You Make Life Sparkle | Papercraft Business Challenge #2

Hello friends!

Today I have my second design team project for the Papercraft Business Challenge Blog. January’s theme is “Anything Goes” with an optional prompt of “Something New”. If you want the full details, click here.

For my card, I did use a couple new to me products, particularly the Arteza Real Brush pens and Neat and Tangled’s stamp set called Fairy Dust. If you’d like to learn more about the real brush pens, more information with a couple of links will be shared below after I share how I made this card!

First I cut some Canson Watercolor paper slightly larger than an A2-sized card and taped it down to my work surface with washi tape to minimize warping. I selected a few Arteza pen colors in yellow, orange, pink and purple hues. I started with the yellow and orange colors first. I gently swiped horizontal streaks of the colors onto the watercolor panel and used a very wet paintbrush afterwards. To help minimize the harsh lines, I used a lot of water to blend and soften the colors. I used a heat tool to help the drying process.

I used my EK Success anti-static powder tool to treat the whole surface of the panel since I would be heat embossing. The first round involved using the large stamp to create the image of the sparkling bits. I used Versamark embossing ink and Ranger’s Sticky Embossing powder for that stamped image. I needed a sticky surface to be able to rub some Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Silver Bullion. That resulted in the stamp image to have less detail but I didn’t mind. Next, I heat embossed the sentiments “You make life” and “Sparkle” to help frame the image.

Staying true to the sentiment, I added Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Sparkling Clear, Pink Blush, and Pink Peonies on the panel. For the last bit of sparkly-ness, I used a thin strip of DCWV shimmery cardstock for the right side of the panel as well as some Stickles Glitter Glue in Crystal. Since the watercolor paper was slightly warped, I adhered this panel onto 110lb. cardstock using double sided tape to make sure the edges wouldn’t peel up.

January DT Project

So there you have it, my design team project for the month of January! We’d love for you to come play along in the challenge, so please come on by and check it out! 

You have all month to create and share with us, as well as a chance for a prize! All papercraft projects are welcome.

Want to check out last month’s Papercraft Business Challenge project I did? Check it out here  and check out my fellow Design Team sisters projects here.  

Read below if you’d like more information on the Arteza Real Brush pens. Until next time, happy crafting!

In a nutshell, the Arteza Real Brush Pens are water-based ink pens with a flexible real brush tip (nylon bristles). Using the pens with a little bit of water can create a beautiful, watercolor effect. You can read more about the product here with the option of purchasing them straight from the brand’s page .

These pens are very similar to the Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. Arteza’s price point is much lower and there are 48 colors offered. One thing I personally disliked was that the pens didn’t list any color names or a numerical way of organizing them. My personal solution was to create a swatch kit so I could reference it for projects. One thing I’ve also learned is that once a pen is out of ink, they aren’t sold individually at this point, so you’ll need to purchase a set again.

To get a more detailed video on these, I’d highly recommend Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube video here to see if these are a great fit for your crafting needs!

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Everything’s Cooler With You | Papercraft Business Challenge

Hello crafty friends!

Today I’m sharing a card I have created for the Papercraft Business Challenge Blog! Stay tuned at the end of my post so you can learn more about the Challenge and if you’re interested, come play along! I’ve shared in a previous post that I was chosen to be one of the DT members and I’d love for you to check it all out!

To start this card, I cut two A2-sized panels from some 110lb cardstock. One of the panels went through my diecut machine with a Sizzix circle die because it’ll act as a window for the stamped images when I assemble the card later on.

For the ink blending, I got my inspiration from the cool pictures I see about the Northern Lights. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Iced Spruce for the base layer and top layer. To prevent harsh lines between the ink colors, I used a light hand when doing my blending (in a circular motion starting off of the panels) and I would go over the “boundary” (where the two colors would meet) to soften the transition between them.

I used the snowflake images from Lawn Fawn’s Beary Happy Holidays stamp set in Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink to stamp both panels. I chose a pigment ink because it would give me a grace period of staying “wet”, so I would be able to apply Perfect Pearls powder on top! I used one of my spare paintbrushes to dust a fine layer of Perfect Pearls on top of the stamped snowflake images. I brushed the powder back and forth lightly over the image until the pigment ink was covered. I took a Swiffer cloth to lightly buff away the excess powder. It’s a bit of a mess and will migrate onto you, but I can deal, ha! I’m not an expert on Perfect Pearls but I have seen other crafters use a water mister to help “set” the powder, so I held my mini water mister about a foot away and did a couple quick spritz. If I didn’t “set” it like that, the powder can smudge off. If you check out Jennifer McGuire Ink on YouTube, she has fabulous videos explaining this product and other techniques that work well with this product!

As I let those panels dry, I worked on my two polar bear images. I stamped the polar bears using an alcohol friendly ink because I knew I would be coloring with Copic markers, which are alcohol-based. For my white polar bear, I colored his scarf using BG15 and BG18, with his ice skates in BG15. I used R22 to create some pink cheeks and their inner ears for both bears. For the other bear, I used E00 as her overall body color, with E77 for her ice skates, and R22 for her scarf. I used my Sizzix Big Shot to die cut the images out. Before assembling the finished product, I needed to stamp my sentiment and wanted to attempt a circular angle for it. That’s why I love my MISTI tool because it can help manipulate my sentiment’s shape (without doing stamp surgery!). My sentiment didn’t come out as black and crisp as I wanted (probably because of the Perfect Pearls in some areas) so I used my Papermate Flair tip to go over the sentiment.

Finally, I adhered the panels together using my Tombow adhesive tape runner. I wanted a bit of dimension, so I adhered one of my bears with foam tape. I put the finished piece on a gray cardbase, slightly wider than an A2-sided card.

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I hope you are inspired to create a seasonal card or crafty project. Come enter the Papercraft Business Challenge blog this month, we’d love for you to join us!

For the complete set of rules and information, come visit the Challenge Blog  here. 

Quick Details on the Challenge Blog:

  • A new challenge starts at the beginning of each month (December 1st!)
  • All papercrafters are welcome to play, submitting papercraft projects such as cards, scrapbook layouts, mixed media, planner spreads, etc!
  • With your NEW papercraft project, you’d link your project post and use our linky tool so we can check out your project
  • We’ll have one winner per challenge (with a prize) and a Top 5 nominated by us DT members!

December’s Prize is this Magnolia Designs- Christmas Eve Edwin stamp!

PB Challenge Prize December