Wednesday, June 21, 2017

End of the Year Cards

Hi everyone!  I've not been the greatest blogger this month.  Life has definitely gotten it's claws into me.  I know a lot of you are done with school, but we here in Arlington, VA are holding on to the.very.last.minute.  We'll be done on Friday, so we're in the thick of end of school events.  Spring sports concluded this past weekend so we get a bit of a breather from that, but Ellie goes away to her very first sleep away came on Sunday (eek!!!) and then we'll have a family vacation, and the July Neat & Tangled release is just around the corner so I'm working that too.  Needless to say, it's been busy.

Luckily, one of the things I needed to cross off my list are teachers cards, so I actually have something to blog.

Since I've been pressed for time, I kept things very simple.  I really love this Altenew teacher set, and using the MISTI I was able to knock out both cards quickly and easily.

I didn't want to spend too much time, so I picked a subtle grid pattern to stamp on, this allows me to basically lave the panel blank without it looking too stark.  The size and boldness of the main image balance the white space.  I also cut the panel a little smaller than I normally would and added a coordinating cardstock mat and patterned paper mat to cut down on that white space and make the card seem 'fuller' if that makes sense.

For a little extra interest and dimension the teacher sentiment was embossed on black cardstock and popped up.

I only made two, but this is an easily mass producible design when you have the MISTI on your side.

That's all for me today.  Hope your end of school/summer is going well!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Masking and Faux Masking - One Card, Four Ways

Hey everyone!  I'm sharing some cards over on the Neat & Tangled blog today.

I set out to make a really simple card using my new Welcome Home set, and ended up making four.

I started by stamping the sign image on masking paper and then fussy cutting it to place over the stamped image on my actual panel.  I also added masking tape (I'll link to it below) around the edges of the panel.  Then I did some simple blending.  Once that was done, I added the sentiments, adhered it to the base and done.

Then, I thought I would try a different method of masking that I haven't done in a while, using Frisket masking fluid.  The image was stamped on watercolor paper using Versafine, then I added the Frisket and waited for it to dry.  Once dry, I added some simple watercoloring.  After that was fully dry, I carefully rubbed the Frisket off and popped the panel up on the card base with foam tape.

Not everyone has Frisket, and there's a lot of waiting around for things to dry with the prior technique, so I thought I would try to fake it with watercolors.  In this next card, I simply watercolored around the image.  Before I started, I wet all the background areas with water and then worked quickly to add the watercolor making sure that the edges stayed wet as I went.  You do need to work quickly with this method which is why I stuck with just one color.

Once it was dry, I felt like it needed a pop, so I carefully traced around the image with a Copic marker to set it off from the background, and then I popped the entire panel up on the card base.

Finally, I wanted to try and recreate the crisp cleanness of the initial masked image with Copics, but I thought that it would be too tough to do the blending in the middle of the panel, so I opted for a simpler look, blending to a lighter color on the edges of the panel.

For this one I also went in with that slightly darker shade of color around the edges of the image to make it pop.

So four different ways to achieve that masked look.

One more thing, just wanted to let you all know that there's a great sale happening over at Ellen Hutson right now, 15% off the store through Saturday using code summerfun, so if there's something you've been wanting, now's a great time to pick it up.  This is my affiliate link if you feel so inclined:

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a great week!

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Neat & Tangled June Release Recap and Winners

Hey everyone!  Well today's the day, the June Neat & Tangled release is now live in the store!

Here's a recap of my projects from this week:


I also have some winners to announce!

@elise_smith7 (from IG comments) wins the Rice Paddies Stencil

vonmariedesign (from blog comments) wins the Welcome Home stamp set

@westie1702 (from IG comments) wins the Exploding Blocks cover plate

Denise Bryant (from blog comments) wins the Exploding Blocks stencil

Winners, please email me and I'll get your goodies sent out.  And thanks to all for your sweet comments this week!

Now head on over to the store to start shopping!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Neat & Tangled June Release & Giveaways - Day 4

Hey everyone!  It's our final day of release reveals and today I get to show off a new stencil and die called Exploding Blocks.  I was inspired by a bird's eye view of a city street, but I love that the graphic nature of the design allows you to use it for other things as well, it almost reminds me a bit of my Time Warp stamp.

Anyway, let's get to the cards.  For this first one, I cut the cover plate twice, once with black cardstock and once with white.  Then I inlaid the pieces.  I used plain white for the surface/street areas, black for the sides of the buildings and then for the tops of the buildings I colored the white pieces with Copics in a rainbow pattern.  Actually, Carina was around when I was making this, so I picked out the markers and she did most of the coloring.

The sentiment is from the Celebrate stamp set.

Next up I wanted to create a vertical card with kind of a space/time warp vibe.

I again cut the cover plate twice, once from white cardstock, and once using a panel that I had ink blended with turquoise/teal colors.  I trimmed out just the center portions of the exploding blocks, inlaid the pieces from the inked die cut panel, and popped them up to frame the sentiment which is from the Art Deco set.

Finally, I wanted to take the stencil out for a spin.

I kept this one really simple.  After spraying some adhesive on the stencil to make it tacky, I placed it on a cardstock panel and then misted it with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine.  I misted it pretty heavily, so there's actually a bit of texture to it.

I wanted to keep things pretty simple, so I used the Awesome dies.  The frame cut was die cut out of the center of the stenciled piece and then I mounted that on black cardstock.  The sentiment itself was cut from gold mirror board and then adhered in the negative space from that frame cut.  This looks so pretty and shiny up close!

That wraps up the release!  Everything will be available tomorrow morning at 8 AM EST.

Be sure to head over to the N&T blog to see what the rest of the team created as well as take a look at the mini set we are highlighting today.  You can also leave a comment there to be entered to win all today's featured products.

I'm also picking some winners for some of my new release products.  I'll be picking winners from comments both here and on Instagram.  So leave a comment here each day this week, and then head over to IG (@mprantner) for an extra chance.  I'll announce the winners tomorrow!

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