Alcohol Technique in Blue

Hello dear stampers…today I have a card with a new technique to me.  A fellow demo, Robin Daus, demonstrated it for us at one of our team meetings. I love it! Some of you may already have seen the alcohol background technique but here’s my version.

 

I used Night of Navy and Soft Sky re-inkers.

 

Sorry about the poor quality – it was a rainy day and I guess I didn’t focus well. Couldn’t redo it since I’d already sent the card. Oh dear!

 

Here’s how easy it is to do this and every time you do it…the result is different!

Be sure to use Glossy White Paper

1.  Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.

2.  Take two complimentary colors (re-inkers) and put 4 drops (or less if really dark) of the darker color and 5 drops of the lighter color.

3.  Bounce the cotton ball randomly around the glossy white paper close together.

4.  Use an old t-shirt to blot the excess or let dry then shine it a bit.

Tip…use the same cotton ball again and see how different the pattern is.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Thankful Thoughts, Label Me Pretty

Ink – Night of Navy, Re-Inkers – Night of Navy & Soft Sky

Paper – Whisper White, Night of Navy, Glossy White

Accessories – Marina Mist Ribbon, Pretty Label Punch, Rubbing Alcohol, Cotton Balls

 

Once you try this technique you will love it. 

Happy Stamping!    Donna

 

 

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Heartfelt Sympathy

Hello Stampers and Happy New Year!

Today I have one of those cards you hate to make but they are very necessary…a Sympathy Card. This is a card I made for a dear friend and one of my down-line and her husband. 

You won’t recognize this stamp set since it is from the Sale-A-Bration brochure (Heartfelt Blooms). I love it! It’s just so beautiful.

 

The texture and highlights of this flower are built into the stamp. Experiment with this stamp…I found that dark inks don’t work as well as the lighter colors.  You can use this by itself or as a light background.

 

 

 

For details about the New Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration…look for Crafty Cardmaker Weekly Newsletter tomorrow. Don’t receive my newsletter…contact me so I can add your name to my email mailing list at donnamk47@yahoo.com.

Happy Stamping friends.          Donna

Christmas Stockings

Hello my dear Stampers!  Have you been super busy with all the hustle and bustle of this wonderful season?  The November Paper Pumpkin was just so darling…but I decided to do it my way.

I added initials for each member of the family coming to Christmas dinner…then ran each stocking through the Big Shot with the Cable Knit Embossing Folder.

 

Then I added the tags with last years red “ribbon” and a sprig of leaves from the new leaf punch.

I filled each stocking with a lip balm and either bubble gum for the kids or candy for the adults…oh, everyone also got a candy cane. These will be at each person’s place at the table. 

I had so much fun making these and I hope everyone will enjoy them on Christmas Day.

Slow down and enjoy the season…stay healthy!

Happy Stamping!    Donna

Patchwork Christmas

Hello Stampers!  Today’s card is made with the Quilt Builder Framelits. I REALLY like this set of dies and the matching stamp set. I have so many friends who are quilters that this set will be used over and over in so many different ways.

This is another card we made in our Christmas Card Class and I made about 20 myself…this is one of my cards I’m sending to friends and family. I actually made enough extras of each of the Christmas Card Class examples to fill my own personal card list. Yay!

Sorry about the deep colors…I’m trying out a new editing app since PicMonkey no longer offers FREE editing. I need to work with this new one to get the hang of it.

We had so much fun with this card. We actually die cut each piece then put it back together to glue it into the frame of the patchwork. Trust me…we learned that isn’t necessary…you can just die cut the DSP, die cut the black frame, adhere frame over DSP and you’re done. Why didn’t I think of that when I was creating this card!!!

The extra touch of holly leaves really adds to this design.

I LOVE this sentiment…what it says and the font.

This inside sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Versatile Christmas. I find that after the Holiday Catalog ends we never see some of our favorite stamp sets or dies again. Don’t let that happen to you…if you really like something in the Holiday Catalog then buy it BEFORE January 2, 2018

 

Stampin’ Up Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Christmas Quilt, Oh, What Fun (on the envelope), Versatile Christmas (R)

Ink – Real Red, Garden Green

Paper – Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Black, Quilted Christmas DSP

Accessories – Quilt Builder Framelits, Paper Punch (for berries)

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and card.

This is such a wonderful season for making and sending cards. It’s still not too late to make your own cards for sending. The design can be simple and your family and friends will be so impressed and you will get pleasure out of making them. If you need help with ideas…just give me a call or email me. Together we can come up with something to your liking.

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!     Donna 🙂

 

Deck the Halls Card

Hello Stampers…it’s been a while. 

Today I have a very nice Christmas card that we made in our Christmas Card Class. There is just a bit of detail but so worth it.

You can see that we used dies, and lots of Stampin’  Dimensionals.  I love the added touch of the little poinsettias popped up. The colors are basic Christmas colors…Real Red, Emerald Envy and Whisper White.

A simple sentiment finished this card off.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Carols of Christmas, Greetings of the Season (R)

Ink – Real Red, Stampin’ Markers (Real Red & Emerald Envy)

Paper – Real Red, Emerald Envy, Whisper White

Accessories – Card Front Builder Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits

 

Hope you enjoyed seeing today’s card.

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Until next Friday (I’ve decided to only post once a week on Friday)…

Happy Stamping!    Donna

 

 

Night in Bethlehem

Hello Stampers! I’m really into making Christmas cards right now since I have a craft fair coming up in October. This is card number 1 for this month’s card classes. When I saw this bundle (Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set and Bethlehem Edgelits) I knew I had to have it. 

I was inspired by several different cards I’ve seen. The dies in this set are awesome. 

 

 

This card was well received by my first class and I’m pretty sure that tomorrow’s class will like it as well. 

The card base is Sahara Sand cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″

The Whisper White measures 4″ x 4 1/4″  (I also did the same on the inside with a verse.)

The black strips on top and bottom are just strips of black cut at 1/4″ x 4 1/4″

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Night in Bethlehem

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Sahara Sand, Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil

Accessories – Bethlehem Edgelits

 

Try this card…it really is very nice and I like that it’s not using the usual Christmas colors. 

Until next time…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Pop Up Book Birthday Card

Hello Stampers! Today I have a really cool card for you. I was inspired by Dawn Griffith (again). I love cards that are interactive or pop in some way. Dawn must be on the same page and she inspires me so much.

Don’t look at this card and say ” I can’t do that, it looks so difficult.” It may look difficult but it’s really easy! We did this card at my last month’s class and everyone really liked it.

OK, nothing difficult about some dry embossing and die cuts. Now watch…

There’s the WOW! Just the way you cut, score and fold makes this greeting pop out like a book. I’ll first list the products then get into the directions.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Butterfly Basics, Special Celebrations

Ink – Night of Navy

Paper – Night of Navy, So Saffron, Whisper White

Accessories – Sparkle Embossing Folder, Stitched Framelits

 

Now for the measurements:

Base – (Night of Navy) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″    

Front (Night of Navy)  3″ x 3″

Inside (Night of Navy) 2 1/4″ x 2 5/8″….cut 2

Front ( So Saffron) 4″ x 5 1/4″

Inside (So Saffron) 5″ x 8″

Front (Whisper White) 3″ x 3″  Stamp and then die cut with Stitched Square (will be smaller)

Inside (Whisper White) 2″ x 2 1/2″ …cut 2

Directions

  1. Take the inside So Saffron piece that is 5″ x 8″; on the Stampin’ Trimmer on the 5″ side – line up at 1″ then cut between 1″ and 7″, turn to other side and do the same.
  2. Same piece – on the 8″ side  SCORE between the cut lines at 1″ and 1 1/2″
  3. Same piece – now score the top and bottom (above and below the cut lines) at 21/2″
  4. Same piece – score all the way top to bottom at 4″
  5. Now turn and repeat steps 2 and 3
  6. Folding – top and bottom strips fold valley, mountain, valley;  center folds valley, mountain, valley in center, mountain, valley
  7. Adhere the inside center piece 1/4″ inside the edge of the Night of Navy card base…DO NOT TRY TO PUT THE CENTER FOLD INTO THE CENTER FOLD OF THE CARD BASE.
  8. Tip:  Put adhesive on only one side and attach, now fold the center panel up, put adhesive on that center piece and then close the card. This will insure that the card will fold properly with no buckling. 

You may have noticed that I also embossed the flap on the envelope. Very easy…just slide the flap inside the embossing folder and fold the envelope closed behind the embossing folder.

 

 

This fold can be used for any type card. It really gives a WOW to the card and the recipient will love it. 

Please try to make this card and IF I have forgotten anything (hope not) PLEASE contact me ASAP so that I can make a revision. 

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna