September DT Project | Papercraft Business

Hi friends! I have been recovering the past couple of weeks after getting sick, but I wanted to pop in to share my September Papercraft Business DT project. In a nutshell, the design team hosts a monthly papercraft challenge with an optional theme that you can participate in. This month the optional theme is ‘Thank You’. When I say papercraft challenge, this encompasses cards, scrapbooking, mixed media, and other papercrafting endeavors. We’d LOVE for you to join us, so if this is of interest to you, click HERE to learn more! There’s also the opportunity to be nominated as our Top Designer and a prize!

I don’t know what the weather is doing right now in your region, but in north Texas, we are currently in a ‘cooler’ weather pattern (thunderstorms and slightly cooler days) than the triple-digit heat we were experiencing throughout the summer.

I know fall doesn’t officially start until September 22nd so I felt a little funny creating this card that definitely has a fall/Thanksgiving color palette. It’s the first card I’ve made in over a month so I was taking my time and really enjoying it.

I used Lawn Fawn’s  Large Wreath Builder die set with brown cardstock to cut out the circular wreath and the leaves. I wanted to create a more muted, rustic color palette so I pulled out my distress oxide ink pads and sponged on a variety of reds, browns, and yellow hues from my collection. I die cut the word ‘Thanks’ from Lawn Fawn’s scripty words collection and also sponged it with a dark red hue.

Finally, I used my Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops to create the dimensional dots on the wreath. I added some dimension by doing a double layer of 3M’s foam tape beneath the wreath.

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It was a lot of fun to create and I think I would definitely use this design again. I hope we see your beautiful, crafty submission over at Papercraft Challenge!

 

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Happy to be stuck with you card | Papercraft Business DT Project

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Hi friends and happy August!

Today I’m sharing my Papercraft Business DT project.

I dug through my crafty stash and pulled out a couple of my favorite Honey Bee Stamps called Stick With Me and Prickly Sentiments that came out in 2017. It’s an oldie but definitely a fun, quirky goodie if you got sucked into the succulent and plant craze!ha.

I stamped out the images with Lawn Fawn ink and used my Arteza Real Brush Markers to color the images in. This card wasn’t hard to put together but it was relaxing to stamp and color as I was watching a tv show.

For August’s challenge, the theme is Anything Goes with an optional theme of Summer. If you join us, you are eligible for a PRIZE! Jump on over to the latest Papercraft Business BLOG to get details on how to enter. Hope to see you for this month’s challenge!

 

Summery Cards using Flora & Fauna | July DT Project

Hi crafty friends!

Today I’m sharing my July Papercraft Business DT project featuring Flora and Fauna stamps. This was a fun project for me because the previous few weeks prior to creating this card, I felt like I was in a creative slump and I’ve only been doing bits and pieces of crafting or creating in between other tasks. June was a weird month for me at work and I definitely think it affected my creativity.

Are you interested in joining us this month for the Papercraft Business Challenge? The theme is anything goes and there’s a chance for a prize! Come check it out and the other awesome DT ladies HERE!

But with this project, I was having fun and just experimenting. I pulled out my Flora and Fauna stamps in Texture, Texture Two, Texture Three, and Texture Four with my bright Lawn Fawn dye inks. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was going to do, but I was picturing stamping out abstract and fun, summery prints for a couple friendship cards.

It’s been HOT in Texas with temperatures consistently in the mid to high 90s. We haven’t spent too much time outdoors because of the hot weather, so creating these cards had me craving time to sit by the pool, sipping on a lemonade, and reading/napping. Ha!

The cards were very simple to create on a single layer, A2 sized card base. I mixed and matched the Flora and Fauna stamps into abstract and ‘random’ patterns.

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Hope you are having fun this summer and also creating. Until next time….!

 

June Papercraft Business Challenge | Design Team Project

Hello all! It’s time for another Papercraft Business DT project for June! As always, it’s Anything Goes but if you feel like participating in the fun, optional theme, I’d encourage you to do so with drumroll please…. Your oldest patterned paper! Click HERE to learn more about the latest Papercraft Challenge! We’d love to be inspired and see your papercraft project, and hoping you’ll play along for a chance to win a prize! 

Let’s take a trip down memory lane into the oldest paper pads I own.

Some of you may know that I’ve only been card making and paper crafting since early 2016. I graduated from my Master’s program in June 2015 and I suddenly found myself having a foreign thing called “free time”. The months following graduation I played around with varying hobbies but they were fleeting. Somewhere along the line, I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole in cardmaking! It looked so fun to me and like anything I do… I went overboard on buying ALL.THE.THINGS.

These cards were created with the 2 paper pads I ended up purchasing during my first crafty shopping trip to Michaels. I love anything nautical themed and clueless as I was, I thought these papers could be used to make cards and card bases. The papers I’ve used are from DCWV Seaside Yacht (circa 2015) and Authentique (circa 2015). So why haven’t I used much of them until now? Like I said, I purchase all the things so I migrated to other retailers for my crafty supplies. So this DT project was a good way for me to dig through my papers and make some very simple cards!

In total, I created 4 cards using different die sets that I had. With overthinking it, I layered the elements and used my adhesives. 

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Now that I’m exploring other paper crafting projects to get into, I think these patterned papers could be used to create other fun paper goods like banners, and making envelopes and paper bags.

I encourage you to play along with us with your oldest patterned papers and tell us a little about it.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Mother’s Day Cards | Papercraft Business DT Project

Hello friends!

Hope you are having lots of sunshine where you live because here in the states, it seems like spring took its sweet time getting here!

This post is sharing my May DT project for Papercraft Business. Jump on over to see how you can submit your papercraft project for a chance to win this month’s prize of a sweet Lawn Fawn die.

For my DT project, I created two Mother’s Day cards utilizing patterned paper pads and some of my favorite Lawn Fawn dies. I’m a person who tends to subconsciously try to make things more complicated than they have to be, so today I decided to challenge myself by using supplies I’ve already had (and may have been neglecting).

Basically, I cut patterned papers from MFT Gingham Galore, Pink Paislee Fancy Free, and Jen Hadfield Everyday paper pads. The Lawn Fawn dies I’ve used include the Love Ya border die, Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables and Lacy Heart Stackables. I used a bit of foam tape to add a little bit of dimension to the center hearts but otherwise, kept it pretty 2D. Lastly, I added a few Nuvo drops in Autumn Red.

What about you? Are you a hoarder of crafty supplies like me? I’m thinking that one of these months, I should challenge myself that when I craft, I should use supplies purchased from last year so I can get more use of existing supplies. I’ll keep you posted if I go that route. Until next time, see you later crafty friends!ACS-0033

Duh-Nuh Happy Birthday card featuring Lawn Fawn| Design Team Project

Hello all!

Hope you are starting to see the wonderful signs and effects of Spring weather! It’s a sunny and breezy day in Dallas and this card reminds me of fun, beach days!

This is my April design team project for Papercraft Business Challenge blog. Please join us this month for Anything Goes, with an optional theme of birthday cards! Come join us for a chance at winning one of Lawn Fawn’s awesome stamp sets, Duh-Nuh! Check out the details and more info on the challenge following Papercraft Business’ link HERE!

To start, I took a watercolor panel and heat embossed this Stepping Stone background from Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts White Embossing powder. I used Distress Oxide inks for my water background. First I used a Stipple brush to do my first layer of water with Broken China ink. Then I used Mermaid Lagoon and an ink blending tool. I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls water, let the moisture sit for about 30 seconds, and blotted it away. I blasted it with my heat tool to make sure it was dry and I used a dry paper towel to buff the ink away that was sitting on top of the white heat embossing. I think doing this step really helped the background design pop!

I stamped several repeat images from the Duh-Nuh stamp set with an alcohol-ink friendly ink (Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink this go-around) and used a combination of Copic markers and Nuvo alcohol-based markers to color in my shark, fish, and bubbles.

Finally, I used Lawn Fawn’s Big Scripty Words die set (it coordinates with a stamp set!) to die cut out the words, “Happy Birthday”. I used Ranger’s Glossy Accents on the sentiments to give it a bit of a dimensional, glossy, bubbly look. I adhered the images and sentiments using either the Zig 2-way glue pen or foam tape.

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Thanks for joining me today and I hope you join us for our challenge so I can be inspired by you. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Ink Smooshing Backgrounds for Encouragement Cards

Hello  crafty friends!

Today I’ll be sharing a quick post on 3 encouragement cards I created for some awesome co-workers, using the ink smooshing technique and some of my favorite Lawn Fawn dye inks. Side note, have you picked up any fun goodies from all the stamp companies that are releasing new products right now? Honestly, I have some bills I have to pay down so today is about digging through my existing stash and trying to create new designs.

To start, I cut Strathmore watercolor paper into 3”x3” panels and made their card bases that measured to be 3.5”x4” using black Recollections 110lb. cardstock.

Since the ink smooshing technique can get messy for me, I wanted to make sure I worked on my Ranger craft mat. From my supplies, I pulled a scrap piece of acetate and some of my Lawn Fawn dye inks in the following colors: Peach Fuzz, Fake Tan, Bubble Gum, Gauva, Minty Fresh, Celery Stick, Fresh Cut Grass, Merman, Mermaid, and Pink Flamingo.

The beauty of this technique is how free and forgiving it can be because you are relinquishing some control (which is something that is a daily struggle since I’m naturally a control freak, ha!). So with this technique, you can let loose and let the organic results just surprise you!

I would lightly smoosh the ink pad surface across the acetate sheet and using my Tim Holtz spritzer, I spritzed varying amounts of water. I pressed the acetate sheet onto the watercolor panels and moved around the sheet. I used my heat tool to dry the panels before deciding to re-do the techniques using other colors of ink. I wanted to avoid a big pool of muddied color so I dried in between layers and tried choosing colors that I knew would be complementary together.

After each panel was dried, I pulled out my MISTI stamping tool and pulled out the stamp set I wanted to use. I can’t say I know the exact name of the stamp set, but it was created by Jen Hadfield of American Crafts. I used Versafine pigment ink in Onyx Black ink and double stamped each sentiment.

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Finally, I used foam tape to adhere to my black panels and that completes the project for today.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Papercraft Business Challenge #4 | Design Team Project

Hello all!

Can you believe it’s March 1st already?!
Today I’m sharing my March design team project for Papercraft Business Challenge Blog.
Please click HERE to learn more and see how you can participate!

This month’s theme is “Anything Goes” with an optional theme challenge of Easter. Play along for inspiration and a chance at winning a prize!

For my card, I took a watercolor panel and used my Tim Holtz Distress ink in Tumbled Glass coupled with My Favorite Thing’s Mini Cloud stencil to create that airy, cloud background. I then heat embossed those letters using Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s Alphabet stamp set.

Recently, I purchased the Dr. pH Martin’s liquid Hydrus watercolors, set A so this was my first time playing with them. They are so vibrant and I would highly recommend them!
I free-handed the shape of balloons around each letter and drew in the balloon strings.

Finally, I cut a narrow strip of My Favorite Things Party Patterns paper for the bottom of my card. I mounted the watercolor panel on some heavyweight yardstick base using some foam tape.

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Such a quick card and I love how the card colors turned out colorful and pastel-y… which remind me of spring. I miss the constant sunshine and last week’s epic downpours (6 inches of rain in a few days!) makes me yearn it so much more!

Please play along and check out my fellow design team sisters’ projects as they have some awesome and inspiring projects. Can’t wait to see what you create!

Clean and Simple card | Lawn Fawn

Hello crafty friends!

Today I’ll be sharing a quick card with a card technique I personally struggle with… clean and simple, one layered card, ha!

To start, I cut my card base to 4.25” by 7” because I originally was planning to make this card a lot more ‘complicated’ with embellishments, paper layering, die cutting the works!

I took a hexagon stencil that I have received for free from Honey Bee Stamps, so the exact name or price I’m not entirely sure of. Using an ink blending tool and some Lawn Fawn Lemonade dye ink, I ink blended the stencil pattern in the middle of my card panel.

I am using images and the ‘Bugs and Kisses’ sentiment from an older Lawn Fawn set called Bugs and Kisses. This is actually one of the FIRST stamp sets I’ve ever purchased when I was starting out in cardmaking (in 2016) and can you believe this is my first time using it ?!

Using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink, I used my MISTI stamp positioning tool to help stamp these images onto my card panel. I used some Tonic Studio Nuvo alcohol-based markers in 451 and 453 for the cute bugs, and 379 for that large heart in between them. Looking back, I could have masked the bugs prior to ink blending, but honestly, I don’t own the coordinating dies and fussy cutting was too much for me today, ha! I think others would want to have stamped these images prior to ink blending because doing the coloring AFTER stamping them on the background slightly affected the hues on their bodies, but I truly didn’t mind this time around. But it’s something I could keep in mind for the next time.

Finally, I was sitting there debating if I should leave it this way or add the items I’ve originally planned for. I thought in this case, less was more, and so I let it be.

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Do you enjoy making clean and simple cards? Does it come easy for you or do you have to restrain yourself too? Let me know in the comments below.

If you’re interested in getting social, I’d love for us to be friends on Instagram @papertokens. If you want to see the accompanying YouTube video, come find my channel at Paper Tokens.

 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time!

 

 

Heat Embossed & Ink Blended Valentine’s Day card feat. Simon Says Stamp

Hello friends and happy February!

Today I’ll be sharing another quick Valentine’s day card. Check this card out as a YouTube video!

To start, I took a 110lb. cardstock panel and prepared it for heat embossing by using my anti-static powder tool. I placed the ‘Love Is’ background into my MISTI tool and used Versamark Ink to ink it up and some American Crafts Zing Red embossing powder.

Next, I’m going to heat emboss the large, scripty sentiment, ‘Love’ on a scrap cardstock piece. I chose to emboss using American Crafts Zing Black embossing powder. Black embossing powder is notorious for leaving stray powder even if you use an antistatic powder tool so I used a small paintbrush to brush away the stray particles as best as I could. Then I cut this script sentiment using a coordinating die through my Big Shot.

Next I’ll be ink blending onto Simon Says Stamp heavyweight vellum, which is also cut into an A2-sized panel. First, I started blending Tim Holtz Distress ink in Picked Raspberry and then created an ombre effect using Candied Apple distress ink.

Maybe it was the force or method of my ink blending, but the vellum piece was a little warped. Real talk, initially I tried glue dots to adhere it to my background but it was bubbling up. I needed to use something stronger for the vellum to adhere to my background panel, so I ended up using my Tombow adhesive runner to help it adhere a little flatter.

Next, I used foam tape behind the ‘Love’ diecut and mounted it down onto the panel. Then, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp a coordinating sentiment from the Love stamp set beneath it.

I got an A2-sized card base and used my tape runner to finish putting the card together. Then here’s that fork in the road I run into… embellishments or let it go?

Welllll, I went and got my Nuvo crystal drops in Autumn Red and Pale Gold to add some detailing.

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After finishing this card this morning, I didn’t know how I felt about this card. Does that ever happen to you? Even if I don’t end up giving this to anyone, it was fun to put together and I hope you found some inspiration to create today too!

Working on anything fun below? I’d love to come check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!