Friday, October 25, 2019

Cricut Perforation Blade: Pull Tab Card Using SCAL

Today, I am going to show you how I made my own custom pull tab card. I made this video quite awhile ago and didn't get around to editing it until now. I had filmed it before we went on vacation in August and had grand plans to edit during some downtime. Silly me! I almost decided to just skip putting this video up as some of the footage is not ideal, as I had just got this camera and my lighting appears rather harsh in spots. It was a lot worse, but I was able to somewhat salvage it, I think. Trust me, it was almost blinding before editing. This is really one of those things that is better seen, rather than explained in text. So, I am just going to drop the video in here, rather than even try to type out what I did. I will leave a supplies list below though! Hope you enjoy.

Supplies List
Cricut Perforation Wheel (Blade + Quick Swap Housing) (Blade Only)
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke
Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Score Tape in 1/8" and 1/4"
2in Post It Tape
Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.*** 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fall Colors Hop Hosted By Taylormadecards

The next stop: Annalisa Gibson-

You can find out more info about the hop and a full list of the participants in the hop at Monica Taylor's blog:

Hey Procraftinators! Today, I am participating in a Fall Colors hop. It's all about our favorite fall colors. To be honest, fall weather isn't my favorite. I hate the cold, but I do think the trees are pretty this time of year. I just wish it didn't have to start getting cold out! The cold weather wreaks havoc on my aching body. I'm sure there are some of you who can relate. Anyways,  the design of my card was partly inspired by a video I saw on Jennifer McGuire's channel a few weeks ago where she did some beaded slider cards. I wanted do some "falling leaves" on my cards and the design was perfect. I did change up how she did it slightly though by putting my main image on the inside of my card.

First, I am started off with ink blending my card front panel. I used Distress Oxides in Gathered TwiggsAged Mahogany, Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin & Squeezed Lemonade. For my ink blending, I go back and forth between the two colors next to each other to get a smooth blend. I know some people will go across their card panel and then go back the other way. However, I am super crazy about cross contamination of colors on my ink blending tools. I clean them REALLY well in between colors. So, I find going back and forth between 2 colors at a time, using 2 different blending brushes, to be more time efficient for the way I prefer to blend and clean my brushes. I end up cutting a large leaf from this panel, which came from Tonic Craft Kit #12, which is no longer available for purchase. Sorry, about that. I don't have much fall stamps or dies and I like to use what I have on hand. I am sure that you can find items in your stash to make something similar if you don't have these exact items. Use what you have!

Next, I ink blended Distress Oxides in Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Carved Pumpkin, & Squeezed Lemonade onto this strip of paper. These will be my "Falling Leaves" on my card. I used the tiny leaf dies from  Tonic Craft Kit #12 to cut leaves from this ink blended strip. I blended the colors in a random pattern to get various, random multi colored leaves. It looks like a hot mess (pictured below), but the leaves turned out exactly how I intended them to. This is a similar technique that I use to make galaxy backgrounds, except I am using fall colors and not going over most of it with black soot, obviously. 

I cut a large leaf out of the card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lb. I cut the same large leaf out of my card front panel. The leaf is cut out of the same place in both the card base and the card panel. I also have the next size down leaf cut out of a piece of Bristol Smooth paper in which I stamped the Autumn scene from the Brutus Monroe Autumn Greetings Stamp set, which was part of the Stamptember 2019 collaboration. (All layers mentioned above, pictured below) So, unfortunately, this set is no longer available either, but I recently received it and was excited to use it and like I mentioned above, I don't have many Fall themed craft items. I colored the image with my Arteza Real Brush Pens. I didn't want my falling leaves to totally cover my hard work of coloring the image, so I had decided that I wanted the image to be on the inside of the card but show through the the front. Which is why I cut the window in the front of the card. So, I used that window as a guide to glue the ink blending leaf and colored image to the inside of my card. 

In order to get the paper leaves onto the fishing line, I sandwiched a small bead or two in between the leaf and then threaded on the fishing line. I had ran the ink blended paper through my Xyron before die cutting, so they all had double sided adhesive on them already, which helped. After sandwiching the bead and making sure it was secure, I did take my anti static powder tool and tap it on the exposed edges to make sure the adhesive didn't stick to the fishing line and cause it not to slide smoothly. Again, Jennifer McGuire has a great video on how to do this beaded slider technique. After attaching the stings with Score tape to my card front, I covered the back with foam tape. Make sure you put the foam tape underneath the beaded strings as stoppers for your beads so they don't go behind the card. I almost forgot on a couple strings and had to go back before I adhered the card together.

Before I adhered the card front to the card base, I decided to place a piece of acetate between the 2 layers. It may not have been necessary, but I did this because the falling leaves could spin freely without it and I didn't want them to turn in such a way that they might get smashed when someone was shutting the card. This way, they couldn't spin and only stay parallel with the acetate and you can still see through to the colored image inside. By the way, I save my Cricut mat covers for a cheap acetate alternative for things like this. Once I applied the acetate, I applied liquid glue to the back of the acetate and to the remaining exposed foam tape. I did this so I would be able to move the card panel around a bit in order to line the leaf cut out in the card panel up with the leaf cut out with the card base.
After getting the card panel attached to the card base, I tested the bead shaker and there were a few places sticking, so I applied my powder tool until everything was sliding fairly smoothly. After that, I went to my Cricut and got to working on some sentiments. Life has been a bit crazy the last few weeks and this hop and my 8th wedding anniversary snuck up on me. So, this card ended up doing double duty! I was married in the fall, so it works right? So, my husband got a fall themed wedding anniversary card. 

It's not something I would normally make him, but he got something a little different this year. Haha! In all fairness, I made him an anniversary card to give to me last week....hopefully that video will be going up soon! I hope you enjoyed this video and please do go check out the other videos in the hop.

Supplies Used
Distress Oxides for Falling Leaves - Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Carved Pumpkin, & Squeezed Lemonade
Cricut for sentiments
Brutus Monroe Autumn Greetings Stamp set part of the Stamptember 2019 
Seed beads
Fishing line
Cricut Mat Cover for "Acetate"
Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock for card base
Bristol Smooth for the leaf that I colored the stamped image on

Friday, October 11, 2019

Bling Card Hop Hosted by createinspain!

Hey Procraftinators! Today, I am participating in a video hop hosted by createinspain. The theme is bling, if you couldn't tell by my shiny, blinged out card here. The second picture is showing how the card front is transparent like a stained glass window. I put my phone's flashlight on to shine through it.

I started by cutting the heart image 6 times and layering them together. This is an SVG file that I cut on my Cricut. I got the file from Creative Fabrica. It's called Zentangle Heart. After I did that, I took 3 colors of Nuvo Jewel DropsPale Periwinkle, Rose Water, & Honeysuckle and filled the openings of the heart with them. If you want to achieve the stained glass look, you need to use the Jewel Drops as they dry somewhat transparent. I did this on my Tonic Easy Clean mat, because it is non stick. You definitely want to use something non stick for this or you will have a mess. Another tip, is that you want to pay attention to which way is up on your die cut and put that side face down, so the Jewel Drops will be smooth on that side.This is especially important if the die cut is not symmetrical like mine is. I didn't do this at first, but I will let you in on a little secret, the one you see me filling with Nuvo drops on the video, didn't make it into the first card. We won't talk about what happened to that one. It's a sore subject. LOL! This whole card was one of THOSE cards where EVERYTHING went wrong.

I used a piece of Foil Mates paper by Gina K Designs in the Petite Flourish design for my card front background piece. to get the negative image of the heart, I used Sure Cuts A Lot. If anyone is interested in Sure Cuts A Lot tutorials on how to do techniques I have used in this video or a couple of my past videos. Just let me know and I would be happy to do a video on them. Anyways, back to the card, I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to adhere my heart to the card panel. Then, I glued the foil heart on top. To foil the top heart, I ran the heart cut out through my xyron machine. I really regretted doing it this way though. I have a love hate relationship with that thing...and it's mostly a hate relationship. For intricate dies, it makes a terrible mess and I knew better, but in this particular instance, for some reason, the adhesive did not stick all over the die cut, which I have not had issues with before, even though I burnished it well. So, I had to go in and add 2 way adhesive to try to add foil where it missed. It was kind of a nightmare. But this was like the 4th heart I had tried to foil and I was at the end of my rope with this part of the card. Hence why none of that is caught on video. 

After I got that adhered, it was time to adhere my rhinestones. I made a rhinestone template in Sure Cuts A Lot to make sure that I evenly spaced them and got them placed in the perfect heart shape that matched my heart. So, I laid my template over my heart and taped it down using some post it tape. Then, went to town adhering rhinestones.

Next it was time to adhere the card front to the card base. Since I had run that one heart through my xyron to adhere the foil and I have a 9in xyron, I went ahead and run the card front through the xyron too, as to not waste that expensive adhesive. Well, like I said, the xyron was not playing nice today and when I went to remove the card front from the xyron backing paper, it started to rip the back of my card front. I have never had that happen before. So, I had to apply some wet glue in the places that the card front had ripped and had missing adhesive. Then, I very carefully lined up the card front and the card base and adhered them together. Proper placement is ABSOLUTELY crucial with this card design.

Now, it is time to work on the inside of the card. Using Momento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped the Stampabilities Felt with the Heart sentiment stamp. It says "Life's Most Beautiful Things are not seen with the eyes, but felt with the heart." I just love that sentiment. Next, I am going to use an oldie, but goodie technique called stamp kissing. I wanted to embellish the inside a bit but couldn't find the perfect stamp. So, I thought this Stampabilities Swirly Background stamp kinda matched the Foil-Mates background on the front of the card and I wanted a heart to tie it all in. So, I found a solid heart stamp in my stash, which came from Stampin Up Simply Said. I then inked up part of the background stamp with Brilliance Pearlescent Orange Pigment ink, to bring in that orange color from the front of the card and kissed the heart stamp to the background stamp, then stamped the heart stamp on the inside of my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

Art Skills Self Stick Gemstones Variety Pack - from Hobby Lobby's Art Dept (not the papercrafting dept!)
Black scrap paper for my rhinestone template
Neenah 110lb for card base
Solid Heart Stamp from Simply Said by Stampin Up (though any solid heart stamp would work!)
Stampabilities Swirly Background JR`074
Stampabilities Felt with the Heart DR1108
Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink in Pearlescent Orange
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Xyron Adhesive Eraser

***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.***