Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Mixed Media with StyleTechCraft™ Ultra Metallic Vinyl

Mixed media cards and canvases are fun to create because you can incorporate all kinds of  techniques and materials.   I was experimenting the other day and decided to throw a non-traditional material into the mix - vinyl.  

Time to play...


Vinyl comes in so many different colors and finishes that I love to use it, but sometimes I wish it had a little more texture.  Die cutting vinyl is a fast and easy way to create embellishments for your crafting projects.  Here's a tip for using vinyl and getting a little more dimension!  

I chose a piece of Mint Ultra Metallic vinyl from StyleTechCraft™ and cut it to approximate size.  I turned it over and peeled down 1" of the backing paper, then adhered it to a similar size piece of watercolor paper. 


I positioned the die and ran it through my die cutting machine. Then I changed the "sandwich" and ran it through again to emboss it.  Embossing adds all the fabulous detail!   



To use these little gems just treat them as you would any other embellishment.  Attach pieces to your projects with glue - or you can even pop them up with dimensional foam!  

Here I decorated the cover of a Tiny Book (I will share the tutorial for this soon!)...


...and a CAS card - Clean And Simple.

 
Since the card is going to be given away I decided to create a mini canvas to keep!  I have a stash of paint poured mini-canvases and I found one that worked perfectly.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
~ Susie


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Materials for Mixed Media Card:

BoBunny Lovely Leaf Die
Watercolor paper
Die cutting machine
Ranger Dina Wakely Gloss Spray - Lime, Ocean
Stampendous Forest Sayings
The Crafter's Workshop TCW 503s Signals stencil 
Sizzix Eileen Hull Tiny Book die
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Paint poured mini-canvas
Glue

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Etched Glass Champagne Bottle for a Wedding or Anniversary

Personalizing a champagne or wine bottle for a wedding or anniversary is such an easy thing to do and it makes such a nice gift!

Time to play...

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own


I found a cute design in the Silhouette Store and added the wedding date and the names of the bride and groom before cutting with my Cameo.  I weeded the design by removing all of the etchmask vinyl in the areas I wanted to have etched. I cut the etchmask transfer tape a little larger than the stencil... 


...then applied it on top of the design and burnished it with the squeegee.


I peeled the backing sheet off of the vinyl and applied the design to the front of the clean glass bottle and burnished it with the squeegee.


I removed the transfer tape...


...and used to tape to mask off the edges of the design.  I crimped the corners of the tape to form a "bowl" around the design because I didn't want the etching crème to drip onto the unprotected glass.


I covered the entire design area with the etching crème and waited 15 minutes...


...before scraping it off and returning it to the original container. 


I thoroughly rinsed off any remaining etching crème before peeling off the tape and the vinyl stencil...


...to reveal the beautiful etching!

Now imagine adding a personalization to a nice bottle of whiskey for a retirement gift?  Or a birthday present?  So many opportunities to make people feel special! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
~ Susie

Materials for etched glass champagne bottle:




Thursday, July 23, 2020

Crafting with Stamps from Maker's Movement

Welcome to the July Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!  This month we are partnering with Maker's Movement and I had a chance to create with one of their brand new stamp sets.

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own.

Maker's Movement is an online paper crafting and jewelry making supply store that was created to inspire and help anyone become a maker, creator or artist! For the entire month of July they are running a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale, so this is a really great time to check out the website - just click the link below!

There is just something about maps that I love.  I find them interesting and inspiring so I chose to work with the new Wish You Were Here Stamp Set
.

I started by creating a side folding card with watercolor paper and clear acetate.  The watercolor panel was inked with a colorwash and then stamped with sentiments and a heart from the stamp set. The acetate was 1/2" larger than the paper.  I scored, folded and adhered a 1/2" flap to the back of the watercolor paper to create a clear cover.  

I also heat embossed the sentiments and heart using clear embossing powder.

Next I stamped the map image from the set on another piece of watercolor paper using permanent black ink.  I actually stamped it twice, flipping it and carefully aligning the straight edge of the map. 


I colored the image with shades of green before cutting it out and adhering it to the right edge of the clear acetate cover.  (I trimmed it and positioned it so that the sentiment I had stamped in the upper left of the inside panel was visible.) I stamped the you are here icon on the map before adding a rhinestone, alpha stickers and little wooden potty people from my stash. 



I stamped another sentiment (Thinking of you) on a strip of paper and inked the edges before adding a die cut arrow with more alpha stickers to the front of the card.   



 So the card  reads, "Wish you were here with me. Thinking of you and..." 



...sending you love."   



I created a couple more projects with this versatile stamp set that I will share soon but in the meantime I hope you will check out the other stops along the blog hop.  There are lots more stamp and die sets to be revealed! 

You can find the master list at 



Materials:
Maker's Movement Wish You Were Here Stamp Set
Watercolor paper
Acetate
Permanent black ink
Therm O Web Red Liner Tape, 1/4"
Want2Scrap Baby Bling, black
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends Inks
Alpha Stickers - Jillibean Soup, Idea-ology
Potty people
Die cut black arrow

Monday, July 13, 2020

Snowman Cards with Eileen Hull

Hello crafty friends!  I have one more "Christmas in July" project to celebrate the release of Eileen Hull's new Chapter 3 dies from Sizzix.  The Snowman Box and Mitten Box dies are both classics you can use in a multitude of ways - including card making!

Time to play... 

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own.

I used Eileen's ColorBox Blends ink to create a "smooshed" background on water color paper and stamped a sentiment.


Just like in my other projects this month I created the snowman with a mix of die cutting and stenciling techniques.  (for details see HERE) 


The heart on this little guy came from the Mitten Box die.  A little pen work around the edges and I call this CAS (Clean And Simple) card done! 


For more ideas for using Eileen's new dies, check out her blog.  The Inspiration Team will be sharing projects all month long! HERE 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
~ Susie

Materials for Snowman Cards:

Sizzix Scoreboards L Die, Snowman Box
Sizzix Scoreboards L Die, Mitten Box
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends Inks
Watercolor paper
Sentiment Stamps

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Snowman Gift Box with Eileen Hull

Last week we kicked off Eileen Hull's Chapter 3 Release Party with a blog hop!  I hope you were able to check out all the wonderful projects shared by Eileen's Inspiration and Education team members because there are going to be lots more coming all month long!  My project this week is a gift box with a snowman theme.

Time to play...

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own.

I spray painted mat board and die cut a gift box.  I stenciled a snowflake design on the lid of the box... 



...before stenciling a flurry of dots on all of the surfaces.


Here's the lid of the box with both layers of stenciling and a layer of clear embossing powder. 


There's an element on the die that actually turns the Snowman into its own gift box.  I cut it into quarters and turned it into a fence! 


I die cut and stenciled a snowman (details on last week's post HERE) before trimming off the right edge...


...and adhering him to the lid of the box.


Be sure to checkout all the inspiration all month long with the Inspiration Team using the new dies HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
~ Susie


Materials for Snowman Gift Box:

Sizzix ScoreBoards L Die, Snowman
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die, Gift Box
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends by Eileen Hull
The Crafter's Workshop TCW477s Chrysanthemum 6x6 stencil 
The Crafter's Workshop TCW359s Microbial 6x6 stencil
Sakura Pigma Micron Black Permanent Ink Pen
Orange marker
Clear embossing powder

Friday, July 3, 2020

Cool Cat Rain Boots with StyleTechCraft™ Glossy Craft Vinyl

One of my all time favorite memories has got to be seeing my baby girl stomping rain puddles wearing her much loved Ladybug rain boots.  I actually bought them for her in 2 sizes because she loved them and wanted to wear them rain or shine.  It was sad when she grew out of them.  (she is 22 now so...)  Lucky for me that I have a niece who deserves her own special rain boots!

Time to play...  


StyleTechCraft™ has 45 different colors of Craft Vinyl with a nice glossy finish so you are sure to be able to find the colors you need for your project. 


 I sized the designs in Silhouette Studio prior to cutting them with my Cameo.  I  carefully removed the excess vinyl in and around the design with the weeding tool. 


Using transfer tape, I lifted the first cat design off the release paper and applied it to the clean, dry boot.  I burnished the design and then peeled off the transfer tape.  


I went back to the design and worked on the umbrella with the paw prints first. I picked up the top layer with transfer tape...


...before aligning it on top of the yellow umbrella base...


...and adding it to the boot! 


Burnish thoroughly and remove the transfer tape.


Take a moment to admire your work! 


The design for the second boot was even cuter - the umbrella has little fishies on it!  I layered the design the same way... 


...before burnishing it in place on the boot.


Remove the transfer tape and... 


...ta-dah! You have the coolest kitty cat rain boots ever! 


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
~ Susie

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Materials for Cool Cat Rain Boots:

StyleTechCraft™ Glossy Craft Vinyl
StyleTechCraft™ Gridded Transfer Tape
StyleTechCraft™ Tools
Rain boots