Wishing You Well – Wreath Thank You Card

I certainly hope that you and your family have escaped the truly nasty colds and viruses that have been going around.  My absence on my blog has been due to a nasty “plague” capturing both my husband and me.  We are finally on the mend (yeah!), and I’m happy to be back to share another gorgeous card using the Wishing You Well stamp set.

This is the third card that our group made in a recent Stamp Club.  By the way – If you live near the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area in North Carolina, you are always welcome to join our Stamp Club.  We meet every second Sunday of the month, beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Just leave me a note if you’d like more information.

Pictured below is the card that I would like to share with you in this post.  I wanted to try to put a few layers of different inks onto the wreath and to make the colors look very fall-ish.  Below the picture, you’ll find the steps that were used to make the card.

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.  If you don’t yet have the Wishing You Well stamp set in your collection, you should really think about getting it.  I think you’ll find the beautiful designs and sentiments incredibly versatile.

Here are the basic steps to follow to make the holiday wreath card:

  • The card base is made from Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The focal point is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
  • Use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create the main image.  You will use four colors to layer stamp the wreath.
  • First, use Crushed Curry ink (and stamp off before stamping onto the focal piece) to stamp one image of the wreath.  This will be your guide as you continue to stamp.
  • Next, ink the wreath stamp with Cajun Craze ink.  Stamp off before stamping on to the focal piece.  And, when you stamp try to stamp a little off center from the original Crushed Curry stamped image.  Before you change colors, stamp another image with the remaining Cajun Craze ink to get a lighter shade of this gorgeous color.  And, again, move the stamp to slightly offset the first layer of Cajun Craze ink.
  • Follow the same steps using Old Olive ink for the third layer of color.
  • Also, follow the same steps using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I recommend stamping off at least twice before stamping the wreath with Cherry Cobbler.  This is a very strong red ink, and you don’t want to over power the other colors.
  • Finish the focal piece with the bow stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  Use Cajun Craze to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere the focal piece to a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock cut to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
  • Stamp “thank you” from the Love What You Do stamp set at the bottom of the card front, as pictured.
  • Adhere a piece of your favorite complementing pieces of DSP, cut to 4″ x 4″ to the top of the card front, as pictured.  I used a piece from the Nature’s Poem DSP collection.  I chose a piece with Cajun Craze to complement the overall design.
  • Adhere the Mossy Meadow card stock to the DSP with dimensionals.
  • To finish the card, you can add some “bling” to the wreath.  I used a few star shaped sequins from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  [I have quite a few extra Paper Pumpkin pieces that I keep on hand to use with many projects!]

This design can easily be changed to have Christmas colors and a Christmas sentiment.  There truly are endless possibilities…

Shown below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Blended Seasons – Artist Trading Cards!

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  Each October, the North Carolina State Fair is one of the prime events in the area.  If you’re going to be in the Raleigh area beginning this Thursday, be sure to check out the NC State Fair website for the event calendar.  Click on the logo below for more information.

Just like many state fairs, the NC State Fair has several friendly competitions.  One of them is card making!  I’ve entered the card making competition each year beginning with 2008.  Every year, I am in awe of the amazing talents of so many artists.  They are all very inspiring.

A few years ago, a new category was added to the card making category.  It is the Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  Entries have four ATC cards, each measuring 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  This category has really stretched me with stamping and other techniques.

Today, I’d like to share the entry that I literally just dropped off for this year’s ATC competition.  I hope you enjoy the fall theme and recognize the stamp set that I used.

The ATCs feature the recently available Blended Seasons stamp set.  If you did not add that stamp set to your collection, don’t fear.  I bet you have a stamp set in your stash that you can use to create a similar set of Artist Trading Cards.

Here are some of the steps that I used in the process:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 5″ x 7″.
  • Use your Stamparatus (the most amazing stamp positioning tool ever!!) to stamp your favorite image in opposite corners of the card stock piece.  I stamped four separate pieces of card stock with four different colors of inks.  I wanted to have a variety of stamped line colors to play with and figure out which pieces I wanted to keep.
  • Before you cut the 5″ x 7″ to their final 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ sizes, be sure to complete the coloring of each piece.
  • On one piece, I used Tim Holtz distress inks over the image stamped in Old Olive ink.  After I distressed the piece, I sprinkled some water onto the piece and took the excess water off with a paper towel.  The effect is really fun.  After this piece of card stock was cut, it was used for the upper left and lower right quadrants.

  • On another piece that I stamped with a really light touch of Cajun Craze ink, I used my Watercolor Pencils to add interest and depth to the design.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the upper right quadrant.

  • On yet another piece that I stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, I used my Aqua Painters to add color to the leaves.  I like the way Aqua Painter made the inked lines bleed a little.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the bottom left quadrant.

  • I did have another piece that I had stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The colors that I used to decorate this piece didn’t work well with my final project.  But, I will use the piece for another project.
  • After I figured out which pieces were going to be used for each quadrant, I put them together on a scrap piece of paper and spattered some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the entire piece.

  • Since I had extra leaves from each piece that I chose not to use in the final project, I fussy cut some of the leaves and decided where I would place them on the cards.  To add a little interest to the leaves, I highlighted them with Clear Wink of Stella.
  • The final touch was random drops of Ranger Glossy Accents.  They add a very unique, whimsical feel.

This technique can easily be translated into cards.  Stay tuned, I’ve been inspired by the ATC entry!  I’m going to make a few cards with similar layouts.  Check back to see them.

Some of the products that I used to make the ATCs are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie
 

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Welcome Autumn – Multi-Colored Wreath Card

Two of the stamp sets that I have been using recently are Wishing You Well and Country Home.  Both have beautiful images and wonderful sentiments to use on cards for many occasions.  The card in today’s post uses both stamp sets and the Country Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Since it is meant to welcome Autumn, I hope it makes you smile 🙂

Before I get into the steps to make the card, I have a question for you.  Have you ever been daydreaming and a really fun card design popped into your head?  I can see you shaking your head and admitting that you have!  Thank you – I don’t feel alone now 🙂  This is one of those cards.

Wreaths are such pretty decorations and are used to celebrate many different occasions throughout the year.  My design epiphany was to use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create a wreath with many layers of colors.  I’m going to put a tutorial together with step-by-step instructions to show you how I created the card.  But, in the meantime, here are the basic directions and measurements for the card.

  • The base of the card is a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The first layer on the card front is a piece of DSP from the gorgeous Country Lane DSP collection.  There are many colors and designs in this collection that make beautiful Autumn themed projects.  I wanted to highlight the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss color in the background.  The DSP is cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Adhere the DSP piece directly to the card front, as pictured.
  • The focal point for the card is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  The frame piece is Old Olive card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.
  • I first stamped the sentiment onto the Whisper White card stock using my StamparatusHow in the world did we stamp before we had stamp positioning tools??  I cannot believe how much easier and quicker it is to make cards with my Stamparatus.
  • The sentiment comes from the Country Home stamp set.  I used Old Olive ink to stamp “HAPPY harvest BLESSINGS” onto the Whisper White card stock as pictured.

  • Next, stamp the multi-colored wreath.  This is the step that I will explain more fully in another post with step-by-step pictures.  For now, I will describe the process.
  • Grab one of your clear blocks.  The size D clear block is a great size for this.  Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp the wreath from the Wishing You Well stamp set in the middle top section of the Whisper White card stock.  I recommend stamping off once before stamping onto the Whisper White piece.
  • Clean your stamp and grab your Old Olive ink.  Stamp the wreath again – but this time with Old Olive – and stamp so the wreath is a little bit to the left and bottom of the first wreath that you stamped in Crushed Curry.  Don’t clean your stamp and stamp the wreath with Old Olive so that the image is a little right and top of the first wreath that you stamped in Crushed Curry.
  • Repeat the step above with Old Olive ink.  But, this time, when you stamp first, stamp the image to the right and bottom of the initial Crushed Curry image.  The second time you stamp (without reinking), stamp to the left and top of the initial Crushed Curry image.
  • Repeat the last two steps above using Pumpkin Pie ink.

  • The last layer of color on the wreath is Blackberry Bliss.  Look at the picture below to see where the Blackberry Bliss is stamped.  If you think of the wreath as a clock, the Blackberry Bliss is stamped between 8:00 and 4:00 ish.  This is done intentionally since you don’t want the dark Blackberry Bliss color behind the stamped bow.  Ink the wreath stamp to approximate the 8:00 to 4:00 ish and stamp the image toward the top center of the already stamped muli-colored wreath.

  • The last bit of stamping is adding the bow at the bottom of the wreath.  The bow stamp is from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  I used Blackberry Bliss ink to stamp the bow.  Confession – The bow stamp is one of my all-time favorites.  It is really amazing!  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere your finished Whisper White piece to the Old Olive frame piece.  Use dimensionals to add the Old Olive piece to the card front, as pictured.
  • If you want, add a little bling to your wreath.  I used a few sequins to add some interest.

This is a super fun and pretty quick card.  I am anxious to try it with multiple colors of green and a pretty Cherry Cobbler bow for a gorgeous Christmas card.  I know you will love the design and the versatility of being able to create multi-colored wreaths for many occasions.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make the Autumn wreath card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember to check back to see more information and pictures on how to create the multi-colored, multi-layered wreath.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

 

Product List

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Country Lane – Tin Tile Hello

I cannot believe we are almost (officially) at the beginning of the Autumn season.  This summer has been a great one, but, honestly, I am ready for cooler weather and basketball season!  When I saw the products in the Country Lane Suite, I fell in with them and could not wait to use them in card projects.

In a prior post, I shared a fun card that I made with Country Lane Suite products.  Please click here to see it.  Today, I’d like to share another card made from the products.  The card is pictured below and features the wonderful new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You REALLY should consider adding this embossing folder to your collection!

Below are directions and tips to make today’s card.

  • The card base is a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Thick Whisper White card stock is one of my favorites for card bases.
  • The first layer is from Cajun Craze card stock.  Cajun Craze is a beautiful and versatile color for Autumn.  The card stock is cut to 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  The piece is embossed with the fun, new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (EF).  To add a little more interest to this background piece, I sponged the piece with Early Espresso ink.  My recommendation is to add a hint of color around the edges.  If the sponging is a little random, the result is even more intriguing.
  • The next layer is a piece of the new Galvanized Metallic Paper cut to 4″ x 4″.  Use the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions EF to emboss this piece.  Cut the piece in half to have two pieces that measure 2″ x 4″.

  • Now, grab your Old Olive card stock.  This is another staple in my card stock since the color is so useful on many, many cards.  Cut the Old Olive card stock to 2 3/4″ x 4″.
  • Use Early Espresso ink to stamp images from the Country Home stamp set onto the Old Olive piece.  From the picture above, you can see that I stamped the milk can and floral arrangement onto the Old Olive.
  • Use Early Espresso ink to stamp the milk can onto a piece of Gray Granite card stock.  Have I mentioned that I absolutely love the new Gray Granite color?!
  • Use your choice of colors from the Watercolor Pencil set to color the floral arrangement on the Old Olive card stock.  I chose colors that I thought looked like Autumn.  Use the Basic Gray watercolor pencil to add shading to the milk can stamped on the Gray Granite card stock.

  • Fussy cut the milk can that is stamped on the Gray Granite card stock and adhere the cut milk can image on top of the milk can that you stamped onto the Old Olive piece, as pictured.  This technique is called paper piecing.  It is a great technique to use when you want to add a layer to an image.  You use the initial stamp on the Old Olive card stock to align the image that you stamped on the Gray Granite card stock.  It also hides any imperfections that you had when you tried to stamp the floral arrangement perfectly on top of the milk can 🙂
  • Use Early Espresso ink to stamp the tag image from the Country Home stamp set onto a piece of scrap Designer Series Paper that complements the colors you have used to color your focal point.  I used a piece of the gorgeous Country Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Then, stamp “HELLO” from the same stamp set in the middle of the tag with Early Espresso ink.  Fussy cut the stamped tag, and adhere it directly onto the milk can, as pictured.

  • Use a few pieces of scrap Cajun Craze card stock to add a framed look on either side of the Old Olive piece, as shown.  I cut a few pieces of scrap to just over 4″ long and around 1/2″ wide.  Adhere these pieces to the underneath sides of your Old Olive piece.  Trim these pieces to make sure the edges align with the edges of the Old Olive piece.
  • To assemble the card:
    • Adhere the embossed and sponged Cajun Craze piece directly to the front of the card base, as pictured.
    • Next, adhere the two pieces of the embossed Galvanized Metallic Paper on top of the Cajun Craze piece, as shown, using Dimensionals.
    • Finally, adhere the finished Old Olive piece to the front middle of the card with dimensionals.

Please check back to see the third card featuring the wonderful Country Lane Suite.  The products in this suite make it incredibly easy for me to live up to my motto – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities!  The picture below includes the first two cards made using the Country Lane Suite.

Pictured below are the main products that I used to create the card featured in this post.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!
Laurie 



 

Varied Vases – Three Designs!

With Labor Day coming this weekend and many schools back in session, it definitely seems as if summer is coming to a close.  It went by so quickly, as always.

If you have stopped by my blog before, you know my motto is – One stamp set, Three designs, Endless possibilities The Varied Vases bundle has made it pretty easy to live up to that motto.  Below are three cards that I have shared in previous posts.  Each post has directions to make the featured card.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to the original post.

If you haven’t already, consider adding the Varied Vases bundle to your collection.  You’ll love the versatility of the stamps and the ease of using the punch.

Happy stamping!
Laurie