Today’s project showcases two of my favorite recent additions to the Stampin’ Up! line. The stamp set is called “Build A Blossom” (#121994, $18.95) and features several petal and leaf shapes designed to be used in a two-step stamping process. The other product I used was the coordinating Blossom Petal XL punch–which is truly a must have with this stamp set and an invaluable time saver.
The textured cardstock for this card project is Stampin’ Up! in Brilliant Blue. I also used a clear transparency overlay that has been stamped with a polka dot pattern over the cardstock. The petals of the flower were cut from Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Whisper White and stamped with two shades of blue ink–Stampin’ Up! in Marina Mist and Tsukineko Memento in Danube Blue. I used a Zig Two-Way glue pen to adhere one petal to the next and shape my blossom. The perfect finishing touch was a jeweled button from Webster’s Pages in a lovely aqua color. It’s a very simple card in its layout, but maximizes the beauty and wow factor of the image and the colors.
Here’s a card project that uses Cricut cuts from the “Martha Stewart Crafts Elegant Cake Art” cartridge from ProvoCraft. The foiled cardstock (double-sided) base of the card is from SEI’s “Windsor Collection”. It was cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″. I used my 1/2″ Zutter Round-It-All to cut the corners off the card.
The lattice work butterfly was cut at 4 1/4″ on my Cricut Expression. The base layer was a piece of decorative paper from Stampin’ Up!’s retired designer series paper “Raspberry Lemonade”. The top layer is cut from a 6″ x 6″ inch piece of Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Early Espresso and adhered to the base cut with Zig Two-Way glue pen. A piece of green washi (rice paper) tape was used as an accent across the top of the card, as well as some Kaiser Craft pearls on the body of the butterfly.
I thought it would be interesting to put my sentiment cut on the inside of the card (not too mention there was no room on the card face). The sentiment is from same Martha Stewart Cake cartridge and was cut at 1″. The shadow layer is cut from Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler cardstock, while the top layer is Very Vanilla. Again, I used my Zig pen to put the layers together. Before laying down the sentiment, I used a Maya Road acetate doily in White for visual interest. I used a glue dot in the center to adhere the doily (which in turn was covered by my sentiment cut.
Overall, I like the bright cheery results. Oh, and don’t forget: Any of the cartridges designed for the Cricut Cake machine will indeed work in your regular Cricuts. So don’t pass-up the great Martha Stewart approved artwork on her cartridges or any of the other Cake cartridges. You’ll be sorry you did!
Recently, I posted a card that was made with a highly versatile clear acrylic stamp set from Papertrey Ink. The set is called “Friendship Jar” and is based around an old-fashioned canning jar that can be filled with various items and complimented with various jar toppers. The first card I did used the jar image filled with flowers.
For my second project, I wanted to create a jar filled with gumballs or jawbreakers. However, I was determined to find a way to make the jar look more like it was actually made of glass. My first thought was to use either Crystal Effects or Glossy Accents to cover over the jar once the coloring was done. After a couple of attempts, I was frustrated by the fact that during the drying process, the colors from the gumballs leached from the wetness. I was not happy with the final product. Last night, an alternative solution popped into my head and I had to try it. The solution it seems was to use the dies created to work with this stamp set and clear sheet of transparency film.
These corresponding steel dies are easy to run through any embossing machine to precut your cardstock before you stamp on them. I used my Cuttlebug and cut out the pieces I need from Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock and a piece of clear write-on transparency film from Office Max.
Here is the jar image cut out with the die and then stamped with the jar image from the set using Tsukineko Memento in in Danube Blue. Next to it is the jar image cut from the transparency film. (Though it is somewhat difficult to tell from the photographs that follow, the transparency film really does give the jar the illusion of glass, with a bit of shine and reflection.) The card base was cut at an A2 size from Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Marina Mist. The card mat decorative paper is from Basic Grey’s Offbeat collection. I used the Stampin’ Up! Scallop Border punch to cut the sides. The images and sentiment are all Papertrey Ink stamps. The blue metal “rhinestuds” are from the new Imaginisce I-Rock collection and were adhered with their new heat tool. The images were colored with my Copic Sketch markers.
Yesterday, I received an order of some of the new Sizzix dies in Tim Holtz’s new Alterations line. I only had time to play around with one of the dies, but I can already tell that I’m going to love exploring the possibilities with these highly versatile cutting tools. Most of the dies introduced are comparable to the Sizzix Bigz line of steel rule dies. (Only the new “On The Edge” dies–which I will explore in a later post–are a completely new size to the Sizzix range.) The casings are a nice tan color with the Tim Holtz imprint on the top (as well as the label) of the dies.
The ‘Fanciful Flight’ die cuts five individual pieces in one pass through your Sizzix Big Shot or ProvoCraft Cuttlebug. You get: (2) solid wing shapes, (2) cutout wing shapes, and (1) body piece. To construct a four-winged butterfly, you will have to cut your pieces twice. I chose to use a piece of decorative paper from the Tim Holtz Shabby Chic paper stack for my solid pieces and a piece of Stampin’ Up! textured cardstock in Chocolate Chip for my cutout pieces.
I used a Zig 2-Way glue pen to assemble my wing pieces. Simply apply the adhesive to the backs of your cutout wing designs and adhere to the solid decorative paper pieces. A rub-on tool or brayer comes in handy for smoothing your layers together.
To assemble the actual butterfly, I found it helpful to use a small piece of Scotch tape on the reverse side to hold all of your pieces together until you get them positioned just how you’d like them to lay.
I glued one layer of the body piece in the decorative paper to the top of solid cardstock piece to give it added dimension. I used Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the body piece to the wing assembly. I found some black waxed cording in my stash and cut off small pieces to make antennae for my creature. A knot at one end and I glued the stings to the back of the head layer.
For my A2 sized card, I chose to use a piece of Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″). The decorative mat is a piece of SEI cardstock from the Poppy collection (4″ x 5″, corners snipped with 1/2″ rounder).
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a one-note die. For instance, you can use just the large wings at the middle of the body piece to create a dragonfly. Or use one large and one small wing to create a side profile of a fluttering butterfly. The wings can be used alone to create faeries or accent photographs. Beyond the capabilities of the die itself, explore your materials. Try using grungeboard, grungepaper, clear transparencies and alcohol inks, fabrics, sandpaper, and other materials. When you getting around to playing, you’ll quickly realize these investment pieces are well-worth the addition to your collection. They’ll last for years and the only limit is your imagination.
Until next time, Keep Crafting!