Archives for May 2018

05-22-2018

Introducing PPS clear Stamps + Heat Embossing Techniques

Yes! That’s right! Pretty Paper Studio released their very first set of clear stamps, this month, and I was lucky enough to be sent all the four sets to try out!

Here is a closer look at all the four stamp sets. You can buy them at the Pretty Paper Studio website (https://ppsuae.com/craft-shop/) or visit their store.

So, I created three cards using these stamps sets incorporating the heat embossing technique on each card.

  • Plain Heat Embossed Background

Here is a look at the first one.

So for this 4″x5″ card I heat embossed the Islamic Pattern background stamp on a Kraft cardstock With Versamark and American Krafts white embossing powder and then layered it with vellum. I love how clear the image stamped on the cardstock. Its a fun pattern and the possibilities with this stamp-set are endless.

Since the backgrounds colors were subtle I thought of adding a pop of color by adhering some bright embellishments.

I also added some gold to the card. Something about gold just adds such a beautiful, classy feel to your projects.

As for the sentiment, its from Anjali’s Islamic Greetings stamp set by PPS again. This was my favorite sentiment from that stamp set and works perfect too for this holy month of Ramadan.

  • Heat Embossed Background with Watercolors

For this second card I decided to go with brighter colors!

I again stamped the Islamic Pattern Background stamp on a white cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with American Krafts white embossing powder.

We all know how beautiful watercoloring can be. It’s natural blending is what makes it such a wonderful medium to use. So I applied three bright colors from the Zig watercolor brush pens to the background so that the pattern stood out.

I finished the card with some glitter Washi tape and a bright blue doily frame. The sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and heat embossed with American Krafts clear embossing powder.

  • Heat Embossed Background with Distress inks

Ing’s Doodle Background stamp by Ingrid has to be my favorite stamp set of the four. I love how intricate her designs are.

So this time again I heat embossed the background stamp in clear embossing powder and then used the Tim Holtz distress inks, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar, across the card with a mini round ink applicator tool to color the background.

I wanted the finished card to be 4.75 inches square so I cut down the stamped piece accordingly and cut it into squares.  Then I adhered it to the white card base. 

The final step was to add this gold butterfly and an embossed sentiment to finish this card.

Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked the cards I made.
Have a wonderful day!

 

05-16-2018

Video Tutorial: Acetate card + Die Cuts + Simple Watercolor Background

Today I am bringing back my Youtube videos with a card that I made using an Acetate sheet. Acetate is a fun material to use for cardmaking. It allows you to get new looks from products that you may already have.

One of the main issues working with these sheets is that because its clear base, everything shows from the outside to the inside. But by using high-tack double-sided adhesive sheets, or a liquid glue that dries clear, smooth, clean results can be achieved.

[All supplies are linked in the text below]

I show you in the video how to assemble a thank you card with acetate and a simple watercolor background and lots of die cuts. I hope you like it.

Supplies Used

**SUPPLIES USED**
# Hero Arts Radiant White Cardstock
# Acetate Sheet
# Sizzix Thinlit Butterflies Mini Die
# Silhouette Cameo
# Fiskars Paper Trimmer
# Bone Folder
# Scotch Double Sided Tape
# Sizzix Bigshot Machine
# Double Sided Foam Tape
# Ken Oliver Color Burst Powder
# Me and Big Ideas 365 Create Washi Tape

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05-08-2018

Altenew: Painted Poppy Thank You Card + Silhouette Cameo

Hello!

Are you a fan of poppies? Well, I sure am. In fact, I love all flowers in general. Altenew had released this beautiful Poppy stamp set  last year, that is to die for! I had used this stamp set before and had even made a video tutorial on how I made a card using it, If you would like to watch it then click the link below.

Heat Embossed & Vellum Birthday Card

If you are not the best at coloring, this stamp set helps you achieve a layered look easy as 1-2-3! It is from their build-a-flower stamp set collection.

I’d like to share a very simple card I made using the Altenew Painted Poppy Stamp set and of course my Silhouette Cameo.

I have used some hexagon cutouts which were cut with the Silhouette Cameo, for the background. They are scraps from another card I made a while ago. (This explains why you should never throw away paper scraps. *chuckles*)

I went ahead and colored each of these cutouts individually, with watercolors. They were backed with double-sided foam tape and glued down to the card base (dimensions: 4×5 inches)

I used the Cameo again to cut out the fancy frame and then colored it in contrast to give the card a pop of color. Vellum backing was added to give the card a softer look.

As for the poppy, I decided not to layer the stamps this time. Instead, I simply stamped the poppy image with Versamark and embossed it with white Zing embossing powder. Zig Clean Color Brush Pens gave the poppy a vibrant look.

To finish it off, the sentiment, Thank You, (Avery Elle Sentimental stamp set) was again embossed on to vellum and glued down.

Voila! You are left with a vibrant card that took not much effort.

If you liked the card then do leave a comment below or go to my Facebook page and give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends!

Thank you!