Clear & Sheer Class – Day 3 – Acetate Techniques: Transforming Window

Well, I’m squeaking this in at the end of a long day, so I’ll try to be brief. I’m closing up my current projects from the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class with another of Day 3 Acetate Techniques… the transforming ‘magic’ window. I hope this video link works. If not, check it out on Instagram! I could play with this all day! : )

I wanted to use the Power Poppy Orchid stamp for this to make an impact. I quickly looked up the current challenge on her blog…

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It was to use only three markers to color an image. So I toodled off and colored my image with just three markers… THEN, as I’m posting this, I find out that the challenge ended Sunday. Brain fog moment! lol! It was still interesting to challenge myself. : )

Here’s the image before it was put together to make the special window:

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Fully open (showing the 3 markers used)

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Closed:

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Partially open:

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It wasn’t all that hard, so I see more of these fun cards in my future!

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy: Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics
  • American Crafts: The Color of Memories acetate
  • Worldwin Papers Translucent Vellum
  • Recollections white cardstock & shimmer cards
  • American Crafts glitter cardstock: carrot
  • Copic Markers: R24, Y17, and YG63
  • Staz-On solvent ink – Jet Black
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Ebony
  • EK Success corner rounder punch
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Butterfly punch
  • Sookwang Skor-tape 1/4″ adhesive
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray

I’m going to enter this card into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

It’s been a great week playing with these new techniques – what a terrific class! There are many more I want to try in the future, but that will have to wait. I’ll be away next week, but hope to be back again real soon. Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind comments!

-D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 3 – Acetate Techniques: Glitter Window Card

On day three of the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class, the focus was on Acetate Techniques.

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I especially wanted to try the glitter window card and here is what I came up with:

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I wish I could catch how sparkly it turned out, but here’s the best I could do…

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And the inside:

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It’s a rather simple technique that yields spectacular results. You cover a piece of acetate with double sided tape. This was tricky for me. I had some Stick-It, but I find that when you pull the release paper, some of the adhesive pulls up and would leave me with uncovered areas – not a serious issue with die cuts, but for this technique you need complete coverage. So, I pulled out my ‘Stacey Tape’ from Scrapbooking Made Simple. It wasn’t quite wide enough and my unsteady hand overlapped the two pieces, so there is a slightly noticeable line. Guess I need to spring for the wider tape next time!

The colors were inspired from Verve’s April Diva challenge:

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(There IS some bright orange in the sunset pic!)

I used a Spellbinders butterfly die set that has both the outline and the intricate die cut to cut out the release paper. This helped me to layer my colors nicely. First I laid down the solid outline of the butterfly cut out in release paper and poured the Elizabeth Crafts Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter and burnished it onto the adhesive. A piece of a Swiffer dusting cloth picks up the extra glitter with ease!

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Next, I peeled up the solid butterfly and laid down the intricate butterfly die cut release paper to use as a stencil and added in various colors one at a time, burnishing after each.

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Finally, I took off the release paper, exposing the outline of the butterfly and repeated the process.

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Then it was just a matter of cutting the window and adhering it to the back and covering it with a second window. NOTE TO SELF…. If you’re going to chalk the edges of the windows, do it BEFORE you place the glitter piece in. I knew the glitter would pick up Copic Markers if you colored it, but it also picks up the chalk color, too.

To make the window stand out even more I put cut out a different colored heart for the inside of the card, placing it right behind the window. To add depth, I stamped some butterflies that you can see as shadows through the window. I love using Brilliance inks as they really sparkle and shine depending on how they catch the light.

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I used a Tsukineko Fantastix coloring tool to pick up some of the ink and dot it around for butterfly trails on the front of the card and chalked in some blue sky.

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Materials used:

  • Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection
    • Gina K: Beautiful World stamp set (sentiment)
    • SugarPea Designs Enchanted Garden stamp set (butterfly)
    • CAS-ual Fridays:  YOU die
  • Spellbinders Les Papillions & Lace Hearts dies
  • American Crafts: The Color of Memories acetate
  • American Crafts glitter cardstock: carrot
  • Simply Defined 2.5″ wide double sided adhesive (“Stacey Tape”) by Scrapbooking Made Simple
  • Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Essential Colors Glitters:
    • Cinnabar, Fire Opal, Garnet
    • Aquamarine Crystal, Feldspar, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink – Rocket Red Gold
  • Tsukineko Fantastix color tool
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

I’m going to enter this card into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I hope to be back later this afternoon with the other nifty acetate card I made from day 4. See you later!

-D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 2 – Vellum Techniques on Beautiful World Cards

Good evening! I’m back with the other two cards I made from day two of the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class

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It never ceases to amaze me when Jennifer McGuire does a video, I almost always bookmark it as something I want to try and her video for this day’s class was no exception. The technique was making your own colored vellum. All you have to do is take your dye ink pads and rub them on the vellum, then rub them in with a cloth. If you want rich colors, do both sides. Then you can heat emboss on top of it and get a stunner of a card…

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Of course, the beautiful images and script in the latest Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection by Catherine Pooler help add to the loveliness! If you didn’t get one, don’t worry, they’ll be out individually by each of the manufacturers in a few months.

Materials used:

  • Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection
    • Beautiful World Stamp Set by Gina K
  • Worldwin 48# vellum
  • Memento dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Nautical Blue, Rhubarb Stalk, Sweet Plum
  • Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks: Coral Reef Goldenlocks
  • Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing powder
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Recollections white cardstock

Since it produced such rich colors, I wanted to see what vellum-on-vellum would look like, so I die cut some heat embossed images on vellum and layered them on top for the second card. I even did a little it of dry embossing on some of the leaves. In my honest opinion, you get just as good a look with heat embossing and a lot less fuss!

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With all the heat embossing, the plain vellum butterfly looked too plain, so I stuck some Stickles on him and added a few pops of color to some of the flowers to finish it off.

Materials used:

  • Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection
    • SugarPea Designs Enchanted Garden stamps and dies
    • SugarPea Designs Enchanted Butterfly die
  • Worldwin 48# vellum
  • Memento dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Nautical Blue, Rhubarb Stalk, Sweet Plum
  • Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks: Coral Reef Goldenlocks
  • Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing powder
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Ranger Stickles Wonderland
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss – Dandelion Yellow

I’m going to enter one or both of these cards (either linked from here or Instagram) into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I hope to be back tomorrow to show you the two amazing acetate cards I’ve done and hopefully I’ll have time to do one more that I’ve been wanting to do for ages… Do come back to see!

-D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 2 – Vellum Techniques on Find Joy Cards

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One of the many cool techniques shown on day two of the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class was dry embossing vellum and then coloring it from the back for a pretty, soft watercolor look. Well, classes are all about learning and trial-and-error and I sure had my share of that with this one! But, in the end, I learned a lot and had at least one card I’m very happy with – can you guess which one it was?

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The Cat’s Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge is flowers and they’re having a Spring Blog Hop this month.

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So, I reached for an old scrap of parchment vellum and my TCP Patterned Petals stamp set, and set the printed acetate storage panel under my vellum and began to trace the outer edges of the flowers and leaves. You just need the outline of any flower. ( I think Alma from TCP is going to be surprised to see her stamps used this way!) As the parchment vellum was whiter than regular vellum my white pencil wasn’t showing up and I switched to yellow. Mistake #1. (Unless you WANT to have a yellow outline show up around your nice white edges.) I really didn’t think it would show through as much as it did… it wasn’t too noticeable until after I added the color and attached it to the card. sigh. Note to self: the instructors DO know what they’re talking about. : )

Here I’m doing it with the second card and heavy vellum and you can see the white lines clearly. You need to see them once you put your vellum on a rubber mat to trace with a stylus and dry emboss it.

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The class gave pointers on unusual shading tools to use, but I can’t tell you everything. : )

A tip not in the class… If your stylus isn’t moving smoothly across the paper, you can lay the tip in the palm of your hand and twist it gently. It will pick up the natural oils and glide more smoothly.

I still had places where I used too much pressure and broke through the vellum. Since it was a scrap, I had no way of knowing what weight it was, but I made sure to use heavier weight vellum for the second card. Yes, there was a second card, because as you can see at this point it’s looking pretty cool and after I’d added the color, I really wished I had just stopped here. I liked it MUCH better!

I added color on the back side using Copic markers. Like the instructor said, it looks like a ‘hot mess!’

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But then you turn it over and the colors are very soft and the white shading stays opaque.

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See where I pressed too hard while embossing and broke the vellum and the Copic marker bled through? I have a tip for you to fix that:

Tip: use a Copic Blender (0) to push most of the ink back through anywhere it bled onto the front of the vellum. Then lightly go over the area with a white pencil. When you look at the finished card, you can hardly tell there were any bleed-throughs.

I tried, with limited success, to cover up the yellow guidelines and at the same time give them more depth by outlining them with grey Copics.

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Copic Markers to the rescue again! Just traced over the letters until they’re all covered. Whew!

My final error on this card was when attaching the vellum, I sprayed the back with adhesive, but wasn’t careful enough laying it down and it puckered irreversibly. by now I already knew I was going back to make a nice and pretty plain white one, so I called it a day. It’s still ok… just not the ‘spectacular’ that I was going for.

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Patterned Petals Stamp set
  • Misc. parchment vellum
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Essentials tool kit
  • Generic clay shaping tool kit
  • Crayola white and yellow colored pencils
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3; G29; R20, 24, 29, 32; Y17; YG67; YR04
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Ranger Adirondack Cranberry embossing powder
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Tree House Studio 9mm holographic flower sequin

Now, you would think that having all that experience, the second card would go off without a hitch, but it wasn’t until after I glued it down that I noticed I’d forgot my little stamen dots. So, instead of being embossed, they’re done with a white Gelly Roll pen.

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I think the plain white on vellum rather than parchment vellum looks MUCH classier – what do you think?

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Patterned Petals Stamp set
  • Worldwin Papers Translucent Vellum
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Essentials tool kit
  • Generic clay shaping tool kit
  • Crayola white colored pencil
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – Rose Quartz
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Sakura white Gelly Roll pen
  • Misc. clear sequins

I’m going to enter one or both of these cards (either linked from here or Instagram) into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I’ll probably be back later today with the other two cards I did from Day 2. See you soon!

-D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 1 – If Friends Were Flowers Watercolor Cards

What a week it’s been. After battling a severe allergic reaction and being 3 days without internet, I’m glad to be back with you again. I was tickled pink to be given the Clear & Sheer Online Card Class by a dear friend.

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In case you’re interested, it’s all about using vellum and acetate on cards and there have been many ultra cool techniques that made the class totally worth the small price!

Day 1 was all about attaching vellum… it’s often a challenge to hide the adhesive since vellum is transparent. I’ve been wanting to try a watercolor technique the talented Kelly Latevola showcased on the Newton’s Nook Blog a while ago. You can see her video HERE. I had also received some of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and I wanted to compare them to my Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I’ve been excited by the vibrancy I’ve been seeing in projects using the Zigs. My results were surprising…

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The more vibrant card on the left was done with Distress Inks and the softer colors on the right were the Zigs. Perhaps they’re lighter because it was done as a watercolor technique and not direct to paper. To attach the vellum sentiment, I wrapped the strip around to the back and secured it with adhesive. It still wanted to lift up a bit, so I stuck a drop of blue near the sentiment and covered it with a sequin. The vellum butterflies had enough embossed design on the body to cover any adhesive and the wings float free.

A couple of other things inspired this card –

One was this month’s Newton’s Nook challenge to use this sketch…

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Well, my project is roughly divided into three sections, but I took huge creative license and put a butterfly in the middle instead of a tag…. I’m hoping Newton and Hobbes won’t complain too much, but a tag just didn’t look right. : )

Another influence on this card were Verve’s April Diva Inspiration Challenge colors:

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Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook: Beautiful Blossoms and Beautiful Wings stamp sets
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing Powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, and Spiced Marmalade
  • Copic Markers:
    • BG13; C1, 3, 5; E29; RV34; Y32; YR02, 04; V09
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Foray Transluscent Inkjet Vellum 30#
  • Recollections Neon Pink Opaque embossing powder
  • Recollections Detail embossing powder – Ebony
  • Recollections Shimmer card
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas sequins – Sweetness Mix
  • Tombow: Xtreme permanent adhesive and mono liquid glue

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Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook: Beautiful Blossoms and Beautiful Wings stamp sets
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing Powder
  • Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens:
    • 025, 031, 041, 050, 070
  • Copic Markers:
    • BG13; C1, 3, 5; E37; RV34; Y32; YR02, 04; V06
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Foray Transluscent Inkjet Vellum 30#
  • Recollections Neon Pink Opaque embossing powder
  • Recollections Detail embossing powder – Ebony
  • Recollections Shimmer card
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas sequins – Sweetness Mix
  • Tombow: Xtreme permanent adhesive and mono liquid glue

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I’m going to enter one or both of these cards (either linked from here or Instagram) into the following galleries and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

Barring further Internet issues, I’ll be back tomorrow with some cool projects from day two of the Clear and Sheer class!

G’nite for now!

-D.Ann

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