Kaleidoscope Card with Fancy Phrases

A Kaleidoscope card technique using the Fancy Phrases stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I saw a Kaleidoscope card for the first time on the Splitcoast Stampers site. As soon as I did, I knew I had to try it. This is my first attempt. Overall it was easier to create the kaleidoscope, but I think I would have picked a denser part of the stamp for my image if I tried it again.

How to Kaleidoscope

The card is a basic base of Terracotta Tile paper with a 3-3/4″ square of Daffodil Delight. Now comes the fun part. I used a 4″ square of Basic White paper and used a 1-7/8″ square die to cut a square out of more or less the middle. You will want to use a die for this technique, so if you don’t have the Layering Squares dies, get them before they retire this month. I then cut three more squares from a different piece of white paper.

Next, I placed my template, the four-inch square with a hole in it, in my Stamparatus and secured it with the magnets. I placed one of my die cuts in the hole. It fits perfectly, as it should. Next, I selected a portion of the large floral stamp from the Fancy Phrases set to put on the square. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have chosen so much of the edge of the image and more of the floral piece of the image, but it’s good either way. So I stamped that square, then I swapped out the squares and stamped each one. Because the template aligns the die-cut and the Stamparatus stamps in the exact same place every time, I have four identical squares.

The hard part is over. I colored in the images using my Stampin’ Blends in Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Seaside Spray. I used Terracotta Tile ink to stamp a sentiment from the same stamp set and punched it out with the Timeless Label punch. It’s lifted on Dimensionals. I had to add a little something, and I had some retired Calypso Coral ribbon. And that’s it. If you try the Kaleidoscope technique, I’d love to hear how it went for you and see your project. Until next time: Ink up!

Embossed Velveteen Featuring Bloom and Grow

Highland Heather Velveteen paper from Stampin' Up! heat embossed with the Bloom and Grow stamp set by DayInkers.com

This embossed velveteen card isn’t a direct CASE, but I did get the idea from a fellow demonstrator, France Martin. Even after watching her do this, I still had my doubts, but now, as the Monkeys sang, “I’m a believer.” The materials I used for this card are: Purple Posy card stock, the velveteen paper, white cardstock, Highland Heather ink, Versamark ink, white embossing powder, the Bloom and Grow stamp set, and the Detailed Trio punch.

Heat Embossed Velveteen How To

To do this well, I recommend using the Stamparatus. I placed my Highland Heather Velveteen paper on the tray and secured the middle with a magnet. Then, I placed the flower sprays on the paper where I wanted them and picked them up with the acrylic panel. Using Versamark, I stamped the images three times before I was confident I had sufficient ink for a good image.

Next, I covered the images with white embossing powder. I took extra care to make sure the stray powder was off the paper, mainly by flicking the back of the paper. Then it was time for the true test. With my heat gun, I melted the powder and got these gorgeous images. And I may have done a happy dance at this point because it’s so cool.

To finish the card, I layered my gorgeous paper on the card base. I cut a 1-1/2″ strip of Purple Posy and White card stock for the sentiment layers. I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink. For a finishing touch, I punched the corners with the Detailed Trio punch.

This elegant card is actually pretty simple. If you haven’t purchased the velveteen paper, get yours before the 2020 catalog retires at the end of the month. Happy crafting!

Sketch Two Ways – A Case of the Mondays

The cards I have for you today were based on a sketch by Julee Tilman. I love using card sketches as a basis for creating. I was talking to some other demonstrators this weekend at the Stampin’ Up! On Tour event. We all agreed that sometimes it’s easier to be creative when there are constraints. Some of us have so many supplies or papers or stamp sets that it can be challenging to decide where to begin. So today, I’m beginning with a sketch that you can see on Pinterest. If you follow me, I have a ton of sketches saved on my Paper Craft Patterns board. But let’s talk about the cards.

The Art Gallery Card

Card based on a sketch using the Fine Art Floral DSP and Art Gallery stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The first card I have for you uses the Fine Art Floral DSP as the base layer on top of So Saffron card stock. Then I added three layers of contrasting DSP. The first is the horizontal banner in Terracotta Tile. The second is a 2-1/2″ square in So Saffron. And the last is a 3/4″x4″ strip in Calypso Coral. For those three layers, I used what I had in my scrap pile. I was mostly concerned about the colors and that the patterns varied in type—such as not all dots—and scale or size. The contrast with a coordinating color palette makes this card “work.”

For the embellishments, I used the two-step floral image from the Art Gallery stamp set inked in Pool Party. The first stamp, the base layer, is a second-generation image. The second accent stamp is the full-strength ink. The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Terracotta Tile. Both are cut out with the matching die set. I added a few gold glitter gems from my stash for a final touch of sparkle.

If you love the Fine Art Floral DSP, order before the end of May as it retires in June. The Terracotta Tile In-Color is also saying goodbye at the end of this month. Don’t miss out.

The In Good Taste Card

Card based on a sketch using the In Good Taste DSP and Rooted in Nature stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Here is the same card, but different. I started with a card base of Very Vanilla and a layer of the In Good Taste DSP. This paper pack is amazing, and it will be in the new catalog as well. I’m thrilled.

For the banner, I used a wood grain from the same paper pack. The square is from the World of Good DSP pack. It has a faint script to it, like aged parchment. To add some contrast to all this heavy, neutral-colored textured DSP, I added a strip of copper foil. I love that touch of bling, even on what might be considered a more “masculine” card.

For the embellishments, I used a tree stamped in Mossy Meadow from the Rooted in Nature stamp set and die-cut with the matching die. (This stamp set and die is also on the retiring list.) The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla in Early Espresso.

I hope you’ll give this sketch a try in your craft room. Play with contrasting colors, patterns, and finishes. Let me know what you come up with. Happy crafting.