Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Ink Blending through Stencils with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

Today's crafty post features a beautiful stencil by Gina K. Designs called Water Droplets that I recently acquired from the Scrapbook Nerd shop and some gorgeous Distress Oxide colour combos that I used to ink blend. I have two birthdays coming up this week, my husband and my BFF, who both happen to share the same birthday. By keeping the stamping to a minimum, I was able to create these two birthday cards in a jiffy.

For my first card, I started by securing the stencil to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb cardstock panel measuring 4" x 5.25". I love this cardstock for ink blending because of how smooth and bright white it is. Using the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes, I ink blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade. With the stencil still on, I spritzed on some Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost by Imagine Crafts. I lifted the stencil away and set the panel aside to dry.

In the meantime, I stamped the bird image from the Gina K. Designs All You Need is Love stamp set and coloured it using my Copic markers. I embossed some glitter on the little heart, using a Lawn Fawn Embossing Ink Pen and Wow Clear Sparkle Embossing Glitter.

I stamped and embossed the "Wishes" from the Gina K. Designs Wishes stamp set and used the coordinating die to die cut it. I die cut another one from black fun foam and stacked the two together to create dimension. On the ink panel, I stamped and heat embossed the rest of the sentiment.

Next, I adhered the bird image with Gina K. Designs Foam Squares and glued the panel onto a black A2 sized card base. I added a few jewels from Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Jewel Mix to finish off this card.

My next card features the exact same techniques but with an extra twist. I started out by masking off a circle in the middle of the card using the Taylored Expressions 6x6 Masking Stencil - Circles. Then I placed the Gina K. Water Droplets Stencil over top of the masked panel. I then proceeded to ink blend through the stencil using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Shabby ShuttersPeacock Feathers and Faded Jeans.

Once my panel was dry, I used a Pinkfresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die to trim down my card panel and to add the pretty faux stitching.

I stamped and coloured the little bird image and adhered him to the center of the circle. The sentiments were stamped and heat embossed and die cut as before. The panel was adhered to a white A2 sized cardbase and finally a few jewels from PFS were added to finish off this card very nicely.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. As always, the products I used in my card projects are all available from the Scrapbook Nerd online shop.

I hope you give ink blending through stencils a try on your next card project. Stencils are such a great way to jazz up your backgrounds in very little time and at minimal expense. If you have any questions at all, please let me know by commenting below.

Hope you're all having a great day and we'll see you next time!

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Happy New Year with Scrapbook Nerd

Hello crafty friends,

Happy New Year! I'm excited to be back with another Design Team project after a nice, long holiday break. This one involves no stamping; just die cutting and some fun with stencils.

The two cards I'm sharing today feature the Pretty Pink Posh Fireworks Stencil as well as their Happy New Year Script Die. There are so many ways to create with stencils. For my first card, I wanted to try foiling. In order to accomplish that with a stencil, you need Deco Foil Transfer Gel by Therm O Web. This medium is a permanent foil transfer gel made for use with paper and cardstock. You will also need a Minc or any other laminator. Tip: It's best to use heavier weight cardstock when using any type of liquid medium through a stencil. It helps to minimize the warping of the cardstock.

I started by trimming 100 lb. black cardstock to 4" x 5.25". I secured the stencil over the black cardstock with purple tape. Using a palette knife, I applied the transfer gel evenly and smoothly over the stencil making sure I had good coverage in all the open spaces. I then scraped the excess off the stencil and returned it to the jar. I removed the stencil carefully and set the panel aside to dry for a few hours. The gel will eventually dry clear. Tip: Wash your stencil with mild soap and warm water immediately.

While my panel was drying, I die cut the HNY script die from Lawn Fawn Sparkle Cardstock "Holiday" and from white fun foam. Using liquid glue, I adhered the silver die cuts to the fun foam, which gave the words some really nice dimension.

Once the panel was dry, I warmed up my laminator to get it good and hot. I laid one of the foil sheets from the Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil Rainbow tube over the panel and sandwiched it between parchment paper that I'd folded over. I then ran it through the laminator. Once it was cool enough, I removed the foil and the result was this gorgeous, shiny and colourful textured background. I then glued the scripty sentiment to the front of the card and adhered the panel to a white A2 sized cardbase. I then added a few enamel dots using Nuvo Crystal Drops Ivory Seashell just for fun.

My next card uses the same stencil only this time I used Gina K Designs/Therm O Web Glitz Glitter Gel in Turquoise Sea through the stencil. I absolutely love how this colour stands out on black cardstock!

While the panel was drying, I die cut the HNY scripty words from gold glitter cardstock once and from white cardstock three times. I stacked the die cuts for added dimension. This is an alternative way of creating dimension if you don't have fun foam on hand.

Next, I die cut a champagne glass from the My Favorite Things Birthday Cocktail die set. I cut it from white cardstock and used my Copic Markers to colour it in so that it wouldn't be stark white. I also trimmed out a little piece of gold glitter cardstock to attach to the glass to make it look like the glass was full of champagne.

Next, I trimmed a 2" strip of vellum, wrapped it around the card panel and adhered it to the back. I adhered the HNY words and the glass over the vellum with liquid glue. Finally, I adhered the completed panel to an A2 sized cardbase from Lawn Fawn Mermaid cardstock and called it done.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, stencils are such a great product to have in your crafty stash. They're so cost effective and very versatile. This fireworks stencil can be used for so many occasions such as Canada Day, Graduations, Birthdays. You can also try embossing through them or inking them up with distress inks. So many fun ways to use them! You are only limited by your imagination.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. As always, please leave a comment below if you have any questions. I'd be happy to answer them. :)

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Joy to the World with Scrapbook Nerd

Hello friends,

Christmas is only one week away and I'm happy to say that all my Christmas cards are finally in the mail! Normally I'm way ahead of the game on shopping, decorating and mailing my cards, but this year Christmas has taken a backburner due to our kitchen renos. I'm thrilled to announce though that the kitchen is finally ready (except the backsplash...minor detail) and I was able to carve out a little time this week to create these simple Christmas cards for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team.

These cards were created using some new products that just landed in the Scrapbook Nerd shop! I've been a fan and collector for a long time now of Pretty Pink Posh products and I was so happy when Joy (the owner of SN) recently decided to carry their products in her shop. Ironically enough, the name of the stamps and dies that are featured in my cards today is called Joy. ;)

This stamp set is so whimsical and fun and it took very little time to create these cards. I first trimmed some white cardstock to 4" x 5.25" and dry embossed the Whimsical Christmas Stencil by Pretty Pink Posh. This is achieved using a die cutting machine and a rubber embossing pad.

Next I ink blended Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide inks onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I used a heat tool to dry the ink blending quicker. I then mixed a little bit of Ranger Perfect Pearls with a drop of water and splattered it over my ink blending.

I then die cut the JOY letters from the ink blended cardstock. I die cut them 3 more times from plain white cardstock and stacked them together for a dimensional look. I stamped a few of the cute images from the stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and embossed them with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, then coloured them in with Copic markers.

I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe White Alabaster Embossing Powder onto black cardstock. I adhered the sentiment below the JOY letters and added the trees and the Santa hat with foam dots.

For my second card, I stamped the JOY letters with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and used clear embossing powder to heat emboss them. I coloured all the tiny images with Copic markers.

I then dry embossed a white card panel with the Whimsical Christmas stencil and from that I die cut the JOY letters. I added Brutus Monroe foam tape all over the back of my die cut panel, lined it up with the stamped letters and adhered it down.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock and added to the right side of the card along with a cute little candy cane from the stamp set. I flicked some more Perfect Pearls on the white background to give it some shimmer.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Don't forget to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd online shop to shop the supplies I used in my cards today. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday season. Enjoy this special time with your loved ones. :)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

For the Love of Poinsettias with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

I absolutely adore poinsettias! The white ones are lovely but it's the red ones that capture my heart. Up until recently, I had no idea that this plant had a religious connotation. I know they're popular at Christmas time, but I didn't know that the star-shape leaf pattern is said to represent the Star of Bethlehem and that the red coloured plant symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ when he was crucified. 

This week my card projects for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team are centered around this beautiful plant. The five cards I created all feature the gorgeous and realistic looking Paper Layering Poinsettia die set by Hero Arts. Let's take a look at my first card.

The white card panel was trimmed to 4" x 5.25" which I dry embossed using the Hero Arts Poinsettia Stencil. Dry embossing with stencils creates such a lovely, subtle texture to your backgrounds. I then die cut and assembled the pieces of the poinsettia, including a gold glitter center out of Lawn Fawn Sparkle Cardstock (Holiday) and glued it to the center of my card. I die cut the sentiment banner using the Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banners along with a white heat embossed sentiment from their Winter Wavy Sayings stamp set. I adhered it just under the poinsettia. I then adhered the panel to a white A2 sized cardbase.

On this next card, I embossed onto a 4" x 5.50" ivory card panel the Hero Arts Noel Print Cling Stamp using Lawn Fawn Gold Embossing Powder.  I mounted that onto black cardstock and adhered it to a white cardbase.

I arranged the poinsettias diagonally, added a black sentiment banner in the middle and called it done!

This next card uses the same stencil which I dry embossed onto the panel. You can see the raised texture in the close-up photo. I added the poinsettia to the bottom left of the panel along with some pretty gold metallic thread by DMC for some more gold. I can never get enough gold on my Christmas cards!

The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn How You Bean? Christmas Cookie Add-On stamp set which I white heat embossed onto black cardstock and cut into strips. I then foam mounted the strips onto the card aligned to the right. I added some Pinkfresh Studio jewels as a final touch.

On the following card, I used clear embossing powder with the same Hero Arts cling stamp onto Lawn Fawn Rainforest cardstock. From that panel, I trimmed out the ornament shape using the Poinsettia & Ornament Fancy Die by Hero Arts and set aside the positive piece which I used on my last card. From the same die set, I die cut an ornament from white cardstock. I adhered the Rainforest cardstock to a white A2 sized cardbase.

I then adhered the white ornament to the opening in the middle. I embossed the sentiment in the center of the ornament, added the poinsettia and some jewels from Pinkfresh Studio.

For my final card, I used Gold Mirror Cardstock by Tonic Studios to die cut the ornament and some trim for the sides of the panel. 

I backed the ornament using the positive piece from the previous card's embossed panel so that it could stand out from the rest of the cardstock. I adhered the poinsettias, sentiment and jewels to the card. Lastly, I added gold stretchy craft cord to the top of the ornament.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope my card projects inspire you to create your own cards using these gorgeous Hero Arts products. They can even be used on scrapbook layouts, mini albums or home decor projects.

Check out the Scrapbook Nerd online shop for the supplies I used in my cards today. 

Hope you're having an awesome day! And stay warm! It's a cold one today. :)

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Oh Christmas Tree - Sketch Week with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends,

I'm back with another card project for Scrapbook Nerd. This week the Design Team was given a sketch to work with. Naturally, since it's the Christmas season, I interpreted that triangle to be a Christmas tree and created two cards using two very different techniques for my trees. Here's the sketch I was inspired by:

For my first card, I was totally inspired by a Kristina Werner video that she posted recently as part of her 2019 Holiday Card Series where she created a tree with very simple watercolouring. I included some step-out-photos below so you can see just how easy it was to create. You can also watch her video by clicking here

Rather than sketching out the tree as Kristina demonstrates in her video, I thought better than to trust my shabby drawing skills and decided to create a template on my computer instead. I opened up a Word document and created a text box the same size as my card panel (4" x 5.25"). Next I created the triangle shape and centered that in the middle of my text box. I printed it out on regular printer paper and cut out the triangle.

I then cut a 4" x 5.25" panel from Strathmore Cold Press 140 lb watercolour paper and placed the triangle over the middle of it temporarily.

Using Therm-o-Web Removable Purple Tape, I masked all around the triangle. I then removed my paper triangle template and set it aside for another project.

I then grabbed my Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolours, a brush and two jars of water. One jar for rinsing the dirty brush and the other with clean water to slightly dilute the watercolour. I added a few drops of the following colours into a paint tray; Key Lime, Emerald City, Aquamarine and Sky Blue. I drew random diagonal lines using the first colour. I then used my heat gun to dry it. I went back and forth with the different colours, always making sure to dry between each colour application.

Once I was happy with my colours, I carefully removed the purple tape to reveal my tree. I then sprayed the entire panel with Thermo-o-web Silver Glitter Dust spray to give it some sparkle and shine.

Next, I mounted my card panel using fun foam to a red A2 sized cardbase to give it dimension. I stamped and white heat embossed the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Winter Wavy Sayings stamp set and die cut it with the coordinating Wavy Savings die. 

I attached foam dots to the back and adhered it across the middle of the tree. As a final touch, I added Nuvo Drops in Autumn Red.

My second card uses the Lawn Fawn Large Wreath die set to create the tree. This die set is meant to create wreaths but I like stretching my supplies and finding new ways to use them so I thought why not use the sprigs from the wreath to mimic foliage on a tree? I die cut multiple sprigs from two different coloured cardstock.

I also die cut the holly berries that come with the set from Lawn Fawn Sparkle Holiday Cardstock. I used a random die I had in my stash to die cut a star also in red glitter cardstock.

Using the same paper template of the tree, I traced it onto light green cardstock and trimmed it out. I glued all the branch pieces in a random fashion to that piece. I then adhered the berries to the tree.

I then glued the tree to a 4" x 5.25" Lawn Fawn Fog Cardstock panel that I heat embossed with clear embossing powder and the Hero Arts Noel Print Cling Stamp. I white heat embossed the sentiment from the same Lawn Fawn Wavy Savings stamp and die set and adhered it over the tree. I adhered the panel to an A2 sized white cardbase.

And those are my completed card projects for today! If you're interested in creating your own version of these cards, head on over to the Scrapbook Nerd shop to check out the supplies I used. I've conveniently included links to all the products in this post.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you're having a wonderful day. :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Stamp-n-Stencil with Gina K Designs and Scrapbook Nerd

Hi everyone!

Can you believe Christmas is only one month away? I'm finally getting into the holiday spirit despite the fact that we are in the middle of a major kitchen renovation and my house is upside down. To keep from going insane, I've been spending a lot of time in my craft room making cards and getting some online Christmas shopping done. Have I told you how much I despise the malls at this time of year?

Anyhoo, I took a break from making Christmas cards this week because this beautiful stamp set from Gina K Designs was calling my name. Gina K has a few of these Stamp-n-Stencil sets, where you first stamp the image, then you go over it with the coordinating stencil to add texture and sparkle to the flower centers using Nuvo Glimmer Paste and a pallet knife. This one is called Crazy Daisy. The results are so pretty! I loved it so much that I made five cards for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team this week!

All my cards use Altenew Inks except for the leaves. Those were stamped with Lawn Fawn inks. I have listed all the colours at the end of this blog post.

My first card uses a yellow polka dot patterned paper from the Sunny Studios Polka Dot Parade 6x6 cardstock pack. The black/white patterned paper strip is from My Favorite Things Black & White Stripes 6x6 Paper Pad. And the card base is Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.

My next card is a shaker card. I created the opening using Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die onto some kraft cardstock. The sentiment is Pinkfresh Studio's Classic Word Dies

I added double sided foam tape around the perimeter of the rectangle, placed some sequins in the middle of a white A2 sized cardbase, and carefully adhered the panel to the card base.

I love shaker cards so I couldn't resist creating another one! This time I created a circle using Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched Scalloped Circle Die. The sentiment is also from Pinkfresh Studio's Classic Word Dies

I mounted it to a teal card base in the same way I did the rectangle shaker card. I just love that stitched detail you get from these dies!

On this next card, I inked up the background panel using a Vicki Boutin stencil and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks. I applied it with a blender brush by Picket Fence Studios.

The sentiment is from the Gina K stamp set which I heat embossed in black using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder.

My final card also features a stenciled background. For this one I used Altenew's Broken Chevron Stencil. I had this panel in my stash of pre-made backgrounds so I can't remember which ink I used.

The sentiment is also from the Gina K Crazy Daisy stamp set which I heat embossed in black.

Ink Colours Used:

Altenew - Pink Flowers - Pinkalicious & Raffleberry
Altenew - Blue Flowers - Aqualicious & Galactic Stream
Altenew - Yellow Flowers - Fresh Lemon & Maple Yellow
Lawn Fawn - Leaves - Noble Fir, Cilantro & Jalapeno

One last thing to note. I stamped all these flowers and leaves onto 110 lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock using my Misti Tool. I then used my Brother Scan-n-Cut machine to cut them all out. This machine was the single best purchase I made this year! It has more than paid for itself based on the amount of dies that I don't have to purchase anymore. I would strongly recommend it if you are an avid cardmaker/stamper like me.

Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave a note in the comments section below or shoot me an e-mail. 

Hope you're having a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

My Christmas card making mojo is in full swing and I'm taking full advantage of every spare minute I have to create them! I have quite a long list of cards I send out each year and I'm not the mass production/assembly line type of gal. I like to create individual cards for every person on my list. I know...you must be thinking..."Is she crazy?" Why yes. Yes I am lol. I just like sending different cards to each individual. It feels more personal that way.

One thing I do try to do to make the process go faster, is to design a card that isn't very involved. The cards I'm sharing with you today may look like I put a lot of time and effort into them, but the truth is they took me less than 1/2 hour each to create. And that my friends is because there was no stamping whatsoever involved. I only used dies and one stencil. Let me show you how.

The products I used today are the Hero Arts Christmas Message Fancy die, Hero Arts Snowflake Pattern Cover die and Altenew Fine Frames Cover die.

First I die cut the snowflake background out of white textured cardstock. As you can see from the image of the die, it cuts out the snowflakes as one solid piece with a thin frame around it, sized perfectly for an A2 cardbase (4.25" x 5.5"). I decided to cut the snowflakes apart and adhere them along the edges of my card so as to create an open space in the middle for my greeting.

I sprayed the snowflakes with Thermoweb Glitter Dust. This stuff is awesome to add shimmer to paper. A staple in every craft room IMO. The photo above just doesn't do it justice. In real life, it's stunning. I then set them aside to dry. Next, I die cut the sentiment from Tonic Studios Gold Pearl Mirror Cardstock. Another item I recommend for your crafty stash. 

I die cut the Fine Frames from the same gold cardstock. And then I adhered everything down to my white card base using liquid glue. As a finishing touch, I added jewels from Pinkfresh Studio.

For this card, I used the Hero Arts Poinsettia Stencil to dry emboss onto red cardstock. You can see the beautiful texture in the picture below. I can't say enough about the versatility of stencils. They're definitely not just for stenciling!

I did the same die cutting as above, except this time I used silver glitter cardstock I had in my stash. I used some of the leftover snowflakes from the first card and adhered them around my sentiment. Once again, I added some jewels for a final touch.

For my last card, I die cut another Snowflake Pattern from Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust Sparkle Cardstock and decided to leave it as is. I think it's so pretty when it covers the entire background of your cardbase. The card stock I used is Lawn Fawn Rainforest.

I die cut the sentiment out of red cardstock three times and adhered them together to add dimension. Once again, I sprayed it with the Glitter Dust. I adhered it to the center of my card, added a few jewels and called it done!

I hope these quick and easy Christmas cards will inspire you to create your own. All the products I used today are available in the Scrapbook Nerd shop if you are interested in trying them out.

Thank you for stopping by and as always if you have any comments or questions, please leave me a message below.

Hope you are having a wonderful day! :)