A Big Shimmery Bloom

Happy Artzy Wednesday everyone! Hope you’re enjoying some spring-like weather in your neck of the woods. It’s been in the upper 70’s here in Colorado. Loving that!

For my card today, I went with a CAS design, but I did break out my new Gansai Tambi Pearl water color palette. The palette has 6 colors: pink, orange (salmon), yellow, green, blue and white.

I’d tested these water colors on both dark and light colored paper to see which looked better. Not all pearlescent water colors work well on white or light colored paper so I always test my water color pallets on several different types of paper when I get them.

For this card, I decided to play with one of my favorite stamps from Dare 2B Artzy,  The Big Bloom flower. I stamped and heat embossed the Big Blooms stamp set onto some black 110 lb. cardstock with some copper embossing powder.  Note: I believe that they do make black water color paper but I couldn’t find it locally and had to improvise for my project.  If you’re going to use water colors however, it’s a good idea to use a heavy weight cardstock if you don’t have water color paper. For my project, I used minimal water and it worked fine, but if you were going to saturate your paper you’d want to test 110 lb cardstock first to make sure it would hold up with the water.

With my image embossed I was ready to add the water colors to it. Using an aqua brush I added a couple of drops of water directly to my pink and yellow water color palette. I mixed the water around with the color. I wasn’t sure how many coats of color I would need on the black cardstock so I started with a thin layer of the pink. I alternated pink on the petals with the yellow. I allowed the first coats to dry back a bit to see how transparent it was when dry. I ended up adding 2 additional coats, each a bit thicker to get a more rich color that wasn’t so transparent. The end result was a gorgeous shimmery color.  

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I die cut the cardstock with my favorite scalloped square die.

Next, I die cut a scripty looking “hello” from some metallic gold paper. I glued two layers together to make the die cut work a bit more pronounced.  I added the final die cut at a slant on the front.

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Finally I added some iridescent yellow sequins to the card front and the entire panel was added to a hot pink piece of cardstock and then glued down to a black cardstock card base. I also added a piece of the hot pink cardstock to the inside of the card so that I could write a message to the recipient.

Although my card today is pretty simple, I love how the shimmery water color looks on the Big Blooms flower against the black cardstock. It’s really difficult to capture how pretty it is in pictures, but it’s so gorgeous.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Check out the Dare 2B Artzy store to get your own Big Bloom stamp or any of the other fun Dare 2B Artzy stamps, dies, paper or inks.

Some Bunny Loves You!

Hello and Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone’s having a spectacular day & getting in some much needed crafting time!

I’m back with another card today for Dare 2B Artzy. I’m sticking with my spring theme and playing with that Raggity Rabbit stamp set again. I cannot get enough of this adorable bunny. I still want to petition the powers that be at Dare 2B Artzy to make a stuffed version of this bunny – he’s just that cute that he needs to be hugged.

Today’s card is sort of simple, but sometimes those are the best kinds of cards. I like to take time in my coloring and let my mind wander as I’m coloring. It’s very cathartic to just be in the moment and enjoy making something with your hands.

To start I stamped Mr. Raggity Rabbit with some Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black ink onto some Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I also stamped the basket with the pretty flowers right next to him.

I colored my bunny to be a sort of crème & tan colored with a hint of peach on his nose and ears. I used the tip of my Copic marker to create the little dots of ink for added texture for his fur. I really like the effect is has.

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Once my bunny was colored I quickly colored the basket and flowers using some bright blue-green and yellow colors.

With my bunny and basket of flowers colored, I die cut the whole image with a large scalloped rectangle.

I die cut a large fishtail flag from some bright yellow cardstock and cut a smaller fishtail flag from some bright green colored burlap that I had.Raggity Bunny 1 wm

Next I stamped the sentiment, Some Bunny Loves You in some black ink and used a half-circle diet to cut it out. I sponged on some light blue ink around the edges of the half-circle. I cut a second half-circle from a bright green cardstock. I glued them together at an offset angle so you could see the bright green cardstock underneath.

Finally, I layered some blue cardstock and blue plaid cardstock on my background and layered in the fishtail flags so they hung off the edge of the card and placed my colored bunny and basket on the top layer. I added the sentiment in the corner at a bit of an angle.

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It’s a very simple, but fun card to make and the bright colors are so cheery.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card. Thanks for stopping by.




It’s April & Dare 2B Artzy Says “Anything Goes”

Wowza Dare 2B Artzy fans its April! The start of a new month and Dare 2B Artzy has a new challenge for you.  This month’s challenge theme is


Anything Goes…well that’s just a license to be footloose and fancy free with your fabulous Dare 2B Artzy creations this month isn’t it?!

We want you to join this challenge and share your amazing Dare 2B Artzy creations. There are no limits or specifications on what you can create this month. The sky is the limit just be Artzy and get crafty! There’s an awesome Dare 2B Artzy prize up for grabs so you want to be sure to get your submissions in before the end of April!

Here’s my inspiration for the challenge:

I created this fun tag that would make a beautiful book mark for someone or even a gift tag.

I used a pre-cut chalkboard tag that I picked up at my local craft supply store. I wanted the tag to have a layer of dimension to it as well as a bit of visual interest in the background. To achieve this look I used some Faber Castell Whipped Spackle in matte. If you’ve never worked with spackle before, a little goes a long way.

I used a pallet knife for painting and scooped out two ¾ teaspoon sized dollops and placed them in two separate places on my craft mat. Next I grabbed a re-inker for my stamps. The re-inker I used was a blue water-based ink. I added 1-2 drops of the ink to one of the dollops of spackle and used my pallet knife to mix the ink into the white spackle. Originally I’d planned on mixing up the spackle with two different ink colors, but ultimately decided to have one blue and leave the other the white color of the spackle. The more ink you add to the spackle the deeper the color will be, but it doesn’t take much ink.

With my ink & spackle mixed together to form a nice shade of blue, I placed my stencil over the tag. This stencil is from Tim Holtz #THS042. They are a good size stencil to work with and are tag shaped. I didn’t tape the stencil in place on my tag, but rather just held it in place with one hand. Once the spackle was applied the stencil didn’t move around too much. Working quickly I spread the blue tinted spackle from left to right stopping at about the midpoint of the tag. When I was satisfied with even coverage across the stencil, I cleaned the blue spackle off my knife with a baby wipe. I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any blue remaining on the knife. Next, I used the knife again to pick up the plain white spackle and began spreading it from right to left over the stencil until I had even coverage. Once again, I stopped pulling the white any further than the mid-point of the tag. The colors did begin to blend together a bit as they met in the middle and that gave me a nice mid-tone blue color. When I was happy that all the squares on the stencil had even coverage, I very carefully lifted the stencil and pulled it away from the tag. The result was a really cool ombre effect from blue to white.

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This was the first time that I’d worked with a matte spackle. I will say that it begins to set pretty quickly so it’s good to have everything ready to go so that you don’t get the spackle drying too quickly. It’s a good idea to wipe off and wash your craft mat, stencil and pallet knife right away because the spackle is difficult to remove once it dries.

I set my tag aside so that the spackle could dry completely. In the meantime, I colored the gorgeous butterflies from the Dare 2B Artzy, Butterfly Inspiration set using my Copic Markers. I chose bright pink, orange and blue colors in celebration of spring.

When my butterflies were all colored, I fussy cut them out along with the cute little flower and leaf that comes with this stamp set.

I created a fishtail tag using the sentiment Believe in Yourself using some white cardstock.

The textured background of my tag took about an hour or so to be completely dry. I probably could have heat set it to have a quicker drying time.

I started playing around with placement of my butterflies, but just felt like something was missing. The matte background did add and interesting texture to the tag, but there was quite a huge contrast between the blue and white. It seemed to take away from the butterflies.

I started looking through my craft supplies to see what I could add to the background to tie it together. Ultimately, I decided on one of my favorite supplies…Perfect Pearls powder.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love this stuff. I think I’d wear it and just shimmer all day long if I could, LOL!

Perfect Pearls powder is a fine powder that comes in several colors and you use it in conjunction with Perfect Medium which is a sort of sticky ink pad.

I decided to add some Perfect Pearls shimmer to the background to tone down the matte look. To do this I used a mini Perfect Medium pad and daubed it across all of the matte background on my tag making sure to cover all the spackled areas.

I chose two colors of Perfect Pearls Powder, one in Forever Blue and the other in the original Perfect Pearl white color. Using a brush I dipped it into the powder and tapped it off onto the lid and then brushed the Forever Blue from the left side to the center of the tag. I brushed off the excess Forever Blue with my hand and then dipped it into the white Perfect Pears and tapped off the excess once more. This time I brushed the white Perfect Pearls on the tag from the right to the left side.

The result was a cool metallic ombre effect which toned down the background somewhat, but gave it a gorgeous metallic shimmery texture. I really love the way it looked.

The final step was putting my butterflies, flower and sentiment tag in place. I used some thin strips of dimensional foam on the butterflies and bent their wings up a bit. I glued the little flower to the corner of my sentiment with the leaf popping out from underneath, then added some dimensional foam to it as well. The sentiment tag was added at a bit of an offset angle hanging off the tag.

I added a couple of strips of a blue-grey ribbon to the top of the tag as well and cut the ends to be fishtailed also.

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Hope you enjoyed my inspiration for the Dare 2B Artzy Anything Goes challenge for April!

We can’t wait to see what kind of fun projects you create for this challenge!!

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

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

Brewing Something Crafty

Whoo-hoo Dare 2B Artzy friends! What could be better than the sheer mention of Spring? A HOP in celebration of Coffee and Spring and all things crafty, that’s what! I’m super excited to be here today to share another Dare 2B Artzy card. This one is for the Coffee Loving Paper Crafters Spring Coffee HOP. Dare 2B Artzy is a Super Sponsor of this HOP for the first time ever and everyone on the Dare 2B Artzy team has been having so much fun with it!

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I’m so excited about this HOP. I’m a coffee monster! That is to say, I love my coffee and I’m a monster without it – ask my hubby! LOL! You’ve gotta start the day off on the right foot and that always includes coffee – hot or iced, espresso or macchiato, latte or just a down home cuppa’ joe. It’s the juice to fuel your brain for work (meh!) or crafting (yay!). Disclaimer: Coffee was consumed during the making of this card – for inspiration!

My card for today’s hop uses the adorable Perfect Blend stamp set and matching D40 Coffee Cup Die as well as a sentiment from the Hug in a Mug stamp set. These stamps and die are new for 2017 and I am loving them. The sentiments are so darling and absolutely perfect for any kind of coffee related card you could ever create.

To create my card today I started off wanting to make a java bean background.  I used the little coffee beans from both the Perfect Blend and the Hug in a Mug set and stamped them randomly onto some kraft cardstock with some Versamark ink and then heat embossed them with a couple of different shades of brown embossing powder. I continued stamping and embossing until I was satisfied with the quantity of beans.

Next, I used a scalloped frame die and die cut the kraft cardstock to give it a little border all the way around.

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I knew I wanted to incorporate the gorgeous salmon colored paper from the Dare 2B Artzy In Bloom paper pack, but I didn’t just want the image to be used on the coffee mug. I wanted something bold.

To create a bold spring look I decided to use a new bold alphabet die set that I’d just received. I cut 4 layers of white cardstock with the letters to spell coffee and then I cut one more layer using the Dare 2B Artzy In Bloom paper. I glued the layers together for each letter with the top layer being the In Bloom paper. This gave each letter a 3 dimensional look that I really liked. You could create the same effect using craft foam sheets but cardstock works just as well with the layers. With each letter glued together, I set them aside to dry.

I stamped the coffee cup from the perfect blend onto some white cardstock and then again onto some of the Blooms Paper from Dare 2B Artzy.  I colored the cup using some bright yellow-greens from my Copic markers using YG01, YG03 and YG05 and then created a subtle shadow on the white lid using some B000. Once it was colored, I used the matching die to cut out the cup.

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For the coffee wrap, I fussy cut the wrap from the cup that I’d stamped onto the Bloom Paper. Once cut, I used a black marker to color the edge of the paper. Then I glued it in place on top of the coffee mug so that it would have a lovely floral wrap. Starbucks should make some fancy floral wraps for their coffee – it would really dress them up.

I created several layers to add to my card from some light green, light blue and copper colored cardstock. For each layer I used various scalloped dies to create the chevron borders and the scalloped borders around each layer.  On the light blue layer, I stamped the sentiment Breakfast Poured from the Hug in a Mug stamp set and heat embossed it with some brown metallic embossing powder.

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Before I could assemble the layers of my card, I first had to glue the die cut coffee letters in place. I wanted to make sure and get them onto the base in a straight line. To do this I used a grid paper pad and laid my coffee bean background onto the grid and arranged it so that it was aligned with the grid. I used a roll of thin Washi tape to tape down the bottom edge so that the tape was aligned with the grid and then folded the ends of tape around to the back.   This allowed me to butt the letters up against  the edge of the Washi tape and get the spacing between the letters right. Once my placement was perfect, I worked my way from the outside letters C & E and glued them in place first before moving on to the O & E and so on until all the letters were glued down. I let the letters dry a little bit and then carefully peeled off the Washi tape from the bottom edge. The Washi tape worked wonders for aligning a straight edge.

I adhered down all of my layers using glue runner and some foam tape for added dimension. For my top layer I added the little coffee cup with some dimensional foam next to the sentiment.

My final touch was to add a few sparkly brown embellished dots to the card front. I thought they kind of look like drops of coffee.

Hopefully you’re having a fabulous Wednesday and you’re taking some time out to enjoy and maybe even sharing your own coffee inspiration for the Spring Coffee Loving Paper Crafters HOP.

Reminder that Dare 2B Artzy is offering a special HOP Discount of 10% during the HOP so you can stock up on all of your favorite dies and papers from Dare 2B Artzy. You can find all of the your favorite coffee (and tea) stamp sets from Dare 2B Artzy by clicking this link below:

Coffee & Tea Lovers Stamps

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Also, Dare 2B Artzy is offering $20 in store credit to one random winner, chosen at the end of the hop week!  Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 2nd on the Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog!! There’s a ton of prizes so be sure to play along and submit your Spring Coffee cards for a chance to win.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your breakfast today was a warm hug in a mug!






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!






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.


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.


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.


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.


Thanks for stopping by!