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Tidings & Trimmings -- May Your Days Be Merry & Bright

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Today's post is the second of a series of four posts that showcase four card designs using the Tidings of Christmas Suite.  This project was presented by Stampin' Up! a little over a week ago as a set of 14 cards that used six 6" x 6" pieces of Designer Series Paper, a piece of Basic White cardstock and assorted colors of cardstock for card bases (using the colors contained in the Designer Series Paper), a punch, and coordinating ribbon.  I took that project and stepped it up a bit.  To download an instruction sheet for the entire set of stepped up cards, click here.

As with anything Stampin' Up! does, there's a good reason for introducing this project to demonstrators.  A selection of Designer Series Paper from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is 15% off through August 2nd:  Beauty of the Earth, Bloom Where You're Planted, Hand-Penned, In Good Taste, In The Wild, Pansy Petals, Sweet Symmetry, Tidings of Christmas, and You're A Peach.

The cardstock and ink colors used for this project use the colors included with the Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand, and Soft Succulent.

This is card design #2.  When Stampin' Up! presented this card design, the three rectangles of Designer Series Paper were adhered to the card front, the greeting was stamped on a piece of cardstock and punched to create a tag, a piece of ribbon was attached to the tag, and the tag attached to the card front.

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The Evening Evergreen card front was embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  The mistletoe branch image was randomly stamped across a strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The strip was adhered across the horizontal center of the card front.  The three rectangles of Designer Series Paper were adhered to the cardstock strip.  

The "May Your Days Be Merry & Bright" greeting was stamped on Basic White cardstock and punched with the Essential Tag punch so that the narrow part of the tag is to the left of the greeting.  A 1/4" handheld circle punch was used to punch a hole at the narrow end of the tag.  Evening Evergreen Chevron Woven ribbon was threaded through the punched hole and tied off near the edge of the tag using Linen Thread.  The ends of the Linen Thread were trimmed close to the knot.  The tag was adhered at the center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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A narrow strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Designer Series Paper.  The strips were adhered along the bottom edge of a panel of Basic White cardstock with the right, bottom, and left edges of the strips flush with the right, bottom, and left edges of the panel

The "Wishing You A Joyful Christmas And Happy New Year" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the panel using Evening Evergreen ink.  The panel was adhered centered at the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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A piece of Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the excess paper away from the envelope flap using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler:  1" x 5-1/2", 3/8" x 5-1/4"; Evening Evergreen:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  3 @ 1-3/4" x 2-1/2", 3/4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon:  5"; Linen Thread:  4"

Here's the same card design in the portrait orientation.

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The difference between the landscape and portrait orientation is the orientation of the cardstock strip and greeting tag.  The cardstock strip was adhered at the vertical center of the card front.  The greeting was stamped so that when it was aligned in the punch the narrow end of the tag is above the greeting.

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The process for creating the inside and envelope of the card is the same.  The only difference is the measurements for the cardstock and Designer Series Paper strips adhered along the bottom of the Basic White panel.

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Evening Evergreen:  1" x 5-1/2", 3/8" x 4"; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  3 @ 1-3/4" x 2-1/2", 3/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Evening Evergreen Chevron Woven ribbon:  5"; Linen Thread:  4"

Four cards were made using this card design:  two in the landscape orientation and two in the portrait orientation.  Here is a second card in the landscape orientation.

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Here is a second card in the portrait orientation.

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As I mentioned earlier, Stampin' Up! set up these card designs for use with any set of Designer Series Paper.  I hope that you'll be inspired to dig into your stash of paper and make some cards!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make these cards

Stamps:  Tidings & Trimmings; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen; Cardstock:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Sahara Sand, Soft Succulent; Designer Series Paper:  Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon, Linen Thread; Tools:  Essential Tag punch, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  1/4" handheld circle punch


Stamp Review Crew -- Sweet Strawberry

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Jay's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  This is the last stop on the hop, so if you're traveling backwards through the hop, you'll be traveling to the first stop on the hop to see Heidi's beautiful project.

When the Sweet Strawberry bundle was introduced in January, it had a coordinating Designer Series Paper package that you could earn for free during Sale-A-Bration.  I made a few projects with the bundle and Designer Series Paper, but haven't touched the bundle since the Designer Series Paper retired as I had been focusing on other stamp sets from the January - June Mini Catalog and the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  I'm tickled that the Stamp Review Crew added this really "sweet" bundle to the hop list so that I could have a chance to play with it again.   

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My last couple of posts featured coloring with Stampin' Blends Markers.  While I'm in the coloring groove, I decided to do some watercoloring.

This card begins with a panel of Watercolor Paper.  The strawberry blossom image was stamped twice--the flowers facing up and the flowers facing down--using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  TIP:  When using Staz-On ink with Photopolymer stamps be sure to clean the stamps IMMEDIATELY to removed the Staz-On residue.  DO NOT use Staz-On cleaner with Photopolymer stamps as the solvent in the cleaner does not react well with the finish on the photopolymer stamps.  Instead, use Stampin' Mist cleaner and the Stampin' Scrub.  Stamp the strawberry outline image four (4) times on a strip of Watercolor Paper and the strawberry stems four (4) times on a strip of Watercolor Paper using Staz-On Jet Black ink to stamp all the images.

The rounded tip Water Painter was used with Brushing Bride re-inker diluted with clear water to paint the strawberry blossoms and the strawberries.  The rounded tip Water Painter was used with Poppy Parade re-inker diluted with clear water to cover the speckled areas of the strawberries and the centers of the strawberry blossoms.  The rounded tip Water Painter was used with Old Olive re-inker diluted with clear water to cover the leaves and strawberry stems.  The detail tip Water Painter was used with the diluted Old Olive re-inker to line along the stems of the leaves and blossoms, and the strawberry stems.  The detail tip Water Painter was used with Garden Green re-inker diluted with clear water to detail the leaves and strawberry stems.  The images were allowed to dry and then the strawberries and strawberry stems were punched with the Strawberry Builder punch.  Note that I used Paper Snips to remove the extra white area around the punched images.  The detailed tip Water Painter was used to pick up diluted Blushing Bride reinker and then tapped with a fingertip over the Watercolor Paper panel to scatter Blushing Bride droplets over the panel.

When the Watercolor Paper panel was completely dry, it was matted with a slightly larger panel of Poppy Parade cardstock.  The panels were adhered at the center of the Blushing Bride card front.  A strawberry stem was adhered at the top of each strawberry using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  Two strawberries were adhered directly to the Watercolor Paper panel along the stem line between the groupings of leaves and blossoms; one on each side of the images.  A third strawberry was adhered between the first two strawberries using Stampin' Dimensionals for the strawberry and a dot of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive to attach the tip of all the stems to the longer stem of the leaves and blossoms.

The "Thank You" greeting was stamped on a strip of Blushing Bride cardstock using Poppy Parade ink.  The right end of the strip was punched with the banner tail slot of the Banners Pick A Punch.  The left end of a piece of Fine Art ribbon was folded under with a Mini Glue Dot under the fold.  The right end of the ribbon was cut to create a banner tail.  The ribbon was adhered to the Watercolor Panel with the fold of the ribbon overhanging the left edge of the Watercolor Panel.  The top edge of the ribbon is 1/2" below the top edge of the Watercolor Panel.  The Blushing Bride greeting was adhered over the ribbon with the left end of the greeting flush with the left edge of the Watercolor Panel.  The top edge of the greeting strip is 7/16" below the top edge of the Watercolor Panel.

Three Pale Papaya Genial Gems were adhered to the Watercolor Panel to create a visual triangle.

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A different type of watercoloring was used for the inside sentiment area of the card.  

The strawberry blossoms with leaves image was stamped at the upper left corner of the Basic White cardstock panel using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  A drop of re-inker and a few drops of clear water were placed in the lids of the Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, and Garden Green ink pads.  The detail Water Painter was used to mix each re-inker with the water, cleaning the brush when changing colors.  A Blender Pen was used to pick up Blushing Bride re-inker from the ink pad lid and color the strawberry blossoms.  The tip of the Blender Pen was swiped across a piece of scrap paper until the tip brushes clean and then used to pick up the Poppy Parade re-inker from the ink pad lid and color the centers of the strawberry blossoms.  The Blender Pen brush tip was swiped clean and then used to pick up the Old Olive re-inker from the ink pad lid to color the leaves.  The Blender Pen brush tip was swiped clean and then used to pick up the Garden Green re-inker from the ink pad lid to add detail to the leaves.

The remaining strawberry with stem on Watercolor Paper was adhered to the upper leaf stem.

The "That Was So Sweet Of You" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the panel using Poppy Parade ink.

The panel was adhered at the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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The large and small blossom outlines were randomly stamped over the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  TIP:  Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.  The large and small blossom filler images were used to fill the large and small blossom images using Blushing Bride ink.  The Blender Pen was used to pick up Poppy Parade re-inker from the ink pad lid to color the centers of the large and small blossoms.

I hope you've been inspired by the project I made using the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.  Use the NEXT button below to move onto the next stop in the hop to see Heidi's amazing project.  (OR if you are traveling backwards through the hop, then click on the PREVIOUS button to see Jay's beautiful project.)

Robertssiggy

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Card Measurements

Basic White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Blushing Bride:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 9/16" x 2-5/8"; Poppy Parade:  4" x 5-1/4"; Watercolor Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 5-1/2"; Fine Art ribbon:  4"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Sweet Strawberry; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Staz-On Jet Black; Re-inkers:  Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Old Olive, Poppy Parade; Cardstock:  Basic White, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Watercolor Paper;  Embellishments:  Fine Art ribbon, Genial Gems; Tools:  Banners Pick A Punch, Strawberry Builder punch, Water Painters, Blender Pens; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


Beautiful Moments -- Thinking Of You

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I had hoped to get this project posted yesterday; unfortunately, the construction stuff at the house got a little intense yesterday. Today's an off day while we wait for the inspector.  My husband is out golfing with his buddies so I have some much needed quiet time.

Stampin' Up! has been offering beautiful line image stamp sets for a number of years.  In years past we heat embossed them, colored with ink and Blending Pen or Water Brushes or Watercolor Pencils with Blending Pen or Water Brushes, or sponged color.  I enjoyed all these techniques for coloring the images, but my favorite has to be coloring with Stampin' Blends Markers.

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This card begins with a panel of Ombre Specialty Paper.  A 3-7/8" x 6" strip was cut from the 12" x 12" Poppy Parade sheet with the ombre colors vertical on the strip.  The lighter end of the color spectrum was cut to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", removing the lightest part of the ombre paper from the strip.  The 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Basic Black cardstock and adhered at the center of the Thick Basic White card front.

Both sides of a piece of White Faux Linen ribbon from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack was colored using the brush tip of the Light Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends Marker using long strokes to minimize overlap of the brush strokes as much as possible.  The ribbon was folded in half and adhered to the ombre panel with the fold to the right and the tails to the left.  The bottom edge of the ribbon (at the fold) is 1-7/8" above the bottom edge of the ombre panel.

A panel of Thick Basic White cardstock was stamped with the adult and child image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The image was stamped a second time on a Post-It Note and cut out with Paper Snips.  The Post-It Note mask was adhered over the image stamped on the cardstock.  The horizon image was stamped across the panel (and the Post-It Note mask) using Memento Tuxedo Black.  Note that the image will need to be stamped twice if the bump in the horizon is placed between the adult and child.  The grass image was stamped three times along the bottom of the panel:  at the right and left sides and between the adult and child.  The birds image was stamped a few times near the top of the panel.

Post-It Notes were placed along the bottom of the horizon line (on top of the masks over the adult and child).  Blending Brushes and a torn piece of scrap paper were used to create the sky using Pool Party and Balmy Blue inks.  The Post-It Notes were moved and placed along the top of the horizon line (on top of the masks over the adult and child).  Blending Brushes and a torn piece of scrap paper were used to create the sandy ground using Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake inks.  The Post-It Notes along the horizon were removed.

The Post-It Note Mask over the adult and child was removed and Stampin' Blends Markers were used to color the adult and child and the weeds:

  • Adult:  Light & Dark Calypso Coral for the dress; Light & Dark Crumb Cake for the hair, Light Petal Pink & Ivory for the skin
  • Child:  Light & Dark Bermuda Bay for the dress; Light & Dark So Saffron for the hair, Light Petal Pink & Ivory for the skin
  • Weeds:  Dark Old Olive

The colored panel was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhered to the card front with the right edge of the Basic Black mat 3/16" from the right edge of the ombre panel and the bottom edge of the Basic Black mat 11/16" above the bottom edge of the ombre panel.

The "Thinking of You" greeting was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The small rectangle die from the Beautiful Trees dies was used to die cut the greeting.  A slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock was used to mat the greeting.  The greeting was adhered to the colored panel with Stampin' Seal for the area over the colored panel and a stack of 2 Mini Glue Dots over the ombre panel.  The top edge of the Basic Black mat of the greeting is 5/16" below the top edge of the colored panel and the left edge of the Basic Black mat of the greeting is 7/16" from the left edge of the ombre panel.

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I struggled with trying to figure out an appropriate way to decorate the inside sentiment area of this card.  In the end, I think I went a bit overboard; however, the result is rather pretty.  

A panel of Basic White cardstock was stamped with the horizon image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Note that the image will need to be stamped twice to cross the width of the panel.  The weeds image was stamped in a cluster along the left side of the area below the horizon line.  The birds image was stamped three times above the horizon line.  The "You're Somebody's Blessing" sentiment was stamped just below the horizon line at the right side of the panel.

Post-It Notes were placed along the top edge of the horizon line.  Blending Brushes and a torn piece of scrap paper were used to create the ground using Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake inks.  The Post-It Notes were removed and placed along the bottom edge of the horizon line.  Blending Brushes and a torn piece of scrap paper were used to create the sky using Pool Party and Balmy Blue inks.  TIP:  You can see some areas in the sky where there seem to be blobs of color.  This happens when the Blending Brush is pushed too hard onto the paper (a clear indication that I was tired when I was applying the Blending Brush to the paper).  A great way to avoid the blobs is to use a light hand with the brush and to move the brush in a circular motion beginning above the paper and gently moving down to the paper.  Another tip is to remove some of the ink from the brush right after removing the brush from the ink pad.  Swipe the brush over the ink pad a few times, swipe it on a scrap piece of paper, and then begin the process of applying the ink to the cardstock in a circular motion.

The weeds images were colored with the Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends Marker.

A thin strip of Ombre Specialty Paper was adhered across the bottom edge of the panel with the right and left edges of the strip flush with the right and left edges of the panel and the bottom edge of the strip 1/16" above the bottom edge of the panel.

The panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Basic Black cardstock and adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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A scrap piece of paper was placed between the envelope flap and body of a Medium Basic White Envelope.  The horizon image was stamped just below center across the envelope flap using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Note that the image will need to be stamped twice to cross the width of the flap.  The weeds image was stamped in a cluster along the left side of the area below the horizon line.  The birds image was stamped twice above the horizon line.  The "Thinking Of You" sentiment was stamped above the horizon line centered between the horizon line and top of the envelope flap to the right of center.

Post-It Notes were placed along the top edge of the horizon line.  Blending Brushes and a torn piece of scrap paper were used to create the ground using Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake inks.  The Post-It Notes were removed and placed along the bottom edge of the horizon line.  Blending Brushes and a torn piece of scrap paper were used to create the sky using Pool Party and Balmy Blue inks.  

The weeds images were colored with the Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends Marker.

I'll see you next week, construction craziness permitting.  Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic Black:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 2-3/4" x 3-3/4", 7/8" x 1-11/16"; Basic White:  1" x 1-3/4" (for die cut) or 3/4" x 1-9/16" (without die cut), 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Thick Basic White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2-5/8" x 3-5/8"; Ombre Specialty Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1/4" x 3-7/8"; Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (White Faux Linen):  9"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Beautiful Moments; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Sahara Sand; Stampin' Blends Markers:  Light & Dark Bermuda Bay, Light & Dark Calypso Coral, Light & Dark Crumb Cake, Ivory, Dark Old Olive, Light Petal Pink, Light & Dark So Saffron; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Basic White, Thick Basic White; Designer Series Paper:  Ombre Specialty; Embellishments:  Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (White Faux Linen); Tools:  Blending Brushes, Beautiful Trees dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Scrap Paper, Post-It Notes


Beautiful Moments -- Collect Beautiful Moments

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There's a lot of craziness in my life right now.  We are dealing with a whole series of issues with the house and seem to be in a perpetual construction zone.  At times like this, I want to burrow in and hide.  Since that's not an option, I go to my happy place and color.  The Beautiful Moments stamp set, with it's lovely lined images, is just perfect for coloring.  

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This card begins with a panel of Fresh Freesia cardstock placed at the center of the Silicone Mat.  The polka dot template from the Basic Patterns Decorative Masks was placed over the cardstock and Silicone Mat.  Repositionable tape was used to anchor the template, ensuring that the tape does not cover the cardstock.  White Embossing Paste was spread over the cardstock using a palette knife so that the entire surface of the cardstock is covered with embossing paste.  Close the lid tightly on the embossing paste jar as once the embossing paste is exposed to air it begins to dry.  It is important to work quickly and to avoid leaving dips inside the template holes or peaks over the template holes.  Carefully remove the template as quickly as possible and take the template, palette knife and silicone mat to the sink and rinse them to remove any residual embossing paste.  Note that any embossing paste allowed to dry on any one of these items will not be able to be removed once the embossing paste dries and that's pretty much immediately.  The embossing paste on the cardstock will be completely dry in about 30 minutes.

A panel of Thick Basic White cardstock stamped with the two girls with pails image near the bottom of the panel using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The image was re-inked and stamped a second time on a Post-It Note with the bottom edge of the image over the repositionable adhesive on the back of the Post-It Note.  The image on the Post-It Note was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered over the top of the image stamped on the panel.  The horizon line image was stamped across the panel (including the Post-It Note mask).  Note that the image won't completely cross the panel from the right to the left side.  The horizon line image was re-inked and used to complete the horizon line.  Post-It Notes were adhered immediately below the horizon line.

A piece of scrap paper was torn in an uneven line.  A Blending Brush and Pool Party ink was used with the torn edge of the scrap paper to create a sky.  The process was repeated using Balmy Blue ink.  The Post-It Notes were removed along the horizon line and moved to the opposite side of the line.  A Blending Brush and Sahara Sand ink was used with the torn edge of paper to create the sandy ground.  The process was repeated using Crumb Cake ink.  The Post-It Notes along the horizon line were removed and the clumps of weeds were stamped to the right and left of the girls using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The birds image were stamped just to the left of the taller girl's head using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The left side of the birds image was inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped to the right of the smaller girl's shoulder.

The Post-It Note covering the little girls was removed and the images colored using Stampin' Blends Markers:

  • Tall Girl:  Light & Dark Fresh Freesia for the dress, Bronze for the hair, Dark Pumpkin Pie for the pail, Ivory and Petal Pink for the arms, legs, and face
  • Short Girl:  Light & Dark Just Jade for the dress, Dark So Saffron for the hair, Dark Polished Pink for the pail, Ivory and Petal Pink for the arms, legs, and face
  • Weeds:  Dark Old Olive
  • Ground lines under the girls' feet:  Dark Crumb Cake

The "Collect Beautiful Moments" greeting was stamped on strip of Basic White cardstock using Just Jade ink.  The left end of the strip was punched with the rounded end slot of the Treasured Tags Pick A Punch.  The strip was adhered near the top of the panel with the right end of the strip flush with the right side of the panel and the top of the strip 1/8" below the top edge of the panel.  The panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Just Jade cardstock.

The Fresh Freesia panel with embossing paste polka dots was matted with a slightly larger panel of Just Jade cardstock.  A piece of Fresh Freesia Open Weave ribbon was wrapped around the panels and tied into a bow near the left side of the panels.  The bottom edge of the ribbon is 1-3/4" above the bottom edge of the Fresh Freesia panel.  The panels were adhered at the center of the Thick Basic White card front.

The little girls panel was adhered at the lower right corner of the Fresh Freesia panel using Mini Glue Dots.  The bottom and right edges of the Just Jade mat of the little girls panel is 1/8" from the right and bottom edges of the Fresh Freesia panel.

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A narrow strip of Just Jade cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Fresh Freesia patterned paper from the 2021-2023 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack.  The strips were adhered along the bottom edge of the inside sentiment area of the Thick Basic White card base with the right, left, and bottom edges of the strips flush with the right, left, and bottom edges of the card base.

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A piece of Fresh Freesia patterned paper from the 2021-2023 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the excess paper away using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.

I have another colored panel to share with you using an image from the Beautiful Moments stamp set.  I just need to figure out the best way to display it on a card front.  I hope you'll return in a couple of days to see it!

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  3/4" x 2-1/2"; Thick Basic White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2-7/8" x 3-7/8"; Fresh Freesia:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Just Jade:  4" x 5-1/4", 3" x 4", 3/8" x 4-1/4"; 2021-2023 In Color Designer Series Paper:  1" x 4-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Fresh Freesia Open Weave ribbon:  18"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Beautiful Moments; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Just Jade, Pool Party, Sahara Sand; Stampin' Blends Markers:  Ivory, Bronze, Dark Crumb Cake, Light & Dark Fresh Freesia, Light & Dark Just Jade, Dark Old Olive, Light Petal Pink, Dark Polished Pink, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark So Saffron; Cardstock:  Basic White, Thick Basic White, Fresh Freesia; Designer Series Paper:  2021-2023 In Color; Embellishments:  Fresh Freesia Open Weave ribbon; Tools:  Treasured Tags Pick A Punch, Blending Brushes, Basic Patterns Decorative Masks, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Silicone Mat; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Repositionable Tape, Scrap Paper, Post-It Notes


Bamboo Beauty -- A True Friend

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One of the first major "WOW!!" things I experienced when I became involved with papercrafting was heat embossing.  And the "WOW!!" has never left me.  Every time I heat emboss I ask myself why I don't do it more often since I enjoy the process and the results so much.

When I made my first card using the Bamboo Beauty stamp set (see previous post) I immediately envisioned a card using the bamboo stalks as an embossed background.  This card uses Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder and Copper Foil Sheets. 

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It was hard to capture the way the copper in this card stands out against the Basic Black, so I took a picture with the card lying flat.

BambooBeauty_ATrueFriend_Flat

This card begins with a panel of Basic Black cardstock.  The two bamboo stalks from the Bamboo Beauty stamp set were stamped on the panel using Versamark ink.  The large and small leaf branches were stamped among the stalks, also with Versmark ink.  The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped off the panel, and the embossing powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger mat of Basic White cardstock. 

Linen Thread was wrapped around the panels four times with the ends of the thread adhered at the back of the Basic White panel.  The bottom edge of the Linen Thread wrap is 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the Basic Black panel.  The panels were adhered to a panel of Copper Foil Sheets with the bottom and right edge of the Basic White panel 1/16" from the bottom and right edges of the Copper Foil Sheets panel.  Note that the top and left edges of the Basic White panel are 1/4" from the top and left edges of the Copper Foil Sheets panel.  The panels were adhered at the center of the Basic Black card front.

The "A True Friend is the one..." sentiment was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The sentiment was die cut with the rounded end rectangle label die from the Painted Labels dies.  The label was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the right end of the label 3/16" from the right edge of the Basic White panel and the bottom edge of the label 3/4" above the bottom edge of the Basic Black panel.

BambooBeauty_ATrueFriend_Inside

The thin and thick bamboo stalks were stamped along the left side of a panel of Basic White cardstock using Versamark.  The small leaves branch was stamped twice among the two stalks, also using Versamark ink.  The images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped off the panel, and the embossing powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

The "Grateful for all that you do" sentiment was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The Basic White cardstock was adhered at the center of a slightly larger mat of Basic Black cardstock and adhered at the upper center of the Basic White panel.

BambooBeauty_ATrueFriend_Envelope

Since I was on a roll with the heat embossing, I decided to continue the theme along the left front of the Medium Basic White Envelope using the same process as used for the inside of the card.

We have so many great tools that allow us to do some amazing things with paper.  I hope that this card inspires you to dust off your Stampin' Emboss Powders and Heat Tool.  

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic Black:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 7/8" x 1-7/8"; Basic White:  3-5/8" x 4-7/7", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4", 3/4" x 1-3/4"; Copper Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4"; Linen Thread:  32"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Bamboo Beauty; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Basic White, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Linen Thread; Tools:  Painted Labels dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Metallics Stampin' Emboss Powder (Copper), Heat Tool; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope