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Using Clearsnap Ink on Metal Dies Tutorial!

My first Clearsnap® post is on the blog! I have a quick tutorial on how to use ink with Sizzix metal dies. This is fun, easy and gives a really cool look. It breathes new life into using the dies you have, and it’s a great way to use up scraps too!

Using Clearsnap Ink on Metal Dies by Beth Pingry

This technique is shown on Sizzix Thinlets dies, but works on all chemically etched dies such as Spellbinders and more!

Be sure to visit the Clearsnap Blog for my tutorial (and pin it too!) and then enter to win in the March Craftness Giveaway while you’re there!

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These are the supplies I used on the project:

Thanks for visiting!

Beth

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop 2014

Welcome to the 4th Annual

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas.

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We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues.

Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

This is my project, a Shadow Box with Artist Canvas.

Handmade Holidays 2014 Blog Hop Shadow Box Beth Pingry

First, the Supply List: Bold are sponsoring companies, links are below.

  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Crafty Power Tape, Adhesive Sheets 4×6″, 3D Foam Squares Black Regular, Crafty Foam Tape Black, 3D Foam Leaves, Dodz™ Small, Dodz™ 3D
  • Graphic 45: French Country 6×6″ paper pack
  • Ellison – Sizzix: Lattice, Picture Wheel, Petal Drop dies
  • Buckle Boutique: Couture Embellishment Buckle
  • Clearsnap: Swirl Dot Art Screen, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Toffee, Dark Moss, Chestnut Roan, Copper, Butterscotch, Donna Salazar Mix’d Media Inx Patina, Black Craft Foil, Silver Glitter, Stylus and Tips
  • Faber-Castell: Design Memory Craft Gelatos – Yellow, Gold, Blue, Silver
  • Plaid: White, Satin Cream, Country Tan, Silver acrylic paint, Black Chalkboard Paint
  • Studio 490: White Embossing Paste
  • Michaels Stores: 8×10″ Frame 2-Pack, Recollections Flowers
  • Misc: cardboard, paper mache bodice, black tulle, lace remnant, screws and screwdriver, sanding tool, black and kraft cardstock

The instructions:

1. Begin with one of the canvases, flip it over to expose the frame, and with a straight edge, make an X from corner to corner. Cut the canvas on the lines with a craft knife. Handmade Holidays Beth Pingry 12. Pull the flaps up and over the sides of the frame, and trim them to the straight edges of the frame. Secure the flaps onto the frame with Crafty Power Tape.Handmade Holidays Beth Pingry 2

3.  Align the open canvas on top of the back side of the 2nd canvas, to create a deep shadow box. I used screws I found in my husband’s workshop, they sit above the top, but I liked the texture and industrial element they added. I used his electric screwdriver to attach the 2 canvases together.Handmade Holidays Beth Pingry 3

4. Paint the flaps and front and inside of the shadow box white, as a primer coat of paint.

5.  Color the outside front with Gelatos, and then rub to the desired finish. I used yellow, gold, silver and blue.Handmade Holidays Beth Pingry 7

6. For the paper mache bodice, hereby called “the lady”, (note in the photo she is already painted, sometimes I re-purpose older items, and this is one of those times) I first painted with silver, allowed it to dry, then added black chalkboard paint to create the top of her dress.

7. For her skirt, I die cut Graphic 45 papers, 2 coordinating patterns, with the Petal Drop die. Sand the edges of the die cuts slightly. Fold them about 1.5 inches down, and arrange them to overlap and wrap around the lady’s waist. Secure with Crafty Power Tape.

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8. Thread black tulle through the Buckle Boutique buckle and wrap it around the waist, slightly overlapping the skirt. I used Black Crafty Foam Tape to secure the tulle.

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The Finished Dress

9. I  cut Crafty Foam Tape into ½” long strips and layered them on top of each other in a few spots; when I was ready to adhere her to the project, I had the tape in the shallow spots on her back (she’s got some junk in the trunk!) Note: leave the liner paper on the top layer of tape until ready to adhere.

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10. Cut cardboard (I used a regular old box) to slightly smaller than the inside opening of the shadow box. Peel some of it to reveal the corrugated texture. Paint part of it white, leaving some of the original box color in random parts. Allow the paint to dry.

11. Using the Clearsnap Art Screen, add texture paste to parts of the cardboard. Allow it to dry.

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12. Add color with Gelatos, rub and wipe to desired finish and tone.

13. Apply Crafty Power Tape to the back side of the cardboard but leave the liner paper on, don’t adhere it inside the shadow yet!

Note: the above items all need some dry time, so you might want to rotate between the die cutting (below) and the painting (above) to save some time.

14. For the Picture Wheel, die cut with white cardstock, and ink to desired color with Clearsnap inks, stylus and tips. Secure to the cardboard with Crafty Power Tape.Handmade Holidays Beth Pingry 12

15. For the lacey die cuts, apply a 4×6” Adhesive Sheet to black cardstock. Remove the backing paper to reveal adhesive on the cardstock, cover with lace. Die cut with the Sizzix Lattice die.

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16. For the Craft Foil die cuts, apply a 4×6” Adhesive Sheet to kraft cardstock. Die cut with the Lattice die. Remove the backing paper on a diamond shape.

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Place the Clearsnap Designer  Foil shiny side up, on top of the adhesive covered shapes.

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Peel off the Craft Foil piece to see that the foil is now on the die cut, and these are the other patterns that I used – all from the same Graphic 45 pad.Handmade Holidays Beth Pingry 26

17. Die cut coordinating Graphic 45 patterned papers with Lattice die. Add 3D Foam Squares to the back side of the diamond die cuts.

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18. Using one of the Lattice die cut frames as a template, lay it on the cardboard and position and adhere a variety of the diamonds. Remove the template and discard (or save for another project).

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19. From the kraft cardstock Lattice die cut with an Adhesive Sheet, remove the liner paper and adhere it so it folds to the inside of the shadow box.

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20. Add a few more diamonds to the kraft die cut.

21. Adhere the Picture Wheel die cut to the cardstock so it sits behind the lady.

22. Adhere the cardboard piece to the inside of the shadowbox.

23. Remove the liner paper from the lady and adhere her to the inside of the shadow box.

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Here is where I was stuck for a while…I decided I wanted flowers, but I didn’t have a Sizzix die to cut flowers (I know they have them!) So I used pre-made flowers I had on hand.

24. Create 5 flowers made from various patterns and sizes, layer and assemble with Dodz Small.

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25. With 5 Dodz 3D pieces, remove the Dodz from the box liner, add Silver glitter to the tops of each, shake off excess, and add to the center of each flower.

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26. Add a Dodz Small to the back side of each flower, remove the clear liner and adhere the flowers in the corners.

27. With 3D Foam Leaves, remove the liner from the desired leaf shapes while they are still in the foam sheet, (or you can remove each leaf separately) then cover the exposed adhesive with glitter. Add leaves around the flowers as desired.Handmade Holidays Beth Pingry 17

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28. You can add a hanger to the back side to use as a wall hanging.Handmade Holidays Beth Pingry 22

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

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A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop – please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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Clearsnap || Ellison Educational Equipment || Walnut Hollow || Graphic45 || Westcott || ICE Resin || Therm O Web || Rowland Industries || Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® || Pink and Main || Elizabeth Craft Designs || The Buckle Boutique || Neat and Tangled

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Thank you so much for visiting!

Disclosure: I have received some product for participation in this blog hop. I am a Designer and Media Director for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and receive product as part of my agreement with the company.

True Friendship card with Perfect Layers ~ Blog Hop

Today I have a card I put together last night in a jiffy. It’s for a blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Perfect Paper Crafting! If you’re here from the Crafty Power Blog, welcome!

BethPingry True Friendship Card

The layers are so easy to make just by lining up the clear rulers! The videos on their website are easy to understand. I used E-Z Dots® Permanent Refillable adhesives to hold the layers together.

BethPIngry-TrueFriendship-2I hand trimmed the butterflies from the Jillibean Soup papers and adhered them with 3D Foam Squares, and finished the top layer with Photo Corners. I stamped the sentiment to complete the card and it’s ready to go!

Tip – use a new, sharp blade in your craft knife! Work on a cutting mat!

Blog Hop Details:
Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment here on my blog, then visit the Crafty Power Blog and leave a comment there to enter to win a $50 prize package of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® adhesives and then on to Perfect Paper Crafting‘s blog, shop with this discount code SA3L5% and enter to win a gift certificate! Comments on all the blogs count as entries. One comment per blog post per person please! Visit the Crafty Power Blog each day May 6-11 for a new project and another chance to win!

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Graduation Cap and Gown Card that Flips!

My son is graduating from high school this year, and I have graduation on the brain!

Today  on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Blog I posted a Graduation Cap and Gown Card with a cap that flips up revealing a gift card pocket. Here is the tutorial to make it!

Beth Pingry cap and gown graduation card

Start with a sheet of 8.5 x 11″ black cardstock. I prototyped it from white paper, and then wrote the dimensions – these are the fold and cut lines.

Essentially the body is 6.5 x 8.5″. Fold down the center to make a wide card with flaps on both sides. Set aside for now.

Take the cut off piece, which is about 4.5 x 8.5″. Trim to 4.25 x 8.5″, then mark the center with a pencil. Fold the outer corners into the center to make this design:

Then adhere the folds down to make the square. (Hang on, we’ll get to the tassel and brad part.)

Once these are folded in,you have the graduation cap. To make the tassel, cut a strip of paper about 3 x 2″, snip with scissors to make the fringe part. Add MyStik Permanent Strips across the top edge, place embroidery floss into the adhesive, roll tightly. Place a brad at the center of the graduation cap, wrap the floss around it and secure the brad prongs inside the cap so they are under the folds.

Next we have to secure the cap to the card. I used a strip of black cardstock to attach on the underside of the cap and the back side of the card. Then I closed and adhered the flaps on the back side of the card.


From the front side,  you can see the flip strip on the underside of the cap.

From here layer cardstock that coordinates with your school colors.

The center piece should be just wide enough to create a pocket that fits a standard sized gift card. Place 3D Foam Squares around the outside edges of paper to create a pocket. (I placed the gift card on the cardstock and worked around it to make sure it would fit.)

I added a die cut and stamped Congratulations on it. I left room for a personal note or signature from the giver.

The front looked a little bland, so I added the stole to the front, so it looked more like a real gown.

The last (optional) thing is to add a short strip of cardstock inside, to keep the card from collapsing – it will be front-heavy.

Beth Pingry cap and gown graduation card

These are my supplies:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Spellbinders and Core’dinations Blog Swap!

Today is my day for the Spellbinders™ and Core’dinations® Blog Swap!

My card today is cute and easy –

So easy, in fact, that you can make this in one cut/emboss pass using the Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine!

I took a piece of Core’dinations Black Magic Cardstock and cut the front edge with a Spellbinders Edgeabilities® Classic Petal Edger die and one of the Decorative Inserts from the same set.  At the same time, I cut the Fancy Tags Three  and Labels Twenty dies.  In the embossing step I added a Classic Rectangles LG die to just emboss the frame onto the front of the card, and the rest of the dies embossed in that pass as well.

I stamped ‘Take Time” from the Gina K. Designs The Best Things in Life set on the Fancy Tag, with Clearsnap Colorbox Black Pigment ink. then sanded the embossed areas of all the die cuts, and also around the edges, including the card base.  I love how the colored core shows through!  And Core’dinations cardstock is nice and sturdy, it’s great for die cutting and card making.

A little bit of adhesive from SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L, 3D Foam Squares, and the card is done!

Don’t you love how the Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies make the fabulous edge!!

And now for the contest details..

Leave a comment to enter to win a set of Spellbinders Dies!  And be sure to visit Tonya Dirk’s blog today too…and the other Spellbinders designers from Days 1-4, you can find links on this Spellbinders Blog post.  And then hop on over to Core’dinations to see their fabulous creations!

Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders™ die
templates #1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders unique
triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil
through the die template for unlimited possibilities. The Spellbinders Grand
Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ die templates cut and
emboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow
Spellbinders on Facebook , Twitter and the Spellbinders Blog!

Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock is the only sandable cardstock with a
color core. Sand it, tear it, emboss it and so much more! The Core
Essentials line comes in over 160 colors with matching color families. Or
maybe you are looking for something a bit more contrasting like the Black
Magic or Chocolate Box collections. The sandable core will shine through the
unique black and brown colors once it is sanded. Core’dinations has also
teamed up with industry leading companies such as Pink Paislee, BasicGrey,
Graphic 45 and more to create new and unique pre-embossed cardstock that
perfectly accents their patterned papers.

But there is more! Check out Core’dinations website for the new Cardmaker
Series, Kraft-Core and various other wonderful cardstock lines. See them on Facebook too!

Thanks and Good Luck!!

Beth

Paris Card Tutorial

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting yesterday.  You can still comment to enter to win prizes from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts,  Want2Scrap™,  and JustRite® Stampers – just be sure to comment on the Want To Make It Fabulous post before the contest ends on Friday Sept 9.

Alrighty then, I promised instructions!  First, here’s the card again:

Beth Pingry card

These are the supplies:

Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Die Cutting Machine, Grand Squares, Ribbon Banners, Labels Twenty, Labels Twenty-Two
JustRite Stampers: Bon Voyage, Greetings from Paris stamp Sets
Want2Scrap: Fleur de Lis Rectangle Nestabling™, turquoise
SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™ 3D Foam Squares, MyStik™ Permanent
Copic: BG11, BG15, BG18 Sketch Markers
My Mind’s Eye: So Sophie (Sisters Peaceful Plumb, Brothers & Sisters Gracious Greenery
Inks: Clearsnap Colorbox Black Pigment; Tsukineko Moment Black Tuxedo
Old Book, craft knife, black and red cardstock

1. The black base was cut/embossed with Grand Squares, I folded the cardstock and made sure the fold line laid inside of the cut line of the die template.

2. The striped paper was also cut with Grand Squares.

3. Polka Dot and red papers were cut/embossed with Labels Twenty Two.

4. I stamped the Fleur de Lis onto a book page from an old book. {Note to self – be sure to stamp the Fleur right side up on the print.} Die cut and emboss, using low tack tape to secure the Labels Twenty die template once it is perfectly placed over the stamped image. Color  image with markers.

5. Emboss only with black cardstock and Labels Twenty – the same sized die used in step 4.  Leave the paper inside the die template, secure with low tack tape if desired.  With a sharp craft knife and a cutting mat, (or scissors – I’m not that good) cut around the outer edge of the die template.  This will create a mat for the die cut in Step 4.


6. I stamped the Paris and France onto a blank book page (so it matched the color of the Fleur paper). Then die cut/emboss with Ribbon Banner die template. Again, use low tack tape to secure placement of die template if desired.

7. With the Fleur de Lis Rectangle Nestabling, trim the medium sized piece from the package with scissors, leave it on the plastic backing.  Cut between the ‘stones’ to fit the sides of the red die cut label.  Peel and stick, the Nestabling keeps it shape!

8. With remaining bling from the piece, place in key points along Fleur de Lis stamped image and between Paris and France.

9. Ink the edges of the die cuts with Clearsnap Colorbox Black Pigment ink.

10. Assemble!  I used SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L 3D  Foam Squares and MyStik Permanent adhesive  to attach the layers.

Tips:

  • You can cut multiple die templates at once in the Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine, saves time and effort!
  • Old Book pages really drink up the ink, be prepared to color the image several times.

Don’t forget to visit today’s Want To Make it Fabulous bloggers:

Sept 8th
Debbie Olson
Shanna Vineyard
Michelle Woerner
Mimi Leinbach
Kimberly Crawford
Judy Hayes
Sankari Wegman
Dana Gustafson
Angela Barkhouse

Thanks to Spellbinders, Want2Scrap and JustRite Stampers for sponsoring this Blog Hop!

And Thank You again for coming by today!

Beth

A Paper Basket for Easter

Or any other event, actually!  You pick the paper and accents!

Today is my day on the Crafty Power Blog, and I whipped up this little paper basket featuring Crafty Power Tape!

Make one, or make a several for parties!

You can even use them as place settings!

They’re easy enough for kids to do, and you get to use up some paper from the stash (so you can buy more, right?)

See the tutorial on the Crafty Power Blog at SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™ website!

These are the supplies I used:
SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L: Crafty Power Tape and 3D Foam Squares
Spellbinders Paper Arts: Grand Calibur™ machine, LF-127 Grand Scalloped Squares, S4-314 Lacey Ovals, S4-110 Classic Ovals LG Nestabilities®
My Mind’s Eye: Mary Mary: “Beautiful” Gorgeous and So Cute, “Best of Friends” Play and Share Papers
Colorbox: Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink– Lime Pastel
Copic® Markers: Airbrush System and R20 Blush Sketch Marker, atyou Spica Olive glitter pen
WorldWin® Papers: ColorMates Dark Fairy Tale Pink Cardstock

Jelly Beans for breakfast?  I think so!

Beth