On the CASE: Simple Shapes

Let’s CASE this card…  It’ll be easy!

Yup – that’s what I thought when I was researching designs to CASE this week. I found this lovely design by Jen Rzasa over at Altenew and thought that it would be pretty simple to recreate. Ugh… well… maybe not.

As you can see, I decided to focus on the pattern rows and the raised diecut, but opted to change up colors and overall dimensions of the project. 

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Simple Shapes (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 110lb CS (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Black Licorice CS (Lawn Fawn), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 80lb CS (Neenah)
Inks: Golden Sunset Ink Cube Set (Altenew), xx (Altenew), Nocturne Versafine Clair (Tsukineko)
Accessories: none
Other: Make Art Stay-tion (Wendy Vecchi), Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), Black foam sheet, Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts), Big Shot (Sizzix)

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″. Adhere the Black Licorice CS and set aside.
  2. Use temporary adhesive to adhere the 80lb Solar White CS to the Wendy Vecchi Stay-tion. Use the grid to find the center of the panel and draw a pencil line.
  3. Stamp the first geometric image. Use the magnetic ruler and pencil to draw a line across the top of the shape. This will help align the rest of the row.
  4. Stamp the first row, randomly choosing between the triangle or parallelograms – varying direction and colors.
  5. Start the next row, then use that first stamped image to space the ruler properly and draw a line across the top again.
  6. Repeat this process line by line, leaving a space about 1″ at the bottom to add the sentiment.
  7. Wait for the panel to dry and then erase the pencil lines with a good nylon eraser.
  8. Trim down the finished panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  9. Stamp the desired sentiment on the bottom right of the stamped panel.
  10. Using the largest circle die, diecut the lower right portion of the stamped panel (see picture)
  11. Adhere the rest of the stamped panel to the card base, aligning the edge to the right and bottom edge of the card base. The black border should only be on the top and left.
  12. Diecut a matching circle in black foam sheet.
  13. Adhere the foam circle to the diecut sentiment piece. Trim the excess foam.
  14. Adhere the finished sentiment element to the card base, exactly where it was cut out.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 5 out of 5 – Yup – I said it. This card was HARD! I thought differently starting out. I mean, how hard could it be to stamp these geometrics on a line? Welp… it’s darn hard! So, it gets bonus points for being a hard card in disguise! It took me three tries to get the stamping right. The only think that would have really helped would have been the old school Stamp-a-ma-jig. 

If you decide to take this one on, have patience, and be ready to start over until you get the hang of it. Once you get it, though, it will look amazing, so it’s worth the try!

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

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On the CASE: Simple Shapes

Let’s CASE this card…  It’ll be easy!
Yup – that’s what I thought when I was researching designs to CASE this week. I found this lovely design by Jen Rzasa over at Altenew and thought that it would be pretty simple to recreate.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!

Festive Friday: 5-Minute Striped Birthday Card

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

After a long week, it’s nice to make something simple and fun!

So, let’s do that! It’s time for another Festive Friday challenge and I thought I’d whip up a simple, fun card that can get your weekend off to a great start. Of course, having some inspiration to get going on a project is half the battle. Let’s take a look at the latest challenge, shall we?

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Armed Services Day is a day to show appreciation to Active Duty members of the Armed Forces in the US. Use this as an opportunity to make some cards that you can send to a military hospital that can be given to any of the inpatients.
  • Be inspired by typical military and patriotic imagery and colors – red, white, & blue, or blue & yellow or blue & white – even camouflage colors – greens & browns… Then, there’s stripes (go for the AND option of the challenge), stars, airplanes, ships, eagles… There’s lots of fun inspiration right there!
  • Of course, you can embrace just the AND option and come up with a project that features stripes in a prominent way!
  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4″ x 5 1/4″ Wax Lips CS (Bazzill), 3 3/4″ x 5″ Remembrance Memories patterned paper (Color Play), scraps of Solar White 80lb (Neenah)
Inks: Frayed Burlap or Candied Apple Distress Oxide (Ranger)
Accessories: Cool Summer Nights Enamel Dots (Altenew)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Happy Happy Happy dies (Lawn Fawn)

How-To Video

This week’s tutorial is a beginning-to-end video. It takes me about 8 minutes to teach you this 5-minute card! Enjoy!!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0033 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

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On the CASE: Simple Shapes

Let’s CASE this card…  It’ll be easy!
Yup – that’s what I thought when I was researching designs to CASE this week. I found this lovely design by Jen Rzasa over at Altenew and thought that it would be pretty simple to recreate.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!

AECP: Create a Rotating Stamp Design

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Today’s technique is going to blow your mind!

I have been a fan of the rotating stamp style, like Concord & 9th’s Turnabout ™ stamps, for a while now. It’s just so cool how you can turn the paper 90-degrees, stamp the same image, and end up with a filled-in design that looks like wallpaper or wrapping paper! The only problem is that I wanted to take regular stamp sets and make this same kind of pattern. But how?! I had to figure it out!

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Class #8: Beyond Basic Backgrounds

The Altenew Academy Beyond Basic Backgrounds class was just the excuse for me to explore exactly how I could make my own rotating stamps using any stamp set. This class focuses on ways to make a background the star of the show. Lydia leads class members through six lessons – each highlighting a fun technique to bring the background to the forefront of the design. As you can see in my project today, these backgrounds don’t take a back-seat to anything!

My Project

I started my quest for the perfect method to create a rotating design. And, after some testing, and trying it out on some other projects (did you notice it here?) I’ve got the steps down pat!

The Technique & Design

For this specific card, I stamped the rotating background in Versamark on watercolor card and embossed it in Pure White embossing powder. The embossing lines were the perfect barrier to keep the watercolored background from getting onto the images. Once I had the mottled background complete, I colored in all the yummy treats. All of the watercoloring was done using my newly acquired Altenew Watercolor Pan Set.

Once dry, the finished watercolor panel was cut down to A2 size and adhered to the card base with some Scrapbook.com wide double sided adhesive. I love using the 4″ wide adhesive to make sure that my watercolor panels lay flat on the card base. No wonky fronts here! The sentiment is just the slimmest of strips, popped up with a strip of foam adhesive.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Now, I know you want to make your own rotating stamp patterns too, so, here’s a video to teach you how!

8 down, 2 to go!

Each project seems to be a challenge to top the previous one, and today’s certainly didn’t disappoint! I’ve got two more classes to go through for my Level 2 certification – what will I come up with next?!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

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On the CASE: Simple Shapes

Let’s CASE this card…  It’ll be easy!
Yup – that’s what I thought when I was researching designs to CASE this week. I found this lovely design by Jen Rzasa over at Altenew and thought that it would be pretty simple to recreate.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!

Organic Embossing & Vellum Stamped Watercolor

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

BLUF: Necessity is the mother of ingenuity

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front. (It’s one of my favorite military acronyms and completely unrelated to today’s post – kinda like TL;DR…) But, I digress! Today’s project was born from one of those “I wonder if”… scenarios.  I really, really, really wanted to have some bold, vibrant florals on vellum, but after stamping, I was not happy with the result.

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Class #8: Irresistible Inking Techniques

Altenew’s Irresistible Inking Techniques class has four lessons that can help you approach ink in new ways that you might not have considered before. It was a great reminder of techniques I’ve used in the past, and of course, one of my favorite techniques – watercoloring (using the ink from an ink pad).

My Project

Inspired by the class, I new I wanted to share a technique that achieves a watercolor look on vellum. But that “what if” moment came when I wanted to add in embossing.

The Technique & Design

The watercolor technique is simple. Stamp the images on vellum, then use a watercolor brush to move the ink around. When dry, it achieves a watercolor look! BUT, I wanted to keep the bright, vibrant color, so, I thought I would add some embossing. The problem was trying to use an anti-static bag without drying the ink. Once the ink was dry, it took on a dull look, which I didn’t want to lose. So, I skipped the anti-static bag all together! Normally, I wouldn’t advise this as the powder will stick everywhere – especially on vellum. But, since it was clear, any stray would only add to the texture. So, I took a chance!

The embossing powder stuck beautifully! It stuck more thickly on the wetter parts of the watercoloring, and less where it was more dry. Once heat set, I ended up with an amazing, organic kind of embossing that really accentuated the lines of the watercolor underneath. Perfection!

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

A picture can show a lot, but video is even better in this case! I think you’ll really enjoy learning more about the two techniques I used!

8 down, 2 to go!

Level 1 is almost within my reach! Do you have a favorite project yet? I’d love to hear if this one is your #1!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

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On the CASE: Simple Shapes

Let’s CASE this card…  It’ll be easy!
Yup – that’s what I thought when I was researching designs to CASE this week. I found this lovely design by Jen Rzasa over at Altenew and thought that it would be pretty simple to recreate.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!

AECP: Stencil Background Technique

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

Are you ready to add to your Crafter’s Toolbox?

It’s been a while since I published a new video… life happens, right? Since I changed my business direction in December, I’ve been working up a plan for some great video series – this is the first one. The Crafter’s Toolbox! Each video will give you a technique, tool tip or organization tip that you can add to your own Crafter’s Toolbox!

For the next few months, these videos will work in conjunction with another endeavor – my Altenew Educator Certification. I was accepted into the program last week and can’t wait to learn, share, and get through the levels to become an official “Educator”.

Class #1: Celebration – Stencil Techniques

The main focus of the AECP program is to work through a number of Altenew classes and then apply the principles to one’s own, unique design. I decided to do the Stencil Techniques class first as I was looking for some ideas for a new stencil that I just added to my collection. After watching the lessons in the class, I had a great idea for a design.

My Project

The Floral Drape stencil coordinates with the Sketchy Floral stamp set, both of which I used for my project. I wanted to use the stencil, in coordination with inks (Distress Oxides) to create a really cool background. The effect was just amazing and beyond what I thought I would achieve! In the end, I was able to make two cards from the panel I created. This was my favorite for sure.

The Technique & Design

In the end, the technique was quite simple, and tons of fun! After stamping the image on watercolor paper, I used Distress Oxides on a teflon sheet, along with the stencil to add layers of Oxides. I added in some Tsukineko All Purpose Ink (Vegas Gold) as the final layer to really make the design shine. Once the background technique was complete, I added depth to the flowers by watercoloring in black. I chose black so it wouldn’t compete with all of the color in the background.

Initially, the panel was larger, but I cut it down for this finished card. To pull the black base layer and the floral layer together, I spattered some more Vegas Gold on the black, then adhered the floral layer. The sentiment (from Altenew’s Wispy Begonia) was stamped on Lagoon cardstock and diecut with a circle die.

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Of course, a video is way better than reading through instructions, so here’s the official Crafter’s Toolbox video showing this fantastic tecnique!

1 down, 9 to go!

I’m on my way to reaching AECP Level 1 status. If today’s design is any indication, I know this is the perfect fit for me! I’m so excited to see what I’m inspired to create next! 

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: Simple Shapes

Let’s CASE this card…  It’ll be easy!
Yup – that’s what I thought when I was researching designs to CASE this week. I found this lovely design by Jen Rzasa over at Altenew and thought that it would be pretty simple to recreate.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!