April 20, 2017

Heat Embossing & Watercolor | Newton's Nook Designs

Hello friends! I don't know about you, but there is just something magical about heat embossing. Every time I start melting the embossing powder I'm just amazed at the coolness of it all! Today, I'm sharing a card I created using the brand new Newton's Nook Designs Beautiful Plumage stamp set with heat embossing and watercolor markers. I recently shared a card using this same stamp set and technique during the recent Newton's Nook Designs April Release.

Always Be Yourself Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Beautiful Plumage Stamp and Die Set

On this card, I stamped the beautiful peacock image from the Beautiful Plumage stamp set using Versamark Watermark Embossing Ink and then heat embossed it using a copper embossing powder. After die cutting the image using the coordinating Beautiful Plumage dies, it was time to pull out the watercolor markers. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker in the following colors: Peacock Blue, Cornflour Blue, Persian Green, Emerald Green and Light Green. I added just a dab of color and then used a Kuretake Waterbrush to blend the colors. I allowed each color to dry before doing the next color. This helped separate the colors and keep them from all blending together.

Always Be Yourself Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Beautiful Plumage Stamp and Die Set

Another magical thing that I love about heat embossing is that it's great for containing the ink so you don't end up coloring outside the lines of your stamped image. This is a great technique for those of us who aren't experts at watercoloring.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope I've inspired you to pull out your watercolor paints, markers or even water based ink pads to give this fun technique a try!
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April 13, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs April Release | Day 4

Hello friends and welcome to the fourth and final day of the Newton's Nook Designs April Release Blog Hop! Today we're featuring the new stamp set and coordinating die set called Newton's Birdbath. In this new stamp set, the ever adorable Newton is having a splashing good time playing in the water with the birds!

Just a reminder, all of the new products from the Newton's Nook Designs April Release will be available April 14!

Newton's Nook Designs April Release

I pulled out my favorite coloring tools - my Prismacolor colored pencils and gave Newton a bright red birdbath to play in with his new feathered friends.  To create the background, I used my new favorite technique - Smooshing! During the March release, I shared a quick tutorial on how to do this technique which I call the Distress Ink Smooshing Background Technique.

So Many Smiles Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Birdbath stamp and die set

Once all the inking and coloring was completed, I used the Newton's Birdbath coordinating dies, to die cut the images and popped them up using some double sided foam adhesive.

So Many Smiles Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Birdbath stamp and die set

So who's ready to have some fun? Would you like to win the “Newton's Birdbath” Stamp Set? This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!
Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Birdbath stamp set

For your chance to win, comment on the NND blog and each of the Design Team blogs. The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. You won't know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on, the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday April 13th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 14th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs for more amazing inspiration and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win!

Newton's Nook Designs
Amanda Bodine
Holly Endress
Ellen Haxelmans
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Juliana Michaels
Naki Rager
Maria Russell
Jennifer Timko
Tatiana Trafimovich
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April 12, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs April Release | Day 3

If you're looking for the Gina K Designs Blog Hop Day 2, click here.

Hello friends and welcome to Day 3 of the Newton's Nook Designs April Release Blog Hop! Today's new stamp set is called Simply Relative. This stamp set features words in a variety of fonts to allow you to mix and match to create sentiments for every relative in your family. 
Newton's Nook Designs April Release

Wonderful Mother Card

With Mother's Day coming next month, I was again inspired to create another Mother's Day card. This one is for my mother in law. I began by stamping, coloring and die cutting flowers and leaves from the Lovely Blooms stamp set. Using double sided foam adhesive I layered the images to give them dimension as I adhered them to the card front.

Wonderful Mother Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Simply Relative and Lovely Blooms stamp sets

Speaking of the card front, if you look closely, you can see that I only embossed the top part of the white cardstock. I did this by only placing part of the paper inside the embossing folder. I then used my Scor Pal to add two horizontal lines to give me a space to stamp the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped using the new Simply Relative stamp set. I love how you can mix and match the words to create just the right combination.

Wonderful Mother Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Simply Relative and Lovely Blooms stamp sets

So, how would you like to win the Simply Relative stamp set? 

Newton's Nook Designs Simply Relative stamp set


For your chance to win, comment on the NND blog and each of the Design Team blogs. The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. 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 April 13th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 14th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs for more amazing inspiration and to enter to win:

Newton's Nook Designs
Amanda Bodine
Holly Endress
Ellen Haxelmans
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Juliana Michaels
Naki Rager
Maria Russell
Jennifer Timko
Tatiana Trafimovich
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Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop | Day 3

I have two blog post today. If you're here for the Newton's Nook Designs April Release Blog Hop, click here.

Hello friends and welcome to Day 3 of the Gina K Designs April Release Blog Hop celebrating the new stamp sets by Gina K and the illustrator team from Gina K Designs!  Today, we're featuring the My Anchor Mini Kit. This kit contains everything you need to create a set of elegant masculine cards including a beautiful stamp set, mini ink pads, cardstock, card bases, envelopes, patterned paper and adhesive. This kit is perfectly coordinated to allow you to create with ease!

My Anchor Mini Kit by Gina K Designs


Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop Day 3

The stamps in this set are seriously perfect for making masculine cards and when I saw the anchor image and sentiment, I knew who I wanted to create a card for...my husband! The anchor of course made me think of water and I thought it would be fun to create a water splashed background using the smooshing technique.


For this technique, you simply "smoosh" an ink pad onto a craft mat, spritz it with water and then use your finger to mix the ink and water together. Next, "smoosh" your paper onto the water and ink. Allow it to dry between each application (you can use a heat tool to speed up the drying process). This will allow you to build up the layers of color. Repeat the "smooshing" to get the amount of coverage you desire.


Ok! Are you ready for more amazing inspiration from Gina and the rest of the Cast & Crew? Just click on the links below and leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, make sure to visit the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Do you want to see all the new products available this month? Visit the Gina K Designs Store and click on the “What’s New”.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful hop!
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