Aug 1, 2015

Embossing powder + Stamps!

Hello there Sweet fans! It's Kristie Larsen here to share a fun little tutorial that involves embossing powder and some Sweet stamps

First, here is my card. I created a big gold emblem for the front of my card. Let me show you what I did so you can create your own!

First I started by using the fun California Lovin' stamp set. I randomly stamped the state all across my card stock panel.
Next I took the big GOLDEN sentiment and measured it onto a scrap piece of card stock to make a mask. I wrote right on the paper to measure how big I wanted it. I didn't want it too big or it would cover up all my background stamping. You definitely want to use card stock. Thicker masks for this technique work best. 

 I took a die cut and partially cut one side and then the other to create my own style of mask. I did this because I wanted it to be a specific size and I didn't have a die cut that was perfect. That's the great thing, you can alway make your supplies do what you want! You just have to get creative.

Ok, here is where it gets tricky. I first took my anti-static powder and applied it all around the mask to keep my powder from sticking where I didn't want it. I then took my Versamark ink pad and smooshed and smeared it INTO the empty mask space. Thus making the entire shape sticky. I then pulled off the mask, covered the ink with gold embossing powder and heat set it. You are going to want to do this 2 or 3 times to get the desired thickness and constancy for a good impression.  I used Ultra Thick embossing powder so I only had to do this step twice. It was already nice and thick.  Just put the mask back over the embossed area, smear it with more Versamark, add another layer of powder and heat set it. If you use regular embossing powder I recommend doing this step at least 3 times.

Ok, so once you are on your last heating, have your stamp ready and while your embossing powder is nice and hot, you stamp the image (in my case a sentiment) right INTO the hot melted powder.

I rocked my stamp back and forth a bit to be sure I got it nice and impressed. Then I pulled it off. I don't think it will get stuck in there...Haven't had that happen to me yet! This is a fun way to make it look like an old wax seal or you can use it to add little bits of color and textured stamping to your card, layout or planner.

The last thing I did was trim down the card panel and color around the states with some Copic markers. I then added a vellum strip with an additional sentiment and some gold sequins to finish off the look.

This is a really fun technique to try if you like fast moving, hands on crafting! You have to be on your toes to be sure things melt and press in the way you want it. But the fun part is, it creates a different look every time you do it! You never know what you are going to get.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you have learned something fun! Also, wasn't last months release so so great?! I know August is going to be just as amazing. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to be in the know for all things The releases just keep getting better and better!

Until next time,


Jul 30, 2015

Sweet Stamp Shop July Release!

Hey there! Today is THE day! Join up over at Sweet Stamp Shop for their July Release! Things were a bit delayed this month but we are getting it in, juuuuust under the wire for July.

I wanted to share with you a card I created just for the occasion.

Starting with the full thang....

You're A Big Dill. hahahahahaha! Oh MAN! That makes me laugh every time! For some reason I think this stamp is hillll-ar-ious.  

Ok, so I took my cool guy and coloured him and die cut him into a rectangle and mounted him on some black card stock. I wanted him to look like a poloriod but then I got a bit excited about the sentiment being big and kind of lost the look there a bit. I then die cut the SMILE circle out of shiny gold card stock and adhered it all to this cool pattern paper that makes my dill even more cool.

And that's all! Just one card for you today. I hope you have a happy release! Jump on over to the Facebook even page to check out all the new stuff and then head to the STORE for some shopping! Woot!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Jul 29, 2015

Top Dog Dies posts

Hello there!

I have been gone this last weekend traveling and just got back home today. So I am playing catch up! Check out both of my posts that went up this week, over on their blog.

I have a fun gift giving tutorial using die cut felt that you can see by clicking HERE.

As well as a simple card using some distress ink sponging and only 3 simple little die cuts for a sweet and easy card you can make again and again. Click HERE

I love working with Top Dog Dies. They are fantastic! They have some really fun die cuts to choose from. If you haven't already been over to their store, go ahead and take a look! I know you will find something you love and will use again and again.

Thanks for stopping in this week. TOMORROW is the new release for Sweet Stamp Shop. So be sure to check back !

Until then,

Jul 24, 2015 Card set!

Hey there! Join me over at blog for a little tutorial working with some gorgeous shimmery papers and envelopes.

You can join me also over at A Walk Down Memory Lane blog for my weekly post and tutorial showing some sponging/masking tips and a card.

Be sure to check back next week as the Sweet Stamp Shop July release will be in full swing and also check back here on tuesday for my Top Dog Die post. Lot's to see and love here!

thanks for stopping in,

Jul 20, 2015

Top Dog Dies: First post!!

Good morning to you all! It's Monday here in my neck of the woods and I wanted to share with you my very first post for Top Dog Dies... I was fortunate enough to work with these cute hot air balloons. I matched it with a paper collection from My Mind's Eye which fit perfectly!

Here is card number one:

I love when things just go together seamlessly. It was if these die cuts were made to go with this paper (of course it helps that the paper is carnival themed and has its own hot air balloons in it)

I also paired it with some vellum, both patterned and plain and some gold sequins. Those just can't be beat!

And of course I was having such a great time die cutting things that I had enough for two cards. I used a sticker for the sentiment on this card. I stuck it to some vellum and trimmed it out for an added mat. 

You can see the patterned vellum a bit more in this photo.  I love patterned vellum!

Well, that's it. My work here is done! I am posting every tuesday here on the blog and over at Top Dog Dies, so be sure to check it out! This was actually done for last week so I will have a new one for you on Tuesday (EST) So I will see you then!


Jul 14, 2015

Sweet Stamp Shop June Release (just a month late :)

Hey there Sweet Stamp Shop fans. Thanks so much for joining me!! It's been awhile since I have been around, and I'll tell you why. Well, I decided at the beginning of June to get the heck out of dodge and left Singapore for the USA to spend a month with my family. My kids had a month break from school so I thought it was high time they got to enjoy all the things that America has to offer. Technically it had been 3.5 years since they had been state-side so they were all due a trip. So since I was gone, I kinda missed a pretty big event.... yup, the Sweet Stamp Shop June release. Well, we all celebrated through Facebook and Instagram but I just kind of missed it here. So now, here I am!
I wanted to show you my card:

I'm not gonna lie, this card took some time. I wanted it to be different. More then just the undies image and background paper. But in order for it to be different I had to put on my thinking cap. Well, the straightness of the undies gave me an idea. Hexagons! Let me show you how I executed it.
I first measured my little undies stamp. It was exactly 1 inch. 

So I took to Photoshop and created a 1inch hexagon and printed it out.

 I then trimmed out my hexagon and traced it all over my card base with a pencil.

I then stamped all the undies going around each traced hexagon to be sure my lines were straight and even. (I practiced once on scrap paper, just in case)
I left one hexagon empty and traced around it with a black marker. I then coloured it in with some Copic markers. Dark on the inside and lighter toward the outside.

I used this hexagon as a background for my main undies image and the sentiment which I fussy cut around and then coloured with a R20 Copic marker. I also added some hearts inside each hexagon for an added touch of pink color.

And that's it! Simple right? Hahaha... that made me laugh! Well, sometimes when I am crafting late at night I get hair-brained ideas and they just go off without me. But I'm glad I got to share it with you!

And from here on out, be sure to really look at your stamps and see what other shapes may lurk inside them :) You never know what you can create!

ALSO..... Don't miss this months Sweet Stamp Shop release which is coming up soon! Another great release and I promise to have a card here to share with you, ON TIME!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a good one!

Jul 12, 2015

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Neon Backgrounds

Hello there! Join me over at A Walk Down Memory Lane blog for a tutorial on how I made this little guy:

Have you been over to the store yet? There is A LOT Of new fun stuff and the website is fun to navigate. Go ahead, take a gander!! AND They have put everything at 20% off until July 12th!!
So get a move on!

Thanks for stopping in..

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