Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bright Cheery Flowers Thank-You Card

I attended Scrapfest with some family and friends this April. (It was the freak ice-storm weekend. We only got to enjoy half of the event.) I had made little purse favours out of 12 x 6 thick, foiled, patterned cardstock. (I'll have to remember to post those sometime!)

As a thank-you for making the arrangements, driving, and gifting little handmade favours, I got this handmade thank-you card!

The layering of the die cuts is excellently done! The colour selection is bright, bold, and cheery! The cardstock matches the patterned paper perfectly!

I was very impressed and flattered to receive it. There's a nice computer typed message inside, matted with matching colours and decorated with some enamel dots. I love enamel dots. How flat they are is perfect for getting cards through the mail or even for putting on the insides of the cards as my friend did here.

Look how well composed this card is. Nice and full of visual interest! 

We got event goody bags too and, in there, we got an AlteNew layering stamp set. It looks suspiciously like this flower, so I wonder if my friend went and bought the matching die when we were at the event. I love die cuts because they have such perfectly clean edges but also give a small amount of tactile interest. My friend got a great deal on a Spellbinders Platinum 6 at the event and she's very pleased with it. You can see how pleased by the amount of die cuts on this card!

There were some other enclosures gifted in my card. I was surprised to get it! If anything, I should be thanking everyone else for letting me drag them off to events like Scrapfest!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Acrylic Smash Galaxy Background with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

I posted a card I made for my nephew with a dragon making birthday wishes among the stars. Here, I share the video of how I made that background.

I started with blobbing colours of Nuvo embellishment mousse onto plain white cardstock. Then I diluted black ash Nuvo mousse with water on a piece of acetate (since I don't have a round acrylic block) and smooshed it on to the paper. Many times. Lots of smooshing.
The one of the left is the Nuvo Mousse one. The one on the right has dye ink underneath the black ash Nuvo mousse. I have a stronger teal colour ink dye in than the Nuvo aquamarine. (I have since acquired the Nuvo teal mousse.)

If you don't remember, here's the card I had made with it.

Click to watch this video on YouTube!

This was the best result so far, but also the messiest. My next, and last, experiment used mousse and alcohol ink. It was a tiny bit less messy but I liked the results much much more! I'll be back to show that one sometime in the future.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Magical Day Unicorn Card

I'm a dragons and fairies girl, myself, but unicorns and Pegasuses can turn my head too. When I saw this stamp set by Neat & Tangled, I wanted the sentiment to go with my fairies. However, the unicorn is quite nice too!

I challenged myself to use colours I wouldn't normally be drawn too - yellow, pink and red. The yellow and pink mixed together to create a peachy kind of colour which was perfect. I ink smooshed a strip of paper to stamp the leaves on top of too.

I coloured the unicorn with my alcohol markers (copic and Promarker) and then spritzed it with diluted pure platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. You can see the sparkly spots from the spritzing in the picture above to give that little bit of shine that every unicorn needs!

This was one of the cards from the ink smooshing technique class I led. It can be quite addicting when every piece comes out different!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Wish on a star birthday card

One of my nephews is having a birthday! What do we do on birthdays? Make wishes! Since I have been playing around with galaxy-making techniques with my Nuvo embellishment mousses, a galaxy background was perfect for this "wish on a star" card.

I also love LOVE LOVE my dragon stamp set from Kraftin' Kimmie. So, I played with my Nuvo mousses for that too! I watercoloured with it. I even dyed the platinum mousse green with regular dye-based ink. My nephew's favourite colour is green, so I had to make sure the dragon was green and the card was green. (Video of colouring the dragon coming someday!)

You can see the galaxy background better here.
This galaxy background piece came from my acrylic smash galaxy experiment. (Video coming someday!) While I'm not a huge fan of the sentiments in this stamp set, the dragons are just adorable. I paired it with another sentiment I have. I did well to use some older goodies on this card too: I die cut the candles from a (very) old Quickutz die I have and I even used deco-edge scissors to create my clouds!

I really enjoy these Nuvo embellishment mousses by Tonic Studios. Water colours test my patience and the "permanent when dry" feature is a huge plus for me. I would hate to spend so much time watercolouring something only have a rainy day destroy it while being delivered in the mail. (I use cellophane bags to mail stuff to protect against that!) Just LOOK at the shiny goodness of the mousse!

I coloured the dragon on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. All the big name YouTube cardmakers (Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, Prairie Paper & Ink, and Michelle from the Card Grotto) have said good things about this paper, so I finally shelled out some $$ to try some. My, did it ever hold up well to being watercoloured AND heat gun dried! Very little warping. (Part of that might be because the Nuvo mousse dries really quickly too.) Money well spent!

Here's a look at how you achieve the dimension in these diorama cards.

I hope my nephew likes it! I composed a little poem on my computer, printed it and adhered it to the back.

What supplies have you been having fun with lately?