Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - New! Day 2

Hi again, everyone! Today I'm sharing three mixed media tags I made for Karen Burniston to display in the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth at CHA. I love using Karen's Pop it Ups dies to make interactive cards, but they also are great dies to use in other projects!

The tag above was made with the Tags and More 1 die from ECD. I cut the tag from some Prima paper from my stash, adding more interest with spray ink and Karen's new Swirly Flourish stencil. I added a pretty balloon created with Karen's new Hot Air Balloon die, plus the 'Happy' from her Happy Birthday die set.

This was the first tag I made and thought I was going to go in a masculine direction, but the more stuff I piled on, the prettier it got! It ended up setting the tone for the other two tags. Again, I started with the Prima mixed media paper and added stenciling with gesso - this time using Karen's new Paisley stencil. The Tags and More 2 - Deco diw was used to cut the tag. Next, I combined her clock die with the small flourish corners to create a pretty focal point. I love the Hinge dies from ECD and cut two from silver Shimmer Sheetz to add a bit of a metallic element.

My last tag features one of my favorite dies - the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand. I cut it from corrugated paper and added dabs of gesso to give it a shabby chic feel. I used the same gesso with the Swirly Flourish stencil to add a pretty pattern to the background paper. The Berry Branch from ECD has become one of my favorite dies - I look for ways to sneak it into everything now! To finish this tag, I added a tag cut using one of the dies from Karen's Tags Pivot die set that is stamped with her new Just a Note clear stamp set.

All of my embellishments were adhered with Beacon 3-in-1 glue. I was generously given a selection of their glues and was absolutely ecstatic. It's my favorite line of adhesives and I can't recommend it enough if you want your little flowers and other bits to stay in place! Thank you, Beacon!

The dies and stamps I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs via the links below. The other supplies can be found at Simon Says Stamp.

The great thing about Pop it Ups is that each set works on its own, but also coordinates with so many others. As you build your collection you find multiple ways to combine the dies - the possibilities are endless! Plus, they can be styled in so many different ways. For this set of tags I was feeling feminine, but they could have easily been taken in a more steampunk/industrial direction.

Make sure you check out Karen's blog tomorrow, where she'll be sharing a new video tutorial plus tons of inspiration from the rest of the Designer Challenge team.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - New!

Hi all! It's time again for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. The theme this month is 'New'. Anything goes as long as we use at least one of the dies from Karen's new collection. Since I'm just a bit obsessed with the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die, I decided to give it a steampunk look and create a Valentine's Day card for my husband.

Oh, if you've never seen this die, I'll bet you didn't see that coming!! How insane is that?! When you pull the tab, it pops up the frame and reveals a message hidden underneath. How perfect is it for a mechanical, interactive steampunk card? I love love love this die!

A few quick details on how I made my card. The bottom layer is painted corrugated cardboard. Next, I cut a panel from a cereal box (cheap chipboard!) and painted it with Brushed Pewter Distress paint, then stamped it with a number stamp and jet black ink. The next layer is more chipboard, this time painted with Tarnished Brass Distress paint. Oh, and prior to painting it I dabbed some DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste here and there. The rivets are the waste from the center of Karen Burniston's large gear die.

The pull tab mechanism was cut from cardstock, dabbed with sand texture, then painted with DecoArt Payne's Grey and English Red Oxide to give it the look of rust. After making this, I would recommend avoiding any part of the mechanism where the texture would cause it to snag (I scraped a lot of it off!). The heart charm (included in the die set) was cut from chipboard and painted with DecoArt Crackle Paste. After it dried, I adhered numbers that were die cut from black cardstock using Karen's clock die, then covered the whole thing with DecoArt Liquid Glass, to give it the look of enamel.

The frame was cut from cardstock using a rectangle frame from the Flourish Gift Frame set, and the medium-sized oval from the Accordion Oval die set. I love being able to mix and match these dies to get the perfect look. I trimmed down the frame a bit to get it to fit, then embossed it with a gear stamp from Artistic Outpost, and painted over it with more Payne's Gray, wiping off the excess. Finally, I added embellishments from Tim Holtz and a stamped sentiment and I was done!

I didn't have my husband to act as my trusty cameraman today, but I managed to take a quick video to show you how the pull tab works. Seriously, it's so cool - you need this die! Check out this video from Karen that shows how easy it is to use this die.

The dies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs via the links below, the rest of the supplies I used can be found at Simon Says Stamp and Amazon.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all the lovely comments you've been leaving on my CHA posts. I'll have another designer challenge project to share tomorrow, so be sure and check back!

I'm also submitting this to the latest SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges - my first time!