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Spring is here with lots of tulips

Hello, Hetty here again with some cute little cards.

Spring has arrived in my art room! Not outside though….too much rain and very heavy winds today. So it was a good day to start using my new distress oxide inks for these ATC’s. I used the tulip stamp set. For each card I used another color. After stamping the tulip. I covered it with a post it note image. Then I stamped with the same color the text behind it. If you want to see more detailed pictures, please hop over to my personal Craftchaos blog.

Now as for the gemstones, don’t they fit nicely and are the same color? Well, I used the same colors of distress markers to color the gemstones before I glued them to the card.

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!

 

 

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Shimmery Strips of Happiness

Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I’m sharing this sparkly card that I created with some leftover Dabbed Shimmers technique strips and a double happiness kanji stamp.  The strips in the background are the pieces left over from another project, and I could not bear to throw them away.  They are so pretty and shimmery.  To make these, I mixed some iridescent medium with distress ink (Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac) and dabbed them onto cardstock with a sponge.  No two pieces are alike, and it’s fun to see how they turn out.

I arranged the strips horizontally and adhered them to a white card.  Then I stamped the butterfly and the circle with Shaded Lilac distress ink onto white cardstock.  Both of the stamps are from the A407 Spring in Paris sheet at Art Neko.  After carefully trimming them out, I affixed them to my card with foam tape.

Would you like to see a tutorial on how to create the dabbed shimmers background?  Let me know in the comments, and if there is some interest, I’ll film a step by step tutorial for you.  🙂

 

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Paper Lanterns for the New Year

Hello. Hetty here and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. Now we are only  a few days away from the New Year, so i had to come up with a new year card for you. I made these paper lanterns with the snowflake background stamp.

You find a complete picture tutorial on my Craftchaos Blog, here I will explain a little too. First I stamped  the image with versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. The embossed flakes work as a resisit and when I colored the paper with blue distress ink, the snowflakes were popping up. Then I cut out the lanterns with a circle and an oval die. The shapes where run through a crimper and little strips of paper where added on top and bottom of the shapes. The tassels I had in my stash and where ready made and just perfect for my card. The background of the card is a now embossing folder from Stampin Up! and the sentiment for the New Year can be found here as Holiday Greetings.

Leaves me to wish you all a very Healthy, Energetic, Peaceful, Loving and Creative New Year!

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Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings

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Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings …

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing the fun background tutorial that I hinted at last week.  I call this the Peacock Background, even though there are no peacocks on this card.  The peacock moniker comes from the fact that I used a peacock distress ink to create this background.  I went to a retreat a couple of months ago, and the hostess shared this awesome technique with us there.  She actually got the idea from the fabulous Jennifer McGuire, but she changed some of the ink colors and stamps.  So I’m adapting this technique to use with the wonderful snowflake stamps from Art Neko today.  These snowflakes are from the Victorian Christmas sheet (A167) and the sentiment is from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet (A137).

Are you ready to get started with this technique?  Let’s start with the supplies you need:

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snowflake stamps from Art Neko

small acrylic block with Tack ‘n Peel on one side

hot press watercolor paper

Versamark ink pad

white embossing powder

Mermaid Lagoon distress ink

Blueprint Sketch distress ink

Peacock Feathers distress ink

nonstick craft mat

mister bottle filled with water

heat tool (not pictured)

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Step 1: Use the Tack ‘n Peel block to stamp the snowflakes with Versamark onto the hot press watercolor paper.

 

 

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Step 2:  Cover the snowflakes with white embossing powder, shake off the excess, and melt the powder with the heat tool.

 

 

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Step 3:  Smoosh the three distress inks onto the nonstick craft mat.

 

 

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Step 4: Spray each pool of ink with water.

 

 

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Step 5:  Dip your fingers into one of the pools of color and tap your inky fingers onto your snowflake embossed paper.

 

 

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Step 6: Repeat with the remaining colors.  Use your heat tool to dry the colors when it gets too wet.  Keep dipping your fingers into the inks and tapping them onto the paper until the background has the desired look.

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Step 7:  Use the heat tool to dry the piece completely or let it sit for several hours.  Use as desired.

 

 

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A note of warning – your fingers will be blue for at least two days.  You can wear a latex glove if you want to avoid inky fingers.  Feel free to try this technique with other distress ink colors, such as reds, greens, purples, and even browns.  Distress inks are the best for this kind of technique.  You can try this with other dye inks, but they may not react as much with the water, and you may not achieve this result.  I used hot press watercolor paper because it is smoother and easier to stamp on.  The watercolor paper is stronger than regular cardstock and it will not warp as much.

I’d love to see your creations if you decide to try this technique!  Have a wonderful week!

 

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