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Secret Garden Painted Overlay Birthday Card

At last month's Technique Tuesday class, I taught my stampers the Craft White Painted Overlay technique.  This is a great way to color in line image stamps.  Here is the card we created:


Secret Garden Craft White Painted Overlay


The colors used for this card were Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, and Primrose Petals – love this combo!

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Goodbye, Summer

Tomorrow the kids go back to school – and for the first time in 11 years, I won't be driving to and from school!  All three will be taking the bus – the same bus – what will I do with my time???

Fall is my favorite Wisconsin season, but I do wish summer could stay a little while longer.  It has been a summer of floods, bugs, and humidity!  We've managed a few fun family events, but time raced by so quickly!

To savor the last day of summer, here is one of the cards my customers made at Technique Tuesday last week.  It features the Summer Mini Catalog stamp set Sweet Treats – one of my favorites:


This card format is called the Side Step.  A bit intricate, but so much fun!  Colors used include Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, and Crumb Cake ink.  To get the three colors of ice cream, the bottom was Tangerine Tango, the middle was Pumpkin Pie, and the top was a second-generation stamping of Pumpkin Pie.  Did you know you can use your inkpad for more than one color?  Once you ink your stamp, stamp it once, and then before reinking, stamp again (and sometimes again) for a lighter, less intense color.

Goodbye, summer….until next year!

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Shimmer Paint Techniques

I love the Shimmer Paints!  I think my favorite has to be the Shimmer Frost White – there is so much you can do with it!  For my Technique Tuesday class this month, I featured Shimmer Paint in two aspects of the card my stampers created.  First of all, we tinted the Shimmer Paint with Summer Sun dye ink refill (one of our retiring colors).  We then stamped the Upsy Daisy image on a cut-off Top note Die using the dyed paint as an "inkpad", set it aside, and let it dry.  Then we painted the dyed Shimmer Paint on the flower from the Pretties Kit.  WOW…so sparkly! 


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Vintage Vogue – Faux Tearing

Vintage Vogue is a new Stampin’ Up! stamp set that I adore!  It has an innate shabby chic feel.  At my Technique Tuesday class this week, I demonstrated the faux tearing technique.  VERY EASY and a wonderful way to add dimension and texture without adding cardstock.  I’ll be using this technique often! 

Create a large piece with a torn edge – this is your mask for your noncolored piece.  Place the cardstock underneath it – you may want to secure it with removable adhesive.  Using a sponge brayer or a sponge, cover the cardstock with a coordinating ink.  If you plan on stamping on the torn piece, do it now.  You can use stamps and ink or a wheel like I did here.  I like the contrast of the Night of Navy ink on the Old Olive-colored torn edge.  Remove the mask.  Finish your card!

Don’t you love the faux button too?


The color is somehow washed out a bit in the picture – I used Night of Navy ink and card stock, Mellow Moss card stock and ribbon, and Old Olive ink (for brayering the torn section).

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Brayered Specialty Paper

Last night was Technique Tuesday Stamp Class!  Somethings that can be easily overlooked in the Stampin’ Up! catalog are the many kinds of designer papers.  There are lots to choose from to be sure!  Here is a picture of one example of the Bride Specialty Paper (there are two designs – one is this swirl; the other is a stripe):


Although very pretty, it may not jump out at you in the catalog.  At last night’s class, I showed my stampers a great WOW technique – Brayered Specialty Paper. It works best with the Bride paper (white) and the Bridesmaid paper (vanilla), but it doesn’t work with the Groom paper as it is BLACK.  Just by using your brayer/inkpad/soft cloth (to remove excess ink from the glossy parts), you can customize the specialty paper to whatever color you want!  That same paper now coordinates with my Rich Razzleberry cardstock!  I even brayered an extra piece for my punches!  


This was definitely the favorite card last night!  I hope you like it too!

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