Embossing With A Decorative Mask

Stampin Up Poinsettia Petals

Hello everyone.  Here is a fun card I made using one of the Stampin’ Up!® Decorative Masks from the set called Adorning Designs.  It is the snowflake one from this pack and it is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog (also known as the Holiday Catalog).  It is another fun way to use your Decorative Masks.

To make this card you need to have an Impressions Mat.  Right now Stampin’ Up!® does not have one available but hopefully one will be soon.  I had one from my old Big Shot so I used that. I first cut out a piece of Gold Foil using a die from the Stitched Rectangle dies.  It is better to cut it before you emboss it so it does not flatten the design when running it through.   The sandwich I used in my Cut & Emboss machine to emboss it is as follows:  the main base plate>#3 plate>impressions mat>Gold Foil shiny side up> Decorative Mask and #4 plate.  You can use regular card stock too with the same sandwich.  It left a beautiful snowflake impression on my Gold Foil and turns your Decorative Mask into  an embossing folder.  I love it!

After running the Gold Foil through my Cut ‘N Emboss machine I adhered it to a Basic White card base using Multipurpose Glue.  I cut the Poinsettia flowers out using the Poinsettia Dies in Basic White card stock and the center of the flower in Gold Foil.  After I glued them together, I bent the petals up to make it more 3D.  I stamped the sentiment (from a retired stamp set called Four The Holidays) in Versamark and heat embossed it with Gold Embossing powder.

It looks beautiful in the photograph but even prettier in person.  I think it would look beautiful using Shimmer card stock too.  You could do this technique with any Decorative Masks.

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Floating Strips

Stampin Up Floating Strips

Last week I had a stamp camp at my cottage.  This was one of the cards we made.  It is called the Floating Strips technique.  I saw it on the website called Splitcoaststampers and decided I wanted to try to make it and then thought why not make it at our monthly stamp meeting.  It is very easy to so and you can get the directions right on the Splitcoaststampers website under the Tutorials tab.

To make this card I first cut a circle using the Layering Circle dies out of a Window Sheet.  I used the largest circle die to do this which I think is about 3″.  Then I cut strips of paper using Pattern Party Designer Series Paper.  This paper can only be purchased as a Hostess Set but it is the best DSP for the price.  There are 48 sheets in this pack.  One side has bright colors and designs and the other side is all black and white designs.  I cut one 1/2″ strip of the Crushed Curry DSP, two 3/8″ strips each of the Misty Moonlight and Granny Apple Green designs.  I adhered this strips to the Circle of Window Sheet using Multipurpose Glue.  I let that dry and them cut off the excess DSP that was around the circle.

After this I cut a piece of Basic White card stock using a  die from the Penned Flowers set and adhered that to the top of the circle.  Then I used Foam Adhesive Strips on the back of the circle making sure I placed them behind the Designer Series Paper so you could not see them.  I then layered that onto a Basic White card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink and added a few of the Elegant Faceted Gems.  I decided to color one of the gems using my Misty Moonlight Dark Blends so you could see it better.


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So Much Happy

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge is to make a shaker card.  I was really happy to see this challenge.  When Stampin’ Up!® had the virtual convention this year, Shannon West did a presentation showing how to make an easy shaker card using the Stampin’ Up!® Clear Medium Envelopes and I have wanted to make one.  Normally shaker cards take some time to do the shaker part but this was so easy!

Here is my card using the So Much Happy Bundle that is in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  This view shows the card standing up.  The one below shows it laying down so you can see the Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles I used better.

Stampin Up So Much Happy

Stampin Up So Much Happy

To make the shaker part all you do is take a Stampin’ Up!® Clear Envelope and put a piece of Designer Series Paper and your shaker parts inside it.  I used the True Love Designer Series Paper and the Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles that are both in the 2021 January – July Mini Catalog.  Then you just fold it to the size you need using Tear & Tape to keep it folded and sealed.  No messing with adhesive foam strips and acetate.  The envelope works great and is so easy!

The rest of the card did not take a lot of time either.  I cut a rectangle out of the center of a 5.25″ x 4″ piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.   I cut the word “Happy” using the Happy Dies from the Annual Catalog and glued it to the back of the piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock so looked like this:

I attached that to the Clear Envelope also using Tear & Tape and then the envelope to a piece of Basic White cardstock.  I cut out the sentiment using the Banners Pick A Punch and cut out the stars using the Happy Dies.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  I have a feeling they will use the easier way to make shaker cards like me.  They were both watching the video.

Happy Birthday to my oldest youngest sister, Katherine.  I hope you have a day as awesome as you are!

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Watercolor Wash Challenge


Good morning everyone.  Today is Friday which means it is time for another BS&J Productions Stamp Off Challenge!  Today’s challenge is to make a Watercolor Wash Background.

Here is my card:

To Make this card I started with a piece of Shimmer White Paper.  If you have never tried Shimmer White Paper, you really need to.  It is a bit thicker than regular cardstock and has a slight shimmer to it which is actually beautiful.  It is great for any kind of watercoloring.  I squeezed some ink (Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lime Twist and Gorgeous Grape) into the lids of the corresponding ink pad cover.  Then I took my Aqua Painter, added a couple of drops of water into the ink and then spread it over the Shimmer Paper.  After I had done this with all three colors I then dripped some water over the top of it to add the water spots.

The sentiment is a die called Thank You Thinlits.  I cut this out inn Basic Black cardstock. I felt like it needed more so I added the Droplets from the Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplets.  These are in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.

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Reflection Technique Card

Lovely As A Tree, Sheltering Tree

This is the second card we did at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses a couple of techniques that are fun to do.  The first technique is called Reflection.  To do this is very simple.  First you stamp the regular image.  We used the trees from the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree.  Then you stamp it again onto a window sheet.  Turn the window sheet upside and line it up with the bottom of your stamped image and rub the ink onto your cardstock.  It comes out a little lighter and a litter blurry so it looks like a reflection in water.

The second technique we used on this card is masking.  I cut a circle out of Post-It note paper and placed it on the card where I wanted to moon to be.  Then we sponged Soft Sky ink over the top of the trees.  When you pull the Post-It Note off you can see the circle.  You do this again on the bottom of the card only this time we dragged the sponge over the reflection to make it look more like water.

It was fun to make and pretty easy too!

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Vintage Leaves With Baby Wipes

Vintage Leaves, Baby Wipes

This is the last card we did at our monthly Stamp Club meeting.  It uses a technique called Baby Wipes.  This technique has been around for a really long time but my friend, Deborah made a card using it a couple of weeks ago that was so cute, I thought I would show it to my club members.

It is really easy to do.  You take a couple of baby wipes and drop different colors of ink on it.  Then you just push the stamp onto the baby wipe as if it were an ink pad and stamp it on your cardstock.   I used Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Melon Mambo.  Honestly, it might have been even better if I had used fall colors but I had already designed a card using those colors for my club that night.  Plus I wanted to use some Bermuda Bay Sequins on the card.

Although it is hard to tell, the greeting is cut into the layers of cardstock instead of layered on top.  The easiest way to do this is to line up the outside piece of cardstock (Bermuda Bay) with the inside piece (Daffodil Delight) and cut the smaller of the dies through both pieces.  You might have to run it through your Big Shot a couple of times to cut both layers.  This makes it easier to line up,  Then separate the two pieces and use a larger die on the Bermuda Bay piece being careful to line it up so it is even on all sides.  Then attached all the cardstock onto Whisper White cardstock and stamp the greeting in the middle.

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Celebrate Today Club Card

Celebrate Today

This is the third card we made at our monthly club meeting.  First of all, not to make anyone feel bad, but one of my club members dropped the card in a Bermuda Bay ink pad and it left that line so just try to ignore that that line is not there.  These things happen and it is no big deal.  I can give the card to my mother because no matter what I make for her, she loves all my cards!  Mothers are great, aren’t they?

At our last meeting I showed the members how to use sponges to apply color.  This time I wanted to show them how to use the sponge daubers.  We used the star mask from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks pack.  It is very easy to do.  You take a piece of medical taps, which works great because it does not stick to the cardstock when you remove it) to hold down a piece of cardstock and the mask.  You just pat the sponge dauber into an ink pad and pat it onto the mask.  It makes a very cute background.  We only used Bermuda Bay but you could use different colors if you want to.

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World of Dreams

World of Dream

This is the third card we made at our monthly Club Meeting last week.  It is a technique I saw by Michelle Zindorf on Pinterest.  You just take a So Saffron Ink pad and swiped it across the top of a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then you take a Pool Party Ink Pad and swipe it along the bottom of the cardstock.  Then I sponged some Marina Mist to make the hill in the background and some Old Olive to make the grass at the bottom.  The background takes about 2 minutes to make but I think it is so soft and beautiful.

The stamp set I used is a new one from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It is called World of Dreams and makes beautiful silhouettes.

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Corner Garden Shaker Card

Corner Garden, Chalk TalkThis is the second card we made at our monthly Club Meeting in June.  It uses the beautiful new background stamp called Corner Garden.  It is very elegant and can be used as it is or colored using Blendabilities, Blender Pens or markers.  In this case, we just stamped it as is.

To make a Shaker Card you need to use Shaker Frames.  They are soft foam circles that can seal in whatever you use for the shakers.  In this case we used the Gold Sequin Trim by detaching the sequins from the twine.  These cards are a lot of fun to make and you can put anything small inside them.  You can use confetti, beads or little tiny punches.  We then wrapped the card with Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine.

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Shaving Cream Technique Card

Shaving Cream

At our Club meeting this last week we all had a fun time making this card using the Shaving Cream Technique.  It is kind of a different and fun thing to do and it is very easy.  You just spray some shaving cream into a dish and then drop some ink refill colors on top of it.  We used Pacific Point, Gumball Green, and Marina Mist ink refills to do this.  Then you take a toothpick or the end of a skinny paint brush and twirl the colors around.  Don’t mix it up too much or the colors will mix together and not stand out.  Then place your piece of cardstock on top of the shaving cream pushing it in a little.  Lift off the cardstock and wipe off the excess shaving cream.  You end up with a piece of cardstock that looks like this:

Shaving Cream Cardstock

You can dye four or five pieces of cardstock if you use a lot of shaving cream.  It is messy but so much fun.  You can make your own tie-dyed cardstock.  We used Teeny Tiny Wishes for our sentiment because it has so many choices.  Some used the Happy Easter sentiment while others used Happy Birthday.  The window was cut out using the Window Frames Collection Framelits and the lattice is a Big Shot die called Lattice Bigz.