Monday, October 15, 2018

How to use a Glue Stick with Leafing

Hello!!!  Happy Monday and Happy Anniversary for the hubs and I.  We have now been married for 35 years.  Wow!!!  
Autumn has arrived and the leaves are looking beautiful, however yesterday felt much more like winter outside and it even spit a bit of snow.  Thankfully the rest of the week will be more like fall than winter.


 I've started today's project with a tag from my stash that was already colored.  To tell you about the background already on it would be a total guess.  I'm thinking it's Distress Spray Stain along with Mica Spray but it's possible I'd have that wrong.  Either way I thought it was a beautiful start to an Autumn tag.


I've used glue stick with foil or leafing before but I'd never done it with a stencil/. I was thinking that it should work and had to play.  The stencil is the Leaf and Snowflake Spray (QF / ECD).  I placed it on my tag and dabbed over it with the glue stick being careful not to get globs in the design.  I then used my finger to rub the glue around pulling what was on the stencil into the cut outs, hoping to get good coverage. 


I was going to use my container of left over leafing but the colors were so similar to the tag that I chose to go with some plain gold.  I pressed it onto the glue and then rubbed over the tag to remove the excess leafing putting the pieces into my container.


As you can see, I didn't manage to get glue everywhere in all the areas.  This would look great if you were just going for the suggestion of falling leaves and I'm thinking an art journal page is in my future.  However, I wanted the whole design on my tag.  I almost started over with a whole new idea but then decided I would continue and take you along on the journey.  So what to do....


I decided on Embossing Powder on top of Embossing Paste.  Before beginning I used an anti-static bag over the tag to be sure the powder only stuck to the paste.  The stencil was placed back on lining it up with what was already leafed, Texture Paste Transparent Matte was applied with a pallet knife, the stencil removed, Queen's Gold Embossing Powder poured on the wet paste, and dump off the extra.  At this point you can allow the paste to dry with the powder on it and once the paste is completely dry then heat to melt the embossing powder.  This will create a smoother look.  If you like a more textured look then you can heat the powder to melt right away which will cause the paste to bubble.  Be sure to have adequate ventilation when heating acrylic mediums.  


Yes, I chose to heat right away and get lots of texture in my leaves.


Back to the glue stick.  I rubbed glue stick onto the edges of the tag, pressed all the edges into the little pieces in my container of leafing, and then rubbed over the edges to burnish the leafing and remove all the excess. 


The quote is from the new Autumn Collection of stamps.  It is stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Weathered White Powder.  


Some twine and a metal leaf to finish it.  The leaf was gold and color added with Alcohol Inks.



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Leafy Acanthus - Merry Christmas - When This Christmas - Multi Loop Bow



Yogi Here today and I thought I'd play with the Leafy Acanthus and the 3D die cut word technique... Really hard to photograph - sigh!!

I'm using an A Way With Words dies  "Merry Christmas" from Elizabeth Craft Designs, also available on Quietfire Design HERE

I'm also using a quote and design element stamps from Quietfire Design ("Leafy Acanthus"); ("When This Christmas")

Scored and folded my dark green textured cardstock to create the easel structure. Cut another piece of gold cardstock (Paper-Garden.ca)  same size as card and adhered to front.

Using my Tim's stampin platform stamped the acanthus on white cardstock using Versafine Toffee, flipped the stamp over to have a mirror image and stamped next to the first stamping overlapping the images slightly then embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder.

 
Die cut the "Merry Christmas" making sure I kept all the little pieces intact.

Trimmed down and adhered the Acanthus background to a piece of the dark green cardstock. I put a small drop of white glue on all the negative pieces and re-glued them in place to the background.

For the positive part of the die cut, there are several ways you can create depth - adhering several, 4 or 5 layers of die cut cardstock - time consuming; or cutting minuscule pieces of 3D foam tape - very finicky; I tried using Fun Foam and Sookwang on both sides and die cutting, but the die isn't thick enough to go through all the layers SIGH!!; so I ended up using Glossy Accents - mine is old a thick... and just putting a thick layer onto the whole back, setting aside to dry and repeating to get a thicker coat... then putting a bit of white glue and adhering to Acanthus background. Adhered to card front.

 
On the floor: stamped the quote onto a piece of the gold cardstock using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed. Die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs "Stitched Rectangles" die set. Adhered to floor with 3D foam tape.

Tied a multi loop Gold Sari bow (see instructions below) and adhered to floor with hot glue (click on images to enlarge)

Using a quilling comb or dog comb etc loop the ribbon over and under the prongs. You should be over 2 sets of prongs and under 2 sets of prongs. I do it every 4th prong (depending on size of bow loops wanted)

Work your way back going between the original prongs. Continue in this manner back and forth until you've done it 5 times, ending with the tail on the opposite side of starting. This will give you 4 loops for the bow. Add more loops if you want a fuller bow.  Cut the end.
 
Thread the ribbon through the mid point prongs and tie a tight double knot. Remove from tool and fluff up, trimming ends pleasingly.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Winners of New Christmas Release Dies!



I'd like to congratulate the winners of our giveaway!
Last week we celebrated the release of the brand new Christmas dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and asked our followers to comment on each blog post.  Here are the lucky winners! Each one will receive one of the new dies (randomly chosen by me!).

Linda E.
Very Elegant!

TracyM #6773
ELEGANT card!
LOVE the gorgeous sentiment and delicate flourishes of your card ... and ALL the sneak peeks :)

Mary O.K.
Suzanne, have you ever considered a job as a voice-over artist? My goodness, your gentle voice on the video relaxed me more than petting a bunny!

Seriously— lovely video and excellent way to understand the size difference of the two Merry Christmas dies. You make creating exquisite cards look effortless.

I’m looking forward to this week of Christmas inspiration!

Ladies, please email me and I will get your prizes out to you!

Thanks to everyone who followed along!  See you next time!
Suzanne

"Something Wicked this way comes" Halloween card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Kathy Jo here sharing a card that is perfect for a Halloween friend.  The focus of the card is the cool calligraphy stamp, "Something wicked" from the Something Wicked 2018 stamp set:
Something Wicked 2018, Set of 6 Stamps - Mounted
It is an awesome set of stamps from the wicked tree to the wicked cat to Something Wicked quote.  
The stamps can easily combine with Halloween-y type papers, layered simply and hocus pocus!  A cool and creepy Halloween card is completed.  That is exactly what I did with this card: 

  1. Create a top fold card using black card stock.
  2. Cut and mat wood grain paper to card base.
  3. Die cut fish net die from gold card stock and mount to card front.  (I just happened to have this in my scrap paper bin and decided to use it.  What would have also worked was a coordinating piece of patterned paper torn and the top and bottom and then adhered to the front.)
  4. Cut two squares of patterned paper- ensuring one is light colored.  
  5. Stamp quote onto light colored paper using black archival ink. 
  6. Mount patterned paper and ribbon on the card front.
  7. Decorate inside as desired.

It was easy peasy to make and I really like the results.  I hope you do, too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Monday, October 8, 2018

Autumn is the Hush before Winter Tag


Hey Quietfire Fans! I'm excited to be back on the blog today sharing with you my Autumn is the Hush before Winter Tag which features a variety of Quietfire Stamps. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite Fall beverage and learn how to recreate my tag at home.

To start, take one #8 Manilla Tag out of the package. Apply Emboss It Ink to the Leafy Acanthus stamp and stamp along the edge of the tag. Continue to apply Emboss It Ink to the stamp until the edges of all of the tags are stamped. Sprinkle Champagne Embossing Powder overtop of the stamped image. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.


Using a blending tool with foam, blend Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of the tag.  Spritz the tag with water. Dry the tag using a heat tool. Use a baby wipe to take the ink off of the embossed image. Distress the edges of the tag. Ink the edges of the tag using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam. 


Die cut a 2 1/2" Stitched Oval out of white cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of the oval. Spritz the oval with water. Dry with a heat tool. Distress the edges of the oval. Ink the edges of the oval using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.


Apply Emboss It Ink to the Autumn is the Hush before Winter sentiment and stamp onto the middle of the oval. Sprinkle Midnight Black Embossing Powder over the entire surface of the sentiment. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Foam square the oval to the middle of the tag.


Apply Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to the wheat stamp and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock. Reapply Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to the wheat stamp and stamp onto the same piece of white cardstock. Fussy cut both wheat out. Ink the edges of the wheat using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.


Apply Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink to the large maple leaf stamp and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock. Repeat the previous step for the large maple leaf. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink over the large maple leaf. Apply Forest Moss Distress Ink to the leaf stamp and stamp onto the same piece of white cardstock. Repeat the previous step for the leaf. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the leaf. Apply Fired Brick Distress Ink to the small maple leaf stamp and stamp onto the same piece of white cardstock. Repeat the previous step for the small maple leaf. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Fired Brick Distress Ink over the small maple leaf.  Fussy cut all the leaves out. Ink the edges of all the leaves using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.


In the top left side of the sentiment, adhere the wheat. Foam square a large maple leaf and leaf over top of the leaf. Foam square the small maple leaf to the left of the french proverb.


Adhere the large maple leaf to the bottom right side of the oval. Adhere the other wheat slightly over top of the large maple leaf. Foam square the small maple leaf and leaf overtop of the wheat and large maple leaf. 

To finish off the tag, tie some brown seam binding ribbon to the top of the tag.


Here are a few close up's of my Autumn is the Hush before Winter Tag.




Thanks so much for joining me today and taking a look at my project! I hope that I've inspired you to want to recreate my tag at home. 


Quietfire Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Forest Moss, Fired Brick & Ground Espresso, Distress Oxide Ink - Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo & Gathered Twigs, Distress Spritzer and Blending Tool with Foam
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber and #8 Manilla Tag
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Midnight Black Embossing Powder and Champagne Embossing Powder
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Ovals
- Misc: Brown Crinkle Ribbon, White Cardstock and Heat Tool

- Katelyn













Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sparkly Christmas Tags and Bonus Project! - Guest Designer Judi Kauffman

 

My friend Judi Kauffman designed some sparkly and super simple tags with two dies from my newest release, the flourished reindeer (from the Flourished Christmas Minis) and small size Merry Christmas.

Judi picked light blue and white (White and Light Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz and Velvet Adhesive Sheets), colors that evoke winter, but the combination is yours to choose. And you can design your tags with other dies as well!


Only three steps:
One.
Die cut motif or sentiment from adhesive-backed Velvet sheets.
Two.
Die cut Dashing Rectangles from Shimmer Sheetz* (smallest two for the reindeer and smallest three for Merry Christmas).
Three.
Layer as shown, using clear double sided adhesive tape to secure the Rectangles, and finish by punching a hole for the eighth-inch ribbon.

Flourished Christmas Minis

Merry Christmas Small



*A metal adaptor plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt's YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique.


Tip: Shimmer Sheetz is non-porous, so pick a pen formulated for writing on glass or plastic to add names and date to the back of the tag.


A big thanks to Judi for sharing with us!

This wraps up our "official" celebration of the new Christmas release from Elizabeth Craft Designs!  I'd like to send a HUGE thanks to the Quietfire Design Team for their creations and the extra projects they've added to their personal website.


We're wrapping up our giveaway!
To be eligible to win, leave a comment on each blog post on the Quietfire Creations Blog from September 28th through to Friday, October 5th, 2018.  We'll randomly choose three winners and send out one of the new dies to each winner!  You have until tomorrow, Sunday October 7th, 2018 at midnight to leave your comments and then we'll randomly choose winners!  Winners will be announced late Tuesday!

Good luck!!




Friday, October 5, 2018

Merry Christmas with Flourished Reindeer

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with two Christmas cards featuring reindeer from the Flourished Christmas mini set and the small Merry Christmas die.  You might have seen that these beautiful dies were just released - just in time for Christmas card production!  

To celebrate the new release, we're having a week long celebration and a giveaway! 
To be eligible to win, leave a comment on each blog post on the Quietfire Creations Blog from September 28th through to Friday, October 5th, 2018.  We'll randomly choose three winners and send out one of the new dies to each winner!

The flourished reindeer from the Christmas mini set stole my heart, so I cut a small herd out of gold metallic cardstock and combined them with the Merry Christmas die to create a couple of cards.  The shimmery shiny background of these cards are embossed mylar Shimmer Sheetz from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  They make an absolutely stunning backdrop for the die cuts.  Still photography cannot accurately give the shimmery reflection justice but anybody receiving one of these cards for Christmas should be impressed.  :-).



This card is actually a bifold card - I scored a 10" wide piece of white cardstock at 2 1/2 and 7 1//2", and then folded those sections inward.  The stitched oval die is only attached on one side and the card is kept closed with a bit of tied ribbon.  When I ran the reindeer die through my die cutting machine, I flipped the gold metallic cardstock upside down on the second run so that I would have a reindeer facing the opposite direction.


Since I had extra reindeer, I made another quick card, this time cutting a stitched circle out of the embossed Mylar sheet before adhering my reindeer and die cut Merry Christmas.
  

Good luck in the contest and thanks for stopping by, Connie



Thursday, October 4, 2018

Flourished Christmas Minis Gable boxes...and giveaway!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you been enjoying the projects created using the newly released Flourished Christmas Minis?  The minis are perfect for your Christmas projects this year: from tags to cards to lanterns and scrapbook pages...and treat boxes!  Today I am sharing a few treat boxes using the Gable Die Box and the Flourished Christmas minis.

The gable treat boxes are too easy and fun to put together!  The boxes will be great for table settings or treat gifts for the little (or big!) kids on your holiday list.

I made a lot of these boxes this week but thought I would share a few for inspiration:

This box was created using ivory card stock for the box.  I die cut the mini reindeer using scrap ivory card stock and rubbed it with light red ink.  Next, I dyed white seam binding using water and some of the red ink tapped onto a craft mat.  Isn't it pretty?

Another fun gable box was die cut using Kraft card stock.  I then die cut red metallic card stock using the Ho Ho Ho die.  White scrap card stock and the snowflake from the Brrrr die set was used to create the wee snowflake on the box side.
Last- but definitely not least- is the gold glitter gable box.  The box looks so festive in the gold glitter.  The mittens are a perfect combo with the die cut square background mounted on the box.  For the mitten cuffs I added Nuvo Crystal Drops...and thought it looked so nice that I used the drops in the mitten hearts, too.
Now, I have to warn you: once you start die cutting the Gable Box and Minis you won't want to quit!  The boxes are so stinking cute!
 
You can find the Flourished Christmas Minis on the Quietfire Design site HERE.  The Gable Box is HERE.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY????

To celebrate the new release, we're having a weeklong celebration and a giveaway! 
To be eligible to win, leave a comment on each blog post on the Quietfire Creations Blog from September 28th through to Friday, October 5th, 2018.  We'll randomly choose three winners and send out one of the new dies to each winner!

Thanks for stopping by!  Good luck on the draw!

Kathy Jo
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