Wednesday, March 25, 2015

chalkboard wall art with digital cut files

My love for anything and all things chalkboard is no secret. Combine that with my love of using paper crafting to create home decor projects, and you have this gorgeous wall hanging that is over on the Carta Bella Blog. There is a complete tutorial there. And its easy. So easy. Check it out!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

using MFT Hybrid Inks to create a canvas; MFT Ingenious Inking Challenge


Its another fun challenge with MFT Stamps! Have I mentioned how much fun I have with all these?!!? Today's inking challenge is about using the fabulous Hybrid Inks and how well they work when used with mixed media techniques. 

I used the Hybrid Inks quite a few different ways on this canvas. I started by painting 
Hybrid Blu Raspberry ink refill on a mini (4x4") canvas. I used a paintbrush and a small amount of refill because it is so intense in concentration. Then I applied heat to set the blue ink background with my heat tool. 

The sentiment was stamped in Hybrid Nightshift Blue ink. To allow the sentiment to be stamped clearly on a canvas that has an open back, one that is not flat to a surface, I placed an acrylic block behind where I wanted to stamp the sentiment. It is from the set, Love you More. Once the sentiment was heat set, I tore a Post-It Note to fit over the top and created a mask to protect the sentiment from my next step.

I mixed Embossing Paste with Hybrid Lemon Drop refill ink to create a bright, sunny, yellow paste. Holding the stencil in place, I applied the colored paste through Stencil Sun Ray. Once finished applying paste, I carefully lifted the stencil, and the Post-It Note. Then I let the paste dry. Ok, I will be honest, I used my heat tool to speed up the process. A coat of MIX-ables Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze was applied to the yellow paste to bring more shine to the sun. A couple of sequins were added for more dimension.

This was a fun a project! Nothing like I normally make. But having all these great ink and tools available, made it a breeze! I recommend you give it a try! Check out all the supplies below and pick up a few today and push your creativity! You won't believe how enjoyable it is!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

2 Ways to Use Die-namics Cover Ups; MFT Designer Die Challenge

Its another MFT Stamps DT Challenge! Die-namics Design is a challenge about using our dies and showing off all the amazing things that dies can do! This month we are focusing on Die-namics Cover Ups, the background creating dies. The dies all measure to the perfect size for a standard A2 card front. They are pretty cool!

Of course, I started off using Die-namics Stripes Cover Up in a non-traditional way. I just cannot help myself, I have to see all the creative ways I can use products! For this card, I used the die cut cardstock created with the Die-namics as a stencil!

I cut Primitive White cardstock with Die-namics Stripes Cover Up and placed it on a Primitive White cardstock base. Then I applied paste through the openings. How great are those gold stripes?!?! 

Once the paste dried, with a little help from my heat tool, I stamped a sentiment from Totally Happy inside the stripes. Super thrilled that it fit! The flowers and dies were added as a final touch.

Ok, so I surrendered and used the die "normally" on this card. Die-namics Proof Positive creates a pretty cool and completely trendy backgound!

After I cut Primitive White cardstock with Die-namics Proof Positive, I repeated the process with Razzle Berry, Persimmon, and Black Licorice cardstocks. Along with a piece of metallic gold paper. I placed the color pieces randomly inside the openings. Let me tell you how handy my Quickie Glue Pen was for this!

The sentiment is once again from Totally Happy. Such a fantastic set of sentiments! It was heat embossed on a piece of Black Licorice cardstock that was cut with a pennant shape from Die-namics Blueprints 20.

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Supplies for Be Happy card:

Supplies for Makes You Happy card:

Paper Crafter's Library; stamping and heat embossing clear acetate +video tutoral

I am the Featured Designer over at Paper Crafter's Library today! Stop on over and check out this super cool technique! Gold and clear acetate were all the rage at CHA in January. I am showing you how easy it is to create the look with stamps and embossing powder. There is a video tutorial, along with another card, at Paper Crafter's Library. Head over and check it out!

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