Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Arrange a Wreath

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a good start. Things here are busy as ever with lots of class prep happening in my studio for upcoming virtual events. I find my biggest challenge in our new reality is the amount of die-cutting I have to do, as I am designing my cards around die-cuts rather than stamped images. This is so that people who don't have a ton of stamping supplies at home can still participate in my virtual classes. It means my Big Shot (and my right arm) are getting a serious work out!

Speaking of cards designed around die-cuts, check out this one I made using the Wreath Builder dies and Arrange a Wreath stamp set...

easy diy greeting card

I wanted a spring-like feel for this card, so I started with the Artistry Blooms Designer Paper as the springboard for my design. I actually die-cut both layers of the wreath from the same sheet from that pack...the ombre designs are so yummy! I also used some of another pattern in that pack for my background and for the die-cut flowers. SO quick and easy to make a gorgeous spring card. Here's a closer look at the wreath...

easy diy greeting card

I embellished my wreath with some Purple Posy ribbon and some Elegant Faceted Gems for the centres of my flowers. 

On the inside of the card I added some ombre stamped flowers and leaves from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set. I omitted a sentiment on the inside, so that I could use this card for just about any occasion...the "Best Wishes" sentiment is perfectly generic ;)

easy diy greeting card

I'll be demonstrating this card and two others featuring the Arrange a Wreath Bundle in today's Live @ Five video over on Facebook. Included in the video description will also be all of the measurements for this project and the others I feature. If you miss me live be sure to check out my YouTube channel for the replay.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a spectacular week!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Blossoms in Bloom and a Techniques Blog Hop

Hello! Does it feel like you just heard from me? I am posting twice this week because it is time for another Stamping Symphony Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on techniques. I decided to throw it back to one of the very first techniques I learned as a new stamper: Emboss Resist. Now, there are lots of versions of this technique, so what I'm about to show you may go by another name, but ultimately it is a form of emboss resist, so that's what I'm calling it! Check out this card...

how to do emboss resist technique

I used images from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set. Here is how I achieved this look:

1) Starting with a 4"x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock, I stamped the larger flower images in Magenta Madness and Mango Melody inks.
2) I stamped the smaller flower images in Gorgeous Grape ink.
3) I stamped the flower centres and leaves using Granny Apple Green ink.
4) I used an embossing buddy over the entire panel.
5) I stamped directly on each image again using Versamark ink.
6) I heat embossed using clear Stampin' Emboss powder.
7) I sponged the entire panel in Night of Navy ink.
8) Using a paper towel, I wiped the excess ink off the embossed images.

The result is this cool effect where the embossed images resist the darker ink, making them pop against the sponged background. Here's a closer look...

how to do emboss resist technique

Now, can you see why I fell in love with this technique all those years ago? It is timeless and works with so many different stamp images. The key is to have solid image stamps that will apply the Versamark evenly so that you get a cleanly embossed layer. 

To complete the rest of the card, I layered the embossed panel on a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Magenta Madness card stock and then mounted it on a Misty Moonlight card stock base. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy ink on Magenta Madness DSP from the In-Colour DSP pack. I die-cut the sentiment using the Stitched Rectangles dies and added and little bit of frill with a bit of a square vellum doily. I added a bit of Misty Moonlight ribbon and a few Elegant Faceted to complete the look.

how to do emboss resist technique

On the inside of the card I added a Whisper White card stock layer on which I stamped more of the same florals I used on the front. Isn't it amazing how different they look against a white background, as opposed to the navy??

Emboss resist really is a fun technique with many variations. It's a great way to make your supplies stretch further!

Now, be sure to check out the other talented stampers in our hop:

Thanks so much for stopping by today...have a great week!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Blossoms in Bloom

Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a good start. It has been a simply gorgeous couple of days here in Southern Ontario, as we have finally had a break in the extreme heat and humidity we started the summer with. It's not going to last, with the forecast once again showing temperatures soaring, so we're enjoying it while we can!

This week I am featuring a gorgeous new stamp set from the Annual Catalogue called Blossoms in Bloom...

The stamps in this set are AMAZING and so easy to create beautiful bouquets of blooms. Check out this card I made...

easy card using blossoms in bloom stamp set

Now, I don't know what it is navy and yellow, but that colour combination just makes me happy, so I opted for Night of Navy and Bumblebee as my main colours. I also incorporated some Old Olive for the leaves, Mango Melody for the flower centres and Seaside Spray for the smaller flowers. 

easy card using blossoms in bloom stamp set

I used a die-cut tag from the Tasteful Labels dies for my sentiment, which is stamped in Night of Navy ink and accented with a couple of Seaside Spray flowers. The only embellishment is some adorable Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon...so sweet!

On the inside of the card I added a Whisper White panel and stamped another, smaller bouquet to allow space to write a message.

easy card using blossoms in bloom stamp set

I will be demonstrating this card and two others using this stamp set and the coordinating Many Layered Blossoms dies in this week's Tuesday Live @ Five video at 5:00 pm ET over on my Facebook business page. I hope you'll join me for the live broadcast, but if you miss it you can catch it on my YouTube channel later in the evening. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great week. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our monthly Stamping Symphony blog hop...we're all about techniques this month and I have a fun one planned with this stamp set!  See you tomorrow!

easy card using blossoms in bloom stamp set

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