Tuesday, September 25, 2018

'Last Minute' Cards Tutorial

Hello lovelies! It's Clair and today I wanted to share an easy way to make last minute cards, without too much time, effort or mess! I am forever in need of little cards to send to friends or add to pretty parcels!

Stamps: Be A Unicorn

You can make these in a few minutes and it's easy to 'batch make' the bases (so all that's needed later on is the sentiment.) Use different colours and/or sentiments to vary the look!

1. First, section off an area of the card base with a little bit of washi (choose one that isn't too sticky.) You'll see that I have added an extra bit of washi to the top of the card, so that I don't accidentally blend onto the back.

2. Blend the inks (I've used two of my favourites) to create the section of colour. Different colours suit different sentiments, so mix it up a little!

3. Carefully remove the washi to reveal the inked section. Throw that washi away. Don't be tempted to re-use it - it will only transfer unwanted ink onto the next project!

4. To add the sentiment, fix the card base into a stamping platform, then decide on the placement of the sentiment.

5. Ink the sentiment stamp and stamp firmly onto the card base. Repeat if needed to create a nice, crisp finish.

6. To finish off the card, add some small enamel dots in a similar (or contrasting colour.) And that's it!

You can use my discount code CLAIRSENTME in the CAS-ual Fridays Store at anytime, for a 15% discount! Enjoy!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Enjoy every moment altered photo frame

Hello my dear crafty friends! Irit is here today and I welcome to my new post made for CAS- ual Fridays  blog.
This time I decided to use CAS- ual Fridays stamps and die to make a lovely and totally easy to make home frame.

I got this black and white plastic frame for free and it was almost in the trash box. But then I've seen these CAS- ual Fridays Sands of Time 2 and Hourglass Fri-die on my craft table and BINGO!
This stamp set was a perfect match for this frame.
The central part is the main image that was first stamped and heat embossed and then die cut with the matching die.It was glued with 3d foam glue and the top and bottom die cut strips were inked with the same red ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  
The upper and lower parts were used to stamp the sentiments from the same stamp set.
Everything was stamped on one single long white cardstock strip. Then the whole stamped strip was misted with light pink mist and added to the frame from the back (as it should be with photos).
Here are the CAS- ual Fridays products used to make this project:

And now to some close- ups for this project:

I hope that you liked my altered frame and remember- this stamped over the strip technique can be done with the hand made or die cut film strip frame too. 

See you  again in like two weeks!
Have a great crafty day!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Put On a Tutu & Twirl

Hello CAS-ual Fridays fans! Maria here on the blog today, with a simple inspirational card, showcasing the Tutu stamp set.

Tutu Stamp Set
I started out with some Bristol smooth white card stock and inked in up with Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey distress oxide inks.  I blended the colors together and sprayed it with water using my distress spray bottle.  I dabbed it dry with paper towel.

I used a snowflake stencil from my stash and applied my Nuvo Glimmer paste using my palette knife.  I let it dry for about half an hour.  

I stamped my little ballerina with my Jet Black ink and colored the image with my Copic markers.  I fussy-cut the image with my scissors and adhered this piece with some foam adhesive.

I just LOVE the sparkly effect of the glimmer paste taking on the color underneath.  I finished my design my stamping my sentiment with versafine Onyx black ink.  Here's a little close-up:

I added some sparkling clear jewels on my little ballerina too.  I am giving this card to a friend of mine.  Her granddaughter is now taking ballet lessons and I think she's going to love this card.

I hope you like my card today.  Don't forget to use my coupon code below for 15% off your order.  Also check out the retiring stamps sale because once they are gone, it will not be restocked anymore.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Merry! Merry!

Hi All, it's Vicki here today, from All I Do Is Stamp.  Today, I have a Christmas card for you, along with a written tutorial.

First off, here is the finished card.

For the background, I started with a card panel and stamped ALL the snowflakes from Bring on the Snowflakes using my MISTI, and Versamark.  Once stamped, I brushed on gold Perfect Pearls. 

I made a SVG cut for the Merry Christmas [using my Silhouette], stamped it also with Versamark, and then I embossed with gold embossing powder.  I cut out a couple of snowflakes from Funky Flakes Fri-die and adhered those over the stamped image.  Once done, I trimmed off a ½" of the panel, and adhered it to the card base after I placed a gold glittered strip down the side.

That's it for today.  Don't forget, you can save 15% off any store purchase by using my code;

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Life Is Better: Nate and Friday

Happy Thursday!!
Nora here with a card I created for the pet lovers in your life. 

I love to create simple cards using black and white with a splash of color. I love this particular image because of the little heart on his chest!! I also believe that rescuing or adopting a pet is LIFE CHANGING. We did it ten years ago and it was one of the best thing we ever did. It was the first dog I had ever owned and he brings us so much love.

The first step to create this card was to stamp one of the pups from the "Nate and Friday" stamp set. I then created a mask with a simple circle die.

Next I used two different red Distress Inks for ink blending inside the circle. 

I cut a piece of red and black striped paper and tucked it under a 31/2" by 5 1/4" white card panel with a partial circle cut out of it. This panel then was placed over the red blend.

I then stamped a sentiment with black ink and die cut some "Fun-Fetti Fri-Die" hearts.

I adhered the dog over the partial circle and then popped the sentiment up with some foam adhesive.

My last step was to adhere three hearts so the sentiment looks like it is a thought bubble.

I hope you enjoyed the process behind this card. Don't forget to check out the August release and use my code to get 15% off your total order!!

I thank you for stopping by. Have a FABULOUS day!! 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thank you with Foxy

Hi everyone, hope your all having a fantastic week and you've had a chance to do some crafting. I've got a card for you today along with a tutorial with LOTS of photos, so get comfy, grab a drink and lets go!!

This is the card I created for you today using the Foxy stamp set and Bubble Box Fri-dies. It looks plain and muted until you tip it towards the light:

This is where the shine comes in from the vellum. I was actually trying out a new embossing powder at the same time as making this card and the shimmer was so good, it completely changed my card it when that happens!!

To start off I stamped the fox image on Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS using VersaFine Claire pigment ink in 'Morning Mist'. I also heat embossed the same fox image on vellum using Hero Arts 'White Satin Pearl' embossing powder. I didn't want too much colour on the fox image, so only used three colours of Zig Real Color Brush Pens. I was really surprised that the ink didn't bleed at all, its fantastic for watercolouring!!

Once the painting was dry I cut a panel of grey CS the same size as my card base and die-cut the Bubble Box Fri-die from the middle of it. This photo also shows you what the VersaFine ink looks like.

Using a tiny amount of Gina K Connect Glue I glued the vellum piece directly over top of the image, making sure it lined up perfectly. I only glued around the outside edge as didn't want the vellum to pucker with the liquid glue.

I adhered the grey panel over top and then glued to the card base. Isn't the pearlescent shine just incredible!!

All I had to do then was heat emboss the 'thank you' (from the same Foxy set) in silver on a strip of the same grey CS, pop it up on foam tape and glue on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I really hope you like this design and maybe you'll be inspired to try something with vellum and heat embossing today. And don't forget that if your going to be doing some CAS-ual Fridays Stamps shopping, to use my special code to save yourself some money!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'm sure another Girl Friday will be here tomorrow to wow you with her incredible project!!

Take care