Saturday, February 29, 2020

Totally Techniques - 3D Punches

So glad that I finally have my tech sorted and can join in to this month's Totally Techniques Design Team Blog Hop. This month we are doing 3D Punches and we have got some awesome projects to share!

I hope you enjoy the offerings.  Here's my card:
The punch I am featuring is the Small Bloom Punch which is a free Sale-a-Bration item with this season's SAB! I have made a square card using Basic Black, I have lined it with a square of the black and white striped Designer Series Paper from the Botanical Prints Product Medley. I embossed a rectangle of Basic Black with the Parisian Flourish #D Embossing Folder - this design is delicious! I think its my new favourite.

To make the flowers I punched three (3) flowers using the Small Blossom Punch and Cherry Cobbler card stock.

1. I texturised the lowers using a bone folder - I do this on a piece of foam from the acrylic block storage container which I have kept (if you haven't got this try using some thick foam).
2. For the centre of the flower I cut between the petals and removed a circle from the centre. I then curl the petals in a spiral using thin nosed tweezers.
3. The second layer of petals is made in the same ways as Step 2 and then I stick two of the petals flush together so that the flower becomes four (4) petals.
4. For the final layer of petals I simply dint the middle of the full flower so that there is a little "well" to sit the other two layers in.
5. I glue them together with Tombow glue

They are really easy to make and I love that we can create them for scrapping layouts, off the page projects and cards.
I also punched the leaves from Mossy Meadow card using the Leaf Punch from the Annual Catalogue. I then folded the leaves in their centre so as to create some dimension and texture.
I nestled the flowers at the top and bottom of the stamped images. The stamped images were simply stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink using the the type set background stamp and the floral stamp from Fanciful Fragrance, stamped in Whisper White card and cut out using the Layering Ovals Framelits.
I stamped the inside of the card too. To ensure that the stamp image was delicate I stamped it off first and the image is second generation.
The flowers sit off the card front by about 1cm or just over 1/4". I used the Pearls to add some glamour to the card. This was the most time consuming laying them in a curl pattern.
I dimensionalised all the layers except the DSP liner. I loved that I could use the Black Dimensionals for this purpose and everything blended in.
The sentiment came from the Fanciful Fragrance stamp set as well but I trimmed off the words "dear you" as I wanted a simple sentiment.
I think that the typeset background looks great when the flowers are stamped through it and I think it adds a touch of sophistication to what would otherwise be a very simple card.
I hope you have enjoyed my take on 3D Punches and that you try to make these easy flowers.

Our other team members have some very clever creations, I highly recommend you check them out!

Until next time, stay glittery!

Shanni xx

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Fancy Folds - Joy card

Welcome back to another Fancy Folds design Team blog hop - its so great to have you with us. Chances are you just popped by from Gina's beautiful blog. . .

This month we are featuring "joy cards" and here is my project:
I love the Timeless Tropical bundle from the Occasions catalogue and it's quite fitting because tropical holidays are definitely on the agenda at Stampin' Up! at the moment.

I made a square joy fold card which is basically a small double card where one car slips inside the other. the openings cross over. I followed Linda Bauwin's easy YouTube tutorial and just adjusted the measurements to suit making it square.

My base card is Soft Sea Foam, I mounted the base card on Basic Black and inserted a mount of Basic Black on the inside. I wanted to frame the main part of the card and pop the bright colours.
The inserted card is also Soft Sea Foam, mounted with a square of Mint Macaron, Basic Black and Whisper White. The original base card (the larger one which closes with spine at the left) is munted with a rectangle of Basic Black and a printed card from the Tropical Oasis Memories and More Card Pack - it has the printed sentiment - the best is yet to come on it and is simply delightful!
I love this sentiment and thought that the leaves frames the hibiscus flowers on the front beautifully. There is also the Tropical Oasis DSP page in a similar design but the colours are not as deep.
The second aspect of the card with the spine folding from the right - I lined this with Basic Black and Whisper White card as this is where the message would be written. I plan to gift this card to a downline who is very close to earning the next Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to the Caribbean. 

The front of the card is stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White card and coloured with Stampin' Blends. I used the hibiscus flower from the Timeless Tropical Stamp set. I used: Dark Poppy Parade, Dark Cherry Cobbler, Dark Soft Suede, Dark and Light Pumpkin Pie and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.
For the leaves from the same set I used, Dark Mossy Meadow, Light Old Olive and Dark Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends. I fussy cut the flowers and leaves as I didn't want the little white edge that is generated when you use the In the Tropic Dies.
The sentiment is stamped in Memento Ink using the sentiment from Peaceful Moments stamp set. I added a bit of bling using the sequins from the Peaceful Poppies Sequins pack.
I added a bit of texture with the 8mm Braided Burlap Trim from the Tropical Oasis Suite and created a border at the top and bottom of the front.

I hope you are inspired to try this fold and this suite as they are both beautiful and easy to work with.

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order February 2020

Fiona Carson New Zealand
Gina Connor United Kingdom
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)
Mary Ann Rossiter United States
Astrid Hofmann Austria