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Today I'd like to share a Holiday card with you made from the Thoughtful Branches Bundle. This stamp set's images are fairly universal. Flowers and trees really know no gender nor season. It strictly depends on the color palette you use. A masculine card can be created using neutrals and cool colors, and a Christmas card demands red and green! (At least for me!) So I thought I'd let Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz do the talking for THIS Holiday card!
It would be hard to be a Stampin' UP! customer and NOT be aware of what Paper Pumpkin is. If you are one of those individuals who is not familiar with Stampin' UP! or Paper Pumpkin, then you're in for a treat. Click on the Paper Pumpkin image to take you to the full description of this wonderful crafting tool.
If you ARE familiar with Paper Pumpkin then you know what an awesome product, and value, it is. But did you know that some refill kits are available for past Paper Pumpkin kits? One of the great thinks about Paper Pumpkin, in addition to the obvious fact that they are complete kits and PERFECT for the first time crafter, or experienced crafter who wants to take a small project with them on vacation, is that fact that after the kit has been completed, you still have a wonderful photopolymer stamp set, an acrylic block, and 1" Stampin' Spots complete with one or more of our exclusive colors. These are great for travel as well. In fact, you can buy the Uninked Stampin' Spots and, along with your ink refills, create your own travel set.
But don't just limit yourself to using these refill kits for Paper Pumpkin projects. They also make great kits to pair wit your other Stampin' UP! stamps.
Don't forget to give Paper Pumpkin as a gift. What a great way to share what you love with a relative or friend. Or even share it with an enemy. They might turn out to be a friend when they see how thoughtful you've been!
For my next installment of my Thoughtful Branches set, I thought I'd share an Autumn inspired card. When I think of Hydrangeas, I think of Autumn. Especially the orange and rust colored ones. As the frost hits these dense flowers, magical things happen!
Here is another installment on my Thoughtful Branches series. The pine tree is really cool because you can actually create a tree with a trunk and limbs a different color from the needles. This set is so versatile. But of course you've heard me say this a million times. This particular image was stamped 4 times; once with Soft Suede for the trunk, and then again with Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke. This gives the tree some depth. I topped it off with ribbon from our 2016 Holiday catalog available September 1st. A double spool, five yards each of Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy. Either color would be a beautiful Holiday accent.
Step by Step Tips:
I started this card by stamping the Hardwood background stamp using Soft Suede Classic Ink on a piece of 4"x5 1/4" Crumb Cake card stock. It is matted on a piece of 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" Early Espresso card stock.
I stamped the trunk of the tree using Soft Suede Classic Ink on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Then I inked up the needles portion of the set with Wild Wasabi Classic Ink. Clean and repeat using Old Olive, but move the stamp VERY slightly down. Clean and repeat the previous step again using Always Artichoke. This gives the tree a more dense look and also gives it some dimension.
The star on top is stamped using VersaMark ink and embossing it using Gold Stampin' Emboss powder. Leave the star off and it makes a great masculine birthday card.
Mount the Crumb Cake card stock on a piece of Early Espresso card stock. Then mat this on a sheet of Gold Foil. And finally mount this on a piece of Early Espresso card stock.
Optional - Tie a piece of Real Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon from our new Holiday catalog available September 1.
Mount the tree component on the card face and you're done! Simple!
It's Thursday and it's time for a color challenge from Pals Paper Arts. This one is designed by our Pal Michelle Gleeson. For me these colors were really difficult to work with. Every Time I see green, I think of flower leaves. But you can only do so many flowers in your posts! And I really wanted to come up with something different. So in looking at the colors, I started pairing two colors together to see what kind of inspiration I could get there. Old Olive and So Saffron go well together because they are both nature colors. So now I had to determine how to incorporate Dapper Dan into the creation. At first I considered a door. And then I thought, I have a window Thinlit… Let's go there! And I did! I hope you like it.
Step by Step Tips:
I started by inking the Hardwood background stamp with Dapper Denim and stamping it off once. (In case you're not familiar with what that means, it's when you ink a stamp, and then stamp it on a scrap piece of paper before you stamp it on your project. This makes the image lighter, but the color still stays true.) Then I stamped it on a 4"x5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock. You'll have to stamp it twice because the stamp is not wide enough to cover the length of the card stock. Just practice a few times lining it up on a scrap so you have a feel for where it needs to go. It it's not perfect, don't worry. The next step covers a multitude of sins!
Then I took one of our new Sponge Brayers and inked it with Dapper Denim. Then I rolled it over the entire background reinking several times in the process. The trick is not to press on the brayer, but to very lightly roll it over the card stock. These brayers pick up very little ink, so while it takes you a few more layers to get the shade you want, it drastically reduces the chances of ruining your project by accidentally adding WAY TOO MUCH ink! I'll be using these a lot. Mat this on a 4 1/8"x 5 3/8" piece of Dapper Denim.
Using the Hearth and Home Thinlits die, take a piece of Whisper White card stock and cut out the window. Back the window with a piece of Dapper Denim Card stock and attack the window to the card face.
Next I too the 1st Wonderous Wreath stamp, inked it with So Saffron ink, and stamped it on So Saffron card stock. Next I used Old Olive to stamp the second level of leaves on the wreath. The berries were heat embossed using our new Copper Stampin' Emboss powder. Love it! Mount the wreath on the card using Dimensionals.
Home stretch. Stamp the Welcome stamp from our new Sweet Home stamp set found in the upcoming Christmas catalog available September 1st, and cut it out using the Home Sweet Home Thinlit dies ALSO available in the upcoming catalog. Of course these are available at bundle pricing so you can get both the stamp set and the Thinlits and save 10%.
Mount the sentiment to the wreath using a dot of Tomboy glue. Mount the card face and mat to the card base, and you're done! Simple!
It's Thursday and time for another Pals Paper Arts challenge. This week our Pal Amy Lazzell created a clean and simple sketch for us. I hope you'll join us and play. Visit the Pals Paper Arts site for directions on how to play.
Okay, I can't stand it any longer. I have to share a few Halloween sets from the new 2016 Holiday catalog. I don't know. Maybe it's me, but this new catalog is just chock full of fabulous sets. I especially like Ghoulish Grunge. I'm getting into a lot of texture these days, and this set sure fits the bill. Nothing like a little rotten cheese cloth to say Happy Halloween!
Step by Step Tips:
I decided to turn the design 1 quarter turn so the three dots were in the lower right corner.
I started with Perfect Plum card stock cut 4“ x 5 1/4” The gauze image was stamped multiple times on the top two thirds to create some texture. Along the bottom I stamped the grass from Thoughtful Branches. (There I go using that set again!) It gives a place for the pumpkins to sit and the spider to land! Both images were stamped using Basic Gray Archival Ink.
Next I used the same Basic Gray Archival Ink to stamp the Hardwood background stamp on Smoky Slate card stock. I love this stamp. You can leave it as is or cut it up to create planks.
Then I took a 1 1/2“ strip of Whisper White card stock and stamped the brick image from Ghoulish Grunge multiple times.
I inked up the drippy image with Pear Pizzazz Classic ink and stamped it over the brick, and immediately dusted it with clear embossing powder.
Next I rolled the strip with Smoky Slate using our new Sponge Brayers. I love these things! I've already used them more than I ever used my old rubber brayer. You have a lot more control with these to give you beautiful even shaded color. Rub off the excess ink from the goop and you're good to go.
The sentiment was stamped from the Spooky Fun stamp set using our new Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. The pumpkins, bats, and spider are from the same set. Love it! and so Simple!
I was hoping to have the August kit to post today, but they haven't posted it yet, so I figured I would go with July. THIS LINK takes you to Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' UP! on Pinterest. And it's amazing how creative people can be with these kits. And I'm sure you'd love to get your hands on that gem stamp set, but all the stamp sets are exclusively through Paper Pumpkin. That's a pretty strong argument alone for joining Paper Pumpkin! And now through October 10th if you join Paper Pumpkin, you'll get your second month of Paper Pumpkin for free! That's awesome! Check out the Pinterest link above, and then check out Paper Pumpkin HERE!
A few weeks ago we took a look at using the masking technique to add a background to a stamped Image. This is probably the most common used masking technique. But what if you want to create a vignette using different components. This video, using the new Sitting Here stamp set, creates a vignette perfectly. In fact, this stamp set is perfect for this technique. The trick to using this technique is to determine which item is closest to you. That image has to be stamped first, and then masked. The next layer will be directly behind that item.
Just a friendly reminder that Stampin' Up! is constantly populating the Clearance Rack with new merchandise. You can now find the classic style punches in some retired shapes. So if you missed them before, you'll have a second chance. The item I'm featuring in this post is the Seasonal Frame Thinlits Dies, which is so appropriate for this time of year. It's a whopping 40% off. Just remember these items are in short supply. CLICK HERE or click the banner to be taken to the Clearance Rack.
Last week I posted pics of Hydrangeas from Rick and my visit to the Flower Mart two weekends ago. What I didn't share was the pictures of beautiful orchids. I had long thought orchids were one of the most difficult flowers to grow. But then I also believed that touching the orchid bloom would cause it to bruise. Neither of this myths are true. In fact orchids are one of the easiest flowers to grow. In a temperate climate with high humidity you might even try your hand at growing them outdoors in a shady area.
I have been growing orchids on my kitchen counter for years and they bloom on an average of three times a year with some flowers lasting a month or more. The funny thing is I'm doing it all wrong ad they STILL grow! My kitchen window is a southern exposure. Every orchid book I've read says the idea exposure is north - the polar opposite of where mine are. Next best is east. One thing's for sure They need humidity to thrive. So al of mine are sitting in trays of water.
Here's a few of the pics of orchids I took. Doesn't the first one look like a dancing lady with arms spread to support a ginormous head dress?
Thoughtful Branches is the most recent release to the Stampin' UP! line of stamp sets. It is a limited edition stamp set only available through the end of August, or while supplies last. This is such a versatile stamp set. Honestly I don't think I've owned a stamp set that I've been able to continually come up with new ideas. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase this amazing set. You can click on the banner above to go to my store.
This post will take you through some basic masking techniques that will make the Thoughtful Branches set even more versatile. There are many variations on masking but these three will introduce you to the basics. The following pics and text will walk you trough completing the above two samples. Let's get started!
This is the Thoughtful Branches Bundle. It is priced at a 10% savings over purchasing the stamp set and Thinlits separately. This is a wonderful collection and you'll see how both the positive and negative die cuts help in masking techniques.
This is the basic stamped image of the tree. it was created by stamping the trunk in Early Espresso and the leaves in Real Red. Of course you can also use a pink like Pink Pirouette or Melon Mambo to create a spring tree or green like Garden Green to create a summer tree. Be creative!
One of the Thinlits dies included in the set cuts out the trunk This is a great tool to create a mask for this project. It would be very difficult to cut out the image so that you had BOTH positive and negative masks. The Thinlit creates those masks in a matter of seconds. Good bye fussy cutting! Our next step is to create the masks you see to the left.
First we are going to take the negative mask and place it over the trunk image you created above. No need to create the masks with sticky notes as the edge of this mask will be more than adequate to hold the mask in place.
Next, using a sponge dauber and Soft Suede ink, lightly color in the trunk. You want to use a light hand because you want the grain created by the Early Espresso to show through.
Your trunk is done!
You can create a more dense leaf canopy by inking the leaves stamp in Pumpkin Pie or Tangerine Tango and stamping the image upside down. This will align the the image without perfectly matching the leaves. It creates a nice dense two-toned set of leaves.
Next create a negative image of the tree canopy using the Framelit and position it over the stamped image. Using a sponge dauber, as you did with the trunk, lightly color in the canopy using. Don't color in the image completely. White spaces contribute to the look and create the illusion that you are looking through the tree.
The completed shaded tree is less abstract than the stamped image alone. The coloring gives the finished image a rich look.
Now we are going to take the cut out die cut on the left to mask the trunk of the tree.
There is really no need to adhere this mask to the tree as we are only going to stamp the grass under the tree. Simply place the mask so it completely covers the image of the trunk.
Ink up the grass stamp with the appropriate color. For fall you might want to use Crushed Curry. For spring you could use Melon Mambo, etc. Adding the grass grounds the image (no pun intended) so t doesn't appear to be floating in space.
When you remove the mask, you'll see that the grass looks like it is literally growing "around" the tree. So cool!
Complete your card by stamping the appropriate sentiment on the card and you've created a masterpiece!