Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree Leaf

Good Friday the 13th Everyone! I am not superstitious. Are you? It is just another day.

I do have another sympathy card to show today. There has been WAY too much need for these this year. And, they are not all old people either.

I kept it very simple this time. Starting with a Pear Pzazz card base, I die cut a maple leaf with the leaflets framelits from scrap paper and used the negative as a stencil. Using some Post-it tape, I taped it to the card base and sponged the leaf with Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede. Then I inked up the bare tree from Sheltering Tree stamp set in Soft Suede and stamped over the leaf, lining up the trunk with the leaf stem. As the stamp set is photopolymer, it is easy to line it up with another image.

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Next was the hard part…die cutting the same leaf out of my card front so that it was in the same position as the leaf. I did some measuring, re-measuring and marked lightly on a used piece of card stock the same size as my card front. It was off to the left a bit, so I measured again, and took my chances with the Very Vanilla panel for my card front. It is off just slightly to the lower end, but not enough to concern me. It would have been easier to cut the card front first, mark the opening, then sponge the card base. However, what I ended up doing was not what I started to do, so I did it backwards.

Using a sponge dauber I inked around the edge of the leaf and the edges of the panel in Pear Pzazz, then liquid glued it over the card front.

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Using a scrap from cutting the card base, I stamped my sentiment in Pear Pzazz, then liquid glued it to the panel. The sentiment is one I have had a long time, and don’t remember where I got it, nor the company. To finish it, I used a metal leaf brad on the sentiment strip.

On the inside liner I again used the sponge dauber and Pear Pzazz ink to soften the edges, then stamped the tree in the corner, again with Pear Pzazz. The sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and is stamped in Soft Suede.

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The front of the envelope is done with a soft suede tree, while the flap was finished with 3 of the sponged  and stamped leaves, done the same way as the front of the card.

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I do like this technique of sponging, then stamping over the sponging for a different look.

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Card Cuts: Pear Pzazz: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, sentiment strip 1″ x 4-3/4″; Very Vanilla: front panel 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″, inside liner 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″

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Inked Inlay

I hope you all are having a tremendous Thursday. I am not complaining today…about anything.

At the moment the sun is shining. It is pretty breezy and a little on the warm side for September and (almost) the first day of fall. Most years  the autumn equinox falls on September 21, but this year it is September 22, which is tomorrow. Good Grief! Where has this month gone? Wasn’t it just a couple of days ago we had Labor Day?

The best part of today is that a little line of storms went through yesterday evening and missed us altogether. That was followed by another thin line that dropped a couple of sprinkles. After that, another one formed then sort of fell apart, re-formed and we actually got a nice shower out of it. If you keep up with the weather aside from where you are, you know we are desperate for moisture. Well! That little shower re-developed and just hung over us all night, including lightning and thunder. I so enjoyed it!

This morning I dodged raindrops to see how much actually made it into my rain gauge. Holy Smokes! 4.4″! That surpassed what we had received all summer! Does this have anything to do with cards? Nope! I am just so happy that we got some rain that I had to share.

Now, on with the card.

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Today is Technique Thursday. I saw this technique some time ago on a You Tube video, and recently ran across it again. This one was done by Jennifer McGuire and you can see it here. I was fascinated by the process and loved the finished card. Today I needed to make a sympathy card, so follow along to see how I did it.

I first cut two pieces of Whisper White card stock the size I would need knowing I would mat it before attaching to the card base. There are two ways of inking one of these, leaving one of them white. First, you can sponge, spray, dab, or whatever method you use to ink a background onto the whole piece. The second way is to die cut, then ink your paper.

I chose to die cut first then ink. Here is what I did:

I arranged my Flourish Thinlits die on the Whisper White card stock. I used both the large and small flourishes, cutting them at the same time using the Big Shot and the Precision Base Plate. This is an optional accessory to your Big Shot, and well worth it for detailed die cutting. I repeated the process with the second piece of card stock. To hold the small pieces in place, still in the background piece, while I inked it, I taped some Post-it Note tape over the back. This held everything in its original place. Just do this on one of your die cut pieces.

Since I wanted a soft look to the inlay, I chose to use the Distress Oxide inks again, randomly sponging over the die cut designs. I spritzed it with water, used the heat tool to dry it, then added more color and wet it again. After two or three layers I thought that was enough color and proceeded with the inlay.wild wing creations2

After removing the die cut design from the second piece, (remember, this is still white) I placed a piece of Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets on the back of the Whisper White negative space, using the release sheet under my card stock  to prevent the adhesive sticking to the grid paper underneath my card stock. I flipped it over and, using the inked die cut design, placed it in the white negative space like I was putting together a puzzle.

My white die cut design still had all the little pieces in the leaves and flowers, so I simply laid it over the inked piece, and using my piercing tool, pushed them down into the corresponding holes below.wild wing creations1

This is SO easy to do and results in a very nice finished product. If you use a design with a lot of little pieces, it can be tedious, but not difficult. Instead of inking, you could glue some DSP to card stock, and cut the design from that. All kinds of possibilities open up with this technique. You could use words, glitter paper, the sky is probably the limit, or at least, whatever you can imagine.

I stamped the sentiment, from Flourishing Phrases in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide  and immediately slipped it into my Clear Emboss powder, then used the heat tool to emboss.

This finished panel was liquid glued to a mat of Pool Party and the front is finished. No frills, no glitz. Liquid Glue adhered it to the Dapper Denim card base.

For the inside sentiment panel, I stamped another sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Faded Jeans in the lower right corner, and heat embossed the same as the front. I wanted to leave room for the white left-over flourish design, which I adhered to the piece of Pool Party, stamped with my sentiment, with liquid glue. This was then liquid glued this to a mat of Whisper White and into my Dapper Denim card base.

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I hope you like this card enough to try this technique. It is fun and yields a different look than just gluing everything on top of card stock.

The envelope is stamped on the front with the same flourish design, using the stamp from Flourishing Phrases. I inked it with my Stampin’ Write markers in Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum and Mint Macaron.

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Using those same markers, I did a striped effect on a piece of Whisper White card stock, then used my Aqua-painter to blend the colors a bit. When it was dry, I randomly stamped some leaves in Dapper Denim using the leaf stamp in the Flourishing Phrases set. This was liquid glued to the flap and trimmed.

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Thank you for stopping by. I would like to see your comments on this technique. Just scroll down to where it says comment.

Card Cuts: Dapper Denim: card base 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″; Whisper White: Inlay panels (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Pool Party: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside sentiment panel 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used Ranger Distress Oxide Inks

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Fall Sympathy card

Well, folks, here it is Sunday and I actually had time to finish helping yesterday with the pancake feed and get home to work on this post. We served over 1,800 pancake and sausage  breakfasts. Though the tent was still up, things were pretty much torn down when I left. With what remained to be done, I figured I would be more in the way than I would be help. I think all us Kiwanians were tired to the bone, but the day was a success.

This is the second iteration of this card. The first one had REAL twigs framing the oak tree. I really liked it and thought I was being pretty smart in thinking of that. Then, I thought, “that isn’t so smart. How will that fit in an envelope, never mind get through the mail without being ruined. ” So, I opted for the twigs from the Seasonal Layers thinlits, cut from Early Espresso card stock. However, the first one will be saved to use on a gift package for someone, or whatever use I can find for it.

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I started with a piece of Sahara Sand and ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder. From this I cut a rectangle, using the Layering Squares framelits. To cut a rectangle with a square die, all you need to do is cut one square at one end of your panel, slide it toward the other end, keeping the die lined up, and cut the other end of your rectangle.

Then, cutting a piece of Sahara Sand slightly smaller than the embossed piece, I stamped this with the oak tree from Lovely As A Tree in Early Espresso. These two panels were liquid glued together.

The card base is Early Espresso, and the next two layers are Sahara Sand and a panel from the Painted Autumn Designer Paper Series. The mat and DSP panel are liquid glued together.

Four branches from the Seasonal Layers thinlits in Early Espresso form the frame around the rectangle. Seasonal Layers and Colorful Seasons form a bundle that saves you 10% over purchasing them separately.

Since I was not using real twigs, I decided to cut four more out of fun foam to lift them off the page and give some dimension. After gluing them together with their card stock counterpart, I dry arranged them on the card front. I didn’t want four look-alike branches, so each was trimmed in a different way and liquid glued to the art panel. This, in turn, was added to the DSP panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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At this point in the construction, I decided a little fall color would be good, so I stamped the oak leaf cluster from Lovely As A Tree, and the one with the acorns from Count My Blessings, both in Early Espresso. I already had my heat gun and tub of Clear Emboss Powder ready. As soon as I stamped, I dipped it in the emboss powder, shook it off and heat embossed those leaves. I only did one cluster at a time, as the Early Espresso dries much more quickly than the Versamark.

Since the embossing acts as a resist, it was a simple matter to use a small piece of sponge and sponge the leaves with Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie, first masking off the acorns. I then masked off the leaves with a piece of Post-it-Note and sponged the acorns in Soft Suede.

Both leaf clusters were fussy cut, then adhered to the corners of the branch frame with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This art panel was then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the DSP panel.

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Sometimes I don’t know when to quit. I wrapped a piece of fine, lightweight jute twine I had in my craft room (you could use Linen Thread) around the panel 3 times, securing it on the back with tape. Glue Dots hold the 3 strands together as though they are tied, and a bow is Glue Dotted over this. The bow is made by wrapping the twine around 3 fingers 5 times (or as many times as you want) and tied in the middle.

Now all that remains is the sentiment. I wanted it to look like an old board. The sentiment, in Early Espresso, was stamped from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set on a scrap of the embossed Sahara Sand (made when I cut the rectangle). This was fussy cut to, perhaps, look like an old board. The mat for this was another scrap, this time from the Wood Textures DSP, with notches cut unevenly in both ends with my Paper Snips. Mini-Stampin’ Dimensionals attach the sign to the mat, and Stampin’ Dimensionals were used for the mat to the front panel. After it was too late to do so, I wondered if this card would have been improved had I very lightly distressed the embossed wood, perhaps by sponging some ink over it. However, I didn’t, so maybe that technique will get a chance on another card.

More Stampin’ Dimensionals (Wow! Wish I had stock in the company that makes these!) adhered the finished panel to the card base and the card front is done.

The inside boasts a mat of Sahara Sand with a panel of the same Autumn Harvest DSP liquid glued to it.

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I cut a much smaller mat of Sahara Sand, and stamped the branches from Colorful Seasons around it as a frame in Early Espresso. The Oak Cluster from Count My Blessings was stamped in the corner in Soft Suede, and colored in using the stamp pad lid and Blender Pen. In the closed position, squeeze the stamp pad to get some of the ink on the lid, then use that as your palette with your Blender Pen to paint the leaves and acorns. I again used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie for the leaves, and Soft Suede for the acorns.

The sentiment, in Early Espresso, is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. This panel was liquid glued on the DSP and into the card base.

To coordinate the envelope with the card, I stamped several of the oak/acorn cluster along the bottom of the front, and adhered a final piece of the DSP to the flap.

I hope you enjoy this card. I think it is lovely and sure to lift anyone’s spirits. To me, the oak is symbolic of longevity. We all know that longevity on this earth is not forever, but the spirit lives on, making the oak appropriate for a sympathy card.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, branches 2 pieces 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Sahara Sand: inside mat and outside mat (2) 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, oak tree panel 3-1/2″ c 5-1/4″, inside panel 3-1/2″ x 5″, sentiment ‘sign’ scrap from inside rectangle of embossed piece, for oak leaves 4″ x 4″; Autumn Harvest Designer Series Paper: front panel and inside mat (2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: mat for sentiment 1″ x 2-1/2″

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Medallions for Sympathy

Good Day Everyone! What a Fabulous Friday it is.

I began this sympathy card with absolutely no idea what to do. After looking at my paper stacks I settled on Night of Navy for the card base and the card just made itself.

I didn’t want fussy, just classy, so I paired it with Smokey Slate and Very Vanilla; no bling, no embossing, no ribbons and bows.

This is the result.

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Card Cuts at the end of this post.

First cut the card base from Night of Navy card stock using my Stampin’ Trimmer. The first mat is Smokey Slate card stock and the top mat is Night of Navy. The mat in between is Very Vanilla card stock stamped with an old background stamp in Night of Navy. This stamp has a sort of Eastern Medallion look to it.

The medallion is cut with the Eastern Medallions thinlits from Very Vanilla card stock, as are the two pieces with sentiments. The sympathy piece is stamped with Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ pad using a Gina K stamp. I like the font and it was the exact size needed for this project. The sending thoughts sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers set, again, stamped in Night of Navy. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up all the sentiments.

The Sympathy sentiment is glued to the medallion which is adhered to the Navy mat with mini stampin’ dimensionals. Sending thoughts is glued to the navy mat below the medallion and the finished art piece is adhered to the stamped mat. This is then glued to the Smokey Gray mat. The card front is now finished.

On the inside I again used the Smokey Gray card stock as the mat, with the sentiment piece in Very Vanilla. To dress up the sentiment piece without overdoing it, I used my Simply Scored board and the stylus to emboss a border around all 4 sides, crossing the lines at the corners. It is a little hard to see in the photo, but I think you can discern where it is. I did this from the back side as I didn’t want a debossed look. Using the sentiment from Strength and Prayers stamp set (retired), and Night of Navy ink, I completed the sentiment.inside

This was glued to the Smokey Gray mat and into the card base.

I then attached the card front and the card is complete.

On to the envelope! Using a medium Very Vanilla envelope I inked up part of the background stamp in Night of Navy and stamped the flap.

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On the front corner I stamped the little corner design from the Make A Medallion stamp set. Then, I mirror imaged it and stamped it again. This finishes the envelope.envelope front

I think it turned out quite well, considering I had no design in mind when I started.

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Card Cuts:  Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″;        Smokey Gray:  (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: (2) 3-3/4″ x 5″, medallion 3″ square, sentiment 5/8″ x 3-1/2″, sentment 1-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.

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