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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Technique: creating interesting backgrounds

It probably goes without saying at this point, that I enjoy creating backgrounds with which to build my card creations.

The "salt technique" is used in canvas painting and I thought I'd adopt it into card making. 
You can use water color paper, but I'm not a fan of the texture of watercolor paper so I use regular card stock but "seal" it with watercolor primer (Cosmic Shimmer #CSWCPR01). 

Using the Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor paints and a broad brush, I cover the paper as needed for my card project.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Technique: Watercolor Background Card Tutorial

I had been aching to do two things and was able to combine the two techniques into one box card. I am a scene card maker so the Marianne Design Box Die (CR1374) is so up my alley.

I saw a watercolor background technique using the watercolor markers and an acrylic block. So I did that for the background of this card.

The second thing I was wanting to try was use the 3D tab inserts of the box card die to have something dangling from the top of this box card. I accomplished that with this card as well.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Product Review ~ Marianne Designs the Collection #52

The Collection #52 is in from Marianne Designs. The collection consists of four very creative layered stamp collections as well as an absolutely delightful "Tea for Two" collection of tea cups and saucers a tea pot and various pastries ... just like afternoon tea. And lastly the Collectables, which is the 3D layering dies is some barn-yard fun. These Collectable dies are always a favorite here at Ecstasy Crafts, and this collection doesn't dissapoint.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Inspiration Blog: The Subtleties of Paper

I'll admit, I am a self-confessed paper-aholic!! There may be a support group but I probably wouldn't attend meetings, I'd be busy making cards.

All kidding aside, one of the areas that I find elevates a good card to a great card is the subtlety of paper and the use of patterned paper and how it gives interest and depth to card projects.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Did you know ... Cloud Inks

It's always nice to get alternative uses for products you have in your craft room to help extend the usefulness of the products you have .... which of course will stretch your budget!

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Clarity Stamp Brushes

The company I work for has just been given the North American distribution rights to the Claritystamp products. This includes the Clarity Stencil Brushes that are considered the BEST ink application tool for craft stenciling.

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Card tutorial: Watercolor effect using Position-It stamping tool

When a card idea works out, you just have to share!!

I got this stamp at a garage sale, and really had no plans for it but just loved it.

Fast forward to last night and I see this watercolor technique using those stamp positioning tools. Bingo!!

We have been testing out and doing instructional videos on our new Position It "The Ultimate Stamping Tool" and I will admit ... I really didn't think it was a tool I needed. THEN I started playing with it!! Hook, line and sinker, baby ... I am hooked!!
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Friday, March 03, 2017

Embossing folder technique: Embossing "diffuser"


It seems hard to find embossing folders I like that have an open [non-embossed] center to place sentiments.

There are products you can purchase called diffusers that allow you to omit an area of the embossing folder from connecting with the paper. 

I'll explain in a little pictorial. This isn't a new technique but worth sharing here as it has come to my attention that some people aren't familiar with this embossing technique.

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Product Blog: Cosmic Shimmer Misters

Welcome fellow Paper Crafters!!

Just want to fire off a quick blog on one of my favorite mixed media products. Cosmic Shimmer Mists and Vintage Mists. They are water-based spray using mica powders as the color base and, as the label says "creates amazing shimmering effects".

Here are a few cards I did this weekend where I needed a shimmer effect:

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Full Participation Required!


  • So I was making a card today. Of course using watercolor markers and stamps, my new favorite thing. Well it didn't start out as a card, I was just playing with the Position-It stamping tool but then my stamp took shape so I started building the card. 

    Now I would hope each of you has been in the same spot as me, don't make me feel totally inept. I put the whole card together *then* remembered I hadn't stamped my sentiment. 
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