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.

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Perfect Peacock – So Worth the Wait…

When I first started stamping as a customer with Stampin’ Up! there was a retired stamp set with a beautiful peacock in it that I had just missed out on.  I guess that was about 10 years ago.  Well, the Perfect Peacock stamp was so worth the wait!

Stamps:

 Colors:

  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White

Tools / Extras:

  • Candy Dots – Brights
  • StazOn ink – Jet Black (for stamping on Whisper White)
  • Scallop Oval punch
  • Large Oval punch
  • Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack – flower
  • Stampin’ Sponges, Dimensionals, Glue Dot

I had seen some cards using the masking technique and line art flower images, and thought the Perfect Peacock would be…well…perfect with this technique!

Tips – Don’t put your color in the center of the card stock.  With art, off center is usually better.  Also, just sponge from top down and from down up to let the colors mix where they meet.

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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.

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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.

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Just Because…Another Way to Color in Line Art

You can never have enough ways to color in your line art stamps.  I used
sponge daubers for this technique.  Just dab on the edge of the dauber
when coloring in the smaller areas and don’t be afraid to color outside
the lines, because that gives it the soft look you want on this one.

I used this design for my 2nd April Stamp Night card and also as my Cruise SWAP (of course I realized I forgot to bring the Wisteria Wonder ink to the airport where I finished sponging them, so the SWAPs used Elegant Eggplant instead which was just a little darker). 

Stamps:

  • A Dozen Thoughts
  • So Very Grateful

Colors:

  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Old Olive
  • Basic Black
  • Wisteria Wonder
  • Very Vanilla

Tools / Extras:

  • Sponge Daubers
  • Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels & Purple Sharpie
  • Dimensionals

Since I was going for a softer look, I stamped the images in Elegant Eggplant instead of black.  If you use black, I recommend using the Staz-On Jet Black since it is stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.

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’

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