Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, encouragement, Inspiration, Masking Technique, Religious, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Prayers with His Love

One of the special ways I share my cards is by making religious cards and donating them to my church to sell in their gift shop.

The new stamp set called His Love by Stampin’ Up!® lends itself to several great card ideas.

This is a general note card which is very versatile. You could send someone encouragement to help them through a hard time, or send the card to celebrate a baptism, first communion or confirmation.

I created this card from one of my sketches. When I receive a card from someone, or see something on Pinterest or the Web, I copy down a sketch of the basic elements of the card onto a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch white card stock. I keep these for times when I need a starting point to create a card.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS) card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, 3 x 4 inches and 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Night of Navy CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches and a 3/4 x 4 1/8 inch strip; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 x 5 1/4 inches. 1/4 inch Metallic ribbon in Seaside Spray: 5 1/2 inches.

Additional supplies: Memento ink; Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers in Ivory and Light and Dark Balmy Blue; super sticky note paper for a mask; Basic Pearl Jewels; Foam Adhesive Sheet; Glue Dots and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stamp the inside of the card first. Stamp the sentiment “His Love Never Fails” and the image of the Bible in Memento ink on to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Set aside.

Stamp the praying hands in Memento ink onto the lower left corner of the 3 x 4 inch Whisper White CS and onto the super sticky note paper.

Trim the super sticky note paper praying hands close to the outline with Paper Snips. This is your Mask. Place the mask over the stamped praying hands. Stamp the sentiment “Faith” in Memento ink on to the bottom right corner. Now using Night Of Navy ink, stamp the cross over the mask.

Let the ink dry for a minute or two, then remove the mask. Such a fun technique!

Color the cross as desired with the light and dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I colored the hands with the Ivory Stampin’ Blend. You could also use Crumb Cake, Soft Suede or Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends for the skin color.

Add a little of the light and dark Balmy Blue to the ribbon in the Bible.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Artistry Blooms DSP to the 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Night of Navy CS.

Use Glue Dots on the ends of the 1/4 inch Metallic ribbon to adhere it to the 3/4 x 4 1/8 inch strip of Night Of Navy CS. Adhere the ribbon and Night of Navy CS piece to the Artistry Blooms DSP on the Night Of Navy CS.

To give the card a little dimension, I used the new Foam Adhesive Sheet. First I cut the sheet into four 3 3/4 x 1/4 inch strips.

I adhered the four strips to the back of the praying hands piece, then adhered it to the card front. This is a lot easier than using 15+ of the Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line. This is your card base. Adhere the praying hands and cross piece to the front of the card base. Adhere the inside piece to the inside of the card base.

Now for some Bling!

First I placed the large pearl in the center of the cross. I then placed the smallest pearls on each arm of the cross.

Next I placed 3 medium sized pearls on the background in a triangular orientation. Finally, I added some of the smaller pearls next to the medium sized pearls to make three clusters of pearls.

Now for the final touch, a bit of Wink of Stella on the arms of the cross.

And Viola! You now have a very versatile religious card! I just love how this turned out.

Here are two other versions using the same sketch as the starting point.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you give this a try. Anytime you receive a card and you like the layout, try jotting it down as a sketch to use to start another card. It is a lot of fun to come up with designs using a sketch to start.

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Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Butterfly, encouragement, Fun/Fancy fold card, Love/Affection

Friday’s Fun Fold Card with Forever Fern

Hello and welcome to Friday! Yes, you made it through another week! On Fridays I will post a Technique or Fun Fold. Today’s card is a fun fold that is really very simple to make.

The Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern stamp set is new in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. There are many leaf images that make creating with the set very rewarding. There is even a little “splatter” stamp as you can see from the Pretty Peacock splatter on the inside of the card.

Measurements: Garden Green Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inches, and 4 x 3 1/2 inches; Whisper White CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and two 4 x 2 1/2 inches; Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper DSP) in two different designs: 4 x 2 1/2 inches and 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches. You will also need the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon in a 5 inch and 9 inch length, and some gold leaves from the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper.

Let’s start stamping! Use the Garden Green ink for the bunch of leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set to stamp onto the 4 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Then use the Pretty Peacock ink to stamp the butterfly from the Positive Thoughts stamp set leaving space around the leaves and butterfly so they can be cut out.

Fussy cut the bunch of leaves and the butterfly, then set aside.

Using Garden Green ink, stamp the sentiment “Friends like you mean more every year” from the Positive Thoughts stamp set onto the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White in the center and slightly above the midline. Now stamp the large bunch of leaves in the upper right and left corners, not quite symmetrically.

Now stamp the medium leaf branch in Old Olive around the perimeter. Generally, 3 is a good number of one image (although I broke this rule with the large branch 😊).

The smaller branch of leaves is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink (oops, I broke the rule of 3’s again!). I still like the way it looks, so I guess I can get away with it this time!

If you want, add some of the splatters with Pretty Peacock ink. Some are full strength, others are Stamped Off.

Fold the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Garden Green CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold. Now fold at the 2 3/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder again.

Adhere the 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 inch Forever Greenery DSP to the 4 x 3 3/4 inch Garden Green CS. Use Glue Dots to adhere the 5 inch piece of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.

Use the Bone Folder to curve the wings of the butterfly.

Punch a circle with the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch and adhere it to the card panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper gold leaf branch to the punched out circle. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the Garden Green bunch of leaves and the Pretty Peacock butterfly. Use a Glue Dot to adhere the ribbon that is tied from the 9 inch piece of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. Set aside.

Adhere the 4 x 2 1/2 inch Forever Greenery DSP to the 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch section on the outside of the card base. Now adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch panel to the inside of the card.

This is the card so far. Lay the panel with the gold leaf and butterfly in place.

Make a light pencil mark on the butterfly panel to help you know where to put the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the butterfly panel to the card front.

Now for the Bling! Today I am using the Gold Metallic Pearls. The Take Your Pick tool is the easiest way to transfer these tiny pearls from the sheet to your card.

And Viola! you have a really pretty fun fold to send to a good friend!

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Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, encouragement, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Watercolor Techniques

It Starts with Art

A lot of us spend a lot of our time working in jobs that we may not like. The easy solution is to change to a job we do like. But that is not always possible. One way to “survive” your job is to “Start with Art”. Being creative is known to help improve your psychological well being. This Stampin’ Up! stamp set is retiring soon, so don’t waste any more time and let’s create a card to help you “Follow Your Art” no matter what your art may be!

This card is so fun because of all the color and the mixed designs! There are also a few Techniques thrown in there as well!

Here is the It Starts with Art stamp set. There are many exciting images to make a host of cards. I decided to use the stack of ribbon since it complimented the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I chose.

Measurements: Blueberry Bushel card stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; Follow Your Art DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; Coastal Cabana CS: 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches and Whisper White CS: two 4 x 3 inch pieces.

Let’s get stamping!

Stamp the sentiment “Follow your art” on one end of one 4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS in Memento ink. Leave space around the sentiment for the Tailored Tag Punch. Flip the Whisper White CS around and stamp the stack of spools on the opposite end.

For coloring the spools of ribbon, I did a bit of experimentation with markers and decided the Watercolor Pencils created the most appealing look. When I used the markers, I did not like the card. I actually thought it was ugly! The Watercolor Pencils made the card look so much better! I did use the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker since there is not a Watercolor Pencil in Blushing Bride. The colors for the Watercolor Pencils are Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana. One of the Techniques is to use the Blender Pen.

I started coloring with the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker on the middle spool. I tried to only put one layer of ink down and keep the color light.

I colored the top spool and the stripes on the bottom ribbon with the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil. I did color a little darker in areas where I wanted a slight shadow.

I colored the middle ribbon with the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil. The bottom spool and the ribbon on top are colored in Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil.

Blending Technique The Blender Pen is a dual tipped pen filled with a specialized solution for easy blending. You just go over the Watercolor Pencil with a light touch and blend the color. To clean off the color, you just write on scrap paper until the fluid from the pen runs clear. I started Blending the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil first.

Next I blended the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil, and finally the Calypso Coral.

Now we need to fussy cut the spools of ribbon.

Tip: To fussy cut into really tight space, use the very tip of your Paper Snips and make very tiny cuts. I did try just leaving the center of the heart uncut, but I did not like the way it looked. Set this piece aside.

Punch the sentiment out with the Tailored Tag Punch. (I had to photograph this card twice because I did use the Stampin’ Write Markers initially. That is why the spools of ribbon are still there).

Prepare to use the Aqua Painter by squeezing the closed Blueberry Bushel ink pad to get a little ink on the lid. Add a few drops of water to the ink. Place the sentiment card piece on scrap paper as this technique can be a little messy. The black cardstock is just there so the sentiment card piece would show on the photograph.

Splatter Technique Flick the tip of the Aqua Painter on the lid to splatter the color onto the sentiment card piece. Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing water out onto a paper towel until the water runs clear.

Squeeze the Calypso Coral ink pad and get some ink on the Aqua Painter. Flick the Calypso Coral ink in the same way as the Blueberry Bushel. Allow to dry, or use your Heat Tool to dry the ink more quickly.

Punch a label with the Tailored Tag Punch from the 4 x 3 inch Blueberry Bushel CS. Use the Paper Snips to cut the tag in half lengthwise.

Glue one half of the Tailored Tag Punch to the bottom half of the sentiment card piece. Now glue the other half on top.

Now to stamp the inside of the card. Use the larger button stamp to stamp onto the second 4 x 3 inch Whisper White using the Blueberry Bushel ink. Remember that an odd number of images seems more pleasing to the eye than an even number.

Use the smaller button stamp to stamp in Calypso Coral ink and Coastal Cabana ink.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch Coastal Cabana CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold.

Adhere the 4 x 3 inch Follow Your Art DSP to the front of the little card. Adhere the piece stamped with the buttons to the inside of the little card.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Follow Your Art DSP to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch Blueberry Bushel CS. Now adhere the little card to the center of the Blueberry Bushel card piece.

This card is a little different. Fun, fun, fun!

We will use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and the spools of ribbon.

I decided that the sentiment did not show up as much as I would like. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. I placed it onto the sentiment piece to size it and then adhered it in place.

Adhere the spools of ribbon in place.

Viola! You have a card to keep around to help inspire you to “Follow Your Art”! Or you can send it off to someone else who may need encouragement!

Thanks so much for coming by today! I hope you are doing well, and if not, I hope you have an opportunity to try to start with art to lift up your spirits!

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Posted in beginner stamper, Butterfly, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Inspiration, Mini Catalog 2020, Positive Thoughts, Punch, Spring

Bonus! Card and Bookmark from one 6 x 6 inch Best Dressed Designer Series Paper!

This is a great way to use most of the 6 x 6 inch piece of a Designer Series Paper (DSP). I know a lot of folks don’t really read a real live book anymore, but you can use the bookmark in your planner, recipe book, Bible, etc. Nonetheless, an inspirational card and bookmark is a wonderful handmade gift to give someone.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 6 1/4 x 2 inches, 5 x 2 inches and 5 x 2 1/2 inches; Best Dressed DSP: 6 x 6 inches (I will show you how to cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches); and Melon Mambo CS: 5 x 2 inches. You will also need the following Punches: 1 3/4 inch Circle, Pretty Label, Butterfly Duet and Scalloped Tag Topper.

Using the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer, make the first cut on the Best Dressed DSP at 5 1/4 inches.

Turn the paper 90 degrees. The second cut is at 4 inches. The larger piece is 5 1/4 x 4 inches, which is what you will need for the card front. The smaller piece is 5 1/4 x 2 inches. Tip: I labeled the cutting blade “CUT” and the score blade “SCORE” so I would remember which was which. It is so sad when you accidentally CUT when you meant to SCORE!

The third cut will trim the 5 1/4 x 2 inches down to 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. This will be the piece for the bookmark. You will end up with a little bit of left over DSP, but not much.

Now for some stamping! I love the Butterfly Wishes stamp set because there are several different types of butterflies. These two happen to coordinate with the Butterfly Duet Punch. Stamp the larger butterfly in Melon Mambo ink onto one end of the 5 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the smaller butterfly in Melon Mambo ink on the other end.

There are two sentiments, one for the card and one for the bookmark. Stamp the sentiment “Love to celebrate you” in Melon Mambo ink in the center of one end of the 5 x 2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the other sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you” in the center of the other end. Be mindful about the placement so that the punches will be able to go around the sentiments.

The punches are the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch and the Pretty Label Punch. Use the Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment “Love to celebrate you”. Tip: I find it easier to use the punches if I lay them upside down on the table and use the heel of my hand to push down firmly and quickly.

Use the Pretty Label Punch to punch out the sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you”.

Punch out a Pretty Label using the Melon Mambo CS.

Use the Butterfly Duet Punch to punch out the two butterflies.

Punch out the smaller butterfly first, then the larger butterfly.

Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with the 6 1/4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS to make the bookmark. Tip: This punch is a little different. I do flip it upside down so I can see where the paper is, but you need to squeeze it firmly and quickly to make it punch the paper. It may be better to squeeze with both hands.

Gather all the pieces as shown above to make the bookmark.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch DSP to the Whisper White CS bookmark.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and the small butterfly. Adhere these to the bookmark.

For a finishing touch, I used 6 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and then tied a bow around it with 10 inches of Whisper White Bakers Twine.

Use the Bone Folder on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is the card base. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Best Dressed DSP to the front of the card base.

Adhere the Melon Mambo CS Pretty Label to the back of the Pretty Label with the sentiment on it.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment label and the large butterfly. Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

I had to remove one of the Stampin’ Dimensionals so that the butterfly would sit properly over the label with the sentiment.

Tie a bow with 10 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle and one with 10 inches of the Whisper White Bakers Twine. Use Glue Dots to adhere the bows to the card front.


Viola! You have a beautiful card! But wait……

Viola! You have a beautiful card and a matching bookmark! What a great gift to give to someone to uplift their spirits!

Thanks for joining me. I hope you try this out. It is a lot of fun to make! Remember that the new Annual Catalog is just around the corner, and there are many stamp sets, punches, dies and embellishments which are retiring. Go to my online store by clicking SHOP HERE and look at the Last Chance Products. There are several on sale, some at 60% off! Let me know if I can be of assistance in placing your order. Contact me in a comment on this blog, private message me on my Theresa’s Treasures Facebook page by clicking HERE, or send me an email at: theresastreasures.az@gmail.com. Also notify me if you would like a 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog mailed to you. I would love to have you as my customer!

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