All it takes is a little alcohol…

…oh, and a glass of wine can make it fun, too!

Last week I demonstrated a fun, new-to-me technique using the Stampin’ Blends, vellum paper and rubbing alcohol. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different colored backgrounds and creating cards where the background is the focus. The technique can be a little messy, but is pretty simple. Check out the Facebook Live here for a demonstration of the technique.

I randomly scribbled Dark Blackberry Bliss, Light Rich Razzleberry and Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends on the vellum and then painted over it with the alcohol. I found the best technique is to paint around the side of the scribbles and then drop a little alcohol in the middle to let it spread. The sooner you paint after you scribble with the blends, the better the watercolor looks. Experiment on vellum scraps because not all Stampin’ Blend colors work with this technique.

I used the Poppy Moments dies to compliment the background; I felt that the openness of the die cut pieces lent themselves well to the card design. I used Wink of Stella on the dies-cut pieces and some retired gold thread, too, for some sparkle. And finally, the sentiment comes from the Peaceful Moments. Since the background is the focus, the design of the card came together very quickly. (see full recipe of products below)

I did play with some other color combinations on the following cards – really a great technique if you are looking for something different for your cards. The open die cut pieces are best for showcasing your unique backgrounds.

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Thanks and, as always, Happy Stamping!

Woodland Cuties

Another darling set from the Stampin’ Up! spring mini catalog was my focus in my Facebook Live a couple of weeks ago. I’m not one that usually likes to do a lot of coloring, I think I’m too impatient and need more instant gratification when making cards. Anyhoo, when I first saw this set, I thought “too much to color” but the images were so cute. Well, I kept coming back to it and added it to my wish list….and of course I bought it! I’m so glad I did.

There are a number of ways to use the images in the set, but I took the height of the whole tree image and created a fun fold card. The actual directions in the mini catalog call for adding another length of tree trunk that takes a bit of figuring, but I didn’t want to to fuss with that. It took a bit of figuring to get the measurements for the fold to work right; I stamped a “test” image and played with the folding to get it just right. I also had to make sure the bunny and butterfly images weren’t stamped where a fold would be. You’ll see in the card below, I didn’t quite get the top butterfly in the right position – it’s peeking out just a bit.

If you want to make the card the way I have it designed, the dimensions are:

  • White cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 3/8″ and 6 3/8″ (score after coloring)
  • Balmy Blue cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock:4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Scrap of white and Soft Suede for the sentiment

You will stamp the tree in the 3 stages – you have to make sure that its straight on your paper or when you fold it the trunk will not meet up correctly with the top of the tree. This can be done a couple of different ways; one one card I used the Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus and on the original card, using a ruler I just made light pencil marks on the paper to help me stamp the tree straight.

As noted above, one other hint is to stamp and color all your images before you score the paper. The scoring lines are more noticeable if you color over them.

After folded and held closed with a ribbon, the dimension of this card allows for a space for a sentiment. Since I added a balloon to the wing of the owl, the birthday sentiment from this set was perfect. I normally don’t add anything on the inside of my cards, but I couldn’t resist the saying below.

If you are interested in this set, it’s on page 53 of the Stampin’ Up! mini catalog, or click here to access it in the online catalog. Here’s a complete list of all the materials:

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Happy Stamping!

Fine Art Floral

What a beautiful weekend we had here in Minnesota! I enjoyed time around a campfire with some dear friends on Saturday afternoon and then in between coats of paint on my basement stairs, took a lovely long walk this afternoon in 62 degree weather. Sounds like we have a couple more days of this weather before we go back to “normal” March weather. I’ll take whatever I can get!

Because of that, I wasn’t near my computer or my craft room much this weekend, so I’m just getting around to posting tonight. The card I made for this past Friday’s Facebook Live is a bit of a departure from my usual designs. I had originally planned on showing some different masking techniques, but I had such a terrible week at my real job that, I didn’t have the time, or energy, to pull anything together. When I finally got in my crafting room, I pulled out the Simply Succulents suite that I hadn’t used yet. The large die in the set got my creative juices flowing in a different direction and I ended up with the card below. With this new card idea, I was also able to use the new Stampin’ Up blending brushes. The inspiration for the card colors came from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.

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I’ve got a couple of other bundles sitting in my craft room that I haven’t had time to play with and I am hoping to do that this week. I’ll be back to Wednesday for my Facebook Live, so I’ll show what I was able to come up with.

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Have a great week and stay safe. Happy Stamping!

More fun folds

Well, I’m really late getting the cards and recipes posted for the cards from my Facebook Live on February 24th. I was lucky enough to have some social – out of the house! – events last weekend and then this week ended up being a work week from hell. I haven’t been this glad it’s Friday in a loooong time. So, I have a glass of wine in hand, a good movie on the tube, and my laptop handy to get these things posted!

I wanted to show some more fun folds last week and show an interlocking gate fold technique using the Hey Chick/Birthday Chick and Sweet Ice Cream bundles that are available now. One of my cards also highlights some of the items that were available for SALE-a-bration. One more reason I’m sorry this is late since that promotion ended on 2/28 since you can no longer order them. My apologies!

The first card pictured uses a few elements from the Hey Chick/Birthday Chick bundles that are available now (click here) until May 3rd. I’m so glad they brought back the Hey Chick set – and even more glad that I saved it from the first time it was available a couple of years ago. The images are SO cute!

The interlocking gate fold technique uses the Layering Squares dies to create a frame (the “buckle”) and the square with the chicken image that locks inside. The thicker the frame, the more sturdy the buckle is. See the list of materials used below. (Sorry – the paper is no longer available).

The second card uses the Sweet Ice Cream bundle (click here) which I also used in the card I posted last week. Check out all the great images, paper and accessories in this bundle. I didn’t make this buckle as sturdy, so I’m going to have to add another layer in the buckle. I love the sprinkles on the ice cream – those come as part of the suite.

This final card is a different kind of fold called a pocket card. The stamp set and punch are part of the Sweet Strawberry Suite (click here) which is in the spring mini catalog, unfortunately, the paper for the card was part of SALE-a-bration and is no longer available. There are lots of examples of pocket cards on Pinterest – check them out! I’m also going to try and add a tutorials section to my website that will have written dimensions/instructions on how to make these fun techniques.

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Take care, be safe and Happy Stamping!