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Celebrate Sunday – Wedding Card

Yeah, I know. I’ve been a bit out of the loop this week. I’ve been creating cards and such, but just haven’t had the chance to post anything. Sorry about that. I’ll work on getting more ready ahead of time.

Today’s post is a mix of old and new, even a little borrowed and blue: perfect for a wedding card. I attended a wedding reception this weekend of a coworker and downline member. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know this fabulous lady for several years. She has a fondness for butterflies, and she used Tempting Turquoise for her wedding colors.

The vellum is retired, but I couldn’t help using it as it was perfect for this card. I did use the new nesting oval framelits. I know I bemoaned Stampin’ Up! taking away our oval punches; I still miss them, but the variety in the framelit set is amazing. I couldn’t stash that many oval punches in my drawers!!!

Congratulations Martha and Chad!

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Technique Tuesday – Masked Rubber Band Technique

At last month’s Technique Tuesday class, I taught the Masked Rubber Bank Technique.   The technique uses some basic supplies – clear block, rubber bands, sponges, and a DIY mask for your cardstock.

Here is the card we made:

How did we do the technique?  Here are the instructions:

Supplies

  • Clear Block
  • Various-Sized Rubber Bands
  • Coordinating Inks (at least 2)
  • Sponge
  • Mask
  • Glue stick or light adhesive
  • Neutral Card Stock

Instructions

  • Create a mask, leaving about a 1”-2” opening.  I use three small pieces of grid paper, taping a top and bottom with an opening in between.
  • Dab a little glue on the back of the card stock.  Sneak card stock under opening.
  • Put rubber bands over clear block – spread them out for best coverage.
  • Ink rubber banded block in darker ink.
  • Stamp block on the unmasked card stock.
  • Take sponge and lightly ink all over unmasked section in the lightest ink color.

You could sponge first and then stamp with the rubber banded clear block.  However, I like how sometimes the ink gets blurry with sponging – it gives a little more depth to the background.

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Step-It-Up Saturday Graduation Card

Today we attended a graduation party for my niece.  I was playing with a few ideas and thought it would be the perfect card to use for my step-it-up Saturday post.

Here is the first card I came up with:

Actually not a bad card.  I love the black, red, white, and gold color combination.  There is some glitter, but I also see a little messy adhering and cutting on this one.  Oops.

Here is the stepped up card I finished with:

A little more glitter, another layer, and some ribbon truly did make this card stand out a little more.  I love those number framelits.  So many ways to use them!

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Nail Polish Technique

Starting off with a bang, I have a card created last month using the Nail Polish Technique.  I’ve known about this technique for years, but just didn’t have the gumption to try it.  My stampers LOVED it – and everyone’s background came out different.  *WARNING – it is messy.  Please protect your hands, countertops, etc.

Here is the card:

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I was thinking of Father’s Day when we created these cards.  Men and nail polish, crazy right? Kind of cool that is Flag Day too with the patriotic colors scheme.

I usually keep my Technique Tuesday cards pretty simple as I want to show off the technique.  I do love the star theme though!

Here are the supplies you need for the Nail Polish Technique:

  • Throw-Away Container
  • Water
  • Throw-Away Stirrer (chopstick/plastic knife/drinking straw)
  • Nail Polish (2-3 colors)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Gloves/Scrap Paper (DEFINITELY USE GLOVES)

Here are the instructions for the Nail Polish Technique:

  • Fill container about 1/3 full of water.
  • Prepare your work area – protect surfaces and hands.
  • Drizzle in a few drops of nail polish, one color at a time.  Do not take too long.  Briefly stir colors.
  • Dip watercolor paper in to container and leave on top for about 2-3 seconds.  Check what is left on the watercolor paper.  If you want more design, dip again.
  • Take out of container and let dry.  If it curls, keep it under a heavy book once it is dried.

Use as a background on a card or tag or even for a scrapbook page.

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Film School Punch Art Card

My nephew just graduated from film school. Here is the card I created for him:
Film School Punch Art

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Splattered Glitter Glue Technique

I taught this technique at my last Technique Tuesday class, and it was a huge hit.  Who doesn’t LOVE glitter?  It is the applying of it that kind of drives us all crazy.

I found a new method of getting glitter on a card – the splattered glitter glue technique.

What you need for this technique is Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Aquapainters filled with water, a deli lid or a empty stamp case lid, and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  This technique works best with a prestamped/precolored image.

  • On the deli lid/stamp case lid, squeeze out some glue and dilute it with water until it makes a milkier liquid.
  • Wet the tip of the Aquapainter with water and then dip it in the glue liquid.
  •  Tap out the glue all over the stamped image in a splattered pattern.  Try not to get too close – this tends to leave glue “blobs” not glue “splatters”.
  • Pour Dazzling Diamonds over the card stock and tap off excess.  Let dry and attach to card base.
  • Add any embellishments.

Here is the card we made.  Yes, it is from Sale-A-Bration, but isn’t it so darn pretty?

Splattered Glitter Glue Technique

 

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Wood in a Window Hello Card

This is one of the techniques I taught my stampers this week.  I called it Wood in a Window.  The Hardwood background stamp is fabulous in so many applications.  However, sometimes, a portion of the background is perfect like I did here:

Wood in a Window-Hello Card

This technique is a masking technique.

I used a piece of copy paper larger than the top layer of the card; I then ran it through the Big Shot with a Circle framelit.  Once the background was inked (and left facing up), I put the copy paper mask on top followed by the Very Vanilla layer.  After smoothing the layer over the background, I lifted it off and let quickly dry.

I then reused the mask over the Very Vanilla layer to stamp the flowers (from the Flowering Fields Sale-A-Bration stamp set).  I colored them in with markers and added the hello phrase from the Hello Sale-A-Bration stamp set and the butterfly from the Flowering Fields stamp set.

A perfect card to send to someone who may need their spirits lifted!

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Botanicals for You

Embossing is one of those traditional go-to techniques that we sometimes forget to use, but when we do, the results are awesome.  The phrase in this stamp set is actually the main focal image.  It will be great to use for tags too!

A new color combination for me – Blackberry Bliss, So Saffron, and Mossy Meadow.  I know winter just started, but I couldn’t help myself.

 

Stampin' Up! Botanicals for You Embossed Card

Stampin’ Up! Botanicals for You Embossed Card

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Sheltering Tree Fireworks Card

I taught this technique tonight.  We used the leaf portion of the Sheltering Tree stamp set as a fireworks background.  Pacific Point and Real Red are the colors we used.  After inking up the leaf image, we used an Aquapainter and lightly added moisture to the image before stamping.  We also used the stamp once full strength and then once more before reinking.

Love the new star punch too!

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Stellar Congratulations Card

This week I made a congratulations card for one of my coworkers.  He is a very positive, upbeat teacher, and whenever asked how he is, the usual response is “STELLAR” – so I knew if I made a card for him, stars would have to be front and foremost.

I used the Stars framelits and the Stars embossing folder with the Fabulous Four stamp set.  The color scheme matches our school colors, but would also be perfect for a patriotic or masculine-themed card.

Stars Congratulations Card

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