Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Avid Stamper, Birds, Birthday, bow, Coloring Techniques, Fun/Fancy fold card, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Hey Birthday Chick Fun Fold for Friday!

Hello! Stampin’ Up!® will release Hey Birthday Chick on February 2, 2021! This set is so adorable and fun to use to create cards made to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

The Fun Fold for today is wonderful to help showcase the images and sentiments in the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set! Don’t worry. It really isn’t as complicated as it looks, especially if you try it more than once.

Measurements

Measurements: Basic White Card Stock (CS) card bases: 4 x 9 inches with a score line at 3 1/2 inches, and 3 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Mango Melody CS: 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches, and 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): 3 1/2 x 5 inches, 2 3/4 x 4 inches, and 3 x 3 1/2 inches; and Basic White CS: 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches, and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches. You will also need about 16-18 inches of the Daffodil Delight 1/4 inch Ruched Ribbon (not pictured).

Stamping

Start out by stamping the cupcake chick onto the 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch Basic White CS in Memento Black ink. Next stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment under the chicken.

Stamp the sentiment “let’s celebrate you” onto the middle of the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Basic White CS. Stamp the confetti around the sentiment, first with Bumblebee ink, then with Magenta Madness ink.

Tip-Halos

Tip: When I stamped the confetti in the Bumblebee ink, I got a “halo“. Sometimes the red rubber stamps need a little trimming to avoid having the halos in the future. Some folks trim theirs with an Exacto knife. I just use my sharp Paper Snips to trim the excess red rubber off.

Now it’s time to color in this image. I like the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend that you do. It is very easy to make color gradients and shadows with the Blends. The cupcake wrapper is colored in Light and Dark Magenta Madness. The chicken’s feet are Daffodil Delight. I colored the Buttercup Comb on the chicken’s head in Light Calypso Coral.

To complete the coloring of the comb, first I used the Dark Calypso Coral to shadow some strands. Then I colored with the Light Calypso Coral and blended the two shades together for the final result.

Switch to the 3 x 8 1/2 inch Basic White CS with the score line at 4 1/4 inches. This is a small secondary card base. Using the Memento Black ink stamp the little chick in the middle to the left of center. Follow up by stamping the sentiment “you’re still a spring chicken” to the right of the chick. I again used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers to color the chick. (I forgot to color the little chick until I had finished the card.) The birthday hat is colored in Magenta Madness. The chick is colored in Daffodil Delight and his beak and legs in Light Calypso Coral.

To finish up here, use the Everyday Label Punch to punch out the “let’s celebrate you” sentiment. Now you have all the stamping done!

Putting It All Together

To begin putting this Fun Fold together, we will start with the baby chick card base. Use your Bone Folder to make a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Then adhere the 2 3/4 x 4 inch piece of Artistry Blooms DSP to the front.

Now we will work on the larger 4 x 9 inch Basic White CS card base. Start by preparing the pieces. Adhere the 3 x 3 1/2 inch Artistry Blooms DSP to the 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch Mango Melody CS. Now adhere the 3 1/2 x 5 inch Artistry Blooms DSP to the 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 inch Mange Melody CS.

Lay the larger card base open on the table with the larger section on top. Adhere the 3 3/4 x 5 inch piece of Mango Melody CS with the Artistry Blooms DSP onto this larger portion.

To put together the front of this card base, use your Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 3 1/2 inch score line and fold the bottom up. Now you can adhere the 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch Mango Melody/Artistry Blooms DSP piece to the front of the bottom section.

This is the tricky part. You will need to adhere the smaller Basic White CS card base to the inside of the larger Basic White CS card base so that when the card is closed up, it is centered.

Finishing Up

In order to get the Happy Birthday chicken piece in the right spot you will need to place it on the front flap of the larger card base so that it is hidden when the smaller card base is closed. Adhere in place.

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To make the finishing touches, use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the “let’s celebrate you” sentiment piece, then wrap the ribbon around the front of the smaller card base and tie a bow.

Three Bow Tying Tips

There are a few tips I use to tie a bow. The first tip is to do it upside down. The second tip is to use a pair of self closing tweezers to hold the knot while you finish tying the bow.

The third tip is to use a Mini Glue dot under the center knot of the bow to hold it in place. If the tails are not in the proper place, you can also use a Mini Glue Dot to hold the tails in place.

Viola!

Viola! Hopefully you made it through the instructions with a nice card. If you did not, don’t give up. Try it again. Often when I am creating and designing a Fun Fold, I have to do it more than once.

Thanks for hanging in there and reading my blog today. I hope you will find this a great Fun Fold to use to design your own cards.

Just A Note

There has been a change in the white cardstock that Stampin’ Up! is selling. The Whisper White CS is no longer available. Now there is Basic White CS, envelopes, notecards, etc. Below is the flyer with the new item numbers you will need to use to order. I have some on the way, but I have heard there is not much difference.

Supplies

Product List

Hope you have a great day!

Theresa

Posted in beginner stamper, bow, Gratitude/ Thanks, Mini Catalog 2020, Photopolymer, Sale-A-Bration 2020, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Ornate Garden Suite for the Beginner with 10 Tips

This is a very simple and beautiful card. I like to practice an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude has been shown to have positive effects on your overall health, increasing happiness and decreasing depression. This card is fun and straight-forward to make. I did go into more detail to help anyone just starting out stamping. There are 10 tips!

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 x 1 3/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches; Terracotta Tile: 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Gold Glimmer Paper: 5 1/4 x 3/4 inches; Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 2 inches; Old Olive: 3 x 1 1/2 inches. You also need the Ornate Garden Ribbon: 6 1/2 inches for the ribbon around the card and approximately 10 inches to make the bow. Tip #1: Learn how to tie the bow here.

Let’s start stamping! You will stamp the “Thanks” sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp set in Terracotta Tile ink onto the 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White CS. I stamped a little bit towards the left and above center to allow space for the daisy. Tip #2: This is a Photopolymer stamp (one you can see through). You will need a pad of some sort. I am using the Stampin’ Pierce mat. This is used for Photopolymer stamps to get a better image. You may also use your catalog as a pad if needed.

Stamp the daisy in Memento ink onto the 3 x 1 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Tip #3: This is a red rubber stamp. You get the best image by stamping on a smooth, firm surface. Note: You can easily see the foam the red rubber rests on. The pink line on top of the foam is the red rubber.

You will need several colors of Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I started with Light So Saffron alcohol marker (AM) to color the flower petals. Next I used the Dark Daffodil Delight AM to trace the lines in the petals, and make a little ring around the flower center. Tip #4: Practice using the alcohol markers before you do your card. It takes a very light touch to get the ink on the paper, and sometimes it bleeds too far. There is a fine tip and a brush tip. Use the fine tip for small or thin areas and the brush tip for larger areas. Some papers bleed more than others. The Stampin’ Up! Whisper White does not bleed much. It is the best that I have found.

Use the Bronze AM to color the flower center. The Light Old Olive AM is used first for the stem and the leaf.

The reason the markers are called Stampin’ Blends is because you can blend the light and dark shades to make shadows on the image. If you are really good, the image will look 3-D. Tip #5: First apply a thin layer of the Light Old Olive. Then use the fine tip of the Dark Old Olive to trace the line in the leaf and darken the base of the leaf. Finally, use the Light Old Olive to blend the light and dark shades together. Viola!

Fussy cut the daisy cutting as close to the black outline as possible. (“Fussy cut” is the term for cutting an image out with the Paper Snips.)

Tip #6: To get rid of the remaining white on the border, you can go over it with the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker as shown.

Now it’s time to put everything together. Adhere the Ornate Garden DSP to the bottom of the Terracotta Tile piece, leaving an eighth of an inch border. Then adhere the strip of Gold Glimmer Paper. Tip #7: Try different adhesives to see what you like best. Read all about adhesives here.

Adhere the ribbon to the card front with glue dots. Apply one glue dot to each end of the ribbon. Tip #8: To get the glue dot on the ribbon it is easier to just put the ribbon on top of the glue dot as it is on the roll.

Hold the ribbon in place, flip the card and stick the glue dots down.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is the card base. Now adhere the decorated card front piece to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the “Thanks” sentiment to the Old Olive CS piece. We are going to adhere the Thanks piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals. These are little foam pieces with adhesive on both sides. They lift the paper slightly to give dimension to the card.

Tip #9: I usually cut my Stampin’ Dimensionals in half so they last longer. I also cut the part that remains after using all the dimensionals as shown. Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Thanks piece.

Adhere the Thanks piece to the card front. Now adhere the little daisy we colored and cut out next to the sentiment.

Lastly, add the bow with a glue dot. Tip #9: Apply the glue dot to the back of the bow by placing the bow on the glue dot while it is still on the roll. Gently peel it off of the roll and adhere the bow to the card.

Viola! You have a beautiful thank you card! Tip #10: Now that you have completed the card, send it to someone to let them know how much gratitude you have for them! Too often we make these beautiful cards and then we keep them in a box or something. I am guilty of doing just that, so I have challenged myself to send one card every day for 30 days. I am on day 18. It has been fun and I have gotten wonderful feedback from the folks I have sent cards to!

As always, thank you so much for joining me and reading my blog. I am very grateful to all of you for supporting me in this endeavor!

I am a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. If you see anything you would like to purchase, please visit my online store here. If you would like to contact me, follow me on Facebook here or shoot me an email at: Theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Ornate Thanks #149471 and Ornate Style #152572; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Terracotta Tile CS #150884, Gold Glimmer Paper #146958, Ornate Garden DSP #152488 and Old Olive CS #100702; Ink: Terracotta Tile #150884 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: D #118485 and H #118490; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack #152479.

Posted in beginner stamper, bow, Christmas

Christmas Is Coming!

Although Thanksgiving is still a week away, I know Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye. I thought I better get started on Christmas cards. I need about 40! I am also making some cards to sell at a local church Bazaar in a few weeks.

This adorable deer makes a really cute card to wish someone a Happy Christmas.

I used two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets for this card: Dashing Deer and Birch.

Measurements: Very Vanilla cardstock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Crumb Cake cardstock: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; and Cherry Cobbler cardstock 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

You will also need Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake ink, the Cherry Cobbler 3/8 inch Diagonal Stripe Ribbon and the Gold Metallic Pearls. For an adhesive I use the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The Birch stamp is a large background stamp. It comes in a clear mount and a wood mount. Tip: I find that the wood mount for background stamps is easier to use because it seems more sturdy on the wood. You will need the Crumb Cake ink.

For a large background stamp, I flip it over and lay it on the craft table. Ink the stamp with the Crumb Cake ink.

Carefully lay the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock on top of the Birch stamp. Place a large clear block over the top and press down evenly.

Carefully lift the cardstock off the Birch stamp. I love the birch image as a background!

I have an old version of the Dashing Deer stamp set. Tip: If you own an old set of the clear mount for the Dashing Deer, you will need something to help it adhere to the clear block. I use a very thin layer of the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. When the glue dries, it is sticky enough to hold the stamp on the clear block. The stamp can be taken off when you are finished and stored with the glue on it. The newer version which was available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is very sticky so you don’t need to do this step.

Let the glue dry completely before trying to place on a clear block.

Stamp the sentiment “Happiest Christmas Wishes” in Cherry Cobbler ink onto the Birch card piece in the lower right-hand corner.

Stamp the reindeer in Soft Suede ink onto the 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. So adorable! I just love the pattern on the body of the reindeer.

Adhere the stamped reindeer card piece to the 4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score mark. Use the bone folder to get a crisp fold. Adhere the Crumb Cake Birch piece to the card front.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the piece with the stamped deer. I usually cut my Dimensionals in half so they will last longer. However, I use a full Dimensional in the center so that it won’t sink down.

Adhere the reindeer piece to the card front.

How to make a bow

Use a glue dot to adhere the bow to the card front.

Use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer several Gold Metallic Pearls to the antlers of the reindeer.

And Viola! that is all there is to making this wonderful Christmas card!

Join me next week for more step by step set instructions perfect for the beginner stamper to make another great card!

Stampin’ Up Products used include: Stamp Set: Dashing Deer #151362 and Birch #149259; Paper: Very Vanilla #101650, Crumb Cake #120953 and Cherry Cobbler #119685; Ink: Crumb Cake # 147116, Cherry Cobbler #147083 and Soft Suede #147115; Clear Blocks: C #118486, D #118485 and F #118484; Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler 3/8 inch Diagonal Stripe Ribbon #150439 and Gold Metallic Pearls #146282; and the Take Your Pick Tool #144107.

Posted in Birthday, bow, Butterfly, flowers

Butterfly Birthday

Butterflies are so beautiful! Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! has many butterfly stamps.!

This card was made for a color challenge which included Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz.

The stamped images all came from this stamp set Butterfly Wishes. There are many additional butterflies in the set which could be stamped on different cards. I love the sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you” but today I wanted to do a Birthday card.

Measurements: Cardstock: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a score at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White: 3 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches and 2 1/4 x 3/4 inches; Balmy Blue: 5 x 3 7/8 inches, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and 4 x 1 inch; and Highland Heather: 5 1/2 x 4 inches and 4 x 2 inches.

Additional supplies: Butterfly Duet Punch. Ink: Memento and Pear Pizzazz; Stampin’ Blend: Light Highland Heather; Clear Blocks A, B, C, and E; 8 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon; Bone Folder; Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Glue Dots.

Use Memento ink to stamp the sentiment “Birthday Wishes” onto the 2 1/4 x 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Use Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the floral branch onto the 3 7/8 x 1 7/8 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Stamp the 2 different sizes of butterflies in Memento ink onto the 4 x 1 inch piece of Balmy Blue cardstock. You will need 2 of the smaller butterfly. Tip: Space the 2 small butterflies apart by a couple of inches so the punch won’t ruin one. Stamp the larger butterfly in Memento ink onto the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of the Balmy Blue cardstock.

This is the Butterfly Duet punch.

Punch out the larger butterfly and the 2 smaller butterflies. Tip: I find it easiest to place the punch upside down on the table, position the image, and then use the heel of my hand to punch firmly and quickly. After you position the image, close the punch just enough to hold it in place before you actually punch it.

Use the light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker to color the flowers on the floral branch.

I decided that the sentiment was a little too long so I cut off 1/4 inch from each end.

Use the Bone Folder to make the fold on the card base nice and neat.

Adhere the 5 x 3 7/8 inch Balmy blue to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Highland Heather. Adhere the floral branch piece to the 4 x 2 inch Highland Heather.

Adhere the layers to the card base. All are adhered flat.

Adhere Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the backs of the butterflies and the “Birthday Wishes” sentiment. I cut my Dimensionals in half to fit the smaller butterflies.

Adhere the sentiment to the card front. And then adhere the butterflies.

Tie a bow with the Polka Dot Tulle. Note: This stuff sticks to itself. Stay calm and just keep adjusting the bow until you like it. If one is to far gone from messing with it, throw it away and try again. Just speaking from experience! If you need help with the bow tying watch the video on my blog at https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/theresas-treasures.com/657

And there you have a very nice Butterfly Birthday card!

I also made one with different colors. I used Crumb Cake and Terracota Tile.with the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blend.

Thank you to all of you who ordered products and attended my classes. The Summer Promotion to win the Free as A Bird Stamp set, Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, 3/8 inch Scalloped Lace Trim, Flower Faceted Gems, Memento ink and clear block went to Amanda T.

Stampin’ Up! Products used included: Stamp Set: Butterfly Wishes #149346; Cardstock: Balmy Blue #146982, Highland Heather #146986 and Whisper White #100730; Ink: Memento #132708 and Pear Pizzazz #147104; Punch: Butterfly Duet #148523; Ribbon: 3/8 Polka Dot Tulle #146912; Stampin’ Blends: Light Highland Heather #146881; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, C #118486 and E #118484; Bone folder #102300; Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Glue Dots #103683 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755

Posted in beginner stamper, bow

Making a Bow

Today I would like to demonstrate how to make a bow to put on a card. I have tried several ways and found these 2 ways to be the easiest, as well as to make the best looking bow. I did take photos but I think a video is better.

Stampin’ Up! product: All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack #148584

I have my brother coming to visit this weekend so I will have something new for you all on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!