Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Geek Is Chic and a Faux Tortoiseshell Video Tutorial–MFTWSC #191


Hey, there! It’s Wednesday noon so it must be time for this week’s
MFTWSC! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s sketch. All of the details about the sketch challenge are available on the MFT blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.


Today’s video will show you how to make these cute faux tortoiseshell glasses using LLD Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics. You can also see the video HERE on YouTube.


After I made the glasses, using Safety Orange Card Stock, Cheetah Background, Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, and Glossy Accents, I used them on this week’s MFTWSC card. I started with a Steel Gray Card Stock card base, then, on a piece of Sweet Tooth Card Stock, I stenciled some embossing paste with MPD Petal Circles Stencil, rounded the bottom corners, and popped it up on foam on the base. The diagonal strip was made with Sour Apple Card Stock stamped with Steel Gray Ink and Grid Background and the Razzle Berry Card Stock strip was stamped with Versamark and Striped Background. I cut the circle of Sour Apple Card Stock with Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and added the sentiment, from LLD Geek Is Chic, stamped on Steel Gray Card Stock with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink, and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I finished off by popping up the glasses on bits of foam.


Another sentiment from LLD Geek Is Chic was stamped on the inside with Steel Gray Ink.


And there you have it! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy my video and I hope you’ll have some fun making yourselves some faux tortoiseshell. I hope to see you playing the sketch this week and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!! See you soon!

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LLD Geek Is Chic, Grid Background, Striped Background, Cheetah Background (MFT)
Steel Gray Ink, Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink (MFT); Versamark
Steel Gray Card Stock, Sweet Tooth Card Stock, Sour Apple Card Stock, Razzle Berry Card Stock, Safety Orange Card Stock (MFT
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
LLD Geek Is Chic Glasses Die-namics, Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics, Petal Circles Stencil (MFT); Glossy Accents, Copic marker, embossing paste, foam tape, embossing powder, heat gun

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A Sunny Thank You–CTD #307


Hey, there! And welcome to this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge! Monika has chosen the BEST end-of-summer colors based on her inspiration piece—just a perfect choice! And I could not resist being inspired by her photo as well as the colors.

swatch 307

Isn’t that gorgeous???? I do love me some Fall and this photo reminds me it’s not far away :)

I started with a Kraft Card Stock base, then added a layer of this burlap paper that I picked up a Michaels a while back. It’s real burlap with a paper backing so you can cut it and adhere it like paper—no twisting and out-of-shape burlap going on here.


Here’s the paper backing.


It makes for a very smooth finish on a burlap panel.


So, with that in place, I proceeded to create my “sky” with water color paper and a water color wash using a Pacific Point re-inker and a water brush. I have a You Tube video showing how to do a water color wash if you want to take a look, HERE.

Once my sky panel was done, I cut it out with the wonky panel from Blueprints 15 Die-namics, tied around some hemp cord, and popped it up on foam on the burlap. I added a Leaf-Filled Flourish Die-namics, cut from Jellybean Green Card Stock and a Sunflower Die-namics cut from Lemon Drop Card Stock with a Chocolate Brown Card stock center. I sponged the edges of my sunflower with some Kraft Ink just for fun. I added some Cloud Cover-Up clouds, cut from Sweet Tooth card stock, stamped the sentiment, from LJD Beautiful Baby on a Pierced Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics with Chocolate Brown ink and tied it on with more hemp cord


On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Chalkboard Greetings with Chocolate Brown ink.


And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD307 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, including our awesome August guest designer, Jodi Collins, WHO, I might add, will be a full-fledged team member starting next week! We are so stinkin’ excited to have her joining the Color Throwdown team and I know you will be, too! She will bring her awesome style to the challenges and be a great inspiration to us all! Welcome to the team, Jodi!!

Barbara Anders (<--- You are here!)   
Broni Holcombe
Cindy Lawrence
Joan Ervin
Lori Tecler
Monika Davis
Tammy Hershberger
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Jodi Collins – August Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you again soon!

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LJD Beautiful Baby, Chalkboard Greetings (MFT)
Ink: Chocolate Brown Ink
, Kraft Ink (MFT); Pacific Point Reinker (SU!)
Kraft Card Stock, Jellybean Green Card Stock, Sweet Tooth Card Stock, Lemon Drop Card Stock, Chocolate Brown Card Stock (MFT); water color paper (Ranger); burlap paper (DCWV)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Sunflower Die-namics, Leaf-Filled Flourish Die-namics, Pierced Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics, Cloud Cover-Up Die-namics, Blueprints 15 Die-namics, hemp cord (MFT); foam tape, hot glue, water brush

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MFT August Creative Challenge–A Twist On a Classic Technique: Watercolor


Hi, everyone, and welcome to MFT’s August Design Team Creative Challenge! This month we’re challenged to use watercoloring in different ways—I can’t wait to see what the rest of the team has to show us! Watercolor is a medium that’s been around forever but is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the crafting, card-making, and scrapbooking world. This month, our team will show you ways to achieve the look with stamps, stencils, and inks.


I was not ready to put my new MFT Halloween products away yet so I kept them out for this challenge. For my first card, I decided to use a stencil and watercolor with some ink refills for my background. I’m using MPD Teardrop Stencil, Sour Apple Refill, Orange Fizz Refill, Grape Jelly Refill, Steel Gray Refill and a water brush to create it. I put a drop of each color on my non-stick craft sheet and alternated picking up a touch with my brush, then stenciled the color on a piece of Ranger water color paper. When I was done, I splattered some clear water all over my stenciled paper. I love the way it puddles and even runs a tiny bit to give each teardrop a unique look.


To use my paper on a card, I trimmed it down and popped it up on a Steel Gray Card Stock card base, then worked on my focal image. For that, and using the masking technique, I combined a couple of images from Witch Way Is the Candy?, stamping them on X-Press It Blending Card with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and coloring with Copic markers. I fussy cut my combined image out then popped it up on a Pierced Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics cut from Sweet Tooth Card Stock, then popped the whole thing up on foam on the card base. I added some orange hemp, some matching sequins and a few clear gems for embellishment.


The sentiment, from Witch Way Is the Candy?, was stamped on a strip of Steel Gray Card Stock with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

For the inside, I stamped an image and another sentiment from Witch Way Is the Candy? 


My second card using the ink refills for a watercolor wash background.


Again using Ranger watercolor paper, and on the smooth side, I stamped Cheesecloth Background with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then, using (bottom to top) Orange Fizz Refill, Lemon Drop Refill, and Nightshift Blue Refill and a water brush, I colored my sky. (I have a video on my You Tube channel showing this process if you want to see it in action.)


To use this background on my card, I trimmed it down, added a Nightshift Blue Card Stock mat, and popped it up on foam on a Sweet Tooth Card Stock card base. I then cut several bats from Black Licorice Card Stock using Trick or Treat Die-namics, added some Copic marker colored eyes, and popped them up on foam. The sentiment, from PI Batty About You, was stamped on Translucent Vellum with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I adhered that to a piece of Orange Fizz Card Stock using my Quickie Glue Pen and putting it only on the back of the embossed sentiment. I added a layer of Nightshift Blue Card Stock and popped the whole thing up on foam. I finished off with some white and silver sequins to represent stars :)


On the inside I stamped another sentiment from PI Batty About You along with the PI image, stamped off the side.


And that’s it! Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again soon!

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Cat Card:
Witch Way Is the Candy? (MFT)
Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink, Orange Fizz Refill, Sour Apple Refill, Grape Jelly Refill, Steel Gray Refill (MFT)
Steel Gray Card Stock, Sweet Tooth Card Stock (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Pierced Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics, MPD Teardrop Stencil (MFT); Copic markers, foam tape, orange hemp, sequins, clear gems, white embossing powder, heat tool, Eclipse masking tape

Bat Card:
PI Batty About You, Cheesecloth Background (MFT)
Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink, Black Licorice Ink, Nightshift Blue Refill, Lemon Drop Refill, Orange Fizz Refill (MFT)
Sweet Tooth Card Stock, Nightshift Blue Card Stock, Orange Fizz Card Stock, Black Licorice Card Stock, Translucent Vellum (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Trick or Treat Die-namics (MFT); foam tape; sequins, clear gems, Copic marker, white embossing powder, heat tool, Quickie Glue Pen

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