Sunday, 15 July 2018

Tea Room Memories & More with heat embossing

This continues my recent theme of using the Tea Room Memories & More cards to start off a cardmaking stash.  Here I've used two cards from the pack with similar print but different sizes.  The base card is Thick Very Vanilla and I've made mats with Coastal Cabana cardstock. I've included the dimensions below.
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A simple card made with Tea Room Memories & More card pack and some heat embossing

We've already covered all the steps required to make this card but now we're adding a new technique - heat embossing.

In order to add the heat embossed greeting in the centre of the card you'll need to add some more products to your craft room stash but don't worry - they'll last you a very very long time!

Tools/products required:

Embossing Powder:
I've used black in this sample and that's the colour I would recommend as a starting place.  As and when your budget allows, other must have embossing powders (in my opinion) would be clear, silver, gold, white and copper.  A little goes a long way so, although the pots looks small, they will last a long time!

Versamark Ink:
This is a clear pigment ink.  It stays tacky for a while, making it perfect for holding the embossing powder in place.
This is a very worthy addition to your stash because of its versatility.  It can also be used to create watermarks and is useful for other techniques that you might eventually want to try such as ink resist. Refills are available, making this an investment that will last and last....

Heat Tool:
This is the biggest investment but it's great quality and will last the distance!  The Stampin' Up heat tool has two heat settings making it useful for things like drying ink as well.  Mine gets quite a work out!

Embossing Buddy:
Technically you can heat emboss without this BUT it's a very small investment for perfection and I'm pretty sure it will last a lifetime.
Use this to wipe over the cardstock before you start the heat embossing process and it will remove any residues to which the embossing powder may adhere, causing unwanted marks or splodges!  The fine embossing powder can even stick to our finger prints.  The embossing buddy eliminates all those problems and ensures that the embossing powder only sticks where we want it to stick.

Stamp set:
You'll also need a stamp.  The greeting I've used is from the Better Together stamp set which has bold greetings that cover most situations.  This is going to be an investment in your future crafting.  Choose a set that  appeals to you, something that seems like it will be versatile (can be used for a variety of occasions, has a mix of good sentiments and images, can be paired with other things).
You'll also need to give some thought to the type of stamp set.  Wood Mount sets cost a little more and take up more storage space but they come with their own wooden block.  Clear Mount and Photopolymer stamps require appropriately sized acrylic blocks in order to use them but they take up less storage space and are less expensive. The acrylic blocks last forever and can be purchases as a complete set or individually as you need them.

Embossing Tips:
Use the embossing buddy.
When pouring the powder onto your project, work on a sheet of paper with a valley fold in the middle.  The paper will catch the excess powder and the valley fold will make it easy for you to pour the powder back into the container.
Experience will teach you at what height and for how long to heat the project for perfect heat embossing.  Heat in one place at a time until the powder melts and goes shiny and smooth then move to another part of the project.
Overheating will burn away the embossing, so if you find that your heat embossing is looking matt rather than shiny, try heating it from a great distance or for less time.
See this video for more basic tips.
Once you're ready, you might find this video useful for some different ways to use heat embossing.

Dimensions:
Very Vanilla:        9.5" x 6.75" scored and folded (on long side) at 4.75"
Coastal Cabana:   4.25" x 6.25"  (mat for larger card)
Coastal Cabana:   3.25" x 4.25"  (mat for smaller card)

Thanks for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

Product List - All products required to make this card are available in my online store for Australian Residents

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Tea Room Memories & More simple cards

These cards are very slight step up from the first set of cards I shared with you using the gorgeous Tea Room Memories & More cards - but only because I've added the coordinating Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper as well as some Old Olive and Crushed Curry cardstock to the mix.  These  colours can be found in the Regals Collection.
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Card 1: Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack
with coordinating Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper

Card 1 Dimensions:
The base card measures 10" x 6" scored and folded at 5".

The Today is the Day card from the pack measures 3" x 4".  I adhered it to:
a piece of Old Olive cardstock trimmed to 3 1/8" x 4 1/8"

The next layer is piece of the paper cut to 3.5" x 4.5" which is adhered to:
a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock trimmed to 3.75" x 4.75"

The last layer is another piece of the paper cut to 4.75" x 5.75"
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Card 2: Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack
with coordinating Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper

Card 2 Dimensions:
The base card measures 10" x 6" scored and folded at 5".

I trimmed the Hello card from the pack to 3" x  4" and adhered it to:
a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock measuring 3 1/8" x 4 1/8"

The next layer is a piece of the paper cut to 4.25" x 5.25" adhered to:
a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock measuring 4 3/8" x 5 3/8"

The last layer is a piece of the paper trimmed to 4.75" x 5.75"

If you have some Glitter Enamel Dots, you could place them in the corners of the focal card for a bit of bling.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

Product List - All products required to make these cards are available in my online store for Australian Residents

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest: Linda Cullen

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Welcome to the Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper, Linda Cullen - we are thrilled to have Linda join us this month and so excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by her.

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Whether you are starting the blog hop here at my blog, Stephanie Fischer - The Crafty Thinker, or have come from the person before me, be sure to click on the person listed under me further down the page to continue your journey through the blog hop.

Linda is so talented that I had a HUGE short list of her projects and it was really difficult to choose one - but eventually I narrowed it down to this one based on the layout.

So here's my version:
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Black, gold and soft suede: a multipurpose card suitable for any gender or occasion

Step 1 was to black heat emboss the greeting from the Rooted In Nature stamp set.  I then placed the soft suede card topper into the Sparkle embossing folder at an angle and partially ran it through the Big Shot .

Step 2 I cut a strip of Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper and trimmed it at an angle into two pieces which I adhered to the card top.

Step 3 I added pieces of the Mini Sequin Trim in gold and the 1/8" Black Cord and fastened it to the back with some sticky tape.

Step 4  I glued the card front to the basic black base card.

Step 5 I used the Natures Roots Framelits to cut and emboss three leaves which I swiped with a Versamark pad and then Gold heat embossed.  I then glued them to the card top.

Step 6 I cut the Botanicals Tag in both gold foil sheet and black cardstock, having first applied some Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back for easy application to the card.

Step 7  Having adhered the gold flower outline to the card front, I paper pieced the little black pieces from the other die cut and then added a black Faceted Dot to the centre.
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The leaves sit over the top of the trims which provides some dimension to the card

Thanks for following our blog hop.  Remember that currently you are at my blog - Stephanie Fischer - so click on the next name in the list to ensure that you don't miss out on seeing any of the blogs and the amazing inspiration that they contain.

Thanks for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Tea Room Cards - Simply Lovely & step ups

The Tea Room Memories & More card pack is a great purchase for anyone but especially the person just starting their cardmaking journey who currently has a limited, or even non-existent, card-making stash!

In this post I'm hoping to illustrate how one can start off with very few products (as most of us do) and gradually build up a creative stash.  Exact choices, of course, are very personal but one tip I can provide is to think about versatility when choosing a stamp set, papers etc  I always ask myself, "what else will this go with?  Can I use it for multiple occasions?"

All the photos in this post are of the same card, increasingly stepped up.  We start here with most basic version.
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Version 1: a simple card using the Tea Room Memories & More Card pack and Tea Room Cardstock Pack

I took an A4 sheet of Coastal Cabana cardstock, cut it to 8.75" x 6 3/8" and folded it in half.

I then cut a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock to 4 3/8" x 6 3/8" and stuck it to the card.
The next layer (the stripey one) is one of the Tea Room cards which I trimmed to 4.25" x 6.25" and adhered to the card front.

The "You are Lovely" card from the Tea Room pack measures 4" x 3" and I stuck it to a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock trimmed to 4.25" x 3.25".  I stuck this piece straight onto the card front but, if you have them in your stash, you could adhere it with some Stampin' Dimensionals to give a bit of depth to the card.

At this point, the card could be finished!  However, it can also be stepped up with the addition of some Coastal Cabana ink (see the next image, Version 2, below).  Ink pads can be purchased individually or in Collections (there are four collections of 10 colours and two In-Colour collections with 5 colours each)  Coastal Cabana is part of the Brights Collection.  One of the great joys of Stampin' Up! is the way all the colours coordinate and match perfectly: cardstock, patterned paper, ribbons, embellishments etc

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Version 2: The Tea Room Memories & More card, stepped up with the addition of some Coastal Cabana ink

Transfer some ink from a Coastal Cabana ink pad onto a non-porous surface to act as a palette (or you can simply squeeze the closed ink pad to transfer ink to the lid which doubles as a palette).  Using a small round paint brush and some water, brush a light layer of colour onto the acanthus leaves.  Dip the brush back into the undiluted ink on your palette and add some darker shading.
TIP:  Water is the enemy of your ink pad - never be tempted to dab your wet brush directly onto the ink pad.

This stepped up version of the card is now finished.  So let's look at the next step up in Version 3 below.
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Version 3: The same Tea Room Memories & More card with the addition of
die cut flowers using the Serene Garden Bundle

In version 3 I have added the Serene Garden Bundle to my stash of products as well as some Pool Party cardstock and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (this is a great investment as it opens up a whole world of creativity) and I chose to also add the Stamparatus (because it makes lining up soooo easy) but that would be optional.

If you don't have a Stamparatus: stamp the flower image onto Pool Party cardstock with Coastal Cabana ink, carefully line up the coordinating die around it and run through the Big Shot to cut.  You'll need three of these.
If you do have the Stamparatus: cut the shapes first and then follow the method outlined here for perfect alignment of image and die-cut.  (You might also want to see this video for some more Stamparatus tips.)

Then simply adhere these flowers to the card front either with the Tear & Tape adhesive, some liquid glue or if you'd like to get a bit trickier - add liquid glue to the stem end and a dimensional at the other end to lift the tip of the flower.  I used liquid glue.

So on to Version 4 for the next step up (see image below)
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Version 4: Tea Room Memories & More card pack, Serene Garden Bundle and some Coastal Cabana ink

In this penultimate version, I used the same method as before to add shades of Coastal Cabana ink to the die-cut flowers.  The coloured cardstock is much more susceptible to water though, so care must be taken to use a damp rather than wet brush. TIP:  Try using light brush strokes in just one direction to avoid pilling or damaging the cardstock.

OK - that leads us to the last version (Version 5 - see below). I simply added some self-adhesive pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls pack.
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Version 5: Share What You Love Artisan Pearls finish the Tea Room Memories & More card
Most of us don't have the luxury of buying everything at once when we start a new craft or hobby (however much we'd like to!) and I hope this post has helped to show that it's not necessary anyway.  Just start with some basics and see where it leads you!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask - I'm always happy to help if I can.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time, have fun crafting!
Stephanie

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dandelion Wishes on Granite

As soon as I saw the Dandelion Wishes stamp set, I knew it would be one of my first purchases!
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Dandelion Wishes makes a very simple and elegant masculine card

 This birthday card is for my husband and I couldn't have said it better!
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The inside is stamped with coordinating images in Gray Granite ink

It's such a simple card to make.  I just heat embossed the image and greeting onto the Gray Granite card front (how wonderful that the black embossing powder has been reintroduced!).  

The Basic Black card base has a layer of Champagne Foil for a bit of subdued glamour.

I stamped images from the set inside the card with Gray Granite ink.

Thanks for visiting
'Til next time
Stephanie


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Sunday, 1 July 2018

All The Good Things

These koi from The All The Good Things stamp set are examples of the new, patent pending, Distinktive stamps which create different opacities in a single stamped image.  Just ink the stamp as usual, stamp and achieve realistic depth and intensity.

Click here for more information on these wonderful stamps.
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One of Stampin' Up!s new patent pending Distinktive stamps - All Good Things
I stamped the images with Cajun Craze ink onto Shimmery White cardstock and then added some very soft washes of Coastal Cabana and Pumpkin Pie inks to provide a hint of water.

The base card is Pool Party with layers of Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze.

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I added a little extra orange ink to these fish to cover the blue of the background cardstock.

For the next card I stamped onto Pool Party cardstock with Cajun Craze ink and then used a small brush with a little Pumpkin Pie ink to blend a bit more colour in areas of the fish that needed it.

I'm totally in love with the stamp set, not just because of the beautiful images, but also because it so easily creates a gorgeous card.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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