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STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP – FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE – SALT BACKGROUND!

I am joining in with the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop this month and we are sharing Favourite Techniques.  I always love to try different techniques.  Before we start you might be starting here or you have just come from Jenny Hall’s Blog -> HERE.

As for my Favourite Technique.  That’s a hard one to choose one.  What I am sharing though today is a technique that I have wanted to try for a very long time so it was a good chance to play with it to create some, hopefully fun cards with you.

The technique I am sharing with you is the Salt Background Technique.  Have you tried this before?

Using the salt on a wet background creates a type of “bleaching” of dots on your card as the card dries.  I will show you the cards and then show you how to create your own.  (You might want to continue to Blog Hop and stop by again later to take in all the details).

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN SALT BACKGROUND

For this technique you can use any type of salt but the result will differ.  The larger Rock Salt will result in larger “bleached” patterns (like the first example above) whereas the regular fine Table Salt will give a speckled type of “bleached” pattern, (like the 2nd example).

As you need to add water to your card you will need a good quality card to take the water. Either the Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Paper or the Shimmer Paper works very well.

NB: The steps below are for the first card sample above.

1. Wash over your card with the Aquapainter and water.  Add drops of chosen reinker colour(s) over your card.

For this sample below I added drops of Pumpkin Pie Reinker first over different areas on the card.

I added other colours too.  Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay.

2. Using the Aquapainter wash over the colours to spread it over the card.  Try not to mix the colours too much though. It does look a bit messy.  The colours lighten as they dry too. Each time you do it, it will work out different.  You can just use one colour reinker too as I did in the Night of Navy card.

While the card is still wet sprinkle over your salt.  I forgot to take a photo of this sample with the salt on it but I will show a different card below.

3.  Allow the card to dry. You could use the Heat Tool but I found it just spread the colours more which I didn’t want so leave the card for several hours or even overnight.

Once it is dried lightly brush off the salt.  You will see little “bleached” spots where the salt was.  It is a great effect and you can use that directly on your cards.

Here is a different sample in Rich Razzleberry showing the salt over the card.  I will share the finished card for this one at a later time.  For these cards I used the Rock Salt which are larger grains of salt.

For this Night Of Navy one below I used the finer Table Salt. Which I didn’t take a photo of at the time. I did add a lot more salt to the card too. I like this effect how it turned out.

I will say my hands were very inky by the time I finished with all the different colours.  But that’s part of the fun. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  Now you are off on the next blog and can see what technique they have to share with you today.

Click on the ‘NEXT’ image below to head to Narelle’s Blog.

Jenny

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STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP – ANNUAL CATALOGUE SNEAK PEEK!

Today I am joining in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop.  It is all about the new Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek so you are in for a treat.  I am sure there are some lovely creations everyone will share today.  You might be starting here or you have just come from Elaine’s blog -> HERE.

Today I am focusing on the new Bundle Sitting Pretty.

I have created 2 cards with this Bundle.  I really like the seat Dies in the Pretty Park Framelits set.

I have used the gorgeous Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.  The card base is the new Incolor Grapefruit Grove.  For both of them I used sentiments from the set Eastern Beauty stamp set.  I kept the layout similar for both cards.

For the top card I cut the bench seat in Black Cardstock.  For the little bird I stamped it in black and stamped the inside of the bird in Mint Macaron.  You don’t even need to colour it with the markers or pencils.  Just a tip though: I stamped the inside of the bird twice turning the stamp slightly each time to give a little more cover in the inking.  It’s a little hard to know how to stamp it. Now don’t bother trying to cut this tiny bird with scissors.  You can cut it with the matching die!

On the card below I have used the lovely Velvet Rich Razzleberry Ribbon. For this set I stamped the ornate seat in Rich Razzleberry ink on Rich Razzleberry card.  This was then cut out with the matching die.  I also cut a heart in Silver Glimmer Paper with the heart die. 

I hope you like them.

You can head off to the next Blog.  Now we have Jessie’s amazing creations.  Click on the NEXT button below.  If that doesn’t work then click -> HERE.

The full list of participants is below though if you get lost.

Not long now for you to wait for the start of catalogue.  June 1st is the day!!

Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

1. Jessie Holton – Australia
2. Vicki Hunter – Australia
3. Pia Gerhardt – Germany
4. Stephanie Fischer – Australia
5. Alejandra Gomez – USA
6. Jo Anne – USA
7. Cheryl Taylor -UK
8. Sandra Roberts – UK
9. Tracy Marie Lewis – Stuff N Thingz – USA
10. Rebecca-Jo Unwin- Australia
11. Teresa’s Happy Place – Australia
12. Vicky Wright – Australia
13. Sharon Dalton – Australia
14. Kayla MacAulay – Australia
15. Angela Meiritz-Reid – New Zealand
16. Karen Farquhar – Australia
17. Joanne Hodge – USA
18. Kim Oliver – Australia
19. Elaine Johnson – Australia
20. Jenny Hayward – Australia
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EASTER TREAT BAG FOR STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP!

This month’s Theme for the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop is … Easter.  You might have just come from Angela’s Blog -> HERE or starting at my blog here either way enjoy the hop.

Easter time is fast approaching!  I have an Easter Treat Bag to share with you.

THE TREAT BAG

I have made the treat bag using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set from Thick Whisper White card.  It would be more sturdier than regular white card.  You want it strong to hold that chocolate  in. 🙂  There are a couple of modifications to the bag to make it wider to hold the chocolate bar.  I will outline these changes below for you.

Cut your Treat Bag out with the Thinlits from cardstock.  Emboss the card pieces with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder.  Adhere the 2 pieces of the diecut bag together as you would usually to have one long card piece. Don’t adhere together to form the bag as yet.

Due to the thickness of the chocolate bar you will need to add an additional piece to your bottom tab. Cut a strip of white card measuring 9cm x 3cm.  Score on the short side at 1.5cm (3 1/2″ x 1 1/8″ scored at approximately 1/2″). This piece will be adhered to the bottom of the treat bag to enable the bottom to be sealed.  To do this, add adhesive along one side of the small scored strip.  Adhere this to  the bottom tab section.  Place adhesive on the back tab and fold over to adhere.  NOTE:  Place your chocolate or other treat in before doing this and wrap it around the treat so it is folded at the right place to fit.  Also, it won’t adhere completely the full length due to the size but will adhere at the top points.

DECORATING THE BAG

To decorate the front of the bag I wanted to keep it simple.  I had just received the You’re Inspiring set so thought it would be just appropriate for Easter.  Although Easter does not exactly fall in our Spring time when the Daffodils appear but it is still nice and sunny and warm and I think these daffodils are quite bright and cheery.  I coloured the daffodils with the Stampin’ Blends.

Once the daffodils were coloured it was then cut with the largest circle from the Layering Circle Framelits.  The paper for the banner is from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  I flagged the end of the strip and raised that up off the front with Dimensionals.   At the top of the banner piece I added a Gold Binder Clip and tied around some White Organza Ribbon. Adhere your stamped circle off the paper with Dimensionals.  Stamp the sentiment from the Inspiring You set on Pumpkin Pie and punch out with the Duet Banner Punch.  

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Thanks for visiting. Now hippity-hoppity to the next blog to see what Easter creativeness beholds.  You will be off to Kim’s blog ->  HERE (click on this to head to it as I have a WordPress blog I can’t add the link within the ‘NEXT’ below). 🙂

Jenny

 

 

 

 

 

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STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP – IT’S A LOVE THEME!

We are back with the Stampin’  Dreams Blog Hops for 2018.  We start off the year with a Love theme.  You might have come from the super, talented Juana’s Blog or starting here with me.  Either way, enjoy the Hop.

I don’t do a lot of  “lovey dovey” stuff and don’t usually do anything for Valentine’s Day but lately I have had to do a lot of wedding and engagement cards so maybe this Hop would be a good one for me. 🙂

For my project I have created a “love” Panel card and Gift Card Holder.  

I just received the Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper which is a Free choice for Sale-A-Bration.  I noticed in the pack this sheet with the circled hearts in Calypso Coral so I thought I would use that.  It looked pretty cool! The Panel card idea was inspired by a card from a recent papercrafts Magazine.  I thought it was a little bit different to the standard card.

Here is a closer view of it.  The middle section of the base card is cut off and a separate card mat adhered to the front.  I will give you details to make your own further below.

I added the hearts from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits in Calypso Coral and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  It needed something else when I had finished so I added a little bow with the Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon.

The Gift Card holder is created with the Envelope Punch Board with the Gift Card size and scoring instructions on the board (the first one listed).  I added a strip of the Designer Series paper around it.  Just a note on that:  As the card holder is made in card it is a little thicker so the flap can’t tuck in to the envelope without  squishing it.  So I just left it open.   The “for you” is from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.

CREATE YOUR OWN PANEL CARD.

– Cut a standard size Card base.  From the front panel cut a piece off the front at 3cm (1 1/4″) down from the front score line.  On the piece you cut off, cut a piece off that at 3cm (1 1/4″).  **NB: For Imperial do check the measurements.  Basically you are cutting off a section down from the top of the fold line and then cutting a piece of that cut off section the same measurements.  You can vary the measurements to however you like.

– Make the panel piece the size you like.  This piece, the Calypso Coral mat measures 8cm x 12.3cm (3 1/8″ x 4 7/8″).  The Designer Series Paper piece is just slightly smaller.

– To assemble the card.  Lay down the White card strip that you cut off previously.  Line it up with the bottom edge of the back of the card base.  Adhere the panel on to the top and bottom edge pieces remembering to only place adhesive at the top and bottom at the back of the card mat for the panel.  I hope that makes sense. 🙂


NOW CONTINUE TO HOP

Now you can continue on your way around the Blog Hop to see the other “Love” projects.   Head on your way to Alejandra’s Blog -> HERE.  (I can’t add the list of participants on my hop as I have a WordPress blog but you shouldn’t get lost, just keep following the links on other blog posts).

Enjoy,

Jenny

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STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP – BLACK, WHITE AND 1 OTHER COLOUR!

Today I am joining in with the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop.  You might have just come from Jenny Hall’s blog HERE.  This month’s theme for the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop is Black, White + One.  Any colour you choose.  There are so many options really.  What to choose??  I really wasn’t sure what to go with until I sat down and started making the card.  My +1 for this Blog Hop is BERRY BURST!  Such a fun colour and I think it really “pops” when added to black.

Here is the card I created.  It’s a Triangle Pocket card using the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Don’t think of this paper just for Christmas!

I found the original card inspiration HERE.  I changed the measurements a bit and also how I made it so I will add the tutorial below for you.

You can continue on your Blog Hop now and then come back to see how you make themNow head off to Sharon’s blog -> HERE. 

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CREATE YOUR OWN TRIANGLE POCKET CARD

You will need:

Base card – Basic Black 13cm x 10.5cm (5 1/8″ x 4 1/8″)

Inside card (I used as the inside lining) – Basic Black 12cm x 10cm ( 4 3/4″ x 4″)

Whisper White card  12cm x 10cm (4 3/4″ x 4″)

2 x Designer Series paper (DSP) squares 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

scrap card for embellishing.

1. Take your 2 Designer Series Paper squares.

2. Turn the papers so that the pattern that you want on the outside is faced down.

On each square fold the top edge in to 2 triangles.  Be sure that both triangles on the piece match.  I found it helped to just hold the mid point on the edge of the square with your finger or the bone folder as I folded it in. Fold up the straight edge over the triangles.  I actually placed the paper on my paper trimmer and scored a straight line just under the triangles to give a crisper fold.

 

Open up the straight edge fold again. Place adhesive behind the triangles to adhere them down.

3. Place adhesive on the back of the patterned paper along the straight edge and adhere them down to the back of your card lining piece. (for this I used Black card).  I added this step as I liked to hide the edge of the triangles to make it look neater especially as it is a colour I didn’t want showing.

4. Place adhesive on the back of the card lining piece and adhere that to your card base with the triangles sticking out.

5. The triangle pieces don’t meet in the middle but that’s OK.  You can embellish the front.  I added some diecut circles (one in black and one in vellum) and a diecut dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  On the dragonfly I sponged in places with the Berry Burst Ink.  I also went over just the “friend” word from the Dragonfly Dreams set with a Berry Burst Marker and it was then cut with the smallest of the Lots of Labels Framelits. 

6. On the inside white card insert I stamped the sentiment and the spots from the Dragonfly Dreams in Berry Burst and added just a little sponging around the edge.

What do you think?  I think I want to make more of them that’s for sure. 🙂

Jenny

 

 

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STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP – CASE THE CATALOGUE!

Today I am taking part in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop where the theme is CASE THE CATALOGUE.  I have to say first off I am a little excited to be a part of this Blog Hop, but I am a little daunted too. Have you seen the amazing line up in this Hop??  WOW!  How exciting to be a part of it! I hope you enjoy our little hop.

You would have just done a BIG jump from the US from the lovely Debbie Henderson’s blog HERE or just starting out on my blog.

Now CASE THE CATALOGUE.  Do you realise how many gorgeous projects are in this catalogue?  Where do you start?

I decided since I am focusing on Christmas in July this month I will CASE one from the Christmas section.  I chose the card in the top right on P 118.

This is my card.

I created the card on a Thick Whisper White base.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Delightful Daisy pack.  The colour in this pack is actually Old Olive but I think the Pear Pizzazz that I used goes well with the lighter colourings in the paper.  I used the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and the Holly Berry Builder Punch. This is a great stamp set if you don’t like colouring.  It is a 2 step one so it has the outline and the solid stamp to in-fill.  Adds colour so easily.  🙂

To stamp the wreath it is easier if you draw a circle in pencil on to your card first.  I traced around one of the Layering Circle Framelits and then you can stamp up your image around it. It is easy to see being in Photopolymer. Then just erase your pencil circle out. You can add the red berries in after.

The sentiment is stamped on a Pear Pizzazz card strip and then I flagged the ends.  I stamped and punched out the holly and check out the large red berries.  I am not sure if you can see in the photo below but I went over the berries with the Fine Tip Adhesive and left it to dry.  This adds a little shine to your berries.

The catalogue is a great resource for inspiration.  I always forget to look at it when I am stuck. What about you?  We should turn to it more often. 🙂

Now to continue the Hop you are off to Carolina’s blog HERE. Thanks for visiting me.

Jenny