Pinkfresh Studio - Eucalyptus Fantasy

July 11, 2019


Happy Thursday, blog friends! I hope you've had a good week so far. Mine has been busy as usual, but really...what's new?! Lol.

I wanted to share a couple of cards that I made using the brand new washi tape with coordinating stamps & dies that we've recently released at Pinkfresh Studio. This set is called Eucalyptus Fantasy, and it is so beautiful!

For this first card, I adhered a strip of the Eucalyptus Fantasy washi tape to 65 LB cardstock, then diecut the images with the Eucalyptus Fantasy diecut set.. I choose a lightweight cardstock for this process because you are going to add some weight to it with the washi tape, and I think it is easier to diecut. If you want to add some bulk to the diecut piece, just cut a couple more times from white cardstock & stack.

I also diecut the Hooray word from Essentials: Classic Words three times: once from gold glitter paper and twice from white cardstock, then adhered it together. I diecut the shadow layer from vellum, then layered the intricate piece to the top. Next I diecut the Essentials: Fancy Label Frames two times: once from white cardstock, and once from gold glitter paper. I stamped the small sentiment from the Eucalyptus Fantasy stamp set to the white label, then adhered it to the gold layer with foam dots.

At this point it was time to put the card together. I layered a block of Lawn Fawn woodgrain cardstock to the front of a Neenah Desert Storm A2 cardbase. Then I layered the diecut washi tape pieces to the front, followed by the sentiments. Finally, I tied a double bow from ivory twine, then accented the front with some Essentials: Jewels Mix. I finished by adding some gold splatters to the front with the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors paint set.

For this card, I covered an A2 sized block of white cardstock with the beautiful frame image from the Eucalyptus Fantasy washi tape. Then I proceeded to stamp & heat emboss the sentiment directly to it. I have a couple of tips for doing this, as you can melt the washi tape if you aren't careful.
  • Make sure you use a powder tool generously, as embossing powder will stick. You will still probably have to use a small brush to wipe away some excess.
  • Use a MISTI or stamping platform, just in case you need to stamp more than once.
  • Turn your heat gun on while you are stamping & let it get hot. I use the WOW! dual heat gun, and I actually used the lower heat setting.
  • When heat setting the embossing powder, you will need to be constantly moving the heat gun. It will take longer to get the powder set, but you won't melt the washi tape this way.
Basically, have patience and just be careful! It's pretty easy, so don't be intimidated. I've used my favorite Gilded embossing powder from Brutus Monroe on this sentiment from the Eucalyptus Fantasy stamp set. Once the heat embossing was done, I adhered the entire block to the front of a white cardbase, then layered the other diecut layers from the washi tape, popping up the top edges with foam dots. For a final touch, I accented with some Essentials: Jewels Mix.

These brand new A2 washi tapes from Pinkfresh Studio are super fun, and I really hope you will give them a try! I'm excited to continue to heat emboss on them, as it looks really beautiful!!
That is all I have for you today! I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media if you'd like. I would love to be crafty friends! {I also have a pretty big giveaway going on my IG feed. Check it out if you haven't already!}


Have a wonderful rest of your Thursday!

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Watercolor Peonies with The Ton

July 6, 2019


Happy Saturday, friends! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend so far. I wanted to pop in today, because I had a moment this morning to create a couple of cards. I don't often create "just because", but it was so nice to use this beautiful piece that I watercolored in Effie's class at {stamp} JunkieFest 2019. This was a 3 day stamping event that I did some work at for Pinkfresh Studio, but also personally took some classes. It is organized by the founders of Stamp Junkies, which is a fantastic Facebook group for those that love stamping. If you haven't joined, I highly recommend it!

I took Effie's (owner of The Ton clear stamps) 4 hour class, and then proceeded to use about 2 other hours in a different class to finish it. Granted, I was also watching Effie at times while she taught and also chatting with the wonderful ladies at my table. I am super comfortable with watercolor, but I really LOVED learning this technique with Effie, and using a product by Ken Oliver called Color Burst. I've never used them before, and they were quite fun! When I got home, I added some titanium white splatters to the watercolor piece, which just tends to be part of my style.

I'm never going to be able to explain in my own words this fun watercolor technique, so I highly suggest subscribing and watching all the videos on The Ton's YouTube channel. Effie does a wonderful job in her videos, and you will learn far more there than you will here. Lol! I'm just going to share the pretty final pieces!

The floral image is from the Peony Dreams Cluster stamp set, and is quite large. I stamped & heat embossed it in Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder to a 6x6 block of Arches cold pressed watercolor paper. I highly suggest using a MISTI stamping platform when using this paper, as it is quite textured. I typically stamp it 3 times to make sure I get a good impression.

I'm an A2 sized card girl, so I ended up trimming it down to fit. That meant I trimmed off a chunk of time spent, and I just couldn't let it go to waste. So I fussy cut the remaining section, then created the card below. I did a mix of stamping & heat embossing for the sentiment from the You've Got This stamp set to a scrap of matching Arches watercolor paper. I adhered it to the middle of an A2 card base created from Bazzill Basic Candy Heart cardstock, then framed it in DCWV glitter paper using the Pretty Frames die. Both the sentiment & diecut set are from Pinkfresh Studio. I don't get to mix manufacturers very often, so it is fun when I do! 

This card is definitely the star of the show, with the big floral element and Effie's watercolor technique. As I mentioned above, I used Ken Oliver Color Burst for the first time, and I used the Caribbean Brights set. I shop mostly at three places, and I could only find them on Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, I also wanted to share a water brush set that I purchased at the last minute. It is this Ohuhu 6 pack, and considering it's $10 price point...I was skeptical. But I LOVE them. I had yet to find a water brush that I actually liked, and these ones hit the mark. And I love that you get all the different sizes & styles in this 6 pack.

I kept the focus on the watercolor peony on this card, just embossing the sentiment from the Large Peony 4 stamp set to a strip of vellum, then attaching to the bottom. I accented with some Studio Katia Iridescent Cones that I received in my super generous swag bag from the JunkieFest 2019 event. I can't seem to find them anywhere for purchase, but you could easily switch them out with a jewel or gem you have on hand. I also accented the first card with some Essentials: Jewels mix from Pinkfresh Studio. 

 I also added some shimmer to the floral piece using a Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen. This is another touch that just lends to my style, and could definitely be left off if you don't love glitter. Although, it is very subtle, but gives the card some beautiful shine in different light.

That is all I have for you today! I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media if you'd like. I would love to be crafty friends!



Have a great rest of your holiday weekend!

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Pinkfresh Studio - Patriotic Party

July 5, 2019


Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! We hung out with our neighbors for most of the day, but we all had to work today. So, we didn't make it to see any fireworks, but I did hear them when they woke me up from my slumber. I was the only one - the husband & two dogs didn't even move. Lol!

I wanted to let my blog friends know that we are having a July 4th holiday weekend sale over at Pinkfresh Studio.
http://shrsl.com/1otkp

Almost the entire store is eligible for the 15% off code - the only items excluded are the June washi release (NEW), Featured/Sale, and the Mail Delivery stamp set (charity). But, the Featured products are already 50% off, so that is still a really great sale in itself. You can absolutely grab regular priced items with the Featured items, and when you use the code 15OFFJULY4TH, it will take the 15% discount off the eligible items.

I didn't want the bows that I created for the ad above to go to waste, so I quickly made them into this fun, patriotic themed card. I'm not one to send cards for July 4th, but I do love the colors of our country, and I think this is a perfect birthday card or party invite! I started by diecutting everything with my Gemini Jr. First I diecut the bows twice from the Joyful Day, Out & About and gold glitter papers using the Partial Cut Bouquet & Bow die set. Once all the pieces were diecut, I put the bows together. (Then I took the photo of the ad. Lol!)

Next I diecut the Geo Star 1 background from heavyweight white cardstock. Then I cut the Let's Party word die three times: once from gold glitter paper, and twice from heavyweight white cardstock. I use a metal shim when cutting this die from glitter paper because it is so intricate & thin. This gives it better pressure, and the cut pops right from the glitter sheet.

Finally, I adhered everything to the front of an A2 card base, popping the Geo Star 1 background up with foam dots. Then I accented with our Essentials: Jewel Mix in white & blue. The teeny red jewels are from Michael's. 

That's everything I have to share with you today! This card was super easy to put together, and it just took a little time diecutting. It would be super cute for a BBQ or party, but I will probably use it for a birthday card.

Our 15% off sale is valid through this Sunday, and it will work on every Pinkfresh Studio product I used if you want to recreate it! I think it would be a really fun Christmas card as well, if you just changed out the sentiment.

That is all I have for you today! I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media if you'd like. I would love to be crafty friends!


Have a great rest of your holiday weekend!

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Pinkfresh Studio June Washi Release Blog Hop

June 24, 2019



Happy Monday, friends! Today I am excited to share that our June washi tape release is LIVE in the Pinkfresh Studio store. This release includes 6 new washi tapes, including (4) A2 sized tapes, and (2) standard sized tapes. Two of the A2 sized tapes also have coordinating stamps & dies, giving you added versatility and options! The standard sized washi tape also has a set of coordinating edger dies, and the A2 background washi tapes coordinate perfectly with our amazing selection of Essentials dies.
http://shrsl.com/tpou
We are super excited about how these products work together, and we think you are going to just LOVE using them. While I am using them for cards, I think they would be lovely in your layouts, mini albums, pocket pages and so much more!

Here is a look at all of the new products:

SHOPPING PROMO
We are offering FREE shipping in the USA on orders $50+, or discounted shipping for our International friends! Just use the code: 

JUNEWASHISHIP50


This promo is valid until Sunday, June 30th at 11:59pm. The code will deduct $5.50 from your order, which is the equivalent of free U.S. shipping, or discounted International shipping.
Now, I will put the rest of the blog hop & GIVEAWAY info down at the bottom of my post, but how about we get to my projects for today? I've focused on the Painted Florals washi tape in my card trio today. I first adhered the washi tape to 65 LB white cardstock, then proceeded to cut them out with the Floral Elements diecut set.

For my first card, I cut a Diagonal Stitched background die from the Rainbow With Splatters washi tape. I stamped & heat embossed the sentiment from the Eucalyptus Fantasy stamp set in Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder to vellum. I layered the card together, then accented with our Essentials: Jewels mix to finish.

I created a shaker for my second card, using the wreath & some floral clusters from the Painted Florals washi tape. I filled the shaker with our Essentials: Crystals Mix, and created a sentiment from our Classic Words diecut set.

On my final card, I diecut the floral strip with the Simple Edgers diecut set, then arranged it with some of the remaining Painted Florals washi tape clusters. I stamped & heat embossed the scripted word from the Floral Cluster stamp set in Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder, then stamped the rest of the sentiment above it in onyx black Versafine. Finally, I accented underneath the floral clusters with our Essentials: Jewels Mix.

This card trio was super easy to put together once everything was diecut, which is what is so awesome about this washi tape. It makes cards come together so quickly! Plus having the coordinating stamps & dies is such an added plus! I can't wait to have some time to stamp all the matching florals, and color them with our liquid watercolors.

Those are the projects that I have for you today, so how about we get to the rest of the info you need?


PRIZES 
You have the chance to win a $25 gift card sponsored by Pinkfresh Studio from my blog {and all the other posts on the blog hop too!} - all you have to do is leave a comment!

You can also win the full Essentials release on the Pinkfresh Studio blog and Instagram feed. You have until Sunday, June 30th at 11:59pm CST to leave a comment. Winners will be posted on the Pinkfresh Studio GIVEAWAY PAGE on Monday. You must check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.


BLOG HOP LINK LIST:
You can access the entire blog hop link list HERE.

You should have arrived to my blog from Natasha Valkovskaya.

The next stop on the hop is Laura Bassen.

And you can always head over to the Pinkfresh blog post if you get lost along the way.


And that is all I have for you today! I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media if you'd like. I would love to be crafty friends!


Happy Hopping, and have a great start to your week!

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Watercolor Smooshing with Distress Inks

May 30, 2019


Happy Thursday, crafty friends! I hope you are having a good week so far! We are two days from my brother's wedding, and have LOTS going on. But I wanted to pop in and share a card set with you featuring the Heart & Soul and Scripted Bold Sentiments 2 stamp sets from Pinkfresh Studio. I've also done some watercolor smooshing with my distress inks.

I find it easiest to do this watercolor smooshing technique on Arches cold pressed 140 lb watercolor paper {SSS | EH}, as it gives a really beautiful effect. I used distress inks in the following colors for my watercolor smooshing: Victorian Velvet, Evergreen Bough, Dustry Concord & Stormy Sky. All colors are linked at the end of the post to both SSS & EH. I have found that watercolor smooshing also works best when using a transparency. So I twist a little bit of Distress Ink in all the different colors to a sheet of transparency, then spritz them down with a Distress Sprayer. Then I just smooth the colors here & there to watercolor paper panels until they look how I want them to.

I stamped or heat embossed the majority of the sentiments directly to the watercolor panels. I use my MISTI {SSS | EH} when stamping to the Arches watercolor paper, because it is quite textured. So it typically needs 2-3 impressions to get a perfect one. I've used a combination of onyx black Versafine and Gilded gold embossing powder for my stamping (both linked below).

For this card I stamped & heat embossed the floral image from Heart & Soul, then cut it out with the coordinating die. I watercolored it with the same distress inks using a size 4 brush. All pieces were mounted to the top of a light blue A2 card base with foam adhesive, then accented with jewel trios to finish.

For this card, I heat embossed the floral image around the edge, as I wanted to share how versatile floral images like this can be. You can stamp it in full as shown above, or use just bits & pieces of it around an edge. This is a great way to highlight the watercolor work you've done! This time I did stamp the second part of the sentiment to matching watercolor paper and trimmed it into a thin strip with a banner edge. I adhered everything to the front of a light purple A2 card base with foam adhesive, then accented with clear iridescent sequins to finish.

And because I DO NOT waste Arches watercolor paper, I created a cute little tag out of a leftover scrap. I used the Tag You're It diecut set {SSS | EH} from Lawn Fawn for this. I heat embossed just a small part of the floral image to it, then accented with sequins. I finished it off with a double bow from ivory twine, and this tag is ready to go on a gift bag or package!

That is everything I have for you today! I hope that you enjoyed my latest card. Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media for you get on with your day. I would love to be crafty friends!

 
Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Ombre Ink Blending with Pinkfresh Studio

May 28, 2019


Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful long holiday weekend. We've been with my family in Montana all weekend, and it has been perfect! Lots to do this week for the wedding, and even more family time in store. It's a perfect type of vacation!

Today I wanted to share a card using some of the newest items from Pinkfresh Studio. These are from our April stamp & die release, and I've used the Lacy Floral Border die and the You've Got This stamp set, which was illustrated by my friend, Caly Person. She hand lettered all the brush script words in this set...isn't it so beautiful?!

To start, I ink blended the background to a heavyweight white cardstock panel in an ombre gradient using the following Distress Oxides: Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose. These colors are all linked below to both SSS & EH. This is one of my favorite color combos lately and I reach for it time and again, as I am more inclined to make feminine cards. When the gradient looked how I wanted it, I flicked some water to it with my Distress Sprayer and sopped it up with a paper towel to reveal the beautiful reaction that water has with distress oxides.

While the ink blended panel dried, I diecut the Lacy Floral Border 4 times: once from gold glitter paper and three times from white cardstock. I also diecut the shadow from vellum. I stacked & adhered the layers together with a Zig glue pen, then adhered them to the vellum shadow.

Once the panel was dry, I diecut it with my Stitched Rectangle die, then put it into my MISTI and stamped the sentiment from You've Got This directly to it. I stamped the first part of the sentiment to the top in onyx black Versafine. Then I stamped & heat embossed the second part right below in Brutus Monroe Gilded. Be sure to prep your area with a powder tool, as embossing powders stick really well to oxide inks.

At this point it was time to start putting the card together. I mounted the ink blended panel with a full sheet of foam adhesive that I create myself with white fun foam & 2.5" ScorTape, then adhered it to a white A2 card base. I adhered the gold glitter Lacy Floral Border die to the bottom, then accented with clear iridescent sequins to finish. 
That is everything I have for you today! I hope that you enjoyed my latest card. Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media for you get on with your day. I would love to be crafty friends!

 
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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