Monday, April 22, 2024

Reverse Embossed Backgrounds

Hey friends! This is Amanda from Twiddler's Nook. Today I'm playing with reverse embossed backgrounds today and LOVING the outcome! It's simple to do but looks complex which makes it all that much cooler!

Spellbinders Flower Frenzy Embossing Folder

I started with a piece of white cardstock and ink blende it randomly with distress oxide inks. Today I chose picked raspberry, abandoned coral and wild honey for my colors. There was very little blending involved, mostly just getting color coverage on the panel. Then I put the panel in my Spellbinders Flower Frenzy embossing folder with the color side touching the protruding flowers. This way the flowers are inset into the panel instead of popping up.

Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Butterflies

After running that through my die cut machine, I inked up my brayer roller with black ink and carefully rolled ink over the panel. As long as you don't push your embossing flat with the roller, the ink will stick to the top of the panel and not go in the flower indents.

Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Butterflies

I glued the panel to a white card base and pulled out the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Butterflies dies. I chose a simple one to cut from white cardstock with a gold glitter body. I used liquid glue to adhere the pieces, wrapped some gold thread behind the butterfly and popped it up with foam squares on my card front. Last, I chose a sentiment from the Pretty Pink Posh Sentiment Strips | Valentine stamps to ink up with Lawn Fawn guava ink on a sentiment strip, also from Pretty Pink Posh.

Isn't this technique so cool?!? I can't wait to try it with different color combos. Maybe even leaving the embossing white and rolling a color over the top. So many possibilities!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!
 
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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Quick and Easy Stenciled Floral Cards

Today I'm sharing my process for making a BUNCH of floral cards quickly.

Beautiful Blooms from Pinkfresh Studios
To start, I grabbed the Beautiful Blooms stamp set from Pinkfresh Studio.  This set has three floral images on one stamp set. I used the bottom [lower set] to stamp several sets of images.  This is a huge time saver as each stamp creates three images instead of one.  The coordinating die works the same.  It's one die that will cut all three images in one pass through my die cut machine.  Another big time saver.

To color the images I used the coordinating stencil.  The stencil is designed to line up with all three images. So again, you save time inking / coloring all three images on each layer.  Make sure you don't die cut the images until after you color them.  I used the same colors for each set [this was quicker] and changed the color when I moved on to the next set of stamped images.  When I was finished I had four images of each flower, all in a different color.  Below are three of the colors.

Pinkfresh Studio Beautiful Blooms

I stenciled a background for each card matching the color of the floral images.  The frame is cut from the Flirty Scallop Frame from mama Elephant.  When I cut the die, I cut both the small and the larger frame.  This saved time and I used the larger frames with the bell shaped flowers.  I'll share that card next week.

Pinkfresh Studio Beautiful Blooms

Pinkfresh Studio Beautiful Blooms

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog.  I hope you'll stop by next week to see the additional cards I created.

-Cathy

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Friend

I've been really enjoying stenciling lately.  I've been challenging myself to use different color combos and having fun.  Today is part two of two based one one A2 stenciled panel.  Here's how I was inspired today:



Do you remember my post from last week?  This is my other card that was inspired by the Strawberry Background.

These are the products that I'm featuring today:
  • Waffle Flower Crafts - Strawberries Background | stencil
  • Waffle Flower Crafts - Oversized Friend Print | die
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Sentiment Strips | Birthday


Here are the Concord & 9th inks I used:
  • Poppy
  • Sunflower
  • Avocado
  • Peacock
  • Oceanside
The friend has been cut from the Altenew Glitter Cardstock Set | Gilded.  I used gold embossing paste from my stash for the strawberry seeds.

I changed up my design from last week but keep the overall elements the same.


Here is the card duo side by side:


Thanks for stopping by!
 
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Monday, April 15, 2024

Cover Plates with Embossing Texture

Welcome to a fresh new week everyone! This is Amanda from Twiddler's Nook finding new looks for all the fun window cover plates out there. I love using them for added interest and ways to ground images but sometimes that plain background in the windows is boring. Today I played with an idea that you could definitely grow on to add texture and interest to those spaces.

Mama Elephant Little Dino Agenda

I cut the Mama Elephant Window Grid from kraft cardstock and slid a white panel behind it. Then I pulled out my Little Dinosaur Agenda stamps out and chose a few to fill in the windows. After stamping and coloring the ones I picked, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Mama Elephant Little Dino Agenda



When it was time to start layering everything together I didn't want just ink blending or splatter in the windows so I took the Spellbinders Columns embossing folder and ran the white panel through my die cut machine. That was cool but now I wanted a little more so I did random ink blending with distress oxide gathered twigs ink on the window panel and the embossed panel. Then I splattered it all with water. This was much more my style.

Mama Elephant Little Dino Agenda

I used liquid glue to adhere those panels to a white card base and then popped all my dinosaurs up with foam squares. For my sentiment I cut one of the Mama Elephant Banner Greetings, glued the layers together and popped it in place with a foam strip like the pterodactyl is holding it while flying. This seriously made me giggle.

Remember you could keep the windows that cut out of the cover plate and emboss those pieces too! Another way to test the idea out and not use another piece of cardstock. Anyone interested in seeing that idea? Leave me a comment and let me know.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day! 
 
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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Sweet Floral and Birdie dies from Spellbinders

Today I'm sharing some floral cards with one of my favorite bird dies from Spellbinders.  The Little Chickadee [and Sweet Birdie die] are the perfect size for so many cards and they are budget friendly too!  They are both definitely favorites of mine.

Spellbinders Little Chickadee and Freshly Picked Anemone

I paired the cute little bird with some flowers I die cut from the Freshly Picked Anemone die from Spellbinders.  I added this to my die collection a while back and haven't had a chance to use it.

Spellbinders Little Chickadee and Freshly Picked Anemone

For a sentiment I used the sweet, little banners from Mama Elephant's Banner Greetings die.  It's another favorite of mine and I find myself reaching for it often.

Spellbinders Little Chickadee and Freshly Picked Anemone

I love how quickly these cards came together.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope I've inspired you to create something today.

-Cathy

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Celebrate!

I've been really enjoying stenciling lately.  I've been challenging myself to use different color combos and having fun.  Today is part one of two based one one A2 stenciled panel.  Here's how I was inspired today:



These are the products that I'm featuring today:
  • Waffle Flower Crafts - Strawberries Background | stencil
  • Waffle Flower Crafts - Oversized Friend Print | die
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Large Celebrate Shadow | die
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Sentiment Strips | Birthday


Here are the Concord & 9th inks I used:
  • Poppy
  • Sunflower
  • Avocado
  • Peacock
  • Oceanside


The celebrate has been cut from the Altenew Glitter Cardstock Set | Gilded.  I used gold paste from my stash for the strawberry seeds.

Next week I'll be sharing another project that uses the other half of the stenciled panel in my card design!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Texturizing Your Backgrounds with Embossing Folders and Inking

Hey friends! It's Amanda from Twiddler's Nook. For this installment of Mix it up Monday I came up with an idea for adding color and texture to your backgrounds in a different way. We're going to ink, emboss and then ink again for added awesomeness!

Mama Elephant Little Agenda Farm

I had an idea for embossing folders and wanted to try it so that's where today's project started. I took a piece of white cardstock and die cut it with the largest Spellbinders Modern Oval die. I inked the panel up with yellow ink and inserted it into the Spellbinders Tiny Dot embossing folder and ran it through my die cutter. After I removed it, I flipped it over to what we normally consider the back side. So the dots indent instead of stick up. Then I added a layer of teal ink over the top with a brayer roller. This kept the ink out of the dots and just added a layer over the panel. Then I added a layer of peacock feathers distress oxide ink over that for a darker effect. I spritzed the panel with water and then flicked white paint on it too.

Mama Elephant Little Agenda Farm

While that was drying I pulled out some Mama Elephant sets to stamp, color and die cut. I started with Little Agenda Farm and then moved on to Simple Friends Bubbles for my sentiments. Last I used liquid glue to assemble my critters in place and added foam squares to the back of everything.

Mama Elephant Little Agenda Farm

I didn't want the card base to be stark white so I inked it up with distress oxide ink in ripe persimmon and spiced marmalade and spritzed it with water. Then I adhered the oval with foam tape and finally added the images and speech bubbles.

For finishing touches I added glossy accents to the critter nose/beaks and bits of the tractor and wagon too. Last I added some enamel dots across the design for a bit of shine and reflection in the light.
 
I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

You are the Coolest

 I'm back to designing birthday cards. Here is how I was inspired today:


I love it when a card comes together from scraps.  I had started a different card but never finished it.  I decided to challenge myself by adding Lawn Fawn and Concord & 9th elements to my design. Here are the products I'm featuring:

  • Pretty Pink Posh - Big Valentine Cupcake | dies
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Party Hats | dies
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Pierced Stars Plate | die
  • Lawn Fawn - Wavy Sayings | stamp
  • Lawn Fawn - Simple Wavy Banners | lawn cuts
  • Concord & 9th - Pretty Sweet | stamp + dies

The Happy Birthday + coolest sentiments have been heat embossed in white.  The 'you are the' sentiment has been stamped in Concord & 9th - Nutmeg.


I absolutely adore all the details on the dies!

Have an amazing day!
 
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Monday, April 1, 2024

Ink Smooshing and Two-for-One Backgrounds

Happy Monday everyone! It's Amanda from Twiddler's Nook. Mix it up Monday is extra inky fun on the Doodlebugs blog today. We're ink smooshing and getting two-for-one backgrounds from our efforts. So fun, easy to do and there is no messing up.

Mama Elephant Beary Good Day

Start with a piece of white cardstock and water based markers like Tombow Dual Brush Pens or Distress Ink Pads. Smoosh or scribble a color on an acrylic block or glass mat and spritz it with water. If you use an acrylic block you can stamp the block all over your paper creating splotches of color. If you're using your glass mat, do that same thing with your paper on the mat to mop up the watery ink. I suggest using a heat gun or letting the panel dry between colors. This layers the colors and gives more interest, instead of colors blending together if the panel is still wet.

Mama Elephant Beary Good Day

Once the panel is ink smooshed to your liking and dry, run it through your die cutter with the Mama Elephant Heart Grid cover plate die. Mine happened to keep all of the hearts in the die which made the next step easier but it's not game over if they come out.

I chose the melon color from my inking to be the background for both of my cards. So I cut two pieces and adhered them to white card bases. I popped the first one up with foam strips.

Mama Elephant Beary Good Day

For the next one, I place a foam square on the back of each heart while they were stuck in the die, removed the release paper and carefully placed my paper centered over the hearts. They stuck to the paper and made it easy to have them equally spaced.

Then I cut some balloons from the Pretty Pink Posh Party Balloons die set in coordinating colors and stamped this sweet Mama Elephant bear, coloring it in coordinating colors as well. 

Mama Elephant Beary Good Day

After adding the extra balloons and image to the design with foam squares, I stamped and heat embossed sentiments on sentiment strips, that are added with liquid glue and foam strips. For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to each bear's eye and glossy accents to his nose and the balloons.

Two birthday cards in almost the same amount of time to make one. I love that kind of crafting!
 
I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

I carrot 'bout you

 I'm trying to squeak in as many Easter themed cards this week.  Here's how I was inspired today:

Carrot 'bout You stamp from Lawn Fawn and Spring Mug Addition die from Pretty Pink Posh

These are the products I'm featuring:
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Winter Mug | die
  • Pretty Pink Posh - Spring Mug Additions | die
  • Pretty Pink Posh- Layered Floral Vines | stencils
  • Lawn Fawn - Carrot 'Bout You | bundle
Carrot 'bout You stamp from Lawn Fawn and Spring Mug Addition die from Pretty Pink Posh

I can't seem to get enough of that sweet bunny and her carrot mobile! I adore the Layered Floral Vines stencil.  I used the Waffle Flower Grip Mat for all my stenciling.  These are the inks I used:

  • Concord & 9th - Ballet Slipper
  • Concord & 9th - Dragonfruit
  • Concord & 9th - Parsley
Carrot 'bout You stamp from Lawn Fawn and Spring Mug Addition die from Pretty Pink Posh

Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
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Monday, March 25, 2024

Embossing Your Ink Blending - Floral Fun for Spring

Happy Monday friends! This is Amanda from Twiddler's Nook. I have a pretty floral card to share with you today featuring some of the March Pretty Pink Posh release plus some previously released goodies from Pretty Pink Posh and Spellbinders.

Pretty Pink Posh Daisies

I started by stamping and coloring images from Pretty Pink Posh Daisies with copic markers. I chose a gray copic-friendly ink to soften the look of everything too. Once they were colored, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and liquid glue to adhere the bow in place.

Pretty Pink Posh Daisies

Next I ink blended a white cardstock panel with distress oxide inks, fading from milled lavender to victorian velvet. I spritzed the panel with water and flicked pearl water color on it for interest. While that was drying I cut the next-to-largest Spellbinders Make a Wish Arch Labels from iridescent vellum. Using the florals as a guide, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment at the bottom. This came from the Pretty Pink Posh Sentiment Strips | Valentine stamp set.

Pretty Pink Posh Daisies

When I started layering things together, my inked background felt too plain, so I ran the panel through my die cutter in the Spellbinders Candy Stripe embossing folder. This gives a little texture to the background without taking away from the florals in the foreground.

Pretty Pink Posh Daisies

To assemble everything, I added foam squares to the florals and attached it to the vellum panel. Then I hid tape runner behind that to adhere the vellum to the embossed panel. The edges started to curl so I smeared a layer of liquid glue on the corners and a few places around the arch and held it down while the glue dried. If you use your finger or a dauber to spread the glue really thin on vellum, it doesn't show through.

For finishing touches, I added a scattering of white pearls across the design. They're soft and elegant, which I thought was perfect for the feel of this card.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!
 

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Using Your Paper Scraps For Cards

I've been on a mission to use up some of my paper scraps.  So, today I'm sharing another card idea for using your paper scraps. 

Concord and 9th Markered Messages

I used the Simple Strips die from Pretty Pink Posh to cut quite a pile of strips.  I like that this die will cut strips with different widths.  This allowed me to cut multiple strips with one pass on the die cutting machine making the process quick.

Pretty Pink Posh Simple Strips die

Once I had the strips cut I glued them to a sheet of copy paper to create a striped pattern.  Then I used the Markered Messages die to cut the word thanks.

Concord & 9th Markered Messages Die

I placed the word thanks onto the the shadow layer I cut from white cardstock and then onto the front of my card after stamping a sentiment.

Concord & 9th Markered Messages Die

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you're inspired to used up some of your scraps!

-Cathy


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