Blessed Easter to each one of you. How are you celebrating today? I made little Easter boxes for the child and the big child (!) in the house. The Easter egg hunt will be later this evening because Adrian’s out accompanying a choir and he likes to be part of the action.
Being Easter Sunday, I couldn’t go past the God’s Grace stamp set for Step-it-Up Sunday. It has lovely floral images and really meaningful Easter sentiments. I have chosen the single flower in this set as my focal image.
The card base is Gray Granite Cardstock which is 21 x 14.8cm scored in half to form a card base of 14.8 x 10.5cm
Shimmer White panel 6.8 x 9.9cm
Clear Block Stamping Technique
This is a very quick way to add colour to a piece of cardstock. I used the Clear Block stamping method to add colour to the Shimmery White cardstock. Do this by spritzing the cardstock with water. Then use Clear Block E and directly ink it up with the Pear Pizzazz stamp pad. I stamped off on a scrap piece of paper once so the colour wasn’t so strong. Then stamp this onto the wet cardstock. Spritz extra water if necessary to make the colour move and add extra colour as required.
I used the Stamparatus to stamp the flower and the sentiment at the same time using Stazon ink. I chose to use Stazon ink as i wanted the image to really stand out against the Pear Pizzazz background. The advantage of using the Stamparatus is that it gave me the opportunity to restamp the image to get it as dark as I wanted – I did this 3 times. Without it, this would be impossible to line up.
Adhere this to the card base and you have a very simple yet pretty card all done in minutes. #simplestamping
I added a sheet of Designer Paper from the Floral Romance pack which already had a pale woodgrain effect. Then I stamped this with one of my favourite stamp sets, Hardwood, in Pear Pizzazz.
The flower was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. I added the Lovely Lipstick on the flower and I like how it adds that pop of colour. The flower was fussy cut and mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I mounted the entire panel using Dimensionals.
I stepped this card up by using the Emboss Resist Technique on the Shimmer cardstock. The leaves were stamped and embossed with White embossing powder. I then covered part of the cardstock diagonally with a scrap piece of cardstock. I spritzed this section with water and sprinkled Moss Green Brusho Crystal to it. After letting it dry a little, I covered that section and spritzed the other half and sprinkled Yellow Brusho Crystal on it. I did want the colours to merge at the centre, I lifted my scrap paper so the yellow ran through and added a bit more green to it as well. Once this dries, you will notice that the leaves that have been embossed can still be seen.
Lots of layers add extra dimension and interest to this card. The lacy look at the back was achieved by using the laser cut specialty paper which I embossed with Black embossing powder. I really love the glossy, elegant look of this. The possibilities with laser cut paper!
Hope your Easter is wonderful. We’ll be having a special dinner tonight and watching Hop this evening.
Easter is a very special time for me. In the shops we see chocolates, bunnies and there are even chocolate bugs and beetles. I indulge in these and also enjoy decorating the home with Easter themed, pastel home decor. More than this, Easter is central to my faith and this card focuses on the main reason of the Easter story – God’s Love.
I had this panel of Hardwood stamped Basic Gray cardstock layered on a Smoky Slate card base sitting in my stash for, I reckon, about a year. No inspiration for months and then just like that, something came to mind. The Hardwood stamp set has been much loved by me and I’m quite sad to see it on the retiring list. If it’s one of the stamp sets you’ve been wanting to get, it’s guaranteed available until 24th May.
I love the look of the Tranquil Textures Designer Paper as the cross under the silver filigree. I’ve used the same paper to stamp the sentiment on.
Stamping on Designer Series Paper gives you a further way of using your paper stash and creating pretty and different backgrounds.
To create the panel in the middle I stamped the floral flourish from the Hold on to Hope stamp set multiple times in Balmy Blue and then added 2 silver strips to create a border either side of it. A rhinestone has been added to the centre of the cross. This card was very quick to make and you don’t need a lot of supplies for it.
I’m participating for the first time in the Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge. I couldn’t go past the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper for this card featuring this cute squirrel from the Fable Friends stamp set. For me, this is the cutest stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue.
I have made my card just a little bit smaller to work in with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies. The card base is 10.5cm x 13.8cm whereas usually it would be 10.5cm x 14.8cm.
The squirrel has been stamped in Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. The grass was added with Soft Sea Foam ink.
I picked up on the daisy the squirrel was holding and decided to pull out the old favourite Daisy punch. In our previous Annual Catalogue, this bundle was a firm favourite but I’ve not used it much lately. So, what better way to use it than to celebrate a bright and cheerful Easter.
I stamped 3 daisies on Daffodil Delight cardstock. Then I added some highlights with the Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend. The petals were curled using a bone folder to add extra dimension. Offset the daisies when assembling them for a fuller look.
As I had run out of large Clear Faceted Gems, I was forced to use a Gold one in the centre. This blended in too much with the flower and didn’t stand out at all. So I added more depth to it by colouring it in with the Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend. This matched well with the daisy in the stamp.
The Easter sentiment has been heat embossed with White embossing powder.
Ok, it’s not a bunny but it’s cute and I think it still works. Make sure you check out all the checks and stripes on the Stamps, Ink, Paper blog for more inspiration.
Happy Valentine’s day!
What a beautiful sentiment this is for Valentine’s day or any other day to give your loved one. As I write this, I think of my parents, who are passed away. They were married for 39 years. I also think of Adrian’s Mum and Dad who were married for 54 years. His Dad still talks about his mum with so much love. Isn’t it beautiful to share such a love for so many years?
I just love the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper and here it is again. The Balmy Blue picks up on the Balmy Blue Flowers in the All My Love paper. I created some layers and frames with the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.
I made a wash with a few drops of rubbing alcohol and Flirty Flamingo ink refill. Using an aqua painter, I brushed this on Shimmery White cardstock. If you haven’t purchased rubbing alcohol before, here’s a photo of what it looks like. When I went to purchase this bottle, I did a few trips up and down the aisles and eventually found it in the medicine aisle.
Once dry, I heat embossed the leaves in white embossing powder and die cut them. I really like the non-green leaves.
I thread the ribbon through the die cut sentiment. The smaller ribbon worked perfectly for this. Do you love this look as much as I do?
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Whatever your plans are for today, I hope you have a very enjoyable day.
So glad that you could stop by Stamping Flair today. I’ve had quite a busy week and have also got something new in the works which I will be launching this week. So keep your eyes open for that. Super excited for this new venture.
With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, I thought this week’s Step-it-Up Sunday should be a Valentine’s Day card. With a name like Wonderful Romance, I really couldn’t go past this bundle. If you love florals, then this is for you. There are 15 coordinating dies and the leaves cut and emboss the veins at the same time – yeah! The Designer Series Paper includes some really pretty vellum sheets which I have incorporated in my cards. This suite also includes pretty embellishments and a very detailed Lace embossing folder.
For my Basic card I attached a strip of vellum Designer Paper to the card. As glue will show through vellum, just remember to add it to sections where another layer will camouflage it. In this case, I added it under my stamped panel. I stamped the floral image in Soft Suede ink onto Sahara Sand cardstock. Then I rounded the edges with the Detailed Trio Punch (my most favourite item from the Annual catalogue). This panel was then attached with Dimensionals.
The sentiment has been stamped in Mossy Meadow ink and attached with Dimensionals.
I trimmed 2cm off the top layer of the base card to highlight the leaf border. Isn’t it a pretty effect? If you look closely at this border you will notice the top row of the cutouts resemble hearts. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.
I stamped the floral image and die cut it. The border has been die cut from Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Simple, quick and yet a very elegant Basic and Intermediate set of cards.
I stamped the floral image twice and die cut them then attached one image to the card with Dimensionals.
Whitewash Colouring Directions
- Take the other floral die cut and using your Aqua brush (with very little water) colour in all sections of the image using Whisper White ink refill. (it didn’t matter that my colouring was out of the lines because I was die cutting it anyway). Let it dry completely.
- With your Aqua brush and ink refills, colour in the image using Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam and Fresh Fig ink refills.
- Die cut and attach with Dimensionals.
Then I stamped 3 lots of extra leaves in Mossy Meadow on Soft Sea Foam Cardstock and arranged them within the 2 layers of flowers. I used a bit of liquid glue to insert it into place. I added 3 more leaves which were die cut from Mossy Meadow cardstock. What I love about these dies is that it embosses the veins of the leaves and makes them look so realistic.
I coloured the sentiment with Fresh Fig and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers, direct onto the stamp and then stamped it. Old technique but a great way to add multiple colours to projects.
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I’ve heard a lot of card makers say that masculine cards are hard to make. With the Classic Garage suite, I promise you this will not be an issue. Images of a car, tool box, oil can, even an oil spill make up the stamp set. The dies not only coordinate with the stamps but they also coordinate with the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper. A bright colour palette with some toned down papers in Basic Gray and Black make this perfect for masculine makes.
The Designer Paper has steering wheels, speedometers, tools, cars and a bike. To make today’s card I fussy cut the motorbike.
I layered this bike onto another panel of the Designer Paper. I particularly like this sheet of paper with the background of the map – the mix of colours gives you so many options of colours to work with. It kind of reminds me of the old Melways before the days of Google Maps. Who still owns one of them?
The banner has been created with the Tailored Tag punch and uses another piece of Designer Paper. There is a good choice of plain sheets and patterned sheets to enable you to mix and match on a card. With layers creating interest, this card is very quick to assemble. I’m sure any dad would love to receive this.