Technique Squad Blog Hop - Faux Patina Technique - September 2022

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I am really excited to share with you the Faux Patina technique.  I used embossing powder, memento ink, and an embossing folder to create this Faux Patina look.  I also knew that the Seasons of Chic Stamp Set, Chic Dies, and Texture Chic Designer Series Paper were going to be the perfect additions to my card.  It does take a bit of time, primarily because of the embossing, however, the finished look is well worth it.  After checking out my card design, please be sure to check out the beautiful cards created by the other talented demonstrators participating in the hop.

Card Front with Logo

Here are the measurements for this card:

  • Soft Succulent card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score at 4 1/4"
  • Soft Succulent card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Blushing Bride card stock - 4" x 4" (or scraps - enough for three flowers)
  • Basic White card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Basic White card stock - 3/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Texture Chic Designer Series Paper - 3 1/4' x 4 5/8"

Here are the steps I followed to make this card:

  • Start with embossing on the 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Soft Succulent card stock. Use your blending brush and Versa Mark ink randomly place Versa Mark on the card stock.  Start embossing with the Gold embossing powder.  Repeat this process with the Copper embossing powder.  Finally repeat this step with the Silver embossing powder.  It is ok to place Versa Mark over already embossed locations.  Do not worry if there are rough spots are random specks of powder, both add to the look.  

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  • Next, use the Stripes embossing folder (from the Stripes and Spatters duo) and run through the Cut and Emboss machine.  Make sure that the embossing has cooled or it will stick to the folder.  Do not worry if some of it flakes off.  The Soft Succulent card stock will just add to the Patina look.

Embossing Folder with Logo

  • Use a sponge and your Tuxedo Black Memento ink and sponge over the embossed piece of card stock.  Use your heat tool to help "dry" the ink.  Wipe off the excess with a piece of paper towel or tissue.

Sponge Memento with Logo

  • Use the Deckled Edge dies to create the picture frame.  Again, you may see some of the embossing flake off - that is ok!

Deckled Rectangle with Logo

  • Use adhesive to adhere the Texture Chic Designer Series Paper to the frame.

DSP and Frame with Logo

  • Stamp three of the solid floral images using Blushing Bride ink on Blushing Bride card stock.  Use the outline floral images using Soft Suede ink (use second generation stamping for this image).  Use the corresponding die to cut out the floral image.  

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  • Adhere the three flowers to the Designer Series Paper inside of frame.  Use dimensionals to pop up one of the flowers.

 

  • On the Basic White layer, stamp the speckled image in Blushing Bride ink (use second generation stamping for this color).  Using Soft Suede ink, stamp the sentiment in the center of the speckled image.  Adhere to the inside of the card.

Card Inside with Logo

  • To create the shadow image of the sentiment on the front of the card, I used my Stamparatus.  Place the piece of card stock almost to the corner of the Stamparatus.

Stamparatus 1 with Logo

  • Next, place a piece of scratch paper over the piece of card stock.  Using Soft Suede ink, stamp the image onto the scrap paper and remove it.  Without reinking the stamp, stamp the sentiment onto the Basic White card stock. 

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  • Move the card stock into corner of the Stamparatus.  Use the Soft Sued ink and stamp the image onto the card stock.

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  • Adhere this sentiment to the front of the card using dimensionals.

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  • Add three of the Fine Sparkle Adhesive gems to the front of the card.

Several of us in the hop have commented on how much fun it was to make this card.  I hope that you have been inspired to try it yourself.  It is easy and you get such a fabulous look.  If you would like to see a video on how I made this card, visit my YouTube channel here.

To see Vy Tran's beautiful card, click on the next button.

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Participating Demonstrators

JoAnn Pollock

Carole Garrison (you are here)

Vy Tran 

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Congratulations to Susan!

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Today we are celebrating Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Susan Campfield with a blog and Instagram hop!  Susan is celebrating her 25th anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Susan joined Stampin' Up! when it was a young company.  Over the years, she has seen many changes and continually adapts her business to fit the needs of her family and her customers.  We are honoring her by making a version of her Pop Out Bendy Fun Fold card.

 

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Card Front with Logo
Card Front with Logo
Card Front with Logo

I first met Susan almost ten years ago. I wanted to join Stampin' Up! so reached out to several demonstrators in the area, primarily those that had lots of events and activities posted on their web page.  Although I had never attended one of Susan's event, she reached out to me immediately after receiving my message.  She welcomed me to her team immediately.   

Susan has been a very supportive, kind, and caring leader.  It is an honor to be part of her amazing team.  Thank you Susan for all of your kindness, friendship, and support over the years.

Here are a couple of more cards made with the Wonderful World Bundle from the July/August Sale-A-Bration catalog.

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Purple Card Inside with Logo

To see Susan's beautiful Pop Out Bendy Fun Fold cards, click here.

To see all of the beautiful creations from Susan's team, start by visiting Sheila Chyu be clicking on the next button below:

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Inside Pop Up Card Technique

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It is time for another Technique Squad blog hop.  Today I am super excited to share with you an easy, but elegant pop up card made with some of the beautiful products that are part of the Lights Aglow suite in the July to December 2022 Mini Catalog.  Please be sure to follow the hop so that you can see all the wonderful cards created by each of the demonstrators participating in this hop.  I know they will be amazing.

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This card has a few pieces that need to be cut in advance.  Once you have the pieces cut, the assembly is easy.  Do not be fooled by the number of pieces, it is an easy one to cut in advance and make multiples of when needed.

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Measurements:

Evening Evergreen Card Stock - 4 1/4" x  11", score at 5 1/2"

Evening Evergreen Card Stock - 3 1/2" x 4 1/8", scored at 3/4", 1 1/2", 2 1/4", and 3" (score with the 3 1/2" side at the top of your scoring tool)

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Gold Foil - 4" x 5/14" (hint: to save on foil, cut the largest solid tree from the center of this piece)

Very Vanilla - 4" x 4/12"

Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper - 4" x 5 1/4"

Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper - 4" x 4 1/2"

Gold Foil Scraps for two smaller trees

Evening Evergreen Card Stock scraps for two smaller trees

Very Vanilla Card Stock scrap for sentiment

To see how to make this card, please watch the video tutorial by clicking here.  Please note that I am not a professional video maker and my videos are unedited.  

Here is a Cherry Cobbler version of the same card.

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Card Front with Logo

Here is a list of products that I used to make this card:

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 Please be sure to visit all the other blogs featured in the Blog Hop.  Click on the next button below to see JoAnn Pollock’s beautiful card.

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List of Demonstrators Participating in this Blog Hop

JoAnn Pollock

Vy Tran

Carole Garrison (you are here)


Technique Squad Blog Hop - Magic Slider Card







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Welcome to the June 2022 Technique Squad Blog Hop!  I am thrilled to be a part of this creative hop with fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  This month's theme is Magic Slider cards.  See the details for my project, featuring the Daisy Garden stamp set below.  Make sure to hop over to the other blogs to check more fabulous projects featuring the Magic Slider Technique.

The Magic Slider is fun card with a bit of a surprise.  When you first see it, you may think it is rather plain.  However, when you pull on the Magic Slider, it becomes a celebration of color.

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Mango Melody Card Stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score at 4 1/4"

Basic White Card Stock - 4" x 5 1/4"

Basic White Card Stock - 3 3/8" x 4 5/8"

Basic White Card Stock - 3" x 4 1/2" 

Texture Chic Designer Series Paper - 4" x 5 1/4"

Distressed Gold Designer Series Paper - 4" x 5 1/4"

Window Sheet - 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Scraps for sentiments and die cuts or punched elements

To create this card, I first set up my Stamparatus.  I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the Basic White card stock.

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Do not remove the stamp from the Stamparatus.  Carefully clean the extra ink off the stamp.  Line up the piece of window sheet in the same spot and ink the stamp using Jet Black Staz On ink.  Carefully remove the window sheet and set it aside to dry.  Even with the Staz On, it will take some time to dry.  If you are in a hurry, you can use your heating tool on low to speed up the drying process.

Next, use your Water Painter to color the stamped image on the Basic White card stock.

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Next, I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to create a thin frame for the outside of the sliding feature (note that the measurements provided above are specifically for the dies I used, you will need to adjust your measurements based on the dies that you use).

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I used Mono Adhesive Liquid glue to adhere the frame to the front of the Window Sheet.  Next, I placed Foam Adhesive Strips on the two long edges and one of the short edges (you need to leave one end open for the slider).  Make sure that the foam strips do not hang over beyond the edge of the frame. 

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The next step is the most important, carefully line up the window sheet image over the layer of card stock you colored.  These two images need to line up as closely as possible.  Adhere these two layers together.

Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the front of the card base.  Attach the Window Sheet layer on top of the Designer Series Paper.

Using the Label Me Fancy punch, cut a slit at one end of the remaining piece of Basic White card stock.  This is the magic slider.  Slip a piece of Gold Shimmer ribbon through the slit.  You can either make a slip knot or simply tie a knot.  Insert the slider into the open end of the window sheet layer.  You may find that you need to trim it down a small amount to slide smoothly.

Finally, I added a few of the Brushed Brass Butterflies to the front of my card to add a bit of whimsy.

I love cards that are easy to make, but have a lot of "Wow" factor to them.  This card is sure to impress the recipient.  However, sometimes written instructions can be difficult to follow, so here is a link to a video tutorial.  

To see a list of the products used to make this card, click here to visit my online store.  If you already have a Demonstrator, please be sure to order through your Demonstrator.  If you do not have a Demonstrator, I would be happy to help you out!

Thank you for hopping to my site today.  Please be sure to hop to the other Demonstrator's sites to see their incredible creations.  Click on the next button below to see what Mackenzie Grimme has created with this technique.

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Blog Hop Participants

JoAnn Pollock

Carole Garrison (you are here)

Mackenzie Grimme

Amy Rudd

 

 

 

 

 

 


Technique Squad Blog - Exploding Card Technique - 05/19/22

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This month's technique is a super fun exploding card fold.  I made one of these along time ago and forgot how fun they are to create.  I used the amazing Hues of Happiness Suite of products from the new annual catalog to create my card.  There are so many possibilities with all of the beautiful Designer Series Paper that is in the new catalog.  Please be sure to hop over to see the lovely cards made by the other hoppers.  I am sure they will be stunning.

Finished Card front with Watermark
Finished Card front with Watermark

To make this card, you will need the following pieces of card stock:

Night of Navy card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score at 4 1/4"

Melon Mambo card stock - 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", score at 2 3/4" on both sides and along one diagonal

Basic White card stock - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (cut 2)

Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper - 4" x  5 1/4" (cut 3, one for the front and 2 for the inside)

Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (cut 2), score along one diagonal on each piece

Basic White card stock scrap for sentiment (I used the Stitched Rectangle die)

To make this card, I started by using the "comb binding die" from the Blossoming Happiness dies to cut the two smaller pieces of Basic White card stock.  Next, I used Night of Navy ink to stamp the sentiment from the Happiness Abounds stamp set on one of the squares.

Sentiments with Watermark

Next, I stamped the flower from the Happiness Abounds stamp set in Basic Gray onto a piece of the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper.  I die cut it with the flower die from the Blossoming Happiness dies.  I attached this flower to the second Basic White Square.  I really like how the Designer Series Paper added shading to the flower.

Flower with Watermark

I added the Designer Series Paper to the front and inside of my card base.

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Inside of Card with Watermark

Fold the Melon Mambo piece of card stock along all of the score lines.

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Score Lines with Watermark
Score Lines with Watermark
Score Lines with Watermark

I folded the two small squares of Designer Series Paper on the score line.

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Square Diagonal with Watermark
Once all the folding was done, I attached the two squares of Basic White card stock (with the sentiment and floral image) and the two squares of Designer Series paper to the Melon Mambo card stock.

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For the next step, you will want to fold the Melon Mambo piece of card stock so it is in a square, the decorated pieces will be on the inside of the folded square.  Put adhesive on the bottom side of the square.

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Adhere this to the bottom of the inside of the card base.  You want the tip of the square to be just below the score line.

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Put adhesive on the top of the square and close the card.  This will adhere the top of the exploding "box" to the inside of the card.

Adhere the Metallic Mesh ribbon and sentiment to the front of the card.  

Finished Card front with Watermark

Please note that this card is thicker than the typical card and may require extra postage to mail.

Here is a list of the products I used to make my card.

Product List

I hope my card inspired you to try this technique.  Imagine how much fun it would be for someone celebrating a special birthday or a graduate to receive this fun card.  Be sure to hop over to see all the other creations from the amazing demonstrators participating in this blog hop.  To view Vy Tran's creation, click the next button.

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Here is a list of the other demonstrators participating in this Creator's Choice Technique Blog Hop with links to their pages:

JoAnn Pollock

Mackenzie Grimme

Carole Garrison (you are here)

Vy Tran

 

 


Paper Piecing Technique

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SU Watermark Card FrontThank you for hopping by to see my take on the Paper Piecing Technique.  I think the first time I saw this technique was using a chicken from a now retired stamp set.  I thought it a great way to add some color and depth to my cards.  I am featuring the In the Moment stamp set.  I was happy to see that this beautiful stamp set is being carried over to the new catalog.  

To create this card, I first stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Basic White card stock.  I used the light So Saffron Blend pen to color her hair and the skin tone Blends to color her legs and arms. 

SU Watermark Blends ColoringNext, using Fresh Freesia ink, I stamped the image on scraps of Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (gingham for the pants) and on Fresh Freesia card stock for the shirt.  Using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, I stamped the pillows on a scrap of Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper and the mug on a scrap of the New Horizons Designer Series Paper.  I fussy cut the pieces that I wanted from each of these images and adhered them to the original stamped image.

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SU Watermark Pillows

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Once I adhered all the pieces to the image, I layered it on a piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock.  This layer was adhered to a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock that I embossed using the Gingham Embossing folder (how could I not use this folder when using the gingham pattern of Designer Series Paper).

I used some Basic White Twine (leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit) and wrapped it around the embossed layer of card stock.  I thought this added just a bit more detail to the card.

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I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Basic White card stock and adhered this layer to a piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock.  This piece was than adhered to the embossed layer, directly over the twine.

I adhered this complete layer to the front of a Fresh Freesia card base.  I added a few Iridescent Rhinestones to finish off the front of the card.

Finally, I adhered a piece of Basic White card stock to the inside of my card so that I could write a note.  I think this layer on the inside creates a more finished looking card.

Here are the measurements for my card:

Fresh Freesia card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"

Fresh Freesia card stock - 4" x 5 1/4" - emboss with the Gingham embossing folder

Gorgeous Grape card stock - 3 1/8" x 3 1/8"

Gorgeous Grape card stock - 1 1/2" x 2 1/8"

Basic White card stock - 3" x 3"

Basic White card stock - 1 3/8" x 2"

Basic White card stock - 4" x 5 1/4" - inside of card

Scraps of Designer Series Paper

Here is a list of the products I used to make my card.  The Designer Series Papers I used will be retiring on May 2nd, but you can choose other designs should these not be available.

Product List

I hope my card inspired you to try this technique.  Be sure to hop over to see all the other creations from the amazing demonstrators participating in this blog hop.  To view XXXXX's  creation, click the next button.

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Here is a list of the other demonstrators participating in this Creator's Choice Technique Blog Hop with links to their pages:

JoAnn Pollock

Carole Garrison (you are here)

Kristie Wilson

Mackenzie Grimme

Vickie Littlewood

 

 

 

 


January Technique Blog Hop

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Welcome to the January 2022 Technique Squad Blog Hop.  This month, each participant picked their own technique to present.  Be sure to click on the next button below to see all the amazing projects.  This month, I am showing you how to make a Faux Shaker card.  They have all the glitz and glamour of a Shaker card, but are much easier and quicker to make.  I have done my best to list the steps to make this card, but you may find it easier to watch my video.  I have provided a link towards the end of this blog. 

Pastel Card - Watermark

My card features the Sweet Conversations stamp set, the Sweet Heart dies, and the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper.  I discovered all of my sequins in the colors that I wanted to use were the self-adhesive sequins.  So, I simply cut 1/8" strips of card stock and snipped them into little pieces.  I used the Sweet Heart dies and silver foil to add some shiny heart shapes.  This took no time to create and allowed me to coordinate my shaker pieces with my project.

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To make this card, layer the 3.75" x 5" piece of designer series paper onto a layer of coordinating card stock that measures 4" x 5.25".  Add any extra decorations, die cuts, or punched items to this layer.  Insert this into a medium clear envelope, making sure that the bottom and end of the card are snug in the corner (be sure that the front of the layer is facing the non-flap side of the envelope).  Add your shaker material to the envelope, keeping it all on the front side of the card layer.  

Remove the protective strip from the flap and fold it down on the back so that it is snug to the edge of the card layer.  Add a piece of tear and tape to extra envelope along the back of the card and fold this flap down so it is snug to the card layer.  When you are done, the card layer should be snug in the envelope and all the folds and adhesive should be on the back side.

Using tear and tape, attach this layer to the front of the card base.  Decorate the front of the card as desired.  I love the little envelope die that is part of the Sweet Heart dies.

Adhere the layer to the inside of the card and your Faux Shaker card is ready to send.  I have found that these cards are typically flatter than a regular shaker card and do not require extra postage.  However, be sure to check before you mail.

This card is quite easy to make.  However, it may be easier to learn if you see it done.  I have created a short video, which you can watch by clicking here.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Be sure to hop over to see all the other creations from the amazing demonstrators participating in this blog hop.  To view Vy Tran's creation, click the next button.

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Here is a list of the other demonstrators participating in this Creator's Choice Technique Blog Hop with links to their pages:

     Nicole Mahler

Donna Lester

Karen Egan

Vickie Littlewood

JoAnn Pollock

Mackenzie Grimme

Amy Rudd

Carole Garrison (you are here)

Vy Tran

Kristie Strum

 

 

 

 


September 2021 - technique-squad-blog-hop-northern-lights

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Welcome to the September Technique Squad Blog Hop.  This month, we are featuring the Northern Lights technique.  I have never been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights in person, but am hopeful that I will during one of my camping trips along the north shore of Lake Superior.  If not, perhaps once I retire, I can head up that way when the Northern Lights are predicted to put on a show!  

I tried several different ways to create this image - water color brushes, blending brushes, sponges, regular card stock, pearlescent specialty paper, and shimmer paper.  I also tried several different color combinations.  For me, the best combination was the Basic White Card Stock, Blending Brushes, and a combination of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy Ink. 

I made this card using the Penguin Place stamp set and Embossing paste.  Although I did not plan it, I really like how the Northern Lights "reflect" in the snow.  Call it a happy little accident!

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The second card I made is similar, but uses the Snowman Season stamp set.  To create the snow, I simply tore Basic White card stock at different angles and layers it onto the card base.  I did add a bit of Wink of Stella right along the torn edges to add a bit of sparkle.

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I was curious to see how this would work on designer series paper, so I made a couple more cards using this technique.  These next cards feature the Peaceful Place designer series paper.  I chose this paper because I thought the embossed silver images would work well with this technique.  I think this might be might favorite card.  It gives me a real sense of peace and quiet.

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My last card once again features the Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper, but also uses the Be Dazzled used the Be Dazzling Specialty Paper that I colored with Bermuda Bay.  This card also features the lighthouse from the Smooth Sailing dies.  This card is rather sparkly, but I think you can see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky.

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I think this is one of those techniques that is easier to learn if you see it done, so I decided to create a short video, which you can watch by clicking here.

I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Be sure to hop over to see all the other creations from the amazing demonstrators participating in this blog hop.  To view Mackenzie Grimme's creations, click the next button.

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Here is a list of the other demonstrators participating in this Northern Lights Technique Blog Hop with links to their pages:

     Nicole Mahler

JoAnn Pollock

Carole Garrison (you are here)

Mackenzie Grimme

 


08/19/21 August 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop -Hinge Step Stamping

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Thank you for joining us for the August 2021 Technique Squad Blog featuring Hinge Step Stamping!  I was excited to learn this was going to be our featured technique.  I love how easy it is to line up images on my cards - it looks so nice to see everything lined up and spaced so evenly without a lot of effort!

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Typically, I use this technique for sentiments.  However, for my card today, I decided to combine a two-step image using different colors, along with the sentiment.  I was pleased with how easy it was to create this colorful look.  In fact, I liked it so much, I duplicated it for the inside of my card!

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To complete this card, the first thing I did was place my stamps on the Stamparatus plates.  I used both sides of one plate and one side of the second plate.

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I stamped the floral outline image and the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  First, I stamped the floral outline image, skipping one step for each flower.  I switched plates and stamped the sentiment, starting with the second step.  Again, I skipped one step before stamping the sentiment again.  Finally, I flipped the plate over to stamp the color image, being sure to wipe the stamp clean each time to avoid mixing colors.

Click here to see a video on how to make this card.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to do the Hinge Step Technique.  If you do not own a Stamparatus, I recommend that you add this to your stamping supplies!  Be sure to check out all of the other cards created by the talented demonstrators participating in this blog hop.  Click the next button to see Kristie Strum's amazing project.

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JoAnn Pollock

Carole Garrison (you are here)

Kristie Strum

Mackenzie Grimme

Here is a list of the products I used to make my card:

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Sale-a-Bration: During Sale-a-Bration, you can earn free products three different ways:

1.  Earn products from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for every $50 (before tax and shipping) of         products that you purchase.  Click here to see the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

2.  Earn free products by joining my team and purchasing the Starter Kit.  This is by far the           BEST deal in the catalog.  You create your own kit - choose $125 of product of your                 choice for only $99.00, even your shipping is free.  If you sign up during Sale-a-Bration,           you also get to choose from a select group of bundles to add to your kit for no additional         cost!  Click here to join my team and choose your free bundle.

3.  Host a party - you could earn a free, exclusive stamp set.

July to December Mini-Catalog: The new July to December Mini-Catalog is full of new stamps, papers, punches, dies, embellishments, and other stamping tools.  Click here to see a copy of the catalog.

 

 


07/15/21 Technique Blog Hop Alcohol Coloring Technique

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Welcome to the July 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop.  Thank you so much for joining me and my fellow demonstrators today.  This month’s theme is the Alcohol Coloring technique.  I must say that I found this to be a bit of a challenge – until I discovered the importance of using the correct isopropyl alcohol.  Once I discovered the importance of using an isopropyl alcohol that was at least 91% alcohol, the whole technique became super easy.  Fortunately, it is easy once again to find this at your local drug store.  I hope you enjoy the examples I have created and that it inspires you to try this technique as well!

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To make my card, I started with a piece of vellum, a collection of Stampin’ Blends and some isopropyl alcohol.  I colored random spots of color on my vellum.  You want to fill up most of the space with color, but let the alcohol do the work for you.  Drop a generous amount of alcohol on the area you have covered.  Have a tool available that will help you move the alcohol around.  A straw will work, but I found I have my best results when I used my Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool on low.  As the alcohol was moved around, the color spread as well.  I added different colors (Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow and Night of Navy) to create my card.  Believe it or not, the card base is Polished Pink!  I love how the color changes as the alcohol moves it around.  It is such a soft look and the colors blend together so nicely. 

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For a quick video tutorial on how to do the Alcohol Coloring technique, click here or on the picture below:

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A couple of tips for you:

  • Use Isopropyl Alcohol 91 – anything less and the color will not move as it should
  • Use washi tape to adhere the corners of your vellum to your work surface.
  • Use a larger piece of vellum than what is needed. Cut to size once you have finished spreading the color.
  • Be generous with the alcohol. On the card pictured above, I used a capful of alcohol.
  • Use mini-glue dots to adhere to card stock. I found that using Basic White card stock behind the vellum helped to pop the color.
  • Try different color combinations, do not be afraid to try unusual combinations.

When I first tried this technique, I did not know that  the alcohol content was important.  I used what I had on hand, which was Isopropyl Alcohol 70.  I was not excited by the results and continued to research this technique.  Here is an example of a card I made using the 70% alcohol.  This created nice circles of colors, but reminded me more of the Bokeh technique. 

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Here is a list of the other demonstrators in the hop in case you want to go back and look at one of the posts again.  Be sure to check out all of their blogs to see their amazing projects.

July 2021 Alcohol Coloring Technique Blog Hop Demonstrators

Nicole Mahler

JoAnn Pollock

Tracie St. Louis 

Vy Tran

Carole Garrison

Kristie Strum

Mackenzie Grimme

Rachel Tessman

Amy Rudd