Two fun cards with Sveta Fotinia

Good day!

I'm so happy to be here today with two new cards I made with this month's release goodies.

The first one is made using Life's a Game stamp set. I love to create backgrounds using small shapes and different ink colors. For this card I used two shapes that stamped in rows. 

At the bottom of the card I used sentiments from the same stamp set. I also added a tiny heart in the one of the blocks and covered it with glossy accent. This card is fun to make and easy as it's a one layer card. 

The second one is very cute because of cute fox from the So Foxy stamp set and coordinating dies.

I colored the fox and tiny butterflies with inks and created a simple composition with the white cardstock strip in the center. 

I covered nose and eyes with glossy accents to make them pop. 

Hope you liked my ideas for today! Have fun!

So Much To Be Grateful For

Hi there crafty friends! It's Cheiron here, and for my post this month I wanted to create a background that was a little more on the artsy side for my pink magnolias.  I created this background using a few of my favorite mediums and added some texture too.  I will walk you through how this card came together.

To begin, I put some Distress Oxides on my craft mat and sprayed them with water, running the paper through the ink several times, drying the layers with a heat tool. I used Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Broken China Distress Oxides.

WORDS OF WARNING: when using Distress Resist Spray, put your surface/paper that you are spraying on into an old box and spray it ONLY in the box...this stuff is like liquid glue and it can and will stick to everything it touches!!! Don't spray it on your craft table or anywhere else!!!

Once the panel was dry, I put it into a box and sprayed Distress Resist Spray onto it. Then I added gold embossing powder, shook off the excess and used an embossing tool to heat set it.

Once the embossing was done, I mounted the panel onto a piece of gold paper, then onto a black card. I colored and cut the flowers and I embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock and cut it with a circle die and added it to my card.

I know this is not the soft, elegant floral that you may be used to, but I love the texture and hope the recipient will too.  Hope you will try out some of these fun inky, texture filled backgrounds for yourself!


So Grateful Oak Leaf

Hi friends!  It's been so hot here that I thought I'd channel some cooler weather and pull out my Oak Leaf stamps and dies.  

I started by cutting some thin strips of cardstock and coloring them with Copics in autumnal colors (RV69, RV66, Y38, YR07, R37, and E15).  I opted for Copics because I couldn't find just the right shades of actual cardstock. 

The strips were adhered to a white cardstock panel and then using the outline die from the die set, I cut an oak leaf shaped opening in the panel.  The sentiment was then stamped using the help of my MISTI, and I added some gold splatter as well.

Meanwhile, I used the detailed oak leaf die to cut three leaves which were stacked/adhered together.  The entire piece was then adhered to the card base and the striped panel was popped up over the card base.

That's all for me today.  It's going to be another scorcher here - hope you're staying cool wherever you are!

Introducing our July Guest Designer - Lydia Fiedler

We so very excited to be welcoming Lydia Fiedler to the blog today as our July guest designer. She really almost doesn't need an introduction as she's a very familiar face in the industry, but here's a little more about her:

My name is Lydia Fiedler, and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and two tiny feline overlords, Maddie and Splotchy. I'm employed full time as the Community Manager of Splitcoaststampers, and also do lots of freelance work in social media and marketing. I've been stamping since my early teen years, and still find more wonder and delight in paper arts every day. It's a joy to be a part of such a creative industry. I describe my style as CAQ - clean and quirky - and when I'm creating, I usually have a small black cat perched on my shoulders, and a true crime podcast playing. My favorite thing about papercrafting is that I believe it allows me to serve others in that small, magical way that only sending a handmade card to someone can do. I blog at and I'm understandblue on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

We know you're going to love seeing what Lydia creates this month.  Here she is with all the details about this week's card:

Hey everyone! I'm thrilled to be a guest of Neat & Tangled this month. I met Danielle a few years ago, and have an immense amount of respect and affection for her, so her amazing stamps and dies are really just a bonus on top of our friendship. She's seriously an awesome person.

Anyway - let's talk about today's card. A lot of people when they create art, they listen to music, or stream their fave Netflix shows. I can't do that. Visual content and music are very distracting for me for some reason, but I have found that audiobooks and podcasts are perfect. I can concentrate on the story and also they keep me from overthinking my projects because I am sort of engrossed in the story.

My favorite genre is non-fiction, especially true crime, and I love the True Crime Sweden podcast, because the host gives a fun fact about Sweden at the end of every episode. A recent episode's fun fact was the Dala Horse, which I used on my card today. I fell in love with these little horses as a child - my next door neighbor was my pastor, and he was Norwegian, and had all sorts of Scandinavian art in his home, included Dala horses. 

I love Scandanavian design in general, and these little horses epitomize the best of that design. I love the clean lines of this stamp & die, so I kept it simple with Copic coloring and a white gel pen. I used the Lucky Stars die to add some sparkle.  The sentiment is from the Magnolia set.

I hope you have a great weekend! If you want to see my favorite podcasts, I have them all listed here

Stamping reflections on water with Bibi + Later Alligator stamp set

Hello everyone,  It's Bibi here and today I'm sharing a video -post with easy tips to stamp images reflected on the water.

You can use the technique explained in the video below to stamp images under the water and with the tips in the video, you will also be able to stamp images reflected on any glossy surface by swapping the colour of the background.

For today, I'm using sweet images from Later Alligator Stamp set and I also used Snake Scales Stencil from the July release by Neat and Tangled.

To colour the card I used water-based products such as markers ( Zigs) and Distress Oxide inks and coloured pencils to add darker or lighter areas and to apply colours to tiny parts of the images.

I hope you like it !

Many hugs  and happy crafting 

Have a snappy birthday (with Elena)

Hi there!

Elena here, with a fun birthday card featuring some cuties from our newest release:

All 3 of the gators from Later Alligator are here for the party! I also added some of the smaller images from the set. A little bird to perch on top of a gator's snout, a fish balloon, a crawling snail and the frog stuffed animal.

To color the gators, I used copic markers YG11, YG13 and YG67 for the main green of the bodies. I then colored the scales with the darkest color, YG67. The tummies were colored with a trio of yellow copic markers: Y000, Y17 and Y11.

Once I had all of the images colored, I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a kraft banner flag. I then created a frame around them all using the largest scalloped rectangle die from the Scalloped die collection. I cut into it using an oval die from Lawn Fawn and voila! A custom frame.

I used a subtly dotted patterned paper behind the gators, and another striped one on the card base.  Nothing too bold, since I wanted the images to really pop.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!


Video Tutorial - Coloring Hair using Copic Markers with Mindy Baxter

Hi there everyone! It's Mindy from My Creative Scoop, and I have another Copic Marker Tutorial to share with you all!  I am using the stamp set Mermazing and also it's coordinating Mermazing Nice and Neat Dies. I just had to pair this mermaid up with the new Hello Summer Stamp Set and Hello Summer Die Set. I seriously cannot get enough of these layering script dies. I LOVE them! 

One of the most popular questions I get asked when coloring with Copic is coloring hair. So many people struggle coloring hair and I think it's one of the funnest parts to color. The trick to coloring hair is, to leave white in between the the strands so you can have natural looking highlights. 

In the video I'm showing you the simplest way to color blonde hair and still getting so much texture -- and it literally takes me just a few minutes. Of course you can spend a little longer on your hair and get a 'neater' look if that's the look you're going for -- but quick and easy is always great, too. Plus, it's way less intimidating! 

I'm coloring using E40, E41, E42 E43 and E44. You can do this exactly the way I'm coloring using ANY coordinating color combo. I also have tons of Hair Tutorials over on My Creative Scoop, that you can check out!

The background was super fun to make, I'm using my Neat and Tangled Hexastar Stencil and Nuvo Plum Glitter Paste!

I hope you enjoyed this months video. Have a great day!


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