Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A BEWITCHING JOSEPH'S COAT

I have a fun card for you today that uses the Joseph's Coat Technique to make a colorful Halloween card using the witch's hat from BEWITCHING!

Joseph's Coat is a fun technique, and if you have never tried it, I hope today's card inspires you to give it a try.  

In July I began collaborating with a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kathy Ondus from Simply Kards by Kathi to make short technique videos.   We call our collaboration Connect to Create and each week one of us develops a video to teach you a few tips and tricks.

In August I made a video demonstrating how to do the Joseph's Coat Technique and this card with the witch's hats from BEWITCHING was the card I used to demonstrate the technique.  If you missed the video, you can see it below.


I chose typical Halloween colors, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, and of course, Black to make my card. 


Since the BEWITCHING stamp set does not include any sentiments, I chose the simple "hello" from the Artistically Inked stamp set for my front sentiment.  I wanted to keep the sentiment small so I could show off as much of the Joseph's Coat background as possible.  After I die cut the sentiment with the small tag die from Heron Dies, there was just enough room to add the little spider from BEWITCHING.  This little tag die has small openings perfect for threading through the Black and White Gingham Ribbon.


In keeping with my mantra of "no naked insides" for my cards, I wanted to include another colorful hat, but didn't want to repeat the Joseph's Coat technique for the inside -- or for the envelope.  So, I just grabbed the sponge daubers that I had used to create Joseph's Coat and colored the polka dot hat stamp with the three colors used for the background on the card front.  I then houghed on the stamp before stamping the inside of the card.  Since candy is my favorite thing about Halloween, I grabbed the "WITCH way to the CANDY?" sentiment from last year's retired stamp set, Frightfully Cute.


In the first two photos, you can see that I used this same method for stamping the hat on the envelope.   

If you have any questions on the Joseph's Coat Technique Video, or anything else about this card, please leave a comment below.

I also have a FREE TUTORIAL available to download by clicking on this link.

A complete list of the Products I used for the card is shown below.


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Monday, September 26, 2022

CELEBRATE THE BEWITCHING HOUR

Can you believe that it is already the last week of September?  Halloween is only a month away!

I don't send a lot of Halloween cards, but there are a few people I like to send them to, so I realized I better get busy and start making a few.


This week I will be using the BEWITCHING Bundle.  This is a really cute little bundle that includes the Witch Hat Builder Punch.  I love bundles with punches because punches make cardmaking easy!  

For today's card I combined this bundle with the Celebrate Everything Designer Series Paper (DSP).  You can get this paper for free as a Host Reward.  It includes 48 sheets of double sided 12" x 12" designer paper and has prints and patterns for all seasons of the year.  I chose several for today's card that I thought were appropriate for Halloween.

In order to show you samples of many different patterns I decided to use the smallest hexagon shape die from Beautiful Shapes Dies to cut out several different patterns from the DSP and combine them to create my card front.  I started with the cute ghosts and pumpkins pattern and then because that paper included Crushed Curry stars, I chose other designs with Crushed Curry and or black and white.


The witch's boots and stockings were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a circle of Basic White cardstock which was die cut with the large circle die from Beautiful Shapes Dies.  I snipped out a short stripe from the Crushed Curry and White striped DSP, to give her something to stand on so she didn't look like she was floating in space.  The stripes on her stocking and her shoe buckles were colored with a Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker.


I stamped her hat on Crushed Curry Cardstock and punched it out with the Witch Hat Builder Punch.  Her hat band is punched from the Crushed Curry stars pattern DSP.  Because the hat had a big spider web on it, I thought I needed to hang the culprit who created that web from the top of the hat.  He was stamped on Basic white and fussy cut.

The BEWITCHING stamp set does not include sentiments, so, I needed to find those elsewhere.  I used the "hey, there!" from Charming Sentiments for the front of my card.  I love that these sentiments have their own coordinating dies.  It allows me to include a sentiment without it becoming the focal point of the card.


I wrapped the hexagon covered card front with three strands of Black Bakers twine and made a floppy bow, and then colored three Rhinestone Basic Jewels with my Basic Black Stampin' Blends to add a bit of bling.  If you don't have Stampin' Blends, you can also use Permanent Markers, like Sharpies, to color your Jewels.



To decorate the inside of my card, I added 4 more hexagons of the Celebrate Everything DSP.  The sentiment is from the retired Frightfully Cute Stamp set from last year.  

Since I'm not a huge Halloween person, I allot myself only one Halloween stamp set each year, and because my BEWITCHING choice this year did not include sentiments, I'm borrowing sentiments from other sets this week.


For more information on the products I used for this card, please refer to the list below.


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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Friday, September 23, 2022

AMAZINGLY QUICK & SIMPLE CARD

Today's card is a super simple card that will probably take less than 15 minutes to make -- and that includes the time to get your supplies out!


The Designer Series Paper (DSP) does 90% of the work for you.  Whenever you need a quick card get out that stash of DSP and pick out a couple of your favorite coordinating patterns or colors.

The top of this card uses the Textured Chic DSP to cover the top two-thirds of the card base.  The bottom third of the card is covered with the GORGEOUS gold paper from the Gold and Rose Gold 6" x 6" Metallic Specialty Paper.  

You may have missed this Specialty Paper in the Annual Catalog, and if you have, you need to take a look.  There are four 6" x 6" sheets of each color for only $5.  If you have not seen this paper in person, you may wonder what is different about this paper?  Maybe you already have the Gold or Rose Gold Foil and think you don't need any more foil paper.  But until you have seen this metallic cardstock in-person, it is really difficult to understand how beautiful it is.  There is visual texture on this metallic paper like no other Stampin' Up! foiled paper.   

It is super difficult to explain what this beautiful paper looks like.  The best I can do is say it is like a cross between Brushed Metallic and Glimmer Paper, and the sparkle is unbelievable.

Not only is it difficult to describe, but it is also difficult to photograph.  Here are a couple of different shots of the card where I was really trying to capture the sparkle and texture of the Gold Metallic Paper.



I'll be honest, neither of these photos does it justice.

After I adhered the two pieces of DSP on the Evening Evergreen card base, I die cut a couple of leaves from Evening Evergreen with the Chic Dies and simply adhered them below the knot in the Frayed Ribbon.  I adhered the stem ends directly using liquid adhesive, but to give the opposite end a little bit of dimension and pop, I used a trick I learned a year or so ago. 

If you have been stamping for any amount of time, you realize that sometimes dimensionals are just not feasible due to the fact that there is no space for even a snipped and trimmed down dimensional without it showing from the side. 

My trick is that I take my glue dots and roll them into a little ball or a little needle-shape, and then I tuck those under the die cut.  The rolled-up glue dots give the die cut just enough lift, so they don't lay totally flat.


The sentiment from Season of Chic stamp set was heat embossed with gold embossing powder on a strip of Evening Evergreen and then popped up on dimensionals.  Champagne Rhinestone Jewels were added on the card front in the typical "triangle" pattern.


I used some more scraps of Textured Chic and Gold Metallic DSP to decorate the bottom of the Basic White Panel on the inside of my card base.

I hope you have enjoyed my cards this week and more importantly I hope you have learned a couple of tips and tricks that you didn't know!

If you would like a tutorial for today's card, you can download a free copy by clicking on this link.

A complete list of the products I used is shown below.

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