Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Falliday Fest tutorial: Panel Pull-Out Card

Today's tutorial for Falliday Fest is a Panel Pull-Out Card - the base is a no-fold quarter sheet of cardstock, and the front panel folds in and out accordion style. Simple and fun!



The design of the card gives you 3 'front' panels to decorate - for my card front I've used the Puppy in Present image from Whimsy Stamps... it would be fun to have some die cuts or other small birthday images peeking out from the other panels as well! I kept it simple here and just hid a sentiment on the third panel with some room for a handwritten greeting. 



The sentiment is from a really fun clear set from Whimsy - I love small greetings and this set is just full of practical ones.


Those smaller card panels are a great way to use up scraps too - that's one of my goals with these tutorials and challenges. 

Want to try the card yourself? Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Falliday Fest tutorial: Mini Hoop Ornament

Today's Falliday Fest tutorial is a cute Mini Hoop Ornament!



My first hoop is a 3" size, which I purchased on Etsy HERE... and now she's probably wondering where all the orders are coming from! 



This hoop is a 4" one, which I picked up at Walmart. This size works fine, and is maybe more accessible than the smaller ones. Both silhouette images are from my stamp line at Impression Obsession: Skaters and Wreath Silhouette.

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Falliday Fest tutorial: Two Tier Eclipse

Today's tutorial for Falliday Fest is called Two Tier Eclipse - it's a fun way to use your dies for a raised camouflage effect.



For my card, I positioned the Peace stamp in my MISTI then used 2 Distress Oxide pads to ink it up, just adding a little ink each time. I misted the first round of impressions to let the inks bleed and feather out, then stamped again over the background that created.



The feathers were cut after the stamping was done, then layered, popped up on foam tape, and replaced into the panel. It's a really fun effect to create! Want to try it yourself? There are tons of tips and tricks in Sue's video - come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Falliday Fest tutorial: Foam Tag Ornament

Today's Falliday tutorial is a Foam Tag Ornament made with layered die cut foam and so much glitter! I'm not a glitter person, but since I provided the video for this tutorial, I had to bite the bullet. Acckkk!

This is the  sample I made for the video - I used an ornament die from The Cat's Pajamas for my template, and another one of their dies to cut the circle tabs.


For the second ornament, I used a Spellbinders ornament die as a template, but cut off the tip and made a little pinecone shape instead.


The glitters I used are from the Dollar Tree - they have several color sets of these glitter and sequin samplers - they're cheap and really pretty, just $1 for 6 colors! I'm into that, for as little as I use glitter! :)

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!


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Whimsy Winner!

My winner for the $15 gift certificate from Whimsy Stamps is: 


Renee, please send an email to info@whimsystamps.com to claim your prize! Put “winner of Dina Kowal’s blog giveaway” in the subject line so they know I sent you. Congratulations!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Falliday Fest tutorial: Rosette Turkeys

Today's tutorial for Falliday Fest is this adorable Rosette Turkey! I made a couple of tweaks to mine, and I'm quite happy with how he turned out. The layers of the tail are made with strips of paper, accordion folded and pressed into a rosette.



We have a free template for the turkey's head - for my sample I cut two of them so there could be a little 'spread' at the base and gluing point. I also omitted the round base from the tutorial, since he could stand on his own.


Instead of a border punch, I pulled out my dinosaur Fiskars rotary cutter and cut the decorative edges in a single pass. Anyone else still hanging on to one of those?

Want to make your own Rosette Turkey or play in a challenge or 3? Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!


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Monday, October 09, 2017

Falliday Fest tutorial: Triangle Luminary Box

 Today's Falliday Fest tutorial is this sweet Triangle Luminary Box - the box is simple to put together, and fun to decorate. You can create a simple box with closed sides, or die cut some windows and tuck lights inside for a beautiful luminary!



I used a variety of ornament dies to cut out the sides of my box, and adhered a vellum sheet inside for a windowed box. Inside I have some fairy lights - I got these ones from Amazon, and they come in a pack of 6. They're surprisingly bright for how tiny they are!


The dies in the first photo are from My Favorite Things and they've sadly been discontinued. The dies in the second are from Impression Obsession - they're here. The striped paper I used is from Whimsy Stamps, and it's here

Want to make a box of your own? Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!


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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Falliday Fest tutorial: Alcohol Ink Baubles

We are kicking off our 2nd annual fall crafting event called Falliday Fest over at Splitcoaststampers today! For the next two weeks we'll be crafting and stamping up a storm, all in an effort to get ahead on some holiday projects AND to shower some card-shaped loved on 4 special charities. All that and chatter and recipes and amazing prizes from our sponsors, too! Hope you'll come over and join us!

One of my jobs at Splitcoast is to coordinate guest authors for the tutorials we publish weekly. I've been working for months behind the scenes to bring you 10 amazing tutorials from members of our community - first up are these Alcohol Ink Baubles! Heather Telford shares her tips for creating alcohol ink backgrounds on Yupo paper - she uses the backgrounds to cut out ornament shapes for quick holiday cards! Such a great time saver.



Here's my sample for today's tutorial - the ornament die is from Spellbinders, the elk is from Impression Obsession (you saw his negative cut HERE on Wednesday - remember one cut can do double duty!), and the stitched curve is from Whimsy Stamps. 

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!


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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Whimsy 31 Nights of Halloween and a giveaway!

I'll be sharing some guest posts with Whimsy Stamps this month, and I'm honored to also be hosting a giveaway for their 31 Nights of Halloween celebration! Keep reading to find out how you can win a $15 gift certificate!


I wouldn't normally be attracted to a set called Attempted Murder, but look at it - there are so many possibilities! (A group of crows is actually called a murder, so with just 2 of them... it's a good attempt! Love the humor behind this set, too.)


The individual elements can create a beautiful autumn scene, or a variety of spooky Halloween vignettes. I decided to go for a stormy fall scene, and filled in the images to create silhouettes. You can follow my process below! 


I started off with a panel of watercolor paper, swiped with Distress Oxide inks. I misted with water, and sprinkled some salt for texture, then laid in a die cut circle of Yupo paper to create an imprint. 


When the panel was dry, I brushed a few clouds lightly into the background, using this scalloped circle as a template.


I stamped the images over the panel using my MISTI, then colored in the outlines with a Copic marker.


Over the marker, I deepened some shadows and added highlights with colored pencils.


When I was done stamping, I added a few darker clouds and sponged the edges to bring more focus to the center of the panel. I really love the results! For a final step I added a few small birds from the Falling Leaves clear set - they were the perfect size to add some perspective and depth.


I hope that inspired you.... now for the fun stuff! 


******For a chance to win a $15 gift certificate from Whimsy Stamps, click on over to the Halloween/Autumn section, then come back and tell me which stamp or set there is your favorite! I will draw a random winner from the comments on Wednesday, Oct. 11th, at 9:00 Central, and announce the winner Thursday morning. ******

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: You're An Animal

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with an animal theme. Any animal will do!


This card is actually one of my samples for the Falliday Fest event starting over at Splitcoaststampers on Sunday and it fits several of our challenges (4 maybe?).

My background panel is a sheet of Yupo paper colored with alcohol inks - if you haven't worked with Yupo paper, it's a lot of fun... it's a synthetic paper that allows you to play with the inks and lift and move them around before they dry. I've used it with watercolors too, and the results are just fascinating. The snow is acrylic paint, dotted with a medium stylus.

IO products I used: Deer and Doe die set, Twig Wreath die set, Christmas Lights clear set

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -



Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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