Simply Sunday: Flowering Foils in Espresso

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

For the past few days I’ve been sharing cards made with the fabulous Flowering Foils Specialty Designer paper, and today you will see another pattern in it’s purest form. Today’s Simply Sunday will highlight this special paper. With the floral pattern and the Rose Gold and Silver foil you really don’t need much more …

I really wanted to pull the gold tones out of today’s card so I used Early Espresso as my card base… it compliments the colors nicely.  When your designer paper is so intricate or stunning, you really don’t have to do anything to it if you choose to just highlight the paper.  However, this designer paper also allows you to have some fun coloring it and more.  Check out this video for some tips and more samples …

I chose my greeting from the Free As A Bird stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  I always like to go back into my older stamps as well as the ones in the Mini catalogs … they are all great.  I used the Timeless Label punch again to punch out my greeting. I also punched out a piece of Early Espresso and cut that in half to create the illusion of a mat.

I wanted to finish off my greeting with a touch of bling so I used the Rhinestones and colored it with the Bronze Stampin’ Blend. I think it added a nice touch to the card and they added a little more texture to the card.  To add a little dimension, I popped up my greeting with the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This angle really highlights the foils in this card and the added dimension.  We all need quick -n- easy cards sometimes and with the beautiful designer papers, and I am loving the new Flowering Foils Designer paper! Perfect for my Simply Sunday post today … don’t you think?  You can earn this amazing new Flowering Foils Designer Series Paper for FREE! during Sale-A-Bration.

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Have a wonderful day and enjoy the beautiful weather. Linda

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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