Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Don't Throw It Away

Making a new batch of Thank You cards yesterday there was, as always, one that didn't go quite as planned but rather than throw it away this is what I did:

This is my Thankyou card design for this month: - 

This time I was using up scraps of 'Lap of Luxury' designer series paper.  I'd done my stamping and punching and most of my sponging.

The next step was to sponge the 6.5 x 6.5cm scrap of designer series paper and attach the whisper white square to it.  Sponging is one of the best times to get ink on your fingers.

After almost throwing this piece away and a great deal of muttering I hit on an idea.  Why not use a scrap of cardstock to make a leaf.  I found in my scrap drawer a piece of already embossed concord crush cardstock and punched out a large oval shape.  This is the result.

I was so pleased with the result I made a couple more cards with the leaves.


Quick and Easy Cards - Let the Paper Shine

Sometimes it's necessary to make a bulk lot of cards quickly.  They need to be simple but not boring.  This is a time when you want to let the gorgeous Designer Series Papers shine through.

Here's how I put together the 13 cards I managed to make today while fitting in a whole morning at Chipmunks with Cameron and babysitting my four year old nephew in the afternoon.  They had to be quick and easy.

Choose the Designer Series Paper sheet you want to use.  You can get nine cards from one 12x12 sheet.  Add two cardstock colours and a neutral.  I've used Jolly Holiday DSP with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla Cardstock.

I cut my DSP sheet into nine pieces 100x143mm sponged the edges and stuck it to the centre of an A5 Old Olive piece of cardstock.
Add a 10x143mm cardstock strip across the centre to break the DSP into two pieces.  You could use ribbon if you wished.
Finish your card with the greeting and punches of your choice.  My Merry Christmas greeting is from the 'Contempo Christmas' stamp set.

Here are my nine cards all packaged up with envelopes in packs of three ready to go to the Kindy fair.  I also added some Thank you cards as a fourth pack. 


OOPS reinked your Classic Ink Pad with the Wrong Colour

I have managed to successfully reink my Pear Pizazz ink pad and this is how I did it: - 

This is not something you want to try with an old and well used ink pad as it does take a bit of time.  As my ink pad was very new it was worth the effort.

Hold your Classic Stampin' Pad under a cold tap until the water runs clear. 

Leave in the sun to dry.

Reink your classic ink pad with the correct refill this time.  I ran lines of ink across the pad until it was all filled.  It took about 1/2 a bottle of ink.

Stamp an image, I used the a solid image just to make sure, to check that your classic stampin' pad is completely inked. I used the whale from the 'Animal Tales' stamp set.

I hope you never have to do this, but if you do, you now know how.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Glitter Panel Cards

I've been having a great time this week being reminded, by Sue Madex, of a technique I tried many years ago.  I've always liked adding glitter to a card and preparing for Christmas is such a good time to indulge in glittery activities.  Beware this is one technique where you can't help but wear your dazzling diamonds for the rest of the day.

Glitter Panel Sample

To create the glitter panel you need the following: -

Whisper White or Very Vanilla Cardstock
Stamp Set of your choice
Heat and Stick Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Dazzling Diamonds
Heat Tool

 - I stamped my very vanilla cardstock using Tree Trimming Stamp Set and Jet Black Stazon and Real Red Classic Ink.
 - Cover the entire cardstock square with versamark ink.  As versamark ink is pigment ink there is no chance of the classic ink smearing.
 - Liberally coat the versamark covered cardstock with Heat and Stick embossing powder and heat with heat tool.  Once the powder turns glossy stop heating if over heated it loses it's stickiness.
 - Cover the now sticky cardstock with dazzling diamonds and give it a quick blast with the heat tool to set the glue.
 - Embellish as you choose to finish off your card.

The supplies for my card are all Stampin' Up!®: -
 - Stamp Sets - Tree Trimmings, Occasional Greetings
 - Paper - Newsprint DSP, Basic Black and Very Vanilla Cardstock
 - Ink - Versamark, Jet Black Stazon, Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
 - Punch - Designer Label
 - Accessories - Basic Black Satin Ribbon, HodgePodge Hardware, Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Sponge, Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals.


Quick and Easy Thank You Cards

Made using the 'So Many Thanks' al a carte stamp set, that is included in the demonstrator starter kit, the fancy flower and 1 3/8" circle punches and the Designer Series Paper In Colour Hostess Gift, this is my Thank you card for customers from now until the 30th November.

Here is a video to show you how I made it: -