Saturday, November 18, 2017

May Your Christmas Be Merry

Hello again, Butterfly Ink-ers!   Kimberly here today to share a cozy Christmas card using supplies from some of my favorite companies!   This time of year is filled to the brim with awesome new holiday releases and things we just HAVE to have, am I right?!   

I began by stamping and die cutting the lovely poinsettias with a variety of Altenew ink colors - they are perfect for layering stamps because they take the guesswork out of figuring out which colors will go nicely together!  

I set the die cuts aside and stamped several backgrounds - first the wood grain and then the plaid.   I added silver embossing to my plaid background for a little shine!   Next, I die cut a scalloped rectangle from patterned paper (and die cut an additional rectangle from that) and inked the edges just a bit.

Finally, I die cut the merry sentiment, inked it with Versamark ink and added silver embossing powder.  I did this twice to get a nice thick and solid coating.   


To put it all together, I layered all of the pieces onto a red card base and stamped and heat embossed the rest of the sentiment.  I absolutely love how this card turned out - rustic and cozy, and all the things I love about Christmas!   

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed my card - you can find all of the supplies I used linked below!   Have a fabulous weekend!

SUPPLIES








Friday, November 17, 2017

Seal-ed with a Kiss

Hey, guys! It’s Kevin here sharing another winter card with you all today! I️ may be the odd one out when it comes to winter, but I️ love it. All the snow, cozy clothes and of course- these critters!

 


I️ just can’t get enough of the Polar Pals Stamp set from MFT. I️ love coloring them up in different ways, today I️ used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I’ve done a lot previously with them and water, but this time I️ just used a couple shades of each color to get a blend- sorta like Copics. A simple stamped background and a strip of festive green paper along with a punny sentiment pulled this card together fairly quickly. But most CAS are quick once you figure out the design. I️ toyed with adding the ice or more trees but figured I’d stick to my go-to CAS style. Hope you like it and found some ins-brrrr-ation! Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Botanical Birthday with Brutus

Hi Everyone!

Jenny here with a delicate and soft birthday card using a wonderful stamp 'Botanical Banners' by Brutus Monroe.  The card uses watercolor, heat embossing and dry embossing - here's how I created it.


I used some Altenew Spicy Yoghurt cardstock for the background panel, trimmed down to A2 size, which I dry embossed using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix Roses embossing folder. The Tim Holtz embossing folders give a gorgeous subtle effect and create a wonderful impression that is create to add texture without making a card busy, so you can still keep it clean and simple.  I recently got this one and can't wait to use it.  Bring back dry embossing :)



I added a border frame with the same cardstock by using two of the Hero Arts Infinity Rectangles and adhering the frame to the embossed panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I adhered the panel directly to a card base.  For some subtle color, I mixed some pink watercolor up and flicked it on to the panel with a paintbrush.

The rose image was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Pearl embossing powder (it has a really pretty subtle sheen).  I then watercolored the image with Daniel Smith watercolors.  When dry, I fussy cut it out and popped it up on the card panel with foam squares.



The sentiment is from the same set and was heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. I trimmed it out and popped it up on foam squares, added a double layer on one side for lots of extra dimension.



As a finishing touch I added some Pretty Pink Posh Sweet Pea sequins with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.   It was nice to take a short break this week from holiday cards, but these will return with a vengeance soon I promise!!

Hope you like the card, as usual I love reading your comments and if you have any questions, let me know!

Jenny


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cozy Winter Foxes

Happy Hump Day, friends!  It's Andrea back with you today with the sweetest foxes ever.  Check 'em out!


Aren't those foxes from Neat & Tangled's Merry Kisses set too cute?!  I just love how they're cuddled up together in one scarf!  

For a change, I started with my background first.  That fabulous sentiment is from Neat & Tangled's Hello Winter stamp set.  Using my MISTI, I inked it up with Versamark and then heat-embossed it in white.  

I created the snowy hill with the Landscape Duo stencil from N&T and distress inks.  I placed the stencil over some Bristol Smooth paper and ink-blended with Spun Sugar, Wilted Violet, and Seedless Preserves distress inks.  After buffing the embossed sentiment with a clean paper towel to remove the excess ink, I flicked on some water and blotted it dry.


While my background was drying, I moved on to those cute foxes.  I stamped them with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I cut them out and added some highlights with a white gel pen.  After adhering my background to a white card, I popped up those adorable foxes with foam tape and called it done.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Honey Bee Stamps - Hey Pumpkin!

Hi everyone!  It's Christine here for Butterfly Reflections Ink.  I have a new card and video tutorial to share today using the adorable Hey Pumpkin Stamp Set from Honey Bee Stamps.  Here are some pictures of my card:







To create this card, I first stamped the image onto Canson XL watercolor paper.  Next, you could definitely cut out a mask and use that on top of your image, but I did not do that.  I found that the Cloud Stencil from My Favorite Things was so easy to work with, I could see through it so I simply placed it over my image and did my inking around the stamped image.  I used Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink and Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink for my inking.  I then removed the cloud stencil and did some light water spraying with my distress sprayer.  Next I colored the image with my Zig Markers and my Detailer Water Brush.  I cut the panel down slightly and then stamped the sentiment.  I then adhered the panel to a standard sized A2 card.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  Thank you so much as always for stopping by and have a wonderful day!  Hugs!

Hugs, Christine

Monday, November 13, 2017

Winter Village Scene card

Good morning crafty friends!  It's one more week closer to the holidays, and I have another card for you today.

Today's card was pretty quick.  I started by inking an A2 sized card panel with Distress Oxide Inks.  I used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Lucky Clover.  I blended the inks, and then sprayed on some water, blotted it dry, then added a bit more water.  To get the snow flakes, I flicked on some white paint.

Then I stamped all the houses and tree images from Lawn Fawn's Winter Village set.  I colored everything with Copics and then cut them out.  I stamped the greeting on the background using Versamark Ink, and then heat embossed using Altenew Crisp White embossing powder.

To make the hills and frame, I cut some heavy white card stock using the Lawn Cuts Stitched Hillside Backdrop - Landscape. Let's talk about how versatile this die is.  If you like making scene cards at all, you can use this over and over.  This die is a great investment!  Lawn Fawn also has one for your Portrait oriented cards and you can find it HERE.  It is definitely on my wish list.

I then arranged my houses and trees and once I decided on a layout, I snapped a quick picture with my cell phone to use as a reference.  I used Scotch foam mounting tape to mount the frame, and then I adhered all my trees and buildings.


I used a few embellishments to add some sparkle - Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Snowflakes which I am using on everything this year (pro tip: get 2 bags!) and also some Crystal Stickles to embellish the snowy scene.

I also want to add that Butterfly Reflections Ink has a bunch of cute sets that you could use with that fantastic scene die.  Here are a few suggestions:


That's all for today - Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to stop in the STORE and see all the FABULOUS new releases Vanessa has in!

Cheers!
Jacquie

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Coffee....

Hello and happy Sunday!! I'm super excited to be on the BRI blog today! As you can tell by the title of this post, my card is centred around coffee. Iced coffee, to-go coffee or sit at home with a mug of coffee.

This card is about 95% die cutting, which I LOVE, but it did take some time and is not really mass produceable.  But if you want to send an extra special card to someone, this would be it!

I started by going through my scraps drawer and choosing some nice pastel colours.  This type of card is also very good for using up those little scraps we tend to hoard, or I least I do.  I used the Coffee Break Honey Cuts Dies from Honey Bee Stamps for all the main images.  This set has not got enough attention in my opinion.  It's amazing!!  There is a co-ordinating stamp set, but this die set can stand on its own.  This is a LARGE die set with A LOT of pieces.

Anyway, enough swooning over the products!  Let's have a look at my card!



As you can see, this die set comes with large solid dies (which work well with the stamp set), but also pieces that can be cut and layered on top of the solid pieces to create all kinds of cups!!  And donuts, too!!  I used pink, blue, mint and grey as much colour palette.  I jazzed each cup up in its own way by adding small details, like the straw, the leaves on the mug and the small pink coffee bean on the iced coffee! SO MUCH FUN!!!

I used the "coffee" stamp from the  Blah Blah Blah Stamp Set and stamped it repeatedly onto a light grey card base with a light grey ink.  It gave a subtle effect without taking away from those cups.  


After fiddling around with the layout, I decided to use the largest of the Scalloped Dies from Neat and Tangled to frame my die cut cups.  I used a rectangle die to cut the inside of the panel out to create the frame.  I foam mounted all my images to the centre of the card base and used a Glitter Pen to add some sparkle and Glossy Accents to add some shine!!

I stamped a large sentiment on the inside of the card, which also come from the Blah, Blah, Blah stamp set.


I should have used my MISTI as my ink pad was apparently very dry.  Oh well!


I hope you enjoyed my card for today!  I had so much fun making it!  

Thanks for stopping in today! Wishing you the most relaxing day!!

Until next time....

Laurie