Hello, welcome back to my blog. Today I have a fun A5 sized card to share with you. I cook at a local kindergarten once a week; it’s super fun hearing the kids play and sing. The Head Teacher of this kindergarten was retiring after 30+ years of teaching in the same kindergarten, and I wanted to make something for the team to sign.
The ladies in the team gave me the direction of ‘floral and bright’, and I think I crushed it with this corner fold card. To keep the design fresh and floral I choose some patterned paper from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper. This pack features a nice mixture of soft pastels and rich colours; I chose to work with Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Fresh Freesia, and Very Vanilla.
To create the focal piece I die cut the large floral image from the Blossoms in Bloom bundle in So Saffron and Fresh Freesia. By leaving the centers of each flower in place I was able to adhere the two die cut layers together easily, and also have a decent area to add Dimensionals to adhere it to the card front.
The floral piece needed something extra to fill in the card front so I added some Gold Foil and Vellum die cuts from the Birds & More Dies.
The sentiment was made by stamping the ‘Amazing’ from the Create With Friends stamp set in VersaMark and setting in White Emboss Powder, and the ‘You’ in Crushed Curry on So Saffron cardstock. To make a full bow I layered Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon, Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim, and some Linen Thread on top of each other and then tied the bow. One of the Bumblebee Trinkets and a scattering of the 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels finished off the card.
Hello! Welcome back to my blog and to another awesome sampler class design. To make this page we used the Whale Done bundle, which has lots of fun images and fun ‘punny’ sentiments. The images are great for creating an underwater scene, and that’s exactly what we did for the shaker section. Shaker elements are a great technique and it added a fun spin to this layout.
There are a number of sheets in the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper pack that are great for making an under the sea seascape. We stamped the sea creatures from the Whale Done stamp set in different colours to fill in the seascape panel at the bottom of the page. To make the shaker portion, we used Whale of a Time Sequins and fussy cut small sea creatures from the Whale of a Time 6×6 Designer Series Paper. We then attached the window sheet using Foam Adhesive Strips, and a Calypso Coral frame on top with Tear n Tape.
A great tip to keep the small fussy cut pieces from becoming buried in the other shaker filler is to adhere a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional to the back and leave the backing in place.
To create the sentiment piece we stamped the sentiment close to the laft-hand side of a piece of Whisper White punched using the Everyday Label Punch. By sliding the opposite side back through the punch, we were able to make a custom sized sentiment piece.
Recently, I had a focus on the handmade items I make and normally have for sale at markets and a local pop up shop over on my Facebook page. I showcased these items and posted games. One of which asked participants to name a technique or Stampin’ Up! product that they would like to see in a tutorial video from me. The winner was Rosie Dunn, with the suggestion of masking technique.
To make this project you will need:
Calypso Coral cardstock – 10.5cm x 29.8cm
Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper – 9.5cm x 13.9cm
Very Vanilla card front – 9cm x 13.4cm
Gold Glimmer Paper – 5cm x 7.5cm
Very Vanilla sentiment piece – 4.5cm x 7cm
Very Vanilla card insert – 10cm x 14.4cm
Stamp the lined flower image from the Floral Essence stamp set in Calypso Coral in opposite corners of the Calypso Coral card base. This adds dimension to the base layer of the card.
Stamp the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Momento ink, centered in the oval. Stamp the lined flower image in Calypso Coral in the very top of the oval, and again stamped off in the bottom half of the oval.
TIP: It is good to ink up the stamp between these stamps to the paper. This is because the first stamp over the very top of the oval has part of the stamped image off of the cardstock. If you were to immediately stamp it in the bottom half of the oval it would have weird lines where the stamp overhung from the paper.
Adhere the Very Vanilla sentiment piece to the Gold Glimmer piece using Multipurpose Glue or Tear & Tape.
To create the wreath of flowers on the Very Vanilla card front piece, first place the sentiment piece in the center and trace lightly around the edge with a pencil. Be mindful that the Very Vanilla card front piece will be at an angle when it is adhered to the card base.
Use this pencil line to determine where to stamp the flowers. Start by stamping the large solid flower in Calypso Coral at the top and the bottom of the oval. Next, use a mask cut out from a large post-it to cover one of these flowers and stamp another next to it and overlapping a little. Make this second set of stamped flowers stamped off. Repeat this on the other side of each full strength flower.
You should be left with enough space to stamp two more flowers – one either side of the wreath full strength stamping.
TIP: Stamp the image you want to mask onto the post-it. Ensure the majority of the stamped image is over the section of post-it with adhesive on the back. Cut out the stamped image right on the edge of the image to prevent any border being made from the mask.
Use the flower mask to stamp the leaf image in each corner. Stamp the leaves in Old Olive, and then again stamped off. This helps to lift the card.
Stamp the stamen for the solid flower in So Saffron.
Take the Whisper White Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon and colour the full length with the Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blend. These alcohol markers making adding colour to ribbons and twine super easy, and the final result is a smooth coverage.
Wrap this around the Very Vanilla card front piece and tie a bow. Adhere this panel to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.
Use an eraser to remove the pencil marks from the Very Vanilla cardstock. Adhere the sentiment piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
On the Very Vanilla card insert, stamp the solid flower in Calypso Coral and the stamen in So Saffron. Use the post-it mask to stamp the leaves in Old Olive, one full strength and one half strength. You could repeat this stamping on the envelope too.
Made by Megan Classes to Go.
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Ornate Garden Suite now released!
You can now get your hands on some exciting new products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. Products include stamp sets, dies, ribbons, Designer Series Paper, a embossing folder and Gilded Gems embellishments!
We weren’t able to hold my March sampler class due to New Zealand moving into Alert Level 4 with COVID-19. I missed sharing this design with the ladies who had booked in for the class, but everyone’s health and well-being is far more important.
In lieu of a class, I hope you enjoy seeing the Easter themed project I had prepared.
The Fable Friends stamp set was too cute to pass by for an Easter themed sampler page. The rabbit and ducklings were coloured using a blending technique I learnt from a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Bev Poultney.
Use Watercolour Pencils to colour in the rabbit and duckling. I tried to do some shading by going darker around the edges and lighter in the middle of each area. Then bring in your Blender Pen and create a water coloured look by smoothing out the pencil lines. This is a fun technique if, like me, you struggle with water colouring.
I used the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set and co-ordinating punch from the Sale-a-Bration freebies to create the flower and leaves on the panel with the rabbit. Colours used for the flowers are Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral and So Saffron, and the leaves are Pear Pizzazz.
To finish off the flowers, I coloured Clear Faceted Gems using Daffodil Delight Light Stampin’ Blends.
The Easter panel in Crumb Cake is embossed with the Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I die cut the letters from a sheet of Calypso Coral Subtles 6×6 Designer Series Paper.
The ‘Happy’ is from the stamp set Wildly Happy and is stamped on So Saffron card stock.
For the panel with the chicks in Easter eggs I created a fun faux suede texture with the Pear Pizzazz grass. When you run a bone folder over a piece of card stock over and over the card stock will start to separate. Once the card stock comes a part, carefully pull the card stock in two.
I coloured Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon with Dark So Saffron Stampin’ Blend. I love having white twine or ribbons for my crafting, because with the Stampin’ Blends they are customize-able for any project.
How exciting is this? Stampin’ Up! are releasing this amazing suite of products at the beginning of April.
The Ornate Garden Suite features new products from the upcoming Annual Catalogue such as: