cards, Catalogues, Stampin' Up!, Techniques

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #102 – EMBOSSED BREATHTAKING BOUQUET!

Wednesday’s WOW! #102 – Creating Feathery Ribbon.

I have a fun technique to show you today.  I wanted to show you how you can create these wispy, feathery threads on your cards. You can see it on this card below.

Check out the feathery threads.  This is a really cool technique. I have outlined it below.

This is using the Gold Edged Ribbon.

Trim off the Gold edges of a length of the ribbon.

Then gently pull out the threads of the ribbon to wisp them and give that feathery look.  It will be easier to start from one end. You can use the Piercer or a large needle if that helps. You pull off the small threads running across too.

I found it helpful too to hold the centre of all the threads as you can, to keep them all together.

Once you have the threads, hold the threads carefully together and tie them in a bow. Trim the length as you like.

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It’s a cool effect isn’t it? Vanessa showed us how to do this when we made the card at our team meeting a few months ago.

What do you think?  It’s a cool effect don’t you think?  Must try it again.

Below is a PIN-IT image for you to pin to Pinterest to have on hand.

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I will tell you more on how I created the rest of the card too.

The card is using the retiring Breathtaking Bouquet which is a background stamp from the current Occasions Catalogue.

This is actually a one layer card but has so much shine.

The Breathtaking Bouquet background is stamped on  the front of the card with versamark and then heat embossed in Gold Powder. 

It is also heat embossed in Gold on to Black card too.  The black card piece is trimmed around some of the outline of the flowers. Then the feathery bow was adhered with a glue dot on the sentiment piece.

This large Background stamp is still available.  Check it out in my store now -> HERE.

Thanks for looking.

Jenny

 

cards, Catalogues, Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Techniques

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #90 – SHINY DIECUTS!

Wednesday’s WOW! #90 – creating shiny diecuts.  This is something really cool I just realised. Maybe you already know.  This is how you can make your diecuts shiny – and not using the shiny Foil or sparkling Glimmer Paper.  It’s very easy.

Firstly, diecut your shape.  Here I used the leaf shape from the Christmas Layers Dies.  Rub over the diecut with Versamark, Sprinkle over the Clear Embossing Powder and heat the powder with your Heat Tool.  See the shine develop.  It’s always magical isn’t it when you see that powder melt away.  If you want to take it a step further you could add some glitter in with it to really make it sparkle.  How cool!

I have given you an image below that you can PIN to Pinterest so you can then come back to anytime to remember this fun little technique.

Below is the finished card.

I had a small piece of the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Before I adhered this to the white card mat I stamped over some “spots” from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and then embossed the white card with the Subtles Embossing Powder.  It is a little hard to see. 

Add a small strip of the Copper Foil behind your Brightly Gleaming paper strip too before adding it to the card. Adhere the leaf spray on to the white card and then add this to the Pretty Peacock card base.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set stamped on to white card and that was cut out.  All finished with a Copper Star Embellishment and some of the Classic Weave Ribbon added with a glue dot.

Here is a close-up of the shine on the leaf spray.  I have to say this card was so hard to take a photograph of with the shine from the Copper in the paper and the shine on the leaf spray.  I hope you get enough of an idea anyway.

Try this idea out for yourself.

Happy Stamping,

Jenny

cards, Challenges

COLOUR INKSPIRATION CHALLENGE #58!

It’s been some time since I have been able to play along with the Colour INKspiration Challenges – or any challenges really.  So the other day I had a little time so thought I was going to do one.

This week’s Colour INKspiration Challenge #58 is using the colours: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Gold Foil.  You can follow along -> HERE.

Here is my card.  I thought the colours suited a Vintage Style or for a sweet Baby card.  I went with a Baby card.  The new stamp set Wildly Happy arrived last week so thought this was a great opportunity to ink it up.

The bunny and the sentiment were heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I used the Shimmery White card. I lightly watercoloured the bunny using the Blushing Bride inkpad and an Aquapainter. A decorative strip and little flower was diecut from Gold Foil using the Flourish Thinlits dies.

Then I went a little “arty”.  On the Shimmery White card mat I flicked some Blushing Bride ink splatters by adding some Blushing Bride ink to a Clear Block, adding a littler water with the Aquapainter and then flicking it off the block gently on to the card.  I was a little nervous doing this as it is not something I have done before and wasn’t sure how much control I had – but it worked ok.

If you have time why not play along with this challenge.  They are fun to be a part of and to really extend/challenge your creativity.  Have a go!  (I added the link above).

Thanks for looking,

Jenny

cards, Stampin' Up!, Techniques, Videos

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #36 – WATERCOLOUR LIFTING!

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.

Thanks for visiting me today for another episode of Wednesday’s WOW! 

Jenny

cards, Catalogues

SOFT PEACEFUL REFLECTION!

A few weeks ago I was playing around with the set Peaceful Reflection.  I share a z-fold card some time ago (if you missed it see it ->HERE)

Today’s card I had in my head and was pleased it turned out as I thought.

Some quick details on it: 

The ripples are stamped in Versamark on Whisper White card and heat embossed in White.  Then sponged over with Pool Party ink to create an emboss resist effect.

The large waterlily is stamped on Vellum in Versamark and heat embossed in White and coloured with the Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends.  It was then hand-cut around and adhered on to the white card.

The Dragonfly is stamped on Vellum and heat embossed in Copper powder.  Then coloured with the Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends and hand-cut and adhered on to the card.

The sentiment is from the Petal Palette set and heat embossed in Copper.  It is cut with a label die from the Petals and More Thinlits.  I sponged around the edge with Pool Party ink.

The decorative strip is cut from Copper Foil with the die from the Petals and More Thinlits.  

It was all adhered to a Pool Party card base.

I like the softness of how this card turned out.

Thanks for visiting.  I have more with this set that I will share later in the week.

Jenny

Blog Hops, cards, Catalogues, Christmas

ESAD 2017 HOLIDAY CATALOGUE BLOG HOP WITH FANCY FOLDS OR 3D!

Today’s Blog Hop with ESAD (that is Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators  – We are all pretty special though!), is focusing on creating a Fancy Fold or a 3D project using products from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  You would have just come from the very talented Sue’s blog HERE. 

I love a Fun Fold card so I was keen to take part in this Blog Hop.  Today I have made what I call a ‘LATCH FOLD’.  It could be called a Buckle Fold as I have been investigating but there is no slit that the flap tucks in to so I will still call it a Latch Fold. 🙂

I have used the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set found on page 35 of the Holiday Catalogue and my favourite Christmas colour combinations of Island Indigo and Pool Party.

The “Merry Christmas” sentiment is heat embossed in silver to add some sparkle.  It was cut with the Layering Circle Framelits and then raised up with Dimensionals on an Island Indigo circle cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and then this was raised up on a Silver Foil circle cut with a scallop in the Layering Circle Framelits.  Before adhering it to the card I looped around some Silver Thread.  The snowflake is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits cut from Silver Foil too. To make that stand out I punched a circle from Island Indigo with the 3/4″ circle punch.

Here is the inside.  I added a strip of Pool Party card which I had embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

Do you want to make one yourself??

Stop by tomorrow I have made another Latch Fold card and I will share the instructions then.

For now you need to get hopping again. This time you are off to the lovely talented Nicole’s blog -> HERE.

If you get lost on your Hop then here is a list of all the participants for you to join in anywhere.

See you tomorrow.

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Courtenay Heuston
  4. Rebecca Scurr
  5. Peta Stephen
  6. Kristel Rimmer
  7. Delys Cram
  8. Libby Dyson
  9. Jessie Holton
  10. Megan Lenske
  11. Cheryl Algie
  12. Kim Oliver
  13. Sharon Dalton
  14. Sue Vine
  15. Jenny Hayward
  16. Nicole Wilson
  17. Narelle Fasulo
  18. Cathy Pinchbeck
  19. Maree McIntosh
  20. Josie Dean
  21. Ellen Woodbridge
  22. Monique Fielder

Stampin' Up!, Techniques, Videos

WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #8 – WHO KNEW YOU COULD EMBOSS WITH WATER!

I have been heat embossing today.   I always love heat embossing.  It’s what first drew me in to stamping.  I love the magic as the powder melts and sets.

I came across this video today from Stampin’ Up!.  I was so surprised that you can actually use water when you heat emboss.  It looks so cool! You will have to check the video out.  There are some other cool tips in the video too so be sure to watch it.

WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #8 – HEAT EMBOSSING WITH A DIFFERENCE.

Now when I spill water on my card I can just heat emboss them right!   🙂 🙂 🙂

I hope you enjoyed these tips. I thought they were so cool and I just had to share them with you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Why not drop a comment and tell me what you think of these videos I am sharing and maybe some suggestions of what you would like to see.

Have a great day,

Jenny

cards, Challenges, Techniques

COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS CHALLENGE #09!

I didn’t think I was going to get time for this week’s colour challenge at Colour Inkspirations.   Then yesterday I had a  little amount of creating time.  I should have been getting some samples ready for my launch or get class cards done but ….

These colours have eluded me this week and I really couldn’t get anything together.

The colours were Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim and Pool Party.  Well, I sat down and created and for some reason in my head it was Bermuda Bay instead of the Dapper Denim.  I just posted it to the challenge page and and have just realised that I have used the wrong colours!! So I guess this is not going to cut it for the challenge.

But I will show you the card because you might like it even in those colours right??? 🙂

I wasn’t sure where this card was going at the beginning but I thought that the Best Birds set might be good with these colours.  I thought about stamping the birds and watercolouring them but then decided to do a background.  I have wanted to try this technique for a while so this might work well.  I will tell you about that below.

THE BACKGROUND

The background is created by inking the block, spritzing it with water lightly and then stamping.  I don’t know what this technique is called.  Direct to block stamping with a mist.  LOL! Here is exactly how.

First press the lighter colour inkpad over your block.  Take the next colour ink and press it over parts of the block.  You might like to take a sponge and dab the ink in places in the centre of the block where the inkpad won’t reach.

Then with your next colour, sponge the colour in different parts over the block by dabbing the sponge in the inkpad and patting on the block.

This is roughly what it will look like after you have inked the block.

Then using a spritzer or small water spray bottle lightly mist over the block with water.  Place the inked block upside down on to your card.  I used the Shimmery white or you could use watercolour paper.  Allow the card to dry.  You will find that each time you do this the results will be different so have fun and play with it.

TO FINISH THE CARD

Mat the piece on to black card.  Then adhere the piece to the Bermuda Bay card base which I stamped the “hashed” background on to it with Bermuda Bay ink.

Die cut 2 birds from Birds and Blooms Thinlits in black cardstock.  For the stem I first cut the branch from this Thinlits set but I thought it was too thick.  This stem is from the Stylish Stems Framelits.

Stamp the sentiment in versamark on to a piece of  black cardstock, tip over the White embossing powder and heat to set it.  Then cut the piece with the small oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Twirl some Silver Thread behind the piece and then raise it off the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, stamp a flower from the Birds and Blooms set and colour it with Bermuda Bay ink.

 

So while it is not right for this colour challenge I liked the end result – and I got to play with the Birds and Blooms set which I hadn’t for so long. So all is not lost. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  Back again soon,

Jenny

 

cards, Catalogues, Challenges, Techniques

DRAGONFLY DREAMING FOR A COLOUR CHALLENGE!

I didn’t get to the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event this weekend for a number of reasons which was sad BUT I did get to hang out with my beautiful girl for Brunch and a movie and we had a lovely family wedding yesterday AND as a bonus I got to stamp today.  So while I missed all my stamping buddies and all the sneak peek into the new catalogue I had a special weekend. 🙂

This Colour INKspirations Colour challenge has been running for the last 3 weeks but I haven’t had a chance to look at it and to be honest I was a bit daunted as to how to put all those colours together!

This week’s colours for Challenge #06 were Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Gold.  Yep! I would not normally put those colours together.

Here is what came together today.

It’s hard to tell by the photo but the front of the Night of Navy base card is actually cut and the sponged strip is set behind the cut section rather than layering it on top. To do that, I cut down on the left side of the Night of Navy card to leave a small border. I then adhered the sponged panel behind that on the left. Then with the portion of card I had cut off I cut it down to about 3cm (just over an inch). I adhered that over the sponged piece on the right. I hope that makes sense?? 🙂

To Create the Sponged Panel:

On a piece of Whisper White firstly wipe over the piece with the Embossing Buddy.  Stamp your dragonfly from Dragonfly Dreams with Versamark and then add Clear Embossing Powder and heat with your Heat Tool.  Using sponges and starting at the bottom sponge over Night of Navy ink, then Pool Party in the middle and Calypso Coral at the top.  Ink up the “spots” from Timeless Textures with Versamark and then add Gold Embossing Powder and Heat.  

After adhering the piece to your card as described above stamp the “dots” from Dragonfly Dreams in Night of Navy ink down the right hand side of the card base.  On a strip of Whisper White stamp the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams in Versamark and then Gold Embossing Powder.  Add some loops of Gold Thread behind the sentiment and add that to your card with Dimensionals.  Cut some small dragonflies from Gold Foil and add 3 to your card.

I actually didn’t think I would get a card done for this challenge so that was a nice accomplishment for the day.  Hope you like it.

Have a great week,

Jenny

 

 

cards

HOLLY JOLLY GREETINGS IS PRETTY DAPPER!

OK, some times these blog post titles gets a bit strange.  BUT, well, what else do I call it?? 🙂

This card is using the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set which you will find in the Annual Catalogue.  I looked over this set so many times in the catalogue but on our weekend I got to play with it and now I love it.  I might have even bought my own set now!

dapper-denim-merry

The Base card is Dapper Denim.  Hence the Dapper in the title 🙂

First off I Heat embossed in White Embossing Powder on to Whisper White card.  Then sponged Dapper Denim ink over the card.  I sponged it a bit heavier over the snowflakes. (maybe a bit too  heavy, but anyway!). Ink it until you are happy with the colour.  Then you can go over it with a tissue to wipe off the ink from the embossed areas.  I really like the magic of this as you wipe over the images.  It makes the images shine. I added some stars stamped in Dapper Denim over the card.

I wanted to add some copper to this.  I matted the card onto some Copper Foil Sheet. Just a tip:  I cut a rectangle from the centre of the copper mat so I don’t waste it as it is just hidden under the cardstock.  I am sure you can have a use for that.

I cut a “merry” from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits from Copper foil too. The Christmas is from the Holly Jolly Greetings set. I thought it needed something else so added a Copper Mini Pinecone embellishment in the corner tied with some Baker’s Twine.  I think I have been converted to copper too.

Hope you like it.  Have a super wonderful day wherever you are.

Jenny

You can order your own ‘Holly Jolly Greetings’ set in my store HERE now.