29 April 2017

Mixed Media Card with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

If you follow me on social media you know that lately I have been playing with some mixed media and making fun backgrounds. Today I am sharing card for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps using one of those backgrounds I came up with.


This fun and colorful background started out as a way to try out some Mixed Media Sheets and I instantly became addicted to the sheets and got all my mixed media supplies out. I really wanted to use this background for a card so I decided to stamp and color these flowers from my stamp set for SNSS Floral Greetings. I watercolored them with Zig markers and wasn't careful about it because I wanted the coloring to match the playful background.

I decided to add stamped words here and there to the background using new stamps from the set Words of Life: Actions using Mix'd Media Inx. A torned piece of fuscia cardstock brings together all the elements just as a piece of ribbon would. To finish the card I stamped and heat embossed in clear a sentiment from Floral Greetings on vellum.


This card has inks, ink sprays, acrylic and tempera paints, watercolor markers and even a touch of foil. There is really a bit of everything on it and I love how it turned out. It was lots of fun to make and I know I will be trying it out again!

For more ideas and inspiration make sure to follow my blog and also subscribe to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps where the designers showcase amazing projects every week. Until next time.

24 April 2017

New Pre-Release Handlettered Stamps - Coloring with Ink Sprays

As May approaches Graciellie Design gets ready for a brand new release but May is going to be an extra fun month because it is my birthday! To celebrate I put together a very special stamp set that includes a bonet girl (that I absolutely love) and handlettered sentiments! For the first time I digitalized my handlettering and decided to create this set and share it as a pre-release! So yes, Pray is now available on the shop!




The set includes 2 versions of the bonet girl, the one you see in the cover and a second one that allows you to color her dress, do paper piercing and more! For my card today I decided to foil this sweet girl and color her wish splashes of ink spray. The images foil beautifully, and gives the card a store-bought look.

Today is the beginning of our May pre-release so starting tomorrow the designers will all be sharing their take on this new sweet set. Make sure to join us, as we share on our blogs and social media throughout the week.

If you love this set help us share the excitement and leave a comment so we know what you think. For more details and to get this set now visit us at the shop here. Thanks so much for stopping by!


22 April 2017

Stained Flowers DIY Patterned Paper with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Floral specialty papers can be beautiful, especially when they have a metallic finish. I decided to go ahead and try to make my own using Floral Greetings and Peaceful Peonies from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Laser Silver Lustre paper.


I stamped the flower multiple times to create a pattern. I used Color Box Mix'd Media Inx in Truffe and heat embossed it with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger. I then colored the flowers applying a bit of Zig markers and spreading the color using my fingers. I kept layering the color until I was happy with the shading. This technique gives the flowers a stained look. The glossy paper allows the color to glide and you end up getting a different coloring effect.

I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment on Heavyweight Vellum #48 and cut a banner. I decided to fussy cut 2 flowers from the remainding stamped paper and adhere them on top of a simple pink frame cut from Mountain Rose Glimmer cardstock -which goes along perfectly with the Rose Quartz Mica / Metallic card base. To add dimension to the frame and flowers I used 3D Foam Strips and Foam Squares.




I hope you enjoyed today's project idea. Make sure to visit Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps to check out these and other new clear stamp sets available now. For more ideas and inspiration visit SNSS blog!

Thanks for visiting.


20 April 2017

Mixed Media Backgrounds & Handmade Flowers with Therm O Web

Today I have a tutorial using Mixed Media Sheets by Therm O Web to create beautiful backgrounds and unique handmade flowers. I have been using these sheets lately to create backgrounds and even flowers so I thought I'd share with you a tutorial on how I achieved this shabby chic look, with lots of texture and dimension.




Therm O Web Supplies:
iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets • Heavy Weight
iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets • Light Weight
iCraft® Mixed Media Adhesive 2.1 fl oz

Other Supplies:
Acrylic Paints in various colors
Brushes
Water mister
Scissors
Stencils
Gauze
Glitter
Texture pastes
Embellishments

Tutorial

View the complete tutorial on how I made these background and handmade flowers using Mixed Media Sheets. These backgrounds are striking but still very delicate and pretty. These sheets are the perfect canvas and as you could see they hold all sorts of mediums very well. It is really sturdy and I love how the backgrounds turn out when I use it. You can paint a whole sheet and trim it for several projects or cut it into pieces from the start to create backgrounds in different colors. They are easy to adhere to surfaces using Therm O Web tapes and adhesives so you can add it to card fronts or small canvases too!


I would love to hear your thoughts on these cards and the background technique. I had shown a preview of a large sheet I had been working on recently on social media and everyone really wanted to know more details and see a final project made with the backgrounds, so that is why I decided to share this tutorial with Therm O Web!

For more ideas and inspiration remember to subscribe to this blog and also follow Therm O Web on their blog where the designers are sharing new project tutorials every day! Until next time.


15 April 2017

DIY Background Die Layering + Our Winner is...

Every month we like to try out different techniques using our digital stamps and share short tutorials, tips and tricks with you on our inspiration blog hop. Today I have a super fun DIY tip so you can achieve the look of those new layering background dies that are so popular now!


Using our new Strong & Courageous set with this bold roses, I knew I wanted a background with texture and pattern. I decided to try out one of my old background dies from Spellbinders to create a layered effect. I die cut the lattice 4 times in white and different tones of pink and adhered them shifting each one a little. The result is so neat and it really will cost you nothing since you can basically use dies from your stash! The white panel was actually embossed with the same die to continue the pattern (and it coordinates perfectly)!


To break all the pink I added a bold green with the leaves and inked my silver foiled sentiment with black ink. All the coloring was done with Zig Markers. Images were printed in laser. Sentiment was foiled with Silver Deco Foil. A very simple yet attractive and neat card.


Blog Hop & Giveaway

Now it is time to hop along. The designers have more STUNNING inspiration projects to share today and we also have an amazing giveaway from Westcott Brand, our sponsor for the month, who is giving away two pairs of scissors to a lucky winner. Just leave a comment and we will pick a random winner on May 1st. The more comments the more chances to win!

Win 2 pairs of scissors from Westcott Brand!


We are also welcoming a new designer to the team: Arjita.
I invite you to give her a warm welcome and leave some love on her blog too!
I know you will be inspired by her projects as much as you are by all the designers.

Barbara
Arjita
Gayatri
Ginny
Maria Pilar
Agnieszka
Shyla Shree
Larissa


Guest Designer:
Pamela



Before I go, we have a winner to announce! Our winner from our April 1st giveaway, picked from Shyla Shree's blog is; Valerija! Congratulations. Please email me through my contact form tab so I can send you your prize.

Now, relax and enjoy today's blog hop! Enjoy.

Sharing with: Great Impressions - Spring



06 April 2017

DIY Foil Stamped Flowers on Vellum - Elegant Monochromatic Card + Tips & Tricks

I love using transparencies on cards. I usually use vellum because of how delicate it looks. So I decided to use one of Sweet 'n Sassy's latests flower stamp from a set I designed -Floral Greetings- in a non-traditional way. You will see me using a couple of stunning papers today from Paper Temptress too!


I used a quick and easy DIY technique to foil the flowers on heavyweight #48 vellum to create these stamped embellishments. First, I stamped the flowers using pigment ink (which works just as well as any embossing ink), and I then heat embossed the images in gold. But because I wanted to create a metal on metal effect I went ahead and foiled the flowers in silver. All I did was cover the images with a piece of Deco Foil Silver Foil transfer sheet and ran them through a laminator making sure to wrap the stamped vellum within at least 2 copy paper sheets folded in half, to avoid the embossing powder from melting completely. This trick will allow you to get a distressed foil effect that lets some of the embossed areas to show. In the end, you get a beautiful silver on gold metallic finish.


I fussy cut the flowers and used them to frame the wonderful verse from Peaceful Peonies. I layered a few die cuts and used a beautiful black shimmery two toned cardstock called Nero Incandescent to go along with the metallic tones on the images. (This is one of the most beautiful papers I've worked with.) I added a few touches of beige here and there to make the sentiment pop and tie all the monochromatic layers together. I love the result, but I'm sure this card wouldn't have been the same without these beautiful stamps!




For more details on these and other stamp sets from our latest releases please visit Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. For more inspiration make sure to subscribe to the blog so you never miss our design team's projects. (There is so much inspiration here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by.

01 April 2017

So much inspiration for you! + Our April Giveaway!

That's right! This month is another special month for Graciellie Design. Our shop continues to grow with new stamp collections and our team can't stop creating! So today we bring you more inspiration, project ideas and beautiful stamp sets -available now on our digital shop-.

Before we start, we would like to announce our 2 winners for the month of March! The winner of $20 gift card to our digital shop is Tiffelijah! The winner of a $20 gift card to Paper Temptress is being announced on their blog, so head over there -after you finish our blog hop- to find out if you are the lucky winner.



Today I'm showcasing these bold and elegant roses from our new set -Strong & Courageous-. This new stamp set is one of the most complete sets we've ever had on the shop. It includes 4 sentiments and 4 images. It is actually a pop-up stamp set, meaning that it allows you to decoupage the flowers and leaves if you want to. Although it's digital the stamps come ready to use, you just need to print the base flower and the pop-up flower in the same size and they will fit perfectly! |

I printed the roses on vellum and white cardstock and then foiled them using Silver and Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil. I painted the back of a couple of vellum flowers with a bit of Antique Linen Distress Paint and found out during the process that any acrylic paint works to create the same effect. The color shows through the vellum and gives the flower a totally different look.



Many of you always wonder what to use to adhere vellum and in this case to also give dimension to the pieces... One of my favorite adhesives for transparencies are Zots. They are completely translucent and they also have dimensional zots that are perfect for this technique.

Since the flowers are a statement on their own, I decided to just add a simple frame and splatter some white acrylic paint to complete the card front. The verses included in this stamp set are so inspiring that I had to add them to the card, so they were foiled and adhered to the inside of the notecards.




More ideas and inspiration are ahead. Stop by the blogs listed below to check out how the designers are using our new stamps this month! In addition to that, part of the team will also be featuring Westcott Brand products. We love to fussy cut flowers and other images here at Graciellie Design and Westcott has some of the best precision scissors out there, so we are very excited to be partnering with them this month!

Leave a comment on each stop 
for a chance to win a $15 gift card!

April Guest Designer:


The winner will be announced on the 15th. I invite you to subscribe to the blog (on sidebar) and follow me on social media so you don't miss a thing! Thanks so much for taking a minute to join our new release. Make sure to also go to our shop -here- and grab some new stamps!

29 March 2017

Foil Resist Watercoloring with Deco Foil - Series Part II

Today I'm sharing part 2 of my foil resist coloring tutorials on Therm O Web's blog! Last time I used Deco Foil and pigment inks but today I will be using watercolor markers as my coloring medium to show you how quick and easy you can create a card with this foil resist technique.



Therm O Web Supplies:
Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Gold
12″ Foil Laminator
3D White Foam Sticky Strips • 1/2 in
iCraft Adhesive™ Tape • 1/2 in
Memory Tape Runner XL™

Other Supplies:
Free Journaling Card Printable (download here)
Watercolor Markers
Acetate
Water mister
Cardstock in white, hot pink and aqua
Small paper trimmer



Foil Resist Watercoloring Tutorial

This card will take you minutes to make! You can try out different color combinations to customize it! It also comes with a free download printable so you can try out this technique at home and print as many times as you like!

To view the complete step by step tutorial and download the free printable used click here. Make sure to leave a comment when you download your free file and also let me know if you find this technique easy! Would love to hear your thoughts.

Remember that you can also try this technique with different images. As long as they are foiled, Deco Foil will resist the color you add to the image to create this beautiful effect every time! Enjoy!

Graciellie Design at Word Art Wednesday - $15 Gift Card & Inspiration Projects

I am joining Word Art Wednesday Challenge today, together with some of Graciellie Design's Creative Team to showcase their weekly verse printable using our digital stamps. I decided to go for a subtle pool and white card with a touch of gray and Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil.




To view this and other new stamp sets click here.

I printed the verse using a laser printer and foiled the sentiment in Black Deco Foil, which is actually kind of matte. The foiling made the verse look bolder, added contrast and laminated the print. (It's a super nice effect.) The flowers were foiled with Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil which has blue, silver and champagne hues. By watercoloring the flowers in light blue it made the foiling look tone on tone... Very subtle and elegant. I used Zig markers to color the images.

The die cuts used are all from Spellbinders. I did a lot of die cut layering like in the old days. I added a piece of gray grossgrain ribbon to match the beautiful Laser Silver Lustre cardstock from Paper Temptress.

I invite you to head over to Word Art Wednesday Challenge to check out what the designers created with this beautiful verse and our stamps. WAW designers are featuring cards too, so there are a lot of project ideas for you! Oh, and there is a $15 Gift Card giveaway too so make sure to participate on this week's challenge for a chance to win new stamps!

Thanks for stopping by.

28 March 2017

Watercolored Peony with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

I've been loving my Zig markers and have been using it so much lately! Today once again I'm sharing a beautiful emboss resist watercolored peony from Peaceful Peonies by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I used a color I don't usually use but it sure makes you think of Summer! I'm also using a couple of stunning papers from Paper Temptress today!


I do not use watercolor paper to color since I am unable to find it where I live, but I use a paper that does not absorb the water so much and I use little water and that does the trick. I'm guessing the paper (called Opalina), is very compressed or has a thin coating that makes it work well with watercolors. I used yellow, hot pink and a peachy pink to color the flowers and two tones of green for the leaves.


To make the flower look even fuller I added leaf die cuts in olive green and also some ferns in Gold Metallic Vellum. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on heavyweight vellum #48 in gold sparkle embossing powder which actually has glitter in it and gives the sentiment a lot of texture.

I love how the tangerine looks against that white textured background. The orange card base ties the elements on the card perfectly and makes the green from the leaves pop.

Thanks so much for visiting today. For more inspiration please make sure to subscribe to this and also to SNSS blog!


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