Posted on March 21, 2017 by creativeunblock
Today I’ll show two cards (that I teased in my last post) using the lovely floral bouquet from Spellbinders’ Designer Series Feather from the Earth Air Water Collection by Stephanie Low. (There’s also a cool feather in the set, which has stamps and coordinating dies.)
I stamped the bouquet in VersaFine black ink (from Imagine Crafts), then painted using various markers. (And cut it out with the matching die.) To get my color, I scribbled the markers on a palette, then picked up the colors using my water brush. (I use this technique a lot when I want a watercolor look without a heavy saturation of water.)
When using markers, I use a variety, including Ranger Distress Ink, Faber Castell’s PITT Artist brushes, Tombow markers, etc. I also will dab water-based ink pads on my palette and pick up the color with the water brush. The sentiment was cut using a Technique Tuesday die from the Celebrate set.
Here’s a variation:
The components are mostly the same, but the frame is from Simon Says Stamp.
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Posted on March 10, 2017 by creativeunblock
One of the pleasures of attending an industry craft show is seeing new products and meeting new people. One of my favorite finds this time has been the stamp company Concord & 9th, which is less than two years old.
I am inspired by the company’s unique and innovative dies. I’ll try to explain two of them — the Happy Card Frame Die and the Love Notes Envelope die.
The Happy Card Frame die, with its interchangeable components, offers so many creative possibilities. The smaller die frame has a gap in it where there is no cutting blade. After you cut out the frame, the card portion is still attached. Then you add an insert die in that gap (in the above card the insert is the “happy.” There is also a pretty flower, which you’ll see in a minute). You line up the sides of the insert with the gap in the frame. When you run the die through again, with that extra piece in place, you cut out the sentiment and it is attached to the frame. Cool, huh?
But don’t listen to me … check out the excellent video here!
(Again, check out the video.)
Both cards also use the coordinating Happy Words stamp set.
Here’s the die set using the flower insert (flip the die around so the connection is now at the top of the card instead of the bottom):
There are so many other ways to mix and match the components (see the video!) For instance, you can also cut out that portion of the die and use it separately:
Pretty sweet, eh?
Stay tuned for a sample of the Love Notes Envelope Die — it’s a good one!
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