Delightful Paper Pumpkin Alternate

The Frights & Delights Paper Pumpkin continues to entertain me.  I know that I promised a Christmas Card alternate.  I have to say this was more challenging than I expected, or maybe I made it more difficult than it needed to be.  For this design, I decided to use the black tissue paper that came in the kit because I love black and white Christmas cards. I was also dying to try this really cool technique from Melissa Kerman.  You can watch her Gilded Faux Silk video here.

Delightful Paper Pumpkin Christmas CardOf course, she started with white tissue paper, so already I knew I was going to have to make some modifications.  I used the soon to be released, limited time, stamp set Snow is Glistening along with the Snowfall dies that go with it.  This set will go on sale to customers on November 1.  It is stunning!  Don’t worry, I’ll do another post soon, just on these products.  Back to the card.  I had to use our Whisper White Craft ink to stamp images on the tissue paper.  I used the tree that comes in the set (made out of snowflakes!) and the little spray of snowflakes to create a background. I let that dry and then I crumpled it like I was wadding up a used paper napkin.

Next, on a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Basic Black cardstock, I swiped a layer of matte gel medium across the entire surface. This is usually used by painters to keep their acrylic paint wet.  I tried other adhesives, this is worth the trip to the local art supply/craft store for this project.  While the gel is wet, flatten out the tissue paper, but leave it crinkly and just press it down onto the black paper. Lots of wrinkles are good.  Let it dry – for a while.

While it’s drying, use the Joy sentiment from the same stamp set to stamp one of the bag bases from the kit. I stamped it an angle so I could use the Layering Ovals die to cut it out.   I stamped a couple of second-generation snowflakes from the stamp set using the Basic Gray in the kit.  I used the Stitched Shapes oval to cut a piece of Silver foil to back the sentiment.  I also took the blank chunk of silver sticker paper from the kit, from the sheet of Boo!s, to cut out the three snowflakes using the Snowfall dies.  This worked out well when I added them later because they were stickers!

Okay, back to our dry stamped wrinkly tissue.  Time to make it sparkle through the magic of Versamark and Silver embossing powder.  After tapping the entire thing with the Embossing buddy,  I lightly, LIGHTLY, dragged the Versamark over the face of the paper trying to ink the raised wrinkles.  I also dragged it over the edges of the card to add some framing.  Then I coated the entire thing with powder and knocked off the excess.  I used that paint brush that we got in the Its a Sarah Thing Paper Pumpkin kit to knock off some of the excess powder so that my tree would be visible.  Then, I got out the heat tool and melted all the remaining powder.  It almost looks like ice on a window at night.  Cool, right?

The twine in the kit was a perfect match for this card and I wrapped it around the bottom third of the card front before I mounted the front to a Whisper White base.  The Joy sentiment is adhered with Dimensionals and the little snowflake stickers finished it off. Not simple, but unique and beautiful.  I hope you are anticipating your holiday celebrations with great joy!


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Accented Blooms for Fall

Fall has finally arrived in Albuquerque.  And that means color!  The hot air balloons are filling the sky when the weather cooperates. Leaves are changing from brilliant green to warm reds and golden yellows.  I love this time of year.  I was able to break out a sweater yesterday.

Stampin Up Accented Blooms FallToday I have a simple card for you that is dressed for fall as well.  I used the Accented Blooms stamp which was made to work with the Tailored Tag punch.  For this card, I started with a base of Soft Suede.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock as the card front and on the interior of the card.  I embossed the floral stamp in Copper. I knew I wanted to color in the image with my Stampin Write markers. The embossed edges make it a snap to color inside the lines.   The fall scheme I chose is Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Petal Pink, Merry Merlot, and Poppy Parade.

The sentiment from the same set is inked in Poppy Parade.  I lifted it using Dimensionals.  I wasn’t completely happy with the amount of empty space  – I struggle with the clean and simple look.  But, the set has a few little accent stamps, one of which is this sweet vine. I stamped it around the edge in Old Olive without being too fussy about the placement of each image.  I liked the eclectic fall garden feel that it added to the card.

Simple, pretty and easy to whip up for someone you need to thank.  And speaking of thanks, thank you for visiting and letting me share what I love with you.


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Thumping Technique for Whip it up Wednesday

Today I have a cool technique to use with Background stamps.  Background stamps are useful for creating your own designer paper or to add texture and interest to a project.  In the past, you’ve seen me use the Marbled and Hardwood backgrounds. Today I have samples with the Handwritten background stamp.

I was surfing some of my fellow demonstrators’ videos on YouTube and found one where France Martin showed how to do the thumping technique with the retired Swallowtail stamp.  (To see the video, click here.)  I loved the results and wondered if the technique would work with a stamp that didn’t have a specific image but was a true background.

The technique involves two steps. First, ink up the stamp with a light colored ink.  Smoky Slate, Sahara Sand or even Soft Sea Foam would work well. Next you use markers in a few colors, hold one horizontally over the stamp and let the end drop to pounce the brush end randomly over the stamp adding splats of color.  It’s best to start with the lightest color first to minimize the cross contamination effect.

Dropping the marker end onto the stamp creates a thump sound. After you have added as much color as you like, huff on the stamp to rewet the ink and then stamp onto glossy paper.  Why glossy paper? Well, you’ll see with my samples that glossy paper shows the contrasting ink much more clearly than standard cardstock.  Both work, glossy just works better.

Stampin Up Handwritten Anniversary Card

Here is card number one with the glossy paper.
See how the background has Shaded Spruce, Blackberry Bliss, and Crushed Curry accents?  I used Sahara Sand as my base ink.

This card was an anniversary card for my husband.  The pens are from the Crafting Forever stamp set.  I hand colored them with the same assortment of markers I used for thumping and then fussy cut them.  They are layered over a vellum heart heat embossed with the Handwritten background stamp in gold.  The sentiment is from the retired Oh So Succulent stamp set, stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. The ribbon was from the Fifth Anniversary Paper Pumpkin kit back in March.

I used Thick Very Vanilla as the card base.  Yes, my husband loved the card.

The next sample is a case of a card by Leanne Johnson.  You can see her card here.

Stampin Up Handwritten CASE

For this card, I used the same technique and I think the same colors, but instead of glossy paper, I used Very Vanilla cardstock. The sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases.  I heat embossed it with copper and added a length of Copper Trim.

I like how the card came out, but in the future, I will probably stick with doing the thumping technique on glossy paper or at least Whisper White so that the colors pop.

Background stamps are a lot of fun to use. The full assortment of current stamps is on page 172 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog.