I’ll admit to it: I’ve never flocked before. I’ve used products that have been pre-flocked and shied away from doing it myself because I thought it would be too messy … fibers everywhere. Worse than glitter. Even though the container’s contents reminded me of dryer lint, I had a need to get fuzzy.
The birthday card I was creating had a puppy getting into a cake. A plain, paper pooch would not do; I wanted some dimension, something to increase the “cute factor.” It was time to track down some white flocking powder and figure out the best way to adhere it to the paper. I thought glue would be uneven and too messy, and I didn’t have any bonding powder, so I tried my tape runner and was really impressed with the results. Less mess, no drying time and easy to do? Sold!
The experience left me feeling all warm and fuzzy toward flocking powder. I now have containers of several other colors, including black (furry bats for Halloween, perhaps), and I tracked down some bonding powder, too.
I wanted a funny, fuzzy puppy, and I had just the stamp in mind. I consider myself lucky to have a set of the exclusive Shimelle Laine-designed stamps from Two Peas in a Bucket and Hero Arts. The set is sold out, and for good reason: The phrases are not run-of-the-mill scrapbooking items. Stamps that say “yeah, thanks for that,” “you have got to be kidding me” and “fail” are a departure from the typical scrapbooking products that offer words such as “happy day” and “the best.” Shimelle wanted stamps to match those moments that aren’t so great but just as worthy of a scrapbook. (Read her blog post about the set here.)
Now, if you haven’t noticed, I’m not a scrapbooker. I just can’t commit, but I admire a lot of talented scrappers around the world. A stamp set like this is right up my alley, too. And it’s a snarky alley. I couldn’t wait to use the set, and the “WHAT?” stamp fits perfectly here. I’m not sure what I’ll use some of the stamps for, but when the moment strikes, the results will be on this blog.
I love a crafty challenge. One of my husband’s cousins recently contacted me to see if I was interested in creating a custom wedding card. He wanted something to reflect the personalities of the bride and groom. I wanted to incorporate the wedding colors, which I try to do when I make wedding cards.
Something humorous, retro and sci-fi in eggplant purple and sage green. I love retro. Challenge accepted.
I turned to my Silhouette Portrait for help and modified designs to get the look I wanted. I added gold-glitter cardstock and cream-colored, pearlescent paper to the color scheme. The gold glitter plays well with the colors and adds to the retro look.
I haven’t made a wedding card like this before. It’s fun, nontraditional and unique.
Neon colors paired with glittery metallics might seem like a gaudy proposition. Fear not – in moderation, this type of color combination can look modern and a little glam.
The sentiment stamp I used, “May your birthday Sparkle,” was the catalyst for this creation. Glitter was the first thing that came to mind, followed by the question, “What if I pair it with neon?” I used white to balance the neon pink, gold glitter and platinum. This card is very festive and perfect for a birthday. I’ll be keeping this palette in mind for the holidays.
In May, Two Peas in a Bucket launched a collection of digital files, which have been created in-house and in collaboration with designers. New designs are released monthly, which include some files that are available only for 30 days. A few of the designs are free of charge. Last month, I downloaded some of the cut files, including a lightbulb. Now, what would I do with that?
This week, the lightbulb came on in my mind (puns are fun), and I had a bright idea: neon! I printed out the lightbulb and cut it out using my Silhouette Portrait, colored it in with a highlighter and added neon glitter.
I then used my machine to cut out white and neon circles and print and cut out the sentiment that I had created. If you don’t have a die-cut machine, this card still is easy to make by printing out the shapes and cutting them out by hand (I’ve provided a PDF of my banner sentiment for those who would like to use it; see below). As for the circles, if I didn’t have my machine I would have traced circular objects, such as lids, onto my papers and cut out the shapes by hand.
In my craft space, there is no such thing as too much neon. I can’t seem to get enough of this trend: papers, inks, pens and – most recently – glitter. Five containers of glorious neon glitter, and I’m certain I won’t use all of it but I’ll make a valiant effort.
This card is all retro: I combined my bright neons with a stamped image of a (not-so-old) relic: the cassette. I get nostalgic looking at this stamp, but I’ll take digital music files over analog versions any day, thank you very much.
There’s a lot of neon in this design and a lot of patterns. I incorporated stripes, hounds tooth and two sizes of polka dots. Add the chevron pattern from the stamp, and there’s lot going on visually. The black and white tempers the look and provides a neutral backdrop for the neon colors.
It is spring, isn’t it? It looks like spring. The grass is a vibrant shade of green, the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming. Friday didn’t feel like spring, though. There was a chill in the air here in Springfield, Ill. The day did not offer a temperature higher than 44, and the blustery wind pushed winter back into our thoughts. There were snowflakes in the air. Light flurries, even.
Springtime typically means crazy weather here. One day, it will be in the 50s and cloudy; the next, it’s in the 80s with a tornado watch. Frankly, I don’t mind the weather being a little cooler, but gusts of cold air and snowflakes are a bit much for this time of year. We had 18.5 inches of snow in the last week of March, and according to the calendar, it was spring.
The weather got me thinking about “spring on ice.” Pretty, fresh flowers covered in frost. A colorful world covered by winter’s white cloak. I pulled out my white cardstock and glitter to craft an all-white spring card. Almost all white. I added a touch of color with the sentiment. I also used a lot of dimensional adhesive to separate the monotone layers.
Vellum is a versatile craft product. You can use it to see through or into something, such as for “snow globe” or “shaker” cards. Vellum also can become a screen for something behind it, softening the impact of a bold pattern or giving a satin finish to shiny silver cardstock, such as with this card.
I love the shine and pattern of this silver cardstock and wanted to pair it with the beautiful stamped image, but stamping onto the cardstock didn’t allow the image to stand out enough. Vellum to the rescue! It cuts down on the high shine of the cardstock and showcases the image. To adhere the vellum without the adhesive being visible, I applied adhesive behind the image and where I placed my sentiment.
To add more depth, I layered the vellum and silver cardstock onto glittered, textured and patterned papers, added rhinestones and used dimensional adhesive on my sentiment piece.
I like to use retro and nontraditional colors on my holiday cards (as evidenced by my use of neon this year). Using glitter cardstock in colorful combinations really catches the eye, too.
For the past three years, I’ve turned to a colorful, striped holiday cardstock (seen in the first card) again and again. That paper first got me to break away from cards in traditional Christmas colors and craft cheerful, bright creations.
I may have gone a little overboard with these, and they may not be to everyone’s tastes, but they’re fun!
With a blizzard turning my region of the country into a winter wonderland, this card seems appropriate.
I created the hills of snow with layers of vellum, which softens the black-and-white snowflake pattern behind them. Sticking washi tape over the raised layers did not come easily, though. It had to be glued on to keep it from popping up.
After a little glue, a little drawing, a little bling and a lot of vellum, my snowscape was complete, and now the blizzard outside seems kinda pretty (as long as I don’t have to go out in it).
One large stamp can bring a card together quickly. In my 60-card project for the holidays, easy-to-assemble designs improved productivity.
The black cardstock on this card offsets the sparkle and shine of the metallic and pearlescent papers, glittery ribbon and platinum snowflake.
I have several metallic inks, and my experience has been that they tend to smear easily, so allow extra drying time and care. (I do not have any StazOn metallic inks, and I wonder if this is an issue with those. The method of those ink pads and the price have kept me from trying them out.)