31 March 2016

Stencils & ColorBox Pigment Inks
- Exclusive Tutorial for Clearsnap -

Today I'm sharing a fun and easy tutorial on Clearsnap's blog on how I created these modern and colorful gold dipped ombre stenciled backgrounds! Head over to their blog to check out the steps and supplies used to make these cards. Remember to leave a comment, to let me know you enjoyed the post and if you'd like to see more collaborations with Clearsnap in the future.

23 March 2016

Easy Shabby Chic Easter Card
- Using an Online Printable Template -

Happy Easter Week! Today I'm sharing an easy to make Easter card. You don't need die cuts to make a card like this unless you want to!

Main Supplies:
Online Printable Egg Template
Haj Designs Digital Patterned Papers
Die Cuts | ODBD - Doily / Cheery Lynn Designs - Mini Butterflies 1 / Spellbinders - Scalloped Borders One
Embellishments | Eyelet Outlet: 12mm Jewel Bling - Clear Edge / May Arts Ribbon: Leaf Ribbon / SU: Linen thread
Finishes | Inks - Colorbox Mix'd Media Inx in Chiffon, Colorbox pigment ink in metallic gold / Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste / Shimmerz Spray Sparkle
Miscelaneous | White and beige cardstock, Printer, Gold satin ribbon, beige paper chord, vellum, wide lace, 1" pearlescent lace, sponge dauber, stencil

As you may notice the background of the card is made of ripped borders that I sponged with pink ink and layered together with wide lace. The pretty shabby chic egg started out with a free printable template you can find online for kid's activities. I printed the template on patterned paper several times cutting borders on two of them to create layers for the egg... Easy! I embellished the card with lace, ribbon, jewels, a few decorative die cuts.

Hope you enjoyed this easy but lovely Easter card! You can try out making egg tags using the same technique I used for the card. Best of all is you can resize the free printable to fit any papercrafting project!

14 March 2016

Easter Bunny Frilly Card
- Adding Tons of Layers & Texture -

Some of my favorite seasonal die cuts and stamps are Easter / Spring themed. What better season to play with textures, shabby chic layers and cute die cuts? Today I'm sharing a very layered and textured Easter card using some pretty dies and some new supplies I tried out for the first time.

Graciellie Design | Happy Easter Digital Stamp Set
Dies | Spellbinders: Rose Creations, Gold Elements One / Poppystamps: Chocolate Bunny / Cheery Lynn Designs: English Party Doily
Ink | Colorbox Mixed Media Inx in Chiffon
Embellishments | Eyelet Outlet: Vintage Washi Tape, 12mm Jewel Bling - Clear Edge, Swirl Bling -Jewel Champagne / May Arts Ribbon: 4 Millimeter Pearlized String Beads Ribbon / Marion Smith Designs: White pearl stamens / SU: Linen thread
Finishes | DecoArt: Snow-Tex / Shimmerz Spray Sparkle
Miscelaneous | Beige, White & Pink cardstock, permanent clear glue (uhu), lace, pink gross grain ribbon, sponge dauber, palette knife, shelf liner.

This card started out with the need to use some beautiful old die cuts I hadn't taken out in a while. I created a detailed square using a corner die, die cutting with it twice to cover the squared layer completely. After that, I started adding layer upon layer, distressing the edges and inking them with my new favorite ink: Mix'd Media Inx by Donna Salazar for Colorbox -which I think works perfect for this kind of project-. 

I also made some pretty flowers with another product by Donna Salazar, her beautiful Rose Creations Dies. I shaped them using a basic technique from my Handmade Flowers 1 video tutorial. I alternated the flowers' layers with beige and pink and inked the petals with the same soft pink ink used before. I also decided to add a layer of grip liner material on the flowers, using the same die to cut it.

Of course, what is a shabby chic card without embellishments? I added DIY banners made with vintage themed washi tape, I added stunning jewels to the center of the flowers, ribbon, pearl stamens, string beads, linen thread, tulle, ribbon and lace. But I think the little bunny die cut gives the card a unique touch after I applied some DecoArt Snow-Tex paste to make it textured!

Finally I added an Easter sentiment from the new digital stamp set Happy Easter.
If you'd like to take a closer look to this and other sets just released click here.

For more Spring inspiration

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you found some of the new supplies I tried out great for your own crafting. I will be back soon with part 2 of March's Versatile Cardmaking series featuring Fancy Pants Designs, where I'll show you how to expand one same product for different projects! Have a creative week!

Sharing with: Frilly & Funkie - Make a Trio / Live & Love Crafts - Signs of Spring / In the Pink - For a Special Lady / Poppystamps - Spring Fling / Great Impressions - Bunny Hop / Ribbon Girls - Spring or Easter / Robyn's Fetish - Easter Cards / My Sheri Crafts - Spring Fever / Docerela - Spring / Crafty Catz - Ribbon & Bling / Creative Corner - Hoppy Easter / Crafty Ribbons - Monochrome / Jade's Sparkling Butterflies - Monochrome / We Love Vintage - Spring or Easter / Word Art Wednesday - AG / Cropstop - AG

09 March 2016

Versatile Cardmaking using one Product
- Featuring Fancy Pants Designs -

I believe all of us have bought products that we aren't able to use throughout the year. Maybe they're seasonal or maybe they only fit a certain style. What if I told you there are products out there that are so versatile, you can stretch them and use them in many ways, for different styles of cards and seasons? Well, today I'm sharing with you two totally different cards using the same product.

This is the first post on a series that I think could help you achieve a much more versatile and enjoyable cardmaking process, saving you time and money along the way. Today I am featuring a kind of product everyone should have in their stash, a kit.

Main Supplies:
Paper - Fancy Pants Designs | Flutter Collection Kit
Embellishments - Eyelet Outlet | Glitter Silver Dot Washi Tape, Vintage Washi Tape, Foil Washi Tape - Gold/Stars, Round Jewels - Pink/Blue, 12mm Jewel Bling - Clear Edge, Pink Pearl Bling - Multi Size - 100 Count, Flower Jewels - Clear, Gray Jewel Multi Size Bling - 100 Count
Stamp - Graciellie Design | Think Spring Digital Stamp Set
Dies - Spellbinders | Rose Creations, Classic Circles, Gold Circles One, A2 Matting Basics. Cheery Lynn Designs | English Tea Party Doily. Memory Box Dies | Botanical Stem
Miscelaneous - Pink Gross Grain Ribbon, Large Pearls, Gauze, Beige cardstock, Double Sided Adhesive, Foam Tape

Using the versatile Flutter Collection Kit by Fancy Pants Designs I was able to complete two cards, one for Spring and another one for Summer. Yes, both cards were made using papers from the same collection! This kit includes patterned and solid textured papers, decorative elements, buttons, solid and patterned gold foil cardstock and embellishments, journaling cards in three different sizes including large ones that would work perfect for a CAS card front. So, as you can see, the possibilities are endless... This is a very complete kit that gives you an incredibly diverse palette to work with and it is the kind of kit everyone need in their stash. Though it is meant to be used for scrapbooking, project life, and albums I decided to show you how much you can get from it for cardmaking too!

On my Spring card I used three of the softer papers in the collection and used die cuts to complete a cute and delicate design. It is really great to find a kit that allows you to create a variety of projects and as you can see, I found pastel tones in this collection that work perfect for Spring. Besides the die cuts I also added a lot of jewels, a couple of banners made from washi tape and one of my digital sentiments that I printed to coordinate the rest of the design.

On my Summer card I used elements and papers from the kit entirely -no die cuts-, and the result was so cute and fun. I love to use journaling cards to layer my cards and that is exactly what I did on my second card. The papers and elements complete the design so well, all I needed to do was add a few jewels and a bit of washi tape.

Take a closer look to the NEW digital stamp set I used on my first card here.

I will be back with the second part of this short series, sharing new cards using this same collection kit. Special thanks to Fancy Pants Designs for sponsoring this series.

Do you own a product that allows you to do versatile cardmaking? Let me know on the comments below.

Sharing with: Cheery Lynn Designs - Doily Theme / Memory Box - Blossoms & Bunnies / The Paper Girls - Rainbows / In the Pink - For a Special Lady / HIMCR - Spring Colors /

07 March 2016

Splashes of Color + Winner
Spray Inks & Digital Stamps

Thanks to all who joined our second stamp release last week! We always love reading your comments and learning which new digital stamp sets are your favorite! Our giveaway winner has been picked... The lucky commenter who won a new stamp set of her choice is: Pamellia. Congratulations! Please use the contact form to claim your prize.

Today I also have a new fun and really easy technique using digital stamps, that gives a black and white image a splash of color and a watercolor effect that only takes a minute to create!

All these cards were made using new stamp sets from our March release: Dear Friend, Dream, and Patience. All three sets include gorgeous floral images that can be customized, so I resized them and printed them at around 10 cm. wide on white cardstock and cut each image to fit an A2 card. Next I sprayed each piece with ink sprays, layering at least two different colors. Tip: I used a regular inkjet printer for these cards so I used a heat gun to dry the ink spray right away to avoid any ink smudging. Still I found that the prints resisted the sprays quite well!

To finish the cards I added a few pearls and rhinestones and mounted the colored layers to coordinating card bases. The splashes of color gave these CAS cards a mixed media touch! Best of all, they are super fast to make and mass produce! It is really an easy way of creating unique cards -and, they are easy to mail too!-.

Hope you found a bit of inspiration today on how to expand your Graciellie Design digital stamps. I invite you to stop by the shop today and get a few of these florals to play with! Remember to subscribe to my blog's newsletter and to follow me on social media to be the first to know about our giveaways and new products.

I'll be back soon with more tutorials and a new series that I think you'll enjoy! Until then, happy crafting.

01 March 2016

New Stamp Release! + Giveaway
Monochromatic Foiled Cards

New digital stamps and more inspiration projects by the designers are ready for you! Welcome to our second stamp release by Graciellie Design Digital Shop. We were so happy with the response, comments and support we received last month, that this time we decided to create a beautiful, inspiring and versatile release that we know you'll love!

We have a blog hop and giveaway today so we hope you can join the celebration for a chance to win a new digital stamp set of your choice! I made three monochromatic cards for your inspiration, using several images from our new release...

On my first card I used the set You are the Sweetest. I printed and fussy cut this sweet kitty, wrapped ribbon around it and added a big bow. I also printed one of the sentiments and cut a banner. (This image is so detailed and pretty.) I created the foiled lace background using a die cut and a hot melt adhesive sheet, which I ran through my Minc machine. I also foiled the edges of my card base using a tape runner.

For my second card I printed this stunning image from the set Dream on semi-glossy cardstock and heat embossed it in gold. Then I ran it through a Minc machine (heat setting 1), and partially foiled the image to create a gorgeous gold on gold effect. Because of the low heat applied by the Minc, the foil sticked only to the outline of the flower. I also finished the borders of this card with foil using a tape runner around the edges of the card base.

Finally, for my third card I printed and heat embossed in gold glitter a beautiful verse from the set Dear Friend and cleanly framed it with die cuts on top of an elegant foiled background.

Note: A regular inkjet printer was used to make all three cards. To find out how I heat emboss using an inkjet printer please check out my video tutorial.

More inspiration is awaiting... Visit the blogs listed below to see the beautiful projects the designers have created and leave a comment on each stop for a chance to win a new stamp set of your choice. The winner will be announced on my blog next week.

We invite you to visit the shop and take a closer look to the new stamps. Get your favorite sets first and share your creations with us on social media. 

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Sharing with: SSS Wednesday Challenge - AG / Inky Chicks - Ribbon or Lace / Ellibelles Creative Moments - AG w/something colored / Crafting from the Heart - AG / Craft-Dee Bowz - AG w/handmade bow / Word Art Wednesday - AG / Crafty Friends - Floral / Stamps + Fun - Embossing / Come & Get It - Monochrome