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Back at it – New Sketch Sunday!

Welcome back! Well, that was more for me than you all. I have been missing for awhile, I know. Things have been crazy here. I moved, lost a job, got a new job and have already decided that the craft room that I set up about a year ago doesn’t work for me. I am in the process of redoing the craft room, so that will keep me busy for awhile.

Anyway, I started up the Sketch Sunday series again yesterday. I made my first card based off of the sketch from My Favorite Things. The link will be listed at the end of the post. You have until 12:00 Noon EST to enter their contest. But don’t worry – there’s a new one every week!

When I was redoing my craft room, I found a bunch of supplies that I thought I had lost! One of those things was my heat gun. So, of course, I had to use it on this card.



Here is the link to the video I made if you want to see how I created it.

The supplies I used are:

Martha Stewart Heat Gun

Martha Stewart Ebony Embossing Powder

Versamark Ink

Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick

Mini Ink Blending Tools

Copics: E000, E00, E11,E15, E18 (all ciao) R14, R17 (both Sketch)

#coloring Markers (from Michael’s) : R3, R17, B2

Nicole Premiere Marker (from AC Moore): Slate

Promarker:Ice Grey 1

My Favorite Things RazzleBerry Ink (sentiment and wallpaper background) and Hybrid Black Licorice (main image and stamping for mask)

My Favorite Things Background Stamps: Fleur de Lis and Roses All Over

My Favorite Things Stamp and Dies: Time for the Bubbly

White card stock: Michael’s Multipack

MISTI Stamping Tool (regular size)

Fiskar’s scissors

V5 Pilot Pen in Black

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Inlay Die Cutting – You Mean the World to Me

Just about everyone is raving about some new technique. I’m probably pretty late to the inlay die technique, but I decided to make this video anyway! I have been doing the technique for awhile and I think I even did a video on it. But, since I really like it, I thought that I would do this video.

One of the reasons that it’s such a good technique for you to use is that if you mail your cards, this will cut down on the bulk. Since it’s pretty much one layer (minus the very thin copy paper you lay the piece down onto), it doesn’t add weight and expense to your cards! Another great feature is that ability to do two or more colors with little to no fuss!

The die that I used for this is one that I have had for awhile. It is from My Favorite Things and it was one that was free with a $60 purchase. I loved it, but I just never really had the right occasion to use it. The die is a globe with the words “You Mean The World To Me” underneath of it.

I knew that I wanted to do two colors with this cutout, so I took a piece of white card stock and I used two shades of green distress ink to color the paper. Those were Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn. I then taped the die down and cut it out. When I took the pieces out of the card stock, I realized I made a big mistake. I was left with the ocean from the die that was attached to the piece, not the greenery.

Originally my plan was NOT to do this technique – I was actually just going to color a piece of card stock with shades of blue distress ink and glue it behind the cut out. Well, since I made that mistake, that plan went out the window! I inked up another piece of white card stock with some tumbled glass and salty ocean distress inks and then ran the piece through my Cuttlebug with the die. When I was looking at the waste, I then realized that these “mistakes” could be used in the piece!

First, I adhered a scrap piece of paper (you can use copy paper because it’s thin and inexpensive versus card stock!). Then I took my Lifestyle Crafts Quick Stick and started placing the pieces into the cutouts. I used my Zig Two Way glue pen to put the pieces into their spots. It fits together like a puzzle, so it comes together very quickly. Luckily I found all the letters (since I wasn’t planning on keeping them I wasn’t too careful with where they went after I pulled them from the die). My suggestion is that if you have a lot of small pieces, put them in a pile together or a plastic bag so they don’t get lost. Especially if you aren’t going to finish the project at that time. (Can you tell that I am saying this from experience??? LOL)

Now you have an almost one layer piece for the front of a card or for a scrapbook project! I love the way these inlay die cuts turn out because they have multiple colors, which adds interest.

Here is the video on how I made this piece:

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