Beautiful You Meets Mediterranean Moments

A good friend, Susan, who is a member of our Stamp Club, shared a few cards she had seen on Pinterest and asked me to show the group how to make the design.  I’m sure you’ve seen the gorgeous cards on Pinterest that have the Beautiful You lady walking on the paved street of the Mediterranean Moments image.  Well – you get to see one more!

Below is the card that we made at our recent Stamp Club.  I wanted to only focus on the stamped images, watercolored inks, and the framing around the picture.  That means the sentiment is stamped on the inside of the card.

Here are the directions for the card:

  1. Start with a 6″ x 4 1/2″ piece of watercolor paper.  Stamp the image of the lady walking with the umbrella from the Beautiful You stamp set about 1″ from the bottom and 2 1/2″ from the right of the watercolor paper.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the image.
  2. Stamp the same image onto a scrap piece of paper or large piece of Post-It note.  I like using the Post-It note since there is adhesive already on the back of the Post-It note.  The Post-It note is also made of very thin paper that works well for masking.  Cut out the image, and adhere it over the image that is stamped on the watercolor paper.
  3. Use the largest image from the Mediterranean Moments stamp set and Archival Black Ink to stamp the image directly over the covered (masked) lady stamp.  Essentially, this technique blocks ink from being stamped over the lady image.
  4. Take the scrap paper or Post-It note off to reveal the image.  It’s an amazing three dimensional effect!
  5. Watercolor the image with your choice of color.  I do recommend that you color either the dress or umbrella in color that you are going to use as the main color of your card frame.  In the picture above, I used Peekaboo Peach for the umbrella and the main background card frame.
  6. Here is a great tip for watercoloring – Use an acrylic block as your palette.  Use your Stampin’ Markers and “scribble” color onto the acrylic block.  An Aqua Painter is my tool of choice to pick up color from the acrylic block and apply it to the image.  The great thing about this technique is that even if the “scribbled” ink dries on the acrylic block, you can reactivate the ink with the Aqua Painter.  I’ve left the acrylic block for a few days and come back to finish the card with no problem.
  7. Cut a piece of acetate to 3 3/8″ x 4 1/2″.  Place the acetate over the stamped image, and mark a light pencil line all around the acetate onto the watercolor paper.  This will identify where you need to trim the watercolor piece.
  8. Finish your card with multi-layers of framing.  The Basic Black cardstock frame is cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″.  Adhere the watercolor image directly to the black frame piece.
  9. Adhere a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ of Peekaboo Peach cardstock to the card base.  The card base is Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 11″ side.
  10. Use dimensionals to adhere the black frame piece to the Peekaboo Peach piece.
  11. If you want to add a sentiment to the inside, I recommend “Wishing you brighter days to come” from the Beautiful You stamp set.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the sentiment.

First, I hope you like my take on this card.  And, I hope that you will use your acrylic blocks as ink palettes.

My parting comment – Go check your stamp stash to see if you have stamps that you have to use in this type of masking.  I bet you’ll look at your stamps in a different way!  Enjoy!

Happy stamping,
Laurie

Below are the featured products that I used to make the card.  Click on any image, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Hello Sunshine – NC Demos March Blog Hop

I hope you’re enjoying the NC Demos March blog hop!  There certainly are amazing, talented ladies who are part of this great group.  You just visited one of them – Sharon Maranich!  Didn’t you just love her project?  Thanks for taking time to stop to see my project.  I am going to continue the spring theme with a flowery card that is a lot of fun to make and even more fun to give away!

Below is a picture of the Hello Sunshine card!  I hope the first thing it makes you do is simply smile.  The fussy-cut flowers, grungy leaf background, and whimsical sentiment help make a cheerful card that is perfect for many occasions.

Here are directions for the card:

  1. The card base is a light green (color of your choice) card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the longer side.  [Just a suggestion – Mint Macaron from the retiring set of in-colors is a great color for the card.]  Use a corner rounder to round the bottom right corner and corresponding corner on the back of the card.
  2. The Crazy About You stamp set is the feature set for this card.  The stamp with the leaves and stem in this set is used to design the top part of the card base.  You won’t stamp the stems to go all the way to the bottom of the card.  Notice that you don’t see any leaves or stems under the white piece of card stock with “hello sunshine”.  Use a scrap piece of card stock as a mask to prevent leaves and stems from being stamped at the bottom of the card front.  Put the scrap piece 2″ from the bottom of the card base.  Use Garden Green ink to stamp the leaves and stems at the top of the card, as pictured.  Stamp the leaves multiple times, at different angles and levels, before re-inking the stamp.  This will give different levels of intensity to the leaves and stems.
  3. Use one of the random dot stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Crushed Curry ink to stamp background dots on all areas of the card front.  Stamp off the ink as you’re stamping to get different intensities with the dots.
  4. Cut a piece of white card stock to 5 1/4″ x 1 1/2″.  Use the corner-rounder punch to round the bottom right corner of the piece.  Stamp “sunshine” from the Crazy About You set using Watermelon Wonder ink near the bottom right corner.  Notice that the white card stock piece is purposely cut a little shorter than the width of the card.  This is done intentionally to highlight the rounded corner on the piece.
  5. Use the Hello You framelits dies and Very Vanilla card stock to die cut the “hello” script.  Adhere the “hello” script to the white card stock with glue on some of the letters and with the handheld stapler, as pictured.  Use dimensionals to adhere the white card stock piece to the card base.
  6. Stamp multiple flowers from the Crazy About You stamp set with Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Curry.  Fussy cut different sizes of flowers.  Adhere the layers of flowers together in alternating colors.  Curl the flower petals to give dimension.  Add a little bling to the middle of the flowers using Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  Adhere the finished flowers to the card, as pictured.

This card can be CASEd for so many occasions!  The Crazy About You stamp set and Hello Thinlits Dies are a perfect combination to help you celebrate just about any occasion.

I hope you have enjoyed my project and will continue to the next stop on the NC Demos blog hop.  You’ll be heading over to see Sue Root’s project.  All links for the NC Demos blog hop are shown below.

Here are the featured products that I used to make the Hello Sunshine card.  If you click on any product picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie 

Here are the NC Demos who are participating in the blog hop this month:

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyi

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier  <– YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner



 

Beautiful You – Sassy Paper Piecing

When I first saw the Beautiful You stamp set in the Occasions catalog, I admit that I didn’t pay it much attention. But, after I saw so many gorgeous cards that everyone was making with the set, I ordered the Beautiful You stamp set. If you don’t have it yet, you really should consider adding it to your collection. It has helped me with the motto – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.

I recently shared a sneak peek of the cards that I put together for a recent card club. If you didn’t see that sneak peak, click here. Today, I would like to share the sassy paper piecing card using the Beautiful You set. In my next two posts, I will share the other two cards that we made at our card club. Detailed instructions will be provided for each card.

Since the stamped image is a little sassy and shows a lot of confidence, I decided to add a little clothing accessory bling to the photos. Here is the first picture that showcases both cards.

Next, take a look at each individual card. You’ll notice that the dress in one card is the same pattern as the hat in the other. That will be explained further in the directions.

Last, below is a picture of both cards together with a little jewelry and scarf bling in the background.

I hope you’ll CASE this design. The directions for the card are below:

  • Use a piece of 12″ x 12″ Sahara Sand cardstock from the Falling in Love Cardstock Pack to make the base of the card.  Cut the base to 8″ x 4″, and score at 4″ on the 8″ side.  I like making 4″ x 4″ cards for a fun change to the standard A2 card size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″.  This is going to be the frame behind the patterned Designer Series Paper (DSP).
  • Use the largest scalloped circle die in the Layering Circles Framelits dies set, and die cut the scalloped circle from the center of the square piece of black cardstock that you just cut.  This is an awesome trick to use.  You can conserve paper by cutting shapes from background pieces.  No one will ever know there is a scalloped circle cut from the black framed background!
  • Cut a piece of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.  I used the gorgeous Soft Sky piece with Very Vanilla dandelions in the pattern.
  • Stamp the pictured image from the Beautiful You stamp set with black Archival ink onto a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Soft Sky is another color available in the Falling In Love Cardstock Pack.
  • Die cut the stamped image using the largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits dies.
  • Adhere the scalloped circle black cardstock piece to the stitched circle stamped piece.
  • The hat and dress are made with the paper piecing technique.  Choose a two patterns from the Falling In Love DSP for the dress and hat.  Cut the pieces to about 2″ x 3″.  Stamp the pictured image on both pieces using black Archival ink.  Fussy cut the dress and hat from both pieces.  Decide which dress goes with which hat.  Glue the dress and hat pieces over the stamped image.  Paper piecing is a great way to use your scraps of DSP!
  • Finish the card by adhering the card layers together.  Use glue or dimensionals depending on the layered effect you would like.
  • [Not pictured] On the bottom right corner of the card, “Life looks beautiful on you” is stamped with the black Archival ink.  It is the final sassy touch to the card.

Now, that you have figured out that you really need the Beautiful You stamp set in your collection, you can click on the image of the set below and go directly to my on-line store.  Also shown below are the other featured items that I used to make the card.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Pretty Pocket Card Kit – Sale-a-Bration

You may not have seen the adorable Pretty Pocket card kit in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Recently, I ordered the kit as a FREEBIE.  Over the weekend, I got the kit out and finished the cards in about half an hour.  They are really nice and will be pretty, unique cards for me to send as thank you and hello greetings!  If you add your own stamps and additional embellishments you can make the cards with your own twist.

Take a look at the video below to get inspired.  And, remember – Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31!

Happy Stamping,

Laurie