Friday, January 22, 2021

Sweet Talk

Hello!

Today, I have a fun couple of Valentine cards to share with you.  For these cards, I used the Sweet Talk Bundle from Concord & 9th's January release.   I fell in love with this set when I saw the pretty fronds in the heart shape, and the dies that coordinated.  


For the first card, I used the large heart image from the Sweet Talk Stamp Set, which I stamped in Versamark Ink onto Grapefruit Cardstock.  I white heat embossed the image, before cutting it out with the large heart die in the Sweet Talk Die Set.  Using the Pale Vermillion pencil from my Prismacolor Pencil Set, I colored in the open portions of the fronds.  I also stamped and heat embossed a second heart onto Pale Rose Cardstock, and die cut it as well (I only used half of the heart in the end). 

With the Sweet Talk Die Set, I cut four of the fronds out of Wheat Cardstock, and a set of the smaller hearts out of Sea Glass Cardstock.  I layered the hearts and fronds together, and added foam tape to the back side.  


On a piece of White Cardstock, cut to card front size (5.25" x 4"), I laid the hearts in place (with the foam tape backing still on) to see where to stamp the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment, from the Sweet Talk Stamp Set, with Sorbet Ink, using the MISTI.  Then, I removed the backing from the foam tape, and adhered the large heart cluster in place.  I added the smaller Sea Glass hearts with liquid glue, and then adhered a scattering of Fashion Gold Pieces.  The card front was attached to a white card base, made from heavyweight white cardstock, using foam tape.  


For the second card, I stamped  the large heart image from the Sweet Talk Stamp Set, in Versamark Ink, directly onto a card front panel of Wheat Cardstock.  Then, I stamped and heat embossed the "XOXO" sentiment from the set onto Black Cardstock, before cutting the strip to size, and cutting the end at an angle.  I also stamped the "Be Mine" sentiment onto Pale Rose Cardstock, again using Sorbet Ink.  


I die cut the smaller hearts from the Sweet Talk Die Set, out of Sea Glass Cardstock, and Grapefruit Cardstock.  Then I layered the pieces together using foam tape and liquid adhesive.  I again added a scattering of Fashion Gold Pieces, before attaching the card front directly to a white card base, made from heavyweight white cardstock.

That's the cards for today.  While I chose to go with a Valentine theme on my cards, the Sweet Talk Bundle would certainly work for anniversaries, weddings, and thinking of you type cards as well.  


Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Picket Fence Studios January Release

Hello!

It's the 14th of the month, which means it's time for a new release from Picket Fence Studios.  There are a ton of new products this month, and I have a lot of card samples to share with you, along with instructions on how to recreate them.  This will be a long post, so grab a snack and a drink, and lets get started!
 
As always, I want to give you a quick peek of the entire release before we dive into the cards. (All of the supplies used on the individual cards, will be listed at the bottom of the post, for reference.)

Card #1 | Have Faith

Picket Fence Studios, The Sleeping Tree, BFF Favorite Hello, Life Changing Blender Brush, Distress Oxide Ink Blending

This first card involved a LOT of ink blending.  To create the background, I used the Life Changing Blender Brushes, and multiple colors of Distress Oxide Inks to blend the background. Distress Oxide Ink colors used were: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw, Festive Berries, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, and Black Soot.  I went back and forth between the colors, until the background was how I liked, then I sprinkled the background with water droplets, and a little splatter from a Nuvo Shimmer Pen in Glitter Gloss.  

I trimmed the background, before placing it in my MISTI, and stamping The Sleeping Tree Stamp Set images of the tree, and several of the birds, using Black Hybrid Ink.

Picket Fence Studios, The Sleeping Tree, BFF Favorite Hello, Life Changing Blender Brush, Distress Oxide Ink Blending

I masked off a portion of the sentiment stamp from the BFF Favorite Hello Stamp Set, before inking with Versamark Ink.  I removed the masking before stamping, and heat embossing the "Have Faith" with white embossing powder.  The card front was then attached to a white card base.  

Card #2 | Vintage Apple

Picket Fence Studios, Vintage Apple, Funky Leaves Stencil, Prismacolor Pencils, coloring, ink blending

For this card, I began by stamping the new Vintage Apple Stamp, in Barely There Amalgam  Ink for some no line coloring.  I colored in the image using Prismacolor Pencils, before die cutting the colored image with the Coordinating Die

To create the background, I taped the Funky Leaves Stencil over a piece of white card stock, and blended Bundled Sage Distress Oxide Ink through, using a Life Changing Blender Brush.  I matted the white panel onto a piece of kraft card stock, and then adhered the Vintage Apple image with foam tape.  

Picket Fence Studios, Vintage Apple, Funky Leaves Stencil, Prismacolor Pencils, coloring, ink blending

The card front was then attached to a white card base, and as a finishing touch, Gin & Tonic Sequins were adhered.  


Card # 3 | Beautiful Rainbow

Picket Fence Studios, Life Happens Lashes Help, Rainbow Stamping, Distress Ink Stamping

I began this card, using the Rainbow Stamping technique I used in a previous post.  To do this, I put the Life Happens, Lashes Help Stamp Set image into my MISTI.   I inked multiple areas of the image with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, and then stamped the image.  Then I cleaned the stamp, and inked additional areas with Festive Berries Distress Ink, and stamped.  Again, I cleaned the stamp, applied Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the areas still not stamped, and pressed my stamp to the paper.  I repeated all of these steps a second time to help blend the edges, and then took a bit of water on a small brush to blend any remaining harsh lines.  

While the panel was still in my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment in Black Hybrid Ink.  Then, I added some shading to the eyes image, using Prismacolor Pencils, and a White Gel Pen

Picket Fence Studios, Life Happens Lashes Help, Rainbow Stamping, Distress Ink Stamping

I matted the panel onto a piece of black card stock, then onto a white card base.  As a final touch, I added a few clear gems from the Day & Night Gem Mix  onto the outer eyelashes of the image. 


Card # 4 | Imagine

Picket Fence Studios, Ride With Me Dear, Slim Line Cloud Coverage Stencil, Prismacolor Pencils, coloring, ink blending

On a piece of white card stock, I stamped the Ride With Me Dear stamp image in Black Hybrid Ink.  I colored in the image with Prismacolor Pencils before die cutting the image using the Coordinating Die. 

I then used the Slimline Cloud Coverage Stencil on a sheet of white card stock, along with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink, and  Life Changing Blender Brush, to create the background.  I laid my colored image over the inked background to figure out placement, so that I could stamp the sentiment from the stamp set onto the background with Black Hybrid Ink.

Picket Fence Studios, Ride With Me Dear, Slim Line Cloud Coverage Stencil, Prismacolor Pencils, coloring, ink blending

 I matted the card front onto a blue card stock, and then adhered that to a white card base.  The image was adhered to the card with foam tape


Card # 5 | Stay Strong

Picket Fence Studios, Wild Peonies, Clean and Simple cards

 The image in the Wild Peonies Stamp Set was such a pretty line art piece, that I wanted to create something super simple using that image.  So I stamped the image in Black Hybrid Ink, onto the bottom of a white card front.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, onto a piece of cranberry card stock with Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it in gold embossing powder.  

I matted the card front onto the same cranberry card stock, and cut a small banner from some gold card stock.  I layered the banner and sentiment strip at the top of the card front using foam tape.  

Picket Fence Studios, Wild Peonies, Clean and Simple cards

The card front was then added a white card base.  As a finishing touch, I added a scattering of gems from the Fire Gem Mix


Card #6 | Silhouette Prayers

Picket Fence Studios, Lavender Frame Cover Plate, Que Sera Sera, Life Changing Blender Brushes, Distress Oxide ink blending

To begin this card, I used the Life Changing Blender Brushes, and multiple colors of Distress Oxide Inks to blend the background.  The Distress Oxide Ink Colors used were: Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Barn Door.   Then, I splattered the background with a Nuvo Shimmer Pen in Midas Touch

I die cut the Lavender Frame Cover Plate Die from black card stock.  The background was trimmed to fit inside of the frame, and adhered with liquid glue.  I lined the panel up in my MISTI, and stamped a sentiment from the Que Sera, Sera Stamp Set (that had been cut in half to place the sentiment on two lines), using Black Hybrid Ink 

Picket Fence Studios, Lavender Frame Cover Plate, Que Sera Sera, Life Changing Blender Brushes, Distress Oxide ink blending

The panel was then adhered to a white card base, using a liquid adhesive. 


Card # 7 | Big Hugs

Picket Fence Studios, Roses for All Seasons, Big Hugs Word Dies, heat embossing, Prismacolor Pencil Coloring

On a piece of gray card stock, I stamped the Roses of All Seasons Stamp, using Versamark Ink.  This stamp pattern is repeatable, so I moved my cardstock to the side, and stamped it again, in order to fill the panel.  Then, I heat embossed the image using gold embossing powder.  Using just a few colors of Prismacolor Pencils, I colored in the images.  This panel was then matted with some black card stock.  

I die cut the Big Hugs Word Die from black card stock, and lightly painted the die cut with a Nuvo Shimmer Pen in Midas Touch.  Once the shimmer layer was dry, I adhered the die cut in the center of the card front with liquid adhesive, and then attached the panel to a white card base.  

Picket Fence Studios, Roses for All Seasons, Big Hugs Word Dies, heat embossing, Prismacolor Pencil Coloring

I waited for the adhesive under the die cut to fully dry, before applying a coat of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to the die cut.  The completed card was laid flat for a few hours to dry.  


Card #8 | Just a Note

Picket Fence Studios, Coloring Book Stencil, Que Sera Sera, Paper Glaze, embossing paste, heat embossing

On this final card, I began by taping down a piece of aqua card stock.  I layered the new Coloring Book Stencil over the top of that, at a 45° angle.  Then, I spread some of the new Mint Hydrangea Paper Glaze through the stencil using one of the Mixed Media Spatulas.  Once I had an even layer, I removed the stencil, and made sure to get the stencil and my spatula cleaned up before the glaze dried.  

On vellum, I stamped several of the flower images from the Que Sera, Sera Stamp Set, in Versamark Ink, and heat embossed the images in gold embossing powder.  I also stamped, and heat embossed, one of the sentiments from the set, onto a strip of teal card stock.  The flower images were then die cut using the Coordinating Die Set

Picket Fence Studios, Coloring Book Stencil, Que Sera Sera, Paper Glaze, embossing paste, heat embossing

Once the glaze panel had fully dried, I matted the layer onto teal card stock, then layered on the vellum flowers and sentiment strip.  To cover the corners that were not stenciled, I cut small strips of the teal card stock, and adhered them before trimming off the excess.  The card front was adhered to a white card base, and as a final touch, some sequins from the Spring Fling Sequin Mix were adhered.  

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Oh. My. Goodness.  That was a lot!  There are so many new products in this months release, and it was fun coming up with ideas for all of these cards.  Which was your favorite?  I'm torn between the Have Faith card (#1) and the Beautiful Rainbow card (#3), though I obviously like all of them!  Be sure to check out the full release, along with many other products, over on the Picket Fence Studios Shop.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Concord & 9th Feature Friday | Botanical Turnabout

Hello!

Welcome back to the final Feature Friday for December's Concord & 9th guest designers.  It's been so fun playing with all of the new stamps and dies.  For today's post, we focused on the Botanical Bundle which includes the Botanical Turnabout™ Stamp Set, as well as the Botanical Dies

I chose to make a very "Sara" card - which means vellum, and embossing included! In order to line up my Turnabout™ stamps correctly, I pulled out my Turnabout™ Jig. This handy little tool helps you to line up the cardstock into the perfect spot in your stamping platform, and has numbers on the corners as a reminder to what you've done.  

I stamped each turn of the Botanical Turnabout™ Stamp in a different color - onto White Card stock - using Sea Glass, Grapefruit, Dove, and Peacock Inks.  Then I stamps a few of the branches stamp from the set, on top of the Turnabout™ stamping, in Versamark Ink. I heat embossed the branches with Gold Embossing Powder. I matted this card front onto a piece of Peacock Card Stock

From the Botanical Dies, I cut the diamond shape from vellum twice, and then once more from the gold paper in the Neutrals Foil Pack.  I also cut the "beautiful" word die from the gold foil.  I stamped and gold heat embossed the "You're a" and "Friend" sentiments onto scraps of the same Peacock Card Stock I used to matte the card front.  

I adhered the beautiful in the middle of one of the pieces of vellum using liquid adhesive.  Then I attached the sentiment strips with tiny pieces of foam tape.  Once those were attached, I could then adhere the second vellum diamond behind the first, using the die cut and strips to hide the adhesive.  I adhered the gold frame to the card front, and then added more hidden drops of adhesive to adhere the sentiment panel inside of that.  As a final touch, I added a few Gloss White Nuvo Drops to the sentiment panel.  

That's it from me for today.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing these fun new products from Concord & 9th..  If you are hopping along with the guest designers today, your next stop will be Sue.  

For reference, here are all the stops in our hop today.
Sara (You are here!)  


Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use.


Monday, December 28, 2020

Concord & 9th Feature Monday | Weekender Handbag II

Hello!

Welcome back to another Feature Friday - only on a Monday this time!  Today, I'm sharing another project using the Weekender Handbag Bundle.  

Using the Weekender Handbag Dies, I die cut all of my "fabric" purse parts from Dove, and Mushroom Card Stocks, including cutting a second set of straps from the Mushroom card stock.  Then, I die cut a second set of purse bodies from Sea Glass Card Stock.  Finally, I cut the hardware pieces out of silver foil card stock, from the Neutrals Foil Paper Pack.  I die cut doubles of all of the hardware pieces, so that I could adhere them front and back - that way the visible portions of the rings would all be the silver foil.  


Using Dove Ink, I stamped the Dove Card Stock pieces with the Woven Stripes Background Stamp - once angling to the left, and once to the right. Then, I used Sea Glass Ink, to stamp the Sea Glass card stock panels with a stamp from the Weekender Handbag Stamp Set.  I also stamped a strip of the silver foil with one of the sentiment stamps, using Versamark Ink, and then heat embossed it in silver.  (Tip: Be very generous when you coat foil card stock with a powder tool to eliminate static, and only lightly press the card stock with the stamp.  Too much pressure can cause the stamp to slip on the slick surface of the foil making your embossed image misshapen.)


Finally, I adhered everything together with liquid adhesive.  I put the Dove card stock pieces together first, and then added the liner.  For the Sea Glass liner inside the purse, I trimmed off the side flaps - to eliminate some bulk where the sides folded. I then adhered the first piece inside the Dove purse, and used a pair of shears to trim the top edge flush.  I adhered the bottom of the second piece inside the purse, then trimmed the top while holding the Dove and Sea Glass pieces together.  I did this so that I could adhere the Mushroom closure strap between the layers.  Then I finished assembling as normally.

As a final touch to the purse, I added some Fashion Silver pieces to the places where rivets would be used to reinforce a fabric purse, as well as to the bottom for little feet.  

If you are hopping with us today, your next stop will be Sue.

For reference, here are all the stops in our hop today.
Sara (You are here!)

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use.