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Heat Emboss Resist Two Tone Hello Greeting Cards

Heat Emboss Resist Two Tone Hello Greeting Cards

For Front and Centre Friday, I’m excited to showcase Leslie’s great card – a heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting card. It could even fit in with my Keep It Simple Sunday series since it’s a breeze to make! What’s even better? You can make multiples and get a whole stack of cards done at once!

We sometimes forget all the techniques we know.  This one is an oldie but a goodie.  So straightforward and always with fabulous results.  Take a look at how cool it is and then I’ll give you the steps.

heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards

Wouldn’t that brighten up just about anyone’’s day? And I absolutely LOVE her colour combination, Lemon Lime Twist on the bottom and Tranquil Tide on the top with a new colour created where they blend together.  Let’s call it Tranquil Twist!

The shininess of the white embossed words and image really POPS against the colours and they blend together so gradually where they meet. The brilliant white folded card is a perfect balance for the embossing powder.  Although it really didn’t pick up well in the photo, there’s also just a hint of Wink of Stella on the flowers.  It made me pick it up and look even closer!

Take another look.

heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards

Put your hand up if you LOVE easy and quick cards. Anyoone have TWO hands up?  I do!  And this one is about as easy as they come…not to mention meditative! I know that’s a weird word for stamping. But when you swirl on the colour with the sponge, it’s actually quite calming. Just think after a long day at the office, a little sponging and colour blending is all you need to get you settled right down. The only side effect might be a few inky fingers!

So what are the steps?

  1. Stamp your image with Versamark ink and sprinkle with white embossing powder.
  2. Heat with your heat tool until shiny.
  3. Dab your sponge right onto your ink pad to pick of the colour and swirl onto your card.
  4. Repeat dabbing and sponging as many times as you need.

Here are some tips as you heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards:

  • Make sure to not over-heat your powder. As soon as it’s shiny, move on to the next section.
  • Start sponging off the cardstock and use a circular motion to move onto and into the card.
  • Apply your lightest colour first – in this case, your Lemon Lime Twist up to the midway point of the card.
  • Use a lighter swirl touch at first, especially where the two colours meet so you don’t create a hard line of colour.
  • Take a tissue and wipe any ink that gets onto the white embossed image as it will not dry against the plastic finish.
  • Clean your fingers if any ink got on them before adhering sponged resist panel to front (since it IS a white card base!)

Just about any image will create a resist for you when you apply embossing powder.  But you  might have more striking results with bolder images like these letters.

heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards

So what do you need to make resist cards like this? Everything you see here will recreate Leslie’s card exactly.

Here’s a last look.

heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards

Would you like to get featured on my Front and Centre Fridays? It’s super easy. Just send me a card made with current Stampin’ Up! product and tell me a little bit about how you created it! Send it to me at: Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta Canada T0M0J0.

You could pull out an oldie but goodie technique like Leslie did or craft a beautifully simple stamped and coloured image.  Or you might want to make a 3D project…or dry embossing is always popular too.  I’d love to showcase your creations here.  You might even want to try your hand at this heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting card in different colours –  really the options are endless – just get busy and pop it in the mail!

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Stampin’ BLENDS Tips and Tricks

Stampin’ BLENDS Tips and Tricks

Want some more Stampin’ BLENDS tips and tricks? Yesterday, I shared my own tips  as I’ve been learning and playing with the new BLENDS. Now I want to share some of Stampin’ Up!’s videos and tricks to give you lots of ways to get started creating right away.

Have you noticed I REALLY love these new artist quality alcohol markers? They’re SO easy to use, anyone can get superb results fast! Let’s recap some of the first projects I started with…in the order I coloured them (not necessarily the order you saw them on my blog LOL!) so you can see some progression. I’ve made a couple notes about my experiences!

 

Stamped on Thick Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black as recommended. Used only the light and dark of three colours and the Colour Lifter. Lovely to work with.

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blends make cute cards even cuter

 

Stamped with Chocolate Chip ink on Crumb Cake. Neither of which are suggested (because I’m a rebel!) And WORKED like a charm! Blended with Light and Dark Crumb Cake with a touch of Bronze and accented with Dark Cherry Cobbler and Dark Calypso Coral.  Removed a little bit of his red nose with the Color Lifter.

 

Stamped on Thick Very Vanilla. Experimented with removing colour with the Color Lifter after blending Light and Dark Daffodil Delight with some Light Smoky Slate in the corners. The grapes are done with Light Rich Razzleberry and Light Night of Navy and highlighted with the Color Lifter. I did have some bleeding outside the edges which I was able to clean up with my Color Lifter – an absolute NECESSITY!)

stampin' blends available tomorrow

I got started just by viewing Stampin’ BLENDS tips and tricks videos from Stampin’ Up!. Take a few moments and see for yourself!

No matter your level – beginner or experienced – working with alcohol markers, I KNOW you will fall in love with the new Stampin’ BLENDS. I have one more project to share with you tomorrow focussing exclusively on the BLENDS and then I’ll be sprinkling them through my regular blog posts.

In the meantime, don’t forget about my SPECIAL OFFERS to get your own sets of markers. Then you’ll be able to come up with your own Stampin BLENDS tips and tricks as you play!

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Stampin’ BLENDS Available Tomorrow

Stampin’ BLENDS Available Tomorrow

Have you heard the news – the absolutely brand new, ultra cool alcohol markers, Stampin’ BLENDS available tomorrow?  You’ve probably been surfing on Pinterest or YouTube the last few days.  So you’ve probably seen the LOADS of videos and samples abounding with gorgeous shading and colouring.  And you’ve probably been drooling.  Me too!

While looking at samples is fun and almost as great as getting in there and creating for yourself, let’s talk about how you can be a colour blending artist!  Since the BLENDS are the latest and greatest from Stampin’ Up!, today I’m sharing my recommended options with you for giving them a try!  But before we get to that, why not take a look at this beautifully blended birthday card.

stampin' blends available tomorrow

Pretty awesome colour blending don’t you think?  As a side note, isn’t it hard to believe this is the first time I’m showcasing this set?  Because I’ve only had it since August LOL!  I guess it likely got lost in my (ahem!) rather large stash of stamps!   Does that ever happen to you? Regardless, when I thought about colouring with my new BLENDS, this set instantly popped to mind!

So you probably read Sunday’s blog post so you already know I’m first and foremost, a BEGINNER alcohol marker artist.  Even so, these are ULTRA easy – not to mention super FUN – to use. (However, I found a couple tips helpful to get started which I’ll share with you tomorrow.) Stampin’ Up! makes it very easy – even for us beginners – with only a light and a dark marker in each colour.

Take a closer look at the gorgeous colours, the velvety soft finish and the seamless blending I could achieve in just a few quick minutes.

stampin' blends available tomorrow

So I mentioned before why I never got into the Copic marker craze.  They’re just too expensive, there’s WAAAY too many colours and there was no coordination with Stampin’ Up!’s colour families. And as much as I love to colour, I managed to steer clear.

But while I wasn’t bitten by the alcohol marker bug before, I think it’s safe to say, I’m now converted to an alcohol marker fanatic!  Let me tell you why.

  • There are only 10 colours and two neutrals. This smaller colour choice has been very carefully made by the artists at Stampin’ Up! so you can still make projects for all kinds of seasons, holidays and images.
  • You absolutely DO NOT need an art degree to get beautiful results – quickly.
  • The Color Lifter, Bronze and Ivory markers are offered separately and provide all kinds of additional blended colours for skin tones. I think the Color Lifter is a MUST HAVE because of the different effects you can achieve.
  • You might remember Stampin’ Up! brought out the Blendabilities a couple years ago? There were three markers in each colour family and you could only buy them in a package of three. This time, Stampin’ Up! is offering each marker individually, or as a combo so if you go GAGA over the Light Pool Party and use it up (it should take you quite awhile to do that though!), you can get a single marker to replace it. Smarter, right?
  • Stampin’ Up! very rigorously tested these BLENDS to ensure there are no issues with the lid fit. I think this is a super important feature so the alcohol doesn’t dry out.
  • The marker tips release loads of saturated colour easily with either the larger brush tip or the smaller bullet tip.

stampin' blends available tomorrow

So with Stampin’ BLENDS available tomorrow, how do I recommend you get started? (Since I know you’re not all like ME and want to jump in with both feet first!  Or maybe you do.  See option 3 below if that’s the case!)

1. “Let Me Give These Things A Try” Option: You’ll pick 2 colours, 2 Light neutrals and the Color Lifter
I would choose both the light and dark markers in each colour. These 7 markers are a great selection to get you going and you can easily blend and shade with the 2 light neutrals (Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake).

Now how do you decide on your colours? Pick your favourites…or pick ones that will work for the seasons. For example, seeing as Christmas is just around the bend, perhaps you’ll find Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive are perfect choices for you. (Bonus: The red will work for Valentine’s too!)

Or if you’re more the winter and snowflake scene type person, perhaps picking Soft Sky and Pool Party is more your style. TIP:  Go ahead and use these with Light Smoky Slate for crisp and “cool” cards.

2. “BLENDS Baker’s Dozen” Option: You’ll pick 4 colours, as well as both neutrals in Light and Dark and the Color Lifter. You’ll have 13 markers with some pretty great variety. I might start with the colours I suggested for the first option above, then add in a yellow and pink. I suggest yellow since it adds a huge amount of life to your colouring (my background on today’s card for instance). Also I like pink since it’s great for skin tones, Valentine’s and adds more subtle tones to Cherry Cobbler.

3. “I Gotta Have ‘Em All” Option!: You are definitely a gal (or guy) after my own heart! You won’t be disappointed with this full meal deal. Your blending options go through the roof with the full set of 26 markers and the Color Lifter. (And you know what?  The full set ALSO makes a fabulous Christmas present. So start hinting to your significant other RIGHT NOW!)

No matter which option you choose, first of all you’ll want to pick up a Tuxedo Black Memento stamp pad to stamp your images. The Basic Black Archival or StazOn will not work well, especially StazOn because it’s also made with alcohol ink (so it will run once you start to colour). Finally I would recommend a pack of the Thick Whisper White card stock as a good solid paper choice. And basically that’s all you need.

So what do I suggest you do now?

  1. decide which option is right for you.
  2. (if it’s 3 give me a shout!)  If it’s option 1 or 2, decide which are your MUST HAVE colours.
  3. give me a shout!

Want to know the colours I used in my birthday card? I used Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Old Olive, Light Smoky Slate, Light Rich Razzleberry and Light Navy as well as the Color Lifter. Let’s take another peek.

stampin' blends available tomorrow

Here are the supplies to make this card yourself. Simply click on the image (BLENDS to be updated Nov 1st) so your order will ship directly to you – no middleman – me!!

stampin' blends available tomorrow

If you’re an avid colourer like me, I bet you’ve been waiting for Stampin’ Up!’s alcohol markers for a long time. Stampin’ BLENDS are your solution to making perfectly coordinated handmade paper crafts with SU! paper, ribbons and embellishments. And you won’t be disappointed whichever option you choose. But first, put some thought into your decision so you’ll be able to get your Stampin’ BLENDS available tomorrow!

Make a Happy Card for WCMD 2017

Make a Happy Card for WCMD 2017

It’s time to get our your supplies and make a happy card for WCMD 2017! This is the one day every year devoted exclusively to us paper crafters and card makers! So let’s all take advantage of it and play until the cows come home! In honour of WCMD (World Card Making Day) I designed a card easy to duplicate, using two of my favourite In Colours: Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. Take a gander at what I have for you today before I give you the how-to’s.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Let’s just say I had to be encouraged to get the Eastern Palace Suite when it debuted as an early release in May. I’m sure glad I had that little push because now it’s right up up there with Colourful Seasons for my favourite bundle in the catalogue. Here’s just a few of the many reasons why:

  • the dies, the dies, the dies! This medallion is simply gorgeous like I used it in this one!
  • ease of use – even though not really a two-step stamping set, I made it one for this card
  • versatility – see how I used the die for something completely different in this one
  • the paper – the specialty paper is absolutely beee-you-tiful like I used here

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

OK now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, want to know how to make it?

The Ingredients:

  • Berry Bust cardstock 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla cardstock 3 3/4” x 3 3/4”
  • Lemon Lime Twist cut with largest circle framelit
  • Fresh Fig punched with 1 3/4” circle punch
  • Berry Burst punched with 1” circle punch
  • Berry Burst and Fresh Fig ink
  • About 13” Fresh Fig 1/2” finely woven ribbon

The Recipe:

  • Stamp right hand side of folded Berry Burst card with star image in Berry Burst ink. Do not extend past the half way mark. Tie ribbon along bottom of card and secure with a double knot quite far to the right of card. Set aside.
  • Centre and nest three dies together in middle of Very Vanilla cardstock and run through Big Shot. (TIP1: Hold them in place with washi tape if they move around a little.  TIP2:  Although a Precision Base Plate will make this easier, if you use a Magnetic Platform like I did, run it through 2-3 times.)

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

To get a better idea of which dies I used, this is what they look like on the cutting side.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Stamp the little decoration 8 times around the inside of the medallion in Fresh Fig ink, reinking your stamp each time.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Place dabs of liquid of Fine Tip glue onto back middle section of Very Vanilla medallion and place 1” Berry Burst Circle directly over top. Dab more glue on the back around the Berry Burst circle and on the circle itself and position the Fresh Fig 1 3/4“ circle directly over top. Dab glue on remaining pieces of the back and glue directly only the Lemon Lime Twist circle. Let dry a few minutes.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Stamp words in Berry Burst along bottom of medallion and adhere to front of card with dimensionals. Attach one glitter enamel shape into middle of medallion.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

So now you can go ahead and make a happy card for WCMD 2017 too. Or if you needed to be “encouraged” like me, here is the bundle and the rest of the supplies I used. Simply click on the image to take you to my online store and it will be on its way to you lickety split.

Here’e one last peek.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Now that I’ve been converted to a Eastern Palace fan, I can see all kinds of other possibilities for this super bundle. With its the coordinated embellishments and the multitude of designs you can create with the medallion dies, it’s one that I hope will be around a long time. So although it was awesome to make a happy card for WCMD 2017, keep your eyes on my blog – I know you’ll be seeing more of this in my future.

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Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

My friend Joanne knows great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper! I’m showcasing her lovely card today for my Front and Centre Friday. I think she would agree one of the best parts is how fast these go together when you have a bundle from this year’s Annual catalogue with coordinated designer series paper! See how fabulous the Naturally Eclectic Suite can be!

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Did you figure out which patterned paper she’s using? It’s the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack! You might miss these paper stacks on page 187 of the Annual catalogue, but they’re worth taking another look at. Why? Because all three of them are part of the Buy Three, Get One Free offer on right now.

So that’s a pretty good reason in itself, but there’s lots more!  If you haven’t tried a set of these, they are so fast and fun to play with you’ll want all three. Super manageable at 6” x 6” you get 48 double sided sheets. With 4 each of 12 different designs you can mix and match to your heart’s content! In this Color Theory one, there’s a paint chip like look, three crackle finishes, a colour blocked look with 6 different colour shades, and a beautiful ombre piece…yes, my favourite. 🙂  Just a little heavier than regular bond paper, it won’t add bulk to your designs. In fact Joanne’s only cardstock is the Whisper White for her base, panel and leaves.  Instead she found lots of ways to combine her paper stack with her card and die cuts. Can you tell where?

  • her two detailed flower outlines are die cut from the Berry Burst ombre, one a little lighter than the other
  • Crushed Curry crackle fancies up that gorgeous diamond lattice flower background

Then she added more dimension and interest by incorporating more Color Theory paper and her dies:

  • the greeting and banner are cut from the Berry Burst ombre as well, but in the darker shade
  • her lovely leaves are stamped first in Lemon Lime Twist then die cut and placed behind her flowers
  • and her pink matting ties her card together since it’s in Berry Burst ombre too. Take a look at the colour gradation in that little strip of matted paper.

 

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

The Naturally Eclectic set is another one that gives a watercolour look, just like Painted Harvest and this card I shared the other day. When you have stamps designed to give these impressions, you’ll never be disappointed with the effect.

To add this bundle and paper to your supplies like Joanne did, it’s a simple click of your mouse. You’ll be able to quickly see how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper yourself.

See how flat this card lies – no bulk so it will go through the mail with ease – and no extra postage.

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Joanne was inspired by a card she found on Pinterest but she changed up the colours and placement. You may already know it’s a fabulous source of creativity. Sometimes when you’re stuck for an idea, if you just type in the name of the stamp set you will be rewarded with all kinds of designs. I’m happy to post my cards to my Pinterest boards so you can easily find them without having to scroll through all the blog posts too. There’s lots of ideas there to showcase how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper.

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