Jar of Love – Firefly Shaker Card

In my last post, I made the confession that I am hooked on the Jar of Love stamp set and corresponding Everyday Jars framelits dies.  Today, I would like to share a fun, fresh shaker card featuring the stamp and die bundle.

Shaker cards are quite a lot of fun to make and truly not hard.  You just need to take the plunge and give it a try.  Typically when I make shaker cards, I add sequins or pieces of sparkling paper to the shaker.  In this card, you’ll see that the fireflies are the focus of the card and are also the pieces that are intended to move in the shaker card.  Our card club made this card recently, and it was a true hit!  I hope you’ll enjoy making it as well.

Detailed instructions follow the picture.  Also, at the end of this post, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase the items used to make the card.

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Below are instructions for making this card:

1. This card and envelope feature the amazing Jar of Love stamp set, corresponding Everyday Jars framelits dies, and the gorgeous Fruit Stand designer series paper.  The card base and envelope are from the Crumb Cake notecards and envelopes collection.

2. Shaker cards may look intimidating to make, but they really aren’t difficult.  This is a great card to make if you haven’t made a lot of shaker cards.  The design is pretty forgiving.

3. Cut a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock to 3” x 4” (or use a large enough scrap piece) and stamp the middle sized mason jar from the Jar of Love stamp set using Memento black ink.  Die cut the jar with two corresponding dies from the Everyday Jar framelits dies set.  First, use the framelit to cut the outside image of the mason jar.  Then, use the framelit to cut the inside of the jar.

4. Cut a piece of the Fruit Stand designer series paper to 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”.  Use the middle mason jar framelit to die cut a mason jar shaped opening.

5. Adhere a piece of acetate (I use the backing from photopolymer stamps) on the back of the DSP to cover the mason jar opening.  Tape the acetate on one side to make sure it is where you want it before you glue it down.  Then, on the front side of the DSP, adhere the die cut mason jar to the acetate.  The die cut mason jar will fit very snuggly into the die cut mason jar opening in the DSP.

6. Cut a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock to ½” x 4”.  Use Memento black ink to stamp “you light up my life” onto the Mint Macaron cardstock, as pictured.  Adhere the Mint Macaron strip to the DSP, as pictured.  You will have excess on both sides of the cardstock.  Trim off the excess from the back.

7. Flip the DSP onto the back side.  Use Foam Adhesive Strips to frame the shaker box, the mason jar shaped opening.  Only peel one side off the adhesive foam strips, and make sure there are no gaps in your box.

8. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3” x 4”.  This is going to be the background of the shaker box.  Use the firefly stamp from the Jar of Love stamp set and Memento ink to stamp a few fireflies on the white cardstock piece.  Use a Daffodil Delight marker to shade in the body of the fireflies, as pictured.

9. Use a scrap piece of white cardstock to stamp about 15 fireflies.  Stamp them using Memento black ink, and die cut them with the firefly die from the Everyday Jars framelits dies set.  Color their bodies with a Daffodil Delight marker.  Pile your die cut fireflies in the middle of the area of the white cardstock where you stamped your fireflies.  Keep three die cut fireflies to the side.  Adhere these fireflies to the front of the card, as pictured.

10. Peel the wax paper from the Foam Adhesive Strips around your shaker box.  Adhere your DSP piece directly to the white cardstock with the piled firefly die cuts.  Hover over the top of the DSP as you put the DSP over the fireflies.  Make sure the Foam Adhesive Strips are adhering to the white cardstock.  The shaker part of your card is now done!!

11. Put a few more strips of Foam Adhesive Strips on the back of the DSP piece.  This will help adhere the front to the card.  Adhere the DSP to the Crumb Cake notecard.

12. To finish the card, use Memento black ink to stamp the bow die from the Jar of Love stamp set onto a scrap of Mint Macaron.  Die cut the bow using the bow framelit from the Everyday Jar framelits dies set, and adhere the die cut bow, as pictured.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

 

Supplies used to make the card:

Glue Dots

$5.25

Big Shot

$110.00

Jar of Love – Flowery Thank You

I am absolutely hooked on the amazing Jar of Love stamp set and corresponding Everyday Jar framelits dies.  There are so many ways to use the stamps and dies that you will never run out of creative ideas for this bundle.  And, just wait until you see the Holiday catalog because there are additional sets that can be used with the Everyday Jar framelits dies.  There is a gorgeous Christmas stamp set and a very fun Halloween themed stamp set.  If you haven’t purchased the Jar of Love bundle yet, I strongly recommend that you consider it.

Here is one of the cards that our card club made at a recent meeting.  It is the first design that I’m sharing featuring the Jar of Love bundle.  There are more designs to come.  Full instructions and a few tips are included below the picture.

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Here are the instructions for the card:

1 .This card and envelope feature the amazing Jar of Love stamp set, corresponding Everyday Jars framelits dies, and the gorgeous Fruit Stand designer series paper.  The card base and envelope are from the Whisper White notecards and envelopes collection.

2. Cut a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock to 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”.  Use Memento black ink to stamp the medium jar from the Jar of Love stamp set in the middle of the Mint Macaron piece.  [This is a great tip for conserving paper!].  Die cut the jar image from the Mint Macaron piece using the corresponding die from the Everyday Jar framelits dies set.  If you would like, corner round two corners of the Mint Macaron piece, as pictured.  Adhere the Mint Macaron piece to the card base.  [Yes – You’ll see the opening where the jar was die cut, but the opening will be covered by the Peekaboo Peach cardstock!]

3. Cut a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock to 3” x 4 ½”.  If you would like, corner round two corners of the Peekaboo Peach piece, as pictured.  Use Versamark ink to randomly stamp “Thanks” from the Jar of Love stamp set onto the Peekaboo Peach piece.  Adhere the Peekaboo Peach piece on top of the Mint Macaron piece, as pictured.  [Now you can’t see the opening from where the jar was die cut!]

4. Use Memento black ink to stamp “Thanks” on the die cut jar.  Be sure to leave enough room above “Thanks” for your ribbon.

5. Cut a piece of the Peekaboo Peach 3/8” ruched ribbon to about 3” long.  Wrap the ribbon around the jar, as pictured, and tape both ends to the back of the die cut jar.  Cut another piece of the ruched ribbon to about 3”.  Tuck one end of the second piece under the taped piece of ribbon.  Tie a knot in the second piece of ribbon.  You’ve created a fake bow!  You can move the second piece from left to right along the taped ribbon to place it where you want it.  Cut the ends of the second ribbon as you would like.

6. To make the flowers, use the flower stamps from the Jar of Love stamp set.  Remember – the base flower stamp (the solid stamp) should be a lighter color than the corresponding, detailed stamp.  The pictured pink flowers were inked with Flirty Flamingo (background) and Watermelon Wonder (detail).  The pictured peach flowers were inked only with Peekaboo Peach.  The background color was created by stamping off the Peekaboo Peach once.  The detailed color was created by simply using Peekaboo Peach.  The flowers were die cut with the corresponding dies from the Everyday Jars framelits dies set.

7. The final touch is the envelope liner.  It is made with the absolutely gorgeous Fruit Stand designer series paper.  Pick the design that you feel matches the card the best.  Your choice may depend on the colors that you use to make the flowers.

Below are the products that I used to make the card. If you click on a picture of any product, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Big Shot

$110.00

Floral Affection Embossing Folder – Braided Card

There are so many wonderful card ideas that we can all find on blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, and in catalogs and magazine.  It is refreshing that crafters are very generous in sharing ideas and personal tips and tricks.  When I CASE a card, I really try to add my own twist to make sure that I am not making a true copy.  The card below is a blending of several ideas that I found from many sources.  It also includes some personal touches and experiments that were fun to try.  Here is the card:

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A good friend of mine showed me a braided card that she made recently and pointed me to a template that is available on-line.  The template can be found by going to Brandy Cox’s tutorial for a braided card.  You’ll be able to download the template from this page.  Thank you, Brandy, for sharing such a wonderful technique and template!

Below are directions for making the card:

  1. Create a white cardstock card base cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. Use the template, referenced above, to cut the folded edge of the card.  Make sure that you don’t cut too close to the top or bottom of the card.  Brandy’s tutorial goes through the step-by-step process to make the braid after the card edge is cut.
  3. Add a sentiment of your choice to the bottom right of the card front.  Use an ink color that corresponds with your background framed cardstock.  In the picture, I used the “You are so kind” stamp from the Watercolor Wings set.  I really like the font from this set and think it helps highlight the whimsical theme of the card.  The sentiment is stamped with Emerald Envy ink, one of my new favorites.
  4. Emboss a piece of white cardstock, cut to 2 ½” x 4” with the floral image in the Floral Affections embossing folder duo.
  5. Use markers, in your choice of colors, to highlight the embossed image.  The markers from the two sets of in-colors really worked well for me.  The effect is similar to needlework.  It is even prettier in person.
  6. Add some sparkle in the middle of the leaves and flowers with a Wink of Stella pen.  Be sure to let the ink on the embossed image dry completely before you use the Wink of Stella pen.  If you don’t wait, you may get some bleeding of your colors in the areas that you want to sparkle.
  7. Use dimensionals to adhere the embossed, colored piece to a dark cardstock cut to 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”.  Emerald Envy is used in the pictured card.
  8. Adhere the dark colored cardstock to a lighter corresponding color cardstock, cut to 3” x 4 ½”.  Mint Macaron is the color for the lighter green in the example.
  9. Use dimensionals to adhere the lighter color cardstock to the card front.
  10. To cover the ends of the braid, tie bows on the front of the card, as pictured.
  11. This card also looks very elegant without any color on the embossed image.  It is a great, versatile style to have in your arsenal of quick cards.

The products I used to make the pictured card are shown below.  If you click on any image, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

Products Used to Make the Card:

Sitting Here – Dry Brush Painting

I recently watched a great video about stamping and was reminded that we should all have fun and relax when we create cards and other projects.  It is so easy to get caught up in trying to make the perfect card.  Well – I have found a stamp set that just forces relaxation!  It is the Sitting Here stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  I truly relaxed when I made the card pictured below.  Your blood pressure may fall a few points when you look at the card!  Directions and more information are included below.

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Here are the instructions for making this card:

1. Create a pink cardstock card base cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. Cut a beige piece of cardstock cut to 4 ¼” x 5”. Adhere the beige cardstock to the pink card base, as pictured.

2. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4” x 4 ½”. Stamp the porch swing stamp and flower pot images from the Sitting Here stamp set onto the watercolor paper. Use the smooth side of the watercolor paper for your stamping. Use a beige or brown ink to stamp.

3. Dry brush painting is a little of a misnomer. You actually use a very slightly damp brush for this technique. The Aqua Painters are a great tool for this technique. Fill an Aqua Painter with water. Squeeze the barrel to get some water into the brush. Use your fingers to squeeze out almost all the water. Then gently use the brush to pull the ink from the stamped image into the open areas. This will cause the wood to look as if it is lightly colored. Use the same technique to add dimension to the flower vase.

4. Add color to the swing’s cushion and to the flowers with markers in the colors that you choose.

5. Finish the card by stamping “just sitting here thinking of you” onto a banner and staple the banner onto the card front, using the Handheld Stapler.

6. Use dimensionals to adhere the watercolor paper to the beige cardstock.

Supplies that I used to make the card are pictured below.  If you click on any supply picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

I hope you enjoy making this card and relax as you are putting the card together!

Happy Stamping!
Laurie
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Fruit Stand DSP – Double Pocket Card

I have a confession.  I don’t use Designer Series Paper (DSP) a lot in my cards and projects, but that trend may change!  The card below is made with the absolutely gorgeous Fruit Stand DSP.  It is quick and easy to make.  The bookmark in the front pocket features the new Jar of Love bundle which is amazing and incredibly versatile.  Directions for the card follow.20160710_084205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. This is a great, quick card to make with any Designer Series Paper.
  2. Cut a sheet of DSP to 8 ½” x 11”.   Save the extra DSP to use later.
  3. Use your scoring board to create the folds for the card.  On the 8 ½” side, score at 4 ¼”.  On the 11” side, score at 5 ½”.
  4. Place the DSP onto a diagonal scoring board with the patter that you want to have as the primary card design facing up.  In the example above, the strawberries were placed facing up.  Put the DSP onto the diagonal scoring board with the 8 ½” side at the top.  Score a diagonal line at the 4 ½” mark in the upper right quadrant.  Turn the page 180 degrees, and score a diagonal line at the 4 ½” mark in the upper right quadrant.  The diagonal score line will be on opposite sides of the DSP.
  5. Turn your DSP over, and fold the scored lines in toward the middle.  You have created the pockets.
  6. Fold the bottom half of the DSP up.  Your front pocket will now be on the right side.
  7. Fold the left side behind the right side.  Your inside pocket will now be seen on the inside of your card.
  8. Finish your card with a bookmark or other paper item in the front pocket.  The inside pocket can be used for anything you would like – a letter, gift card, recipe, package of cocoa mix – the possibilities are endless.

Here is another picture that helps show the two pockets in the card – one on the front and one in the middle.

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And, here is a close-up of the bookmark.

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Below are the supplies that I used to make this double fold card. Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

Painter’s Palette – Work of Art

If you’ve already purchased stamps, inks, paper, and accessories from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog, it’s probably a safe bet that the Painter’s Palette stamp set was on your list.  It is a great, versatile stamp set that I am going to feature this week.

The card below was made using a spotlight technique.  The parts of the flower that are inside the frame are colored.  The parts of the flower outside the frame remain black and white.  This technique can be used in many different ways.  Check out your craft stash to see the ways that you can design projects with spotlights.

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Color palette for this card:

Directions for the cards are provided below:

  1. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 ½” x 8 ½” .  Score the 8 ½” side at 4 ¼” and fold into card base.

2. Cut the additional pieces that you’ll use for the layers on the front of the card:

  • 4” x 5 ¼” – This is the focal color for the card. The picture shows Peekaboo Peach.
  • 3 ½” x 4 ¾” – Black cardstock
  • 3 ¼ x 4 ½ – White cardstock

3. Stamp “Our Friendship is a work of art” in the bottom right corner of the 3 ¼” x 4 ½” white cardstock piece.  Use the color of ink that corresponds to the focal color.  The picture shows Peekaboo Peach.

4. Stamp the flower image from the You’ve Got This stamp set onto the same piece of white cardstock.  Use Memento black in for the stamping.  Reference the picture to place this image.

5. On a scrap piece of white cardstock, use the easel stamp from the Painter’s Palette stamp set, and stamp the easel image in Memento Black ink.  Cut out the frame from the stamped easel image.  It is going to become the frame used on this card for the spotlight technique.

6. You’re going to need to cut out the middle section of the frame to make sure you can see the flower image.  You can either use a square die to cut out the middle or scissors to cut it out.

7. The spotlight technique focuses color to one area of the card.  In this example, the color is focused to the inside of the frame.  Notice that the flower stem and petals that fall outside the frame are left without color.

8. Determine where you want the color to be on the flower and stem.  Lightly draw a pencil line to make sure you know where to color.  Use the new in-color Stampin’ markers to color the stem and flower.  Be sure to use the same new in-color for the flower petals as you have for the focal color of the card.  The picture again shows Peekabook Peach.

9. When you have finished coloring the flower, adhere the frame to the front of the card to align with your coloring.

10. Adhere the stamped white cardstock to the black layer.  Adhere the black layer to the focal color layer.

11.Use dimensionals to adhere the focal color layer to the white cardstock base.

12. A finishing touch in the picture is the addition of the push pin stamp to give the impression that the colored flower piece is tacked onto the card.  The push pin stamp is from the Painter’s Palette set.  It is stamped in Memento black ink, fussy cut, and adhered to the card.

The supplies used to make the card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

Just For You – One-Layer Double Fun

Yup! I’m addicted to the one-layer stamping that I’ve been sharing lately. It’s just so darn easy, fun, and has that “wow” factor.

Check out the picture below.  I had to use two masks to make this card.  One was a 4″ piece of copy paper that went horizontally over the words.  The second was a 2 1/2″ piece of copy paper that went vertically over the words.  The sponging and stamping were done using the same technique that I highlighted in a previous post.  For detailed instructions, click here.

I hope you have a great time experimenting with this technique.  You’ll be amazed at how easy it is and how much fun you’ll have creating these one-layer cards!

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Birthday Blossoms – One Layer Cards

Do you feel a little challenged some times making one layer cards that have that “wow” factor?  I certainly do.  I hope you agree that the cards pictured below have great depth and interest.  They are one layer cards and are quite a lot of fun to make!

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Recently in a separate post, I shared a card that was made using the same technique and one of the new stamp sets, Layering Love.  If you haven’t already, take a look at that post and the detailed instructions – http://stampedgreetings.com/layering-love-one-layer-card-magic/

The stamp set that I used for the cards pictured above is Birthday Blossoms.  It is a carryover from the last annual catalog and has so many possibilities.  The “happy birthday” is stamped in Memento black ink then masked with a 3/4″ cut piece of copy paper.  In addition to using the directions that I outlined in the initial post (link above), I also used a masking technique to stamp multiple flowers from the Birthday Blossoms set in Memento black ink.  Then, I used the background brushstroke stamps from the Work of Art stamp set to add the colors.  These cards highlight the new in-colors.  On the left pictured card, the colors are Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum.  On the right pictured card, the colors are Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim, and Emerald Envy.

Here are a few pictures that show more detail in the cards:

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This technique can be used for essentially any word stamp that you want to highlight.  Just vary the width of the copy paper that you use to mask the colors.  It is a great design for mass production and several occasions.  I hope that you give it a try.  I would love to see your one layer cards!

Here are the products that I used to make these cards.  Click on any picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.  Birthday Blossoms is a stamp set that I think you would enjoy having in your collection.