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Heartfelt Blooms Triple Layer Card

Yes, it has been a while. I’ve been creating a bit more, but getting to photograph the creations and write my blog is still difficult.

This card was created in two different colors – Fresh Fig and Berry Burst. This is the Fresh Fig rendition. Very simple card using the triple layer technique. I love this new Sale-A-Bration stamp set – just twisting the stamp can make it look like you are using three different stamps.

The coordinating ribbon and large gems complete the look. So many occasions to use this card – use a phrase from the stamp set or find another one in your collection!

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Wedding Bells and Seashells

A dear friend of mine got married on a beach in Punta Cana this month.  Creating a card for her wedding was easy with the So Many Shells stamp set which is new in the 2017-2018 catalog.  For the card, I used the triple layer technique, and I am so pleased with the results.

The phrases came from the Floral Phrases stamp set; the color combination was Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Blush Blossom, and Soft Suede.

This was perfect as a wedding card, but you could easily change out the phrases and use for a birthday, get well, baby, or thinking of you card!

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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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Lovely as a Tree One-Layer Card

One of the difficulties when I design a card is my tendency to layer.  I love layers of card stock on cards, and I guess I am a bit of a traditionalist.  Sometimes, however, it is time to break out of a pattern and try something new.  When creating cards for my All About Men Stamp Camp, I wanted to focus on less layers and different styles.  Well, this is one I came up with that was a big hit with my stampers.

Lovely as a Tree One Layer Card

 

You fold a base piece of card stock in half and then cut off about 3/4″ -1″ of the front piece.  You then layer a 1″ strip of DSP on the back piece.  The new Going Places DSP is filled with interesting and masculine designs, which made it a perfect back liner for this card.  Stamps I used included the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree and the background from You’ve Got This.  Colors were Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow.  The card was finished off with a button and thread.

Simple, classy, masculine, and economical!

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An Open Heart – Woodgrain Scallop Tag

A simply quiet card with masculine undertones…love this stamp set.

An Open Heart - Scallop Tag Punch

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An Open Heart – Oval Die

I’ve had many friends and relatives face tough times this year.  This card would fit many of the occasions.

An Open Heart - Oval

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An Open Heart – Sympathy Card

This simple sympathy card was made with Cherry Cobbler and Sahara Sand inks and card stock.  Even without the bird, I love the stamp set.

 

An Open Heart - Cobbler Seam

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Beautiful Bunch – Tie Dye Circles Card

At my Technique Tuesday class this week, I taught my stampers the Tie Dye Circles technique.  I love this technique – it is a great watercoloring method.

You will burnish three colors of various intensities into your watercolor paper – lightest shade first to cover the largest area and then move in with your middle shade.  Finally, you will sponge in the darkest shade in the center – but keep in mind to go for a more natural look – it looks more artistic and whimsical with varying circles.

You will then take an AquaPainter (or a plain paintbrush and water) and go around the circles – again, starting with the lightest.  You are basically taking away ink from the circles.

Set aside and let dry or, if you are in a hurry, use your heat gun on it!

Finished this card off with seam binding, the butterfly punch and pearl, and a phrase from A Dozen Thoughts.  My color combination was Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss!

Beautiful Bunch-Tie Dye Circles

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An Open Heart – Branch Collage

Our new thick twine works perfectly with our more “natural” stamp sets like An Open Heart.  It is great to use as an accent with masculine cards too!

An Open Heart - Brown Sugar Twine

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