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!


18 May 2017

30% OFF just for you! -This Weekend Only- & Lots of inspiration!

That's right! I wanted to stop by to let you know about our sale! This weekend only get 30% OFF all our digital stamps and papers! This is an exclusive offer for our social media friends! If you haven't subscribed to Graciellie Design on Instagram I invite you follow us there too.


Are you still thinking about trying out digital stamps? Do you need more inspiration? Well, below I have a video with many, many projects the design team and I have shared during the last few months. Our digis are amazing for coloring, but we have stretched them and have used them for foiling, foil resist coloring, watercoloring, heat embossing, paper piercing, and much, much more!



If you're still not convinced after seeing all these beautiful projects, let me show you another video in which I share some tips and tricks using our digi stamps!


Follow me to my Etsy Studio shop and take advantage of this sale! 
To get your 30% OFF just use our coupon code IGFRIENDS30 during checkout!
Click here to check out our latest stamp collections.




I'm so glad you stopped by! I invite you to share this sale with all your crafty friends... Help us spread the word! Until next time.




15 May 2017

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds & Big Foiled Butterflies + This month's Winner

A few weeks ago I tried out new watercolors -those that come in tubes-. I was surprised to learn how pigmented they are and how much they allowed me to play with the colors, blending them to create beautiful washes. Well, that is exactly how today's cards started off!



This month's release at the shop was very special to me, because it is my birthday month and we had a special bonus stamp release (Pray Digital Stamp Set). I have been so technique driven this month that I based my stamp choice for today purely on how I wanted to finish off these backgrounds. I used 3 colors for this watercolored wash: Ultramarine, Rose and Purple Pale.

These stunning butterflies are from a set called Persevere -available now on Etsy-. I printed the butterflies on vellum at around 3.5 and 2.5 inches (using Microsoft Word to resize and arrange my print), using a laser printer. I then foiled them at low temperature with a Silver Deco Foil Transfer Sheet. I fussy cut each butterfly and attached them to the background.




We have lots of inspiration for you today -as always-, so make sure you leave each of these talented ladies some love!

Shylaa Shree
Barbara Thompson
María Pilar
Agnieszka Wolnicka-Pawlik
Ginny Maxam
Arjita Sepaha Singh

Guest Designer:
Maria Luisa



Winners

This month's winner of a $10 Gift Card + Our Special Release Set Pray is: Kathy the Teawife Congratulations! Please send me an email through the contact form so I can send you your prize!

We also have another winner! We never got an email from our Westcott Brand Scissors' winner so we had to draw a new one! The new winner is: CherylQuilts

Once you finish the blog hop I hope you do come visit us at our Etsy shop! There are so many sets for your crafty projects there! I know you will find something perfect for your cardmaking style! 


Thanks for visiting today! Until next time.


08 May 2017

Personalized Photo Frames with Deco Foil + Freebies

Sometimes we just need a little something extra to make your home decor pop! Today I have a fun idea using Deco Foil to personalize your photo frames and make them extra special and there is a complete tutorial too that comes with some very cute freebies!



Therm O Web Supplies:
Deco Foil™ PeelnStick Toner Sheets
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Gold12″ Foil 
Laminator

Other Supplies:
Two Journaling Cards (free printables)
Photo frame
Floral Patterned Paper
Hot Pink Paper

Tutorial & Freebies

Click here to find the complete step by step tutorial on this project at Therm O Web's blog. You'll see that it really takes no time to make and very little supplies! There are 2 free files included that you can make not only this project with but also notecards and journaling cards also! Enjoy.


Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this idea! Would you try it out? This frame with photos of my newborn daughter and a second one with photos of my son are now hanging on my craftroom! It goes perfect with the rest of the decor.

Thanks so much for visiting. Until next time.


03 May 2017

Tone on Tone Stamping & Coloring - Stunning Mason Jar Bouquet Stamps

Today I'm sharing my first card using one of Sweet 'n Sassy's new stamp set Mason Jar Bouquet! This set is so pretty, so versatile and is perfect for coloring.




I stamped the flowers in hot pink dye ink and colored them in the same color, to create a tone on tone effect. I have been using watercolor markers to color a lot lately and I've also been drawn to bright, summer colors. I watercolored this flowers in hot pink using very little water and added a fresh green on the leaves. I decided they would look great with a few green leaf die cuts. I used foam squares to give them dimension.

The sentiments in this set are so beautiful, a very nice font and size. I was able to stamp this Mother's Day greeting  in black, on one side of the die cut panel matching the rest of the card design.


The images are so striking and pretty I really didn't need to do much for my card base. I just die cut a large intricate panel, cut it in half and layered the pieces creating a lace border like design. Details such as the black and silver Reversible Satin Ribbon and pearls tie the card together.

I hope you enjoyed today's post! Make sure to stop by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps today to check out this and other new clear stamp sets available now. Until next time.

Sharing with: Crop Stop Challenge - AG (Using Tim Holtz Water Brush) / Cupcake Inspirations - Color palette / Paper Players - Tic Tac Toe /

02 May 2017

Wow! No Line Coloring with Digital Stamps May - New Release + New Guest Designer

Yes, wow! I've seen everyone doing no line coloring with clear or rubber stamps but I knew it had to be possible with digis too! I'll get into it in a minute! Today is our May Release Blog Hop and this one is extra special because May is my birthday month! We have 5 new stamp sets, 2 of which have been available as a pre-release on the shop and of course the designers have prepared amazing inspiration posts that you can't miss! I am featuring below one of our newest stamp sets: Amazing Things, that includes a lovely vintage floral image and 5 encouraging sentiments perfect for those who need hope for things ahead.


I have 2 printers, a "regular" inkjet and a laser printer. Both are super useful for digital stamp printing. Laser prints allow you to foil and watercolor images without any smearing. Inkjet allows you to heat emboss on some glossy/non-porous papers and is great for copic coloring, but guess what? It smears with water... So I thought that if I printed this gorgeous flower in a light gray in the inkjet, the outline would melt with the watercolors and give me the perfect no line coloring effect... And it worked!


I used Kuretake Zig markers (my favorite watercolor medium right now). I used 3 tones of purples/pinks to achieve the look on these petals and a good amount of patience... I tried to color using as little water as possible, wetting one petal at a time before I started adding color, moving my brush carefully towards the end of the petals each time.

I know many have been wanting to try this out, so I went ahead and tested the technique first for you! It does work and the effect is just as it would be with a rubber stamped image! I personally love this flower so much, but watercoloring makes it even better!



Blog Hop & Giveaway

A lucky winner will have a chance to grab some new stamps from the shop! Our prize is a $10 gift certificate to the shop plus our new Pray handlettered stamp set, which is our special commemorative set for the month of May. For a chance to win leave a comment on the blogs!  Each comment will give you an entry to the giveaway.

Ginny Maxam 
Larissa Collins
Barbara Thompson 

Shylaa Shree
Gayatri Viswanathan
Arjita Sepaha Singh
Agnieszka Wolnicka-Pawlik
María Pilar


May Guest Designer:
Maria Luisa



I hope you have a great time during the hop and enjoy the tips, tutorials and projects we are all sharing. For more ideas and inspiration make sure to subscribe, so you always get our newsletter! Come back on the 15th as we will be sharing our winner then.

Winner

Before I go, we have a winner from our Westcott Brand blog hop! The winner that gets 2 pairs of scissors -chosen randomly from comments on the participating blogs- is: AnnePlease send me an email through the contact form (click contact on the blog tabs) so I can coordinate your prize! Congratulations!

01 May 2017

Perfect Technique for Mass Producing Cards - Quilted cards with Therm O Web

I'm up on Therm O Web's blog today sharing a fun card idea that is colorful, cute and also perfect for mass producing. Faux quilted cards are easy to make once you have your design set and you get lots of paper pieces from cutting a pattern so you can make many cards at once. 



Therm O Web Supplies:
Memory Tape Runner XL™
iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive™ Sheets • Lg
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Silver Stars
Zots™ Singles • 3-D

Other Supplies:Patterned Paper Pack
Ruler
Scissors
Paper Trimmer
White cardstock
Rhinestone stickers

Make sure you check out the complete tutorial on how to make faux quilted cards by clicking here. For more ideas and inspiration follow Therm O Web's blog for more ideas on how to use their foils, adhesives and other products.

29 April 2017

Mixed Media Card with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

If you follow me on social media you know that lately I have been playing with some mixed media and making fun backgrounds. Today I am sharing card for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps using one of those backgrounds I came up with.


This fun and colorful background started out as a way to try out some Mixed Media Sheets and I instantly became addicted to the sheets and got all my mixed media supplies out. I really wanted to use this background for a card so I decided to stamp and color these flowers from my stamp set for SNSS Floral Greetings. I watercolored them with Zig markers and wasn't careful about it because I wanted the coloring to match the playful background.

I decided to add stamped words here and there to the background using new stamps from the set Words of Life: Actions using Mix'd Media Inx. A torned piece of fuscia cardstock brings together all the elements just as a piece of ribbon would. To finish the card I stamped and heat embossed in clear a sentiment from Floral Greetings on vellum.


This card has inks, ink sprays, acrylic and tempera paints, watercolor markers and even a touch of foil. There is really a bit of everything on it and I love how it turned out. It was lots of fun to make and I know I will be trying it out again!

For more ideas and inspiration make sure to follow my blog and also subscribe to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps where the designers showcase amazing projects every week. Until next time.

24 April 2017

New Pre-Release Handlettered Stamps - Coloring with Ink Sprays

As May approaches Graciellie Design gets ready for a brand new release but May is going to be an extra fun month because it is my birthday! To celebrate I put together a very special stamp set that includes a bonet girl (that I absolutely love) and handlettered sentiments! For the first time I digitalized my handlettering and decided to create this set and share it as a pre-release! So yes, Pray is now available on the shop!




The set includes 2 versions of the bonet girl, the one you see in the cover and a second one that allows you to color her dress, do paper piercing and more! For my card today I decided to foil this sweet girl and color her wish splashes of ink spray. The images foil beautifully, and gives the card a store-bought look.

Today is the beginning of our May pre-release so starting tomorrow the designers will all be sharing their take on this new sweet set. Make sure to join us, as we share on our blogs and social media throughout the week.

If you love this set help us share the excitement and leave a comment so we know what you think. For more details and to get this set now visit us at the shop here. Thanks so much for stopping by!


22 April 2017

Stained Flowers DIY Patterned Paper with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Floral specialty papers can be beautiful, especially when they have a metallic finish. I decided to go ahead and try to make my own using Floral Greetings and Peaceful Peonies from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Laser Silver Lustre paper.


I stamped the flower multiple times to create a pattern. I used Color Box Mix'd Media Inx in Truffe and heat embossed it with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger. I then colored the flowers applying a bit of Zig markers and spreading the color using my fingers. I kept layering the color until I was happy with the shading. This technique gives the flowers a stained look. The glossy paper allows the color to glide and you end up getting a different coloring effect.

I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment on Heavyweight Vellum #48 and cut a banner. I decided to fussy cut 2 flowers from the remainding stamped paper and adhere them on top of a simple pink frame cut from Mountain Rose Glimmer cardstock -which goes along perfectly with the Rose Quartz Mica / Metallic card base. To add dimension to the frame and flowers I used 3D Foam Strips and Foam Squares.




I hope you enjoyed today's project idea. Make sure to visit Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps to check out these and other new clear stamp sets available now. For more ideas and inspiration visit SNSS blog!

Thanks for visiting.


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