Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Galaxy with Baby Wipes

Here's a link to the next video where I made the background for the moon card I posted earlier. I used baby wipes (and then my finger too). The mousse is water-based when wet but permanent when dry. So, the moisture in the baby wipe makes the mousse spread very easily.

Watch the galaxy mousse video on my Vimeo channel to see how it works!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Joyful Homes Holiday Z-Fold Box Card

Here's another of my box cards that we made in a workshop. It's another Z-Fold box card with holiday homes. I really like the large "Joy" sentiment on this one. It's one of the latest Stampin' Up! purchases I made.


This card is a mash up of many stamp companies! "Wishing you" is an old woodblock stamp I got at Michaels. "From our home to yours" and the winter trees are from The Old Island Stamp Company (in B.C. Canada). The houses are from a Hot Of The Press set. The snowman is from Your Next Stamp.

I like how the "from our home to yours" hides when the card is closed but reveals when the recipient opens it. This card has 4 layers from front to back.
I wanted to go with traditional reds and greens for this card but the background looked plain to me, so I splattered it with snow. Is a green sky weird? I think it still turned out nice.

I think I prefer a true card-in-a-box style of card over this version that combines with the z-fold card. Second to that, I like the shadow box card over this one too. What kind of 3D card is your favourite? Feel free to share with me in the comments below!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Birthday Bears: Z-Fold Box Card

I've been on a 3D card kick. I first started making the card-in-a-box style cards. Then, I made some shadow box cards. Now, I've made a set of Z-fold card-in-a-box cards!

Here's one of them: birthday bears. I just love these tiny bears from Dreamerland Crafts. They are just perfect for scene building, like in this card.
This card type is easier to make than it looks! Basically, take your base card with the inside facing up and fold it in half with the open side on the right. Then, take the top piece and fold it back on itself in half again. For the bottom strip, start with the right side face down. Fold it in half with the open side on the right. Then, fold the top piece back on itself in half again. That's what forms the box shape.
Then, you just put in some "benches" to layer up some depth for your card. The grass is a border die I have from Top Dog Dies (no longer in business). Since the blue was supposed to be the sky, I added an extra strip of green grass on the card base in the corner, or else blue sky would show on the inside of the box shape. This card did not originally include the clouds but the sky background seemed so empty. One of my creative friends suggested adding some clouds, so I did! I used a small scalloped scissors I have and free handed them. I like it much better with them!

I made the cupcake (or bonbon or truffle) with paper scraps. It's just a scalloped circle punch and a rectangle with a strip and a heart. After I layered the scalloped circle behind the rectangle, then I angle cut the bottom. If you have a paper crimper, you could crimp the rectangle first, to give it that cupcake wrapper look.

I popped one bear up on acetate so it looks like it's floating with the balloon. I coloured all my bears with alcohol markers - mostly Copic markers but some Spectrum Noire too.
I added sparkle to the balloon with my Wink of Stella glitter brush.
I like that these cards fold flat to mail in a regular envelope, but stand up easily for the recipient to display and enjoy for a few days. Do you have a favourite "fun fold" type of card?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Making a Galaxy with my Fingers - video

I recently acquired some pots of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. I wanted them to make a shiny galaxy. My issue with using ink pads is that the ink will run when they get wet. Yes, some inks, like distress inks and distress oxide inks, have a really neat effect when activated with water, but they are never made permanent. (I suppose you could use a sealant afterward.)

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse is permanent once dry. It will never run and blur if it gets wet. So, I really wanted to try them out. Also, they are opaque and can layer over each other, so its harder to "make mud" out of the colours.

I experimented many different ways and filmed them to share. Here's the first: Making a galaxy using my fingers as the applicator.

To show you something what it looks like, from a different experiment (mousse and baby wipes) I made this card.
The mousse cleans off my fingers easily with a baby wipe (or water and a cloth) when wet. Your finger gives a strong colour, but I found the mousse dried really quickly, so I had trouble spreading it nicely. (Luckily, that matters less when making a galaxy since most of it gets covered up at the end.)
One thing I like about the black is that it's not a solid black. It's more like a very dark, smokey grey. (It's called black ash, so that makes sense!) If you spread it thin or water it down a bit, it allows the colours below to shine through.

I made this card with a Tonic Studios moon die. I plan to give it to my sister-in-law for her son. They often say this phrase to each other. I found the "I love you" and the "To the moon & back" stamps as separate stamps in the same sale bin at Michaels craft store. I knew I had to buy them as a set, specifically to make something like this for my sister-in-law.
I also tried a (yet another) new way of splattering the stars onto the galaxy. I have finally found a way I like - minimal mess, maximum effect, acceptable control. I saw other crafters doing it this way so I tried it and am so happy!

Use this link to go to my Vimeo channel to see how I made this galaxy background and my new favourite way to splatter stars/snow!

Stay tuned for future galaxy background experiments and other ways of using the mousses!