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Foil Acetate birthday card

Today’s card uses the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate. This fabulous patterned acetate is gold on one side and silver on the other. It comes in three different designs (2 sheets of each, 6 in total) so you have plenty of choice.

I purchased my Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate last year and this is the first time that I’ve used it (anybody else keep materials “for best”?). When I did, I initially had difficulty getting the scored edge to stay glued down. The more I pressed it, the more it lifted. I discovered that this was because there was a protective film on one side of the acetate that can be peeled off!

The card base is a 4″ x 4″ square of Thick Very Vanilla. A 4″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Fancy Foil Designer Acetate was scored at 3/4″ on the long edge. Tear and Tape was added to the narrow scored edge and it was adhered behind the card base. A Layering Square was die cut from Thick Very Vanilla and prepared with the Embossing Buddy. Using Versamark ink, a sentiment, flowers and leaves from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set were stamped and then heat embossed with Gold EP. A scalloped Layering Square was die cut from Gold Foil and adhered direct to the card front with Tear and Tape, keeping the Tape confined nearer to the centre of the square. The embossed piece was popped up on dimensionals on the Gold Foil.

Using Versamark ink, another sentiment from the same set was stamped and heat embossed again with Gold EP. A Layering Square of Thick Very Vanilla was added behind the scalloped square on the card front so that the Tape would not be on view.

To tidy the reverse of the card, a strip of Gold Foil was adhered over the folded acetate.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

High Tide birthday card

Today’s card is a masculine birthday card with very few layers, so that it’s good and flat for posting. The stamps do all the work in providing depth and perspective to the image.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Sahara Sand, matted with Night of Navy. On a Whisper White card front layer the large sand splotch from High Tide was stamped in Sahara Sand, once the right way up and again upside down to fill more of the area. The solid lighthouse was stamped in Real Red and then the lighthouse details stamped in Basic Gray ink over the top. After masking the edges of the lighthouse the waves were added in Marina Mist and Pool Party inks, turning the stamp to avoid repeated patterns. Grasses were added in Old Olive ink and birds in flight in Basic Gray ink. The wading birds were stamped in Early Espresso. A sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Night of Navy before adding the layer direct to the card front.

On the Whisper White insert, more sentiments from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set were stamped in Night of Navy ink. The small sand spot and the wading birds from High Tide were stamped in Sahara Sand and Early Espresso inks respectively.

High Tide is a great set for creating masculine cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Whole Lot of Lovely peek card

I’d seen a few variations on this style of card on Pinterest and decided to try my own version. I’m really happy with how it turned out and plan to use the same idea with other papers and colours – so don’t be surprised if they keep popping up on my blog now and then.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black. A panel of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP was adhered direct to the right side of the card front. Two panels of Basic Black card were edged with narrow strips of Powder Pink card. The wider panel was dusted with the Embossing Buddy and stamped with a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in Versamark before heat embossing with White EP. Both panels were popped up on dimensionals on the card front. The Lovely Words Thinlits were used to die cut two of the “friend” sentiment from Whisper White card, one of which was first backed with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet before cutting. The sticky backed word was adhered over the top of the non-backed word to give additional strength and then each end of the word was adhered direct to the panels.

On the Whisper White insert another sentiment and flower and leaves from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set were stamped in Archival Black ink and allowed to dry. The infill flower and leaves were stamped in Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz inks respectively.

Which papers would you like to see this card made with?

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

Colour Blocked Wild About Flowers

Hand coloured watercolour paper provides a great original background for stamping on, having the advantage that no two pieces will ever be quite the same, due to the interplay of ink, water and paper. Here we used the edge of ink pads to ink the Clear Blocks but if you’re worried about muddying the colours of your ink pads, you could scribble direct to the Clear Blocks with markers instead and get a similar effect.

To prepare the watercolour background, a piece Watercolor Paper was lightly dampened using an Aqua Painter and some water. Clear Block E was inked with the edges of the ink pads in Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder and Berry Burst. This was spritzed lightly with water using a Stampin’ Spritzer then turned over and placed ink down on the Watercolor Paper. A heavy weight was placed on top of the block for 5 minutes to allow the water and inks to absorb into the paper. The block was lifted away and any puddles of ink blotted away with some kitchen roll before leaving the paper to dry overnight. As there is some waiting time involved with this technique it’s worth preparing a few pieces at the same time.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Tranquil Tide, matted with a card front layer of Berry Burst which had first been run through the Garden Trellis embossing folder. After dusting the prepared watercolour background with an Embossing Buddy, a set of leaves from the Wild About Flowers set was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White EP. Flowerheads from the same set were added in the same way and then a sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners set. The finished watercolour piece was adhered direct to a mat of Wisteria Wonder card and then one of Tranquil Tide before popping up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert the same leaves and flowers from the front were stamped with Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst inks respectively. Another sentiment from Thoughtful Banners was added with more Berry Burst ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Denim Carols of Christmas

Today’s card is a bit of a sneak peek. Really quick and easy to make, it still packs a punch, due to the rich mixture of Dapper Denim and Gold Foil.

It uses the Carols of Christmas stamp set shown in full below. This set is currently a special bonus stamp set added to the starter kit for anyone joining SU! in July (along with a bonus Essentials Gift Pack too!) – you can find more details here.

If you don’t fancy joining SU! this month, then you’ll be able to buy this stamp set (and/or matching dies in a bundle) in August … and you can use any Bonus Days coupons you’ve qualified for, for money off your purchase.

The sentiments in the set are in beautiful fonts and large enough to create a focal point all on their own.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Dapper Denim, matted with Eastern Palace Specialty DSP. Using Dapper Denim ink the Peace on Earth sentiment from the Carols of Christmas set was stamped onto Very Vanilla card and die cut out with one of the Stitched Shapes circles. Wavy flourishes were stamped above and below the sentiment with the same ink. This piece was adhered direct to a scalloped Layering Circle die cut from Gold Foil and both were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Very Vanilla insert, mini baubles from the Carols of Christmas set were stamped with Dapper Denim ink. A sentiment from the Oh, What Fun set was added in the same ink.

I’ll be back with more samples from the Carols of Christmas set when it’s available to everyone in August but if you’d like to get your hands on it before then by signing up, then please get in touch.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Moving birthday card

Today is my hubby’s birthday and I wanted to create a card with some movement so I turned to the You Move Me bundle.

This amazing stamp set and die bundle creates images that seem to flutter. This short video from SU! shows how this works.

This birthday card has a fluttering hummingbird.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Tranquil Tide. A mat of Pool Party card was die cut with the shutter window from the Move Me Thinlits. This mat was adhered on three sides to the card front, leaving an opening at the top. Tip – I adhered it direct and the panel fits a bit too snugly, I’d recommend adding a tiny gap by using dimensionals. A sentiment from the Window Shopping set was stamped in Tranquil Tide ink onto a panel of Whisper White card. This was adhered direct to a mat of Tranquil Tide card and then direct to the card front. On a panel of Whisper White the two striped hummingbirds from the You Move Me set were stamped, one in Tranquil Tide and one in Bermuda Bay. Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon was attached to the top of the slider to allow the card to be pulled through. The large flower was stamped in Daffodil Delight ink onto Whisper White card and die cut out. A stamen die cut from Crushed Curry card was adhered to the centre of the flower. Leaves were stamped onto Pear Pizzaz card with Tranquil Tide ink and die cut out. The flower and leaves were popped up on the card front with mini dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, sentiments from the You Move Me set were stamped with Tranquil Tide ink and the full hummingbird stamped with Pool Party ink.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

Eastern glitz embossing paste

Happy Friday! Have you taken a look at the Pattern Party Decorative Masks that work so well with Embossing Paste? One of them has an Eastern Beauty motif – ideal for creating a background for the die cut or stamped pieces!

The card base is an A6 portrait of Crumb Cake, matted with Pool Party. Embossing Paste was applied to a card front layer of Tranquil Tide using the Pattern Party Decorative Mask and a Palette Knife. While the paste was still wet, Dazzling Diamonds was poured over and tapped off. Tip – the glitter rubs away easily with this method so you may prefer to mix the glitter into the paste before applying it. Two dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits were used to cut a medallion from Pool Party card and then the largest Layering Circle was used to cut out the medallion entirely. Another circle of the same size was cut from Crumb Cake and the Pool Party circle popped up on dimensionals and then both popped up on the card front. Tranquil Tide ink was used to stamp the sentiment and Crumb Cake ink to stamp a circle motif from the Eastern Beauty stamp set onto Whisper White card. These were punched out with the 1-1/4″ Circle before adhering it direct in the centre of the layered medallions on the card front.

The Whisper White insert was stamped along the bottom with a swirl motifs from the Eastern Beauty stamp set using Pool Party ink and a sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set was added with Tranquil Tide ink.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

Eastern flowers

For today’s card the Eastern Medallions Thinlits were used to create some cute flowers to tie in with DSP from the same suite. The same idea could be used with different DSP, just take your colour combo from the colours in the papers.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Dapper Denim, matted with Lemon Lime Twist. Three strips of Eastern Palace Specialty DSP were adhered to a Very Vanilla card layer (tip – for even placing, adhere the two outer strips and then the central one). Using Dapper Denim ink, a sentiment from the Eastern Beauty set was stamped on the lower right edge of the layer before adhering direct to the card front. A flower was die cut from Very Vanilla card using the matching Eastern Medallions Thinlits, a flower centre and the petals were stamped with Lemon Lime Twist ink. Further flowers were created with Dapper Denim ink on Lemon Lime Twist card and Tranquil Tide ink on Dapper Denim card. Each flower was popped up over a strip of DSP with a dimensional. Basic Rhinestones were used to finish the centre of each flower.

On the Very Vanilla insert, motifs were stamped in the corner with Lemon Lime Twist ink and a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped with Dapper Denim ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Happy Birthday Gorgeous balloons

The Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set is part of a bundle that comes with the Happy Birthday Thinlits, but of course you can use (and buy) just the stamp set on its own. For this birthday card we’ve teamed it with the Birthday Bouquet punch which is also part of the same Foil Frenzy suite of products.

For our colour combo today we’ve mixed two of the new In Colors with two of our core colours. I do think that Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist go together very well. What do you think of the combination?

The card base is a 5″ square of Sahara Sand, matted with layers of Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist. Using matching inks, the spotty balloon and the sentiment balloon from Happy Birthday Gorgeous were stamped onto Tranquil Tide, Sahara Sand, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party card and punched out with the Balloon Bouquet. Strands of Silver Metallic Thread were adhered behind each balloon. Three of the balloons were adhered direct to a square of Whisper White card and any overhanging areas trimmed away. Another three balloons were popped up on dimensionals and the threads gathered and adhered to the card front. Tranquil Tide ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the same set onto a panel of Whisper White. Outline flowers were added in Pool Party ink and then the solid ones added with Lemon Lime Twist ink. After matting the sentiment onto Sahara Sand card, Silver Metallic Thread was wrapped around the panel and secured behind, positioning in line with the threads from the balloons before popping the panel up on dimensionals on the card front. Metallic Silver Thread was tied in a bow around the sentiment balloon in Sahara Sand and a further thread left hanging down before popping the balloon up on a dimensional on the card front.

On the Whisper White insert, the sentiment, outline balloon and threads were stamped in Tranquil Tide and the spotty balloon added over the top in Pool Party ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

 

Crafting Forever birthday card

Our card today uses just one of the pens from the Crafting Forever set to make it look as though we added handwriting to a birthday card.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Dapper Denim, matted with a layer of Berry Burst. Using Dapper Denim and Berry Burst markers, the sentiment from Birthday Blooms was stamped in two sections onto a card front layer of Whisper White. The “t” in “Happiest” was extended a little using the Dapper Denim marker. A panel of Colour Theory DSP was adhered to the card front layer underneath the sentiment and skinny strips of Berry Burst card were added above and below. After stamping the pens from Crafting Forever onto a scrap of Whisper White card, one was coloured using Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Smokey Slate markers, then fussy cut out and popped up on slivers of dimensionals. A few Glitter Enamel Dots were added as ink spots to finish.

On the Whisper White insert, a single pen was stamped in Dapper Denim (I’ve cut my pens apart and can reassemble them on the block if I want to use them as a trio again).

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx