Polaroid Plane

This card is inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge #300. Woah, congrats on 300 challenges!

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I love this layout. It was so easy to come up with ideas, I probably could have made about 10 cards using this layout. Someday I probably will. What a great sketch!

I started out with an exact square with a thin border all the way around it, but once I stamped the plane and started adding color, I realized it needed to be a polaroid shaped frame instead of square.

The plane stamp is from The Sky is the Limit stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I sponged Pool Party ink to make the sky color. I used Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Markers to color the body of the plane (these colors look way more vibrant in these photos than they are in real life for some reason). I used a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The background stripe is from It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, also from Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment could easily be switched out and this could make a great Father’s Day card or masculine birthday card.

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This plane stamp always reminds me of my uncle, who loves planes and loves to visit Oshkosh for the annual plane show, and basically taught me everything I know (and several things I have forgotten) about planes. He has a great t-shirt that has an image of a plane on floats, and another plane similar to the one above. It is captioned, “See plane, buy plane.”

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Materials:

Cardstock: Light Grey (was wishing for Smoky Slate), Whisper White

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers

Yellow Rose Wonder +10 Cards that Inspire Me

The Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stanpin’ Up! are SO beautiful! They create such a nice bold outline and such a beautiful image. They are naturally so lovely that you don’t have to do anything to it to make it a gorgeous card. You can literally cut one out in any color paper and glue it straight on a blank white card and it will be beautiful.

Since this is such a strong image making a card that looks unique and different from what anyone else has made is actually a bit of a challenge. First, the image takes up a lot of space, so there isn’t a lot of left over room to work with. Second, you want the rose to stand out, so you have to be careful to choose backgrounds that are not too distracting; most patterned papers won’t work. Third, this set is so popular that everyone and their aunt has already tried the basics (not that the basics aren’t lovely).

After much deliberation and testing, and many, many drafts later I finally came up with a Rose Garden card that was truly my own.

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Fancy, right? Here’s how I made it, if you’s like to make one too:

  1. Layer Basic Black Card 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half, Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4, and Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper 3 3/4 x 5.
  2. Use Project Life Corner Rounder Punch to add curved corners to all layers before adhering them together.
  3. Use the large Rose Garden Die to cut a black rose. Cut off the larger of the two leaves. Use tiny pieces of dimensionals to adhere the rose to the card.
  4. Add a thin strip of basic black, a 1/2 inch wide.
  5. Stamp the rose frame from the Four Frames* stamp set and the sentiment from the What I Love* stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black. Color in the roses with a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. *These are both (c) Stampin’ Up! sets, but are sadly retired.
  6. Punch out the frame and sentiment with the Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up! and attach it to the black strip using dimensionals.
  7. Add a 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White layer inside the card. Punch corners with the Project Life Corner Punch.
  8. If desired, glue the extra leaf you cut off the rose to the inside as an embellishment.

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Materials used:

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

Paper: Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Four Frames, What I Love stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

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And now… I present to you some of my favorite cards made with the Rose Garden Thinlit dies! I selected each of these because they were unique and beautiful. All of these artists are thinking outside the box and coming up with great new ideas for ways to use this die.

Click the artist’s names to visit the exact blog page where they posted their amazing cards! Don’t forget to leave them comments telling them how awesome they are!

Dena Rekow of The Creativity Cave

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Dena has an amazing tutorial on how to create the stained glass look in the above card. Knowing how to do this technique will be super useful if you want to CASE her card or any of the stained glass cards below.

Dena Rekow of the Creativity Cave (again)

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Sharlene Meyer of Magpie Creates

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Beth McAlexander of Card Creations by Beth

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Rachel Tessman of Stamp Your Art Out

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Alison Solven of Stamp Crazy with Alison

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Shelly Godby of Stamping Smiles

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Genna Giford of The Stampers’ Mess

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Mary Deatherage of Stamps-N-Lingers

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Patsy Waggoner of Stamps to Die For

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Thanks to ALL of you for inspiring me!

 

Thanks a Leaf

In addition to online challenges,  my amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jan V, issues challenges for our card club each month. One of the challenges was to try a new technique that we’ve never used before. Exciting!

I have not done very much with sponging; I’ve only done a sky background once or twice on a card at club. I’ve NEVER used a stencil before.

I heard that you could make your own stencils out of vellum and framelit dies, so I decided to give that a try.

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This was my process:

  1. Cut a sheet of vellum into quarters.
  2. Use Leaflets Framelit Dies to cut leaf shapes in the middle. This is now my stencil.
  3. Position the stencil over a white card, in the orientation that I wanted.
  4. Use Washi tape on one edge to hold both the white card and the stencil in place. This prevents slips and lets you lift up the stencil to check your progress. The washi tape does not damage the paper.
  5. Use a piece of sponge to dab on the lightest color first, then the next lightest, then the darkest. The colors will mix, so choose colors that are analogous (near each other on the color wheel) to avoid getting muddy browns when colors are mixed.

For a two-tone greeting:

  1. Ink the greeting in the lighter color first.
  2. Hold the greeting at a slight angle and touch gently to the darker color ink pad. Only the top or bottom of the saying should contact the pad.
  3. CHECK your stamp before stamping! There may have been a little added ink around the edge of the stamp. Clean this off before stamping on your lovely card!

 

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Tip:

If you plan on using the same stencil for more than one image, wait for the ink on the stencil to dry before stamping the second one! Ink takes longer to dry on vellum than on paper. If you try it when the ink is still wet, you could get dark ink on your light colored sponge and ink pad or on your card.
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I liked this technique quite a lot. It was much easier than I expected and the results are stunning.  The edges are so crisp and clean. I would definitely recommend trying this!

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(That’s right, no orange! Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder made a lovely mix!)

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Leaflets Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge pieces, Vellum

 

CASEing Mary Fish

To many in the paper crafting community, CASE means “Copy and Selectively Edit”. There are a few variations on the acronym, but they mean the same thing for the most part: find a card you love and copy it…. but make it your own!

The inspiration for this card came from a thank you card by Mary Fish. Her card is here:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! I loved her bold colors and the way she created her own frame out of designer series paper. Mary also has an excellent eye for balance: she knows exactly when and where to add a little accent, like that little pink candy dot next to her sentiment!

This card is SO beautiful that I wanted to make one just like it. The trouble was… I didn’t have a single one of the Stampin’ Up products she used! After writing them all down on my wish list, I set out to recreate her card using the things I did have. Here’s what I came up with:

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I used Calypso Coral cardstock for the outer frame, which coordinated with the polka dot patterned paper found in the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.

The flowers and the sentiment both come from the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Know What I Love. This is such a pretty set to only be around for such a short time!

The sentiment is stamped on a banner shape which I hand cut on both sides to balance it, because I didn’t have any candy dots. To give it added lift, I curled up the ends by scraping it with my fingernail. This is similar to curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors, but on a much smaller scale.

In the end, this card turned out to be perfect for any thankful occasion, Lovely!

Mary, thanks for being such an inspiration!

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Materials Used:

Stamps: Know What I Love (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up

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

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals

A Retro Hello and a Floral Thanks

My card today is in response to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #297.

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I must admit, I substituted a different yellow paper. I thought I didn’t have any Daffodil Delight paper… and then after I had completed the card I found that I did indeed have two whole sheets of it. My slight substitution turned a pleasant Spring color palette into a more vibrant retro version.

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It works, though! The font and rounded corners remind me of an old television show or commercial.

This card is really simple to make.

  1. Cut strips of colored paper in varying widths.
  2. Adhere them to a piece of background paper.
  3. Trim the background paper to the correct size and shape.
  4. Add a second panel, slightly larger in size to add a border.
  5. In a contrasting color, add a cutout sentiment on top with glue dots or tiny dimensional pieces.

The sentiment could be one cut using a die OR if you have a paper cutting machine, such as a Cricut Explore Air, you could cut out any font you like!

Speaking of fonts, I created this “hello” cutout and the “thanks” and “congrats” cutouts shown below using the trusty combination of Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet.

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This card uses Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaroon, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up. The large sentiment is separated from the busy background by a solid colored oval so it stands out. The black outlines really make the shapes and colors pop!

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If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a similar paper cutting machine, feel free to use my png images in your own projects! It would be awesome if you linked back here so I could see what you created with them!

I recommend opening these images in a separate tab in order to save them at their full resolution.

 

Thanks for visiting! Happy papercrafting!