2016 Holiday Card Series - Day One

Happy Holiday stampers!  Today kicks off my 2016 holiday card series featuring videos and projects for the Christmas holiday season.  Today's card is a quick and easy card featuring several die cuts from several Stampin Up thinlit sets. 

I embossed a piece of whisper white cardstock with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder from Stampin Up.  I then cut out the different dies shapes using several thinlit sets:  Swirly Scribbles, Birds & Blooms, and Pretty Pines.  I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set using Versamark ink onto some crumb cake cardstock and heat embossed it using gold emboss powder.  I then cut down the sentiment and adhered to the front of the card with dimensionals.


The entire panel was adhered to an A2 top folding card base made out of real red cardstock.  The red card base really helped to make the bird pop.  To see more details on how to make this card, please take a peek at the video I made.

You can watch the video on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:






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Grateful For You with Petal Burst Embossing Folder

Well hello there strangers!  I can't believe it has been weeks since I've posted a blog.  Life just gets away from you sometimes so I apologize for my absence.  I'm back just in time for Thanksgiving and to share this gratitude card I made.  


I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock that I embossed using the Stampin Up Petal Burst embossing folder.  I colored the individual petals using perfect plum, dapper denim, mint macaron, tip top taupe, and a versamark pen.  I heat embossed all the versamark colored petals with copper embossing powder.  I love how this background turned out by coloring the raised petals of the embossing folder.  It didn't take as long as you would think and the coloring was relaxing.

After finishing all the coloring, I ran my Versamark pad along the edges and heat embossed with that same copper embossing powder to get the copper color along the card edges.  I then cut out a stitched circle from vellum and the sentiment "grateful" from some copper foil paper.  


The entire card front was adhered to an A2 top folding card base made from mint macaron cardstock. I added the "for you" sentiment strip to finish out the saying.  I really like how this card turned out.  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Eat lots of pumpkin pie and turkey! 



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Coloring Kraft Cardstock with Different Mediums Using SU Paisleys & Poises

Happy Friday Stampers!  We have had such gorgeous weather here it was quite a surprise to wake up to rain.  I can't complain though and we need the rain to water all the grass we planted.  Rainy days make for perfect stamping weather!
For today's post I am sharing a video I made showing the technique of coloring kraft cardstock and the different looks you get using different coloring mediums.  


The first coloring medium I featured in the video is using Stampin Up Write Markers to color directly onto a piece of crumb cake.  I stamped several images from the Stampin Up Paisleys & Poises stamp set using Versamark ink onto a piece of crumb cake cut to 4.25. x. 5.5.  I applied white embossing powder and then heat set all the images with my heat tool.  After embossing all the images, I got to coloring them with the In Color Write Marker set.  I love these 5 new colors from Stampin Up and just thought they looked beautiful on this kraft colored cardstock.


The next medium I featured was a plain white colored pencil.  I started with the same stamped and white heat embossed card layer but instead of coloring with markers, I used the white colored pencil. This gives you a more soft look that is perfect for wedding cards, sympathy cards, or really any occasion.


The last couple mediums I showed in the video are Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers and Zig Real Clean Color Markers.  The sparkle markers give so much shimmer and shine to your card.  Zigs are a great alternative if you don't have the Stampin Write Markers or anything similar.  


You can watch my video tutorial on my YouTube channel in HD HERE, or watch below:





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Creating Watercolor Die Cuts with Ken Oliver Color Bursts and Stampin Up Pretty Pines Thinlits with Video Tutorial

Hi there stampers!  Today's card features some new products to me.  I finally broke down and bought some Ken Oliver Color Bursts and this was my first attempt at using them.  I knew I wanted to create some watercolor backgrounds that I was going to die cut.  
I started with several sizes of Canson XL watercolor paper and my brand new Ken Oliver craft mat.  I placed one piece of watercolor paper on the mat, sprinkled some color burst onto the paper, and added a lot of water.  This was my first time using these like I said and I learned a lot.  I can't wait to experiment more with this fun medium.  I created a green, blue, red, and yellow/orange watercolor background.


I used the new Pretty Pines Thinlits from the Stampin Up 2016 Holiday Catalog to cut out a bunch of images from the various colors of watercolor pieces I made.  I cut out the most from the green piece as I knew I'd need a lot more pine needle die cuts.  I just love how vibrant the colors are with the color bursts.  After die cutting all the pieces out, I started to make my arrangement for the front of the card.

I stamped the swirled framed from the coordinating stamp set Christmas Pine using Versamark ink onto some basic black cardstock and heat set that with Wow Gold Glitter Embossing Powder.  I then used my paper snips and fussy cut the frame out.  I did this again onto some vellum so I ended up with two frames.  I then cut out two card panels from basic black and whisper white cut to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  I used My Favorite Things Homespun Stitch Lines Die to create the faux stitched edges on each of the card panels.  


I adhered the fussy cut frame to the top center of the card using dimensionals and then begin to put together my arrangement with the die cuts.  After getting my arrangement in place, I used glue dots and Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere all the die cuts into place.  I then grabbed a scrap piece of whisper white cardstock and coated it with my Versamark ink pad and then heat embossed using that same Wow embossing powder to create my own glitter paper.  I then cut the sentiment out of the glitter paper using the Seasonal Frames thinlits from Stampin Up and also cut the sentiment out of some craft foam.  I glued the glitter sentiment to the craft foam to give the sentiment dimension and stability.  I adhered this to the center of the frame.  I did this on both the black and white cards.  I then adhered the entire panel onto an A2 top folding card base made from basic black for the black panel and thick whisper white for the white panel.


I did also create a video showing you how to create this card.  You can watch the video on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:




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Diagonal Gate Fold Card Using Stampin Up Garden In Bloom

Hi there stampers!  Today's card features a cool folding technique called diagonal gate fold.  It is super easy to make so don't let the look of it intimidate you.  I created a video to show you how to make the card as well.

To make the card, you start with a card base cut to 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 that is scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2.  This creates a typical gate fold card.  To get the diagonal folds, you score the left and right side of your date fold card from the top left hand corner to the right lower corner on the right and left hand panels.  You then fold on the score lines and this creates the diagonal fold in the center.

For the DSP and cardstock layers, you'll need two pieces of DSP cut to 2 1/4 x 4 7/8 and two pieces of cardstock cut to 2 1/2 x 5 1/8.  You cut these pieces from one top corner to one lower corner based on how they line up on the card.  It is much easier to understand by watching my video tutorial so be sure to watch the video below.


After cutting the DSP and cardstock, I used snail adhesive to layer the triangles together and then adhere them to their respective folds of the card.  This leaves the front of the card layered with the DSP/cardstock layers.  For the inside of the card, I stamped the flower image and sentiment from Garden In Bloom stamp set and adhered the whisper white piece to the center.  The measurements for the center piece are 2 5/8 x 5 3/8.

I then stamped that same flower on a scrap of whisper white and cut it out using the 2" circle punch.  I layered this onto a piece of crumb cake cut with the 2 1/2" scallop circle punch.  I cut out three "thanks" sentiments and glued all three together to form a chipboard type embellishment which was adhered to the front of the flower circle.  I added some wink of stella to the sentiment cut out to give the card some shine and bling.


For more instructions, you can watch my YouTube video in HD HERE on my YouTube channel or watch below:







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Glamper Greetings and Watercolor Using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Hi there stampers!  I am just loving this stamp set Glamper Greetings from the Stampin Up 2016 Holiday Catalog.  It is so cute and versatile that I can't stop creating cards with it.  The card I shared Saturday is so different from the one I created for today's post.  To see Saturday's card, you can view that blog post here.

For today's card I wanted to create a mostly black and white card but make one of the campers pop from the background with color.  I started with some Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock because I know I wanted to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers for the coloring.  I cut a piece of Bristol to 4.25 x 5.5 inches and stamped the camper in rows across the entire piece using Stampin Up Archival Basic Black Ink.  I then stamped the camper onto a piece of scrap Bristol with the same ink.
I colored the camper on the scrap piece using several colors from the 48 set of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  These markers are amazing!  I got mine for a super good deal on Amazon and I've linked to them below.  After coloring the camper, I used my paper snips to fussy cut out the camper and ran a Tombow Dual Tip Marker in black around the edges to give the cut out a finished look.  

I popped the camper up on the front of the card using dimensionals.  I cut down the panel to be slightly smaller than the card base made from an A2 top folding basic black card base.  I then stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed in white emboss powder.  I cut down the sentiment and adhered to the front using more dimensionals.  That finished this quick and easy card!  This would make a great masculine card.




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Creating a Scene with Stampin Up Glamper Greetings and Outdoor Adventure Framelits

Happy Saturday stampers!  Are you getting some time in doing something creative?  I finally finished a card I've been working on since yesterday using the new stamp set Glamper Greetings from the SU 2016 Holiday Catalog.  This stamp set was screaming to be used with the Outdoor Adventure Framelits.
I had the idea to create a mountain scene using the Outdoor Adventure Framelits and then have the camper image from the Glamper Greetings as part of the scene.  I started with some watercolor paper that I did some distress ink blending on and then added water splatters to get the fun water drop look.  I cut out the mountain and tree line images using the Outdoor Adventure Framelits.  The sky I had previously created for another card but didn't end up using it so it worked perfect that all the ink blending didn't go to waste.  

I stamped the camper image onto another piece of watercolor paper using Versamark ink and heat set the image using white embossing powder.  I then colored in the image with some inks and paint brush then fussy cut the camper out.  By embossing the image it made it super easy to watercolor.  

I decided to make the scene into a circle shape and was going to place that onto the front of my card but got the idea to put the scene inside and the camper on the outside.  I used the now retired Circle Framelits to cut out the window in the front of the card that was slightly smaller than the circle I used to cut out the scene.  This way you could see the scene through the front of the card and when you opened it, you see the entire circle.


To finish the card, I embossed a layer of crumb cake that had the same circle cut out with the Woodgrain embossing folder and adhered that to the front of the card.  The card is an A2 side folding card made from thick whisper white cardstock.  I added some twine to the side of the card to give the front a little more interest since I didn't add a sentiment to the front. 



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