Saturday, August 19, 2017

You're Wildly Amazing

Hello everyone! It's DT member Laura here, from A bit of my crafts, with a fun card I made using the newly released Get Wild stamp set. I decided to combine images from this cute set with the Safari Zebra digital stamp, which was one of the freebies during the August release event, and is now available for purchase on the CDD shop. I love the style of this digi, and as soon as I saw it, I thought it would be fun to create an unconventional safari themed card...In this card it is in fact the zebra who observes the behavior of humans as they roam around the jungle! I personally think that this zebra is perfect for this purpose, and I find the result really fun! So let's have a look at how I created this card!

To start off I colored all the images with my Spectrum Noir markers, trying to stick to neutral tones, and I cut them out with my Silhouette Portrait.

I then created my front panel: for the frame I used the largest from the Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies to cut some Bristol Smooth cardstock. I inked up the frame using Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, and I sponged the edges with some Distress Ink in Peeled Paint to add some depth. I then cut some heavyweight white cardstock to the same size as my frame, and I created a circular window using the second largest die from the Inside Scalloped Circles set. I added some color to the window panel with Distress Oxide in Antique Linen.

I then moved on to creating my jungle. I used several dies to cut all the elements I needed from some Bristol Smooth Cardstock, and I colored them with my Distress Inks. For the foremost grass layer I used one of the dies from the Outdoor Landscape 2 set, and I did some ink blending with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint. For the taller grass layer in the back I used one of the dies in the Outdoor Landscape die set and used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Inks. For the tree trunks I used again one of the dies from the Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies, and I inked them with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks. The leaves are cut using one of the dies from the Island Die set, and are inked up with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint. For the sky I used Broken China and Stormy Sky. All the CDD supplies I used are listed and linked at the end of this post for easy reference.
For my card base I cut some white cardstock to a standard A2 size, and I thought it would be fun to add some black cardstock as well, to tie in my card base with the zebra. The black panel is cut at 4 1/8" by 5 3/8" and I adhered it to my card base with some liquid glue.

For my sentiment banner I thought I would also add some black and white elements to guide the viewer's eye toward the zebra, which I wanted to be the star of this card. I used two dies from the Flag Banner dies to create two banners, a white one and a black one, and I layered them together. The sentiment itself comes from the Get Wild set and I think it works really well for this card. :)

At this point I could go ahead and assemble everything: I composed my jungle and glued all the elements behind my window panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I adhered the front panel to the card base using some white glue. For the scalloped frame and the banner I used one layer of 3M foam tape, and because I really wanted the zebra to stand out, I adhered it using two layers of foam tape.

And here is a close up picture of the card, so that you can see all the details and the fun dimension :)

And that's it for today's card! I really hope you liked it, and I hope I inspired you to have some fun with these great stamps and dies and to create your own jungle scene! You can find the list of supplies with links to the CDD shop at the end of this post, and I will be back soon with another fun project! Have a great day,

List of supplies

Safari Zebra Digi Stamp

Get Wild Stamp Set

Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies

Inside Scalloped Circles

Flag Banner Dies

Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies 

Outdoor Landscape Dies
Island Dies

Friday, August 18, 2017

Get Wild Planner Pages

Good Morning stamp lovers!! This is Nancy from the design team, here to share a planner layout with the new August Release stamp set Get Wild. I'm a child of the 80s and as such, I am a huge rainbow lover! Almost everything I owned growing up was rainbow, or made by Lisa Frank. Do you remember Lisa Frank? Her products featuring rainbows, neons, and animals were ALL over the place! When I was thinking of different ways to use Get Wild, it hit me that I HAD to incorporate the Lisa Frank style.

To begin, I removed my pages from my Happy Planner to make it easier to work with. I started by selecting some of my favorite Distress Inks and arranging them in rainbow order. I do this so I don't accidentally go out of order and miss a color.

I decided that instead of doing a traditional rainbow in ROYGBIV order, I would start with purple on left and work towards pink. This of course meant rearranging my rainbow to keep myself on track.

Now, as you may be aware, using Distress Inks for my backgrounds is one of my favorite things to do. So, I want to quickly give you a few tips and tricks. You ALWAYS want to have scrap paper under your project when inking backgrounds. This will help you have a smooth transition onto the paper, and help with the amount of ink that goes down initially on the paper.  I have a VERY heavy hand. It takes a lot of practice for me to remember to start applying the ink off of the project, and working my way in. If you start directly on your paper, you may get blotches of color. If that happens, you project isn't ruined, just add more color to other areas to help blend it out.

Dye inks, such as Distress Inks will seep into your paper and possibly bleed through. This is why it is very important to use some type of applicator to transfer the ink to the page. I use a blending tool, but you can also use an ink dauber or even a make-up sponge. Each will transfer a different amount of ink to the paper and in a different pattern. Practice on scrap paper first so you know what to expect. If you have seen any of my other layouts, you know that I use a TON of ink. Many times, like today, I cover my entire planner spread. If you use an ink applicator, the ink will NOT bleed.

If you are using this technique in a disc bound planner, such as the Happy Planner, be very careful when applying ink to the center of the pages. Due to the notches where the paper attaches to the discs, it is very easy to bend or rip the paper. Often, I bend the paper in this area from using too much pressure when applying ink. Occasionally, some of the ink from the project I'm working on will end up on another layout. It's hardly noticeable when you reattach your pages to the planner. But, if it bothers you, you can use a sand eraser to lightly buff out the ink.

I continued to apply the ink to the pages in unmeasured diagonal stripes in rainbow order across the pages. I did washi tape the pages together at the center to minimize bending or tearing the paper. Warning: not all washi tape is created equal. Some is MUCH stickier than others. If you are going to tape your pages together, or tape them to your work surface, use the tape with the smallest amount of tackiness that you have. Sticky washi can tear your pages, especially in the center due to the number of cut outs from the discs. I DID slightly tear my pages on the back side when I removed this washi tape.

When you are finished coloring the background, it's time for the really fun stuff. Stamping time!! I stamped all the animal images from the Get Wild set on sticker paper and colored them. I also stamped a few jungle leaves to use as accents. I tried to keep my animals colored boldly to keep with the theme of the page. I also decided to add some leopard spots to the left side of the page to cover the notes section.

Next, I printed out the large rounded rectangle and the medium rounded rectangle from the Planner Basics Digi Bundle on sticker paper. This set is a MUST have for planners. All of the elements are generic enough to use every week, but also unique from other planner sets. I have pages and pages of each of the planner boxes printed so that I have them at close hand whenever I am planning. One of the greatest things about this digi, besides being able to size them, is that you can color or ink them to coordinate with your planner theme. After I printed the medium and large rounded rectangles out, I inked them with a black distress ink. Notice I didn't make them super dark, so I can still write on them with a black pen. I added a few sticker accents and my layout was ready to go!

That's about it for this time. Make sure to visit the CDD shop and pick up some of the new releases as well as the digi bundle. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask below or visit me in the CDD gallery on Facebook or on my Instagram: @nancy_finch. Til' next time, happy stamping!
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

That Bites!

Hello CDD Friends, Waleska here with a very cool shaker card with a very cool guy... from the new and Amazing Jawsome stamp set! 
Did you enjoy this past release? We loved it, there are lots of very cute stamps for you to create and some amazing new dies check it out Here. (Just wait to see the September Release is going to be Spooktacular and as always Cute) ;)  

For my project today I created a shaker card, with a wave texture to the acetate for more interest to the card. First I run a piece of acetate in my big shot machine with a wave embossing folder to create the front part of the shaker. The texture looks awesome in real person, you can do this with any of your embossing folders to create texture to your shaker cards.

I created the background of my card with Oxide Inks in colors Broken China, Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio and added water splashes for an Ocean look.

I die cut two pieces of cardstock one for the up part of my card and one for the down part to be the sand, with the wave from the Outdoor Landscape Dies; I also stamp my sentiment at this point to the sand piece.  I die cut the biggest of the new Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies and color it with Spiced Marmalade Oxide ink.  I glue the pieces to the Rectangle and also glue the wavy acetate to the frame to create the front part of the shaker.

I added foam tape around the rectangle to create the shaker and use the Fall Harvest Sequins for the inside part of the card to shake around the wavy water.

I glue the front part of the card to the water background I created, and glue the shark that I color with markers to the front of the card...  (He looks very concentrated on the water).  I love this sharks for masculine cards specially the little boys in our lives.

I hope you give the embossed acetate a try to give more texture to your cards and make looots of boy cards with the new Jawsome stamp set.

SEA you have a nice day

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Get Wild Waterfall Card

Hi everyone, it's Merlina here with a card to share.
Today I made a waterfall card, featuring Get Wild Stamp Set

 Firstly, cut the base of the card with Hip-hip-hooray-paper-pad, and also 4 small pieces for the images (the green and yellow) using Fancy-frame-dies.
Then cut a strip (orange) for waterfall effect  2"x9", score at 2", 2,75", 3,5", and 4,25" and make it like the picture below :

Then prepare the images and paste on the 4 small pieces.
Put the first piece to the bottom, then the second one, and do for the rest.
Put ribbon to make it easy when you pull the card.

Supplies used :

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

You're How Old?

Hi everyone it's design team member Natalie on the blog today and I'm going to share with you my glow in the dark card using the awesome Dino Dig stamp set. As soon as I saw this set I fell in love with those dinosaur skeletons.  I knew I had to do something cool with them so I mulled it over for a while when I then stumbled upon some glow in the dark embossing powder. It was perfect I could make a glow in the dark dinosaur bone card!

I cut out the main frame using the crazy stitched framed dies then I heat embossed the dinosaur bones and eggs using the glow in the dark embossing powder. I wasn't sure how much ink I could put over the top of the embossing powder without affecting the glow in the dark effect so I started off  by lightly painting yellow, purple, brown and black distress inks over the entire background. I let this dry and then ink blended over the paint using the same colours as before. This gives the galaxy sky more depth. I was still wary of getting ink over the heat embossing and felt the two layers still looked a bit too light and I wanted it to be a lot darker so I added another layer using the warm grey's and a dark purple copic markers.
I chopped off the sides of the background panel to slim it down and added some silver tape to the sides and then mounted it onto some black card. The sentiment was created using the flag banner dies and the You're How Old sentiment stamp from the Dino Dig Set. I then mounted it onto the silver tape and mounted everything onto my card base.

Time to see if it glowed...

Look how awesome it looks in the dark, I'm so pleased how this card turned out and I hope you enjoyed it.

Crazy Stitched Frames
Dino Dig
Flag Banner Dies

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