22 June 2017

Foil Dipped Backgrounds with Gina K. Designs & Mixed Media Medium

I have been having fun experimenting with the new Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Medium... This medium is pure gold and there is so much you can do with it! (It is so versatile!) Well, today I have a tutorial showing you another fun way to use it with the new Gina K. Designs line of Premium Dye Inks, Premium Cardstock, Fancy Foils and Foil Mates Sentiments!




Tutorial:
Click here to check out my latest video tutorial for Therm O Web - and the complete list of supplies- featuring these foil dipped backgrounds with Mixed Media Medium and Fancy Foils!


Do leave me a comment letting me know what you think about this technique! You know I love Deco Foil and finding out new ways to apply it is always fun (especially when it doesn't require a laminator)!

Thanks so much for visiting.


20 June 2017

Bright & Happy Card with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Today I'm using what I think is the cutest coffe cup clear stamp there is to make a freestyle collage card! I'm featuring stamps from the sets Fill Me Up and Scribble Flowers by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!




To make this card I went ahead and stamped as many scraps of white cardstock I could with flowers and leaves from the set Scribble Flowers with Umbrella Crafts Black Premium Dye Ink. This particular ink I used is hybrid and it allows you to watercolor the stamped images. I colored them with Zig Markers and a waterbrush using bright colors. Once all the images were colored I fussy cut them and set them aside.

I then stamped the coffee cup from Fill Me Up on Kraft 100# cardstock and the heart coffee cup sleeve on Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper using the same black ink, and fussy cut those too. The final element I stamped was the mini label with little check box words from the same set and heat embossed them in white on 48# heavyweight vellum.

Putting all the pieces together is always fun, but it can take time since there are so many ways to arrange them. The background is actually stenciled -using a TCW Mini Halftone Circles- with Mixed Media Medium and half of it is foiled in Silver Sequins and another part has Colorbox Winter Frost glitter. (See tutorial here.)I added a Wild Orchid -Purple- Double Stitch Design small circle die cut on the back to make all the element pop. I finished off the card with some pink paper twine, a green notebook page edge die cut and 3/8 Reversible Satin Ribbon w/stitches which brings together all the design.

That's it for today! For more ideas an inspiration make sure to subscribe to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharing with: The Ribbon Girl - Any Image / SSS Wednesday - Emboss It /

15 June 2017

Inspiration Blog Hop + Sale + DT Call & Winner

Inspiration abounds in our design team, and that is why we host a second blog hop each month to bring you new project ideas using new stamps from our digital shop. Have you visited the shop yet? We have been adding beautiful collections and I know you will find something perfect just for you! This month we released 4 stamp duo sets that the team and I have enjoyed working with because of all the possibilities, combining the images or using them on their own. For today's card I'm using digital stamps from Sending Kindness...




This card could easily become a wedding card, because of the elegant foiled finishes. Adding deco foil to my digital stamps has been one of my favorite techniques since day one. I printed the flowers in laser and foiled them with different tones of gold deco foil: Champagne, Rose Gold and Amber Watercolor. I also added a rustic foiled touch to the edges of the sentiment frame using a Tape Runner XL. Of course I did print and foiled the sentiment too and added it on a lace textured patterned paper from DCWV. To add a coordinating finish to the vellum flowers I colored them from the back with a matching beige alcohol marker. (That always makes a difference!)

Inspiration Blog Hop

There is much more to see today, so make sure you click on every stop below and check out what our DT and guest designers have made...



June Guest Designers:

We also have a winner to announce...
The winner of our monthly $10 off coupon to the shop is: Natalie Godfrey. Please send me an email through the contact form so we can coordinate your gift!

Before I go, we have 2 events going on right not that you do not want to miss... 

First, our DT call. Send us your application here.


And also, a fabulous bundle sale that is not gonna last for long!
Get all 4 stamp sets at almost 30% off with this bundle!


And that's it for today! Thanks so much for visiting.


12 June 2017

DIY Mixed Media Canvas with Rebekah Meier Designs

Therm O Web recently released a Mixed Media line by Rebekah Meier and today I'm sharing a project using many of the new products. I have a complete step by step tutorial showing you how to make this mixed media canvas from scratch, using a piece of cardboard as a base! 





Tutorial

I used the new Mixed Media Medium by Rebekah Meier in ways I haven't seen anyone use so far, to stencil and attach Frantage embossing powder and Mixed Media Transfer Foil (also new). This technique doesn't need a laminator which makes this new adhesive an all-in-one product! There are much more tips and tricks for you so make sure you visit Therm O Web's blog to check out the complete list of supplies and the tutorial CLICK HERE!

Do leave me a comment letting me know what you think about upcycling cardboard and other materials aroung the house to turn them into art! See you on Therm O Web's blog!



07 June 2017

Design Team Call for our Digital Shop - Send us your application!

Yes! You read right! Our first design term is about to end, but the good news is we are looking for new designers who love digital stamps and are passionate about sharing their art with the world through their blogs and social media!

DT members get:

A $25 gift card introduction pack.
New stamp sets for each release.
40% off access to the shop valid during the entire term.
Physical products from our parter companies during cross promotions.
Extra stamp sets freebies during special events.

If you'd love to apply, click the link below! Can't wait to hear from you!

https://goo.gl/P9dxFd


06 June 2017

Watercolor Wash Background & Stamped Flowers

Today I have another fun card idea using clear stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. The new set Mason Jar Bouquet is definetely a beauty and I wanted to stretch the stamps in the set to get different looks. So today I only stamped part of the mason jar image to make to bouquet hang from 3 corners of my card front.




I stamped part of the bouquet on two corners of the card front in black using Umbrella Crafts premium dye ink. To make sure the ink wouldn't smear I heat set it well. (This works all the time for me.) I used a very pigmented set of watercolors in Rose, Purple Pale and Ultramarine Blue to create a wash across the card front. I kept layering color until I was happy with the result. I added some splatters and iridescent rhinestones to finish off the background and attached a stamped banner with a piece of Therm O Web foam strip to give it dimension.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. This card is really simple to make and the result is striking! I'm planning to get more of these creamy watercolors to make more fun backgrounds and practice my watercoloring on cards.

Thanks for stopping by!


04 June 2017

WOW! Floral Bundles are Back! 27 images for only $15!

Finally, our floral stamp bundles are back! This time with an amazing new offer that you won't be able to resist. This bundle includes 27 ready to print images and sentiments, that can be recolored and resized to fit your every papercrafting project! All for only $15 (that is almost 30% off!). At a never seen before price this bundle is a must-have and will be the perfect addition to your digital stamp collection! Get it today: https://goo.gl/vfZS3q

(Available for instant download. Just for a limited time! For personal use only.)


Here are some inspiring project ideas by the design team!





Do you love this bundle? Would you like us to put together other packs just like this one? Let us know on the comments below! Don't forget to get this bundle today if you'd love to have it, since it will be up for only a limited time!


If you'd love to share about us, feel free to grab our new logo!To see our entire stamp collection click hereFor project ideas and tutorials click here.




01 June 2017

New Digital Stamp Duos - An Inspiring Throwback to Classic Cardmaking + Giveaway

Wow, I can't believe it's June already! Of course, the beginning of a new month also means more new stamps and for the first time in a long time I feel like this month's release captures the heart of classic cardmaking which makes the collection a very special one for the designers and I and we hope that you feel the same!

We are releasing 4 new digital stamp duo sets today! That's right, each of the sets includes 2 coordinating images and -as always- many sentiment options. Remember that digital gives you the freedom to play with the size, color and printing options of the images, which is what makes them so versatile! We have shared so many techniques along the way on how to expand your digital stamps so we really hope you are enjoying this creative journey together with us!




I am using the new set Sending Kindness today. I printed the pear flowers and the pears with a regular inkjet printer (which is the perfect format for alcohol marker coloring). I colored the images with Spectrum Noir Markers and fussy cut them to attach them to the card together as one image. For the background mat I printed the sentiment on one side and then cut it. (You can do this in Microsoft Word easily.) I then sponged one side of the mat with Distress Ink, flickered some water droplets and also some acrylic paint. That created a nice transition and completed the classic look of this card.



CRAFTY TIP FOR DIGIS: After I colored the images and before I adhered them to the card, I sprayed them a couple of times with Glitter Dust spray in Gold by Therm O Web. This is the BEST way to add shimmer to your digital stamps without any smear or ink bleeding. I have tried many other shimmer sprays but this one is by far the best. It dries instantly and the shimer and sparkle is beyond beautiful. You can get it in different glitter colors. The glitter doesn't come of, so that is another advantage!

I wanted to match the card base with the sparkle on the images and this stunning Nero Incandescent metallic cardstock was just perfect for the layering mat. I also used a beautiful olive green (Jelly Bean Green #100) -which matched the coloring nicely- for the card base. You can find both of these cardstocks on Paper Temptress!

Blog Hop & Giveaway:

This month one lucky winner will get a chance to win a $10 coupon to the shop! Make sure you leave a comment on any of the participating blogs for a chance to win. Today 2 guest designers are joining us too, so I am sure you will be inspired with all the project ideas we are sharing.


June Guest Designers:

Here is a preview of our beautiful new sets. Make sure to click here and visit the shop to take a closer look. For ideas and inspiration using these digis, make sure you visit the designers' blogs!



Thanks so much for stopping by today! I invite you to leave a comment letting us know which is your favorite set from this month's release! Can't wait to hear from you. Crafty hugs.

Sharing with: Word Art Wednesday - AG / Double D - Flower Galore / Dies R Us - Masculine / DL Art - Masculine

22 May 2017

Stenciled with Foil & Glitter - Tutorial with the new Mixed Media Medium


There's a new tutorial up on Therm O Web with a technique I know you will want to try out! Using new products from Therm O Web's new lines -Rebekah Meier's and Gina K's- today I show you how to create beautiful ombre backgrounds with foil and glitter (oh my!)...




Tutorial

Click here to see the complete step by step tutorial and list of supplies! Do let me know if you are going to try this out. Until next time!

20 May 2017

Here it is! New Video Tutorial - Watercolor Wash Backgrounds for Cards

Yay! Finally! Today I have a new video tutorial on these watercolor wash backgrounds I've been making lately! My followers have been asking to know more and some wanted to see the process! I've been wanting to make a video tutorial for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get back on track! 

The background I'm painting on the video is based on the ones I used for today's cards. I got new watercolor colors and I've been playing with warmer washes. I love how easy it is to finish a card when you use a watercolor wash... I love adding bold images and sentiments foiled on vellum. These sentiments are actually from my latest digi stamp release on Etsy and I think they look perfect on these backgrounds.



I am not using watercolor cardstock today, instead I am painting on metallic cardstock. This cardstock is called Cryogen White Iridescent and it is carried by Paper Temptress. It has a subtle shimmer and when your watercolor dries the cardstock sparkles through the color... Just beautiful.



I think making these backgrounds is my new crafty addiction! The process is very spontaneous so it is also relaxing and inspiring. I hope you are able to try it out too. If you do, do tag me on social media using #gracielliedesign


For more inspiration make sure you check out some other cards I shared recently using the same technique. I go through the details of how I put them together so that might be interesting for you also!


That is it! Thanks so much for visiting! I will be back with a new tutorial very soon! I invite you to subscribe by email to this blog so you don't miss any of our new projects!


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