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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms, Black Ice Technique, 2018 Sale-a-Brations

Today I'm going to share with you a fun technique I found. It's called "Black Ice".  It's very easy to do too!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Gray card stock. On top of that is a 4-3/8" x 3-1/8" piece of Basic Black. Then a 4-1/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White was added to the top of that.  And the silver metal foil sheet was cut 2-13/16" x 3-7/16".  You can cut yours  2-1/4" x 3-1/2" if you don't want to mess with the 1/16" thing but your white won't be showing as much.

First I took my Basic Gray piece and I ran my Basic Black Archival ink pad over it from the top to the bottom, half a side at a time. Then I turned it around 180 degrees and repeated that.

For the foil sheet, I took the same ink pad and did the same thing on it as I did the gray card stock.  Next I stamped the flower from the "Heartfelt Blooms" using the same ink.  You do need to heat set the ink.

Once it's dry, take your VersaMark pad and gently drag it across the whole piece, like you did with the black ink pad.  But you really just want gravity to be the pressure on the ink pad. You don't want it totally covered with VersaMark.  Though it's not a bad thing if it is and I'll explain what you can do  a little further down. Turn it like you did for the black ink.  Then sprinkle clear embossing powder on the entire piece and heat set it. If you happen to cover the entire thing with VersaMark, just don't let it melt into a solid clear, let it melt but let it be blotchy.  It gives the illusion of slush on the "ice".  Anyway, that is what happened to mine. I had also cut my foil paper larger and when I dragged the color from top to bottom and bottom to top I had a nice black edge, like you see on the Basic Gray card stock.  But when I trimmed the card, I lost it and I forgot to add it back on before I worked with the VersaMark.  And of course I didn't have anymore foil paper left!!! Isn't that how it goes?
After taping my image to the Whisper White piece, I added some black glitter ribbon around the bottom part of the white piece and I taped the ends on the back using Scotch tape.

Everything is taped flat, no Dimensionals.

It's a fun technique and I can't wait to play with it again.  After I get some foil paper!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 17, 2018

We Must Celebrate, Children's Birthday Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

When I saw these guys stacked up on a card in Pinterest, I knew I just had to copy it.  But while I was making it I realized that the card on the original was larger than what I wanted to make, so I ended up omitting several layers.  So if you do NOT look and compare the cards, you will never know. But if you do look, you will see how pretty those decorative papers are.  I had cut my animals and stacked them like in the original card but the size was not right. There was no way to shorten it any further without making it looked cramped.  I was thinking that maybe the original card is larger than a folded half-sheet of card stock.  You can see the original card here.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Always Artichoke. On top of that is a 3-1/2" x 5-1/8" piece of Crushed Curry.  And the focal piece is Whisper White and measures 3-3/8" x 5".

I stamped and cut out all the creatures. Two bears, two rabbits, one raccoon and one squirrel.  I used the watercolor colored pencils and a blender pen to color them in. I added Dimensionals to the back of each critter. I didn't expose the sticky part yet. I just set them in place to see where I needed to stamp the acorns, branches and that snail at the top and side.  That was the trickiest part of this card.  Once I stamped those images in and colored them I colored the floor with a blender pen and the Chocolate Chip marker.  I colored the snails and the acorns and then I added the critters. First the two bears and then the rabbits. The raccoon between the bears and the squirrel on top.  It's cute but not as adorable as the original card.  But if you don't compare you would never know!! LOL

I may add some words at the bottom, but I'm not sure yet. I kine of like it the way it is.  But it's ready for words should I need to add some!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, February 16, 2018

Flower Shop, Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts, Black Magic Faux Chalk Stamping Technique

I had been playing with the "Black Magic" technique.  That is where you stamp your image using white ink.  Allow it to dry, then color over it with colored pencils.  All I did here was instead of colored pencils I used markers and I got a faux chalk look.  It's a very soft look.  And it's easy to do. I didn't stay on the lines, I just colored over the white but I did follow the lines.  I just didn't take care to stay perfectly on the line only.  Because of the black card stock you can't see the marker that went over the lines.  I thought it was a fun discovery!!!  So here's the 2 simple steps! You can heat set the white ink if you want to work on it quicker.

1. Stamp your image using white craft ink on black card stock and allow it to dry.
2. Color over the images with the Stampin' Write markers. 

Use as a background or as a focal point.

I used the "Flower Shop" set here for my background. I colored with Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight (in the flower centers), Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Wisteria Wonder. The words are from the "Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts" set in the new 2018 Occasions catalog. I thought it was super fun and very easy.  Give it a try and tell me what you think of this easy peasy technique!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms, Thinking of You Card, Glitter Panel Stamping Technique, 2018 Sale-a-Bration

Honestly, I did put this stamp set away!  I actually walked over to the shelf and took it off to make this card!!! I really do love playing with this stamp though!!

I found a fun technique that used this stamp. It's called "Glitter Panels" and they are easy to do.  A bit messy, but easy.  

I took a 3-3/8" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped my image.  Here I used Calypso Coral ink.  The orientation of my card stock was so the 3-3/8" edge was on the top.  Then I covered the piece with VersaMark and then using a mixture of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Mix them in equal parts.  I used about a half a teaspoon of each and I did have some left.  You can adjust accordingly.

Once the piece was heat set you can add more where you see it needs it.  My problem areas were near the edges.  I also stamped the words and glittered them up too.  I die cut those using the oval die and the oval scallop. I die cut the oval scallop from the Calypso Coral piece that was used as a layer on the card front.

Next I cut the stamped and glittered flower in 1-1/8" strips.  I taped those strips to the upper part of a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Basic Black card stock.  Under that piece is the Calypso Coral piece.  And before those layers were taped the the Whisper White piece, I tied a ribbon around it and made a bow. I used Dimensionals to attach the oval words.

The base of the card is a folded sheet of Whisper White card stock that was cut 4-1/4" x 11".  This card opens at the bottom.

See, I told you it was a very easy technique to do but messy!!!  Especially if you need to add more of the mixture.  The VersaMark pad gets REALLY messy. I had to use packing tape to remove the sparkle from my pad.  And then I proceeded to do the wording and add more glitter to my pad!! UGH!!!  But I use the tape again and got it all off my pad.  

Isn't it pretty?  All sparkly!!  There are well over 100 techniques on my blog. Be sure to check some of them out.  You may find one you love.  Click here to be taken directly to the technique. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms, Thinking of You Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Brations

This is NOT what was in my head when I thought about making this card.  It looked SO much better there!!! LOL  But this is what I ended up with and lucky you, you get to see it!!!  

I thought I would play with the "Heartfelt Blooms" set since it's retiring in about 6 weeks.  I think it's my favorite because it's the easiest stamp set to work with and it creates such pretty cards.  Not so much here but there's LOTS of other samples on my blog and on the internet.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Calypso Coral.  On the front I stamped the flower image using Calypso Coral ink. I stamped it about 5 times, making sure I got the edges. Then I taped down a 5-1/4" x 2-1/4" piece of Whisper White.  I had tied a piece of the Calypso Coral Glitter Ribbon around it first.  I should have stamped the words first but I forgot. So, save yourself some time and effort and stamp the words, tie the ribbon and then tape the panel in place.  Makes so much more sense to me now!!! LOL  

I stamped the image using a piece of Whisper White card stock and Calypso Coral ink.  I die cut it with the Stitched Circle die.  Then I used the largest scalloped circle die and cut one of Calypso Coral card stock.  I taped those two pieces together.  I added a doily and then I taped the flower layer on top. It's pretty simple but not as pretty as I was hoping it would be.  But like I said, this is what I got and I had to share it with you!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Amazing Congratulations, Graduation Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

Here's a quick and fun graduation card to make. Or a congratulations for any other event.  I needed it for a graduation, so I'm calling it a graduation card!!!

I used a folded half-sheet of Dapper Denim card stock for the base.  On top of that is a 2-5/8" x 5-1/2" piece of Pool Party. On top of that is a 2-3/8" x 5-1/2" piece of Marina Mist card stock and the focal piece measures 5-1/2" x 2-1/8".

I used the "Amazing Congratulations" set.  This was very fun to use. First I stamped the outline of the words using black Memento ink.  Then I stamped the strip that stated with a "c" using Marina Mist ink.  And then I stamped the strip that started with an "o" using Pool Party ink. It's hard to explain the stamps, they are not whole words as you can tell by the colors inside the wording.  But once you use both, the inside of the word is colored in.  Pretty cool, huh?

I added some "Glittered Enamel Dots" to the front of the image panel.  I also stamped some Dapper Denim dots and stars on the card base before I taped the strip in place.  I used both the dots and asterisk (not a star) at the same time on my stamping block. I just alternated their orientation as I stamped so it didn't look patterned.  I only stamped one row across the top and one across the bottom because the panel hid the rest of the card front.  Super easy!!  I thought it was a quick and fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, February 12, 2018

Waterfront, Guy Greetings, Father's Day Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I keep gravitating back to this "Waterfront" stamp set that is in the new 2018 Occasions catalog. I remember last year there was a really fun set that was in the Occasions catalog and because it was SO popular I thought it would end up in the yearly catalog, but no it was not in there. So I have that same feeling about this set. I am going to be making several more cards using this fun set.  I think it's my favorite.  Though I say that about a lot of the sets I use!!! LOL  I am going to play with the Sale-a-Brations sets a bit more because those do retire at the end of March and will never be in the catalog.

So for my card today, I found it on Pinterest.  I changed it slightly. I added words at the bottom and I didn't have the stitched ovals as large as the ones that were used there. Both ovals were stitched ovals.  The one I used was the largest stitched oval and it still wasn't as large as in the original card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper Whit card stock.  I scored it from the fold at 1/2" intervals for a total of 4 scores.  But only 3 show so if I ever do it again I will only make 2 scores.

I cut a 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" piece of Marina Mist card stock and stamped Marina Mist ink on it using the trees image.  I taped that to the front of the card.

Next I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the mountain using Smoky Slate. Under the mountain I stamped the long strip stamp using Pear Pizzazz.  Then I added the water image using Soft Sky.  The trees were added, but I did tape off the trunks.  I also used the Early Espresso marker after I stamped the trees in Garden Green ink.  Then I stamped the sun using So Saffron ink.

The words are from the "Guy Greetings" set and I used Night of Navy to stamp them. 

I used the largest stitched oval die and cut out the images.  Then I used the largest regular oval die and cut one using Soft Sky card stock. I taped those two layers together as you see in the photo.  Then I set those ovals in place using Dimensionals.  I did stamp the words after I added the ovals.  Something I don't usually do but the words were an afterthought.  I do like how the card turned out.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sure Do Love You, Valentine's Day Card, January 2018 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

I thought I should make a Valentine's Day card since Valentine's Day is coming up.  This was a fun and quick card to make.  I used the new "Sure Do Love You" set to make this card.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a piece of the "Color Theory" Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack.  I like these stacks because there's so many fun 6" x 6" papers in them.  And just like the 12" x 12" paper pack, I never seem to use them all up!  I cut that piece 4" x 5-1/4" and I taped it to the front of my card.

Next I took a 3-1/4" x 2-1/8" piece of Whisper White and I stamped the heart from the "Sure Do Love You" set using Melon Mambo ink.  

The words are from the same set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.

I cut a 3-1/2" x 2-3/8" piece of Melon Mambo card stock for the layer.  

The black piece with the metallic pink hearts is from the January "Paper Pumpkin" kit.  It was a pocket but I cut it to 3-1/2" x 2-3/8".  I taped it to the bottom left corner.  I set the layered word piece down using Dimenisonals.  And that was it.  A very quick and easy Valentine's Day card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Perennial Birthday, 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, Birthday Card

Another super easy card to make.  It's all in the papers!!! 

 The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Calypso Coral.  On top of that is a piece of Decorative Series Paper (DSP) from the "Delightful Daisy" 12" x 12" pack. I cut that piece 4" x 5-1/4".  The next layer is from the "Whole Lot of Lovely" DSP. I cut that piece 1-1/2" x 4".  The layer behind it is a 1-3/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Calypso Coral.  The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" set. I stamped them on a 1-7/8" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock.  The layer behind it is cut 2-1/8" x 3-1/4".  I stamped the words using black Memento ink and the center flower thing was stamped using Calypso Coral ink.

The center word panel was set in place using Dimensionals.

It's a very quick and easy card to make. I really like how the background looks on this card.  That Olive Green has such a rich look.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, February 09, 2018

Happy Wishes, Birthday Card, 2018 Sale-a-Bration, Petal Gardens

I love word stamps that take up a lot of space, it makes making a card SO much easier and quicker.  Except this one I did have to color in the flowers.  Well, I didn't "have"  to color them in but they were too blah looking if I hadn't.  I only used three markers to color them, so it wasn't too bad at all.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of paper from the "Petal Garden" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) pack.

The image from the "Happy Wishes" set was stamped on a 3-7/8" x 2-3/8" piece of Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink.  The "birthday" is also from the "Happy Wishes" set. I stamped it below the "happy".  

Next I colored in the flowers and leaves using Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, and Pink Pirouette markers.  I was going to use Calypso Coral but I thought it was a bit too dark for the small flowers.

I layered the word piece using a 4-1/8" x 2-5/8" piece of Calypso Coral card stock.  I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the corner and taped it on the back. Then I tied a bow with that same ribbon and set it in place using a glue dot.

I set the word panel in place using Dimensionals and the card was done!

Not only do large words stamps aid in making a quick card but also busy backgrounds.  See how this large word panel toned down the DSP?  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Thursday, February 08, 2018

Perennial Birthday, Birthday Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, Andy Warhol Technique

I have not done this Andy Warhol technique in a long time.  It's fun and easy to do. It kind of reminds me of the silk screening I did in high school.  This is an easy technique to do, it's repetitive.  Not a whole lot to it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  

The Basic Black layer is cut 5-1/4" x 3-1/2".  The squares were die cut using the "Stitched" framelits.  It's the second smallest square if you have these. If you do not have these, cut your squares 1-5/8" x 1-5/8".  I stamped the flower image from the "Perennial Birthday" set from the new 2018 Occasions Catalog.  I used black Memento ink to stamp them.

The trick to this is to get each of the images in the exact same place.  There's several things you can do to accomplish this. One is to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Two is to stamp the image and then use a paper punch to punch it out. And a third option is a MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) or the new one that Stampin' Up! is coming out with soon, the "Stamperatus".  I'm not sure I spelled that correctly.  

The colors I used are Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Wisteria Wonder.  After stamping them I set them in place on the Basic Black piece.  I taped the Basic Black piece in place on top of the card base. 

The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" as well. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  And that was it.  It's really not that hard to get the images all the same.  That's the whole key to this technique!  Simple enough, huh?

If you are going to teach this in a technique class, you may want to die cut the colors ahead of time, depending on how many are in your class.  The lines at the Big Shot can tend to be long.  The students can then stamp their images using the Stamperatus (when it becomes available).  Or they can stamp and then die cut.  Either way you do this, there will be lines for either the Stamperatus or the Big Shot.  If you have access to more than one of the stitched frame squares and a Big Shot you can get more people die cutting at the same time.  Once the stamping and cutting commotion is done the rest is a matter of sitting in their space and taping.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Epic Celebrations, Party Panda's Teen Birthday Card, 2018 Sale-a-Brations

What a fun teen birthday card.  To me it looks like a masculine teen card.  Something that I rarely see in handmade cards.  

I found this card on Pinterest.  I believe the original card was done in German but you can use whatever wording  you want.  I was mostly attracted to the colors used.  You can see that original card here.  I tried to go directly to the source but I wasn't able to.

I made this card by using a folded half-sheet of Pacific Point card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White.  I had stamped the shoes and colored them using Pear Pizzazz ink and Pacific Point using a blender pen.  I added a little bit of Smoky Slate to the right side and between the shoes to give it some depth.  Another way to give it some depth is to fussy cut the shoes out.  Doesn't sound fun to me!!! LOL  After I stamped the shoes I punched them out using the new "Starburst" punch.  Remember when we use to use a different punch (many years ago) and we'd turn the punched piece and punch it again to get a starburst look?  Now we can achieve it with just one punch!  I punched a 2-1/2" circle using Pacific Point card stock.  I taped the two pieces together and set them aside.  

On the Whisper White piece, I stamped the dots that came with the "Epic Celebrations" set. I stamped the Pear Pizzazz dots first and then the Pacific Point ones. But I did stamp off using the Pacific Point ink.  Once those were stamped I set the circles on top of the card to see where to stamp the words.  The words are from the "Party Panda" set. I used black Memento ink to stamp them.  Then I set the circle layers in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.  I think the longest part of this card was the coloring and that really didn't take that long.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Party Panda, Children's Birthday Card, 2018 Sale-a-Bration

I found a fun card using the "Party Panda" set and I thought I would see what papers I could gather to make a fun festive children's birthday card.  You can see the original here. This is what I came up with. 

I didn't have the same background paper or the same Washi tape.  My background paper is from the 12" x 12" "Birthday Memories" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) pack.

This is a very fun and simple card to make.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White. Then I added a 4" x 5-184" piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock on top of that.  Then the DSP was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" and was taped on top of the Pumpkin Pie card stock.

The focal strip was cut 2-1/2" x 5-1/8".  I stamped the bear and left room for some Washi tape. Then I stamped the words from the "Party Panda" set using Pacific Point ink.  I set this panel in place using Dimensionals.

The balloon was from the "Birthday Memories" DSP. I just fussy cut one out and set it in place using Dimensionals.

And that was it. I told you it was fun and simple!! Oh and pretty quick too!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, February 05, 2018

Heartfelt Blossoms, Thinking Of You Card, 2018 Sale-a-Brations, One Sheet Wonder Technique

I have not made a "One Sheet Wonder" (OSW) card in a long time.  When you use a full sheet of card stock you are not only making one card but you are making four!! I stamped my images and then cut my card stock in to four pieces.  I found the technique using the "Heartfelt Blooms" image here.  

I started out stamping the image in the center of the card stock using Powder Pink ink.  Then I stamped the Calypso Coral ink.  Looking at the card stock and having the Powder Pink image being the center, view the card stock as a clock when placing the following colors.  The Calypso Coral was stamped at the 5, 9, and 1 o'clock position.  And the Melon Mambo was stamped at the 11,2, and 7 o'clock position.  Then fill in the open areas with a color that is not the same as the one you are stamping next to.  It's easy and you really can't make any mistakes.  I put the "wrong" color in one spot and it looked just fine.  Fill in and you are done!  Cut the card stock into pieces and make some fun cards.  Here I cut mine at 3-3/4" x 5".  I cut the Calypso Coral card stock layer at 4" x 5-1/4" and I used a folded half sheet of Whisper White for the card base.

After I taped the OSW piece to the Calypso Coral piece, I added a 1-1/4" x 5-1/4" strip of Melon Mambo card stock at an angle.  I let the ends hang over and cut them off by hand once I taped them in place.  Then I tied some of the new pink "Love" mini tinsel trim to that strip and around the card.  

The words are from the "Heartfelt Blossoms" set and were stamped using Melon Mambo ink.  I punched them out using the "Tailored Tag" punch. I also punched out a Powder Pink piece and cut it in half the long way. I taped each half to the back of the word piece. I set that piece in place using Dimensionals and that was it.  I had 4 quick cards!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda