Saturday, May 21, 2016

Masking Technique: Stampin' Up! Helping Me Grow

Good morning stampers!  It's Saturday...YES! The weekend is here and it's our weekly Technique Challenge inside Stamping and Blogging.  This week it's the Masking Technique.

I'm featuring the Helping Me Grow stamp set by Stampin' Up!  And even added a little Spotlight Technique too (notice I only colored the focal image).  Enjoy!




Remember to jump on over to Sandi's blog to see what she's created this week!

Masking Technique

So.....I actually messed up a few times...so don't feel bad if you do!  My focal image that will be masked came out great, but the other images were not always full. It was driving me nuts! LOL.

Okay, let's get started:
  1. Score and fold the card base (Whisper White).
  2. Emboss the card base front with the Mosaic Textured Impressions Folder.
  3. With the focal panel stamp the focal image(s) first using Basic Black (or StazOn Black if you are going to use the Aqua Painter for coloring). These are the ones you will create the mask(s) for.
  4. Stamp the same image(s) on scrap paper and cut out.
  5. Place over the original stamped image(s) to protect them.
  6. Then using the same stamp (or other stamps), and with the mask on top of the previously stamped images, stamp your new images (Basic Black).  When you lift the mask, you’ll see the original stamped image(s) untouched and appear in the front (of all other stamped images).
  7. Color the focal image (the originally stamped image) using the 3 different shades of yellow: So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry.  I used a Blender Pen to color.
  8. Choose a greeting of your choice and stamp in the upper right corner of focal panel (Basic Black).
  9. Adhere the focal panel to the Crushed Curry designer paper with SNAIL Adhesive.
  10. Adhere the focal panel to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.



Want to see more Masking Technique cards?
YES!!! Then jump on over to my partner Sandi's blog! She's created a beautiful card this week featuring the Masking Technique. Enjoy :D  CLICK HERE to view what I've created with the Masking Technique over the years.

Want to see more cards featuring Helping Me Grow? 
Click here to see more! It's a new stamp set I got recently...do you have it?   Here's a link to some of Sandi's cards too, featuring Helping Me Grow.

Want to learn more stamping techniques?
YES!!! We have over 65 stamping technique videos loaded inside Stamping And Blogging! We have a Technique Challenge every Saturday..and if you load up your artwork, you're welcome to link directly to your blog post that hosts that project!

http://www.stampingAndBlogging.com/register.php



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Stampers Color Challenge



Good morning stampers! Ready for this week's Color Challenge! Use any layout, any stamps...but use try and use these colors to spark your creativity!



Today, I'm featuring the Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch by Stampin' Up! And there's a little splash of the Sahara Sand DSP from the It's My Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.




When making this card 

It's a bunch of punched flowers, layered on top and around each other... betcha you can make this card in 10 minutes or less!
  • Card base is Whisper White (4-1/2 x 5-1/2  vertical card).
  • Stamp your greeting in Mint Macaron at the bottom right.
  • The Sahara Sand DSP patterned paper is 1-1/5 x 5-1/4 and adhered with SNAIL Adhesive on the left side.
  • Then stamp all the flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set - 3 with Mint Macaron, 3 with Crushed Curry, and then punch them all out with the Pansy Punch.
  • Adhere all the flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • To finish, add the Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons.

Stampin' Up! Products

Stamp
  •  Flower Shop
Ink
  • Mint Macaron
  • Crushed Curry
Paper
  • Whisper White
  • It's My Party Designer Series Paper (Occasions Catalog)
Accessories
  • Stampin' Dimensionals 
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Pansy Punch
  • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons

Happy Stampers

Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the Happy Stampers designers have come up with for this week's challenge. They are super talented and you are sure to enjoy their projects!

Sandi MacIver
Amy Koenders
Mary Deatherage
Jari Francis
Kristi Gray

Heather Wright-Porto (You are here! Thanks for visiting me!)



 http://wp.me/p2SFwf-6KC


Do you need Father's Day Cards?

http://stampinwithsandi.com/stamping-and-blogging

Well then we have the class for you! Stamping and Blogging's May Card Class is the Masculine Card Class featuring the Guy Greetings stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Spotlight Technique: Stampin' Up! Helping Me Grow

Good morning stampers!  It's Saturday...YES! The weekend is here!!! And it's our weekly Technique Challenge inside Stamping and Blogging.  It's the Spotlight Technique. 


About This Card: Spotlight Technique

Beautiful and fun.  I used water coloring as well with the Blender pen in coloring my Spotlight areas.  You can use many different types of "coloring" and tools like the Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Daubers, markers...
  1. Card Base is Whisper White (4-1/2 x 5-1/2 vertical layout). 
  2. Adhere 2 x 5-1/2 piece of Bermuda Bay DSP to left side.
  3. Stamp your image(s) on Whisper White with Basic Black or StazOn Black (if you're using the Aqua Painter).  Then stamp partial images on scrap white paper. Color.  And then punch out with your favorite bunches or dies. Mat them. 
  4. In my card I used the Blender Pen with Cucumber Crush and Bermuda Bay.  I then punched the area I wanted to Spotlight with a circle punch; matted with Bermuda Bay paper with the larger circle.
  5. Adhere all those pieces using SNAIL adhesive.
  6. Adhere to focal panel with SNAIL adhesive, while you line up the color images with the black stamped images.
  7. Stamp your greeting. I cut mine out using the Label-like stamp in Helping Me Grow...but you could use other greetings and ways to mat it.
  8. Wrap a piece of Pool Party Glitter ribbon at the bottom, love the little sparkle!
  9. Adhere your greeting.
  10. Finish the card by adhering the focal panel using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Stamping and Blogging

We have a brand new video inside Stamping and Blogging to show you step by step how to use the Spotlight Technique! BUT for this week, it's FREE to the public on Sandi's site!
  • Ohhh...and did you know we have over 65 different techniques for you to enjoy?
  • This one, the Spotlight Technique is part of our weekly Technique Challenge (Saturdays) - we'd LOVE to see YOUR artwork too!
  • You can load it to our gallery and link to your card on YOUR website/blog!!!
So....What are you waiting for...come stamp with us!

http://stampinwithsandi.com/stamping-and-blogging

Stampin' Up! Products Used

  • INKs: Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Basic Black
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Bermuda Bay DSP from Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Pack
  • ACCESSORIES: Blender Pen, Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • STAMP SET: Helping Me Grow
  • GLUE: Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots

Want to see more Spotlight Technique cards?
YES!!! Then jump on over to my partner Sandi's blog! She's done the Spotlight Technique with a different type of layout.  On her blog there is the FREE video and PDFs to give you a sneak peek of what we do inside Stamping and Blogging! Enjoy :D

The Spotlight Technique with Birthday Blooms by Stampin Up

Want to see more cards featuring Helping Me Grow? 
Click here to see more! It's a new stamp set I got recently...do you have it?   Here's a link to some of Sandi's cards too, featuring Helping Me Grow.


~Thanks for visiting!~


Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's a Sketch Challenge and NO Stamping!



Good morning stampers!  Today, we have a Sketch Challenge! Use any colors, any stamps...but use this layout to spark your creativity! I also used last week's color combo and using the same DSP too!!! So you get 2 in 1!



Guess what?  There is NO STAMPING for this one! 

Yup, that's right! AND you can create it in 10 minutes or less! Whooo hoooo!!!!!

So grab your favorite DSP, framelits or punches and let's get started!


When making this card 

It's a bunch of layers and die cuts (or punches), accessorize, and you'll be done in no time!
  • Card base is Whisper White (4-1/4 x 5-1/2 vertical card). 
  • Then adhere a piece of Crumb Cake ( 4 x 5-1/4) using SNAIL Adhesive.
  •  Cut a 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 piece of Rose Red DSP and mat it with Rose Red. Adhere to Crumb Cake using SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Cut a piece of Garden Green DSP and cut the corner.  This piece starts at 3 x 2.  Wrap some Linen Thread around the bottom. Adhere to card front using SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Die cut your flowers, circles, butterflies and adhere using Stampin' Dimensionals to give the card some dimension.
  • I used  "Celebrate" from Expressions Natural Elements for the greeting.
  • Accessorize and you're done :D
 

Stampin' Up! Products

No Stamps, No Ink!!!!

Paper
  • Whisper White
  • Love Blossom Series Paper (Occasions Catalog)
  • Rose Red
  • Crumb Cake
Accessories
  • Stampin' Dimensionals 
  • SNAIL Adhesive 
  • Floral Frames Collection Framelits
  • Big Shot
  • Linen Thread
  • Faceted Buttons 
  • Expressions Natural Elements

Happy Stampers

Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the Happy Stampers designers have come up with for this week's challenge. They are super talented and you are sure to enjoy their projects!

Sandi MacIver
Amy Koenders
Shelagh Freemantle
Mary Deatherage
Jari Francis
Kristi Gray

Heather Wright-Porto (You are here! Thanks for visiting me!)


Next on our Happy Stampers hop is Sandi MacIver --- our super talented leader!

 http://wp.me/p2SFwf-6KC

Father's Day is Around the Corner! 


Great news!

Sandi has already loaded 2 projects for our May Card Class...it's Masculine Cards!

Here's a sneak peek! And this one is a fun fold card too!

Come on over to Stamping and Blogging -- get started today! And don't forget to get your free Stamping 101: The Basics stamping video series

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sponged Background Technique

Good morning stampers!  It's Saturday...YES! The weekend is here!!! And it's our weekly Technique Challenge inside Stamping and Blogging.  It's the Sponged Background Technique.  And look at all the different ways I used it to create 3 different styles!  And, Sandi even has another way - so be sure to jump on over to her blog!



To Get Started
  • You start with a Whisper White card base that you'll put aside.
  • Focal Panel --- Vertical Card: 4 x 5-1/4 or Horizontal Card: 5-1/4 x 4

Card #1
  1. In this card, get your focal piece of Whisper White.
  2. Next, with a separate piece of Whisper White, I cut the frame using the Floral Frames Collection Framelits - the largest flower. Use light tape to hold the frame in place while you sponge.
  3. Then covered most of the card, leaving a part of the background white.
  4. I then sponged with Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay and Cucumber Crush, creating a sponged flower.
  5. Then lifted the frame and stamped the flower image and greeting from Butterfly Basics.
  6. Adhere the focal panel (4 x 5-1/4) to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.



Card #2
  1. In this card, get your focal piece of Whisper White.
  2. Next, with a separate piece of Whisper White, I used the 2nd largest Floral Framelit to do the reverse of what I did in Card #1.  This time, I wanted the background to be sponged. This is a type of Masking technique.
  3. I used Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Cucumber Crush.
  4. When finished, I lifted the mask, leaving a nice floral white area.
  5. I then stamped images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set inside the White area.
  6. Stamped the greeting at the top in the sponged area.
  7. Adhere the focal panel to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.



Card #3 -- My favorite this week!
  1. Is the horizontal layout.....
  2. In this card, I used the mask from card #2!  I then finished sponging it with Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Cucumber Crush.
  3. Then placed it in the bottom corner and traced the edge.
  4. Lifted the mask.
  5. Then stamp the images in Basic Black knowing where the flower will be placed.
  6. When finished stamping all the images, tape the mask in place using SNAIL adhesive.
  7. Complete the card by adhering the focal panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sponged Background Technique

You guys are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this technique.  The Sponged Background makes for such beautiful cards and you can do it quickly. My cards were all done in 10 Minutes or Less!!!
  1.  Create your Mask that will frame the outside of the card panel (the part that stays "white" in the first card).  In my example I used the larges Floral Frame die cut.
  2. Then choose your favorite inks and begin sponging...with the lightest color first...then go darker.
  3. When finished, lift the mask.
  4. Finish the card by stamping in black (any type of Black ink as the card is not wet) your greeting and other images.  I featured the Butterfly Basics stamp set from Stampin' Up!
We have a brand new video inside Stamping and Blogging to show you step by step how to use the beautiful Sponged Background Technique!

http://stampinwithsandi.com/stamping-and-blogging

Stampin' Up! Products Used

  • INKs: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
  • PAPER: Whisper White
  • ACCESSORIES: Sponges, Floral Frames Collection Framelits, Big Shot 
  • STAMP SET: Butterfly Basics
  • GLUE: Stampin' Dimensionals

Want to see more Sponged Background cards?
YES!!! Then jump on over to my partner Sandi's blog and see what she's created for this week's challenge!

Want to see more cards featuring Butterfly Basics? 
Click here to see all mine! It's my favorite stamp set, so I have a bunch for you to look at!

A Special "Thank You"

Don't forget to get your FREE gift from us!  It's an 8-set video series that every stamper needs to know, plus more exclusive PDFs, videos, tips and more when joining our mailing list.  

We very much appreciate YOU and it's our special "Thank You" for supporting us too!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Stampin' Up! Helping Me Grow - Color Combo



Good morning stampers!

This week's a Color Combo Challenge! Use any layout, any stamps...but use this Color Combo to spark your creativity!

Today, I'm featuring the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper and Helping Me Grow Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!  My card can be done in 10 minutes or less and is really just a bunch of layers!  Have fun :D



When making this card 

It's a bunch of layers but you can make this card in 10 minutes or less!
  • Card base is Whisper White (5-1/2 x 5-1/2  square card).
  • The Crumb Cake designer paper is 5-1/4 x 5-1/4 and adhered with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • The Rose Red designer paper and the Garden Green designer paper are both 2 x 5 and then matted with Rose Red card stock and Garden Green card stock.
  • Adhere the Garden Green panel vertically about 1/2 inch from the Crumb Cake designer paper border (SNAIL Adhesive).
  • Adhere the Rose Red panel horizontally about 1/4 inch from the bottom (on top of the Garden Green) using SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Ink the top 1/2 of the floral stamp in Crumb Cake, and then ink the bottom 1/2 of the card with Garden Green, and stamp on the 3-1/2 x 4 piece of Whisper White.
  • Mat the card with Crumb Cake and adhere the panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the greeting the same way (1 x 2 piece of Whisper White), mat with Crumb Cake and adhere to front panel using SNAIL Adhesive.

Stampin' Up! Products

Stamp
  •  Helping Me Grow
Ink
  • Crumb Cake
  • Garden Green
Paper
  • Whisper White
  • Love Blossom Series Paper (Occasions Catalog)
  • Rose Red
  • Garden Green
  • Crumb Cake
Accessories
  • Stampin' Dimensionals 
  • SNAIL Adhesive 

Happy Stampers

Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the Happy Stampers designers have come up with for this week's challenge. They are super talented and you are sure to enjoy their projects!

Sandi MacIver
Amy Koenders
Shelagh Freemantle
Mary Deatherage
Jari Francis
Kristi Gray

Heather Wright-Porto (You are here! Thanks for visiting me!)


Next on our Happy Stampers hop is Sandi MacIver --- our super talented leader!

 http://wp.me/p2SFwf-6KC

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Stampin' Up! Flowering Flourishes: Retiring Stamp Blog Hop


Good morning!  Happy to part of Amy's Inkin' Krew Retiring Stamp Set Blog Hop today.  I am featuring the Flowering Flourishes stamp set.

But, guess what?  I am also featuring some other retiring product, such as the Mosaic Textured Impressions Folder and the Florals Framelits Collection.


About This Card

To create the flourish, I used 2 markers: Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  I colored the stamp with Crumb Cake marker and then used the Soft Suede on the flowers.

The paper used is Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede. The card base is embossed with the Mosaic Textured Impressions Folder.

The flower was created with the Florals Framelits. However I did stamp the Flourish on Very Vanilla before die-cutting.

The focal panel is matted with a 1/8 inch using Soft Suede paper. Adhered with SNAIL adhesive.  Then wrapped a small piece of Tip Top Taupe ribbon on the left side.

Then adhered to the card base with SNAIL as well.  The flower is adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Did you notice...there are more flowers than what is typically with that flourish... I stamped on scrap paper (using the same Marker technique), cut them out, and adhered (with Stampin' Dimensionals).





Want To See More?  Check This Out!


Let's go see what the rest of the gang has created and what retiring stamps they are featuring in their beautiful projects:

Jari Francis
Beth Hooper
Jaimie Babarczy
Mary Deatherage
Amy Koenders
Heather Wright-Porto  (you are here)




   http://wp.me/p2SFwf-72l   http://wp.me/p6sTcz-qB


I also used the Florals Framelits and the Flowering Flourishes for a Color Challenge.  And you can find even more of my Flower Flourishes cards here.


 Enjoy! And thanks for visiting us today!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sepia Technique: Butterfly Basics and Tip Top Taupe

Good morning stampers!  It's Saturday...YES! The weekend is here!!! And more...it's our weekly Technique Challenge inside Stamping and Blogging.

Sepia Technique with Tip Top Taupe and Butterfly Basics by HandStampedByHeather.com

Simple Sepia Technique

  1.  Get your favorite Stampin' Up! Classic Ink pad, I went with Tip Top Taupe to keep it neutral.
  2.  Stamp on watercolor paper.  I'm again featuring Butterfly Basics and it's floral image.
  3.  While the ink is wet (as it's water-based), use your Aqua Painter and start to color in certain parts of your image (use the ink from the outlined stamped image).
Sepia Technique with Tip Top Taupe and Butterfly Basics by HandStampedByHeather.com


Want to learn how to use the Simple Sepia Technique?
Want to know how I learned? By watching Sandi's videos! It's posted today to kick off our Technique Challenge this week inside Stamping and Blogging

It's actually a very simple technique and you need 1 ink pad.  Everything stamped on my card this week is in Tip Top Taupe.  Some of the lighter "dots" is because I also used the Stamp Off technique (stamped off on scrap paper before stamping my card). Oh...and you'll see the Sponging Technique as well!

Sepia Technique with Tip Top Taupe and Butterfly Basics by HandStampedByHeather.com

To assemble the card

  • When finishing with the Sepia image, I think stamped two butterflies.
  • Then from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, I stamped some dots around the outside to frame the image.
  • Lastly, I added sponging around the edges, again with Tip Top Taupe.
  • Next, I mounted the focal panel on Whisper White card stock allowing for a 1/8 inch mat.
  • Tied Tip Top Taupe dotted lace ribbon around the focal panel, and before knotting, added a small piece of Watermelon Wonder lace ribbon to add a little splash of color.
  • Next, stamped the fern image from Butterfly Basics onto the card base (in Tip Top Taupe). The card base paper is Sahara Sand.
  • To finish, adhere the focal panel to the card base with Stampin' Dimensinals, and add your bling (Rhinestone Jewels)!
Want to see more Sepia?
My partner Sandi MacIver, does some amazing card right? If you haven't checked her out, click here to view this week's Sepia card and to poke around her site for more and more goodies.

Want to see more cards featuring Butterfly Basics? 
Click here to see all mine :D  It's my favorite stamp set, so I have a bunch for you to look at!

A Special "Thank You"

Don't forget to get your FREE gift from us!  It's an 8-set video series that every stamper needs to know, plus more exclusive PDFs, Videos, tips and more when joining our mailing list.  

We very much appreciate YOU and it's our special "Thank You" for supporting us too!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Floating Re-Inker Technique: Totally Techniques



Good morning stampers!

This month's technique is called Floating Re-Inker Technique! Wait until you see the Totally Techniques Design Team in action this week --- Ah-MAZING!!!!! WOW!



I'm sticking with the Neutrals this week (the Butterfly Basics card yesterday), inspired by a Color Challenge a few weeks ago...and stay tuned... another Technique Challenge tomorrow!!!

Today's mix is Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
and a bit of Timeless Elegance!



Floating Re-Inker Technique

This was my very FIRST time attempting this technique as I'm intimidated by the Aqua Painter LOL - but I was so excited :D  I watched Sandi MacIver's video on it inside Stamping and Blogging, and look what came out of it!




I'm loving this technique....finally a technique where I won't be afraid to use my Aqua Painter!!!!


Instructions:
  1. I made sure to get my embossing buddy and use it on the Watercolor Paper.
  2. Then inked the stamp with Versa Mark.
  3. Covered with White Embossing powder. Shake off excess powder.
  4. Heat image.
  5. Then prep for the class, getting your re-inker wells ready.  I actually used little medicine measuring cups lol  I have young kids so every time I buy them Children's Advil (liquid) I get a new measuring cup lol.  GREAT for this type of project.
  6. Dilute the ink a little w/ 2 -3 drops of water.
  7. Since I wasn't going to cut out this image, I had to be careful not to extend past the embossed lines...so I couldn't use a spritzer to wet the entire piece of paper.  Instead, I got it wet using my Aqua Painter (but not to create water wells).
  8. Then, while the flower was wet, and grabbing ink from the Sahara Sand ink well, I dropped it onto the flower and watched it bleed to cover the petals.
  9. Then did the same with Chocolate Ship.
  10. Filled in any blank/white space with the aqua painter (Sahara Sand).
  11. I didn't have excess water (since I didn't use a spritzer) and it was drying fast....so I just ended up heating it when the flower was done.
  12. Then repeated the same technique to finish the leaves.
  13. To complete the card, I cut a piece of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhered to the card base.
  14. Wrapped a piece of Sahara Sand around the bottom (no knot).
  15. Mount the focal panel with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  16. Stamp greeting in Basic Black.
  17. Mat the greeting with Sahara Sand paper and adhere to front panel with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  18. Lastly, add a splash of color by tucking a piece of the Watermelon Wonder Satin Stitched Ribbon.

Stampin' Up! Products Used

Stamp Set
  • You've Got This
Paper
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Watercolor paper
  • Timeless Elegance DSP
  • Sahara Sand
Inks
  • Sahara Sand Refill
  • Chocolate Chip Refill
  • Basic Black (for greeting)
Accessories
  • Sahara Sand Lace Ribbon
  • Watermelon Wonder Satin Stitched Ribbon
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Aqua Painter
  • Versa Mark
  • White Embossing Power
  • Heat Gun
  • Embossing Buddy 
  • Do you believe I didn't use Rhinestones!!!!! LOL.

Totally Techniques Design Team

Let's go check out more masterpieces!  Whooo-hooo!!! Enjoy!

Sandi MacIver
Patrice Halliday-Larsen
Amy Koenders
Lee Conrey
Shelagh Freemantle
Marine Wiplier
Erna Logtenberg
Heather Wright-Porto --- You are here. Thanks for visiting me!
Shannean Moncrieff
Nadine Weiner
Alison Solven


The next blog on this totally awesome, Totally Techniques designer is Shannean Moncrieff!


Want videos on this beautiful technique?

Sandi created an entire class with full PDF stamping tutorials and videos inside Stamping and Blogging - March 2016 Card class!



The latest class, our 40th card class, is Watercolor Smooshing!  Another fun water coloring technique :D Love the colors Sandi used too....and the additional other techniques like Resist! 


http://stampinwithsandi.com/stamping-and-blogging