Friday, June 29, 2018

What's Cookin' with Newton's Nook & Xyron

Hi, Crafty Friends!!
I'm so happy to be back with Team Xyron today!! And this week we partnered up with the awesome people at Newton's Nook to bring you some amazing projects from BOTH teams for twice the FUN!!

Boy, do we have lots of great things in store for you!! On top of all the inspiration created by both our talented teams, we also are doing an AMAZING GIVEAWAY!! 
Both Xyron & Newton's Nook will be giving away prize packages. 

Each company will be giving away a Mega Runner (like the one used in this post- winning color may vary) and a $25 Newton's Nook Gift Certificate!!


-Visit the Newton Nook Blog and COMMENT on their Xyron/ Newton's Nook posts all week long.
- Visit Xyron's Facebook Page and LIKE & COMMENT on all the Xyron/ Newton's Nook posts all week long. 

Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on the posts.

I am so glad to be winding down and closing out this week-long promotion with ... not 1, not 2... not even 3... but 4... yes, 4... super simple, yet super cute cards!!

Let me show you how I created these adorable cards all from 1 stamp set.

Supplies Used
Newton's Kitchen (Newton's Nook)
Floral Lace Stencil (Newton's Nook)
Serene Strips Stencil (Newton's Nook)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
ColorBox Petal Point Chalk Ink- Primary Pastels (Clearsnap)
Lori Whitlock Snow Day Embossing Folder (Echo Park)
Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
Chalkboard Cardstock (DCWV)
Shimmers Stack (DCWV)
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Ranger)
MISTI Stamping Tool (My Sweet Petunia)
Stitched Square Dies, Scalloped Square Dies, & Stitched Circle Dies (Pink and Main)
Glitter Enamel Dots
Large Round Makeup Brush
Paper Trimmer

I'm a little weird when it comes to coloring. Most people who color with markers tend to use smooth cardstock to stamp and color on. Not me! A major thing I've noticed when coloring is that I am very heavy handed. They say you're supposed to use light strokes and flicking motions... and that's good and all but I just can't. I try and I try but just can't. I must have a really lazy hand but it just doesn't seem to cooperate with what my mind is telling it to do.

So, instead of constantly ruining perfectly good cardstock with my heavy hand and excessive bleeding... because I know my colors will bleed... I just switch out my paper and use something that can handle my coloring style. I almost always use a mixed media paper to do all my coloring on. It's thick, durable, and can hold up to all the moisture that I know I'm gonna pile onto it. And you know what it works for me! I'm in no way a professional colorist but I just find that this works best for me.

I stamp my images from the NEW Newton's Kitchen stamp set from Newton's Nook with an archival black ink onto mixed media paper. Then colored the images using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

Then cut out each image out by hand. Newton's Nook does carry the matching dies but I don't mind a little fussy cutting.

I set my colored images to the side and worked on the card bases. I knew I wanted a colorful stenciled background. So I used plain White Cardstock cut down to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".

I dabbed/ smooshed ink onto my craft mat and with a makeup brush, I blended color over my stencil. I started with Blue Lagoon, then applied Blue Iris, then Lime Pastel from the Primary Pastel Petal Point.

Make sure to use a quality brush. Tried using one from the dollar store and didn't like the results. It was very splotchy and didn't blend evenly. Blot off excess ink till you get a cloud effect on your craft mat before applying. These extra steps help make very soft results.

Look at that pretty pattern the stencil left... It's absolutely gorgeous!!

I also used the Serene Strips Stencil to create backgrounds... and again came out with gorgeous results by brushing on that chalk ink.
I gave each of the four backgrounds their own spin bu the techniques used were the same.

Then, I used a stitched die to die cut each background down to 4"x4" and give it stitching... I albsolutly adore stitching even if it is faux stitching.

Then I die cut scalloped square out of black chalkboard cardstock to mat behind the inked backgrounds.

I adhered the backgrounds to their scalloped mats using my Mega Runner... look at how beautifully these card fronts are coming together!

I inserted my card fronts into my MISTI Tool to help me align my sentiments in just the right spot... but first, I placed my colored image in the areas I wanted them to be in (I did not glue them down yet). Then removed the image before stamping, just in case something slipped and I had an accident, I didn't want to mess up my coloring with a big smudge of ink.

Once the inked sentiment was dried, I added craft foam to the back to give it a litlle dimension and adhered them onto the card fronts.

Then cut out 4- 4 3/4"" x 4 3/4" pieces of Shimmers cardstock, inserted them into the Lori Whitlock Snow Day embossing folder, which by the way makes for an awesome random polka dot background for everyday use... Not just for winter/ Christmas themed projects.

I created 5"x 5" card bases by cutting chalkboard paper down to 5" x 10" then creasing and folding in half to get a 5" squared card.

Then used my Xyron Mega Runner to attach the card fronts to their black card bases.

As a final touch, I added glitter enamel dots onto each as a simple accent.

And here are my finishd cards...

You can check out this amazingly adorable quartet a little closer down below...

How stink cute did these turn out??!

I hope you enjoyed today's project! I'm so glad you were able to join us today!

Don't forget to visit Xyron's Facebook Page to see what amazing projects my Design Team Sisters created!! Leave a comment on each of the week's project and you could win amazing prize package!!

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  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial! This gives me the courage to try and color and we'll get some mixed media cardstock today! I love everything about these cute little cards. I will be commenting on both places all week long in hopes to win!

  2. Your set of cards is adorable! Your coloring is fantastic! I love the square design of your cards and the soft look of the chalk inks on the backgrounds. Thanks for the tutorial, these are really cute!

  3. Your cards are so adorable! I love this stamp set, and your backgrounds are great :)

  4. So cute. Love the backgrounds. I have this kitchen set--thanks for the ideas.

  5. Wow! These cards are so fantastic! I love how you made a whole set of them using different backgrounds! What a fun idea! Great coloring on those kitties too! Thank you so much for featuring our images with xyron today!
    -Jen {Newton's Nook Designs}

  6. Oh my !! You’ve made such a cute set of cards ! I love your backgrounds.

  7. Wonderful cards! I love your stenciled backgrounds - gorgeous!

  8. OH MY GOSH I so want these 4 cards! They are absolutely GORGEOUS! Just so colorful! I just LOVE them!!!!

  9. Your cards are super Adorable! Love them all!

  10. A fabulous tutorial Mitsyana and those little cats are just THE most adorable little creatures. Love your cards!! Hugs, Anne xx