It’s that time of year when things start picking up in pace: kids are back in school, it may be warm out but we begin to think about the months ahead & maybe even plan! WELL let’s have a nod to fun color that’s grounded with gold foiling, wood prints & a soft chalkboard look… Oh and you’re never TOO OLD to play with Vicki Boutin’s art crayons & “Creative FX” glaze! I go over the glorious possibilities & simplicity of use with the next (7 minute!!!) video showing at least 6 techniques, with tips & tricks! Did I mention this kit has a FULL SIZE Lawn Fawn ink pad? Well, if 18 pieces of paper: 5 with gold foiling! from Jen Hadfield fun matching stamps & dies from Vicki Boutin Jen Hadfield & Vicki Boutin doesn’t get your attention, I hope that will! By the way, this kit is already limited. I strongly encourage you to consider subscribing to CEP’s box of fun! O.K…. watch the video(s) I’m posting today & leave a comment, don’t forget to like/subscribe! *hugs* Stay Crafty, my friends!
Well, I have created one of my favorite 10 cards, 1 kit collections AND I have a ton of goodies leftover! Half of the journaling cards/card starters, a ton of stickers, some pieces of cardstock already cut for other cards & a lot of half sheets & partial 6×6 papers. Not to shabby for a kit that costs $25.99! This is the best collection of cards I think I’ve compiled using various products, techniques & tips/tricks I think I have done since coming back from Family Leave earlier this year. I tried to create different designs than other DT Members that are doing a fabulous job! So, I hope you enjoy this 10 Cards/1 Kit video using the Spring Market line by Carta Bella:
Ready for a customized creation from your stamp set from the Summer Blossoms Card Kit from Creative Escape Papercrafting? Let’s also use the #54321 method of rating for this card to get also make the most of our supplies AND time! the crafting! Stamping can be a bit tedious if you create your own large clusters from independent images UNLESS you happen to have a video under 10 minutes to walk you through everything: from start to done! 🙂 So, I wanted to try to see how much mileage I could get out of this beautiful stamp set that has become a “go to” already for me & will continue to be because the quality! After more than 15 years (yikes!) of stamping, embossing and creating cards, this set is one of the highest quality sets I’ve had the pleasure of using! If you have gotten to know us, via YouTube, Facebook, Google, Instagram, the blog, etc… you know we are honest about any product or issue we may encounter. I have been SO impressed & proud to be able to design for a start-up that insists on high quality items at a great price point! The white cardstock I used for: stamping all images, coloring, shading, blending Prismas & erasing, when necessary, is included in every kit Creative Escape Papercrafting whether it’s a coloring kit, card kit. So, if you purchase(d) any kit, you can do this technique with the white cardstock they use! (Love that you have always gotten an extra sheet in the card kits, if you make a mistake cutting your bases or want to make more than 10 cards, you certainly can!)
Then, I used a 3 x 6 inch piece of white paper to stamp & color additional flowers & leaves extra dimension. Note, you can keep this as a one layer card if you would like! I just got into a groove stamping and accidentally got the side of a knuckle into the stamp pad, so layering seemed like a good option for my goof! Then, I bended the pieces a bit to give them a more realistic look and went over the edges with a black marker. Next, I used a favorite staple in the craft room: the glue gun to create support for the cut images & glued those puppies on! I simply stamped “Cherish” with that black ink that’s out to get me 🙂 & glued 2 foiled butterflies together to create a very sturdy, single gold foiled butterfly to the card. I did add the blush layer & did my own yellow ombre touch to the white cThe final touch: 1 of pretty self-adhesive aurora borealis stones at the top of the “i”! So, this card rates as a 5 on the #54321 scale, however, it’s one my favorite cards I’ve made for little while. It’s worth it to color the images & many of us love to color anyway! Hope you’ll give this technique a try! Links below for supplies! *LAST DAY TO ENTER (8/17/17) FOR THE SUNRISE & TIDE NEW DISTRESS DIOXIDE INKS!!!* SUBSCRIVE to the blog or YouTube AND leave a comment & you’re entered!!!
Additional supplies: 24 count Prisma colored pencils, tape runner, a few foam squares, glue gun, “Calligrapher” marker by Sakura, scrap paper for masking, washi tape and fiskars scissors
Hello everyone! I had the camera rolling to do an unboxing & I realized had NOT done a proper tutorial for the included Chameleon Pen! So, we’re going to change that right now! They are easy to use however, being a new kind of alcohol marker, they are an investment. So, it’s worth a few minutes to know how they work, how to store them properly & how to put the pen together! That way, you can get to the good part: having fun coloring with the pen/pens! They really are nice to just zone out & have fun without the guesswork of shading! If you have other shades of Chameleons, I recommend coloring in circular pattern on an obeject, like a flower. (Going around the image instead of just moving up and down an image.) That way, the shading is more uniform since your coloring depends on how long you fuse. Stay crafty, my friends! ENJOY:
It’s here, it’s here! Sketches are on paper as we were inspired to do a bit more with this kit than craft! The kit is very patriotic with different red, white and blue shades so we are going to send cards and letters to Active Duty military members and veterans, too. (Women can be overlooked while they’re deployed so there are options to spread the kindness of LFL Group!) You can drop a few cards at a VA Hospital & they’ll give it to someone not receiving a lot of support or mail. (Call ahead about their protocol as it can change for porous items.) Jen has enjoyed supporting the troops and veterans for well over a decade, so recommendations are based on personal experience & ease of use. It’s really easy to show our support with all of the tools available today! You can “adopt” someone to send letters, a few care packages (optional) to remind them that we have their backs while they serve to protect ours! If you live close to a training facility for the National Guard, a base, or USO, they are also good options to donate your time. Also, will recommend a few organizations for international outreach. Hope you join us by sending 1 card or letter!
Charities & Organizations to consider:
- AnySoldier.com (worldwide) They are a small organization with big heart! You can write 1 letter or a bunch to any military member & even
- Soldiers’ Angels: soldiersangels.org (You can “adopt” a military member from any branch, serving all over the world while they’re deployed. Or, you can join a card & crafts team that sends encouragement, thoughts and prayers, uplifting cards. A good reason to make cards! 🙂
- Honor Flight, honorflight.org Allowing the Greatest Generation to see Washington, D.C. & their monument
- the Salvation Army, salvationarmyusa.org (Veteran Affairs)
- Disabled Amarican Veterans, DAV http://www.dav.org
- Landstuhl Hospital Card Project, http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org
- No pressure, everyone!!!! We simply wanted to kick it up a notch with this kit! Cards coming soon, take care! ~The Platinum Peacock Team
(Mixed Media for Her 2) Also male friendly if you ask us!
When we decided to start a blog, we wanted it to be different. To be honest, we didn’t want to push new items constantly without trying our best to use the products in a creative way or technique(s). Crafting is a creative adventure to us, as one can always learn and discover a new craft, technique, and a world of products. In our opinion, this is why card kits are so popular. It’s really easy to move on when you have leftovers from a kit, but if you really love a kit, why not try to use it all? Enter our Nuvo Mousse watercolor technique! A damp finger dobber or make up sponge worked as our brush in this instance and watercolor paper are all you need to create this look with Nuvo mousse! You can use heavy cardstock if you don’t have watercolor paper. However, I opted to use my favorite affordable watercolor paper because I knew I’d be using multiple colors which would mean a bit more water for blending. *Another plus: the mousse allows you to build a bit of texture when you’re blending your color(s)! Win, Win! Stay Crafty, my friends! Thank you so much for your subscriptions & comments! It’s very encouraging! “Ingredients” listed below.
All Nuvo colors from top to bottom on card front: Lemon Sorbet, Indian Gold, Spring Green and Pacific Teal. Products for this card: Canson Watercolor Paper, Nuvo Broad Tip Glue Pen, matte medium, glossy accents, sanding tool from Prima, finger dobber & make up sponge, mini water bottle. Extra blue rhinestones & chipboard piece from LovefromLizi. Nuvo Mousse colors from LovefromLizi: Lemon Sorbet & Spring Green. Indian Gold & Pacific Teal were from Amazon.
We have 5 very different and unique cards – from clean and simple, classic and even modern chic… There’s a card design for many occasions AND almost everything came from our stash! DO NOT FORGET there will be an announcement about our Love from Lizi Kit Giveaway on 5/15/2017! We have the honor of giving away an entire SOLD OUT kit from Love from Lizi, so stay tunned!
Happy Mother’s Day from the Platinum Peacock Team!
Ready to use your stash a bit differently? Try our heat embossed #sprayembossingpowder technique for a refreshing take on heat embossing that allows you to enjoy crafting more, too! We allowed SOME of the granules of embossing powder to stay on the card & melted them on, taking full advantage of the texture and shine of the melted powder. We used 3 butterfly stamps from LovefromLizi but any stamps would work for this. This technique works for larger sentiments with brush lettering or a die cut sentiment because of the building up of a few layers of embossing powders, tiny sentiments may not be as easy to read. It never hurts to try a heat embossing a stamped sentiment on scrap paper using this technique to see how it works for you. You many be surprised! Or, you can simply die cut your sentiment out of specialty paper to add after you’re done with embossing like we did. The effect is fun, easy and unique. This card was in our 10 cards, 1 kit video but we wanted to cover the technique more thoroughly here:
We know many people are intimidated by the thought of Mixed Media but really, it’s crafting with another material besides paper… Some argue that it’s any other type of substrate or material, medium with as little, if any, paper at all. At Platinum Peacock, this argument about how much, if any, paper is allowed creates unnecessary confusion.
What is one to do? We don’t believe in crafting commandments but guidelines, such as odd numbers tend to look best. So, ratios of how much paper is involved doesn’t concern us too terribly much. There are some wonderfully talented mixed media artists out there but never forget that you are in charge of your creative journey. So, experiment a bit with us and see what you like. We have a fun, affordable, easy and fast card idea using mixed media principles. You can add as much detail as you’d like, as you see above in the pictures. The tag is card #10 in the video below:
In today’s post we feature a card idea you can use as either a “Welcome Home” card or a housewarming card. We used a wood grain patterned paper as the background. A white doily from the February Love from Lizi kit, accented with Nuvo drops serves as the centerpiece.
Next we used dies and silver mirror card from the February kit to make the two keys. We used some die cut letters we had in our stash to spell out Home. As a finishing touch, we added a wooden heart we had left over from the January Lizi kit. Instructions on how to make this card can be found by watching the video below.