Shadow Stamping

Shadow Stamping

Masking and sponging is one of my favorite techniques when making cards, although it can be a bit labor intensive, depending on how much sponging you’re doing. Now combine that with shadow stamping, and it is just so cool. This technique adds a lot of depth and texture to a single panel. I learned this technique from Theresa Momber, and thought the card she made was so pretty that I CASEd it, using similar colors but a different stamp. I will link to her card video here.

First I die cut the rectangle, and then before removing the die, sponge inside the frame die; and it leaves this nice white border around the sponging. Next, I stamped the image using the same color ink that I sponged with. In this case, it was Perfect Plum from Stampin’Up! Then I inked up the stamp again using Versamark, and stamped the image just slightly to the right and higher than the previous stamp. The stamp was covered with white embossing powder and heat set. The panel is backed with a rectangle of Elegant Eggplant card stock from Stampin’Up! and placed on a Perfect Plum card base.

To finish the card, I added a popped up banner, and a butterfly stamped in plum, punched out and covered with Wink of Stella.

 

 

I’m not sure why the colors of these two photos are so different, because they were taken in the same location, not many minutes apart. Probably the natural lighting changed in the meantime. I obviously need to take my photos under more controlled lighting. Some day!!!

 

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Winter Cards

Winter Cards

Before launching into Christmas cards next month, I decided to work my way into it, by starting with some wintery cards. Using up some retired designer series paper and a Memories & More card pack along with the Colorful Seasons stamp set, here are the card samples I made.

 

 

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Delightfully Detailed

Delightfully Detailed

If you haven’t seen this beautiful laser cut specialty paper and the watercolor note cards that coordinate with this suite, you need to check these out. When I first saw the specialty paper, I knew I had to have it. And many of the designs are meant to be cut and layered directly onto the Delightfully Detailed note cards that measure 3 1/2″ x 5″ used in these samples as the measurements are the same.

 

Any of the designs will work perfectly as stencils too. So, you can ink a pattern onto one card with a brayer or sponge dauber (as I did in this A2 sample card on the left), and then use the inked specialty paper as a layer on another card base (note card shown to the right). I even made a couple of A2 size cards using this specialty paper, like the card below.

 

 

The laser cut patterns in these papers are so delicate that any woman would love to get a card made with this paper.

So that’s what I came up with my first day playing with these products.

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Single Layer Cards

As someone always so inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s videos, I had to try her technique with making single layer cards. After stamping the focal image, you need to mask it, then stamp the sentiment repeatedly using different colors. By stamping and then masking the focal image, you can get almost the same look as if you had die cut the focal image and placed it on top. But it’s just one layer, uses less card stock and costs no extra to mail them

Here are a couple I started with:

 

The first card was the Party Panda, from this year’s Sale-a-bration catalog. He was easy to cut out and mask. Then, using my Stamparatus, I inked up the sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set with several different ink colors. I was able to make several on thick white card stock in minutes.

 

The second card uses a retired stamp set, called Best Thoughts. I pulled this set out because I already had a mask cut out for the flower. So, once I stamped the flower on the thick white card stock, and set my mask in place, it was just a matter of lining up the sentiment in my Stamparatus and inking away.

 

I find these to be quick, easy and inexpensive cards to make, and will be the perfect project for a small class to teaching how to use a stamp positioning tool.

 

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Beautiful Day Stamp Set

Beautiful Day Stamp Set

I’m enjoying this new stamp set from the Occasions catalog, and trying out different coloring techniques. Here are some of the cards I made.

The rose on this card was stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with the light and dark Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin Blends. The top half of the card was embossed using a rose embossing folder. A strip of old DSP was used to hide the transition. The sentiment is from the Eastern Palace stamp set, and black and white pearls were used as embellishments. The middle layer of black card stock carried the color theme from the front, and I used Rose Red card stock for the base, as it more matched the color of the rose after using some color lifter to highlight some of the petals.

 

This next card used a lot of the same technique for coloring the rose image. Wink of Stella was added, but it’s hard to see in this photo. Very Vanilla layer was stamped with the rose stamp in Rose Red ink, and placed on a black card base. Sentiment is from the same stamp set and black sequins were used as  embellishments.

 

 

In this butterfly card, I got to add the FREE thinlits I received during Sale-a-Bration. The Celebrate You dies were die cut in both black and white, layering one over the other. The butterfly was stamped in Memento Black ink on vellum and then colored with Stampin Blends Old Olive. The variation in color was achieved by coloring some of the wing segments on one or both sides. And then I used the

color lifter to add some circles to the lower wing segments. I think you can see them in this image. Also pulled in some old DSP for the top layer over heavy white card stock. Again using some black sequins.

On this last card I used some background layering, first with Just Rite Script Background stamp in Crumb Cake, then with the butterfly stamp inked in Smoky Slate  and stamped off. A little bit of sponging with Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake was added to knock the background back a bit. The butterfly image was heat embossed with silver embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock, so I could watercolor it, using Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette with an aqua painter brush. That image was fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate on heavy white card stock and layered onto Blushing Bride card stock.

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Beautiful You – Shadow Box Card

Beautiful You – Shadow Box Card

One thing I love about designing cards is combining older, and even retired, stamp sets with new ones. This is one such example, but then I also discovered a unique way to combine them. So after learning how to make a shadow box card at a recent stamp class, using the Colorful Seasons set, I decided that the Beautiful You stamp set just screamed to be made into a shadow box card. I might have paired it with Serene Scenery, if I had any of that paper stack left (alas, no) along with the retired Wetlands set, but finally decided Lovely As a Tree was my best option for creating a backdrop for this card. And since I was using this design for a class, I wanted to make sure to use current products.

 

At first, I considered masking the girl out of the background on the inside panel, so it would have looked like this inside.

 

But then I decided to fussy cut her and secure her to the inside of the front of the shadow box giving the whole project more perspective.

 

You will notice that while she is attached below the circle to the inside of the front panel, she is leaning to the front through the die-cut circle, and her head and limbs rest against the outside of the circle.

The front and rear pieces of card stock are cut to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 1/2″ and 1″ on each side. The front is thick white card stock and the back is Berry Burst. The inside panel is 3 1/4″ x 4″.  The circle was die-cut with the next to the largest of the 4 circle nesting dies, 2 1/2″. All of the stamping is done in black ink. The girl was colored with Melon Mambo marker and the background was sponged with Soft Sky for the sky, Wild Wasabi for the grassy area and Marina Mist for the water. (For those of you wanting to see the shadow box card that sparked this design, here is the link to my upline’s blog where she shares the shadow box that she created.)

For the amount of card stock used for this project, it definitely provides a bigger WOW value that many of the multi-layered, heavily die-cut cards.

Some of the new stamp sets in this year’s Holiday Catalog are going to be perfect for creating future shadow box cards. Can’t wait to get my hands on them.

 

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