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



 

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



 

NC Demos June Blog Hop – Color Theory Suite

Welcome to the NC Demos June Blog Hop!  This month, we are showcasing our favorite products from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  If you haven’t seen the catalog yet, click here to go to the on-line version.  It truly is amazing.

You have probably just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post.  I’m sure you agree that she is a very talented stamper and artist.  Thank you for stopping by my post.  I hope you are inspired by my project.

One of my favorite product suites is the Color Theory Suite.  It includes stamps, card stock, ribbon, embellishments, designer series paper, and a card pack that work together beautifully.  The colors that are featured in the Color Theory Suite are bold, bright, and great for all seasons.

The card I would like to share with you this month, pictured below, features many of the Color Theory Suite products and colors.

If you would like to CASE the card (and I hope you do!), here are the steps to follow.

  • Use the Old Olive cardstock from the Color Theory Cardstock Pack for the card base.  Cut the Old Olive piece to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the long side.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to the card base.
  • For the main piece of the card, use your choice of paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  There are several wonderful patterns to choose from.  Don’t blame me if you can’t settle on one pattern and decide that you need to make two or three cards!  Cut the DSP to 3″ x 5″.
  • Save the extra piece of DSP for the sentiment.  Cut it to 1″ x 5″.  Turn the piece over to the opposite side to stamp the sentiment, as pictured.  The “You make me smile” stamp is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  It is an absolutely amazing stamp set with great sentiments and very unique designs.  I used the new Berry Burst In-color ink to stamp the sentiment.
  • Now, the real magic and fun begin!  Die cut the tree branch using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and Early Espresso cardstock.  Adhere the die cut tree branch to the DSP using a Fine Glue Pen.
  • Stamp the three different flower images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in each of the three new In-Colors – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Powder Pink.  Experiment stamping with full ink intensity or by stamping off before stamping the flower.  Use the three flower center images from the same stamp set and full intensity Fresh Fig ink to finish the flowers, as pictured.
  • There are three flower dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  They work beautifully to die cut the stamped flower images.
  • Use a Bone Folder to add shape and dimension to the flowers, as pictured below.

  • The card is finished by adhering the DSP stamped with the sentiment to the larger piece of DSP.  I added a very thin piece of Whisper White cardstock between the two DSP pieces to act as a border.  Adhere the flowers as you would like.  I like to have some of the flowers appear that they have fallen from the branch.  Attach the finished card front to the Whisper White piece with dimensionals.
  • Smile at your work of art!

The main products that I used to create this month’s card are pictured below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Also shown below are the participants in this month’s blog hop.  Please be sure to continue to Lisa Tedder’s post.

Happy stamping!

Laurie

 

Participants in this month’s NC Demos Blog Hop:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier – YOU ARE HERE

Lisa Tedder

 

 



 

Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack – Quick Cards

When I looked through the new Stampin’ Up! catalog for the first time and I turned to page 146, I paused (for a while, to be honest!).  The Color Theory Suite and its products are really special.  They are very colorful and very versatile.  One of the products in the suite is the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack.

The Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack is also pictured on page 193 of the new catalog.  You’ll see that the pack includes 72 cards (two different sizes), cardstock sticker sheets, and printed acetate cards.  The cards are a single thickness with a different design on either sideMemories & More Card Packs are designed to coordinate with product suites and can be used for scrapbooking, card making, and other fun decorating options.  And, the best news – the card packs are only $10.00!!

The cards pictured below were made with the cards from the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack and a few additional products from the Color Theory Suite.  Simple, quick, and still packs a punch!  Take a look –

Here are the quick steps to make these cards –

  1. A card base is made from Whisper White card stock.  The card base is cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  The 8 1/2″ side is scored at 4 1/4″.
  2. Pick out one of your favorite pieces of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack – (You’ll probably have a hard time picking your favorite – Just warning you!!) and cut it to 4″ x 5 1/2″.  This will be the background color for your card.  You’ll have leftover pieces after you cut this piece.  Keep them – you’ll use one later!
  3. Pick your favorite color of the new 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon from the Color Theory Suite.  In the pictured card, I used the Crushed Curry ribbon.  Wrap a piece of the ribbon around the background piece, as pictured.  Adhere the ribbon to the background piece.  I stapled the ribbon.  The staple isn’t seen and hold the ribbon down very well.
  4. If you want a little more pop to the background, add some Linen Thread and secure it to allow the thread to be seen after the card is finished.  Reference the pictures above.
  5. Now, adhere the background piece to your card base, as pictured.
  6. Take one of the pieces that you had leftover when you cut the DSP in Step 2 and stamp a sentiment in a color that complements your card.  In the pictured cards, I used the new Berry Burst In-Color ink and “Thinking of you” from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Cut the sentiment to the size that you would like.
  7. Pick a 3″ x 4″ card from the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack that will add the final touch to your card.  There will be several to choose from.
  8. Adhere the cut sentiment to your 3″ x 4″ card.  You’ll notice that I folded one side of my sentiment to add a clean finish.
  9. Use dimensionals to adhere the card to your card.
  10. Finish with a little bling by adding Glimmer Enamel Dots from (yup, you guessed it!) the Color Theory Suite.  They are nothing but pure fun!

Have fun exploring the new Card Packs!  I really think you’re going to like them.

The main products that I used to make these cards are pictured below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie