©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.

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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!

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©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 😉

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©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 🙂

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

Shine Bright!

Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card using the Scalloped Cover Plate 😉

©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’t really want the pieces to fall out – 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.

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To finish, I added a mixture of 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 March 2016 Release.

Belated March Neat and Tangled Release Projects

Hey everyone, just stopping by to share my cards for the Neat and Tangled March Release!

First up is a card using the new Scandinavian Prints set – I experimented with stamping the images using Dylusions Ink Sprays, and absolutely loved the result:

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I began by spritzing a piece of watercolour paper with water and then carefully adding a couple of drops of Funky Fuchsia ink spray to my craft mat. I then tapped the largest solid stamp from the set into the ink and stamped onto the damp paper.

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

The ink plumed in some areas, whilst staying solid in others. I also did the same thing with one of the smaller circular images but this time with Pure Sunshine ink. I heat set the panel, and then stamped over the inky plumes with black ink and some of the outline images for a dramatic result! The sentiment was heat set in white on a strip of black cardstock and adhered to the front to finish off.

For my second card, I used the Hexastar Cover Plate to create a clean and simple, layered paper effect.

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

I die-cut the pattern out of three different coloured pieces of cardstock, and then trimmed each one apart at various points of the design. I then layered them on top of each other to create what looked like a mountain scene.

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

I applied Glossy Accents in small areas to adhere the pieces together, as well as to a white card base. I stamped a sentiment from Scandinavian Prints below the die-cut piece and added some sequins from the Gold Mix sequin collection.

For my last card, I used the Hexastar Cover Plate again, but this time as a stencil. I die-cut it out of some slightly thicker cardstock, and swiped through some Chartreuse Iridescent Creative Medium (Imagine Crafts) onto a dark navy panel and set aside to dry.

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

I stamped the image of the boy and teddy from Better Together with Archival Jet Black ink onto a piece of white cardstock and then coloured them in with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens. I fussy-cut them out and set aside to work on the sentiment.

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

I trimmed the stenciled panel down to slightly smalled than the card base and foam mounted to the front. The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock, trimmed and also foam mounted. To finish, I adhered the focal image next to the sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. February Belated Birthday Bash / Winnie and Walter

Winnie & Walter February ‘Belated’ Birthday Challenge!

Hey everyone!

Thanks for stopping by on what I can only describe as the beginning of a very exciting month of celebrations for Winnie & Walter’s second birthday! Woohoo! And, it all kicks off with a different birthday challenge set by each member of the DT.

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The theme for my challenge is Inlaid die-cutting, and here’s a little sneaky peek at my card:

©Candles in the Garden. February Belated Birthday Bash / Winnie and Walter

You’ll be able to find more details on how to take part for a chance to win some awesome goodies over at the Winnie & Walter Blog!

Thanks for popping by!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release New Product Launch - Stitched Arch STAX Die-Namics.

MFT October Release – New Product Launch

Hey there! Thanks for joining me for the My Favorite Things October Release New Product Launch!

New Product Launch

Today, I am sharing a card using the Stitched Arch STAX Die-Namics, and as you may know by now, I’m always looking for ways to use my stash in a less conventional way! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release New Product Launch - Stitched Arch STAX Die-Namics.

I used them here to create a layered paper look, with almost each die in the set being cut out of a different coloured piece of cardstock. I began with the largest one first, which was actually die-cut out of the top, white panel.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release New Product Launch - Stitched Arch STAX Die-Namics.

I placed the die in the bottom right hand corner of a panel of white cardstock that had been trimmed to be the same size as the card base and ran it through my die-cutting machine. This gave me the placement for where all the other pieces should be cut.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release New Product Launch - Stitched Arch STAX Die-Namics.

I stamped a greeting from Joyous Christmas Sentiments with black dye ink and moved on to cut the remaining pieces. I took a grey panel of cardstock and laid it underneath the white one and used it as a guide to die-cut the next arch.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT October Release New Product Launch - Stitched Arch STAX Die-Namics.

I repeated the process for the remaining panels, and then foam mounted each layer together. The whole lot was then foam adhered to a card base, with a few sequins to finish off…

Thanks for joining me this week while we showcased the October Release products! Be sure to check out the amazing projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members for more inspiration on the My Favorite Things blog 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Fleur de Lis Background.

MFT September Release – New Product Launch

Hey there! Thanks for joining me for the My Favorite Things September Release New Product Launch!

New Product Launch

Today, I am sharing two cards with you – one featuring the Stitched Oval Frame Die-Namics and one showcasing the Fleur de Lis Background – I used them separately, but I think they could also work quite well together! Both cards were created using some ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens – here’s the card that features the Stitched Oval Frames:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Stitched Oval Frame Die-Namics.

I basically die-cut a few of these ovals out of some white cardstock, and loosely watercoloured them with the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Stitched Oval Frame Die-Namics.

I then arranged the oval rings on a card front, making a few snips along the way to make it look like some rings were interlocked with others.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Stitched Oval Frame Die-Namics.

When I was satisfied with the arrangement, I foam mounted the rings to the card front, and trimmed off any excess.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Stitched Oval Frame Die-Namics.

I stamped some of the images from the Soda Pop set with black dye ink – the sentiment was stamped onto a strip of black cardstock, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. To finish, I adhered a few sequins.

Here’s the card that features the Fleur de Lis Background:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Fleur de Lis Background.

I love how the background came together so quickly – I began by stamping the Fleur de Lis pattern with Versamark ink onto a piece of white cardstock and heat set with white embossing powder.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Fleur de Lis Background.

I then swiped a rainbow selection of ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens along the top of the cardstock, down to about a quarter of the way down. I then spritzed liberally with a solution of Perfect Pearls and water.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Fleur de Lis Background.

The water reacts beautifully with the markers and blends the colours together so well, while trickling down the card.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Fleur de Lis Background.

I trimmed the inky panel down with the largest frame die from Blueprints 25 and adhered it down to a card base. I then die-cut the Streetlights Die-Namics out of some black cardstock, and adhered one of them down to the card.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT September Release New Product Launch - Fleur de Lis Background.

I stamped one of the words from Label Maker Sentiments onto a scrap piece of cardstock, fussy cut out and tucked it behind the street light.

Thanks for joining me this week while we showcased the September Release products! Be sure to check out the amazing projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members for more inspiration on the My Favorite Things blog 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch - Wonky Chevron Background.

MFT August Release – New Product Launch

Hey there! Thanks for joining me for the My Favorite Things August Release New Product Launch!

New Product Launch

Today, I am sharing two cards with you – one featuring the Fringe Die-Namics and one showcasing the Wonky Chevron Stencil – both of them are really versatile products to play with! As you might know by now, I like to take a product and see how far I can stretch it 😉 – here’s the card that features the Fringe Die-Namics:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Fringe Die-Namics.

I began by creating some ombré inky panels and then die-cut the Fringe Die-Namics several times out of them. But then, I die-cut those pieces again with the Double Stitched Oval STAX Die-Namics, to give me these half-oval fringe-y shapes 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Fringe Die-Namics.

I then clustered all the pieces together to form a sort of flower, overlapping one piece on top of another.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Fringe Die-Namics.

I added a large gemstone in the middle, followed by a die-cut ring to complete the flower. The sentiment comes from the Encouraging Words set and was stamped with black dye ink below the flower. A few sequins were dotted around for a bit of sparkle!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Fringe Die-Namics.

Here’s the card that features the Wonky Chevron Stencil:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Wonky Chevron Background.

I love creating bold, dynamic backgrounds and stencils are a great way of achieving some awesome effects. I laid the stencil down onto a piece of white cardstock and simply swiped some tinted embossing paste through. I used the vibrant MFT dye ink refills to tint the paste – one little droplet of this stuff goes a very long way!

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Wonky Chevron Background.

I removed the stencil and quickly sprinkled the panel with some iridescent embossing powder while the paste was still wet, and then set aside. After about an hour, I heat set the powder and trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Wonky Chevron Background.

At this point, I felt like something was missing, so I blended some Persimmon and Festive Berries Distress Inks onto the panel, filling in all the white areas of the cardstock. I spritzed with a Perfect Pearls solution and flicked on some Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain before letting it air dry.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release New Product Launch -  Wonky Chevron Background.

Again, the sentiment comes from Encouraging Words and was heat embossed in white onto some black cardstock. I wrapped black twine around the inky panel, adhered it straight down to a card base and foam mounted the sentiment piece on top. A few clear sequins finish up the design!

Thanks for joining me this week while we showcased the August Release products! Be sure to check out the amazing projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members for more inspiration on the My Favorite Things blog 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

MFT August Release – Countdown Day 5

Hey everyone!

Thanks for joining me at the start of August release week for My Favorite Things!

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For Countdown Day 5, we’re showcasing the Lisa Johnson Designs’ Scribble Roses stamp set and Die-Namics, the Encouraging Words stamp set and finally, the Double Stitched Circle, Oval, Rectangle and Square STAX Die-namics. Here’s my first card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

I had soooo much fun creating the inlaid die-cutting effect with the Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics! I trimmed a panel of white cardstock down to 4.25″ x 5.5″ using the largest frame die from Blueprints 25, and drew some guidelines to help with alignment and positioning the dies accurately.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

I started by die-cutting the circles, beginning on the left hand side and working my way to the right – with each pass, I left the die-cut piece intact before cutting the next circle.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

Also, I replaced the white die-cut circles with coloured die-cut circles as I ran the dies through my die-cutting machine – needless to say, I had a lot of crescent shaped paper scraps to piece back together for the inlaid effect.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics and inlaid die-cutting.

The sentiment was heat embossed on white onto a strip of black cardstock and foam mounted to the card front. Here’s my second card:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Scribble Roses.

Again, another fun card to create, though not as complex as the first! I blended Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks in the centre of a card base to act as a kind of holding area for the floral clusters.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Scribble Roses.

I then created coloured panels using a mixture of Distress Inks and water, and from these, I die-cut the base layers of the roses. I die-cut the overlays from some black cardstock and adhered them to the bases with small dots of Glossy Accents.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Scribble Roses.

The roses were foam mounted to the card front allowing the ink blended halo to peek through – to finish up, I stamped the leaf outline images with black ink onto green inky panels and die-cut them out before adhering them behind the roses.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT August Release Countdown Day 5. Scribble Roses.

Pop by the My Favorite Things Blog for today’s full product reveal, giveaways and links to lots of gorgeous projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT June Release New Product Launch. Abstract Cover-Up Die-Namics

MFT June Release – New Product Launch

Hey there! Thanks for joining me for the My Favorite Things June Release New Product Launch!

New Product Launch

Today, I am featuring the Abstract Cover-Up Die-Namics, which might just be one of my new all time favourites – if you know me by now, you know that I try to stretch my dies as far as I can, and use them to design cards in unusual ways. This card is no exception:

©Candles in the Garden. MFT June Release New Product Launch. Abstract Cover-Up Die-Namics

You might wonder exactly where the Abstract Cover-Up features, but if you look a little closer, you’ll see that I actually used the negative pieces rather than the positive, faceted frame piece that you get when you use the die 😉

©Candles in the Garden. MFT June Release New Product Launch. Abstract Cover-Up Die-Namics

I ran the Abstract Cover-Up several times through my die-cutting machine with different colour paper, giving me lots of abstract shapes. I then adhered a few of them with glue dots along an imaginary horizon line on my card base to form a sort of mountainous scene.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT June Release New Product Launch. Abstract Cover-Up Die-Namics

I curled the tips of the paper a little to create a sense of depth and then used the Rolling Hills die to create a hilly panel. I stamped a sentiment from Count the Stars with black dye ink onto the panel and foam mounted the co-ordinating die-cut sentiment.

©Candles in the Garden. MFT June Release New Product Launch. Abstract Cover-Up Die-Namics

It was at this point that I realised I wanted some interest in the top left hand corner, so I stamped some of the stars from the same set with Delicata Golden Glitz ink, and brushed with Gold Perfect Pearls (you can’t see it so well in the photos though).

©Candles in the Garden. MFT June Release New Product Launch. Abstract Cover-Up Die-Namics

Finally, I foam mounted the hilly panel to the card front and finished up the card!

Thanks for joining me this week while we showcased the June Release products! Be sure to check out the amazing projects from the rest of the MFT Design Team members for more inspiration 😉