Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Wondrous Wreath" and "For All Things" sneak peek

Hello stampers!
Today's post features stamp sets called "Wondrous Wreath" and "For All Things"  that will be available this week, August 28th.  Although the set is actually Christmas themed.....I immediately thought of making the wreath in the colors of fall.  I love getting double duty out of my stamps!    So before I ventured into making a Christmas card with this set, I chose to do one for my favorite time of year. 

The  colors I've chosen for the wreath were Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar, and Soft Suede.  The stamp set is one of our photopolymer sets, so it's very easy to get each layer perfectly placed when stamping. make it even better there's a matching framelit set to die cut the pieces out.  Woo hoo!

I used the "Hardwood" background stamp and Crumb Cake ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, (4" x 5-1/4") and glued to a normal sized A2 card base.  The wreath was attached with foam dimensionals.  The sentiment "Grateful" is from another new stamp set called "For All Things."  There's a banner-shaped shadow stamp in the set, so I took a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the shadow using Crumb Cake ink.  I inked the word "Grateful" with a Tangelo Twist marker, and cut out the shadow by hand. This was mounted to the card front using foam dimensionals.  The little acorn came from the same stamp set, and I inked that up with Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip markers.  For a little bling, I finished the card off with a small bow made with the new gold ribbon and added additional dots in the wreath with Gold Glitz Dazzling Details.
With the way our lovely Ohio weather has been, it kind of feels like fall already.  I just hate what comes after that. :( 
Have a creative kind of day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Another Stippled Blossoms

Hello stampers!
I made another card featuring the "Stippled Blossoms" stamp set while the supplies were still out on my craft desk.  Actually I was happier with this version as opposed to the previous one.  I think it's because there was less negative space on the card front, and I liked how the fold came out.
A card base was formed using a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  Then I removed half of the front flap (2-3/4").  Then you'll need two pieces of Old Olive cardstock measuring 3" x 4-1/4" and two pieces of Whisper White measuring 2-3/4" x 4". 
I began by stamping the solid image of the flower using Wisteria Wonder on the small piece of Whisper White. . Next I used Elegant Eggplant ink with the outline image.  I repeated the same steps on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and cut out the flower image, carefully leaving a small white border.  Set aside.  I added the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink on the solid image leaf, and Old Olive ink on the outline image.  The sentiment was stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink and is from the set "Wetlands."  Adhere the stamped layer to the Old Olive layer and set aside. 
For the inside, I used the smaller flower and leaves images from the stamp set.  I used the same steps, stamping an extra small flower on a scrap of Whisper White and trimmed it out.  The white layer was attached to the Old Olive layer, and glued directly to the inside of the card.  The small trimmed out flower was attached directly over the stamped image using a dimensional.
Going back to the card front, I stamped the large flower outline image on the front flap using Wisteria Wonder ink.  Be careful to rotate the stamp to get good coverage.  Close the card front.  Place dimensionals on the back of the left end of the original Old Olive/Whisper White piece you'd stamped.  Carefully align the piece on the flap to ensure it perfectly covers the Old Olive piece that was glued inside the card.  Press into place.  Attach the large cut out flower over the stamped flower using dimensionals.    For a little touch of bling, added a touch of Dazzling Details to the center of each flower on the card front and inside the card.
Don't forget to decorate an envelope to match while you have your supplies out!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stippled Blossoms

Good morning!
Today's post features the lovely stamp set called "Stippled Blossoms."   This is a "2-step" stamp set which I tend to shy away from.  Truthfully it's much easier to master the 2-step process by using a tool called a "Stamp-a-ma-jig."  But you know sometimes you just gotta wing it when you're in a hurry.  All in all, I was pretty pleased with the outcome of this card considering I didn't get out the extra tool.

I began with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  I stamped the outline layer image of the flower using "Wisteria Wonder" ink along the left hand side of the card front, then set it aside.  You need to rotate the image as you stamp to get good coverage and allow the flowers to fit together.

The top Whisper White layer measures 3-1/4" x 5-1/2".  In the lower right hand corner, I stamped the solid image of the largest flower using the lightest color "Wisteria Wonder."  I did stamp off on a piece of scrap paper before stamping it on my project.  Over top of the solid image, I used the flower outline stamp and "Elegant Eggplant" ink.  This color combination was suggested on SU's Color Coach tool.  I repeated the same steps on a scrap piece of cardstock and stamped another flower, carefully trimming out leaving a small border.  I set that cut out piece aside for later.

For the leaves, I used "Pear Pizzazz" for the solid image, and "Old Olive" for the outline image.  The leaves were stamped directly on the project.  I then added a small 1/4" strip of Old Olive cardstock to each side of the layer, adhering it with Tombo glue.  I stamped the greeting from the set called "Wetlands" using "Elegant Eggplant" ink.

I glued the layer directly to the card front using Tombo.  Using dimensionals, I added the extra flower over top of the original one I had stamped.  This gives some added dimension to the card.  The final touch of bling was some liquid Dazzling Details to the center of the flower.

This card really is pretty easy to put together.  It would be another good one to have on hand and just add the appropriate sentiment when needed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

easy elegant card

Good morning stampers!
Are you in need of a super quick yet elegant card?  Then today's sample falls into that category.

I began with a Whisper White card base. (5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4")

The stamped image is from a new stamp set called "World of Dreams."  I colored the image with Stampin' Markers in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride.  The image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 2-3/4" x 4".  The sentiment is from the stamp set "Wetlands" and was stamped in StazOn Black ink.  I added a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock measuring 1-1/2" x 2-3/4".  I ran this piece through the Big Shot and the Zig Zag embossing folder to give it some texture, then glued in place using Tombo glue.   The stamped image was adhered to a piece of Basic Black cardstock measuring 3" x 4-1/4". I wrapped a piece of matching Pear Pizzazz ribbon around it and tied a simple knot.  The focal image was added to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

For added dimension and bling, I punched six flowers out of Blushing Bride cardstock using the flower from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.  These flowers were glued on with Tombo, then I added pearls to the flower centers.

This would be another great card to have on hand, and simply stamp an appropriate sentiment inside to suit the occasion.

Hope you find time to be creative today!