Thursday, October 19, 2017

DT EK Top 5 Favorite Crafty Tools


EK Gorman CDD 10:19 a 

 Hey Divas! It's Design Team member EK from ekgorman designs stopping in to share a few of my favorite things. I hope you are enjoying Crafty Tools week here at the CDD blog. I thought I would change things up a little and not just share my favorite 5 crafty tools, but share my favorite 5 Crafty Fix It Tools for when I need to correct mistakes. I know we all like to think on blog posts like this that the card designs are perfect...but the truth is they are not. But with the use of a couple of crafty tools, your designs can sure seem like it was perfect to begin with I thought I would create a Clean and Simple card to showcase my boo-boos using my favorite CDD friends, the trolls from the Treasure Trolls stamp set. I gave the card a quick color with my copics and stamped out a basic sentiment! CDD a 

 On first glance, the card looks pretty good and ready for final assembly, but if you look closer you will see the big MISTAKES that make a simple card like this look sloppy.

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 My first boo-boo is copic ink bleeding out of the lines. This happens all the time, and the copic colorless blender is pretty good a helping clean this up, but it doesn't always do the job. CDD c 

 But by using my (1) first favorite crafty fix it tool, my White Gelly Roll Pen, I can quickly erase those bleed outs and coloring errors. I also was able to add the light back into the eyes of the trolls with just a touch of my pen.


My next mistake (which I hate to say I do more than I am proud of) is extra ink blobs, either transferred by a dirty acrylic block or stamping platform, or more often my dirty finger. CDD e 

 My (2) second favorite crafty fix it tool, the Mono Sand Eraser, believe it or not, can actually erase these ink blobs. It works on both dye and pigment ink, waterproof or water soluble ink, or even distress inks and oxides. I will warn you, the eraser can't erase all mistakes (as you will see later), but it will take care of the little ones like it did here.

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 My next mistake is one that I hate to admit happens more often than I care to admit, and I think a lot of us can say we do this. The mistake I speak of is crocked sentiments. How often do you finish coloring a beautiful card, and then bam, crocked sentiment. You don't have to ditch the whole card, however. No, there is a couple of tricks to fix this mistake, and in fact, make it look like the correction was how it was meant to be.

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 I often stamp out the sentiment again onto another piece of cardstock, and then die cut it out. This time I used one of the soft corner small rectangular dies from CDD's Tag Essentials. I don't however like how the die cut panel looks lying directly over the mistake. For me, to make the correction look intentional, I add my (3) third favorite crafty fix it tool, 3D adhesive squares. CDD i 

 By adding the dimensional tape under the die cut panel, the card looks like it was always intended to have this 3D effect. The popped up die cut frankly makes the card look fancy since the CAS card is no longer a one layered card.

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 You'll notice in the beginning there wasn't the GIANT ink smudge by the sentiment. This smudge I added intentionally for the purpose of this post. (Please note, the small ink smudge was a real boo-boo.)

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 This giant ink smudge was too big for the Mono Sand Eraser to completely remove, even though I did use the eraser to diminish the size and the darkness of the mistake. CDD l 

 Then I pulled out my (4) forth favorite crafty fix it tool, embellishments. In this case I used a fairly large sequin from CDD's sequin mix Beyond the Horizons to cover the blob. Then I added a few more sequins using Glossy Accents so the illusion of the design having been my original intent (and thus seamless perfection). And I will tell you, 9/10 when I add sequins to a design, it has been added to cover up a mistake in the overall design.

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 My final correction isn't really a mistake. I just don't like what I have done. Both the noses and the gems on the trolls have been poorly colored and thus don't look great. When I've done something and I don't like how it has turned out, I often pull out my (5) fifth favorite crafty fix it toll, liquid embellishment.

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 I find that when I add a bit of liquid embellishment such as Gloss Accents, or Nuvo Drops, the bad coloring no longer bothers me. In this case I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew for the noses, and Nuvo Jewel Drops in Strawberry Coulis for the gem stone bellies. CDD o 

 I find that extra bit of shine really adds to the overall design and keeps me from judging a poorly colored area. And when I am lucky enough as I was here, the liquid embellishment look intentional.

EK Gorman CDD 10:19 b

I hope you got a kick out of seeing a less than perfect design, and more importantly learned a few tricks to hiding mistakes you might make. In my mind, the trick to great crafting isn't learning how to be perfect, but learning trick to fool people into think you are! EK Gorman CDD 10:19 c
EK CDD blk watermark 2
CDD Supplies:
Treasure Trolls
Mono Sand Eraser
beyond the horizons
morning dew
strawberry coulis

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DT Cheryl Top 5 Favorite Crafty Tools

Hello Crafty Friends! It's DT member Cheryl here to share some of my favorite crafty things that I use for my planner layouts! Of course my most favorite crafty items are STAMPS, but I'll share a few essential items that I use regularly in my planner layouts!

Sticker Paper - planner pages can't take certain coloring mediums so it's always safest to stamp onto sticker paper, color, then fussy cut. (Sorry no picture since it just looks like a piece of paper! :P)

Fiskars Swivel blade cutting tool -before I got a electronic cutter to fussy cut my stamped images, I used this cutting tool to fussy cut my images. It works really well for sticker paper! It's so much faster than using scissors! It's as simple and fast as tracing an image, but requires a lot of pressure for cardstock. You can find this cutter at most craft stores with their cutting tools. It's pretty cheap too!

Brush pens - I'm a big fan of brush lettering and try to use it in my layouts when I can.

Distress Inks - distress inks are so fun to use in planner pages and I love how you can add a lot of colors, even dark ones, and it doesn't bleed or shadow on the other side of the page. I have tried to add droplets of water to activate the inks, with a very light hand and a quick blot you won't cause any damage to your planner page. ;)  I also love that the color is build-able so you can create a gradient or air brush effect.

Washi Tape - I think washi tape is an essential item for planner decorating! But beware of the slippery slope! it's addictive! Sometimes I let washi tape drive the colors I use which is great because I can be so indecisive! Washi tape is great for adding accents to the paper and great for making dividers and covering up mistakes too!

Putting it all together:

First I stamped out the cuties from the Weather Gnomes clear stamp set onto sticker paper and then I fussy cut the images using the swivel blade cutting tool.
Then I wrote in the month and letters for the days of the week using brush pens:

 Next I used distress inks to create a night and day sky effect, if you're new to distress inks, here's an example of building the color. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't look great at first! Just keep building the colors and I promise it'll look great! It's a good idea to mask or somehow isolate the areas you want colored. I made an oopsies and got some ink on the left page :X

Then I added some washi tape to the bottom of the left sheet to cover up some of the white space I had:

Here's the completed layout! I hope you found this post informative and inspires you to try something new for your planner layouts! 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DT Ale Top 5 Favorite Crafty Tools

Hello everyone! DT Ale here today sharing my top 5 favourite crafty tools / items. So while preparing for this blog post I thought it will be hard to find 5 item and to call them favourite :) when I start crafting I don't think that I used this, or that because are my favourites , I just grab the things and make my cards :)) I know this might sound crazy but I craft at night :)) after my 3 kids sleep and after I do all the other chores I have :) But how ever here are some of the things that I use almost every time I get to craft : First I will start with 1. Inks  My most used ink was Memento tuxedo black ink, and I still like it but I was searching for an ink that I am able to used both with Alcohol Markers and water colors . So I found My favourite things Hybrid ink and it became instant my favourite ! Love the idea of having only one black ink that I can use for both markers or watercolors , because my space is limited :)
Next on top of my list are Distress inks 

I used the on all my cards I am pretty addicted to ink blending and every time I am able I will do a bit of ink blending . I don't own all the colors but here are my most used ones , and if I will need another color I will use my Memento dew drops inks which are also easy to blend , affordable and come into a variety of colours .

Versa Mark ink , Heat gun and embossing powders 
Ok I couldn't mention inks without saying that Versa Mark along with embossing powders and heat gun is a really must have :) 
Love how you can make a sentiment pop from a dark background using white embossing powder , or how you can add details to a coloured background just by stamping using Versa mark without heat setting or using embossing powder .
One of the techniques that I used pretty often is embossing and then water coloring . This is one of my favourites .

And because I am talking about inks I need to talk about coloring mediums and my favourites are 2. Alcohol Markers - Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers For me these markers are the most used . I always tend to grab them first for coloring an image . They are affordable , come in a variety of colors and bled beautiful together . But just a little thing to keep in mind with this markers : when I first purchase these they had refills , which was amazing in my opinion , but currently they discontinued the reffils and I don't know when/ if  they will bring them back
Water coloring - Stabilo Markers 
This will may surprise you , since Zigs markers are very popular now , but I really enjoy using Stabilo Markers when it comes to water color with markers . They are cheap , can be found at the local crafting store and they come in a variety of colours. 
On watercolor paper they blend beautifuly and you can choosed if to use water or just blend the colors together just like Zig markers . 
One thing to keep in mind with this markers is that they only blend with watercolor paper and that their colours will fade with time .
Pencils - Polychromos 
So this ones are some currently favourites . I can now say that they are amazing and that I am very impressed with the result . While thinking which brand of pencils I should buy most people recommended Polychromos , and now I understand why : they are high quality pencils , they have a large variety of colours and the final result is simply amazing .
One thing to keep in mind is that layering the colours with the pencils may take some time , so try to be patient and don't add too much pressure .
Also I really enjoy using Gel pens to add details to the images that I color. So the black gel pen is amazing for adding eye details and the white gel pen I use to add highlights and dots to the cheeks
3. Big Shot and dies 
Now something that make me love a lot more card making and definitely a game changer is Big Shot maschine and the dies . The finished look that you get by die cutting your panels , words dies , border dies I very hard to achieve by using your scissors . My currently most used dies are this 2 from Craftin Desert Divas , which I really think they are must have Crazy Stitched frame dies Fancy frame dies
4. Glue 
Something that I really enjoy using is Glossy accents which is perfect to adhere your images or panels but also works very well with adding details to your projects . I am also loving Multi Medium Matte but currently I used it all ( need to order more :)) it's perfect to adhere sequins and acetate because dries matt 
5. Embellishments 
I really like my cards to be simple , and not really use lots of embellishments but recently discovered Nuvo drops  and I love the look of them . I like that you can put them straight to your project or how I did here ( put them on a piece of acetate and let them dry 24 h and then adhere them to the projects )
Probably my most used embellishments are the Sequins I love to use them for my cards to add a finished look to the card or use them for the shaker cards.
Now just want to share with you how my finished card look 
Hope you like it
and hope you find this blog post helpful! Thank you so much for stopping by! And for sticking until the end I know is a very long post :)
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