Category: Techniques

Stampin’ Up! Classic Swirls

The beautiful stamp set Baroque Motifs is retiring at the end of the month.  This versatile stamp with its fabulous swirls will make any project elegant.  In fact it brings back memories of my cousin’s wedding as her mother used this stamp set in the design of her wedding announcements.  The lively color pallette and layout were inspired by challenges at splitcoaststampers.   I pulled out my designer papers, looked for orange and blue and discovered these fabulous papers to create my flower.  The swirly background was stamped and heat embossed in white.

Technique – How to make 3-D flower:

  1.  I used the Blossom punch that will return in the catalog June 1st (Yay!) and punched 3 flowers from 2 different designer series papers for a total of 6. (The Fun Flowers die would be a great choice too.)
  2. Then I used the paper crimper that is retiring at the end of the month to crimp each blossom repeatedly.  The repeated crimping breaks the fibers which softens the paper allowing it to be more plyable.
  3. Finally, I stacked the flowers, pierced them with the paper-piercing tool, and attached all the layers with a glimmer brad.
  4. Once all the layers were attached I crumpled each blossom up into the center then gently spread them to create the flower you see above.
Card recipe:
Stamps: Baroque Motifs # 113490 (retiring)
Paper: Beyond the Garden #122342 (retiring), Pocketful of Posies # 122354 (retiring), Pumpkin Pie #105117, Bashful Blue #105120, Marina Mist #119682
Ink:  White Craft #101731, Bashful Blue #105209
Extras: Blossom Punch (returns June 1st), White embossing powder #109132, Crimper #101618 (retiring), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275, Glimmer Brads #121004, Paper-Piercing Tool #116631
 

Don’t miss out on this elegant stamp set – order yours today.

Enjoy!  Julie

Clean & Simple Zoo Inspired

You certainly don’t think of clean & simple with zoo, but look at this cute Punch Pals penquin friends card with it’s clean & simple designPenquins aren’t just for Christmas!  Aren’t they just engaging creatures?  So fun to watch as they dive through the water and then pop out onto the shore.

Technique:  Double Punching – The tags were punched with the Word Window punch.  The end of the tag was then reinserted from the top to trim off the end and create a shorter word window.  Technique:  Twine Tapping – I tapped the white baker’s twine with the brush end of the markers to add coordinating color for a little surprise.

The colors were inspired by the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper and here’s a matching envelope made in seconds with the fabulous Simply Scored Tool and Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  This paper is available until Monday, April 30 with all the other Summer Smooches preorder.  

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Punch Pals #116588
Ink: Black StazOn #101406, Tangerine Tango marker #120974, Tempting Turquoise marker #100058, Rich Razzleberry marker #120970, Daffodil Delight marker #119677
Paper: Whisper White #100730, Basic Black #121045, Tangerine Tango #111349, Tempting Turquoise #102067, Rich Razzleberry #115316, Summer Smooches #125409
Extras:  White Baker’s Twine #124262, Word Window Punch #119857, Crop-a-dile #108362, Stripes Embossing Folder #123128, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439
 

The retiring accessories list changes daily as supplies sell out.  All the lists are at the top of the pageOrder early so you won’t be disappointed and receive a new 2012-13 catalog FREE to your door with any order placed before May 15th.