Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Water Coloring Hack with Distress Oxide | DIY Background with Unity Stamp Company

Hi there! Today on color combos with Crystal we are going NEON color schemes.

The technique? We are water coloring with Distress Oxides on a heat embossed image.  Stay tuned to see up close photos and a full video tutorial at the end.

 The stamp sets used are from Unity are Hearts All Over Background Stamp and Sentiment "Blossom Thoughts & Wishes "

The water coloring medium is Distress Oxide picked raspberry, twisted citron, wild honey, and spiced marmalade.

Start by heat embossing in white the HEARTS ALL OVER BACKGROUND STAMP, with white embossing powder.
Then to watercolor, we are going to place the actual pad onto the waterproof surface. Grab the color with a water brush and place on the white embossed image.

For the sentiment, BLOSSOM THOUGHTS & WISHES" on the lime green cardstock with white heat embossing.

Thanks so much!!Crystal

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Card Making with Distress Oxyde + Heat Embossing Layer

Hi, there friends! Today I have a very fun and unique way to create your own background using very BASIC supplies and some amazing background stamps from Unity. This DIY cardmaking technique is a brilliant way to extend the use of any background stamp.

Enough telling you about it, let me show how to make this.
The color inspiration is very basic, simple rainbow hues minus the purple. For the stamp, I am using Unity Stamp Co. Baby Boy Plaid. 

To begin, I have my card panel precut from Neenah 110lb cardstock. Next using 5 colors of distress oxydes and a round brush I blended circular ink circles. I got about 3 to fit on each row.

I repeated this process all the way down until I covered the entire card base. Then, I splattered water on the entire thing so it reacts with the Distress Oxydes. Allow time to dry before moving on to the next step.

Now we will heat emboss the BABY BOY PLAID stamp set with white embossing powder, heat set with your heat gun. While that cools off, on a piece of Black cardstock stamp and heat emboss the "YOU can do it " from the THANKFUL & GRATEFUL FALL.  

Then hand cut the sentiment around the edges. Once that is done, with foam adhesive place the sentiment over the plaid background. Finish up with some clear embellishments or sequins.

I have a full tutorial video showing you the entire process on this awesome DIY background.

Thanks for joining me today!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Clean and Simple Card on Kraft using Chalk Ink

Hi, there friends! Welcome to my Color Combos with Crystal as we will be creating a gorgeous Clean and Simple card on Kraft using Chalk Ink.

The color combinations for this was from an array of purples inspired by this gorgeous Color Palette photo found on Pinterest.

Super pretty right?! Once I found my color combo, I thought it would be best to stamp with Chalk Ink, as it creates such a clean and bold impression on darker card stock. I am using the Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Inks.  For the stamp set, I am using one of my favorites, OBSESSIVELY GRATEFUL which is absolutely versatile to any occasion.

To begin this card panel, I have my kraft cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50. Beginning at the top with the hot pink and coming down the line with the other ink colors, slightly overlapping the letters.

I do want to give you a quick tip that Chalk Ink does take a bit longer to dry, so that is why I started at the top since there can be smudges if starting from the bottom, then going up.
The card was embellished with Nuvo Drops in TONIC NUVO TRANSLUCENT PERIWINKLE.
My ideas was not to embellish so much that it took away from the simple stamping.

Of course, I have a made a FULL tutorial video with real-time stamping so you can see how easy and effortless this clean and simple card truly is.

Clean and Simple Tutorial HERE:

Thank you so much for joining me today on this gorgeous almost summer Tuesday. Hope you enjoyed this quick inspiration and quick tutorial.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Clean and Simple Mother Day Card | Color Combos with Crystal

Hi there! Today we have a clean and simple Mother's Day card with a DIY Background using some ink and Glitter Nuvo drops.

The color combination for this is simple yellow tones and white. Nothing says Spring like a soft tone.

The stamp is an oldie but a goodie. Look Up To You Birdies. 

I began by stamping, coloring and hand cutting the birds from Look Up to You Birdies, added foam adhesive and set aside.

Then with purple tape, I masked several stripes and blended the non-masked parts with yellow Distress Oxyde. Once that was dried up, I used my Nuvo Drops in Crystal Glitter and rubbed some of the stuff over the same yellow. With a spatula I spread the entire thing, then removed the purple tape.

Allowing time to dry, I set that aside and stamped the sentiment with clear ink and covered with white embossing ink. Once that was nice and cool I cut a strip.

To finish the card off, I added the birdies and the sentiment. The whole card took only about 5 minutes. Check out my real time video below showing you how to make this step-by-step.


Thank you so much for joining me today.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Evelin T Designs Stamp Company Launch Blog Hop

Hi there! Welcome to my stop of the Evelin T Designs new launch blog hop. You should have arrived here from Kelly's blog. I have 3 cards for your viewing pleasure, along with 2 giveaways. One from the Blog Hop and One from Me.

Before that let me show you what I made.
First Up is the Evergreen Foliage

 I did some quick repetative stamping in 5 colors and finished up with simple pearls

For my second card using the Sneaky Kitties stamp set:

  This one was made with a quick Distress Oxide blends, water and Zig clean color water coloring on the cute little kitties.

Last but not least I have a birthday bear from Coffee Loving Critters
This sweet guy was colored with Copics and the background was stenciled the glitter dipped edges.


One lucky person will stand a chance to win a $25 gift certificate, all you have to do is hop along each stop & leave a comment along the way to be entered to win! You have until Sunday, May 12th at 11:59pm PST to leave a comment. For extra chances to win, please leave a separate comment on this post letting us know that you just followed us on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
Winners will be posted on the GIVEAWAY PAGE on Monday, May 13th. You must check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.

Up for grabs is 2 Evelin T Design stamp sets + crafty supplies. To win you must go and follow my YouTube channel. For extra entries be sure to follow me on Instagram too!
Winner will be posted on my Instagram stories on 5-10-19.


I am your last stop of the hop!
Thank you so much for joining me.



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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Heat Embossing Tim Holtz Sparkle Alcohol Cardstock from the Simon Says S...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Faking Alcohol Ink Looks | Color Combos with Crystal | Unity Stamp Company

Hey guys, Crystal Thompson here for Color Combos with Crystal. Today, we are going to a create a faux alcohol ink effect. I am in love with all that alcohol ink colours and patterns. But guess what, I don’t have it in my budget to do it.

So, let’s start this tutorial.

Here’s what you will need to do this faux alcohol ink effect:

  1. Step Up Peony florals stamp set.
  2. Water color paper
  3. Liquid water colors - Two shades of Pink, Orange and a Yellow. You can also use a water coloring pad, water coloring chalk or whatever you’ve got available.
  4. Embossing Powder - Black and Gold.
  5. Water Brush

Let’s get started!

To start, we first need to heat emboss the sentiment from the Step Up Peony set. It’s a gorgeous sentiment that says “ A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.” So I thought, that’s a really pretty and encouraging stamp set to use.

Once we are done with stamping the sentiment with black embossing powder, we’re gonna do one of the largest peony and cover it with gold embossing powder. I usually stamp with my ink first and put the embossing powder and then heat set before I move on. So I do three at a time, and I haven’t had any issues with my powder going over my wet ink. Next, we’re gonna do the leaves for the bottom using gold embossing powder as well, then heat set it. I don’t want to go any further with the stamping because I want to focus with the sentiment and make it really pop out.

Now that we have it completely heat embossed, we are going to bring out our liquid watercolors or any water color that you have will work as long as they are super pigmented. I’m gonna then adhere my cardstock to my surface and I’m using a plastic-ky surface. So, I’m gonna do the top then I’m gonna do the color and add water with my brush and drip the colored water to the top. Next, I’m going to do the next color while trying not to blend the colors. And we’re going to repeat the process with all my different colors. And like I said I am using 2 different shades of orange and pink and a yellow. If it doesn’t work like you thought, you can add more water. Just remember to try to avoid the colors from touching each other.

The idea here is that it’s going to be really pigmented and as they dry and you layer them over when they dry, it’s gonna look really pretty. So this is how it’s going to look like once it dries. You get those splotchy, big blobs of color that is really popular with the alcohol ink.

I really like this effect and this is a great way to get some of that effect.  Remember, it is important that you use watercolor paper so that the colors can soak. Once that you’ve let those watercolors set on your cardstock, you can see those gorgeous colors. It’s really pretty. We will then grab a piece of paper towel and we’re gonna clean that gold embossing because it’s going to resist the watercolors.

And that does it! A gorgeous faux alcohol ink effect that easy to do. Thanks so much for joining me today.

Here is my video tutorial, hope you enjoy it!

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