Friday, May 25, 2012

Clearly for you

Here's another card using the soon to retire Fifth Ave Floral stamp set.  It was inspired by/cased from a card I saw on this blog post: using white and black Stayzon ink to stamp on our acetate "window sheets".  It is such a simple technique to do, but a stunning result!  I cut my window sheet into a 4x6" size (so I could potentially get 6 card fronts out of one 12x12 sheet), and scored it at one end at the 1/2" mark using my Simply Scored tool -- then attached it to the 4 x 5 1/2" Baja Breeze card stock base using sticky strip.  This card took less than 10 min to create, but has quite a "wow" factor to it.

Of course, those little pearls in the centers of the flowers make the card, as well as the Labels framelits for the front focal point die cut!

This sweet stamp set is retiring on May 31st, so get it now if you must have it! :)

Fith Avenue Floral's final days in the spotlight!

If you love to watercolor, this is a lovely stamp set for that!  I recently created this card for my Techniques Club class to show the "watercolor splash" technique, AND the retiring fancy fan letterpress plate (which I believe is still available on the retiring accessories list for $4.70 or something like that!)  Anyways, onto the card!

For the gorgeous "water color splash" rose, emboss the large rose image on shimmery white card stock with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  Then roughly trim around the image, put it in a plastic tray, and spritzed it liberally with water (if you're wondering whether you've got enough water or not, spritz some more!).  Touch the tip of your aqua painter into a drop of More Mustard re-inker ink and touch it to your (now curled and wet) rose image -- if there's enough water, you will see the ink spread out through the water pooled on the project.  Let it spread around, and help it a little if you like.  Next, dip your painter in Ridinghood Red re-inker and work the color from the outside in, so the darkest is on the outside, and lighter towards the center.  When you're happy with the color, let it dry -- or use your heat tool to speed the process along. Remember, if your color isn't spreading enough, it means you need more water.  Finally, trim closely around your rose and adhere to your project.  You can use any combination of re-inkers you desire -- using a lighter color towards the center, and darker towards the outside.

Now for the fancy fan letterpress plate -- I haven't used this plate much, but the technique is very cool!  Use chocolate chip craft ink to fully ink up your letterpress plate.  Lay chocolate chip card stock panel on top of plate, and put it through the Big Shot using the recommended sandwich:
Multipurpose platform on tab 2
letterpress plate
card stock
cutting pad
card stock shim to create a deeper impression

Craft ink works better than classic ink with the letterpress plates, as it is more opaque and adheres more evenly to the plates.  If you want a white background using the plate, I suggest using watercolor paper as it is thicker and gives you a more defined, textured background than the thinner Whisper White card stock.

Of course, the leaves are the little sizzlitt leaf die, and that lovely pleated satin ribbon was in the last mini catalog. 

I hope you'll try some water color splashing in your craft room this week! :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

4th of July scrap layout

It feels like summer, and my blog has been neglected of late....  BUT I got my garden planted, so now I feel like I can devote a little time to it! 

"4th of July" is the theme for my June scrap booking club, and I had SO much fun coming up with this layout!  I wanted to show the "faux metal" technique, and it worked perfectly for the little metal star.

That cute little banner across the top is made with a (new to me set) -- Pennant Parade -- and the Pennant builder punch.  This set is quite versatile as that little banner piece also makes the cutest little Christmas trees! OR use it for a an ice cream cone as well!

Now for the "faux metal" technique:
To make that adorable little metal star, take a scrap of card stock -- apply Versamark ink directly to the paper, then add silver embossing powder and heat with a heat tool.  Repeat this step four times.  On the fourth layer, quickly stamp your stamp into the embossing powder while it's still melted -- you have to stamp quickly after heating/melting the embossing powder.  AND, if you mess up, no worries -- heat the embossing powder again and re-stamp.  Next, punch out the star with the (now retired) small star punch.  You can use any stamp and just trim around the image -- you don't have to have a punch, of course.  But, as much as I hate to cut, I tend to choose images I have a matching punch for. :)

The colors used on this layout are Night of Navy, Real Red, and Whisper White, and Red Glitter paper -- LOVE that stuff!  It is so sparkly and the sparkles don't fall off.  The framelits featured for the journaling element are the new "Apothecary Framelits" from the new catalog -- available for purchase on June 1st.  That cute "rick rack" along the top is from the Tasteful Trims XL Bigz die.  It is such a great, versatile die for scrap booking especially.  I find myself reaching for it again and again.

That's it for today!  Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Fox and Friends" film strip birthday card

This little animal stamp set, "Fox and Friends" has got to be one of the cutest we've ever had -- and alas, it's going away at the end of May...  I love this little "film strip" idea (not my original idea, but I love it!) using the retired spiral punch to make the film strip edges.  The card is super simple -- Cajun Craze base embossed with the polka dotted embossing folder, a strip of black punched along the edges with the spiral punch, and the little animals stamped in Cajun Craze, More Mustard, and Soft Suede and punched out with the 1 3/8" square punch.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set, punched out with the large oval and framed with the scallop oval.  Easy Peasy, but oh so CUTE!  Another quick and cute card we are making at my upcoming Going, Going, Gone! card buffet this weekend.

Happy almost Friday to you and yours! and may you have a little time to stamp!