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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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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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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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Angel Punch Art with Pennant Punch

This summer I hosted a Crazy About the Pennant Punch stamp camp.  We really were a little crazy that evening!  I wanted to bring in a Christmas card to the mix, so I shared this one with my stampers.  It really goes together quickly!

Christmas Angel Pennant Punch

 

Punches needed are as follows:

  • Pennant Punch for dress
  • Scallop Circle for wings
  • Owl for hair and heart
  • 1″ Circle for hair bangs and face
  • Cupcake for cheeks
  • 1/2″ and 3/4″ Circles for halo

Of course, the Scalloped Tag Punch is the backing for the angel.

Although this is a Christmas card, it could easily be transformed into a child’s birthday card, a thank you card, a baby card, or even a get well card!

In my religion, today is also All Saints Day so although it is not a traditional card-giving holiday, it does go with the theme of the day.

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VC Rocks Blog Hop – Big Shot, Sizzix Dies, and Punches

Hello all…

It’s time to blog hop with our talented VC Rockers!  This time around, we are focusing on the Big Shot, Sizzix Dies, and Stampin’ Up! punches.  I’ve got one of the favorite cards from this week’s Technique Tuesday class to show off.

The card we made used the Northern Lights technique.  No, I cannot take credit for the technique.  I actually learned it from another demonstrator, Kay Kalthoff.

lat-northern lights

 

I used the Apothecary Accents framelits for the focal image.  I also used the Decorative Dots embossing folder – one of my favorites!

The instructions for the technique are really pretty easy.

Supplies

  • Daffodil Delight/Tempting Turquoise/Rich Razzleberry/Night of Navy Inkpads
  • StazOn Inkpad
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Sponges
  • Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set or other Landscape Stamp Set
  • Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
  • Apothecary Accents Framelits
  • Scrap Paper
  • White Gel Pen
  • Black Taffeta Ribbon
  • Glue Dots

Lay Whisper White CS on scrap paper.

Using sponge and going in a back and forth motion, apply stripes of color to WW CS.  (1-DD; 2-TT  Add Rich Razzle on top).  Leave a little light coming through the other colors.

Stamp the tree landscape in StazOn on top of the stripes.

Sponge Night of Navy to the edge of the ground.  Completely fill in that section with Night of Navy.  (Northern Lights don’t shine through the ground.)

Lightly sponge more Night of Navy over the top of the stripes.  Leave some light shine through.

Once dry, add “stars” with white gel pen.

Dramatic effect – all will look a little different.  The colors will soften as they dry.

 

I hope you enjoy all the VC ROCKS blogs on this month’s blog hop!  Come back again!

 

 

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Saying Goodbye to Stampin’ Around Wheels

One of the true staples of the Stampin’ Up! catalog over the years is the Stampin’ Around wheel system.  It is almost unthinkable that they will soon be only a memory!

I’ve had a few techniques that use the wheel, but they always get pushed to the next month…then the next month…and so on.  Well, this week, it was time to pull out my wheel techniques and finally share them with my stampers.

I actually showed two techniques.  The first technique I taught was how to take the rubber off the wheel and convert it to a traditional stamp.  All you need is a sharp scissors and cling foam.  You peel off the rubber, cut the cling foam to size, and attach them together.  Voila!  You now have a traditional stamp.  The “I” block is the perfect size for our wheel “stamps”.  You do need to trim a bit off, but it is a great size to use with cards etc.

I’ll try and add more pictures to this post later to show this more clearly.

However, the other technique truly is a recycler’s dream.

What to do with the “leftover” plastic wheels?  Why not make them into mini or jumbo brayers?

Wheel Blank

 

You do need to get the excess glue off the wheel blank after removing the rubber.  Goo-Gone is perfect for this!  Once you get off the glue, make sure you clean the wheel blank.  There is a seam on the blank, but it only adds to the texture you will create.  Now all you need is an inkpad and some neutral card stock.  I found that the newer foam pads work best with this technique.

Ink up your wheel blank and roll over the neutral card stock.  Start with a lighter touch – you can always add more ink layers.  Use as a background!  This is a perfect background especially for intricate designs like Swallowtail.  Here is the card my stampers made:

Swallowtail Wheel Blank Background

If you want to do a two-color background, make sure you use the lighter shade first.  We used Coastal Cabana for the background and Baked Brown Sugar for the main image.

If you have some older wheels just taking up room, why not convert them to stamps and use the wheel blank for something new?

 

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Perfect Couple Word Bubbles Framelit Masking Technique

My Technique Tuesday classes are always quick and fun nights out for my stampers.  I love the teaching aspect and hearing the oohs and aahs from my customers.

At a recent Technique Tuesday, I taught the framelit masking technique.  They loved it!  I’ll share the technique details later in this post, but here is the finished card:

Perfect Couple Word Bubble Framelit Masking

First off, may I please mention – PROTECT YOUR WORKSPACE.  I have leftover spritz spray all over my countertop.  It will eventually come off, but I did want to forewarn you.

You will need the magnetic plate for the Big Shot.  You will also need a 9″ x 6″ large piece of scrap paper to PROTECT YOUR MAGNETIC PLATE!  For this card, I used the Word Bubble Framelits, but I could have also used the heart, circle, flower, or many other framelit pieces.

Here are the other supplies –

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Dye Reinkers
  • Stampin’ Up! Spritzer
  • Neutral Card Stock
  • Baby Wipes

Fill the spritzer 2/3 full with rubbing alcohol.  Add several drops (I used 12 drops of Real Red) of refill for the desired hue.

Layer the Magnetic Big Shot Plate with scrap paper.

Place your neutral card stock (I used Naturals Ivory) on the scrap paper.  Layer the framelits in the desired design.

Spritz the spray over the framelits.  It is ok to leave less sprayed areas.

Make sure to rub off all ink with baby wipes – and then dry them.

I know you can use all of our neutral card stock, but I liked the way the spritz soaked in to our Naturals card stock.

This card would be perfect for an anniversary card or a Sweetest Day/Valentine’s Day card.

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Triple Fold Fun Birthday Card

Today’s my birthday so I thought it would be appropriate to steer away from the Thanksgiving and Fall-themed cards and celebrate on my blog!

Sketched Birthday Triple Fold Fun Card A

Sketched Birthday Triple Fold Fun Card B

 

Sketched Birthday Triple Fold Fun Card C

This card my stampers created a few month back at a Technique Tuesday class.  The technique is Triple Fold Fun – and it is truly a unique and fun card style.

Here are the instructions for the card:

Supplies

Scoring Tool or Simply Scoring Board

2-1/2” Circle Punch/Large Scallop Punch

Card Stock  – 11” x 4-1/4”

4” x 4” Designer Series Paper

4” x 4” Neutral Card Stock

Stamps/Inkpads

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Score 11” x 4-1/4” piece of card stock at 4”1/4” and 8-1/2”.

Big Shot/Embossing Folder (optional)

Latch Piece-cupcake, butterfly, or other?

 

  • Fold at score lines.  If you are going to emboss top section, do so at this point.  Be careful WHAT SIDE you emboss!
  •  Center the 2-1/2” circle punch over 4-1/4” score line – about ½” from the edge.  Punch out a circle (use it on another project).
  •  Punch scallop in matching color.  Stamp or embellish this focal point.  Adhere it ONLY on the bottom so it can peek out of the hole left by the circle punch out.
  •  Adhere DSP on front section and stamp or punch out a latch piece.
  • Important to pop the latch piece up with a dimensional on the bottom/center– leaving top section with NO adhesive so it can hold down but also let go of the top piece.

 

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Wickedly Wild About Washi Tape-Large Paper Clips

This was another item my stampers made at last week’s Wickedly Wild About Washi Tape Stamp Camp.  Another item in my stash (I know, I know) I found that was perfect after perusing the Pinterest posts was large paper clips.

Here is the one I designed:

Washi Tape Ideas-Large Clip Skeleton

 

The directions are pretty easy.  Here are the materials you will need:

  • Whisper White CS
  • Washi Tape
  • Large Paper Clip
  • Sticky Strip
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Punches/Accents for Middle Accent
  • SU Grid Paper

Here are the instructions:

Cut the card stock just a little shy of the width of the washi tape.  For this size of clip, the length was 8-1/2″ long by 3/4″ wide.

Lay the card stock strip on the grid paper (helps with eyeing the matchup).  Carefully apply washi tape to one side of the card stock (washi tape will not release easily on this little piece), turn over and apply washi tape to the other side of the card stock – make sure it is smoothly put down on the card stock.  You don’t want to see the Whisper White CS – this CS is just to make the washi pieces sturdy.

Cut strip into 2 pieces – one about 3-1/2″; one about 5″.  Curl the 5″ piece with a pencil or your fingers and set aside.  Make pennant on 3-1/2″ piece by cutting in center and then cutting off triangles.  Apply a 2″ section of Sticky Strip to the pennant piece – keep red tape on for a bit yet.

Take the larger piece and make a large loop – trim if too big before releasing the red tape.  Once happy with the size of your loop, take off the red tape and butt the ends of the loop at the middle, pressing it into the Sticky Strip.

Put Stampin’ Dimensionals on either side of the large paper clip.  Release the paper pieces from the Stampin’ Dimensionals and press to either side of the loop.  Then take washi tape and gather the loop in center and adhere to the back of the pennant piece.

Add accents, punches, etc. to dress up the clip.

Enjoy!

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