15 August 2016

More Inspiration: August Stamp Release
- And our Giveaway Winner! -

It's finally time for our inspiration blog hop! Today we have more project ideas using our new August stamp release. If you haven't had a chance to visit our shop and check out our collection click HERE. To all of you who have been part of our celebration,our designers and followers -old and new-, thanks for making of this new release a success!

My card for today features yet again one of my favorite stamp sets from the new collection: Sent with a Prayer. I am using again the leaf images as embellishments (printed and foiled on acetate), thanks to the help of a Samsung laser printer, a Mini Minc machine and Deco foil transfer sheets. The sentiment from the same stamp set was printed and then foiled with matte black Deco Foil to add even more contrast against the brown cardstock.




I layered all the elements on this design on a vintage patterned paper panel, that I aged even more applying ink sprays in Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and also some Pan Pastel in Titanium White. I also used DecoArt Media white crackle paint on the flowers and then I watered it down a bit to add some droplets to the flowers and part of the card panel.

The flowers, laces, ribbons and twine from May Arts Ribbon gave lots of texture to this Fall inspired card. I also added pieces of a stunning vintage washi tape from the Eyelet Outlet here and there. Other embellishments such as the gold buttons, big pearls and wood clip finish the look of the flower cluster. I foiled the metal gear embellishment using Deco Foil Adhesive Pen and a piece of Deco Foil transfer sheet to match the gold on the leaves.

I hope you are inspired by the array of projects the designers have prepared for you today. Follow the links below to check out how they used the new stamps from this month's release!


Make sure to leave a comment on every stop! If you love what you see be sure to subscribe by email to the designers and to this blog so you don't miss a thing!

And of course, I cannot go without announcing first our giveaway WINNER from our August 1st blog hop. The winner of a new stamp set of their choice plus the new Black & White Patterns Paper Pack is: Marty Fishman. Congratulations! Please use the contact form to get in touch and I will send out your prize!

If you didn't win and you love our stamps, what are you waiting for? Come over to the shop and get our new stamps today (available individually and as a bundle)! Click HERE to check out the entire collection.

Need more inspiration? Visit our idea gallery using Graciellie Design digital stamps here.

Sharing with: Dies R Us - Doily and/or Lace / Petal Lu - AG / Stempelgarten - Flowers & Plants / Happy Little Stampers - August Mixed Media Challenge / Inkspirational - Patterned Paper / Mod Squad Challenge - Sew easy / A Gem of a Challenge - Buttons & Bows / Love 2 Create - AG / Mixed Media / Creative Artiste - AG Mixed Media / Crafting with an Attitude - AG / Add a Sentiment / Sisterhood of Crafters - Close to Nature / Crafty Addicts - AG/Friends / SSS Wednesday Challenge - Go Wild / WordArt Wednesday - AG / HOC - Use Twine / Great Impressions - AG

01 August 2016

DIY Foiled Acetate Embellishments
- New Stamp Release Blog Hop + Giveaway -

This month we have a NEW release for you at our Graciellie Design stamp shop and this time we are also releasing a Special Edition Digital Paper Pack! So welcome to our celebration! As always you'll have a chance to get our new stamps before anyone else does, so stay tuned until the end of this post to find out how to win!




We have 6 NEW STAMP SETS and our NEW Black & White Patterns Digital Paper Pack that we designed to match the new release. These papers are special because they are meant to be used for foiled backgrounds as well as custom colored backgrounds, since it can be edited very easily!

Here are the new digital papers custom foiled in different colors.

Today I am using one of my favorite sets from the new collection: Sent with a Prayer. I wanted to try out using digital stamps in a completely new way, so I created some foiled acetate embellishments using my laser printer and the images on this new stamp set, plus a Minc machine (or laminator). The result is stunning, and the pieces look just like the ones you would buy on a craft store!


To make these acetate embellishments:
1. Use acetate instead of paper to print -with a laser printer- your desired image. (You can resize these stamps to print them in different sizes, even using simple programs such as Microsoft Office Word).

2. Once printed cover the acetate sheet with any desired color of Decofoil Transfer Sheets and run it through a Minc machine (or laminator) in a low setting.

3. Remove the foil transfer sheet to reveal the foiled images and fussy cut them to create your clear embellishments.

It's really that easy! TIP: The acetate may want to slide during the printing process. To prevent this from happening use a smooth cloth to rub the acetate.


GIVEAWAY
To give everyone even more chances to win we are ending our blog hop on Facebook this time! Visit each of the links below, subscribe to our blog newsletters and leave a comment for your chance of winning a new stamp set of your choice plus the new Black & White Patterns paper pack!

Graciellie Design
Karen L.
Autumn
Darlene P.
Helen
Lori
Jesenia P.
Graciellie Design on FB

Our special guest designers will inspire you with their projects using our new stamps! We even have a video tutorial featuring our friend Helen, that I know you'll enjoy! Make sure to check her video out too.

Thanks so much for stopping by! We will be back on August 15th to announce our winner and also share some more inspiration projects with you. Make sure to stop by the shop HERE and take a closer look to our new stamp release! You can get your favorite sets individually or get the complete release bundle for a special price!

Stay connected with us through social media (check blog's sidebar) so you don't miss any new giveaways, sales and freebies! Until next time.

Sharing with: Memory Box - Yellow / Card and Scrap - AG / HOC - Use twine / Paper Nest Dolls - AG / Love to Scrap - Take 2 /

09 July 2016

Foiled Digital Stamps using a Laser Printer
- Two Cards, Three Different Techniques -


I recently got a laser printer, a wonderful surprise courtesy of my husband who knows how much I love to foil. So yes, I've been foiling away my digital stamps on cards and today I'm sharing 3 different ways to foil your cards using Graciellie Design digital stamps from our Etsy shop!

First, let me show you how I worked with a foil resist technique to watercolor this stunning flower! First I printed the flower using my laser printer on regular white cardstock and then ran it through my Minc machine on level 3 layering it with a gold Decofoil transfer sheet. Once the image was foiled (which is quite easy following these steps), I used a waterbrush and Distress inks to watercolor my flower and because the foil resists the color applied you end up with a stunning result as shown below.



Another wonderful thing I was able to make using my new laser printer was to foil the sentiment of the card on vellum. I used a sheet of heavy weight vellum as if it were paper to print the sentiment, which I resized to fit my card, and the ran it through my Minc machine just as I did before using a gold Decofoil transfer sheet.



The third technique I worked with was creating my own foiled patterned paper! This might as well be my favorite technique since it really will save me a lot of money (if you know what I mean). I love all those foiled pads you can find in kraft and patterned papers, but this is just the best since you can turn any design on your files into a foiled background for your projects. Best of all, you can customize it!

Card made using Hope - Digital Stamp Set


Here I created a patterned paper using my own digital stamps (yes, they are THAT versatile) and printed it on white cardstock using the laser printer, which I again foiled as mentioned before using a Minc machine. The result is astonishing and it sure makes a difference once you put your card together!



I invite you to try out this easy, affordable and modern techniques on your own cards! I know you will love it too. But first, don't forget there's still time to grab my new stamp sets on SALE right now at our Etsy shop. It's the perfect opportunity to complete your collection!


Visit the SHOP today! All Summer and off-season stamps are 50% off! All other sets are also on sale with our Buy 2 Get 1 free promo! See you there! Follow me on Facebook today and sign up for our weekly giveaway for a chance to win your favorite stamp set.

Sharing with: Cheery Lynn Designs - AG / Poppystamps - Fly away with me / Memory Box - Sketch / Word Art Wednesday - AG Encouraging / Crafty Gals Corner - Lots of Layers / Live & Love Crafts - Sprinkles of Summer / A Vintage Journey - Monochromatic / Love to Create - AG Mixed Media / Frilly & Funky - All in the Family /

Add-on: I forgot to mention the foiled butterfly die cuts were cut from Therm O Web's self adhesive toner sheets. They foil beautifully. You could get a similar effect printing your own black sheet of toner on cardstock but this one self adhesive cardstock from Therm O Web is quite sturdy and very smooth too!

03 July 2016

Summer Flowers using Digital Stamps
- Shop our Summer Sale -

Summer is on at Graciellie Design with 2 sales you can't miss! 
I've been having fun with some beautiful digital stamps from our latest releases and using bright colors in honor of the season. I really like to mix bold patterns and bright colors to create contrast on Summer themed cards.


But I do want to share the fun with all of you, so I'm adding a new Summer Sale discount to our SHOP starting today...







Card made using one of our Summer stamp sets: Guide the Helm

There's also a great sale so you can grab any of our other stamp sets!

Card made using our new set: Elegant Greetings

I colored the flowers with Spectrum Noir markers and lightly mist them with Sheer Shimmer. I fussy cut both images and adhered them with foam tape on a panel colored with ink sprays and embellished with patterned paper strips. I stenciled my second card with Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste and also finished it with a few foiled details, using Thermoweb Decofoil in Magenta.

Don't miss the chance to complete your stamp collection.
Visit our Etsy shop today and take advantage of both our Summer Sales today. Click HERE to view all the new releases.

Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time... Stay crafty.

Sharing with: Spectrum Noir FB Monthly Challenge - SummerMod Squad Challenge - Nautical / SSS Monday Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (spray, stencil, stamp) / SSS Wednesday Challenge - AG / CWWC - AG / OSAAT - AG with Flowers / Color & Craft / AG Coloring Challenge / Just Us Girls - Summer / Stampartpapel - AG /


02 July 2016

Fresh & Fruity with Sunny Studio Stamps
- Fun Summer Card Ideas -

Summer crafts can be so fun, especially with the sweet images from Sunny Studio Stamps. Today I'm sharing 3 cards I created with stamps from the set Fresh & Fruity... It's so fun and versatile! My favorite thing about these stamps is all the options you get so you can add little faces and other details to your images.





I created patterned backgrounds with the fun fruit images which I heat embossed in glitter gold and white. I went for an ombre look on 2 cards and I decided to watercolor the strawberries on my first card with distress inks. I also foiled the edges on my second card and discover the Thermoweb's Champagne transfer foil matches perfectly the tone of gold on Clearsnap's Glitter Gold embossing powder.


Sunny Studio Stamps has a brand new release and I already picked my favorites! They also have fun, versatile dies that go along perfect with their sweet stamps. Make sure you head to their blog (that will be featuring my cards today) and shop to check out their collection. If you stop by the blog I invite you to leave Mendi (the designer behind all these sweet stamps) a comment too!

That's it for now. Hope you are enjoying your Summer so far! Until next time... Stay crafty.

Sharing with: SSS Wednesday Challenge - AG / HIMCR - Christmas Colors / Your Next Stamp - Color Challenge / HOC - Food, Drinks, Colors /
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