Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Flourishing Phrases Black Magic

I made this card at the same time that I made the Flourishing Phrases Emboss Resist card.
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Black Magic using Stampin' Blends alcohol markers
I don't know what this technique is called - I suppose it's a variant of the Black Magic technique.

Start out by wiping a piece of black cardstock with an Embossing Buddy then stamp the image with Versamark, sprinkle with white embossing powder and use the Heat Tool.

Then colour along the white lines with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - I used Dark Bermuda Bay, Dark Flirty Flamingo and Light Real Red.

The greeting is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and that Flirty Flamingo label is cut with one of the Stitched Labels dies.

Thank you for visiting today.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Oh So Eclectic on Dot To Dot

I had a bit of my Dot To Dot Brusho background left over after making my baby shower card, so I put it to good use!
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Using up the left overs! 
A cheerful and pretty card feating the Dot To Dot embossing folder and Oh So Eclectic stamp set.
The base card is So Saffron with a little strip of (leftover) Lovely Lipstick.

The greeting is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, white heat embossed and punch out with the Everyday Label Punch.

The flowers are made with the Oh So Eclectic Bundle and the stems are coloured with a Call Me Clover marker.

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Oh So Eclectic stamp set and coordinating Eclectic Layers dies
Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set
Dot To Dot embossing folder
Brusho Colour Crystals

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Favourite Technique: Emboss Resist

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Welcome to the monthly Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer (The Crafty Thinker) from Australia.

Our theme this month is to highlight our Favourite Technique - I don't really have a favourite technique but I've chosen to highlight the Emboss Resist technique today.
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Some Emboss Resist using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and coordinating dies
I started out with a piece of Pool Party cardstock that I cut to the size I wanted for my card front.  Having swiped it well with my trusty Embossing Buddy, I stamped the image with Versamark, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and used my Heat Tool.

Using a small piece of sponge and Blueberry Bushel ink, I sponged over and around the embossed image, fading the shade out a little bit towards the edges.

Next, I used a Sponge Brayer to apply some Bermuda Bay ink all over the card front.

Since the heat embossing resists the ink, I used a little piece of tissue to remove the ink from the embossed flourish.

To finish the card, I white heat embossed the greeting from the Wonderful Romance stamp set and punched it out with the Tailored Tag punch then arranged it on top of some Blueberry Bushel ribbon and pieces cut from Pool Party cardstock with various dies in the coordinating Flourish Thinlits.

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Stephanie


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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wonderful Moments Baby Shower Card

A little while ago, I made a bunch of backgrounds with Brusho and embossing folders.  This is one of them.  I've sponged a little bit of Lovely Lipstick ink over the top of the embossing since you last saw it to enhance those gorgeous dots.
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I used the Wonderful Moments stamp set and a brusho/embossing folder background
to make this card for a baby shower
I stamped the image with Powder Pink ink onto Petal Pink cardstock and coloured it with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  The card is layered with Lovely Lipstick and So Saffron cardstock.

Since had no matching ribbon in my stash (I know - how is that possible!), I coloured some white ribbon.  At first I coloured it in my usual way by sitting it in a little bath of ink and water (I used So Saffron) but once it dried, I realised it wasn't the colour I wanted.  So I applied Light Lovely Lipstick with a Stampin' Blend alcohol marker.  That turned out a bit too intense, so I spritzed it with alcohol and spread the colour with my finger!  Now I'm happy!

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Black & Gold Embossed Card Sets - The finished product

In recent posts, I've been sharing cards that I've been making with metallic finishes using dry and heat embossing.

I've now finished the two sets of six cards for donation to a fundraising silent auction and thought I'd share the rest of the cards with you.  For details about how I made them see this post and this post.
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The complete set of black and gold embossed cards - Set 1

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The complete set of black and gold embossed cards - Set 2

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Each set is presented in a box like this

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This black and gold embossed card features the Lace embossing folder
The Rhinestones are coloured with a Basic Black Stampin' Blend alcohol marker

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This black and gold embossed card also features the Lace embossing folder

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Products featured in this black and gold card are:
Stitched Rectangles dies, Dot To Dot embossing folder, Wonderful Floral dies

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This black & gold card features the Tin Tile embossing Folder

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The Dot to Dot embossing folder, Black Foil Sheet gold heat embossing.  
The flowers are gold heat embossed on  black card and cut out

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This black and gold card features the Tin Tile embossing folder

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The Dot to Dot embossing folder, Black Foil Sheet gold heat embossing.  
The flowers are gold heat embossed on  black card and cut out.  
The leaves are black heat embossed onto the Gold Foil Sheet

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This black and gold card features the Tin Tile embossing folder
If you're interested in tips on how I made (and reinforced the sides of) the box, keep scrolling below the product list.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Making the reinforced box for the cards.

BASE


  • Measure the largest item to go into the box - in this case, I measured the envelopes
  • Decide how deep you want the box to be.  In this case 1.25" deep
  • Calculate the measurements to cut the cardstock:
      Length:  Length of largest item + 4 x depth of box    For me: 6.5" + 5" = 11.5" long
      Width:   Width of largest item + 4 x depth of box      For me: 4.5" + 5" = 9.5" wide
  • Score on each side at the depth required and then again at the same distance further over.  For me that meant scoring at 1.25" and 2.5"

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Once the piece is scored, cut as shown here

  • Cut 2 squares from each corner as shown above and cut along the score mark to the inner horizontal line on the remaining piece - as seen in the images above and below.

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In this image, you can see how each corner is trimmed and cut to the score line ready to glue and fold

  •  Add glue as shown in the image below.

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Add glue to the base as shown in this photo

  • Fold up the first side (it doesn't matter which one) so that the glue is sandwiched between the two halves of the side piece but leave the end without the scored square loose.  Later, you'll need to insert part of the adjacent side into this area before you completely glue it down.


  • Fold up the side into it's finished position, fold in the small scored square at the end to 90 degrees so that it sits on the score line for the next side.  


  • Fold up the second side so that the glue AND the corner from the first piece are sandwiched between the two pieces of the second side.   Fold the small square end to 90 degrees so that it sits on the score line for the next side.


  • Repeat for the third side.


  • The last side is the slightly fiddly one.  You'll need to catch the end piece from side 3 into the fold and also insert the end from side 4 between the two halve of side 1 (that you left loose)

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You will have glue in position but I didn't for the purposes of taking this photo of how to fold in the edges.

  • Once all the parts are in place, tip the box onto side 1 and use a bone folder to reinforce the folds, ensuring the glue is secure.  Repeat on all sides.

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The finished box base has well-reinforced sides

LID:

  • Determine the size to cut the cardstock.  First decide how deep you require the lid (do you want any of the box base to show when the lid is in place?)
  • Length of the largest item in the box + 1/8" +  2 x depth of lid
  • For me that was:       6 5/8" + 2" = 8 5/8" long
                                   4 5/8" + 2" = 6 5/8" wide
  • Score on all four sides at the depth you require the lid - for me that was at 1"

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The box lid is made using the same, simple method that I often employ for a box base as well

  • In each corner, cut to the score line as shown above.  
  • To reduce bulk in the corner, you may wish to do as I did and cut diagonally across the resulting flap.
  • Put glue on the flaps.
  • Line up the corners, gluing the flap to the inside of the adjacent side.











Sunday, 7 April 2019

Petal Palette on Brusho Layered Leaves

Last week I made some backgrounds with Brusho Colour Crystals and embossing folders and shared the first card I made which used the Woodland embossing folder.  This time I've made a card with one of the Layered Leaves backgrounds together with the Petal Palette stamp set and coordinating Petals & More Thinlit dies.
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Sometimes the back of the watercolour background is more pleasing that the front!
I really didn't like the "front" of this background - it came out rather dark and very speckled - so I turned it over and used the back!
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This is the front of the background - I decided to use the back
Brusho Colour Crystal on Layered Leaves embossing folder
The base card is Mint Macaron, to which I added a layer of Blueberry Bushel.

The foliage is cut from both Blueberry Bushel and Tranquil Tide cardstock and I offset them a little when I adhered them to the card front.

I stamped the bird with Blueberry Bushel ink and then coloured it with a Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker before cutting it out with the coordinating die and adding to the card with dimensionals.

I used a Calypso Coral and Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker to add ink to the floral stamp and then added some colour and shading with Mint Macaron and Petal Pink Stampin' Write Markers before cutting out with the coordinating die.  TIP: When adding ink to stamps with markers, breathe heavily on the inked stamp before stamping - the moisture in your breath will reactivate any ink that may be drying out.

To add the flowers to the card, I tucked the stems under the die-cut foliate with a little glue and popped the floral end up on Stampin' Dimensionals. 
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Some of the elements are popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals
Petal Palette stamp set, Petals & More dies, Brusho Colour Crystals and Layered Leaves embossing folder
The greeting from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set is stamped with Blueberry Bushel ink and cut out with the Classic Label Punch, shortened using this process.  I then glued it to the Blueberry Bushel label that was shortened using this method.

Finishing touches were the bow of Calypso Coral Ombre ribbon and some Glitter Enamel Dots.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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