Friday, November 17, 2017

Santa Express Card

Base cardstock used: Basis Red and Green, Solar White, Pow Glitter Black, Mirri Sparkle Glitter Silver, Metallic gold
I took a Lori Whitlock card from the Silhouette Store and decided to make a Christmas Train card.

Since I saw the penguins in Jacob's arms, I decided that I wanted to add to the train on this card. But no matter how I played around with the animals and Santa, it just wasn't going to work with this train. The elements were all too small. So I grabbed the Santa Express Train set by Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings from the Silhouette store and switched the train out. 

I added the last cart by taking this and that from the Santa Express set, cause every Christmas has to have a tree! 

Once I had my final plans laid out, I got to cutting and detailing. 
The eBrush is great for adding soft highlights or heavy detail.
For the snow hills, I wanted to give it a gray detail to match the snowflake ridden sky on this card.
Next I grabbed my polka dot Darice embossing folder and ran each piece through the Sizzix Big Shot.
I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of the snow filled hills and matching sky. Once this was done, the card rolled out into what it became.
Finalized card: 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sparkling Paper Poinsettias

Do you love to make fancy shaped flowers, but don't like the time it takes to color them? I also like to color the back sides of the flower petals and leaves. I have found that by starting with a colored cardstock I can save some time.

Here I created deep red poinsettias by starting with Pop-Tone Cardstock in Wild Cherry and Gumdrop Green.


I started by using my MISTI to stamp the Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettias and Leaves on the Pop-Tones Cardstock. The 65 lb weight of the paper is perfect for the flowers. Then I die cut them using the coordinating dies.

I inked the edges of the petals with Fired Brick and the leaves with Pine Needle Distress Inks. Then using a stylus or flower shaping tool and soft mat, I shaped the flowers and leaves.

Then I layered the flowers with various sizes of petals and added gold seed beads for the stamens.

Last I added glitter to the flowers and leaves. 

I also created a lantern with Curious Metallic Galvanised Cardstock from the Heartfelt Creations Gift of Love Box Die set. I used Translucent Vellum Cardstock for the window panels. I also cut a hole in the bottom to be able to use a battery tealight. I added a circle of chipboard covered in foil to glue the flowers to. I used a hot glue gun for attaching the flowers to the lantern. 

Here it is finished...

and all lit up. 

This will make a great table decoration or could even be a hostess gift.

Check out all the Pop-Tone Cardstock at (by the way red, green and white papers are on sale).

Thanks for taking the time to stop on by,

Monday, November 13, 2017

Painted Poinsettias

Happy Monday, friends! I just received my holiday orders last week, and I’m so excited to dig into the new products and papers! For today’s card, I used one of my new favorite stamps sets and of course my favorite Basis Cardstock to create a post-office-friendly holiday card.

I went a little backward with this one; the first thing I did was to die cut a rectangle (Double Stitched Rectangles, MFT Stamps) out of a piece of Basis Cardstock in Green. I usually leave this step until last to trim my edges. The reason I did this first is that I was having trouble with placement of the stamps, and having the rectangle already cut out made it a lot easier to find where my sentiment was supposed to go.

I stamped the poinsettia images (Merry Poinsettia, Studio Katia) and sentiment at the same time, using watermark ink (Nuvo ClearMark or Versamark work well), then added a few leaves with an acrylic block to fill in the gaps.

On an extra piece of green cardstock, I stamped a large poinsettia as well. Next, I heat embossed the design with gold embossing powder (Princess Gold, Ranger Industries).

To add color to the poinsettias, I broke out a gouache pan set (Pelikan brand) that I had in my stash. Gouache is very similar to watercolor, except that if you lay it on thick, it will dry opaque. That’s what I needed for this card since I was working on dark colored paper. Basis cardstock is not made for water-based paint, but it still accepts the color rather well, so I opted for a detail water brush to control the flow of water a little better while I was painting.

Using the water brush, I worked the paint pan until it was kind of thick, then carefully and quickly painted the design, adding a little more water here and there so the flowers and leaves wouldn't be a completely solid color. I tried not to go over my embossed lines because the gouache tends to stain the embossing powder. But, a little mess won’t hurt - you can clean up the lines with a damp paper towel after the paint dries. Just remember to dab gently, don’t wipe!

After everything was dry, I fussy cut out the extra poinsettia and added it to the lower left corner of my panel with a foam square. Then, I laid the whole piece into a small box and spritzed it with shimmer spritz, since the gouache dried very matte and needed a little sparkle.

To put it all together, I cut an A2 sized card base from Basis Cardstock in Red and adhered a die cut rectangle of Mirrisparkle Glitter Cardstock in Gold to the front. Then, I lined up my painted piece just below the top right corner of the glitter cardstock and attached that with foam squares also.

You can create several of these cards at once using a stamp positioner such as a MISTI. Use your favorite stamp set and pick up the Red and Green Basis cardstock in the store. It’s on sale this month along with all the white cardstocks!

As always, thanks for coming by!

❤️  Niki • (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Faux Wood Reverse Canvas Holiday Home Decor

Welcome again and today we're making a mixed media reverse canvas using red, white, and green card stock for holiday themed decor.

I started out by cutting pieces of Basis card stock in “dark red” - I made narrow strips just wide enough to collage over top of the staples on the back of an 8x10 canvas. I then cut down a piece of Basis card stock in "olive" to fit inside the middle of the canvas “shadow box” area. I measured the area before trimming down carefully, leaving enough room so that I could wiggle the card stock into the space.

Don't forget to check out the step by step video tutorial below:

Next, time to prep the canvas. I threw down a ton of Artists Loft acrylic in white and spread it all over with a foam brush. I ran around the inside edges with a palette knife to smooth everything before setting it with my heat tool.

I then grabbed my pebeo modeling paste and squeezed some out onto my finger to dab into the holes that I wanted to cover up on the inside rim. I think I would have preferred using spackle - but my jar was dried out, so this did the job.

Next, I adhered the red paper strips with matte mod podge and a foam brush. I made sure to apply the medium to the canvas as well as the back of the paper, to ensure good adhesion and minimal warping. As I applied each strip, I let the corners overlap. I thought at this point it might be fun to imitate wood on these panels, as the dark red reminded me of cherry wood.

Once everything was good and covered, I set it aside to dry, then came back in later to trim off the excess paper bits with my scissors. I brought out a woodgrain stamp I bought on aliexpress and used Stazon jet black because I knew I might use watercolor over the stamping. I decided not to mount the stamp to a block or anything, just pounced into the ink and onto the frame.

I take a dark purple Tombow Dual Brush Pen and start defining shadows where the “faux planks” intersect. As I draw with the marker, I smudge with my finger before the ink dries. I add these details all around the edges.

At this point I wasn’t sure how I wanted to finish off the frame. To help get my brain seeing the end result more accurately, I decided to apply some mod podge to the canvas and the green card stock and insert it before determining next steps. I make sure to cover everything as well as I can with a layer of mod podge before letting it dry.

Next I come in with a darker tombow marker in gray and further define the wood grain shadows. I also dab water onto the frame as I blend, to create a more organic effect with the ink. I knew I wanted to start grunging this up, so I got bold and went heavy with liquitex basics black acrylic. Covered the whole panel by brushing it on. This part is always a bit scary but usually worth it. Seeing that much paint, it seems like you’ll never get it where you want it - but all you have to do is come in with a wet cloth to take away paint layers. Eventually, the more you “polish” away the paint, the more it looks distressed and weathered.

I brought in more black paint on a brush to coat the inside rim of the piece. I use a paper towel to go around for finishing touches, I also use it to add black paint around the outside edge of the canvas as well.

I used my silhouette portrait to cut a design I made from Classic Crest 80lb solar white. I wanted to apply the letters onto the canvas and use the cut-out as a stencil, so I can see where to place the letters.  I use some washi to attach the cut-out to the top of the frame, so I can lift and set it back down in the same place. Then I use some craft tweezers to pick up each letter and apply multi medium matte to the back, before pressing it down firmly in place.

To keep the glue from sticking everything together, I lift the “stencil” image once the letter is adhered, then let it come back down for the next one. This part can be kind of tedious, but I find it oddly therapeutic.

The only issue was that the snowflakes were so small, it was hard to lift the stencil after placing them. I managed, and decided to leave the smaller snowflakes off in lieu of adding some doodle accents.

I use a molotow white paint marker to add curly lines at the top and bottom next to the snow flakes. Also, some little dot details. And that completes the piece! I recommend sealing with a matte clear spray to make sure it’s good and protected.

Happy Holidays!

- Haley

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Red and Green-Traditional Christmas card and treat

Red and Green-two words that scream Christmas...well a traditional Christmas...using colors from our childhoods. Lucky for you-all Red and green card stocks are on sale this month at! Just in time for the holidays! I have a card and treat to share that I made with heat embossing and die cutting-easy peasy...pan down to see how I made them along with a complete recipe list. Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)
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Choose your products from cut a piece of your chosen white card stock 4.25x11" and score at 5.5" to make a vertical A2 size card base

Choose your stamps and dies...mine are from Jaded Blossom-..and cut your 2 gable box dies bases...and a rectangle using a rectangle die and Basis dk green card stock

Cut your layer die for the front of your gable box-I cut all my dies using my Vagabond machine

Gather your products to stamp your designs with Versamark and heat emboss them on your card base and gable box layer piece

Stamp your pine boughs on both pieces with versamark ink and then apply your white embossing powder and melt it using your heat tool...I also stamped my ornaments onto scraps of the alternate color card stocks and heat embossed the same way

 I then fussy cut my ornaments with scissors and tied bows using my Bow easy and chosen ribbon

I quickly assembled my projects and glued my ribbon to the top of each ornament...
Lastly...I added my embellishments...I chose sequins and Nuvo Drops

  1. dark red(HERE) and green(HERE) card stock, Gmund white Savana 111lb card stock(HERE), Cougar white 80lb card stock(HERE)
  2. Jaded Blossom-Gable box dies, Pine Cones stamp set, Noel stamp set, Stitched Rectangle dies(3 1/4"x 4 1/2")
  3. Nuvo Crystal drops-pale gold
  4. CTMH white and gold 1/8" ribbon
  5. EK Success powder tool
  6. Misti stamping tool
  7. Fiskars paper trimmer
  8. Vagabond die cutting machine
  9. Marvy Heat Tool
  10. Ranger white fine detail embossing powder
  11. Versamark
  12. Studio Katia Classic Christmas Fusion sequin mix
  13. Recollections white clothespin