Sunday, August 25, 2019

Metallic For You

I like the faux tin metal look on this card. It is an easy technique to do as long as you have all of the tools. There are You Tube videos out there for you to watch if you do not understand my instructions. 

Stamps: Mother's Love
Paper: Strawberry Slush A-2, 4 1/4 x 2 1/4, Mossy Meadow 4 1/2 x 2 1/2, Whisper White 4 x 2, Basic Black 5 1/4 x 4, Sahara Sand 8 1/2 x 2 3/4
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Mossy Meadow, Tuxedo Black Memento
Technique: Faux Tin Metal
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Versamark, Heat Tool, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Adhesive

First, you want to create your 10 faux tin metal square tiles. 

Take the Sahara Sand strip and stamp it with Versamark on top of a scratch paper. Leave about a half inch at the end of it to hold it when you apply heat. 

You then remove the scratch paper and replace it with a clean scratch paper. Proceed to pour the silver embossing powder. 

Once it is covered apply heat with your heat tool. Move the heat tool around to avoid overheating. Overheating will warp or even burn your paper. 

Once it is cooled down, you may want to repeat the process to create a thick layer. 

You then punch out ten 1 1/4" squares. Place them in the Finial Press Embossing Folder (make sure it is facing up, with the SU logo on the bottom left and facing you) and run it through the Big Shot. 

You then place these on the Basic Black card stock leaving a little bit of room around each one to create the illusion of a tile with grout around it. Glue down the four corners first and then fill in the space using the other square tiles. The middle of the card does not need any tiles, since it is covered with an image and sentiment.

Lastly, you stamp the flower image and color it using this two step stamp set. Add the sentiment and put the card together. 

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sheltering Tree Bookmark Card

Books are not obsolete. So, here is a card with a detachable bookmark for you to gift to someone special. I was inspired by Debbie Henderson's You Tube video that you can see HERE.

Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Hello There, Bliss
Paper: Old Olive 5 1/2 x 10 1/2, Whisper White 5 x 3 3/4 (2), 5 x 1 5/8
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun
Technique: Sponging
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Glue Dot, Tag Punch, Hole Punch, Adhesive

Here is the inside of the card:

The Old Olive card stock was scored at 4 1/4". You then turn the paper to the other side and perforate it at the 2" mark. 

The Whisper White card stock is for the front and the inside of the card. The smaller piece is obviously for the bookmark. I first sponged the entire Whisper White card stock with my Summer Sun ink. (Any bright yellow will do.) I then stamped my images.

The bookmark folds inside the card. Do not open and close it too many times, or it may tear off. I liked the summer peaceful scene of the tree and swing. I used to climb the tree in our backyard and read for hours when I was a child. So, this brings back a few memories. 

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Golden Congrats

Here is a graduation card for the person whose school colors are maroon and gold, or for the one who loves this color combination. Of course without a graduation cap on the card, this particular "Congratulations" card may be used for any occasion. 

Stamps: Friendly Expressions, Swirly Frames
Paper: Cherry Cobbler A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (Inside)
Ink: Metallic Gold
Technique: Heat Embossing
Accessories: Embossing Buddy, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Adhesive

You must remember to rub your card with an embossing buddy before you begin. Otherwise, you may wind up with gold embossed spots everywhere. Once you have prepared your card stock, you simply stamp and pour the embossing powder onto your card. Finally, you heat set it and let it dry for a couple of minutes. 

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Your Birthday

One way to avoid a black outline of your image is to color directly on the stamp with your markers. You then breathe onto the stamp. This will moisten the ink and prepare it to stamp. You then stamp, and your outline will be in color. An example of this is shown below.

Stamps: Life's Adventure, Well Scripted
Paper: Whisper White A-2, 2 x 4, Tempting Turquoise 5 3/8 x 4 1/8, Basic Black 3 x 4 1/8, Scraps of Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise
Technique: Dry Embossing
Accessories: Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Framelits Dies, Scallop Edge Punch, Dimensionals, Adhesive

I found that it was not necessary to color the image since the outline was already in color. Of course this is my preference. Also note that the embossing folder can be changed to any folder that you have on hand. This just gives the card a bit more texture and interest. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Shelled Friendship

Sometimes we surprise ourselves by the company we keep. Friendships are formed for countless reasons, and they do not always make sense. The adage is, "Opposites attract." This is why I like this image of a turtle and a dog becoming friends.

Stamps: Bella & Friends, Sheltering Tree
Paper: Petal Pink A-2, Pear Pizzazz 5 1/4 x 4, Watercolor 5 x 3 3/4
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Stampin' Blends: Petal Pink, Calypso Coral
Techniques: 2-Step Stamping, Blending
Accessories: Adhesive

I used StazOn ink because the markers are alcohol based, and I intended to watercolor the image. The tree leaves were stamped in Petal Pink first and then in Calypso Coral. I repositioned the stamp for the second color.

I do like this fun, playful image. Don't you? Unfortunately, both of these stamp sets are no longer current, but feel free to shop my online store for current stamp sets. All of the colors and card stock are available.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Toscana Vigneto

Can you imagine a Tuscan vineyard? You have to in order to appreciate this card. Unfortunately, the image is not as clear as I would like. I heat embossed it with black embossing powder. Consequently, until your eyes adjust, it looks like a black circle. See for yourself.

Stamps: Tuscan Vineyard, Healing Hugs
Paper: Daffodil Delight A-2, Basic Black 5 1/4 x 4, Watercolor 5 x 3 3/4
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Versamark
Pigment Sprinkles: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Watercolor
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, 1" Circle Punch, Embossing Buddy, Dimensionals, Adhesive

The first step is to prepare the watercolor background with your pigment sprinkles. Tap a few sprinkles of each color around your paper. Spritz with water and maneuver the colors around until you are happy with it. Set this aside to air dry completely before stamping on it. 

I then took my dry background, used my embossing buddy to prepare it for embossing, and then stamped my image and sentiment with Versamark. I added the black embossing powder and heat set it.

I stamped the Toscana Vigneto stamp with Gorgeous Grape and punched it out using my 1" circle punch. I added it with dimensionals. 

Lastly, I layered the watercolor paper onto my black card stock and then adhered it to my Daffodil Delight card base.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Gorgeous Umbrella

Here is a traditional clean and simple card in the classic black and white with a POP of purple. The umbrella was colored using markers. I like the sentiment for anyone who has been going through a difficult time, or who has been ill or just needs to be uplifted. We should all strive to be optimistic.

Stamps: Beautiful You
Paper: Basic Black A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (2)
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Markers: Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape
Technique: CAS
Accessories: Adhesive

It is so easy to want to embellish this card more. You can add sequins, ribbon, more color, even rhinestones or pearls, but I think it would distract rather than enhance the card. What do you think?

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Golden Sympathy

Prayers and heartfelt sympathy are golden. These two are priceless. You cannot go to the mall or place an order on Amazon for these precious gifts. Yet, when they are graciously given they comfort, heal, and instill peace within us. I decided to place a golden frame around these two gifts. Thoughts?

Stamps: Woven Heirlooms
Paper: Cherry Cobbler A-2, Whisper White 5 X 4, 5 1/4 x 4, Gold Foil 5 x 4
Ink: Garden Green
Technique: Die Cutting, Dry Embossing
Accessories: Heirloom Frames Dies & Embossing Folders, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Adhesive

I used a bit of washi tape to keep the center white panel in place with the gold embossed frame. I then applied my glue and adhered it to the card.

This frame would also work well with an image, picture, or other sentiments. I do think the gold adds an elegance to the card. The possibilities are endless.

Thank you for taking a peek. Let me know what you think. Shop Now for any of the supplies you may need to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) this card. The stickers are no longer current, but the stamp set has a great stamp you can use in place of them.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Silver Thanks

It only takes a hint of silver glitter to turn a simple card into an elegant one. I first stamped the flower flourish along each side of my Whisper White panel. I then added my sentiment toward the top using Pretty Peacock ink. I then switched to my Bermuda Bay ink and randomly stamped the bokeh dots. Lastly, I added a 3/8" strip of silver glitter paper to the left, and few rhinestones and this card not only sparkled, it came alive. What do you think?

Stamps: Beauty Abounds
Paper: Pretty Peacock A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (2), Silver Glitter 3/8 x 5 1/4 
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay
Technique: CAS
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Adhesive

Once the front panel is stamped and embellished, add your favorite adhesive and glue it onto the card base.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Summer Day

Stamp, paper, and ink is all that you need to make a beautiful card for someone. When you use only these three elements, we categorize the card as a Clean and Simple (CAS) card. Here is a red, white, and blue summer card that had nothing to do with the 4th of July.

Stamps: Love What You Do
Paper: Whisper White A-2
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy
Technique: CAS
Accessories: MISTI / Stamparatus

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