Create a “weathered wood” background for Beach Happy!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Beach Happy stamp set with a “weathered wood” background created with the Crackle Paint background stamp, Pinewood Planks DTIEF, sponging, and some distressing. Creating this background piece was really an experiment that I’ve been wanting to try with the Crackle Paint stamp and Pinewood Planks embossing folder, I thought that combing the two would give the background just a little bit more depth than just embossing the cardstock. This was very easy to create and I thought pairing it with the Beach Happy stamp set would be perfect!

This piece is going to be the base layer for the card, which you will start with a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock and stamp the Crackle Paint stamp in Gray Granite ink:

The next step you will emboss the cardstock with the Pinewood Planks DTIEF and then sponge Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, and Gray Granite inks until you achieve the desired coloring:

I then used my scissors (one of the blades) to distress each side of the cardstock and then sponged more Gray Granite ink on each side:

For the palm tree image, I first cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the third smallest Rectangle Stitched Framelits. Starting at the bottom, I sponged Sahara Sand ink, then Pool Party ink, and then Balmy Blue ink. I then stamped the palm tree in Garden Green and Crumb Cake inks:

You will need the palm tree image, a 4” piece of Burlap Ribbon (I “pulled” at the ends to give it a worn look), and then stamp the sentiment in Mango Melody ink on a piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock, punching out with the 1 1/8” Scallop Punch:

Use Tear & Tape to adhere the Burlap Ribbon to the base layer, use a small amount of Snail in the corner to adhere the sentiment to the palm tree piece, and then use dimensionals to adhere to the base layer:

This is then adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, use a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, sponge Sahara Sand and Coastal Cabana ink in the bottom left corner (made to look like sand and water), and then stamp the palm tree in Crumb Cake and Garden Green inks:

How fun was that?? With all this crazy winter weather going on, I’m sure there is someone you could send this to and warm their heart!! Lol I left out an inside sentiment so this could be ready for any occasion!

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Create a sympathy card with Glossy White Cardstock

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a sympathy card I created with Glossy White Cardstock. This card did not start out as a sympathy card, rather I wanted to create a card using the Dandelion Wishes stamp set and Glossy White Cardstock. As I was making this card and discussing with my husband how I made the image on the glossy cardstock, he mentioned he needed a sympathy card and I thought this would be perfect with the Kindness & Compassion stamp set!

When Stampin’ Up! brought back Glossy White cardstock, I was excited because I originally bought it when it was previously sold, did one project, and then it just sat…and sat…and sat. The cardstock can be very intimidating, for me at least, so I tried to think of some way to create a card with it. Earlier this year I did a card using the “polished stone technique”, so I thought I would try coloring using a cotton ball and Stampin’ Up! Ink Refills and it was very easy! I will walk you through each step below!

I first started with a 3 ¾” x 5” piece of Glossy White cardstock:

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I used this dandelion image from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set, which I stamped in StazOn Jet Black ink:

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I chose 3 colors that I wanted to color the background in, going from light to dark, and went with So Saffron, Mango Melody, and Pumpkin Pie ink refills:

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I first started with So Saffron ink, which I put a couple drops on a cotton ball, and then swirled around the dandelion image:

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I then used Mango Melody ink on a different cotton ball and swirled that around the So Saffron ink:

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Finally, I used Pumpkin Pie ink on a different cotton ball, which I swirled around the rest of the paper. TIP-if you put too much ink on the cotton ball, flip the cotton ball over and use a clean side, this will take up any of the extra ink. If you don’t add enough ink, quickly squeeze another drop or two and quickly blend in:

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For the front of the card sentiment, I used one of the sentiments from Kindness & Compassion on a 5/8” piece of Whisper White cardstock, which I used my Stampin’ Write Marker in Basic Black to ink the bottom of the sentiment, flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch, and cut a 5” piece of the Burlap Ribbon:

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To adhere the sentiment to the ribbon and then the ribbon to the cardstock, I used some Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back:

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The card base is a 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock, scored at 4 ¼”, and the base layer is Basic Black cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. The base layer is adhered to the card base and then the glossy cardstock is adhered slightly askew on top:

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The burlap ribbon is adhered across the bottom of the glossy cardstock and the sentiment is adhered on top:

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The inside sentiment is on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is inked using the Stampin’ Write Marker in Basic Black and the dandelion seed stamp is inked in Memento Ink, stamping off first:

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I’m really going to have to look up some more ideas using Glossy White Cardstock, this was pretty easy to create! The ink from the cotton ball dried quickly, but I did have to use my heat tool to help dry the dandelion image. I know a lot of us create cards as we need them, but every now and again, get out paper, a stamp set, or even some embellishments and let your creativity take over and experiment!

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Gallery Grunge meets Butterfly Gala!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Gallery Grunge stamp set and the new Butterfly Gala Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! What is in the Butterfly Gala Bundle? A super cute photopolymer stamp set and a coordinating punch! What I love about this set is that there are 4 butterfly designs that you can stamp and are made so that you punch them out perfectly! There are some very sweet sentiments and butterfly backgrounds to fill in the design, or you can color them in with your Stampin’ Blends. Today’s card is a great way to #makeacard and #sendacard to let a special someone know you are thinking of them, so let’s get started!

The card base is Gray Granite cardstock, cut at 4 ½” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the “plank floor” stamp from Gallery Grunge in Gray Granit ink to create a background:

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For the front of the card, I stamped this butterfly design on Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink. To get three butterflies, I stamped the whole image first and then inked up just the small butterfly again and stamped that towards the edge of the cardstock. The punch and the stamps have the big butterfly on the bottom and the small butterfly on top. I then colored the butterflies in with Light Petal Pink, Light Flirty Flamingo, and Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends and then added a Wink of Stella, then punching out. The sentiment is in Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the second smallest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. You will also need a 3” piece of Burlap Ribbon and 3 of the 5mm Pearls, which I colored with the Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blend:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the base layer to the card base. I first adhered the Burlap Ribbon with glue dots and then adhered the sentiment with dimensionals on top. I next adhered the butterflies with mini dimensionals and then added the colored pearls:

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The inside is Whisper White cardstock, which I stamped and colored the same butterflies as the front, also with some Wink of Stella. I left this blank so this can be used for any occasion it may be needed for:

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Do you decorate your envelopes? I sure do and for this envelope the same butterfly design and colors are used, along with Wink of Stella, to tie them all together. I love decorating the envelope, but I do keep it very simple and it will tie into what the card being sent is about:

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Another quick and easy card that is sure to put a smile on your recipient’s face! Remember, it doesn’t have to be a holiday or special occasion to send a card, #makeacard and #sendacard is a sweet way to brighten someone’s day!!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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