Friday, November 16, 2018

Let It Snow X 3 | Video + Background Technique

Today, I have THREE fun cards to share with you!  I started out by creating the Let It Snow card on the left of the photo below, and then realized, I wanted to share an easy background technique using the Silks - which led to me creating two additional cards with the same stamps and dies I used in the first card.


In addition to the Silks, I used the All Year Long Stamp Set, and the Snow Blooms Dies, from Fun Stampers Journey(Affiliate links used at no cost to you - please see disclosure, and full product list below.)  


For my first card, I began by blending Cool Pool Ink onto a panel of Whip Cream card stock.  Once I had that the way that I wanted, I stamped the snowflake image - again with Cool Pool Ink - randomly around the edges of the ink.  The sheer ink blending, allowed the tone on tone snowflake to stand out against the background.  Then I sprinkled the card front with Sparkle Silk.


I set my card front aside, while I die cut the snowflakes.  I cut the largest die out from vellum, and the two smaller snowflakes out of silver mirror paper.  I set the snowflakes at the edge of my cutting plates, to take advantage of the fact that there tends to be slightly more pressure on the edges, which allows for easier cutting of delicate dies.


I trimmed the edges of my card front, slightly, and then added the snowflakes using liquid glue.  For the vellum snowflake, I attached rhinestones over the areas the adhesive was added to help hide the adhesive.  I stamped my sentiment directly to the card panel, using Chambray Shirt ink.  Then I trimmed the edges of the snowflakes that hung off the panel, and attached the card front with foam squares.


I created my additional two card backgrounds, using a drip watercolor (aka "Lazy Watercolor" in my mind!) technique with the Silks.  I lay a piece of watercolor paper on top of a clear block, and spritz it with water.  Then, I flick my Silks over the top of the wet paper, so that the color blooms around where it lands.  This creates a super easy, and random, watercolor background.


For the first card, I used Cool Pool, and Sparkle Silk to created the background.  I die cut the largest Snow Bloom die from Whip Cream card stock, and layered that on top - just barely off the edge of the card front.


 Then I stamped my sentiment with Cool Pool ink, and added some pearls.  The card front was mounted to a Whip Cream card base, using White Liner (a strong adhesive works best with watercolor paper).  


I created the second background with Cranberry Bliss, and Sparkle Silks.  Cranberry Bliss can be quite dark for flicking onto dry card stock, but it creates beautiful tones of red and pink with this technique.  This is a fun twist on a snowflake card because of the non-traditional color.

I die cut the largest snow bloom directly from the watercolor background for this card.  Then I stamped and heat embossed the snowflake image three times.  I layered the watercolor panel directly onto a Whip Cream card base, and added a few rhinestones.  Then I filled in the snowflake with Journey Glaze.


Once the glaze was dry, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of Cranberry Bliss card stock, and layered that over the snowflake with foam squares.


Three cards, and a technique today - Whew!  I hope you enjoyed all of these fun "Let It Snow" cards.  I'd love to see your backgrounds, created with this technique.  If you post them on Social Media, be sure to tag me @muchlovesara

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Simple Poinsettia Card | Video

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a super easy, simple Poinsettia card.  I sat down to make this only having a vague idea what I was going to make, and it took me just under 17 minutes from start to finish.  I do think this would be a fun card to create in multiples, if you are still looking for ideas for your Christmas cards.  

This simple and fun Christmas card features a non-traditional pop of Pool color behind the more traditional red and green.  Featuring stamps from Fun Stampers Journey.

For today's card, I used the Poinsettia Burst Stamps, and the coordinating dies, along with the Flannel Life Background Stamp - all from Fun Stampers Journey  (Affiliate links used, at no cost to you.) 


I began by stamping my flannel background with Cool Pool Ink.  Once stamped, I stamped the flowers with Cranberry Bliss Ink and immediately coated them with a blend of Clear Embossing Powder, and Sparkle Dust (2:1 ratio).  I heat set the embossing powder before die cutting the flowers out.  Then I trimmed the flannel panel to 3.25" x 4.5".

This simple and fun Christmas card features a non-traditional pop of Pool color behind the more traditional red and green.  Featuring stamps from Fun Stampers Journey.

I laid the flowers out on the flannel panel, to figure out where to stamp the leaves, and then stamped the leaves in a triangular layout, using Fresh Forest Ink.  I attached the flowers using Easy Glide adhesive, and foam squares, and then attached the panel to an A2, side-folding, card base made from Whip Cream card stock.  A few scattered Fashion Gold pieces finished the card off.

This simple and fun Christmas card features a non-traditional pop of Pool color behind the more traditional red and green.  Featuring stamps from Fun Stampers Journey.

I love the pop of Cool Pool behind the more traditional red and green colors.  I hope you enjoyed this card, and it inspired you.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

thanks + giving

I'm having a stripey "thing" right now.  (Can you tell from the recent blog refresh?)  I wanted to incorporate that into a card, and today's card is the result of that.  This card was created with two different stamp sets from the Fall Breeze collection from Photoplay Paper - the background 2 stamp, and the clear acrylic stamp set.  I also used the Striped Wall background stamp from Fun Stampers Journey.   


I began by stamping a Whip Cream card front with the Striped Wall stamp, and Tin Pail ink.  Then, I stamped the Background 2 stamp in Clear Pigment Ink, onto vellum.  I heat embossed that using the Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Then I die cut the embossed vellum into a circle shape.  I also heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of Black Licorice card stock, with the same embossing powder. 


I stamped a few leaves, multiple times, and then copic colored them to mimic fall colors.  I fussy cut the leaves out to tuck behind the sentiment panel. 

Copic Colors used:
E33, Y17, YR07, E08, R59. G99, C3

I attached the vellum circle to the stripe background with White Liner, and then sprinkled the card front with Sparkle Silk.  I adhered my leaves down with craft glue, then attached the sentiment strip with foam squares.  I attached the card front to the Black Licorice card base with White Liner, and then attached a few scattered pearls. 


I really liked how this card turned out.   I hope it inspired you as well!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sleepy Thankful | Video

Hello!  I've been so excited to pull my Copic markers out again.  It's been a long time since I used them regularly, and boy do I feel rusty with them!  Coloring has always been a good stress relief for me, and I love spending some time coloring an adorable stamped image like the little sleepy fox on today's card.  

This adorable little fox from Photoplay Paper's Fall Breeze collection, was colored with Copic markers.  Created by Sara Sherlock | Muchlovesara.com

Today's card features a stamp set from Photo Play Paper's Fall Breeze collection, along with the Changing Seasons Embossing Folder from FSJ.  (affiliate links - please see disclosure, and full product list below).


I started my card with a piece of Whip Cream card stock cut to 5.25" x 4".  I stamped the little fox, and then masked his head off to stamp the pumpkin.  Then I went to work coloring him with my Copic markers (colors listed below, for techniques, please see the video above).  

This adorable little fox from Photoplay Paper's Fall Breeze collection, was colored with Copic markers.  Created by Sara Sherlock | Muchlovesara.com

Copic Colors Used

Fox: E33, E08, E47, E51, C3, 0, R02, RV42
Pumpkin: Y00, YR02, E08, E35, E37
Background: BG93, G99, E35, E37. E29, 0

This adorable little fox from Photoplay Paper's Fall Breeze collection, was colored with Copic markers.  Created by Sara Sherlock | Muchlovesara.com

Once my image was colored in, I heat embossed my sentiment onto a strip of Tangerine Fusion card stock that was 1.5" wide.  I cut a slit in the center, and then trimmed from the corners up to create the fishtail for the banner.  Before adhering, I decided that my panel needed a bit more texture, so I partially embossed it with the embossing folder.  I put the card front into the embossing folder, and then ran it through a few different directions to emboss the top and right side of the card front.  Then, I used the blunt end of my bone folder to smooth the embossing as it approached the image.  The result is embossing that "fades" into the card stock.

This adorable little fox from Photoplay Paper's Fall Breeze collection, was colored with Copic markers.  Created by Sara Sherlock | Muchlovesara.com

I attached my sentiment panel to the card front with foam squares, and then attached the card front to a Cocoa Powder card base.  A few scattered pearls added some dimension and shine.

This adorable little fox from Photoplay Paper's Fall Breeze collection, was colored with Copic markers.  Created by Sara Sherlock | Muchlovesara.com


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