Posts Tagged ‘1-3/4″ Circle Punch’
Pleasant Poppies is another of the gorgeous full-size images currently available from Stampin’ Up! (see it online – 129499). Last week I mentioned a few tips for using large stamps on small projects. Today I have a couple more technique tips for you: the Spotlighting Technique and a Watercolor Refresher! Both techniques are wrapped up in this paper lunch sack turned into a Gift Bag.
This project was actually one from my Stamps in the Mail Club during the last round. If you haven’t ever participated, get ready for the next round. Signups begin in April for the May Round!
Spotlighting is a nice way to highlight a certain part of a larger stamp, like with Pleasant Poppies or Swallowtail.
- Stamp your large image on the background.
- Stamp again on scrap paper and use a Circle Punch to punch out the piece(s) you’d like to highlight.
- Color the circles differently from the background and match them back onto your main image.
Refresher Technique Focus: Watercolor
- Gently wipe the wet tip of the AQP across the end of the WWC, picking up color
- Begin with the lightest color layer: use a light touch and extra water to thin out your color
- Add a 2nd color layer, either of the same tone or different. Be sure to leave some of the lightest layer showing
- Add a 3rd color layer as the darkest layer, using the most pigment from the crayon and the least amount of water
- Consider your shadows – which direction does the light in your picture shine? Objects with a shadow around the outer stamped black line look more dimensional and realistic
Curious about how the gift bag works? I have a Video Tutorial that shows how to make these Card Topper Gift Bags.
And be sure to check for more Pleasant Poppies ideas on my blog!
Supplies: Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Curly Cute; Inks: Jet Black Staz-On Ink; Cardstock: Watercolor Paper, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Pacific Point; Accessories: Sycamore Street Ribbon (Sale-A-Bration gift), Jumbo Rhinestone, Pacific Point Stitched Ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Crayons – Brights Collection, Aqua Painters, Distressing Tool (optional – Spring Catalog), 1 ¼” Circle Punch, 1 ¾” Circle Punch
This is actually a really simple card, with a really simple set of supplies. Here’s what you’d need to make these cards:
- Designer Series Paper of your choice (check the selections online)
- Stampin’ Write Markers to match (the colors of the paper are listed in the online store — so easy to match!)
- 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (118874 - see it online)
- 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (119850 – see it online)
- Ribbon embellishment (for universal match, go with White or Vanilla)
- Rhinestone embellishment (they’re sticky! 119246 - see them online)
Add some card stock, and you’re all set to make cards for any occasion! And the Patterned Occasions stamp set (see it online) is a freebie when you’ve picked out $50 in other items. You can add it to your order online after you’ve put at least $50 in your shopping cart.
- Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (127540 – another freebie SAB item with a $50 order)
- Whisper White Card Stock (a must-have staple, 40 fabulous sheets in a package – 100730)
- Crumb Cake Card Stock (another staple color, I couldn’t stamp without it – 120953)
- Island Indigo Card Stock (get it as a full pack of 24 sheets or in the In Color Assortment)
Sometimes simple is best — and I’m in love with the little band-aid in this stamp set!
See more Express Stamping ideas on my blog
Ever wanted to break out of the Christmas box? Try something a bit different for a card? Here’s a fun alternate color scheme for a card — pink & white. With the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set, there’s no doubt the card is for Christmas. But the glittery fun colors give this set a whole different look.
The Ornament Keepsakes and coordinating Holiday Ornaments Framelits are available as a bundle – and you get both the stamps and the framelits for 15% off when you buy them together! (see the special online) Plus don’t forget about the special for October. If you’re getting the stamps and framelits, it makes even more sense to add the paper and get the Festive Piercing Pack for free! (only in October – see details)
The design of the Peace on Earth stamp from Greetings of the Season (see it online) is a perfect complement for this color set.
Looking for other Christmas card ideas? Find some inspiration on my blog!
Stamps: Greetings of the Season, Ornament Keepsakes; Ink: Pink Pirouette; Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Silver Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Big Shot, Holiday Collection Framelits, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon
Want a quick tip for making scallop circle frames with your punches? It’s really tricky to punch a scallop circle and then try to get a hole in the center. Instead, use this little tip (no trick, just treat!) to make perfect frames, every time.
Frame Supplies from Stampin’ Up!:
- 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
- 2 1/2″ Circle Punch
- 1 3/4″ Circle Punch
- Stampin’ Dimensionals
- click here to shop online now
Other supplies and directions for the project are on my blog post from yesterday (check them out).
Got a minute? Here’s my Magic Minute Video Tip!
Yesterday my blog post used the clean & simple Googly Ghouls stamp set (see it online) for a fun fall card. Today I’m sharing another project with the same stamp set, only this time I used all the goodies from the Ghoulish Googlies Bundle (see it online) – both the stamp set AND the Designer Kit with the bags, ribbon and tags.
These little waxed paper bags are super fun – and they only come as part of the Designer Kit. This project was shared on stage at Convention this summer by Shannon West, complete with witchy costume for Shannon. I have to say that *I* didn’t wear a costume when I taught this project at Stamp Club in August, but we still got to make Shannon’s fun bags!
Curious about the fun technique used for the background? I can help you with that! It’s Double-Embossing, and uses both dry embossing with the Big Shot and heat embossing with Embossing Powder and your Heat Tool.
Here are the steps for Double-Embossing:
- Press Versamark Ink Pad directly onto the Chevron Embossing Folder (see it online). Use the Big Shot to dry emboss as usual.
- After dry embossing, pour heat embossing powder over surface. Shake off excess and heat emboss as usual.
Curious about the embossing powder I used to get both the black and the sparkle? I mixed Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (see it online) with some Basic Black Embossing Powder (see it online) – about half and half.
Curious about how to punch a hole in the middle of the Scallop Circle so the little mummy can peek through? Stay tuned for a short Video Tutorial that I’ll get posted soon!
Finally, need more Halloween ideas? Here you can find a good selection of projects from my blog.
Here’s another project idea — a quick and simple one. A great feature of 2-step stamp sets is that they make for quick projects. These sets are an outline stamp and a background stamp image all in one set. The coloring is done for you with the 2nd stamp!
And I don’t know about you, but I definitely think CHOCOLATE is a “reason to smile”
The quick tag on this project was finished by adding the Happy Birthday greeting from Bring On The Cake (see it online).
Looking for other projects with candy?? I LOVE using candy with my stamping treats! Here are a ton of ideas on my blog.
I love my Scallop Square Die (see it online - 115950). It’s one of my most-used Big Shot dies (see what I mean?). Last week I posted a project using the Reason to Smile stamp set, and I wanted to share a Video Tutorial on how to make the sweet lollipop treat.
- Big Shot Die Cut Machine (see it online – 113439)
- Simply Scored Tool (see it online – 122334)
- Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (see it online – 125586)
- Scallop Square Die (see it online - 115950)
- Make A Cake stamp set (see it online – c 126742 or w 126740)
Just grab your favorite color card stock and coordinating Designer Series Paper, and you’re all set! Love the paper in the background on my photos? It’s from the Patio Party Designer Series Paper (see it online – 126916) and I love it, too!
Here’s the Video Tutorial:
If you’re looking for some other video lessons, you can see more of them on my blog here.
Or more candy project ideas? They make great favors for showers or your next party (see some ideas)
How about a mini version of Sale-A-Bration…in July? *Big smiles!* Get the Reason to Smile Set-up to a $20.95 value-for just $5 when you spend $50 on any Stampin’ Up! products (learn more). Or visit my online store to start your order!
|Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set||131274*||$5.00|
|Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set||131275*||$5.00
*Enter this $5 item number after reaching $50 on your order.
Here’s a fun project that I shared this past Friday night at our Demonstrator Meeting in Champaign, Illinois.
I love this 2 step builder stamp set with the Watercolor Wonder Crayons (see them online). Have you used these before? Be sure to check out my “Three in One” Video Tutorial (see it now) on how to use the crayons.
The greeting on this set is from the new Sassy Salutations stamp set (see it online). The font is a fun style that matches a wide variety of stamp images.
The little Scallop Square Treat is a fun project — watch for a Video Tutorial on my blog later this week. I’ll show you how to make at home!
Looking for more Watercolor Wonder Crayon techniques and ideas? Here are some other projects on my blog!
Either way, don’t miss this sweet stamp set, available only during July! (order now)
This past Saturday was my New Catalog Extravaganza, and one of the projects we did included a sweet Make A Cake Birthday Tag, using the new Make A Cake stamp set (see it online) and the matching Patio Party Designer Series Paper (see it online). The colors are all from the NEW In Color Collection: Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals.
Know what the best part of this project is? You can get both the stamp set and the designer paper for FREE in June, when you join my stamping family as a Demonstrator! (learn more about the special) It’s really easy. All you have to do is pick out $125 from the new catalog (browse online). Make your list, then visit my website and click “join now” in the left column and get your $125 in product, plus the $50 Make A Cake bonus, all for $99 (free shipping!).
Being a demonstrator is LOADS of fun — plus you can choose your own “My Way” path. Here are a few possibilities:
- Stamp occasionally with a few friends and make some extra money to support your own stamping habit
- Just purchase for yourself at a discount (got a big Wish List in the new catalog?)
- Earn enough $ to pay a monthly household bill (piano lessons? tuition? mortgage?)
- Tuck away some extra income for a special event or purchase (vacation? pool pass? new car?)
My job will be to help you get what YOU want from being a demonstrator — whether it’s a big or a small wish. I’ve had 10 years of experience in helping demonstrators get what they want.
Be sure to check out some of the fabulous demonstrator benefits available to you! Ask me any questions that are on your mind – we can email back and forth, or I’m happy to set up a time to chat on the phone. And when you’re ready, you can visit my website and click the ‘join now’ button to get yourself going!
The most common thing I hear when I demonstrate watercoloring is that people can’t seem to make it look “right”. Guess what? There are some easy tricks that will make your watercolor look ‘right’ every time. Here’s a card that we made at stamp club last week, using the soon-to-be-retired Beary Best Friends stamp set (see it online).
Beary Best Friends and the matching Beary Nice Wishes set (see it online) will be available along with the rest of the Build-A-Bear Product Suite (see it online) but only until May 31st (learn about the retiring items & sale).
The bear is on the inside of the card — peeking through the window!
- Use Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Paper for best effects. I know, it sounds like I just want you to buy paper from me… but I’ve tried other papers from big craft stores, and they just don’t work right. If you want to be successful, it’s important to start with good quality materials.
- Draw a small line with a Stampin’ Write Marker where you want color to be darkest.
- Use Aqua Painters to wet the line and move the color around on the paper – leave blank spots to get an authentic watercolor effect.
- Remember that you can always add more color, but it’s tricky to remove color if you start with too much.
- Outline with River Rock Stampin’ Write Marker & blend to finish. This will keep your image ‘anchored’ to the paper and add dimension to the background so that it doesn’t look flat.
Looking for more Build A Bear ideas? Here are several on my blog.
Happy Watercoloring! (and stamping)