Monday, June 27, 2022

Pinkfresh Studio June 2022 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

 
Hello Friends! Sure hope your summer is off to a great start! Welcome to the June Pinkfresh stamp, die, stencil and hot foil release!


I had so much fun with the
Folk Floral Stem Stamp, the Mini Slimline Frames, and let out a huge cheer when I saw more coverplates, including the Ornate Medallions Coverplate!


The Folk Floral Stem Stamp is just the right size, and has the most perfect graceful curve to adorn the front of your A2 card base. You can have the flowers facing up or down, off the margin or in the center, and they all look beautiful.


Check out the new
Dotted Scallops Coverplate and how much texture it brings! Such a great foundation. Also, while we're on the close-up, did you notice I used two of the bars from the Mini Slimline Frames? I can honestly see using these all the time!

That beautiful sentiment on the vellum and die is from the Heart Smiles line.


And since there are coloring stencils, you have most of the card finished in just a few minutes (unless it takes you an hour to figure out where to put the sentiment lol!)


Really love how this one turned out! Same flower, same colors (except a light purple for the leaves instead of a tan) but wow with the drama on charcoal! 


Must take a moment to appreciate Mini Slimline Frames, cut in gold!! LOVE! Who says you need to use them on a slimline card? Cut them up for different boxes to showcase your flowers from!


And while you're at it, stick a few sentiments in those boxes as well. I think people generally like reading more vs. less on a card. 

This is one of my recent favorite cards, I think because it looks a little Art Deco with the frame style, and the colors used.

GIVEAWAYS:

We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel!! We will also be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards, so comment along the hop for more chances to win. The winners will be posted on July 5, 2022 on the GIVEAWAY PAGE, so check back and claim any prize within 2 weeks. GOOD LUCK!!

I'd like to send you now to the blog of the super talented Kelly Taylor, who has some delightful projects to share with you!

Here's the complete list if you need it:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly

Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks for your support!)

Mini Slimline Frames

Heart Smiles Die

Heart Smiles Stamp

Folk Floral Stem Stamp

Folk Floral Stem Die

Folk Floral Stencils

Dotted Scallops Coverplate

Ornate Medallions Coverplate


Ornate Circle Die

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Masculine Birthday Cards - Four Different Ways to Use the New Spellbinders Balloon Party Animal Die!

 

Hello Folks! Masculine birthday cards (and sympathy cards) are the most difficult cards for me to make, and of course the cards I need most often. Today I'm excited to share four different ways to use the most adorable new Balloon Party Animal Die from the Spellbinders 20th birthday party extravaganza!! And they are guaranteed to work for all the guys in your life, young or old!

Balloon Party Animal Die

Before jumping in with the cards, I'd like to take a moment to recognize what an enormous milestone to reach 20 successful years, in any industry ... so very proud of how Spellbinders has navigated all the crazy market twists and turns over these years and have still come out on top. Congratulations!!

OK, let's take a look at the cards!

 

With masculine cards, it's a tough balance between not over-engineering things, and still keeping the card interesting. This card does just that, simplistic in design, yet the elements are engaging.

Cutting the Balloon Party Animal Die out of transparent vellum gives this guy a real balloon feel.

And the Stitched Fanfare Die background die is a knockout!! You can of course stitch your heart out with this die, but what a stunning statement on its own, with just white cardstock! This card was way too easy to make, so of course I kept going ...


Another idea, channel your contemporary art vibes and recreate a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog. 
 

There are five in existence, and all have a mirror polished finish in blue, magenta, orange, red or yellow. What a great idea for a set!


This one I made super dimensional and bent up the balloon sections to stick out and really play up the reflective qualities of this foil paper. Also attached him with a stick for fun.


This festive card would work for any age, male or female. You could also attach the balloon animal with a spring and have him move around your card.



A third idea is to make multiples of the balloon animal, and highlight one of them in a different color with your sentiment.
This card represents the magenta Koons sculpture.


This focal point has a few layers underneath for some dimension.


Festive, yet masculine ... a real challenge for me, but I think this one hits it!

My fourth and final example actually uses the additional dimensional die pieces layered on top of the main balloon animal in a different shade of green.  


And I added wire glasses to him for some extra quirkiness by wrapping wire around an old paint brush.

This card also goes to show the balloon animals aren't just for birthday cards ... it can work for any festive and celebratory occasion (graduations - with a balloon animal in school colors, new promotion, first day of school, etc) 

Thanks so much for checking out my ideas with the Balloon Party Animal Die! As the first three cards show, you can get great results with only using the first layer of the die, so making multiples of these cards would be very efficient.  I really had a ton of fun playing around with this guy and love how versatile he is. 

A big Happy 20th Birthday to Spellbinders!! What an accomplishment!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly


Supplies used (affiliate links used, thank so much for your support!)

Balloon Party Animal Die


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Pinkfresh Studio May 2022 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

 


Hello! 

Welcome to the second to last stop on the new release blog hop for Pinkfresh Studio! I've got two cards to share with you showing different ways to use one of the background cover plates.

You may have just come from Karin's blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with Pinkfresh Studio!

Both cards feature these two products:

Grant Yourself Grace Stamp Set

Stitched Diamonds Coverplate Die

Let's take a look!

 
Love love love the new 
Grant Yourself Grace Stamp Set with the coordinating die and stencil. You might be thinking, well, it's just another pretty floral set with stencils to color. 

Nope! This stencil set has been cleverly designed to block off certain areas of the design which will be open on other stencils. This means now you can finally ink two light colors independent of each other! They are not going to be muddied together when you're blending on top of an existing layer. 



One way to see what I mean is to look at the orange areas in the flowers above. You'll probably recognize that typically spaces like this would be in a shadow, and we'd naturally colors those areas in a darker red, to be layered upon . In this case however, it's colored in a purely lighter orange, not a color that had to be layered upon.


Here's another great sentiment that's included in this set. I heat embossed it in gold on vellum and wrapped it around the card panel. The top forals/leaves are placed on top of the vellum, and the bottom set underneath.


And let's not forget that gorgeous background from the
Stitched Diamonds Coverplate DieJust a simple ink blending on top of all of those dashes soakes the ink right into your panel.

The next card uses the same Stitched Diamonds Coverplate Die.

 

Instead of leaving the panel plain as a way to add texture like the first card, I blended different colors into the stencil I made, and ended up with 3 different rows of color. You can see the stencil I made on the left with all the red and purple ink. I just cut
the stitched diamonds out of one row.


Another difference is this time I used gold thread to stitch around the outline of each diamond. It was so easy to do because the coverplate leaves tiny holes in the point of each design, just right for your needle to go thru.


I love all the added sparkle it gives with the gold!


The flower is from the same
Grant Yourself Grace Stamp Set as the first card, I just switched up the colors. Now I have a darker color where it's "supposed to be" in the darker crevices.


The sentiment is a new one from
Modern Script Sentiment Hot Foil. As always, after hot foiling the first round of sentiments, I used the full plate to hot foil the negative space, and then die cut those out. Such a great 2-for-1 project!
GIVEAWAYS:

We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel!! We will also be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards, so comment along the hop for more chances to win. The winners will be posted on June 3, 2022 on the GIVEAWAY PAGE, so check back and claim any prize within 2 weeks. GOOD LUCK!!

I'd like to send you now to the blog of the super talented Kelly Taylor, who has some delightful projects to share with you!

Here's the complete list if you need it:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly

 

Supplies Used (affiliate links used at no additional cost to you, thanks for your support!):

Grant Yourself Grace Stamp Set

Grant Yourself Grace Dies Set

Grant Yourself Grace Stencil Set

Modern Script Sentiment Dies

Modern Script Sentiment Hot Foil

Stitched Diamonds Coverplate Die