Monday, 18 September 2017

May Your Holidays Sparkle

Hello everyone!! Hope you are having a great day so far. I'm here to share a Christmas card using one of the Power Poppy Stamps.

I stamped the image from Power Poppy - Glistening Paperwhites on kraft cardstock and colored it with Crayola pencils. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I adhered ScorTape of 1/8" thickness to create a border around the panel and embossed it with green embossing powder from Stampendous. I added a few Nuvo drops in color Bottle Green.

This is a simple and easy card to make. Hope you like it. Do let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week ahead.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Fall Thank You

Hello everyone! I'm here to share a Fall themed card that I made with the freebie from today's Inspired By Stamping newsletter.

I printed the freebie on watercolor card stock (here's a tutorial on how to use digital images for making cards). I colored it by using Distress Inks as watercolors. I used Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo and Ripe Persimmon. I was a bit scared with this and I made a lot of mistakes, but in the end I was okay with the result. I added the veins with Vintage photo and it looked very odd. So I muted it down by adding more yellow. The thing with Fall leaves is you don't have to color them in a specific way ;) I used a different sentiment than the one in the freebie. I decided to make it a Thank You card. I used the "thank you" stamp from the Inspired By Stamping Sun-Ripened Pear stamp set and stamped it on the water color card stock. I used the same colors of distress inks to color the sentiment panel. I matted everything with brown colored card stock and adhered on to the card base.

I guess that's the beauty of watercolors - it doesn't have to be perfect. Hope this inspires you to try out this new freebie. In case you have not yet signed up, please do so by going to the Inspired By Stamping website. Joanna sends out an inspiration packed newsletter every other week and there's a new lovely freebie with each one. The older freebies are now available for purchase as digital stamps.
Just to remind you, I have a 15% off coupon to Inspired By Stamping  that can be used multiple times. Not valid on previous purchases or sale items.

Thanks everyone, for stopping by. Hope you all have a great weekend.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Spinning Ornament

Hello everyone!! Recently I saw a few cards with spinners. I've never made one of those before and the idea fascinated me. So I decided to make one and since I'm in the Christmas card mode, the ornament seemed like a perfect fit ;)

I started with the ornament. I gold embossed 2 ornaments from Joanna Sheen's Make a Wish (this is no longer available, but happens to be my favorite). I colored them by sponging Distress Ink Barn Door and Vintage Photo just around the edges. The embossing resists the ink. Now to make the window, I die cut a oval from my white card base and a kraft card stock. I took a piece of fishing line and sandwiched it between the ornaments - the back side of the ornaments facing each other with the thread in between them. I hope that makes sense. I adhered it on the card base, with the ornament in the middle of the window. On the kraft card stock, I gold embossed the design and sentiment from Penny Black - A Bright Tomorrow stamp set. Now I adhered it on to the card base by aligning the window. It was pretty easy to make, but is so beautiful with the interactive element.

Hope you will give this a try. Allison Cope had a detailed video tutorial on the Power Poppy Blog.

I will be sharing a Fall card tomorrow using the new freebie  from Inspired By Stamping newsletter, that will be in the newsletter tomorrow morning.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great weekend.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone!! I'm in the Christmas card mode now and here's one Christmas card using Power Poppy stamps and digital images.

 I printed the Power Poppy Hollyberries digi on white cardstock - I have shared a tutorial on how I take printout of digital stamps without wasting cardstock here. I colored the image with Copics - G99, YG67, YG63, YG61 and YG03 for leaves and R59, R29, R35 and R32 for the berries. I matted it with red cardstock. I embossed the sentiment "Merry Christmas" from Power Poppy Glistening Paperwhites with black embossing powder from Wow! on vellum. I took a textured light green card stock panel of size 4.25" x 5.5" and embossed the pine leaf image from Power Poppy Glistening Paperwhites with Wow! White Pearl embossing powder. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you already know that I love this embossing powder. I added a bow (video tutorial here) with ribbon from Dollar Tree after adhering the image panel and the sentiment strip.

I love how this has turned out. I'm enjoying the 30 Day Coloring Challenge by Kathy. It really helps me to get ready for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Digital Stamps Basics

Hello everyone! Today's post does note have a card. It's a short tutorial on how to use digital stamps for making cards. I recently saw a few posts on Facebook where people wanted to know how to print and use digital stamps. I use Microsoft PowerPoint to print out my digis - you can also use Microsoft Word, Google docs or Google Slides which are very similar.

I used to be very intimidated with digis, because I didn't know how to size them to exactly the way I need. Now, I love using digital stamps because of a lot of reasons!! I hope this tutorial helps you in using digital stamps.

Let's start with the digis. When we buy a digital stamp, it is usually sent as a zip (compressed) file. A zip file is nothing but a file or a collection of files and folders which are compressed in size. A compressed file is faster to download because of it's small file size. So our first step is to extract the image files from the zip file. To do this, right click on the zip file and choose Extract All...

This will open a small pop-up window which shows the location of the folder where the extracted files will be placed. 

 Now, click on the Extract button. All the files from the zip (compressed) file will be copied to the folder mentioned. 

Now comes the important part - printing a digital image to fit in my card.

Like I said, I use Microsoft PowerPoint. I open a blank presentation and delete everything already present on the slide.

I start by sizing the slide to the size of my card stock on which I'm going to take my printout. I normally use 8.5" x 11" card stock which makes 4 A2 (4.25"x 5.5") card panels. Click on "Design" menu --> "Slide Size" ----> Custom Slide Size

This will open a small pop-up window with the size and orientation of the slide. Since I use 8.5" x 11" card stock, I entered the respective values. The orientations can be landscape or portrait.

Now, to give me an idea of the size of my card, I insert a rectangle to represent my card panel. To insert a rectangle, click on Insert menu --> Shapes --> rectangle image

Draw a rectangle of any size. Now since I make A2 cards (4.25" x 5.5"), I want the rectangle to be of that size. If you make a different card size, you can change the size of the rectangle according to your measurements. To change the size of the rectangle, select the rectangle and click on Format menu. On the top right end, you will see the size of the rectangle with height and width in inches. Enter the measurement.

Next, I just want a rectangle border not a blue rectangle. So to change that click on Format --> Shape Fill --> No Fill

Now I have a rectangular border that represents the front of my card. Now like I said, I can make 4 A2 card panels with 1 A4 card stock. I move this rectangle to the top left corner of the slide. Then I copy the rectangle and place the second one like shown in the pic.

Now I have 4 card panels in here. I can insert any images I want. To insert an image, click on Insert menu --> Pictures. It will open a pop-up window with the file location. You can select you image from it and click on Open.

Once you have placed the image, you can resize it as you like. With the rectangle, you can see the relative size of the image with the card panel.

I like to do no-line coloring. Some companies offer the light grey lined version of the digital image for no-line coloring, some don't. To get a light grey version, select your image, click on Format --> Color and on the Recolor option, select the 4th option (washout). I hope the pic below shows it in more detail.

Before hitting print, it is always better to get a preview of how your printed sheet will be. To see the Print Preview, click on the File menu --> Print. This shows exactly how it'll be printed. Many printers have a default margin which cannot be removed. Mine does, so I don't place my images very close to the edge. Once you are satisfied with the placement, you can go back and remove the rectangles.

Once you are ready, hit the print button. You can use your paper trimmer to cut out the card panels and enjoy coloring!!

If you found this tutorial useful, please let me know. Hopefully this covers all the basic stuff. If you need any help with the sizing or placement of the digital images, please let me know in the comments below. I will try my best to address them.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone! How are you today? I'm here to share a very simple Christmas card that I made.

I recently won a giveaway from Penny Black and got the beautiful A Bright Tomorrow stamp set. It has beautiful Christmas/Winter images. I embossed the beautiful flourishes from this stamp set with Wow! White pearl embossing powder. I should say that I'm in love with this powder. It's so pretty. I also embossed the sentiment from a Hero Arts set with the same white pearl powder. I applies Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Broken China and a little bit of Mermaid lagoon over the embossed images. The embossed images resist the ink and stay white! I added a few Nuvo drops in Ivory Seashell color. This is a pretty simple card to make.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Simple Plaid Christmas Card

Hello everyone!! I'm here to share a simple plaid Christmas card that I made and I'm also sharing a video showing the process.

I created the plaid background using ruler and markers on red cardstock. The sentiment is from Inspired By Stamping Happy stamp set. The sentiment panel is cut with one of the dies from the Fancy Labels 2 die set. You can watch the video here of you can click here to watch it in HD.

Here's another view of the card.

Please do let me know your thoughts on the video. If you like it, please give a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.

Just to remind you, I have a 15% off coupon to Inspired By Stamping  that can be used multiple times. Not valid on previous purchases or sale items.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great day.

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