24 February 2016

Simply Layered Spring Cards
- Enhancing Die Cuts with Jewels -

Sometimes all you need is an elegant, simply layered card. But there's always that moment when you think your design is missing something. I always find jewels, pearls and rhinestones add the perfect finishing touch to any card, even simple designs. Today's cards are the perfect example.




Main Supplies:
Stamps - Graciellie Design: Believe Digital Stamp Set / Sending Blessings Digital Stamp Set
Dies - Spellbinders: A2 Matting Basics A / A2 Valiant Honor / Elegant Ovals / Majestic Oval / Classic Ovals Small. Marianne Designs: Vintage Butterfly. ODBD: Fancy Frillitary/ Vintage Flourish Pattern / Fancy Foliage.
Embellishments - Eyelet Outlet: 12mm Jewel Bling - Clear Edge / 12mm Bling Jewels - Champagne / Bling Sheets - 100 Sheet - Multi Sizes / Jewel Multi Size Bling - 100 Count / Glitter Silver Dot Washi Tape
Paper - ODBD: Shabby Rose Collection, Heart and Soul Collection


I worked with the same layering on both cards, varying only the colors, patterned papers and sentiments. As you may notice, I used a few delicate die cuts to create a very clean layering. I find that patterned papers help to fill the "white" space on a card but it is the embellishments what finally brings everything together.

I used some stunning jewels from the Eyelet Outlet, who kindly provided a few products so I could share samples with you. Another element you might have not noticed in detail yet is the stunning glitter washi tape I cut into banners and added to each side of the central oval on both cards... It looks like sparkly foil which makes this washi an amazing alternative to foil transfers when you only need a few details here and there on a card. Love how all the embellishments look together on both cards!

Tip: I printed a couple of my new digital stamps to use on these cards. If you are wondering how I was able to print them to fit the oval die exactly, here's an easy way to do it. First use a ruler to measure the die to see how large you should print the sentiment. Then paste the digital stamp on a new Word document, right click and change the size settings. Set the size a little smaller than the previous ruler measurement and print leaving enough margin to be able to die cut the image. You should be able to get a perfect result every time! Easy, right?

I love both of these digital stamps but I have exciting news to share... Our new March release is ready! Stay tuned for a new blog hop and giveaway. I can't wait for you to see all the new stamps and inspiration projects. So don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter (on sidebar) so you don't miss the event!

12 February 2016

Creating Backgrounds with Digital Stamps
- Botanical Friendship Card -

Digital stamps can be used in so many ways! Today I used an image from my new stamp set Hope to create a lace motif background for my card front and even a coordinating layer for the inside of the card.




Main Supplies:
Stamps - Hope digital stamp set, Love digital stamp set by Graciellie Design
Dies - Spellbinders: A2 Matting Basics A, Victoria Accents, Butterflies 2 / Cheery Lynn Designs: English Tea Party Doily / Poppystamps: Holiday Winterberries / Memory Box: Botanical Stem / Heartfelt Creations: Botanical Wings
Frantage Embossing Enamel in Shabby Pink
Miscelaneous - Inkjet printer / Fused Pearl beads / Pearl stamens / Leather textured cardstock in white, cream, light brown / Embossed paper in green / Air dry clay heart / Pearl stickers / Gold button / Ink applicator / Brown inks / Acrylic paint / Brush




Update: You can edit this background using the online program PicMonkey ("add your own overlay"). You can also recolor and resize the background's format on Microsoft Word.

The classic background that resulted from duplicating the lace motif and editing it's color guided me towards a vintage / shabby chic design in green, brown and touches of pink. I created a cluster with flowers, butterflies and many different die cuts and embellishments to add dimension to the design. The printed verse stamp from the set Love -cut into a banner- finished the card so nicely, making it a perfect card for a friend not only on Valentine's but on any occasion.

That pretty heart embellishment was actually created from air dry clay that I cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter, then textured with a pattern stamp and finally heat embossed using some Frantage Embossing Enamel. Like I said in my last post there is virtually no limits when it comes to creating your own embellishments. If you want to learn a few of my go to techniques on embellishments and mixed media click here.

Do you craft your own embellishments? What do you love to make? Tell me in a comment below.

To check out these and other new stamp sets click here.



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Sharing with: Live & Love Crafts - Love is in the Air / Mod Squad Challenge - From the Heart / Word Art Wednesday - AG / SSS Monday Challenge - Spritz and Spray / Double D Challenges - Pretty Pink Hearts / Docerela - Pastel Colors / Simply Create Too - Love & Valentines / C.R.A.F.T. - Make your own embellishment / Aud Sentiments - Love Sentiment / Cards 4 Galz - Fantastic Florals / Double D Challenges - Pretty Pink Hearts / In the Pink - With Love / The Paper Girls - Valentines - Love / Crafty Ribbons - Animals / The Card Concept - Sweethearts / Poppystamps - Crazy in Love / Memory Box - Tickled Pink, Pink cards / Dies R Us - Love / Cheery Lynn Designs - Tickled Pink

08 February 2016

Soft Shabby Chic Birthday Card
- Mixing Textures & Embellishments -

Adding various textures and embellishments is an essential part of a shabby chic design. All the different elements contribute to the dimension of the card and there is almost no limit as too how much you can add to it. Today I'm sharing a birthday card and a few tips and tricks I follow when creating a mixed media card like this.




Main Supplies
Die Cuts - Spellbinders: Elegant Ovals, Classic Ovals Small, A2 Scalloped Borders One, A2 Valiant Honor / Our Daily Bread Designs: Angel Wings, Fancy Foliage
Stamps - Graciellie Design: Sending Blessings Digital Stamp Set
Paper - Our Daily Bread Designs: Shabby Rose Collection
Ranger: Dried Marigold re-inker, Mini Mister, Blending Tool, Old Paper Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon
Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste
SU Rhinestones
Miscelaneous - Resin heart, wood bird embellishment, pearl flower stamens, 2" white lace, 6/8" iridiscent lace, tulle, white acrylic paint, brush, Leather textured cardstock in white and beige.


Tips on creating Shabby Chic projects:
1. Embossing - Texture or embossing paste looks great on a background, and one great tip is you can DIY your own texture paste using baby powder, white glue and white acrylic paint.
2. Stenciling - As for stencils, you can find affordable stencils everywhere. On this card I actually used a very inexpensive stencil I found on a hardware store. 
3. Distress - Another technique you can try out to add texture is to tear, fold or roll your front card layer just as I did here around the edges, and I even tucked a piece of lace underneath.
4. Ribbons & Lace - Add a lot of crinkle ribbon, lace, tulle, gauze or other similar textures, which will give the design the shabby chic look you're looking for.
5. Embellishments - These are important too, from pearls to wood elements, flower stamens, rhinestones, buttons, die cuts and even resin or clay pieces, almost anything goes with layered shabby chic cards. I learned to make my own resin and clay embellishments using homemade molds. You can try out making your own molds using pieces you already have at home and Easy Mold Silicon Putty. You don't neccesarily need to make the embellishments out of resin, you can also make them from Air Dry Clay which is faster and easier!
6. Splashes of paint and ink - From sprayed cardstock to droplets of ink, this gives the card the final aged look and it also adds depth to the design. You can create your own ink spray by mixing a bit of re-inker with water. You can also use inexpensive white acrylic paint to add a white patina effect to the embellishments (just like I did with the pink resin heart).
I hope today's card and post are helpful to you. Remember each of our creative journeys is different, so don't feel pressure on using elaborate and/or expensive elements on your cards. Look for things you already have in your stash and play with them to layer your projects!

To check out this and other new stamp sets click here.


Thanks for stopping by.

Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge - Spritz and Spray / Mod Squad Challenge - Hearts and Flowers / Craft-Dee Bowz - February Challenge / Frilly and Funkie - Enjoy your Embossing / Double D Challenges - Pretty Pink Hearts / SSS Wednesday Challenge - Have a Heart / Great Impressions - Let's Celebrate / Pile it On - Homemade Embellishments / Card n Scrap - Sketch /

Winner + Video Tutorial
- Foiling & Heat Embossing Digital Images -

Today we are announcing the winners of our Graciellie Design Shop Blog Hop. Thanks to all who stopped by to check out the new February release and thanks also to those who participated leaving a comment in every stop. The winners are:

From Lisa's blog:
Donna February 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM
Gorgeous cards Lisa, I just love Graciellies work and her digital. I would use her images for special occasion cards and for cancer patients that I send to. Take care, Donna

From Tenia's blog:
Joyce Erb said...
Cool card! Love the vellum overlay. I would make cards
February 1, 2016 at 1:27 PM

From Samra's blog:
Both of your cards are beautiful! Gracie has done such a lovely job with her digi sets, and you have displayed them so well in your creations! I would use Gracie's digis to make cards.
I just became a follower of your lovely blog and would be honored if you joined mine as well:
Http://carriescustomcards.blogspot.com

There was a second giveaway if you subscribed to YouTube too, and the winner is:

Denise Bryant February 1, 2016 at 12:13 PM
I'm subscribed to your YouTube channel!

Winners please email me through the contact button so you can claim your prizes. Congratulations!

On the other hand many of you asked for a tutorial on how I heat embossed my new digital stamps on the cards I shared on the release blog hop, so I made a short video for you! Hope you enjoy.



Now that our blog hop is over I invite you to stop by my shop HERE and see all the new stamp sets, many of which were not showcased during the release! Let me know which is your favorite stamp set in a comment below!

01 February 2016

Graciellie Design Blog Hop & Giveaway
- Heat embossing Digital Stamps -


Today some dear friends from the papercrafting community have joined me to celebrate the relaunch of Graciellie Design’s Digital Shop. I am glad to let you know that starting today you can find new digital stamp sets on my shop designed for cardmaking, scrapbooking, journaling, mixed media and even home decor. Today I’m sharing a card using two of my ten new stamp sets:


For my first card I printed and colored and sprayed with a shimmer mist the flowers on white cardstock and printed and heat embossed the sentiment on vellum to create a banner. The die cuts and colors framed the stamps nicely.




For my second card I made the heart stamp the card's focal point printing and heat embossing it on vellum with gold glitter embossing powder. I also printed a sentiment on white cardstock and sprayed it with shimmer mist and created a little cluster with banners, hearts and other small embellishments.



Playing with this beautiful images was a treat. They are really versatile and fun to work with. Heat embossing and spraying printed images requires a bit of a learning curve but it is too easy and the results are sparkly and perfect. I will share a tutorial on these techniques and other tips and tricks soon!

These and other new digital stamp sets can be found at my shop HERE. Remember to like and follow my shop to be the first to know about any new products!

GIVEAWAY:
Three of you have the chance to win a new digital stamp set of your choice from the shop. For a chance to win, comment on all of the blogs listed below and tell us: What would you create with my new digital stamps?


The giveaway will run for a week and I will announce the winner on Monday, February 8th. Don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss any new giveaways, tutorials and new product releases.

And since this is a celebration, here's a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY for you! Follow my YouTube channel for a chance to win 1 pack of 3 STAMP SETS of your choice! For a chance to win my second giveaway subscribe to my channel HERE and leave me a comment below letting me know you did!

Thanks for stopping by.

Visit the store to take a closer look to the new stamp sets here.


Sharing with: Classy Cards 'n Such - Love makes the world go round / Glitter 'n Sparkle - Embossing Dry or Heat / Stamping Sensations - AG with a die / The Ribbon Girl - Love / Choux Choux Paper Art - Valentines Hearts / Dies R Us - Love / SSS Wednesday - AG /
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