Simon Says Stamp August 2016 Card Kit

I recently received my August 2016 Simon Says Stamp card kit and got right to work making a card. Picture 32

I used the vented star die in the kit to make my own stencil. The video for this will go up soon, so make sure you are subscribed to our YouTube Channel!

Here’s a list of supplies ( I really try to stick to mostly what’s included in the kit to make it easy to duplicate my cards):

 

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month August 2016 Seeing Stars CK816
Crafter's Companion HEAT RESISTANT ACETATE Pack CC-HRA-5PK
Simple Stories DIY CHRISTMAS Twine 5176
My Favorite Things RED HOT Hybrid Ink Pad MFT
Tsukineko 6 SPONGE DAUBERS Tools STDAB006
Darice 400 Adhesive 3/16 inch Foam Squares 5mm 1206-02

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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!

Merry & Bright Stencil Card

I thought it would be fun to make a card only using my new Christmas stencils! I am pretty happy with how it came out !

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I started off with the Merry & Bright Stencil and mixed some Ranger glitter with some Liquitex Gloss Gel. I originally did this so there wouldn’t be glitter everywhere and I could have some cool dimensional glitter. In the end I poured more glitter over the top since it looked like it was lacking in some areas. So, now glitter comes off but I think it looks better. I may spray some kind of sealant over it.

Once that was dry, I grabbed my sponge daubers and the Tangled Lights Stencil.  The sponge daubers make it so easy to be precise and I didn’t even have to mask when I alternated distress ink colors for the light bulbs. I used Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, and Barn Door for the Lights. Forest Moss was used for the wire. I finished it off by adding some Glossy Accents to all of the light bulbs to make them gleam.

 

Here’s what the stencils look like:

The stencils are just $3.99 each. (They’re 40% off the month of December! Discount is shown in the cart.)

I like how this card came out. It was so simple and can you believe there was absolutely NO STAMPING!

I challenge you to make a card with ALL STENCILS! It can spark some creativity. Give it a try!

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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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Always be Curious Art Journal Page

I had so much fun making this Art Journal page and it’s definitely my most favorite art journal page so far! There are links below the pictures to purchase the items that I used that we sell and also links to the products we do not sell.

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I originally intended to post a process video of this art journal page, but apparently my larger 64GB memory card couldn’t handle more than 1 hour and 20 minutes. So, until I figure out a way around that, I will just do blog posts of the longer projects. This one took me multiple hours due to the many layers and drying time.

Here’s the links to the products I use that we sell:

• I used a TON of Prima’s 3-D Gloss Gel

Galactic Blue Luster Mica Powder and Hawaiian Orchid Luster Mica Powder

Gramma Nutt Luster Mica Powder mixed with Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel, stored in a jar, and applied with one of our Texture Tools. 

Hawaiian Shores Luster Mica Spray Mist and Deep Sea Dive Luster Mica Spray Mist

Bronze Bendable Frame , Antique Bronze Filigree Flower

Prima Resin Angel with wings cut off to be a pondering child.

Intoxicating Arts Staggered Lines Stencil and Intoxicating Arts Abstract Flower Background Stencil 

Products I used that we do not sell:

Black Foam Tape, Distress Glitter in Faded Jeans, alpha stamp sets, flattened bottle cap, found key, found washers, Tim Holtz Rub-ons , Derwent Inktense Blocks, Twinkleverse Acrylic Paints, Distress Stain in Tarnished Brass , Alcohol ink in Latte, Alcohol Ink in Gold, Key hole brad from Oriental Trading Co. , metal embellishments from ebay, TIm Holtz dictionary paper, pages from old dictionary,PITT Artist Pen, other small Tim Holtz Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!

* This post includes Amazon Affiliate Links.

What craft supplies do you buy the most?

I need your help. I am expanding our inventory further and I need to know what YOU want! I know that I personally tend to spend more on tools than disposable items such as charms and embellishments. I also buy a ton of inks and paints so I can have a large color palette to choose from. So, you tell me, what do you buy the most?

Tons of New Stencils!

Over the course of the past few weeks Intoxicating Arts has released TWELVE new stencils. They are perfect for A2 sized cards, but the designs make them wonderful for art journaling. Especially if you like the Dyan Reaveley style of funky backgrounds. All of our stencils are 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ and they are laser cut from .010″ thick laserpro plastic. That’s thicker than the industry standard of 8 mil mylar. These stencils are nice and durable. They work great with texture paste, gel medium, distress inks, acrylic paint, and pretty much whatever you want to use with them. With proper cleaning and care, they will last for a very long time. Below are the pictures of the new stencils. If you want to purchase any of them just click the picture. All of our stencils are just $3.99!

Scalene Trapezoid Stencil

Rectangle Flow Stencil

Omega Abstract

Moroccan Tile Stencil

Herringbone Stencil

Flower #2 Stencil

Flower #1 Stencil

Floral Frame Stencil

Distressed Crackle Stencil

Chain Link Stencil

Barcodes Stencil

Staggered Lines Stencil

There they all are! I hope you saw something that you like. Speaking of Dyan Reaveley…we are getting her Dylusions Paints in on Friday along with some of the new Tim Holtz awesomeness!!! I am so excited to see these in person!

Mother’s Day Card – Mother’s Help Us Grow

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I made this Mother’s Day Card almost exactly how I did in my last post except I used a different technique and medium for the stenciling of the Floral Frame stencil.  This one came out so much more vibrant because of this technique.

Here they are side by side:

Using Liquitex Super Heavy Gloss Gel mixed with Distress Inks

Using Liquitex Super Heavy Gloss Gel mixed with Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks

Using Prima Light Paste and then brushing Distress Inks over it after dried.

Using Prima Light Paste and then brushing Distress Inks over it after dried.

You can see that by mixing the Distress Inks directly into a clear glossy medium, you will end up with vibrant results. Brushing the distress ink over the opaque Light Paste gave it more of a pastel effect. The card on the left did take significantly longer though. I had to mix each color individually and then carefully apply it through my stencil using a palette knife and masking off areas that I didn’t want a certain color in. For the card on the right, I just applied the Light Paste through the stencil , let it dry, and then brushed the Distress inks over top after placing the stencil back on to protect the surface underneath and keep the color just on the stenciled areas. I used the same Distress Ink colors except the green. I believe I used Peeled Paint for the card on the right.

For a list of supplies, please refer to my last post.  Here’s the YouTube video of me making this card:

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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!

Lawn Fawn Baby Shower Card

This weekend is one of my best friend’s baby showers and I got a card done for her.

I used Lawn Fawn Papers, Lawn Fawn’s Hello Baby stamp set , our NEW Staggered Lines Stencil, Luster Mica Powder in Blue Ice, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, a white A2 card base, Liquitex Professional Gloss Super Heavy Gel
, a palette knife, black pigment ink, acrylic stamping block, cosmetic sponge, and a blue rhinestone.

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You can see the staggered lines stencil in the background. The Blue Ice Luster Mica Powder gives it a nice subtle shimmer. This color is much more vibrant on a black background. I also used a cosmetic sponge to add it to the edges of the patterned papers.

Here’s a youtube video showing the whole process :

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