Peace Love & Joy with Lexa Levana

Happy Friday!  Our July guest, Lexa Levana, is back with her final post for the month.  We've so enjoyed having her.  Please be sure to leave her some love for all her hard work this month!

Hello everyone! Lexa here, today I'm going to share my one last card for Neat & Tangled. It's been an amazing month to guest designing for them. I've had this Little Angel stamp for a long time, but this is actually my first time to use it on a card. And now I remembered why I bought this one. LOL I mean look how adorable she is!

I create a background using Graduated Stripes Cover Plate Die which is effortlessly gorgeous for any card. I layered it on top of  blended card base. I blended some Distress Inks (Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey) to create a gradation and splats some water after that. A strip of vellum looks like a heavenly light from above, I adhered the little angel with some foam tapes to add dimension. 

I heat embossed the sentiment with some gold embossing powder and it glows prettily. I just can't get enough of embossing, the way it melts is just mesmerizing...don't you think so?

Thank you oh-so-much once again for inviting me to be this month guest designer. I really hope it won't be the last time. And thank you for all loves and support from all of you. I hope you like my card as much as I do...have a wonderful day!

Watercolored | Nancy Damiano

Hey there Neat and Tangled fans, it's Nancy with a pair of watercolored cards. Let's take a look at two very different look colored with the same medium. The first card is very clean and simple with a side of cute!

I used the new Schoolhouse stamp set to create this friendship card. I stacked three of the images so that the little mouse could "write" out the sentiment. I used a black pigment pen to create some swirly lines under and above the mouse to connect him to the design.

I used Kuretake Gambai watercolors to color in the images. I used very little water to get a very vibrant wash of color. I left some of the edges white to match the whimsical feel of the stamped images. It's a bold look for a clean card.

Now let's go in a completely opposite direction and use watercolors to add a very loose, flowing wash of color. Here the You're a Gem stamp set was used with white embossing powder to create a border at the bottom of the card. This offers a nice resist effect when layered with watercolors.

I used a clean, wet brush to add some water to the background and then added pink, yellow and orange watercolor paint. A spray bottle was used to spritz the paint to blend it. I love how all of the nooks and crannies in the gems filled up with beautiful color!

I love using watercolors to create very different looks. I like variety and this medium really delivers!

Fabulous with Stephanie Gold

Hey NT lovers! Stephanie Gold here with a super fun little clean and simple summer card. :)

This sweet little girl is as much fun to color as she is to look at! I made her look a bit like my baby girl with blonde hair and I can totally picture her having a blast on a floatie like this one!!

It's hard to tell in the pictures but I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the entire flamingo to give it a bit of extra glam. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you all again soon! Much love friends!

Xo, Stephanie


Happy Anniversary

Hello there!

Mayuri here to share a card using the Triangle Pattern Builder and Art Deco sets;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

For this card, I changed up the colour palette to something more muted and combined it with a favourite technique of mine - rotational stamping. Whenever I do this, I always try to put some guidelines down for when I actually stamp the image.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

This helps with the end result, but you can always try to go by eye instead for a less measured look! I took the largest triangle from the set and began stamping it in the four ink colours I'd chosen onto a white card base, ensuring one impression overlapped the next. This creates the additional colours in between ;-)

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I used a MISTI tool for the stamping, though a large acrylic block would also work. Once I'd completed the stamping, I erased the guidelines and stamped a sentiment from the Art Deco set with onyx black Versafine ink.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

I set the card base aside and die-cut a circle out of a panel of white cardstock and foam mounted to the card front, revealing the stamped triangles and sentiment through the aperture.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled July 2017 - Triangle Pattern Builder

To finish, I adhered a few sequins from the Sherbert Mix and the Fairy Garden Mix.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardmaking in Bulk: Same Same or Different?

Lately I've been making lots of cards in bulk. In the last month or so I've made 6 we're moving cards, 12 teacher appreciation cards, and 18 farewell to friends cards. So it's fair to say I've learned a thing or two about how to go about doing this as quickly and easily as possible, which is good because now I've got a bunch of thankyou cards to make too!!

My first trick is to keep them to a smaller size - that means there's less real estate to fill up. I like to do 4x4" folded cards because it's easy to cut these out of 12x12" cardstock and get four to each sheet.

The next trick is to figure out a design that doesn't include too many elements, and then just do one part of the design on all the cards, progressively moving through them. For example, for these cards I started off by stamping 8 mice and cutting them out. Then I did 8 flower-beds. Next I did 8 speech bubbles.... you get the idea!

My dilemma with bulk cardmaking is always this.... do I make every single card exactly the same, or do I change it up each time? Making them the same is certainly the easiest and the quickest route. Once you've figured out the original design you don't have to do any more decision-making. But it does slightly bore me creatively!

In my video today I'm going to share with you my solution as I show you the process behind these cards. It's about keeping the same overall design, but just changing one thing each time. It's the best of both worlds!

Products Used: 

Neat and Tangled Schoolhouse Stamps
Neat and Tangled Schoolhouse Dies
Neat and Tangled Bloom Stamps
Neat and Tangled Bloom Dies
Neat and Tangled Square Thoughts Stamps
Neat and Tangled Square Thoughts Dies
Neat and Tangled Rice Paddies Stencil 
Neat and Tangled Fairy Garden Sequin Mix
Neat and Tangled Lucky Stars Dies

You are the Sprinkles on my Donut with Lexa Levana

Hello everyone! Lexa here today to share a lovey dovey card with adorable images from the Say Yes To Donuts stamp set. I choose two donuts with a boy and a girl peeking, aren't they the cutest?

I stamped all my images with black Versafine ink and watercolor them using Distress Markers. I picked some matching patterned papers and played with the layout for today. I personally think this pink and brown color combination goes really well with the theme, sweet! I die cut the Heart of Gold die in the middle, through the card base, so it created a heart shaped hole.
Inside the card, I layered the outline of geometrical heart on top of the same pink cardstock I used on the fishtail banner. I white embossed the sentiment on a piece of vellum and adhered it with some glossy accents over the heart. That's how I added some texture and dimension to this card.

To finish my card I added some of pretty pink sequins in various sizes. I really hope you like today's card and inspiration. I will see you next week. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you all have an amazing day!

You're a Gem with Sharna Waksmulski

Hello Neat & Tangled friends! I am so excited to be joining you today!

I have a shaker card featuring the new set, You're a Gem. I often need thank you cards & cards for crafty friends so I absolutely fell head over heals for the sentiments in this one.
I watercolored the background in a soft pastel rainbow. The gems I white heat embossed and using the same shades as the background colored them in as well. I cut the frame to leave a small boarder around the edge so the background is continous across the cardbase. I filled the shaker with the gems as well as the sparkling rainbow sequin mix from Lucy's little things.
Finally, I adheared the panel to a 100lb cardstock base & gave it a good shake!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
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