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Floral Essence Frame card

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Did you know my favorite color is Purple?  Any shade of purple so I am in heaven with having both Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather! 

Gorgeous Grape is my card base.  Then I layered with a piece of Whisper White that is 5-1/4 x 4".

I used a piece of scrap to mask off a center area that is 2-1/4 x 3-1/2" and stamped my floral images.  The large floral is stamped in Highland Heather on top, bottom and both sides.  Then I stamped the smaller floral image in Gorgeous Grape in the four corners.  Granny Apple Green was used for the leaves.  After stamping, remove your mask.

The mat sizes are:  Highland Heather 2 x 3-1/2 and Whisper White 1-3/4 x 3"

The masking just gives it another dimension. 

Oh!  And don't forget to stamp your flower centers in Crushed Curry.  Do this Before you remove the mask. 

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Lovely as a Tree Farewell

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Well, it is the end of an era!  'Lovely as a Tree' is retiring on June 3, 2019, after 18 years of circulation. When my cousin introduced me to Stampin' Up! back in 2001, this stamp set had just come out and it was a must have. 

Oh goodness, I am trying to think what the technique craze was back then. Everyone was doing it.   OH!  I know.... the packaging tape technique.  You cut a window out of your Whisper White front piece and cover the hole with clear packing tape.  Then dump Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (yep...been around a long time too) over the tape and rub it in until tape no longer sticky.  Through the glittery window you could see the single tree stamp.  I am sure I still have that card somewhere,  I will have to find it.    

Any way, I had my club card class over the weekend and felt it appropriate to do one more class card using Lovely as a Tree.  Simple and clean... I am going to miss this set. 

Card base is Basic Black cut 5-1/2" by 8-1/2"

Lemon Lime Twist mat cut 5-3/8" by 4-1/8"   (already sold out so substitute with Old Olive) (do any die cutting with this piece... like I did with the word Sympathy)

Whisper White card stock is cut 5-1/4" x 4"

Mask the Whisper White and use Stampin' Sponges to sponge on color:  Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Balmy Blue

Words and die cut word are from the Bundle "Well Said Bundle".  ORDER no later than June 3rd to get the bundle price discount.  Don't forget that items carrying over into the new catalog but not as a bundle. 

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2 Watercolor Cards on Shimmery White

We have not watercolored in class for a little while now. So why not 2 in one class!  Do you ever find yourself doing that?  Not using a particular stamp set, color, product or technique and when you rediscover it, you use it over and over... I guess that is what happened to me. 

I have a lot to say so let's get to it!   My full list of products used is at the bottom of my post. 

For both cards, I used Stampin' Up! Shimmery White cardstock for my watercoloring.  I like having a smoother stamp surface versus watercolor paper, which tends to have texture to it.  Just my preference.  You can use either one.  

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Tea Together Stamp Set (2019 Occasions catalog) and the Painted Seasons stamp set (Earn Free - Sale-a-Bration Level 2 - includes Coordination Designer Series Paper):

The background is done on Whisper White cardstock (4-1/8 x 5-3/8"). Randomly stamp several images from the Painted Seasons stamp set, in Mint Macaroon, Pear Pizzazz, and Flirty Flamingo (dots... stamped off on scrap paper to lighten it up a bit).

I stamped the tea kettle in Mint Macaroon classic ink as it did not matter, when watercoloring, if some of the ink pulled from the kettle outline.  Using our Aqua Painters (watercoloring brush), and ink from the lid of the ink pad, we washed the kettle with color.  For interest, I pulled a little more ink onto my brush for the kettle lid area and kettle base. 

The flower on the tea kettle was stamped after our tea kettle dried.  Using the Tea Time Framelit dies (Sale-a-Bration Level 2 Free Earn), die cut the kettle out and adhere with Dimensionals.   I added Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon too. 

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Let It Ride (2019 Occasions catalog) & Heartland (2018-2019 Annual catalog):

**Images stamped using STAZON Black Ink.  

For this card, I used a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Shimmer White card stock. Just as in the tea kettle card, I did a wash of color for the sky (Balmy Blue ink) and grass (Garden Green ink). 

My Real Red mat layer is 4-1/8 x 5-3/8"

WATERCOLOR WASH... the more water you squeeze out of your Aqua Painter, the lighter your color. You can always add more color!

The windmill, barn steeples, and silo are done in Gray Granite, then Real Red for the barn.  I have to be honest, I am not loving my barn. I probably should have made the roof brown to stand out a bit.  

The Trees..... TIP:  I used almost a Pointillism method. Lots of straight color, very little water coming from my brush, and did continuous taps with the brush tip to color the trees and shrubs.  Try it, it is easier than you think. Just keep reloading your Aqua Painter brush with lots of ink color. 

HORSE:   I enjoyed painting him.  Colored his entire body in Soft Suede then slowly added Early  Espresso. I was able to control the color with water. His mane and hooves are straight Early Espresso but by adding some water, I could highlight his body.

**Use the lid of your ink pads.  With the ink pad closed, give the lid a squeeze.  Open and you will see the ink on the lid. Put a couple of drops of water on it from your Aqua Painter and mix it up.  Again, the more water the lighter the color. 

 

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Emboss Resist Technique

I had another fun card challenge put before me, so I accepted.  Although the theme was using Abstract Impressions, (I am in the New Occasions and Sale-a-Bration mode...),  I decided to join in. 

Besides a specific stamp set, my other challenge was to use the colors of Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, and So Saffron. What a great combination!

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So Saffron Card Base is cut 11" x 4-1/4" then scored at 5-1/2

Granny Apple Green mat is 5-5/16" x 4-1/16"

Whisper White is 5-1/4" x 4"

Using the largest flower stamp and VersaMark ink, randomly stamp around the edges of the Whisper White.  Cover VersaMark with Clear Embossing Powder (you could use White powder too),  and then heat emboss. 

Next, using a Sponge Dauber with Melon Mambo ink, I rubbed over the floral images.  Next, take a baby wipe or slightly damp paper towel and wipe off the excess ink from the clear embossed flowers.  Water-based ink does not dry well over embossing powder so you need to wipe it off.  

Stamp a few leaves, a word or two.... and you have created the background of your card. 

Die Cut two (2) butterflies from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits (bundled with Abstract Impressions).  The bottom butterfly, I again used sponge daubers to add Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Granny Apple Green ink.  Lay the plain white butterfly over top, flex their wings and add some Rhinestones. 

Oh!  My Strips of paper for added interest:   whisper white 1/2" x 4"    and So Saffron 3/4" x 4"

Hope you enjoyed!  Let me know if you would like to see a video on this.   Leave me a comment. 

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Embossing Paste Meets Country Home with a Touch of Shimmer Paint

Here is my last card in my series of featuring the Country Home Stamp set and the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF).  Although, the embossing fold my return for some holiday cards!

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This time I used Copper Foil paper which goes great with all the brown tones of the Crumb Cake card base and Early Espresso patterned paper and ink.

The wood grain background paper is from the Country Lane Designer Series Paper pack!  I bet you thought it was from our Wood Textures 6x6 paper stack.... 

Oval Stitched Framelit is used for the focal background and the two Label Framelits for the words are from Lakeside Framelit Dies.

Two-For-One-Stamp:   on a scrap pieces of Crumb Cake case stock, I stamped the words "Simply Thankful For All the Good Things" which is all one stamp.  I then fussy cut out "Simply Thankful" for card middle.  Clean your stamp, and just ink up the "For All The Good Things", stamp on Crumb Cake and cut using the banner framelit die.  OH... you can use your Early Espresso market to ink the words.  

I made a boo-boo on my card!  I wanted to stamp the watering can and floral images on Very Vanilla card stock, but I accidentally grabbed Whisper White.  So just pretend it is Very Vanilla.  Images are colored using Blender Pens, Early Espresso ink and Mint Macaron ink.

Shimmer Paint and Embossing Paste:

If you ZOOM in on the card, look at the "cotton" and the berries".  The berries are colored with Bright Copper Shimmer Paint!  I just used a paint brush to dab on.  The center flower is too, just a very, very thin layer of Shimmer Paint.

The "cotton" on the cottonwood branches is Embossing Paste!  The cool part is that because I stamped the floral image with Early Espresso (water-based ink), the Embossing Paste (because it is wet) pulled some of that Early Espresso ink into the paste.  I love how that happened, so the "cotton" is not so white.  What do you think?

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The card is finished off with a little bow made with the 3/16" Braided Linen Trim Ribbon.

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