Technique Tuesday – Creating a Glossy Greeting!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fun technique to share with you today!!! Today, I’m creating a glossy greeting using Glossy Cardstock and some ink refills! I love the striped look!

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This simple card has a major wow factor with that glossy striped greeting! This technique is perfect for a greeting or just a background! I got the inspiration for this card from Sandy Jacobson!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Real Red (3-3/4″ x 5″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. Then, I layered it onto a piece of Emerald Envy (4″ x 5-1/4″) and placed a strip of Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon across it. I secure the ends to the back side and added this to the card front!

Glossy Baby Wipe Coloring, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the greeting, I used Glossy Cardstock, a Baby Wipe, and ink refills! Simply fold up the baby wipe so it fits in your hand. Add drips of ink refill to the end. I have used both the rounded end and the layered end. The rounded end comes out more smooth and solid, whereas the other end  is more streaky. It’s all up to you! I tried Real Red and Emerald Envy but the red came out pink and the overlap of the colors turned purple. I ended up just doing Emerald Envy for this card. Check out the Video Tutorial below to see blues! When I ran it across the Glossy Cardstock, I went lightly for a more white/streaky look or I pressed hard for a fuller coverage.

Glossy Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The cool thing is that this dries quickly. I used the greeting from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set and Memento Ink to stamp the greeting. Be sure to stamp carefully as it will want to slide around if you press at an angle! I punched out the greeting with the 2″ Circle Punch. I added this to a scallop circle die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits in Silver Glimmer Paper. The greeting was then added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Glitter Greeting on Glossy Cardstock, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! 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

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Strawberry Milkshake With A Friend!!!

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I totally made this card thinking coffee but it really looks like a Strawberry Milkshake, doesn’t it? A little side story about a strawberry milkshake that I just have to share. When I was a kid and my family would travel, we usually stopped at McDonald’s to eat. My Dad would get a strawberry milkshake but he called it pink milk. Well of course, us kids didn’t want milk if we could have the orange soda or whatever it was. All this time it was ice cream! 😉

Strawberry Milkshake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I stamped the “straw lines” all down the edge of the card in Night of Navy Ink. Then I die cut a large circle from the Layering Circles Framelits in Chocolate Chip cardstock and added texture with the Trellis Embossing Folder. This gives a nice back drop for the milkshake and it also adds texture to the card.

For the milkshake, I stamped the cup outline from the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set. I added the little hearts all around randomly in the same color as the cardstock – Blushing Bride. Using the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits, I die cut the cup out. For the cool whip, I stamped off once in Chocolate Chip Ink and then stamped onto Whisper White and die cut it out. This gives a little texture to the cool whip swirl without looking…..like poop. The straw was stamped in Night of Navy Ink and die cut out as well. To assemble these, I added the straw to the back of the cool whip and placed a Stampin’ Dimensional over the top to secure it. Then I placed the cool whip on the top of the cup and did the same thing, securing the overlap with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I finished off by adding a few more to the other sides to balance out and create a smooth cup on the card.

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For the greeting, I just took 2 strips of cardstock and stamped just the Friend from the greeting in the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set. I added banner tips and secured them to the card. I used Snail Adhesive in the middle (over the cup) and added Stampin’ Dimensionals on the end to make it level! To finish off the card, I added some Wink of Stella to the cool whip for a little shine. Also, I placed some Blushing Bride Enamel Hearts around. I just love how it turned out with the pink and blue! 🙂

Want to see more samples using the Coffee Cafe Bundle?? Click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Creating an Ombre Textured Background!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means….I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! Creating this ombre textured background is perfect for any card style and the best part is that it uses up all of those scraps we tend to save!

Ombre Textured Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The texture and those masculine colors are just so fabulous! I really struggle with man cards so I love how this one turned out!!!

I started with a Chocolate Chip card base and layered on a piece of Crumb Cake measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then using scraps of various shades of greens and blue, I cut the following pieces.

1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ – Emerald Envy

1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ – Tranquil Tide

1″ x 3-3/4″ – Bermuda Bay

3/4″ x 3-3/4″ – Pool Party

Next, I took a scrap piece of white….just any long and skinny leftover piece and added adhesive all the way down it. I placed each of the pieces listed above along the white, butt up to each other. The white is to hold them all together as one. Then I placed this into the Seaside Embossing Folder. TIP: If you place it in going up and down like the sample above, it will come out as shown. Place it in sideways (the other way) and it pulls each of the pieces apart a bit. That’s great if you like this look. If you did this on accident, you can always snip each of them apart and then glue them on your card base individually. Finally, I added this piece to the card front and tied some Linen Thread around the top.

For the focal point, I used the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set and coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%)! I stamped the cup in Chocolate Chip Ink onto Whisper White. The coffee collar was die cut in Chocolate Chip as well. The lid was stamped in Chocolate Chip onto Chocolate Chip and die cut. The greeting was stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink and the little heart for the stir stick was stamped in Emerald Envy Ink. I added the cup to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To get the lid connected to the cup, I simply placed it on top and added Stampin’ Dimensionals along the seam to hold them together!

If you would like to see this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! 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

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Hand Tied Bouquet of Flowers!!!

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You all know I love flower so much and makes lots of cards with them! You can check out the millions I’ve done by clicking here! This hand tied bouquet of flower is just stunning!!! I can’t get enough!

Hand Tied Bouquet of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The more I play with flower stamps, the more I love them! The possibilities are endless!

I started with a Rose Red card base. Next, 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 added this piece to the card front! Using the Layering Squares Framelits, I die cut a Whisper White square and an Island Indigo scallop square. On the white square, I stamped the greeting in Crumb Cake Ink and the flowers in Crushed Curry along the right side and top. All of these images are from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set! I adhered these two layers together and added a 1/4 of a piece of the Delicate White Doily to the bottom and added it to the card front. I love adding just a hint of the doily and being able to create 4 cards with just 1 of them!

Floral Arrangement, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that amazing bouquet. Again, all of these was created with the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set and coordinating Bouquet Bunch Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). The stems were done in Pear Pizzazz and then I added the Crumb Cake stamped hand tie. I wanted a little bit more texture so I tied some Linen Thread around it as well. For the flowers, I used Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, and Tangerine Tango. Some of the flowers were attached flat and some were added with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also used a few Enamel Shapes for some more pop and texture.

This card  is perfect for any occasion….another reason I love flowers on cards!!! What do you like to use flower cards for? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Welcome Baby!!!

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This Welcome Baby Card is simple and yet precious! Change up the colors for a specific gender or to match the child’s nursery colors!

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I just love to soft colors and the texture from the embossing, ribbon, and scallops!

I started with a Daffodil Delight card base! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 5″ x 3-3/4″ and embossed it. I ran it through the Big Shot in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder and added it to the card front. Using some of the Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon, I tied a knot around the card in the middle. For the greeting, I die cut out the smooth circle and scallop circle with the Layering Circles Framelits! The greeting was stamped from the Special Celebrations Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight Ink. To add a little more color to the greeting, I brushed the edges of the circle with a Sponge Dauber! I layered the circles together and then added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I love the simple, clean look of this card. It is one that could be made up with a few being pink, a few blue, and a few yellow. Do you like to make multiples of cards to have on hand or make them as you need them? Let me know in the comments below!

Here are the products I used for this card!

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Pretty Label Punch & Layered Circles!!!

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This greeting really pops with the Pretty Label Punch and layered circles! I just love how it all coordinates together!Pretty Label Punch & Layered Circles, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at how that greeting just POPS! I got this idea from the talented, Mary Ellen Stites! Thanks M.E.! Let’s get started!

I started  with an Elegant Eggplant card base. Next, I took on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Layered Leaves Texture Impressions Embossing Folder. A little tip with these super deep impression folders is to spritz the paper with a little water before running it through the folder. This allows the fibers in the paper to press into the folder without having those lines and creases. I added a strip of the Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and just tacked the ends on the back side!

Now for that fabulous greeting!!! I used the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Label Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). Here is a list of each layer I used:

1″ Circle Punch for top layer thank you greeting

1-1/4″ Circle Punch for the green wreath portion

1-3/8″ Circle Punch for the Wisteria Wonder layer

Pretty Label Punch for the wider floral layer

1-3/4″ Circle Punch for the Elegant Eggplant base layer

A few tips along the way. I ended up using a marker to color in the Thank You greeting because the 1″ Circle Punch still leaves a hint of that wreath around it when it is punched out. That seemed to bother me so I just inked up the greeting only and it worked better. Always stamp first and then punch it out so you can center it much easier! The colors I used were Elegant Eggplant, Lemon Lime Twist and Wisteria Wonder! I added Stampin’ Dimensionals between the Wisteria Wonder circle and floral Pretty Label Punch. Also, I used them to adhere the greeting to the card! To finish it off, I added some bling with the Gold Faceted Gems.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! 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

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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!!!

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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.

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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