Have a Blue Christmas

Today I thought I’d share the final card from my Holiday Stamp-a-Stack last weekend.  I wanted to get away from the traditional reds and greens and ended up playing with some blues instead. 

Marina Christmas Card sm

I don’t know why I always forget about using white craft ink on cardstock, but thanks to a sample I saw on the demonstrator Stampin’ Connection site, I knew i just had to have some white snowflakes.  I also had seen some layering of ribbon with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch and wanted to try that as well.  So, we ended up combining Whisper White, Bashful Blue, and Marina Mist to make this cute little winter flurry card.

Blue Christmas Recipe:
Northern Hearts, Christmas Classics
Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic ink, Whisper White Craft ink
Paper:  Bashful Blue CS, Marina Mist CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, Marina Mist taffeta ribbon, Large Oval punch, Decorative Label punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhesive back rhinestones


More Fun Ideas for Crystal Effects

Each month I hold a technique night focusing on some different product or crafting technique.  Well, this last Tuesday night we focused on Crystal Effects.  I think Crystal Effects is one of those products that I often forget on the shelf but when I pull it out and start playing around I have so much fun!  I took this evening to show some of the different ways you can use Crystal Effects starting with the simple:

Hello card In this case, we stamped the card and then added Crystal Effects over the butterfly image to create a fun 3D effect:

CE close up Similar to this idea, we also made some chipboard accents to use on a future project.  This was the thrifty person (aka hoarder) in me.  I saved the white cardboard piece that comes with our designer paper packages.  We adhered some DSP to the cardboard and then punched out a heart using the Small Heart punch.  Then we punched that out using a 1” Circle punch and also punched out a 1” circle of Poppy Parade cardstock.  Glue the Poppy Parade piece to the back of your chipboard and then fill in the cutout with Crystal Effects.  Its a fun way to make custom epoxy-like accents.

Epoxy AccentsNext, we added some sparkle to the place… cause who doesn’t like glitter with your pizza?  🙂   (We were meeting at Round Table Pizza and only got a little bit of glitter on the table)  Coat the top of the brad with Crystal Effects and dip into some fine glitter to create your glitter brads.

glitter bradsNow, I will warn you, unlike our Glimmer Brads in the Holiday Mini, the glitter will tend to rub off a bit with these brads.  You want to shake off what you can when you first glitter them up and then be prepared for a little to flake off after its dried.  I think it is pretty enough to be worth it.  Oh, and when you are letting your brads dry after dipping them, just set them gently on the table with the prongs pointing up.  It won’t mess up your brads and then you can have your hands free to do other stuff while it dries.

We also used Crystal Effects as glue on the back of the clear Itty Bitty Buttons, using the matching Punch Pack to punch out paper in the same shape as the button.  I made this card a while back and used it as my sample.  But it shows you basically what we did.

friends forever buttons close up buttonsFinally, our last fun technique was the Stained Glass technique.  I love using this stamp set for this technique.  If you want to see details on how to do it, check out my post from last year.  But here is the card we made:

stained glass treeAnd yes, my tree ended up a little “artistic”. 🙂  I was showing how to color and paint on the Crystal Effects and when showing how you would attach the window sheet to the Whisper White paper once the Crystal Effects was dry, I accidentally put them together.  So, I now call it artistic shading.

It was a fun night and I loved seeing the creativity in the room.

Thanks for taking the time to view the projects we made.  I’d love to hear what your favorite use is for Crystal Effects.  Leave a comment sharing what tips and techniques you use, I’d love to hear from you!

In the San Francisco area? I’d love to show you and your friends how to make these projects!  Contact me at jennifer@nwstamper.com to learn how you can get a free private class for you and your friends!

Simple holiday cards with a side of bling

Well, December is finally here and like usual I suddenly realize that I need to get my Christmas cards put together and my mailing list organized.  Thankfully I was running a technique night this last Tuesday and so we created three fun holiday cards.  The actual card designs aren’t too complicated as the focus was more on some fun techniques to add some bling to your cards.  These cards were tons of fun to make and look much better in person than in the photos. 🙂

Technique 1 – Stained Glass Window

For this card, the bling came in the form of sparkle on a colored window sheet image.  To do this, start by stamping your preferred image onto a window sheet using Staz-on ink.  Squeeze some crystal effects onto a piece of plastic or some waxy paper (I like using the backing that is left behind when you peel off the sticker labels for your stamp sets).  Add a drop or two of reinker dye and some dazzling diamonds glitter.  Mix together and apply to your stamped image with a paintbrush.  Once that has dried, attach your window sheet (ink side down) to your card front using brads or your favorite adhesive (just note that if you use adhesive it will show through unless you cover it up with another card element.

Stamps: Christmas Classics
Inks:  Staz-on black, Soft Suede classic ink, Old Olive reinker
Paper: Soft Suede CS, Whisper White CS, Merry Moments DSP
Accessories:  Gold brads, Scallop edge punch, paper piercier and mat pack, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Close to Cocoa marker (to color in the trunk)

Technique 2 – Brayer Resist

I had been seeing some fabulous samples using the new Bride specialty DSP.  If you haven’t seen the paper before, it is a white (or black or ivory) paper with either stripes or the swirly pattern in shiny foil of the same color.  While this is pretty and elegant on its own, it is also perfect for coloring because the shiny part resists ink.  So, for this card, we inked up our brayer and rolled it over the paper to create the design on the bottom half of the card.  It can take a few rolls to get the color coated evenly but gives you tons of options with only one package of paper and a few ink pads.

Stamps: Sweet Season, Sincere Salutations
Inks: Night of Navy classic ink
Paper:  Bridesmaid DSP, Whisper White CS, Bashful Blue CS
Accessories:  Organza ribbon, Scallop circle punch, brayer, Frost Crystal brads, paper piercer, Stampin dimentionals

Technique 3 – Shimmer Paints

So, this is the hardest effect to see in a photo but adds a subtle shine to your projects.  It is also the easist and fastest technique of all.  Ink up your image (don’t you just love the Dasher stamp from the under $10 section of the catty??) and set the stamp aside BEFORE you stamp.  Next, take your shimmer paint container and shake it up.  Open it up and set the lid in front of you.  Now, you should be able to take a sponge dauber and pick up the shimmer paint from the inside of the paint container lid.  Sponge the paint on top of your inked stamp (in my case I just sponged over the antlers).  NOW, stamp your image onto your paper.  You will see the color come through but with a shimmery effect where you applied the paint.  I then used the dauber which had some ink and some shimmer paint left on it from daubing the stamp rubber and used that to distress the edge of my square paper.  It gave it a really nice shimmery brown all around the edge.

Stamps:  Dasher
Inks: Chocolate Chip classic
Paper:  Merry Moments DSP, Real Red CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Very Vanilla CS
Accessories:  Sponge Dauber, Frost Shimmer Paint, Chocolate Chip 5/8″ ribbon

Finally able to post pictures

So, while away on my trip, I tried posting the pictures from last week.  Unfortunately, my internet connection was apparently not good enough to make that happen, so I wanted to get out a quick post this morning. 

Like I said last week, we had a great time getting ready for the holidays by making gift packaging.  I posted most of the items we made, but I didn’t get a chance to post the final two items. 

scallopedgc This bag was one I first saw my mom do and I thought it would be perfect for holding gift cards.  It is super simple to do; so I thought it would be a good addition to the class.  All you do to make it is cut a piece of 3×6.5″ cardstock, scoring at 5″.  Use the scallop punch to edge of the flap of the main cardstock. Using sticky tape, adhere a 3×5″ cello bag to the 3×5 section of cardstock.  Punch holes through the main cardstock and cello bag (one on each side) about halfway between the 5″ score line and the end of the flap – don’t punch through the flap itself.  Run ribbon from the back of the holder, through the holes, and then use to tie the flap down.

holidayboxThen, while waiting for the ladies to show, I decided I wanted to play with my new designer label punch and some hardware from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit.  So, I created a box with a band that would hold a designer label hardware piece.  Since it was based on the pizza box style boxes, it was super fast.  I just wish I had stamped the main cardstock instead of just the band.

Recipe (GC holder):
Ink: none
Paper: textured chocolate chip CS, Ghostly Greetings DSP
Accessories: scalloped edge punch, crop-a-dile, Ridinghood Red taffeta ribbon

Recipe (box):
Christmas Classics, Best Yet (hostess)
Ink: Always Artichoke
Paper: Ridinghood Red CS, Always Artichoke CS, Kraft CS
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware vanilla

A Quickie Christmas Card

So, I finally decided to start doing challenges on Split Coast Stampers and so I just did my first one, which was for SU demonstrators to come up with quicky holiday cards.  I still think I could have gone a bit more simple but at least the technique is very easy.  I think all told, this took about 5-10 minutes to put together including measuring and cutting the paper.


Christmas Classics, Deer Friends (hostess)
Ink: Old Olive, Encore Gold, Ridinghood Red
Paper: Whisper White CS, Ridinghood Red CS, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories: 1 1/4″ circle punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch

Swap card overload!

So, I showed you a couple posts ago about the cool gifts I was given and projects I made at the group meeting on Saturday. I also mentioned that I participated in a card swap. The other ladies made such awesome cards that I had to share!

All the cards I got at the end of the swap plus mine.

All the cards I got at the end of the swap plus mine.

And here are a few of my favorites!

Super cute card my upline Denise Rolak made.  Isn't she talented?

Super cute card my upline Denise Rolak made. Isn't she talented?

Super creative use of the Twill tape ribbon.  Love it!

Super creative use of the Twill tape ribbon made by Connie Swan. Love it!

One of my favorite stamp sets because it is so elegant.  Plus the colors are great and the glitter is a neat touch!

One of my favorite stamp sets because it is so elegant. Plus the colors are great and the glitter is a neat touch! Created by Leilani Landis.


What a cool idea for a card! Plus it make me think of my friend Kally. 🙂 Created by Janie Bracht.

Holiday Stamp-a-Stack Sneak Peak – Part 2

I told you I had more sketches than necessarily for the Holiday Stamp-a-Stack this Saturday but I decided to make them up anyway.  Unfortunately I spent way to much time last night trying to figure out how to make one of my sketches work (it never did end up working) so I only got through four more cards.  However, I think I’ve made up some cool designs so between yesterday’s cards and today’s cards I think I will have my 5 cards picked out.

Here is what I made last night:








Some notes about the cards.  The snowman card has the front punch through to the inside where the snowman stamp is glued down. And the trees in the Seasons Greetings card are glittery (I thought it made a fun winter wonderland motif 🙂 )

Just a reminder, please RSVP if you want to come to the workshop or contact me to let me know if you want a card kit.  The current plan for the 5 card designs are the 3 from yesterday, happy holidays above and seasons greetings above.  Leave me a comment if you want to vote for a different set of designs!