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Hip to be (not) Square Technique

I hosted my 100th Technique Tuesday stamp class in January.  That means my customers have learned THREE HUNDRED TECHNIQUES!!!  One of the techniques I taught I named the Hip to be (Not) Square technique.  In technique, I showed my customers how to extend the square Stitched Framelits into a rectangle.

I chose the Avant Garden stamp set for this card.  You can get this stamp set for free with a $50 order through March 31st.

Colors were Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, and Pear Pizzazz (one of my favorite color combos).  The silver ribbon is another Sale-A-Bration item.  I did put some Wink of Stella on the main focal image.

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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 Thank You Card

Trying a new color combination is pretty easy to do when you have such a wealth of gorgeous colors as in the Stampin’ Up! line of inks/card stock.  I am loving this combo – Island Indigo and Early Espresso with the gold glimmer paper.  Striking, masculine (but not overly), and inspired by Autumn.

Sometimes, mailing cards with lots of embellishments is disastrous – either the envelope gets ripped, postage gets expensive, or the embellishment gets mutilated.  It really doesn’t happen too often, but it is also good to have a quick and easy go-to alternative.  I love polka dots in almost any form.  Creating glitter circles is super quick, cheap, and fuss-free plus it adds just enough wow to a card.

 

An Open Heart - gold trio circles

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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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An Open Heart – Circle Woodgrain Card

In my very long “short” list, An Open Heart was first on new sets to purchase.  The bird and the branch nature theme as well as the phrase choices spoke to me.

Our new cotton ribbons are wonderful to work with – thin enough yet manageable for many projects.

The woodgrain embossing folder pairs nicely with this set too.

An Open Heart - Circle

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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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