Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Simply saying " I Love You"

How is everyone today? Alix here introducing my project for this week. There is nothing more powerful than three simple words which is "I Love You". As I grown up in China, it was not very easy for people to express their loves due to our culture. Saying " I love you" was considered to be something embarrassed to do. I moved to United States at age of twenty with an open minded heart. I quickly adapted western culture and soon realized that we all should let others know how much we love and care. Do you agree with me?

I am someone who can not stop adding elements onto a card. Sometimes it works but sometimes simple is more. Please bare with me if you are simple card kind of person. I cut the card base out of watercolor paper using crossed stitched rectangle die, then ink blended with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Victorian Velvet and Picked Raspberry for the sky and in Cracked Pistachio for the grass. Randomly spraying some water onto inking surface then removing water with kitchen towel is a cool technique to make your boring background more interesting.

I cut the middle of the card front using Lawn Fawn Wonderful window die and also out of a piece of white card stock. I switched the original window cut out to the white one so the color could pop out better for the scene. I prepared the grass using Lawn Fawn Simple grassy Hillside die  and adhered it onto the bottom of the card front.

To create the window glass, I found a piece of acetate paper to add to back of window. I used another piece of watercolor paper and ink blended the center with Tim Holtz distress ink in Tumbled glass. . And to create some dimension for behind of window, I adhered this paper to the back of card front with foam tape in between.

Now I started another fun part which is coloring. I colored all selected images from Lawn Fawn Lover letter stamp set and Gleeful Gardens stamp set, then fussy cut every single one with my craft scissors. If you want to save some time, you could get the coordinating die. At last, I glued some Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm Clear Droplets to create water droplets on the grass.

I hope you will love this card and I will see you on next Tuesday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A menagerie of Woodland Critters

Hi guys!

Erica here on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog this fine day and I have a huge project to show you. I didn’t mean for it to get quite so big but I got on a roll and then it was nearly impossible to stop... Eh, it happens.

I’ve used the Woodland Critter Huggers diecut from Lawn Fawn, the coordinating Stitched Gift Card Pocket Lawn Cuts as well as lots of lovely Lawn Fawn card stock. Including Black Licorice, Ground Coffee, Chocolate Bar, Paper Bag, Vanilla Malt, Canned Pumpkin, Sunflower and Cilantro. I also used some plain white card stock and some random bits of pink I found in my stash.

If you know me from my other crafting adventures, you probably know I have a tendency to dive in the deep end with a new die, absolutely clueless and just fumbling along. If you think this time was different, I wish I could tell you that was true, alas... In my usual rebellious style, I just started die cutting bits and pieces and then puzzling them together. My first attempt ended up a horrid, super freaky looking raccoon. Or something along the raccoon-lines. I think it might even be offensive to raccoons to call this thing a raccoon, to be honest! He/it/the thing will be thrown in the bin. *shudders*

To avoid any more nightmarish freaky things, I decided to watch a tutorial before trying again and I went straight to the Lawn Fawn blog and found a very helpful video there which I watched very intently. To be on the safe side, I started with a sweet fox, and made it almost exactly like in the instruction video.

Only, I added a ‘head band’ to add the flower too and I omitted the paws at the bottom. On a small strip of card stock I stamped ‘You make me happy’ from the Lawn Fawn set Happy Happy Happy and adhered it to the inside of the fox.

To cover up the fact there is a banner in there, I die cut a heart out of pink card stock for the fox to hold in its paws. Or rather, what I thought was card stock. You might see there is some typing on the back of it. That's because it turns out it was a paint sample, not card stock. I tried taking it off but couldn't get it off without ripping the fox's arm off. Typically, now I can't find the heart die I used, to cut another one to cover it up with...

On the back I added the little gift card pocket, which I had embossed with the little stitched heart that comes with the die and added a ‘hugs’ (the other die included in this set) cut out of Vanilla Malt card stock. To make it a bit prettier on the back I also added a flower on that side too.

I am very pleased with how this one turned out so I got bold and decided to try making a panda! Oh yes. Getting the Black Licorice card stock out, as well as some plain white, I got cutting again. For this one I used the biggest googly eyes I have in my stash as I’m pretty sure the tiny ones I used on my first freak.. erm.. critter was one of the reasons it didn’t turn out so good. See what I mean??

 To create the big black circles that characterise a panda I used one of the planet dies from the Out Of This World Lawn cuts. I also cut out an oval (which is included in the Woodland Critter dies) for its nose in the same black card stock.

To make the nose more pronounced I added Glossy Accents to it after I had adhered all the bits and pieces. I also rounded the ears a bit as pandas do not have pointy ears. A light touch of pink Copic marker gave the panda rosy cheeks. For a fun look, I added a very thin strip of blue glitter card stock as a head band and added a white snowflake to it (also Lawn Fawn, this is called Stitched Snowflakes)

Next up I wanted to try a tiger! Yep, I was emboldened at this stage after my successful panda. Lol!
Using my darkest yellow card stock, Sunflower, I cut out the body as well as the big tail and set that aside. The tip of the tail and the tummy are cut out of Vanilla Malt. To get the tiger stripes I got the Ground Coffee card stock out and set out on a marathon cutting session... 28 (yes, twenty eight!) stripes later I was nearly broken. Eyes, eyebrows and nose was also cut out of the same card stock and another marathon session started, this time a glueing one. I used my craft mat as a measuring guide to make sure I got the stripes even on both sides of the body as I as glueing them down.

Once I had added the face I realised that it looked more like a cute little kitty than a tiger... so I proceeded to add the ear bits in pink and also a heart, which you can just about see peeking out when the arms are closed. On the back I also added the gift card holder which I had decorated with the embossed heart and hugs in the same Ground Coffee card stock.

I wasn’t about to give up on my tiger idea so I decided to try something else. This time I cut out the body and the big tail in water colour card stock and got my Distress Oxide inks out. I started with Fossilized Amber and blended it around the body but left a white tummy directly on the body rather than adding the diecut piece.

Next up was Spiced Marmalade with a hint of Wild Honey. They look very similar so I didn’t bother too much with blending these together. Once I was happy that the tiger had enough of a ‘tigery colour’ to him I got Vintage Photo and a blending sponge out, this one looks like a makeup sponge with it’s tear drop shape and it was the tip I used to create the stripes by dabbing it rather than smoothing it on the card stock. This worked a treat I thought!

To finish him off I decided to use the big goggly eyes again, a nose cut out of Black Licorice card stock. Before I adhered it to the tiger I decided to draw some whiskers on him. Now this was a baaaaaaaaad idea. I was still sick when I was making these and I was feeling shaky and tired at this point... and then the second bad idea was to go straight to a marker rather than using a pencil to make sure I was happy with the whiskers before making them permanent. Memo to self: ALWAYS use pencil first, even when not sick and wobbly.

The funny thing about Distress Oxide inks is that they fade when they dry and my tiger, which was much darker before it dried, faded quite a bit so if anyone tries this I'd recommend going darker than you think you want. My husband also said to make the stripes much longer. To him this still looks like a kitty cat and I'm inclined to agree. BUT I'm not giving up on my tiger! I'm getting darker card stock and will keep trying.

After four successful projects in a row, the freaky first one (I’m not even going to risk offending the raccoons and call it a raccoon) is nearly a faint memory.

Now, I’m not saying that this is a quick project, even if you stick to just one, but boy these are so fun to make! Go on and try it yourself and go nuts with colour combos!

Here is one last close-up of each (successful) critter and then I really am done, promise!

Happy crafting and see you next week!

Lots of love from Erica

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fantasy Floral Inlaid Layered Die cutting

Hi there friends,  Jacquie here today with a pretty floral card for a cold Sunday in January.  I'm ready for Spring already!

I got these really cool Altenew Fantasy Floral layered dies before Christmas, and just now had a chance to play with them, and I.AM.IN.LOVE. 
I started out by die cutting all the layers and the leaves out of watercolor paper.  I took out my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (still my favorites!) I watercolored each layer on the flower with the same color paint, however I varied the intensity of the color of each layer.  I approached these the same way I would a layered stamp set...lightest color on the bottom layer and darkest on the top.  After they dried, I assembled them using Tombow Mono Multi wet adhesive so that I could move them in to position.
Then, I took another watercolor panel and laid the dies out like pictured below.  After I cut them out, I took a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die and cut around the panel, as shown.


I then took watercolor paint and brushed a nice background on the top panel.  I glued that panel down and then carefully added my assembled die cut flowers and leaves to the panel.  

For the greeting, I used a sentiment from Altenew Build A Flower Ranunculus.  Lastly, I flicked on some watercolor paint and added some Pretty Pink Posh droplets to embellish the card.

And that is it for today's card!  Have a great week everyone!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Did Someone Say...Mermaids?

Samantha here, and today I'm sharing a card with you!
Yay card!! Ha!

I used lots of products available in the shop, so let's get into the nitty gritty and then you can get to the shopping! :)

I used the adorable Mermazing stamp set from Neat and Tangled and I am in LOVE with all of these images!

Eeeek! So cute, right?!
I colored her in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then fussy cut her out, but if you're not a fussy cutter, there are coordinating dies, too! and that makes this card even easier! **And guess what, the coordinating dies are ON SALE!**

To create the background, I used Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch to create that FUN watercolored wave!
I started by smooshing the ink onto a piece of plastic packaging in a wave shape, spritzed it with water, and then pressed it onto my cardstock! 
I repeated that process a few times with the various colors to add some depth. And when it was all dry, I splattered some white ink on top!

Lastly, I attached the images to the card front with foam tape and that's it! 
Hope it gets you inspired to play with your craft stuff, and even better - to get some NEW supplies
Thanks again!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Painting backwards....

Hello, hello!  Norine here from The Velvet Lemon blog.  It's been a week for introductions hasn't it, but let me just say how delighted I am to have been invited to join such a talented group of paper crafters, and to contribute here at Butterfly Reflections Ink!  

Today I'm sharing with you, some cards I made by working backwards. 

What do I mean, you wonder?  Well, it's a technique I sometimes enjoy doing, where you "smoosh" your water based ink pads on a craft mat, mist the colors with water and then drag your water color paper through it to create a pretty mess of color.    

For today's cards, I wanted a blend of blues and greens (always a crowd pleaser) and yellows/pinks.  You will always be happier with the results when you keep the green/blues from overlapping with the yellow/pinks, because that just produces an unappealing mud color.  

I used a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Inks for this project, but any water based inks will work the same.  It's a process of layering color that takes awhile, because you want to let each layer dry before doing more smooshing to add another layer of color.  It's good to start with at least a vague idea of what stamps you plan to use, and florals work best I've found, although fruits are lovely too. 

The next step is to lay your stamps out over the corresponding colors, and using Post-It paper masks to create bouquets and boughs and floral clusters of any kind.  

Because I had 4 colored card panels, I had that many different options to try for embossing looks.  I ended up heat embossing with gold, silver and black.  The metallic looks are quite pretty as they catch the light, but the black stamped outlined cards really turned out to be my overall favorite. 

I used the Pretty Peony and Botanicals stamp sets from The Stamp Market for the florals and leaves...

and I used sentiments from the Just Saying Hello and Happy Days sets from Create A Smile.  Two of the cards had their sentiment stamped directly on the card front, one has a vellum band stamped and wrapped around the edges and the last has the sentiment stamped on a piece of black cardstock and foam mounted for extra dimension.

After all the effort of creating the color and then stamping the images, I felt that I wanted to keep the cards quite simple after that, so I just added a few little little dots of Nuvo Drops and called it good.   

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a most wonderful day!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love you to the Moon

It's Ali here from alilovescardmaking (Youtube/Instagam), joining you for my first Butterfly Relections Ink post! So excited to be here along side some super talented crafters and to share some of my cards with you! Hope you enjoy them and find some inspiration here and there :-).

Christmas and New Year went by with a flash didn't they? Time to start thinking about making cards for the next calendar event - Valentines Day!  I thought I'd try and come up with a card for the special man in my life - don't know about you but I find 'masculine' cards the most difficult!!  But this set from Altenew, To The Moon, is the solution!

With the revival of the look of Alcohol Inks in mind, I pulled out some Copics (B29, B24) and Rubbing Alcohol and created this quick background on glossy photo paper. Once dry, I darkened the outer edges with Distress Oxide Black Soot.  I then splattered some white gesso over the background piece with a water brush and set aside to dry.

I stamped one of the moon images from To The Moon (Altenew) on watercolour paper in hickory smoke distress ink. I dabbed on some Antique Linen distress ink with a water brush in some areas to add some more variation in colour and then cut out the moon.

I cut a thin strip of Blue cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and white embossed it. I trimmed the background piece to fit on the front of a white card-base and adhered the moon and sentiment strip.  Love this set so much - simple and versatile!

Thanks for joining me for my first card and hope to see you again here with Butterfly Reflections Ink!
Ali x

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I Love You a Latte

Hi, BRI friends! It's Dana from Dana G.Crafts and I'm so glad to meet you here as a design team member. Thank you so much for having me, Vanessa!

My first DT creation I'd like to share today is shaker card. Putting multi shakers in one card is one of my crafty major and here is what I came up with :)

To begin, I stamped coffee cup from Avery Elle Cool Beans stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black onto bristol paper and stamped one more onto Inkadikado Stamping Masking Paper. I fussy cut masked image using scissors and adhered it on the stamped image.

I then masked background panel using wide post-it and ink blended with Lawn Fawn dye ink. I used Minty Fresh (top left), Peach Keen(top right), Guava(bottom left) and Sugarplum(bottom right). I repeated this process 4 times.

Next, I die cut cups using coordinating die set, Avery Elle Cool Beans Elle-ments for shaker window. I colored cup images with copic markers. I then traced window part using pencil on another A2 sized birstol paper. With this guidline, I watercolored 4 backgrounds using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and water brush.

Now, it's time to build shakers. I glued acetate behind stamped panel and mounted foam adhesive. I placed clear sequins on each parts of watercolor panel and combined two panels. Oh....yes perfect! Whenever I successfully combined different panels without any mistakes with perfect degree, I feel very fresh! hehe.

For sentiment, I die cut two hearts from yellow paper and vellum using Altenew Halftone Hearts Nesting Dies and Altenew Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine. If you want see more about this die cutting machine, please stop by HERE (my stop of Altenew January Release Blog Hop). I glued them each other and stamped sentiment from AE Cool Beans stamp set using LF Lobster dye ink.

I stamped small hearts from same stamp set and die cut them, too. For adding texture, I applied Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Red Berry to both. After dried completely, I popped up all elements using foam adhesive. To finish off, I embellished Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix on the shaker window.

I hope you enjoyed this card. Thank you so much for stopping by!