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posted this in Tutorials on May 19th, 2017

Colouring with Copics on Cryogen White

Hello everyone!

Stephanie with you today and I’m SO ready for the long week-end! But first, I thought I’d stop by to share with you a little colouring video I did using my beloved Cryogen White paper, perfect for all alcohol markers!


Here’s the final look!

 

I hope you will have some time for colouring this week-end and get creative! xx

posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 18th, 2017

Beautiful Spring

Here is a stunning image from artist Christina Hor that I am using combined with some luscious papers from Paper Temptress.  I just love how you can use a dark, but purple color to offset the beautiful flowers on the image as well as showcasing the gorgeous lace.

I am using some gorgeous Paper Temptress papers and some wonderful Lace that I got while in Istanbul.  The image and sentiment are printed out on Neenah Solar White.  The gorgeous background paper is Mica/Metallic that is a lush purple color called Ruby.  The sparkly yellow cardstock under the sentiment is called Mangue Sparkle.  It’s just stunning and you can see the mica flecks.
Cheers, Holley
posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 17th, 2017

Alcohol Markers on Cryogen Paper

Hi everyone, Ginny here!  Today I tried something a little new to me!  Using a Penny Black  stamp, I colored with Alcohol Markers directly on the stamp and then stamped my paper.

The different part: using alcohol markers for this traditionally used water color marker technique.  I stamped this on Beautiful

I stamped this on Beautiful Croygen 89# paper.  This also was a first for me and I kinda of held my breath, not knowing how the ink would play on the paper

not knowing how the ink would play on this sparkly paper.  The ink left the stamp and sat on the paper perfectly and I was able to go back in and add a little bit more detail withtheh fine nib on my pen ( I use Spectrum Noir)

 

 

In this shot, you can see the beautiful Sparkle! This Just added something so special to this simple stamp!  I edged the card with distress ink which also moved beautifully on the  Cryogen Paper!

This lovely paper is one I will definitely want to stock up on, I am thinking what beautiful Christmas cards this will make!

Thanks for Stopping by!  Ginny M – DT

 

posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 17th, 2017

Halloween Kitty

Hallo,

I am a bit slow getting movin this am but here I am with a Halloween card…..One of my Facebook friends/groups had this adorable kitty as a free digital image from Olga Gre and I couldn’t resist doing him in Halloween colors .

I used the cryogen white to color on as usual – from Paper Temptress, and then I cut him out and layered him onto ‘classic linen – antique gray’ ( a pretty gray with a bit of soft texture).

I then added a Happy Halloween phrase and a little sticker mouse whispering in the kitty’s ear. Then the kitty got a Halloween mask and lastly a few yellow and orange rhinestones to finish it off.

I figure I usually try and do a bunch of Christmas cards in July so why not a Halloween card in may??

Have a great week!!!!

Tera

 

posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 14th, 2017

Sparkle for Mother’s Day

This is another Mother’s Day card.  All the cardstocks used here have some sheen to them.  The base of this card is Kunzite Mica Metallic.

The main layer is Cryogen.  I decided to use some chalk on it and then top the chalked image with a beautiful rose cute from Vintage Silver Lustre.  Final step was to add the sequins and sentiment.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Easy and fast! on May 13th, 2017

Chocolately Deliciousness

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  Today, I’m sharing an adorable cupcake card.

For this card, I used a new die set.  It is an Sizzix Stephanie Barnard die called the Cupcake Fold-It die, and I think it is just the cutest!  This is the second card I’ve made with it since I got the set about a week ago.  It is perfect for birthdays, congratulatory notes, or just to brighten someone’s day.  For the card base, I used Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I used it for the card front as well. The way this die is designed, you can create either a top-folding or a side-folding card with it.  However, you will be missing a small portion of the die cut because of the fold in the card, so you do need to cut an additional card front unless the missing piece doesn’t bother you.  The cupcake liner is cut from some scraps of blue and grey paper, but that delicious chocolate-y frosting is cut from the equally delicious brown bag kraft paper.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 4th, 2017

My Cup of Tea

Here’s a fun combo of bright colors, a great image from Sandra Caldwell and delicious papers from Paper Temptress.  This fun image from Sandra is called 292 My Cup of Tea.  I paired it with some gorgeous papers to make this creation.

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The base of the card is a wonderful sparkle cardstock called Mangue Sparkle, it has beautiful mica specks all over it.  I then added a Hambly Studio overlay that I trimmed.  I totally recommend the 6×6 in packs as you then get a taste of all their wonderful papers inside there and they are just the perfect size for a greeting card.  The sheet of Hambly Studio that I used is called Lime Bohemian.  On top of the Lime, I am using a small piece of red sparkle, which is filled with gorgeous mica flecks and goes perfectly with the Mangue Sparkle, it’s called Vermillion Sparkle. Finally I am using my image which is printed on Neenah Solar white classic crest paper.

Happy Crafting everyone!

Holley

posted this in Designer greeting cards on May 2nd, 2017

Butterflies Marble and using premium Paper for digital and hand stamping

Hi, Everyone!  My card for today is actually a card I tried to replicate!  The card I had seen and admired used die cuts and foils, which were magnificent,

only I don’t have those die cuts and foils!

Here is how I made this card:

for my base

I used Heavenly White #120 and this is why:

This base weight gives me a perfect card base every time, no matter how much weight I put on the front!

Here is an 80# paper

Now, this may not look very different in this photo, but it is hugely different.  This paper will not support any weight on the front let alone

heavy weights of paper and embellishments.  And another consideration, it will not “feel” nice in your hand – kinda

the difference between a paper plate and china ( I know I sound like a broken record).

With this heavy weight you do need to score for a crisp fold:

I printed my background image on  Heavenly White #80

This will work with any inkjet or laser printer – beautifully!

you are welcome to use this freebie for your card making too!

Hand stamped and colored my butterfly

Put it all together using a bit of stash paper on that lovely Heavenly White #120 base!

It really makes the sense to buy the best possible paper you can, in the end, when you might spend an hour coloring or cutting a card,

you want your end results to be as beautiful as you imagined it to be!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ginny M

 

posted this in Designer greeting cards on April 30th, 2017

Starting on Mother’s Day

It was time for me to make my post and thought I would get started on Mother’s Day cards.

The base for this card is Eggplant feltweave.  It is great for a base because it is thick and has a little texture to it.

The rose and the leaves were cut from Vintage Silver Lustre.  It has a sheen to it.  I colored it with distress ink.  The backing for the leaves is Jelly Bean Green  pop tones and the backing for the rose is Bananna Split Pop Tones.

To bring in a little more sheen I used Rose Quartz Mica metallic behind the rose as the first layer and Mars Mica Metallic for the second layer.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on April 29th, 2017

Roses

For this card, I started out with Ruby Mica/Metallic as the base and embossed this gorgeous paper using Anna Griffin’s Garden Roses embossing folder to mirror the image on the card.  The image is a silver Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Sticker.  I colored it on watercolor paper using Distress markers and blending them with a water brush.  For the roses I used Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar; for the leaves I used Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, and Shabby Shutters; for the background I used Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass.  The twine is from my stash.