Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! It's Tuesday, my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. Here's a slimline Halloween card created with the Witches Kit Rubber Cling Stamp Set by Carabelle Studio and spiders from the Pumpkin Party Clear Stamp Set 1055 by Autour de Mwa for AALL and Create

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
140 lb. Mixed Media Cardstock by Strathmore
Raven Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Seedless Preserves, Gathered Twigs, and Black Soot Distress Ink by Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink
Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders Paper Arts
Inner Peace Slimline Baroque Stencil by Jenine's Mindful Designs for Studio Light
Straw Yellow, Deep Cadmium, Orange Crome, Spectrum Blue, May Green, Grass Green, Olive Green, Mineral Green, Rose Pink, and Olive Green Watercolor Pencils by Derwent
Orange, Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Red, Brick Red, Green, Lavender, Lt Brown, French Blue, Prussian Blue, and Grey Kimberly Watercolor Pencils by General's
Sap Green, Green Bice, Canary Yellow, Burnt Carmine, Pink, Indigo Blue, and Black Chalk Pencils by General's
White Colored Pencil by Prismacolor
Black Multi-liner by Copic.
Repositionable Sticker Paper by Avery
Stamping Platforms

  1. Cut a piece of Raven cardstock to 8" x 9". Score at 4" and fold to form a slimline card, which will fit into a #10 envelope. Put aside.
  2. Position the pumpkin and cat stamp, the eyeball stamp, and the skull candle stamp from the Witches Kit Rubber Cling Stamp Set horizontally on the lid of a stamping platform. 
  3. Ink the stamps with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink by Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko and stamp twice,  once onto 140 lb. Mixed Media paper and once onto repositionable sticker paper.
  4. Fussy-cut the label paper versions and place them over their counterparts on the image panel as masks
  5. Use a Circles Nestabilities die to cut the repositionable sticker paper and thin packaging cardboard.
  6. Cut the top and bottom of the sticker paper circle off, so that it looks like a cauldron.
  7. Place the sticker paper over most of the masked eyeball.
  8. Place a ruler horizontally across the base of image panel, covering the bottom parts of the images. 
  9. Brush Seedless Preserves Distress ink over the masked images and the ruler onto the image panel.
  10. Move the ruler to cover the top part of the image.
  11. Brush Gathered Twigs Distress ink over the bottom portion of the image to ground the images.
  12. Place a stencil from Studio Light (no longer available, but several of their other stencils are available and fabulous) over the top part of the image panel..
  13. Brush Seedless Preserves Distress inks randomly over the stencil to add some interest to the background. 
  14. Brush Black Soot Distress ink randomly over the stencil to add more interest to the background.
  15. Remove the masks from the image panel.
  16. Use watercolor pencils and a paint brush to color the images.
  17. Use a black watercolor pencil around the edges of the cauldron, place the thin packaging cardboard circle outline on the image panel so that the circle/cauldron's outline is visible.
  18. Sponge or brush Black Soot Distress ink over the aperture across the cauldron.
  19. Use chalk pencils to add multi-colored bubbling steam above the cauldron.
  20. Use the black chalk pencil to add shading to the the cauldron, around the eyeball, and shadows below the images.
  21. Use a white colored pencil to add highlights to the cauldron.
  22. Place the image panel back onto the stamping platform.
  23. Position the spider stamp from the Pumpkin Party Clear Stamp Set 1055 facedown on the top left of the image panel. 
  24. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and stamp.
  25. Remove, clean, and dry the spider stamp.
  26. Move it so that the spider is the left of the eyeball. 
  27. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and stamp.
  28. Remove, clean, and dry the spider stamp.
  29. Move it so that the spider is the left of skull.
  30. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and stamp.
  31. Use a Black Multi-liner pen to add a web line from the spiders and their dangling source.
  32. Use a blue metallic marker from the Essentials Bright Metallic Colorista Markers was used to color the swirls around the pumpkin. 
  33. Use the red metallic marker from the same set was used to add the red hourglass to the spiders' backs to transform them from normal spiders to Black Widow spiders. 
  34. Trim the image panel to 3.75" x 8.75" and edge with Black Soot Distress ink.
  35. Adhere the image panel to the reserved black card.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Happy Autumn Shaker Card Tutorial

Here’s an embossed shimmery shaker card tutorial created for Imagine Crafts with a Kaleidacolor Inkpad, several Memento Dew Drop Inkpads, and a Golden Glitz Delicata pad.

Imagine Crafts Supplies:

Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor Inkpad

Golden Glitz Delicata Ink

Dandelion, Tangelo, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies, Lady Bug, and Rhubarb Stalk Memento Dew Drop Inks

Sponge Daubers

Tear It! Tape

On Point Glue

Craft Mat

Other Supplies:

Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers

Rust Cardstock by Bazzill Basics

Gel Press Petites by Gel Press (available at Topflight Stamps)

Falling Leaves Embossing Folder by Spellbinders Paper Arts

Leaf Die Set by Stampendous

Word Dies by Frantic Stamper

Shaker Contents from a variety of sources

Acrylic Stamping Block

91% Isopropyl Alcohol


Heat Gun by EK Success

Big Shot


Step 1. 

Place the square Gel Press Petite onto an acrylic block. BTW, the Gel Press Petites package also contains petite circle and triangle Gel Presses.

Step 2:

Open the Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor pad, Press the mini Gel Press against the pad, slide the Gel Press down to fill the Press with ink.

Step 3:

Flip the acrylic block so that the inked Gel Press is face up. You’ll notice that the paper is not straight. It’s good to apply the ink in a random pattern. Place a piece of white cardstock against the Gel Press and pull the print. 

Repeat Step #2 and Step #3 until the paper is covered with ink. 

Repeat Steps #2 and 3 again to create a second print.

Step 4:

Spray the print (which looks like a hot mess at this point) with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol until the paper is saturated. Heat set.

Step 5:

Coat both prints with Purell to further lighten and blend the colors. A side benefit is that your hands will get clean!

Step 6:

Mist the prints with water to add some white droplets and splatter. Heat set both sides to dry and flatten the paper.

Step 7:

Use Sponge Daubers to apply yellow from the Kaleidacolor pad, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Sugar Plum, Dandelion, Tangelo, Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Ladybug, and Lilac Posies Memento Inks to enhance the colors on both prints. 

Step 8: 

Spray the prints again with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. Heat set both sides of the paper.

Step 9:

Place a print inside the embossing folder and run it through a die-cut machine.

Step 10:

Use a leaf die to cut the embossed print. Reserve the die-cut leaf for another use.

Step 11:

Apply Golden Glitz Delicata to the edges of the leaf window and the panel. 

Lightly tickle the embossed elements to add some glittery golden touches to the design.

Heat set.

Step 12:

Flip the embossed print. Take a second to admire the colors of the reverse. The ink colors change and meld somewhat due to the Isopropyl Alcohol.

Place Tear It Tape around the edges of the leaf  on the back of the panel. Secure a piece of acetate to the tape on the panel.

Step 13:

Place foam tape around the edges of the leaf to create a well for the shaker contents. Be sure that there are no gaps between the pieces of tape. Use an embossing buddy or a dryer sheet to gently rub the sides of the tape and the acetate window so that the shaker contents can move freely.

Fill the aperture with your selection of shaker contents.

Carefully pull the backing off of the foam tape and place a piece of cardstock over the aperture to seal the shaker.

Step 14: 

Use cutting dies to cut rust cardstock (not shown). 

Apply Golden Glitz Delicata Ink to the die-cuts.

Step 15:

Adhere the sentiment below the shaker element.

Step 16:

Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the front of the shaker card to a Rust A2 card.

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