Background Techniques

Snow Front and Hand-made Masks for Easy Sponged Landscapes

Masking 2

 

Masking
My stamping ladies recently asked me to feature hand-made masks to be used for creating  landscapes at an upcoming class.

This is one of my favorite techniques as it gives you control over the landscape allowing for endless possibilities!

It's an easy technique using torn copy paper as the masks and sponges for adding color.

These are the two cards I created for the class.

Attendees chose a portrait or landscape orientation.

Similar landscapes with subtle differences!

I thought I'd share the written tutorial I created for the class with those adding their names to my mailing list throughout the month of May, 2021.

The tutorial includes step-by-step instructions with color photos and is in a pdf format.

If you'd like your own copy, please use the Sign-Up Form located in the upper-right-hand corner of this page.

The tutorial will be delivered right to your email inbox about an hour or so after you have added your name to my mailing list.

Please be aware, that the products I used for these cards ( Snow Front, Itty Bitty Greetings stamp sets, and Winter Woods Die) are retiring on May 3, 2021.

Of course, other stamp sets and accessories can be used in their place.

Thank you!

I hope to hear from you soon.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Pearlized Background with Dandelion Embossing Folder

Dandelion Wishes Pearlized Background SympathyCreate an easy pearlized, shimmery background using Frost White Shimmer Paint (retiring) and a Blending Brush.

This technique shimmers with any color of card stock, so the possibilities are endless!

See more pearlized backgrounds HERE on my Backgrounds Page.

Here's how:

  1. Pour a small amount of Frost White Shimmer Paint* on a palette.  I used a clear block as my palette.
  2.  Pick up the Shimmer Paint using a Blending Brush and swipe across Pretty Peacock* card front.  Set aside to dry completely.
  3.  Emboss card front using die-cut machine and Dandelions Embossing Folder.  Attach to Silver Foil* mat.  Attach to Pretty Peacock base.
  4.  Stamp greeting from Woven Heirlooms on scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Pretty Peacock ink.
  5. Cut out using die-cut machine and Layer Ovals die*.  Add Frost White Shimmer Paint using Blending Brush.  Sponge edges using Pretty Peacock ink.  Attach to card base to complete.  Be sure to clean the Blending Brush and clear block with water.

*Retiring Items available through May 3, 2021 or while supplies last.

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April Fresh Ideas-Faux Alligator Wallet Cards for Easy Gift-Giving

Spring and summer gift-giving is here!

Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, bridal and baby showers!

Learn how to create super easy gift card (or money) holders.

My Fresh Ideas Newsletter for April will feature 2 techniques for easy summer gift-giving:

Twist & Fold and Faux Alligator Wallet Card Techniques

(Click HERE  to view the Twist & Fold Gift Card Holder)

 

Geared Up Garage wallet outsideGeared Up Garage Faux Alligator Wallet Card Closed

Geared Up Garage wallet insideGeared Up Garage Faux Alligator Wallet Card Opened

Dino Days wallet cardDino Days Faux Alligator Card Closed

 

Dino Days wallet card openedDino Days Faux Alligator Card Opened

My April Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature this super easy Faux Alligator Wallet Card Pattern.

Lots of spaces to tuck gift cards, money, or greetings.
 
Perfect for masculine or kid gift-giving!

  And it easily fits inside an A2 envelope.

The possibilities are endless!

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on April 20, 2021.

Included in the Fresh Ideas Newsletter is a step-by-step written tutorial with color photos in a pdf format.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from April 20-May 17, 2021 to receive this tutorial.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

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.

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Beauty Abounds Bokeh Pearlized Background

Pearlized Background Dandelion Wishes and Beauty AboundsFor today's card, I am featuring the retiring stamp sets Dandelion Wishes and Beauty Abounds.

I combined them with the Pearlized Background Technique for a shimmery background.

Create an easy pearlized background using Frost White Shimmer Paint (retiring) and a Blending Brush.

This technique shimmers with any color of card stock, so the possibilities are endless!

For more Pearlized backgrounds, please visit my Backgrounds Page HERE

 

Here's how:

  1. Pour a small amount of Frost White Shimmer Paint* on a palette.  I used a clear block as my palette.
  2.  Pick up the Shimmer Paint using a Blending Brush and swipe across Purple Posy* card front.  Set aside to dry completely.
  3.  Stamp bokeh image from Beauty Abounds stamp set using Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness and Daffodil Delight inks.  Stamp speckles using Gorgeous Grape ink.
  4. Attach card front to Gorgeous Grape mat.  Attach to Daffodil Delight card base.
  5.  Stamp image from Dandelion Wishes * on scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Daffodil Delight ink.  Stamp speckles and greeting using Gorgeous Grape ink.
  6. Cut out using a 2 1/4" circle punch.  Mat to 2 1/2" Gorgeous Grape circle. 
  7. Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

*Retiring May 3, 2021 or while supplies last. 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Geared Up Garage Pearlized Background-Happy Father's Day

Garage Gears Tin Embossing Folder shimmery background

In the continuation of featuring retiring stamp sets and accessories, today's card uses Geared Up Garage and the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.

Geared Up Garage, and the coordinating Garage Gears Dies, have been my go-to stamp set for making those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards.

For this card, I paired it with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder and Pearlized Background Technique.

Create an easy pearlized, shimmery background using Frost White Shimmer Paint (retiring) and a Blending Brush.

This technique shimmers with any color of card stock, so the possibilities are endless!

Here's how:

  1. Pour a small amount of Frost White Shimmer Paint* on a palette.  I used a clear block as my palette.
  2.  Pick up the Shimmer Paint using a Blending Brush and swipe across Early Espresso card front.  Set aside to dry completely.
  3.  Emboss card front using die-cut machine and Tin Tile Embossing Folder.*  Attach to Early Espresso mat.  Attach to Basic White base.
  4.  Stamp greeting from Geared Up Garage* out  of Basic White card stock using Early Espresso ink.
  5. Cut out using die-cut machine and Garage Gears Die.*   Attach to card base to complete.  Be sure to clean the Blending Brush and clear block with water.

*Retiring Items available through May 3, 2021 or while supplies last.

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Dry Brush Background Paired with Sweet Strawberry

Sweet Strawberry

And, here's one more card I created using the very versatile Dry Brush background stamp.

For this card, I paired it with Sweet Strawberry and the Strawberry Punch.

Colors used were Blushing Bride, Soft Sea Foam, and Rococo Rose.

For tips on using this stamp, please visit my Dry Brush page HERE.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Dry Brush Paired with Nature's Beauty

Natures Beauty

Here's another card I created using the versatile background stamp, Dry Brush. 

For this card, I paired it with Nature's Beauty.

For tips on using this large background stamp, please visit my Dry Brush page HERE.

Colors used for the background are Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry.

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Dry Brush Background Paired with Mountain Air

Mountain Air

Do you have stamp sets in your collection that you haven't used?

This is my case with the background stamp Dry Brush.  I've had it in my stash for a few months, but never had even opened the case.

I decided that needed to change quick.  Why spend money on something if you're not going to use it?

I will admit that it took me several attempts to get a stamped image that I was happy with.

But, now that I've figured some things out, I absolutely love this background stamp. 

So versatile for adding interest to card creations.

Probably the most important advice I can give you when using this stamp is to set it up on your Stamparatus.  It is a big stamp, and getting a good inking can be tricky, especially if you have it on a block and only have 1 chance of getting a good stamped image.  By setting it on your Stamparatus, you can reink in between stamping, getting full coverage.

Also, if using the Stamparatus, start with a piece of card stock that is a little bit bigger than the stamp.  That way, you can place the magnets to hold it down out of the way of the stamping.  Otherwise, the stamp won't cover the card stock because of the bulk of the magnets.  You can then cut the stamped piece down to fit your project.

The Stamparatus is important too if you are mixing colors like I did with the card above.  Tap the ink pad from the first color in the areas you want and stamp.  Repeat if you want darker colors or need to fill in the image.  I  cleaned the stamp before adding the next color as I found that the inks were looking muddy.  If you want to mix/stamp the colors all at the same time, I suggest dabbing the areas where the colors meet with a paper towel.  This will help get rid of sharp edges left from the ink pads.

For the background above, I started by inking the top parts of the stamp with Pacific Point.

Then, I added Balmy Blue and finished with Rococo Rose. 

The stamp was cleaned in between colors.

I thought the background looked like a mountain sunset, so I added mountain ranges from Mountain Air stamped in Highland Heather, and Gorgeous Grape ink and cut out using the coordinating Majestic Air die.  The solid image was cut out of Rococo Rose card stock. 

The trees were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink and cut out using the coordinating die.  All the layers were popped up using Dimensionals in between them and then added to the Dry Brush background that I had cut down to a smaller size.

The greeting is from Flora and Flutter found in an older Paper Pumpkin set.  I use this greeting quite often as it is one of my favorites.

Stay tuned as I'll be sharing more cards using the Dry Brush stamp over the next few days.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Recycle and Reuse-Celebrate Sunflowers Baby Wipe Tie-Dye Background

Baby wipe

I often recycle paper towels or baby wipes in my crafting that I have used to clean stamps or blot watercolors.

(You can see more of my Recycle and Reuse Creations HERE.)

I had this colorful baby wipe in my stash, left over from a past watercolor project.

I decided to pair it up with the Sunflower Die to create a colorful, tie dye effect background.

Baby wipe background

Baby wipe background hello

This cards are so bright and cheery. 

They make me smile!

I simply attached the baby wipe to a card stock base so it would be sturdy enough to cut using my die-cut machine and Sunflower Die.

The detail overlay was cut out of Flower and Field Designer Series Paper.

This was a Sale-A-Bration choice, but any coordinating paper will work.

Glue was only applied to the center of the detail cut-out so the rest of the die pops up along the edges.

The center were also cut out of the baby wipe using the circle die in the Sunflower Die set.

The greetings are from Sweet Sunflower and Blossoms in Bloom and were stamped in Melon Mambo using the Stamparatus.

Cinnamon Cider In Color Enamel Dots were added to complete.

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Drapery Fold Card

Paper Towel

The Drapery Fold Technique was featured in my February Fresh Ideas Newsletter. 

I included 3 Drapery Fold Patterns in the newsletter.

There is a written tutorial in a pdf format, along with a video tutorials exclusive to my newsletter subscribers.

This card was made using Technique #3 which is a free-form folding technique using no pre-scored pattern.

For this card, I used a paper towel that I had used to blot watercolors, leaving a pretty mix of blues, pinks, and purples.

This technique is easy to do and provides interest to your card creations.

If you'd like to learn more, please add your name to my mailing list using the Sign Up box located in the upper right-hand side of this page. 

The Drapery Fold Tutorial will deliver to your e mail inbox.

Thank you!

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Water Color Wash Snow Front

Watercolor wash deer

I love the simplicity of this card.

I created a water color wash background by applying Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, and Petal Pink inks on a piece of watercolor paper using a water painter.  Once it completely dried, I stamped the tree and deer images from Snow Front using Memento Black ink and the Stamparatus.    The greeting is from Festive Post and was stamped using Misty Moonlight ink and the Stamparatus.

 

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Tie-Dye Christmas Ornaments

Tie Dye ornamentsBermuda Bay and Melon Mambo

Tie dye ornaments gorgeous grapeSeaside Spray and Gorgeous Grape

Tie dye ornaments bermuda bay melon mamboBermuda Bay and Melon Mambo

Because of the flurry of Christmas card making over the past several days, my crafting table is full of stuff; stamps, ink, ribbon, glimmer dots....

I'm sure you can relate!

One of the items I put to the side was the paper towel that I used to blot watercolors from a few of my projects.  The colors were so vibrant and pretty, and I knew I wanted to use the paper towel to create tie-dyed Christmas ornaments.

This is a simple project and it's a great way to recycle and reuse.

(you can see my other paper towel background pieces here)

        1. Smooth out the paper towel and separate the plys.  You will be able to make double the ornaments using both plys.
        2. Attach paper towel to card stock back ground using Stampin' Seal, Tombow Glue or the like.  By securing the paper towel to a card stock background, you will be able to easily punch out the ornaments or trim it down for other projects.
        3. Punch ornaments using Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack.
        4. Attach to Shimmery White card front using Dimensionals to pop them up.
        5.  Stamp greeting from Festive Post.  I used the Stamparatus.
        6. Attach to mat, then to card base.
        7. For these cards, I used retired baker's twine and enamel dots from my stash to complete.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Christmas Gleaming Ornaments and Shimmer Paint

I created a series of cards featuring Christmas Gleaming stamp set and Gleaming Ornaments Punches (both are retiring on January 4, 2021) using Frost White Shimmer Paint, combined with different inks.

The color combo possibilities are endless!

Frost White shimmer paint and merry merlot Shimmer Paint and Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow accents

Pretty peacock poppy parade shimmerShimmer Paint with Pretty Peacock and Melon Mambo, Pretty Peacock, Silver Foil accents

Bermuda Bay Rich RazzleberryShimmer Paint with Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry, Mossy Meadow, Silver Foil accents

Rich razzleberry bermuda bayShimmer Paint with Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple, Silver Foil accents

This technique is easy to do and provides a pretty shimmer to your creations.

Here's how:

  1. Shake the bottle of Frost White Shimmer Paint to mix, then tip the bottle over so some of the paint settles in the lid.  Remove the lid, and pick up some of the paint on a sponge dauber.  Dab the paint on the ornaments found in Christmas Gleaming and stamp on card front.  For these cards, I used Glossy White card stock from my stash, but Whisper White or Shimmer White card stock will work as well.  Allow a few seconds for the paint to dry.
  2. With a sponge brayer or sponge, add color to the ornaments.  Make it as dark as you want by adding more color.  Buff with a paper towel.  The shimmer design on the ornaments will stand out.
  3. Punch ornaments out using coordinating Gleaming Ornaments punches. 
  4. Stamp holly leaf image on card front.  Attach ornaments using Dimensionals to pop them up.
  5.  Stamp greeting from Christmas Gleaming or Festive Post.  I used the Stamparatus.
  6. Attach to card stock or silver foil mat.  Attach to card base.  Attach silver cording or ribbon to ornaments using Glue Dots to complete.

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Thank you Snow Much, Life is Beautiful Watercolor Wash Background

Watercolor wash background

Here's another card I created using the watercolor wash background technique paired with Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape inks and Life is Beautiful stamp set.

You can see some of my creations using this color combo Here.

Here's How:

1. Spritz watercolor card front with water.  Create palettes of color in the ink pads of Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray and Gorgeous Grape using reinkers.  Pick up the colors using a Water Painter and swipe onto the wet card front.  Add more color and or water as desired.  Set aside to dry completely.

2. Stamp tree and  snowflakes from Life is Beautiful using Night of Navy ink.  Stamp greeting from Snowflake Wishes using Night of Navy ink. I used my Stamparatus to get dark, stamped images. Pick up Night of Navy ink with water painter and color landscape below tree.

3. Apply a touch of shimmer using sponge and Frost White Shimmer Paint.

4. Attach to Night of Navy mat.  Attach to Gorgeous Grape card base.  Attach Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems to complete.

Happy Stampin'!

Mountain Air Paper Towel Background

Paper towel background tis the season

One of the things I like to do is recycle and reuse the paper towel I've used to blot the ink on my watercolor projects.

Recently, I made several watercolor wash backgrounds using Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape inks.

(Click HERE to see some of my creations)

The paper towel I used had a mix of these colors which I thought was really pretty.

So, I used it for the background of this card paired with Mountain Air stamp set and Majestic Mountain Dies.

Simple to do. 

Here's how:

1.  Smooth out the paper towel and set aside to dry completely.  Once dry, separate the plys.  You'll have 2 pieces that you can use for 2 different projects.

2. Attach the paper towel to a piece of scrap card stock using Tombow Glue or Stampin' Seal Adhesive.  By attaching it to a card stock background, you will be able to easily cut it down using a paper trimmer or scissors to fit your project.

3. Stamp mountain image from Mountain Air on watercolor paper using Misty Moonlight and Gorgeous Grape inks.  Cut out using the coordinating Majestic Mountain Die. 

4. Stamp trees on watercolor paper using Mossy Meadow ink.  Cut out using coordinating Majestic Mountain Die.

5. Layer images onto paper towel back ground using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

6. Attach to Night of Navy mat.  Attach to Whisper White card base.

7. Stamp greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus.

8. Stamp bird image using Night of Navy ink to complete.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Single Snowflake Wishes Watercolor Background

Single Snowflake

Here's another card I created using the Watercolor Wash Background Technique paired with the color combo of Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape. 

For me, these colors say "winter!"

For more ideas using this technique and color combination, click HERE.

This card was easy to make.

Here's  how:

  1. Create watercolor wash background by creating palettes of color by dropping color from reinkers onto the lids of Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape ink pads.
  2. Spritz watercolor paper card front with water.  Pick up colors one at a time from the ink lids using a water painter and swipe on the wet card front.  Add more color or water as desired.  When satisfied, set piece aside to dry completely.
  3. Stamp large snowflake from Snowflake Wishes on card front using Whisper White Craft Ink.  Sprinkle with white embossing powder and emboss using a heat tool.  Buff image with a paper towel.
  4.  Stamp greeting from Snowflake Wishes using Gorgeous Grape ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good, dark image.
  5. Attach to Night of Navy mat.  Attach to Gorgeous Grape card base.  Attach Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems to complete.
Happy Stampin'!

October Fresh Ideas-Faux Wood Burning Technique

Faux Burnt WoodLove of Leaves Faux Burnt Wood Technique

Faux burnt wood 1Mountain Air Faux Burnt Wood Technique

 

Pokerwood or Wood Burning is the art form of decorating wood by creating images or writing with controlled burn marks using a heated source such as a poker. 

The results are simple or intricate, but always stunning.

Create your own Burnt Wood look with this simple faux technique.

This is a great technique for those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards!

The possibilities are endless for all season and occasion crafting.

Want to learn more?

My October Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Faux Wood Burning Technique using the stamp sets Love of Leaves and Mountain Air.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on October 20, 2020.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from October 20 to November 17,2020 to receive this tutorial complete with photos and step-by-step instructions.

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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!

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bleach Technique-Snowflake Wishes

Bleach snowflakes

Here in the mountains of southern Colorado,  on Labor Day, we had temps in the 90's. 

The following day, our temps dived to a high of 30 degrees, and we received 14" of snow!

Today, the high is supposed to be back up in the 80's.

Crazy weather!

To celebrate our early season snow, I created this card using the Bleach Technique paired with the stamp set Snowflake Wishes on Blueberry Crisp card stock.

The Bleach Technique is fun because each item will turn out differently depending on which color of card stock you use and how the bleach reacts to it.

Here is a sampling of different colors of card stock.

Bleached snowflakes

Top L to R: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler

Bottom L to R: Gorgeous Grape, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Early Espresso

See how each one is different?

The technique is easy to do:

  1. When working with bleach, always cover your work surface and wear old clothing.  Remember, you are working with bleach, and accidents can happen!
  2. Make a palette. Fold a paper towel into fourths and place in a powder pal or similar. Pour a small amount of bleach onto the paper towel, letting it soak in.
  3. Ink up snowflakes from Snowflake Wishes and stamp on Blueberry Crisp card stock. Set aside and let the bleach do its thing. It will change the color of the paper, continuing to do so even up to an hour after stamping.

TIP:  To protect your stamp (especially the photopolymer), ink the stamp in Versamark first.  Always wash the bleach off immediately after use.

I hope you'll give this fun technique a try.  Let me know how your creations turn out!

Supplies Used:

Bleach Snowflake Wishes

Stamp Set: Snowflake Wishes

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Blueberry Crisp

Accessories: Bleach, powder pal, paper towel, Bermuda Bay ribbon, hexagon punch, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Country Home and Buffalo Check

Basic Gray Buffalo PlaidCountry Home with Basic Gray and Night of Navy Buffalo Check

Mint Macaron Buffalo PlaidCountry Home with Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate Buffalo Check

Here are two more cards I created using the stamp set Country Home.

(You can see more of my Country Home creations Here)

For these, I paired them with the background stamp, Buffalo Check.

To create the background, I used the Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.

Buffalo Check is a large background stamp, and getting a good inking the first time around can be a challenge.

It's easy though when using the Stamparatus.  Load it up on a plate, ink, stamp, and repeat as necessary.

Then, I added more lines by placing a ruler on the image and drawing lines using Stampin' Write Markers.

I used Night of Navy for the first card, and Smoky Slate for the second.

I cut a square out of the middle of each background using my Big Shot and the Layering Squares Dies.  I matted them with coordinating cardstock, then added them back into the background using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.

I colored the vase, milk jug and flowers from Country Home using a variety of Stampin' Blends and fussy cut them out using a pair of scissors.

They were added to the card front using Dimensionals to pop them up.

The greeting on the first card is from Blossoms in Bloom.

I added Metallic Pearls to complete.

 

Country Home

Country Home

 

Buffalo Check

Buffalo Check

 

Happy Stampin'!

July Fresh Ideas-Distressed Glue Technique

Mountain Air Distressed Glue

Add interesting backgrounds to your card creations using the Distressed Glue Technique.

Perfect for adding a beautiful sky background like I did with this card using the stamp set Mountain Air.

All you need is glue and a selection of inks.

The possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My July Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Distressed Glue Technique using the stamp set Mountain Air and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on July 21, 2020.

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Happy Stampin'!