Sunday, 18 March 2018

Layered Die-cutting ft. Distress Oxide inks & Heat Embossing

Hello Everyone and welcome to/back to my blog! I hope that you are having a wonderful week!

This week I decided to play with my distress oxide inks and heat embossing and I love the result!

To make this card I started out my creating the layered flowers.  To do this I used the Altenew Layered Rose die set and cut out each piece of the flower twice and each leaf piece several times so I had lots to choose from for the final design. I cut them out of some Neenah Solar white card stock in 110lb version.

Once all my pieces were cut I used my distress oxide inks and applied colour to the die cuts by swiping the ink pad across the die cut.  For the flowers I used Carved Pumpkin for the base layer, Picked Raspberry for the middle layer and Candied Apple for the top layer. 

I worked on one colour at a time as I didnt want the ink to dry.  Once I had coloured all of the base pieces I put them into a container of WOW! Embossing Glitter in Neutral Ultra Shimmer.  I then held each image with a pair of tweezers and heat set the embossing using my heat tool. I did the same thing for the middle and top layers of the flowers. 

I repeated this process for the leaves also only I used Squeezed Lemonade for the base layer, Twisted Citron for the middle layer and Peacock Feathers for the top layer.

Once all the colouring and embossing was finished for all the layers I glued the pieces together following the guide on the packaging of the die set. I used my Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere the pieces together and then placed each piece under an acrylic block to help keep the images flat whilst the glue dried.

Next I worked on the background for the card. I used my Distress Oxide inks again, this time in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon and applied the colour to my Tonic Easy Clean Mat and then sprayed the colour with water before "smooshing" a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock onto it. I repeated this process until I had covered the whole panel and was happy with the final appearance. While this piece dried I completed a second panel in the same way.

Once dry, I took the Stained Glass Coverplate from Catherine Pooler Designs and cut out one of the background pieces. I made sure to use a metal shim with my Big Shot so that the whole panel cut out perfectly. Once I removed any of the pieces that wouldnt come out from the die cut panel, I then adhered this piece on top of the second background piece using some Tombow Mono Multi glue. Before gluing the piece in place I first played around with the placement of the die cut layer so that I got a contrast of colour when I added it.  After gluing the two background pieces together I wanted to add some shimmer.  So I sprayed the whole panel with some Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearl. (when I tried to spray from the original bottle it was clogged so I poured some into a mini mister bottle and used that instead).

Now that I finished all the elements for the card I played around with the arrangement of the flowers and leaves and then took a photo on my phone of the arrangement I liked.  I used the image to help me glue down the pieces in the order I wanted.  First I glued down the leaves using Towbow glue and them used 3M mounting tape to adhere the flowers. 

For the sentiment I used a distress watercolour piece that I had on my desk (same colours as the leaves) and stamped the sentiment "You are everything to me" from the Altenew Forever and Always stamp set in some Versafine Onyx Black ink and added more of the same embossing powder I used for the flowers and leaves and heat set it.  I then cut it into a thin strip and added it just under the flowers on the card using some Tombow glue.

For a finishing touch I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew around my floral spray.

I hope that you enjoyed this card and video as much as I enjoyed making them.

If you like the card please leave me a comment below! I would love to hear from you!

Have a great day,

Jodie xx

Supplies List

  1. Distress Oxide inks in: wilted violet, blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, candied apple, picked raspberry and carved pumpkin.
  2. Altenew Layered Rose die set
  3. Altenew Forever and Always stamp set
  4. Neenah Solar white cardstock 110lb
  5. Tonic Easy Clean mat
  6. Ranger Perfect pearls mist in perfect pearl
  7. Tombow mono multi glue
  8. Nuvo crystal drops in morning dew
  9. Catherine Pooler Designs stained glass coverplate
  10. 3M mounting tape
  11. Versafine onyx black ink
  12. heat tool
  13. tweezers
  14. WOW! embossing glitter in Neutral ultra shimmer

Monday, 12 March 2018

Eclipse Card with Rainbow Layers ft. Altenew

Hi Everyone,

I am posting a little late as I have had a super busy week.  This week's card and video features the eclipse technique. Basically what that is is die cutting into a finished background panel and then popping up what you die cut out and replacing in on the background panel.

So to begin I stamped out my background panel. I used the eat, sleep. stamp, repeat stamps from the Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set. I stamped the images repeatedly using the Morning Frost, Evening Gray, Moon Rock and Lava Rock inks from the Warm Gray Ink Cube set from Altenew. For the stamping I chose not to use my MISTI stamping tool as I wanted the background to look imperfect. If you want your images lined up perfectly then I suggest you use a stamping tool (it will take you longer to complete though).

Once I completed stamping out the background I took some of the dies (to create the word "craft") from the Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet die set and lined them up on my background piece making sure the letters fit across lengthwise using a T ruler. Once lined up I used two pieces of washi tape and taped all of the letters together so I could ensure that I cut perfectly from the background.  I then decided that I wanted the word craft to run diagonally across my finished card, so I adhered the word to the background using the washi tape and ran it through my Big Shot machine. When I removed the pieces I made sure to keep not only the letters but the inside of the R and the A.

I also cut the word craft out of white cardstock as well as a rainbow of coloured cardstock.. The colours I used are listed below in the supplies list. I then glued the rainbow of cardstock together for each letter starting with purple and finishing with red.  I then adhered the background letter pieces on top of that.

Next I adhered the background panel to a side folding standard sized cardbase and then adhered the white letters plus the background pieces (the inside of the R and the A) to the cardbase and then adhered a piece of vellum over this using some Multi Matter Medium in the corners and over the letters.

I then adhered the finished dimensional letters to the cardbase using Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

To finish off then card I created a few extra sentiments using the Crafty Life stamp set once more. First I coloured some Neenah Solar White cardstock using the Lava Rock ink cube from Altenew and then stamped the images using Versmark Ink. I embossed the images with WOW! embossing powder in Opaque Bright White. I cut out the sentiments using my Fiskars trimmer and adhered them to the final card using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Supplies List:

  1. Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb
  2. Altenew Crafty Life stamp set
  3. Altenew Warm Gray ink cube set: Morning Frost, Evening Gray, Moon Rock, Lava Rock
  4. Acrylic Blocks
  5. Lawn Fawn stamp shammy
  6. Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet die set
  7. Big Shit die cutting machine
  8. Vellum
  9. Tombow Mono Multi Glue
  10. Cardstock in: Lawn Fawn (LF) Sugarplum, LF Blue Jay, Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Audrey Blue, SSS Green Apple, LF Sunflower, LF Fake Tan, LF Chilli Pepper
  11. WOW! Embossing Powder: Opaque Bright White
  12. Versamark Ink
  13. EK Success Powder Tool
  14. Heat Tool
  15. Ranger Multi Matter Medium
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope to see you again soon!

Jodie xx

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Layered Alcohol Ink Floral 30th card ft. Altenew

Hi there!

I hope you are having a great week! I have had a rough week, but I really wanted to share this card and video with you all. I will admit that I had a few issues with my video this week (I think I was filming when I thought I hit pause, and pausing when I was meant to be filming) so I hope you will forgive me for it being a little off and that you still get the main idea of the card.  I will also make sure to give a detailed breakdown of how I made the card below.

To begin with I created 4 different colour way background pieces using some Tim Holtz specialty stamping paper (any glossy cardstock will work, Yupo paper is great but I didnt have any on hand). For each panel I applied some alcohol ink blending solution and then applied two different colours of alcohol ink.  Once I had applied the colour I then added a few drops of Gold Mixative to the panel and used an old brush to spread the colours across the cardstock. The 5 different colour ways I completed are as follows:

1. Purple Twilight & Raspberry
2. Raspberry & Red Pepper
3. Watermelon & Valencia
4. Orange Sunset & Sunshine Yellow
5. Citrus, Limeade & Clover

Once the panels had dried completely, (make sure of this so ensure that the panels you created dont get stuck in your diecuts) I cut out the different layers of the Altenew Peony Dream 3D die set (to see which pieces I cut from which colour ways please see my video). (****A tip for cutting the alcohol ink panels.... Add a piece of scrap paper on top of your die cuts so that the colour does not stick to your cutting plates of your die cutting machine.... I learnt the hard way). I glued all of the pieces together using Tombow Mono Multi glue following the layers on the back of the Altenew packaging.

For the background Panel I used a piece of Black marble paper that I had in my stash.  I picked up this paper from a paper factory in Pondicherry, India (a few hours from Chennai). I cut this panel to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and glued it to a standard sized top-folding card base made from Neenah Solar white card stock 110lb.

I arranged the flowers and leaves in a way that I liked and then adhered all the pieces using Tombow Mono Multi glue.  For the sentiment I cut a 3 and a 0 from the Altenew Bold Numbers die set.  I cut the numbers out of some gold foil cardstock and the adhered the numbers to my card in the top right hand corner using the same glue as before.

To create a small sentiment I used the Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set and took the stamp that says "happy crafting" and masked off the "crafting". I inked up the stamp using Versamark Ink and then stamped onto another small piece of the marble cardstock. I embossed the sentiment using some gold embossing powder and cut down the piece to create a flag to sit across the numbers on the final card.   I adhered this piece using 3M mounting tape.

I hope that you like the finished card!

Have a great day!

Jodie xx

Supplies List:

  1. Altenew Bold Numbers die set
  2. Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set
  3. Altenew Peony Dream 3D die set
  4. Tim Holtz Specialty stamping cardstock
  5. Versamark Ink
  6. Gold Embossing powder
  7. heat tool
  8. Black marble paper from:
  9. Gold Foil card stock
  10. Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
  11. Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in: Purple Twilight, Raspberry, Red Pepper, Watermelon, Valencia, Orange Sunset, Sunshine Yellow, Citrus, Limeade & Clover
  12. Tim Holtz Mixative Gold