Thursday, March 1, 2018

Die cut peacock with oval frames tutortial

Hello fellow stampers and card markers,

I have fallen in love with the Color Layering Peacock stamp and die set from Hero Arts! This is one of the easiest stamps to layer.  And with three layers of the color, the color combinations are almost endless.

The card I'm going to show you how to make has multiple layers but super easy and fun to do.

Here's what you will need to make the same card:

  • Bermuda Bay cardstock - 4 1/4 x 11
  • Whisper white cardstock - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 (cut 2), 4 x 5 1/4 an scrap piece for the peacock
  • mirror gold - 4 1/2 x 5 1/2
  • Vellum - 1 1/8 x 4
  • gold embossing powder
  • Spellbinder's dies, classic ovals, Oval Ironwork, and Floral Ovals
  • Inks pads: Versamark, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, and Dapper Denim
  • Ink blending tools (Smoothies, sponges, etc)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Embossing buddy
  • Heat tool
  • Crushed Curry marker
  • Dimensionals
The first thing you want to do is color your background.  You want to do this first so it will have enough time to dry before embossing. Starting with the lightest colors first, on the piece of white cardstock, use a blending tool with Marina mist and then add Bermuda Bay and Dapper Denim until it is completely covered. No two backgrounds will be exactly the same. Set aside to dry.

Next, stamp the peacock starting again with the lightest colors. Use Marina Mist and Dapper Denim on the peacock head and body. Use the Crushed Curry marker to color in the beak. Line up the tail feathers and first stamp Bermuda Bay. The outline stamp will be next - use Island Indigo. Next, stamp the tail spots in Versamark. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Emboss.

When working with dies, I like to die cut all of the pieces at the same time. I used the matching peacock die on the peacock. I use the large die from the Oval Ironwork set on the gold mirror paper. Once that was cut, I layered on the large oval die to cut out the frame. Next, I used the large Floral Oval frame and large oval together to make the frame. You will end up with three die cut pieces for the card and two extra ovals for another project.

To finish the background, use the feather stamp with Versamark all over the background piece. Pour gold embossing powder on each image and heat emboss.

You will also need to stamp a sentiment on the piece of vellum with Versamark. Make sure you leave a border on the left side to tuck under the peacock when you assemble. Before attaching to the card, cut the right side like a banner or anything decorative.

Now you are ready to put it all together. To make the frame focal point, glue the white oval frame on top of the mirror gold frame. Using dimensionals, adhere the frame to the background. For the peacock, use dimensionals on the places of the die cut image that will actually touch the frame. Tuck under the left edge of the vellum piece leaving the rest of it loose. Then glue down the background to the card base.

Use the last piece of white cardstock for the inside of the card. Stamp feathers using the same inks as the background.  Do the same thing on the envelope. And your card is done! Wow - just beautiful!

I used a birthday sentiment but any one will work. I think my next one will be for Mother's Day.

Happy stamping!

Kathie K.

Monday, February 12, 2018

It looks like glass

Hello crafty friends,

If you follow me on Pinterest or have checked out my Etsy shop, you will see that I love making coffee, wine and beer cards. And on of the things I like the best is to make the wine glasses, beer bottles and coffee mugs come to life by adding either clear embossing powder or a clear, glossy liquid (dries 3-D).

The clear embossing powder has a slight raise and really makes any ink color or patterned paper shine.  I used the clear embossing powder over patterned paper to give the illusion of china.  It's subtle but I think it adds something extra. The great about the embossing powder is there's not wait time.

Below is an example of how I added Nuvo Drops to make the the beer bottle and mug look like glass. The drops are very easy to apply to the stamped image and does not make the ink bleed.  It does take a good 24 hours to dry but the results are worth the wait. If you look closely, I also used the drops to make tiny fizz bubbles above the mug - I thought that made it look more "real".

There are few brands that carry this product.  I have tried the Crystal Effects (don't think this is made anymore) and the Nuvo Drops.  I have also heard really good things about Glossy Accents.

How have you used products like these?

Happy crafting!
Kathie K.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Glitter paper - a must have

Hello crafty friends,

I have been experimenting with glitter paper lately and have just fallen in love with it. In the past, I reserved my glitter paper for Christmas cards. And then I started out by adding accents to my cards like in the Valentine's Day card below. I used a heart-shaped die to make the embellishment - it cut beautifully (I have to admit, I was a little worried). Using glitter paper really made the heart pop and added a very special touch to the card.

Here's another example using pink glitter paper - who knew all of these non-holiday colors were available!

When I was designing a 25th wedding anniversary card, I decided to add more than just a hint or small accent of glitter. Cards below used background dies from Spellbinders and the cards turned out great if I do say so myself. Beware - its addicting.

I have learned a couple of things about glitter paper.  Not all paper is the same.  Some have a looser bond and tend to "shed" leaving glitter behind.  I did have to clean my Big Shot cutting plates after using the red glitter paper. My favorite brand is Misscrafts Soft Touch Glitter Cardstock (Amazon carries it; 10-sheets for $9.99).  In my opinion, this is the best quality - little to no shedding and the sparkle is outstanding.

Do some experimenting yourselves.  And save ever scrap - even the smallest touches (center of flowers, stars, snow, lights, etc) add that special touch to any project. What have you tried -please share.

Happy crafting!

Kathie K.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Adding color to dry embossed backgrounds

Hi stampers,

In my many years of card making, I would have to say dry embossing tools are the most improved. I loved them then and I love even more now. I've been playing around with adding more dimension and looks to my dry embossed backgrounds. There are many blogs and videos about adding color to the negative space of the embossing folder, but that doesn't bring the embossed areas to life.

For this card, I wanted the background to look like aged stone or a stonewall that maybe found in the Italian country side. For this card I sponge a couple of different earth tone colors - some areas darker than others. I think the background turned out great!

One of my other favorite embossing folders is the Tim Holtz tree branches. For this background piece I used a soft gray with a very light hand and sponged just the tops and edges of the branches.  I really think this adds even more dimension.

Super easy coloring technique to really bring those embossed areas to life.  Adding dimension to your cards will add that wow factor that your friends and family will really appreciate.

What other coloring techniques have you tried? Please leave me a comment - I would love to hear your ideas too!

Happy stamping!


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Die Cut Gatefold Cards

Hello stampers and card makers,

I've been working on a friend's wedding invitations and wanted to show you how they turned out. This gatefold design is so pretty and elegant, but I do have to say they do take some time to complete. In the end my friend (the bride) is very happy with them and they were fun to do.

The invite inside the die-cut wrapping is removable. Here's of photo of just the gatefold wrap. The base and the sides have been die cut.

The design uses three different die cutting sets. Below are the instructions including sizes of the finished invitation.

Here's what you need:

  • White cardstock - cut 1, 5 x 7, cut 1, 6 3/8 x 4 1/8, and cut 2, 3 1/4 x 7
  • Colored cardstock (this invitation used Pool Party from Stampin' Up) - 4 15/16 x 7
  • Black cardstock - 6 1/2 x 4 1/4
  • Ribbon
  • Half-back pearl
  • Background die - I combined Swirling Grace and Victorian Crosses from Spellbinders
  • Border die - I used Gemini Dies from Creative Expressions
  • Adhesive - I used Tombow mono liquid glue
The finished invitation measures 5 x 7 and fits nicely into a standard sized envelope (don't need to special order envelopes this way). 

For the gatefold, use the background die on the white 5 x 7 piece and the border die on the 2 - 3 1/4 x 7 pieces.  Once the side pieces have been die cut, score 1/4" on the straight edge and fold. Glue the fold edges to long sides of the base to make the gatefold. I used a Big Shot to die cut my pieces. You could cut a piece that is 7 x 11 and use one of the larger die cutting machines. You  would than score at 3" and 8". This is where the panels would fold.

The invitation can be made by printing or handwriting the wedding day specifics on the remaining white cardstock piece.  Glue the white piece to the black piece and center that on the colored cardstock piece. 

To add the extra touch of elegance, make a small bow and adhere to the front of the left panel.  Place a half-back pearl in the center of the bow and you are done.

Here's another example of the same style but the color in on the outside of the gatefold.

This design could also be used for wedding and anniversary cards. Any special couple would love to get one of these cards.

I hope you give this a try.

Happy stamping!

Kathie K.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Gold Mirror Paper Accents

Hello fellow card makers,

I just love using gold, silver or copper mirror paper on my handmade cards - as layer borders or die cut accents.  The wine themed card below were a perfect match to gold mirror paper. The accents a somewhat subtle but you really get a bang for your buck.

The cheers sentiment was cut twice in gold mirror paper and it really pops off the card front. And it looks great with the gold cording.

This paper is very easy to work with and it die cuts beautifully.  I hope you add mirror paper to your next project.

Happy stamping,

Kathie K

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Coffee Inspiration

Hello fellow card makers,

As we all know, having enough paper, stamps, dies, embellishments, markers, etc is not reality. As crafters, we always want or think we need more so when an idea comes to us, we have the stuff to execute.

Well here's a way to make your dies go a little farther.  I love making coffee themed cards and one of my favorite die sets is the  coffee cup framelits from Stampin' Up.  To make this set go a little further, I combined the large paper cup die with a large letter "C" die to make a large coffee cup.

It really makes a nice focal point for my card and you can't tell its actually two dies put together. Take a look at your dies and see which ones you can combine to make something special.

Happy card making!

Kathie K

Die cut peacock with oval frames tutortial

Hello fellow stampers and card markers, I have fallen in love with the Color Layering Peacock stamp and die set from Hero Arts! This is on...