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My First Waterfront Card!

I got the Waterfront stamp set when it first came out (last year?), but struggled with making a card that I liked. Every time I came across the use of it on a blog, I took mental notes. I even tried out Patty Bennett’s steps. Still didn’t like what I came up with.

I think I was being too “literal” or “precise” when I was building my scene. It is a scene building stamp. But, because it’s in a watercolor style, the scene building has to be conceptual. I was trying to fill in color everywhere, and that really didn’t work.

I tried it again to make a “thank you” card, and I like the current results. I forced myself to be a little bit “zen” about the whole process. πŸ™‚

Stamp: Waterfront

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Basic Gray marker, Real Red marker

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Accessories: White shimmer embossing paste

For many of the images, I stamped in full strength, then stamped again and again until there was very little ink left on the stamp. For the ground and sky, I stamped off on scratch paper first (or even twice), before stamping onto my project. I just realized, in a way, that’s one way to watercolor: gradually add color until you have what you need.

I found that you don’t have to completely color in sections, either.

I was really afraid to add color to the sky. But, by stamping off twice first, I was able to add a little bit of color here and there. The suggestion of sky is all the card needed.

To finish off the scene, I added some White shimmer embossing paste to the ocean. Sparkle and texture.

Love it! I hope my friend likes it, too. πŸ™‚

Too bad we couldn’t be next door, as I suggested on the card. But then, I’d be broke, because we would be enabling each other shopping, or something. πŸ™‚

Did you know? This set must be popular, because there’s an additional set in the Holiday Catalog called Snow Front. Yep, you guessed it, you can use it to build snow scenes. I’ll bet the images complement those that are in the Waterfront stamp set. Now, I have the confidence that if I get the Snow Front stamp set, I’ll have better luck using it. Can’t wait!

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Wicked Card – Holiday Catalog Goes Live Today!

The Holiday Catalog goes live today, Wednesday, September 4!

I go really crazy between now and Valentine’s Day, because the season for treats starts soon! So, it’s not a big surprise that I put Halloween items (okay, TWO, plus a multi-season set) on my preorder.

I think the Spooktacular Bash suite is the best yet!

I couldn’t resist a little twist, though. Let’s see if you can tell what it is…

Stamp: Spooktacular Bash, Wonderfully Wicked, Well Said

Ink: Gray Granite, Melon Mambo, Delicata Silvery Shimmer

Blends: Crumb Cake light, Gray Granite light, Seaside Spray light, Color lifter

Paper: Whisper White thick and regular, Gray Granite, Gorgeous Grape, Flirty Flamingo

Accessories: Wicked dies, Ornate Frames dies, Stampin’ sponges, Silver metallic thread, Stylish Scroll embossing folder

Stylish

I stamped a couple of spider webs before embossing with the Stylish Scroll embossing folder. The direction of the pattern is more appropriate for a portrait-orientation card (the symmetry is left-right), which bugged me. Instead, I tried with another piece of cardstock, but embossing across the narrower direction with two passes. For both passes, part of the cardstock hangs out of the folder. That’s okay, because the whole thing still fits in my die-cutting machine. After embossing once, shift the embossed part over, line up the pattern with what’s embossed already, and emboss the rest of the cardstock.

Yes, you will get a slight impression of the edge of the folder, but I’ll bet you wouldn’t be tell to tell me where it is on the card! If it bothers you, you could probably hide it behind a strategically placed element.

Spooky

In the middle of the top web, I used a paper piercer to make a hole for some Silver metallic thread. The end is taped to the back. On the front, I sandwiched the other end between two spider die cuts. Whee! That girl (cuz it’s pink) floats around, and maybe would freak you out a bit.

Shiny

To add some pizzazz to the die cut sentiment and the die cut spider, I sponged Silver Shimmer Delicata ink on top. Check out the difference between plain and shimmery.

Isn’t that awesome?

I normally stack multiple die cut words. This time, I put the top layer just a bit offset from the bottom to give a drop shadow. Multipurpose adhesive sheets (retired) makes gluing layers together so much easier.

Wow, there is so much detail with the card front, you would think I pooped out for the inside, right? Not quite.

Silly

I stamped the cute mummy in Gray Granite and colored her just a little bit. The background and stamped frame are colored, too. The mummy is layered on a frame cut from Flirty Flamingo, with more Silver Shimmer Delicata ink sponged on top.

The inside sentiment makes me giggle! They use stamps from the Well Said stamp set.

“Thanks” is its own stamp. “Mummy” was built from two stamps: the “U” in “for you”, and the “M” and “MY” from “all my”. I tried to stick with words that had the letters I needed at the end of the stamp. Next time, I would use the single “M” from “mother’s day” instead, to stamp the “M”s around the “U”, and stamp the rest with “MY” from “all my”.

Alternately, I could have used the individual letters of the Make a Difference stamp set, but I thought this would be easier and nicer. Did I mention that I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig?

At this point, you could probably guess that I was making a card to send to my mom!

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Another Botanical Card with Leftovers

After making the first card with the Stitched Nested Labels die cuts, I ran into a wall. I found another image that would cover up the seam of the pieces, if connected as a complete shape, but the design just wasn’t “clicking” with me.

Letting it percolate in my head a bit, I saw a card on Mary Fish’s blog that showed a different label cut in half. Aha! This card was born.

Stamp: Bloom & Grow, Nature’s Poem

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow

Blends: Calypso Coral combo, Old Olive combo, Soft Sea Foam light, Mint Macaron light, Mossy Meadow light, Highland Heather light, Daffodil Delight light

Paper: Terracotta Tile, Whisper White, 2019 In Color DSP stack

Accessories: Stitched Nested Labels dies, Budding Blooms dies, Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder

Once I decided how the leftover die cuts were to be used, this card came together quickly. It helped that all of the flower elements were already on my desk. The large image was a leftover from prototyping a project in May. The little flowers and leaf sprays I used to sprinkle behind the main image were from an earlier attempt to use these particular die cuts. I like that this stamp set gives you three different big floral images, and a bunch of little ones to fill out those images or create your own. (Hmm, those little images are begging for wreath building…)

I added an embossed piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock in the middle of the card, even though the card is already built around a Terracotta Tile background. I thought the additional texture, but just in the middle, drew attention to the flowers. Plus, it makes the card look like a flower garden between two windows.

The sentiment pieces are from the Rooted in Nature stamp set. I stamped, then cut apart each piece.

NOTE: The font has some skinny sections. You have to be careful of the amount of ink on your stamp.

After the first try, I had to massage the ink of my pad to the side and try again. Otherwise, parts of the letters were bleeding out, making the sentiment harder to read. You have to wait for the ink to dry a bit, too. Sometimes the ink moves a bit after stamping, especially if you are using Whisper White. The coating of Whisper White gives you better stamping, but sometimes it makes ink move more than you want/expect.

Here’s a picture to show what I mean. The bottom shows how the stamp looks before massaging the ink pad. The top is stamped after massaging my ink pad. (Someone on Splitcoast joked that she would stamp better after a massage, too!) πŸ™‚

Can you think of other ways to use the leftovers? I have more ideas I am working on…

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Sponged Sky and Botanical Tags

At work, I think it’s a treat to be able to see the sunset as I go either to or from my break. (Winter = first break, of course, and Summer = second break. Hah, the implication is that we don’t have windows…)

I love seeing sponged backgrounds, especially color gradients. Why not combine the two in a project, right? Oh, and throw in a die set that I’ve been struggling with which to make a decent project.

Stamp: none

Ink: Petal Pink, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point

Paper: Gray Granite, Pacific Point, Petal Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Botanical Tags, Stampin’ sponges, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Rectangles Stitched dies, Multipurpose adhesive sheets (retired), 2″ circle punch.

To die cut the botanical tag, I added an adhesive sheet to the top of the strip that would be cut out. The strip is 2-1/4″ wide. I drew a line about 1/8″ in along each long side, and tried to center the die between those lines. After cutting with the die, I trimmed off the edges from the bottom of the Β strip along those lines, meeting up with the bottom of the die image. Oh, and erased any remaining pencil marks.

I cut the bottom into a flag shape. I measured 1/2″ in from the edge, at the middle. I cut from the corners to this mark. I wanted a shaped bottom, so it doesn’t look like a headstone, but a tag.

For the background visible through the die cut, I cut a strip of Whisper White just a bit narrower than 2″. I could then slide this into a 2″ circle punch from the center of the punch, to round one end of the strip. (You will probably need a piece of thin scrap paper to help you slide the cardstock partially into the punch. Don’t forget to remove your scrap paper before punching!)

I then sponged color where it would show through the die cut. I started with Petal Pink, since that was the bottom “boundary” needed for inking. I added a bit of Bermuda Bay, then finished with Pacific Point. I really wanted to use Pacific Point, because it’s a pretty blue that hasn’t been used much in DSP lately.

The adhesive sheet on the back of the detailed die cut allowed me to easily add the sponged background.

I added stitched rectangles in Pacific Point and Petal Pink to coordinate with the ink I used.

Although my card base is Gray Granite, I decided to add an embossed mat of Gray Granite for texture. I like adding the embossing as a mat, rather directly on the card base, so that the embossing isn’t there when you open the card.

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Top Opening Box with Tab Closure

Ooo! I wanted to explore closures with the Classic label punch a little bit further. I was wondering what it would look like if the box opened from the top, and the opening was in the middle… (the top is like a gatefold)

Then, as I was waiting to have my car serviced, I was wondering… is there a way to make the tuck-in side just notched with the Classic Label punch, similar to a cereal box top?

I’ll show you my box, and let you be the judge. I just love how this turned out!

Stamp: Check You Out

Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue

Paper: Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White

Accessories: Classic label punch

You can see how it fits together…

and there’s lots of space inside.

The “library card” was fussy cut from a larger image that includes the pocket. I stamped off once before stamping onto Whisper White, for a lighter color. You can totally write your recipient’s name on it. (It says “Date” and “Issued to”.)

Here’s how I assembled the box.

Start with cardstock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.

On the 5-1/2″ side: Score 1″ from each side. (I like to rotate to do the second score line.)

On the 8-1/2″ side: Score at 1-7/8″, 2-7/8″, 5-7/8″, 6-7/8″.

Along the edge of the 1-7/8″ side, pencil in a line 1/8″ from the edge. Mark 2″ on this line, centered. This is where you will punch out the Classic Label punch, just like in previous projects.

On the opposide side, mark, centered, two lines 1-7/8″ apart, and approximately 1/4″ long.

You can fold on score lines at this point, as well as cut up to the first score line along each of the long ends. The center rectangle on the long sides will be the outer side of the box, so keep those edges straight. The rest of the tabs will be cut on an angle slightly, from the score line.

You will also have to angle cut the outer flap to the slightly smaller top. You can see what I mean here. I also include where I put my adhesive.

The reason you cut in this flap a bit more is so you can fold it under,

and then insert this side into the Classic Label punch to cut a notch. (Sorry, this picture turned out really blurry.)

The flap needs to give clearance for the punch. Trust me, you do not want to punch two layers of cardstock.

Clean up the punch on the other edge, and you are ready to assemble. Don’t forget to do any needed stamping, first.