Techniques

What Colors Should I Use to Create My Card?

Do you ever sit down to create a card and think "What Colors Should I Use to Create My Card?" Do you ever get a block and just can't pull together colors that look good? Are you tired of using the same 2 or 3 'go to' colors every time you get creative? Do you get a block on design and can't even match Black and White together---well join my club! All of us hit that wall as one time or another.

This week we're going to take a look at some solutions to this dilemma so that when it happens you can break out of your block or your rut and get a new fresh set of colors to create with. Color combo 4 

So lets begin today with a couple of great ways to look at colors differently

1. This year was a "Big Color Change" Year at Stampin'Up! and we have said farewell to some of our trusty color friends--some of our 'go to' colors BUT we have welcomed some awesome new members to our color families. One tool that Stampin'Up! has provided is a wonderful set of color combos (Color Coach) using those new colors that can jump start our creativity. Click here for the combos--print it out or keep in on your computer/phone where you can get to it easily when you need inspiration  Download 04.09.18_COLOR-REVAMP_COLOR-COACH_EN

2. We often talk about getting card designs from Pintrest, so a long time ago I started a Color Combo Board on my Pintrest site. Here's the link to that board---there are tons and tons of color combos and I'm adding new ones each day...click here to start scrolling https://www.pinterest.com/sandihartka/color-combinations/.

If you want to see new color combos every day--you can follow my board--just hit Follow.

3. One other great source of inspiration is to look out your window--or take a walk. Take a look at this scene in nature...what Stampin'Up! colors do you see here? Melan Mambo? Granny Apple Green? Early Espresso? What a great combo to begin working with a new combo of colors! Nature picture

So next time you have a color block or are just tired of using the same old colors you used for awhile...try one of the following

1. Stampin'Up! Color Coach

2. Sandi's Pinterest Color Combo Board

3. Look out the window or take a walk and look at nature

But, that's not all...tune back in Friday and we're going to have some more great ideas for you...in the meantime, write a message below this post and let me know your favorite new colors from the new Stampin'Up! colors this year!


Rooted in Nature Meets Tranquil Textures

Need a fast terrific guy card...Rooted in Nature Meets Tranquil Textures does the trick! One of the best things about Designer Series Paper is that it does most of the hard work for you! Your card turns out great with little effort and you get lots of raves for your art!

Here's today's terrific guy card...check out the top layer--see that beautiful texture image--well it doesn't come with the leaves on it--these were stamped on very quickly and the greeting added---looks like a million bucks! 6-26-18 rooted in nature

It looks great after I placed the greeting on the card front but I love to capture the little bit of extra pizzazz--so I added the tie of copper trim and that classy copper leaf trio (Leaf Elements)...that was just the coordinating touch that sent this card from wonderful to superb in a heartbeat. 6-26-18 close up

I'll give you the simple directions and then the supply list. You can hit the Shop Now button or click on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store...you can enter this month's host code (BBBRN4DK) and you'll receive from me $5 in product (I select) for each $50 in product that you purchase. If you don't see the space to enter the host code--click on your Shopping Cart at the top of the page and scroll to the bottom left--the box is right there.

Directions:

1. Cut Shaded Spruce 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base); cut Soft Sea Foam 4 x 5 1/4; adhere to card front with liquid glue.

2. Cut the soft green texture piece of Tranquil Textures designer series paper 3 7/8 X 5 1/8; stamp leaves  (Rooted in Nature) in Shaded Spruce classic ink diagonally; adhere to Soft Seafoam layer with liquid glue.

3. Cut Shimmery White cardstock  1 1/4 X 3 1/2, stamp verse (Rooted in Nature) in Stazon Jet Black ink (leave a bit of room on the left side). Cut Copper Foil  1 3/8 X 3 3/8; adhere to back of Shimmery White with glue dots. Cut Shaded Spruce 3 5/8 X 1 1/2 and adhere to back of Shimmery White with liquid glue. 

4. Tie a 10" piece of Copper Trim around the unstamped end  (anchor with a glue dot); tuck in a copper leaf trio element and attach with a glue dot under the knot. Attach unit to card front with liquid glue.

Your card is ready for sending!

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Another Secret for a Petal Garden Quilt Card

Today I'm going to share Another Secret for a Petal Garden Quilt CardIf you stopped by Tuesday you  saw a really cute Quilt card created with the Petal Garden Designer Series paper and I gave you the secret for creating that simple card with a very simple secret step.  If you missed the first Quilt Secret you can see it here  http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/08/the-secret-of-the-designer-series-paper-quilt-card.html

 Today I have created another great Quilt card using the same Petal Garden Designer Series Paper: 9-30-17 quilt card

Now you say, there's no way I can make that card with all those little tiny triangles and squares, right?You are wrong--it's not a bunch of little pieces...there's another secret I'm going to share with you in the instructions that makes this a very simple construction. After the instructions I'll give you the supply list and you can order your supplies using the Shop Now button at the right side of this blog.

REMEMBER! Today the Stampin'Up! Holiday Mini Catalog goes LIVE! You can now place orders from the new mini catalog! (Note: some items are on low inventory--so order soon to avoid delays in getting some of the new items.)

Remember to use the Host Code for this month (4QHU9AGE) when you place an online order for $50 Stampin'Up! product (excludes shipping & tax). For each $50 you purchase you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me!

Now let me tell you the secret:

1. Cut Pool Party cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score on the long side at 5 1/2 (cardbase)

2. Cut Calypso Coral cardstock 3 7/8 X 3 7/8; adhere to upper card base with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Always Artichoke cardstock 3 3/4 X 3 3/4; score each side at 1/8" from the edge (this is the first secret from Tuesday). Cutting triangles

4. Cut 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 Old Olive designer paper. Here's the second secret! Line up the two opposite points in the cutting trough of your paper trimmer (item #126889) and cut with cutting blade. Adhere these big triangles to the Artichoke square with liquid glue--see the pic below. Use the 1/8" score mark to align evenly. #1

5. Repeat the above step with Calypso designer paper. #2

6. Cut  2 1/2 X 2 1/2 Pool Party cardstock and adhere point to midpoint of the designer paper with liquid glue. 3

7. Cut two 1 1/4 squares of floral designer paper--adhere to Pool Party square. Adhere the completed quilt block to the card front with liquid glue.

#4

8. Punch flower (Blossom punch) from Calypso cardstock; adhere to center of quilt block with glue dot; adhere a clear Faceted Gem to the center.

9. Stamp Happy Birthday (Feathers Together stamp set) in Archival Basic Black in under the quilt block.

See wasn't that easy and doesn't it look like it took a bit of time and cutting to do it! But now you know the secret!

 Now send this card to someone having a birthday and let them enjoy your simply wonderful card!

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The Secret of the Designer Series Paper Quilt Card

Today I'm going to tell you The Secret of the Designer Series Paper Quilt Card. I fell in love with the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper and wanted to create a card with it so I created a Designer Series Paper Quilt.  The beauty of this quilt is not only in the designer paper design but the simplicity of creating it and the fact that you can use the same design with many of the designer series papers. Here's today's design: 8-29-17 dsp quilt card

 

One of the common complaints for creating a card like this is the even positioning of the squares so that the borders (around the edges and within) remain relatively even.  There's a simple secret to creating and maintaining those even borders...I'll explain that in the directions below. Following the directions I'll give you the list of supplies.

You can order your supplies in my store by hitting the Shop Now button at the right side of the page. Remember you only have 2 more days to cash in those $5 Stampin'Up! coupons you earned in July. Also, remember to use the current month  Hostess Code (2SEBQ4GB) when you place an online order for $50 or more in product (excludes shipping & tax)--for each $50 in Stampin'Up! product you order you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product.

Here's the directions for this card:

1. Cut Sweet Sugarplum cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score on the long side at 5 1/2 (cardbase).

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 3 5/8 X 3 5/8; adhere to top of the cardbase with mutipurpose liquid glue (refer to picture for placement).

3. Cut Always Artichoke cardstock 3 1/2 X 3 1/2.  Here's the secret you've been waiting for...using your Stampin'Up! paper trimmer (item #126889), score all four sides at 1/8" from the edge.  This will be how you line up the quilt blocks to create the even borders.

4. Cut five 1 inch squares from small flower print (Petal Garden Designer Series Paper). Cut four 1 inch squares from coordinating Old Olive paper. Now, take one floral square & adhere it to the Always Artichoke square (use liquid glue) by lining up the top & left edges with the score marks in the upper left corner.

5. Repeat this in the other 3 corners using the score marks as your guide. Then adhere the Olive square between the 2 floral squares on all 4 sides.

6. Lastly, adhere the fifth floral square in the middle using the outside square of squares as your guide.

7. Tie a 6" piece of 1/8" Old Olive ribbon in a small bow; adhere to middle of middle square using a glue dot (item # 103683).

8. Stamp Thank You (One Big Meaning stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink below the quilt squares.

See how easy that was? Using the score lines means you'll have that beautiful even border and then placing the center square is a piece of cake. (Oh my, let's not talk about cake--you know how I am with sweets!)

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Another Do-It-Yourself Designer Paper

Today I'm going to show you another Do-It-Yourself Designer PaperI  that you can do in 10 seconds. If you missed the post on Tuesday where we did the first one, you can check it out here http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/08/create-your-own-designer-paper-in-10-seconds.html.

I needed a quick birthday card for a guy and wanted to use that fun technique with the masks we did on Tuesday--I grabbed the cloud mask and here's the result: Sky masks

One of the fun characteristics of using masks is that I don't have to worry about spacing--that's all built into the mask. Those clouds are evenly spaced just right without me having to worry about it. I used Whisper White craft ink with White Embossing Powder to whiten up the clouds--and really set off that background onto which I  adhere those cool balloons! This card would be great for anyone--guys, kids, teens, office workers. 

I'll give you directions to create the card followed by the supply list. You can order your supplies through my store (use the Shop Now button at the right side of this blog) and remember to use those Stampin'Up! $5 coupons you earned last month and if you also use this month's Host Code (2SEBQ4GB) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase (that's a 10% savings, right!)

Here we go:

1. Cut 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 Soft Sky cardstock, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base)

2. Cut Whisper White cardstock 3 1/4 X 4 1/2; adhere to card base front with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut 3 1/8 X 4 3/8 Soft Sky cardstock; adhere 2 corners of this to scrap paper with removable tape.

4. Stamp Happy Birthday (Balloon Celebration stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink (see card sample)

5. Overlay the cardstock with the cloud mask and hold tightly; brayer over mask  with Whisper White craft ink; gently lift up the mask. Note: avoid brayering over the greeting.

6. Sprinkle the stamped images with White Embossing Powder; heat with heat tool until shiny white. Adhere this to white layer on card front with liquid glue.

7. Punch a large balloon (Balloon Bouquet punch) from Bermuda Bay cardstock and a small balloon from Silver Glimmer paper. Cut two 6" pieces of Pool Party twine and tie a knot near the end. Adhere the unknotted ends to the back of each balloon with a glue dot.  Adhere the balloons to the card front with dimensionals and glue dot the knot to the card front.

Your card is completed--grab an envelope and mail this to someone who's having a birthday!

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Create Your Own Designer Paper in 10 Seconds

Ever need a Designer Paper for a project and don't have exactly what you need...today I'm going to show you how to Create Your Own Designer Paper in 10 Seconds.

Today I wanted to re-create a card we made at Sandi's Creative Escape a couple of weeks ago but discovered I didn't have the designer paper I wanted in Berry Burst. So I was thinking about what I could substitute and get the same effect...then I remembered the masks we used at the Embossing Paste class...what do you think? Lattice mask

Do you recognize the lattice design that we "pasted" in class--well I didn't have time to break out the embossing paste today so I used the trusty little sponge brayer instead--remember this useful little tool? Sponge brayer

I'm going to give you the quick steps to create this card and then I'll provide the supply list you can use to purchase your products through my store using the Shop Now button at the side of this blog.

Remember to use those Stampin'Up! $5 coupons you earned last month and use the Hostess Code for August (2SEBQ4GB). For each $50 you purchase in product you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me! 

Instructions:

1. Cut Berry Burst cardstok 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base).

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 3 1/2 X 4 1/2; adhere to card base with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Berry Burst cardstock 4 3/8 X 3 3/8 (don't glue down yet)

4. Cut 3 1/4 X 2 3/4 Whisper White cardstock...using removable tape adhere two tips of the cardstock to scrap paper. Lay the lattice design mask over the cardstock and hold firmly. Roll the sponge brayer over the Berry  Burst ink pad---lifting the roller after each pass over the pad to assure the entire roller is inked. Then brayer the cardstock with the mask in place. Brayering lightly will give you a light image and using more ink (multiple passes) will deepen the color).

5. Cut Whisper White cardstoxk 3 1/4 X 1 1/2; adhere to bottom of Berry Burst layer at the bottom leaving 1/16" border; adhere the brayered piece above this using liquid glue.

6. Tie 14" piece of Berry Burst Finely woven ribbon around the above unit at the junction of the 2 white pieces.

7. Adhere this to the black cardstock with liquid glue

8. Stamp "thinking of you" (Feathers Together stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink on the white piece.

Your card is completed with your own designer paper----you can use any of the masks with any color ink and have a designer paper to match your project. Now send this card to someone and brighten their day! You don't need a reason to send a "thinking of you" card.

 

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How to Create New Watercolor Pencil Colors

Ever want to color a stamped image and can't find just the right color in your box of pencils...well, today I'm going to show you How to Create New Watercolor Pencil Colors....it's really fun and easy. Check out this card  Blendded color card

Recognize the color of the outer flower petals? Probably not because I combined the Melan Mambo and the Bermuda Bay Watercolor pencils to get that amazing shade of lavender.

There are endless colors you can create with your Watercolor pencils---just sit with a piece of white cardstock and play with them. Mix 2 or 3 of them and then blend with either the Blender Pens or the Aqua Painters (item #103954). After blending....let the mixture sit for a minute or so to let the blending finish....you can have a great time creating your own pallette of colors. My recommendation is to write the colors you used underneath the mixture so you can repeat it in the future.

You can also change the color by how darkly or lightly you apply the pencil--try it out.

I'm going to give you step by step directions for this card. Use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog to place your order in my store. Remember the Retiring List of products are still available. Here is the pdf file  Download Retiring_List_US  or the Excel file  Download Retiring_List_US. Order through my store now to get the best available product selection.

Here are the card directions: 

1. Cut Pink Pirouette cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. Cut Shimmery white cardstock 5 1/4 x 4; adhere to card base with multipurpose liquid glue

3. Cut Pink Pirouette cardstock 3 7/8 X 5 1/8 ; adhere to Shimmery white cardstock with liquid glue.

4. Cut Shimmery White cardstock 4 X 2 3/4; Cut oval with the largest Stitched Shape oval framelit; stamp the leaf spray (Falling Flowers stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink; color leaves with Wild Wasabi Stamp'n Write marker. Stamp 'happy birthday' in Archival Black ink below the leaves. Adhere this oval to the card front with liquid glue.

5. Stamp the largest flower (Falling Flowers stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink; using the Melan Mambo and the Bermuda Bay Watercolor pencils, lightly color the outer petals; blend with the Blender Pen. Color the inner petals with only the Melan Mambo pencil & blend with the Blender Pen.

6. Add Metallic Enamal Shapes (small dots) to the flower center; cut out flower with Paper Snips and add the flower to the oval with dimensionals.

Your card is completed---now try out some other color combos and leave me a comment on your favorite combination.

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How to Add Quick & Easy Shading to a Solid Stamped Image

Today I'm going to show you How to Add Quick & Easy Shading to a Solid Stamped Image.  Have you ever stamped image in a solid color ink and thought--that's a nice image but it isn't great! Well, it is very easy to make it great by adding some quick and easy shading.  Take a look at this card and, in particular, the shading of the flower petals: Shading card

This was accomplished in just a couple of minutes by adding a darker color at the tips of the petals with watercolor pencils and then blending inwards with the Blender Pens.  Really a quick & easy way to add some great pizzazz to your solid stamped image.

The watercolor pencils have lots of versatility...and you can use either the Blender pens or the Aqua Painters to blend them...usually I use the Blender Pens in small areas because there is less liquid and the Aqua Painters for larger areas because there is more liquid and a faster blend of the area.

I'm going to give you step by step directions with some pictures below...use the Shop Now Button to order your supplies from my online store. Remember the items on the Retiring List are going quickly....order now before supplies run out--if you need the Retiring List download this one for a pdf file  Download Retiring_List_US or for an Excel file   Download Retiring_List_US.

Here are the directions:

1. Cut Sweet Sugarplum cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base); dry emboss the card front with the Petal Burst embossing folder.

2. Cut Rich Razzleberry cardstock 2 3/4 X 2 3/4; cut Dazzling Diamonds cardstock 3 X 3. Adhere the Razzleberry to the front of the Dazzling Diamonds with glue dots; adhere this unit to the upper card front with glue dots.

3. Cut Shimmery White cardstock 3 X 3; Stamp the large flower image (Flourishing  Phrases) in Sweet Sugarplum ink (Item #141395) in the center; using the Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil, add the darker color to the tips of each petal  Adding shading color

This is the results unblended:

Shading- unblended

Starting at the petal tip, use the Blender Pen to blend color inward on each petal:

Shading blended

4. Using the largest Stitched Shape (square), cut out the flower and adhere to the Razzleberry layer with multipurpose liquid glue.

5. Stamp "thinking of you" (Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set)  in Archival Black on Shimmery White cardstock; punch out with Classic Label punch and adhere to card front under flower image using dimensionals. 

Your card is completed!

 


Glitter without Glue--Packing Tape Method, Take 2

I had so much fun Tuesday with that glittery card I did another one, hence, Glitter without Glue--Packing Tape Method, Take 2. If you missed Tuesday's post, check it out here http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/05/glitter-without-glue.html. So here's today's creation. Moroccan

Again, here's a close up hoping to relay the sparkle of the glitter Close moroccan
....it's still tough to capture.

I"ll give you the step by step directions for this one too. Use the Shop now button to order your supplies from my store. Remember to use the host code for this month (7MQNATZF). When you use this code your name is entered in the monthly drawing for a $50 certificate for Stampin'Up! product.  This is the last month of this reward. Tune in next month to see what reward you'll get for placing an online order through my store.

Here's how to do it:

1. Cut Bermuda Bay cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4"(card base)

2. Cut Moroccan designer series paper 4 3/8 X 4 1/4, adhere to middle of the card base front using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, center over the DSP and adhere with liquid glue

4. Cut Bermuda Bay cardstock 4 5/8 X 3 3/8, adhere to white cardstock with liquid glue.

5. Cut the large flower (Falling Flowers Thinlet Dies) from Very Vanilla cardstock using the Precision Base plate & when you remove it from the Big Shot, use the Die Brush to remove the waste pieces before you remove the thinlet from the cardstock. (Big Shot sandwich, Magnetic base plate, Precision base plate, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad).

6. Turn flower to back side & adhere packing tape (I used Scotch brand because it is very substantial), cut around the flower outline with Paper Snips (Item #103579) discarding the excess tape. Don't touch the sticky side of the tape excessively to keep it very sticky. Turn to the sticky side and sprinkle liberally with SGold Glitter. Shake off excess. Using liquid glue adhere the flower to the top of the card front.

7. Stamp Thinking of You (Feather Together stamp set) in Archival Basic Black Ink on lower card front.

Your card is completed!

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Glitter without Glue--it's called the Packing Tape Method.

I love sparkle on my cards (big surprise, right?) so today I'm going to show you how to get that spectacular Glitter without Glue --it's called the Packing Tape Method. Take a look at this card: Floral

Here's a close up of the glitter Close floral
--do you know it's really hard to capture that sparkle of glitter in a photo? Trust me. LOL

This method of applying glitter is really easy, limited mess, & no glue--now that should please some of you greatly!

I'm going to give you step by step directions & you can use the Supply list to order your supplies using the Shop Now button to shop in my store.  Don't forget if you use the Host code for this month (7MQNATZF), you will be entered into a drawing for $50 in Stampin'Up! products.  This is the last month of this reward special...stay tuned next month to see what surprise I have for you when you order online!

Here's how to do it:

1. Cut Night of Navy cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4"(card base)

2. Cut Floral Boutique designer series paper 4 3/8 X 4 1/4, adhere to middle of the card base front using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Whisper White cardstock 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, center over the DSP and adhere with liquid glue

4. Cut Navy cardstock 4 5/8 X 3 3/8, adhere to white cardstock with liquid glue.

5. Cut the small rose (Rose Garden Thinlet Dies) from Whipser White cardstock using the Precision Base plate & when you remove it from the Big Shot, use the Die Brush to remove the waste pieces before you remove the thinlet from the cardstock. (Big Shot sandwich, Magnetic base plate, Precision base plate, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad).

6. Turn rose to back side & adhere packing tape (I used Scotch brand because it is very substantial), cut around the rose outline with Paper Snips (Item #103579) discarding the excess tape. Don't touch the sticky side of the tape excessively to keep it very sticky. Turn to the sticky side and sprinkle liberally with Gold Glitter. Shake off excess. Using liquid glue adhere the flower to the top of the card front.

7. Stamp Happy Birthday (Rose Wonder stamp set) in Night of Navy Ink, using the label framelit (Rose Garden thinlets) cut out with the Big Shot (use above sandwich); adhere to lower card front with liquid glue.

Your card is completed---isn't it just the prettiest?

Now I have a confession, the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper is out of stock....forever....so I would recommend substituting Island Indigo cardstock (#122923) and ink (#126986) and the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (#141654) for an equally lovely card. In fact, try your own choice of designer paper and cardstock--send me a picture and I'll post it right here with your credit--I'd love to see what you make!

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