Sneak Peek…Something’s Brewing…

Hi Crafty Friends!

I wanted to pop in today and share some exciting news with you. The Dare 2B Artzy Design Team is taking place in a awesome mega HOP that starts on Friday, March 24th.  It’s the Coffee Loving Card Makers HOP and Dare 2B Artzy is a SUPER SPONSOR. Yay!

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What does that mean for you? Lots of fun! Lots of Inspiration from the Dare 2B Artzy team! Oh, and not to mention all the fab prizes that will be up for grabs. There are 30+ sponsors on this HOP! Dare 2B Artzy will be giving away $20 in store credit. That should get your crafty mind percolating.  It’s going to be so much fun!

For anyone who doesn’t know, Coffee Loving Cardmakers is a blog hosted by Amy Tsuruta and Chaitali Narla crafty people who share their love of card making and what else….COFFEE! That’s right – the fuel to your morning fire or as I refer to it as my Go-juice!

In celebration of this awesome HOP, Dare 2B Artzy has a Coffee Lovers Special going on in the online store. The special includes a 10% Discount and Free Shipping during the month of March. Hard to pass up a good deal like free shipping and a discount…NOW is the time to grab all those stamps & dies you’ve had on your wish list!! Particularly the super adorable new COFFEE stamps and dies. Whoo-hoo!!

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Join Dare 2B Artzy for this super fun, week long celebration of coffee and card making beginning on March 24th. The theme for the hop is Spring and what else….coffee, of course!!

Hope to see you there. In the meantime, I’m leaving you with a little sneak peek of my card for the hop. I’ll be back next week with my card for the HOP.

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See you next week!

Hugs

Tonya

 

 

 

Beautiful Leaf Background

Hi there Dare 2B Artzy fans! It’s Tonya and I’m back today with a quick and easy card that could be modified to use for any occasion.

My card uses the new 2017 Dare 2B Artzy Leaf Background Die. This die is so pretty and so intricate. I fell in love with it when I first saw it. I can see several different ways to use this die and today I’m going to show you one way to make a really quick card that is really gorgeous.

This Leaf Background Die actually comes with 3 separate layers. The outer layer which is a stitched rectangle die is just a smidge shy of an A2 size. The inner layer consists of the intricate leaf die panel  and then there is a smaller single leaf that measures 2 ¾ x 2.  Each of the dies in this set can be used together for the look I’m showing you today or you can use them as stand-alone dies which offers a lot of variety.

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To start I used the Leaf Background Die and die cut a piece of pink cardstock. I will say that since the die is so intricate I had to cut it a couple different times using a bit of different pressure the second time to cut completely through the paper. A trick to try if you’re having issues cutting with your dies is to use wax paper between the die and the paper which can really help with intricate dies, another thing that works is a dryer sheet if your desperate and don’t have any wax paper on hand.

Next, I used the stitched rectangle die to cut a piece of the Dare 2B Artzy Medallion Bliss paper.

Finally, I used a piece of white cardstock and cut the small leaf. Once it was cut I stamped the You are Simply Wonderful sentiment from the Dare 2B Artzy Blissful Blooms stamp set using some Versamark ink. I heat embossed it with some shimmery embossing powder in a shade called Desert Moon Turquois.

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I also cut a piece of greenish blue cardstock with a scalloped border die as it paired perfectly with my Dare 2B Artzy rectangle die to give a bit of a lacy scalloped edge to my base layer.

 

With everything cut I was able to assemble all the layers using permanent glue runner tape and then for the intricate top layer I actually used sheer liquid glue because I didn’t want to risk tearing the layer with my glue runner tape.

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I wanted to add a bit of shimmer to my top layer so I used some clear Wink of Stella and went over all areas of the intricate leaf die and it gave it a nice sparkle.

To finish I added some matte white embellishments. I felt that they kind of make the white dots on the Medallion Bliss paper really pop forward a bit more.

This super simple card could be used for any occasion and the beauty of the die cut leaf in the design is that you can fit most any sentiment stamp on there. I just love the versatility of this die for making lots of fun cards. I’m sure I’ll have more to show in the future with this die as I came up with a few fun ideas for this die.

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

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Think Happy Thoughts & Bunnies

Hi there Dare 2B Artzy fans! Today I’m sharing a fun card I made using the Raggity Rabbit stamp set from the 2017 New Releases.

I just adore this stamp set. When I was younger I used to have a pet rabbit that we named, Harvey after the Jimmy Stewart movie which I love. I’ve always loved bunnies – they’re just too cute and cuddly and the Dare 2B Artzy Raggity Rabbit is no exception.

In creating this card, I had to create a mask so that the basket stamp set would appear behind the eggs. This mask was very simple to make since it only consisted of making a mask for the eggs. The thing to remember when layering objects in stamping is that the object that will be in the very front is what you need to mask. Sometimes that’s hard to remember so it’s always good to lay out your stamps or even stamp on a piece of scrap paper to see what stamps will need a mask. Laying out my images before I stamp is always key for me as I’ve accidently masked the wrong thing and had to start over.

In this case, I created a mask for the foremost egg and the one behind it because my basket would be in the background. Normally you create a mask for each object that will be in front of something else. I created a mask using a Post-it note because my stamped images were smaller. You can use anything with a sticky back that can be easily removed without tearing the paper your image is stamped onto to create a mask. I stamped the egg image twice on the front of the Post-it note so that it was near the top edge where it was sticky underneath. I fussy cut both images.

Next I cut a piece of white 110lb cardstock down to 4 ¼ x 4 and used a scalloped edge border die and placed it at an angle to create the cute scallops on the bottom edge.

I placed my precut piece of white cardstock into my MISTI and then used my basket stamp and egg masks to figure out how I wanted them centered or off center on my cardstock. Once I had the placement, I removed the basket stamp and just stamped the egg once. I made sure to blow on the ink to be sure it was dry before placing one of my Post-it note egg masks over the stamped image so that I wouldn’t accidently smudge the ink. I also wanted to make sure that my egg was fully covered with the mask I created so that when I stamped the second egg, I wouldn’t corrupt my first image. With the first mask in place, I stamped the second egg so that it would now appear behind the first egg.

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To stamp the basket I had to place both Post-it masks over each egg. Now when I stamped the basket it would appear to be behind the eggs. Once again, using the MISTI, I positioned my basket stamp with the masks over each egg. When I was happy with the position I closed the door on the MISTI and picked up the stamp and inked it up using the Dare 2B Artzy totally black ink. I closed the cover on the MISTI and pressed the stamp making sure to put good pressure where the egg masks would meet my stamp so that I’d get a crisp impression.

Once finished, I removed my masks and was now ready to color the images. I colored the images with my Copics using the following colors for the basket and eggs:

B2, B4, B6

RV02, RV04, RV06, RV99

Y04, Y06, Y08

V1, V12, V15

E23, E25, E27

G02, G05

Next, I stamped my adorable Raggity Rabbit and fussy cut him out. I also colored him with my Copics using the following colors: E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, RV21 and YR01

To complete the different layers for the card front I used the scalloped border die again and cut some different colors of card stock at opposing angles and then stamped the two sentiments, “Think Happy Thoughts” which I heat embossed with blue on the light blue cardstock and then the “Some Bunny Loves You” which I heat embossed with white on the dark blue cardstock.

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Initially, I had left the Kraft cardstock blank but decided the layer needed something so I stamped the cute carrot with the Dare 2B Artzy black ink and colored it with my Copics as well using the following colors: G02, G05 and Y38, YR16 and YR07. I always love the end result of coloring on Kraft paper with Copics. 

I adhered all of my layers together and then added my fussy cut raggity bunny. I wanted to dress up my bunny before I put him onto the card so I added a small bow to his neck as well.

For a finishing touch I added some iridescent sequins to my card front.

For now, I didn’t add a sentiment to the inside, but I really think this card could be used for any occasion including Birthday, Easter or just a love note to let someone know you care.

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It’s the start of a new month – whew, where does the time go?? It’s already March!! Didn’t we just celebrate New Year’s? It seems like it was yesterday.

As you know with the start of a new month we will  have a new challenge starting Sunday, March  5th so be sure to check back here on the Dare 2B Artzy blog for all the details on this month’s challenge theme. I know the Design Team has some amazing projects lined up to inspire you and encourage you to play along in the challenge this month.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. You can find the Dare 2B Artzy supplies that were used in the links within my blog which will take you to the Dare 2B Artzy product store.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs

Tonya

Dare 2B Artzy New Release Hop

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy‘s Blog Hop!! 

We are excited to be celebrating TWO things: 

1: NEW STAMPS and Dies!!!! and NEW Totally Tracy Chipboard! 

2: A New Design Team Term!  We have some previous amazing designers continuing with us, but also have some fabulous new faces!  We are super excited about this term!!

We decided to combine the two and have a blog hop!!! 

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You should have arrived here from Cindy & the Dare 2B Artzy blog!  If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start at the beginning! 

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!! 

Winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad of their choice!! 

Blog Hop will end Sunday, February 19th at 7:00pm Central.   

We will then post a winner!! 

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Hi All – Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy’s first blog hop of 2017! There is so much to talk about with all the new goodies from Dare 2B Artzy and Totally Tracy as well as the introduction of our phenomenal new design team.

Let’s get this hop rollin’!! 

Today I’m sharing a card with a water color background from the new My Path Lighthouse stamp set. I realized when I was creating this card that for me, coloring lighthouses is very calming. Not sure what it is about them, other than I’ve always loved lighthouses and the stories behind them and the purpose they serve.

With most cards, I start by coloring my focal image. However, since I was going to do an ocean background with watercolors I decided that I needed to get my background done first. I’m such a novice at any kind of watercolor medium, I always feel like a kid discovering that they can do something for the first time – it’s that “hey, look what I did” moment. That’s exactly how I felt with this card.

I cut a piece of Canson 130 lb Watercolor paper that I’d cut down and scored in half. I placed the partially rounded rectangle die so that the top edge was actually off my paper and taped it into place to hold it while I ran it through my die cut machine. The finished piece was a top folding card that measures 3 ¾ inches wide x 4 inches tall.

Next, I picked out several shades of blue and a grey with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush pens. The colors I used were Blue #30, Cornflower Blue #37, Persian Blue #32, Persian Green #33 and Blue Grey #92. I wish I could say I had a process for watercolor, but for me it’s a chance to play. I started by using one of my colors to draw a faint line which would be my horizon line (which really isn’t straight – but we’re imaging waves, right?!). With the horizon line drawn, I used a water brush and gently pulled the color from my horizon line down into the lower half of my card. I did a little coloring and when I was happy with how the color looked, I heat set it and add a different color or add water to lighten it a bit.

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It is hard to know when to stop “tweaking” what you’ve done. I just had to force myself to stop by putting away my shades of blue Zig brush pens and then heat set the final color before moving on to my sunset.

For the sunset, the colors I used were Yellow #50, Orange #70, Pink #25, Peach Pink #202, Light Carmine #21 and Pink Flamingo #222.  I created the sunset, by working up from the horizon line first adding yellow and blending that into the orange and eventually into the different shades of pink. In some ways the ocean was easier because the colors were all pretty similar. I was so pleased at how the sunset turned out. It was that, “Hey, look what I did” moment and it felt good.

With my background done, I set it aside and began working on my lighthouse. Originally, I’d stamped and colored the lighthouse in red and grey, but decided that the colors were too dark and bold for the background so I had to recolor another lighthouse. In the end I chose a blue grey combination. I stamped the lighthouse with black ink and then while the ink was wet I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat set it.

I used my Copic markers and colored the lighthouse. For the blue I used B91, B93, B95 and B99 and grey was C1, C3, C5. I added some yellows and orange the light on the lighthouse and used browns and grey to add depth and dimension to the rocks at the base of the lighthouse.

Once I’d finished coloring I was ready to cut out the lighthouse using the matching lighthouse die from Dare 2B Artzy. After I cut it out I did use a black Copic marker and go around the edges of the final die cut peice and colored them all black to make the cut edge less visible against the background.

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To finish my card front, I stamped the word Light and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I added some orange and yellow ink with my brush markers and then blended with a bit of water. I also added the stamped birds flying into the sunset. 

For my sentiment inside, I die cut another rounded rectangle that measured 2 3/8 x 2 ¼. I stamped the sentiment, Mightier than the Waves of the Sea with black ink and once again heat embossed with some clear embossing powder. 

Once it was done, I used my brush markers to color in the word Waves in blue and Mightier in yellow to make it pop a little. I added a bit of dimensional foam before centering it inside the card.

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For another relaxing, meditative option I also stamped the lighthouse and the sentiment Let Hope be your Lighthouse in Stormy Seas into my Inspire Journaling Bible. I just love that sentiment. I’m new to Bible journaling so I’m still learning a lot about what mediums work best, etc. Since the Journaling Bible is made specifically for this purpose, I wanted to try stamping and coloring as I’d not really tried that before. I stamped with some black ink and colored my images with my Prismacolor Pencils. However, I realized quickly that the stamp ink was very visible on the back side of the page. I received a quick tip from Dare 2B Artzy owner, Cindy Sartain which was to try using gesso the next time to prevent the bleed through of the stamp ink on the Bible paper. I hadn’t even considered that so thank you to Cindy! I will be trying that next time as well as some other tips that I’ve received regarding Bible Journaling.

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I’m so thrilled to be asked to come back for another term on the Dare 2B Artzy Design Team! Being on this team has really helped me to expand my level of creativity and try new things – I’m even getting my toes wet with videos – eek!! I love the amount of talent that each member of this team brings. Each of these lovely ladies are so encouraging and inspiring to each other and hopefully you will enjoy the projects that we’ll be sharing with you over the coming months & inspiring you to Dare 2B Artzy as well!

Hope you enjoy the hop and all of the fabulous inspiration you’re going to see along the way today! Remember to follow everyone’s blogs and be sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop for your chance to win that awesome Dare 2B Artzy prize. I mean, who wouldn’t want to win some of these fabulous new stamps?!

Also, don’t forget if you’re shopping this weekend on Dare 2B Artzy.com, there’s a special offer code that is only good during the HOP. Enter the code “HEART” and get 10% off your order. Ooohhh – who can’t resist a crafty sale??!! ME, ME, ME!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!   

Your next stop in the hop is Janette’s blog!   

We hope you are inspired all along the way!   

Check out all D2BA’s products here! 

Happy Hopping! 

Hugs

Tonya

Gifting Crafts

Hi there crafty friends! I’m back on the Dare 2B Artzy blog today with a fun project that would make a great gift to give someone and you can customize it numerous ways to suit the recipient.

I started by creating a thin box using some of the gorgeous new Dare 2B Artzy paper from the Fields of Joy collection. This one is the Butterflies paper.  You can get the entire Fields of Joy paper pack which is 16 pieces or if you just like a particular paper, like the Butterflies you can simply order the ones you like.

A quick search of the internet will result in a plethora of different shapes and sizes of paper box templates. The template for my box came from Gina K Designs and uses a piece of paper that is 8 ½ x 11. Scoring the paper as follows:

LONG SIDE (11 inches): Scored at 3 inches, 3 ½ inches and 8 inches and 8 ½ inches.

SHORT SIDE (8 1/2 inches): Scored  at ½ inch, 1 inch, 7 ½ inches and 8 inches.

Once you have all of your score lines done, you’ll want to turn the paper so that it’s facing portrait with the short side along the top. At the 3 ½ inch horizontal score line from the top you’ll want to make a 1 inch cut into the second vertical score line from either side. Turning your paper, you’ll cut down from the top at the 1 inch and 7 ½ inch score lines. I’ve taken a picture of a piece of kraft cardstock with the score lines on it so you can see for reference. Then on the left side I’ve made the cuts at the appropriate score lines for reference as well.  You’d make the same cuts at the 7 ½ inch score line at the top and bottom as well.

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With all my scoring and cutting done, I was ready to assemble my little box with a sturdy permanent adhesive and set it aside. The finished size of the box is 6 ½ x 4 ½. I really loved that the finished box has patterned paper on the inside as well. It’s kind of a nice touch to open the box and see the beautiful butterflies.

For the inserts that would go into my box, there were lots of options. You could create many different types of templates or even just a nice set of cards to go into the box. I decided on recipe cards.

 For my cards, I wanted to save a bit of time by using a pre-made recipe card template. There were so many styles to choose from but I finally settled on one that I found from www.feelingsomelove.blogspot.com. I liked this style because they allowed a lot of space to write the ingredients and the recipe instructions. The cards measure 6 inch x 4 inches.

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I added some little strips of patterned paper from the Dare 2B Artzy fields of Joy collection again. You could easily add some stamped images and color them or add some die cut images to dress up the recipe cards as much or as little as you like.

I wanted to add a fun element to my little recipe card pack so I created some page markers. I figured these clever little page markers would be a nice add on for the recipient to mark the pages in a cookbook or even when browsing a magazine that had an interesting recipe. They could also be used as planner bookmarks.  

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To create my bookmarks, I stamped and colored 3 of the new owls from the Dare 2B Artzy Hoot Hoot stamp set. Once they were colored, I cut them out using my Brother Scan-n-cut machine. I created a second outline of each owl by tracing them onto some scrap white cardstock and cutting out the traced image as well. Once they were cut I was able to glue into place a paperclip between the front image and the back, making sure to use a good liquid adhesive to hold them together. I used the rubber coated paperclips as I figured it would hold better than the metal ones – plus they come in fun colors.

I needed to add a closure to my card box. I went back and added some grommets to the back flap and bottom using a Crop-A-Dile. With the grommets in place I was able to thread my orange ribbon through the holes to form a tie closure.

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On the front side of the box, I added another colorful Dare 2B Artzy paper from the Fields of Joy set. This one is called Owls & Flowers. I just love these colors together as they’re so eye catching.

For the front label I printed the word Recipes onto some white cardstock using a laser printer. I cut the piece down using a fancy cut die and ran it through my MINC foiling machine with some pink foil so that the word Recipe would have a nice pink shimmer to it. I die cut a second piece of blue cardstock with a larger fancy cut die and layered both onto the front of the box. I added some dimensional dots in white as an accent.

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As I mentioned, you could customize this gift to suit most anyone. You could create a box of cards to be used for journaling and decorate them with stamps or even cut out the gorgeous flowers from some of the Dare 2B Artzy papers and use them to embellish the contents. Have a friend that likes to color? You could stamp some fun Dare 2B Artzy images onto cardstock and add in a small box of colored pencils for a coloring project on the go. Lots of possibilities for creating unique gift ideas for almost anyone.

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Hope this has inspired you to make some crafty gifts to share.

Please stay tuned to the blog as we’re having a fun HOP this weekend to introduce the new Dare 2B Artzy DT. In addition to a prize, there’s going to be a special discount available just for the HOP. However, you’re going to have to hop along to find out the discount code. You’re going to love what we have in store for you!! Lots of inspiration from some amazingly talented ladies!

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs

Tonya

Dare 2B Artzy February Challenge

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Whoo-hoo! It’s February and that can only mean that we’re kicking off a new challenge theme for Dare 2B Artzy. To celebrate the month of LOVE, this month’s challenge theme is

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!!

Here’s my inspiration for the challenge:

My card features the adorable puppy dog from the Dare 2B Artzy Ruff Day stamp set. Anyone that knows me, knows I’m a huge animal lover! My husband always says that if it weren’t for him telling me “NO” to every animal I see and want to bring home, I’d have a house full of animals. That’s probably true? When I think of our pets (3 rescues from Animal Shelters), I think about how much I love them and how happy-go-lucky they are. That’s all any animal wants is to be loved and to be part of the family. All you need is love (and a dog or cat who will love you in return unconditionally)!

To start this card, I stamped the cute dog with the little patches on him with some black ink and heat embossed with some clear embossing powder. I colored him with my Copic markers. I kept his colors very neutral using brown and tan (modeled after my first Doxie, Charlie). I colored the pup and used the matching Dog Die to cut him out. I love that there’s a matching die for this set.

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Next, I started on my background. I used some brown and lipstick pink colored ink and sponged it onto a piece of white cardstock that measured 3 ¾ x 4 ¾. I sponged each color to about the half way mark and stopped with just a slight bit of overlapping blending.

Because the ink I used stays damp for a while, I was able to lightly dust on some Perfect Pearls over the area that was inked. I used Interference Violet on the pink side and Cappuccino for the brown side. Once the entire panel had a nice layer of shimmer on it, I pulled out one of my deep embossing folders and embossed the background. Since the ink is damp, it doesn’t completely remove the Perfect Pearls so you still have a nice shimmer to the background.

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From the Ruff Day matching die set, I used the LOVE die with the little paw print and cut it from some Kraft cardstock. I used the same die and cut it out of one of the two stitched circle die cuts from my craft stash that I’d made with some salmon pink paper. I glued the two stitched circles together, using the one with the die cut Love on top. I then glued in place the Love that I’d cut from the Kraft cardstock. Once the glue was dry I punched two small holes into the top of the circle and added a bit of bakers twine to it and set it aside.

Next, I used the super cute tiny envelope die from the Mailbox Gift Card Holder Die Set and the You’ve Got Mail matching stamp set, to create the little envelope that the dog has in his mouth. This stamp & die set is a new 2017 release and every one of the DT ladies  including myself absolutely loves this set. I cut the envelope from some cream colored cardstock and stamped the front of the envelope with the little postmark stamp in blue with the Dare 2B Artzy premium ink in Midnight Blue and then stamped the Special Delivery in Pomegranate ink also from Dare 2B Artzy. I glued the back flaps of the envelope together to keep them closed so that they’d lay flat on my card front.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment, I Wuff You from the Ruff Day stamp set using some Midnight Copper embossing powder from Lindy’s Stamp Gang. I really like the way the dark brown pops against the off white cardstock.

Once the sentiment was heat set, I die cut it out using a smaller stitched circle. I added the little heart die which is also from the Mailbox Gift Card Holder Die Set. I glued the heart in place just above the sentiment.

To assemble my card, I cut a piece of 110lb white cardstock to a finished card size of 4 ½ by 5 7/8. Since my cardstock was such a bright white, I actually sponged on a light amount of brown ink around the outer edges so that it would match the rest of my card better.

I layered on top of my card base two pieces of cardstock; one in salmon pink that measured 4 ¼ x 2 inches and a brown piece that measured 4 ¼ by 3 1/6. I used a piece of cream colored cardstock to cover the seam where the two pieces are joined.

On top was my embossed panel which I added using some dimensional foam. The dog, envelope and two sentiment circles were all added to the top layer using some dimensional foam as well.

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Now it’s your turn. We want you to join this challenge and share your amazing Dare 2B Artzy creations that feature the All You Need is Love theme. There’s an amazing Dare 2B Artzy prize up for grabs so you want to be sure to get your submissions in before the end of February! We can’t wait to see what you create!!

Be sure to check out all D2BA’s products here!

Hope everyone will join the All You Need is Love challenge this month. The team is looking forward to seeing your Love inspired projects featuring Dare 2B Artzy stamps & dies! Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,

Tonya

Blissfully Different 

Hello Artzy friends!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  We’re having some very nice spring-like  weather here in Colorado which is giving people a bit of the spring fever. I doubt old man winter is done with us just yet as February & March are typically our snowiest months.

Today, I decided to share a different type of card and by different I’m referring to shape.  Like many card makers,  my normal go-to is an A2 size card. It’s comfortable to work with a familiar shape and size when making cards and it makes layouts a breeze.

However, today I’m here to tell you that circular card styles need love too. I’d poked around on Instagram and other blogs and noticed that in the crafting world you don’t see many circular style cards. I wonder why?  I decided to make a circular card with the Dare 2B Artzy stamp set called Paisley Bliss.

To create a card  base that is circular you have to use a circle die and position the die so that the folded edge of the  cardstock paper is below the cut line of the die. This will create the folded edge of the card – essentially you’ll have 7/8 of a circle, but one edge will be flat for the fold. I’ve included a picture for reference, but I placed my die face up with the paper underneath it so you could see the cut line of the circle die in relation to where I’ve placed my paper. That is how you’d run it through your die cut machine – with the die facing your paper obviously depending on the type of die cut machine you use. The size of the circle die I used to create my card base was 3 3/4″.

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While I could have utilized my card base and stamped my image & sentiment directly onto the base,  I wanted to jazz up my card by cutting a scalloped circle from some lighter teal cardstock that was just a bit larger than my card base. The scalloped die measured 4 1/4″ from edge to edge. This would form the main layer for the card front. The scalloped layer kind of creates the look of a flower which I really like.

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I die cut another circle that measured 3 3/4″ (the same size as my card base) from some red cardstock and layered it on top of the scalloped layer.

For the final layer that would be on the top,  I grabbed a circle die that measured 3 1/4″ and I laid out the different stamps from the Paisley Bliss stamp set and placed them  inside the circle die to see which stamps would be the best fit for the space. This allowed me to visualize the placement of the sentiment as well.  I chose the “Creativity Takes Courage” quote from Matisse which is a quote that I love. Once I’d figured out the placement of the sentiment and stamp I would color, I went ahead and die cut the circle using some white cardstock.

Once my circle was cut out, I placed it into my MISTI and stamped the gorgeous leaf and sentiment with some black ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder to give it some dimension. For clear embossing with black ink, just be sure to use an ink that stays wet a bit longer so you’ll have time to get the clear embossing powder to stick to the ink. Most pigment or even hybrid ink will stay wet long enough to do this.

I colored the leaf with my Copics using BG11, BG34, BG23 and BG49 for the blue-green colors and R43, R35, R37 and R39 for my red tones. I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella, but I couldn’t seem to capture the sparkle in my photos.

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I assembled the card so that the sentiment would flow from top to bottom along side and curving around the leaf. I added a few pearls to the card for some dimension.

Now that I’ve created my first ever circle card I’m wondering  why I haven’t done circular cards before. I think it turned out so cute. I think this would be the perfect card to give to an Artzy friend.

Hope you enjoyed seeing something with a bit of a different shape from the norm today!

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Remember, its February so we’ll have a new challenge theme up for everyone to participate in starting on Sunday, February 5th. Be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy blog for the details on this month’s challenge. Hope you can join in on the fun!

Also, don’t forget that all of the FABULOUS new stamps and dies for 2017 are up in the Dare 2B Artzy store. You can find them all in the What’s New section of the store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs

Tonya