Friday, September 14, 2012

Scentsational Christmas

Hello Stampin' Friends!

I'm continuing with the Christmas theme right now, and want to share with you another one of my cards that will be at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Class, which will be in October. Got to get a head start on them now so we have time to get them made, and sent out.  This way it's one less thing to have to think about on your Christmas to-do list.

This card is called Scentsational Christmas

Card Front

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Scentsational Season, Petite Pairs
CS - Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla
DSP - Be of Good Cheer
Inks - Gumball Green, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Markers - Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Gumball Green
Punches, 1" square, Corner Rounder
Emboss Folder - Delicate Designs
Jewels - Basic Rhinestones
Misc - Blender Pens, Dimensionals, Sponge/Dauber

Inside of Card

I found a neat little trick in making perfect banners.  I cut the strips from Be of Good Cheer DSP, and then using the 1" Square Punch I turned it at the corner and lined it up so the corner or "v" part of the punch is in the center of your strip, then also make sure your 2 sides are lined up and punch. It makes a perfect "v" for your banner.  I think I will make a quick video and add it in showing you exactly what I'm talking about, because that may not sound to clear. Sorry, I'll get that posted soon.

Another neat trick that I learned at convention was using the Blender Pen to remove ink from your stamp in a small area.  So when stamping the Cup image I stamped it using the Gumball Green Ink Pad, then I took the Blender Pen and removed the ink from the center section at the top of the image, and then I used the Early Espresso Marker and filled it back in.  Much easier than trying to use the markers on everything.  After removing the ink with the Blender Pen be sure to mark on a scrap piece of paper to rid the Blender Pen of the ink before using it again. 

I think this card is quite easy for a workshop or class.  I will post a quick tutorial on the 2 technique tips that I just gave you because I know seeing it will make more sense then reading it.  I just wanted to get this posted today since it's been a few days since I have blogged.

Hope you Enjoy!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Silent Night Evergreen

So, here is another Christmas card.  This one is going to be one of the designs that we do at my Stamp-a-Stack Christmas Card Class in October.  So watch out for more info on that class coming soon!

This card is called Silent Night Evergreen

Card Front
Close-up of card front
SU! Supplies
Stamps - Evergreen
Inside of Card
CS - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Inks - Cherry Cobbler, Illuminate (Glimmer Pad)
Punches - Decorative Label
Framelit - Apothecary Accents
Emboss Folder - Lacy Brocade
Ribbon - 1/2" Seam Binding - Cherry Cobbler
Brad - 3/8" Basic Glimmer - Silver
Misc - Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sponge/Dauber

I stamped the tree image using Cherry Cobbler Ink onto Cherry Cobbler CS, which I cut out using the Apothecary Accent Framelit.  Then I stamped the words using the Illuminate (Glimmer) pad on top of the tree stamped image.  I also stamped the star on top of the tree using the Illuminate (Glimmer) pad.  Then I sponged the edges with the Cherry Cobbler Ink.  The card is Cherry Cobbler CS, and the card mat is Very Vanilla CS which was embossed using the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  I made a bow using the 1/2" Seam Binding in Cherry Cobbler and wrapped a Basic Glimmer Brad - Silver around the bow.  I placed a piece of the seam binding around the embossed mat, then layered the cut out image on top using Dimensionals.  Then I adhered the bow using Glue Dots.

I found that when you use the Illuminate (Glimmer) Pad that you get a better effect if you use it on dark cardstock.  It doesn't show up as well on the lighter cardstocks.

I love this card because it is fast to do and easy, but yet very beautiful and elegant. Hope you enjoy it as well.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Glimmer of Peace Card

Hello Stampin' Friends!

Well, to continue my Christmas theme (that I got carried away with), I want to share another card with you that I think turned out so nice.  Plus it's so so so easy!!

I call this card - Glimmer of Peace

Card Front

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Greetings of the Season
CS - Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Glimmer Paper - Silver
Inks - Baja Breeze
Marker - Baja Breeze
Punches - Extra Large Oval
Bigz Die - Snow Flurry
Jewels - Basic Pearls & Large Basic Pearl
Misc - Big Shot, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge/Dauber, Glue Dots, Dimensionals
Inside of Card

After I cut the snowflakes using the Snow Flurry Die & Baja Breeze CS, I used the negative image to sponge the snowflakes on the card front using Baja Breeze Ink and one of our Sponges. Then using our Color Spritzer Tool and the Baja Breeze Marker I spritzed the card front. You can do as much or as little spritzing to it as you would like.  I also sponged the edges of the card front using the Baja Breeze Ink and a Sponge/Dauber.  Then I cut out the snowflakes in Whisper White, Baja Breeze & Silver Glimmer paper.  I sponged the edges of the white & baja snowflake for a little accent, so that they would stand out a little more against the white background.  Now I just started layering.  First the Silver Glimmer Snowflake, then the Whisper White Snowflake, then the Baja Breeze Snowflake.  I used Dimensionals between all the layers.  On top of placed a Large Basic Pearl.  I stamped the Peace on Earth greeting using Baja Breeze Ink onto Whisper White CS and then punched it out using the Extra Large Oval Punch.  Then I sponged the edges with Baja Breeze Ink and place a Basic Pearl on the end of the P in Peace.

For the inside I stamped the Merry Christmas directly on the inside of the card.  I then spritzed the inside like I had done with the front of the card, and then embellished with one of the Basic Pearls.

So easy, and so pretty!!  Great project to demo, or maybe even do for your own Christmas Cards this year.  I love it when it's beautiful AND simplistic!!  Hope you enjoy!

Festive Greetings

Hello Stampin' Friends!

Well, it's hard to believe that Summer time is coming to a close and that we are getting ready for the Fall, Halloween and even Christmas!  I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and they have almost all the Christmas stuff out already! I know, crazy!!  Anyway, I've been trying to create some cards for my upcoming Christmas Stamp a Stack class that I want to do in October and just got carried away making several different designs.

This card is not one in the class, but I wanted to share it with you because I love how the colors turned out, and the fact that it's not your "typical" Christmas colors.

I call this card Festive Greetings!

Card Front

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Snowflake Soiree, More Merry Messages
CS - Basic Grey, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla
DSP - Festival of Prints Stack
Glimmer Paper - Silver
Inks - Basic Grey, Bashful Blue, Island Indigo
Punches - Merry Minis
Framelit - Labels Collection
Paper Piercer/Mat/Template
Scallop Tulle Ribbon - Crumb Cake
Baker's Twine - Island Indigo
Embellish - Mini Silver Brads, Library Clip
Dazzling Details - Clear diamond
Misc - Dimensionals, Sponge/Dauber

Inside of Card

For the stamped images on the Bashful Blue CS strip I stamped the larger snowflake using the "stamp off" technique, then stamped on the strip.  This way I got a light image.  I did this for all 3 snowflakes.  Then using the smaller snowflake image I stamped a full strength directly on top of the larger image.  It gave it a really unique look to it.  I then added the little dots of Dazzling Details and set aside to dry.  I cut out the Very Vanilla CS using the Labels Collection Framelit and then sponged the edges with Basic Grey Ink, at the same time I sponged the edges of the Festival of Prints DSP strip and block.  Afterwards I then pierced the Label shape using our Paper Piercer/Mat & Template.  Then stamped the greetings.  For the Scallop Tulle Ribbon I just cut it so I had 2 scallops, then I cut it down the center longways, scrunched it together and tied the Baker's Twine - Island Indigo around it.  Using the Merry Minis Punch - Star I punched stars from the Silver Glimmer Paper and attached with a Silver Mini Brad.  I then clipped the Tulle/Star with a Library Clip to the Label Greeting.  Then I just layered everything. First I put the DSP on the Basic Grey Card front, then I put the Bashful Blue CS on, then using Dimensionals I put the Greeting.  For the inside of the card I layer a piece of Bashful Blue CS (stamped the same as the strip on the card front), then put a strip of the DSP and then the Greeting is adhered with Dimensionals.  The whole card is Basic Grey CS, so that is why I layered the inside with the Bashful Blue CS, figured it would be easier when you go and write on the inside of the card, plus it's pretty!!

I love the way these colors worked together, plus they are not the "typical" Christmas colors.  It's just something different.  I hope you like it as well.  Enjoy!