Saturday, March 27, 2021

Totally Techniques - Using Stampin' Blends

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques Design Team blog hop! This month we are highlighting Stampin' Blends, which are some of my favourite tools in the Stampin' Up! collection!

This is my project this month:

You can probably see that it is a square card 6"x 6" and features a number of materials, stamps and tools. 

This is what I have used:

Basic Black cardstock
Mossy Meadow cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
True Love Designer Series Paper
Vellum cardstock
Window Sheets
Meadow Moments Embossing Folder
Very Versailles stamp set
Garden Wishes stamp set
Ornate Thanks stamp set
Versamark Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Gilded Leafing Embellishment
Heat & Stick Powder
White Stampin' Emboss Powder
Stampin' Blends 
    Dark and Light Real Red
    Dark and Light Poppy Parade
    Dark and Light Old Olive
    Dark and Light Night of Navy
    Dark and Light Balmy Blue
    Dark and Light Pretty Peacock
So the base card is Basic Black, mounted with Whisper White inside, and with a square of Mossy Meadow, then Basic Black on the front. 

The feature area is a square of Whisper White, which is stamped with the leaf image fromVery Versailles stamp set in Memento Black. I then mounted a sheet of the True Love DSP which I treated using Stampin' Blends and rubbing alcohol. I embossed a piece of Vellum card stock with Meadow Moments embossing folder.

I thought I would show you a different way to use the Stampin' Blends. A great use for subtle backgrounds when you don't have the right colours for a watercolour background.  All you need is:

Window Sheet (clear acetate sheet)
Stampin' Blends (I used blues on this occasion)
Rubbing Alcohol
True Love DSP
You simply scribble the Stampin' Blends on the  window sheet randomly, then sprinkle with rubbing alcohol. The faster you do this the better the colours will blend and attach to your card. You lay your card on the acetate sheet and rub the back of the card to pick up the colour. Your card will get a bit damp. Leave it to dry thoroughly.
You can see that I didn't go to too much trouble. You can use the same scribbled colours again, just add more rubbing alcohol. It leaves a light but distinct water colour like effect on your card.
I like it because its subtle but at the same time adds a different interest and focal point to the card. It works even better on light coloured cardstock.

Vellum is under-utilised and I love it because its light and add texture and layers to my cards. For today's project I embossed the vellum using the Meadow Moments embossing folder.
Once I had embossed it, on the reverse side (so the side that is impressed), I coloured the leaves using the Dark and Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends. It makes the vellum look like stained glass from the other side. It's not hard to do and a great technique using Stampin' Blends. It would well on bouquets of flowers and Christmas cards.
For the flowers - fussy cut three separate flowers from the True Love Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini. I adore this paper and think that it makes a great background and feature on all projects.
The flowers are very forgiving to colour, you can make mistakes and you can barely tell that you did! I coloured using the Real Red and Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends for the flowers and the Old Olive blends for the leaves. As I mentioned. I fussy cut them and I moved a couple of leaves around because I wanted to balance the composition.
The top left flower is glued directly to the card and the top right and bottom flowers are attached using dimensionals. The leaves on the top left have been cut from another area on that flower and have been stuck direct to the card beneath the flower. The little leaf facing 11 o'clock on the top left hand flower was cut off the flower image of the top right flower.
I did a combination of sentiments. I heat embossed the white on black cardstock using the sentiments from the Garden Wishes stamp set. I cut the sentiments to size. If I made this card again, I would move the flowers a little more to the left so the sentiment fits better. The "thanks" is from the Ornate Thanks stamp set, stamped in Momento Black on white card. I coloured the void in the middle of the letters using the Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blend pen.
Final step was to add some bling, I added random gold leaf with the Gilded Leafing Embellishment and Heat and Stick powder. I kind of tapped the Versamark ink on the card on its corner, added the heat and stick and then followed with the leaf. I use tweezers to remove from the jar and apply. 
An unusual combination of stamps, techniques and uses of the Stampin' Blend pens, which I hope inspires you to take a look. I love Stampin' Blends, because I love to colour in. They are a relaxing and forgiving colour tool to use. I always start with the dark tone, I use them sparingly because it's easier to add colour than take it away and then I add the lighter tone next.
Stick around and check out our other Design Team projects. They are so inspiring!

Until next time,
Stay Glittery,

Shanni xx





 


 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Totally Techniques - New Blending Brushes from Stampin' Up!


 Welcome back to another blog hop with the Totally Techniques Design Team, this month we are featuring blending brushes from Stampin' Up!, you will see we have all used the tools slightly differently.

This is the Blending Brush which is new in the Occasions Mini Catalogue:

This is my card:

This is a square card using the following:

Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set
Happy Thoughts stamp set
Crumb Cake card stock
Pool Party card stock
White card stock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Crumb Cake Classic Ink
Pool Party Classic Ink
Dark and Light Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends
Light Pool Party Stampin' Blends
Dark and Light Soft Suede Stampin' Blends
Dark and Light Petal Pink Stampin' Blends
Timeless Label Punch
Gold Hoop Embellishments
Champagne Rhinestones
Shimmery Crystal Effects
Blending Brushes
Bone Folder
Dimensionals
Crumb Cake base mounted with a square of Pool Party card stock, then with a square of White card stock. I immediately applied Pool Party with the Blending Brush to identify where I wanted the centre of the images to be. I applied the Crumb Cake with the blending brush after I had adhered the shells, and I used the top edge of the brush if that makes sense?
The shell images from the Friends Are Like Seashells set are all stamped on White card using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colouring them with Stampin' Blends. 
I fussy cut the shells and then shaped them by stretching the card with a bone folder from the back and then kind of traced the shell lines to be able to bend the card in the rounded and grooved shape of the shells.
I adhered the shells to the card using dimensionals (sometimes as many as 3 at a time). The Hoop is adhered with a small glue dot.
You can see the dimension of the shells off the card. I then covered the three shells with Shimmery Crystal Effects; I like the glossy effect and it helped make the cards look a bit more realistic. The touch of glitter in the crystal effects is also really pretty and lends a consistent theme to the rhinestones. I left the mermaid penny nude.
The small glistening spots highlight the dimension of the shells as well. Once I had stuck down the shells, I added the Crumb Cake ink with the Blending Brush. I then stamped the stipple image from the Friends Are Like Seashells set in black. 

I hope you have felt inspired by this card. The Blending brushes are easier to use than daubers or sponges and allow you to apply dense or fine colour. The sentiment from Happy Thoughts  is stamped in black on a scrap and punched using the Timeless Label Punch, brushed with some Pool Party ink, mounted with dimensionals.
Until next time! Thanks for stopping by.

Stay glittery!
Shanni xx




You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, November 2, 2020

Totally Techniques - Stamping with Embossing Folders


Welcome back to another Totally Techniques international blog hop. I have been very tardy with this group this past 6 months and hope to redeem myself this month.

This is my card:
I love textures, distressing and layers in my cards so this technique really appeals to me. I am also conscious that people are looking for ideas for Christmas so I know that this card layout will come in handy with say a poinsettia flower arrangement or holly and pine cones. . .
These are the materials used:-

Tasteful Touches Stamp Set
Textured Essentials Stamp Set
Basic Black Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Copper Foil Card
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Crumb Cake Classic Ink
Soft Suede Classic Ink
Versamark Ink
White Stampin' Emboss Powder
Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder
Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder
Retired Heirloom Frames 3D Embossing Folders
Gold Hoop Embellishments
Champagne Rhinestones
Scalloped Lacetrim
Poinsettia Dies (from the Holiday Cattie)
Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends
Dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends
Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends
The card is a square card in basic black, mounted with a square of crumb cake card which is stamped using the "pinewood planks embossing folder" in crumb cake ink. I also stamped the little square texture stamp from the Textured Essentials stamp set in soft suede ink for some added vintage appeal.

The copper foil sheet was embossed using the tin tile embossing folder. I distressed the edges and then added some oxidisation with soft suede ink around the edges to give an aged look. I added the lace trim to the back as I wanted the card to have a feminine feel. The heirloom frame was embossed and fussy cut from whisper white and I sponged the edges with soft suede ink to marry into the vintage frame.
The flowers are stamped in memento ink on whisper white and coloured with the Stampin' Blends listed above. I cut the little black leaves with the Poinsettia Dies in basic black card. The rhinestone and hoop add the extra bit of luxe!

This was a really quick card and I hope it still has wow factor. I plan to use it for my daughter's 16th birthday next week but I will copy the layout for Christmas cards for the season.

Until next time,
Shanni xx





You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Fancy Folds - Square Fold Cards


Welcome back to another month of hopping with the Fancy Folds Design Team - this month we are doing Square Folds. I hope you are joining me from my good friend Gina's beautiful blog. 

This is my first "square fold" following the easy to understand tutorial from Stamp With Nellie:

The materials used were:

Thick Whisper White Cardstock
Poinsettia Place Designer Series Papers
Old Olive Cardstock 
Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Real Red Classic Ink
Wonderful Gems
Stitched Circles Framelits
Layered Circle Framelits
Shimmery Crystal Effects

Base card is Thick Whisper White card, mounted with a square of old olive on the back of the card and two triangles on the front and then mounted with coordinating Poinsettia Place DSP.
The poinsettia image was fussy cut from the Poinsettia Place DSP, once situated on the card I coated it with Shimmery Crystal Effects. The black and red berries were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and Real Red Ink using the two step stamps from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set. The sentiment was stamped from the same set in Real Red.
The card is really simple and easy to make and it would be an impressive card to receive as it looks a little more complicated than it is. An easy Christmas card to impress.

My second "square card" is a little more complicated:
This is a square card with a double fold inside. The materials used included:

Thick Whisper White Cardstock
Poinsettia Place Designer Series Papers
Old Olive Cardstock
Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set
Real Red Classic Ink
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Timeless Label Punch
Dark and Light Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend
Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend
Dark and Light Old Olive Stampin' Blend
Beaded Pearls
Pearls

This is the pattern for the card. The base card is Thick Whisper White cardstock.

I mounted the Poinsettia Place DSP directly onto the front of the card. 
The poinsettia image is from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp set, stamped in Memento Black and coloured using the Stampin' Blends mentioned above. I then fussy cut the petals and glued them together. The centre of the flower is the beaded pearl embellishment, the leaves were also fussy cut; I used the flower petals and coloured them with dark and light Old Olive Blends.
This is what the inside of the card looks like, the sentiment from the same set stamped in Real Red.
And the base area also contains another sentiment from the same set stamped in Real Red.
My final "square fold" card, looks a little complicated but is very easy:
This is a square card with a double fold inside. The materials used included:

Thick Whisper White Cardstock
Poinsettia Place Designer Series Papers
Old Olive Cardstock
Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set
Real Red Classic Ink
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Timeless Label Punch
Dark and Light Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend
Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend
Dark and Light Old Olive Stampin' Blend
Wonderful Gems

This is the pattern I used. The case card is Thick Whisper White, you can make this card in any size simply make sure your base card is square.
Score the card in quarters and then on the 45 degree. Fold and burnish all the score lines. I mounted the base card with a square of the Poinsettia Place DSP.
The poinsettia is stamped in Memento Black and coloured using the same colours described above. Again I fussy cut the petals and leaves. The centre of the flower on this occasion is three of the gold Wonderfull Gems.
The sentiment is from the same set and stamped in Real Red. I simply cut the banner to size. 
The inside of thee card folds like a piece of origami but is very effective and looks fancy! Simple and sensational.

Don't leave us just yet as my friend Astrid has the most amazing project! 

I hope that you give these a try. They are fun and easy and very satisfying.

Until next time, stay glittery!

Cheers 

Shanni xx



Order of the October Hop

Aude Barbara (France)

Gina Connor (United Kingdom)

Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!

Astrid Hofmann (Austria)

Stephanie Nash (Canada)

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Fancy Folds - Triple Cube Pop Up Card

Welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team Blog Hop - this month we are a few demos short but those who are here have pulled out all the stops. We are highlighting Triple Cube Pup Up Cards this month. You may have just been visiting my beautiful friend Gina in Northern Ireland. I love Gina's project - this woman is sooooo creative!

Here is my project:
I followed the very detailed YouTube tutorial from The Artful Inker, but then I came up wit my own measurements. Basically you use a standard base size card and score it in four equal areas so that you can make the cube. Yu then select two more pieces that are exactly half of the card height to make the two smaller cubes on the left and right - make sure you score these lengths in four places too. You will get the gist of it from the YouTube presentation; don't be afraid to use your own card sizes, just keep them uniform!
For the project today I used Basic Black as my card base and coupled this with the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper - I love the natural timber and stone look and thought they would go well with the images from the Tasteful Touches stamp set.
I love the contrast between the woodgrain DSP and the solid coloured flowers. And I wanted to position my flowers off the edges of the DSP to give it a more random but balanced look.
The flower stamp from the Tasteful Touches is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White card and coloured using the Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler, Light Poppy Parade and Dark Mango Melody Stampin' Blends:



I stamped a heap of them so that I would have enough for the project. I wasn't too concerned about going outside the lines because I knew I was going to fussy cut the flowers for the project. I am pretty hit and miss on how I colour but this stamp is so forgiving.
I stamped directly on the DSP with the leaf sprig in Mossy Meadow. I love the filigree style of the leaf stamp and think that it balances the vintage feel of the flower images.
The sentiment is from the same set and stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on a piece of Whisper White. the card was 2.5cm wide and I used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch to clip the ends.
I wanted the card to be able to close and look just as good as when it's open so that the recipient enjoyed the visual impact of the bright flowers on the dramatic background.
 Dimensionals mean that the centre flower sits above the outer two.
The card feels really light and can be send in a standard 6" x 6" envelope which is always an importnt consideration.
This is what the card looks like from above. The DSP is so gorgeous! I think this is my favourite suite in the new cattie.
Side view to show that the flower inside the bottom left cube sits perfectly when the card is folded.

I hope you have felt a little inspired to try this card it is seriously easy with a great impact. I am going to make some other projects using the same fold!
Don't leave us just yet.  Mary Kay has been so creative, despite being busy with her family this summer! Mary Kay has an awesome project this month! I love MK's style!

Until next time, stay sparkly!

Shanni xx


Order of June Blog Hop

Gina Connor (United Kingdom)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Mary Ann Rossiter (United States)
Astrid Hofmann (Austria)
Stephanie Nash (Canada)