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Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Card

Tammy Tutterow Logo_BlkJack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Card for Tammy Tutterow Creative Team

Hello, Friends!  It’s the time of year when you begin to feel Jack Frost Nipping at your nose.  I know I don’t usually post at this time of day, but I just finished the cutest card using my brand new stamps from Tammy Tutterow, and I just had to share it with you.

jack-frost-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-photo-1Isn’t it cute, cute, cute?  I actually created the black and white background using Tammy’s cool new Doodle Snowflake stamp.  I don’t know how she did it, but this stamp has 3-D shading built into it.  See how the stamp has both white and grey lines?  It was inked with ColorBox White Frost Pigment ink, but when it is stamped, you end up with a sort of very cool “shadow” layer.  How nifty is that?

After stamping onto black cardstock, I heat embossed the white ink with clear embossing powder. Then I spritzed the entire area with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist to give it a “frosted” look.

Next, I paper pieced the adorable Mittens stamp using Carta Bella Warm & Cozy papers.  I added Glossy Accents to the center heart and button to add a bit of shine and dimension.  My mom used to knit pretty mittens for us every Christmas, so I was all about this cutie pie stamp, let me tell you!

The Jack Frost sentiment is stamped onto watercolor paper and painted with Aged Mahogany and Festive Berries Distress Markers.  I just scribble the ink onto my non-stick craft mat and then pick up the color with a water pen. The edges are inked with Iced Spruce and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using a blending tool.  Then I spattered some random ink dots all over to resemble a fanciful snow flurry.  As a final touch, Stardust Stickles were randomly added to the design.  Then I sewed up the layers and finished the card front with ribbon, a silver mitten charm and novelty button.

jack-frost-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-photo2The inside of the card has a sweet surprise tucked into a wee envelope I created with Tammy’s Window Mini Pocket Die.  The opening is the exact size to fit a mini Ghiradelli chocolate.  How fun is that?

Can you feel Jack Frost nipping at your  nose right now?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Chalkboard Happy New Year Card

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Chalkboard Happy New Year Card

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Happy 2014, friends!  I love New Year’s Day!  It’s like having a clean slate…and that is what inspired me to make this chalkboard Happy New Year card for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.

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I fell in love with this Script Key Background PreCut Set from HC.  The fonts are so elegant and the sentiments are so meaningful.  I thought they would be perfect to use on a Happy New Year card.  I thought about doing it in gold embossing on white…or silver on white…but then I had the “clean slate” idea and knew that it just had to be a chalkboard Happy New Year Card.

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You will love making this card because it comes together in just minutes.  The key to making a really good chalkboard card is three-fold:

1) use an embossing buddy and a stamp mat pad

2) Use a good quality pigmented white ink (I used Color Box Frost White)

3) Use a super fine white embossing powder over the white ink

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I always dust my cardstock with my embossing buddy before I emboss.  I got mine from Stampin’ Up…but there are other brands available. You can also make one by sewing a small pouch out of loose weave knit and filling it with cornstarch.  i just lightly pounce my embossing buddy over the surface of the area I’m going to emboss.  Using the stamp mat pad ensures that you will get a good impression from your stamp.  You want to use an opaque, pigmented ink for this technique so you will have time to apply that superfine white embossing powder.  I use it because it keeps the image nice and crisp.  So, now that you know all my secrets, you can create your own chalkboard Happy New Year card!

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Once I’ve stamped and heat embossed my image, i lightly tap my index finger in the ink and carefully smudge it around the background to give it that true chalkboard look.  This stamp is just the perfect subject for using a chalkboard technique.

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I used minimal embellishments on my card because I wanted those sentiments to take center stage. Just a polka dot ribbon, button and twine with one of the tickets from the Floral Key paper collection were all I needed.

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I stamped the inside with the same stamp, using Memento London Fog ink.  Then I simply added a journaling block and cut out letters from my other favorite background stamp (All Seasons Sentiments) and the card was finished.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you were inspired to give chalkboard stamping a try.  For a complete supply list and detailed instructions for making this card, be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations blog where you will find dozens of ideas from the rest of the HC design team.  Remember, your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Wishing you a blessed, prosperous, joyful and creative 2014!

Cheerio,

kathy

Chalkboard Winter Wonderland Card(Heartfelt Creations Wednesday)

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Chalkboard Winter Wonderland for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning, Friends!  I’m happy to welcome you to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday once again. Today I have a really fun Chalkboard Winter Wonderland card to share with you.  I’m going back to an “oldie but a goodie” set this week.  The stamped images and papers are from the delightful Gateway to the Seasons stamp collection.  I’ve chosen to work with the very detailed Winter Season PreCut set .  This card is so quick and easy to make, yet provides a huge visual impact. It would be a great design to use for making multiple cards for Christmas.  A complete supply list and detailed instructions can be found today on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  You will also have the opportunity to see work from the new members of our design team.  I’ve had a little sneak peek of their creations, and I assure you, there are some absolutely stunning creations in store for you.  So pop over to the blog, say hello to the new designers, welcome back to the returning designers and get your weekly dose of crafting inspiration!

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 05  This 6″ x 6″ top fold card is such a lot of fun to make. I think I had it done from concept to completion in under an hour.  That includes the time it took for me to pull out all my supplies, too! 

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 03  I get the best results for chalkboard technique when I use a pigmented white ink to stamp and then heat emboss with a super fine white embossing powder.  I always tap my embossing buddy over the paper first to reduce the chance of stray embossing crystals ending up where I don’t want them. 

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 02  Once I’m done stamping, I lightly dab a little of the white ink onto the pad of my finger and just sort of dab it around to create that “erased” chalkboard look.  For this image, it also added to the snowy fields.

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 04 I get really excited when simple techniques yield big results.  I love the way this image just pops off the page!

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 07  I kept the inside very simple, choosing a journaling tag from the cut apart pages of the marvelous Christmas Card Collection to serve as my sentiment.

Have you played much with the chalkboard technique?  What discoveries have you made along the way?  I’d love it if you shared them with me here.  Thanks for stopping by today, and thanks again for all your kind comments!  They make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations Product Used:  HCPC3543 Winter Season PreCut Set; HCDP1 234 Daphne Paper Collection

Other Product Used:  INKS: Colorbox Pigment Archival Ink/Frost White, Versamark; PAPER: Core’dinations Core Impressions MME Lost and Found Color Core Cardstock/Charming Stripe, Black Cardstock, Naturals White Cardstock; Gold Glitter Paper; DIES: Spellbinder’s Labels 1 die; EMBOSSING POWDER: Zing Gold Embossing Powder; Ranger Superfine white Embossing powder; OTHER: Gold crochet thread

DIRECTIONS:

Create a 5 ¾”x5 ¾” square card base from naturals cardstock.  Set aside.  Use the White Frost ink to stamp the house image onto the black cardstock.  Sprinkle with white embossing powder.  Tap off excess.  Heat set.  Use a ruler to tear around the edges of the image.  Brush edges with Versamark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder.  Tap off excess.  Heat set.  Mat with 4 ½”X 4 ½” square of gold glitter paper and mat onto black cardstock, leaving a 1/8” margin all the way around.  Mat onto a 5”x5” square of the holiday paper from the Daphne collection.  Cut a 6”x6” square of the Core’dinations cardstock.  Trim around the fancy edges to achieve the shape shown.  Trim just the fancy edges and piece onto the right and top sides of the card.  Secure with tape on the backside.  If you line it up correctly, you will not see any seams except at the top.  This will be covered by the crochet thread.

Sand lightly around the edges of the Core’dinations cardstock to reveal the red core beneath.  Tie the crochet thread around the top edge.  Add a bow .  Glue onto the 6×6” card base. 

Stamp the sentiment onto black cardstock and emboss as you did above.  Die cut from cardstock using the smallest label found in the Labels 1 collection.  Mat onto gold glitter cardstock and trim around the edges.  Secure to the left hand side of the card base using foam tape. 

Lightly tap your finger into the white frost ink and gently tap and smudge it over the snowy areas of the card design.  Finish the inside of the card as desired.

Sweet Season Pocket Tag

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Sweet Season Pocket Tag for Heartfelt Creations

Welcome, friends!  Today I have another  Christmas card to share with you using supplies from Heartfelt Creations.  This card was made using the fun and festive Striped Candy Cane PreCut Set and the very versatile Holiday Script Background PreCut set.  I also made good use of the Layered Elegant Swirl Die.  This card has some fun hidden features….like a pocket, and a greeting tag:

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 08  Instead of building a standard card base, I created a pocket to house this tag:

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 09  The Elegant Swirl Die is used as the pull tab for the tag, and also on the pocket front in lieu of a doily:

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 07  While the creation of this card takes a little more time, each step is easy to achieve.  And I think the finished product is worth the effort, don’t you?

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 08  Here are the details:

Heartfelt Creations Product Used: HCDP1 225 Frosty Blanket Paper Collection;  HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl; HCPC 3555 Sweet Memories PreCut Set; HCPC 3558 Striped Candy Cane PreCut Set; HCPC 3562 Holiday Script Background PreCut Set

Other Product used: Distress Markers: Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Barn Door; Cardstock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Burgundy; Red Gingham ribbon; Red, green and clear rhinestones; Archival Ink: Library Green, Vermillion; Versamark Embossing Ink; Gold Embossing Powder; Holgraphic Gold Cardstock; Ancient Gold Embossing Powder, Burgundy Sharpie Pen; Crème de Rouge Glimmer Mist. 1” circle punch.

Directions:  To create Pocket:  Cut a 6 ¼”x 11”  rectangle from Always Artichoke Cardstock.  Score at 5 ¼” and 10 ½” .  Crease along the folds.  Use double sided adhesive along the bottom edge and along the half inch overhang.  Fold to create a pocket.   Add faux stitching around the perimeter. 

Cut a 4 ¾” by 5 ¾” rectangle from the burgundy cardstock.  Center with the pocket and adhere. 

Use Distress Markers to color directly onto the Holiday Script Background stamp.  “Huff” onto the stamp, and then stamp onto white cardstock.  Immediately heat emboss with Ancient Gold Embossing Powder.  Lightly spritz the surface with Crème de Rouge Glimmer Mist.  Trim around edges and mat with Always Artichoke cardstock. Stitch around the perimeter.   Lightly distress the edges of the green cardstock.

Die cut 4 of the Layered Elegant Swirls from white cardstock.  Place two in the center of the pocket front.  Run red gingham ribbon over the die cuts to hide the seam.  Glue to card pocket. Add the bow.

Stamp the candy canes with Vermillion Archival Ink onto white cardstock.  Stamp the poinsettia portion two more times.  Fussy cut and color. Mat candy canes with burgundy cardstock.  Add Christmas Red Stickles to the red candy cane stripes and the holly berries.  Shape the extra flowers and layer onto the candy canes.  Add a decorative button.  Use foam tape to secure the candy canes to the pocket front. Glue all the layers onto the pocket front.  Use the circle punch to cut a half circle opening at the center top of the pocket.

For the tag:  Cut a 4 ¾” by 6” rectangle from the burgundy cardstock.  Cut a 4 ½” x 5 ½” panel from the diagonal striped paper.  Stitch to the burgundy panel.  Stamp the candy canes in Versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using Library Green Archival Ink.  Mat with gold holographic paper.  Add the 2 remaining Elegant Swirl Die cuts to the top of the tag, gluing them back to back.  Thread red gingham ribbon through the die cut and tie into a bow.  Add rhinestones.

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 06  Those of you who enjoy creating a more technique driven project will have a blast making this Sweet Season pocket tag! 

I’d also like to take a moment to thank those of you who have alreadVOTED for your 5 favorite designers.  If you haven’t voted, and you would like to, you can click on the link above, and it will take you directly to the voting link.  I’m depending on your vote to continue with Heartfelt Creations for the next 6 months. If you are unaware that we are voting, here are the details on that: 

Vote for your favorite Designers: When we announce a new design team call that also means that we have a tough time deciding which of the current designers continue on the Heartfelt Creations design team. We are giving you the opportunity to get involved and vote for 5 or more of your current favorite design team members. You can CLICK HERE and submit your vote. When you vote, you will also be entered into a drawing to be eligible to win a $50 HC Gift Certificate. You can only vote one time and you have to select 5 or more to be eligible to participate. Voting ends on October 18th, 2013.

If you’d also like to vote for the semi-finalists for the next design team, you can vote here.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog.  I know there are lots and lots of paper crafting blogs out there, so when you take the time to visit me here and then leave me a comment, well, it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card

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Winter Wonderland Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning, friends!  Today I’d like to share my Winter Wonderland Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations with you.  I used papers from the Daphne collection along with stamps from the Magnificent Spruce Trees PreCut set and the Winter Season PreCut Set.

Winter Wonderland September 28 03  This card came together very quickly.  The beautiful paper already had the sweet little birds and the snowflakes in the design.  I merely added the stamped trees and some special embossing to the snowflakes.  You could easily put this card together in 30 minutes or less. 

Here are the details:

Heartfelt Creations Product Used:  HCPC 3432 Magnificent Spruce Trees PreCut Set; HCDP 1234 Daphne Paper Collection; HCDP 1236 Christmas Card Collection; HCPC 3542 Winter Season PreCut Set

Other Product Used: Olive Cardstock; Teal Metallic Cardstock; Archival Ink: Olive; Versamark Ink Pad; Recollections Vintage Blue Opaque Sparkle Embossing Powder; Ancient Gold Enchanted Embossing Powder; Broken China Distress Ink; Velvet scallop ribbon; Teal 1/8” stitched ribbon; teal rhinestones; Embossing pen; Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 2; Broken China Distress Ink; Sponge applicator

Directions: Cut a 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” square of Daphne paper featuring the small bird and holly background.  Use Olive Archival Ink to stamp the Magnificent Spruce trees, starting with the small trees on either side of the card, then masking them off and stamping the large tree slightly to the right of center.  Sprinkle with Ancient Gold embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat set. 

Use Versamark to stamp the snowflake from Winter Season PreCut set to stamp over each of the two large snowflakes at the top of the paper.  Use a Versamark Embossing pen on the smallest snowflake.  Sprinkle with the Blue Opaque Sparkle Embossing powder, tap off excess and heat set.  Sponge the edges with Broken China Distress Ink. 

Add the velvet scallop ribbon at the base and the 1/8” teal stitched ribbon at the top.  Add a bow and button. 

Stamp the sentiment onto a piece of off white cardstock.  Die cut with Spellbinders labels 2.  Ink the edges with Broken China Distress Ink.    Mat with a piece of the same olive cardstock you used to create the card base.  Adhere to card with foam tape.  Glue the entire panel onto a 6” square of teal metallic cardstock.  Add rhinestones to snowflake centers .

For the interior: Cut a 5 ¾” square of the small pinecone pattern from the Christmas Cards collection paper.  Ink the edges with Broken China Distress Ink and glue down.  Cut a journaling card from the cut apart page and mat with teal metallic paper.  Glue down.  Use Olive Archival ink to stamp the largest tree to the left of the sentiment panel, masking off the sentiment if necessary.

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card:

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I’d also like to take a moment to thank those of you who have alreadVOTED for your 5 favorite designers.  If you haven’t voted, and you would like to, you can click on the link above, and it will take you directly to the voting link.  I’m depending on your vote to continue with Heartfelt Creations for the next 6 months. If you are unaware that we are voting, here are the details on that: 

Vote for your favorite Designers: When we announce a new design team call that also means that we have a tough time deciding which of the current designers continue on the Heartfelt Creations design team. We are giving you the opportunity to get involved and vote for 5 or more of your current favorite design team members. You can CLICK HERE and submit your vote. When you vote, you will also be entered into a drawing to be eligible to win a $50 HC Gift Certificate. You can only vote one time and you have to select 5 or more to be eligible to participate. Voting ends on October 18th, 2013.

If you’d also like to vote for the semi-finalists for the next design team, you can vote here.

Winter Wonderland September 28 02  Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today.  I enjoyed sharing my Winter Wonderland Christmas card with you, and I hope it gave you some good ideas to incorporate into your own creation.  I’d love to see what you create, so please share it with me here, or on my Kathy by Design Facebook page.   You can also find loads of inspiration today on the Heartfelt Creations blog so be sure to pop over there and see what the other designers have created this week.  You can also find links to their individual blogs in my sidebar.  

Thanks for all the lovely comments you leave…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

One Stamp Set….Three Ways!

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Guest Designer for Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty

Happy Sunday, friends…and happy first day of September!  Today I’m standing in as a guest designer for the fabulous Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty.  Mary’s blog was one of the very first I started following when my creative journey started.  I’ve learned so many useful tips from her, and am always inspired by her wonderful use of Stampin’ Up papers, tools and ink.  It’s an incredible honor to be featured on her blog today.  So, before we take a look at today’s post on “Fabulous Shoes, Fabulous Friends” I’d like to say, “Thanks, Mary, for all that you’ve shared with me over the years.”

Fabulous Shoes…Fabulous Friends and One Stamp Used 3 Different Ways

I have a “thing” for shoes.  I think fabulous shoes make a woman feel extra special.  When Stampin’ Up released “Fabulous You” I simply had to have the stamp set.  I made one set of cards for a friend, and then put it back on my shelf.  Does this ever happen to you?  You buy a stamp set that just makes your heart go pitty pat, you use it once and then leave it to languish on your supply shelf. In keeping with Mary’s top 10 ways to keep your Mojo going, I’m adding #11: Pull out an old favorite and use it in at least three ways.  That’s the theme for today: one stamp set three ways! 

Fabulous You #1: Used as a Background

Mary Fish Guest Designer 01  For my first card, I decided to create my own background paper with this fabulous shoe. I created a 5″x6 1/2″ card base from Early Espresso cardstock and then added a slightly smaller layer of Crisp Cantaloupe.  I cut a panel of Crisp Cantaloupe from the In Color DSP and then randomly stamped my shoe all over that panel using Cajun Craze ink.  When I was done, I cut the panel to 4 1/2″ x 6″.  I used the reverse side of the DSP to create a fishtail banner.  I stamped the shoe on the polka dot side of the paper, heat embossed with clear powder and cut it out, matting it with a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe.  So, not only is the shoe the focal of the card, it is also the background.

Mary Fish Guest Designer 02 I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the shoe up off the label, added some ribbon and twine and the front of the card was complete.  I also decorated the inside of the card:  Mary Fish Guest Designer 04  Keeping with the theme, I used the sentiment from Million and one, stamped in Cajun Craze and heat embossed. 

Fabulous You #1 : Emboss Resist

Mary Fish Guest Designer 06  On this card, I used a panel of watercolor paper and simply stamped the shoe, butterfly and sentiment in Versamark .  I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sponged my card base with Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and Not Quite Navy Ink.  I spritzed the card with water to create a cool watery effect, and then went back in with stencils and Not Quite Navy ink to create the borders.  I used the pigment white ink to add the little circles.  Matted onto a 5×7 Not Quite Navy card base and adorned with a bit of silver thread, and this card is finished!

Mary Fish Guest Designer 08  The interior is adorned with a piece of DSP (Timeless Portrait) and stamped again with the Million & One sentiment because it is just perfect.

Mary Fish Guest Designer 05  I also created a matching envelope.

Fabulous You #3: Girly Grunge

Mary Fish Guest Designer 10  I love a girly card, but it’s also fun to go for “girly grunge” every once in a while.  For this variation, I used Brown Sugar Core-dinations paper to create my grungy background.  The paper was lightly spritzed with water and run through my machine with a texturz plate.  I heat dried the paper, then sanded the surface, which created this yummy grungy background.  The edges were stitched and heavily distressed to add to the  vibe.  I die cut and dry embossed a panel of Early Espresso cardstock, tapped it with Versamark and heat embossed with ancient gold embossing powder.

The shoe was stamped onto a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock in Early Espresso, then heat embossed and matted onto Early Espresso Cardstock.  I used a strip of the wonderful wide striped ribbon that I WISH Stampin’ Up would bring back…how about you?  I tied a strip of brown organza into a bow, added a shabby flower and some stick pins to complete the girly grunge look. 

Mary Fish Guest Designer 09  I also created a matching envelope for this card.

One Stamp Set Three Ways…or 4 or more…

While I was working on these creations, I began to think of other ways to use this fun, flirty stamp set.  It could be fun to try a deep embossing technique with it.  It could be interesting to paper piece the shoe.  It could be amazing to color it with markers….and so on and so on an so on….  Once you get your mind thinking about different ways to use the same stamp, the ideas just begin to flow.  How about you?  What was your favorite style:  Did you like the Flirty Background I created?  Or were you a fan of the emboss resist technique?  Were you like me, and totally into the Girly Grunge look?  Perhaps you had an idea for using this stamp set that I didn’t think of.  If so, I’d love for you to share it with me here.  If you would like to order any of the supplies used in these cards, please let me know.  I’d be more than happy to help you!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today.  And thanks again to Mary for giving me the opportunity to share my work with all of her followers.  I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me…your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Sunshine Wishes with Crafty Secrets

Sunshine Wishes with Crafty Secrets

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A few weeks ago, our daughter came over to take me out for breakfast at our state farmer’s market restaurant.  On the way there, we passed a big field of the most gorgeous sunflowers I’ve seen in a long time.  We’ve had so much rain here in NC this summer that all the flowers are fairly bursting out of the ground.  The sunflowers were waving in a light breeze, their huge heads alternately bowing down to and then saluting the sun.  The scene thrilled me, and ever since I’ve been itching to make a sunflower themed card.  Luckily for me, Crafty Secrets has a gorgeous sunflower stamp.  So today’s project is titled Sunshine Wishes with Crafty Secrets.

Sunflowers and Brown Paisley Digital Papers

Have you seen the Brown Paisley digital papers from Crafty Secrets?  They are a real steal at only 99 cents!  I printed off a 5″x7″ panel of both the brown paisley and the aged gold (they come in a set) papers onto plain white cardstock.  These panels became the background for the inside and the outside of my card.  I also printed off a full 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of the paisley paper onto plain printer paper so that I could decorate my envelope.  I love that I can print on whatever type or weight of paper I choose to use.  

I stitched around the brown paisley panel, distressed and inked the edges and then sewed a strip of fringed burlap at the base.  This adds nice texture and the burlap goes so nicely with the sunflower theme. 

Creating Dimensional Flower Images from Stamps

The sunflower image was stamped twice onto natural  parchment cardstock  and then colored with Gelatos.  One image was fussy cut and then I snipped about 1/4 inch into the center of each petal all the way around the sunflower image. Then I shaped the petals with a stylus and a foam mat.  Cutting that small snip into each petal made them curl up while being shaped and added a lot of texture.  The leaves were also shaped using the stylus and foam mat.  This was backed with white netting cut into the shape of a flower to add texture to the card. Then this image was adhered to the card base.

CraftySecretsAug17201304   The second flower head was cut from the stem and given the same “beauty treatment”.  Then it was spritzed with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle for a little extra shine.  The edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add shadow and definition. I used white glue and bronze glitter glass in the center of the flower to really bring the look together. 

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Creating the Sentiment Panel

The sentiment from the stamp set was inked up with Coffee Archival Ink and stamped onto a piece of the aged gold paper.  I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and then sponged a little Vintage Photo ink around it to make the sentiment pop.  I used a template to cut out the label shape and backed it with a piece of golden yellow glitter cardstock. A copper brad was added to either side of the label and it was adhered to the top of the card.  A jaunty paper sunflower was added to complete the sentiment label.

I stamped and heat embossed the smaller “wishes for you” sentiment onto a scrap of natural parchment paper, inked the edges, and cut into a fishtail banner shape.  I rolled the center of the banner around a pencil to add dimension, then used foam tabs to adhere it to the card.

The pretty golden ribbon was added to the base of the sunflower image, a bow was added along with a button and a burlap string bow.  The butterfly was stamped, colored and adhered with foam tape.  And that completes the front of the card!

CraftySecretsAug17201306 For the interior, I cut the aged gold paper to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ , inked and lightly distressed the edges.  I tore a strip of the brown paisley paper from the 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet I’d printed out and added it to the base of the panel to add contrast and to bring the front of the card to the inside.  The sunflower image was stamped in Coffee Archival ink, and the sentiments were added.  These are all Crafty Secrets clear acrylic stamps that I’ve had for ages…and I use them all the time.  I love the fonts.

CraftySecretsAug17201302The sunflower was stamped onto the front of a kraft envelope.

CraftySecretsAug17201301 Finally, the inside of the envelope was lined along with the envelope flap.

A few thoughts about creating with digital images and papers.

I know many loyal Crafty Secrets fans probably have this stamp in their stash.  I wanted to show you a way to use your clear acrylic stamps with the new digital papers.  I love the fact that when I print a 5×7 panel of these papers, the scale of the design is perfect for use on a card.  But, if I want to create a scrapbook page or a larger project, I can print a larger page and thereby make the size of the pattern larger, too.  Can you see the difference between the size of the pattern on the card front and  the envelope flap?

CraftySecretsAug17201301 (2)CraftySecretsAug17201303  It’s a little hard to see here, but in real life, you can really tell the difference.  To me, this is a huge advantage that digital printing offers.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Remember, you can click on any of the above photos to see a larger image.  I hope today’s Sunshine Wishes with Crafty Secrets post got your creative juices flowing, and I hope it got you thinking about the advantages that digital images have to offer.  Like many of you, I will always love putting ink on a stamp…nothing will ever replace that!  I like to  compare digital stamping to using a microwave….you won’t ever use it for everything you create…but it sure is a handy tool to have around!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so I hope you’ll leave me a comment on today’s post.  It will make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

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