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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Saying Goodbye to DSPs

There were so many papers in the this year’s catalogs that I simply loved. So, while Stampin’Up! is saying “goodbye” to all of these lovelies, I may have hoarded a few for personal use, so I can continue to play with them. But as we get ready to close the current catalog to make room for the new, including many new, beautiful papers, I thought I would share a few card samples with my favorites DSPs.

Share what you love



Z-fold card

Petal Promenade

Framing the papers
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Magnolia Lane Suite

This Stampin’Up! suite was a definite pre-order for me, although I couldn’t get it all, at least right away. As a retired florist, when I purchase a floral set, the stamps and dies have to be as realistic as possible. And this suite surely fits the bill.

There will be more card samples coming, and maybe even a shadow box or sampler, but for now, I just wanted to share this card I used for my new catalog swap. And I also wanted to share a happy little discovery I made while making it.

The envelopes in the M&M bundle are so pretty with the floral paper inserts.

For the card base and envelope, I used the Magnolia Lane Memories & More cards and envelopes. The large stamp was inked with versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I then loosely colored in the petals with the chalk marker, and filled in a bit with the Petal Pink Stampin’ Write marker. Going back over certain spots with the chalk marker made some areas even whiter. I wanted to make sure I wiped away any marker left on the silver embossing, and grabbed the nearest thing on my desk, which happened to be a used dryer sheet. To my surprise, with a good rub of the dryer sheet across the image, the dull, flat chalk finish turned into a glossy, almost shimmery finish. While the chalk finish was certainly acceptable on a kraft type card base, I loved even more the contrast that the effect of rubbing the dryer sheet over it left. I know I will be using this technique a lot more when using the chalk marker. If I hadn’t created this card myself, I would have thought it was either made with shimmer paint or metallic gelato. Funny how you can use different products to get basically the same effect. One can learn a lot through experimenting.

I’m not sure if the picture captures it, but the top left flower was rubbed with dryer sheet while the right one was not.

Because these kraft card bases are not very think, I added white card stock panels to the inside and stamped the same image with Crumb Cake ink.

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