cards, Techniques

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #103 – WHICH WAY TO FOLD YOUR CARDS??

Wednesday’s WOW! #103.  I get asked this question so many times so I thought maybe it’s a question you have.  Which way do you fold your cards?? Inwards or Outwards after scoring???  I thought I would talk about this today for our Wednesday’s WOW!

I have my opinions but I did a little search on the internet to see what others might say. I have to say there were different opinions.

So which way do you fold your cards?  Do you fold them inwards.  By that I mean when you have scored the card and it is flat on the table. You have an indentation on the card where you have scored it. Do you take both sides and fold the sides in towards each other.  Or do you fold the sides away from each other and fold it outwards?

Personally I fold the card outwards, so the scored indentation is on the outside.

Firstly, before I tell you why I fold it that way.  Most crafters that I looked at online folded it this way.  Perhaps I missed some if you find it the other way.

I fold it this way as when you score the card you are breaking the tissue of the card.  This will enable some “give” to the card to be able to fold it.  On another note, scoring the card will give you a crisper fold.

If you fold it inwards you then end up with the underside of the card as your front.  I don’t know about you but I find that the cut edge has a little raised edge and I don’t like the look of that.

Maybe you have other reasons why you fold your card the way you do.  I would love to hear it.  Drop me a comment.

Now since we are on the topic of scoring your card.  The other question I get asked a lot is What do you cut your card with?? I use the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer.  It has a cutting blade and a scoring blade making the job of preparing your card very quick and easy.  Everything is contained in one and you don’t have to muck around with different tools.

You can see the Paper Trimmer -> HERE.

Hope that helps you.

Have a great day,

Jenny

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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, Techniques

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #101- CREATING DEPTH WITH COLOURED IMAGES!

Wednesday’s WOW #101.  Today I wanted to show you a little tip with colouring your images and how to create depth.

Firstly though.  Last Wednesday I had a little Giveaway.  Congratulations to Lynne C for winning the Little Ladybug Stamp set.  I will be in touch with you soon.

Back to our WOW!

I recently created this card with the retiring Accented Blooms set.  I wanted to give this a little ink up one more time before it retires.  It’s been a while since I have played with it.

I coloured it with the Stampin’ Blends.  I cut the white card with the Stitched Rectangles Dies But I added a little “new” with the Ornate Layers Dies by cutting the Calypso Coral card mat.

But this is what I wanted to show you.  You can give the appearance of depth to your image in a very simple way. Take a closer look below.

When I finished colouring I outlined the image with a lighter colour Stampin’ Blends.  This one I used the Light Pool Party.  I have used Light Smoky Slate at times too and even Petal Pink.  It just depends on the look you want.

I hope you try that trick next time you colour your images.

Thanks for visiting me.

Have an awesome day wherever you are.

Jenny

cards, Cards by Mail, Techniques, Tutorials

TECHNIQUE CLASS – BY MAIL!

This month I am bringing my Technique Class to You.  You can join the fun wherever you are.

Learn the Salted Background Technique with a Class By Mail.

Class Kit – Receive all the materials to create 2 cards plus tutorial for $12. Does not include Stamped images. You can substitute your own. You will require your own salt.  Regular Table Salt is suitable. Australian residents only.

OR

Tutorial only – $3 – Emailed out to you after payment received. Available wherever you are in the world

Register for the class by emailing me by 30th April.  Payment via bank deposit or Paypal.

Get in on the salty fun.

Have a great day.

Jenny

 

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #100 – USING YOUR DIECUTS AS STENCILS – AND A GIVEAWAY!

Wednesday’s WOW! #100.  Woo Hoo! Who would have thought a couple of  years ago when I started this series that I would have 100 tips, techniques, product videos to share with you.  Number 100 is pretty amazing.  I think. 🙂

Today I have a special technique for you.  And to celebrate 100 WOW’s I thought it would be time for a Giveaway.  Check below after you see the fun technique.

For our Wednesday’s WOW! #100 I wanted to share a cool technique of using your Diecuts to create stencils.   It’s not a new technique BUT might not be one you think about readily.

I was inspired of this idea when I saw a project on a Demonstrator Facebook group I am on and I’m sorry I can’t remember the Demonstrators name.

I have used the Ornate Borders Dies and the Ornate Frames Dies to create these particular cards but you could use any detailed dies.

For this first card I have used the decorative flower border die from the Ornate Frames Dies.  Diecut this on a piece of white card.  Then use this card piece as a stencil to colour on to a different white card strip.

So for this one below you may not be able to see it but I have the other white card strip which is the same size as the diecut strip, so I could line them up and be sure it was straight.

I have used the Watercolor Pencils but not used them with the Aquapainter.  You could use Stampin’ Blends or a Blender Pen and inkpads.

This was the finished coloured strip.

To finish the card I used some of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.  The Twine is from the Nature’s Twine set.  It is Grapefruit Grove but I think it worked OK with the Calypso Coral on the card.

The vellum “leafy” spray and the bird is from the Well Written Dies.

On this next card I used the dies in a different way.  I diecut the “flourish” type die in the Ornate Frames Dies from white card and then used that as a stencil to heat emboss.

To do this line up the diecut strip on your white card mat.  Press the Versamark ink over the diecut being careful not getting Versamark above the strip on to your main card.  You can add some scrap paper to mask it to protect the card if you like.

After using the Versamark, remove your stencil strip.  Sprinkle over Silver Embossing Powder and heat with the Heat Tool.  You have a nice shiny image.

Below is the finished card in more detail.

For the finished card I used the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.  The Hello Fabulous from the Dressed To Impress stamp set and cut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  The Mint Macaron piece is also diecut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and embossed with the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder.

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #100 GIVEAWAY

To celebrate this milestone of 100 WOW’s I have a Giveaway.

Go in the draw to win the Little Ladybug stamp set.

To Enter:

Leave a comment on what one of the Wednesday’s WOW!’s you have liked most. 

Haven’t seen many?  Click on the tag at the side (or below) of Wednesday’s WOW! and check them all out.  There might be some useful tips for you.  Also, Let me know if you have some other tips or techniques you will like to see coming up.

NOTE: Giveaway is only available for Australian residents.  International readers can enter and go in the draw to receive a Handmade card from me.

Thanks for following along in my little corner of Blogland.  It’s nice you can join me.

Jenny

In Australia? Shop in my online store -> HERE.  Open 24/7. 

Thanks for your orders.  I appreciate each and every one of them.

 

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SPOTLIGHT TECHNIQUE WITH THE FLOWERING FOILS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER!

Have you tried the Spotlight Technique?  I haven’t done it for a while.  I thought I would try this with the Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.

The Spotlight Technique is great when using uncoloured images on Designer Series Paper or a large background stamp that is stamped on your card mat.  The “spotlight” is a cut shape in the piece, in this case the circle, and colouring just the image in that small shaped. This spotlight “”highlights the pattern.

To create this card with the Spotlight Technique:

Cut a piece of the Designer Series Paper to 9.7cm x 14cm (4″x 5 1/4″).  Using the Layering Circles Dies cut a circle in the paper in the place that would work the best for colouring.

Colour this with the Stampin’ Blends.

Layer this piece on to a circle in co-ordinating card. Put this aside while you assemble the card.

Assemble the card by adhering the piece of Designer Series Paper to a co-ordinating card mat 10.1cm x 14.4cm (4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″) and then adhere this to a Whisper White Card mat.

Now adhere the Circle piece on to the assembled card raising it up off the card with Dimensionals.

Add a sentiment.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the Little Ladybug stamp set with White Embossing Powder and diecut that with the small Stitched Nested Labels die.  Before adhering it to the card loop some Silver Thread around.

This Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper is available for Sale-A-Bration BUT ONLY FOR ONE MORE DAY.  It’s available for qualifying orders over $90 AUD.  Check the details below to place your order and don’t forget the Host Code.  Or you can contact me directly.

Don’t miss out on it,

Jenny

 

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BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS WEEK – REVIEW AND PICK YOUR FAVOURITE!

This past week I have sharing projects with the Beautiful Moments stamp set.  Thanks for all your comments and likes here and on Facebook and Instagram.  That means a lot.

Now you can pick your favourite by taking the quick Poll Below.

If you want to check them then head back to the recent posts this week.

 

If you have been inspired by these projects (Thank You) and if you need this set in your collection you can shop in my store now -> HERE.  Please use the Host Code: FURRYWCK

I will send you out a small gift to say Thanks and you will receive a 12 project Tutorial Bundle with lots of great inspiration for a number of different Stampin’ Up! products.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Have a great day.

Jenny

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BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS WEEK – DAY 5 – PAPER PIECED GIRLS!

I have been sharing projects all this week featuring the Beautiful Moments stamp set.  Today I have 2 classes using this set.  I thought for Day 5 of the Showcase I would share with you one of the cards we will be making.

This card was inspired by Su Mohr.  I changed it a little.  I liked the idea that you don’t have to colour it with Blends or inks or other mediums but by using patterned paper you can add colour to the images.  This Technique is known as Paper Piecing.

I have used the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.  To create this first stamp your image in Black Memento on to white card.  This card was cut with the Nature’s Thoughts Dies.  I love this dotted pattern around the edge.

After diecutting the piece then stamp your images on your chosen pieces of Designer Series Paper.  Cut around the outside of the lines on these images.  Then adhere these to the stamped image.  It’s a bit like playing with Paper dolls when we were younger.  Do you remember that? That was such fun.

For the rest of the card I stamped the palm tree in Old Olive ink on to Crumb Cake and then embossed the card with the Subtle Embossing Folder. This was adhered to a Thick Whisper White card base.

Before adhering the stamped white card I looped around some Linen Thread.  Then the piece was raised up off the card with Dimensionals.

For the sentiment it was stamped on Purple Posy card and then cut with a small Stitched Rectangles Die.  The left hand end was trimmed to fit on to the card but it makes a different look for the sentiment block too. The card was finished with a Pearl.

I hope you have liked the projects this week.  It has been fun creating with this sweet set.

I do hope you add it to your collection.  You can grab it in store now -> HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking the time to visit my corner of blog land,

Happy Stamping,

Jenny

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BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS WEEK – DAY 4 – WHITEWASHED GIRLS!

Day 4 of our Beautiful Moments Week.  This card is a technique I have wanted to try for a while.  I thought this set was a great one to try it.  This technique is known as the Whitewash Technique.  Have you tried it before?

Here is my card.

To create the Whitewash:

Stamp your image on dark coloured cardstock  (Crumb Cake used here) using Versamark and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.  Using White Reinker, drop 1-2 drops on to a clear block.  Add some drops of water using the Aquapainter and mix the 2 together.  Pick up some white ink with the Aquapainter and paint the image in white.  Allow this to dry completely.  It may take a little time.

Once dry pick up some colour from the inkpads using the Aquapainter. (Be sure to clean the Aquapainter after using the white ink). Paint the image in your colour choices.

To finish the card:

Diecut the card.  I have used the new Nature’s Thoughts Dies.

On a side note: How pretty is this die??  Something a little different to the stitched effect.  Using the decorative die in the Nature’s Thoughts Dies diecut a strip of white card.  Trim to size and then adhere to the back of the Crumb Cake card.

Adhere a piece of the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration on to Thick Whisper White card.  Raise up the stamped Crumb Cake card piece off the card using Dimensionals.

Stamp a Sentiment from the So Sentimental stamp set and diecut using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Raise that up off the card.

Hope you get to try this technique.

Be sure to get  your Beautiful Moments stamp set in store but also I think you need to grab the Nature’s Thoughts Dies too.  They will be a great addition.  I will talk more about these another time but see them in store -> HERE.

Happy Stamping,

Jenny

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TECHNIQUE CLASSES STARTING THIS WEEK!

Are you going to join in the fun? If you are Wollongong local come along to these fun classes.  If you from elsewhere in Australia you can grab the Class To Go.

You have the products but you would like to know how to use them more in different ways?

What you will get:

  • Learn a new technique every month. You can keep a sample each month in a book or folder so you review it later.
  • Receive all materials needed for your class projects.
  • Create exclusive projects that are not seen elsewhere in my classes.
  • You will learn new ways of using your products.
  • Available in a Face-to-Face class or Online if you can’t make it.
  • If you can’t attend the Face-to-Face class, I will send you the kit with cards and instructions for you to make them at home.

This week’s class we will be trying the Crayon Resist Technique.
Create 2 cards and a sampler for your Technique book.

Here is a sample of one of the cards.

WHEN: Friday 14th Feb 10am.

7pm time  – On request and with a minimum of 2 people.
                   Message or email me if you would prefer Friday 7pm.

Class repeated on Saturday 15th Feb 2pm.

*Check Class To Go details below.

COST: $20 (+$5 to use my adhesives). Class free with an order over $40.

BYO: Scissors and Adhesives

RSVP: Thursday 13th Feb

* Can’t make it? Grab the Class To Go.

Includes card kit and instructions.  Cost is $20. You will need to use your own stamps and inks (or order from me what you need), Plus to create these cards at home you will need a white crayon.

***Technique Classes will be held the 2nd Friday and Saturday of the month. Changes may occur.

Future Technique Class Dates for your diary

Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14
Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11
Friday May 14 and Saturday May 15
Friday June 12 and Saturday 13
Friday July 10 and Saturday July 11

Check back later for further dates.

Email me (jghayward@yahoo.com) or drop me a comment to come along.