Friday, August 2, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - Creating Smiles


Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.   This sentiment is another one of my favorites and today I’m using it for a thank you card.   I combined it with the Rows of Diamonds stencil for a card that I hope will make the recipient smile.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.

I started by taping my card stock to the back of the Rows of Diamonds stencil, then placing it on my Wendy Vecchi Stay-Tion.  I love this new tool for working with stencils - the magnets hold the stencil firmly in place but they are easier to move than the magnets we are used to in our stamping platforms like the MISTI. 
I applied a rainbow palette of Distress inks over the stencil (I’ve listed the colors below.)  
Without moving the stencil, I used a microfiber cloth to gently wipe the ink from the stencil then I used VersaMark cube to apply ink all over the colored areas.  (I like the cube size of the VersaMark ink for this type of applicationg because you can get into all the small spots on the stencil more easily.)  I removed the stencil, covered the image with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I applied Distress Antique Linen ink to “age” the paper then wiped the image again with a microfiber cloth to remove the ink from the embossed areas.  Next I trimmed the piece to 4 1/8" x 5 1/4" then used a rectangle die to cut out the center of the cardstock.  You could also use an X-acto knife to cut out the rectangle.  
I applied foam tape to the back of the image so it would be raised above the sentiment on the completed card.
Next I stamped the sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock with VersaFine Vintage Sepia, embossed with clear embossing powder then applied Distress Antique Linen over the image.  I centered the stenciled piece over the sentiment, the adhered that to a piece of So Silk Glamour Green cardstock that had been adhered to an A2 card.  
After the card was assembled, I sprayed it lightly with Imagine Craft Shimmer Spritz to add a bit of sparkle, then added a few gems for just a bit more sparkle.
This card came together very quickly so it would be easy to make several (in a variety of colors) to have a stash of multi-purpose cards.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Magenta Products Used
TM309 Rows of Diamonds

07.861.K - You Make My Heart Smile

Other Products Used
Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet)
Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-Tion
Imagine Craft Shimmer Spritz
VersaMark
VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink

Friday, July 12, 2019

Super Saturday with Pam – Floral Encouragement


Welcome back to Super Saturday. I needed to make some encouragement cards and this sentiment from Magenta has always been one of my favorites.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here
I started by using my MISTI to stamp the Sketch Blossom on a piece of white cardstock with VersaFine Black Onyx ink.  Without moving the stamp, I rotated the paper and stamped again.  I repeated this process again so I had a total of three stamped images for each card. 
I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils.  I used yellow and oranges for the flowers on one card and pinks and reds for the petals on the other card.  
I wanted to re-stamp and emboss over the original image to define the lines of the flower.  I used an anti-static powder tool on the images because the embossing powder will sometimes stick to the colored pencil.  I returned the cardstock to the MISTI the stamped each image with VersaMark ink.  I embossed with gold embossing powder on the yellow flowers and silver embossing powder on the red flowers, then used detail scissors to cut out the images.
For the background I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock with Sepia VersaFine ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. 
I placed a mask over the sentiment then lightly splattered with yellow, orange and gold watercolor paints.  I used pink, red and silver watercolor paints for the background for the red flowers. I let both pieces dry well.
I adhered the yellow background to a piece of yellow cardstock, then adhered it to a white A2 card.  After cutting out the flowers with detail scissors, I arranged them onto the background.  I used foam tape to adhere them to the front of the card.  Since the flowers extended over the edge of the yellow card, I trimmed them with scissors but I forgot to take a picture of that step.
For the second card I used a piece of dark pink cardstock and arranged the flowers so they fit within the edges of the card.


Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Magenta Products Used 
14.675.L Sketchy Blossom

Other Products Used

Prismacolor Pencils
VersaMark Ink
VersaFine Ink (Black Onyx, Sepia)
Gold, Silver, Clear Embossing Powder

Friday, June 14, 2019

Super Saturday with Pam – Spring Flowers


Welcome back to Super Saturday.  I love using Distress Oxide Inks and colored pencils on kraft cardstock because the colors really pop.  I combined both this week, along with a stencil and stamp from the Magenta Spring Collection.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.


I embossed Magenta stencil TM309 with my Big Shot die cutting machine.  The recipe is base plate open to Tab 1, base cutting plate, rubber embossing mat, cardstock, stencil, cutting plate. 

Depending on your machine, you may also need to add a shim to get enough pressure to emboss the stencil design on the cardstock.
I taped the cardstock to the stencil, the used a blending brush to apply Distress Oxide inks, overlapping the colors slightly to blend the colors. 
I removed the stencil and set the piece aside to dry.

On another piece of kraft cardstock I stamped the Magenta stamp (#14.676) with VersaFine Sepia ink in my MISTI and left the stamp in place.  I colored the image with various Prismacolor pencils.  I ran my powder tool over the image then put the cardstock back in the MISTI. I stamped again with VersaMark ink, then embossed with gold embossing powder.

I masked off the stamped floral image then splattered gold ink over the piece. After the ink dried I wrapped gold thread around the opposite corners several times. 

To assemble the card I adhered the stenciled image to a piece of Glamour Green So Silk cardstock and adhered them to an A2 card.  I adhered the stamped image to a piece of Glamour Green So Silk cardstock, then adhered them to the card. 

This technique with stencils is so versatile.  I hope that you will give it a try.  Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Magenta Products Used:
Stencil TM309
Stamp 14.676

Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide Ink (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet)
Prismacolor pencils (Grass Green PC909; Spring Green PC913, Dark Green PC908, Magenta PC930, Carmine Red, PC926, Rose PC929, PaleVermilion PC921, Lemon Yellow PC915)
VersaMark Ink
Judikins Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Colorful Happy Birthday


Welcome back to my blog.  June is a busy birthday month for my family so I'm making lots of birthday cards. 
For today's card I decided to use Distress Oxide inks to make a colorful background.
I began by embossing my cardstock with a Magenta stencil in my Big Shot Die cutting machine before I added the ink.  This gives the card a bit more texture and interest.  To emboss with a stencil I began by cutting a piece of Elizabeth Craft Soft Finish white cardstock to 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.  I love this cardstock because it has a softly textured finish on one side and the ink blends on it really well.  To make the sandwich for embossing with the stencils is as follows:  Base plate open to Tab 1, cutting plate, rubber embossing mat, cardstock, stencil, cutting plate.  Depending on your machine, you may need to add a shim to get enough pressure on your cardstock. 

Align the stencil onto the cardstock and tape in place.  I used Distress Oxide inks in a rainbow order for this card but you can use any inks and combination.
I used ink blending brushes but you can also use other application tools to apply the color.  After I finished applying the ink, I removed the stencil and set the piece aside to dry.

Meanwhile, I cut the Memory Box #99684  ‘Happy birthday’ sentiment from a piece of glitter cardstock and used Copic markers to color the letters.  I also cut two more die cuts of the sentiment from white cardstock and adhered all three pieces together for a stacked sentiment that would stand out on the card.

To prepare the stenciled piece for cutting, I determined where I wanted to place the die cut.  I decided to start the word “Happy at 1” from the bottom left side of the card stock and end of the “birthday” sentiment ended about 2” from the bottom.  The sentiment measures about 1 1/8” tall so wanted the opening to be 1 ¼” wide.  I turned the cardstock over and measured 1 “ from the top on the left side of the card, then made another mark at 2 ¼”.  (You need to do the opposite on the back side to get the angle right for the sentiment.)  On the right side of the cardstock, the first mark is at 2” and the second mark was at 3 ¼”.  Draw lines to connect the marks and then cut.  Note:  I worked this out on a piece of scrap paper first to make sure I had my measurements correct, then cut the stenciled piece.
I adhered the pieces to the front of a kraft cardstock A2 card, then adhered the die cuts to the opening. 

This techinique will work with any stencil and I've had fun experimenting with a variety of stencils and ink colors.  I hope you will give it a try.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Products Used
Distress Oxide Ink (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet)
Elizabeth Craft Soft Finish White 90lb Cardstock
Memory Box Happy Birthday, #99684

Friday, May 24, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - Adding Shine with Foil


Welcome back to Super Saturday.  You can also see today’s post on the Magenta blog here
This week I combined the beautiful, new Floral Trio stencil with foil to create a quick and easy birthday card.  I love the shine that foil adds to a card. 

I taped the stencil to a piece of textured white cardstock and applied Deco Foil transfer gel through the stencil.  (The textured cardstock gave a little bit more definition to the flower when the foil was applied.)  I removed the stencil and set it aside to dry.  Be sure to wash your stencil with warm water right away. 


I placed the piece of cardstock on a piece of wax paper to use as a carrier sheet in the laminator.  I cut pieces of teal foil and placed them over the flowers, then cut pieces of gold foil and placed them over the strips between the flowers. 

I ran the piece through the laminating machine, being careful not to move the foil.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and embossed with gold embossing powder.

To finish I adhered the piece to a piece of gold cardstock and then to an A2 card and added a few embellishments.

The Floral Trio is just one of the beautiful stencils in the newest Magenta collection and I hope you will try this new technique.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!



Magenta Products Used
TM 299 - Floral Trio

07.975.I - Happy Birthday Large
Other Products Used

Deco Foil Transfer Gel
Deco Foil (Teal, Gold)
VersaMark
Judikins Gold Detail Embossing Powder

Friday, May 3, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - New Stencils from Magenta!


Welcome back to Super Saturday.  You can also see today’s post on the Magenta blog here

I love, love the beautiful new stencils in Magenta’s new release. The new release also contains lots of beautiful stamps and you can see them all here.
When I recently needed a sympathy card, I reached for the new Floral Corner stencil and my gold embossing paste.  I taped the stencil to a piece of navy blue cardstock that I had cut to 4” x 5 ¼”.  Since the stencil is slightly smaller than the cardstock, I also used some Post-it notes to mask off the side of the stencil to avoid getting any paste on the cardstock. 
I applied the paste then removed the tape on three sides of the stencil, leaving the tape on the top of the stencil as a hinge.  I lifted the stencil gently away from the cardstock and set it aside to dry. 
I immediately washed the stencil with warm water.
While the paste was drying, I cut a piece of gold metallic cardstock to 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”.  Then I used the Rows of Diamonds stencil, along with an embossing mat in my Big Shot to emboss the design onto the cardstock.  To create the “sandwich” to emboss the cardstock with a stencil, open the platform to Tab 1, place a cutting mat on top, then the rubber embossing mat, the cardstock, the stencil and another cutting mat.  Depending on your machine, you may need to add a shim to get the design to emboss onto the cardstock.
When the stencil paste was dry, I put the piece in my MISTI then stamped “with Sympathy” and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I assembled the layers and place them on a navy blue A2 card.  I added a few gold dots from a sheet of peel offs for an accent.

All of the beautiful stencils in the new release will work very well with embossing paste, glitter, foil, and many other applications.  I hope you will try them.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Magenta Products Used
TM304 - Floral Corner
TM309 - Rows of Diamonds


Other Products Used:

Dreamweaver Gold Embossing Paste
Judikins Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink


Friday, April 5, 2019

Rediscovering Zig Cleancolor Watercolor Brush Pens


Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.  You can also see my card from today’s post on the Magenta blog here.  



I love my Zig Cleancolor Watercolor brush pens however I admit that I struggle with getting the shading that I want.  Recently I saw a post by Kelly Latevola that inspired me to try her technique for shading and I was so happy with the results.  You can see her blogpost here.
To create this card, I stamped the 3 Poinsettias – 3 Flowers stamp on a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock with Gina Kay Amalgam ink.  

I used Kelly’s technique to color the image with my Zig brush pens.  I applied a Sugar Almond Pink from the middle of the petal to the outer end.

Next I used a darker color on very end of the petal.  I used a different dark pink on each of the flowers – Peach Pink, Pink or Dark Pink.  I applied a very small amount of water with a fine point brush in the center and pulled it toward the color – instant blending!  
I had some help with this card.  My sweet boy Angus likes to keep me company.  
I used the same process for the other flowers.  Where petals overlapped, I waited for the intersecting piece to dry before painting the other petal to avoid any color bleeding.  I used May Green on the tendrils and the dots around the flowers and Red on the very center of the flower.
  
After the flowers were dry, I made a mask from the stamp and placed it over the colored image.  Next, I splattered gold paint over the open areas.  I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner with VersaFine Black Onyx ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I cut the image down, adhered it to a piece of light green cardstock, then adhered it to a white A2 card.


I hope you give this technique for the Zig markers a try.  Thanks for visiting my blog today!


02.318.Q 3 Poinsettias - 3 Flowers


Other Products Used:

Zig Cleancolor Waterbrush Pens
Gina Kay Amalgam Ink
VersaFine Black Onyx Ink