09 January 2017

Elegant Die Cutting with Victorian Accents & Deco Foil

I always like to start the new year on a serene, positive mood. I mentally set a goal or two -something realistic and achievable- and then I reinforce my sense of patience so I can delight in the simple things of daily life while I wait for those goals to be fulfilled. That being said, once again I start off my creative year with a card and sentiment to inspire you to go out and pursue your goals, knowing that all things are possible to those who believe it, through hard work and kindness.


Supplies:
Dies - Spellbinders Victoria Accents / Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance / Spellbinders Classic Oval Large / Spellbinders Classic Oval Small / Tonic Studios Square Layering Dies
Stamps - Graciellie Design Dream Digital Stamp Set / Graciellie Design Butterflies Digital Stamp Set
Papers - Graciellie Design Black & White Patterns Digital Paper Pack / Graciellie Design Organic Bouquet Digital Paper Pack
Papers - White Laser Printer Cardstock / Therm O Web Decofoil Transfer Sheets in Gold / Wax Paper (for die cutting)

Inks - Ranger Distress Ink in Old Paper
Tools - Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine / Canon MG2220 Inkjet Printer / Samsung ML2020W Laser Printer / Mini Minc / Ranger Ink Blending ToolWestcott Titanium Paper Trimmer / Westcott Titanium Non-Adhesive Scissor Small / SU Paper piercing tool /
Adhesives - Therm O Web Zots Small / Therm O Web 3D Foam Squares / iCraft Easy-Tear Tape 1/2" / Therm O Web Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets
Other - May Arts Ribbon 1" Ivory Crinkle Ribbon


This year I want to play more with my dies, including those old ones we tend to neglect throughout after a while. I've always been passionate about die cutting and if you've followed me a bit you know how much I enjoy to add layers and layers of elements to my cards. 

For today's card I used four beautiful, victorian corners to frame my card front. To begin, I used two mats cut from patterned paper in different designs, one of which was foiled. I added more touches of gold to the focal point of the card, using foil for the sentiment and butterfly stamps, as well as for the die cut elements.



Digital files used to create this card can be found on my Etsy shop. Here are the stamp sets and digital paper packs I worked with:



Quick Reminder
Today is the last day of our 50% off New Year's sale!
SHOP here.

Thanks so much for visiting! Make sure to leave a comment below if you can. I would love to get to know my crafty friends and followers more this year too! Until next time.

06 January 2017

Design Team Call + Giveaway Winners



We are looking for papercrafters from around the globe! Yes, we are builiding a new team of talented designers who love to create projects with our digital stamps and papers! If that person is you, then don't hesistate and send us your application.

Our designers will get free stamps from each of our new releases, 40% off discount on any additional stamps they want to get from the shop and will enjoy an awesome introduction pack to spark their creativity. We would love the new designers to create around 3 projects a month (cards, tags, scrapbooking and mixed media). We are looking forward to finding designers with good photography skills and an active blog and of course a positive attitude!

To apply please fill our form HERE.


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Giveaway Winners
Thanks so much to all of you who took a minute to stop by to help me celebrate my blog anniversary together with this year's Season's Giving blog hop. We had 3 fabulous prize packages for 3 lucky winners... Congratulations to:


Sandra Colebank

You won

-Prize #1-

Paper Temptress
$25 gift card

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
$20 gift card

Rebecca Yahrling

You won

-Prize #2-

Sunny Studio Stamps 
$20 gift card
*See shipping restrictions here.

Gina K. Designs 
$25 gift card

Larissa Hesket

You won

-Prize #3-

Therm O Web 
$50 Decofoil Package
*Winner can pick their favorite foil colors!
Graciellie Design 
$20 gift card


Winners please email me using the contact form (click on contact tab on header), so we can send you your prizes as soon as possible! Congratulations again!

That's all for now. I will be back very soon with a new project to share. Happy weekend!


31 December 2016

Blog Anniversary + Season's Giving Blog Hop & Giveaways!


Happy New Year! Every January 1st I greet you with a full heart, thankful for a new day that marks in so many ways a new beginning, not only for a new year but also for new projects and personal goals. Today also marks a special significance in my calendar because this month I celebrate my Blog Anniversary! It's been 3 years since I first had the courage to write my first post. I've grown so much creatively that all I can do is share my joy and gratitude with you, my followers, with a massive celebration!

Best of 2016


One of the things that motivated me to jump in and start sharing my love for crafting with the world was an exciting online event... The amazing group of blogs that come together every year to celebrate the Season's Givings Blog Hop! So why not merge two awesome events into one incredible giveaway?

Today, to help me celebrate, some wonderful friends from the industry and I have come up with over $100 in prizes! I am giving away 3 prize packages to 3 lucky winners! For a chance to win:

1. Subscribe to my blog newsletter -on sidebar- and confirm your subscription -to be sent to your email-.
2. Subscribe to my social media -on sidebar-. You can find Graciellie Design on Facebook, Instragram, Twitter and Etsy.
3. Comment below and tell me your goal for 2017!


-Prize #1-

Paper Temptress
$25 gift card

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
$20 gift card


-Prize #2-

Sunny Studio Stamps 
$20 gift card
*See shipping restrictions here.

Gina K. Designs 
$25 gift card


-Prize #3-

Therm O Web 
$50 Decofoil Package
*Winner can pick their favorite foil colors!
Graciellie Design 
$20 gift card

Next in the list is the talented Stephanie Klauck! If you got lost along the way, check the complete blog hop list below.

Season's Giving Blog Hop





































































----- Gracie Chavez -----








I wish you a great new year... Hope it is a crafty one too! Please don't be a stranger! I look forward to a fun and creative 2017, with lots of project ideas and inspiration to share with you! Be sure to check your email subscription as we will be announcing the winners of today's prizes very soon! (You can always check on the winner's list under the free content tab.)


29 December 2016

2016: A Year in Review - Easy Cardmaking Techniques to Try Out!

Foil Stamping: 3 ways


This year I tried out the trendy look of foil on cards in as many ways possible. Here are 2 different techniques I used to stamp with foil:

Foiling without expensive tools, using traditional rubber stamps is possible. This technique requires a bit of time and patience and won't give you perfect, even foiling as when using a laminator, but the result is equally stunning!


Though some still haven't jumped into the world of digital stamping, "digis" have proven to be so versatile over and over again. Use a laser printer and a laminator for a quick foiled result (here) or use a regular ink jet printer, embossing powder and a heat gun (here).

Though you can use clear stamps to foil images just as you do with rubber stamps, this technique uses embossing powder and a laminator which makes the task even easier. 

Ombre Backgrounds


Use the inks on your stash to create a fresh, colorful background and even add some texture to it with some embossing. All you need is inks, sponge daubers and an embossing folder!

Gold dipping has been trendy for a while now and you sure can translate that cool look to your cards too! This technique gives your usual stenciling a twist to achieve a modern, colorful ombre look with a metallic touch!

Heat Embossing Digital Stamps 

Heat embossing has been usually used only with traditional stamps, but it is possible to do it with digital images too! The trick? Using a regular laser printer on glossy papers that allow the ink to dry slower (watch video here).

More inspiration here.
 

Distressed Foiling

Another fun, unconventional way to use foil is adding distressed touches to patterned paper or even regular solid colored cardstock. There are many ways and many distressed effects you can achieve depending on the application you use (meaning type of glue and tool used to apply), but this is certainly a super easy way that doesn't necessarily requires a laminator (you can skip that step) and will give you a striking unique effect every time (here).

Foil Resist Watercoloring 

Stamp foiling can be taken to another level using this technique. Watercolors give you a beautiful result every time... Now imagine it paired with foil! Just a few splashes of ink sprays or other water reactive mediums will help you get this effect (here and here).



Foiling Transparencies 

Another fun way of using foil is on transparencies. I've tried it out on acetate and heavyweight vellum, both with the help of a laser printer. Vellum can be foiled without a laminator using the technique shown before (here), but make sure to check out how I created these two cards to create custom foiled elements (here) and foiled vellum backgrounds with digital patterned papers (here).



I was drawn to try out different tools and mediums this year... I hope you feel inspired to let your creative curiosity and imagination run wild the upcoming year just as I plan too! I look forward to continuing to play with my stash and explore my craft even more!

As a thank you for being part of my journey on the blog this year, I prepared a couple of freebies you might like to grab! Find links to download on my previous post (here).

Also, I invite you to my Blog Anniversary celebration! The big giveaway party goes up on January 1st. See you there!

22 December 2016

Decofoil Stamping: Mixed Media Poinsettia Card + Christmas Freebies!

Merry Christmas! I couldn't miss the opportunity to share my final Christmas card of the year with you! This time I am sharing a mixed media card in warm traditional colors. I got the chance to use some mediums I had almost forgotten I had, so that makes my little crafty heart happy!




Supplies:
Dies Cuts: Spellbinders - Heirloom Oval, Damask Motifs, Layered Poinsettia, 5 x 7 Matting Card Basics A, Exquisite Labels 11 / Poppystamps - Holiday Winterberries / ODBD - Fancy Foliage / Die-namites - Budding Branch
Stamp: Graciellie Design Distressed Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks - Barn Door, Vintage Photo
Adhesives: Thermoweb - iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive, Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets
Tools: Evolution Advanced die cutting machine / Mini Minc / Ranger Ink Blending Tool / Umbrella Crafts Sponge Dauber / Small brush / SU Paper piercing tool / Samsung ML2020W Laser Printer
Embellishments:  May Arts - 1" Ivory Crinkle Ribbon, 3" Olive Tulle, 5/8" Olive Green Raffia Bows / White pearls / Silver hologram jewels / Styrofoam /
Other: Decofoil Transfer Sheets - Silver, Red, Pewter / Snow-tex / Twinklets Diamond Dust / DecoArt Media Crackle Paint - White / Pan Pastel - Titanium White, Silver


I've been using decofoil so much lately and something tells me I won't stop using it any time soon! It just gives your projects such a unique look... It really takes a card to the next level. This time though I used it to stamp my flower. Of course this poinsettia is a digital stamp, which means I went ahead and printed it with a laser printer and used a laminator with some red decofoil transfer sheet to foil the flower. Once your image is foiled it works just as it would with heat embossing, so you can play with a fun foil resist technique. I colored the poinsettia with a Barn Door diy Distress Spray Ink, sponged it with ink and even rubbed some Titanium White Pan Pastel to add highlights -my new favorite mixed media technique-. To make the center of the flower I crushed some styrofoam and glued it with mixed media adhesive.


For that lovely touch of snow I used Snowtex on the leaves and Twinklets on the center of the flower. I had not used these two in way too long so I was glad to add them to this card! Clearly I layered many embellishments and die cuts to frame the poinsettia and used a bit more of foil on a few die cuts to add some interest. There are many ways to foil cardstock for die cutting but this time I used Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive sheets. You need to run your cardstock twice through your laminator when you use these sheets, one to stick the adhesive sheet to your cardstock and a second time to foil it. I added texture using different kinds of ribbons too and finished off my card with pearls and jewel stickers.

I hope you find inspiration on today's card! I bet there's still a few cards and tags you need to put together so I hope this gives you a few ideas. But before I go, I have a little Christmas present for you, my followers... Two digital stamp sets available for instant download, both celebrate the season with fun and inspiring sentiments and pretty images! Enjoy!

Download here

 Download here

I'm also spreading the joy of the season with an awesome sale!

Grab our new holiday stamps and papers for just $8.75.
That's right the complete Christmas collection, including papers! I know these will come in handy for those late minute cards and tags, so don't miss the chance to get them now!




Here's another little idea for you! Upcycled kraft bags made into foiled wrapping paper & tag using my Black & White Patterns Digital Stamp Set and the new Distressed Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set. Teachers loved these custom wrapped XL chocolate bars! (I got a bar for myself too... shh... lol)

I send warm wishes to you, hoping you have a peaceful, joyful Christmas, full of gifts, including those for the soul, surrounded by loved ones that truly make you feel loved as well. (If you were to be alone, be alone with the certainty that the Lord's love surrounds you too on His day.) Good food, good company and if at all possible a bag of crafty gifts... That is my Christmas wish for you! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

PS: Please mark your calendars for my Blog Anniversary celebration! The big giveaway party goes up on January 1st. See you there!

Sharing with: Word Art Wednesday - AG / Cards und More - Christmas / Inky Chicks - Traditional Colors Christmas / SSS Wednesday - Make it Sparkle / Three Muses - Frame / Unicorn Challenge - Add Glitter / Shopping Our Stash - Winter Wonderland / Sunny Day Crafting - AG / Through the Craft Room Door - AG / Love to Scrap - AG / Sparkle n Sprinkle - AG / The Paper Girls - AG / Use your Stuff - AG / Love to Create - AG / Mixed Media World - AG / The Ribbon Girls - Any Image / Stamping Sensations - Floral Fancies / Great Impressions - AG / Jingle Belles - December Challenge / A Vintage Journey - Winter Magic


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