Hello friends and happy Tuesday! Today I am over on the Whimsy Stamps blog sharing my first "Tuesday Tutorial." These "Tuesday Tutorials" are step-by-step instructional posts by the Creative Team members offering guidance on how to do something - whether it's coloring, creating texture, die cutting, stenciling or so many other techniques. I am excited to be sharing my first video featuring alcohol ink backgrounds and the new March release stamp set called Shamrock Top Hat. You might recall that just last week, I also sharedthese two cards using this wonderful new Shamrock Top Hat stamp set. I am just so in love with this St. Patrick's Day themed set!
I hope you will enjoy this video sharing how I created both the alcohol ink backgrounds and the three cards themselves:
Thank you for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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Cead Mile Failte, friends! It means " a hundred thousand welcomes" in Gaelic. . .
I'll be the first to admit that sending St. Patrick's Day cards isn't really a priority on my to-do list. More than likely this holiday will be a repeat of the Christmas cards I never sent last year! I'm not Irish, and I don't even claim to be on the one day a year when everyone is virtually adopted in. However, when I find a really great stamp set like this new "Shamrock Top Hat" designed by Whimsy Stamps own Deb Davis, I want to shout like Oprah, "YOU get a card, and YOU get a card, and YOU get a card! : )
Everyone get's a St. Patrick's Day card! But, not really. . .
*A full list of supplies is located at the end of this post.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Jolly Green cardstock. Using the Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangle dies, I cut the frame from Neenah Solar White smooth cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts Green Apple ink. On a separate piece of Jolly Green cardstock, I stamped the large Shamrock Top Hat in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. After the heat embossing cooled, I fussy cut the top hat and adhered it to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension.
Card #2 Details:
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Jolly Green cardstock. I cut a piece of 5 1/4" x 4" shamrock paper and adhered it directly to the card base. Using the Scalloped Nesting Rectangles from Gina Marie Designs, I cut the medium sized rectangle from Jolly Green cardstock. I stamped the sentiment on the scalloped rectangle with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Lastly, I stamped the large Shamrock Top Hat in Green Apple ink on white cardstock and fussy cut the hat. I adhered the hat to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension.
I hope you have enjoyed these fun and festive cards, and even more so if you can claim true Irish descent.
Thanks for visiting and top o' the mornin' to ya!
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Hello friends and readers, I am happy to debut the second post of my new series called "Crafty Finds." This series will feature a variety of craft tools, stamps, papers, dies and accessories/embellishments that focus on a particular season or holiday relevant to the current time of year. Sometimes the most cumbersome and time consuming part of crafting is finding the right item(s) we want to use! Hopefully this series will help you find that perfect stamp set or die, as well as introduce you to products and companies you might not be familiar with.
For this edition of my Crafty Finds series, I'll be focusing on St. Patrick's Day.
I hope you are enjoying this new series and, more importantly, that you will find it useful.
I'd love to hear YOUR thoughts, so please comment below. I'm already looking forward to creating my next board for Easter!
Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying an extra day off this weekend like I am. I am excited to be sharing my card for the Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge today. I frequently hear from friends and fellow stampers that they aren't creative enough to design something on their own, or that they don't know what colors to use. They feel frustrated before they even begin because they don't know where to begin. I understand! Yes, I've been there too! That's the concept behind a card challenge. It can help to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing by giving you a place to start. Challenge #117 by Newton's Nook is a sketch challenge. Let the sketch below be your inspiration for creating a card (or scrapbook page) and see where this challenge takes you!
Here is the St. Patrick's Day themed card I created inspired by the sketch above:
A full list of supplies is located at the end of this post.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from black cardstock. I lined the black cardstock with a piece of green plaid paper. I adhered a 4 1/2" x 2" strip of black cardstock across the bottom center of the card. I also cut a 3 1/2" x 1/2" piece of gold glitter paper. I notched both ends of gold glitter paper before adhering to the center of the card. I cut a tag measuring 4" x 2" from Pear Pizzazz cardstock and punched the top of the tag with a punch tag topper (retired from Stampin' UP!) I heat embossed the sentiment and four leaf clovers on the tag with white embossing powder. I stamped the pot of gold image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock and fussy cut the image out. I colored the stamp with Copic alcohol ink markers and adhered it to the card's tag with 3M foam adhesive. Lastly, I tied a bow using lime green Lawn Fawn cord and adhered the bow with a glue dot.
Here is the "Newton's Pot of Gold" stamp set from Newton's Nook that I used to create this card:
Will this theme inspire YOU to create? Are you ready to get your paws inky with us and play along for a chance to win?! We will randomly select one linked entry to receive a $20 store credit to the Newton's Nook Designs online shop!
We will also highlight our favorites from each challenge the following Monday, so that all entries have a chance to be featured on the Newton's Nook Designs blog.
Please make sure you review the challenge rules page before you link up your project!
Deadline to enter is Friday, February 28th, at midnight CST.
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see your creations there!
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