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Elements of Style & Faux Silk Meet

26 Feb

Yesterday I promised I’d tell you how to make the faux silk cards I shared yesterday. Here you go!

Faux Silk - subtle effect

Here’s how to make this card:

  1. Layer 1: Rose Red card stock, cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded in half at 4-1/4″
  2. Layer 2: Naturals White card stock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. Stamp flower image from Elements of Style on card stock, using Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad. With Always Artichoke, Rose Red,Blushing Bride and More Mustard Stampin’ Write Markers color the flowers and leaves. Finish up this layer by inking the hummingbird from the Elements of Style stamp set — I really LOVE this beautiful set — with Always Artichoke and Rose Red markers! I didn’t do it (because I forgot) but I’d recommend that you color the bird’s eye with a Basic Black marker.
  3. Layer 3: Here’s where you’re creating the faux silk effect! Check out my complete faux silk directions HERE. Cut a piece of white tissue paper — doesn’t have to be new — to 6″ x 5″. Wad it into a tight little ball. Then gently unwrap it without stretching the paper. You want the wrinkles. To adhere the tissue paper to the Naturals White card stock panel, first cover the panel/stamped image completely and generously with Anywhere Glue Stick. Then adhere the tissue paper, first in one corner, then in the opposite corner, then each of the other corners. Flip the card over and press with the Bone Folder. Remember, you want the wrinkles to stay in the tissue paper. Flip card back over to front.
  4. Ink sentiment from Elements of Style using Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker. Don’t forget to huff on the stamp before stamping. Stamp on a scrap of Naturals White card stock. Punch with the 1-3/4″ x 7/8″ Oval Punch.
  5. Use two (2) Stampin Dimensionals to layer the sentiment over Rose Red card stock, punched with the Scallop Oval Punch. Adhere to card front.
  6. Finish the card front by adhering a beautiful little Vanilla Rosette with a Mini Glue Dot. Did you know that you could dye these pretty little rosettes with your choice of Classic Stampin’ Ink to create flowers that coordinate with any of our Stampin’ Up! colors? How cool is that? Keep your eyes open…I think I’ll be featuring a dyed rosette on one of my upcoming cards!
  7. Inside is a piece of Naturals White, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″. On this I stamped the hummingbird image in the lower left corner, again, using Rose Red, Always Artichoke, and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers.
  8. Always remember to sign the back of your cards! Every artist should sign their creations!

inside both cards

Faux Silk - vibrant effect

Here’s how to make this card:

  1. Layer 1: Rose Red card stock, cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded in half at 4-1/4″
  2. Layer 2: Naturals White card stock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.
  3. Layer 3: White Tissue Paper, cut to 6″ x 5″. Stamp flower image from Elements of Style on tissue paper, using Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad. With Always Artichoke, Rose Red,Blushing Bride and More Mustard Stampin’ Write Markers color the flowers and leaves. Set aside to dry. It takes a little longer for the tissue paper to dry because it isn’t very absorbent. You want to make sure it’s completely dry before you move on to the next step. Give it a little blast with the Heat Tool if you want to speed things along.
  4. Here’s where you create the faux silk effect! Check out my complete faux silk directions HERE. When the tissue paper is completely dry, wad it into a tight little ball. Then gently unwrap it without stretching the paper. You want the wrinkles. To adhere the tissue paper to the Naturals White card stock panel, first cover the panel/stamped image completely and generously with Anywhere Glue Stick. Then adhere the tissue paper, first in one corner, then in the opposite corner, then each of the other corners. Flip the card over and press with the Bone Folder. Remember, you want the wrinkles to stay in the tissue paper. Flip card back over to front.
  5. Ink sentiment from Elements of Style using Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker. Don’t forget to huff on the stamp before stamping. Stamp on a scrap of Naturals White card stock. Punch with the 1-3/4″ x 7/8″ Oval Punch.
  6. Use two (2) Stampin Dimensionals to layer the sentiment over Rose Red card stock, punched with the Scallop Oval Punch. Adhere to card front.
  7. Finish the card front by adhering a little row of self-adhesive pearls at the bottom of the card, as shown. Here, I used four (4) medium-sized Pearls. Did you know that you get 150 little pearls for just $4.95? (IB&C, p. 188, #119247) I cannot believe how long they’ve lasted!
  8. Inside is a piece of Naturals White, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″. On this I stamped the hummingbird image in the lower left corner, again, using Rose Red, Always Artichoke, and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers.
  9. Always remember to sign the back of your cards! Every artist should sign their creations!

I hope you’ll give the Faux Silk technique a try. It’s really easy! I’d love to see what you create so please share!

Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

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Faux Silk Technique — Subtle or Vibrant

25 Feb

One of the great benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is receiving Stampin’ Success Magazine every month. It’s packed with amazing inspiration, project ideas, product descriptions, fabulous techniques, and more. One of the techniques featured in a recent issue was “faux silk.” Although this technique has been around for a while, I had never tried it. I decided it would be the perfect technique with my stampers on “Technique Tuesday!” I LOVE the simple sophistication it adds to my projects…so did my stampers. I hope you do, too!

Achieving the “faux silk” effect is easy. Really easy! You will need:  light colored tissue paper (like you use in a gift bag or package), light colored card stock, one or more stamps, ink, and an Anywhere Glue Stick (The ink will NOT bleed when you use this).

Faux Silk Technique: Subtle Effect

Faux Silk –Subtle Effect

Follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Stamp your image on light colored card stock .You’ll want to use a light color so you’ll be able to see the image through the tissue paper.
  2. Tightly wad a piece of tissue paper, cut about an inch larger in both directions than your piece of card stock. Gently open the tissue paper; do not flatten or stretch it. When you flatten it out, be sure to leave the creases to achieve the faux silk texture. The more creases the better!
  3. Generously and completely cover your image and card stock with glue using an Anywhere Glue Stick. Be sure to get the glue all the way to the edges so that the tissue paper doesn’t peel up. Press one corner of the tissue paper against one corner of the glued-up card stock (I like to work with diagonal corners.). Gently stretch the tissue paper to another corner and press it down into the adhesive. Repeat with the other two corners, taking care that the tissue is covering the panel to the very edges. Be careful not to stretch the tissue paper too much. Gently press the edges of the tissue into the card stock. Then flip the panel over and press firmly all over. Use a Bone Folder to mash the wrinkles into the adhesive…be sure to mash on the backside of the card stock only. DO NOT try to iron out the creases.
  4. Use your Paper Snips or Craft Scissors to trim away any tissue paper that overlaps the card stock panel. Finish your project.

Faux Silk Technique: Vibrant Effect

Faux Silk – Vibrant Effect

Follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Stamp your image on tissue paper (which was cut about ½” – 1” larger in both directions than the panel you will mount it to), using Classic Ink. Color in with Stampin’ Write Markers. Allow ink to dry thoroughly – tissue paper is not very absorbent so it takes a while to dry. You can speed thinks along with the Heat Tool, or just do this part of your project first and let it dry while you move on to prepping the rest of your project.
  2. Once ink is completely dry, tightly wad the tissue paper into a little ball. Don’t be timid! Gently open the tissue paper; do not flatten or stretch it; leave the creases to achieve the faux silk texture. The more creases the better!
  3. Generously and completely cover your card stock panel with glue using an Anywhere Glue Stick. Be sure to get the glue all the way to the edges so that the tissue paper doesn’t peel up. Press one corner of the tissue paper against one corner of the glued-up card stock (I like to work with diagonal corners.). Gently stretch the tissue paper to another corner and press it down into the adhesive. Repeat with the other two corners, taking care that the tissue is covering the panel to the edges. Be careful not to stretch the tissue paper too much. Gently press the edges of the tissue into the card stock. Then flip the panel over and press firmly all over. Use a Bone Folder to mash the wrinkles into the adhesive…be sure to mash on the backside of the card stock only. DO NOT try to iron out the creases.
  4. Use your Paper Snips or Craft Scissors to trim away any tissue paper that overlaps the card stock panel. Finish your project.

Check back tomorrow! I’ll have directions and supplies for both of these cards!

Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Create a cupcake birthday card!

22 Feb

Today is Technique Tuesday. So, what technique did I share with my stampers? Faux silk! For those of you who haven’t tried this technique before, let me assure you…it’s really easy to do! There are two effects — vibrant or subtle — depending on how you do the technique. After my stampers used the vibrant technique to create one card and the subtle technique to create the other, I upped the difficulty level. NOT! Really, I just combined the two effects into one card. Here’s the result:

Here’s how to make this card:

The card base is Tempting Turquoise card stock.

The next layer is Whisper White card stock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″. I used the Create a Cupcake stamp set to stamp the cupcake images — first the cupcake papers (bottoms) and then the frosting (top) — after inking each stamp with Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers. Here, I’m creating the subtle faux silk effect. The tissue paper, which is how we get the faux silk look, will be laid over top of the stamped cupcakes in the next step.

Over the Whisper White layer is a layer of tissue paper (gift wrap), which was cut oversize at 6″ x 5″. Before laying it over the cupcake layer, I stamped it with the candle stamp from the Create a Cupcake stamp set, first in Rose Red and Daffodil Delight, and then in Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight, again using the Stampin’ Write Markers. Stamping on top of the tissue paper creates the vibrant faux silk effect. I set the tissue paper aside to dry for a while because tissue paper takes a while to dry completely since it really isn’t very absorbent.

Meanwhile, stamp the sentiment on Whisper White card stock, using Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Marker. Punch out the sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch. Sponge the edges with the same Tempting Turquoise marker. With two Stampin’ Dimensionals, pop up the sentiment and adhere it to a layer of Tempting Turquoise, punched with the Round Tab Punch. Set aside until you finish the faux silk technique.

Allow the inked tissue paper to continue to dry as you work on the inside of the card. On a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock, I used the Create a Cupcake stamp set to create a tempting little cupcake, inking the components with Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers. The crowning touch is a little Red Glimmer Paper cherry, punched with the Build a Cupcake Punch, and adhered with the Anywhere Glue Stick.

I’m sure the tissue paper is dry by now. Wad it up in a little ball, about the size of a pea. Don’t be shy; you want it to be really wrinkled. The more wrinkles the better! Gently unfold the wad.  Now, take the Anywhere Glue Stick and apply to the entire surface of the Whisper White card stock that you stamped with multiple cupcakes. Make sure you get the edges! Don’t worry — the ink will not bleed when you use the Anywhere Glue Stick! Once you’ve finished applying the glue, lay the crinkled tissue paper over the cupcake layer. Without stretching the paper, make sure it covers the card stock. Press down using a Bone Folder — but do not press out the wrinkles! The wrinkles are what create your faux silk effect. When finished you will have some overlapping tissue paper. Just use your Paper Snips to trim it.

Apply the sentiment. Then, you have to …yes, you have to…finish off your card with cherries on top of every cupcake! Pull out that Red Glimmer Paper again and punch some more little cherries using the Build a Cupcake Punch. Use your Anywhere Glue Stick to adhere them! Done!

Is this a stinkin’ cute card or what? Sometimes this woman, who thought she didn’t have a creative bone in her body for nigh onto 50 years, uncovers just a tad! It makes me happy! I hope this card makes you happy, too!

Until we meet again, HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Silk–faux silk–that is!

18 Feb

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. This is something you might say to mean you cannot make a good quality product using bad quality materials! Well, let me tell you! We’re going to make good quality product out of some very good quality materials — Stampin’ Up!  And we’re going to make silk…faux silk, that is!

At my next Technique Tuesday class, to be held next Tuesday, February 22 from 10-12 and again from 7-9, you will learn the beautiful, yet simple, faux silk technique. We will create three beautiful projects using this technique, plus you will take home a handout with complete instructions on how to recreate the technique and projects. Today is the registration deadline. As always, details can be found on My Events. Don’t delay —  email or call to reserve your spot now!

Faux silk sample, courtesy Becky Evans

Faux silk sample, courtesy Diana Raney

One of the projects we’ll be creating in class will be a precious birthday card, featuring our Occasions Mini Catalog stamp set — Create a Cupcake — and the Build a Cupcake Punch. I can’t wait to share this technique and these projects with you! Don’t forget…call or email today to reserve your spot!

Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN’!