These past weeks I've been inspired by beautiful classic and elegant cards with simple yet neat and on point ensembles. Today I am sharing 2 cards using some of our new digital products from the shop in a very traditional way.
Bouquet of Blessings is one of my favorite stamp sets from this month's release. I printed the image in black and white, partially cut it with the help of a paper trimmer and fussy cut the rest to fit it as a banner on the top of my card. I colored the bouquet with Spectrum Noir markers in reds, yellows and greens. The dry embossed background sure adds a traditional touch to the design.
Since Bouquet of Blessings was such a lovely set to work with I thought I would create a matching paper pack to go with it. This month's new digital paper collection is called Organic Bouquet and besides including a variety of elegant rustic backgrounds and textures it also comes with a black and white matching pattern for foiling and heat embossing, which is the one I used to create my second card.
I printed the bouquet pattern on vellum using a laser printer and foiled it in Copper Deco Foil with a Minc machine. I cut a card panel which I layered on top of another handwriting pattern panel that shows through softly. I added a sentiment from Bouquet of Blessings and cut and layered several labels which I then covered with ribbon and embellished with pearls and gems.
As always we've tried to bring to you a series of versatile products that you can use over and over again in as many ways as possible. We invite you to visit the shop and grab your favorite sets of the month, which by the way are meant to complement August's collection.
We do have a GIVEAWAY for those who join our new release celebration... Leave a comment on the designers' blogs for a chance to win your favorite new stamp set! Your next stop is Autumn, who will be showcasing another new set I know you'll love.
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!
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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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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!
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!
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!