Monday, April 29, 2019

Dandelion Wishes #simplestamping

So whimsical...

Dandelion Wishes is just plain fun!  I made this one-layer card in several colors with varying sentiments and they're all beautiful.  My background is a simple sponging technique, described below.

The card base is Thick Whisper White, cut 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4".  I laid it out on grid paper both to protect my work surface and make it easy to mask off straight lines.  The grid paper is 1/4", so you can line up your card with the center scoreline and top edge on gridlines then mask off 2 rows to make a 1/2" edge on your card front.

I use Delicate Surface Painter's Tape for this technique.  Before putting it down on my cardstock, I stick it down & peel it up a couple of times on my grid paper to take away a little bit of the stickiness.  You still need to peel it off slowly & carefully so as not to damage the cardstock.

I cut my Stampin' sponges into 4 pieces to make them easier to work with.

This one is sponged with 3 colors.  On every card, I started with the lightest shade, working it gently across the card from the upper left corner to the lower right.  I finish with the darkest shade, concentrating it in the upper left corner.

After dabbing your sponge on the ink pad, be sure to always start sponging on the grid paper and move onto the card front to avoid the dreaded "blob"!

I changed up the sentiments - this one is from Incredible Like You.

The dandelions and sentiments were stamped with Gray Granite & Basic Gray.  A single gem finishes off each card.  

As you can see, this image works with a variety of sentiments!

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Spring Bouquet with Gingham

When Spring hits the craft room...

I was inspired by this combination of colors together on my desk.   Here's a closer look at the bouquet:

I stamped the stems first then added 3 of the small purple flower bunches floating above the ends of the stems.  I also stamped the 2 small purple flowers at the bottom of the bouquet.  Everything else was stamped and die-cut.  For the 2 large yellow flowers, I stamped them once in Daffodil Delight using the Stamparatus, then added some Grapefruit Grove to the center of the stamp with a sponge dauber and stamped a second time.  You can read a more detailed explanation of this technique HERE.

Everything is adhered with liquid glue except for the 3 flowers that are popped up with Dimensionals.

The frame was cut with my Rectangle Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used the largest one, skipped the next size then used the third largest to cut out the inside.  I cut a second one from thick Whisper White cardstock and glued them together to give the gingham paper more stiffness, and also raise it off the card front slightly.

With or without the gingham frame?  My informal Facebook poll showed a definite preference for the Highland Heather frame.  Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

If you love the gingham, be sure to stock up now.  It's available until June 3 (while supplies last)!

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Have a great day,

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sea of Textures

I've had a lot of fun with Sea of Textures since it was first introduced a year ago - I'm so glad to see that it's carrying over into the new Stampin' Up catalog!

Inky the Octopus (my name for him, not SU's) is stamped here in Night of Navy & cut with the matching die-cuts.

The first step in creating this card is to die-cut the window on the card front.  The sentiment on the card front is stamped next in Night of Navy, then finally embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.  Do not try to emboss first and stamp second - it will not work!  Been there, done that ):

I lined up the card front on the Pool Party card base (without adhering it) and drew a light pencil line around the circle to have a guide for stamping the seaweed.  It's stamped with Tranquil Tide, using the "stamping off" method (stamp once, then stamp again without re-inking in-between).

The die-cuts are all attached with liquid glue except for Inky, who's popped up on Mini Dimensionals.

If Sea of Textures and the matching Under the Sea Framelits are on your wish list, you can save 10% by purchasing them as a bundle before the current catalog expires!

Here are some other cards I've made using Sea of Textures -

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