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Archive for November, 2011

Inside Your Card, Part 1

A card base from dark cardstock is very dramatic and elegant, you just need a white or light gel pen to write on the inside.  This can be a real problem if you are using those cards as a gift.  Gel pens can be a little touchy to write with.  I have found an easy […]

Border Punches and Getting It Square

Measuring to correctly position border punches can be a long drawn out and frustrating process.  Here is a way to position those punches perfectly, and as a bonus, how to use a quilt ruler to square up a stamped image or phrase. Using a scrap of vellum that has a straight edges, punch with your […]

Heat Embossing Hints

by: Shelly Newkirk Your goal when heat embossing is to melt the embossing powder to the paper.  This can be done without a heat gun if you are desperate, but I would not advise it on a regular basis.  When I have tried it over a toaster, candle or stove burner, I usually had one […]

Inking Detailed Stamps

These stamps are also called art stamps and photo art stamps.  They are very highly detailed and are often taken from vintage photos or clip art.  It can be very frustrating to get the right amount of ink distributed evenly over the entire stamp. One of the problems is that the tiny crevasses can become […]

Cuttlebug Christmas Cards

Completion of Cuttlebug Christmas Cards By: Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide In October I showed you six different ways that I used my Cuttlebug for making backgrounds and the different techniques I used to accent each design.  (For those who did not see my first blog, a picture of Cuttlebug  Christmas designs before making the cards […]

Why I use sponging

As you can see from the picture, sponging can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of a design.  I use a round sponge for most of my sponging because it doesn’t leave harsh edges.  One of the secrets to successful sponging of edges is to have a light touch. One of my favorite inks for […]

Holiday Blizzard: Holiday Gift Tags

Holiday Gift Tags Finished size of tags: 110mm x 45 mm or 4.5″ x  1 .75″  Handmade gift tags add such a nice touch to the gifts we give, so today I’m sharing with you some holiday gift tags I made using my all time favorite holiday stamps. They really were quick and easy and […]

Holiday Blizzard: Lisa’s View – Candle Centerpiece

Potpourri Candle Centerpiece Supplies: These supplies were purchased at The Dollar Store 10″ diameter decorative tin container with lid ($1) 1 – 3″x 3″ green floral foam cube ($0.50) 1 bag of scented dried cranberry potpourri ($1) 2 bundles of fake poinsettia flowers ($1) 3 assorted candles ($1.50) 2 ornate Christmas wired ribbon 3″ thickness […]

Magnetic Holiday Bookmark

Finished card size: 2.25″ x 3″ I have created a tutorial on making a small holiday bookmark. This  is a great little gift  for the book lover  on your holiday list.   The great thing about this bookmark is it’s versatility.  The image can be changed to match any theme.   The magnet is  hidden […]

Why Can’t I Get The Same Results?

You have just been on Stamper’s Quest and saw the most beautiful card.  Now you are trying to reproduce that card using the directions and techniques listed.  It is just not working.  Don’t give up.  It’s may not be you, and there is hope.  There are a number of factors that can and frequently do […]

Holiday Blizzard 2011: Nutcracker ‘Sweets’

Nutcracker ‘Sweets’ Regena, Artistic Guide  Finished size:  10.75 x 9 x 7.5”. Supplies: Stamps: Nutcracker (Personal Stamp Exchange (PSX)) Clear Alphabet Sans Serif Font (Martha Stewart) Small Clear Christmas Phrases (Martha Stewart) Corner Stamp from Nutcracker Set (Recollections) Paper: Half sheet of Matte Coated White cardstock (Marco’s Papers) 5 Glossy White ATCs (2.5 x 3.5”) […]

Burned Edges

by: Shelly Newkirk Burning the edges with ink is an easy way to get a very Vintage look.  I use two to four shades of brown ink with the final very outer edge of black ink.  The ink can be applied with a sponge or a square of Cut n Dry foam (Ranger).  With the Cut […]

November Trail Map: Pat’s View

 Embrace Life                                                                                                                                                               Finished card size 5″ x 7″ I would like to thank Regina for the lovely sketch she has done for us. I did use it as a guide for making my card. The only thing I did differently is I rounded the corners. So let’s get started.   Supplies: Stamps: Tree (Hero […]

November Trail Map: Nola’s View

Love is In The Air Finished card: 140 mm x 105 mm or 5 .5″ x 4.25″ I know that Fall is in the air–but for me, well, Love is in the Air too.  That’s because I started this card while my DH, Neil and I were at the cottage in Vermont late September to celebrate our […]

November 2011Trail Map: Lisa’s View

I Pick You!   Finished Card Size:  4.25″ x 5.5″ Supplies: Stamps: The Raggedies (Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps) Pumpkins (Unknown Digi) Sentiment (Typed on PC) Paper: White cardstock for card base and printed images (Walmart) All other paper (Scraps) Ink: Ink Pad Colors of Choice (Stampin’ Up! ) Watercolor Pencils (Derwent) Other: Nestabilities Labels Two Die […]

November 2011 Trail Map: Map Master’s View

Finished card size: 5″ x 7″ Are you lucky in love or lucky in cards or both? Lets try the love thing….. Supplies Stamps: Playing Cards (Crate Paper) Paper: Black card stock (C.S.) White card stock (C.S.) Red card stock (C.S.) Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko) Other: Colored Chalks (Inkadinkado) Wooden Nickel or a Quarter […]

Handle Your Heat Gun

If you are a stamper then you probably own a heat gun.  It is usually one of the essential tools after stamps and ink.  I have stamped for 17+ years and have owned two makes of heat guns in that time. My first three heat guns came from the same manufacturer.  The first of those […]

November 2011 Trail Map

Wow!  What a wonderful bunch of eye-candy we have for your viewing pleasure this month.  Each of the participating artistic guides has outdone themselves on the lovely sketch Regena did for us.  There’s a rainbow of color here, not to mention the individual interpretations and subject matter from each artist. Regena’s sketch is shown below: […]

Holiday Blizzard 2011: Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Autumn Card Finished size:  5″ x 7” Supplies: Stamps: Pears (Anita’s) Autumn (Hero Arts) Text (Ann-ticipations) Flourishes (Recollections) Paper: 5″ x 7” Yellow Card base (Stampin’ Up!) Half sheet of Matte Coated White card stock (Marco’s Papers) Half sheets of rust and yellow card stock (Stampin’ Up!) 3″ x 5” Lime Green Textured […]

Continuing Adventures in Digi-land

My Continuing Adventures in Digi-land By Marion Davis, Artistic Guide Before I begin I have to admit that I am double dipping this article. I started out trying digital stamps because I was asked to do presentations at my computer club on Digital Card  Making and Digital Scrapbooking. These people are not stampers,  so some […]