Embossing with Layering Square Framelits and Acorny Thank You

Hi there stampers!  I can't stop playing with this technique of using my die to emboss.  It is so easy and gives some really stunning results.  For today's card I am using the Layering Square Framelits to create an embossed square design.  

I laid out several squares from the Framelit set on a scrap piece of magnetic paper to get them all lined up how I wanted them.  I then add painters tape to hold all the dies together and then ran this group of dies through my big shot to emboss a piece of pool party cardstock.  The big shot sandwich I used was the same used for embossing folders with a silicone mat added to cushion the dies and prevent them from cutting the cardstock.  The result is this great square embossed design that I used as a frame for the acorn.

The acorn is from the stamp set Acorny Thank you and I used the coordinating punch to cut out the shape.  I stamped the acorn with crumb cake and wisteria wonder inks.  I adhered this onto the embossed square with some dimensionals with some copper thread.  The sentiment is from that same stamp set and I stamped it onto a scrap of vellum with Versamark ink that I heat embossed in copper powder.  

The card base is an A2 top folding piece of crumb cake and I layered some Design Series Paper onto the card base.  The DSP I am using was free during Sale-a-bration earlier this year and I added interest to it by coloring some of the circles with pool party, wisteria wonder, and crumb cake inks.  I also colored some of the circles with my Versamark pen and heat embossed them with more of that copper embossing powder.

This was a quick and easy card but I really loved how the embossed square added a lot of interest to the card.  Take a look at the dies you have and give this technique a try!

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Negative Die Coloring - Stampin Up's Falling Flowers stamp set and May Flowers Framelits.

Hi there stampers!  Today I am sharing a new technique I learned by watching Dawn from WPlus9 on YouTube a couple weeks ago.  She shared an easy way to color your stamped images by using the negative space from the coordinating dies.  

I first stamped the images from the stamp set Falling Flowers onto a piece of whisper white cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink.  After stamping all the images, I cut the corresponding framelits from a piece of whisper white cardstock keeping the die cuts for another project.  I used the negative space of the cardstock as a mask and applied the ink directly over the stamped images using a sponge dauber.  This is a great way to color those stamps that do not have coordinating stamps that are meant to color the image.  

I colored the images using several of the new In Colors - Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, and Peekaboo Peach.  The green color is Wild Wasabi.  I cut down the stamped and colored panel to 5.5 x 4 inches and adhered a strip of vellum to the front.  I then adhered a strip of glimmer paper to the basic black A2 top folding card base and adhered the stamped panel onto the base as well.  I cut out the sentiments using the Hello You Thinlits in the same glimmer paper and basic black.  I glued the two die cuts together and created a shadow effect by off setting the glimmer die cut on top of the basic black.  

To see a video on how to do this technique and make this card, you can watch the video in HD on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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Embossing with Stampin May Flower Framelits

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I am featuring a pretty fun technique that uses your dies to emboss.  I saw this technique over on Jennifer McGuire's YouTube channel and had to give it a try.

It is a simple technique that gives gorgeous results.  You run your die, cut side down, on the cardstock you want to use through your die cutting machine using the same sandwich as you would for an embossing folder.  The only difference is you add a silicone sheet or embossing sheet between the first cutting pad and the cardstock.  The sandwich I made for my big shot machine is as follows: cutting platform opened to tab 1>cutting plate>embossing silicone mat>cardstock>die cut side down onto cardstock>cutting plate.  

I used the dahlia image from the May Flowers Framelits set from Stampin Up and embossed the flower twice onto a piece of crumb cake cardstock.  I then added some gold and white ink splatters.  I then used the Banners for You stamp set to stamp the banner and sentiment in Versamark ink onto some vellum.  I then heat set this using gold embossing powder and my heat tool.  I then used the coordinating dies, Bunch of Banners, to cut out the sentiment and adhered it to the embossed card.  Before fully adhering the sentiment, I added some gold thread in a nest shape behind the sentiment and used dimensionals to hold the tread in place.  

I added a few gold sequins to the embossed card.  I then created a top folding A2 card base made from thick whisper white cardstock and adhered a piece of gold striped vellum from the Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil pack.  I then adhered the embossed panel onto the front of the card with some foam adhesive to add dimension.  

This is a simple technique you can use with all sorts of dies.  Give it a try!

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Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs Watercolor Birthday Card

Hi there stampers!  It has been a while since I've done a blog post or made a video.  A couple weeks ago I had a milestone birthday so my husband planned a surprise trip to Peru to celebrate.  I have been traveling out of the country the last couple weeks but am happy to be back in my stamp studio.
For today's card I am using a new stamp set from Tim Holtz called Crazy Dogs.  This set was part of a special release by Simon Says Stamp but is now also available for individual purchase from many sites including Amazon where I got mine.  I knew I had to have this set because I love dogs and the images in this set are just so darn adorable.  

I started with two pieces of watercolor paper that I treated with my embossing buddy because I knew I'd be heat embossing the images to watercolor later.  I stamped the water bowl, tennis ball, and bone in a random pattern using Versamark ink on one of the watercolor papers and heat set the images with white embossing powder to create my own patterned paper.  I then stamped the dog image using Versamark ink onto the other piece of watercolor card towards the lower right hand corner because I knew I would be making a window type card.  

After heat setting all the images, I got out my distress inks and started watercoloring.  For the patterned paper piece, I colored the images with the following distress inks:  squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio, blueprint sketch, pumice stone, and stormy sky for the background.  For the dog I used gathered twigs for the body and antique linen for his snout.  I added some ink splatters using black soot ink on the card front.

After watercoloring both pieces, I used one of the dies from the retired circles framelits from Stampin Up and cut out the circle window from the card front and the card base which was made with thick whisper white cardstock.  I then glued a strip of basic black cardstock to the card base leaving a small sliver of the white showing and then adhered the watercolor panel making sure to align up the circle windows.  I then glued the dog piece into the inside of the card.  I stamped the sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in Versamark ink onto some basic black cardstock and heat set that with white embossing powder.  I cut the sentiment down and adhered to the front of the card using foam adhesive.  That finished the card.
To watch the video I created on how to make this card, you can watch on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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Stampin Up Birthday Fiesta Card for Mojo Monday #461

Hi there stampers and happy hump day!  For today's card I am playing along over on the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge to create this fun birthday card using Birthday Fiesta bundle from Stampin Up!  The sketch for this week is below:

I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 4.25 x 5.5 and used several images from the Birthday Fiesta stamp set to create my own patterned paper.  I used the catus and two flower images from the set and stamped the entire piece using emerald envy, melon mambo, and crushed curry inks. I then stamped the llama image in soft suede and added the blanket pattern using melon mambo.  I used the coordinating Fiesta Time Framelits to cut the llama out.

I then inked up an entire paper doily using the emerald envy stamp pad and cut a circle from melon mambo cardstock using the retired circle framelits.  I then inked up the edges of the melon mambo circle with some emerald envy using a sponge.  

I cut down the patterned piece to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 and adhered the doily to the center using Tombow Multipurpose glue.  I adhered the melon mambo circle using some snail adhesive.  I then stamped the  sentiment onto a piece of vellum using versamark ink and heat set the sentiment with copper embossing powder.  I adhered the vellum onto the front of the card by folding the sides to the back and using masking tape to hold the sides down.  I adhered the llama to the front with dimensionals.

I adhered the entire piece to an A2 top folding card base made from emerald envy cardstock.  I then added some Wink of Stella to the blanket on the llama to give the card more bling and shine.  That finished the card.  To see how I made the card, you can watch my video in HD on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

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Photo Album for Savannah

Happy weekend stampers!  Today's project was a hard one to make, not creative wise but more emotional.  One of my best friends recently lost his dog to a tragic accident and I wanted to do something special for him and his girlfriend.  I knew just a card wouldn't be enough as I loved his dog and was heart broken when she passed away.  I decided to make a photo album instead of a card.  
I do not have a lot of experience making photo albums so wasn't sure how it would all come together.  I made a very basic constructed album and am happy with the end result.

I started with 8.5 x 11 inch soft suede cardstock and cut two pieces in half on the 8.5 side to give me 4 pieces of 4.25 x 11 sized cardstock.  I then scored three of the pieces in half at the 5.5 mark.  I only needed three of the four I cut.  After scoring at 5.5, on two of the pieces I scored them again at the 1/2 inch mark from each long side so when you folded the piece in half the result was a 5.5 x 4.25 card with score marks at the 1/2 inch on each of the long sides.  

I then glued one piece to the other by adhering two of the 1/2 inch score marks together to form one long accordion style piece of cardstock.  For the outer cover, I took the remaining piece of cardstock and scored it at the 5.5 mark but then scored another 1/2 from each side of the 5.5 score mark.  This would allow additional room to glue the other pieces to the center and still be able to close the cover.  

I cut a heart shape out of the front cover using some retired heart framelits I had in my stash.  I then cut a heart frame from some real red cardstock using the same framelits and glued to the front of the cover.  I cut out the love sentiment from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits out of some silver glimmer paper and adhered to the front as well.  I then added the pictures and some black frames I made using basic black cardstock and retired square framelits.  I added some hearts made from punches to decorate the pictures.

I am so happy to have this project completed.  I have been looking at the pictures for a couple weeks and was just too sad to put the album together but I really wanted to do something special for my BFF.  I hope this brings them smiles and memories of all the times they shared with sweet Savannah. She was a great dog and will be missed.

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Rainbow Layered Star Birthday Card

Hi there stampers and happy Thursday!  Today's card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire who has the most amazing cards!  If you aren't following her blog and YouTube channel, well you are missing out so get over there and subscribe.  She had a video showing the technique for this card and it just blew my mind.  I knew I wanted to CASE her creation but make my card a rainbow.  Go check out her blog post HERE to see where I got this idea.
I started with a rainbow of colors cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 pieces.  The colors I am working with in rainbow order are: real red, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, pear pizzazz, pool party, marina mist, and wisteria wonder.  I took the fourth die from the center of the Star Framelits and cut out the star image from the same location of each color of cardstock.  How I did this is I worked with two pieces at a time, placed the star die in the middle towards the top and secured it with tape, then sent it through my big shot.  This left an impression in the next cardstock below so I could use that to align the die perfectly and add another piece behind to get the indention in that piece.  I continued this process until all colors had been cut with the star die.

I then cut each piece using my paper trimmer in the same place across the star which was at the 3 3/4 inch mark on the trimmer.  After cutting all the layers, I begin glueing them together in rainbow order.  I started with the bottom pieces and using the indention from the star die, I lined up each piece on top to the indention from the star and glued it down.  I did the same with the top pieces.  I then cut the next size down star die out of all the same colors.  I then glued all the stars together in same color order.

I then glued the stacked star layers on the top and bottom of an A2 top folding card base made from thick whisper white cardstock.  I used my scissors to cut off the excess that was hanging off each end.  I should have paid more attention to where I lined the top of the star up to the top of the card.  After I glued it down to the card front and cut the excess off, I realized I glued it down too far up which resulted in me cutting the top of the star off.  However I wasn't going to start over so I just went with it.  

To finish the card, I glued the stacked star in the center of the layers and added some sparkle from my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle. I then heat embossed in white embossing powder the sentiment from Me=Grateful stamp set.  

I did film the process for making this card and am working on editing the video.  I will have the video up soon on my YouTube channel so stayed tuned for that.  If you are not a subscriber to my channel, head on over and subscribe HERE.  Be sure to also subscribe to Jennifer McGuire as I mentioned earlier in my blog post.

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