Congrats Tag Card With Debby Hughes

Hi Debby here today and I'm indulging my love of tags with a card base made from the Classic Tag 2 die.

I started this clean and simple card by stamping the adorable image from Itty Bitty Welcoming Committee in Intense Black ink on Neenah Solar White card. I also stamped the image again on masking paper, trimmed out and placed the mask over the image. I gently blended a sky of Teeny Bikini and Melon inks, lifted the mask and coloured with Copics

I cut the scene with the Classic Tag 2 die and also a second tag from white card also. I tied the two tags together with ribbon and twine to form a cute card and simple card.

Thanks for joining me today and I'll see you next time. 

Painting Watercolor Backgrounds with Nina-Marie

Hi Friends!  We're welcoming our April guest Nina-Marie Trapani back to the blog today.  This is her last post for the month and we're sad to see her go!  We've so enjoyed having her back visiting on the blog and we know you have too!

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am excited to share another video featuring Gansai Tambi watercolors and Neat & Tangled products! Last week, I shared a video featuring these same products in a no-line coloring technique. This week – since the Gansai Tambi paints are a newer watercolor palette for me – I wanted to explore them a bit further and see how they did in creating backgrounds.

Watercolor backgrounds are something I greatly enjoy creating. The abstract feel of the watercolors, combined with how they layer and blend simply appeal to me. They are relaxing to make and allow me to have some “playtime” without having to worry about staying inside of lines or trying not to let colors mix. Backgrounds for the most part allow you to be free.

The Gansai Tambi watercolors worked beautifully for creating vibrant, layered backgrounds. I used all blues for these backgrounds, but you could definitely work with other colors. When I was working on painting these, I was in the mood for using blue tones; they make me think of the ocean.

In some of the backgrounds, I did use a bit of white metallic, which is included in the 36 set of Gansai Tambi watercolors. If you don’t have the Gansai Tambi paints – or do not have the 36 set – and would like to incorporate a metallic like this into your artwork, I recommend the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set. This set of metallic watercolors are the same consistency and feel of the metallics included in the Gansai Tambi 36 set and include a few extra golds too!

I ended up creating a total of five backgrounds – which I then turned into cards – with the help of the Neat & Tangled Succulent Journaling Card die. This die coordinates with the beautiful Succulent Journaling Card stamp set. I did not use the stamps from the set today however; just the die.

The die is recessed into a coordinating blue cardstock frame. For a sentiment, I stamped the word “hello” in blue ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. To embellish the card, I used a few Sparkling Clear mix and 3mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

These cards all look different and unique, which is the look I was going for. When I painted the backgrounds, I made sure to put the colors down differently on each watercolor paper panel. By varying up the paintings, I was able to make a set of cards that match, but each have their own character.

I hope today’s post has inspired you and gave you some ideas for working with watercolor backgrounds behind a die cut such as the Succulent Journaling Card, to create a pretty card set.

And a BIG, BIG thank you to my dear friends Danielle and Miriam from Neat & Tangled who allowed me to come guest with them this month; I had so much fun!

May 2017 Release Sneak Peeks!

Hello friends!

Are you getting excited?! We are! May release week starts on Monday, May 1st at 8am EST! It will be a week filled with inspiration, fun and giveaways!

But for now I'll leave you with some sneak peeks! We've got new stamps, dies, sequins and a stencil!

See you on Monday!

You Are Absolutely Brilliant with Cheiron

Hi there, it's Cheiron here with my monthly post. Today I am featuring the Faceted stamp set in a rainbow of colors.  To create this glittery background, I stamped and embossed the Faceted panel with white embossing powder. Then I inked over the panel with a rainbow of distress inks.

Once the panel was dry, I inked the entire panel with Versamark ink and embossed it with Ranger Holographic embossing powder, then heat it with an embossing gun. To make it extra shiny, I added another layer of Versamark and embossing powder and heat it again. It is SUPER shiny in real life. 
To complete the card, I added a stamped sentiment from the Faceted set in Blue Violet ink. 

Hope you enjoyed this card! Thanks for stopping by :) 

Die-Cut Layering with Daria

Hello Dears,

Daria here. Thanks for joining us today. I have a couple of cards to share with you.

I really like to mix and match papers different in shade and texture. I think it adds so much to the depth and overall design.  So today, I am playing with die-cutting and layering different die-cut elements over each other to create dimension and interest on my cards.

For my first card, I used Seeing Stars Nice and Neat Die. As it is one big die, it took me no time at all to make all the different die-cuts from dark blue, vellum and glitter cardstock.

One of the five layers on this card made with dry embossing the Seeing Stars Nice and Neat Die onto the card-base. I've also made a few separate stars from Etc. Paper - wood-like paper sheets. Sentiment comes from my another favorite - Scandinavian Prints Stamp Set.

For my second project, I've took coordinating dies for Medallion Flower Builder set. I think, I can use it over and over again, and each time the result would be different.

I die-cut lots of flower petals, again from different types of paper: white, light blue, vellum, glitter and wood-like paper from Etc. Papers. Then, I put them on a burlap string across the card, adhering some of them in strategic spots for more stability. It took some time, but I really like the way it turned out.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the Medallion Flower Builder set in white.  It looks very contrast on a darker card base, but coordinates with white flower petals on the top of the card.

Hope you liked these ideas and will give them a try :) Thanks so much for stopping by!


Neat&Tangled products used: 
Medallion Flower Builder Stamp Set
Medallion Flower Builder Nice and Neat Dies 
Seeing Stars Nice and Neat Die
Scandinavian Prints Stamp Set

Shine Bright!

Hello there!

Mayuri here to share a card using the Scalloped Cover Plate ;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

The intricate nature of this die really made me want to pull out my laser transfer foils and double-sided adhesive sheets for a technique I've used before. I began by covering a piece of cardstock with the adhesive sheet and then running it through my die-cutting machine with the coverplate.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

I separated the cardstock from the die very carefully as I didn’t really want the pieces to fall out – thankfully, they stayed put, but to be on the safe side, I also applied some packing tape on the back to hold everything together. I carefully peeled away the liner paper from the smaller shapes only, leaving the border intact and exposing the adhesive just in those areas. Then I laid down some silver laser transfer foil over the sticky areas and gently burnished with my fingers.

 ©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

I lifted the foil sheet away leaving the silver to adhere to the shapes and I couldn’t believe how quick and easy the process was! I repeated this using copper coloured foil for the border to complete my background. I then foam mounted the piece to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

For the sentiment, I went back to an oldie but a goodie - the Sparkle and Shine stamp set! I stamped the sentiment with Versamark onto some navy cardstock, sprinkled with Silver embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed it out and foam mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

To finish, I added a mixture of sequins ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Miss You Girlfriends with Kelly Latevola

Hello Crafters! 

Happy Saturday! 
You made it to the weekend. 
Whoop! Whoop! 

Speaking of weekends this time last month I was hanging out with a ton of my crafty girlfriends most of whom I only get to see once or twice a year. 
Needless to say I miss them a ton and I'm frequently looking for ways to create fun cards to send them so that they know I'm thinking of them. 

I thought the Better Together set would be perfect to create a scene where two girlfriends were separated and missing each other. I used the Polygon Stencil  and Pentagon Stencil to create two backgrounds that were similar but still different. 

You can follow along from start to finish in the video below. 

I really enjoyed the process of creating their two separate rooms but still finding ways to make the card work as a whole. Plus that large script sentiment outlined in white always makes my heart go pitter patter :) 

Thank so much for visiting me! 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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