Monday, September 20, 2021

Bow Tie Gems Too

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Stamps:
   What a Gem (Paper Pumpkin, July 2016)

Paper:
   Emerald Envy A-2
   Very Vanilla 5-1/4 x 4, 3-1/3 x 5-1/2
   Black Tie Optional DSP 1-3/4 x 4-1/2 (2)
   Copper Foil 1-3/4 x 4-1/2
   Triangles from Paper Pumpkin Kit (7/2016)

Ink:
   Emerald Envy

Technique:
   Builder Punch

Accessories:
   Bow Builder Punch
   Glue Dots
   Copper Dots Washi Tape
   Adhesive

First, I made my three bows using my Bow Builder Punch. I then cut triangles from the kit. I measured these on my grid paper to make sure they were each three inches in length.

I then placed my three sets of triangles onto the Very Vanilla 3-1/4 x 5-1/2 panel. I used glue dots to attach them. I placed the top ones first, then the bottom ones, followed by the middle ones.

I then stamped the three sentiments plus the gem at the bottom. 

Next, I built my card from the bottom up. The Emerald Envy is the card base, followed by the washi tape with copper dots on it. I placed two strips on each end. See the card above.

I then added the Very Vanilla panel on top, making sure it covered half of the washi strip on each side.

I then attached the bow ties using glue dots. The copper foil one is in the middle.

Lastly, I adhered the other Very Vanilla panel to the inside of the card.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Two Congrats

 Banners are perfect for a card front. I do like Clean And Simple (CAS) cards. This embossed-resist background is lovely behind the banner. What do you think?




Stamps:
   Banners for You

Paper:
   Pear Pizzazz A-2 
   Irresistibly Yours DSP 5-1/4 x 4
   Whisper White 4 x 2-1/4, 5-1/4 x 4 (Inside)

Ink:
   Berry Burst
   So Saffron
   Pear Pizzazz

Technique:
   Die Cutting
   Brayer

Accessories:
   Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
   Sponge Brayer
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive

First, I used my sponge brayer to apply ink to the embossed-resist DSP. I then used a paper towel to wipe off the excess from the embossed flowers.

I then stamped and die cut my banner. I attached it using dimensionals.

Lastly, I adhered this panel to the card front and adhered the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

You can easily add embellishments of your choice to the card front. Ribbon or twine will also work well. Obviously, you can change the sentiment to suit your current need.

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Just an Expression

This Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper (DSP) is so beautiful, you want to just frame it. That is exactly what I did. I did lay an intricate die cut on top, but the DSP is working its magic. What do you think? 




Stamps:
   Artistically Inked

Paper:
   Evening Evergreen A-2
   Just Jade 5-1/4 x 4
   Basic White 5-1/2 x 4-1/8, 5-1/4 x 4, 3-1/2 x 3-3/4
   Expressions in Ink DSP 5-1/4 x 4

Ink:
   Evening Evergreen

Technique:
   Die Cutting
   Dry Embossing
   Punching

Accessories:
   Potted Succulents Dies
   Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
   Stitched Rectangle Framelits Dies
   Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
   Bumblebee Trinkets
   2021-2023 In-Color Jewels
   Paper Pumpkin White & Gold Twine
   Foam Adhesive Sheets
   Glue Dots
   Adhesive

First, I took my Just Jade panel and dry embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. 

I then lined up the largest and third largest stitched rectangle framelits and die cut the embossed frame. I used washi tape to hold the die cuts in place.

I ran the Basic White 5-1/2 x 4-1/8 panel through the die cutting machine using the Potted Succulents Dies. I adhered this die cut on the back of the Just Jade frame. I used liquid adhesive.

I then placed a foam adhesive strip around the edges of the frame and adhered the DSP onto it. I then adhered this panel onto the Evening Evergreen card base.

I stamped and punched the edges of my sentiment using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I adhered it onto the card front using glue dots.

I added a bit of white and gold twine, a bumblebee trinket, and some jewels to the card front.

Lastly, I adhered the 5-1/4 x 4 Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

I was inspired to make this card after viewing Jacque Williams Expressions in Ink post. 

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Hello Sunshine

The embossed-resist technique is great for a background. I was fortunate to buy a specialty paper with this embossing resist on it. You can find a tutorial for it on SCS. Just click on EMBOSSING-RESIST. Thoughts?




Stamps:
   Botanical Blooms
   Thoughtful Banners

Paper:
   Old Olive A-2
   Irresistibly Yours DSP 5-1/4 x 4
   Whisper White Scraps, 5-1/4 x 4 (Inside)
   Daffodil Delight Scraps

Ink:
   Archival Basic Black
   Daffodil Delight
   Old Olive
   Pumpkin Pie
   Soft Sky

Technique:
   Watercolor
   Embossing Resist
   Sponging
   Die Cutting
   Punching

Accessories:
   Botanical Builder Framelits Dies
   3/4" Circle Punch
   Aqua Painter
   Sponge
   Basic Rhinestone Jewels
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive

I began with my background. I cut my embossed resist DSP to size and watercolored using Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive. I set the panel off to the side to dry.

I then took some Daffodil Delight scraps and die cut three blossoms. I stamped the centers using Pumpkin Pie. I also stamped and die cut a few leaves using Old Olive.

I then stamped my sentiment on a scrap of Daffodil Delight and punched it using a 3/4" circle punch. I sponged it with a bit of Pumpkin Pie. This will be the center of the Daffodil Delight circle on the card.

I then adhered the dry DSP panel to the Old Olive card front. I arranged my flowers and leaves and adhered them with adhesive and dimensionals. 

I attached the sentiment using a dimensional.

Lastly, I adhered the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card and added a few rhinestones to the centers of the blooms. 

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Christmas Squares

 You can never have too many Christmas cards. I create Christmas cards all year long. What do you do? 




Stamps:
   Hang Your Stocking
   Teeny Tiny Wishes
   Punch Pals
   Tree Trimmings
   Holiday Wishes

Paper:
   Blushing Bride A-2
   Quilted Christmas DSP 5-1/4 x 4
   Lemon Lime Twist 3"Sq.
   Whisper White 1-1/4" Sq. (4), 5-1/4 x 4, Scrap
   Pool Party 1-3/8" Sq. (4)
   Garden Green 1/2 x 2-3/8

Ink:
   Archival Basic Black
   Blushing Bride
   Garden Green
   Lemon Lime Twist
   Pool Party
   Real Red

Technique:
   Sponging

Accessories:
   1-1/4" Square Punch
   1-3/8" Square Punch
   Ticket Corner Punch
   Classic Label Punch
   Home for the Holidays Designer Buttons
   Basic Rhinestone Jewels
   Brights' Candy Dots
   Sponge
   Glue Dots
   Adhesive

First, I chose the designer series paper (DSP) that I wanted to use on the background. I then pulled the colors that coordinated with it.

Since it was a squared background, I chose to place everything in squares and just flip them in different directions to give it some character and interest.

I then went to find Christmas images that were small enough to fit on the 1-1/4 inch squares. I chose four images. Stamped, colored and sponged these on the Whisper White squares.

I adhered the background DSP to the Blushing Bride card base.

I then took the 3" Lemon Lime Twist and punched the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch. I adhered this onto the top-center of the DSP.

Next, I adhered the four Pool Party squares on top of the Lemon Lime Twist square as shown above. Note that the squares are close but not touching each other.

I then took a designer button and adhered it to the center of the Pool Party squares. I used a glue dot to attach it.

I then adhered the Whisper White squares with the images on them. The top and bottom squares were adhered with liquid adhesive. The squares on the left and right were attached using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White. I stamped it using Garden Green. I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.

I then adhered it to a scrap of Garden Green and fussy cut around it to give the sentiment a border. I added a small rhinestone on each end. This was attached to the card base using dimensionals.

Lastly, I added candy dots on the ticket corners of the Lemon Lime Twist square, stamped a couple of snowflakes on each corner, and adhered the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Flourishing Note

 The copper foil really shines on the Crushed Curry card base. Thoughts?




Stamps:
   Flourishing Phrases

Paper:
   Crushed Curry A-2
   Copper Foil Scraps
   Whisper White 5-1/4 x 4 

Ink:
   Cajun Craze
   Fresh Fig

Technique:
   Die Cutting

Accessories:
   Flourish Thinlits Dies
   Crushed Curry Candy Dots
   Fine Tip Glue Pen
   Adhesive

First, I stamped the floral flourish using Fresh Fig. 

I then die cut the small flowers and the border in Copper Foil. I used the Flourish Thinlits Dies.

I adhered these using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I then stamped the sentiment using Cajun Craze.

Lastly, I added a couple of Candy Dots and adhered the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Birthday Numbers

Do you celebrate your birthday? Do you make a big deal about it? How many people celebrate your birthday with you? If you are physically aging, are you also becoming wiser? Is your mental age keeping up with your physical age? All excellent questions to ponder. Thoughts?




Stamps:
   Perfectly Penned

Paper:
   Calypso Coral A-2
   Basic Black 5-1/4 x 4 or Scraps
   Birthday Bash DSP 5-1/4 x 4
   Whisper White 3-1/2 x 1, 5-1/4 x 4 (Inside)

Ink:
   Archival Basic Black
   Calypso Coral

Technique:
   Die Cutting
   Sponging

Accessories:
   Large Numbers Framelits Dies
   Sponge
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive
   Paper Snips

First, I die cut all of the numbers. Note that the six and nine are the same.

I then arranged and adhered the numbers onto the Birthday Bash DSP panel.

This panel was then adhered onto the Calypso Coral card base.

Next, I stamped my sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White. I snipped the two ends and sponged it using Calypso Coral.

I attached it onto the card front using dimensionals. 

Lastly, I adhered the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Swirly Halloween

 This card does not need any words. It speaks or rather yells volumes! Thoughts?




Stamps:
   Halloween Scares
   Marbled

Paper:
   Peekaboo Peach A-2
   Basic Black 5-3/8 x 4-1/8
   Whisper White 5-1/4 x 4 (2)

Ink:
   Tangelo Twist 

Markers:
   Basic Black
   Basic Gray
   Peekaboo Peach

Technique:
   Die Cutting
   Markering (Color on Stamp)

Accessories:
   Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies
   Adhesive

The background swirls are from a discontinued Stampin' Up! stamp called Marbled. I used Basic Black, Basic Gray, and Peekaboo Peach to color the stamp. I then moistened the ink by breathing on it, and then I stamped my Whisper White panel.

Next, I die cut the fence and the tree using the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies and Basic Black cardstock.

I adhered these to the card front using liquid adhesive.

Lastly, I randomly stamped pumpkins using Tangelo Twist and adhered the other Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

I layered the card front onto a Basic Black panel and then onto the Peekaboo Peach card base.

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sugarplum Birthday

How often do you look at your card and wonder how you made it or question your original idea? It is common practice to try your stamp on a scrap of paper first, but I tend to just stamp. And then I stamp again and again. That is how I made these squares on this card front. I tried to correct my "mistake" too many times. Then I added some roses. Nope, I grabbed the Frost White Ink and applied it with a sponge dauber. What do you think? 




Stamps:
   Happy Birthday Gorgeous
   Bokeh Dots

Paper:
   Chocolate Chip A-2, Scraps
   Whisper White 5-1/4 x 4 (2)

Ink:
   Sweet Sugarplum
   Mint Macaron
   Chocolate Chip

Technique:
   Die Cutting
   Sponging

Accessories:
   Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies
   Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet
   Frost White Ink
   Sponge Dauber
   Adhesive

First, I stamped the background using Bokeh Dots and Mint Macaron Ink. I stamped several times which created the squares.

I then stamped roses using Sweet Sugarplum ink. The rose is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set. 

I used a sponge dauber to spread some Frost White Ink across some of the roses to try and tone them down a bit.

I die cut the sentiment on Chocolate Chip and a multi-purpose adhesive sheet. I added this along with a star to the card front panel.

Lastly, I adhered the panel to the card front and added the other Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

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