True Gentleman Suite

Hello and welcome to a new week and a new theme, the True Gentleman Suite! Let’s face it, we all struggle at one time or another to make a masculine card, so the True Gentleman Suite may be just what you are looking for! This week is just a sampling of what you can make from this suite, I’ll definitely be sharing creativity again in the future! Today’s card is a great way to design two cards with two pieces of the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper.

The card base is in Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½’, the base layer is in Chocolate Chip cardstock, cut at 4 x 5 ¼”, and the True Gentleman DSP is cut at 3 ¾” x 5”, which you will want two of each. I chose two different pieces of DSP, lined up each piece in my Stampin’ Trimmer diagonally, and then cut.

On Very Vanilla cardstock, I chose two different sentiments, stamped one in Chocolate Chip ink, and the other in Night of Navy ink. These are both punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch and then use Paper Snips to trim down along each side. Then chose another piece of DSP design and punch out two pieces with the Tailored Tag Punch. When you adhere the sentiment to the DSP, this will give it a layered look.

To finish the card, adhere the two different pieces of DSP to the base layer, then adhere a piece of 5/8” Burlap Ribbon across diagonally, on top of the DSP and base layer, to the corners with enough hanging over to you can snip off the excess. The sentiment will be adhered on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added a little bling to one with the Metallic Enamel Shapes and a pop of color to the other with Crushed Curry from the Regals Enamel Shapes.

If you are looking for cards to make that are quick, easy, and minimal steps, this may be right up your alley! As an added bonus, you are making two cards at one time! I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I do.

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Spotlight technique with Waterfront

In case you missed it, this week I am featuring the Waterfront stamp set, which is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog on page 48. Today I thought I would try the Spotlight Technique with this stamp set and as a bonus you get two cards! Making two sceneries almost exactly the same is actually quite easy. I first started by stamping the scenery in gray and then stamped the other in color, the mountains are what I used as a base line to start.

The card base is in Marina Mist card stock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, the base layer is the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, cut at 5 ¼” x 4”, and the scenery is stamped on Whisper White card stock cut at 5” x 3 ¾”. Be sure to have a scrap piece of paper for stamping off as you go.

The first scenery I started with the mountains, first stamping in Basic Gray ink and then stamping in Smoky Slate so the front is darker than the back mountains. Next, stamp the grass in Smoky Slate ink, stamping off first. The water, house, and clouds were both stamped in Basic Gray ink, stamping off first. Finally, I stamped the speckled stamp in Basic Gray ink.fullsizeoutput_154f

To stamp the same scenery in color, first place both pieces of the Whisper White card stock next to each other so they line up, then stamp the mountains in Crumb Cake ink so it goes straight across and then stamp the background mountains in Sahara Sand ink. The grass is stamped in Pear Pizzazz, stamping off first, the water and clouds are both stamped in Marina Mist ink, a combination of direct stamping and stamping off, and then the speckled and house stamps are in Dapper Denim ink.

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To make this a spotlight technique, I used the 4th and 5th largest square framelits (starting from the smallest) from the Layering Square Framelits. The smaller square is used to cut out the scenery and then the larger is used to cut out in Marina Mist card stock, adhere these together. The sentiment is stamped in Marina Mist ink on a ½” piece of Whisper White card stock with the end trimmed using the Banner triple punch.

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To put the card together, adhere the Wood Textures DSP to the card base, adhere the scenery on top, use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the square layers, and then use a Mini Dimensional on the end of the sentiment.

I have to say this was a fun technique to try and a great way to make two cards at once! What stamp set would you use for this technique?

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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A peacock, embossing, and some Brusho

Today’s card is another creation using the super cute Beautiful Peacock stamp set from the Sale-A Bration catalog. This card was a real experiment with the new Brusho Crystal Colour from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. I do admit that I have failed miserably to get this technique down when I first started experimenting, I just couldn’t quite get the hang of it. So, after putting it aside for a bit and then trying again, I really liked how this turned out. Has this ever happened to you?

The card base is in Night of Navy card stock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, and the base layer is from True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”.

On a piece of Watercolor Paper, I stamped the peacock’s body and the two tail feather images in Versamark and then heat embossed in Clear Embossing Powder. After the Watercolor Paper has cooled off, I used a Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and lightly spritzed, then sprinkled the Moss Green, Prussian Blue, and Yellow powders, spritzed with a little more water, used an Aqua Painter to mix and spread the colors around, and then used a paper towel to soak up the excess water. The way the colors turned out is when I got out the True Gentleman DSP to see if there was a paper that would coordinate and I was in luck! The 2nd largest framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits was used to cut out the image from the Watercolor Paper.

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Before the card is put together, cut a piece of Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon and adhered around the middle of the DSP, adhered the peacock image, and then adhered to the card base. I decided to add a sentiment to the front, so it was heat embossed in Silver Embossing Powder. This makes a great masculine birthday card, what do you think?

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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