May 2, 2016

Watercolored Flower Birthday Card

Hello all and Happy Monday! Did you do anything crafty this past weekend? I actually worked on some Mother's Day cards. I will be sharing a Mother's Day Card with DecoFoil on the Therm O Web blog later this week and I will be posting the other one here this week. I hope you'll stop by to check them out!

Watercolor Flower Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and CC Designs Himalayan Poppy Stamp

Last weekend I also did a little card crafting and created this Watercolored Flower Birthday Card for my mother in law who just turned 89! She loved the card just as much as I loved creating it for her. I used my new favorite Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Distress Ink and a stamp from CC Designs called Himalayan Poppy. For a detailed list of the supplies I used, please see the supply list below.


I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then colored in the flower using the Zig Clean Color.  After I was finsihed with the coloring, I used a sponge dauber to apply some Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers around the outside edge of the card. I also distressed it using the back side of my X-acto knife and added some faux stitching using a paper piercer. 


The final touch was the Happy wood veneer from Jillibean Soup Today Wood Veneer Words.


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Supplies:
You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below. Where available I use affiliate links on the products I purchase and use. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks so much!



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April 29, 2016

Scrapping Our Stash April Blog Hop | Digital Cut File Included

Hello and welcome to the Scrapping Our Stash April Blog Hop! The Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop is a group of scrappers who are trying their best to make a dent in their scrapbook supply stash. Hopefully you'll be inspired to scrap some of your own stash after seeing all the great inspiration along the way! You can check out the full list of those participating this month below.

I'm sharing a new layout I made using the Simple Stories Life In Color Collection. Yes, it was just released this winter, but I have it in my stash and so it needs to be used! I've been really good lately with limiting my purchases and I want to make sure I'm using all the new goodies.

For this layout, I created a digital cut file that you can download below. The Always Digital Cut File is a simple set of just 2 cut files, but I think it has a lot of fun possibilities.  I cut the words from white cardstock and layered them behind my photo as a design element on the page. They could also be using individually as a title for a layout. Another fun option would be to cut them out of one paper and then back the opening they leave behind with some fun patterned papers.

Always Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Always Free Digital Cut File and Simple Stories Life In Color

Digital Cut File | Always

This free cut file can be used with a variety of electronic digital cutting machines to create a full range of projects, including cards, home decor, scrapbook pages and more. The only limit to what you can create using this cut file is your own imagination. This digital file is available in SVG, PNG, DXF and Studio formats and you may download this digital cut file for your own personal use. If you have questions, concerns or comments about my free cut files, please feel free to leave me a message in the comment section or contact me on Facebook.

Always Free Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com

If you are looking for more digital cut files to use with your electronic cutting machines, such as the Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore, make sure you visit my Digital Cut File Page.

Always Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Always Free Digital Cut File and Simple Stories Life In Color

Along with the fabulous patterned papers in the collection, I also loved the die cuts, enamel dots and wood veneer. These are always my go-to embellishments!

Always Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Always Free Digital Cut File and Simple Stories Life In Color

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop. Make sure to hop on over to Katrina's Blog - Paper Scissors and Glue to continue!

Supplies:
You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below. Where available I use affiliate links on the products I purchase and use. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This allows me to continue sharing my digital cut files with you for free. Thanks so much!



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April 18, 2016

Hello Card with Watercolor Bleaching

As some of you may have noticed (especially oh my Instagram feed) I've been making quite a few cards lately. Quite honestly, I'm just really getting into it and enjoying the process.  I love trying all the different techniques and just playing around with something different. To help feed my desire to learn more about stamping and cardmaking, I've been searching out online sources of inspiration. One of the blogs I started following is the Simon Says Stamp blog and I recently saw the WPlus9 Watercolor Bleaching card by Kelly Latevola. Her beautiful card really caught my attention, so I watched her video to learn more about the technique she used. I was so inspired, that I immediately sat down to create a card using the technique and the supplies I had on hand.

Hello Card with watercolor bleaching with Distress Ink and Zig Clean Color Brush markers by Juliana Michaels featuring Jane's Doodles Fancy Doodles and SRM Stickers Big Hello

To create my card, I used Jane's Doodles Fancy Doodles stamp set. I began by stamping each flower and leaf with Versamark onto a piece of watercolor paper and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. The sentiment is from SRM Stickers Big Hello.


I used a mix of Distress Ink in shades of red and pink with my Ranger ink blending tool to create my background. I then applied water with a small paint brush to the insides of the flowers and leaves and dabbed away the excess ink using a paper towel. This creates the bleached look that is part of the fabulous watercolor bleaching technique.


For the next step, Kelly used Copic markers to add a drop shadow to her stamped image. I don't own any Copic's, but I do have some of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I just recently purchased some of these (and received some from a wonderful friend) and have been playing with them quite a bit. I decided to give them a try and see how they would work for this step. The fine tip on the markers worked wonderfully to create a drop shadow on my stamped images.


Kelly had also added a touch of light gray to her flowers, however when I tried it, I didn't care for the look of it. I ended up using some of my pink Zig Clean Color pens instead. One thing that's great about watercolor is you can erase it with water! I applied water with a small paint brush over the gray areas and daubed the color away with a paper towel. If I could still see a little gray I went back and actually reapplied the lightest pink of my Distress Inks and repeated the bleaching process to start back at the beginning. It worked like a charm!


The final touch was a bit of water splatters and sequins. I really love how this turned out. Card making is really growing on me and I think much of it has to do with the opportunity to try new techniques - which is always something I have enjoyed! So what are your favorite sources for card inspiration and techniques?




SUPPLIES
You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below by clicking on the image. Where available I use affiliate links on the products I used. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support!


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April 12, 2016

Pie Chart Digital Cut File and Scrapbook Sketch

I don't know about you all, but I think there is something absolutely wonderful about using cut files and sketches when it comes to scrapbooking. They can both quickly help pull a layout together. The fact that they can both be so helpful got me to thinking. What if I were to create, combine and share both of them with you along with a layout for even more inspiration? I decided it would be a fabulous idea, so that is exactly what I'm doing today. Below you will find a layout, a digital cut file and a sketch to help you as you create your next scrapbook page.

I created my Favorite Spot layout using the new Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley collection, Lines Tags and Alpha Tiles. You can see a full list of the supplies I used below. I selected a variety of the patterned papers and then used the Pie Chart Cut File to create the design.

Favorite Spot Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Pie Chart 17turtles Free Digital Cut File and Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley

I cut the pie chart shape from white cardstock and then backed each of the sections with my selected patterned paper.

DIGITAL CUT FILE | PIE CHART

This free digital cut file can be used for a full range of projects, including cards, home decor, scrapbook pages and more. This digital file is available in SVG, PNG, DXF and Studio formats and you may download this digital cut file for FREE for your own personal use. Please refer to my terms of use for more information if you wish to use these for more than your own personal projects.

Pie Chart 17turtles Free Digital Cut File by Juliana MIchaels www.17turtles.com

Here is the sketch for you to use. I really can't wait to see what you all create and share using this new cut file and sketch. Remember to tag me on social media with #julianamichaels or #17turtles!

Scrapbook Sketch File 1 by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com

Favorite Spot Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Pie Chart 17turtles Free Digital Cut File and Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley

If you haven't checked out the Jillibean Soup Alpha Tiles, I highly recommend them. They are perfect for short titles and I love how they have the holes pre-punched and ready for you to add your own stitching in the perfect color to coordinate with your layout.

Favorite Spot Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Pie Chart 17turtles Free Digital Cut File and Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley

SUPPLIES
You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below by clicking on the image or text. This will take you directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

   
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