Hero Arts - Ice Cream Layer Stamping

Today I have a really fun card design. I used an ice cream layering stamp set from Hero Arts for all of the stamping on this card. I kind of created an ice cream rainbow!

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The orange and the green ice cream cones were stamped on a separate piece of Bristol Smooth paper and I fussy cut them out. I popped them up on the panel with the other three cones to complete my rainbow. I stamped some chocolate chips on the green ice cream to kind of make it like mint chocolate chip! I stamped a cherry on the orange ice cream. I made this card for my husband and he loves mint chocolate chip and I love cherries! So it works well!

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The sentiment that I used is from the same ice cream stamp set. It says "I melt for you." I heat embossed it on black cardstock using some white embossing powder. To finish up the card I went over the black border and the sentiment strip with my Wink of Stella glitter brush, and I also went over all of the ice cream. I used my glossy accents to go over the cherry and the chocolate chips. I love how this one turned out!

Check out this video to see how I made this card:

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Alcohol Ink Tips and Techniques - Day 2

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Today is day 2 in my alcohol ink series! Let me tell you, playing with these inks is sooooo fun!

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For the first panel that I created I used yellow, orange, red, and purple alcohol ink. I was sure to keep the yellow on the opposite side of the purple while making this. When purple and yellow mix they tend to make a mucky brown color and I didn't want that happening here.

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For the second panel I did a rainbow. One technique that I have really been liking is dipping a small paintbrush into the alcohol blending solution and tapping it over the card. It drops tiny little droplets and I love the way that looks! Be sure to really rinse out your paintbrushes if you using them with the alcohol ink or the solutions because I have found that the tip hardens if you don't.

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For this first card I used a stamp that says "sending you sunshine and laughter" and I stamped that with my MISTI tool using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink. The die cut that I used here is actually a bunch of hello die cuts glued together to give it some dimension. I think that when you are doing a white die cut, of a pretty thin font, on a colorful semi-busy background it is good to give it some dimension so that it can stand out a little better.

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On the card I ended up heat embossing the sentiment, but instead of using Versmark ink like I usually do with embossing, I used Distress Oxide ink. Since Distress Oxide ink has pigment ink properties it stays wet for a long time, and it works really well for heat embossing. So I stamped the sentiment using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and then I went over that in clear embossing powder.

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I did the same thing with this card, embossing the sentiment using clear embossing powder and Distress Oxide ink.

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For the sentiment on this card I die cut the hello out of a black cardstock and then glued it with my tombow glue. Once it was glued down I went over the die cute using Glossy Accents. This gave it a nice shine and dimension.

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These next two cards I did something a little different to give the sentiments shine and dimension. I die cut them out of black cardstock and then I went over the whole die cut with Versamark ink. I then poured black embossing powder over the die cuts and heat embossed them. I was sure to hold the sentiments with my tweezers while I did all of this.

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While the embossing was still wet after heating it up, I went over it again with the powder and heated it again. This creates a sentiment that is almost like a puffy sticker, or one of those enamel sentiments that you can buy for scrap booking. I really love the way this turned out, I loved it a lot more than just going over it with Glossy Accents. It is a lot cleaner look, which I am all about!

Check out this video to see how these cards were made:

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Alcohol Inks Tips and Techniques - Day 1

Today I am starting a week long series all about alcohol ink. I just picked up a ton of alcohol ink and I have been really loving playing with them. They are seriously addicting! I am new to using alcohol inks so I have been experimenting a lot and making lots of mistakes. But when you use something a lot and make a lot of mistakes you learn a lot about what not to do in the future! So I thought I would do a series this week sharing some of the things that I have discovered.

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I used Ranger Yupo paper for all of the alcohol backgrounds as well as Tim Holtz/Ranger alcohol inks. The first batch of cards I made were using mostly basic techniques, really just me getting started with the inks and learning the basics. 

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I made a lot of mistakes with the background for these red cards! I didn't know when to stop and I think I just added way too much ink and it turned into a big hot mess. In order to fix the problem I added a ton of alcohol blending solution and wiped the paper down with a paper towel which soaked up most of the ink. Then I was able to start over.

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 For this card I used a die which says "hugs" and I cut it out several times. I glued all of those together to make a really sturdy and dimensional sentiment. I then adhered it to the card and added glossy accents to make it even more dimensional and shiny. 

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This card is very simple. I just die cut the Thank You sentiment and went over it with Wink of Stella.

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I like the way the popped up white paper looks on this one.

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For this card I tried out heat embossing on the Yupo paper. I wasn't sure how the paper would work with embossing. I did have an issue with the paper melting a small amount and some of the color curling up from the edge, but it wasn't too bad. I was able to still used it and hide the warping pretty well. I would say if you decide to emboss on this kind of paper that it needs to be a small amount, and you shouldn't keep the heat tool directly on the paper for long. So you could point the heat tool at it and then bring it away for a little while and then repeat, kind of like you would do with embossing acetate.

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For the sentiment on this card I die cut the hello die and then colored in some of it with one of my purple Arteza markers to make it two toned. Then I went over it with Wink of Stella.

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For the last card I die cut the congrats sentiment and then used some Distess Ink to blend a little color along the bottom of the die cut.

I will be back with more alcohol ink cards tomorrow!

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Distress Oxide Rainbow - Hello Card

So I have been really into rainbows lately. You will probably see lots and lots of cards featuring rainbows soon! Today's card is a very simple design, but it's the rainbow which makes it special.

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To make the rainbow stripes on this card I used a brush stroke stamp. I used lots of colors of Distress Oxide ink with this stamp. I had to use my MISTI tool to do this, because the stamp is so solid. Solid stamps usually need to be stamped a few times to get the best impression. The colors that I used are: Wilted Violet, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry.

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The "Hi Friend" stamp came from the My Monthly Hero kit from March 2018. The "You Are Awesome" stamp came from an old Micheal's stamp set that I have. I love the rainbow on this card, but I think my favorite part is the white panel on top cut at an angle. I really love this layout!

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Distress Oxide Blending - Stencil Hello Card

I found these packs of stencils at Walmart the other day while I was browsing all of the crafting sections. They were only two dollars a piece and I really liked the designs, so I was like "score!" This card is the first time I tried them out and I really love it!

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I used Distress Oxide inks to do the blending over the stencil. I used Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, and Fossilized Amber. I am really digging this color combination right now! I love the way the Wilted Violet and the Candied Apple look next to each other. I feel like if I had Squeezed Lemonade I would like that better than the Fossilized Amber color here, but I still love it.

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This is a very simple card, I wanted the stencil blending to be the real focal point. Sometime with card I feel like simple is better. The sentiment for this card comes from the My Monthly Hero kit from March 2018. I heat embossed that on a black cardstock using white embossing powder. To finish the card I added some clear sequins and then it was complete!

Check out this video to see how this card was made: