Another Embossing Paste and Delightful Daisy Card!

WARNING:  Do not buy the embossing paste or the Delightful Daisy bundle.  If you do, you will become addicted to them and won’t be able to stop making cards!  Confession – I am addicted!!

Here is a picture of my latest card using the new SU! embossing paste, accessories, and the Delightful Daisy bundle.  It was a lot of fun to make!

You may be wondering why I’ve been making so many cards lately with the Delightful Daisy bundle.  My husband, Bruce, and I have been on vacation for the last few weeks.  I had limited space to pack stamping “stuff”.  But, guess what fit?  Yup – embossing paste, accessories, and pre-punched Delightful Daisies!!  There were a few other supplies that fit as well!  I’ve had a blast playing with the embossing paste!

Below is a picture of the view from the front deck of our summer home on the Great Sacandaga Lake in Upstate New York.  I feel very blessed and spoiled being able to enjoy this view every day!

Back to the card.  Below are step-by-step pictures and instructions for the card.

Step 1:  Place the mask over your card front and use washi tape or scotch tape (with some of the tack taken off) to make sure the mask won’t move.

Step 2:  Use one of the Palette Knives to put some Embossing Paste on to a Silicone Craft Sheet.  Add a few drops of your favorite reinker to the Embossing Paste, and mix with the Palette Knife.  Use more reinker if you want a deeper color.  [Tip:  Store any leftover embossing paste in small container with an air-tight top.  Also, put the small container in a zip lock bag to be overly cautious that it stays air-tight.  You don’t need much embossing paste for individual projects.]

Reinker Colors: Tranquil Tide – Wild Wasabi – Daffodil Delight

Step 3:  Start on the left side of the card front, and put colored embossing paste on the mask with a Palette Knife.  Spread over the area that you want to cover.  As you’re getting used to this technique, use a little bit of embossing paste to see how much area it will cover.  When you’re done with this area, use the side of your Palette Knife to smooth the embossing paste to the thickness that you want.  Excess embossing paste can be put back into the jar for use on your next project.

Tranquil Tide Embossing Paste Added

Step 4:  When you’re happy with the results of the first colored embossing paste, move onto the next color.  Be sure to use a different Palette Knife to spread the second color.

Wild Wasabi Embossing Paste Added

Step 5:  Move to the third and last color using the same technique.

Daffodil Delight Embossing Paste Added

Step 6:  Remove the mask to see the magic!

Step 7:  Very quickly after you’re done with the embossing paste, make sure you wash the mask and palette knives with warm soapy water.  I put mine tools on a paper towel to dry.

Step 8:  Make the accent daisy using three stamped and punched daisies from the Delightful Daisy bundle.  I used Daffodil Delight ink on the daisies.  The middle of the flower is made with colored embossing paste.  I wanted to make a center that looked somewhat realistic with a texture.  My epiphany was to use a toothpick to put the embossing paste in the flower center and then to add the texture.  What do you think?

Step 9:  Finish the card with the greeting of your choice.  The greeting on my card is stamped with Tranquil Tide on to Whisper White card stock.  The trim behind the greeting is a piece of Tranquil Tide card stock.  The flower leaves are from the Delightful Daisy bundle using Emerald Envy ink.  Dimensionals were used to add the trimmed greeting piece and the flower to attach to the card front.  Dimensionals are also used to attach the card front to the card base.

Step 10:  Accept the fact that you’ll probably immediately start on making a second card using the Embossing Paste!  Just give into it… 🙂

Below are the main supplies that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Daisy Punch

$18.00



 

Paper Pumpkin – Positively Picturesque Kit

Paper Pumpkin is a great way to have your monthly stamping “fix” delivered directly to your mailbox!  Every month, the Paper Pumpkin kit includes an exclusive Stampin’ Up! photopolymer stamp set, (at least) one Stampin’ Ink Spot, materials to make the project, and directions.

I have a wonderful Paper Pumpkin stamp set collection.  I also have a great set of Stampin’ Ink Spots that are incredibly handy to use since they are small and are also very portable.  When my husband (Bruce) and I travel, I bring a set of inks with us.  By the way – The ink colors in the Paper Pumpkin kits don’t repeat for at least a year.  And, the Stampin’ Ink Spots include the In-Colors.

If you’re not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, what are you waiting for?  There is absolutely no risk.  If you don’t enjoy the program, you can cancel at any time without a penalty.  If you want to skip a month, you can do that as well.

If you want to give Paper Pumpkin a try, click here!  Trust me – You’re going to love it!

The video below features the July 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  The Positively Picturesque kit is very versatile and fun.  If you become a subscriber, you can also purchase past kits, when they are available.

Happy (Paper Pumpkin) Stamping!
Laurie




 

Embossing Paste – Delightful Daisy Accent

I had the great privilege of stamping with two of our grandkids recently.  Angie and John were instant experts using embossing paste, stamps, dimensionals, bone folders, and everything else on the table!  Here is our creation:

You will absolutely love the embossing paste!   The actual paste is white, but a few drops of reinker will give the embossing paste wonderful color.   I added a few drops of Tranquil Tide (great new in-color) reinker to the paste before I mixed it for this card.  The paste works incredibly well with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  We used the Palette Knives to spread the embossing paste over the mask.  To mask off the area for the stamped Thank You, we used a piece of Post-It note with torn edges.

Take a look at the pictures of us having fun creating!

  • The base of our card is Tranquil Tide cardstock.  I already really love this new color.  It takes on greens or blues depending on the colors around it.
  • The card front is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.
  • Stamp “Thank You” from the Daisy Delight stamp set using Peekaboo Peach ink on to the bottom right corner of the Whisper White cardstock piece.  Mask the “Thank You” with a large Post-It note.  Tear the Post-It note (not the adhesive part) to make sure you don’t have a straight line on the mask.
  • Use a palette knife from the Palette Knives set to scoop a small amount of Embossing Paste onto a Silicone Craft Sheet.  Add a few drops of the Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill to the embossing paste and mix the paste with the palette knife.  [Tip:  Use a small, sealable container to save your colored embossing pastes.  I saved a few small jam jars for this purpose.  Also, make sure that you quickly seal your embossing paste containers.  You don’t want your paste to dry.]
  • Place your Whisper White cardstock on a scrap piece of paper.  Put your choice of masks from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set on top of the cardstock.  Use either washi tape or painter’s tape to tack down the mask.  You don’t want the mask to move when you’re spreading the embossing paste.  Use a palette knife to put a small amount of colored embossing paste on top of the mask and spread it over the mask.  It’s almost as if you are frosting the mask!  Put as much or as little embossing paste on top of the mask as you like.
  • When you’re done spreading the embossing paste, lift the mask to reveal the magic.  [Tip:  Be sure to wash your palette knife and mask very quickly after you finish spreading the embossing paste.  I literally lift the mask off the Whisper White cardstock and walk to the sink to clean the knife and mask.  Pump soap and water do the trick very easily and very quickly.  Dry with a paper towel, and you’re ready to go!]  Set the Whisper White cardstock piece aside to allow the embossing paste to dry.  It should only take a few minutes – 10 minutes max!
  • For a little pop, add a 3D image to the card.  For the card pictured above, we added a paper daisy made from the Delightful Daisy Bundle.  I stamped the flower using Crushed Curry ink.  After punching out the flowers with the Daisy Punch, I accented the flower petals by simply swiping them with the paintbrush side of a Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Marker.  The end result is a fun color combination for the flower!  The leaves are from the Daisy Delight stamp set.  They are stamped with, believe it or not, Emerald Envy ink!  The leaves are fussy cut and attached over the embossing paste with glue.
  • Dimensionals are used to add the flower to the top of the card front.  They are also used to attach the card front to the card base.

I really loved making this card with Angie and John.  We had a great time.  You will enjoy using the embossing paste.  Give it a try!

In my next post, I will share another great card using multiple colors of embossing paste.  It’s another WOW factor technique that is pretty easy to master.

Below are the main products that were used to make the pictured card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Daisy Punch

$18.00



 

Delightful Daisy – Shadowbox Card

The Delightful Daisy suite of products was a huge hit at my recent stamp club!  I hope you had a chance to see my last post and one of the cards that we made.  Today’s post will feature another stamp club card.  This card has an incredible WOW factor and is really not difficult to put together.  Take a look at the card.

I hope you agree that it has the wow-how-did-she-make-that impact.  It’s a little difficult to appreciate the depth of the card from this picture.  It is a simple shadowbox card.  The pictures below help show the depth a little better.

Let me share the inspiration for this card.  My husband, Bruce, and I recently spent time with my side of the family at Holden Beach in North Carolina.  Our family gathers there every year and has a great time catching up.  We have a few family games that we play.  One is a domino game called”Texas 42″, and the other is the (world championship!) Bunco tournament.  I have completely digressed from my story about the card inspiration…. Bruce and I were out on a walk at the beach and saw wild daisies growing along the sidewalk.  I took a few pictures and tried to mimic the flower in the card that I created.  Here is one of the pictures that I took of the wild daisies.

Now – On to making the card!  Let’s start with the shadowbox card itself.  The card base is a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ (half a sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ standard cardstock).  There are a few score lines involved in making the base.  The score lines are at 1/2″, 1″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″, 10″, and 10 1/2″.  A picture may be more helpful.

The folds are pretty straight forward when you see how the card comes together.  The folds are – valley at the 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 1″ score line, mountain at the 4 1/2″ score line, valley at the 5″ score line, mountain at the 5 1/2″ score line, valley at the 6″ score line, mountain at the 6 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 10″ score line, and valley at the 10 1/2″ score line.  Again, a picture may be more helpful.

Before you assemble the card base, die cut the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits in the middle of the area between the 6 1/2″ score line and the 10″ score line, as the card picture illustrates.  You can now put your card base together.

To assemble the card base, fold the base in half at the 5 1/2″ score line.  Step 1:  Put glue between the 5″ score line and the 6″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  Step 2:  Put glue between the 1/2″ score line and the 1″ score line and between the 10″ score line and the 10 1/2″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  You will then have your shadowbox card built.  This card will fit easily into a standard envelope for a 4 1/4″ x  5 1/2″ card.  You’ll flatten the card a little before mailing.

The other steps to complete the card are below:

  • Use the same circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits that you used on the card base to die cut a circle from your choice of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP).  You will probably have a difficult time narrowing down the paper that you’ll use since there are so many gorgeous patterns in the package of DSP.
  • Glue the DSP circle in the middle of the back of the shadowbox card.  You can easily line up the circle with the die cut circle on the front of the card.  Check out the picture below for reference.

  • Now, it’s time to work on the flower.  Take a look at the close-up picture of the flower.

  • Use Crushed Curry cardstock to punch three daisies using the Daisy Punch.
  • Grab your sponge and Calypso Coral ink and add color in the middle of the petals.  Be sure to leave the ends without ink to allow the Crushed Curry color to show.
  • Use your bone folder to give shape to the daisy petals.  Then, glue the daisies together, as pictured.  Group the petals in sets of three to make the flower look like the wild flowers I found at Holden Beach.
  • Stamp a flower center from the Daisy Delight stamp set onto Crushed Curry cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  Fussy cut the flower center.  Use your finger or a bone folder to give the flower center some depth.  When you’re done, the flower center will have a slight dome shape.  Use dimensionals to adhere the flower center to the daisy petals.
  • Get a small paint brush or a piece of sponge to add Soft Suede ink to the outside of the flower center and slightly onto the petal area near the flower center.  This coloring will add depth and will make the flower pop.
  • I used stamps from the Daisy Delight stamp set to add a personal touch to the card.
  • Finish the card by adhering your flower in the middle of the die cut circle.
  • Stand back and admire your work!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about this card and how to make it.  The main products that I used to make the card are pictured below.  If you click on any product, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Daisy Punch

$18.00



 

Delightful Daisy – Happy Birthday Card

The three pictures in the banner photo are the projects that the group made at our recent card club.  Each project features products from the Delightful Daisy suite (pages 126 and 127) of the SU! annual catalog.  This suite is another that allows me to showcase my motto – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities!

Each of the three projects also highlights a different technique to make flowers using the incredibly popular Daisy Punch.  Today’s post will focus on a fun, quick happy birthday card!

Take a look at the card below.  It combines textures, colors, layers, and fun to add to your arsenal of I-just-remembered-that-I-need-to-send-a-birthday-card stash.  Trust me – I have one of those stashes as well!  Directions for the card are listed after the picture.

  1. The base of the card is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. The next layer of color is a piece of Old Olive cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  [Paper saving tip – I used this piece to die cut the Happy Birthday.  Die cut from the center of your Old Olive piece.]
  3. The next layer of color is a piece of Basic Black cardstock cut to 5 x 3 3/4″.  [You guessed it!  I used this piece to die cut the second Happy Birthday.  Again – die cut from the center of your Basic Black piece.]
  4. The die cut referenced in steps 3 and 4 above is the new Happy Birthday thinlits.  Another thinlit that you will become one of the most used in your collection!
  5. The top layer of color is from the gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Simply stated – You need this paper!  The colors are beautiful, and the designs are really amazing.  Look at the DSP on this card.  Isn’t it just gorgeous?
  6. Now – Let’s get to the daisy!  I love the shabby chic look of the daisy and hope you agree.  The trick to make this type of flower is pretty simple.  It’s water!  Yup, plain old water.
  7. Punch out three daisies from Whisper White cardstock using the Daisy Punch.  Fill up a spray bottle with water.  Put one daisy in the palm of your hand and spritz it with water.  Don’t saturate the daisy, but get is wet enough that when you make a fist, the daisy wrinkles and closes.  Do the same thing with the other two daisies.  Set them aside to dry.
  8. When the daisies are dry, use your favorite glue to adhere the daisies together.  Try to offset the petals to make the flower look more realistic.  You’ll be able to shape the flower as you would like.  Add a large gold Faceted Gem to the center of the finished daisy.
  9. Now, you’re ready to put the card together.
  10. Adhere the Old Olive cardstock piece to the Whisper White card base.
  11. Adhere the Delightful Daisy DSP piece to the Basic Black piece.
  12. Glue the two die cut Happy Birthday pieces together.  Offset the pieces to allow a shadow from the Basic Black die cut.
  13. Before you adhere your flower and die cuts to the DSP, place the pieces on the card to make sure you know where they will be glued.
  14. Finish the card by using dimensionals to adhere the Basic Black piece to the Old Olive piece.

You will find that this layout can be used for many birthday cards.  Change the DSP, the colors, the flower to make it more personal for the person who will receive the card.  This design will be one that you’re going to want in your back pocket.  By the way – Did you notice there is absolutely no stamping involved in this card?

Below are pictures of the main items that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  My next post will feature the Calypso Coral shadowbox card pictured in the banner photo.  You won’t want to miss it!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Daisy Punch

$18.00