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Emboss Resist Dragonfly Dreams

Emboss Resist Technique, Dragonfly Dreams

Create a pretty pastel background using the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and the Emboss Resist Technique.

Super easy and it is one of those WOW techniques.

To start, I swiped my Whisper White card front using the Embossing Buddy, stamped the dragonfly image from Dragonfly Dreams in Versmark ink, and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.

Then, with a sponge, I added my Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Cucumber Crush inks over the embossed images.

Sponging on colors for emboss resist technique

When I was done, I rubbed off the ink from the embossed images with a paper towel making the white image pop.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

Emboss Resist close up

The piece was attached to an Elegant Eggplant mat and added to the Whisper White card base using Dimensionals.  The greeting from Wish Big was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink.

The Emboss Resist is an easy way to add interest to any background.  Color combinations are endless.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Embossing Buddy,  heat tool, white embossing powder, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique-Detailed Dragonfly Inlay

Ombre Watercolor Wash with Detailed Dragonfly Inlit

A quick and easy card using the Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique with a dragonfly inlay.

Recently, I was cleaning up my craft table, and I came across a scrap piece of ombre wash watercolor paper.

This piece was created by swiping Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant inks over a piece of watercolor paper using an Aqua Painter.

(For more instructions, please visit my Watercolor Ombre Technique meets Detailed Dragonfly post HERE)

I also had a Whisper White dragonfly left over from another project, so I instantly knew that I should pair them up to create a quick and easy card. 

I cut the dragonfly out of the watercolor wash paper using the intricate dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.   I mounted the piece onto a  Rich Razzelberry matting.  Then I simply inserted the white detailed dragonfly into the cutout, adhering it with my Fine Tip Glue. 

Now, my white dragonfly has Rich Razzleberry showing through its wings!  

Love how the dragonfly really pops on the bold background!

Then, I placed the matted piece onto my Whisper White card front, using Dimensionals to pop it up.  The greeting comes from Love and Affection and was stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

Ombre Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly Inlaid

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Love and Affection

Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Aqua Painter

 

Happy Stampin'!

Happy Valentine's Day Iris Folded Kiss

Iris Folded Kiss

Here's an Iris Folded Kiss just for you on this Valentine's Day!

For more Iris Folding ideas, patterns and a how-to video, please check my Iris Folding Page HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Word Window and  Modern Label punches, Dimensionals, Kiss Iris Folding pattern

Happy Stampin'!

Another Great Year December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Valentine's Day Card

Paper Pumpkin Alternate Ideas

Here's an easy idea for using parts of the  December 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit, Another Great Year, to create a fun and easy Valentine's Day card.

Please see my X's and O's card using parts of the same kit HERE.

The monthly Paper Pumpkin kits are a quick and easy way to craft.  The designing and the cutting paper part of it will already be done for you, and all the supplies you'll need will be included in the kit.

But, even if a Paper Pumpkin kit isn't quite your style, don't give up on it.  Take a second look, and I know you'll come up with alternative ideas!

Supplies Used:

Another Great Year, December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Real Red

Accessories: Real Red Baker's Twine

Happy Stampin'!

Another Great Year December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Idea

Paper Pumpkin alternate idea

Another Great Year, the December 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.

I must admit that I was not very excited about it when it arrived in the mail.  I am not into scrapbooking and just couldn't see that I would use any of the pieces in the kit. 

But, after thinking about it for a little while, I soon saw the possibilities!

The plastic overlay with the printed X's and O's placed over the graphic background paper along with a banner cut "love" note created using the rotary stamp is a perfect idea for a Valentine's Day card.  I added some Real Red Baker's Twine along the sides to complete, and done! 

Easy, Easy!

The monthly Paper Pumpkin kits are a quick and easy way to craft.  The designing and the cutting paper part of it will already be done for you, and all the supplies you'll need will be included in the kit.

But, even if a Paper Pumpkin kit isn't quite your style, don't give up on it.  Take a second look, and I know you'll come up with alternative ideas!

Supplies Used:

Another Great Year, December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Real Red

Accessories: Real Red Baker's Twine

Happy Stampin'!

Aquapainter Watercolor Wash Background Technique-Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash Detailed DragonflyOne of my favorite techniques is to create a simple watercolor wash background using an Aquapainter and ink.

For this card, I started out by creating my ink palettes by squeezing the tops of my closed ink pads. (Hard to photograph because I usually use both hands for the squeezing).

Colors used are Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder.

Making an ink palette

By doing this, the ink in the pad side will transfer ink into the lid.  This will now be my palette for picking up the ink with the Aquapainter.

Making an ink palette

Then,  I simply picked my ink colors from their lids using my Aquapainter, swiping each color in bands onto watercolor paper.

watercolor wash with aquapainter

After the paper had dried, I stamped the dots image from the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams along the edges using Island Indigo and Perfect Plum inks. 

The upper, detailed part of the dragonfly was cut out of Elegant Eggplant cardstock using the thinlits die from Detailed Dragonfly.  The lower, solid part of the wings was cut out of a scrap piece of Cucumber Crush card stock using the solid thinlit from the set.  The Cucumber Crush piece was left over from a recent cling wrap/shimmer ink project that didn't quite work, but I had a nice piece of scrap paper to craft with. Remember, never throw anything away!

The dragonfly was popped up onto the card front using Dimensionals, the greeting from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink, and Candy Dots were added to complete the card.

Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash!

Any number of color combos will work with this technique.  Give it a try, and let me know what you come up with!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams (Bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and save 10%), Wish Big

Inks: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Candy Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Ombre Technique Meets Detailed Dragonfly

Ombre Dragonfly Dreams

The Watercolor Ombre technique is perfect for the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die!

Ombre Dragonfly Dreams close up

It is so easy to do and the possibilities are endless!

Here's how:

Using an Aqua Painter and drops of ink refills, swipe bands of gradient colors onto a piece of watercolor paper

For this piece, I used Smokey Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Rich Razzleberry.

(inspired by the paint chips used for my paint chip Lift Me Up Balloon Card)

I opened my ink pads, added a drop or two of the coordinating ink refill in the top of the pad and used that as my palette.

Watercolor Ombre Technique How To

I set the paper aside to dry completely. 

Once it was dried, I cut the dragonflies out using the Detail Dragonfly Thinlits Die.

The dragonfly background was created using the image in Dragonfly Dreams stamp set stamped onto my card front using Smokey Slate ink.  The greeting is also from Dragonfly Dreams and was stamped onto my Smokey Slate card base using Elegant Eggplant.  The cut dragonflies were popped up onto the card front using Dimensionals.

I hope you'll give the Watercolor Ombre Technique a try.  I'd love to see your creations!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams (bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and save 10%)

Ink: Smokey Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry and ink refills

Paper: Smokey Slate, Elegant Eggplant, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Aqua Painter, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Paint Chip Iris Folded Kiss

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I decided to combine 2 of my favorite crafting techniques, Paint Chips and Iris Folding, to create this fun Kisses card just in time for Valentine's Day.

To see more Iris Folded samples, patterns, and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE

To see more Paint Chip samples, please visit my Paint Chip Page HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I stopped in the paint department and picked up a few paint chip samples. 

Here was the paint chip inspiration for my Kisses card!


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To start, I traced around the "kisses" pattern onto my Whisper White card front using a pencil, then cut it out using a pair of scissors. 

I then embossed my Whisper White card front using the Big Shot and Falling Petals Embossing Folder.  This folder embosses sweet falling hearts, perfect for a Valentine's, anniversary, or love card.

I  cut the last three colors of the paint chip into 1/4" to 1/2" wide strips, working around the name of the paint color on the bottom of each section and then began following the "kisses" iris folding pattern after securing the card front over the pattern using masking tape. 

Remember, work from the back!

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The center or "iris" is a piece of silver glimmer paper that I colored with a black Sharpie pen.  It becomes more gray, complete with sparkle.



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After I had completed the Iris Folding, I secured a scrap piece of card stock on the back of the iris folding just to cover and help secure the strips.  Then, I matted it to a piece of Island Indigo card stock.  I stamped my "Friend" greeting from the stamp set Bloomin' Love onto my Smokey Slate card base (love how it matches the color on the paint chip) and then attached the iris folded kiss using Dimensionals to pop it up.

To complete the card, I cut a portion of the banner from a Hershey Kiss and slipped it underneath the iris fold at the top using a small amount of SNAIL Adhesive.

Paint Chip Iris Fold Kiss!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Love

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Island Indigo, silver glimmer

Accessories: paint chip, Big Shot, Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!