Monday, December 30, 2019

Dragonfly Encouragement Card - #TeamTinyFavorites Video Hop

Hey Procraftinators! First off, I'd like to say that I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Today,  I am participating in a video hop with Team Tiny. This hop is a little different than most. There will not be a link to the next video in my description box, like most hops you may be familiar with. Instead, you can either search for the hashtag #TeamTinyFavorites on YouTube or click on the hash tag in either my video title or my description box when viewing my video on YouTube. The link for my video will be below. That will bring up video search results of all the other hop participant's videos. This hop is based on support, encouragement and growth of small channels and commercial free content for our viewers. You may be wondering how we could possibly bring you commercial free content? This is because none of us are big enough to be monetized channels yet. We have not met YouTube's restrictions to become monetized, therefore our channels do not show commercials at the begining or anywhere during our videos at all. So, I hope you enjoy hopping along to completely commercial free content! There are some great artists participating in this hop and I hope that you will go check out the other participants. We all would appreciate your support by watching, liking and commenting on our videos to help us reach our goals.
Video link: https://youtu.be/PmkGXYlEusU




The theme of this hop is favorites. It could be interpreted however we, as the artist, chose to interpret it. I chose a few different things as my favorites. When I was telling my husband about this hop, he actually laughed at me and told me "good luck coming up with something to do because EVERYTHING in the crafting world is your favorite!" He is such a smart aleck! Anyways, my favorite things seem to be things that give me inky fingers. I like to think that if my fingers aren't inky, I didn't have enough fun. So, the first thing, as I mentioned, is Alcohol Inks. I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with the alcohol inks, but I knew I wanted to do something. So, I made a couple alcohol ink panels. I only showed one in the video and I ended up only using a bit of one panel in the end. I had something completely different in mind, but my experimentation on it didn't quite work out. I used what wasn't ruined on the panel to cut out a Dragonfly using Spellbinders Botanical Dragonfly Die set. You will see this later in the video. Dragonflies are also one of my favorite things, ever since one landed on my wedding dress during my wedding ceremony.

My next favorite thing is ink blending. I'm seriously addicted to ink blending. I'm sure if you aren't new to my channel, you have figured this out by now. Since I use it on almost every card. I used Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, & Wilted Violet. Blue is one of my favorite colors, which is why I used it. Purple was just to add a little interest and because I had decided to use it on my alcohol ink background. I used Bristol Smooth cardstock for my ink blending and started in the middle and worked my way out in a circular motion. Which seems to be something I am really into right now. I had originally used Tumbled glass for my color in the center, but towards the end of my ink blending, I thought that it got lost in the blending and decided to bring in Broken China instead to brighten up the blue in the center. I was going for a fairly subtle and pastel colored background for my sentiments and dragonfly to sit on. I wanted to use blues and purples, like I did on the dragonfly, but I wanted them to be much lighter than what I used on him. Of course, when I got done blending, I had to spray the background with water to get that wonderful Distressed reaction. Then, I followed it up with my DIY shimmer spray made with water and perfect pearls. I had also cut  the Spellbinders Persian Garden background die out of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb cardstock to go over my ink blended piece and adhered that with Nuvo deluxe adhesive once I was finished with my ink blended panel.


Next, It was time to assemble my dragonfly. I cut the main pieces of the dragonfly out of the alcohol inked piece, which was done on Yupo paper. There are some solid pieces to the wings and I cut those out of iridescent vellum. I adhered the Yupo wings and the vellum wings together only at the end points that would attach to the body. So, it would give a dimensional look. Next, it was time to adhere the wings to the body. I struggled with this part. The glue did not want to adhere the Yupo paper wings to the Yupo paper body. I got one wing attached using Distress Collage Medium in Matte, but for some reason the other wing gave me issues. I ended up using a small piece of 1/8" SCOR tape to adhere the other wing on. 

I struggled with what to use for sentiments. So, I goggled dragonfly quotes or something to that effect and searched for quite awhile for something that I liked. I ended up coming up with this quote "Dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome hardship.  They can remind us to take time to reconnect with our own strength, courage & happiness." Once I saw this quote, I knew exactly who this card needed to go to. My husband's aunt is having a difficult time right now. Her husband has been ill for quite some time and she is his caregiver. The holidays have been rough for her. So, I decided this was a good sentiment for her and the card would go to her. This leads me to my next favorite thing - using my Cricut to write sentiments and cut around them. I typed out the sentiment in Design Space and then chose a shape to attach the sentiment to. Next, I decided to ink blend shaded lilac around the edges to bring out a bit more of the purple colors in my card.


Lastly, it was time to adhere all my elements with foam tape and attach the card front to the card base. I use XFasten Foam tape that I bought on Amazon and I make my own card bases from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I hope you enjoyed the card today and that you will check out the other makers in the hop. Don't forget all you have to do is click the TeamTinyFavorites hashtag in my video title or description box below or you can also search for the hashtag within YouTube to bring up the other participant's videos in the hop. As always, have a great day!

 
Supplies
Yupo Paper
Rubbing Alcohol
DIY Shimmer Spray
Deco Foil Scraps
Spellbinders - Persian Garden Background Die cut out of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock (RETIRED)
Iridescent Vellum scrap from my stash
Bristol Smooth for Ink Blended Card Panel

***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.***
 

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