My stamping adventures

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Platypus Two-way flap card





















Two-way Flap card
stamps used:  Unity stamp co. Cuddlebug Platypus stamp set
inks:  Distress for water coloring, VersaFine onyx black for stamping
Measurements:
base card - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2  quarter sheet of cardstock
flap card - 3 x 11  score at 5 1/2"
front pattern paper - 3 x 5 1/2
back pattern paper - 3 1/2 x 5 1/2
cardstock strip - 1 x 5 1/2
pattern strip - 3/4 x 4 1/4 
***remember all these measurements can be adjusted for any size card***

Basic instructions:
1.  adhere pattern (3 1/2 x 5 1/2) paper to base card.
2.  stamp inside of flap card then adhere to base card with pattern paper.
3.  adhere pattern (3 x 5 1/2) paper to flap card.
4.  cut a banner into the strip of cardstock and pattern strip.
5.  score and fold about an inch of the banner strip.  adhere scored section to the back of base card with the longest part "flapping" on top of the card.
6.  stamp and water color the image with distress inks on white cardstock.  
7.  die cut the image and another circle die to fit behind the die cut circle image.
8.  put some double stick tape on the banner then adhere the die cut circle image to the banner.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Platypus peek-a-boo slot card

Peek-a-boo slot card

 stamp used:  Unity stamp co. Cuddlebug Platypus 
stencil by TH
distress inks

Measurements:
base - A2 note card  8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  folded in half to create note card
Directions:
1.  Place stencil on front of note card and sponge color over it to create splat background.

2.  punch hole in front of card with SU punch.  If you don't have a punch you can use a die or go old school with a craft knife and metal ruler.
3.  stamp and color image (platypus) on separate white cardstock and cut out with die cut circle.
4.  fold image in half.  add a piece of double stick tape to back of piece where it is folded.  
5.  close the card and place the folded image with tape in the punched out section.  this will adhere the image to the inside of the card.
6.  lay the image flat on the front of the card then when you open the card the image ... in this case the platypus will be on the inside of the card!
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Impossible Dragon

Impossible Dragon card

 stamps used:  Unity stamp co.


I know I've said this before but it deserves repeating ..... this is a fun card!  and easier than you would think to create.  I read that it is called an Impossible card because it is a take of a magician's trick.  This works out to a regular A2 size card but it is not a folded card ..... it's a quarter of a sheet of cardstock which is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  The thing with my card is I added the dragon image that sticks up off the card a little so I will have to use a medium size envelope when I send it out in the mail.  Now for the cute baby dragons, I stamped him on a piece of white cardstock, then just blended different Distress inks over the stamped image.  After that I fussy cut him out and adhered to the center section of the card that stands up.  Oh yes, this card mails flat then when it is taken out of envelope the center piece automatically pops up.  You can see in my second photo there is a template that shows where you cut out the card.  The trick to this card .... the magic illusion is when you flip one of the bottom sections back on itself.    I think I first saw this idea at Dawn's stamping thoughts  but I'm sure if you go to you-tube and search Impossible card you will find lots of videos.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Magical dragon

POP OUT Dragon card


 stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
supplies used:  All Night Media cloud stencil, SU punch, stickles (on wings), Nuvo glitter pen (on tail)
distress inks
Measurements:
base - A2 note card  8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  folded in half to create note card
Directions:
1.  Place stencil on front of note card and sponge color over it to create cloud background.
2.  stamp saying with black ink.
3.  punch hole in front of card with SU punch.  If you don't have a punch you can use a die or go old school with a craft knife and metal ruler.
4.  stamp and color image (dragon) on separate white cardstock and fussy cut it out.
5.  fold image in half.  add a piece of double stick tape to back of piece where it is folded.  
6.  close the card and place the folded image with tape in the punched out section.  this will adhere the image to the inside of the card.
7.  lay the image flat on the front of the card then when you open the card the image ... in this case the dragon will magically be on the inside of the card!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pyramid cards with video

Pyramid cards
check out video at bottom of this post or at Sue's you-tube




Pyramid cards
card bases:
6 x 12 score at 6"    layer 5 3/4 x 5 3/4
5 1/2 x 11  score at 5 1/2"  layer 5 1/4 x 5 1/4
5 x 10  score at 5"   layer 4 3/4 x 4 3/4
4 1/2 x 9  score at 4 1/2 "  layer 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
4 x 8  score at 4"  layer 3 3/4 x 3 3/4
3 1/2 x 7  score at 3 1/2"   layer 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
3 x 6  score at 3"   layer 2 3/4 x 2 3/4


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rainy days

stamps used:  Stampin' Up, Stampscapes
Created a few rainy day cards because over the past few weeks it has rain here off and on quite a bit.  Simple cards but I like them.
top card:
1.  stamped trees with distress linen oxide ink.
2.  stamped saying with brown ink.  think is was SU cocoa ink.
3.  stamped the lady with same brown ink on separate piece of cardstock.  watercolored her with ink from same ink pad then fussy cut and adhered to stamped layer.
4.  layered stamped piece on brown card then to butterscotch note card.

bottom card:
1.  stamped lady and saying with black ink on dark grey cardstock.
2.  added highlights with prisma white pencil.
3.  stenciled the raindrops with white pigment ink.
4.  layered stamped piece on pink cardstock then to dark grey note card.

thanks for stopping by.  let me know what you think of these two simple style cards in the comment section. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

cattepiller

stamps used:  Unity stamp set Cuddlebug caterpillar
Used scraps on my table to make this tag ... including scrap of cardstock to make tag.  got out my distress pumice stone ink with a TH stencil, added some pattern paper scraps like washi tape.  I also have a little container filled with extra die cuts and stamped images I haven't use sooooooooo took out the caterpillar .... blended on some of the same pumice stone ink.  mounted her on tag and stamped saying from same stamp set to finish the tag.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Matchbook cut out cards


stamps used:  SU stamp sets Seaside Shore, So Many Shells

I call this card a Matchbook card because it folds like a book of matches.  This is actually two pieces of cardstock taped together to form the card so I have extra cardstock to stamp then cut it out around the images.  This card is an A2 size which is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" so it fits in a note card envelope ... but you can make it any size you prefer.
measurements:
top card - 7 1/2" x 4 1/4"  score at 2"
bottom card - 7 1/2" x 4 1/4"  score at 2"

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

stand alone cards

stamps used:  MFP (out of business)
Although I used stamps that are not available anymore, you can use any stamps in your stash.
Stand Alone card
measurements:
base card - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  score at 2" and 3 1/8" at each end.
pattern papers - two of 5 1/4" x 1 3/4", one of 5 1/4" x 2
oval die cuts - use whatever you have to fit.
To fold card:
valley, mountain, mountain, valley
you can look at the photo to see the folds then all there is to do is adhere the pattern papers and the oval dies to the front of the card.  For the back of the card I cut a piece of white cardstock 5 1/4" x 2", stamped a saying and there is plenty of room to sign it.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Big Cats


 stamps used:  Mark's Finest Papers and stamps Big Cats remembered stamp set
These two Big cats are wild with a wild background technique.  Not really such a wild background technique but unique at least I think so.  This technique goes back years in fact, it's started with photography then it drifted into the stamping world.  It's called Bokeh which means the effect of blurriness in the areas of an image.  In these two samples I first blended on some colors then I created my own circle stencil to make the different size circles for the background.  I placed the stencil on the colored background then sponged the circles with white pigment ink ... I used pigment ink for two reasons:  1.  it stays wet longer.  2.  it is opaque.  once all the white pigment ink circles were dry I assembled the cards.
Tiger card:
used strips of the full finished background and the tiger is fussy cut then mounted to card.
Lion card:
uses the a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of the finished background.  taped to a piece of brown cardstock.  ribbon wrapped around then stamp lion head on yellow cardstock and die cut with circle die, tape to brown scallop circle die and adhere to card.
For both cards I glued some sequins and stamped the sayings.
You can see more on the Bokeh technique here.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

message pull card

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
Interactive cards are one of my favorite style cards to create and this one is no exception.  It is an easy peasy card to create.  I saw this idea at Jennifer McGuire's blog where you can see her video.
1.  card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half to form note card.
2.  white layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  
3.  cover layer is 2 3/4 x 5 1/8 with two other layers 1/8" smaller.  set aside till ready to assemble.
4.  pull tab is approx. 5 1/4 x 1 1/2.  this can be adjusted to fit any size card.
5.  I used a die cut to make an opening on the 3 3/4 x 5 layer for the stamped image to slide across the card.
6.  to assemble card make a channel along side the opening with strips of foam mounting tape. this just keeps everything in place on the card.
7.  stick small dots of mounting tape on the pull tape behind the opening and tape a circle die cut to it.
8.  place a strip of foam mount tape on the bottom only of the cover layer and mount to card.
9.  tape stamped image to circle die and watch it slide when you pull the tab.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

black ice technique

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

 stamps used:  Penny Black stamps
There is a technique that is going around the web lately called "Black Ice".  I tried it and I'm still not sure if I like it or not but hey, had to try it.  hard to take photo with all the glare of metallic cardstock and shine from clear embossing but I did my best.
this is what I did:
1.  taped metallic silver/copper cardstock with repositional tape to my craft sheet.  this is just to hold the cardstock in place.
2.  did DTP (direct to paper tech.) with black archival ink on cardstock.
3.  stamp images with same black archival ink.
4.  allow to dry on its' own or with heat tool.
5.  DTP with versa mark ink over the stamped cardstock.
6.  sprinkle on clear embossing powder and heat set and done.