Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The gift stamp is part of a retired set, but we have other birthday stamp sets that would work for a card like this. By the way, this is not the usual card size of half a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock. It is actually 1/4 of a 12x12 piece of card stock--6x6, folded in half to make a 3x6 card. This size card fits in our Small Open-End Envelopes.
If you're interested in ordering the Sticky Situation Bundle or any of the other bundles that are part of the Holiday Extravaganza Sale, go to my website now and shop online!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Don't forget, online shopping is now available 24/7!
If you'd rather contact me directly to place your order, that's fine too. Just be sure you call me ASAP (my contact info is on my website), as these bundled savings are only while supplies last!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Here's how you do it:
- Use post-it notes or paper with removable adhesive* to cover (mask) 3/4 - 1" in from each side of a white or neutral card front. Grid paper under your card helps you position the masking just right. You can also use a light pencil mark that can be erased later.
- To create depth, use 2 ink pads that are different shades of the same color. (In the top card I used Kiwi Kiss & Old Olive. In the card below, I used Baja Breeze & Not Quite Navy.) Starting with the lighter color, sponge the entire inside exposed area. Then sponge the darker color around the edges of the masking and lightly in random areas in the middle.
- While the edges are still masked, ink your stamp with the lighter color and stamp randomly. Then do the same thing with the darker color.
- Now remove the masking and add a couple more stamped images in the white space as though they are falling onto and off of your card.
- Stamp desired sentiment in the lower right corner.
VOILA! you've made a card out of one piece of card stock! You could add ribbon or other embellishments, but I don't think they need it.
Now for the twist, in the below card I added an extra technique--emboss resist. After I masked the edges, but before I sponged, I used the Versamark pad and clear embossing powder to heat emboss a couple of the snowflakes. The one challenge I found with this step is that the embossing powder wanted to stick to the masking layer. I used a brush to wipe away that extra powder prior to heat setting. Then just continue on with the above steps and you not only have snowflakes in 2 shades of blue, you also have some white ones that POP off the card!
*Since making these cards using post-it notes, I have been thinking about how the masking process could be done more simply (just in case this happens to be your Christmas card and you have to make a bunch of them). I had the idea to cut a piece of printer paper to the size of the card front, use a sliding blade type paper trimmer to cut the inner space out and attach that with removable adhesive. After a few uses, the ink would start to bleed through the paper (just as it would with post-it notes), so you may have to make several of these, but it would definitely make the masking step easier.
I have been working on making our family Christmas cards and have already completed 40 cards. Yesterday I finally went through our friends & family list and counted just how many cards we'll need... and was shocked to discover we'll need OVER 100!!! Up until now, I have been making the multi-layered cards that I designed for last weekend's Christmas card class (which went great, by the way)... I think I may have to switch to the simple single layer card! That is one of the reasons I was motivated to come up with a simpler way of masking. :)
How are your Christmas cards coming along? Have you even started them yet? I hope this inspires you to get working on them. There's just 34 days until Christmas!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Also, if you happen to be a friend or family, you will probably be seeing one of these cards up close and personal in less than a month, as these will also be my family's cards this year.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
There are many number of ways to use rub-ons! Here are some ideas:
- Ceramic canisters
- Photo frames
- Album covers
- Book covers
- Photo boxes
- Glass doors
- Pencil pouches
- Lunch sacks
And many, many more!
Contact me to place your order... or shop online 24/7 at my website. But don’t wait—this offer is only available November 10-November 30!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here's a close-up:
As you can see, there are many glittery layers. I will give you the basic directions for creating the flower.
- Make each petal by punching small oval out of card stock and then punch large oval directly over the hole created (you'll need 10 petals (pink pirouette) and 2 leaves (certainly celery). I punched them off centered so one edge is a little wider than the other.
- Arrange 5 petals on paper vellum in a circle (overlapping middle edges) and adhere (make 2) and then arrange 2 green ovals (overlapping ends) on vellum for leaves and adhere. I used Mono Multi Adhesive very sparingly.
- Carefully put liquid adhesive (Mono Multi or Crystal Effects) on flower parts and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Tap off excess and let dry.
- Cut around the outside of each of the 3 shapes.
- Layer the 2 pink flowers as pictured onto card front (use small bit of glue in center between layers to hold in place), poke small hole in center (I used paper piercing tool) and attach Filigree Brad.
- Add a bit of glue on end of leaves and tuck under flower as pictured.
- Complete card as desired.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 1-3pm
Do you have stamp sets laying around yet to be assembled? Are you stumped for ideas for what to do with your new stampin' supplies? Come over to my house for some guidance and creative inspiration. Bring your stamps, consumable supplies and get stampin'!
HOLIDAY GIFT CLASS: Tumble Tile Coasters
Thursday, November 13, 10-noon or 7-9pm
Create a set of 4 beautifully hand-stamped tumbled tile coasters--perfect for any gift-giving occasion.
Class fee: $15 (first set of 4 tiles), $10 for each additional set of 4 (Let me know how many you'd like to make when RSVPing)
CHRISTMAS CARD CLASS
Saturday, November 15, 1-4pm
Come to this class and make 12 Christmas cards.
**Bring a friend or place an order at this event and get a $5 discount off class fee!**
Don't wait--space is limited! Contact me today to RSVP for any of these events or to schedule your personal event! You are always encouraged to bring a friend to any of my scheduled events. I truly appreciate you helping me grow my business.