Thursday, August 16, 2018

Blended Seasons Wedding Card

There's a bell in the Blended Seasons stamp set that inspired me to create a wedding card...

This card is simple to make, although it might not seem so at first glance.  Silver foil, vellum, pearls and embossing make it oh-so-elegant!

All of the products used here are part of the Blended Seasons Bundle, with the addition of the Petal Pair embossing folder.   The stitched window shape is cut using the smallest of the 3 die-cuts in the bundle.  You'll want to cut this shape first by running it through the Big Shot then run it through a second time with the Petal Pair embossing folder to create the gorgeous embossing along the bottom edge of the card.  The bell is stamped in Versamark on a scrap of Whisper White & embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.  There's a die-cut for the bell as well as the silver & vellum embellishments - no fussy cutting required!

Here's a closer look at the details...the sentiment was stamped using Stazon black ink.  I chose that ink for the dark, crisp impression it gives.  I adhered the die-cut & embossed mat to the front of the card with liquid glue before stamping the sentiment.  The Stamparatus made it easy to place the sentiment exactly where I wanted it.  The leaves are all the same die-cut, 2 cut from silver foil and 2 from vellum.  The foil leaves are adhered with liquid glue, and the vellum are adhered with a single glue dot placed on the end of the stem so that the leaves "flutter" on the card.  The bell is attached with Mini Dimensionals and 3 pearls are the finishing touch.

The Blended Seasons Bundle is available for a limited time - through August 31, 2018 or while supplies last.  Don't miss out!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Color Your Season!

Here's another look at Blended Seasons, the exclusive bundle available from Stampin' Up during the month of August.

There are so many things to love about this card!  If I had to pick just one, it would be the sentiment.  Or the coloring.  Or the stitching or the embossing.  I can't choose!  Let's talk about all of them...

"You're the friend everyone wishes they had."  Such a lovely sentiment to make someone feel special!  Everything used on this card is from the Blended Seasons bundle, except the embossing which was done with the Petal Pair embossing folder.  The flowers are colored with light & dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends and the leaves are light & dark Granny Apple Green Blends.

The Petal Pair embossing folder is the perfect complement for this card.  

The gift bag was created with the Gift Bag Punch Board using retired designer paper and ribbon.  Stampin' Up's designer papers are the perfect weight for making these bags and because this paper is double-sided, it's beautiful inside & out.  Here's a video that shows how the Gift Bag Punch Board works:

Here are the steps to create this card, in order:

Card base is made of Thick Whisper White, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" on the long side.
Card front is regular weight Whisper White, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  

1.  Die cut the window using the medium sized die from the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies.  
2.  Emboss the bottom of the card using the Petal Pair embossing folder.

You must die-cut first and emboss second.  If you reverse the order, you will flatten your embossing when you run it through the Big Shot a second time to do the cutting!  Trust me on this, I've learned the hard way.  :)

3.  Adhere the card front to the card base with liquid glue, lining up all 4 edges.  

4.  Use your Stamparatus to place the sentiment exactly where you want it & stamp in Rich Razzleberry.

5.  Stamp the floral image on a scrap of Whisper White using Memento Tuxedo Black.  Color with Stampin' Blends and fussy-cut the image.  Adhere to the card front using liquid glue.  Embellish the centers of the flowers - here I used 3 tiny pearls for each blossom.

Did you know?

It's important to choose the right black ink for coloring techniques.  Stampin' Blends are alcohol-based and require Memento Tuxedo Black.  Other coloring techniques such as Watercolor Pencils or Stampin' Write Markers require Stazon, which will not smear when used with water-based coloring techniques.

The Blended Seasons Bundle is available through August 31 or while supplies last...don't miss out!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

More Free Cake

I hope this puts a smile on your face today...

Yay, it's an easel card!
An easel card is the perfect fold for this card.  I love that when it's on display, you can see the joke inside!

I'm joining The Paper Players Theme Challenge this week - PP404 "Humorous".

Easel cards are fun to make.  The base is a piece of Thick Whisper White, 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 2-3/4" & 5-1/2" on the long side.  The front is a separate piece, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".    Here you can see how the card base gets folded like a tent and the front gets attached.

Use double-sided tape adhesive on the card base.  The front can then be laid on the base and pressed down onto the tape, carefully matching the edges.

The front of this card starts with a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"piece of watercolor paper.  I used an Aqua Painter and Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo ink refills to create the watercolored background.  The image is stamped with Stazon black ink.  I used my Stamparatus for this so I could stamp the cake three times to get the deep, rich black image you see here.

To make the flags, I cut & folded 3/4" x 2" strips of designer paper.  I made a "handle" from a piece of Post-It to hold the small strips while I slid them into the Triple Banner Punch to flag the ends.  Note that I punched them while they were folded so that the ends match up perfectly.  I ran a strip of Snail Adhesive on the back of each and folded them over a piece of Whisper White twine.

The twine is attached to the back of the watercolored panel with tape.  The designer paper strip behind this panel is 2" x 4-1/4".  The oval is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals - this holds the card open for display.

Did you know?

A fun way to embellish your envelope is by adding designer paper to the flap.  Simply lay the flap over the edge of the back side of the DSP and make light pencil marks at the corners.  Then use your paper trimmer to make the cuts & adhere the paper to the envelope with Snail tape adhesive.