Monday, April 6, 2020

Making Multiple Encouragement Cards for Essential Employees

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm sharing this blog post a little out of order from the videos but 
hey, what isn't a little turned around right now? 

I recently shared that I had been struggling a bit to create due to all the happenings in the world currently. Eric suggested making cards for the helpers might help me to like I had a bigger purpose in my creating. 

So today my friends we are mass producing. 
You can stop at any one of these steps and have a beautiful card. OR do some or all. Whatever floats your boat. 


Mass producing is a great way to get a large amount of cards out very quickly. However, I have a hang up with mass producing. I get bored. There's a reason none of my cards are duplicates haha. 
I have found that making the same card in different colors helps me to feel like it's just different enough. My first tip is doing all the things at the same time. Like a little assembly line. Stamp, emboss, ink, and stencil. 

Heads up here, a stamp positioner will make this super easy. I used my MISTI. If you don't have you can certainly stamp them with blocks it'll just take a little longer. Treat your cardstock with your anti-static tool and stamp in embossing ink. I stamped my anchor and my sentiment at the same time. I then sprinkled on white embossing powder and heat set it until it was smooth and melted. 
Making all the embossing the same color is another way to make it fast which is why I went with white. It's a neutral that matches everything! 


I want to note here that for the gray I did not add any ink. I wanted you to see that the card can be just as beautiful without doing all the steps that I did. Once the heat embossing was done I moved on to the inking. I used two colors of distress ink for each one to help the embossing POP off the page. Not all of them needed the added contrast, in fact most of them didn't. But the bright colors do! The yellow and green were very hard to read before adding the distress ink. 


Now I said with the gray I didn't add any ink, which you can see above. I did add the glimmer paste to all the cards though and I have to be honest that's where the wow factor is. 


I used Glimmer Paste in the color Moonstone which is a white/clear glitter that basically takes on the color of whatever you put it over. It's my favorite Glimmer Paste and by far the one I use the most. You can use colored glitters. They'd be beautiful BUT you will not be able to go over the anchor and sentiment like I did. You could of course die cut the anchor and sentiment out and adhered them over top of the glimmer paste and everything would still be legible. 


I did notice as I was moving along stenciling that in some of the holes the glue was drying. So on some of the cards the lines are a bit more sporadic but it doesn't bother me. If that bother you consider washing it halfway through to clear out the dried glitter. 


I hope these cards inspired you to start making for those who are working so hard to still keep our world turning during this difficult time. 

You can see my whole process in the video below 



Thank you so much for stopping by! 


Supplies:

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RADIANT BACKGROUND STENCIL
RADIANT BACKGROUND STENCIL
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Honey Bee Stamps Anchors The Soul
Honey Bee Stamps Anchors The Soul
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Anchors The Soul Honey Cuts
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
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Ranger MINI ROUND FOAM REFILLS for Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLUEPRINT SKETCH
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ABANDONED CORAL
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MUSTARD SEED
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MUSTARD SEED
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SEEDLESS PRESERVES
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 24 COLORS
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 24 COLORS
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Tonic MOONSTONE Nuvo Glimmer Paste
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Tonic METAL PALETTE KNIFE
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OVER THE RAINBOW ASSORTED CARDSTOCK PACK
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Waffle Flower 6 Year Celebration



Hello Crafters! 

Welcome to Waffle Flower's 6 Year Celebration!
Whoo Hoo! 
Celebrations are so needed right now and I'm honored they asked me to help celebrate! 

You should have arrived here from my amazing friend Kathy Racoosin. I know she knocked your socks off. She always does! If you're just stopping by you can start at the beginning with the Waffle Flower Blog 

I love the owner of Waffle Flower Nina very much. She is an incredibly kindhearted woman. and if you weren't sure that's 100% true...keep reading. 

To celebrate its 6th Anniversary, Waffle Flower has been hosting lots of giveaways on its YouTubeInstagram and Facebook.

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $100 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on April 8th, 2020 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts in this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower Blog on 4/10/2020.

We are also hosting an Instagram Hop among all team members that will go live at 12:00 noon EDT today! Don’t forget to join us there!

All of our giveaways open to worldwide participants age 16 and above!



We do not want to encourage impulsive purchases so we are not hosting a sale. Use what you have or join our giveaways here on the blog and on our YouTubeInstagram and Facebook


From now till 11:59pm EDT on April 8th, all orders placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift! It’s a brand new product that will be released on April 10th! Sneak Peeks starts tomorrow!
For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection!

I know, she's amazing right? 

For this hop Nina asked us to share our favorite 6 picks...It's a lot of flowers ya'll. 
I can't help it they make such pretty ones! 


Books & Coffee: I love these little animals and their books. So sweet! 
Plus who doesn't love books and coffee?You can find the video here


Peony Dreams: This no line watercoloring card was quite the challenge for me 
but I love the way it turned out! You can find the video here


In Bloom: I loved this large poppy so much I colored it twice! 
It's a great focal point for bold backgrounds. You can find the video here. 


Bouquet Builder 5: This one was such a fun way to break out of a funk. 
I posted some color combos on Instagram and let my followers choose. 
They did an amazing job! You can find the video here


Oversized Thanks Die: The Peony Bouquet in this card is beautiful but y actual favorite is the sentiment. Waffle Flower has lots of oversized sentiments that are amazing focal points. You can see the video here.


Sunflower Love: I love how the sentiments pair up with these beautiful sunflowers. It's a perfect frame of beautiful flowers. You can see the video here

I do have a new card for you guys too because I couldn't resist the Rejoice Rabbit! 



I'll keep it brief I know it's a long post...

I paired this sweetheart up with the Simply Plaid stamps to create a soft pastel card perfect for Easter. 


That gingham background has my heart all pitter patter. How about you? 
You know I have a video. 
You know it'll be up later :) 

Your next stop on the hop is another good friend of mine who I just adore. Head over and see what gorgeous design Laura Bassen has come up with! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 


My Top 6 Cards Supplies:
 
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Waffleflower Peony Dreams
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Waffleflower Peony Dreams Combo
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Waffleflower Horizontal Stripes Die
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Waffleflower In Bloom Combo
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Waffleflower In Bloom
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Waffleflower In Bloom Dies
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Waffle Flower BOUQUET BUILDER 5 Bundle
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Waffle Flower SISTERHOOD
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Waffleflower Peony Bouquet
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Waffleflower Peony Bouquet Die
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Waffleflower  Peony Bouquet Combo
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Waffleflower  Oversized Thank You
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Waffleflower Oversized Thank You Die
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Waffleflower Oversized Thank You Combo
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Waffleflower Sunflower Love Combo
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Waffleflower Sunflower Love
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Waffleflower Sunflower Love Die
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Waffleflower Simply Said 1 Combo
Waffleflower Simply Said 1 Combo
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Waffleflower Simply Said 1
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Waffleflower Simply Said 1Die
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Waffleflower Water Media Mat
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Waffle Flower Rejoice Rabbit
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Waffle Flower Rejoice Rabbit Dies
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Waffle Flower Rejoice Rabbit Combo
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Waffle Flower Simply Plaids
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Waffle Flower Simply Plaids Combo
Waffle Flower Simply Plaids Combo
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