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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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Combine Positive and Negative Shape Greeting Cards

Combine Positive and Negative Shape Greeting Cards

If you want to take your card making to new heights, take a page out of Lillian’s book and combine positive and negative shape greeting cards. I just had to showcase this beautiful card Lillian gave me at our last team meeting. A word of caution! I DO predict its elegance and simplicity will have you reaching for your Big Shot and Carols of Christmas bundle right away!

combine positive and negative shape greeting cards

Well? Gorgeous right? Two “colours” only – alright, technically white isn’t a colour I know! With a few well placed embellishments, it’s a classic. You might remember the trees from this black and white card.

Did you know black and white are THE colours for Christmas this year? Yup! Take a look the next time you’re out in the malls – you’ll notice the bold crispness of these NON-colours. With these classics it’s so easy to combine positive and negative shape greeting cards.

combine positive and negative shape greeting cards

Lillian is a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and featured this card on her blog this fall. As she says, “It’s one of those card that looks hard and has “wow” factor but is extremely easy.”

What’s fabulous about this card? Well there’s LOTS, but the main one?  There’s no waste. You use the shapes you cut from the white (the positive shapes) to enhance the shape itself (the negative space). The foil paper in behind really allows that shape to shine. Lillian has both a gold and silver foil example, although it’s pretty hard to pick a favourite.  It would work well with designer paper too but would just have a different feel.

A couple tips from Lillian:

  • make sure to stamp and emboss the sentiment first and keep it low on the page
  • die cut the trees from Whisper White (4 3/4” x 3 1/2”) then glue to piece of silver foil (5” x 3 3/4”)
  • use dimensionals and mini dimensionals to offset the cut out tress to the left of the silver

combine positive and negative shape greeting cards

For a quick – and beautiful – card this Christmas, you might want to pick up the oh-so-versatile card front builder thinlits. They’re in the Holiday catalogue which is only good until January 2nd. I sure hope they stick around after that, they’re so pretty.

How about a final glimpse?

If you want to be on trend this year, give a shot at creating cards in basic black and white. They are elegant, classic and so beautiful. Notch them up even more when you combine positive and negative shape greeting cards for your holiday list!

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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!

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