Wednesday, October 17, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} Mandala Maker & Mandala Sentiments

I'm just popping in with a couple of cards I made using Technique Tuesday's Mandala Maker Crafting Die and the Mandala Sentiments Stamp Set. Both of my cards use the same four distress ink colours (linked below) in two very different ways. I used ink daubers to create a colour of rings for this background and misted it with water, followed by splatters of white, black and pink ink.

I only used the first two rings from the Mandala Maker Crafting Die. [Buy this die while it's 20% off at Ellen Hutson!] It's just so detailed and I wanted to feature it simply with white glitter cardstock. Its beauty stands alone and doesn't need any colour or inserts. I finished it with a sentiment from the Mandala Sentiments Stamp Set, which I popped up with foam tape.

My second card features four of the five rings from the Mandala Sentiments Stamp Set, stamped with the distress inks I used to create the watercolour background in the first card.

After stamping, I splattered the distress inks with a lot of shimmer spritz so it would react with the inked mandala colours.

I heat embossed the sentiment on vellum and die cut the circle, applying it to the centre of the mandala using vellum adhesive. Then I embellished the mandala with 3mm and 4mm sparkling clear sequins. This card is truly clean and simple in design but it's super sparkly in person.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring The Stamp Market: Beautiful Blooms & Lots of Leaves + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our other videos in this series, check out the original post HERE, which explains how and why we're sharing our own unique take on the same products. 

Today, we're featuring Beautiful Blooms and Lots of Leaves bundles by The Stamp Market! These stamps and dies are also sold separately at Ellen Hutson and you can find those links below. By the way, there's a die sale on at Ellen Hutson right now so you can buy the stamps and save on the dies! ;)

I can't say enough wonderful things about both these sets! Once you see Kalyn's take on Lots of Leaves, you know what I mean when I say the possibilities are endless. Go simple or complicated and you can do just about anything with this cute little set.

I can't wait to do more with these leaves, like make a wreath or just showcase the gorgeous word die! I don't think I'll ever tire of using these leaves for cards throughout the year. I would be easy to combine it with other sets, even the Beautiful Blooms and make cards for all occasions.

As I mentioned in my video, Beautiful Blooms is a one-of-a-kind stamp set where the greenery is designed to nestle up against the flowers for one-layer stamping without the need to mask! This is really genius and I haven't seen it anywhere else.

With five fabulous sentiments, I'm sure you can imagine these blooms in just about every colour combo. Beautiful Blooms is perfect for creating your best friend's next card in her favourite colours.

We’re giving away one $25 gift certificate to The Stamp Market store. One lucky winner will be chosen randomly from my video or Kalyn’s video. You must be a subscriber to both our channels!

Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on October 22, 2018 and the winner will be announced in the YouTube description for today's video shortly after. Be sure to check back then.

Please head over to Kalyn's blog and YouTube channel to see her take on Beautiful Blooms and Lots of Leaves!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family! I hope you had an amazing long weekend filled with the company of loved ones and great food. Today, I'm sharing a couple of cards I put together using the coloured images I shared on Instagram a few days ago.

At first look, you may think that the Happy Thanksgiving stamp set is only for planners and not for cardmakers but I've found that planner stamp sets are extremely useful for cardmaking and some of my favourite Technique Tuesday stamp sets are specifically planner sets!

This first card basically uses the same circle of images I shared on Instagram but I swapped the turkey with the apple and pear so that the colours were more evenly distributed around the wreath. I also wanted to use the remaining image - the branch of leaves, which was impossible to fussy cut - so I stamped those on the card base to create a basic wreath, leaving space in between for all of the images.

Since I scored the background before stamping, I had to heat emboss the main sentiment on vellum before attaching it to the panel. I popped the images on foam tape to give the card dimension.

The sentiment on my second card was also heat embossed and I went with a grid layout for the images to balance the longer, blockier sentiment.

This time, I just added two simple score lines to the vertical edges. Just like on the first card, I also stamped some of the images on the panel before adhering the coloured pieces. For example, the pie and turkey now have their steam, and the pumpkin, acorn and fruit now have their stems. The images on this card were adhered flat with glue.


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