Saturday, April 2, 2022

Ink Splatter Background with Markers

Have you ever created a beautifully stamped image, but felt it looked a little 'empty'? One solution is to fill in the space with ink splatters

Ink Splatter highlights on a card made with Stampin'Up!'s Artistically Inked stamp set

 Of course the flowers by themselves are so pretty you may not feel they need anything extra.  These images are from a set called Artistically Inked. They work great on the inside of the card as well

a card made with Stampin'Up!'s Artistically Inked stamp set

Ink splattering is an easy technique: think about a paint brush or toothbrush and the splattering caused by running your thumb across the bristles. You can achieve the same effect by 'flicking' the tip of a marker across the edge of the marker cap. 

You can control the pattern density by how close you hold the marker to the project. Just look at the beautiful effect.

Ink Splatter highlights on a card made with Stampin'Up!'s Artistically Inked stamp set
 

Worried about damaging the marker? You may wonder if using a marker to create these ink splatters might damage the  marker tip . . . the answer is yes, the tip will be affected. That's why I keep several black markers and keep one dedicated just for this technique. And it doesn't matter which kind; I've had success with both the classic (water based) markers as well as the blends (alcohol based markers).

Use a black marker to create ink splatters  Use a black marker to create ink splatters

 

If you haven't tried ink splattering yet I encourage you to give it a try. Its easy and it creates some awesome looking cards.   

Ink Splatter highlights on a card made with Stampin'Up!'s Artistically Inked stamp set

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Layout Idea for a Large Flower Die: Forever Blossoms

Do you have any large flower stamps and dies?  Here's a fun layout to try. I used Stampin'Up!'s Forever Blossoms stamp set and Cherry Blossom dies but this layout would work with any large flower die. 

Card made with Stampin'Up!'s Forever Blossom's Stamp set and coordinating Cherry Blossom Dies

It might be hard to see in the photo but the flower and leaves were stamped on Shimmer Vellum - which gives a subtle but eye-catching sparkle to the project. The flowers and leaves are a single die so there was a bit of fussy cutting to do the layering. Actually, this particular stamp - Forever Blossoms, would have been easy to fussy cut the whole thing. Having the coordinating Cherry Blossom dies is just a convenient bonus.

Card made with Stampin'Up!'s Forever Blossom's Stamp set and coordinating Cherry Blossom Dies

I love this layout for showcasing large flower stamp. You could use it for any large shape: think star or heart or cute animal. The layout also works well to show off different designer papers.  

layout for a large flower image featuring Card made with Stampin'Up!'s Forever Blossom's Stamp set and coordinating Cherry Blossom Dies
 

The Cherry Blossom Dies are small enough to fit in Stampin'Up!'s Mini Die Cut & Emboss machine. Are you reading this in March of 2022?  There is currently a Sale on the Mini Diecutting and Embossing Machine and selected die bundles. Check out the sale here

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Friday, March 18, 2022

Tips for Working with Vellum

Vellum papers are a tight weave translucent material.  They provide a variety of options for adding artistic touches to a project. You'll often see vellum used as an overlay to mute the colors behind it. Vellum can easily be punched and die cut. Think about those super elegant looking invitations an announcements.  Or awesome projects with lots of leafy foliage sprays peaking out behind a focal point.

Color and texture options: Vellum is typically a milky white translucent color, but color can be added during the manufacturing process. The entire sheet can be colored and images can be printed on it. This tight weave paper is typically very smooth, but texture can also be added during manufacturing.  In addition to the traditional vellum, Stampin'Up! currently has 3 options for vellum papers: 


Is your brain whirling with possibilities right now?  If so there are 2 issues you need to plan for.

  1. choose your adhesive carefully,

    the fact that vellum is translucent means adhesive may be visible through the paper

    one solution is to hide the adhesive behind an element on top the vellum . . . for a project like the card to the right, the adhesive can be hidden behind the flowers glued on top of the vellum doily

    another solution is to uniformly cover the vellum with adhesive, a double sided adhesive sheet works well for that

  2. plan for extra drying time for any ink you add

 You can use vellum to create a variety of special effects on a project. 

Click here to see all the vellum products Stampin'Up! currently carries.

I hope this has given you some ideas for being creative with special papers and that you have an INKcredible day . . .



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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Ladybug Trio on Shimmer Vellum

Do you get a smile on your face when you see a ladybug?  Check out this fun layout featuring a trio of ladybugs.

Ladybug Card made with Stampin'Up!'s Hello Ladybug Stamp set and Ladybug Builder Punch

Ladybugs are important for the garden of course, but you see them everywhere in the stores too from clothing to accessories and more. Which makes it even more fun to play with Stampin'Up!'s new Hello Ladybug stamp set and Ladybug Builder Punch. The stamp set and the punch are currently bundled for 10% savings.

Stampin'Up!'s Hello Ladybug Stamp set and Ladybug Builder Punch

This is a versatile layout.
By positioning the ladybugs offset it gives the illusion that our little girls are crawling around. It doesn't have to be the ladybugs - you could use this layout using any shape. Try hearts, or snowflakes or flowers. 

INKcredible Card Sketch

This card also features some A.W.E.S.O.M.E  colored shimmer vellum.  OMG this stuff is great. The next post will feature a few tips for working with shimmer vellum.Check it out from a side view, sparkly and eye-catching. The extra shine is the black heat embossing for the ladybug's spots.

Ladybug Card made with Stampin'Up!'s Hello Ladybug Stamp set and Ladybug Builder Punch

If you like watching projects being made I did a quick (13 min) video of this card which you can see here.

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Monday, February 7, 2022

My Top 5 Essential Tools for Card Making

 

Essential Tools for Stampers

1.Paper Trimmer
152392s Unless you're buying pre-cut notecards you need a paper trimmer.

Make sure your trimmer has these features:
  1. the grid lines go the full length of the trimmer bed
  2. it should have both a cutting blade and a scoring blade
  3. you should be able to move the blade not in use out of the way i.e. past the edge of the paper you're cutting
  4. it should have an extendable arm for cutting 12x12 paper
2.Stamparatus
146276s Its a convenience yes, but so much more. A stamp positioning tool helps with a variety of special stamping techniques such as reflection stamping, split negative, wreath stamping, and more. Make sure your stamp positioner has
  • removable plates for easy cleanup 
  •  and a bed that is open on 2 sides for larger sheets of paper. 
The unique - and very useful - feature of the Stampin'Up! Stamparatus is the adjustable hinge positions for the plates. This allows even greater versatility for special inking techniques.
3.Silicone Craft Sheet
127853s This must have tool has a variety of uses.
  • Its a good non-stick surface for working with adhesives, make a puddle of liquid glue for "painting" or dabbing on detail dies. Tough enough to handle a hot glue gun.
  • it is translucent which makes it useful for image positioning with the Stamparatus 
  • it is non-porous and can therefore be used for reflection stamping. Or use as a pallette for watercolor.
4.Take Your Pick
144107s The tool you never imagined you needed.
The pointy end: good for positioning self-stick bling as well as poking paper stuck in a detail die. Or pushing little bits to re-position, or holding things in place while moving other stuff.
The spatula end: good for removing self-stick bling and lifting layered pieces to insert another layer.
The putty end: great for moving small bits.
The putty cap: good for pushing down rhinestones to ensure they are secure.
And 2 different size stylus ends. Yep, didn't think I needed it - now don't want to be without it.
5.Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
141897s An easy way to add subtle sparkle to a project.

PLUS, you can use it like a water pen and grab some ink from a pallette - the Wink of Stella is easy to clean.

I keep an extra on hand at all times because I go through so many of them.

 

I'd to hear your favorite tools in the comments.

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