Friday, October 24, 2014

October Neat & Tangled Release Week - Day 5

Hey everyone!  It's the last day of Release Week, and all the new products are now available in the Neat & Tangled Store.

My final card for this week showcases the new Very Merry stamp set and Tiny Triangles die.

First I cut a piece of black punchinella and then rubbed a few areas with Inka Gold and adhered it to the card base.

For the die cut panel, I used some watercolors as well as Heidi Swapp Gold Lame mist to paint a piece of watercolor paper and then die cut it.  I also used the die on some gold cardstock.  Using the watercolor piece as a guide, I randomly adhered some of the gold triangles to the card base.  The watercolor panel was then attached with some foam adhesive.

I stamped and embossed the 'merry' with Judikins Egyptian Gold embossing powder.  I love the lighter gold and the extra sparkle from that powder.  I also added some really subtle shading with a gold Wink of Stella pen, and then fussy cut it and adhered it to the panel.  A couple gold thickers finished off the sentiment and card.

And that wraps up the October Neat & Tangled release!  You will definitely want to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what the Design Team created.

Don't forget to check out all my release week posts.  One random commenter will win my new Winter Trees set.  Comments close tonight and I'll announce a winner over the weekend.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  PTI - True Black Cardstock; Canson - Watercolor paper; Recollections - Gold Cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Be Merry
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Neat & Tangled - Tiny Triangles Die and Black Punchinella; Kuretake - Gansai watercolors; Heidi Swapp - Gold Lame Color Mist; AC - Dear Lizzy Primrose Thickers; Judikins - Egyptian Gold Embossing Powder; Viva Decor - Inka Gold; Tombow - Mono and Mono Aqua Adhesives; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Gold Wink of Stella Pen

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October Neat & Tangled Release Week - Day 4

Yay for Thursdays and new stamp sets!

I'm really excited to introduce you to Winter Trees, my latest stamp set for Neat & Tangled.

I confess to having to attend a lot of meetings at my day job, and I often survive via doodle.  These trees are the results of some of those meetings.

The tree is pretty large, I wanted it to really be the focal point of the card, but size it to work with both vertical and horizontal cards.  I paired it with a few of my favorite Christmas hymns, and while the theme is definitely Christmas, the trees will last you all winter long.

For my card today:  watercoloring with emboss resist.  I can't help it, I'm addicted, and the fact is, it's just so forgiving.  It's easy to correct mistakes, lighten or darken things, and it really doesn't take long either.  I used a combination of distress markers and distress inks and a waterbrush to create this look.

The card base is woodgrain cardstock, adding a great rustic feel to the card, and the twine is Lawn Fawn.

Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog.  Danielle is giving a set away over there, and I'll be picking a winner from comments on all my Release Week points to win a set too.  Comments close tomorrow night and I'll announce a winner over the weekend.

All release week projects will be available in the Neat & Tangled store tomorrow, and I'll have one more project/reveal to share.  See you then!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - Maple Woodgrain cardstock; Canson - Watercolor paper
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Winter Trees
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Ranger - Distress Markers and Waterbrush; Lawn Fawn - Lawn Trimmings; CTMH - Clear Embossing Powder; Scotch - Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Neat & Tangled Release Week - Day 3

We're officially halfway through Release Week!  Today's set is one that many of you will be familiar with.  Danielle released it a while ago as a digi, but now it's in photopolymer form.

It's a great size, perfect for journaling cards, in fact that's the size of my center panel.  I kept this pretty simple, but I wanted to add a little texture/interest to the image.  Some stitching was just the thing.  It's amazing what an impact a little stitching adds.

Another little detail that you don't see in the above photo is that I added a panel of Vino cardstock directly under the stamped panel.  From the side, and in person I think it adds some extra depth/shadow to the card.

Be sure to stop by the Neat & Tangled Blog.  Danielle is giving away a Warm Wishes set over there, and be sure to leave comments on my release week posts too.  Someone is going to win my new stamp set....come back tomorrow to check that out!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Echo Park - Seasons Greetings Collection; Avery Elle - Vino and Speckled Cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Warm Wishes
Ink:  CTMH - Chocolate
Other:  DMC - Embroidery Floss; AC - Dimensional Adhesive; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Peace on Earth for Jane's Doodles

I'm over on the Jane's Doodles blog today sharing this card.

I just love the new Mr. and Mrs. Claus set, and have been anxious to ink up Mr. Claus.

This is a really simple card, but so fun to make.  I just stamped him on my card base and colored him, and then used PTI skinny alpha dies to create the second part of the sentiment/ground for him to stand on.

I also used one tiny little snowflake stamp from the new Warm Wishes set to decorate Mr. Claus' mug.

Hope your week is going well!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White and Black Cardstock
Stamps:  Jane's Doodles - Mr. and Mrs. Claus and Warm Wishes
Ink:  MFT - Hybrid Black Ink
Other:  PTI - Skinny Alphas Dies; Copics; Tombow - Mono Aqua adhesive

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Neat & Tangled Release Week - Day 2

Welcome back to Release Week at Neat & Tangled!  Today is an exciting day because Danielle is introducing a new designer, Cynthia.  She illustrates the sweetest images of people and this Little Santa Girl is her debut image.

I decided to mix things up a bit and make a tag.  This is a Tim Holtz Bigz tag die.  I colored her with a mixture of Inktense Pencils (clothes/gift/hair) and Copics (skin).  That little banner, part of the set, is fussy cut and popped up with foam adhesive.  Some scraps and a little stitching and twine and this one was done.

Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled Blog.  Danielle is giving away a set and you'll get to check out some more great samples.

Don't forget to leave a comment.  One random commenter front his week will win my new set!  Comments will remain open through Friday and I'll announce a winner over the weekend.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - Speckled Cardstock:  AC - Magical 6x6 paper pad; SC - Woodgrain paper
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Little Santa Girl
Ink:  Versafine
Other:  Derwent Inktense Pencils; Copics; Neat & Tangled - Gold Sequins; May Arts - Burlap String; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Scotch - Foam Tape

Monday, October 20, 2014

October Neat & Tangled Release Week - Day 1 & Giveaways this week

Hey everyone!

I know we just had a release last month, but we're at it again.  This will be the last Neat & Tangled release of the year.  There's lots of holiday/winter goodness and I'm happy to be both releasing another set this week and helping out with the release week festivities.

Today we're revealing Winter Wishes and Falling Flakes.

I created that blue background using alcohol inks on glossy cardstock.  The houses and trees are a single stamp and were embossed in black.  Then I stamped the Falling Flakes on each sides of the central image and clear embossed the flakes.

At that point I decided I wanted a little more texture/richer color in the background so I went back over the entire thing with a little more of the alcohol inks.  To get the embossed images to shine again, I just reheated.

The Falling Flakes add a great texture/shine, but it's hard to see in the photo above, so here's a close up.

The card base is black and I added a little Versamark/clear embossing along the bottom edge for some extra shine.  The main panel is adhered directly to the card base and then the two white panels are popped up with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out how the Design Team showcased these sets and to enter to win them.

In addition, be sure to leave comments here all week.  I'll pick one lucky commenter to win my new set, which will be revealed on Thursday.  Comments will close Friday and I'll announce a wine over the weekend.

See you back here tomorrow!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Ranger - Glossy Cardstock; Avery Elle - White Cardstock; PTI - True Black cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Winter Wishes and Falling Flakes; MFT - Hybrid Black Ink
Ink:  Ranger - Alcohol Inks; Versamark
Other:  CTMH - Black and Clear Embossing Powder and Dimensional Foam Tape; Hydrangea Hippo - Black Sequin trim; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Friday, October 17, 2014

Publication Share - Piecing

Thought I would pop in to share with you a card that was published in the November issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.

Normally, I share a full card pic, but for this card I thought I would give you a close up so that you can see my piecing process a bit.

For this card I used a combination of piecing and coloring.

I try and plan it out a bit before I get started.  I want the piecing to make sense, so things that are in the front should be pieced on top of the others as opposed to all in one layer.

You can see from the photo that the arm is in front of the overalls as well as the pocket, which is pieced over top of the overalls like it would be in real life, same thing with the patch and heart on the knee.  Since the basket is in front of the arms, it's piece over top of the hands.

Now I'm not suggesting you have to do this with all your pieced images.  I've pieced tons of cards all in one layer, but if you're looking to add a special touch or make it a little more dimensional/realistic, this is one way to add it.

TGIF!  Have a great weekend!