The one thing most card makers always remember is that feeling of awe the first time they used embossing on their handmade project. Whether it was embossing with powders, an embossing folder, a stylus or paste, it leaves an impression on both the paper & the person!
Earlier this week I teased you with information on the new embossing paste and posted the two cards I’m sharing today.
These cards are loaded with fun techniques. They are pretty easy techniques too! We’ll focus on the card on the left, for the most part, but I will share how to make that great “hello friend” image for the second card towards the end of the post.
Step 1: Stamp the images in Versamark onto Crumb Cake CS, after using embossing buddy on your paper to keep stray powders away. Then apply embossing powder (Gold) and tap off extra. Use the heat gun to melt powder.
Step 2: With your card front on an easily washable surface (I chose the silicone mat), choose your Decorative Mask and placement. Then use Washi tape (I sometimes use Frog tape for painting) to temporarily tape mask down to keep it from shifting. Apply paste with the Palette Knives in an even coat- Spread it like putting butter on toast or frosting on cake. Carefully remove mask immediately after using.
Step 3: Immediately close up your embossing paste and clean your masks, knives and anything else that came in contact with the embossing paste using a water bath (for later cleaning) or warm sink and non-metal bristle brush (a toothbrush works great!).
Step 4: If you didn’t take too long to clean your materials, your embossing paste should still have enough damp spots to it that you can add embossing powder (White) & it will cling to some (not all) areas- don’t try to get a perfect covering of it if you want the shading. Apply, tap off, and heat set- Yes, be aware it will bubble because of the paste. It adds even more texture.
Step 5: Using a dauber and Crumb Cake ink, rub in additional color in areas you choose. I recommend also doing the edges of the entire card front. The areas with Embossing Powder will resist the color, the areas of paste which didn’t take on Embossing Powder will accept some of the ink, but not as heavily as the cardstock does.
Step 6: Since this card front used a lot of different mediums, I found Tear Tape to be the best to adhere it to the card base. The card base I used is Marina Mist as it matched my Dragonfly Dreams die-cut the best.
Step 7: I cut the Swirly Scribbles die out in cardstock (color doesn’t matter, it is being covered in embossing powder), and decided to trim parts of it away before embossing. Cover it in Versamark, add powder, heat- Repeat 3 times for a nice glossy appearance to the Gold swirl. Attach using glue dots for best adhesion.
Step 8: Use watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, and aqua painter to create a washed blue/green background paper which you die cut to get the dragonfly with variations of soft color. The full dragonfly (background) die-cut is in Marina Mist. Attach using the fine tip glue pen and then cover the entire die with the pen and allow to sit until dry.
Step 9: The dragonfly on the right has added embossing. Apply areas of Versamark (just tap the corner of the pad), Gold embossing powder, and heat to achieve this gilded appearance.
Step 10: Use your fingers to slightly curl the wings and adhere the dragonfly to the card with glue dots.
Card 2 has one additional technique for this “hello friend” emblem.
Using the largest Layering Oval die, cover it in Versamark – just smoosh your pad over the cardstock.
Add the embossing powder and heat as usual. Then repeat multiple times (mine has 5 layers).
Before the last time you heat, ink whichever Red Rubber (photopolymer might not like the heat- I didn’t want to try and perhaps damage) stamp in Versamark as a release agent. Set aside.
Heat the final layer and immediately stamp into the wet/heated powder before it cools. It might slide a bit so be careful to stamp straight up & down!
You shouldn’t get embossing powder pulling up on your stamp thanks to the Versamark pre-stamp, but do make sure to clean off any residue asap because the heated Versamark can be difficult to get off the rubber later. -Yes, a little more scrubbing will do the trick.
As an extra bonus: Layered embossing powder stamping is a great project for cardstock you don’t like or stamped poorly as it will be covered. Yippee for that!
I hope you liked all these techniques and try one or more of them on a card. If you copy my card in different colors, I would LOVE to see the result. I imagine it would be lovely in so many other colors of embossing and/or colors of the dragonfly & card.
As I described last week, with just a few additions and alterations to the Memories and More Color Theory products you can have cards or 12″x12″ layouts.
While there were no comments on that post, those who saw me in person requested more card ideas from these products. I’m happy to share additional greeting cards today using the Color Theory Memories and More products.
June is the most popular month for weddings. This card using the Colorful Seasons dies, Stitched Shape dies and papers from the Color Theory & Wood Textures 6″x6″ lines may be a perfect one for the new couple having a beach wedding. No stamping necessary-just cut the sentiment from the center of the card using a Square Stitched Shapes die & flip the pattern side over to create an inlay of the sentiment.
The same Cut & Flip idea is used on the Spring card below. Adding the beautiful Cherry Blossom dies really creates interest to this otherwise simple card.
Cutting out the sentiments can lead to these great Winter cards too:
The large 4″x6″ cards are trimmed to create TWO 2″x5.5″ strips for the snowy designer paper on these cards. Colorful Seasons dies create those fantastic Filver Foil snowflakes. Oh, how wonderful are those Glitter Enamel Dots as centers!
My favorite? These Autumn leaves create absolutely stunning cards!
I used Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Paper, and Aqua Painter Pens to create the colorful backgrounds for the sentiment and additional leaves. I LOVE the results of these most. The striped strip and printed leaves (small card, as is, from the pack) are all from the Color Theory Memories and More set.
It really doesn’t take much to create greeting cards from the Memories and More set. I’m anxiously awaiting delivery of the 3 other Memories and More collections in order to have quick projects at my fingertips for those days I want to create, but don’t want to use a multitude of techniques or materials to do so.
For three weeks we have started a double page layout by starting with one 12″x12″ sheet of designer series paper (DSP) and cutting it to span the to pages on a double page scrapbook layout. This week we will be using this same idea, however our orientation of the DSP will change.
*My apologies for the week delay in posting-technical difficulties & a busy week left no time to fix them until now…thanks for bearing with me…On to the layout:
The 5″x12″ DSP on this layout will be applied flush with the outer sides of each layout page, with the 12″x1/2″ Silver Foil strip against it .
Since we’ve flipped the orientation of the DSP to the sides, we’re including small banner strips (1″x11″ & 1/2″x10″) to ground the large (9 3/8″x8.5″) Rich Razzleberry mats which contain the smaller Whisper White photo mats (6″x4″ and 3″x4″).
The stamps used on the 2.5″x1″ banner piece are from the Project Life Hello Lovely Accessories. The same Hello Lovely accessories stamp set was used for the flower on the journal card.
I really love the Mediterranean Moments cafe scene stamp and chose to add it on a 3″x3″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and used the wonderful watercolor pencils and blender pens to color the image. I later matted in on 3.25″ square of Sweet Sugarplum and added to one of the 6″x4″ photo mat areas where I used Blooms & Bliss DSP and centered a 6″x1.25″ strip of Rich Razzleberry cardstock under the stamped image.
Having the Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil really helps the color flow with this Blooms & Bliss cardstock. I love the color coordination with Stampin’ UP! products!
For my beginning scrapbookers: Remember that this same layout design can be created with different designer series papers & stamps to fit your photo needs.
I do not add titles to all of my scrapbook pages, and instead rely heavily on a journal card to tell the reader the information behind the photos. However, if you prefer having titles, try adding smaller ones along the sides or longer titles across the bottom of this layout.
I hope you enjoyed these 4 weeks of beginning scrapbook design layouts. My apologies again for those who were waiting a whole week longer on this last post in the 4 week series. Thank you for your patience.
May is National Scrapbook Month. What better time to get scrapping!
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!
I recently sat down with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create a few double page scrapbook layouts which any beginning scrapbooker could recreate and still happily show-off with pride. All of this month’s layouts have one thing in common: they all start with 1 piece of 12″x12″ DSP which I used as the focal paper for the double page spread. How I cut and used that DSP and the other papers I added changed only slightly. However, the photo orientation and matting is what changes the layout designs.
This Aquarium themed layout starts with 1 sheet of the 12″x12″ blue speckled paper in the Blooms & Bliss DSP pack. As you see in the final double page spread below, the chosen DSP will be cut and be used on both the left and right pages of the layout.
Island Indigo & Mint Macaron, the main colors in the DSP, were pulled as I chose the color scheme for this aquarium layout. In addition to these two colors, I added Whisper White cardstock to brighten and provide a nice stamp background for the images. Plus, since I’m now mainly working with photos printed from my Selphy printer, I like to double mat my photos (I’ve always preferred double mats and with the postcard size prints from the Selphy, it is easier to trim a smidgen off one side and double mat.)
I have more (small) photos I’d like to use and decided to add them to the area with the jellyfish. During my thought/creative process I thought that would be a great place for title placement using the Brushwork Alphabet stamps to stamp, “At the Aquarium”, but have since decided the photos & journal block (lower left, right page) will speak for themselves and I would rather have the added photos on the page. Since you, my readers, might also have the same dilemma, I thought I’d pencil in the sizes for these small photos and you could decide if you stamped your title here or added additional small photos as I have chosen to do.
Because I knew I would be using the watercolor pencils and aqua painter pens to color in my images, I chose Archival Grey Ink as my stamping ink. It handles the water (always distilled) well.
If you are very new to watercoloring, you may wish to use watercolor paper only. Until you learn to control the water content, it is very hard not to overwork Whisper White cardstock (it pills easily). I used watercolor paper to create the turtles, which I later cut out only after allowing them to dry & then embossing with clear powder. You could certainly use this same process for the jellyfish and marlin and apply with glue; it would even provide added dimension to the page, which you may prefer.
Materials recreate this layout:
2 sheets 12″x12″ Island Indigo cardstock as background
1 sheet speckled Island Indigo & Mint Macaron 12″x12″ from Blooms & Bliss DSP stack. Cut once to create a 4.5″x12″ (Left layout-applied up to inner spread edge) AND 7.5″x12″ (Right Layout-applied to inner spread edge.)
2 sheets 8.5″x11″ Mint Macaron cardstock. Cut both sheets as shown in the photo below:
1 sheet 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock. Cut 6) 4″x6″ and 2) 2″x4″
1 sheet Watercolor paper
1 Aqua Painter Pen filled with distilled water (tap water could later lead to mold or spotting problems).
A paper towel to blot off water & previous colors as you watercolor
Versamark (Using a dry aqua painter a Versamark refill can be used to apply Versamark to the area which you wish to apply the clear embossing powder. Should you decide to cut out all images from watercolor paper you could smoosh the Versamark pad over the images. OR… If you own the retired, but still widely available in other markets Versamark pen, that can be used)
Clear Embossing Powder (all my images were dried after watercoloring, covered with versamark, and embossed.)
Heat gun to set Embossing Powder
Stamp Set From Land To Sea
Archival Grey Ink
SU! Snips-fine tip scissors
Tombo or other adhesive (I used both Snail & tombo)
Clear Wink of Stella (If you desire glitter on the jellyfish and marlin, do this prior to adding the Versamark & Embossing. It will seal in the glitter!)
Paper Trimmer to cut the cardstock
The pieces Mint Macaron 1/2″x2.75″ and 1/2″x3″ are butted up against the Blooms & Bliss DSP. Both 1/2″x2.75″ pieces were flush with the Island Indigo edges. The 1/2’x3″ is centered. (This allows me to use my scraps & avoid cutting down a 12″x12″ sheet of Mint Macaroon for a 1/2″x12″ strip)
My small photos (faint pencil lines) on the jellyfish mat are: left top to bottom: 1.75″x1.75″, 2″x1.75″ & 1.75″x1.75″ Right side: 2.25″x2″
I hope this helps some of you create your layouts.
The Falling In Love DSP which is available in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions catalog has some great designs for cards and scrapbook pages alike.
Today, I’m sharing a simple scrapbook layout with the floral Rich Razzleberry pattern which comes in this 12″x12″ Falling In Love paper pack.
On the page above, I simply cut 5 Rich Razzleberry card stock pieces at 4.25″x4.25″ and spaced 4 of them 1/4″ from sides; centering the last as a center diamond. This leaves space for 5 4″x4″ photos, or as I did here- an embellishment with the Jar of Love stamps & dies in the center.
Since you typically get 2 of each pattern in a pack of DSP (unless it is a specialty paper), it makes it easy to do double page layouts using the DSP as the background paper.
Using DSP as your background paper provides interest and can provide texture too, depending on the paper.
As you see in the second page of the layout, I continued with the Jar of Love products on a Stitched Shapes Framelits Oval to create the area which will hold a title/journal area. The photo mats for this page are 4.25″x6.25″ and 3.25″x4.25″. These mats are spaced 1/2″ from sides and each other.
These pages went together quickly for me. It did help that I had previously stamped and cut the Jar of Love materials when I was working on another project.
The design for these pages creates easy layout template where many other patterned papers and stamp/die sets could be substituted to make another theme. Try substituting the Falling In Love DSP for the Urban Underground DSP and the Jar of Love items for the Build It tools. Do both layouts & add photos and check Mother’s Day and Father’s Day off your list!
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 🙂
This hello lovely Jar of Love (stamps & die bundle) layout turned out better than I imagined it in my head.
It took a considerable amount of time stamping and die-cutting all the flowers for this page, but I am very pleased with the end results.
I’ve always liked the combination of pink & green. The Mint Macaron & Blushing Bride card stocks are great together for this combination. Having not been a big fan of Mint Macaron when it debuted in 2015, I can now say that I will sorely miss this color as it leaves in May after it’s 2-year stint in the In-Color family line of 2015-2017. But as it goes, I’m sure something wonderful will take the place it has now fondly filled in my heart. Perhaps I’ll need time warming up to those 2017-2019 In-Colors too, or I may love them instantly. I can’t wait to find out in the next few months what they’ll be! …And perhaps some time my day will be made and all my favorite colors will return to the line-up so that I can play with them again. …Okay, I’ll stop dreaming now!
Speaking of dreaming though, this page really gave me that dreamy-girl feeling. Perhaps it is the color combination: In addition to the colors already mentioned, there is the Black & White bold striped paper from the Pop of Pink DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo Inks, & the added touch of Gold Foil paper for the leaves & heart.
I’ve been stingy …frugal? … cheap? in the past and didn’t used much of this foil paper. I’m a convert! This page would not be the same without it! Please don’t be like I was, waiting for the perfect moment to break out the foil paper. It really is that little something that can take your projects from okay to WOW!
The Stitched Shapes Framelits also add that extra touch to the center embellishment. The “hello lovely” is a stamp in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessories pack. And that bow- LOVE that cute bow which is from the Holly Berry Happiness & matching Punch which carried over from the 2016 Holiday catalog. I find myself putting that bow on quite a few things these days.
Yes, this page took a bit of time and a few more supplies than my usual designs. But I did it in steps; While I was double stamping the Jar of Love flowers, (All done with same color per flower, just by over-stamping same color for highlight color until shading was the darkness desired-A nice stamp positioner is helpful for this process!) I just made a whole pile of them for this project and future projects before even starting the layout. Then I could just play around as I created.
As I mentioned, May will come around and some products will retire whether we like it or not. If there is something in the Annual catalog you want, don’t wait for the retired list to come out and things to go away. Stock up on any out-going 2015-2017 In-Color paper, Inks, & Ink Refills now while they are still in stock.
You can shop with me thru this LINK. And remember, every $50.00 US still earns you a FREE SAB catalog product during Sale-A-Bration (ending March 31, 2017).
And if you really like getting a deal, you can become a demonstrator yourself. For $99.00 USD you can get up to $125.00 in products which YOU choose! Plus, sign up before March 31, 2017 and you will be able to select your choice of TWO extra stamp sets—any price, from any catalog (with the exception of Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles)-That’s up to $104.00 in FREE stamps if you choose the most expensive 2 stamp sets! There is never any obligation to continue purchasing the products after purchasing your personalized starter kit, unless you wish to continue maintaining demonstrator status. You can read more and if you choose, sign up HERE. It is a great way to build your supply stash even if you choose only to join only for your own supplies! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
I think I’m going to go play some more with the extra bits I’ve stamped & punched from the Jar of Love stamp/die bundle.
The new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog contains these double-sided (very vanilla/whisper white) doilies which are quite effective as snowflakes. By cutting apart the doilies at different points, each of my snowflakes on this scrapbook layout became unique and helped highlight the winter scenes in the double page layout below.
Just a few snips of your scissors and your doilies will turn into various snowflake shapes to add to your winter scrapbook layouts (or cards, if you prefer).
The designer paper, which I decided could look like it is ice-laden in a snowy layout, is also from the Occasions catalog- it is a design in the Falling In Love Designer Series pack and the 12″x12″ matching card stock is also available. I added the polka-dot print DSP from the Neutrals collection in the annual catalog and some Very Vanilla card stock for mats to complete the layout.
The stitched framelits & banners dies were also used for the oval and to cut out a current annual catalog hostess set called “Time of Year”.
In addition, I used the gold letters available in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessory pack for my title banner and to add the word “Photos” to my journal tag which will hold a numbered key to describe when and where the photos were taken on my property during this winter.
Details on my paper cuts for this double page layout:
Neutrals DSP stack polka dot paper: cut 2) 5″x11″, Use 1) 5″x1″ strip to create banner, and cut other to 1/2″x3″ for photo journal topper.
Falling In love DSP-cut 2) 4.75″x12″ strips (Make sure your trees are facing proper direction when you cut!)
Very Vanilla- I used all 8.5″11″ card stock and was able to get away with this as the snowflakes or mats covered the cuts on the longer strips. Cut 4) .75″x11″, 4) .75″x1″ [This & previous will piece together on left sides of each page to form 3/4″x12″ long mat under Falling In Love DSP, 2) 4″x6″, 2) 4″x4″, 3) 3″x4″, and 2) 3″x3″ You’ll need about a 3″x4″ scrap for the Time of year & Oval to be stamped/die cut. I stamped in Sahara Sand.
Cut apart doilies as you desire. I followed each inner circle area first. Then, I got more creative and cut apart at different areas to create the various pointed shapes. I used 6 doilies on this layout, but do have some bits of those 6 I did not use on the layout (mostly the outermost layer) which I can later use on other projects.
While our longer season of warm temperatures were nice while they lasted, winter seems to have settled upon us this week-just in time for Punxsutawney Phil to tell us we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter, I’m sure!
Have fun making snowflakes from these doilies!
I would love it if these stuck around. . . Just like I loved that warmer weather.