©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. So Fly

Neat & Tangled June Release Review

Hi there! Just popping by to let you all know that the Neat & Tangled June release is now available from Neat & Tangled!

And here’s a reminder of some of the cards I created with this release:

Day1

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. So Fly

Day 2

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Clearly Canine

Day 3

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Magnolia

Day 4

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Receding Blocks Stencil

Do stop by the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration and shop if you’d like to purchase any of the products from the June release!

🙂

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©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Receding Blocks Stencil

Neat & Tangled June Release, Day 4

Hello there!

Today is the fourth day of the June release from Neat & Tangled, and its a beauty!

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Day 4 is for the Receding Blocks Coverplate and Stencil – I chose to play with the stencil using one of my favourite techniques:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Receding Blocks Stencil

I really enjoy creating vibrant background using Dylusions Ink Sprays and stencils. The Receding Blocks Stencil is delicate and there are a lot more open areas for the ink to emerge through the stencil, but the end result is still striking!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Receding Blocks Stencil

I began by adding  droplets of pink and green Dylusions ink sprays onto a large acrylic block, then heavily spritzed a piece of watercolour cardstock with water. Whilst the panel was wet, I laid the stencil on top, then flipped the acrylic block on top very quickly, allowing the ink to seep through to the damp watercolour panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Receding Blocks Stencil

Whilst the stencil was still in place, I decided to add a few drops of Schmincke Aqua Shine to the panel. I then removed the stencil and quickly heat set the panel to try to stop the ink from moving around too much.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Receding Blocks Stencil

I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a white card base. For a bit of detail, I used the Hooray die to die-cut a wreath from a piece of vellum – I delicately removed the actual word from the die-cut piece so that I was left with just the wreath, which I adhered with some tiny drops of glue to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Receding Blocks Stencil

I stamped a sentiment from the Magnolia stamp set onto a piece of black cardstock with Versamark ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I fussy cut the sentiment out and foam mounted it to the card front. To finish off, I added a mixture of sequins!

I hope you’re enjoying the June Release so far! Be sure to visit 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 released on Friday, 8 June at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Magnolia

Neat & Tangled June Release, Day 3: Magnolia

Hello, hello!

It’s the third day of the Neat & Tangled June release, and we are showcasing another fabulous stamp set!

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Day 3 is for the Magnolia stamp set – here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Magnolia

I wanted to see if I could create a floral arrangement with the images from this set without actually doing any detailed colouring to the images, so I looked for some offcuts from my experiments with watercolour on YUPO. I stamped the images with Archival Jet Black ink onto the YUPO and let it dry for about an hour.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Magnolia

I then die-cut the images out using the coordinating dies and began arranging them onto my card base. At this point, nothing seemed to be working for me, so I set the pieces aside and die-cut an oval aperture out of a panel of white cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Magnolia

I stamped a sentiment from the set straight down onto my card base and then foam mounted the oval aperture piece onto the card front. This acted like an anchor to hold all the die-cut magnolia images!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Magnolia

I arranged the pieces around the oval, allowing the sentiment to peek through. Once happy, I adhered some pieces straight down, while foam mounting others.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Magnolia

To finish, I adhered some sequins and flicked a few tiny gold paint splats.

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, 8 June at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Clearly Canine

Neat & Tangled June Release, Day 2: Clearly Canine

Hello again!

Time to showcase some more goodies from the Neat & Tangled June Release!

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Day 2 is for the Clearly Canine stamp set and the Dog die – these make such a great combination! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Clearly Canine

I used the Dog die to die-cut an aperture out of some white cardstock and stamped a sentiment from Clearly Canine underneath. I then set it aside to work on the next part of the card.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Clearly Canine

I created a background panel to sit behind the aperture of the dog die-cut piece but spritzing a piece of watercolour paper with water, laying down the Receding Blocks stencil (showcasing later this week) and dropping Brusho powders down onto the wet areas. Its so fun to watch the colour bleed under the stencil!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Clearly Canine

Once I was happy with the background panel, I removed the stencil and heat set. I trimmed it down to the same size as my card base and adhered it straight down.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Clearly Canine

I then foam mounted the die-cut piece to the card front and adhered a twine bow to the front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled June 2018 Release. Clearly Canine

Be sure to check out 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 released on Friday, 8 June at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018

Solar prints turned into cards

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a set of cards that I’ve made using some solar prints I created a few weeks ago, when we had some amazing weather and lots of sunshine!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018

Solar prints are created using special paper which reacts to the sun. You carefully place objects onto the paper, and expose it in the sun for about 5-10 minutes, depending on how sunny it is. When the exposed areas turn white, you remove the objects and immerse the paper in a water bath to allow the print to ‘set’. Where the objects were laid is where you get the almost ethereal, ghostly images. I decided to experiment with Neat & Tangled stencils, die-cut pieces as well as leaves and flowers.

    

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018

After I’d exposed several sheets of solar paper in the sun, I’d hung them up to dry for around 15 minutes. I then die-cut several rectangle panels out of them, slightly smaller than an A2 card base to use for my cards.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018

For this first card, I began by stamping a sentiment from No Words in the centre of one of the panels with Versamark Ink. I then stamped supporting images from Friendly Florals in the form of a wreath, again with Versamark Ink. I sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I added a bit of sparkle by colouring some of the open areas in with gold paint.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018

For my second card, I took huge inspiration from a set of cards that Ruby from A Rare Ruby had created – she mentioned in her post that there was lots of doodling ideas on Pinterest and so I literally doodled onto one of the panels with a white gel pen. I added a sentiment from So Many Sentiments to finish off.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018  ©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018

For my third and fourth cards, I adhered a panel of the exposed solar paper to a piece of cardstock to make it more sturdy and then run it through my die-cutting machine with the Warm Winter Scene Cover Plate. I was able to use both the positive and negative pieces to create two cards!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018  ©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018
©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018  ©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018

I hope you feel inspired to used your stamps and dies in different ways!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Hello Summer

Neat & Tangled May Release Review

Hi there! Just popping by to let you all know that the Neat & Tangled May release is now available from Neat & Tangled!

And here’s a reminder of some of the cards I created with this release:

Day 1

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Hello Summer

Day 2

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Paint Night

Day 3

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Layered Landscapes

Day 4

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Dimensional Triangle Coverplate

Do stop by the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration and shop if you’d like to purchase any of the products from the May release!

🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Dimensional Triangle Coverplate

Neat & Tangled May Release, Day 4

Hello there!

Today is the fourth day of the May release from Neat & Tangled, and its a beauty!

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Day 4 is for the Dimensional Triangles Cover Plate and here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Dimensional Triangle Coverplate

Although this card took a while to put together, I had so much fun creating the background! I grabbed a large sheet of YUPO paper, and started dripping various shades of Dylusions Ink Sprays down, spreading them around with a brush. I also added some metallic paints for some sparkle!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Dimensional Triangle Coverplate

When you’re working on YUPO paper with watcolour or inks, the results don’t seem as intensive as alcohol inks, but do persevere, as the results can surprise you! Once I’d finished adding more ink to my YUPO paper I set it aside to dry overnight.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Dimensional Triangle Coverplate

Once dry, I cut out a piece that was big enough for my A2 sized card base, and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock for stability. I then used the Dimensional Triangles Coverplate to die-cut the wonderful, geometric design out, and foam mounted each piece onto a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Dimensional Triangle Coverplate

I stamped a sentiment from another new set, Complementary Colors, onto a piece of black cardstock, and heat embossed in white. I foam mounted the sentiment to the card front and added some sequins to finish off.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2018 Release. Dimensional Triangle Coverplate

I hope you’re enjoying the May Release so far! Be sure to visit 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 released on Friday, 11 May at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Have Courage

Neat & Tangled April Release Review

Hi there! Just popping by to let you all know that the Neat & Tangled April release is now available from Neat & Tangled!

And here’s a reminder of some of the cards I created with this release:

Day 1

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Have Courage

Day 2

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Mommy Daddy and Me

Day 3

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

Day 4

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Inlaid Squares Cover Plate

Do stop by the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration and shop if you’d like to purchase any of the products from the April release!

🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Inlaid Squares Cover Plate

Neat & Tangled April Release, Day 4

Hello there!

Today is the fourth day of the April release from Neat & Tangled, and its a beauty!

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Day 4 is for the Inlaid Squares Cover Plate and here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Inlaid Squares Cover Plate

This card was really quick and easy to create, and uses up any of those lovely inky panels that you may have lying around in your stash!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Inlaid Squares Cover Plate

I found an inky panel that I had created using older Neat and Tangled products and adhered it straight down to a white card base. I then die-cut the Inlaid Squares design out of a panel of white cardstock and foam mounted onto the inky panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Inlaid Squares Cover Plate

I white heat embossed a sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock and foam mounted that to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Inlaid Squares Cover Plate

I added a few sequins to finish up, and that was it!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Inlaid Squares Cover Plate

I hope you’re enjoying the April Release so far! Be sure to visit 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 released on Friday, 6 April at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

Neat & Tangled April Release, Day 3: Happiness

Hello, hello!

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

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Day 3 is for the Happiness stamp and die set – here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

I began by stamping the ginko leaf images from Have Courage in rainbow order, onto a panel of white cardstock. This would be the background for the focal sentiment and die-cut piece.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

Once the background panel was complete, I flicked on some small gold ink splats and then heat set. I then trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and stamped a sentiment from the set with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

I foam mounted this piece to my card front and moved onto the focal die-cut piece. This was created using the co-ordinating Happiness die by running it through my die-cutting machine three times – once with white cardstock, then with gold cardstock and finally with red cardstock.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

I popped all the tiny die-cut elements out of the white piece, applied some tape to the back and inlaid all the gold and red die-cut bits back in place to create a unique embellishment that was foam mounted to the card front above the stamped sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled April 2018 Release. Happiness

To finish, I adhered some green and yellow 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, 6 April at 8am EST!

Thanks for looking 🙂