Background Techniques

Neon Chalk Dandelion Wishes

Neon Chalk

Neon Chalk Technique

Here's a quick and easy idea to bring vivid colors to your card project!

All you need is a heat embossed image and Stampin' Blends!

Here's how:

  1. Swipe Basic Black card front using the Embossing Buddy. Stamp flowers from Dandelion Wishes using Versamark.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and white embossing powder.
  2. Color parts of the flowers using Stampin’ Blends.
  3. Swipe Basic Black scrap paper using the Embossing Buddy. Stamp greeting from Dandelion Wishes using Versamark. Heat emboss using a heat tool and white embossing powder.  If desired, color in the greeting using Stampin’ Blends.
  4. Punch greeting using 1 ¾” circle punch. Punch a mat out of Melon Mambo card stock using 2” circle punch. Layer the two circles.
  5. Attach card front to Melon Mambo mat. Attach to Whisper White card front. Attach greeting to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up to complete.

Stampin' Blends

Stampin Blends

 

Stamp Set: Dandelion Wishes

Ink: Versamark, various Stampin’ Blends

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing folder, 1 ¾ and 2” circle punches, Mini Dimensionals

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

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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'!

Easy Buffalo Check Thank You Cards

Buffalo Check Thank you

Buffalo Check Thank You 1

Buffalo Check has become one of my favorite of Stampin' Up!'s big background stamps.

The color possibilities are endless.

Switch up the colors, and you've got a great background for holiday or masculine-themed cards.

For these card, my color was Flirty Flamingo stamped on Whisper White card stock.  I drew the horizontal and vertical lines using a ruler and black Stampin' Write Marker. 

The lines just add a little extra pop.

I stamped the full image of the background stamp, then cut it down to create these two cards.

I would suggest using the Stamparatus for these big background stamps.

It is unlikely that you'll get a good stamped image the first time around.  The Stamparatus will allow you to add more layers of ink, getting a good stamped image this is perfectly lined up with each stamping.

 

Buffalo Check

Buffalo check

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Buffalo Check, Detailed with Love

Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Memento Black, black Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black,  Whisper White, vellum cardstock

Accessories: Stamparatus,  1 1/4", 1 3/8", and 1 3/4" circle punches, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Trio of Hearts

Paper towel hearts
Paper Towel Background Trio of Hearts

Here's another card created using a paper towel that I had used for cleaning stamps, ink pads, and fingers.

You can see my Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background card HERE

This paper towel had Real Red, Powder Pink, Pineapple Punch, and a little Pacific Point and black on it.

I selectively chose what parts of the towel I would use for my trio of hearts.

Wood words paper towel hearts

I applied glue from a glue stick to a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

I then placed the paper towel onto the card stock.

Then, it was easy to cut out the hearts using my Big Shot and Hearts Framelits Dies.

The Basic Gray background was embossed using the Big Shot and Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder.

The greeting is from Wood Words, stamped in Basic Gray on the Blushing Bride card base using the Stamparatus.

The hearts were popped up using Dimensionals.

Easy, easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wood Words

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Swirls and Curls embossing folder, Hearts Framelits Dies, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background

Paper towel background
Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background

One of the things I like to do in my crafting is to use the paper towels that I have used to wipe off stamps, ink pads, and fingers.

They often have a pretty mix of colors that are great to use as backgrounds.

This was the case with a paper towel I used while making the projects for my January newsletter. 

The color inspiration was Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, and Granny Apple Green which you can see in the paper towel, plus Pacific Point, and maybe a couple of other colors mixed in.

I usually don't clean my stamps using paper towels.

Instead, I use the purple Simply Shammy from Stampin' Up! to get most of the ink off the stamp. 

Because the stamp is wet from the shammy, I lightly dot it with a paper towel to dry it off so I can quickly move on.

I am using the Stamparatus  more and more in my stamping. 

I clean each stamp and put it away after each use, especially if I'm having to build the next image on the Stamparatus.

This is the case with Flowering Desert as each image is separate.

I also use the paper towel to wipe off any ink that is on the Stamparatus' plastic plate. 

Don't want any ink from the plate to transfer over to my project!

So in short, the paper towel is used often and is covered with ink when I'm done.

I saw a pretty sky background in the paper towel, perfect for creating a desert landscape.

Paper towels are usually 2-ply, so you'll need to separate them.  

And this way, you'll have another piece to use on another project.

You'll need to secure the paper towel to a piece of card stock so you can easily trim it to the size you need.

I used a glue stick to apply glue to a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, then applied the towel.

Then, I could trim it down to the size I needed and place it in the Stamparatus for stamping.  The Stamparatus was a life-saver especially with this background because of the texture in the paper towel.  It would be difficult to get a good, clear stamped image with one try.  It took 2, 3, sometimes 4 inkings and stampings to get the color I wanted.

I stamped the big saguaro on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Tranquil Tide ink (again, using the Stamparatus), then fussy cut it out using a pair of scissors.

Recycle and reuse!

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flowering Desert

Ink:  Granny Smith Green, Gorgeous Grape, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Whisper White,  Gorgeous Grape

Accessories: paper towel, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

January Fresh Card Making Idea-Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card

Flowering desert pop up card front 1
Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card front, closed



Flowering desert pop up inside
Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card inside, opened

Create fun pop up cards with this easy technique. 

Great for creating landscape scenes like this using the Flowering Desert stamp set.

The card folds flat for easy mailing.

Open it up, and you have a pretty desert scene to brighten someone's day.

The sunrise background is made using alcohol and reinkers.

Want to learn more?

My January Fresh Card Making  tutorial will feature this easy technique.

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

This was my sunrise inspiration. 

I did an internet search and found this perfect example of a saguaro silhoutte in the morning sky.

Flowering desert inspiration

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

 

Happy Stampin'!

Golden Afternoon Watercolor Background Sympathy Card

Sympathy
Golden Afternoon Watercolor Background Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card for a friend of mine who recently lost her brother.

This is one of the reasons I purchased Golden Afternoon, found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

I liked the images, plus the sympathy greeting because, you just never know.

To create this card, I made a watercolor background using Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Granny Smith Green ink colored onto a piece of watercolor paper using an aqua painter.

Once the paper dried, I stamped the images from Golden Afternoon using Memento Black ink. 

I used my Stamparatus for each of the images to get good inked images.

 

Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink:  Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Granny Smith Green, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter

 

Happy Stampin'!

Golden Afternoon Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

Acrylic block
Golden Afternoon Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

The Occasions Catalog is here, and one of my favorite stamp sets found in the new catalog is Golden Afternoon.

I'm always a sucker for a tree image, but what sold me on the set were the birds in flight.  They just make me smile.

And of course, the tree images are pretty cool too!

 Golden Afternoon is one of the new cling stamp sets offered by Stampin' Up!

Cling stamps, featuring red rubber with a strong, re-positional backing.

Easy to set up, use, and clean to get those perfect stamped images.

Learn more about cling stamps from Stampin' Up! in this video HERE

For this card, I created an easy acrylic block watercolor background.

  1. Tap Balmy Blue, Powder Pink and Granny Smith Green inks on a clear-mount block "E".  Tap Pacific Point ink along the top and edges.  Spritz with water so the ink begins to run and pool.  Place the block on a piece of watercolor paper.  Let it set for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the paper aside to allow the inks to dry.
  2.  Place the watercolor paper in the Stamparatus, securing with the magnet bar.  Position the tree image where you want it on the card front, close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.  Because of the texture of the paper, the Stamparatus works great for getting a good stamped image on watercolor paper.  I stamped the image 4 times.
  3.  Remove the tree stamp and place the bird image where you want it on the card front.    Close the hinged plate, pickup the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.
  4.  Remove the bird image and place the greeting where you want it on the card front. Close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.
  5. Attach to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Whisper White card base to complete.

Honestly, I do most of my stamping these days using the Stamparatus.

It has certainly become my number 1 go-to tool.

Stamparatus

Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink: Balmy Blue, Powder Pink, Granny Smith Green, Pacific Point, Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Clear-Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Polished Stone Golden Afternoon

Polished stone
Polished Stone Golden Afternoon

When I first started stamping 15 or so years ago, Tammy Fite, my Stampin' Up! Demo at the time (and later Upline), showed me the Polished Stone Technique.

With veins of metallic ink running through the colors, it does indeed look like a high-end marble.

To this day, it is still one of my top 5 favorite stamping techniques.

You need: glossy card stock,  ink refills, cotton ball, isopropyl alcohol and metallic ink (gold, silver, copper refill or shimmer paint).

Here's how:

  1. Place drops of ink refill onto a piece of glossy white card stock.  Place drops of metallic ink refill or shimmer paint on card stock.  For this card, I used  Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Smoky Slate ink refills.  My metallic was Bright Copper Shimmer Paint that was sold in the Holiday Catalog.
  2.  Wet a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol (don't make it too wet), and dab the alcohol onto the glossy card stock, mixing and moving the drops of ink.  The metallic ink will start to vein.  The shimmer paint will add shimmer highlights.  Add more ink or alcohol if desired. Set the piece aside to dry completely. 
  3. Place card front in the Stamparatus, securing it with a magnet.  Position small tree image from Golden Afternoon on card front, and close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.  Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image. 
  4. Remove tree image and place bird image on card front.  Close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.   Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.
  5. Remove the bird image and place greeting on card front.  Close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.  Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.
  6. Attach card front to copper foil mat.  Attach to Basic Black card base to complete.

Golden Afternoon is one of the new cling stamps from Stampin' Up!

Cling stamps, featuring red rubber with a strong, re-positional backing.

Easy to set up, use, and clean to get those perfect stamped images.

You can learn more about the new cling stamps in this video HERE

Golden Afternoon cling stamp set, found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!

 

Golden Afternoon

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Smoky Slate ink refills, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, copper foil, glossy white

Accessories: isopropyl alcohol, cotton ball, Bright Copper Shimmer Paint, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Norhern Lights Dashing Deer

Northern Lights Dashing Deer
Northern Lights Dashing Deer
 

Happy Day after Christmas!

Here's a Dashing Deer in a Northern Lights background.

 

Supplies used:

Stamp Set: Waterfront, Flora and Flutter

Ink: Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Call me Clover, Highland Heather, Night of Navy, Basic Black, white craft

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Deer Framelits Dies, aqua painter, Wink of Stella, mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

A Wintery Day In the Woods

 

A Wintery Day In the Woods
                                         A Wintery Day In the Woods

This card was inspired by the view out my front window on a recent wintery day here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

It features the clear block watercolor background technique and Winter Woods stamp set and In the Woods Framelits Dies.

Here's how to make the card:

1.  Create a mask for the moon by punching a circle out of a post-it-note and a 1 1/4" circle punch.  Place the punched circle onto a square piece of Shimmery White card stock.  Create the background by tapping Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Gray Granite ink onto an "E" clear block.  Spritz the block with water so the ink pools and runs, then stamp onto the Shimmery White card stock and over the circle mask.  Let it set for a few seconds, then lift.   Remove the mask and set the piece aside to allow to dry.  I re-positioned the mask over the moon, and lightly sponged on more Gray Granite ink along the edge.

2. Stamp tree from Winter Woods onto a piece of vellum card stock using Shaded Spruce ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  Cut tree out using the Big Shot and coordinating In the Woods Framelits die.

3. Cut a square opening out of Shimmery White card front using the Big Shot and Layering Squares Framelits die.  Stamp greeting from Dashing Deer onto card front using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good inked image.

4. Cut a frame out of Night of Navy card stock by nesting two of the squares framelits, one inside the other.  Cut using the Big Shot.

5.  Attach the background to Balmy Blue card base.  Attach vellum tree.  Attach card front over the background piece and tree using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

6. Attach Night of Navy frame over opening.  Bring the top of the tree outside of the frame to complete.

Winter Woods Bundle

Purchase before January 2 and save 10%.

These products will still be available after January 2, but will be sold separately at full price.

Winter Woods

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Dashing Deer

Ink: Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Gray Granite, Shaded Spruce

Paper: Balmy Blue, Shimmery White, Night of Navy, Vellum card stock

Accessories: post-it-note, 1 1/4" circle punch,  clear block "E",  spritzer bottle with water, heat tool, clear embossing powder ,Big Shot, In the Woods and Layering Squares Framelits Dies, sponge, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Lovely as a Tree Fall Sponged Sunrise

Sponged lovely as a tree

Here's one more fall-themed project using the perennial favorite stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.

This is a clean and simple, 5-minute card creation!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp trees from Lovely as a Tree  and greeting using Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Heat emboss with a heat tool and clear embossing powder.
  2.  Lightly sponge the sunrise using Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Cajun Craze ink
  3. Attach to Early Espresso mat.  Attach to Very Vanilla card base using Dimensionals to pop it up.

That's it, done!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Floral  & Fauna ( December 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso

Accessories: heat tool, clear embossing powder, sponge, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Brusho Crystals Dandelion Wishes

Brusho Dandelion Wishes
Brusho Crystals Dandelion Wishes

I'm loving the stamp set, Dandelion Wishes.

(You can see some of my other Dandelion Wishes creations HERE.)

For this card, I combined the stamp set with Brusho Crystals for a vibrant background.

Super easy to create.

Here's how:

  1. Spritz card front with water and sprinkle Brusho Crystals on the water.  Let it pool and run as it desires, then set aside to dry completely.  For this card, I used Shimmery White card stock and Brilliant Red and Gamboge crystals.
  2.  Once the card stock is dry, stamp the dandelion images using Memento Black ink.
  3. Stamp greeting from Painted Glass.
  4. Attach to Basic Black card base.
  5. Color pearls using a red Sharpie pen and apply to complete.

Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion Wishes

Brusho Crystals

Brusho crystals

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dandelion Wishes, Painted Glass

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Shimmery White

Accessories: spritzer bottle with water, Brusho Crystals, pearls, Sharpie pen

Happy Stampin'!

Country Road Clear Block Stamping

Pink clear block stamping
Sunrise Country Road
Blue clear block stamping
Blue Sky Country Road

I combined Country Road, my new favorite stamp set with clear block  stamping, one of my favorite techniques!

These cards were quick and simple, taking less than 5 minutes to create.

Here's how:

  1. Dab ink pads onto a clear block, then spritz with water until the ink begins to pool and run.  Stamp on card stock and let sit for a few seconds.  Remove the block, and you'll have a mix of colors, creating a pretty background.  For the first card, I dabbed Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, and Mango Melody ink onto an "E" clear block, then stamped onto Shimmery White card stock.  Watercolor paper would work also. Colors used for the second card were Pool Party and Pacific Point.
  2.  Once the ink had dried, I masked the bottom of the square with a strip of copy paper, then stamped the "weed" image from Country Road using Mossy Meadow ink.   The greeting from Country Road was also stamped in Mossy Meadow.
  3.  I attached the card fronts to the Mossy Meadow and Pacific Point card bases using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

Done, that's it!

Be sure to check out my other Country Road projects HERE

 

Country Road

Country Road

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Country Road

Ink: Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Pacific Point, Shimmery White

Accessories: Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Mini Dimensionals

 

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Happy Stampin'!

Flowers! Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper Stencil

Flower sheet stencil
Grid Sheet Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

One more idea using the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper as a stencil!

For this card, I trimmed the flower and circle design from the laser-cut paper and attached it to a scrap piece of grid sheet paper using washi tape.

I first stamped the greeting from Detailed with Love using Memento Black ink.

Using sponge daubers, I added Rich Razzleberry, Minto Macaron, and Mango Melody inks.

I attached the card front to Basic Black card base and added Faceted Dots to complete.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Mango Melody, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, scrap piece of grid sheet paper, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

Accessories: sponge daubers, Faceted Dots, washi tape

Happy Stampin'!

Stencils! Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper

Here are two more cards that I created using pieces of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper as stencils.

 

Dragonfly
Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper Trellis Stencil

 

For this card, I trimmed the trellis design from the 12"x12  sheet of Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper and secured it to a piece of Shimmery White card stock using washi tape from my stash.

With 2 foam brayers, I added Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Old Olive inks overs the stencil.

Once the stencil is removed, I was left with a pretty, shimmery trellis background.

I cut the solid dragonfly using the Big Shot and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die out of one of the small cards in the Delightfully Detailed Memories and More Card Pack.

I then cut the detailed dragonfly out of another design found in the Memories and More Card Pack.

The solid dragonfly was attached to the card front using SNAIL Adhesive, and the detailed dragonfly was attached with a Mini Glue Dot to pop it up.

The greeting is a sticker from the Memories and More Card Pack.

 

Dragonfly up close

 

Supplies Used:

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, and Old Olive

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White, Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes

Accessories: sponge brayer, washi tape, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Leaf stencil
Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper Leaf Stencil

For this card, I trimmed the leaf design from the laser-cut paper and secured it to a piece of Whisper White card stock using washi tape.

Using sponge daubers, I added Granny Apple Green and Old Olive ink.

I punched 2 daisies out of a piece from the Memories and More Card Pack, and offset one on top of the other using a Mini Dimensional in between.

I dyed a piece of 5/8" Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon using a spritzer bottle  filled with water mixed with a few drops of Rich Razzleberry ink refill.

Once the ribbon was dry, I attached it to the stencil card front, then layered it to a Rich Razzleberry mat.

I added the daisy using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

I cut the center of the flower out of Rich Razzleberry card stock using a 3/4" circle punch.  I glued it to the center of the daisy, then added a Faceted Dot to complete.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Granny Apple  Green (new), Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry ink refill

Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Delightfully Detailed Memories and More Card Pack

Accessories: sponge daubers, Daisy and 3/4" circle punches, 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, spritzer bottle with water,  washi tape, Faceted Dots, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper as Stencils

Flower stencil
Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper Stencil

 Have you checked out the beautiful Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper found in the new Stampin' Up! catalog?

There are 2 designs, 4- 12"x12" sheets each.

One of the sheets has several laser-cut designs which can be cut down and used individually for projects.

When I saw the designs, I immediately thought of stencils!

So, I cut one of the sheets down to use as stencils to create some easy and bright thank you cards.

I will save the stencils to use later.

  That still leaves me with 3 sheets of this paper to cut down and use for other projects.

For the card above, I used the piece with individual flowers.

I taped the stencil to a piece of Shimmery White card stock using washi tape from my stash.

Then, I used sponge daubers to add colors from the Brights Collection:

Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, and Mango Melody (all new!), Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight.

 

Flower stencil closeup

When all the colors had been added, I carefully removed the washi tape and removed the stencil.  Then, I cut the piece down to use as my card front.

The greeting is from the Detailed with Love stamp set stamped on a scrap piece of Shimmery White card stock using Granny Apple Green ink.

I punched it out using 1 3/8" circle punch and sponged on Mango Melody ink along the edges.  I matted it onto a piece of Melon Mambo card stock punched out using a 1 3/4" circle punch.

The card front was attached to a Melon Mambo mat, then attached to Granny Apple Green card base.

Easy, easy!

Please check back over the next few days for more ideas using the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut paper as stencils.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight

Paper: Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Shimmer White, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

Accessories: sponge daubers, 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches washi tape

 

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Marbled Masculine Birthday Card

Marbled Background Happy Birthday
Marbled Happy Birthday

Here's a quick and easy masculine happy birthday card using the Marbled background stamp and Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.

So easy to create in 5 minutes!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp Marbled background stamp onto Whisper White card front using Smoky Slate ink.
  2. Cut "Happy Birthday" using the Big Shot and the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die out of Basic Black card stock.
  3.  Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4.  Attach card front to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Smoky Slate card base.
  5.  Color rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen.  Attach to card front to complete.

Marbled Background stamp

Marbled background stamp

Happy Birthday Thinlits Die

Happy birthday thinlits die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Marbled Background

Ink: Smoky Slate

Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Thank You Thinlits Die, Mini Dimensionals, rhinestones, Sharpie pen

 

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Fresh Card Making Idea-Burned Batik and Batik Techniques

Layered Leaves Burned Batik
Burned Batik Technique

 

Batik dragonfly
Batik Technique



Batik  is a wax resist method of dying fabrics originating in Indonesia.

In stamping,  the batik look can be achieved by using the emboss resist technique called Burned Batik.

It can also be achieved by applying color direct to paper and adding highlighting with white ink.

Both techniques add vibrant colors to any stamping project.

My May Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Burned Batik and Batik Techniques.

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