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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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

CHIC TEXTURED SEASHELLS

This week I am featuring the Season of Chic Bundle and today, I have used the Seashells.


This card shows off two additional designs from the beautiful Textured Chic Specialty Designer Series Paper collection.

I have also added a diagonal accent that uses the Distressed Gold Specialty Paper.  This Distressed Gold paper really needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.  


To add some texture, I used the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder for the Basic White background. This simple layout shows off two different DSP patterns that are cut to the exact same size and then adhered directly to the embossed Basic White cardstock.  The two angled strips of Distressed Gold add some visual interest. 



The two seashells were colored in Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral with Watercolor Pencils.  While these colors are not an exact match for the colors in the Textured Chic Designer Series Paper, they are easy to coordinate by adjusting the depth of color that you control as you use the pencils and Wink of Stella to blend them.

On Monday I shared a video where I showed how to watercolor with our Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils and a Clear Wink of Stella brush.  If you missed it, here is a link to the video on my YouTube Channel.

The die cut for the sentiment is from the Beautiful Shapes Dies.  Check out the Product List below to see more information on this die set.  It's filled with great shapes, but I seem to find myself using this particular one for sentiments much more often than I expected I would.  It's just the perfect size!


As I often do, I left the inside of my card sentiment free so that I can add an appropriate sentiment at the time I send the card.  Using a narrow decorative strip of the coordinating designer series paper and a Petal Pink Mat provides a finished look for the inside of my card.

You can also see a small peek of the envelope that has its flap covered with the other DSP design used on the card front.

If you would like a detailed tutorial for today's card, you can use this link to download a FREE copy.

Please reference the List of Products below to learn more about any particular product used on this card.


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Monday, September 19, 2022

CHICK FLOWERS

As I was preparing for this week featuring the Season of Chic bundle, every time I typed Chic it came out Chick!  So, for that reason I decided to call today's card CHICK FLOWERS.  I am hoping if I name a card after my typing error it will end the spell and I'll get it spelled correctly the rest of the week!


My favorite thing in the Texture Chic Suite might just be the Textured Chic Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper is gorgeous.  The colors are beautiful and there is lots of sparkle and shimmer from the gold accents on the paper.  Usually when I have a Specialty Paper that has metallic accents, I have a very difficult time using the opposite side of the paper, but the colors and subtle floral pattern on the top section of today's card is too pretty not to use!  It looks like flowers were painted years ago on the side of an old, worn barn.
 
Each of the paper patterns "coordinate" with one of the stamps in the stamp set -- whether it is the leaves, the snowflakes, or the flowers.  It is so pretty, and I love how Stampin' Up! coordinates their products.

If you'd like a better look at the paper and the stamps included in the Suite, click on one of the images in the product list below for a better close-up!

For today's card I obviously chose to use the flowers.  These flowers were so fun to watercolor with my Watercolor Pencils and a Clear Wink of Stella brush.  If you would like to see how I made them, check out my video on my Fairless Stampin' Flair YouTube Channel.




Wink of Stella works wonderfully to blend the colors and WOW, what a beautiful shimmer it creates!



I also love how the angle on this layout creates a little more interest, but sometimes creating angles can be a little challenging to figure out by only looking at a picture.  So, the FREE TUTORIAL that is available to download at this link includes a sketch with all the dimensions for cutting the angled DSP at the top.

As I was water coloring the flowers for my video, I was having so much fun that I ended up with several extra flowers.  So, I used one of them along with a leftover scrap of the designer series paper to decorate the inside of my card.  I love how the inside turned out almost as much as I love the front of the card.



I hope you enjoyed today's card and that you will come back on Wednesday and Friday to see some additional cards that I made with this beautiful suite of products.

Have a great week!

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