Monday, October 15, 2018

Make an Impact with Big Bold Prints

Happy Monday, Crafty Peeps! 
Today is the start of Team Xyron's partnership with the amazing Teresa Collins!! And she is the brilliant mastermind behind these luscious bold print flowers papers that I fell head over heels for! 

It was love at first sight for me and I knew immediately that I was going to create something absolutely gorgeous with it. And I'm kicking off the week with a little bit of encouragement. Because let's face it, it's Monday, and sometimes you need that extra push to roll off the bed and out the door. Adulting is hard work so we need as much optimism to start the day (and week) as possible!!

So with that in mind, I'm going to doing a giveaway to brighten someone's day. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below... your own words of encouragement. What are some of the nice thing you say to cheer someone up? Please, NO NEGATIVE NELLIES!! This is all about lifting others up, encouraging, and motivating your friends, family, neighbor, co-worker, or may even a stranger!! You never know how much a kind gesture can impact someones day or even life.

You have until Friday evening to leave a comment and a winner will be chosen at random from the comments section. I will announce the winner Saturday Morning. The Winner will receive a Brand New Teresa Collins Mega Runner like the one I use in this post!! 

Good Luck!!

Now, to my little bit of encouragement and motivation...


Supplies Used
Teresa Collins- Mon Cheri Collection- Flowers, Cabana Stripe, & Tags Papers
110 lb. Black Cardstock (Recollection)
Spectrum Noir Markers- F8, F9, & CG1(Crafters Companion)
3D Adhesive Foam (EK Sucess)
Paper Trimmer

I have been really getting into making #10 sized cards lately. They are not the average A2 (5.5" x 4.25") cards and not their bigger A7 (5"x7") cousin. And unlike their extended family (aka square cards) they one first-class stamp to mail and fit into a standard legal sized envelope.

Let me show you how I made my stunning card...

First, I started by creating a card base. I used 110lb black cardstock and cut it down to 9 1/2" x 4 1/8" (folded).

 The pink mat was made using Teresa Collins' Cabana Stripe paper cut down to 9 1/4"x 3 7/8".
Then, that gorgeous Flower paper was cut down to 9 3/8"x 3 3/4".

Next, I layered and adhered all the mats onto the black card base.

I love this "you got this" tag I trimmed from one of my Teresa Collins 12x12 Tag papers. 
I always find myself saying these exact words to friends whenever they need a little "pick me up" and I thought it would be perfect front and center of my card.

The side panel on my card measures 7 3/8"x 9 1/4" (black mat) and 7 1/4"x 2 1/2" (Cabana Stripe).
Then I trimmed my tag to 4"x3" and mounted onto a 4 1/8"x 3 1/8" piece of black cardstock using my Mega Runner.

 I  loved all that bold flower print but it got buried under layers... so I cut one out by hand. I used the large one that came on the 12x12 sheet of Tags. 

Then I used my Spectrum Noir Markers to shade them in. with light flicking motions. I used colors FS9, & FS8 for the flower petals and CG1 to color in the leaves.
And lastly, I added foam adhesive dots to the backs of the flower and leaves and mounted them to the front of my card.

I love how elegant and trendy this card turned out!! Just check out my finished card here...




I really hope you enjoyed today's project and it inspires you to go out there and be an uplifting spirit!!

And don't forget to leave a comment to ENTER for your chance to WIN a New Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron!!

Hope you all have a Beautiful Day!

Until next time...
Happy Crafting!!
~Mitsyana

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Brush Blending With Ink Pads


Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!
I'm kicking off the start of a brand new week with Xyron and Clearsnap today.  And I've got a quick and easy technique to share with you that is sure to make your crafting world a whole lot brighter!

Background dies have been gaining popularity. These dies make card making a breeze and with some plain white paper and a few inks you can customize your cardstock with fun results!



Supplies Used
Stephanie Barnard Color Box Premium Dye Ink - Candy, Tangerine, Lemonade, Kiwi, Grape (Clearsnap)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
110 lb White Cardstock (Recollections)
Brights Brads (Recollections)

I started by running pieces of 4.25" x 5.5" white cardstock through my Xyron Creative Station Lite. I die cut the piece using my Stephanie Bernard Friends Dies twice. Then layered them together.


I pressed some color from my Stephanie Bernard ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Pads onto my work surface. Then used a make-up brush to apply color onto my die cut.

I put a strip of each color down one at a time making each strip about an inch wide, starting dark at the bottom and blending the color light at the top. I repeated this step for each color. Starting with Kiwi, then Lemonade, then Tangerine, next Candy, then lastly, Grape.


I overlapped each color to blend where they meet instead of having a harsh line.
I used the solid background die to die cut a backing for my "worded" background.

I applied brads to the die cut flowers in the background. then peeled the adhesive backer and applied my color die cut onto my glitzy/ glittery cardstock. Then burnished it for maximum adhesion.

Then, I used my Xyron Mega Runner to apply the card front onto a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5"- folded) card made from white cardstock.

Look how stinkin' cute this is!!


Rainbows are always super fun and always make me happy but the fun doesn't stop there...


I tapped down more color onto my mat and decided to do a triad of colors. 
And instead of putting them in any sort of order I decided to just go nuts a brush on bursts of color here and there... going laying them down totally at random.

Again finished it with coordinating brads and backing it with more glitzy paper...


**Squeal**

I'm on a roll!!

For the next sample, I used just one color... 

This time, I laid it on dark around the perimeter, then dragging and blending in the color in lightly. 
a good makeup brush will blend out softly and look like your color was airbrushed on.

My rule of thumb is... if it can blend on your makeup beautifully, then it'll blend on paper just as beautifully!


For this last sample, again I started dark around the edges but lightened my blending and I went in towards the center. The only difference, I also darkened all the flowers.


These are just crazy easy and the glitzy cardstock gives them a touch of glamour! The bling really makes all the colors just pop even more!


I love how they all turned out! and I love how smoothly the colors blended!

I can't wait to make more!

Hope you liked today's quick project and it inspires you to give it a try!

Until next time...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsyana

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tropicool Greetings- Hello Card

Hey, Crafty Friends!
Summer is at its end and the summer heat is finally dying down. That doesn't mean we can't still can't take advantage of all this beautiful sunshine. Its rays are inspiring and its vibrancy, mesmerizing! I'll let all that light soak in and fill me with joy. I find that people are often the product of their environment and are often what they surround themselves with. And personally, I LOVE to LOVE. I love to feel HAPPY. I love to LAUGH. I love ENERGY. I also find that when I'm filled with those things and give off those things, the people around me do too. 

Today, I'm sharing some LOVE with this BRIGHT & CHEERFUL Tropical Tucan Card using dies from Sizzix's Tropicool Collection by Lynda Kanase.


First, I gathered my materials...

Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase- Tropicool Banner (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase- Card Front, Tropicool Leaves (Sizzix)
Stitched Ovals (Sizzix)
3D Textured Impressions- Tropical Leaves (Sizzix)
ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Pads-  Olive, Coral, Pewter, Black Bean (Clearsnap)
ColorBox Petal Point- Enchantment, Boardwalk (Clearsnap)
Cardstock- Gray, Moss Green, White, Yellow (Open Stock- Hobby Lobby)
Vellum (Open Stock- Hobby Lobby)
Mini Spray/ Misting Bottle
Makeup Brush
Liquid Glue
Hemp Twine
Seed Beads
White Gel Pen (Sakura)
Heat Tool (optional)

I started by spritzing down a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of white cardstock with clean water. Then, inserted it into the Tropical Leaves Textured Impression folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.

I removed it from the folder and let it dry. Then, applied Lettuce ink from Clearsnap's Boardwalk ColorBox Petal Point with a Colorbox Stylus and Tip.


Then, applied Olive (also from the Boardwalk PetalPoint) just over the raised areas.

I die-cut tucan pieces and monstera leaves using Lynda Kanase's Tropicool Banner dies by Sizzix. 

I die-cut the majority of the tucan from a light gray cardstock then added depth by inking and shading the body and wing. I used a ColorBox Stylus and Tip to apply Pewter ColorBox Premium Dye Ink all around the perimeter. Then darkened the shading by adding Black Bean ink on the edges using a ColorBox Art Dauber.

I die cut the feet and beak from yellow cardstock then shaded it with Coral ColorBox Premium Dye Ink

When the ink was completely dried, I layered and assemble the paper pieces to create the tucan. Then, I added foam adhesive to give the wing dimension. 

To finish the tucan, I used a white gel pen to draw highlights.

I die-cut the monstera leaves from green cardstock. Then, shaded it with Olive ColorBox Premium Dye Ink using a ColorBox Stylus and Tip.

I used the hibiscus die (also included in the Tropicool Banner set to cut white cardstock. I shaded the centers using Pink from the Enchanted ColorBox Petal Point and a small makeup brush.

Once the centers were completely dried, I spritzed each flower with water using a mini mister. Then, I twisted each petal to add texture and heat set them to hold the added dimension. 

I layered and adhered 2 flowers together using a clear drying liquid glue. Then added a dollop to each center and sprinkled on seed beads.


The beads were set once the glue turned clear.


I wrapped twine across the top of my card and tied it into a bow. 

Then, die-cut an oval from vellum using Sizzix's Stitched Ovals. I ran the oval through a Xyron Creative Station Lite and adhered it directly to the embossed card front.

I added small strips of foam adhesive to the back of the monstera leaves then positioned them around the oval.


I added more foam adhesive behind the tucan and attached it over the leaves. Then attached the flowers with liquid glue.

Finally, I die-cut my cards sentiment out of white and black cardstock. I used the "hello" die from Lynda Kanase's Card Front, Tropicool Leaves set and layered the two pieces together and slightly overlapping one of the die-cuts to give the appearance of a shadow. 

And here is my finished card...



I hope you enjoyed this card and the rest of his summer weather because Fall will be blowing in real soon!

Until next time...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsyana

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Watercoloring with Derwent Markers

Hello, Crafty Friends! I'm back again with Team Xyron and we are winding down our week-long partnership with Derwent Academy!

Don't let their name fool you, because they offer so much more than pencils! Derwent makes an array of art supplies to suit your skill level. Ranging from the average hobbyist and beginner to the more skilled fine-tuned artist.

Today, I'll show you how I used Derwent's water soluble markers to create the gorgeous watercolored card.


First, I gathered my supplies.


Supplies Used
Crafter's Companion- My Sunshine Stamp Set
Pental Arts Aquash Water Brush
DCWV Printed Corrugate
Brown Cardstock (Open Stock- Hobby Lobby)
Heat Tool

The focus of my card is all about the image.  I cut a piece of watercolor paper from Derwent Academy Marker Paper Pad. I cut a sheet from the pad down to a 4.25"x 5.5" piece of paper. I used ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Pad- Wicked Black to stamp the flower images onto the paper. I focused my stamping on the side and the corners diagonal from each other.

I used my glass crafting mat as a palette and scribbled a patch of color from my Derwent Academy Art Markers onto it. Then with a water pen, I picked up a bit of color and applied it to my image. I try to apply color a little bit at a time and build layers. That way I don't over saturate my paper and cause unnecessary bleeding. 
 If you are limited in marker colors, like me, and still want to add extra depth to your image, try layering over your colored image with pencils. I used Derwent Academy Watercolor Pencils to add warm orange and brown tones to deepen my image. Because these are water soluble
I can blend the color out or if I wanted to, use them dry for more detailed coloring.

I used the broader tipped side of the Derwent Academy Twin Tip Markers to scribble this beautiful orange color to create a color washed background.

 I used a heat gun tool to set the colors and thoroughly dry my card front.

Once completely dried, I added shimmer to my flowers with Smooch. I used Greeple Apple on the leaves, Siren on the base of the shadows, and Sundance in the center of the largest bloom. Then hit it with the heat tool one more time.

 Then, I used Pink and Main's Rounded Stitched Rectangles Dies and Sizzix Big Shot to die cut my image out to have detailed stitching. I also die cut a larger mat from printed corragate cardstock.

Next, I stamped my Happy Birthday Sentiment onto my cardfront with more Wicked Black ink using my Mini MISTI Stamping Tool.
 I zapped with a heat tool again before sending it through my Xyron Creative Station Lite and a 3" Permanent Refill Cartridge.
Once, the pieces were layerd together it was too large to fit through my 3" refill so I opted to attach my layered pieces to a standard A2 Card base with my Xyron Mega Runner

Then, I used more Sundance Smooch to add golden dots to give it a marquee lights sort of look.

And here is my finished card...

I didn't want to detract from the beautiful image and all the coloring so I optd out of adding any extra embellishments.


I think the coloring draws they eyes in all by itself. 

I love how simple and gorgeous this turned out! I hope you did too!!

Until next time...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsyana

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This blog is sometimes compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog receives compensation for my posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with each manufacturer, provider, or party in question.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

DIY Laminate Earrings Using Die-cuts

Hello, Crafty Friends!! I'm back with team Xyron again and this week we are getting our creative juices flowing crafting with laminate! Yup, laminate! It's not just for protecting documents anymore!!

And today, I will be showing you how to make laminate earrings using die-cuts from cardstock... Yes, cardstock!!


Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
ColorBox Premium Dye Ink- Olive, Deep Sea (Clearsnap)
Tacky Glue
Makeup brush
Piercing Tool
Round Nose Pliers
Metal Earring Findings
Twine (optional)

These earrings were ridiculously easy to make. If you are a scrapbooker or card maker, you may already have some of these tools! As an all-around crafty gal, my Big Shot and Creative Station Lite are my best friends. But did you know they're not just for card making?

When you hear the words paper or die-cuts I bet jewelry is far from your mind. I hope today's project changes your mind!

First, using the Tropicool Twist die set by Lynda Kanase, I die-cut gecko and palm leaf shapes from random scraps of paper. These were literally just lying around and were leftovers from a previous project. I cut 4 of each die-cut, 2 cut regularly and 2 cut with the image in reverse (mirrored).

Then, I shaded my geckos. I squished a bit of  ColorBox Deep Sea Premium Dye Ink and used s make-up brush to lightly blend the color over it.

I repeated the same thing steps onto the palm leaves using ColorBox Premium Dye Ink in Olive.

Then, adhered the two sets of shaded die-cuts back to back with their matching "mirrored" die-cut.

I ran the sandwiched die-cuts through my Creative Station Lite with the 5" Two-Sided Laminate Refill inserted. And hand trimmed the excess laminate from the die-cuts.


I layered my geckos onto the leaves and glued them in place. Be sure to use a glue that is made to adhere to plastics. Otherwise, you may not get good adhesion and your piece may peel off.

I used my "pokey" tool to pierce holes at the top of my leaves. I opted not to punch holes with a hole punch because even my smallest hole punch was too big and would have left a sizable hole that way weaken the structure of my earing and rip right off.

I didn't want that... and I think you might not want that either.  So I just pricked a tiny hole on each, slipped on a jump ring, then attached earing hooks using my round nose pliers.

And check out how cute these little guys are...


As a final touch and for beautiful gift giving I used another die, this one from Eileen Hull's Bookplate, Hinges, & Label die set, to create the earing backer.


They almost look enameled.


How super-duper easy were these?!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give laminating crafts a try! 

Until Next Time...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsyana


DISCLAIMERS
This blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with each manufacturer, provider, or party in question.


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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Botanical Hello Card


Hello again, Crafty Friends!! 
 Today is just another HOT day and I'm not enjoying all the heat. It seems like we went from WINTER to SUMMER and totally bypassed SPRING. I don't know about you but I feel cheated... hmph!!  And now that summer vacation is over here I am sooooo looking forward to some FALL... BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!! The scorching 100+ degree temps have killed nearly everything and are just about to take the last of my grass. I can't wait for Spring to roll back around and we can get back to the blooming flowers and gorgeous colors. I love the way walking into a garden makes me feel with its beautiful foliage, birds chirping, and delicate butterflies fluttering. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wait till next year! 

Or... create my own garden!! 

Yup, my mind is set. I will create my own garden... out of paper that is! 

So, for today's project, I made this gorgeous botanical card., complete with lush foliage and butterfly! 


Sizzix Supplies Used

Other Supplies Used
DCWV Natural Corrugated Cardstock
DCWV Meet Me In Paris Stack
White Cardstock
Dark Green Cardstock
Light Green Cardstock
Light Pink Cardstock
Dark Pink Shimmer Cardstock
Brown Cardstock
Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron Creative Station
ColorBox Doodlebug Petal Point Pigment Ink
ColorBox Boardwalk Petal Point Pigment Ink
Paintbrush
Seed Beads
White Opaque Marker
Wink of Stella 
Fabri Tac
Glue Pen
Mouse Pad

For my card base, I wanted my card to have a natural and organic feel. So I mounted a 4 3/4"x 6 3/4" piece of natural corrugate onto a 5"x 7" card base made from white cardstock.


I used my Big Shot machine and Tim Holtz's and Stitched Rectangles to die cut paper from DCWV's Meet Me In Paris Paper Stack. This stack is very romantic, with neutral tones and lots of florals, and pops of pinks (my favorite color in the whole wide world). 


I used the reverse side of one of my papers to cut this stitched border from the Stitched Ovals set and attached it along the sides of my rectangle cut-outs.


Since my pieces need be attached to corrugate, which is an uneven surface, I want to make sure it stays put. So, I run both rectangles through my Xyron Creative Station for maximum adhesion.


Then apply them to my card front along with 1/4" strip I die-cut using the stitched borders from the Stitched Rectangles set.


I die cut assorted leaves and stems from green cardstock using Tim Holtz's Funky Florals #1 and Funky Florals #3 sets. Then, shaded the edges with green and brown from my ColorBox Boardwalk Petal Point Ink Pad.  For areas of the stems, I used a paintbrush to shade into the that were too thin and narrow to color with a big sponge.


I die-cut these pointed petal flowers from the Funky Florals #3 set from pink cardstock and their stamen from dark pink shimmer cardstock. I inked and blended the edges with Bubblegum ink from the Doodlebug Petal Point.


Then attached the stamen centers with a glue pen.


Once the glue was dried I added more dimension by shaping my flowers with a ball stylus. Then attached another set of stamens onto it.


I added a dollop of fabri tac to the centers of the flowers then poured seed beads onto the wet glue and set them aside to dry.


While that was drying I die-cut my butterfly using Tim Holtz's Detailed Butterflies, Mini dies from more dark pink shimmer cardstock and brown cardstock.


Using flicking strokes with a white opaque marker, I gave my butterfly a bit of detail.


I attached the detailed overlay and brushed some Wink of Stella over top.


I die cut the word "hello" using Tim Holtz's NEW Shadow Script #2 dies and attached it onto a stitched oval.


Then gathered all my die-cut elements to build onto my card base. I used fabri tac glue to attach the stems and leaves first. The layered my flowers, sentiment, and butterfly. Then lastly, tucked in a bow made from hemp twine.


And here is my finished card...


I love how dreamy this card is!


Those shade of pink really pops against all those neutral colors.


And check out how stunning that butterfly turned out!


I really hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and you are inspired to create your own paper garden!

Thanks for stopping by!!
~Mitsyana Wright

DISCLAIMERS
This blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with each manufacturer, provider, or party in question.


This blog contains affiliate links, clicking and shopping through these links helps to support and run the Up On Tippy Toes blog at no additional cost to you.