The VIP Card Club has taken the summer off, but we resume in August with fresh techniques! First up is practice with the new Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, and Pattern Party Decorative Masks! Check out this video to see it in action!
We'll be making three cards, using paste in three different ways: adding glitter, sponging dried paste, and adding ink refill to dye the paste. Here are the cards we'll be making:
Interested in learning new techniques? There is still space for 1-2 more members! Here are all the details!
This month in our VIP Card Club, we are making gel cards! I originally saw these on Dawn Griffith''s youtube video, and knew I had to try!
I have been saving little baggies that my SU supplies come in, but when I went to make these cards, I realized most of them had tiny air holes in them! So I went to Michaels and found some in the jewelry section.
I then needed some gel, and found both a white and blue kind at the Dollar Store for $1 each.
From there, I looked through my stamps to see which had water images and decided to use Bear Hugs, Seaside Shore, and Jar of Love.
These cards are a bit heavy and you wouldn't want them to pop in the mail, so you might want to hand deliver them. I know whoever receives them will love them, especially if they love anything nautical!
Magic cards have been on my "To-Make List" for a long time, so I am excited to try them in our next VIP Club! Who wouldn't want a card that looks plain and simple and transforms before their eyes with color and surprise! We'll be making three cards using the Jar of Love, Sheltering Tree, and Botanical Blooms stamp sets. A couple other must haves for this technique: Window Sheets, Archival Ink, and the Project Life Dies.
Now how did I do that?
Well, thankfully Stampin' Up! has a full channel of videos to inspire us card makers!
What do you think? Magic, right!
Want to learn more techniques? Contact me if you are interested in joining my next Card Club, starting when six people sign up!
Last weekend, I was able to make the trip with my friend Heather to Illinois for a card making weekend! We arrived Friday night, just in time for my upline, Chris', techniques club. We made these awesome cards:
Technique #1: Clay Flowers
I miss making vintage inspired cards at Chris' classes! She used the Simply Pressed Clay and Molds to make these flowers. They are colored with markers, and the one on the bottom right was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The leaves are from the Bird Punch. The vase was made with a framelit trimmed down, heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then clear embossed all over to give it a shiny look. I have never used clear embossing powder, so I love trying new things!
Technique #2: Solid Image Tracing Technique
This adorable card was stamped using a solid image stamp from the Hello Darling set in a light color. Then we used a fine tip black marker like the Project Life Journaling Pen to trace the image. Then, the image was colored in using Blendabilities to create this unique look! The greeting is from the Hostess set Hello There stamped in Cherry Cobbler. The embellishments use the Fringe Scissors, Vintage Buttons, Linen Thread, and Gold Sequins.
After staying with Chris, the next day we all headed to our upline, Gelnda Travelstead's Sneak Peek Holiday Catalog Stamping Event where we made 20 different cards using 5 new stamp sets from the forthcoming Holiday Catalog (which starts August 28, 2014)!
Stamp Set #1: For All Things
I definitely think I could get a lot of mileage out of this set! I love the watercolor look and the versatility. Notice how you can use ink to get the whole text "Grateful for You" (bottom right) or color with your marker to get just one word "Grateful" (top right).
Stamp Set #2: Endless Wishes
This stamp set has been a popular photopolymer which has returned to the Holiday Catalog. I love the look of white snowflakes on Crumb Cake cardstock, as seen on the bottom right. The new Tree Punch makes this a cute, easy card to mass produce.
Stamp Set #3: Letterpress Winter
This set makes a sort of snowflake image. I love the fact that it is photopolymer which means you can arrange the stamps on your clear blocks how you want. So in one card the season's greetings is stacked and on the other it is on one line.
Stamp Set #4: Mingle All the Way
This set is one that I was left wishing I had bought. The card on the top left can be punched out with a punch and the other three used framelits. The bottom right was my first attempt at a shaker card. There is a clear bag in the window there with confetti stars that move when you shake it! A little difficult, but awesome!
Stamp Set #5: Ornamental Pine
Of the stamps sets we used, this is the only one I had purchased, so you might see some of these cards at my Christmas card class in December. I love the wreath on the door card!
The final 6 colors of Blendabilites are now available! Check out my website to order:
Check out these videos to see how these markers work (there is no one right way to use them!):
I'm not a huge butterfly fan, but it only took a brief look on Pinterest to see all the beautiful projects made with the Swallowtail stamp to know I wanted to get it for myself. Check out these three cards I made using three different techniques for three totally different looks:
Stained Glass Technique:
First, stamp on vellum with Versamark and emboss with your choice color of embossing powder. Here I used Pool Party. Then, turn the vellum over and color with Stampin' Write markers. I used Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight.
First, I filled an empty stamp case with paper towel and saturated with bleach. Then, I stamped the Swallowtail in the bleach directly on Basic Gray cardstock (Melon Mambo cardstock also looks great, but note, this does not work on Basic Black cardstock!). Then, I spritzed with black ink, added accents using the Chalk Marker, and finished off adding some rhinestones.
Stylus Embossing Technique:
This card I CASE-d (copy and share everything) from Dawn Griffith. She stamped the Swallowtail on vellum using Black Stazon ink. Then, turn the vellum over and use a stylus to dry emboss the details. Then, two squares of Basic Gray cardstock were added behind to add a contrasting look. The vellum was adhered to Whisper White cardstock using silver mini brads.
I love the look of stitching on cards, but since I don't own a sewing machine and I can't even sew on a button, this technique seems quite out of my league. I had perused online for a sewing machine that I might be able to start with, but it just seemed like such an investment for someone who really has intentions no more than to add a few stitches to a card. I then came across a low cost option called the Sew Crafty Mini which they claim is meant to "sew accents onto your scrapbook pages, make fabric envelopes, add stiches to cards, sew outlines on paper projects..." Yes! I threw it on my Amazon wishlist, despite glancing at the low star product rating.
A Christmas came and went and no one purchased this for me, probably because they thought it was a true sewing machine and they know me well. But when I saw a local friend posting one brand new in box on Facebook for $6, I went for it.
Before reading the directions, I went back to the reviews to see what people were saying: "This machine is horrible. I tried to sew a few pieces of paper together. It worked for about 5 minutes." Well, I hoped for the best, but expected the worst. Last night at Craft Night, I asked my friend Amy (who owns a $600 sewing machine) to help me try it out...The first stitch went pretty well...
Then, we cut the thread to remove the paper and tried to set up again. The second stich, well, didn't go so well. I cut it off, flipped the cardstock over and tried again...
So yes, it worked for about five minutes. I don't even know how to pinpoint the problem, but for me, I don't think the hassle would be worth the results. Moving on to plan B, if anyone sees a better model at a garage sale, let me know! If that doesn't work, I might have to invest in a real sewing machine and force myself to learn how to sew on buttons and maybe even hem some pants!
So these days, everyone knows what DIY means: Do It Yourself. Probably not everyone knows what DSP is, but in my papercrafting world it refers to Designer Series Paper. And I have a lot of DSP! Every year, Stampin Up! releases about 16 packs of DSP which are current for just one year. During that year, you will see several paper craft projects floating around Pinterest featuring these papers. And then after the year is over, SU retires those DSP packs and you can usually find them in the Clearance Rack for as low as 2.19 for a pack of 12 sheets!
Since I am getting excited about the new 2014-2015 Annual Catalog coming out June 1 (and May 1st for demonstrators), I started digging through my old DSP packs and decided to put them to a different use. I have always thought my light switch plates in my bathroom were a little plain, but never got around to doing anything about it. When I saw this beautiful blue and white DSP from 2007 (the year I first discovered Stampin' Up!) which matched my bathroom, I decided to try covering my light switch plates.
First, I took the light switch plate off and traced it on the back of the DSP I wanted to use. Second, I used a cutting blade with a cutting mat underneath to cut the shape out of the DSP. Third, I used Mod Podge to cover both the back of the DSP and the front of the plate. Then, I pressed the DSP down on the plate and wrapped the DSP around the edges and put another thick layer of Mod Podge on it; I have also seen some people who do not try to wrap it, but instead paint the edges. After letting it dry for about 10 minutes, I put on another layer of Mod Podge and repeated about 4 times. Finally, it was ready to mount on the wall!