Frosted Impressions Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have the coolest technique to share with you, and it is so simple you will ask yourself “why” you didn’t think of it myself? lol This technique is called Frosted Impressions.

You will need your window sheets, an embossing folder and an embossing machine, I tried out the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss by Stampin’ Up! I love it’s size, the smooth roll and the fact that each plate is numbered (I’ll share more about that another time). I used the “Cobwebs” embossing folder …

I emboss your Window sheet with your favorite folder and then use sand paper to create the “frosted” look. Watch my short video to see exactly how I did this …

Wasn’t that simple? And it’s so cool … Emboss, sand, and you have a cool background!! I thought the spider webs were appropriate for upcoming holiday … but I truly believe those snowflakes in the mini catalog would be stunning.

I used the many of the components from the Magic in this Night Suite; I’ll have a list for you below.

Now … a quick reminder that today is our 24 hour Stamp Sale … you’ll want to stock up with this stellar price! For one day only, you can purchase select cling and photopolymer stamp sets at a 15% discount.

Click on this image below for a PDF listing every stamp set that will be on sale … you can view or print off the list!

For 24 hours on 23 September—from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM (MT) … choose your favorites from the select number of cling and photopolymer stamp sets from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog that are available for purchase at a 15% discount.

You can place an order through me, or shop directly through my online store. The store will have a category entitled “Stamp Sale” that displays every stamp set on sale to ensure a quick and easy shopping experience.

Click Here to Visit My Store

I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy technique …. give it a try. And let me know if you have any questions or if you need help placing your order.

Thank you so much and enjoy your day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Pinwheel Technique & Heartwarming Hugs!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I have two cute cards for you created with the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series paper and the Pinwheel Technique. This technique is a great way to use up your designer and / or paper scraps!

This paper crafting technique is much, much easier than it looks … quite simple in fact, and I’d like to show you today …

How did you enjoy the demonstration and do you think it’s as easy to make as I said it would be? I think this technique is one of those timeless cards that we can keep bringing back!!

This first card is the one I demonstrated and includes the Heartwarming Hugs designer series as a background and the Light Me Home stamp set used for the greeting. I also tipped the Pinwheel to look a little more like a star.

The second card …

This was designed for those stampers who like the “less is more” look … a clean, crisp look. The Pinwheel really stands out against the white background.

The greeting comes from the “Itty Bitty Christmas” stamp set, and with the aid of my Stamparatus … I could stamp it 3 times to get it bold and bright. Once stamped, I embossed it with the Subtle 3-D embossing folder.

Here is the template with dimension for the Pinwheel card …

I hope the card samples inspire you and the layout helps you picture your next card! As promised in the video, I have a PDF File attached that you can download and print.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PINWHEEL PDF

Thank you so much for joining me today. Stop back tomorrow as I will be sharing an alternative layout to the Pinwheel card.

Have an amazing day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Wednesday Wow: Watercoloring with Acrylic Blocks

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’ll be sharing my Facebook Live presentation of Watercoloring with Acrylic Blocks and the three cards I created using this technique. Last night I shared two of the three cards. Kick back and watch the video, you’ll see how these cards found their beginnings …

The first was my quick -n- cute Halloween card from the Festive Corners stamp set. I used the Stampin’ Write markers to apply the ink to the block and then spritzed it with water.

I’m using the Festive Corners stamp set …. again!!

The second card I created using the markers on the Acrylic Blocks features the Dandelion Wishes stamp set and the markers to create a background.

My colors are Balmy Blue, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz …

I used my Stamparatus for my sentiment, it allows my to ink it several times so it’s nice and dark and becomes the focal point of the card.

The second way to use this “Watercolor” technique on the Acrylic Blocks is to put the ink from the ink pad directly onto the blocks. It is applied thicker so the image will be bolder …

I used the Arrange the Wreath bundle and the Magic in this Night Designer Series paper to create this card. The fall leaves surrounding the greeting creates the perfect focal point for this card. Leaf colors are Pretty Peacock, Blackberry Bliss and Cajun Craze which coordinates with the designer paper.

If you watched the video … you know that each week I do a drawing from all the people who watched and commented on the video … I invite you to join us next week Tuesday for another Technique! Here’s the prizes …

I miss meeting with all my stamping friends face to face, so the Facebook Live seems to get me a little closer to my friends!

Here is one last look at the three cards I created with this FUN technique …

The Watercolor technique using Acrylic Blocks can be used for any one, any stamp set … any holiday! Just look, we have a “Get Well”, a “Halloween” and a “Card of Thanks”.

Thank you for joining me today. I’d like to know how you enjoyed today’s cards…

Have a wonderful day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Technique: Spotlighting Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I will be sharing my cards created with the “Light Me Home” stamp set using the Spotlight Technique. Spotlighting is a stamping technique that highlights a small section of your stamped image.

When creating cards using the spotlight technique, you will be stamping your image twice; one for your main image or background, and the second which will be cut or punched to create your spotlighted area.

Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and join me as I share how I created three cards with the “spotlight” technique. This is my Facebook Live video from last night …

I am sharing all three of the cards that I did last night while doing the Facebook Live presentation. I stamped several of the backgrounds using my Stamparatus and then colored on one of them to create several cards. Here is the first of three …

All of my “spotlighted” areas are popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals, just adds to the fun! It’s always nice to add some dimension and texture to your cards.

After my first card was done … I punched out the two other areas of the colored piece with my circle punch to create even more cards! I was able to get 3 cards from stamping the image 4 times with the Stamparatus. Didn’t you like how quick and easy that was to use?

I punched out the wreath for a spotlight and then used Real Red for the mat and Old Olive for the card base… this really brought out the colors used in the wreath.

On the “From Our House to Yours” … I highlighted the path to the home and used Basic Black for the mat and Smokey Slate for the card base (and the sidewalk that I colored with my Stampin’ Blends).

Because there was not a lot of color in this card, I added a touch of Smoky Slate to the light post and to stamp my greeting on … this was three pops of color, yet the sidewalk is highlighted. The Shimmery Crystal Effects also makes our “Spotlights” pop!!

This technique brings simple stamping up a level but with ease, and it plays well with the Stamparatus.

I hope this inspires you to try out the “Spotlighting” technique … feel free to send me your creation, I’d love to share them here on my blog! And I invite you to join me each Tuesday on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page to watch LIVE and get in on the prize drawings …

Just click on that ” f ” at the top of this page and it will take you directly to Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page … Don’t forget to LIKE / FOLLOW the when you get there … you won’t want to miss a thing!!

Thank you for hanging out with me today …

Enjoy your day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Free As A Bird: Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a card I made a while back that shows how to do the “Spotlight” Technique. I will also be featuring this technique on my Facebook Live tonight … I hope you will join me!

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 ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List … Just click on any of the items for more information or to begin shopping.  

 

Two for Tuesday: Baby Wipe Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How is your week going so far? Hope well … as today I’m sharing two cute cards that showcases the Baby Wipe Technique. You will see two different ways to use those baby wipes.

I am using the Borders Abound stamp set, baby wipes, and Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point. You begin by laying out your baby wipes (I used the kind from the $ $tore) and then you add a few drops of ink in each color onto your baby wipe…

I chose these colors because I picked the snowflake border from the Borders Abound stamp set … now you can use this “inked” baby wipe as your new multi-colored stamp pad. I’m starting simple on my first card ….

I stamped my “multi-colored” snowflakes near the bottom and then added my Christmas greeting … this comes from the “Arrange a Wreath” stamp set. I believe I used this on the 5 cards I shared with you on Sunday (Click Here to View). The snowflakes were kissed with Wink of Stella … just a touch to add a subtle sparkle, and then I layered with the Pool Party to tie it all together. I wish the picture showed the Wink of Stella … so delicate.

My next Baby Wipe technique card, I used the same snowflake border stamp, but this time it’s inked with VersaMark so I can emboss my Whisper White card front in Clear Embossing Powder. Once embossed …. I took my “inked” baby wipe and ran it over the clear embossed image. WOW What a fun impact it creates on your card …

I trimmed my baby “wiped” card front and mounted it onto some Pacific Point. The white background was “speckled” with the Wink of Stella. Tap your Wink of Stella pen against another pen or a block to sprinkle the Stella onto the background … it’s beautiful! The little Wink of Stella spots shimmer and the heavier ones look silver, and they add such a wintry touch to your card.

I’m thrilled that you can actually see the little shimmer and silver spots from the Wink of Stella. And I love the look of “brush strokes” on this card … it appears as if you hand painted it!

This is one of those fun techniques (one of my favorites for Fall cards) where you get more bang for your buck because you can create two different looks from your Baby Wipe technique.

I’m not sure about you … but I come away with inky fingers when I do the “dragging” on the Baby Wipe technique. Some like to wear gloves, I don’t mind the inky fingers unless I’m going someplace nice.

I hope you enjoyed today’s technique and cards … I’d love to know what you’d like to see. Leave a comment below so I can better meet your stamping needs.

Thanks for the visit today, it’s appreciated. See you tomorrow!

Here is a list of the product I used to today’s cards. Find out more information about these products by clicking on the image … or you can begin your shopping from here as well. Thank you!

Lovin’ the Triple Layer Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve got two cards to share with you today using the Triple Layer Technique … it is usually done with stamped images but I like using it with designer paper. I’m using the Peony Garden, same as I did on my Simply Sunday cards (View them Here).

Let’s begin with the “How To” create the Triple Layer. I’m using the square dies but you can actually use any shape die …

I picked the Gray Peony pattern to show that when die cut, the triple layer technique highlights the pattern …

Once your designer paper is die cut, you will need to mat those pieces … I like mine to be only an 1/8″ larger so you don’t take away from your design …

You’ve got to love the fact that you have no waste with this designer paper technique. One little tip I’d like to share is to keep your designer paper in the position in which you cut.

Time to create the layers and while we are add it … lets add dimension too! Remember when layering, to position your cut pieces so the design aligns and you will end up with a stunning Triple Layer card ~

See how the pattern of your paper is not chopped up by the die cuts, but are actually highlighted with the mat. This monochromatic card checks all the boxes in design and is finished off with “best wishes” sentiment from the Borders Abound.

Are you lovin’ the layers? How about the monochromatic theme? Do you prefer a portrait or landscape layout? How about we change things up a bit and swap out the Basic Gray cardstock for Basic Black and turn our card from the portrait to a landscape / horizontal layout …

What do you think? Too bold or does the black really make the card pop? I had a little fun positioning the sentiment and thought that it really incorporates itself into the card. Talking about layering ….

I must say that I had a lot of fun creating these cards … this technique is fun and easy to do. Again, you can use any die shape as long as you have a mat behind it.

Which one did you prefer … and why? Make sure you leave me your comments below, I can’t wait to find out which one you all like best!

Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I can’t wait to hear what you think … Like the post at the bottom of my blog and then leave a comment on which card you like best.

Have an awesome day today ~

Here is a list of the product I used to today’s cards. Find out more information about these products by clicking on the image … or you can begin your shopping from here as well. Thank you!

Forever Fern: Eclipse Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So excited to meet you back here today! I have a special treat for you … the Forever Fern bundle highlighted using the Eclipse Technique. My color pallet is the Garden Green and Soft Seafoam … love them two together!

So if I haven’t gotten you hooked on this bundle yet, check this out using the dies …

The Eclipse technique is using dies to cut out your image and then using both the cut image and negative to create an “eclipse” effect. I off centered my leaf slightly more than usual to allow more of the color to show underneath, especially because there is a space left open from the die cut.

I began with die cutting the leaf, then I embossed the “negative” with the Subtle embossing folder. Then I took my leaf and colored one side with the “Dark Old Olive” Stampin’ Blend Marker…

I went over the leaf “edges only” again to create some depth of color. Once this was done I added the Wink of Stella … I couldn’t help myself! Even though this would have made a perfect “natural” card, I wanted to “jack it up” a bit as encouragement … My sentiment: You can do this!

The close up is to illustrate to coloring, I just wish you could see the actual “shimmer” from the Wink of Stella instead of just the dots! The other day I shared a card (see card here) using the Trio Punch so I thought I would use it again, showing you a different style punch available. I thought it went very nicely with this card …

The foliage / leaf was secured with the use of the Mini Glue dots. I just “rolled” them and not only do they stick nice, they boost the die cut image up a bit. To finish off my card, I added a few rhinestones to compliment the shimmer of the Wink of Stella and to draw the eye around the card.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card … as you can tell, I am really enjoying the Forever Fern Suite. It’s a staple in your collection (kind of like Lovely as a Tree). Just a reminder that Stampin’ Up! is currently adding a FREE BUNDLE of your Choice to the $99 Starter Kit ($125 Value). I’m here to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog today. Hope your day is a good one!

Here are the supplies used to make today’s card. Click on the image to learn more about the product, or to begin shopping at my online store. Thank you.

Celebrating the Rose with Fun Techniques

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well … we made it half way through the week and we are quickly heading into the weekend! I love Thursdays 🙂  The “technique” card I was going to show you today will be showcased tomorrow, so today I have 3 beautiful cards created with the Wild Rose stamp set ….

The first card…  “Blessed to Know You” card demonstrates the Three-step Stamping technique. I always begin with my “Line Image”, it helps me align the next two stamps.

My “True Friendship” card is simple yet shows two techniques on this card.  The first is creating your background which gives you nice depth … this is color on color (Basic Gray Cardstock with Basic Gray ink). Then second technique is sponging … With a sponge dauber I added color onto the image, then a touch of my Wink of Stella!

The third card, my “Hello” card features the “Coloring with Stampin’ Blends” technique … I find this technique so relaxing. Remember coloring as a child, yes, that feeling!

First, I chose my color pallet; Whisper White and Highland Heather. I stamped the rose image with the Momento ink and began to color it with the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends Duo. I begin by coloring a petal with the light marker, then add the dark marker at the part of the petal that is closest to the center and over the lines in the rose. Then I go back over the dark with the lighter marker to blend the colors … you can always add a little more dark again. I leave the edges of the petals as light as I can.

The center is colored with the Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin’ Marker and then the rose is die cut.  The leaves cut from Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  The lattice piece was cut in Whisper White and Highland Heather and then layered to create an added dimension to the card.  The white base was stamped with the “Hello” from the stamp set and then the entire piece was embossed using the “Subtle” Folder.

Have you fallen in love with this amazing bundle yet?  I find it so versatile and easy to use. How would you like these cards?

Thank you for joining me today and checking out my To A Wild Rose Cards and the Fun Techniques used to create them. Let me know if you have any questions on the cards shared today.

Hope your day is filled with beauty … pass it on.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … Click on any image for details about the product or to begin your shopping experience. Clicking on it directs you to my website.  Thank you!!

Technique Tuesday: Reverse Masking with a Twist!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a cute card that highlights the Reverse Masking technique. Usually we use masking to cover an image so we can stamp over it to create depth on our cards … today, we will use “reverse masking” to create a focal point on our card.

I used the Layered Square dies to cut out a “mask” to begin my card. The mask is secured onto my card front and prepared to sponge color in the “space” ….

Once the mask is removed, you have a colorful focal point on your card front. You can do many things at this point and I’ll be showing some of those yet this week, but today ….

Our twist is to run it through your embossing machine. I used the Hammered Metal 3-D embossing folder … love the texture it adds to this card!

Now … with the crack of a handle we’re going to run the Well Written dies through the die cut machine to create our “friend” greeting and our hearts! Simple … Sweet … mount, Complete!

So with a simple reverse image, a little embossing and a die cut greeting, we have a cute card that was easy to make but will produce a big impact!

Thanks for hanging out with me today, stop back tomorrow and I’ll share another way you can decorate a this simple reverse image technique.

Have a great day ~

Here is a list of the ingredients used for today’s card … Click on any item for more information or to begin shopping. Thank you!

Two 4 Tuesday … Tasteful Touches

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

On Sunday I shared the 5 New In Colors with you, which I teamed up with the Tasteful Touches stamp set.  So today I’d like to show you a peek of the Tasteful Touches stamp set.  It is a stamp set filled with fun textural elements you can use on your cards or scrapbooking.

I used the feather from the stamp set and couldn’t decide how I wanted to stamp them, so I made two cards.  I also used a simple technique called Direct to Rubber to enhance my feather.  My color pallet is Bermuda Bay and Whisper White … with a hint of Pacific Point. The greeting is stamped with Momento Ink. Here is the first …

On the first card here, I inked up my feather stamp with Bermuda Bay ink and then used my marker … brush tip, and edges my feather with the Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Marker. This creates a soft, two-tone effect. I stamped it first in the lower left hand corner, then with a “huff” moistened the stamp with my breath and stamped the second image in the lower center.  The sentiment was stamped right in the middle.

I matted the stamped piece with Bermuda Bay with an 1/8″ border and using Stampin’ Dimensionals, attached it to the Whisper White base.

The second card / layout …

The feather is inked the same way as the first card but this one is stamped above and below the greeting / sentiment. This mat has a 1/4″ edge around it and then mounted onto a piece of 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White and then mounted onto a Bermuda Bay base.

My question for you is … Which layout do you like better.  Do you like the feathers above and below the greeting, or both feathers gently falling under the greeting.

As you can see, I could not decide which way I liked the feather placement.  I would love to know what you think, which way you prefer … just jot a little note below in the comment section.

One thing for sure … I like the way “tipping” the edge of the feather with the marker (direct to rubber) looks. The two tone feather looks great.

Thanks for stopping back today to check out my blog and please feel free to share your thoughts below.

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List … The Tasteful Touches will be available at 1pm Central Time on Wednesday, June 3rd.

 

Watercoloring with Pigment Sprinkles

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’ve got 3 cards I’d like to share with you that highlights watercoloring with Pigment Sprinkles and the alluring “Beautiful Day” stamp set. Both are slated for retirement and will be gone after June 2nd.

Water coloring is so easy … just sprinkle and spritz!!  I do use the AquaPainters to help move some of the water around. You will want to begin with our watercolor paper … I like to secure it with some washi tape.  The washi tape will hold it down after you spritz with water.

I believe in … “Less is More”, start out light with both your Pigment Sprinkles and then with the water. You can always add more but it’s a little harder to take away. However … if you have to “take away” and pull off some of that water – grab some paper towels, they soak up nicely.

Check out our first sample with our flower …

Our flower was cut out and mounted onto some designer paper in black and white, this really makes the flower pop.

Using the sample layout …

Even when you bring in some color, the flower still pops.  By embossing the background with the Layered Leaves (also retiring) you add some texture that compliments the flower.

I have one more sample for you … this one highlights the pretty butterfly from the set.

After this one dried, I added the Wink of Stella and some glitter dots to add a little sparkle … so pretty.  I wish I could have found the purple one, also …. very pretty.

This is such a fun and easy technique and you can experiment with colors and really create an amazing butterfly or flower.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope I sparked some interest in trying your hand at watercoloring. Save some time to enjoy this upcoming weekend, it’s supposed to be wonderful outside.

Have a great day ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supplies …

 

Animal Outing: Mirror Image Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing some cute cards with a little help from my friends. What do a frog, a giraffe, a koala bear, a bird, a kangaroo and a rhino all have in common? The answer’s obvious: they’re all in this stamp set!  I don’t often buy this genre of stamp sets but I could not resist Animal Outing, and I will miss it when it retires in a couple weeks.

Let me share some cute cards created with “Animal Outing” and the Mirror Image technique I taught with this set.  Our “Welcome Little One” card showcases the Kangaroo and also highlights the beautiful “Perennial Essence” Designer Series paper (Last Sunday I showcased 4 cards using this designer paper). You can view them by clicking on the link.

You will not find this card short of dimension or texture! The die cut background creates depth and our cute little stitched hearts help to create a focal point around our mama kangaroo.

On the second card the rhino gets the glory …

Our Rhino is highlighted with a die cut oval and backed with some scrap pieces of the Dinoraur Designer Series paper … going to miss that bundle too 😦  The die cut leaves and greeting create some added texture and dimension to this card as well.

My last card highlights the giraffe and a technique called “Reverse Image”.  I taught this technique in one of my classes which showcased the Stamparatus! You can see the step by step instructions here.

Now … they might be a little close for today’s “Social Distancing” but never the less … they really do make a cute pair.  I created some added depth to this card by stamping the leaves in the same color as our cardstock; Garden Green. The dimension is added by popping up the greeting and the giraffe from the background … a little Linen Thread behind our greeting adds some texture to the card.

Check out the punches as there are some on the discontinued list as well. You can do so by heading over to my website (Click Here) and then hit “SHOP” in the upper right hand corner. You can go directly to the punches or click on the retiring products.

Thank you for spending a part of your Saturday with me. I hope you check out the other cards and instructions I shared with you today.

Enjoy your day ~

Here is a list of the highlighted supplies used in today’s cards …

 

Flowering Foils: Ombre Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy LEAP Day!! I feel like I should have created a card with frogs (leap) … lol, but I’m showcasing the Flowering Foils again, but today I’m incorporating the Ombre Technique. This is a fun and easy technique to use with the Flowering Foils that will be sure to create a WOW!!

I’ll be using a different pattern today … it has Silver Foil so I choose Blackberry Bliss to compliment the silver.  Let’s begin with the paper sizes; the base is Blackberry Bliss and it cut 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and is scored at 4-1/4″ … in half.  There is a Whisper White piece inside measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″, you will cut your Silver Foil the same size as the white.  Cut your Flowering Foil Specialty Designer paper to 3-3/4″ x 5″.  The last piece you need is a scrap piece of Whisper White to stamp and punch your greeting.

You will need your stampin’ ink pad along with a sponge … I cut mine in quarters because I like that I get more ink coverage.  I start at the bottom of my designer paper, ink up my sponge and with a swirling motion, I begin applying ink.  I keep moving up the paper as I go making sure I always start at or near the bottom so that you get nice coverage and the bottom is darkest and we get lighter as we get to the top.

Once you have applied all your ink and you are satisfied with the look of the ombre coverage … take a tissue and wipe off the excess ink, this will also expose more of your silver again.  I did cut out one of the flowers from the designer paper to create a focal point for my card.

The greeting comes from the Peaceful Moments Stamp set and was stamped in Blackberry Bliss, I then used the Timeless Label punch to punch out the greeting and a piece of the Silver Foil Cardstock.  The silver was cut in half lengthwise and then adhered to the greeting.  The greeting and the flower were popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals and the flower was topped off with a Clear Faceted Gem.

I hope you give this a try …  if you need any of the supplies I’ve used here today and your don’t have a demonstrator, just click on any of the images.  Let me know if you need any help.

I want to thank you for taking time today to visit my blog, it is appreciated.  This beautiful Flowering Foil Specialty Designer paper has inspired me to create a card with the Ombre technique, and the cards I’ve shared the last two days. Hope you have fun with it too.

Have a beautiful day, Linda

Technique Tuesday: Chalkboard Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a technique that was “HOT” a few years back but I still like to use!  Some stamp sets seem destined for this technique and I think the Little Ladybug is one of them.  The hand-drawn designs in this stamp set are a perfect match for the Chalkboard Technique.

I began by coming up with the layout I wanted to use … my Basic Black cardstock was cut just slightly bigger than my block: 5″ x 3-3/4″ so when I assembled my stamps onto my block, I knew how they would look on my cardstocd!  Here is a picture …

I even set the ladybug onto the block so I knew she would fit on there with the rest of my images.  Once the layout was set, I inked up my stamps with the White Craft Ink and then I embossed it with the White Embossing Powder.  You don’t have to emboss to get the Chalkboard look … but I like the bolder, brighter lines that embossing gives you.

Next, I used my Embossing Buddy and dragged it over the entire background to look like someone had just tried to clean their blackboard with a dirty eraser! lol

Time to create our ladybug. I choose the one that looks a little shy because it reminds me of my shy little granddaughter Lilly ❤ This will be her birthday card.  I stamped her with the Momento ink pad and colored it in with the Cherry Cobbler duo … then I used the Shimmery Crystal Effects to add some shine along with a sprinkle of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter …  Lilly loves sparkle. Yes, I added even more glitter!

DID YOU KNOW … they have coordinating dies to go with the Little Ladybug stamp set!! Here is a list of all the supplies used:

 

The background was easily created with Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Momento ink pad, and the eraser on the end of a pencil … ink it up and use the eraser like a stamp, it works great to create those ladybug dots.

I want to thank you for hanging out with me today … I hope you’ve learned how fun and easy it is to create with the Chalkboard technique. The line images in the Little Ladybug stamp set really makes the Chalkboard technique and Little Ladybug stamp set a perfect pairing.

Have a great day! Linda