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Lovely As A Tree with baby wipe technique

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Today’s card uses the baby wipe stamping technique.  If you do a search on YouTube, you can see various versions, but basically, you are using a short stack of baby wipes like a blank stamp pad, and adding ink from ink refills to it for your stamp color.  I’ve seen it done where you just put drops of ink you like together on an area of the wipes, and then ink your stamp, and stamp the image, but my technique today uses a stamped image to show you where to place your ink.

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Steps

  • Determine the colors you want for your image and gather those ink refills.
  • Put down a grocery bag or plastic wrap on your surface and lay about 4 baby wipes on top.  The plastic will keep the ink from getting on your table, and when you are done, you can just wad everything up and throw it in the trash.
  • Ink the image you want in StazOn Black, and then stamp that directly on the top baby wipe, and use that as a guide for where to squeeze your ink refills.  Since I chose Lovely as a Tree, I squeezed Early Espresso on the tree trunks, Garden Green for the grass (I chose Garden Green so it wouldn’t blend in with the Old Olive wash), Cherry Cobbler toward the center of the tree, Cajun Craze just outside that, and for the very outside edge of the trees, Crushed Curry.  When you are done inking, the wipe stack just looks like a big mess, but somehow, it works.
  • Now clean your stamp and then press it into your colored baby wipe stack to ink it, trying to line it up in the places where you think the ink should hit.  It won’t be perfect, but it doesn’t need to be.  Now stamp that image on the paper. I was able to get about 6 decent images before the color faded too much.  I had heard some stampers say they could get 20 images from one of these inked baby wipe stacks, but I didn’t have that kind of luck.

To finish my card, I used an Aqua Painter and Old Olive ink I had squeezed onto the top of the ink lid.  I squeezed a couple drops of water into the ink before “washing it” on the paper, just so it would flow better.  For the sky, I sponged Soft Sky ink in and around the tops of the trees,  I used a free hand cut mask to get the various lines you see in the blue, just to add some interest.  I backed the stamped mat with the a piece of Color Me Autumn Designer Paper, and then put it on an Old Olive base.  The sentiment is stamped from the Good Greetings set in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock.

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Swallowtail with Embossing Technique

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One of my special friends in Montana had a birthday yesterday, and I sent her this card, and since it arrived on time (Yippee), I was able to post it today.  I had to wait, so it would be a surprise, but this is my favorite card of the three embossing folder techniques I have shown.  For this version, you don’t need a brayer.  Pick an embossing folder with an overall design that won’t detract from your stamped image, and pick an image that is larger and will stand out.  I chose the Honeycomb folder and the Swallowtail stamp.

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Open your folder, ink up your stamp thoroughly, and stamp your image directly on the inside flat/indented side (as opposed to the raised side) of the folder.  Now carefully lay your card stock on the stamped side, close the folder, and run it through the Big Shot.

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With this technique, you will need to wash the folder each time you want another image, so it isn’t as conducive to multiple cards as the other two techniques, but the outcome is so pretty, I don’t think you will mind.

I used Crushed Curry card stock and Chevron ribbon, Night of Navy ink, cardstock, and seam binding ribbon, and Whisper White twine and Whisper White cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Four You stamp set and die cut with the Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits.

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Blue Ribbon with Embossing Folder Technique

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I wanted to give an update on my Hero Hugs event on Sunday (making cards for our men and women serving in the military), but I’m still finishing cards and some have been sent with trusted friends to be finished or have messages written in, so I will report on that later this week.  But for now, I’ll say a quick thank you to my friends who helped, and I’ll be more specific later.

The above card uses almost the same embossing folder technique I showed on Friday, but I brayered the flat or indented side of the folder, rather than the raised side.  Since I covered the technique in that post, I won’t repeat myself.  I especially like the Alphabet Press folder for this technique.  I can see this particular design used on a card for welcome baby, graduation, teacher, job well done, or any card where you would like a bold graphic background.

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Per my norm, I popped and double popped the ribbon and banner pieces with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them stand out, but I adhered the embossed mat directly to the card base.  Hey, even I know when enough is enough.

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The Blue Ribbon stamp set coordinates with punches and dies, so it’s a preferred stamp set for me, but I did do a slight bit of trimming after I punched the scalloped piece, as the stamped tail pieces show if you don’t.  I used the die from the Bitty Banners to make my own tails for the ribbon.

The colors I used are Wild Wasabi (for the embossed mat piece), Daffodil Delight for the cardstock banner, Perfect Plum for the scallop part of the ribbon, and Pacific Point for the circle of the ribbon and the tails and card base.

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Sassy Salutations with Lovely Lace Embossing Folder Technique

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Today’s card shows a technique that will give you more mileage out of your embossing folders.  For this card, I used a Brayer.  I inked up the brayer roller with Mellow Mombo ink, and then brayered the raised side of the embossing folder.  You will probably need to re-ink your brayer several times, and keep rolling on the design until it looks completely covered.  Just be careful not to push hard, or your ink will go into the flat areas.

Once your folder is nicely inked, lay a piece of cardstock carefully on top of the inked side, closed the folder and run it through the Big Shot.

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When you open the folder, hold it open so the inked piece of cardstock can fall out.  If it doesn’t fall out, carefully peel it off.  You just don’t want the ink to smear.  Set your piece aside to let it dry, as this technique can put a lot of ink on the cardstock.  If you look at the picture closely and focus on the embossed piece, you will see the ink doesn’t go everywhere perfectly (plastic doesn’t receive ink as well as rubber), but it still creates a very nice effect.

Two for One – For the card design I chose, I embossed a full mat-sized piece of Whisper White cardstock (sized to fit in the folder), then cut it in half.  You can make two cards with one step when you need smaller pieces.

Equal Parts – While the Tempting Turquoise piece looks smaller than the embossed piece, they are really the same.  I just positioned the ribbon to the side to make it look otherwise, because I think it is easier to cut pieces all the same size.  To make the whole mat piece sturdy, I cut a piece of scrap cardstock a little shorter then the two pieces of mat cardstock, and about 2″ wide, and then used liquid tombo to adhere the mat pieces to the backing piece.  Then I taped the Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon to the back of the mat and popped it on my card base with Dimensionals.

Washing Reds – Use a utility or non-staining sink to rinse your embossing folder and brayer, just to be safe.  Often, plain water is good enough for many ink colors, but I’ve noticed with reds of any sort, the ink seems oilier and tends to cling to the sink, folder, stamps, etc.  Use a non-creamy (clear) hand soap to clean up your folder and brayer if they don’t rinse off easily, and clean up your sink right away.

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White Christmas Watercolor

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Stampin’ Up!’s White Christmas set is so much fun, giving you a variety of choices to use with the tree setting.  It can be secular or sacred, depending on the images you choose.

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I used Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Paper with Aqua Painters and Stampin’ Ink Refills to color my images, after I had stamped and embossed them.  Since it is a watercolor image, you aren’t looking for complete coverage.  It actually looks better with white showing through (unless you are close up – ahem).

Coloring Tip – to make your water coloring dry faster, use rubbing alcohol instead of water, or a combination of both, if you are worried about the wash drying too fast.  Water gives you more blending time.

Adding No Fuss Glimmer  – Use the Two Way Glue Pen wherever you want some “see through” sparkles and shake on Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.    It’s quick and easy, plus it doesn’t cover your design, it just enhances it.  I also added a punched a star in our Silver Glimmer paper, for a solid glimmer design.

Back it up – if your watercolor piece gets very wet, it will warp (like mine).  Where I neatly glued the water color to a hidden mat, it stayed nicely flat, but I did miss a spot near the top, so just make sure you get complete adhesive coverage.  I cut a mat just slightly smaller than my water color paper, so it wouldn’t show.  I placed a piece of scrap paper over the top, and then a heavy book.  After everything was dry and set, I popped the image on top of the Wisteria Wonder card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Snowflake Card – changing things up

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The Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Die Thinlet makes a beautiful card, and you can use it just as it cuts, but I wanted to share how you can manipulate the die to make two easy additions.

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Flip Flap – I prefer a private area to write a note (because I have horrible hand writing, and it ruins the nice design of the card), so on our flip cards, I extend the card design to achieve a flap that covers the inside sentiment and my personal note.

P1020071To do this, cut cardstock 5 7/16″ X 8 1/2″.  Then slip the edge of the cardstock through the outside edge of the die, as shown above. Run the die through the Big Shot just like you always do.  You will end up with a slight crease where you should fold the card over and it fits right under the “flip” element.

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This is how it looks with the extra piece folded up, with the “flip” open.

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This is how it looks completely open.  I used the sentiment from Christmas Bliss.

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To get a contrasting snowflake, cut a piece of coordinating cardstock about 3 1/2″ square and place it under the snowflake portion of the die.  I chose Soft Sky to complement the Lost Lagoon card.  Once you run it through the Big Shot, snip off the extra pieces that block some of your view of the edges, but be careful not to cut off the pieces that are not yet defined.

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Make sure your die is face up for easier placement and turn your die cut piece 1/4″ turn and put back onto the die.  Run it through the Big Shot and you will have a snowflake piece to add to your card.

Bling Bling – I’m making up for Wednesday with extra bling on this card.  I stamped both snowflakes with the coordinating Letterpress stamp set in Encore Silver Metalic ink.  On the front snowflake, I used Iridescant Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I would have a glittery but flatter image, because I wanted to add Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  On the back, I set the ink with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I’d have a lovely image to stand on it’s own.  I didn’t want Rhinestones inside, because they would put dents in the opposing side of the card.

No Fuss Design – I used  one of the smallest rolls from the All Is Calm Washi tape and pressed it to each side of the card, then trimmed the ends with Paper Snips.  Stampin’ Up!’s snips are great for getting a close cut and are easy to maneuver because of their precision size.  This added a touch of designer paper feel, without any work.

Keep it Simple – I didn’t want the whole card embossed, but I like the silver ink contrasting against the Lost Lagoon cardstock, so I heat set the the stamped images I didn’t want to emboss using the Heat Tool.  You can also just wait for the designs to dry, but in a humid climate like Georgia, that could be awhile.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration to change up your own dies.  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Just my Type – Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper

P1020062When most people think of background papers, they think of a completed design that just adds to a project, but with a special set like Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), you can do more, including stamping directly on it, for a stunning effect.

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I stamped the Swallowtail background stamp onto the Typeset  (DSP) in Island Indigo ink, and then coordinated the 1/4″ cotton ribbon and cardstock in the same color, adding Basic Black to round out the design.  Some light sponging on the edges of the Elegant and Bitty Butterfly punched images helps the DSP stand out.  I did the same with the Joy die cut from the Snowflake Card Thinlets.  The curvy banner behind Joy is from the Bitty Banners Framelits.

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You can’t tell from the picture (I admit it, I’m a terrible photographer), but the picture above is an envelope sized box that is 1″ deep to hold a dimensional card (or a set of cards).  I used the Envelope Punch Board to make it, and the layers are die cut with the Labels Collection Framelits.  I threw some snips of Black Taffeta Ribbon on there just for fun.

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This picture focuses in on another use of the Typeset DSP, a flower shape made with the 1 3/4″ Scallop punch.  I punched six pieces, wet them, wadded them up, and slightly flattened them out to dry.

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After they dried, I inked the edges with VersaMark ink and embossed them in Basic Black Stampin’ Emboss powder.  That helped to crinkle them up more.

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Next I stacked them, pierced the middle and used a brad to hold the pieces together, and then I started my “squishing” technique.

P1020053Just gather each layer and squish it up and into place, until all layers are bunched up into a lovely design.

P1020054I could have left this “as is”, but I wanted it to stand out more, so I put several drops of Island Indigo Ink Refill and rubbing alcohol into a Stampin’ Spritzer and spritzed my flower until it was the color intensity I liked.

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Just for fun, I made an extra item so you could see the Typeset DSP used with the Spiral Flower Originals die.

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It is a totally different look from one made with solid cardstock, and can appear vintage or contemporary, depending on the particular sheet of the Typeset you use, and the project you choose.

I hope this gave you some inspiration for uses of Stampin’ Up!’s versatile Typeset DSP.  I can’t wait to give this card and box to a friend who just published her second book.  I am sure she will get the connection.

Thanks for stopping by and come back Monday for more fun!

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Scattered Thanks – from simple to simply sweet.

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Today’s post focuses on keeping it simple, and how you can do that in more ways than one.  I used the Scattered Seasons Stampin’ Up set, and then focused on two colors (well, actually three, but I’ll explain), plus Whisper White.

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The first card is simple, but still pretty, and it is an easy design for a beginner to handle, even with the stamping technique.  The second card just adds a little more detail with the Moonlight Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack, and the Regals Candy Dots.

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Easy Technique – To get the colored image shown, I inked my stamp in Crushed Curry (The matching color for the DSP is Hello Honey, but I wanted a brighter ink color, and the Curshed Curry blends in nicely-hence my third color). I then gently squeezed together the closed Blackberry Bliss pad, so I would have ink on the lid, when I opened it.  I used a Sponge Dauber to pick up color just for the middle part of the stamp (see picture above).  When I was done, I “huffed” onto my stamp to make sure it was still moist, and then stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock.  

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Dies doing Double – For the first card, I just left the stamped mat slightly smaller than the card base.  I think with this stamp, I should have made it an even smaller mat, but that wasn’t so obvious until I had a picture of it.  For the second card, to get the fancy cut out of the sentiment, I used one of the Window Frames Framelits to cut the edges of my cardstock piece.  You can do this with a lot of the framelits.  Just make sure your cardstock piece is narrow enough to slip through the die on the other side.  This may leave marks on your cardstock, so plan to possibly sponge or cut down your sentiment mat if needed (like I did).  Once I had my two ends cut with the die, I just cut the top and bottom edges off to clean up the mat, based on what looked good to my eye, using my Stampin’ Trimmer.

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Candy is dandy – The card looked fine without the extra embellishments, but I think the Candy Dots just dressed it up,  

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