Birthday · Masculine · Techniques

Faux Stamped Leather

I hold stamp clubs 2 times a month and one of the cards I teach them is a technique. I make a small sample and a brief instruction piece for them to put in their journals. (I give one to them when they first sign up as a gift) It can be a challenge to find a new technique-so I searched on Splitcoast stampers and found the Faux Stamped Leather! I knew I was going to use the Sailing Home to make this technique! It’s a simple technique and a little messy.

First you take a piece of Crumb Cake and stamp your image with a dark color. I used Early Espresso for my anchor. Then you take the Stylus to outline the image while you have the cardstock on top of the Piercing Mat. (cushion) It will look like you hand punched leather. Now for the fun! Gather the following ink pads and sponges: Crushed Curry, Grapefruit Grove, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso. You will use your sponge (I use the ones Stampin’ Up! sells, 3 in a pack. I cut each one into 1/4’s) and sponge the color from edge to the center of your paper. Start with the lightest color and progress to the darkest. I then ran it through with the Stitched Shapes die to give it more texture.

To create the background, I stamped Night of Navy onto Night of Navy cardstock for a tone on tone. I love having masculine cards ready to go!

We are at our Annual Labor Day retreat!!! I am getting my crafting mojo back after the crazy summer! Be on the look out for more posts!!!

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Masculine · Promotions · Techniques · Thank you

Watercolor Smoosh

I saw Elizabeth Bennett’s  beautiful card on our own Demonstrator Planning Place FB page and I had to make one like it! It was our technique for our monthly stamp club too! It’s a bit messy, but it’s so worth it!

You will need the following: Stampin’ Up! Water Color Paper;  Ink Refills of your choice (I used Pacific Point, Highland Heather, and Night of Navy); Frost White Shimmer Paint, plastic wrap, paper towels, and a drop cloth/paper. (protection for your craft surface).

First you want to spritz your watercolor paper on both sides to prevent curling. I placed it on a paper towel that was folded up for more protection. Then, I dropped 2-3 of each color & the Frost White Shimmer paint onto the plastic wrap. Next, spritz it with water and place your watercolor paper/towel on top. Carefully flip it over and move the inks around until you like the mix. Let dry overnight and peel off the plastic wrap! They all turned out different and stunning! If you are in a hurry, you can pull up the wrap in a few minutes and heat set with the Heat Tool. But-it won’t have the crisp lines from the plastic wrap.

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Simply Sailing

Do you have a hard time creating masculine cards? I sometimes do, but I just got the Sailing Home Bundle on my pre-order last week! Then I saw a great layout with a card in the catalog. I just starting creating and this card was done in about 5 minutes! I love it when the crafting stars align!!

It’s so easy to make home décor, scrapbook pages, gift bags, tags, gift boxes, and of course, cards! The suite includes DSP that is just gorgeous! And there are these cute Sail Away trinkets, Baker’s Twine, Memories n More, a 3-D embossing folder, coordination dies, and the stunning stamp set! And you now can order the whole suite with one code!!

I love the monochromatic combination with the DSP for this card!

I made this card for my Annual New Catalog & Customer Appreciation event this past weekend! I am soooo excited we can all order from this amazing catalog! We had fun playing with new products, creating this card, snacking, shopping the “destash” items, and meeting new friends!

I am betting that the site will be slow after the catalog goes LIVE at 12:00pm (MT) tomorrow! Just keep trying! Need a catalog? Just ask!

Happy stampin’!

Laura