Beautiful Friendship Masking Technique

Beautiful Friendship Masking Technique

I absolutely love the new Beautiful Friendship stamp set. Sharing a technique is also on the top of my list of things I enjoy.  Today, I would love to share the masking technique. Every month I send hand stamped thank you cards to my customers.  This was my card for September/October.

Beautiful Friendship Masking Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW, that’s a lot of thank you cards! I have the best customers and appreciate them very much. Because I created so many cards, the Stamparatus was my friend. It was super easy to stamp the largest rose image in the lovely Rococo Rose. Next came the masking technique.

Beautiful Friendship Masking Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Our Beautiful Friendship stamp set includes all types of floral images and some lovely sentiments. Using first and second generation stamping, I was able to create the rest of the bouquet. For masking, I like to use the Gina K. Designs Masking Magic paper.  I get mine on Amazon. It creates a great mask that you can use over and over.

Beautiful Friendship Masking Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

One of my favorite parts of the Beautiful Friendship set is the watercolor look. It’s a photopolymer set too. So that makes it super easy to see through the images and place them exactly where you want them. 

Beautiful Friendship Masking Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Did you notice the texture on the Woven Thread Designer Series Paper.  Another technique I can’t seem to get enough of, embossing with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder. I can’t wait to share my video tutorial with you. I’ll take you step-by-step through the masking technique and show you how to create this pretty card.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Crumb Cake CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Woven Threads DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, emboss with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder
  • Focal Mat – Terracotta Tile CS – 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • Stamped Image – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 4″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – Scrap
  • Ribbon – Rococo Rose – 6″

Beautiful Friendship Thank You Card Product List

Stamparatus

$49.00
Paper Snips

$10.00

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you try the masking technique. You’re going to love it. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Snowman Season Let it Snow Viewfinder

Snowman Season Let it Snow Viewfinder

Ok, who’s ready for Snowman Season? Well, in New Orleans, I’ll have to settle for the Snowman Season bundle!  But, that’s ok,  it’s super cute. I’ve been wanting to create a viewfinder card for a while. When I saw the Snowman Season set, I invisioned the cute snowman juggling the snow. 

Snowman Season, Viewfinder Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Snowman Season bundle comes with a punch. Gotta love that. It makes creating your holiday cards quick and easy.  Be sure to check it out in the Let it Snow Suite, page 19. That suite includes so many fun little items to further enhance your designs. More great news, this bundle will be my November WOW Class to GO!

Snowman Season, Viewfinder Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Be sure to add a couple of packages of the Let it Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper to your first order. One side is all sparkley!! And don’t forget the embellishment kit. Can you believe it, it includes 60 stitched felt accents.

Snowman Season, Viewfinder Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The viewfinder mechanism allows the wheel to spin and the snow to appear.  What kiddo wouldn’t love this one? Did you notice the glistening snow on the sentiment? Two new products make that possible. It’s the new Shimmery Crystal Effects and Ice Stampin’ Glitter. Those can be found on page 41. 

I know you’re itching to create this card, right? In today’s FREE video tutorial I’ll teach you how to not only create this card, but a template for future use.

Wasn’t that fun? Let me know what you think. I love reading your comments.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Shaded Spruce CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Coastal Cabana CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Let it Snow Specialty DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the Stitched Rectangle die.
  • Snowman – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 3″. Stamp the snowman in Basic Gray. Punch with the Snowman builder punch. Color the nose with the Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend. 
  • Snowbank – Sparkle Glimmer Paper – 1″ x 5″, free hand cut a curve
  • Viewfinder Scallop Circle – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the largest scallop circle in the Layering Circle die set.
  • Viewfinder Accent Scallop – Coastal Cabana CS – 3″ x 1 3/4″, first punch with a 1″ circle, then hover over the negative and punch with the 1 3/8″ scallop punch. This will form your accent ring.

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”. -Albert Camus. How true is that with my Gathered Leaves card.  I wanted the leaves to shine, to take center stage, to ring in the Autumn season.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous die set, Gathered Leaves, are fantastic. The cut and emboss at the same time!! As an avid card maker, I know I love that.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I spritzed my Crushed Curry card stock, before die cutting, it further enhanced the embossing. But, you guys know me, I couldn’t stop. Breaking out the new Delicata Metallic Ink Pad was a great decision. Look at al that glimmer. We have three new colors, copper, silver and gold. This time, copper of course.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Let’s take a closer look at yet another technique. That sparkle texture on the larger leaf. I created that with our Shimmery White Embossing Paste. Coloring it with the our Cajun Craze ink refill gave it the perfect Fall color. All I had to do was spread it over our new filigree mask.  Voila, instant interest and texture. Not to mention, a fabulous shimmery finish.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There’s one more new product in that lovely focal mat. It’s the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate. WOW, just WOW!! I backed it with a piece of the Come to Gather DSP.  I think that tied everything together. Don’t you?

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Moving on to creating the panels, for the Gathered Leaves card, I continued my shimmery leaf theme. Did you know that you can stamp with the metallic inks? Subtle, shimmery and beatiful, what a great trio.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

It was easy to choose a color palette. If you’re ever stumped, check out the colors on the back of the DSP. For my Gathered Leaves card, I used Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla. Want to see me put this card together? 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Pretty Peacock CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, on the 11′ side, score @ 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
  • Z-Fold  Crushed Curry CS – 3 1/4″ x 9 3/4″, on the 9 3/4″ side, score @ 3 1/4″ and 6 1/2″.
  • DSP Mats – Come to Gather DSP – two @ 4″ x 2 1/2″ and one @ 5 1/4″ x 4″. Emboss with the Subtle Embossing Folder. Ink the edges in Cajun Craze.
  • Focal Mat – Come to Gather DSP – 3″ x 3″, Mercury Glass Acetate – 3″ x 3″.
  • Inside Mats – Very Vanilla CS – two @ 3″ x 3″.
  • Leaves – Crushed Curry CS – one @ 3″ x 3″ and one @ 2″ x 3 1/2″, die cut with the Gathered Leaves die set.

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

Did you enjoy that? I would love your comments. Feedback is always helpful and appreciated.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Very Versailles One Sheet Wonder

Very Versailles One Sheet Wonder

Welcome! So glad you’ve dropped by today. I’m happy to share one of my favorite stamp sets, Very Versailles. Because, I love all the images in this set I’ve decided to create a one sheet wonder. That’s one of my all-time favorite techniques.

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Creating your own designer series paper is easy, doesn’t have to be intimidating and you can customize it for your project. The fabulous images in the Very Versailles set also have a vintage vibe. Again, one of my favorites. So, today is a win, win, win for me!

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Where did I start? My color combo started things off. Deciding to go with a subtle palette reinforced the vintage look. I chose, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Petal Pink. When creating a one sheet wonder, you can keep all the cards the same or mix it up like I’ve done. My hope is that I’ve given you lots of ideas with the Very Vintage set.

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Here’s my cut sheet in case you’ld like to create the cards I’ve designed.

I’ve filmed a video to take you step-by-step through the process of creating my own designer series paper with the Very Versailles set.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card #1 – “Have a Beautiful Day” with large Detailed Band
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Card Mat – Soft Suede CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Stamped Mat – Very Versailles Custom DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Detailed Band – So Saffron CS – 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, cut with the die from Detailed Bands. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 1 1/2″, stamp the sentiment in Soft Suede. Stamp off, 2nd generation in Pear Pizzazz with the large leaf stamp.

 

  • Card #2 – “Have a Beautiful Day” with Tulle Bow
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Card Mat – Soft Suede CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Stamped Mat – Very Versailles Custom DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Sentiment Accent – So Saffron CS – 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the die from Detailed Bands. Stamp 2nd generation in Pear Pizzazz with the leaf stamp. Ink the edges in So Saffron.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 1 1/2″, stamp the sentiment in Soft Suede. Stamp off, 2nd generation in Pear Pizzazz with the large leaf stamp.
  • Whisper White Tulle Ribbon – one @ 6″ and one @9″. Ink both with the Petal Pink ink.

Two more fabulous cards!

  • Card #3 – “Always Thinking of You” 
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Card Mat – Pear Pizzazz CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Stamped Mat – Very Versailles Custom DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Flower – Whisper White CS – 2 3/4″ x 8 1/2, cut with the Magnolia Memory dies. Ink the edges in Soft Suede and centers with Petal Pink. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer. Twist the petals of the two smaller images with tweezers. Pull the petals of the other images with the bone folder.
  • Flower Stamens – So Saffron CS – 1 1/4″ x 2 1/4″, cut one small and one large stamen with the Magnolia Memory dies. Ink the tips in Soft Suede.
  • Leaves – Pear Pizzazz CS – 1″ x 5 1/2″, cut two large and two small leaves with the Magnolia Memory dies.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, stamp in Soft Suede, flag on the right end.
  • One small gold faceted gem.

 

  • Card #4 – Thank You
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″.
  • Mat – Pear Pizzazz CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″, emboss with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Frame – So Saffron CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from Heirloom Frames. Emboss with the Heirloom Frame Embossing Folder. Ink lightly with Soft Suede.
  • Stamped Accent – Very Versailles Custom DSP – 2 3/8″ x 3 3/4″, punch all corners with the Detailed Trio punch.
  • Sentiment Flourish – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 3″, stamp the flourish in Soft Suede and the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz. Fussy cut the image.

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Wobble Card with Over the Moon

Wobble Card with Over the Moon

WOW, another interactive card! This time, it’s wobble, baby, wobble!!! That’s right, a wobble card with our super cute Over the Moon stamp set. You’re going to want to create a batch of these to have on hand.

Wobble Card, Over the Moon, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Break out your Stamparatus. Want an easy way to create multiple Buffalo Check backgrounds? Check out our Buffalo Check stamp. For my wobble card, I chose to stamp the background in Real Red.  Don’t you love the way it made the cow image pop?

Wobble Card, Over the Moon, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There is some fussy cutting involved, but it’s sooooo worth it.  Creating the “pasture” for my cow was the first part of the design. I used the Waterfront set. You’ll want to pick up that set, it’s a great scene builder.

Wobble Card, Over the Moon, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

When you tip the cow’s head, the wobble comes alive. And I just love the triple layer with the little sentiment. I ordered the little wobble mechanisms on Amazon.

Wobble Card, Over the Moon, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to create with me? Grab a beverage, sit back and relax. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Basic Black CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Buffalo Check Mat – Whisper White CS – 5″ x 3 3/4″, stamped in Real Red with the Buffalo Check background stamp.
  • Focal Mat – Basic Black CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Stamped Mat – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 3″.  Using the Waterfront stamp set, stamp the grass in Pear Pizzazz, the clounds in Balmy Blue and the sun in Daffodil Delight. Stamp the grass highlights with the stamp from Over the Moon in Pear Pizzazz.
  • Cow – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 3″, stamp the image in Memento Black. Color with Stampin’ Write markers as follows: Hair/tail – Soft Suede, Hooves – Smoky Slate, Spots – Basic Black. Color the cow face with the Ivory Stampin’ Blend.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 2″, stamp the sentiment in Memento Black. Punch out the image with the 1″ circle punch.  Punch one 1 3/8″ scallop circle out of Real Red. Punch one 1 1/8″ scallop circle out of Basic Black.
  • Basic Black Satin Ribbon – 9″
  • One Wobble Mechanism

Product List

Stamparatus

$49.00
Paper Snips

$10.00

Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any future tutorials and projects.

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Sailing Home Masculine Card

Sailing Home Masculine Card

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I would struggle creating masculine cards. But, no more! The Sailing Home bundle has filled the void. Everything about this suite is fabulous. 

Sailing Home, Susan Levasseus, WOW NOLA Creations, Stamin' Up!

The Sailing Home bundle includes a fabulous 12-piece stamp and die set. So many elements to choose from to enhance your designs. All the products in the Come Sail Away Suite can be ordered by entering just one item code. Did you know you can earn WOW Customer Loyalty Points with your order? Here’s all the details on the program.

Sailing Home, Susan Levasseus, WOW NOLA Creations, Stamin' Up!

Don’t you just love Night of Navy? I used that cardstock to create the card base. Then I added in some Balmy Blue and Soft Suede elements. Not to mention, the Sail Away Trinket and the yummy baker’s twine.

Sailing Home, Susan Levasseus, WOW NOLA Creations, Stamin' Up!

I used a color wash technique to create the background on the stitched circle. Because I used Shimmery White cardstock, I didn’t have to worry about the cardstock pilling. And, it has a shimmery look! Our Stampin’ Blends made coloring the sailboat very easy.

Sailing Home, Susan Levasseus, WOW NOLA Creations, Stamin' Up!

To finish off the inside of the card, I added a Whisper White mat. I then added one of the Washi Tapes that comes in the Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape pack. Here’s how I put this one together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Night of Navy CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Balmy Blue CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Come Sail Away DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, ink the edges in Soft Suede ink.
  • Embossed Accent Mat – Balmy Blue CS – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Banner – Come Sail Away DSP – 5″ x 1 3/4″, punch one end with the Banner Triple Punch
  • Stitched Circle – Shimmery White CS – 3″ x 3″, cut with the die from Stitched Shapes. Using the aqua painter, wash with Balmy Blue ink. Allow to dry.
  • Boat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 3″ – Using the stamp from the Sailing Home set, stamp the large boat image in Soft Suede ink. Color the boat with Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend. Color the masts with the Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend. Color the water with the Dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend. Cut with the die from the Smooth Sailing dies.
  • Sentiment – Shimmery White CS – 1″ x 3″. Using the stamp from Sailing Home set, stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy. Dissect as shown on the samples.
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, apply a strip of the Pressed Petals Washi Tape on the left.

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations