Wednesday, August 17, 2022

More Butterfly Cards and Giveaway Reminder

I just purchased the 3 in 1 Butterfly Garden die set from Gemini and Crafter's Companion and this card from my new butterfly video shows how to make a lovely card simply by cutting and layering! The die is large and this is a 5 x 7 card but my next card shows it can be used on an A2 sized card as well:

The background is embossed pink mirror card from Paper Wishes. Here is a card I made with a 3D slimline embossing folder from Nellie's Choice and made even more lovely by adding embossed butterflies:

This card is so much prettier IRL or in the video where you can see the 3D texture and color better! I simply brushed on yellow and green inks before layering on a green slimline card. The sentiment die is from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. 

My last two cards feature the Butterfly Heart Create A Card die set from Gemini and Crafter's Companion. The die alone is so pretty all I needed to do was die cut it out of a card front, add some of the embossed butterflies from the same die set and add a sentiment strip. 

**Check out the new video here and leave a comment as detailed for a chance to win a prize package worth about $100 celebrating my 5 year anniversary of being on YouTube!**

Monday, August 15, 2022

Butterflies, Butterflies and More Butterflies And An Anniversary Giveaway!

Who doesn't love butterflies! And as an admitted die cut addict, I have a very hard time resisting buying butterfly dies! In the August release at Crealies there were a bunch of gorgeous butterfly dies and I just had to get them! This the card I made step by step in my newest video here:

I showed how to make the gorgeous translucent faux rice paper that is the top layer of the large Swallowtail Butterfly in my video last week in case you missed it. This is an easel card with partial die cutting and pillars holding the layered butterfly up. Here is a view from the side:

"A Lot of Pillar Cards" is the name of the die I used to create the double pillar on the bottom of this card and in next week's video, I am showing lots and lots of ways to make pillar cards with this new die from Crealies. Here are two more cards I share in the new video made with this gorgeous large Swallowtail die set and more faux rice paper:

The Swallowtail die can be used to make a stand alone card and on the front of a card as well. The second card also features the Varia Swallowtail die from Crealies as the top layer. 

**I have so much fun creating cards and sharing them here on my blog and on YouTube that time just flies! I just passed my Five Year Anniversary on YouTube and am celebrating with a giveaway of dies, stamps and other crafty goodies valued at around $100 to a lucky commenter on the new video here who leaves a qualifying comment before August 29, 2022! Here is a picture of what you could win:

Wow, right? The comment has to be on this video and you must watch the video to learn the requirements to have a chance to win. Good luck!

In the new video are also many more butterfly cards made with new dies from many companies, so be sure to watch and comment for a chance to win. 

I am entering the second card in the Summertime Blues challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Last Four Faux Rice Paper Cards and a Napkin Alternative Readily Available

Here is another of my favorite cards from my newest video which shares how to do the Faux Rice Paper Technique with many cards I made. On the 2nd and 3rd layers from 2 or 3 ply napkins, I liked to add glass glitter to add some sparkle. On this card I added some specialty embossing powder mix and like the look, but did find I cannot heat set the napkin and rice paper before removing it so the heat gun apparently melted it too much. The glass glitter stuck well but the embossing powder was not sticking so I heat set it before removing the napkin (after dry) and that did not work. I am going to play with that again. But I love this card with the translucent faux rice paper showing the "Thinking of You" sentiment (from Papertrey Ink) inside and the pretty two layered butterfly (with a Hero Arts die).

Here is a mini-slimline card with two layers of faux rice paper and a floral two layer "hello." 

The faux rice paper can be attached with glue dots or skinny two sided tape or mixed media medium as I did on this card. The floral spray die is from Gina Marie Designs. 

I experimented with patterned vellum (did not work) and patterned gift tissue paper which did work great! The napkins for this technique have to have lots of white space and those can be hard to find, so I was happy to discover patterned gift tissue paper worked great! I created this slimline card with a card base made of the faux rice paper with feathers on it, so I added some die cut feathers from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. 

These cards are so much prettier in real life or in a video than still pictures, so check out the new video here to find out how easy this technique is and how to make great cards with it. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Faux Rice Paper Framed Cards From My Newest Video

See the napkin under the card in the picture above? In my newest video I show how to take a napkin,  some white glue and some coffee to change the napkin below into the translucent piece of rice paper shown in all the cards in the video. It is so easy and the results are gorgeous! The frame was created with a die from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. I also die cut a butterfly out of the rice paper and yellow cardstock, attached it with the wings raised and added some gems. 

Here is another card I created with a frame cut with Crealies dotted square dies and another pretty napkin. I show in the video how you can add dye ink reinkers for an alternative color and the top flower is a bright blue created that way. Here is a card I made with faux rice paper where I added yellow reinker:

The frame is a die from Gemini and the flowers are part of that set and were cut with the yellow tinged faux tissue paper and cream colored under them. 

Here is a slimline card I made with a pretty napkin framed by crosshatch slimline dies from Karen Burniston. HB2U is a die from Picket Fence. 

I had great fun making all these cards with the Faux Tissue Paper technique for my new video and hope you will watch and give it a try!

Monday, August 8, 2022

What Can You Make with Napkins and Glue?? Faux Rice Paper Cardmaking Video

OMG- occasionally I find a technique that absolutely blows me away and I get so excited to play with it, and then design cards I can hardly sleep at night. I found some Faux Rice Paper tutorials on line and loved the look. Most of the makers I watched were using their faux rice paper for journals and mixed media pieces, but I am a card maker, so my newest video shows how to make the faux rice paper and then make cards with it. 

Here is the card I made in the new video:

I took the 2nd picture to show how transparent the faux rice paper is after it dries. The "friend" die cut is on the inside of the card. I show in the new video how all you need is pretty napkins, white glue, freezer paper and coffee or something to add color to the white glue to do this technique. And a lot of patience- the faux rice paper takes hours to dry - best to leave it overnight. Here is another similar card I made showing the same napkin rice paper piece over a yellow background with the original napkin used: 

Here is another favorite of the many cards I share in the new video. The 2nd photo shows how translucent the faux rice paper is. The feather in the upper right corner is on the inside and all the feathers were cut with a new Tim Holtz Sizzix die set and the sentiment is from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. I sprinkled on some glass glitter to the glue mixture before setting it aside to dry on this and on the next card for some extra sparkle which I love.  

I love this card but it is easier to see in the video than in a still photo how translucent and beautiful the card base is. Did you notice the last two cards do not have a pattern from a napkin? That is because we can use the 2nd and 3rd layers of the napkins to make gorgeous translucent faux rice paper! It really is so cool and so easy to do as I show in the new video here. 

I hope you will watch the new video and then give the technique a try! 

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Thank You Cards 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids

It’s the first Saturday of a new month and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! The theme for this challenge is Thank You Cards 4 Kids, but you can choose to participate in our challenge with any card appropriate for a child.

I made a shaker card with a fish shaker kit from Kat Scrappiness for a fun thank you card kids could give to someone special. I stenciled a watery background and added a perfect sentiment.  

Be sure to check out the rest of the cards from TEAM SAS here and we would love it if you entered our challenge.


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Five More Cards From My Newest Video with Gilders Paste Wax

In the class I took at Crafter's Classroom with Bill The Gilder where I learned about Gilders Paste Wax for the first time, Bill showed us how to simply wet and crinkle well a piece of cardstock and then after it dried, apply the wax to the top of the wrinkles. I did that on this card with the red wax and added some stitched foliage cut with new dies from Kat Scappiness. The edges of this card front were distressed with an edger distress tool. 

I combined that wrinkle technique with an embossing folder and love how this background turned out. I tried to demo it in the video but it did not turn out as wished. As I show on the next three cards, most epic failures can be salvaged and turned into great cards and if not, it is just paper...

I didn't really like any of these backgrounds when I made them, but rather than toss them I  added a die cut plaid frame over one, double embossed one and on the last one, die cut the whole piece into a leaf background and now I have cards I love! So you can see I had great fun playing and making these cards and hope you will watch the new video here and then have a play yourself!

I am entering the 4th card in the Emboss It challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Stencils and Dies With Gilders Paste Wax

Another beautiful way to use Gilders Paste Wax is to apply it through stencils as I did on this card and the next one from my newest video. On both I started with debossed background dies from Memory Box and on this one I applied bronze Gilders Paste Wax through a stencil from Gina K Designs. 

This dragonfly stencil is from A Colorful Life Designs and on both cards I added embellishments also colored with Gilders Paste Wax. 

The Gilders Paste Wax when applied to cardstock embossed with 3D embossing folders (and regular embossing folders too) is so pretty all you need to do is add a die cut and the result is a gorgeous card. I used a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder and highlighted one of the flowers with a die from Birch Press Designs called String Art Circle Collage. I am going to decide later if I should add a sentiment to these cards including the next one which features a new die from Tutti Designs called Rose Frame and an Altenew embossing folder:

This card features a pretty 3D embossing folder from Sizzix and Tim Holtz called Swirls with Bronze Gilders Paste Wax on the top portion. The vase and flowers are dies from Dies...To Die For and I added African Silver wax over the embossing on the vase. 

I had sooo much fun playing with the Gilders Paste Wax on background and cards, I have more to share and will do so on Thursday here on my blog. In the meantime to see all the cards and how to use this amazing wax, watch the new video here.

Monday, August 1, 2022

16 Gorgeous Gilders Paste Wax Cards!

Do you love to play with new cardmaking products like I do? The product I am featuring in this week's video is not a new one, but is new to me. 

The product I made 16 backgrounds and cards with is Gilders Paste Wax and I am using it on 3D embossing folders such as this Cobblestones embossing folder from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I simply applied Copper Gilders Paste Wax on the embossed paper and buffed it after it dried just a bit. I also added Patina Gilders Paste Wax on the wooden embellishments for a pretty blue color instead of the wood tone they were. 

Here is another favorite card I made with another Sizzix 3D embossing folder and copper gilders paste wax. And here is one with African Bronze and a pretty Blooming Frame die from Poppystamps:

One of my favorite things to do with the Gilders Paste wax is to combine colors on a card front as I did on the next card with a Sizzix 3D embossing folder called Mosaic Gems, and the ones below that I made in the new video:

I show how to make this card with a fun embossed sketch featuring a lovely 3D embossing folder from Sizzix called Organic Petals in the video. I applied bronze Gilders Wax Paste to the top black cardstock and copper to the Sizzix Floral Frame which I then made into a shaker with confetti  from This Calls For Confetti. The pieces left when I cut the embossed background were too pretty to waste so I made another shaker card with the debossed side and the same gilding wax color choices:

I shared many more cards and tips and ideas with Gilders Paste Wax in the new video so be sure to watch it here. I hope you have time this week to have a play and then send your handmade cards out into our world to spread some joy.