Single Layer Cards

Single Layer Cards

Single layer cards with a little extra technique can give a simple card that extra ‘wow’, prompting people to ask ‘how did you do that?’. I usually use single layer cards at the class I teach at the North Brevard Senior Center. The classes are only an hour long and may include ladies not very familiar to stamping; so these easy-to-make- cards fit into the schedule nicely.

Here are two cards that anyone could make in just a little over half an hour, but look like you spent more time on them.

Timeless Tropical beach sceneThis first card uses the Timeless Tropical stamp set, with just a little bit of sponging and masking. A piece of scrap paper was placed across the panel to create a horizon by sponging ink below it. To create the sun, a small circle was die cut into a piece of clear acetate and So Saffron ink was sponged inside it. The scrap paper was then flipped across the card to cover the area above the horizon and a little more So Saffron was sponged in the water area to highlight it below the sun. The tree was stamped with Garden Green and Early Espresso, along with some “thumping” of Old Olive on the fronds. A little Sahara Sand ink was swiped across the base of the trees with some scribbled lines of Old Olive to look like grass. The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point to match the water sponging. The panel was then attached to a coordinating card base.

Positive Thoughts cardThe second card uses the Positive Thoughts stamp set. The leaf image was stamped three times without re-inking. A piece of tissue paper, larger than the card panel was completely crumpled up and opened back out before placing over the entire panel which was covered with Kraft stick glue. Pressing well to adhere the tissue to the glue, the excess tissue was wrapped around the back of the panel and glued in place before attaching the panel to the Garden Green card base. The sentiment was stamped over the tissue covered panel, and a twine bow was added with a glue dot.

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Lovely Lily Pad Cards

Lovely Lily Pad Cards

It’s too bad that this cute Sale-a-bration stamp set, Lovely Lily Pad, isn’t carrying over to the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. I know that’s the point of these sale items – for a limited time only. But the technique I’m going to share can be applied using any stamp set. The technique, that others are calling a “Faux Pearl technique”, also worked really well with another retired item, the Share What You Love specialty designer series paper from the previous year because many of those papers have this shimmer frost look.

First I took the Frost White Shimmer paint and some scrunched-up plastic wrap and, using just a large drop on my silicone mat, I dabbed it all over a sheet of whisper white. (well, actually, a couple of sheets of whisper white, because I made a lot of cards.) But one drop is pretty much all you need to cover a single sheet. It dries pretty quickly if you don’t glob it on.Shimmer frost and sponge white card stock

Then, I sponged on patches of different ink colors for the cards I planned to make. Once that is all dry, I stamped my images with Black craft ink, instead of my regular Memento black ink. Be a bit careful when stamping because the paint you applied makes the card stock more slick. So it’s almost like stamping on vellum or acetate. (Guess I didn’t get a photo of the stamped Lovely Lily Pad images). Since I don’t have the dies for these images, some were cut with my Brothers Scan ‘n Cut and others were fussy cut.

Lovely Lily Pad cards

These are some of the cards I made. Others are already in the mail. Hopefully, you can see the shimmer in at least some of the cards.

I went back after shooting the lily cards and added some translucent jewels drops on the lily pads to look like water droplets. You can see that I also used the shimmer paint on the Balmy Blue card stock for this card.

 

Lovely Lily Pad card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On these last cards, I reached back into my collection of SU sets to find images that matched the DSP, and found them in What I Love stamp set and Garden in Bloom stamp set, along with Love What You Do stamp set.

Share What You Love cards

Share What Your Love cards with shimmer frost die cuts

 

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Stamping and Coloring on Acetate

If you’ve never done any stamping and coloring on acetate, you should definitely try it. While I’m sheltering in place this month, I’ve been watching old videos from some of my favorite card makers and finding techniques that are new to me. This card is CASEd from a video that Jennifer McGuire posted over two years ago called 4 Ways: Clear Card Elements.

Love What You Do Acetate

After stamping, coloring and attaching the acetate to the back of the card front frame, I liked that she popped it up from the card base with a card backing. This way you don’t see the card base through it, especially since my card base is red. For my card, I wanted to add a little interest on the backing for the acetate panel. While testing the idea out on copy paper, it came out perfect, so I decided just to use the paper I’d stamped instead of trying to get it perfect again on card stock. Also, the stamping is not perfect either, so I’ll chalk this card up to it being my prototype.  I even like how the crackle stamped background shows through the colored flower petals.  The coloring was done with alcohol makers.  You can’t blend on acetate the way you can on card stock. But if you give it a couple of minutes to dry, you can go back and add more coloring.  As Jennifer explained in her video, if you pounce your marker onto the acetate, it works pretty well. I wish I would have used thicker dimensions to pop up the front frame/acetate as there is not enough space between the acetate and backing for my liking. It took me a while to complete this card, so I decided not to tackle a more perfect version right away. And I have this prototype to copy from when I’m ready.

A tip for success when stamping on acetate is to use a stamp positioning tool, like the Stamparatus. Acetate is such a slick surface to stamp on, that once the ink hits it, your stamp will slide if both the acetate and stamp are not set in place. I hope you’ll give stamping and coloring on acetate a try.

The stamp sets used here are the Love What You Do set and Amazing You bundle with the Celebrate die, which I die-cut twice and stacked them, red on orange.

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February 2020 cards

As February 2020 ends today, I thought it was time to finally get pictures of the February 2020 cards from this month’s workshop and class. So I am putting them into a blog here to share with you.

The cards we made at the Titusville Senior Center were a Valentine card (since it was still 4 days out) and a Daisy Gingham Birthday card. The Daisy card uses some retired Gingham Gala paper and Lemon Lime cardstock, while the Valentine card uses paper from the new From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper. Adding this paper to the flap of the envelope really dresses up the package. Using the Heart Punch Pack, that has both a plain and scallop punch, made this an easy and fun card to make.

 

Birthday Daisy card using Gingham Gala paper

Valentine card using From My Heart designer series paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the workshop, we made cards that use products from both the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and the 2020 Mini Catalog. These products can be found through my online store at the link below.


Get well card using Pressed Petals DSPGet well card using Special Someone stamp set

The Washi tape that is part of this Suite of products is actual washi tape petals.  These are put together to create these beautiful pressed petal-like flowers. The vibrancy of this Pressed Petals designer series paper is unmatched. Many of the designer papers appear on a linen-like background making them look so realistic.

 

This card was fun to make from the Special Someone stamp set, especially with the sentiments. On the outside, “this balloon is special”, and on the inside, “it’s filled with heal-ium”. I used a branch die from the Colorful Seasons dies to catch the heart balloon. Those attending used the Stamparatus to successfully stamp the two step critters. So cute!

I hope you enjoyed seeing our February 2020 workshop cards and that you consider joining us in a future workshop. The products used here can be found at my online store using this link.

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Mosaic Mood

Mosaic Mood

I was asked to create a board of card samples using the Memorable Mosaic stamp set and coordinating Specialty Designer Series Paper for my upline’s Creative Retreat in June. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to photographing them, here is the board and some of the samples. Some were actually cased from samples I found on Pinterest and others are my designs.

Mosaic Mood Display Board
Mosaic Mood Card with rosess
Flourish Mosaic Mood card

First let me say that seeing the paper in the catalog does not do it justice. The paper is beautiful with glossy, embossing on one side of all the papers. All of the samples you see on this post were made using one half of the pack of paper. I admit that I was meticulous in my cutting it up, always choosing to get the most out of the specific designs.

So, that includes a scrapbook page, 10 cards, two 2″ samples of the papers, 12 note cards and a note card box. The cutie in the scrapbook page is my first grandson who turned 14 today. Where did the time go?

Mosaic Mood Scrapbook Page

Finally, these are the note card samples and box, which includes my first ever shaker card. I never made one because I wasn’t sure I even liked them, but after making one, I found them really fun to make.

Mosaic Mood Notecards and box
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Tea Together

Here is a card we made at our June workshop. Not sure what to call it, maybe a type of easel card. The reason I’m posting is because I love how Stampin’Up! cut out the centers of the teapot and teacup stamps, allowing you to insert the floral images inside the space, so that they could be stamped all at once. I put the large floral inside the teapot stamp, and the rosebud stamp inside the teacup stamp. You’ll notice when you look closely at the marker coloring that it’s not perfect, and I did that purposely, so that it might appear like actual porcelain where the color modulates somewhat. Hopefully, the gold embossing shows up in the image, as I thought this was a perfect use for gold heat embossing.

Tea Together Easel Card

The front of the card bears an embossed floral panel, flanked by floral washi tape, and the “Lovely Day” strip is washi tape on a vanilla strip of card stock popped up at the bottom of the inside of the card, so the front of the card can stand up. I hope you like it.

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