Saturday, 29 September 2012

Cup of Warmth

It's chilly enough in my neck of the woods to appreciate a cup of hot coffee, tea or cocoa. This card works a treat for Christmas wishes or to send a thoughtful note to a friend on a cold winter's day.

I was itching to break out my new SU Scentsational Season stamp set, featuring a gingerbread man, candy cane, Christmas tree and warm cuppa. Although I didn't use it on this project, the stamp set also has a coordinating SU Framelits die, so that you can easily trim out these stamped images.

The background features Stampin' Up!'s new Early Espresso ColorCore card stock, which is designed for easy distressing with a sanding block. The sanding quickly reveals a lighter core inside this card stock, which also comes in two Christmassy shades of Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green.

Before distressing your card stock, select an embossing folder that complements your design and run it through your embossing machine. Then lay the embossed card flat, and use the sanding block to remove the top layer of the ColorCore card stock.

The little flags used as accents were created with the SU Bitty Banners Framelits. The sentiment Warm Winter Wishes comes from the new SU Winter Memories stamp set. SU inks used include Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Triple Stamping & Layering

During the summer, I saw lots and lots of cards by Stampin' Up demonstrators featuring three layers of stamping. I wrongly thought that the stamping process would be tedious; I couldn't quite figure out how they were getting all the images to seamlessly connect together. Sometimes, my science brain doesn't work and my physics fail me!

However, the process is sooooooooooo simple! The stamped images on the white cardstock are stamped at the same time by sticking the three layers of white cardstock together. I used a bit of repositional tape to hold the pieces temporarily. Use your stamps to build up images on the cardstock. You want this process to be graphically interesting, so you can turn the stamps different directions, use complementary stamps, or use colored ink combinations, as I have done on these card samples.

Once the images are stamped, you can pull apart the white cardstock and adhere the pieces to the colored background cardstock. Remember to add your ribbon before you stick all the pieces together! Here are the measurements for your layered cardstock pieces:

Colored cardstock:
5.5 x 8.5 inches, folded in half to a 5.5 x 4.25 card
4.5 x 3.25 inches
3.5 x 2.25 inches

Whisper White cardstock:
5.25 x 4 inches
4.25 x 3 inches
3.25 x 2 inches

The birthday card was made by using Pool Party cardstock. The stamps used included Birthday Best and the Itty Bitty Banners, along with the matching SU Framelits die. Alcohol markers were used to shade the cupcakes before the pieces were stuck together. A bit of Bakers Twine and a button completed the card.

The Happy Halloween card includes the Spooky wheel, Wacky Wishes sentiment, and Jack of All Trades stamps. Distressing Essentials tools were used to 'rough up' the Happy Halloween sentiment.

And finally, the Seasons Greetings card was made with the SU Snow Swirled stamps and Sahara Sand and Riding Hood Red ink. A bit of Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon dresses up the card.