Saturday, July 10, 2010

Card of the Week, July 11, 2010

Quite a beauty, wouldn't you say? I hope this inspires you to do some burnishing...or use the Awash with Flowers stamp set...or do some dry embossing...or just do any kind of stamping at all! That's what's most important!

This card was cased.  Leave me a comment if you know who I cased it from!!
I stamped Awash with Flowers images on Whisper white cardstock and with a sponge dauber and ink, I rubbed in a circular motion on the images. I used multiple color inks on all the images.  For the large petal flowers, I used Regal Rose and Rose Red.  The tulipy looking flowers are pumpkin pie and rose red.  The leaves are Certainly celery and Daffodil Delight.  Daffodil delight was also used to burnish the background.  I used a Stampin Sponge to add basic black around the edges.  Paper used was Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper white.  Accessories used: Medium jewelry tag punch, Scallop Trim Border punch.  Additional Stamp set used:  Tiny tags.

Artist Tip:  When burnishing, always "stamp off" your sponge dauber before applying ink to your project so you don't get a "blob" of color when you first start burnishing.  This technique may require some practice, so get out some scratch paper if you're trying it for the first time.
Demo tip:  I think this would be a good one to demonstrate, but not so sure on the Make-N-Take-ability of it.  I fear first timers would not be happy with the results.

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Style Beautiful Inspired By Heidi Swapp

I was surfing Heidi Swapp's blog yesterday and saw a scrapbook page that instantly spoke to me!  (The post of her's is found here.)It was fresh and summery with a vintage flare and inspired me to use some of my new stash from the new catalog.  The Newsprint (#117166) designer series paper is going to be SO FUN to use this year.  And I must say that one of my very favorite additions to the catalog this year is the Patterns Designer Series PAPER STACK (#'s 117158, 117155, 117152, 117154 and 117157)!  It's a stack of 40 sheets in double-sided designs in 10 colors.  One for all the color families.  I started with the subtles collection (#117152) and I think I'll get the Brights collection next.  Wish I could get them all at once, but I can't.  Boo hoo.
And those Paper Daisies!  How fun are those going to be?  And a great price, too! (# 119243, $6.95)
Do you LOVE this card?  I do.  I'm really loving it.  Really.
Stamp sets: Style Beautiful (# ), Elements of Style (# )
Ink:  Basic Black (#101179), More Mustard (#103162), Marina Mist (#119668)
Paper:  Marina Mist (#119682), Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (#117152), Newsprint (#117166), Whisper White (#100730), So Saffron (#105118), Crumb Cake (#120953)
Accessories:  Paper Daisies (#119243), Basic Pearls (#119247), Aqua Painter (#103954), Mini glue dots (#103683), Paper Snips (#103579), 1 3/8 inch circle punch (#119860), Spiral border (#119872), Stampin Sponges (#101610), Snail adhesive (#104332)

Card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Crumb Cake.  Use your bone folder to crease.  Cut a piece of the polka dot marina mist patterned paper to 4 x 5 1/4 inches, sponge the edges with More Mustard ink.  Cut a piece of the ledger paper from the Newsprint pack to 4 x 3 1/4 inches, punch the top with the spiral border punch, crumple slightly and sponge all over with More Mustard ink.  Stamp the flower image from Elements of Style stamp set in Marina Mist ink on Whisper white paper and cut out the image with paper snips (a must have for detailed cutting).  Stamp the larger flourish image from Style Beautiful stamp set in More Mustard ink on So Saffron paper and immediately use the aqua painter to paint the lines of the image.  This gives an aged look to the image.  Cut out with paper snips and sponge the edges in More Mustard.  Punch out a circle then punch a portion of the circle off as shown in the photo below to make two leaves.  Crumple and sponge the edges in More Mustard.  Stamp the flourish from Style Beautiful in Marina Mist on Whisper White paper and then stamp again so the images face each other as shown, creating a larger medallion type image.  Stamp the sentiment in the middle using Basic Black ink.
To create the flowers, ink the them with More Mustard ink as shown then use the aqua painter to blend.  Add more ink if necessary and blend again till you get the desired depth of color.  Assemble the card as shown. Use glue dots to adhere the leaves and flowers.

Punched leaves.

Direct ink to flower application.

Paint with aqua painter to blend.

Thanks for looking and please leave me a comment if you enjoyed this card!
Till later,

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Circle Circus in Pumpkin Pie

I love to see people use stamp sets and colors in unexpected ways.  Here's one I tried that I found unexpected when I finished.

Stamp sets: Circle Circus(#115778), Tiny Tags(#118091).  Ink:  Pumpkin Pie(#105216).  Paper: Very Vanilla(#101650), Island Oasis (Summer Mini 2010 #117173).  Accessories:  Linen Thread(#104199), Jumbo Eyelets, Striped Grosgrain ribbon(#115616), Tag punch(#117190), 3/4 inch circle punch(#119873), Paper Piercing Tool(#116631).

Stamp top half of  5 1/2 x 8 1/2 very vanilla card base that has been folded and creased with a bone folder.  Trim a piece of the polka dot paper from the Island Oasis paper pack to 5 1/2 x 2.  Layer onto card front below stamped portion.  Wrap enough ribbon around the card to go through the jumbo eyelet as shown.  I glued this all in place with sticky strip before trying to poke the points of the eyelet through the card.  Stamp a piece of scrap very vanilla with the same circle image and punch out with the 3/4 inch circle punch.  Apply adhesive and glue in position so it will show through the jumbo eyelet.  Press the prongs through the card, but not through the back of the ribbon.  Press the prongs down and then add a little adhesive under the ribbon to keep it in place over the prongs on the inside of the card.  Stamp the sentiment and flourish from Tiny Tags stamp set and punch out with tag punch.  Use paper piercing tool to add hole on the tag.  Run a piece of linen thread through the tags and tie them around the ribbon as shown.  Use snail adhesive to position the tags in place. 
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Friday, July 2, 2010

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Stamp sets:  Favorite Sayings (#120048)
Tropical Party (#120081) Both found in the summer mini catalog, 2010
Ink:  Old Olive (#102277), Tempting Turquoise (#100814)
Paper:  So Saffron (#), Island Oasis (#117173), Very Vanilla (#101650)
Accessories:  3/8 inch Twill Tape (#119970), Brights Brads (#119740)

Stamp the large flower from the stamp set, Tropical Party in Tempting Turquoise.  Stamp the small flower 3 times with So Saffron Ink.  Cut out all four flowers with your Paper Snips (#103579).  Fold a piece of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch So Saffron cardstock in half and crease with your bone folder (#102300).  Trim a piece of the Old Olive patterned paper from the Island Oasis designer series patterned paper pack to 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. Trim the lattice patterned paper to 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  Use your snail adhesive (#104332) to adhere the two pieces together so that 1/2 inch of the lattice paper shows above the old olive pattern. Audition (put it in place without adhering) the patterned paper on the card front so you can see where to start stamping the palm fronds. Stamp in Old Olive ink the palm fronds as shown.  Layer the flowers together and insert the Old Olive brads.  Adhere the patterned papers to the bottom of the card front as shown.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430) to adhere the flowers to the card as shown.  Stamp the saying in Tempting Turquoise ink as shown and tie the twill tape around the card as shown.  Tie with a square knot and trim the ends.
Now send this to a strong woman in your life whom you love and appreciate.  She'll appreciate your thoughtfulness and the time you took to make her a special card.
Till later,
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