Monday, October 31, 2011

Daring Adventure - Brayer Technique

I stamped this card after seeing a beautiful brayering color combination by a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Tasmania. Stampin' Up! has an incredible resource for demonstrators to share ideas and projects through Stampin' Connection, a demonstrator only forum and gallery. Currently there are nearly 200,000 photos in the gallery at Stampin' Connection.

I brayered More Mustard ink onto the center of some Very Vanilla cardstock and then brayered Cherry Cobbler and Not Quite Navy to the top and bottom. Then I swiped the piece with the Embossing Buddy, a powder pillow that helps keep stray Embossing Powder only where you want it - on the stamped image. I stamped the sentiment from Daring Adventure in Basic Black Craft ink and heat embossed it with the Heat Gun and Clear Embossing Powder. Then I stamped a few of the boot prints off the edge in Not Quite Navy ink.

The Cherry Cobbler piece is embossed in the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. For the ribbon embellishment, I wrapped the Not Quite Navy Taffeta Ribbon around my fingers to create two loops and then pinched them in the middle with a Glimmer Brad. I added it to the stamped piece by punching a hole through the top two layers.

The layout for this card is from the Sketch Challenge in a recent Take Ten magazine. Several of the stampers in my monthly Technique Club swap with each other and this month's theme was to follow the Take Ten sketch. I'll share their beautiful cards in the next few days.

Stamps: Daring Adventure
Ink: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Accessories: Not Quite Navy Taffeta, Glimmer Brads, Vintage Texture Folder

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Always Thankful - Embossed Frames

Here is another card using the Designer Frames Embossing Folder and Always Thankful stamp set from Stampin' Up! This card was featured at my September Stamp Camp.

An easy way to add images to the inside of the Embossed Frame is simply to stamp it onto another piece of cardstock and then trim it to fit inside the rectangle embossed frame or punch it with the Extra Large Oval Punch to fit inside the oval embossed frame. After stamping the stalks of wheat image, from the Always Thankful stamp set, onto Very Vanilla cardstock, I added some color with More Mustard and So Saffron Markers. Then I trimmed it to fit inside the embossed frame and lightly sponged the edges with a Sponge Dauber and More Mustard ink before adhering it inside the frame.
The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and is punched out with the Word Window Punch onto a mat from the Modern Label Punch. Crumb Cake Seam Binding wrapped and knotted, finishes the card. The sentiment tag is adhered below the knot so that it only appears to be tied, but is easier to adhere to the card just where you'd like it. As a finishing touch, after all the elements have been applied, I added Dazzling Details to each of the wheat stalks.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Santa Inchies - Jolliest Time of the Year

 Here is one of the cards we created at my October Christmas Card class. This sweet Santa and cute little tree is from the Jolliest Time of the Year stamp set from Stampin' Up! The Christmas Card class is offered each month in September, October and November and is a great way to stamp several Christmas cards before the holiday season gets too hectic. We make 4 cards each of three different designs each month, so that by Thanksgiving, you have 36 cards ready to be addressed and mailed! It's not too late to join, though, and I'd love to see you in November!

For this Santa card, we stamped images of the Santa and the tree in Jet Black StazOn ink and then colored with a variety of Markers and a Blender Pen. These are punched out with the 1 1/4" Square Punch in a variety of angles and then adhered to mats punch with the 1 3/8" Square Punch. The So Saffron mat is embossed with the Snow Swirled Embossing Folder in the Big Shot. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, Jolliest Time of the Year.

The final touch is added with Dazzling Details to the ornaments and the fur ruff on the Santa's.  This is easy to add to small areas like this, with the narrow tip of the applicator bottle. The only thing you need to remember, is to allow the Dazzling Details to dry completely before you stack up your cards.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Mojo Monday - Daring Adventure

I stamped this card this morning, using Daring Adventure from Stampin' Up! and the sketch challenge from Mojo Monday. And the color combination is from the Color Coach. I love Poppy Parade, and especially with So Saffron and Baja Breeze.  Some other things I love - Miniature Safety Pins, Satin Ribbon, Embossing - both Heat Embossing and Big Shot.

The sentiment on the main panel is embossed in Black Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder with the footprints stamped in Early Espresso. I used the miniature safety pins from Vintage Trinkets to attach the 'friends' tag to a knot of Black Satin Ribbon. There are a few other tags of Poppy Parade and Early Espresso behind the 'friends' tag.

Stamps: Daring Adventure, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Brights DSP, Early Espresso
Ink: Basic Black Craft, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Texture Embossing Folder, Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Jewelry Tag Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Scallop Border Punch

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Embossing Inside an Embossed Frame Mini Tutorial

I made this clean and simple card a few weeks ago and wanted to share how easy it is to do this kind of embossing with the Big Shot  - Select Embossing - where I embossed inside an embossed frame. If you have questions, feel free to send me an e-mail or comment and I'll try to help.

The first tip I have for using the Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders is to adhere a piece of cardstock, cut just smaller than the folder, to the back of your Designer Frames folder. This will help eliminate that slight line you get on your embossed cardstock, which is from the edge of the Designer Frames folder. I drop down to the 'no tab' of the Multi-Purpose Platform when I use the Designer Frames folder with the cardstock shim attached to the back. Here's a picture of the front, you can see the piece of Marina Mist cardstock adhered to the back of the folder.
Now, on to doing some Select Embossing. The Big Shot embosses using pressure, so if you change where the pressure is applied, you can control where the Big Shot embosses. For Select Embossing inside the Oval Designer Frame, I first created a chipboard oval cutting plate substitute using the Extra Large Oval Punch - formerly known as the Wide Oval Punch. To create this, I punched out several layers of a lightweight chipboard with the Extra Large Oval Punch and then glued them together to create a thick stack.  

Then I embossed the Oval Designer Frame onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Now, place this embossed piece inside the Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder so that the flower you like is showing inside the embossed oval frame.

Close the folder and then use a tiny bit of adhesive to attach the Oval chipboard piece to the Embossing Folder so that it lines up with the embossed oval on the cardstock - you can see through the folder to the embossed cardstock.  

The chipboard piece is a substitute for the bottom cutting plate. So your sandwich is Multi-Purpose Platform, Oval Chipboard (adhered to the folder), Flower Garden Folder (cardstock inside), and Top Cutting Plate. Run this through the Big Shot - you might have to play with the tabs on the Multi-Purpose platform to get the right pressure, depending on the thickness of your oval chipboard. For the thickness of my chipboard piece, I used the Multi-Purpose Platform on Tab 2.You don't want too much pressure for this step, just enough to get the flower embossed.

Play with the Select Embossing Technique and be sure to share your beautiful creations!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

SASCRAP59 - COSTUME PARTY theme - First Day Scrapbook Page

It's time for another Scrap Theme Challenge at Stampin' Addicts - SASCRAP59 theme is COSTUME PARTY. Run with this - there are several ways you can be inspired by the COSTUME PARTY theme. Here is one idea - create layers and a type of MASK - this one is just emboss resist masking. But you could create several masked layers or you could create some peek a boo elements or you could scrap a costume party! Have fun, be inspired and go SCRAP! Be sure to share your pages by uploading them to Stampin' Addicts, any online gallery, or to your blog and link them to the challenge at Stampin' Addicts.

For this First Day scrapbook page, I did an Emboss Resist technique on the strip of First Edition Designer Series Paper. This is heavily sponged and distress and matted onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The photos are matted onto Early Espresso cardstock. Several leaves, from Gently Falling stamp set, are stamped in a variety of fall colors onto the Crumb Cake cardstock page. The title is stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink with Schoolbook Serif Alphabet. I added two tabs of Twill Tape as embellishments.

Here are two older scrapbook pages which also fit the Costume Party theme with other types of Masks.

This TEMPER page features a Window Sheet, which is stamped with StazOn ink and then layered over the photo to create a mask. The journaling on this page is written along the outside of the photos in a continue string, chronicling the phases of DS's temper tantrums.

This LITTLE GIRL page features a Vellum mask, where I free hand cut the question mark out of Cardstock Vellum and did my journaling around it as a frame. This is a page for DD's album - there is an envelope on the back of the page with a letter from me to her. Journaling around the question mark is two quotes: There you go ~ "Little girl, full of life, full of fun...The world smiles when she does. That's what she thinks. That's all that matters." Bracha Goykadosh   "All the precious time, like the wind, the years go by. Precious butterfly, spread your wings and fly." Bob Carlisle
Along the side: " What are your dreams? Where are you going? Who will you become? How will we let you go?"
Along the bottom: "So much to say and just a lifetime to say it. How quickly time passes. If I had my way, I'd keep you safe in my arms." Above All Else by Stormie Omartian

I had imagined this in my head a bit different and am still not sure if I'm too crazy about the way this turned out, but it's done.

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