Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snowy Background with DT Patricia

Hello everyone! I’m Patricia from CDD team and today I'm going to show you one of my ways to make snow backgrounds for my cards.
For this I created this mosaic of photos with the step by step, which is very easy and you are going to make some great snow backgrounds. STEP by STEP:
1.- First, I prepared my background with Distress Oxide ink. In my opinion, I think that these inks are the best to prepare this type of backgrounds (distress ink or distress oxide) Used two colors Faded Jeans and Broken china, its combination gives a more icy sky, that is achieved with a darker tone than another. 2.-Splashed water drops over background. 3 and 4.- I used white Gesso diluted with water in a surface, for example stamped block, and leave it well liquid. 5.-Splashed with a brush over the background. 6.-To finish use a white gel pen to add more snowflakes. Make sure everything is dry before doing it. And you already have it!! You can decorate your card as you like and create a scene with that beautiful snowy sky. Remember that you can add on top of your stamps or scene more snow to make it more real, but that is already an option as you like you.
I hope you like this. Happy Crafting!!

Monday, December 11, 2017

How To Create A Snow Scene with DT Natalie

Hi guys its Natalie on the CDD blog today and I'm going to show you how to make a quick snow scene Christmas card using those cute racoons from the Snow Day stamp set.

There are so many ways to create a snow scene and I found it so hard to pick a technique but I was thinking its Christmas and you have got to this time and you are thinking wow I have so many cards to make...eeep! So I decided on a quick and easy one that is perfect for production line stamping!
If you read my blog posts you will probably have come to realise that I'm going to start with my crazy stitched frame dies to cut out my base card. I just love the size of it and its just so quick and easy to cut out giving you a perfectly cut rectangle. After cutting my base card I placed it in the Misti and got my stamps positioned  perfectly ready for colouring. Using the misti method means you can keep stamping the same layout over and over again for quick cards!

Then it was time to grab the copics and colour it up, I started on the sky starting at the bottom with B97 then fading into B95 making sure to flick the nib rather than a harsh line so it looks smooth and then I went onto B93 this gives it added interest rather than being one flat colour. The wooden house I used a base of light brown all over the wooden parts and then added a grain effect with two different darker browns. I always like to keep my colours limited so used the same reds for the heart on the door as the racoon scarf and again the roof tiles are the same cold greys that I used on the racoon. Now for the snow although its white we need to add some shading to give it some depth and dimension. Your shadows will be underneath the log cabin, raccoon and snowman so this is where you need to decide where you want your light source to come from. I chose the right hand side so made my shadows darker on the left hand side directly underneath the log cabin, snowman and raccoon the shadow would be darker so I used the c-3 marker and then blended it out using c-2 and then C-1. I coloured the snowman in the exact same way putting the shadows on the right hand side of his face and blending it out. This will help you achieve a more 3 dimensional look. I finished off the snow by adding some clear wink of stella over the top to give it some shimmer.

The last things to do were to add the sentiment I chose the merry and Christmas stamp from the Sending Sentiments stamp set and heat embossed it with white wow embossing powder. the last thing to do was add the snow to the sky using a white gely roll pen and my card was finished.

Crazy Stitched Frame Dies
Snow Day
Sending Sentiments


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Snowy Background with DT Ale

Hello everyone! DT Ale here today sharing some very easy ways to create a snowy background without using stamps .
Here is how I created the card and tag :
I started by die cutting the panel and the tag using Craftin Desert Divas - Fancy frame dies and Craftin Desert Divas - Shaker tag dies
Next I prepared my background and tag using Distress inks and ink blended the colors into paper ,I order to create the sky for the snowy scene 
Stamped the sentiment from Craftin Desert Divas - Holiday sweaters using Versa Mark ink and embossed using gold embossing powder .
I started with the tag and just added a few dots using the Snow Marker and the heat set it using the heat gun and here is the result 
And next for the card background I used Versa mark pen and white embossing powder 
And my tag and card were almost done : I added some images from Craftin Desert Divas - Holiday sweaters and from Craftin Desert Divas - Holiday hugs stamp set
Hope this little tutorial inspired you to create some snowy backgrounds for your winter cards . Thank you so much for stopping by today ! Have a lovely day 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stretch Your Supplies with DT Tatiana

Happy Saturday! Tatiana is here from Tatiana Craft And Art! I'm so excited to be on Crafting Desert Divas blog today with Stretch Your Supplies Card Series! This super simple modern Christmas card was made with a very limited craft supplies so you don't have an excuse not to get your hands inky and try to make handmade cards for your friends and family if you haven't tried yet! All you need for this project is Sorted Shapes Stencil, a few colors of Distress Oxide inks (in case you don't have them, you can definitively use regular Distress inks or any kind of dye or pigment inks you have on hand), a pencil, a pair of scissors, a ruler, a brush and a piece of watercolor paper. So let's see a step by step tutorial:
  • Cut and score an extended A2 size card base (5½" x 4¼").

  • Use a ruler, a pencil and scissors, trace and cut two triangles one a little bit smaller than the other (see the picture above). Use them as a guide and cut out a few triangles from a watercolor paper for your project.

  • Take another rectangle piece of a watercolor paper (I used here Distress Cardstock from Tim Holtz since it ment to work with Distress inks) and use your Distress Oxide inks as a watercolor media, smooshing them against a sleek surface and creating a messy spots with a regular brush (see the picture above). This technique will work both with regular Distress inks or any sort of dye inks. You can use regular watercolors at this point too.

  • Smoosh once more on a sleek surface a few shades of inks, mix them with a translucent or white embossing paste and apply on top of the watercolor spot using the circle part of Sorted Shapes Stencil and creating a sort of snowy background. In case you don't have an embossing paste, apply the inks directly to the watercolor base through the stencil with a foam tool or directly from an ink pad (see the picture above).

  • Use a chevron part of Sorted Shapes Stencil to decorate the triangles by applying the ink with a foam or directly from the ink pad. If you work with Distress or dye inks, spritz a few water droplets on top to bring some interest (see the picture above).

  • Add color to a narrow strip of paper, let it dry and heat emboss the sentiment from Holiday Sweaters stamp set. Of course, you can simply stamp the sentiment on top or hand draw one of your choice.

  • Finally assemble everything, giving a little bit of dimension with a foam tape and adhere a few matching sequins as a finish touch.

That's all for today! Hope you give a try to this fun project and if so, please, share your cards in the Craftin Desert Divas Facebook Gallery! If you aren’t a member, just request it here. As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Craftin Desert Divas is happy to be a super sponsor for the 
Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

You can join here at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.

We've also added the new Cactus Coffee digital stamp to the CDD shop as a freebie for this hop! The code is near the bottom of this post.

We also have a new coffee themed stamp set that is out in the CDD Shop today!

You can grab this new stamp set  HERE!

The Craftin Desert Divas DT has created some amazing projects for this hop that I'm sharing here with you.

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 Cactus Coffee Digi Stamp is a freebie for everyone through 12-15-17. 
Use code: coffee in the CDD Shop to get this cutie for FREE HERE

We'd love for you to join us in our CDD Gallery FB group HERE. Hope you will share your projects with us using the Cactus Coffee Digi Stamp. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us today! Have a wonderful day!


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