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!

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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!

Whimsical Valentines feat. Lawn Fawn | Papercraft Business Challenge #3 Design Team Project

Hi crafty friends! Happy February 1st, can you believe we’re already completed one month in 2018?!

Today I’ll be sharing my February design team project for the Papercraft Business Challenge. The theme is ‘Anything Goes’ with an optional theme of ‘Love’.

Well, I LOOOOOVE Lawn Fawn and what better way for me to play along  with the ‘Love’ theme?!

The Lawn Fawn products I’ll be using will be a mix of new and old goodies from my stash. I’m using the stamp sets of Sealed With a Kiss, Duh Nuh, and Octopi my Heart. I took heavyweight 110lb. white cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot using the largest Outside In Stitched Heart stackables. I stamped the critters onto these heart pieces, coloring them with my Tonic Studio Nuvo markers, which are alcohol based. When coloring with alcohol-based markers, don’t forget to use ink that won’t smudge, such as Hero Arts Intense Black ink! I used Lawn Fawn dye inks in Plastic Flamingo, Storm Cloud, Sugarplum, and Lobster to stamp the rest of the heart images and sentiments. I mixed and matched sentiments from these stamp sets.

Next, I ran patterned paper cardstock through my Big Shot, using the largest Lacy Heart stackable. I glued the colored images onto them. To be able to write customized messages on the back of the hearts, I used a smaller heart from the Outside In Stitched Heart stackable set to die cut white cardstock. I adhered it to the back and added some Doodlebug colored twine to finish these cards.

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Do you remember making Valentine’s when you were little? Loved it and loved having Valentine’s Day parties!

If you’d like to learn more about the challenge, please let me know or come visit the page with more detailed information!

You have until the end of February to submit any papercraft projects you have been working on. Check out the rest of the design team’s awesome work as well.

Can’t wait to see what you create!