Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. I am really excited to share these cards with you today. Embossing on patterned paper is so much fun! These cards combine two of my favourite things: patterned paper and Memories & More cards. The large Memories & More cards measure 4 1/4″ by 6 1/4″ so they are bigger than our standard sized cards. This means you have a bigger “canvas” to show off our beautiful patterned paper!
Embossing on Patterned Paper
To keep the focus on the patterned paper and on the striking die cuts, I decided to simply emboss right on the patterned paper in white. Don’t you just love the look of this?
Here you can see my desk with some of the elements that I used to make these cards. The key is to cut the patterned paper into 3/4″ strips. I started with a 4″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper. You will end up with 8 strips but you only need 7. The big decision is whether to discard the top strip or the bottom one!
For the pink card above, I first embossed the flowers in black before cutting into strips. All of the cards had the sentiment embossed after the strips were adhered to the coordinating cardstock which measures 4 1/8″ by 6 1/8″. You could choose to emboss your sentiment first as well before cutting into strips. Take a look at my last card. You will see that there are bits of embossing in between the gaps of patterned paper. If you don’t like that look then emboss your larger sentiments before cutting your patterned paper into strips.
Seeing is believing and it is also easier than reading instructions, so feel free to take a look at my video. I would love it if you would also subscribe to my channel and leave a comment and a thumbs up!
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Happy Friday stampers! I have a great Watercolour World card that is a great way to end your week. This is a background stamp that is fun to personalize with the À la Carte Alphabet dies. I have seen many people use either a person’s name or Happy BDay but I thought it would be fun to choose numbers for the year.
Watercolour World Card
I love Tahitian Tide combined with Parakeet Party, so that is what I used for this Watercolour World Card. The background stamp was inked up first in Tahitian Tide. I used the Stamparatus so that I could stamp multiple times to get just the right shade. To add both depth and interest, I sponged the edges of the world with Starry Sky. The Stamparatus is perfect for being able to stamp multiple times in the exact same spot to get that shading just right. Have I told you how much I love this tool?
The Watercolour World stamp doesn’t need much to finish it off but I thought that this Basics Borders die would be the perfect touch. It provides a nice contrast to the Parakeet Party numbers and coordinates with the inked image. Perfect colour coordination is the nicest feature that Stampin’Up! offers. Don’t you agree?
The last secret ingredient to your success with this card is our adhesive sheets. Just cut off a small part and put it behind the Parakeet Party Cardstock. When you die cut the numbers you have instant stickers! This is much easier than adding liquid adhesive to these skinny numbers. Be sure to get them before saleabration ends! You may as well get some free products with your purchase. Click here to see your options!
On February 28 you will be able to see the video tutorial on this card. Happy stamping and thanks so much for joining me today. If you subscribe to my channel, then you will be notified when this video goes live.
Hello stampers and happy Saturday to you. Today I am sharing two fun cards using the Dots & Spots die for simple fun backgrounds. I love polka dots and this die makes it easy to customize your background to suit your needs. These just happen to be Valentine’s cards too!
Dots & Spots Die
Have you seen this die in the annual catalog? Perhaps like me, you got it as a free saleabration item last August. I am curious what you think about these cards. Are you a polka dot lover or not?
Here is a closeup:
If you would like to see the video tutorial you can join me on Valentine’s Day. Isn’t that appropriate?
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I forgot to add some of the products that I used to my supply list. The sentiment came from Rejoice in Him. The black floral die cut is from Penned Flowers. Lastly the oval frame is from Fabulous Frames.
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Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have a fun technique with you that I call Blown Alcohol technique. I did something similar this summer but it was WAY more complicated. You can see that post here.
I was reminded of this technique by my European team leader Michelle Last and you can see her blog post here.
Thankfully I have also made a video for you to see how it is done. I also show you how NOT to do it and what happens when you mess up. Always fun to see someone else’s mistakes isn’t it?
Blown Alcohol Technique Cards
To do this technique successfully you need vellum cardstock, 90% or above isopropyl alcohol (you might just know it as rubbing alcohol in North America) and Blends markers. It is helpful to have a stampin’ spritzer as well as these little bottles from Amazon.
Here’s a close-up of the cards so you can see the detail:
What makes the blown alcohol focal point so vibrant is the use of adhesive sheets. When the blown alcohol technique is complete you put the entire sheet of vellum onto an adhesive sheet and then you can adhere it to a sheet of basic white cardstock. Use your layering circles dies to cut out circles and stamp your sentiment in versamark and emboss in gold. Remove the adhesive backing and add to your card front. Accessorize with die cuts, flat jingle bells or stamped and die cut pine cones.
Here is a video tutorial that I made. It is in typical Jackie fashion with some trial and error but I think it will make you feel totally at home. My wish is that when you watch my video you will be empowered to give it a try yourself. I used the following Blends colours: Soft Succulent, Old Olive, Just Jade and Evening Evergreen. Just Jade has been retired so if you don’t already have it you could try and substitute with a different shade of green.
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Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! I thought it very fitting to write a blog post today called Many Happenings! Today is my dear mama’s 90th birthday. What a tremendous blessing to still have both of my parents, now 90 and 95 still living in their own home, still in love and still mentally sharp. Praise God!
Many Happenings is a one piece stamp set that has many, many sayings on it. You stamp once and then you cut them all out using the coordinating Messages Dies. There is a second stamp set called Many Messages that also coordinates with this die. The dies are retiring AND on sale! The stamp sets are both retiring but they are not on sale. Get them before they disappear as retiring products are only available while supplies last.
I used this set to make my Prime Time cards last Thursday. These videos and instructions are exclusive for this private group, but YOU can join too for only $10 a month. Why so cheap? I wanted to make it accessible to all especially when COVID happened and we couldn’t do in person classes and I needed a way to keep my business afloat. Here is the link to join. As a thank you for your loyal support, you get a free pdf tutorial each month that is worth $20.
Clean and Simple Card
As much as I love the sailboat, I think the card is even nicer without it. Am I the only one craving a clean and simple look? Which is your preference?
Can you guess which stamp set I used for th background? I know, it looks just like patterned paper! Tip: you can find it in the product list at the bottom of this blog post.
There are no words
It’s true. Sometimes there are no words. Only feelings. Empathic silence. A hug. This card conveys just that. Perhaps it could have used a few birds stamped simply in the sky. You can find a great bird stamp in the On The Horizon stamp set.
Prime Time Cards
Here is a photo of all the cards I made for my Prime Time Group. It’s nice seeing them side by side so you can see the subtle differences.
Thanks so much for joining me today. Tomorrow I fly to be with my love again. I’m over the moon excited! Each time we are apart it gets harder. Looking forward to sharing my travels with you again. Let me know if I can meet any of your stamping needs. Have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. On Monday I was able to ink up this gorgeous set for the first time. I just happened to have a customer drop by and she had not yet seen this stamp set. When she saw me stamp it, her jaw dropped and she said “WOW”! The wildlife stamps just jump off the page because they are very realistic looking due to the distINKtive technology of the stamps.
Wildlife Wonder: Some “Beary” Good Tricks
When I get a new stamp I ink up all the stamps in a few different colours and strengths. This gives me a good idea as to the versatility of the stamps. I also wanted to try stamping directly on the New Horizons paper. At first this seemed like a bad idea. You could see the patterned paper right through the bear. Then the magic happened. I grabbed a blender pen and went all over the bear image with it. Worked like a charm!
The other great trick with the bear is to fussy cut him close to the stamped image. When you do this he or she blends in better with the scene on the paper.
Clever trick number three is to be sure to “ground” the bear. There is a long skinny stamp that looks a bit like a cirrus cloud; use that to make a base for your bear like I did in the first card.
Clever trick number four has nothing to do with the bear. This time the wolf is the star of the show. I used a scrap of leftover patterned paper and fussy cut the grass to make a bit of a hiding spot for our resident wolf. Don’t you think it worked well?
Clever trick number five. If you watch my video you will see that the owl used to have a prominent place on the wolf card. Trouble is, it was a bit TOO prominent. The owl was simply too large. Instead I made a focal point for the sentiment which I punched out with a 2″ circle punch. The owl was stamped off in Crumb Cake to the left of the sentiment. Very effective, I think! These cards were made “on the fly”. If I would do the wolf one again, I would not use a scrap, but I would make an entire border across the front to camouflage the wolf a bit.
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Thanks for joining me today. If you want to purchase any of the products I used for these Wildlife Wonder cards, the links are below in the Product List. Have a super day!