Monday, February 25, 2008

Totally Techniques II

Since we held this class yesterday I thought I would go ahead and show the samples that I created for the class.

FAUX STITCHINGYou can see the tools needed to complete this technique in the picture: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, and a Gel Pen. The stamp set I chose for this technique is SU's Pick A Petal. I stamped the petals in Lavendar Lace Ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut them out leaving a 1/8" border on each petal. You can use the Pick a Petal Classy Brass Stencil to outline your stamped petal on the white cardstock before you cut it out, but I didn't want to worry about pencil lines. After I adhered the petals to the Ballet Blue CS, I did use the classy brass stencil for the paper piercing placement (say that 3X fast!). The gel pen is used to "connect the dots" thereby creating the effect of stitching or quilting. I used the mat pack in the corner to put in two small rows of dots and then used a cross-stitch in white get pen. To finish, I stamped the circle image on Lavendar Lace CS and then punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch. The background paper is Barely Banana CS.


You really don't get the full dimensional feel of this card from the picture. This is a combination of punching and origami and it really is not hard. You need the large tag punch and some double-sided designer paper - in this case I used SU's Berry Bliss (I love this paper!!!!). Punch eight tags out of the paper you desire. Let me add a side-bar here. I am very stingy with my paper. In other words, when I punch, I generally start in the corner and punch very closely to one another in order to cut down on the scrap that's created and have as much remaining paper as possible. What I'm trying to say is - don't take your punch and punch in the middle of the paper. You may need or want a larger piece of that paper for something else and the less you waste the better. The fold is very simple, fold diagonally across first and then fold that piece back down towards the center. Make sure that all the pieces are folded in the same direction. Adhere your ribbon (SU's double-stitched Purely Pomegranate) to the cardstock for the stem. Then add your tag petals butting each one up to the next. I do the top half first, sliding the tags slightly under each other so that there is a definite horizontal line visible, and then add the last four tags. The sentiment is a stamped from the Circle of Friendship stamp set. The background is Pretty in Pink CS mounted on Purely Pomegranate using the ticket corner punch on the PiP CS.


Isn't this eye-catching? Start with equal-sized pieces of black and white cardstock. I use a post-it-note turned upside-down to line up the two pieces on. Make sure to use your embossing buddy to get rid of the static for this one - especially since it is a line image. You don't want any stray dots of embossing powder on this one. Ink your stamp up with VersaMark Ink - the stamp set used in this sample is from the '08 Sale-A-Bration brochure - Friendship Blooms. Use black embossing powder (EP) on the white paper and white EP on the black paper. Get out your trusty heat gun and emboss. Mount the pieces side-by-side on your background (Regal Rose used here). I then added some Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain and a knot of black gingham across the bottom. The leaves are stamped in Certainly Celerly ink on Cert. Celery CS and cut out. Finally, use a black marker to highlight the word Friendship from the sentiment stamp in the same set and stamp in the margin on the bottom.


I have to say, that until we decided to do this technique I had never done it before. In fact, I didn't even own a VersaMarker Pen. Well, was I missing out!!! This is a very versatile tool to have. Not only can you use it in the way that I have in this sample, but you can also use it to draw with, add journaling, or even touch up larger solid embossed images. I used the Time Well Spent stamp set on this sample. This set was given to all the Stampin' Up demos before the holidays and I am really thankful for this gift. If you want it, however, you will have to hostess a party and qualify with sales for a Level II Hostess set. The CS that I used: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, and Rose Red. The inks used were Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, and Rose Red. The ribbon is SU's Soft Sky double-stitched. The VersaMark pen was used to color in the work "FRIEND" and to darken certain areas of the large flower to give it the effect of having more layers. I used several punches on this sample starting with the 1/4" circle for the groovy guava dots in the little flowers on the sentiment. (If you want to punch this up a little, use some Crystal Effects on the little circles - makes them shiny!!!!) And I used the crop-a-dile to punch the holes in the large flower where the stamens are (or are they the pistils?) - you know the thingies in the middle of the flower. I punched a scallop out of the Soft Sky for the back of the flower so you can see that color through the punches in the large one.

Just a note about all of the these samples - they are samples which means with the exception of the pinwheel card, none of them are "card size" . They could be added to CS to make a card, but generally you would use the technique on standard size CS so you could used it for a card.

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