February 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Card | Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 396

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm excited to share that Newton's Nook is this week's sponsor for a fun (new to me) challenge blog called Cupcake Inspirations. I'm playing along as one of the Guest Sweeties using Newton's Nook new stamp and die set called Newton Loves Cake!

Happy Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Eats Cake Stamp and Die Set

Here is this week's cupcake inspiration image. As you can see, cats, pink and chocolate had to be included in my design! And even though you don't need to include a cupcake in the card design, I couldn't resist using the image of Newton with a cupcake!

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 396

I stamped the image with Versafine Black Onyz and colored in the image using Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I used Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pens to color the sprinkles on the cupcake.

To create the background behind Newton, I used Distress Ink in Mowed Grass and Spun Sugar. I have included a complete supply list below for those of you interested in what products I used to create my card.


I sure hope you'll play along with us! I can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies:
Patterned Paper: My Favorite Things
Cardstock: American Crafts (Blue), Darice (White)
Sequins: Darice
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, Distress Ink Mowed Lawn and Spun Sugar
Ink Blending Tool: Ranger 
Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pens
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February 22, 2017

Happy Easter Cards with Ombre Background | Newton's Nook

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a couple of Easter cards I created using the Beautiful Spring stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs. I just love the swirly designs that look so much like paper quilling!

I'm also sharing my take on the Ombre Background that was recently shared by Jenifer McGuire. Her cards really inspired me however, after playing around with things a bit, I came up with a different take on the technique and I wanted to share it with you.

Happy Easter Cards with Ombre Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

Creating beautifully blended backgrounds with Distress Inks can be a bit of a challenge. Many of us tend to get harsh edges when we apply the ink and they don't turn out looking soft and pretty. I have also had my arm get tired as I'm applying the ink! The technique I'm sharing today will help you achieve create a perfect blended result every time you work with Distress Inks.

I put together a short video that walks you through my technique for creating the ombre background. 
You can check out my video below or watch it on YouTube.



In my video I show you how to create an ombre background using watercolor paper, Distress Inks and foam blending tools. I have to admit, the Clarity brushes look amazing to work with, however, they really aren't in my budget so I wanted to find a way to create this same look for less.

After lots of trial and error, I've found the key for creating a perfect Distress Ink blended background - watercolor paper! I use Strathmore 400 series and I consistently achieve great results when I use it with Distress Inks, watercolor paints and watercolor markers such as Zig Clean Color.

Happy Easter Cards with Ombre Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

When I use watercolor paper I never get those harsh ink edges from the blending tools. The ink doesn't soak into the paper right away, which gives you time to work with it and blend the ink and even better...your arm doesn't get tired from the blending!

Happy Easter Cards with Ombre Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

I created the same card using different colors of ink. Just think of all the possibilities...green, orange, purple!

Happy Easter Cards with Ombre Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

The sentiment is stamped on watercolor paper as well that was colored with Distress Ink. I heavily applied the ink to get the solid color. I also created the coordinating card front using regular cardstock. I didn't bother with watercolor for this piece because I wasn't worried about blending or trying to achieve an ombre look.

Happy Easter Cards with Ombre Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

So, now it's your turn! Are you ready to create a perfect ombre ink blended background every time?! 

Supplies:
Stamp Positioning Tool - Hampton Art Stamp Perfect 
Watercolor Paper - Strathmore 400 Series
Embossing Powder - American Crafts Zing White
Heat Gun
Manual Die Cutting Machine - Cuttlebug
Cardstock - Core'dinations Premium Cardstock 110lb White
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February 16, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs February Release | Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of Newton's Nook February Release! Today we are sharing the third and final stamp set being shared from this release called Newton Loves Cake! Adorable Newton is ready to help you celebrate all the special cake moments in life. Make sure to keep reading to learn about the card I created and then how to enter for your chance to win the Newton Loves Cake Stamp set!

Newton's Nook Designs February 2017 Release

This stamp set is seriously adorable and I couldn't decide which image I liked the best, so I choose to stamp and color all 3 of the adorable Newton images and color them each a little differently.

Happy Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Eats Cake Stamp and Die Set from the February 2017 Release.

Each image is stamped with Versafine Ink in Black Onyx and then colored with Prismacolor colored pencils.

Happy Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Eats Cake Stamp and Die Set from the February 2017 Release.

To create the peek a boo images, I used circle dies to create the openings on the white cardstock panel. Before I added the cats, I splattered a little Heidi Swapp Color Shine Ink in Pink Rose. I then tucked the die cut Newton's behind the openings and adhered them in place. The final touch was the addition of some shiny sequins.

Happy Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Eats Cake Stamp and Die Set from the February 2017 Release

Now, onto some fun! How would you like to win the “Newton Loves Cake” Stamp Set?

Newton Eats Cake Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs


If you said yes, here's what you need to do to win...
Leave a comment on the NND blog and each of the Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen, so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday February 16th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the NND blog post on Friday, February 17th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

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February 15, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs February Release | Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Newton's Nook February Release! Today the new Beautiful Spring stamp and die set is being revealed. This is another set that is part of the Beautiful Swirls series which is inspired by the gorgeous swirls of paper quilling. Beautiful Blossoms and Beautiful Wings are part of this series, and I think they would all be gorgeous to mix and match with each other! Make sure to keep reading to learn about the card I created and then how to enter for your chance to win the Beautiful Spring stamp set!

Newton's Nook Designs February 2017 Release

This set screamed to be watercolored, and so I did just that to create a soft, pastel Easter card! For all the pieces of the card, I used watercolor paper. I find it works best with watercolor markers and is perfect for Distress Ink blending. I began by stamping all the images using Versamark Embossing Ink. I then sprinkled them with white embossing powder and heat set it using a heat gun.

Happy Easter Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

To color the eggs, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in the following colors: Light Pink, Light Blue, Lilac, Lemon Yellow and Bright Yellow. I only added a bit of color to the edges and then used a water brush to blend the ink toward the center.

Happy Easter Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

I used the Ink Blending technique and Distress Ink in Salty Ocean to create the background. I then added some splatters of water. I did some color mixing with Distress Ink in Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean to create the green I used on the banner and grass. Speaking of grass, that die is a new die being released by Newton's Nook called Land Borders. And I love how it makes the perfect place for my little Easter eggs to sit!

Happy Easter Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

So, how would you like to win the “Beautiful Spring” Stamp Set?

Newton's Nook Designs Beautiful Spring Stamp Set

This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here's how to win: Leave a comment on the NND blog and each of the Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen, so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday February 16th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the NND blog post on Friday, February 17th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

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