Pixie Paints and Stencils

Hey there,

Just popping by to share a card for the Neat & Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket, and their amazing Pixie Paints. These little bottles of coloured powder pack a huge punch and I had so much fun playing with them:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Pixie Paints and stencils

I began by creating a fun background panel – firstly, I spritzed a piece of lightweight watercolour paper with water, then laid down the Geometric Blooms stencil on top before tapping out some of the Harbor coloured Pixie Paint.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Pixie Paints and stencils

The paint reacted beautifully with the stencil and the water – I removed the stencil and spritzed a little more water to move the paint around a bit more, and heat set the panel when I was happy.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Pixie Paints and stencils

I trimmed the panel down and foam mounted to a white card base before stamping the skunk from the Little Stinker set with Versafine Onyx Black ink, all ready to colour in!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Pixie Paints and stencils

I used some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens to colour in the little animal, stamped a sentiment from the same set, trimmed him out and foam mounted him to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Pixie Paints and stencils

To finish off, I added some sequins from the Gold Mix selection. I hope you’ll stop by the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration!

 

Thanks for looking😉

Hooray!

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Hooray Nice and Neat die!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2016 - Hooray.

I used an inky panel from my stash as the backdrop to this super cute die-cut – I thought the copper foil card stock offset beautifully against the blues and purples😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2016 - Hooray.

I adhered the inky panel down to a white card base, and then added small dots of glue to the top, middle and bottom of the die-cut piece before adhering that down too.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2016 - Hooray.

For a bit of interest, I added a couple of twine bows to the centre of the die-cut piece and sprinkled a few gold sequins to finish up!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2016 - Hooray.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

You did it!

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Mermazing stamp set from the July Release!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2016 - Mermazing.

I created a focal area on a piece of white cardstock by simply stamping with an acrylic block – first, I added some drops of Dylusions inks onto the block, lightly spritzed with water and then stamped straight down!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2016 - Mermazing.

The acrylic block happened to be shaped like a flower rather than a square, which is why it created such an unusual impression – I quickly heat set the panel and adhered it down to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2016 - Mermazing.

I stamped the mermaid image from the set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then coloured her in with some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I then fussy-cut her out, and foam mounted her the the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled August 2016 - Mermazing.

To finish off, I stamped a sentiment from the same set and dotted a few sequins from the Mermaid Tail Sequin Mix.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

Neat and Tangled – July Release projects

Hello there! Just popping by to share some cards for the Neat & Tangled July Release – there’s a great selection from this month’s release, and I’ve experimented with a few techniques that I hope will inspire you!

I’ve seen the watercolour trend showing up more in more in the card making world, and so I wanted to try a technique using Distress Inks and water.

For this first card, I stamped the shapes from Hello You in Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean all over a panel of white cardstock. I left a blank space in the centre for the sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

I then took a damp brush and went over the stamped areas with water, sometimes using a light touch and sometimes slightly heavier. I liked how quickly the water seemed to dry in some areas, allowing me add more colour and more water to create a sense of movement.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

I heat set the panel and then stamped the large sentiment from the same set with Versamark Onyx Black ink in the centre. I trimmed the panel down to the same size as my card base and adhered it straight down.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

I added a few sequins and some gold splatters to finish up. For my second card, I took the speech bubble die from Square Thoughts and die-cut it several times from a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

I held on to all the centre pieces that get cut out with the die so that I could adhere them all back in place. First, I took an inky panel from my stash and adhered it down to a white card base, and then I foam mounted the die-cut panel in place.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

I also die-cut the fractal heart shape using the Heart of Gold die and adhered that to the front of the card. The sentiment comes from the matching Square Thoughts stamp set and was white heat embossed onto a strip of black cardstock before being foam mounted to the front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

For my last card, I took the Geometric Blooms stencil, laid it onto a panel of white cardstock and swiped through some embossing paste. While the stencil was still in place, I also spritzed some Funky Fuschia Dylusions Ink spray.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

I removed the stencil and set the panel aside to dry while I worked on the focal element. I stamped the cat from Kitty’s Favorite Things onto a piece of white cardstock and coloured him in with Copic markers.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

After my embossed panel had dried, I trimmed it down and foam mounted it to a card base. I die-cut the cat out using the matching die and also foam mounted it to the card front. I had added a little slit beneath his right paw so that I could tuck the sentiment banner underneath.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2016 Release.

The sentiment banner was die-cut using the die from Kitty’s Favorite Things and a sentiment from Succulent Journaling Card was heat embossed in white. To finish, I added a few gold sequins.

Thanks for looking!

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A shaker shower of love…

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Fractal Cloud stamp and die sets from the May Release!

©Candles in the Garden. June 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Fractal Cloud.

I created a watercolour background using a piece of acetate and some reinkers and then stamped the fractal raindrops onto the panel for some depth.

©Candles in the Garden. June 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Fractal Cloud.

I then die-cut the cloud aperture out of the panel using the Fractal Cloud die and stamped a sentiment from the coordinating set with black dye ink. I set this aside and moved onto the actual card base, where I stamped the large fractal cloud and then coloured in all the tiny segments with some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

©Candles in the Garden. June 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Fractal Cloud.

I turned the card into a shaker by filling the aperture with sequins and foam mounting the watercolour on top, sandwiching the sequins between a piece of acetate and the card base.

I usually try to create a few watercolour panels in advance for cards like this, because you never know when you might need one!

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

Winnie and Walter Share the love week – Ellen Hutson – Day 3

Hello there, and thanks for joining me for Day 3 of Winnie & Walter‘s Share the Love Week, featuring Ellen Hutson!

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The theme for today’s challenge is Background Building, and I really enjoy creating cards using some of the more neglected little stamps! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

I love the tiny stamps from Scenery: Rectangled and Triangled so I used one of them to create a large background panel. It didn’t take too long, as I’d chosen my ink colours in advance and had them ready to go between each colour change.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

Once I’d stamped the background, I trimmed it down and adhered it to a white card base. I then stamped a sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Totally Awesome set with black ink and then adhered the complimentary die-cut piece below it. This Brushstroke Wonderful die is gorgeous and whimsical – perfect for any card!

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

For a bit of dimension, I also added some die-cut vellum leaves around the sentiment – these were created with the In Bloom: Maggie’s Roses Cutaways and add such a delicate feel to the whole card.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

I hope you’ll see what stamps you can use to create amazing backgrounds, and play along with the challenge over at the Winnie and Walter blog.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Share The Love Week featuring Ellen Hutson. Rectangled and Triangled.

Two random commentors from the Share the Love Week posts on the Winnie & Walter blog will receive ‘Totally Awesome’ stamp set and ‘Brushstroke Wonderful’ die (Thanks Ellen!).

Each day one randomly drawn participant will receive a $25 credit to Ellen Hutson AND a $25 credit to the Winnie & Walter shop.

Ellen Hutson LLC will also be playing along with a post per day in the CLASSroom with giveaways! And she is going to have a special shopping code for a discount on in stock Winnie & Walter and Essentials by Ellen products in the Ellen Hutson LLC shop! So please go and check that out!

Thanks for looking 😉

Stenciling with Perfect Pearls

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the gorgeous Hexastar Stencil from the May Release!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

I love the geometric design of this stencil and can see myself reaching for it again and again to create awesome backgrounds! This card took no time at all to put together – I began by laying the stencil down onto some dark coloured cardstock and stamping all over with the Versamark Ink pad.

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

I lifted the stencil away and brushed some gold Perfect Pearls over the sticky areas – I didn’t mind the unevenness of my stamping (near the edges), as it give the overall look a sense of depth.

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

I gently wiped any excess Perfect Pearls with a dryer sheet and trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base. Before foam mounting the panel, I swiped the Versamark Ink pad along all four edges of the card base, and again brush with the Perfect Pearls. This gave me a nice matching border…

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple so that the focal panel could really be the star of this card, so I stamped one from the Origami Map set onto a strip of the same dark cardstock with Versamark, sprinkled with gold embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed the sentiment piece down and foam mounted it to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

To finish, I added a selection of Summer Sun and Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.

Neat & Tangled May Release, Day 5

Hey everyone!

The May release from Neat & Tangled is now available to buy, and the DT are showcasing more projects for your inspiration!

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I absolutely loved playing with the Hexastar Stencil during this release. I created endless background panels, either using it traditionally by brushing ink through the design, or one of my favourite techniques, with Dylusions Ink Sprays.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Hexastar Stencil

I simply applied the Dyslusions inks onto a large acrylic block, misted with water to get them moving a little and stamped the block onto a piece of watercolour paper through the stencil. I smooshed the block around a little to make it easier for the inks to blend, removed the stencil and heat set the panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Hexastar Stencil

Once dry, I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a card base. I used the Awesome die to create a thicker sentiment embellishment piece by die-cutting it several times out of white cardstock and stuck them together before adhering them to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Hexastar Stencil

I stamped a sentiment from the Awesome stamp set with Versamark ink onto a strip of black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossined powder and heat set. I trimmed the strip down and tucked it behind the die-cut element.

To finish up, I added some sequins. Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we have showcased this week are now available in the shop!

Thanks for looking😉

Neat & Tangled May Release, Day 4: Stitched Starburst

Hey everyone!

Today is the fourth day of the May release from Neat & Tangled, and it ends with two fabulous die sets!

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I’m showcasing the Stitched Starburst dies:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Stitched Starburst

I love the simplicity of this die set – you get two dies, one that allows you to die-cut the sunburst and one that allows you to add some stitched detailing. I simply die-cut the starburst out of some yellow cardstock and placed it behind a circular aperture.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Stitched Starburst

I then stamped the large sentiment from an older set, My Sunshine – I thought the two elements combined worked together perfectly! I added a little strip of washitape to the bottom of my panel before foam mounting the whole thing to a card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Stitched Starburst

I splattered some gold paint onto the front and finished up with some sequins. Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we have showcased this week will be available in the shop tomorrow at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking😉

Neat &Tangled May Release, Day 3: Big Bold Brew

Hello, hello!

It’s the third day of the Neat & Tangled May release, and we are showcasing some fabulous products!

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Day 3 is for Big Bold Brew and Say Yes to Donuts, both equally whimsical in design and fun to play with.

Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Big Bold Brew

I began by creating a background with the Hexastar Stencil (another awesome release this month!). I laid the stencil down on some scrap paper and brushed on lots of colour using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, straight onto the stencil. I then spritzed it with water and transferred the watercoloury goodness to a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Big Bold Brew

I heat set the panel and trimmed it down to slightly smaller than my card base. I stamped a sentiment from Big Bold Brew on the bottom half of the panel and foam mounted to a card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Big Bold Brew

I stamped the cute image from the same set onto another piece of cardstock and coloured him in, again with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I fussy cut him out, lined the edges of the piece with a black brush marker to hide the white core of the cardstock and foam mounted it above the sentiment.

To finish, I added a couple of sequins. Pop by the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created – all the sets that we are showcasing this week will be available in the shop from Friday, 20 May at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2016 Release. Big Bold Brew. Creative Technique using Stencils and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.