Monday, February 28, 2011

Shimmer Paint Techniques - Sponge, Blender Pens, Spray

This past weekend I participated in the Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop - Techniques with 19 other Stampin' Up! demonstrators featuring different techniques. If you missed it, be sure to check my Blog Hop post and make your way through to check out all the techniques shared and the creativity - I know you'll be inspired! Here's a closer look at the Cupcake Birthday Card and the Birthday #2 Box I shared, using different techniques with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

For this card I created a cupcake with the Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlet for the Big Shot. I ran the base piece through my Crimper to give it the distinctive ridges of a cupcake wrapper and I ran the top piece through the Polka Dot Texture Impressions Folder to give it a great cupcake sprinkles texture. Then I added Frost White Shimmer Paint to both pieces, using a wedge of a Sponge to drag over the crimped ridges and all over the cupcake top. I also add a touch of Shimmer Paint to the candle flames.

For the inside of the card I used some Stampin' Markers to add color to a single cupcake from Birthday Bakery line-up and then added some sparkle and shine to it with Frost White Shimmer Paint. I used a Blender Pen to pick up the Shimmer Paint and apply it over the colored areas on the image and I just loved the **shimmer** it added!
Stamps: Curly Cute, Birthday Bakery
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Roes Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, StazOn Jet Black, variety of Markers, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Accessories: Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlet, Polka Dot Texture Impression Folder, Elegant Lines Texture Impression Folder, Mat Pack and Paper Piercer, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 Circle

I also featured this Birthday Box with the Fun Flower on top sprayed with Shimmer Paint Spray, which coordinates with the Birthday Cupcake card. This box could not be any easier to pull together - so perfect for a last minute hurry-up gift wrapping! I used the Box #2 Die for the Big Shot to die cut the box from Tempting Turquoise cardstock. Then I ran it through the Big Shot again with the Polka Dot Texture Impressions Folder. Finally I assembled it with a single short strip of Sticky Strip - the super strong 1/4" 'red line' adhesive from Stampin' Up! I just love this die cut! I wrapped a piece of Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon and tied it in a bow. Finally, I die cut the Fun Flower from Rose Red Cardstock, adhered it together and gave it several spritzes of Shimmer Paint Spray. The Daffodil Delight button in the flower center is from the Brights Buttons collection and that subtle sparkle from the Shimmer Paint Spray just finishes this little pretty up, I think!

To make your own Shimmer Paint Spray, you'll need to find a small, fine-mist spray bottle. Add some Rubbing Alcohol and a few drops of Shimmer Paint - any of the colors work well - shake and spray! It's such a quick and easy way to add instant glitz to your 3D and card projects!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Frost White Shimmer Paint Spray
Accessories: Box #2 Die, Polka Dot Texture Impressions Folder, Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, Brights Buttons, Oval Punch

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop - Techniques

Thank you for stopping by for the Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop - Techniques! If you arrived here from Tanya's Tinkerin' Ink blog, I know you loved her Faux Letterpress projects! If this is your first stop - no worries, you can continue all the way around the blog hop in a big circle by clicking the links at the end of each posting. I also have a listing of all the blogs at the bottom of this post. My Technique is using Shimmer Paint - an acid-free Pigment Ink. There are three different Shimmer Paint colors offered by Stampin' Up! - Frost White, Champagne and Platinum - my projects all feature Frost White Shimmer Paint, but in different applications.

My first Birthday card features Frost White Shimmer Paint on the outside AND the inside. After I die cut this cupcake with the Big Bold Cupcake Sizzlets for the Big Shot, I ran the base through the Crimper and the top through the Big Shot again in the Polka Dots Texture Folder. Then I swiped all the pieces with some Frost White Shimmer Paint and set it aside to dry. The candle flames also have a bit of Shimmer Paint.

Yesterday on my blog, I posted a close-up photo where you can see a bit of the shine and sparkle from the Shimmer Paint coating. It's so hard to capture in a photo, but I just love the look of it in person. To see the inside of this card with coloring using a Blender Pen and Shimmer Paint, check my blog post next week when I'll share the inside of this card and more details on how I used the Shimmer Paint.

This card uses Frost White Shimmer Paint added Direct to Rubber on the stamps from Inspired by Nature, using a Sponge Dauber and picking up the paint from the inside of the lid. The Shimmer Paint bottles have a little shaker ball in them and you should shake the bottle each time before you use the Shimmer Paint.  The Platinum and Frost White Shimmer Paints are more opaque than the Champagne Shimmer Paint and give a great contrast and sparkle on dark cardstocks.

Again, I'll have a few more details and close-up photos and a photo of the inside of my cards next week. I'll also share some tips and tricks next week on using the different Shimmer Paints and a few more projects and techniques, too.

One of my favorite ways to use Shimmer Paint is to put a few drops of it into a fine mist spray bottle with Rubbing Alcohol to create a Shimmer Paint Spray that I spray on my cards or projects - it gives instant shine and is the perfect finish to every card and 3D project - be careful, you'll be addicted to using Shimmer Paint Spray on everything you stamp!

This is the #2 Box for the Big Shot. I added texture with the Polka Dot Texture Folder and then wrapped it with a Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon Bow and a Bigz Fun Flower from the Occasions Mini, on the top. The Fun Flower is spritzed with Shimmer Paint Spray and it has a gorgeous sparkle - hopefully you can get a glimpse of it on a few of the petals. I'll have more details in my blog post next week as well.

Finally, this card features WaterColor Wonder Crayons and Frost White Shimmer Paint with the Awash with Flowers stamp set. These are both applied Direct to Rubber  The Shimmer Paint moistens the Crayon color and you have Shimmer Color! I stamped the outline images in the corresponding Classic Ink.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is also stamped with Crayons and Shimmer Paint to match. Yesterday on my blog I posted a close-up photo to try to capture a bit of the texture and shimmer. Can you see that subtle shimmer and shine from the Shimmer Paint layered over the colors from the WaterColor Wonder Crayons?

I wish I could share these projects with you in person! You just have to try Shimmer Paint and a few of these techniques for yourself so you can see the beautiful shimmer effect you can easily add to your stamped projects. And be sure to come back next week to see a few more details of these cards as well as some other new cards and even more ways to use Shimmer Paint - with Blender Pens and a Mother Of Pearl technique and Saran Wrap - oh my! But right now it's time to continue on the Birthday Blog Hop - head on over to Chipper's 3 Scrappin' Chicks blog for some gorgeous Brayered Sky projects!


Stampin' Addicts Second Annual Birthday Blog Hop - Techniques!

1) Yapha -- Shaving Cream -- Rubber Stamping & Card Making with Yapha
2) Holly P (HollyLogic) -- punch art -- InkPaperStamps
3) Cindy (CindyE) -- watercolor -- ~~Heart's Delight Cards~~
4) Carmen -- inlaid embossing -- Stamping Addiction
5) Krystal (skdeleeuw) -- spotlighting -- Krystal's Cards and More
6) Sara (lilyinkpad) -- chalkboard -- Lily's Ink Pad
7) Betty (kittystamp) -- watercolor crayons -- Kitty Stamp
8) Kim (s1itcher46) -- Faux flocking -- Stitchin n Stampin' on Paper
9) Sarah (willsygirl) -- Paper Piecing -- Sarahs Ink Spot
10) Twila (tjdstamps) -- Collage stamping -- Stamp A Little Longer
11) Debra (WebDeb) -- Polished Stone -- Heartfelt Inkspiration
12) Jennifer (jentimko) -- Clear Block Stamping -- Stampin' on the Fly | My adventures in stamping
13) Rhonda (rhondag) -- Baby Wipe Ink Pad -- The Stampin' Bunny
14) Tanya (tanya27) -- Reverse Faux Letterpress -- Tinkerin In Ink with Tanya
15) Mary (MaryR) -- Shimmer Paint -- {scrap and stamp with mary}
16) Ellen (Chipper) -- brayered sky -- 3 Scrappin' Chicks
17) Adriana (escape2stamp) -- faux leather -- Escape2stamp with Adriana Benitez
18) Kandi (kandicejo) -- ribbon techniques -- My Sweet Stampin Spot
19) Cheryl (lovetostampandscrap) -- Dazzling Diamond Dust -- Love to Stamp & Scrap
20) Holly K (catrules) -- smooch spritz -- Rubber Redneck

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Birthday Blog Hop - Sneak Peeks!

Don't forget on Friday the Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop starts - you can begin here at my blog and go in a circle to all the blogs via links at the bottom of each post - we're all sharing cards and birthday projects featuring a wide variety of techniques. There are some other Birthday Festivities going on at Stampin' Addicts, so be sure to check them out! My projects will all feature Shimmer Paint from Stampin' Up! Here are some close-up Sneak Peeks of a few of my projects. Can you see the shine from the Shimmer Paint on this card with the Awash with Flowers stamp set? Can you guess how I used it on this card?

And how about this cupcake from the Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlet for the Big Shot? There is a lot of shimmer and shine on it, from the glinted liner to the sparkling frosting and candle flames. Be sure to come back here on Friday and see all the projects! You're sure to find some new techniques or a twist on an old technique and lots of inspiration and creativity!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Stampin' Addicts!

When a friend or loved one has a birthday, you send 'em a card, right? But what if the celebrant is your favorite website just for Stampin' Up! fans all over the stampin' universe? You make 'em a card and send it into cyber-space, of course! Today, Stampin' Addicts officially turns two! To kick off a week of festivities, we're hosting a Virtual Card Shower and then at the end of the week a Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop - Techniques - where each blog will feature a different technique. So be sure to check out the Birthday festivities, the forum and especially the gallery at Stampin' Addicts and then go for a blog hop this weekend for great tips, techniques and birthday inspiration!

This Butterfly Birthday Tag is attached to a Treat Basket and they are just two of the items we'll be making at my upcoming Birthday Bash class on Friday. And take a closer look at this sweet Butterfly Gift Tag. It's sparkling with Shimmer Paint Spray. Can you see the shimmer and shine? It's so hard to capture in a photo, but so lovely in person!

I love using Shimmer Paint on my stampin' project for an added sparkle and shine. The Shimmer Paint Spray is just one of the many ways you can use this fun product from Stampin' Up! On Friday, I'll share a few more Shimmer Paint projects in the Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop - Techniques!  This is our second annual Birthday Blog Hop! The Birthday Blog Hop will run from noon EST on Friday, February 25th to midnight Sunday, February 27th. Hope to see you there! - here! :)

Stampin' Addicts is a public online site for Stampin' Up fans around the world. There's no charge to join, they have daily stampin' challenges and the gallery currently has over 23,000 projects--it's easy to find inspiration, since it's organized by stamp set. If you swing through, give me a shout-out - my screen name is MaryR :)

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Friday, February 18, 2011

BOLO - Technique Blog Hop and a video from Shelli

Next Friday I'll be part of the Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop - this is a technique blog hop with 25 techniques featured! If you've followed my blog for long, you know I love techniques and I can't wait to see the great ideas from this incredible group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators! The technique that I'll be sharing ideas for is Shimmer Paint! Yay - gotta love that sparkle from a good dose of Shimmer Paint - hopefully you'll be inspired.

Also, I wanted to share this gorgeous video of creativity and inspiration from Shelli Gardner, one of the co-founders of Stampin' Up! You'll LOVE the beautiful ideas and studio!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Clearly for You - in Burgundy

Here are two cards using the Clearly For You stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog. This stamp set has a wide variety of images in a smaller size designed to coordinated with the Beveled Window Panes and the Simply Adorned line of Charms. However, it is also well suited to stand alone on cards and scrapbook pages, too. I used the same elements for both these cards, and only changed the image and the orientation of the card.

Here's a close-up of the egret image. I stamped the image in Basic Black Craft Ink and then heat embossed it with Black Embossing Powder onto River Rock cardstock. Then I added just a touch of white with my Signo White Gel Pen and softened it with just a smudge from a tissue. This helps the egret portion of the image stand out a little from all the rest of the tiny details.

For this card I used the three birds on a branch image and also heat embossed it onto River Rock cardstock with Basic Black Craft Ink and Black Embossing Powder. I overstamped this with River Rock ink and the Sanded background stamp.

For the background piece of River Rock cardstock, I stamped some of the other images from Clearly For You in River Rock ink and stamped the Sanded background stamp over all. This is embossed in the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and then flattened by running it through the Big Shot again on the outside of the folder. I also embossed and flattened the Basic Black piece and punched it with the Decorative Label Punch as a mat for the main bird image.

Stamps: Clearly For You, Sanded , En Francais
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, River Rock, Baja Breeze, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black Craft, River Rock, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Medium Jewelery Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Texture Embossing Folder, Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Brads

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day - Charm Inserts

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you're spending today with someone sweet and enjoying lots of sweets! Here are some sweet inserts I made for my Simply Adorned charms using the Love Patterns DSP and the Filled with Love stamp set from Stampin' Up! Remember today is the very last day to order the Love Patterns DSP, you can click on Shop Now below and order your package. Add a few more items to your cart and you could also choose a Free Stamp Set from Sale-A-Bration! You'll see several cards and ideas on my blog over the next several weeks using Sale-A-Bration stamp sets. That's because there are SO many to choose from, including some Sale-A-Bration exclusive items.

Some of the stampers at my Charm School class last week made this Valentine's insert for their charm. It's so quick and easy to create unique inserts - and lots of fun! All of these pieces came together from scraps on my cutting table after creating several Valentine Cards. The tiny hearts are punched from Real Red cardstock using the Owl Punch. These are the perfect size for the Simply Adorned Charms.

Stamps: Filled with Love
Cardstock: Love Patterns DSP, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Small Heart Punch, Owl Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Trinket Keys, Chantilly Lace, Basic Jewels Rhinestone

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Technique Card - Define Your Life

Here is a card we made at January Technique Club using Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin' Up! to create sparkling icicles. Can you see the icicles dangling below the perfect definition sentiment? The definitions sentiment is from the stamp set Define Your Life and on the inside is a 'Thank You' sentiment from Thank You Kindly stamp set which you can earn FREE during Sale-A-Bration!

Crystal Effects is such a fun product and there are SO many ways to use it. We're trying just a few each month at Technique Club because it does take time to dry and can get a little messy. We'll play with Crystal Effects a little this month, too and it's going to get really messy! :) I always tell my stampers that they'll know they've been stamping at my house when they leave with glitter on their faces and fingers stained with ink!

The Love Patterns Designer Series Paper is a Valentine's themed paper with sheets of Real Red and Pretty in Pink patterns of Brocade, Stripes, Print and Polka Dots. This beautiful package of DSP is only available until February 14th, so be sure to order your package of it today!

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Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack12 sheets total: three 12" x 12" sheets of two double-sided designs in Real Red and Pretty in Pink


Stamps: Define Your Life, Thank You Kindly, Serene Snowflakes
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Love Patterns DSP, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Northern Frost Decorative Strip (Big Shot), Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Basic Jewels Rhinestone

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Owl punch - January Workshop cards

Here is another of the cards we made at my January workshops - this card features the completely adorable Owl Punch from Stampin' Up! as well as a bit of the Ice Cream Parlor accessories, which are one of the Sale-A-Bration exclusive products. This 'thank you' sentiment is from the stamp set Thank You Kindly, which is one of the many stamp sets you can choose for your FREE Sale-A-Bration item as well. (Remember, you can choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 purchase and also as a Hostess you can earn free SAB items.)

This Owl can be dressed up or down and so many changes to patterns, embossing, colors and little accessories make such a change in his appearance. I also used the Polka Dots Texture Embossing Folder for the Big Shot on the Rose Red card base. This Polka Dots folder is one of the most versatile texture folders from Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Cardstock: Rose Red, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Ice Cream Parlor DSP
Ink: Rose Red
Accessories: Owl Punch, Polka Dot Texture Folder for the Big Shot, Ice Cream Parlor Buttons

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