Friday, July 31, 2015

Denim Overall Baby Card

So . . . I've discovered this Stampin' Up! retired stamp, Just Jeans, and I just LOVE it! After I used it make the denim ATC I posted Wednesday, I decided to use it for a baby card. What do you think??

This was so super easy to make once I made my template. The background paper is Marina Mist, and the ink is Night of Navy. I stitched around the edges of the demin with a white gel pen. To make the straps have some dimension (and hopefully look like more than one layer), I outlined them with Night of Navy marker. The adorable duck is from the Something for Baby set. The pocket was made using the Banners framelit (see Wednesday's post below to see how I did that). I stamped the tag on the pocket with a stamp I had in my stash, and the brads are also from my stash.

I tried to make a diagram so you could see the dimensions I used. To begin with, I cut a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half lengthwise and scored in half (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2").

The straps are cut 1/4" in from either side, and 1" down from the top. To make the legs I notched up 3/4" from the center of the card and then angled the other cuts 1".

I hope the diagram isn't too difficult to decipher! Give it a try; you'll love how easy it is to put together!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Denim ATC

Many years ago I discovered the world of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I found it challenging to create these small works of art (ATC dimensions are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"), but I just loved the challenge. I hosted an online ATC swap for many years on and also participated in other swaps over the years. The result is that I have traded these cards all over the world (and I've enmassed quite the collection!) Unfortunately, over the past two years, my ATCs have taken a back seat. However, this month, I joined the swap that I used to host as a swapper, and I just LOVED it. The theme was "pockets" and here's my interpretation:

The ATC base is made with Marina Mist cardstock. I inked the retired stamp set "Just Jeans" with Night of Navy, and it looked just like a pair of jeans. I stitched along one side with a white gel pen. I made the pocket using the banners framelits set. Instead of inserting the paper as you normally would, I did trimmed a piece of paper the width of the framelit and positioned it so that only the tip of the paper was under the cutting edge of the framelit. After I ran it through the Big Shot, I trimmed the paper to be the size of the pocket I wanted. (I did stamp the paper before doing this, but I did it in white here so you could see it better.)

I stitched around the pocket with a white gel pen. The "hanky" in the pocket if a portion of a doily. I made the tag by stamping "Stampin' Up" from Creatively Yours set in black in onto Soft Sued cardstock. I inked up the edges of the tag to give a weathered look. Of course it needed some bling, so I added three rhinestones.

I encourage you to try making these little works of art, but I caution you -- they're addictive!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Partial Embossing

Here's another card featured at my recent embossing class. This one uses only part of the embossing folder -- hence, the name "partial embossing". I apologize in advance if these directions are confusing. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question. Some one of these days I'll take the plunge and do a video tutorial (I think!). I used the Hexagon embossing folder for this card.

First, I decided what portion of the cardstock I wanted to emboss. I inserted my cardstock only up to where I wanted it to start.

Then I taped the top acrylic plate at the place I wanted the embossing to stop.

I ran the sandwich through my Big Shot and this is what I ended up with:

Next I turned the embossed cardstock over and made the score lines using my Simply Scored scoring board.

Lastly, I did my stamping. The top part stamped with the Work of Art set and the Petite Papillon set. The bottom is also from the Work of Art and the Four You set. The top is Tangerine Tango and the bottom is Old Olive. In order to get the two tones, I stamped off for the backgrounds.

If any part of these instructions are unclear, please do message me, and I'll be more than happy to answer your questions!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Embossing & Distressing

I apologize for missing my Friday post, but my husband and I were away for the weekend -- we spent an evening in a lighthouse! What an experience!! I highly recommend it to everyone . . . but I digress, LOL.

This is another technique we did at a recent embossing folder class I held. In these two samples, I simply ran my cardstock through the embossing folder and then highlighted the impression by going over it with an inked dauber.

For this one, I used the Woodgrain Embossing folder and highlighted the tree impressions with Chcolate Chip ink. The owl (one of my favorites) is the Owl Builder Punch.

For this one, I used the brand new Brick Wall Embossing folder. The paper is Cajun Craze (nicely resembles bricks). I dabbed some Chocolate Chip ink around where the cement would be on a brick wall. The flowers were stamped using Flower Shop and Petite Petals stamp sets and then punched out with the Pansy and Petite Petals punches.

Adding a bit of ink to an embossed image add another layer of depth and dimension. Give it a try!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Baby Card - Double Embossing

I made this card using the double embossing technique. As a disclaimer, I have to say that my end result came out much better than the one I made for this step-by-step tutorial post. I needed to adjust my Big Shot tension, but in the interest of time, I didn't.

I hope these instructions are clear. Since I haven't ventured into video tutorials yet (I'm a little nervous!), if the instructions are not clear, I encourage you to do a Youtube search for double embossing so you can get clarification because the technique really is a cool one. Okay, so here goes.

I used two embossing folders -- the Stripes folder and the Fun Frames folder. I hope these instructions are clear. Since I haven't ventured into video tutorials yet (I'm a little nervous!), if the instructions are not clear, I encourage you to do a Youtube search for double embossing so you can get clarification because the technique really is a cool one. Okay, so here goes.

1. First I ran the frame from the Fun Frames through my Big Shot using a piece of thin chipboard. I did that twice. On each of them, I cut them out, and on one, I cut out the center.

2. Then I traced the frame on another piece of chipboard and then cut it out.

3. Next I placed the frame chipboard piece on my paper and marked the top and bottom with light pencil lines so I could see where I needed to stamp my image.

4. I then stamped my image where I wanted it and erased the pencil lines.

5. Next I put my stamped paper into the stripes embossing folder and placed the large chipboard template with the cut out frame on top of it and ran it through my Big Shot. By doing this, only the part covered by the chipboard would be embossed because that's the only place there would be pressure.

6. I then put the frame embossing folder around the image and centered it. I placed the frame chipboard template on top of that and ran it through the Big Shot. By doing that, only the area where the frame is would be embossed.

*** NOTE: An easy way to grasp this is to think that only the portions of the paper with the chipboard (causing the pressure) will be embossed.

7. Lastly, I mounted the stamped and embossed paper onto my card base. I added a small button to jazz it up a bit.

Here's another one I did using the same Fun Frames embossing folder as well as the retired Lacey Brocade folder. This card uses the petite petals stamp set with the coordinating punch. The sentiment is from the Simply Wonderful stamp set that was offered during this year's Sale-A-Bration.

I do hope that you will give this technique a try. It takes some practice and patience, but I think the end result is worth it!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Christmas Card with Inked Embossing Folder

Here's another card made using an embossing folder. Just a few supplies, and the end result is a "WOW" card that is so easy to make!

First I inked up one side of the embossing folder with Soft Sky ink. I used the Northern Flurry embossing folder. I inked the "smooth" or "flat" side (not the "raised" or "bumpy side". I applied the ink by first blotting the ink pad directly onto the folder and then going over it with smooth strokes. You want as smooth coverage as possible.

Because the ink I used for the card is so light in color, I've also included picture below using a much darker, brighter color so you can see it better.

After the folder was inked up, I put a piece of Whisper White cardstock into the folderand ran it through my Big Shot.

I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Watercolor Winter II stamp set (retired) using Soft Sky Ink; added a few rhinestones in themiddle of the snowflakes. I mounted the embossed image onto a Soft Sky card base and it was done! I encourage you to try this -- you'll just love it!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Embossing - Changing the Orientation of Your Folder

I apologize for being two days late with this post -- it was a crazy Friday, and then I was at a much-needed all-day crop yesterday (!!). Anyway, I recently held a class where we dusted off our embossing folders and did some cool things with them. The first thing we did was to change the orientation of the folder. I used a dark shade of paper so it would show up better, but the actual cards I made are at the end of each section.

In the first example, I wanted to use the Happy Heart Embossing Folder on a horizontal card. The problem was that it was orientd for a vertical card.

I ran the card through the embossing folder twice in order to get the coverage I wanted. First I lined up the folder to where I wanted the hearts to show up and embossed a portin of it:

Then I lined up the already-embossed hearts and ran it through a second time. A couple of tips: (1) When you emboss the first time, bring it all all the way over to the left side of the paper. (2) When you emboss the second time, bring it all the way over to the right side. You will be "re-embossing" quite a bit of the paper, but because of the deep grooves in the folder, you can "feel" when they've lined up. (3) When you pass the folder through the Big Shot for the second time, don't go all the way with it. Be sure to stop just shy of hitting the edge. This prevents a visible line in your final design.

Here is the final card.

In the next card, it was the opposite scenario -- the folder was oriented for a horizontal card, and I wanted to make a vertical card. the folder is the retired Fancy Fan embossing folder.

The problem here, though, was that if I simply turned the folder sideways, it wouldn't fit through the machine because it was just a tad bit too wide. I could do the same process as above and it would work -- I'd just have to be very careful since the design is much smaller on the folder. Well, I wasn't up to all that so I decided to only emboss what would fit! (the lazy way I guess!) I lined up the embossing folder the way I wanted it to be, and ran it through the machine.

That left me with a larage unembossed section toward the end of the card that wasn't very attractive. So I took out my trusty scoring board, flipped the card over so I was working on the back side of it, and scored a couple of lines and made it part of the design.

Here's the end result.

Check back tomorrow for another embossing technique we did in class!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Faux Quilting Background

This is a cool background technique, and I particularly like it for baby cards.

Using the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, score your card base at 1" intervals, beginning at the"0" in the corner. Do it horizontally and then again vertically.

Your card front should look like this:

Once the card base is completely scored, you are ready to "quilt". I've seen this done a couple of different ways. One way is to ink up a Q-tip and just run the color along the lines. Another way, the way I did it in these cards, is to use a piece of scrap cardstock and place it along the scored lines as a guide to apply the ink.

Your finished quilting should look like this:

Once the quilting is done, I stamped the balloon using the Celebrate Today set.

The girl card uses Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo; the boy card uses Soft Sky and Marina Mist. I mounted the stamped images and then attached them to the card front. Finally, all pieces were attached to the card base. Here's a secret -- on both cards, the buttons were used to hide tiny ink smudges.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Bokeh Technique - By the Tide

This is another card using the Bokeh Technique. It was inspired by a post I saw on Pinterest. I changed up the colors and design a bit to make it my own. To see the details on how to do the technique, please see my previous post or click here:

In this card, I instead of applying the ink in circles to the white background, I appplied it across the page. Starting at the bottom, I used Elegant Eggplant, then Lost Lagoon and lastly Pear Pizzazz. The stamp set is By The Tide, and the sentiment comes from the set Simply Wonderful which was available during this year's Sale-A-Bration. I mounted it on Lost Lagoon cardstock and added a bit of twine to it.

Great for the fisherman in your life!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Bokeh Technique - Thank you

I just love this technique. Not only is it a fun technique to do, but it looks great, too!

I started out with inkpads in Calypso Coral, Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz.

I inked up some sponges and randomly applied ink to my Whisper White card stock, being certain to cover up all the white space.

Next I made a template using three different size circle punches. I used the 1/2", 1" and 1 1/2".

I applied white craft ink with a sponge dauber using the template, rotating the template around the paper and even overlapping in some places.

After the white ink was good and dry, I stamped the sentiment using Memento Black in. The sentiment is from the "Another Thank You" stamp set. That's all there is to it!

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