June 23, 2017

Prickly Before Coffee Shaker Card + Giveaway

Coffee Lover's Summer Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello and Happy Summer! To kick off the summer, I'm sharing a coffee themed shaker card I created using the brand new Cuppa Cactus stamp and die set from Newton's Nook Designs.

Prickly Before Coffee Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cactus

I always love a good coffee themed card and combing coffee and cacti with a shaker card seems like a perfect combination to me! Wouldn't you agree?

Prickly Before Coffee Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cactus

I stamped the adorable cactus onto watercolor and then colored the image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. To create the shaker, I die cut the rectangle stitched frame 5 times from white cardstock and then glued the layers together using Therm O Web Mixed Media Liquid Adhesive. The shaker is filled with a mix of sequins and seed beads. You can find a detailed supply list at the bottom of this post.

Prickly Before Coffee Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cactus

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

I create this card for the Coffee Lover's Summer Blog Hop. The hops starts today and continues through June 30. You can check out the Coffee Lover's Blog for all the details. By the way, Newton's Nook is one of 77 Super Sponsors that will be giving away tons of great prizes!

Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop 2017

Giveaway

To celebrate the beginning of Summer and all things coffee, I'm having a little giveaway! One lucky winner will receive the Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cactus Stamp AND Die Set. For your chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing about summer. You have until June 30 at 12PM EST to enter.
Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cactus Stamp and Die Set

Supplies

Are you interested in the supplies I used to create this old paper background and the completed card? To make them easy for you to find, I've listed them below. Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you and I've linked to them because I use them and love them! Click on the image below each picture to go to your favorite store.




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June 21, 2017

How To Create An Old Paper Background With Distress Ink

Newton's Nook just had their June Release and one of the new stamp sets was called Newton Rides West. With its Western theme, it immediately inspired me to create a wanted poster design as the base for my card. Today I'm sharing how to create an old paper wanted poster effect using Ranger Distress Ink. 

Wanted Birthday Card with Old Paper Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Rides West

How To Create An Old Paper Background With Distress Ink

Begin by gathering your supplies. This includes: Strathmore Watercolor paper (always a must for me with ink blending), Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo and an ink blending tool.

How To Create An Old Paper Background With Distress Ink

Use the ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the watercolor paper. Tap off the excess and then blend the ink toward the middle of the paper.

How To Create An Old Paper Background With Distress Ink

To distress the edges of the paper, use the backside of a craft knife and/or your finger nail. You can also use a sanding block along the edges to distress it even more. Feel free to tear and bend the paper to add to the old paper effect.

How To Create An Old Paper Background With Distress Ink

For the final step, use the ink blending tool to apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the paper. 

How To Create An Old Paper Background With Distress Ink

Extra Details

As you can see on my card, I further framed my sentiment and image with a rectangle die cut. This was cut out of the center of my old paper. To help the die cut rectangle stand out even more, I inked the edges using the Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then added a bit of dimension but adhering a piece of chipboard behind it. I then adhered this to the card front.


Wanted Birthday Card with Old Paper Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Rides West

One final touch of interest was the addition of a lasso. No cowboy would be complete without one. Right?! I created it by coiling a small piece of twine and then I adhered it using a Zot.

Wanted Birthday Card with Old Paper Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Rides West

There you have it! Now you know how to create an old paper wanted poster effect with Distress Ink. And, if you like this idea, make sure to Pin it on Pinterest to save for future reference and to share it with your friends!

Supplies

Are you interested in the supplies I used to create this old paper background and the completed card? To make them easy for you to find, I've listed them below. Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you and I've linked to them because I use them and love them! Click on the image below each picture to go to your favorite store.





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June 15, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs June Release | Day 4

Howdy Newton's Nook Fans! It's the fourth and final day of the Newton's Nook Designs June Release. Today we are hitting the trails and heading west with Newton as we check out the Newton Rides West Stamp Set! With a horse-loving cowboy type in my house, this set became an instant favorite of mine!

 Newton's Nook Designs June Release 2017

Yee-Haw Birthday Card | Newton's Nook Designs Newton Rides West


As I mentioned, I fell in love with the Newton Rides West stamp set immediately and I knew I wanted to figure out a way to combine all three of the Newton images onto one card. After playing around with the placement, I came up with this design. I placed all of the images onto my MISTI and stamped them all at once onto a piece of watercolor paper.

Yee Haw Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Rides West Stamp Set

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a Kuretake Waterbrush to color in the images. When working with watercolor markers, I have found that it works really well to add just a bit of color to the edge of the image and then use the waterbrush to blend and move the color around. As you can see, I don't go all the way to the edge of the images. This gives it a fun, playful effect and also helps decrease the chance of your colors bleeding into another area. I also try to color sections that are not next to each to help avoid unwanted color mixing.

Yee Haw Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Rides West Stamp Set

To add to the western feel of the design and to frame in the design, I wrapped pieces of jute around the edges of the card.  The final touch was the addition of a few wood veneer stars from my stash.

Yee Haw Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton Rides West Stamp Set

Giveaway + Blog Hop

Now, let's get to the good stuff! Would you like to win the “Newton Rides West" stamp set? Today you have the chance to win this new stamp set!

Newton's Nook Designs Newton Rides West Stamp Set

If you want to be the lucky winner, all you have to do is leave a comment on the Newton's Nook Designs blog and each of the Design Team blogs! The winner will be chosen at random from all of the blog posts, so the more you comment, the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday June 15th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 16th.

For ever more inspiration and to enter to win, visit all the awesome Design Team Blogs:

Juliana Michaels (you are here)

Supplies


Are you interested in the supplies I used to create this card? To make them easy for you to find, I've listed them below. Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you and I've linked to them because I use them and love them! Click on the image below each picture to go to your favorite store.





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June 14, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs June Release | Day 3

It's Day 3 of Newton's Nook Designs June Release and today we have not one, but two stamp sets to share with you! We're showing the love for all things succulent with both of these sets. First up is a stamp set called Cultivated Cacti. It's a great set for those who are not into all the coloring and want to create a fun card by just inking up some stamps. The second set is perfect for all the coffee lover's out there and it's called Cuppa Cacti.
 Newton's Nook Designs June Release 2017

Aloe Hello Cactus Card - Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti


For My Aloe card, I pulled out my favorite inks - Ranger Archival - and went to town stamping the succulents and pots from the Cultivated Cacti stamp set using my MISTI. I then die cut each of the images using the coordinating Cultivated Cacti die set.

Aloe Hello Cactus Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti

To give some of the images a bit of dimension, I used some scrap pieces of chipboard. I always seems to have a ton of chipboard lying around from my scrapbooking days and it has come in super handy to help "pop up" my die cuts on my cards.

Aloe Hello Cactus Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti

I just love the bit of dimension it adds to the die cuts.


Aloe Hello Cactus Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti

Caution Coffee Cactus Card - Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cactus


For my second card, I used the new Cuppa Cactus stamp set and coordinating die set. Coffee and cacti! How can you not love them?! As a coffee lover, I can't wait to use this set for the upcoming Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Summer Blog Hop. Newton's Nook is a sponsor for the hop, so check back here on June 23 to see how I use it!


After stamping the images, I colored them using Prismacolor colored pencils. Once again, I used scrap chipboard to pop up my die cuts.

Caution Coffee Cactus Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cactus Stamp Set

To create the background, I used a stencil and Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass.  I then quickly poured clear embossing powder over the image, dumped off the excess and heat set it using a heat gun. Distress Ink is not ideal for heat embossing, as it dries pretty fast. However, if you move quickly, it will work.

Caution Coffee Cactus Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cactus Stamp Set

Giveaway + Blog Hop

Now, let's get to the good stuff! Would you like to win the “Cultivated Cacti” or "Cuppa Cactus" Stamp Set? Today you have the chance to win one of these two new stamp set!

Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti Stamp Set

Newton's Nook Designs Cuppa Cacti Stamp Set

If you want to be the lucky winner, all you have to do is leave a comment on the Newton's Nook Designs blog and each of the Design Team blogs! The winner will be chosen at random from all of the blog posts, so the more you comment, the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday June 15th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 16th.

For ever more inspiration and to enter to win, visit all the awesome Design Team Blogs:

Juliana Michaels (you are here)

Supplies

Are you interested in the supplies I used to create this card? To make them easy for you to find, I've listed them below. Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you and I've linked to them because I use them and love them! Click on the image below each picture to go to your favorite store.






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