AECP: Will It Emboss?

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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! I have an idea in my mind, or I pick up an item or two and I wonder “Will it do that?”. Do you do that too? Even though it might lead to failure, or a less-than-stellar outcome, more often than not, I end up with something pretty cool!

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Class #2: A Touch of Texture

The second class I picked out for my Level 3 training was A Touch of Texture. As you might guess, its lessons focus on adding texture and textural elements to your projects. If you feel like your designs are looking a little flat, this class will get you heading the right direction.

My Project

I started my project off with a “will it?” idea – will the Altenew wood sheets work with an embossing folder? If it’s yes, how well? Would I be happy with it? No use pondering too long – let’s just try it!

The Technique & Design

Yes! Wood sheets DO emboss! I really wanted the pattern to pop, so I added some shading with a graphite pencil and blending stump. I love the contrast of the cool white & subtle purple ink blending along with the geometric embossing paste dots – all against that warm, organic wood element with floral pattern.

I didn’t want to cover up an inch of the background, so I opted to do some stamp masking to make the Thank You sentiment from the Dearest Friend stamp set a stacked layout that would fit into a small diecut circle. I added some linen twine to bring in more organic textures and to tie together all the circles in the design.

 

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Will It?

This project gave me a great idea to start a new video series called “Will It?”. I’ll explore combining various techniques and mediums to see if they’ll work out!

3 projects left!

The countdown is on! Only three more projects to go. Stay tuned as I wrap up this journey over the next few week!

Soooooo EXCITING!!

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

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Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

On the CASE: Wispy Begonia in Space

You might be wondering if a CASE should always be exact….

Up until now, Ann and I have been working on CASE files that help you discover the exact way a card was designed. For the most part, I think we will continue doing that, because we know that you want to know how the card was made, and how you can make one too! But, does a CASE always have to be exact to be considered a CASE? Well, no! Technically a CASE is any design that was inspired by another and that resembles it in some way. It may be the arrangement of elements that really appeals to you, or perhaps it’s a specific color combo or pattern. At any rate, when you are inspired by someone else, you should let them know! So, if you’re a blogger, always link back to the original project and let that person (or company) know that you liked their design enough to create a copy, or derivative of it.

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The reason I shared that little bit about CASE-ing etiquette, is because my design is from a designer and Leadership Team member over at Altenew. Though it doesn’t look like she’s currently blogging, it’s still important to cite her as the original designer! This fantastic artist is Jennifer Rzasa. She makes quite a few sample projects for the Altenew website and she’s even led some great classes over at the Altenew Academy! I’m linking over to the product page where her design is featured as one of the samples. It certainly is eye catching, and combines two great techniques – emboss resist and ink smooshing.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Oh, Hello turnabout (Concord & 9th), and Heat Embossing. For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #hello #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Wispy Begonia (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), 1 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ Solar White 80lb CS (Neenah), 4″ x 4″ 110lb watercolor card (Strathmore)
Inks: Versafine Clair Nocturne (Tsukineko), Versamark (Tsukineko), Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain (Ranger), Various pink, red, green and blue inks or watercolors.
Accessories: None
Other: White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Anti-static bag (Ranger), Heat Tool, Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), Wispy Begonia Dies (Altenew), Big Shot (Sizzix), plastic sheet, water spritzer.

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide – click on the images for a larger slideshow)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″ and set aside.
  2. Stamp the sentiment on a strip of Solar White 80# cardstock. Set aside.
  3. Set up watercolor card for embossing. Use an anti-static bag, then set up the floral pieces from Wispy Begonias. Stamp in Versamark, then heat emboss in White. Cut the leaves from the flower.
  4. Add shades of red to a piece of plastic or a teflon mat, and spritz with water. The more water, the looser the watercolor and the more it will spread. Smoosh the embossed flower into the pool of color. Dry and repeat as desired to achieve the look you want. Dry with a heat tool.
  5. Repeat the ink smooshing process with the embossed leaves using shades of green and blue.
  6. Once dry, diecut the finished floral elements using the Wispy Begonia dies. Set aside.
  7. Flick Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain on the piece of black cardstock. To get a more fine splatter, use a small paintbrush or toothbrush.
  8. Once dry, adhere the finished black panel to the card base. Then, adhere the sentiment. Trim off any excess.
  9. Arrange the bloom and leaves. Once you like the arrangement, glue down the leaves and pop up the flower with adhesive backed foam.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2.5 out of 5 – This card design is a great introduction to working with watercolors. Emboss resist is always a “wow” moment for any new crafter, and the unique color patterns that come from ink smooshing can really get someone hooked on ink forever!

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: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

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Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?

The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse. It looks like the eclipse technique, but it’s not! The key is using patterned paper, or washi tape and laying the top layer exactly over the bottom layer. It’s not difficult – I promise!

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Class #10: Easy Die Cutting

If you think that a die is just for cutting – you’re wrong! The Easy Die Cutting class introduces us to a variety of alternate ways to use your die collection across six lessons. If you’re ever feeling stuck with the dies you have, this class would help you to come up with some new ideas to breathe new life into your collection!

My Project

I decided to showcase a few ways to use dies in my project – proof that you don’t have to stamp something to make a card! There’s no ink in this one at all!

The Technique & Design

The center circle is a double die technique, where I used the halftone cover die to emboss the cardstock, then cut out a circle. Take note, sports fans — After doing the video, I realized that the circle looks like a golf ball! That would be great for a sports-themed card or scrapbook page.

As I shared at the top of today’s post, the sentiment isn’t actually the eclipse technique – it’s two separate layers of washi tape. Since the pattern repeats, it was pretty easy to match up the diecut sentiment with the background layer on the card base.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Here’s a project tutorial video that walks you through creating today’s card from beginning to end. Enjoy!

Level 1 Classes Complete!

I’ve finished my first course load for my Altenew Educator certification! I have my Level 1 Final Project instructions in hand and am working this weekend to complete my project. Be sure to stop by on MONDAY for a Level 1 recap and GIVEAWAY announcement!

Don’t Forget about the 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!

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: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

AECP: Gatefold for the Guys

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Many crafters struggle with “masculine” design. Do you?

I really do hear this one a lot. Everything from ” masculine cards are so hard “, to ” I just don’t know where to start (or stop) with a guy card.”. So, I was glad when one of the classes for my Altenew Educator Certification was all about guy design. If you don’t know where to start, this class will definitely give you some great foundations to build from. There are six lessons packed with great ideas for guys of all ages.

Class #3: For The Guys

There really are so many ways to make cards appropriate for the men and boys in your life. As with any card, it’s really about knowing the recipient, isn’t it? Perhaps he likes the color purple – then it would be totally cool to do up something with shades of purples and blues – even if some of the shades were on the lighter side. If a guy likes flowers, then, really, don’t hesitate to use them in a design.

But, if you don’t really know the recipient well enough to make something really tailored to their likes, you can almost always guarantee a great result using geometrics! Really, geos are great for everyone of any age. It’s nice to have a simple geo card on hand so you can just grab and go for any last minute needs.

My Project

Sohcahtoa is a standalone geometric stamp set from Altenew that comes with all sorts of coordinating triangles and sentiments. There are no dies because none are necessary! It’s easy to fussy cut triangle shapes 😀 I knew that I wanted to do a simple floating geometric look with a few elements popped up, but I wasn’t sure, at first how it would come together. Often, when I’m designing from scratch, I figure out my intent – in this case, a masculine card to demonstrate what I learned from the class. Then, I pull out a stamp set that fits the bill, along with any coordinating items I want to use. Then see how the design progresses from there.

The Technique & Design

With the intent and the stamp set down, I pulled out a color set from my Altenew mini cubes. I thought the Sea Shore set would be a great choice. It works for everyone and is a nice vibrant, but calming color.

When I started setting up the triangle images, I realized that a really cool twist on the design would be a gatefold card. So, I set up my card base properly and set up the stamp images so some would overlap the center seam.

With the card base set up and the design set, I started stamping – choosing to daub the ink onto the stamps so I could create a gradient from dark to light (top to bottom). The black outline was applied next, along with the striped pattern on the two raised triangles. I snipped out the striped triangles, and decided that the card needed something a little more, so I used some Ranger Glossy Accents to add some clear dimension to those popped-up triangles. Once dry, I added them to the card and, voila!

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3 down, 7 to go!

I am really having a lot of fun going through these classes! I’m being reminded of, and remembering lots of fun techniques along the way. It’s been great to share these refreshed ideas with you 🙂 and I’ll have another one on Saturday!

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

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: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

Festive Friday: Brusho Country Home

Are you ready for a real challenge?

We’ve got a good one for you over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating 3D Day (it’s on December 3rd). That means we’re looking for 3D projects OR you can use the other option of a Single Layer project. Combine the two for an extra challenge!

I don’t know what we were thinking with this one. I know it was a big challenge for me as I don’t typically do either type of project. I just love embellishing too much to make a single layer card, and I don’t really have the occasion to do a 3D project. Yikes!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Create some fun projects for your Holiday home from paper-chain garland to something more complex…
  • Try your hand at a pop-up, explosion, or box card.
  • Keep it minimal with a single layer card – embellishments and texture are your friend!

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

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0021). Featuring: Country Home stamp set, Brusho Crystal Colour. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #thankful #thanks #watercolor

If you stopped by yesterday, this card won’t be too much of a surprise. I’ve been exploring Brusho Crystal Colour coupled with Masking Fluid to make these wonderful one-layer cards! For once, I’m content with this simple, flat design, because it’s anything but flat! The Brusho brings the background to life, and watercoloring instantly adds depth to any image if done properly. In the end, this single-layer design leaps off the page!

Today’s project can be completed in no time. 

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Don't Forget about my MONTHLY GIVEAWAY!

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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!

Share and Inspire Someone Today!

The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • 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

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.