Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to | Make Scratch-off Cards at Home

How to make scratch-off cards at home by @pixnglue

A promising title, right? When I think back to my childhood and think about surprise fun stuff coming in the mail, two things come to my mind: bubble wrap - it's still addicting, isn't isn't it? - and scratch-off tickets that came with catalogue mailings. And with the latter, winning something wasn't even important really. Just scratching off the layer and revealing what's underneath got me all excited, hehe :)
I had similar moment years when I noticed that my old paper trimmer can do perforation lines and a friend and I had a ridiculous few minutes just tearing paper apart when the inspiration for a mass birthday invitation just wouldn't spark.

But back to the topic - scratch-off cards! You can do these at home with stuff you surely already have on hand: acrylic paint, dish soap and scotch tape. Yep, that's all!

How to make scratch-off cards at home by @pixnglue
How to make scratch-off cards at home by @pixnglue

To make it easy for you to follow my directions to this technique and recreating my card, you can download the tutorial here. I'm curious to see in what direction you take this :)

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (scratch-off and card): 
kits: Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Card Kit
cardstock: watercolor paperkraft cardstock, Studio Calico Atlantic collection vellum
ink: Studio Calico Color Theory Clean Slate ink
other: Aleene's acrylic paint (metallic silver), Schmincke acrylic paint (neon pink), Garn & Mehr baker's twine (neon pink), Studio Calico Triangle Craft Die, Kesi'art washi tape, American Crafts glitter tape skinny (silver), large pink shipping tag,  dish soap, paintbrush, EK Success 1/2" circle punch, We Are Cropadile, sticky note, typewriter

Monday, April 21, 2014

Studio Calico Camelot Kit Sneaks

Hi there, it's sneak time at Studio Calico! I've mainly been working with the main card kit so far and wish I had more time on my hands to play. Here's a few cards I've completely finished thus far with the Camelot kit: 

Studio Calico Camelot Kit Sneaks by @pixnglue

Studio Calico Camelot Kit Sneaks by @pixnglue

Studio Calico Camelot Kit Sneaks by @pixnglue

… and I may have a slight obsession with Neocolor II crayons and this Silhouette Cameo die-citable cotton canvas… I'm sure you'll see more of that in the future, especially since I found out that the two combine so well. Yes, you hear me right! The watercolor crayons blend awesome on the canvas :)

Anyway, if you want to see more sneaks from my fellow Creative Team colleagues, the Studio Calico sneak page is the way to go. See you soon!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

South of Market {Studio Calico Spring 2014 Release}

Studio Calico South of Market

There's a new Studio Calico collection coming in May and today is day you can preview it all on the Studio Calico blog and hit the notify buttons in the shop so SC can gauge your interest and let's you know immediately when certain items become available. The collection is called South of Market and it has amazing spring colors and cute patterns - perfect for this country girl :) Let's take a look at some of the new products, shall we?

South of Market 6x6 paper pad

South of Market 12 x 12 Herringbone Vellum

South of Market 12x12 Transparency Sheet

South of Market mini alpha aqua

What do you think, guys? Awesome, right?! But we all know that waiting is the hardest part... which is why you can download some FREE digital files to get started right now.

Studio Calico South of Market Digital Freebie
South of Market free printable

There are journaling cards, cut files and printables, too, in the Studio Calico shop.
Have a great day!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm {Revealed}

Studio Calico reveal day is here which means I'm able to show you a first batch of my Bluegrass Farm kit cards. Yay! Let's start right with a main card kit only sample. 

In anticipation of the new mixed media class that will be coming to the Studio Calico classroom next month, I wanted to use a simple mixed media technique for one of my kit cards without getting too dark and shabby. I used an older spray mist mask on the background by randomly painting some of the trendy triangle pattern on it with a thin layer of Gesso (for even more dimension, treat yourself to some modeling paste), then sprinkled some Mister Huey in Calico Shine and Cream over it. In some areas I used a coral colored soft pastels on the Gesso triangles to add some more interest.

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm kit birthday card by @pixnglue

For the sentiment mat, I wanted to go with an ombre look. After I picked the word stamps from the kit stamp set, I stamped the "hooray" in three different shades of ink (Well Red, Coral Bay and Blush Crush from the Studio Calico Color Theory ink palette). The "it's your birthday" was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black once then stamped of three times to create the faded look. I noticed the strawberry stamp was about the right size to cover the larger "o" in "hooray" and added that over the top with a foam dot.
As for the background, I punched four square pieces from the patterned paper pad in the kit and layered a thin strip of red paper on top. The great thing about this is that it coordinates with the darkest ink color of my sentiment and therefor draws the eye right to it. Now, that satin ribbon in the main card kit is something else! So smooth and easy to tie into a bow. With my Crop-a-dile, I punched some holes in the sentiment panel and card base to run in the ribbon and hold the mat in place. To finish everything off, I used the remaining Gesso on my paint brush and painted the edges of my punched pieces and die-cuts to create cohesiveness.

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm kit birthday card by @pixnglue

The next card I want to show is made with just the card add-on Clarabelle. I cut two of the patterned papers included in the add-on at an angle and adhered it to my card base. The add-on also includes a package of banner shapes so naturally I had to make it into a garland, right? Although the banner shapes are already rich in texture, I added a stamped heart with my trusty Tiny Attacher to one of them as well as a stamped arrow using rose gold acrylic paint. 

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm kit card by @pixnglue

The sentiment stamps in the card add-on are gorgeous, especially if you like bigger, clean script fonts. I stamped on them on a relatively neutral patterned paper (made by Tim & Beck for SC, you can get a whole paper pad of these polka dotted papers here) to make the sentiment stand out. Again, a little detail, in this case the red cloth pin, draws the eye right to the focal point.

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farms kit card by @pixnglue

That's it from me today! I'll be back soon with my other kit cards and hopefully I'll also get to share some samples with the new dies that are available with April kits. My favorite? The triangle background definitively! Thanks for stopping by, everyone :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Sneaks

It's sneak time for Studio Calico's April kits Bluegrass Farm. The main kits have a beautiful vintage feel, I'm tempted to say classic SC style even. Think woodgrain patterns and gorgeous color combos!

This first sneak is of a main kit only card. You know I'm not usually a fan of ribbons but this pink one you see peeking from the upper right edge has such a luscious silk texture, you gotta love it. Then the pink and red pp? I want to bind some books with these. So pretty! 

The next card was made with card add-on Clarabelle. I was excited to see some patterned papers from a new company, Studio Tekturek, in there. Also the bigger script sentiments had me at hello :)

This sneak is a mix of the card main and card add-on. The lavender clothespin from the Essentials collection even had me mix a purple mist from watercolors to sprinkle them on the background.

Now this last one is clearly a favorite of mine - must be the pretty yellows against the turquoise. Patterned paper, stamps and the alpha stickers are all from Bluegrass Farm main card kit.

Thanks for popping by! I'm wishing you a great start to your week and hope to see you back on reveal day :)