Card kits….sort of

     Posted by Norine on August 16, 2017

Hi, hello!  I’m back today with the first of a few card kits that will be coming into the store.  I did some of these last year and they seemed to be appreciated and goodness knows, if I can justify the purchase of some of my stamps by sharing them with you, I’m going to do that!

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There will be a number of different card sets, some on watercolor paper and some on card stock for coloring with pencils or markers.  Each kit will contain the card fronts only for 4 cards, (allowing you to use your own stash to complete them) and will include a photo of the finished samples for easy referral.  That doesn’t mean they have to be colored or painted exactly as I have done, but if you’re uncertain, you can use my samples for inspiration.  Continue to check back here for a glimpse of some of the other sets.

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Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of your day!

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     Posted by Norine on August 6, 2017

Good morning friends!  I’m back again today with a layout that showcases a few products from the store plus a technique that we’ll be trying in the upcoming DIY Embellishments class in Sept!

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The first thing I want to show you is how to make an embellishment from a piece of patterned paper.

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I cut out the leaf I wanted to use, and cut closely around the edge of the whole leaf.

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Then I used Copic markers to accentuate some shading on the leaf.

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Next, I covered one half of the leaf with Glossy Accents.

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Here’s how it looks all finished.

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It’s a technique that has no limit for possibilities.  Take a look through your patterned papers and you’ll see any number of different designs that you can cut out and add extra oomph to with some Glossy Accents.

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And then there’s this fun watercolor painted tag!  It’s a product from Amy Tangerine, and there are about 6 different designs, with two of each, in the package.  I love how you can paint these to match whatever your project color scheme is.

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That blue/green watercolored strip along the bottom of the photo?  It’s a cut off from some card I made a very long time ago…but I don’t like to throw out pieces like this.  And today I’m especially glad I didn’t, because it’s a perfect addition to complete this layout.

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Some of the products I used on this layout are Crate Paper Oasis (the gold title words), Pink Paislee Outfitters (the Go Jump in the Lake puffy sticker), Illustrated Faith (the white enamel hearts and some of the washi tape), Fancy Pants Office Suite (label die cuts) and several Studio Calico stickers, and phrase chipboard.  I dug into some OLD stash for that book plate from Junkitz who haven’t been in business for many years.  The star vellum photo mat is from a DCWV foiled vellum stack, and the background paper for the whole layout is Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails and there may even be some of that line left in the store.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Good Tonic…

     Posted by Norine on August 2, 2017

Hello friends!  I’m back today with a few cards made as a result of some experimentation with Tonic Nuvo drops!

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There are two types of Nuvo Drops available in the store (or will be when it re-opens at the end of summer) and I love them both.  The Crystal Drops label means the product dries fairly opaque while the Jewel Drop label is a clear, translucent product.  I am in. LOVE. with all the shades of Jewel Drops and wish they would release about 36 more colors!!  I would drizzle them on my cereal, they’re so yummy!

So I had the idea to try and see how they might work as a coloring product.  That is, to fill in some blocky shapes with color, even shading if possible.   Success depends on your desired end result.  I would have liked a smooth, shiny finish, so in that, I was unsuccessful.  But if my desired result was a crackle effect, (and you can buy product to achieve exactly that), then I was very successful. (I’ve since learned that Tonic has made some changes to their formula for the Jewel drops, to help avoid the cracking).

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I used a variety of Elizabethcraft Peel Off stickers for the shapes, and there are so many fun themed sets that would work great, and, as well,  you could accomplish much the same effect with a black, stamped, heat embossed image.  The idea is that the raised edge of the sticker or embossed image forms a barrier to hold in the liquid enamel while it dries.  For the card above, I “colored” in, three little floral motifs and then once they were dry, fussy cut around them so I could layer them up on the front of the card.

I began by using a darker, shade of Jewel Drops for the shaded part of the leaf or flower petal, then coming back in with a lighter shade, before it had dried so that the color would all run together.

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In this photo you can see the mix of darker green with the lighter.  The darker was the Jewel drops and the lighter was the Crystal drops.  Mixing opaque with transparent isn’t necessarily a good look but it was the only way I had to accomplish what I was attempting.  You see why another 36 colors of Crystal drops would be nice??   On the flower petals you can see where I laid down the darker shade of pink Crystal drops before I went back with the lighter shade.  Crystal drops blends with Crystal drops quite nicely.  Then I set it aside to dry.  It takes a couple of hours to several hours depending on the humidity where you live.

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For a greater variety of colors, I also used some of the Ranger Enamel Accents - a product that is much the same as the Tonic Nuvo drops.

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After the Nuvo and Enamel Accents were all dry, I cut out the design once more, so it could be layered on top of an interesting watercolor background.

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Finally, I made the cards above, beginning with a stamped, heat embossed image.

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As you can see in the photo above, the card on the left is created with the Tonic Nuvo Drops.  After the flowers and leaves were colored in and I wasn’t overly thrilled with the blending results….I mean, it’s oKAAAAYYY, but not fantastic….I decided to try a different tack to create something similar but with more reliable results.

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I stamped and embossed the same image, and this time I colored in the leaves and flowers with Zig markers and then covered each portion with Clear Enamel Accents.  It’s a look that makes me happier.  Which is not to say, there aren’t occasions where I would still use the Nuvo drops for coloring, especially if they get my memo telling them to create and release 36 new colors!!  And the enamel dots on this last card are still created using Nuvo dots.  It’s a product that always shines in the enamel dot arena!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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