Pink & Main – Foiling Fun with Toner Paper

Welcome everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Today I have a really cool card to share with you featuring the new Black and White paper pad. This paper is toner printed so you can foil on it! Everything that is black will be foiled if you run it through a laminator.

I specifically chose a print with lots of black so most of my card front would be foiled. Then I chose my foil – gold shattered glass – and heated up my laminator.

A few pro tips for foiling on toner! First, take a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the back of your foil carefully and the front of your paper. This removes the oils from your fingers which inhibit the foiling process. Once you’ve done that, be careful to only handle the edges. Second, make sure your laminator is really good and hot. I let mine heat up twice as long as suggested. Third, look at the back of your foil. There are usually striation lines going one direction in the foil. You want these to go through your machine parallel to the opening. It helps keep wrinkles down.

With my panel foiled, I used the largest A2 rectangle die to cut the panel down and saved the leftover for another project later on. I love distressing for two reasons. First, it’s cool to look at and, second, it hides imperfections wonderfully! So I splattered my panel with some black paint and let it dry.

While that was drying, I used two more layered rectangle dies to create a thin frame. I used liquid glue to adhere it after the paint was dry.

I wanted to focus to be on the awesome foiling so I stamped and heat embossed an image from Floral Wings with licorice embossing powder and used the coordinating die to cut it out. Then I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment with frosting embossing powder and used another layered rectangle to cut that out. Both things were added with foam squares and my card is finished.

I hope you’ll give foiling a try and I also hope that my tips are helpful to you too!

Products used:
Floral Wings stamps and dies
Layered Rectangles dies
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Watermark & Embossing Ink
Magic anti-static brush
Embossing powder – licorice and frosting
Deco Foil – gold shattered glass
Foam squares

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Pink & Main – Best Wishes Stencil Layering

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so glad you stopped by. Today I have more Pink & Main inspiration featuring a new layering stencil to add color to your image. I don’t know about all of you but I’m really having fun with these types of products. Today I stepped it up a bit at the end and really love the outcome.

I started by stamping the Simple Bouquet image in dark gray ink. Then I used the layering stencils to apply my color. Then I placed the image back in my MISTI and stamped the sentiment in the banner.

There are a ton of options in the set that match the curve of the banners perfectly. It’s so perfect and fun to mix and match them different ways!

Next, I die cut the next-to-largest Stitched Arch die from white cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine with the new Many Hearts embossing folder. I popped this up with foam tape on a kraft card base and then popped my image up with foam tape on that.

This is when I had that genius idea to step things up with the stenciling and use glossy gel with super fine glitter. Definitely not the order I recommend but I was VERY careful and thank goodness it all worked out!

So, I replaced the detail stencil layer over my flowers, spread the glossy gel through it and sprinkled on ice rink glitter. I tapped off the excess and left it all to dry before using a dry paint brush to really brush off the excess.

Once that was done, I decided to tie some baker’s twine around the top of my card and tie it in a bow. Such a cute little addition and I really think it finishes things off well.

Products used today:
Simple Bouquet stamps, dies and stencils
Stitched Arches dies
Many Hearts embossing folder
Ergonomic blending brushes
Glossy gel
Super Fine Glitter – ice rink
Foam tape

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Pink & Main – Happy Bee-day!

Welcome, welcome crafty friends! I’m so glad you’re here today. I’m over on the Pink & Main blog sharing this adorable bee themed birthday card. You all know that I love to get inky and messy so today’s card is not unusual for me at all and I just love how it turned out!

I planned my layout a bit in advance by laying the stamps on the plain white scalloped die cut to see how they would fit together. I liked it so I stamped and colored everything with copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out and set it all aside while I worked on the background.

Originally I cut a smaller rectangle from colored cardstock and used the second die in the Dotted Cover dies set to cut the polka dots. The texture was not working for me at all. It was too much and distracting from the images. So I went back to square one and thought I’d start with inking. I taped off the edges and used distress oxide in salvaged patina and dried marigold randomly on the panel. I spritzed that with water and flicked ink of both colors all over. Now, I was getting somewhere! But it needed something else. So I layered the Rainbow Fun stencil over top and spread Glossy Gel through it.

I love it so much! So, then I added all my images with foam squares, heat embossed a sentiment and cut it with a circle die and popped the whole thing up on a white card base.

For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to the bees’ eyes, nose, hands and feet. Then I used stardust stickles on the wings and glossy accents on the sun. Eeeep! Isn’t is so cute?!?

Products used today:
Sweeter Than Honey stamps and dies (Stamp of the Month)
Dotted Cover dies
Layered Circle dies
Rainbow Fun stencil
Glossy gel
Magic Anti-static Brush
Watermark & Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder – frosting
Foam tape
Distress Oxide – salvaged patina and dried marigold
Glossy accents
Stickles – stardust

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Pink & Main – Wildflowers Heat Embossed Cards

Happy Friday friends! Today I’m on the Pink & Main blog for release day! This is a gorgeous release with lots of variety in products. Today I have a pair of cards featuring the new Wildflowers stamp set and a few of the beautiful embossing powder colors that came out a few months ago.

To create these cards, I started with A2 size panels of kraft cardstock and the Wildflowers stamp set. First, I arranged all of the images from the set creating a full background. I stamped it with the Watermark & Embossing Ink and sprinkled embossing powders on it one section at a time. For this card I chose Sour Apple, Bubblegum and Grape Soda. Once the panel was covered, I heated it up with my heat gun and set it aside to cool.

Next, I cut the panel down with a Stacking Rectangle die and added foam tape to the back before popping it on a white card base. Next, I cut the Big Thank You from white cardstock four times along with the shadow from vellum once. I used EZ Squeeze liquid glue to adhere the layers together and add it to my card front too.

This is a simple design but it’s so pretty and I love the color pop from the embossing powders. Next, I have a card that highlights the images differently but uses the same technique.

For this card, I placed the panel in my MISTI and used the flower image as a guide where to stamp the foliage images because I wanted them “behind” the flower stem. I stamped two foliage images with different green dye inks, then stamped the flower with Watermark & Embossing Ink. I carefully sprinkled Sour Apple on the stem and Grape Soda on the flower portion. Then heated it up to melt the powder.

This time I used the Big Hello dies to cut from white cardstock and vellum, adhering them together with liquid glue once again. The rest of the card is assembled the same way but I decided to add a little twine bow around the bottom of the stems to finish the card off.

I thought this was a fun way to use silhouette stamps without making them black and I love the colored embossing powders that pop off the neutral elements too!

Products used today:
Wildflowers stamps
Big Thank You dies
Big Hello dies
Layered Rectangles A2 dies
Watermark & Embossing Ink
Embossing Powders – sour apple, grape soda, bubblegum
Magic Anti-static Powder Tool
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
3D foam tape

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Die Cut Cards

Happy Friday everyone! I’m popping in today with a couple of cards featuring the Pink & Main July release. I was feeling a bit of a creative funk last weekend and didn’t know what to make. I had this feeling of wanting to create but nothing sparked my interest. When this happens I start with one of two things – create backgrounds with inks or embossing OR play with dies. This time I grabbed a couple of new dies and just started cutting things out. After just a minute of cutting and arranging the dies in different ways, I had a couple of ideas pop in my head. Here’s what I ended up with.

The new Seashells Emboss & Cut Folder is so cool, I can’t even explain it! I put a piece of white cardstock inside, ran it through my die cut machine with the embossing folder sandwich and VOILA! I opened it to find five perfectly die cut and embossed seashells! They were so cool, I didn’t want to do anything to them.

So I arranged them in a line close to 5.5 inches wide and glued them together. I adhered them to a strip of paper from the Inked Oasis paper pack and popped that up on a black cardstock panel with foam tape. To cut the harshness of the black paper, I inked the top edge with a teeny bit of white pigment ink. It makes it look chalky and I love it!

Then I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Aloha Flowers, used the coordinating dies to cut it out and popped it up with foam squares. Such a simple card but it turned out beautifully!

For the second card, I had cut the “hello” portion of the Hello Sunshine word dies to start and then had the idea to create a die cut background.

After cutting “hello” from the whole A2 size panel, I trimmed it down to 4×5.25 inches and chose another piece of paper from Inked Oasis to layer behind it. I used EZ Squeeze liquid glue to adhere them together and popped them up on a white card base with foam tape.

I knew I wanted to draw attention to the one complete “hello” I strategically placed so I glued three layers of white die cuts together and then cut it from yellow cardstock once. I drug the bottom part of the letters through my Embossing/Watermark Ink pad and sprinkled on Ray of Sunshine embossing powder. I heat set it and glued these letters on top of the white, then added them in their place on the card front.

To finish this card off, I stamped and heat embossed another sentiment from Floral Shells and cut it into a strip. I popped it up with foam strips and then added yellow enamel dots scattered around the design.

Aren’t these cards so fun!?! Just remember that if you’re feeling crafty but don’t know what to create…choose one simple thing to start “playing” with and see if it takes you anywhere. Usually, once you get started things just fall into place.

Products used today:
Seashells Emboss & Cut Folder
Hello Sunshine word dies
Floral Shells stamps
Aloha Flowers stamps and dies
Inked Oasis paper pad
Ergonomic Blending Brush
Enamel Dots
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Embossing/Watermark Ink
Ray of Sunshine embossing powder
Magic Anti-static Tool

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Sending Sunny Smiles

Happy Friday crafty friends! Today, I’m over on the Pink & Main blog with a super fun and summery feeling slimline card. I wanted some stencil texture for my background but not anything bold so I decided to try Glossy Gel on its own. It’s so cool! Have you tried it yet?

To start my card, I stamped and colored images from the new Summer Snow Globe Scenes stamp set and colored them with copics. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and set them aside while I got messy.

I started by inking an oversized panel with teal ink from the top left, fading down to nothing. Then I sprayed the Curly Waves stencil with pixie spray and placed it over the panel. I spread Glossy Gel through the stencil fading like the ink. I removed the stencil, cleaned up and set it aside to dry.

Once the panel was dry, I pulled out the Layered Slim Line dies and cut the largest from orange cardstock and then skipped one and used the next size down to cut the stenciled panel. I splattered the orange and stencil panels with orange ink, then also splattered the stencil panel with the same teal ink for extra texture. Next, I added the images with a combination of foam squares and EZ Squeeze liquid glue on the far right end.

Then, I wrapped orange twine around the other end, stamped and die cut the sentiment and added it with foam squares. I added foam tape to the back of the whole panel, avoiding the twine and popped it up on the orange panel. Finally, I added liquid glue to that and added it to a slimline card base.

For finishing touches, I added glossy accents to the stripe on the surf board, parts of the seashell and the bear’s nose. Then I added black glaze pen to the sun’s eyes and unicorn Stickles to the rays o f the sun and starfish too.

Have you tried out the fun glossy gel yet? I’d love to know in the comments if you always add glitter or flock, or if you’ve tried it alone like I did today.

Products used:
Summer Snow Globe Scenes stamps and dies
Curly Waves stencil
Glossy Gel
Palette knives
Layered Slim Line dies
Sunny Greetings dies
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Foam tape and squares
Pixie Spray
Stickles – unicorn
Glossy accents

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Life is Better in Flip Flops

Woo-hoo! Happy Friday crafty friends! We did it! We made it through another awesome week. Today I’m popping in with a bit of summery fun inspiration featuring stamps, dies, a stencil and an embossing folder from the most recent Pink & Main release! Phew! That’s a lot of goodies but it’s SOOOO COOL! Let’s check it out.

I started by stamping my Stay Cool image and then used the coordinating stencil to apply ink over the different areas with a blending brush, essentially “coloring” in my image. I know there are other products out there like this but this is my first time trying it and I was totally blown away! It was so fun and easy to do! Next, I used the coordinating die to cut the image out, along with a sentiment from the set too.

Switching gears to my background, I cut a circle from white cardstock using the Layered Circles dies and another from orange cardstock using the Zig Zag Circle dies. I ran the white one through my die cutter with the Roundabout embossing folder to add fun texture to it. Then I went over the whole thing with a blending brush and light purple ink. I used EZ Squeeze liquid glue to adhere the circled together and popped my image up on it with foam tape.

Next, I ink blended some seedless preserves distress oxide ink around the edge of an A2 panel and spritzed it with water. Then I popped the zig zag circle up with foam tape and added my sentiment below that with foam squares. To finish everything off, I added some orange twine around the top of the card and tied it in a bow. I also used a scattering of enamel dots across the design for a little extra shine and interest, tying in colors from the ink blending.

Products used today:
Stay Cool stamps, dies and stencil
Layered Circles dies
Zig Zag Circles dies
Roundabout embossing folder
Enamel dots
Ergonomic blending brushes
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Foam tape and squares

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Life is All About Balance

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you still have your sunscreen handy from my summery posts all week because you’re going to need it still! Today I have a super sparkly fun card featuring the brand new Pink & Main June release! It’s so summer and absolutely wonderful for so many interests!

Two things I love most when crafting – critters and getting messy! Today I got to do both and I loved every moment of it! I chose some images from the brand new Flocks of Love stamp set. I colored everything with copic markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Then I cut a Stitched Arch from white cardstock and used my blending brushes to ink up a sky and some sand. I popped the images up with foam squares to create a mini scene.

Next, I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from the set with my favorite aquatini embossing powder! You guys, I’m seriously obsessed with the new Pink & Main embossing powder line! It’s amazing!

Anyway, after the heat embossing was cooled I die cut the sentiment with a Large Sentiment Strip die that fit the length I wanted and popped it up at the bottom of my arch scene with foam squares too.

For my background, I used the Layered Rectangles A2 dies to cut a teal panel the size of my A2 card front and spread Glossy Gel through the new Bubbly Waves stencil. I removed the stencil and sprinkled Ocean Wave super fine glitter on it and set it aside to dry.

I cleaned up my work space and realized, I went about this totally backwards. Lol! It worked out because it was time to cook dinner for my family.

Once the glitter panel was dry, I adhered it to a card base and popped my arch scene up on it with foam tape. Then for finishing touches I added black glaze pen to flamingo eyes, white gel pen accents to various parts of the images and glossy accents to the swimsuit dots, flower center and sunshine in the sky.

Be sure to head to the Pink & Main shop and check out the whole release. It’s so much fun and it sure to get you in the summer spirit!

Products used today:
Flocks of Love stamps and dies
Bubbly Waves stencil
Stitched Arches dies
Large Sentiment Strip dies
Glossy Gel
Super Fine Glitter – ocean wave
Heat Embossing & Watermark Ink
Magic Anti-static Powder Tool
Embossing Powder – aquatini
Ergonomic Blending Brush
Foam tape and squares

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Berry Sweet Scene Card

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I have a REALLY fun slimline scene card to share with you featuring my favorite Pink & Main bears. I love them so much and have so much fun mixing and matching them whenever I can.

Today my scene includes images from Bear With Wagon and Berry Sweet stamp sets. I chose various images from both sets and stamped them out, multiples of some like the berry plants and jam jars. I colored everything with my copics and used the coordinating dies to cut them all out. I had a plan for layering my images so I used EZ Squeeze liquid glue to adhere the grass tufts to the berry plants and sitting bear and then added the jam jars to the wagon and the wagon handle to the bear’s paw. Now we can switch gears to our scene and get inky!

I used the largest Stitched Slim Line die to cut two white panels. The main panel I inked with blueprint sketch and tumbled glass distress oxide inks for my sky. The second panel I cut in half and inked one side with twisted citron and mowed lawn distress oxides while the other half was gathered twigs and tea dye. I spritzed all the panels with water and blotted them dry. Then I splattered them with pearl watercolor and black acrylic paint. It’s silly, but I don’t wash my brush going from the pearl watercolor to the paint so my black ends up a little shimmery too. I think it’s fun but you could just rinse the brush to avoid it if you wanted.

When my panels were dry, I used EZ Squeeze liquid glue to adhere the layers together and also put them on a slimline card base. Then I added my images with a combination of liquid glue and foam squares for dimension and interest.

The last things I did were stamp and heat emboss my sentiment and finishing touches. I love that the sentiments in Berry Sweet are all punny and the the word “berry” is a separate stamp so you have options. Because it’s super easy to stamp one part and then the other, I decided to heat emboss them using different colors to emphasize the pun even more. These new heat embossing products are absolutely amazing and my favorites to use everyone! The ink stamps crisp and perfect, the anti-static tool is incredible and the embossing powders all melt beautifully.

I digress, but seriously, these products are awesome! So, after my sentiment was heat embossed, I came in with glossy accents on the bear’s noses and flower centers on the berry bushes for a little shine here and there.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project even a sliver of the amount that I enjoyed creating it.

Products used:
Bear with Wagon stamps and dies
Berry Sweet stamps and dies
Stitched Slim Line dies
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Magic Anti-Static brush
Embossing & Watermark Ink
Embossing powders – licorice and candy apple
Foam squares
Glossy accents
Distress Oxide Ink – blueprint sketch, tumbled glass, mowed lawn, twisted citron, tea dye, gathered twigs

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Sunshine & Smiles Slimline Card

Welcome everyone! Today I’m over on the Pink & Main blog sharing this slimline card featuring the newly released Window View stamp set. When I pulled this set out to play with, I immediately wondered if I could fit multiple windows on a slimline card. I absolutely LOVE the fact that I can easily fit two like the front of a house. It’s so fun!

Once, I realized that, I chose the “decorations” for each window and stamped all my images. I colored them with copic markers and used the coordinating dies to cut everything out. I adhered the flower box and puppy with liquid glue and popped the kitty and bee up with foam squares.

Next, I inked blended a slimline panel with aged mahogany and fired brick distress oxide inks. I spritzed the panel with water and blotted it dry before adhering it to a slimline card base measuring 8.5×3.5 inches. I wanted a more substantial sentiment than the one in the Window View set so I went digging and found this cute one in the Spring Sayings stamp set. I stamped and heat embossed it with Icicle embossing powder and cut it out using the smallest Notched Corners die.

I added the windows with foam tape and then layered the sentiment in the upper center with a foam squares and liquid glue where it overlaps the windows. Then I moved on to finishing touches, adding glossy accents to various parts of the images like flower centers and bee wings.

For the critter window, I just added glossy accents to their noses and the kitty’s tag. Aren’t they literally the cutest thing ever?!? I just love their faces!

Products used today:
Window View stamps and dies
Spring Sayings stamps
Notched Corners dies
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Embossing Ink
Embossing powder – icicle
Anti-static powder tool
Foam tape

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!