Quick Cards with A Beautiful You

It is that time of year when a lot is happening and events are popping up and I need & want to make a quick card and get it in the mail to someone.

Does that sound familiar?

If so, you know that  you also do not want the recipient to think you spent very little time on their card. You want a great idea that makes that  card look good, but takes very little of your precious time.  This is where ink block spritzed backgrounds & blacking out stamps for silhouettes are perfect techniques-quick and simple, but someone who doesn’t craft won’t know that.

So, if you need a last minute Mother’s Day card, Graduation card, or an encouragement card for a friend who has had a bad time lately, try turning to one of these cards.

Today’s cards only take about 15 minutes each to make- much less, if you do a bunch of backgrounds all at one time.  Also, you can change your background color ink to your own preference. Pick your recipient’s favorite color to make it look more personalized.

You only need a few supplies in addition to your watercolor paper and stamps to get started. Add a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for the mother/daughter card.

To create the background:

  • Add ink to your clear block with a marker (just scribble across the block) or ink pad (stamp empty block into pad)
  • Spritz inked block with water. More water will give a different look than a light spritz.
  • Stamp block onto your watercolor paper.
  • Repeat as needed to cover your background. Add more ink or water as desired.
  • Combine colors (wash off stamp block in between) for a different two-tone look.

The image below shows less water on left and more on right.

After the background dries, Stamp your image.  I used Stazon Jet Black, but you could use another black. Make sure your background is dry or it might bleed. Heat set the background with the heat gun or a blow dryer if you wish to hurry the process along).

After stamping the image onto watercolor paper, use a black Sharpie to trace and color in your image.  If you wish to add items (like the graduation cap & diploma, draw and color them in.  If you wish to eliminate items from the stamp (the little girl’s umbrella), do not ink that portion of the image when stamping. (More details below)

To get the proper placement for the little girl, use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and do not ink the umbrella in your final stamping.

How to add girl:

  • After Stamping and coloring your woman black, you will need your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
  • Place the window sheet supplied with Stamp-A-Ma-Jig into corner of the Jig as shown in instructions.
  • Stamp umbrella girl image (with umbrella inked) onto window sheet making sure to place your acrylic block squarely into the corner of the Jig.  Do not remove from acrylic block until complete!
  • Remove image sheet from Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and place over card so that the girl image has the woman’s hand resting on her head. Do Not Move window sheet once you like the placement!
  • Bring Stamp-A-Ma-Jig back to window sheet so that it nestles into the corner once again, careful not to move the window sheet until placed.  Once the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is in place, you carefully remove the window sheet, leaving the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig in place (Don’t move it!)
  • Stamp your umbrella girl, by placing in the corner of the Jig as you did previously, this time without inking the umbrella.
  • Use your black Sharpie to color in and make any hair adjustments needed. (You may need to draw in a bit of the top of her hair)

It sounds like a lot of steps, but it does go quickly if you are comfortable with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  Practice does make this simple & quick.

 The graduate card was inspired by a fellow demonstrator, Sue Parker, who created a beautiful paper pieced version for her daughter’s graduation.  I couldn’t resist doing it in a silhouette version.

The cap is drawn over the hat and colored in so no one ever knows the hat was stamped.  I then free-handed a diploma-perhaps a little larger than i would on a second try.  You may wish to lightly pencil in before using your marker.

One last card to share-

I have a few friends going thru very difficult times right now.  So, having a quick card to send a caring thought is of great use.  As I stated at the beginning of this calendar year, sending encouragement is always appreciated by the recipient.

If you haven’t guessed by now, all the sentiments are in my handwriting.  Using my own handwriting on the front of a card is unusual for me, but it is quick and easy way to get exactly what I wanted to say to the recipient. It seemed to work with these cards due to the organic look of watercolor.  Although, I’m still not a huge fan of my own handwriting. (Is anyone?)  I didn’t have to spend time looking for the sentiments I wanted from other sets.  Of course, you can always do that.

Go on with your busy lives & send the handmade cards too!

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers seeing this.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Happy Easter 2017

Easter arrives here in Western Pennsylvania just as flowers are beginning to bloom.  The entire season and feeling of renewal and rebirth is emphasized by new things popping up all around us, while we are also packing away Winter things and excitedly planning for the weeks and months of Spring & Summer weather ahead.

This is a special time of year at Stampin’ Up! as well: the last few weeks of this year’s Annual & Occasions catalogs. Last week the retiring list was released to everyone and as usual some old & new favorites will be saying goodbye so new & reconfigured (yes, there are still rhinestones & pearls in the new catalog!) products can debut and keep our crafting up to current trends. Demonstrators everywhere are now getting a peak at what is to come in the new Annual Catalog which will debut June 1 and while it’s sad to say goodbye to some things in the 2016-2017 catalog, I’m really looking forward to quite a few things in the 2017-2018 catalog–I’m very sure you will love some of the new things too!

Today I wish to share this Easter card & additional wreath ideas made with a few products appearing on the retiring list.

If you saw my last card post (April 7) using the Law of 3rds, this card design should look very familiar. The Fruit Stand paper and outgoing Watermelon Wonder In-color makes this card feel bright & Spring-y.

Adding seasonal decorations, such as the Basket Builder Bundle here, to the Wondrous Wreath set is an easy way for me to make a quick card. Over the years, I’ve added many other sets to the Wondrous Wreath set to create cards for many seasons.

As you can see, by making a few changes, I could easily change up the look of the wreath with the same set of stamps & matching dies. The ideas were endless when adding other sets to create wreaths for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, etc.

While I will continue to love these sets (I buy what I love and keep what I buy), if you are in love with them too, you may want to check out the retiring section at my online store HERE. Things often go very quickly around retirement time and dies/bundles are often the first to fly off the shelves.

Happy Easter!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Quick cards: Using the rule of 3rds

I started this month with a type of intro to scrapbooking by showing how to turn a sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) into inspiration and the design element for a page; A basic skill all beginning paper crafters learn with or without the realization that they’ve learned it!

I didn’t want to leave my card making friends out of the loop.  So, today I’d like to share a similar concept with card making in mind.

This one rule can get you far in papercraft design: The rule of 3rds. See if you can spot it in the card below.

Two-thirds of this card is the This Christmas DSP with music notes.  One-third is the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Between the two is a small enough strip that the eye will not mind the split, but provide a place to accent and create a focal point, which on this card is  the Watercolor Wishes Kit Sentiment “Just A Note” stamped on Layering Circles Framelits. It is all adhered to a matching Basic Black card base.

Below you shall find the measurements to recreate the basic 3rds card design.  Looking around at various cards, you’ll notice how frequently this starting point is used in the card making world!

The above diagram shows too, how easily it would be to select 1 DSP and make this card.  Both prints above are actually just 1 paper that is double sided!  If you first cut your DSP the same size as the “Insert” (where you write your inner card message), then cut that DSP to form the two sizes, flip over one piece to show the other side’s design and you have the two prints above.

Here is a sample of the Rule of Thirds card made from the cardstock in the diagram above:

Notice I flipped the orientation of the smaller section to the bottom this time and stamped my sentiment (also from the stamps included in the Watercolor Wishes Kit) directly on the DSP.  The boots are from the Country Livin’ stamp set; colored with aqua painter to ink to paper.  I also misted ink onto the Occasions catalog Lace doilies to get the color to match my sentiment.

The rule of 3rds closely resembles the rule of threes.  Odd numbers are typically more pleasing to the eye and you’ll often see designers use 3 of something.  Check out the Watercolor Wishes Kit stamped sentiment above- there are 3 hearts.

If you look back at this recent card post using the Build It Framelits, you’ll notice I used a variation on the rule of 3rds diagram provided above.  I eliminated the center strip and instead added an addition cardstock mat.  The pegboard and bottom sentiment spot still maintain the 2/3 to 1/3 area splits.

I show you this card so that you see that the first two examples are just the jumping off point to this rule of 3rds design.  Try it on your next card or scrapbooking project for quick, easy, and eye-appealing results. And don’t be afraid to flip it on it’s side too for a bottom opening card!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Dragonfly Dreams meets Build It Framelits

Did you notice the hexagon die in the Build It Framelits?  How about the bumble bee in the Dragonfly Dreams set?  If we combine these two sets… Hexagon + Bee = Bee Hive!

And who says that dragonfly can’t flutter on by the hive?

The Details:

  • The card itself is 5″x5″ with the dimensional raised top layer with cut out hexagons & hand stitching cut @ 4.75″x4.75″.
  • The hexagon die itself is kept in the cut area to get the perfect pen line tracing around the outside of the cut. I used the Project Life Pens for this card.
  • The Delightful Dijon DSP found in the Serene Scenery pack is cut @ 4 7/8″x4 7/8″.
  • The shaded bee is stamped with delightful dijon and a basic black die cut bee adhered over the image.  These were then fussy cut with Snips and for a two of the bees I cut the wings and rearranged them for different in-flight looks.
  • Clear Wink of Stella was added to the bees and the dragonfly.
  • The sentiment was stamped & embossed (I later redid this one when my eyes in more light saw how badly it embossed!)

This second card uses the same paper stack, card stock colors, Dragonfly Dreams bundled set, but it does not include the Build It set on the outside, but a Delightful Dijon hexagon and bee (exactly as above) on the interior Very Vanilla writing area/liner of the card.

Offsetting the regular layers-card base: 4.25″x5.5′, black layer 4″x5.25″, DSP layer: 3.75″x5″ gives a different look and adds movement to this dragonfly card. Clear Wink of Stella on the dragonfly & inside bee and gold metallic thread make this a quick card to put together.

By combining the hexagon from the Build It Framelits and the bee in the Dragonfly Dreams set I will find myself using both sets more. **Today’s Tip: Always look around and see what uses you may have by combining the sets you own.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

An Easter Card from the Basket Builder Framelits

This Easter card made from the Stampin’ Up! Basket Builder framelits takes me back to the days when I’d go hunting for my hidden Easter basket first thing in the morning before we headed to church.  Our baskets always included marshmallow peeps, eggs (chocolate & dyed hard-boiled), a chocolate bunny, and various other goodies from toys to coloring books or school supplies we needed.  We always reused the same baskets, which were admittedly very large-and couldn’t be hidden in very many places so as we aged we discovered them more quickly since the same places seemed to be reused.  But the fun was in the discovery and love my parents put into the gifts.

This card features a rattan looking basket, die cut and inked in Crumb Cake, nestled in Garden Green grass and filled with die cut Peeps & some Pear Pizzazz grass trimmed to fit the basket.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, most of our Easter celebrations were held indoors because it was often raining outside.  So, I’ve included this in my card by using the rainy paper in the A Little Foxy DSP stack & some white die cut clouds created with the Up & Away Thinlits.

Perhaps you may not know that marshmallow peeps are also from Pennsylvania. So, it would be a rare Easter that those (then seasonal only) little Peeps & Chicks wouldn’t be in the basket or at least in the house.

I did not use the coordinating stamps for this particular card, but  I did buy the bundle and I expect to showcase other samples where the stamps & framelits were both used. I didn’t like that the stamp of the peep was missing a nose and the outline didn’t seem necessary for this card.  It was easy enough to hand dot/draw the eyes & nose with the black marker or my preference: the project life pens. This actually helped me produce them quicker too since I didn’t need to stamp first & line up the framelit to cut. I die cut first and drew faces on my whole pile of Peeps when I was done cutting. ***BTW: If this gives you an excuse to buy Peeps to see their little faces in real life, just blame it on research when you eat them.

By cutting the front of the blushing bride card stock 1/2″ shorter on one side (card stock will measure 4.25″x 10.5″ scored at 5.5″), I gave myself room to stamp “Happy Easter” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set which is in view from the front and also when the card is open.  On the inside I also added 3 die cut peeps with hand drawn faces. My Peep inside colors = Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Soft Sky. I used Peekaboo Peach & Flirty Flamingo for others on the front of the card and I believe Mint Macaron & So Saffron might work well also.

A small rhinestone accent allows me to also skip the stamping on the chocolate bunny- created with Chocolate Chip card stock, of course and also the bow-Blushing Bride to match the card base color.

Easter is April 16th this year; only a few weeks to get some cards made & in the mail to arrive on time to a few family members who used to stop by and celebrate the holiday weekend with us. My Peeps 🙂

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Pegboard card with the Build It Framelits

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of tools is a childhood memory of the pegboard covered wall in the garage with hanging tools.  So, it is the first thing I wanted to recreate with the Build It Framelits when I got them.

I decided not to use any of the tool stamps in the bundle to create this card I wanted to focus on just the Build It Framelits. I cut everything in silver foil paper first. Then because I was just using the framelits, the saw & other dies had to get a few modifications.

  1. The Soft Suede handle of the saw was cut by first cutting as is, then moving the die so the outside cut of the handle would remove the teeth-end of the saw and in the process create that nice curved edge.
  2. This handle was layered over the silver foil saw.
  3. Then silver foil circles (from the Owl Builder Punch) were added.
  4. Also, since the saw die creates a flat edge, I had to use my Stampin’ Up! Snips in order to create the jagged edge of the saw and to cut tops off the screws to create a flat nails.
  5. Lastly, the Snips were used to trim pieces from the screws to make the screwdriver handle highlights.

My paper piercing tool & piercing mat came in very handy with this project…

Many hammers I’ve owned & used have black grip handle; the paper piercing tool recreates this look well.

Recreate the pegboard by using your paper piercing tool, the piercing mat, and grid paper. Place your card stock between the grid and piercing mat and push the pointed piercing tool through the layers; No need to go very deep into the piercing mat-you just need to go through your grid paper & card stock fully.

*Note: If you use your piercing mat as a stamping mat also, flip it over and use the back side to pierce as you will get holes from piercing.  Then you’ll have a flat stamp side/bumpy piercing side in the future.

The last use of the paper piercing tool was to turn the circles, which are cut out when the hexagon nuts are cut, into screws (as you would see from a top view).  By gently brushing the edge (not pointy end!) of the paper piercing tool over the silver foil paper you can create the indents.

Adding silver metallic thread also adds a wire look to the project.

To finish the inside I put the ruler at the top  (trimmed down the size to fit) and a few die cuts I had leftover.

I didn’t use any stamps on this project at the point it was photographed, but the banner area created with the Build It dies on the front of the card left me room to stamp a sentiment with Black Stazon later (careful, foil paper can be slippery, but Stazon works best).

I’ll be showing more projects with these dies and the matching stamps which can be bundled for a discounted price.  Some projects will not be construction or tool projects either.

My tip to anyone who has plans to purchase the Build It Framelits or bundled set is to order it now.  Get it BEFORE Father’s Day gets close and it sells more.  Frequently, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day items (and other holidays too) sell more as the event dates approach.  This often causes sell-outs or back order delays.  So, you know that old saying…”The early bird gets the worm.”   …If you want it in time, buy early!

Until next time…

-Joanne

New lighthouse stamp set High Tide

Have you seen the New lighthouse stamp set called High Tide in the Occasions catalog?

It’s a photopolymer stamp set and in the US it costs $26.00.

I really like the sentiments in this set.  Plus, all the bits will build some nice scenes (sun/moon, water, grass, sand, etc.)

Today, I’m sharing an obvious use of the High Tide stamp set- building a scene of a lighthouse by the sea.

 I would recommend to anyone using this set to also use the Stamp-a-ma-jig Stampin’ Up! sells (or another stamp positioner which you prefer). It will make lining up the two light house pieces and the sand area at the lighthouse base so much easier than eye-balling it and hoping for the best.   In my sample, I used a stamp positioner for those 3 pieces and a regular acrylic block for the other stamps. I had no issues with stamp placement doing this.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

3″x4″ Valentines for classroom or Project Life pages

These small Valentines are perfect for use in classrooms or as individual handmade Project Life type pocket cards.

The Stampin’ Up! Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies cut the perfect rounded edge cards above.  This die set also cut the black die cut on which I stamped and embossed the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day”.

The card above started with two die cut 3″x4″ Project Life cards (Whisper White card stock). I used the new colored pencils which debuted in the 2017 Occasions catalog-LOVE THEM!- to watercolor the background card.  I then cut the foreground card with the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies 11 times, saving my mini hearts for other things- like the card below. Attached this die cut card over the watercolored card & used a dimensional to attach a heart I die cut from the Up & Away Thinlits. It needed the “you”, and I could not find one by itself I wanted to use so I cut apart a stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes to make it easy to get just this word without masking.

*Cutting apart stamps-Gasp…I do it a lot, actually- and can always still stamp with it’s original parts by placing it on a block with them together if I choose. Of course the first time I did it years ago I really had to think about it and breathe.  Now…I find it increases my use of some stamps!

If Punny Valentine’s are your thing, then the Hostess set “Pun Intended” is the set for you. The light bulb & sentiment above are from that set.  This set also includes sayings like: Bee Mine (there’s a bee), News flash you are awesome (there’s a camera), & You light up my life  (pair with the light bulb above). There are additional stamps as well.  And remember: you can earn Sale-A-Bration reward freebies AND Hostess freebies with qualifying orders until the end of March!

This last card couldn’t be easier & can be a quick lunch box note for someone you love.  Using the Swirly Scribbles dies I cut out the heart and “love” out of both Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo 3″x4″.  I then placed on a Rich Razzleberry card base which was 3.25″x4.25″ and inlayed the Flirty Flamingo in the openings.

If you are planning to provide some extra gift with the cards,  you could easily add any chocolates, candy or other item which has a flat surface to the back side of these cards with a small glue dot. If you can locate them, small glow-sticks, bracelets or necklaces could be a cute gift with the light bulb card.

Have fun crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne