the black dandelion to give it more of a pop and work as a watermark for additional dandelion images.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 1

Stamp the front of the card with Lady Bug Memento ink and script stamp.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 2

Cut a 4 x 6-inch piece of cardstock and cut or punch open a circle of 2 ¾ in diameter on the right side. Emboss the dandelion stamp with VersaMark and Imagine Embossing Powder in Black.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 3

Using the GooseBumps Dauber, stamp around the top of the black embossed flower. Also daub on the dandelion stamp and stamp clear GooseBumps onto your paper in various places.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 4

Use a  Jumbo Dauber to spread Lady Bug Memento and distress the edges with Tuxedo Black Memento.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 5

Color the wood heart with Lady Bug Memento ink.

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Step 6

Mix some metallic beads and red flitters into the shake piece. Place the heart on the card, the mix of beads and cover with the shaker card front. Secure with the dandelion cardstock. Add the finishing touch — the ribbon and “love” sentiment.

Supplies

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Other
  • Viva Decor – Dandelion clear stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden heart 40mm, silver round studs
  • Metallic beads
  • Glitters
  • White satin ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Shaker card front

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