Rooted in Nature Shimmer Paint Techniques

Rooted in Nature Shimmer Paint Techniques

If you haven’t guessed by now, I love creating my own unique backgrounds. For this card, the Rooted in Nature set was calling my name. I also knew I wanted to showcase our beautiful Shimmer Paints.  In this one card, there are five techniques!

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Rooted in Nature is a 16 piece set and coordinates with the Rooted in Nature Framelits dies. Purchase the bundle and save 10%.  This is the set that is perfect for all occasions, birthday, thinking of you, masculine cards, encouragement and the list goes on and on.

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To create that lovely background, I started off with a piece of our shimmery white card stock.  The weight and finish of this paper lends itself to all types of techniques.  Not to mention, you get a shimmery look to start things off.  I used both our Bright Copper and Vegas Gold Shimmer Paints in each of the techniques.   There is lots going on here, so I thought it best to film a FREE video tutorial for you. In that way, you can see up close how I put all those techniques to use.

Now, what do you think about that?  Isn’t the Rooted in Nature bundle the best?  Be sure to place it on your next order so that you can create one of these cards yourself.

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Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blackberry Bliss CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Nature’s Poem DSP – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Background Mat – Shimmery White CS – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Leaves – Whisper White CS – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and Vellum CS – 2 1/2″ x 3″
  • Scallop Oval – Blackberry Bliss CS – 4″ x 3″, cut with the Layering Ovals die
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3″, stamped in Versa Mark, sprinkle with Copper Embossing Powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Cut the image with the Layering Ovals die.
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS

I would love to earn your business.  You can shop my online store 24/7.  All the supplies I’ve used in this project are listed below.

Heat Tool

$30.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Big Shot

$110.00

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

Faux Linen Technique

Faux Linen Technique

Who loves to create beautiful unique backgrounds?  This faux linen technique is quick, easy and so beautiful.  You’ll want to create a batch in all different color combinations to have on hand for your next card making session.

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WOW, how can you not help but love all that texture?  The faux linen starts off with a piece of tissue paper.  You know, the tissue paper you use when wrapping a present.  I get mine at the Dollar Tree, no need for anything expensive, because you are going to alter it. Next you’ll need a silicone craft mat and your Stampin’ Blends. I used the combo packs of both Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss.

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And voila, you can create backgrounds like this one.  Each will be it’s own unique creation, I love that. It’s tough to see in the photo but it also has some sparkle.  I activated the Stampin’ Blends that were scribbled onto the silicone craft mat with a spritzer filled with 4/5 drops of Champagne Shimmer Paint and 70% rubbing alcohol.

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The faux linen made the perfect backdrop for the lovely image from the Country Home stamp set.  Don’t you love the way they incorporated an artichoke in the floral arrangement.  I think it was brilliant. I used the Stampin’ Blends to color the image so that it would coordinate perfectly with my newly created background.

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Even better yet, you can color your own Basic Pearls any color you like using our Stampin’ Blends.  They are alcohol based and the color will stay where you put it.  FANTASTIC!!

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The faux linen technique takes minimal supplies and you can create it in any color combo you wish.  I’ld love to teach you how to do this.  Here’s my FREE video tutorial.  Enjoy!!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Blackberry Bliss CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Thick Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Tissue – 6″ x 6″
  • Scallop Ovals – Blackberry Bliss CS – cut 2 @3″ x 4″, cut with the largest scallop framelit from Layering Ovals.
  • Oval – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3″ – cut with the largest oval from Layering Ovals.
  • Sentiment – Thick Whisper White CS – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, Stamp the sentiment from Country Home in Blackberry Bliss CS.

I would appreciate your ordering any needed supplies in my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Heat Tool

$30.00

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

Copper Shimmer Paint Technique

Copper Shimmer Paint Technique

Copper Shimmer Paint – YUMMY!!!!! Wait until you see all the fabulous things you can do with this pot of shimmery goodness.  The Dashing Deer was calling out to me, please make me shimmer.  

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I recently participated in a Holiday Catalog Card Swap and received a fantastic double z-fold card from a fellow demonstrator, Julie Mannino.  Lots of folks that saw it on my Alaska Achiever’s Card Swap video, asked that I demo the card.  I loved Julie’s card, but I also wanted to put my spin on the design elements.  I want to thank her so much for the fantastic fold and inspiration.

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Remember, the Copper Shimmer Paint was calling my name.  I broke out my Stamparatus, stamped that fabulous detailed deer in Soft Suede.  Then, shook up my copper shimmer paint, uncapped it to reveal some of the paint in the cap.  I dipped my dauber into the cap and randomly dabbed it on the stamp.  Closed the Stamparatus door once more to stamp.  Opened the door and voila, copper shimmer paint stamped onto my dashing deer.  I LOVE it!!!

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I know it’s really tough to see in the photographs. But, trust me, it’s fantastic and you gotta try it.  It’s one of those ah ha moments.  To give my copper shimmer paint dashing deer even more texture, I embossed the Whisper White mat with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  Next, I wanted to stamp those sweet little smaller deer images.

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Can you see that yummy shimmer on the ground?  First, I stamped the images onto the Whisper White cardstock in Soft Suede.  The Softly Falling folder was used again, but less snow this time.  Washing on some Shaded Spruce ink with my aqua painter gave a ground for the little deers to stand on.  But, since it was snowing we needed some shimmer on the ground.  So instead of the copper shimmer paint, this time I used our Frost White.  Painting in on with a small paint brush gave me the control I needed to get the effect just right.

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The double z-fold looks dramatic, but is really very each to put together.  I would love to teach you how in my FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Merry Merlot CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Z-Fold Panel – Shaded Spruce CS – 3 1/8″ x 10″, scored at 4 1/2″ and 7 1/4″
  • Front Mat – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2 7/8″, embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder
  • Center Mat – Joyous Noel Specialty DSP – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″
  • Bottom Mat – Whisper White CS – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″, stamp deer in Soft Suede, then run through the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.   Wash Shaded Spruce color on with an aqua painter.  Highlight the ground with a paint brush and Frosted White Shimmer Paint.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/2″ x 4″; run embossing buddy over surface, stamp the sentiment in versa mark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Punch out the image with the Everyday Label Punch.  Merry Merlot CS – punch one image using the Everyday Label Punch.  Cut the image in half, lengthwise and set glue the sections to the top and bottom of the sentiment.
  • Deer – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ – Using the Stamparatus, stamp the large detailed deer in Soft Suede.  Ink up a sponge dauber with the Copper Shimmer Paint and dab the shimmer paint onto the stamp.  Stamp again.  Cut out the image with the coordinating die.
  • Flower – Copper Foil Paper and Merry Merlot CS – scraps of each.  Cut one detailed flower from Copper Foil an done solid flower from Merry Merlot. Offset and adhere
  • Refer to the video tutorial for card assembly.

Need supplies to complete the project?  I would appreciate you shopping my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Heat Tool

$30.00
Stamparatus

$49.00

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

Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Oh, my, I was a lucky lucky girl to win the Beautiful Baubles stamp set in a prize patrol on our Alaska Trip Achievers Cruise.  I just knew, as soon as I could, that I would be ordering the matching Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies.  I recently hosted our WOW Team Holiday Swap and this was my card.  I’ld like to take a moment to brag, if I may.  I have the most talented, creative awesome team EVER!!!!  

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Before I get into the details on my card.  Check out my Team Members creations.  But wait, before you do, beware, they are going to make you want so many new products in our Holiday Catalog, you might need to grab another wish list.

Nancy Sanders, Stampin' on Sanders' Pond, WOW Holiday Card Swap

First up, Nancy Sanders, Stampin’ on Sanders’ Pond, created this fabulous Fall card using the products in the Country Lane Suite.  The chicken wire and Tin Tile Embossing Folder give this elegant card lots of texture and dimension. One of the best parts, she didn’t have to fussy cut the flowers! Brilliant!!!

Molly Downing, Creating Memories with Molly,  WOW Holiday Card Swap

Molly Downing, crating Memories with Molly, used two suites in her spectacular creation.  The Joyous Noel and Peaceful Poinsettia just can’t be missed. I absolutely love the inlay technique she used. And did you see all that yummy glimmer paper in new colors?

Lisa Lepine, Stampin' Up!, WOW Christmas Card Swap

Lisa Lepine is one of the newest members of my team and one talented lady.  She used lots of the Dashing Deer DSP that you can earn for free, with a qualifying order/workshop, during September. Doesn’t this one remind you of a Christmas present, all wrapped up and ready to share.

Helene Hebert, Stampin' Up!, WOW Christmas Card Swap

WOW, Helene Hebert, used the products in the Frosted Floral Suite. Wait until you see the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper in person.  They are all shimmery, yummy sheets of 12×12 goodness.  This bundle will take your card making and memory creating past the holidays.  

Told ya, talented right?  I can’t wait for our next swap to see what these ladies come up with.  In the meantime, let’s get back to my Beautiful Baubles card.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

I wish I could have captured the detail, shine and dimension in this card better. The gold embossing of the beautiful baubles really pops.  But, I wanted to step it out a notch and make the ornaments look like glass.  So, I applied a layer of sheen with our Fine Tip Glue Pen.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Those sweet little leaves are fantastic Sprig Punch!  That’s right, quick and easy.  And that absolutely gorgeous gold foil “merry”, is from the set Merry Christmas to All.  We’ve been needing those larger die0cut words for a while now.  Check it out on page 5 of the Holiday Catalog.

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Want to see how I created this card?  Guess what, I’ve got a FREE how-to video for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Shaded Spruce – 4″ x 5 1/4″ and Dashing Deer DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, ink in Cherry Cobbler
  • Focal – Gold Foil Paper – 3 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ and Whisper White CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 5/8″
  • Accent Piece – Cherry Cobbler CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the die from Beautiful Baubles
  • Banner – Whisper White CS- 1/2″ x 3 1/3″
  • Merry – Gold Foil Paper – Back a piece 3 3/4″ x 2″ onto Adhesive Sheet and cut with the die from Merry Christmas Thinlits.
  • Sprigs – Shaded Spruce CS – Punch 3 to 4 sprigs from scraps.
  • Inside Mats – Cherry Cobbler CS 5 1/4″ x 4″ and Whisper White CS 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Accent Strip – Dashing Deer DSP – 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, ink in Cherry Cobbler 
  • Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon – 5″
  • Linen Thread – about 20″
  • Gold Faceted Gem – one large and one small

All the supplies can be found in my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Sprig Punch

$18.00
Heat Tool

$30.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful.

Sea of Textures Fancy Fold

Sea of Textures Fancy Fold

One of my lovely WOW Club Members asked that I use the Sea of Textures Bundle for her club night project. I’m so glad she did! It was so much fun creating my Sea of Textures Double Z Fold.  

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Can you believe only one stamp was used to achieve this over the top Sea of Textures card?  The framelits are the bomb!  I think I might have purchased the dies just to get that great net image.  

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I knew I wanted to make the card more of a canvas for lots of little sea inspired scenes.  I saw the port hole idea on Pinterest and that started my creative juices flowing.  I love it when your Mojo jumps into gear.  

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In my Sea of Textures design I incorporated the Seaside Embossing folder to create the waves and the Swirly Scribbles dies to accentuate them.  I loved the seaweed stamp in the set and feel like it was the perfect backdrop for all the coral in the box fold.

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To create the two-tone effect on “George”, my little Octopus from the Sea of Textures set, I first stamped him in Tranquil Tide on Very Vanilla card stock.  With my blender pen, I pulled the ink from the stamped image and colored in the bottom portion of his many legs.  Cool effect, don’t you think?

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To enhance the sentiment, I cut an 8″ piece of our fantastic copper ribbon, stretched it out and created that cool net looking embellishment. I know this one has a lot of bits and pieces, but I really love how it came together and would love to teach you how to create your own.  Here’s my FREE how-to video to do just that.

Here’s how the magic happens.

Card Measurements

  • Base – Early Espresso CS – 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”
  • Z-Fold Band – Early Espresso CS – 2 1/8” x 11”, scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”
  • Inside Box Mechanism – Early Espresso CS – 2 1/8” x 11”, scored at 7/8”, 3 5/8”, 4 1/8”, 6 7/8”, 7 3/8”, and 10 1/8”
  • Mats – Very Vanilla CS – One @5 3/8” x 4 1/8” and two @ 4 1/8” x 2 5/8”
  • Embossed Mats – Coastal Cabana CS – One @ 5 3/8” x 2” and two @ 2 5/8” x 2”, embossed with the Seaside Embossing Folder
  • Waves – Tranquil Tide CS – Two @ 6 ¼” x 2”, cut with the die from Swirly Scribbles
  • Octopus – Very Vanilla CS – 3” x 3”
  • Port Hole – Soft Sea Foam CS – One @ 3  x 3 ½” (cut one circle with the 2 7/8” circle framelit) and One @ 2 ¾ x 2 ¾” (nest the 2 3/8” and 1 7/8” circle framelits, cut a ring) ; Very Vanilla CS – punch one 2” circle
  • Nets & Sand Dollars – Crumb Cake CS – two @ 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, cut the nets with the Under the Sea die and one @ 2 ½” x 1 ¾”, cut one large and one sand dollar from the Under the Sea die
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 2 ¾” x 2”, cut with the die from Stitched Shapes
  • Coral – Use scraps to die cut the following; Rich Razzleberry CS – 1 tall, 1 fat, 2 short; Soft Suede CS – 2 tall; Soft Sea Foam CS – 1 tall, 2 short; Tranquil Tide CS – 1 tall and 3 short
  • Window Sheet for Port Hole – 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” – cut with the 2 3/8” circle framelit

Stamping/Inking

  • Waves – Tranquil Tide CS – Stamp the long texture stamp in Tranquil Tide.  Then spritz with the Champagne Mist.
  • Port Hole – Soft Sea Foam CS – One circle and one circle ring with the long Texture stamp, stamp off with Soft Suede.
  • Inside Port Hole – Very Vanilla CS – 2” circle – Stamp net in Soft Suede
  • Pearls on Port Hole – Color with the Bronze Stampin’ Blend – set aside and allow to dry
  • Mats #1 and #3 – Very Vanilla CS – Stamp off the net stamp in Crumb Cake
  • Mat #2 – Very Vanilla CS – Stamp the long seaweed in both Rich Razzleberry and Tranquil Tide, using first and second generation stamping.
  • Octopus – Very Vanilla CS – 3” x 3” – Stamp the Octopus in Tranquil Tide.  Using your Blender Pen pull color on the legs. Cut out the image with the matching die.
  • Fat Coral – Rich Razzleberry CS – Stamp with the long texture stamp in Rich Razzleberry.
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – Stitched Oval – Stamp the “Have A Wonderful Adventure” sentiment in Early Espresso
  • Nets – With a dauber, lightly, randomly pounce the surface of the net in Early Espresso
  • Sand Dollars – Ink in Crumb Cake

Port Hole Assembly

  • Wet Glue the 2’ Circle to the Soft Seafoam Circle
  • Adhere the circle of Window Sheet to the backside of the Soft Seafoam ring
  • Apply Adhesive strip to the backside of the wring
  • Adhere the small sand dollar and corals onto the 2” Very Vanilla circle.  Dry fitting and arranging is recommended.
  • Pop the ring over the scene.
  • Apply the pearls to the perimeter

Card Assembly

  • Reinforce fold lines on the cards base, z-fold and box fold pieces
  • Glue the Very Vanilla mats to the card base.
  • Glue the Swirly Scribble die cuts to the embossed Coastal Cabana mats.
  • Glue the Coastal Cabana mats to the Z-fold
  • Glue the Z-fold to the card base.
  • Insert and glue the box fold into the cavity of the z-fold.
  • Decorate the card with the coral, nets, port hole and sentiment as shown in the video.

Thanks so much for visiting, would love to have you subscribe to my blog.  Any supplies you need for this project, can be found in my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Blender Pens

$12.00

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Techniques Galore

Techniques Galore

It’s all about the techniques in this quick and easy card.  Break out your Stamparatus and I’ll show you some hinge stamping.  That’s the perfect technique to achieve straight and perfect multi-stamping. The sentiment comes from our Accented Blooms set.  Center the stamp with the first hinge and you’re all set to go.  After that the hinges do all the work.  Don’t worry, I’ve got a video tutorial below to show this technique step by step.

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Technique #2 is my custom made designer series paper.  In the focal image you’ll notice the lovely specialty paper.  I created that one with a sheet of our Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper.  I’ve got a video here to teach you how to create you own designer paper. 

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Technique #3 is the all about the ribbon.  First, I did use a 5″ piece of our Granny Apple Green 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon to wrap around the mats.  Then, I cut one of the white edges off a 4″ piece of the same ribbon. I pulled some of the fibers, tied them into a single knot and voila, I’ve got wispy fibers to accent my flower. By the way, the flower was punched from the custom created DSP and inked in Coastal Cabana.

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I hope you can see all the shimmer on the green leafy sprigs that accentuate the flower.  That shimmer is created with a new product coming in our Holiday Catalog.  It’s our new Shimmer Paints.  For this technique I put four drops of our Champagne Mist in a Stampin’ Mister and filled the mister with 70% rubbing alcohol.  Give it a good shake and spritz away.  The shimmer and shine will WOW you. But beware, this technique is a little addicting!

I promised a FREE video tutorial for this quick and easy technique based card.  And here it is.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Coastal Cabana CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Stamped Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 5″ x 3 3/4″, hinge stamped in Granny Apple Green with the stamp from Accented Blooms.
  • Focal – Granny Apple Green CS – 1 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ and Specialty Created DSP – 1 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Flower – Specialty Created DSP – 4″ x 1 3/4″, much 5 images with the Blossom Builder punch, ink the edges in Coastal Cabana
  • Leaf Sprigs – Granny Apple Green CS – 4 1/4″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the die from Stitched Seasons
  • Flower Center – Scraps from the leaf sprigs, cut with the die from Flourish Thinlits.
  • Flower Base – Very Vanilla CS – punch one 3/4″ circle
  • Ribbon – 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon in Granny Apple Green – 9″
  • Faceted Dots – One large black

I would appreciate you shopping my online store for any supplies you might need for this project.

Big Shot

$110.00
Stamparatus

$49.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!