#54321 Square Sunset Card

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

Fun With “Fall Frenzy”

There’s a lot of excitement around here at Platinumpeacock.blog… This week FUN previews are going to begin from the brand new “Fall Frenzy” kit from creativeescapepapercrsfting.com on Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest! We’ve had the honor of receiving the kit recently & it covers SO MANY things: Fall, nature, Thanksgiving, Thankful (I think we all need to be thankful, especially around this time of year.) GUY CARDS!!!, birthday, thinking of you, thank you, everyday, hello, the list goes on and on… We even designed a Christmas or Hanukah card with the kit! A few fun things: it’s a bit larger kit AND it’s still affordable, offering a lot of versatility. An American company known for quality created the stamps on a *full* 4×6 sheet of images & words. Plus, you do get dies you’ll use often! (Chronic crafters & card makers unite!:) So, you can create, stamp and die cut throughout the entire season and even into Christmas or Hanukkah, if you choose! (We’ve found it’s typically most efficient to create a set with one theme and then move along with the season(s) or theme.) Aside from supporting as many American manufacturing companies as possible, we love that creativeescapepapercrafting.com really thinks things through! Every single item added into the kits they put together are useful & diverse to give you a big bang for your buck! PLUS, a portion of the profits made from the “Fall Frenzy” kit is going to food pantries! AMAZING! We hope you enjoy all of the fun sneak peaks and consider a test drive with creativeescapepapercrafting.com SHIPPING: I want to mention this because shipping adds up! Most places pile on shipping costs, but not creativeescape! It’s all USPS flat rate to anywhere in the world! That may have been requested for our U.K. friends! If you add a coloring stamp set to -ANY- card kit, it’s added for FREE! Soooo good! A stamping kit consists of: a stamp of your choice that you use your preferred ink & ink color on, plus a stash of essentials: 8×11 sheet of: white bleed proof coloring paper for alcohol markers; a sheet of heavy duty white watercolor paper for Clean Color markers, watercolor pencils, Distress Ink or Dioxides, etc.; a sheet of heavy duty white paper for stamping, colored pencils, or really thick card base. We’ve used the “heavy duty paper” with alcohol markers, heat embossing, Prismas, stamping & it’s held up beautifully! You can now request Prismas in 24 or 36 count, to be added to the box! Told ya it’d be a fun post! 😉



HOW TO ENTER Distress Oxide: sunrise & tide colors

We’ve had some questions on how to enter our Distressed Oxide giveaway.  Here’s a quick explanation: Subscribe to PlatinumPeacock’s YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/c/PlatinumPeacock <(click here ). To follow our blog (click the follow button in the lower right hand corner of this screen) to enter for a chance to win. Take care & stay crafty, my friends! ~Jen & Team @ Platinumpeacock.blog

Giveaway: 2nd Colors of OXIDE

There has been confusion about the Distress Oxide Giveaway, 2nd Round so we thought we’d keep a simple & basic post to go over everything. COLORS: Sunrise & Nature theme for colors so we have Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers & Salty Ocean Details: 1) Everyone can enter! We never restrict entries based upon location! 2) Enter by subscribing to the blog OR our YouTube channel, Platinum Peacock Paper crafting AND LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.  IF you don’t leave a comment, you won’t be entered into to the pot for drawing because we respect names, subscribers, screen names, etc. SO WE’LL ANNOUCE THE WINNER ON THE BLOG ON THURSDAY AUGUST 17th, 2017 BY 9;00 p.m. EDT. We wish you all luck! If you have entered AND commented, you are covered!


NEW way to make 10 Cards: 54321

What is 54321? It’s a rating system I finally decided to do out of necessity, to finish 10 cards, 1 kit in a reasonable amount of time. Everyone’s busy yet the whole point of creating is to have fun, so #54321 is a series & technique we’ll be regularly. It’s our hope by doing so, you can implement this system to complete 10 cards a bit easier and with more flexibility. a 1 would be a really quick card….under 5-10 minutes, depending on your style. A 5 would be a special card, where a lot of detail is involved or the entire card is comprised of intricate, stamped images that require a lot of blended coloring in for the entire card. In other words, it you allows you to balance your card styles/techniques with without feeling guilty if you don’t do as many steps on some cards – in the interest of time. We go over this in the video:



Giveaway & NEW Launch!

As promised, there is a new Distress Oxide Giveaway! Here’s how to enter: LEAVE A COMMENT & SUBSCRIBE to Platinumpeacock.blog OR subscribe to our YouTube channel! We don’t ask for a lot of information intentionally; so it is important to stick to guidelines of the giveaway so we can ensure the product gets to you! That’s the whole point, isn’t it? Okay, let’s talk about a FUN giveaway! Four colors that coordinate for stamping, nature and ocean scenes, sunsets, and so on are: Distress Ink Dioxide colors in Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. The oxide tones of these colors are fantastic and almost give you a completely different hue!


We also have a quick unboxing video below of the Creative Escape Papercrafting Summer Blossoms amazing card kit!  To visit Creative Escape Papercrafting’s website click the following link: Creative Escape Papercrafting

Exciting Announcement!!!

The team here at Platinum Peacock is thrilled to officially announce that we are designing cards for a new company, Creative Escape Papercrafting.com! A few months ago, we were asked if we would help creativeescapepapercrafting.com  by creating finished card possibilities for their card kits! (Trust me, there are A LOT of possibilities with this absolutely stuffed kit. We have sketched designs already! More on items included in the Summer Blossoms Card Kit below or copy/paste the link, http://creativeescapepapercrafting.com/  if you wish to see papers, stamps, dies, specialty paper, sequin/shaker mix, twine, and more!) It’s a great opportunity to help a unique company. Their goal is to provide value with items they have tested for quality, while using as many American products as possible! Their approach is very different to card kits:  The kits are designed to take you from one theme or season/time and help you transition into the next. For instance, they have a full stamp set with words and pretty images and added a mum stamp, which has a little greeting with it and extra paper. So, we loved that as crafters; you’re getting a lot for your money! Oh and they have stamping/coloring kits they are shipping at no additional cost if you purchase the Summer Blossoms Card Kit at the same time! LOVE THAT!!!! Btw, if you’re wondering, they DO ship to Canada AND the U.K.! Let’s be honest, not everyone can afford a lot of crafting items each month, so you can get a stamp/coloring kit alone with 3 types of paper to hit the ground running with anything you have on hand or prefer to use to color!

Kit on the island!
Many words/images
Some of the goodies

The kit is STUFFED with goodies! If any of you have seen any unboxing videos, you know I am honest and a bit picky about crafting items in a kit, like the weight of the cardstock. This kit did NOT disappoint – the cardstock is nice & thick. The chosen prints are double-sided for options for male and females.. There’s also gold foil paper, 6 dies, a stamp set with images and words and an additional stamp, a custom sequin/shaker mix, 3 different twine/jute and that’s not even everything!



They also have fun, budget-friendly coloring kits that come with 3 types of paper: watercolor, specialty paper for use with alcohol markers and paper for colored pencils, stamping, techniques, etc.!


Ok, my lap top was moody & I wanted to ensure there weren’t last minute entries. SO WE ARE DOING 3 WINNERS FOR being late to draw! Many apologies! I put names on paper and hand drew the winners so my friends in the UK can see:

1st WINNER of Oxide Ink Set: Ricaura Creations

2nd place: Julie Hutchinson Meyer

3rd Place Lisa Lady…… Please e mail platinumpeacock.blog with your full name & address! Thank you all for your patience & understanding!

Customizing A Card Kit

This card won’t shock many from the Love from Lizi Facebook Group/family but I have realized that some people think card kits limit your “options”. I would argue otherwise and will also dive into this a bit further. The best advice I can give to anyone: LOOK at everything as tools and options. Who puts “limits” on something YOU have the pleasure of creating from start to finish. If you draw inspiration from blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, or a museum: GREAT! Use all of that creativity and pour it into your cards! That makes it your own spin from a design. Don’t beat yourself up if you need to refer to the outlets for inspiration or a boost when you need to make a card for an occasion. The great YouTube channels created for showcasing the ideas of Jennifer McGuire and K. Warner Designs, for example give thousands of people different ideas. That’s the intent of having a blog & YouTube channel. A cheerful encouraging card tutorial is below. Stay crafty, my friends! ***GIVEAWAY WILL BE DRAWN TOMORROW AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT!!!***