4.24.2015

You Got This! Free Digital Stamp

Hi friends!

Danielle here!

A few days ago I posted a photo of some hand lettering I did over on our Instagram page. Several people said they would love it as a stamp. So don't worry - that will happen! But in the meantime, here it is as a free digital version!

As with all of our free digital stamps, this image is copyrighted, so when posting projects online or submitting for publication credit must be given to Neat and Tangled.



Have a great weekend everyone!
Danielle

4.23.2015

Thank You Cards using Simple Coloring by May

Hey everyone! May here today sharing a couple of flower wreath cards that I made using Paris and All My HeartMy inspiration came from my own card that I made last year. Here is what I came up with: 



I created a wreath image by stamping the cluster of blooms from Paris in black. Then I colored the images using Sakura Gelly Roll pens in bright colors. I finished off the card with the sentiment from All My Heart.



I chose some grey cardstock for my second one as a card base. This time I traced my images with Uniball white gel pen to enhance the stamped white lines. Next, I colored my wreaths with gel pens in black, silver, gold. After stamping the sentiment in white, I traced the lines with the white gel pen again to make them dark. 


Hope you loved my cards and got some inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy crafting!

4.22.2015

Clean and Simple Kitty Cards by May


Hey everybody! It's May here today sharing clean and simple cards. I wanted to create fun scenes using a kitty image from Meowwwww set along with some other stamps from old releases. 

For my first card, I created my own balloon using a flower image from Sacandinavian Flowers set by masking it off the center. After stamping the kitty from Meowwwww set, I added some hand drawn lines to complement my little scene using a black pen. I colored my images with Copic markers, then I finished off the card with the sentiment from Just Hello set.
I created a kitty floating over the sea filled with fishes for the next card. I stamped the waves from Sailmates set and the sentiment from My Plate is Full set.



For my last card, I created a pond using a circle image from Dala Horse set and inked some blue inside using a blending tool. After stamping the images and coloring the kitty, I added the sentiment from Be My Valentine set.

That's all I have for today. Hope my kitty cards brought some fun to your day. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy crafting! 

4.21.2015

Double Partial Die-Cutting with Birthday Tags

Hey everyone,

Mayuri here to share a card that uses Laura Bassen's wonderful double partial die-cutting technique. I achieved this with the Birthday Tags die-set along with some circle dies - its not as difficult as it may look!


I began by marking out a horizon line on a piece of cardstock to use as a guide for the partial die-cutting technique, and laid down a circle die on top, taking note of where the line was. I then partially die-cut the circle where it met the line by making sure my cutting plate only covered that part of the die and the piece of cardstock. Laura demonstrates this beautifully here.


I removed the circle die and replaced it with the Birthday Tag die, again taking note of where the guideline appeared. This was also partially die-cut in the same way as the circle. All that was left for me to do was cut the connecting lines on either side and I was left with a bespoke die-cut panel!


I stamped a sentiment from the Giving Tree set with black dye ink and set the panel aside. I sponged some Distress inks directly to a white card base starting quite dark at the bottom and fading out towards the top. I then foam mounted the die-cut panel onto the card base.


I stamped the flowers from the Paris set onto some scraps of inky cardstock with black ink, and then fussy cut a few of them out. These was adhered around the aperture and finished with a few Crystal Clear sequins.


I hope you'll try this technique - it was a lot of fun experimenting with the Neat and Tangled dies!

Thanks for stopping by ;-)

4.20.2015

To Have A Friend Like You

How wonderful it is to have a friend like you! Yes you! And you, and you too! I honestly consider all of you to be my crafty friends, and you know what? Crafty friends are best kind of friends! 

We support each other in our crafty addictions, we travel for miles go to crops and classes together, we chat for many many hours about the most silly things like colors of sequins or number of cards we've made. But the most important part is, we understand each other and appreciate one another even thought we seldom meet in real life.

Here's a simple grey + gold card to celebrate our friendship! 
 
I used my current favorite sets (I know I say this every time, but they truly are my favs!) - Scandinavian Flowers and Dala Horse. If you know me, you know I love to create backgrounds of all sorts and this is exactly what I did for this card.

I started by stamping a sentiment in the center of a dark grey panel of cardstock, next by using it as a guide I added branches from Scandinavian Flowers set. I stamped them repeatedly rotating each every time I made an impression. 

Instead of using flowers that were designed to go with the branches I used little blooms from the Dala Horse set. I stamped several at the ends of the branches and also in between and so filled the blanks.

I used ClearSnap embossing ink for my stamping and therefore was able to add gold embossing powder than heat set this gorgeous piece. To give it a bit of shine I used my Wink Of Stella glitter pen and added glittery highlights to the flowers and leaves. Finally I added a touch of glossy accents to the large elements on this project.

I could have kept this a one layer card, but because my cardstock warped a bit from all the heat I mounted it onto a panel of sturdy cardstock, used foam adhesive and adhered onto a light grey card base. Simple and fun!

4.19.2015

Neat & Tangled / The Cut Shoppe Hop Winner

Hey folks, just popping in to announce the winner of our hop with The Cut Shoppe.

Random.org selected comment #12 from Day 4, and that person is....

nice unicorn

Congratulations!

Please email dtcoordinator@neatandtangled.com to collect your prize.




4.17.2015

Neat & Tangled / The Cut Shoppe Blog Hope - Day 5


It's the last of day of our week-long collaboration with The Cut Shoppe, an Etsy store which sells a variety of cut files (in SVG/PNG format) for use with electronic die cut machines.  

Each day this week we'll be featuring projects using The Cut Shoppe's files, and The Cut Shoppe team will be featuring projects using Neat & Tangled stamps on their blog.  Be sure to stop by each blog as there are giveaways!  The Cut Shoppe will be selecting one lucky commenter to win a $25 credit at the Neat & Tangled shop, and we'll be selecting one commenter from our blog to win a $20 credit for  The Cut Shoppe.  In addition, The Cut Shoppe is offering everyone a special discount this week.  Use code TCSNT30 for 30% off at the Cut Shoppe April 13-19.  

We're ending things with a bang today!  First up is Rachel: 




Ashley's cut files are gorgeous and go so well with Neat & Tangled stamps. I used Funky Florals  and cut a variety of flowers, focusing predominantly on the more solid images. Next, I pressed some Distress Inks onto my acyclic block, spritzed with water and smooshed the die cut shapes into the ink to create a faux watercolor look. 



I stamped the My Favorite sentiment on the right side of the card and heat embossed it in white. I arranged the flowers and leaves along the left side, giving the solid flowers a good coating of glitter.

And last, but not least Taheerah is sharing an ingenious use of cut files:



I used the Rosey Posey cut file and printed and foiled it on vellum using my Minc.  This was fussy cut and layered over a watercolored panel that I randomly stamped using the tiny heart from Gifts For You.  



The sentiment is from Everyday Labels, and for a bit of color and contrast I added a Birthday Bash sequin.

What a great week it has been!  We have so enjoyed working with The Cut Shoppe's files.  Don't forget to head over to their blog and leave comments on all the hop posts this week.  We'll be drawing a winner over the weekend!

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