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Halloween Punch Art Black Cat

Every year, I teach a Fall and Winter Holiday Punch Art class.  It is one of my best-attended classes of the year.  2015 was no different.  I do at least one Halloween card, one Thanksgiving card, and usually two Christmas cards.

This year’s Halloween card featured a black cat – super easy to create using some basic punches:

 

The background circles are the 2-1/2″ circle.  One was from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper selection (love it).

Here is what you need to make the cat:

extra large oval punch

1-3/4″ circle punch

1″ circle punch

medium star punch

 

To make the body of the cat, punch out part of the extra large oval onto a piece of basic black card stock.  Then take the 1-3/4″ circle punch and punch out part of the circle from the already punched card stock.

To make the tail of the cat, use the punch to create a half oval with the extra large oval punch on a piece of basic black card stock.  Then punch again right on top of on the same card stock that has already been punched (not the punched out piece) to create a large sliver of a moon.  That’s your tail!

The ears were punched from a medium star and then trimmed for the two peaks.  Face was the 1″ circle punch.  Added some scissor-cut whiskers and pearls for the eyes.  Of course, popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

The phrase is from Happy Scenes – one of the most popular stamp sets in the 2015 Holiday Catalog!

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Welcome September Leaves

Oh, September.  You are here.  My favorite season is upon us.  I can officially start baking with pumpkin and decorate with gourds and leaves.

The new products in the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog are now available.  I created this the other day; what do you think?

STAMPIN' UP HOLIDAY CATALOG-RYAN

 

Well, speaking of the new holiday catalog, why not show off a stamping creation?  Here is one of my favorite samples of the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set.  Colors used are Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry, and thick White Card Stock.  I embossed the images in gold, and then used the new Leaflets framelits and Tags and Labels framelits to cut out the phrase and the leaf.  The Into the Woods Designer Series Paper is simply gorgeous.  You will covet this paper!  But don’t forget, you can always get more so USE IT!!!  Embellishments included designer and antique buttons, the banner punch, and the new Into the Woods cotton ribbon.

Lighthearted Leaves

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Farewell From the Herd

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog was From the Herd.  My fellow demonstrators who were with me at the Wisconsin premiere still remember me laughing out loud when this stamp set came on the screen.  So stinkin’ cute – especially that silly llama.

Well, last week, I had to use it one last time at my Technique Tuesday class.  Here it is using the Fencepost Flip Card Technique:

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Goodbye, sweet farm animals.  I will miss you!

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Happy Easter Bunny Punch Card

I just recently hosted a Spring Stamp A Stack.  This was one of my favorite cards!  Although not officially a “punch class” card, we did use a few punches with this card.

The heart framelit set was the main face piece.  We also used the XL oval punch, the bow builder punch, the 1/2 inch punch, word window punch, Project Life markers, the wedding DSP, and the polka dot embossing folder.

Here’s “hopping” you have a great week!

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Honeybee Punch Art Card

It’s summertime – and no one really likes having honeybees around.  But creating them using punches and card stock make them much more friendly!

Here’s another swap card I made last month.  I love the vellum wings!  I also used two embossing folders on this card.  Bzzzz….

Honeybee Punch Card

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Zoo Babies – Rubber Band Alligator Card

I recently participated in a technique swap with one of my online stamping groups.  I created this fun birthday card using the rubber band brayer technique.  It is such a fun and easy way to make a background!

Zoo Babies-Rubber Band

Here’s how you do it:

  • Find several rubber bands – better results with a variety of widths
  • Wrap the bands around a rubber brayer
  • Ink up the bands over an inkpad  and roll on a piece of card stock
  • Reapply ink and go over it in another direction

I used a neutral (Very Vanilla) card stock, but you can use colored card stock too for a tone-on-tone look.

I colored the gems using Blendabilities markers.

The arrow is from the new What’s Up! punch!

 

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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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For the Birds – Pennant Punch Window Card

I held a Crazy About the Pennant Punch Stamp Camp this month.  This was probably my favorite card of the bunch.  I just love those little birdies splashing in the water.

Now, I don’t have Wisteria Wonder curtains, but they were so pretty with the Soft Sky layer!

For the Birds - Pennant Punch Curtains

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Blended Bloom – Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Card

At my Try the New Tools Night a few weeks ago, my stampers couldn’t wait to use the new Blendabilities markers.  This stamp set makes it so very easy to look like an artist!  I had several sets out so my stampers could take their time with their creations.

Did you know you can use the Blendabilities markers to color in pearls and gems?  LOVE THAT!

This is a perfect summer birthday card!

Blended Bloom - Top Note Daffodil

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Work of Art – Star Masking Card

Work of Art stamp set is the most versatile new stamp set in the catalog.  The images are perfect to create fabulous works of art (hence, the name).

At my Try the New Tools stamp camp, I showed my stampers how to use our new masks.  Love, love, love those masks!  We also used the new kraft stickers and the small star is from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

Here’s the card we made:

Work of Art - Star Mask

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