A Few Things to Share

I found this VIDEO on making a gate fold with a twist. I really love the thirds in the front folds and the repeat of the pattern. My card is 5×4.25 and used a couple of stamps with ink then water color for detail and Stickles for bling. The bulk of these images is a single stamp and followed the video suggestions on stamping. I did use my stencil brush for the sky and edges.

For my card I made a bookmark from this Video Tutorial on hidden paperclips instead of a belly band. Plus it makes a fun gift sent with the card.

If you make your own envelopes and struggle with how to close them, I have finally found a homemade lick-able gum paste that works. HERE is the full tutorial but below is my jar with the recipe on it. I used cider vinegar and maple sugar.

This does turn back to a liquid once re-heated and smooths on easily, dries quickly and even lays very flat after licking and closing envelope. YEA!

Cleared my space

Every once in a while I have to clear off my craft space and somethings are better used then trying to put them all away. For this card all I got out was the stencil butter. The stencil, scraps of green cs and all the die cuts were left unused from some previous projects and could have been put away. Once I stenciled directly on the white cs base and it dried I added the elements. The butterfly only got attached on the left side. The right has an acetate hinge so it lays flat in the mail but springs up once out of the envelope. Splattered with the stencil butter and called it finished.

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Use Your Stuff: Mixed Media

Black Embossed Vellum

This ended up being way more complex than I had intended but was not happy as the layers kept getting added. This bg is white cs stenciled with turquoise and green stencil butters through a geometric stencil then sponged ink in the same colors directly on surface. Next layer is the stamped then heat embossed in black vellum. I fussy cut the right side and attached to the bg piece. I had colored the back of the vellum and was intending that this would be the card but it was not good. Stamped the design on white copy paper then colored the flowers with apricot stencil butter and fussy cut them out. Rolled the petals then attached to the vellum. Added white gel pen to accent centers. Still not quite right I added the leaf frame and sentiment that were cut on the Silhouette. Top layer of sentiment got heat set in black embossing powder twice then attached. Finally called it finished and mounted on white cs base.

Not even my cup of tea but someone will like it. Thanks for sharing your time with me, now I am sharing this with:

Alphabet Challenge: Vellum

Krafty Chicks: All Occasion

Color My Heart: Fancy Five Capri+Avocado+Nectarine

Color with Borders

I had been playing with the colors for Color My Heart of Glacier, Capri and Avocado but was lacking in direction till the great gals at Can You Handle the Pressure came up with the challenge of Borders. I cut the white thin border cs and attached to white cs base. I then cut the two bg pieces to fit and then added the light blue cs strips for another border. Sentiments and wreath were cut on the Silhouette. Wreath is an outline of a stamp and sentiment I created from a cursive font and mat layer. The bg in blues is the press I took off of a stencil that I had used stencil butters and was just using up the leftover butter. My green bg is white cs that got smeared with green stencil butter and a round dauber that was moist and dipped in white glue. Once dry I used a branches and berries ef. Both pieces got sponged with corresponding color of ink on a brush dauber that added depth and more color.

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Can You Handle the Pressure: Borders

Color My Heart: Fancy Five 533

Making Winter Fun

These gold colored snowflakes had been laying around since the holidays, so decided to use them up here. BG is white cs dry embossed with swirling ef. Hit the highlights with blue stencil butter on a pallet knife for the look of swirling snow. Once dry I attached snowflakes then trimmed all to fit in front of a Silhouette cut scallop frame then wrapped with multi fiber yard and some silver thread. Tied a bow with ends of threads then mounted on dark blue cs that is mounted on white cs base. Sentiment was stamped in dark blue, then stamped again in clear and heat set in gloss clear then mounted on vellum tag and attached. Added a few dots of Stickles Ice for that last bit of snow.

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Try it on Tuesday: Winter Blues

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Brrr it’s Cold Outside