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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Beauty of the Season

I love the Hero Arts Peace Poinsettia so much that I had to make one of my Christmas cards with it. I made tags with it previously, and you can find that post here.


I am CASEing this tag from Loll Thompson here, which I absolutely love.

I have also been wanting to do a card with the Memory Box Distressed Snowflake Collage die, so here it is!

First, I die cut the main white panel of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock with the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle die set (the largest one). If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I use this die a lot. I like it because it cuts a panel to 3.75" x 5" with a nice stitched edge.

I then took the white panel and used one of the Memory Box 30061 Distressed Snowdrift Collage dies to cut a pattern into the left corner. This set actually has 4 different collage dies, and I love them all. Collage dies are ones that cut a hole in your paper, i.e. cut a negative of the shape.

I added Crystal Stickles to the center of each of the snowflakes and to the larger circle openings for a little bling.

I stamped the Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettia stamp a couple of times onto Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock with Versamark ink, along with 2 leaves per flower. I embossed all of these images with JudiKins detail gold embossing powder to prepare them for coloring.


To color these, I wanted to watercolor with Distress ink, and like with the tags, I used Candied Apple Distress for the flowers, and a combination of Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for the leaves.  I put the ink on an acrylic block and spritzed it with pearly water (1/4 tsp of Perfect Pearls powder mixed with 2 oz of water in a spritzer bottle). Working with a petal at a time, I first painted with clear water and then with the ink.


I started painting at the center and let the ink flow to the tips of each petal. As long as the ink is wet you can still work it. I left some of the tips very light, and sometimes when a petal was getting too dark, I would blot with a paper towel. I love coloring like this, and find it fun and relaxing. I just put on some Christmas music and sat and painted!


For the next step I die cut the flowers and leaves.I attached two leaves to each flower with tape on the back.

I stamped each of the white panels that I had previously prepared with a sentiment from the Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. The panels were then adhered to Stardream Jupiter cardstock cut to 4" x 5.25" and that was adhered to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

The Poinsettia and leaves were attached to the front of the card using foam tape to pop it up a little (but not too much so that it would be hard to mail). I love how these turned out, and they were fun to make.

Products Used:
Memory Box 30061 Distressed Snowdrift Collage dies
Lawn Fawn FL768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettias
Hero Arts DI108 Poinsettia Die Cuts
Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages
Distress inks: Candied Apple; Peeled Paint; Mowed Lawn
Versamark ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Stardream Jupiter cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Snowman Tags

I have another tag to show you, and this one is a little different. I wanted to put a topper on the money envelopes I'm giving my grandsons. They get aa few toys also, but I always like to give them a little money. They are good savers. There are 4 of them.


I love these cute little snowmen. They are from Penny Black, 2521K Snowy, and the die is 51-266 Frosty's Snow. I colored them with Tombow markers and a water brush. For their bodies, I highlighted the snow with a blue marker, 835; for the white part of their hats, I used a neutral gray N75. For the red scarf and hat I used 451, and a watered down bit of that for their noses and cheeks. For the green scarf and hat I used 195; for the blue one 476. Since I needed a 4th and couldn't decide on another color I liked, I decided to make his scarf striped, so I used the 195 green, plus 443 Teal.

This stamp comes only on wood, so I converted it to cling. I stamped all four snowmen out onto Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock using my MISTI tool and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed them with clear embossing powder before coloring.


Since I was going to die cut them out, I didn't need to worry about positioning, so I stamped 2 to a page.


The coloring was fast and easy

For the envelopes, I chose the Lawn Fawn LF1284 Small Stitched Envelope for the 3 youngest boys. I made a pillow box for the older boy.


I'm in the middle of making more cards, and I will show you another card soon!

Products Used
Penny Black 2521K Snowy
Penny Black 51-266 Frosty's Snow
Lawn Fawn LF1284 Small Stitched Envelope
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Tombow Markers: 835, N75, 451, 195, 476, 443
Niji Water Brush
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins clear detail embossing powder


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snowflake Tag

I love this Snowflake Ribbon die from Poppy. It looks great in a tag or a card. For these tags, I gathered up all of the watercolor paper that I had put blue Nuance color on. I'm trying to use things I already had made; time is getting short!


I used the My Favorite Things MFT-525 Die-Namics Stitched Traditional Tag Set to cut these tags out of watercolor paper that I had already colored with Nuance. 

Nuance is a water soluble powdered dye from Magenta. For posts about using Nuance, you can go here, here, and here, plus a lot of other posts on my blog. For the tags I made, I used a couple of the blue colors, raspberry, grass green and jade green.

After cutting the tags, I die cut the Poppy Snowflake Ribbon diagonally across it. I also die cut the Snowflake ribbon out of white glitter paper. I pieced the glitter snowflake into the Nuance tag and taped it all together on the back with transparent Scotch tape. I have a lot of pretty blue snowflake ribbons to use on another project.

To finish the tags, I die cut another tag out of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and adhered it to the back of the colored tag. I added a ribbon and applied some Sea Glass Stickles to the snowflake.

I love how these turned out, and they were pretty easy and quick to make! Quick is getting to be a good thing about now! 

I just wrote the "to" and "from" on the back at the bottom and taped the tags to packages by the ribbon. 


Products Used:

Nuance from Magenta
MFT-525 Die-Namics Stitched Traditional Tag set
Poppy 1249 Snowflake Ribbon
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
White Glitter paper from Simon Says Stamp
Sea Glass Stickles
Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock


Monday, December 11, 2017

Poinsettia Tag

I had to stop making cards and make some tags to go on out of town gifts so they could be mailed away. I'm going to share a few that I really liked.

I think this Poinsettia tag is my favorite of the bunch. I will definitely make more for my in-town packages.


This was actually super easy to make. I die cut tags out of watercolor cardstock (I used Tim Holtz cardstock because I like it to be white) using the Sizzix 38-0945 Scallop Steel Rule die. You could use any tag die you prefer, or you could just use a rectangular piece of cardstock, rounding the corners or not, as you wish.

This die cuts a tag that is a bit larger than I wanted. I wanted to be able to cut 2 tags out of one piece of 5.5" x 4.25" TH watercolor cardstock, so I made sure the top was within the die, but the bottom was chopped off. This was easily remedied with a corner rounder punch at both corners on the bottom.

Using my mini MISTI, I stamped the Poinsettia with Versamark ink and embossed it with JudiKins Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. I then stamped and embossed the sentiment the same way. The Poinsettia is from Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettias, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages.


To color the Poinsettias, I put some Candied Apple Distress ink onto an acrylic block and spritzed it with pearly water (1/4 teaspoon of Perfect Pearls powder to 2 oz water). Working with just a few petals of the flower at a time, I first painted them with clear water and then added the ink at the inside of the petal and let it flow out.


This was actually very fun, easy and quick to do, and I made quite a few almost before I knew it. This technique would work well with almost any open stamp, and I may try to find an evergreen tree image that I can use the same way.

I just added some gold ribbon at the top. I wrote the "to, from" at the bottom of the back of the tag and taped the top of the gold ribbon to the package. This way the tag can easily be flipped up to identify the recipient.

Products Used:
Sizzix 38-0945 Scallop Steel Rule die
Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettias
Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages
Candied Apple Distress ink
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
gold ribbon
corner rounder

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Peace Mini Masterpiece

This is the third Mini Masterpiece post. The design and calligraphy for these cards is by Sally Penley. The mini masterpiece is mine. Please see my first post here. Also please be sure to check out Sally's website here to get on her mailing list and to view her beautiful art for sale.



I think this one is my favorite of those I have done this year. The Mini Masterpieces I did for this series have the colors blue and purple instead of red and green. I love blues in a Christmas card.

The matting panels for this card are cut from Malmero Perle Abysse cardstock, which has a little sparkle to it. The white panel is cut from Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle die set.

I hope you enjoyed these! I have more Christmas cards to make, but for now I have to stop and make tags for the out of town packages. I will share a couple of those with you also.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry Christmas Mini Masterpiece

This is the second Mini Masterpiece post. The design and calligraphy for these cards is by Sally Penley. The mini masterpiece is mine. Please see my first post here. Also please be sure to check out Sally's website here to get on her mailing list and to view her beautiful art for sale.


The green mats are made from Emerald Green Linen 80# cardstock from The Paper Cut. The white panel was die cut from Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die (the largest die in the set). The base card is Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

I'll return soon with one more Mini Masterpiece!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Mini Masterpieces

I have taken a number of classes from the amazing Sally Penley, and my favorites are still the Mini Masterpiece classes. The short description of the Mini Masterpieces is that you create a master sheet of artwork, using several mediums (these were done primarily with acrylics and a sharpie on watercolor paper) and then you cut it up into 2" squares. If you take Sally's class, she gives you some cards onto which she has already penned some of her amazing calligraphy. When we took the Christmas class, she said that we could reproduce her images to make our Christmas cards. It is my very great hope that someday Sally's beautiful calligraphy will be available in stamps.

If you are local, I highly recommend taking a class with Sally - honestly all of her classes are amazing and you will learn so much. You can access her website here to sign up for her email list and also to purchase some of her beautiful work.



The 2" square mini masterpiece was mounted onto a 2.25" square of Hopsack Red 90# paper from The Paper Cut. The squares were mounted onto a white panel of 80# Neenah Solar White cardstock on which the Joy image was printed. The white panel was die cut with Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables which makes a nice stitched rectangle that is 3.75" x 5". The white panel was mounted onto the Hopsack Red cardstock that was cut to 4" x 5.25", and that was mounted onto a base card of Neenah Solar White 110".

Although the Mini Masterpieces are my work, I give credit to Sally for the card designs and of course the calligraphy. If you are not local, you can still make similar cards and use a pretty sentiment stamp that you may already have. I have often thought that the Magenta Merry Christmas stamp 07.462.I would look good on this card design. You can link to the Magenta store by clicking on this image.


I made 3 Mini Masterpiece Christmas cards this year. I will post more soon!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Happy Joyful Cheerful

The next Christmas card I want to share is actually the first one I did. I got the idea for it from Marj Marion, and Marj said she got it from Loll Thompson. I searched for the post and found this one here. I think Loll Thompson used inkers, and I used ink pads pressed on an acrylic block, but either way you get a similar technique.


I pressed 4 colors of ink onto an acrylic block: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire. I spritzed the colors with pearly water (1/4 tsp of Perfect Pearls powder to 2 oz water). I picked up each color in turn with a round watercolor brush and painted them from light to dark onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock.

After letting the panel dry, I die cut it using Lawn Fawn LF 768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, which cut the panel to 3.75" x 5"

I stamped the panel with the gorgeous Impression Obsession stamp D14458 Happy Joyful, using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Love this sentiment!

I die cut the Memory Box die 99605 Quiet Cabin Landscape from white cardstock, and saved the window openings in a dish. Since the die is long enough to fit across the long axis of a 5.5" card, I cut it to fit the short axis of my panel. There were 2 trees in the cut off portion, and I mounted them to the back to fill in the trees. I adhered the die cut to the panel, making sure the stitched edge still showed at the bottom.

I also made sure there was scor tape adhered behind the house. This stuck the house down well, and also there was scor tape showing behind each window. I colored the little window cut outs that I saved with Copic Y35 Maize and stuck one in each window opening.

I sprinkled Stampendous Deep Impression Chunky White embossing enamel onto the front of the panel and heated it from beneath to give a snowy look.

The panel was mounted onto a piece of Stardream Blue Steel cardstock cut to 4" x 5.5" and then adhered to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110#.

I love that this card was pretty simple to make, and yet the watercolored background has a big impact. I hope you like it. I'll be back soon with some Mini Masterpiece cards!

Products Used:
Memory Box die 99605 Quiet Cabin Landscape
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Distress ink Tumbled Glass, Broken China,
Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Stampendous Deep Impression Chunky White embossing powder
Copic Y35 Maize
Perfect Pearls powder
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Stardream Blue Steel cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Blue Christmas

As promised, here are the Christmas cards I did using the blue Prismacolors. I did try reds on one, but didn't like it as well. I think the reds would look better on lighter colored cardstock.


I love this stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Winter Flowers. There is only one Poinsettia stamp in it though, and the leaves are separate. For this arrangement I had to stamp the 3 flowers separately, using masks, and I embossed them with gold embossing powder. The 5 leaves were also stamped separately, as was the sentiment. The sentiment is my favorite Merry Christmas stamp from Magenta. I used the MISTI for stamping all of this, because I wanted to make 6 of them. I also made 4 cards with different layouts so that I would have 10 using this set. Once I had the stamping done, it was fun to sit and color them at night.

Here is the first one I did, and quickly decided that it was going to be too much coloring, although I do think it's pretty.


I have the die set that comes with these stamps, but didn't use them for these cards since I want them to be one layer and mailable. I might use the dies for some tags.


Here are a few variations I did with this set. The two on the left have the least amount of coloring on them, yet they are still very pretty. I do prefer the blues to the red though.

As an update on my Cobalt Turquoise pencil, here it is at the end. I can't sharpen it anymore, it's too small. I'm keeping it though. It's the first pencil that I actually used up.


I'll be back soon with another Christmas card design.

Magenta Stamp used:
07.462.I Merry Christmas

Other Products used:

Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Gold Embossing powder
Prismacolor pencils:
PC1091 Green Ochre
PC1005 Limepeel
PC919 Spring Green
PC105 Cobalt Turquoise
PC905 Aquamarine
PC992 Light Aqua
PC929 Rose
PC924 Crimson Red
PC925 Crimson Lake
PC923 Scarlet Lake
Curious Metallic Super Gold 111# cover cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock


Monday, November 27, 2017

Beautiful Blues

I made this card for a friend who has had quite a few sadnesses lately, which she has been handling so admirably that I aspire to do as well when I need to. Things like this can be especially hard this time of year I think. I just wanted to let her know I was thinking of her.

My inspiration for the colors and the dark cardstock is from a post that Yana Smakula did for some Christmas cards. You can find her post here. I am so addicted to this color combination, that I also made Christmas cards, a Sympathy card, and a bunch of Birthday cards using the same colors. I have used several different flower and sentiment stamps for these cards. I think the colors turn out to be dramatic and beautiful on the dark background.


Using the Hello Lovely stamp set from Concorn & 9th, I stamped the floral image on the left side of a dark blue piece of cardstock with Versamark ink. I embossed it with JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder and started coloring the image. 

I used Prismacolor pencils PC1091 Green Ochre, PC1005 Limepeel, and PC919 Spring Green for the leaves. For the flowers I used PC105 Cobalt Turquoise, PC905 Aquamarine, PC992 Light Aqua, PC1009 Dahlia Purple, PC995 Mulberry, and PC934 Lavender. I especially love the combination of the blue colors, and in the Christmas cards I only used the greens and blues and not the purples.

I colored so many cards with these blue colors that I used up almost an entire pencil of Cobalt Turquoise, and I hand sharpen my pencils, so I'm not grinding them through an electric sharpener.


I had to use this pencil extender that I bought one year from Terry Medaris (no I'm sorry, I don't think the extenders are available any longer...at least if they are I don't know where you can find them) because my pencil is literally 2.25" long at this point. I looked for where I might find this color locally, but could not find it, so I sent to Dick Blick for more. (Dick Blick will sell individual colors of Prismacolor pencils very reasonably).

I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages with Versamark ink and embossed it in matching gold.

I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things (MFT-463 Blueprints 13), which has a die that perfectly cuts a size 5.25" x 4" rectangle, with a nice stitched edge. I mounted the panel onto a piece of Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock, and then onto a horizontally folded white card. At the end, I added some gems from Little Things from Lucy's Cards (clear and blue).

For some of the birthday cards I used white embossing powder, and the Sympathy card was done on black cardstock with silver embossing. When you emboss with white, there is a slight problem when you are coloring. It's difficult not to color over the embossed lines, and they they turn color and don't stay crisp white.


It can be difficult and time consuming to avoid all of the white embossing lines, and even if you manage to, some of the colors will get on the white. The pencils are intensely colored. Yana Smakula thought of an ingenious solution to this problem, but you need a stamp platform to do it successfully.

Using a stamp platform, stamp the flowers onto your panel in a color that you can see on your cardstock, and be sure to leave the stamp in your positioner. On your panel, color in all of the flowers and leaves. When you are finished coloring, put the panel back into the positioner, making sure to use anti static powder over the colored image, and stamp over your coloring with Versamark ink. Then emboss in white. The embossed image will come out crisp and clean. I don't dislike getting some color on the white, but if you want to see Yana's post and her video with that technique, click here.

To show you how this looks with silver embossing on black cardstock, below is the Sympathy card panel I made before it was mounted onto a base card. The sentiment is from Magenta 07.928.I With Sympathy.




The Christmas cards I did were embossed in gold and I used a different stamp set. I will post one soon to show you. For my Christmas cards, I'm planning to do about 10 each of at least 7 different designs (that is the plan right now anyway). I have 2 different ones nearly done so far. I will post one of each design for you as I go along.

It takes a while to color these cards, but I find it relaxing. I stamped a bunch of the Christmas ones and quite often at the end of the day I put on a podcast and just color. I love it!

Thanks for checking in with me!

Magenta Stamp
07.928.I With Sympathy

Other Products Used:
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Gold Embossing powder
JudiKins Detail Silver Embossing powder
Prismacolor pencils:
PC1091 Green Ochre
PC1005 Limepeel
PC919 Spring Green
PC105 Cobalt Turquoise
PC905 Aquamarine
PC992 Light Aqua
PC1009 Dahlia Purple
PC995 Mulberry
PC934 Lavender
Curious Metallic Super Gold 111# cover cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Jewels from Little Things from Lucy's Cards:
Ice Cube Mix
Deep Pool Mix


Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanks to Everyone

This is the last Thank You card in this series. I really want to thank everyone who was there for us at Art 'n Soul in the last month we were in business. Thanks to our customers and all of our vendors, especially the ones who helped us and went out of their way to make things easier. Thanks to Magenta, Rubbermoon and Stampscapes especially for facilitating our last orders. Thanks to our great rep Steve Meyer at Notions for making sure we got everything, and thanks to all of our very loyal customers. We will miss you greatly! Please like us on Facebook and occasionally when we find something interesting to share we will post there.

As for me, I will continue with my blog posts, and work through my big box of stamps and dies that I have not yet used. I hope you like what I have created and thanks for looking!


I really love this leaf collage die from Poppy. It has plenty of space in the center, so that you could stamp a variety of sentiments. I first cut the die out of a piece of Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock. I centered one of the Memory Box Stitched Square Layers dies over the leaf cutout, and ran it through my Big Shot. It makes such a perfect size square with a pretty stitched edge.

I stamped the You Are awesome stamp (from Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages) in the center of the wreath in Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Since I was using a coated paper, the ink really needed to be embossed because it would take way too long to dry, if ever. If you use regular cardstock, you may not have to emboss it if you don't want to.

Next I cut the leaf collage die out of Yupo paper that was covered with alcohol ink in Fall colors. I intended to keep all of the pieces still in the die, but they fell out. I kept all of them right where they fell, and carried my cutting plate to my work table.

I covered the back of the white panel with scor tape, so that the openings were covered with adhesive. When you turn your piece over, all of the openings are sticky. The leaves I had cut out of the Yupo paper were still on my cutting plate in approximately the right order, and I just placed them in the openings of the white panel one by one. This part went very quickly and easily.

Again using the Memory Box Stitched Square Layers, (the next size up) I die cut a panel out of So Silk Glamour Green cardstock to frame the white panel. I mounted the panels onto a base card of Neenah Cream 110# cardstock cut and scored to 4.25" x 5.5"

Using the "Script Thanks" die from Simon Says Stamp, I cut out the "Thanks" sentiment from Glamour Green cardstock and adhered it below the squares. Under that, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, I stamped the message "for everything" that is from the Memory Box Spring Lilacs set.

This card came together very quickly and could be used for lots of occasions. It could be used for Christmas using green leaves and adding red dots for berries; or for Spring using just different greens for the leaves.

Products Used:
Poppy 1952 Wreath Collage
Memory Box 30038 Stitched Square Layers
Memory Box CL5199 Spring Lilacs Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp SSS101740 Thoughtful Messages Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp SSSD111718 Script Thanks die
Ranger Alcohol Ink
Tim Holtz Yupo paper
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder
Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
Neenah Cream 110# cardstock

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thank You Memory Box

Dave and Monica Brethauer from Memory Box/Poppy helped us out a lot during the last days at Art 'n Soul. I won't go in to all of the nice things they did, but they really went the extra mile in making sure that every single customer who ordered with us at the end received their dies or stamps that they wanted. I'll just say that multiple mailings were required, and they were so kind to us. We appreciated it immensely.



I made this card from the pieces left over from the card on my previous post, and I really love how it turned out - even better than the last one. You can see that one here. The outlines of the leaves here came from the Yupo paper that I die cut for the last card. The gold leaves came from the gold outline for the last card. The "thank you" streamer is cut from the same Metallics Super Gold cardstock. The gold leaves were inlaid into the Yupo outlines and due to the magic of die-cutting, they fit perfectly.

The leaf borders and thank you sentiment were mounted onto 110# Neenah Cream cardstock. In this photo, it looks like there is a green border around the card, but there is not. The final size of the card is 5.5" x 4.25". This makes the perfect Fall thank you card.

Materials used:
Poppy 1858 Brilliant Leaf Border die
Poppy 1796 Thank You Streamer die
Ranger Yupo paper
Alcohol inks: Sunset Orange, Terra Cotta, Sunshine Yellow,
Raspberry, Flamingo, Botanical, Gold Mixative
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thank You Postal Carriers!

When Art 'n Soul was about to close, I wanted to make a few Thank You cards for some people who had helped us out; not only helped during the closing, but all along the way. One of those people was our Postal Carrier. She always had a smile and a kind word for us. When she was not working, our mail was often delayed past closing time. She was genuinely sorry when she heard we were to close.


There was absolutely no stamping on this card. I took a piece of Yupo paper and covered it with alcohol inks in Fall colors.

I die-cut the Yupo paper with the Poppy 1858 Brilliant Leaf Border die. This die cuts out a border of leaves, but also cuts out an outline. I cut it out at the top and bottom of the Yupo, but also cut it out of Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock twice to create the gold outline that I used. I pieced the Yupo leaves into the outline borders, and pieced the Yupo background between the top and bottom border.

At first I cut the "thank you" sentiment out of the gold cardstock also, but it was completely lost in the busy alcohol ink background. I cut it out again out of Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock and stuck it down in the center of the card, right over the gold sentiment. That gave it some dimension and you can also see it much better.

I mounted the panel onto a base card of 100# Neenah solar white cardstock, sized at 5.5" x 4.25", and I applied some Nuvo Seashell Ivory drops.

I saved the leaf outlines that I cut from the Yupo paper, and also the gold leaves that were cut out when I made the gold leaf outlines above. I will share the card that I made with those in a post very soon.


Materials used:
Poppy 1858 Brilliant Leaf Border die
Poppy 1796 Thank You Streamer die
Ranger Yupo paper
Alcohol inks: Sunset Orange, Terra Cotta, Sunshine Yellow,
Raspberry, Flamingo, Botanical, Gold Mixative
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock
Nuvo Ivory Seashell drops

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Fred!

Sorry that I have been absent from the blog for so long. Many of you who know me know that Art 'n Soul, the shop where I have worked the last 6.5 years, recently closed and I have been super busy with helping to facilitate that for a while. I have promised my customers that I will continue to post to my blog, and I will try to post more often.

Other than the shop closing, I've had a wonderful year, including a trip to Holland and Iceland. I had a lot of lovely company this summer also. All through that time I shopped (many of my guests were artists and stampers, and I had to take them around, didn't I?) and acquired lots of stamps, dies, stencils, inks, paper, etc. I decided to put all of my new stamps and dies in a box (and then I had to get a larger box). I'm going to try to use everything in the box before I put those things in their places in my bins. That might mean that next summer you may see things I acquired this past summer. Sorry about that, but I'm determined to use everything!

To kick it off, I used a new die from Poppy for a birthday card for a dear friend from Holland. I'm sure he would not mind my posting it here.


I wanted to keep it simple because of mailing it to Holland, and no sequins or glitter because..guy card.

I die cut a panel of white linen textured cardstock using the largest of the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables LF768.

I then used the Poppy die 1949 Oak Leaf Oval Collage, that is new this Fall. I really like collage type dies. I placed the die right in the center of my panel and cut it out.

Behind the Oak Leaf panel, I mounted a piece of Yupo paper that I had covered with alcohol inks in Turquoise, Pool, Mermaid, Amethyst and Raspberry.

For the sentiment, I stamped the Dutch Happy Birthday sentiment from the Magenta Multilingual Happy birthday stamp 07.907.L. I actually have several of this stamp, and I cut apart one of my cling ones. It has Happy Birthday sentiments in English, French, Icelandic, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Russian. If I don't have room for all of them on a card, I like to be able to use just the one I want. I stamped it with Versafine Deep Lagoon (when oh when will the new Versafine Clair colors be out in this country)?

I mounted the panel onto So Silk Glamour Green cardstock and then onto a 110# Neenah Solar White base card. I hope you like it!

Magenta Stamps Used:

07.907.L Multilingual Happy Birthday

Other Products Used:
Poppy 1949 Oak Leaf Oval
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Tim Holtz Yupo paper
Ranger Alcohol ink: Turquoise, Pool, Mermaid,
Amethyst, Raspberry
Versafine Deep Lagoon
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
110# Neenah Solar White cardstock

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ironing Foil

I was attempting to find a new Technique to share this week, but I wasn't able to get this one to work as well as I wanted it to. I decided to share my card with you anyway, since I still like it very much.


Honestly, I never liked ironing all that much, and this attempt did not change my mind. I have heard that this technique works for others, it just didn't work well enough for me. Maybe my iron wasn't hot enough? 

I first cut out a panel of 80# Neenah solar white cardstock using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. This gave me a stitched panel that is 5" x 3.75" Then I cut the Poppy die 1737 Floral Stem Collage (I really love this die) out of the center of my panel.


This gave me the floral cut out


This die comes with a second piece that you can cut out and place on the flower. I die cut the second petal piece out of toner paper.


The second petal piece gives you a piece that has some detail and is very pretty.


The way that foiling with toner paper and heat works is that you place the foil over the toner cut out and then get it hot enough for the toner to melt, which makes the foil stick to the toner. This works super well when you sent your piece through a laminator or Minc machine. 


I chose Deco Foil Amethyst Watercolor for my petals. I really like Deco foil because it's thicker than others I have tried and seems to work best. I cut a piece out and placed it on top on the petal die cut, and placed them inside a piece of wax paper. 


The pretty side of the foil should be up.


I ironed it for some time, trying to get the toner hot enough to melt.


When I removed the piece it looked like this. You can see the imprint of the die cut petals.


When I peeled off the foil, a lot of it had stuck to the die cut. I will say though, that the foil is not as shiny as it gets when it goes through the laminator. I added the foiled petal to the flower on my panel.

I made a background on Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock, using Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China, Fossilized Amber, and Cracked Pistachio. I flicked water and additional Wilted Violet mixed with water onto the panel and die cut it with the large stitched rectangle die in the Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set.


This is the flower panel placed onto the background, checking to see if I liked the colors, and I did, so I adhered it and put it onto a base card. I added some small beads to the center of the flowers, and stamped the Magenta sentiment "Thinking of You" 07.869.D in Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.

I tried this with a second die-cut and a different color of foil and a lot less of the foil adhered to the toner die-cut. I'm not really sure why, and so I didn't feel good about using this as a Technique of the Week, since I couldn't get reliably similar results. I really do prefer the pieces that have gone through the laminator. If you do not have a laminator or Minc machine, you can get one fairly inexpensively, and if you like the effect that foiling gives you, it's well worth investing in one.

We have foil and toner paper at Art 'n Soul now, and we have more of the Distress Oxides on the way. You can check out my previous posts using Deco Foil, toner paper, and a laminator here and Deco Foil, the Minc toner pen and a Minc machine here.

Products Used:
Poppy die 1737 Floral Stem Collage
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Toner paper
Deco Foil: Amethyst Watercolor
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet, Broken China,
Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
Scor tape
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Technique of the Week: Nuance Spin Art

One of our customers at Art 'n Soul, Sue Wright, brought this technique to me, and agreed to let me use it for Technique of the Week. Sue brought in a salad spinner and we made some backgrounds then and there. Here's one card I made, and this card is also on the Magenta blog today.

This is a perfect fun art project for kids and grandkids. It's fun and the mess is contained pretty well.


It's a good idea to obtain a used salad spinner from the local thrift store. I preferred not to use the salad spinner that I use for food. Some of the spinners don't have an enclosed bottom to them. If you get one like this, you can place it onto a paper plate or bowl so that the mess would be contained.



To begin, Sue said to get some poster putty, make a donut from it, and place it in the center of the spinner basket.


This serves two purposes: first it levels the center which usually has a small bump; second is that when you place your watercolor cardstock into the basket, it will stick down to the putty.


In playing with this technique, I used several different papers, including Bristol and Strathmore watercolor paper. I liked how the color moved the best with the Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock.

I tapped Nuance powder onto the cardstock after placing it into the basket and pressing it down not the putty.


I then sprayed the cardstock liberally with water. You can use plain water, or water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder.


I put the top on the spinner quickly and spun it as fast as I could.


At first this is what I got, and it's pretty, but I wanted a little more color in the center. I tapped more of the Scarlet Nuance into the center, sprayed and spun it again.


I love this! I like how you can keep adding powder, spraying and spinning until you get something you really like. This panel said "celebrate" to me.

To make my card, I let it dry naturally, although you could hurry the drying with a heat tool. I die cut the panel with the Die-namics MFT-483 Blueprints 13 die. I stamped the Magenta Graceful Poppies stamp and the Happy Birthday sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. To accentuate the "celebrate" look of the card, I stamped the Magenta Flowery Ink Spot stamp several times on the panel with Distress Barn Door ink.

I mounted the panel onto a piece of Black So Silk cardstock and then adhered it to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.


This was the second background I made, and then I made a few more.


I shared this technique with the staff, and we got together and had a great deal of fun spraying and spinning.





One of the things I did when the staff got together to make these is to wipe out the spinners on many of the staff's panels with paper towels.

I got these paper towels from doing that.


Some of you may remember what I do with beautifully colored paper towels. You can make gorgeous  patterned cardstock with these. You can look at how to do this here on my blog on a technique called Upcycled Paper Towel.

Here is one more card I made using a panel from the spinner technique.


I made this card using one of the new 2017 Holiday Collection dies from Memory Box, as well as a beautiful Magenta stamp. I cut the Memory Box Snowy Cabin die from white cardstock. Then using the Die-namics MFT-860 Inside/out Stitched Squares die, I cut the blue and purple panel AND the Snowy Cabin die cut. I wanted the Snowy Cabin die cut to just fit onto the bottom of the panel.

I used the same square dies to cut a frame from silver glitter paper, and the inside of the frame is the size of the panel and Snowy Cabin die cut. I adhered these pieces to a base card, and stamped the Magenta Peace on Earth sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I think these spinner panels are great for lots of kinds of cards, but especially for a celebration. I loved doing these and I hope you will give it a try. I will try to make some cards with the paper towels and show them in a later post.

Card #1:

Magenta Products Used
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

37.288.M Graceful Poppies

07.305.G Happy Birthday

0362.E Flowery Ink Spot

MNU002 Bright Yellow

MNU006 Orange

MNU008 Golden Yellow

MNU010 Scarlet

Other Products Used:
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Distress Barn Door ink
YNS Clear & Sparkle Gumdrops
Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
So Silk Black Cardstock
Die-namics MFT-483 Blueprints 13
Salad spinner

Card #2
Magenta Products Used
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

07.457.H Peace on Earth

MNU001 Turquoise

MNU007 Raspberry

MNU011 Cerulean Blue

MNU013 Royal Blue

Other Products Used:
Memory Box 99785 Snowy Cabin Die
Die-namics MFT-860 Inside/Out Stitched Squares
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
Silver Glitter paper
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Salad spinner