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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Creating Embossing Folders with Die Cuts

Hi there stampers!  Today I have a card and a video to share with you featuring the technique where you use die cuts to create an embossing folder.  I am using some new products from the 2016 Stampin Up Holiday Catalog.  There are so many amazing new products in that catalog it is hard to not buy them all!
For today's card I am using the Pretty Pines Thinlits to create my embossing folder.  How you create an embossing folder from die cuts is pretty simple.  I cut out about 15 of the pine cone shapes using the thinlits and then adhered those onto a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 4.25 x 5.5.  I used my T-ruler to find the middle of my cardstock and glued my first pinecone directly in the center.  I wanted my pattern for my embossing to be symmetrical and evenly spaced so I used that center pinecone as my guide to glue the rest of the die cuts into rows.  After you have all your die cuts adhered to your cardstock, you run this through you die cutting machine as you would an embossing folder.  For this embossing folder, I did use thick whisper white cardstock for my die cuts so that it did not require a shim to be used in my embossing sandwich.

I embossed a piece of saharia sand cardstock using the embossing folder I created to cover the background with embossed pinecones.  I then used all three dies from the thinlit set to cut out all three layers in delightful dijon, daffodil delight, and soft suede.  The dies are originally meant to create pinecones but by using yellow and brown, I think it makes a perfect pineapple!

I then heat embossed the sentiment 'for you' from the Crazy About You stamp set onto a piece of basic black cardstock.  I adhered this to the front of the embossed panel along with a strip of black striped vellum from last year's holiday catalog.  I then cut out the "grateful" sentiment using the Seasonal Frame Thinlits (I got these for a steal from the clearance rack) out of some gold foil.  I adhered the sentiment and the pineapple to the front and that finished the card.

I created a video to show you how you can make embossing folders with your die cuts.  You can watch the video in HD on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

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Color Throwdown Challenge #413

Happy Friday stampers!  For today's card I am playing along over on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog.  This week's color challenge features navy blue, orange, kraft, and white. 

I had an idea to use the new Paisleys & Posies stamp set from the Stampin Up 2016 Holiday Catalog to create my own designer series paper using the challenge colors.  I stamped several images from the stamp set using navy, orange, and kraft color inks onto a piece of whisper white cardstock.  I started with my largest image first and stamped the image in a triangular patter in a group of three in SU night of navy ink.  I then stamped the next largest image the same way using SU pumpkin pie ink and then followed with SU crumb cake.  I then filled in the spaces with smaller images and varied the ink colors I stamped them with to create my own designer series paper.

I then cut down the panel to 4 x 5 1/4 and layered it onto a piece of SU pumpkin pie cardstock.  This was added to an A2 top folding card base made from SU night of navy cardstock.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set onto another piece of night of navy card using Versamark ink and copper embossing powder.  I then layered this on a piece of vellum and adhered it to the front of the card using dimensionals. 

I really like how this card turned out and think it would be a perfect masculine card.  Keeping the card simple and not adding a lot of embellishments makes this the perfect card for a guy.  The color scheme also works well for the fellas.  

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Interactive Card with Zig Real Brush Markers and Distress Ink Blending

Well hello there stamping strangers!  Where have I been you might be wondering and well, I've been to better places.  I have been sick for the past two weeks with pneumonia and it was no joke.  I can't remember being that sick and am still not back to 100%.  I am finally feeling like getting in my craft room and what better time to do it than with the start of a new class at Online Card Classes.  The new class is called Wild Card and it features cards with movement and so far I am finding tons of inspiration along with learning some stuff along the way.  If you haven't taken any of Jennifer and Kristina's classes featured on this website, I highly suggest checking them out and taking them.
For today's card I am making a slider card using the stamp sets Weather Together and Love You Lots.  I have been thinking about making a slider card with the cute elephant from the Love You Lots stamp set for a while and after being inspired from the online class I sat down to make it last night.  I did attempt to film my process for making this card but my memory card in my camera ran out of space in the middle so I will have to re-film the process soon.

I started by stamping all my images onto some Bristol smooth cardstock because I knew I wanted to color them with my Zig Clean Clear Real Brush Markers.  The Bristol smooth cardstock works fantastic with these markers so I highly recommend using this paper if you use you Zigs.  I stamped all the images using Archival Ink from Stampin Up in basic gray and then colored them with my Zigs along with an aqua painter.  I then fussy cut out all the images and ran a basic gray marker along all the edges to give each image a finished look.

To create the background, I took another piece of that Bristol paper and used my distress inks to create the hill and sky.  I then flicked water on the background to reactive the distress inks and picked up the water with a paper towel to leave the water marks on the paper.  So much fun to do that technique!  I then stamped the rain drops from the Weather Together stamp set using Versamark ink and heat set in white embossing powder.

Not only have I been sick, but over the weekend when I made my first attempt at getting back in the craft room I ended up breaking my big shot!  YIKES!  I have had this machine for about 8-9 years so I was surprised it was still working as well as it did but Saturday I laid it to rest.  I am excited because this means I get to order a Stampin Up version of the Big Shot which is the BEST one around so I am patiently waiting for it to arrive.  I didn't realize how much I use that machine until I didn't have it.

So to create my slider window I ended up using the retired window punch from Stampin Up which actually makes a perfect slider window.  I do have some awesome slider dies from Lawn Fawn but this punch worked perfectly.  I ended up punching once then sliding the punch down the cardstock a bit and punching again to give me a long enough window for my elephant to slide over and cover his mouse friend with his umbrella.  

A helpful hint is stamp your sentiment BEFORE putting all the dimensional adhesive on the back of your slider card or you will have quite a time getting it perfect like I did.  Learn from my mistakes people!  :)

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