Serene Silhouette Sympathy card

Sympathy cards are probably not the most fun to make, but they are always handy to have when you need one.  For this card, I used the stamp set called “Serene Silhouette” and 4 of the 2014-2016 In-Color: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey.

I started by stamping the block “D” in the background with Soft Sky blue ink. This is very easy, simply press your block directly on the ink pad to cover it with ink and then press it on the card stock. You get a uneven square of color, perfect for your background! I then color the flowers with the Stampin’ markers and stamp it on top.

The card was completed with a Blackberry Bliss satin ribbon and a Basic Black “Bitty butterfly”. The greeting is from “Petite Pairs”.

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Material:

Stamps: Serene Silhouette, Petite Pairs

CS and paper: Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Soft Sky ink pad, Basic Black ink; Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey Stampin’ markers.

Tools: Bitty Butterfly punch

Accessories: Blackberry Bliss satin ribbon

Instructions:

1. Cut half a sheet (5.5″ x 8.5″) of Lost Lagoon card stock.  Fold in half to make the card base.

2. Cut a 4″ x 3.5″ Whisper White card stock and a 4.25″ x 3.75″ Mossy Meadow card stock.

3. Ink your clear block “D” with Soft Sky ink. Stamp on the Whisper White card stock.

4. Color your flower image with Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey Stampin’ markers. Stamp on top of your “square” background. Stamp the greeting at the upper right corner with Black ink.

5. Adhere the Whisper White stamped card stock on the Mossy Meadow card stock. Cut a Blackberry Bliss satin ribbon and wrap around the back. Tie another small piece on top with a single knot. Adhere the card front on your Lost Lagoon card base.

6. Cut a Basic Black butterfly with the “Bitty Butterfly” punch. Adhere with a dimensional.

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Serene Silhouette: Watercolor Wonder Crayon on stamp

Did you know that you can color directly on your stamp with watercolors crayons?  Then, you spritz it with water and stamp it while it’s wet.  I really like the look! Much softer colors… That’s the technique I used for this card.  I’m really sad to say that, as you may know, our Watercolor Wonder crayons will be discontinued… I hope we are going to get something to replace them! Last I checked, you could still order the Neutrals and Regals Collections.

The background paper is from Twitterpated Designer series and the greeting is from Petite Pairs.

Serene silhouette watercolor

Material:

Stamp set: Serene Silhouette, Petite Pairs

CS and paper: Early Espresso, Twitterpated DSP, White watercolor paper, Crumb Cake

Ink: Watercolor Wonder Crayon, (Neutral and Regal Collection) Soft Suede

Tools: 1-1/4″ Circle punch

Other: Linen thread, spritzer and water

Faux Linen Technique

Last night, at our team meeting, I showed a pretty cool technique: Faux Linen.

So  here’s the card I made and I will give you the instructions below.

Serene Silhouette Faux linen

1. Start with a 3″ by 4-1/4″ rectangle of Glossy White cardstock.

2. Sponge all over with More Mustard ink.  (You could also use the brayer.) Let dry a few minutes.

3. Using the sandblock, start sending your cardstock, going in only one direction (horizontally), then send it in the other direction (vertically). This creates fine white “scratched” lines.

4. Using the stamp for “By the Tides” stamp set (the words one), stamp on your “scratched” paper with More Mustard ink. (I wanted my “words” not too dark, so I stamped on a piece of scrap paper frist and then stamped on my card.)

5. Stamp your flower image with Black StazOn ink. (from Serene Silhouette stamp set).

Here’s a close-up:

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Material:

Stamp set: By the Tides, Serene Silhouette

CS and paper: Ivory Natural, Basic Black, Gloosy White cardstock

Ink: More Mustard, Black StazOn

Tools: Sanding block,

Accessories: Antique Brad, 5/8″ Crochet trim

Here’s another card I made with a similar technique. The only difference is that I started with the White Glossy card stock, stamped the Music notes (in black) and sanded it. Then I sponged with More Mustard and Crumb Cake ink. So for this one, the color goes in the “scratched” lines, where as in the first one, the scratched lines become white. I used the “Collage Curios” stamp set to stamp in the background in More Mustard. I ran the bottle cap through the Big Shot to flatten it.  I stamped the Eiffel Tower (also from Collage Curios) on Vanilla cardstock and used the 1″ Circle punch to cut it. On the card base, I used the Early Espresso Core’dination card stock (from the Holiday mini-catalogue) and also sanded it. I think it goes really well with the look of the card!

Curios Collage faux linen

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Material:

Stamp set: Collage Curios, Music Notes Wheel, Word Play

CS and paper: Early Espresso, Early Espresso Core’dination cardstock, Glossy White cardstock, Very Vanilla,, Basic Black

Ink: More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Black StazOn

Tools: Sand block, Big Shot, 1″ Circle punch

Accessories: Crochet Trim, Bottle cap

 

Brayered Christmas Birds

This is a card we made at my last Technique Class: All about the brayer!  It is a simple card but still look sophisticated!  And it has all to do with the brayer!!!

The card base is Cherry Cobbler and I scored 2 lines on each sides to make a frame around the card.  With the use of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, it is very easy! The designer Series Paper is from the Floral District Series.  Not close to a Christmas paper, but I thought this motif really looks like snowflakes!  It really proves that this Designer Series Paper is so versatile! (and gorgeous!!!)

For the brayering, I started with a Bashful Blue card stock and used two “sticky notes” to mask the areas that I didn’t want “Not Quite Navy” blue on.  (See picture below.)  The moon is a 1 inch Circle punch.  For the ground, I tore the sticky note sheet to make a “rough” edge.  Here’s a tip: When you brayer, you want to start from the top and gradually make your way down to the bottom.  That way, the top part will be darker and you’ll see a gradient in the colors. I then stamped the birds (from Serene Silhouette set) in Midnight Muse.  With the White Uni-Ball Signo Gel pen, I added some “snow” on the branches. Do you see the white spots? I think it makes all the difference!

Stamp set: Serene Silhouette (#127322 W or 127324 C), Petite Pairs (#122495W or 122497 C)

CS and paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Floral District DSP

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, White Uni-Ball Signo Gel pen

Tools: Brayer, Large Oval punch, 1″ Circle punch, Simply Scored Scoring Tool.