It’s Christmas Time

Hello there!

I‚Äôm over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Tree Duo Stencils ūüėČ

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2017 - Tree Duo Stencils

I began by loosely taping down one of the stencils onto a panel of white cardstock, grabbing some Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and roughly colouring in the apertures through to the cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2017 - Tree Duo Stencils

While the stencil was still in place, I spritzed the panel with water and left it for a few seconds before lifting it away and heat setting. I cleaned up the stencil, offset it onto the panel and traced the shapes with a black marker.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2017 - Tree Duo Stencils

I stamped the tiny stars from Get Yeti with Delicata Golden Glitz ink, trimmed the panel down and foam mounted to my card base. On a separate panel, I cut out a snow bank, sponged on some Tumbled Glass Distress ink and stamped a sentiment in black in from the same set. I then foam mounted it to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled November 2017 - Tree Duo Stencils

To finish, I added some sequins from the Snowfall sequin mix.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.
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Winnie and Walter November Release ‚Äď Day 2

Hello again!

Time to showcase some more goodies from the Winnie & Walter November Release!

For Day 2, we’re premiering Sentimental: Gift stamp set; Tagged: Holiday Cheer stamp set; Warm Wishes to You stamp set (free with qualifying purchase stamp set); Tagged: Holiday Cheer Cutaways; Scenery: Buffalo Check Creative Screenings; Scenery: Grand Trellis Creative Screenings; Scenery: Rugby Stripe Creative Screenings and Scenery: Ticking Stripe Creative Screenings.¬†Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

I began by stamping the tag images from the Tagged: Holiday Cheer stamp set on a panel of white cardstock to look like houses on a street. First I stamped a layer in a light colour and then I stamped again towards the bottom with different coloured dye inks.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

To make the houses stand out, I outlined them with a black fineliner and added windows and doors.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

I stamped a sentiment from In a Word: Merry stamp set with black dye ink, trimmed the panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 2

To finish, I adhered some sequins.

Be sure to check out the Winnie & Walter blog for giveaways and links to lots of fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team members!

Thanks for stopping by ūüėČ

Winnie and Walter November Release ‚Äď Day 1

Hey everyone!

Thanks for joining me at the¬†start of November release week for Winnie & Walter! Today is the premiere of In a Word: Merry stamp set and co-ordinating Cutaways; In a Word: Holiday Tiles Cutaways and In a Word: Believe Cutaway Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 1

I began by stamping the largest sentiment from the In a Word: Merry stamp set with a range of dye inks using my MISTI onto a panel of white cardstock, and then going over the stamped area with a smaller sentiment from the same set with black ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 1

I trimmed the panel down at an angle and set aside to work on the kraft card base. I stamped some of the small star images from In a Word: Merry stamp set with Versamark ink and brush over some gold Perfect Pearls before foam mounting the trimmed focal panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 1

To finish, I stamped a smaller sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock with Versamark and again brushed over the gold Perfect Pearls. I foam mounted to the card front and adhered some wood veneer stars.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 1

Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 1

I stamped the larger sentiments from In a Word: Merry stamp set with white pigment ink onto a panel of kraft cardstock and then stamped over the white ink with coloured dye inks, slightly offset.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 1

I also repeated the process with some of the smaller images from the set in the gaps to create a more finished panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 1

I trimmed the kraft panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base. I heat embossed the smaller sentiment in white onto strips of navy cardstock and then foam mounting them to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter November 2017 - Day 1

To finish, I adhered some wood veneer and cork stars.

Pop by the Winnie & Walter Blog for giveaways and links to lots of gorgeous projects from the rest of the Design Team members!

Thanks for stopping by ūüėČ

Backdrop stamping

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using some of the newest stamp and die sets;-)©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2017 - Backdrop Stamp and Falling Circles Coverplate

For this card, I used the Backdrop stamp, which at first may seem deceptively simple, but actually packs quite a punch.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2017 - Backdrop Stamp and Falling Circles Coverplate

I began by stamping the Backdrop image repeatedly across a panel of white cardstock, using a range of different coloured inks. I wanted to create a rainbow effect but wasn’t sure what would happen to each impression as it overlapped the last.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2017 - Backdrop Stamp and Falling Circles Coverplate

I was quite surprised with the results and almost didn’t want to cover all that stamping up, but I then ran the panel through my die-cutting machine with the Falling Circles Coverplate.

I then simply foam mounted the stamped and die-cut panel to a white card base and moved onto the sentiment, which comes from the Hello Winter set. I chose one of the simple sentiments from the set and heat embossed it in white on a strip of black cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2017 - Backdrop Stamp and Falling Circles Coverplate

I foam mounted the sentiment to the card front and finished off with some sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Winnie and Walter June Release (in July)

Hi there,

Just stopping by to share some sneaky peeks of the projects I created for Winnie & Walter‚Äôs June Release ‚Äď I‚Äôm sharing the full projects over at their blog!

©Candles in the Garden - Winnie and Walter June 2017 Release Sneaky Peeks

Pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog for more details, and thanks for stopping by!

Happy Anniversary

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Triangle Pattern Builder and Art Deco sets;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

For this card, I changed up the colour palette to something more muted and combined it with a favourite technique of mine – rotational stamping. Whenever I do this, I always try to put some guidelines down for when I actually stamp the image.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

This helps with the end result, but you can always try to go by eye instead for a less measured look! I took the largest triangle from the set and began stamping it in the four ink colours I’d chosen onto a white card base, ensuring one impression overlapped the next. This creates the additional colours in between ūüėČ

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I used a MISTI tool for the stamping, though a large acrylic block would also work. Once I’d completed the stamping, I erased the guidelines and stamped a sentiment from the Art Deco set with onyx black Versafine ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I set the card base aside and die-cut a circle out of a panel of white cardstock and foam mounted to the card front, revealing the stamped triangles and sentiment through the aperture.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

To finish, I adhered a few sequins from the Sherbert Mix and the Fairy Garden Mix.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

You are amazing

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Triangle Pattern Builder and Art Deco sets;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

There are so many different ways you could use the Triangle Pattern Builder set, and I opted to go for a simple, geometric look for my background panel. I began by choosing a colour palette, ranging from a light blue through to a dark purple.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

Starting with the lightest shade of ink (light blue), I stamped the largest triangle from the set onto a panel of white cardstock. Then I took a slightly darker shade (cyan) and a slightly smaller triangle image from the set, and stamped over the first impressions.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I repeated this step a couple more times, each time with a darker shade of ink and a smaller triangle – the end result was definitely worth the effort, however, I felt like it needed another layer…so I stamped the large background image from Art Deco on top of the whole pattern in the light blue shade of ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I trimmed the panel down to the same size as my card base and the stamped part of the sentiment onto it with black dye ink. The rest of the sentiment was stamped onto a strip of black cardstock with Versamark ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

To finish, I adhered the panel down to a card base and foam mounted the heat embossed sentiment to the front, along with a few sequins from the Fairy Garden Mix and the Ocean Waves Mix.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Thank you for always being there

Hello there!

I‚Äôm over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Polygon Stencil ūüėČ

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I took out my Dylusions Ink Sprays and Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain for a cool effect, with minimal effort! I began by adding droplets of blue and green Dylusions to a large acrylic block until the whole things was covered – the more droplets you add, the richer the end result.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I then heavily misted a piece of watercolour paper with water until it was fairly saturated before laying the stencil on top, and stamping the inky acrylic block straight down into the watery puddles. I jiggled the block around a bit to help spread the colour through the stencil.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I gently removed the acrylic block and while the stencil was still in place, I smooshed the Distress Stain sporadically through it and onto the damp watercolour piece. I slowly removed the stencil, mopped up any excess moisture and quickly heat set the panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

Once dried, I trimmed the panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base. I stamped a sentiment from the Scandinavian Prints set with black dye ink onto a strip of white cardstock and foam mounted it to the card front with a few vellum, die-cut leaves underneath. To finish, I added some sequins from the Ocean Waves sequin mix.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Shine Bright!

Hello there!

I‚Äôm over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Scalloped Cover Plate ūüėČ

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

The intricate nature of this die really made me want to pull out my laser transfer foils and double-sided adhesive sheets for a technique I’ve used before. I began by covering a piece of cardstock with the adhesive sheet and then running it through my die-cutting machine with the coverplate.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

I separated the cardstock from the die very carefully as I didn‚Äôt really want the pieces to fall out ‚Äď thankfully, they stayed put, but to be on the safe side, I also applied some packing tape on the back to hold everything together.¬†I carefully peeled away the liner paper from the smaller¬†shapes only, leaving the border intact and exposing the adhesive just in those areas. Then I laid down some silver laser transfer foil over the sticky areas and gently burnished with my fingers.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

I lifted the foil sheet away leaving the silver to adhere to the shapes and I couldn’t believe how quick and easy the process was! I repeated this using copper coloured foil for the border to complete my background. I then foam mounted the piece to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

For the sentiment, I went back to an oldie but a goodie – the Sparkle and Shine stamp set! I stamped the sentiment with Versamark onto some navy cardstock, sprinkled with Silver embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed it out and foam mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2017 - Scalloped Cover Plate

To finish, I added a mixture of sequins ūüėČ

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Just Because

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Flower Medallion Builder set;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

I had a whole other idea for this card, and as such began by stamping some of the images from the set with white pigment ink onto a panel of white cardstock. I heat set the panel and then blended three different Distress Inks over the inked areas, hoping that the pigment ink would act as a resist. No such luck!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

My card then had to take a different turn as I wasn’t seeing the results I was hoping to, so after I’d finished blending the Distress Inks, I spritzed some water droplets and noticed the white pigment ink beginning to run. I didn’t mind the effect so I quickly heat set the panel, and spritzed a little more water and heat set again.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2017 - Flower Medallion Builder

I then re-stamped the images but this time with black dye ink, and while it was still a little damp, I brushed over some Perfect Pearls – you can’t see the effect so well in the photos, but it looks great in real life!

I trimmed the panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base, stamped the sentiment with Versamark onto a strip of black cardstock and heat set in white. I foam mounted that to the card front and to finish, I added some Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

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