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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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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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Use Scrapbooking Supplies for Quick Cards

Use Scrapbooking Supplies for Quick Cards

Did you know you can use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards? My friend Leslie made me an ultra-fast, ultra-easy, ultra-nifty card using the Memories & More Color Theory card pack perfect for this time of year.

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

If you’re not a scrapbooker and haven’t noticed this card pack before, or glossed over them, like me (yup, guilty!) you’ll find them on page 192-193 of the annual catalogue. Why not take a closer look at what’s included in this particular pack?

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

52 3” x 4” pre-printed flat cards and 20 4” x 6” pre-printed flat cards – WOW! But that’s not all, you also get two cardstock sticker sheets and four printed acetate cards. All this for only $12.50. Think how many cards that works out to (about 72 plus with my calculations). When it comes to economical, these are right up there with my Santa Paws card earlier this week. I might have to agree these might be right at the top!

So let’s talk time. How many of us have LOADS of time to spend paper crafting? Not me…and probably not most of you. So when I say quick, I really mean it! There are only 6 steps, each taking about 10 seconds! It got even quicker when Leslie pulled out her pre-cut, pre-scored notepads and envelope for the card base. Here are her steps:

  1. Cut the double sided card (with leaves) to 3” x 4”
  2. Cut down a sheet of Color Theory paper to 3 1/4” x 4 3/4” (this one is in Crushed Curry)
  3. Stamp thank you in Memento ink on one of the leaves
  4. Adhere Crushed Curry Color Theory paper to top left of folded notecard
  5. Attach stamped 3” x 4” card to bottom right overlapping designer paper with dimensionals
  6. Swipe your Wink of Stella over a leaf or two to add a little sparkle

That’s IT! (Oh, and Leslie used the cut off strip of Crushed Curry paper on the flap of her envelope.  A fun way to tie it together!

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

Why not use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards yourself? If you’re a scrapbooker, try using them in a slightly different way. If you’re not, here’s where you can find some:

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

Simple, easy and timely. All the qualities of a fast and fun card. I’d say!

I do have to admit, I haven’t yet purchased any of the Memories & More Card Packs. But I’m going to be perusing those couple pages pretty closely…which one can I get the most use from for card making? Then I’ll be able to copy Leslie and use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards when I need to make multiples – or just when I’m running out of time!

Use the Rock’n Roll Technique to Create a Fall Card

Use the Rock’n Roll Technique to Create a Fall Card

I’m showcasing my friend Janine who pulled out her stamp pads and cardstock to use the rock’n roll technique to create a fall card. Do you remember that one? Or maybe you’ve never tried it before? It’s an oldie but a goodie. And a fabulous way to add colour variations to your designs. Take a look!

use the rock'n roll technique to create a fall card

Did you notice the different colours on the leaves? It’s a similar technique to the one I used for my easy watercolour leaf cards, but definitely stands alone.

How easy is it to use the rock’n roll technique to create a fall card? Read on…

  1. Open all three of your colours of stamp pads (Janine used Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke)
  2. Pat your lightest colour stamp pad on your leaf image (Crushed Curry)
  3. Pick up your stamp and lightly touch the edge into your next colour, rolling the stamp slightly to get a little coverage of ink over the yellow base (Cajun Craze)
  4. Roll the edge of the stamp into the third colour
  5. Stamp onto your cardstock

use the rock'n roll technique to create a fall card

Here are a couple tips to keep in mind:

  • Use solid, bold images
  • Always start with your lightest colour to fully ink up your stamp
  • Fewer colours to mix is better (possibly three is the limit, but depends on the size of the stamp)
  • Try not to fully cover the first colour
  • Clean your stamp between inkings so you always start with a fresh colour

Janine completed the rest of her card with two-step stamping on the laid-back lawn chair. Each of the leaf, chair and greeting are part of my favourite stamp set in this year’s Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, Colorful Seasons. Ultra-versatile with gorgeous greetings for all seasons of the year it definitely deserves a place in your stamp collection!

There are minimal stamping supplies in Janine’s fun thinking of you card. Really just inks and papers with a little double thickness of linen thread. So it’s really economical and quick to put together.

use the rock'n roll technique to create a fall card

Sometimes as we develop our own stamping styles, and see what’s hot and trendy, we forget the tried and true techniques. This is one that stands the test of time and looks fabulous no matter what you’re stamping. So why not take a wander through your solid image stamps? Maybe one there will inspire you to use the rock’n roll technique to create a fall card for someone special today.

Craft a Card with Minimal Stamping Supplies

Craft a Card with Minimal Stamping Supplies

Today’s Front and Centre card comes from Crystal who was able to craft a card with minimal stamping supplies. It features the ultra cute Foxy Friends stamp set and punch, her ink pads, scissors and cardstock. No Big Shot, no die cuts, embossing folders, rhinestones or ribbon to be found. And with these limited tools, she came up with this little masterpiece.

craft a card with minimal stamping supplies

Isn’t it an adorable scene? Take a closer look at how sweet the racoon and fox are together.

craft a card with minimal stamping supplies

With this stamp set and punch, you can also make a mouse, a skunk, a tiger, a cat, a reindeer…and LOTS more critters.  Take a peek at how we used it in my Valentine’s critter sampler this winter.

So what’s the key to being able to craft a card with minimal stamping supplies? 

You have to have the right supplies!  Seems simple huh?  But how many of us have TONS of toys in our craft room?  Yet when we pull everything out to get creative, we’re just not happy with the results?   This is where Stampin’ Up! excels.  Fully matched and coordinated stamp sets and colours that work together seamlessly. Punches that frame images exactly.  Markers that match ink pads that match cardstock.

A few well-chosen staples from the catalogues will get you MILES of paper crafting fun.   Here’s a hint.  The suites in the catalogues are designed just for this purpose.  There are many suites, but my current personal favourites are:

  • Eastern Palace (pg 18-19)
  • Coffee  Break (pg 30-31)
  • Whole Lot of Lovely (pg. 86-87)
  • Delightful Daisy (pg 126-127)
  • Color Theory (pg 146-147)

There are 15 in total in the Annual catalogue.  Which one is yours?

Crystal sent me this card as a thank you.  But you could use it for a birthday – kid or adult, male or female.  Or it would be so perfect as a friend or congratulations card.  Isn’t it fun when you’re able to create a card that can be adaptable to so many occasions?

I’ll bet you have these supplies already, maybe tucked away that you haven’t used for awhile?  If not, just click on any image below so you could recreate this card yourself.

You Can Make it Too

Foxy Friends Photopolymer Stamp Set

$33.00

Fox Builder Punch

$23.50

Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$11.25

Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad

$9.25

Whisper White Uninked Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill

$12.25

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

$9.25

Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

Chocolate Chip 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$5.25

Here’s one final look at this sweet card.

craft a card with minimal stamping supplies

I know I want fast and fun paper crafting with fantastic results. Maybe it’s time to clear off my work table and get back to some simpler stamping.  So keep an eye out for future posts when I use the suites to craft a card with minimal stamping supplies.

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