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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More of Beautiful Day Stamp Set

I tried some more techniques with this new set from the Occasions catalog. On my first card, I tried just blending the butterfly with the new Blends alcohol markers from Stampin’Up! and I have to say, when you look at the close-up, I need a bit more practice. But I will keep working at it.

 

 

For my next card, I tried smooshing with the dye inks and water on shimmery white card stock, using wisteria wonder and pear pizzazz inks from SU. After this card stock dried, the butterfly image was stamped on to it with versamark ink, covered with white embossing powder and heat embossed. Then the image was cut out and attached to a piece of vellum. The sentiment was also heat embossed by using clear embossing powder over SU rich razzleberry ink. Then attached to the card base stamped with the same image as background. Maybe not the best designed card with I really love how the smooshing turned out. I will be doing more with this technique.

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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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Sparkly Anniversary Card

Sparkly Anniversary Card

Sometimes, a special card can be made with the simplest stamps. In this case, I wanted to make a card for a couple’s anniversary that captured the theme of their New Year’s eve wedding two years ago. I used a simple small circle stamp inked with a brown then Brilliant gold ink. It was then stamped with versamark ink and gold embossing powder, and heat set. The sentiment was also stamped in Brilliant gold and framed with a border stamp in versamark and gold embossing powder. Overall, I was pleased with the result of this simple, single layer card.

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Carols of Christmas – Bendi card

In an attempt to improve my card making skills and try new techniques, I participate in a small card swap between other local Stamping’Up! demonstrators. For last month’s swap, we were to use a stamp set from the new Holiday Catalog 2017. For this, I opted to use the Carols of Christmas and try my hand at my first Bendi card. When working with a new design, particularly something more 3D, I work with cheap materials while I work through a prototype for the new design. So here is my first attempt with a Bendi card using the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder framelits bundle.

Simply using white card stock for the Bendi parts was too plain and flat for my taste. It needed some pizzazz. So I opted to make the Bendi arms using Dazzling Diamonds card stock to simulate sparkling snow, and using silver glimmer card stock to die cut the trees. Next, I found without a card base that opened, you are left with this look on the back of the card, which I also didn’t like.

That’s when I decided that it would be best to put the entire Bendi card onto a full card base, so that the card would open to view the message, and the Bendi tabs adhered to the back of the Bendi card could be hidden.

Using the Merry Little Christmas DSP gives the card a nice back drop for the scene and sentiment.

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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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2017 Expo Swap

2017 Expo Swap

This was my second year participating in the Orlando Expo Swap. Being that it was scheduled on May 5th, also known as Cinco de Mayo, I decided to create the following card for my swap.

I love the metallic look created with the silver card stock by streaking it with black stazon ink, embossing with the Fiesta folder, and then heat embossing with both gold and copper embossing powder, and more black stazon ink. Those embossing powders were then repeated on the sentiment panel, along with red embossing powder used for the sentiment.

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Scrap Cards

Scrap Cards

How good do you feel when the card you make for someone fits them so perfectly? Well, actually that was a rhetorical question. But, it makes you feel really good, right! Here’s a card I made in such a hurry that I couldn’t believe how well it turned out. I had a ton of 1″ square scraps left from making a bunch of note cards using the Serene Scenery paper stack from last year’s catalog, along with a badly stamped panel that I thought I might be able to use for an under layer. After pasting the scraps all together on that panel and then onto the card base, I ran it through an embossing folder on the Big Shot. And voila, after adding a circle greeting, I had the perfect card for my sister-in-law’s birthday, who just happens to be an excellent quilter. Sometimes those small scraps drive me nuts and I toss them out. Just happy I saved this bunch for the perfect scrap card.

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Beautiful You, Masked and Sponged

Although a very time intensive way to design cards, masking and sponging is my favorite way to create cards for those needing a more personal touch.

This card was made for the birthday of a friend who lives outside Charleston, as it made me think of her and of being there. It was inspired by a card made by Laura Kimber at KimberKreations and you can find the link to her post here at http://kimberkreations-laura.blogspot.com/2017/01/beautiful-you-2.html.

I followed many of her directions for the masking and sponging and stamping. Then veered off course for a somewhat brighter and simple card. The main panel is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of whisper white, and was adhered to a 5″ x 6 1/2″ card base. The sponging was done with Marina Mist and Night of Navy ink, and all the stamping was done with Tuxedo black ink.

 

I filled in the stamped focal image of the girl using black SU marker and used grey marker on the skirt of the image to make it appear lighter, like moon shining through the fabric. White gel pen was used on the water and the botanicals in the forefront to create a sense of depth and light. Finally I added wink of stella to the moon and water, giving the subject the needed shimmer effect.

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Inlaid Rose Wonder

Inlaid Rose Wonder

Who doesn’t love the new Falling in Love Designer Series Paper from Stampin’Up! I think it makes the perfect background for a die cut rose inlaid with a different color cardstock. In this example the rose was die cut from vellum (so that the outline would blend into the background) and inlaid with white card stock on the beautiful Falling in Love DSP, and then layered onto a blushing bride card base. The sentiment was die cut using the framelit from the Rose Wonder bundle, and stamped with Crumb Cake ink, then popped up on dimensionals over a piece of white craft ribbon. The butterfly was punched from the same card stock and overlaid with a vellum butterfly and dressed with a trio of pearls. In hindsight, I should have added a layer of white between the card base and DSP to make it pop more.

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