I am on a nature kick lately…
playing with neutrals and some of the beautiful animal images Stampin’ Up offers us.
I was inspired by Australian Demo Kylie Bertucci. Here is her card:
I stamped the Crumb Cake front panel with the Stampin’ Up Rooted in Nature stamp set. The log and the leaves were stamped in Soft Suede and the little branches of leaves were stamped with Early Espresso to coordinate with the card base and sentiment. I was going to put a layer around my focal image of the animals but then thought…dang, I can use my Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out an opening and get to see the outside decorative stitching left on the panel and then inlay the deer image with dimensionals leaving a dark border around it made from the existing card base! Now, I have another stamped die cut rectangle to make something with…you know I will…sooner or later…let’s hope it is sooner;)
My daughter asked me for a card that was like “sending a hug” in the mail.
So…I did exactly what she asked me in the half hour before she wanted to pick it up…
When I made it, I die cut the hugs with the Hand Lettered Prose Dies and laid them on the panel I stamped with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. It was too flat so I thought of little pieces of dimensionals but that would be tedious and not very stable. So I put the die cut letters on some white fun foam I had. I just die cut the hugs out of the fun foam, used Tombow glue to attatch the DSP hugs, and then glued them to the panel:) It looks so good! Now, if Stampin’ Up had sheets of dimensionals we could cut out shapes…that would be awesome!
I forgot to snap a pic of the inside…a simple repeat of the flourish in the lower right corner:)
I played around with a neat technique on this card. Another great way to use my Stamparatus!
It is called a Split Negative Technique usually done with white embossing powder on a colored background but this time, I used two colors of ink on two colors of cardstock.
Here is a video of how easy it is to make one…
or two…as you can see!
Card Base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ on the 8-1/2″ side
Mango border panel on front: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Thick Whisper White and Coastal Cabana stamped panels: 3-3/4″ x 5″,
After stamping the panels, cut both of the panels into two pieces at the same time where you find it works well with the image you used. Then match up the opposite images.
It doesn’t get any easier than this little cutie!
When I saw the Stampin’ Up Silhouette Scenes Bundle in April, my first thought was a sun behind the trees with the girl swinging…
and yes, it took me a while to do it and post it!
I simply die cut out a circle from a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock and inlaid the same sized So Saffron circle. I die cut the tree branch and placed it (not adhered it) on my blue cardstock. I then put it in my Stamparatus for placement of the girl swinging from the tree branch. I removed the tree branch and stamped the girl about 3 or 4 times for a deep black silhouette to match the cardstock tree branch. Just one of the many reasons I love my Stamparatus! I knew she would be hanging from the tree perfectly since I used my stamparatus so all I had to do was adhere the black tree branch! A simple sentiment finished it off:)
July is flying by but we still have 2 weeks of Bonus Days in July! WooHoo!
July 1 – 31, spend $50 (before tax and shipping) and earn a $5 coupon that is emailed to you that you can redeem in August! REMEMBER, YOU MUST SAVE THAT COUPON CODE, IT CAN NOT BE RETRIEVED LATER…SO KEEP IT HANDY!
I went up to my craft room yesterday and thought, “What color have I not used lately?”
I came up with Mango Melody. I paired it with the bright Call Me Clover Green.
I stamped the flowers and leaves with Versamark and heat embossed them with White Emboss Powder. I then sponged over the flowers with Mango Melody ink and the leaves with Call Me Clover ink. The white embossing resists the ink when it is sponged over creating a pretty gradient of Mango Melody ink and Call Me Clover ink on the flowers and leaves. The flowers and leaves were easily cut out with the Detailed Bands Dies bundled with the Band Together Stamp Set.