Wednesday, May 23, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} Neat & Tangled Winner!

Hey there! Thanks so much for tuning into my latest video for Two Many Cards along with Kalyn Kepner! We enjoyed showcasing Neat & Tangled's Ride With Me stamp set and dies for you all and loved reading every single one of your comments on our blogs and YouTube channels. In case you missed them, we would love it if you stopped by and joined in on the fun!

We used to choose the winner of a $25 gift certificate to the Neat & Tangled store and that lucky lady is Mary-Anne Venginickal! The first box shows that the comment came from Kalyn's YouTube video and the second shows the comment that won. Congratulations, Mary-Anne! Please check your inbox for an email from us to be set up with your gift certificate.

We will be back with the next installment in our video series on May 30th. Get excited for what's featured next - Hint: it's not a stamp set! ;)

Monday, May 21, 2018

{Altenew Video} May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

I'm thrilled to be joining Altenew for the May 2018 Release Blog Hop! I made six cards using five new products and I also have a video which highlights one of the stamp sets, Botanical You. Botanical You is a layering wreath set that is so unique since the wreaths form the word YOU. I'll let the video do most of the talking since this post is long enough without me writing a novel. ;)

I used the same colour scheme for this set of four cards in case I wanted to give this set away as a gift. Visually, it also looks nice and the consistency helps you focus on the techniques, as well as the versatility of this set. The blues are the two lightest shades in the Cool Summer Night ink collection and the corals are the two lightest shades in the Tea Party ink collection.

The first card is the simplest but the partial die-cutting adds that wow factor. The pearls add that extra special something. However, if you're a true clean and simple, one-layer stamper, this card is still stunning without the added die-cutting and embellishments.

My second card places the wreath word on an angle, stamped three times. Again, I used the partial die-cutting technique but only on the centre wreath. I sponged the upper left- and lower right-hand corners with Pink Pearl ink, which is the lightest of the Tea Party ink collection used to stamp the berries and flowers on the wreaths. I also added pearls to the O in the middle of the card.

The next two cards uses the wreath letters separately, rather than as a unit. I die cut them completely to use the letters in different arrangements.

This third card uses the letters on black die cuts, which resemble shadows. This makes the letters appear larger and also closer together on the card. I sponged around the entire panel using Sea Glass and scattered pearls across the entire word; they are not so concentrated on the O as on the two previous cards.

My last card has the shortest sentiment but the most unique way to use the wreath. Using only the letter U, I was able to create a fun phrase by stamping the secondary sentiment four times in all of the colours used on the wreath.

I also dry embossed the panel using the Floral Drape Stencil, which gives this clean and simple design its wow factor.

I kept the pearls to a minimum this time, only adding a few to the left side of the letter U. Quick, add Botanical You to your cart now!

To create the colour wash at the top of the card, I smooshed all four of the colours from the Cool Summer Night ink collection on my craft sheet and used a large brush to drag the colours down, one at a time, from dark to light. I love how it turned out and I think I need to do this again!

I used those same watercolours, plus two greys from the Warm Gray ink collection to colour the heat embossed Starry Flowers, then added enamel dots in coordinating colours.

This last card looks more complicated than it is. It was probably my favourite to make. While I was stamping the Starry Flowers for the previous card, I stamped two extras and clear embossed them. After die cutting, I simply adhered them to the grey base.

Then I cut a slightly smaller panel of vellum cardstock, on which I adhered the die cut letters from the Fine Alphabet Die Set. The gold glitter cardstock cut like butter and the flat base made the letters super easy to line up with my design ruler.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Friday, May 25, 2018 for a chance to win. The SIX winners will be announced on both blogs on May 27, 2018.

I am also giving away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky winner drawn from comments left on my blog. Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on May 25, 2018 and I will announce the winner on May 26, 2018.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!