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Sunday Card share - Distress Oxide Ink watercolour cards

Sunday card share #83

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Hey there crafty friends,
Welcome back to the SN blog, after a bit of a break Sunday card share is back.
For today’s card, I chose to go with an easy technique for getting a watercolour look using Distress Oxide Inks and a pack of Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Watercolour Resist Cards I’ve had sitting in my stash for a bit so it was time to get them used.

I believe the technique I used Tim Holtz calls wrinkle-free Distress, I just call it an easy watercolour background. 😀 I simply pressed different colours of Distress Oxide Ink onto my craft mat, sprayed it with water, then pressed the watercolour resist cards into the pools of colour.

Sunday Card share - Distress Oxide Ink watercolour cardsSunday Card share - Love you Distress Oxide Ink watercolour cardI added a little bit of stencil work to the kraft card base with Vintage Photo ink, then added a few layering papers. One piece of old book paper and the other I stamped a music note background stamp onto a 2 inch piece kraft paper and cut a banner tail on the bottom. 
Sunday card share - Distress Oxide Ink watercolour

I cut a small piece from a doily to add some interest to the lower left of the watercolour piece and the adhered the whole circle to the front of the card with foam tape for a little dimension.Sunday card share - Distress Oxide Ink watercolour

While I was getting inkie, I used several different watercolour resist cards and just had fun using the same technique I mentioned above. These cards will show up in some future projects.

Sunday Card share - Distress Oxide Ink watercolour cards

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you got inspired.

Products used:
Distress Oxide Inks
Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Watercolour Resist Cards
Kraft cardstock
Crafty Foam Tape
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Sunday card share #82

Sunday card share #82 – Father’s day card

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Hey there crafty friends,
Welcome back to another card share, today it’s all about Distress Oxide Inks.
These inks are so easy to blend and I’ve tried the oxide inks on several different kinds of paper. In fact, the panel on this card was made with a cheap index card and it looks great.

Sunday card share #82 - distress oxide inks, father's day card
Because Distress Oxide Inks are a dye & pigment ink fusion we can blend without creating a muddy look and the inks sit on top of the previous layer which also helps when we stamp with Distress Oxide Inks. 

I blended Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, and Faded Jeans onto a 5×7 index card and then dried it with my heat tool. I then added some stamped images over top of each colour with the same three colours I used in the blending. After the stamping was dry, I flicked some water over the entire panel and let it sit for a minute or so. I took a paper towel and picked up the excess water and then let the panel dry.

I die-cut the panel with the large stitch rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and then got working on the wood veneer sentiment. I added some black ink to an old Studio Calico wood veneer alphabet and I adhered it to the card front. I then adhered the ink blended panel to the black card base with double-sided foam tape for some dimension.

Sunday card share #82
With some leftover bits, I die-cut some small hearts for the inside of the card for some embellishment.Sunday card share #82 - distress oxide inks, father's day card

I hope you enjoyed the card share today and that you found some inspiration.
Happy Sunday!

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com


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Paige’s May Friday Recap

 

Hello All!

I hope that you have enjoyed a lovely week.

This week, I have share a variety of different collections in my layouts. Most of these were created at the Scrapbook Nerd iNSD event earlier this month.

  1. Turkey: profiling the first time my husband tried turkey hunting last month, I used papers and embellishments from Pink Paislee’s “Outfitters” collection.
  2. Best Friends: I enjoyed using this star cut file and the amazing papers from Fancy Pant’s Family & Co. collection to document the sweet relationship that has developed between my son and our new puppy.
  3. Live More: As explained in the tutorial post earlier this week, in this layout, I wanted to tell a story about how I have tried to keep my spirits up through an injury/surgery/absence from work. This beautiful collection from Pinkfresh Studio had the perfect background paper, but after adding the photo and some embellishments, I didn’t have enough room for the journalling. I explain how I created a pocket on the back for hidden journalling on a tag.
  4. Fearless Keeper: The Simple Stories – Simple Soccer Set was perfect for telling the story of my youngest son who plays goal keeper for his soccer team.
  5. We are Family: I was keen to use more of the Family & Co. collection, as well as a set of gelatos (that I won at the crop) that matched the colours perfectly. I made four little clusters using papers and die cuts/tags from the collection with some colour from the gelatos in behind.
    Hoping that all of you are finding time for your creative pursuits even as the nicer weather takes us outside!Paige @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Mixed Media art journal page

Art Journal page

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Hello crafty friends,
Last week in our mixed media post I shared how I decorated my new junque journal cover.
This week I’m sharing the first page in this journal.
Decorating the cover of your art journalAs you can see I used a lot of the same colours, they’re some of my favourites from the Dina Wakley heavy bodied paints and I even used some of the same stencils. This kraft colour, folded art page is from the refill pack from the Vicki Boutin Junque Journal.


I thought a little bit about how the interior page went with the folded flap but tried not to over think and just used the same paint colours.  Using some torn tissue pieces I created a visual triangle to help lead the eye. One of the pieces is folded over the crease so it peeks out when the page is closed.
I just had fun with several different stencils to create this page. Quick and easy.
I really like how some of the pages in this journal are already folded, it’s something so simple, but I just don’t think about doing that.

Mixed media art journal, junque journal page What have you been working on lately?

I hope you found some inspiration for your own art journal pages. If you have any questions let me know in your comments. Happy crafting!

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Sunday card share - Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Sunday card share #80 – Deco Foil Transfer gel

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Happy Sunday!
Today’s share is all about foiling mixed with some product information. If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know the Nerds love Deco Foil. 😀

Thermoweb released a new product call Transfer Gel and it recently hit our shelves and my crafting desk,  I’ve created a video and a few cards to share how the Transfer Gel works and you can see a list of my supplies at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a closer look at the cards I created. Card Share - Deco Foil Transfer Gel - Happy Birthday card

Happy Birthday card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Thinking of you card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Thinking of you card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

It's Your Bithday card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

If you have any questions about the Deco Foil Transfer Gel or the projects created, please comment on this post and we will be happy to help.

Happy crafting!

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap

 

Hello Crafty Friends,

Can you believe we are at the end of my reveal week?!!.   This month’s projects were all inspired by the saying, ” April Showers bring May’s Flowers”, and boy!  did I  use flowers for all of this week’s projects.   Let me show you what i was inspired to create:

  • You Are My Bright Side.  The beautiful May cut file from Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine was the starting point for this page.  The fussy cut elements from the the Oh My Heart collection complete this page all about my little niece

 

  • 14!    This month’s Silhouette Savvy Series entry focuses on altering one cut file to obtain multiple looks and projects.   Once again the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine cut file was used, and the samples were created using Dear Lizzy’s Lovely Day collection, and Simple Stories Faith collection.

 

 

  • Thumbs Up.    Continuing with the floral inspiration for the month,  this project features one of the paper cut outs that is included in the 12×12 paper pads from Pink Paislee’s Oh My Heart collection, a few french knots, and a colorful mixed media background.

 

  • MOM.   May is  the month to celebrate Moms!   For  this project, i created the cut file -which is available for free at the Scrapbook Nerd Store – and the gorgeous Kaisercraft Wildflower collection to document a sweet embrace between my mom and the littlest.

 

I hope these all serve as inspiration for your own projects.   Flowers never go out of style, and the paper kind last forever.

Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store to pick up the free cut file ( I would love to see what you create with it!), and to check all the materials used in these projects.  There is a lot of beautiful floral papers available in the store’s shelves.

I am a comment away if you have any questions on how any of these projects came together.

 

Take care!

 

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Silhouette Savvy Series – One cut file, multiple ideas –


Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying the beautiful colors that are popping here and there after all those April showers (even though our part of Canada has been hit with lots of rain in May, also!).

This month I wanted to show you how versatile cut files can be, and how you can use the cut file  in different projects just by altering it a bit.    For this post, I am using the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine free May 2017 cut file.

Scrapbook and Cards Magazine free May 2017 cut file

 

  • I was blessed to be this month’s SCT guest cut file designer, and got the opportunity to play with the cut file, so the first layout created features the cut file as  it was designed.

 

By simply rotating the original image, I was able to frame a large picture of my sister and her little  ( i used Simple Stories Faith collection for this layout)

 

 

  • The second layout created with this cut file features the flower ring as part of the layout’s mat, here is how I altered the cut file:

After highlighting the entire image, click on the modify window, and chose ” RELEASE PATH”. This is how the image will look like after the command was been activated.

Click,and delete all the images that are attached to the outer ring of the cut file. Make sure that the rest of the image remains unchanged. I have moved to the side all the pieces that were deleted from the image

Once again, highlight (drag the mouse over) the entire image; make sure all the small images are included in the highlighted square. This is how the image would look like after the highlight

After highlighting the image, click on the “MAKE COMPOUND PATH” on the Modify window, or right click menu. The image will look like the original cut file without the outer edge of the ring.

Here is the layout created with this altered cut file.   I chose to balance the page by adding fussy cut flowers to match the ones in the ring, and  a large picture that fit inside the flower ring.

 

  • For the last alteration, I decided to create an entire ring of flowers within the layout’s mat.  Here is how the cut file was altered:

Copy and paste an image of the cut file ( as used in the second layout). Make sure that each ring is a Compound path.

Rotate the ring until the entire inside perimeter of the ring is covered with flowers. It is important that you make sure each flower ring is a COMPOUND path (on its own). The ending leaves of each side of the ring will overlap.

 

After lining the two floral rings so that the perimeters overlap completely; highlight both images, click on the Modify window, and pick the INTERSECT option. The image will look like the picture -each little segment will be individually highlighted –

Highlight the entire image, and using the Modify window, click on the MAKE Compound path command to create the floral ring

 

For this project, the image was cut, and then all the cut outs were backed with papers from the Lovely Day collection.  The entire ring was then backed with vellum, and a light green paper from my stash.

 

 

A bit of hand stitching adds texture to the page, but also secures the layers together.   A bit of foam adhesive under the flowers, helps to add dimension to this page, also.   I added a small picture of my daughter to the background, and took advantage of the rings empty middle space to add embellishments,  Here is the final layout:

 

So there you go!  Cut files are so versatile, just a few little alterations are enough to change the look of the original cut.   There are still so many more opportunities with the cut file,    Next time you want to use  a cut file in a page,  consider altering a bit of the image, this will give you a truly one of a kind page.

I look forward to see how you can alter a cut file.  Remember I am a comment away, if you need assistance with any of the steps shown,

See you all soon!

 

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Art journal cover

New Art Journal – Decorating the Cover

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Hi ya!
I’m starting a new art journal and I actually decorated the cover for once. Most of my journal covers are still blank with some messy paint splatter on them. This Journal is the new Vicki Boutin Junque Journal and I’m excited to start using it.

Decorating the cover of your art journal

decorating my art journal cover decorating my art journal cover

I created a quick time-lapse video to share the process, I hope it gives you some ideas to try.

decorating my art journal coverMy goal was to get some of my favourite paint colours on the cover and play with some new stencils. It’s messy and I like it. 🙂

If you have any questions, let me know in your comments.
Happy crafting!

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Sunday card share #79

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Hi there, Joy here with you today for our card share.
Today’s card really focuses on the beautiful Mandala stamp from Studio Katia. I love to colour the Mandala, the look changes every time and I’ve used several different mediums. The card today is a gate fold card, it’s been a long time since I made on of those. 🙂

Sunday Card share using Studio Katia stampsThe measurements for this gate fold card are;

  • 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and
  • it was scored at 2 1/8″ & 6 3/8″

I used Versamark ink to create the polka dot background and the brushstroke area where the sentiment is. The dot stamp and brushstroke stamps are from the Studi Katia Brushstrokes stamp set which I think is a great basic set.

I used Archival ink to stamp the sentiments inside and on the inside of the card.
This card came together quickly after water colouring the Mandal image.

Thank you for stopping the SN blog, I hope you got inspired.
Happy Sunday!

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A mini-album with tags, flaps and pull-outs!

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I’m so happy that spring is here finally, despite the rainy days. With spring, I have been enjoying using collections with lovely spring colours and icons. Hazelwood by OneCanoeTwo fits the bill and even after using it on many layouts, I still had a lot of papers and embellishments to work with.

I hadn’t done a mini-album in quite a long time and thought it would make a nice gift for my sister. I asked her to send me photos of things she is grateful for. Luckily for me, she also decided to send me some journalling for each photo. There were both landscape and portrait photos, so I cropped most of them into 4×4 photos. That helped me decide to make the album 6×6.

Inside cover: Celebrate this lovely life.

I cut six papers at 6×12 for the inside pages and scored at 1″, 6″ and 11″, and folded each paper in half. For the outside cover, again cut at 6×12, I scored at 5″, 6″ and 7″, and folded at the 6″ mark. So that each of the inside papers were just slightly smaller than the cover, I trimmed each by 1/8″.

I decided on the order of the pages and then lined up the scored 1″ parts within the spine of the cover. Once they were all lined up, I punched three holes through all the papers. I chose a ribbon and placed the ends down through the two outer holes and up through the middle one, tying a bow.

I wanted to use a lot of tags in this album, to hold the journalling, additional photos, or embellishments. On most pages, I used the photos as pockets to tuck tags in behind.

tucking in tags

hidden journalling on tags

Also, while I sealed the bottom of the pages, I left the tops open. This allowed me to create inserts which hold additional photos. I really enjoyed pairing current photos with much older ones to show how my sister’s family had changed, but not changed all that much.

Traditions through the years

A family that travels together

I made different types of flaps/pull up for the inserts. For this one, the flap covered most of the photo and allowed for a lot of embellishment and then lifted to reveal both the photo and journalling as well as lifting up to another photo.

right side, flap insert

 

flap lifted

insert pulled out

I like that I was able to start the album with my sister and her husband early in their marriage, and end it with him more recently, going to the top of a mountain top for her.

a true love story

This was such an easy collection to use for this project, as everything coordinates but also allows for a diversity of colours and photo types.

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