Saturday, May 30, 2020

MFT Straight-Up Rainbow (part 2)

Here we are again!  Today's inspiration from the fabulous Jennifer McGuire.  She made adorable flip up cards using several different dies, but I really loved the MFT Straight-Up Rainbow. 
The base is SU Whisper White.  I ended up doing my background a bit different by sponging SU White craft ink on MFT Snowcone cardstock using a Hero Arts cloud stencil.  The sentiments are from MFT Hello stamped on SU Basic Black with versamark and white embossing powder.  The smiling cloud is popped up on white craft foam.  I also skipped the happy face on the reverse side of the flip element.  Thanks for looking!  April

Thursday, May 28, 2020

MFT Straight-Up Rainbow (part 1)

I was so excited to get my new MFT die in the mail because I was dying to try a couple of fun techniques from some of the great designers online.  The first was inspired from MFT designer Stephanie Klauck.  I never considered using the Grout cardstock as a background but it really lets the rainbow pop.  The card base is SU Whisper White and the rainbow is made with DCWV glitter stack.  The sentiment is from MFT Hello.  The face is SU Basic Black and Blushing Bride.  I swapped the eyes on this one for black cheeks and added gel pen pupils. 
Another card, I added a few sequins to look like rain.  This is a great set that I will be using often.  Thanks for looking!  April

Monday, May 18, 2020

Muggle Teacher gifts

This is a picture heavy post, so bear with me!  It's that time of year again and I am trying to brainstorm teacher gifts when low and behold, Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee posted a free Harry Potter Howler card.  So I was off and running! 

The card was made on my Cricut Explore with just cherry and white cardstock.  You can get two cards from a 12x12 sheet.  I used my finger to curl the tongue (and managed to give myself a nasty paper cut!) and placed it with a piece of double stick tape. 
We don't buy Talenti gelato often, mainly because it is expensive, but the jars are just too good to toss so I have been hoarding them.  How did I get the print off, you ask?  Acetone nail polish remover, cotton balls, elbow grease, and a well ventilated area are all it takes.  Make sure you wash the jars well once you are done cleaning them off. 
I will admit I have no idea where I got the image on the jar.  It was all one color, so I decided to highlight the I Teach Muggles in gold, leaving the rest in black.  Ok, I am going to give you an honest crafter-fail moment here.  Those pros out there make this look so fabulous, but this sucker is a pain to weed, because the finished design is only 2 1/2 inches tall.  I worked out a trick of reverse weeding.  TIP: weed the insides of all the letters and work the outside around the bigger words, then put your transfer tape over your image, burnish well, then remove backing paper.  Now weed the outer part of your image SLOWLY and your letters should stay stuck to the transfer tape.
For the top of the jar, I created the image on Cricut Design Space.  It is 3.25" and fits in the lid with a little room to spare.  I used the Cut and Print feature, then added the Hogwarts wax seal using burgundy hot glue sticks.  Yep, hot glue!  The best way I have found to do this is take some cooking spray and put a generous amount on a folded paper towel.  Tap your seal in the cooking spray, then make a puddle of hot glue on a silicone mat or on the sticker.  Wait a few seconds for the glue to slightly set but still soft.  Push the seal into the glue and wait a few minutes for it to set.  Gently rock the seal and remove.  Wait 5 minutes, then remove from the mat.  I store extras in a baggie.  Thanks for looking!  April

Nurse cards

This is for MFT's Color Challenge 141 and Wednesday Sketch Challenge 489
The images are from MFT and were free for making cards for medical staff during the pandemic.  I decided to have a little fun coloring many different images and these are the first two I got onto cards.  I plan to show more in the future, so check back soon!

The base is SU Whisper White cardstock, with layers of MFT Steel Gray cardstock, Lemon Chiffon wood grain, and Grout Gray cardstock.  The sentiment is printed on Spectrum Noir cardstock.  The images are colored in copic markers.  The image is glued to the grout colored cardstock and is popped up foam tape.  Thanks for looking!  April

Saturday, May 2, 2020

MFT Space Explorer

I mentioned I have been practicing with my copic markers and here are some views of my color combos.  You will see future posts featuring these little cuties coming soon.  I did a set in good old red, white and blue, a set in Buzz Lightyear green, purple, and white, a set in blueish green and orange, and a set in green, orange and gray.  Here they are all cut with dies and waiting for their visors to dry after being coated in glossy accents.  Once they are ready, I will store them in a baggie with the planets and stars, making cards quicker.  I plan to ink several galaxy backgrounds so they will be ready to go.  Thanks for looking!  April