Create Cuteness with a Die Inlay Technique

by Elina Stromberg

Create Cuteness with a Die Inlay Technique

Isn’t the ‘Faye’ stamp set by Waffle Flower just adorable! Last month, I used this cute little monkey image for decorating a mini purse (see link below) and now I wanted to add to that with a fun inlay technique using Waffle Flower’s Cross Stitches Heart die. These cross stitch stamp styles are unique to Waffle Flower. They are so cute and work really well with any theme. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Cover the patterned paper with a thin layer of clear gesso. Spread the gesso with a brush or palette knife.

Stamp the cute little monkey on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.
Step 2

Stamp the cute little monkey on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.

VersaColor Brown, VersaColor Raspberry, VersaMagic Thatched Straw, and VersaMagic Gingerbread
Step 3

Color the image with VersaColor Brown, VersaColor Raspberry, VersaMagic Thatched Straw, and VersaMagic Gingerbread. Use the craft mat as palette. Ink directly onto the craft mat, mix and apply the colors with a water brush. Dry with a heat gun, and fussy cut with scissors.


Step 4

Color the background with Fireworks Lilac Posies (this can also be applied to the craft mat first and used with a Fantastix or waterbrush). Dry with a heat gun, and die-cut with Waffle Flower’s Cross Stitched Heart die on the center of the card. Set aside the extra “x” Cross Stitch pieces from this cut. They will be used later for embellishments.


Step 5

Cut card to desired size. Mat on dark red cardstock using Tear It Tape.


Step 6

Die-cut the Cross Stitch Heart again from dark red cardstock. Remove paper gently from around the die, leaving little cross-stitches on the die. Place the die upside down on the die-cut heart, press cross-stitches through the die with a toothpick. Crosses will stick on the two-sided tape used for matting the card. This will essentially fill in the shapes with a new paper color creating a gorgeous effect.


Step 7

Glue light colored die-cut Cross Stitched “x” from the first cut in a previous step on the background. Make a few Fireworks ink splashes with a small brush. Decorate card with stamped texts and stamped flowers. Stamp the sentiment text on a piece of white cardstock, glue with the main image on the card front. When you have all the elements where you’d like them then mat card on white card base.

See the Faye themed Coin Purse by Elina. 

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Clear gesso
  • Patterned paper
  • Waffle Flower – Faye stamp set, Cross Stitched Heart die
  • Toothpick
  • Water brush
  • Cardstock – dark red, white
  • Card base – white

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

In today’s blog, I have created a special mini book gift that transforms into a piece of jewelry. The mini book is made of Vertigo Sheets and is durable enough to allow the book to be worn on the wrist without being damaged. The length of the book bracelet can be adjustable by either using a bit smaller Vertigo squares or by changing the number of jump rings used on the front and back covers. You can stamp it with designs, use more colors, include a name or a special message depending what you create and customize. This is a perfect project to have at a craft party or to gift to a special loved one.

 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut 1 x 1 inch squares from the Vertigo sheet. There are several patterns of Vertigo to choose from.


Step 2

Stamp with the Waffle Flower dots stamp from their Planner Collection using the StazOn Blazing Red inkpad and distress with the StazOn Dove Grey.

Stamp letters or images with StazOn Jet Black.
Step 3

Stamp letters or images with StazOn Jet Black.


Step 4

Punch holes on all corners of the letter squares. Punch two holes on the right side of the interior squares and one in the middle left of the front and back cover or exterior squares. (see final photo below).


Step 5

Add jump rings and connect the squares into a chain.


Step 6

Add jump ring and a lobster lock on the front cover square. Be sure to adjust the size you desire and test the length.


Step 7

Add any polishing touches such as these cute heart embellishments with On Point Glue and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower Crafts – Planner Collection Mini Patterns
  • Letter stamps
  • Heart embellishments
  • Round hole punch
  • Jump rings – Silver
  • Lobster lock – Silver
  • Pliers

Learn How to Build Rich Color With Memento Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello friends! If you aren’t familiar with ink blending with dye inks and would like some direction on where to start then I recommend creating shades with Tsukineko’s Memento inkpads. It is one of my favorite inks to work with and you only need to select a couple different color tones to begin the process. Let me show you how easy it is.

Directions

Step 1

Stamp your image over a piece of card stock in the same color of the Memento ink you want to use. I used Daffodil Delight because our color this month is yellow. I stamped my images using Versamark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Step 2

With a Jumbo Dauber, apply Memento Dandelion ink in circular motion over the area you want to have the most shade. Layering more ink develops a more rich color. Allow first layer to dry and repeat the process. The embossed areas act as a resist and the dye will easily wipe clean from the embossing surface allowing the ink to soak down into the paper. You only need to remove the ink over the embossing using a dry cloth or paper towel.

Step 3

When you are satisfied with the blending and shades, assemble your card using the same family of colors. Stamp your sentiment using Versafine Onyx.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Lace Up Stamp set
  • Cardstock – Yellow, Grey
  • Heat tool

Here Are 2 Fabulous “You are My Anchor” Handmade Cards

In Life’s Storms Handmade Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

There is always someone to rely on who is like an anchor in the sea! For today’s crafting reflection, I choose to make a handmade card with an ocean theme.

Lately, I have been obsessed with Vertigo plastic surfaces and have made bookmarks with an ocean theme. Again, Vertigo sheets work so nice to give the impression of water and I used them for the background of this card. I lightly colored a Vertigo Taffeta sheet using just two StazOn colors that blend to give a beautiful turquoise effect of the sea.

Then I decorated with the wooden fish shapes with Iridescent Creative medium to resemble the fish scales. The irRESISTible Pico Clear was used to give volume both on the anchor and the clear bubbles on the card. Although this card uses a variety of products, the design is still clean and simple and creates a lovely theme for you to share with that special someone in your life.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Base – 5 x 7
  • Waffle Flower – Life anchor stamp set
  • Cardstock
  • Knorr Prandell – wooden fish
  • Waxed Cord– white

 


You are My Anchor in Life’s Storms by Jowilna Nolte

The color blue and ocean themes makes me happy! Throw in this amazing little stamp set from Waffle Flower and my heart skipped a beat. I used some out-of-the-box techniques for this card, so let me share with you some of the details.

On a sheet of Vertigo apply a thin layer of Creative Medium using a palette knife. Leave the medium to dry thoroughly. Once the creative medium is dry, color the Vertigo covered sheet using Memento Luxe ink. Lightly sweep the ink pad across the Vertigo and leave to dry. Out of blue cardstock die-cut with the Waffle Flower Life Anchor. Cover the die-cut anchor with a layer of GlazOn. While the GlazOn is still wet, lightly sprinkle with a layer of glitter and leave to dry.

While you are letting the anchor dry, use a circle stencil to add color to your card background. Apply different inks to the stencil, mist with water and stamp with the stencil onto the cardstock. Leave to dry. Mix a small amount of texture paste and color it using blue acrylic paint and a small amount of Memento Luxe inker. Use your palette knife to mix the color into the paste really well. Apply the colored paste through a stencil using smooth strokes in one direction. Leave the paste to dry. Use your matching Waffle Flower Life Anchor stamp set and stamp words and waves onto the card in between the stenciling. Cut the strips of Vertigo into smaller strips and use GlazOn to adhere the strips to your card front. Use your sewing machine to sew around the edges and finish off your card with the anchor attached with a brad and some blue ink splats.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Penelope Dee – Alpha Stencil
  • Waffle Flower – Life Anchor stamps and die
  • Glitter
  • Sewing Machine

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

by Renee Zarate

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

When you look at a pineapple what do you see? A ripe pineapple has shades of not only yellow but also touches of orange, green and brown. This card is made from a master board that incorporates all of these colors by using Fireworks Craft Sprays and water. The fun begins when the Stencil Girl stencils are used extensively with white gesso. Since this was a color challenge, the colors may say pineapple but the theme is summer rain.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours + dry time

Directions

 140lb watercolor paper sprayed with Fireworks Craft Spray
Step 1

To prepare the master board, spray a piece of 140lb watercolor paper with water. While still wet, spray Fireworks Craft Spray in different colors onto the paper. Lift the paper and allow the colors to run. Mop up any excess with a paper towel. Blend the colors with more water and blot again to soften the mix.


Step 2

Choose an area for the background and cut a piece of the paper to measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. On this panel, place a stencil and apply gesso through the stencil. Tape off any areas on the stencils that are not needed on the card. Lift the stencil straight up so it doesn’t smear, wash the stencil off immediately and allow the design to dry completely. Clean stencil.


Step 3

When the gesso is dry, reapply the stencil. If the image needs to be stronger just repeat the application of gesso and dry. Reapply the clean stencil and highlight the phrase with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a small dauber. Apply Clear Embossing Powder to the phrase and melt with a heat tool. Dilute a small amount of White All-Purpose Ink, use a paint brush and tap it to apply small spatters of white onto the panel. Use a Micron 05 black pen to outline the images and ink the edges of the panel. Use On Point Glue to attach a few light blue sequins randomly.


Step 4

Color the umbrella with a Dandelion Memento Marker then color over the yellow with a VersaMarker and heat emboss with clear powder. Touch some of the rain drops, the top of the girl’s hair and the tips of the boots with VersaMarker then sprinkle Imagine’s Iridescent Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool. The embossing powder in the right spots create a shiny surface and give a life-like appearance to the design. Adhere the panel to a card blank with Tear It Tape and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Stencil Girl – Rain by Jessica Sporn
  • Washi tape
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Micron 05 mm Pen – black
  • Sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel
  • Paper trimmer

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

We are delighted to feature two cards using Waffle Flower stamps. Waffle Flower makes super cute high-quality photopolymer stamp sets and craft dies with a wide variety of themes. Waffle Flower style has certainly set them apart and we are always excited to see new designs rolling out! In today’s post, Neva and Roni create two handmade cards that show the flexibility of their themes.

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

Shellabrate Your Birthday! by Neva Cole

Aren’t these turtles so cute? Waffle Flower joined Imagine for a cross-company promotional in May and as a result Imagine artist received new stamp sets. The images from the Shellabrate and Snail Mail stamp and die sets create a wonderfully whimsical underwater scene. The turtles and sign are stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink, and the greenery is stamped in StazOn Cactus Green and Forest Green. The images are then water colored with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Peanut Brittle, and Toffee Crunch. The background sand is stamped and water colored with Memento Toffee Crunch. The bubbles are added in Memento Bahama Blue. The die cut images are adhered with varying heights of adhesive to give some fun dimension. A perfect summer birthday card anyone would enjoy receiving!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Shellabrate stamp and die sets, Snail Mail stamp and die sets

 


Wild -N- Free Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

If someone says, “Itsy bitsy teeny weenie…” don’t you just instinctively finish it off in your head, “…yellow polka dot bikini”? Well, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie was one of our challenges this month and I couldn’t get that song out of my head so I just went with it! I created this card with a little help from Waffle Flower stamps.

I have the “Wild N’ Free” set from Waffle Flowers and if you look closely you can see the 3 tiny dot stamp above the eagle. I used these dots to create the background for this card. I started off by stamping the “ground” using 3 different colors of green Memento dye ink, stamping them over and over again. I flipped the cardstock over and stamped the sky using 3 colors of blue Memento ink.

Finally, once I was satisfied with the background I went about stamping the rest of the card as you normally would. Yes, it was a bit time consuming but surprisingly it was lots of fun! It’s almost a Zen feeling going back and forth between the paper and the ink pad. The rest of the design is straight-forward with framing the edges with layered roses and bringing the eye to the center with the wolf and the sentiment. Since this set is so varied, you can choose your favorite animal for the center.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Inkpad – New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Olive Green, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Love Letter
  • VersaFine – Onyx Black
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Wild N Free stamp set
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – navy blue