Monday, July 24, 2017

Naughty Newton Card by July Guest Designer Cynde Whitlow


Hey folks!

I'm back for my third post in my guest design series for Newton's Nook! Woot!

I gotta be honest, the card I'm sharing with you today is extremely ambitious. It was loads of fun and worth every bit of work that was put in to it. HOWEVER! Don't be intimidated by it. I went totally over the top, but this would be doable on a standard 4.25"x5.5" card panel and just as cute!

Naughty Newton Card by July Guest Designer Cynde Whitlow | Naughty Newton, Hanging Around, Lovely Blooms and Versatile Vases Stamp sets by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

did have had plan mapped out before I started making this card. I knew I would be working with quite a few stamps sets and let's be honest folks, 4"x9" is a pretty big canvas. I was really excited to be able to use 4 stamps set though. I don't get to do that very often. On this card I used: Hanging Around, Naughty Newton, Lovely Blooms and the Versatile Vases Stamp Set.

I started by using a ruler and lightly tracing a line just about the bottom edge of my card panel. I needed this to make sure all of my stamps would line up and I would get the proper perspective. Of course, I couldn't help myself I ended up adding an entire frame. What d'ya do?

To save myself a little bit of time, I cut multiple masks out of all of the images. All of them folks. It is a lot, but the trick is to layer 2 pieces of masking paper. Stamp the one on top and cut out both at the same time.


Naughty Newton Card by July Guest Designer Cynde Whitlow | Naughty Newton, Hanging Around, Lovely Blooms and Versatile Vases Stamp sets by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

There was only one stamp I had do make a special accommodation for. This was the stamp from the Naughty Newton Stamp Set. It's the one where Newton is sitting next to the pot that's been knocked over. Since I had cut out 2 masks of this image, I took one and carefully trimmed Newton from around the pot. I left the other mask intact.

I placed my panel in a stamp positioning tool and placed the 2 piece mask on the panel where I planned on stamping my image. Then I placed the stamp over the top of the mask. I made extra sure it was line up properly. When I had it where I wanted it, I removed the pot portion of the mask, leaving Newton in place. I didn't ink the entire stamp, I went a little over onto Newton, but it's no big because we have a mask in place. I removed the mask and with a Copic Multiliner, I drew in the rest of the pot.

Naughty Newton Card by July Guest Designer Cynde Whitlow | Naughty Newton, Hanging Around, Lovely Blooms and Versatile Vases Stamp sets by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

For the rest of the stamping, I stamped the rest of the images that are in the front, then started working my way backwards. The other trick for something this size is to work from both ends towards the middle of the panel. Stamp as many images at one time as possible. It's a huge time saver aaaaand it really helps to give you an idea where spaces need to be filled. The Versatile Vases Stamp Set has lots of choices and fillers for this!

After all of my images were stamped, I colored them all in with Copic's. The largest jar is from Lovely Blooms Stamp Set and the hanging Newton is from the Hanging Around Stamp Set. They fit together perfectly!

To finish it off, I added some detail with a Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen and a Clear Sakura Glaze Pen. Also, no card is complete without a little bit of Clear Wink of Stella. Here is where we call it a day.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and thanks so much for stopping by to see me!

Until next time!
-Cynde

Friday, July 21, 2017

Interactive Birthday Card by Ellen Haxelmans

Interactive Birthday Card by Ellen Haxelmans | Winston Takes Flight Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

Two scenes in one amazing card!

Today we have another awesome card by Ellen that showcases not one but TWO scenes with Winston! For the front panel of the card she created a sky scene using Winston driving his airplane from our Winston Takes Flight Stamp Set. She made him so cute in his little blue and yellow airplane with the "hello" banner trailing behind. She used the coordinating Winston Takes Flight Die Set to trim him out and also added a fun cloudy skyline using the clouds from our Sky Borders Die Set. She also snuck in that cute little red bird from the Newton's Birdbath Stamp Set

In case you weren't wowed by that scene, you open the card to find this:

Interactive Birthday Card by Ellen Haxelmans | Winston's Lake House Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

The inside panel of this card has a flap with another fun scene! I think Winston has flown out to his cabin and is now relaxing! She used the image of Winston in his Adirondack chair along with the cattails and cabin image from our new Winston's Lake House Stamp Set and trimmed them out with the coordinating Winston's Lake House Die Set. Then she also added in some big trees from the Fox Hollow Stamp Set and a  cute little frog from the Newton's Rainy Day Stamp Set! Isn't it fun how you can combine images from all the different sets to create scenes? She also used our Land Borders Die Set to add a hill and some grass and the  Sea Borders Die Set to add water along the bottom! These fun border dies are so awesome to use for scene building!

Are you inspired to try creating some scenes? If you do make sure to share them with us over in our Create & Share group on facebook so we can see what you create!!

To seem more of her beautiful creations, you can visit Ellen over at her blog Crafty Ellen!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Toucan Do It Card by Samantha Mann

Toucan Do It Card by Samantha Mann | Toucan Party Stamp Set & Tropical Leaves Stencil by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

Toucan Do it!

Today we have a beautiful tropical card by Samantha using our NEW Toucan Party Stamp Set! These fun tropical birds are so fun to color because you can make them any color you like! Samantha used bright pink and yellow for hers along with some teal and orange accents! So fun! Then she used a white gel pen to add a bit fun dots and highlights too! She also colored some fun leaves and flowers from the  Toucan Party Stamp Set. Then she trimmed out all the images using the coordinating Toucan Party Die Set.  For her card base she created a fun strip of pattern across the top using the Tropical Leaves Stencil. Then she embossed the "Toucan do it" sentiment on a piece of black cardstock with white embossing powder! This would be such a fun card to send as encouragement to a friend or really just for fun too! 

Thank you Samantha for awesome inspiration today! To say hello to Samantha and see more of her beautiful creations, you can visit Samantha's Blog, Sam's Scrap Candy!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stencil Cards by Juliana Michaels

Stencil Tutorial by Juliana Michaels | Stamps & Stencils by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
We are so excited to have stencils as part of our product line and we just released our first four designs last week with our July Release! Today we are sharing a sneak peek of three different cards by Juliana using our new STENCILS!  Visit her on her blog today to see her Stencil Tutorial.

I case you haven't had a chance to see our new stencils yet, our first four designs are Tropical Leaves, Starfield, Pawprints and Waves. You can find them all in the shop in our new Stencil Category. These fun designs coordinate with our newest products but they will also go great with many of our favorite sets too! Those paw prints will go with ALL our Newton sets! 
Stencils by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

Don't forget to pop over to Juliana's blog, 17 Turtles to see how she used these today!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lost at the Lake card by Jennifer Jackson

Lost at the Lake card by Jennifer Jackson | Winston's Lake House Stamp Set & Waves Stencil by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

Lost at the Lake!

Today I'm sharing a card I created using our NEW Winston's Lake House Stamp Set and Waves Stencil. These two new products go so perfectly together!  For this card I started out with the Waves Stencil and some white embossing paste. I added some color to the paste by squishing a little ink from a distress ink pad onto my craft sheet and then spreading a bit of the paste over it and mixing it up with a palette knife! Then I spread  the blue paste over  the stencil on a white card panel, leaving the top third white, and let it dry.

Lost at the Lake card by Jennifer Jackson | Winston's Lake House Stamp Set & Waves Stencil by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook
I used the image of Winston paddling in a canoe with his doggie friend from the NEW Winston's Lake House Stamp Set. I stamped this image onto watercolor paper with Archival Black ink and colored it using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. Then I used the coordinating Winston's Lake House Die Set to cut it out. I didn't line it up perfectly (you can tell it's a little too crooked since there isn't white around the dogs head) but since I had spent all the time coloring it I decided it was OK and used it anyway!


I thought about adding the image to the card with just white on the top but I decided it needed more color so I used a couple of Distress Oxide inks to make a orange to yellow sky. I like how it looks like they are boating at sunset! Then I added a spritz of water to give a little texture and then stamped the "I'd Rather be lost at the lake than found at home" sentiment, also from the Winston's Lake House Stamp Set.

Lost at the Lake card by Jennifer Jackson | Winston's Lake House Stamp Set & Waves Stencil by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

I hope you enjoyed this card today! You can find these fun new products now available in our shop

Monday, July 17, 2017

Newton Rides West Card by July Guest Designer Cynde Whitlow


Hey folks!

I'm back with my second guest design post for Newton's Nook! Today I'm showcasing two stamp sets that were released last month. Ah-dorable.

For this card, I thought I'd really switch gears and go with some no-line coloring on kraft with Prismacolor Color Pencils.
Newton Rides West Card by July Guest Designer Cynde Whitlow | Newton Rides West Stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

Newton on that horse just tickles my funny bone peeps. The name of this stamp set is Newton Rides West so I thought why not make this guy look like he's riding west on his little hobby horse?

The first thing I did was trim down some Strathmore Toned Tan Paper to 5"x5". Then I lightly traced a circle with a pencil in the bottom right hand corner. Use anything you like folks. A die, a bowl, a glass. Whatever's handy to get your circle. It just needs to be big enough o fit your scene.

After I had my circle traced, I stamped all of my images with a Kraft Colored Ink. The two Cacti in the front are from the Cultivated Cacti Stamp Set that was also released last month, These are solid image stamps ladies and gents. However, since I was stamping in a light ink and my plan was to no-line color this was no big.

Newton Rides West Card by July Guest Designer Cynde Whitlow | Newton Rides West Stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

There was very little masking for this card. I let some of my images go outside my circle and only needed to mask of what I wanted to keep inside my circle as well as any images that would overlap. Pretty. Easy.

While I pondered what I wanted my background scene to look like, I colored all of my stamped images first with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I thought red would make great accents with all of the green and brown I had going on. Boy does that red really pop!

Now for my background. I'm really not a great freehand artist folks. Most of the time I can look at an image and recreate it though. It's not fancy or perfect, but it gets the job done. So, I Googled "desert scenes" and between a combination of a few different images, I sketched out the mountain(?), cliffs(?) behind my foreground images. I went with some orange undertones for this so it would set apart from all of the brown in Newton's Hat and the Horse.

Newton Rides West Card by July Guest Designer Cynde Whitlow | Newton Rides West Stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

For the sky, I made stencils using some acetate and the Newton's Nook Design Sky Border Die Set. Then using the stencils, I lightly traced a portion of each on to the panel. I really wanted the sky and the clouds to pop so I went with bolder blues and took advantage of the White Prismacolor Pencil on the clouds.

To finish it all off, I went over the polka dots in Newton's scarf with a Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen. I also added some Signo Uni-Ball Silver and Gold accents to the two Stars and the Horseshoes. A lil bit of Clear Wink of Stella to the Cacti and a dark brown card base and we have ourselves a finish card folks!

That's it! I really hope you enjoyed my card today. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me!

Until next time!

-Cynde

Blog Hop Winners!

4 year Anniversary Blog Hop Winners!

Thank you to everyone for participating in our blog hop. We really enjoy reading all of your comments! Check out below to see if you won! The blogs and the comments were chosen using random.org.

The following four winners each will receive a $25 store credit to newtonsnookdesigns.com

Winner 1 of a $25 store credit was chosen from Larissa's blog:










Winner 2 of a $25 store credit was chosen from Samantha's blog:










Winner 3 of a $25 store credit was chosen from Taheerah's blog:










Winner 4 of a $25 store credit was chosen from the Newton's Nook Designs blog:


Congrats to the Winners! Don't forget - you have 5 days from today to to e-mail us at info@newtonsnookdesigns.com with your full name and email address to claim your prize (it's also easiest if you already have an account set up in our shop)

Have you seen our NEW stencils? You can see the four new designs here. Plus, this week only we are offering the Pawprints Stencil FREE with a $75 purchase!

No coupon code needed - just add $75 into your cart and then add in the Pawprint Stencil
(the item must be in cart at time of checkout to receive discount).