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Technique Squad Blog Hop – Paper Piecing

Today’s theme for the Technique Squad Blog Hop is Paper Piecing. I haven’t done this in a while because, frankly, I don’t like to fussy cut but I really like how this turned out. It’s a bonus that I like it because this is the only current stamp set I have that I could see working with paper piecing.

I started by stamping the woman on a piece of white cardstock, then I stamped on a post-it note and cut it out to create a mask. (You may not want to include the empty part of the wine glass on the mask, ask me how I know.) Using the blending brushes, I colored the background in Balmy Blue, Pool Party, and Night of Navy. (I wish I’d picked out my background paper before inking so I could match it but my idea was that far along when I started.)

Her arms are colored with the Ivory Stampin’ Blend and the wine with light Pale Papaya (the top is with light Balmy Blue and this is why you don’t want to include it in your mask).

For the hat and dress, I stamped the image on a piece of patterned paper, fussy cut the hat and dress, then used liquid glue to add them to my colored image.

Blog Hop
JoAnn Pollock (you are here)
Carole Garrison
Kristie Wilson
Mackenzie Grimme
Vickie Littlewood

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Celebrating You, In the Moment
Die Cutting & Embossing – Layering Circles dies, Stitched Rectangle dies
Ink – Balmy Blue stamp pad, Garden Green stamp pad, Pool Party stamp pad, Night of Navy stamp pad, Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad
Paper – New Horizons 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper, Heart & Home Designer Series Paper, Basic White cardstock, Garden Green cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Elegant Faceted gems, Denim 3/8″ ribbon
Coloring Tools – Blending Brushes, Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend, Ivory Stampin’ Blend, Light Pale Papaya Stampin’ Blend, Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend, Color Lifter
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Bone Folder, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue, Tear & Tape

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#stampinup #cardmaking #jpollockdesigns #handmadecards #handmadecard #GDPwinner #CelebratingYouStampinUp #CelebratingYouStampSet #CelebratingYou #InTheMomentStampinUp #InTheMomentStampSet #InTheMoment

Technique Squad Blog Hop – Diorama Card

I’m in love with the card I created for this technique! I watched Sam Calcott’s video on Mixed Up Craft for my inspiration for the specifics of creating a diorama card and I knew I wanted to use the Grassy Grove stamps with Grove dies to create it.

  1. Start with a 4 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ piece of cardstock and score at 1/2″, 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, & 2 1/2″ from each side. (Below is my template.)

2. After scoring and folding, I added a piece of the beautiful New Horizons DSP for the background.

3. Next I used the grove die on a piece of 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ Evening Evergreen cardstock. Using liquid glue on the very edges, I attached it to the first of the folds. Fold the edges flat to make sure it doesn’t bow. (It may anyway.)

4. Using Evening Evergreen ink, stamp the grassy mound on a 2″ x 5 3/8″ pieced of Garden Green cardstock. Use the edge die to cut the border and attach to the next fold using a little liquid glue on the edges. Fold the edges flat to make sure it doesn’t bow. (It may anyway.)

5. Add a 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Garden Green cardstock to the front flap using a little liquid glue on the edges. Using Evening Evergreen ink, stamp the flower bunch on Garden Green cardstock and die cut. Add them to the cardstock strip with a little liquid glue along the bottom of the die cut.

6. Using the third largest Stitched Rectangles die, cut out a window from a piece of 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Garden Green cardstock. Attach it to the folded edges and the bottom cardstock piece. I used Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock for the deer. The sentiment is stamped using Evening Evergreen ink on Garden Green cardstock then stamped using Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut out the label using one of the ones from the Messages die.

7. For some reason I can’t explain, I hate just having a white panel on the back of a card like this so I added a 4 1/8″ x 11″ card base.

Blog Hop Roll
JoAnn Pollock (you are here)
Lorraine Tierney
Mackenzie Grimme

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Grassy Grove, Very Versailles
Die Cutting & Embossing – Grove dies, Messages die, Stitched Rectangle dies
Ink – Early Espresso stamp pad, Evening Evergreen stamp pad, Versamark stamp pad
Paper – New Horizons 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Basic White cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock, Evening Evergreen cardstock, Garden Green cardstock
Coloring tools – Clear embossing powder
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Bone Folder, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat tool
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue

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#stampinup #cardmaking #jpollockdesigns #handmadecards #handmadecard #GDPwinner #GrassyGroveStampinUp #GrassyGroveStampSet #GrassyGrove

Technique Squad Blog Hop – Faux Metal

This month’s blog hop technique is faux metal. Nicole is really good at picking things I’ve never done before. So, I watched a couple of videos and gave it a go.

The faux metal technique is creating an embossed piece that looks like metal. You cover a piece of paper with Versamark ink, sprinkle embossing powder over it, and use your heat tool to melt it. You need to do this at least 4 times and you want to use as small a piece of paper as you can. After you get the fourth layer melted, put your embossing on a heat resistance surface and keep heating it so that you can see the embossing flowing. At this point you place your pre-inked with Versamark stamp into the liquidish embossing powder. Leave the stamp there until the embossing powder cools, this shouldn’t take more than a minute or two. Pull your stamp up and you should see an embossed image. If it doesn’t work the first time, you can always add another layer of embossing powder.

This technique made me think vintage so I used Very Vanilla cardstock, copper embossing powder, and Cinnamon Cider ink to stamp and distress.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Very Versailles, Calming Camellia Sale-a-bration stamp set
Die Cutting & Embossing – Layering Circles dies
Punches – Banners Pick-a-punch
Ink – Cinnamon Cider stamp pad, Versamark stamp pad
Paper – Very Vanilla cardstock, Very Vanilla Thick cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim, Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim
Coloring Tools – Blending Brush, copper embossing powder
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Bone Folder, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine,Heat tool
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue

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#stampinup #cardmaking #jpollockdesigns #handmadecards #handmadecard #GDPwinner #VeryVersaillesStampinUp #VeryVersaillesStampSet #VeryVersailles

Technique Squad Blog Hop

This month’s technique is Creator’s Choice and I chose to do the Whitewash Technique. I saw a card by Lisa Freeman on Facebook and I LOVED IT! I decided that was the technique I wanted to do.

I pulled out my Shaded Summer stamp set to make a background with this technique. (It doesn’t matter that it’s January in Minnesota, I can make a summer card.) I stamped on Magenta Madness cardstock with Magenta Madness ink and then I used my Whisper White ink and a Blender Pen to fill in the flowers. I intended to add some gems to the card but I forgot, I really love how it turned out anyway. The layout was inspired by Inspire.Create.Challenge 108.

First I stamped on Magenta Madness cardstock with Magenta Madness ink.
I colored in the flowers with Whisper White ink using a Blender pen.

Blog Hop Roll
Nicole Mahler
Donna Lester
Karen Egan
Vickie Littlewood
JoAnn Pollock (you are here)
Mackenzie Grimme
Amy Rudd
Carole Garrison
Vy Tran
Kristie Strum

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Shaded Summer
Punches – Banners Pick-a-punch
Ink – Magenta Madness stamp pad, Whisper White stamp pad
Paper – Basic White cardstock, Magenta Madness cardstock, Expressions In Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper
Coloring Tools – Blender pens
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Bone Folder
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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#stampinup #cardmaking #jpollockdesigns #handmadecards #handmadecard #GDPwinner #ShadedSummerStampinUp #ShadedSummerStampSet #ShadedSummer

Technique Squad Blog Hop – Northern Lights

I find this a challenging and messy technique. My fingers are covered in Night of Navy ink. Last month I did this technique using blending brushes, but this time I’m using sponges (I prefer the control I can get with sponges). I really like using the Shimmery White cardstock for blending because the coating on it helps and the shimmer looks like stars.

I watch LeeAnn Greff’s video for my inspiration to create the background today. I like how she suggested adding the Night of Navy ink between the other colors. My background was created using Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, and Night of Navy inks. For the second card, I used Mossy Meadow ink to darken the trees more.

I also included a picture of my cardstock before I added the Night of Navy ink.

My before adding the night of navy ink

This is the type of sponge I use. I cut it into 6 pieces and attach a piece of cardstock with label. You can find them at your local craft store.

Nicole Mahler
JoAnn Pollock (you are here)
Carole Garrison
Mackenzie Grimme

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Art Gallery
Die Cutting & Embossing – Cabin dies
Ink – Bermuda Bay stamp pad, Daffodil Delight stamp pad, Granny Apple Green stamp pad, Rich Razzleberry stamp pad, Mossy Meadow stamp pad, Night of Navy stamp pad, Versamark stamp pad
Paper – Mossy Meadow cardstock, Night of Navy cardstock, Shimmery White cardstock
Coloring Tools – silver embossing powder, sponges.
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat tool
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, liquid glue

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#stampinup #cardmaking #jpollockdesigns #handmadecards #handmadecard #GDPwinner #PeacefulCabinStampinUp #PeacefulCabinStampSet #PeacefulCabin

Technique Squad Blog Hop – Hinge Step Stamping

When the group chose the hinge step stamping technique, I knew exactly what I was going to do. I used the border stamp from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set and created a background. I stamped the border using Whisper White ink on kraft cardstock. (The kraft was a little challenging to work with because it wanted to roll.) I stepped one hinge at a time down my Stamparatus and then embossed with white embossing powder. Then I rotated the border stamp and placed it in-between the previous stamped images and did the same thing. My background was inspired by one of the patterned papers in the coordinating pack, I really liked how the card turned out.


JoAnn Pollock
(you are here)
Carole Garrison
Kristie Strum
Mackenzie Grimme

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Frosted Gingerbread
Die Cutting & Embossing – Gingerbread dies, Hippo & Friends dies
Ink – Whisper White stamp pad
Paper – kraft cardstock, Real Red cardstock, Basic White cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Real Red Double-Stitched Satin ribbon
Coloring Tools – Clear Wink of Stella
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat tool
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue, mini glue dots

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#stampinup #cardmaking #jpollockdesigns #handmadecards #handmadecard #GDPwinner #FrostedGingerbreadStampinUp #FrostedGingerbreadStampSet #FrostedGingerbread

Technique Squad July Blog Hop

This month’s theme is alcohol ink techniques. Um…well…this is not my best technique but I tried. I made a card out of the best piece I ended up with. From my experience, vellum works much better than window sheets but that’s the only tip I really have. 🙂 UPDATE: I’ve been informed that a higher percentage would work better, I was using 70%. I will have to try again.

I used the Magenta Madness dark Stampin’ Blend, rubbing alcohol, an old brush, and a can of compressed air to create these. I then added Tombow multipurpose liquid glue (let it dry because it stays sticky) and added Gilded Leaves gold leafing on the glue. I used Tear & Tape to attach the vellum behind the embossed white cardstock and popped it up on dimensionals.

Nicole Mahler
JoAnn Pollock
Tracy St-Louis
Vy Tran
Carole Garrison
Kristie Strum
Mackenzie Grimme
Rachel Tessman
Amy Rudd

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Shaded Summer
Die Cutting & Embossing – Brilliant Wings dies, Potted Succulents dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Pretty Flowers embossing folder
Ink – Magenta Madness Stamp pad, Magenta Madness Dark Stampin’ Blend
Paper – Basic White Thick cardstock, Vellum cardstock, Window Sheets
Accents & Embellishments – Opal Rounds, Gilded Leafing
Coloring Tools – old brush, rubbing alcohol, canned air
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick, Heat tool
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear & Tape, liquid glue

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#stampinup #cardmaking #jpollockdesigns #handmadecards #handmadecard #GDPwinner #ShadedSummerStampinUp #ShadedSummerStampSet #ShadedSummer

Technique Squad June Blog Hop

This month’s technique is painting with bleach. I think I prefer this to stamping with bleach but I have a fear of bleach. I can be messy and I don’t want to spill. Anyone else dislike working with bleach?

I punched out 2″ circles and tried bleach on each of them to pick what colors I wanted to work with. I didn’t expect white or vanilla to change but I was really surprised when black didn’t change.

I then found a sketch I thought was perfect because it let me pull in multiple colors to transform with the bleach. I’m using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Sketch 425.

After adding the half inch strips of cardstock to the black cardstock, I stamped using Whisper White craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I reinked my stamp pad right before using it and stamped twice so I could get a crisp image. I painted the bleach on the colored cardstock strips. I wish I’d taken a picture before the bleach so you could see how much it changed.

I even altered the square vellum doily by cutting off the corners.

There is a black circle behind the doily so it doesn’t get lost and the sentiment is from the Many Messages stamp again using Whisper White craft ink.

Blog Roll
Nicole Mahler
Amy Jo Farkas Rudd
JoAnn Pollock (me)
Vy Tran
Kristie Strum
Mackenzie Grimme

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Many Messages, Wild Roses
Die Cutting & Embossing – Layering Circles dies, Messages die
Ink – Whisper White craft stamp pad
Paper – Basic Black cardstock, Basic White cardstock, Coastal Cabana cardstock, Gorgeous Grape cardstock, Granny Apple Green cardstock, Pearlescent Specialty Paper
Accents & Embellishments – Square vellum doilies
Coloring Tools – paint brush and bleach
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat tool
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Black Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue

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#stampinup #cardmaking #jpollockdesigns #handmadecards #handmadecard #GDPwinner #WildRosesStampinUp #WildRosesStampSet #WildRoses #ManyMessagesStampinUp #ManyMessagesStampSet #ManyMessages

Technique Squad May Blog Hop – Faux Suede

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.

Nicole Mahler
JoAnn Pollock (you are here)
Vy Tran
Amy Jo Farkas Rudd
Mackenzie Grimme
Kristie Strum
Carole Garrison

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

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Technique Squad April Blog Hop

Welcome to the Technique Squad April Blog Hop. This month we are featuring the stained glass technique. Again, I’ve never tried this one before but it looked like fun.

I stamped my butterfly onto a window sheet using Staz-on ink and then colored the BACK of the image with my Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blends. You want to color on the back of the window sheet or you will smear the Staz-on since it’s an alcohol based ink.

I really wanted to do this with the Wild Roses background stamp but it had just a bit too much that stamps and I couldn’t get it quite fully black on the window sheet. The retired Beautiful Bouquet stamp would be beautiful for this, I may need to pull that out.

Nicole Mahler
Carole Garrison
Amy Jo Farkas Rudd
Vy Tran
JoAnn Pollock (you are here)
Mackenzie Grimme
Kristie Strum

I cut apart my Butterfly Brilliance stamp set and Brilliant Wings die so the butterfly stamp was a little easier for me to place. You can do it with the butterflies all together but it may be a little more challenging to get the butterfly in the right spot.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Butterfly Brilliance, Simply Succulents, Wild Roses
Die Cutting & Embossing – Brilliant Wings dies, Potted Succulents dies, Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder
Ink – Staz-on stamp pad, Versamark stamp pad, Pool Party stamp pad
Paper – Basic Black cardstock, Basic White cardstock, Pool Party cardstock, Window Sheets
Accents & Embellishments – Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon
Coloring Tools – Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blends
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini glue dots

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