Technique Tuesday – Tufted Embossing Folder Tip!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Today, I have a super cool Tufted Embossing Folder Tip! When I realized this cool little tip, I was super excited….maybe too excited! It’s the little things in life! 🙂

Tufted Embossing Folder Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

When I was using the Tufted Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create a card, I noticed this line! At the bottom of the folder, there is a line straight across. If you line up your cardstock with that line, your embossed image will be straight on your cardstock. How cool is that?!?!?! MIND BLOWN! This little line made it really easy and quick to pop in the cardstock and go.

Simply place the cardstock into the folder. Line up the edge of it with that line and squeeze the folder on the other end. This will hold the cardstock in place as you pull your fingers out. Place it in the Big Shot and crank crank crank! Since this is one of the Textured Impressions Folder, the layers are as follows:

Multi-Purpose Platform – if it is the older style with the hinges, open up Tab #2. If it is the newer style, leave off the Adapter layer.

Embossing Folder with cardstock inside

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

I hope you found this super helpful!! Let me know if you get excited by the little things like this! Also, let me know if you have found little tricks to your favorite stamping tools. I would love to hear them!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Technique Tuesday – Layering Embossing Folders!!!

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Happy Tuesday, everyone!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous Technique to share with you! Today, I’m sharing the basics of embossing folders and the difference between regular and dynamic ones! It came be frustrating figuring out the layers for each so you don’t break your Big Shot or drive yourself crazy! Been there before which is why I thought I would do this post! 🙂

Layering Embossing Folders, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Both folders in the photo above look very similar and create a stunning embossed image. You might notice that when you order a folder, some are super thick and different from ones you have received in the past. These are the folders with a SUPER long name – Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (right side)! The Garden Trellis Embossing Folder is on the left side! The regular folders are much skinnier whereas the dynamic folders are thick. This makes a big difference when running them through the Big Shot. It can be frustrating trying to figure out the perfect layering. Sometimes you run it through and it isn’t thick enough to emboss and then you try another layer and it’s so tight you just might pull a muscle or break your Big Shot. I’m here to solve that frustration!!!

Layering for the Regular Embossing Folders:

Multi-Purpose Platform – if it is the older style with the hinges, open up Tab #2. If it is the newer style, leave off the Adapter layer.

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

Embossing Folder with cardstock inside

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

In the video tutorial below, you will see that I also mention the Precision Base Plate. The majority of the time, I have the Precision Base Plate out for framelits and all so you can replace one of the standard cutting pads with the Precision Base Plate. This would mean Multi-Purpose Platform as described above, Precision Base Plate, Embossing Folder, and then Standard Cutting Pad. Again, I just do this when it’s already out and layered up rather than putting that aside and pulling out more items to layer. 🙂

Layering for the Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

Multi-Purpose Platform – if it is the older style with the hinges, open up Tab #2. If it is the newer style, leave off the Adapter layer.

Embossing Folder with cardstock inside

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

Due to the thickness of the folder, this layering only requires one Standard Cutting Pad. Another TIP for these folders is to spritz the paper ever so lightly with some water. This will moisten the fibers of the cardstock and allow for them to press into the folder without leaving creases in the cardstock. Many times I just grab my Stampin’ Mist because it’s right there and it works just as well! 🙂 You can always add some water to a Stampin’ Spritzer too!

Debossed Images, www.LaurasStampPad.com

In the photo at the top of the post, the images are Embossed and I lightly went over them with a Sponge Dauber to add color so you could see the image better. In this photo here, I flipped over the image to reveal the Debossed image and added some color. Both images are stunning so keep that mind when creating your next project. There are lots of ways to use embossing folders!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Mermaids Under The Sea!!!

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Whether you like the Little Mermaid Disney Movie or not, these mermaids under the sea on this card are just adorable!!! I love the layers, texture, and fun in this card so much!!!

Mermaids Under The Sea, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There is just so much fabulous-ness going on with this card. I’ll let you continue to stare at it or you can keep reading for all the details to make your own!

I started with a Pool Party card base. Next, I took another piece of Pool Party (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Seaside Embossing Folder. I added this layer to the card front. Then, I took a piece of the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper (blue bubbles) measuring 2″ x 4-1/2″ and punched the banner tips with the Banner Triple Punch. This piece was added to the card front as well.

Swimming Mermaids, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I took the sheet of mermaids from the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper and cut out by hand 2 different mermaids. I wanted them going in different directions so that they fit on the square better. Since I’m not a huge fan of fussy cutting, I just did a basic around the body and didn’t get into all the details. Next, I stamped the bubbles from the Magical Day Stamp Set in Bermuda Bay all over a Stitched Shape die cut square. Then I added the mermaids to the front and added this to a layer of Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper. I liked to use Tear And Tape to add layers to glitter to make sure it has a nice strong hold.

Using the coordinating Magical Mates Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I die cut out some seaweed in Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide. Then I added these along the side of the glimmer square, securing them on the back side with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off with a few more dimensionals and then added it to the card front! For the greeting at the bottom, I stamped it from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set onto Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Then I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. On either end of the greeting, I added an Epoxy Dot for even more shine and texture!

I told you there were lots of layers and fun in this card but isn’t it just so magical?!?!?! I love it even if I only make 1…or maybe 2. 🙂 The Myths & Magical Suite is retiring at the end of the May which makes me sad. Be sure to stock up on these amazing products before they are gone. To see more samples using these products, click here, here, and here! Shop all of the products by clicking the items below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Basket Full of Flowers!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Hopefully this Basket Full of Flowers will help brighten your day and help you push through the week!!! It sure does help mine because you all know how much I love flowers! 🙂

Basket Full of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is such a classic because I went with neutral colors of Crumb Cake and Old Olive so that the flowers in the basket can really be any color you wish! What color would you make the flowers? All one color? A variety of colors? Pink? Blue? Yellow? Orange? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder. This item as well as the stamped basket (Blossoming Basket Stamp Set) were one of the free Sale-A-Bration items last month. Have no fear if you weren’t able to get the Basket Weave Embossing Folder, it will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog coming out on June 1st! 🙂

Next, I tied some Old Olive Sheer Ribbon around the bottom and into a bow. Then I added this to the card front. For the flower basket, I stamped it from the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Using the Stampin’ Blends Markers, I colored in the basket and flowers. I went with Crumb Cake for the basket, Old Olive for the leaves, and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers. For the leaves, I did a few with the dark marker and a few with the light. For the basket, I did each little line on the handle with the dark and then colored over it all and filled in with the light marker. On the bottom basket part, I colored the top weave in with the dark Crumb Cake Marker and the rest with the Light. This is how I got that variation of color for it all.

Blossoming Basket, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how Stampin’ Blends really make me feel like an artist when I totally am not a coloring artist whatsoever. After coloring, I added this piece to a layer of Old Olive and then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I like to use Stampin’ Dimensionals when adding layers to a embossed layer because the foam falls into the grooves of the cardstock and hold tight as well as looks smooth! Plus you all know how much I LOVE Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below what colors you would use for your basket of flowers!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Baking Pies!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m sharing with you this amazing card using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder! Let’s get started baking pies!!! The inspiration for this card came from Sheran Rigg!

Baking Pies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this the sweetest?? 🙂 Okay, I’ll try to keep the puns to a minimum!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the greeting at the top from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set. I stamped the greeting in Soft Suede Ink. Then, I die cut the squares with the Stitched Shapes Framelits in Whisper White and Real Red. Using the pears in the Fruit Basket Stamp Set, I stamped them in the corner. For the pears, I used Lemon Lime Twist Ink and Soft Suede. I added these to the Crumb Cake towards the bottom. Then I tied some Linen Thread around the center for a little texture and added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

You are the Sweetest, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that focal point of the beautiful pie!!! I die cut out a circle with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and a scallop circle with the Layering Circles Framelits. Both of these were cut in Crumb Cake cardstock! Next, I ran the stitched circle through the Basket Weave Embossing Folder and then layered it onto the scallop circle. Then I lightly brushed over it all with a Sponge Dauber and Soft Suede Ink. Be careful not to go too dark with the ink or your pie will look burnt! 🙂 Then I added the pie to the card front! Doesn’t it look super adorable and real?!?!?!

The Basket Weave Embossing Folder was a Free Item with Sale-A-Bration that ended on March 31st but have no fear if you didn’t get it then. It will be available for purchase in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog coming out in June! A few other fun stamp sets that have “sweet greetings” and fruit include the Cool Treats Stamp Set and Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set!

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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Lots of Lavender!!!

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Yesterday I shared a fun way to use the Lots of Lavender Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set which you can see here! Today, I’m coloring with the set!

Lots of Lavender, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love flowers and since this card doesn’t have a greeting on the front, it can be used for lots of occasions! What occasion would you use it for – Thinking of You, Sympathy, Birthday, Anniversary, etc?? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and embossed the left side with the New Petal Pair Embossing Folder. That little side border of texture is super fabulous!! Before adding this piece of the front of the card, I wrapped some Organza Ribbon around it and tied it into a knot!

Flowers Sale-A-Bration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the lavender bouquet from the Sale-A-Bration Lot of Lavender Stamp Set. It was stamped in Memento Black Ink since I used the Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers! I used Rich Razzleberry for the lavender, Old Olive for the greenery, and Bermuda Bay for the ribbon! After coloring the flowers, I added this to a layer of Old Olive cardstock and then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! This gives it some more texture and a smooth look over the ribbon and embossed portion. Adding the Metallic Enamel Shapes is optional for a little bling……or necessary if you need to cover up a boo boo. I won’t say why I added them! 😉 You can guess and let me know in the comments though!

I know I love all the flower stamps but this one is super fun because it’s FREE with Sale-A-Bration and it can be colored in or stamped for color with the other images in the set! The versatility of the set is just amazing!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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My Mom’s Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today, I thought I would share my Mom’s Birthday Card that I made for her!!! I thought this little piggy was just adorable and while the card doesn’t say Happy Birthday on the front, it was the perfect greeting!

Mom's Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It was perfect and she loved it which makes it all amazing!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Crumb Cake after running it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Plank Embossing Folder. Now for the focal point of the little piggy! I stamped him…..or her from the The Little Piggy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink! Using the Stampin’ Blends, I colored it all in. I used Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Pool Party. Check out this video for a tutorial on the blending!

After coloring the piggy and all, I layered it onto a piece of Pool Party cardstock and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Next, I thought that the flower needed a cute center so I added a Clear Epoxy Jewel! Just perfect!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Stamping with a fabulous group of ladies is on my to-do list which makes me happy and my heart full!!!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on so you can earn a free item for every $50 you spend! Woot Woot! Of course, there is always earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and even the January Free Stamp Set of the Month! See you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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All the Metallics!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I thought I would share one more card before Christmas! This one is rather simple and uses up little pieces you might have! I just love mixing all the metallics!!!

All the Metallics, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is fairly basic but there are a few tricks that I would like to share. This is the first one that I created and I did more afterwards that were even more fabulous!

TIP #1: When you are embossing a big image like this Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, it is best to lightly spritz the cardstock with water. This allows the cardstock to be soft when the embossing folder pushes and pulls the fibers into the image. When I spritzed the cardstock, I had fewer creases like the one you can see a bit at the top of the card.

TIP #2: Mixing and matching metallics is so in right now so don’t be afraid! Gold, Silver, Copper, and Champagne can be mixed together!

TIP #3: I used the Silver Ribbon for this sample but after it was smashed (it happens in envelopes and my stack of samples) it did not look as good. Since this ribbon is a little more stiff, it just smashed rather than laying nicely as loops. I used Silver Sequin Trim on the others and it was even more fabulous!

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I embossed with the Winter Wonder Embossing Folder in the middle! Using the Year of Cheer Washi Tape, I added copper washi tape to the top and bottom. The pack comes with copper, silver and gold so you can create lots of these using the different colors!

Snowflake Layers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using some Silver Foil Paper and the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper, I punched out circles with the 2-1/4″ Circle Punch  and 2″ Circle Punch. For the greeting, I stamped it in Basic Gray Ink from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set. I used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to cut it out! With the greeting upside down, I placed the Silver Ribbon (or Silver Sequin Trim) down and added Stampin’ Dimensionals down to secure it in the fun loops! Of course I used probably 4 or 5 of them on the little circle! 🙂 You all know I’m an over-user of those things. I finished off the card with a few Rhinestones! If you use the sequin trim, you can always pull a few off and add those all over with some Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, safe travels, good times, and hearts full of joy!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Quilted Tree!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week! Today is Technique Tuesday which is super exciting! I’m sharing with you this quilted tree which is perfect for Christmas time and this winter season. Quilts just scream warm and cozy! My Grandmother and Mom have made so many so they also make me think of family and love! 🙂

Quilted Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Real Red card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ to use for the front. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits, I die cut a bunch of triangles from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack. The cool thing is that the paper is double sides so you have tons of options. Another bonus is that I was able to cut 2-3 layers of paper with every crank through the Big Shot. Woot Woot!!!

Starting with the middle on the top, I placed my first triangle (red). Next, I placed the green one directly under it. I did slide my triangles a bit under each other just for a nice clean covered look. I didn’t want them to pull apart when I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. After I placed the green one directly under, I added the red triangles to either side. For the third row, I added the red triangles directly under the red triangles and then filled in with the green ones! For the stump on the bottom, I placed a small rectangle of Early Espresso cardstock.

Using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder, I ran this entire piece through the Big Shot. I did it both ways – with the impression pressed out and pressed in. You can pick which one you prefer. I found that when I pressed the embossed image in, the triangles came up a bit on the tips where there wasn’t any adhesive. Of course, I didn’t cover the entire triangle with adhesive so the tips popped up. With the impression popped out like the sample above, it was nice and smooth! After adding this to the front of the card, I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the inside of the card. The little silver star to the top from the Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little bling!

Merry Little Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added a piece of Whisper White to the inside and stamped the greeting from the coordinating Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). It was stamped in Real Red!

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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Embossed Champagne Foil Paper!!!

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When I first saw the Champagne Foil Paper I fell in love and then I embossed Champagne Foil Paper and my heart exploded!!! So simple but yet very stunning!

Embossed Champagne Foil Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the colors of this card. That Fresh Fig is just stunning with the new Champagne Foil. (PS: I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and every time I type for this foil, I want to spell it Champaign. Gets me every time!!! So please forgive me if I happen to spell it that way at some point!)

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla (4-1/4″ x 11″) for a card base. Next, I cut a piece of Fresh Fig (4″ x 5-1/4″) and added it to the front. Then, I took 2 pieces of Champagne Foil measuring 1-1/2″ x  3-3/4″. Using the Big Shot, I ran them through in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder. I added one to the top and one to the bottom of the card front. By placing these one first, I found that my spacing was better. Working towards the middle rather than top to bottom (or vice versa) helped with my spacing more.

For the greeting in the middle, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Using the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in Fresh Fig Ink. Then using the little scroll, I stamped one up and one down to border the greeting!

This card is super simple and easy to duplicate this season. You can actually emboss 3 of those pieces of foil in the folder each crank through. So that means 2 cranks through the Big Shot for 3 cards! I’m all about getting the most out of each crank. Time is not on our side during this time of year so making the most of it is best. Am I right?? 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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