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Technique: Masking stamps

Ah, the last day to upload submissions for the stretch your stamps 2 class… I decided to try a stamping technique even though I didn’t have all the needed supplies. What I did have was improvisation….

So here is the final from day4, using 2 sets of stamps and 2 colors of ink. The idea is to find a way to use all those phrases we have instead of just our favorite couple. IMG_1065.JPG

The directions mention clear embossing plastic so I left this card at the bottom until I realized I just needed a mask I could cut and see through. I have wax paper!IMG_1058.JPG
So here is a bit of making the sausage…the wax paper circle is the same as the card stock circle and everything is secured underneath and from the back with painters tape.

Here is my stash, some Adult Beverages Sayings from Simon Says Stamp and Happy Hour from Stampin’ Up. (Oh I wish stampin’ up would create die cuts for those drink glasses!!)IMG_1045.JPG

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Technique: Emboss & Emboss

I guess if I’d paid better attention to the day 10 notes for stretch your stamps 2 if have seen that a mask is not actually necessary when there is no inking and all embossing. Oops. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see that I did it anyway.

Well I did learn that I have no problem embossing different colors at different times…it’s different colors heated all at the same time which was zero fun.

So I made 2 almost-identical cards tonight; one for a friend who recently lost her mother, and one for my own mother who had eye surgery today. Mom can’t read the card, but she’ll know I was thinking of her, and can maybe see it in 6 weeks. 🙂

Here I used a Memory Box wood winterberry stamp and a flower from (I think) a Martha Stewart doily stamp set. Both cards feature a Memory Box butterfly partial-cut out. IMG_1040.JPG
The ‘get well’ die is from Lawn Fawn and the ‘with sympathy’ die is from Simon Says Stamp. I used a tiny bit of dark pink Wink of Stella in the center of the embossed white flowers. The brushes on those pens are amazing; I could color the head of a pin .IMG_1041.JPG
And to the unnecessary masking–and the mess! Here is my space, trying to show the white embossed flowers and the black masks over a few as I get ready to put Versamark on the winterberry stamp….but seriously, check out that chaos!IMG_1042.JPG
Would you believe I typically do pick up old projects before I start new ones? We’re seeing a fun ‘no man’s land’ space where I have scraps I think I’ll use shortly so they aren’t put away.

Goodness. 🙂 It’s fun to play ‘I spy!’

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Technique: Stamp, Stencil, Cut

Getting caught up on Stretch Your Stamps 2, here I’ve gone back to a day 3 lesson. I changed it up a bit but that was the idea of the class–shop your stash.

The clouds and balloon are from Memory Box and the background stencil is from My Favorite Things. Shapes are stamped with Miss You but the Lawn Fawn ‘friend’ is what really stands out. It’s a nice minimalist card.

Here is a great trick I learned–stack up the letters then glue the bottom one down–then the dimensional foam won’t be so darn obvious 🙂 IMG_1019.JPG

Here is something I tried since I had the butterfly stencil and the butterfly die. The mix of sequins and rhinestones is new for me; I’ve never tried to incorporate sequins before and it feels a bit odd. Asymmetric placement, barely coordinating, the open hole in the center…

Like the card above, the butterfly is stamped with ‘miss you’ from a Paper Smooches stamp set, but then ‘miss’ was cut using a Paper smooches alphabet (hey, the M is clearly the same!). I used the ‘you’ from a Simon Says Stamp ‘Thinking of you’ die cut.

I still enjoy showing part of the mess. Since this photo, the scrap paper has gotten even worse. As long as it isn’t sticky or wet I just re-use the sheet the next day. The ghosts of projects past! IMG_1018.JPG

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Technique: Outline Stamps

Oh, I am behind in my stretch your stamps 2 class! They are on day 10 and I am on day 5! A lot is going on, work and personal so it’s kind of a miracle I was able to do anything at all this week…

Here is my attempt at outline stamps, where you focus on the outline via different colors of embossing powder and have a light-touch with abstract watercolors.

Yeah, these two cards are in the same colors, but for embossing powder I only have one shade of blue and one shade of green!

Here is a close-up of the lower-half, with the Simon Says Stamp die Thinking of You and the watercolor effect. For watercolors, I had the right shade of blue but had to ‘create’ the appropriate green through mixing (new for me!) IMG_1003.JPG

Here is the Northwoods Rubber Stamp I used, Hydrangea Stem in Square, and what it looked like embossed but not colored in. IMG_1006.JPG

I wanted to try something similar but with a smaller stamp. I like the way it looks but I do not love the process for putting down more than one shade of embossing powder.IMG_1004.JPG

I wanted to do a close-up to show the watercolor background and tiny pearls. I should have used Iiquid pearls but I had the little pearls out so went with it. Fun fact, that’s the same white ribbon I used on the first card. I painted that too. 🙂 IMG_1005.JPG

I used my Memory Box Simple Phlox stamp and coordinating die, which is still available by calling Simple Pleasures. If you like it, you have to order there–the set was created just for their shop! (It’s my local haunt–Tell Cathy you saw it here, on Jen’s blog! :))

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Technique: Repurpose Graphic Stamps

The instructors of stretch your stamps 2 used something distinctively graphic for today’s lesson, and I had a bit of fun (stress) trying to find something I owned which was graphic and could be repurposed into a new design. I tried with a teacup but it never stopped being a tea cup. 🙂

So here I had fun with a lemon wedge from my new Simon Says Stamp lemonade set. I enjoyed that I stuck with citrusy-colors and didn’t go all rainbow. Oh, the urge to use rainbow shades is strong! 🙂
And the ‘stuff’ is pretty much just stamp, ink, ribbon and bling.
But I did try clear embossing powder on top of the words, which came out sort of cool. I like the card photo because you can see that it’s dimensional but also not super-shiny.

Hey, lemonade is pretty fantastic, so I’ll take those lemons….