Dare 2B Artzy & My Sweet Petunia

Happy Thursday crafty friends! I have a very special post today. Several members of the Dare 2B Artzy Design Team are taking part in a collaboration blog hop with My Sweet Petunia! Whoo-hoo! How fun is this?!

If you’re a paper crafter you have no doubt heard of the MISTI by My Sweet Petunia. MISTI stands for Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented. It is just as the acronym suggests and a game changer for card makers.

Make sure you read through to the end of my post for links to all of the other blogs along the HOP. You will want to make sure that you HOP along and leave comments on each of the blog posts as Dare 2B Artzy and My Sweet Petunia are each giving away $20 Gift Cards to two lucky commenters on the HOP.

Let’s jump right in. I wanted to start with a few pictures of the new MISTI as I unboxed the one that was very generously provided as part of the My Sweet Petunia collaboration.

The latest version of the MISTI has several new features that I really like. Having owned one the original MISTI’s I can say that there are some awesome upgrades.

The front cover has been made a little wider. This leaves a bit of a lip (about 1/16 of an inch) over the edge and there’s a bit of a lip at the center of the edge that makes it so much easier to open. In the older version the cover was flush with the base and sometimes was tricky to open.

The corners have a bit of a smooth, angled edge as well which is nice.

The hinges of the latest MISTI have also been redesigned as they seem to be molded as part of the base instead of a separate piece. They are super sturdy and ready to take on lots of hours of stamping and crafting.

When the cover is open, you’ll find that you can leave the cover open at a 90 degree angle without the door closing on its own. I’m unsure if that is because it is newer and the hinges are tighter and whether those might loosen up over time. I hope not, as that’s an awesome feature!

Picture of the door of the MISTI staying up at 90 degrees – how cool is that! Also check out that neat storage spot for the bar magnet.

The gridlines are laser etched into the cover of the MISTI so you don’t have to worry about them rubbing off when you clean ink off the stamping platform.

There’s even a specific place to store the bar magnet that comes with the MISTI right between the bottom and middle hinges.

I always add a bit of washi tape to my bar magnet as it makes it easier to pick up when I’m using it to hold things in place.

The MISTI is the BOMB and the only reason why I’m able to remotely line up and stamp anything straight – no joke!

Let’s share the fun card I created for today’s HOP. I used the ever-adorable Reindeer Games stamp set. This is one of my all-time favorite stamps. It is so stinking’ cute and fun to color.

To start I stamped the reindeer and the hooves with some Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black ink onto some 110lb cardstock. Using the MISTI I stamped the image several times as my ink pad was a little on the dry side. I stamped all of the images about 3 times to get a good impression with my ink. I did stamp several of the little ornaments as well but ended up not using them for this card.

I colored my image using my Croma Flagship alcohol markers using some warm greys and a touch of brown to bring the adorable reindeer to life. I gave him a red nose and a teal and red had with a fuzzy, sparkly pom-pom on top. I figure he’d be perfect to guide Santa’s sleigh! I colored the hooves with some darker greys. All of the images were cut using the matching dies which is a must for the antlers alone on the Reindeer Games stamp set.

The MISTI is a great tool for repeat stamping as well as pattern stamping. I used the Oh Deer…Christmas is Here sentiment from the stamp set and created my own tone on tone pattern stamping using some mint green cardstock and an ink that was a shade darker than my cardstock.  I positioned the sentiment stamp in my MISTI and began stamping the sentiment and moving the paper after each imprint, eventually creating a patterned paper with my sentiment. Getting my sentiment nice and straight was a breeze using the etched gridlines on the MISTI.

Pattern stamping with the MISTI is a breeze!
It’s all coming together.

I used a standard circle die from my stash that was 3 ¾ inches wide and cut out the stamped sentiment paper that I created with the MISTI.  Using some red mirrored cardstock from my stash, I cut a second circle that was 4 inches wide and adhered the two together.

To create the rest of my background, I cut a piece of the Dare 2B Artzy retro snowflake paper from the Chocolate Moose paper pack to 3 7/8 x 5 1/16. I added the fun snowflake pattern strip from the edge of the paper to the top and bottom with my tape runner.

I can never say no to some sparkle and shine, I cut a piece of holographic paper for the back panel that measured 4 1/8 x 5 3/8. This gave me a bit of a white border on my A2 sized card panel which was made from 110lb cardstock.

For my sentiment, I die cut several pieces of cardstock using the Happy Holidays die set from the new Snowflake Slimline dies. I glued together several layers to create some dimension for my die cuts and I also inlayed the Happy from some more of the red mirrored cardstock.

To finish my card, I added a few red gems to my card front and used a Sakura sparkle pen to add some sparkle to the pom-pom on the reindeer’s hat and to the bells around his collar.

Thanks so much for hopping along with the Dare 2B Artzy Design Team in this collaboration HOP with My Sweet Petunia. I have included links below for all of the products used in today’s post.

If you’re hopping along, please check out the HOP links below. Remember to leave comments along the way for your chance to win a $20 gift card from Dare 2B Artzy or My Sweet Petunia. Also, for the HOP we are offering a 10% discount if you shop on either Dare 2B Artzy.com or MySweetPetunia.com using the code FALL10. Be sure to check out all the great products in both of the shops!

Thanks for hopping along!



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Sandi MacIver

D2BA Blog