Sunday, July 10, 2011

Baby Shower Thank-you Cards

I have finally got these finished -YAY! Now to get them in the post before the baby arrives.... I have been thinking and planning the announcements and got distracted with them but I forced myself to get these out of the way today and now my reward is to do the annoucements - yay more work LOL! I have stuck with the Baja Breeze theme but I have used some retired DSP. Everything else is current. I used the scallop trim border punch and matching corner punch to complete the frame. The sentiments come from Sincere Salutations and Tiny Tags. I have used my absolute favourite ribbon - the White Organza Ribbon and embossed the middle panel with the Polka dots embossing folder. Once again I can't complete a project without using my Big Shot. In the centre of the rattle you will see one of the button embosslits and I embossed the rattle handle with white embossing powder as well as as the 'baby' tag. Lots of work here but all worth it.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stamp Club #5 - Bleaching

When Kirsty Brown demonstrated this technique at Convention in May I was so inspired and couldn't wait to give it a go. She called her presentation 'Bleaching and Butterflies', her two favourites apparently. Well I love butterflies too so she had my attention straight away. After stamping for nearly 15 years it sometimes takes a bit to get a 'WOW' out of me these days but this was so simple yet sooooooooo impressively effective. I made a special effort to make sure I taught my Stamp Club ladies on my last club meeting before I take a break to have my baby. I treated them plus made them work a little harder than normal and we did THREE fairly time consuming cards mainly cos I wont see them for a few months. The first card was the one Kirsty showed first as part of her presentation. I loved this instantly as anyone who knows me knows I LOVE PINK!!!! And.....I love the Elements of Style stamp set which is perfect for this technique The butterfly card she made was my absolute favourite. The ladies didnt make this one but I demonstrated it for them. Kirsty has a great little tutorial on her blog you can check out to make this too. I CASED a couple of other examples for them to make. The sail boat one was here. They always want masculine card ideas. We did this one as a Father's Day card as I wont see them until after Father's Day now and the beautiful Manhattan flower card was one of Frenchies here. Frenchie also has a great video tutorial for her card. Some tips if you decide to try this technique, I used White King regular bleach in my aqua painter (label your aqua painter as bleach and dont use it for anything else). I tried the lemon scented one but it didnt work as well. Also, if you are not going to use your aqua painter for a while empty it out and use fresh bleach each time you use it to maximise the effect. Always try on scrap paper first, each colour of cardstock bleaches differently so try several colours to see which bleaches the most vibrant.

Stamp Club #4 - Double Embossing

This technique has popped up a lot lately and I have seen it called 'Embossed Embossing' too. This is the technique my Stamp Club ladies did in May - yes I know took me a long time to post... Anyway I sought inspiration from my lovely Secret Sister from last year, Jane Norrish. Jane made a beautiful example that I couldn't resist to CASE. My ladies loved this example also. The first card uses the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and the second one uses the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. For the first card we used Versamark ink and black embossing powder whereas on the second one (inspired by this card) we used the Versamarker and clear powder to show the two different options for this technique....
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