Saturday, May 27, 2017

Under the Sea!

Hello, crafty friends!

You guys.....I can NOT get the beach off my brain. We are headed there next week for a family vacation and everywhere I look, I see the ocean, and waves, and the sand, and...and... I'M SO EXCITED!!

Naturally the only obvious conclusion to this story is that I'm up sharing this fun underwater card with you today!

Ok, let's talk about shaker cards. Perhaps one day I will write a short novel on my love/hate relationship with shaker cards and how it has morphed over the last year or so. When I saw my first shaker card, I immediately fell in love. I've tried multiple methods of creating shaker cards, and this method has been the best that's worked for me.

First, I stamped all the fish and other sea creatures on watercolor cardstock.These images are from the Lawn Fawn Fintastic Friends, Critters in the Sea, and So Jelly stamp sets. I used a combination of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the images, and then I fussy-cut all the sea creatures out and set them aside. And then I ate my weight in ice cream after the stress of fussy cutting those jellyfish. Because, you word: TENTACLES. Time for a moment of silence for the years of my life that I'll never get back after cutting those jellyfish.

I painted a quick wash of distress ink over my watercolor cardstock panel. I used Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon for the ocean-like background.I used less pigment toward the top and then used more and more pigment as I reached the bottom to achieve the ombre water look. I glued all the images on to the card panel and then moved on to the shaker part of the card.

I used some kraft colored cardstock and cut bunches of rectangle frames using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames die. I glued them all together to build up the walls of my shaker window. I then poured in some sequins toward the bottom but also glued a few individual sequins to the upper portion of the card to give the look of movement. I think this really makes a difference when making shaker cards because then all the sequins are not limited to just the bottom of the card.

After I poured the sequins on to the panel, I then glued my rectangle frame "walls" that I had assembled on to the panel. At this point, I recommend looking at your card on eye level to see if you need to add anymore frames to the wall. If your sequins are sticking up higher than your wall, you'll need to cut a few more frames and add to your wall. After I was happy with the thickness of my wall, I cut a piece of acetate that was slightly smaller than the size of my card panel, and glued that clear window on top of my wall.

Hang on grasshopper, there's only one more step to finish the shaker window!

I then cut one final frame and glued that on top of the acetate window. Now, the acetate window is hidden beneath that final frame that's sitting on top of the entire masterpiece. With the whole card panel being complete now, I glued it on to my card base.

I really like this method of doing shaker cards because you can easily keep building up your shaker walls to custom fit any kind of sequins or any amount of sequins you want to put into a card. Just remember to keep in mind that adding more walls will add to the bulk of the card and maybe change the price of mailing it depending on its weight. I also like this method because if you make the wall slightly higher than the height of your sequins laying on the card panel, then everything will be at a consistent level of thickness all the way across the entire card.

That finished off my card for today. Thanks for stopping by! Hope your weekend is off to a great start!


Friday, May 26, 2017

You Are Magical

Happy Friday friends! Crystal here with a very glittery card to make your weekend extra sparkly. Today I am playing with Waffle Flower Stamps Cross Stitched Unicorn stamp set.

This card was super fun and simple to make. I began by die cutting the white card stock with Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Board Dies. Next, I stamped the sentiment using Altenew Jet Black Ink.  To follow, I stamped the unicorn and all the stars in various shades. Once I was done stamping, I wrapped the card stock with silver thread and adhered it to the pink glittery base. To finish I added Pretty Pink Posh sequins from their March release benefiting Compassion International.

All products for this card can be found in stock on the Butterfly Reflection store. I was super happy how cute this turned out, and the stamping was very simple.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a fab weekend!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Three Tone Ice Cream with Oxide Inks!

Hello Everyone and thank you so much for stopping by today! This Yummy Card was inspired by an ice cream my kids love! It is called "Rainbow Ice Cream" they can combine 3 of their favorite flavors in one cone!  While I was there inspiration hit me to create this fun card for you today!

I started making some tests with different inks, and I found the results you get with Oxide Inks are fantastic and very bright, even when mixing very different colors.

CARD DETAILS: I started with the ice cream layers on my MISTI Tool, for the first layer I used Lawn Fawn ink Ballet Slippers I stamped it twice, for the second layer I used Distress Oxide Ink Broken China for cone #1 and for cone #2 I used Distress Oxide Ink Cracked Pistachio also double stamped, and for the 3rd layer I used Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violet, because this is the most vibrant color it looks great as the last layer! for the cones I used Lawn Fawn Ink Doe.


For the base I die cut the largest from the Dienamics Double Stitched Rectangle Stax and blended the same Oxide Ink colors starting with Wilted Violet, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio they blend beautifully and without any problem you can mix any colors together, I added some water flicks for a more fun look and heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad and Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder, I also ink blend the right corner of the card base with Lawn Fawn Ink Ballet Slippers.  Finally I put some Nuvo Crystal drops Apple GreenBubblegum Blush and Caribbean Ocean.

I hope you can be inspired to use your Oxide Inks and mix colors! Remember that the Butterfly Reflections Ink Shop still has the HUGE STAMP DIE SALE don't miss the opportunity to get some great products at incredible prices!

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hello're so lovely!

Hi friends - happy hump day; hope you are having a great week!

I was so inspired by THIS card that I used it as my inspiration for today's creation...and the colors at Color Throwdown (below). I used the MFT scalloped die to cut the edge of Copic paper, embossed some flowers and leaves from the Hero Arts You're So Lovely set, then sponged on distress ink in Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron. Once complete I added droplets of water, let them set for a bit then soaked them up with a paper towel.

I stamped the sentiment in Lawn Fawn black several times and finished it off with some yellow Nuvo drops and Pretty Pink Posh sequins. Pretty clean and simple, I love the color combo. Thanks for visiting, see you again soon!


Stamps: Hero Arts You're So Lovely, MFT More Essential Sentiments, PTI Round and Round
PapersCopic, PTI Hawaiian Shores (inside), Neenah 110 lb. white
IInkVesaMark, Lawn Fawn Black, Hero Arts Neon Ombre, Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers
AccessoriesHero Arts white embossing powder, MFT Stitched Scallop  DiesNuvo Yellow, PPP sequins (no holes), washi tape (inside)


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

You're One Smart Cookie!

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday to you!
This is Tanya from Studio 5380 and I have a cute graduation card to share with you today.  This fun, shaker card is for my grandson, Brayden, who is about to graduate from Kindergarten....

I used some fun Lawn Fawn products to create this card for my smart little cookie.  The adorable images are from the Smart Cookie Stamp Set.  After stamping and coloring the images, I used the Smart Cookie Lawn Cuts dies to cut them out.  I also used the Scripty Congrats Lawn Cuts die to cut out the word "congrats".  I cut out the sentiment three times and layered them together using some Multi Medium Matte Adhesive.

To add a little sparkle, I covered the word "congrats" with some Frosted Lace Stickles.  I also added a bit of Glossy Accents to the glasses on my cute little cookie. 

While the Stickles and Glossy Accents were drying, I started working on my shaker frame.  Using the Die-namics Stitched Dome Frames die set by My Favorite Things, I cut out 3 frames from dark brown cardstock.  I glued those layers and a layer of acetate together using more Multi Medium Matte Adhesive.  Once it was dry, I flipped my frame over added some sequins.  I chose a few sequins in pretty blues and white from the Ocean Waves Sequin Mix and the Nature Sequins Mix by Neat and Tangled.

Once all of my card elements were completed, I put my card base together using a dark brown base followed by a bright blue layer. The top layer is from the Graphic Grid Paper Pad by My Favorite Things.  To finish my card I popped up my images with some Scotch Foam Mounting Tape and there you go...congrats to my Smart Cookie!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - see you soon!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Smiles Start With You - Newton's Nook

Welcome back friends!  Kari here to share with you this card featuring the adorable stamp set from Newton's Nook called Newton's Bird Bath.  I think this set is absolutely adorable and a cute one to create a fun Spring/Summer scene.

I wanted to color in my images today with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I started by stamping down my images onto a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and covering with Clear Embossing Powder, and used my heat tool to set.  I used for the cat - Gray and Light Gray, Bird Bath - Mid Brown, Water - Light Blue and Cobalt Blue, and Birds and Butterfly - Pink Flamingo, Light Carmine, Pink, and Orange.

Once I was satisfied with my images, I set aside the panel to dry before using the Newton's Bird Bath Dies to cut them out.  Next, I wanted to start building my scene, so I used the new Cloud Stencil from MFT and some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create a beautiful blue sky. I also die cut some green card stock using the Grassy Border Die from Lawn Fawn to round out my scene.  

For my pattern papers I used the Sunshiny Days 6x6 from Pebbles to bring the colors together from my images I colored.  This pad is a great one! I really like it! I used the Scalloped Rectangle dies to die cut the colored diagonal plaid pattern and used a basic rectangle die to die cut the navy piece to frame my main focal point.

The sentiment comes from the same stamp set, and I stamped it down using my VersaFine black ink once again.  This ink is great for sentiments as well as embossing!  Then, I started to adhere my pieces together with either liquid glue or foam adhesive, and for a final touch, I added some Clear Wink of Stella shimmer pen to the water.

I think this card turned out cute, and I hope you think so as well!!  I also have a video tutorial showing how this card came together over at my YOUTUBE channel.  Thanks so much for joining me today!!  Hope you all have a nice week ahead!

See you soon!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I Love You to the Stars and Back!

Hello everyone,

Coralynn here and I'm very excited to be back guest designing today.  I have a "just because" card but really can be anything you want by added another sentiment inside the card such as Happy Birthday or You did it.

I started with the Lawn Fawn Out of this World stamp set with is simply adorable and I love how they have all the planets.

I coloured in the planets, rocket and astronaut with copics and then cut them out with their dies. I then worked on the galaxy background.

I took distress inks and blended them on a piece of watercolour paper.  I used Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and Squeezed Lemonade.  Once I had all the colours blended the way I thought would look good, because at this point it's just a hot mess.  I then sprayed some water drops and took paper towel to remove the water and leave the spots.  I then took some acrylic paint I had in my stash and added the splatter.

I used the "I love you to the STARS and back" sentiment and stamped that on a piece of black card stock with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder and added foam tape to the back.

I had created a couple of moons a while back and I had this one left so I thought I'd use it on my card.  I added it to the galaxy panel with foam tape and then added the other planets with liquid adhesive. I added the astronaut to the rocket and and popped them up on foam tape as well. And that is my card.  I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to the BRI shop for the new Lawn Fawn Summer Release which is now available and lots of other goodies.

Coralynn :)