Today’s Wednesday’s WOW! #37 we are looking at some tips with colouring with the Stampin’ Blends. I realise I talk a lot about colouring, and sharing videos and tips on colouring. I hope you are not sick of this. I think it is good considering there are so many stamp sets in the Catalogue that require colouring. Plus, I think personally I need to get all the help I can with colouring because I am not great at it and I am always searching out for help. 🙂
I discovered you can create a great watercolour wash effect using the Stampin’ Blends shown in the card below. I love the effect of the contrasting colours. The images really “POP” when you heat emboss the image with white Embossing Powder after you colour the card. This card uses the set You’re Inspiring but you could use any images.
Check out how to create this background effect in the video below but also in this video you can see how you can blend different coloured Stampin’ Blends together when colouring images.
What do you think? Why don’t you give this effect a try. I think I will have to give it a try for sure.
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I just discovered a fun new technique and I thought I would share it with you for this Wednesday’s WOW! Can you believe we are up to #36?? There are so many exciting techniques and projects to share with you each week.
This week I wanted to share with you the Watercolour Lift Technique.
Here is a card from Stampin’ Up! to show you the technique. How pretty is it?
Basically, it is washing your Shimmer White cardstock with a wash of ink using the Aquapainter. Let it dry. Then stamp your images in Versamark over the area. Solid images work better. Then clear emboss them. After that, wash over the card with a clean Aquapainter to lift some of the ink. It lightens it revealing the images. How cool!
I have a video to show you how it is done.
What do you think? Now I am going to have to go off and try this ASAP. Share your samples with me too I would love to see them.
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I have talked a bit about paper lately and sharing some great ways to use it. I am in the middle of sharing 5 Ways to With Paper during this week. We are just taking a little commercial break today.
This month we have the special promotion of Buy 3, Get one Free. For today’s Wednesday’s WOW! #33 I thought we would take a closer look at all these beautiful papers. It’s hard to see with the tiny images in the catalogue. So let’s meet them i this video below. (If you receive these blog posts by email and you don’t see the video, please click on the blog title above to go straight to the blog post).
What’s your favourite? I still love the Nature’s Poem paper and I mentioned about the beautiful Petal Promenade paper recently. It’s so hard to choose.
So just quickly, here is the deal again. This month Buy 3 packs of paper and get a fourth one free.
It’s a great deal and you can grab these this month. Head to my store -> HERE to grab them. Please use the Host Code this week: 3B6A2PJ6
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I have a really fascinating video to share with you today for Wednesday’s WOW! #31. I hear many people comment on the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. Not only is it really lovely thickness but the prints are usually so beautiful – on both sides! The dilemma is which side to choose some times!
I wonder if you have noticed though the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper? It is really gorgeous paper. The floral prints are actual photographs and then on the other side you have the lovely marble prints.
What do you think?
I have just come across a video of the design process to create this paper. I think you will find it interesting. I did anyway. 🙂
We do have some clever designers. I had noticed it in the catalogue but I must admit, when I watched the video I had to go back and take another closer look. I may just have to grab some of it too.
BTW: This is one of the paper packs that are on the Buy 3, Get one Free promotion for this month. So even better. Stop by in my store ->HEREto grab some.
Please use the Host Code: 4SZ43U7M
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Today for Wednesday’s WOW! I have an exciting new product to show you. I don’t know if you have noticed these in the catalogue. I know I missed them the first time (or even the fifth time!) I went through the Catalogue. This is the Big Shot Embossing Mats. You can see them on p221. Have you noticed them?
They consist of 2 different Silicone mats and an impressions mat. These mats will enable you to emboss with your cutting dies to create a totally different effect on your cards. I will let the video below show you how to work them. If you receive this post via email and don’t see the video, head to my blog directly by clicking on the post title above and see the video there.
What a great effect it can give. What do you think? Think of all your current dies that would work well with this???
I had a go with some of my dies. I still have the older style Embossing Mat from a few years ago. I used some acetate instead of the silicone mat. See how they turned out.
I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and the Detailed Floral Thinlits.
Here are the layers for the Big Shot again to emboss with your dies –
Big Shot Platform
Die (facing up)
You can find the Embossing Mats in store now -> HERE. $26 AUS. They are certainly a worthwhile investment and will really extend the use of your current dies. Grab them now. Please use the HOST CODE: PUB9TYMG
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I have been sharing a lot of cards that I have made recently using the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut paper. (if You haven’t seen them then pop by the last couple of posts). Since it is Wednesday it is time for Wednesday’s WOW! I have a Youtube video from Stampin’ Up! using the Delightfully Detailed Suite. You might like to see particularly how to cut the lovely paper. (The details on the paper start at about 2.07).
View it below. (If you receive this via email then head directly to the blog post by clicking the heading above and viewing it there).
I shared more details to cut the floral paper in an earlier post too but just as a little review. You can cut it in sections by carefully snipping around the flowers and leaves. When you want to cut between them they may be slightly narrower overall there but you hardly notice. You may sacrifice one or 2 in the process. Also, I laid a card base beside the section I wanted to cut to have an idea of the size.
These are some of the projects shared in the video.
If you notice the scrap page above I took that and was inspired to create this next card on the left using Mint Macaron.
The smaller card is 10cm x 10cm (4″x4″) size. It is just a simple card using an off-cut (don’t waste it!).
I am loving this paper. I do hope you grab this paper yourself. It makes really quick cards in no time – and gorgeous at that!
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With so many wonderful new products in this catalogue I thought I would focus today for Wednesday’s WOW! on a very popular bundle. This is the Rooted In Nature bundle. Have you seen it yet? I think it is one that will rival the long lasting Lovely As A Tree stamp set.
The stamp set has a number of different trees and leaves and it also has some lovely sentiments. You get 16 stamps all up. The matching dies cut out most of the trees and leaves. In addition there are a couple of leaf dies that will emboss the leaves. Here is the bundle below.
Here are a couple of projects made by Stampin’ Up! artists using this bundle. You can see the diversity of projects with it. Not just for the masculine cards but suitable for anyone. I think this will be great for Christmas cards too. What do you reckon??
Do you want to see it in action? Check the video below. (If you receive these updates by email be sure to go directly to the blog post by clicking on the blog title above so that you will be sure to see it).
This bundle is available now in store -> HERE. Please use the Host Code: FRS6ZZ6G ($126.75 clear mount – you get a lot in this bundle).
OR you can contact me directly to order. Australian residents only.
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I told you about the gorgeous Share What You Love Suite yesterday. You saw photos but that really doesn’t show the shine in these products. So today for Wednesday’s WOW! #24 I have a video for you from Stampin’ Up! Be sure to catch that shimmer in the paper and those doilies. They are really just stunning!
After you catch the video. Head back to yesterday’s post so you can see all the contents again in each bundle. And there is the ordering information there too with a bonus tutorial for 2 cards if you order any of these bundles this month. So sit back and watch for that shimmer.
Before you head off I just wanted to show you another card with this gorgeous suite. This card is one of the cards we made at Onstage early last month.
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Have you heard that the Stampin’ Up! inkpads are changing in design? This is because it was time to update the moulds that they are made with. So it was time for a new design. I think they are much easier to open. I hope you will too. I managed to get one of the new inkpads at Onstage so I thought I would do a little comparison of the new pads with the current ones.
You can view the video below. (**If you receive the updates by email and the video doesn’t show up then please head to my blog post by clicking on the heading above and it will take you to view it there – or you can view it on my Youtube channel: Jenny Hayward_A Stamping Journey).
Let me know your thoughts on the inkpads. Also, I would love feedback on the videos too. I am just starting out in this area and would love your input – good or bad. I know I have a long way to go 🙂
So for Wednesday’s WOW! #23 – Comparing the New with the Old.
So what do you think??
I have been asked often about how to cut your cardstock to make your cards. When people come to my classes the card is already cut for them but they want to know how to go about it at home. So finally I have put together a video to share with them but also with you if you are not sure. So for Wednesday’s WOW! #22 we are looking at How to cut your card.
I hope you do find it useful and might be able to refer back to it when creating your own cards.
NB: I realised that there is some glare from the trimmer in the video. I apologise in advance for that but I hope it still gives you some idea.
Also, the measurements I give are for metric card. The US card size is different but I have mentioned about the measurements in the video.
The measurements I used in the video I have listed below so you can refer to them later. These are my personal measurements though. These measurements are for a standard card with equal layers.
Standard Card measurements
Card base: Cut A4 card at 14.8cm. Score on the long side at 10.5cm.
** For the layers for the standard card I decrease the card size by 4mm.
1st layer: Cut card 14.4cm x 10.1cm.
2nd layer: Cut card 14cm x 9.7cm.
For US Imperial card size: These are my understanding of the measurements. Do Check your own measurements.
Cardstock size is 8 1/2″ x 11″
Card base: Cut card in half at 5 1/2″. Score card on the long side at 4 1/4″
** For the layers I would suggest decreasing it by 1/4″ but check to see what you personally feel.
1st Layer: Cut card 4″ x 5 1/4″.
2nd Layer: Cut card 3 3/4″ x 5″. Hopefully these measurements are OK. 🙂
I hope this is helpful. I hope to bring you more Back To Basics videos in the future.