Friday, July 20, 2018

My Monthly Hero July 2018 and fun with Distress Oxide Inks

My love with die cuts started WAY back when the original Sizzix die cutting machines became popular. Do you remember how big the dies were back then???  

THEN I stepped up to the Cuttle Bug. That machine was great but was not good for the very detailed die cuts - you know, the most amazing die cuts that we love that much! My husband tried to fix it couple of times because it broke on  me and then it was the time to pull the plug and get the BIG SHOT. That's what I have until now and I absolutely love it and my life would not have been completed without it.

Today I am playing with My Monthly Hero July 2018 die cut. I decided to create my own backgrounds with Distress Oxide Inks, which we love so very much! Above I used Marmalade Distress Oxide along with Fossilized Amber and Fired Brick. Below I am using Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry with a touch of Violet. At the end of the day my room looked like a tornado hit it with background of different shades everywhere. Wonderful thing about this die is that while you can use the die on a card (such as the yellow cut out above)  you can also use the negative image of it on a different card. I am using negative of a white die on the card below. Neat, isn't it? Enjoy it!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

My Monthly Hero June 2018 and Leafy Stancil by SSS

Hi there everyone!!!
Imagine laying in a hammock by the beach, in front of your water front hut (what else!!!). You are surrounded by  greenery of the tropical trees that you have decided to hang your hammock from, holding a pinacolada in your hand  and this is what you see... Not sure if I translated it all on my card but I sure was trying to!! HA!

Today I am using My Monthly Hero June 2018 stamp set as well as Simon Says Stamp Leafy Stencil.

In the ink department it is all about SU Pool Party, Big Sky, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Always Artichoke, Hero Arts Blue Sky, Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber and for the sand Distress Vintage Photo.

I have been trying to figure out ways to create this image using the stencil and after giving up on rubber cement on top of the images I decided that clear embossing the background would be the best way for me to accomplish the task.

Before you go ahead and watch the video I need to apologize. It got cut off almost at the very end and I had to finish the last few minutes on a separate video. Enjoy Part 1 and Part 2!

And here comes PART 2!!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Very SANDY beach with My Monthly Hero June 2018

Hello there fellow stampers!!

We have already established that we all LOVE My Monthly Hero June 2018 stamps! Personally, I just can't stop using them and I'm dreaming about vacation somewhere in Tahiti or exotic place like that!

Adding dimension to my cards is huge for me and that is exactly what I'm after in the card.  


I used real sand  for the HELLO and the star fish which is so easy to do and adds so much to card! I added puff paint on the waves. If you have never used puff paint and the heat gun, make sure you watch my video - you will for sure get addicted to it.

Of course the popped out clouds add the dimension as well as the card shape itself. I removed portion of the front of the card so the ocean that you see is actually stamped on the inside.

The inks I have been using are all Stampin Up: Big Sky, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Sahara Sand, Old Olive and Always Artichoke. The only exception is the Blue Sky ink  by Hero Arts which came with the Monthly Hero and is used here for  the sky and clouds.

 On the above card, I used glue to cover the sandy area and applied sand to it. It sticks great  and does not fall off. If you leave any imperfection when you apply the glue, it will show in the sand which just adds more character to it. 


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Embossing and watercoloring with stencils - Solar Burst Simon Says Stamp Stencil

Hello there everyone!!
Today I am embossing using Solar Burst Simon Says Stamp Stencil. I am using black card stock for the background. I emboss it in Black ink and use watercolor paint to add color to the card. It's a very fun technique. As you add watercolor to the parts that are not embossed, the pain just rolls over from the embossed area. You can see how it's done right here:

I took the greeting and embossed it in white.... several times. That way you get nice and rounded edges to it.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Using Distress Oxide to color on Kraft cardstock

Happy Thursday to you all!!
I must admit that I am so enjoying coloring on Kraft cardstock! So much fun!

Today, I embossed  Altenew Garden Treasure images in white and then colored it with Distress Oxide ink. The inks I used were: Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet. You can see all the details right here :

Monday, June 11, 2018

Multi-Color Stenciling

Hi Everyone and a very Happy Monday to you all!!
Several weeks ago I made a video with Altenew Dahlia Layered Stencil using embossing powders and one color sponging. This time around I decided to use different colors on the stencil to add a completely different feel to the card. Watch the video below to see how I did it. Enjoy!!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Adding foil to diecuts without a laminator

Happy Friday to all!!
I have been experimenting with foil lately and I tell you that I love it, love it, love it! There are many different ways of adding it to your lovely cards and the technique I will show you today uses double sided tape. It's super fun and super fast too!

Butterfly Basics dies by Stampin Up are amazing even after being around for quite a while. I always get a tickle when I cut out the butterflies and they always look magnificent especially when you add some foil or glitter to it.

The greetings on both cards are stamped with old SU stamp sets: Just Believe and Fabulous Four.I am just trying to remind myself to use some of my older sets because afteral there was a reason why I got them in the first place.

In the video below I am showing you how to make both cards so make sure that you watch it.

What I am going to show you right now was a total afterthought.... As I was cleaning up after my project, I was left with few butterfly foil left overs such as this.....

 In my frugal crafty ways I thought that .... it's too much foil to waste especially because it already has an image of the butterfly on it. I also had an extra butterfly inlay on white card stock and I already foiled the body with the turquoise foil and I was missing the little insets (see the second project on my video if I'm confusing you!! I'm good at confusing people!). I took the above foil and placed it on my butterfly.... The turquoise you are seeing is from butterfly on the white card stock... just like in my video. I then started applying the little pieces to my butterfly...
I then pealed it off....

.... And the technique worked!!!! Yay!! Below is my completed project!