Sunday, August 9, 2020

Manhattan Birthday

 Get a different look by flipping your embossed image and applying ink. I used my brayer to evenly coat my image with Melon Mambo. The embossing then appears as a white outline. What are your thoughts?



Stamps:

   Wetlands


Paper:

   Melon Mambo A-2

   Whisper White 5-1/4 x 4 (2)


Ink:

   Archival Basic Black

   Melon Mambo

   Soft Sky


Technique:

   Dry Embossing

   Watercolor Wash

   Brayer

   Fussy Cutting


Accessories:

   Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder

   Water Painter

   Brayer

   Adhesive


First, I embossed a Whisper White panel with the Manhattan Flower embossing folder. 


I then flipped it over, so the embossing is facing down (the negative side). Using my brayer, I applied Melon Mambo ink. You do not have to worry about getting ink over the whole panel. I then cut the image out with my paper snips.


Using my water painter, I applied a Soft Sky watercolor wash on the other panel.


I attached the Manhattan flower with dimensionals. Stamped my sentiment on the top left and adhered the panel to the Melon Mambo card base.


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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Snowflake Trio

Here is a clean and simple (CAS) card to express thanks for those wonderful Christmas presents you received. Often times we are with family and friends when we open presents. So, a verbal thank you with a big, huge hug is all that is expected. BUT...what about that very special present that someone went out of their way to get for you? A written thank you note is not only proper, but much appreciated. Do you and when do you send a written Christmas thank you note?



Stamps:
   Colorful Seasons
   Heartfelt Blooms

Wheels:
   Poinsettia Jumbo Wheel

Paper:
   Whisper White A-2

Ink:
   Berry Burst
   Daffodil Delight
   Old Olive
   Pool Party

Technique:
   CAS

Accessories:
   Felt Snowflakes
   Wheel Guide
   Clear Faceted Gems
   Glue Dots

I first stamped the snowflake, from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, multiple times using Daffodil Delight.

I then placed my wheel guide and rolled the Poinsettia Jumbo Wheel on the bottom of the card front using Berry Burst.

I added the sentiment from the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set. I pressed a bit too hard and picked up a bit of the stamp frame. Small flaws like this truly make the card unique. 

I attached the Pool Party snowflakes with glue dots and added a gem to the smallest snowflake.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Open Gate Again

"Live as if someone left the gate open." Sometimes we need to be reminded that each moment is a precious gift that should not be thrown away. I really like this image with the horse galloping free. It is simple, but speaks volumes. What are your reactions? Please share.




Stamps:
   Let It Ride

Paper:
   Mossy Meadow A-2
   Whisper White 5-1/4 x 4 (2)

Ink:
   Archival Basic Black
   Mossy Meadow
   Various Acrylic Paints

Technique:
   Powdered Gel Press Background

Accessories:
   Baking Soda
   Gel Press
   Brayer
   Silver Star Brad
   Stamparatus/MISTI/Stamp-a-ma-jig
   Adhesive

To create my Powdered Gel Press background, I followed a You Tube video by Understand Blue. It is found at: Understand Blue's Powdered Gel Press Background 

I used some yellow and blue acrylic paint on my gel press. I spread the color with my brayer. I added a bit of baking soda, more ink and spread it all with my brayer. I then pulled a couple of prints. You want to leave it to dry and set. I did not like mine at first, but I'm glad I did not throw it away. After a couple of days, I used it to make this card.

I placed the panel in my stamparatus and stamped the images and the sentiment. I recommend that you use whatever tool you have to be able to stamp multiple times on the same spot in order to get a crisp, clean image. 

I then adhered the panel to the Mossy Meadow card base. I also added another Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Blushing Birthday Balloons with Pizzazz

Who doesn't like birthday balloons? You can pop them, sit on them, bounce them around, write on them, or set them free. Here is a balloon bouquet to celebrate a birthday at any age. Thoughts?


Stamps:
   Balloon Celebration

Paper:
   Blushing Bride A-2
   Whisper White 5-1/4 x 4
   DSP Coordinating Scraps

Ink:
   Blushing Bride
   Cherry Cobbler
   Archival Basic Black

Technique:
   Sponging
   Punching

Accessories:
   Balloon Bouquet Punch
   Sponge
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive

I punched out balloons from 3 coordinating designer series paper sheets (DSP). Then I stamped the balloons individually. 

Next, I sponged the Whisper White panel and randomly stamped stars in the same ink.

I then stamped the balloon strings and arranged the balloons. When I was happy with the arrangement, I adhered them with dimensionals.

I stamped the ribbon bow using Cherry Cobbler.

Added the sentiment in Archival Basic Black. [This can be changed to suit your needs.]

Lastly, I adhered the Whisper White panel to the card base.

I made another card using Pear Pizzazz in place of Blushing Bride. This gave me a more masculine card. What do you think?


Everything is the same except you plug in Pear Pizzazz in place of Blushing Bride. With these three colors, the next choice is Rose Red.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Cluck a Note

Here is a masculine card for any occasion - just change the sentiment to suit your needs. This one was made to say hello. Any thoughts?




Stamps:
   Home to Roost

Paper:
   Very Vanilla A-2, 5-1/4 x 4
   Night of Navy 5-3/8 x 4-1/8
   Galvanized Metallic 1 x 4

Ink:
   Blushing Bride
   Night of Navy

Technique:
   Dry Embossing
   Clear Block Stamping

Accessories:
   Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
   Clear Block
   Water Spritzer
   Adhesive

I added Night of Navy and Blushing Bride ink to my clear block using my small ink spots. I spritzed it with my water spritzer and then stamped. Notice that I left just a bit of the Very Vanilla showing on the top of the panel. 

Next, I made a pencil mark on my card measuring one inch from the bottom. This way, I could gauge what the metallic strip would cover up. 

I then stamped the rooster on my card. 

Then, I stamped the grassy plant life stamp four times at different heights on the bottom. I was focused on where the tops of this stamp were landing.

Lastly, I embossed my metallic strip and adhered it to the bottom of the panel. I then adhered this panel onto the Night of Navy panel and then onto the card base.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Balmy Snowman

This card features a new stamp and die cut from our new 2020 mini catalog. I combined it with some current designer series paper and a discontinued laser-cut panel. Stampin' Up! products coordinate well together even when they are discontinued. What do you think?




Stamps:
   Snow Wonder

Paper:
   Very Vanilla 6 x 7 scored @ 3-1/2, 3-1/2 x 3
   Artistry Blooms DSP 6 x 3-1/2
   Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut DSP

Ink:
   Balmy Blue
   Night of Navy

Technique:
   Die Cutting

Accessories:
   Snow Time Dies
   Night of Navy Candy Dots
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive


The snowman, snowflakes, and sentiment are from the Snow Wonder stamp set. I used Balmy Blue ink on the snowman and the snowflakes. The sentiment was stamped using Night of Navy.

The background is from the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper Pack. The Very Vanilla frame is from the Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut DSP pack.

The snowman is adhered with dimensionals.

This card size fits a regular letter size envelope. 

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Make a Bokeh Wish

Applying a watercolor wash to a background will always yield a unique and creative card. Here I combined it with a bokeh technique. You can find a bokeh technique at SCS: Bokeh Technique





Stamps:
   Life Is Grand

Paper:
   Whisper White A-2

Ink:
   Balmy Blue
   Blueberry Bushel
   Smoky Slate

Technique:
   Bokeh

Accessories:
   Sponge Dauber
   Stamparatus/MISTI/Stamp-a-ma-jig
   Aqua Painters/Water Painters


First, I applied Balmy Blue as my watercolor wash background. I let it dry.

Next, I added the Bokeh dots using Smoky Slate and various circle sizes.

Lastly, I stamped my sentiment using Blueberry Bushel. 

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Happy Birthday Owl

Using the owl builder punch allows you to dress up this owl as you wish. It is a great way to use up some of those tiny scraps of designer series paper. Then just use the same colors for the card base and inks to pull the card together. What are your thoughts?




Stamps:
   Sky is the Limit

Paper:
   Bermuda Bay A-2
   Tip Top Taupe 5-1/4 x 4
   Chocolate Chip Scraps
   Whisper White Scraps
   Cherry on Top DSP Scrap

Ink:
   Crumb Cake
   Archival Basic Black

Technique:
   Dry Embossing
   Sponging
   Punching
   Brayer

Accessories:
   Woodgrain Embossing Folder
   Owl Builder Punch
   Extra-Large Oval Punch
   Brights Candy Dots
   Brayer
   Sponge
   Glue Dots
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive

First, I punched out my owl and put it all together. The pieces were punched from scraps of Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and DSP.

Next, I dry embossed the Tip Top Taupe panel using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. I then flipped it over on the negative side (lines of woodgrain go inward), and added Crumb Cake ink with my brayer.

I punched out an oval with the extra-large oval punch where I wanted the owl to be. I then adhered the panel onto the Bermuda Bay card base.

The owl was added using dimensionals.

On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I stamped and punched out an extra-large oval, sponged it with Crumb Cake and adhered it with dimensionals. I adorned it with a couple of candy dots.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Big, Bold Sentiments

Do you like big, bold sentiments? Here are two cards that I made using the leftover pieces of designer series paper and lace doilies from the previous card: I Care.


Kind Doilies


I Do Love You


Stamps:
   Big on You

Paper:
   Sahara Sand A-2
   Best Year Ever DSP Scrap

Ink:
   Archival Basic Black

Technique:
   Punching

Accessories:
   2-1/2" Circle Punch
   Coastal Cabana & Calypso Coral Ribbons 4-1/4"
   White Tea Lace Paper Doily Scrap
   Adhesive
   Fast Fuse


I made two I Care cards and then used the leftover pieces on these two cards. I changed the sentiments, but both are from the Big on You stamp set. I then added two ribbons. I adhered them together with Fast Fuse.

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