Technique Tuesday – Partial Dry Embossing

By | June 22, 2021

Hi there

Last Saturday I held a workshop for a lovely group of ladies – we had a great afternoon crafting and here is one of the cards we made. It uses the partial dry embossing technique. This is where you dry emboss your cardstock front but leave an area free of the embossing to allow you to stamp an image or sentiment. Keep reading to find out how I did this.

When you first look at the card above I’m sure you thought this had a couple of layers – the dry embossed background, the coloured circle mat and then the plain circle with the sentiment stamped in the middle. Well the background and the stamped sentiment are all one layer and the ‘mat’ is just a thin circle edging layered over the top. To create this ‘ring’ I used the Layering Circles dies (6th & 7th biggest) nested together. The pansies are from the Pansy Patch Bundle and have been added on top of the Basic White layer.

To create the partial embossing first you need to make a ‘shim’ as in the picture on the far left. I die cut a circle from two pieces of scrap card board and taped them together. You could use any shape you want – it could even be done with a punch. Next place your cardstock in your chosen embossing folder. I used the new Checks & Dots Embossing Folder. Place the ‘shim’ on top of the embossing folder and run it through your die cutting machine. The pressure from the rollers will only transfer the indentations from the folder to the cardstock where the shim is directly touching the folder, leaving the ‘circle’ area flat and allowing you to stamp on this space.

I also made this same card design into a full sized card by adding an additional mat. The colours I used for my pansies were: Calypso Coral, Pale Papaya and Bumblebee; Melon Mambo, Polished Pink and Daffodil Delight; Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight (on the left hand card); Gorgeous Grape, Fresh Freesia, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight (notecard on right). The leaves are Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent. The mat and sentiment are using Evening Evergreen.

This is a fun and easy technique to create that gives the impression of extra layers to your card. Have fun recreating this technique with dies and punches you have in your stash.

Until next time …

Friday Fun Fold – Double Tri-Fold Shutter Card

By | June 18, 2021

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Today’s card is a variation on a Tri-Fold Shutter card (which I have yet to share with you). I was away last weekend with some fellow demos and CASED this design from one of them. Her card had been made using a 6″ x 12″ piece of cardstock so I adapted the design to fit a 14.8cm x 29.7cm piece of cardstock. I still need to make some tweaks but was pleased with how my first attempt turned out. This card is for my brother who goes for a ‘little’ (up to 100km) bike ride every Saturday morning.

This card has a number of score lines – some go the whole height and some are partial – plus some horizontal cuts to allow the ‘concertina’ effect.

I don’t have any current bike stamps so borrowed this retired image. The background sponging of the clouds and grass really bring the image to life. I used the new Basic Borders dies to create my cloud template and sponged with my Blending Brush and Balmy Blue. The grass is Granny Apple Green.

There is space on the back to write your message so that the front scene doesn’t get spoilt. My card base is Crumb Cake and I used the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP) matted on Early Espresso.

The view from the top shows all the folds.

And here it is ready to go in an envelope. The ‘belly band’ is Early Espresso with some Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon wrapped around then a separate length added – tied in a knot. There is a bit of work in this card but the end result was so worth it.

Have a great weekend. Until next time …

Technique Tuesday – Split Negative

By | June 15, 2021

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Today we have the Split Negative technique. This is a new one for me – I can’t believe I’ve never made a card using this cool technique. I’m so glad we’ve got black embossing powder back in our catalogue although you could do this with Memento Black ink.

To create this card you need two pieces of cardstock the exact same size – I’ve gone with Basic Black and Basic White and then matted them on Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point – colours I don’t use a huge amount.

Stamp your image – mine is from Dragonfly Garden – with VersaMark on both pieces in the same location. I used the Stampartus so I got it correct. Apply the opposite colour embossing powder and then heat. So black powder on my Basic White card base and white embossing powder on my Basic Black card base. The sentiment is from Pansy Patch and has been punched out with the Double Oval punch.

Once heated cut your image in half and swap the halves over, lining up your images to create the black/white image. As my image was tall and thin I decided to cut my pieces on the diagonal. You can cut it vertically or horizontally – do whatever suits your image.

You can see the Dragonfly image on the inside and a double mat.

This technique is a great way to create two cards at the same time.

Until next time …

Friday Fun Fold – Crossover Arrow Card

By | June 11, 2021

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I have a new fold (to me) to share today – it’s a variation on an ‘Arrow’ card that I saw online. The original one I saw (by Tina Hewett) was done as a square card so I used the same method and created a standard portrait sized card.

I think this looks really cool and it was simple to create.

Fold your card base in half and then make a mark along the bottom at the centre point of the card front. Place your card base in your trimmer and cut from your pencil mark to the top corners where the score line is. Do the same with your Designer Series Paper (DSP) and then adhere to your card pieces. My starting piece of DSP measured 9.5cm x 13.8cm. I’ve used the soon to retire Ice Cream Corner DSP.

I used both sides of my DSP – one design for the centre triangle and then the other side of the paper for the two side triangles. Before you adhere your side triangles have a play with positioning them so that you know where to place them once they have adhesive on them. NB: also note how far you need to apply the adhesive as it is only partially adhered. I found it was easier to adhere the side triangles with liquid glue as it gives you a bit of ‘wriggle room’ to get them in the correct location.

I hope you like this fun fold card and give it a try – another great way to use your DSP.

Until next time …

Technique Tuesday – Spotlight Technique

By | June 8, 2021

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The Spotlight Technique is a great technique to use with large line art stamps. I now have the perfect stamp for this – Daisy Garden – and a new way of creating this technique thanks to a fellow demonstrator Tee-Jay.

Normally you would stamp your image, die cut part of the image out with a circle, colour it in, mat the coloured circle and adhere again over the top of where you did the original cut – still with me? Well this new way does not require any cutting but you still achieve the same look. Read on down to find out more.

As mentioned above I stamped my large image (using the Stamparatus) using Memento Black then die cut a portion of the image with a circle die from the Layering Circles Die and coloured it in with Stampin’ Blends. I then cut a Basic Black circle mat using the next size up of the circle dies and adhered these two together. Lining up your circle image adhere this on top of the ‘hole’ to give you back your full card front. Adhere it to a mat and or base and you have completed your Spotlight card.

By adding the mat it highlights the coloured in area.

And here’s the second way of doing it – can you spot the difference? For this card I drew a circle directly onto the stamped image with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and then coloured in as I did with the first card. It gives the same effect but is a single layer card – how cool is that.

On the inside of the cards I stamped the daisy image from Daisy Lane again in Memento Black and left it as an outline. The sentiment is from the new Pansy Patch set.

You could do this technique with smaller images and just repeat them on your card front and then select an area (doesn’t have to be a circle) to highlight. No end to the possibilities.

Until next time …

Friday Fun Fold – Turtle Friends

By | June 4, 2021

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Today’s fun fold card is another one we made at last month’s team training. It’s a 5″ square card and features the cute Turtle Friends Bundle on page 56 of the Annual Catalogue.

The front of the card has been scored in half and has two panels that have been dry embossed with the Checks Embossing Folder on page 154 and then matted with Coastal Cabana.

Isn’t Mr Turtle cute? He has been stamped twice – once on Soft Sea Foam and once on Granny Apple Green. This bundle has a coordinating punch which we used on the Soft Sea Foam image. Did you notice his ‘glossy’ shell? After stamping the outline image we stamped his ‘shell’ inside the image then applied Shimmery Crystal Effects from page 128 to give his shell a 3D look and make is nice and glossy. NB: the Shimmery Crystal Effects takes a bit of time to dry so you may want to do this part of the card first.

The card front folds back and tucks in behind the baby turtles ‘shell’ on the inside of the card. The front stamped panel has only been partially adhered to the card to allow the front of the card to fold back. The mat has been die cut using the new Scalloped Contours dies on page 158. These dies are part of the Color and Contour Bundle on page 98.

This bundle will be a great one to use for all ages and has a number of additional stamps to create fun cards.

Until next time …

Expressions in Ink – Quick and Simple Card

By | June 2, 2021

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Today’s post is a quick and simple card we made at our recent training event. Even though this layout is a simple one it still has lots of texture and layers to please the eye.

The Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) is so gorgeous and has a lovely range of colours with hints of gold foiling. The Stitched Rectangle Dies (one of my most used sets of dies) add a bit extra to strips of DSP. These have been adhered with dimensionals to add height to our card. To add texture to your card fronts select an embossing folder (Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder) and dry emboss your card front – make sure you stamp your sentiment first!

The Artistically Inked Bundle includes a stamp set and coordinating dies. Here we’ve used the large leaf die and die cut it from gold foil. Add a bit of ribbon – Pale Papaya and White 1/2″ Woven Ribbon – and a selection of ‘bling’ and your card front is complete.

A bit of stamping and a pop of colour completes the inside. This stamp set is a ‘Distinktive’ stamp which creates different opacities in a single stamped image.

What DSP do you have in your stash that you could use to recreate this card?

Until next time …

Technique Tuesday – Bleaching

By | June 1, 2021

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The first time I used the ‘bleach’ technique was way back in October 2011 – not sure why it’s taken me so long to use it again. This time I’ve used the bleach for ‘colouring’ my image as I would with my Stampin’ Blends or other colouring methods.

Here the bleach has stripped away the colour of the cardstock changing the daisies from Soft Succulent to more like So Saffron.

I put some bleach in a jar and then using my Blender Pen applied the bleach to the flowers. It doesn’t take long for the bleach to strip away the colour of the cardstock.

I coloured the leaves using Soft Succulent and the stems using Evening Evergreen Stampin Blends. For a big background stamp like the Daisy Garden I would recommend using the Stamparatus – it’s so much easier to handle than on a block plus if you need to restamp the image because it hasn’t stamped evenly you can just reink the stamp and know that it will stamp perfectly again to give a clear solid image. The centre of the daisies have been coloured with Soft Suede.

This stamp is perfect for this technique. I have some other techniques to share using this stamp so keep an eye out in the coming weeks.

Until then …

Friday Fun Card- Punch Art

By | May 28, 2021

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On Wednesday Phil and I celebrated our birthdays – mine was ‘just another birthday’ whereas his was a milestone one – 65. I must admit I was a bit stumped as to what to create for him for this special birthday. At the ’11th hour’ my creativity kicked in and I came up with the idea of a punch art card to represent his hobby of photography.

This is the first time I’ve made a camera – thankfully I had the ‘real McCoy’ on hand to guide me. Phil was under strict instructions not to enter the office. Part of my inspiration for this card was that last weekend we spent a long weekend at the Chateau Tongariro (I’d kept it a secret since February) and Phil had been able to take lots of photos. It’s Autumn (Fall) here in New Zealand and the colour of the trees on our travels were just so beautiful and reminded me of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper (DSP) plus Phil is a landscape photographer.

The camera ‘body’ measures 7cm x 10cm cut from Basic Gray. I found a retired Corner Rounder Punch but you could manually round this if you don’t have a punch. The Basic Black overlay measures 5.3cm x 10cm and has been dry embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I then added a strip of Basic Black (1.5cm x 5.3cm) for the ‘grip’. To create the camera ‘lens’ I used the three smallest Layering Circle dies. The smallest Basic Black and Basic Gray have been adhered directly together then adhered to the largest Basic Black circle with mini dimensionals and then adhered again with mini dimensionals to the ‘body’. I use the mini dimensionals a lot as they aren’t as high as the full size dimensionals so don’t make your project too high if you use them on multiple layers like I have for this card. The elements at the top have been die cut using a partial circle die on the right and the left one is the half circle die from the Baby Clothes dies. I also used this for the anchor for the hand strap.

I was really sad to see that the Pretty Perennial stamp set didn’t carry over as I love the big Happy Birthday font but glad we have this new set Biggest Wish which has a couple of birthday options.

Well that’s all from me. Until next time …

Technique Tuesday – Heat Emboss Edging

By | May 25, 2021

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Earlier this month we had a team training day. It was great to catch up with fellow demos and create projects using new product from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The first project I’ll share uses products from the You’re A Peach Suite on page 60-61 and combines them with the Hand-Penned Memories and More Cards and Envelopes on page 127. You get 20 cards and envelopes that coordinate with the Hand-Penned Suite but can be used with other suites or stamp sets.

The card base has this lovely ‘dot’ design on the front and coordinates beautifully with the You’re A Peach Designer Series Paper (DSP). The base panel of DSP measures 3″ wide and the top layer measures 1 3/4″. In between these two layers of DSP is a strip of Pool Party Cardstock which started out at 1 1/2″. To get the ‘uneven’ edge gently tear your cardstock in half lengthwise and then adhere it behind the centre DSP strip. Did you notice the gold heat embossing on the edges of the bottom layer of DSP and the torn strips?

To achieve this look lightly ink the edges with your VersaMark ink pad then cover with gold embossing powder and heat. Before you heat you can brush off excess embossing powder if needed. This easy technique adds texture and colour to your projects.

The ‘Sweet as a Peach’ stamp set has coordinating dies and comes as a bundle (which means you save 10%) or you can buy the whole suite which includes the bundle, the You’re a Peach 12″ x 12″ DSP plus some really cute mini Jam Jars which are food safe.

I hope you’ll give this suite/bundle a second look.

Check back soon for more projects. Until then …

Fun Fold Friday – Z Fold Gate Card

By | May 21, 2021

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Last weekend I attended a team training (will share the projects we made next week) and saw this card on display which had been made by Helen Wigan. I love fun folds so took a few photos and measurements so I could recreate it.

I’m not sure what this card fold is called but I’ve named it a Z Fold Gate card – you’ll be able to see why in the photos below.

All the new In Colors have been used on this card – Evening Evergreen and Pale Papaya for the 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP), Fresh Freesia and Polished Pink for the flowers and Soft Succulent for the leaves. Using a Blending Brush and Pale Papaya ink I ‘sponged’ and area in the centre before stamping the sentiment and adhering the flowers.

The flowers and leaves are from the Flowers of Friendship Bundle which includes the stamp set and a punch. The sentiment is from the Pansy Patch. I’ve used Thick Basic White for my card base and Basic White for the front panels and stamping the flowers.

The card is in two pieces – the back bit is a normal sized card front – 10.5cm x 14.8cm. The ‘Z fold’ part which is adhered to the base measures 10.5cm x 28cm and is scored at 5, 9.5, 18.5 and 23 cm then folded in a Mountain, Valley, Valley, Mountain formation. The panels on the front are a 8cm square and then a mat of 8.5cm square.

From this view you can see how the card is assembled. I adhered my DSP panels to the base and then adhered the fold out piece. The DSP panels meausre – 4.7cm x 10.2cm (2) for the back and 2.2cm x 10.2cm (2) for the front.

This design is a great way to use your DSP and any number of stamp sets for the front.

Until next time ..

Technique Tuesday – Embossing Paste Mask

By | May 18, 2021

Hi there

Last Tuesday I shared a project that required masking using a Post-It Note and today I have another project using a different masking technique. For this technique you can create your own mask as I’ve done or use a Decorative Mask as shown on page 128 of the Annual Catalogue. I’ve combined my mask with Embossing Paste but you could also use ink and a Blending Brush.

To create my mask I used the ‘bricks’ die (bottom right) from the Brilliant Wings dies on page 158 of the Annual Catalogue.


Using a scrap piece of cardstock (10cm x 14.3cm) I die cut the ‘bricks’ to create my mask. I found it’s best to place your silicone craft sheet down first then your cardstock and then the mask. I used some washi tape to hold it all in place. Embossing paste is white but with a few drops of ink refill you can create all sorts of colours. To achieve my ‘brick’ colour I put some Embossing Paste in a separate dish then added one drop of Crumb Cake, two drops of Cajun Craze, one drop of Early Espresso and the one more drop of Cajun Craze – make sure you mix in-between adding new colours. Once you get your colour mix to the shade you want, spread the paste on with a palette knife making sure you get a good coverage across the indentations of the mask. Wipe off the excess and remove the mask.

I let mine dry a bit before I trimmed it to the size I wanted for my card front.

Now it’s time to decorate – I added it to a Basic Black mat and then a Thick Basic White base.

The base of the Butterfly is Mango Melody with a Basic Black overlay. My sentiment is from one of my favourite sets – Peaceful Moments. I hunted through my dies for a suitable label and decided upon this one from Stitched So Sweetly. The sequins are from the Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins which carried over from last years catalogue.

There are a number of dies that you could use to create you own masks – have a look through your ‘stash’ and have fun creating.

Until next time …

Fun Fold Friday – Pull Out Z Fold

By | May 14, 2021

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You may have seen the term ‘CASE’ and wondered what it meant. CASE (in stamping terms) means Copy And Share Everything. Today’s fun fold card has been CASE’d from a US demo Susan Campfield so this design is not my idea.

I’ve used the new Pansy Patch Bundle (which is part of the Pansy Petals Suite from page 28-29) and the new 2021-2023 In Colors. The only stamping is for the senitment. And yes there was a lot of die cutting for these 7 cards but so worth it. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the Pansy Patch Suite too. These cards were made for my direct team swap.

The first card colour combo is Fresh Freesia and Blackberry Bliss with a Bumblebee centre. The bottom cards are a mix of Pale Papaya and Calypso Coral with a Pale Papaya centre. The leaves are Soft Succulent for the base and Evening Evergreen for the overlay.

Working from left to right on the top we have Fresh Freesia and Gorgeous Grape with a Bumblebee centre. Next up we have Polished Pink for the petal and Melon Mambo for the edge and overlay. The centre is Daffodil Delight. On the bottom row we have Fresh Freesia and Blackberry Bliss with a Bumblebee centre and last but not least we have Pale Papaya and Pumpkin Pie with a Pale Papaya centre. The sentiment is from the Pansy Patch stamp set and has been stamped in Evening Evergreen using the Double Oval Punch. This is a great punch – you get the oval and the scalloped oval all in one punch.

And here’s the inside of the card using the ‘bud’ dies.

And finally a view from the top so you can see how the inside ‘Z fold’ works. This was a fun card to create and allows you to put any number of images, stamps or sentiments on the cut out section.

I love how the new In Colours work so well together – I haven’t got a favourite yet but I’m sure I will soon. Do you have a favourite?

Until next time …

Technique Tuesday – Masking

By | May 11, 2021

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Last Tuesday’s card included some masking so this week I though I’d do a card that had more masking and give you a quick step by step tutorial on how I do my masking.

I got a bit carried away with my masking so ended up making two cards – one I used for the tutorial and one to show off the new 2021-2023 In Colours. I’ve used the Painted Poppies for these cards. The ‘poppy’ in the top right has been created by combining two stamps to create a ‘new’ image using the masking technique.

Don’t these images just pop off the page? I couldn’t decide if I wanted sentiments on the front so left them blank for the time being.

I die cut the largest Scalloped Rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies and it has been matted on Poppy Parade and adhered directly to a Thick Basic White base. And now for the instructions:

To create your mask stamp your image on a Post-It Note then ‘fussy cut’ it out. Stamp your image again on to your cardstock and then place your mask on top of the stamped image. This is so that when you stamp the next image it won’t stamp over the top of the original image. I only want the stem to be used.

You can see that the flower now has a stem. My next ‘mask’ isn’t actually covering any stamped image but is a ‘place holder’ for where my raised flower will be placed. I can now stamp another image that will appear behind the leaf and will be slightly under my raised flower. Keeping my place holder flower on the cardstock the final addition is the leaves. I forgot to take a photo showing it before colouring in.

You can just see a sneak of the inside of the card where I left the image uncoloured. It looks great against the white and Poppy Parade mat. The leaves are Granny Apple Green.

My second card shows off the new 2021-2023 In Colours – Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, ,Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. I really love these colours and they go so well together. I used the same method of masking to create this card. Sometimes you need to create a couple of ‘masks’ to cover all the images

For the inside of this card I coloured my poppy in with the Polished Pink and the mat is Evening Evergreen. This card shows that the Painted Poppies stamp -combined with different colours – is actually a very versatile set. I hope this has given you some inspiration to try different colours.

Until next time …

Fun Fold Friday – Triangular Tri-fold

By | May 7, 2021

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I was first shown this fold of card by another demo -Kristine McNickle – last year. We made it in a portrait orientation but for today’s card I’ve swapped it around to be a landscape card.

It uses a whole sheet of A4 cardstock for the base – 21cm x 27cm – cut in half lengthwise to give you two pieces 10.5cm x 27cm. To create the folds score at 14.5cm and then with the smaller section on the left of the score line measure in 10.5cm from the top left and make a pencil mark. Repeat on second piece. Place the cardstock in your trimmer lining the pencil mark and the bottom left hand corner in the cutting groove – and score between the two. Fold the diagonal score line in a mountain fold and the centre fold in a valley fold.

To adhere the two pieces start with them on top of each other then rotate the top one 180 degrees to the right. Now adhere the two bases together and you have your card ready for decoration. I used the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper (DSP) measuring 9.5cm x 9.5cm and then cut on the diagonal. A tip I learnt the hard way – adhere your ribbon to the card base before adhering the left hand side DSP. The final step for the front is your image or sentiment. Using Rich Razzleberry and Petal Pink I stamped and punched my ice cream scoops and adhere to the cone which has been punched from the DSP. My background is the largest Scalloped Circle with the second largest circle from the Layering Circles Dies.

I love the font and size of the sentiments in this set – so glad the Sweet Ice Cream Bundle has carried over to the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue which means I have more time to create with this set.

Well that’s all for now – until next time …