Mega Greetings 2 – Altenew

Welcome everyone! I have some projects to share today using the Mega Greetings 2 set from Altenew. You can pick up this set from Altenew at an amazing discounted price! This is such a good deal – don’t miss it!

Here are some of the ways I’ve used the Mega Greetings 2.

I combined the large word die cut with some gorgeous flowers from Coral Charm stamp set.

This card I created with a soft alcohol inked background

You can also die cut the word die and do some ombre ink blending.

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Adding Gold To Your Cards

Welcome everyone! I’m not quite ready for summer to be over but that doesn’t mean I can’t start working on Fall cards. In today’s projects, I’m going to be showing you two ways to add gold to your cards. I know there are tons of different ways, but I’ll just be focusing on two.

VIDEO DETAILS

I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

CARD DETAILS

For my first card, I’m starting with the Mosaic Leaves stencil from Taylored Expressions. I spray the back with Pixie Spray which will leave the stencil tacky on one side. This helps keep all of those fine lines of the stencil in place while I blend.

I attach the stencil to a piece of Sugar Cube card stock and ink blend Sweet Basil, Toffee, Dijon, and Sweet Potato Pie using my Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes. Once I remove the stencil, I will lightly go over the areas again so the lines are not so bright white.

My first way of adding gold is by using Gold Metallic Ink from Hero Arts. I add a couple drops to my craft sheet, mix with a little water and flick onto my blended background.

Once dry, I trim my panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and add craft foam to the panel for some dimension. Then I can add it to a card base made from Buttercream Frosting card stock.

Using Gold Foil card stock, I die cut out a heart and added to the front of the panel with Gina K Designs foam squares. For my sentiment, I’m using the new Simple Strips Friendship stamp set. These are amazing because you can get so many sentiment cut in one pass.

I stamped the sentiments onto Chocolate Truffle card stock using Embossing ink. Then sprinkled on Taylored Expressions Gold Embossing Powder and heat set. Using the coordinating die, I die cut out all of my sentiments. I pulled out the ones I was going to use and the others I will put in a little baggie to use for a future card.

For my second card, I ink blended the same colors as before onto Sugar Cube card stock. Then using the Mosaic Leaves stencil, I added Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel in Gold. This is my second way of adding gold to my cards. The beauty of this is my panel didn’t have to be perfectly blended. The glitter gel will cover up those imperfections.

As before, I trimmed the panel down and added to a card base made from Buttercream Frosting card stock with craft foam and double sided tape.

Since we have so much going on with the background, I’m just going to add my sentiments to the front with some liquid glue.

I hope you enjoyed these couple ways of adding gold to your cards.

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Neat & Tangled Recap

Welcome everyone! Did you enjoy the inspiration all week featuring Neat & Tangled? I hope so! It’s a small but powerful release! Today I’m just recapping what I shared this week and ok…. I created one more card for you

Here’s a look at all the cards from the week. So many ways to use these sets and I STILL have more ideas!

For more information on each card you can visit the previous posts: Day 1 Inspiration, Day 2 Inspiration, Day 3 Inspiration, and Day 4 Inspiration.

Another item I had for the Grateful Heart stamp set was emboss resist. I stamped the image onto Bristol Smooth card stock with embossing ink. Then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I ink blended Fruit Punch and Strawberry Milkshake ink from Taylored Expressions using blending brushes. Since this is a dye-based ink, it does stain the white embossing powder a little but I think it adds some softness to the image.

Next I die cut the shape out of a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock and added foam tape and Acetate to create a window. I originally planned on making it a shaker card but didn’t have enough room, so I just left it as a window card.

I finished off with my sentiment heat embossed in white on Pitch Black card stock and a few of the gold enamel dots.

Thanks so much for joining us this week! Be sure to grab your August release!

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Ink Pad Labeling

Welcome everyone! I have a little bit of a different post for you this afternoon and it’s all about labeling your ink pads.

Working in a small space in my kitchen, I need to be as organized as I can be. I learned that very quickly. One of the things that I like to have organized are my ink pads. I’m a visual person so having a color on the end is super helpful to me. Not only is this helpful when grabbing an ink off the shelf but it is also helpful when creating a mess on my desk.

VIDEO DETAILS

I recently received my order from Taylored Expressions which had some ink pads in it so I thought I’d share my process. I have a video tutorial that you can check out down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

I use my Brother P-Touch Label Maker for all of my labeling. This was a tip I picked up from one of Jennifer McGuire’s video and it’s a good tip! I used to use the ones from Walmart but the label would fade out and I could barely read the words. Once I got the Brother P-Touch Label Maker I redid all of my labels…. on everything!

In my video I walk you through how I print off my labels. Once I have those attached to my ink pad, I’ll trim down some Neenah Solar White card stock into thin strips. Then I drag the ink pad across a strip of that card stock and cut off a couple squares. These are my swatches for the ink pads.

Another trick I picked up, I think from Kristina Werner, is running these little ink swatches through a Xyron Sticker Maker. After you run those through, the backs will be completely sticky and you can add to the ends of you ink pads.

Now I can see where everything is on my OrganizeMore storage unit. Granted it may not be the “true” color but it’s close enough for me. I keep a separate swatch book for all the ink colors that I refer to when picking colors for a project.

Having these labeled and with color swatches is so helpful for me!

I hope this quick video and post gives you some ideas in organizing your inks pads.

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Neat & Tangled Release Day 4 + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Day 4 of inspiration for the Neat & Tangled August 2019 release! I hope you’ve been enjoying all the different ways you can use these products. But wait! There’s more!

GIVEAWAY

Don’t forget to head over the Neat & Tangled blog to enter in the giveaways! Leave a comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to be entered to win the entire release. Then leave a comment for the designers (that’s me!) to be entered into the giveaway for a $25 gift certificate for the store.

CARD DETAILS

My card today may stand out at you but it’s really quite simple to create. I’m starting out with a piece of Cherry Red card stock from Gina K Designs. Using a comfort block, I randomly stamp my floral image from the Grateful Heart stamp set in Embossing Ink to create my own background. Then I heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.

Using blender brushes from Taylored Expressions, I ink blend Cherry Red Ink onto my card base. I start heavy around the edges and lighten up as I get towards the middle. I actually do not ink blend in the middle of the card. I wanted to leave a highlight area.

To really deepen the edges, I ink blend a little Chocolate Truffle. Check out that contrast!

To finish off the card, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Dream Big stamp in gold onto Pitch Black card stock. I also added a couple of the black enamel dots, also from this release.

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