29 May 2013

Ink & Tap Techique with Elements of Style

Hi There. Well here I am back with the second card I made using the Ink & Tap Technique. The stamp sets I used are 'Elements of Style' & 'Papillon Potpourri'. This card is made purely with stamps and this technique. The backing piece of card stock is stamped with the flourish stamp from the Elements of Style stamp set and then I paper pierced around the edge for a neat border and to create more visual interest. The stamped Butterfly at the bottom of the card is from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch. I really looove this technique!

Style Tips for ' Ink & Tap' Technique.
Always start with a lighter colour and add a darker colour for the accent.
1. Ink a stamp up in a Lighter colour than your accent colour using a Classic Stampin' Pad.
2. Then add Accent colours with Stampin' Write Markers.
How To 'Ink & Tap' for the Card Above: 
Create the Backing Piece of Card Stock.
1. Ink the Flourish stamp with Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
2. Use the Brush end of the Primrose Petals Stampin' Write Marker to add the accent colour. Do this by tapping the side of the Marker against the stamp and also colouring directly on the stamp.
3. Breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp straight onto Whisper White card stock.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to cover the whole piece of card stock and stamp off the edges to give a continuous look.
5. Paper Pierce a Border using the Paper Piercing Tool, Mat and Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.
Create the Floral Oval.
1. Ink the Floral stamp with Baja Breeze Stampin' Pad.
2. Use the Brush end of Midnight Muse Stampin' Write Marker to add the first accent colour.
3. Use the Brush end of Lucky Limeade Marker to add the second accent colour.
Create the Bird:
1. Ink the Bird stamp with Real Red Stampin' Pad.
2. Add the accent colour with Midnight Muse Marker.
Create the Butterfly and For You stamp.
1. Ink both stamps in Baja Breeze Stampin' Pad.
2. Add the accent colour with Midnight Muse Marker.
I hope you'll give this technique a try. I really enjoyed playing with different colour combinations and seeing what I liked and didn't like! It's fun and very creative and gives us other ways to use our Ink Pads and Markers, getting more use out of them! If you would like more info just email me or leave a comment and I'll address it as soon as I can. Nola, I am getting there! Happy Creating and thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)
Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card:
Rubber Stamps: Elements Of Style, Papillon Potpourri.

Card Stock: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Real Red.
Ink Pads & Markers: As Above in Instructions
Accessories: Midnight Muse Stitched Ribbon.
Tools: Paper Snips; Paper Piercing Tool, Mat and Essentials Paper Piercing Pack; Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Ovals Collections Framelits Dies; Bitty Butterfly, Modern Label, and 1" Circle Punches.
Adhesives: Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots (for Bow).

28 May 2013

Borders Scoring Plate and Ink and Tap Technique

Hi There. Well life has been very busy so haven't posted as much as usual, but here I am at last with a card made by Stampin' Up! using my Product Spotlight Product - Borders Scoring Plate, and the 'Oh Hello' stamp set from the current Mini Catalogue. I love the simplicity of this card.  They've used the Marker-to-Stamp Technique for the flower to get the different colours on the stamp itself. I thought this also a good time to post a card I made using another technique where you apply markers directly onto the stamp. This technique is called 'Ink and Tap'

Here's the card I made using the Ink and Tap Technique and is how I achieved the different tones onto each stamped image.
I'll be back tomorrow to post another card I made using this technique with 'How to Do' Instructions. So until then, have a nice evening. Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow. Angeliki :) P.S. Hi Nola, I haven't forgotten your question, and I will address it this week! Please don't let my delay put you off asking questions in the future because I really appreciate them - it's just been a very busy time! Thank you.

23 May 2013

Product Spotlight & Secret Garden

Hi There. I have Two cards today - One is using the Product Spotlight item 'Borders Scoring Plate' and the other is a card I made using the Secret Garden Bundle, Pursuit of Happiness Stamp Set and Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.
Secret Garden Card - I love this bundle and think it pairs so well with this Embossing Folder. I built the centre flower up in three layers - the large flower is adhered flat to the card and the two five petal flowers are each mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals. I embossed the leaves with Gumball Green Embossing Powder onto Gumball Green Card Stock. Aren't those little 4 petal flowers so cute!! They're from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack which I get heaps of use out of. They're great for layering as well.
Style Tips:
** Emboss your card with Embossing Folder first before adhering anything down - I know that sounds simple but it is easy to get carried away with the flowers and then realising you haven't dry embossed!!
** Only use adherent to the middle of the large flower - this makes it easier to lay the leaves underneath, OR, adhere leaves first, then place flowers on the top. 
** For easier adhering, use the pen tip end of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Pg 177 Annual Cat') to stick Itty Bitty Flowers down. This is a great strong glue and the dual tips make it perfect for nearly all jobs. .
Swallowtail Butterfly Card - Here's the Card I made using the Borders Scoring Plate which I teamed up with the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders (set of 2 in the Mini Catalogue). The Needlepoint Border is the solid row of scallops with the dashes on top. I heat embossed the Swallowtail Butterfly with Pool Party Embossing Powder (both also from Mini). The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set and cut out with the matching Bitty Banners Framelits.
Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to make both these Cards:
Secret Garden Card:
Rubber Stamps: Secret Garden, Pursuit Of Happiness.Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Gumball Green.
Inkpads: Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso.
Tools: Large Oval, Scallop Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (set of 3), Bigshot, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, Secret Garden Framelits Dies.
Accessories: Pearl Basic Jewels.
Adhesives: Doublesided Tape, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (pg 177 Annual Cat'), Stampin' Dimensionals.
Swallowtail Butterfly Card:
Rubber Stamps: Swallowtail, Itty Bitty Banners.
Card Stock: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party.
Inkpads: Early Early Espresso, VersaMark.
Accessories: Pool Party Embossing Powder
Tools: Borders Scoring Plate, Heat Gun, Bigshot, Bitty Banners Framelits.
Adhesives: Doublesided Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals.

I hope you've enjoyed today's Cards. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or place it in the comments section of the post. Have a great day. Thanks for Stopping by, Angeliki :)

16 May 2013

Secret Garden - Three Panel Accordian Fold Card

Hi There. Well the sun is shining here in sunny Coffs Harbour today so I thought what better time than to post this (rather large) card that I made using Stampin' Up!'s Secret Garden Stamp Set with matching Secret Garden Framelits Dies. If you've been following my blog you'll know that anything I don't have to hand cut is a blessing!!
It's a shame I didn't get some better photos of this as it looked so much better in real life! I've since sold it so I hope you can see it's true beauty - of course I am a little bit biased!
I just love the 'Live in the Sunshine' stamp which is from the 'Pursuit of Happiness' Stamp Set. This stamp set is such a great positive affirmation set which I like looking at to remind me that the simple things in life are often our true treasures.
I teamed 'The Secret of Life is Enjoying the Passing of Time' stamp from the stamp set 'From My Heart' because I felt they went together beautifully and positively. 
The front side of the card is giving the affirmations, and the back side of the card is telling the story of these. The middle section with the white oval is where you write your message.

How to Make the Base Card:
Each Panel measures 12.5x15cm.

1.  Cut a piece of card stock measuring 15 x 28cm and score at 2.5cm and 15cm.
2.  Cut another piece of card stock to 12.5 x 15cm.  Attach this to the 2.5cm flap you created in step 1 to form the Three Panel Accordion Fold Card.
3.  Decorate to your hearts Desire!

 Here's A List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Three Panel Accordion Fold Card:
Rubber Stamps: Secret Garden, Pursuit of Happiness, From My Heart.
Cardstock: Rose Red, Whisper White, Gumball Green, Floral District Designer Series Paper Pack.
Inkpads: Rose Red, Gumball Green, Early Espresso.
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Tea Lace Paper Doilies.
Tools: Bird Builder, Elegant Butterfly, Scallop Oval & Large Oval Punches;

 Big Shot, Secret Garden & Ovals
 Framelits; Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool & Mat.
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Tombow glue, Double-sided and mounting tape.
Style Tip: Notice the Paper Piercing around each oval of the 'Secret of Life' sentiment? This gives each oval a border which ties them in together so they don't look flat and a little boring!
I hope I have inspired you to give this style of card a go, and I hope you have as much fun making it as I did.
See you soon and Thanks for stopping by, Take Care, Angeliki :)

8 May 2013

Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate

Hi There. Well, Product Spotlight is under way and here's another card I've made using the Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate. I love how easy it is to create instant borders and framing. Without the borders this card would be a little drab and bare but the borders really bring it to life. The smaller border around the butterflies frames this separate piece of card stock beautifully and then the larger waves on the base card ties it altogether.
I used the small ball end of the Stylus to score the borders.
 Style Tips Tried and Tested for You
1. Before scoring, remove the plastic film from both sides of the Overlay - It works much easier with the film removed.
2. Use sticky notes to hold card stock down so it won't move. This way, you can place your card stock anywhere on the scoring plate.
3. Run the Stylus through you hair before scoring. Yes, Really!! This helps the Stylus to glide around the embossing tracks with ease. Without it, the Stylus is quite rigid during scoring.
4. Score on the Wrong side of your card stock to get the Embossing on the front of your card stock; Or, score on the Right side of card stock for the De Embossed look. I scored on the wrong side of my card stock to get the Embossing.on the front of my card stock.
Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card.
Rubber Stamps - Papillon Potpourri, Curly Cute
Card Stock - Whisper White
Ink Pads - Primrose Petal, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso
Accessories - Basic Jewells Rhinestones
Tools - Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate, Elegant Butterfly Punch
Adhesives - Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Creating, Angeliki :)

7 May 2013

Product Spotlight - Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate

Hi There. Today is PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT DAY! I'm going to try to have Product Spotlight in the first week of each month - But we'll see how that goes!
This months Product Spotlight item is the Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate. It's specifically made to slide right into the Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool, (which I featured in my very first Product Spotlight in March), and has rubber tabs on the back to hold the plate securely into place so you can score confidently knowing that the plate won't slide about. In total there are 21 Borders and Patterns on the plate to choose from and are suitable for card making and scrapbooking with 16 of them running the whole length of  a 12" piece of card stock.
Here's a small piece of what the plate looks like.

The Borders Scoring Plate comes with an Overlay with identical cut out grooves as the plate acting as a guide for scoring.
1. Place the Borders Scoring Plate securely on your Simply Scored Scoring Tool.
2. Place your card stock on top on the Plate.
3. Place the Overlay over your card stock. 
4. Using the Scoring Stylus, draw the Stylus along the grooves in the Overlay of the pattern you wish to use, and Voila!, you have self made borders and patterns.
It's easy to use and has a lot of scope for creativity.
Here's a small card I made incorporating the Borders Scoring Plate.
The scoring adds texture to your projects and gave this card a sense of balance and a nice finish.

Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card.
Rubber Stamps - Oh, Hello, Bloomin' Marvellous
Card Stock - Whisper White
Ink Pads - Summer Starfruit, Primrose Peals, Raspberry Ripple.
Markers - Midnight Muse, Gumball Green
Tools - Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate, Bitty Butterfly Punch.
Watch this space for more projects using the Borders Scoring Plate. Hope you found this inspirational! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Creating, Angeliki :)