Floral Essence Masking Technique.

Floral Essence Masking Technique.

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.

Adhere the piece of Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the card front at an angle using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Die cut the Very Vanilla cardstock and Gold Glimmer Paper piece for the sentiment piece. The Gold Glimmer is cut using the fourth up from smallest scalloped oval, and the Very Vanilla is cut using the fourth up from smallest straight edge oval in the Layering Ovals Dies.

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.

I will be releasing two options for Made by Megan Classes to Go during April – one of which will be featuring the Floral Essence Bundle. Stay tuned to find out more about this. You can keep in touch here on my blog – check out the Classes to Go tab, by signing up to my email newsletter here, or by following me on Facebook and Instagram.


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!


Happy crafting x

Megan

Timeless Tropical Thank You.

Timeless Tropical Thank You.

Hello! Welcome to my tutorial post for this fun fold Timeless Tropical card. I hope you enjoy having a go at making this card. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial video on my YouTube channel Made by Megan and subscribe to be notified of new videos from me.

I used the dimensions for this card from Alicia Yap’s tutorial over at her Paper Munchkin blog.

What you need to make this project:

  • Standard card base, Pear Pizzazz – 10.5cm x 29.8cm
  • Designer Series Paper, Tropical Oasis – 4 x 6 inches
  • Thin Strips, Tropical Oasis – 1/4 x 4 inches
  • Cardstock, Whisper White – 4 x 4 inches
  • Whisper White scrap

Start by scoring the card base at 3/8″, 2″, 3 7/8″, 5 /12″ and 5 7/8″. Use your bone folder to define the the fold on these score lines.

Take a strong adhesive such as Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape to adhere the thinnest section next to the center fold of the card to the inside of the card. This ensures the fun fold front of the card sits well when open.

Adhere the thin strips to the card front, in the smallest sections. Next we need to chop the Designer Series Paper (DSP) piece up to fit into the remaining panels on the card front. Using your Paper Trimmer, place the 4 x 6 inch piece of DSP on the trimmer in the landscape position. Make all cuts on the left hand side of the DSP. Cut at 1 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and you should be left with a 1 1/4″ piece.

Lay out the Designer Series Paper (DSP) pieces so that the printed images are all in order. Adhere the first three panels from the left hand side to the front of your card. The remaining piece of DSP will be the 1 1/4″ piece; this will be adhered to the inside of your card, on the right hand side.

On the Whisper White 4 x 4 inch piece, stamp the two tree image from the Timeless Tropical stamp set. Use Stampin’ Write Markers in Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede to colour in the stamp. I went over the center of the tree top and along the leaf fronds a little with the Pear Pizzazz marker to add dimension to the stamped image.

Using some Whisper White card stock scrap, punch out the Everyday Label punch. Stamp the ‘Thank You’ sentiment in Black Momento ink. Use the Pear Pizzazz marker again to colour the leaf stamp. Again, I went over the veins of the leaf a second time with the marker to add dimension to the stamped image.

Pop up the punched shape using Stampin’ Dimensionals being mindful to keep the left hand side of it open so that the flap on the card front will sit underneath freely. Adhere this to the Designer Series Paper on the inside of this card.


I originally made this card design with Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Floral Essence stamp set. I love how one card design can be mixed up to suit different occasions and people. This floral card is very feminine and soft, while the Timeless Tropical card above is a good masculine card. Mix it up again with a different colour scheme and it would make a wonderful card for a child.

View my YouTube tutorial video here.

Ornate Garden Suite early release!

From April 1st you can 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!


Feel free to leave me a comment below with any feedback on this project, or for requests for future tutorial videos and posts.

Happy crafting x

Megan

View the Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue online here.
March 8 x 8 Sampler.

March 8 x 8 Sampler.

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:

  • Stamp sets
  • Dies
  • Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ribbons
  • Embellishments
  • 3D embossing folder

Happy crafting x

Megan