Friday, December 15, 2017

December Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas. This month we’re going to stamp our own background for a unique customized look.  Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
Our amazing sponsor this month is Claudia Henderson of Close to My Heart
Please take a moment to check out her store here.
And the awesome prize this month is:
We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  Since this is our last A Year Of Card Techniques hop and the holiday season is just around the corner, we are going to give you some extra time to hop!  The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 30, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until January 6, 2018 to claim their prize.  If you would like to be notified by email, please leave your email address in the comments.
You should have arrived here from Debbie's blog, Paws to Scrap.  If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.
This was fun to make. I heat embossed the background with gold embossing powder, then rubbed gold pan pastel over the entire piece. (I think it's time to replace my gold embossing powder. It's kind of speckled!)


After doing this card for the hop, I decided to make a dozen more for my Christmas card stash this year. It's hard to tell in the photo, but it's very shiny - red glitter paper mats for the center panel and sentiment, and red glitter on all the berries.


I'm not sure what I'll do with this card - depending on what is stamped inside, I think it could become a birthday, thank you, sympathy, thinking of you or just hello.


Have you ever had an idea that looked GREAT in your mind, but when it was finished, not so much? This gray and yellow card is one of those. But gotta be real, right? So I'm including it even though I'm not terribly fond of it!! :-)


This is a color combination that I don't use too often, but I think I like it!



Now you’re off to visit with Amanda at My Thoughts and Scraps. Hope you had fun this year!
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Monday, December 4, 2017

New and Improved Sentiment Cutting with Scan n Cut

I just re-read my post from September where I explained how I cut out stamped sentiments with my Scan n Cut. I guess I must be learning SOMETHING, because I don't work nearly so hard now!!! It's time for an update. This probably isn't the way I'd cut this particular sentiment, but it was the first stamp that came to hand.

1. Stamp the sentiments you want to cut. With a fine-tip Sharpie or dry-erase marker, draw a cutting line on a piece of acetate lain over one of the images.
 

2. Scan the acetate sheet into the SnC (Scan to Cut Data) and save the shape, either to the machine's memory or your USB thumb drive.
      
3. Return to the home screen, and add the saved shape to your work space as many times as needed (Pattern).
    
4. Scan the sheet of sentiments into the background (use the bottom icon on the left side of the screen) and move the shapes over the scanned images.
  
5. Cut!
  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Llamas

Here's an example of another card that uses masking:

Using Black Licorice ink pad, stamp llama head and neck on left side of Whip Cream panel. Mask left half and bottom of panel with post-it notes and stamp head on right side, slightly angled toward other image. Remove post-it notes.

Stamp hat and bow with Pomegranate Splash ink on scrap of Whip Cream card stock. Color with marker. Stamp scarf and holly leaves on scrap of Whip Cream card stock using Kiwi Slice ink. Cut images out and glue in place. Stamp sentiment on scrap of Pomegranate Splash card stock with Clear Embossing Ink. Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Allow to cool and cut around sentiment.


Fold Whip Cream card stock to form card base. Adhere Christmas Cheer Print strip to Pomegranate card stock, then adhere unit to front of card base. Adhere llama panel to Kiwi Slice mat, then adhere to front of card. Pop up sentiment with foam squares.

Inside: Stamp sentiment with Pomegranate ink. Adhere or stamp holly leaves near sentiment.

Monday, November 20, 2017

QR Code Test

I'm experimenting with a new way to manage my class card instructions on stampkeeper.com. One of the options is to create a QR code. So.... let's see what happens!



Supposedly you can scan this code with your smart phone, and it will take you to my project. If anyone tries it, let me know what happens!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

November Technique Blog Hop


NOVEMBER - Masking Magic


Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

This month we’re going to explore masking techniques.  There are so many variations of masking, it would be difficult to list them all here.  But, since pictures speak louder than words, we’ll let our team show you the masking techniques they opted to try. Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

Our amazing sponsor this month is Jodie Park of Close to My Heart. Please take a moment to check out her store here. The awesome prize this month is:
We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 26, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until December 14, 2017, to claim his or her prize.


You should have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards.  If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.



Now, let's get on with it!!
Masking is a simple technique used to give the impression of depth. You can mask with pretty much anything...copy paper, post-it notes, scraps of card stock or washi tape, etc., and you can mask stamped images or shapes. This is a card I stamped recently for a friend in Alaska. The llama and skunk were stamped first, then masked so the mountains could appear "behind" them. Then the closer mountains were also masked and the farther mountains added. 
 

Here's how I put this one together:
For small images I use post-it notes for the masks, but for larger or more complex images, I like using this removable tape. Stamp your front image(s) on cardstock and also on the removable tape, then cut out the shapes from the tape. 

Place the mask over the stamped image to protect it.

Next, stamp images that will be in the background.

It's going to look pretty messy with all the layers of masks and ink...

But the scene is revealed when the masks are removed.

I colored this with Copic markers, then cut it out with my Scan 'n' Cut. (The insides of a couple of clouds disappeared in the process, but I wasn't about to start all over again!!)

For this card I used Fun Stampers Journey sets Creature Comforts (SS-0308), No Prob-LLAMA (SS-0481), and Climbing Mountains (SS-0322).

I really like using masking when I make simple, one-layer cards. It seems to take the stamping up a notch. For this card, I just taped off both sides and sponged color down the center of the card before stamping.


Here the yellow bird was stamped first, then masked. The other two were stamped over the mask, then all I had to do was color.


I made this one quite awhile ago - the masking is subtle, just torn paper held in place at different angles with a little color sponged over the edge to create a background.


I hope you enjoyed these samples - and I know you'll love Amanda's as well when you hop over to her blog next. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!




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Friday, November 3, 2017

A Card Class, a Unicorn and a New Coach

I've been rather remiss about posting here on my blog - it just seems life kind of gets in the way now and then. My 87-year-old mother has recently moved in with us, so I have lots more days of driving to town for doctor appointments, but it sure is nice having her close.

I haven't had much chance to create just for the fun of it, but my craft cave has been well used and shows it. I can't walk through without pieces of tape and vinyl sticking to my socks!
I've been working on a vinyl wall decoration for my grand-daughter's 5th birthday. She's getting a brand new surprise bedroom for her birthday this month, so her bedroom will be ready for her new baby sister in February. Hopefully I'll be able to show the finished project later, but this is where we stand right now. I want to make some smaller ones too, but this was the BIG project, ready to ship on Monday.


We (my friend and downline, Denise Wieger, and I) also had our big October class last Saturday. It was lots of fun, as always. We have the BEST group of ladies who attend! Three cards each, door prizes, and plenty of food made getting ready quite a job, but it was worth it. Cassie Anaya won the Halloween Haunted House, but of course I forgot to get a picture!
(Yes, those are "tarantulas" on the tray - after all, it WAS just a couple of days before Halloween.) 
    

I'd also like to welcome my newest downline Fun Stampers Journey Coach, Sue Lind! She took advantage of the AMAZING sign-up deal to get a $25 starter kit and a $50 Platinum die-cutting machine. This opportunity continues till the end of November.

I'll try to post a little more regularly this month, but who knows!!