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!

Dragonfly Dreams

You know you love crafting when you dream about the cards you can make. This is one of those cards. I had been experimenting with using ink on my acrylic blocks to make interesting backgrounds. Starting with a couple of drops of Bumblebee, I smeared it on my big block using an aqua painter. I “stamped” it onto white card stock. I repeated the process with So Saffron, trying to fill the gaps in the original transfer. Then I left it overnight.

And had a dream.

The next morning, I sponged Soft Suede on the edges and over the blank spaces of the paper. Then I stamped the flowers from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. Next, I added that to a layer of Soft Suede paper along with some faux suede trim and some Antique embellishments: the buckle and the four corners. For the base, I used Very Vanilla.

The Dragonfly

The dragonfly received special treatment. Using the Stamparatus, I stamped the image in Soft Suede. Then I stamped over it with Versamark only on the wings. To perfectly line up the second stamping, you must use a stamp positioning tool like the Stamparatus. Instead of embossing powder, I sprinkled the image with Heat n’ Stick powder and melted it with my heat tool. Lastly, I added gold leafing. If you zoom in, you will see how the fine lines in the wings are lightly gilded. I punched this image out using the dual dragonfly punch included in the bundle.

The sentiment is from the Art Gallery stamp set.

I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your craft supplies and create something you’ve dreamed of. Happy crafting.

Enjoy The Moment – Guest Designs

Today I’m sharing three different cards with you, none of which I designed, that use the Enjoy the Moment stamp coming out in January. The first two are swaps I received from my upline and a sister stamper. The last card is a case I did during the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event. I love seeing how different designers use the same stamp set and create completely different cards. First a bit about this set, it has eight seed pod images from various plants and five versatile sentiments. The botanical feel of the images is so inspiring. I expect you’ll see another post with this stamp set in the future.

A Fun Fold Moment

The first card I have to share is a fun fold from Lynn. The base is a 7″x 5-1/2″ piece of Mossy Meadow card stock that is scored on the long side at 2-3/4″ to create the front flap. Lynn stamped the inside piece of Whisper White using Basic Gray and put the seed pod in the lower right corner so it peeked out and the sentiment in the upper left. There is still plenty of space for a note.

Next, she stamped the front flap using the same image and the same ink. This adds a really nice visual texture to card front. The focal point start with a 2-5/8″x 3-7/8″ piece of Basic Gray card stock. She layered on a piece of DSP that had an interesting edge and a touch of Cherry Cobbler. This small touch of color really pops. The poppy pods are stamped in Basic Gray on a 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White. She used Dimensionals to add it to the front flap and finished off this classic look with some Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim. I love the way the fun fold updates a classic design.

A Brush of Color

The next card I’m sharing with you is a design from my upline, Kathy. She is a talented and experienced crafter and it really shows in her designs. She started with a standard base of Just Jade card stock and added a layer of Basic Black cut at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Next, she added a layer of Whisper White cut at 3-3/4″ x 5″. It’s stamped with another sentiment from the set in Memento Black. The touches of black anchor this colorful design.

The squares on the front of this gorgeous card are done by heat embossing some of the seed pod images in white on Whisper White card stock. She cut them out with the Stitched Squares dies. Then she used the new Blending Brushes that are coming out to color the background and make the image pop. The squares are inked in Bumblebee, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, and Terracotta Tile. Each embossed and blended image is mounted on a Layering Squares cut piece of card stock in the coordinating color and then added to the card using Dimensionals. The final touch was an InColor enamel dot. I love the use of the white heat embossing and the stunning color palatte.

The Final CASE

The final card is a quick CASE (Copy And Share Everything) I did during the Stampin’ Up event. I love these events because you get your hands on the upcoming products early. This CASE uses Misty Moonlight as the base. Then I cut a 4″x4″ piece of Misty Moonlight and stamped it in the same color ink. The bit of background texture it adds without distracting the eye from the poppy seedpods. I stamped that in Soft Suede on a 3″x4-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla and sponged the edges. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Just Jade and punched it out with a circle punch. For a quick embellishment, I added a small piece of burlap which is retired. You could substitute some faux suede trim, some linen thread, or even a length of Denim ribbon instead.

I hope you’re getting excited about the mini catalog. The Saleabration will start soon too. In the meantime, I hope you have lots of wonderful moments to enjoy as we end the year with family and friends, holidays, and gratitude for our blessings. Happy crafting!