Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Watercoloring Altenew designs

 I have been somewhat working on sorting and labeling my non Stampin Up stamps. I have a small container that holds my Altenew and Pinkfresh stamps and stencils.  In the process I came across these beautiful florals that I hadn’t used in a long time.  I believe these are from the stamp set called Pen Sketched.  I have spooked at many cards made with the flowers embossed with gold and wanted to try that.  I was also playing around with a Jennifer McGuire technique for faux letterpress and foils.  I made a few card front panels. I  don’t own any kind of a foiling machine and she showed this as a substitute.  

I inked up the cutting side of my dies with versa fine pad 

ran them through the bigshot so they did not cut just left the impression in the card stock (different sandwich than when cutting)

Added gold embossing powder and the heat set it.  

I’m not sure you can see it real well in the pictures but it is like a Letter pressed look. The embossing doesn’t set on top of the card stock it is “sunk” pressed into it. 

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Valentine quick card

 Valentine’s Day is right around the corner- are you ready???

Here you go and it even shows two sides of your designer series paper. 1. Cut your base piece of  card stock at 5.5 x 8.5    2. Now cut your 8.5 side down to 6 inches  (optional save what you cut off for embossing front left edge decorative piece).  3. Cut your Designer Series Paper (DSP) I did the piece at 6” then a piece that was 3” wide,  cut it down to 5.5 and used the 1/2” strip on the inside. (If you don’t want to do that just cut your DSP at 5.5 x 3)     4. Adhere the DSP to the front flap lining up the right side with the card back edge.     5. Front left decoration -Cut your extra white strip to 5.25 x1 emboss than adhere.  Decorate front and inside as desired. I made the  back inside layers 5 x 3.5, 4.75x3.25 then added the 1/2” DSP strip.                                                                   (I saw this card fold on a Susan Campfield video)

I’d love to see your take on this card, you could get 8 cards from one DSP piece of paper with NO waste!! ๐Ÿ˜„.   They would make a lovely little gift for a family member or friend! 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Retired Stamp Sets

 How often do you get out your old retired Stamp sets? Do you keep them or do you get rid of them when the Stampin Up catalog is over? I keep many of mine especially the ones that I really really like. That is the case with some of the sets that I used today.  

I enjoy watercoloring with my stamps. I pulled out the Mountain Air and the Snow Front Stampin Up sets and decided to do some scenic cards.   I used watercolor paper, lots of water, lots of different colors of ink, my aqua painters, lots of drying in between the layers and here they are. 

Maybe it’s time to pull out one of your old Stamp sets that you loved. If there’s a stamp said that we really love and wanted to keep then that means we should be using it. Sometimes we get so caught up in what is new that we forget about the old. So my challenge is - pull it out and use it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Softly Sophisticated

 This is my first play time with this lovely stamp set and embossing folder bundle from the SAB catalog. I thought it turned out quite lovely.  I used a new to me Fun fold card design, I like how the DSP is displayed on the back section but the front 2 sections I used for stamping.  Not sure you can see it real well in the picture but I embossed the thin piece of plastic from the stamp set. When I put my stamps in their case and then added the heavier piece of plastic onto the front of them I thought to myself hey couldn’t I emboss this little thin piece of plastic, so I did using the new embossing folder that came with the stamp set. ๐Ÿ˜Š I put it over the sentiment piece, taped onto the backside. It wanted to “bow out” quite badly andI didn’t  want tape to be showing through.  Anyone know if there is an adhesive that won’t show through clear plastic๐Ÿคจ).  On the back of this piece I put dimensionals in the middle and some tape on the outside edge to adhere  it. That made the plastic flatter to the stamping. I also embossed  2 panels to go behind the 2 thin sections of the card base to add some pretty texture. It doesn’t stand out since it’s white on white but adds just the right amount of “bang”… hmmm wonder what embossing the DSP would have looked like maybe I’ll try that next time.
Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday, January 27, 2024

CASED cards

 Pinterest is a wonderful place to go for ideas using stamp sets.  I’ve been wanting to use the Notes of Nature Stampin Up set from the 2024 mini catalog.  Found two cards to sorta “case” ๐Ÿ˜Š. I don’t usually make a card exactly like I see it, probably because I don’t have all that I’d need to use so I just use what I have and do my own thing.  


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Thinking about spring

 My craft room doesn’t have a lot of heat in it, just whatever trickles in. So last night I wanted to do something and decided that it was easy to move my Art Impressions watercolor Stamps into a warmer room. I have them all on a wheeled cart and I can pull it where I want it. Thinking and ready for spring! Especially since it’s cold here in Ohio, I know I should be thankful for each season๐Ÿฅด. OK I’ll blame it on Bonnie - Creator of the Art Impression Stamps. She’s bringing out spring time Stamps!๐Ÿ˜.  


Sunday, January 21, 2024

Enduring Beauy meets shimmer pasteThis is what I came up with do you like it?

 My next card class we will be using the enduring beauty stencils. I have been doing a lot of looking on Pinterest and around to see what everyone has been doing with it. After I got everything ready for this card class I had a thought. No one had done anything with the shimmer paste and the stencils, at least I haven’t seen anything with it. So I went to work!๐Ÿ˜. This is what I came up with do you like it?  (If I didn’t already have everything cut and ready to go I might have changed and had everyone do this one. Well I can show it to them and they can re-create.) ๐Ÿ˜

As with any card with shimmer paste on it it’s hard to see. But there is quite a bit of texture on this card. I added petal pink Re-inker to the paste. Added it to the first layer of the stencil and then because I didn’t want to have to wait I used the heat gun to dry it. Added more color to the paste that was left. I put the second layer of the flower on and added that paste. It didn’t show up very well I’m not sure if it was because my color wasn’t dark enough(I wanted a subtle look not bold) but I didn’t like it so I  decided that I would just go ahead and spread it around with layer one again and try stamping on it after it was dry. Of course I did dry it and then stamped with bubble bath not sure you can see it real well but it is there and it’s very soft and pretty, wanting a soft center I used Smoky Slate.  The leaves are with two tones of green. I think I used Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green. I put my flower panel on Smokey Slate and then popped it up on a 4x5.25 piece of  Bubble Bath which I  dry embossed with the new Softly Sophisticated 3-D embossing folder from the SAB catalog. The card base is a top folding 4.25x11 piece of basic white.

Watercoloring Altenew designs

 I have been somewhat working on sorting and labeling my non Stampin Up stamps. I have a small container that holds my Altenew and Pinkfresh...