Using Stampin’ Up! Note Cards

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Creating hand-made greeting cards can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like!  Sometimes we just don’t have time for all the frills, and sometimes a simple card is the best anyway!  Here are two samples of quick and easy cards using two different Stampin’ Up! stamp sets along with Stampin’ Up! Note Cards.

  • Note Cards measure 5″ x 3-1/2″ – just a bit smaller than a standard card – and come pre-scored and include an envelope.  They make card making a bit quicker because everything’s ready to go – just open up the package!
  • My first card uses Floral Wings stamp set.  I created another card using this gorgeous set and different stamp components you can view HERE.  Instead, this one uses the pretty vase.  I just couldn’t do a completely flat one-layer card, so I popped the vase up on Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the “Just For You” sentiment in Memento Black Ink and added the lines with a ruler and a Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Lining the envelope with the Envelope Liner Framelits gives such a clean finished look and even carries the polka dot theme through.  And the Envelope Liner Framelits come with three framelits to line a standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ envelope, a Note Card envelope and a 3″x3″ envelope.
  • My color scheme is Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi and Marina Mist, three colors from the Subtles grouping of colors.  The Subtles Collection Designer Paper Slab is perfect for envelope lining.

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And here’s my second card using the same design:

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  • This one uses the sweet vase in the Pictogram Punch stamp set.  As its name implies, this versatile stamp set coordinates with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack punches to make snipping out several of the images as easy as can be!  And, to top it off, purchase both the stamp set and coordinating punches and save 15%!  The heart image and the flowers are all punched out and raised up on Dimensionals.
  • My color scheme for this card comes from the Subtles Collection of Stampin’ Up! colors – Rose Red, Garden Green and Night of Navy.  A little Garden Green Candy Dot from the Subtles Candy Dots accents the vase.
  • For this card, I used my Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker to create the lines.
  • I tried my hand at creating my own coordinating designer paper to line my envelope using the flower stamp and Whisper White Cardstock then cut it out with the Envelope Framelits Die and Big Shot.  I really like how it turned out!

Which is your favorite?  I’d love to hear from you.  Post a comment in the comments section on my blog and let me know which one you like the best.

 

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Wild About Flowers

Wild About Flowers

I love flowers – any kind of flowers, but most of all wildflowers.  And Wild About Flowers is a favorite two-step stamp set this year from the Stampin’ Up! 2015-16 Annual Catalog.  So often we immediately go to pinks and blues for flowers, but I wanted to show you a bit different color scheme for this set.  I’ve used Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey with a touch of Gold for a more Fall-like feel.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not rushing the end of the summer!  We still have weeks left of gorgeous weather.  But this color combo is a bit more subtle, maybe for a bit more somber occasion.

  • I was trying my hand at a different sized card when I began this project.  My card ended up being 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, just a little bit taller than the Stampin’ Up! Notecards (which are 3-1/2″ x 5″).  To make this size card, you’ll want to cut your base cardstock (in this case Whisper White) at either 5-1/2″ x 7″ for a side opening or at 3-1/2″ x 11″ for a top opening.

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  • The pretty Mossy Meadow designer paper is from the English Garden Designer Series Paper pack.  I love that there are “quieter” prints on one side and “busier” prints on the reverse side, giving you lots of choices.
  • The main image Whisper White Cardstock piece measures 2-1/2″ x 3″ and is stamped first in Mossy Meadow Ink to create the stems then in Hello Honey Ink to add on the flowers.  Don’t forget the Dimensionals to raise up that main image!
  • A very thin piece of Hello Honey Cardstock measuring 1/4″ x 3-1/4″ finishes off the bottom of the main image nicely.
  • “You’ll be missed” is just one of the many very usable sentiments in this set.  I’ve stamped it tone-on-tone with Soft Suede then punched it out with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch.  The smallest of the Gold Metallic Foil Doilies is just the right size to back the sentiment.

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  • Before adding on the sentiment circle, I used some Gold Metallic Thread behind it to soften the look of the card.
  • And of course, with the Envelope Punch Board, it’s a snap to create not only a coordinating envelope using Hello Honey Cardstock, but it’s just the right size, too.

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Watercolor Words

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Watercolor Words stamp set by Stampin’ Up! really caught my eye on the first pass through the new 2015-16 Annual Catalog!  I love how all of the stamps look watercolored and think it’s pretty clever that the stamps can be made so that there’s less ink on part of the stamps – on purpose!

 

  • I can’t seem to get away from using the new 2015-17 In Colors – they’re just gorgeous!  This is Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron with Basic Black.
  • Great coordination factor – the flower in the Watercolor Words stamp set goes so nicely with the flower in the In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.
  • Circles are made with the 1-3/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, and the banner end is cut with the new Banner Triple Punch.
  • The center of the flower is created with a Metal Rimmed Pearl colored black with a Sharpie marker.
  • Dimensionals are important to this card.  The entire Whisper White Cardstock piece is popped up , then the flower circle is raised up off the card front by stacking 2 Dimensionals together on the left side and one Dimensional on the right side.

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This card came together in under a half hour.  It’s simple but effective for when there’s not a lot of time for fussing.

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I Think You’re Great with Cherries

I think youre great

The Stampin’ Up! Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack takes front and center on this card with this adorable cherry motif, as well as the Cucumber Crush grid banner.  And here’s the second card I’ve made using the I Think You’re Great stamp set – see my first one HERE.  It’s also the second time to pull out the Tin of Cards stamp set and use the fantabulous squiggle doodle stamp!  This may be the single greatest stamp ever produced!  Do you think I’m a bit excited about this little beauty?

  • I’m sure you’ve seen lots of card samples floating around using the Cherry on Top designer paper.  I’m here to tell you that you can get very different looks with this paper – not just the cute cupcake or balloon theme that are so easy to choose first.  And you can vary the color scheme too.  Here I’ve chosen to use just Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder with some Basic Black for a bold look.
  • I’ve used the Circles Framelits and Big Shot to create my two circles for this card – one is stamped and the other just in Basic Black Cardstock to create a border.
  • The White Perfect Accents are just that – perfect little additions to any card.  Here I used one of all three sizes – and they’re self-adhesive.
  • I’ve been lining almost all of my envelopes lately; with the gorgeous paper Stampin’ Up! has given us in this new catalog, it’s hard to resist not using it everywhere!  The Envelope Liner Framelits and Big Shot make it super easy to add this beautiful coordinating touch – and you only need a piece that’s 3″x6″.

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Time to Celebrate Hostess Stamp Set

Time to Celebrate

When I saw the new hostess-exclusive stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog for the first time, I squealed with delight over this cute little worm and the sentiment “worm wishes”.  And you’ll love working with this versatile stamp set, too, called Time to Celebrate.  Place an order of at least $150, and you can take host benefits of $25 AND three Sale-A-Bration gifts!  Now’s the time to stock up on all your basics – cardstock, envelopes and adhesives, to name a few – and take advantage of the extra perks.

  • I love using the Stampin’ Up! Decorative Masks.  For THESE CARDS, I used the polka dot mask that comes in the set of two masks called Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks.  (I won’t go into quite as much detail here and you can refer to the instructions for the polka dot mask to help with this card.)  For my card today, I used the stripes, and it couldn’t be easier to be successful with this fun technique.
  • I’ve cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5-1/4″ then placed it on a protected surface.  I use a grid mat with a piece of Grid Paper on top.
  • Lay the Decorative Mask over the top of the white cardstock, being careful to keep the stripes straight.
  • I filled a Stampin’ Spritzer with rubbing alcohol and Melon Mambo Ink Refill.  It takes quite a few drops of ink – just add more if your color isn’t as vibrant as you’d like.  Then I lightly misted the paper with the Spritzer.  You don’t want to oversaturate because it will cause puddling.  I did just a tiny bit in the bottom right corner.
  • Mixing the ink with rubbing alcohol rather than water eliminates the water splatter marks on your cardstock and helps the ink dry more quickly.  The rubbing alcohol evaporates, leaving just the ink behind.

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  • The Party Pennants Bigz Die and the Big Shot cut out the Basic Black cardstock piece in a snap.  I also used the Big Shot with a Circle Framelit to create the main image.
  • Be sure to stamp your image using Memento Black Ink if you’re using Blendabilities to color your image.
  • I kept the coloring simple – just a touch of Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi from the Blendabilities markers.  These new alcohol-based markers just glide over the cardstock!  They’re so fun to use.  And you don’t have to have a large area and do a lot of shading with them – they work beautifully as just a solid image.
  • A small piece of Melon Mambo 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon and a Daffodil Delight Candy Dot from the Brights Candy Dots package are all the accents you need for this cute card.

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Flower Patch by Christine

Flower Patch by Christine

One of my From the Heart team members and friend, Christine Hunt, sent me this gorgeous thank you card, and I just had to share!  It uses the Flower Patch bundle – the Flower Patch Pholopolymer stamp set and the Flower Fair Framelits Dies.  It’s so easy to stamp and cut out these pretty flowers with the coordinating products.  Christine used a fresh color palette of Crisp Cantaloupe, Rose Red and Old Olive.  And the secret to success is those little Dimensionals popping up the flowers – it makes such a difference!

 

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Bokeh technique with Best Day Ever

BestDayEver

I tried my hand at the bokeh technique (pronounced BOH-kay ) which is actually a photography technique but works beautifully with stamping, too.  Creating a beautiful background, I wanted to keep the overall card really simple, so adding a sentiment is about all that’s necessary.  Here I used Best Day Ever, a 2015 Sale-A-Bration stamp set that you can get free with a qualifying purchase.  Here’s how you’ll create this pretty background:

  • Cut a template out of scrap cardstock using Circle Framelits and the Big Shot.  You could also use various circle punches – just pick a few different sizes.  Here’s what my template looked like for this card:

circle template for bokeh

  • Using Watercolor Paper, various stamp pads and an Aqua Painter, color randomly, blending lightest color to darkest and overlapping in some places.  I used Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum and Blackberry Bliss.
  • Dry thoroughly before the next step.  If you want to move on, use the Heat Tool on dry setting No. 1 to hurry it along.
  • Use your circle template and apply Whisper White Craft Ink with a Sponge Dauber over the watercolored paper.  Pick different sizes and overlap them.

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  • To complete my card, I stamped “Best Day Ever” onto Vellum Cardstock using Stazon Black Ink.  In order to attach the Vellum Cardstock to my card and not have adhesive show through, I used Mini Silver Brads.
  • I added a simple Pool Party cardstock flower punched with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack flower.  The center is a Rhinestone colored in with a Melon Mambo Blendabilities.  Yes, they’re not just for coloring in your images – you can color pearls, rhinestones and buttons with them, too.

 

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Four Feathers and Eye-Catching Ikat

Four Feathers and Ikat

I just love the addition of the Four Feathers stamp set and coordinating Feathers Framelits to the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  I have lots of Native American art in my home, and so I looked at what I could pair this great stamp set with to achieve that effect.  Lo and behold – I found a set in my collection that I haven’t used a lot called Eye-Catching Ikat.  Since this stamp set is in photopolymer, I was able to line up my stamping to create my own designer paper by stamping in Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise and Cajun Craze.

    • I stamped two of the feathers on Very Vanilla cardstock.  For the third feather, I stamped on Tempting Turquoise cardstock with VersaMark and sprinkled on Silver Embossing Powder, then heat set with the Heat Tool.
    • Wasn’t sure where to add my sentiment, so I decided to cut out an extra feather and stamp a simple “hello” from A Dozen Thoughts stamp set on it.
    • I added additional “sterling silver” accents using a Silver Button and a strip of Silver Foil run through the Big Shot using the zig-zag framelit in the Finishing Touches Edgelits.

I tried adding some Candy Dots with Brad Bases, but I think it’s too much – thought I’d show you anyway.  What do you think?  Leave me a comment!
Four Feathers and Ikat with dots

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Hey There and Beach House Washi Tape

So Sweet of You

I had so much fun making THIS CARD with the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape that I decided to try a different shape with a different package of washi – this time Hearts Framelits and Beach House Wash Tape.

  • You’ll find the instructions to create this fun Washi Tape image in my previous post HERE.  In fact, I used the exact same measurements for the star and heart images.
  • Color scheme for Beach House Washi Tape is Real Red, Crushed Curry and Pool Party – yum!
  • You’ll notice the pretty hear border at the top – it’s made with the brand new Hearts Border Punch with a piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock behind.
  • The “So Sweet” sentiment is from Hello There stamp set and is stamped in VersaMark Ink on Real Red Cardstock, then heat embossed using White Embossing Powder and Heat Tool.  After I was finished with those steps, I used the Circle Framelits to cut it out.
  • Hands down – my favorite ribbon in the new catalog is the 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, here in Pool Party.  The colors are gorgeous and it ties like a dream.  If you’d like to receive a 2-yd. share of each of the 12 colors of Cotton Ribbon, why not sign up for a Ribbon Share – you needn’t purchase full spools of all the colors this way.  Check out the details of my Ribbon Shares HERE.

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Fun with Stampin’ Up! Decorative Masks

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Hubby was away all day today, and I needed a break from packing to move, so I decided to play with the new Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks by Stampin’ Up!  If you haven’t noticed them yet, they’re on page 205 in the 2014-15 Annual Catalog.  There are two sets – Hearts & Stars and the ones I chose to use, Dots & Stripes.

There are several ways to apply ink to the Masks.  For my cards today, I chose to fill several Stampin’ Spritzers with rubbing alcohol and Ink Refills.  It takes quite a few drops of reinker – just add more if your color isn’t as vibrant as you’d like.  Then simply use your spritzers to add color to your cardstock.

I took pictures of the steps along the way so that I could explain how I achieved the variegated colors.

First, I laid down a piece of Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper.  Next came a piece of 5-1/4″ x 4″ Whisper White Cardstock.  Then using my grid paper to line everything up, I laid on my Decorative Mask.  You’ll see I have my Stampin’ Spritzers already filled and ready.  I’ve used Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Night of Navy on my first card then Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo on the other three.

Mask 1

I started by spritzing on Daffodil Delight over the first two rows of the Decorative Mask.  Give a firm push all the way down and keep the spritzer moving from left to right.

Mask 2

Next I spritzed on Old Olive, trying to get a bit on the second row of the Daffodil Delight and also covering a row or two of the remaining dots.

Mask 3

The last spritzing, I used the Night of Navy spritzer to spray a bit into the Olive and the final row of dots.

 

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Pick it up carefully after you’ve done all your spritzing so the ink on the mask doesn’t run off onto your cardstock.

And here’s the finished product!  I loved the background so much that I simply added a sentiment and no embellishments.  The skinny black border helped the colors pop out.  “Hello There” sentiment is from the Hello There stamp set.

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Next I tried Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo with a sentiment from Geometrical.

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Then I got the idea to spritz at a diagonal!  Oh, this is so much fun and addicting!  Here I used a sentiment from Fabulous Four stamp set.

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And finally, rather than washing off my mask, I set a piece of Whisper White cardstock on top of the mask to soak up the excess ink and got the reverse design.  I think this is actually my favorite!  Sentiment is from Lots of Thanks stamp set.

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To clean off the mask, I just ran it under warm water and blotted it dry with an old towel.  I can’t wait to use all of the other masks now!  So fun, quick and easy – and WOW!

Leave me a comment and let me know which card you like best!  If there are at least 5 comments, I’ll randomly choose one to win a FREE Dots & Stripes Decorative Mask set!  Customers only, please – no demonstrators!  The winner will be chosen on Thursday, August 7th, and posted on my website, so check back to see if you’ve won!


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