Faux Tile Technique – Flowering Flourishes

I showed the Faux Tile technique in my June Stamp Nights.

Stamp Set: Flowering Flourishes
Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Punches: Fun Flower, Petite Petals
Tools: Basic Jewels Pearls, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, dauber, thin cardboard for masks

Here’s the Technique Journal page we made with score measurements.

The trick to the shading is to brush the dauber starting on the mask inward onto the “tile” softly so you don’t cover up too much of the tile with shading.  Also, when brushing the outside edges with the dauber, skip over the “grout” score line to keep it white.

Happy Stampin’

Baroque in Razzleberry – Sea Salt Watercolor Technique

This was a little messy, but fun to see how it turned out each time.  You spritz your watercolor paper all over, add a few drops of refill ink, spread with an aqua painter, and sprinkle on some sea salt.  See full instructions below.

Stamp Sets:

  • Simply Celebrate (retired – Spring catalog)

 Colors:

  • Strawberry Slush
  • Early Espresso
  • Rich Razzleberry

Extras / Tools:

Here’s the Technique Journal page and sample I did for my club members:

After our paper was dry and brushed off, we ran it through an embossing folder and sanded it a little to bring out the texture.  Here’s a close up of the sample…I just can’t get enough of Bermuda Bay!

We ran the sample through the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.

Happy Stampin’

Card Box Using Envelope Punch Board

I thought I’d try out this card box I’ve seen using the Envelope Punch Board for one of my Stamp Night projects, so this was the technique and one of the projects in April.

I made some of these creped filter paper flowers at our craft retreat in March, and I just can’t get enough of them…so fun and easy!  I knew that’s what I wanted on the flap.  Just cut 8 layers at the same time using the Floral Frames Collection Framelits (all one size), put a brad in the center, fluff, spritz with color, and fluff again when dry.

The Natural Composition Specialty paper is perfect for these since its extra sturdy and already decorated with clear embossing…yay!  Here’s a close up of the 9 1/2″ by 9 1/2″ paper and the card instructions I did in My Digital Studio to give everyone for their technique book.  The red lines are the “cut” lines.  The pen marked lines are the score lines.

One of the tips I read on this was to put a package of our medium envelopes inside to form the box around.  This works great to keep your box squared off when sticking down the Sticky Strip.  This box will hold a dozen cards and envelopes or more depending on the embellishments.

Happy Stampin’

Glittered Easter Eggs

Easter is just 2 and half weeks away!  Here’s an easy way to add glittered Easter eggs to your scrapbook pages or cards using Silver Glimmer Paper and the XL Oval Punch:

Stamp Sets:

  • Delightful Dozen
  • Positively Chevron

Colors:

  • Crumb Cake
  • Very Vanilla
  • Strawberry Slush
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Gumball Green
  • Garden Green
  • Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin’ Pad

Tools / Extras:

  • Stampin’ Spritzers (link)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Re-Inkers
  • Silver Glimmer Paper (link)
  • Fringe Scissors (link)
  • Brayer
  • Seam Binding ribbon
  • XL Oval Punch

Egg Spritzing:  I have an old box with a lid attached on one side that I use to spritz in (practice safe spritzing…lol).  Just fill your spritzers with rubbing alcohol (drys faster than water) and 15 drops of re-inker in each color in each spritzer to spritz strips of Silver Glimmer Paper.  I tried with less drops, but it was not intense enough color on the Silver Glimmer Paper.  Stampin’ Up! Glimmer Paper has a special backing that holds up to spritzing.  The color works itself under the glitter and dries in about 15 minutes.  Then, just punch out your eggs with the Extra Large Oval Punch. 

Tip: Once you designate a color to your spritzer, just label it and keep it that color.  They are inexpensive and so washing the color out of the spritzing mechanism isn’t worth your time.

I also did an Ombre effect on the background of this card with the Brayer.  Here’s my Technique Journal page.

Happy Stampin’

Telescoping Technique – Starburst Sayings

This gate card was a Stamp Night project from February and a little out of my comfort zone with all the bright colors.  My ladies loved it though…some of them are all about the Brights!  Lots of dimensionals on this one to layer everything for the telescoping effect.

Stamp Sets:

  • Starburst Sayings

Colors:

  • Daffodil Delight
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Pacific Point
  • Whisper White

 Tools / Extras:

  • Starburst Framelits Dies
  • Circle Punches
  • Triangle Punch
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies
  • Scallops embossing folder
  • Candy Dots
  • Dimensionals
  • Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen – White

When you do the Telescoping Technique with a word stamp, it helps if you punch your circle out of scrap card stock first and center the scrap circle on top of your stamped image to trace where to punch.  Then, just punch carefully to punch inside the pen marks.  If your image has a center to aim for like the one in the Technique Journal below, there’s no need to trace first.

Have fun doing this technique with different shapes.  It doesn’t have to be just scallops & circles…try some Framelit shapes too!

Happy Stampin’

Banner Blast Make & Take Party

Friday night I hosted a table at the Make & Take party for the Stamp Scrap Art Tour.  I used one of my Stamp Night Projects for January which is inspired from a project Shelli did at leadership.  It was a sell out with 95 guests.

Getting used to the format was the hardest part.  I had figured my card would take about 15 minutes and when they started the projects, they announced that the groups had only 15 minutes at each of 8 tables and then the whole group would rotate around the tables together.  Beverly was my helper, and we had to hustle to keep the ink pads, stamps and punches moving around the tables.  We had it figured out around the third group of 12 ladies.  Next time I will bring a 10 minute card and duplicates of all the supplies so it will be more relaxed.

They had a wonderful display of desserts to eat at the break in the middle.  I wish I had taken a photo of that.  There was a chocolate fountain with fun fruit and cake bites to dip in the waterfall of chocolate.  Also, they had cakes, cobblers, and little fancy chocolate things (who cares what they were called…it was luscious chocolate!).  The break also gave us some time to talk to the guests.

Here’s the whole card and the recipe:

Stamps:

  • Banner Blast (Sale-a-Bration – Free)
  • Four You (Annual Catalog)

 Colors:

  • Crumb Cake
  • Early Espresso
  • Strawberry Slush
  • Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Whisper White

Tools / Supplies:

  • Linen Thread
  • Banner Punch (Sale-a-Bration – Free)
  • Dimensionals & Glue Dots
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (flower punch)
  • Merry Minis Punch Pack (star punch – carried over from Holiday Catalog)

I showed them the Easy Splatter Technique that Shelli showed us on stage at Leadership.  Here’s the page in my Technique Journal for Stamp Night.

 Happy Stampin’

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