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Mayuri here to share a card using the Polygon Stencil ;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I took out my Dylusions Ink Sprays and Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain for a cool effect, with minimal effort! I began by adding droplets of blue and green Dylusions to a large acrylic block until the whole things was covered - the more droplets you add, the richer the end result.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I then heavily misted a piece of watercolour paper with water until it was fairly saturated before laying the stencil on top, and stamping the inky acrylic block straight down into the watery puddles. I jiggled the block around a bit to help spread the colour through the stencil.

 ©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

I gently removed the acrylic block and while the stencil was still in place, I smooshed the Distress Stain sporadically through it and onto the damp watercolour piece. I slowly removed the stencil, mopped up any excess moisture and quickly heat set the panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

Once dried, I trimmed the panel down and foam mounted it to a white card base. I stamped a sentiment from the Scandinavian Prints set with black dye ink onto a strip of white cardstock and foam mounted it to the card front with a few vellum, die-cut leaves underneath. To finish, I added some sequins from the Ocean Waves sequin mix.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled May 2017 - Polygon Stencil

Thanks for stopping by!

Therese Calvird - Floral Heart Two Ways

Hey everyone!  We're wrapping up the week with our May guest designer Therese Calvird who is sharing her final projects for this month.  She's been providing amazing inspiration all month and today's post is no exception.  Here's Therese:

I am so happy to be back with you this Friday here at Neat & Tangled and today I am playing with one of the most beautiful wreath stamps ever, and it’s called Floral Heart.

I have two cards and a video to share with you, and I wanted the heart to be the focal point so I have kept them both quite clean and simple. My first Floral Heart is watercoloured and I have added a gold die cut Awesome sentiment over the top of the image.

The remainder of my sentiment was from My Favorite Nut and was selectively stamped just above the heart.

For my second card I decided to use some of the beautiful Neat & Tangled sequins to create a shaker. The Floral Heart was stamped directly onto some recycled cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. The sentiments on this design also came from the My Favorite Nut stamp set.

But the best thing is, the Floral Heart stamp has a co-ordinating die which is a very clever design because you can separate it and die cut just the inner or outer portion of the wreath, how wonderful! This was perfect for my clean & simple shaker window

Here is my video showing you how I created both cards.

I can’t believe how quickly this month has flown, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here as Guest Designer at Neat & Tangled and would love to send out a big thank you to both Danielle and Miriam for asking me, I’ve had a blast!

Geometric blooms stencil card with Sveta

Hello everyone!

Today Sveta is here to share a new card. I made this card for a wedding occasion and my first thought was to make something elegant yet eye-catching and shining.

I settled on the Geometric Blooms simply stencil and Nuvo Gold glimmer paste. I'm so in love with this combination and the whole process was really simple and fun. 

I took heavy weight white cardstock and covered the front with the paste making one-layer card.

Such impressive background takes main role so needs just a sentiment to be finished.

 I took Love Notes - Nice and Neat Dies and die cut a sentiment in lavender + white colors. For the matching sentiment I used Big Top Birthday stamp set.

Just look at this gorgeous shimmer!

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you lots of inspiration!

Unicorn Card with Daria

Hello Dears,

Daria here. Thanks for joining us today.

For my today's card I couldn't resist playing with Magical Day Stamp Set from the latest release. It is just so adorable.

So, I colored the unicorn and leaves branches from Magical Day Stamp Set  with alcohol markers and die cut them with coordinating dies.

To create my background, I took light blue cardstock, texture paste and Scalloped Stencil.  And then, adhered it to my card base with a foam tape. I also used a little bit of gold glitter cardstock to place behind the leaves for some shine and interest.

Sentiment is from the same Magical Day Stamp Set, which I've simply stamped and fussy cut.

Hope you liked it and will find some time to create :) Thanks so much for stopping by!


Neat&Tangled products used: 
Magical Day Stamp Set
Magical Day Nice and Neat Dies 
Scalloped - Simply Stencil 

Magical Day with Kay

Hi there! Kay here, and I have a fun card to share with you today using the adorable Magical Day stamp set from Neat & Tangled!

First off I used the Swirly Twirly stencil to create my background. I used Bristol board and Distress inks, and stenciled the Picked Raspberry first, then slightly moved the stencil and stenciled the Wilted Violet. Next I blended some of the Picked Raspberry over the whole thing, then splattered it with water and some more of the Picked Raspberry ink mixed with water.

I colored the unicorn from Magical Day with colored pencils, and cut it out with the Magical Day Dies. I then cut two of the flower petals from the Flower Medallion Builder dies and glued those to the top of the Unicorn to make a Pegasus! :)

I heat embossed part of the sentiment with white embossing powder on black card stock and then the Magical part I just stamped in black on white card stock. I cut these both out using the banner dies from Scalloped Dies and and adhered the white one slightly over the edge of the black one.  I added a few sequins from the Fairy Garden Sequin Mix.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kay :)

Coffee and Friends | VIDEO with Natalie

To be fair there's nothing quite the same as getting a new stamp set in your hands as you wonder about all the possibilities it holds. But today I'm wanting to change tack a little bit and get you thinking about how you can use some of your older stamps in new ways by mixing and matching various sets you have in your collection.

Although on first impressions it might seems like all the stamps I've used here were made to work together, they actually come from THREE different sets (and their matching dies).
I've used 'Perfect Blend' for the sentiment and the coffee cup, 'Lumberjack Love' for the girl, and 'Floral Heart' for... well...... the floral heart! 

Here's some tips to keep in mind when mixing and matching stamp sets:
  • Start by picking a sentiment that inspires you to create a scene
  • Choose images that work together to build that scene
  • Keep in mind the scale of your different elements - they shouldn't be too disproportionate
  • Sticking with a simple colour scheme helps the images appear even more cohesive

In my video today I'm going to share my process of creating this card from start to finish. Not only will you get an insight into my inspiration and how I built up the idea from there, but you'll also get an peek into my real life such as how I store my stamps, and how I create with my kids around ;-)


Do you mix and match your stamp sets? Which sets have you combined before? Share in the comments because I'm sure we'd all love to check them out!


Squirrels Can Do Anything

Hey everyone!  We're so happy to be welcoming our May guest designer Therese Calvird back to the blog today.  Her cards today will have you smiling for sure, here she is with all the details:

I’m back today with some of the cutest squirrels on the block, these little fellas are from a fun set called My Favorite Nut which is cuteness overload.

I took the clean and simple road today. For my first design I thought it would be fun to stamp the nut image directly onto some wood design paper.

Then I stamped it a second time onto some white cardstock and coloured the leaves and squirrels with some Prismacolor pencils. Then I fussy cut everything out and basically paper pieced the image back together.

Finally, I used the Tiny Cuts die to cut a heart border and added the You Can Do Anything sentiment die cut in smoke grey and layered onto brown fun foam. (and those tiny red hearts are rescued from the border and coloured with a red Copic marker)

I used one of those cute squirrels from My Favorite Nut and the same You Can Do Anything die to create my second design, but this time the sentiment became my focal point with the help from a little bit of colour smooshing.

I also decided to add some bling from the Peacock Feathers Sequin mix and I have a video here showing you how this card came together.

I’ll be back next week with another video and some fun inspiration, I look forward to seeing you then.
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