Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Taylored Expressions, Techniques, Terrific Tuesday, Tonic Studios, Tutorial

Terrific Tuesday – Tone on Tone

Hi Angels!

I decided on one of my favorite techniques to share today, tone on tone or monochromatic creating. My absolute favorite is white on white but today’s card is more of a cream color. Let’s take a look….

I just love how this card turned out, simply elegant. This would make great wedding thank-yous for a winter wedding.

There are quite a few new card creators in some of my groups so let’s do a step by step on this card.

  • I selected an ivory or cream cardbase, standard A2 which equals a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card or half a sheet of standard 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock folded in half.
  • The mat piece is Canson 140 lb watercolor paper cut 4 x 5 1/4. (Watercolor paper tends to be more off white thus the ivory card design.)
  • I secured Taylored Expressions Nordic Snowflake stencil with some masking tape over the mat. Using Nuvo Glimmer Paste I applied or “buttered” a thin layer over the stencil with a palette knife. Carefully remove the stencil, wash immediately with warm soapy water & set aside to dry. Set your mat piece aside to dry too.
  • To keep the monotone effect, I cut the Catherine Pooler Designs Snowflake Mini Cover Plate die out of another piece of Canson 140 lb watercolor paper and the thank-you sentiment that comes with the die out of champagne colored pearl cardstock.
  • Once the stenciled snowflakes are dry you can build the card. Adhere the snowflake mat to the card base.
  • Use thin foam strips applied to the back of the Snowflake frame to pop it up off the card & adhere to the mat layer.
  • I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive Clear Drying Craft Glue to adhere the thank-you die cut.
  • Finally I punched a small glitter circle & applied to the center of the snowflake in the frame to carry the glitter effect to the front.

Some more tips for working with tone on tone:

  • Keep your colors of the same shade or hue. You don’t want a red-orange with a red-violet as they will clash a bit. My exception to this is I will quite often use silver, black or gray words with my white on white designs as well as sometimes adding a layer of silver to the design.
  • The biggest trick for monotone cards to work is adding depth & interest. The glimmer paste glittery snowflakes create a lot of interest in this card without overwhelming the design. Embossing folders work great too. Popping up an element adds more depth. Vary the types of paper, mat, glossy, metallic, glitter etc. It is perfectly alright to add a stamped sentiment in an ink to compliment the color scheme or even black, gray or brown allows the sentiment to stand out more. Adding pearls, rhinestones, sequins & ribbon in the same color tone adds more interest too.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into tone on tone creating. Pull out your favorite color & see what you can create with one color family.

Fun Stampers Journey, Mini Books & Albums, Tutorial

The Good Life Star Book

Hi Angels!

On Saturday I taught a class & did a quick live video on Facebook of how to create a Star Book.  Here are the close up photos, measurements & cutting instructions and a link to the Facebook video

For the cover I used the Good Life Prints, Farmyard Friends and Humble & Kind stamp sets.

Here is the inside view of the pages you can add pictures to or some inspiring quotes & stamped images. It is important to note that the inside surface of the pages are 4″ x 4″ so you will need to take that into account if your make this a mini scrapbook.

When the star book is fully opened for display it forms a 7 pointed star.

Star Book Pieces & Measurements:

  • 2 chipboard covers 4″ x 6 “
  • Paper for covers is trimmed 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
  • You will need 7 sets of pages to form the star
  • Outer pages are 4″ x 12″ scored at 6″ & folded in half
  • Middle pages are 4″ x 10″ scored at 5″ & folded in half
  • Inside pages are 4″ x 8″ scored at 4 inches & folded in half
  • Ribbon 28″ – 30″ long
  • White Liner Tape

Please refer to video for assembly instructions. 

Please share your Star Books in the comments if you choose to create one. I’d love to see your designs.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Tutorial

Double the Fun Tutorial

Creating 2 cards with 1 technique.

Hi Angels!

I have been hard at work trying to come up with some fresh & innovative designs to share with you and also as a submission for the FSJ Creative Team.  It energizes my art to search for new ideas & techniques to inspire your creativity.

I had a lot of fun developing the Zig-Zag & Swirl background techniques but haven’t created much with them. I saw an idea on Pinterest that turned into these 2 cool cards using the Swirl background technique in one Gel Press pull. Let’s walk through how to create these.

Supply List:

  • 1 each Pool Play & Limeade Splash card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half
  • 2 Whip Cream pieces cut 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Scraps of Turbo Teal, Electric Lime, Pool Play & Lemon Drop cardstocks for die cutting
  • 1 Create-A-Palette – mine is inked in Limeade Splash, Electric Lime, Lemon Drop, Cool Pool & Turbo Teal reinkers
  • Pool Play & Black Licorice inkpads
  • Gel Press
  • Leaf Pattern, Summer Branch & Special Days Tag Dies
  • Fiddle Leaf embossing folder
  • Sparkle Silk
  • Remarkable You & Thread Sketch stamp sets

On your Pool Play card base stamp Thread Sketch in Pool Play ink on front & set aside.

Take the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Whip Cream card stock & die cut Leaf Pattern from it.

Using your Gel Press, swirl the Create-A-Palette over the surface. Carefully lay the die cut Leaf Pattern over the ink. Add the 5 1/4″ x 4″ Whip Cream over top of die cut & gently rub to transfer ink to both pieces. This will create your double print allowing you to make 2 cards. Here is a quick technique video on this step:

Attach patterned pieces to card bases. The negative print onto Limeade Splash & the Leaf Pattern die cut onto Pool Play. Sprinkle with Sparkle Silk & set aside.

Finishing the Cards:

Pool Play card __ A – using the elongated hexagon shapes from the Special Days Tag set, die cut large Lemon Drop & small Pool Play pieces. B – Stamp Lemon Drop piece in Pool Play ink using the Thread Sketch.  C – Stamp Sentiment of choice from Remarkable You in Black Licorice ink on Pool Play shape.  D – Layer shaped pieces together, sprinkle with Sparkle Silk & pop up with Foam Squares on card.

Limeade Splash card __ A – With Summer Branch die cut Turbo Teal & Electric Lime leaves.  B – Emboss Electric Lime piece with the Fiddle Leaf embossing folder. (Note: the embossed leaf piece will be fragile, handle carefully to prevent it tearing.) C – Adhere die cuts together slightly off set to create a shadow effect and attach to card. D – Stamp sentiment of choice onto card base in Black Licorice ink.

I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create & play with your art supplies.

Thanks for stopping by.