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

 

Happy Birthday Botanicals

This is a birthday card I made for my mom, who got me started stamping. I created a card and decorated her gift with coordinating flowers created with the Botanical Builders Framelit Dies from Stampin’ Up!

Petals up or petals down? One of the flowers creates petals with a sort of halo, or second petal layer around them. I’ve been experimenting with these. Sometimes I put the petals down and leave the halo up (like on the Pool Party flower on the gift) and other times I do the opposite (like with the Melon Mambo flower on the card).

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Pattern Bonanza! Instead of using the coordinating stamp set on the leaves and flowers, I added my own patterns. With Stampin’ Write Markers, I opted to add stripes and polka dots, which gives the flowers a little more pop, like in Pop Art. I think it makes these flowers a little less serious and a little more whimsical. It might seem intimidating to break away from stamps and draw freehand, but these patterns are so easy to draw and so darn cute!

A little lift!  These Botanical Builder dies are so great for adding depth to a card. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise some of them up off the background paper. I also curled the edges of both petals and leaves the lift them up even farther. For flowers with multiple layers, each layer of petals is more and more curled so the inside layers have the most lift of all.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Old Olive, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Punches and Dies: Project Life Corner Punch, Botanical Builders Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Write Markers: Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Old Olive (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

Party Party Party!

This card was inspired by the Paper Players Challenge #292. Unfortunately my card making and posting schedules didn’t quite line up for me to get this linked up to the challenge before it ended. However, this layout is so just so wonderful I had to make a card for it anyway.

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I made some of my own patterned paper using stamps from the Create A Cupcake and Hello, both (c) Stampin’ Up! The sentiment also comes from Create A Cupcake. The background was embossed with the Alphabet Press embossing folder (c) Stampin’ Up.

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This card was incredibly simple to make, and I love the layout. This would be a great card for a swap or other occasion when you need to make large numbers of cards.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Alphabet Press Textured Embossing Folder (c) Stampin’ Up!

B is for Birthday, Z is for Zebra

I am in a birthday kind of mood. There are several birthdays coming up in my family and friend group in the next month, so I’ve had lots and lots of birthday ideas floating around in my head. Since I have been so birthday focused, it seemed like a good time to play along with a Seize the Birthday Challenge. Their theme this week is “Anything Goes”.

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My mom got me into stamping by convincing me to join her card club. We often share stamp sets and trade back and forth, effectively doubling the number of stamp sets we have access to. I recently borrowed the Zoo Babies stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up! from her. They are so cute! They are perfect for birthdays, baby showers, and many other occasions. I’ve been using them in all kinds of cards! I decided wanted to do a card that featured a zebra from that set.

Next, card I dug through my Basket of Lost Dreams. What’s that, you ask? It’s a basket (or bucket or box) of papers that were stamped or cut for other projects and never got used. I often stamp multiples trying to choose the best color, or get carried away with builder punches and punch out a whole sheet of balloons when I only really need one. I used to call this my scrap pile, until I learned that Brian King (one of my favorite card artists) also has a bucket of scraps like this, but he calls it his the Bucket of Lost Dreams. What a great idea! I’ll have to send him a nickle…

Anyway, I found several “lost dreams” in black, white, and vellum. These seemed perfect for a zebra’s birthday party! There was even a birthday hat, stamped and ready to go.

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I needed a little splash of color to coordinate with the zebra’s birthday hat, so I added a skinny stripe of Watermelon Wonder around the edge. What size makes a “skinny” stripe? I’m so glad you asked.

Recipe for a Perfect Skinny Border:

  1. Card Size (black): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches
  2. Outer Panel (pink): 5 1/4 x 4 inches (or the previous size, minus 1/4 inch)
  3. Inner Panel (white): 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (or the previous size minus 1/8 inch)

There we have it, an Anything Goes, Lost Dreams, Skinny Stripe, Zebra Birthday Bash card!

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Materials Used:

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

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

Dies: Circle Dies, Word Bubble Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, Dimensionals

A Colorful Zoo

Today’s card is inspired by Global Design Project’s challenge #033.

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This challenge (out of the insane five that I attempted) took up most of my brain power for the week. Every piece of Designer Series Paper that contained these colors was spread out on my workspace for days and I stared at them even while working on other cards. I finally dreamed up a layout I thought might work while I was at work and drew it out on a post-it note. At home, I cut out most of the pieces I would need for that sketch and put them in a pile while I cut up the rest. The random arrangement of that pile gave me a whole new idea, so I scrapped the post-it sketch and winged it!

This card truly had a life of it’s own.

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Whew! That one took a lot of brain cells. I feel like I learned a lot making this card, though. It definitely stretched me. Thanks for the challenge Global Design Project!

Note:

I tried to lighten up these photos a little bit because they looked really shadowy. As a result the colors ended up a little brighter looking than they are in real life. My navy blue (which I substituted for Night of Navy) especially looks more like a royal blue. Sorry about that!

Materials used:

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

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

Stamps: Zoo Babies Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals