Hello stampers! I did some sponging and masking with Looking Up, a fabulous new card kit in our annual catalog. While the kit makes 15 cards you can make nine more gorgeous cards using the additional die cuts provided in the kit. All you need to do is make a simple background that is reminiscent of a sky. There are two ways to do this. One way is with a watercolour wash on shimmery white cardstock. The other way is a sponged background using a cloud formation mask. Sound difficult? Not if you hurry and get the rainbow builder dies that are on the clearance rack. There are two gems in that set: long thinlets in two different cloud formations as well as two other clouds and of course all the pieces to make a colourful rainbow.
Here you can see the two long thinlets and the acetate or window sheet masks I made with them. It is a good idea to write on them, not for you to remember what they are, but so that you can find them when they are laying on your table!! I absolutely love the background you can make so easily with them. Cheap, quick and artistic! It really is amazing what you can do with sponging and masking using just ink and paper. I kept it simple using only one colour of ink, but you could definitely take it up a notch and use more shades of blue and grey.
It is difficult covering up some of that beautiful sky with the die cuts, but doesn’t it look great? The white is 3 3/4″ by 5″ with a bermuda bay mat of 4″ by 5 1/4″. Only the raspberry balloon is popped up with dimensionals. Did I tell you that you get a lot of those included in the kit?
For this card I did a watercolour wash on shimmery white cardstock which measures 3 5/8″ by 4 7/8″. This precise measurement allows you to get five pieces from one 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of cardstock. Crucial information when it is more than $1 a sheet.
This card was supposed to be for the airplane die cut but I didn’t want to cover up the pretty wash. I will show you how to get this effect in a short video. It was easy to just add a swoosh of crumb cake ink to the bottom of the card to ground it! How do you like the crushed curry mat? I thought it gave it a nice cheerful look. Truthfully it was supposed to coordinate with the airplane but it works well with the trees too.
Here is the video showing how to make the beautiful backgrounds. If you click follow on the YouTube channel then you won’t miss out on any of my videos!
Everyone at class loved these alternative cards and they also enjoyed learning the new background techniques. It’s so much fun to see what you can do with just ink and paper. In my video I also show you how to cut your shimmery white cardstock most efficiently. Thanks so much for joining me, be sure to keep an eye on the clearance rack, I have heard that they will be adding a lot of new stuff very soon! If you choose to order online, I would love it if you also used the host code, that way free host credits do not go to waste. If you place your very own order of $200 you will qualify for your own host rewards. the current host code is YDZAPF6Y.
Hello stampers! Don’t you just love it when you can use one product in several different ways? I love using the celebrate you thinlet dies from the saleabration offerings as a mask. I cut it out multiple times with window sheets (also known as acetate) I then sponged the back of them with tombow using our silicone mat and then let them dry for a few hours. They are now nice and tacky and can be used many times as a mask. Take a look at what I did:
I hadn’t used the new glossy white cardstock yet so I wanted to see how it would work. My original idea was to use Brusho, so I sprinkled on different Brusho colours and then spritzed with water. Well. It didn’t turn out as expected. The water ran under the masks, but I kept it and it grew on me. It is a great artsy look, not crisp and clear but very fun.
Here is a closeup and then you can see the little bling that I used that look like water droplets. They are called Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes and are found on page 33 of the Occasions catalog.
I still wanted to try Brusho with this mask but in a more controlled way, so I used a colour wash instead with my aquapainter. This worked quite well, but believe it or not I like the messy looking one better!!
The next few cards are the more traditional ones using a brayer and ink. I randomly placed my window sheet cutouts and then brayered over them using only one colour, starting off the cardstock and then working my way up, but starting at the bottom each time so that I would get an ombre effect. See the video at the end of my post to get a clearer picture (pardon the pun!)
Don’t you just love how the Amazing You coordinates with the Celebrate You thinlit dies? It’s like a mirror image with different proportions. This one was done with Berry Burst cardstock, ink and ribbon. So pretty don’t you think? Simple but effective.
This card has a nice spring feel to it with the calypso coral. Did you notice the third free item on this card? It’s the shimmer ribbon pack! It comes in three colours and different widths, but five yards of each basic gray, bermuda bay and calypso coral. I love this ribbon, it is really beautiful. My last card is made using bermuda bay and the other two colours of ribbon from this pack. I thought you might want to see it all in action!
Sale-a-bration is such a great time of year in the stamping world. It is wonderful to be able to choose free product with every $60 you spend and this year they have upped the ante! There are two choices that you can have if you spend $120. One of those choices is the Celebrate framelits and the other one is the Happy Wishes stamp set. It is also an amazing time of year to become a demonstrator OR simple get the great deal on the starter kit for your own benefit. If you would like more information on that, comment below. I don’t want to sound like a broken record but I am very enthusiastic about sharing it since it is almost too good to be true. I would LOVE to have you on my team.
In the meantime, here is the video I promised you showing you the masking technique used on these cards. Enjoy.
Hello stampers. When is the last time you really played with your stamps? This retiform technique is a great one for encouraging just that. Retiform means “netlike”. The Webster dictionary says:
Definition of retiform. : composed of crossing lines and interstices : reticular netlike; specifically : being the connective tissue cells of the framework of the lymphatic glands.
Well, we are not interested in the lymphatic glands, but the crossing lines and all the other fun stuff involved with this technique is truly addictive. Here is what you need to have on hand to do this technique. Two coordinating colours of ink, a lighter shade and a darker one. A sponge. Sticky notes of varying sizes. The five inch by three inch is ideal and then the smaller square ones are great too. Rather than describing the technique in writing, it is much easier to simply watch the video, so I will post that at the end. In the meantime, check out the various cards that I have made. I was originally inspired by a video I saw on Pinterest by Randi Collins. Here is the link to her video.
For this card I used early espresso for the stamping and soft suede for the sponging. I used the stamp sets Night in Bethlehem, Hearts Come Home and Musical Season. I accidentally stamped the one drummer boy in soft suede, but it still looks good I think. For the next card I used the exact same stamp sets but switched it up a bit. No two cards are alike, and that is the fun part.
This one is different mainly because of the straight segment at the top of the card. Do you think this adds to the card or takes away from it? The next two cards use the stamp sets So Many Shells and High Tide and the colours marina mist for sponging and dapper denim for stamping.
The next card is done by my customer and friend Heather Adams. She left a bigger white line between segments and I really like that look as well.
The last card has a bit of a twist in that it uses a pop of colour. I used the stamp sets Painted Harvest and Vintage Leaves. Colours are soft suede, early espresso, crushed curry and cajun craze.
This last card was made by my team member Aileen Boersma. She made it for her grandson using No Bones About It.
So there you have it! A great new technique called “retiform” which sounds more complicated than it really is. Just mask off sections with sticky notes, sponge and stamp till you fill up your card front. Watch the video for full details and then get down and dirty and make some of your own. I would love to hear how you make out with it. If you need any supplies and you live in Canada, please use the host code on the side bar when you place your order and I will pop a card in the mail to you as a thank you. Are you a true addict? Then save yourself a bunch of money and join my team by getting the starter kit, it really is the best deal in the entire catalog. Click here to do that, or message me if you have any questions.
What lives in the heart
I grew up on a farm and whenever I am driving through the countryside I always look with longing at the red brick farmhouses. They evoke such happy memories for me. Baking bread with my mom at the kitchen table, eating breakfast at 5:30am with my dad and brothers before going to milk the cows and bundling up in front of the woodstove to go outside and play in the snow. So when I saw the brick wall stencil and the embossing paste in the new catalog, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to recreate those beautiful red brick walls and make some cards that bring back those same nostalgic feelings.
To get the perfect look for the bricks I added some cajun craze reinker to a small amount of embossing paste. I smeared some of it over the stencil onto whisper white cardstock. Then I added a drop of early espresso reinker to another small amount of paste and smeared it over and around the cajun craze tinted paste. Perfection! Just the right hue for what I was looking for. Be sure to clean your stencil and your palette knives as soon as you are done so they don’t dry out and harden.
On this card I sponged soft suede in between the bricks to give it less of a stark look. I love the look of an “exposed brick wall” with this Half Full stamp set, just what a wall in a nice wine bar or cafe would look like! The bricks also look better when they are left a little rugged with unfinished edges and also not covering the whole card front. Leaving the top corner unfinished is perfect for placing your sentiment. Remember to let your embossing paste harden before sponging around it or on it. If you have smeared the paste so that it is even with the decorative mask (in other words, thinly) then it takes about an hour to dry. When I made these cards I did all the background first. Then I stamped my images that I needed to fussy cut. Of course there were lots of other “mom” things happening in between too.
I made this masculine card because my Pap had a truck just like this one before I was born! Add that to the fact that the colour of these bricks is exactly the same as the farm house that I grew up in and you have a winner for a card. Did you notice that the windows are black? The reason is that I am covering up a mistake! When I was watercolouring the truck I couldn’t manage to stay within the lines for the windows and it didn’t look nice at all, so I used a black marker to colour the windows in. I think it is rather effective!
The sentiment is from the stamp set Five for All. The truck is from the set Country Livin’.
Using the Decorative Masks with Sponging
While my first instinct was to use these decorative masks with our new embossing paste, they also work great with simple sponging. You can use three tools to accomplish this: stamping sponges, sponge daubers or our sponge brayers. For the next card I used stamping sponges with early espresso ink on cajun craze card stock. The images were stamped in archival black, coloured and then stamped direct to paper with versamark and clear embossed. The images are from Country Livin’.
You wouldn’t know it, but there are three other masks in this set. The brick wall is definitely my favourite, but I also played with the cloud one. The other two are going to have to wait. What a great value they are. Four masks for $8 Canadian. Check out the Pattern Party Decorative Masks on page 201 of the catalogue.
I used the smallest palette knife to make these clouds and give them texture the same way you would with icing on a cake. The sentiment is from a brand new set coming in the Holiday Catalog called Painted Harvest. I used the sponge brayer to make the background. The sand is done with soft suede and the sky is marina mist and island indigo. Card base is island indigo. The lady from Beautiful You is paper piece with real red and crushed curry.
The “cloud nine” card is definitely very textured. In Dutch you would call this a “misbaksel”. In other words, a few things went wrong with this one but I still wanted to show it. I started with a watercolour background which really is quite stunning. Then I decided to sponge the clouds with white craft ink. This was a bit of a mistake. The white just didn’t pop enough. So I decided to add white embossing powder, but some of the powder stuck to my watercoloured background making for a bit of a messy look. No worries, clouds sometimes look like that don’t they? I still think it is a bright and cheerful card and I would be most happy to get one in the mail.
I do love the collage stamping on this masculine card. I used the stamp set Wherever You Go as well as the new background stamp called Post Script. I used embossing paste for the clouds but they kind of disappeared into the busy background. Sponging them with white craft ink after they dried really made them pop. I used sponge daubers to do this without getting white craft ink on the background. You can see that the bottom cloud is a little bit blue. I first sponged over it in blue and didn’t like the look. The craft white couldn’t quite cover that up!
This last card really has a rustic feel to it. Maybe it is because I actually painted with coffee on it! Yes, the brick wall on white was just too stark and I had some cold brew coffee in the fridge to make iced coffees so I thought, why not? I stamped the words repeatedly on the top right corner to give a chalkboard feel. You’ll notice a tinge of bluish green on some of the words, that is because I had done a watercolour background on a previous card and my grid paper was a little messy so some of the ink transferred to this card. I like it, but it would be hard to copy this look again. I have made a video to show how I did some of these cards but for some reason it has failed to upload to Youtube, so you can see it on my Pampered Stamper Facebook page.
Have you had a chance to try out the new embossing paste yet? I am looking forward to using this in my technique club. All clubs start in September and I still have room in technique club, upon request club (at this one the host gets to choose what we do) as well as the man,oh man club where we make exclusively masculine cards. Have a super day!
ps. the video has now uploaded to YouTube, so here you go!
Hello stampers. I truly love the masking technique. It is amazing what one little piece of paper can do when you stamp over it and then take it off. You really create a work of art and transform the look of the stamp. For this card I used the new stamp set Wood Words which will be available on June 1. When I first saw this step I thought the floral image included in it just didn’t fit with the rest of the stamps, but now I am happy that it is in there! Here is the card that I made. I do know that this is not a “Jackie original” but I cased it a long time ago and can’t remember who to give credit to, so if it is yours, please let me know.
It is amazing what happens when you switch up the colours. Instead of Berry Burst I used Lemon Lime Twist with silver glimmer paper and silver thread. It now has a totally different feel to it. What do you think?
Here is a quick peek at how I did the mask. You start with a 5″ by 3 3/4″ piece of white cardstock as your base. The mask is made of computer printer paper and measures 3 1/2″ by 2 1/2″. Simply put a little two-way glue or Tombow on it the night before and let it dry. It will now be tacky and removable. You can re-use this mask many times before it loses its tackiness.
The last trick I want to show you with this card is to cut out a circle out of your glimmer paper. Whenever I am using more expensive paper I try to get the most use out of it as possible. So this has two advantages. One, you get to use the gold circle for another card. Two, glimmer paper is kind of like sand paper, nothing sticks to it very well. So now you can put adhesive in the “hole” and your card front will adhere to it much better!
I purposely used tear and tape so you could see it better. Normally I use Fast Fuse because it is quicker and equally strong. I hope this helps you to see how the card was made. To drive home the point, here is a quick video for you.
I think this card would be great for wedding, anniversary or birthday. Instead of hearts you could use stars. I would love to see your take on this card. Happy stamping!
Hello stampers. I just finished playing with the Soft Sayings Card Kit. Now I must admit that not all kits are created equally. In fact, there are some that I really don’t like at all. This one is different. It reminds me a bit of the kit in last years catalog called Watercolour Wishes. The card bases are really nice, the stamp set is versatile and the cards are really just lovely. The kit also comes with a very nice sized acrylic block and a basic grey ink pad.
I made up half the cards just the way they are shown in the kit and now I have the other half left to play with and try something new. There are twenty cards in the kit so it is nice to be able to make some quick and easy cards and then get more creative with the second half. For the first time ever, there is also a refill kit available if you want to make more of these beautiful cards. The original kit is $46 Canadian and the refill kit is $28.
Here is a close-up of two of my favourite cards in this kit:
The washi tape and the twine as well as the tranquil tide and lemon lime twist leaves and the gold glimmer leaves are all included in the kit. Dimensionals and a mini basic grey ink pad are also included. This kit is great to take along to a trip to the cottage, or camping for a rainy day. I like taking one with me when I visit my 85 year old mother so that we have a nice activity to do together while we chat. She loves to get creative and then be able to give a special card to someone on her mind. I am hoping to offer this as a fun class in August combined with a barbecue potluck. It is always a nice change to come and make a whole stack of cards while visiting with friends and then enjoying great food. Then you get to go home with great cards and a stamp set and block that you can keep using for many more beautiful creations.
When I first saw this kit I knew I would use the pretty die cuts as masks. This morning I quickly made a few very simple cards using our wonderful foam brayers along with night of navy, lemon lime twist and berry burst. I am very happy with how they turned out. Take a look!
No, you’re eyes are not playing tricks on you. This truly was a very quick card and I just held the die cut in place for a mask and it is slightly askew. No time to fix it though. Sometimes there is beauty in imperfection!
I really love how that card turned out. I used three foam brayers, one for each colour: night of navy, berry burst and lemon lime twist. I used washi tape on the back to hold the die cut mask in place. It really is quite sturdy so you should be able to reuse it many times. The last card could easily be used as a masculine card. It uses two colours, night of navy and lemon lime twist.
I hope you like this kit as much as I do. I barely touched the tip of the iceberg as far as all the options available with this great kit. Happy stamping!!
I had a bit of time to make one more card and I decided to use a different colour palette, berry burst and powder pink. Looks great with some of the new glitter enamel dots. I kind of like that I can add an “addendum” after I have posted a blog post. I hope you don’t mind! The suitcase is packed, pedicure booked last minute for tomorrow morning and then I can relax on the plane and hopefully catch a snooze.