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Natural Dyes Workshop card.

I was privileged to spend a weekend recently with about 15 other women at a workshop on Dyeing with the plants that are all around us. I have been interested in dyeing for years, and have done a little yarn dyeing with Procion Dyes. When I found out about this workshop there was only one spot left. I guess it was meant to be mine, so I took it.

There is a story behind the way I discovered this workshop, which I will not go into here. Let’s just simply call it a “God Thing.” Sometimes you just have to be alert to what He is saying, and be obedient.

What fun! And what an interesting time it was. I learned the process of using plant products as dyes (other than onion skins and black walnuts, both of which I had tried) and what mordants to use to achieve certain colors.

We also learned leaf printing, which was FANTASTIC! The card I made for today uses a piece of the watercolor paper that I leaf printed in a Sumac dye bath, with iron as a mordant.

I liked the colors it made, a sort of very pale yellow with dark edges, which I interpreted as Early Espresso. There were gray undertones, which I decided were Gray Granite. The pale yellow became So Saffron, so those are the colors of my card.

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The watercolor paper was layered with leaves. I used different ones, Birch, Oak, Maple, Ninebark and Wisteria, as well as a weed that had an interesting leaf and some ferns. These multiple layers were tied together and dropped into the dye bath.

Today’s card features a Birch branch with several leaves.

I began with an Early Espresso card base and matted a panel of So Saffron on that. I then trimmed the dyed watercolor paper to fit with the teeniest of margins. All of the layers are adhered with Liquid Glue, except for the front sentiment piece, which is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The sentiment is Early Espresso stamped on Gray Granite and cut with the framelits from the Blended Seasons Bundle. The sentiment is from Rooted in Nature. One of the leaf stamps in Rooted in Nature mimics the Birch leaves, so I stamped it in Gray Granite on So Saffron and cut it out with the coordinating framelit in the bundle.

On the inside I stamped the same leaf in Gray Granite ink on Gray Granite card stock. This became my mat for the sentiment panel, which is So Saffron. The leaves in the corners are stamped in Gray Granite and the sentiment is Early Espresso. This sentiment is from Healing Hugs.

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To sort of give the inside the same organic sense of nature, I sponged around the edges of the So Saffron panel with a sponge Dauber and a bit of Early Espresso.

I really like the way this card turned out, and am excited to make more cards with some of the other leaf prints I did.

The Very Vanilla envelope simply has the same leaf pattern stamped in Gray Granite on both the front and the flap.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Even more did I enjoy the dyeing process. I just have to accumulate more big pots in which to do my dyeing, so I can fit in larger pieces.

In all, we did 10 or 11 dye baths using Oak, Hickory, red cabbage, Barberry, sumac, Red Maple, Lemongrass, goldenrod, poke berry and Marigold. We used different parts of the various plants, seeds, berries, leaves, bark, husks, etc, and different mordants produced different colors.

For example, my partner and I gathered Goldenrod flowers and leaves and put them in the pot with water. When the water boiled and turned color, we dipped out 3 samples to try with different mordants. The prettiest yellow resulted from the one with Alum as a mordant. The Copper lent a green color and the Iron made a dark greenish gray. All were lovely colors, but we decided to use the Alum for a lovely yellow.

I came home with not only my paper pieces, but several lengths of dyed and printed silk as well. And samples from each of the dye baths and the different mordants. This could easily become my new passion, but at the moment I have too many irons in the fire to spend any time doing it. There is always next year, and I will take the lessons learned in this process to another level, as well as doing some research and accumulating the necessary equipment.

There is a whole host of plants, or plant parts, that can be used for dyeing, from Avocado to Yarrow.  Many of them are in ancient recipes for dyeing cloth, and I am quite interested in trying some to see what results.

For now, I will keep making cards. I purchased more watercolor paper yesterday, so perhaps I can do more leaf printing before all the leaves fall from the trees.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″: So Saffron: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, leaf 2″ x 2″; Gray Granite: front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″.

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Stampin’ Up! birthday

Good Tuesday morning everyone! We had a nice rain over the weekend, a beautiful Sunday and Monday. I think Sunday night was our coldest so far this fall, but no frost, at least where I live.

I have several birthdays coming up so this is for one of them.

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I began with a Crumb Cake card base . This is a 5″ square card, different than what I usually do.

The mat is Early Espresso with 3 equal size pieces of map paper adhered with liquid glue. I then took 4 pieces of jute twine and tied the knot. Some call it a granny knot, some a nautical knot, but whatever it is, I like it on masculine cards. This was wrapped to the back of the mat and taped SECURELY.

The anchor is from the Seaside Shore stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso and fussy cut. I used Glue Dots to adhere it to the ‘rope’.

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The ship, from The Open Sea (retired) was stamped in Basic Gray on Smokey Slate card stock and colored in with Smokey Slate and Island Indigo Stampin’ Write markers. I used the White Chalk marker to color the clouds and Real Red for the flags, then fussy cut a general shape and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Early Espresso mat is Fast Fused to the card base.

On the inside, I adhered an Early Espresso mat to my card base, then die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment from another panel of the map paper. This die is from Simply Defined and gives a totally different look to the card. Liquid glue adhered it to the mat.

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This was pretty fast and simple to do,yet the effect is nice. Since it is a square card, I had to make an envelope, using the envelope punch board, as I have no square envelopes. Another piece of the map paper made a very nice one, needing no further embellishment.

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Card Cuts: Crumb Cake: card base 5″ x 10″ scored at 5″, anchor 2″ x 3″‘; Smokey slate: ship 3″ x 3″; Early Espresso: cut 2 for inside mat and outside mat 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″; DSP: inside sentiment 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, for front cut 3  at 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

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Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons

If you are cleaning up from Harvey or Irma, or a wildfire or other disaster, please know that my heart breaks for what you are going through. My prayers were mostly for safety, not for no damage or mess. Does anyone know whether there is any historical evidence of increased activity following a total eclipse? Just wondering.

My card today was inspired by Global Design Project 104

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I began with an Early Espresso card base for a 5″ x 7″ card. Most card makers prefer the smaller A2 size, but I prefer the larger size for a lot of my cards. This could just as easily have been a smaller one. I digress.
I cut a Pumpkin Pie mat to which I adhered a Crumb Cake panel randomly stamped in Crumb Cake with the maple leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons set.
Using the three largest squares from the Stitched Shapes framelits, I cut one each of Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake.
The sentiment, from Special Reason (retired), was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder on the smaller Crumb Cake square.
I put the Pumpkin Pie square on the diagonal on the Early Espresso square, and squared up the sentiment. These were liquid glued together and adhered to the leafy panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The leaf, from Colorful Seasons, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Emboss powder. I then used Stampin’ sponges (cut in quarters) to dab Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Cajun Craze all over it. It was liquid glued to the lower side of the sentiment square.
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Actually, I stamped, embossed and sponged two leaves, and both were then die cut with the leaf from Seasonal Layers thinlits. To me, this is the perfect, simple embellishment for this card.
I considered adding copper thread, or a bow with the copper trim. However, it seemed to me to be overkill, so I opted to leave it plain.
On the inside I repeated the random leaf stamping, only this time just around the edge for a border.
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The sentiment, also from Special Reason, as well as the Happiest Birthday from Cool Treats, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with the Copper powder. I love the magic that happens with the heat tool and embossing powder!
The second leaf was liquid glued just above the sentiment and this card is done.
The envelope was stamped with the same stamp in Crumb Cake-three on the front and randomly across the flap.wild wing creations001
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I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.
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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, large square 3″ x3″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, medium square 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″; Crumb Cake: front panel 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, small square 2″ x 2″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, sentiment panel 4″ x 6″; Whisper White: leaves 1-1/2″ x 3″.

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Stampin’ Up! Camo

Morning everyone! This week at Splitcoaststampers, Stampin’ Up demonstrator Kelly Acheson did a tutorial on making a card for men using camouflage on the card. I thought it was pretty cool, so I have CASed her card, well sort of. It is pretty much like the one she did, with a couple of minor changes.detail

She began, as did I, by taking her Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad and drawing it across a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Here is the trick, folks. She then wadded it up! Yep. Crumpled it really good! Then, she, and I, smoothed it out the best you can and dabbed Old Olive over it, using the stamp pad. This only hits the high spots. Let it dry a bit, then crumple it some more. Really wad it up! Smooth it out again and dab some Early Espresso over it with the stamp pad. Crumple again and smooth, then use some dabs of Always Artichoke, again using the stamp pad directly to the paper. Here is where you might want to dab at some spots that are too light. I did add just a touch of Wild Wasabi also. When dry, smooth with your hands, then use your bone folder to smooth even more. Adhere to an Early Espresso mat with liquid glue. Set aside. This looks pretty darn good!

I used the retired Lucky Stars TIEF on a piece of Crumb Cake for my mat, which is adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

The sentiment, from Big on Birthdays, is stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake and matted on Early Espresso. Starting in the center, I stamped the stars, also from Big on Birthdays, across the bottom in Early Espresso.front

Layer the camo piece and the sentiment piece on the Starry mat and adhere. Since the sentiment is over the camo layer, I used liquid glue on that end and Stampin’ Dimensionals on the outer end. Wind a piece of Linen Thread around three fingers 3 times and tie off, leaving a loop. Use a Glue Dot to adhere this to the camo piece above the sentiment.

The inside is one piece of Crumb Cake, stamped with the boots from Country Livin’ in Early Espresso and colored in with my Stampin’ Write Crumb Cake Marker. I added a few shadows with my Early Espresso marker, stamped the sentiment, also from Big on Birthdays and this card is finished.inside

The envelope got a pair of boots on the front and debossed stars on the flap.

This would be a great card for anyone in the military or with a military background, or, for any man, especially maybe one who likes to hunt.

I enjoyed this technique, thanks to Kelly Acheson and her Splitcoaststampers camouflage background tutorial

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″  scored at 5-1/2″,  camo mat 2″ x 4″, sentiment mat 2-1/4″ x 4-3/8″; Crumb Cake: Lucky Stars mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment 2″ x 4-1/8″, inside sentiment 3-5/8″ x 4-1/4″; Very Vanilla: I did a piece about 4″ x 5″ so I could make 2 cards. The actual measurement for this piece is 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″

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More for men-Antique look

Good Sunday morning Everyone! Another hot one in the heartland! Good day to stay indoors by the AC in my opinion.

Which means, of course, a good day to make cards or other papercrafts after church.

Today’s card is for a man who does nice things for me sometimes and will NEVER take payment. So, when he went above and beyond to make a couple of 60 mile (one way) trips with his pickup, he at least deserves a Thank You card, don’t you think?

The card base is Early Espresso card stock with a Very Vanilla mat. The art panel is also Very Vanilla, but it is VERY messed up Very Vanilla!I began by using an antique looking script background stamp in Soft Suede . I did quite a bit of sponging around the edges in Crumb Cake with a Stampin’ Sponge (which I had cut into fourths), laying the ink on more heavily around the bottom to ‘ground’ it.front

Distressing was done with a couple of stamps from Timeless Textures. Hmmm. Now what? It needed something something. Maybe copper? Ultimately the new 1/4″  Copper Trim was what this card front needed, but not as a ribbon. I cut a short length and spread it out so it looked like a piece of copper mesh. Using a piece of fast fuse under where I put the other embellishments I adhered it to the card front.

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A piece of hemp cording from Hobby Lobby in a dark brown got wrapped around three times and taped onto the back. After digging around in my stash of embellishments I found some gears and a pocket watch which I think really add to the antique look. I used several Glue Dots to secure them over the cording and the copper mesh.

The sentiment is in Early Espresso from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a strip of Very Vanilla that I sponged. I did not re-ink the sponge, I just used whatever ink was left from doing the card front edges. I think that was enough to ‘antique’ it a bit.

The bone folder comes in handy to sort of curl the ends, one up and one down. The ‘valley’ was adhered with liquid glue and the ‘mountain’ is held in place with 2 stampin’ dimensionals stacked. This finishes the card front.

By the way, this is a tent-fold card. The inside mat is Soft Suede cardstock and the Very Vanilla panel got the same sponging technique as the front, only with a lighter hand.inside

The distressing is stamped off twice  Early Espresso, done in triplicate. The sentiment, also in Early Espresso, is from the All Things Thanks stamp set. Liquid glue adhered this panel to the mat and into the card base.

The medium Very Vanilla envelope got the same antiquing sponged treatment, in a VERY light hand on the front, but what to use for gears or a clock? I have no gear stamps, and no clocks either. But, I do have a sort of gear looking stamp that actually worked quite well. It is from the  retired That’s the Tag stamp set. I stamped it 3 times in the corner without re-inking the stamp.envelope front

The flap was given the ‘antique’ treatment and stamped all over with as many thank you phrases as I could find, all in Early Espresso. Several stamp sets have thanks or thank you stamps you can use to mix things up a bit. With that, the envelope was done.flap

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: Card Base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″;  Soft Suede: Inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″  Very Vanilla: Card front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Art panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Inside panel 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″; Front sentiment 3/4″ x 2-1/2″.

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