Hey ladies! Lin Brandyberry here with my extra post as a Guest Designer this month. When I saw what the current challenge was, I wanted to play along too, so here’s the card I made to share with you all.
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Hello crafty friends, it`s Tina here!
Besides cards, I just love making bookmarks. In sets they are great as a small gift. Today I am sharing with you how I used the circle image from the Butterflies and Wildflowers clear set and partial die cutting techique, that I learned at the super cool A Cut Above online class.
I stamped the image on white paper and used the scallop die to cut it out.
I placed the circle die on the die cut image and partialy die cut it.
I finished it with a bow and a gem. Don`t you just love the lines on that image? They are perfect to write the name of the book on them!
Thanks for stopping by, I wish you a great day!
Christine here with my first “extra post” at A Blog named Hero!
Today I’d like to share some ideas how to use background stamps, as I really love to use them in different ways. I decided to concentrate on the Flower Dot Pattern Stamp, so you can get an impression how one stamp can be used in so many ways. That’s fun!
1) Stamping on patterned paper
First of all I used the stamp as it was supposed to be: I stamped the entire background, but I stamped and embossed it onto patterned paper. I like the structure, that it gets.
Hey everyone it’s Michelle here today and I wanted to help those that struggle with Shabby Chic and Vintage cards. I myself struggle greatly with this style. It’s not me at all. I spent the last week really looking at this style in various items across the web and the two things I have found is 1)it contains a lot of brown and 2) it has a lot of layering. I am not a huge fan of brown so I set out to create in this style with color and to simplify it for all of you. Ready, set, here we go…
Yes, it’s brown…I figured I would start with what I know and take off from there. The steps to creating a simple Shabby/Vintage card are pretty easy. Products will be listed below. Here are some steps to simplify it for you:
1. Start with a distressed looking patterned paper. I chose a piece of Basic Grey that I had a scrap of.
2. Use a shabby color. I went with cream and brown.
3. Use a vintage looking stamp
4. Use a definition stamp
5. Distress Inks (it’s in the name 😉 )
6. Some twine and vintage looking buttons.
With these 6 products you can make anything look vintage. I added a bit of stitching to my card too and the edge of my scissors to rough up the edges of the papers. It took no time at all and I was thrilled at how “shabby chic” it looked.
This one is a little more detailed but still very simple to do. I started with the Leaf and Floral background in Sand and stamped it on a 4 x. 5.25 piece of paper. then I die cut the hexagons using Hero Arts Frame cuts and Bella Blvd.’s Kiss Me collection…it’s hip, fun and bright. I love it. I inked the edges just a bit, attached them and then stitched around them with my sewing machine. Very quick and simple.
For the label on the front I chose 2 Hero Arts images from the Silhouette store. I used a sketch pen to draw out the sewing machine on the label with a customized saying. I then sent it back through the Silhouette to just cut the label out. I inked the edges of the label with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry and then toned it down a bit with some Brushed Corduroy. Twine and a button finish it off.
I started with a 4×4 primed block that I picked up at Michael’s. I tore a page out of the phone book and modge podged it onto the block. I then used some Distress Stain (white picket fence) and swiped it all over it to tone it down. I inked up the flourish stamp with Picket Fence and Broken China Distress Stains and then stamped it. I used a little more Picket fence over it when it was dry to tone it down. I took the Life of the Party circles and put some green paint on them and stamped that in the upper and lower corners:
I also stamped some butterflies in Hero Arts Cup O Joe.
I kept adding stuff until I was happy. I stamped some Technique Tuesday stamps on there and I used a Maya Road chipboard house that I covered in Picket fence and then Soft Granite with the Hero Arts Newpaper text & Clouds from Hero Arts that I cut out of my Silhouette. Once I had all my flat layers down I covered it in Modge Podge. Attached my bulky items and here is the finished product:
I hope this post was helpful. Shabby Chic/Vintage is really easy once you have the basics down. It’s all about layering and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Now go try your hand at it! You still have time to enter the Shabby Chic/Vintage challenge we have going on over here.
*NOTE: Products will be linked very shortly…sorry.
Just a Note Supplies:
4×4 Block supplies (note was having issues linking product, if you need to know something please don’t hesitate to ask. )
- When I look at a photo, the first thing I see are supplies I might have on hand that could represent what is in the picture. So I was thinking: doile’s, damask stamps, woodgrain, diamond patterns…
- Sometimes I use the colors in the photo, sometimes not. For this one I did. I saw the gray in the comforter, the white and brown. This was the color scheme I used.
- I loved that home decor also follow trend. HELLO chevron!
- Stay true to your own style. I am not good at making a card with lots of layers like the picture, so I kept the orange and green colors and flowers and made a card more suited to my aesthetic.
- The minute I saw this bracelet, I thought of this embossing folder by Hero Arts!
- The photo for me was a reminder to USE my stuff!
- It was a starting point for me to create. You don’t always have to copy the image exactly, sometimes you can’t! I took the bracelet, with the texture and the round shape, as a jump off point.
Ok well that’s all for me today! Hope you found these tips helpful and enter the challenge this time around! See you next month for another installment!