March 22, 2017

Happy Easter Basket Card | Newton's Nook Designs

Hello friends! I'm sharing a Happy Easter Card with you. It features the new Newton's Nook Designs Beautiful Spring stamp and coordinating die set.

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

It's been a while since I did a card without any coloring. (I do love my colored pencils!) However, for this card, I decided to do some simple stamping, heat embossing and die cutting. 

I stamped the beautiful swirly eggs onto a variety of cardstock in Easter egg colors using Versamark Watermark Ink. I then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder and die cut them using the coordinating die. Don't you just love how the beautiful swirl designs pop on the cardstock with this simple technique?

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

Since I knew I was going to make an Easter card, those cute little eggs had to have a basket. I created the basket by weaving 1/2 inch strips of kraft cardstock. 

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

The grass is die cut using the Newton's Nook Designs Land Borders grass die. I trimmed off little pieces of it and stuck them in between the eggs, as I filled the basket. I used double sided foam tape to give the eggs, grass and basket a bit of dimension.

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

The final touches were a die cut a banner for the Happy Easter sentiment and a piece of jute tied around the basket.

Now it's time to finish up some more cards for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop using the Newton's Nook Newton Loves Coffee set!
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March 18, 2017

Stamping with the Back of your Clear Stamps | Sunny Studio Turtley Awesome

Happy Saturday! I'm so happy to share with you that I'm guesting for Sunny Studio Stamps with their Spring release. Included in that release is the Turtley Awesome stamp and die set and if you don't know, I kind of have a thing for turtles! Today, I'm going to share a quick step by step tutorial with you on how to create a repeat background like I did and how to add color using the back of your clear stamps.

Turtlely Awesome Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Stamps Turtley Awesome Stamp Set and a tutorial on How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern & Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern & Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps 


For this technique, I used a MISTI stamp positioning tool, but you could also use a large stamp block and grid paper to achieve the same look. My cardstock is 4.25 x 5.5 inches. I later trimmed it to 3.75 x 5 inches to adhere to my card front.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Begin by creating a small cluster with the stamps. Position them so they will stamp on the bottom right hand side of your paper. Close the lid to pick up the stamps, ink your stamps, close the lid and stamp the image.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Using the ruler on the side of the tool, slide your paper down 1.5 inches and stamp your image again.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Slide your paper down another 1.5 inches and again stamp your image.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Repeat this process until you have reached the top edge of your paper. And yes, it's totoally OK if your paper hangs over the edge of the tool when you stamp!

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Now let's stamp the left side of the paper. Create another cluster with your stamps.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Play around with the placement of the stamps to fill in the space. Stamp your image.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

This time, slide your paper down 1.75 inches using the ruler on the side of the tool as your guide and stamp again.


How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Slide your paper down another 1.75 inches and again stamp your image.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Repeat this process until you have reached the top of the paper. Now you have a fun little background pattern ready to color!

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

To add some color, I decided to stamp the turtles with the back side of the stamp. As you know, the back side of all stamps is solid and usually a little larger than the detailed stamp image. This particular set, works really well for this technique because there are 2 turtles facing each other that are the same size. Other shapes that work well for this are designs that are more symmetrical, such as flowers.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

Simply line up the back side of the stamp with the detailed stamp image. Close the MISTI to pick up the stamp, apply some ink and stamp. You'll have to play around with how much to slide the paper down to stamp each image, but if you start at the bottom like you did for the pattern above, you can use the same slide down method.

How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern and How to Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps tutorial by Juliana Michaels featuring Turtley Awesome stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps

There you have it! I fun and trendy looking stamped background that is sure to put a smile on your face when you try this technique. And be prepared for the person you give this card to, to be amazed!

Turtlely Awesome Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Stamps Turtley Awesome Stamp Set and a tutorial on How to Create a Stamped Background Pattern & Stamp with the Back of your Clear Stamps

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoying learning about how to create a stamped background pattern and how to stamp with the back of your clear stamps.

Thanks Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Stamps Daffodil Dreams Stamp and Die Set and Vintage Jar Stamp and Die Set

I now invite you to head over to the Sunny Studio blog to see 3 more cards I created. Above is a little sneak peek of one of them using the beautiful Daffodil Dreams stamp set.
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March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day | Newton's Nook Designs

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Happy St. Patrick's Day! I actually happen to be a wee bit Irish...there is an Irish princess on my Dad's side of the family. Because of this, I've always had a bit of thing for this special day. We don't do much with regards to celebrating, but we'll definitely be enjoying a nice bit of corned beef, cabbage and soda bread for dinner.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Pot of Gold Stamp Set

I created this card using Newton's Nook Designs Pot of Gold stamp set. The background paper was made by stamping some of the stamps from the set with Versamark Watermark Embossing Ink. I stamped and colored Newton using Prismacolor colored pencils and blended them with Gamsol and a blending stump.


The shaker part was created using the We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool. This was one of my first attempts at creating a shaker card using this method. I placed the stamped/die cut circle image inside the page protector along with the sequins. I'm not sure if it's my favorite say, but it is a lot less time consuming if your tool is already preheated and ready to go.

Speaking of Newton's Nook Designs, all this week on my blog I've been sharing cards created using stamps and dies from their March release.  Guess what? All of these new goodies are available in their online store starting today. Happy Shopping!
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March 16, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs March Release | Day 4

Hello friends! Welcome to Day 4 of the Newton's Nook March Release! Today we are sharing the new Newton's Rainy Day stamp and coordinating die set. Keep reading to learn about the card I created and then how to enter for your chance to win the Newton's Rainy Day Stamp set!

Newton's Nook Designs March Release 2017

I stamped the adorable Newton image using Black Versafine Ink and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. I then die cut the image using the coordinating die.

I'm Here For You Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Rainy Day Stamp and Die Set

To create the rainy looking background being the image, I used a new to me technique called "smooshing"!

I'm Here For You Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Rainy Day Stamp and Die Set

Distress Ink Smooshing Background

For this technique all you have to do is take a piece of acetate, "smoosh" a Distress Ink pad onto the acetate, spritz it with water and then rub the acetate together a little to mix the ink and water and the "smoosh" it onto your paper. Repeat the "smooshing" to get the amount of coverage you desire. I only used one color - Salty Ocean, but you can do this same technique with multiple colors. Just allow it to dry between each application to build up the layers of color.

I'm Here For You Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Rainy Day Stamp and Die Set

Now that you've learned all about smooshing, how about some fun? Would you like to win the “Newton's Rainy Day” Stamp Set? This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Rainy Day Stamp Set

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and 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 March 16th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 17th.

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

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