Friday, May 29, 2020

Card border frame masking + Copic coloring sign card

Hi there.  Today, I am sharing a way to add a clean border frame around your stamping.  Also, I share light ink shading and Copic coloring.


Sentiment:  Hello Lovely.

Here are helpful tips for creating this.  To begin, trim or die-cut a teal background card panel and also a panel for stamping.  Also, stamp with Copic friendly ink or ink for use with your markers.  Next, stamp the wooden sign and then add the sentiment, an arrow and a small flower to it.  Then, apply color to the sign and to the flowers using your coloring of choice.  I used Copic markers.  Next, add low tack washi tape over all of the edges of the stamped panel, covering approximately 1/4 inch on each side.  Then, lightly add distress oxide ink blending in a soft color around the edges of that taped panel.  Next, gently remove the washi tape to reveal the masked card edge frame.  Finally, layer the panels with accents over the card base, to finish.

I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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Here is another look.


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. A Lovely Message; Winnie & Walter Audrey Cutaways dies, double-sided foam tape, Ranger multi medium matte glue and worn lipstick distress oxide ink; washi tape, blending brush, adhesive dots, twine, cardstock, Copic markers RV09, R20, RV04, BG32, BG49, C7, C5, C3.

Thanks for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.
Gaylynn

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dog or cat pet sympathy card ~ paper piecing tutorial

Hi.  Today, I am sharing a sweet pet sympathy card tutorial featuring a collar made from stamping and paper piecing.


Sentiment:  The loss is unmeasurable but so is the love left behind.

Here are helpful tips for creating this technique.  To begin, stamp the collar three times with ink for use with your markers.  Stamp once each onto two different patterned paper pieces.  Then stamp a third time onto white cardstock.  Then, stamp the sentiment and paw print to a pre-trimmed card panel, towards the bottom.  Using scissors, cut out the collar from the patterned paper.  Next, cut out the hearts from the other piece of patterned paper.  Add the hearts to the collar with glue.  Optional, add light shading to the collar edges with a marker or distress ink.  Color in the paw prints or paper piece those as well.  Punch a tiny heart to accent.  Add black marker or distress ink to the collar's outer edges to accent further.  Finally, adhere the collar to the top panel using foam tape, to finish.

I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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Here is another look.


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Fur Baby Love; Avery Elle wonky stitches dies, double-sided foam tape, scissors, craft tweezers, BasicGrey paper cottage paper, Ranger multi medium matte glue, Copic markers E11, E33, YR00, 100.

Thanks for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.
Gaylynn

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Three step stamping pink poppy flower card tutorial.

Hello.  For Technique Time at Unity, I am sharing three step stamping for this pink poppy flower card.



Sentiment: Hello my dear friend.

This technique creates a bold and dimensional look to this big flower.  See the process below.

Here are helpful tips for three step stamping.  To begin, make a colorful background or use patterned paper.  Next, stamp and trim the sentiment.  Then, stamp the solid pink poppy flower onto white cardstock.  Allow it to dry or heat set that stamped layer.  Next, add powder using a powder tool over the solid stamped panel.  Also, using a narrow paint brush, remove any excess powder.  Then position the outline stamp slightly offset from the solid stamping and stamp and heat emboss that layer in white.  Next, add an offset stamped layer in black ink using the same outline stamp.  Finally, adhere all of the layers to finish.





I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


For the inky embossing folder background technique details and video tutorial, click HERE.

Here is another look.



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Donna Poppies and My Dear Friend; white embossing powder, VersaMark ink, Ranger magenta hue and jet black archival ink; heat tool, powder tool, paint brush, premade background panel or patterned paper, mini Misti, flat and foam double-sided clear tape. 

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


Thanks for visiting.
Gaylynn

Monday, May 25, 2020

2 bookmark tags ~ MCT Made In Minutes

Hi there.  Today, the My Creative Time team is sharing project ideas which were made in minutes.  Here are my fun bookmarks with a heart topper.  These can double as gift tags as well.



Sentiments:  
Read, relax and unwind.
Sorry my night is all booked.


The heart topper doubles as a page holder as it opens at the bottom and closes over the page.

These gift tags were made from patterned paper die-cuts.  Any cardstock or patterned paper works for this.  The corresponding stamps fit perfectly onto the bookmark front.  No coloring is necessary for these quick and easy bookmark tags.  These make great little gifts for the book lover or for gift packaging tags.

Supplies:  My Creative Time Always Love To Read stamps and dies; mini Misti, Ranger jet black archival ink, BasicGrey Lucille paper, hole punch, hemp cording, foam tape.

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

Enjoy your day.
Gaylynn

Saturday, May 23, 2020

French merci + bonjour watercolor cards ~ Prima Art Philosophy

Today, I am sharing two different one layer watercolor cards with stamping.  One is floral framed and the other has a more vivid background.  Both cards incorporate Prima Art Philosophy watercolor tube samples and also clear stamps from The Greeting Farm.


First up is my merci card.


Sentiment:  Merci

For the merci card, I used the ink smooshing technique.  I used pink and yellow colors of the watercolor with water added.  Then, I placed the watercolor paper over the ink mixture and then lifted the panel.  The result was a beautiful blend of the two colors.  Once dried, I stamped the sentiment with some of the floral accents.  Finally, I added this panel to the card base, to finish.

Here is another look.


Here is another french themed watercolor card.  This one is a side fold card.


Sentiment:  Bonjour

This bonjour card was first stamped onto watercolor paper.  All of the florals were stamped first.  Then with a narrow brush, I picked up color from my watercolor palette to fill in the flowers and leaves.  The background was given a watercolor wash in diluted blue for a light look.  Once the panel was dry, I stamped the bonjour sentiment, to finish.

Another look:


These projects do not include a video tutorial.
However, for my projects with video tutorials, please see my YouTube channel at
Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq
Also, to view my videos here on the blog, click
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I want to give a shout out to Carissa from Inky Fairy Designs for the fabulous watercolor class demonstration and for sponsoring Prima Art Philosophy watercolor artist grade tube style palette samples.  Also, thanks to The Greeting Farm for sponsoring the lovely french themed Bouquet clear stamp set. 

Have a beautiful day.
Gaylynn

Thursday, May 21, 2020

2 Interactive cards ~ light up and camera shaped pop up cards

Today, I am sharing two different interactive cards.  One is a light-up card and the other is a camera shaped card, both interactive.


Sentiment:  Smile.  Say Cheese!

This slim card opens and closes sideways, keeping the camera shape intact.  The card folds flat for envelope mailing.   The above photo shows the card folds opened slightly so that it stands up on its own.  With layered cuts and folds, this card came to life.

Here is another look at the camera card.


When the camera is pulled open even more, it reveals a pop-up girl.  She is tucked inside until the card is fully opened and then she pops up from right to left.  How cute is that?  These two cards were some of my projects made at the Unstoppable craft retreat in Athens, during one of my classes there.  

Here is another one of the projects made there.  This one is an interactive light-up card.  It includes tiny EZ-lights behind the girl and hearts.  The first photo shows the card without pressing on the lights.


If you press the "press me" area, the camera lights appear looking like a flashbulb.  It lights up when pressed.  How fun is that?


These got me inspired to make more interactive type cards.
I want to give a shout out to Amanda Stevens with Pear Blossom Press for the fun class demonstration and for sponsoring her EZ-Light.  Also, thanks to Kindred Stamps for the sweet Oh Snap stamp set shown on both cards.

These projects do not include a video tutorial.
However, for my projects with video tutorials, please see my YouTube channel at
Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq
Also, to view my videos here on the blog, click
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Have a lovely day.
Gaylynn

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Vellum embossing blue flowers card border tutorial.

Hello.  For Technique Time at Unity, I am sharing vellum embossing and creating a blue floral card border.



Sentiment: The world needs more of you.

This technique creates a soft look that can be used on its own or over a patterned background.  I used a premade background layer, but patterned paper would work also.

Here are helpful tips for creating the vellum embossing.  To begin, use a premade background or use patterned paper.  Next, stamp the flowers with embossing or watermark ink onto quality vellum cardstock.  I like Papertrey Ink vellum cardstock as it holds up to heat embossing.  Next, heat emboss the flowers using embossing powder with color.  I used blue.  Next, cut (fussy cut) around one side of the florals to make a card border.  Then, stamp and trim a sentiment panel.  Finally, adhere all of the layers to finish.



I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


For the inky embossing folder background technique details and video tutorial, click HERE.

Here is another look.



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Insightful Meadows and Hello Sweetheart Bouquet; Papertrey Ink cardstock vellum, blue embossing powder, VersaMark ink, heat tool, powder tool, paint brush, premade background panel or patterned paper, mini Misti, flat and foam double-sided clear tape. 

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


Thanks for visiting.
Gaylynn

Floral gift or favor box ~ MCT I need a favor

Hi there.  Today, the My Creative Time team is sharing favor or gift wrap project ideas.  Here is my sweet floral small gift box, treat holder or favor box.  This could be for almost any occasion or just because.



Sentiment:  Something special for you.

These little boxes are easy to make and great to have on hand as a small token thank you, a party favor, treat holder or even as a gift card holder.

For this project, I used patterned paper die-cuts, sentiment stamping and accents.  Once folded, this box is easily assembled.  I recommend an extra tacky double-sided tape, like Wonder Tape or Score Tape for the folds.  The bows are part of this die set, so layering is easy.  I did add a sentiment tag with twine for the front.  There is no coloring necessary for this box project.

Here is another look.



Supplies:  My Creative Time Present Box Die, Treat Sleeve Die (revised) and Jar Treat Sentiments; mini Misti, Ranger rose madder archival ink and wonder tape; Jen Hadfield Everyday paper, adhesive pearl, hole punch, hemp cording, foam tape.

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

Enjoy your day.
Gaylynn

Friday, May 15, 2020

Matching magnolia bird card, envelope liner & gift tag set.

Hi there.  This is a matching card, envelope and gift tag set make with stamping, Copics and magnolia patterned paper.


Sentiment:  Sing a song of hope.

Here are helpful tips for creating this.  Trim a background card panel from magnolia paper.  Then, trim or die-cut an envelope liner with coordinating paper.  Next, using the excess paper, trim and fold the paper to make a gift tag.   Then, stamp the bird and the sentiment onto cardstock, color it in and then fussy cut the bird and floral branch.  Also, trim the sentiment layer.  Finally, assemble the card, the gift tag and the envelope liner.  

Envelope liner:  Cut 5" x 4 " and score from the short end at approximately 2-3".  Or cut to match your envelope.

Gift tag:  Cut 6" x 3" and score from the long end at 3".


I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is another look.


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Do Not Worry and Magnolia Dreams {paper pack}; MFT A2 stitched rectangle set 1 diesdouble-sided flat and foam tape, scoring board, paper trimmer, Papertrey Ink envelope liner die, twine, Copic markers R20, RV11, RV04, W1, W3, 100, E13, E37, YR14, BG49, BG32, BG15, B01.

Thanks so much for visiting.
Gaylynn

One layer cottage house card & video ~ Prima watercolor art tubes

Hi there.  This is a sweet home themed miss you card and tutorial, made with stamping and watercolors.  It is a one layer card.


Sentiment:  If I could, I would go visit you right now.

Here are helpful tips for creating this.  First, die-cut or trim a stamped panel from watercolor paper.  Also, if using watercolor, stamp with waterproof ink.  Next, mix watercolor palette colors with water to prepare for painting.  Then, with narrow paint brushes, add watercolor one section at a time and heat set between colors and sections.  Using more water on your brush will make the color lighter and using less water will make the color darker.  Alternate to get the shades that you want.  Finally, add double-sided adhesive to affix the panel to the card base, to finish.


I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is another look.


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Take Me Home, MCT more stitched rectangular diesdouble-sided foam tape, heat tool, Prima art tubes watercolor.

Thanks so much for visiting.
Gaylynn

Thursday, May 14, 2020

DAD I love you birthday cake card ~ MCT anything goes

Hi there.  Today, the My Creative Time team is sharing anything goes projects.  Here is my masculine birthday cake card for Dad.



Sentiment:  Sending love your way.  I love you

This card is for a special milestone birthday.  Because of these uncertain times, we have to mail this with a special gift.  It is so hard to be away from the ones we love.  Celebrations are different now, but I think alternative creative ways of sharing love is appreciated.

For this card, I used patterned paper die-cuts, sentiment stamping and a touch of distress ink stenciling for the background.  To add a bit of shine, I used gold adhesive paper cuts for the letters and the candle.  There is no coloring necessary for this card.

Here is another look.



Supplies:  My Creative Time Birthday Cake Die, ABC dies, Tag Frame Die Layers and Be Mine; mini Misti, Ranger multi medium matte glue and coffee archival ink; DCWV paper, Silhouette printable gold foil sheets and Unity heart stencil.

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

Enjoy your day.
Gaylynn

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Colored pencils + simple stamping ~ friendship card tutorial

Hello.  For Technique Time at Unity, I am sharing a card with Prismacolor colored pencils, simple stamping and sweet layers.  Adding touches of colored pencils to simple stamping goes a long way in card making.



Sentiment: Thank you for being my friend.

Here are helpful tips for creating this.  To begin, trim or die-cut a background panel, a stamp panel and also a sentiment panel.  I used assorted colored cardstock.  Next, using a stamp positioner, stamp the bike in black ink and stamp the postage accents in white.  Then, stamp the sentiment strip.  Next, use colored pencils to shade the bike trim and accents.  Finally, adhere all of the layers and add twine to finish.


I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is another look.



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Enjoy The Ride; twine, pink and gray cardstock, Prismacolor colored pencils PC1006, PC992, PC938, PC994, PC929; Ranger archival jet black ink, MFT Colorbox pigment ink in sweet tooth, Tombow mono sand eraser, double-sided flat and foam tape, mini Misti, My Creative Time Scallop Stitched Rectangular Dies and Ribbon End Dies.

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


Thanks for visiting.
Gaylynn

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Family love chair card ~ clean and simple with Copics

Today, I am sharing another card using the fun home and family stamps in the May 2020 Unity kit of the month.  I love the chair and pillows included with the family sentiments.



Sentiment:  Family.  I love our family and I love you.

This card was made using teal and gray colors.  I used the comfy chair and throw pillows.  Plus, I added one of the sentiments to a pillow by cutting the stamp and then stamping shorter word sections.  The family sentiment flag was hand-trimmed.  For color, Copics were used in layers for a soft look.  And the background is a piece of dry embossing, leftover from another project.  Finally, I fussy cut the pieces and layered it all to finish.

I kept this card clean and simple CAS style.  This could easily be made for other occasions like house warming or birthday just by changing out the sentiments.



Here is another look.


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Company Beginning of Everything {May 2020 Kit of The Month}; MFT A2 dies, paper trimmer, double-sided flat and foam tape, Copic markers 0, W1, W3, W5, C1, BG32, BG10, B0000, B01, B14.

This project does not include a video tutorial.
However, for my projects with video tutorials, please see my YouTube channel at
Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Also, to view my videos here on the blog, click
video.

Thanks so much for visiting.
Gaylynn

Monday, May 11, 2020

How to make slim cards. 2 masculine cards ~ Father's Day or birthday

Hello.  I am sharing two slimline masculine cards, perfect for Father's Day, Birthday or any time.



Sentiment:  My Father is the best Dad ever.

This first card was made using teal and gray colors.  I used a diagonal die-cut layer in white with a gray background trimmed piece of cardstock.  A paper trimmer was used to make the background panel and the card base.  It is not necessary to use die-cut layers to get the slim line card style.  A paper trimmer works perfectly for trimming to fit your envelope size.



Here is a similar one.

Also, I made another card in blue and gray.  This time, I die-cut the diagonal panel in gray and trimmed a white background layer.  Again, die-cuts are not necessary.  A neutral stamped panel behind the ties would give a great background look.

How to make a slim card base to fit into an #9 or #10 business size envelope:
Use a thicker cardstock and a paper trimmer.
Cut the cardstock 9 1/4" x 8".
Using a scoring board, score the shortest end at 4".

Here is another look.



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Company Beginning Of Anything {May 2020 Kit of The Month}, Ranger multi medium matte glue, #10 envelope, Pink Fresh Studio slim fancy diagonal stripes die and slim ornate banner set; Simon Says Stamp fog cardstock, double-sided flat and foam tape, Copic markers 0, W1, W3, W5, C1, BG32, BG10, B0000, B01, B14.

This project does not include a video tutorial.
However, for my projects with video tutorials, please see my YouTube channel at
Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Also, to view my videos here on the blog, click
video.

Thanks so much for visiting.
Gaylynn

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Canvas Art ~ How to add stamped art to a painted canvas

Hello.  For Technique Time at Unity, I am sharing canvas art.  This is a way of adding a stamped watercolor cardstock panel to a painted mixed media canvas.


Sentiment:
Persevere.  With no apologies.  Do what you need to do.
~ Angela Magnuson

Adding papercraft art to a canvas is a great way to preserve your artwork.  It is similar to card making, but instead in a mixed-media format.


Here are helpful canvas art tips for how to add stamped art to a painted canvas.  First, prime and then paint a canvas.  Then, allow it to dry after priming and also after painting.  Next, stamp then watercolor the wagon panel and the flowers, using watercolor paper and waterproof ink.  Then, dry completely.  Next cut out the flowers and trim the wagon panel.  Optional, add sparkle to the flowers.  Next, in a well-ventilated area, add spray fixatif to the front and the back sides of the stamped and colored art panel and to the flowers.  Onto the canvas, hand stamp background accents and then dry.  Then, apply a matte gel medium to the canvas and to the back side of the wagon panel.  Next, with dry hands, gently press the cardstock panel over the canvas.  Then, apply a top coat of matte gel medium over the canvas and the artwork.  Finally, allow the canvas to dry completely.  Optional, adhere a dry accent frame and then glue the flowers to accent.


I made a quick video tutorial showing the process for this project.
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YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is another look.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. No Apologies {5/2020 Uniquely Unity AngMag}, Border of Poppies and Beautiful Elements; Winsor & Newton Artists' Canvas 5x7 stretched 11 oz cotton; Gesso canvas primer, Liquitex Basics acrylic paint in neutral gray 5, silver and titanium white; Liquitex matte gel medium, Krylon workable fixatif, gray cardstock, MFT frame dies, Wonder tape, glue gun, Ranger watercolor paper, StazOn ink, mini Misti, Altenew watercolor, paint brushes, foam brushes, Ink On 3 liquid pixie dust, stencil pal.

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


Thanks for visiting.
Gaylynn