©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEPTEMBER 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to sharing a card using the  Birch Leaf stamp set and co-ordinating dies!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEPTEMBER 2018

I began by creating a loose watercolour background – I took an acrylic block, dropped some Dylusions Ink blots onto it and used it to stamp an image onto a panel of white cardstock. I kept the block in place to allow the colours to blend and then removed it so I could heat set the panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEPTEMBER 2018

I sprayed a solution of water and Perfect Pearls onto my panel for a bit of sparkle and heat set once more. I then trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and foam mounted it to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEPTEMBER 2018

I die-cut the birch leaf four times out of white cardstock and adhered all the die-cut pieces together to create one thicker embellishment. I then adhered it to the card front and moved onto the sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled SEPTEMBER 2018

The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of black cardstock with Versafine ink and heat set in white. I foam mounted that under the leaf embellishment and finished with a few sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

©Candles in the Garden. May 2016 Neat and Tangled post. Hexastar Stencil and Perfect Pearls.
©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUNE 2018

Stencilling on YUPO

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to sharing another card using the Geometric Circles stencil and the So Many Sentiments stamp set 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUNE 2018

I began by creating a background panel using YUPO paper and the Geometric Circles stencil. I dropped different colours inks and paints onto the paper before laying down the stencil and adding further colour.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUNE 2018

I chose to leave the stencil there instead of heat setting the YUPO paper as I didn’t want it to curl up. I left it overnight to dry and then removed the stencil to reveal the gorgeous pattern on the paper. I trimmed the stencilled background panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and adhered it straight down to a white card base.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUNE 2018

I then stamped a bunch of sentiments from the So Many Sentiments set onto strips of black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I then foam mounted them to the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUNE 2018

To finish off, I adhered a some sequins and wood veneer embellishments.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled JUNE 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

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

🙂

©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 March 2018 Release. No Words

Neat & Tangled March Release, Day 2: No Words

Hello again!

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

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Day 2 is for the No Words sentiment stamp set – a staple in every crafter’s stash! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. No Words

I created this free-style, watercolour floral image to support the sentiment from the set by simply taking an acrylic block, swiping it with Dylusions ink and stamping it onto a piece of watercolour paper. The blocks that I have are sort of flower shaped so they were perfect for this technique.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. No Words

I heat set the blooms and then used a sponge dauber to add the black centre detail – very rough and ready, but it did the trick! I also added more detail to the flowers using some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and in a flick like motion, drew some veins.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. No Words

I drew the stems by dragging the end of the applicator from some green Dylusions ink across the design. Again, I heat set the panel and then added a wash of colour behind the flowers so it didn’t look so stark. I also flicked on some inks for a bit of artistic detail.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. No Words

I heat set the panel one last time, trimmed it down and adhered it to a white card base. I white heat embossed the sentiment onto a piece of black cardstock and foam mounted it to the front.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled March 2018 Release. No Words

I added a couple of sequins to the design to finish off.

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, 9 March at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

Neat & Tangled February Release, Day 3: Interlocking Geo Stencil and Die

Hello there!

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

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Day 3 is for the Interlocking Geo stencil and die, and they are absolutely fabulous, especially if you like creating geometric looking cards!

Here’s my card using the stencil:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

I used one of my favourite techniques for this one – I added droplets of yellow and blue 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 February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

I slid the block up and down while it was face down on the stencil to get the inks to move and blend. When I was happy, I removed the block and the stencil, and heat set the watercolour panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

Once dry, I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a white card base. I added a wood veneer cupcake and a sentiment from the So Many Sentiments set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

I also added some wood veneer stars to finish off the design 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Stencil

Here’s my card using the die:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

I’ve always enjoyed inlaid die-cutting but I wanted to try something a little different using the Interlocking Geo die for this card. So I began by adhering some double-sided tape to a panel of white cardstock and then running it through my die-cutting machine with the die.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

While all the pieces were in place, I carefully removed the die-cut panel from the die and adhered it down to a white card base. This gives the impression of an embossed panel without embossing anything!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

I then ran the die through again with different coloured sheets of paper so that I could make the pattern in the centre of the card pop. I did this by adding small dots of glue to the pointed areas of the tiny shapes and adhering the coloured pieces in place. I curved each piece up to create a 3D look.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

I added a sentiment from So Many Sentiments and finished of the design with some matching gemstones.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled February 2018 Release. Interlocking Geo Die

I hope you’re enjoying the February 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, 9 February at 8am EST in the shop!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

Neat & Tangled October Release, Day 3: Please Deliver

Hello, hello!

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

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Day 3 is for Please Deliver and Cowbell, both equally gorgeous mini stamp sets. I played with Please Deliver to whip up some quick and easy tags:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I made a stack of these using some pre-cut tags and a good old Distress Ink technique. First, I chose a couple of inks, smushed them onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and then loosely swiped a blank tag through the inky puddles.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I heat set the inky tags and then pounced them into the ink for a different effect. I heat set and repeated the process until I was happy.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

Once the tags were dry, I simply stamped the sentiment and lines from Please Deliver either with black dye ink or with Versamark Ink, sprinkled with embossing powder and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

I could have made so many more tags using this technique, but at least for now, I have a few for Christmas 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 Release. Please Deliver

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

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

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 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 4

Winnie and Walter February Release – Day 4

Hello there!

Welcome to another day of exciting previews from the Winnie & Walter February Release!

For Day 4, we’re showcasing LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs, Flawless Diamond Cutaways, Flawless Heart Cutaways, Winnie’s Sparkly Shaker Selection and Walter’s Sparkly Shaker Selection. Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 4

I love layering die-cuts and I love creating Distress Ink backgrounds, so I combined both ideas for this card! The background was created by smooshing inks onto a craft mat, spritzing with water and laying down a panel of cardstock into the inky puddles. I lifted the panel out, heat set and repeated the process until I achieved the desired result.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 4

I trimmed the panel down to the same size as my card base and adhered it straight down. I then used the Flawless Diamond Cutaways to die-cut a few of the diamond shapes out of white cardstock and layered them onto the card front.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 4

I adhered the die-cuts down with spots of glue only in the centre area so that I could bend the sides up a little for some dimension. I then used the Flawless Heart Cutaways for the little gold heart in the middle and foam mounted to the front.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 4

I stamped a sentiment from the Kindness with Evelin T Designs set onto strips of black cardstock, heat setting in white. I trimmed them down and foam mounted on top of the gold heart.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter February 2016 Release / Day 4

To finish, I sprinkled a few sequins 😉

Don’t forget to check out the Winnie & Walter blog for more giveaways and links to lots of fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team members!

Thanks for stopping by!