Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lets make cards series Part 3: "Merry Christmas again"

Hey everyone, this is part three of my kraft card making series and I've got three christmas cards to share with you again. 

For the first one I used patterned 6x6 paper from the DIY Shop by Crate Paper for the background. I put a piece of kraft cardstock on top, stamped a few different snowflakes and doilies with Versamark Ink and heat embossed them with white fine embossing powder. To finish that card of, I added a heat embossed sentiment and a bow with some bakers twine and a button. 

The second card is pretty simple - I just cut out three circles in different sizes from green shiny cardstock and added patterned paper scraps behind each one. After that I applied a tiny bow on the top of each ornament and drew some faux stitching lines around with my white gel pen. At the end, I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder on a piece of vellum and glued it at the bottom of the card.

The last card I really like the best. It's a scrap lift of a card which I found on the Hero Arts blog. I really love the wreath and the color combo. To create that wreath, I punched out a lot of branches in two different tones, as well as a few little stars in silver and pearlescent rose paper. A few of the stars are covered with silver glitter and a few are covered with stickles in Diamond. Before I glued down the branches, I spritzed a little bit of pearlized water on the background for some extra shine. I added again some faux stitching around the edge of that card with my white gel pen and added a christmas sentiment above a piece of ribbon. 

And that's a closer view on the pretty little wreath. 
I hope you enjoyed these cards, thank you for stopping by and hope to see you soon again!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Let's make cards series Part 2: "Merry Christmas"

Hey crafters, here's part two of my kraft card making series.

The first one is quiet simple. I used a Christmas paper stack by Glitz design for the background as well as for the four little banners. I topped the card with red velvet ribbon, a tiny button and a little bit of bakers twine. For that little extra I sketched down the word "Merry" and created a 3D look by using liquid pearls in buttercup and garnet. 

For the second card I stamped a lot of different snowflakes on the edges with Versamark Ink and white heat embossed them. After that, I inked all the edges with white chalk ink for a frosted look. In the middle of the card you can see two die cut pieces: a scalloped circle made out of vellum, and golden snowflake. I don't have any glitter paper so I used double sided adhesive tape on some paper scraps and after die cutting, I topped it with fine golden glitter. To prevent a mess, I used a bone folder to rub in the glitter so it won't come off. I've seen this technique in a video by Jennifer McGuire Ink (here's the link to her video). In the middle of my snowflake I glued a golden sequin for a finishing touch.

The third christmas card is a shaker card. I created a vellum pocket by stitching three sides of a rectangle. After stamping and gold heat embossing my sentiment, I filled the pocket with different sizes and shapes of sequins. Then I stitched the fourth side of the rectangle, too so that the sequins won't fall out of the card. At the end I glued a few punched out stars and crystal gems to the card.

My fourth and last card is pretty simple, too. First of all I die cut a snowflake into a piece of cream cardstock and stamped my sentiment with Archival ink. After that I run the piece of cardstock with an embossing folder through my Big Shot to emboss a dot pattern. I used the die cut snowflake and set it a little bit of to create a layered effect and topped it with a little button and bow with bakers twine. To finish the card, I wrapped some of the bakers twine around the card and glued everything to a mat and then to the card base. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Altered Cigar Box

Hey everyone! 
It's time to share another project with you. It's an altered cigar box and I really like the result and how it turned out. It is a cool mixed media project and it was a lot of fun to assemble everything. The cigar box was a birthday present for my mum and I used a vintage photo of her (so cool!).

That's the front of the box. For my background I used the Vintage Paper Stack by Finnabair for Prima Marketing. I die cut a few gears with my Bigz die from Tim Holtz and altered the cardstock pieces to make them look rusty and vintage. I used Distress Paints in metallic colors and Distress Embossing powder for that. Before I glued the gears down, I stamped different patterns with Archival Ink in library green, sepia and black. The stamps were also by Finnabair for Prima Marketing. In the middle of the front I used stickers by Tim Holtz and topped them with metal butterfly embellishments. 

Below you can see the inside of my cigar box. The edges of the box were painted with Inka Gold by Viva Decor, for the background I used again cardstock from the Vintage Paper Stack. I cut out a vintage photo of my mum and added angels wings to her back. The frame is a cardstock sticker which was sprayed with different inks in copper and gold to make it look splotchy and rusty. I embellished the scene with wood veneers (by LaBlanche, covered with metallic distress paints in gold and brass), metal embellishments  (by Prima and Tim Holtz), lace ribbon and epoxy stickers (by DCWV). The ruler at the bottom is an embellishment by 7Gypsies and gives the whole scene more depth.

I used huge metal charms an glued them with Aleene's tacky glue to the inside of my lid. At the background I used Distress inks in different shades and a variety of masks and stamps to create that layered look. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you soon again!

Monday, October 6, 2014

just one hike away...

*** Hey everyone ***

Here's another mixed media layout I'd like to share with you. I used a lot of texture paste and different sprays and mists to create this little messy effect. I tried to keep everything in white and mint to match the photo. 

I did some cluster stamping here and there on the background and clustered a few scraps of paper to catch the eye's attention. The stamps are mostly by Prima Marketing. 

I cut out the title with my Silhouette and added some flowers and paperclips as embellishment. 

That's it for today! Have a great Monday =) 

Let's make cards series Part 1: "Masculine Birthday"

Hi everyone, I've been doing a looot of fun cards during the last two weeks. I already started to create Christmas Cards, since it's not that far away. I lately fall in love with kraft cardstock, so all my card bases are made out of it. I cut a 12x12 heavy kraft cardstock into three strips that are 4 inches wide and folded them in half. This way my cards open vertically - I think that this looks great on every shelf and table :) 

So let's go ahead and let me show you what I've created! The first card is the only one which opens horizontally. It's great for every masculine celebration. I made mine for a birthday. 

I just sketched a a tie on some paper scraps and used it as a template on patterned paper. I used neutral colors to make the card more masculine. The stamp sentiment is from MFT (just love this birthday set).

I added tiny dots of liquid pearls on the ties as a finishing touch (I used the colors Garnet, Avocado and Copper). Underneath the ties I used linen twine.

On the inside of the card I used a big sentiment and heat embossed it with embossing powder in dark copper. This stamp is from the same set by MFT as the above mentioned. 

For this card I created five candles by rolling up some patterned paper. In the middle of the rolls I glued a bit of twine to make the candles more realistic. I've created a very similar one a few weeks ago for a friend of mine. 

The stamps are from MFT, too. I inked up all the edges with Distress Ink for a vintage feel and at the end, I "stitched" copper effect twine trough the holes of my card topper for some extra shine.

The next card is for all the Daddy's out there. I created my background by using texture paste by Ranger and a stencil from Hero Arts on some watercolor paper. After letting it dry, I inked it with Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool to create a nice graduated effect. I used the colors peeled paint, peacock feathers, salty ocean, broken china and dusty concord (from top to bottom).

Before letting the ink dry I spritzed some pearlized water on top to give it a little bit of more interest. Then I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment by Papermania with silver embossing powder and added a bit of ribbon. I die cut the stars with my Bigz Die "Crescent Moon & Stars" on paper which I've covered with double sided adhesive tape. After removing the protection cover, I put sprinkled fine glitter over the stars and rubbed it in with a bone folder, so that the glitter won't come off. By the way you could use this card for Father's Day, too. 

So that was part one, thank you for stopping by and I hope you'll come back for part two!

Hugs, Mrs. Scrapalot