Saturday, September 18, 2021

Fancy Folds - Diagonal Faux Pocket


Welcome back to another Fancy Folds International Design Team blog hop. This month we are featuring the Diagonal Faux Pocket which is a super easy card. 

I hope you have been inspired by my fellow design team member, Gina who always makes beautiful cards, sometimes it's hard to follow her creation because I don't know that mine will be worthy. This is my project:

I followed the easy to understand YouTube Tutorial by LeeAnn Greff and modified it slightly to make a square card.

Materials used for the cards included:

Merriest Moments stamp set
Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder 
Sahara Sand cardstock
Basic White cardstock
Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper
Be Dazzling 6"x 6" Specialty Paper (SAB)
Real Red Classic Stampin' Ink Pad
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Ink Pad
Pear Pizzaz Classic Stampin' Ink Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Blending Brush
Champagne Rhinestones
Cherry Cobbler Gold Ribbon 
White Baker's Twine
Tag Topper Punch
My base card is Sahara Sand mounted with a square of Basic White inside, with each triangle front lined with a piece of Peaceful Prints DSP. I wanted something that was subtle but at the same time festive and the Sale-a-Bration designer series paper is perfect with traditional colour schemes.
I wanted to feature one stamp set only for this card and the Merriest Moment Bundle lends itself to the project perfectly. I love the hybrid embossing folder and dies -- they are so clever and versatile.
Te poinsettia flowers are stamped in Real Red on Basic White, the leaves (which are actually holly leaves) are stamped in Garden Green and the small bushels are stamped in Pear Pizzaz.
The matching dies make the whole project easy and the flowers are really forgiving so you can't muck them up. They are designed to layer. I added dimensionals to the flowers to give them some depth and added rhinestones to the centres for a touch of bling.
Using the larger floral die, I cut the shape from a piece of Basic White and added some colours to the edges with a blender brush (love these tools). I used Pear Pizzaz because I wanted something that would complement the Sahara Sand but not overwhelm it. I also cut an additional outline of the floral background in Sahara Sand to mount the floral die. It reinforces it and also offers a nice "finished" look for the whole card internally.
I shaped the flowers al little by folding the petals a bit. I placed the leaves strategically to avoid covering the sentiment and card details. The bushels were just added to balance the arrangement.
The sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White and cut using the stitched edge rectangle which comes with the hybrid die pack. I felt it frames the greeting and helps the card front feel more complete.

The whole card took about 15 minutes to make. Its very simple and is a great style of crd for Christmas given that its an unusual shape/fold.

The project has great impact and I would encourage you to give it a go.
Because the above project was so quick I thought I would share another simple pocket card:
I love the simple tutorial by my friend Patty Bennett for the "double pocket" card. Its short, easy to follow and lots of fun to make.
This card takes one full sheet of cardstock. You need a scoring tool, I use my Paper Trimmer with the scorer for convenience.

I used the same colour scheme as I did for the faux pocket card. Base card of Sahara Sand, mounted with Basic White internally and lined with the Peaceful Print DSP which is a free Sale-a-Bration pack! You can use which ever side of the DSP that you like, but I wanted the two pockets to be lined with the same design and a contrast for the card proper.
Again I stamped the poinsettias in Real Red and the leaves in Garden Green. Again I dimensionalised the flowers to give them some depth.
This time I wanted the sentiment to "pop" a little so I mounted the stamped stitched rectangle on same of the Sale-a-Bration Dazzling Specialty Paper.

To add interest and layers to the card I added a tag to the rear pocket, I used the same colour scheme and added some Cherry Cobbler Gold Ribbon to assist with removal.
What I love about the card is that it feels substantial and sturdy.
I hope you are inspired to try this card as well, it's a great card to include a  gift card with the card.
Don't leave us just yet, we still have heaps to share. Check out my very talented friend, Mary Ann's amazing project this month!

Thanks for stopping by. hope you have had fun!

Stay sparkly!

Shanni xx

Order of our September Hop

Nadine Schweda (Germany)
Aude Barbara (France)
Fiona Carson (New Zealand) not hopping
Gina Connor (United Kingdom)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) - that's me!
Mary Ann Rossiter (United States)
Astrid Hofmann (Austria)
Stephanie Nash (Canada)
Miranda Mols-Heidnrath (Netherlands) not hopping

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Totally Techniques -- Layering Stencils Inking

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques Design Team Blog Hop, this month we are featuring layering stencils, using ink on stencils.

This is my project:
I chose to make a square card for something different😉 

These are the sets, tools and materials I used:

Tasteful Touches
Free as a Bird
Basic Black Card stock
Whisper White Card stock
Rose Gold Metallic Specialty Paper
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Mango Melody Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad
Blending Brushes
Basic Patterns Decorative Masks
Gilded Leafing
Tombow Glue
Forever Flourishing Dies
Meadow Dies
Elegant Faceted Gems
Stampin’ Blends — Dark Cherry Cobbler, Light and Dark Poppy Parade, Dark Daffodil Delight,
My base card is 6” x 6” Basic Black card lined on the inside with a square of Whisper White. I mounted the outside (the stamped side) with a square of Rose Gold Metallic Specialty Paper — I love a touch of bling!
The rose gold paper is mounted with a square of card which started as Whisper White; this is where the layering stencils came in . . .
I initially blended Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze inks randomly on the card using the Blending Brushes. I made sure there were variations in colour depth and that all the colours merged so that there was no white shining through the ink. I then lay the stencil from the Basic Patterns Decorative Mask over the coloured card and spritzed it with water. You don’t need much water. I left it for say 10 seconds and dabbed off the excess with paper towel.
The water “lifts” some of the colour and makes the pattern appear lighter than the blended coloured background.
Once the stencilled pattern had dried, I lay the same stencil over the top of the pattern, but slightly below the spritzed areas; they are aligned but not identical. I then applied Tombow Glue using a baby wipe in the stencil voids and rubbed the Gilded Leafing over the glue. You brush off the excess.
This combination of stencilling creates the complex background that is both rich and gives the impression of texture because of the water marks. It’s so simple but dramatic. My sister gave me the idea for this in a team swap we held with the release of the new Annual Catalogue.
I stamped the leaf image from the Tasteful Touches set directly onto the background in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The flowers were stamped on a scrap of Whisper White card and I coloured them using Stampin’ Blends in the colours listed above. I fussy cut the flowers.
The black leaves were cut using the die from the Forever Flourishing Die set in Basic Black. I adhered them directly onto the background card. You will see that I snipped off a few stems to give the layout a more balanced appearance. The flowers were then adhered and mounted with dimensionals to add depth and interest.
Sentiments can be challenging — I chose this sentiment from the Free as a Bird set. It’s stamped in Memento Ink. I blended some pumpkin pie across the white to make it less stark and I mounted it on the basic black die shape from the Meadow Dies. I actually ran the stamped white card through the same die then cut along the faux stitched line so that it would sit perfectly in the shape.
No card is complete without some bling — I added the hold Elegant Faceted Gems. I felt the little speckled gold and translucent gems married the whole project together.
I hope you feel inspired to try layering stencils, they add a whole new dimension to projects and lend a mixed media feel to the card.

Check out the rest of the design team’s projects — as always they are awesome!

Until next time,
Shanni xx

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Fancy Folds Slide & Lock Card


Happy May Folks! I hope that you are enjoying the change in weather and staying busy! Welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team blog hop; this month we are featuring Slide and Lock Cards.

This is the easy to understand YouTube instructions from Amanda at ScrimpingMommy I love how simple Amanda’s instructions are. 

This is my project:

These are the stamp sets and tools I have used for the card: 

    Celebrate Sunflowers

    Sunflower Dies

    Forever Flourishing Dies 

    Basic Gray Card stock

    Whisper White Card stock 

    Copper Foil Sheets

    Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper

    Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

The base card is a square 6” x 6” (6” x 12” dimensions) scored at 3” from either end meeting with a centre opening. I trimmed the smallest slither of each side and mounted each side panel with some of the silver and gold embossed Simply Elegant Speciality DSP.

The lock aspect of the card is made up of 2 x Basic Gray and 2 x Whisper White 4” square pieces. I used White for the slide element because it is marginally thinner than the gray card and slides smoothly in the gap. 

I mounted a square of the simpler designed Simply Elegant Specialty DSP so that it wouldn’t override the background and to avoid clashing. 

Coppery highlights glint from the sunflower cut using the Sunflower Dies — copper foil sheets are the perfect accompaniment to this DSP. The black outline cut with the complementary did tied the element with the background and provides a focal point for the slide. 

Contrasting with the metallic centrepoint, the leaves are stamped in Tuxedo Black on Whisper White - I fussy cut them, and curled them slightly with the bone folder to give them some texture and depth. The black foliage are cut using the Forever Flourishing Dies.

Stamped in Tuxedo black the sentiment is simple and elegant. Mounted on a marginally bigger rectangle of Basic Black, I love that the sentiment can be removed with the slide to leave the card and the written message to die am for themselves. 

I hope you are inspired to give this simple but truly effective card a go. We have so many beautiful stamps and designer series papers which suit this fold design.  Check out what my fellow DT member     has to share! 

Enjoy the rest of the hop and be sure to leave a comment or two! Don't leave us just yet, there is heaps to see,visit my friend

Until next time 

Shanni xx

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Totally Techniques - Baby Wipes Inking

Thanks for stopping by for another Totally Techniques Design Team blog hop! This month we are highlighting baby wipe stamping, some may also refer to it as baby wipe inking.

Here’s a great link to a quick YouTube tutorial Beata Johns from SplitCoastStampers that explains how to do the technique.

These are my projects:

These are the stamp sets and materials used for the first card:

    All Things Fabulous
    Beauty of Friendship
    Whisper White Card stock
    Blackberry Bliss Card stock
    Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad
    Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad
    Real Red Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad
    Bark 3D Embossing Folder
    Meadow Dies
    Classic Stampin’ Re-inkers — So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Bumble Bee, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler,     Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow

These are the stamp sets and materials used for the second card:

    Beauty of Friendship
    Pear Pizzaz Card stock
    Whisper White Card stock
    Blackberry Bliss Card stock
    Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad
    Meadow Dies
    Classic Stampin’ Re-inkers — So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Bumble Bee, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler,     Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow

Obviously I used the same re-inkers and in fact I used the same baby wipes for both projects. This is what the inked up baby wipes looked like. I layered the baby wipes on a flat plastic lid.
For the first card I used a 6” x 6” Whisper White base mounted with a square of Blackberry Bliss, I then mounted that layer with a square of Whisper White which I embossed using the Bark 3D folder.
I stamped the flowers from All Things Fabulous (which are actually three step stamp images) on Whisper White. The first layer was stamped using the baby wipes ink combo. I randomly picked up the merged colours from the baby wipe ink base and was happy that they were a variety of tones. Second step stamp was done using Pumpkin Pie ink pad and the third step was done using the Real Red ink pad. I fussy cut the flowers.
The leaves were stamped from the All Things Fabulous set using the baby wipes. and I kind of liked how there was purple and green tones. These were easy to fussy cut.
Because the flowers and leaves were so busy I wanted to keep the card as simple and stark as possible. I clustered the flowers together and raised two of them with dimensionals. I cut a couple of the leaves apart to make them all look different and nestled them randomly.
Stamped in Blackberry Bliss, the sentiment from the Beauty of Friendship set contrasts nicely with the multicoloured flowers and leaves. I framed the words using the Meadow Dies and mounted the cut out on a rectangle of Blackberry Bliss for drama.
The second card is a 6” x 6” Pear Pizzaz, mounted with a square of Whisper White then with another square of Pear Pizzaz. If I made this card again, I think I would stamp the top card with some random sparse flowers, dandelions or thistles.
To create the wildflowers I lay Whisper White card directly on the inked baby wipes and rubbed the card to encourage the absorption of colour. I then cut the flowers using the Meadow Dies and arranged them randomly on the Pear Pizzaz base card. Some are flush with the base and others dimensionalised.
I quite like the stippled colour and combinations which look abstract and at the same time are clearly meadow flowers.
I tore the green inked card to make the ground beneath the sentiment simply because I had some mossy meadow inked card left over.
The sentiment from the Beauty of Friendship set was stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White and hand cut and mounted on Blackberry Bliss card for contrast.
I hope that you will consider trying this technique as it’s simple and impactful.

Don’t leave us yet, there are so many different projects using this technique, my good friend Zoe Tant in the UK did the most beautiful project!

I hope you get inspired.

Stay glittery,
Shanni xx

Order of Totally Techniques Design Team Blog Hop

Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Nadine Weiner Germany
Kelly Acheson United States
Barbara Meyer Austria
Annette Elias Netherlands
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)