Modern and Masculine Card Idea!

Modern and Masculine Card Idea!

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Today’s card features a very trendy Designer Series Paper called Urban Underground.  I am smitten with this gorgeous paper!  Creating a little architecture with the Torn Paper Technique adds some interest as well.

I just love the Big On Birthdays stamp set!  It is perfect when you need to keep a simple look and feel to your project.

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Make Your Own Paper!

Make Your Own Paper!

Have you ever wanted to make your own Designer Series Paper, but you weren’t sure where to start? This simple and easy technique has been around for a long time.

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  • You could start with a piece of neutral cardstock, 3.5″ x 4.5″, to make one card.
  • If you wanted to stamp a larger piece, just use an 8.5″ x 11″ and stamp away.
  • Stamp off of the edges to achieve the texture that you want.  Here I used Penned and Painted for a watercolor look.
  • You can use just about any stamp set.  Mixed it up a bit and use solid images along with line images.
  • Keep your colors to a maximum of three.
  • Use darker ink for smaller images and lighter ink for larger images.

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Clean and Simple Water-coloring With Reinkers!

Clean and Simple Watercoloring With Reinkers!

As you can see by my stamp choices, I am totally loving this FREE stamp set,  Field Flowers from the Sale A Bration catalog.  With only just over a week left of this yearly sale, I wanted to squeeze in the cards that I was recently making. I am becoming slightly obsessed with watercoloring.  Perhaps I may even add an In Studio class in the Spring for local attendees!  What do you think?!

Just the other day, I posted this card using a watercoloring technique.  I added the water and the color separately, letting each color dry before I put on a different color.  I even hastened the drying time with my heat tool.  Yes, you can do that!

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  • I started in the middle with Tip Top Taupe.  In this case, I did not overwater the area.  I simply added a very small amount of ink from my reinker and gently spread it around.  Let it dry.  Lost Lagoon is to the left and Mint Macaron is to the right.
  • Use your heat tool to hasten the drying time.
  • That sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit.  I fell in love with the fonts and bought the kit just for that stamp set.  Hehe!  Sometimes I do that!
  • Those little sequins were pulled out of a past Paper Pumpkin Kit.  One of the best all inclusive kits on the market today gets even better for April.  To celebrate, the April Paper Pumpkin kit will include a bonus stamp set called All about Everything. Stampin’ Up! is keeping the art a surprise, but we know you’ll love EVERYTHING about it! This is just our little way of saying thank you to our amazing subscribers. Subscribe by April 10 to get in on the fun!

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Watercoloring Inspiration!

Watercoloring Inspiration!

This Pinterest inspired card brings on thoughts of Spring and the warmer weather!  While the early flowers are starting to POP and the birds are chirping, getting outside is on my mind.  The blue color palette is totally a Spring Thing!

I love the watercolored look, however, I always look at watercoloring with mixed emotions.  You never really will have the same look twice, even when you really try.

I pulled out my Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painters and Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Island Indigo and just started playing.  Here’s the thing!  That’s all you just have to do.

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The BIGGEST tip I can give you!   Make sure your paper has water on it.  On this card, I did not go to the edges of the paper with the water.  Even with the Aqua Painter, have a little cup of water handy.  With the tray of your Ink Pad, mix water and a drop or two of your color.  Here I started with Lost Lagoon and only added one drop to the tray.  Beginning at the top, I only touched the Aqua Painter to the paper, letting the ink just roll through the paper.  I then added a little more water to lighten the color.  Tip:  Keep a light hand on the darker inks.  Remember, you can always add water to lighten it.

More BANG for your buck!  An Aqua Painter, Watercolor Paper and Ink are probably three items you didn’t know you needed.  Watercoloring is BIG right now!  Give it a try!

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Helping Me Grow |Whitewash Technique | Stampin’ Up!

Helping Me Grow |Whitewash Technique | Stampin’ Up!

WOW!  Spring is coming!  Spring IS coming!  This week we are looking at temps to be in the upper 60’s here in Connecticut!

So naturally, my thoughts turn to the spring flowers that will be popping out of hibernation soon!  One of the first here, right after crocuses will be the hyacinth.

HyacinthsThe Whitewash Technique is easy and makes for a stunning card presentation, especially when paired with the color palette of Crumb Cake and Basic Black.

How I Did It!!

    1. Ink up your image with Whisper White Craft Ink or Versamark.  Stamp image and then sprinkle Stampin’ Up’s! White Embossing Powder over the image and heat set.
    2. With your blender pen, pick up a little White Craft Ink and color inside the flower gently, making sure not to add too much color.
    3. Stamp your sentiment and corners in black.
    4. I stamped a small butterfly from Papillon Potpourri in black onto the Crumb Cake, and then again on a separate sheet of Crumb Cake cardstock.
    5. I hand colored the butterfly with the blender pen and then punched it out. I adhered it over the top of the one on the cardstock to create a shadow beneath it.
    6. Two pearls complete the card.  Put all layers together.

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What I Love Crumb Cake-Stampin’ Up!

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Below is one of the cards that I completed.  Neutrals seem to be a go-to combination.

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I stamped in White Craft Ink and then added White Embossing Powder to heat set.  With a simple sponge dauber, I inked up in Crumb Cake and filled the centers of each flower.  Be sure to take a paper towel and wipe off the embossed image.  It will definitely make your image POP!

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Kraft FlatInside was simply stamped with “you.”  on a layer of white cardstock.  I am totally loving that leaf image when stamped underneath the word.  Add a coordinating Crumb Cake envelope and you have the perfect card to send to someone special.  One more thing to note,  this easy peasy technique works better with light colors.

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This terrific little set is FREE when you purchase $50 in my ONLINE STORE!

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Celebrate Your Day!

Celebrate Your Day!

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Do you like to experiment with stamping techniques as much as I do?  Anytime I come across a card in the store (think printed cards), the wheels in my brain immediately start turning.  When no one is around in the store, I will take a picture if I think I won’t remember what I saw.  Who can relate to that?!

Christine’s Tips:

  • Start at the bottom of the cardstock with the darkest color.
  • Begin in the middle and work your way outside to the edges.
  • These odd shaped circles are from the Layered Alphabet Stamp Set.  Since they are odd shaped, turn the circle slightly each time you reink and stamp.

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What To Do With Those Scraps!

What To Do With Those Scraps!

Are you a cardmaker, scrapbooker or papercrafter?!  Listen up!  I know many of us have LOTS of scrap papers laying around in our storage containers.  Using your coordinating Designer Series Scrap Papers, you can create a super easy card in a few minutes.

Scrap Design BohemianThis Pinterest inspired card was made with some Bohemian Designer Series Paper that I had leftover from some recent card classes.

How I did it:

  • I cut each piece of paper to 4″ x 5″
  • Then, using  my papercutter, I cut 3/4″ along the left side down to the 3/4″ from the bottom.
  • Turning my paper, I did the same thing along the bottom edge.
  • I now have an “L”shaped piece of Designer Series Paper.
  • Turn on an angle and adhere to your cardstock layer.
  • Do the same thing for each additional piece of DSP, making sure to butt the edges close together.

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Christine’s Tips:

  • I stamped in Stazon over Vellum cardstock.  Adding a glue dot to each corner.  Since the glue dots can be seen beneath the Vellum, add an embellishment, such as a punched piece, rhinestone or button to cover it.
  • Alternate darker and lighter strips!

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Tip For Saving Time, Energy and Money!

I love Christmas!   Often when I look over the Holiday Catalog while planning my Christmas cards, I think to myself that I gotta have it all.  Well in fact, that doesn’t happen.  I am sure many of you find that you simply don’t have the time to come up with a design, stamp, put it together and get them out.  How about even coming to a class?  Classes seem to be a thing of the past these days here in our area.  Everyone seems to be so busy.

My tip for you?!  A KIT!  Yes, I said a kit!  Many of you have supplies, but in reality, many don’t use them.  It took me a while to warm up to a kit.  And, some of you are thinking, I know how to stamp, why would I need a kit?!  I have come to realize that time is of the essence and I guess I have a NEW perspective on these amazing kits.

I now think of kits beyond being timesavers.  I think they are fast, fun and fabulous!

Check out the photos below and I WILL tell you that I was completely blown away by the quality of this kit, the To You and Yours Christmas Shaker Card Kit.

I think it took me a total of about an hour and a half to complete these gorgeous cards, even after multiple interruptions.  I even have some extra supplies that I could use to design other cards as well.

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  • Do all similar instructions together.  For example, when it says to stamp the front of the card, do all the stamping together.  When it says add the dimensionals to the back, do that step en masse.  When it says add the glitter and sequins to the center of each of the die cuts, line up all your cards like soldiers and pour away.  Get the idea?!

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Christine’s Tip:   Stray a little bit from the pictures.  Make each one unique.  Stamp a little differently on each card.

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Christine’s Tip:

  • When adding the glitter, I line up each card and divy the glitter up.  Then I went back and added more to be sure I had enough.  Stampin’ Up! was very generous in this area.  I even had enough for other cards.

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Christine’s Tip:

  • The VERY best part is about this terrific kit, I now know how to make a shaker card with the supplies I have on hand.

**Don’t kick yourself during this time of year!  Grab a To You and Yours Christmas Shaker Kit and get started making the holiday season just a little easier on yourself.  The cost is just $29 if you order through me and I have an upcoming class November 7 in my studio beginning at 9 am.  Did you already purchase the kit from me?  Come on over and let’s work on it together. 

As an added bonus, order the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit and get BOTH for $50 and the class is FREE!  Class is immediately after the Christmas Shaker Card Class.

Don’t miss out on this awesome way to get your holiday cards and tags ready for the season.

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