November 10, 2018

SNOW FLURRIES

I have such a huge stash of Stampin' Up! Christmas stamp sets, both old OLD and new. The other day I noticed -- since I keep all my Christmas sets together in one place -- how out of control my stash has gotten. I was dismayed. Thus, I made a pledge, sort of a challenge, to myself that I would randomly grab one of these sets and make a card using at least one of the stamps from the set each and every day. Today marks my third day of doing this. And it is really a lot of fun!

Like I noted, without looking, each day I select a set from the pile. No matter what it is, I need to create a card from SOMEthing in that set. Actually, the first day, I used stamps from two separate sets. One was a really old set that featured a darling sketchy window that had never seen ink. So I used that set, plus three from a newer set. 

The card I am featuring today is the one I created on the second day. It features a cool technique called Joseph's Coat. The photo below shows the finished card.


For a complete tutorial on how to do the Joseph's Coat technique,you can refer to THIS POST. The card in this particular post shows more of a fall theme with leaves in autumn colors and black as the brayered color.

I will give a brief description of how I did my snowy card along with a few photos to clarify.

Start out with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Mine measured 4" x 5 1/4" initially. I chose four different shades of blue, all retired colors, to cover my cardstock. Just for a bit of nostalgia, the blues I used included Bordering Blue, Cool Caribbean, Marina Mist and Not Quite Navy. Do any of those names bring back fond memories?

With the lightest color, start to sponge onto the white cardstock. Work up to the darkest, most powerful, color. Create some lighter as well as some darker areas to give your card interest. Remember to start out slowly. You can always add more ink to build up the intensity of the colors in places. 

The photo below shows my cardstock after I sponged it. 


After the white cardstock is sponged to your satisfaction, rub it with the Embossing Buddy. Then, in VersaMark, stamp your images, in this case, three sizes of snowflakes. You can overlap a bit, but not too much. Too much overlapping creates more of a muddled mess. You want some blank spaces here and there.

Once you have the sponged card stamped to your liking, add Clear Embossing Powder over the entire piece, tapping the excess back into its container. Handling the piece carefully, heat to emboss the images. 

When the embossing is cool, you will start brayering with a dark color. As I mentioned, I'd used black on the card in my link. However, for this card, I used Night of Navy. 

When inking up your brayer, roll the brayer several times in one direction across the ink pad to ink it up well. Brayer the ink onto the embossed piece, going in all directions, over and over and over. Once you have a good even coat of the dark color brayered on, take a soft tissue and buff the excess ink off of the embossed images. 

The photo below is what mine looked like once I'd brayered it with Night of Navy and buffed off the excess ink. Because you used Clear Embossing Powder, the colors that you'd sponged onto the white cardstock shines through as the color of the snowflakes. Magic, huh?

I wanted to mount this piece onto a mat of white, then onto a Night of Navy card base. Because I started out with a piece of cardstock bigger than I would actually need, this gave me the opportunity to clean up the edges a bit by trimming all the edges down to a final size of 3 3/34" x 5", the perfect size to mat with a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of a contrasting color. 


Once again, the finished card:


Because the background of this card is pretty sensational and really the star, I wanted to preserve as much of that as possible. To do so, I wrapped a bit of the white 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around a small portion, adding a sentiment done on Night of Navy and embossed in white.


Have you ever tried the Joseph's Coat technique? After seeing and reading this, do you think you might give it a try? Please do! It is quite addictive, and really, sort of magical! Let me know if you need any help!

Flurried
Smiles.


November 6, 2018

KRAFT PLUS

I have something really fun for you to try today. 

Grab a piece of your Crumb Cake cardstock.

Find a stamp with some detail, but is open line art.

Rub the Embossing Buddy well all over the cardstock. 
Stamp your image in VersaMark ink.

At the Heat Station, cover the stamping 
with white embossing powder. 
Heat to set.

Grab some good quality colored pencils. 
Color in the image.

There! Doesn't that feel good? And doesn't it look GREAT??!?


I love doing this. And I love the look of it even more! What unexpected lovely results can be achieved by combining the unlikely team of kraft cardstock, white heat embossing and colored pencils!

In fact, in writing this post, I decided to go downstairs to my Creation Station as soon as I am finished here and do this for a Christmas card! Stay tuned for those results!


Now, get out those supplies, and give this nifty trick a try! Have fun!


Kraft-y
Smiles.

November 3, 2018

THINKING OF YOU WITH LOVE

I love the texture and dimension that embossing folders, especially the 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, add to a card creation.

The Dynamic folders are extra-thick and so heavy duty, thus they offer a deeper and much more impressive dimension and texture. Have you given them a try yet? No? You're missing out! With these folders, if you mist both sides of the cardstock with water before inserting it into the embossing folder and running it through the Big Shot, you will be amazed at the realism this gives! For this project, however, I did not mist the cardstock with water before embossing -- and I think it has wonderful dimension.

The card shown below features a Blackberry Bliss textured background created with the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, found on page 43 of the Holiday Catalog.


If you go to the two pages, 222 and 223, in the Annual Catalog, on which you find the embossing folders, notice that the folders themselves are pictured against a colored background, either a rusty color or a lighter neutral color. Those shown on the lighter neutral color are the Dynamic folders, which give you the amazing realistic texture. Take a look!


Another outstanding aspect of this card is the lovely gold foil diecut maple leaf on top of the textured background. Read on for how to create this sort of focal point.


The girls at my October Stamp-In Workshop created this card 
as one of their four projects.


Another fun feature of the card is the multi-colored stamped panel on the left side. Incorporating fall colors helps bring the card together,

Even though the card could be used for many occasions, with Thanksgiving coming up so quickly, it would be ideal for that occasion, just by adding a Happy Thanksgiving sentiment or something similar to the inside of the card in Blackberry Bliss ink. 


Following are the supplies list and the directions for making a card similar to this.

SUPPLIES:
Blackberry Bliss cardstock
Sahara Sand cardstock
Gold Foil

Blackberry Bliss ink
Grapefruit Grove ink
Pear Pizzazz ink

Beautiful Blizzard (page 39 of the Holiday Catalog)
Colorful Seasons (page 161 of the Annual Catalog)

Big Shot
Seasonal Layers Thinlits (page 219 of the Annual Catalog)
Tin File Embossing Folder (page 43 of the Holiday Catalog)
Blackberry Bliss ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Sahara Sand cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

You will next be working with a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock that measures 2 3/4" x 5 1/4". Stamp the larger of the solid maple leaves randomly in Grapefruit Grove ink. Fill in the remaining spots with the smaller solid leaf in Pear Pizzazz. Then, stamping wherever, add the large open maple leaf in Blackberry Bliss ink. Be sure to turn the leaves as you are stamping so they don't all face the same way!

Adhere this piece to the card base with even margins on the top, bottom and left side.

Run a 3" square piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock through the Big Shot inside the Tin Tile Embossing Folder. If you wish a deeper texture, spritz both sides of the cardstock with water before embossing.) Adhere this to a 3 1/4" square of Sahara Sand cardstock. Glue the embossed piece flat to the card front with even margins at the top and right side.

Using gold foil paper, cut an open maple leaf at the Big Shot. Repeat with the solid leaf, but in Sahara Sand. Adhere these leaves together. I simply added a dot of green glue to the junction of the two sides of the leaf, leaving it open at the top. Add the leaf off-center to the embossed piece with a single Stampin' Dimensional in the center.

Stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink onto a 1 1/4" square piece of Sahara Sand cardstock. Adhere this piece to a 1 1/2" square of Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Take a piece of Blackberry Bliss ribbon, fold it in half, and tape it to the back of this piece. Trim the ends of the ribbon at angles. Use a Stampin' Dimensional to add it to the card with equal margins on the right and lower right edges.


Embossed
Smiles.

October 30, 2018

HALLOWEEN 2018

I just wanted to take this opportunity 
to send you a couple of
HAPPY HALLOWEEN
wishes!





Stay safe and have fun!

Spooky
Smiles.

October 27, 2018

ANTIQUE LEAVES

With the sparsely-leafed trees looking more like winter than fall, I thought I would throw out a leaf card. Embossed and diecut, I think these leaves look quite antique-y.


Retired now, both the stamp set and the dies that coordinate with them stamps, I plan on hanging onto these leaves forever. Another retired item I used in this card -- and I dearly wish Stampin' Up! would bring this back! -- is the embossing powder. It is PEWTER!

Of all the embossing powders we've carried, at least, since 2005, when I became a demonstrator, the Pewter Embossing Powder is the most elegant. Well, in my humble opinion. When I found out it was retiring, I grabbed up an extra jar of it. So, every once in awhile I will bring it out to use to MY heart's content.


I stamped the leaves in VersaMark ink onto a parchment paper cardstock in an ivory to further ensure the antiqued look. Although these photos do not capture the true beauty of the embossing, I tried to enhance it a little with the following two closer images.





I'm really not certain what I'm trying to accomplish with this blog post. Maybe I just wanted to extend that autumn feel a bit longer? We had sporadic snow and wind in the past few weeks, which had really done a number on our beautiful autumn trees. As I said in the beginning of the post, the trees -- with a few exceptions of straggly dead leaves remaining -- the trees around here resemble winter trees more than anything. I really don't want fall to leave!

Leafy
Smiles.