Christmas Shaker Window Card

I’ve had the idea for this card in my head for a long time and I am so glad I finally got it done. It came out exactly how I was hoping! (Mom, if you are reading this, look away! This is YOUR card!)

The idea came to me when I was browsing Simon Says Stamp looking for some Christmas supplies so I could make a purchase and snatch up my Free Birthday Stamp Set. That was back in August and I finally got around to making it. Anyways, I ran across this Riley and Co. stamp1_314955_zm

and I knew I had to have it, but I needed a perfect co-stamp for it to work great for my purposes. So, I searched some more and I found this Penny Black Stamp

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Once I found that stamp an even better idea came in my head and knew I would need to buy these…

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glass seed beads so I could make a shaker card! Not just any shaker card, but a shaker window card. I wanted you to only see her sweet little face making her case to Santa about her gift-worthiness. Then you open the card to see the rest of the stamped image and I would stamp the rest of the sentiment on the inside.

So, here’s the end product:

I’m super happy with how this card came out! It took me about an hour and a half to complete it. Other products I used to complete the card were:

• Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh in the Snow Paper 

Tim Holtz Distress Markers 

•Blue Sequins from the $1 store ( Great place to stock up on shaker card supplies!)

Holiday Flourishes Stamp Set by The Ton

• Clear Acetate – I use some transparency film I purchased from e-bay

• Loads and Loads of Foam Tape – which I also buy from the $1 store. It’s super thin though, so I have to do 3 layers.

I also filmed this card and I will add the video to this blog post once I am done editing it. Thank you for stopping by!

 

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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!

Lawn Fawn Thanksgiving Card

Last night I made my first Thanksgiving card for the year. I have to admit, I usually skip right over Thanksgiving and move on to making my Christmas cards. It’s not that I don’t think Thanksgiving is important, it’s just so hard to squeeze everything in with how close all of the holidays are together. I just couldn’t resist using this adorable scarecrow for something though!

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The sentiment, scarecrow and crows are from the Happy Harvest Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn . The Tree is from the Sweater Weather Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn. That little spot of grass under the scarecrow is from the Critters in the Jungle Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn.

For coloring the scarecrow and crows, I used Ergosoft Colored Pencils and blended using Gamsol with blending sticks. Just lightly color and blend for a nice effect.

I decided that I wanted the outline of the stamps to be grey instead of the typical black and I used Memento London Fog Ink. The other inks that were used are Distress Inks. I used Ripe Persimmon on the sentiment, a mixture of Wild Honey and Fired Brick on the leaves and Walnut Stain for the tree trunk.

Those cute polka dot papers are by Lawn Fawn and they’re called Let’s Polka, Mon Amie . To paper piece and make the dots line up when using multiple papers, just cut the paper small and make sure you stamp the scarecrow at about the same spot. I don’t have the dies for this set, so everything was fussy cut (a.k.a. cut by hand with scissors).

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card. I did use a few Amazon affiliate links in this post. If you end up purchasing any other products, I get a very small commission. Intoxicating Arts also sells some of these products and those have been linked too. Thanks for stopping by!

Foiling with the MINC Mini Machine – First Impression and a Birthday Card

I finally bit the bullet and decided it was time for me to get a MINC Mini! After seeing the great results and asking the great people on Splitcoast Stampers what their thoughts were; I decided it was time to just buy one already.

Here’s what I made the first time I used the machine:

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It’s a cute and simple Monster High card for my niece who’s turning 7. It was extremely simple to do. The only additional supplies I needed that weren’t included was a laser printer, some free images and fonts from the web, pink MINC foil (that I was able to purchase at Jo-Ann the day I decided to make this card ), black & white card stock, and some adhesive.

The pictures honestly don’t do it justice. It looks like a black and white card, but really all of the words are silver. So beautiful ! I made a video showing what comes in this awesome MINC Mini Bundle and my first time using the machine. You can see all the awesome reflective goodness in the video below.

If you are interested in purchasing a MINC Mini Bundle at a great price, please click here, MINC BUNDLE . I only have 3 in stock and they are selling at $74.99 plus $5.00 flat rate shipping to any address in the United States. These retail for $99.99. PLUS if you get your order over $75.00 , you get an extra 5% off. That means you can basically get something that’s $3.74 for FREE since that’s just $0.01 more. The shipping charge will not increase since every time you go over $40.00 in our store, you get $5.00 flat rate shipping. It’s really a great deal!

I hope you enjoyed my video and thanks for stopping by!

Mothers help us Grow – Mother’s Day Card

I created a Mother’s Day card using our new Stencil Set “Mothers help us Grow” . This card was very easy to make and a lot of fun!

Here’s what you need:

Mothers help us Grow Stencil Set

Moroccan Tile Stencil

Luster Mica Spray Mist in 3 colors. Or mix Luster Mica Powder in a spray bottle.I used Blue Ice, Shallow Waters, and Hawaiian Orchid.

Prima Light Paste 

Palette Knife

• Distress Inks (one or two greens, a purple, and a pink)

• Watercolor Paper cut down to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″

•Black paper cut down to 4-1/2 x 5-3/4″

• Cream card base measuring 9-1/2″ x 6″ , scored to create a 4-3/4 x 6″ card.

• Painter’s tape (or something to hold down the stencil

• Sponge Dauber or cosmetic sponge

• Recommended, but not necessary, non-stick craft mat and heat tool.

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First lay the Moroccan Tile stencil on the watercolor paper and quickly spritz with the 3 Luster Mica Spray Mists. You need to do this quickly because the paper will start to curl. The cool thing is, you will end up with a concentration of color in the middle and it will fade out to the edges. Let that dry for a second and then grab the Floral Frame Stencil and place that on top of the watercolor paper and tape it down to your work surface. These stencils are made specifically for 4-1/2 x 5-1/2″ card bases so it makes it easy to get it perfect. Grab your palette knife and Prima Light Paste and apply light paste through the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil when you’re done applying the paste. It’s best to let this air dry, but if you are impatient, you can use your heat gun. Just be careful because it will bubble if you leave the heat in one area for too long. One that is dry to the touch, re-apply the stencil and grab your distress inks and sponge. You can easily color the flowers and leaves since you have the stencil protecting the surface underneath. Dab on color as you see fit and then remove the stencil. Let that dry for a little bit and then apply the “Mothers help us Grow” stencil. If you line this up with the paper, it will align itself perfectly inside the floral frame. Grab another distress ink and a sponge and sponge the ink through the stencil. I found that cosmetic sponges work better than the small sponge daubers for this stencil. Since it has words on it, there are a few areas that the sponge dauber would snag on, but the cosmetic sponge did not. You can carefully lift the stencil and peak if everything went through properly before deciding if it’s done. Then all you have to do is tape it on the black piece of cardstock and then the card base. It’s that easy! Check out the dimension you get when you used the Prima Light Paste with one of our stencils! Thank you for stopping by!

Masculine Birthday Card Tips!

I think I finally did it! I made a masculine Birthday card that is actually masculine looking! It seemed impossible, but I think this one qualifies. Most of us struggle with masculine cards because it goes against our femininity, but I think I found something that works. It’s a pretty simple formula and I’ll make sure to use it next time I need a masculine card. Here’s the formula:

1. Find a card sketch online. Any sketch will do, just make sure it’s somewhat geometric, not too busy, and obviously you don’t want flowers drawn in the sketch (well, actually you could just substitute flowers for cogs or gears if that’s the sketch you want)!

2. Pick a simple theme consisting of 3 main ideas and 2 colors, and STICK TO IT! I picked metal, gears, and stenciling. My two colors were silver and black with a white card base. You must keep this simple! It will help you to not over embellish or make the card too busy looking. Feminine cards look great with tons of layers. Just give men one main thing to be impressed with. My card design had a focal image which I decided would be the gears. That is enough.

3. Follow your card sketch. If you finish your card and you think it looks too plain or it needs “this there” or “that over there”, walk away from the card! When you come back in an hour or the next day, if you still think it doesn’t look good, add one thing to fix the problem spot. Not all card sketches are perfect, so you may be right and it needs something extra.

4. You can incorporate multiple techniques, just make sure they work together. I had to use embossing powder to make all of my gears the same color, so I used the same embossing powder on my stenciling. I decided to brush black ink on the edges of the card in a motion that matched the brushed metal on my tape.

5. Use more plain and simple sentiments. I mean both the style of the sentiment and the actual saying itself. If you have anything else you want to say, write it inside the card. The sentiments I used on this card were designed by me and I laser cut stencils so I could use them. I don’t know if I will post these for sale, but if you’re interested, just let me know and I will sell them.

I think those 5 tips should be pretty helpful the next time you need to make a masculine card. If I think of anymore, I will come back here and post them.

Here’s the card that I made:

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I hope you found those tips helpful! Thank you for stopping by!

Valentine’s Laser Cuts are Ready to Ship!

Intoxicating Arts is your shop for all of your lovey dovey Valentine’s wood laser cuts this year! We have TWELVE different love themed laser cuts up on our E-Bay Store right now! Click the pictures below to get to the listing and place your order now!

Sparrows with Hollow Heart is only $2.59!

Love you Script with Hearts is only $1.29!

This Love you Script is a little smaller and has a hollow heart adjoining the two words. So cute! Only $1.09!

This set allows you to mix and match different wood colors if you would like. They are stackable and end up being 1/4″ high! The set includes 4 pieces and is $3.99.

Stackable hearts are a great staple to have in your craft room. This set includes a total of 18 hearts and it’s just $3.59!

This Love You With All My Heart set is $5.50 and it’s a great value for how many large laser cuts you get!

This HUGE Valentine’s set includes a ton of laser cuts! These can also be bought in smaller sets, but you get a discount by buying them together. All of these are just $7.09!!

This is one I made last year, but I wanted to share it. $2.39 for one.

This large Love Tree is $4.95. It’s 5-1/2 x 5-1/2″

Kiss Me Lips is another one I made last year. I still really like this one! $2.39 for one.

This XOXO heart set is laser cut from light birch wood. It’s great if you prefer the wood grain instead of MDF. It takes stains beautifully! $2.75 for the set.

I saved my personal favorite for last! This conversation hearts set includes a total of twenty 0.69″ tall hearts and it’s just $3.95!

I hope you saw something you like! Remember, just click the pictures to get to the listing for that item. You can also CLICK HERE to get to the laser cuts part of my E-bay Store. Thank you for stopping by!

A Few More Christmas Cards

I was hoping to have more time to write blog posts about these cards, but the time just flies! So, I am posting them to share with you and because I used my blog as a digital scrapbook of my creations that I will never see again!

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I won’t get too much into the details, but here’s a few facts:

•The “HoHoHo” is one of my wood laser cuts that has been painted using Luster Mica Powders!

• The blue “Merry Christmas” is one of my acrylic laser cuts that was colored using alcohol inks.

• I used Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day paper and DCW Heirloom Christmas (one of my all time Favorite Christmas Stacks!)

• The Gold stars that I shot a close up of were not part of the paper. I used one of my trailing stars stencils and mixed Luster Mica Powder with gel medium.

Here’s a little tip: ALWAYS Check the $1.00 stamps at Michael’s and Wal-Mart. I have found some major gems in there that would normally cost $4-5 otherwise.

Thank you for stopping by and have a VERY Merry Christmas!

Jingle All the Way!

As we get closer to Christmas I start frantically making Christmas cards while trying to design new laser cuts for Valentine’s Day. It puts me in a cross of thinking about reds and greens , as well as love and hearts. I think this card shows my mood pretty well!

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The paper is from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day collection. See those adorable hearts on the music sheets? So Cute! The tag is a Lawn Fawn stamp, but the sentiment is one that I got in the dollar bin from Michael’s a few years ago. I used my tiny attacher to adhere the tag.20141214_144548The light bulbs you see here are the some of my wood laser cuts that have been colored with Luster Mica Powders. The Green one is actually Luster Mica Spray Mist in Turtle Town and the red one is Maui Magma mixed with a little 24 Karat Gold. I am working on getting the powders released as soon as possible. They do have some nice shimmer to them that didn’t really come through in the camera. The embossed the tops of the lightbulbs with green embossing powder and then threaded them with floral wire and added a little bell. I had to make sure it would have enough room to jingle which just took a little bit of finagling. This was actually a pretty simple card. I hope you enjoyed seeing it. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Little Girl Christmas Card

My thought for this fun Christmas card was to be unconventional and pink! Any of my nieces would love to get this card for Christmas! 

Here’s what I did:
I started off with Tim Holtz Stripes layering stencil and used a palette knife to apply Prima Light Paste onto bare white cardstock.  After drying it about half way, I applied worn lipstick and picked raspberry to a craft mat and spritzer with water. I kept the worn lipstick in the center. I did this twice since there was a lot of bare paper left the first time . Make sure to spritz it really good. Then I die cut a piece of white cardstock with Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles die set. The edges were sponged with picked raspberry.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Into the Woods stamp set (which is on sale in our ebay store!). The reindeer that appears to be enamel is actually one of our laser cut wood pieces that has been dipped in a mixture of UTEE, embossing powder , and pigment . I used my melting pot for this. I had to clean up some edges using a Purple Cows hot tool. The reindeer come in a set of 4 in our ebay store. The reindeer was adhered with homemade glue dots and the sentiment was adhered with foam adhesive.  The card is now finished! I hope you enjoyed seeing this Christmas card using unconventional Christmas colors!

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