Posted in beginner stamper, Blender Pen, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Grunge style, Masking Technique, Photopolymer, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Tips for Learning the Masking Technique

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I will demonstrate the Masking Technique to make the leaves appear to be behind the flowers. This adds dimension to your card.

This card is one of three that is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Harvest stamp set. The first card was a Birthday card which you can see on the previous blog. This second card is one to express gratitude. Let’s get started!

Side note: My joint replacement in my right middle finger is doing well but I do still have a bandage on it. Today I chose a purple bandage. Might as well make it colorful!

I also used the Sea of Textures stamp set to add some grunge to the card.

Measurements: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inch Blushing Bride and 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White.

The Stampin’ Up! ink colors for this card are: Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. Tip: The Early Espresso dries more slowly than the other colors so take care not to smear the ink, which I have done many times!

The clear blocks needed are: B, C, D, and H.

Tip: The stamps in this set are Photopolymer so you will need the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

I actually made a mistake when photographing this part. You do not need the Stampin’ Pierce mat for this red rubber stamp. However, it did not seem to affect the quality of the image. Ink the stamp from the Sea of Textures stamp set with Crumb Cake and Stamp Off onto a scrap paper before stamping on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White card piece. The idea is to create a faint frame for the flowers.

Continue around the entire border.

The flower is a Two Step Stamp. The stamp on the left is larger and less detailed than the stamp on the right. I used the larger stamp first, but you could do it either way. Try it both ways to see which is easier. Sometimes when the two layers need to be lined up, it is easier to use the more detailed stamp first as it is easier to see through the less detailed stamp.

First stamp a flower in the lower left hand corner, slightly off to the right, using the Blushing Bride ink.

Then stamp a flower in the upper left hand corner and another to the right of the flower on the bottom left hand corner. Tip: Try not to make them perfectly spaced as this does not look natural.

Now use the smaller more detailed flower stamp and stamp directly over the top of the first stamp lining up the center. It isn’t so obvious here, but the flower looks more full after the second layer is stamped on.

To stamp the center of the flower, use the Early Espresso ink and Stamp Off onto the scrap paper first.

Now to prepare for the Masking Technique. Start with three sheets of sticky note paper and stamp the image of the larger flower over the edge with the sticky on it.

Now cut around the edge. Some people cut really close to the stamped edge and others leave a little border. I left a little border.

Separate the papers so you have the three sticky note flowers.

Stick the sticky note flowers on over your stamped flowers.

Tip: Take care to line up the mask properly. Identify a recognizable part of the image to be able to place the mask over the stamped image easily.

The leaves are a Two Step Stamp also. Tip: I made a mistake when I first did this card and used the less detailed stamp on the left first. I found that it was easier to line up the second layer if the more detailed stamp on the right was used first.

Stamp the first layer of the leaves as desired around the flowers.

Go over the first layer of leaves with the second stamp.

Peel the mask off.

Oops! I had not lined my mask up properly and this left a hole in my leaves! Not to worry, there are two ways to fix this that I can think of. The first fix is to do it all over. Urgh!

The second fix is to use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen.

The way to use the Blender Pen is to first get some ink on the lid of your stamp pad case. Flip the ink pad over and apply firm pressure. Then open up the stamp case and there should be a nice layer of ink in the lid. Scribble the Blender Pen at the edge of the ink spot and blend it out so that there is a light amount of ink on the pen.

Now apply the ink to the paper gently with a small circular motion until the leaf looks whole again. Not too bad, eh?

When you are finished blending, scribble the Blender Pen on a scrap piece of paper until all the color is out. Now it can be used again with another color! How cool is that!?!

Okay, back to the card we were making. Use the Early Espresso ink to stamp the sentiment in the upper right hand corner. Take care not to smear the ink by allowing extra time for it to dry.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Blushing Bride.

Adhere the Blushing Bride to the card base. Flip the card over before rubbing it so that the ink doesn’t smear.

And there you have it! Wasn’t that fun? You can do a lot of really interesting cards using the Masking Technique. Take time to play with this technique. If you liked this card and the instructions, please Like my blog. Thanks for stopping by!

The Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Painted Harvest #144783, Sea of Textures #146488; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Blushing Bride #131198; Ink: Crumb Cake #147116, Blushing Bride #147100, Early Espresso #147114 and Garden Green #147089; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486, D #118485, and H #118490; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Paper Snips #103579; Blender Pen #102845; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cake, Designer Series Paper, flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Wedding

Sparkly Wedding Cake Card

Boy, what a day! I was planning on finishing the blog about this gorgeous, sparkly wedding cake card, but my youngest son had a Science Fair paper and display board to do. So we spent the whole day doing that! Now, I am going to get this out to you!

This beautiful wedding card is not hard to make as you will see by the following steps. This is the 3rd in a series of 3 cards made with Stampin’ Up!’s Piece of Cake stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches; Petal Pink 5 x 2 1/4 inches, Floral Romance Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4 3/4 x 2 inches, Fresh Fig 3 x 2 1/4 inches and Whisper White 2 3/4 x 2 inches.

Some of the other products you will need are Memento Ink, Fresh Fig Ink and the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker.

First stamp the cake platter in Memento ink onto the bottom half of the 2 3/4 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White.

Next stamp the cake in Fresh Fig onto the platter. As you can see, some ink got on my block. Fortunately it did not get on my cardstock!

Now add the little floral bouquet in Fresh Fig on top of the cake.

Use the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the roses and rosebuds, as well as the center of the daisy-like flowers.

Adhere the colored cake onto the 3 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Fresh Fig. Set aside.

The Floral Romance Designer series paper has this piece of Vellum in the pack. Isn’t it gorgeous? Vellum is a special type of paper that is more translucent. As such, the adhesive will often show through to the other side. Tip: I used a very thin line of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue around the edges.

When adhering the Vellum to the piece of Petal Pink cardstock, I gently massaged the glue into an even layer so that it did not show through.

Lay the two completed card pieces onto the Whisper White card base without using any adhesive. This is to help with placement of the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment “Mr & Mrs” in Memento Ink to the lower right hand corner of the card front.

Now use adhesive to adhere the Petal Pink piece to the card front.

Using Stampin’ Dimensionals on the cake piece, adhere it to the middle of the card front.

This is a very pretty wedding card. But we are not finished yet. We are going to add some bling!

These sparkly pink flowers and sequins are from the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins in the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog. In order to transfer them easily, I use the Paper Piercing Tool.

First I added one flower sequin in the center, then one on either side of it to continue the garland.

Next I added 3 sequins. The 3rd sequin is on the little pink flower.

And Viola! You have made a wonderful, gorgeous and sparkly wedding card! Now to get invited to a wedding!

I am heading out of town for the rest of the week to attend a medical conference. You may or may not know that I am a retired Family Medicine Physician. I still try to keep my brain active by keeping up my medical education hours. My plan is to try to blog while there. I have the next 3 cards all ready to go! If it doesn’t work out, I will have the blogs for you next week.

I am going to be using the Stampin’ Up! Nine Lives stamp set. And yes, you guessed it, it has to do with cats!

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration is still on for another month, until March 31, 2019. Some of the free products are running out, so don’t delay any further and make your order soon! For more details, go to my store by selecting the “Shop” button on top.

The Stampin’ Up! products I used today include: Stamp Set: Piece of Cake #148610; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Fresh Fig #144242; Ink: Memento #132708 and Fresh Fig #147144; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and C #118486; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Dark Flirty Flamingo #147032; Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins #148561; Stampin’ Piece Mat #126199; Paper Piercing Tool;126189; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Butterfly, Cling Stamp, flowers

Butterflies in Winter

One of the scenes I love in Spring is of the butterflies and flowers. So, even though it is still winter I can bring this scene to life on a card. For this card I used Stampin’ Up! Beauty Abounds and the ‘You’re so Awesome’ sentiment from Flowering Desert. The colors are Shaded Spruce and Pineapple Punch. The card base is in Whisper White cardstock.

I started out with this stamp from Beauty Abounds, and the Shaded Spruce ink.

Apply the ink by tapping on the ink pad, straight up and straight down, until you have ink evenly on the raised part of the stamp. If you have ink on the red rubber around the stamp, or on your block, try tapping more lightly.

Press the stamp straight down on your cardstock and apply moderate but even pressure for about 5 seconds. Take care not to rock the block. Lift the stamp straight up. Following this procedure each time will allow you to get a nice clean image.

Add a few butterflies in Pineapple Punch ink.

Stamp the sentiment from Flowering Cactus in Shaded Spruce onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3/4 inch by 4 inches.

The trick to getting a nice banner edge, is to start by cutting straight in at the middle.

Next, cut from one corner to the middle.

Then from the opposite corner to the middle.

Viola!

Now, adhere the Whisper White with the sentiment onto a strip of Pineapple Punch measuring 1 inch by 4 1/2 inches. Then cut the banner edge as shown.

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to apply the sentiment to the card. These are a piece of foam with adhesive on both sides.

I applied the Dimensionals as shown. This will lift the sentiment up from the card a bit and add, well, add dimension to your card.

The Whisper White card base measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and is folded in half. I trimmed the butterfly and flower piece to 2 1/2 x 3 5/8 inches and adhered it to a piece of Pineapple Punch measuring 2 5/8 x 3 3/4 inches. The first layer is Shaded Spruce at 5 1/4 x 4 inches. I added sequins to put some sparkle on the card.

Supplies used are : Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Shaded Spruce #146981, and Pineapple Punch #146971; Ink: Shaded Spruce #147088 and Pineapple Punch #147141; Stamp sets: Flowering Desert #148700 and Beauty Abounds #148726; Clear Blocks: E #118484 and H #118490; Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins #148561; Paper Snips #103579 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.