Woohoo, the new Boughs & Blossoms Bundle includes a punch. And not just any punch, a punch with pretty leaves and small flowers. This is fast becoming one of my new favorite punches in my stash. Today’s card is a lesson on layering.
I love creating layers and by using a variety of circles, you can create a focal image on any project. Because I used the new Heart & Home DSP, I’ve created a lovely soft springtime look. My color palette includes Fresh Freesia, Basic Gray, Garden Green and Basic White.
Because you can easily create botanicals to add to your cards, the Bough Punch is a must-have. You can create two distinct images to mix and match.
By incorporating my Layering Circles die set, I was able to create a one of kind focal image with those beautiful DSP patterns. Not only that, I added even more texture with the Hive 3D Embossing Folder. That’s another new item in your January-June Mini.
This card makes me happy with it’s layers and texture. I know you would love to see this one come together. Just click this link to head over to my YouTube Channel. While you are there, I invite you to subscribe.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Card Base – Fresh Freesia CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray, the leafy image in Garden Green and the floral image in Fresh Freesia
Mats – Basic Gray CS – one @ 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and one @ 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″
DSP Mats – Heart & Home DSP – one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″ (woodgrain pattern) and one @ 3″ x 4″ (floral pattern)
Scallop Circle – Pale Papaya CS – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set
DSP Circles – Heart & Home DSP – Woodgrain pattern 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, floral pattern 2″ x 2″, green leafy pattern 1 3/4 X 1 3/4″. Emboss the green circle with the Hive 3D Embossing Folder and ink in Garden Green.
Accent Band – Fresh Freesia CS – 1″ x 5 3/8″, emboss with the Hive 3D Embossing Folder.
Flower – Basic White CS – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, stamps two images in Fresh Freesia. Apply Wink of Stella and fussy cut the images.
Sentiment – Basic White CS – 3/8″ x 2 3/4″, stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray. Flag the right side with the Tailored Tag punch.
Boughs & Leaves – Garden Green CS – 2″ x 8″, punch three sets of the leaves and one of the floral with the Bough Punch. Twist the leaves and ink all images in Garden Green.
Envelope – Basic White
Butterflies – Brushed Brass – 3 large
Bling – Champagne Rhinestones – one medium and 6 small
Boughs & Blossoms Card – Product List
New Products – January-June Mini Catalog – Launching 1/4/22
What can you do with the Ever Eden Cotton Paper? Well, that’s a great question and in today’s project I’ll show you a fabulous technique. Be sure to order the Eden’s Garden Suite, November 2, 2021. The gorgeous DSP, beautiful gems and lovely cotton paper are only available while supplies last. Don’t miss out!
The Eden’s Garden Bundle will carry over to the soon to be released January-June Mini Catalog. If you’ve placed a minimum $35 order with me in the last 3 months, I will automatically send you the new publication.
Ready to see how to use the Ever Eden Cotton Paper? You’re not going to believe how easy it to create great texture and interest.
The paper is sold in a 12″ x 12″ format and the package contains 10 sheets, 5 each of two colors, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent.
All you have to do is cut a piece and crumble it up, it’s as easy as that. The weight and texture is similar to tissue paper and is perfect for this linen look technique.
Look at those gems! Told you, you’re going to want a couple packages of those for sure.
The large frame from the Eden die set fits perfectly on a card front, but it can also be altered into a oval frame with a little snipping.
Because I used the border die, on my inside mat, I was able to create a pretty dramatic surprise for the recipient. Watch how easy this card comes together.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Card Base – Evening Evergreen CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, cut the bottom edge with the border die from the Eden die set
Inside Accent – Ever Eden DSP – 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
Front Mat – Soft Succulent CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
Technique Mat – Ever Eden Cotton Paper – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Flower – Basic White CS – 3″ x 3 1/2″, stamped in Soft Succulent and fussy cut, apply wink of stella to the image
Frame – Evening Evergreen CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from the Eden die set
Leaf Sprigs – Gold Foil – 1 1/2″ x 5″, cut four with the die from the Eden die set
Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, cut with the die from the Eden ie set, stamp the sentiment in Evening Evergreen
Envelope – Ever Eden DSP – 2 1/2″ x 6″
Bling – Garden Gems – three cat eyes and three small rhinestones
My team is preparing cards for a swap featuring this beautiful bundle. I hope to highlight many of those here on my blog. That will give you all lots of ideas and inspiration. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
WOW Technique Time!! How would you like to learn some techniques with Soft Pastels? During this card making class, I’ll show you lots of ways to use the pastels and will also create 2 fabulous cards.
The Soft Pastel Assortment contains eight beautiful Stampin’ Up! colors, including one chalk each in Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Mossy Meadow, Gorgeous Grape, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight.
Ready to dive into some techniques? With technique #1, we will color with soft pastels and the water painter. The best way to create a palette is to scrap some of the pastel chalk onto a block. Your Take Your Pick Tool spatula is the perfect tool for this. Because you can fill the water painter with water, you can squeeze the barrel to allow droplets onto the chalk. Create a slurry and color away. The image will have a chalky look at first, no worries, we will remedy that.
In both cards, I’ve used the soon to be released, Nature’s Harvest bundle. With the purchase of that bundle, during the period between August 3 and September 30, you will also earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration item.
Once the image is totally dry, use a cotton ball and buff. Tadah, you will reveal all the lovely detail and achieve a soft coloring look.
I’ve used the Ornate Layers die set for my focal image. Don’t you think it’s the best die cut to show off the colored image? In the second card, I’ve added a few more coloring techniques.
Let’s break it down step by step. First, the embossed mat sets off the die cut images perfectly. I’ve embossed the mat with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder. Next, grab your versa mark and lightly apply to the embossed surface. You’ll want to scrap some of the Coastal Cabana chalk onto a dry block. I used an inexpensive makeup blending brush to apply to the soft pastels to the sticky embossed surface. Voila, you’ve stepped up the mat in no time at all.
To color all the die cuts, I’ve used a couple of techniques. First, I applied dry chalk, from my palette, to the small flowers and leaves. On the coneflower, I used a sponge dauber to apply versa mark and then color each section with a q-tip.
Both the sentiment and little flower cluster on the inside of the card were dry brushed with the blending brush. The soft pastels are so versatile. I invite you to tune into my video tutorial to see these in action.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Card #1 – “Just Because”
Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
Mat – Mossy Meadow CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
DSP Mat – Hand-Penned DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
Focal Die Cut – Basic White CS – 3 1/2″ x 5″, cut with the die from the Ornate Layers die set. Stamp the splotchy stamp in 2nd and 3rd generation Highland Heather.
Flower – Basic White CS – 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, after coloring and buffing, cut with the die from the Harvest die sest
Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2 1/2″ x 1″, stamped in Gorgeous Grape with the stamp from the Lovely You set. Die cut with the die from the Harvest die set.
Ribbon – 3″ of Highland Heather Grosgrain
Pastel Pearls – 3 in Highland Heather
Card #2 – Soft Pastels – Thank You
Card Base – Coastal Cabana CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp the sentiment and flowers in Basic Gray with the stamps from the Nature’s Harvest set.
Mat – Basic Gray CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
Embossed Mat – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder
Focal Die Cut – Basic White CS – 3″ x 4″, cut with the die from the Scalloped Contours die set
Flowers & Foliage – Basic White CS – one @ 2″ x 7 1/2″ and one @ 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Harvest die set
Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2 1/2″ x 1″, stamp in Basic Gray with the stamp from the Nature’s Harvest set
Bumblebee Trinkets – 3
I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store for any of the supplies you might need.
Let’s get busy!! Today we’ll be using some techniques with sunflowers. One of my very talented WOW Team Members, Debra Campbell, sent me a card recently. As soon as I opened it, I just knew I had to learn how to achieve the coloring. Here’s the card Debra sent.
Look at all that beautiful texture she created with her Stampin’ Blends coloring technique. It reminded me of a patch of sunflowers I planted a couple of years ago. I should have saved some of those seeds. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find more soon.
As soon as this card arrived, I wrote Debra and asked if I could CASE her card and feature it here. She was very gracious and gave me permission. So here is my take on Debra’s beautiful techniques with sunflowers.
Because a couple of the products have retired and I didn’t have them any longer, I changed it up a bit. My embossed mat was created with the Bark 3D Embossing Folder. Don’t you just love the way she tore the edges?
I substituted the embellishments with the Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon and the Bumblebee Trinkets. But, if you have any of those little ladybugs left, be sure to color them with your Real Red Stampin’ Blend! That’s what Debra did and I thought it was brilliant.
Of course the star of the show, in my opinion, is the coloring technique. I pulled my Stampin’ Blends in Daffodil Delight, Cinnamon Cider, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie. Then I experimented in blending and coloring. Don’t worry I’ve got a video below so you can follow along.
I sure hope I did justice to Debra’s card. Break out your Stampin’ Blends and I’ll teach you these techniques with sunflowers.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Card Base – Old Olive CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 41/4″
Mats – Basic White CS – two @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
Embossed Mat – Crumb Cake CS – 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″, embossed with the Bark 3D Embossing Folder. Tear the top and bottom edges.
Banner – Old Olive CS – 3/4″ x 5″ and Basic White CS – 5/8″ x 3 3/4″, punch one end of each with the Banners Pick a Punch
Sunflower – Basic White CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the die from the Sunflower die set
Detail Sunflower – Bumblebee CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, back with adhesive sheet, cut with the die from the Sunflower die set
Leaves & Flower Center – Basic White CS – 1 1/2″ x 5″, cut with the die from the Sunflower die set
Leaves Detail – Old Olive CS – 2″ x 4″ – back with adhesive sheet, cut with the die from the Sunflower die set
Sharing is caring and one of my Team Members, June Hay shared her gorgeous Pansy Slimline with our Team. I fell in love with the alcohol ink technique and asked June to teach me how she achieved the look. Lucky me, she did just that and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Creating handmade flowers is one of my favorite things to do. The Pansy Patch bundle makes that so easy.
This pansy slimline features not only those beautiful pansies, but the gorgeous new In-Colors as well. By the way, did you know that the Pansy dies, cut and emboss at the same time? That makes creating super fast and so much fun.
Ready to learn how to create the alcohol ink technique. Nothing could be easier! Start out with vellum card stock, your ink pad of choice and the same color Stampin’ Blend. Roll color onto your vellum with a blending brush. Then you’ll want to scribble a little of the same color onto your vellum with the blend.
Spritz the vellum with rubbing alcohol to get the color to move. You must use at least 91% alcohol. If you can find 100%. that’s even better.
Notice how you can achieve that watercolor wash look on the vellum panels. It’s the perfect backdrop for those colorful pansies. Your heat tool, on the drying setting, is helpful when moving the color. To finish things off add your sentiments and a little DSP accent band.
Take a moment to watch my FREE video tutorial and you’ll be mastering this technique in no time flat.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 8 1/2″ x 8″, scored @ 4″
Embossed Mats – Basic White CS – two @ 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″, embossed with the Greenery Embossing Folder
Watercolor Mats – Vellum CS – four @ 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
Pansies – Basic White CS – 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Pansy die set
Full Leaves – Soft Succulent CS – 2″ x 6″, cut four small and 3 large with the dies from the Pansy die set
Detail Leaves – Evening Evergreen CS – 2″ x 6″, cut four small and 3 large with the dies from the Pansy die set
Flower Centers – Scrap of Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Polished Pink, cut with the die from the Pansy die set
Sentiment – Fresh Freesia CS – 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″, stamped in Tuxedo Memento Black and cut with the die from the Stitched So Sweetly die set
Inside Mats – Fresh Freesia CS – 3 3/4″ x 8 1/4″ and Basic White CS – 3 1/2″ x 8, stamped in Tuxedo Memento Black
You are going to the love the All Squared Away Bundle. The possibilities are endless. We will also be playing with four of the 5 new in-colors. They are all so yummy!
This sweet little set of cards would make a fantastic gift. Let’s see which color is your favorite. First up is the very vibrant Polished Pink.
Because I embossed the mat with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder it was easy to create lots of interest in texture. I’ve finished off the inside of the cards in the same manner.
Where’s all my purple lovers? Fresh Freesia is a soft purple, perfect for the Spring.
Need a new dramatic green for Christmas? Evening Evergreen is going to be that perfect shade.
If you’re like me, you love those soft greens. Well, we have a new one, it’s Soft Succulent.
Ready to step things up a notch with the All Squared Away Bundle? Of course, you knew I had to do that, right?
How cute is that? Not only have I used some of the die cuts to enhance the flowers, but I’ve added some watercoloring as well. By cutting the little square frames from Shimmery White card stock, I’ve added a subtle sparkle to the card. Also, that card stock holds up well to water and techniques.
The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from the Hand-Penned pack. So many color combos in that one, you’ll love using it.
Be sure to use those Stampin’ Blends to their fullest potential. I’ve used the Dark Highland Heather to color the pearls.
Just a little baker’s twine really dressed up the sentiment. Our new essentials pack is filled with 5 neutral tones.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Card Set – Featuring new In-Colors
Card Bases – Thick Basic White CS – four @ 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
Embossed Mats – Basic White CS – Four @ 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder
Inside Mats – 1 each in Fresh Freesia, So Succulent, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen – 4″ x 5 1/4″
Inside Stamped Mats – Basic White CS – four @ 3 3/4″ x 5″
Focal Image – 1 each in Fresh Freesia, So Succulent, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen – 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″
Focal Die Cut – Shimmery White CS – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the dies from the All Squared Away die set
Sentiment – Basic White CS – four @ 3/4″ x 3″, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut with the die from the Stitched Rectangles die set
Pearls – 4 small, 2 medium
Sequins – 12 Clear
Ribbon – 5 1/2″, 1 each in Fresh Freesia, So Succulent, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen
All Squared Away Birthday Card
Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
Mat – Highland Heather CS – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
DSP Mat – Hand-Penned DSP – 4″ x 5 1/4″
Frames – Shimmery White CS – 1 @1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ and 1 @ 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Embossed Mat – Highland Heather CS – 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″, embossed with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder
Small Flowers – Pale Papaya CS – 1″ x 4 1/4″
Small Flowers – Highland Heather CS – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Sentiments – Basic White CS – 1 @ 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ and 1 @ 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
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