Wednesday, June 12, 2024

MOODY MAUVE SPOTLIGHT ON NATURE

Today's card uses a technique that I don't remember having done before.  I am trying to think outside of the box a bit and try different things.  When coloring with Stampin' Blends, one of my favorite coloring mediums, I usually color on Basic White cardstock or occasionally Very Vanilla.  Today I thought I would try the Stampin' Blends on colored cardstock.


What do you think?  I heat embossed the images from Spotlight on Nature with white embossing powder on Moody Mauve cardstock and then colored them with Stampin' Blends.  I discovered that the alcohol based Stampin' Blends also add some color to the embossed portion of the image and it doesn't easily wipe off.  I ending up really liking this "surprise" particularly on the leaves because then the Granny Apple Green color showed up a bit.


If I tried to keep the green only on the Moody Mauve cardstock and not on the embossed portion of the image, it didn't really look "green".  It just sort of darkened the Moody Mauve cardstock.

What do you think? Even though it was different than I envisioned, I sort of like how it turned out.

This was not a difficult card, but I will admit that it was one that I played around with a lot more than I wanted.  I kept changing the colors of the cardstock layers.  

I started with a Basic Beige card base which looked really pretty in the "pile" on my workspace, one once the card was put together it looked a bit blah.  Then I added the Basic White layer between the Pretty Peacock and the Moody Mauve and that helped brighten it up a bit, but I still wasn't crazy about it.

I finally ended up getting rid of the Basic Beige totally and just going with a Basic White card base, and that gave it more "life".  Am I the only one that struggles with colors?  Sometimes even my Color Coach lets me down.  And this was one of those days!


The sentiment die cut is from the Spotlight on Nature Dies.  I love these circle dies!  There are 3 different designs and several sizes of each which can be layered or left to stand alone.

After I added the Iridescent Faceted Gems on the card front (one was strategically placed to cover up a boo-boo!), it still seemed like it needed something -- so I added the two little ribbon tails under the sentiment.


I know this is weird but I'm probably happiest with the inside of the card!  The leaves were stamped with Black Memento and colored with Granny Apple Green Blends.

I'd love to hear what you think of the card.  For an easy card, I sure stressed over this one!

Now that I have it all figured out (I think), you can take advantage of my struggles and just download the FREE Tutorial.   

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Monday, June 10, 2024

CAN'T RESIST A SPOTLIGHT ON NATURE

It is a brand new week, and this week I am going to feature one of my favorite new bundles!  It is called SPOTLIGHT ON NATURE.  The circle dies are what first caught my eye with this bundle, but now that I have it, I am loving the stamp images.

If fact, I shocked myself that I didn't use the dies on every card!

Today's card was one of the cards that I used in my Learning with Friends video last week to demonstrate how to do the Waxed Paper Resist Technique.  If you missed the video, you can still watch the replay.


The Waxed Paper Resist Technique has been around for a long time, but it is usually only shown using Glossy cardstock.  I experimented a bit on my video to see if it would work with regular cardstock, and IT DOES!


This card layout is also one of my favorites.  Typically it is in the Portrait Orientation with a circular element, but I decided to mix it up a bit.  It's a great layout to show off designer series paper, and that is why I thought it also worked well to show off the differences in the technique sheets.

The upper rectangle on the card was made using Glossy White cardstock (Yes, I know it is retired, but I stocked up before it retired and still have some in my stash.)  The smaller, lower rectangle was made with regular Basic White cardstock.

One of the fun things about the Waxed Paper Resist Technique is that you make two technique sheets at the same time.  Watch the video to see how.

These two sheets look very different, but both were made the same and at the same time.  In the video I also showed a 3rd technique sheet made from Photo Paper.  Even though all 3 were made with the same technique, the same Coastal Cabana Ink, and the same So Swirly Embossing Folder, they all look quite different.  

The image was die cut with the Thoughtful Expressions Dies.  

If you like this card layout, use this link to download a free tutorial.  It provides all the dimensional information and step-by-step directions -- including a link to the technique video.


As I mentioned above, each time you use the Waxed Paper Resist Technique you make two sheets, so I had plenty of leftovers to decorate both the inside of my card and the flap of my envelope.  Gotta love those leftovers!

For a list of current products that were used please see the list below. 

Remember, all this month you can get an additional 10% off on Die Bundles.  So, if you love the Spotlight on Nature Bundle or the Thoughtful Expressions Bundles, like I do, just click on the images in the Product List below and you will be taken to my Stampin' Up! store.  


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Friday, June 7, 2024

CITY SIGHTS AND BEYOND

What do you do with those "scraps" that are left-over after you have made all your cards in the City Sights Kit?  

You now have 8 beautiful, completed City Sights cards, but you still have a Pebbled Path Ink Spot, a couple of stamps and some leftover pieces that surrounded the various elements that you punched out and used on the cards.   What are you going to do with those?

Let's grab a couple of Basic White Note Cards and Envelopes and see what we can make.


Here are two cards that I came up with.  Let's start with the clean and simple card on the right.


For this card, I used two of the leftover Basic Beige "scraps" that had surrounded the building elements that I punched out.  I trimmed them into a rectangle and then layered them together to provide a little more stiffness.  These were then popped-up over the building image that I stamped on some Basic White cardstock.  This gives a little bit of a shadow box appearance.

I embossed a layer of Basic Beige cardstock with the So Swirly embossing folder and added it to the front of my Note Card.   After adding a Basic Black mat behind the image I added it to the front of my Note Card.  

If you don't have a Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine, just skip the embossing step!  However, if you have been dreaming of getting this awesome machine, now is the time to do it!  Both the full size and the mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss machines are 10% off between June 5 - June 30.


For the inside of my Note Card, I stamped a portion of the image in the lower corner and matted it with Basic Black.  

Since Note Cards are smaller than a standard A2 card, using only a portion of the buildings provides a better size proportion.

Would you call yourself an Avid Stamper?  If so, try this second card.


It is also made using a Note Card.  But for this card I did a super fun technique called Watercoloring with Stampin' Write Markers.  You will need Stampin' Blends and Stampin' Write Markers for this card, but you certainly don't need to have the colors I used.  Use colors you have!

Several months ago I shared the Watercoloring with Stampin' Write Markers Technique on my Learning with Friends Video Series. Did you miss it?  You watch the replay below.  If you can scribble, you can do this technique.  And isn't the reflection of the buildings in the water pretty?


For this card I stamped the buildings twice on Basic White cardstock, colored them with Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut them both.


The background is made on Watercolor Paper.  And do you see the narrow corrugated strip of Boho Blue between the water and the buildings?  It's my "seawall"!  And it is a leftover scrap from the City Sights Kit.  Isn't it fun how we can stretch these kits by thinking a little outside of the box and using pieces that are really scraps?


Since I had used up all the sentiments in my Kit (well at least the English ones), I just grabbed sentiment stamps from my stash for both of these cards.

If you love kits and want to stretch them further, buy a pack of Note Cards and Envelopes and use your imagination!

You can use this link to download a PDF Tutorial for both of the cards I shared today.

I hope you have enjoyed the City Sights Kit this week and have learned some ways to stretch your favorite KIT beyond just the kit.  

Below is a list of products that were used in addition to the City Sights Kit to make both cards shared today.



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Between June 5 - June 30, you can save 10% on Stamp & Die Bundles and the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machines (Full Size & Mini).

Stamps & Punch Bundles are excluded.