Friday, April 17, 2009

Dazzling Window Sheet Card

I have a good stamping friend back in Ohio who comes up with all kinds of techniques to use on her cards. After she arranged a gathering of other stampers for my visit last month, I decided I just had to find something special for a thank you card. A day with other Stampin' Up demonstrators on my team taught me several new techniques. I chose this one for Anne's card.

Although Stampin' Up! carried window sheets several years ago, they were discontinued. I was thrilled to see them back again in the Occasions Mini Catalog.

For this technique, I stamped the image from the Fresh Cuts stamp set, although I think the Bella Toile or Pretty Petals background stamps would work well, too. In fact, I am envisioning a card with this technique using Pretty Petals and attaching one of the die cut butterflies...

Anyway, I used black StazOn ink for the image. Once the ink dried, I flipped the window sheet over and covered the back by scribbling all over with Crystal Effects. Then I took three ink bottles (mellow moss, barely banana and regal rose) and put a few drops in strategic places. It's very easy to add too much ink because the ink bleeds very slowly into the Crystal Effects, so be careful. I then sprinkled a pinch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the Crystal Effects. Next I wadded up a piece of tissue paper that had been cut slightly larger than my window sheet. Opening my wad, I flattened it ever so slightly before placing it over the mixture and pressing it down to bond to the window sheet. I left it overnight because it takes a long time to dry. I actually had to walk away from the room because it was too tempting to play with it before it was ready.

After trimming away the excess tissue paper, I attached my artwork to whisper white card stock with brads and then mounted that on always artichoke card stock. The card is barely banana. As you can see, I used two of our oval punches for the "Thank you" in the corner.

I hope you have fun trying this technique. I would love to see what others come up with!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Wagon Full of Fun

I find it difficult to view the mini catalog on-line, so I decided to feature one of the stamp sets in the new "occasions mini catalog" here. This set is called "Wagon Full of Fun" and it really is a fun set! Priced at $34.95, you only need to purchase that along with one of the accessories or wheels in the catalog this month to qualify for a free product from page 208 in the spring-summer 2009 idea book & catalog (see the info on the promotion in the following post). There are 10 stamps in this set. I have used all but two of those stamps in the following cards.

The first one is incredibly simple, stamped in basic brown and colored with certainly celery, pale plum and apricot appeal markers. I used a stamp from the Itty Bitty Backgrounds set for the festive path from the upper corner to the cupcake. That set, the itty bitties, has been around forever and I hope they never retire it!

This cheerful card is made with ruby red, summer sun and garden green card stock. Markers of the same colors were used to color the images, with the addition of really rust for the flower pots. Sponging with garden green ink softened the white background. A blob of Crystal Effects for the flower centers adds dimension, along with the punched flower (boho blossoms) with brad center.

I've always had an affinity for Crystal Effects, but lately I've enjoyed adding chunky glitter to it. That's what I did around the hearts for this card that says "Friendship is a work of heart". I like the effect of cutting around the words of a phrase like this one. The flower-shaped button is from the button bouquet designer buttons in pink pirouette, just like the card stock. Close to cocoa and rose red are the other two card stock colors I chose for this card.

I used tangerine tango (one of this year's "in colors") for this 3x6" card (cut the card stock 6x6" and fold in half). I have never used this paper before because I wasnt sure I liked it. But it works here, even though the duck's beak and feet are colored with only orange marker. The duck would also be great for a baby card. Or for Easter. Or... Use your imagination. The bow was stamped on brilliant blue and then cut out with my paper snips, perfect scissors for getting into little places.

April Stampin' Up! Promotion

April 2009 Card Kit

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