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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It’s Forever Greenery Suite

It’s Forever Greenery Suite

Combo of Forever Greenery cardsHere’s an sneak peak at some cards made with the Forever Greenery Suite from Stampin’Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Several years ago I put a suggestion into the Sandbox at Stampin’Up! suggesting that they create a stamp set with different types of foliage. Eh voila, it appeared in this year’s catalog. In addition to the Forever Fern stamp and die bundle of ferns and different greenery, the suite includes Designer Series Paper, embossing folders, ribbon and other embellishments.

To be completely honest, I didn’t order the DSPĀ  because I found that the colors in some of the papers clashed too much for my taste. As a retired florist, color was a very important design principle in creating floral arrangements. This included the hue of the foliage, to make sure it complimented and didn’t clash with the colors of the flowers. That being said, I can say that it’s very easy to create your own patterned paper with the various size stamps in this set along with the number of pretty inks, to create one that you will find pleasing. One such card is shown here.

Forever Fern pastel card

The colors used in these samples are Blushing Bride, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce, and Rich Razzleberry. Each of the cards also used several pieces from the Gold Specialty Laser-cut paper. The various elements and panels in this paper come punch-out ready; no need to use your trimmer to cut these up like previously sold laser cut papers.

 

I was able to pull apart all the die cuts and panels in minutes and store them in a stamp case for easy retrieval when ready to use them.

 

Razzleberry greenery cardYou’ll also notice some embossed vellum using one of the embossing folders, and some scraps of rice paper. I could also have used some of the tissue paper that comes packaged with the laser-cut papers. And I may actually use this in an upcoming class or workshop, as I think it’s the perfect texture to use with this stamp set.

Petal Pink Fern card

One of the first things I did after receiving this bundle was to stamp and die cut all of the greenery images with different colors of ink and card stock. This not only helped to get my mojo going, but also made it very easy to put different images and colors together to design these cards.

Along with all of my floral stamp sets, I know this one is a keeper. If you’re anything like me, you are going to love just how versatile this bundle is.

You can find all of these products at my online store through Stampin’Up!

 

Forever Fern card with olive embossed panel

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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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How I spend my time sheltering in place

How best to spend my time sheltering in place, that is the question. Being retired, I already spend a lot of time at home. But sheltering in place added a new feature to my days, in that I couldn’t just jump up and run out to the store to pick up an item or so. I now had to plan my outdoor trips more carefully. It also meant that I had lots of extra time to devote to other things. One thought that crossed my mind, was how could I use my time sheltering in place to do something helpful during this horrible situation we find ourselves in with this pandemic.

Then this thought occurred to me. A member of our church is currently residing in a local nursing home, who no one can visit since all of these residents are in lock-down. So the only thing I can do is send her a card to let her know that we are thinking about her. It only followed that I could send a card to each of the other residents as well, since I spend most of my days now making cards. Addington Place was happy to hear about my offer to drop off cards for the residents, and today I delivered 65 cards for all the residents as well as one for the staff. I hope that it makes them feel as good as it made me feel to do it.

These are some of the cards I particularly liked.Nursing home cards

For the most part they were one of a kind “thinking of you” cards, that allowed me to use up current and retired designer series paper and pre-cut card bases, along with ribbon and other embellishments. Depending on how long this lock-down goes on, I may start working on another set of cards for them soon.

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Butterfly Gala

Does this bundle of Butterfly Gala and Gingham Gala DSP speak Spring to anyone else? Oh my gosh! Of course, to complete the bundle you need to have the Butterfly Duet punch. At our last workshop we put a bunch of these elements together to create this version of Lisa Curcio’s inspired card. Pulling in some of that beautiful ribbon from this year’s Sale-a-bration completed the look for this card.


Here are a few more cards, using this suite of products, including the beautiful Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, that was also a free Sale-a-bration item.

This card using the Botanical Butterfly & Gingham Gala DSPs
These cards use the pretty Delicately Detailed specialty paper
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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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