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Technique Tuesday – Tear N’ Tape Embossing

Sometimes the simplest techniques make me happy.  I just love this one.  Heat embossing is one of those wow techniques that every stamper loves to do, but oftentimes doesn’t take the time for.  It’s not that the technique is difficult or even new.  For gosh sakes, I remember heat embossing in a workshop as a guest before I had kids.

I taught my stampers the Tear N’ Tape embossing technique last week.  Tear N’ Tape is a great tool for securing 3D projects, and now I think I will have to buy even more rolls of it.

Supplies

  • Tear N’ Tape
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Card Stock
  • Stamps/Ink

For this card, I used the Fresh Fruit stamp set and embossed the pear the traditional way.  Colors include Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.  The stamp set is a two-step style, but I also sponged over the edges of the embossed image.

For the embossed stripe, here are the instructions:

  • Rub card stock with Embossing Buddy.
  • Tear off a piece of Tear & Tape.  Take off protective layer
  • Dump embossing powder all over strip of tape.  Tap off excess.
  • Heat until set.

 

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Throwback Thursday – National Pink Day Warhol Technique

Did you know that June 23rd is National Pink Day?  I know in our Stampin’ Up! world, “pink” sounds boring – but Melon Mambo gets me excited to stamp!  I made this meme a while back – still true!

Pink is Boring

Pink is Boring

Today’s throwback is to a stamp set called Touch of Nature and the Warhol Technique.  I created this card in 2007.

I did a little update today and used more pink to celebrate National Pink Day!

Hard to see in the photo, but on the Pink Pirouette panel, I colored the flower in with Wink of Stella.  The stamp set is Perfectly Wrapped – the phrases in this stamp set are fun to use!

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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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Fabulous Friday – Cupcake Shaker Card

Ok, so I cheated a little on this one.  Had the shaker card made already and just blinged it up a bit to post tonight.  What’s my reason?  Well, my adult son wanted to have some movie time with me.  THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN.  So I hurried my planned stamping time tonight to spend it with him instead.

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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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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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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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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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Going Places-Big Dipper

Another great stamp from the Going Places stamp set is the Big Dipper image.  Make sure when you are embossing this one to use the Embossing Buddy!

In the background I adhered white punched-out stars onto Basic Black card stock, and then I ran it through the Big Shot with the Stars folder.  The little stars in the foreground are pieces from the Metallics Sequins assortment attached with Mini Brads.  I used the Banner framelits for the Big Dipper image.

 

Going Places-Big Dipper

Going Places-Big Dipper

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Welcome, 2016!

The new year is upon us.  2015 had many happy moments, and who knows what is in store for 2016.

2016 SAB COUNTDOWN 4 DAYS

 

One thing I already know about 2016 – is that my customers are going to LOVE the new Sale-A-Bration catalog!  One of the free stamp sets you can earn when you spend $50 or more is Flowering Fields.  I love the simple coloring you can do with this stamp set and the variety of wildflowers and plants in the set.  I took the phrase “BECAUSE YOU’RE SO NICE” from the new Botanicals for You stamp set (also one of the free Sale-A-Bration stamp sets) and omitted the “BECAUSE” for this card.  My color combination is Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, and Pear Pizzazz.  The Botanical Gardens DSP is from the new Occasions catalog.

Flowering Fields-Nice

Flowering Fields-Nice

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