Friday, October 23, 2020

Concord & 9th | October 2020 Feature Friday | All the Letters & Numbers Bundle and Painted Bundle

Hi, everyone! I'm back with my second Feature Friday projects for Concord & 9th. This week, Joan BardeeLauraJane and I are showcasing the All the Letters & Numbers Bundle and the Painted Bundle. There were a lot of products in these bundles and I had so much fun combining them all! I needed a lot of space so I decided to take advantage of the extra space provided by slimline cards.

I used the same colour theme on both cards - Grapefruit, Stardust, Evergreen, Aqua Sky, Peacock, Dove and Mushroom - because that makes it easier for me to create and the cards also look great when photographed together. LOL This is especially helpful when making slimline cards because it's not as easy to photograph slimline cards, as I'm sure you know!

The All the Letters & Numbers Bundle includes five items, including four stamp sets and a die set. I managed to use something from all those sets on my first card. Most of the letters were die cut with the coordinating cardstock colours, the heart and number 3 were stamped with the coordinating ink colours, and some letters were stamped with both the solid and outline letter stamps, then the die cut letters were adhered over top, showing just a peek of the stamping for emphasis.

Both the stamped sentiments at the top and bottom of the card are from the Painted Sayings Stamp Set. Both the White and Dove cardstock are from Concord & 9th.

I love these tall skinny letters and numbers. You can use them to form longer words on cards of all sizes, even the standard A2 cards. I had so many ideas, even those license plate riddles that you often see. It would be so fun to sit down and make a bunch of cards with that theme.

I was so giddy when I figured out that I could use the large shapes from the Painted Shapes Stamp Set to make emojis! Originally, I stamped the faces directly on to the Stardust circles but the colours changed and the Grapefruit eyes didn't show up well. I used masking paper to keep those parts white while I stamped the head.

Since I was using mini ink pads on such a large stamp which resulted in lines, I had to double stamp the circle. A slimline doesn't fit into the Original MISTI stamping tool so I think I will have to get the larger Memory MISTI stamping tool if I continue to make more slimline cards. I was quite nervous about doing all this stamping with a large acrylic block but it turned out to be very easy to line up. I love the results of this fun card!

If you were inspired by my cards, please consider using my affiliate links to purchase items! This is helpful to me and also lets Concord & 9th know that you like my work using their products. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Cozy Cards for Autumn and Thanksgiving featuring NEW Stencils

Hello, friends! I hope the fall weather is nice where you are. It's been quite cool here but we've had big swings in temperature with a lot of rain so I wanted to make some uplifting cards for the season and U.S. Thanksgiving! These cards feature three of the 12 new stencils from Taylored Expressions' latest release. My video also shows you the beautiful new pastel blender brushes and tool tray. I hope you enjoy it!

I apologize in advance for the photo-heavy post but with three cards, I can't help but share how beautiful these stencils are! My first card features the A New Leaf Stencil with the On the Block Happy and Building Blocks Happy Additions stamp sets and coordinating dies.

Using my blender brushes, I used three of greens and blues on each leaf and alternated the greens and blues between rows. You can find the six ink colours in the supply list below.

I heat embossed the sentiment on coloured cardstock which makes it super sparkly and ups the wow factor of the card. I kept the overall design very simple to let the stencil take centre stage.

My second card features the Falling Happy Stencil with the Simply Smitten and Building Blocks Happy Additions stamp sets. I just love how the words on this stencil appear to be twinkling like lights and fade away.

I coloured the sweet bear and his pumpkins with Copic markers. The sentiment strip is a supplement to the stencil so it reads 'Happy Happy Happy Thanksgiving'. All of the elements are popped up with sticky circles and sticky strips.

Canadian Thanksgiving is over but I'm looking forward to sending cards to my friends and family in the U.S. next month.

This last card might be my favourite but you'll have to let me know! It features the Play the Angle Stencil which is something I tend to do with backgrounds and embossing paste anyway so I definitely had to have it. I added the hanging vines from Simply Smitten and a secondary sentiment from Building Blocks Happy Additions to complete this card. 

Using the Rectangle Masking Stencil over the Play the Angle Stencil, I was able to create a white border on the panel. I used the same three green inks to create an ombre effect, then added matte texture paste over top for dimension.

You still have time to earn six free stencil strips with every $100+ purchase at the Taylored Expressions store during the month of October.

Thanks so much for watching!


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Studio Katia | Happy Pawlidays

If there's one thing I learned from making this card, it's that colouring a big image like this can restore my mojo! This super adorable image from the Happy Pawlidays stamp set is the design and makes for a quick and easy card. I love all of the cute little details and the kitty licking a candy cane makes me laugh!

I started by die cutting a panel from Dotted Patterns Set 3, then stamping and heat embossing the image with super fine clear embossing powder. I created my custom sentiment using two of the words included in the Happy Pawlidays stamp set, curving it to wrap around the pile of cats and dogs. Then I used mini distress inks to watercolour the entire image and you can find all of the colours in the supply links below. 

After the image dried, I ink blended the edges with weathered wood distress ink to warm up the card. To finish, I ink blended the card base with peeled paint distress ink, stencilled Snow-Fetti on top with white pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. It's a nice subtle way to create a frame, leaving the main image to shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by!