Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Double Embossing

Recently I came across a thread at Split Coast Stampers discussing double embossing using embossing folders. I found it rather intriguing and had to gave it a try.

This is the first one, it uses just one embossing folder.

I embossed white cardstock and then inked the wrong side with pumpin. I then embossed it again using the folder right-side-up and inked the swirls in Chestnut.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: SU Mixed Medley
Ink: ColorBox Chestnut Roan and the deep brown and pumpkin shade from Autumn Pastels Chalk pallet
Punches: SU scallop circle (1 1/4", 1 3/4" and 2 3/8"), SU Scallop trim border, SU Lace Ribbon border, 1/2" circle (PB)
Dies: SU Ovals (largest- scallop oval)
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Swirls
1/8" off white satin ribbon
1/4" rhinestones
foam dots (each layer of the greeting is popped).

I always do the inside of my cards, thought I'd share this oen as well.

I used the smallest SU scallop circle punch (7/8") for the top flower, the rest of the supplies are as noted above.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Baroque Motifs

As you may have guessed by now, going back to work full time and taking a 8-10 year break from actively scrapbooking and paper crafting has resulted in many fads, techniques and supplies passing me by.

My solution to some of what I missed out on is to browse Ebay, yard sales and kijiji as there are just too many things I wish I had (I am a collector of supplies after all).

At the top of my list are several SU stamp sets and punches. I've been fairly lucky and have managed to find quite a few of both at reasonable (and sometime exceptional) deals.

One of the more recent acquisitions is the Baroque motifs stamp set. Today I'm sharing my first card using it.

It's actually a rather simple card. The edges of the ivory cardstock were inked with 2 colors, first burgundy then a deep brown.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: SU Baroque Motifs
Ink: SU Ruby red and Bravo Burgundy, Colorbox black and a deep brown (from the Autumn pastels Chalk ink pallet)
Punches: SU Blossom Bouqet Triple Layer flower, SU Modern Label, EK Papershaper small sun
1/4" rhinestones (dollar store find)
foam dots (flowers are layerd with these as well as the greeting)

Monday, June 17, 2013

SU Best of Flowers

I have been in love with the Upsy Daisy stamp set by SU from the first time I saw it. As luck would have if (or lack of luck in my case) it was already retired at that time.

When SU released their "Best of Flowers" set earlier this year I was ecstatic to see it contained the Upsy daisy stamp and bought it with my next purchase.

When it arrived however I was somewhat disappointed. It is much smaller than the original. Apparently the old images are only 70% in size compared to the original.
So I put it aside and ignored it for a while.

Last week I picked it up again and decided to play a little. This is what I came up with.

I do not currently own a brayer (I know hard to believe isn't it?). So to create the background I used sponge daubers. I started with yellow, then orange, followed by red, then finished with burgundy. Once the ink has dried it looks very much like brayerd ink.

With the Upsy daisy image being much smaller I stamped it several times; first a few times in brown, then towards the front in black.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: SU Best of Flowers, SU Small Script
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug Swirls
Die: SU Window Frames
Punches: SU oval (the larger one) and SU Key Tag
Ink: SU Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Colorbox Chestnut Roan, & Black
SU paper piercing template
3/4" yellow grosgrain ribbon
Foam dots

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Butterfly Card

I have been on a little bit of a shopping splurge as of late resulting in new supplies piling up all around me.

While cleaning up and organizing them I realized that I have quite a few items I've purchased not so long ago that still have not been used despite all my good intentions.
So my next few projects feature some of these slightly neglected items.

First up an older SU stamp set - Butterfly Prints which I purchased off Ebay, and the SU Holiday Frame embossing folder I bought a few month back with my seasonal SU order. I love this folder and do not think it should be limited to Christmas cards.

This is what I came up with using the above two items.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Pink patterned paper - source unknown (old scrap)
Ink: pearlescent white (Club Scrap), Chestnut Roan Chalk ink (ColorBox), Pretty in Pink (SU)
Punches: SU Butterfly, SU Large Oval
Dies: Sizzix Tim Holtz Elegant flourish
Paper flowers (dollar store find, the pearls were already attached)
Stamps: SU BUtterfly Prints (Greeting) SU Punch Potpourri (Butterfly)
After embossing the pink paper I sanded the raised edges and then inked with the white pearlescent ink to bring out the design.
Doesn't look Chrismassy at all, does it ?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chinese Bearded Dragon Take 2

Alright, so I thought I was done with dragons for a while. But my mind had different ideas. I kept thinking "how can I improve my Chinese dragon? There's got to be better options for the beard tentrils.".

Here is what I came up:

As you can see the basic design is the same as my previous bearded dragon. I added more "beard/hair including some on his chin and changed up the horns and the tentrils. I also think more popping with foam squares and the dual green tones make a big difference. What do you think, is this one or my first attempt better?

Supplies used:
Background: SU Bamboo II
Greeting: StampWorkz Kanji collection set 1
Carstock: Bazzill
Ink: Colorbox
punches for greeting: SU ticket, SU designer labee, 3/4" circle (PB)
foam squares under muzzle/nose, head and beard/hair.

Full instructions below.

More punch art creations to come.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Chinese Bearded Dragon Punch Art

Today I am sharing my first attempt at a Chinese dragon. He wasn't the easiest to create using punches. I know not everyhone has the Nankong grass punch, but it's the best I could come up with.

My daughter's only complaint was he's not colourful enough, and maybe the "beard" could be more wispy and flowing. I might have to play a bit more and see what else I can come up with.
Supplies as follows:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Mulberry paper (red with gold flecks) - source unknown
Kanji sentiment: Stamp Workz Kanji Collection - Set 1
Foam dots to pop the mouth/snout and then again the head.
Full punch art instructions below:
 More punch art to come, so check back soon.
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