Monday, October 16, 2017

Easy and Elegant Foiled Tri-Shutter Card with Gina K and Therm O Web YouTube Video

 Yes, you read that right- I said easy tri-shutter card! Any card with foiling is elegant and gorgeous especially when I have used the new Fancy Foils and Foil-Mates from Gina K and Therm O Web. But the tri-shutter part was so easy as you will see in the video here, because all I needed to do was pull a scored and cut Funky Fold Accordian Card out of a package from The Paper Cut and do a few mountain and valley folds. In the video, I will also show you how to do the foiling using Gina K. Therm O Web foil and Foil-Mates. I know the recipient of this card will be so impressed and will be sure to display this stand up elegant Christmas card. Here is a view of the card when it is closed to send in an A2 envelope:

 And here is a view of the gorgeous sparkly foiled elements on all the folds in this card: 

It is so hard to capture the sparkle of the lovely new Fancy Foils from Gina K and Therm O Web in still photography, but you will see it better and also see how the card was put together when you watch the new video here.

This YouTube video is the first of three in this series showing you different ways to use elegant foiling on fun fold holiday cards. The next two videos in the series will be posted on the next two Mondays in October. Be sure to subscribe and if you want to be notified every time I post a new video, click the bell next to the subscribe button. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Love Playing with New Inks and Stamps

I saw a card made with this Namaste stamp from Impression Obsession on a blog or Pinterest and absolutely had to find it and buy it. The message is so beautiful and inspiring. I attached a stencil I created with a leaf die from Stampendous onto a piece of kraft cardstock and sponged fall colors of Distress Oxide ink through it. Then I simply stamped this inspiring stamp in black ink, added some brown sequins and attached to a dark brown cardbase. 

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Batty About You Halloween Card with Distress Oxide Background

At a recent play session with friends, we played with Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide inks and I made this fun background. I used the Soot Black Distress Oxide ink direct to paper covering it completely. Then I placed it in my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform and sprayed water on a SU marble background stamp. I closed the platform so the water from the stamp removed some of the DO color and created this cool background. It is easy to do this with either stencils or stamps. 

I layered the background on a gold card after stamping "batty about you" from IO. I added some die cut bats (also from IO) and a cute jack-o-lantern cut with a layering die from The Paper Cut. Here is a peak at the inside of the card:

The Happy Halloween die is from Tonic Studios. This non-scary Halloween card will be perfect for my youngest grandson! Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Peace, Love and Joy CASED Bridge Card from My New YouTube Class Video

I posted a new Techniques and Tips Class video yesterday here on my YouTube channel where I teach how to make bridge cards in several different sizes. As I explain in the video, I learned how to make bridge cards from a blogpost here on Stampin' With Sandi, and because of her I had to buy the Stampin' Up Hometown Greetings Edgelit Die Set. I CASED much of her card, but used Nuvo Silver Glimmer Paste through a stencil and a different stamp set.  I also used several colors of my favorite Mirri Sparkle Card that I purchased at The Paper Cut. All the details on how to make this and two more bridge cards are on the video here and you can even qualify to win all three cards I made! Here are a couple more views of this card which will fit into an A2 envelope: 

I am entering this card in the Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

How to Make Holiday Bridge Cards YouTube Video

Today a new Cardmaking Techniques and Tips video has posted to my YouTube channel here showing how to make bridge cards in several different sizes. This larger Frozen inspired version is one of three cards I am showing how to make in the video. Don't you just love the Olaf and Elsa dies from Disney Character World as well as the famous saying from the Frozen movie? I believe that, indeed, some people are worth melting for!

I first learned how to make a bridge card from a wonderful blog post and video posted here at Stampin' with Sandi. I adapted her measurements to accommodate the larger size die in the middle and explain all that in my video here. Here is another look so you can see the "bridge" across the front of the folded card and also a look at all three cards I teach in the video: 

My students pay to take my classes of course, but you can learn what they do for free and if you subscribe and comment and live in the U.S., you could even win all three cards yourself! For all the details on how to win them, come say hi here:

I am entering this card in the Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making Day Mood Board Challenge at Kat Scrappiness

I don't usually post twice in one day, but I guess an exception can be made for World Card Making Day:) Kat Scrappiness has a cool fall colored Mood Board and a challenge to post a card today and I made this shaker card for the challenge. It uses fall colors and leaves that are curled like real ones to reveal the shaker elements below them. The top picture shows the card "shaken up" and the bottom picture is the card standing up. The leaves stamps and dies are from Fun Stampers Journey and the "thankful" die is from Gina K.

On this day and everyday I am thankful for this creative passion I have found that brings me such joy and lets me share that joy with those who receive my cards and also those who learn from them on my blog and on YouTube. Thanks for helping me share the joy of creativity.

I am also entering this card in the Mood Board challenge at Victorine Stamps. 

Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is: Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids! Create and link any Christmas or winter holiday card with appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Dollar Graphics Depot is giving their winner a $15 gift certificate! And the winner from Dies R Us will receive a $15 gift certificate!

My card is a CAS Christmas card that features a fun colored digi from Dollar Graphics Depot called Baby Elves. I printed the cutie and attached him to a purple cardbase. I die cut "merry & bright" from a Tim Holtz holiday script die set and attached with some purple sticker gems. 

I am entering this card in the Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land (I used Tim Holtz Sizzix dies.)

Thanks for helping me spread the joy of creativity.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Distress Oxides Sponged Thinking of You

Lately I have needed so many Thinking of You cards so when I was playing with Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide inks, I created quite a few of this type of card. On this one, I started by sponging fall colors of Distress Oxide inks through a leaf stencil by Carta Bella. I also spattered a little of the same colors on the kraft background. I die cut a pretty leaf from Gina Marie out of dark red and cream, attached them together and stamped Thinking of You by Endless Creations. 

I had an extra sunflower seed packet from our club challenge sitting here so I die cut another lovely leaf for the inside of my card. 

Thanks for helping me share the joy of creativity! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Distress Oxide Sponged Fall Cards

I recently played with my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks with some friends and will be sharing the cards I made here on my blog. Today I am showing two cards I made with a stencil I created using a large leaf die from Stampendous cut out from an acetate sheet. I taped the stencil down with temporary tape and sponged on Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks through the leaf stencil. Then I stamped the beautiful fall bird from Inkadinkado before removing the stencil. I layered that piece on black and then onto a gold cardbase. I attached the Thinking of You die cut from Papertrey Ink and dotted the i's with black pearls. 

My second card is similar but I chose a different angle for the sponged leaf and then stamped with a Penny Black trees stamp. I added a "thankful" die cut from Gina K and layered the card front on black and gold.

Since the die I used on the first card is NBUS, I am entering it in the NBUS challenge here on Darnell's blog. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oldie But Goodie Folded Christmas Tree Revisited for YouTube Video

Years ago I learned how to make a folded Christmas tree from a template on this blog and I created the card on this blogpost which is my #1 most visited blogpost and my #1 pinned card of all time. I decided to revisit the idea for a new YouTube video using better tools now that make it even easier to make which you will see in the video here.

Every so often I am going to look back at favorite fun folds or techniques from the past and share them again in a video. We move on to new ideas, but that doesn't mean what we did a few years ago is no good now. 

I set a goal of posting a new video every Monday and I have 13 videos now posted in two months. I also exceeded my goals of reaching 100 subscribers and 1000 views in my first two months. The grand prize winner for my grand opening is also being revealed today on my YouTube channel so if you subscribed and commented in the last two months, head on over to my YouTube channel to see if you won! 

My next goal is to reach 1000 subscribers as I continue to grow and post new cardmaking videos every Monday, and when I do I will be giving away another huge prize package to one of my subscribers. So if you are not a subscriber yet, come on over and click the subscriber button, enjoy a video, leave a comment or two and click the thumbs up if you can. Thanks so much for your support both here on my blog and on my new YouTube channel.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

More Crackled Foiled and Some Negative Beauty from Gina K. and Therm O Web

One of the things I love about Therm O Web's Deco Foil is that there is no waste and we get two gorgeous images each time we foil! Take a look at this pile of negatives I saved from my play session making fun fold Christmas cards with the new Fancy Foils from Gina K. and Therm O Web: 

All you need to use every bit of the lovely sparkle on these left over pieces are pieces of Therm O Web Toner Sheets and a hot laminator. I took the left over Deco Foil from the sentiment on the lower left and ran it through the laminator with a piece of toner sheet and here it is on the inside of this card: 

Just look at the sparkle in the new Glittering Green Fancy Foil from Gina K. and Therm O Web! I also used the negative pieces from the green poinsettia pieces to cut out the Christmas using Tim Holtz's new Retro Merry Christmas die, and I punched the pine needles out of another green negative piece. 

Isn't this poinsettia beautiful? I die cut the three layers with a Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die and added a thick layer of Deco Foil Transfer Gel (using a technique I learned how to do in this video at the Therm O Web blog.) I dried the transfer gel covered pieces overnight. Then I crinkled up three pieces of Gina K.'s new Radiant Red Fancy Foil over and over until they were very wrinkled and then laid it on the three poinsettia pieces and ran them through a hot laminator. Next I layered pieces of Champagne Gold Deco Foil on them and ran them through again. The result is the gorgeous crackled distressed look you see.  Each layer of the poinsettia was raised with mounting tape for dimension. I added some gold Nuvo Crystal Drops and tucked the green foiled pine needles under. I love how this card turned out and will be proud to send it to someone special this Christmas! 

I am entering this card in the NBUS challenge at Darnell's blog here. The Merry Christmas die from Tim Holtz and the Christmas Foil-Mates from Gina K and Therm O Web are NBUS (never before used schtuff. I am also entering it in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Be sure to watch for my upcoming YouTube series on fancy fold Christmas cards with Gina K. and Therm O Web, and thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Live Laugh Love Crackled Foiled Leaf Card with Therm O Web

We were challenged at our local stamp club to use a vintage seed packet in a card and I combined it with a gorgeous crackled foiled leaf for a card I just love! I learned how to make crackled foiled die cut leaves in this video from the Therm O Web blog.  I used my new Gina K. Designs Radiant Red Fancy Foil for the first wrinkled layer and Champagne Gold Deco Foil for the second layer. The leaf die I used is from Stampendous. As is always the case, still pictures do not do justice to the sparkle and shine of Deco Foils especially the glittery new ones from Gina K. and Therm O Web. I die cut Live Laugh Love from Cheery Lynn Designs out of another gourds seed packet and also out of black fun foam. I glued them together and attached it back on the seed packet. I raised the crackled foiled leaf up on mounting tape for dimension and added a few Gina Marie Designs clear green gems to complete the card. Here is a close up look at the dimension:

Leaves are not the only thing I crackled and distressed with my new Gina K. Therm O Web Fancy Foils and the technique I learned from Gracie here.  Tomorrow I am sharing another card I made and stay tuned for a series of YouTube videos with foil and fancy folds soon. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and the Scrapy Land's Anything Goes challenge (I used Cheery Lynn dies.) 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fall Birthday Card with Therm O Web Distressed Foil Leaves

Today is the birthday of a treasured friend and I made this special card for her with some of the gorgeous new Gina K Fancy Foils from Therm O Web that I recently received and some other Gina K foil products as well. I saw this video by Gracie on how to make crackled foiled leaves on the Therm O Web blog and couldn't wait to give the technique a try with my new Radiant Red and Glittering Green Gina K Fancy Foils. Watching her video would be the best way to see how these crackled foiled leaves are done, but basically she applied a layer of Deco Foil Transfer Gel on die cut leaves and let that dry thoroughly. Then she wrinkled up a piece of Deco Foil many times, laid it on the die cut leaf and ran it through a hot laminator. Then she laid another color of Deco Foil on top of the leaf die cut and ran it through the laminator again.

My first few attempts were no where as pretty as Gracie's in her video (mine has lots of white spots after doing to two step process) and so I reached out to her for suggestions as to what I might have done wrong. She suggested I might have needed a thicker coat of Transfer Gel and as you will see tomorrow and Thursday, her suggestion worked! But I sponged green and red dye ink on the white spots of my leaves and I decided I liked the distressed look. I tied four leaves together and attached the bunch over a beautifully foiled Petite Patterns strip from Gina K Designs on a kraft card. I added a die cut acorn from Tonic Studios and a perfect stamped sentiment from Rubbernecker. Here is a close up of the distressed foiled leaves:

I foiled a beautiful Birthday Essentials Happy Birthday from Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates for Therm O Web with my new Radiant Red Fancy Foils for the inside of the card. I wish you could see the glitter and shine of these new Fancy Foils! All of the foiled elements on this card just sparkle when the card is moved and still photos do not do them justice. 

I am wishing my dear friend Gail a sparkly fall happy birthday with this special card. Be sure to stop back Thursday and Friday for more Gina K. and Therm O Web cards and watch for a series of new YouTube videos soon featuring them in Christmas fun fold cards I have made. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

I am entering this card in the NBUS challenge at Darnell's blog here. The Fancy Foils and Petite Patterns from Gina K and Therm O Web are NBUS (never before used schtuff.)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Boooogie Nights Karen Burniston Pop Up Halloween Card You-Tube Video

I had so much fun making this Halloween pop up card using  new dies from Karen Burniston and Tonic Studios and I have shared the whole process in a new YouTube video here on my channel. Here are a few more pictures showing the House and Fence Pop Up platform from the side and also the front of the card:

Even if you have no use for Halloween cards and don't own a million dies like me (I am an addict and I admit it:), this House and Fence Pop Up die from Karen Burniston can be used for any season or reason and with any stamps or dies you own. I love it and you will see how easy it is to use when you watch the new video here. All the links to all the products used in this card are in the description box at YouTube. And if you have not subscribed or commented yet at my YouTube channel, you have just one week to do so to have a chance at my Grand Opening Grand Prize. 

I am entering this card in Scrapy Land's Anything Goes challenge (I used Tonic Studios dies.) 

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Watercolor Powders Comparison on YouTube Brusho Samples

All week long here on my blog I am sharing the cards I made with all my watercolor powders for the Watercolor Comparison video with LOTs of sample cards (and a card from start to finish with Brushos and a touch of sparkle from embossing powder.) Please click on the link to watch the video- I appreciate your support there.

The card I made from beginning to end in the video and the ones I am sharing today were made with my favorite of the watercolor powders I own- Brusho Crystal Colours. They have 32 gorgeous colors and I like the control I get sprinkling them out of the container with a hole punched in the top. I chose my favorite colors of Brushos for this card and added some gold embossing powder for some extra sparkle. I die cut the dried piece with my Jaded Blossom Card Layer Die and also punched and die cut some butterflies. I added a "wishing you a" diecut from Memory Box and continued the thought on the inside of the card:

I didn't want to waste any of the Brusho beauty so I used some on the inside of the card too.

On my last Brusho sample, I once again used fall colors, then stamped and die cut a leaf from Stampendous. I punched a couple other leaves and die cut "Best Wishes" from Tonic Studios out of the same Brusho and gold embossed piece of watercolor paper. 

I am entering the second card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land.

I hope you enjoyed all the samples I have shared this week using the different watercolor powders I own and will watch, share and comment on the YouTube video I posted here.  Thanks for helping me share the joy of creativity!