Video Tutorial: Snail Mail Suite

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will walk you through all the items in the Snail Mail suite, and then we’ll use a selection of them to make a card together!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock 4 x 5.25”
DSP: 3.75 x 5”
Real Red cardstock: 4 x 1.75”
DSP: 3.75 x 1.5”
and then some scraps of white, Real Red, and Basic Gray cardstock.

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Have you used this suite? I’d love to see a photo of your project! Share in the comments!

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Seashore Blog Hop: Easter Blossoms

Can you believe March is almost over? And Easter is just around the corner! I don’t know about you, but here on Vancouver Island it is definitely starting to feel like Spring: lots of birdsong, lots of buds peeking out, crocuses and cherry blossoms starting to bloom. I sure love this time of year!

Today the Seashore Stampers are doing our usual monthly blog hop, and this time our theme is Easter. I hope you’ll hop along to see all the other projects after you check out mine below!

To create this card, I used a variety of products from the Spring Mini and Annual Catalogue. I knew I wanted to use Pretty Perennials, the gorgeous bundle inspired by Million Sales Achiever Dena Rekow. And I knew I wanted my favourite 2020 In Color, Magenta Madness, to be featured. I started playing with the stamps and figured out what I was doing as I went! 😁

I ended up using the masking technique a little bit, so that the flowers could overlap, and I used embellishments in each flower centre. I wasn’t quite happy with all the white space, though, so I started looking through my die sets to figure out how I could use some shapes to add another layer of interest. Curvy dies to the rescue! They allowed me to cut off a ‘curvy corner’ of the white card front, and I added the Dandy Garden paper behind. Finished off with a sentiment from Timeless Tulips, my Easter card was complete! So don’t be afraid to mix and match items from different bundles, different stamp sets, different occasions and different catalogues – just pick and choose what works for YOUR card!

Speaking of Easter, I’ve got a terrific offer for you! When you place an order with me by April 5th, you’ll receive a tutorial bundle for 23 beautiful Easter- and Spring-themed projects. All the tutorials include a full product list, step-by-step instructions, and colour photos! You’re sure to find tons of inspiration for your Spring crafting! Again, this tutorial bundle is absolutely free when you order from me!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other Easter-themed creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

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Tutorial: Pyramid Card

I was really surprised to learn just how easy these impressive pyramid cards are to make – and, they even fit in one of our envelopes! The only special tool you need is a pair of Velcro dots.

Start with 3 squares of Designer Series Paper, cut to 4×4″. These can be three different designs, all the same design, or whatever you like. I cut mine all from the same paper, then flipped one square over so it was easier to see for the tutorial.

Score each of your squares diagonally, and burnish the folds. Lay one of your squares with the scoreline pointing up and down, as shown below. Think of the top corner of this piece as “North”.

Line up the other two DSP squares so that their scorelines are pointing diagonally towards “North”.

Without changing the orientation of the squares, slide the right one behind the centre one. Leave the left one on top of the centre one. Apply adhesive to attach the three pieces together.

From the back, your creation now looks like this. Pop on a Velcro dot, as shown below.

This photo shows how your pyramid will attach; the blue triangle is going to slide alongside the dotted triangle, and the Velcro dots will attach together.

This is how it looks from the front. For some reason it reminds me of the Star Trek logo …

Another view of the pyramid.

You can fold it flat like this to fit in an envelope.

Now it’s time to decorate! The trick is that your decorations have to be small enough to fit on one face of the pyramid. If the decorations hang over the sides, you may not be able to fold it flat to fit in an envelope.

Here’s the completed card!

Have you made any Pyramid Fold cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Tutorial: DSP Accordion Card

I came across this fancy fold online recently and had to try it out. It is *perfect* for using up your retired or retiring Designer Series Papers, because you will get to use a full sheet of 12×12″ paper to make two cards – and get to see both sides of the beautiful paper, to boot!

Start by cutting 1″ off your DSP sheet, so that it measures 12 x 11″ (if your DSP has a ‘right side up’, cut the inch off the top or bottom, not the sides).

Now score your DSP along the short side at 2, 4, 8, and 10″.

Next, cut your DSP along the long side at 5.5″ so you are left with two pieces, each measuring 5.5 x 12″.  Follow the steps below to turn each piece into a card.

Make the following marks with a pencil:
– On each side, 1″ up from the bottom
-At the top of the two centre scorelines

Line up each pair of pencil marks in your trimmer, and trim diagonally.

Burnish all your scorelines so your DSP can stand up on its own, as shown below.

All that’s left to do is add a white cardstock insert (4 x 5.25″) to the centre, and decorate the outside of your card as desired.

Here are some more cards I’ve made with this fold!

Do you have a favourite fun fold to use up your DSP stash? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Video Tutorial: Spotlight Technique

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you two different ways to do the spotlight technique – either using Designer Series Paper, or stamped images.

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5”
Mat layer: 5-3/8 x 4-1/8”
The layer for colouring (either DSP, or white for stamping on) is 5-1/8 x 3-7/8”.

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Once you’ve made your own card with the spotlight technique, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Blending Brush Tips!

The new Blending Brushes are a big hit! They are so fun and easy to use, great for adding custom colour to a project. Here are some tips from demonstrators about how best to use them!

How many should I have?

  • Keep one separate for burnishing gilding flakes.
  • Keep them clean and use different one for light colors and dark colors.
  • Some demos choose to have one brush for each main colour, e.g. one for red, one for yellow, one for green … but see below tips about cleaning before you decide how many you need. If you can easily clean them at your desk, you can get by with fewer brushes!

How to clean them?

  • After each use I wipe the brush thoroughly on a microfiber cloth and then test on white scrap paper. No colour should be remaining so you can go onto a new colour. A hint is to work from light to dark colours. Sometimes I will wipe the brush on the shammy and then the microfiber cloth. And, every so often I will wash the bristles with a little stamp cleaner/soap, rinse well, wipe off on the microfiber cloth and let dry overnight. Following these methods has worked every time for me and I have not had any problem with one colour bleeding out onto another.
  • I have actually wiped them off on my Simply Shammy – works well.
  • Before using one on a different color be sure to ‘clean off’ the brush by brushing in all directions on a piece of paper.
  • Make sure you are done with your brushes for the day before washing them (if you choose to do so). They take awhile to dry, and will not properly work if damp.
  • If you use water to clean your brushes, lay them brush side down on a paper towel to dry. Any excess ink (that you missed while cleaning) will absorb into the towel. I was using similar brushes before these came out and this is how I’ve been cleaning them. Keeps the brushes soft, too.

How to use them?

  • After inking, tap extra Ink off on a clear block before blending. If I’m blending in from the paper edge, I put my cardstock on a non porous surface.
  • I always remove a little ink on grid paper before putting on my paper. Use a light touch.
  • Start blending off the page.
  • Use a nonporous surface to remove the ink, then you can always reink the blending brush using that ink. I’ve used our silicon mat and also the grid mat from the Stamparatus.
  • Pick up the ink in a circular motion and blend on card stock in the same direction. Meaning if you pick up the ink off the pad in a counterclockwise motion apply to the card stock in the same counterclockwise direction.
  • Use a piece of window sheet instead of paper under project. After inking dab on window sheet. Then blend onto project in circles. Can go back to dab and pick up ink. If you use paper, the ink is wasted.
  • I have been working on a glass mat. Work off your paper in a circular motion towards your card. You could probably use the backside of one of your Stamparatus acrylic flaps.
  • If you are working with a gradient type of coloring or even an ombré type—like balmy blue, misty moonlight then night of navy, work from light to dark. Then once you’ve done those colors, go back and blend over them slightly working from dark to light so the color almost melts into the next. You’ll avoid harsh lines this way.
  • Use post it note paper to get defined silhouettes.
  • Start off the paper and gradually build the colour.
  • You can use them with more than our ink pads. Use them with shimmer paint, wink of stella – just rinse right after use.
  • Use on paper towel then use on card stock to create a softened background you can build stamped layers on.

 

Here are links to two videos where I have demonstrated the Blending Brushes: Dragonfly Garden and Can ANY Colour be a Christmas Colour?

If you have more questions about the Blending Brushes, put them in the comments! If you’re ready to buy, contact me today to place your order, or shop 24/7 at my online store.  Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: Mini SUCE Unboxing, and Quite Curvy Card

Today’s video will teach you all about the two beautiful new Stampin’ Up! Cut & Emboss Machines – the standard size and the mini size. We’ll also make a quick and simple card using the Quite Curvy bundle.

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
Designer Series Paper: 3.25 x 5.25″

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Do you have one of these machines? What do you think of it? Share in the comments below!

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Product Spotlight: Dragonfly Garden

It’s that time again … time to subscribe to this month’s Creativity to Go!

Here’s how it works:

  • Every month, I’ll choose a product to feature (either a stamp set or a bundle).
  • When you subscribe to that month’s kit, you’ll receive the featured product AND supplies and tutorials to create five cards using your new product!
  • You’ll also have access to an exclusive Zoom crafting session where we’ll meet and assemble the cards together.
  • You can subscribe from anywhere in Canada, and enjoy a fun crafting experience at your own pace and convenience!
  • Subscribe and pay by the 10th of the month to receive that month’s kit; you can also choose to add any other product (adhesive, cardstock, ink, etc.) to your order at the same time.
  • Kits will be delivered or shipped by the end of the month; tutorials (PDF and/or videos) will be sent by email.

Your subscription includes:

  • The featured product for that month
  • Supplies to create 5 cards with the featured product
  • Tutorials (PDF and/or videos) to help you complete the cards
  • Access to optional Zoom crafting calls

March’s Featured Product is the “Dragonfly Garden” stamp set for a cost of $38.25. Sign up here by March 10th to receive the stamp set, supplies and tutorials! You will love the delicate details of this stamp set, along with the heartfelt sentiments in beautiful scripted font. You can also add the co-ordinating Dragonfly Punch for an additional $22.75 – saving 10% when you buy these items together!

Here are some of the cards I’ve made with the Dragonfly Garden bundle, and other items from the Dandy Garden suite.

And here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards we’ll be making together.

Remember, those who subscribe to the March Creativity to Go will get all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make this card AND four more! I hope you’ll join me for a fun, socially-distanced crafting class this month!

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