Monthly Archives: December 2017

Merry Christmas from all of us at Dare 2B Artzy!

We hope you have a magical holiday season with all your friends and family!!





We look forward to sharing more lovely projects with you in the New Year!!

Hi Dare 2B Artzy friends! It’s Tonya from Is everyone ready for Christmas? If you are, I envy you. My shopping is done, but I still have all of the wrapping to do and I’m still working on last minute Christmas cards.

I thought since I had a fun Christmas card using the Dare 2B Artzy Family Stockings stamp and die set that I’d pop in today to share my card with you.

I’m a huge fan of foiling. I love to use foil to embellish and add sparkle to my cards. You may feel like you’re limited with foil to only being able to use pre-designed foil templates to create your foil designs. The pre-designed templates are typically black & white cardstock with a black pattern, design or sentiment on them that when you run through your foiling machine will allow the foil to stick to the design.  Some of the designs really make for beautiful cards.

However, there’s so much more that you can do with foils if you start looking at your stamps. If you have a scanner and a cheap laser printer you can foil anything you can scan and print to your laser printer. I know some of you may be thinking that it would be expensive. I purchased my Canon Laser Printer for $35-$40 and I saw them on sale during Black Friday at Walmart for the same price. For my scanner, I have the ink jet printer/scanner combo and I’ve seen them for around $50 on sale for a Canon Pixma. If you don’t have a scanner or laser printer, you could also go to your local Office Depot or Office Max and use their equipment for a small fee.

To create a foiled stamp you need to pick an image that has some details on it but you don’t want the image to be too small. First, stamp the image onto some white cardstock using a crisp black ink like Dare 2B Artzy’s Totally Black Ink.  You’ll want to make sure that the ink is dry before you scan the image as you don’t want to get black ink on your scanner glass. With the ink dry, you can now scan the image to your computer.

You can now print the scanned image on your laser printer onto some cardstock. I used 80lb Neenah cardstock to print my stockings on.

Now you can die cut the images if you’re doing different colors like I did or you can just cut the cardstock down so that it will fit through your foiling machine. I used the Anna Griffin Minc machine, but I understand that laminators will also work for foiling as well as long as they have a variable temperature setting. I let my Minc warm up, put the setting on 5 and waited until the green light stopped blinking to let me know it was warm enough.

I placed my stockings into a piece of heavy cardstock folded in half. I like to use 80lb paper or higher to create a folder to put my images in to be foiled. The reason for the heavy cardstock is that it keeps the folder from becoming creased in the foiling machine. If the folder gets creased your images may come out with a crease line through them as well.

I cut a piece of foil just big enough to cover each of the stockings. I used Therm o Web foil in Grass Green, Red Velvet and Turquois Sea. The foil is placed over the images with the shiny side up and the dull side covering the images to be foiled.

Once my machine was warm enough, I ran the folder with the images through the machine. When it comes out of the machine. I place the folder on my crafting desk and run my fingers over the outside of the folder and then on the inside over the foiled images. I don’t know if it helps but I like to believe that it helps seal the foil to the image.

Once the foil cools, I carefully peel back the foil from each of the stockings. They look so amazing! I love that the foil picks up all the detail of the Dare 2B Artzy Family Stocking stamps.

I put my card together using some Dare 2B Artzy Holly Days paper collection and layered up the stockings over some white die cut strips. I added a button and some bakers twine in red for some dimensional details along with some green pearls.

Foiling with your existing stamps is a great way to stretch your stamps and get more uses out of them other than just coloring, inking. This technique would work really well with background stamps, border stamps and regular stamped images. I highly recommend it.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card and are inspired to try out some foiling using your stamps.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Reminder that we still have our Sprit of the Season Challenge going on through 12/31 so there’s still time to submit your cards for the challenge.







Welcome Dare 2B Artzy fans!!  Karen N here from Craftily Yours!
I’ve got a houseful of men.  Four sons!  Well, actually two are biologically mine and two are step-sons, but it’s still a whole lotta boy.  Making masculine cards isn’t easy, but I think I did good on this card using the Hoot Hoot and Texture A stamp sets to make this:
Love those owls!  They are a hoot!  To make this card, I stamped one of the texture stamps onto Kraft card stock with VersaMark and wet embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.  I hadded some Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint distress oxide inks and sprayed with a bit of water to blend.  I also splashed a little Vintage Photo distress oxide ink onto the card.  I colored the owl with Copic markers:  G40, G43, Y26, Y28, E41, and E42.  Here’s a close-up:
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Craftily yours,

Today I made my card to enter into the Coffee Lover’s Hop.  [Dare 2B Artzy is a sponsor, and it my pleasure that I get to design for them!]

I sponged my background with distress inks, and sprinkled a little water for spots.  I also used some white gel pen to add more “snow”.  I used the Winter Plaid Paper for my punched trees, and used the [so fun] Perfect Blend stamp set and matching coffee cup die.  The sentiment is from Bright Birthday.

I think my card will be perfect for the hop – bright, cheerful and Christmasy!

Are you playing in the Coffee Lover’s Hop?  D2BA has all the Coffee Sets on sale at 10% off!

See you next time~

Hi D2BA Friends!
Tasha here with a coffee themed Thank-You card created with the super fun “Perk Up” stamp set!

I love coffee themed stamps and this one is a great choice to use in a project for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

To create this card, I stamped the cute heart cup in black D2BA ink and colored it with markers. I used the same ink to stamp the steam and sentiment on the bright white cardstock.

The cup was adhered with foam tape to add some texture and I added a little blue ink on the steam to bring in more color.

To bring in even more color, I layered a piece of D2BA pattern paper on top of a pretty turquoise frame. The blue pops and really works well with the blue used on the mug.

Lastly, to complete the design, I layered the card on a metallic copper card base and added glitter and white gel accents to the stamped images. I think this Clean & Simple style is a perfect way to thank someone special!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Happy Monday!
It’s Melody from Handmade Card Happiness and Instagram.

If you are still working on Christmas cards, check out this super quick Christmas card using the Dare 2B Artzy Snowflake Wishes stamp set!

I began by masking off a stripe using Post-it Note tape.  Next, I used an ink blending tool to apply Dare 2B Artzy’s Midnight Blue ink.

Just keep applying ink until you get the shade of color that appeals most to you!  Remove the tape, and you are left with a beautiful, crisp blue stripe.  Let the ink dry or set it with a heat embossing tool.  Stamp the sentiment on the front of the card.

Next, arrange your snowflakes in a stamp positioning tool.  I used my MISTI.  After applying anti-static powder to my card base, I inked up the snowflakes with a WOW! Embossing Pad, sprinkled on some WOW! Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing Glitter, heat set the powder, and my card was finished!

Now I just have to make twenty more of these today, and I will have my Christmas cards almost ready to mail!

Don’t forget to enter your creations for the D2BA Spirit of the Season Challenge HERE.  You could be the winner of a D2BA stamp set and ink pad of your choice!

Dare 2B Artzy is also a super sponsor for the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  You can check out all of the fun HERE!  The blog hop ends December 15, 2017.

Happy stamping!

Welcome Dare 2B Atrzy fans!!

Kendra here from Luv 2 Scrap N Make Cards to share a fun holiday card with you!

Can you believe it’s the 10th already?!  How are you doing on your holiday cards?

  Usually this time of the year I resort to creating some fun and simple holiday cards!  So that is what I created for today!

Have you had a chance to see the two new stamp sets released; Holly Christmas and Holiday Magic?

They are so fun!!

I decided to work with the Holiday Magic set for my card today!

I was immediately drawn to the branch in the set!  It was screaming ‘wreath’ to me!!

I started by grabbing a few supplies:

Circle dies are perfect to use for lightly tracing around the outside to give you your wreath shape:

 Even after tracing around the die, I sometimes go back and lightly erase the lines a little to be sure the are light enough, so that you won’t even end up seeing them after stamping!!

Now the fun begins!!

Add the branch stamp from the Holiday Magic stamp set to a clear block and begin stamping around the circle you’ve created:

 I used the Margarita Lime Ink for my stamped branches!

Have fun with this!!

It’s okay to over lap the branches!

Here is a look once I got all the way around:

How fun!!

I decided to grab a darker green ink and add some more branches on top!!

I really like the look of the two colors!  Adds some dimension!!

At first I thought about adding some rhinestones to my wreath, but then decided it may be too much.  So I decided some berries would be fun.  Now to either create my own or find a stamp set!  Found the perfect berries!!  I ended up grabbing the Playful Posies stamp set!!  The grouping of three dots, is perfect!!  A total Happy Dance moment!!

After stamping the ‘berries’ I added Glossy Accents to each of them to give them dimension!  I then sprinkled glitter on the card base while they all were still wet to add some sparkle!!

My finished card:

Both sentiments are also from the Holiday Magic stamp set!


Aren’t the berries yummy?!?!

I am so in love with this fun and simple design!!

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Be sure to check back for more amazing inspiration!

Have an ARTZY day! 



Greetings!  Chris here and today I am sharing a scrapbook page I created.  I always take tons of pictures at Christmas but then struggle to scrap them after the holidays are over!  But I love adding stamping to my scrapbook pages!

Supplies needed include:

D2BA Tis the Season – Red Sweater paper (B side)

D2BA Tis the Season Stamp Set

D2BA Merry Christmas Layer Die

D2BA Ornament Die Set

D2BA Pomegranate Ink

Letter stickers

white, red and green card stock

gold wire cording

I started by matting my  D2BA Tis the Season – Red Sweater paper (B side) onto green card stock.


I cut a large red banner and stamped the flower from the D2BA Tis the Season Stamp Set with  D2BA Pomegranate Ink randomly over the banner.  I matted the banner onto white card stock and added to my background. I added my matted photos on top of the banner.

I die cut Christmas for my title using the D2BA Merry Christmas Layer Die.

I then cut ornaments using my D2BA Ornament Die Set. and then stamped the images with D2BA Tis the Season Stamp Set and D2BA Pomegranate Ink.

I added the ornaments to my page adding a wire bow to the ornmanents.

I finished the page by adding “wonder” with letter stickers and adding journaling and gold cording to top and bottom of the page!   I hope this inspires you to use your stamps on your scrapbook pages!

Welcome to the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!!

We are so thrilled to be once again joining in this hop!!

We are a Super Sponsor!!

We are offering $20 in store credit to one random winner, chosen at the end of the hop week!  Winners will be announced on Sunday, December 17th on the Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog!!

We are also giving away a $10 Gift Certificate as a Flash Prize!!


Here is a look at our fun Coffee, Cocoa and Tea stamp sets and dies:

They can all be found here!  

Enter code COFFEE for 10% off your entire order!!!
(applies to ALL Dare 2B Artzy products)


Here is some lovely inspiration from Artzy Designer Kendra:

Products Used: Perfect BlendSnowflake WishesMug Die (D40)


Be sure to check out the Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog to see the entire line-up of sponsors!!

Thanks for hopping along, we hop you have been inspired!!

Have an Artzy Day!!

Hello Dare 2B Artzy fans! It is Michelle Houghton here from with a little inspiration for your Thursday. You probably have seen a few colored poinsettia flowers and crafts around here lately. I sure have and I am loving them all so much that I had to jump in and color one up for myself! Before I show you the pretties make sure you check in on this month’s challenge and get your submission entered so you have a chance at some goodies!

December Challenge: Spirit of the Season

Now here are some peeks at what I created!


I used Copic markers to color up this embossed version of the Poinsettia in my sketchbook.


And here are the colors I used:

The real treat is I videoed the whole process and if you would like to see you can find the link over at my blog at!

To see all the wonderful D2BA products make a quick run through the store AND make sure to add a Poinsettia Tangle to your cart 😉

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is filled with crafty goodness!