Sunday, November 27, 2016

Noel Christmas card with Plaid Background technique

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am back sharing another fun technique: how to make your own plaid background.  The background was created for a card using the festive Noel die from Suzanne Cannon's A Way With Words collection and the Stripes/Plaid stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

  1. Create plaid background: Apply alcohol inks onto felt then repeatedly tap felt onto alcohol ink-friendly card stock (coated or with a finish that allows the ink to move on the surface). Tip: Work quickly; alcohol inks dry fast. Air dry. Secure stencil to card stock using washi tape. Apply alcohol ink blending solution to a cotton ball and rub into the striped openings of the stencil. (This will remove color from the card stock.) Remove stencil and clean it. Air dry the background. Flip cleaned stencil over and repeat blending solution application to complete the plaid pattern. Remove stencil and clean it.
  2. Create frame: Die cut black card stock using Dotted Scallop Rectangle die and Stitched Rectangle die. (Stitched Rectangle die centered inside of Dotted Scallop Rectangle.) Keep the center piece for another project.
  3. Die cut Noel from white card stock and black card stock.
  4. Create a black card stock top-fold 4.25" x 5.5" card base. Cut plaid background to desired size and adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Add frame to background using foam tape for dimension. Using liquid glue, adhere both Noel die cuts, white over black, slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
  5. Create triple bow from sheer polka dot ribbon and adhere using liquid glue or a small piece of a Tombow Power Adhesive Tab. Add an embellishment to center of bow. (Shown: Oval cameo)
Elizabeth Craft Designs product used:
Other product used:
  • Alcohol ink card stock (Ranger Ink)
  • Alcohol inks in Red Pepper, Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow (Ranger Ink)
  • Applicator Tool and felt (Ranger Ink)
  • Sheer polka dot ribbon
  • Liquid Glue
  • Embellishment
  • Cotton ball
  • Washi tape
Thanks for stopping by! I do hope you enjoyed the card and will make your own version!  :)
Have a happy, crafty day!
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Christmas to Die for

Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Brrrrr" Chalkboard Technique card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I would like to share a quick and fun chalkboard winter card using the oh-so-cool 'Brrrr' die designed by Suzanne Cannon. It is a card that kids and kids at heart will love to make and give to family and friends. So...let's get to it!Instructions:
  1. Die cut a piece of white card stock using the Brrr die. Keep both the die cut and the negative piece of card stock. Secure the negative piece to a black card stock (larger than 4.25 x 5.5") using washi tape.
  2. Dab Distress Paint onto exposed area of the negative die cut.
  3. Remove white negative card stock and either air dry or use a heat tool to dry the paint.
  4. Die cut black card stock using Stitched Rectangles die. Die cut a piece of white card stock using Dotted Scallop Rectangles die. Mount onto blue top-fold 4.25 x 5.5" card base using double faced adhesive tape.
  5. Die cut white card stock using snowflakes. Lay out Brrr and snowflake die cuts to determine locations of snowflakes. Dab Distress Paint onto black background where you wish the snowflakes to be located. Air dry.
  6. Die cut 1/8" thick white foam using Brrr die. Mount onto black background using liquid adhesive glue. Mount die cut Brrr from white card stock onto foam using liquid adhesive. Adhere snowflakes using liquid adhesive. Trim snowflakes at edges of the card as needed so they don't extend past the black rectangle. Accent the center of each snowflake with a light blue gem.
Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:
  • Distress Paint (Broken China)
  • Black and white card stock
  • 1/8" white craft foam
  • Liquid adhesive
  • light blue gems
Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the chalkboard card.
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Christmas to Die for

Thursday, November 24, 2016

There is always something to be thankful for

Hello Crafty Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family in the United States.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to share a Thankful card using one of the beautiful stamps from Quietfire Design's Give Thanks set:
Give Thanks, Set of 2 Stamps - Mounted
This card was actually a project I created for a Quietfire Creations post last week but decided to share on my blog today. 
The patterned papers are from two Graphic 45 collections (Time to Flourish and Place in Time).  
Spellbinders dies (Victorian Medallion 3 and Fleur de Lis Squares) were used to die cut gold and ivory card stock.
For more details on the card, please feel free to visit the Quietfire Creations blog post.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Christmas is the day that holds all time together"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I created a Christmas card using the beautiful Quietfire Design stamp, Christmas is the day:
Christmas Is the Day - Mounted
The lovely patterned papers are from Graphic 45's Twelve Days of Christmas collection.

Dies used were Spellbinders (Labels 47 and Labels 47 Decorative Elements) and Memory Box (Hayden Twigs).
Also used were Distress Ink and Distress Stain (both Barn Door).  Stickles was applied to the roses and as berries on the twigs.

For more details, pop on over to the Quietfire Creations post.  Oh- and check out the Black Friday Sale at Quietfire!  There is a large selection of 50% off categories and all stamps are 30% off!  Woo-who!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo
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