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March 2019

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April 2019 sampler

Spring has arrived!

Let's celebrate with blooming trees, butterflies, flowers, and the Easter bunny!

Celebrate Spring projects will be featured in my April newsletter.

Products include Sheltering Tree stamp set, Graceful Glass Vellum Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Blends, and a cute embossed Easter Bunny!

Techniques will include Faux Flocking, and coloring using Stampin' Blends.

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I hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks!

Anne

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Copper Embossed Home To Roost

Home to roost

Sale-A-Bration ends just days away on March 31!

(For every $50 spent in catalog merchandise, you can choose a free SAB item!)

One of the great Level 1 product choices is the fun Home to Roost stamp set.

I paired the rooster in the stamp set with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder, both embossed in copper for a rustic metallic look.

I swiped Versamark inside the folder (on the side with the word Sizzix on the front so I would get a raised versus an indented image) then inserted a piece of Basic Black card stock and ran it through the Big Shot.

Then, I added copper embossing powder and heat embossed it with a heat tool.

I also dabbed the edges of the card front in Versamark and heat embossed them with black and copper embossing powders.

I swiped a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock with the Embossing Buddy, then stamped the rooster in Versamark.  I heat embossed him using copper embossing powder.

I then punched him using my 2 1/4" circle punch and matted it to a piece of copper foil paper punched using my 2 1/2" circle punch.

The edges of the copper foil circle were dabbed in Versamark and heat embossed using copper embossing powder.

Don't miss out on the last days of Sale-A-Bration!

It's a great time to stock out and earn some free goodies!

Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Tin tile

 

Home to Roost, Level 1 Sale-A-BrationHome to Roost

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Home to Roost

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: heat tool, black and copper embossing powder, Buddy, Big Shot, Tin Tile Embossing Folder, 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" circle punches, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Black and Copper Embossed Country Floral Embossing Folder

Country Floral embossed copperRaised Embossed Image

Country FloralIndented Embossed Image

Sale-A-Bration ends just days away on March 31!

(For every $50 spent in catalog merchandise, you can choose a free SAB item!)

One of the great Level 1 product choices is the pretty Country Floral Embossing Folder, perfect for your spring creations.

I decided to add a metallic look to the embossing for the 2 creations above.

I swiped Versamark inside the folder, then inserted a piece of copper foil paper and ran it through the Big Shot.

Then, I added black embossing powder and heat embossed it with a heat tool.

I also dabbed the edges of the copper foil in Versamark and heat embossed them with black and copper embossing powders.

The greeting is from another Level1 SAB choice, Home to Roost.

It was heat embossed on a piece of Basic Black card stock using copper embossing powder.

I matted it to a piece of copper foil that the edges were heat embossed with black and copper embossing powders.

For the first card, I swiped the Versamark on the inside of the folder with the raised embossing (the side with the word Sizzix on the front). 

For the second card, I swiped the Versamark on the other side of the folder with the indented embossing.

Two different looks made with one technique and one embossing folder.

Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

149698G

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Home to Roost

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: heat tool, black and copper embossing powders, Embossing Buddy, Big Shot, Country Floral Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

All the Good Things Bonsai

Bonsai

I really like the bonsai image found in the stamp set All the Good Things.

It's really easy to ink up and stamp using the Stamparatus.

Ink and stamp in stages using different colors for the different parts.

I placed my Whisper White card front in the Stamparatus, then positioned the bonsai stamp where I wanted it on the paper.  I closed the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.

I first inked the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink direct from the ink pad.  I stamped and repeated using the Stamparatus a couple of times making sure I got a good stamped image.

Then, I added Mossy Meadow ink by coloring the image in select places using my Stampin' Write Marker.  I stamped using the Stamparatus a couple of times making sure I got a good stamped image.

Next, came the trunk which I colored in using my Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker.  I colored and stamped a couple of times using the Stamparatus, making sure I got a good stamped image.

Next is the pot which I colored in using my Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker.  Yep, you guessed it, I colored and stamped a couple of times using the Stamparatus.

The dirt inside the pot was colored using my Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker.

I removed the bonsai image and then placed the greeting on the Stamparatus.  I inked it up using my Mossy Meadow ink pad and stamped a couple of times to get a good stamped image.

A strip of Floral Romance Designer Series Paper was added to the side of my Mossy Meadow card base.  The stamped image was matted to a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and popped up on the card base to complete.

All the Good Things

All the Good Things catalog

Stamparatus

Stamparatus

Supplies:

Stamp Set: All the Good Things

Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Floral Romance Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Wavy All the Good Things

Graceful Glass Blends

I really like the stamp set All the Good Things.  It's been in my collection for awhile, but

This was a fairly easy card to create with the help of the Stamparatus.

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of Pool Party card stock for the card front. Punch a hole in the center using a circle punch or the Big Shot and a circle framelit die.
  2. Cut a piece  of Graceful Glass Vellum Designer Series Paper.  Color in the design using Light Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, and Dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends.  You can color the front side like I did or the back.  Coloring the back side will leave you with more subtle colors.
  3.  Attach the vellum DSP to a   Whisper White card base using SNAIL Adhesive.
  4. Stamp the fish using the Stamparatus on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  For the first fish, I placed the stamp rubber side down onto my card stock that was placed into the Stamparatus.  I closed the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  I inked the fish using Pacific Point ink and stamped.  I repeated this step 2 more times making sure I had a good stamped image.  Then, I dabbed Night of Navy ink over parts of the stamp and stamped.  I repeated this step 2 more times making sure I had good ink coverage to add texture and depth to the fish.
  5.  The steps for the second fish were the same except I used Pool Party ink first, then added Gorgeous Grape ink.  Fussy cut fish out using a pair of scissors.
  6. Stamp the greeting in Night of Navy ink using the Stamparatus for placement.  Sponge Gorgeous Grape ink along the edges.  Attach card front to the card base, placing the circle over the vellum dsp.  Use  Dimensionals to pop it up.
  7. Add the fish using SNAIL Adhesive.  Add enamel dots to complete.

All the Good Things

All the Good Things catalog

Stamparatus

Stamparatus

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: All the Good Things

Ink: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Graceful Glass 6"x6" Vellum DSP

Accessories: Light Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Light Pool Party Stampin' Blends, 2 1/4" circle punch, Stamparatus, Dimensionals,  sponge, enamel dots

Happy Stampin'!

March Fresh Card Making Idea-Reflection/Mirror Technique

Rhino reflection

Reflection Animal Outing Rhino

Mirror giraffe

Mirror Image Animal Outing Giraffes

It's easy to create reflection or mirror images to your card creations using the Silicone Craft Mat from Stampin' Up! 

If you don't have a Silicone Craft Mat, the technique can still be created using a piece of vellum or window sheet.

These projects use the fun Animal Outing stamp set. 

This set is certain to bring a smile!

Want to learn more?

My March Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Reflection and Mirror Techniques.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on March 19, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on March 19 to receive this tutorial complete with step-by-step color photographs in a pdf format.

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Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!

Anne

Happy Stampin'!

All the Good Things Brusho Background

Brusho fish

Since I had my Brusho Crystal Colors out after creating these cards HERE, I decided to make an abstract water background and combine it with the small koi fish image found in All the Good Things.

I knew I wanted it to be a birthday card, so I used the greeting from Detailed with Love.

I simply sprinkled Brilliant Blue Brusho Crystals onto my Whisper White card front, then lightly spritzed with water, activating the crystals.

After letting the paper dry for a few minutes, I stamped the greeting in Night of Navy ink using my Stamparatus.

I kept the card front in the Stamparatus, then positioned the fish image where I wanted it.  The first fish was stamped in Gorgeous Grape.  I inked and stamped it using the Stamparatus several times to get deep colors. 

I cleaned the stamp and then placed it in another position on the card front.  The second fish was stamped in Calypso Coral.

I repeated the steps using Granny Apple Green and Night of Navy inks.

Somewhere along the way, I got a few smudges of Granny Apple Green, but I liked it, so I wasn't too worried about it!

I mounted the card front to a Night of Navy card base and added some blue Glimmer Dots from my stash to complete.

Brusho Crystal Color

Brusho crystals

All the Good Things

All the Good Things catalog

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: All the Good Things, Detailed with Love

Ink: Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Brusho Crystal Color, spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus, glimmer dots from my stash

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Controlled Painting with Brusho Crystals and Winter Woods

Brusho wild woods

 

Brusho wild woods white background

Here are 2 more cards created using the controlled painting with Brusho Crystal Color technique.

Please see my original posting using Sheltering Tree Here

For these cards, I lightly sprinkled Brilliant Blue and Moss Green Brusho Crystal Colors on my watercolor card front.

I started with the center tree first, sprinkling the Brusho about where I knew I would be stamping.

I then spritzed the pine tree image from Winter Woods (carry-over from the Holiday Catalog) lightly with water and stamped. 

I then did the same for the right tree, then the left tree.

Again, don't get your stamp too wet as the colors will run. 

You can always add a little more Brusho (remember, a little goes a long way), and stamp again with a moist stamp if desired.

And, you can pull and move the color around with a paint brush if needed.

You can also over stamp the outline image again using the pine tree and a darker color of ink.

I tested it here using Mossy Meadow ink:

Brusho wild woods 1

I personally liked them plain, so I skipped this step.

For the first card, I sponged Balmy Blue and Pool Party inks around the trees. 

I left the background alone on the second card.

I prefer the white background.

Brusho Crystal Color

Brusho crystals

Winter Woods Bundle

Winter Woods

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Flora and Fauna

Ink: Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Pool Party

Paper: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy,  watercolor

Accessories: Brusho Crystal Colors, spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus, sponge, enamel dots from my stash

Happy Stampin'!

Controlled Painting with Brusho Crystals

Brusho sheltering tree

A customer recently asked if I could demo a way to paint using the Brusho Crystals in a controlled manner. 

Brushos are great for creating abstract backgrounds, but she wanted something more defined.

So, this is what I came up with.

I really like how it came out, and my customer and other Feb. class attendees really liked it too.

It's simple!

  To do this technique, you will sprinkle Brusho Crystals on a piece of watercolor paper, then lightly spritz a stamp with water and stamp, activating the crystals. 

Sprinkle the crystals in the area that you are going to stamp your image instead of all over the card front.

For this card, I sprinkled Yellow and Brilliant Red crystals towards the top and middle of the card front knowing about where the leaves from Sheltering Tree would be stamped.  I spritzed the image with water and stamped. 

But, what was the surprise is that I ended up with blue green leaves which is not a color that you would get from the Brushos. 

I had to think about it for a few seconds, then realized that I must not have cleaned the stamp after using Mint Macaron ink on another project.

Happy surprise, and I really like how it came out.

So, I tried to duplicate it, and sure enough it works.  Ink up the stamp using Mint Macaron ink, then stamp off leaving some ink.

Then, continue on with the technique.

The other key is to not get the stamp too wet.  Lightly spritz it with water, or it'll run making it look abstract.

After letting the paper dry for a minute or two, I stamped the tree trunk in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus. 

Then, I sprinkled Yellow, Brilliant Red, Moss Green, and Brilliant Blue crystals towards the bottom of the tree.  I spritzed the ground stamp lightly with water and stamped.

To complete the card, I matted the card front to a piece of Early Espresso, then added it to a Mint Macaron card base.

The greeting is from Floral and Fauna stamped in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus.

Brusho Crystal Colors

Brusho crystals

Sheltering Tree

Sheltering TreeSupplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Floral and Fauna (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Mint Macaron, Early Espresso

Paper: Mint Macaron, Early Espresso, watercolor

Accessories: Brusho Color Crystals, spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!