Monday, September 29, 2014

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch board Review

The big issue I faced when I tried to create my own custom envelopes with just my scoring board was that sometimes my measurements would be off and my envelopes would turn out warped and wonky. I purchased this envelope punch board because I needed the ability to create custom envelopes for my custom-sized greeting cards and I needed them to be clean and professional. This punch board really delivers! I purchased it at Impress and paid $19.99. Stampin Up also sells a similar product - also made by We R Memory Keepers - for $21.95 plus shipping. The two products, from what I can tell, are exactly the same and the only difference is that the Stampin Up product has "Stampin Up!" in the far top left-hand corner.




So if you're a paper crafter and you need something that helps you to create custom, professional looking envelopes, I suggest that you spend the $20.00 and get this little beauty! It really is worth it!

Cheers!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Gel Medium Background with Brentwood Owl

Today I'm happy to announce that I have been selected to be a part of the fabulous Design Team at JessicaLynnOriginal.com. I'm thrilled and excited to be a part of such a fun and cute stamp design company, and a great design team group of gals!!

One of JessicaLynnOriginals' signature stamp designs is Brentwood Owl. So I created this super cute Seahawks greeting card using him (isn't he adorable!?!) in a 12 shirt.


Brentwood Owl 
What FUN to color!! I printed him out and used my copics in varying E tones, Y and YR tones and B tones paired with my colorless blender (to create highlights) to make him pop and give him depth. Then I cut Brentwood out and set him aside.

Creating a Background
To create the colorful background I chose a stencil I really liked, the 6x6 Mini Tiny Circles Stencil from Balzer Designs for TCW. I taped my craft sheet down (I use the Tim Holtz craft sheet, but for this project wax paper or scratch paper would work fine - you just want to protect your table surface.) Then I taped my paper down with washi tape (any low-tac tape would work) and positioned the stencil as I liked it over my paper and taped it down as well. I didn't want anything to move while I was working!


Next I pulled out my Gel Medium 


and applied it over the stencil with my finger. (*Note: if you have never used Gel Medium before, its a pretty cool product. Its considered an acrylic, comes in Regular, Soft and Heavy and the finishes come in Matte, Gloss and Semi-Gloss. Its used to build and create texture, as a collage glue or as a super-strong binder. When added to acrylic paint it will extend the drying time, and some people even use it for photocopy transfers.) Gel Medium can be expensive, so use sparingly. After you finish applying the Gel Medium, lift the stencil off of your project.

Get Inky!
I love Designer Paper, but I love creating my own backgrounds more. I picked out three to four main Dylusion Ink Spray colors spraying them over the paper. I let it dry.


Then I took a damp cloth and wiped away the Gel Medium. Remove the tape, trim your piece, a voila ici! A beautiful, unique and colorful background!


I mounted the background on some silver paper and attached Mr. Brentwood over the splotch where I was experimenting with application of the Gel Medium. (*Note: its better to pat Gel Medium on with the finger than to wipe it on with a craft palette knife.)

Creating the Speech Bubble
Next I created the word bubble with my Stampin Up! Decorative Label punch and spelled out the sentiment with my alphabet stamps. I distressed the edge of the punch out with Momento Olive Grove ink and popped it up with dimensionals.

Divine Twine
I ran my divine twine through some molding paste, attached one end to the back of the punch out with tape, wound the twine into a loop and attached it to Brentwood Owl's hand and set it aside to dry.

And I'm done! Such a cute and fun card, so much fun to make. I hope you all give these techniques a try and enjoyed seeing how I created this cute card.


Have you tried any of these techniques before? Got something to add? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Girls Night Out!

Hi All and thanks for stopping by!
Today I wanted to share with you a card I recently created for a girls night out theme or bachelorette party invites.
Isn't it cuuute?! I love how this greeting turned out. I adore this stamp (by Rubber Romance) and I purchased the sentiment from Hobby Lobby. I handmade these cards in Seattle and left the inside blank in case a customer wanted it left blank, but I have several invite-style rubber stamps as an option, too.
I was originally hording the ribbon for some Day of the Dead projects I was going to do, but it matched so well to the lavender dress in the center I couldn't help myself! :P
Super fun to create! This was also my first time creating a darker skin tone for the woman on the far right. I think it turned out great! I love my copics...And rhinestones finish off this card - because everybody likes something sparkly! These invites can be found in my store!

Do you like it? I'd love to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below and let me know. :D
With so much love

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