Friday, September 22, 2017

SSINKspiration Fall Frenzy: Eclipse Technique

Good morning!  Today we get to officially ring in the arrival of fall, and even though the temperature isn't going to reflect the change in seasons today the SSINKspiration blog designers are feeling a little fall frenzy and sharing projects to greet the arrival of the new season.  If you've been online lately you've noticed that a new technique is floating around and getting lots of action, the eclipse technique in honor of last months solar eclipse, so I decided to use this technique on today's card.

I started with Very Vanilla Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then added a layer of Fresh Fig cardstock behind the Very Vanilla cardfront.  To create this technique I started by stamping all over the cardstock using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and Fresh Fig, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Always Artichoke ink.  Next I used the Big Shot and Large Letters Framelits Dies to cut out the letters for "fall".  (Tip:  you can use washi tape to hold down your letter dies if they're trying to move a little on you).  Next I used Mini Dimensionals to attach the letters over the cut out holes so there is just a slight halo effect. 

The final touch was to add the rest of the greeting.  I knew I wanted to use the word "greetings" and searched all my stamp sets since I knew I had one that would work, the new Snowflake Sentiments stamp set from the Holiday catalog was perfect.  I used my Fresh Fig Stampin' Write Marker to color just the one word in on the stamp and then stamped on Cajun Crazy cardstock.  I didn't want the piece to be too big and overpower the card so I just used my Paper Snips and cut around the edges of the greeting and then attached it with dimensionals to the cardfront.

This is a fun technique, easy, and so versatile (you can adjust the size of the cardstock for the number of letters your using, think name signs, etc.).  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing for fall inspiration.

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Monday, September 18, 2017

SSINKspiration Technique Challenge #SSINKTC48: Ink on Embossing Folders


Good morning!  Just when I think fall is year, we get another shot of heat and humidity for last little blast of summer.  I'm ready to embrace fall so I'm ready for the fall weather to arrive and decided to use some fall thoughts for today's card.  The SSINKspiration blog is having another technique challenge today, and this is a technique I used quite a bit last year and love it, stamping on embossing folders, it's such a great way to add some detail behind your embossed image for extra fun.

I started with Sahara Sand cardstock for the cardbase and then used Old Olive for the cardfront.  On this piece I started by taking the Tree Rings background stamp and stamped directly on the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder using Early Espresso Ink (note, usually with the dynamic folders I spritz the cardstock before embossing to get a little extra depth to the embossing but since I was using ink I didn't want it to bleed so I skipped the water and still had a nice result.



The greeting is from the Badges and Banners stamp set and was stamped in Early Espresso ink on Island Indigo cardstock and then cut out with the coordinating Badge Punch.  I also cut a circle out of Sahara Sand cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Framelits for a good backdrop for all the embellishments.

To add to the fall feeling I used the leaf dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and cut the larger leaf out of Cajun Craze cardstock and the smaller leaf using the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (I also sponged around the edge with Early Espresso ink).  The final touch, a small bow using the 1/4" Copper Trim.


I love the look of the tree rings behind the leaves which goes along with the die cut pieces, it adds a touch of masculine to a die I would normally think is a bit more feminine.  Make sure to check out all the other cards the design team created using this weeks challenge and then play along, can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Enjoy!

Diana
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Friday, September 15, 2017

SSINKspiration Favorite Holiday DSP: Spooky Nights

Good morning!  There are sights and sounds of the approach of fall everywhere (and of course pumpkin spice explosion!!) so I'm fully embracing the feeling of fall in my upcoming projects.  Today the  SSINKspiration designers are sharing their favorite designer series paper from the Holiday catalog and I decided to show off this fun Halloween card using the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  A unique feature of this paper is that the cat images in the DSP are perfectly sized to fit the new cat punch and the tree and moon image I used on this card fits perfectly with the owl in the coordinating Stamp Set, Spooky Cat, so it's lots of fun and easy to use.

I started with Very Vanilla Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock and stamped the greeting using Basic Black Ink.  To this cardfront I added a strip of DSP and then cut the scalloped trim using Pumpkin Pie cardstock, the Big Shot, and Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Next I cut a square of the DSP and stamped the Owl using Basic Gray ink and added some Black Rhinestones (love these!)  I matted the piece with Basic Black cardstock and used dimensionals to attached the piece to the cardfront.  The final touch was to add a piece of  Vintage Crochet Trim and treaded it behind the stamped piece and wrapped it around the cardfront so it is at an angle.

With the scene already created on the DSP this card is really easy to put together and the Cajun Craze adds a little vintage feel to the card, so fun!

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Monday, September 11, 2017

SSINKspiration Favorite Holiday Catalog Stamp Set: Christmas Sweaters

Good morning! It seems just like that summer is over and we're really into fall, I thought we would have warmer weather for a little longer but this means it's time to realize the holidays will be here before we know it.  This is perfect timing with the recent release of the Holiday catalog which is full of product's for every need.  Today the
SSINKspiration designers are sharing their favorite Holiday Catalog Stamp set so I'm officially sharing my first Christmas card of the season.  There are so many great stamp sets to choose from so I decided to use one I knew I had to have but haven't seen may people using so far, Christmas Sweaters.  Ugly holiday sweaters are fun and popular again so this set is perfect to add a little fun to your holiday greetings and because these sweaters tend to be wild in nature I decided to use some non-traditional colors to ratchet up the fun.

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock as a mat for the Crumb Cake cardfront.  On the cardfront I stamped the greeting in Rich Razzleberry ink and added the little dotted accent in Pumpkin Pie ink using the Timeless Textures stamp set (I stamped off once so the ink was a little lighter).

For the main image I took the Christmas Sweaters stamp set and stamp the sweater on Whisper White cardstock with Basic Black ink and then used my Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, and Stampin' Write Marker to color in all the fun designs on the sweater and then cut it out with my Paper Snips.  I used the Starburst Punch and the new Champagne Foil Sheets to make the larger circle and cut a smaller circle out of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and embossed it with the Big Shot and Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  A couple final touch, Black Metallic Thread was looped behind the circle element and I added a piece of Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon to peak out the side.

This is such a fun stamp set and I love that it's a line image set so you can get a little color therapy in watercoloring the designs.  I've already stamped several other of the other sweater images out and can't wait to see how they come to life with color to share some fun holiday greetings.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing, you are sure to find a new stamp set to add to your wish list!

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Enjoy!

Diana
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