Thrill of Hope Wreath by PinkFresh Studio

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with a new card featuring the Thrill of Hope Stencil and other products by PinkFresh Studio. I’m always looking for ways to create holiday cards quickly and layering stencils make it easy to make perfectly blended cards. As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Thrill of Hope Wreath by PinkFresh Studio

Today’s project features:

I like using the layering stencils because I can put a card together quickly without worrying about blending or even coloring inside the lines. The Thrill of Hope Wreath Layering Stencil has five layers and I used Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peacock Feathers, and Festive Berries.

For ink blending, I used domed foam applicators to apply the ink. You’ll see from the handles that I have blenders from Ranger and Scrapbook.com. I’m using domed applicators from Scrapbook.com since that’s what I have on hand, but Ranger makes a similar product that will work just as well.

I start a piece of 110 pound Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover cut to 4.25” x 5.5” or A2 size. I like this paper because it’s a nice weight and has a smooth finish. It has the added advantage of being suitable for Copic markers so I don’t have to keep multiple brands of white card stock on hand. It comes in other weights, but I prefer the 110 pound weight for my cards.

To make the stenciling easier, I’m going to use my Wendy Vecchi Make Art STAY-tion – this is the smaller 7” version. I love these huge magnets which are easy to pick up and do not snap together or pinch your fingers. And it’s perfect for layering stencils because it will hold your paper and stencil firmly and makes alignment easier.

Having said that, I’m going to use Mint low tack repositionable tape from Scrapbook.com to hold my cardstock in place. You don’t really have to do this since the magnets will hold everything in place, but I found that using tape was a quick and easy way to align each stencil. The paper then stays in place and I just switch out the stencils for each layer.

Each of the stencils are numbered in the upper left corner and there are alignment marks in each corner. You’ll want to make sure that you orient each layer of the stencil correctly with the print side facing up and the number in the upper left corner. Once it’s lined up, place the magnets in each corner to hold it in place and begin blending.

Here is the order of the colors:

  • Stencil 1: Twisted Citron with accents of Peacock Feathers
  • Stencil 2: Rustic Wilderness
  • Stencil 3: Festive Berries
  • Stencil 4: Mowed Lawn
  • Stencil 5: Peacock Feathers

And when I remove the last stencil, you can see the final image – a beautifully colored holiday wreath. I stuck to traditional holiday colors, but this would be just as lovely in monochromatic shades of blue. You can adjust the colors even further and create a lovely fall wreath!

I trimmed the image with the with the Diagonal Slant Rectangle die set by Pink Fresh Studio. I could have just trim 1/8” from each side, but I like the stitched detail created by the die.

I also cut a piece of craft foam to adhere to the back of the stenciled layer. I know that craft foam has kind of fallen a bit out of favor, but I still use it. I’ve heard that some people have had issues with their cards coming apart. My secret weapon is Beacon’s 3-in-1 Craft Adhesive. It dries quickly, but I still have time to move a layer if I don’t get it straight on the first try. It also doesn’t wrinkle the paper which can happen with other glues. It runs about $8.00 for a 4 ounce bottle and it lasts a long time especially if you keep it tightly closed between uses. For me it has been a lot cheaper than using tape runners. Best of all, I haven’t had a single card fall apart since I’ve been using it.

My card base is a piece of Neenah Classic Crest 110 pound card stock, not to be confused with Neenah Exact Index which is also 110 pound. This is the paper that you want for card bases. I cut it as 4.25” x 11 and scored it 5.5 inches to create a top folding card.

For the sentiment, I used the coordinating dies from the Thrill of Hope stamp set to cut two blanks out of Neenah 110 pound white cardstock for the Happy Holidays sentiment. I stamped the sentiment on one of the blanks using Versafine Claire in Nocturne, cover it with clear embossing powder, and heat set the powder and ink. I glued the two die cuts together to add dimension to the sentiment once it’s adhered to the card.

To finish off the card, I’ve added a few metallic pearls in silver from PinkFresh Studio. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte which I transferred to a fine tipped applicator bottle. There are lots of white glues on the market, but I keep coming back to Multi Medium Matte which is a gel medium made by Ranger that can be used as a glue or a  sealer. It’s non-yellowing and it dries clear so it’s perfect for people like me who tend to squeeze out too much glue when adhering embellishments like pearls or sequins.

Rowhouse Greetings | Thrill of Hope Wreath by PinkFresh Studio

That’s all for me today! Hope you enjoyed today’s project and I’ll see you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

[Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.]

Happy Holiday Circle Frame – PinkFresh Studio

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just a quick post to show you a recent project featuring the Happy Holiday Circle Frame stamp set and coordinating dies. I love making holiday cards in non-traditional colors so I skipped the usual green holly leaves and stuck to rich shades of blue for an unexpected but elegant twist.

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Holidays Circle Frame by PinkFresh Studio

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links  may be used at no cost to you.]

Today’s project features:

You’ll be amazed to know that I was actually able to create a card using just three Copic markers! The coloring is simple and something that you could do while sitting in front of the TV watching holiday movies. But Copic coloring is not your thing, there is also a coordinating layering stencil that I’ll link below that you could use with your Distress Inks to speed things along.

I’m running off to finish last minute holiday errands. Hope that you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: B02, B66 (leaves); R46 (berries)

[Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.]

New Copic Class! PinkFresh Florals! – Photo Scraps – September 25 – 1:00PM

Join me for an new Copic class at Photo Scraps! In this workshop, you’ll complete three cards featuring the Happy Blooms Floral stamp from PinkFresh Studio. Details are below. Class size is limited to 8 students so sign up today! 

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscrapsclasses.blogspot.com/
Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Copic Markers

The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification.

PLEASE NOTE: Markers will NOT be supplied either by me or Photo Scraps. You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers or other supplies you’ll need to participate in class.

Other Supplies

Please bring:

  • Scissors
  • Thin foam tape such as the Foam Sticky Strips from Taylored Expressions.
  • Tape runner
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Multi Medium Matte, Gina K., etc.)

Class Cards

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Blooms Florals by PinkFresh Studio
Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Blooms Florals by PinkFresh Studio
Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Blooms Florals by PinkFresh Studio

Floral Notes by Pinkfresh Studio

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with a card featuring several products from Pinkfresh Studio, including the Floral Notes stencil and coordinating die. This stencil is actually intended for a slimline card, but you’ll see that with a little crafty surgery, I was able to create an A2 card instead. As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

This card had lots of moving parts, but never fear! I’ve provided detailed directions and illustrations below to guide you each step of the way.

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Floral Notes by Pinkfresh Studio

Step by Step

Cutting the Image

Since I wanted to create an A2 card, I had to cut the stenciled image to fit. See images below to see how I divided the image to fit my design.

Rowhouse Greetings | Floral Notes by Pinkfresh Studio
IMAGE 1: Stenciled image trimmed with coordinating die.
IMAGE 2: Stenciled image after separation.

Note on Perfect Sentiments Stamp

This stamp is actually 11 different sentiments as one stamp – in other words, you’ll stamp all the sentiments at the same time on a single sheet of cardstock. The coordinating die then creates the separate sentiments. This is a case where buying both the stamp and the die is more efficient for card production. In lieu of the die, you could probably either fussy cut or use a Cricut or Scan ‘n’ Cut to separate the sentiments although I didn’t try either method since I already had the die.

Notes on Tools

  • For inkblending and stenciling, I used the Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions. I prefer this set of blender brushes simply for the color coded handles so that I have a specific brush for each color family.
  • I used Mint Low Tack and Repositionable Tape from Scrapbook.com to hold the stencils in place.
  • I used Foam Sticky Strips from Taylored Expressions to adhere the sentiments and the stenciled flowers in place.
Rowhouse Greetings | Floral Notes by Pinkfresh Studio

Hope you enjoyed today’ project! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

[Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.]

Just Because by PinkFresh Studio

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE! Just a quick post today. This morning I took my husband to get a pedicure and took several incriminating photos to show his pals! He enjoyed it, but is too cool to admit it! 🙂 At any rate, I’m getting a late start posting to the blog today. However, I did some late night coloring and wanted to show you my latest card featuring the stamp set Just Because by PinkFresh Studio. I’m a big fan of PinkFresh Studio and I’ve been buying up a lot of their stamps and stencil sets. This particular stamp set was one that I picked up at The Ink Pad during our trip to New York City several weeks ago. As always, I’ve linked most of the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you. 

Today’s project features:

  • Just Because by PinkFresh Studio
  • Copic coloring (see marker list below)
  • Additional supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Just Because by Pinkfresh Studio

I used a few different marker combinations for the flowers. The colors are close, but I didn’t want them to all look alike so I varied the markers to add more interest. I did the same with the leaves, creating two different combinations, but I think they were too close, so you can’t see as much variation. Live and learn!

Recently, I purged most of the patterned cardstock in my stash. I had so much of it and it just wasn’t getting used. I have a hard time mixing and matching patterns – it’s just not my forte. So I eliminated almost all of the single patterned sheets from my stash and kept my paper pads. Less confusing and easier to store. The Sizzix paper pad that I used here is a particular favorite. It has lots of elegant and subtle patterns in coordinating colors, making paper selection much easier.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: R30, R32 (flower combo 1); R30, R32, R35 (flower combo 2); R00, R21 (flower combo 3); G20, G24, G28 (leaf combo 1); G40, G43, G46 (leaf combo 2); Y000 (highlights)

Rowhouse Greetings | Color map for Just Because by Pinkfresh Studio

[Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.]