Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peak: Birds of a Feather - Pirate Duckie Trick or Treat Card

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a little sneak peek at some of the products in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  I am using one of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday/Fall Winter Catalog in today's project.  If you read the title you know that it's Birds of A Feather.  This is a great all around stamp set, it has images and sentiments for four different holidays.  With this one stamp set you can cover Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day; which is a super thing.  This is just one of the stamps sets in the Holiday Catalog that does this very same thing.  I also used one of the new embossing folders as well as the new Delicata Metallic Inks on my card today.  Here's a look at my card.

I am sharing a look at both cards that I created.  The one on the left is the one that I created for the video tutorial; the one on the right was my original design.  After creating the original card I decided that the card needed one additional layer instead of the embossing and distressing the front of the card base.  I also changed up the colors slightly to show you two different variations.

Original Concept:  

As I mentioned above this was my original design for today's card but I decided it needed an additional layer.  One because here in the South it was so humid yesterday that after all the embossing and distressing with the ink the card base started to buckle and sway.  So the additional layer added more stability to the card.  Here's a closer look at the original card.  
You can see in this picture after all I put the card base through it started to bend in places.  This was after creating the card and then taking it outside to sit it up and look at.  I always do this when I am designing and creating a new project.  I will take it and go to my front porch sit it up and sit in the swing a little bit away from the design.  And, then I study it.  I see what works, what's not working, and this also allows me to get a fresh perspective on the project.  Because once I sit the card down I turn around and walk to the swing; when I turn back around and sit down my eyes have changed focus and my mind has had a little break from the project.  I learned this in college in many of my studio classes; so it's carried over in my card making as well.  And, let me just tell you it's paid off.  Because with that little break you can see things totally different.  I can find design issues much quicker by doing this.  So as I was sitting there studying the card I noticed the humidity was starting to effect the distressed card base.  So my solution was to add an additional layer that would contain all the distress work.  

Complete Version: 

 You can see in the image above that the extra layer fixed the problem with just distressing the card base.  There's no strange bends or anything else. So once that was solved the card went together super quick.  I did distress the layer above by first streaking tuxedo black ink across the cardstock and then I added layers of each of the three new Delicata inks in the same way.   I also added some to the embossing folder before running it through my die cutting/embossing machine.  This direct to paper technique did two things it added more detail when embossing plus added just a little extra of the metallic ink to the card.  You can see how I did that in the video.
Once all the distress work was done it was time to color the cute little duckie all dressed up in his Pirate outfit.  I used my Stampin' blends to do that, you can find a full list of the colors I used in the shopping list below.  Once I had him all colored It was time to layer everything up.  Since I did a lot of distress work I added everything with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Embossed images need a nice strong glue any way and I prefer the liquid glue over others because it gets down in the debossed areas as well and covers more surface.   I added a few of the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes to finish off the card.

Video Tutorial: 

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Thanks for dropping by I hope that you have enjoyed this little sneak peek of Birds of A Feather Stamp Set and my super cute little pirate duck card today.  Remember that all the Holiday Catalog products are available starting September 4, 2019 for customers.  But Demonstrators can order now.  If you would like to get your hands on these products early there's still time to take advantage of the  Extra Extra Joining Promotion; and pick out a $155 of new products from either the holiday or annual catalogs for only $99.  I would love to have you as part of my Kinsmon Crafters family.  
Happy Stampin' 

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Stampers Showcase Blog Hop: Babies & Kids

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you my card for this month's Stamper's Showcase Blog Hop.  This month the theme was  Babies and Kids so everyone came up with projects that represent that theme.  For my project I created a super cute card using one of my favorite  Babies & Kids stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  I loved this stamp set since it came out like I said it's one of my favorite sets and in reality it can be used for more than just babies and kids.  I am talking about the Little Elephant Stamp Set.  Here's a look at my card before we talk a little more about this stamp set.
With the Little Elephant Stamp Set you have little Elephants, tulips, balloons, and more fun sentiments and other little images to complete fun cards for any age.  I started out my card today with a piece of whisper white and I used my Stampin' Write Markers in Poppy Parade, So Saffron, and Shaded Spruce to stamp the tulips around the bottom 1/3.  I then added a 1" x 5 1/4 piece of designer series paper from the Subtles Paper Pack.   I then stamped the two elephants in Gray Granite and used the Elephant Builder Punch to punch them both out.  I popped them up on the what will be the card front using a couple dimensionals.  But before I added the small elephant I stamped the balloons from the stamp set using the Stampin' Write markers that I used before but added a Mint Macaron one also.
I then added the card front to a piece of Shaded Spruce Cardstock just slightly larger than the card base.  I then added a little Mint Macaron Textured Ribbon to the card and then popped it up on my So Saffron Card base.  I added a simple knot to the ribbon for more added interest. I stamped my Hello Little One sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White and punched it out with a 1" circle punch.  I then used the 1 1/8" scalloped circle punch to punch out a piece of so saffron cardstock. I then layered the two together with dimensionals and then popped it up on the card front with one more.
I added a piece of whisper white to the inside along with a 1/2" x 4 piece of matching designer series paper to tie everything together.  Next it was time to decorate the envelope to match the card.  I started out by using a matching piece of Mint Macaron Designer Series Paper.  I placed this on the envelope flap and cut it out.  I just added adhesive all around the flap and then added the paper, and again just cut around it.  Next I stamped a row of the elephants along the bottom of the envelope.
Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have a wonderful day hopping along.  You can click on the next bottom to go to the next blog.  You will find a full list of supplies below the next button.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek & Color Inspiration for my Card Today

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you the second post for my Finding Color Inspiration Series and a little Sneak Peek at one of my Favorite Stamp Sets from the New 2019 Holiday Catalog.  If you missed the first post in this new bi-weekly series you can click here to view that post and where I found Color Inspiration for my Cuckoo For You Friendship Card.  This week I am going to share with you a Christmas Card and where I found the most unlikely source for it's color inspiration.  You can find color inspiration anywhere sometimes you just have to look outside and you can come up with thousands of ideas for color combinations.

One of my favorite treats during the Summer Months is watermelons.  Yes, I love watermelons, I love the sweet juicy taste and the feeling of the cool summer sun filled juices running down my face when I take a big luscious bite.  I love the bright sun rich color from the outside to the point when you cut into the largest piece of fruit you can find on the vine, and that deep rich red begins to be exposed to your longing sun beat eyes.  Once you crack it open and you can see the wet juices glistening in the rays of bright white light from the Summers sun's warm golden rays on a hot dry southern summer afternoon.    Here's a look at the card I created using Holiday Catalog Products inspired by of all things a Watermelon.  I know hard to believe that my little Christmas Card here was inspired by one of Summers favorite fruits. 

The Inspiration Process:  

This was how I started my journey looking for the inspiration for this card.  I went outside and and found my inspiration in the Watermelon Fields.  Once I had my color inspiration then I had to gather up all the things that I thought I would want to use in creating my card.  One of the things that I pulled was the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper from the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  I pulled this paper because the colors reminded me of the outside and inside of this favorite Summertime treat.  With it's succulent Garden Greens and luscious Real Red Toile Patterns, the colors just screamed watermelons to me.  I also love how each piece of paper has the same pattern in both of these colors; on one side you have the pattern in Real Red and a light shade of Very Vanilla and on the other other the same pattern in Garden Green and a light shade of Very Vanilla.  All three of these colors reminded me of the outside and inside of that sweet sweet fruit of the Southern watermelon fields from my childhood.  It didn't hurt that the Toile pattern also is a very country pattern that brings up feelings of being on a farm on a hot southern summers day.

With the designer series paper chosen it wasn't hard to pull the other elements of the card together.  I knew I wanted to use some Garden Green, Real Red, and Soft Sea foam cardstock and matching inks on my card but I just wasn't sure where yet.  I also needed something to represent the black of the seeds that you find in most of the watermelons from a Southern Garden.  So I decided that I would use the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and some of the 1/2" Basic Black Satin Ribbon.
So with all the products finalized it was time to start designing this beautiful Christmas Card.  I Started out with my card base from Garden Green Cardstock (4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2).  Once I had that cut and folded I cut my Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper down to size (4 x 5 1/4).  I picked a pattern that was filled with foliage in Real Red.  I used this to represent the meat of the watermelon since it was on the outside of the card and one of the main things that you would see.  Since Garden Green was my dominate color on the card and Real Red being my secondary color of the design.  I then added in a mat of Soft Sea foam Cardstock (5 3/8 x 4 1/8) to represent the Rhine of the garden green flesh of the watermelon.   

I then added the Black satin ribbon to the bottom of the card and tied a nice pretty knot for interest.  Basic Black and Soft Sea foam became my accent colors.  In design you always have a dominate color, a secondary color and one or two accent colors.  These color hues help to guide the eyes around your project, and stop on the important parts plus they usually add interest and color harmony as well.  Now, since we have all the supporting players in place its time for the focal image; that element on your project that draws the viewers eyes to your message.

For my card today that was the wreath that I stamped from the Tidings All Around Stamp Set.  Which by the way is part of a cost saving bundle and the matching dies coordinates with another stamp set in the Holiday catalog that's perfect for fall and other seasons as well.  I stamped the large wreath from the stamp set in both Soft Sea Foam ink and then Rock n Rolled (if you want to see how to do this technique you can click here and see how I did the Rock N Roll Technique on another project) it in Garden Green Ink.  Once I had the image stamped the way I wanted it I used the matching dies and cut out the wreath.  I used the piece from the middle of the die cut and stamped my greeting in Tuxedo Black ink and just pieced it back into the center with a little adhesive.  I then popped up the wreath with a few Stampin' Dimensionals to add a layer to the focal image.  To add a little more sparkle to the card (not that the satin ribbon didn't add enough shine) I added a few of the Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots (#150433) in Real Red around the wreath to represent holly berries and a few of the Garden Green ones around the sentiment to help draw your eye there as well.   These Glitter Enamel Dots add just enough sparkle to the card that it draws your attention to the main focal image but doesn't take away from it either.

Pin Worthy Inspiration: 

I have created a pin worthy inspiration graphic for you to pin to your Color Inspiration Board on Pinterest, that will help you with your own unlikely Christmas Card inspiration this year.  I added all the elements that you would need to find your inspiration easily with this pin.  So feel free to pin away.

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope that this has helped you find a little inspiration in the unexpected and has taught you to think outside the box with looking for color inspiration for your projects.  When your raised in the South these are some of the things you remember doing as a child on a hot summer afternoon, you remember the details and feelings of walking through that hot field of leafy green searching for the biggest fattest juiciest watermelon you can find.  Waiting with anticipation for it to be cracked open and getting to taste that suite juice for the very first time during the summers blistering heat.  So when searching for inspiration for color combinations for your cards remember your childhood and the adventures you took, take a walk in your memories and go outside and find retrace those childhood footprints you are sure to find the color inspiration you're looking for.
Happy Stampin' 

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