Monday, October 31, 2022

Delicate Gorgeous Kirigami Cards Made In Minutes!

Once in a while I see a card on internetland made with a new product or die set and I absolutely have to get it and make a card (or many) with it. Does that happen to you? I am in love with the Anna Griffin Kirigami die set and made 7 cards with it and a new video showing how easy they are to make

The front of the card is pretty with the oval of watercolor flowers, but just look what happens when the ribbon is pulled:

Inside is a wax seal and new dies from Spellbinders with a Love sentiment. I will be making a video soon playing with the wax seals and more new Sealed By Spellbinders dies.

The action of the kirigami opening and closing is best to see in the new video, but here is a mini video to give you an idea of how beautiful this is: 

(If you are a subscriber, for some reason the videos do not show up, so just click the title to go to the actual blogpost and you see this mini video. Of course you can see all the cards and their kirigami movement in the full video here.) 

My favorite of the Anna Griffin Kirigami dies (I found here on HSN on sale) is the oval, but I made cards with the square and circle too. Here is another favorite card I made with the oval and 49 and Market rub ons:

I just love how this card turned out with beautiful Alena ARToptions rub on transfers from 49 and Market and a pretty "thinking of you" cut with a die from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions.

I just got a new set of dies and wide washi tape from Pinkfresh Studio called Rainbow Floral and used it to make the front of this square card. I had an idea of a different way to use the square kirigami die on the inside of this card:

I attached the top with a glue dot to the top of the inside of the card and so the kirigami square opens as the card is opened. It is much easier to see this gorgeous kirigami action in the new video and you can see it by clicking on this link.

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

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Spellbinders Christmas Slimline Card

I love to make slimline cards and also am loving the new Squiggles die set from the Sealed By Spellbinders release, so I had great fun making this card for my stash. I just got the Spellbinders Kaleidoscope Argyle die set from a local stamp shop and created the diamonds in traditional Christmas colors over a gold patterned mirri card. The squiggles in between the diamonds add a fun touch, and I know I am going to be using this die set over and over on many cards I make! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Three More Foiled Acetate Card Ideas From My Newest Video

Acetate makes gorgeous floating easel cards as I have shown in the past, but when the acetate has lovely foiled butterflies on it like this one, it is even prettier. I am featuring Paper Wishes Butterfly Blush Luxury Foiled Acetate on all the cards in my newest video here. Those butterflies as well as the die cut butterflies and the "love" sentiment (created with Gina K Designs and Therm O Web's Foil Adhesive Transfer sheets WITHOUT HEAT) all just seem to float on this wedding slimline easel card. The butterfly die cuts are from Brutus Monroe and the pink embossed mirri card is also from Paper Wishes. Here is a view of this card flat and ready to mail:

Another thing you can do with foiled acetate is emboss it with an embossing folder. It is difficult to photograph, but I used an embossing folder from Paper Rose to emboss stitched flowers on the acetate for the front of this thank you card.

The easiest way to use acetate as the front on our cards is to attach it to a flap scored on the top of the card base as I did here. The Happy Birthday frame die cut from Tutti Designs and the butterfly cut with a Brutus Monroe die seem to float on the foiled acetate as you can see here:

I share all these ideas and more in my newest video here, so if you would like to learn more be sure to check it out.

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Sealed By Spellbinders With and Without Wax Seals

I was recently contacted by Spellbinders and asked if I wanted to help promote the new dies from the Sealed By Spellbinders release and of course I said yes. This release includes many dies, wax beads, wax seal stamps and everything you might need to make gorgeous wax seals and cards. My choices were the limited to the dies you see on the two cards, but I am thrilled with the delicate beauty of these dies. The Sealed Twine die created the delicate strings that hold this bouquet together, and the Sealed Gingko and Sealed Squiggles dies are just perfect for this elegant birthday card. The background was created with the debossed side of Spellbinders Geo Screen Embossing Folder and  the stamp and circle die are sneak peaks from the upcoming Floral Reflections release at Spellbinders. (Note all the new products can be seen simply by clicking on the highlighted titles in the text.) 

I was intrigued by the wax seals in the new release and will be ordering some this week now that the release is available to be ordered. I had some very old wax beads and had read on line that stamps can be used (without harming them) to stamp the hot wax to form an impression. I tried that on this card with more more of the delicate beauty of the dies I received from Spellbinders and the same Geo Screen embossed background:

Isn't that pretty? I used another stamp and die from the upcoming Floral Reflections release (going live November 8th) and some gems from Gina Marie Designs to complete this card for a special young lady. 

I love how these cards turned out and hope you will join me shopping the new Sealed By Spellbinders release and then playing with these gorgeous dies and the wax seals. Watch for a new video coming soon!

Monday, October 24, 2022

See Through Fabulous Foiled Acetate Cards

Acetate see through cards can be lovely but in my newest video I am showing how fabulous foiled acetate can be on your card and six different ideas on how to use it. I recently discovered Butterfly Blush Luxury Foiled Acetate from Paper Wishes and after creating several cards I realized it is pink foil on one side and gold on the other, so the design and color options are unlimited! This is the spanner card I make in the video from start to finish:

It is much easier to see in the new video, but each card features the high quality acetate sheets with gold or pink foil patterns. On this card I also added 49 & Market floral and butterfly rub-ons and pretty patterned paper strips from Stampin' up. The front spanner part opens to see these two layers:

"Hello" was cut with a Karen Burnston die and the amazing sentiment on the inside is from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. The wonky stitched square die is from Kat Scrappiness. I promised to show a picture of my template for this 5 x 7 spanner card, but of course it is much easier to see how to make this card by watching the video here.

In the new video I share six different ways to use the Butterfly Blush Luxury Foiled Acetate on our cards and the easiest way to get the acetate to lay totally flat and attach to the front of the card is to add a scored flap of cardstock along the top like I did on this card:

I also used rub-ons from 49 & Market on the acetate on this card and added a scripty "hello" from Tonic Studios along the top. Here is another view of this card style:

In the video I show many more card ideas with foiled acetate so click this link and watch the new video here. I hope my cards inspire you to give some of the ideas and products a try and then you will send some of your handmade joy out into our world! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

More Crealies Shaped Magic Iris Cards

I had so much fun creating shaped cards with the new Magic Iris Die Set from Crealies for my newest video here!  I make many non-romantic Valentines for friends and this card will be perfect for that! Just look at what happens when the tab is moved up:

I used the Slim Hearts With Double Stitch XXL die to make the heart shaped card and A Cardz Elements Heart for inside the open iris. The patterned mirror card is from Paper Wishes.

Can you see who is peaking out of the magic iris in this birdhouse shaped card? I push up the tab and see who is saying "hello friend":

Of course all the dies used on these cards are from Crealies. I show these and many other cards in the new video here all about how to easily make magical iris cards. 

Monday, October 17, 2022

Crealies Shaped Magical Iris Cards With Video

It's a special day today because the new October release at Crealies is live, and I am celebrating by releasing a new video here on my YouTube channel and also on the Crealies YouTube channel showing many shaped Magic Iris cards featuring the new dies available today! 

Interactive magic iris cards are so fun and easy to make as I show in the new video. I think shaped cards make the cards even more interesting, and I used the new stitched Wide Arches XXL die set to create this card base. I love dies that leave a stitched impression without cutting out a shape like the Mix and Match Snowflakes 21 on the circle mixed in with the Mix and Match 22 actual snowflake dies. Here are pictures of this Magic Iris card closed and opening to reveal my Happy Holidays greeting:

I needed an extra special card for my grandson who loves interactive cards and is turning 7 this year. Here is the card I made with more of the stitched only dies on the circle. This time I used the Mix and Match Stitched Balloon dies from the new release and the Circles with Wonky Stitches for the shaped card base.

And just look at the surprise he will get when the card is opened:

In the new video, I show many more shaped magical iris cards and how to make the first card above step by step. I hope my cards encourage you to give some of these ideas and products a try!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

This Technique is De Boss!

I love how all the cards I made with this technique using the debossed side of a 3D embossing folder and bright inks as I show in my new video here. The card features a Simon Says Stamp 3D embossing folder, a sentiment from Sue Wilson and Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks.

Wow- right?! The embossing folder on this lovely card is from Lisa Horton Crafts and I used Twisted Citron and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and Ground Expresso Distress Inks.

One more Christmas card for my stash made with a Sizzix 3D embossing folder, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks and Chopped Sapphire Distress Ink. 

I hope my cards encourage you to watch the video and give this fun technique a try!

Monday, October 10, 2022

Debossed Inking Technique Beauty and Video

The minute I watched Erum Tasneed's tutorial on what she called Adding Inking Effects to Embossed Panels I knew I would have to take some time to play with this awesome technique! It is so easy to learn how to make these gorgeous debossed backgrounds as I show in my new video here

Isn't this pretty? The embossing folder is from Stampin' Up and I used Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks, then added some Glitter Silver Embossing Powder from Tonic Studios. 

One of my favorite of the cards I made with this technique features the new Acorn 3D Embossing Folder from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. The sentiment die is from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. In the new video I show how to make a panel just like this one with Candied Apple and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks and Ground Expresso Distress Ink, but decided to teach how to make a fall gift card wallet with the pretty fall colors. I learned how to make the wallet from Sam of Mixed Up Crafts here.

The wallet opens up to show places for money and/or gift card gifts or secret notes:

I share step by step how to make this gift card wallet and how to use the debossed side of an inked piece of cardstock to make these beautiful colorful cards and card pieces, so be sure to watch the new video here.