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Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Let’s have some fun with paper embossing techniques with ink refills!  Want a super quick and easy effect with gorgeous results?  Look no further than your glossy paper, ink refills and water. 

Oh and this time, I added in some crisp white embossing powder in a bold image.  Stick around and I give you some  of my top tips to make this pretty card easier.  How about we take a peek?

Yesterday I shared the Annual Catalogue and Occasions retiring lists…and you noticed a huge number of ink refills are being retired…the whole line in fact.  Holy smokes, what’s going on?  There’s a few reasons:

  • The exciting colour revamp (read a whole bunch more about it here!)
  • A new refill formula has been developed with defoamer added so all those annoying little bubbles you get now when you re-ink your stamp pad won’t appear.  Plus the new formula will spread better.
  • Archival Basic Black and Gray are being retired since SU! was having difficulty in consistently creating a quality formula for this type of ink.  And since they always want to offer quality products for us to use and because they couldn’t feel confident they were producing this, they have chosen to retire both colours  (but the good news is, StazOn Jet Black is coming back!)

Does that mean your old refills aren’t good any longer?  Absolutely not!  You’re just going to want to make sure you have lots on hand for those favourite colours of stamp pads and for these paper embossing techniques with ink refills.  But I can’t stress enough!  Order early as quantities are only while supplies last.

So let’s take another view of this card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

 

You can see the exact steps for this technique in my video.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, take a gander at how quick and easy it is.  You’ll be a pro in no time!

And here’s all the supplies you need for making awesome backgrounds exactly like this one.

Once you have your background created, the paper really just becomes heavier patterned paper.  And you already know what a lot of options we have for that!

One of my most popular posts showcased this beautiful Front & Centre Friday card made by my friend Kim.  So I wanted to show you another version of the same layout so you can see how easy it is to change things up for your own cards.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s everything I used to make my three-panel birthday card.  The tropical (remind you of Hawaii anyone?) leaf is from the Pop of Paradise stamp set and we’ll be waving goodbye to it come May 31st. 🙁

Everything else is remaining current for the new catalogue so that’s exciting!  

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s my TOP TIPS for my three panel card:

  1. Make sure to use a tissue to wipe off the embossed leaf as the liquid will not dry on top of the plastic.
  2. Cut down the edges of your decorated glossy paper to remove places where the ink has pooled.
  3. Don’t throw out those cut off pieces.  One might be just perfect for the inside of your card (see below)!
  4. Place your three pieces of decorated paper on your piece of Thick Whisper White card stock first BEFORE gluing so you can get it centred properly.
  5. Adhere the middle decorated panel to the middle of the piece of Thick Whisper White FIRST.  Then adhere either the left or right.  This will let you line up the pieces better.
  6. I glued the Night of Navy oval right on top of the panels but put dimensionals to adhere the greeting oval.  I glued my copper leaves to the back of the TOP greeting so it looks like they’re floating a bit on top.
  7. Try adhesive foam strips to give a firm raised panel for your card.  BONUS:  when it goes through the mail, it will retain its height above your card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s another idea also using the Pop of Paradise set, this time just a bit easier as it’s not a three-panel card.  Your whole piece of decorated paper (after you cut it down) becomes your card front.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

I really do love this technique – as does pretty much anyone who gives it a try!  So when you have a few minutes of play time, I think you’ll find it’s a fabulous way to get a bunch of backgrounds done quickly.

There are so many possibilities of colour combinations.  If this one with Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crushed Curry is too intense for you, how about giving something like this a shot?  Some you’ll love more than others, but all will give you fabulous backgrounds. 

And guess what?  This is only one of the variety of paper embossing techniques with ink refills to try – check back often to see more of my ideas come to life!

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Stampin Up Brusho Watercolour Emboss Resist Card

Stampin Up Brusho Watercolour Emboss Resist Card

My friend Karen created this stunning Stampin Up Brusho watercolour emboss resist card for a swap at our last team stamping get-together.   Our team gets together regularly to swap (always a highlight), stamp, talk Stampin’ Up!, learn new tricks, stamp, ooh and aah over everyone’s projects, eat (and Karen makes a decadent to-die-for hot dip every time!) and – did I mention, stamp?  

In fact Marla, another team member shared lots more Brusho tips and tricks with us at that same meeting.  It’s a great way to learn about all the new toys Stampin’ Up! offers.  I’d have to say there’s not too many other ways I’d rather spend a Saturday morning!  

Wanna share in the fun too?  There’s always room for new stamping friends!  Click to join in the fun! 

Cards like Karen’s are always a treat to exchange during our mornings.  This one’s vibrant colour and shiny gold butterfly from the fantastic Beautiful Day stamp set make it perfect for just about any occasion.  (Plus, I don’t have this set (eek!) – yet, so I loved getting her swap so I can share it with you.😋)

brusho watercolour emboss resist card

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Don’t you love how BOLD it is?  The mix of yellow/orange/tangerine/pink/red is spectacular and our butterfly just jumps off the page!

How did Karen get such vibrant colour?  With the new line of Brusho Crystal Colour ink crystals in the Occasions Catalogue.  You simply mix them with water and watch the gorgeousness begin!

brusho watercolour emboss resist card

Brusho Crystal Colour has been around for quite awhile and are made in Britain.  This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has carried a selection of colours:  brilliant red, gamboge (bright orange), moss green, Prussian blue and yellow.  They mix and match really well with our colour families and create colourful fireworks on your projects.

Karen gladly shared her process to create this beautiful card.  And they are super simple.

Steps for a Brusho watercolour emboss resist card

  1. Emboss the butterfly on Shimmery White card stock making sure to leave about 1/4” border all around
  2. Tape all four sides of the embossed pieces onto a sturdy surface (like an old bread board or piece of acrylic pad)
  3. Sprinkle a combination of Brusho colours onto the dry card stock
  4. Spritz generously with Stampin’ Spritzer
  5. Add more powder and spritz again as desired
  6. Let dry fully then cut down to size and mount onto a piece of gold foil, then Calypso Coral and onto a folded Real Red card

(You many need to wipe off the gold embossing as the water may not have dried completely on top of it since it’s plastic.  Wipe lightly with a soft rag.)

brusho watercolour emboss resist card

Karen also noted that you will never get two pieces of paper exactly the same since the Brusho colours will interact differently based on the amount of water and powder.  And it will look quite different when it’s dry too!

Want to get in on the Brusho action too?  Get yours, and the surprisingly few other supplies Karen used by clicking on the images below.

brusho watercolour emboss resist card

If you like this card, I think you’re going to love this other fabulous card made by Karen.

You know, I get asked this question a lot, but it’s hard to narrow it down to say what the number ONE best thing is about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. 

There’s really SO many.

  • the discount
  • the company
  • always being first to see the NEW stuff
  • the conferences…

But right at the TOP of the list has to be the sharing and new friendships.  Getting together with friends who share a passion for paper crafting and handmade items just makes me grin like a puppy on Percocet!  

I’d love to have you come see for yourself!  Email me and I’ll let you know when the next stamping party is!

In the meantime, how about getting busy and creating a Stampin Up Brusho watercolour emboss resist card – or six 😁?

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A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Technique | VIDEO

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Technique | VIDEO

Want to learn a fun stamp pad ink refills technique to make gorgeous backgrounds? Watch my video below showing you how to get the same cool result two different ways.

And the best part, they both take only seconds – seriously – SECONDS!! Now who DOESN’T have a couple seconds?? And as soon as you’re done, take your backgrounds and turn them into fantastic cards like this.

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Neat swishes of coordinated colours on a shimmery white cardstock, offset with bold black and a soft pastel really make this card pop! The colour placement looked so “happy” to me, it was a bit of a no-brainer to stamp the verse on top from the Ribbon of Courage set. But you can so easily play around with your card colours and shapes and get a version like this too.

You won’t believe how easy this is. Take a peek and see for yourself.

Cool right? The bold swipe of colour and the lighter sketchier areas together create such an intriguing background.

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Now if you’re a paper crafter who likes to know the outcome, this technique might be a teensy bit stressful. That was me at first. Now I love how random it is! In fact, I double dare you to try and get the same result twice! It’s practically impossible!

So tell me, with this fun stamp pad ink refills technique, which colours do you like better? The pinks or blues from the card in the video?

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fun stamp pad ink refills technique

Today I’m kinda partial to the blue. But no matter which colour refills I use, I really do prefer the look of the Shimmery White card stock. The sheen you get is unbeatable. My number one TIP? Start with a larger piece of paper and then cut it down. It’s amazing how what you thought was a throw-away dud turns into a work of art!

So get out your refills, cut up some Shimmery White paper and see how much fun this ultra fast technique is. Just click on the pics below to round out your colours of refills.

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Did you take the couple minutes to view this technique in action on my video? I sure hope you did so you can see how this fun stamp pad ink refills technique can add variety and WOW backgrounds to your paper crafting!

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How to Make Simple Die Cut Backgrounds

How to Make Simple Die Cut Backgrounds

Today I want to show you how to make simple die cut backgrounds for your paper crafting projects. They are so fabulous! But a disclaimer! Once you start, you may not be able to stop designing one-of-a-kind textured backgrounds!

If you’ve got a die cut – or two or three – hanging around, that’s all you need. Oh, and cardstock and glue. But then your imagination will take over and who knows where you’ll end up! How cool is that? Take a peek and see what I mean.

how to make simple die cut backgrounds

Don’t you love using classic colours like navy and white? So crisp and clean and elegant at the same time. We played with this technique at my friend Leslie’s a couple weeks ago. She had cut out a whole bunch of die cuts and we could pick the one we wanted to design with. I chose the two sizes of swirls from the Swirly Scribbles thinlits, one of my recommended dies for all paper crafters.

Why? Versatility is their middle name. The shapes suggest a bunch of different things: wreaths, swirls, snowballs, snowmen bodies, waves, snow, sand…they lend themselves to pretty much anything! They made super flowers in this summery congrats card. They’re a great addition to your paper craft stash. In fact, I think it’s almost impossible to NOT get a ton of use from them.

how to make simple die cut backgrounds

What do I think is fabulous about this technique?

  1. Anyone can become an artist and create awesome backgrounds.
  2. These cards make you WANT to touch them. So much texture and interest.
  3. It’s easy peasy! There’s not a lot of supplies or steps involved.
  4. All occasions can be accommodated. Seasons, holidays, celebrations…you name it will work with your designs.

This technique can be duplicated in a pinch with just one die like the detailed floral which is absolutely stunning on this thank you card, also in navy and white.  This is a great alternative if you are short on time. When you have time to play though – anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes – design some unique ones of your own like we did.

What are some of my top tips for how to make simple die cut backgrounds?

  • Intricate dies really do shine in this technique. Pick some of your favourite detailed shapes to repeat (hearts, flowers, snowflakes, circles, squares…pretty much anything will work.)
  • Keep your shapes similar. For example, the round-ISH-ness of these swirls all complement each other. To have added in rectangles or squares would have disrupted the flow.
  • Choose bold colour combinations. While pastels also work, they will just give a totally different feel.
  • Limit the number of colours used. Since you want to draw attention to the background, too many colours would be distracting.
  • Use your silicone creaft sheet and sponge with liquid glue to dab onto the detailed die to get a nice flat adhesion. (Alternatively, dab a tiny bit of liquid glue in different spots on your die.)

Coordinating ink for my greeting and just a few basic pearls add another touch of elegance to this card. Enough for interest, but not overdone.

how to make simple die cut backgrounds

I’ll bet you have lots of dies that you can use to create awesome projects immediately. But if you’re short on supplies, here is everything I used. Just click on an image to take you to my 24-7 online store to have your goodies delivered directly to your door.

how to make simple die cut backgrounds

Take a stroll through your own dies and see what you have to make beautiful, and unique creations of your own. Design up some cards for New Year’s or Valentine’s…or more generic ones for celebrations. Whatever you choose to create, now you know how to make simple die cut backgrounds, think of all the possibilities!

Craft Faux Silver Foil Finishes with a Heat Embossing Tool

Craft Faux Silver Foil Finishes with a Heat Embossing Tool

Have you tried to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool? If you love the look of shiny metallics, I’ve got a secret to share with you for a fast and fun technique.  Then look no further than foil paper, your embossing powder and heat tool to create awesome results like this.

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

See that silvery shine?  Isn’t it beautiful? And let me tell ya, it’s even more gorgeous in person!  I’ve got all the steps to get such an awesome silver foil background which reflects just like metal. (check below for the steps and my secret “reveal”)

And the textured marble surface I created with embossing powder just BEGS to be touched (in fact I’m so geeky I JUST did that myself after I typed those words!) I chose basic black, red and white colours to really showcase the swirled silver foil and one large bold greeting.  I’m really loving these colours for the holidays this year.  In fact this card, and this special gift package are the perfect match don’t you think?

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

In fact it’s hard to see here, but my greeting is embossed too. Only this time with a shiny black which also catches the light when you pick up the card. Just one more way to surprise friends and family with your card creations. The large sentiments from the Carols of Christmas set is a perfect stand-alone greeting when it’s framed with the two largest Lots of Labels dies. For classic, exactly-matted frames, this one’s my favourite to pull out. The two black rhinestones fit on each end and add the final glistening touch to your card.

So now let me tell you how easy it is to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool. I haven’t used many of my background stamps lately and sometimes forget how quick and easy they are to use. This Marbled one was a MUST HAVE when I saw it in this year’s Annual Catalogue. Did you think the same thing or did you miss it?  Take a peek at this innocent little sample in the top left corner that did it for me:

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

It’s on page 182 of your Annual Catalague.  I think it’s just so cute and pretty and I NEEDED to know how to get that fabulous background.  (Am I the only one that happens to?)  I thought at first it was designer paper, but was so excited to see it was a background stamp.

Take a closer look at how the texture it creates on the silver foil is so touchable!

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

Here’s how I used it on my card today.

  1. Ink your Marbled background in Versamark ink and lay your 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” silver foil panel silver side down on top.
  2. Lay a clean piece of plain white bond paper over top and smooth with your hand being careful to not move the panel piece. (TIP:  This stops you from getting ink on your hands.)
  3. Remove bond paper and carefully lift up the edge of your piece of silver foil.
  4. Sprinkle with clear embossing (yup, that’s not a typo – my SECRET is to use CLEAR!) powder and heat with your heat tool.
  5. Let it cool slightly and you’re ready to add it to your card.

I did try exactly the same background with my silver embossing powder too, but I really prefer this look with the clear. It seems to just sit on top and become part of the silver foil and there’s no two silvers competing for your attention. The silver powder to me almost looked a bit too “overdone”.

Give it a shot yourself to see what I mean with everything you might need to create this card yourself.  Simply click on each image to take you right to my online shopping store to have it shipped directly to you.

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

Christmas is the season of glitz so the more ways you can add sheen, shine and glitter to your paper crafts will be much appreciated by the recipients. But don’t limit yourself to only Christmas. Change up the greeting for a thank you or happy birthday and you’ve got a classic greeting fit for guys and gals alike.  That’s a fantastic way to get more versatility from the items your already own.

So now my secret’s out, when are you going to add textured embossing to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool to your own paper crafting toolkit?

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