Monday, July 23, 2012

Life Is Good

Life definitely is good when you have such great product to work with as Helmar, Faber Castell, Epiphany Crafts, Robin’s Nest, Provo Craft, Pink Paislee, Ranger, SRM Press and more!

I started out thinking I would create a big tag so I dry embossed a piece of paper and then ran my Faber Castell Gelatos down the lines of embossing on it, blending them after with my finger tip. 
I cut it to the tag shape and sprayed it with Helmar Crystal Kote Glossy .  Once it dried I decided I wanted it to be more distressed and muted so I got out my Distress Ink pads and started applying ink over the surface.   Having the glossy coat on it, it resisted the ink just a little, which gave it an effect I really liked. I then cut a backing layer of cardstock and adhered it with Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Once the tag was finished I added a bird cage die cut, branches and a bird.   I adhered the bird cage with Helmar Acid Free Glue, allowing it to hang over the left edge and trimmed it to fit.  The branches and bird are adhered using Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots.

As I often do, I changed directions and decided I didn’t want to make a tag so I turned it into a card.  The pattern paper is Pink Paislee paper that I applied more distress ink to to remove the brightness and add some depth to it.  
Final embellishments of ribbon applied with Helmar 450 Quick Dry, twine, Robin’s Nest diamond drops applied with Helmar Gemstone Adhesive , and the Epiphany Crafts  epoxy stars, also applied with Helmar Gemstone Adhesive,  brought it all together.  The sentiment is a sticker by SRM Press.


Helmar products:  450 Quick Dry, Acid Free, Premium Craft Glue, Gemstone Adhesive, Quick Fix tape runner, Liquid Scrap Dots, Crystal Kote Glossy

Cardstock (American Crafts), Pattern Paper (Pink Paislee), Inks (Ranger Distress Inks, Faber Castell Gelatos), Robin’s Nest diamond drops, Epiphany Crafts Star epoxies, Die Cuts (Cricut Lacy Labels, Cricut Serenade, Cricut Straight From The Nest cartridges) Embossing folders (Cuttlebug Wedding Suite, Cuttlebug African Batik), seam binding, twine, Sentiment by SRM Press.


  1. So the vintage look! Lee-Ann :)

  2. Cindy, this is beautiful. Love the're amazing!


  3. Gorgeous card! Thank you for all the detailed instructions, too!


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