Category: Techniques

Embossing Two Ways with Dragonfly Dreams

2 Types of Embossing with Dragonfly Dreams - by Jennifer Blomquist

When I had a hostess ask me this month to use Dragonfly Dreams for one of her event cards, I smiled and said “of course!”  Then I did my best Winnie the Pooh Image result for impression and sat at my craft table poking my head and saying “think, think, think”.  I had played a little with this set, but I hadn’t actually completed a full card yet.  But, as I started thinking about what other supplies I had lying around my desk I wanted to play with (the Sale-a-Bration Glimmer Paper assortment and the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing folder), some ideas started coming together.  In the end, what was left on my table was this finished card and a great opportunity to mix embossing styles and lots of textures all in one card!


Pretty Kitty Card – Coloring with Markers

I saw this general card idea from Shannon Jaramillo a while back when I needed some inspiration for a card.  But as I usually do with cards, I took some of my favorite elements from the card, and then tweaked some of the other details to get to use some of my favorites too!

I wanted to focus on the cute kitty from the Pretty Kitty stamp set, and all of the images from that set are outline images – so they just BEG to be colored in!  And so I went with the easiest way to color, my Stampin’ Write markers.  These are Stampin’ Up’s markers and they have the exact same ink inside the barrel of the marker as there is in the ink pads.  So it makes them great to color with, since you know they will match your project.  In this case, however, I wanted to add the pops of color, so I used a variety of markers to fill in my flower pot.

Coloring Tips:

  • Picking your paper – When coloring with markers, you aren’t getting your paper quite as wet as when you are watercoloring, so Whisper White is perfect for using with markers.  That way your colors are the truest to match the rest of your project.  You can color with markers on watercolor paper or other cardstock, basically anything that you can stamp on without it wiping off, you can color on.  So things like window sheets – not so much. Smile
  • Picking your stamped image ink – Again, since your project doesn’t get as wet, you can use most inks.  However, keep in mind that if you are using dye-based ink (so basically any of the standard color pads from Stampin’ Up), that your markers are the same dye-based ink, so they can smear a bit if you aren’t paying attention.  I find that Stazon, Memento, or Archival Black or Gray ink work best.  Because these are hybrid (or alcohol based in the case of Stazon) inks, they can hold up to the dye-inks without trying to mix in.
  • Picking your marker tip – The Stampin’ Up markers have a pen tip on one side and a brush tip on the other.  I find that the brush tip gives the darker application of color (since more ink can come out) and tends to be a little bit smoother on large areas.  The pen tip tends to come out a bit lighter and is great for precision work, highlighting, or when you want to write out a message.  So, in this card, I colored in the flowers with the pen tip and the pot with the brush tip.
  • Make it art, not perfect! I purposely made the coloring streaky so that I didn’t have to worry about things being perfect.  Instead, I did everything a little bit scribbly with back and forth lines.  That way, if I didn’t get one area exactly perfect, it still matched with the rest of the coloring and it all looked designed instead of a mistake!  In wide open areas, you will find that your coloring looks the best if you can color with long strokes with the brush tip of the marker.

Once the coloring was done, then I used my Layering Ovals to cut out the kitty and backed it with a Real Red scalloped oval from the same die set.  See… I didn’t believe in the tiny scallops at first, but I’ve come to think they are just adorable!  Then I wanted to add a bit of my FAVORITE ribbon from the holiday catalog (grab it while you can and it’s 50% off!), the Stitched Edge Real Red ribbon.  A few more scallops never hurt anyone, right? Smile

Then I just needed to add a sentiment and so a quick banner punched with the Banner Triple punch to get the perfect cutout at the end was all I needed!  The sentiment comes from the Pretty Kitty stamp set, so I had everything I needed!  Layer it all onto some of the polka dot paper from the Neutrals designer paper stack and some white and red cardstock and you end up with a pretty card with a pretty kitty.

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Clean & Simple Card with Lovely as a Tree

clean-and-simple-faux-torn-edge-single-layer-cardSo yesterday I shared a Christmas card with Lovely as a Tree, so today I thought I’d share another idea with the same stamp set only NOT Christmas!  It uses another fun techinique – Faux Torn Edges – that I love for my clean and simple cards.  It is also great if you are doing a challenge for a single layer card too!

How to do Faux Torn Edges:

  1. Rip a piece of paper, preferably something thin like copy or printer paper, so you have the torn edge pattern you like.
  2. Place the torn edge across your cardstock and hold in place with washi tape or post-it notes.
    TIP – you may want to secure your cardstock in place as well using washi or post-it notes.
  3. Using a yellow Stamping Sponge, tap the sponge into the ink color of choice and then starting on the copy paper, gently swirl the sponge in a circular pattern onto the the cardstock.
  4. Try to always go away from the torn edge (so from copy paper to cardstock) and not the other way around so you get a crisp edge.  Sponging towards the the copy paper edge can sometimes catch the copy paper and bend, rip, or get ink under the paper where you don’t want it.
  5. If desired, stamp an image over the masked area so that the stamped image is on top of the sponged color and will stop at the torn edge.
  6. Remove the torn paper and finish the card with any additional stamping you may want to do!

clean-and-simple-single-layer-card-close-upIt is a really easy technique but can produce really WOW cards!  Here I just kept it simple with a little piece of burlap in the upper corner and on of the Halloween Nights Enamel dots.  See, Halloween stuff doens’t have to be just halloween!

Easy, peasy, done!

PS – Heads up about the Year End Clearance Sale!

So, I didn’t know this sale was coming until yesterday when Stampin’ Up shared that it was coming with demonstrators.  I don’t know what will be in the sale but I do know this:

  • 15267554_10209710056660667_5857946819420869390_nItems will be up to 60% off
  • There will be updated Clearance Rack items, some discounted Annual catalog items, and the full list of Holiday catalog items that are going to be discontinued with many of them being discounted too!
  • You CAN add any of these items to a starter kit (so it is a great time to join because you’ll also be able to sneak peek the Spring catalog and preorder in December too!)

If you bought something in the Online Extravaganza sale last week, DON’T WORRY!  They told us that anything from the Online Extravaganza sale that was retiring in December and so may be on the retiring list set of sale items, they would not be more discounted in December (and may not even be discounted as much).  So you will know you got the best deal possible on those items. 🙂

If you want to be one of the first to know what is in the sale, you can check back in my Online Store a little after midnight MST tonight.

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Project Measurements

  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Burlap Ribbon – 3″

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Woven Washi Thank You Card in Black & Pink

First, can I just say, Stamping friends are some of the best kind of friends!  I am always amazed at how kind, generous, and helpful so many of the people I meet through my stamping and crafting are.  Honestly, it is one of the big things that kept me active as a demonstrator as I went through pregnancies, state-to-state moves, pregnancies WHILE doing state-to-state moves. Smile  There were many times I thought about just letting things go but then I would think about the friends I’ve made and the communities I was a part of and I couldn’t bear to let them go.  Sure, I could slow down at times, but never drop out completely! 

Well, I’m so glad I stuck around, not just for the amazing changes my business has brought to me and my family, but because of the friendships that have continued to grow. 

Now, you may be wondering, why is Jennifer getting all sappy and rambling on and on about friendships and stamping?  Well, let me tell you!  It’s all because the card I have to share with you, only happened because of my amazing friend Sarah Naber and her sharing her creative genius with me for one of my technique classes.  Check it out:

How cool is this card?  You see, she and I were talking about my technique class last month and I was talking about focusing on Washi Tape techniques.  She asked if I had ever done Woven Washi – the answer was no.  But then she told me about the technique and created this card for me to try and to share in my class.  See, told you she was cool!  I made a couple little tweaks to fit what I thought would work best in my class, but I loved her weaving and fun little accents.

Now, I’ll admit the washi weaving takes a bit of time and a delicate hand, but don’t let that disuade you from giving it a try!  I started out by cutting my base cardstock that everything would be woven onto and then tearing off small pieces of washi tape that would cover the short side of the cardstock (so a bunch of 3”ish pieces in this example).  Only press them down on one side of your base cardstock – that is your anchored side – and then tear off a long strip of washi tape and start weaving it over one of the short strips, then under the next strip, over the following strip, under the one after that, etc.  Until you have the long strip woven into the little pieces.  Then grab another long piece and do it again.  Only this time start with under the first short strip, over the next short strip, under the following, and so on.

When you are done, just tuck the edges around to the back of the base cardstock piece.  Pretty nifty, huh?

And yes, I hate to say it, but this is another of those Fond Farewell cards!  Lots of the supplies are being discontinued… so doing wait too long to grab your favorite!

Retiring Products on this Card

  • Watercolor Thank You stamp
  • Everyday Chic washi tape
  • It’s My Party Enamel Dots
  • Melon Mambo stitched satin ribbon

I know, so sad right?  At least we know some amazing new stuff is coming on June 1st!

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Pieced Washi Tape Technique Card Idea

So, I remember when I won the Bear Hugs stamp set at the Stampin’ Up OnStage event in November.  I saw the stamp set and thought, “eh, it is cute enough but I don’t know that I would ever use it.”  Turns out, I LOVE grabbing these super fun bears and the different pieces are perfect for using with all kinds of techniques… like this cool Pieced Washi Tape technique that I shared as part of my Technique Series classes.  Check out the fun card we made to practice:

Adorable bear, right?  Well, the fun part is the bow and the skirt…which are colored using Washi tape!  Now, I used the Hostess In Color washi tape so while I love this washi tape, imagine if you used other patterns of your tape for all kinds of fun designs!

How to do Pieced Washi Tape Elements

Ok, so how to do you use your washi tape to decorate pieces of your stamped image?  Easy!

  • Stamp the image you want to color using a dark ink (so the outline shows through)
  • Lay across the image, strips of your preferred washi tape. (you will likely need to use at least 2-3 strips depending on the size of the image)
  • Cut out the “colored” image using your paper snips.  Yes, you could use the coordinating framelit if you have it, but then you typically get extra colored space as usually the framelits cut out extra white space around the outside of your shape.
  • Layer your washi tape piece onto your main stamped image
  • Done!

I also did another fun technique on this card – the Painter’s Tape technique.  The idea is to use washi tape to pick up color from your ink pad and lay it down on your project.  That is how I got my green “grass”.  You pick a washi tape that is the width that you want your inked line to be and rip off a strip.  Gently lay the strip across the surface of your ink pad and press gently.  The ink will stick to the Washi tape, though usually not solidly.  Then press the Washi Tape down onto your project and rub gently to transfer the ink.  Pull up the tape and you have a cute design!

So, both are a great way to use up your washi tape.  And if you LOVE washi tape, don’t miss out on the 40%+ deals on retiring washi tape over in the Online Store!

Love Techniques?  Don’t miss the Sunburst Sayings Class by Mail!

I just thought I would clarify, the cool thing about the Sunburst class I’m offering as a tutorial or class by mail is that it is all about different techniques or ways to play with the Sunburst die.  You can even take it a step further and apply what we do in the class to your other favorite dies at home. Smile

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Bear Hugs Birthday Card with the Collar Fold Technique

I’ve recently seen this idea of the Collar Fold card and I just had to give the technique a try!  And what more fun way than to have a little bear popping in to say hello and Happy Birthday to you!

A Few Fun Card Details

This card was a fun way to play around with a few different things… I grabbed a cheery paper from the It’s My Party designer paper stack and made my fold first, then I started building the card around it. 

I started with the larger bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set.  I actually had the chick from the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set first, but I figured everyone had seen me use him a billion times, so I needed to break out of the rut and try something new.  And isn’t this bear just too stinkin’ cute?  I stamped him in the Archival Basic Black ink onto a piece of Whisper White paper and then colored using an Aqua Painter and Tip Top Taupe for the bear and my Stampin’ Write markers for the flowers.

I also pulled out another new set – the Party Pants stamp set.  This is one of the limited time release sets that just came out for Sale-a-Bration.  You can get it free with a $50 purchase and only until the end of the month!  I loved that all of the sentiments fit in the balloons and that the balloon fits the Balloon Bouquet punch from the Occasions catalog!  So, it was the perfect way to hold back my flaps.

Did you spot it?  The last touch?  I use Crystal Effects to create a raised gloss over a bunch of the Balloons on the patterned paper.  It makes a HUGE difference and is so EASY to do!  I really need to do that more often. Smile 

How to make a collar fold card

Now if you want to make a card like this at home, here is how you do it:

  • Cut a piece of pattern paper to 5” x 3.75”.  I highly recommend a paper that has high contrast between the two sides. 
  • Cut a slight halfway down on the patterned paper (so 2 1/2” down & 2” in)
  • Fold back the patterned paper.  If you want, you can use your trimmer to SCORE the paper for you, or just do what I did and fold it by hand.
  • Stamp your image on a piece of Whisper White paper the same dimensions as your patterned paper (5” x 3.75”).
    TIP – to get your stamped image peeking out just the right amount.  After you fold your flaps back, set it onto your white paper and trace the cut opening using a pencil.  Then take away the patterned paper and use the pencil marks as a guide when stamping.  Erase the marks when you finish stamping.
  • Color your image and then glue the patterned paper over the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Mount to a piece of cardstock for your mat (5 1/4” x 4”)
  • Decorate your card as desired

The possibilities are endless and you can do all kinds of fun designs by mixing and matching your patterned paper and stamped images.

And don’t forget!  Sale-a-Bration is ending in a few weeks!

So if you want to get the most bang for your buck, don’t forget to get your order together now!  There are 3 ways to maximize your goodies –

  1. Something free for every $50 ordered!  Yup, for every $50 in product you can pick out an extra stamp set or paper pack from the Sale-a-Bration catalog or bonus flyer (that is where the awesome Metallic tape and this Party Pants stamp set are from!)
  2. Extra $25 in hostess freebies!  Gather some orders together from your friends or put in your own $250 order (you know make a dent in that wish list!) and you’ll get the regular $25+ in hostess benefits plus a bonus $25 in extra benefits.
  3. Save now and save more later!  Get it all with the Starter Kit!  This is the way to get the most bang for your buck!  Turn that $100 wishlist order into $155 in product by getting the demonstrator starter kit for $99 plus tax and you get to pick out $155 in product to get for that $99!  AND you’ll be a part of my Fun n’ Crafty stampers demonstrator group, join our fun, and get at least 20% off all your personal orders or orders from friends and family, through June!  Sweet, right?!  Get starter picking out your kit here

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Double Embossed Backgrounds with the Happy Heart Embossing Folder (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

When I saw the Happy Hearts embossing folder was on the Weekly Deals this week, I remembered I had been wanting to make a video tutorial for this fun background that is AWESOME with this folder.  Unfortunately, life got crazy and then I got sick this weekend, so it took until this morning for me to get it recorded and posted.  I also am experimenting with my video setup, so hopefully it all worked out ok. Smile  But I really wanted to share this cool technique for double embossing your cards so you get the cool layered pattern for your backgrounds.happy hearts double embossed background

The whole idea is to emboss your background paper twice, sponging each time, so you get a cool layered look.  Here are the basic steps – but don’t worry, I have a video below that will show you step by step:

  1. Emboss your background paper with your favorite embossing folder
  2. Lightly sponge the back of the embossed paper (the debossed side) with a light ink color (I used Blushing Bride)
  3. Run the sponged paper through the embossing folder & Big Shot again so that the raised image comes up through the sponged side of your paper (if you match the smooth/sponged side of your paper with the smooth side of the embossing folder, you’ll be good)
  4. Lightly sponge over the raised images with a darker ink color… be careful to be gentle!

double embossed background close up

Learn to make the Double Embossed Background with this Video Tutorial:

It ends up looking really cool when you are done!  Check out the video to see how it works step by step:

If you are reading this in email, here is a link to the video

Then I just finished out the card by layering my background piece onto some Watermelon Wonder cardstock and embellishing with the fabulous Epic Alphabet stamp set.  The heart in this set matches the Sweetheart Punch and then just cut out a “U”, add some ribbon, and staple together and you are done!

Double embossed background with Epic Alphabet sentiment

So try this technique out with different embossing folders and let me know which are your favorites!  I’d love to hear from you what works well as I had so much fun with the hearts I can’t wait to see what other ideas we can come up with!

double embossed background

And don’t forget! if you really like this with the hearts and don’t already have the folder, grab it TODAY while it is on the Weekly Deals Smile

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Easy Watercoloring with Birthday Blooms

So, just last week I had my Terrific Techniques class focused on heat embossing.  I always forget how fun and how many options you get with heat embossing and when I remembered this card I made recently, I figured it was another great way to share one of the awesome things you can do with heat embossing – make watercoloring gorgeous and really easy!  Check out this idea with the Birthday Blooms stamp set –

Watercolored Birthday Blooms by stampin up

White Embossing Powder + Aqua Painters = Gorgeous Watercoloring!

I love how this flower seems to be this fragile, delicate image on the card.  It is all thanks to the white embossing powder I started with!  Heat emboss your image by stamping in Versamark Ink and then coating in White embossing powder.

TIP – Don’t forget to wipe the area first with your Embossing Buddy!  This is REALLY important for images with fine lines and details!  The embossing buddy de-statics your paper and makes sure stray embossing powder doesn’t stick to parts of your card that you don’t want it at.

Once you’ve heat set the embossing powder, it then acts like a guide for your watercoloring.  I told the folks in class, it is like bowling with the bumpers down in the gutters!  Smile  Use your Aqua Painters to pick up color from the lid of your ink pad and color over your image.  You don’t have to worry about the ink sticking to the embossed areas, so just color straight over the top of them.

close up of heat embossing and watercoloring of Birthday Blooms

Since the embossed areas resist the ink, you end up with an amazing delicate result!

Don’t forget the finishing touches!

I pierced the edge of the my embossed cardstock … an no it isn’t hard to do!  Grab the Essentials Piercing Pack and place the template with the rows of dots along the edge of your cardstock and start poking to your hearts content!

updated essentials piercing pack

And yes, I realize there are dies out there now the do the poking for you, which is awesome… unless you have a piece of cardstock that you want to be a different size, or you want your dots to be closer or further from the edge. Smile  Just saying, it is nice to have options!

And then I had to punch out the sentiment from this same Birthday Blooms stamp set because I wanted to sponge the edge in Wisteria Wonder to match the flower and the card base.  And then I just balanced out the flower by layering my sentiment over one of the small gold Metallic Doilies from the annual catalog.  Seriously, why aren’t you all using these more… they rock!

metallic doilies as accents
Oh, and don’t forget to add the White Perfect Accents to the upper corner for the finishing touch.  They come with adhesive on their back, so it is easy to just grab and go.
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What do you think?  Like the watercoloring with white embossing powder?  Try it with different colors and see what comes out!

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