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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My Mind’s Eye Hey Mister with Barb

Hello, everyone.  Can you believe we are at the end of another week?  Were you able to get any playtime?

I did.  This week I’ve been playing along with the My Mind’s Eye Hey Mister collection.  For those of you who know me, you know I have three grown sons who still make it onto my scrapbook projects, along with my husband.  I’m always searching for decent masculine collections that don’t feature top hats and moustaches.  Well, this collection fits that bill! I love the mix of colours in this collection along with the added copper foil accents both in the papers and the embellishments.

Project One: Sharp Dressed Man

I took this photo for a portraiture assignment for a photography class I was in.  I love how everything in this collection came together to showcase the photo. Some of the icons in this collection have a very hipster vibe to them.

This layout was featured in the tutorial for this week.  I shared how I made my dimensional title using my silhouette.  Be sure to scroll down to check it out.

Project 2:  Father’s Day Cards

With Father’s Day coming up, I decided to make up a batch of cards for us to give to all the men in our lives.  This collection comes with 3×4 pocket page cards, which I found to be perfect to use as the backgrounds for the cards.  Then I simply just added some embellishments to complete these cards very quickly.

Project Three: Hey Dude

I often find that masculine collections are either too young, or way too old to use for my boys.  It’s hard to find that balance.  I really love how this layout turned out and how versatile this collection is. Don’t you just love the doggie icons that are a recurring theme in Hey Mister? So cute!

Thanks for checking out my reveal post this week.  I hope you’re able to find some crafting time this weekend.


Creating a Dimensional Title

Welcome back to the Scrapbook Nerd Blog and another Tutorial Tuesday. This week I have a quick tutorial for you on how to create a dimensional title using your silhouette.

On my layout, I wanted to create some depth in my title. What I was going for was a shadowbox effect. To do so, I wanted to just have an outline of my letters.

First, I went into my silhouette and chose a font that was fairly basic and blocky.

Once I made it the size I wanted, I then went to the offset window.  I clicked on offset and then clicked on square corners.  Then on the “distance” slider I moved the slider to make a narrow border around my letters.

Once I had the outline the size I wanted, I duplicated the title 8 times. (in the end I only ended up using 7 of the layers.)

Then I cut.

Using just the letter outline, I glued one on top of the next.  I used 7 layers, but  for more depth you could easily add more.

I found it easiest, and more precise, to keep the bottom layer stuck to the silhouette matt and glue the other layers on top from there.  That kept everything from shifting around and allowed me to easily slide a layer while the glue was still wet.

For the bottom layer, I cut one of the titles on red cardstock.

The red letters were adhered to my layout first, and then the layers of the outlined letters were adhered on top.

I love the finished effect!

Here’s a look at my completed layout:

For this layout I used the My Mind’s Eye Hey Mister collection, which you can find in the Scrapbook Nerd Store.

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!

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Creating a Shaker Flap

I have rediscovered my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool this week. If, somehow, you have missed this tool, it is a tool that allows you to create your own pocket pages with your page protectors.
A lot of people are using them, right now, to create shakers for their cards and pages. In browsing around this week, I was inspired to create a shaker flap for a layout on my son’s graduation from University.

First, a peek at the finished layout with the shaker flap (you will have to forgive the poor photo. It is really difficult to photograph a shiny page protector.):

Here’s how it was done:

What is needed:
two page protectors – one to hold your completed layout, and one to make your flap
Products to make your layout (I used the Simple Stories Graduation Simple Set
A We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool
Items to place in your shaker – I’ve used gold thread, sequins, seed beads, small gold stars, and some old curly-cue brads that I dug out from my stash (I removed the brad part)

How to:
The first thing you will need to do is decide exactly what size you want to make your shaker. I had already completed my layout, and knew that I wanted to make my shaker three inches wide by about 9 1/2 inches long. I wanted it shorter than the layout so that I could see the patterned paper on the layout underneath.

I cut a piece of cardstock from my scraps to measure the size that I wanted the shaker to be.
I placed that piece of cardstock inside the page protector along the edge with the holes.

Using the cardstock piece as a guide, I “sealed” the bottom edge and the side edge. (the other edge is the sealed edge of the page protector.) The top edge was left open so that I could fill the shaker.

I removed the cardstock from the pocket and I used that as my guide to fill the shaker. As a base material in my shaker I used wadded up gold thread. The reason for that was so that the other “ingredients” in my shaker would not move around as much since it would be a big shaker and the flap would be opened and closed a fair bit. On top of the wadded up thread, I laid all my other shaker ingredients.

Once I had it all laid out, I carefully slid the cardstock into the pocket, being careful to keep everything in place.

The tricky part was pulling the cardstock back out in a way that would leave the ingredients intact as they were when I laid them out. I ended up getting a long bread knife which I slid into the pocket to hold everything down as I slid the cardstock out.

Once I was happy with the way the pocket looked, I sealed the final edge with the fuse tool.

Once that was done, I laid the pocket on top of my layout that was already in another page protector, matching up the holes. Then I ran the fuse tool along the edge of the page protector and pocket to fuse them together.

Here’s another look of the completed layout:

And with the flap open:

Playing around with the Fuse tool has inspired me to create more projects with it and I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do! If you have a Fuse tool, I’d love to see what you’ve done with it. Be sure to link it up here, or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial this week! I hope you have a great week!

Cardmaking with Foil Mates by Gina K

Sunday Card Share #81 – Gina K Foil Mates

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Welcome back, It’s Joy here today for the SN card share.
I love adding foil to my projects and while we were at CHA back in January we were able to see Gina K work with her new products with Deco Foil. Gina’s collection has Fancy foils, foils that match the ink and paper in her collection, cardstock, ink cubes Foil Mates, metal dies, and ribbon. You can see the full collection here.
Cardmaking with Foil Mates by Gina K

This card started with a scrap of pattern paper on my desk and that lead me to the colours of distress I used for the watercolour background I created. I believe most people call the technique I used for the background is the packaging technique or the smooshing technique.

You simply use some packaging or small plastic baggie and apply your colour medium to the plastic, add a bit of water then flip it over onto your paper and move the colour around.

Cardmaking with Foil Mates by Gina K

I used two different Gina K. Designs die sets to cut the sentiment and the pattern paper. I love that stitching detail, especially the double stitched set.

Next, I used a laminating machine to added some Silver Sequin foil to the Foil Mates Birthday sentiment. I also added foil to some wood veneer stars using the Deco Foil Liquid adhesive.
I used my fingers to apply the glue to the stars, waited for them to dry & become tacky and rubbed the foil on top. Due to the uneven surface of the wood veneers, I did have to reapply the foil in some spots. 
Foiling with Deco Foil

All I had to do after that was to glue everything down and my card was finished.
I hope you found some inspiration today and I hope you get out your foils and add some shine to your next project. Happy crafting!

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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 @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Hidden Journaling on a Busy Layout


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Hello Everyone!

I hope that all of you who live in Canada enjoyed the long Victoria Day weekend!

This month, I received the Pinkfresh Studio’s “Live More” collection. Like many of their collections, this one has a few papers that make it easy to complete a layout, with the background including most of what you need, including a title. I wanted to use this page, because it was perfect with the sentiments on the page that I wanted to write about in my journalling.

However, by the time I added some layers behind my photo, and a few select embellishments, the page seemed full to me. And since the story I wanted to tell with this layout was definitely more important than the photo, I had to get creative.

Sometimes I include hidden journalling by putting it on a tag and inserting the tag behind the photo. But I had already adhered the photo down and didn’t know where a tag would fit well behind it anyway.

So, I decided that I would build a pocket on the back of the page that a large tag could slip into. I made sure to cut the scrap white cardstock at least an inch larger than the width of the tag, and used redline tape to secure it down on the bottom and sides.

Then I measured the front of the tag and created my journalling on my computer that was slightly less wide and long than the tag. I printed the journalling out on Avery® Easy Peel® Clear Glossy Laser/Inkjet Shipping Labels (a trick I learned from Barb). Then I had room to adhere the journalling strip as well as a chipboard sticker and a puffy sticker to the tag.

Then I stuck the tag into the pocket, and added a few triangle puffy stickers to point out where the journalling is.

I was pleased with the way that this turned out – although much of the page is filled, I was able to preserve a little bit of white space by putting the journalling on the back.

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Friday Wrap Up with Cathy

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I have really enjoyed this past week working with the Jellybean Soup –  Hardy HodgePodge Collection. The colours, patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, words, phrases, all in one package made it so easy .

For project #1 . The patterned papers are from the collection, as well as the word sticker “family”, the die cut frame with stars and camera is from the Silhouette Studio.

For Project #2 …the patterned papers are from the collection, as well as the letter stickers and word stickers. The stencil “Skyline’ is from the Scrapbook Nerd store. Please see the blog post below for  information as to how the stencil was used in this layout to achieve the watercolour look.


Project # 3 – The triangles were fussy cut from patterned paper in the collection. Don’t you just love those die-cut words used for the title (also part of the collection) ! Sticker words and hearts.


Project #4 These 2 bold patterns work great together to pop this happy Family photo!

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy Crafting! – Cathy

Watercolor Look with Stencils

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Today I have a simple way to use your inks and stencils to achieve a watercolour effect on your layouts or cards. I will be using the Jillibean Soup – Hardy Hodge Podge Collection for this tutorial.

To start gather together some ink pads, paper towels, craft mat, a stencil, and a water bottle mister.

Stamp ink pads on stencil , when happy with amount, colour, and placement , add the water spray directly to the ink and stencil.

Place the ink side down on your paper, and lightly press down on the stencil to adhere the ink.

Set aside to air dry now is a good time to clean your stencil, use a baby wipe or simply place under the tap and run water till clean.

When dry add your photo, papers, embellishments etc.

This technique looks more like watercolour than stamped ink and gives you a less defined image.

If you are looking for a new way to use a stencil give this a try !

Happy Crafting !   – Cathy A