Wishful Coyote + Tilted Panel Tutorial

After making this card I was asked how to make tilted panels. To cover it in more detail, I decided that a tutorial was in order! It’s a whole lot easier to understand steps when you can SEE them, so here are lots and lots of pictures (and some words) to walk you through the steps:

Tilted Panel Tutorial

The final piece that isn’t covered in the tutorial is how to decorate the card! The coyote and star were cut/punched out of Very Vanilla cardstock using a Cricut Explore Air and Stampin’ Up!’s Fox Builder Punch, respectively. I colored both by sponging on Delightful Dijon around the edges. I put the pieces on scrap paper, ink up the sponge, then use circular motions to add the ink. I actually put the majority of the sponge on the scrap paper and only let the very edges touch the paper that I’m coloring. This prevents dark splotches that you can sometimes get when putting a freshly inked sponge straight onto the paper.

After coloring, I adhered everything together! I used glue dots for all those little coyote pieces, then decided that he needed a more sturdy backing, so I cut out a second set of coyote pieces and doubled up on the thickness using regular glue. Once he felt nice and solid, I could pop him up on dimensionals.

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The black stripe behind the fox is bakers twine wrapped around the card several times. It’s tied and glued in the back. Bakers twine is kind of thick, so the Very Vanilla panel is also popped up on dimensionals.

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As a heads up, I will be gone for an extended weekend this coming Friday through Monday. I will schedule a post while I’m gone, but I won’t be available to answer additional questions over the weekend. Please feel free to ask anyway, just be aware that I can’t answer until I get back.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things, Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Accessories: Black twine

Other: Star shaped punch or die (I cut this one out using a Cricut Explore Air), dimensionals, sponge

Stripes and Cakes

I’ve been having lots of fun drawing on my designer series papers lately. For today’s card I spiced up a Pacific Point striped paper from the Pretty Petals Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up! The Pacific Point color is dark enough that adding Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight stripes doesn’t affect the existing color very much if it overlaps… and where it does overlap to make a little purple, it looks artsy.

I only made a little scrap, but using careful positioning, I was able to cut out six cupcake papers using the Cupcake Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up!  That was enough to make two cards. Woo!

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In this first card I cut three panels out of white paper and rounded the corner using the Project Life Corner Rounder punch. The size of the panels was 4-3/4”x 1 (plus a hair)”. This reminds me a bit of a shop window.

I added a little HB flag as an accent… but I had the stamp to inky at first and the letters were not visible. Of course I’d already glued everything together, so it was time for a cover up! I stamped and cut another little flag and placed it right over the top of my flubbed first flag with a glue dot. This actually give the flag a little of a three dimensional effect, a positive side effect!

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In this second card, the stripes go horizontally, but the cupcakes go vertically! After several different arrangements, I decided to place them in a whimsically wobbly cupcake stack.

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The cherries on top of the cupcake are punched out of the leftover scraps of the striped paper and are so much fun! I know cherries aren’t really striped… but cupcakes can’t really stack up like that either. In the world of art anything can happen!

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Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Cupcake Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Cupcake Builder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Little Sunshine

Today’s card was inspired by the Seize the Birthday Challenge: Sunshine Theme!

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I kept this card clean and simple, opting for a wide center panel with a thin border of Basic Black and a strip of Crushed Curry patterned paper from It’s My Birthday Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!

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The Little Sunshine stamp (from the Hello stamp set by Stampin’ Up!) was stamped on vellum so the Happy Birthday stamp (from Happy Birthday Everyone) could shine through.

Vellum is clear, so it is sometimes (read: nearly always) difficult to figure out how to stick it to the card without the adhesive being really obvious. In this card, I used two glue dots, placed right at the ends of the straight lines that go through the sentiment. Glue dots work really well for this: they are strong, clear, small, and easy to camouflage under a stamped sentiment or an embellishment of some kind.

This clean and simple card would be a great birthday card for a baby…or really anyone whom you consider your sunshine! This card, or one of a similar layout, would make a great swap. It would be really easy to make multiples.

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Tip: I use Staz-On ink when stamping on vellum. It is a very permanent ink that is resistant to smudging and it sticks to everything, including really smooth surfaces like vellum.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone, Hello (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Staz-On Black, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum

A Night Downtown

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #50.

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I maaaay have taken some liberties in interpreting what shape to use for the circle. Instead of a circle I used a Tyrannosaurus Rex stomping around downtown. That seemed like a lot more fun to me!

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I stamped the city twice using an old set called Calling All Heroes from Stampin’ Up! One city was placed directly on the background panel and I fussy cut out the other one and popped it up on dimensionals.

The dinosaur is stamped in Watermelon Wonder and is also fussy cut. The dino comes from a set called No Bones About It, also from Stampin’ Up! The sentiment (RAWR) also comes from that set. I used a Post-It to cover up the rest of the sentiment. Luckily I didn’t have to fussy cut the word bubble, there’s a framelit for that! The set is called, logically enough, Word Bubble Framelit Dies.

This would make a great birthday card for a kid… or if your adult friends are anything like mine, they would also enjoy a dinosaur card!

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Tip: A Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker works great to darken stamped images if you want them really, really black and don’t mind spenind a little extra effort coloring.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: No Bones About It, Calling All Heroes stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Word Bubble Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dino-rrific 2nd Birthday

My son turned two this month: my how the time flies!

I tried to make his birthday card as interactive as possible. The front of the card features four flaps with brightly colored dinosaurs hidden underneath.

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The inside of the card features a pop up volcano and palm trees- slightly risky that a toddler would rip these off, but I figured the entire card probably wouldn’t last long. I free cut these using scissors. The ground has dinosaur bones stamped on it, like fossils. Finally, there are two dinosaurs that are attached with velcro to their matching fossil.

My son loved playing hide-and-seek with the dinosaurs hiding behind the volcano! They were a big hit!

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Happy Memorial Day and have fun stamping!

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Materials:

Stamp Sets: No Bones About It

Dies: Word Bubble Framelit Dies

Cardstock: Red, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Green

Ink: Real Red, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Old Olive