Sunday, July 12, 2015

MISTI Diecut Stamping Technique

Hi friends! I've been sharing a lot of my cut files to use in design space for the cricut explore for use with stamp sets and have mentioned that I use the MISTI to line the stamps up perfectly on the diecuts. However, the method I used was just to temporarily adhere the diecut to a scrap piece of paper and eyeball the stamp on top. It was very time consuming and sometimes frustrating. Well, no more! Thanks to a video by Kristina Werner I have a new method that I'm going to share with you today! 

I'm using Mama Elephant's "Three Amigos" in this tutorial. I just love this set because it's so versatile! The set comes with a bunch of little sentiments that can be stamped inside the signs the critters are holding. Not only can they be used for cars making but inside your planner as well! I plan on using them to mark important events and anything else that needs to stand out. 

The first step is to stamp the image you're using into a scrap piece of paper. 
Then you want to use the negative space of the cut, and line it up perfectly around the stamped image with equal spacing all around.  
This is the most time consuming part. Well, at least for me because I have a type A personality and I'm a huge perfectionist, haha. Next, simply insert your diecut back into the negative space. It will fit just like a puzzle piece. 
Re-ink and stamp your image and you're done! Perfect everytime! And so much faster than trying to line up the stamp on the diecut by hand! This technique has saved me so much time that I decided to make a bunch all at one time and keep them in a little container so they're ready when I want to color and make a card or stick one in my planner! 
I've stamped them all on watercolor paper because I tend to use distress markers and water most often. 

I hope this tutorial was helpful. If you are considering purchasing a MISTI but are on the fence maybe because of the price tag or whatever, seriously buy it! It's one of the best investments I've ever made for my craft room! Comments are always appreciated and thanks so much for stopping by! ❤️

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stamp with me - July

I'm entering into the Mama Elephant's stamp with me July card contest. This month's challenge is to create a card with a rainbow theme. I had just gotten the "In my Heart" set and really wanted to use it. Out of all the cards I've made thus far, this one is definitely my favorite!
I started by making the star cut file on my Cricut Explore. Inspiration was from Mama Elephant as they have a full card die that cuts an arch of stars similar to the one I made. Then I cut a piece of Neenah white card stock to 4.25 x 5.5 and used my distress mini inks and round ink blending tools to create a diagonal rainbow. I used Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marnalade, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Seedless Preserves in that order. Once the ink was dry I adhered the star cut background over the ink, stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black ink, and added the little girl and shooting stars from the "In My Heart" set with foam tape. I painted the cut out stamped images with distress markers and cut them using a cut file I created with Inkscape and uploaded in Cricut Design Space (all files from this set are below for you to download). I then adhered the card front to a 4.24 x 5.5 top folding card. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pop-Up Shaker Card

Hey there! I know it's been a while since I've posted. I've been too busy crafting to sit down and write about it. I have a lot to share and wanted to start with this sweet card I made for my aunt who's husband (my uncle and godfather) passed away a few months ago.
I started by creating all my cut files on my cricut explore (available to download below) and then cut them out and stamped them. I knew I wanted a shaker card and was originally was going to make it so you could see it on both sides, but changed my mind in the end. I cut the card base from a piece of 110lb white card stock and used the Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die to cut the circle near the bottom right of the card. I love these dies because they create a stitched edge both around the inside and outside of the cut line. I used a piece of a scrap book page for the clear window and added the stamped bones and a few Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins. The background of the window is a piece of watercolor paper that I inked up with the new coral color distress ink and attached to the window with foam tape. I only used one layer and I really should have used two. 

Mama Elephant has a die you can purchase to make pop-up cards, but I don't own it so I decided to create my own with my cricut. It was really easy actually and I'm sure you could do it too! I knew I wanted grass on the inside, so I welded a grassy border to the top of a rectangle and attached a score line about an inch and a half down. I then added four more score lines, these ones verticle,  and placed them in pairs where I wanted the pop-up feature to be. I made them a little more than a half inch wide. Lastly, I changed the vertical score lines to cut instead of score. This picture may help you understand:
This allows you to crease along the score line, but push out the two pieces so you can adhere your images which makes them pop up when you open the card! 

The sentiment on the outside of the card was stamped with Vera Fine and heat embossed with Hero Arts clear embossing powder. The two hearts are stamped in Hero Arts shadow ink in Pale Tomato, covered with Wink of Stella and then I added Glossy Accents so it would match the heat embossed sentiment. 
For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4.75 x 6 and did a watercolor wash with Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass Distress inks. Once it was dry, I trimmed it down to 4 x 5.25. I cut the clouds from the Lawn Fawn stitched cloud die and the rectangle stitched die by Simon Says Stamp so the stitching would go all around the clouds. I adhered the bottom cloud flush with the top of the watercolor paper and glued only the top edge of the second cloud on top so it would give it a tiny bit of dimension. I didn't want to add more foam tape as the shaker piece was already adhered with a lot of it. I colored the puppies with distress markers and blended the colors out with a brush and water. I added the grassy pop-up feature and glued the puppy on the outside and the two on the inside with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. The sentiment on the inside is from the stamp set as well and is stamped with Versa Fine black ink (my fav).

I have a few more simple cards I'll be sharing soon, as well as some more cut files from the Mama Elephant stamp set "In my Heart." Thanks so much for stopping by. Your comments are greatly appreciated! :)