Pop it Ups 2016 CHA Mega Show - Make 'n Takes
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CHA 2016: Mixed Media Tags using *NEW* Stage it Stencils

In a few days I'll be heading out to California for the CHA 2016 Mega Show. A couple of weeks ago I shared the Make 'n Takes, and I hope you'll stop by Booth #775 to make the projects and receive a full color set of instructions and supply list for re-teaching. (Plus full video tutorials for all three projects are already on YouTube).

The schedule will be as follows: (while supplies last)

Hanging Charm Pull Tab card - Saturday January 9th,   10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
Oval Pull Card with Jinks the Monkey - Sunday January 10th, 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
Pop-up Cake card - Monday January 11th, 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm 

In addition to new dies and stamps, a brand new product category for me are stencils. Stencils are such a natural fit with Pop it Ups dies - you often need to "set the stage" for the pop-up with a good all-over background. Plus, stencils work great for the fronts of cards. Six designs are being released at CHA. The outer footprint of the stencil is 5" x 7" with a pattern area of 4 3/8" x 6 1/8". The coffee bean pattern is repeatable in all directions by simply moving the stencil and continuing the pattern. The stencils have a corner hole for storing on a ring, and the brand and item number is etched into the header, making them easy to identify for supply lists and storage. 


Although I had my Pop it Ups dies in mind when I created these stencils, they also work great on their own for cards, scrapbook layouts, 3D craft items and mixed media projects. One of the displays in the booth at CHA will be a series of mixed media tags made by Shelly Hickox, Sandy Diller and myself. We used the Els van de Burgt Studio Tags & More dies (#1, #2, or #3) to create the tag tops and then decorated with Pop it Ups products. We kept a consistent size to our tags - 3.25" wide (the width of the Tags & More #1, #2, #3) and 6.25" long.

For my first tag, I used the Medallion Stencil for the background. After combining various orange, pink and rose inks onto Elizabeth Craft Designs' 100# Soft Finish Cardstock, I added Translucent Embossing Paste through the stencil using a palette knife and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I dabbed some black paint randomly over the pattern and wiped it off of the paste. The base of the tag was created by loading my die cutting machine with an embossing sandwich and embossing the stencil pattern onto burgandy cardstock. I brushed black ink over the debossed side of the cardstock to highlight the pattern. The butterfly charm comes with the new Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set and the "Adventure awaits" is from the What's Up? Clear Stamp set. Finally I added some Peel-off Stickers in black/silver, a metal flower charm from my stash and a spring from the hardware store for the tag handle.


For this next tag, I started with a core cardstock and embossed the Swirly Flourish Stencil pattern onto it. Then I sanded the piece, revealing the pattern. I stitched around the tag with red embroidery floss and then softened it to a dark pink by brushing all the edges with white paint. I hand cut a big heart from glossy white cardstock, embossed the Swirly Flourish stencil pattern onto the piece and then brushed pink ink over the top. For dimension I glued it to a piece of white cardboard and cut around it. I roughed the edges using a distressing tool. In the new die sets there is a heart included in the Oval Pull Card die set that fits the Heart Charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die perfectly. I used those two dies together to make the hanging heart, which is attached by wrapping twine around the big heart. The "but first," is a great little stamp from the Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps set. You'll see that I used it on the next tag as well. You can "but first," just about anything, including the word "love", cut from the Els van de Burgt Studio Alphabet die set. For the top decoration I tied a piece of sheer ribbon through the hole and then used a piece of wire and pliers to pull the ends of the ribbons through pink pearl beads and then through rose beads. The paper clip die comes from the Tags Pivot Card set and I added a small acrylic charm from my stash, brushed with glitter paste on the back and embellished with the tiny heart from Props 8.


For my final tag I used the Flower Stencil with Bo Bunny's glitter paste in both Silver and Caribbean blue. After the background was dry, I added a blue distress stain randomly over the background leaving a "river" of white showing for visual interest. The new Cup Pop Stand die works fabulously for flat cups, too. This one is embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel for a porcelain look. You'll see a lot of the same decorator dies used here (hey - they were already out on the table!) including the paper clip from the Tags Pivot Card, the heart from the Oval Pull Card and the tiny heart from Props 8. The spoon comes with the Cup Pop Stand die set and the greeting is stamped using the Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps.


Some of the new products have already arrived to the Colorado warehouse and retailers who pre-ordered will have product in store this week! Some of the other products are in transit, so watch for them to show up in local stores and on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website in the coming weeks. 

If you're coming to CHA I'd love to see you in Booth #775.

Happy New Year of Crafting!

 Here are links to the Elizabeth Craft Designs products used on these tags.