Julia Altermann - Subtle Dimension

Our September guest designer, Julia Altermann, is back today with a final post for us. Her projects this month have been wonderful, and we're sad to see her go! Today she's featuring our Dala Horse set, and you're just going to be blown away by the dimension she achieves. Here's Julia:
Hello crafters! It’s Julia and I’m back with my last guest post for Neat & Tangled! Today I want to show you how you create very subtle dimension on your cards for additional interest.
I started out by creating my background with a few Copic Markers and the Spritzer tool by Tim Holtz. It’s an easy way to create a colorful background without having the mess of Distress Inks or even watercolor. Next, I die-cut the small horse from the Dala Horse die set from Copic-friendly paper and used some brown markers to color it completely.
Thanks to the many small dies in the Dala Horse set, I die cut the little ornamental “saddle” piece as well and glued it on my horse using Tombow adhesive. I mounted the horse (pun intended) with foam tape on a piece of vellum which I had ripped into shape – it’s a great material to use on your cards because you can see through to your background, but everything is muted so the focus remains on whatever is in the foreground.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired and enjoyed my projects. Thank you to Neat & Tangled for having me!
Thanks again to Julia for all the inspiration this month!
——— S U P P L I E S ———
• Dala Horse
• Dala Horse Nice and Neat Dies
• Copic Sketch YR16 APRICOT
• Copic Sketch Y17 GOLDEN YELLOW
• Copic Sketch Y38 HONEY
• SSS Copic Sketch E29 BURNT UMBER
• Copic Sketch E18 COPPER
• Copic Sketch Marker E37 SEPIA Brown
• Copic Sketch E35 CHAMOIS
• Copic Sketch E33 SAND
• Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE
• Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB 25 sheets
• Tim Holtz Distress Marker SPRITZER TOOL
• Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Big Shot
• VersaFine Onyx Black
• Precision Tweezers
• Vellum Value Pack 8.5
• Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
• 3M Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape
• Scrubber Pad
• Ultra Clean Spray, 2oz.


A Friend Like You

It's funny how a simple trip to Ikea can determine a project.  When I spotted their Dala Horse Gummy Candy, I had to make a coordinating card.  

I started with aqua cardstock and stamped the Dala Horse in red ink.   I cut the Classic Tag 1 twice, once in red and another time in aqua.  With the red tag as my base, I head embossed the Dala Horse image in white.  I stamped the sentiment in black.

I topped off the tag with a coordinating bit of aqua and added some red twill ribbon.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Dala Horst

Classic Tag !


Happy Holidays with Daria

Hi Dears,

Daria here, and I was in the holidays mood while creating a card for today's project. To say the truth, I was having this idea in mind for a while already, and I am really happy that finally made it.

I started by heat embossing houses and trees from Winter Wishes stamps set  on a white panel. I think I used almost all of the images from the set.

Then, I applied distress ink in different manner - ink smushing, with wet brush, and finally, when it was dry with blending tool. Here are the colors I used: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Tambled Glass. That added some variation and depth in color.

For my sentiment, I used Happy Holidays die and die-cut it from glitter cardstock. I think a little bit of glitter and shine always make it more festive :) I glued everything with a foam tape to add it some dimension.

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

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Neat&Tangled Products used:
Winter Wishes stamps set
Happy Holidays Nice and Neat die
Crystal Clear Mix Sequins


A School of Fish with Keeway

Hello there! It's Keeway and I have a fun idea to share with you. Our stamp sets always come with additional small stamps and accessories and we sometimes forget that they can also be the star of the card!

My card today was inspired when I watched Finding Dory recently, which indirectly reminded me of a scene in Finding Nemo. (I am a huge Disney fan!) There's a scene of a school of fish that spoke through pictures, and I thought it would be a fun way to arrange a school of fish to spell out words!


I first created the background with distress inks. With underwater scenes, I like to add a lot of distressing to represent bubbles. Then, I die cut it out with a scalloped frame.

I colored my fish in rainbow diagonal order and arranged them to spell out "Hi." Each of them are adhered to the background with foam tape. And lastly I added few extra bubbles around the fish with my white gel pen.

That finishes up my card today. Have fun with all those small stamps and build pictures and words! Thanks for joining me today!

Until next time,


Boo to you Halloween card with Chibitronics lights with Sveta Fotinia

Hello everyone!

For the last several months we've been sharing projects made using Chibtronics' Chibi Lights kits on the third Monday of the month.  This is our last Chibtronics post, and Sveta has prepared an amazing card to share with us:
I'm here today to show you my project with Chibi lights. The first thought was to make a Halloween card with spooky unexpected light. You give a card to someone and "Boo!" it starts to shine.
I used Creepy Cute stamp set and Creepy cute Nice and Neat dies and places under these spooky creatures some Chibi lights.
I made a chalkboard background and heat embossed "Boo to you" sentiment from the Creepy Cute Shadow stamp set.
Please check this short video to see how it glows in the dark.

Have fun!


Julia Altermann - Adding Glitter & Color to Intricate Die Cuts

Happy Friday All! Julia Altermann is back to share today, showing us how to 'kick it up a notch' with intricate die cuts. Here's Julia:
Hello crafters! It’s Julia and I’m back with a technique that makes it easy to add glitter and color to intricate die-cuts, something which had been puzzling me for a while – but no longer!
The – very simple – trick is to add double sided adhesive to the paper you will be die-cutting from. And add it on both sides! Yes, on the backside it will make it easy for you to adhere the intricate die-cut to a surface, and we’ll be adding glitter to the front. I love to use Elizabeth Craft Designs Microfine glitter since it’s easy to color up and it sticks very well to adhesive once burnished.
You have to add the glitter to the adhesive before the die-cutting, and it’s very easy to cut through the glitter, it will not harm your die – here I am using the awesome Hooray die with the floral wreath.
To color in the glitter I am using Stabilo markers (the ones with the broad tip, but the one with the fine tip will work as well, just takes longer). I know you can use Copics, too, but I have damaged the nibs of my Copics in the past with this technique, so I’m rather risking the super cheap Stabilo markers which do a great job, too. Just be aware that the ink takes some time to dry so don’t accidentally smudge your project!
Once everything is colored up, it’s easy to transfer the intricate die-cut onto your card or – in my case – acetate because we added double-sided adhesive to the back as well.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired! I’ll be back with one last project next week. See you then!
——— S U P P L I E S ———
• Hooray - Nice and Neat Die
• Silk Microfine Glitter, Warm Diamond
• Stabilo Point 68 40-color Metal Tin Set• Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB 25 sheets
• AMZ ATG Tape Glider
• 3M Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape
• Stick It Adhesive Sheets (5 Pack), 8 x 6.125
• Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Big Shot
• Tonic Studios 8-1/2" Guillotine Paper Trimmer


{VIDEO} "Nuts About You" Limited Edition STAMPtember Set

[Updated] The Neat & Tangled STAMPtember Exclusive, released on September 12, 2016, was so popular that it sold out on the first day! Unfortunately, it's Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember policy that these limited edition sets are not restocked. However, I know that you will be thrilled with our upcoming release!! Stay tuned for more on that. ;) If you haven't already seen the following video, I hope you'll try the partial/combination die cutting with other Neat & Tangled products.

Here are a few stills of the cards I made for this special edition release:

This first card features partial die cutting on both the squirrel and the pumpkin it's standing on so it looks as if it was one original image with a custom coordinating die.

This second card uses both of the acorn images, plus the two squirrels.

I just love those adorable squirrels! Imagine all the possibilities with these cuties, not just for fall but for winter as well. This set would also mix well with others for many different occasions!

I can't wait to see all sorts of projects featuring these adorable images!

You'll find a full supply list on my blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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