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Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Black Ice Technique

I have had a great deal of fun playing with the Black Ice Technique developed by Melissa Kerman and you will see a few posts showing this technique. I find it is a great technique for masculine cards, but can also be made more feminine by adding printed backgrounds, which is what I did for this card that we made at my March stamp class.

This card utilizes our Fresh Fig In Color for the background and for the card base. I did "grunge" the 4" x 5-1/2" piece of  Fresh Fig Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper by dragging the Basic Black Archival ink pad across it. I simply tipped the pad so I was using only the edge as I dragged it down, turning the paper and doing so one again. I used a very light touch so as not to dirty the paper too much.

For the "black ice", I used a piece of 3" x 3-1/4" Silver Foil And dragged the ink pad across its surface in the same way. Only the archival ink will stick to the foil, according to Melissa. You may wish to attach this piece to grid or scrap paper. To do this I used my SNAIL adhesive on my grid paper and then rubbed off a lot of the stickiness. The result was a temporary adhesive that did not tear the foil when removing it.

Now you are ready to stamp your image. I used the Heartfelt Blooms stamp (Sale-a-Bration).  You should be sure your ink is dry before continuing with the next step. If you have the dual temperature heat tool, use the lower setting to dry the ink.

Next you need to use your Embossing Buddy to remove any skin oils from the surface of your foil piece. This is when it is especially advantageous to have your foil temporarily adhered to another piece of paper so you don't add more skin oils by handling the surface. Drag the VersaMark ink pad across the foil in the same way you dragged the Basic Black pad, both from the top down and the bottom up (easiest if you simply rotate the piece). Cover the surface with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder; tamp off the excess powder and melt with your heat tool.

You can now adhere your layers: 3-1/4" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock; 3-1/2" x 4" Basic Black card stock. I added a Silver Metallic Enamel Shape to the dew drop on the daisy and fastened a narrow ribbon around the bottom (retired). This unit was attached to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Products Used:
Heartfelt Blooms rubber stamp set (4), W 1471997; C 147202, free with $50 purchase (SAB)
Fresh Fig 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144242, $8.00
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Fresh Florals 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 144131, $22.00
Silver 12" x 12" Foil Sheets (2), 132178, $4.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $8.50
Embossing Buddy, 103083, $6.00
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (1/2 ounce), 109130, $5.00
Heat Tool, 129053, $30.00
Metallic Enamel Shapes (100), 141678, $7.00
SNAIL Adhesive, 104332, $7.00
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $4.00

Monday, March 26, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms, Painted

I am so glad I earned the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set! I have used it in so many ways, and this is  just one more example. I stamped the image using Basic Gray Archival Ink and then water colored over it using my Aqua Painter using four of our five latest In Colors. Over the dew drop on the daisy, I placed the palest pink Glitter Enamel Dot.

Once again I did some fussy-cutting and then popped up the bouquet with Stampin' Dimensionals. I go through a lot of dimensionals because it seems I always pop up something on my cards.

Products Used:
Heartfelt Blooms rubber stamp set (4), Sale-a-Bration, Free with $50 purchase
Powder Pink 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144244, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Fresh Florals 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 144131, $22.00
Watercolor Paper (5 sheets, 6" x 9"), 122959, $5.00
Basic Gray Archival Ink Pad, 140932, $7.00
Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad, 144083, $6.50
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad, 144082, $6.50
Powder Pink Classic Stampin' Pad, 144084, $6.50
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad, 144085, $6.50
Glitter Enamel Dots (160), 144200, $7.00
Powder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon (10 yards), 144134, $7.00
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $4.00
Aqua Painters (2), 103954, $17.00


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Daffodils

"You're Inspiring" stamp set is perfect for Easter or Mother's Day or sympathy or almost any occasion. With Easter approaching, that holiday was the obvious choice.

This card uses two Sale-a-Bration items as well as the "You're Inspiring" stamp set from the Occasions Catalog: the Basket Weave embossing folder and the Springtime Foils Specialty dsp. And of course I used the Stampin' Blends! I'm wondering if I'll ever use my markers, now that I have experienced the 3D effects of our blends that also allow me to color with no streaks.

Unless you have the Springtime Foils dsp, you may not realize that the leaves on this sheet are not green.  You can color this glossy paper with metallic designs using your Stampin' Blends, which is what I did here.

Products used:
You're Inspiring rubber stamp set (8), W 145805, $27.00; C 145808, $19.00
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 119683, $8.00
Old Olive 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 100702, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Springtime Foils 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper (12), 147193, free with $100 purchase
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (2), 144603, $9.00
Old Olive Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (2), 144597, $9.00
Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends, 144577, $4.50
Layering Ovals Framelits (15), 141, $35.00
Blossoming Basket Bundle, W 147504; C 147505, free with $100 purchase
     [Note: the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog]


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

The Sale-a-Bration flyer doesn't begin to show just how gorgeous this Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper is! And it is so versatile. Use it as it is or color part with blends or just smear ink on with an ink pad. On the two cards I'm showing here, I did some more fussy cutting, using the flowers in the design as my focal points.

Both cards use the same dsp but are done so differently. For the first one, I used my Flirty Flamingo ink pad and smeared it across the card stock, coloring the entire background. I then chose a flower from the unused piece and cut it out, attaching it with a dimensional. The ribbon is last year's In Color ribbon in Flirty Flamingo. These colors are being retired in June when we get five new In Colors.  The embossed greetings for both cards come from the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set, also a Sale-a-Bration product. The embossing is done with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder on Glossy White card stock for the first card and on Vellum card stock for the second card.


This second card uses the designer paper as is for the bottom of the card. After cutting out my chosen flower, I colored it with the the Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends; the leaves are colored with the Old Olive Stampin' Blends. I have a hard time deciding which card I like most, but I decided to do the Flirty Flamingo card at our stamp class because it is quicker and easier to put together. Plus we are using the Stampin' Blends on another card. This second card, however, will be one of those on display when my customers arrive. A simple trick for adhering your vellum to cardstock without the glue standing out is to make a small puddle of Multipurpose glue on your silicone mat and then sponge it on the back of your vellum.

Products Used:
Heartfelt Blooms rubber stamp set (4), W 147197; C 147202, free with $50 purchase
Flirty Flamingo 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 141416, $8.00
Springtime Foils 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper  (12), free with $50 purchase
Glossy White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock (10), 144240, $7.00
Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock (24), 115316, $8.00
Copper 12" x 12" Foil Sheets (2), 142020, $4.00
Vellum 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock (20), 101856, $8.00
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad, 141397, $6.50
Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends, Combo Pack (2), 144602, $9.00
Old Olive Stampin' Blends, Combo Pack (2), 144597, $9.00
Pretty Label Punch, 143715, $18.00
Paper Snips, 103579, $10.00
Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 110755, $4.00
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $4.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (720), 144108, $4.00

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Blossoming Basket Bundle

I have run out of sympathy cards and decided to use one of my newest Sale-a-Bration sets to make a couple. One has a more masculine feel than the other, but it is definitely the Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla card that is my favorite. But I loved seeing how the Stampin' Blends worked on Smoky Slate card stock.

This Sale-a-Bration product is actually available only as a bundle including a 5-piece rubber stamp set and an embossing folder. New this year are more valuable items available for free with the higher spending amount of $100.00.  There are still many items available for free with the lesser $50.00 purchase. What is interesting is that the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder will be available alone in the 2018-19 annual catalog. (Blossoming Basket Bundle, W 147504, C 147505, free with $100 purchase).

The Pink Pirouette card would work very well as an Easter card and the attendees at my stamp class next week will be given the option of making it for either occasion simply by changing the greeting. Now, I know there are many who do not like fussy cutting, but I rather enjoy it and used it once again on for this card.

I may be getting carried away with the Stampin' Blends, but I just love the 3-D look I can achieve with them. Even my husband was impressed!

I used the Ivory Stampin' Blend on this basket. I think this Basket Weave embossing folder is going to be a favorite! Because the Blends are in our exclusive family of colors, I was able to use my Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad for the greeting and butterflies.


 
 This card features Rich Razzleberry, although you can see I used the Daffodil Delight and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends for the other roses. I used both Basic Gray and Smoky Slate on this basket, hoping to accomplish a little bit of shading.


Blossoming Basket Bundle (stamps and TIEF), W 147504, C 147505, free with purchase

Monday, March 12, 2018

Cozy Cottage

I love this stamp set and wanted to come up with a unique design for a card using it. I think I succeeded. The Cozy Cottage set is a hostess stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.

I used my Aqua Painter to watercolor the image. I  used Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz to get different shades of green for the mountains, trees, shrubs and grass. I love the fact that the Glitter Enamel Dots come in varying shades, which make them easy to use. I also love the fact that they are placed on transparent sheets so I can lay them against my card before removing and attaching them.

Products Used: 
Cozy Cottage rubber stamp set (7), W 145940; C 145943; $17 and $12 hostess dollars, respectively
6" x 9" Watercolor Paper (5), 122959 $5.00
Whisper White  8-1/2" x 11" Thick Cardstock (24), 140272, $7.00
Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 131201, $8.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, 131173, $6.50
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 126975, $6.50
Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad, 126976, $6.50
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad, 126953, $6.50
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad, 131180, $6.50
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad, 131181, $6.50
Aqua Painters 92), 103954, $17.00
Glitter Enamel Dots (160), 144200, $7.00
Layering Ovals Framelits (15), 141706, $35.00


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Another Card Using the Eclipse Technique

As you can tell from a previous post as well as this one, I know a number of people who have reached a new decade. I am loving the Flying Home stamp set colored with Stampin' Blends and then cut to accomplish this new favorite technique. At this point I have managed to use every image in this set, except the little bumble bee and butterflies. Look closely and you will see the raised 90 on this card front.

Products Used:
Flying Home Rubber Stamp Set (8), W 145926, $25.00; C 145929, $18.00
Number of Years photopolymer stamp set (29), 140653, $27.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $8.00
Powder Pink 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144244, $8.00
Cherry Cobbler Combo Pack Stampin' Blends (2), 144575, $9.00
Bermuda Bay Combo Pack Stampin' Blends (2), 144600, $9.00
Daffodil Delight Combo Pack Stampin' Blends (2), 144603, $9.00
Crumb Cake Combo Pack Stampin' Blends (2), 144601, $9.
Night of Navy Combo Pack Stampin' Blends (2), 144040, $9.00
Pink Pirouette Combo Pack Stampin' Blends (2), 144604, $9.00
Pool Party Combo Pack Stampin' Blends (2), 144605, $9.00
Rich Razzleberry Combo Pack Stampin' Blends (2), 144602, $9.00
[Narrow black ribbon is discontinued]

Friday, March 9, 2018

Playing with Brusho

I've been playing around with Brusho, new to Stampin' Up! although not a brand new product. I envisioned a card with an explosion of color around a cross for Easter and this is the result. We are going to make this card at my stamp class Thursday, March 22. I am going to make one change, however; I think we will gold emboss the "Happy Easter" greeting so it will show up no matter how the color turns out. No two cards will be alike.

For this card I used the Prussian Blue, Yellow and Gamboge Brusho crystals. I sprinkled some on the card stock and then sprayed with water. Then I just misted the entire piece and sprinkled on more Brusho, which seemed to work better.

I discovered the saturation of the water color paper or the Shimmery White card stock makes a difference in the look of the Brusho. Although it was not one of the papers recommended, I might experiment with using Brusho on the Glossy White card stock as well.

Products Used:
Hold on to Hope rubber stamp set (10), W 145776, $29.00; C 145780, $21.00
You're Inspiring rubber stamp set (8), W 145805, $27.00; C 145808, $19.00
Shimmery White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (10), 101910, $8.00
Dapper Denim 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 141414, $8.00
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 119683, $.00
Gold 12" x 12" Foil Sheets (2), 132622, $4.00
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978
Cross of  Hope Framelits Dies (8), 145654, $27.00
     [Bundle to save 10%, Framelits and stamps: W 145969, $50.25; C 145970, $43.00)]
Brusho Crystal Color (5), 144101, $30.00

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Daffodils for Easter

Admittedly, I have a weakness for flowers and probably have way too many floral stamp sets. But I couldn't resist the "You're Inspiring" stamp set. And it's another of those versatile sets because of the various words included. I chose to make this one an Easter card. Plus I am enjoying coloring with our new Stampin' Blends.
Products Used:
You're Inspiring rubber stamp set (8), W 145805, $27.00; C 145808, $19.00
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 119683, $8.00
Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 105117, $8.00
Old Olive 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 100702, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, 132708, $6.00
Daffodil Delight Combo Pack Stampin' Blends, 144603, $9.00
Pumpkin Pie Combo Pack Stampin' Blends, 144599, $9.00
Old Olive Combo Pack Stampin' Blends, 144597, $9.00
5/8" Burlap Ribbon (5 yards), 141487, $7.00
Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141493, $7.50

Monday, March 5, 2018

Sale-a-Bration Anniversary Card

In case you hadn't guessed, I have been buying an awful lot of supplies lately. In fact, to acquire this particular stamp set for free, I had to spend $100.00. When I used the various images in this set, I put them all on one clear block. I do wish the "anniversary" was a little higher up, but it still works. As I tried to decide on a background for this stamp, I decided the Fresh Florals designer series paper was perfect. Berry Burst is one of my favorite colors, so I chose to use those coordinating items for this card.





Products Used:
Happy Wishes rubber stamp set (16), W 147224; C 147227; free with $100 purchase
Berry Burst 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144243; $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Fresh Florals 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 144131, $22.00
Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad, 144083, $6.50
Berry Burst 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon (10 yards), 145489, $7.00
Lots of Labels Framelits (7), 138781, $27.00

Friday, March 2, 2018

Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

Dear friends of my deceased parents have experienced a great deal of difficulty in the last few weeks. Ruth, who has MS, fell and broke her leg and is still in rehab, although gaining strength and control. When at the hospital for her leg, her husband fell down a flight of cement stairs when going for his car, resulting in a broken spine and a sever concussion. His pain has been severe but it is finally receding and he's in physical therapy. He is well enough now to complain and is hoping to be sent home by Monday. Needless to say, I have sent them a number of cards. They have not been able to see each other because they are in different facilities. And their 62nd anniversary is coming up as well as Ruth's birthday. Anyway, when playing with one of my new sets, I made this card with Ruth in mind.

I had planned to use Calypso Coral so I could use the shimmer ribbon from the Sale-a-Bration catalog but grabbed the wrong watercolor pencil, Pumpkin Pie. It still looks great, but I really wanted to use that ribbon! 

[The designer paper and the ribbon are both retired products]

Current Products Used:
Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts rubber stamp set (8), W 145823, $27.00; C 145826, $19.00
Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 131201, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Ink, 140931, $7.00
Watercolor Pencils (13), 141709, $16.00
Blender Pens (3), 102845, $12.00

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Still Playing with Waterfront Stamp Set

There is something addictive about playing with this stamp set. I'm learning more and more the more I play with it. And I'm liking the results more and more as well. I do think I need to learn to leave a little more white space.

I actually used this one for my husband's Valentine because I wanted to play with this set plus I thought the saying from the Love You Still stamp set just seemed appropriate. No hearts, but...

Products Used:
Love You Still photopolymer stamp set (14), 1145811, $16.00
Waterfront photopolymer stamp set (16), 146386, $17.00
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 126975, $6.50
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 126959, $6.50
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad, 126982, $6.50
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad, 126962, $6.50
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad, 131181, $6.50
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad, 126957, $6.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad, 126983, $6.50
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad, 144085, $6.50
Basic Black Archival Ink, 140931, $7.00