Lovely Lattice Salt Technique

Lovely Lattice Salt Technique

I love getting inky and using techniques to create my own backgrounds. I’ve used the Lovely Lattice stamp set to highlight my salt technique on this card. The vibrant bold colors in the background really set off the flowers on the lattice. This technique is so forgiving and easy card will be different. I love that!

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Okay, I’ll bet you’re asking, “how did she do that”? If you don’t mind getting a little inky and using some unconventional supplies, this technique is for you. Go to the kitchen and grab the salt. Yep, that’s right salt. You can use fine grain or larger grain, whatever you have on hand will do.

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For the salt technique, you’ll need some watercolor paper, ink refills of your choice, I used Melon Mambo and Highland Heather. Being sure the watercolor paper is wet enough is one of the key steps in the process. Your aqua painter will come in handy for that. Once you’ve got the ink refills applied to the watercolor paper, you’re ready to sprinkle the salt.

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Waiting for this gorgeous paper to dry is the hardest part. Once it is bone dry, you will rub off the salt and you’ll have your gorgeous background paper ready to go.

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Because I heat embossed the Lovely Lattice images with Black Embossing Powder, it made it easier to color and fussy cut. So you might want to consider that.  It also gives the card a richness and another level of dimension. For my Lovely Lattice focal image, I used mainly Stampin’ Blends as my coloring medium. I didn’t have a Melon Mambo Blend, so I used my blender pen for those flowers.

So that you can see the technique first hand, I’ve created a FREE video tutorial for you. Enjoy!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Highland Heather CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Technique Mat – Watercolor Paper – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the die from Rectangle Stitched Framelits
  • Lovely Lattice Image and Small Flower Image – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Small Leaves – Pear Pizzazz CS – two leaves punched from a scrap using the Bitty Blooms Punch
  • Metallic Thread – Silver – 10 Loops

Be sure to earn your FREE Lovely Lattice stamp set so that you can create a card like this one using the salt technique. All the supplies are listed below and I would appreciate your shopping my store. 

Big Shot

$110.00
Blender Pens

$12.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

One Sheet Wonder First Frost

One Sheet Wonder First Frost

Hi there everyone, welcome back! I’m so excited about my one sheet wonder today.  One of my favorite things to do is stamp and create my own designer series paper.  Are you skeptical? Don’t be, this truly is easy and quick. You’ll be able to create 4 cards in no time at all.

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For this one sheet wonder, my color palette is Highland Heather, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  Just load you blocks and break out an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Whisper White card stock.

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In no time at all, you’ll have this gorgeous sheet of designer series paper.  Now that you have your one sheet wonder all stamped and ready to go, you can create four mats, 3 3/4″ x 5″ each.

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Stamping all the sentiments was pretty quick and easy as well. I created a template for the die cut and used my Stamparatus to stamp all the sentiments in Calypso Coral. The sweet little wooden element was inked with the Highland Heather ink pad. One word of caution though, they take a little bit of time to dry. 

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By cutting the sprig using the die from Frosted Bouquet, I finished off the sentiment. That sweet accent band was created with a 1″ x 6″ piece of our Gingham Gala DSP.

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I just love how this turned out. Are you ready to give it a try?  I sure hope so. I’ve even filmed a FREE video tutorial to show you just how easy this process can be.

Below I’ve listed the supplies and cutting measurements to create four cards with your one sheet wonder. Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Bases – Thick Whisper White CS – two sheets, each scored on the 8 1/2″ side at 4 1/4″. Then cut each at the 5 1/2″ mark. You will now have four cards bases.
  • One Sheet Wonder – Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 11″ – once stamped, cut four pieces at 3 3/4″ x 5 “
  • Mats – Highland Heather CS – four @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Accent Band – Gingham Gala DSP – 1″ x 6″
  • Sentiment – Calypso Coral CS – 3″ x 8 1/2″, cut four with the die from Frosted Bouquet
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 3/4″ x 8 1/2″, cut four with the die from Frosted Bouquet
  • Sprig – Pear Pizzazz CS – 5″ x 4 1/4″, cut four sprigs with the die from Frosted Bouquet

Product List

Big Shot

$110.00
Stamparatus

$49.00

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Vintage Crackle Paint Wonderful Romance

Vintage Crackle Paint Wonderful Romance

Creating my vintage crackle paint Wonderful Romance card was a joy. I love the vintage look and the Wonderful Romance bundle is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  Sure hope it carries over, but in case it doesn’t you should scoop it up during Sale-a-Bration and earn a freebie. 

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First off, creating that background is easy. I started off with a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. Heat embossing always adds the WOW factor to any project. This one is done in Copper with that gorgeous Crackle Paint background stamp. Then by sponging on color, Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue, I achieved the vintage crackle paint look.

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If you don’t have markers or blends, no worries. We almost always collect our ink pads first. To color this gorgeous image from Wonderful Romance, I used a blender pen with my ink pads. There are so many ways to add color. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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To continue with my vintage crackle paint look, I cut a doily in Balmy Blue using the Doily Builder die.  Love that set so much, I’ll be offering the bundle in my WOW Class to GO! in April. Stay tuned for more info!

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Embossing the sentiment in copper and adding those sweet little copper sprigs really made the sentiment pop. And oh, did you see that we now have Rectangle Stitched Framelits? I love them!!!

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I guess you can tell I really like the Crackle Paint background stamp. I think this might be the fourth project I’ve used it in so far.  And I have to say each one has a different look and feel. Are you a visual learner? I sure am. If so, sit back and relax, I’ve got a FREE video tutorial for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Crumb Cake CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, punch each corner with the Detailed Trio Punch
  • Mat – Balmy Blue CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Embossed Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, stamped in versa mark with the Crackle Paint background stamp, sprinkle with copper embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Sponge on color with Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue ink.
  • Doily – Balmy Blue CS – 4″ x 4″, cut the image with the Doily Builder die.
  • Flowers – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″,  stamped in versa mark with the stamp from Wonderful Romance, sprinkle with copper embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Color with a blender pen and following ink colors; Flowers – Balmy Blue, Large Leaves – So Sea Foam, Small Leaves – Granny Apple Green, Tiny Leaves – Calypso Coral. After inks are dry run the Clear Wink of Stella over the large leaves. Cut with the die from Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 2 1/2″, stamped in versa mark with the stamp from Wonderful Romance, sprinkle with copper embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Cut the image with Rectangle Stitched framelits. Balmy Blue CS – 4″ x 2″, cut the image with the Rectangle Stitched framelits.
  • Sprigs – Copper Foil – 2″ x 1 3/4″, cut two with the die from Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies.
  • Basic Pearls – three small
  • Ribbon – Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack – Very Vanilla/Copper 1/8″ – about 8″

I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store for any supplies you might need to complete the project.

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00
Blender Pens

$12.00

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Polished Stone Technique Climbing Roses

Polished Stone Technique Climbing Roses

Have you heard of the Polished Stone Technique? It’s an oldie, but goodie and so quick and easy you’ll want to crate a whole batch of backgrounds for your next card making session.

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My color combo is Highland Heather, Pool Party and Blackberry Bliss.  By heat embossing the gorgeous floral image from the Climbing Roses set, it took this card to the next level. Because each card is different, you’ll really have fun with this technique.

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Why is it called polished stone? Doesn’t the finished product remind you of a slab of marble? I think so. And this is yet another way of “coloring” that big floral image without using markers, making it very quick and easy.

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I love finishing off the inside of my cards.  The trellis die cut was trimmed and used both on the front and inside of the card. That’s the perfect way to use up every smidge of your die cuts.

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I hope you can see the sparkle on both the butterfly element and the leaves under that lovely little bow.  I used Wink of Stella to add just the right amount of bling.

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The little detail on the sentiment was done with a 1/2″ circle punch.  You can use that little technique on any size sentiment. Would you like to learn more about that and the polished stone technique?  I’ve filmed a video tutorial to show you how.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blackberry Bliss CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Polished Stone Mat – Glossy White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Trellis Die Cut – Blackberry Bliss CS – 2 1/2″ x 5″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 1″
  • Leaves – Pool Party CS – 1 1/2″ x 2″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Small Rose – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 2″
  • Ribbon – Highland Heather 1/4″ Organdy – about 8″

If you need any supplies to complete the project, I would appreciate you shopping my online stone.

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00
Blender Pens

$12.00

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Climbing Roses with Mother of Pearl Technique

Climbing Roses with Mother of Pearl Technique

Don’t let the Climbing Roses bundle on page 9 of the new Occasions Catalog fool you. You can achieve some gorgeous looks without even coloring.  Join me in the studio for the first of two projects featuring this set and some techniques you won’t want to miss.

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Me oh my, I love anything vintage and I think this card fits the bill. I love showing different ways to use your stamps and dies. Those toys are an investment and we should use them to their fullest potential. But, did you know that when you purchase the Climbing Roses bundle you save 10%.  

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Because, it’s a line art stamp with lots of detail, I’ll bet you thought you had to color it to give it interest and depth.  Well, I’m here to say, put those markers away for now.  Stamping on Designer Series Paper gave it just enough contrast. And then, using the Mother of Pearl technique on top of that, took it to the next level.

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Photographing shimmer is tough, but I hope you can see it on the little roses.  After heat embossing in black, I applied some of our Champagne Shimmer Paint with a piece of plastic wrap. After it was dry, I sponged on some Sahara Sand ink to really give it that vintage look.  Then just buffing with a dry paper towel brought all the shimmer forward.

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The dies in the Rose Trellis set are just so beautiful, I had to cut that big rose for the inside to finish things off.  Be sure to back your paper with our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets before die cutting. Why! It makes the die cut a sticker and is so much easier to adhere to the project.

I taught this card initially on my Sunday WOW Facebook Live Show.  I’m live on Sunday’s at 7:00 (CST).  Be sure to join in the fun.  But no worries, if you missed it, here is a FREE video tutorial for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Sahara Sand CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Embossed Mat – Petal Pink CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Trellis – Sahara Sand CS – 2 1/2″ x 5″
  • Flowers – Petal Promenade DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
  • Leaves – Sahara Sand CS – 2 1/2″ x 3″
  • Inside Detail Rose – Petal Promenade DSP – 2 3/4″ x 2″

Here’s all the supplies I used.  If you need anything, please shop my online store and start earning your WOW Customer Loyalty Points.

Big Shot

$110.00
Heat Tool

$30.00

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Butterfly Gala Spinner

Butterfly Gala Spinner

Who doesn’t like an interactive card? Join me in my studio to learn how easy it is to create this Butterfly Gala Spinner Card.  I know, I know, at first glance you might think it looks difficult. But I promise I’ll walk you through the steps and you’ll see, you can create one too.

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My inspiration started with the Happiness Blooms DSP. Calypso Coral reminds me of the orange that can be found in Monarch Butterflies. Speaking of which, I can’t wait for Spring, when we usually have 100’s here. I’ve got a butterfly garden in my back yard and our record of cocoons, hanging from the heaves of our house, stands at 220. That’ a lot of butterflies. 

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The butterfly gala spinner itself is stamped in Memento Black then using two generations of Calypso Coral I created those lovely butterfly images. 

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Call Me Clover, one of the 2018-2020 In-Color’s paired perfectly with the Mint Macaron card base. Did you know that the Butterfly Gala can be purchased in a bundle format. What does that mean? You get both the stamp set and punch, using one item code and save 10% to boot.

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One of the best things about Stampin’ Up! products in the color coordination. The paper, inks, embellishments, etc. all match. No wasted time looking for just the right color.

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Because the photopolymer stamps are bendable, I was able to shape the stamp to achieve the look around the circle image on the inside of the card.  I think that’s pretty spectacular. 

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I’ll bet you’re itching to create this card. Here you go, a FREE video tutorial to show you how.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Mint Macaron – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • DSP – Happiness Blooms – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Scallop Ring – Call Me Clover CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut the scallop circle, then cut the circle on top of the scallop circle image.  This will form your ring.
  • Butterflies – Whisper White CS – 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black; large butterflies fill in stamp, stamp off in Calypso Coral; small butterflies fill in stamp, 1st generation Calypso Coral. Butterfly bodies in Tuxedo Black. Punch with the coordinating punch.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 1″, stamp in Call Me Clover, cut with the smallest Rectangle Stitched Framelit
  • Sentiment Accent – Calypso Coral – 3 1/2″ x 1″, cut with the accent die from Doily Builder
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″

Assembly:

  • Cut circle in card base.
  • Line up DSP, dry fitting, and trace circle on backside with a pencil.
  • Cut circle in the DSP.
  • Fold Card – Dry fit whisper white inside mat. Glue DSP circle in place.
  • Stamp curved sentiment, top right over the arc of the circle.
  • Stamp small butterfly in the lower left hand corner of the inside mat.
  • Adhere inside mat to the inside of the card.
  • On the front of the card, place a small strip of Tear & Tape on the top and bottom of the cut out circle.
  • Construct your butterfly gala spinner mechanism.
  • Embed the thread into the Tear & Tape on the card front.  Be sure it is tight. Apply a piece of Tear & Tape over the existing tape to reinforce. Trim metallic thread as needed.
  • Wet glue the DSP to the card front.
  • Wet glue the scallop circle to the card front.
  • Adhere the accent piece to the sentiment.
  • Pop the sentiment to the card front.
  • Glue dot the ribbon bow to the sentiment.

If you are in need of any supplies to complete the butterfly gala spinner card, I would appreciate you shopping my online store. Just click any image below to begin filling your shopping cart.

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

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