Another Fresh Vintage Faux Tiled Card

As I’ve been cleaning up my craft room and trying to clear out scraps and the little hodge-podge of items I’ve stamped or cut for a project and then later decided I didn’t want to us them; and in the process I came across more of my Faux Tiling samples.

faux tiled thank you card

 

I had scored and stamped the Whisper White paper when I was trying to decide on a design for a class a couple months ago and though I decided to go with the diagonally scored version, I couldn’t let this go to waste!  Just had to add a sentiment from the Just Believe stamp set, a couple punches (word window and modern label), and some scrap Basic Black 1/8” Taffeta ribbon.

I can’t decide which version I like better, todays card or the original version.  What do you think?  Diagonal scoring or square with the pretty sentiment?

 

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Faux Tiling with Fresh Vintage

I’ve been wanting to try out Faux Tiling for a while and thought the big flower image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was perfect for this look!

 

To make the Faux Tiling look on your cards, I grabbed my Simply Scored score board and the matching Diagonal score plate to get the grid lines.  For the sample above, I started by having my paper positioned long side along the top of the score board (so with one edge stretching from 0 to 4.5”) and started doing a diagonal score every 1”.  Then, you just rotate your paper to finish out the grid lines so that they go both ways to make your diamond shapes.

tip: For the faux tile look, do your score lines first and then stamp on your paper.  If you don’t press your stamp down too hard, this will keep the ink off the grooves giving you those nice white lines in your image, reinforcing the tile look.

I kept it simple with my colors and just added some sponging to the white strip and punched circle.  Finally, it may be hard to tell in the picture but I added a rhinestone to the center of the flower for a little bit of sparkle. 🙂

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I’ve had a few people ask me about buying this stamp set and so I wanted to make sure everyone realized that this is a promotional stamp set that is only available to be earned during Sale-a-Bration.  So, while you can’t buy it, you can order $50 of whatever you’d like from any of the catalogs and get it for FREE.  You just have to place your order before the evening of March 31st; after that, it will be no longer available.

You can shop online or shoot me an email at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll make sure you are all set up.

 

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Everyday Enchantment Thinking of You Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Fresh Vintage, Just Believe
Ink:  Real Red classic, Basic Black classic
Paper: Whisper White CS, Real Red CS, Basic Black CS
Accessories: Simply Scored score board, Simply Scored diagonal plate, 3/4” circle punch, sponge, Stampin’ dimensionals, basic Rhinestones

More Watercoloring Card Samples–crayons & markers

Today I wanted to share a couple more samples from my watercoloring class.  In my last post, I shared a card we did using chalks and for today, I thought I’d show some cards using watercolor crayons and markers.  As you can see, the medium you use for your watercoloring gives you totally different effects!

Also, one more PSA – I always tell folks that the paper you stamp on makes a huge difference in your image quality and with watercoloring that is especially true.  Both of the techniques I ‘m showing you today need watercolor paper.  With the crayons, your image will not stamp well on the semi-gloss of Whisper White paper and with markers, you’ll tend to have your paper pill up or curl.

Watercolor Crayons

 

 

This card uses the watercolor crayons and I’ll admit it isn’t the best sample in the world; but it shows you how the crayons give you a more artsy watercolor look. With the crayons you color directly on your stamp and then mist it with water before stamping.  So, depending on how much you color on your stamp and how much water you use, you will get a more or less “blurred” image when you stamp.

tip: Be careful not to completely douse your stamp with water when you are wetting it because you can either have your colors run together or become so diluted that they barely color your page.

Watercoloring with markers

 

 

This is one of my favorite watercoloring techniques because it is so easy and I really like the look you get from it.  This technique uses markers to lay down your color and then using your blender pen to pull the color around to fill in your stamped area.  When I was a kid, I used to outline my pictures in my coloring books and then color in lightly inside the lines and so it gave me a similar effect as I got on this card.  So, maybe this has always been my thing. 🙂

tip: You will want to pick a medium to dark color marker for this technique.  If you use a lighter shade, you won’t really see the colors very well as you blend them into your open spaces.


Well, I hope this gave you some new ideas to try!  They are all so different and fun that it is worth trying them all!

If you haven’t done any watercoloring before, pick up some blender pens, watercolor paper, and your favorite color method (like ink pads, markers, chalks, etc).  Need help deciding which to start with?  Send me a note at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll help you figure it all out and get them on their way to you!

 

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Sale-a-Bration Fun by Bethani!

It’s a new week and while I’m still trying to get photos together from the projects I demonstrated at the Northwest Women’s Show last weekend I thought I would share a fun card that my downline, Bethani Semple created recently.

 

Bethani Semple SAB card

 

I find the Everyday Enchantment designer paper and Fresh Vintage stamp set often are used to make cute vintage but girly cards.  But, I love how Bethani used them in a more neutral way!  The Pacific Point cardstock base was an unexpected choice for me but I think it really brings out the designer paper patterns, don’t you?

She used the scallop square Big Shot die as well as the new cute hearts framelits (have I told you how much I love framelits?!) for her base shapes.  Then she added the stamped image and some texture with the Everyday Enchantment organdy ribbon and matching brad.

This is definitely one of those cards full of shapes and patterns I would never have thought to mix but turns out they look great together!  Thanks, Bethani, for the inspiration and for letting me share it on my blog!

 

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Everyday Enchantment Framelit Card by Pam

One of the things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! demo is that through the course of my different classes, events, and online wanderings, I meet some pretty awesome people.  That is especially true of the Fun n’ Crafty gals in my downline.  I have a facebook group for us to chat and share info and ideas and I was so excited when Pamela Wu shared this card she had created:

Pamela Wu Framelit Labels card

Isn’t it pretty?!?

I love how it turned out and while I know I’m going to have to CASE it and make one for myself, I wanted to share it with you today.  I love how she used the Fresh Vintage stamp set to make a band for the smaller of the two Labels Framelits and then used the Bouquet Blossom Triple Layer punch for the central flower.  Finish it off with the uber cute Everyday Enchantment brad from Sale-a-Bration and it really pops!

So, thanks, Pam for sharing this card with us and I can’t wait to go try it out myself!

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Vintage Fresh for Today’s Sudsol Blog Tour!

SUDSOL Blog Tour, February 1st!
Hi everyone!  Today is the day for the big SUDSOL blog tour.  I love all the ideas you can find on a blog tour and hopefully my projects today will give you some new ideas to try at home.  For this tour, the focus is on the fun new things in the Occasion Mini and the Sale-a-Bration catalogs.  I decided to show you some of my favorites with 3 different projects; and since I have a lot to share…lets get this show on the road!

A Scallop Circle Mini Basket

So, for those of you not familiar with SUDSOL, it is a community and content website specifically for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are interested in really focusing on thinking about their stamping business as an actual business.  So, there are lots of great ideas, tips, and sharing of projects – including a library full of templates and project patterns with photos and instructions created by other demos (not a member? click the link above to sign-up for a 2 week FREE trial to check it out).

Anywho, I was browsing the library and found this totally novel idea for how to turn a Scallop Circle (from the Bigz Big Shot die) and turn it into a little box – or in my case, add a handle and make it a basket. See:

Seriously, I would have never thought to score and cut a scallop circle die cut to make a small rectangular box.  But isn’t it cute !!  I pulled out my coordinating Sale-a-Bration items: Fresh Vintage stamp set, Everyday Enchantment designer paper, and the Everyday Enchantment brads and ribbon pack; and went to town decorating!

So, I started by pulling out the pattern I liked from the designer paper and making a 1/2” band around the box.  I had a piece left over from cutting my band and so I cut that in half (making two 1/4” strips) to make my basket handle.  I didn’t like the seam where I glued them together at the top of the handle, so I pulled out the Lucky Limeade organza ribbon and wrapped it around the seam to hide it.

As you can see, I have chocolate in my basket (yum! chocolate!)  I actually have 2 undecorated Reese’s mini peanut butter cups in the bottom of the basket and 2 decorated ones on top.  I used the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch along with the Fresh Vintage stamp set to decorate my candy.

SU Demos – you can find the instructions for this box in the SUDSOL library here. 

A Fresh Vintage Thank You Card

Alright, so I had the chocolate and the basket, I needed a card to go with it.  So, I set out by pulling out my next favorite item – Framelits Labels collection!

I wanted to use the big flower image from the Vintage Fresh stamp set and was super excited to see that one of the labels seemed to have curves that exactly fit the shape of the flower’s flourish.  So, I started with that as my guide for the layout.  Then I wanted to use my current favorite ribbon – Pleated Satin Ribbon in Blushing Bride.  Yes, you heard right… they pre-pleat the ribbon for you!

Anyway, I knew I wanted to use the labels and the ribbon and so then I just fiddled with placement and papers until I thought it looked alright.  Here are a few touches that might be hard to see in the above picture:

Sponging of the Blushing Bride label and the Basic Grey cardbase with Blushing Bride ink.  Oh, and popping up the smallest label.

 

I stamped the repeating flourish pattern from the stamp set along the bottom of the card front with my stamp-a-ma-jig and then layered the ribbon along the top edge.

A Fresh Vintage Stand-Up Card

Alright, so I had been tasked to create 3 projects for this blog tour and I was now up to 2.  I decided to turn back to the SUDSOL pattern library to see if there was something that really pulled me in.  I ran across this stand-up card pattern and thought it was something I had never done before and it looked like fun.  So, I gave it a go and this is the results!

I love how this card style will actually lie flat for mailing in an envelope but stands up when you pull it out.  Cool, huh?

 

I tried to keep in theme by using the same color schemes (or at least more Blushing Bride and Pool Party), designer paper, and stamps. I decided to pull out one more new Occasion Mini product to play with for this project – Twitterpated designer buttons. I was inspired by some recent vintage-y scrapbook pages I had seen and wanted to try out lots of layers for the focal point and then have some sentiment that suited staring at me from a shelf. Thus – Beautiful Life.

SU Demos – you can find the instructions for this card style in the SUDSOL library here.

 

Whew! You made it!  I had so much fun creating these projects and I hope you enjoyed them as well.  I’d love to hear which was your favorite – please leave me a comment and let me know!

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

                       

Adriana Benitez                            Annette Bogue

And after the tour I’d love to have you come back and visit here again; or for SUDSOL members, check out more of my projects in my gallery on the SUDSOL site.

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It’s Sale-a-Bration Time!

Celebrate good times, come on!

… that is totally the song going through my head right now as I typed the title for this post.  But the perky tune matches my smile and mood as I’m so excited to be re-kicking off my blog (including a new blog design!) and sharing the first of many projects I’ve been working on lately.

Also, I absolutely LOVE Sale-a-Bration time at Stampin’ Up! because who doesn’t love getting extra free stuff?

Wanna see what I did with some of my free stuff? I used the new Fresh Vintage Sale-a-Bration stamp set and matching ribbon, along with one of my favorite new items in the Occasions Miniframelits!

This is actually a pretty quick card to make aside from the coloring of the stamp with markers.  But I think all the colors are worth it – don’t you agree?

This year there are a ton of fabulous products and amazing incentives during Sale-a-Bration:

  • Get FREE exclusive items for every $50 you spend! There are stamps, cardstock, designer paper, fabric, digital designs, buttons, ribbon, and even embossing folders to choose from.
  • Get extra FREE items when you host a party!  Get a cute shopping tote on top of your regular hostess benefits with a $150+ workshop.  Get a free bundle of Sale-a-Bration coordinating items (Fresh Vintage stamp set and matching designer paper, brads, and ribbon!) with a $400 workshop.
  • Get a FREE pack of designer paper or a digital download EVERY month for the rest of 2012 ~plus~ get a discount on the starter kit when you sign up as a demonstrator!  Seriously, this is such a cool offer they are running right now.  Not only do you get the full starter kit at a great price, along with all the other benefits of being a demonstrator, but you get free stuff every month as well.  How cool is that?!

I know, it’s a lot to take in.  But check out the super cute stuff in the Sale-a-Bration catalog and let me know if I can answer any questions or if I can help get you all the freebies you are drooling over!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more card ideas using some fun new Sale-a-Bration and Occasion mini products.  So, until then –

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Vintage Flower Card Recipe:
Stamps: 
Fresh Vintage (SAB)
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Soft Suede classic, Calypso Coral marker, Blushing Bride marker, Marina Mist marker, So Saffron marker, Old Olive maker
Paper: Old Olive cardstock, Soft Suede cs, Very Vanilla cs
Accessories:  Calypso Coral 1/8” organza ribbon (SAB), BigShot, Framelits – Labels, Adhesive Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail adhesive