More Shimmer Specialty Paper: Brayer Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am happy to see so many of you enjoyed yesterday’s card made with the Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper by Stampin’ Up!  They shared several tips with us on how to use and enhance this beautiful specialty paper.

Today I’m going to share another card featuring the Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper using a brayer technique and products from the  wonderful Bird Ballad Suite …

It’s your day, but it’s also so easy to make their day by creating a project that looks like you went that extra mile! Sponge Brayers are a great tool for adding custom color to the Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.

You simply roll they sponge brayer over your ink pad to pick up the color and then roll they brayer back and forth over your Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper and you’ll have a beautiful shimmery accent in any color you choose.

HERE’S A GREAT TIP: Roll your brayer and specialty paper onto another piece of cardstock and you will have created a designer piece of paper all your own with the reverse image from your Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper!  It won’t have that shimmer but you’ll get 2 designs for the work of one!!

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful card, brayer technique and creative tip today …

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Have a wonderful day ~

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Sailing Away: Bridge Fold Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Last night I held my “Sailing Away” Class … rescheduled because I was sick last week (Thanks Ladies) and we had a great time making some really amazing cards, learning a new technique and did two cards with cool fold cards.

One of these cards I am sharing with you today … it is the Bridge Fold card with a fun new technique I called Watercolor Waves.  I will try to explain it to you the best I can.  First let me show you the card …

We did this in Night of Navy cardstock and embellished it with the Come Sail Away Designer Series paper and the Sail Away Trinkets.  The greeting and sun were punched out using the 1-1/2″ Circle punch, the mat behind the greeting was die cut using one of the dies from the set included in the bundle.

The inner part of the card is Balmy Blue cardstock which was embossed 1/2 way up using the “High Seas” embossing folder.  Then we used the Wink of Stella pen and Night of Navy ink to watercolor over our waves.  Start with the darker shades at the bottom of the wave and as the ink comes off the brush, it gets lighter as you go up the wave.  Once dry (and it dries pretty fast) use a sponge dauber and the White Craft Ink to sponge the tops of the waves … creating white caps!

The “bridge” that goes across the card was done in Night of Navy and Balmy Blue wrapped in the Night of Navy / Sahara Sand Bakers Twine.  Everything coordinates so nicely and can be found on pages 144 – 146 in the Come Sail Away Suite.  That can now be purchased with just one number, and includes the “Sailing Home” bundle of the stamp set and dies (at a 10% discount).

Don’t forget the Designer Series Paper in on Sale … Buy 3 / Get 1 FREE.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card as much as I enjoyed designing it and sharing it with my class.

Thank you so much for sharing a part of your day with me.

Enjoy your Saturday ~

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Blessed to Know You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had fun stamping with friends, visiting with family and enjoying a relaxing Sunday…. it was nice. As promised yesterday, I will be sharing a card I created from the “To A Wild Rose” bundle. This bundle contains a “Three Step Stamping” stamp set and I used it to teach my Stamping Clubs this cool technique. I also shared a great tip for aligning the rose while stamping.

I am beginning my 2019-20 Stamp Clubs in September so we are currently signing up members now … if you have questions about my clubs or an interest to join, shoot me a message below.  Our focus will be on Techniques and Fun Folds this year and will include instructions!! There is no charge for club meetings, however we do require a $30 minimum order … this allows each member in the group to get Hostess benefits one month!!  Time to share our card …

I began by choosing my color pallet for my rose … There are 3 stamp “layers”. The most solid of the three is actually a DistINKtive stamp it gives monochromatic dimension and artistic fair to your stamping, and will use the “LIGHTEST” of our three colors; Pineapple Punch.

The second stamp (also DistINKtive) adds layering to the first stamp, as you stamp directly on top of your first stamped image. We used Daffodil Delight but we stamped “off” before stamping onto our rose.

The last rose stamp is the detailed stamp set (Or Line Image) and we use the darkest of the 3 yellows … We used Crushed Curry.  You can stamp directly onto the first two layers, or you can stamp it off, both work well.  This is one of those fun stamp sets that you can do a lot of experimenting with different color pallets.

The beautifully die cut leaves, lattice and greeting banner are all included in the bundle, as are the words we used for our greeting.  The “Blessed” and “To Know You” are actually 2 different stamps. You can stamp them separately or you can put both images onto the block and stamp it all at once.

We embellished our rose with the Clear Facet Gems and the lattice with Rhinestones. With the world rearing it’s ugly head lately … I wanted a bright and beautiful card with sparkle, and to let someone know how you feel about them.  I am truly blessed to have such amazing women in my stamp clubs. We’d be thrilled to have you join us!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  Come back tomorrow to check out my second Wild Rose card.

Enjoy the day ~

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Hello Magnolia!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

If you are lovin’ the Magnolia Lane Suite, then today’s card is going to dazzle you!!  Just like you, I head to pinterest if I need a little inspiration and with my busy work schedule lately that is right where I went when I was planning my Magnolia Card Class. It may have been storming outside but we were safe inside with out Magnolia Lane Suite and flowery treats!

Today’s card was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest from “Cheri’s Cards” but I put a big ole’ twist to make it my own … that’s where the “dazzle” comes from!

The base comes from the ___ which is included in the suite. I added some of the “Sprarkly” Shimmer paper to highlight the focal point which is our magnolia.  The magnolia was stamped with White Craft Ink on our Vellum Cardstock and heat embossed with the White Embossing powder.

Once the embossing is complete ~ it’s time to color!  I used the Stampin’ Blends because well … they blend so nice. I really wanted the colors to POP so I chose the Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green, these colors really go together nicely.  Flip OVER your embossed paper because you will be coloring on the backside. We started with the flamingo and brushed the color on from the bottom of the petals and went about half way up, then added a little more to the base (bottom) of the petal to create a darker look.

Then came the leaves … with a stroke of the Dark Granny Apple Green up the center and then finished it off with the Light. It dries pretty quick, so you can now flip it back over to the front where you can feel the raised embossed area.  We will also add a little color on this side … add just a touch more of the Flirty Flamingo to the base of the petals, creating even more depth. Then we add some Daffodil Delight onto the center of our Magnolia.  Time to pull out the framelit die and cut it out.

To finish off our card, we stamped the greeting “Hello” from the stamp set as well, in Flirty Flamingo and backed it with Silver Foil … this brings out the silver imagery on the card base! We also added some of the twine that is in the duo ribbon pack included in your product suite!  It doesn’t take much to create amazing cards with Magnolia Lane product suite …. there are so many fun and interesting elements included in the suite.

Thank you for spending a part of your Saturday with me, I will be back tomorrow with another Magnolia Lane card share.

Have a beautiful day ~

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Free As A Bird: Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Monday! Yesterday I shared a simple spotlighting technique using the Bird Ballad Designer paper and said I would share another type of spotlighting technique with you today.  This spotlighting technique is done with hand stamped imagery… and today I’m using the Free As A Bird stamp set…

I have chosen to use Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock with a simple stamped image in black to start my card.  Then I stamped my chosen image of the birds on a branch with the Black Momento Ink.  This way when I color the image I’m going to spotlight … it will really stand out! In other words, it spotlights that section of the image.

Another simple spotlighting technique with the fun of coloring, whether you use the watercolor pencils, Stampin’ Write markers or the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers you are sure to fall in love with this. Choose an image from your favorite stamp set, I’m using the Free As A Bird stamp set … you will stamp your image twice (or you can cut out the image as I did yesterday to spotlight).

Because I used the Layering Squares Framelits Dies yesterday, I’ve decided to use them again today to cut out and spotlight my part of the image I stamped.  I decided to spotlight the two birds sitting next to each other because my greeting states “We are the best of friends”.

I used the Stampin’ Blends to color my sweet little birds but the watercolor pencils and the markers would work just fine too.  I just love the watercoloring look you get with the stampin’ blends.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

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Simply Sunday: Simple Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. It’s been nice here lately but rain is in the forecast for today, so it’s a good day to stamp.  If you’re looking for a quick way to make cards with your designer paper and want to add a pop of fun, I love the “Spotlighting” technique! When using your designer papers, there’s no coloring or fuss at all. (Although I do love to color)!

Today I’m using the Bird Ballad Designer paper from the Bird Ballad Suite / Free As A Bird Bundle.  I teamed that up with the Layering Square Framelits (the Stitched Nested Labels Dies come in the suite/bundle).  I also used the Free As A Bird stamp set for my greeting …

To create the spotlighting “with no wasted designer paper” simply cut your designer paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″ … this will give you a nice boarder around your designer paper.  Lay your designer paper onto your die cutter and cut out your desired image, you can see here that I am using the bird to “spotlight” on my card.

Then I simply die cut a coordinating piece of cardstock … I used Early Espresso for my base and mat behind my spotlighted area.  When you place your die cut bird directly from your designer paper and then put it right back in it’s place with a mat behind it … it spotlights that image. Do you see how the images on the cut piece still line up with the images on the background?  Cool right? And Simple.

I love using this technique on our patterned papers that have fun and interesting images.  The spotlighting technique can also be used on your stamped images, and I can share that with you tomorrow!

Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to visit with me. Hope you found this card helpful and that it inspires you to create some quick -n- easy cards.

Enjoy the rest of your day ~

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Two for Tuesday: Sponging Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How have you been enjoying the Serene Garden cards so far?  I have another one for you today … it was inspired by the winning Attendee Swap Card Contest at my Spring Stamping Retreat this past weekend.  Kathie’s card was well received and won the contest with its “Resist / Sponging” Technique and then you will see how I used her card to inspire me to create the “Serene Garden” card …

Kathie embossed both the small flowers on the base and the larger flowers which she did on Vellum Cardstock.  The vellum flowers were punched out.  Kathie created a beautifully soft pop of color by sponging it over the flowers.  With a little wipe of a kleenex … you’ll remove the extra ink off the embossed flowers and they white will pop through.  It’s so pretty, it inspired me to do the same technique on my Serene Garden card.

 

I stamped the main image in the lower left hand corner of my card, sponged the Flirty Flamingo over the top, then wiped off the excess ink off the embossed image to make the white pop.  Using the Flirty Flamigo Stampin’ Write marker, I added some depth to the flowers and then topped it off with Wink of Stella for that touch of glitter!

I also embossed a piece of Flirty Flamingo with white emboss powder using the elegant bird … once it was embossed, I sponged Flirty Flamingo over the head and tail to create some dimension. The wings were highlighted with Wink of Stella and the bird was cut out with the coordinating dies.  My greeting is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp set and was stamped in Flirty Flamingo.

It is amazing how a technique like embossing teamed up with some simple sponging can turn a card into a work of art.  I really like the monochromatic color as well.  Sometimes simple is better.

Thank you for hanging out with me for a bit today…

I hope your day is a good one.

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