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Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! Can you believe there are only 18 more shopping days until Christmas! Are you ready? If you are not, you are in good company! I like shopping for gifts, but I really dislike wrapping. I need a group of elves to come help me in that department. Wonder if Santa could lend me a couple?

Today I wanted to share a fun card that is so easy to put together using the fun Dare 2B Artzy Christmas bulb and scripty Christmas sentiment die from the Merry Christmas Layer Die set. It really plays into our December challenge theme, Spirit of the Season.

The Dare 2B Artzy Christmas bulb is a single bulb die cut and the little topper that goes on it, which is very nice because you can really do a multitude of things with it. For my card today, I wanted it to appear to be Christmas lights strung up along a pine bough.

I started by cutting a piece of black cardstock with a stitched rectangle die that was 4 x 5. Then I used a diagonal stitched die to cut that piece of black cardstock at an angle. It cut out a one ½-inch section of my cardstock at an angle. If you have a stitched border die, it would work perfectly as well for this.

 

Now that I had two pieces of cardstock, I used the little branch from the Poinsettia Tangle stamp set. I stamped it with some white pigment ink onto the cut edge of the black cardstock and sprinkled on some white glitter embossing powder and heat set it. I repeated the process all the way across the cut edges of both pieces of cardstock. I did reverse the angle of the branch for the top piece so that they stamped in the opposite direction.

Next, I was on to die cutting the little Christmas bulb and the connector from various pieces of scrap cardstock I had in my scrap bin. The nice thing about small dies is that they allow you to use up those scraps that you probably have laying around. I only have one little bulb so I cut about 15 of them from various colors. My arm got quite a workout making this card since I have a manual die cut machine. I believe you could probably layer up a couple of pieces of cardstock and cut through two at a time if your paper is not too heavy or if you added a shim.  I repeated the process with a darker green cardstock for all of the little toppers for the bulbs.

For each bulb, I glued the topper to the bulb and set an acrylic stamping block on it while it dried.

I had the scripty Christmas word cut from some glitter cardstock leftover from the turnabout cards I made for the December Challenge cards. I used that and ran it through my Xyron machine to add some adhesive to the back.

I cut an A2 size piece of red cardstock with my favorite scalloped rectangle die. I layered up the red cardstock with the black and put them all into my MISTI so that I could get the placement for my sentiment in the center of the card. I aligned all of the pieces of cardstock and then peeled back the adhesive sheet from the scripty Christmas word and placed it in the diagonal section onto my red cardstock.

I needed to add the Merry to the sentiment so I used the Merry Christmas from the Tis the Season stamp set and positioned it so that it was above the scripty Christmas. I masked off the Christmas part of the sentiment so that it would not stamp onto the card. Once I was happy with the placement, I inked up the Merry with some Versamark and heat embossed it with some Fine Detail White embossing powder.

Since the Xyron tends to leave some little sticky webbing between the letters on my Christmas script, I used an Adhesive Eraser and carefully removed some of the excess adhesive that was showing on the card front. There are lots of nooks and crannies, but it does a good job of getting the sticky residue off.

Next, it was time to glue the Christmas bulbs into place on my card front. I positioned them over the embossed branches and tried to fill in the gaps that were in a few places. Alternating colors, I glued each one down with some Ranger Multi-medium matte. Once they were glued in place, I once again placed some acrylic blocks over the top until the glue was dried.

Once everything was dried, I used some dimensional foam to pop up the black panels and the red cardstock onto my white top folding card base.

I added some red sequins to my card front to add some extra sparkle and I used some Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to all of the colored bulbs.

I do not know about you, but I think that Christmas lights are one of the best parts of the holiday season. Seeing the trees and houses all lit up really makes me, feel festive.

 

I hope you are enjoying the Spirit of the Season and finding joy in the simple things like lights on a tree, baking, wrapping and making memories with friends and loved ones.

Perhaps you are finding joy in creating a fabulous project for our December challenge, Spirit of the Season. There is still plenty of time to get in on the challenge as it runs through 12/31. Remember, you could win a stamp set of your choice. That would be a great way to start the New Year!

This is my last official post for the month of December for Dare 2B Artzy. The DT Members have a nice break to enjoy the holidays. I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! I will be back on Wednesday after New Year’s!

 

Hugs,

Tonya

 

Hello and happy Wednesday crafty friends! It’s Tonya from Krafty Enchantments. I am back today with a new card creation featuring the Dare 2B Artzy Tangle Jumpstart 1 stamp set and my favorite Swirls background stamp from Dare 2B Artzy.

First, I will start with the details for the background I created. I saw this background technique featured by Jennifer McGuire and had been itching to try it out for myself. This technique uses just embossing powder, background stamp and embossing ink.

To start, I cut a piece of white cardstock to  approx. 5 x 6 and took my Versamark embossing ink directly to the cardstock and smooshed the embossing ink all over the entire piece of cardstock until it was covered entirely. Note: I did re-ink my Versamark pad prior to starting this process so it was really juicy.

Then I sprinkled on some silver embossing powder from Hero Arts and made sure the entire surface was covered with the embossing powder. I tapped off the excess and then used my heat gun to set the entire piece. Although it may seem like you are using a lot of embossing powder for this process, it really is not as much as it seems.

Once the background was fully set, I placed it into my MISTI tool and positioned my Swirls background stamp from Dare 2B Artzy over the now silver embossed cardstock.

Before stamping, I used my anti-static powder tool and generously brushed it across the entire silver embossed background. This will help prevent the additional embossing powder from sticking to areas you do not want it.

I inked my swirls background stamp with Versamark ink and stamped a couple of times directly onto the solid silver embossed background. When I was happy with the embossing ink coverage in all areas I removed it from my MISTI tool and used some Violet embossing powder and sprinkled it over the entire background area. There were a couple of places that I did have to use a fine tipped paint brush to brush away some stray embossing powder in some other areas.

Now I was ready to heat set the background again. After a couple of trial and error sessions with this technique, I discovered that it is possible to over-heat the embossing powder and reactivate the base layer of powder. When that happens, your stamped image can disappear into the background. The trick is to keep your heat gun moving, moving, moving. You do not want to leave it in one area too long. Moving it allows the embossing powder to start to melt and adhere to the background, but it does not heat the background up too much in the process. It took a good 10-15 min to get the violet embossed image to set.

I think the result is amazing! It is so pretty in person. I love the violet and silver together. There are so many colors of embossing powder out there that there would be endless possibilities for this background.

Since I had used the soft violet in my background swirls, I wanted to play up that color a bit so I used that as one of my color choices with the Dare 2B Artzy Butterfly Tangle Jumpstart 1 stamps. I stamped each butterfly with Versamark and used Pewter embossing powder to emboss them. Next, I colored up the two butterflies that are in this set using my Copics using a mixture of cool grey, violet and blue greens and light blues.

I colored the butterflies by flicking out from the center with my darkest grey and going over each stroke with the next lightest color then flicking from the outer edges with my darkest violet or blue green color and flicking inwards towards the grey. I think it gives a pretty cool look to the color of the butterflies.

When I was finished coloring, I used the coordinating dies to cut out my butterflies which makes it so convenient and quick.

My original plan was to trim down my background swirls panel and frame the top and bottom with black cardstock. I am sure as crafters, we have all had days when nothing seems to cut straight. I was having that kind of day. I trimmed the ends, top and bottom of my Swirls background and when it set it against the black cardstock it just looked wonky and crooked. I tried a different trimmer and proceeded to trim off a little more. No matter what I did it just did not look straight. I even trimmed my black cardstock twice thinking maybe that was the issue. Rather than continuing to trim and potentially ruin the background, I opted to place the panel over the black cardstock at an angle and trim off the excess and that way it is all wonky, LOL!  I’ll just tell everyone I was being Artzy! My panel was added to the black cardstock with some dimensional foam.

Finally, I stamped the sweet sentiment, Butterfly Kisses on some black cardstock and embossed with some white embossing powder, trimmed it down and placed it on my card front at a bit of an angel.

I added two silver dots to embellish the front of the card a bit but did not do much else because the shiny silver and violet panel doesn’t need much embellishment as it makes it’s own statement I think.

I love the final results with this card background and how the colors work so well with the finished butterflies. It is such a pretty card.

I hope you’ll try some fun techniques using your favorite Dare 2B Artzy stamps. You’ll find links to the Dare 2B Artzy the supplies I used today listed below.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Hugs

Tonya

Hello to all my Dare 2B Artzy crafty pals! It’s Tonya from Krafty Enchantments. Hope your long 4th of July weekend was spectacular! Ours was pretty low key as the hubby had to work, so we hung out at home most of the weekend, took in a couple movies and had a wonderful 4th of July BBQ with my parents.

Although I didn’t get my craft room organized as planned, I did get in some crafty time and I have a fun, easy project to share with you today!

At last years Scrapbook Expo in Denver, I had purchased some stamps from another company that are made to be water colored. Recently that same company released a frame die as a companion to the square stamps. It’s made to fit them perfectly. Of course I had to have it, but like many of my products that I use, I knew that it could work for a Dare 2B Artzy project.

So today is the day to share my adorable stamped frame. I used the Art Impressions 3-D frame die to create this fun Dare 2B Artzy project. I just love how cute this turned out!

Here’s how I created this adorable project. I started off with some Dare 2B Artzy paper. Of course you can use plain, bland, boring solid color paper for this project, but why would you want to do that when you have all the fabulous patterns and colors of Dare 2B Artzy’s papers. For my frame, I chose to use the Diamond Bliss paper from the Modern Bliss collection. I cut the 12 x 12 piece down to be 6 x 6 pieces. This gave me enough room for the die to fit onto the paper.

Something to keep in mind, whatever patterned side you would like to make up the front of the frame should be placed face down against the cutting edge of the die when your run it through your die cut machine.

After cutting out the paper you simply fold along the two perforated lines on each side to create the frame. Then slide the tabs into the slots through to the back. Once through the slots, you can fold the perforated line on the tab.  I used some double sided tape from Elizabeth Craft Design to hold the tabs in place flat against the back. The double sided tape would come in handy later when I added the finished picture to the frame.

To add my Dare 2B Artzy stamped images, I cut a piece of Canson 140 lb water color paper into a 6×6 piece. The opening to the frame is 2 ½ x 2 ½ inches, which isn’t a huge amount of space. In order to figure out what stamps were going to work best, I placed the assembled frame on top of my water color paper and traced the center opening with a pencil as well as the outer edges of the finished frame. This allowed me to play around with placement of my stamps. Here’s a quick picture of what that looked like:

Initially I wasn’t sure which stamps I would use to create the picture for my frame so I got out several and began placing them into the square to see which would work best. Obviously, if you want to cover more of the entire piece, a larger stamp would work just fine.  I wanted some white space to balance out the paper on my frame. I used the Butterfly Tangle set and the flower from the Blissful Blooms set.

With my stamps arranged into my paper, I was ready to stamp them using my MISTI and some Versamark Ink. I made sure to stamp several times to get a clean impression onto my water color paper. Next, I sprinkled on the Ranger Super Fine Detail white embossing powder and heat set it.

I was now ready for a bit of water coloring on my background. I used my Zig clean color brushes to color in sections of the flower and butterfly and then used my water color brush and moving the color around a bit more to define the images. I love how fun and bright they turned out.

 

Once the images were dry, I added a bit of a subtle blue to the background to try to give it a sky feel and to further add contrast to define the white embossed images.

I added some clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the butterfly to give it a bit of shimmer.

Once everything was dry, I used an eraser to remove my pencil lines for the picture inside the frame and used the once on the outside to determine where to trim the paper down to.

I added some extra double sided craft tape to the inside edge of the frame to make sure it would adhere nicely to the picture.

I removed the backing to the tape and placed the completed picture in place so that it lined up with the outer edges of the back of the frame and pressed it firmly into place.

The final step was adding the die cut easel stand that comes with the 3-D Frame Die set. It cuts automatically from the negative space when you run the frame die through your machine. I folded the easel along the perforated edges of the stand and added some double sided tape to the spine edge that would be placed against my frame. The easel has one slanted end and one straight end. I placed mine so that the slanted edge would be down at the bottom, but I suppose if you wanted your picture to stand up straight you could flip it so that the straight edge was at the bottom. I lined up the bottom spine of the easel to the bottom edge of the back of the frame and then press it into place firmly. If you used a heavier cardstock or water color paper as I did, you may find that you have to tape the sides of the easel back together to get it to stand up correctly; otherwise it can be too heavy for the easel.

For a finishing touch, I added some glossy white dots to the inner corners of the frame. You could certainly go crazy with embellishments like Nuvo Drops, sequins, or even beads for this project and add a multitude of things to the finished frame. Another thought is to leave the easel off and punch a hole in the top of the frame and use it to hang your masterpiece.  Imagine what cute Christmas ornaments these would make for friends using your favorite holiday Dare 2B Artzy Stamp sets. I bet that put some crafty ideas into some of your heads. I know it did for me!!

I really hope that you have enjoyed today’s project. I had so much fun making a project which would showcase these awesome Dare 2B Artzy stamps.

Have a great day!

Hugs

Tonya

Happy Wednesday crafty friends! Tonya here from Krafty Enchantments.  I hope you are having a great week so far. I’m back today to share another card I created using some of my favorite Dare 2B Artzy stamps.

Today’s card features the feathers from the Dare 2B Artzy Dream Catcher stamp set and the matching feather dies and the Swirls Background stamp set.

Like most of my projects I started off by playing and experimenting. This time I was playing with my Color Burst Powders. If you’re not familiar with Color Burst powders, they are concentrated micro fine water color powders and they are so much fun to play with. They are very forgiving also so if you’re intimidated by water colors, give these a try.

I used the Tangerine and Fuchsia Color Burst Powders and poofed them onto a piece of heavy cardstock. When I refer to poofing I’m talking about squeezing the bottle so that a small poof of the powder comes out onto the paper. A little goes a long way with these powders so you don’t need too much.

 

With the powder on the paper, I used a spray bottle and thoroughly covered the cardstock with the water to activate the powder and blend the colors. When I’m using these powders I find that it’s easier to put a cloth underneath in order to dab off the puddles of liquid that pool and roll off the cardstock. To set the colors you can allow the panel to dry on its own or you can use a heat gun to speed up the drying.  

At this point you can add more Color Burst to the panel if you’re not satisfied with the coverage or blending of colors. You can just keep repeating the process of powder, water and drying as long as you’ve used a heavy weight cardstock or water color paper that can handle the water.

With my panel completely dried, I added some heat embossed swirls using the Swirls background stamp and some Carnelian orange embossing powder to give it a tone on tone look. I really love this Swirls background stamp and I think it looks amazing with this tone on tone effect. I die cut the whole piece with a larger rectangle die with rounded edges.

For my base panel, I stamped the various feathers onto the outside edge of a dark blue piece of a scalloped die cut cardstock using some Ranger Perfect Medium and then brushed on some Perfect Pearls Powders. The colors of Perfect Pearls that I used were Turquoise, Sour Apple and Forever Violet.  The powders really pop against the dark cardstock. I love the shimmer against the blue background.

However, Perfect Pearls are not smudge proof so I used some Krylon Spray Fixative and sprayed a coat over the entire panel to set the Perfect Pearls. I set the piece aside to dry for about 15 minutes.

I added my sentiment using some Sapphire blue embossing powder on a piece of white cardstock and die cut it with another one of my funky rounded square dies.

I wanted bring of bit of the background to the foreground of my card. I used some dark cardstock and stamped one of the feathers from the Dream Catcher stamp set with the Perfect Medium again and added some Perfect Pearls to it and die cut it out using the matching Dare 2B Artzy feather dies. I added some spray fixative to it to set the Perfect Pearls.

After the fixative was dry, I was ready to assemble the card. I added dimensional foam to all 3 layers and adhered them to each other on top of a white cardstock card base. I added the die cut feather to the edge of my sentiment.

Of course I had to add some bling to the card so I added some iridescent sequins to the card front. I was excited to use a new tool to aid in picking up the pesky sequins that I always seem to drop and get everywhere. The tool is called a Jewel Picker from Marvy and it works great for picking up sequins and small embellishments as it has a sticky rubber-like end on both sides that picks them up very easily!

 

I love how this card turned out. The bright colors and the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls makes my day.  I hope that it brightens your day as well and that you’re inspired to try out some different products or techniques on your next Dare 2B Artzy project.

Check out the Dare 2B Artzy store for these stamp sets and many others for all your crafting needs. Also, don’t forget that we have a new challenge that started this last weekend. It’s a summer theme so be sure to submit a fun summer themed project and you could win a stamp and ink pad of your choice from Dare 2B Artzy! Details are on the Dare 2B Artzy blog here.

 

 

 

Hi Dare 2B Artzy friends! Tonya here from Krafty Enchantments. Hope everyone had fun with last weekends Dare 2B Artzy 3D Spring Blog Hop? There was so much inspiration from my very talented teammates!! Hope you found something fun to try out or were inspired to create your own Spring 3D Project. I know I need to stock up on paper because there were more than a few things that I’d like to make.

I’m back today with another fun Dare 2B Artzy card to share! I’m using an older Dare 2B Artzy stamp set called Lift Your Spirits which features two gorgeous hot air balloons, some clouds and several sentiments which are perfect for several different occasions.

Personally, I’ve always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon, but just haven’t had the opportunity. I’ve also wanted to go to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, NM . Both are on my Life TO DO list. In the meantime, I’ll just have to settle for making cards with balloons on them.

To create the card, I started off by stamping the large balloon in the Lift Your Spirits stamp set with the Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black ink.

I knew I was only going to use a 2 color scheme on my balloon and I wanted it to be bold so I naturally I went with my Copic reds (R24, R27, R29, R59 and R89) and my neutral greys (N1, N3, N4, N7 and N9). I colored most everything leaving a bit of white on the scalloped sections of the balloon. I added just a hint of B0000 to the white sections. When the Copic coloring was dry I added a bit of clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the white areas of the balloon.

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As I was working on this project I kept thinking about the song, “Up, up and Away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon…”. It was a song my grandma played on her record player when I would spend summers with her. Guess the song stuck with me, LOL!

Once, I’d finished coloring everything, I ran the colored balloon through my die cutting machine using the matching  Dare 2B Artzy balloon die. At the same time I cut a few of the clouds out of some white cardstock as well.

I was going to create a brand new background for this card, but since I was cleaning my craft space in my home office that I share with my hubby this past weekend, I ran across a stack of pre-colored pieces that I’d done before the holidays. I don’t know about anyone else, but many times I’ll color and image or play around with my watercolors, airbrush, stencils or whatever and create something. Those pieces may not fit with current projects that I’m working on and truthfully sometimes I don’t even like them, but I rarely ever throw them away because there may be a project down the road that I can utilize them. Also, many times I change my opinion about something I’ve created after I haven’t seen it for a while. It can save a lot of time having a background or colored piece that’s already completed when making cards. I have a paper tray that I throw them into and then when I go through it periodically, I find a treasure trove of art to be used and sometimes new inspiration as well.

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That was the case with my blue background for this card. I’d created a 8×10 wash of water-color using my Gansai Tambi water colors a few months ago and I saw it and thought it would be perfect for my backdrop to my balloon. I cut the piece down into 4 sections (saved the other 3 for later projects) and die cut one using a scalloped square die. The die actually creates a stitched square and then a scalloped frame which are two separate pieces, but I used some craft tape on the back of it to keep the frame and square together. I used a larger scalloped square frame for the bottom layer and cut one from some grey cardstock and one from white and then swapped them to create the base layer with the white scalloped frame.

For my Dare 2B Artzy die cut clouds I ran them through my die cut machine with an embossing folder called Swiss Dots from Cuttlebug to give them a bit of texture.

I layered up the blue layer and my balloon with some dimensional foam to give them a bit of pop.

I stamped the “hi!” sentiment with some Versamark ink and heat set it with white embossing powder to the blue watercolor panel. I love that lowercase sentiment – it’s so fun!

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All of my layers were matted to a piece of grey 110 lb cardstock that measured 4 1/4 x 4 1/4.

I hope you enjoyed my card today. Be sure to check out Dare 2B Artzy’s online store for the Lift Your Spirits stamp set and matching die. The die coordinates with all of the Dare 2B Artzy hot air balloon stamps so you can create your own Balloon Fiesta and send it to a friend.

Have a great week!

Hugs

Tonya

Hello and Happy Wednesday! Tonya from Krafty Enchantments again. Hope everyone’s having a spectacular day & getting in some much needed crafting time!

I’m back with another card today for Dare 2B Artzy. I’m sticking with my spring theme and playing with that Raggity Rabbit stamp set again. I cannot get enough of this adorable bunny. I still want to petition the powers that be at Dare 2B Artzy to make a stuffed version of this bunny – he’s just that cute that he needs to be hugged.

Today’s card is sort of simple, but sometimes those are the best kinds of cards. I like to take time in my coloring and let my mind wander as I’m coloring. It’s very cathartic to just be in the moment and enjoy making something with your hands.

To start I stamped Mr. Raggity Rabbit with some Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black ink onto some Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I also stamped the basket with the pretty flowers right next to him.

I colored my bunny to be a sort of crème & tan colored with a hint of peach on his nose and ears. I used the tip of my Copic marker to create the little dots of ink for added texture for his fur. I really like the effect is has.

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Once my bunny was colored I quickly colored the basket and flowers using some bright blue-green and yellow colors.

With my bunny and basket of flowers colored, I die cut the whole image with a large scalloped rectangle.

I die cut a large fishtail flag from some bright yellow cardstock and cut a smaller fishtail flag from some bright green colored burlap that I had.

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Next I stamped the sentiment, Some Bunny Loves You in some black ink and used a half-circle diet to cut it out. I sponged on some light blue ink around the edges of the half-circle. I cut a second half-circle from a bright green cardstock. I glued them together at an offset angle so you could see the bright green cardstock underneath.

Finally, I layered some blue cardstock and blue plaid cardstock on my background and layered in the fishtail flags so they hung off the edge of the card and placed my colored bunny and basket on the top layer. I added the sentiment in the corner at a bit of an angle.

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It’s a very simple, but fun card to make and the bright colors are so cheery.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Hugs,

Tonya

Hi Dare 2B Artzy friends!

Tasha here from CraftyPinkPixie.com sharing a fun birthday card created with the Purrfect Day stamp set.

This set is super adorable and is perfect for this month’s “All You Need is Love” Challenge.

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To create this card, I selected the cute cat and mouse stamps and the “Just Fur You!” sentiment. I also used a masking technique to create the pretty watercolored background!

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After removing the masking, I painted the images and embellished with white gel pen and clear glitter. To add more sparkle, I attached a clear rhinestone to the cat’s bow and added scalloped blue glitter paper with coordinating rhinestones to the top corners; love all the bling!

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To complete the project, I layered the card on some fun pink heart pattern paper, dark purple card stock, and used a pastel pink card base. I also stamped “Hope Your Birthday is PURRRfect!” inside the card with Wild Orchid Ink.

I hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to create with the sweet Purrfect Day stamp set!

To participate in the All You Need is Love Challenge click HERE!

Click HERE to visit the D2BA Shop!

Have a wonderful day,

-Tasha

Hello Dare 2B Artzy friends!!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  We’re having some very nice spring-like weather here in Colorado which is giving people a bit of the spring fever. I doubt old man winter is done with us just yet as February & March are typically our snowiest months.

Today, I decided to share a different type of card and by different I’m referring to shape.  Like many card makers, my normal go-to is an A2 size card. It’s comfortable to work with a familiar shape and size when making cards and it makes layouts a breeze.

However, today I’m here to tell you that circular card styles need love too. I’d poked around on Instagram and other blogs and noticed that in the crafting world you don’t see many circular style cards. I wonder why?  I decided to make a circular card with the Dare 2B Artzy stamp set called Paisley Bliss.

To create a card  base that is circular you have to use a circle die and position the die so that the folded edge of the  cardstock paper is below the cut line of the die. This will create the folded edge of the card – essentially you’ll have 7/8 of a circle, but one edge will be flat for the fold. I’ve included a picture for reference, but I placed my die face up with the paper underneath it so you could see the cut line of the circle die in relation to where I’ve placed my paper. That is how you’d run it through your die cut machine – with the die facing your paper obviously depending on the type of die cut machine you use. The size of the circle die I used to create my card base was 3 3/4″.

Die to paper placement for Circle Card

While I could have utilized my card base and stamped my image & sentiment directly onto the base, I wanted to jazz up my card by cutting a scalloped circle from some lighter teal cardstock that was just a bit larger than my card base. The scalloped die measured 4 1/4″ from edge to edge. This would form the main layer for the card front. The scalloped layer kind of creates the look of a flower which I really like.

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I die cut another circle that measured 3 3/4″ (the same size as my card base) from some red cardstock and layered it on top of the scalloped layer.

For the final layer that would be on the top,  I grabbed a circle die that measured 3 1/4″ and I laid out the different stamps from the Paisley Bliss stamp set and placed them  inside the circle die to see which stamps would be the best fit for the space. This allowed me to visualize the placement of the sentiment as well.  I chose the “Creativity Takes Courage” quote from Matisse which is a quote that I love. Once I’d figured out the placement of the sentiment and stamp I would color, I went ahead and die cut the circle using some white cardstock.

Once my circle was cut out, I placed it into my MISTI and stamped the gorgeous leaf and sentiment with some black ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder to give it some dimension. For clear embossing with black ink, just be sure to use an ink that stays wet a bit longer so you’ll have time to get the clear embossing powder to stick to the ink. Most pigment or even hybrid ink will stay wet long enough to do this.

I colored the leaf with my Copics using BG11, BG34, BG23 and BG49 for the blue-green colors and R43, R35, R37 and R39 for my red tones. I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella, but I couldn’t seem to capture the sparkle in my photos.

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I assembled the card so that the sentiment would flow from top to bottom alongside and curving around the leaf. I added a few pearls to the card for some dimension.

Now that I’ve created my first ever circle card I’m wondering why I haven’t done circular cards before. I think it turned out so cute. I think this would be the perfect card to give to an Artsy friend.

Hope you enjoyed seeing something with a bit of a different shape from the norm today!

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Remember, its February so we’ll have a new challenge theme up for everyone to participate in starting on Sunday, February 5th. Be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy blog for the details on this month’s challenge. Hope you can join in on the fun!

Also, don’t forget that all of the FABULOUS new stamps and dies for 2017 are up in the Dare 2B Artzy store. You can find them all in the What’s New section of the store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs

Tonya

Hello and happy Wednesday to everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week. It’s Tonya from Krafty Enchantments. I’m popping in today to share another fun card with Dare 2B Artzy using the ever-adorable Retro Owl stamp.  Have I mentioned how much I adore the owl line of stamps from D2BA? They are all so cute and fun to play and get creative with especially when you can get a bit retro with them too.

For today’s project I used the leaf boarder that comes with the Retro Owl stamp and created my own background. To do this I used two different kinds of embossing powder. I stamped the first two leaf borders onto some Canson watercolor paper, using my MISTI and some Versamark ink for embossing. Then I sprinkled with some Ranger Verdigris colored embossing powder. This embossing powder has a unique blend of greenish-teal, black and gold in it so it sort of gets a turquoise finish. Next I stamped the leaves in the opposite direction with Versamark ink and sprinkled on some Charcoal embossing powder that has holographic elements in it. I really like the look of the contrasting colors. To add a bit of pizazz to it, I used my Gansi Tambi Starry Colors blue gold #901 watercolor and added some gold to the center of the open leaves. Once the background was finished and the watercolor was dried, I die cut the panel down using a cute scalloped frame die.

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For my sentiment, I used the Hello from the Retro Pattern stamp set and stamped it at a bit of an angle with some Versamark ink and then heat embossed with some black embossing powder. Next I added the Friend sentiment from the Retro Owl stamp set and embossed with some black embossing powder as well.

Next, it was on to color up that super cute owl. I wanted to match the turquoise color on the owl so I used my Copics in G000, G00 and BG32 and BG13 for the front and wing and Black 100 and Y28 for the squares on the chest. Then I used my E41, E42, E43, E44 and E47colors for the body of the owl. I had one little area where my Copic marker blurbed (as I like to call it) – I nice blob of ink onto my owl because it was super juicy. EEK!! I was able to blend it out pretty well so it’s not too noticeable. I also added some softer peach-pink touches to the ears using YR01. I added some Spectrum noir sparkle in clear and black onyx to the front of the owl to carry over the sparkly themed background into my owl.

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With my owl completely colored, I was able to die cut it out using the matching die, D2 Owl Star Die that coordinates with my image. I was then able to add the cute little googly eyes to my owl and glued them in place.

I created my card base from some 110lb cardstock and added a piece of teal-green cardstock horizontally across the card base for a pop of color that coordinates with my background.

My background was layered on top of the card base using some dimensional foam to raise it up a bit from the card base. I added some dimensional foam to the back of my owl and added her to the center of the card.

To finish the card, I added a few, matte dots to the upper left side of the card to add a bit more dimension and to balance the card out.

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Hope you enjoyed this cute retro owl card today! If you like owls, please check out the Dare 2B Artzy store and see variety that’s available (plus the matching dies). They’re all super cute, it’s hard to decide sometimes.

Make sure you’re checking the Dare 2B Artzy blog regularly as the DT will be sharing some fun new stuff in the next few weeks. You don’t want to miss all the great new stamps that are being released very soon…TRUST ME! You’re going to love it!!

 Also, for those of you that love the chance to win free stamps, check out the lovely Kendra’s Instagram page. In honor of her Birthday this week, she’s giving away a set of the Dare 2B Artzy Snowflake Wishes stamps on Friday.

Here’s how to enter:

Follow Kendra On Instagram – HERE

Follow D2BA’s Instagram Page – HERE

For extra entries Tag your Friends on Instagram in the Comments on my Giveaway Post

Follow Kendra’s Blog – Luv 2 Scrap N Make Cards

It’s that easy & the beautiful Snowflake Wishes stamp set could be yours!!

 

Hugs,

Tonya