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A Much More Fun Use for Shaving Cream!

A Much More Fun Use for Shaving Cream!

Only paper crafters would have come up with a card with a much more fun use for shaving cream! Today, I’m showcasing a beautiful card by Karen for my Front and Centre Friday. By combining stamp pad inks, two-step stamping, and a coordinated thinlit she’s created a stunning fall (or even spring) card!

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

Don’t you agree? It’s hard to decide what’s the best part of this card…

  • Maybe the soft and swirly background?
  • Or the almost perfect two-step stamping?
  • Perhaps the sparkly detailed die cut?
  • Or just the clean and simple feel of the overall card?

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

 

Karen’s used a technique that’s been around for awhile…that’s undergone a little facelift recently. Using shaving cream and her stamp pads, she swirled the ink and cream together on an acrylic block, then “painted” it onto Shimmery White cardstock with a palette knife. We used to create a whole pan of coloured shaving cream with re-inkers, then dunked our paper into it and scraped it off. This is a bit more precise – and maybe even a tad less messy! She got her inspiration from Kim Jolley who designed this “Not Your Mother’s Saving Cream Technique”.

The results are exceptional. And what’s even better? A much more fun use for shaving cream! makes it easy to create a bunch of backgrounds to put into your stash of ready-mades.

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

Using these as backgrounds makes card making so much easier. Karen simply stamped the solid image leaf from Colourful Seasons in Pear Pizzazz, then over-stamped the detailed image in Old Olive to create the veins. (Psst, this is a breeze with two-step stamps!) Her last touch was die cutting a Pear Pizzazz leaf and swiping her Wink of Stella over it for some extra glimmer.

Here are some of Karen’s tips:

  1. Make sure you use shaving cream, not gel
  2. Use your acrylic block like a stamp in tap it into one colour, then apply cream on top (Karen used blocks B and C)
  3. Mix up your colour and cream with the palette knife, almost like you’re icing a cake
  4. Although you can use other paper to apply the cream on, the Shimmery White gives a subtle and pretty sheen
  5. Smear the cream on your cardstock
  6. Have LOTS of paper towels handy to wipe off the shaving cream (and maybe even a bowl of water to rinse the blocks)
  7. Feel free to go over a section more than once if you want more depth of colour

Need a few supplies? Here’s everything Karen used for her beautiful card.

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

I love receiving cards from friends I can feature on my Front and Centre Friday. It’s amazing how creative everyone is. Just take a look at Crystal’s and Doreen’s to see the variety. To have your card showcased, simply send it to me at Box 911, Blackfalds, AB Canada T0M0J0. (I’m always excited when they feature current Stampin’ Up! supplies and product.) Who knows – maybe you’ll be inspired and try a much more fun use for shaving cream!

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Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

In the spirit of my Keep It Simple Sunday, I want to show you how to make a last minute Thanksgiving card. I know many of you plan far ahead and aren’t like me. Running around at the last minute to get a card made for your husband at 5:30 in the morning. Golly, I DO this for a living! You’d think I would be more prepared!

Well I’m not. So I thought, why not combine a couple techniques I’ve shown you recently? They’re top of mind, close at hand, and quick and easy. So tadah, a card made in 6 minutes flat!!

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

There might be some familiar looking pieces here…like the leaf perhaps? The Vintage Leaves set is a classic for this time of year. You’ve seen me use it here already but with watercolour paper for a more subtle mixing of colour. This time, I stamped directly onto Shimmery White cardstock and embossed my ink for a shiny look. Very subtle sheen and quite pretty up close.

Rather than just stamp the greeting on the card and be done with it – which I admit would have been even faster – I stamped on a small strip of Shimmery White. I picked the darkest colour from my leaf, Cherry Cobbler since the greeting is pretty small letters so it would show up. The gold metallic thread and enamel shape add another touch of shine.

So if you also need to make a last minute Thanksgiving card like me, here’s how it goes together:

Ingredients

  • Shimmery White cardstock 1-5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 – 3/4” x 3”
  • Gold metallic thread (about 12”)

Recipe

  1. Turn stamp face up and cover completely with Versamark ink
  2. Tap Crushed Curry, then Tangerine Tango, then Cherry Cobbler ink in several spots of the leaf
  3. Stamp onto Shimmery White card front and sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Heat.
  4. Stamp words on strip of Shimmery White and cut right edge into a banner (TIP: snip from the right middle edge about 1/2” into the strip, then snip from each corner to the end of your cut line to create a “V”)
  5. Wind metallic thread around fingers and place onto glue dot then onto card on top left
  6. Use Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape to adhere banner
  7. Attach Metallic Enamel shape

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

So even though there are a few steps, I still consider this a pretty simple card. Not a lot of layers, lots of clean space and simple embellishments. I suspect you may have these supplies hanging around your own craft room. But if not, here is everything I used.

Let’s take one last look (before I throw it in an envelope for the hubby!)

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

I do hope you’re a bit more organized than I am. However if you find you’ve got TOO much on the go and think it’s time to go grab a Dollar Store card, DON’T. This is an ultra quick and super easy last minute Thanksgiving card that they (he’ll?) appreciate even more!

How to Combine Colour With Patterned Paper

How to Combine Colour With Patterned Paper

For super duper eye-catching projects, I want to show you how to combine colour with patterned paper. This is a pretty simple card I’ve amped up with designer series paper, stamping, some layered circles, a punch and trims. What really makes it stand out is the colour coordination and balance. No one item overpowers the other and even though there’s lots going on, everything works together beautifully. Take a peek.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

What’s the first thing you noticed? The greeting right? Know why? It’s a “quiet” place on the card. The lighter vanilla circle POPS agains the dark of its matted Early Espresso circle and the bold lines in the background pattern. But it also picks up on both the lower patterned paper vanilla background and the vanilla chevron shape in the Espresso piece.

I think that one pattern alone is so neat – here’s a question for you. Are the chevrons Espresso or are they Vanilla? Take another look and then leave me comment with what you think.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

Another little touch is the leaf imprint behind the greeting. It’s maybe not something you noticed right off the hop, but it adds a hint of colour and interest. That’s one of the great things about this Painted Harvest stamp set. The “solid” pieces are made to look a little mottled or watercolour-y (is that a word?) So the effect is a softness that you can’t get with other stamps. Then the boldness of that gorgeous script stands out even more.

You might be wondering how I picked my colours. On the back of every designer series paper package is a list of all the Stampin’ Up! colours in it. So I first decided on the designer paper I wanted to use, then used the colours in it for the rest of my stamping. No need to try and decide what to combine – and no need for an art degree! And it takes NO TIME at all. How easy is that? I did this EXACT same thing on this cheerful and fun fold birthday card.

And you know what? I used a colour I wouldn’t have thought of using. Soft Sky. This light blue – almost a powdery blue – is perfect in this card. Blue, especially the light blue, is a complementary colour to brown and creates a calming and peaceful feeling when paired together. Stampin’ Up! has art experts on staff that are always researching the latest and upcoming colours. They KNOW what colours work together, so I thought, why not listen to them?

 

how to combine colour with patterned paper

There’s a little surprise in this card too. The front is only HALF there! This isn’t quite a dutch fold card, but it has a very similar feel. The inside greeting hides behind the front focal point – and completely echoes it. Perhaps more simple, but elements of the leaf and colours tie it together wonderfully.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

And let’s just talk about that trim and embellishment around the front greeting. There are three elements: the leaf punch, burlap ribbon and mini gold sequin trim. OK, I have to confess…I was holding out on the sequins. They were in my order since June, then they were out, then in, then out. But I finally caved and I’m so excited to use it. So sparkly and the perfect size! Not too big, not too small, just like Goldilocks! You know what the clincher was? I made all the Watercolour Christmas cards and it’s the trim in there! So easy to use and it adds awesome detail.

To make this card yourself and see how to combine colour with patterned paper, here are all the supplies I used. With designer paper on sale right now, it’s the prefect time to stock up.  See if you need to add any to your own stash.

Here’s a final look.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

One of the best parts about being a crafter like you, is I get to play and experiment. But when I don’t have a lot of time, I find I resort more and more to picking up that pack of designer series paper and letting the experts at Stampin’ Up! do the colour matching work for me. Then, the question of how to combine colour with patterned paper becomes a cinch – and I’m always pleased with the results.

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Today I am building on a blog post from last week to show you how I made embellished easy watercolour leaf cards. I’ve heard from many of you how much you loved the colour blending in this card so I thought “Why not jazz them up even a bit more?”  I changed out just one of my ink colours and here’s what I came up with.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

The detail in the shiny foil leaf really creates a spectacular embellishment. Once again, it’s my favourite Seasonal Layers Thinlits put to work! Did you recognize that colour of foil? It’s the new champagne in the Holiday Catalogue. I missed the sheets the first few times I paged through it, so if you did too, take a peek at page 37.

Falling in between silver and gold on the colour scale, it’s just a gorgeous colour and I’ve used it to offset both gold and silver in my designs. For example, in this card, I think it pairs quite well with the silver embossed sentiment. But it also stands completely on its own too. Gorgeous any which way you look at it. See how it catches the light.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

I’ve set my detailed maple leaf on top of the new Leaf Punch also punched in champagne foil. I layered them so the detailed leaf didn’t completely overlap the solid punched shape. It adds more interest that way. The final touch is the small sparkly clear faceted gem.

As I was mailing my thank you cards last week, I wanted a fairly flat card so my cards went through the post easily. So I also decided to inset my leaves. (You might have heard this also called paper piecing.) I continued to use this technique on my embellished easy watercolour leaf cards too. Here’s how you do it:

  1. stamp your image and cut out with matching frame lit
  2. place cut out leaf onto cardstock panel where you want it positioned
  3. remove your leaf and replace with leaf framelit
  4. run through Big Shot
  5. adhere panel to the front of your folded card
  6. glue stamped leaf into the leaf cutout (I use liquid glue for this)

You may have a faint outline of the frame lit on your cardstock. However, it doesn’t really detract from the beauty of your card.

I gave this card a try with different coloured cardstock, copper foil sheets, and went back to my Tangerine Tango ink for the leaf.  The size of my watercoloured leaf determined whether I added that second detailed leaf on top since I didn’t want it to overpower the original stamped image.  See what you think.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

Leave me a comment below to let me know which was your favourite combination!

I’ve listed everything to create these awesome fall greetings for yourself. If you don’t have something in your supply stash, simply click on an image to order it from my 24-7 online store to have it shipped directly to you!

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

While my original watercolored leaf card can easily stand on its own, this is a good example how you can step things up just a bit. Take a moment and think about what you have to complement and add some pizzazz to your cards. It really doesn’t take a lot of time, or money and your embellished easy watercolour leaf cards will get you WOWS – guaranteed!

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Patterned Paper Gatefold Fall Greetings

Patterned Paper Gatefold Fall Greetings

Today I want to share how patterned paper gatefold fall greetings can add an interactive element to your cards. Rather than the good ‘ole regular card that opens from the right, why not try something just a tad unexpected? Spark some interest with an easy gatefold.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

I have to admit this is one of my favourite folds. It’s quick and easy, and you can play with the front in lots of different ways. It’s called gatefold since you can open it in the middle, just like a gate to a driveway. Sometimes I lay it on its side so you open it from the middle up to the top and bottom like I did on this congrats card . Or I’ve also overlapped framelits like I did on this card to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

When you have the two shorter pieces to the front of your card, it helps to keep it closed with a little embellishment. Or a belly band. Or in my case here, a pair of stitched circles with minimal stamping and a fab banner. With such a busy patterned paper, I decided to keep the main image quite clean and simple.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Speaking of the patterned paper, isn’t it just divine? Perfect for fall with the berries and golden blossoms. When I took a closer look at those flowers, my Colourful Seasons stamp set immediately popped to mind. The branch with the blossoms would match perfectly! I pulled it out, inked up two stamps in coordinating colours and VOILA, a focal point for my card! To pretty it up even more, I dabbed on some Fine Tip Glue and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

If you’re intrigued by cards with folds, you will LOVE my Creative Folds online class available next week! All the templates, written tutorials and video with step-by-step details to make FIVE great folded designs.

I’m not sure exactly why, but your inside greeting just seems to pop a little more when it’s in a gatefold. I kept this one pretty simple matching the outside banner. I simply inked up my Teeny Tiny Wishes Happy Thanksgiving sentiment in Early Espresso. While the words themselves would have been just fine, I added a couple of the blossoms to echo the card front.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Is it possible to overdo the Color Theory Suite? I think not! This card is just one more great example of how versatile this set is. If you haven’t picked one up yet, you’re going to want to.

Let’s take one final peek.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Folded cards add interest, both for your card recipient and for you, the cardmaker! Keep the interest alive for everyone by changing up your card openings. Start simply and consider creating patterned paper gatefold fall greetings this Thanksgiving – you’ll be glad you did!

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