Create your own Handmade Postcards!

Hi there friends!

I know lots of you out there love to make handmade cards. One thing I don’t see too often is handmade postcards. They are super easy to send, and very inexpensive. I had the idea during TheDailyMarker.com’s 30 day coloring challenge to take my daily coloring and put it on a postcard and just send it to make someone smile. Not all my projects made it on a postcard but I did do a few and I really loved the result. Postcards can be something simple as a Hello friend! or a notification to your friends and family that you have moved.

There are some great products for making your own postcards. First product that I LOVE is the Strathmore watercolor postcards. These are preprinted 140 lb cards on watercolor paper making it so easy to color and send your postcard. I got mine at my local craft store with a coupon making them very inexpensive.

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Here is a fun stamp from Amy Tangerine. This comes from her Better Together collection.

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A side note about the stamp above. This stamp is Acrylic and not Photopolymer. I recommend using a stamp positioner tool or a misti to make sure you get a good impression.

There are also other great stamps out there that you can use to build your own postcard backing.

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First up is a simple hello friend postcard made with Mama Elephant brushstroke florals stamps and Sunday Sentiments stamps. I stamped these florals in various shades of distress ink and softened edges with a waterbrush. I also splattered some black ink afterwards. Sentiment was stamped in Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and then I ran the card though a dotted die. This card is a standard A2 card size and not the traditional 4×6 postcard. Postcards can be a range of sizes and does not have to stick to the 4×6 but double-check if you make it larger, that you do not need extra postage.

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Next we have another Hello postcard, this time with Honey Bee Stamps “Say What” stamp set as well as their “brush stroke alphabet” stamps. I did some spotlight coloring on this one with copic markers. Using grays for the outside and colors for the center circle. After I was done coloring I adhered my postcard back with multi medium matte. If you want the postcard to look seamless make sure to take some ink around the edges.

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Here we have a thank you postcard that I made for my daughter’s Aunt. Small Talk Stamp set by Mama Elephant with alphabet stamps from Illustrated Faith and Studio Calico. Mostly distress ink blending on this one and zig clean color real brush markers to color in “Aunt”. I also went over the letters with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen once dry.

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This is a soft thank you postcard using the Not too shabby and kindness stamp sets from Honey Bee Stamps as well as the Kindness die.  I die cut the white panel from Bristol cardstock and sandwiched a piece of Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue cardstock between that panel and the postcard side. I used my Clarity Stencil Brush to apply Peacock Feathers Distress ink around the postcard. After stamping with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink, I colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

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Finally we have a postcard I made for my friends and family announcing our move which is happening this September. This was made with two fabulous stamp sets, “I heart books” and “Moving Sentiments” by Three Room Studio. They were colored using Zig Clean Color real brush markers on Canson bristol cardstock. I printed off custom postcard backs that I created in Photoshop.

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Another great idea is to take your premade postcards and stamp outlined sentiments like this “Thank you”. This is a great idea for kids to personalize a thank you note to family and friends when needed.

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Because I made a postcard in Photoshop for my projects I thought you might enjoy using it too. Click the link below to download your copy. Print out on your favorite cardstock and cut to 4×6. You can color directly on the back or if you do it separately then adhere together with your favorite adhesive.

Download your FREE postcard printable here!

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Thank you so much for stopping by. I sure hope you got some postcard creating inspiration today. I would love to see what you create! Please leave me a link to your project via your blog, Instagram, Flickr, or other so I can check it out!

Listed below are the links to the products I have used for these projects as well as postcard projects I have done in the past, and planning on doing. Affiliate links may be used, which means if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I really appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I will be back this Thursday with the Honey Bee Stamps HONEY HOP celebrating the new release! For now, I am back to packing!

Have a wonderful week!
Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

Inklipse Blog hop!

Hey Crafty Friends!

If you have never visited TheCraftyPickle before, Welcome! I was so happy to help Simon out in his first Inklipse blog hop! He has a great hop planned with lots of talent (and of course prizes!) I hope you will follow along with us!

If you have started at my blog first you can start at the beginning HERE

You should have arrived from Jess Gerstner’s blog.

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So I have to tell you, I had this big video planned. I recorded my whole process and when I went to edit my video last night…. nada … nope not any footage. Darn it! So I apologize. I will have some more YouTube videos coming VERY soon! You can find my youtube HERE. Subscribe so you don’t miss out on the content I have coming in September!  ….. On to today’s card!

I recently got some of Concord and 9th’s new release products from a Simon Says Stamp haul and I was super excited to get to play with them. I just loved the Hugs die that they came out with earlier in the year so of course I got the Thanks die too!

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This die is so great for making a card extra special!

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Now I have done the hugs die just how Concord & 9ths YouTube video instructed but this time I thought I would cheat a bit with the thanks die… I cut my paper to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scored at 2 1/8 on either side. This was my base. I set that aside and took two pieces of distress precut cardstock and stamped them both with the Barnwood background stamp from Concord and 9th in Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. I then took an ink blending tool and some gathered twigs Distress ink and blended both card bases.

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I set those panels aside for a bit to dry. Then I blended some distress inks on some scrap watercolor paper ( Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, and Crushed Olive) I cut the thanks word out of this scrap of blended cardstock. I then scored each piece of Barnwood stamped Distress paper down the middle. The thanks dies fit right in the grove of my score line and I ran them through my big shot just like that. This left me with two side panels to overlay on the card base side panels. I glued them both down securely using Bee Creative tape.  Once that was finished I glued the extra thanks pieces over the base layer of the thanks die cuts.  I stamped the heart full of…. sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment builder stamp set in versamark ink and embossed with Pale Gold embossing powder by WOW. Once cool I cut out using a Simon Says Stamp stitched banner die. Finally I cut out some wheat and a leaf from Concord & 9th’s Layering Leaves dies. I colored the die cuts with some wild honey Distress ink and added some pale gold embossing powder to them as well. I glued all the pieces to the front using Multi Medium Matte from Ranger.

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I wanted the inside to be special too so I turned it into a gift card holder! First I used my clarity stencil brushes and a Dina Wakley stencil to create a layered leaf background ( Crushed olive and Twisted citron distress inks) Then I stamped my sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Kindness stamp set in the middle of the card base using the Hero Arts Autumn ombre ink pad.

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Finally I cut out a little gift card envelope from Mama Elephant’s Venice die set. I had the inside flap match the leaf background of the card base inside and the rest I used an ink blending tool and some wild honey Distress ink. For a finishing touch I added one of the layering leaves to the envelope flap. The envelope was glued down to the base using Bee Creative tape.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! Your next stop in the blog hop is Crafty Max!

Listed below are the links to the products I have used for this project. Affiliate links may be used, this means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I really appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog.

 

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Thank you again for stopping by. Check back here next week for Honey Bee Stamps Honey Hop on Thursday Aug 25th!

Honey Bee Stamps Honey Hop Aug 25th! Brand new release and of course PRIZES!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

Ellen Hutson LLC PIN-SIGHTS Challenge | Hidden Gift Shaker Card

Hi there Crafty Friends!

I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start! I thought I would kick off my weekend by participating in the Pin-Sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson.com.

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You can find out more by clicking the link HERE (and see some AMAZING project entries!)

The challenge was to take Essentials by Ellen product(s) and pair them with one of your favorite companies products. I have really been enjoying the latest Honey Bee Stamps release and decided to pick something from my Honey Bee stash!

I LOVE the essentials by Ellen stamps, dies, and other papercrafting items so this was a great challenge to hop into and jumpstart my creativity. Today I will be working with the Essentials by Ellen Bohemian Garden stamps and Zipper Panel die.

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I will also be using the Kindness stamp set by Honey bee stamps.

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Today I wanted to mix things up a bit and I thought… “What if I used the zipper panel in the back of the card rather than the front?” This way the recipient could see the gift when they opened the card but take the gift card out when they were ready.

For the front panel I did all my stamping in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I did ink blending at the top and at the bottom with distress ink (colors listed at the bottom of the post) and mixed some Daniel Smith watercolors to color my floral images. I did add a vellum flag out of Essentials by Ellen 40 lb vellum and heat embossed the same as the card. For the final touch on the panel I added some Sparkling clear sequins with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

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I set the front panel aside and went to work on the rest of the card. I made the shaker pocket from an Essentials by Ellen small stamp storage pocket and Be Creative tape. (I probably would have used my fuse but we are moving and it is packed up in a box at the moment). I printed my message on the same 40 lb vellum from Essentials by Ellen using my laser printer and cut it to fit inside the stamp storage pocket. I added the die cut “Enjoy” which is also apart of the zipper panel die set. Once that was dry, I added the pretty pink posh sequins, Prima beads, and Distress glitter.

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I reinforced the center part of the zipper panel as Julie Ebersole has shown in her YouTube video (See bottom of post for video) with a piece of Neenah cardstock that I blended some distress ink on. I added be creative tape all around the back panel edges being careful not to cover the zipper stitched marks. I then added my gift card in the middle and placed the finished shaker pocket down on top of the tape. To hide the rough adhesive edges I made a frame from the large stitched rectangle dies from Lawn fawn and adhered that to the top of the shaker pocket.

 

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I love that you can see the gift card through the vellum but the message still stands out. The shaker adds a fun playful confetti party like feel.

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Here is the view of the back . I started lifting the bottom up……

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But then I decided I wanted to show you all how cool it looks when it is opened up all the way!

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What I love about putting the zipper in the back is that the front stays pretty and intact so you can still display as normal if you like.

Hidden Gift Shaker Card | TheCraftyPickle.com

This card was a lot of fun to make. Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see a video tutorial on how to assemble a gift card like the one shown today.

If you have never seen the zipper panel from Ellen Hutson yet. Check out this how-to video that Julie Ebersole (the designer) made. The die is just genius!

Links to the items I have used are listed below.

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope you found my card project inspiring. I love giving gifts, but making gift packaging pretty is extra special!

Have an extra fun and crafty weekend!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

The 30 day coloring challenge (5th edition!)

Hi Friends!

As a lot of you probably know this past 30 days has been The Daily Marker’s 30 day coloring challenge. It was the 5th 30 day coloring challenge that has been hosted by its creator, Kathy, artist and owner of TheDailyMarker.com. The point of this challenge is to get everyone coloring, even if it’s just 5 minutes a day. Coloring can help reduce stress and just exercise your creativity.

Now I have attempted this almost every time and sadly haven’t been able to follow through on the entire 30 days, which is completely okay… Some coloring is better than none right? This time though I was able to manage something nearly every single day of the 30 days and I wanted to pull some of my coloring together in one big post to share. Some projects spanned over a couple of days and some I did in one sitting. I had a lot of fun and even my 10-year-old daughter did some coloring with me too!

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I challenged myself to use several different coloring mediums. I really enjoy them all so it is hard to pick a favorite. Here is a peek at my some of my coloring and projects.

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I hope you enjoyed my 30 day coloring collection. I can’t wait for the next challenge. Be sure to check out Kathy’s Instagram HERE, for news on the next coloring challenge!

Have a COLORFUL day!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

 

New Release Day for Honey Bee Stamps!

Hi Crafty Friends!!!

I am sure you have all heard the BUZZ this week over the new Honey Bee Stamps release, but let me recap a few of my sneak projects that were shared on Social media.

First was a sneak of the Prayers sentiment builder set

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Next up was the sneak for Kindness.

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Here we have a little sneak from Smile.

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Finally we have the sentiment builder set which is a great companion to all of the sets above and your existing Honey Bee Stamp sets.

Here is a look at all 4 new stamp sets!

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and the BIG news is we are now carrying DIES!!! That’s right! These Honey cuts are fantastic. Perfect stand alone and coordinating dies that will add that little extra to your projects! Here is a project that I used the Color my world die and stamp set on.

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SO much fun! I had a great time this week playing with all of the new products. You will find these products and MORE at www.honeybeestamps.com

Be on the lookout for LOTS of inspiration from the designers using this wonderful collection of stamps and dies!

Happy Crafting!
Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Christ has set me FREE |Journaling bible entry.

Hi Crafty Friends!

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends out there. Today I am wrapping up red, white, and blue week with my final project for Honey Bee Stamps. Today, rather than do a card, I thought I would share with you an entry I did in my journaling bible. Maybe even give you a few tips that might help you in your bible/art journaling. I also want to mention that there is a sale at Honey Bee Stamps today 7/4/16. 15% off your total purchase by using the code 15FREEDOM (this is on top of the sale prices listed).

Here is a close up view of my finished entry. I kept it pretty simple with just journaling the verse on the right and text along the left margin. (this is before I added the tab to the right hand page)

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

To begin I prepped the pages with a thin coat of clear gesso. I used the Ranger Dina Wakley Clear Gesso brand but I also love the Clear gesso by prima and use both interchangeably.

After the gesso was fully dry I masked off sections for the flag using post-it tape. I did some ink blending for the square and the stripes with Blueprint sketch distress ink and Candied Apple distress ink. After the ink dried the red wasn’t as vibrant as I would have liked so I added a bit of red acrylic paint. I also took the star stamp from the Brush Grunge Alphabet set and stamped  that in the blue section with Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

After I let the pigment ink dry I stamped the stars on the other side but this time in blue chalk ink, and stamped “Christ has set me free” in Ranger archival black ink. I used the Brush Grunge Alphabet stamp set. (Can you tell I really love this alpha set?) Because the page was prepped with gesso the ink does not bleed through.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

I didn’t think that the text popped out enough so I took a white paint pen (Derwent Graphik Line Painter ) and went around the stamping.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

Next it was time to highlight the verse I wanted. Because I had a different plan for the page the actual verse was on I chose to use the first chapter of Galatians. Now I am really bad at hand lettering. I wish I could letter like lots of the beautiful and talented ladies and gentleman I see on Pinterest but I know my strengths and I know my weaknesses. Thankfully, I do know Photoshop! I have a love for different fonts and so I played around with the verse and came up with something I liked. (you could also use Microsoft word for something as simple as this)

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

After I printed out my verse I coated the back of the copy paper with Derivan liquid pencil . This stuff is AH-MAZE-ING! I saw a review on YouTube for a completely different purpose and thought it would be great for bible journaling. The rewetable version of this watercolor type paint is completely erasable! You can also wet it and blot it off that way if you prefer. I think this is much cleaner than using graphite paper, but I have used that as well with fairly good results. I do like that this paint makes a light mark when traced over. I chose the lightest grey shade that they make (Grey #3).

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

I applied the paint to the back side of the paper just where the text was.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

You can see the paper I used to print on was cheap thin copy paper. I found this works the best so that you do not over apply the paint.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

Now you can use a ballpoint pen to trace your text, but if you press to hard you run the risk of tearing through the paper. I like to use a small ended stylist to go over all of the text. You may have one in your stash if you are a card maker. These were meant to be used for dry embossing. I also love using these tools to add small white dots on my projects with acrylic paint.

Once in place go over all of the text with your tool, you can outline the text or just trace over the center depending on your font. For the bold text I chose to outline and for the thinner text i just went over it once. you can lift up your paper as you go to make sure you are getting the transfer you prefer. If you mess up, just erase and go over again.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

Below is what it looks like after I was all done tracing.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

Simple right? Now I don’t have to worry about straight lines, mis-spelling (provided I used spellcheck LOL) and style of text.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

Now it is time to go over the text in a waterproof bleedproof pen. The pens above are all of my favorites for bible journaling. The Faber Castell Pitt artist pen (I also love the large brush markers in this same line). The Pigma Micron pens have been my go to pens for YEARS and I love that they come in a wide range of sizes. My new favorite is the Illustrated faith pens. They now come in three different sizes which I love and used all three for my outlining on this project.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

I used the .25 for the thin text, the .35 for outlining the bold text, and the .65 for filling in the text and making the bolder downstroke lines in “Christ”.

I decided to fill in the words Freedom and firm with a Copic Atyou Spica red glitter pen. I thought this tied the red from the other page over to this side well. After I was done with the text, I let dry and then went around the letters carefully with a Tombow Mono Zero eraser (Ultra fine 2.3mm) I just LOVE this eraser any time I am working in my bible.

I did add some black splatter with some diluted black acrylic paint. Unfortunately it smudged just a little but I went with it. I used my WRMK Tab punch and some star dies to make the tab on the upper right that you see for a final touch. I also added a thin coat of Distress Glaze as I do on most of my finished journaling entries as this seals the paint and ink. you only need a very little bit and buff lightly with a paper towel. One jar will last you a very very long time.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

There you have it, my completed two page entry. All in all I am happy with how it came out. I love our country and the freedom so many have fought for. It also made me reflect on the freedom I have in Christ.

As a little freebie gift and a way for you to practice using the text transfer method I shared (or graphite paper), I created a little printable for you all. You could even use this as a tip in for your bible. Print it out on a laser printer and you can run it through your foiling machine too! Lots of possibilities.

Freedom bible journaling by Taniesa Vlasak. Get your free printable too at www.thecraftypickle.com!

Download your free printable here.

Listed below (and within my blog post) are the links to the products I have used for this project. Affiliate links may be used, this means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I really appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog.

Stamps used:

Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alphabet set (on sale as I type this 7/4/16)

Other products used:

Glitter paper
Blueprint sketch distress ink
Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink
post-it tape
Candied Apple distress ink
Ranger Dina Wakley Clear Gesso
Clear gesso by prima
Ranger archival black ink
Derwent Graphik Line Painter
Derivan liquid pencil
small ended stylist
Faber Castell Pitt artist pen
Pigma Micron pens
Illustrated faith pens
Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen
Tombow Mono Zero eraser (Ultra fine 2.3mm)
WRMK Tab punch
star dies
graphite paper
Distress Glaze

 Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a Fabulous and safe Independence day celebration!

Happy crafting!

Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

It’s a Star Spangled Week!

Well, Hello there crafty friends!

Hope you all have had a fantastic week. This week I have been playing along with the Red White and Blue week challenge at Honey Bee Stamps. Although I have shared my projects on Instagram, I thought I would round ’em all up for you in one big blog post. I also show a bit on how I achieved some of the looks.

First up was one layer Patriotic Bee Free card.

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For this card I used the Sweet As Honey stamp set. I stamped the honeycomb trio in a miscellaneous pattern and used copics in blues, reds, and gray shades. The cute little bee was from the same set and I stamped the sentiment from the Hand Lettered Alphabet. Instead of doing a gray shadow on the letter I used my Sakura Clear Stardust Gel Pen  as well as outlined the letters with light Copic blue markers .

Next is a very simple watercolor one layer card.

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For this card I took a piece of Distress watercolor paper and layered up some red and blue watercolor. I used the  Daniel Smith Watercolor Essential Set watercolor’s but any kind of watercolors will do just fine. I did 4 different layers letting them air dry fully in between painting each layer. I then stamped the little stars and hearts from the Just Sayin’ stamp set. They didn’t quite show up as bright as I would have liked so after the Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink was dry I went over the stars with a Sakura Clear Stardust Gel Pen  and went over the hearts with a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I stamped the BLESSED sentiment from the Bless your heart stamp set. Once dry, I die cut the panel with Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die (Large) and layered with some blue Glitter paper. I placed both on a red card base.

For my next card I decided to do a little rustic americana look.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

This card took a bit more time because I did a lot of masking. Here is a few photos of the process…

First I measured out the stripes evenly and then blocked off the blue stars section. I used full adhesive post-its and post-it tape to help me mask off around each of the stripes as I stamped. I used  Red Royal Hero Arts shadow ink for the red stamping and for the white stripes I used Wet Cement Hero Arts shadow ink. The HAPPY stamp is from the Happy Everything stamp set. For the red ink blending I used the Candied Apple distress ink.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Below is a photo of the stripes when I lifted off the masking papers.

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Below is the finished flag before distressing. For the blue section I applied Blueprint sketch distress ink and then stamped the “4th” with Hero Arts Indigo Bold ink . The 4 is from the brush grunge alpha set and the “th” is from the Hand lettered numeric set. I added stars from various Honey Bee stamp sets stamped in Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink. Some of the stars I went over with my Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Time for distressing! First I crumpled up the flag and flattened it, then crumpled smashed and smooshed it again. After I flattened it out again it was ready for some staining. Sometimes it pays to hang on to your older crafty things. I had some Walnut ink from years ago that I mixed with some water. I added a few sprays on a piece of acetate  along with some Faber-Castel Gel Medium  to give me a glaze that I could paint on top of the flag.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Once it was fully dry (I left it for about an hour or two while I did other things) I ran it though my American Crafts Heidi Swapp MINC  machine. I used a heat setting of 5. It came out super flat the first time though.

Finally I wrapped around some May Arts Natural twine  and then attached a bow in the center with a glue dot. I adhered the piece to a cream card base. For a finishing touch I stamped some stars from the Country Wreath stamp set on the flap of a kraft envelope. I love adding a matching envelope whenever I can.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

That brings me to today’s card and my final card for this week’s Red White and Blue Challenge. This one I think was my favorite out of all of the cards I completed this week.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com I love a simple one layered card that looks like it has a lot of dimension to it. This card was a lot of fun to create.

First I cut a heart out of a piece of acetate  with a metal die (heart). and then attached it to a piece of hot press watercolor paper. The brand I like to use for ink blending like this is by Fluid. It’s reasonably priced, very smooth, and takes ink blending really well (the pad I used is linked in the supply section at the bottom of this post).

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Below are the red and blue inks that I used for this project Blueprint sketch distress inkand Candied Apple distress ink . I applied using little Makeup Blender Sponges. These allowed a smoother application of these colors with the stencil for me. The stamping was done in Hero Arts Indigo Bold ink and  Red Royal Hero Arts shadow ink.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

I used the Paint swash from the Brush grunge Alpha set. It is normally at a curve but I straightened it on my Misti Stamp Tool for the stripes (the very bottom little brush stroke stamp is from Color My World stamp set)

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

After I stamped the stripes I shaded the outside edge with the Candied Apple distress ink. I went over it with a dry Makeup Blender Sponge after applying to soften the line further and remove excess ink.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

I did the same process for the blue section. Masking off the red area I shaded using the Blueprint sketch distress ink.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Then for the “stars” I stamped the paint splotch from the Color My World stamp set.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

After all the heart was complete. I placed the die cut heart that I saved from die cutting the stencil over the heart and shaded the outside edges with Hickory Smoke distress ink. I let this dry fully on its own for about a half hour. I then applied powder from my EK success powder embossing tool. I stamped the word Blessed from the Bless your heart stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink  and then covered the title with some clear sparkle embossing powder and heat set.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

I mounted the base on some thin fun foam and then placed that on a royal blue card base with just enough blue to peek out on the sides of the card. I finished everything off by adding some clear iridescent sequins.

Listed below (and within my blog post) are the links to the products I have used for this project. Affiliate links may be used, this means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I really appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog.

Honey Bee Stamp sets used:

Sweet As Honey

Hand Lettered Alphabet

Hand Lettered Numeric

Hand lettered Alphabet and Hand Lettered Numeric are also available as a set HERE

Bless Your Heart

Just Sayin’

Country Wreath

Happy Everything

Brush Grunge Alphabet

Color My World

Other products used:

Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
Sakura Clear Stardust Gel Pen
Distress watercolor paper
Glitter paper
Copic Grey Markers
Copic blue markers
Daniel Smith Watercolor Essential Set
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die
Red Royal Hero Arts shadow ink
Wet Cement Hero Arts shadow ink
Blueprint sketch distress ink
Hero Arts Indigo Bold ink
Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink
full adhesive post-its
post-it tape
Candied Apple distress ink
Walnut ink
Bulk Buy: Faber-Castel (2-Pack) Gel Medium Jar 100ml FC770303
American Crafts Heidi Swapp MINC Foil Applicator with Transfer Folder, Foil & Art Prints, 6″
May Arts Natural twine
kraft envelope
acetate
metal die (heart)
Fluid watercolor paper
Sankuwen 4pcs Flawless Makeup Blender Foundation Puff Multi Shape Sponges
Misti Stamp Tool
Hickory Smoke distress ink
EK success powder embossing tool
Versafine Onyx Black ink
clear sparkle embossing powder
fun foam

I hope you like my little collection of Red White and Blue from this week! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a wonderful weekend and a happy and safe Independence Day!

Happy Crafting!

Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

 

 

 

Red, White, and Blue Week!

I’m so excited to share a bit of news and a challenge with you! This week over on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog is “Red, White, & Blue Week!” Designers will be sharing their project using this color palette.

RWB Color Palette

Of course it ties in with the 4th of July festivities but it does not have to be an Independence Day or Americana project, It can be anything using any types of products (not just Honey Bee Stamps)

This fun will run starting Today, Monday 6/27 Thru Monday 7/4. During this week, the Design Team will be posting their creations using the Red, White & Blue color theme and you will have a chance to participate in the fun (not to mention have a chance at winning a prize!)

THE CHALLENGE

We would love to challenge our customers, friends & crafty kids to play along with us. Share your creations on the Honey Bee Stamps Website, Honey Bee Stamps Facebook Page or on Instagram using the hashtag #HBSChallenge so that we can see everything you create!  We challenge you to share anything crafty (cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media). While we love to see you use Honey Bee Stamp products, they are not required to participate. The color palate above is just a starting off point. It can be ANY shades of red, white, and blue.

I will be playing along too! Both here on my blog and on my instagram account as well as on the Honey Bee Stamps blog. Look for a few fun projects from me and the rest of the Honey Bee design team!

Have a FANTASTIC week, my friends!

Happy Crafting!

Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

You Color My World

Hi Sweet Friends!!!

I am excited to share with you my first official design team project for Honey Bee Stamps. I have had the pleasure of doing some guest work for HBS in the past, but I am so excited to be apart of what is an extremely talented team!

Today I will be working with the Color My World stamp set. It’s an adorable 4×4 stamp set that just reminds me of the current coloring book craze.

Colormyworld by HoneyBeeStamps.com

What spoke to me when I saw this stamp set is a card I knew I wanted to make for my daughter. Every birthday and christmas, for as long as I can remember, I have given her a coloring book. Far before the amazing coloring books that are available currently.  I would search and search for the perfect one ( in the past I would buy her a lot of coloring books from Dover) With her birthday coming up I knew this would be the perfect card to go with the new coloring book that I got for her.

I decided to go with a non traditional card size. I picked up these cute envelopes from my LSS that are 3 1/2 x 6 1/2. My card panel measures 3×6 and my card is 3 1/4 x 6 1/4 unfolded. The card base is Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock and the panel is Strathmore Bristol 300 series. This size envelope is perfect for making cards from a 6×6 paper pad!

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First I stamped all of the images using Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I love this ink because it gives a crisp bold black line and it is waterproof. I did a little masking but not too much. I first stamped the sentiment and then the florals and leaves. I tried to stamp using a visual triangle to balance the card.  After I had everything stamped, I measured out a 1/4 inch border around the entire card.

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I sketched the border lightly in pencil so that I could erase easily. Sometimes I am just not careful enough. While I was doing all the inking, I got some smudges and inky fingerprints on my card (sad face).

Taniesa Vlasak for HoneyBeeStamps.com

Now when something like this happened before I would more than likely start all over, but I found an amazing eraser that cannot live without now!

Taniesa Vlasak for HoneyBeeStamps.com

The Tombow MONO Sand Eraser is a magic wand!! You just lightly rub the mistake/smudge with the eraser, and if you rub off some of your inked up image you just go over it with a waterproof pen/marker. I used my trusty Sakura Pigma Micron pen (I used the .05 here but you can match up your stamp line width to the different size micron pens available).

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I thought I would break out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for this project. They haven’t been getting enough love lately and I love using them on the bristol cardstock. I used a light, medium, and dark shade of all the rainbow colors (Some color groups had 4 shades because I couldn’t decide) but any color combo would look lovely. The technique I used for this card is called “spotlight coloring”. The 1/4 border that I made around the edge will be colored with shades of gray and the inside will be the vibrant color. This really pops the color in the center of the card and emphasizes the sentiment of “Coloring my world”.

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With the border, I colored and shaded the images with all gray markers. I shaded these just like I would with the different shades of colored markers. Even if you don’t have a wide range of the brush markers I would recommend picking up at least one Gray Clean Color Real Brush marker as it is perfect for adding a shadow to stamped images and text. Now on to the fun part!

Taniesa Vlasak for HoneyBeeStamps.com

I colored in all of the florals and leaves with the markers and chose a very light shade of blue for the inner rectangle background. I left the border background white. It was at this point that I felt that my sentiment didn’t pop out enough. I decided to take a darker shade of blue and color around the sentiment area making that more of a focal point.

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I also added some glitter using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Pen in clear. It is hard to see in the photo but it really made the word COLOR super sparkly! I added some faux stitched outline on my card base and popped up my panel with some fun foam so it is slightly raised. I used the full panel of fun foam as it will be going through the mail and I didn’t want it to get smooshed.

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I think it’s the little details that really make a handmade card something really special. I took the smallest floral stamp in the set, and stamped the lower right and the upper left corners with a cluster of just the flower, then I outlined them with a grey marker to give a shadowed effect.  I was on a roll and couldn’t stop there so why not dress up the back of the card and the envelope too!

Taniesa Vlasak for HoneyBeeStamps.com

The same idea as the inside of the card. I took  the medium size floral and stamped the corners of the envelope and outlined in gray. I decided to leave these just black and white because I wanted the card to be the center stage of color. I will position the postage just to the left of the floral cluster and I think it will add a great touch when it is all addressed and ready to go.

Taniesa Vlasak for HoneyBeeStamps.com

The handmade stamp was a custom stamp (Coming to The Crafty Pickle Etsy shop SOON) and I added the small daisy and leaf stamp from the set to tie it into the card design. This one I did color. I felt it added the perfect final touch.

Here is a look at my final card.

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I hope you enjoyed my first Honey Bee Stamps DT Project, and even more I hope my daughter loves this card! I can’t wait to give it to her (Lexi if you read this blog post just act surprised LOL)

Listed below (and within my blog post) are the links to the products I have used for this project. Affiliate links may be used, this means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I really appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog.

Color My World Stamp Set: Honey Bee Stamps
Slim Envelopes at ImpressCardsandCrafts.com
Bazzill Basics Paper Card Shoppe Heavy Weight Cardstock, 25 Sheets, 8.5 by 11-Inch, Marshmallow
Strathmore Smooth Bristol 300 Series
Tsukineko Full-Size VersaFine Instant Dry Pigment Ink, Onyx Black
Tombow MONO Sand Eraser
Sakura 8-Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set, Black
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker Set
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Cool Gray
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Pen Clear Overlay, 3 Piece

I hope you all have a blessed and wonderful weekend!

Happy Crafting!

Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Spring Cleaning!

Hi Friends!

Are you starting to get some nice spring weather where you are? The sun is shining in Seattle and I am pumped to get my house more organized! We are having a city-wide garage sale that I am excited about (need to purge so much) and I am re evaluating my craft space.

I find that it can be lots of fun going through things that haven’t been gone though in a while. It is like shopping all over again! <wink>

In May I will be bringing a new crafty organization series to the blog (and I might just have some discount codes to share with you all) so stay tuned!

Organization week @ TheCraftyPickle.com

In the meantime there is a great spring cleaning challenge happening now over on the Scrapbook/Craft Organization group in Facebook. You can get to the event page directly by clicking HERE.

Scrapbook/Craft Organization Facebook Group Spring Cleaning event!

Several companies have donated many items as giveaways (Motivation people, Motivation!) as well as some sales during the event.


A huge thanks to the sponsors, they will be highlighted in more detail during the May Organization Series right here on TheCraftyPickle.com

Stamp-N-Storage
Totally Tiffany
Organize More
Close To My Heart
and more!

See you soon!

Taniesa for ThecraftyPickle.com