Beware of the Raven!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy Halloween card featuring The Raven stamp set and a whole lot of embossing!! Since the Jet Black Stazon pad was brought back this year in the annual catalog, this card is the perfect way to show you how to use this quick drying ink on foil sheets! For me, I prefer to use Stazon when stamping on foil or acetate sheets and don’t forget the special cleaner for this ink!

The base layer is Basic Black cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I first stamped the sentiment with Versamark at the bottom corner and heat embossed in gold:

I then stamped the feather stamp in Versamark randomly, heat embossed in gold, and then dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder:

For the raven:

1. Cut a piece of Gold Foil Sheet at 3” x 3”.

2. Since the raven stamp is detailed, I used my Stamparatus to stamp on the foil sheet with Jet Black Stazon in case I missed a spot and needed to stamp again.

3. Emboss the stamped foil sheet with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and then I “dragged” the stazon pad across the sheet. TIP-if you have a spot that needs to dry a little faster, lightly use your heat tool.

Adhere the stamped foil sheet to the base layer with Black Stampin’ Dimensionals and then I added three small and three large black enamel dots from the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes:

The base layer is then adhered to a Mango Melody cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside sentiment is on Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and both the sentiment and feathers are heat embossed with Black Emboss Powder:

Isn’t this a fun and easy Halloween card? I tried to make this card easy to replicate for making multiples of. If you don’t have the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes, you can easily use the Gold Metallic Pearls!

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! 

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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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Create your own watercolor background!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper! You may have noticed that among some of the product changes in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, there is new watercolor paper. While I do still have some of the previous watercolor paper, I purchased a pack of the new paper so I can see for myself and share it with you. For starters, the new paper is 5” x 7” and comes with 10 sheets and the old paper is 6” x 9” and comes with 5 sheets, so slightly smaller, but more paper. Texture and color-the old paper has a distinct texture, whereas the new is very subtle and a bit smoother, but the color is pretty much the same. The new paper doesn’t feel as “stiff” as the old paper, but definitely is easy to color with using an Aqua Painter and Stampin’ Blends, which I used for today’s card. 

The one difference with the new paper, is that in order to get a “crisp and clean” stamped image, I had to use my Stampin’ Pierce Mat under the paper. I do have a large mat under my grid paper when I stamp so I don’t always have to use my pierce mat for photopolymer stamps, but using the pierce mat definitely made a difference! 

The bottom two flowers are stamped with the Stampin’ Pierce Mat behind the watercolor paper, the top three are stamped with the craft mat that I have on my desk.

The base layer is the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the large flower from Floral Essence in Smoky Slate and cut two additional images to create a mask so that the stamped flowers did not overlap onto each other:

I then used the small leaf stamp to fill in some of the space around the flowers:

I found it easiest to use a drop of refill ink for coloring, you can either use a clear block or place a drop of ink in the lid of the stamp pad (of the same color of course!)

1. Use the medium tip brush to color in the lines of the petals with Flirty Flamingo and Blackberry Bliss inks and to color in the centers with Daffodil Delight ink,

2. Use the large tip brush to fill in the flowers with Flirty Flamingo lines with Petal Pink ink and fill in the flowers with Blackberry Bliss lines with Highland Heather ink.

3. Use the medium tip brush to color in the leaves with Granny Apple Green ink.

4. Color the background around the flowers and leaves in with Light Soft Sea Foam ink.

5. Use a Blender Pen with Craft White ink around the outline of the flowers. Tip-I have a pen that one side is designated just for craft ink.

I wanted to see if I could give the paper a little more texture, so I embossed it with the Subtle EF, but after the ink completely dried:

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Enough Silver Metal Thread to wrap around your hand five times, this will go behind the sentiment.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the Story Label Punch, and then punch out another piece in Silver Foil, cut in half, to layer behind the sentiment.

Adhere the Silver Foil layer behind the sentiment, place some additional adhesive on the back, and then wrap and twist the thread behind the sentiment:

The sentiment piece is adhered to the base layer with dimensionals and then this completed piece is adhered to a Smoky Slate cardstock card base cut at 4 ¼”x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, in Smoky Slate ink. The flowers are stamped in the corner with Smoky Slate ink and I used one of the masks to layer the flowers. I colored these in with Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Petal Pink, Dark Flirty Flamingo, Dark Blackberry Bliss, and Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends, to tie into the colors on the card front:

Isn’t this a fun way to create your own background?? I really enjoyed my first time using the new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and will definitely try another project using Watercolor Pencils to share with you all!

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.

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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Fall Theme Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Fall Theme Blog Hop! My name is Christina Miller and you are visiting my blog, Christina’s Creative Corner! Whether this is your first stop on the blog hop or have hopped over from another side, thank you for letting me share my creation with you today, so let’s get started!

So, what comes to mind when you think of fall? Is it the crisp, fresh air? Is it the warm spices and fall scents? How about sitting around a fire with friends and family and enjoying time together? All of the above?? Me, too!! My original card that I was creating for today started off completely different with the sunflower stamps from the Painted Harvest stamp set. While I stamped the outer layer in Crusted Curry ink, the inner layer in Terracotta Tile ink, and the center in Soft Suede ink, the Crushed Curry and Terracotta Tile combo looked like a “fire” to me, so then I thought about how I could create a “fire pit”? After some experimenting I created today’s card, which I hope you will enjoy!

To create the “fire pit”, start my cutting a piece of Gray Granite cardstock at 2 ¾” x 3 ¼” and use the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners. I used the largest Layering Oval Dies to cut out the middle of the cardstock (I just “eyed it” till it looked right”, embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder, and then added Gray Granite and Merry Merlot ink with a sponge dauber to give the fire pit some distressing:

Stamp the outer layer of the sunflower in Crushed Curry ink and the inner layer and the center in Terracotta Tile ink. I fussy cut these out and then added some more Crushed Curry ink around the edges with a sponge dauber. Cut the flowers in half and use three of the pieces with liquid glue to create the fire. Trim off any excess piece of the flower that may be sticking out of the sides and then “round off” the pointed corners:

The base layer is Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and I used my Stamparatus to stamp the trees several times in Early Espresso ink, I wanted extra dark, but not black:

To create the ground, I masked just above the tree trunks and used a sponge dauber with Old Olive ink to color in. I then placed the mask over the ground and colored in the sky with sponge daubers using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, and Merry Merlot inks. After removing the mask, I blended the line using what ink was left on the Old Olive sponge dauber:

I cut out two Adirondack chairs out of Crumb Cake cardstock and then embossed them with the Subtle 3D embossing folder. Before adhering anything down, I first lined everything up on the base layer. I used liquid glue to adhere the sides of the chairs to the fire pit, cut up six mini dimensionals to use on the back of the chairs, and used more liquid glue on the back of the fire pit to adhere to the base layer:

The base layer is adhered to a Mossy Meadow cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, use a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, I used part of the sentiment from Winter Woods stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink (you can use either a Stampin’ Write Marker or mask part of the sentiment and ink with the stamp pad), and stamp the pinecones in the corners with Early Espresso ink:

Isn’t this a fun card?? It really is a great “all occasion” card that you can send to anyone! I just love it when you can create a completely “outside of the box” cards, just use your imagination!!

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.

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!

This Month’s Giveaway:

The winner from the New Catalog Theme Blog Hop is:

Don’t forget to scroll down to leave your FIRST and LAST name and a comment with the #stampitcontest and then keep on hopping to the next name on the Blog Hop tour:

1. Tami White  
2. Tina Wardell  
3. Christina Miller  
4. Luly Gonzalez  
5. Dawn Seelhoff  
6. Linda Cullen  
7. Rachael Rife  
8. Kim Quade  
9. Shannon Lorenz-Hatch  
10. Pam Nichols  
11. Danette Herrera  
12. Karen Page  
13. Gigi Melone  
14. Oksana Semenska

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The new Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder and the Floral Essence stamp set! I recently did a little reorganizing of my cardstock to see what I have on hand and what I may need to consider ordering and well, I discovered that I really don’t use the Brights very often. Not that it’s intentional, I think it really because I use whatever coordinates with the DSP I have. So, I decided that I would create a “brights card”, but where to start? The inspiration actually came from the Glitter Enamel Dots of all things! These come in Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, and Gorgeous Grape, so I used three of the colors for this card and I am very pleased at how it turned out!

The base layer is Coastal Cabana cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder:

For the rest of the card front, you will cut a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock at 1 ¼” x 5 ¼” and emboss with the Subtle EF, stamp the flower in Gorgeous Grape ink on Whisper White cardstock three times and fussy cut out, stamp the leaf in Granny Apple Green ink on Whisper White cardstock twice and punch out with the Leaf Punch, and stamp the sentiment in Granny Apple Green ink on Whisper White cardstock, cutting out with the second smallest rectangle from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits:

The embossed cardstock strip is adhered to the embossed base layer and then the sentiment is adhered:

Two of the flowers are adhered to the embossed cardstock strip, the leaves are adhered behind the third flower, which is adhered with dimensionals, I used the largest Coastal Cabana Enamel Dot in the center of each flower, and then this completed piece is adhered to a Gorgeous Grape cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is stamped in Granny Apple Green ink, the flower is in Gorgeous Grape ink, and the flower center is in Coastal Cabana ink:

Just goes to show you that color inspiration can come from ANYWHERE! Lol We all have “those colors” that we may not really gravitate to for cardmaking, which ones are yours?? Challenge yourself to make a card with those colors and see what you can come up with!! 

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.

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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