Saturday, February 1, 2020

Fresh New Dies For All Your Paper Crafting Projects | i-crafter 2020 February Release

Hello! Today marks the day for the i-crafter February Release blog hop! I hope you all had a good time hopping in the first one. If you missed out on the January release blog hop you can find the link here.  

i-crafter February release

There is a giveaway for this blog hop. I'll have the information for that down below, along with the hop list.

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For my project today I'm creating a floral card with a few insects, using the Floral Garden and Love Bugs die. I'll be using a bunch of Distress Oxide inks to color up my die cuts. This may come as a surprise but I didn't use any stamps on this card!

Painting the Die Cuts

Dies: Floral Garden (leaves and large florals) Love Bugs (bee & lady bug)
Ink: Distress Oxide Black Soot, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Faded jeans, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
Card stock: Tim Holtz Watercolor card stock, Paper Trey Ink Vellum

I'm not sure if this technique could be considered water coloring, it's more like smooshing the die cuts into puddles of paint and letting it sit there for a moment. I know for sure it was simple though. After die cutting all the flowers, leaves and insects I squished several colors of distress oxide ink on to a mat then spritzed the ink with water. I placed each die cut into the ink one by one then removed them. Then using tweezers to pick up each die cut and set it a side to dry. 

The distress oxide inks mix well together and layer beautifully.
These are not perfectly covered, I wanted a bit of a distress look. Also, some of the center parts of the flowers I left completely white and the bees wings are die cut using vellum. 


Adhesive: Brutus Monroe Craft Glue, Multi Medium Matte
Foam Dimensional: foam rounds large & small
Tools: Tweezers, die release tool, embossing label maker
Card stock: Simon Says Stamp Smoke card stock

Using tweezers and a die release tool, I put together the flowers. I used craft glue for the larger solid pieces and Multi Medium Matte for the more detailed die cuts. When assembling the card I used a piece of gray card stock die cut with a rectangle die from my stash. I popped up the flowers with dimensional foam then added on the leaves, cutting some of the longer ones in half. I adhered the lady bugs to the top left area some and the bees through out the rest. 

The die for the lady bug does cut out small dots but I chose to use a white gel pen to add those in. I also used a W3 copic marker to color in some of the white centers of the flowers. I thought that they were a little to stark white after adhering this to a Neenah Solar White 110lb cardbase. 

There is a giveaway for this release. 
To be entered into our blog hop giveaway please comment on all blogs in the hop. The giveaway closes at 11:59pm on February 14th, 2020. The will be announced on the i-crafter blog on February 15th 2020.

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Thank you all so much for stopping by today! 
Please let me know, in the comments, what you are most excited for in this months release.

Jessica ❤

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  1. Such a fantastic card Jessica! I love all your tips in creating the bugs and adding white centers to the flowers! Beautiful

  2. How cool! I LOVE all the bugs and flowers and the way you colored them! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. OMG all the detail wonderful card.

  4. Oh, how I LOVE the bugs. They are so so so cute!! Especially the lady bugs. And I am a huge bee fan, so that is saying something...

  5. The “coloring” technique resulted in beautiful flower colors! Using velum for insect wings adds the perfect touch.

  6. Love the flowers, bees and ladybugs! Awesome card with these new dies!

  7. These are fantastic! I learned about this company watching A Card Days her channel.

  8. Marisela Delgado said: Wow, what a fabulous card.

  9. I like your colorful card design. I like your technique.

  10. So beautiful! Love your watercolor smooshing! Very pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Dymo label maker for the win! Such a colorful and HAPPY card! Well done!

  12. the wings are amazing! what a cool 3-D card! Great job.

  13. Lovely card, so many wonderful details. The bees with their vellum wings are so cute. Too many things to be excited about to just pick one.

  14. The bugs and flowers are cute.

  15. Marisela Delgado said: How fabulous are those flowers.

  16. The lady bugs are especially cute!!!