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Clean and Simple Poppy Fields

Good Saturday morning.  I still had the Altenew Poppy Fields set on my desk from playing with it for the release blog hop last week and decided to try my hand at coloring the Poppies.  I was very inspired by Kara Vrabel’s brightly colored red Poppies done with Copic markers and wanted to take a stab with them as well.  I only have two red Copic markers and both were a lot darker than what Kara used.  On top of that I am totally Copic coloring challenged so I just did my best.  I think the flowers are way too dark but I do like how they pop against the all white framed background.  I wish I could improve my Copic coloring skills but I never seem to take enough time to practice. 

 

KC Altenew Poppy Fields Stamp and Die 1 right (2)

I secured the cardstock and stamps in my MISTI used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the flowers.  I stamped each flower to get a really good dark image and then set the ink with my heat gun.  I colored the flowers with the lighter red marker and colored outside the lines of the images so there would not be any white outline when I die cut them.  I secured the dies in place with small pieces of Eclipse tape and ran them through my Big Shot. 

KC Altenew Poppy Fields Stamp and Die 1 center

I stamped the sentiment on the card base and framed it using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and a Nestabilities Matting Basics.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  And don’t look too close at how crooked that frame is attached.  I love using frames but getting them lined up straight is definitely my Achilles heel.  LOL!  II gently bent and formed the flowers using my fingers and attached them to the card base using glossy accents.

KC Altenew Poppy Fields Stamp and Die 2. left

You should check out the United We Flourish page on Ellen Hutson with video tutorials and step by steps on how to use this fun multi step Poppy Fields set.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you are enjoying your day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Gift Card Pocket and Gift Card Foldover

Good Friday morning. Hang on to your hat because my post today is long with lots of step by steps photos.  Have you seen the new Impression Obsession Gift Card Pocket and Gift Card Foldover die sets? The two sets are made to coordinate with each other but they are both stand alone sets.  I’ve had a few questions about how to work with these sets so I put together a tutorial that I think will be helpful.  The wonderful thing about gift card holder dies is that you can definitely use  them over and over again.  They may seem like an expensive investment but their uses are endless for gift giving events all year long and year after year. 

Gift Card Foldover assembled 

Gift Card Pocket

White Cardstock, 1/4” Double Stick Tape, Teflon Bone Folder

The Gift Card Pocket has two die cut sentiments-Happy Holiday and Seasons Greetings but you can use the pocket with or without the sentiments. 

pocket 1

1.  Line up the pocket die and sentiment on your die cutting platform.

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2.  The pocket die has built in score lines for folding.  Fold over the score lines and use your bone folder to create a crisp fold.  I always use my Teflon bone folder because it never leaves shiny spots on the cardstock.  If you don’t have one I highly recommend you put it on your Santa’s wish list.  It is worth it’s weight in gold.

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3.  Apply double stick tape on the outer edges of the side folds.

pocket 4

4.  Fold the sides in and attach the back of the folder to create the pocket.

pocket 5

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5.  I used the Gift Card Foldover die to create a holder for my gift card and it fits perfectly inside the pocket.

pocket insert

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I like to add decorative elements to gift cards.  It makes it look more like a gift rather than just an envelope with a gift card in it.  I thought a poinsettia with some pine would look pretty.  I wanted to keep the elements small so they wouldn’t cover up the sentiment.

Decorate the Pocket

Green Pine Sprigs, Small red Poinsettias-3 Red and 1 Green, Pearl,  Garden Tool Kit- Large and Small Stylus, Molding Pad

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1.  Place the flowers face down on the molding pad and use the large stylus to push in the petals to round them up.

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2.  Place the flowers face up and push down in the center with the small stylus to push the petals up.

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3.  Apply a dot of glossy accents to the center of the green flower and attach the three red flowers.  Make sure to offset the layers so the flower has a more natural appearance.

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4.  Apply glossy accents to the tip ends of the pine sprigs and attach them to the corner of the pocket.  Continue adding pine to create a nice base for the flower.  Alternate the curves of the pine to add a more natural shape.

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5.  Apply a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the poinsettia and attach it to the pine base.

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6.  Once the poinsettia is placed use your paper piercer to go in under the top petals and push down on the green base of the flower to secure it.

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Decorated Gift Card Foldover

The Gift Card Foldover can be used like I did above as a simple holder for a gift card.  But this set comes with two sentiments- A Gift For You and Birthday Wishes.  The beauty of having both the Gift Card Foldover and Gift Card Pocket is that all four sentiments are sized to work with both.  I chose to create a holiday gift card with the A Gift For You sentiment and added a simple bow treatment with some holly sprigs with red berries  to dress it up a little.

Red Gift Card Fold Over, White Back Layer- 3.75” x 2.50”, Green Holly Sprigs, 1/8” Red Punched Circles, Glossy Accents, White Ribbon, Round Corner Punch, 1.4” Double Stick Tape, Glue Dots

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1.  Line the die and sentiment up on the die cutting platform.

follldover 1

2.  Cut a piece of white cardstock 3.75” x 2.50” to fit on the inside of the foldover.   I used my corner rounder punch to round the corners.

foldover 2

3.  Apply double stick tape to the top and bottom inside of the foldover and attach the white layer.

Gift Card Pocket assembled

4.  Apply a small ribbon around the holder and tie off with a knot at the top corner.  Apply glossy accents to the little red berries and attach to the holly sprigs.  Attach the sprigs of holly to the corner of the foldover with glossy accents to create a base for the bow just like in the Gift Card Pocket project.  Create a small multi loop bow and attach it to the top corner using glue dots.  Oh….and make sure  you insert your gift card before you tie your ribbon.  LOL! Check out my video multi loop bow tutorial  if you would like to see how I make my bows. 

Fold Over Gift Card

I hope this hasn’t been too long of a post for you.  I thought it would be worth while to show both of the gift card sets  and how they can be used apart and together. I love using old-fashioned pine and holly to decorate my cards and package for Christmas and red, green and white are my favorite Christmas colors.  Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a great weekend.

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Halloween Scene Cards

Good Thursday morning.  I have fun Halloween cards to share with you today.  I am not fond of spooky or scary Halloween cards and Impression Obsession has some  new scene dies that are cartoony and fun.  I thought I would take a few step by step photos of to show how fast and easy these  framed scene cards come together.  The first card was made using the Witch Line and the second with the Halloween Scene

KC Impression Obsession Witch Line 1 right

Project Pieces and Supplies

Witch Line, Black Frame 4.50”, White Frame 4.25”, Card Base 5.00” Square, Mounting Tape

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1.  Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the black frame and a few small pieces in the corners and attach it to the white frame.

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2.  Attach thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the double matted frame and attach to the card base.

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3.  Attach small pieces of of mounting tape to the back of several of the key pieces of the Witch Line and attach it to the card base.

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Here’s my second card that was just as fast and easy as the card above.  The Halloween Scene die creates it’s own frame.  I cut it out using a 4.50” black frame.

halloween scene

I attached the die cut frame to the 5.00” square card base using thin strips of mounting tape and dressed it up by adding an orange scalloped frame from the All-in-One Frames Circles for a little bit more contrast for the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Halloween Scene 1 left

Here’s a card I posted a while back made with the new Halloween Web with lots of fun Halloween images added around the frame.

KC Impression Obsession Halloween Web 1 right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

All cards are 5.00” Square

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Santa Moon and Blog Candy winner

Good Tuesday morning.  I want to thank all of you who participated in my tutorial format survey and for so many great suggestions.  Congratulations to Janie Printz for having her comment #95 chosen by Random.org.  Janie please send your mailing address and I will get your Memory Box dies right out in the mail to you.

95  Janie Printz said...  Kittie we can't go wrong with either format you choose but I LOVE seeing pictures with a numbered step by step as I am a visual person & I so enjoy your beautiful works of art ... I'm excited about you doing videos as we can hear you up close & personal & feel like we're right there next to you learning from the best.
Hope life gets back to you & everyone else affected by the storms.

My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Santa MoonEuropean Buildings and the stars from the US Flag.  I love the Santa silhouette against the big bright moon and thought pairing it overhead of the buildings would make a fun scene. 

Project Pieces and Supplies

Card Base 5.50” x 4.25”, Blue Santa Moon Layer5.25” x 4.00” , Black Santa and Reindeer 5” x 2”,  Yellow Moon Background Layer 2.50” Square, Black European Building 5.50” x 2.50”, Yellow Building Background Layer 5.50” x 2.50”, Yellow Stars, Mounting Tape, Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue, Double Stick Tape, Scissors, Pencil, 

Card Base 5.50” x 4.25”

KC Impression Obsession Santa Moon 1  right

Steps

1. Trim the Santa and reindeer off of the blue layer.  When you cut this section be sure you have it set for the moon opening to be on the far left of your blue layer.  If not you won’t have anywhere for your reindeer to fly off to.

2. Trim the black Santa and reindeer  off leaving enough on each side to attach behind the blue layer.  Attach both sides to the back of the blue moon opening using glossy accents. Make sure you set Santa and reindeer at a low enough angle so the outer reindeer will not be going off the top of the card base.

3.  Attach small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the Santa and reindeer to pop them up off the gold background.

4.  Attach the gold layer behind the blue moon opening with double stick tape.

5. Apply thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the blue layer and attach to the card base. You can choose to attach the blue layer directly to the card base instead of popping it up if you wish.

KC Impression Obsession Santa Moon 1 center

6. Apply light touches of Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue to the back of the stars and attach to the card base. You can use any glue that works well for you  and although I usually use glossy accents for most of my projects I used Crafter’s Pick for the tiny stars because it dries clean and clear. 

7. Attach the three outer reindeer to the card base with small pieces of mounting tape.

8. Use the European Buildings as a template to trace the building lines on the yellow layer with a pencil.

9. Carefully trim around the traced lines to form the background layer. Some of the window openings in the European Buildings are very close to the edges so you’ll want to be careful to leave enough space to cover all the open spaces but not stick out above or below the buildings.

10. Apply double stick tape to several key spots on the back of the buildings and attach flat to the yellow layer.

11. Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the buildings and attach to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Santa Moon 1 left

The most tedious part of the process was attaching all those tiny stars to the blue background but I really love how they look for the overall scene and that they match the moon and building background.  You could easily replace the stars with white snowflakes made using a white gel pen, white liquid applique, white paint and tiny brush, white liquid pearls or whatever else you may have on hand. I think next time I will use the Santa Moon with a snowy winter scene with lots of evergreen trees.  I love the trees from the Peace Frame that I used earlier this past weekend and they are a perfect size to work with the Santa and reindeer.

Thank you coming by today and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I really appreciated all the comments and suggestions left on my September 23rd post.  Have a great day.

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Ho Ho Ho Square

Good Monday morning.  Did you see my Saturday blog post with a survey question and blog candy opportunity.  If not I would love for you to check it out here and leave a comment with your opinion regarding tutorial format and for a chance to win three Memory Box dies.

My project today was made using the newly released Impression Obsession Ho Ho Ho Square framed with the All-in-One Frames Squares 2  and embellished with tiny holly leaves from the Wreath Builder and Twig Wreath.  I usually don’t mass produce holiday cards as I don’t have a huge list of people I send to.  But when I do need a few quick cards I like to use dies that are fast and easy to assemble but yet make a great impression.  I love using white for holiday silhouette images layered over a red background. 

Project Pieces and Supplies

Scalloped Frame, Ho Ho Ho Square, Wreath Builder (holly), 1/8” Circles, Mounting Tape, 1/8” Double Stick Tape, Glossy Accents, White Card Base 5.00” Square, Red Layer 4 1/4” Square

KC Impression Obsession Ho Ho Ho Square 1 left

1. Apply mounting tape to the back of the red square  layer and attach it to the square card base.  Using mounting tape to raise the red layer is not necessary but I think it adds dimension and interest to this clean and simple card. KC Impression Obsession Ho Ho Ho Square 1 center

2.  Apply double stick tape to the back of the scalloped frame and attach it to the Ho Ho Ho Square.  The Ho Ho Ho Square Frame is a free standing die cut image and can be used without the addition of frame.  I used the scalloped frame to make it look more substantial for the scene and I really like the decorative scalloped border.

3.  Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame.  Add small pieces of mounting tape to the back of Santa, reindeer, the largest HO and the top of the houses to make sure they stand away from the red base.  Some may think using strips of mounting tape all the around the back of the frame is overkill and and instead it could be secured to the card base with spaced out pop dots.  I’ve done frames both ways but I live in Florida where there is high humidity and using full strips of tape helps keep the frame more securely in place.

4.  Attach the Ho Ho Ho Square to the red card base.

KC Impression Obsession Ho Ho Ho Square 1 right

5. Trim three leaves off the holly branch and attach them to the large O with glossy accents.  Adding a touch of a third color like I did with the green holly leaves adds an element interest without detracting from the overall image design.

6. Attach three red berries to the holly leaves with glossy accents. I used the berries from the Twig Wreath set but you can easily use a 1/8” circle hole punch.  

Thank you so much for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on my Saturday post (if you haven’t already) to qualify for my Memory Box blog candy.

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