Category : Techniques

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In August, I am offering a Technique class featuring a hot glue mask/stencil. I found this technique on a YouTube channel with the Frugal Crafter and it looked like such a fun technique, I knew my stampers would love to learn how to do this in a class. Check out the YouTube website.

I found a small silicon mat I had purchased from Stampin’ Up! and forgot all about it until I cleaned out my tool bag. Lo and behold that was one less supply I needed to buy for the class. LOL  I hate to admit but this happens quite often to me; you know, you buy something just because, never use it, and one day you just happen upon it and become quite happy to have found it just in time for a project. Anyway, I broke out the glue gun with one glue stick left and heated it up. I really wanted to make a lot of hearts joined together (see the tutorial) but my glue gun didn’t want to cooperate. It wanted me to make something that would look good with globs of glue. How about a tree??? That worked well. So a tree making I did go.

Once I made my tree and let it cool for a few minutes. I made up the ink mist. I had two spritzer bottles and put 1/3 alcohol, 3 – 4 drops of ink, and filled with water (for lighter inks, you might want to put 5-6 drops of ink). I laid the hot glue tree on some watercolor paper and spritzed the yellow at the top and the orange half way down to the bottom of the card. On my next card, I will take something heavy and put on top of the paper so it doesn’t warp (I still can get the edges to lay flat on the mat).  Once the spritzed ink was dry, I sponged some Wild Wasabi on the branches and down at the bottom of the card for grass. I went back with a really, really old SU! stamp set Watercolor Minis and stamped leaves and grass with some flowers. Since the card had a modern/abstract feel to it, I stamped “You are a fabulous work of art” as the sentiment. Here is the card!

Hot Glue Card

Supplies: not pictured (hot glue gun with glue sticks, SU! Watercolor Minis)

 

One of my friends asked me to make a birthday card for his wife. I asked him what she liked and he responded her favorite colors were white, navy, and gold and she liked geometrical shapes. I began to think how I could incorporate the geometric shapes into the card design. I remembered geometric shapes were a feature of her wedding decorations and they reminded me of diamond, like the jewel, shapes. I did not have a stamp set of geometric diamond shapes, but I knew where I could purchase one . . . at the Duluth Scrapbook Expo.

My friends Cheyenne, Kevin (she is a female with a guy’s name), Robbi, and her friend Cindy attended the expo somewhat together, meaning Cheyenne and I were together and briefly encountered Robbi and Cindy. Kevin attended the Thursday night Make-n-Take (well worth the $$ spent), and she took a scrapbook class with us on Friday.

Anyway, back to the stamp set. I found only TWO out of a center full of stamps, glitter, ribbon, embellishments, dies, etc., etc., etc. . . . . . I went with Pink and Mains geometric stamp set. Here’s a picture and link to Pink and Main website:

www.pinkandmain.com

www.pinkandmain.com

I got busy and made a blinged out card for his wife incorporating all of her favorite colors and shapes. I used Whisper White as a base, I used SU! Brushed Gold paper, along with Night of Navy, and glimmer paper while embossing the birthday stamped image and the geometric bling shapes with gold embossing powder. I accented the geometric shapes with diamond rhinestones. I posted two different photos but neither one captures the “bling” effect of the gold paper, gold embossing, and rhinestones. Personally, I was very excited to give the card to my friend. I really think this card turned out awesomely well.

 

Anisha Bday

Anisha Bday

Supplies: (not pictured – Pink and Main stamp set “Bling”

I wanted to complete a Center Step fold technique card this month. I began with a card stock choice of Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder.  I, then, made my cuts and scores and suddenly thought maybe one of the card challenges this week incorporates some of what I was including in the card. I began to browse through the sites of the card challenges I like to submit and low and behold there are my colors with the addition of Night of Navy on the Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge!  So, now, I feel like I’m killing two birds with one stone!!! Yippee!! 6a00e54f95df92883401b7c7a76b46970b-800wi

I think the Night of Navy really adds a lot of dimension as a mat choice. As you can see in the card pictures below, there is a border on the vertical mat at the bottom of the card. This was a case of being given an opportunity to embellish. Yes, I made a boo boo. I scored ALL the way across when I should have scored only to the cut line. I’m really bad at watching and reading directions. LOL

I thought a bright birthday theme with a yummy cupcake would be just right for this card; and, as I was putting the card together, I realized I didn’t have to keep my banners within the confines of the white mat. How liberating! I really love this card.

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I took a picture of the side view so the cuts and folds would be showcased as well.

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Supplies: not pictured (Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Markers, scallop border punch)

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It has been a while since I have posted anything. I have been quite busy!!!! One of my daughter’s friends from Master’s Commission ATL at Victory World Church is getting married in July. She had asked Rebekah (my daughter) if I could give her a price for making wedding invitations. I said, o.k. But, I said I would do a digital one on MDS (My Digital Studio) for her because making invitations takes a lot of time. So, I worked on a digital version for her and I was never happy with the results; plus, Rebekah and her family moved in with us due to an apartment issue and it was just CRAZY around here! I ultimately suggested to the bride-to-be an online digital company that specializes in wedding invitations, because I just didn’t have enough time to do the project justice. Well, that company wanted to charge a ridiculous fee for postcard type invitations. So, I said let’s do it; we’ll just make them.

Thus, it started. I ordered the paper for 250 invitations as well as going to Hobby Lobby for specialty paper (SU! is no longer offering the gold matte paper and it was already sold out from the retired list). Once the paper was ordered, I began with printing out the main wedding portion of the invitation along with the reception location since I had Whisper White cardstock on hand. I was able to make a few of the envelope/card portions as well. Needless to say, there were a few revisions along the way.

The paper came in on a Wednesday and the bride-to-be came over to help work on the invites all day Tuesday prior to the paper arriving. Wednesday the paper came in and I printed, printed, printed, and cut, cut, cut, and stamped, stamped, stamped. She came over again on Thursday, and we worked ALL day on the invitations. On Friday, we had help from one of the bridesmaids and the bride’s sister. We worked ALL day. Saturday and Sunday we relaxed and worked ALL day again on Monday. The bride came back over on Tuesday and we worked all afternoon pulling it all together.

Here are some pictures of the Friday we worked on them:

Wedding Invites

 

I almost forgot, the bride-to-be and I still worked Wednesday afternoon (if I remember correctly – it’s all a blur). We were all, definitely, exhausted. In fact, I slept pretty much all day and evening Thursday after my hair cut appointment. I was still tired Friday morning and had a lot of errands to run before we leave on vacation.

I couldn’t have been happier with the results and here is the Wedding Invitation with the Traditional Nigerian Wedding insert which family and bridal party received.

Wedding Invite

Note: I blocked out the names and locations of the bride, groom, and family for their privacy.

The base of the invitation is the envelope. I cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry to 11″ x 5 1/4″. I took the left over piece of cardstock and cut it to 3.25″ x 5 3/4″. I then took the larger piece and scored it at 2 1/2″ and 7″, and the smaller piece I scored at 1/4″ on three sides to create the pocket at the bottom of the envelope to hold the r.s.v.p. card, the website information card, and the Traditional Nigerian Wedding ceremony information.

I was able to cut three each of the circles and scallops at a time, but each circle was stamped individually (of course); that’s 250 x 2 sets of circles (500). The same is true for the r.s.v.p. card and the website information card. There were only 175 Traditional Nigerian Wedding invitations. The picture above is for my portfolio and I added some bling to it as well as the bride’s invitation with some pearls. Of course, the picture doesn’t do the invitation set justice. Once the wedding is over, I’ll add some pictures without the blocked information with individual pictures as well of each insert.

 

 

 

Another week has passed and it is time for PPA249: A Sketch Challenge:

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One of my daughter’s friend will be married this July. She wanted me to make a wedding invitation using mint and plum as the base color combination. I came up with this design (using different names and a different date) for the invitation.

PPA249 Challenge

I can definitely say this color combo does not photograph well. I probably took eight pictures and I finally got the picture above this afternoon. At least you can tell (somewhat) I used Blackberry Bliss and not Basic Black as the accent color. If you’re wondering, I do have a light box along with lights, but the pictures turn out the best when I take them outside. Of course, my friend’s iPhone 6 takes the best pictures, which I do not own one.

Supplies:

I used an MFT die for the scalloped mat.

I like Pinterest; no, I LOVE Pinterest. There are SO many awesome card examples along with some amazing techniques. Once I settle down for the evening, I begin pinning and pinning and pinning. I especially LOVE pinning card examples and card techniques. I saw the Bokah technique on several boards and was very intrigued with this technique and the soft, subtle look of cards featuring this technique.

I decided about two month’s ago the April’s Technique Class would feature the Bokeh technique. I knew my group of stampers would love to make a few cards using this AWESOME technique. It is a very uncomplicated technique and there is a wide margin for error. In other words, you really can’t create a “Hot Mess” using this technique.

There were three different variations of this technique I found on Pinterest; thus I decided the class would feature three cards using each variation. Below is a picture featuring all three cards.

 

Bokeh Technique

 

This is an absolute “go to” technique to use on cards made for friends and family. I included some up close shots as well.

 

Bokeh chalk Bokeh Chalk Ink Technique

 

Bokeh WatercolorBokeh Watercolor Technique

 

Bokeh Standard Bokeh Standard Technique

 

Supplies:

Retired Word Play Clear Mount Stamp Set

Price: $29.95

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After Cheyenne and I finished the Picture Perfect girl card, we began on the SUO Challenge #119 – Fun Folds card challenge. The challenge was to create a card using a card fold other than the typical rectangle/square card. I am having a make-up class tomorrow featuring the tri-fold cascading card and thought this would be a really great card for a challenge.

I had previously used flowers and a birthday theme on the first set of cards I had created back in February, but I wanted to use SU! Perfect Blend stamp set with a gift card envelope. We made the basic card, which included two cups of coffee matted on Cherry Cobbler with a sentiment stamped on a banner, but the card just needed something else.

I thought of SU! Banner Blast stamp set and added some banners to the card. It was just what the card needed. Here is the Fun Folds SUO Challenge card.

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Discontinued Supplies: SU! Banner Blast Stamp Set

Price: $4.95

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Missed opportunity. Boo Hoo! I missed the deadline for the Paper Pals Card Challenge by a few hours. Oh Well, I LOVE this card. So glad I was inspired by this challenge’s sketch.

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My some times partner in design, Cheyenne Luken, came over this morning to make a card for this sketch challenge. We went right to work. I had already envisioned  how I wanted the cute little girl to pop out of a star showcasing herself within the star and her frame. As always, we are not only challenged by the sketch and/or color layout, but we are in competition with each other to see which one of us will change our card to look like the other one’s card. LOL

So, it started. I wanted to use the Blendabilities I had purchased on this sweet girl. We pulled out the very few I own and thus began our creation. Since we haven’t used the Blendabilites a lot, our artwork can look a little odd (to say the least). But, with many corrections, we came out with a breathtakingly awesome card.

Just to reflect on the process for a minute; here’s how our cards came to be.

Don’t you know, it seems you make a major mistake when you are almost finished with the card. Well, I was trying to use a brown Blendabilities marker to darken the edges of the paper where I had cut the girl out and the edges were glaringly white. Well, I should have used a regular black marker because the Blendabilities marker leaked onto the arm. Argh! I redid her arm, cut off the old one and adhered the new one. Then, learning from my mistake, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to touch up the edges and made a misstroke and marked a black line on her other arm. Argh, Argh! So, I redid this arm, cut off the old one and adhered a fresh new arm. Thought I was finished, other than placing my star on my paper.

Cheyenne had placed her girl lower on the paper and asked what I thought. I said, I was going to place my girl higher. Cheyenne thought this was a good idea, but upon my earlier instructions had covered the back of her star and girl with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered her to her card. She would have torn her paper mats to pieces to try and move it. I think it looks fine just where she put it. I noted the card needed a sentiment, and Cheyenne chose the “You’re Picture Perfect” that came with the stamp set from My Favorite Things.

Cheyenne had considered how to place her girl within the frame; to have part of the frame under the star, all of the frame outside of the star, etc. She placed her girl, but once I had finished mine and placed mine the way you see it. She changed her girl to match mine (she must have done this after I took a picture of her card).

I had also tried several times to add a blush to my girls face with the color lifter and one of the red Blendabilities marker. What a mess! I got most of the “mess” off and was happy with my card . . . . . UNTIL . . . . I walked by and noticed my girl’s face looked very, very pink in comparison to Cheyenne’s peachy skinned girl. So……I redid my girl’s face and her arms (so they would match) and her hair; cut out her head and arms and adhered them to the card. I added the blush to her cheeks with an aqua painter and Regal Rose ink (this is discontinued the supplies show Pink Pirouette, which will work just fine). I added the sentiment and took pictures of both our cards. I came inside and cropped the pictures and noticed, my sentiment was off-centered!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I repositioned the sentiment and retook the picture. So, without further ado, here are our pictures.

Framed SweetheartFramed Sweetheart Luken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

non SU! supplies: MFT stamp set: Pure Innocence Picture Perfect

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This was February’s Technique Card Class. This class was canceled twice due to inclement weather.

Tri-fold Cascading Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued Supplies: I used a 1/4″ scallop punch from one of the retired itty bitty punch packs for the center part of the flower. A 1/4″ circle would work in place of this punch.  When, I made the sample cards, my Birthday Bash paper had not arrived. On the actual projects Birthday Bash will be used.

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I am really on a roll. I received an update from http://livelovecards.com and went to explore what was new and came across the March card challenge using a stencil. My first thought was making a gingham type background using the stripe stencil from Stampin’ UP! I placed it on the diagonal and sponged using Wild Wasabi and Old Olive inks. I tapered the amount of ink on one side of the card as a highlight effect.

The next step was going through my framelits to determine what type of mat I wanted; then, on to finding the right stamp set. I was inspired by a couple of bird nests on our front porch, and it is really warm here in Georgia, and Spring is right around the corner, and. . . . . .  So, I chose Nature Walk utilizing the bird with its nest popping off the page.

Here is the challenge card I made for Live-Love-Cards:

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Stamp Set: Nature’s Walk (discontinued)
Stampin’ Write Marker (discontinued): More Mustard (Crushed Curry would work as well)
Nest: Pulled apart the ribbons and then glued to card

 

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