Newton’s Nook Designs April Release and Giveaway – Day 4

Hello friends and welcome to Day 4 of the Newton’s Nook April release! These last projects are so fun and full of spring images and I’m so excited to share them with you!

All new products for this release will be available for purchase on Friday April 23rd!

My first card uses the new Heartfelt Butterflies stamp set (which coordinates with the previously released Heart Frames die set):

Believe me, the pull was *very* strong to color these butterflies in with rainbow colors. Very strong. But I also thought about Blue Morpho butterflies. True blue like that seems to be a pretty rare color to find in animals, so I wanted to make it the star of this project.

I started by heat embossing the Heartfelt Butterflies stamp onto Bristol Smooth cardstock (either white or clear embossing powder would work). I then blended over it using Distress Oxide inks (this time a blend of Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Blueprint Sketch).

I then die cut the image using the largest scalloped frame from the Heart Frames die set.

I kept debating about where to place a sentiment and finally decided to create my own space by trimming out a section of the heart just wide enough to fit it.

I attached the heart to my card base using foam adhesive and the added the sentiment using the same Blueprint Sketch ink.

Next up is another new set to coordinate with the Heart Frames die set, Heartfelt Blooms:

Since I ink blended my first card, I decided to color this one in springy shades of pink, purple and yellow. I then die cut the image the same scalloped heart die. This time I added the largest heart die from the same set as a backing in a shade of green.

To add a little texture to the front of the card, I embossed the front card panel using the new Petite Hearts stencil (you’ll need to figure out what is the right sandwich for your particular die cut machine for that technique).

I then attached the heart to the card front slightly off center and trimmed off the edge that was hanging over.

I finished it with a banner created with a sentiment from the same set a banner trimmed from pink cardstock (you could also use a banner from the Banner Trio die set in it’s place).

Would you like to win the “Heartfelt Butterflies” or the “Heartfelt Blooms” Stamp Set? We will choose ONE lucky winner for each stamp set!

Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday April 22nd at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 23rd. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem – you are here!

Amanda Wilcox

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Rainbow Butterfly for Crafty Meraki

It had to be done! The minute I saw the Meraki stamp set there was no doubt that someday I would be coloring that butterfly in rainbow colors.

I started by picking some favorite Copic combinations to color in the butterfly and then added just a little bit of sparkle to the pink parts of the wing. Because rainbow and sparkle go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?

I then fussy cut the butterfly. A little tip on the antennae – I initially just cut them clean off of her head, and then trimmed them out separately and glued them back on behind her head (you might be able to tell they are a little bit shorter than the original image). I always use a black felt tip pen to run along the edges of images that I fussy cut – I think it makes it look a little more finished.

I initially tried placing the butterfly on a plain white card front which wasn’t bad but I knew I had the Shine On stamp set with the perfect floral border backdrop for her. I wanted to keep the focus on the butterfly so I chose to heat emboss the background in gold rather than color it.

Finally, I added the sentiment from the Meraki set (also embossed) and added the card front panel to a base.

I’ve been so deep into Christmas card making lately, it was nice to change it up! Hope you enjoy it too!

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Superstar for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing two 4 bar sized cards made with the Superstar Heffy Doodle collaberation set! In my opinion, the sentiments are the very best part of this set so I wanted to keep them the main focus.

For this card, I first heat embossed the small star images and sentiment with white (clear would work too) embossing powder. The best part of this white on white technique is that you can’t really see where you are stamping so the stars truly end up with a random placement! Just make sure you don’t overlap the sentiment.

After the embossing cooled, I ink blended using Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks.

Finally, I attached the panel to the card base using foam tape.

For my second card, I randomly stamped the same small stars around the border of the card panel using a dark aqua ink – just pick you’re favorite blue! Each star would get stamped three times before reinking to create the variation in color.

I then ink blended the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks and added the sentiment with black ink.

The final touch was one single gold embossed star near the sentiment (it kind of worked with the sentiment to me – only one gold sparkly star in a sea of blue stars!).

You could use these same techniques with the diamond or sparkle images from this set for more variations!

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You’re Sealiously Awesome – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

Hello! This is Samantha welcoming you to my very first blog post as a member of the Crafty Meraki design team!

Today’s card is created with some incredibly cute products from Sunny Studios available on the Crafty Meraki website:

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Quick Tips:

  • I started by blending the background using a DIY stencil made from thin plastic sheets (check the art supply section at your local craft store or Amazon) and an oval die. You could also use masking paper or one of the ready made shape stencils available on the market.
  • I find creating little “mini-scenes” like this one using an ink blended or stamped shape much easier to complete than a full card front scene!
  • Distress Oxide ink colors used for the background include Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch (for the water) along with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade for the sky.
  • The images from the Sunny Studios Sealiously Sweet and Tropical Scenes sets were stamped and colored using Copic markers.
  • I chose to fussy cut my images and pop them up with foam tape but you could also mask the images and make this a one layer card.
  • Consider making a set of matching cards using this format but changing up the seal image used and sky and water colors – it would be an adorable gift!

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MFT Best in Show – October Use My Stuff Challenge

Get ready for a dog filled day!  These Best In Show stamps from My Favorite Things had been on my wish list so I was really happy to receive them in our swag bag at Junkie Fest this year!

After coloring and die cutting all of the images, I used post-it tape and oxide inks to create a blended little home for each scene.

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Products Used:

BB Best in Show Stamp Set

BB Best in Show Die-namics