iCraft Deco Foil in over 20 colors!

We just got a shipment in of Thermoweb iCraft Deco Foil. They’ve come out with a bunch of new colors and finishes. They now have some satin finishes available and they are so cool!

Click on the picture below to see all of the new colors that are available!

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All of the products in our store are 20% off so it’s a great time to stock up!

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Laser Cut Stencils -20 Designs Available!

I’ve been making stencils for well over a year now. I will get into a creative roll and then get stuck in a rut. Lately I’ve added 3 new stencils and one old one for a total of 20 different stencils. I will try to continue making more and let you know when I have a bundle of them ready. The best selling stencils are the Pretty Face and Pretty Lady stencil. these are very helpful for adding a face to your art journal. I favor background stencils to use with my cards. If there’s something you are looking for, let me know and I might be able to design it!

To buy a stencil just click on the picture below and it will take you to the auction. To see all of them on one page, just click here!

I should also mention all of our stencils are 4.25 x 5.5″ and they are $3.99. We have a store wide sale of 25% off right now so the stencils are just $2.99. That’s a great deal for a plastic laser cut stencil!

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Chain Link Stencil

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Omega Abstract

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Snowflakes (includes masks)

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Rectangle Flow

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Moroccan Tile

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Arrows

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Large Mesh

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Small Mesh

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Abstract Flower Background

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Flower #2

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Barcodes

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Pretty Face

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Pretty Lady

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Floral Frame

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Scalene Trapezoid

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Herringbone

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Scallops

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Pinwheel

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Quilted

There’s all of the stencils for now. Hopefully you found something you like!

Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels Review and Techniques

I recently ordered some Prima items and among them were the Water Soluble Oil Pastels. Since one of the boxes came dented up I decided I would keep that one for myself (since the contents were likely damaged- and they were) and write a review about it. 



These pastels come in a box of 24 and retail for $20.00. Simon Says Stamp sells them. We also sell them but by the time this blog post goes up we’ll probably only have a couple left



Once I opened my box I got right to work seeing what these worked well for and maybe not so well for. 



First technique was general coloring. The pastels are very creamy and would even draw on the tip of my finger. I tried scribbling on a thin sheet of non primed paper and it easily took the pastel. I added some water with my paint brush and it easily made the numbers I had written disappear. They are very soluble even on a non primed surface. 



Second technique was mixing with a gel medium. I chopped off the end of one of the pastels with my palette knife and smashed it into some Prima 3D Gloss Gel Medium . It’s not as creamy as a gelato so it took quite a bit of smashing to get it mixed in. I used the red color and you can see the result of me applying it through a star stencil on the picture below on the right. 

On the left side of the picture you will notice some light green dots over a purple wash of color. The purple wash of color was added on top of some dried Prima 3D Gloss Gel to see how it would react. I wanted to see if the water soluble oil pastels would stay on that medium or if it would act as a resist. It dried and stayed on it just fine. Then I was able to scribble the oil pastel on a non porous surface and mix in some Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium to create another colorful mixture to put through a stencil. This blended much easier than chopping off the end of a pastel. 



For my next technique I thought it would be fun to see how they worked on enhancing texture. I added some Golden Molding Paste to my journal and dried it with a heat tool to create some bubbles and get a lunar type of texture. Then I lightly scribbled on top of the texture, squirted some water on it, and blended it out with my finger. Here’s the effect: 

It really gets into all of those small nooks and crannies and really accentuates the texture! 
 
Next I wanted to see how these worked for stamping. This one of my favorite techniques with these pastels and it’s enough to make me happy to own them! All you do is scribble on the back of a stamp and give it a few mists of water and stamp down. You can then use a waterbrush to draw some of the color from the edges to the inside or even grab color directly from the oil pastel to add to your image. Here’s how it came out on 140 lb watercolor cardstock using a photopolymer stamp: 
 
Lastly I tried it on a rubber stamp with 3 different colors to see what would happen and that came out nice too. Here’s what that looked like with a woodgrain stamp: 
 

If you like these techniques then I definitely recommend checking out the Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels



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Here’s a video I put together showing all of these techniques in action! 


We’re Expecting Card with Authentique Classique Pretty

This card was a quick one and it showcases some gorgeous papers by Authentique! The papers I used on this card are all from the Classique: Pretty set. We have them for sale on our e-bay store right now. The set we have usually retails for $30.40 but after the already discounted price along with the extra 25% off we have running right now, it’s just $15.75 which is almost 50% off! 

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To make the letters on the front that say “We’re Expecting” I used the Amperzand font and cut them out of the Authentique paper using my Silhouette Cameo 2. The inside of the card says “a Baby Girl”. I popped the front of the card up using some adhesive fun foam so when the card gets squished going through the mail you won’t see the outlines of foam tape. Such a cool little trick!

This card came together pretty quick and I’m excited for more of my family members to know about our little bundle of joy that’s on the way! Thank you for stopping by.

New Lawn Fawn in Stock & 25% Off!

Did you know we have over SIXTY Lawn Fawn items in our store? That’s quite a bit!

We just posted some of their newest products for sale including the highly sought after Fairy Friends , Plan On It and Lovable Legends stamp sets! Plus, tons of new dies, inks, and paper.

After you add items to your cart, you will automatically get 25% off at checkout since the entire store is on sale right now!

Don’t wait until all the stamps you want are gone. Click here to get to the store. 

 

Fairy Kisses Birthday Card w/ Avery Elle Stamps

This card took me a while to do but it was a lot of fun! Avery Elle has a new stamp set out called Pixie Dust and it’s just adorable!

Here’s the card:

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She’s just so cute! This card did take a while and it’s PACKED with techniques. In order to not make this blog post monumentally long, I am going to to a quick run down of what was done.

  1. Stamp the fairy girl with her wand on 140lb watercolor paper using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Let it dry.
  2. Cover the fairy girl with liquid frisket to mask her off from the background spraying. Let it dry.
  3. Mix Luster Mica Powder in Hawaiian Orchid and Deep Sea Dive , or Blue Ice, in a Fine Mist Spray bottle. Spray the background keeping some of each color more concentrated in the top or bottom. Dry with heat tool.
  4. Remove Liquid Frisket with included remover and color fairy girl using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Water Brush .
  5. Stamp stars from the Pixie Dust Stamp set on the top half of the card using Versamark Ink and cover with Embossing Powder Sticky. Heat until it changes clear then cover with glitter.
  6. Spell out “Fairy Kisses” in Silhouette Studio using Blessed Day Font from http://www.urbanfonts.com . Weld the letters together and cut it out using your Silhouette Cameo 2 .
  7. Stamp the sentiment on a scrap piece of paper that you have inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Also ink up the Fairy Kisses sentiment with this ink.
  8. Run “Fairy Kisses” through a Xyron Creative Station with sticker adhesive installed to turn this intricate die cut into a easy to place sticker.
  9.  Adhere other sentiment using a tape runner or liquid glue.
  10. Revel in the beauty of your card! You’re done!

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Silhouette Cameo 2 Unboxing & First Cuts

Hi everyone! I hope you had an awesome New Year’s! I recently purchased a Silhouette Cameo 2 as a Christmas present to myself. I’ll be releasing videos using this awesome machine.

Here’s the first one:

If you want to purchase this bundle, just click here.

If you want to see these videos the second they are posted, make sure to subscribe to the Intoxicating Arts YouTube Channel! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Dreamboat Valentine’s Card with Avery Elle Stamps

I had so much fun creating this card and making up techniques as I went along!

This card features the new Stamp set, Dreamboat, by Avery Elle. Remember, our Avery Elle products are currently Buy One, Get One 35% off! You can even mix and match with Memory Box Co. Dies!

On to the card!

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Aren’t they so cute!?

Here’s what I used:

Dreamboat Stamp Set by Avery Elle

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Waterbrush

140lb Watercolor Paper 

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Versamagic Black Ink

Teresa Collins Heart Sequins ( Old pack I found at a craft fair. Didn’t see it online)

Lawn Fawn paper from Let’s Polka Mon Amie

The video of making this card will go live tomorrow on our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks for stopping by!

Contemporary Christmas Tree Card

This is one of those cards that came out completely different than the way I pictured it in my head. Luckily, it came out looking different in a good way!

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I started off by sprinkling some Color Burst in Pthalo Green and Alizarin Crimson on some thick watercolor paper. I spritz that with water and dry it and then repeat. Doing this step two times gives you completely different results than doing just one layer. (Just one more reason Color Bursts are so awesome! )

After my background was done, I buffed some Black Soot Distress Ink through my Angled Trees Stencil using a sponge dauber. This is where I messed up a little. I forgot to heat set the distress ink and it stayed wet and caught some of my sticky embossing powder. Oops!

The Angled Trees Stencil is a Two Step Stencil that you can stack to get extra effects. I stacked the dotted angled tree on top and then patted my Versamark Ink Pad all over it. (If you do this, please be aware that some of the distress ink will transfer to your Versamark ink pad.) You can also use an Emboss It Dabber, which I ended up doing for the star. Then sprinkle some Sticky Embossing Powder by Ranger all over. Now you can heat that until it gets shiny and quickly apply some Fab Foil or Ranger’s Foil Sheets. Make sure to burnish it well and wait for the Sticky Embossing Powder to cool. Then just rip the sheet off. If you are using Fab Foil, it will result in a distressed look like you see on my card. It’s not exactly what I had in mind, but I think it looks cool!

I just adhered my card front to a black card base and called it done. I am going to white emboss my sentiment on the inside of the card. I thought there was enough on the outside of the card that I didn’t want to make it look too busy.

Here’s what the new stencil looks like (It’s only $3.99!)

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Thank you for stopping by!

Color Burst Birthday Card

Here’s the card I made for my Sister’s recent Birthday. This was surprisingly quick to make and I think it looks pretty nice! I’m still on a bit of a Color Burst kick. We actually sell them in our store now! You can see them HERE.

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The sentiment stamp is one that I found at a Rubber Stamp Convention and it’s by Rubbernecker. I love how affordable their stamps are and they have some very clever sayings as well. Hopefully I will use some of the other ones I got soon! Click here to buy this stamp from Rubbernecker for just $3.90! The stars in the background were individual star stamps that I rounded up from multiple Lawn Fawn stamp sets. I repeatedly stamped them, rotating the acrylic block to get variation. Everything was embossed with white embossing powder and then I let my Color Burst do the rest of the magic!

I’d love to redo this same card and figure out how to make the color bursts create a galaxy! That would be super awesome!

Thanks for stopping by!