Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Splitcoast Tutorial - 3D Dies

I'm so excited!! Today my tutorial for how to make this cool 3D deer head is featured on Splitcoaststampers! I have to say, this is probably one of my most favorite projects from the past year, and I was incredibly flattered when the amazing Beate Johns asked me to share it with the SCS members. Make sure you check out her adorable card using the technique here.

Most of the stamps I used on this are from Artistic Outpost's Sleigh Ride stamp collection. The music background is from their Ephemera Backgrounds set. I updated it a bit by adding one of the new idea-ology Woodlands wreaths.

The supplies I used can be purchased from Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% off your order!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the tutorial and are inspired to try it yourself. I am excited by the possibilities and variations you can get using different dies. I think I'll do a bit of experimenting myself!

If you're interested in learning how I made the entire tag/ornament, you can see the original post here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

So Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The always amazing Karen Burniston recently shared a video tutorial on how to assemble her Raising Platform pop-up die. I love her videos - they make everything so easy to understand. She also shared a card inspired by the artwork that is pictured on the die packaging, which was created by the talented Cara Mariano. I was so inspired by their cards, I decided to make one of my own! Sometimes it's so nice to have a design to follow - the hard part has been done for you and you can just personalize it with your own papers and embellishments.

I decided to make a Thanksgiving card to share with all of you. I am so thankful for your support and sweet comments - they mean the world to me!

Speaking of thanks, I owe a huge thank you to Anita Houston, who inspired me to make these glittery acorns similar to ones she made, that were inspired by my pearl acorns (make sense?!). I wanted to do some like that, and had found the most adorable little acorns, but didn't have the right size pearls. So, instead of removing the nuts, I just covered them with Ranger's Glue 'n Seal and coated them with glitter! They are adhered to the center of an Ornate Plate with Beacon's 3-in-1 glue. Love that stuff for gluing down awkward things like this. I tied the acorn stem with a little piece of idea-ology Paper Twine.

The background is red Kraft Core'dinations that's been embossed with the new Textured Leaves Texture Fade and sanded. Behind the Ornate Plate, I added a frame made from kraft cardstock and rust Kraft Core'dinations that was cut using Karen's Fancy Frames die.

Here is Karen's amazing Raising Platform pop-up! I used paper from Tim Holtz' Seasonal Stash paper collection to line the inside. I added a strip of brown Kraft Core'dinations that was cut using Sizzix' Harlequin Border strip die. For the platform, I made it pretty much as the original card, using kraft cardstock, Kraft Core'dinations, and Seasonal Chitchat stickers from Tim. Since the inside was pretty busy (and I was feeling lazy), I left off the added flower and quote that were on the inspiration cards.

Sometimes with pop-ups, you just have to see them in action. Here is a quick little video I shot so you can see how the Raising Platform mechanism works. So fun! I am excited to use this for Christmas cards too.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pop 'n Cuts - Noel

I am so lucky to be surrounded by the wealth of talent that is the Sizzix Design Team. Every day I am blown away by their incredible ideas and original ways they use Sizzix products. When I saw this recent project by Hilary Kanwischer, I about fell over. It's so cool!! I happened to spot the Christmas Trees Framelits die set last weekend at Archiver's and into my basket it went. I saw a 3D card at the store and immediately knew that the tree die would work perfectly for that technique. Inspiration is everywhere!

How much sugary, glittery goodness is this?! Seriously, someone should probably take my Rock Candy Dry Glitter away from me - I'm a bit out of control. I was inspired by this week's Compendium of Curiosities challenge, Texture Fade Techniques, to create the snowy background. I used Tim's Snow Flurries Texture Fade, a Snow Cap Dabber, and Evergreen Bough Distress ink to create it. The tree layers were cut from My Mind's Eye polka dot paper using the Christmas Trees Framelits die. After they were cut, I folded them in half and glued them back to back, creating the 3D effect. After I adhered the tree to the background, I covered the whole thing in glitter.

Of course, it's just not a card unless it's a Pop 'n Cuts! I think the Noel Pop 'n Cuts might be one of my favorites (of course, I do say that about all of them!). What really makes this pop (ha!) is the use of the Noel companion Sizzlits set. I was so happy to find that one of the shades of Tim's Kraft Core'dinations paper matched the MME paper perfectly. I use it to cut the Noel, layered it to the PNC pop-up and added a little Rock Candy Dry Glitter. I trimmed the inside with various papers and stickers from the MME collection. I have a feeling I'll be hoarding that paper!

I couldn't resist one more shot of the front - I am so in love with that glittery tree! The frame around it was cut using Tim Holtz' Cabinet Card and Mini Cabinet Card dies. I originally was going to use the reverse side, but I thought this side was so much prettier. Since a bit of the bird was cut off, I just cut another one from an extra piece of paper and layered it onto the frame, right on top of the other one. On the bottom, I added idea-ology Tinsel Twine and a little crepe paper skirt. The top was tied with Tim's Striped Paper String and an idea-ology Christmas Muse Token.

Most of what I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% off your total!