Thursday, March 15, 2018

Love This and Ink Sale

I've been having fun with some of my newer stamp sets.  I really love this Charmed set from Altenew.  It's a 4x6 set, so a little easier on your pocket book, and features this floral cluster that has all sorts of great possibilities.

For this card I first stamped in on some watercolor cardstock using Fairy Dust ink from WPlus9.  I wanted something very light that I could use as a guide.  I also knew that I would go back and stamp in black, so I left the stamp in place on my MISTI.

Using that faint stamped image, I added loose watercoloring using Dylusions Ink Sprays.  The sprays have such bold vibrant hues and watercolor beautifully.

Once the watercoloring was dry, I took my panel back to the MISTI and stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink.

To add some texture and interest, I used a journaling pen to add details to the leaves.

For a really bold and graphic element, but to keep the panel nice and flat, penciled in a line and then colored the area to the left with a black Copic marker.  I masked off that colored portion of the card and then added gold splatter.  Finally, I added a sentiment, also from the Charmed set.

One last thing, just wanted to let you know that there's a 20% off sale on ink pads and reinkers happening at Ellen Hutson today through Sunday with code INKY18.  If you are trying to round up a collection or need to stock up, now's a great time!  This link will take you directly to the ink section.

Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

And Dim Sum!

Our family loves Dim Sum, so when Mama Elephant came out with this set last year I knew I was going to have to get it.

I finally pulled the trigger earlier in the year and this week gave it a little attention.

These images are just so cute.  I actually have the dies, but I knew that i was going to be layering the images over top of one another and wanted a cleaner look, without the kind of white frame around the image that you get when you used the dies.  Plus, these images are really pretty easy for fussy cutting.

I am literally hiding this card from my daughters because they will run off with it otherwise.

And I need to schedule a time for us to go to Dim Sum!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Couple of Spellbinders Cards

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Happy Tuesday! 

Today I have a couple of cards featuring some dies that Speillbinders was kind enough to send me to play with.

First up, a card featuring the Weekend Grill Etched Dies.  This is a really cute set, and I thought it paired perfectly with some older papers from the Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection that have been languishing in my stash. 

For the background I paired a journaling card from the collection with a couple of the 6x6 papers.

Then I die cut the grill elements and utensils from white cardstock and colored them with Copics, and arranged them on the card.

Really easy and this definitely has me in the mood for summer!

My next card features the Fishing Trip Etched Dies, although actually I decided to focus on just the fish die from the set.

It was cut four times from gray cardstock and once from blue. 

To add a bit of emphasis to the gray pieces, I used a gray Copic and just traced along the bottom edge of the die cuts.  These were then adhered along the bottom of my patterned paper panel.

I turned the blue fish over so he's facing in the other direction and added a bit of blue inking to it to deepen the color a bit (it was originally turquoise).

I also added some stamped waves and a sentiment from Ellen Hutson's S'Whale set.

Two totally different looks, but both pretty quick and easy.  Which is your favorite?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Neat & Tangled March Release Recap, Giveaway Winners, and SALE

It's Friday and the Neat & Tangled release is now available in the store!

Here's a recap of my projects this week:

I really had so much fun working with this month's release, and the products mixed so well together!

OK, I have some winners to announce!

@smilecards44 from IG wins the No Words stamp set

Mary Holshouser wins the Squares and Chevrons Cover Plate

Congratulations!  Winners, please shoot me an email with your mailing address and I'll get these goodies sent out.

If you didn't win and need to do some shopping, head on over to the store.  AND there's a little incentive for you too.  We're having a Crazy for Critters sale!

All weekend, you get 20% off our critter themed stamp sets with code;  CRITTERCRAZY.  So if you've been eyeing something crittery now is a great time to pick those things up.  If you need a direct link to those critters, click here.

Thanks so much for all your comments this week and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Neat & Tangled March Release & Giveaways - Day 4

It's the fourth and final day of our release reveals!  Everything will be available in the store tomorrow at 8 AM EST, but first I get to show off my newest cover plate!

Meet the Squares and Chevrons Cover Plate.  I love cover plates, but lots of times I wish they were cleaner - that they didn't have the ribbing that helps you know where the pieces go so that they would look fully inlaid.  Of course, that's not reasonable with complicated patterns, but I figured with a bold enough design it would be doable, and this is what I came up with.

For this first card, I cut the cover plate from two different woodgrained patterned papers.  I did adjust the papers so that the grain was horizontal on the darker, and vertical on the lighter.

Then I proceeded to alternate the papers for the inlay.

I love what a clean look you get with this cover plate.

The sentiments are from the new Hello Spring stamp/die sets.

For my next card, I cut the cover plate from white cardstock and layered it over a piece of dark woodgrain patterned paper.  The lighter chevron pieces were left over from the previous card and inlaid into the design. 

Originally I was going to use those center squares as frames, and had colored a third squirrel, but then decided I wanted to place the sentiment in the center.

The stamps are from the My Favorite Nut set and were colored with Warm Gray Copics.  The sentiment is from So Many Sentiments and the banner is from the Scalloped die set.

OK, be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what the rest of the team created and be entered to win today's featured products.  Half of the team is featuring another cute mini set from Elena, so you definitely want to check that out too.

Leave a comment here as well.  I will be selecting a couple winners from this week's comments to win my new release products.  For additional entries head over to my instagram (@mprantner) and follow the directions there.

I'll be back tomorrow with some winners!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Best Days Release

Hi all!

There's a new release over at Simon Says Stamp with some really cute spring products.  I was lucky enough to receive this cute Picture Book Crocodile to play with.

He kind of cracks me up, and I love that his lower jaw is a separate piece so you can have his mouth open or closed.

The crocodile was cut from green cardstock.  I then colored the ridges on his back and his belly piece (both cut separately so you could just cut from a darker shade of cardstock) with green Copics for contrast.

I put him in some water using Neat & Tangled's Stitched Slopes dies and added some depth/interest by inking the top of the waves with Antique Linen Distress Oxide and the bottom with some Altenew Dusk ink.

Since I wanted the crocodile to sit a little flatter to the card, I die cut the bottom of the Crocodile within the back wave.  This allowed me to inlay the crocodile.

The sentiments are from Tim Holtz's Hipsters set and the speech bubbles are from Lawn Fawn.  I used both the stamp set and the coordinating die.  The red is the die, and then I fussy cut the stamped image so you can see the red behind.

Oh, and that gray mat is actually just a scrap piece I found in the scrap bin, but I thought the edge provided a great contrast and some extra texture so I went with it.

OK, be sure to head over to Simon to check out the new release!

Neat & Tangled March Release & Giveaways - Day 3

Hi all!  It is Day 3 of our March release and we are highlighting a new set from Elena called Friendly Florals.

I sometimes get fixated on a particular image, and in this case it was the little floral sprig that I used in one of yesterday's cards (inside the Ornate Frame).  I like that particular image so much, I decided to make it the focus of today's card.

I stamped, colored (using R11, R22, G40, and G43), and die cut the image eight times, and then arranged it into a wreath.

To add a little texture, and make sure none of the pieces moved, I adding some stitching.

The sentiment is from my So Many Sentiments set and was die cut using one of the banners from the Scalloped die set.

Once you get past the coloring, this one is super duper easy.

Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog where you can leave a comment to be entered to win this set.

Leave a comment here too, I'll be picking a couple lucky winners at the end of the week to win one of my new release products.

See you back here tomorrow for the final day of reveals!