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Snowy Day Snowman!

Happy Wednesday Dare 2B Artzy fans! Hope everyone’s having a wonderful day. It’s finally snowing here in Colorado which is perfect for the holiday spirit, but it brings with it the bitter artic cold which isn’t so fun.

Just in time for our wintery weather I have this adorable card to share with you from the Dare 2B Artzy Snowman stamp set. I just love this cute little snowman. With the set you get everything you need to create a snowman or you can opt to use just the head and scarf on a gift tag which would also be very cute. This set is so versatile.

For my snowman I first stamped the circle sentiment with all of the words in it with some Versamark embossing ink and used some really gorgeous blue embossing powder that’s sort of an iridescent blue-purple. I just love this color. Once the circle stamp was heat embossed I placed cardstock with it back into my MISTI and proceeded to position and stamp the head and the arms and the little dangling star he’s holding.

Once everything was stamped, I needed to fussy cut the snowman out. To make sure my circle for his body looked like a circle and not too wonky, I sorted through my circle dies and used one that was just slightly bigger than the sentiment and held it in place while I drew a faint pencil line for me to cut along.

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Once the snowman was complete cut out, I was able to color in the little carrot nose and the trim on his hat. Even though he’s a snowman, I gave him a really light blue outline to one side of his face with my B0000 Copic marker. That gives his face a little depth and helps to keep him for looking so two dimensional. I also added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the star.

Next, I stamped just the scarf with some Versamark and I heat set it with some sparkly embossing powder called Clear Gold that actually has glitter in it so it also gives a bit of texture to the scarf. I really liked how it turned out.

For my background, I used a horizontal snow drifts die from MFT. I started out first by die cutting a piece of white cardstock and then I die cut the Dare 2B Artzy snowflake cardstock from the Winter Plaid Cardstock set. I arranged the pieces like a puzzle back into place to create a snowy background and glued them in place on some dark blue shimmer cardstock. I added that to my card base of an off-white shimmery cardstock.

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I die cut a cute little scalloped circle tag that I had and stamped it with the Let it Snow sentiment from the Dare 2B Artzy Penguin Fun stamp set. I added a tiny white brad to the tag and placed it on my card front with a bit of dimensional foam.

I also used some dimensional foam on my snowman to pop him off the card as well.

Finally I’d picked up some snowflake accent pieces so I added a few of those to the front of the card as well to give it some more dimension.

I think this card turned out so stinkin’ cute! I really love this little snowman all dressed up and ready for Christmas and a snowy day.

As a side note, I did discover that if you happen to have picked up one of the Dare 2B Artzy Let it Snow stamp sets  the snowman head from that set will also work perfectly on the body of the Snowman set that I used to create my card. That stamp set is retired, but they are still listed for sale in the store so there may be a few available still if you’re interested in picking up both, I’d get it now.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that you’ll check out the Dare 2B Artzy store to see all of the awesome seasonal stamps (many of them are new). Now is a good time to pick up some stamps and paper to give to someone for the holidays – we all have that one crafty friend (or that person might be you). Go ahead and pick up something fun that will have you being Artzy all year long!

Stay tuned, next week we have a fun Holiday blog hop planned with the Dare 2B Artzy Design Team. You won’t want to miss out (HINT-HINT lots of holiday inspiration and a prize is up for grabs!!).

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs

Tonya  

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Poinsettia Christmas Tag

Hi Dare 2B Artzy fans! I’m back today to share my Christmas tag that I created using the Dare 2B Artzy Poinsettia Tangle stamp.

I don’t know about you but I’m going through two different frames of mind about the holidays:

1.     Panic – there are only 39 days left until Christmas (I’m kind of freaking out about this one since I’ve not done any shopping!!)

2.     Disappointment – its been 70 degrees here in Colorado which is very unseasonable and is not inspiring me to get into a holiday state of mind (much less inspiring me to do any holiday shopping).

My tag today features the gorgeous Poinsettia Tangle stamp which is a new release this year with Dare 2B Artzy. This stamp set features 4 image stamps and 4 sentiment stamp sets.

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To start, I stamped and heat embossed the poinsettia and the holly leaves with some champagne embossing powder. I really love this stamp and I wanted to create something that didn’t have the standard colors for a poinsettia. I dug out my Zig Clean Color water color brush pens and did a little water coloring. I started with a couple different colors of red and then blended it out to a couple shades of purple with the lightest being a lavender purple at the tips.  I love how the red mixed in some areas with the purple and made a sort of deep burgundy color.  I heat set the water coloring to see if there were areas that needed more color or blending after it was dry and then went back in and added some more red and purple. I love the Zig pens for this reason, its super easy to layer colors to make them brighter or even go back in and blend out the colors more by adding a bit more water. The paper I used was Canson 140lb water color paper.

Once I was happy with the result, I fussy cut the poinsettia and the holly leaves which was a bit tricky with the water color paper due to the thickness, but they came out ok. After everything was cut out, I added some red gems to the center of the poinsettia to give it some extra pop.

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With the colors of the poinsettia being very vibrant, I decided to put them against a black background. I used a tag that I’d had. This is actually a chalkboard tag but it worked well for this project. I misted my tag with a layer of shimmer spray in a blue to give it a subtle shimmer.

I added a strip of red and gold Washi tape off to one side. I layered on the holly leaves and the poinsettia using some dimensional foam.

The words Merry Christmas were die cut from some shimmery purple cardstock and glued in place on my tag.

The final touch was tying on a piece of gold and black ribbon.

I thought I could use this for a gift tag on a special gift this year for Christmas and I could either use some chalk to put the To/From on the back or I might be able to find a nice metallic marker that I could use as well.

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I hope you’ll check out the Dare 2B Artzy store today. There are so many great seasonal stamps and dies that would be perfect for all your holiday card making & crafting needs. Also, if you have any friends and family that love to craft and make cards, think of what a wonderful gift a fun stamp set from Dare 2B Artzy would be for that perfect crafty friend! You could even pair it with some papers and ink for an awesome gift pack.

Also, we still have our Thanks Challenge going on through the end of November. We’d love to see what inspiration you have for this challenge and let us know what you’re thankful for in your life.

I won’t have another project to share until after the Thanksgiving Holiday so I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hope you enjoy the holiday with your family and friends. I will be spending it with my husband, my mom and step-dad. I’m looking forward to the long weekend and some quiet time to reflect on my many blessings and the people that I’m thankful to have in my life. Enjoy your day!

Hugs

Tonya

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Dare 2B Artzy’s November Challenge

Hello Dare 2B Artzy fans! Well it’s the start of a new month and that means that we’ve got a fresh new challenge for you with Dare 2B Artzy! This months challenge theme is:

THANKS!

After all, November brings about the start of the Holiday Season and many of us will be spending time with friends and family over the next several weeks. It’s a wonderful time to count our  blessings and be reminded of the people in our lives who we have to be thankful for each and every day!

For my challenge card, I went with a bit of a fall theme using the Dare 2B Artzy , Tangle Leaves once again. I’m kind of in love with these stamps – they’re so much fun!

I started off by cutting a piece of Canson Water Color paper to 4 1/2 x 5 3/4. I used two different Tim Holtz stencils; Dot Fade and Squares.

Using the Dot Fade stencil first I misted it with some Distress Mica Spray in Antique Bronze. Obviously you get a different result using the sprays each time as they are water based. I actually found that having two or three watercolor panels cut provided me with some extra backgrounds for later use as there was enough product left on the stencil front that I could lay it on another piece of water color cardstock to pick up the excess and create another image.I actually found that I liked the results from the excess spray better.

Once I was satisfied with my initial stencil spraying, I chose the Squares stencil and placed it on my cardstock and once again misted it, this time using some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Mardi Gras.

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I heat set the background before I tried stamping. Since this was water color paper the mists sort of pooled on the top of the paper. The heat just sped up the drying process a bit.

Next, I stamped my leaves and the little acorn from the Dare 2B Artzy Tangle Leaves set with some Versamark. I used my MISTI tool so that I’d be sure to get a good clean stamped image on the water color paper. The MISTI allows you to stamp multiple times in the same place without having to worry about your stamp moving and creating a double image on accident.

When my images were stamped, I sprinkled some Charcoal Embossing Powder on them. This embossing powder has some glitter in it and it has a sort of black and silver tone to it so it gives a nice light reflection. I heat set them.

With my leaves stamped and embossed, I was now ready to use my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and paint them. Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens are water based and very much like Wink of Stella pens and they come in several different colors. For my leaves I used, Fig, Olive Jade, Silver, Sage, Pink Champagne and Smoked Quartz.  The pens have a brush end so it’s very much like painting but with sparkle. Again, these pool on the surface of the water color paper so I did use my heat gun to set the colors a bit between applications. They did dry a bit darker than I was expecting so next time I’d probably use some lighter colors and just apply more layers to get a more vibrant color. My little acorn turned out very dark with the smoky quartz.

Once finished with that I set my panel aside and pulled out my word dies. I had a couple of different dies that had the word Thanks in them, but one was smaller than the With Thanks so I went with that.

I wanted the die to be a bit of a focal point, but I had a lot going on with the card panel so I decided to make it a layered die cut sentiment. I cut 4 layers with the purple card stock and one layer from a piece of gray glitter card stock. I glued all 4 layers of the purple card stock together with some glossy accents and then I used the gray glitter cardstock as my offset shadow. I glued them a little off to give the appearance of a shadow behind the words. The dimensional piece was glued to the front o f my panel. I love that adding the several layers to the words really made them pop off the page. It’s such a fun technique to use with die cuts to give some added dimension to your projects.

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Next, because the stencil I used has a bit of border around it – it left a diagonal white space on my panel. I just used that to my advantage and added some gray dimensional gems along that white space for a bit of added interest.

We hope you’ll play along with this months challenge theme: THANKS! As always, there will be an awesome Dare 2B Artzy prize pack up for grabs. You could win some sweet Dare 2B Artzy stamps to add to your stamp stash!

Please be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy blog today for some challenge inspiration from Monica Edwards who made some amazing flowers for her project (love them) and Karen Nofzinger who created a beautiful card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tonya

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Wishing for a Snow Day?

Hi All-

Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone’s having a great middle-of-the-work-week day! A bit of good news for today; we’re less than a week away from the Presidential Election and no more political ads.

If that isn’t reason enough to celebrate I don’t know what is!

At any rate, I’m here today to share a fun card. It’s a bit of a wishing card today. Our unseasonably warm and dry fall here in Colorado has me wishing for snow. Normally, we get snow before my Birthday in October. Not only did we not have any snow, we haven’t even had any rain.

So, I’d like to think of my card as a snow dance card. I thought maybe if I made a snow themed card we might actually get some snow. On the upside, it also means that I got my first holiday card of the season done. Check!

To create the card I die cut the background panel of snowflakes out of some shimmery white cardstock. I glued that to a piece of lighter blue cardstock that I’d sponged some darker blue around the edges of for a bit of shading.

I stamped a few of the gorgeous snowflakes from the Dare 2B Artzy Snowflake Wishes set and heat embossed them with some really pretty Clear Gold embossing powder onto some powder blue cardstock.

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Once my snowflakes were embossed, I fussy cut them out and placed them on my card panel with some dimensional foam.

I die cut a couple of fishtail flags and embossed the sentiment Seasons Greetings from the Snowflake Wishes set onto one and layered it onto another fishtail flag cut from some pretty sparkly blue cardstock.

Everything was adhered to a darker blue piece of cardstock and put into my card front.

I added some blue gemstones to the center of the Dare 2B Artzy snowflakes as well as my die cut background.

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So here’s hoping that my card will bring about some snowy days for us soon. Hope you enjoyed my card today and get some inspiration for starting your own holiday cards.

Dare 2B Artzy has a lot of great stamps and papers for all of your holiday card needs. You can find all the seasonal & holiday stamps here and the gorgeous new holiday cardstocks here.

Be sure to check back with the Dare 2B Artzy blog this weekend for the latest on the new challenge for November. You won’t want to miss it!

Have a great day!

Tonya

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Witchy Again!

Whoo-hoo! Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m back this week with another card featuring stamps from the Good Witch Shoes set. You know I had to get one more Halloween Card in before the big day which is just about a week and a half away.

Funny thing, whenever I break out this stamp set to make a card I can’t help but think of two things:

1. Hocus Pocus (my favorite Halloween movie). I can totally picture the Sanderson sisters wearing boots like those in the Good Witch Shoes stamp set.

2. The stamp set reminds me of the song, “These Boots are made for Walking’” by Nancy Sinatra. The song came out before I was born, but I’ve always really liked it.

Anyhow, on to my card for today…

I started out by cutting down a piece of watercolor cardstock using a circle die. I stamped the boots and Happy Halloween sentiment from the stamp set and heat embossed them with some black embossing powder. I also ran the edge of my die cut circle across my Versamark ink pad so that all the edges had embossing ink on them. Next, I sprinkled the edge with the black embossing powder and heat set it. This gave the edge of my die cut circle a bit of definition.

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To color the boots, I used my Zig Clean Color watercolor brush markers and added some color and a bit of water. I ended up adding a couple of layers of color to brighten it up since the color can become diluted with the water.

When my water coloring was dry, I used a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen and went over all of the white areas on the background and gave it the sparkle treatment.

For my background panel, I used a simple sponge blending technique on another piece of watercolor cardstock. I blended 4 colors to create the background, orange, purple, navy blue and just a hint of black. Blending ink on watercolor cardstock takes a bit of effort to get a good blend. It just takes a bit of work to get a smooth blend. When the background was finished, I sprinkled a bit of water on the background to get the spotted effect.

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I used the bat from the Witches Spell stamp set and once again heat embossed them with some Pewter embossing powder. The Pewter gives the bats a bit of a metallic shimmer.

To finish off the card, I added some purple gemstones to the background panel and adhered the whole thing to a piece of dark navy cardstock with some dimensional foam. I added my circle with the stamp and sentiment to the center of the background with some more dimensional foam.

This was a super quick card today. They would be easy to mass produce and make lots of fun Halloween cards to friends and family.

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Be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy store to look at their Seasonal stamp line. You’ll find the awesome Halloween stamps I used for today’s card and so much more. There are stamps, dies and festive papers for all of your holiday card making needs.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by.

 

Tonya

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The Art of Fall

Happy Wednesday Dare 2B Artzy fans! Hope you’re having a great day. I’m so excited because it’s finally starting to feel like fall in Colorado. Today the temp was in the upper 60’s with low 40’s tonight. I think they even have a frost warning out tonight.  I know I’m weird, but that makes me happy. We’ve already had measurable snowfall in our mountains the past couple of weeks. Won’t be long now – it usually snows in Denver before my birthday and that’s a little over 15 days away, so we’ll see.

This week I’m getting in on the fun for this month’s challenge: Fall! Again, my favorite time of year so it’s really a no brainer for me to get in on this fun!

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I’ve put together two super quick cards that really allow you to get your hands inky literally.

I started off by cutting a piece of Canson watercolor paper to approximately an A2 size which is 4 ¼ x 5 ½. Next, I rifled through my dye inks and pulled out my favorite fall colors and set them aside.

One at a time, I placed the leaf stamps from the Dare 2B Artzy Tangle Leaves stamp set on my MISTI positioning them so that they would be centered on my cardstock. The MISTI also insures a clean stamped image and it would also allow for adding more ink if needed since I was stamping on watercolor paper

I stamped each leaf using my Versamark – stamping a couple of times and then sprinkled with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder in Midnight Copper. It’s a really pretty rich, espresso brown color that has a metallic look to it. I just love it!

Once each image was stamped and heat embossed, I set them aside and cleared some space on my craft mat.

I’d seen the very talented Jennifer McGuire use this technique recently, but she used similar colors which you don’t have to worry about colors blending together when they’re all similar shades of the same color. I wanted my leaves to appear more fall like so I chose to use multiple colors using the same technique. Initially I selected 4 colors and then decided they didn’t mix well together as some colors tend to turn muddy when mixed together so I settled on 3 colors instead. I smooshed (love that word) my inks directly onto my Ranger craft mat. I chose green, orange and purple colors for my first card. When I added my inks directly to my mat, I made sure that the colors were separated from each other. 

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Next, I used some Sheer Shimmer Spray from Tsukineko (say that 3 times fast, lol!). I’d had these sprays lurking around in my craft stash forever. I’d picked them up on clearance at Joann’s for $. 99 for the two travel sized bottles. One was gold and the other was silver. They are very similar to Rangers Perfect Pearls mists or even just making your own shimmer mists with Perfect Pearls powder and water.

I shook up the gold spray really well and sprayed it directly onto the inks I’d smooshed onto my craft mat. I was pretty generous with the spray giving each color of ink 2-3 sprays of the shimmer.

Here comes the fun part. I took my fingers to the lightest color and mixed the color and shimmer spray together. It was pretty cool to see the gold shimmer mixing with the ink color on my craft mat.

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If you remember the days of finger painting in elementary school, this next part is a breeze.  I took my fingers and dipped into my now shimmery ink and began blotting it directly on top of my heat embossed image.  Dabbing and blotting and adding more ink when needed. Obviously the more sprays of shimmer spray to ink the wetter your image will look and the closer it will resemble watercolor as more water will make the colors move across your paper more.

For my maple leaf, I didn’t add as much water as I was trying to control it more and have a deeper saturation of color. I colored the image using my fingers going from lightest color to the darkest.

I will say that I tried several different colors for the maple leaf and each time I got a bit of a different result. You really just have to experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. I probably made 4 different leaf images just experimenting with the different colors and even different embossing powders to see what I liked best. It’s always fun to play though – it’s a great stress reliever for sure.

When I was happy with my initial colors that I’d blotted on, I used my heat tool and dried the ink on my paper. At this point, I could have gone in and added a bit more colors in some places, but I chose to stop.

The coolest thing is that when the ink is dried you can really see the gold mixed in with the color. It’s such a great effect.

The second card was just as fun, but I didn’t have to get my fingers all inky. Once again, I smooshed my ink colors to my mat and sprayed them with the gold shimmer spray again. This time I chose purple, orange and yellow colors of dye ink.

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 I took my other piece of embossed water color paper with the oak leaf and simply laid it face down in the ink/shimmer spray that was pooled on my craft mat. I pressed it to the mat several times to pick up the ink in different areas and sort of mix the colors together.  It creates this awesome watercolor effect and while the water was pooled a bit on my paper I was able to move the paper to direct the ink.

I love the look that this gave my card panel. It kind of reminded me of Easter egg dye but with that awesome gold shimmer to it.

When both panels were completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Tangle Leaves set and heat embossed it with the same Midnight Copper embossing powder.

Each panel was then added to a layer of colored cardstock and adhered to the card base.

These cards were so simple and fun to make. They’re pretty quick as well so it’s easy to make multiples because you can almost do them all at once. I even grabbed another piece of water color paper and mopped up the rest of the color/shimmer spray and now I have a nice abstract water color background for another card. I wasn’t about to waste that shimmery color, lol!

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Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you check out all of the awesome new stamps and dies in the Dare 2B Artzy store. It’s a great time to start planning those holiday cards!

Hope you have a crafty day – go get your hands inky and celebrate fall!

Hugs

Tonya

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Thinking of You

Hi everyone! Wow, admittedly my blog has been all over the place this month with my DT posts for Dare 2B Artzy, between Halloween and Christmas. It is that time of year however – Pumpkin Spice everything and Halloween decorations and costumes just two aisles down from the Christmas ornaments that are slowly being put out. I love fall and the holiday’s though.

Today, I’m taking a step back from that to share a card that I made for my BFF, David to give to his aunt.

The base of this card was actually from a kit from a company called Queen & Co. I think I ordered the kit basics from Blitsy.com. The kit consisted of some pre-cut white card bases A2 size (3 or 4), a precut layer of foam that had adhesive on the back and front that was cut with butterflies, a piece of acetate and some little sparkly gems in a rainbow of colors and a top layer that was also precut with butterflies that was supposed to go over the acetate. All of the butterfly designs were pre-cut but the kit also came with the A2 size butterfly die so that you can cut/create more cards/projects.

I purchased this kit because I’d never created a shaker card with a dimensional foam layer and I thought this might be a good kit to figure out the mechanics of putting together this type of card and it was. Plus it did save time not having to cut all of the layers – sort of. More about that in my post.

I’d had my kit for several months and just hadn’t had the time to do anything with it but one night we were going over to my BFF’s house to have dinner and watch Fear the Walking Dead. I usually take my stamps and color so I can “listen” to Fear the Walking Dead because I can’t watch all of it cause it kinda eeks me out a bit. I decided to take the kit and have my best friend put the card together for his Aunt. I thought that would be something nice he could do for her since she is very ill with what the doctors believe is cancer and has refused any kind of treatment or testing.

I showed him the kit and together we figured out how to put it together. I let him decide the colors of gems and let him fill up the die cut holes where they would go before I put the top layer of acetate on to seal it up.

I told him that I would decorate the front of the card and color it or something and then he could give the finished card to his aunt. However, when I went to use the die cut cardstock cover for the front of the card, I found it impossible to keep the ink for my stamps from smearing and smudging on the cardstock. It was a shiny heavy-weight cardstock, but I couldn’t find any ink that would actually dry on the surface. I tried every ink I had in my arsenal and even tried heat setting it. Nothing really worked so I scrapped the cardstock that came with the kit and decided to use the die that came with the kit instead to just make my own cover.

I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock in 110 lb weight to about 5 x 7. Originally, I’d planned on simply stamping and coloring the front, but decided I wanted something a bit more vibrant and colorful. Instead I used my Ranger Liquid Pearls in  Hydrangea (purple) and Pumpkin (orange). The Liquid Pearls work great alone or also mixed with water. For this project, I squeezed a generous amount of Liquid Pearls on my craft mat in both colors and spritzed both colors with quite a bit of water. You’ll want the consistently of paint, but you don’t want to add too much water or it will bet a bit too runny to work with. Also, you should consider the cardstock you’re using as well as you may not want to add too much water unless you’re using watercolor paper which would stand up better to more water and medium.

Using two separate paint brushes, I started brushing on the Pumpkin color Liquid Pearls from the bottom in even strokes. Taking the paint about to the half way point on the card where the paint becomes a bit thinner at the center. When I was happy with the bottom, I did the same on the top except using the Hydrangea color and bringing it to the half way point of the card as well.In the middle you’ll get a blending of the two colors. I’d say that with some colors you’d need to be a bit careful so you don’t have a muddy color in the center.

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I set my painted panel aside to fully dry so I could die cut it. Next, I started working on my flowers for the front of the card. I had this adorable flower stamp set called Pinwheel Daisies from JustRite Papercrafts. I found this stamp and the matching die set at the Scrapbook Expo in Denver earlier this year and fell in love with it. I thought it would be perfect for the front of the card.

I figured out which of the flowers I was going to use for my card and stamped them with some Versamark ink and then used some Black embossing powder on it and heat set it. Once it was set, I used my Copics to color in the flowers with some bright, bold colors. Keeping the color scheme consistent with my card front and pulling from the colors of the gems that are in the shaker. Once my flowers were colored, I was able to use my matching dies to cut them out. I’m always grateful when I buy the matching dies – especially on small, intricate or detailed stamps because it really is a challenge to try to fussy cut those things. I’ve made that my new rule, if a stamp set is super small, detailed or has a lot of smaller stamps – I get the matching die if there’s one available. It may cost a bit more, but it’s so worth the time you save.

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With my flowers colored and cut, I went back to my card front and tested it to make sure it was dry. The Perfect Pearls dries pretty quickly, but I did run my heat gun over it for just a couple of minutes just to make sure it wasn’t tacky in some places.

Once done coloring, I was finally ready to emboss my panel. To do this I used one of my Next Level embossing folders from We R Memory keepers. For this card, I used the folder called Wave. These really are a great way to make your cards pop with texture. Each package has two different folders in it and they sell for between $6-$10 on Amazon. I just love them. I ran the panel through my Evolution machine in the embossing folder and it comes out with a gorgeous quilted look.

Next, I grabbed the butterfly die that came with my card kit and ran it through my die cut machine to create the cuts that would line up with the foam in the shaker. Confession: I actually cut the panel facing the wrong way the first time because I wasn’t paying attention to the way I placed the die when I ran it through the machine. My little error led me to have to recolor a new panel with my Perfect Pearls again and then re-emboss it as well. UGH! It happens. I did keep the other panel because I can use it for another project that doesn’t need a shaker so not a total waste.

After my little detour of trial and error, I finally had a finished colored, embossed and cut panel that was ready to be adhered to my card base. Since the panel was being adhered to the sheet of acetate, I used my 3D Crystal Laquer glue to put glue down on the acetate being careful not to get too much around the edges fo the butterflies. I lined up my card front and put it in place over the acetate so that everything lined up beautifully.

Finally I was ready to place my colored Pinwheel Daisies on the front of my card. I used the extra butterflies from the die cut panel and glued some of those in place to add some dimension to the card front and make it look like they were breaking free and flying off the card.

For my sentiment I stamped a simple Hello and heat embossed it with some hot pink embossing powder. Inside the card, I stamped the Thinking of you sentiment. Both of those sentiments were from the My Favorite Things Card Kit Beautiful Blooms. I love the clean and simple font that the stamp set has. I actually picked that kit up from my friend Carisa over at Inky Fairy Designs when she was having one of her awesome stamp de-stash sales.

I love, love, love how this card turned out. I was thinking that it was a bit of a cheat to use a kit for this card, but in reality it turned out great because I actually was able to turn it into something really vibrant and pretty for my BFF to give to his aunt. I will say having the kit to see the mechanics of the shaker card was pretty cool. I could totally make these or something similar on my own now that I know how everything goes together.

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Hope you enjoyed my card today. It was a bit of a mini-break from all the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards/inspiration that are out right now.

Hugs!

Tonya