Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Watercolor Card Using Ink Spray Bottles + Gold Embossing

For today's Watercolor Wednesday, I am sharing a floral watercolor card using ink spray bottles along with gold heat embossing.


Sentiment:  Congratulations on your new home.

This is a housewarming card in florals and watercolor.  I decided to use ink from premixed spray bottles for color.  Instead of actually spraying the ink, I used drops of the ink as a color palette.

The full article and tutorial are up on the Unity blog.
I also made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.

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YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Ink Spray Watercolor Card with Gold Heat Embossing
By Gaylynn Martling for Unity’s Watercolor Wednesday
(See also the video tutorial for this project.)
To begin, add powder to the image panel prior to embossing, to prevent stray embossing powder.
Stamp onto watercolor paper with watermark ink like VersaMark.  Heat emboss with gold embossing powder.
For watercolor, I used two colors of Dylusions ink spray bottles.  Instead of spraying, I poured drops of each color onto a craft mat.
I misted water over the stamped panel.  Then, I added color one at a time using a brush, allowing the colors to blend where they meet.
Blot with a paper towel and then heat set.
An option is to stamp the envelope with ink using the same stamp.
Finally, assemble the card and embellishments.
Here are more images.


For the envelope, I added a stamped flower to match.


Linked up:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Inspired Minds and With You I'm Home; Ranger watercolor paper and gold embossing powder, original Misti, VersaMark, powder tool, Winnie and Walter dies, Dylusions ink spray in pure sunshine and postbox red; heat tool.

Be sure to visit the Unity blog for the entire article and tutorial.
Also, you can find my other watercolor features at Unity's Watercolor Wednesday.

Thanks for visiting.
Gaylynn

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Deco Foil Transfer Gel + Stenciling + Watercolor Card

For Watercolor Wednesday, I am sharing a floral card using deco foil transfer gel, a stencil, foiling and watercolor.   I used a laminating machine for this technique.


Sentiment:
If you are outgrowing who you've been, you're right on schedule.

This is an encouragement and inspirational floral card with touches of gold foil and with dimensional watercolor accents.

The full article and tutorial are up on the Unity blog.
I also made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.

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YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Deco Foil Transfer Gel + Stenciling + Watercolor Card
By Gaylynn Martling for Unity’s Watercolor Wednesday
(See also the video tutorial for this project.)
Stamp with waterproof ink onto watercolor paper.  Tape the stencil over the stamping.  Preheat a laminator.
With a spatula, evenly apply deco foil transfer gel where you want the foiling.
Remove and clean the stencil and spatula immediately.
Allow gel dry time.  Then, place the deco foil over the stamping (pretty side up).
Carefully feed the stamping with the foil sheet through a preheated laminator.
(With my laminator, foiling works better without a carrier sheet, but may work perfectly with yours.)
Cool the foiling.  Then carefully peel away the foil sheet.
Prepare your watercolor palette.
Add flower dimension by using a damp brush and apply the darkest color near the folds and creases.  Skip every other petal and then come back to those.
With a damp brush, blend out a little of the color for each petal.  Repeat for all sections.  Heat set.
Finally, layer everything and add embellishments to finish.
Here is a closer look.


Linked up:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Have A Heart

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Friendship Blooms by Gina K. Designs, gold iCraft deco foil and clear deco foil transfer gel; My Favorite Things stencil and die-namics, Altenew watercolor half pans, YourStory laminator, Ranger watercolor paper and archival ink; painter's tape, spatula, watercolor brushes, My Creative Time dies and heat tool.

Be sure to visit the Unity blog for the entire article and tutorial.
Also, you can find my other watercolor features at Unity's Watercolor Wednesday.

Thanks for visiting.
Gaylynn

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Flower Bookmark or Gift Tag ~ MCT Tag It Tuesday

Today, the My Creative Time team is sharing tag projects for Tag It Tuesday.


Sentiment: Happiness is a cup of tea and a good book.

This doubles as a gift tag or a bookmark.  I love the heart flower and the fun tea and book sentiment.

Supplies:  My Creative Time Pretty Heart Roses and So Many Books; ribbon, Copic markers BV08 V04, V06, V01, G0000, G21, Y02, E00 and E13; Sizzix Big Shot and Simon Says Stamp intense black ink for alcohol markers.

Please visit Miss Emma's My Creative Time blog for more inspiration.

Have a great day.
Gaylynn

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Card stamping and coloring on vellum.

Here is a quick and easy vellum birthday card, which can easily be made in multiples.


Sentiment:  May all your wishes come true.

For most of us, birthday cards are the cards we give out the most.  This one would be perfect to make in multiples to have on hand in different colors to fit the person.  It works for kids or adults, guys and gals, just by changing up the color choices.

For this technique, I show how to get a soft look to coloring with markers.  The secret is coloring on vellum.  I like to stamp on one side of the vellum and color on the opposite side.  This is one technique that I gravitate to when I need to work fast or want a softer look.

I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.

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Here is another look.


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Cakes and Better With Age; vellum, solid cardstock, twine, Simon Says Stamp wavy scallop stitches dies, Copic markers BG49, R27 and Y15.

Have a lovely day.

Friday, January 18, 2019

You + Me ~ MCT 87th Edition Release and Blog Hop

Hello, Gaylynn here.  It is the My Creative Time 87th Edition release, sale and blog hop.
You may have arrived from Emily's blog.


Sentiment:  You complete me.

This love card was made using the beautiful heart shaped rose stamps and dies.  I also added the lacy heart and sentiment from this release.  I kept this one clean and simple with just a few layers and colors.  There are many possibilities with these kits for all year round.

*** BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY *** For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving away a $25 gift card to the "My Creative Time" store to ONE LUCKY winner! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the MORE chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you with your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner!

Below are the new kits that I used for today's project, but see the full release at My Creative Time.

You + Me
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Pretty Heart Roses
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*** SALE ALERT ***
ALSO, DON'T FORGET our sale starts RIGHT NOW here:http://shop.my-creative-time.com/Ne...! Use the code: JAN2019 to receive a 15% discount off your entire purchase! This sale applies to "IN-STOCK" items ONLY. This sale will end on Friday, January 25, 2019 @midnight PST.

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***FREEBIE***
Starting today... Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8am PST we will be giving away this ADORABLE new "LOVE Block Die". This new die will be given to the FIRST 25 shoppers! If you are one of the 1st 25 shoppers it will automatically be added to your package at the time of packing/shipping. Once 25 shoppers come through, this stamp set will be available for purchase! So, if it's available in the store, you are not one of the 25. No exceptions will be made. This freebie is not part of the "Bundle" and will be sold separately!


Here are my sneak peek blog projects from this release.
Day 1

Day 2


Here is another look at today's card.


Supplies: My Creative Time You + Me and Pretty Heart Roses, XOXO Border Dies, Metal Adaptor Plate; Simon Says Stamp intense black ink for alcohol markers, Copic markers Y11, Y02, R27, R32, R20, BG32 and G0000.

Hop along with us.
Your next stop in the hop is Jessica's blog. The entire blog hop lineup is on Emma's My Creative Time blog. Thanks for visiting. I always look forward to hearing from you. Gaylynn



Thursday, January 17, 2019

Wine tag with florals and rose gold foiling. Video tutorial included.

This is a wine tag, perfect for presenting a wine gift, a hostess gift or for parties.


Sentiment:  You are delightful.

This wine tag was stamped and then heat embossed.  I ran it through my preheated laminator to add rose gold foil.  The open areas were layered with Copic markers.  I used a die-cut panel for the wine tag and layered it with the trimmed stamped panel.

I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.

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Foiling Tips

There are a few different ways to foil with and without a laminator.  
Here are some tips for foiling using a preheated laminating machine.
My laminator works best by heating the foil face up on a piece of pre-embossed cardstock without using a folder to sandwich the foiling.  I think it is because my laminator has one heat temperature and feeding it though with one piece of cardstock and one layer of foil is thin enough for it to heat and attach the foil the best.  (Though "sometimes" a folded piece of paper to sandwich works for me.)
Laminator and foil types are each different.
I am using a YourStory laminator/book binder.  It needs to be fully pre-heated (up to 5 minutes).  Sometimes it works with sandwiching the foil between a folded piece of paper and sometimes it works better feeding the paper with foil directly without the folder.  Before foiling with a laminator, have your stamping heat embossed and cooled.  Or use printed images using a laser printer and then foil without a folder. 
Toner sheets can be used to foil die-cuts and pre-designed toner sheets can also be foiled.  
Carefully practice if using your laminator with foiling.
Foiling without a laminator is an option using other techniques which will be covered in future foiling posts.

For more of my foil posts, see foiling.

Here is another look:


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Encompassed Beauty and Beautiful Forever & Ever 1/2019 KOTM, rose gold deco foil, YourStory laminator, VersaMark ink, embossing powder, heat tool.

Feel free to comment or ask questions below.

Thanks for visiting.

Doily Hearts ~ Day 4 MCT 87th Edition Sneak Peek

Hello.  The MCT team is sharing Day 4 sneak peeks of the 87th Edition release.


Sentiment:  My heart is full because of you.

I adore these new heart dies.  They layer nicely and look so dainty and elegant.  I decided to nest a couple of the hearts and pop up the center one.  I added white splatters to the red hearts using acrylic paint mixed with water.  Then I trimmed the background with the xoxo border dies.

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! For example, the set we are showcasing on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday on my blog! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the more chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even Instagram it! #mycreativetime GOOD LUCK EVERYONE and let's start spreading the word!

Here is another look.



Supplies: My Creative Time Heart Doily Dies, You + Me, XOXO Border Dies, metal adaptor plate; vellum, cardstock, Sizzix Big Shot and Ranger archival ink.

Please be sure to visit Miss Emma's My Creative Time blog for more sneak peeks. And check back tomorrow for the full reveal and blog hop.

Thanks for visiting.  Remember to comment for prize chances.
Gaylynn



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Heat embossed foiling card + laminator + watercolor.

For Watercolor Wednesday, and I am sharing a watercolor floral card which also includes heat embossing and foiling.   I used a laminating machine for this technique.


Sentiment:  You're great.  I like you lots.

This card incorporates both foiling with heat embossing and watercolor.  It was a two step process using smooth cardstock instead of watercolor paper.  For this, I used very little water for the watercolor.

The full article and tutorial are up on the Unity blog.
I also made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.

{{Please subscribe to my video channel and give this video a like.  Many thanks.}}
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Heat Embossed Foiling + Laminator + Watercolor
By Gaylynn Martling for Unity’s Watercolor Wednesday
(See also the video tutorial for this project.)
(There are different ways to add foil in paper crafting. This is an example of one way.)
To begin, add powder to a trimmed or die-cut piece of smooth cardstock.  This prevents stray embossing powder.
Stamp the images using a stamp positioning tool like Misti with a watermark ink like VersaMark.
To heat emboss, cover the stamping with embossing powder. I used white. Heat set with a heat gun tool. Then cool the heat embossing.
Preheat a laminator.
Trim decorative foil for the areas that you want foiled.
Place foil sheet face up over the heat embossed panel and run through a preheated laminator.
Cool the foiling then carefully remove the foil sheet from the heat embossed panel.
Watercolor the background using ink smooshing with very little water. Heat set.
Use this foiled panel for your project.
(I sometimes run the stamped panel with the foil layer through my preheated laminator without a folder or carrier sleeve, because it works best using my existing YourStory laminator.)
(Optional:  Use a folded piece of paper to sandwich the stamped panel with foil sheet prior to foiling if that works with your laminator.)

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. As We Go Along by Angie Blom, Gina K. Designs fancy foil in turquoise sea, MFT die-namics, Altenew watercolor half pans, YourStory laminator, 80 lb cardstock, VersaMark, white embossing powder, powder tool, gems and heat tool.

Be sure to visit the Unity blog for the entire article and tutorial.
Also, you can find my other watercolor features at Unity's Watercolor Wednesday.

Thanks for visiting.
Gaylynn

Pretty Heart Roses ~ Day 3 MCT 87th Edition Sneak Peek

Hello.  The MCT team is sharing Day 3 sneak peeks of the 87th Edition release.


Sentiment:  Happily ever after.

This is a wedding or anniversary watercolor card featuring a heart shaped rose flower.  I love this pretty floral stamp set.  It works for so many occasions.  I decided to make this a clean and simple card with just the flower as the focus.  I used a watercolor pencils for color.

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! For example, the set we are showcasing on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday on my blog! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the more chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even Instagram it! #mycreativetime GOOD LUCK EVERYONE and let's start spreading the word!

Here is another look.


Supplies: My Creative Time Pretty Heart Roses, watercolor paper and Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.

Please be sure to visit Miss Emma's My Creative Time blog for more sneak peeks, all week long.

Thanks for visiting.  Remember to comment all week for prize chances.
Gaylynn



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Heart Mini Card ~ Day 2 MCT 87th Edition Sneak Peek

Hello.  The MCT team is sharing Day 2 sneak peeks of the 87th Edition release.


Sentiment:  Always and forever.

I wanted to make a heart shaped mini card which can be a small note, gift tag or card accent.  And I like the look of the heart tilted to the side.  It measures approximately 3.5" x 3".  This could be for Valentine's Day, anniversary, wedding, party favors, thank you, bridal shower or any love occasion.  I used vellum for the card base and layered with a white heart on the inside and the outside.  


***Sneak Peek giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! For example, the set we are showcasing on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday on my blog! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the more chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even Instagram it! #mycreativetime GOOD LUCK EVERYONE and let's start spreading the word!

Here is another look.


Supplies: My Creative Time You + Me, vellum, cardstock, Sizzix Big Shot and Ranger archival ink.

Please be sure to visit Miss Emma's My Creative Time blog for more sneak peeks, all week long.

Thanks for visiting.  Remember to comment all week for prize chances.
Gaylynn




Monday, January 14, 2019

Love gift tag ~ Day 1 MCT 87th Edition Sneak Peek

Hello.  The MCT team is sharing Day 1 sneak peeks of the 87th Edition release.


Sentiment:  Love

For this card, I am using the love block die along with the cute heart tag die.  This fits great inside the tag heart.  I can see it used so many ways.  I added layers of cardstock in gray, white, blue and silver glitter for this tag.  The tiny heart cuts out to make extra accents wherever you want.

Tags like this are great for Valentine's Day, anniversary, wedding favors, bridal shower favors, card embellishments or for thank you tokens.

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***FREEBIE*** Starting Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8am PST we will be giving away this ADORABLE new "LOVE Block Die". This new die will be given to the FIRST 25 shoppers! If you are one of the 1st 25 shoppers it will automatically be added to your package at the time of packing/shipping. Once 25 shoppers come through, this stamp set will be available for purchase! So, if it's available in the store, you are not one of the 25. No exceptions will be made. This freebie is not part of the "Bundle" and will be sold separately!


***Sneak Peek giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! For example, the set we are showcasing on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday on my blog! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the more chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime GOOD LUCK EVERYONE and let's start spreading the word!
Supplies: My Creative Time Love Block Die and Cute Heart Tag Die; silver glitter paper, cardstock and ribbon.

Please be sure to visit Miss Emma's My Creative Time blog for more sneak peeks, all week long.

Thanks for visiting.  Remember to comment all week for prize chances.
Gaylynn





Saturday, January 12, 2019

Inspirational mermaid gift tag and video tutorial.

Here is an inspirational gift tag featuring a mermaid in a tropical scene.


Sentiment: 
She saw everything for what it was and still she kept going.  She is stronger than she ever thought she was.

This tag was handmade, stamped and color was blended using distress ink and Copic markers.  I tried for an under water look to it with blending and accents.  It would be great for gift giving, packaging, card embellishment, as a wine tag or given just because.

I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.

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Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. She Mermaid, Ranger distress ink pads in spun sugar, peacock feathers and wild honey; Pretty Pink Posh small droplets, silver ribbon, MFT blueprints 23, Copic markers W3, G99, G21, BG18, BG32, V04, V09, RV04, RV11, YR00 and YR23.

Feel free to comment or ask questions below.

Have a great day.

Woodgrain foiled hearts love card and foiling tips.

For all love occasion, here is a layered pop-up heart card with woodgrain and foil accents.


Sentiment:  Love is all you need.

This card was created using two hearts, layered and foiled.  The sentiment and ribbon were added as accent.  I kept the colors simple in black, gray and gold.  

I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.

{{Please subscribe to my video channel and give this video a like.  Many thanks.}}


Foiling Tips

There are a few different ways to foil with and without a laminator.  
Here are some tips for foiling using a preheated laminating machine.
My laminator works best by heating the foil face up on a piece of pre-embossed cardstock without using a folder to sandwich the foiling.  I think it is because my laminator has one heat temperature and feeding it though with one piece of cardstock and one layer of foil is thin enough for it to heat and attach the foil the best.  (Though "sometimes" a folded piece of paper to sandwich works for me like in the video example.)
Laminator and foil types are each different.
I am using a YourStory laminator/book binder.  It needs to be fully pre-heated (up to 5 minutes).  Sometimes it works with sandwiching the foil between a folded piece of paper and sometimes it works better feeding the paper with foil directly without the folder.  Before foiling with a laminator, have your stamping heat embossed and cooled.  Or use printed images using a laser printer and then foil without a folder. 
Toner sheets can be used to foil die-cuts and pre-designed toner sheets can also be foiled.  
Carefully practice if using your laminator with foiling.
Foiling without a laminator is an option using other techniques which will be covered in future foiling posts.

For more of my foil posts, see foiling.

Here is another look:


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Wooden Heart, Prima patterned foil, iCraft gold deco foil, YourStory laminator, VersaMark ink, embossing powder, heat tool, Winnie and Walter dies, black ribbon, gold adhesive gems.

Feel free to comment or ask questions below.
Thanks for visiting.