February 2018 - Mary Polanco Designs

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hero Arts February Card Kit 3 of 6 Cards
February 27, 20180 Comments

Welcome back everyone!  Today's video/blog showcases Hero Arts February card kit. This is my best attempt to try and keep completely within the kit and use minimal outside elements.  Let me tell you it was a challenge.  Partly because they didn't give us a diverse group of items, but mostly because once I start getting inspired by these kits my mind just goes nuts with all the things I could use. BUT I challenged myself and off I went.  The first card was a really fun card using the eggs and nest dies and making it a birthday card with the little bird legs sticking out.  I cannot take credit for this idea; this was all my husband!  COMPLETELY. I laughed when he told me and just thought it was the most clever thing.

The second card was were I got to have some inky fun.  I used the feather stamps in the kit and the coordinating colors to make my own background, then some more on some Neenah 80lb weight cardstock to die cut those out for my focal element.  I heat embossed the sentiment and then added some Nuvo Crystal Drops for my final embellishment along with some Sparkle Pen from Spectrum Noir.

For the last card, I had some more fun making my own scene from the stamps. I imagine that this bird is the momma and she is feeding baby bird with a worm that I fashioned out of cardstock.  I don't know where my mind goes sometimes. lol Popped up my nest with some 3M foam mounting tape and then cut a heart die into the background for another focal point for this card.  I like the way this one turned out as well and felt it utilized the elements in the kit well.

All supplies I used are listed below the video description on my YouTube Channel. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Double Masking with Neat and Tangled Koalifications
February 25, 20180 Comments
Hey everyone!  Ok, I just can't seem to get enough of this little guy and his banners!  Today I'm doing a double masking technique where I mask out the square to color the background and THEN mask the Koala to stamp behind him.  It is a great technique to keep your cards flat.  Speaking of, I went to the post office yesterday and found out 2 of my cards, which I was SURE only needed one stamp, were actually under by 20 cents each.  I think I might need to get my own scale.  Anywhooo...back to the card.  This was a ton of fun to do.  The final touch is the Koala holding out the banner from the picture in which he is encased.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Neat and Tangled Koalifications Stamp Set: Kraftgali Shop
Neat and Tangled Koalifications Dies: Kraftgali Shop

Friday, February 23, 2018

Neutral Baby Cards with Lawn Fawn Plus One
February 23, 20180 Comments
Hello everyone! Today I am making two baby cards in a neutral color pallet so that they can be used for either a girl, boy, or surprise!  Side note, we didn't find out what the gender was for either of our babies, and it was the MOST exciting thing ever to find out on the day of their birth! YAY!  Ok, back to the card!  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color in my images but the main event here is the smooshing technique using some acetate and Distress Ink...yes you heard that correctly, Distress ink, NOT Oxide. lol Oh how they may have been forgotten so I decided to show some love to the original genius!  Head over to my YouTube channel to check out this and more tutorials!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds
February 19, 20180 Comments
Hello everyone!!! YAYYYY My turn to play with alcohol inks courtesy of Nichole who is a most generous soul to send me these goodies.  Please join me as we have a craftin good time playing with these inks and paper!  I seriously couldn't stop!  I even have a few leftover panels that I will be doing SOMETHING with SOON! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

6 Cards Using SSS February Card Kit
February 18, 20180 Comments
Hey everyone! Ok so I have done 6 videos using this one kit with Simon Says Stamp.  I'll start you off with the first video, so you can head over to my YouTube channel to hit them all.  But below you will see lots of still photos with cards from the kit.  It really was a very fun kit to use!  Thanks for stopping by!  Never hesitate to reach out with any questions.  All supplies for each of the cards is under the description of the corresponding video on YouTube.

 Mary Polanco Designs YouTube Channel