Friday, February 24, 2012

Handmade Glossy Embellishements

Thanks for joining me today for this weeks Papertrey Ink Design Team Tip!

Who doesn't love a handmade embellishment?! I do! Especially when it involves using my stamps to create handcrafted glossy treasure. Those coordinating die and stamp collections that you have in your crafty stockpiles are perfect for doing just that. Begin by finding the perfect stamp image or die cut, toss in some of Ranger's Glossy Accents and you've got the tools to come up with the perfect addition to any project!

So, let me show you what I'm talking about...
First up, I've paired Beautiful Butterflies with the new Anniversary Set Pretty Peonies and Simply You for this colorful card. Stamped the peonies in a color combo of Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss and Aqua Mist onto a white card base. Then stamped the sentiment on True Black.Here's How: The butterfly was inked up using the Rock-n-Roll stamping technique. Inked it first in Spring Moss, then the left side in Aqua Mist and the right side in Summer Sunrise. Once the ink dried completely I squeezed on a nice layer of Glossy Accents. Here's a Note: Some inks are not suited well for this glossing technique, so put your inks through a test run before applying full glossy coverage. For this butterfly, the colors did end up running together but I liked that it gave the transitioning colors a smoother look. So I went with it! This technique is great for adding a more realistic look. Here I've chosen to use Glossy Accents on the lamp base to give it a polished look. It's also great for mimicking the look of glass, like I did for the vases on these two cards.Here's How: Now, let me begin with how this card started. Using two large Post It Notes, I carefully masked of a top and bottom portion, on a White card base, for perfect placement of the rays. This sun ray image is from the Nativity Silhouettes stamp set.Once the masks were in place I stamped the rays twice, in Lemon Tart ink, and then removed.Die cut and stamped the lamp shade (from the Lighten Up stamp set) in Sweet Blush and the lamp base in Palette Noir (this ink holds up perfectly under the glossy layer). I then gave the base a coating of Glossy Accents, let it dry and then attached all pieces to the card base. Finished the card off with a sentiment and a rhinestone.Lastly, here's a Beautiful Butterflies creation. After finding an inspiration piece on Pinterest here, I went with a luscious color combo of Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Berry Sorbet and Ranger Distress Ink in Dried Marigold, all onto a white card base.Finished the card off with a sentiment and frame from Framed Out #1. Gave the frame a heavy coating of Glossy Accents, once dry I wrapped it with a ribbon bow and attached it to the card base with dimensional adhesive. Love, love, love how this turned out!Here's A Few Tip:
  • As I mention previously, you'll want to test your inks out first to see which ones work best, the slow drying process allows some inks to bleed.
  • Make sure your inks are completely dry before applying the Glossy Accents.
  • When applying Glossy Accents... go slowly, keep a constant flow from the bottle and move from one end to the other until your image is completely filled.
  • Use a needle to pop any remaining bubbles.
  • Just about any small to medium stamp image should work just fine, whether you die cut it or hand cut it out.
  • Take a look at your dies... A coat of Glossy Accent looks amazing over a shape simply die cut from color cardstock. (For example, the letters in the photo above. I can't wait to embellish a card with these!)
So go ahead! Pull out your stamp stash and your die collections and see what sort of handmade glossy embellishments are waiting to be put to use on your next creations!

Thanks for stopping by and have fun!


You Are Pretty Amazing:

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Papertrey Ink February Release Projects

The Papertrey Ink February Countdown is about to come to an end and I'm here to share my final projects with you today. But, before I do, let me remind you that everything you've seen peeks of will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink beginning 10 pm EST tonight.

Now, let me get started!...First up... Lighten Up, by Melissa Bickford.I embossed a row of lamps in white and then topped two of the lamps with colorful shades in Raspberry Fizz and Aqua Mist inks.Next up... Heart-2-Heart #1, also by Melissa Bickford.Stamped the main images in Raspberry Fizz, masked it off then stamped again. I continued this process across the front of the card base to create a line up of adorable coffee/tea cups.Next up... Frilly Flowers, by Tiffany Pastor.I layered and stamped a number of the flower images to create a very detail single layer card. Paired it with a sentiment from the Movers & Shakers Sentiment stamp set.Last but not least... Framed Out #1, by Heather Nichols.
Stamped the card base with and images from Stitches & Swirls and colored with Copics. Embellished this cute sentiment with an adorable frame and button.

Well, that's all of them!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Teams fabulous projects as well:

Thanks for stopping by!


It's Your Day To Shine!

Let's Get Together

Celebrating Your Birthday

A Very Happy Birthday

Anniversary Set: Pretty Peonies

So glad you could join me. Today you are in for a treat! Papertrey ink is unvailing the new anniversary set... Pretty Peonies. This set is stunning! And it's one that has taken a top spot in my favorites list. I can't wait to spend more time exploring this fabulous set. In the mean time, let me show you this set in action...I started today's card by hand stamping a pattern paper using the small and large outlined peonie images, stamped in Summer Sunrise onto Rustic White cardstock. Trimmed the panel slightly smaller than the card base and attached with dimensional adhesive.The coordinating trio of leaves was stamped in New Leaf (before the panel was attached). A sentiment strip was stamped and attached. Then finished the card off with an additional peonie, stamped in Berry Sorbet.

I hope you've enjoyed today's sample of Pretty Peonie. This is truly a gorgeous set, which can be earned with Customer Rewards points and all the details are available on Nichole's blog or the Papertrey Ink website.

Be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in-store for you today...


Happy Birthday To You:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Beautiful Butterflies Day Five

Hello you guys! I'm a little late posting this for you, but I'm finally getting it done. This is the final peek at my new set... Beautiful Butterflies before it's available for purchase tomorrow through Papertrey Ink. So let me get started...First up, a simple card inspired by the sentiment.I stamped a white card base with a rainbow of butterflies along the edge using Plum Pudding, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise and Raspberry Fizz inks. Finished the card of with a fitting sentiment from the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set, stamped in True Black.While exploring with my Beautiful Butterflies dies I came up with this last card of the day.One by one I embossed the edge of this Rustic White card base with all four of the Beautiful Butterflies dies. Here's A Tip: Stamp the sentiment first, before embossing, for a clean impression.

That's it for me today. Be sure to check out the rest of the Papertrey Ink Countdown festivities... Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols, Lisa Johnson, Melissa Bickford and Tiffany Pastor have peeks to share with you of their new sets for the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Movers & Shakers

Hi there! Thanks for joining me for the final day of the Papertrey Ink February Countdown. It's also group post day two and today we bring you samples of the Movers & Shakers product line. I'm thrilled to be working with this line up because its possibilites are endless and it's a ton of fun making and seeing a card come to life in more than one way.

For today's projects I've chosen to work with one of the Movers & Shakers: Poppers Dies, which allowed me to tuck a sweet surprise inside.I'll start things off with a combination of two soon to be released sets... Simply You and Beautiful Butterflies.
I began by stamping the front of a Rustic White card base with butterflies in a color combo of Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz & Orange Zest. Then stamped "You" from the Simply You stamp set, in Smokey Shadow ink.
Incorporated the same color combo from the outside of the card onto the inside. Die cut the Movers & Shakers: Popper spiral die and attached it to the top and bottom of the inside of the card.
Randomly attached die cut and hand cut butterflies along the spiral. Die cut and stamped an additional large butterfly in Sweet Blush and then stamped again with Background Basics: Medallion (available February 15th) in Raspberry Fizz. Attached it at the end of the spiral, embellished with a button and then finished the card off with a Simply You sentiment.
My next pairing is Mover & Shaker Sentiments with Up, Up & Away.
Die cut, stamped and colored two Up, Up & Away hot air balloons and attached them to a Soft Stone card base along with a few die cut clouds. Then stamped with a Mover & Shakers sentiment.
Die cut a spiral from white cardstock and attached (looking back at my card now, I think I should have gone with a Soft Stone spiral instead). Randomly attached a bunch of clouds and a few hot air balloons.
Then finished the card off with a Movers & Shakers sentiment to coordinate with the sentiment on the front of the card.

So there you have it! Be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in-store for you today...


Monday, February 13, 2012

Beautiful Butterflies Day Four and Lovely Leaves

Welcome back to day four of my countdown to the soon to be released... Beautiful Butterflies. Today, I'll also be sharing with you samples of yet another soon to be released set... Lovely Leaves. Both of these set will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink beginning February 15th. I've got quite a few cards to share with you today, so let me get started...
First up, a sleek and simple number for you. I began by stamping the branch (from the soon to be released Lovely Leaves stamp set) in Kraft ink onto a Rustic White card base.
Then, onto scrap pieces of Rustic White paper, I stamped three branches with leaves (in Kraft, Simply Chartreuse and Canyon Clay inks). Punch circles from each image and attached to the card base, with dimensional adhesive, at different heights. Finished the card off with a Lovely Leaves sentiment, in Dark Chocolate.
Using the same images and colors from the card above, I stamped another Rustic White card base with a branch at the top. Then stamped a Lovely Leaves sentiment in Smokey Shadow and a Beautiful Butterflies mini butterfly in Aqua Mist.
Embellished the bottom of the card with a die cut and embossed border and wrapped with ribbon.
Next up, a pairing of Beautiful Butterflies and and Lovely Leaves. I began by stamping the branch and two butterflies at the base of the card front. Then attached a large die cut and a medium hand cut butterfly over the stamped images.
Wrapped the card with ribbon and stamped with an additional butterfly and a Lovely Leaves sentiment.
How about a mail friendly single layer card?! I began by stamping a Rustic Cream card base with a large butterfly in Fine Linen ink. Masked off the outside of the butterfly and stamped the Lovely Leaves branch and leaves in Kraft, Canyon Clay and Summer Sunrise inks
Next, I masked off the butterfly itself and and stamped the two medium sized butterflies on either side, with Summer Sunrise and Canyon Clay inks. Finished the card off with a Lovely Leaves sentiment stamped in Dark Chocolate.
To finish things off for today, here's a gift set I made and gave to my sister on her birthday the other day.
I stamped butterflies and a sentiment (both from the soon to be release Beautiful Butterflies stamp set) in color combo of Enchanted Evening, Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise onto a Rustic White card base.
Die cut a Wine Bottle Tag from Rustic Cream cardstock and stamped it to match the card.

That concludes today's look at both Beautiful Butterflies and Lovely Leaves. Both of these sets will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink beginning February 15th. Now be sure to check out the rest of the countdown goodness... Nichole Heady has more of these two sets to share with you as well. Also, Heather Nichols, Lisa Johnson, Melissa Bickford, Tiffany Pastor & Lizzie Jones have peeks to share with you of their newest sets for the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Beautiful Butterflies Day Three

Hi there! Just stopping in to provide you with a couple more samples of my new stamp set Beautiful Butterflies, which will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink beginning February 15th.
First up, a card featuring a pretty color combo of Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise (one of my go-to combos). Using a single image from Beautiful Butterflies, I stamped a row along the left side of a Rustic White card base.
Stamped a sentiment onto Rustic Cream cardstock, trimmed and attached with dimensional adhesive. Finished the card off with a Berry Sorbet button and a ribbon bow.
How about some single layer goodness?! I pulled out a couple of the tiny butterfly images for this one.
Here's How: I started by punching a 2" circle from a large Post-It-Note. Placed it onto the Rustic White card base and stamped butterflies around it in Aqua Mist.
Removed the punched circle and stamped inside the first butterfly circle with a second butterfly images, using Canyon Clay ink. Here's a tip: When stamping the inner circle, pay close attention to keeping the distance between the inner and outer butterflies the same as you make your way around.
Then stamped a larger butterfly within the center of the finished butterfly circles, using Summer Sunrise ink. Finished the card off with stamped sentiments from Think Big Favorites 13# and Lighten Up stamp sets (both available February 15th) using Smokey Shadow ink.

That's it for me today! I hope you enjoyed today's projects and don't forget... I'd love to know what you think, so please share!

Now, be sure to visit Nichole Heady for peeks at Sweet Spring & Scrambled Eggs. Also, Dawn McVey, Lisa Johnson, Beth Silaika & Melissa Bickford have peeks to share with you of their newest sets for the month.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies used for both cards...