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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