It's Thursday and that means it's time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This week it's a color challenge using Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango. I decided to make two versions of this challenge. I created a mosaic version which is sort of modern and edgy. The other is a soft watercolor that I think captures the essence of fall. Which one is your favorite?
Step by Step Tips:
For the mosaic card I started by stamping a Maple leaf from the Lighthearted Leaves set found in the Holiday catalog with VersaMark Ink and heat setting the design using Black Stampin' Emboss powder on Whisper White card stock.
I used Stampin' Write markers brush tip to color each section. The raised black embossing really helps to keep you in the lines. The finished leaf resembles a stained glass window.
Then I cut it out using Leaflets Framelits. I cut a 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock and used the framelit again to cut out a negative of the maple leaf. I glued the card Basic Black stock to a 3 3/4" x 4 1/2" piece of Tangerine Tango card stock.
I applies Stampin' Glue Stick to the back of the leaf and nestled it into the leaf frame I created.
The banner was created using a 1" strip of Crushed Curry card stock and cutting the notch using the 1" square punch and stamping it using the Believe sentiment from the same stamp set.
For the Watercolor card I stamped the oak leaf from the Vintage Leaves set in the lower section of a piece of Stampin' UP! Water Color Paper 4" x 5 1/4" I used StazOn Ink for this because it allows the lines to remain thin and doesn't restrict the water color from flowing.
I misted the entire sheet of water color paper with a Stampin' Spritzer using water. Then I loaded my AquaPainter with Pool Party ink from the top of the lid, and applied a thin coat of Pool Party to the background. With a small amount of Crushed Curry,blend a little into the Pool Party background near the leaves to create a green pastel color. Let the background dry. NOTE: Use caution as you near the leaf to make sure the color doesn't flow into the leaf.
With a clean AquaPainter wet the oak leaf making sure the water doesn't flow into the background.
Using Crushed Curry ink from the top of the lid use your AquaPainter to apply color over the entire leaf. Then with Tangerine Tango, Place small amounts on parts of the leaf. The Tangerine Tango will flow into the Crushed Curry creating some lighter orange.
Apply the sentiment from the Lighthearted Leaves onto the background.
Mount the water color paper onto a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Tangerine Tango. Simple!
It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a set called Vintage Leaves and it is bundle priced with the Leaflets Framelits set to save you 15%. You have likely come from Linda Callahan's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
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This is the biggest project I've ever made Measuring 18“ It was so big it didn't fit into my light tent, so I had to take the pic on our covered patio, so the quality is not up to my own standards.
Learn from my mistake. If you have the ability to cover the entire cone with Pumpkin Pie, it would have been easier to hide the glimpses of white Styrofoam!
The colors of paper I used were Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Hello Honey, and Crushed Curry. Classic inks Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin were used to stamp the images along with VersaMark with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder.
I took one each of the above card stock and cut each piece to measure 5 1/2” x 8 1/2“ Then one half was done in Gold embossing powder and the other half in the appropriate color ink for the color of card stock.
I did Google searchers on Maple, Aspen, Oak, and Hickory leaf pics and used those to select the appropriate colors for the species.
They were mounted on a 12” x 3 3/4' base Styrofoam cone using very small headed pins.
I started at the bottom by wrapping the bottom edge in Hello Honey ribbon.
All the leaves were pointed down and slightly extended past the base of the cone. As I moved up and started reversing the leaves to that the tips were pointed up. This made it really easy to finish off the top! Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Shana Gaff where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's the third Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a set called Awesomely Artistic. You have likely come from Holly Krautkremer's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
I liked this set from the moment I saw it over a year ago. This is actually a more detailed image than I have done in the past, but with fall quick approaching, I thought it was a good idea to get in that mindset.
Step by Step Tips
The card base is Pump kin Pie card stock in the standard 8.5" x 5.5" scored in half. (Did you this is considered an A2 size?) Next I took a piece of 4" x 5.25" Soft Suede card stock and punched the corners using the Triple Punch (found in the new Holiday catalog available for order September 1st) and mounted it to the card base.
I die cut So Saffron card stock with the second largest die from the Floral Frames Collection.
Then I positioned and stamped the leafy image using StazOn®.
My colors to paint the image were Old Olive Classic Ink on the leaves and intermittently added Soft Suede Classic Ink to a few of the leaves. The multi-lined petals were colored using More Mustard Classic Ink and the rest of the petals were colored in PumpKin Pie. Mount the die cut on the card front.
I tied a piece of 3/8" Stitched Ribbon from last year's catalog around the card front close to the bottom. I stamped the frame on So Saffron card stock using Soft Suede Classic Ink. Then, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position "FRIEND" perfectly. Let me know if you need to know how to do this and I'll create a quick vid. It's held in place with Dimentionals.
The dragonfly was stamped on vellum using Old Olive Classic Ink. While it was wet, I covered the image with Heat and Stic and heat embossed it. It's really easy to tell when the Heat and Stick is ready when you use colored inks. Just watch for the Heat and Stick to turn clear, then STOP! Over heating can eliminate the sticky surface you created. I dusted the top using Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter. Cut it out using your Paper Snips Then I applied a thin line of glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen also found in the Holiday Catalog. THIS is a must have for detail glueing! Press it in place and your done. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Tanya Boser where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
Stampin' UP! Delicate Ornament and Embellished Ornaments
It's Thursday and that means it's time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This is a color challenge using Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, and Pear Pizzazz. When I first saw this color collection, I liked it, but couldn't imagine how I was going to use these colors. They're not Fall. There not Halloween! Their not Christmas. I had just received my HUGE order from the Holiday Catalog, so I thought I'd take a peek for some inspiration! Eureka! I found it!
Step by Step Tips:
The Delicate Ornament dies are very detailed, so the first thing you need to do is place a piece of wax paper (you know, the stuff our moms USED to wrap our sandwiches in?) between the die and the paper. This will make the ornament release from the die much easier. I used Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
You may have to experiment on what the best sandwich is to get the best die cut out of your Big Shot. One thing that might help is our new Precision Plate, available in our Holiday catalog starting September 1st. This will make quick work of these gorgeous die cuts.
The unique teardrop shaped ornaments have additional dies to cut out the background, or can be used to cut out the images stamped with the Embellished Ornaments stamp set. These two items will be bundle priced at a 15% discount
The black background (you know how I use black for drama) was first treated with our Embossing Buddy to remove any static electricity or oil from your fingers. The sentiment was heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
The corners were created using a new punch in our Holiday catalog called the Curvy Corner Trio Punch. It's a three punch featuring the above punch, a scallop corner punch and a tag slot punch enabling you to turn any shape or die cut into a tag! Think of the possibilities!
The card face is mounted on Whisper White card stock! Simple!
It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a set called Crazy About You and it is bundle priced with the Hello You Thinlits set to save you 15%. You have likely come from Dawn Tidd's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
Step by Step Tips:
I will preface this by saying the hardest thing about making this card is aligning the scallop circles. So save a picture of this card to refer to later. Maybe add it to your Pinterest account so it's easy to find.
I started by picking my colors. They are Real Read, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, and Perfect Plum. Stamp two images from each color. Then cut them all in half. Cut one of the red halves in half to create two quarter circles. Do the same to one Perfect Plum circle.
Cut a piece of 4” x 5 1/4 “ Whisper White card stock and place it in the landscape position. (longest sides are at the top and bottom. Do a dry run so you can get a picture of where each of the pieces go.
Position a half Real Red circle in front of you with the flat side up. Put glue ONLY on the left side of the half circle. (I only applied SNAIL to the flat edge, but you could glue the entire left side of the piece.) This is done so the last two pieces can slide under this piece. Work your way across the top of the card from right to left positioning. Also I lightly laid the pieces on the card stock. Once you have them all where you want them, then press hard on the entire side of circles. The last circle should be Perfect Plum and the left edge of the circle should fit right to the left edge of the card stock.
Take one of the quartered Read Red circles and position it so the pointy part of the circle quarter fits perfectly in the left corner.
The left side starts with Pumpkin Pie positioned so the top edge is even with the top of the card. Then position Daffodil delight, Wild Wasabi, and Pacific Point. The bottom edge of the Pacific Point half circle should align with the bottom edge of the card stock.
Position a Perfect Plum quarter circle like you previously did with the Real Red quarter circle.
Position the rest of the half circles following the steps starting with Step 4 along the bottom and right sides of the card.
When you get to the last Pacific Point half circle, you'll have to slide it under the first Real Red circle. You'll position the Perfect Plum in the corner like in Step 5
I matted my Whisper White in Black card stock measuring 4 1/8'' x 5 3/8''
I usually end my instructions with Simple! but in this case I'll end it with Easy! Because this technique is not hard, but it sure is NOT easy! LOL
Next stop on the Hop is Lisa Young where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's Thursday and that means It's a Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This week it's a sketch challenge by our own Nicole Watt. Can we say small. medium, and large? There's always a a first impression when I see a sketch, but with this one, all I saw was small, medium, and large. So I had to decide WHAT was going to be small, medium, and large. Flower Patch came to the rescue! This set has every size bloom imaginable! It was just the ticket for this challenge! The only modification I made was I decided to do it landscape instead of square.
Step by Step Tips:
I started by stamping the flowers from Flower Patch with three different shades of color on Whisper White card stock. I cut them out using Flower Fair Framelits dies.
Then I created the centers using gold Stampin' Emboss and Gold Glimmer paper. The small and large flower centers were cut out using the Flower Fair Framelits as well.
Then I positioned the flowers on the Melon Mambo card front 3 3/4" x 5". I used Vintage Leaves to create the Gold embossed leaf background. I held the leaf stamp inked with VersaMark ink over the card with the flowers positioned as I wanted them and decided where to stamp the leaf. Then, while keeping the stamp in place, I pushed away the flowers and stamped the leaf on the card. I gold embossed the image and then repeated the process with the other leaves.
The sentiment was stamped using VersaMark ink and Black Stampin' Embossing Powder on Gold Foil Sheets. The image was then cut out using the banner from the Circle Card Thinlits Die set. I popped it up using Dimensionals.
The mats are created with a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" of Gold Foil and a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Perfect Plum card stock. Simple!