Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CASology: Text

Hello and welcome! We have a brand new cue over at CASology for you to play with!

The first thing that came into my mind when I saw this cue was a beautiful script background stamp that emulates the text of a Victorian letter. I sometimes find it hard to keep a card clean and simple while using a background stamp, but I've learned a few tricks along the way.

One of the tricks I've learned is to use masking to isolate a portion of the background stamp so that it doesn't overwhelm your design. I used that trick here. I'm going to try to do a step-by-step list for this card. (Just a way to make my writing a little more clear during the creative process!)

1. Cut and fold a card base from white cardstock.
2. I cut a mask for the whole card front using masking paper and a circle die. I positioned the circle where I wanted my stamping to show through.
3. Without adhering the left-over circle piece, I used it as a guide to roughly place where I wanted my butterflies to overlap the text. Then, using my MISTI, I stamped all the layers of my butterflies.
4. I cut masks for both of my butterflies (I didn't want the text to show through their wings where the stamps overlapped). Masked off both butterflies.
5. Using my MISTI as a guide, I placed my card-front mask over the card.
6. I inked up my background stamp and stamped through the mask to create my circle of text.
7. Remove all masks.
8. Stamp the sentiment in black ink.

Easy-peasy! And as a plus, it's a one-layer card! Super great for mailing which is something I'm always looking for!

As always, I can't wait to see how you're inspired by our cue this week! Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CASology: Melt

Hello, everyone! I'm back today with a brand new cue from CASology!

Now that it's getting warm out, my mind naturally wanders to the fun of summer. One of my favorite things on a hot summer day is a scoop of ice cream!

These die cuts from My Favorite Things are one of the first things I bought from them. I still love them even years later! I cut the pieces of my ice cream from different papers and then adhered them together with some liquid adhesive. I finished off my chocolate sauce with a layer of Glossy Accents for some fun texture and shine. I added a little stitched detail to my card base behind my images with a stitched line die and then adhered my heart to the card base. I adhered my ice cream with some foam tape for dimension and then stamped my sentiment in basic black.

Thanks for joining me today and I can't wait to see how you're inspired by this week's cue!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CASology: Foliage

Hello, everyone! I'm finally back after my extended break and CASology has a brand new cue for you today.

My brain is still in sympathy mode, so I created a sympathy card using a pretty leaves die from Simon Says Stamp.

I started my card by preparing a Fog Gray card base and then cutting my leaves out of white cardstock and vellum. I trimmed a few leaves from each spring to make them appear a little different from each other and then layered them on my base. I heat embossed my sentiment onto black cardstock with white powder and then added some foam tape to the back of it. I used this foam tape the sentiment to secure my foliage the card base. I added a few dots of liquid adhesive behind a couple of the white leaves to keep everything adhered down, but left most of the leaves free. It adds some wonderful texture to the card when some of the leaves are able to float off the card base. I finished it off by adding just a few Onyx black sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I can't wait to see how you're inspired by the new cue!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Quick Update

I wanted to stop by for just a moment and let you know why I've been absent for a little while. I took a week off because my grandmother passed away. She was diagnosed with Leukemia in November and the chemo just wasn't working for her. I don't live close to my hometown, so I had to take some time for travel which meant no time for crafting or posting. I got back late Tuesday and I've started working in the craft room again, so I should be back to a regular posting schedule soon. Thanks for being patient while I took the time I needed to mourn. I hope to see you again on Tuesday for a new CASology post!