Friday, August 16, 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop | Shimmer Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome to the August Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! August already! Boy time flies when you are having fun! This year is flying!


This month we are all about the amazingly beautiful Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. The Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper includes delicately detailed laser-cut sheets with a touch of shimmer. Vanilla on one side, white on the other side. One design is a 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) pattern; the other design has distinct patterns to cut out and use on card fronts.


So gorgeous and so pretty! Don't you just love it!

I'm using the white side of the Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper today and combining it with the new 2019 - 2021 In Colour - Seaside Spray, for that classic Blue and White colour combination and I've created a Gift Tag/Gift Card gift box. How crisp is the beautiful white paper against the Seaside Spray?



I've created a lidded box with a 'window' using a Window Sheet for the window opening and then attached the Seaside Spray 1/2" (1.3 Cm) Scalloped Linen Ribbon to the front flaps to be able to tie the box shut.


All the items fit in the box as well as some extra ribbon and linen thread for gift wrapping and then all together this makes a beautiful, hand-made gift.


Once all the gift tags and note cards have been used the empty box can then be reused again to 'regift'  to another recipient or you can use it to store some of your most precious treasures.


The Shimmer Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper has been adhered to the top and the bottom of the box and the sides have been reinforced with extra cardstock to make for a stronger box. Adhering the Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper to the cardstock does take a little bit of time but the results are just stunning for a beautiful 'WOW" creation. Using a hole punch, holes were punched in the front flaps for the Seaside Spray 1/2" (1.3 Cm) Scalloped Linen Ribbon to be threaded through. Once the ribbon was threaded through I adhered it in place with Hot Glue so as the ribbon would stay firmly in place.


For the circle gift tags I used two of the smaller patterns from the Laser Cut Sheets. I adhered the smaller square patterns on to cardstock first and then die cut the circle out for the tag. The 'Just for You' sentiment then comes from the Rare Blessings Stamp set. This was stamped onto Basic Black cardstock with Whisper White Craft Ink and then heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.

This tag again uses a small portion of one of the Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper for a white on white look with a hint of Seaside Spray ink splattered on the tag and then accented with a Seaside Spray and white sentiment.


For the thank you note card I adhered the larger Shimmer Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper sheet to a sheet of Seaside Spray cardstock and then die cut the square Stitched Shape die to adhere to a 3"x3" note card. The 'Thanks' comes from the Inspiring Iris Stamp set for a gorgeous script sentiment.


You can make any sized box to decorate and put in any sized tags and note cards to make it you own. Why not try to colour the Shimmer Shimmer Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper first before you use it on your project? Or use the favourite colour combination of the gift recipient to make your project extra special. You are only limited by your imagination.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration on using this amazing paper. Do yourself a favour and get this gorgeous paper today to use on your next project! You'll love it!!

Now on to the oh so fabulous Stesha Bloodhart in the U.S. with her shimmery creations! You will be blown away with her creativity. Make sure you visit each blog along the way as every one has something different to share with you all. You will not be disappointed!  

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Just Add Ink #469 | Colour Challenge

Hello, hello. Welcome stamping friends. Friday has been and gone and come around again so that means its time for another Just Add Ink Challenge. Just Add Ink #469 | Just Add a Colour Combo.


We've incorporated two of the new 2019 - 2021 In Colours - Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile, with one of the 2018 - 2020 In Colours - Grapefruit Grove. It's not my usual colour combo but I really enjoyed using them to water colour one of the images from the Stampin' Up! Bloom & Grow Stamp Set.


By using these colours to water colour it tones the colours down for a softer look instead of that deep, rich and intense colour that these colours are. I initially wasn't going to use the Pretty Peacock to colour the leaves because it is a rich colour I thought it would be too dark, but once testing the colour with water colouring I loved the softer tone. They almost looked like the blue/green colour of some Eucalyptus leaves.


I've started with a 4" square card, cut from Shimmery White cardstcok, and then cut a piece of the Pretty Peacock to layer on the card base. I've used the Pretty Peacock 1/2" Scalloped Linen Ribbon as a scalloped edging on the cardstock and then layered the gingham pattern from the 2019 - 2021 In Colour 6"x6" DSP and then finished the square layering with another piece of Shimmery White.


The floral image was stamped onto the Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper with Black Stazon ink and then coloured in using an aqua painter. The Fluid 100 paper is beautiful to colour on and beautiful to cut too. I then finished off the card with one of the Stitched Nested Labels Die cuts, the Happy Birthday from the Well Said Stamp Set and the Well Written dies and then some gold metallic pearls. So pretty!

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 Make sure you check out all the amazing inspiration from the rest of the JAI design team for this challenge over at the Just Add Ink Blog. Want to play along? All the details are on the JAI blog. With such a different colour combo I can't wait to see what you create!

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Instagram Tip | Faux 'Wax' Seal Technique

Hi there stamping friends! Hello and welcome to my blog. I've got a fun technique/tip for you today using Stampin' Up! products.

I just love using Stampin' Emboss powder on nearly all of my projects so it seemed fitting that I share with you today a tip on how you can use the Stampin' Emboss powders in a different and unique way. 

Did you know that Stampin’ Emboss Powders are perfect to create faux wax seals for a fun and on-trend look an I'm going to run through today how you can achieve this fun 'embellishment'.



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Follow these steps and you’ll be creating a faux wax seal of your own. 


1. Put some VersaMark Ink Refill on a Stampin’ Spot and then dab a small square of ink in the corner of a Silicone Craft Sheet. 
2. Pour a small amount of Copper Emboss Powder onto the inked-up spot of the Silicone Craft Sheet. 3. Using a Heat Tool, heat the powder from underneath the Craft Sheet, directly under the powder. This prevents the powder from blowing all over the place. Once the powder is mostly melted, you can finish heating from the top. 
4. Ink up your stamp with VersaMark to prevent sticking to the molten embossing powder and stamp into the slightly cooled heated powder. 
5. Gently lift the stamp off the cooled embossing powder. 
6. Wait for the embossed image to cool completely before lifting it off the Silicone Craft Sheet. 
7. Either leave the faux wax seal in the rustic shape for a unique and natural look or trim it up to your desired shape. Add your faux wax seal to your project for your own handmade embellishment. 
 


Try all different shaped stamps for a fun look. They don't have to be round. 
What stamps will you try?

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Just Add Ink #468 | Just Add 'C'

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome, Welcome. It's time again for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink | Just Add Ink #468. We have a fun letter theme for you - Just Add 'C'.


Create anything that relates to the letter 'C' - Christmas, Cake, Cats, Colours, your favourite stamp set starting with C, a technique starting with 'C', Colours starting with 'C' ... the possibilities are endless.

I chose one of my most favourite things to do when creating, colouring, and I've attempted a technique that is still fairly new to my skill set - No Line Water colouring. I've had a couple small attempts at this technique before, like this one here a few years ago but haven't really found the right image to attempt it again. Until today.


For the flower image I've used the rose from the To a Wild Rose stamp set and then inked that up with Sahara Sand ink, I then stamped the Sahara Sand Ink off once and then used the second generation of ink left on the stamp as my outline to colour. I then coloured in the rose with Merry Merlot Ink. I used the lid of my ink pad as my palette for my ink and then using an aqua painter picked up the ink off the lid to colour. Mixing a teeny tiny amount of ink with water on the aqua painter washes out the colour and you end up with a lighter variation of the ink.


What makes this technique work is that the image that you are colouring needs to have the faintest outline as possible for you to colour. So the Sahara Sand colour stamped off is just perfect for this technique. I tried to colour this at night and with the shadows from my lights covering where I was colouring and it made it near impossible to see what I was doing.

Over that faint outline you then colour the image. There still will be 'lines' as such from where you have coloured the image but you don't get the harsh thick lines that you get if you had just stamped the image first in full strength ink.


I love the contrast of the bright rose and the Basic Black sentiments against the Shimmery White cardstock layers. I embossed the Shimmery White layer with the Scripty 3D Embossing folder and then made a skinny rectangle frame using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. The White on White is a beautiful touch  and the embossing a rectangle frame really lift the card and take it from plain to having that something extra and special.


While this technique looks fabulous you will need to take your time to practice. I ruined about 10 sheets of water colour paper just trying to get the colouring and shadows right. What's the saying 'Rome wasn't built in a day'? I'm going to try this colouring with other colours and see what results I end up with. There is nothing like de-stressing and unwinding than with a bit of colouring.

Make sure you check out all the amazing inspiration from the rest of the JAI design team for this challenge over at the Just Add Ink Blog. Want to play along? All the details are on the JAI blog. Can't wait to see what you choose to do for your 'C' project. 

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