Video: Brayer Background Technique with Remarkable You

brayer bkgrd technique For some reason the other night, the old Stampin’ Up! rainbow pads came to mind. They were fun. You could ink a stamp in several different colors at one time. I got to thinking, “How can I get that same effect with our current pads?” That’s when I reached for my brayer.

I used my brayer with So Saffron, Delightful Dijon and Marina Mist ink pads to create this beautiful background. I’m in love with the end result.

Here’s how – –

The card is stamped with Remarkable You. I stamped it first with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then again with Versamark so that I could heat emboss the images with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The greeting is with the same stamp set but I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the greeting in two lines.

Give this technique a try. If you need a brayer or any of the other items I used, my store is always open. Simply use my Shop Now button.

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Gift Bag Punch Board Video Tutorial

hellobagI love Stampin’ Up!’s new Gift Bag Punch Board! Can I say it again? I LOVE Stampin’ Up!’s new Gift Bag Punch Board. Love!

This punch board is easy to use – and versatile! This baby makes more than just the gift bag featured here.
Today, however, I’m focusing on how to make the standard gift bag. The hinged boxes and envelopes that can be made with this punch board will be saved for another post.

Things to do when getting started:
11949850591826190318magnificator.svg.med1) Grab a SUPER DUPER magnifying glass if you intend the read the instructions enclosed. Or, ditch the printed instructions and simply watch the tutorial to follow. 🙂

2) Decide whether or not you want to make a small, medium or large size bag. The sizes will determine the width  of the bag.The length can be up to 10-3/4″ depending on how you cut your paper (allow 1-1/4″ for bottom flaps). The depth will be 2″ and is not adjustable.
Small: 2-5/8″ width
Medium: 3-1/8″ width
Large: 3-5/8″ width

3) Have scrap paper for practicing. I used copy paper out of the recycle bin. Although this is an easy tool to use, it does take practice and you will want to save your good cardstock and DSP for when you’re ready.

EDIT: Please forgive the numerous bloopers!  My lesson learned? I will never, ever, EVER film another tutorial late at night!

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Watercoloring with White Craft Ink

youareremarkableI bet you already knew that you can watercolor with Stampin’ Up!’s Aqua Painters and Classic Ink Pads and Stampin’ Ink Refills. But did you know you can also watercolor with Stampin’ Up!’s White Craft Stampin’ Ink Refill too?

You can, and the results are a beautiful, white-wash of color (if that makes sense). 🙂

Here’s how …

01Stamp an image with VersaMark on dark paper and heat emboss the image with white embossing powder. Here I’ve used the new, gorgeous Remarkable You stamp set. Oo la la!

02Place three or four drops of White Craft Stampin’ Ink Refill onto a piece of plastic. Squeeze the Aqua Painter to allow one drop of water to be released. Mix the two until you have a thick paint. Add one more drop of water if necessary.

03Paint your image with your craft paint. When done, be sure to thoroughly rinse the Aqua Painter tip with water.

04Allow the paint to dry. You can speed up the process by drying it with your heat gun.

05Now place two to three drops of ink from a Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill onto the plastic. Dilute it with a little bit of water from the Aqua Painter. Paint the white-washed areas.

06If some areas need more color, paint those areas again with Ink Refill that hasn’t been diluted.

07Once done, blot carefully with a tissue to remove ink that has been repelled by the heat embossed outline.

10Assemble the rest of the card.

I hope you give this a try. I’d love to hear what stamp sets you used and how you liked the results.

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Celebrating “The New Two”

fothenewtwoLove is an incredible thing and when it results in marriage, it’s cause for celebration! And card making! Two great things. Yippee!

I went for a simple, clean and layered look. This greeting from the stamp set For the New Two was perfect. It’s playful, not sappy or too sentimental.

I was thrilled to be able to use my new Itty Bitty Accent Epoxy stickers. These little gems are awesome! The pack includes two sizes each of stars, hearts and circles. You simply peel these clear stickers off the backing and place it directly on top of the coordinating punched piece. It gives your punched items a lot of dimension, pop and sheen as shown here. Love it!

And for a little wicked fun … I placed numerous, blue, punched hearts inside the card and put the card upside down in the envelope. That way, when the card was removed and opened, heart graffiti went tumbling out. At least, that was the idea … 🙂

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Birthday Blossoms and Pansy Punch in Triplicate!

I have had the BEST time stamping and punching with the Birthday Blossoms stamp set and the Pansy Punch.  Of these three cards I can’t decide which I like best – – so I’m featuring all three!

bloomingbirthdayDress it Up!
Punching in black on solid colored cardstock is a great look, but stamping with black on DSP dresses the same image up a notch!

Here I’ve used the new Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack. The design I chose is small and doesn’t compete with the fine lines of the stamped flower. The added details in the paper do, however, succeed in dressing up the punched flower in a surprising, fresh way.

thinkofyoucardsI Love Me Some Punches!
Don’t forget (because I almost did) that the Bird Builder Punch has a leafy branch. I punched several branches out in Wild Wasabi, trimmed a few here and there, and then tucked the pieces behind the flowers. Then I used the flower punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack in Basic Black to create the stamens. I added the greetings with the Large Oval Punch and Scallop Oval Punch and was almost done.

Completing the Garden Theme:
I LOVE the look of Stampin’ Up!’s new Brick Wall Embossing Folder. Used as a background in the Wisteria Wonder card, it reminds me of my Godmother’s garden in the French Quarter. She lived in an old historic home that had a tall brick wall that enclosed her patio. Flower boxes and other design elements adorned the beautiful, ancient brick. I can still smell the dampness of it. Fond memories.
Our Striped Scallop Thinlit is a nice background for flowers too. It reminds me of a trellis.
Note: For the first card, I cut the thinlit in both Whisper White and Smoky Slate. For my two-toned look, I took the small cut-out Smoky Slate pieces and filled in the vacancies of the Whisper White.

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“You Make Me Happy” for Mojo Monday

makemehappyThere is a LOT of happiness going on here: polka dots, coordinating textures, vibrant colors, and a Blossom Accent to polish it off!

Mojo406This card was designed for the Mojo Monday Challenge #406. While I don’t have the square element in the background, I felt the “happy” from the Hello You Thinlits sufficed. Yes? No? Yes! 🙂

Let Your DSP Do The Talking …
I picked up the Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Pool Party cardstock panels from the colors in the Cherry on Top DSP used for the pinwheel. Cherry on Top is a fun DSP pack full of color and life. I use it all of the time because, yes, the colors are fun, but also because the patterns in the papers are easy to work with, making it easy to pull together a cohesive design.

imagesDots, Dots and More Dots!
I started my card design with my pinwheel to replicate the “star” for the challenge. (For a video tutorial on how to make this pinwheel go here.)Since one of the DSP papers within the pinwheel had polka dots, I decided to incorporate both the Decorative Dots and Large Polka Dots embossing folders. The dots in the DSP are bold while the dots in the embossed panels are subtle. Nonetheless, the common elements work together to create harmony in the end product

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Video – Nugget Box with Cherry on Top

web.mail.comcast.netI love this little Hershey Nugget chocolate box. It was designed by Sam Donald of Pootles. She is a whiz at creating 3D boxes and bags and this is just one of her sweet concoctions.

web.mail.comcast.net2Dimensions:
Box: 7-3/4″ x 4-1/2″; score long length at 3/4″, 3-1/2″, 4-1/4″ and 7″; score short length at 3/4″ and 3-3/4″
Cardstock for top: 2-3/4″ x 2-1/4″
DSP for top: 2-5/8″ x 2-3/8″
Belly band: 7-1/2″ x 3/4″

My camera isn’t working properly at the moment so I used a different device to film this video. The view frame is much closer than usual. Then, while filming, my work surface got a little cock-eyed. Lets just say it was a good experiment but I’ll go back to my regular camera in the future. 🙂

Garden in Bloom and Scallop Stripe Thinlit for Freshly Made Sketches #194

friendsFMS194Hello Stampers! Today’s card was designed for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #194 . I was able to incorporate two of my current, favorite obsessions – the Striped Scallop Thinlit and the Garden in Bloom stamp set.

Striped Scallop Thinlit
This thinlit is STUNNING!!! I particularly like the way it looks white-on-white. The intricut cut is easier to pull free from the thinlit if you place a piece of wax paper between the cardstock and thinlit before sending it through the Big Shot.

IMG_5739Masking:
I wanted to isolate just the word “Friends” from the rest of the stamp. I simply covered what I didn’t want stamped with a sticky note, inked what was exposed, removed the sticky note, and then stamped as usual.
Note: Coloring the word with our Stampin’ Write markers wasn’t an option. For some reason, ink from the markers doesn’t stick well to the photopolymer stamps.

Sponging:
With the white-on-white scallop thinlit at the bottom and the overall white-on-white construction of the card, I felt that the top layer of cardstock needed to be sponged to help the various elements stand out.  I sponged the edges first with Pear Pizazz and thought, “Meh.” So I went back and sponged again with Pacific Point.

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Alphabet Rotary Stamp with You’re Sublime – – Endless Possibilities!

crabbyHee hee hee hee!!! Isn’t this little crustacean adorable? I think anybody feeling a little crabby would crack a smile with this one. Or perhaps get further annoyed. Either way, I cracked myself up making it.

Have you ever found yourself in a bind because you’ve come up with the perfect saying for a card, but there’s no stamp that says it? Your solution is the  Alphabet Rotary Stamp.

133769GWith up to 13 characters, this nifty tool can create most any sports cheer (Geaux Tigers!, Who Dat?), funny sayings (Holy Moly, Wackadoo, Geeze Louise, Dude!), trending slang (OMG, LMAO,  TMI, LOL), salutations in another language (Gesundheit, Ciao), etc. And in this case, “Why So Crabby?” Ok, ok… so that was 14 characters. Did you catch that? I confess I inked in the question mark with a marker.

Adding “pop” and dimension
You’re Sublime is an adorable stamp set. The crab and toad alone are hysterical. And there’s no better way to add to the hysteria than by adding googly eyes. I adhered these with a dot of Tombow Glue.

I101055FTo accentuate the crab’s shell, I applied Crystal Effects. I love the way he now has a “hard shell” that appears to be popping out of the paper. And the sheen makes him look like he just skittered out of the surf.

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Remarkable You in Delightful Dijon for Pals “New Hues Review” Blog Hop

6a00e54f95df92883401b7c7a0e94d970b-piWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for July.  This month we are excited to show off the new 2015 – 2017 Stampin’ Up! In Colors, namely Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder. The In Color products include card stock, designer series paper, ribbon and other embellishments.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!, #16 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

remarkableMy card showcases Delightful Dijon. Isn’t it divine? It’s reminiscent of More Mustard, a favorite of mine back in the day,  so I was over the moon when it was revealed as one of our five new In Colors.

This stamp set, Remarkable You, is also divine. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the simple but elegant line art. Remarkable You is so beautiful that it can stand alone simply stamped in black ink on Whisper White cardstock. Truly stunning!

Here, however, I stamped the flower image with Memento ink on the new Bohemian DSP and then colored the flowers with the Delightful Dijon Stampin’ Write Marker. I did the same when I dressed up the envelope. With a bit of leftover DSP I was able to make a coordinating RSVP pen. For instructions on how to do that, see my RSVP pen video tutorial here.

remarkable02Storage Tip:
The clear version of Remarkable You comes in two separate stamp cases. I wanted to consolidate them into one case. The first thing I did was lay out all of the stamps to make sure they would fit in one case. They did.

Next, I applied all of the stickers to the inside of the case accordingly instead of adhering them to the stamp itself. This is what it looks like now on the backside of my case.

Both covers are now placed in the one case which looks like this when opened.
remarkable01I now have everything in one stamp case – plus an empty stamp case that I’ll be using for a project that I’ll feature on my blog at a later time.

The next stop is Natalie Bradley Events, #18 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  2. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  3. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  4. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  5. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  6. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  11. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  12. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  17. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  20. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  21. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  22. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  23. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery
  24. Kimberly Sparks at Stampin’ Daisy
  25. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  26. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie