©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

Hello There

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Topography stamp set!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

That large topographical background is soooo versatile, and you can do so many different techniques with it, as demonstrated by the DT during release week! I chose to white heat emboss it onto a panel of white cardstock before applying a wash of colour 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

I took various ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and roughly scribbled each colour at the top of the embossed panel before spritzing with water. The water allowed the colours to blend with each other, but also run down to the bottom of the panel, creating streaks of colour…

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

Before the colours became too watered and blended with each other I heat set the panel and trimmed it down to the same size as my card base. I adhered it straight down and set it aside to work on the next element, which was the die-cut sentiment. This was created using the Hello There die, and cut from some black cardstock a few times and adhered together to make a thicker embellishment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2017 - Topography

I adhered the die-cut element to the card front and finished off with some Gold Mix sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

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!

🙂

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 2

Winnie and Walter February Release – Day 2

Hello again!

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

For Day 2, we’re premiering Scenery: Into the Woods, Wishing You with Evelin T Designs and True Multifaceted Border Cutaways. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 2

I took the outline image of tree rings / wood from Scenery: Into the Woods and stamped it repeatedly with Versamark Ink onto a white panel of cardstock. I sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 2

I then roughly laid down some colour with a few ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and spritzed with water, allowing the colour to travel down to the bottom of the panel. I also sponged some Distress Inks in similar colours to intensify the look.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 2

I die-cut the panel down using the largest rectangle die from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways and then die-cut a heart from the centre. I stamped a sentiment from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs onto a white card base and then foam mounted the embossed panel on top.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 2

I stamped the co-ordinating sentiment onto different coloured strips of cardstock with Versamark Ink, heat setting in white. I trimmed the strips down and adhered them over the die-cut heart.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 2

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

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 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

MFT November Release – Card 3

Hello there!

Just sharing one more card using the My Favorite Things November Release…

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

I used the Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up to die-cut the patchwork style shapes from a panel that was previously watercoloured.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

Then, I foam mounted the shapes onto a square card base, whilst flush mounting the frame – I coloured this gold with a Wink of Stella pen to help it stand out.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 3.

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. MFT November Release - Card 3.

To finish, the sentiment strip was foam mounted to the card front!

Thanks for looking!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 2. Top Dog Stamp Set.

MFT November Release – Card 2

Hello again!

Here’s another card using the amazing goodies from the MFT November Release:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 2. Top Dog Stamp Set.

This was so fun to create – I stamped a sentiment and the little dog images from Top Dog with Versamark Ink onto watercolour cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 2. Top Dog Stamp Set.

I then just painted washes of Distress Ink colour straight onto the panel, heat setting some more before adding different colours.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 2. Top Dog Stamp Set.

I die-cut the panel using the largest frame die from Blueprints 25 and adhered it straight down onto a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT November Release - Card 2. Top Dog Stamp Set.

To finish up, I added some sequins and gemstones.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

Runway Inspired Challenge #94

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a prize from Ellen Hutson!

Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

This card came together really quickly – I used the model’s dress as a starting point and began by stamping the Lace Background from My Favorite Things with white pigment ink onto a panel of kraft cardstock. I then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

I foam mounted the panel to a white card base and then die-cut a butterfly from the Lace Flutter of Butterflies, also by My Favorite Things, out of black cardstock. I punched a smaller butterfly from the same black cardstock and adhered both to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

The sentiment was cobbled together from a cork shape out of the Elle’s Studio Thankful set and a sticker that I had in my stash. Both were adhered together before being mounted to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC94 - MFT Lace Background and Flutter of Butterflies Die-Namics.

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members and play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Scrapbook Circle.

Neat and Tangled collaborates with Scrapbook Circle

Hey there,

Just popping by to share a card for the Neat & Tangled collaboration with Scrapbook Circle and their awesome range of scrapbooking kits and supplies.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Scrapbook Circle.

So, you know how I like a good smoosh, right?! With inks I mean? That’s the technique that I’ve really been enjoying for showcasing Danielle’s beautiful, hand drawn sentiments, but paired with those cork embellishments, you’re definitely on to a winner!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Scrapbook Circle.

I used Dylusions Ink sprays here, but not in the usual way – I unscrewed the bottles of a couple, and drew straight onto an acrylic block with the little pipes/nozzles. Then, I spritzed a piece of watercolour paper with water and laid the acrylic block upside down, allowing the ink to spread and blend!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Scrapbook Circle.

The effect is different every time (which is why I keep going back to it!). I trimmed the panel down to be the same size as my card base, stamped the sentiment from Stories with Versamark ink and heat set in white.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Scrapbook Circle.

The die-cut panel was then adhered to the card base – to finish, I added a couple of cork embellishment and called it done!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Scrapbook Circle.

Be sure to stop by the Neat & Tangled and Scrapbook Circle blogs for more inspiration!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 1. Snowflake Flurry stamp set.

MFT October Release – Countdown Day 1

Hey everyone!

Today is the fifth and final day of the October release from My Favorite Things before the new product launch, and it ends with another fabulous group of dies and stamp sets!

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For Countdown Day 1, we’re showcasing the Snowflake Flurry stamp and Die-Namics sets; the Pop-Up Holiday Greetings Die-Namics; the Radial Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics; the Joyous Christmas Sentiments stamp set; the Basic Stitch Lines Die-Namics and the Sketched Chevron Background stamp. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 1. Snowflake Flurry stamp set.

I think the images from the Snowflake Flurry set are so easy to work with and can help you to whip up a background so quickly, no matter how you use them! I did just that with an emboss-resist technique.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 1. Snowflake Flurry stamp set.

I began by sponging Picked Raspberry, Broken China and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks onto a panel of white cardstock and then used the same colours to stamp some of the snowflakes on top.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 1. Snowflake Flurry stamp set.

I then heat set the panel and stamped the snowflakes again, but this time with Versamark ink, sprinkling with clear embossing powder and heat setting again. I sponged Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord and Festive Berries Distress Inks over the panel, allowing the clear embossed areas to resist the ink.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 1. Snowflake Flurry stamp set.

I heat set the panel again, and for the third time, stamped the snowflakes with Versamark ink, sprinkled with some platinum embossing powder and heat set once more. The final effect creates so much depth and drama!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 1. Snowflake Flurry stamp set.

I die-cut the panel to slightly smaller than my card base, die-cut an oval aperture in the middle and proceeded to the make a shaker element for the card. I stamped a sentiment from Hand Lettered Holiday on a white card base, and foam mounted the shaker part to the front. To finish, I also adhered a couple of the sequins.

Be sure to check out the My Favorite Things Blog for today’s full product reveal, giveaways and links to lots of fabulous projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

MFT October Release – Countdown Day 3

Hello, hello! It’s the third day of the My Favorite Things October release, and you’re in for another treat!

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For Countdown Day 3, we’re showcasing the Dashing By stamp and Die-namics sets from Pure Innocence; the Winter Wonderland stamp and Die-Namics sets; the Snow Drifts Cover-Up Die-namics; the Stitched Mountain Range Die-namics and the Snowfall Stencil. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

I created the background by stamping one of the tree images from Winter Wonderland backwards, using a combination of two green Distress Inks. I drew some vertical and horizontal guidelines on a piece of cardstock, attached the small stamp to an acrylic block with the back side facing up and began stamping!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

This technique is a really quick way to create a filled background in a matter of minutes. Now that I had my base colour down, I flipped the stamp the right way round on the acrylic block and began stamping with a bronze, metallic ink.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

At first, I wasn’t too happy with the result, so I stamped the image again with black dye ink. In between the trees, I stamped some of the stars from Hand Lettered Holiday with red and gold ink.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

I applied some clear Wink of Stella to the trees and a small splattering of Tarnished Brass Distress Stain before using the largest frame die from Blueprints 25 Die-Namics to die-cut the panel down to the same size as my kraft card base.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release Countdown Day 3. Winter Wonderland.

I adhered the panel to the card base and moved on to create the sentiment. This comes from the same set, was stamped with Versamark ink onto some black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I trimmed banner ends on either side and foam mounted to the front.

Be sure to check out the My Favorite Things Blog for today’s full product reveal, giveaways and links to lots of fabulous projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members!

Thanks for stopping by 😉