Watercolor Embossed Images

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I have a quick and simple watercoloring technique to share. This particular technique was inspired by the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit!  It involves watercoloring over embossed images. You can use specialty paper, like the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper, or simply stamp and emboss your own images! So many possibilities! Watch this video tutorial to see how quick and simple it is!

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Tool Box Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Today I have a fun masculine themed card to share with all of you. I have a lot of “handy” men in my family so I wanted to design something different for them. I have seen a few tool box card ideas on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to create one!

This card is easier to create than it looks! I promise! To make This card, start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of your card. Take the Classic Label punch and use it to make a groove across the bottom of the card. Cut a 1 x 4, 1-1/2 x 4 and 2 x 4 inch piece of Real Red cardstock. Emboss each of the pieces with the sparkle textured embossing folder (or if you have a diamond plate embossing folder that would be perfect)! These pieces will be the drawers for the tool box. Cut three (3) 1/2 x 4 inch pieces of black cardstock and adhere them to the top of each drawer using a bit of SNAIL or other adhesive. Using the Nailed It Bundle, stamp a variety of tools and a sentiment on a piece of silver foil paper or cardstock. Note:  You will need to use black Staz-On ink to stamp on the silver foil. Cut all of the tools and sentiment out using the Builder Framelits. Set aside until you assemble the cart and drawers.  Punch out two 3/4 inch circles from black cardstock and adhere to the bottom of the card (these will serve as your wheels). Use the left over silver pieces (from cutting out the nut) as the center for your wheels. You will have to cut out an extra one so you have a center for both wheels. Adhere the wheels to the card before you add the drawers. Add dimensionals to the back of each of the drawers and adhere them to the card front starting at the top with the smallest drawer and working your way to the bottom.  The bottom drawer will overlap onto the wheels. Now, randomly adhere the tools to the tool box using glue dots.  That’s it!  Enjoy!

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Tie Dyed

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a wonderful week!  Happy Friday!  The Stampin’ Up! Retirement sale is underway and, of course, I am in awe at the amount of items that are retiring!  I am always surprised and a little sad to see some of my favorite products retire.  But that just means that there is more room for some NEW products…which is always exciting!  Well today I want to share a little project I created with a few of the retiring stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog!  If you love the “tie dyed” look then you are gonna love this card.

To make this card, start with a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock for the base of the card.  Cut a 5-1/4 x 3-1/2 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Grab a Styrofoam plate or plastic container and one baby wipe! Yes, a baby wipe! Lay the baby wipe on the plate and randomly drop the following ink colors on the baby wipe:  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Sweet Sugarplum. The baby wipe, with the ink, becomes your ink pad!  Now simply ink up the background stamp by pushing it down into the ink on the baby wipe, then stamp it on your cardstock. Repeat this process for the little heart images. Cut a 5-1/4 x 1 inch piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock…gently tear the cardstock in half so you end up with a rough edge and adhere it to the bottom part of the white cardstock. Adhere the entire piece to your card front. Stamp a little t-shirt using the Custom Tee stamp set and adhere to the cards as shown with a few dimensionals. For the finishing touch, embellish with some of the In Color enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Dragonfly Dreams

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a wonderful start to your week!  Today I have quick and simple little card idea that showcases the Dragonfly Dreams bundle of products. I decided to cut one of the dragonfly images from a piece of Gold Glimmer paper!  The picture really doesn’t do it justice…it’s so much more sparkly in person but I’m sure you get the idea!

To make this card, start with a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock for the base of your card. I coordinated the color of the cardstock with the color of the designer paper that I was using. So if you decide to re-create this card with some of the pretty patterned papers YOU have on hand, then simply change out the color of the cardstock to coordinate with your papers. Next, I cut a 3-3/4 x 5 inch piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered it to the center of the card front. Cut a 3 x4 inch piece of your favorite patterned paper and adhere it to the Chocolate Chip cardstock as shown. Cut a 1 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock, stamp a little sentiment on it, using Chocolate Chip ink, and adhere it across the bottom of the patterned paper.  Cut out a dragonfly, using the thinlits in the bundle, from a piece of gold glimmer paper. Adhere the gold sparkly dragonfly to the center of the patterned paper as shown. For the finishing touch, embellish wth a few metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Simple Fun Fold Card Idea

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun fold card idea to share with all of you that’s…well…FUN!  Fun folds should be fun, right?  This one is super simple and easy to create!  I love making fun fold cards!  There are all different kinds…some have a lot of steps and some are pretty simple!  The one I am sharing today packs a bit of a WOW but is very quick and easy to put together.  Watch the video tutorial and see for yourself 🙂 Enjoy!

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Watercolor Easter

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun watercolored Easter project to share with all of you!  I really love the watercolor look on projects and it was a fun way to showcase the HAPPY embossing folder!  This embossing folder is one of two that you receive in the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folder pack.

To make this card, start with a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Shimmery White Cardstock or Watercolor Paper. Grab your Calypso Coral and So Saffron re-inkers….and an Aqua Painter.  You will also need a little painters tray or something to put a few drops of ink on. Start by squeezing a bit of water from the Aqua Painter onto the Shimmery White cardstock and spread it around. Dip the tip of the Aqua Painter in the Calypso Coral ink, hold the tip of the Aqua Painter over the cardstock and squeeze out a bit of water. It will mix in with your ink and dilute it. Then use the Aqua Painter brush to spread the ink around on your cardstock until you achieve the desired watercolor look. Note:  the more water you squeeze out the more dilute (and lighter) the ink color will become.  Repeat this process with the yellow ink. While the cardstock is still a little moist, emboss the HAPPY across the center.  Embossing while the cardstock is moist will prevent crinkles from using a small embossing folder. Let dry. Your cardstock will curl a bit when it’s dry. You can smooth it out with a bone folder or one of your acrylic blocks.  Adhere the shimmery white cardstock (or watercolor paper) to your card front using a strong adhesive like the Tear & Tape.  Then for the finishing touch, just embellish with some patterned paper, sentiment and a few butterflies.

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Basket Bunch

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I have an adorable little Easter project to share with all of you!  It showcases the Basket Bunch bundle and those fun mini egg cartons!  The mini egg cartons were so popular that Stampin’ Up! sold out all of their inventory within weeks of it’s launch!  The good news is that they came back this week!  Wahoo!  Just in time for Easter! But they can be used for more that just Easter.  You can decorate them for Spring too!

The mini egg carton is so fun to decorate!  You can really decorate it any way you want!  I decided to coordinate the colors and design with the Easter card that I was making.  Start by cutting a 4 x 4 inch piece of patterned paper for the top of the mini egg carton. I rounded the edges to match the rounded edges on the egg carton. Cut a little 2 x3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock for the tag. Use one of the tag toppers to fancy up the top. Then use the fun little images and die cuts in the Basket Bunch bundle to decorate it! Fun! 🙂

To make this card, start with a piece of Tip Top Taupe for the base of the card.  Cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of your favorite pretty patterned paper. I love the little flower pattern on the In Color Designer Series Paper pack…it was the perfect background for the card and egg carton because it’s green…like grass! Stamp a little sentiment on the bottom of the white cardstock. Stamp the little grass image across the bottom of the card but just above the sentiment. Use cucumber crush ink or a green ink that coordinates with the patterned paper that you are using. Adhere the patterned paper and white cardstock to the front of your card as shown; tuck a little piece of a doily in there.  For the finishing touch, use the fun little images and die cuts in the Basket Bunch bundle to decorate it!  Enjoy!

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Easter Message

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Easter is just a few weeks away! Can you believe it?  So this week I want to focus on sharing a variety of Easter themed projects with all of you.  Today’s project showcases the Easter Message stamp set and a simple way to use vellum on your projects. Vellum is so pretty on projects but it is difficult to adhere because most adhesive will show marks right through the vellum. So, instead of using adhesive, I secured the vellum to the project with some brads.

To make this card, start with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 3 x4 inch piece of Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White Cardstock. Stamp the cross image on the white cardstock using Smoky Slate ink. Using a sponge dauber, lightly sponge a bit of Smoky Slate ink on the cross and a bit of Wisteria Wonder ink on the scarf. Cut a 3 x4 inch piece of vellum. Grab some black Staz-on ink and stamp the bible verse in the center of the vellum. Note:  You need to use Staz-On or some other type of permanent ink when stamping on vellum. Regular ink will not stick to the vellum and will smear and wipe right off. Ask me how I know! 🙂  Overlay the vellum onto the white cardstock with the image of the cross. Use a few little brads in each corner to secure the vellum (no adhesive needed). 🙂  Tuck a little piece of a doily behind the white cardstock, then assemble the card as shown! Enjoy!

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Party Animal

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today is my daughter’s 28th birthday! Wow how time flies!  We are going to celebrate with her tonight! And although I’m not going to share the birthday card I created for her (just in case she reads this) I will share a fun little birthday card idea with all of you. This particular card was created with several leftover scraps that I had on my crafting table.  My goal this year is to use up my scraps (instead of storing them). 🙂

The card showcases some of the fun color combos and paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. To make this card, start with a piece of Pacific Point cardstock for the base of your card. Now I was using some leftover scrap pieces of the Party Animal DSP so each piece measures about 4-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. I simply adhered them to the card front as shown; tuck a little doily under the right hand side of the DSP. I ran a few strips of some scrap ribbon down the center of the DSP to cover up the spot in which they overlapped. Stamp the birthday sentiment, using Pacific Point ink, on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with one of your circle framelits; you will need about a 2-1/2 in sized circle. Then cut out a scalloped circle from a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock to “matte” out your sentiment. To give your card a bit of dimension, stamp the sentiment again on a piece of white cardstock, using Emerald Envy ink, and cut out the “Happier Birthday” section and make a little banner. Adhere this across the circle as shown.  It’s a simple way to add two different colored inks to your sentiment!  For the finishing touch, embellish with a few metallic enamel shapes! Enjoy!

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Delicate Details Easter Eggs

Hello Stampin;’ Friends!  I have been busy working on a variety of Easter projects this past weekend!  Hope you had some time to get crafty too!  Today I want to share a fun way to use the Delicate Details Sale-A-Bration stamp set!  It is the perfect set for “decorating” your Easter Eggs…your paper ones, that is.

All you need is a punch or framelit to cut out some oval shapes and the Delicate Details stamp set! Well, and ink too. Then simply stamp the images across the egg.  It’s that simple!  Now if you don’t have the Delicate Details stamp set, there is still time to get it so pop on over to my Stampin’ Up! store at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net and grab yours before they are gone!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st so there is not much time left!

I also put together a short little video vignette in case you wanted to see the stamping in action and get a few more tips on how to create these cards. You could really decorate these eggs with just about any stamp set! Get creative with it! Enjoy!

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