Here’s the details on the card I thought I had posted in July, but Oops! I hadn’t.
This For The Birds watercolored tag card was inspired by the card on page 35 in the catalog. I changed the colors and simplified it a bit. Most of the work on this card is the watercoloring, which is actually quite simply done with Aqua Painters and Reinkers.
Use StazOn ink to keep your stamped outline from smearing when you paint it. And as you paint don’t be perfect. Leave some white spots, go over the lines, color some areas darker – this all adds to the charm of watercolor.
To create the circle reinforcement at the top of the tag, punch the small hole first and then punch out the 1/2″ circle centering the hole. And to cut the corners on the tag, consider using the diagonal scoring plate to score one corner then turn the tag over and score the other corner. Use the score lines as a guide to evenly snip off the corners and create the tag.
I love these cute birds! And anyone would be thrilled if you created this cute little friendship card just for them!
Card Recipe:Stamps: For the Birds w-#126405, c-#126407Ink: Black StazOn #101406Paper: Naturals White card stock #102316, Baha Breeze card stock #111352, Patio Party Designer Series Paper #126916Extras: 1/2″ Circle Punch #119869, Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844, Linen Thread #104199, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder #115964, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine # 113439
A friend had out-patient shoulder surgery this week. She has been in pain for quite a while, so she was excited to have this surgery in hopes of some relief. I made this card to cheer her up and give her something pretty to look at while she is resting.
The flowers on this card are made with the flowers punched out with the Boho Blossoms Punch and the technique described in this tutorial below.
I punched five each of the different-sized blossoms from Regal Rose card stock, spritzed them with water, and layered them to create the three flowers. I then adhered each to a matching Bravo Burgandy blossom base.
The leaves were punched out of Summer Starfruit card stock with the Bird Builder Punch, the stems trimmed and glued behind the flower base.
To create the greeting label, I started with a Whisper White card stock, and repeatedly stamped the doily from the Delicate Doilies stamp set with Regal Rose ink stamped off once for a lighter application. The greeting is from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set stamped with a StazOn ink pad.
After I did all my stamping, I positioned the Labels Collection Framelit to surround the greeting, ‘taped’ it down with post-it notes to keep it in place, and ran it through my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. I also die cut a second label out of Regal Rose card stock of the larger-sized framelit for layering.
To finish the card I embossed Whisper White card stock with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, layered on Bravo Burgandy card stock, added ribbon and assembled the card.
This card reminds me of my friend’s gentle southern charm! I hope she likes it.
The Stampin’ Up! exclusive magazine for demonstrators is a wonderful source of inspiration. This past month it featured an article on stamping on ribbon using the new 7/8” Cotton Ribbon and the Border Banter stamp set, both on page 20 of the new Holiday Catalog. In the catalog you’ll see a candy box tied with the festive green stamped ribbon. Very playful and lovely!
My card uses the same layout and basic features of the stamped card found in the magazine. To create the ribbon flower, the ribbon is first stamped with Primrose Petals ink and ruffled in the middle and hot glued to a cardstock circle. Once the base of the flower was complete, I threaded a white twine bow into the clear Vintage Button and adhered that to the flower with glue dots.
The ‘make a wish’ greeting was also stamped on ribbon; this time using Black StazOn ink. A strip of Crochet Trim was affixed to the back of the ribbon and then the flag end was trimmed out with Craft Scissors. The Craft Scissors are wonderful and cut through ribbon and paper like butter!
A quick word about Craft Scissors and other tools – I used to think I was no good at baking cookies until I invested in long-lasting quality baking tools, like a baking stone and a cooling rack. When I started using the quality tools my experience with baking was transformed. Every batch was successful! Craft Scissors and other high quality Stampin’ Up! tools are invaluable in transforming your crafting experience into fabulous success!
The leaves are Little Leave Sizzlits cut outs. Using the tip of the Bone Folder, I creased the center of the leaves for a more natural look.
And finally, probably my favorite part of this card, the background! This background was featured in video #1 in the recent article 5 new Stampin’ Up! How-To Videos! Starting with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, I used a brayer to roll ink on one side of the open folder. Then I sandwiched the cardstock in the folder and gently rubbed the inked folder over the Primrose Petals paper. That’s it. Instead of embossing the card front I just used the folder to ‘stamp’ the paper creating this lovely background! Watch the video if you’re still trying to figure out what I did!
Try the new ‘stamping with an embossing folder’ technique. Order your cotton ribbon today and start stamping!
Stampin’ Up! just released FIVE new video tutorials featuring projects from the 2012-13 catalog. Each video is only 2-3 minutes long and if you watch all five you’ll learn a lot of new techniques for your 10 minute time investment. Definitely worth watching!
1. Watch “Baby Memory Book Page Technique”which shows techniques used to create the Baby Memory book on page 62 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. You’ll love the unique use of the embossing folder!
3. Watch “Tea Shoppe Technique” featuring the fabulous gift box featured on page 56 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. This video will walk you through the entire creation of this gift box complete with dividers, clear lid and band in less than 4 minutes!
4. Watch “Stampin’ Emboss Technique” and learn how to create faux metal tags with any stamp! I LOVE the look of these ‘metal’ tags. This is from the 2012-13 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog pg. 105.
5. Watch “Outdoors Journal Technique” which will show in less than 2 minutes how to create faux leather and add distressing to a journal or anything else for that matter. The featured project can be found on page 68 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.
I enjoyed making this Summer Silhouettes Thank You card using many techniques including embossing, using watermark ink, stamping outside the lines and outlining.
Let me explain each technique.
1. Embossing – I stamped the flower centers on the background and the main flowers with white craft ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder so they would show against the darker flowers.
2. Using Watermark Ink – Versamark ink will give you a watermark affect on any color cardstock. In this case, I used Versamark ink to stamp the lattice pattern in the background.
3. Stamping Outside the Lines – I stamped the leaves on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was 2″ x 4-1/4″. Then I trimmed it down to 1-1/2″ with a paper trimmer all the way to the edge of the leaves and snipped around the leaves so they hung outside the border of the paper. It’s a cool effect, which works great for leaves, flowers and trees.
4. Outlining – The main flowers and leaves are outlined with the fine tip of a Stampin’ Write marker. If you look closely you’ll see that the outline is free handed and not complete. I love the look! What do you thing?
Have you tried these techniques before? Whichis your favorite technique or which would you like to try? Leave a comment below.