Techniques

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!

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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!

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Antiquing Tin Tile with a Twist

Today we're exploring Antiquing Tin Tile with a Twist.  The tin tile embossing folder is one of the favorites this fall in the Stampin'Up! Holiday mini catalog...here's what it looks like with no embellishment (I used the new Galvanized Metallic paper) 10-8-18 Pre

Now it's very easy to "antique" this image by simply sponging with Stazon Jet Black ink....notice I sponged the right side and left the left side un-sponged so you can tell the difference. 10-8-18 Sponged

I used the antiqued image to create this really cute Christmas card (I'll give you the directions below)... 10-8-18 Deer card

But....if you know me at all you know that I love things that sparkle and shine....(you're thinking, did she really have to say that--the world knows!). You will notice that when you sponged with the ink it looks really cool and "old," however, that did tone down the slight shine on the galvanized paper.  So I thought....let's shine it back up a bit. I painted the tin tile image with Champagne Mist Shimmer paint...and behold a lovely sparkly shine added a bit of zip to the card again... 10-8-18 card with shimmer paint

Here's a close up of the painted area. 10-8-18 Close up of shimmer paint

I'll give you the supply list below--you can hit the Shop Now button or one of the product images and you'll be in my store. Order your supplies now and if you use the Host Code for this month (CAT2BCAH) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! products for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Card Directions:

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

2. Cut Whisper White cardstock 4 X 4, rub embossing buddy over cardstock, stamp deer (Dashing Deer stamp set) in Versamark ink, sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder, heat with heat tool until shiny white.

3. Stamp JOY (Festher & Frost stamp set) in Real Red ink; adhere 3 red rhinestones. Adhere this unit to top of card base.

4. Run 1 1/4 X 4 Galvanized metallic paper through Big Shot in Tin Tile embossing folder; sponge with Stazon Jet Black ink; dry slightly with heat tool and rub off excess ink with tissue. Apply Champagne Mist Shimmer paint with brush and dry. Adhere this unit to bottom of card base.

5. Cut 14" red Satin ribbon, tie around card front at junction of the two top pieces.

Your card is ready for sending!

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What a crappy picture!!!

What a crappy picture!!!  Yes, it is and I apologize for it even though I tried everything I could think of to capture the glimmer of these Stampin'Up! Shimmer paints....I probably should have ditched this post but the actual results are so gorgeous that I want to explain how to do it and I want you to try it so you can see the dazzle yourself.

There's a secret sauce that I'll explain in a bit but first I'll show you the 'raw' painted paper and then the card....if you can imagine this paper with a sheen and shimmer all over the surface you'll begin to imagine how gorgeous this turns out.... 3 paintsWhat you can get an impression of is  mix of Vegas Gold and Bright Copper---then over the top of this is an overall coating of Champagne Mist--this gives the entire piece that extra gorgeous sheen....which I admit you cannot see in this picture and no amount of maneuvering or changing of lights would capture what I want you to see.

Here's the resulting card

Card2Yes, it's a nice card but you have to imagine the sparkly glimmer and sheen of these shimmer paints...please come see the sample or ask me for a small sample and I'll mail one to you...it's got to be seen to be believed!!!

I'll give you the simple directions below and a list of supplies....remember to use this month's host code (CAT2BCAH) if you place an online order--for each $50 in product that you purchase I'll give you $5 in Stampin'Up! product.

Card directions:

1. Cut 3 1/2 X 4 3/4 Glossy white cardstock
    *Sponge randomly with Gold Shimmer paint; dry with heat tool
    *Sponge the unpainted areas with Copper Shimmer paint: dry with heat tool
    Note: you can keep repeating this process until you get the depth of color you like
    *Lastly sponge the entire piece with Champagne Shimmer paint & dry.

2. Stamp Thanks (Floral Statements) in Stazon Black ink, dry with heat tool to assure ink is dried on this glossy surface.

3. Cut 4 7/8 X 3 5/8 Basic Black cardstock; adhere to back of stamped image piece with liquid glue

4. Cut 4 1/4 X 11 Cherry Cobbler cardstock, score long side at 5 1/2; adhere above piece with liquid glue.

Your card is ready for sending!

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No Sponge Sponging

For all those who do not like coloring--even sponging--today we are doing No Sponge Sponging!  Aaaah, I knew that would grab your attention....this is a really fun quick way to get some multi-colors on your card with minimal effort and "no sponges."

Look at this card...see that multicolor layer under the leaf stamp? That is the "cloud" stamp from the Beautiful Blizzard (Stampin'Up!) & 3 lovely colors of ink that blend well. (Note: You don't have to clean the stamp between colors--see the instructions.) Leaf card

I used a wash of Wink of Stella which in real life looks fantastic...I did a close up here for you to see: Leaf

I used Melody Mango, Calypso Coral, & Pumpkin Pie--- lovely fall colors that blend to have the appearance of brushing the colors together. Such a simple technique & simple design & what an awesome resulting card!

Below are the directions--simple & quick with a couple of fun hints to save you time & money. Following that are the supplies you'll need & how to order them.

Remember:
*This is the last week to use your August Bonus Days coupons---after Sunday they will expire
*If you place an order online & use this month's host code(4UGP9PMX) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you order.

Directions:

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

2. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 3 5/8 X 4 7/8. Stamp the "cloud" (Beautiful Blizzard) near the top in Melody Mango (lightest color). Note: since we're working from light to dark ink pads & in the same color family you don't need to clean the stamp between colors --you do if you are going to repeat the card--clean after stamping the darkest color. Now ink up with Calypso Coral & stamp about 1/2" down over the first stamped image.  Re-ink with Pumpkin Pie & move down another 1/2" from the previous stamp.

3. Do a Wink of Stella Wash. Using your Heat Tool, dry the ink/Wink well.

4. Stamp the large leaf (Falling for Leaves, Stampin'Up!) in Early Espresso & immediately sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder; heat until shiny with Heat Tool.

5. Stamp verse (Falling for leaves) in Versamark; sprinkle with Gold EP, heat with tool until shiny gold; adhere 3 gold metallic pearls.

6. Cut Gold Glimmer 3 3/4 X 5 (note: cut out the center for use in another project leaving a "frame"); adhere the frame to the back side of the stamped image with glue dots; adhere this unit to card front with liquid glue.

Your card is ready for sending!

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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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