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Stepping It Up With Colored Pencils




Hey crafty friends, it's Amanda from Pear Blossom Press again. Have you played with the new Put a Bow on It stamp set from The Rabbit Hole Designs yet? It is so pretty and offers a ton of coloring possibilities. After seeing Kathy Racoosin's take on it, I almost didn't want to post my first card with it.

This time around, I had an ace up my sleeve though. I stamped, embossed, and Copic colored my image. I fussy cut it with my ScanNCut and popped it up on a square kraft card base with foam tape (a coordinating die is available). A few scattered gems dressed the card up and it was basically finished. Then, I got on a plane to Florida and took it to Kathy's Coloring Challenge Road Trip class for some advice on how to step it up!

This first picture shows my image before I went to class...


I showed it to Kathy and she used a dark blue colored pencil to deepen the shadows on the blue bow in the center. She used more pressure near the black outlines and then soft squiggles and circles to blend the color out. You can see how much more dimension it has than the others.


Then it was my turn. I got to work on the other bows, adding some shading to the outside edges of the loops, as well as the centers and overlapping areas. I seem to have a heavier hand when it comes to blending so I lost some of the lightest highlight areas, or sweet spots, as Kathy calls them. I will continue to practice, but the additional shading makes a huge difference!



Kathy shares some fantastic tips and techniques in her classes. I took my first one with her in September. I still have lots of practice to do, but the second class was a great refresher and reminded me of tips I forgot about after the first one. Luckily, she will be sharing her coloring classes online soon! Keep an eye out for Kathy's Coloring Challenge Road Trip on Online Card Classes!

Overall, I'm much happier with the updated card. Now I will tell you, she recommends not embossing images because the raised edges keep you from getting your pencil tip all the way to the lines. The more I practiced on this image, the more I understood what she meant. So I'll be forgoing the embossing for a while to compare. Let me know what you think. Can you see the difference between the before and after?



Thanks for stopping by today; I'll be back soon with another fun card. You can find more inspiration and ideas and links to the specific products I used on my blog.

Love by Niccole

Hello everyone!

It's Niccole from Nic & Viv Designs back again to share another card I made using one of The Rabbit Hole Designs new stamp sets. 



For today's card I used the Put A Bow On It stamp set. I love how versatile this stamp set is.

I have a lot of pictures today for you. This way I can show you each card and a close up of the foil on each card.

 

How to create this card:
  • Square card base that is 4.25"x4.25".
  • Stamp the bows stamp from the Put A Bow On It  stamp set with Versamark Ink on a 3.75"x3.75" square.
  • Add clear embossing powder and heat emboss bow image.
  • Cut a piece of foil to cover embossed image.
  • Run bow image with foil through laminator.
  • Remove foil to reveal foiled image.
  • Frame out square stamped image with coordinating color to frame it.
  • Add image to square card base.
  • Stamp the word LOVE from the Put A Bow On It stamp set in the bottom right corner at an angle coinciding with the heart shape.
  • Add a few black Nuvo Crystal Drops randomly to finish the card.
Here is one more picture of the full cards ...



What do you think of the three foiled Put A Bow On It cards? Which is your favorite I really love how they turned out.

TRHD Products used:

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I have had so much fun playing with the Put A Bow On It stamp set today.

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me.

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!   -Nic-


Happy Single's Awareness Day

Hello Rabbit Hole Designs Fans!! DTM Shanna here today with a quick not-a-valentine card! This card features the new sassy and snarky Anti-Valentine's Day stamp set paired with the new Circle Illusion Stencil.  



I started by stenciling the Circle Illusions stencil onto a A2 size card panel.  I used Distress Oxide ink in Barn Door and a blender brush to create a fadeout/ombre effect leaving the bottom of the panel still white.  Next, I stamped the Cupid silhouette in the same red ink using my stamping platform so I could stamp the image multiple times, layering the ink to intensify the color. I centered my cupids within the circle patterns on the stenciled background, allowing them to frame the cupids!  My final Cupid was stamped and then the circle with the line through it (what in the world is that thing called??) was stamped directly over it in black ink. My sentiments were stamped directly onto the card base with black ink.
I could have been done there, but I chose to die cut the focal cupid circle out and pop if up with a layer of fun foam for a bit more dimension!
All in all I love how quickly this card came together, and the design is easily replicated for any theme and stencil!!


That wraps up my post for today, I will be back next week for another trip down The Rabbit Hole!  Until then you can find me over on my blog, Caffeinated Craftiness or over on Instagram-Shanna



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You Make My Heart Dance

 Hello there crafty friends!  It's Cassie here back with another card to share with you using some of the latest The Rabbit Hole Designs products!  

I colored up the adorable Heart Dance stamp set using Copic Markers, and I fussy cut them out to be the star of the show.  I wanted this to look almost like a Christmas wedding card, so I chose the colors green and red.  The background was made with the Square Illusion Stencil and some Nuvo Glacier Paste.


I popped up my image and my sentiment using some foam tape to give some added dimension, and mounted everything onto a white card base. If you look closely her dress has some glitter on it to simulate a wedding dress.  I love how versatile this set can be depending on the occasion you are making it for.


Here are the products I used today:


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Thanks for stopping by!
Cassie

Thinking of You




Hello there!!!
Michelle here, stopping by with a card I created for a friend going 
through a difficult time. She's a 'bow' girl so I know this card will
have her smiling. 

I embossed the stamp, Put a Bow on It, than colored it with a combination of 
Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils.  I die cut the bow cluster with the coordinating die.
I inked up the card base with cracked pistachio distress oxide ink. 
I splattered some white paint onto the background and 
bow cluster.  

The sentiment is from the stamp set Pretty in Peony  I also embossed it 
with gold embossing powder. 


I love the way it sparkles!

Here are the supplies I used:

Put a Bow on It 4x4
Put a Bow on it - Die

Pretty in Peony 4x6

Thanks for stopping by!

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Put a Bow on it...for Christmas!

Hey everyone, DT Jammie here with another awesome way to use the "Put a Bow On It" stamp set.  I love this set because it is super versatile and I can use it for nearly any holiday, and birthdays, and even sympathy.  Today, I've decided to use it for CHRISTMAS!!!!! Yup... check it out:


Pretty sure I used almost every G and YG marker that Copic has to offer, and if they had more, I'd likely have used those too!  But it was so fun to create this gradient of green bows!!! 

This is the stamp set I used named "Put a Bow On It" and here's the link to purchase it from:

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I hope this card inspires you and I really hope to see some of your projects using this awesome stamp!  Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
Toodles!!!!
-Jammie 

Love in the Winter

Hello everyone! DTM Shanna here today with a card featuring The Rabbit Hole Design‘s new release for December, Love You More--Heart Dance! This couple is adorably in love, and I had a lot of fun making a wintery scene for them!


I started by ink blending my card panel with Distress Oxides in Milled Lavender and Dusty Rose.  Sooo pretty and pastel, totally not my normal palette!  Next I used the Light Me Up stencil to add snowflakes to the background. I used VersaMark ink and smooshed the pad over the stencil, then heat embossed in a platinum pearl embossing powder.  The end result was just dreamy!!  My sentiment was borrowed from the Love You More--Christmas Frost stamp set, which also happens to feature our favorite couple!!



I am in full Christmas Card and Tag making mode in my crafty space...what's on your table!?!

That wraps up my post for today, I will be back next week for another trip down The Rabbit Hole!  Until then you can find me over on my blog, Caffeinated Craftiness or over on Instagram
-Shanna


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Anti Valentine's Day Cards


 Good morning crafty card making peeps!
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and ate lots of turkey
and spent some quality time with family and friends!
I spent the holiday with family in Georgia and had 
tons of fun shopping and laughing!

It's Lisa here today on the blog with 2 fun cards
using products from the recent December release!
In the crafty world we are ahead of schedule with the holidays
so we are currently in Valentine's Day mode.
I used the new Anti Valentine Sassy Sentiments combined with the 
Circle Illusion Stencil and came up with 2 fun and easy cards.

For my first card I blended rainbow colors over the Circle Illusion Stencil
for a fun and colorful background. 
I used a smaller rectangle of vellum paper to mute out the center
of the stenciled background and then I added 3 sentiments from
the Anti Valentine Sassy Sentiments. I white heat embossed the sentiments
on to black paper and stacked them on the vellum.
I even decorated the inside of the card with another sentiment
and included the heart image from the same set with the
word "blah" inside of it.

  

For my second card I used purple ink only over the 
Circle Illusion Stencil for a more monotone look.
I added a heart shape that I cut from silver glitter paper on to the 
center of the stenciled background.

Once again I white heat embossed a sentiment on black paper from the 
and mounted the sentiment it across the silver heart.
Lastly I  decorated the inside of the card similar to the first card.


I love the new stencils, they really make quick work 
of a fun and interesting background with minimal effort.
The Anti Valentine Sassy Sentiments stamp set really 
cracks me up and at the same time can be used for a legit 
Valentine's day card if you use the cupid and heart images 
and any number of other "true love" sentiments.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget you can 
purchase The Rabbit Hole Designs products at Simon Says Stamp.

For more inspiration, updates, and news make sure to check out these links.


Have a great day, I already am!
💘Lisa 💘

Bow Love

Hello again! It's Amanda W. taking over the blog today with this fun, clean and simple Valentine card.

I was inspired by another crafter who did two versions of the same card a while ago - one was in full color and the other was simple and just the outline. This is something that I never do and was excited to try.


I heat embossed my bows in black and painted one that stood out to me with gold watercolor. I took the same watercolor and flicked it on a red panel. Then heat embossed love in black on the bottom right corner. I popped the red panel on a black card base and popped the bows up with foam squares.


The shine of the embossing and the shimmer of the metallic watercolor make this clean and simple card just a little bit more. It catches your eye and is just striking. I love this color combo!

The products I used today are:


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 I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

x

Cupid is Stupid


Hello my crafty friend, it's Amanda from Pear Blossom Press again. As we wrap up the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I'm busy making valentines. Or in this case, more sassy galentines! This card is easy to recreate and has no coloring at all, so it's also very quick. The spinner element and heart shape, make this card extra fun!



To make this card, I die cut a large heart three times, twice from white cardstock, and once from a gold foiled piece. I scored a line ¾" from the top of one white heart to make the back panel. I die cut a circle from the center of the other two hearts. Using Scor-Tape, I sandwiched in a line of clear thread, before sealing the two hearts together to form the front card panel. Then, I glued the back panel to the front, above the score line. This gave me a heart shaped card with a hole in the front.

I cut an arrow out of gold glitter cardstock using a preset image in my ScanNCut, then cut it in half and glued it to the card front, trimming the edges to mimic the hole in the center. I made sure to position the bottom of the arrow near the bottom of the card, so it would balance when the card is open.



My sentiment and images are all from the new Sassy Sentiments Anti-Valentine set. I stamped and embossed the sentiment with white powder and die cut it with a fishtail banner. I used the large heart die again to cut the left edge of the banner. For the spinner element, I stamped and embossed two cupids with a double layer of gold powder. Then, I lined up the cross out image and embossed it over the top with a double layer of red powder. I used a powder tool in between coats and had to use a Versamarker pen and more red powder to fill in gaps where the second image overlapped the gold powder. I die cut the images with a circle die and glued them together around the thread. A few red sequins finished off the card nicely.

This card is fun to play with when you wind it up and let it go. Plus, the sentiment is hilarious! I keep pulling this stamp set out; I think it's going to get a permanent spot on my desk! If you'd like to see a few more cards using this set, you might like this article. For more inspiration and links to the specific products I used, check out the sister post on my blog today.

Thanks for stopping by; I'll be back soon with another fun card to share!