It’s great to have handmade cards on hand just in the case an unexpected event pops up. I created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl’s hair. Each has a unique and artsy style and I wanted to share some of the features that made them come together. First, I used Fireworks Shimmery Spray with a paint brush to color the image of the girl. Fireworks is a spray but works great as a watercolor. Next, I used On Point Glue to add the flowers and embellishments. This precision adhesive is perfect for reaching intricate spots on this card with no visible residue. Finally, I choose a matching base color to bring the design together.
Skill: Intermediate Time: 1 hour
Gesso watercolor paper. Trim to 4 ½ x 6 ¼ inches. When dry, stamp an image on gessoed paper.
Color in the image with color pencils and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Fireworks is a spray but can also be applied with a paint brush or a water pen (just unscrew the spray applicator and pour ink into a palette). Applying Fireworks with a brush offers a more controlled use of the product which creates beautiful results. Ink edges of the panel with Paris Dusk Memento.
Cut a piece of matching decorative paper the size of the card to 5 x 6 ¾ inches. Distress edges with Memento Paris Dusk inkpad. Let dry. Apply VersaMark and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
Stamp phrase on panel and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Use On Point Glue to attach embellishments like small paper flowers, glass beads, and glitter. Apply Gold foil with glue stick and a stencil. Rub on with fingers.
Cut black mat for the main panel. Cut to ¼” larger in order to create a border.
Mount panel on black cardstock. Then mount to decorative paper. Adhere entire panel to blank card. Ink edges of the card with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. For the second card, the image was cut out of Jane Davenport paper instead of stamped. Repeat the steps above for a lovely matching set.
Texture is often thought of in its own class. The moment a card, journal, or framed work has texture then it gets classified as mixed media and a whole new language is brought into the fold. In today’s post, we would like to pair texture and color on the same plane as compliments to each other. In these two projects below, each has texture and color working simultaneously to create the desired effect. Martha brings a gorgeous pop of iridescent green forward with a stencil and yet we feel the image would not be as interesting without the contrast and color saturation. Roni Johnson also creates a texture and color dynamic with embellishments that cascade in a color fade. These two great projects show how these elements work together.
Stencils are my passion and the effect created with the Creative Medium Iridescent is simply gorgeous. In one simple design, texture, color and sparkly shimmer work in unison. I decided to use the Iridescent Green over black card stock to catch your eyes!
I took a stencil and secured it to my craft mat then applied the creative medium over the free areas of the stencil using a palette knife. If you want you can cover the entire area or just cover it partially like I did. Then I removed the stencil carefully and let the paper dry. Next, I cut a flower design using Taffeta Vertigo sheets. Remember that Vertigo has a shiny and a matte side and if you want to stamp over it is better to use the matte side but if you want to color, like I did, it is better to use the shiny side. StazOn is the best ink for plastic surfaces. I used the colors Cactus Green and Emerald City StazOn for the leaf and Orange Zest StazOn for the rose. I finished the overall design by pasting the die cuts using On Point Glue, stamping a sentiment with Versamark and White Embossing Powder.
It is hard to find a glue that is easy to use with the tiny bits and pieces we use on our crafts. Imagine now has a great option – On Point Glue. I love the micro steel point – it is easy to add the tiniest of drops exactly where it is needed which is perfect for the sequins in this birthday card. Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud and Angel Pink Memento inks were stamped to create a color fade on white cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using Onyx Black VersaFine. The panel was then trimmed and mounted on a pink card base. On Point Glue was used to affix all of the sequins both large and small and colored to match the color fade in the design.
Memento – Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Angel Pink
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.
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.
Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
Ultra fine glitter
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.
I always love to wrap and decorate birthday presents, but there are times when I don’t have the time to actually wrap a gift. I need to throw the present in a gift bag and go. That is the inspiration behind today’s blog post. For this topic, I choose to decorate gift bags with quilled birthday cakes! I used On Point Glue throughout this project because it has the fine tip applicator and allows enough open time to move the quilled paper exactly where I want it.
Skill: Intermediate Time: 30 min. + dry time
Cut pieces of paper into thin strips from blue, yellow and orange paper using a paper trimmer.
Create the top of the cake by taking a piece of blue quilling paper and creating a large oval. Glue ends together using On Point Glue. Begin to create the bottom of the cake by taking another piece of blue quilling paper and adhere one end to the oval.
Finish the bottom of the cake by wrapping blue quilling paper to the other side of the oval and adhere. Round the bottom of the paper to create the bottom of the cake. Adhere the outline of the cake to the gift bag. Attach rolled quilling to the inside of the bottom portion of the cake outline. Repeat until bottom portion is filled.
Create a large rolled paper and attach that to the inside of the top portion of the cake outline. Using orange paper, roll an oval. Push the top and bottom to create a rectangle. Attach to itself. Repeat to make enough candles as desired. Adhere candle bases above the cake. Roll yellow quilling paper in a circle. Pinch one side of the circle to create the candle flames. Adhere to itself. Repeat until all candles have flames. Adhere above candles.
Once dry, stamp Happy Birthday with multicolor Feista VersaColor inkpad and let dry. Tissue paper and gift are ready to go inside this newly decorated bag!
Tip: Clean off stamp using StazOn stamp cleaner. Spray directly onto the stamp. Wipe clean.
Happy St Patrick’s Day! On this day, many are wearing green, eating corned beef and (if you are of drinking age) having a green beer! I decided to make a card featuring a Celtic knot, texture, 4-leaf clovers and a gold ribbon. It is so much fun to experiment with the supplies I had on hand which is exactly what I did to create this highly textured card. I had never heated the Creative Medium but I thought it would be worth a shot to see how it performed under high heat. As you can see from the photo it looks amazing and bubbles through the embossing powders to create a lovely hammered texture look. Perfect for Gold Embossing!
Skill: Intermediate Time: 1.5 hours + cool-down time
Tape black cardstock panel to work surface. Position stencil and tape in place. Use a spatula to spread Gold Creative Medium over the entire card panel.
Carefully peel off the stencil. Wash the excess Creative Medium off immediately (very important).
Sprinkle Verdigris and Gold Embossing Powders over the Creative Medium. Shake off excess.
Heat the embossing powder and Creative Medium until the embossing powders melt and the Creative Medium begins to bubble up. You may continue to heat until satisfied with the texture. Set aside to cool. Do not touch until cool! The Embossing Powder and Creative Medium will be extremely hot at this point.
Die-cut pieces to be added to the card.
Use Sponge Dauber to color the clover with Pear Tart, Bamboo Stalk, and Ivy Cottage Memento Ink. Sponge Delicata Golden Glitz on the leafy branches. Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.
Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue. Mount bubble embossed panel on a plain black card. To finish the overall design, affix the ribbon to the card using Tear It Tape and glue on die-cuts on the embossed panel using On Point Glue.
Kaleidacolor inkpads are one of the most versatile inkpads I’ve owned. This month our challenge is texture and I decided to create an optic texture using a sweeping technique. It is fun, easy and the result varies because it depends on the weight of your hand. Using this technique will spark creativity and hopefully inspire more creative projects with Kaleidacolor palettes.
Place a piece of white card stock on to the craft mat. If your paper is wider than the ink pad, keep the position of the colors in mind when applying them.
Open the Kaleidacolor inkpad and slide the colors together (unique feature of this inkpad) before sweeping the edge of it softly over the paper so that there is a visible texture left. You can sweep more than once, but keep the color positions steady. Leave to dry.
Using a collection of Botanical Flowers die cuts and white card stock, cut several flowers.
With a sponge dauber, ink the centers of the flowers using one of the lighter colors of green from the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inkpad.
Stamp sentiment using VersaMark, apply Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Paste the inked and embossed decorated paper to a white blank card base with Tear It! Tape. Curve the petals of the flowers with a bone folder. Paste the flowers and leaves on the card using On Point Glue.
Finish the overall look and feel by adding the pearl embellishment to the center of the flowers. This design can be used with different colors and sentiments to create a variety of cards for any holiday or event!