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Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus An Innovative Stamp Positioner | VIDEO

Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus An Innovative Stamp Positioner | VIDEO

OK, I’ve got a mouthful description for you today – the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner!  Wow!  You’ll be happy to know I’ve managed to get it all into a short video!

How about we see the project first though?

 

Do you like the sheen on the greeting?  I love it!  A smooth, glossy surface you can create easily with your Stamparatus.  With perfect placement, you can build layer on layer of enamel for a gorgeous finish.  Take a little closer peek.

embossing with the stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner

The Accented Blooms stamp set is lovely. It just about jumped out at me on page 16 when I first got my Annual Catalogue.  Small wonder it was on my very first order and it’s seen an ink pad or two already.  It’s the reverse words that do it for me.  Well, that and the pretty flower border.  And the fact I can use it with my Tailored Tag Punch?  Definitely worth the price of admission!

So here you can see I’ve combined a couple techniques on one card.  Watercolouring, which as you know is one of my all-time faves 😄.  And the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner.

But you know, if you’re not in the mood for enamel and just want to emboss every Stampin’ Up! colour you own, the Stamparatus is your go-to tool too.  Just press on that magic little triangle below to let me show you how.

 

The Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus an Innovative Stamp Positioner

 

Pretty quick and easy isn’t it?  Wasn’t that triple (well octa) time watercolouring fun?

 

My Stamparatus is getting lots of love lately.  There are so many cool ways to use it – and I suspect we’re only getting started!  Did you see how it can save you money too?  And the hinge stamping is just so neat.

When you can do more with the tools you own, don’t you feel virtuous? 😇  So if you haven’t taken the plunge yet and grabbed your own Stamparatus, now’s a perfect time.  Then you can play with the coloured glass technique! 

Or maybe you want to see if you can watercolour the Accented Blooms flowers in fast motion too?  Here are all the supplies I used so you can get started right away.

 

embossing with the stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner

If you didn’t check out the video, jump back up there and do it now!  See how you can create awesome finishes like the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner.

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Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

I’m cheating with my quick and easy leaf print greeting cards for today’s project!  (whew!  I feel better now I’ve come clean…😚)  But I don’t feel toooo bad about cheating. 

Wanna know why?

  • It saved me a ton of time (maybe even hours!)
  • I got to play with my beautiful Nature’s Poem designer series paper (which you can get FREE right now!)
  • I experimented with a colour combination I’m pretty sure I never would’ve even tried

And guess what?  I want YOU to cheat too and make a card just like this guy with YOUR patterned papers!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

So let’s get to the nitty-gritty.  How exactly do I want you to cheat?  

Let’s not go gather leaves and let them sit in a solution to turn them into little skeletons. Don’t mix up the paper pulp and run it through screens.  And I especially don’t want you waiting hours for it to dry.  In fact, I don’t even want you to grab your inks and create your own background paper today.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Making your own paper – and backgrounds – is fun and rewarding, not to mention environmentally friendly.  But it could also be a teensy bit time-consuming.  That’s where patterned paper comes to your rescue! 

Quick and easy leaf print greeting cards go together so quickly when you have a nice package of paper like this one just begging to be used!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

There’s a wonderful mix of colours in the Nature’s Poem selection.  And this one I’m pretty sure I never would’ve tried.  What do you think?quick and easy leaf print greeting cards The three colours in the leaf print paper are Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove and Blackberry Bliss.  And while I think of fall when I look at some of the sheets, I’m planning to use this card right now for a male (yes, despite the “pink”).  I don’t think it screams feminine at you does it?  After all leaves work for just about anybody, anytime, any occasion! 

Take another peek.

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

And the bonus for you?  You can choose this package (or maybe another one from a selection of 10) absolutely FREE right now when you order three others.  

This is my favourite sale!  I stock up on my designer series paper for the whole year!  Check out Stampin’ Up!’s video to see all the ones you could choose from.

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Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

What else do I have going on with this card?

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

  • Two punched leaves with the Leaf Punch peeking out from the tag sentiment, one gold foil and one Blackberry Bliss
  • A simple and generic calligraphic greeting from the Painted Glass stamp set (don’t you love blackletter handwriting?) punched with the Everyday Label punch
  • Lovely gold metallic-edged vanilla ribbon which catches the light
  • Three simple little faceted Blackberry Bliss dots

So now it’s time to get you started cheating!  Stock up on your designer series paper.  This sale is half over!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

Looking for other ideas that are quick and easy and use up some of your safely-stored-away patterned paper?  This Christmas one is fast and this pretty floral notecard goes together in a flash too.  What a great way to double down on your crafting time.

So save yourself a ton of time, grab some Nature’s Poem paper during our Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale and try out a colour combination you might never have thought of!  You’ll be glad you did when you can cheat at creating quick and easy leaf print greeting cards.

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Simple Thank You Card Ideas

Simple Thank You Card Ideas

Today I want to show you my latest in my simple thank you card ideas.  Quick, pretty and a bit whimsical, you’re going to want to whip up a few of these right away to have on hand.

Make sure you read all the way through!  I’ve got tons of tips for you!

simple thank you card ideas

Watercolouring is my go-to technique for gorgeous and super-quick backgrounds.  This one probably took about 30 seconds (I give you all the steps below).  Waiting for it to dry was the most excruciating part!  

And you DO want to make sure it’s dry.  Because you know what happens if you don’t? Your greeting gets all blurry.  And yes, once again, that is the voice of experience – unfortunately – talking!  One day I’ll learn ☺️.

Take a closer look and leave me a comment about which is your favourite part?

how about simple thank you card ideas

 

  • The watercoloured square?
  • How about the polka dot tulle ribbon (so fun and dainty)?
  • Maybe the scalloped Flirty Flamingo matting square (classic and the perfect complement to the ribbon)?
  • Or perhaps the simple greeting and rhinestone (beautiful font and simple embellishment)?

Simple Thank You Card Ideas

Ingredients

  • Thick Whisper White – 5 1/5” x 8 1/2”
  • Basic Black – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 2” x 2”
  • Flirty Flamingo – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon – spice about 17” long

Recipe

Watercoloured Square

  1. Squeeze one drop of each refill colour onto a clear acrylic block.  TIP1:  place in three of four corners so the colours don’t get mixed up.
  2. Use Aqua Painter to lay down a rough square with plain water on the watercolour square.  TIP2:  Take your square about 1/8” away from the edge of the paper.
  3. Pick up So Saffron and drop into wet.  TIP3:  It should immediately spread to other areas of the square.  If not, add a bit more water from your Aqua Painter.
  4. Clean Aqua Painter on a piece of paper towel and pick up Flirty Flamingo and tap onto another part of watercolour square.
  5. Repeat (4) with Calypso Coral. TIP4: move the paper around and let the colours flow together.
  6. Let dry. TIP5: I prefer to let my paper air dry although you could use your heat tool.  Why?  I find I get a “harder line” of dried colour when I use my heat tool.

 

let's make some simple thank you card ideas

Make Your Card

  1. Stamp greeting with Memento ink onto bottom right of dried – super dried😁 – watercoloured square.
  2. Cut out scalloped square (2 1/4” size) and adhere watercoloured square on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Wrap tulle ribbon around Basic Black panel and tie a bow on left-hand side.
  4. Glue to front of folded Whisper White card.
  5. Adhere square to the left side of the card over top of the ribbon with Liquid glue.  Attach small rhinestone next to greeting.

Here’s a hint.  Make up a batch of these squares so you have them on hand.  Then your simple thank you card ideas will be even quicker to put together.

OK, let’s get you into your craft space so you can get busy!  All the supplies I used are here.  Simple click on an image and your items will ship directly to you in about a week.

simple thank you card ideas

Don’t you just LUV sweet and simple?  Here are a couple other ideas I know you’ll want to make too. A sweet and simple 3”x3” notecard with matching envelope and a more masculine monochromatic idea .

Got some watercolour squares all ready to go?  Great!  Then go grab your stamps and paper and let’s make simple thank you card ideas.

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Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

For Keep It Simple Sunday today, I’d love for you to try out this Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up card.  Plus I’ve shared my top tips for working with Brusho below so be sure to take a read through those.  After all, why not learn from my mistakes😬?

This design has TONS going for it:

  • Quick (like 10 minutes including your Brusho drying time)
  • Easy (only a few tools and one super fast technique)
  • Pretty (don’t you just love yellow, white and black together?)
  • Versatile (this card could work for just about anybody at any time)

Let's play with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

You already know I LUV me some watercoloured cards.  What about if I told you Brusho Crystal Colours are neck and neck with my inks for creating cool backgrounds?  Well, NOW they are.

I must say I was a bit hesitant at first with my Brusho crystals.  After all, this was my very first try at using them (prepare yourself for some real UN-awesomeness!😯)

brusho crystal colours stampin up card

Yeah, probably not my best day in the craft room.

But rather than throw in the towel right then I dug in my heels, gritted my teeth and gave them another try.  

And just like everything else, once I got some practice under my belt, now I think I can turn out some pretty respectable results.  Especially with this particular technique (one of MANY) to create watercoloured backgrounds.

Grab your Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

So what are my top tips?

  1. Use good quality paper.  My first tries you see above were on the regular Very Vanilla cardstock.  Just too lightweight to handle the water and didn’t allow for any spreading of the watercolour.  Watercolour and Shimmery White have yielded the best results for me.
  2. “Tap” on your crystals.  Give the bottom of your jar a firm tap with your fingertip to shake out the crystals rather than shaking the jar.
  3. Start with just a small sprinkle.  You can always add more once you’ve added your water.
  4. Use lots of water.  Either spritz on some water or drop it on with an AquaPainter to dissolve the crystals for the best results.
  5. Cut down your paper for your projects.  Just like my suggestions for using ink refills with this background technique (LINK) and this totally different one (LINK), if you start with a larger sheet of paper to play with the crystals, then you can get a variety of different sizes and designs simply by cutting it down to size.
  6. Experiment.  The colour combinations you can achieve are absolutely gorgeous once you start mixing our 5 different shades.  Your backgrounds can range from intense and vivid to soft and subtle.

Spoiler Alert!!  With all the experimenting I’ve been doing, I’ve designed a class so you can get creative too.  My attendees so far have loved the projects so I’m working on getting it online for you.  So keep your eyes and ears perked up for that!

Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

Here are all the deets for my watercoloured card.

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Pineapple Punch cardstock – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”

Recipe

  1. Create the background by tapping yellow Brusho onto dry watercolour paper.  TIP1: Two or three taps should be sufficient to start.
  2. Squeeze 4-5 drops of water from your Aqua Painter onto crystals then move it around with the brush tip to blend.  TIP2: Leaving some white space on the paper makes a more interesting background.)
  3. Let dry about 5-8 minutes.  This will depend on the amount of water you applied.  TIP3:  You can always heat set with your heat tool if you’re in a hurry.  But I prefer to air dry for a nicer effect.
  4. Stamp greeting with StazOn ink.  TIP4: press firmly and hold for a few seconds as the watercolour paper is bumpier to stamp evenly on.
  5. Mount onto a piece of Pineapple Punch with foam adhesive sheets then onto folded Basic Black card.
  6. Attach metallic sequins with liquid glue.

Let's play with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

So if you’ve got the Brushos already, go get ‘em and start playing.  If you haven’t added them to your stash yet, you can get them now simply by clicking on the image below.  And in about a week, the little brown UPS truck will be dropping off a box of goodies for you to play!

Simple wash with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

One of the other super bonuses with the Brusho Crystal Colours?  You get a TON of bang for your buck.  So much so I think I’ll be gifting my half-full bottles in my will 😋.  And that’s AFTER making loads of projects with them.

If you’re still on the fence, take a look at this Love What You Do card where I painted with the crystals.  It might just help you decide.

So did you try out this technique?  If not, don’t wait!  Once you start to play you’re also going to fall in love with this awesome art supply like I have.  Then I predict you won’t be able to stop at just one Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up card.

DIY Linen Finish Cardstock with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

DIY Linen Finish Cardstock with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Today I want to show you how easy DIY linen finish cardstock with the Subtle dynamic textured impressions embossing folder is to make yourself.  

But first, how would you answer these three questions?

  1. Is texture on your card projects a MUST-HAVE? 
  2. Do you love using linen finish cardstock in your paper crafting?
  3. Are your textured impressions embossing folders and your Big Shot your best friends?

If you answered “YES” to even ONE of those questions, then you’re going to want to see how this simple little embossing folder needs to be on your next order!

DIY linen finish cardstock in all the Stampin Up colours

Do you remember, years ago, Stampin’ Up! sold linen textured paper?  I still have some in my stash of craft supplies (I suspect like many of you).  I love the look and feel of it but I’ve been hesitant to use it because you couldn’t get any more.  (Can anyone else relate to this?)

But now, I can use up all those delicious papers I’ve been quietly hoarding – ahem, ageing –  for the perfect card project.  Why?  Because now I can create DIY linen finish cardstock in every single colour of paper in the Stampin’ Up! line-up!  How cool is that?

DIY linen finish cardstock in all the Stampin Up colours

 

You may have totally passed by this embossing folder on page 223 of the Annual Catalogue.  At first, I did too.  After all, you can’t really tell what it looks like in the photo…AND there are so many other “gotta have” items in this catalogue!

But I’m such an embossing folder fan, if there’s a new one out there, it somehow finds its way onto my order lickety-split.  

And sad to say…it did sit around for a little bit since I had SO much other great stuff to show you.  Then curiosity got the better of me and I ran my unassuming piece of Highland Heather cardstock through it.  And WOW!!!  It’s now my FAVE folder, just like that!

 

DIY Linen Finish Cardstock with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

 

Let me show you how easy it is to make.

And this is how you need to set up your Big Shot and cutting pad – note you only use ONE – for the Dynamic textured impressions embossing folders:

DIY linen finish cardstock

This is what my stitched oval looks like after one swipe through the Big Shot.

DIY linen finish cardstock in all the Stampin Up colours

Then, give your oval a 90-degree turn in the Subtle embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot again.  This is what it will look like now!

DIY linen finish cardstock in all the Stampin Up colours

Aren’t they BOTH fabulous?  Leave me a comment about which one is your favourite.  Swipe 1 or Swipe 2.

I could go a bit nutty running all my paper through this Subtle dynamic textured impressions embossing folder!  Suffice to say, you’ll probably see a lot more of this linen finish cardstock in my future designs.

DIY linen finish cardstock in all the Stampin Up colours

 

A couple other tips for this sweet and simple card?

  • I used the LARGEST plain oval to cut the window from my card.  
  • At the same time, I nested the  THIRD largest oval inside to cut the smaller oval I stamped on. (Some might call that laziness – I call it efficient😄!)
  • Close your card first then adhere your scalloped circle centred inside the oval for perfect placement.
  • My Whisper White dotted tulle ribbon is just tied around the narrowest part of the right-hand side of the card.

Now it’s up to you!  Get your Subtle dynamic textured impressions embossing folder here and get busy with DIY linen finish cardstock.

What colour paper will YOU start with first?

Let's make DIY linen finish cardstock in all the Stampin Up colours!

I’m a sucker for texture of any kind on a card.  That’s what I love so much about embossing folders.  It just invites you to come closer and feel it.  (I have been known to run my hand over cards I receive before I even read the message😋).  If you have a passion for texture too, you’ll love these layered leaves and woodgrain dragonflies too.

And now I can make DIY linen finish cardstock with the Subtle dynamic textured impressions embossing folder in every single Stampin’ Up! colour,  it’s shot to the top of my favourite new tool list!

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