Up Up and Away

I created a card earlier this week with a gradient effect from Island Indigo to Pool Party and used the Hello You Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! to cut out the word “Hello”. To see that card, click here! The scraps were so pretty, though, that I couldn’t throw them away. Instead, I made the card you see below!

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The layout for this card is super simple, the list of materials is quite short, and the techniques are fairly simple. The only part that is a little tricky is getting all the pieces inside the letters glued down in their rightful places. I used glue dots to attach all those little puzzle pieces. They worked great and left the card nice and clean looking!

If you make this card from scratch instead of using scraps from another card, it might be easier to sponge the gradient on a solid piece of paper, cut out the thinlit word from black paper, and put the thinlit word on top or the gradient background.

The balloon strings are drawn with a white colored pencil. They are just straight lines with little loops at the ends to look like bows.

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Thanks for visiting!

I am away for a long weekend, but if you have any comments or questions I can answer them as soon as I get back!

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Materials:

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

Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Hello You Thinlit Dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, white colored pencil

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:

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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

Starlit Celebration

This card is dedicated to celebrations, including the one at Paper Players! Congratulations on Challenge 300!

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Above the tulle and candlelight, two balloons float amidst the stars. The two balloons are nestled close together, finding a quiet moment amidst the festivities to just lean up against each other.

I chose not to include a sentiment on this card, in part to keep it simple, but also because in my imagination this same view of the stars could be at a wedding or many years later at an anniversary celebration. This timeless love story reminds me of my own grandparents who celebrated 67 years of marriage. They passed away exactly two weeks apart; my grandfather, who was normally in excellent health for a 91 year old, couldn’t live without my grandma.

Like two balloons whose strings have been cut, floating away through the stars…

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Now that I have you all tearing up… let’s talk about how to make this card!

The background paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! The sheer tulle drapes are made of vellum that I cut with large circular dies into crescent shapes. I made sure one end came to a point, but didn’t worry about the other end, because I knew it wouldn’t fit on the card anyway. I didn’t measure or plan these precisely. Rather, I cut several and laid them on the paper to see what worked. I trimmed off anything that hung over the edges.

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The balloons were punched out of Whistper White cardstock using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I sponged on just a little bit of color to make them look three dimensional. The Might of Navy shadow on the top and the Watermelon Wonder (with a hint of Daffodil Delight) highlighting below make the balloons look like they are lit from below with candlelight, firelight, or holiday lights from the party.

The bottoms of the balloons are attached directly to the background paper, but the tops are propped up on dimensionals to add to the illusion of depth. Finally, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add strings to the balloons, which are only visible on the balloon’s neck and up against the tulle.

Thanks for visiting! I hope that you have cause to celebrate this summer!

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Materials used:

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

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

Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, sponge, dimensionals

A CASE for Shawn De Oliveira

This card was inspired by Global Design Project challenge #40.

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Shawn’s card is gorgeous; he put together such beautiful colors and painted them with such rich shading and lovely texture and he tied all of that together in a perfectly balanced asymmetrical layout.

I loved the rich yellow of the flowers in his card, so I decided to focus on that and keeping the same layout. I also added texture, but mine is real rather than painted and stamped. I also chose a natural accent, but chose burlap instead of twine.

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I have had Into the Woods Designer Series Paper for awhile now… I have loved it since it first came out, but I didn’t get a chance to purchase it until Christmas, and I haven’t been using a lot of those fall colors since then, so I haven’t used it yet! This sheet was perfect for this card, a bright and cheery Daffodil Delight leaf pattern!

 

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I embossed the inner panel using the Grass Embossing Folder from Darice and sponged just a hint of Daffodil Delight on it to highlight the image.

I added thin outlines of black around each panel to add some contrast. I popped the grassy panel up on dimensionals to give the card a little more depth, and to have space to tuck the burlap ribbon slightly behind it.

The burlap ribbon is held on with glue dots. Those things are miraculous! I haven’t yet come across something that they won’t hold.

This is a great any time card! It could be for either gender and would work for either a joyous, grateful, or solemn occasion.

Thanks for visiting!

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Materials:

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

Paper: Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ Up!

Embossing Folder: Grass Embossing Folder (c) Darice

Other: burlap ribbon, dimensionals, sponge

Happy for Kim VanDiepen’s Inspiration

Today’s card is inspired by Pals Paper Arts challenge #305.

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I love the way Island Indigo looks with Pool Party. These same colors could be on a masculine card, a sympathy card, a baby card, or a birthday card!

I had two goals in making this card. One was to use washi tape, because I had to leave it out of my last card. The Second was to use my new Hello You thinlit dies to make two-tone words.

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To make two-tone words I had to make two tone paper first. I used whisper white paper and sponged Pool Party ink on the bottom inch or so of the paper, darker at the very bottom and disappearing into white. About three inches above that I started sponging Island Indigo and faded it the opposite direction, so as it got closer to the Pool Party, it got lighter and lighter.

Next, I cut out my words. With the Hello You thinlits, I find it helpful to use a double layer of wax paper between the paper and the die. It keeps the words I cut out nice and smooth, so they don’t pick up little bumps from the holes you use to poke out the paper if it gets stuck in the die.

Finally, I created some long and skinny layers to go beneath my thinlit word. I used a strip of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, an extra strip of the sponged paper created above, Beach House Washi Tape, and a strip of vellum. I arranged these in a little collage, with the vellum strip on the top so the colors were softened a bit and the thinlit word could be easily read.

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Deciding which layers to use and how to arrange them was SO difficult. I love this mini collage look, where there are several layers beneath the focal point and lots of white space around the rest of the card… but I am definitely still learning how to make it work and look good. I ended up with a pile of rejected elements for this card that was larger than the pile of things that actually made it onto the card!

When I got stuck on this particular card, I turned to Kim VanDiepen’s blog at stampinbythesea.com for inspiration. She does an amazing job of adding layers while keeping her cards looking clean and fresh. I love her style! A small dose of her pintrest page had me inspired again, and I was back to the office to bust my creative block and finish up this card! Thanks, Kim!

For those of you who haven’t been to Kim’s blog, here are some of my favorite cards she has made:

(It’s so hard to pick just a few!)

Where do you turn for inspiration when you get stuck?

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Materials:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, Beach House Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!