Friday, May 25, 2018

Dad, you're the best!

Happy Friday my crafty friends! Father's Day is around the corner. Let's make some cards to celebrate the important fathers in our lives.

I start off by choosing a few masculine colors from my Basis cardstock collection. By the way, this cardstock is on sale this month at Cutcardstock.

Prepare the cardstock into A2-sized note cards. Then die-cut a heart from each of them.

Also cut the red cardstock in A2 size for the middle layer underneath the heart. The card base used is Basis 110LB White Cardstock. This is my favorite weight for card bases.

Die-cut the "Dad" sentiment using Stardream metallic fine gold 105lb cardstock. Cut out the "YOU'RE THE BEST" tags as well.

Assemble everything together. Dad, you're the best in my heart!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Grad Season

Happy Wednesday friends! We are getting down to the nitty-gritty last days of school. It's always a chaotic and emotional time of year for me. The realization that my boys are getting older hits me like a ton of bricks EVERY year! And trying to stay on top of all the end-of-year activities nearly sends me into orbit. 

Last weekend we had our babysitter over, and she told me that she was graduating high school this year. I about keeled over. I mean, I knew she was in high school, of course, but I could not believe that she was graduating ALREADY. This sweet gal brought us cookies and and a flyer to promote her just passing babysitting certification at the age of THIRTEEN. Now she's graduating high school? Tears.

I ran out and bought a card to include with a gift for her. Just like Mother's Day, I wanted to coordinate my envelope artwork with the darling card I found at Paper Source. Below you will see my sketch and color explorations. 

Once again, I utilized the Classic Crest Solar White envelopes - the smooth surface is perfect for brush lettering. 

I also used the Tombow Dual Brush Pens again, but this time I also wanted some gold accents, so I used the Uniball Roller Pen in Gold.
Here's a little detail. I've come to the conclusion that I simply cannot complete an illustration without adding dots somewhere - LOL!

And a detail of the floral illustration. I'm trying to add depth to my illustrations by using multiple colors. I wish I could draw florals all day long! Graduation caps? Not so much. ;)

Have a great rest of your week!! XOXO, Erin @eringermandesign

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

As simple as 2-4-6-8!

Maybe you've heard of the most simple formula to create a little container out of one sheet of cardstock? If you haven't ever used the 2-4-6-8 method, I'd like to share it with you today. It's quick and easy, simple to mass produce and fun to make all your own with stamping and embellishments!

To start, cut a piece of cardstock to 6" x 8 1/2". Save the section you trim off because you can use that for your tag or other additions. I used Basis Natural for this entire project. It's on sale this month and there are so many colors to choose from.

I actually dry embossed my cardstock to add some texture. You can do this before or after you score your lines. I used a wood texture embossing folder; lining it up on one of the score lines so I could run it through twice to cover the entire surface.

Once your cardstock is trimmed to size, score along the long side at 2", 4", 6" and 8". Then on the short side, score at 2".  Here's a simple diagram that may help.

The dotted lines represent score lines, the solid lines represent cuts. You'll then need to cut the short ends of each score, along with cutting out the little rectangle that's excess. Keep the skinny scored area so you can assemble the box.

Take a look at the scored and cut cardstock, and take a look at where I placed the Scor Tape so I can put it all together.

It's easy to then create a rectangular "tube", using the flap with adhesive to hold it all together. I fold all the bottom flaps on top of each other to create a sturdy bottom. And bingo... it's as easy as that.

I gently guided the sides in and hole punched the top to give me a way to keep it closed with some rustic twine.

Using the leftover cardstock, I die cut a couple of shapes and then ink blended on some color to achieve the masculine look I was going for. The Basis cardstock took the blended Distress inks really nicely!

I thought a little message on the bottom of the tag would finish this off nicely. So I used my trusty MISTI to ensure my stamping was straight... I'm not really skilled at doing that on my own :)

And that's all there is to it. I learned this technique many years ago when I first started stamping, and it seems to be one I return to often. When I want to dress up a little gift or something special to stuff a little cash in, this seems to be my "go-to". It's easy to mass produce, so I think it would be great for wedding, shower or party favors!

Thanks for stopping by, and take some time to get crafty today..... Amber

Monday, May 21, 2018

Gone Camping

Are you an inside hotel camper or a tent camper? I'm a hotel camper. But I could not help making a cute little scene card with these little bears sitting by the camp fire. 

I wanted to have two little bears by the campfire with their cute little lanterns so I gave mirror image stamping a try. I stamped all of my images on to Cougar White cardstock. To get the mirror image of the bear I used my stamp platform and stamped on a piece of the stamp packaging then carefully turned it over to transfer to my white cardstock.  The image was not as clear and crisp as I would have liked so I took a black pen and drew over the lines to crisp them up. It was so much fun I'm thinking I will be doing it again very soon.

Color the stamped images in using a Spectrum Noir alcohol-based marker. Then cut them out as close to the black line as possible. 

Start with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of Basis cardstock in Grey Rub over the grey cardstock with a anti-static tool then stamp stars randomly all over the top of the cardstock with Versamark Ink. Heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

  Cut some stripes of Pop Tone cardstock in Jelly Bean Green and cut some waves to look like different hills. Add some ink to the edge of the cardstock.

Attach the cardstock with the embossed stars to the top of the card base. Using Adhesive foam dots attach the green hills on the bottom of the cardstock base.

Now is the fun part attaching the cut out images at different spots on the hills.

I thought the card needed a matching envelop so I took a Basis envelop in Burgundy. On the flap I stamped in Versa Mark a few clusters of stars and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. 

On the front I stamped a sign and added Gone Camping with Versafine ink in Onyx black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Flaky Fun

I've been playing with gilding flakes this month. After watching many video's, I decided to take the plunge and make some cards with them. The shiny flakes look great with the bright colors of Basis Card Stock that is on sale this month. Are you ready to try out something new?

To get started, you need a few special items - gilding flakes of course, tacky glue, an application sponge, and a Scoochy sponge. Let's look at these special items. First, you need some kind of tacky glue. This glue dries to a tacky finish. I used Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue. Another popular one for this technique is FlitterGlu.

To apply the glue, I used a special sponge and some packaging left over from stamp products. I have an entire drawer filled with plastic packaging. It came in handy for this project. I spread the Flake and Glitter Glue on the plastic packaging. When I'm finished I simply throw the plastic away. 

Using either Cut & Dry Foam or IndigoBlu Phat Foam, you tap the glue onto the stamps. Just like inking a stamp. In the photo above, you can see the light blue color of the glue that I applied to the two balloons. When you stamp the images, you have to be careful. The glue makes the stamp very slippery. Press the stamp down firmly but don't rock from side to side. If it slips, you won't get a clean impression. You end up with smears of gilding flakes where you don't want them. I've had this happen several times. 

After stamping with the glue, you need to clean your stamps pretty quickly. Otherwise, you'll have a sticky residue on the stamp. Since, you need to let the stamped images dry briefly now is a good time for clean up. I take my stamps to a sink and run warm water over them. Sometimes, I add a little soap and rub them with my fingers to remove all the glue. 

Usually by the time I finish cleaning my stamps, the images have dried to a tacky finish. Now you can apply the gilding flakes. I rubbed the flakes in with my fingers. Tap any leftovers back into the jar.  To finish, you burnish the flakes using a Scoochy sponge. Gently rub the Scoochy sponge over the flakes and watch the magic as your images appear. A word of caution when using gilding flakes. Make sure there are no open windows or fans on. Don't even sneeze. Gilding flakes are very lightweight and can end up everywhere.

Below is the finished card. I used IndigoBlu Silver Flakes on two of the balloons. One is Red Basis Card Stock and the other is Medium Blue Basis Card Stock. For the other balloons, I used a gilding flake mix called Autumn Leaves from Cosmic Shimmer and Aqua Basis Card Stock. The card base is Kraft Brown Bag in 130lb. This Kraft card stock is great for card bases. It's super sturdy and stands up really well. 

I made a second card with the same stamps and Autumn Leaves Gilding Flakes. For the card stock, I used Dark Red, Coral and Red Basis Card Stock. For the card base, I used the same  Kraft Brown Bag in 130lb.

I have a question for you. Would you send this second card, the red one, to a guy?  I'm curious what you think. Is it masculine enough? Or does it look too feminine? Is the look more juvenile and better suited for younger people? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Don't miss the sale on Basis Card Stock this month. 

Thanks so much for visiting. 
Until next time. . . . inky hugs!!
Marcia K