Techniques

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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Quick, Fast, Awesome

I needed a birthday card and I needed it now...so I created the Quick, Fast, Awesome card! Check it out! Balloon template card

It only took me 5 minutes and the balloon isn't a stamp....can you guess what it is?

First, let me say that I used the prepared Stampin'Up! Notecards and Envelopes (3 1/2 X 5 which is the smallest card you can send without extra postage) There are 20 cards with matching envelopes for $6.00--now that is what we call a "steal!"  The work of cutting the cardstock and finding an envelope is all done for you and it is very cost effective. This is one of the reasons I could complete this card so quickly.

Have you figured out the balloons yet? Ah, well, I used the Balloon Bouquet Punch and a sponge----now does that ring a bell?  But as you will remember, the punch has 2 balloons right next to each other...do you know how I achieved the single sized balloon? I'm going to give you step by step directions and following that the Supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order your supplies online and use this month's Hostess code (Z9DFHV4T) to have your name entered into the drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate.

1.  Cut Whisper White cardstock (item # 101650) 3 1/8 X 4 5/8. 

2. Fold a 4 X 4 piece of copy paper in half. Slide this doubled copy paper into the Balloon Bouquet punch to the midline of the punch and punch out. Punching the template
Toss the balloons and open the remainder of the copy paper which will look like this: Balloon copy paper template

3, Using a sponge and Pool Party ink, beginning about halfway up on the long side of the white cardstock, sponge both balloons. Move the template around in several locations with the balloons overlapping and using more and less ink to give different ink darkness. Sponging balloons

4. Brush Clear Wink of Stella on one of the center balloons and apply a silver metallic enamel shape to the upper part of that balloon. Applying wink of stella

5, Stamp Best Wishes (Blooms & Wishes stamp set) in Bermuda Bay ink (Item # 131171) under the balloons.

6. Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock 3 1/4 X 4 3/4; adhere the stamped cardstock to this piece using multipurpose liquid glue. Adhere this unit to the front of the Whisper White notecard.

7. Using the same balloon template, sponge a single balloon in the lower left corner of the matching envelope. Envelope

Your card is completed and looks like a million bucks!

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Totally Gold Card with a Unique Background

I need to create a wedding card and found I didn't have a background that I liked so I created a Totally Gold Card with a Unique Background....here's the card. Note: I know the photography is pathetic...it was the best I could do with all that shine and sparkle!Butterfly in gold1

Do you recognize the background? Bet not! The fun part of this background is that I did it about 4 times and each time it had it's own character!  So by now you know it's not a Stampin'Up! embossing folder and it's not a Designer Series Paper, right?

Take a closer look:  Partial

OK, I'll tell you...I used the biggest clear block, Versamark ink, and gold embossing powder. It's probably the easiest technique I've shared with you. I'm going to give you the directions below---you'll want to try this out yourself because you will have such a great time creating unique backgrounds you won't want to stop! Then I'll give you the supply list...you'll want to use this month's Hostess Code (Z9DFJV4T) when you order online so you'll get your name in the drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate!

Here's how to create this card

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

2, Cut Gold Foil paper 3 3/8 X 5 1/8; adhere to card base front with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Very Vanilla carstock 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 lay your cardstock on the piercing mat (item #126199) Note: you may want to cover the mat with a paper towel to keep the ink from staining the mat.  Ink up the entire surface of Block F with Versamark and "stamp" this on the cardstock surface---pressing well over the entire block. Lift the block and sprinkle gold embossing powder over the surface of the cardstock and heat with the Heat Tool until shiny gold. (What a WOW look, right?). Cut this piece to 3 3/4 X 5"--select the portion that you like best. Adhere this piece to the card front with liquid glue.

4. Cut a large butterfly (Butterflies thinlets) from Gold Glimmer paper; adhere to the card front with glue dots (item #103683).

5. Rub embossing buddy on Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp "For the Newlyweds" in Versmark ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, heat with heat tool until shiny gold. Punch with the Classic Label punch (item #141491) and adhere to card front with dimensionals.

Gorgeous, right?

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Coloring without "coloring" (aka paper piecing)

 Do you like color but don't like actually "coloring" your images....then Coloring without "coloring" (aka paper piecing) might be your answer! I have a friend who does not want to make a card with any type of coloring--so I think this might help her get color without actually 'coloring.'

Here's a card using paper piecing:

1-24-17 Beautiful You
Paper Piecing or coloring without coloring

The dress has a pattern (Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper) which you normally don't get with routine coloring techniques. The hat is a solid just using cardstock.

The new Stampin'Up! Beautiful You stamp set is a perfect outline type stamp to use for paper piecing... a nice outline with white space that can be colored or paper-pieced. 

I'm going to give you the step by step directions for this card and then the supply list so you can order what you need for this project.

Remember, if you place an online order, for each $50 in product that you purchase, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! gift certificate if you use the hostess code for this month (ATDBYAPN)

AND, for each $50 you purchase in product you may select a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration mini catalog

Here are the directions:

1. Cut a piece of Melan Mambo cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base). Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 4 X 5 1/4--adhere this to the card base using multipurpose liquid glue.

2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3 7/8 X 5 1/8. Cut a piece of Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (black background with pink and white hearts) 3 7/8 X 5 1/8--adhere this to the bottom of the white cardstock with liquid glue.

3. Stamp the lady with the hat (Beautiful You stamp set) in Archival Black ink (see card for placement). Stamp this same figure in Archival Black ink on the Melan mambo with white dots Designer Series Paper. Using your Paper Snips, cut out only the dress. Adhere this with liquid glue over the figure stamped on the card front.  

4. Stamp the head on a piece of Melan Mambo cardstock and cut out only the hat. Adhere this with liquid glue to the hat stamped on the card front.

5. Using the swish stamp (Beautiful You stamp set) and Melan Mambo classic ink, stamp under the hand of the figure on the card front as if she were leaning on the swish. Stamp "Happy birthday gorgeous" (Beautiful You stamp set) in Archival Black ink (see picture for placement.) Adhere 3 small rhinestones above and below the verse.

6. Cut a 16" piece of thick Melan Mambo twine-wrap around the white cardstock at the seam of the designer paper--tie in a bow. Adhere the white piece to the cardbase with liquid adhesive.

Your card is completed--isn't it awesome!

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DIY Shiniest Easy Christmas Card You've Ever Created with the Holly folder

This is the DIY shiniest easy Christmas card you've ever created using Stampin'Up! new Holly folder.  There's no embossing powder, no heating and almost, no gluing!  Sound too good to be true? Take a look at this. It's a bit difficult to get all the shine in the photo...so I took several shots from different angles to help you get a good image of what this looks like...

 

Window sheet card - completed
DIY shiniest easy quick Christmas card

Window sheet card - close up

 

Window sheet card - just through folder
Just through the folder



Here's a picture with a bit of shadow to try to enhance the visual of the impression and the shine:

 

Window sheet card - shadowed
Shadowed to see the embossing & shine

Now do you want to know the secret?  It's very simple and it's so easy you will wonder why we didn't do this before! It's also a very quick card so you can make many of them in s very short time!

The secret to all that shine (without embossing it) is the Stampin'Up! Window sheets! That's right...they shine like crazy and you can dry emboss them using the Stampin'Up! Textures Embossing Folders...you can use any of the folders and get the same effect.

Since we're working on our Christmas cards right now, I used the new Holly folder on this one since it's my favorite Christmas folder.

I'm going to give you the step by step directions to create this little beauty and then I'll give you the supply list to create it yourself!

Here we go:

1. Cut a piece of Cucumber Crush cardstock at 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2". This is your card base.

2. Cut a piece of Cucumber Crush cardstock 5 3/8 X 4 1/8; Cut a window sheet the same size. Note: you cut the window sheets using the same Stampin' Trimmer as you use with the cardstock. Adhere the window sheet to the cardstock using 4 glue dots--one in each corner.

3. Place the cardstock/window sheet in the Holly embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.  Now isn't that just magic--look how well the image is impressed on the window sheet--and look at all that shine!

4. Adhere the embossed piece for the card base front using multipurpose liquid glue.

5. Stamp "Tis the Season (Oh What Fun stamp set) in Cucumber Crush Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock. Using the Tags and Labels framelit that fits nicely around this verse, cut out using the Big Shot.  Cut the next size larger from Cherry Cobbler cardstock--adhere these together using liquid glue. Add 2 Cherry Cobbler enamel dots to the holly of the verse. Adhere this unit to the card front using glue dots.

Your shiniest easy quick Christmas card is completed! Isn't that awesome!  Try it out--use different folders--you'll be amazed!

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How to Use the Stampin'Up! new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

If you have devoured the Stampin'Up! Holiday Mini catalog then you've seen the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, right? Dynamic---what does that mean? Well, this little beauty makes an impression (dry embossing) in the cardstock that is about twice as deep as the regular textured impressions embossing folders. It gives a vey distinct and intense impression. Because of it's thickness, you need to know how to use it so that you don't damage your folder or your Big Shot!

Here's the folder we are talking about  and a piece of cardstock we'll talk about below: 10-14-16 Cable Knit Folder and cardstock

Here's a card we created  using this folder--gorgeous, right? 10-14-16 Cable Knit folder Card

I'm going to give you the step by step process to use with this folder.  I cut a piece of Real Red cardstock 4 1/8 X 5 3/8:

Center this cardstock in the folder--note which direction you want the cable to run--you can see how I placed the cardstock to get the cable to run vertically. Since this is a 6 X 6 folder, you can have the cable running in either direction for your own  card design--that's a terrific advantage for the 6 X 6 folders. 10-14-16 cardstock in folder

Now, here's how your sandwich is made for this folder--Big Shot, Big Shot Platform,  folder with cardstock inside, one standard cutting pad on top. Note: there is NOT a standard cutting pad underneath the folder....this would add too much thickness and possibly damage your machine and/or your folder. Be sure to place the folder with the open edges out and the folder spine going into the machine first. 10-14-16 One cutting pad on top 10-14-16 Cranking through big shot

Here's your final product---gorgeous! 10-14-16 embossed cardstock

It's a very simple process but you want to remember the directions above--use only one standard cutting pad on top and make sure the folder spine goes through the Big Shot first.

Let me know if you have any problems!

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Tips & Hints for How to Use the Floral Affection textured impressions embossing folder

If you are like me, when you use the smaller Stampin'Up! textured impressions embossing folders, you tend to get some  tiny crinkles in your cardstock. Today I'm going to give you some tips & hints and show you how I minimize those crinkles.

This is the new Floral Affection folder we'll be using today: 10-11-16 Affection folder

Here's a recent card we made in class using the Floral Affection folder: 10-11-16 Affection Folder card

Pretty, right? It's not perfect but we've minimized the little crinkles so they are hardly noticeable.

Now let's get on with the tips and tricks--here's the equipment you'll need...the Big Shot, the Big Shot Platform and 2 standard cutting pads 10-11-16 Equipment

Cut a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock 2 1/2 X 4 1/4: 10-11-16 Cardstock in folder

Center this in the Floral Affection Folder....notice the black arrow I've markered on the folder? 10-11-16 Cardstock in folder

Arrange your sandwich as follows--Big Shot, Big Shot Platform, standard cutting pad, folder with cardstock enclosed with the arrowed edge pointed toward the Big Shot roller, and the second standard cutting pad. 10-11-16 Rolling through the Big Shot

Hint: ROLL VERY SLOWLY--so crank your sandwich through the Big Shot--go slowly

Here's the final product---note, it is not perfect but we have significantly minimized the crinkles that normally  occur when we use the standard Whisper White cardstock and crank through at our normal rate. 10-11-16 Completed

Give it a try and let me know if you have found any other terrific tips or tricks that will help us use our folders better.

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