Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Birthday Above the Rest

Stamps: SU Lift Me Up
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Carried Away DSP, Bermuda Bay, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Kraft
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Bermuda Bay
Accessories: SU Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips
Techniques: Partial Die Cutting

This card was made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday April Technique Challenge - Partial Die Cutting.

The challenge required that the card base be cut partially with a die ABOVE the fold line. When I started thinking about things that float up, the great Stampin' Up! "Up & Away" die set (retired) came immediately to mind. I wanted the card, including the balloon protruding above the fold line to fit into an A2 envelope, so cut my Whisper White Thick cardstock 6"x 5-1/2", and lightly marked the fold line with a pencil at 3". But DON'T fold it yet!

Place your die partially across the fold line (in my card, the balloon and large cloud), then place the top plate on your die cutting machine over what will be the BACK of your card up to, but not overlapping, the fold line. This will result in the die cut being only on what will be the back of the card. 

Now, using your scoring tool, score only BETWEEN your die cut images (in my case, from the left edge to the cloud, then from the cloud to the balloon, then from the balloon to the right card edge). You can now fold the card and the pieces you die cut will be sticking up from the card front.

The balloon die cut is rather unique in that it has "holes" in it that need color, so I diecut a second balloon from SU Bermuda Bay cardstock, and backed it with die cuts that would show thorough using Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party Marina Mist, Night of Navy, and Calypso Coral. The basket was backed with brown Kraft cardstock. These were all glued on the back of the aqua balloon BEFORE the balloon was glued on top of the partial cutout balloon. Since I wanted to use the balloon "scenery" Designer Series Paper (DSP) on the card front, I glued that down with Tombow glue BEFORE gluing down the aqua balloon.

The same for the cloud, except I mounted it with adhesive foam strips, and offset it a bit from the partial die cut cloud to give it more depth.

The sentiment was part of a stamp from the SU "Lift Me Up" matching stamp set. It was inked with SU Bermuda Bay ink, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. This was in turn matted with a scrap of Bermuda Bay cardstock, and mounded o the lower left corner of the card front with adhesive foam strips to compliment the raised cloud shape.

Note, that since your partial die cuts were cut from the back of the card, you will probably want to glue a piece of cardstock inside your card to cover the die cut holes.

This card wasn't difficult, but did require some planning ahead of time. So I am rating it a difficulty level of "3" out of "5". It was a fun card to do!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Elegant Butterfly Pop-Out

Keywords: Pop Out Card popoutcard
Stamps: SU Papillon Potpourri
Paper: SU Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, DCWV Scalloped Cardstock Stack, Recollections Modern Bouquet Paper Pad
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: SU Elegant Butterfly Punch, Spellbinders Netabilities Circles & Scalloped Circles, Paper Snips, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, Big Shot
Techniques: Pop Out Card

This card was made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #360 (

I had just seen a new technique called "Pop Out Card" that I wanted to try. Since it involves a circle punched in the center of your card front, I KNEW it had to be featured in my Design Team card for this week!!!

You start by creating your card front - which was double easy since we had a great sketch to work with this week!

I wanted to go out on a limb and use a different color combination. I started with some lovely Recollections floral aqua print paper. It matched SU's Island Indigo perfectly. So I got out my color wheel to see which colors would form a triad with blue-green - and discovered that yellow-orange and red-violet. This was perfect since I wanted to feature a Monarch butterfly is the pop-out element.

Following the sketch this week, I cut and adhered all the layers on the card front. then selected a circle die that was just slightly smaller than the butterfly I wanted to feature. For details on how to build your pop-out see:

It takes a lot of repeated running the 4-layer card through the Big Shot to get the die to cut all the way through. As a matter of fact, I finally resorted to turning the card over and putting the die on the side (with the card layed flat - NOT folded!) to get the final cut. To make this easier on yourself, I recommend using paper instead of cardstock on as many layers as you can.

After the hole was die-cut, it seemed it needed just a little dash of something, so I die cut a scalloped matting and glued it around the hole.

The pop-out element is created by first stamping three images of your butterfly (heart, or any symmetric punch/die that's slightly larger than your die-cut hole). I then used my SU Elegant Butterfly punch and punched out all three. Fold each butterfly in half, then glue half of two of the butterflies to the back of the butterfly you have chosen as the "front". Fold the back butterflies flat against the front so the non-stamped side of the butterflies can have adhesive put on them. I chose Tear & Tape since it is extra strong for all the pressure that would be put on the butterfly from repeated opening of the card.

Then, close your card and slip the butterfly in through the hole, centering it so all the wing tips are outside and on top of the circle hole. Press the butterfly against the inside of the card. 

Now the butterfly will hold your card closed, then when the card is opened, it will be featured as a 3D element inside your card!

This card wasn't difficult to make, but getting all those layers of cardstock to cut through with my circle die was a chore! Remember the paper advice I gave above to make it easier to die-cut. Because of this, and the careful construction of the butterfly pop-out, I am giving this card a difficulty rating of "4" out of "5". If you use paper instead of cardstock layering, the difficulty would be a "3". Have fun!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gilded Faux Silk Easter

Stamps: SU Ornate Ornaments, More Great Greetings
Paper: SU Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Tissue Paper
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum, Coastal Cabana, Wild Wasabi, Versamark
Accessories: Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Spellbinders Labels Four Nestabilities, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Wonder Tape, Adhesive Foam Strips, Water Squirt Bottle
Techniques: Gilded Faux Silk

This card was made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #359. 

The sketch this week is a very straightforward one, but of course I am always looking for an excuse to try new techniques. This week I'm trying "Gilded Faux Silk" because it looks so great with either "Easter colors" or more dark colors. For a great photo and video tutorial, please visit:

I started by stamping an ornamental Easter egg all over a piece of tissue paper larger than my front card panel using four different "Easter colors" (Stampin' Up!'s Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Perfect Plum, and Wild Wasabi). I then crumpled up the tissue paper into a tight ball, then semi-flattened it out, I slathered Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue all over my 4"x5-1/4" panel of Whisper White cardstock and laid the crumpled tissue paper on top of the glue so that the paper extended beyond all four sides of the panel. DO NOT press out the wrinkles, but gently adhere the tissue allowing the wrinkles to remain. After the glue has dried, spritz your tissue paper with water to make the colors run (and thereby making the colors softer). Allow this wet sandwich to dry (probably overnight like I did). The paper will warp, but we'll take care of that later.

Lightly touch your Versamark ink pad to the dried panel so that all the crests of your wrinkles get inked. Don't press too hard, or you'll get the flat parts of the panel inked, too. Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the panel and shake off the excess that doesn't stick. Then set with your heat tool. Either cut off the excess tissue paper where it extends beyond your white cardstock, or wrap it around and glue it on the back.

Because the water spritzing causes the white cardstock panel to warp, I put Wonder Tape (that super sticky tape that has a read backing) over the entire back of the panel as close to the edges as possible. This allowed me to stick the warped panel down flat onto the Perfect Plum card base.

The Easter sentiment is from SU's retired "More Great Greetings". It was stamped onto Whisper White cut with Spellbinder's "Labels Four" Nestabilties dies. I created the pink mat by using the same die, and tracing around it, then cutting it out by hand. The purple mat was the next size up die, that I cut out with my Big Shot.

The horizontal banner was hand cut on my trimmer, then flagged with a pair of paper snips. The banner was attached using Wonder Tape (because of the uneven surface of the gilded wrinkles), and the matted sentiment element was attached with adhesive foam strips.

I like the effect the Gilded Faux Silk technique creates, and will use it again!

Although there are a lot of steps in creating this card, it wasn't too hard, so I am rating it as a "3" out of "5" in terms of difficulty.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Arabesque Birthday

Stamps: SU Petite Pairs
Paper: Recollections Purple Ombre, Lattice Cardstock Paper, SU Whisper White,
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Perfect Plum
Accessories: Sizzix Regal Flip-its 559633, SU Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, Recollections Pearls
Techniques: Die Cutting, Paper Piecing, Fancy Folds

This card was made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Tic Tac Tuesday Challenge #2:  in which I chose the bottom horizontal line: purple - scallops - dots.

I was shopping for embroidery thread at Michaels, and of course had to walk through the clearance section where I found a Flip-it card die for $9 (regularly $29!). Of course I had to bring it home and try it out!!! 

The card base was die cut from Michaels' Recollections darkest purple from their Purple Ombre collection using a full 8-1/2" width of cardstock, with the right end slipped through and OVER the Flip-it die, so that I would have an extra panel to fold under the large arabesque medallion element. 

The die set was so tempting because not only does it have various sizes of arabesque shapes, but also has dies that cut out the pattern paper for the flip panels!!! I had bought a multi-color arabesque pattern paper pack from Michaels called "Lattice Cardstock Paper) a couple years ago, and I thought it would go well with the front panel die. It was glued to the front panel with Tombow liquid glue. This pattern was chosen to meet the "scallops" part of the Tic Tac Tuesday challenge.

I used the largest arabesque medallion die to cut a medium purple shape for the "flip-it" element of the card base. I then stamped the birthday sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s "Petite Pairs" birthday sentiment onto SU Whisper White cardstock. I cut this out using the same large die as the medallion so that it would fit exactly inside the "hole" of the medallion.

The right panel of the card base was folded inside, then covered with a piece of the same light cardstock as the medallion that I had run through my Big Shot using the SU "Modern Mosaic" embossing folder. This was glued down with Tombow glue.

Finally, I added four medium size pearl embellishments to the center for the right-most embossed arabesque shapes for the "dots" of the Tic Tac Tuesday challenge.

The Sizzix die set made this card super easy! Because of that, I am rating the card difficulty as a "2" out of "5".

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Celebrate You Embossing Mosaic

Stamps: SU Mosaic Madness, Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: SU Island Indigo, Pool Party Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Island Indigo, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: SU Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Mosaic Punch, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, MISTI

This card was made as a Design Team card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday March Technique Challenge. The technique challenge was to create a card that including embossing - either dry or heat embossing.

I always like the simplicity and drama that Stampin' Up's "Modern Mosaic" embossing folder creates, so I decided to make a card that shows the difference when using either the "front" and "back" of the embossed panel.

My Whisper White panel was cut 2-1/2" x 3-1/2", then run through my Big Shot using the embossing folder. I chose the side with the mosaic pieces "raised up". I matted it with a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock cut 1/4" wide both in height and width.

The Pool Party panel was cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/4" and run through the Big Shot with the same embossing folder. Only this time, I chose the side where the mosaic pieces are sunk "down". I matted this with a piece of Island Indigo cardstock cut 1/4" inch wider and longer than the embossed piece.

The matted blue piece was glued down towards the top of the Whisper White card base using Tombow glue. The Whisper White piece was adhered using adhesive foam strips to raise it up a bit off the blue piece.

The mosaic pieces were stamped in Island Indigo and Pear Pizzazz using a piece from the "Mosaic Madness" stamp set. Because there is significant solid color on these stamps, I used my MISTI to stamp each piece three times. Each was punched out with the matching Mosaic Punch, then adhered to match the embossed mosaic forms using adhesive foam strips.

Finally, the birthday greeting was stamped at the bottom using Pear Pizzazz ink with stamps from Stampin' Up! "Endless Birthday Wishes".

The card was pretty straightforward, so I am rating it as a difficulty "2" out of "5".

Sympathy Spotlight

Stamps: SU Thoughts & Prayers
Paper: SU Whisper White, Basic Black, Bazzill Textured Eggplant,
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Pumpkin Pie, Mossy Meadow, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Spellbiners Circle Nestabilities Dies, Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers Dies, Stamping Sponges, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue
Techniques: Sponging, Die Cutting

This card was made as a Design Team card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #358: with an optional theme of "flower power".

I had also made a birthday card for this challenge, but the idea of sponging circles kept coming to mind, so I made this sympathy card as a second Design Team contribution.

I started with a scrap of Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock, and die cut a 1-7/8" circle yo use as my sponging template. I sponged firs the purple circle (with a lighter touch in the lower left part of the circles), then the green. On top of these I offset and sponged an orange circle.

Then, I used the Sizzix Wildflower die set and die-cut three flower stem outlines from black cardstock. I played around for a while with positioning of the different silhouettes before deciding where each went. Then glued them in place using Tombow glue.

I used a sponge to give a tinge of purple around all four edges of the card panel for added interest.

Then, used Tombow glue to adhere the panel to the card base of textured Bazzill light purple cardstock.

The sentiment is from the SU "Thoughts & Prayers" stamp set. It was stamped with SU's Elegant Eggplant ink.

This card went together rather quickly, and pretty much captured the vision I had for how I wanted it to look. I am giving it a difficulty rating of "1" out of "5".

Birthday Flower Piecing on Watercolor Tissue

Stamps: SU Flower Patch, Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Hello Honey, White Tissue Paper
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Pacific Point, Garden Green, Hello Honey
Accessories: SU Flower Fair Framelits Dies, Xyron Label Maker, Scotch Tape, Adhesive Foam Strips, Paper Snips
Techniques: Tissue Paper Watercolor, Paper Piecing

This card was made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #358: with an optional theme of "flower power".

The background was created using the Tissue Paper Watercolor technique ( You simply press your ink pads to a non-porus surface, then spritz with water, smear it around, then lay white tissue paper on top of the ink pool. Let it dry for 30 minutes on a piece of paper towel, then adhere the tissue to a piece of white cardstock.

Since I knew I wanted to feature flowers in a garden background, I chose green, blue and yellow ink to create the tissue paper background. After the tissue paper dried, I adhered it to a piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Xyron label maker.

The next step was to create my three flowers, which I stamped onto Whisper White cardstock using the Stampin' Up! "Flower Patch" stamp set. I made two of the flowers Blushing Bride pink with Melon Mambo centers, then the third flower was Melon Mambo with a Hello Honey center. All three were die cut out using the matching SU Flower Fair Framelits Dies.

I then positioned the flowers onto the green/blue/yellow tissue panel to approximate where I wanted them to be, then used the same flower die to cut the openings where I wanted the two light pink blossoms to go.

I then used the "paper piecing" technique to embed the flowers flush into the tissue panel. To hold the flowers in place, I used Scotch tape across the back of each blossom.

The darker pink blossom was not pieced into the the card front, but instead mounted using Adhesive Foam Strips to give the card some depth.

The sentiment was from the retired 2014 Stampin' Up! "Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack". It was stamped onto a scrap of Hello Honey cardstock, and a "flag" tip cut using paper snips. This element was then adhered to the card front using adhesive foam strips to raise it to the same height above the card front as the center pink flower.

While the card required several steps and two different techniques, none of them were difficult. So I am rating it as a difficulty level "3" out of a possible "5".

A Birthday Above the Rest

Stamps:  SU Lift Me Up Paper:  SU Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Carried Away DSP, Bermuda Bay, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Marina...