Big Shot Projects

Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

Mason jar ornaments 1

Every month, a group of ladies from Wetmore and surrounding areas get together at local restaurants for lunch.

In December, my neighbor Carol and I are the co-hosts.

We got together one afternoon to create these mason jar lid ornaments to give out as favors.

We used a collection of designer papers, ribbons and embellishments, plus the Big Shot and  Snow Globe Scene Dies to create different scenes.

The circles were punched using my 2 1/2" circle punch.  We used Tombow Multi-purpose Glue as our glue along the inside edges of the rings.

And the best part is I let the double-sided designer series paper do the work for the back side of the ornamenst!

Here's the front of one of the ornaments:

Deer mason jar ornament front

And here's the back side of that ornament:

Deer mason jar ornament 1 back

Easy, Easy!

We know our guests will have fun picking out the one they want!

Mason jar bearsSnow Globe Scenes Bears

Mason jar snowflakeFeels Like Frost Snowflake

Mason jar purpleFeels Like Frost in Purple

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Feels Like Frost and Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White, Basic Black, Shaded Spruce, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer

Accessories: mason jar lids in assorted colors, 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Dies, assorted ribbons and embellishments from my stash, Stampin' Blends to color rhinestones and pearls, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimesionals

Happy Stampin'!

Merry Christmas Mercury Glass Acetate Background

Acetate

Have you seen the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?

I overlooked it a few times as it really isn't prominent in the samples.

But, it is really cool stuff!

I provides easy backgrounds that add that WOW factor!

So, what is it?

According to Wikipedia, "Mercury glass (or silvered glass) is glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware."

Stampin' Up! Mercury Glass Designer Acetate features a faux mercury glass look on translucent paper.

To get different effects, place it over different colored card stock. 

For this card, I placed it over Basic Black card stock.

You can also color the back of the paper using Blends.  The color will show through the clear parts of the acetate. 

The possibilities are endless!

Just a note, there is a clear film covering the back side of the acetate that should be removed in order to get the full effect.

It is a little hard to get started.  I slightly bent one of the corners of the acetate, then used my Take Your Pick Tool to work the film free. 

Then, you can peel it away. 

I  peeled just enough away to cut my 3" x 3" piece needed for this card.  Then, I moved the film back over the rest of the sheet until I need it for another project.

The Designer Acetate comes in a pack of 4- 12" x 12" sheets, 2 each of 2 designs.

Fun!

Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Mercury glass designer acetate

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Gleaming Ornaments

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Snow Globe Mercury Acetate and Blends Background

Mercury Acetate Bears

Have you seen the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?

I overlooked it a few times as it really isn't prominent in the samples.

But, it is really cool stuff!

I provides easy backgrounds that add that WOW factor!

So, what is it?

According to Wikipedia, "Mercury glass (or silvered glass) is glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed.  Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware."

Stampin' Up! Mercury Glass Designer Acetate features a faux mercury glass look on translucent paper.

To get different effects, place it over different colored card stock. 

Or, you can also color the back of the paper using Blends like I did for this card. 

The color will show through the clear parts of the acetate. 

Since Blends are alcohol based, the ink will dry fairly quickly.

The possibilities are endless!

Just a note, there is a clear film covering the back side of the acetate that should be removed in order to get the full effect.

It is a little hard to get started.  I slightly bent one of the corners of the acetate, then used my Take Your Pick Tool to work the film free. 

Then, you can peel it away. 

I  peeled just enough away to cut my 4" x 3 1/4" piece needed for this card.  Then, I moved the film back over the rest of the sheet until I need it for another project.

The Designer Acetate comes in a pack of 4- 12" x 12" sheets, 2 each of 2 designs.

Fun!

Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Mercury glass designer acetate

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Cajun Craze

Stampin' Blends: Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Calypso Coral, Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background-Winter Woods

Paper towel background winter woods

Recycle and reuse!

I always try to use the paper towels in my crafting that I've used to blot the color from Pigment Sprinkles, watercolor, or after cleaning stamps.

That was the case with this card.

I incorporated the paper towel I used to blot the Pigment Sprinkles from this Winter Woods card HERE.

I separated the plys, using 1 and saving the other for another creation.

I glued it to a piece of Whisper White card stock, then cut it down to the size I needed.

The trees were cut out of Early Espresso card stock using my Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

I added the Early Espresso landscape, also cut out using the In the Woods Die.

The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus.

In the Woods Dies

In the Woods Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, paper towel, Big Shot, In the Woods Die, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Winter Woods

Emboss resist winter woods

 

Embos resist pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods is one of my favorite stamp sets. 

This grove of trees is perfect for my setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.

For these cards I used the Emboss Resist Technique.

Stamp the image in Early Espresso and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

Then, add color to the background.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

For the first card, I sponged on Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral inks on Shimmery White card stock.

For the second card, I added Mango Melody Pigment Sprinkles.

I added Copper Foil landscape cut using the Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

The greeting comes Itty Bitty Greetings and was heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

Winter Woods

Winter Woods

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

 

 

Paper Card 1: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Paper Card 2: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, In the Woods Die, sponge, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Christmas Pocketful of Happiness

Paper towel background christmas

I always try to recycle and reuse my crafting tools.

This includes the paper towels that I use to wipe off stamps, the Stamparatus plates, or to dab my watercolor projects.

This was the case with this piece of paper towel. 

I can't remember what project I was using it for, but it obviously had shades of green.  I usually save the paper towels, and have a big stack of them to use in future projects.

I decided to use it to make a Christmas pocket full of snowflakes using the Pocketful of Happiness stamp set and coordinating Pocket Die.

(To see more of my recycle and reuse projects, please visit my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE.)

Here's how:

  1. If the paper towel you are going to use has plys, separate them so you are only using 1 ply.  Save the remaining plys for other projects.  You'll need to place the paper towel on a sturdy background so you will be able to cut it down to the size you want, plus cut it with the die and die-cut machine.  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock and a piece of Adhesive Sheet.  If you don't have Adhesive Sheets, you could use a glue stick or xyron machine.  You just need the card stock base to have some sticky so the paper towel will adhere to it.
  2. Stamp the image from Pocketful of Happiness using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.  The paper towel has texture, so you'll probably need to stamp it a couple times to get a complete image.
  3.  Cut the pocket out using the Pocket Die and die-cut machine.
  4. Fold the tabs along the score lines and apply Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape and place on Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series paper card front.  Attach to Gold Foil mat.  Attach to Night of Navy card base.
  5.  Cut snowflakes out of Gold Foil paper using a die-cut machine and Frosted Frames Die.  Slip snowflakes behind the  pocket, using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.
  6. Stamp greeting from Christmas Deer on scrap piece of Gold Foil paper using Night of Navy ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  Attach to card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.  Add Metallic Pearls to complete.

Pocketful of Happiness

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Pocket Dies

Pocket dies

Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper


Wrapped in plaid

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Pocketful of Happiness, Christmas Deer

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper, Gold Foil

Accessories: paper towel,  Adhesive Sheet, Stamparatus,  Big Shot, Pocket and Frosted Frames Dies, Tear and Tape Adhesive,  Mini Dimensionals, Metallic Pearls

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Pocketful of Happiness

Paper towel background

I always try to recycle and reuse my crafting tools.

This includes the paper towels that I use to wipe off stamps, the Stamparatus plates, or to dab my watercolor projects.

This was the case with a piece of paper towel I had used to dab Pigment Sprinkles. 

I was using the Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody Sprinkles, so I was left with a pretty and bright paper towel with a tie-dye effect.

I decided to use it to make a bright and cheery pocket of flowers using the Pocketful of Happiness stamp set and coordinating Pocket Die.

Here's how:

  1. If the paper towel you are going to use has plys, separate them so you are only using 1 ply.  Save the remaining plys for other projects.  You'll need to place the paper towel on a sturdy background so you will be able to cut it down to the size you want, plus cut it with the die and die-cut machine.  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock and a piece of Adhesive Sheet.  If you don't have Adhesive Sheets, you could use a glue stick or xyron machine.  You just need the card stock base to have some sticky so the paper towel will adhere to it.
  2. Stamp the image from Pocketful of Happiness using Early Espresso ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.  The paper towel has texture, so you'll probably need to stamp it a couple times to get a complete image.
  3.  Cut the pocket out using the Pocket Die and die-cut machine.
  4. Fold the tabs along the score lines and apply Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape and place on Soft Suede card base.
  5.  Stamp flowers on So Saffron card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Color flowers and leaves using Stampin' Blends or Stampin' Write Markers.  Fussy cut using a pair of scissors.  Slip flowers behind pocket, using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.
  6. Stamp greeting on So Saffron card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Punch out using a 1 3/8" circle punch.  Attach to front of pocket to complete.

Pocketful of Happiness

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Pocket Dies

Pocket dies

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Pocketful of Happiness

Ink: Early Espresso, assorted Stampin' Blends and Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Pigment Sprinkles for the paper towel background, Adhesive Sheet, Stamparatus,  Big Shot, Pocket Die, Tear and Tape Adhesive, 1 3/8" circle punch, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Winter Woods Shaker Card-My First Christmas Card of the Season

Shaker cardWinter Woods Shaker Card

It's time to get started on your holiday cards!

It's time for me to get started on MY holiday cards as well.

This shaker card is the first one for me for the season.

It was fairly quick and easy to put together.

I used the new Heirloom Frames Die and Heirloom Frames Embossing Folder to create the frame for the shaker part.

The tree was cut out of Silver Glimmer using the Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

To make the frame shimmer to match the tree, I used a sponge dauber to add Frost White Shimmer Paint.

Here's how:

  1. Cut frame out of Seaside Spray card stock using the Big Shot and Heirloom Frames Die.
  2. Emboss Frame using Heirloom Frames embossing folder and the 3D Embossing Folder Plate as part of the sandwich.
  3. Place frame over Shimmery White card front. With a pencil, lightly mark the inside 4 corners of the frame so you know where to stamp your greeting.  Remember to leave room for the tree. Stamp greeting from Winter Woods using Pretty Peacock ink.  Use the Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.
  4. Attach window sheet to back of cut and embossed Seaside Spray frame. Attach Foam Adhesive Strips along the 4 edges, close to the opening.
  5. Lay stamped card front on your work surface. Place sequins in the center.
  6. Peel the backing off the Foam Adhesive Strips and carefully place the frame over the card front.
  7. Attach to Seaside Spray card base.
  8. Apply a coating of Frost White Shimmer Paint over the frame using a Sponge Dauber.
  9. Cut tree out of Silver Glimmer paper using the Big Shot and In the Woods Die. Pop out the boughs of the tree using your fingers or a paper piercing tool.  Attach to the front of the card using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

Heirloom Frames Dies and 3D Embossing Folders

Heirloom frames die and embossing folder

Winter Woods and In the Woods Dies

Winter Woods

 

Stamp Set: Winter Woods

Ink: Pretty Peacock

Paper: Seaside Spray, Shimmery White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Heirloom Frames Die and Embossing Folder, In the Woods Die, 3D Embossing Folder Plate, window sheet, Foam Adhesive Strips, sequins, Frost White Shimmer paint, Sponge Dauber, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Crystal Effects Stained Glass

Crystal Effects Stained Glass

Crystal Effects has made a return in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!

Crystal Effects is a water based glossy lacquer that works as a liquid embellishment. 
 
Stampin' Up! retired it a couple of years ago, but has brought back an updated version that has white and silver flecks for an added touch of sparkle!
 
So fun, and the possibilities are endless.
 
For this card, I used the new Shimmery Crystal Effects paired with the die cut found in the Stain Glass Dies for a sparkly, yet elegant sympathy card.
 
The background paper Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.
 
Crystal Effects Stained Glass cropped
Here's How:
1. Cut the half round stained glass out of Champagne Foil paper using the Big Shot and Stain Glass Die.  This is a delicate die, so if possible, cut it out using an adhesive backing on the foil paper.  That way, all you have to do is peel off the backing on the adhesive and apply to the card front without glue.  I used the retired Adhesive Sheets from Stampin' Up!
2.  Attach die-cut to Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper panel.  Carefully add Shimmery Crystal Effects in between the panes of the stained glass.  Sprinkle some Shimmer White Embossing Powder over the wet Crystal Effects for added sparkle.  Set aside to dry completely.
3. Stamp greeting from Painted Glass on Smoky Slate card base using Basic Gray ink.  I used the Stamparatus.
4. Attach the stain glass pane to the card basel.  Attach a piece of ribbon above the stain glass.  I used some silver sparkle ribbon from my stash. 
5. Apply Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to complete.
 
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Painted Glass
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Smoky Slate, Champagne Foil, Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Stain Glass Die, Adhesive Sheet, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Shimmer White Embossing Powder, ribbon from my stash, Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, Stamparatus
 
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Shimmery Crystal Effects
Stained Glass Dies
 
 
Happy Stampin'!

Torn Paper Seascape

Subtle torn sea

This is one of my favorite cards, and it was so easy to create.

The landscape possibilities are endless!

The hardest part of this card is tearing the paper.

I know this is hard for many of us.  I tell my Ladies to just breath and tear!

After the piece was put together, I embossed everything using Subtle, my new favorite embossing folder.

It just adds the right amount of texture to finish the card.

Here's how:

  1. Cut rectangle frame out of Whisper White card stock using the Big Shot and 2 nested Stitched Rectangle dies.
  2. Create seascape out of torn pieces of Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Seaside Spray, Pool Party, Whisper White, and Purple Posy card stock. Cut strips measuring approx. 2 3/8” x 1 ¼”.  Tear one long edge of each of the strips.
  3. Build the seascape on a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 3 5/8” x 2 3/8”. Layer from the bottom up by positioning the Night of Navy strip first.   Apply SNAIL Adhesive to the bottom of the strip only.  Next, apply SNAIL Adhesive to the bottom of the strip of the Pacific Point.  Slip it behind the Night of Navy.  Keep building the layers by adding SNAIL to the bottoms of the strips of Seaside Spray, Whisper White. You will end with the Purple Posy mountains.
  4. To create a mask, punch a hole in a post-it-note using 1 ¼” circle punch. Slip the circle stencil behind the Purple Posy mountains and sponge on Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral inks creating the sunset.
  5. Place the punched post-it-note circle over the sun. Sponge Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, and Pacific Point inks to create the sky.
  6. Emboss the finished seascape using the Big Shot and Subtle embossing folder. Emboss the fame using the Big Shot and Subtle embossing folder.  Emboss the Whisper White card base using the Big Shot and Subtle embossing folder.
  7. Stamp the greeting in Night of Navy ink using the Stamparatus for placement.
  8. Attach the seascape onto the card base. Add the frame using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up to complete.

Subtle Embossing Folder

Subtle embossing folder

 

 

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Seaside Spray, Pool Party, Purple Posy

Accessories: Big Shot, Subtle Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies, post-it-note, 1 ¼” circle punch, sponges, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Perennial Essence Friend Like You Thinking of You

Perennial EssencePerennial Essence Friend Like You Thinking of You

A quick and easy card using one of the pretty designs found in the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper and the flower die-cut from Friendly Silhouettes.

The flowers were cut out of Granny Apple Green card stock.  The greeting is from Butterfly Galore and was stamped using the Stamparatus in Blackberry Bliss ink.

The dragonflies were cut from another piece of the Perennial Essence paper.

Friend Like You

Friend Like You Bundle

Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper

Perennial essence dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Galore

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Purple Posy, Granny Apple Green, Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Friendly Silhouettes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

See a Silhouette Garden Party Sign

Garden party 2

Garden party

We have a platform with steps going down towards the creek that runs through our property.  It was here when we moved in 9 years ago.  It's kind of odd, and the placement on the property is a little strange, but we've grown to like it.  We don't use the steps, so every summer, I plant flowers in pots and place them on the steps.  Mixed in is my collection of quirky metal yard art animals. 

This year, I thought to myself, "this looks like the critters have gathered for a garden party."

So, I thought I needed to create a little garden party sign.

I spray painted a piece of scrap wood.  Then, I cut out the letters and butterflies out of See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper using my Big Shot, Large Letters and Butterfly Dies.

I glued them to the wood using Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, then sprayed a sealant over the whole thing.

My husband attached the sign to the bottom step using screws.

Easy and fun!

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

July Fresh Card Making Ideas-Rolling Cards

Rolling Cards!

Rolling cardAnimal Outing Rolling Card

Rolling cardStained Glass Rolling Card

Super easy and the possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My July Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Rolling Card Technique.

The tutorial will feature two designs.

One made using the  Animal Outing stamp set.  We are expecting our second grand baby the end of August, so I created this card to welcome him into the world!

The  second card was made using the stamp set Painted Glass and Stampin' Blends.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on July 23, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on July 23 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'!

Metallic Gears Floating Frame Card

Metallic gearsMetallic Gears Floating Frame Card

I seem to be on a masculine-theme card kick.

Masculine cards always seem to be a little tricky in the designing.

This idea came to me after creating my Steam Punk Gears card HERE

The embossing technique is pretty much the same, although this card ended up being a Floating Frame card.

You know, the Floating Frame technique, which is all the rage?

Usually, you end up with two cards with the technique, but I actually didn't like how the first of the two turned out.  I learned from that card that you need a lot of pieces (whether it be gears, flowers, butterflies etc) to fill in the frame or it looks empty.  That was the case with the first card which I just tossed.

But, I did really like this second piece.

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Here's how I created the metallic gears.

  1. Place the Garage Gears Dies on a piece of Champagne Foil paper and cut out using the Big Shot.  Again, for the Floating Frame technique, cut out more gears than you think you'll need.  You'll probably use all of them to fill in spaces.
  2. Sponge Cherry Cobbler ink over the die cuts.  Cover with clear embossing powder and heat emboss using a heat tool.
  3. Dip the edges of the pieces in Versamark and heat emboss using black and copper embossing powders.  Switch powders in different areas so you have a mix of the two colors.

That's it!

You'll have some interesting pieces with a burnished metal look for your masculine-theme projects.

I added the gears frame to a piece of Silver Foil paper which I had stamped and embossed the greeting using black embossing powder.  I added enamel dots to the centers of the gears as well as next to the greeting.

Garage Gears Dies

(coordinates with Geared Up Garage stamp set)

Gears

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Basic Black, Champagne and Silver Foil Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Garage Gears Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, clear, black, and copper embossing powders, Adhesive Strips for the Floating Frame, enamel dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Waterfront Happy Father's Day

Father's DayWaterfront Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Waterfront, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Pacific Point, Pool Party

Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, 2" circle punch, sponge, button, Linen Thread, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Joe IPA

Joe IPAJoe IPA Masculine Card

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans.  My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

This was certainly the case with Joe IPA brewed by 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, OR.

I saw this guy sitting on the steps of his camper, and immediately saw the resemblance to my stepson Josh.

This was the card I created for his recent birthday.

I embossed silver foil paper using the Big Shot and Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder.

I couldn't get the matted aluminum can piece to stay glued to the embossed silver foil paper (I tried Dimensionals and Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.  The piece kept slipping off), so I got out my Crop-a-dile (remember the Crop-a-dile from years back?), and punched holes in the four corners and through the embossed background.   I attached everything together using silver brads.  Then, it held like a charm!

Here's what the beer can looked like before I cut it up.

Love the logo, "Drink Beer Outside."

Joe-IPA-12oz-Can-2

Hope you'll give this a try. 

If you do, you'll never look at aluminum cans the same again!

Supplies Used:

Paper: Basic Black, Silver Foil

Accessories: Joe IPA aluminum can, tin snips, crafting scissors, Big Shot, Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder, Crop-a-dile , silver brads

Happy Stampin'!

Steam Punk Gears

Steam punck embossed

Steam Punk is an art form featuring images of industrialized steam powered machinery. Victorian Steam Punk features gears and cogs.  American West Steam Punk features trains.  The fictional inventions of Jules Verne conjure up images of Steam Punk. Western Steam Punk can be seen in the movie, “Wild, Wild West” with Will Smith and Kevin Kline.  The Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. also features Steam Punk contraptions. 

Using the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies is an easy way to create a steam punk- themed card. 

This is also great for a masculine-themed card!

Here's how:

1. Emboss 3” x 4” copper foil using the Big Shot, Big Shot Embossing Mats, and Garage Gears Thinlits Die.

Here is a photo of how I placed the gears on the copper foil:

Gears layout

The sandwich for embossing using the embossing mats is: Platform on Tab 1, clear cutting plate, blue embossing mat, card stock, thinlit face down, white embossing plate.  You can also place a card stock shim underneath the clear cutting plate to help with the embossing.   Run through a couple of times to get a good embossed image.

2. Sponge Merry Merlot ink on the embossed image.  Heat emboss using the heat tool and clear embossing powder.

3. Cut the copper foil into 1” strips.  Stamp the dots from Waterfront on the embossed image.  Heat emboss using the heat tool and black embossing powder.

4. Dab the edges of the strips in the Versamark.  Heat emboss parts using copper embossing powder. Heat other parts using black embossing powder.

5. Layer strips to 1 1/8” x 4 1/8” Basic Black matting. 

6. Stamp greeting from Country Road on the bottom of the Very Vanilla card base using Basic Black ink.

7. Attach to Basic Black card base.  Attach embossed strips using Dimensionals to pop them up.

Optional: Attach Very Vanilla card stock to inside of card.  Cut gears out of scrap pieces of copper foil or Basic Black card stock.  Dab pieces in Versamark and heat emboss using either black or copper embossing powder.  Attach to the inside of the card.

Tip: You are adding a lot of heat to the copper foil with the embossing steps.  The plastic backing on the foil paper may start to peel away.  Simply trim it off.  If you have trouble with the SNAIL adhesive sticking to the back of the foil, try using Tombow Multi-purpose Glue or Fine Tip Glue.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Waterfront, Country Road

Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Merry Merlot

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Garage Gears Thinlits Die, Big Shot Embossing Mats, heat tool, clear, black and copper embossing powder, sponge, 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'!

More Animal Expedition Cards, Sure to Bring a Smile

Rhino thank you big timeThank You Big Time Rhino

Wild about you giraffesWild About You Giraffes

Here are another couple quick and easy cards made using Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper paired with the Animal Outing Bundle.

These cards just make me smile!

You can view more of my Animal Outing card ideas HERE.

For the rhino card, I stamped the image on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Basic Gray ink, then colored her in using a gray watercolor pencil and a Blender Pen.  For the bird, I picked up ink from the lid of the Berry Burst ink pad using a Blender Pen.  I used a Light Crushed Curry Stampin' Blend for the yellow on the bird.  For the ground, I picked up ink from the lid of the Granny Apple Green ink pad using a Blender Pen.

For the giraffe card, I stamped the first giraffe on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.

For the opposite facing giraffe, I stamped the image on a silicone craft sheet using Early Espresso ink, turned the craft sheet upside down and "stamped" it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, creating a mirror image.

I used the Light Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry Stampin' Blends to color the giraffes.

Both greetings were stamped on the designer paper card front and embossed with a heat tool.

I used my 2 1/4" circle punch to create the Berry Burst circle behind the rhino.  I used my 2" circle punch to create the circle in the giraffe card.  I made a ring for the circle by using my 2" and 2 1/4" circle punches.

The Lemon Lime Twist piece of designer paper is secured to the Crumb Cake piece behind the punched designer paper.  The giraffes are slipped in between using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.

 

Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper

Animal Expedition DSP

Animal Outing Bundle

Animal outing bundle

Supplies Used Rhino Card:

Stamp Set: Animal Outing

Ink: Basic Gray, Berry Burst, Granny Apple Green,  gray watercolor pencil, Light Crushed Curry Stampin' Blend, Versamark

Paper: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Blender Pen, Big Shot, Animal Friends Framelit Die, 2 1/4" circle punch, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, ribbon from my stash, Mini Dimensionals

Supplies Used: Giraffes Card

Stamp Set: Animal Outing

Ink: Early Espresso, Light Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends

Paper:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White,  Animal Expedition Designer Series PAper

Accessories: Big Shot, Animal Friends Framelit Die, Silcone Craft Sheet, 2" and 2 1/4" circle punches,  Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!