Friday, October 04, 2019

World Cardmaking Day Rainbow Challenge with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi folks!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Today I'm up on the Scrapbook Nerd Facebook Friends Group Page with a rainbow card making challenge and a few examples to share with you. Over the summer, I was inspired by all the rainbow cards that were being posted on Instagram. There are many ways you can achieve a rainbow look on your cards and I have lots of examples to show you!

You could cut strips of various patterned paper like I did in the card example below. For this card, I trimmed 1/2" strips of various coloured striped patterns and glued them to the front of an A2 sized white card base in a diagonal fashion in ROYGBIV rainbow order.


The next two cards use single sheets of patterned paper from a 6" x 6" paper pack called Really Rainbow by Lawn Fawn.


You could also get a rainbow look by colouring a stamped image such as the florals above and the candles below. These type of stamps, where the same image is repeated multiple times, is perfect for rainbow colouring!


Another popular way of achieving a rainbow look is by ink blending on a background. Here I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.


In my next example, I achieved a rainbow look by ink blending through a stencil.


For this next card, I did some very simple watercolouring in five of the rainbow colours.


In my final example, I cross-stitched on a card panel. Such a fun, handmade touch.



I hope you join us over on the Facebook page and give this challenge a try. The Creative Team has posted lots of other fun challenges too and there are prizes up for grabs, so go check it out!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 03, 2019

It's ALL ABOUT YOU with Gina K. and Scrapbook Nerd

Hi folks,

I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for a beautiful sentiment on a card. My projects this week for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team all include an endearing sentiment from the All About You stamp set by Gina K. Designs.


I created two 4" x 4" clean and simple cards showcasing two of the beautiful sentiments above as well as these adorable lovebirds from the All You Need is Love stamp set by Gina K. Designs.

The yellow cardstock is from the Schoolyard pack by Lawn Fawn. I cut it to 4" x 8" and scored it down the middle to make a 4" square card. The black matte is Black Onyx cardstock by Gina K. Designs and it's cut to 3.75" square. The white panel is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock cut to 3.50" square.


I applied Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink through the Crazy Daisy stencil by Gina K. Designs/Thermoweb using a Picket Fence Studio Life Changing Brush, applying medium pressure in the middle and very light pressure towards the outside.

I stamped the lovebirds in Gina K. Amalgam Ink and coloured them using Copic Markers. The colours I used are BG13, BG32, Y35 and Y38. I embossed the hearts and the beaks using a Lawn Fawn Embossing Pen and Wow Embossing Glitter in Clear Sparkle. I fussy cut the images out with a scissor and added them to the front of the card using Gina K. Foam Squares.


The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. The panel was then adhered to the black matte using fun foam and Gina K. Connect Glue.


My second 4" square card uses all the same products and techniques except the card base is Turquoise Sea from Gina K. Designs. I chose to keep this one even more clean and simple by not applying the stencil. I didn't even add jewels to either of these cards. A first for me. :)


My last card is an A2 sized card which took very little time to create. The matte is Lawn Fawn Rainforest cardstock that I stamped with the Gina K. Designs Gauze Background Cling Stamp, Versamark Ink and embossed with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder.


I then applied Gina K./Thermoweb Glitz Glitter Gel in Turquoise Sea through the Crazy Daisy stencil using the Vicki Boutin Palette Knife and set it aside to dry. I used Thermoweb Pixie Spray to hold the stencil in place. Once it was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment in the bottom corner and adhered it to the matte using fun foam for dimension.


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you give these clean and simple cards a try. I found the 4" square cards so quick and easy to complete and they're a super cute size.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below. As always, you can check out the Scrapbook Nerd shop for the products I used today. Or you can use the hyperlinks I've provided.

Hope you're having a wonderful day! :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sketch Week with Scrapbook Nerd

Hello friends,

It's time to share another card project (yes, you read that right, project, not projects). I think this is the first time I'm not sharing more than one card for my weekly Design Team post. My excuse? I've been so busy preparing for Crop & Crop Cornwall this upcoming weekend. Between planning the scrapbooking projects I'm going to work on and trying not to pack the farm, I sadly ran out of time to create more cards. I shall endeavour to do better next week! :) Here's the sketch that I was inspired by this week:

And here is the stamp set I used for my card project. It's the Colour Layering Swallowtail stamp and die set by Hero Arts. The layering stamps are very simple to line up. All you need is three different coloured inks. First you stamp the most solid image in your lightest colour, then the next solid image in a darker colour, then finally the least solid image with your darkest colour. Same with the flower. For the center of the flower, you only need two ink colours. I like to use the Altenew mini ink cube sets because they come with four coordinating colours which makes it so effortless to stamp in layers. 
First, I trimmed a white card panel to 4" x 5.25". I used the Altenew Volcano Lake mini ink pad and the Altenew Broken Chevrons Stencil to ink up the left side of my panel.


I stamped the flowers and butterfly with the following mini ink cube sets by Altenew:
Sea Shore, Shades of Purple, Warm and Cozy and Pocketful of Sunshine. I adhered the orange flowers with liquid glue and popped up the teal flower with foam tape. I also used foam dots on the butterfly to add dimension.


I then embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock using Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing ink. I die cut the sentiment using the largest die in the Everyday Sentiment Banners die set by Lawn Fawn. I added foam dots and tucked the sentiment slightly underneath the butterfly.


I adhered the panel to some matching Bazzill cardstock that I trimmed to 4.25" x 5.5" and then adhered that to a standard A2 sized white cardbase. I then added some Starry Sky Jewels by Pretty Pink Posh as a finishing touch.


Thank you so much for stopping by! Please shop the products I used in the Scrapbook Nerd online shop. If something is not in stock, they will gladly order it for you!

Also, if you head over to the Scrapbook Nerd Friends group on Facebook, there's a sketch challenge happening right now using this sketch and the matching layout sketch. Winner receives a $25 gift card to shop in the Scrapbook Nerd store. Deadline to share your creations is Sunday, September 29th.

Hope you all have an amazing day! :)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Anything-but-Basic Blooms with Scrapbook Nerd

Hello friends!

I hope you're enjoying the last of this beautiful sunshine we're having this week, our final week of summer, before Autumn officially starts on Monday.

I don't know about you but I kind of don't mind that summer is over. This is typically the time of year when I enjoy crafting the most because I have more time for it as well as attending crops and other scrapbooking events.

This week for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team I was inspired to create floral cards with a stamp set that is new to me by Altenew called Basic Blooms. These gorgeous layering stamps are anything-but-basic! Coupled with Altenew mini cube inks, they are top notch in my humble opinion. But I'll let you be the judge. :)


For the background panel, I used Fog cardstock by Lawn Fawn which I trimmed to 4" x 5.25". I then stamped the panel using the large woodgrain stamp from Altenew's A Walk in the Woods stamp set using Distress Oxide Pumice Stone ink for a tone-on-tone look. Next, I stamped the flowers and leaves using the Altenew mini ink cube sets Cherry Blossom and Tropical Forest, starting with the lightest colour and progressing to the darkest.


I die cut the Frilly Frames die by Altenew out of white cardstock. I arranged the frame, the flowers and leaves and adhered them with liquid glue and foam dots to pop the flowers. For the centers of the flowers, I added Studio Katia Onyx Crystals. The sentiment is from Altenew and it's called One Friend. I heat embossed it using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. The second part of the sentiment is stamped on the inside of the card. I adhered fun foam to the back of the panel and glued it to a white standard A2 sized card base.


My second card uses all the same products and techniques. I did change up the colour of the frilly frame and offset it to the right of the panel.


I also stamped the other flowers that come in this stamp set in Pocketful of Sunshine and Shades of Purple mini ink cubes. The sentiment is from the Mini Hello stamp by Altenew. I mounted this panel using fun foam onto a black A2 sized card base.


For my final card, I added more flowers in a wreath type of style. The frilly frame was die cut out of black card stock this time and the panel was foam mounted onto a Lawn Fawn Cilantro card base. All other techniques and products are the same.


Here's a closer look at the beautiful florals. Don't they look so realistic? Here's a tip for saving time by stamping "production style". When I'm working with a stamp set like this, where there are multiple flowers and layering steps (there are 3 flowers with 4 layers each in this stamp set), I like to use my MISTI stamping tool.

First, I cut out 30 pieces of white cardstock, 2.5" x 2.5" square. Starting with flower #1, I stamp the first layer onto 10 squares, one by one. Then I go back, and stamp the second layer of the same flower onto the same squares I just finished stamping, then the third layer and finally the fourth. Flower #1 is now complete. Then I work on flower #2 and flower #3 in the same manner, until I have 30 flowers, 10 of each type. For me, this is the fastest way to go about it.


Thank you for joining me today. I hope you give layering flowers a try. You can check out the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the supplies I mentioned in this post. I've provided convenient links below:

Basic Blooms Stamp Set
A Walk in the Woods Stamp Set
Frilly Frame Die
One Friend Stamp Set
Mini Hello Stamp Set
Fancy Greetings Stamp Set
Shades of Purple Mini Ink Cubes
Distress Oxide - Pumice Stone
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder

Have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Quick & Easy Cards Using Washi Tape with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends,

The projects I'm sharing today on the Scrapbook Nerd Facebook Friends group all feature this week's die cutting theme in one form or another. But the true star of the show is this Teal Shadow Washi Tape by Altenew.

This mega roll of washi tape is 4.5" wide, perfect for layering over an entire card panel, and features these gorgeous watercoloured florals in a lovely teal colour. Co-ordinating dies are also available but I die-cut the images for two of my cards in a different way. More on that below.

For my first card, I applied the washi tape to a white cardstock panel measuring 4" x 5.25" and trimmed off the excess. Then I cut a diagonal line through the panel as shown and trimmed the panel down a little further so that it would fit nicely on an A2 sized cardbase. I added Brutus Monroe foam tape to the back of the panel and adhered it to the cardbase.


I then die cut the Thank You sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio Classic Words die set onto black cardstock three times. I glued them together to create dimension. I then cut out the coordinating shadow die out of vellum for a soft look. I glued it to the front of my panel. And finally, I embellished the card by adding some English Mustard Nuvo Drops. Super quick and easy!


For this next card, I applied the washi tape to an 8.5" x 11" white cardstock sheet. I scanned the sheet through my Brother ScanNCut machine and watched in amazement as my machine magically cut out the images. Sidenote: I just recently purchased this machine and I'm still in awe at what it can do! :)

I then arranged my cut out images on a white 4" x 5.25" white cardstock panel that I had embossed with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tiny Dots Embossing Folder.


I adhered the flowers and leaves in a cluster with some DMC Metallic Gold Thread tucked behind. I stamped and heat embossed on vellum a sentiment from the Altenew Fancy Greetings stamp set. I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I folded the vellum strip around the panel and glued it to the back of the panel. I then added foam tape to the panel and adhered it to an A2 sized white card base. I finished it off with the same Nuvo drops.


My last card example is similar in design to the one above but I used a few different products. The panel is debossed with the Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die. I applied Distress Oxide ink in Tumbled Glass to the centre of the panel and arranged my florals and leaves in a smaller cluster.


The sentiment was heat embossed onto the panel with the Altenew The Best Thing stamp set. And the rest is basically the same!


And there you have it. Three simple cards that took me very little time to create. Now mind you, I had the help of my ScanNCut to speed things up. Otherwise, I would've had to fussy cut the images out by hand. Which I usually don't mind. I find fussy cutting very relaxing but these middle aged eyes prefer relying on technology. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you are interested in any of the products I used in my projects today, please head over to the Scrapbook Nerd website or click on the product links that I've provided throughout.

Hope you're having a wonderful day! :)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sketch Week with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends,

It's sketch week over at Scrapbook Nerd and I was inspired to create the following cards using Concord & 9th and Pinkfresh Studio products.

Here's a look at the sketch:


My first card was so quick and easy to create. Since the sketch calls for a big sentiment, I tried to make that the main focus of this card. 


I started out by trimming a piece of white cardstock to 4" x 5.25". I then stamped the floral from the Concord & 9th Vintage Flower stamp set using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers. I stamped the floral three times, stamping slightly off the sides of the panel.

I then die cut the HUGS letters from the Pinkfresh Studio Adore Alpha Set three times from Lawn Fawn Mermaid cardstock. I adhered the letters together to give it a dimensional look and adhered it to my panel. 


I glued fun foam to the back of the panel and adhered the panel to a piece of Mermaid cardstock sized 4.25" x 5.5". I then adhered the panel to a white A2 sized card base. Some 4mm clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh finishes off the front of the card.

My second card is stepped up a bit with embossing and watercolouring. I stamped the same florals onto Strathmore Cold Press Watercolour Paper, cut down to a 4" x 5.25" panel, using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl embossing powder. 


I watercoloured the flowers using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, No. 025 Pink and 047 May Green. I mixed a black marker with a little bit of water and using a brush I flicked paint splatters on the card front (I covered the flowers first).

Next, I die cut the BEAUTIFUL sentiment from Pinkfresh Studio's Classic Words die set onto green cardstock, and two more times onto pink cardstock. I adhered them together just slightly offset so a little pink could peek through. Then I glued it to the front of the panel.


I stamped a sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio Scripted Bold Sentiments 1 stamp set, and white heat embossed it onto black cardstock and adhered it with 3D foam squares above the die cut word.

I glued fun foam to the back of the panel and adhered the panel to a piece of green cardstock sized 4.25" x 5.5". I then adhered the panel to a white A2 sized card base. I used some Lucy's Cards Mini Mix sequins to finish off the card. 

And that completes my card projects for today. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you give some of these techniques a try. All the products I used today are available in the Scrapbook Nerd shop.

We'd love to see you use our sketch and please share your creations on the Scrapbook Nerd Friends group on Facebook.

Have a wonderful day! :)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Foiling Fun with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

Today was my first day back at work after taking a two week staycation with hubby. Even though we didn't go away, we were still having fun on day trips and spending quality time with family and friends. The weather was gorgeous almost every day so we took full advantage of the outdoors, which meant very little crafty time for me. But now I'm back in the saddle and ready to start crafting again!

The card projects I'm sharing today feature some Therm-o-web foil transfer sheets. This was my first time using foils and I was pleasantly surprised at how fun and easy they were to work with. What made it even easier was the fact that I didn't need a laminator for this particular technique. All I needed was score tape!

For my first card, I used 1/8" (3 mm) and 1/2" (12 mm) score tape.

I used a paper grid mat to align and space my strips apart evenly. First I applied the 1/2" tape, making sure to leave enough space for the 1/8" tape that I would be adding afterwards. Once I was done, I trimmed off the excess tape and removed the release paper carefully.


I then cut out a piece of Therm-o-web Rainbow Shattered Glass foil and covered the 1/2" tape completely. Using my teflon bone folder, I burnished the foil onto the tape.

I then removed the transfer sheet and voila! The foil was stuck to the adhesive! I then went back and applied 1/8" tape between the foiled strips I'd just created. I cut skinny pieces of the Therm-o-web/Gina K Designs Gold Sequins Fancy Foils, covered the 1/8" tape and followed the same steps above to reveal the gorgeous gold foiling.

I trimmed the card panel down, adhered fun foam to the back and glued it to an A2 sized white cardbase. The sentiment is from the Essentials: Classic Words Die Set from Pinkfresh Studio. The shadow is die cut from black cardstock and the words from white cardstock. I also cut out the shadow from black fun foam and adhered the pieces together to create some dimension. A few gold jewels finish off the card.


For my second card, I used 1/2" (12 mm) score tape but this time I created a diagonal pattern. The foil used here is the Therm-o-web Rainbow Shattered Glass foil. There are five transfer sheets that come in the tube and each sheet has a different colour combo. I love the rainbow look of this one!


I followed the same steps as my first card to do the foiling. I then trimmed the panel down by die-cutting it with a Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle die. I glued a piece of fun foam to the back of the panel and adhered the panel to a white A2 sized cardbase.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Wishes Die-namics by My Favorite Things. I die cut it from some glitter cardstock and also from black fun foam. I adhered the two pieces together just slightly off set so you could see a hint of black.


My last card uses the Gold Sequins foil and 1/8" (3 mm) tape. I started laying the tape down in a geometric pattern, not really thinking of what I was doing. It was when I went to remove the release paper that I realized that I'd adhered score tape over top of other lines of score tape which could make it difficult to remove the bottom release paper without damaging the top layer of tape.

At this point, I had to try to remove it and if it didn't work out, oh well. It's just paper, right? I carefully started to pull up the release paper and when I got to an intersecting part, I pulled the release paper again and it just kind of slipped through underneath the top layer of tape in one fell swoop, if that makes any sense.


If you look carefully at the intersecting points in the close-up photo, you can see that the tape is a bit raised in those parts. But honestly, I think it turned out just fine and the recipient isn't even going to notice.

I adhered the panel onto fun foam and matted it onto teal cardstock. I then adhered the panels to a black A2 sized card base.

The sentiment is from the Essentials: Classic Words Die Set from Pinkfresh Studio. The shadow is die cut from black cardstock and the word "Celebrate" from glitter cardstock. I also cut out the shadow from black fun foam and adhered the pieces together to create a 3D look. A few black sequins complete the card.


I hope you enjoyed learning about one of the fun ways you can use foil. My next foiling card project will involve some stepped up techniques which I hope to share with you soon.

All of the products I used today are available in the Scrapbook Nerd shop.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!