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Watercolour Floral Anniversary

I admit. There are many times when I find a great card online and I shamelessly copy it. In the stamping world, of course, we call it CASEing: Copy And Share Everything! My design for you today is a CASE of a card I saw and loved; simple and elegant, with a touch of whimsy. If you want to see the inspiration, click here.

And who doesn’t love the look of some watercolouring, anyway!?

The As You See It Challenge Blog has a theme challenge this week.

My card design uses the lovely Flirty Flamingo for the card. I used the Flirty Flamingo cardstock for the base and I used the Flirty Flamingo ink for the sentiment from the Number of Years photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

To create the watercolour background, I first used an Aqua Painter to wet the entire surface of the Watercolor Paper from Stampin’ Up! It needs to be wet enough that the water sits on the surface without pooling, but not so wet that your colour just slides to the edges of the paper.

Then I picked up Flirty Flamingo Ink with my Aqua Painter and spread out a few brushstrokes of colour here and there on the Watercolor Paper. I wiped off the Aqua Painter before picking up some Tempting Turquoise ink and added some random swashes of it to the Watercolor Paper. Again I wiped off the colour before moving on to add some Daffodil Delight to the page until the page was full. With each colour that I added, I also took the time to carefully pull a little bit of one colour into the other on the page so they would blend together a little bit rather than having a sharp line between colours. This gave me some soft green, hazy purple and quiet peach tones in my palette.While I waited for my watercolouring to dry, I used my Detailed Floral Thinlit dies, my Big Shot (you definitely want the Precision Plate with these dies!) to cut the floral detail out of the Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the Number of Years stamp set by Stampin’ Up on the card with Flirty Flamingo ink.

When the watercolour was completely dry, I adhered the die cut Whisper White piece of cardstock to the Watercolor Paper with some Multipurpose Liquid Glue (not too much!). The Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine was then tied around these adhered layers before attaching them to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Basic Pearls were added to a few of the flower centers as a finishing touch.I also used the same technique for the inside of the card, but only used the smallest of the two floral dies from the Detailed Floral Thinlits.

Seriously folks, if you haven’t done any watercolouring by now, you MUST. Go right now and order some Watercolor Paper and some Aqua Pens. You won’t regret having these tools in your supplies!

Be sure to also play along with the As You See It Challenge using this anniversary theme. You never fail to inspire me with your creativity. So bring it!

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Faux Coloured Chalk 40th Birthday

This faux coloured chalk 40th birthday card was created using Whisper White Craft ink from Stampin’ Up along with their regular Classic ink colours. It’s so easy to create this effect with the see through photopolymer stamps!

The layout of the card is inspired directly from the As You See It Challenge blog. This one is challenge #144.

As You See It Challenge #144I finally purchased the Number of Years photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up and was so excited to be able to use it to create this card for my friend’s 40th birthday celebration. I felt inspired to try a technique that I’ve never really seen done before, though I’m sure it has been done by someone, somewhere!

chalk 40I created a faux coloured chalk by first stamping the numbers and the flower images with Craft Whisper White ink on my Basic Black cardstock. This ink is thick and takes a while to dry, so after stamping, I heat set it with my Stampin’ Up Heat Tool. Once dry, I thoroughly cleaned my stamps and chose bright coloured inks: Tempting Turquoise for the numbers, Cucumber Crush for the leaves, and Flirty Flamingo for the flowers. Since you can see through the photopolymer stamps, I could stamp my coloured ink right over the dry craft ink on top of the previously stamped images. This added a soft shade of colour to the white ink. I found that I could even stamp with the coloured ink a second time to get a bit more colour added to the look.

chalk 40 close chalkIf you choose to use the Stamp-a-majig positioning tool, you could be even more precise with placement, but I think it turned out quite well with my crazy-eye-balling-it skills.

After everything was stamped, I added some strategically placed smudges of the Whisper White Craft ink over the Basic Black cardstock using a Sponge Dauber and a very light touch. The Gorgeous Grunge stamp set from Stampin’ Up also added some detail to my faux chalkboard.

chalk 40 metallic threadThe lower portion of the card has two diagonally placed pieces of cardstock: Blushing Bride and a strip of the black patterned paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. The Blushing Bride strip of cardstock was stamped with the sentiment using Momento Tuxedo Black ink, then sponged around the edges with Blushing Bride ink. A couple of hand drawn dots were added with my Project Life pen for a bit of detail. The patterned paper was a bit too crisp for my liking, so I sponged all over it, with a heavier hand around the edges, using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I adhered these strips to the Basic Black “chalkboard”. I wanted to add a subtle detail using the Black Metallic Thread, so I punched notches into the edges of the layer with my hand held 1/8″ Circle Punch. This allowed me to easily wrap the thread and have it hook into the notches and hold it into place.

chalk 40 sideThe Basic Black cardstock layer was then adhered directly to a layer of Whisper White cardstock. This was then adhered to the Blushing Bride Glimmer paper layer (which was adhered directly to the Thick Whisper White card base) with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I was quite liberal with my dimensionals and was sure to press them firmly to the glimmer paper as sometimes the glitter resists good adhesion.

chalk 40And the result is this fun faux coloured chalk 40th birthday card!

If you haven’t already seen the other projects that the design team created using this fun layout, be sure to head on over to the As You See It Challenge blog and have a look. Give the challenge a go yourself and be sure to share it with us on the challenge blog using the link on the page.  We love seeing what you do with the challenges!!

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Twist and Pop Chickens Pop Up Card

I found my new favourite pop-up card! Once you know how to build this one, it’s super easy and doesn’t take very much time at all! I had a look at a few tutorials for this particular card and found this to be the easiest way with the least amount of measuring and fuss.

When I first had a look at the Stampin’ Up Sale-a-bration brouchure for 2017, I squealed with delight when I saw the funny little chickens in the Hey Chick stamp set! I think they are so fun and silly and I fell in love with them immediately. Believe it or not, this card is the first time for me to use this stamp set.

Here’s the simple card front:

twist and pop chicken card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI love the simplicity of this card. The hand-drawn lines around the Whisper White layer add a simple light frame. The chicken image is stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink and coloured with Blender Pens using Smoky Slate ink, Crushed Curry ink and Watermelon Wonder.

Here’s what happens when you open it:

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You can see that I did more of those hand-drawn lines with my Project Life pen on each of the inside panels of this card. I used some Tangerine Tango ink with my Blender Pen for the crazy chicken’s “hair” and tail feathers, some Crumb Cake ink for the body of the crazy chicken and the body of the looking back chicken. Smoky Slate ink accents the pecking chicken and the cracking egg images.

Twist and Pop inside by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comThe best part about this pop-up card is that it is super easy to make. I started with preparing the piece for my inner mechanics, Thick Whisper White cardstock measuring 3-1/2″ x 8″. This piece was scored lengthwise at 1-3/4″, then I used my Simply Scored tool to make a notch marking at 2-1/4″ on the long edge of the cardstock. I did four of these marks, then used them as guidelines to score the X needed for these magical inner workings of this pop-up card. The So Saffron panel piece measures 3-1/2″ x 10″ and is scored at 2-1/2″, 5″, and 7-1/2″, then folded in an accordian fold style.

It’s not easy to explain this fun card in writing. Are you confused, yet? LOL! I thought you might be, so I made a video! Check it out on my youtube channel by clicking here.

twist and pop chicken card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI hope you give this super fun card a try. It’s guaranteed to delight anyone who opens it to find that it’s much bigger on the inside!

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Sunshine is on Its Way

It’s still winter. Yup, sure is. There are road closures and travel advisories and delayed UPS packages. There is snow where there normally isn’t snow, like the west coast of BC, where they’ve closed schools because the city isn’t equipped to handle so much snow and the average person doesn’t have proper tired to drive in those kind of conditions.

So. Much. Snow.

I like snow. I like how it covers everything with a quiet, peaceful, clean, white, cotton-batting of fluff. It’s beautiful and it’s cozy somehow.

But, I have about had enough. It’s only the beginning of February and I have been longing for spring for about a month already. Mostly, for the warmer air and the sunshine. But I’d settle for just the sun at this point.

The card I have to share with you today is a reflection of my desire for better days ahead. They will come and it won’t be long before I’ll be cursing the heat and complaining that it’s too hot to move! That’s our weather here. We get all seasons, which I really love. and hate. and love. (mostly love).

Here’s the colour challenge that inspired this week’s card. It is from the As You See It Challenge Blog for which I am a designer. The challenges stretch my creative mojo and keep me bloggin’.

 

#143 I not only took inspiration from the colours, but also from the sunset image. I used a Sponge Brayer to apply the colours to the Whisper White cardstock, Dapper Denim on top, Sweet Sugarplum in the middle, and Flirty Flamingo on the bottom.

Sunshine is on its way by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comWith the flourish from the Timeless Textures stamp set, I stamped a repeating pattern on the sponged cardstock using only water. If you haven’t tried this yet, it is very cool. Basically, the water picks up the ink that you laid down with the sponging and leaves a lighter tone image behind. I added a sponging of Crumb Cake ink with a regular Stampin’ Up sponge around the edges of the inked piece of Whisper White cardstock, then flicked my Gold Wink of Stella over the paper to add some pretty sparkly spatter.

The ombre word, sunshine, was created by first using the Sponge Brayer on Whisper White cardstock with Dapper Denim ink, then die cutting the word using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies and my Big Shot. By sponging the cardstock first, I have more control of ink placement. The words “is on its way” is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. It was stamped with Dapper Denim ink on a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock. I hand cut the flagged end of the strip of cardstock, sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink, then used another image from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set to add the appearance of texture to the cardstock with Crumb Cake ink (I stamped it off first on a scrap piece of paper so it wouldn’t stamp too dark). I used the same texture stamp and more sponging around the edges of the Crumb Cake layer on the card base as well.

Sunshine is on Its Way by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comA layer of clean Crumb Cake cardstock was added behind the sponged and stamped Crumb Cake banner, hand cut for a close fit. Behind the brayered denim to flamingo piece of Whisper White cardstock is a narrow layer of plain Whisper White cardstock and this layer is toggled on the card front. There is a 3 loop nest of Gold Metallic Thread and a swag of the Ruched Sweet Sugarplum ribbon tucked in behind the sunshine die cut.

I quite enjoyed making this card. My creativity was satisfied with the finished result. All thanks to a colour challenge and the weather!

Sunshine is on Its Way by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

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Watercolour Carousel

Watercolouring is such a beautiful look and can seem like a difficult venture. But it doesn’t have to be a challenge. This card is created using a simple watercolour technique combined with the emboss resist. Easy peasy!Watercolour Carousel card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

I started by stamping the carousel image from the Carousel Birthday stamp set with Versamark ink on Stampin Up’s Watercolor Cardstock. Then I added some clear embossing powder to the image, tapped off the excess and heat set it with my Heat Tool until the image was clear and shiny.

Next, I applied water over the image. Just clear water using my Aqua Painter for a mess-free experience. I put the water only where I wanted my colour and applied it quite liberally to get the watercolour cardstock good and wet!

The inks came next: First I picked up some Bermuda Bay with my Aqua Painter and applied it to the top most section of my wet cardstock. I didn’t have to move the ink around very much as the water I had applied first did most of the work for me. I cleaned off my brush and picked up some Calypso Coral ink and applied it to the middle section of the area being careful to avoid having it touch the Bermuda Bay too much (that would just get muddy looking and nobody likes a muddy fairground!). Lastly, I cleaned off my brush again and used it to apply some Peek-a-boo Peach ink to the lower portion of my watered cardstock. To get the best colour saturation, I made sure that I used a drop of Ink Refill in the lid of each of these colours. This allowed me to pick up a nicely concentrated amount of ink on my Aqua Painter brush.

watercolour carousel card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comWhen I was happy with my colours, I set that aside to dry and continued with the rest of the card. The image doesn’t end up coloured with the rest of the paper because the embossing repells the ink, not allowing it to saturate those areas of the watercolour cardstock.

Sahara Sand cardstock was used for the card base, then a layer of Tip Top Taupe. The patterned paper used is from the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up. I used one larger strip across the front of the card and another smaller strip as an accent behind the Very Vanilla banner. The sentiment, also from the Carousel Birthday stamp set, was inked using my Stampin’ Up Markers (Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, and Calypso Coral), on which I “huffed” with my breath to re-moisten the ink before stamping it on the Very Vanilla cardstock.

When my watercoloured image was dry, I could add it as my next layer using Stampin’ Up Dimensionals. The banner ends were hand cut with my Paper Snips; the patterned paper banner adhered directly, while the Very Vanilla banner with the sentiment was adhered using Stampin’ Up Dimensionals.

Almost done! It just needed some bling, so I added a strip of three Basic Rhinestones just below the right side of the banner and one single larger Basic Rhinestone to the center of the carousel image.

watercolour carousel card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI hope you like it. I sure do! It’s sooo pretty!

Be sure to leave me a hello and let me know if you’ve tried this watercolouring technique before and how it worked out for you.

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Now Available: Premium Tutorial Pack

I am so excited to join a group of very talented Stampin’ up Demonstrators from around the world to bring you a very special package of tutorials. Every month we will offer a collection of 12 high-quality tutorials to guide you in your crafting using all of the most current and on trend Stampin’ Up products.

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In November, our creative team chose to highlight project ideas using the stamp sets from the current 25% off Sale as well as ideas with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits!

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Little Letters Stenciled T-shirt

This is the year that I turned 42 and I really wanted a shirt with a quote from “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“. When I couldn’t find one, I decided I would make my own.

I wanted to share with you how I did it, using Freezer Paper, Tulip Fabric Paint, Stampin’ Up thinlits and dies and the Big Shot die cutting machine. For the featured project, I used Little Letters thinlits (recently retired) and the long retired Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die.

step 1First thing to do is to select a t-shirt. This one is a cheap thin shirt that I purchased on sale at Superstore. It is a cotton blend and is nice and smooth to take the paint easily.

I put a large piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt to prevent paint from leaking through the shirt onto the back. What a mess that would be! I did some eyeball measurements in addition to a few actual measurements to do my best to make sure my letters would be straight and centered. Then I began cutting out the letters using my Big Shot and the freezer paper.

step 2Washi tape is a gentle way to secure the freezer paper in place as I positioned them on my shirt. Don’t forget to check and double check your spelling!!

IMG_8756Then I ironed the freezer paper with a medium heat, careful to avoid the washi tape, removing it as the freezer paper began to adhere to the fabric.

(I had to very carefully take the cardboard out of the shirt for this step, so I could slide it onto the ironing board. – when I do this again, I will probably put the shirt on the ironing board during the placement of the letters, then add the protective cardboard just for the painting process.)

IMG_8757You’ll notice that some of the letters are missing the centers. You could leave it that way or add them in later (don’t forget to save them when you die cut the letters to begin with!)

IMG_8758It can be a challenge to get those little bits straight in these small letters. I took my time.

IMG_8760When everything is in place and secured with the iron, you can use the fabric paint and a foam brush to apply paint to your stenciled letters. I used a stippling motion with my brush positioned horizontally, then vertically, on the letters to ensure full coverage.

IMG_8762I had to be careful when painting my large letters as there were small spaces in between each letter. This is what it looked like after two coats of fabric paint. (I didn’t even wait between coats)

IMG_8763As soon as your fabric paint is pretty well absorbed (make sure there aren’t any pools of paint- you shouldn’t be using that much!), you can start slowly peeling off the freezer paper.

IMG_8765I used my paper-piercing tool to help me lift the smaller pieces of freezer paper for removal. My paint wasn’t completely dry and I didn’t want to get any on my fingers or cause the paint to smudge.

IMG_8766Finally, I allowed the shirt to dry overnight. The last step was to turn the shirt inside out and heat-set the paint in the dryer.

IMG_8868The result is a cute, custom-made t-shirt! I can’t wait to make more!

I hope you’ll give it a try! Stampin’ Up! has a new set of Large Letter Framelits that would be perfect for this project!

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Woodland Embossing Folder

The Woodland embossing folder by Stampin’ Up! is so versatile for Christmas, Halloween, fall, winter, summer – it can literally be used for anything!

My new favourite is to use it to create a forest scene. I’ve seen this done by a few other demonstrators, but I ran into a few problems along the way and thought I could share my trouble-shooting with you.

First, here’s the card I made and have since fallen in love with:

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comTo created this card, I used a direct ink pad to embossing folder technique. This has been done before, but this time I used Soft Sky where the lower half of the sky was going to be, then used Pool Party for the upper half of the sky.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

My first few attempts gave me blobs and pools of colour that didn’t jive with my expectations. This is likely because my ink pads are nice and juicy. Normally, you want a juicy ink pad for great colour distribution, but it can backfire a bit on you with solid flat sections on a stamp or when you want to use the ink pad for sponging techniques.

You could work with some of these effects for a different overall look, but I was looking for something softer and smoother.

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Soft Sky ink – no brayer

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Soft Sky ink – spritzed with water – no brayer

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Soft Sky ink – with brayer

When I get blotches of ink on a stamp (like when I used my Definitely Dahlia background stamp), I will often roll my brayer over the stamp surface after inking it to thin and smooth the ink. I decided to try it with the ink on my folder.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comOnce I sorted out my sky and decided on the Pool Party/Soft Sky ink  combo, I could proceed with directly stamping my Winter Wonderland trees with Mossy Meadow ink on the Woodland embossing folder. I stamped them in varying heights and was careful to re-ink my stamp each time to ensure every tree was solid.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

With my images and inking completed, I was ready to press my Whisper White cardstock. If you lay the paper on the un-inked side of your embossing folder, you will avoid the risk of smudging the ink on the cardstock. I chose to lay my paper dead center on the un-inked side of the folder so that the messy bottom area of my stamped trees wouldn’t show on my cardstock, but I would have a nice tree line showing in the middle-upper area of my cardstock piece.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comFold it all together carefully, holding it so it does. not. move, run it through the Big Shot.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

Vacant areas actually work on this project, because it is an art piece. you can interpret those vacant areas as wisps of clouds or even snow.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comFinishing the card was simple. I didn’t want to cover up the pretty woodland image, but wanted to highlight it as much as I could. I started with a Crumb Cake mat behind the embossed cardstock and layered that on my Thick Whisper White card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment from the Hostess stamp set, Six Sayings, was stamped in Early Espresso ink on a Whisper White banner. Linen Thread tied in a bow to finish it with a bit of natural texture.

The final touch is adding the 3 sequins (pronounced “seek-wins”, not “sequence”, lol!). I thought of them as Christmas ornaments hanging from the trees, but they could also be thought of as sparkly snow softly falling from the sky.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comYou can order any of these products by clicking the ‘shop now’ button on my website or by contacting me through my email.

Now, don’t stop there. If you liked this tutorial, go and give it a try for yourself. Don’t have that embossing folder? Play around with what you have and see what you come up with!

Now get stamping!

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com