On the CASE: Oh, Hello Again!

What occasion to you create for the most?

I’ve found that I’m sending more “hello”, “just because”, and “thinking of you” type cards lately. I’ve been trying to get in the habit of sending notes to friends that don’t live close, but that are my “chosen family”. I don’t know who gets more out of it – the recipient who gets the surprise in their mailbox, or me who gets a note from that friend saying I made their day! Either way, it’s a win! So, #sendasmile today – ok?!

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Oh, Hello (Concord & 9th)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 110lb CS (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Peacock CS (Lawn Fawn), 6″ x 6″ Solar White 80lb (Neenah), 3″ x 3″ window sheet (American Crafts)
Inks: Mountain Mist, Chamomile, Autumn Blaze, Charcoal Suit (Altenew), Staz-on Black
Accessories: Safari Sunrise sequins (28 Lilac Lane)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts), Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), 6″ x 6″ Turnabout template (Concord & 9th), foam adhesive.

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″. Adhere the Peacock CS and set aside.
  2. Set up the Turnabout template and stamp in a stamp positioner. Stamp the image in each of the 4 colors on the 80lb Solar White CS, rotating the cardstock. 90-degrees each time
  3. Stamp the large sentiment in Staz-on Jet Black on the window sheet
  4. Diecut a circle from the center of the turnabout layer. Trim the layer to 4″ x 5 1/4″
  5. Adhere the window to the turnabout layer with some tear tape or Tombow Multipurpose Glue
  6. Add foam strips around the window, add sequins and then add a small backing piece to cover the space
  7. Adhere the finished shaker layer to the card base

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – Turnabout or rotating pattern designs are an instant wow that’s easy to create! I love that you can do these up in any color combo and achieve a multitude of different effects! If you love this stamp set, better hurry and grab it – it’s on the last chance list over at Concord & 9th – about to be retired. You can also find it at Scrapbook.com, but hurry!

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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AECP: Create a Rotating Stamp Design

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!

AECP: Double Stencil Technique

Let’s go next-level with stencils!
Stencils are pretty popular right now, and there’s so many ways you can use them. I was inspired by my latest Altenew Academy class to see what new and innovative way I could use them for my latest project.

Festive Friday: Lattice & Rose For Any Occasion

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! We’ve got a pretty predictable challenge this round – since Mother’s Day is coming up soon.

AECP: Double Stencil Technique

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Let’s go next-level with stencils!

Stencils are pretty popular right now, and there’s so many ways you can use them. I was inspired by my latest Altenew Academy class to see what new and innovative way I could use them for my latest project.

(affiliate links are used in this post. When you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting my blog!)

Class #7: With a Twist

The With a Twist class is all about taking some tried and true techniques and twisting them.  Therese Calvird leads the class through six lessons, “pushing some boundaries, stepping outside our comfort zones and basically having some fun with our supplies.”

My Project

I was inspired by the way Therese took  a new approach to using different stamp sets and combining different styles. So, I picked up a few of my Altenew stencils and fiddled around with a few ideas. 

The Technique & Design

The result of my experimenting with stencils lead to today’s project. I ended up using two stencils (Feeling Dotty and Scallop Builder) in combination with each other for a double stencil technique. By applying one stencil, then adding another stencil directly on top so the two were layered together, I was able to apply the second stencil only where the first would allow. 

With the two stencils I chose, I was able to apply dots to the scallop shapes. And, by using yellow and blue, the dots ended up being a vibrant shade of green against the yellow scallops. This was such a fun and easy technique. I plan on exploring more with different stencil and color combos!

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!

7 down, 3 to go!

Can you believe I’m almost done with my Level 2 training? I’ve saved some real good ones for last, so stay tuned for more great projects, videos and Let’s Create, Simply features!

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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AECP: Create a Rotating Stamp Design

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!

AECP: Double Stencil Technique

Let’s go next-level with stencils!
Stencils are pretty popular right now, and there’s so many ways you can use them. I was inspired by my latest Altenew Academy class to see what new and innovative way I could use them for my latest project.

Festive Friday: Lattice & Rose For Any Occasion

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! We’ve got a pretty predictable challenge this round – since Mother’s Day is coming up soon.

AECP: Swatching Gray & Black Dye Inks

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No PINK was used in the making of this card!

I know you don’t believe me now, but by the time you finish this post and video, you’ll see how it happened. I was really looking for an amazing mottled gray background for this project, we took a hard right turn – fast! It’s a story of getting some lemons, but making the best lemonade ever, so keep reading!

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Class #6: Creative Watercolor Media

This project was created with lessons from the class Creative Watercolor Media in mind. If you take any class from Altenew, take this one! It is a collaborative course with lessons from Jennifer Rzasa (Altenew co-founder), Debby Hughes, andLaura Bassen. I mean, can you get any more amazing teachers?

My Project

I wanted to create a mostly one-layer card by combining an ink-smooshed background with a watercolored image. I certainly accomplished that goal, but maaaannnn, it was touch and go for a minute there…

The Technique & Design

I started the design by stamping the vase and the floral stem as well as the sentiment. After that, I took quite a while to use masking fluid to cover the vase and the flowers so I could work on the background without worrying about getting any stray ink on those parts. All is good, so far!

Once the fluid was dry, it was time to have some fun with ink smooshing. I started with Silver Lake ink – because, you see, I wanted a beautiful mottled-gray background. So, I put some of the ink on a piece of acetate, added some water and spread the ink around, then smooshed!

I’ve done this hundreds of times before, so I was confident. But, then, I turned the paper over and to my horror, it was PINK! Ugh… it was so NOT what I wanted. Since the panel was “ruined” I thought I’d try one of the darker colors to see if it was a fluke, but it certainly was not. All of the shades in the Gentleman’s Gray color quad had PINK in them. 

Well, after I got over it, I realized that the pink and gray and little bits of greenish were really quite beautiful, so I continued on and finished the design. It ended up being one of my more favorite designs, but it came with a big reminder: Always swatch your inks!

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

Crafter’s Toolbox Video

I thought we’d take a deeper dive into swatching grays and blacks so you can see exactly what happens and how you can test out your inks. It’s super-important for dye inks, but really, if you swatch all your inks (including markers and watercolor pans) you’ll get to know your color mediums so much better which will make you a more skilled crafter!

6 down, 4 to go!

I’m just a few weeks away from finishing my Level 2 journey. This has been a wonderful educational experience, and a great way to occupy my time over the cold winter! I’m starting to think about ways that I will fill in these bi-weekly posts with new content, so if you have a request for something you’d like to see me cover in the Crafter’s Toolbox or a Project Tutorial, please leave a comment to let me know!

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!

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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This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Create a Rotating Stamp Design

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!

AECP: Double Stencil Technique

Let’s go next-level with stencils!
Stencils are pretty popular right now, and there’s so many ways you can use them. I was inspired by my latest Altenew Academy class to see what new and innovative way I could use them for my latest project.

Festive Friday: Lattice & Rose For Any Occasion

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! We’ve got a pretty predictable challenge this round – since Mother’s Day is coming up soon.

AECP: How to Ink Smoosh & Emboss

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What can you do with embossing powder?

I think our craft supplies are only limited by our imagination. All it takes is the willingness to try something that comes to mind in order to discover a really cool technique or effect or, to find out that it doesn’t really work. As far as embossing powder is concerned, there are so many ways it can be stuck-to and heated that creates any number of visual effects!

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Class #5: Impressive Heat Embossing

All this talk of embossing is inspired by my latest course completion over at Altenew Academy – Impressive Heat Embossing. Svetlana takes attendees through six lessons. Each explores different ways to use embossing powder to create different looks in your designs. 

My Project

Inspired by ideas from the class, I struck out and combined a few embossing techniques – embossing on vellum, and embossing on ink smooshing. The latter is a stunning effect that is easy to create!

The Technique & Design

Pink and gold is a classic color combo. Adding in vellum helps to soften up the look for sure. I started the project, not knowing where I would end up. After I completed the background panel with the ink smooshing and gold embossing, I started to think that a floral arrangement would be the next step. The problem was that I didn’t want to cover up any of the background. So, I figured vellum would be my go-to. 

I created the vellum elements, even curving the sentiment to follow around the circle edge. When I started to arrange them, I realized that the flower wasn’t going to stand out enough. So, I watercolored a bit of Rose Quartz to the back side of the flower then diecut the flower in white and added it to the back side of the vellum circle to help the bloom pop.

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

Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Let’s take a closer look at how easy it is to add embossing to smooshed ink!

 

5 down, 5 to go!

I’m half way done with Level 2 coursework. It’s all downhill from here! Has a project piqued your interest? Is there something you’re hoping to see? Well…

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!

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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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! "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!

 

AECP: Create a Rotating Stamp Design

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!

AECP: Double Stencil Technique

Let’s go next-level with stencils!
Stencils are pretty popular right now, and there’s so many ways you can use them. I was inspired by my latest Altenew Academy class to see what new and innovative way I could use them for my latest project.

Festive Friday: Lattice & Rose For Any Occasion

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! We’ve got a pretty predictable challenge this round – since Mother’s Day is coming up soon.

AECP & LCS: Alcohol Inks & Metal

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Alcohol markers – not just for paper!

Have you ever thought about experimenting with alcohol markers beyond paper? Unlike their water-based cousins, alcohol or solvent markers work on all sorts of semi or non-porous surfaces. The solvent suspending the color evaporates quickly, leaving the hue behind, adhered to materials such as vellum, plastic, glass and even metal!

Today I have another Let’s Create, Simply! feature (Layout, Color, Style = Let’s Create,Simply!) so we can dive into the three key areas that work together to make this design classy, not gaudy!

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Class #4: Magical Marker Techniques

Your growing collection of alcohol markers aren’t just something pretty to look at. They’re there for you to USE, to MAKE pretty things! Feeling intimidated with all of those amazing coloring projects out there? Then, start with something totally different! The Magical Marker Techniques class doesn’t even talk about coloring in flowers to make them look realistic. Instead, the lessons focus on different ways you can use alcohol markers to create backgrounds, elements and even focal points, using different materials and other tools like stencils.

My Project

In my time, I’ve done a few projects with alcohol markers on metal. It’s an amazing look, and never turns out the same way twice. It’s kinda like watercoloring because the ink moves around in such different ways. But – it can become too much, really quick! Let’s look at the LCS breakout for your keys to creative success!

Tips for coloring on metal

I wanted to give you a few extra tips, outside of the LCS info – this is all specific to coloring with alcohol markers on metal:

  • If you’re coloring a stamp, you’ll need to emboss the image as the only kind of ink pad that will stick to the metal is solvent inks, and your markers will pick it up. Use LOTS of anti-static powder, and remember to stamp without smooshing or you risk the stamp sliding!
  • Only use CLEAR embossing powder as colored powder (including black and white) will come off on your markers and ruin the nib! Yikes!
  • You can use traditional coloring strokes – swirling to fill in large spaces, flicking to create shading and even stippling. You’ll see all three of those techniques on my design.
  • Create an even cooler look by spritzing the design with rubbing alcohol or colorless blender. Spritz just a little and wait for the color to move before adding more. I did a little just to get the colors to blend together more like watercolor.

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

Let’s Create Simply – Layout, Color, Style

These three principles are key to my designs. With this method, I break them out individually so you can see how they come together! Keep track of the three elements over various projects and you’ll have your own reference file of L-C-S elements to mix and match for fun and exciting designs!

Layout

See how simple this sketch is? It can’t get much simpler! This is your first key to success in working with big metallic elements. Notice, the flowers in my project don’t create a perfect oval. Remember, sketches are just a guideline. The idea here is a matted background with a large focal point with soft edges – a floral spray, a literal oval element… Just because the oval is one layer in the sketch, doesn’t mean that your “oval” element needs to be one layer. Mine’s not!

Color

Holy clutch of color! The nice thing about working on metal is that it’s very forgiving! Since the color doesn’t soak into the “canvas”, but lays on top, you can remove it completely (just use some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel or cotton ball) – and try again! Or, if the color is light enough, just go over it with a darker color. That’s what I did! I wanted a fairly light colored flower so the metal would show through, but I had to keep going darker to get the colors to show up!

Style

I call this style Focal Point. There is one, major key element and everything behind it pales in comparison so that element can shine – in this case, literally! Adding in rhinestones, enamel dots, or even metallic thread would be too much. Even the sentiment is completely understated. However – a plain white background wouldn’t work either. It would be too stark. Some soft blending, and then a vellum layer to diffuse it even further was the perfect solution. Soft vs. hard – opposites attract!

4 down, 6 to go!

I feel my design style evolving! I’m stepping back from over-orchestrated design and really thinking “does this contribute to the final look?”, or is it just “extra”? if it’s “extra”, I leave it off! I guess that’s what makes clean design so hard – knowing when to stop!

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!

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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  • 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! "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!

 

AECP: Create a Rotating Stamp Design

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!

AECP: Double Stencil Technique

Let’s go next-level with stencils!
Stencils are pretty popular right now, and there’s so many ways you can use them. I was inspired by my latest Altenew Academy class to see what new and innovative way I could use them for my latest project.

Festive Friday: Lattice & Rose For Any Occasion

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! We’ve got a pretty predictable challenge this round – since Mother’s Day is coming up soon.