Double Stencilling

Hello there!

Mayuri here to share a card using one of my favourite stencils - Hexastar!

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I took a piece of kraft cardstock, laid down the Hexastar Stencil, and simply pounced some white pigment ink through the openings and onto the kraft.

 ©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I removed the stencil to reveal the pattern, and heat set the pigment ink. I then laid the stencil down, in exactly the same place as it was before, but slightly offset it.

 ©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

This time, I pounced through various shades of Distress Ink. I removed the stencil once more and allowed my kraft cardstock panel to dry before trimming down.

 ©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled October 2016 - Hexastar.

I die-cut a banner shape out of the kraft piece once it had dried and then stamped part of the sentiment from Into the Woods straight down onto a white card base. I foam mounted the kraft piece on to the card front and stamped the additional part of the sentiment onto some black cardstock with Versamark ink. I sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.

The sentiment was then die-cut out using the banner die from the Scalloped die set and foam mounted to the card front. To finish off, I added some of my favourite gold mix sequins ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!


Joyful Christmas Cards and Stamp Surgery Tips by Taheerah

Hey everyone, happy Tuesday! It's Taheerah here today to share a couple of Christmas cards created with the help of some stamp surgery!

First up, let's check out the cards!

Don't they look awesome?! I bet you can't tell where the stamp surgery took place! *wink*

Usually I am the *last* person to resort to stamp surgery. Those poor stamps! I almost always opt for selective inking and/or masking instead. But in some circumstances stamp surgery is the quickest or best option. I came across such a scenario when I was using the Bible Journaling and Christmas Journaling stamp sets.

I had the word 'JOY' from the Christmas Journaling set, but I also wanted to spell out 'TO THE WORLD' - and those stamps don't exist! So I decided to take a look at the words that did exist in the sets and do a little stamp surgery to create what I needed!

I noticed I had a 'WORD' stamp which was just one letter away from being 'WORLD'. I worked out that by doing some stamp surgery on it and on the 'LIFE' word, I could put together the word 'WORLD' and be able to stamp it all in one go! If I had used selective inking or masking then I could have still put the word together, but it would have taken longer to do, and might not have lined up properly. I also worked out that I could get the 'TO' from the word 'TODAY' and 'THE' from the 'THY' and 'LIFE' stamps.

So far so good!

What I didn't bank on was that there were subtle differences in the sizing of the words in this set! So the 'E' from 'LIFE' was too big to go with the 'TH' from 'THY'! So I had to resort to a little more surgery, this time with a stamp from the Christmas Journaling set!

The 'E' from 'EARTH' was the right size - hooray!

Here are both cards again:

Some other notes about how these cards came together. I really wanted the wording to be the attention grabber for the cards, so I decided that the only other embellishment would be the three watercolour stripes down the front, in different metallic shades. These were my abstract interpretation of The Three Kings - neat huh?

I did my watercolouring first, using a mix of different diluted shimmer sprays for my metallics. I then mixed a little glue and glitter together and smeared it over the stripes, to add an extra subtle layer of glitz, then finally stamped my sentiments. I was able to line up all my stamps in my Mini MISTI and stamp them all in one go with perfect placement - go MISTI! I just love the end results!

Stamp Surgery Tips

So I promised you a couple of tips for successful stamp surgery, right? Here we go!
  1. Use a decent pair of scissors when cutting your stamps apart. The last thing you need is to botch the cut because the blades aren't cutting the photopolymer well!
  2. Ink up your stamps with black ink first! This might be a little messy (you can stamp them off slightly before cutting if you like), but this tip is a great one to help you see exactly where the stamping surface is - and where your blades should avoid! Especially important with intricate designs or when elements of the design are close together, like these letters were!
  3. Take the stamp between your fingers and bend it in on itself, with the stamping area on the outside. This will bend the design apart a bit so you can get your scissors into the tighter areas more easily!

I hope these cards and tips have helped to take some of the fear out of stamp surgery - and helped you to see how you can stretch your stamps and create with limited supplies! I'd love to hear what you think about this! Thanks for stopping by!



Maple Thanks Shaker Card Video with Sveta Fotinia!

Hello  everyone!

Sveta is here and I want to share with you my autumn shaker card.
I made it using our newest Maple Thanks dies along with the sentiment from Maple Thanks stamp set. I prepared a video of the whole process that you can find in the end of this post.
The main plus of this die set for a shaker cards is that the outline die is a little bit bigger then the one with veins, so it gives the most easy and quick way to make a shaker with foam sheet. Please check the video to see what I'm talking about.
I filled my shaker with mix of sequins from our shop: Pumpkin Mix, Buttercream Mix, Summer Sun Mix. Colors of orange, yellow and brown are so warm and cozy!
This shaker card was the easiest in my life thanks to Maple Thanks Nice&Neat Dies, so I encourage you to try this set in your works - you will get as much joy as I had!
Enjoy video!
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Scandinavian Prints with October Guest Mayline

Happy Friday!

Our October Guest Designer, Mayline, is back today sharing a couple of gorgeous cards featuring Scandinavian Prints.  You're going to love how she has combined this set with watercolors to really stretch it!

It’s Mayline again guest designing today for Neat & Tangled. Watercolor is my favorite paint medium. I love the translucent colors and the fluid way they smoothly blend together. Yes! Today I am sharing watercolor floral cards. Here is my first card.

To start off I stamped some of the outline images from Scandinavian Prints stamp set using black ink on A2 sized watercolor paper panel. Then I painted over the image area with watercolor paint using a wet brush. Once the panel was dry, I stamped half shape of leaf outline image around watercolor circles. Next I painted over the image area with green watercolor paint. After that I stamped sentiment from SquareThoughts stamp set using black ink on the panel as you can see in the picture above. Lastly I stamped some small piece outline images around sentiments with black ink.

Here is my second card for today. I used the same technique and same stamp sets. 

Which cards do you like? I hope you enjoyed today’s my cards.


Grateful For You with Keeway

Hello friends, it's Keeway! So tell me, how much do you LOVE the October release? My jaws dropped the day I laid eyes on them, and I jumped on coloring them up the day it arrived on my doorsteps. For today, I'm going to be sharing a card that I made with the Into the Woods stamp set, designed by our very talented Elena, and pairing it up with the new Scalloped Dies!

I was so drawn to the gust of leaves that this was actually the first thing I stamped on watercolor paper. I was immediately reminded of that song Colors of the Wind. Can you paint with all the colors of the wind? Yes!! Yes, I can and I will!

I painted colors of brown, yellow, orange, red, and green surrounding the leaves I just stamped. Ah, the beautiful colors of fall. And then I painted some brown for the ground for my critters to stand on later.

Next, I stamped my woodsy critters and colored them with copic markers. I then die cut them with coordinating dies, and adhered them to my watercolor background with foam tape.

I wanted to frame the scene, and I did so with the Scalloped Dies. I really adore the large scallop shapes of these dies, and to create my top and bottom edges, I used the largest frame to die cut just one edge of my latte-colored card stock. I also used a white gel pen to add little decorative dots to it. And lastly, I embossed my sentiment from the stamp set in copper in the center bottom. These pieces were adhered to my card with foam tape as well. And that's it!

Thanks for dropping by!
See you next time,


Here for you

Hey there, it's Amy here with a fun card featuring the new Polka - Simply Stencil teamed up with Scandinavian Prints:

The beauty of the latest Simply Stencils, Polka + Scoops,  is that they work on their own and coordinated with the earlier released, Scandinavian Prints.

I inked up the Polkas with Fresh Ink Celery.  The leaves have been stamped out with Fresh Ink Tuscan Olive and the detail work is in Fresh Ink Navy.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white and do you spy a new Lime sequin?  I place a small enamel dot in the middle to make it look like a bloom.

The banner is from the new Scalloped Nice and Neat die.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!!!


Box Full of Holiday Happiness with Daria

Hi Dears,

Daria here. For today's project, I've decided to play with  just released Berry Merry stamp set (it is simply adorable) and with all time favorite - Box die. At first, I wanted to fill the box with different ornaments from Happy Ornaments stamp set, but then decided to add all kinds of images.

For me, Holiday happiness is also about decorating the tree and digging into a box full of old ornaments that we have from my grandma and from the times when I was very young... 

I started by stamping some images from Beary Merry Stamp Set. I made the simpliest coloring possible with just one color. I think the black and white stamping plus one color gives this card a more modern look. You  may choose any color you like to put some accents. But I really loved the new Lime green Sequins and wanted to use those on my card.

For my sentiment, I used the same stamp set and stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink. It is the best ink for sentiments and detailed images.

Here is a video on how fast and simple this card is, hope you can check it out :)

That's finishes up my card for today. Hope you liked it and got into a holiday crafting mood.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Neat&Tangled Products used:
Box - Nice and Neat die
Beary Merry Stamp Set
Beary Merry - Nice and Neat dies
Crystal Clear Mix Sequins
Lime Sequins Mix


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