All the Texture and Layers on a Card!!!

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Do you like to add texture and layers to your cards? I sure do! I feel like it makes the card come to life and have more POP!!! Check out this beauty!

Texture Layers Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is really simple to make as most of it is just layers of cardstock but it’s those layers and added texture that make it such a WOW! Embossing folders are so much fun for adding texture. They add so much to a card with a simple crank through the Big Shot.

For this card, I started  with a Fresh Fig card base. Next I added a layer of Emerald Envy (5″ x 3-3/4″) after running it through the Big Shot in the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder. Now for the focal point, I die cut the scallop square using the Layering Squares Framelits. Then I layered a piece of Crushed Curry (2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″) and added these to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Texture on a Card, www.LaurasStampPad.comNext, I took a 2-1/4″ square and stamped on it with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set. I love these little 2 step stamping flowers. It’s easiest to stamp the outline first in full strength and then stamp the solid image second after stamping off once. I used Fresh Fig Ink and Emerald Envy Ink. After stamping, I layered this onto the Crushed Curry square. I finished off the card with an adorable Bitty Bow in the corner.

Flowers on the Inside, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now you can’t forget about the inside of the card. Since the card base is so dark, I added a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) to the inside. I couldn’t just leave it blank so I stamped a few flowers in the lower left corner! I love it!!!

You can check out more samples using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle by clicking here and here! I have been having so much fun with this bundle!!!

Don’t forget about Bonus Bucks this month! Every $50 order earns you $5 to spend in August! Woot Woot! Click here to start shopping and earning your Bonus Bucks…..and Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Creating a Drop Shadow Greeting!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know that means I have a fabulous technique for you today and that is creating a drop shadow greeting!!! There are so many color combinations that you could do for this card. I love it!!!

Creating a Drop Shadow Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is a perfect Man Card and we all know I struggle with those since I love PINK! I am also loving this Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist color combination too! Perfect!!!

I started with a Lemon Lime Twist card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 4-1/4″ to use for the greeting. Using the Happy Birthday Framelit, I die cut the greeting in Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist. For adhering them onto the Whisper White, there is always the Fine Tip Glue Pen! If you find that hard to use, try out this technique. I use a Silicone Craft Mat, Sponge, and Multi Purpose Liquid Glue. Just pounce in the glue a bit and then all over the die cut image. This gives the perfect amount and nice even coverage. First, I laid down the Lemon Lime Twist greeting. Second, I added the Night of Navy greeting just a smidge down and over from the other one. This gives that drop shadow look! Be sure your greeting is up high on the cardstock so that the rest of the design doesn’t cover it.

Layered Birthday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now to assemble the card! I took a piece of Night of Navy (2″ x 4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder. Next, I adhered this to the lower portion of the white piece, making sure it was the correct size for my card front. Then I placed a strip of Finely Woven Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist across the cardstock where they meet together. I added this piece to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals! For the mini greeting, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). I punched the greeting out with the Classic Label Punch and added it to the card with Mini Stampin Dimensionals! I just love it!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! It’s great to know what all of the pieces of each flower are for! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Doing the Graduation Polka-Dots!!!

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Tis the season of Graduation and for many they are doing the Graduation Polka…..Dots!!! Teeeheehee! I know when I graduated….10 years ago!….I was doing all the dances. You couldn’t pay me to go back to school so graduation was a big celebration!!! As it should be!

Graduation Polka-Dots, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is perfect to have on hand for any occasion even Graduation!!! I have done this card in boy colors like this and in girly colors like this sample! Not let’s get started on this fun debossed card!

I started with a Pacific Point card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder in the middle. I have found that stamping over the top of the de-bossed image turns out the best when you stamp on top of the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. This mat has some give for the cardstock to press into rather than a hard surface like the table. I used the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set to stamp the polka dots all over and make the greeting pop! I went with Pacific Point Ink and Cucumber Crush Ink. I stamped the dots all over the cardstock, some in full strength and some as the stamped off shade of ink.

For this card, I highly recommend going back to the ink pad each time and if you want the lighter shade, then stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper rather than on the card. The reason for this is because if you fall half off the cardstock, it makes the second stamp image have a line on it. Also, if you stamp over the celebrate greeting, the second stamp will have the letters in a darker ink so to avoid this, just go to the ink pad each time! 🙂 My favorite part of stamping with photopolymer, is that you can see the ink and paper touch! It’s so cool! Be sure to stamp the dots with firm even pressure so that your ink hit the cardstock around each piece!

Now that the focal point is complete, I wrapped some Silver Metallic Thread around it and secured the ends to the back with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Since it is a Man Card, I didn’t want to go all out with ribbons and bows but a little thread is perfect! I added  more Stampin’ Dimensionals all over to raise this layer up from the Cucumber Crush layer (4″ x 5-1/4″). Finally, I added this piece to the card base! Perfect!

I love Graduations but they always make me cry. Just that amazing accomplishment and moving on to the next step in life is so fabulous and makes me emotional! It’s still crazy to think I graduated 10 years ago! How many years since your last graduation? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Coloring with the Fine Tip Glue Pen!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today. It’s a fabulous one today – coloring with the Fine Tip Glue Pen!!! Check out this glossy frog…or toad!

Coloring with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How adorable is he? I colored him with some re-inker in my Fine Tip Glue Pen! I got this idea from the fabulous Sara Douglass, Stampin’ Up! CEO. Let’s get started!

~ Card Instructions ~

All you need for this technique of coloring with your Fine Tip Glue Pen is the glue and the color of your choice in Ink Refills! I have a few bottles of Fine Tip Glue so to not make a big batch, I poured as much as I could into the other 2 bottles. There was maybe 1/3 of the bottle left and I did 10 drips of Cucumber Crush and it was BRIGHT! I ended up adding some glue back to it. I would go with maybe 3-5 drops and then add more if you want a bolder color! You can always add more but you can’t take it out! 🙂 Shake well and then color with the fine tip! It’s super fun and simple because you are literally coloring with the fine tip and can get into small spaces too!

Glossy Toad, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this card, I stamped the toad from the You’re Sublime Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink onto Whisper White. Then I took the colored Fine Tip Glue and filled him in. I actually did his eyes in regular/uncolored Fine Tip Glue. Allow this to dry. It will take at least an hour depending on how thick it was applied. As it dries you will notice the color is darker in certain spots! I love how that works! Coloring with the Fine Tip Glue Pen is super fun and there are endless possibilities! For my card base, I used Cucumber Crush and layered on a piece of Pacific Point that I ran through the Big Shot with the Seaside Embossing Folder. I added a few loops of Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the back of the toad and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new! I post every Tuesday and Thursday!

What color would you add to your Fine Tip Glue Pen?? Let me know in the comments below! I’m thinking I need to do Melon Mambo and do the tips of flowers for that dew and highlighted look! How amazing would that be?!?!?

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Succulents Growing on a Brick Wall!!!

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Succulents Growing on a Brick Wall, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have been having so much fun with the Oh So Succulent Bundle! These little succulents growing on a brick wall are one of my favorites! I went with the same color theme as the Succulent Garden Designer Paper. You can see more cards I created with these products here, here, and here! Now let’s get started on this card!

~ Card Instructions ~

I started with a Calypso Coral card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Brick Wall Embossing Folder! I stamped the greeting from the Any Occasion Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink. Since that stamp is curved for a banner, I just straightened it out a little for this project!

For the succulents on a brick wall, I used the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set to stamp the outline images first and then I die cut them out with the coordinating Succulent Framelits. You can purchase these two items together a save 10%. Spend just $1.50 more and you can pick out a FREE Sale-A-Bration item too! 🙂 I did the 6 layered flowers in Old Olive cardstock and stamped the tips of the 3 largest flowers with the little “bean-looking” stamp in the set and Whisper White Craft Ink. To give the petals some curl, I ran them over my Bone Folder like curling ribbon! I used Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, and Calypso Coral for the other flowers. A few of the flowers were adhered flat and a few were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals! You can always do as many or as few flowers as you wish! I love it and the fun bright colors!!!

What is your favorite color to use for succulents? Let me know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget that this is the last month of  Sale-A-Bration. Every $50 order, you get to pick out a free Sale-A-Bration item! Woot Woot!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Poppin’ Pink!!!

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Happy Tuesday and Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Today I’m going to share a fabulous technique in my favorite color! After all I LOVE Pink and today is all about love, right??Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How amazing is this card?!?!?! All that Pink! That amazing background! I am in love although I probably won’t be making a ton of cards exactly like this…..that background was crazy! It’s always cool and fun to do something at least once though!!! Let’s get started!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Happy Celebrations Stamp Set, Stampin’ Pierce Mat

I started with a Basic Black card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the “Birthday To You” from the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set all over in Melon Mambo Ink. I just love black and white with a pop of pink! To get those various shades of pink on the greeting, I stamped a few times before going back to the ink. I would ink it up and then stamp in a random place, then move down and over and stamp again and repeat once more. Then I would go back to the ink and stamp the same but in reverse so that the darkest was now next to the lightest. Just keep filling in until it is all covered. Don’t worry about your spacing or being straight. It is made with love, not perfection and a lot of it is covered up so you can’t see the entire piece! Once I was finished with this piece, I adhered it to the card front! Now for the Happy greeting!!! I took a piece of Whisper White (4-1/2″ x 2-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder. This will give you that fabulous de-bossed Happy image. Now it’s time to add some color! I found that stamping with the piece on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat works best because then there is some give for the debossed image and you aren’t smashing it all. It gives a nice stamped image as well. Place the debossed image on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and using the image from the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set, stamp over each letter with Melon Mambo Ink! When you stamp, you can see the ink touch the paper and sometimes you will need to press a little more in certain spots to make sure the stamp touches the paper.

Double Happy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There other super cool thing is how you can create 2 projects from this technique. Once you stamp on the de-bossed image, you will notice the letter in your stamp because the ink is still there where the letter is de-bossed. You can then stamp that onto another piece of paper to get the cool look of the Happy in the photo above (bottom greeting). How cool is that?? Once I finished the de-bossed image, I layered it onto Basic Black measuring 2-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I like using Dimensional when working with embossed images so it lays flat and adheres well…..and because I love them so much! Then I added this to my card front and finished it off with a few Rhinestones. Got to have some bling! I added a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) to the inside of the card as well since it is hard to write on black cardstock! Love it!!!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new! I post a video every Tuesday and Thursday! You can also check out another sample I created with these folders here!

What color would you use to create this card?? Let me know in the comments below! I’m thinking I need to try Bermuda Bay or Cucumber Crush for a boy card!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Debossed Dots!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today – de-bossing and polka dots!!!! Super fabulous and fun for any occasion!!!

debossed polka dots, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card amazing? I love polka dots! You could change up the colors for a more masculine card! Let’s get started!!!

SUPPLIES: Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Happy Celebrations Stamp Set, Stampin’ Pierce Mat

I started with a Watermelon Wonder card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder in the middle. The Celebrate and Happy both de-boss the cardstock and then when you stamp over the top, the greeting will POP! I love it!! I have found that stamping over the top of the de-bossed image turns out the best when you stamp on top of the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. This mat has some gives for the cardstock to press into rather than a hard surface. I used the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set to stamp the polka dots all over and make the greeting pop! I went with Watermelon Wonder Ink, Tangerine Tango Ink, and Daffodil Delight Ink. I stamped the dots all over the cardstock, some in full strength and some as the stamped off shade of ink. For this card, I highly recommend going back to the ink pad each time and if you want the lighter shade, then stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper rather than on the card. The reason for this is because if you fall half off the cardstock, it makes the second stamp image have a line on it. Also, if you stamp over the celebrate greeting, the second stamp will have the letters in a darker ink so to avoid this, just go to the ink pad each time! 🙂 Be sure to stamp the dots with firm even pressure. Since the stamps are photopolymer, you can see when the paper and ink touch so sometimes you need to rock it a bit gently!

Celebrate Mistakes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After all of the dots were complete, I wrapped some Gold Metallic Thread around the card a few times and tied a knot on the backside. I added this piece to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Then for the little greeting of “Your Day”, I stamped it in Tangerine Tango Ink onto Whisper White and layered it onto Tangerine Tango! I used the Banner Triple Punch to add the banner tips. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love it and think I should do some blues and greens next!!! What colors would you use for this card? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and subscribe if you are new!! I post a video every Tuesday and Thursday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


On the 12th Day of Stamps-Mas!!!

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On the 12th Day of Stamps-Mas, my true love gave to me……..A Big Shot, Framelits, and Thinlits!!!! My Big Shot is one tool that I have had for years and would buy another one instantly if something ever happened to it!! Love this tool for die cutting, embossing, and so much more!!!

12thDayofStamps-Mas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This picture if my little Big Shot Station in my craft room. I have all of my Embossing Folders, Dies and Big Shot all in one place! I love that it is all super handy and easy to use! I have had this Big Shot for about 7 years I think! It’s been forever it seems! It still works amazing and that is what I call a great product!!

Embossing Folders are super easy to use and add texture to your project. I love this look because it adds so much to your project with extra product or embellishments. Just crank your cardstock through the Big Shot and you already have a WOW on your project.

Framelits & Thinlits are the metal dies that cut out images that coordinate with stamp sets so that you don’t have to fussy cut. They create detailed images that you can layer on your cards or build together to create an amazing project! I can’t believe how detailed some of these are. They are fabulous and no one likes to fussy cut! Also, where there is a Stamp Set and coordinating Framelit Set, you can always Bundle & Save 10%! That’s super fabulous because it’s a deal every day, you don’t need to wait for a special!

Big Shot Die Brush is a lifesaver when it comes to the intricate detailed dies. You can place the die and cardstock onto the foam provided and run the brush over the top and it will pop out all of the pieces. You can see all of the details about this on the Video Tutorial here!

What are some of your favorite embossing folders or dies? Let me know in the comments below!!! My favorite Embossing Folder is probably Festive Texture….as of recently. It changes often! 🙂 My favorite dies right now have to be the Layering Circles Framelits!!

If you have missed out on the past days of Stamps-Mas, you can check them out here – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10 and Day 11. I hope you enjoyed the 12 Days of Stamps-Mas!!! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!! May you have an amazing holiday season filled with joy and love!!! 

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Hang Your Stockings!!!

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Warm and cozy is how I would describe this card!!! These little stockings are just so cute and I love the soft, warm colors. I used the Hang Your Stockings Bundle (Save 10%) for this one and it was super simple!

I started with a Wild Wasabi card base. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through the Big Shot in the Festive Embossing Folder. You could use any folder you wish but I thought this one was cute. I added this piece to the card front. For the greeting, I took a piece of Very Vanilla (5″ x 3/4″) and stamped the greeting from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip Ink. I needed a long and skinny greeting and that one just went with the cozy theme of this card! I layered this piece onto Chocolate Chip cardstock (5″ x 1″) and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I like to use dimensionals when adhering things to embossed images because they sink into the grooves and give a smooth look to your card….and I just love them!!! For the stockings, I used the Hang Your Stocking Stamp Set and stamped one in Marina Mist, one in Wild Wasabi, and one in stamped off once Cherry Cobbler. I wanted a more subtle red look so I just stamped off once and then onto my Very Vanilla and got the perfect look. I used the coordinating Christmas Stocking Thinlits (Bundle & Save 10%) to cut out the stockings. I added each of the stockings to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well. To finish it off, I added a little Enamel Shape to the corner to look like a little peg holding them up. You can use the hearts, stars, or dots for your cards……or mix and match to use them up!

If you would like to see this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here. Be sure to subscribe if you are new and don’t forget to hit the like button!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Ornaments on the Tree!!!

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Tree Ornaments, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how embossing folders can make a quick and fabulous card! The texture and image just have such a WOW factor and I love that! Besides cranking the Big Shot twice, this card is so simple. Just do all of the Big Shot work while watching your favorite show or a Christmas movie and you will be done in no time at all! Let me know in the comments what your favorite Christmas Movie is! I think mine is either Elf or National Lampoon Christmas Vacation!

For this card I started with a Cherry Cobbler card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Pine Bough Embossing Folder (on sale this week!). I stamped the greeting from the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set in the bottom right corner in Cherry Cobbler Ink. You can use any of your favorite greetings! Then I die cut the ornament from the Merry Tags Framelit Set (Bundle & Save 10% with the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set). There are a few other ornaments that you could use on your card as well to mix it up or to die cut more with each crank through the Big Shot. The Big Shot Die Brush is your best friend on popping the cardstock out of the framelit! I love that little tool! I tied some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine around the top of the ornament and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. You know how I love those little things!!! Now you are all done! How simple was that?!?!?

Don’t forget to check out the Online Extravaganza going on this week! Lots of fabulous product on sale up to 40%!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura