Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Terrific Typeset - Stampin' Up! Artisan blog Hop

Welcome to another week of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

When the Typeset Designer Series Paper came out in the annual catalogue in June I purchased three packages. Yes three! I just loved it so much! Have I used it yet ... um. no. And then Stampin' Up! send me a pack in my August Artisan box. I could not let the month pass without using it. With this unhealthy collection of designer series paper I figure I had two choices ... sew curtains out of it, or stamp you a couple of cards. Now a seamstress I am not so here are the cards my friends!

Cute right? Can you believe there is another technique this week? I am on fire! I had better slow down before the craft room burns down!!

When I created the camera card above I wanted the camera lens to have a sheen to it ... to look like a real glass lens. After playing with Chrystal Effects last week I thought it was a perfect fit. Buuuut - I was showcasing this card at my Blendabilities class. The Crystal Effects needs a wee bit of dry time and I did not want my customers to take home a "wet" card.

This lead to the new technique ...

Now the official advise from Stampin' Up! is that we should not be cutting window sheets with our punches or thinlits/ edgelits/ framelits ... they are a match made in heaven only for our card stock. I know, I know - I am a stampin' rebel! I might recommend cutting a piece of window sheet (using scissors or a paper trimmer) to the approximate dimensions of your element and follow the technique steps above. When it has set and dried use a pair of paper snips to trim the window sheet around the stamped image.

I wanted to try this technique on a greeting and came up with this second card.

Can you see the Happiness greeting catches the light and looks like a piece of glass! 
I am loving my little nest of Linen Tread behind by silver embossed bird. Yes, I fussy cut this birdie out. 

This card measures 8 1/2" x 4" and fits perfectly into a letter size envelope.
I just had to make my own envelope with the Envelope Punch board (133774)!! 
I lined the envelope with some Typeset Designer Series Paper and
embellished the inside of my card a wee bit.
I love the way it catches the light and adds a texture to the card with this faux glass technique. Plus - I always love when I think I have invented something new!!

Head over to Lisa Harrlow's blog and see what she is up to today! Don't forget to keep clicking through the 16 bloggers in this hop ... I can say we all are kind of a big deal and are super awesome! Yeah, I said it!

Thanks for visiting blog hoppers. Have a creative day!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ribbon Thread Technique - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog hop

Welcome back blog hoppers!! I am super excited to have you here today ... It is a big day! I am posting my very first ever technique video!!! Eeekk!! Lets hope that it is not as terrible as a first kiss!

In July at Stampin' Up!'s Convention I participated in an organized WOW card swap. I have yet to share this card with you and thought today was the perfect day!

I like to think I invented this technique but I am sure I am not the first to play with embossing powder and classic ink. None the less, I am calling it my Ombre Embossing Technique. It gave the "Hi There" greeting and the feather the ombre effect from Gold to Bermuda Bay.

This card inspired my Artisan cards this week. Here is why ...

I love the look of sewing on cards but am often too lazy to lug out my machine. I think one of my favorite details about sewing is the stray threads at the beginning and end of the stitch line. If you follow my work you know my favorite technique is to loop bakers twine behind punched and cut layers on a project (just check out the card above!). I wanted to make that loop of thread a little bit more delicate and feminine. Because I am obsessed with gold right now I also wanted it to be gold. Here is what my vision looked like ...

I started to play with the gold bakers twine. I pulled the gold thread out of the twine and got a curled piece of thread. Swoon!! I wanted to see if I could straighten that piece. After pulling and playing with it I had no luck. Then I remembered a technique that I have not done in eons. Our new Gold 1/8" Ribbon could be frayed to create gold thread!!!

Now can you believe that I filmed a second video!? After all, we never stop at just one kiss, right?!

Take a closer look at these cards using this technique:

The water color back ground was created using an Aqua Painter and a Classic Ink Pad.
 Check out this technique here.

Can you see the raised glossy finish on the leaves?? I simply applied a small amount of Chrystal Effects
I have not played with this in ages. The first thing I loved was the new bottle and lid!
This multi-use product lasts forever! When I posted a pic on Instagram I was surprised how many of us had no idea that the bottle was redesigned. Seriously, that is how long it will last you!
The background paper on this card was created using the Polka Dot Tag A Bag Gift Bags.
The white feather is not a Stampin' Up! product. I purchased these at a local dollar store.
A super fun and trendy accent to this card!
You will notice that the "Hello" and stamped banner behind are created using the Ombre Embossing Technique noted above. I just can not get enough of this technique or the color combination.

I hope that I have inspired you with a couple of new techniques.

Continue hopping with the amazing Lisa Harlow!!

Thanks for reading my friends! Have a creative day!

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