Big Shot Projects

Whole Lot of Lovely Swallowtail Inlay

Swallowtail

Inspired by another scene in my surroundings, this inlaid swallowtail card was quick and easy to create.

Here's the inspiration.

This swallowtail is feeding on a blooming thistle growing along the Hardscrabble Creek that flows through our property in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

What a pretty poser!

(For another swallowtail inspired card, please visit my posting HERE.)

Swallowtail 4

Now onto the card!  

I first cut out the swallowtail butterfly out of Crushed Curry card stock using my Big Shot and Butterflies Thinlits Die.

I was then left with a stencil cut out piece that I decided to use in the card as well.  

I cut a piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper the size of the cutout. 

This design is my favorite from the pack of DSP.  Love the bold colors set on the black background!

Here are the pieces I used for the inlay.

Inlay Swallowtail parts
To complete the card, I simply attached the stencil over the designer paper, then stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black ink.

Because I thought the card front needed to be broken up a little bit, I ran the whole piece through my Big Shot, embossing it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.

I attached the card front to my Basic Black card base, then attached the cut out butterfly over the stencil using a Dimensional on the body.  This way, the butterfly will pop up slightly.  

I added black candy dots from my stash for added interest.

 

Inlay Swallowtail closeup

Another quick and easy card using my surroundings as my inspiration!

What is your inspiration?

I'd love to see your creations.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Die, Sparkle Embossing Folder, Dimensional, candy dots

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Quick and Easy Butterfly Card

Quick and Easy ButterflyAre you ever in need for a card to give to someone quickly?

Me too, recently!

 I already had my Big Shot and Butterfly Thinlits dies out on my craft table after making this recycled grid sheet card HERE, so I was able to create this card in less than 5 minutes.

Perfect!

My inspiration came from this photo I had taken earlier in the day:

SwallowtailThis time of year, our yard is filled with swallowtails like this one, plus other butterflies and moths as they feed on the flowers on our property.

This swallowtail is feeding on alfalfa that I have growing in a small section of my garden that I call the "weed patch."  In it, I have alfalfa, clover, mint, oregano, sage, and dandelions.  All could be considered weeds in their own right.  But, I don't see them as weeds as they provide food for many winged creatures, including bees.

And besides, a weed is in the eye of the beholder!

Anyway, let's get to the card.

I embossed my Pool Party card front using the Big Shot and Fluttering Embossing Folder and mounted it to a Crushed Curry card base.

I cut the butterflies out of Crushed Curry and Basic Black card stock using the Big Shot and Butterfly Thinlits Dies.  The black overlay butterfly is attached to the solid butterfly by one Dimensionals on the body so the wings stand up.

The striped background paper is Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.

The butterfly is popped up on the background, again using a Dimensional.

I added a Blushing Bride candy dot to the center of the butterfly for a little more interest.

I stamped "sending wishes your way" from the stamp set Butterfly Basics on the inside using Black Archival ink.  I love this greeting and use it often.  It is perfect for almost any occasion: thank you, birthday, thinking of you....

Butterfly Basics greeting

  Butterfly Basics close up

Quick, simple, done!

For more butterfly ideas, please visit my Butterfly Board on Pinterest!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics

Ink: Black Archival

Paper: Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Basic Black, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Butterflies Thinlits Dies, candy dot, Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

 

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Recycle and Reuse Stampin' Up! Grid Paper-Butterly Basics

Recycle and Reuse SU Grid Sheet PaperI recently came across a small piece of Stampin' Up! grid sheet paper that I had used to cover my work space while doing a watercolor background technique. 

I often save my work sheets to use for other projects, especially if there are interesting colors and or images.

Recycle and reuse, right?

Here is the original card:

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I was using my grid sheet paper as a test for the Spritzing Watercolor Background Technique on this card.

This is a super easy technique:

I tapped different colors of ink pads (Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry) onto one of the images found in the Happy Celebrations stamp set, then spritzed the ink with water and stamped.  The test paper also had Peek a Boo Peach.  I inked up and stamped the image a couple of times onto my grid sheet paper as a test.

The test stamping was on only a small section of the grid sheet, so I cut it down and stashed it away in a small box with other recycled pieces that I could use at another time.

I am pleasantly surprised when I find pieces like this.

Recycle and Reuse SU Grid Sheet paper closeup

To complete the card, I simply stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Black Archival Ink and then mounted it to my Basic Black card base.

I cut a butterfly out of Basic Black card stock using my Big Shot and Detailed Butterfly Thinlits Die.

I cut a solid butterfly out of Melon Mambo card stock using the Bold Butterfly Framelits Die.

I used a Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the two layers and set aside to let the glue dry for a few minutes.

Once dry, I popped the butterfly onto the grid sheet card front using a Dimensional.  I added a Candy Dot out of my stash to complete.

Grid Sheet Background closeup

Be sure to hang onto some of those used grid sheets as they might come in handy for providing an interesting background for your next project!

You never know!

For more ideas, be sure to check my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Mint Macaron (retired, but any color would work), Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Black Archival

Paper: Basic Black, Grid Sheet Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Butterfly Thinlits Die, Bold Butterfly Thinlits Die, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensional,  Candy Dot
 

 

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Copper Foil Paper Meets Ruffled Embossing Folder

 

  Ruffled Copper Butterfly

Here's another card I created using copper foil paper embossed with Ruffled, one of the new embossing folders from Stampin' Up!

Using a die cut machine like the Big Shot paired with an embossing folder instantly brings texture and interest to your paper crafting.

And by using the copper foil paper, your project will be rich and deep in color.

(For another embossed copper foil card I created, please be sure to see my hexagon bee card HERE.)

To create the butterfly, I stamped one of the images from Watercolor Wings using Versamark ink on a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock, then heat embossed it using copper embossing powder.  I then cut it out using the Big Shot and coordinating die found in Butterfly Framelits.

I added a copper glimmer brad from my stash to the center of the butterfly for a little more interest.

The foliage was cut out of Basic Black card stock using the Big Shot and Pretty Pines Framelits dies, which I attached to the embossed copper foil paper using my Fine Tip Glue pen along the bottom only so the tops of the leaves stick up.

After attaching the foliage, I added a narrow strip of torn Basic Black card stock over the bottom of the foil to neaten things up. 

The butterfly is popped up using a Dimensional, and I placed black candy dots here and there for more interest.

Ruffled Copper Butterfly closeup

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Watercolor Wings

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Ruffled Embossing Folder, Butterfly and Pretty Pines Framelits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, copper glitter brad, paper-piercing tool and mat, candy dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensional

 

 

 

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Copper Embossed Hexagons

Copper Hexagons

One of the simplest ways to add texture and interest to your paper crafting is to use a die cut machine and embossing folders.

For this card, I embossed a piece of copper foil paper using the Hexagons Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up! which is one of my all-time favorites!

I love the rich colors on this one.

I paired the embossed copper card front with the flower image from Eastern Palace stamped on a scrap piece of copper foil paper using black Stazon, then it cut out using my Big Shot and the coordinating Eastern Medallion Thinlits Die.

The foliage was cut out of Basic Black card stock using a die from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

The bee was cut out of Basic Black card stock using the bee die from Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.

I heat embossed the greeting from Eastern Palace using copper embossing powder on a strip of Basic Black card stock. 

Copper Hexagons close up

This card was really easy to put together.

I just let the Hexagon Embossing Folder do most of the heavy lifting for me!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Eastern Palace

Ink: Stazon, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Hexagons Embossing Folder, Eastern Medallion, Pretty Pines and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Recycled Cardboard-Dragonfly Dreams

Recycled Cardboard Dragonfly DreamsI'm always looking for ways to recycle and reuse. 

This was the case recently as I was about to throw away a cardboard box. 

Instead of just tossing it, I ripped off one of the flaps and peeled away the upper layer of paper, revealing the corrugation underneath. 

Cool!

I decided to pair it with the 2-step stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly, and Pretty Pines Thinlits dies to create my own little water landscape.

My inspiration came from the Hardscrabble Creek which runs along the front of our property.  In the summer, it is frequently visited by dragonflies, flying up and down, patrolling for bugs. 

To create the dragonfly, I inked up the solid image of the wings by tapping both Dapper Denim and Garden Green inks onto the stamp.  After stamping the wings onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, I over stamped using the 2-step dragonfly body using Early Espresso ink.

Then, I cut it out using my Big Shot and the coordinating dragonfly thinlits die. 

The foliage was cut out of Garden Green card stock using the Pretty Pines thinlits dies.

I left a piece of solid paper on the bottom of the cardboard intentionally for my greeting which came from Butterfly Basics stamped in Dapper Denim ink.

I mounted the cardboard onto a piece of Dapper Denim matting, then onto a Crumb Cake card base. 

I slipped the leaves under the top of the paper using SNAIL adhesive, then popped up the dragonfly using a Dimensional.

I love the texture and interest the torn cardboard brings to this card!

Recycled Cardboard Dragonfly Dreams close up

Recycle and reuse!  You'll never look at a cardboard box the same again!

For more ideas, please visit my Recycle and Reuse page HERE

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories: scrap cardboard, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, sponge, Dimensional

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Busy as a Bee-Enjoy Your Special Day

Dragonfly Dreams Bee

The bees are back!

In celebration, I created a card featuring the bee image found in the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams, along with the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.

To create this card, I started by stamping the solid image of the bee onto my Whisper White card front using Crushed Curry ink.

I then cut coordinating bees using the bee thinlits die out of Chocolate Chip card stock. 

I popped the cut out bees over the stamped image using Dimensionals.

The greeting is from Detailed Dragonfly and was stamped using Chocolate Chip ink.  I added the curly cues from the stamp set Eastern Palace to set off the greeting. 

I used a sponge to sponge Chocolate Chip ink along the edges.

The card front was then matted to a piece of Crushed Curry card stock.

To add more interest, I dry embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and Hexagons embossing folder. 

This embossing folder is a perfect compliment to the bees!

Dragonfly Dreams Bee with Hexagon Embossing Folder

 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Eastern Palace

Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits DieHexagons Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, sponge

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

That's the Tag Stained Glass

Thats the Tag Stained Glass

Create the look of stained glass by using Vellum cardstock and Stampin' Up! Write Markers. 

For this card, I paired the Stained Glass Technique with the retiring stamp set That's the Tag and coordinating Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies.

The technique is easy.  Here's how:

To begin, first cut the flower oval out of Early Espresso ink using the Big Shot and Timeless Tags Thinlit Die. 

Then, cut out the solid oval out of vellum cardstock . 

You will now have 2 pieces that will need to be glued together.  For this piece, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen along the narrow edges of the Early Espresso frame.

Turn the piece over, and you are ready to color in the back side of the vellum, using the Early Espresso flower as your guide.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

For this card, I used Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Pool Party and Crushed Curry markers.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

When you turn it over, you will now have a pretty piece with the look of stained glass!

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

To complete the card, I applied glue from the Fine Tip Glue pen carefully along the inside of each of the segments of the flower.  This gives a lacquer finish look of glass.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass close up

I hope you'll give the Stained Glass Technique a try!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: That's the Tag

Ink: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Vellum, Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Pool Party ribbon





 

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Baby Wipe Towel Stormy Sky Background-Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure baby wipe background

The Baby Wipe Technique is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

I lay them flat, let them dry and use them in my crafting.

  I know to some it looks like something that should be thrown away, but not to me!

Recycle and reuse, right?

The baby wipe I used for this card was left over from one of the baby wipes I used for a recent class.

Be sure to see that project HERE!

To me, it looked like tie dye. 

But, it also looked like one of the stormy skies we sometimes see here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

So, I decided to create my own little mountain scene.

So, to start crafting with it, I first applied glue from a glue stick onto a piece of regular card stock, then placed my used baby wipe on the glue and patted it down so it would stick. 

By doing this, I was able to cut the piece down for my project.  You need the baby wipe on a thicker surface to cut it down with a paper cutter or scissors.

I left it a little longer on the bottom so I could build my landscape scene right on the wipe.

Baby Wipe Background

I cut mountains, hills, and trees out of Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Garden Green card stock using my Big Shot and Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies. 

To create the snowy foreground, I simply tore a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the greeting from Wish Big using Melon Mambo ink.

Then, I was ready to build my landscape.

I simply layered them on top of the baby wipe using Dimensionals to pop up each layer.  After the scene was built, I trimmed down the two sides to even them up.  Then, I layered it onto a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock, then layered it onto my Crumb Cake card base.

Love the bold colors and texture on this one!

Outdoor Adventure baby wipe background closeup

Recycle and reuse.  Use those baby wipes in your crafting to create some great backgrounds!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink:  Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Crushed Curry, Pool Party ink refills,

Paper: Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Garden Green

Accessories: baby wipe, Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (retiring), glue stick, Dimensionals

 

 

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Shaving Cream Technique-Always an Adventure Sunrise

Always an Adventure Shaving Cream Background

The Shaving Cream Technique (also known as the Marbling Technique) is great for creating pretty landscape backgrounds!

I had some left-over pieces from my Shaving Cream Happy Birthday Card I shared HERE.

Since I'm usually in my don't throw anything away mood, I decided that I'd create a sunrise backdrop for a pretty mountain scene.

The inspiration for this card came from my surroundings here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.  I am surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, a forest of green and sometimes a bear or two. 

This card pretty well sums up spring in my little piece of the world!

To create my landscape, I used the stamp set Always an Adventure and coordinating Outdoor Adventure Framelits. 

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The Shaving Cream Technique is super easy to do.  All you need is some shaving cream and ink refills.

For full instruction on how to do this fun technique, please visit my posting HERE.

Shaving Cream Background Sky closeup

I love the soft colors on this one!

I hope you enjoyed looking at a small snapshot of my world!

Be sure to try out the Shaving Cream Technique.

What will be your inspiration?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Always an Adventure, Bunny Buddies (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Soft Sky, So Saffron ink refills, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso

Paper: Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Garden Green

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Playful Pals Easter Bunny

Playful Pals Easter BunnyIt's almost time for Easter!  The Playful Pals stamp set and coordinating Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies are perfect for creating a cute Easter Bunny!

I needed to create an Easter card for my soon to be 6-month-old granddaughter.

  I had the Playful Pals stamp set, and Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies out on my craft table after creating this "Hello Baby" shaving cream card for my niece.

So, I decided they would be perfect for creating a little Easter Bunny.

The base of the rabbit is cut out using part of the triangle box framelits die out of Whisper White card stock.  The eyes, nose, whiskers, ears and feet were stamped using Smoky Slate ink.  I used my Flirty Flamingo marker to color in the ears and eyelids.  The feet were cut out of Whisper White card stock, and the paw pads and nose were cut out of Flirty Flamingo card stock using the framelits dies.   The paws and pads were popped up using Dimensionals.   The bow was cut out of Smoky Slate card stock and popped up using a Dimensional.  A Flirty Flamingo heart enamel shape was added for a little interest.

I will write on the inside "Some Bunny Loves You" as the greeting.  I also added a piece of magnet to the back of the front of the card.  This way, the rabbit piece can be cut away from the base and hung on a refrigerator or similar. 

For more ideas, see more Playful Pals refrigerator magnets HERE

I hope this Playful Pals Easter Bunny made you smile!

If so, I'd love to have you leave a comment!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Playful Pals

Ink: Smoky Slate

Paper: Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Pyramid Pals Framelits Dies, Flirty Flamingo Enamel Shapes, Dimensionals, magnet

 

Happy Stampin'!

Shaving Cream Background Technique-Playful Pals Teddy Bear

Shaving Cream Background Technique Pyramid Pals Bear

Combine the soft swirls of the Shaving Cream Background Technique with the stamp set Playful Pals and coordinating Pyramid Pals Framelits Dies, and you have everything you need to create a sweet "hello baby" card!

The Shaving Cream Background Technique is one of my all-time favorites.

All you need is some shaving cream and ink refills! 

For full instructions on how to do this fun technique, please visit HERE

I am headed out of town in a few days to attend my niece's baby shower.  She is due in August, but because both she and her husband are in the Air Force and have several classes coming up, it was decided that the baby shower needed to be now to accommodate their busy schedules.  She recently learned the sex of the baby but is not going to share it with us until the shower.  So, I needed to make a baby card in neutral colors. 

Perfect for the Shaving Cream Background Technique!

The color of ink refills for this card used were Marina Mist, Flirty Flamingo, Wild Wasabi and Smoky Slate.  I used 3-4 drops of the first 3 colors but only drop of the Smoky Slate.  I didn't want it to be a dominate color.  I just wanted to add a little contrast and bring in the colors of the bear and card base.  As always with the Shaving Cream Background Technique, you don't want to use too many colors or mix them together too much or they might become muddy.

Shaving Cream Background Technique closeup

To complete the bear, I used various parts of the Playful Pals stamp set stamped on Smoky Slate card stock using Basic Gray ink.  I  cut the pieces out using the coordinating Pyramid Pals Framelits Dies.  Then, it was just a matter of assembling the pieces.  I used Dimensionals to pop up the ears, nose and bow tie.  The bow tie was cut out of a scrap piece of shaving cream background paper.

Shaving Cream Background Technique close up

So, whenever you want a soft, swirly background for one of your projects, please consider the Shaving Cream Background Technique. 

The possibilities are endless!

If you like this project, please be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more ideas!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Playful Pals, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Smoky Slate, Marina Mist, Flirty Flamingo, Wild Wasabi, Smoky Slate ink refills

Paper: Smoky Slate, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White

Accessories: shaving cream, paper plate, wooden spoon for mixing, Big Shot, Pyramid Pals Framelits Dies, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Butterfly Shaving Cream Background

Shaving Cream Background TechniqueThe Shaving Cream Background Technique is one of my all-time favorites!

To create fun, swirly backgrounds all you need is shaving cream and ink refills!

Check HERE for full instructions

Ink refills used for this card were Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Mint Macaron.

Shaving Cream Background Technique close up

These colors combined with the Shaving Cream Background make me smile! 

Reminds me of tie dye!

Give the Shaving Cream Background a try.  Be sure to share your creations with me.  I'd love to see you color combinations!

Supplies Used:

Ink: Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Mint Macaron ink refills

Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, So Saffron

Accessories: shaving cream, paper plate, wooden spoon to stir, Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Fluttering Textured Embossing Folder, flower brad (retired), paper piercing tool, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciling With a Sunburst Thinlits Die-Shine

Stenciled Sunburst Thinlits Die card

Create a bright sunburst by using the cut out from Sunburst Framelits Die as a stencil.

I had a Sunburst piece left over from my pencil eraser sunshine project I posted on March 8. Instead of throwing it away, I decided to repurpose it as a stencil for my "shine" sunburst card.

I laid the stencil onto my Whisper White card front and sponged color around the rays of the sunburst.  Colors used were Crushed Curry, Peek a Boo Punch and Watermelon Wonder.  You can see the pencil eraser dots left over from the previous project.

Sunburst Thinlits Die as a Stencil

When done, I removed the stencil leaving a white sunburst on a bright background.

Sunburst Thinlit Die as a Stencil

I trimmed the edges of the card front and matted it to a piece of Peek a Boo Peach card stock.

The greeting comes from Sunburst Sayings which I stamped onto a piece of So Saffron card stock using Watermelon Wonder ink.  I punched it out using my 1 3/4" circle punch,  and layered it to a 2" Watermelon Wonder circle  I  then attached the circle to the card front, trimming the bottom half of the circle so it would sit flush on the edge of the Peek a Boo Peach card base.

To complete the card, I added Sprinkles Embellishments (Peek a Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party), using my Fine Tip Glue to secure the pieces.

Stenciled Sunburst Card closeup

Be sure to repurpose your paper pieces from other projects.  I did and was able to reuse a sunburst piece as a stencil!

If you like this idea, please be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sunburst Greetings

Ink: Crushed Curry, Peek a Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder

Paper: So Saffron,  Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder

Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits Die, sponge, Sprinkles Embellishments, Fine Tip Glue Pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping With Pencil Eraser Background Using a Sunburst Stencil

Pencil Eraser stamped background sunburst thinlits die

It's easy to create fun backgrounds by stamping with a pencil eraser dabbed in ink. Pair the pencil eraser background technique with a sunburst stencil, and you'll have a card that is certain to brighten someone's day!

For more pencil eraser background ideas, please visit my spring blooms Sheltering Tree post here

To create this card, I started by cutting out my stencil using the Big Shot and Sunburst Thinlits Die out of scrap card stock.

I laid the stencil over my Whisper White card front and started adding ink using the eraser of a pencil.  I dabbed the eraser onto an ink pad, then stamped around the stencil.  I cleaned the eraser by swiping it onto my worksheet, then picked up the next color.

Colors used were Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Peek a Boo Peach, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry.

stamping with pencil eraser and sunburst die stencil

After finishing, I removed the stencil and then sponged on a mixture of Crushed Curry, So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach inks around the eraser dots.

I stamped my greeting from Sunburst Sayings onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Cajun Craze ink.  I then punched it out using my 1 1/4" circle punch.   The greeting was then layered onto a 1 3/8" Crushed Curry circle, 1 3/4" Crumb Cake circle and finally a 2" Cajun Craze circle.

Clear Wink of Stella was brushed all over the card front to add a little shimmer.

stamping with pencil eraser sunburst close up

Stamping with a pencil eraser is fun and easy.  And the possibilities are endless!

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sunburst Sayings

Ink: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Peek a Boo Peach, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, So Saffron

Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits Die, pencil with eraser, sponge, 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches, clear Wink of Stella

Happy Stampin'!

Pencil Eraser Art-Jar Full of Candy

 

Stamping With Pencil Erasers
Nothing beats a jar filled with colorful candy!  The candy in this jar was created using a pencil eraser! 

This is an easy and fun technique using an everyday item!

I bet you have a pencil with an eraser sitting on your desk or near your crafting table. So, pick it up, and let's start crafting!

Here's how:

I began by stamping the jar image from the stamp set Jar of Love on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.

I then dabbed my pencil eraser into Melon Mambo ink and stamped inside the jar image several times.
I cleaned the eraser by swiping it on my worksheet, then moved onto the next color which was Cucumber Crush.

Pencil Eraser Art Close Up

I continued adding more colors,

Pencil Eraser Art closeup

and more colors, until the jar was filled in with an assortment of bright candies!

Pencil Eraser Art close up

I stamped the greeting "Sweet" from the retired set Sweet Shapes alongside the jar in Melon Mambo ink.  I stamped the image for the jar top onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink and then cut it out using the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelit die.  Before adhering the top to the jar, I wrapped a piece of Island Indigo Baker's Twine around the front, securing it in the back.  I then added another piece of baker's twine over it and tied a simple knot.

I matted the jar to a piece of Melon Mambo card stock, then added it to the Early Espresso card base.  Once the card was put together, I added some clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

So, get out your pencil and create some eraser art!  The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Sweet Shapes

Ink: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry

Paper: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Accessories: pencil with eraser, Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelits Die, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, clear Wink of Stella

 

 

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'!

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'!

Crafting With Paint Chips-Sponged Cloudy Background Technique

Paint Chip Lift Me UpOne of my favorite things is to use paint chips in my crafting. For this card, I combined paint chips to make a colorful backing for the hot air balloon found in the Up & Away Thinlits die from Stampin' Up!

And to complete the card I created a sky background using the sponged Cloudy Background Technique.

 The color behind the balloon is regular paint chips that you can find in any home improvement store.  I love the paint chip displays of all the colors and color combinations. 

Easy inspiration for sure!

See my other Paint Chip Creations HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I made a stop in the paint department and picked up these paint chips:

Lift Me Up paint chips

I pieced them together to create the backing for the balloon using the various pieces of the Up & Away Thinlits Dies:

  Lift Me Up Paint Chip backing

I attached the pieces to the back of the Whisper White detailed balloon using my Fine Tip Glue.

For the background, I used the Cloudy Background Technique on my Soft Sky card base by sponging on Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks around my "cloud" template.

This is a template I made several years ago using the Big Shot, Large Circle Scallop Die (cut out of light-weight cardboard), and Scallop Circle Punch.  I secured several smaller scalloped circles to the larger circle using tape.  I reuse this template often and keep it as part of my permanent crafting stash.

For more details, please view my Cloudy Background video tutorial HERE

Cloudy Sky Background Template

The popped up clouds were also cut out of the paint chips using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Paint Chip Clouds

The greeting from Lift Me Up was stamped on the card front using Elegant Eggplant ink, and candy dots were added to the balloon to complete the card.

Lift Me Up Cloudy Skies Background

Next time you're in a home improvement store, be sure to make a stop in the paint department.  Displays and displays of paint chips are waiting to inspire you.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up (purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle and save 10%)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Accessories: paint chips, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Double Hexagons Embossing Folder Chicken Wire-Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

  Hey,chick with chicken wire background

Create fun chicken wire backgrounds using the Double Hexagons Embossing Folder. 

What a perfect match for this year's Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Hey, Chick!

Here's how:

Open the folder and swipe or pat ink on the inside of the folder, the side that has "Sizzix" and "Stampin' Up" on the front. For this card, I swiped on Smokey Slate ink.

Chicken Wire Background Step 1

Insert a piece of card stock into the folder,

Chicken Wire Background Step 2

Close the folder and turn it around so the side with "Stampin' Up!" is on top.  With your fingers, press down on the top of the folder, transferring the ink on the inside to the card stock.  A bone folder will also work.

Hey,chick 019

Open the folder, remove the card stock and voilà, you have a chicken wire background!

Chicken Wire Background Step 3

Chicken Wire Background Final

For the chicken, I used the Paper Piecing Technique. 
I simply stamped the chicken and greeting onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink and cut it out using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits.  I  stamped the image again onto the polka dot patterned piece of Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  I then cut out only the chicken's body using a pair of scissors and paper pieced it onto the stamped image using SNAIL Adhesive.  The feet, comb, and beak are from the stamped part underneath.   I colored in the comb and beak using a red marker. 

Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

I really like how the patterned paper gives the chicken a little texture and interest.  And the chicken wire background is a perfect compliment!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration)

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate

Paper: Smokey Slate, Real Red, Whisper White, Carried Away Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration)

Accessories: Double Hexagons Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Real Red Thick Baker's Twine, Dimensionals



 

Happy Stampin'!