Sunday, March 29, 2015

Technique Cards - Dry Embossed Vellum

Here is one of the sample cards my class ladies had for inspiration in my technique class this month. Dry embossing vellum is an old technique but it is so good to dust off some of those old techniques and take a new look at them again. Funny how everything old gets a new lease of life every so often!

Once I got started with creating sample cards for class I could not stop! I found so many of my current stamp sets were ideal for this technique. I'll show your more samples in future posts.

If you are wanting to get the most out of a stamp set, before you purchase you should be asking yourself how many different ways can I use this stamp and how many different occasions can I use it for? That is the sensible and economic way of stamp purchasing! I know I am often guilty of letting my heart rule my stamp buying!!!!!! Well I have just given you a new technique to convince yourself that you can buy that pretty floral stamp that you love!

The card above uses the set "Indescribable Gift " 137180 and I bought it as soon as I saw it as I am always a sucker for a pretty flower stamp! Of course I bought it thinking that it will look great coloured with Blendabilities - and it does but sadly the Blendabilities have been withdrawn from sale so it is terrific to have a different technique to show off this lovely stamp.

Enjoy trying out this technique and I know you will be searching your craft drawers for that stylus you bought years ago! If you have the Simply Scored Scoring Tool than grab your stylus from there!

Here is how you create this lovely look with your stamps - On vellum card stock, stamp your image in Staz-On black ink and allow to dry. Turn vellum over and rub over back of image with waxed lunch wrap. Place onto a foam pad, using circular motion rub over the areas you want to lighten and raise. Use a small circular motion as you dry emboss to avoid lines appearing in your lightened areas.

Have fun!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Team Day Cards

I have been busy for the last couple of weeks coming up with projects for my Inksationals Team Day which I held last Saturday. It is my way of saying thankyou to my lovely team of demonstrators and a chance to catch up with them.

I have eight projects for the girls to create while they were here. I wanted to highlight different Stampin'Up! products and one of them is the Bow Builder punch. I originally had a project in mind but then I saw the cards created by my team member Simone Bartrum and I just had to CASE them at Team Day, so with Simone's permission we made these cards below.

 Aren't they cute? There are so many designs you could create depending on the papers you have on hand. I love it and it is always so hard to come up with a great masculine card so this one is perfect!

The measurements are -  Card base 17 x 14.5cm folded in half to create a card 14.5 x 8.5 cm
                                       Designer Series Paper - 14.5 x 10 cm Cut the paper into two pieces measuring 14.5 x 3 cm and 14.5 x 7 cm these become the two parts of the shirt front and are overlapped o the card.

Enjoy creating these cute cards for the men in your life!



PS Thanks to Karen Day for her inspiration for these cards.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Blue Ribbon Graduation Card

Tomorrow my youngest son will graduate from University in Ballarat. His Dad and I are very proud of his achievements as he has worked hard to achieve his double degree. I'd like to share with you the graduation card that I made for him.

I tend to forget all the great stamp sets I have from Stampin'Up! that are in the older style clam shell cases as you cannot see the images of the stamps enclosed inside the case. Unlike the new plastic cases which have the stamp images displayed on the spine of the box so are easily visualised when you are searching for a stamp to suit an occasion. I was moving boxes around looking for another stamp when I found the Blue Ribbon set and realised I could create the perfect graduation card.

For the background I used the Sale-abration papers "Irresistibly Yours" and brayered the card with Bermuda Bay ink then wiped off the resisted ink that was on the embossed images of this lovely paper.

One touch to this card that I was excited to discover was that the Stampin'Up! silver satin ribbon was perfect to go behind the congratulations stamped images! It added the extra touch I wanted to make this card special!

Cardstock - Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Stamps - Blue Ribbon 131964
Inks - Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate
Extras - Sliver satin ribbon,  Bermuda Bay taffeta ribbon, 2 3/8 inch scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Sheer Perfection Vellum Card

Here is a card I just whipped up to show you the lovely vellum that is part of the Sheer Perfection vellum stack. Stampin'Up! have released four new Sale-a-bration products to tempt you during the final month of Sale-a-bration and one of these products is this gorgeous vellum stack. There are twelve pretty patterns and designs in this pack of 24 sheets measuring 15.2 x 15.2 cm.

As I said I whipped this card fairly quickly. Colouring the back of the vellum took the up the most time! Once I had coloured the vellum I overlayed it onto Whisper White card to show off the lovely pattern and colours.

Colours used are Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Basic Grey.

The sentiment comes from another Sale-a-bration stamp set - Simply Wonderful.

Remember during Sale-abration you can choose Sale-a-bration products for free for every $90 Aust Stampin'Up! product order you make. You have only until March 31st to take advantage of the Sale-abration offers!



Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Class - Technique Class Bokeh and Dry Embossed Vellum

For those of you who would like to book into my classes this month, here are the sample cards to give you an idea of what you will be creating.

I will be teaching two techniques in this months class - Bokeh which is photography term for the blurry light images you get in photography, and Dry embossed vellum.

Bokeh card.

Dry embossed vellum detail

Class dates for March are Thursday March 26th at 7.30pm
                                         Saturday March 28th at 1.30pm

Class fee $20 includes all materials and instruction sheets. Please bring a paper trimmer. I have spares but we are all familiar with our own cutters and it speeds up the class for you.

To book email me to reserve your place.

See you in class!



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