Technique Hop – “Here Comes the Sun!”

Welcome to the Technique Hop!!

This month we are exploring techniques using Oxide Inks. I have a couple of techniques using Oxide Inks that I want to share with you. As you hop around you will see some fun ways to incorporate these oxide inks into your artwork. If you are coming from WENDY KESSLER’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 13 makers participating in this hop.

I love the new Sunburst thin cut!! I love the look of the sunburst but sometimes struggle to make them, with this die you can cut a rainbow of colors and then mix and match to make multiple cards.

For the Mountain sunrise card, I welded two circuit mountains plus a rectangle to create my own mountain scene. I stamped the sentiment with the Months of the Year ~ June stamp set. Adding a 1″ circle which was inked in Mustard Seed Oxide Ink and cut with the Circle Thin Cuts. I added a bit of bling with the Gold Loose Sequins.

For this card I used the same sentiment from the Months of the Year ~ June stamp set. I also pulled the Flip Flops from this stamp set for the accent. I stamped in Intense Black ink, then I colored the Y strap with my pink metallic pen and then added Pink Taffeta Stickles. I colored the base of the flip flop with my markers.

This card is the same as above, the only difference is the color of the the flip flop. I used my metallic marker to soften the black on the y strap and then went over with Cool Mint Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MICHELLE LONCAR’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Heart 2 Heart ~ Sponging

Welcome to our second challenge of May here at Heart 2 Heart!

This challenge is a fun one! Sponging is a fun technique that can be done using a variety of ink. I will show you two cards using Oxide Inks and the other using regular ink. We hope you will join us and play along. Please remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product in your design.

Here are the two cards the one on the left I used Oxide inks and the one on the right is using regular inks.

For this card I used the Wisteria, Fern, Flamingo, Canary and Glacier inks to loosely color the flowers.

I used sponges and some other sponge tools I have to color.

As you can see the oxide inks are a bit more vibrant. For both of these cards I used the Floral Borders & Sentiments stamp set.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. Did you know you can link your projects from Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, and many other platforms using the url link to your design. You have until May 31st, 2021 to participate in this challenge. Make sure you include at least one Close to My Heart product. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Hop – “Just Distress Oxide It!”

Welcome to the Just Distress Oxide It Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques using Oxide Inks. I have a couple of techniques using Oxide Inks that I want to share with you. As you hop around you will see some fun ways to incorporate these oxide inks into your artwork. If you are coming from MELISSA ROBINSON’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 10 makers participating in this hop.

These are the three cards I create each using oxide inks in a different way. I will walk you through the different techniques.

For this card I used stencils with the oxide inks Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers to create the background. I then spritzed the oxide inks to create the oxidized look. I used the Hillside Cottage Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts for the fox. I also used the Hillside Cottage Shapes which I colored using the oxide inks. I used the Pumice Stone on the bunny and White Pigment in on the dot in the center of the flower. The flower on the right I use Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn. I added a few dot with Onyx Pearl.

For this card I crated a background by putting some oxide ink on my all purpose mat. I used the Hearts Background Thin Cut, Vellum and an “hello” that was cut with my Cricut and sitting in my extras cup.

You can see I placed the ink on the mat then on the right I spritzed the inks with water. I then started to smoosh the Distressed Oxide paper. Using my heat tool in between applying ink.

For the third card I used my Hexagon Stencil from Stencil pack 2.

For this card I used Candy Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, and Seedless Preserves oxide inks to create my rainbow. I used the Stitched Hexagon Thin Cut for the sentiment, I cut the black layered hexagon freehand. The sentiment is from the stamp set that is part of the Cardmaking Craft with Heart Subscription. I added some Carnation Red Liquid Pearls to give it a bit of pop.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto WENDY KESSLER’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Dazzling Dimension

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques to add dimension to your projects. Dimension can be accomplished in may ways from layering papers to using foam tape. As you hop around you will see some fun ways to incorporate these dimension into your artwork. If you are coming from LAUREN MOORE’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 12 makers participating in this hop.

To create this card I used one of the Cricut cuts from the Eat Play Love Cricut Collection. I used Fern and Avocado to cut the three layers of the leaves. I used Grape and Lilac for the four layers of the flowers. I used a layer of thin foam tape between each layer of the flowers and leaves.

I decided to add a bit of sparkle to the flowers for a bit more dimension. I also cut four stitched rectanglesa to add to the layers. You can see the layers in this photo.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto BRANDI ROBINSONS’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Altered Wooden Shapes

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques to alter wooden shapes. Close to My Heart came out with these cute wood shapes that you can use to embellish your cards and scrapbook pages. They are wonderful in their natural state but you can also color them. As you hop around you will see some fun ways to incorporate these shapes and see how we used them. If you are coming from LAUREN MOORE’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 11 makers participating in this hop.

I decided to play around with these adorable Kitchen Gnomes Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. I colored her with my Spectrum Noir Tri-blend markers. I pulled a couple of the wooden shapes for the Eat Play Love collection. I used my Lemonade Shimmer Brush to color the wood flowers and I used Candied Apple Oxide ink to color the bowl. I added a bit of Platinum Glitter Glue to the wood pieces. After attaching the bowl, I cut a second pair of hands to attach.

I realized my card meets the requirements for Double Trouble Challenge #79. I use a gnome for my magical creature and I used the a thin cut to cut the gnome and bracket for the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto BRANDI ROBINSONS’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ It’s Faux

Welcome to the It’s Faux Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use striped borders. If you notice in the above photo there are several stamped border images creating a striped pattern. I used some of these and crated my own. If you are coming from BRANDI ROBINSON’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 13 makers participating in this hop.

I designed two cards for you. One using the faux wood tiles of the Letter Tiles Stamp and Thin Cuts. The other is using the wood grain papers.

I used the flower stencil from Stencil Pack 1 with Peacock Feathers Oxide Ink. I then sprayed with two of the Lime Green and Cheddar Gloss Spray. I used the Letter Tiles Stamp and Thin Cuts on Almond Cardstock. I used Toffee and Black Ink. I added a couple of the Wood Hearts which I colored with Mustard Seed Oxide ink.

With this card, I used a technique that Brenda Rose showed to fellow makers to apply ink to the wood grain papers. I used the Seedless preserves on one of the wood grain paper. I used Pewter as the base. The flowers are from the Every Bit of Wonderful stamp set. The flowers and leaves were fussy cut. I used the Scalloped Stitched Bracket Thin Cut for the sentiment. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the On Your Birthday Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto WENDY KESSLER’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Striped Borders

Welcome to the Striped Borders Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use striped borders. If you notice in the above photo there are several stamped border images creating a striped pattern. I used some of these and crated my own. If you are coming from BRANDI ROBINSON’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 10 makers participating in this hop.

I created my one striped borders using two stamp sets, Perfect Match and Happiness Lives Here Cardmaking. I used the Perfect Match Papers along with Candy Apple, Carolina, and Ballerina cardstock. I cut the Daisy White cardstock with the Stitched Fancy Bracket Think cut. I also used the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts along with a retired Heart thin cuts. I added a couple of the Perfect Match Mini Hearts with Silver Embellishing Thread and a bit of Pink Taffeta Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto WENDY KESSLER’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Blissful Brackets Blog Hop

Welcome to the Blissful Brackets Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use Brackets. If you are coming from TAMARA SANDWISCH’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 11 makers participating in this hop.

For my card I played with the Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cuts. I actually used the negative on the white cardstock. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts on that Daisy White Cardstock. I then splattered it with the Blue Belle Shimmer Brush. I then paired it with Blue Belle Cardstock that I stamped with White Pigment Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I used the Elegant Snowflake Stamp and Thin Cuts along with some Snowflake Thin Cuts (retired) in Blue Belle Glitter paper. I did add a couple Blue Belle Glitter Gems to the center of some of the snowflakes.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MICHELLE LONCAR’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Hop – “Inky Fingers”

Welcome to the Inky Fingers Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use inks. If you are coming from MELISSA ROBINSON’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 12 makers participating in this hop.

I played around with resist and oxide inks. I used the Distressed Watercolor paper and then used VersaMark ink with the snowflakes from the Elegant Snowflakes Stamp and Thin Cuts. I then used White Embossing Powder on the snowflakes.

For this card I sponged on the Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire on over the embossed snowflakes. I then used my spray bottle and my stencil I created to use with the bokeh with a wet paper towel. I placed the stencil over the cardstock and then dabbed the wet paper towel to create the circles. Then using the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut to frame the cardstock. I then used the spray bottle to add the variation on size. I then added a 3/4 inch strip of velum. I then used the Yuletide Borders with Silver Foil Papers.

With this card I repeated the first steps with VersaMark ink, Snowflakes, and Distressed Watercolor Cardstock. This time using I stamped the Oxide inks on my All Purpose mat. I then spritzed with water and then smooshed the cardstock on to the paper and drying using my heating tool. I repeated this process adding layers of color. This time I used Vellum and Black Cardstock with the Yuletide Borders.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MICHELLE LONCAR’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Hop – “Plastic Patterns”

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use with windows or hidden objects. If you are coming from MELISSA ROBINSON’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 10 makers participating in this hop.

I made these four cards out of one 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Distressed Watercolor paper.

With these two cards I simply matted them on Nectarine and Candy Apple cardstock. I used the Black Ore paper for the thanks on the left and Charcoal for the thanks on the right. I added a few dots with my Onyx Liquid Pearls.

For these I used the stitched scalloped edge and then stamped the sentiment below. The sentiments are from the October Stamp of the Month, With all my Love. I also assed a few dots using the Onyx Liquid Pearls. I will explain how I made my paper.

My first step was to apply the oxide inks Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry. My son actually picked the colors to use. I did blend them where they overlapped.

Then I spritzed the paper with water triggering the Oxide reaction.

The last step was to lay the Mandala Stencil from Stencil Pack One over my paper. I then used my VersaMark ink pad and applied ink. Then I removed the stencil and applied White Embossing Powder and heat set.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto LAUREN MOORE’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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