You love creating handmade greeting cards with rubber stamps, ink, and paper. But sometimes, you enjoy the challenge of using a new technique to give your creations a different look.
In today’s post, I show you how to create a cool background with rubbing alcohol and Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends. Be sure to watch the video below to see exactly how it’s done.
Create a Fall Card with a Fun Technique
- Start with a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s Vellum Card Stock, cut at 5 1/4 x 4 inches
- Cut a piece of Adhesive Sheets to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
- Adhere the Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Vellum Card Stock
- With your choice of Stampin’ Blend (alcohol-based blending markers) colors, scribble or draw on top of the Vellum
- Fill a Water Painter with 91 percent rubbing alcohol
- Squirt drops of rubbing alcohol on your scribbles, making sure you’ve covered most of the ink
- You can let it dry as is or blow on it to move the ink around
- Let it dry (it doesn’t take long)
- You can then die cut or use any way you wish as a background
For the two cards above, I die cut the Vellum background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and ran it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine in the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder. I then layered it on a piece of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock also die cut with a Stitched Rectangle. The sentiments come from the Peaceful Moments stamp set found in Stampin’ Up!’s 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.
I love this technique because you get a different result each time. Switch out the colors to change the theme or holiday. Click here to see another example of this technique. (Please note: Some of the products used may be retired, but other stamp sets can be used.)
How to Video
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I love showcasing holiday cards for Christmas in July! Today’s card features the Christmas Lights Bundle. Find it on page 31 of Stampin’ Up!’s July-December 2022 Mini Catalog. I initially purchased the coordinating Lights Aglow 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper (DSP) first. It’s just gorgeous with all of its gold accents. Then, I had to have the Christmas Lights Stamps Set and Twinkling Lights Dies. Buy them as a bundle and save 10 percent $45.75 US).
Christmas Lights Card Sample
A few details about this card:
- Used a Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock base and a Very Vanilla Card Stock panel measuring 5 1/4″ x 4″ embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder.
- Layered a piece of the Lights Aglow DSP measuring 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ onto a 4 1/2″ x 3″ piece of Gold Foil.
- Added a piece of 1 1/2″ x 5″ Gold Foil embossed with the snowflakes from the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder duo.
- Heat embossed the snowflake from the stamp set and die cut with coordinating die.
- Layered it on a Cherry Cobbler circle die cut from the Stylish Shapes Dies.
- Gold heat embossed the sentiment from the Christmas to Remember Stamp Set (available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2022-2023 Annual Catalog).
Christmas Lights Card Sample How to Video
Click the links below to view other blog posts featuring handmade Christmas cards:
Sweet Candy Canes Samples
Season of Chic Christmas Card Sample
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I was scrolling Pinterest one day. That’s all i need to say, right? But a card by Colleen Magness caught my eye. She shared a video demonstrating the die stenciling technique. So fun! I had to try it for myself. In case, you haven’t seen it, I’m sharing my interpretation of her technique.
Blessings of Home Die Stenciling Technique
This is how it works:
- Choose a stamp set with a die. Flower sets generally work well. Here, I use Blessings of Home. (Find it on page 75 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2022-2023 Annual Catalog. ) The Nature’s Prints stamp set also works well. See a sample of that card below.
- Die cut the flower image. It helps to use Thick Basic White card stock.
- Stamp the flower image on your card front. (I used a die cut from the new Deckled Rectangle Dies.)
- Lay the stencil over the top of the flower.
- With a blending brush, apply ink to the image within the stencil portion. I used the same color ink for both. (Blackberry Bliss)
- Remove the stencil.
- Cool technique, right?
You can then add your own Designer Series Paper, sentiment, and embellishments. Here, I added used a piece of patterned paper from the Design a Daydream 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper (have a party and you could earn this free), a sentiment from the Art Gallery stamp set, White Seam Binding, and Pearl Basic Jewels colored with Black Berry Bliss Stampin’ Blends.
See the card below for a card that uses a Pool Party color scheme in conjunction with the die stenciling technique.
The card above uses the Nature’s Print stamp set
Blessings of Home Die Stenciling Technique Video
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I hope you’re enjoying Stampin’ Up!’s new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog! Sometimes, it takes awhile to discover all of the really fun and cool paper crafting products offered. The Mini Pocket Envelope dies present a lot of possibilities. Find this one in the back of the catalog on page 172.You can use any Designer Series Paper, almost any stamp set, and an array of embellishments with the die set to make handmade creations.
My first thoughts ran to treat packet holders. Then, I saw gift card holders — as a stand-alone project and as an attachment to a card. Use them for graduations, weddings, birthdays, and Christmas.
Today, I share a couple of versions of this with you. I know there are so many options!
The pocket can be used alone or on the front of a card.
This die is perfect for a graduation gift card holder.
Let’s not forget Christmas gift card holders.
I hope you enjoy these projects. Be sure to watch the video (a Facebook Live replay from May 17, 2022) to see how i created these holders.
Mini Pocket Envelope Samples Video
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Treat Holder 1
Christmas Gift Card Holder