Thursday, April 30, 2020

Great Alphabet Die Ideas from Online Card Class Spring Card Camp


I am taking the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp and everyday we get a new video lesson in our email mailbox. One of my favorite days so far was Day 14 with Laura Bassen and these cards were inspired by her ideas with alphabet dies. I loved how she layered alphabet dies overlapping and stenciled on different colors and I did that with HUGS using dies from Kat Scrappiness. She also suggested stenciling around the edge of the card front with the same lighter colors used on the letters and I did that with an older Memory Box stencil. I love how this card turned out! "Sending" is a stamp from Stampendous and the "Random Act of Cardness" is a perfect stamp sentiment for these days from Technique Tuesday. 

Laura also suggested "gold tipping" on our alphabet dies and I tried it on this card. I die cut YOU from Kat Scrappiness out of a white card front and half of the letters out of a sparkly gold and glued them together. I put them back in their negative space and embossed it all with a new gorgeous 3D embossing folder from Memory Box. I added a little green to highlight the embossing and raised the letters up on foam before attaching them back for the eclipse look. "Thinking of" is from a die set from Spellbinders. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Three More Cards with Nuvo Shimmer Powders From My Newest Video


 Humor helps in these trying times and the sentiment on this card from Your Next Stamp seems very appropriate. I tried Atlantis Burst, Solar Flare and Blue Blitz Shimmer Powders on a piece of suede paper and then cut it into strips for the top of this card for my newest video. I also played with the emboss resist technique for the next two cards:


I started by stamping a Hero Arts dandelion background stamp with Versamark Ink and embossing it with white embossing powder. That then resisted the Nuvo Shimmer Powder and this lovely background was the result. I added a punched butterfly and an amazing sentiment from Sue Wilson.


I created this mixed media card for my grandson with an emboss resist background with Technique Junkie's barb wire stamp and then added some gold Nuvo Crackle Mousse through a Wendy Vecchi stencil. When that was dry and cracked, I die cut Nate's name using ABC dies from Kat Scrappiness for the Eclipse look. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Background Dies and Favorite Techniques with Nuvo Shimmer Powder


Still photography does not do justice to the shimmery sparkly front of this joy fold card created with Nuvo Shimmer Powders and tissue paper in my newest video. I show how to make it very sparkly or more subtle as on the inside piece of this card:


Both are very pretty and I added an uplifting message using dies from Penny Black and Bright Rosa. 


The easiest way to create colorful backgrounds is to simply sprinkle the Nuvo shimmer powders onto watercolor paper and then let it dry. Then cut out a pretty background die like this one from Gina Marie Designs and a circle sentiment from Impression Obsession. 

I have many more card samples and techniques with these unique shimmery watercolor powders in my newest video here.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Video - Five Ways to Create Gorgeous Cards With Nuvo Shimmer Powders


I recently received a few new colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powders and was reminded of how fun it is to create cards with 5 different techniques that I am sharing in my newest video here.  


This is one of the cards I show how to make in the video with a fun technique that uses the Nuvo Shimmer Powders on glossy cardstock with cling wrap. I die cut the String Art Corner die from Birch Press Design out of silver cardstock and also out of the center of the cardfront leaving the negative shape for the glossy cardstock with Nuvo Shimmer Powders to show through. The Hugs heart is a new die from Poppy Stamps and is perfect for these times when we need to send virtual hugs until we can get the real thing. The stars were also punched out of more of that pretty patterned Nuvo paper.


Here is another hugs card with a gorgeous shimmery colored background created with Nuvo Shimmer Powders and a beautiful new Butterfly Symphony die from Poppy Stamps. I popped up a few of the butterflies cut out from the background and added some gems from Gina Marie Designs. The layered sentiment was made with a die from Sue Wilson. 

In the video I show many more card samples and 3 more techniques and you can see them all here. Thanks for your visit here and your support of my YouTube channel. 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Hope For Our One World Video Hop

 We could all use some hope and encouragement as well as fun videos to watch and chances for prizes and that is why I am participating in the One World Video Hop from today until Friday May 1, 2020. I have donated a prize valued at about $40 full of dies and stamps that you could win by commenting on my video here in the next week and if you have a mailing address in the United States.

We could all use some hope and I love the stamps from Local King Rubber Stamps and Taylored Expressions I feature on the front of this card:


We could also use some fun surprises now too and I was inspired by this globe pop up card by Lois Bak to have this pop up when the tab is pulled:



This globe ball pops up when the tab is pulled and it also spins around. You are going to want to watch the video to see how fun it is to have the world pop up and how I made the card. We could all use a hug right now and the sentiment on the top is from Hero Arts. 

If you watch the video and follow the instructions to leave a comment before May 1st, you could win this card and my prize package of dies and stamps. Then hop on for more inspiration and fun!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Hopeful Puddle Jumping with Poppystamps


I have been playing with the new Poppystamps Raining Frame die set making encouragement cards for a new Die Cut Crazy video and love how this one turned out. I found the sentiment on line and it is so hopeful for these times. I die cut the Poppystamps rain and umbrella and sponged on several shades of Distress Oxide inks and sprinkled on some water for the background. I cut the umbrella out of an extra glossy piece created with Nuvo Shimmer Powders and cling wrap for a video coming up soon.

I am entering this card in the Puddle Jumping challenge at Poppystamps.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Concord & 9th Endless Birthday Infinity Die Card for a Friend

In my newest video here I show how to make an Endless Infinity card using new dies from Concord & 9th and I made the red base here which I then turned into a birthday card for a friend who is celebrating this week. This is the front and here are the other views of this never ending infinity card full of bright colors and wishes: 





The "celebrate" and "make a wish" are dies from the same set from Concord & 9th, and I also used dies from Karen Burniston, Crealies and Spellbinders. I think my friend is going to love this interactive infinity birthday wish! Here's hoping on our next birthdays we can also share a birthday hug!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Inking Stencils Homework from Spring Card Camp


I loved the ideas presented in Day 9 of the Spring Card Camp at Online Card Classes which combined stencils and inking, and I had a play with them today. I sponged on Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Lucky Clover Distress Oxides through a stencil from Catherine Pooler. As the lesson suggested, I then removed the stencil and spritzed with water before laying on a piece of watercolor paper. Here is the card made with that piece:

I did not have as much success with the 2nd part of this technique- it was always so very light. But on this one, I simply moved the stencil over and sponged some more ink and I liked the result. I loved Channin's idea of layering white sentiments on a vellum piece and used sentiment dies from Karen Burniston on vellum for both of these cards. I added some Gina Marie Designs gems to finish each card. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

More Interactive Encouragement Cards With Special Dies From Divinity Designs and Concord & 9th


In my newest video I share many interactive encouragement and thank you cards that feature new dies and papers from some favorite companies. The card above was created with the Triple Tier Die Set and Watercolor Paper Pad from Divinity Designs. The sentiment die is a favorite from Sue Wilson. Just look at what happens when the ribbon on top is pulled: 

A second and third tier pulls out with more gorgeous floral paper and lovely sentiments from a free digital set by Queen & Company available here. So many people are feeling so isolated these days so this would be a perfect card to send to a loved one to let them know they are not alone. (If you love the die set and/or paper from Divinity Designs and click the link to order anything, please put my name (Karen Hasheck) in the comments as they do not have affiliate links but did ask for this so they can track anyone I send their way.)



I also show in the video how to make an Endless Infinity Card using a new set from Concord & 9th. This one also features dies from Impression Obsession, Simon Says Stamp and Lil' Inker and more of the colorful Watercolor Paper from Divinity Designs. The Endless Birthday Infinity Die Set from Concord & 9th cuts the pieces to create the circular never ending card and the center decorative pieces, but I wanted to cover the sides with the same paper. I show in the video how I cut the main piece down just a bit with a circle die and ended up with pieces of decorative paper to cover the front with a little border all around. Here is what the other views of this never ending card look like:




We have so many heroes to thank who feed us and deliver to us and continue to serve all of us during these trying times and I am going to use this card to thank everyone at my local grocery store. 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Video - Encouragement and Thank You Cards with Interactive Dies


I am making more and more encouragement and thank you cards for our medical and service heroes and in my newest video I show how to make those types of  cards with two new interactive sets of dies. I am loving the Triple Tier die set from Divinity Designs and also their new Watercolor Paper Pad which I used on all the cards I share in the new video.  It is better to see the way this card opens to reveal 3 tiers and how easy it is to make in the video, but here are some pictures to give you an idea how lovely the card I made in the video is:





I love how this card turned out with the gorgeous papers and Triple Tier Die Set from Divinity Design. If you love them too and click the link to buy them, please put my name (Karen Hasheck) in the comments so they know you were referred by me. They do not have affiliate links but did suggest tracking with my name. 

The awesome sentiments are from a free digital set by Queen and Company and you can print and use them too here. I also used sentiment dies from Karen Burniston and Lil' Inker. 



I am also having fun creating interactive cards with the new Concord & 9th Endless Birthday Infinity Dies and I show how easy it is to create a never ending encouragement card in the video. The picture above is the front and starting point and then the recipient opens up and down, then sideways, then up and down and then sideways back to the front. It is pretty obvious where to open up each view as opposed to other endless cards I have made that can get confusing. It is best to see that in the video, but here are some pictures to show you: 




Once again the perfect sentiments are from the free set by Queen and Company and the dies from Spellbinders, Tonic Studios, Kat Scrappiness and Gina Marie Designs. I used more of the lovely Watercolor Paper Pad from Divinity Designs on this and all the cards I share in the video. I am going to have to get another pad of that paper as it is so bright and beautiful and almost gone. 

I am sending out cards almost every day to spread joy and encouragement in these tough times and this one is on the way to a young Mom whose husband is deployed and she and her family are facing some tough medical and emotional issues. Hope, love and kindness cannot be canceled even if almost everything else can be! 

Thank you for your visit today and your support of my YouTube channel. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Sending You a Big Hug Spring Card Camp Card Day 3

I jumped on the chance to participate in a new card class from Online Card Classes hosted by Jennifer McGuire and friends called Spring Card Camp. Every day we get a new lesson to watch and learn from with card samples, and Day Three's idea was perfect for me! I love to paper piece and fussy cut and we were taught how to "color with paper" using a background stamp with an abstract pattern. I looked at my background stamps and decided Technique Junkie's Zen Waves would be perfect for this idea. I stamped on 3 shades of blue cardstock as well as a yellow and green and created this card. Then I simply added a perfect sentiment strip from Taylored Expressions to complete the card. I am so missing real hugs from my dear friends and grandkids, but until we can have the real thing, I will keep sending cards like this one. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

More Textured Sticky Sheet Cards and Another Chance to Win!


I absolutely love the cards I designed for my newest video using specialty embossing powders on sticky sheets and dies, but I do not love the only name I could come up for the technique. Check below for a chance to help me out and win a card and a prize. The card above was made with lovely specialty embossing powders from Stampendous and Seth Apter and dies from Gina Marie Designs and Sue Wilson. The card below also features a background die from Gina Marie Designs and Aged Wine and Chunky Seasonings Embossing Enamel from Stampendous as well a Ranger Purple Glitter Embossing Powder:



I am still making cards from my brother's Honor Flight but who knows now when he might go. This card features a Simon Says Stamp stencil, stamps from Taylored Expressions and stars dies from Lil Inker.

**I am not crazy about the name of this technique I came up with (Textured Sticky Sheet Embossing), so if after watching the video you think of a better name for the technique, please share it with me in a comment on this video. If I choose your suggestion and you live in the USA, I will mail you the card I made in the video and a new die set to say Thank You.**

Monday, April 13, 2020

Video - Textured Sticky Sheet Embossing and Diecuts


I love discovering new ways to use crafty products and in my newest video here I am sharing a new variation of my Metallic or Hot Camo Technique with specialty embossing powders on scor-tape sheets. The result is a gorgeous textured look and since there is no camo pattern, I am calling it Textured Sticky Sheet Embossing.



Just look at those butterflies with that glorious mix of texture and color! This is the card I show how to make in the video and the butterflies were made with dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix cut out of Scor-tape sticky sheets. I dumped on Aged Teal and Aged Gold Embossing Enamels from Stampendous and Seth Apter's Deep Sea Embossing Powder and then melted them with my heat gun. The butterfly stencil in the background is from Visible Image and Soar is a favorite die from Quietfire Design.


I am loving the Slimline cards (that fit into a legal size envelope) but find taking good photos of them in my set up is not easy. Trust me - this card and the embossed textured bird is gorgeous and easier to see on the video here. I mixed Aged Copper Embossing Enamel from Stampendous and Seth Apter's Rustic Indigo and when that was melted, added some Steel Blue Chunky Glitter on top on both birds. The bigger bird is a die from Poppy Stamps and the little one from Impression Obsession. The stitched slimline die is from Whimsy Stamps and the "dear friend" sentiment is from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. 

**I am not crazy about the name of this technique I came up with (Textured Sticky Sheet Embossing), so if after watching the video you think of a better name for the technique, please share it with me in a comment on this video. If I choose your suggestion and you live in the USA, I will mail you the card I made in the video and a new die set to say Thank You.**