Christmas · Friendship · Intermediate Cards · Winter

Warm and Cozy

final_productIt’s a cold (California) evening, and I was feeling like making something cozy. This cute snowman card was fun to make, and highlights the new Shimmer Paint.

The card base is Balmy Blue, and is made by cutting a sheet of 8.5×11 paper in half. I like to score first, at 4.25″ on the short side, then flip and cut it in half at 5.5″

The background was a fun new technique I was playing with. The paper is standard (not thick) Whisper White card stock, cut at 4×5.25″. I embossed it first using the Cable Knit embossing folder. Then I mixed in a ramekin:

  • Four drops of Balmy Blue Ink
  • A good sized “glop” of Champagne Mist shimmer paint
  • About 2 tablespoons of regular rubbing alcohol

Here’s what the solution looked like:

Ramekin

Then I used a sponge brayer and rolled the mixture onto the paper. The sponge will absorb the whole amount of the liquid, but you can dab it off on the edge of the ramekin. I expiremented with how hard to push with the brayer and how much to have on the sponge, and you can see that you have a lot of options using the same mixture:

Embossed Layers

I used my heat tool to help dry the embossed layers more quickly, but with alcohol, if you did these first, they’d probably dry by the time you finished cutting and coloring the other pieces.
I found using the multipurpose glue was the best way to adhere the pieces to the card base, since there are so many different heights in this dynamic folder.
For the front sentiment and the snow people, the hinge stamping feature on the Stamparatus made this go very quickly. (I’m left handed if you’re trying to figure out why I use the top of the Stamparatus at that angle.) Another trick is to use a single width stamp case under it, so you can have the plate lie flat for inking.
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I finished up with blends to color the snow people, and a touch of Wink of Stella to have them glitter too.
Here’s a close up of the finished card front:
Card Front
Thanks for reading, and happy stampin’!
~Kristin

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Fall · Intermediate Cards · Thank You · Thanksgiving

Falling For Leaves Friendship Card

This fall card highlights the “Baby Wipe” technique.

To create an ombre effect, take a baby wipe and place it flat on a smooth surface, such as a large acrylic stamp block. Then use re-inkers in the desired colors and draw a line in each color with ink. Wait a moment or two and the inks will naturally blend.

For this card, I used:
Blackberry Bliss
Shaded Spruce
Pumpkin Pie
Crushed Curry

If the wipe starts to get dry, you can touch it up with a spritz of water.

Use the bone folder to curl the edges of your leaves to give the card a more dimensional effect.


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Beginner Cards · Friendship

Dandelion Wishes

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This simple card is high impact, and a go-to for friendship notes.

I set up the Stamparatus with the dandelions and sentiment on one plate, and then the Bokeh Dots on a second plate. I was able to make 20 of this card in about 30 minutes.

One great feature of the Stamparatus is that if you have an uneven stamp, or miss a small part of a sentiment, you can just go right back over the original stamp.

This is a great beginner card, and one I use regularly as a “warm up” in a class to help folks get comfortable. These are really pretty and simple, and when I shared them with other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, this quickly became one of my most liked posts ever!


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Christmas · Intermediate Cards · Winter

Snowflake Showcase

This limited edition stamp set is only available during November 2018, and it’s a keeper!

I used my embossing mats to emboss the large snowflake from the Snowfall Thinlits onto Whisper White card stock, and then mixed a little bit of Balmy Blue re-inker, water and the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint in a ramekin. I used a dauber to “paint” the cardstock, and loved how the darker bits around the embossing turned out.

Finally I layered on a variety of snowflakes cut out on the White Velvet paper and the White Glimmer paper and stamped my sentiment in Night of Navy.

For the inside, try using the hinge stamping feature of your Stamparatus to line up the image just right. On the envelopes, I used Balmy Blue and just played around with different snowflakes in the set.

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Note: Items in red are available for purchase only during November 2018.


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Fall · Holiday · Seasons · Thank You · Thanksgiving

Simply Thankful

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One of the cards I use most are thank you notes. They’re versatile and handy to have on hand to thank someone for doing a special thing, or also to give as gifts. I love bringing a box of cards as a hostess gift when I’m going to someone’s house for dinner, or a simple gift for someone.

These cards feature the Country Home Suite in the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I stamped them in Memento ink and then colored them with blends.

If you’ve never tried the Stamparatus, this card was quick to set up, and I made 12 of this card in about an hour. Having the stamps locked into position made it really easy to stamp a stack of cards all at once. The envelope stamps are done by moving the hinge one slot to the right, so they’re all in a perfect line and evenly spaced.

Contact me if you’d like to get a quick lesson on how to make this card, or order below.

Happy Stampin’!

~Kristin

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Peace On Earth

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June 2017 Paper Pumpkin

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When Stampin’ Up says “skip to the fun”, they mean it. When I signed up as a demonstrator, I received a free Paper Pumpkin subscription to try out, which was some cute shaker cards for thank you notes. I was hooked, and signed myself up for a subscription on the spot.

June’s kit did not disappoint. These adorable watermelon bags are perfect for gift cards or small goodies, and the set comes with a nice selection of stamps as well. Six cards, envelope flair and four gift bags complete with tags in under 60 minutes. All you need is scissors to make one of these kits, the stamps, paper, adhesive and embellishments are all included. Great for a weeknight crafting session.

We are headed up to our annual 4th of July camping trip next weekend, and I’m already excited to think about what I can do with the stamps to get summer started with a bang….or splat!

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Clean and Simple

Sometimes the simple, clean cards are the ones that make my heart happiest. This quick and easy project highlights the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and the new Double Stitched Ribbon. The ribbon is super fun because it has X’s on one side and dashes on the other. I used glue dots behind the center of the bow and both tails, and it held up well in the mail.

If you don’t have Night of Navy paper and ink, Dapper Denim is a close match instead. Here is a horizontal and vertical variation:

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