Over the past few days I've added stamp sets & Big Shot accessories from the retired 2014 Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs. I still have more to add so check Mom's Attic often for new inventory!
It's Thursday and that means it's time for the Pals Paper Arts Weekly Challenge. This week it's a sketch by our own pal Nicole Watt. It's kind of a frame in a frame in a frame! And any time I see an oval in a rectangle, I think of two things:
A silhouette of a profile very typical of colonial times, and
The spotlight technique
Flowers tend to lend themselves to the spotlight technique, and the stamp set “Butterfly Basics” was the perfect choice. I opted to exclude a sentiment on this card to broaden the scope. It could be used for a Get Well, Sympathy, Thinking of You, or even a Birthday card. Keep your cards as flexible as possible. Don't feel the need to include a sentiment on EVERY card.
Step by Step Tips:
I wanted a little bit softer, less stark look to this card, so I opted to use Naturals Ivory card stock. It has a bit more brown and a bit less yellow than Very Vanilla, which gives the image an almost botanical look. You can find a great selection of specialty card stocks on page 193 of the 2014-15 Annual Catalog.
If you've read any of the information on our Blendabilities Markers, you'll read that Stampin' Up! recommends you use Whisper White card stock with the Blendabilities colors. That's to ensure, among other things, proper color match with the coordinating colors in the Color Collections. Here is a perfect example! The Calypso Coral Blendabilities Markers match perfectly with the card stock. The largest flower is the lightest shade, the medium flower is the medium shade, and the smallest flower is the darkest shade. However the leaves were colored using the lightest of the Old Olive Blendabilities Markers, yet matched better with the Mossy Meadow card stock. Who knew!? When i doubt, do a test before you spend a lot of time coloring in an image, only to find out the color doesn't match the card stock you have on hand.
Okay, I know that the BIG thing with Blendabilities Markers is the ability to BLEND the colors. It's part of the name, after all - BLENDabilities! But that doesn't mean you HAVE to blend the colors. I didn't do any blending and I think this turned out great! Click here to see another example of a fun card with no blending from a previous post.
You'll notice that the stems and leaves below the frame are left void of color. That's what the spotlight technique is. Here's another example. It's a very Simple technique!
Make sure you order a few sets of The Blendabilities and just play. This project used only two colors of Blendabilities and right now you can get a set for free by simply purchasing $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise. Click on the product below to go to my store! Get blending!
Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath & Blooming With Kindness
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 photopolymer set called Wondrous Wreath. You have likely come from Kerry Willard Bray'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.
This was a work in progress until the end. Sometimes I start with a direction and hold true to course. And sometimes I take a detour and end up in a wondrous (no pun intended) unexpected place. The latter was the experience for this project. I hope you like the final destination! ;-)
The card front was created using Baked Brown Sugar card stock, VersaMark® ink and White Stampin' Emboss powder. The card front is 3.75" x 5" - considerably smaller than the stamp image. I used my Stampn' Up! grid paper to position it perfectly. Trace the outline of the stamp centered on the grid paper and trace around the block. Next position the card in the center of the traced outline. Ink the stamp and stamp the image, aligning the edges of the stamp with the traced outline. Perfect!
Photopolymer is the easiest medium to use when positioning images perfectly. I stamped Pistacio Pudding Classic Ink first and then created the accents in Garden Green. Next the flowers were positioned and stamped using VersaMark® and embossed using Calypso Coral Stampin' Emboss powder. I positioned the flowers so the little berries in the center were between the stamped leaves. This keeps the centers white!
The bow was created by stamping three bows - one in Tangerine Tango and two in Calypso Coral. I cut off the tails from the two Calypso Coral bows and postiond them over the Tangerine Tango bow using a 2-way Glue Pen.
The Sentiment was stamped on Shimmering White card stock using Garden Green Classic Ink. The ends were notched using the edge of one of the Feathers Framelits dies and then run through the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
The Shimmering White card stock perfectly matches the shimmer of the White embossing powder in the Hardwood background. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Tanya Boser where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's Thursday and that means is time for the Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge. This week it's a color challenge using the marvelously rich colors of Soft Suede (my personal favorite brown) Crumb Cake, and Real Red. This is also the perfect opportunity to showcase my hands down favorite stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog, Lotus Blossom. This three step photo polymer stamp set produces an amazing 3D impression with rich shadows. See below or click here to see a video on how easy it is to create this beauty.
Sale-a-bration runs through the end of March and this stamp set can be yours with any $50 merchandise purchase. Click on any one of the items below to go to my store and purchase the item. Purchasing all three colors of ink and card stock plus Very Vanilla card stock and a package of Dimentionals will earn you this amazing stamp set for free! You'll have all the necessary consumables to create this card. I used the C and H Clear-Mount acrylic blocks. Check out the bottom of this post to get tip, tricks, and suggestions.
TIP: NEVER be afraid to use a flower on the front of a masculine card. The color palette and accessories play a huge part in determining how masculine/feminine a card is. This is a perfect example. Clean lines and a neutral palette go a long way in the creation of a masculine card. Check out the history of the lotus flower.
Measurements for my card stock are:
Image/sentiment layer is 2 1/2” x 3 3/4“ Mat is 2 5/8“ x 3 7/8”
Red layer is 2 7/8“ x 4 1/8” Mat is 3“ x 4 1/4”
Card front is 3 7/8“ x 5” Mat is 4“ x 5 1/8”
Card base is 5 1/2“ x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4“
In order to position the flower correctly in the corner of the card stock, point the little location arrow on the photo polymer towards the corner. Allow enough room - especially if you start with Stampin' Up!'s #1 image, to make sure the whole flower fits on the card stock. The darkest ink is stamped first with image #1and Soft Suede. Then ink stamp image #2 with Soft Suede and stamp off once before stamping over image #1. Stamp image #3 with Crumb Cake.
I popped up the image/sentiment matted component because I felt that it really added to the rich look of this card.
TIP: I mounted both the sentiments on a single ”D“ Clear-Mount block. I used the Stampin' Up! Grid Paper (130148) and positioned the two sentiments aligning the bottom of the text with a line on the paper. Then I pressed the acrylic block down on both the sentiments. Ink them up at the same time and stamp them in place. It's a great way to ensure they are perfectly horizontal! Simple!
Here are a few color suggestions, both realistic and just plain pretty, for different Lotus Blossoms:
One of my fellow stampers, Marianne (you know who you are!) requested the following pic. Rick and I have a core group of very close friends with whom we traditionally celebrate each others birthdays. The tradition is to dine together with the birthday boy wearing a cardboard crown and donning a plastic scepter. Marianne requested a pic of me with the crown. Your wish is my command! It's good to be king!
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 celebration set called Celebrate Today. You have likely come from Yapha Mason'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.
This is such a cool stamp set. I love the big round balloons, but even more, I love the fact that the set has a matching Framelits set! I opted to use the shapes to support the majority of my card today. The Moonlight DSP makes a perfect confetti background for this multi-purpose celebration card.
Not many steps to this project as the Framelits do all the work. The 1/8" black taffeta ribbon bow was adhered using a glue dot and the tail was twisted and also positioned and secured using a glue dot. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Tanya Boser where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
When I first saw this stamp set, I really didn't care for it much, but since it was one of so very few masculine oriented stamp sets I felt obligated to purchase it. I created this card for Espresso Cielo, the coffee shop Rick and I frequent almost every morning. It's proved to be a VERY wise purchase! The inside sentiment is the same as the stamp set name.
The lumberjack image was stamped in Memento Ink. DON'T use StazOn! I accidentally stamped the image in StazOn and the Blendability marker inks makes it streak.
I used Strawberry Slush for the lumberjack's shirt color. Even though Cherry Cobbler is the color of the card stock and the medium Blendability color for the hat, it was just too dark for the shirt. The plaid barely showed up.
The face and hands were colored with the Blush Skin Tone Assortment and the ax handle and boots are Bronze from the same set.
The ax blade and beard are Light Smokey Slate and the jeans are Light Night of Navy.
I used White Stampin' Emboss powder for the sentiment. (Don't forget your Embossing Buddy to eliminate stray powder)
Crumb Cake is the perfect wood background color for this fun card. Simple!
It's Thursday and that means it's time for Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge. This week it's a sketch by our own Nicole Watt. I looked and looked at this design. My mind was swimming with the typical possibilities of double images, but I wanted to be a little more creative than that. Then it hit me! Why not do an image and its shadow for the two retangle place holders? I needed to be a bit creative with inking to get it to look like I wanted it. But in the end I love the results. I hope you do too. We are in Sale-a-bration. This stamp set was free with a $50 purchase. Don't miss out on this - and many more - great opportinities for free merchandise. I'd love to have you as my customer! My Valued Customer program is better than most because you get $50 in free Stampin' Up! merchandise, not just a free stamps set. Come play with me!
If you follow my blog at all you'll notice that I'm the epitome of a Clean and Simple kind of guy, even to the point of rarely using ribbon, buttons, or Designer Series Paper. I have TONS of DSP that I've purchased over the years and never used. I find when I need texture or a pattern, I created it through stamps and embossing folders. This card is a great example. The Zig Zag embossing folder was the perfect geometric texture for this card. I originally created this using Smokey Slate card stock, but I found the card was too bland. The Basic Gray card stock created the perfect contrast to emphasize the Calypso Coral Lotus Blossom.
The addition of the shadow not only gives the card te required element for the sketch, but it also gives the card some depth. I used Smokey Slate stamped off once to create the shadow on the Whisper White card stock, and full strength on the Basic Gray.
The stem is in Old Olive and Always Artichoke. The flower is in Real Red, Calypso Coral, and Crisp Cantelope Classic Ink. Simple!
It's Thursday and that means it's time for the Pals Paper Arts challenge. This week it's a color challenge, and if you're like me you're having Deja Vu! The colors are a perfect - or should I say brrrrr-fect palette for the January cold weather blues - no pun intended. (Well, maybe just a little!) And it's very similar to the last color challenge of 2014. But if it were easy to do, it wouldn't be called a “challenge!” Funny thing is, the last color challenge I STRUGGLED to come up with something for the two VERY similar blues. This time? Done in under 20 minutes! Start to finish. Maybe I did all the heavy thinking and struggling with the last one! This set is from the new Occasions Catalog available this past Tuseday. Click the link and play along with us!