Clearly, the daisy punches have been very popular around my house. They’re fairly easy to use and look cute with or without the coordinating stamps. The way to make them look the most realistic (at least in my opinion) is to punch at least 2 of each size and fan them a little before gluing. Once they are adhered, then bend the edges toward the center to give it a 3D look. I also love the fuzzy centers, which are new this year. They just add a little something extra to the flowers.
The pocket dies are very simple to use, although I will say I haven’t figured out what one of the pieces does just yet…. I need to play with that one a little more. There are also some very cute metallic embellishments available that I think will make some very cute blue jean pockets. Stay tuned for that project!
Ever since I saw one of these “magic cards”, I knew that I had to make one. I love the idea that it starts out looking monotone and simple, then you pull the flap and COLOR!
It’s actually fairly simple to make. The key is your tools. I used the Stamparatus to set the positioning of the stamp on the card. The window was cut out with the stitched rectangles. Then the girl was stamped on the back flap of the card. She was colored with the blends listed below. I glued a piece of highland heather cardstock to the back of the card to cover where the blends bled through.
Flap was cut and glued into the card. Acetate was fixed to the card opening and stamped with stazon. I used a hole punch for the tab and slipped some sparkly twine through it.
Ever since the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog came out, the Over the Moon stamp set was one of my favorites. The cows are just too cute! I had been waffling on the perfect way to use them for the first time and finally decided on creating a coffee cup.
If you’ve been thinking about decorating your own coffee cups (or other plain ceramics), I promise that it is much easier than you realize! Below you will find some easy to follow instructions with intermingled trial and error “Pro tips” that I figured out along the way.
#1 – Select your coffee cup (or ceramic item of choice).
**Pro tip: Be sure to look closely at the actual surface of your selected item. If there are uneven spots or it is not a perfectly rounded (or flat) surface, be aware they are a little harder to stamp on evenly. (Not impossible mind you, but definitely can be a bit of a challenge.)
#2 – Clean with soap and water to get off any oils from your hands.
Keep in mind that just because you haven’t handled it much doesn’t mean it’s untouched. You have no idea how many times it was touched from the time it was manufactured until it arrived at your home.
#3 – Select your stamps
#4 – Stamp with Stazon and have cleaner nearby!
**Pro tip: Stazon is great for stamping on already glazed ceramics. If you don’t like the way your stamp came out, simply wipe it off using the Stazon cleaner and try again. This is especially important if you are stamping on an uneven surface.
**Pro tip: For stamping on a rounded surface, start at one edge of the stamp and roll your wrist while stamping for an even application. For example, right handed people should start on the far left of the stamp and roll their wrist toward the right to complete the stamp image.
#5 – Bake and Cool
I used a convection setting (made the oven heat up quickly). I placed the coffee cup upside down directly onto the rack for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Once the timer went off, I removed it from the oven and let it cool overnight on a hot pad on the kitchen counter.
#6 – Have fun with colors!
To color the cows, I used the various Stampin’ Blends colors listed below. The key is you need to use alcohol based markers for the ink to stay on the ceramic. The ink in water-based markers just pools and doesn’t dry pretty.
So I really like the watercoloring….. in case you can’t tell yet…. I find it very fun and relaxing. I wish that I had had the courage to try this sooner! Today’s project is a birthday card! (Luckily, the receiver doesn’t do social media so I can post it while it’s still traveling through the mail to her!)
I started with the watercolor pencils and watercolor paper. I layered lots of color in one spot then used the aqua painters to streak the color further across the page. Again, don’t be afraid to leave white streaks or mix the colors. I think it makes the finished product more visually interesting. I set the page aside and let it dry overnight. Once dry, I cut frames out of the Rectangle Stitched dies.
The cupcakes are from the Hello Cupcake stamp set from Sale-A-Bration 2019. (I have an extra (used) one if you’re looking to purchase one.) These were stamped and then adhered to the watercolor frame.
To create the sliding beads, first use the foam adhesive to create a top and bottom for the beads to slide between. The seed beads are strung on white thread. The frame is glued on top to hide the underlying structure.
For today’s project, I wanted to use my leftover watercolor paper to create some daisies. They are stamped with the Daisy Lane stamp set, then punched with either the medium daisy or (large) daisy punch. I just fanned them out a little and bent the petals inward for some dimension. The fuzzy yellow flower center is new to the catalog this year, and I think they just add a fantastic touch to the punched flowers.
The paper, ribbon, leaves and foil hexagon are from the Everything is Rosy medley that came out in May. I used the triple banner punch to create the “flag” ends of the paper strips. The sentiment is from the Daisy Lane stamp set.
I decided to branch out and give watercolor a try. I’ve always found it intimidating (mostly because I was afraid of making a HUGE mess). However, I’m happy to report that was not the case!
I started with the pigment sprinkles, an aqua painter and watercolor paper. It helps to put a few drops of water on the paper first, then tap on some sprinkles to add color. Make broad strokes across the page with the aqua painter. Just wipe the aqua painter on a paper towel a few times to clear the color from the brushes. Don’t be afraid to leave white patches or to let the colors blend together a little!
As hinted by the picture above, after the paper dried I used the punch from the floral essence bundle to create flowers. I found that the most vibrant and interesting looking flowers were created at the edges of the colors changes or where there were streaks of white.
The flowers were stamped with ink that matched the petals. The leaves behind the flowers are the same punch used on the green vellum from the perennial essence vellum cardstock. Glitter enamel dots were added to give the centers more depth.
I then cut strips of the perennial essence DSP and layered behind with gorgeous grape cardstock to create the finished look for the font of the card.
The ocean and bead theme continues… Today’s project was a shaker card with shells, coral, beads, and tiny fish. The key is to attach the acetate to your frame then use the foam strips to create a sealed box for all your fun shaker contents.
Putting this one together was definitely easier than stringing all the beads (See Seed Beads), and you can include lots of different shapes and sizes to create a dynamic card. The design can easily can be adjusted to accommodate just about any card theme.
So clearly I have gotten a little stuck on the octopus stamp from Sea of Textures and the sparkly sand dollars out of the June Paper Pumpkin. Today, I decided to create one of the seed bead cards.
Now, I must warn you… the beads are not as simple as I thought. I used a clear stretchy jewelry string that did not fit through any needles that I had, so getting the beads on the string was a little painful. I think with some tweaking, it could be a lot easier to assemble.
That being said….. I LOVE THIS CARD!! I think it’s so cute and full of personality.