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.

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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.

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Dandelion Wishes Technique Card

Dandelion Wishes Technique Card

Make a wish! That’s what I think of every time a see a dandelion in the fields around my house. I love the way they sway from side to side, as the wind blows.  And just at the perfect moment, you pick one, blow into it, and make a wish.  This fabulous Dandelion Wishes stamp set not only contains the fabulous dandelion images but beautiful sentiments as well.  And the font on the set is to die for.

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One of the best parts of this card is that I created my own custom Designer Series Paper.   Be sure to check out one of my previous YouTube Video, where I demonstrated how to achieve this cool background.  I used the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper as a stencil. Just mix up a few drops of Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana ink refills, each in it’s own spritzer, with 70% rubbing alcohol.  Layer the DSP onto a sheet of 12×12 Very Vanilla card stock and spritz away, creating your very own DSP.

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By stamping in Versa Mark and then adding our black embossing powder, the dandelion really pops. That absolutely stinkin’ cute sentiment was cut with the die from Stitched Labels.  It’s fast becoming one of my go-to sets.

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I just couldn’t resist using the new Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It adds just enough texture, without taking away or fighting any of the other elements on your project.

I hope you enjoy this FREE video tutorial on my Dandelion Wishes card.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Basic Black CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Custom Specialty Paper – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Accent Band – Granny Apple Green CS – 4 3/4″ x 1 1/4″, embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 2″
  • Stamp both the Dandelion image and the sentiment in Versa Mark, sprinkle with black embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Die cut the sentiment with the die from Stitched Labels.
  • Lace Trim – 10″

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Watercolor Pencils Accented Blooms

Watercolor Pencils Accented Blooms

We have so many wonderful coloring mediums, sometimes we forget about them or don’t use them enough.  But, you know what, as soon as I stamped the large image from Accented Blooms, I knew I wanted to use my watercolor pencils. I think it’s so dramatic to use a white watercolor pencil on card cardstock.  

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Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor pencils are high quality, highly pigmented and very creamy.  They are easy to blend with either a water brush, wink of Stella, or blender pen.  I used three colors from our original watercolor pencil release, Whisper White, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  In August 2018, Stampin’ Up! released Watercolor Pencil Assortment #2.  So many new fresh colors, you’ll want to add those to your next order.

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I used two colors of embossing powders as well, Silver and Black.  I have one trip about coloring with the watercolor pencils on the embossed image.  Try not to color over the embossing powder, the watercolor pencils don’t play nice.

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The Accented Blooms stamp set also has some sweet small images that are perfect to create your own little border.  And that’s just what I did on the inside of the card.  

I would love to share my video tutorial with you so that you can create one of these cards yourself.  You’ll fall in love with watercolor pencils all over again.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Gray Granite CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Tufted embossing folder.
  • Focal – Basic Black CS – 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ and Merry Merlot CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2″
  • Accent – Silver Foil Paper – 6″ x 1″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″

Stamping:

  • Run your embossing buddy over the Merry Merlot CS and the strip of Whisper White CS.  Stamp the sentiment in Versa Mark, sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat with the heat tool. Stamp the large floral image, in Versa Mark, on the Merry Merlot CS, sprinkle with the Black Embossing Powder and heat with the heat tool.
  • Punch the sentiment with the Tailored Tag Punch.
  • Color the Floral Image with the Watercolor Pencils.
  • On the inside mat, stamp the small vine in Old Olive and small flower in Merry Merlot.

Card Assembly:

  • Adhere the inside mat into the card with wet glue.
  • Adhere the embossed mat to the card front with wet glue.
  • Adhere the focal image to the Basic Black CS with wet glue.
  • Apply a strip of tear and tape to the bottom of the Basic Black CS.
  • Adhere the Silver Foil accent to the focal image.
  • Pop the focal image to the card front.
  • Create an 8 loop bow with the silver metallic thread.  Glue dot the bow to the focal image.
  • Pop the sentiment to the card front.
  • Apply the three silver pearls to the flowers.

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Accented Blooms Thank You

Accented Blooms Thank You

Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I’m very excited to share today’s project with you.  I’ll be using the beautiful Accented Blooms stamp set.  One of the best features of this set is that there is a coordinating punch.  That makes creating with Accented Blooms quick and easy.

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WOW, do you just love that background paper?  Accented Blooms is just that. A set you can use to accent all your die cuts, pretty papers and techniques with.  My Brushos were calling my name.  I hadn’t used them in a bit and knew I wanted my backdrop to be bright, vibrant and colorful.  I used both the Yellow and Gamboge to create my Accented Blooms background.

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My color combination highlights lots of our new colors, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Shaded Spruce. Aren’t they yummy?

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Accented Blooms, Stampin' Up!

I used one of my favorite die sets, Foliage Frames, to create all the wonderful accent pieces. Stamping the Thank You, from Accented Blooms, in Poppy Parade started things off.  I love the font. This card is really quick and easy, uses minimal supplies and still packs the WOW factor. Would you like to create along with me.  Here’s my latest FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Poppy Parade CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Shimmery White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, create the background with brushos, as shown in the video
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2″ – stamp the image in Poppy Parade and punch with the Tailored Tag punch.
  • Accent – Shaded Spruce CS – 4 1/4″ x 3″ – cut the image with the die from Foliage Frames
  • Sprigs – Mango Melody CS – 2″ x 1 3/4″ and Poppy Parade CS – 2″ x 1 3/4″, cut the 2 leaves in each color from the dies from Foliage Frames.
  • Ribbon – Whisper White classic Weave – 15″

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

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Animal Outing Stampin’ Blends Z-Fold

Animal Outing Stampin’ Blends Z-Fold

It’s a marriage made in heaven, the Animal Outing stamp set and our fabulous Stampin’ Blends.

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The Animal Expedition Suite can be found on page 26-27 of our 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. It’s super cute and the stamp set and Thinlit Dies are available in the bundle format with a 10% discount. That little Animal Outing rhino was very easy to color with our Stampin’ Blends.  And did you know that we now have even more of the Blends available?  There are eleven new combo packs ready for you to order.

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To color this little guy I used the Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake Blends.  It’s super easy to blend our colors, they go onto the paper like butter!

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The Animal Outing set also contains the image for that sweet little froggie on the branch.  This set isn’t just for the young, but the young at heart as well.  I know this card makes me super happy.

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I used the Nature’s Poem DSP, which by the way is on special this month, along with the Animal Expedition DSP!  Buy three DSP packs and get one FREE!!! Here’s all the details on that DSP promotion.

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Back to our sweet little z-fold project and the Animal Outing.  Using our Layering Squares and Stitched Shapes Framelits, I created the focal image.  These are real go-to’s you should have in your stash.  Want to learn how to create the z-fold?  Here’s a FREE video-tutorial I’ve created for you.

Ready to create one for your very own?  Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base: Tranquil Tide CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Front Mats: Whisper White CS 2 1/2″ x 4″ and Nature’s Poem DSP 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Inside Mats: Whisper White CS, one @ 2 1/2″ x 4″ and one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″ and Nature’s Poem DSP 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.
  • Focal Image: Cajun Craze CS 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the Layering Square Framelits and Whisper White CS 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the Stitched Shapes Square
  • Sentiment: Cajun Craze CS – punch one 1 3/8″ scallop circle and Whisper White CS use a scrap and then punch with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.

Card Assembly:

  • Create your Card Base Z-Fold
  • Color the images as outlined in the video above.
  • Marry the mats to each other and then to the card base.
  • Pop the Focal image to the scallop square.
  • Ink the edges of the sentiment and pop to the scallop circle.
  • Adhere the left side of the focal image to the cad front with wet glue.
  • Pop the left side of the sentiment and wet glue the right side to the card front.
  • Using glue dots adhere the metal elements to the card front.

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

Big Shot

$110.00
Blender Pens

$12.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

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