You Are Too Kind

You Are Too Kind

You don’t need to have all the embellishments in the world for your card to pack a punch.  As the saying goes “Less is More”

You are Too Kind

For today’s project, I’ve masked off a section (approx 4 cm) in the center of my Whisper White Card-stock. Then lightly sponged my background in Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo Classic Ink.

You are Too Kind

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Watercolour Smooching

Watercolour Smooching

I thought it would be fun to play with a few of the classic ink pads on some cards, creating a watercolour smooching technique

Watercolour Smooching

Tricks & Tips

  • If you don’t have acetate or a plastic sheet on hand, use an acrylic block. The benefit of the acetate is that you can bend it, and have more control over the placement of the ink than you get with a stiff acrylic block. The results are similar enough that it doesn’t really matter which you use!

Watercolour Smooching

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Rainbow Butterfly Shaker Card

Rainbow Butterfly Shaker Card

Hi There!  Today I have a video sharing an easy way to create a window shaker card.  Although I haven’t done one in ages, I decided to give one a try. It was fun!

I’m really loving the bright bold colours on today’s project.  I created a colour block for my background by cutting strips of card-stock from the Brights Collection.   The greeting from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set has been heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Butterfly Shaker CardMy window was created with the Bold Butterfly Thinlits, and I’ve also cut the smallest butterfly using a scrap piece of vellum.

 

Butterfly Shaker Card

The fun part was adding the sequins to the window to create an exciting little shaker card.

Tricks & Tips

  • Adhere the vellum butterfly using a glue dot in the center
  • Add a strip of rhinestones to the center for the vellum butterfly to hide the adhesive

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Heat Embossing on Vellum

Patterned paper is just one of the little joys of being a card maker. (The colours! The designs!) In fact, many of us collect patterned paper! However, sometimes it isn’t easy incorporating busy patterns onto small cards. That’s where vellum works wonders in creating perfectly patterned cards.

Vellum, Heat Embossing

I’ve heat embossed my greeting from Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  Using the 2nd largest die from the Banner Framelits to cut out my greeting.

I’ve finished it off by wrapping some Whisper White Baker’s twine across the top of my greeting and adhering my greeting to my patterned paper using liquid glue.  This way you’re able to hide the adhesive by placing it directly behind the Baker’s twine.

Vellum, Heat Embossing

Tricks & Tips

  • Ensure your heat tool is hot before melting your embossing powder, this will prevent the vellum from warping
  • If the vellum is getting too hot, move the heat away for a few seconds and then try heating a different area, this will help prevent warping on the vellum

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Shadow Stamping

Shadow Stamping

Hello there. Today’s video shares how to do Shadow Stamping.  The fun technique of “stamping shadows” is so-very-easy to do, and yet gives really fun results.

Shadow Stamping

I arranged a cluster of solid images from the Garden in Bloom Stamp Set in one corner of  a piece of coloured cardstock from the Brights Collection.  I’ve stamped my image with Whisper White Craft Ink.  I then rotated the paper and stamped them again in the opposite corner.

I then stamped the same images again and this time, stamped them with same colour as my cardstock to match.  The overlapping of the Whisper White Craft Ink  and the coloured classic ink gives the illusion that three inks were used instead of two.

Shadow Stamping

I finished off the cards by white heat embossing a variety of Sentiments from Stylized Birthday and Thankful Thoughts Stamp Sets in the center of the of the cards. I adhered all the panels to white notecards.  This would be a great set of notecards to give as a gift.

Shadow Stamping

Tricks & Tips

  • Stamp your second image slightly off center from the first, this will the illusion of depth to create the shadow technique
  • Craft Ink takes longer to dry.  Dry your cardstock with a heat tool or set aside for the ink to dry completely before adding your greeting
  • Rub an Embossing Buddy across your cardstock to remove any static before stamping your greeting and heat embossing
  • This technique works best with bold colours (brights colour family)

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Soft Watercolour Wash

Soft Watercolour Wash

I think one of the prettiest card designs is a simple one with a Soft Watercolour Wash background. Today, I will show how to create just such a background using watercolour pencils… and not have any pencil lines showing in my colour wash. I will also show how to add some fun with watercolour splatter.

Soft Watercolour Wash

Tricks & Tips

  • By using similar shades in the same colour family, you can create a delicate, blended background. Or opt for contrasting shades to make a bold statement! Think back to the colour wheel to help you create just the right look for your watercolour card.
  • When sharpening a watercolour pencil, save the shavings to create a custom watercolour palette. Just add a few drops of water and mix to “melt down” the shavings. You can pick up an empty palette at an art supply or large craft store.

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Stretch Your Dies – Star Framelits Technique #2

Stretch Your Dies – Star Framelits Technique #2

Last week I shared with you a fun way to use your Star Framelit dies by using the inlay technique.  Today we’re going to use the same Star Framelits but this time we’re creating a star impression on our cardstock. You will notice I keep the design the same from last week’s project and just changed my technique.  This is one way to get more out of your supplies, you don’t need to have a whole new idea, sometime just changing one or two things creates a different look to your project.

Tricks & Tips

  • If you don’t have a silicon mat, try using a mouse pad or similar
  • Place a small amount of liquid glue to a plastic sheet or acrylic block, this makes it easier to add glue to your sequins before placing them on your project.

Watch video tutorial below on how to create an embossed impression with your Star Framelits

Supplies

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Shimmer on Vellum

Shimmer on Vellum

Hello. Today’s video shares how to add colour to vellum with Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, to create a Shimmer on Vellum effect.

I really like adding shimmer to my cards to make them a little more special. And when I can very easily add shimmer AND colour at the same time I am doing the Happy Dance!

I started by heat embossing my rose image from the gorgeous Rose Wonder Stamp Set onto vellum.

Adding shimmery colour to vellum is incredibly easy. I used  Wink of Stella Glitter Markers to blend colours. Since neither absorb into the vellum right away, you can easily move colour around until you are happy. Look at that shine!

Adding Shimmer to Vellum, with Wink of Stella and Stampin' Write Markers

You can do A LOT with just a clear shimmer pen. I used my Stampin’ Write markers for the colouring, then move and blend them with the clear pen.

Tricks & Tips

  • To remove excess colour from your project simply dab the area with a dry cloth
  • Keep a paper towel handy to wipe off excess colour from your shimmer pen

You can view video tutorial below

Supplies

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Gradient Sponged Background

Gradient Sponged Background

Well… I had lost my crafty mojo. To get it back, I decided to dive in and make a lot of different cards using the same technique, Gradient Sponged Background and embossing folders and it worked! 

I don’t normally make a lot of cards at once but  I got carried away. It was kinda of my “healing” from a long struggle of not creating much. I feel so much better! I hope these cards show you that you can take products you have and put them to good use to make a bunch of cards… all with a simple card design.

I have details on what products I used on each card below. On all of my cards I used the super-cool Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

OK, here the colours I used on each card:

 

Love Card:  Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry

Gradient sponged Background

Congrats Card: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Gradient sponged Background

Happy Card: Night of Navy, Dapper Denim, Island Indigo

Gradient sponged Background

Hello Card: Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo

Gradient sponged Background

Tricks & Tips

  • Use washi tape or painters tape to get the nice even border around your project
  • If your tape is too sticky wipe your embossing buddy over it to make it less tacky
  • Start sponging off the cardstock and gradually apply colour in a circular motion

View the video below, to see how easy it is to use this technique.

Supplies

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Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

For me, creating bold, vibrant watercolour backgrounds is a time-saver! I find that when I have an awesome background, I can keep the rest of the card simple. 

I was inspired by the colour combinations on this project HERE  by Andrea Walford, go check out her work it’s amazing.

The colours I’ve used in today’s project, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.

Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

I’ve added texture by using the new Hexagons Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder, and just stamped my greeting from Suite Sayings Stamp set onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it out using the Stitched Framelits

Tips & Techniques

  • Watercolouring is the opposite of stamping… with stamping you want everything to be crisp and precise, but with watercolors you want each image and colour to flow into the next.
  • Tape your watercolour paper down to something solid, I use a small clipboard, but chipboard from the backing of patterned paper, or to your grid paper on your desk will work also.
  • If you ever feel your paper is getting too dry to let you work with the colours easily, brush over the paper with a damp brush or lightly spritz the paper with water using a spritzer.

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Supplies

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Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

I recently sent out an email asking you what projects or techniques they would like to see in upcoming project tutorials.  Many of you had asked for simple watercolour techniques, so over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you just that… a variety of watercolour techniques that anyone can do. That’s where today’s card started. I decided to create a watercolour background with heat embossing.  But first I needed a greeting, and large one would work perfectly so as  I was filing through my stash of stamp set that I’ve been meaning to use when I came upon the So Very Much from our current Sale-a-Bration items (Earn yours free with a $90 Purchase) 

Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

I watercoloured the background using Dapper Denim, Marina Mist & Soft Sky Classic Ink Refills and then splattered some gold ink using my Gold Wink of Stella Pen and just flicking the colour with my fingers across the background.

The greeting was stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed using Gold Embossing Powder

Tricks & Tips

  • Tape your watercolour paper down to something solid, I use a small clipboard, but chipboard from the backing of patterned paper, or to your grid paper on your desk will work also.
  • If you ever feel your paper is getting too dry to let you work with the colours easily, brush over the paper with a damp brush or lightly spritz the paper with water using a spritzer.

View the video below, to see how easy it is to use this technique.

Supplies

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Window Shaker Card

Today I have a video showing how to create a window shaker card

For this card, I decided to create a window shaker that is clear all the way through the card.

I added texture to my heart cut out by using a piercing tool around the outside of my heart cut out on my card front.  I also used the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits on the front… cut from silver glimmer paper.

I made a flat shaker as I didn’t want the sequins to move much, plus it makes it easy to send in the post. (cost of a standard letter)

It’s difficult to explain how to create the shaker element be sure to watch the video tutorial below


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Sending Wishes – Swiped Background Technique

I’m always looking for new ways to use my stamping products with new and different ways to use some old, new and loved techniques.  Today I’m going to share with you a way to take a technique and use it in a simple fashion.  Let’s go!

Techniques are often thought of as being too time-consuming, but techniques can also be FUN and give us a chance to be extra creative.  The key is to keep the technique “simple” using a few tricks:

  • Balance fun techniques with a good amount of white-space on a card.
  • Look for a simpler/faster way to achieve the look of a technique with less effort
  • Use a technique on several cards at once.  You have a supplies out and ready so you might as well!

I first wanted to share with you a fun inking technique I call “swiping background technique“… using Stampin’ Up! classic ink pads.

Sending Wishes

Inking Techniques

For this card I’ve chosen 1 colour of ink (Blushing Bride) Hold your ink pad at a 45 degree angle and starting at the top of the cardstock piece, beginning off the edge of the cardstock, swipe the ink pad across the cardstock piece in a wave-type motion, finishing off of the CS piece. Repeat, coming back in the opposite direction and continue until you reach the bottom of the cardstock

Next turn your cardstock piece 90 degrees, and then lightly drag the ink pad across the cardstock, once again starting off the cardstock and finishing off the cardstock at the other end. Continue throughout the entire length of the cardstock, until you’ve filled in the white space as much as desired.

Watch video below on how this technique was done

Pull out your ink pads and give this technique a try, you will be surprised at how easy it is to achieve great results every time.

View more inking techniques on the links below

Dragged & Blended inking Technique 

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Masculine – For You

One of the most common requests we hear over and over again is for more masculine-themed card ideas. Most card makers would agree it’s much easier to create a card for a girl than a guy.  You can’t layer a floral spray, lace and a greeting on a card and expect a guy to appreciate it!

Creating cards for guys can be easy if you follow a few basic tips and keep it simple.  The items that are always in my card-making collection are cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, ribbons & Punches.  When designing a card for one of the guys in my life, I use the same basic supplies but with a little creative twist.  Read on as I share with you some tips on creating cards for guys.

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Cardstock: For your cardbase, select a neutral colour cardstock such as  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White or Early Espresso.  These colours have a natural or organic feel to them and are versatile enough to use for any card design.  To create additional texture or interest, try dry embossing your cardstock, or stamp a background stamp in a lighter shade.  On today’s card, I’ve used Delightful Dijon cardbase and stamped a background stamp from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set repeatedly to the front of the card, using the stamp off technique.
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Ink: One layer cards don’t have to be boring, and with a few different techniques you can create some great masterpieces.  For this card I wanted to add texture to the background and to do this you will need to choose 2 colours of dye‐ based ink. TIP:  choose colours that are next to each other in the colour wheel that way they will blend well together.

I started with the lightest colour of ink (So Saffron). Press it a number of times onto a non‐ stick craft sheet (alternately you can use heavy weight plastic or wax paper). Make sure that your “pool” of ink is larger than the surface area of your card, I took my Whisper White Cardstock and carefully drag it through the pool of ink.

Next press the second colour of ink (Delightful Dijon)  2‐3 times onto the non‐stick craft mat then drag my Whisper White piece again through the pool of ink, lifting the cardstock  and then re‐drag it in another area of your ink.  Repeat until you have as much coverage as desired.

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Selecting an image:  Look for a generic image, a tree or branch,  a bird, a boat or car.  My favourite go to stamp set for masculine cards is Lovely as a Tree,  which has been stamped onto my custom background using Black Archival Ink.  Find a greeting to match your card.  Choose greetings that match your card design, look at the style of the font as well as the type of greeting will help you decide what to use.

Embellishments: No card design is complete without embellishments.  A flower might be your typical go-to embellishment but that won’t work here. Consider using circles, stars or other geometric shapes.  For a really dynamic card, create a shape that is textured, using corrugated paper.  Embellishments such as these can be painted or inked to match your project perfectly. Reach for buttons, which work perfectly on masculine cards.  Change colour of your rhinestones or basic pearls by colouring them in with sharpie markers like I have on today’s project.  Finally, swap our silk ribbons and laces for linen thread or baker’s twine, wrapping twine around a card multiple times and tying into a simple bow finishes off a card as beautifully as a ribbon.

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I’ve also created  video for you on how this project was created.  You can view the video below

 

As you can see there are truly many options for creating masculine cards, and this was just a small sampling of the possibilities.  I hope this has helped nudge any creative block you might have with regards to masculine cards and that you are now inspired to create!

Find more ideas for masculine cards on the links below

Use those Scraps  

Masculine Cards for Guys

Easy to Make Cards for Boys & Men

 

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Are you a Sponger?

Do you use sponges or sponge daubers on your projects?  Sponging is probably one of the most easiest and cheapest ways to add dimension to your cards.  In this new class we will explore different  sponging techniques.

This class includes:

  • 4 cards – every card has a video
  • A variety of card styles
  • A detailed PDF’s with step-by-step instructions

 

CLASS CONTENT

  • Create ombre & gradient background effects
  • Use a templates to create custom backgrounds
  • Add dimension
  • and more!

Class lessons, PDF instructions, and videos are provided in English.  At this time videos are not subtitled or captioned.

When you register for the class, you will have lifetime access to all Clean & Simple (sponging techniques) Class, videos, PDF’s and class material

 

Class Cost:  $14.95

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