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Sticky Strip Embossing – Dragonfly Card

I have hosted Technique Tuesdays in my home once a month for over 11 years.  That’s a lot of techniques!  Over the summer, I reorganized my technique packs and found I was missing an example.  Well, rather than going back to a retired set, I re-envisioned it with a current stamp set.

This technique was Sticky Strip Embossing – a SUPER EASY technique.  Use your embossing buddy as usual, but create a bold line of embossing by putting down a stripe of Sticky Strip.  Then sprinkle your embossing powder right over hit, tap off the excess, and heat emboss until melted.

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Wedding Bells and Seashells

A dear friend of mine got married on a beach in Punta Cana this month.  Creating a card for her wedding was easy with the So Many Shells stamp set which is new in the 2017-2018 catalog.  For the card, I used the triple layer technique, and I am so pleased with the results.

The phrases came from the Floral Phrases stamp set; the color combination was Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Blush Blossom, and Soft Suede.

This was perfect as a wedding card, but you could easily change out the phrases and use for a birthday, get well, baby, or thinking of you card!

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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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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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Coloring with Bleach

Welcome to the first 2011 VC Rocks Bloghop…you've most likely arrived here from Veronica Miller's blog .  If you want to start at the beginning of the blog hop, you can start here – www.vcrocks.blogspot.com .

The theme of this blog hop is COLORING.  If you know me very well, you know I love quick and easy results in cardmaking.  I also love to use bleach in my stamping as it makes the house smell clean and fools the husband and kiddies that mom cleaned all day instead of stamped all day.

One of my favorite stamp sets in the new Summer Mini Catalog is Sail Away.  This is a perfect stamp set for coloring with bleach!

First off, here are the supplies you'll need for the technique:

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Supplies

I am heat embossing the image first (you could also use StazOn instead).  I've got my handy dandy heat embossing reflector (a piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil), my SU heat gun, black embossing powder, embossing buddy, VersaMark, stamp, bleach (bleach should be "fresh"), nonpourous bowl, and bleach applicator (cheap paintbrush).

Whenever you are working with bleach, be careful for your health and safety.  Work in a ventilated area and protect your eyes, clothing, and stamping station.  If you are pregnant, I highly suggest you take bleach stamping off your to-do list until after your baby blessing has arrived!

Coloring with Bleach Tutorial – Sail Away Card

1.  Heat emboss the sailboat image.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Not Applied

I used Not Quite Navy card stock which was already run through my Big Shot and the Scallop Circle #2 die.  I ran my embossing buddy over it first and then heat set the black embossing powder.

2.  Take cap off bleach and pour a small amount of bleach in the cap from the bleach bottle.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Supplies B

3.  Apply bleach using paintbrush or other applicator tool to the portion of the embossed image you want "colored":

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleached Image A

You should immediately see some color change.  If you don't, your bleach may be too old or not "fresh" enough.

Coloring with bleach actually is taking AWAY color from the card stock.  Different card stock, even different card stock lots, will produce varying results.  I suggest trying to bleach on a small piece of scrap card stock before finalizing your selection or coordinating colors for the card design.

4.  Finish the bleaching and set aside to dry.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleached Image B

5.  Once dry, attach image to your card.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Card Finished

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What is VC Rocks…and why do I love it??  VC Rocks is an online community where members share their love of stamping before, during, and after the Stampin' Up! convention.  If you can't go (or even if you can) to convention, you can get your "stampin' mojo fix" with challenges, swaps, and discussions!  I have "met' many fabulous stamping demos and nondemos through this group.

Thanks for stopping by, and now your next stop is Carolyn Sharkas' blog 

 

 

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Vintage Vogue Brayered Specialty Paper

vintagevogue-tentbrad 

Today’s card features the new Vintage Vogue stamp set.  I absolutely love this card for a several reasons:

#1.  I’m using my favorite card format – the tent card.

#2.  I’m using one of my new favorite techniques – brayered specialty paper.

#3.  I’m using one of my favorite color combinations – Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Silver, and Whisper White

#4.  I love the colored brad insert for the Filigree Flower brad.

I hope you like it too!

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