May 29, 2013

THE END OF THE BASICS IS NIGH

I'm almost finished showing you the projects that I completed as I worked my way through the Stampin' Up! online class, The Basics.

Today I will present five of the final projects:

Project 25
In this project, we were "introduced" to "watercoloring" on watercolor paper. I say "introduced" because I have done this technique countless times. But, this course is called "The Basics" for a reason.  The original project was a simple tag, but I turned my simple tag into a card.

While I love the cat/bird/flower image and how my "painting" turned out, as well as some of the components of the card, this is not one of my favorites.

Project 26
This project gave me quite a challenge. The whole purpose of this technique was to teach us how to add color to the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper. 

I do not own any of this paper, nor have I ever seen it in real life. The description in the catalog for this DSP reads "Shiny, raised patterns printed on heavy-weight Natural paper. Patterns appear brown and glossy." Hmmmm. The description in the project of this DSP adds: " . . . comes with pre-embossed images and the materials used to make the paper have similar characteristics to Watercolor Paper in the way it soaks up the ink and water." OK. Well.

My interpretation of this paper is images stamped in VersaMark on Crumb Cake cardstock, covered with Clear Embossing Powder, and heated to emboss. Good so far. Except, my Clear Embossing Powder must be contaminated because I got zillions of little white dots all over my embossed images. Great. 

Overlooking the white dots (it's the only Clear Embossing Powder I had on hand.), I proceeded with finishing the technique. Other than the <unattractive> white polka dots, I was happy with the end result.

Project 27
Now, this is a technique that I will definitely be using again! Loveliness and grace personified.


Place a piece of Vellum Cardstock inside your choice of embossing folders and run it through the Big Shot. Then simply use reinkers to "paint" into the recessed portions of the embossed image. I added Basic Pearls in various sizes to further enhance the feminine qualities of this piece.

Project 28

This project gave me a good opportunity to play with my Button Buddies set. The purpose of the project was to free-hand draw a conversation cloud and "paint" it in with reinkers. 

Well, since I'd opted to feature the snail, and figuring that snails don't "talk", I decided to change mine to a thought bubble. 

Project 29
This project was to merely take advantage of one of the super aspects of Stampin' Up!'s products: the fact that many of our stamped images are meant to be used either alone, as simply a stamp, or in conjunction with either one of our punches or Framelits sets. Using it with a cutting element makes for fast and easy work to create your own popped-up focal image. 

In my card, I utilized the combination of the Hearts A Flutter Framelits and the matching stamp set. I added a little plaque for the heart to hang on with one of the frames from the Apothecary Accents Framelits set. 

Why don't you take some time to learn or revisit The Basics?

Smiles.








26 comments:

  1. I like them all but Project 27 is my favorite!

    Visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. I'm already a follower. :)

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    1. Thanks! That is such a fun == and cool-looking == technique! :>)

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  2. Those are neat. The one using vellum is my favorite too. I've got to try that one myself. I have the basics class sitting somewhere. Hope I can find it.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! I hope you found your The Basics class by now! :>)

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  3. Always love the stamped cards! Such a talent. Great job! :)
    Saw on Nap Time Crafters.

    Gina (http://www.ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thanks so much, Gina. You are so sweet! :>)

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  4. Hi Linda!!
    I'm so glad you've enjoyed using your Just the Basics teaching tool. It seems to really get your hands on a lot of different materials and get used to using different ways to make cards. I recognized the 'stitches' you used on your first card right away! I use that a lot because it's a favorite and easy way to embellish. The tag is always a fave too...and with lots of those around I just need to use them! You have done a great job on those cards!!! Now you have a lovely set to use! The little snail turned out so cute. And the pearl accents on the vellum card with those gorgeous designs just won the whole post! Lovely job. I'm so glad to be back at home after numerous trips. And with June here, the calendar is so clean looking!!!
    Thanks so much for joining me this week for my party!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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    1. Doni, as always, I love love love what you have to say! Thanks so much! :>)

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  5. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Linda

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  6. Thanks for the inspiration! I may well revisit the stamping basics soon. Love your stuff
    popping over from Super Handmade Sunday

    http://www.studioemmakaufmann.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much, Emma! And I am so delighted that I inspired you! That's exactly what I hope to do! :>)

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  7. I love all of your linkups this week but obviously the kitty is my favourite :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  8. Linda ~ great techniques used for the cards. Very creative!

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Have a wonderful week~
    Sharon and Denise!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon and Denise, for letting me continue to link up! :>)

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks Adorned From Above Blog Hop 54. We look forward to seeing what you have to share with us this week. The party opens at 8:00PM Mountain time.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Thanks for letting me link up, Debi and Charly! :>)

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  10. Hi Linda
    Thanks for sharing your cards at our Craftastic Tuesday Blog Hop. All of these are lovely but #25 is my favorite.
    Best
    Angel

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    1. Thanks, Angel! And thank you for having me. :>)

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  11. I am not sure which card is my favorite. I love them all. Who would believe they are from a basic class?

    Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party. I am so glad you dropped by.

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia. You are so kind. :>)

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  12. You're so talented ! So very cute ! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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    1. Carrie, what a wonderful thing to say! Thank you! :>)

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  13. WOW those cards are gorgeous! I am never great at getting the end result to match the inspiration but getting into homemade cards and crafts is something that I MUST DO! Actually....there are things that you give as gifts that I would FRAME - like 27! Would look great in my living room!

    Thanks for sharing at the Friday Follow Along at www.Frugalfitfamily.com!

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    1. Why, thank you ever so much! I would make you one of #27, if you would like. Also, If you ever have any questions about card making, please let me know. I would be delighted to lend a hand. :>)

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