Hand Stamped Cards

A More Dramatic Highlighting of Dry Embossing

Tuesday we tried a super easy technique and today we're going to try A More Dramatic Highlighting of Dry Embossing. (Remember dry embossing is simply the result of using an embossing folder with your cardstock inside and running through a die cut/Big Shot machine)

Here's a dry embossed image using the Country Floral 3D folder: Floral folder not sponged

Gorgeous image--just beautiful as it is....but we can use this dry embossed image as the total focal point by using our sponging technique....see what happens? Floral folder sponged

Same technique as Tuesday but we're using a slightly deeper color on our sponge...this makes the image pop off the page and take on a beautiful life of it's own.

I'll give you the step by step directions below and following that I'll give you the supply list. Click on the Shop Now button or on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store. Order your supplies today.

Remember:

*Use your Bonus Day coupons in August before they expire 8/30/19
*If you place an online order and use this month's Host Code (BW6M6NHM) you'll receive $5 in STampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directions:

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

2. Cut Rococo Rose cardstock 5 X 3 3/4; adhere to card base with liquid glue

3. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 4 7/8 X 3 5/8; dry emboss with Country Floral embossing folder.

    a. Load sponge with Rococo Rose ink Inking sponge

    b. Using circular motions rub sponge across the embossed image. Sponging card

4. Cut 6" Rococo Scalloped Linen ribbon; adhere to this piece with glue dots. Adhere embossed piece to card front with  liquid glue.

5. Stamp Thinking of you in Stazon Jet Black ink on Blushing Bride cardstock and punch out with Timeless Label punch. Adhere to ribbon with glue dots.

Your card is ready for sending!

Supply List: here are the supplies to create this card. Click on one of the images below and you'll be in my store to order the supplies today:


Easy Highlighting of Dry Embossing

Today I'm going to show you how to do Easy Highlighting of Dry Embossing.  Dry embossing is using an embossing folder with your cardstock inside and running it through a die cutting machine (aka Big Shot).  In the below picture you can see the dry embossed Woodland folder: Unsponged image

It's very pretty but it really stays in the background and can go unnoticed.  By sponging the images with a contrasting ink, the sponge catches on the raised images and really provides a highlight that brings the image to life...look at this... Sponged card

Really makes a difference, right? It is such an easy technique---you can experiment with different colors of ink to find the one that accents your card design best.

I'll explain the process in detail below and following that is a supply list. You can hit the Shop Now button or click on one of the product images in the Supply list and you'll be in my store. Order your supplies now and start highlighting your dry embossed images.

Remember:

*Use your Bonus Day coupons in August before they expire 8/30/19
*If you place an online order and use this month's Host Code (BW6M6NHM) you'll receive $5 in STampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directions:

1. Cut 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base).

2. Cut Real Red cardstock 5 X 3 3/4; adhere to card base with liquid glue

3. Cut Whisper White cardstock 4 7/8 X 3 5/8; dry emboss with Woodlands folder

    a. Load sponge with Smoky Slate ink Inking sponge

    b. Using circular motions rub sponge across the embossed image. Sponging card

4. Adhere embossed piece to card front with  liquid glue.

5. Cut Real Red cardstock 3/8 X 5; adhere with liquid glue to bottom of card front; cut 9" Real Red 3/8" ribbon, tie bow and adhere to red strip with glue dot (#103683)

6. Cut small dear from Silver Glimmer paper with die from Detailed Deer framelits; adhere to card front with mini dimensionals.

Your card is ready for sending!

Supply List: here are the supplies to create this card. Click on one of the images below and you'll be in my store to order the supplies today:

 


Another Aquapainter Background Wash

Today we're going to play with Another Aquapainter Background Wash. We looked at this technique on Tuesday and it is so much fun that I just had to do another project with it.

If you recall some stampers were having trouble getting a nice background wash with the ink...so we are just adding some ink drops to the aqua painter barrel, filling with water and swishing the brush across the cardstock. I find the bigger aqua painter brush works nicely for the broad strokes of the wash.

Here's today's project. Blog 8-16-19 Sihlouette scenes

I used Pacific Point re-inker today and I want to keep the background showing as much as possible so I used the silhouette from Sihlouette Scenes for this card...isn't that backgroun awesome?

 

I'll give you the directions to create this card below and following that is the list of supplies you'll need. Just hit the Shop Now button or click on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store. Remember...

*Use your Bonus Day coupons before the end of August.

*If you place an online order and use this month's Host code (BW6M6NHM) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directions:

1. Cut 4 1/4 X 11 Thick Whisper White cardstock, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. Cut Whisper White cardstock 5 3/8 X 4 1/8; run through Beads & Baubles embossing folder; adhere to card base with liquid glue

3. Add 10 drops of Pacific Point re-inker to the large aqua painter barrel and fill with water. Mix well. Cut Shimmery White cardstock 3 1/8 X 4 3/8. Swish the brush horizontally across the cardstock---there will most likely be some white and overlapping darker areas---this is intentional and adds a lot of interest to the background.

4. Cut 3 1/4 X 4 1/2 Pacific Point cardstock, adhere to painted cardstock with liquid glue; adhere this unit to card base with liquid glue.

5. Stamp verse (from Silhouette Scenes) in Stazon ink to Whisper White cardstock 1 X 1 3/4; adhere to card front with dimensionals.

6. Adhere rhinestones to card front.

Your card is ready for sending!

Below are the supplies you'll need for this card. Click on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store. Order your supplies now:


Totally Awesome Easy Backgrounds in Seconds

Today we're going to learn to create Totally Awesome Easy Backgrounds in Seconds. Take a look at this card.... 8-13-19 Friend Like You

Isn't that gorgeous--and so very easy to do. If you were in class this past weekend you learned this easy technique. We've created cards before with the background 'wash' and many were having great trouble getting a pretty wash. I was getting ready for the class and was trying to find a quick and easy way to create the wash that was readily reproducible.

Here's my solution (and it worked really well for the entire class) that cause no moaning from any of the stampers. I added approximately 10 drops of ink refill to a large brush aqua painter (darker colors work a bit better) and filled the remainder of the barrel with water. Mix well and try out the mixture on scrap--adjust with more or less ink until you achieve the results you like for your card.

One of the useful things is that now you have enough inked-water to do several cards...the coloring goes very quickly by just running the aqua painter back and forth over the cardstock you are coloring...so it's quick, economical and very easy.

I'll give you the directions to create this card below and following that is the list of supplies you'll need. Just hit the Shop Now button or click on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store. Remember...

*Use your Bonus Day coupons before the end of August.

*If you place an online order and use this month's Host code (BW6M6NHM) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directions:

1. Cut 8 1/2 x  5 1/2 Daffodil Delight cardstock, score long side at 4 1/4 (card base)

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 3 1/2 X 5 1/2, adhere to card base with liquid glue

3. Add 10 drops of Pumpkin Pie re-inker to the large aqua painter barrel and fill with water. Mix well. Cut Shimmery White cardstock 3 3/8 X 5 1/2. Swish the brush horizontally across the cardstock---there will most likely be some white and overlapping darker areas---this is intentional and adds a lot of interest to the background.

4. Cut 2 1/4 X 5 1/2 Basic Black cardstock, run through die cut machine using the cattails die (Friendly Silhouettes dies); adhere to bottom of painted cardstock with liquid glue.

5. Stamp verse (Friend Like You) in Stazon ink above the die cut; stamp the dragonflies in Stazon ink.

Your card is ready for sending!

Here's the supply list---click on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store. Order your supplies today!


Pretty Card Without Coloring

Today I'm going to show you another Pretty Card Without Coloring.  Isn't this a lovely card...see the shading on the blossom...but all this came from the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper. Magnolia DSP

This close up of the blossom shows a bit of the sparkle on the bloom Magnolia dsp close up

I used the Layering Squares to extract the blossom from the designer paper--I used the scalloped edged one first. Then you can either use the larger layering squares for the backings or you can simply cut the squares to form the "framing."

I also added some Wink of Stella(#141897) to the blossom and it simply adds a bit of sparkly charm to the image.

I"ll give you the directions to create this card and following that is a list of supplies. Click on the Shop Now button or on one of the product images below to shop in my store. 

Remember:

*If you earned Bonus Day coupons in July, you can cash them in August.

*If you place an online order and use this month's Host code (BW6M6NHM) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase (remember that the $5 Bonus Day coupons reduced the base of your product purchase--so if you purchase $50 in product and use a Bonus Day coupon--it reduces the amount of product purchased to $45).

Directions for making the card:

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

2. Cut the striped designer paper (Magnolia Lane DSP) 4 X 5  1/4; adhere to card front with liquid glue.

3. Cut out the magnolia blossom withe the scalloped Layering square die; highlight the blossom with Wink of Stella.

4. Cut the following layers: 1 7/8 square of Gold Glimmer paper, 2 5/8 X 2 5/8 Garden Green, and 2 7/8 X 2 7/8 Basic Black cardstock. Adhere the blossom cut out to the glimmer paper with glue dots. Adhere the other two layers with liquid glue. Attach the layered unit to the card front with liquid glue.

5. Stamp Happy Birthday (Magnolia Blooms stamp set) in Jet Black Stazon ink.

Your card is ready for sending!

Supply List: Below are the supplies used to create this card. Click on one of the images below and you'll be shopping in my store. Order your supplies today.


Gorgeous color but no coloring--fastest card ever!

Today I'm going to show you a card with Gorgeous Color But No Coloring -- Fastest Card Ever! 8-6-19 Bird Ballad DSP

What do you think? Isn't that beautiful--and no coloring at all! I used a cut from the new Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper for the focal point...just a small Espresso border around it and you have one beautiful card. I used the Stitched Shapes oval die to cut out exactly the image I wanted...there are several sheets in the packet that lend themselves to this type of focal points on the card...so it's a great investment.

One of the useful features of this card is that there is no Greeting on the front--this means you have a card ready to go for any occasion--birthday, sympathy (or is that the same thing for some of us --LOL), get well, thinking of you...it could even be a wedding card! 

If you are like me....it's very difficult for me to cut into a pack of Designer paper--so I've begun purchasing 2 packages--one I can "save" so I'll always have it and the other one I can cut into! Crazy thinking, I know--but it works for me!

I'll give you the directions to create this card below followed by the supply list. Click on the Shop Now button and order your supplies today.

Directions:

1. Cut Blushing Bride cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. Cut Whisper White cardstock 3 7/8 X 5 1/8, adhere to card front with liquid glue

3. Cut blush dotted designer paper (Bird Ballad DSP) 5 X 3 3/4; adhere to card front with liquid glue.

4. Use the largest Stitched Shape oval die to cut out the bird image you want to feature on your card.

5. Cut scalloped oval (Layering Oval dies) from Early Expresso cardstock; adhere to back of DSP image with liquid glue; adhere this unit to card front with dimensionals

6. Cut approximately 8" Striped Organdy ribbon, tie in bow and add to bottom of oval with glue dot; adhere 3 small rhinestones to image (see picture)

Your card is ready for sending!

Remember:

*Those Bonus Day $5 coupons you earned in July must be redeemed in August--remember to use them
*If you place your order online and use this month's Host Code (BW6M6NHM) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you earn.

Supplies: Click on one of the images below and you'll be in my store. Order your supplies right now!


Another New Color Stampin'Up! Linen Thread

Today I'll show you Another New Color Stampin'Up! Linen Thread.

This card is created with the wonderful new Host Set, Soft Sayings...the image below lends itself well to a bow at the stem...this time we used Old Olive and a dauber to dye the linen thread a beautiful Olive green that complements the Purple Posy flowers very well.


Soft springHere's a close up of the thread to get a better view of the color: Close up olive

I'll give you the directions below to create this card and following that will be the supply list. Order your supplies now to re-create this beauty.

Remember if you use this month's host code (BW6M6NHM) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directions:

1. Cut Purple Posy card stock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/5 (card base)

2. Cut Whisper White cardstock 4 X 5 1/4; adhere to card front with liquid glue

3. Cut the Purple Posy sheet of designer paper (Woven Threads) 3 7/8 X 5 1/8; adhere to white layer with liquid glue.

4. Cut circle from Whisper White cardstock with largest circle (Stitched Shapes dies)

5. Stamp flower image in Memento ink; color with Dark Purple Posy and Light Mossy Meadow Blends; add Faceted Posy dots (see picture). Adhere to card front with dimensionals

6. Dye approximately 16" linen thread with Old Olive ink and a dauber; allow to dry. Tie in a bow and add to stem with a glue dot. Daube

Your card is ready for sending!

Supply list: Click on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store. Order your supplies now to re-create this card:


New Colors of Stampin'Up! Linen Thread!

Want to see New Colors of Stampin'Up! Linen Thread!

I was creating a card for a friend & I added some linen thread...here's what the card looked like, Linen on seahorse

The thread was the accent I wanted but it just blended into the background--not much pizzazz. Then I remembered an "accident" my friend (Diane Flayhart--thank you Diane!) experienced when she accidentally dragged her linen thread  over the Early Expresso ink pad...not what she intended but, let's try it intentionally.. here's the result: Espresso - seahorse

Much better, right--now that has pizzazz in spades! Thanks to Diane's accident..we have new colors of Stampin'Up! Linen thread to play with.  Keep in mind that the linen thread is by nature a darker thread--so it will color better with darker colors of ink. For my experiment I used the Early Espresso Stampin'Write Marker--simply because it was less messy--but the ink pad works just fine--use a pair of scissors to hold the thread on the ink pad & pull the thread through.

I simply laid the thread on the mat & dragged the marker broadside over the thread...both techniques work fine.  I'll give you  directions to create this card below. Following that will be the supply list. Order your supplies so you can re-create this card--hit the Shop Now button and you'll be in my store.

Remember:

*If you place your order before midnight Wednesday (July 31st) you'll receive a $5 coupon by email from Stampin'Up! for every $50 you purchase.

*If you use this month's host code (B92RHQRC) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase. (If you order after Wed...click on the Rewards button on my blog here and you'll see the current active code).

Directions:

1. Cut Bermuda Bay cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. Cut Early Expresso cardstock 3 3/4 X 5; adhere to card base with liquid glue

3. Cut Pool Party cardstock 3 5/8 X 4 7/8, dry emboss with the High Seas embossing folder; adhere to card front with liquid glue (note: if you want to highlight the waves, sponge with Coastal Cabana ink)

4. Cut large oval (Stitched Shapes dies) from Whisper White cardstock (#100730); stamp seahorse (Seaside Notions stamps) in memento ink; color with Dark Petal Pink Blend; hightlight with Wink of Stella (#141897); adhere to card front with dimensionals

5. Cut Coastal Cabana 1 X 2; stamp verse (Seaside Notions) in Memento ink; glue dot to 1 7/8 X 1 1/8 Gold Glimmer paper; adhere until to card front w 2 dimensionals on right hand side. Add 3 Basic self-adhesive sequins (see picture);

6. Cut approx 16" linen thread; color with Espresso marker (let dry);FullSizeRendermarker
 tie in bow and glue dot to seahorse

Your card is ready for sending!

Supplies: click on one of the images  below and you'll be in my store--order your supplies now.

 


Bird Ballad Laser Cut Notecards

Today we're creating with those awesome new Bird Ballad Laser Cut Notecards. 149595G

These delicate lacy note cards are beautiful just as they are...but with a touch of color you can offset that lacy top and make a very striking note card--the great thing is that you can use your favorite color or make each one a different color.

And, there's a bonus--these 12 note cards and envelopes are stored in a beautiful leafy tin...what a wonderful gift...these note cards are easily decorated, then popped back in the tin and you have a beautiful gift that anyone would love. And you'll love it too because the tin with  12 note cards is $18--what a super value!

Here's the first rendition of decorating these cards: 7-23-19 Bird Ballad Laser Cut - HBD
Gorgeous, right? Just stamp with your favorite greeting and use an underlay of Coastal Cabana cardstock and you are done! I'll give you the simple directions below followed by the list of supplies.  Order your supplies now to create these lovely notecards.

Remember: 

*When you place an online order and use this months' Host code (B92RHQRC), you'll receive $5 in STampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase.

*During July, for each $50 in product that you purchase Stampin'Up! will email you a $5 coupon code--you will need to keep this code to use in August---don't lose it, print it out or store in in a safe place because I won't have your code.

Directions:

1. Cut Coast Cabana cardstock 4 1/8 X 5 3/8; adhere to back of lacy note card top with glue dots

2. Use the embossing buddy on a scrap of Pool Party cardstock; stamp Happy Birthday (New Wonder stamp set) in Versamark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, heat with heat tool until shiney gold. Punch with 1" circle punch.

3. Punch a piece of scrap gold glimmer paper (#146958) with 1 1/8 scallop circle punch; glue dot the happy birthday circle to the gold glimmer circle. Adhere this to the center of the card front with a dimensional.

Your card is ready for sending or giving! Stop by Friday--I have another one to show you.

Here's the list of supplies--click on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store. Order what you need today!


Another Quick but Cute Scalloped Note Card

The Creative Escape is tomorrow and yes, I am rushed as usual so I needed a quick card---so I created Another Quick but Cute Scalloped Note Card!

This time I picked (I only have to choose from 4 colors!) the Balmy Blue card. I decided I liked the white contrast under the scalloped edge so I used white to decorate the top. Instead of Designer Paper I used the Crackle Paint stamp which is totally awesome for just about any card design--from fancy to rustic! Here's the result... Scalloped note card daisy

 

I also used a Perennial Essence Floral Center for the Daisy center--they are so cute--they add dimension and are a fuzzy fun textile to add to your card.

I'm going to give you the brief directions for this note card followed by 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 order your supplies to create these cute cards.

Remember:

*If you place an online order and use this month's Host code (B92RHQRC) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase.

*And in July, for each $50 in product that you purchase you'll receive via email a $5 coupon from Stampin'Up! (shipping & tax are excluded).  Be sure your correct email address is in your account (and that I have your currect email address) so that you receive your coupon.  You can spend your coupons in August.

Directions:

1. Open the note card so you stamp only on the front. Stamp the Crackle Paint in Balmy Blue.

2. Stamp "Love to Celebrate You" (Butterfly Wishes #145346) in Memento ink on Shimmery white cardstock; punch out with Tailored Tag punch. Attach to card front with dimensionals. Add 3 small rhinestones.

3. Punch 2 Medium Daisies--adhere together with mini dimensionals and use a dimensional to adhere to card front; Add Perennial Essence Floral Center to daisy center.

Your card is ready for sending!

Supply List