Crazy About You Card – Foiling & Vellum

This card went in a completely different direction than I had sketched out. Originally it was going to have a foiled frame and some 3-D flowers. The frame ended up being too big and then I ended up making it a somewhat masculine card so I decided to not use the purple 3-D flowers I made.

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Here’s a clickable list of Supplies I used:

Black Coredinations Cardstock

Core'Dinations HOCUS POCUS 4.25 x 5.5 Black Magic Cardstock 80lb 40 Sheets

White Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120 LB Base Weight 12 Pack

Vellum
Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets

Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN Ranger Summer TIM35015

Dots Embossing Folder
Sizzix DOTS 7 Embossing Folder Textured Impressions 660405

Rose Gold Cord (This was in a 3 pack that I got from Michael’s)

Simply Said: Crazy Stamp Set by Avery Elle
Avery Elle Clear Stamps SIMPLY SAID CRAZY Set 023413

Also currently available in our store for $6.00

Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD Full Size me-900

Rose Gold  MINC Foil
Heidi Swapp ROSE GOLD MINC 6 Inch Reactive Foil Roll 312104

Applied using the Heidi Swapp MINC Mini Machine (Click picture for this bundle on Amazon)

Flower Embellishment that was foiled is from the Anna Griffin Minc Bundle. We were selling them and we sold out and won’t be getting any more. Here’s a link to that bundle:

There’s also some floral elements sold in this bundle if you already have the machine:

Here’s what the flower looks like at an angle so you can see the shine of the foil

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I also added this little heart on the inside using an old Sizzix die to die cut some Toner Paper. The arrow was from the pieces that came in the Heidi Swapp Minc Mini Set. I didn’t have my heat on the machine turned up enough so I was left with some black spots.

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That’s it for today! Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you can see the video of making this card when it goes live. Thank you for stopping by!

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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!

Making Foiled New Year’s Cards with the MINC Mini Machine

In the early evening yesterday I thought it would be nice to get some use out of my MINC mini and make some last minute New Year’s Cards.

Using a free program called Inkscape I was easily able to make my vision come to life. I googled “Happy New Year” and found a nice sentiment for the front. Then I googled ” Champagne Bubbles” and found another image I liked. I used the trace feature in inkscape to manipulate the bubbles how I wanted and then rearranged them to create corners similar to the bubbles in Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Bokeh Stamp Set  . When I am creating for a card I like to make a 4.25 x 5.5″ box to make sure I am scaling everything properly.

This is what I ended up with:

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You can perfectly fit four A2 sized cards on a single piece of paper. Next I printed these images out on a laser printer. It has to be a printer with toner to work with the MINC foil! I printed on Copier Transparency Film , White Cardstock and some thicker textured cream cardstock as well. I wanted the bubbles to be on the transparency in the foreground, but you can put them on the paper in the background if you prefer that.

All that was left to do was run them through my MINC Mini machine and assemble. Simple as that!

Here’s a photo of how they came out:

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The foil really doesn’t like textured cardstock, but I wanted to try it out anyways. For best results, use a smooth cardstock of 110 lb or less.

Here’s the LiveStream I did when I was making these cards:

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful New Year’s!

End of Year Sale on the ENTIRE Store!

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That’s right! For 3 days ONLY we are offering an additional $5.00 off for every $20.00 you spend. This is an additional savings on top of the other sales and discounts we have going on right now.

This offer applies to all items in the store priced up to $40.00!

This is our best sale all year long and it’s the perfect time to load up on craft essentials and new Valentine’s products!

To see what’s for sale Click Here! 

Love you Sew Much Wood Laser Cuts

I just posted these sets for sale on our website. shop.intoxicatingarts.com . Just click the picture to get to the listing! Love you Sew Much Set 1 is $4.99 and Love you Sew Much set 2 is $4.49. They are laser cut from 1/8″ MDF wood in the United States. You can paint, ink, stain, sand, etc. I like to put acrylic paint in the deeply etched areas which is so easy because you just paint it and then sand down until the paint is only in the etched areas!

Love you Sew Much Set 1

Love you Sew Much Set 2

Sizzix eClips with ECAL & Die Cutting Machine Comparison

Ahh! I’m freaking out! Did I REALLY just buy that!? YES I did! I have a mix of emotions going through my head right now. Excited- Scared- Thrilled-Anxious.

This is absolutely the most I have ever spent on a single craft item. I used to think the people who were paying for Cricut machines had to be out of their minds (no offense, I didn’t have the craft addiction I do now back then). Now here I am paying for a Sizzix eClips Machine and ECAL!

Here is the run down on my logic for purchasing this electronic die cutting master:

#1 reason(s): I really am hoping this is going to replace my other machines and give me endless paper cutting possibilities.

Other very important supporting factors:
• Cuts through multiple different types of materials including lightweight Chipboard (yay!) 
• Replacement parts cost seems pretty low
• Doesn’t seem to have any bugs (WTG Sizzix on waiting to release until bugs were worked out!)
• With the use of ECAL I will save a ton of money not having to buy separate cartridges.
• Built in Laser allows you to line up paper perfectly to avoid waste.

My current die cutting machines and thoughts on them:

• Slice Hands-Free
My Slice machine and I have a Love-Hate relationship every time I use it. I love it when it works, but other times it randomly decides to spaz out and either not turn on, won’t move or go back to “home” position, shred up my paper, or drags the blade all over the paper ruining the cuts. It can work like a dream and be a mischief within the same session of use. I just don’t get it. I have tried so many different things to fix it, but when it comes down to it, it just works when it wants and doesn’t other times. I think the embossing and debossing feature on it is a joke too. It’s a nice little machine for small projects under a meager 4 inches. I bought quite a few cartridges for my Slice machine. I do think they were fairly priced, but I bought almost all of my cartridges on sale. I know they have come out with a new “Slice Elite” that fixed a couple of the issues (you don’t have to change the pressure, can cut thicker materials, it’s faster, etc), but I’m not that confident in the Slice to give the Elite a try.

• Sizzix Big Shot
I still totally love my Big Shot! It’s great. You can use so many different manufacturers dies and I think that is a great feature. The biggest problem that I have had lately is that I can not put any dies wider than about 5.5-6″ through it. I considered getting a Big Shot Pro, but the reviews on it were bad to say the least. Not being able to make chipboard albums, cut full-sized cards or envelopes, or any of the other larger items needed for mixed-media projects is what left me yearning for something more.

Well, I’m sure a lot of you would agree with my reasons for getting the eClips machine. I really hope it is as awesome as I am thinking it will be! It should be here in 1-5 days. I think I am going to make my un-boxing of the eClips Machine be my youtube debut haha. I bought a tri-pod and everything, but haven’t posted a video yet. So excited!

If you have an eClips and have any awesome tips for me, please share in the comments! Is there something you hate about your current die cutting machine? Let it all out in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!