Friends are Like Seashells – Two for Tuesday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Two for Tuesday, but using the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set and matching products inspired me. In fact, I could have done a hundred cards with this set if I had more time. The suite came out in the mini catalog (which is going away on the first of next month) and immediately caught my eye. Let me show you why.

The Sea and Sand Suite Card

Friends are Like Seashells from the Sand & Sea Suite by Stampin' Up!
Friends are Like Seashells in the Sand & Sea Suite

This card is deceptively simple but uses most of the Sand & Sea Suite that includes the Friends are Like Seashells stamps. I started with a base of Sahara Sand. The blue patterned paper layer is from the Sand & Sea DSP pack. There are some stunning papers in this pack, and this is just one. And to keep the paper exposed, I heat embossed the sentiment directly on it in white.

Next, I die cut the large shell image from the dies in the suite using the Pearlescent paper. You can see how it shines with that pearly glow in the picture. Amazing. I didn’t use the entire die-cut, just a portion to add some texture and interest under my shell.

The shell is the best part of this card. First, I stamped the image on a scrap of white paper in Sahara Sand. Then I die-cut it by lining it up under the right spot in that large die. After I had my shell cut, I ran it through the matching Seashells 3-D embossing folder to add more dimension and texture. Simple. Subtle. Wow.

Friends are Like Seashells Catalog Case

Friends are Like Seashells card using the torn paper technique from the Stampin' Up Annual Catalog
Friends are Like Seashells torn paper technique

Card number two also has a wow factor. I got the idea from the new catalog. Okay, I pretty much copied it from the catalog but used a different stamp set. If you don’t have a catalog and want one, let me know.

The technique uses printer paper or copy paper or Grid Paper torn in two so that you have hills and valleys. Then, using white card stock, you use your two torn pieces to mask off the edges leaving the middle uncovered. That was the hard part. My piece of white card is 3″x5-1/2″. I stamped the shell and seaweed images using Misty Moonlight. Then I used a blending brush with Sahara Sand and Coastal Cabana. To add a final bit of texture, I used the sand stamp with Sahara Sand ink, second generation stamping. Remember, this is when you stamp the image on scrap paper and then stamp your card. Now, it’s time to assemble the card.

The base is Misty Moonlight with a layer of In-Color DSP cut to 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″. Next, I added the two heat embossed shells, one white, one gold, both die cut with the matching dies. The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight too. For the final touch, I added three Opal Rounds.

You can find all the products used to make these cards in the new catalog, except the Sea & Sand paper. If you want to order with me, use the code in the panel at the right or send me an email. I’m happy to help. Until next time, ink up!

Popsicles, Rainbows, and Watermelon – You’re So Cool

Popsicle cards in the You're So Cool April Paper Pumpkin subscription box from Stampin' Up!

Nothing says summer fun like popsicles, rainbows, and watermelon. The You’re So Cool April Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up! was designed to make three each of these four cards. They even come with lined, standard-size envelopes to mail them. And talk about a breeze to make, I think the most difficult step is tying the bow from the Bumblebee baker’s twine. You can watch the video here to see how to put them together.

If I could pick a favorite, I would tell you which one or ones I like best, but they’re all so great!

But you know me.

I have to mix it up.

So I have two alternates—easel cards. I used the Ice Cream Corner DSP for both of them. This paper is going to disappear quickly so don’t wait to order it.

Standard Easel with Kiwi Popsicle

Easel card made with the Kiwi popsicle from the You're So Cool Paper Pumpkin April 2021 kit.

First, I started with a base of Bermuda Bay cut lengthwise and then scored at 5-1/2″. So far exactly like a standard card. Then I scored the front panel again at 2-3/4″. This creates the structure for our easel card. The patterned paper is part of that Ice Cream Corner pack. I cut two pieces, each 4″ x 2-1/2″ and glued them on the card base.

Next, I cut the front off the Kiwi card and adhered the popsicle to the bottom panel only. This is the most important step. If you glue down the entire image, your card won’t fold. I added a little bow detail just for fun.

Now for the part where you make this work.

Kiwi popsicle easel card popped up. Paper Pumpkin alternate for You're So Cool.

The inside of the card is where the magic happens. I used Old Olive with the texture stamp from the kit and used first and second generation stamping in the lower right corner of the interior white card stock. The white piece is 5-1/4″x4″. I stamped the prepunched circle with a sentiment from the kit and used glue dots to put it directly on one of the prepunched silver glitter medallions. Then I added that to the interior of the card with a Dimensional. This is important. The Dimensional lifts up the sentiment and the entire assembly acts as the anchor to hold the card up in the easel position.

Cute right? And there is still plenty of room for a nice note at the top of the interior panel.

You’re So Cool Triangle Easel Card

This card starts off exactly like the first card except using Terracotta Tile paper as the base. Cut your paper lengthwise and score in the middle. Then we get tricky. This particular trick I learned from my up-line, Kathy. She’s so clever! With the card base open, line up the front panel’s top corner and the bottom interior score line so that you have a diagonal (outer-upper to inner-lower) and score. This is going to create a triangular fold.

Next, cut a piece of that pretty DSP to 4″x 5-1/4″ and then cut it diagonally. Note which way you’re cutting it in the trimmer matches the triangles on the front of your card. (outer-upper to inner-lower). After you get your patterned paper on the card, add the watermelon. Again, only glue half of it down so that the easel can stand up.

Watermelon easel card popped up. You're So Cool Paper Pumpkin alternative card.

To finish the card, I did the exact same thing on the inside. I used Bumblebee ink with the texture stamp in the lower right corner. For the sentiment I went with Terracotta Tile ink. Remember to put the sentiment-medallion combo up on a Dimensional so your easel has a way to stand. For a final touch, I added a few Opal Rounds to the watermelon.

Super cute, right?

If you aren’t subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, I have to ask, “Why not?” It’s so easy to sign up for this monthly box of happiness, click the link in the right hand panel. I’ll be back soon with more creative fun. In the meantime, Ink up!

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!