Thursday, April 18, 2019

Neat & Tangled April Release Day Four

Hello everyone.

Day four of Neat & Tangled's April Release week is an anything goes day. We were asked to make a project featuring anything in the April Release that we wanted. I chose to work with the NEW To The Stars Stamp set. I just love the fairies in this set. (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled online store and blog for more inspiration using the NEW April Release. Comment on the Design Team Member's Blogs for your chance to win a $25 gift card to the Neat & Tangled Online Store.

The Neat & Tangled April Release will go LIVE Friday the 19th at 8am EST. 

When I first sat down to make this card. I really thought about my vision of a fairy. My first exposure to fairies was from Disney both from the infamous Tinker Bell and Peter Pan but also from Sleeping Beauty and her three loyal fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. So my project today was inspired by them, it's my way of updating them to a more urban fairy.

I started with my background per usual. This is a piece of Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock. I used my Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting machine to emboss some bricks in the background. The only problem was, I didn't really want the bricks everywhere in the background. I just wanted it outside of a centered oval of black space. That should be easy right. It is, after you figure out that to put more pressure on an area outside of a negative space gives you the ability to emboss only that outside area. So, I made a piece of Tonic Studios Grey Board to die cut an oval from the center. This piece measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. I added this to my embossing sandwich. This is not recommended by the manufacturer so, follow this instruction, at your own risk. Remember never to force a sandwich that is too thick through your die cutting machine. You may have to find a sandwich that fits nicely in your own die cutting machine to get this to work properly for you.

Using the above technique I embossed The My Favorite Things English Brick Wall stencil on the outside of a centered oval leaving the perfect space to do some ink blending. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, and Salty Ocean to blend with my Amazon Makeup brushes. I used one of the smaller brushes to blend three areas of each color. This will be where my fairies are on the front panel.

I then stamped the sparkle image included in the Neat & Tangled To The Stars stamp set with one of the plates from the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press. I used the same oxide ink that I used to ink blend with. I then took my background to my splat box and sprayed the background with Imagine Crafts Frost and Sparkle shimmer spritz as well as Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray. This gives you mega shiny background. 

My images were stamped with my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink onto Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock. I colored them using my Copic Markers. Below I will leave my Copic Marker Color Map for you to see the markers used to color these images. The blue fairy is actually the one sitting atop the moon in the To The Stars stamp set. I partially stamped her and drew in some linework to make it appear as if the arm that originally got cut off behind the bunny is now going behind her back. I placed her on top of the sentiment strip as to not have to draw her another leg. It wouldn't have gone very well, lol- so I was happy that this worked out so well. I also used the Copic Multi Liner to add some interest to her dress with an empire waist.

As for the sentiment, I stamped the "hello beautiful" sentiment also from the To The Stars stamp set which was perfectly fitting for a Sleeping Beauty inspired card. It was stamped onto Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink and heat embossed with Ranger White embossing powder. I used my Fiskars paper trimmer to cut it down and Scotch 3M foam adhesive to pop it up onto the background.

Each of the ladies were also popped up using Scotch 3M foam adhesive in their perspective areas. I enhanced their wings with some Ranger Unicorn Stickles and dressed them up a bit adding Nuvo Crystal Glaze to their clothing.  This panel was cut down to 3 1/2 by 4 and 3/4 and attached to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base using double sided adhesive tape rolls and white craft foam.

I hope you enjoyed todays project. Don't forget to (CLICK HERE!) and visit the Neat & Tangled blog and check out what the rest of the design team was inspired to create with the NEW April Release. This release will go LIVE tomorrow Friday April 19th at 8am.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.



  1. Very sweet the colourful fairies and the coordinating glow behind them.

  2. Beautiful and sweet card!!! Awesome colouring!!!

  3. Good work on the blue fairy details; I wonder what she's holding behind her back? Probably a star. hehe This is really cute. Love all the sparkle on their wings.

  4. Beautiful color combo and details! The fairies are just adorable! Sweet card!

  5. So fun!! I love your Disney inspired, more modern fairies!! Fabulous coloring. Love the glittery wings and the magic fairy dust and stars behind them.

  6. Love how you put the angels
    against the same color as
    their outfits. Lovely card.
    thanks for sharing

  7. I love your cards. This one is so adorable.

  8. So cute with the fairies and I like the brick background and matching colors behind the fairies.

  9. These remind me of the fairies in Sleeping Beauty! I love the glitter wings!

  10. What a fab card! Love your coloring of these cute fairies and your ink-blending behind them!

  11. I love how each fairy glows in her own color!!