Colorful or Monochrome, Which Is Your Style?

Hello crafty friends! I hope you all have a good week so far… This week, I had these three projects to share with you all. For me, either colorful or monochrome, they both are different style that you can do in cardmaking. How about you? Which one is your style?

First project is these CAS kraft cards that I created using the Inspirational #5 Clear StickersWatercolor ATC Journaling CardsBloomfully – Faith Stamp SetBlossom Sprays #1 Stamp Set, and Blossom Sprays #3 Stamp Set. The main key of this style is that you need to pick an image that will stand out as vocal point of the card even when it is in black and white or monochrome color, against the colorful background. I am sharing more about how I created these cards at STAMPlorations blog.

My second card this week is this black and white slimline card that I created using I used the Strawberry Vine Stamp Set (coordinating die set is available, too), Textures (Totally Tracy) Stamp Set, and Rectangle Slimline Framelit Dies. I never thought to use a Spring or Summer theme stamp set to create a black and white or monochrome style. But after I put this card together, I like how it turned out. The strawberry branch has its own “wow” even it was not colored. I added extra interest and texture on the background using the texture stamp set and some sequins to embellish this card. You can head over to Dare 2B Artzy blog to read more about this monochrome slimline card.

And for my third project, it is this colorful mixed media coffee tag that I shared at Coffee Loving Cardmaking blog this week. This cup of bloom mixed media tag I created using an old postcard that I reused as the tag base. I used the Stitched Tags Nesting CUTplorations Die SetSTAMPlorations Coffee Spring/Summer KitMake Marks 6 ARTplorations StencilBrave One Stamp Set, Gelatos, Pigment inks, watercolor pencils, glitter brush, acrylic paint spray.

I hope this week projects give you extra ideas to create and have fun inside your craft room. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Have wonderful day!

2021 Spring-Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop | Coffee Feels Good Mixed Media Tags

Hello hello everyone! Hope you all are doing good. Today, I have another coffee themed project to share with you. I am excited to share these Coffee Feel Good mixed media tags at STAMPlorations Blog featuring the Coffee Feel Good Clear Stickers for their Sticker Monday post.

I also used the Stitched Tags Nesting DiesBlossoming Mini ARTplorations Stencil, and Coffee Background ATC Ephemera. If you are a coffee lover like me, you might want to grab this Coffee Spring/Summer Kit now! Beside the tags, you can get the rest products included in this kit, and more for great deal!

Here’s how I created these tags. First, I cut out a piece of 140 lbs watercolor paper using one of the Stitched Tags Nesting Dies  to make these three base tags. And, I applied thin layer of white gesso on those tag surfaces and let it dried. 

I taped the Blossoming Mini ARTplorations Stencil on top of the tag. I mixed some gesso with acrylic paints and added on the tag with pallet knife. I removed the tag under the stencil, and then add the other tag on it. I used different colors of acrylic paints for each tag. I set them aside to dry.

When the gesso and paint dried, I added some colors on the edges of each tags using Gelatos. I used my finger to blended the gelatos on the tag and then I added some splatters of paints on the tags. I dried the tags with craft heater.

I used three stickers from the Coffee Feel Good Clear Stickers. I added each sticker on a white cardstock and trimmed it around the sticker, and then using 3D foam tape I added each of them on top of three patterns from the Coffee Background ATC Ephemera. I added each cards on top of each tag with strong permanent adhesive tape.

STAMPlorations is also a Super Sponsor for the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop. This hop is hosted by our amazing Coffee Loving Cardmakers. The theme for blog hop and link up party is anything goes with coffee/tea/cocoa and Spring. This hop starts from Friday, March 19th through Friday, March 26th. There are 63 Sponsors who are generously providing so many prizes for this hop.

I had fun making these coffee mixed media tags. I hope you all will like them, too. Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fabulous and caffeinated day!

25 Days of Christmas Tags | Merry and Bright Gift Tag

Hello hello hello everyone… It is the time of the year again we start making some holidays projects.

I’m super excited to be participating in 25 Days of Christmas Tags hosted by Tracey McNeely. This is her 10th Year hosting this fun event. You will see so many amazing and festive inspiration from these companies:

On Day 6 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, I have a Merry and Bright Gift Tag idea to share with you all that I created using STAMPlorations tag/label die sets and clear stickers.

For the tag I used the Manila Tags Nesting Dies, Brackets Labels/Tags Nesting Dies, and Merry – Clear Stickers.

I cut out a piece of glitter green cardstock and white cardstock for the tag base. And then I decorated the tag with ribbon and a string of mini christmas light. I only which that christmas light can light up, too!

You can find more inspiration at Tracey’s blog and I hope you all are having fun hoping with us and enjoy this 25 Days Christmas Tags this year. Now… It is your turn to create Christmas tag and you can link it up here.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

Clear Scraps | Christmas Nativity Mixed Media Acrylic Tag

Hello everyone… Today I have a Nativity mixed media acrylic tag to share with you all. I hope it is not to early for Christmas project!

For my tag today, I use one of the tags from the Acrylic Tag Album. All Clear Scrap acrylic sheets, acrylic tags, and shaker plastic cover have clear plastic covers to protect the surfaces.

I removed the clear plastic covers from both sides of the tag, and then I covered the acrylic tag surface with the mod podge (gel medium will work well, too for this step).

I added the old hymnal music page on the tag and then cover it again with the mod podge and let it dried well.

After surface dried well, I trimmed the extra paper with scissors.

I covered the surface randomly with metallic paste (gold and silver), and I also added some white gesso.

When the that paste and white gesso layer dried well, I covered the whole tag with Glitter mod podge for some sparkle look on it (I really wish the camera can capture it!). Then let it sit to dry.

If you are not patient enough waiting each layer of medium to dry, you can dry them with craft heater, but have to be very very very careful to not be over heated becuase the acrylic tag can bend or the paste can be bubbly.

Next step, I put the 4×6 Nativity stencil on top of the tag and I taped it down so it would not move around when I added the modeling paste.

I added the Black Ice Metallix Gel on the stencil just on the navitity image.

On the craft mat, I mixed some fine iridescent glitter with the white modeling paste. Then I added the paste on the stars above the nativity image.

I put the 6×6 Ice Crystal Snowflakes Stencil at the bottom of the nativity image and I added some of the mixed glitter paste on it too.

I set the tag aside and let the paste to dry while I worked on the extra embellishment pieces.

I cut out some green and red cardstock using the holly leaves swirl and berries dies from A Jillian Vance Design. Then, I printed the digital sentiment from Graciellie Design on a white cardstock, and cut it with the oval stitched die.

I added all the extra pieces on top of the tag, right bellow the nativity with 3-in-1 Beacon adhesive and some 3D foam tape for extra dimension.

I hope this will give you more ideas for your Holidays projects. It is coming soon for sure! Visit Clear Scraps store to check on what’s new!

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog today. Have wonderful day!

Stenciled Butterfly Tag

Hey hey hey… I hope you all are doing well, healthy, and safe. These days people are feeling insecure and afraid of what is spreading around the world right now. My prayers go to all the nations and people…

Today, I would like to share a project I created for the March Stencil Challenge. Head over to STAMPlorations Blog to see more info and inspiration from the design team.

I cut out a watercolore paper using one of the die from Manila Tags Nesting Dies using my Gemini Junior machine. Then, I use the Make Marks 5 and Make Marks 6 to create the watercolored background.

I stamped the butterfly image from the Fluttery Stamp Set with VersaFine Clair ink pad and then I colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush. Next, I dried the butterfly with craft heater and fussy cut it with scissors.

I stamped the sentiment and label image from the same stamp set with VersaFine Clair on a white cardstock and fussy cut it with scissors.

I added the label on the tag with permanent adhesive glue, and then I added the butterfly with permanent adhesive glue for the body and used 3D foam tape for the wings so they will pop up.

I hope you all join and play along with us. You can read full detail about the challenge rules and to link up your project at March Stencil Challenge Blog Post by March 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!