Techniques

How to do reverse embossing on a card

Today I'm going to show you how to do reverse embossing on a card. What's reverse embossing...well, "embossing" is usually stamping with a wet ink, adding an embossing powder & heating with a special heat tool to melt the powder into a shiny raised impression.

Reverse embossing is using a clear wet ink (Versamark) & clear embossing powder--when you melt this with the heat tool--you'll see the color of the paper through the melted powder...then you can color over the top of the image--the image stays white (in this case because I used white cardstock) while the surrounding un-embossed area retains the color....here's our card for today...


Loyal leaves - reverse embossing

I'll give you step by step directions followed by the Supply List so you can order the supplies you need.  If you place an order online and use this month's host code (NY2B74S6) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product (selected by me) for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directons:

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

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

3. Cut Whisper White cardstock 3 7/8 X 5 1/8

    *If you have an embossing buddy rub this across the entire piece.
    *Stamp the leaf (Loyal Leaves stamp set) in Versamark across this piece
    *Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, shake off excess
    *Heat with Heat Tool until shiny white (clear)

4. With a quarter sponge (#41337) starting in the lower right corner and working diagonally, sponge the right diagonal half of this piece with Crushed Curry.  Work the sponge in circular motions.

5. With another quarter sponge starting about 1/3 of the way up from the lower right corner and overlapping the upper part of the curry, sponge Pumpkin Pie ink up about 2/3 diagongally.

6. With another quarter sponge starting about 1/3 down from the upper left corner and overlapping a bit of the Pumpkin color, sponge with Cajun Craze.

7. When finished coloring take a soft cloth or tissue and in circular motions go over the entire piece removing any excess ink sitting on top of the embossing powder.

Adhere this piece to the card front with liquid glue.

8. Cut approximately 20 inches of the copper metallic ribbon.Wrap around card front and tie in a bow on the left side above the middle of the card front.

9. Stamp "Happy Day" (Itty Bitty Birthday stap set #148618) in Stazon Saddle Brown on Crushed Curry cardstock; punch with Classic Label punch; adhere to lower right front with dimensionals.

10. Adhere one large and 2 small Artistry Blooms sequins (I used the Pumpkin ones) in an approximate triangle.

Your card is ready for sending.

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Easy Way to Use Stampin'Up! Blends for Good Results

Today I'll show you an Easy Way to Use Stampin'Up! Blends for Good Results!  

Here's the finished product...

So Much Love

Just follow these easy steps:

First, stamp image in Memento Ink (this ink is for alcohol markers = Stampin'Up! Blends); let ink dry before beginning. Use heat tool to speed drying.

Second work in one small area at a time to make sure your colors remain wet to blend. Usually I work on one large or a couple of small petals at a time...then repeat the process for each other petal. Lay down a layer of the Light color first over the entire petal,

Then moving quickly (you don't have to break your neck but don't dawdle either) lay a very narrow layer  (a narrow line) of Dark color near the inner part of the petal (that's where I want the "darkness" to appear).

Note: it's always easier to add more darkness later than to try to lighten too much darkness.

Next, moving quickly starting at the base of the petal (at the line of dark) brush upwards to the outer edge of the petal...do this along the entire base of the petal (always working from the dark line to the outer edge of the petal). As you go be sure you are smoothing out the edge of the dark line (this is why you want to start with an overall wet light base--to keep the inks wet so then will blend well).

When you have smoothed out the dark line your petal you look like the ones in the above picture.

This is not a difficult process-- you may want to practice a couple of times on scrap paper. I was amazed the first time I tried this technique how quickly & easily the process becomes after you do it a couple of times.

Let me know how you did when you tried this (leave a comment or send me an email: sandihartka@sandilovesstamping.com).

The complete directions are below to make this card followed by the supply list to order supplies you need. If you use this month's host code (H64J4PR9) when you place your online order you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product select by me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directions:

1. Cut Shaded Spruce cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score long side at 4 1/4 (card base).

2. Cut Soft Seafoam 4 1/4 X 2 1/2, adhere to card front with glue

3. Cut Mint Macaroon 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 adhere to card front with glue

4. Cut Shimmery White cardstock 3 X 4

    *Stamp image in Memento ink--dry well
    *Follow above directions for coloring using Shaded Spruce and Flirty Flamingo Blends

5. Stamp dots in Soft Seafoam ink

6. Stamp verse in Versamark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, heat with heat tool until shiny gold

7. Add this layer to card front with dimensionals.

Your card is ready for sending!

Supplies: Click on a product image below --you'll be in my store--order your supplies now:


Turn All Your Old Stampin'Up! Stamps Into Cling Stamps

Today I'm going to show you how to Turn All Your Old Stampin'Up! Stamps Into Cling Stamps.

Prior to the Occasions mini and the New Annual Catalog, Stampin'Up! had Clear Mount stamps--these were the red rubber stamps that were designed to stick temporarily to the clear mounting blocks (thus called Clear Mount). Well admittedly they didn't stick well to the blocks temporarily or otherwise! LOL.

Now Stampin' Up! has designed the new Cling stamps (red rubber stamps with an amazing label that sticks really really well to the clear blocks).

So we now have in our stashes red rubber stamps that don't cling well...so today I'm going to show you how to convert those old Clear Mounts into Clings....it's pretty easy and you only need the excess Cling labels from any of your new sets (you can tell if your set is the new Cling by looking at the stamp case--at the top it will say "Cling Stamp Set.)"

New Cling Mount

Here we go...follow this step by step process (bookmark it in case you forget the steps you can always come back and review it)

Remove the label sheet from one of your new Cling stamp sets and cut out a piece from the excess (cut from an area that does not contain a printed label for your new Cling stamps). You can see below that I've already removed all the labels for my new set and all that remains is the excess that surrounded them.

Cut out piece from excess labelNext, using your paper snips, score down the middle of the shiny side (there's a dull side and a shiny side--right now we are using the shiny side)

Score the shiny sidePeel away the backing from both sides of the score mark (pull off the shiny backing)--you are uncovering the sticky part that will be used in the next step.

Peel shiny backing off

Now stick the uncovered sticky part to the back of your old Clear Mount stamp (the uncovered part is very sticky so place it properly the first time--you won't be able to move it well later). Press it down securely.

Stick to old clear mount label

Now with your paper snips, score a line down the middle of the paper backing (this is now the dull side of the label sheet)

Score the backing remaining on cling labelPull off both the right and left paper backings:

Peel off both sides of backing

Finish peeling off backingNow you have a "cling" stamp

New cling on your old clear mount

See how well it sticks to the clear mounting block

Adhered to blockIt's not really necessary for the "cling" label to cover the entire surface of your old Clear Mount stamp--if you cover about 75% of it the stamp will cling quite well to the block.

Now, the usual cautions will apply to your new stamp that apply to all Cling stamps:

*Don't leave them stuck to the block for long periods of time--they become very hard to remove from the clear block and might cause damage/tearing to the foam layer.

*Don't use Stazon Cleaner on these stamps because this cleaner will damage the "stickiness" of your new Cling label.

I hope this was helpful--if you have questions you can email me at sandihartka@sandilovesstamping or give me a call at 410 836 8016.

Now remember that

*You need to use your Bonus Day coupons (earned in July) before the end of August--August 31st is the last day to use them...click on the Shop Now button and you'll be in my store to order what you need and use your coupons.

*If you place an online order and use the September Host code (S6BF9NEB) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase. NOTE: when you use your Bonus Day coupons you also reduce the amount of product that you purchase--keep that in mind if you want the $5 in Stampin'Up! product.


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!


3 Colored Stampin'Up! Glimmer Paper - Act II

Today we're creating again with 3 Colored Stampin'Up! Glimmer Paper - Act II! Tuesday we created a gorgeous card using the 3 color Glimmer paper...I just had to do another project using this technique. Today I created a gift card with the colored Glimmer paper and then punched out the Butterflies (Butterfly Duet punch)...look at the results... Butterfly notecard

This is such a stunning effect--and it looks even better in real life...you have the lovely deep color partnered with the maximum sparkle in the Sparkle Glimmer paper...just a superb effect with little effort.

I'll give you the complete directions below followed by a list of supplies you'll need. Click on the Shop Now button or on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store.

Remember to use this month's host code (9EAGCTMM) when you check out and you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me.

Directions:

1. Cut Thick Whisper White cardstock 3 X 6, score the long side at 3 (card base)

2. Cut Granny Apple Green cardstock 2 1/2 X 2 1/2; adhere to card front with liquid glue.

3. Cut Whisper White cardstock 2 3/8 X 2 3/8; stamp for you (Born to Shine stamp set) in Stazon Jet Black ink (see pic for placement).

4. Cut a 3 X 3 Sparkle Glimmer paper; with daubers (use separate one for each color) apply Melan Mambo ink, Pumpkin Pie ink, and Granny Apple Green ink working from left to right. Daubering
When you achieve the depth of color is what you like, punch out the butterflies (Butterfly Duet punch). Adhere this to the card front with liquid glue.

5. Add rhinestones to the Butterflies (see picture) (Noble Peacock rhinestones).

Your gift card is ready to attach to your gift!

Supply List: Click on one of the images below and you'll be in my store--order your supplies now:


Magic Border #2 with Everyday Label Punch

We're creating another fun card with the Magic Border #2 with Everyday Label Punch. Tuesday we created the fall themed card and today we're using different sized circles with a Christmas theme. (Note: if you missed Tuesday's project you can check it out here http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2018/10/quick-easy-magic-punched-border-with-stampinup-everyday-label-punch.html )

Here's today's version:  10-19-18 Everyday Label Punch - Timeless Tidings

Again we are simply cutting the Everyday Label punched cardstock in half on the long side and using these on the back for form the border. Cut in two

I'm going to give you step by step instructions below along with the supply list. Click on the Shop Now button or on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store for shopping.

Remember, if you use the current month Host code (CAT2BCAH) when you check out, you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directions:

 1. Cut Real Red cardstock 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 5 1/2. (card base)

2. Cut designer paper (Under the Mistletoe) 4 X 5 1/4, adhere to card front with liquid glue.

3. Use embossing buddy on Soft Sea Foam cardstock, stamp image (Timeless Tidings) in Versamark, sprinkle with black embossing powder and heat with Heat Tool until shiny gold. 

4. Punch out image with 2 1/4" circle punch; cut 6" of 1/8" Lovely Lipstick grossgrain ribbon, tie in bow and adhere to top of circle with glue dot. Cut circle from Real Red cardstock with 2 1/8" Layering Circle die, adhere to back of greeting circle with liquid glue.

5. Cut circle from gold glimmer paper with 2 1/4" circle punch, adhere to back of above with glue dots.

6. Punch 2 labels from Shaded Spruce cardstock, cut both in half on the long side (see picture above). Adhere these to the back of the circle unit with glue dots to the form a cross. Adhere this unit to the card front with domensionals (Item #104430)

Your card is ready for sending!

Here's the supply list--click on the Shop Now button or on one of the images below to get into my store:

 


Quick & Easy Magic Punched Border with Stampin'Up! Everyday Label Punch

Today we're creating a really Quick & Easy Magic Punched Border with Stampin'Up! Everyday Label Punch. Check out this fancy magic border around the circles on this card... 10-16-18 everyday label punch - falling for leaves

It's so easy and quick you'll wonder why you haven't done it before....punch out the Everyday label from a piece of card stock (make 2), then cut them in half on the long side  Falling pieces
Now you can adhere them to the back of the circle unit on the card for a really quick and easy magic punched border. How fun is that?

I'm going to give you step by step instructions below along with the supply list. Click on the Shop Now button or on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store for shopping.

Remember, if you use the current month Host code (CAT2BCAH) when you check out, you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Directions:

 1. Cut Shaded Spruce cardstock 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 5 1/2. (card base)

2. Cut designer paper (Country Lane) 4 X 5 1/4, adhere to card front with liquid glue.

3. Use embossing buddy on Whisper White cardstock, stamp image (Falling for Leaves) in Versamark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat with Heat Tool until shiny gold. Add 3 metallic gold pearls.

4. Punch out image with 2 1/4" circle punch; cut circle from Shaded Spruce with 2 3/8" Layering Circle die, adhere to back of greeting circle with liquid glue.

5. Cut circle from gold glimmer paper with 2 5/8" Layering Circle die, adhere to back of above with glue dots.

6. Punch 2 labels from Blackberry Bliss cardstock, cut both in half on the long side (see picture above). Adhere these to the back of the circle unit with glue dots so the form a cross. Adhere this unit to the card front with domensionals (Item #104430)

Your card is ready for sending!

Here's the supply list--use the Shop Now button or click on one of the images below to purchase your supplies for this project: