Sunday, May 26, 2013

Quick Tag Tutorial

Here is how I made the tag for the layout I showed you yesterday.
I used these great products to make the tag:
Ranger • Emboss It • Tinted Embossing Pad

I took my blank tag and added color to it. First I stamped the yellow & red ink pads on my craft mat.  I then activated the ink with a little water and dragged my tag through the mixture. I used my heat gun to dry the tag.
Once the tag is dry I laid the mask over the tag and stamped the embossing ink pad over it. Careful to hold the mask in place to ensure a good ink transfer. Then I coated the tag with white embossing powder, shook of the excess and set it in with the heat tool.
And here you have the finished tag!
I did another tag using the Hexigons Mask, Zing Clear Embossing Powder, Distress Embossing Ink & Picket Fence Stain. I followed the same technique as before using the distress embossing pad and clear powder.
Once I set the embossing powder in with my heat tool, I took the Picket Fence stain and rubbed it over the tag. I used a baby wipe to lightly take the paint off of the embossed areas showing the true colors underneath.
I hope this inspires you to make some fun new tags!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sketch N Scraps Birthday Bash Challenge

So, how many of you have been having fun with Sketch-N-Scraps month long Birthday Bash?
For my challenge I invite you to play with inks, stains, & sprays! Take a blank sheet and customize it to work with your layout. Or match some embellishments to your paper. There are so many products out there to play with you can make anything!

For my layout I used a stencil from Studio Calico & inks from Ranger to make the starburst pattern on plain white card stock.
For my title piece, I created a custom tag using Ranger Inks, another Studio Calico Stencil & American Crafts Embossing Powder. I will have another post tomorrow showing you how I did the tag in more detail. The lettering is cut out with my cricut and I covered it in glossy accents to give it a shine.
When it comes to using inks, most people think of stamping right away. I did stamp a little on this layout, making a small spot in the corner for the date.
This photo show a little more detail on the star burst. Because I used Distress Ink from Ranger, I could manipulate it with water. I sprayed the paper lightly to break the ink up a bit and give it an interesting look.
 Now it's your turn! Make a layout using inks, stains, &/or sprays. Go out of your comfort zone and make a mess! Upload your layout below for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to my store!
 Products I used in this layout:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sketch N Scrap Challenge #33

Here we go again with another wonderful sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap. Now, I am usually a multi photo kinda gal, but every once in a while I get a photo that I believe needs it's own page. Case in point with the photo I used in this sketch:
The Easter bunny made an appearance at our local mall so of course we had to stop and say hello!  It's hard to get 3 3 year olds to look at the camera at the same time and also smile. We didn't do too bad...
For my title piece I used my CriCut to cut the letters and numbers out. The 2013 was cut out of white paper as I didn't have the correct color. I then inked the paper to the desired color. I also added some glossy accents to the text to make it seem like an epoxy sticker.
For the banner I cut out triangles in coordinating papers and used alphas from the matching sticker sheet to spell out spring.
Products I used in this layout:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch Debut

New to Sketch-N-Scrap....
A bi-monthly card sketch! Every 5th & 20th of the month we will be providing you with a card sketch. Just think! More chances to win! I don't know about you, but I am always running short on cards. These sketches are going to help me get motivated to make some cards! Don't forget to upload your take on this sketch to the Sketch-N-Scrap blog!
For my first card I kept it pretty simple. I found a perfect stamp to put on the card and built around that.
Don't forget to check back at Sketch-N-Scrap on the 1st & 15th for 12x12 scrapbook sketches and the 5th & 20th for card sketches!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sketch N Scrap Challenge #32

Can you believe that Sketch N Scrap is having a Birthday? The festivities begin on May 7th, so make sure you take some time to check it all out! In the mean time check out this fabulous sketch!
Make sure you upload your take on this sketch to the Sketch-N-Scrap blog for a chance to win!
For this sketch I turned it on it side to work better with my photos. I had just taken some pictures of the kids at the Easter egg hunt. I apologize for the picture of the layout. We have had a lot of bad weather, if the sun does shine, the wind is terrible so getting a good photo has been a challenge.
Items I used in this layout: