I found a sketch on the TGIF Challenges but I decided to use circles instead of the squares shown in the sketch. I really love the Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper, especially this particular sheet of it.
I stamped the flower from the Elegantly Said stamp set with Versamark and embossed it with copper embossing powder. I used my scored board to add lines to the piece of basic black cardstock and die cut a circle out of the copper foil sheet before putting my card together. The copper circle was used to emphasize the stamped and embossed flower.
Supplies: Stamp Sets – Art Gallery, Elegantly Said Die Cutting & Embossing – Layering Circles dies Punches – Banners Pick-a-Punch Ink – Versamark Paper – Basic Black cardstock, Basic Gray cardstock, Basic White cardstock (for the inside), Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper, Copper Foil sheets Coloring Tools – copper embossing powder Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat tool Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Black Stampin’ Dimensionals
Splish, splash! Splish, splash! Anything water-related is the theme for this month! I’m not one to buy many water related stamp sets but Angie had posted some cards using the new A Little Smile card kit and it reminded me I had that stamp set. I was also inspired by a card made by Fiona Bradley that featured the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper, it made me think of how sand and sea could be created.
For the sand I used the Early Espresso watercolor pencil and drew in some heavy lines, then I did the same with the Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana watercolor pencils for the water. Then I pulled out the flat water painter and spread the ink around.
The splotches in the are from a stamp in the Color & Contour stamp set. I used Crumb Cake ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper and then stamped on my “sand”.
I used my Stamparatus to stamp the star fish and sentiment multiple times with Early espresso ink so I would get a nice dark image. I then stamped again using Versamark and clear embossing powder to give it some shine.
I would have taken pictures along the way but I wasn’t sure it would turn out.
I get creative block often (as I’ve commented here) and besides sketches, limited supplies helps. The background on this card is patterned paper from the Stampin’ Up! Beauty of the Earth paper pack. I wish I could create watercolor backgrounds that look this good, of course that would mean I’d need to practice. 🙂
Supplies: Stamp Sets – Beauty of Friendship Die Cutting & Embossing – Beautiful Trees dies Ink – Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive Paper – Basic White cardstock, Basic White Thick cardstock, Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Early Espresso cardstock, Misty Moonlight cardstock, Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, liquid glue
I’m playing along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge today. This may look like a simple card, but my craft area is a mess with everything I pulled out to make it. The sentiment is from Beauty of Friendship, the flowers are from Color & Contour, and then three die sets to finish it off. The label edges are inked with Highland Heather and I even stamped on the inside.
I wanted to use my new Prismacolors that husband got me for our anniversary so I tried to find the closest matches I could to the paper.
Supplies: Stamp Sets – Beauty of Friendship, Color & Contour Die Cutting & Embossing – Brilliant Winds dies, Hippo & Friends dies, Scalloped Contours dies Ink – Basic Gray stamp pad, Highland Heather stamp pad Paper – Basic White cardstock, Basic White Thick cardstock, Highland Heather cardstock, Mint Macaron cardstock, Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper Accents & Embellishments – Pastel Pearls Coloring Tools – Prismacolors colored pencils Canary Yellow (PC916), Jade Green (PC1021), & Lilac (PC956); sponge daubers Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals , liquid glue
Rachel Tessman, one of our Stampin’ Up! demonstrator leaders, has reached $1,000,000 in sales! I can’t even imagine getting to that but Rachel puts so much work into her business that I’m not surprised she’s made it there. Rachel is my second upline and I couldn’t be more proud of her.
We’ve each chosen to make something to honor her and I’ve picked a fun fold that always make me think of Rachel. I picked her double gatefold card. (I’ve posted this card at least once before.) I did change it up slightly by having the large straight side on the inside and the corners on the outside to try to show more of the beautiful green paper and also added a belly band to keep it closed.
I stamped the bottom layer of the flower in Just Jade and the top layer with Versamark and gold embossing powder. (I did the gold embossing twice using my Stamparatus.) The Congratulations is stamped using Just Jade ink on the gold foil sheet. Since the ink stays wet on a nonporous surface, I embossed it using clear embossing powder. (I stamped and embossed this twice also.)
I wanted to use some patterned paper to create a card and I found the sketch from the Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge that I thought would be perfect for it.
I used my Stamparatus to color the butterflies. First I stamped them using Highland Heather and then I colored them with my Stampin’ Write Markers (Basic Gray, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, and Mint Macaron). Using the Stamparatus meant I could add color to the stamp and keep stamping until I liked how it looked. I adhered the butterflies with liquid glue down the center and mini dimensionals on the wings.
I love that this is another great sketch to use up some of the hoard of patterned paper I have.
Supplies: Stamp Sets – Art Gallery, Butterfly Brilliance Die Cutting & Embossing – Brilliant Wings Punches – Banners Pick-a-Punch Ink – Highland Heather stamp pad; Basic Gray, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, and Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Markers Paper – Basic White Thick cardstock, Highland Heather cardstock, Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper Accents & Embellishments – Pastel Pearls Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue
Today the sale starts for product retiring from the January – June 2021 mini catalog. I don’t have many products that didn’t carry over into the new annual catalog so I’m just going to feature the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper today. The Dragonfly Garden stamp set and Dragonflies punch are staying.
I punched out two additional dragonflies from Mossy Meadow cardstock and glued them behind the one I punched out of the patterned paper.
I’m still playing with the Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper. This time I pulled out a piece that is white/gold and added color to it. I’m playing with Mojo Monday sketch #558.
For my first card, I added Cherry Cobbler ink to the patterned paper with a blending brush. I accidentally cut the wrong side so it is 3 1/2″ wide instead of 4″ wide so I added a piece of gold foil as a layer.
For my second card. I inked it with Basic Gray and I remembered which side to cut the diagonal from. 🙂
Which do you prefer?
This is what the patterned paper looks like without the added ink.
Here’s the sketch I was following.
Supplies: Stamp Sets – Elegantly Said Die Cutting & Embossing – Layering Circles dies, Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder Ink – Basic Gray stamp pad, Cherry Cobbler stamp pad, Versamark stamp pad Paper – Basic Black cardstock, Basic Gray cardstock, Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Gold Foil Sheets, Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper Coloring Tools – Blending Brushes, Gold embossing powder Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat tool Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, liquid glue
This card features another spectacular pack of paper from Stampin’ Up! I’m featuring the Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper on this card.
I cut the piece of patterned paper to 4″ x 5 1/2″ and used one of the Basic Border Dies to create the edge. The sentiment is stamped in versamark and embossed using copper embossing powder before die cutting from my favorite labels. Check out all that beautiful shine! I even used the extra piece from my border on the inside of the card.
I’m following this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
Supplies: Stamp Sets – Elegantly Said Die Cutting & Embossing – Basic Borders dies, Hippo & Friends dies Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, Versamark stamp pad Paper – Basic Black cardstock, Basic White cardstock, Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper, Copper Foil Sheets Coloring Tools – Copper embossing powder Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat Tool Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue
This month’s technique is Faux Suede. Seriously, I don’t know how Nicole keeps finding fun techniques I’ve never tried before, but she does.
For this technique, you curl your paper with your bone folder until you can separate the layers of the cardstock. I used Soft Suede cardstock for my faux suede because, well, it’s Soft Suede. 🙂
After pulling apart the layers, I tore a little off the bottom and then used a blending brush to add some Early Espresso ink to show off the texture. I even pulled out my new pastels to color the image. I was going for a distressed kind of look since it went with the faux suede, in my opinion.
Supplies: Stamp Sets – Art Gallery, Nature’s Beauty Ink – Early Espresso Paper – Early Espresso cardstock, Soft Suede cardstock, Very Vanilla Thick cardstock Accents & Embellishments – Early Espresso Faux Suede trim Coloring Tools – Soft Pastels assortment, blending brushes Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL