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Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Beachy Little Christmas, Faux Ripped Edge technique, Heat Embossing, Silver Embossing Powder | 10 comments

Faux Riped Edge CASE….

One of the things I love most about the stamping community is how open everyone is  to sharing ideas and techniques.  There is a little thing called CASE which stands for copy and share everything!  We all pull ideas from each other.  I love that ❤…

Recently while scrolling through Facebook, I saw a super cool technique called Faux Ripped Edge. I knew right away I had to try it.  The person showing the technique was Patty Bennett! She is awesome by the way.  And has several cards on her blog showing this technique.

One of Patty’s cards is a beach scene. Which I had to CASE!!! I changed up the stamp set and s few colors. But, you can defiantly see Patty’s  beach scene in my card.  See Patty Bennett’s card here and a great video of the technique

I know from the moment I saw the holiday catalog I had to have Beachy Little Christmas.  This cite stamp set has everything you need to make fun beach themed Christmas Cards

Beachy Little Christmas

That palm tree with the lights is the cutest thing ever!!! And the hut is so adorable! But, my favorite image is the crab with the holly. How adorable

I love this card from the Holiday Catalog! It is super cute and shows all the fun ways to use the stamp set!!

  • I used three different coloring techniques.  The Faux Ripped Edge Technique, my Stampin’ Wright Markers (and a blender pen), and ink blending with a sponge brayer and sponge dabber
  • The Ripped Edge  technique uses glossy paper. Witch is quite different from working with whisper white or even shimmery white.  The ink sits on top of the paper and then slowly absorbs into the paper. So it my take you a few times to get it down right!
  • To do this technique you rip paper and use the edge as a guide to add ink directly from the ink pad to the glossy paper. I used Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, and Sahara Sand
  • The background is silver embossing with ink blended on top.
  • The last detail is the star and ribbon.  The star is from the Year of Cheer embellishments
  • The colors used were Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand and Wild Wasabi. There is a little Smoky Slate on the hut.  Can you see it???

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

This square card is 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. The card base is Tempting Turquoise paper that is cut to be 5 1/2 by 11 inches. Then  score and burnish  at 5 1/2 inches on the 11 inch side. The layers are Real Red 5 1/4 by 5 1/4 inches, the wild wasabi layer 5 1/8 by 5 1\8 inches, the tilted Tempting Turquoise 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches, tilted Real Red 4 1/16 by 4 1/16 inches, the glossy white paper is 4 by 4 inches.

Here is a up close of the embossed layer!

I have a new class registration  open.  We will be using the Coffee Cafe’ and Merry Cafe’ stamp sets! The class is August 26th from 1-3 at Westside  Coffee Place & Café

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The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one!  The Beachy Little Christmas is such a fun twist on the Holidays!

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!

Below is a list of products used while maki this card! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

 

Happy Friday my friends! We have almost made it to another weekend! Yeeppie!!!!

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Aqua Painters, Big Shot, Copper Embossing Powder, Global Design Project, Heat Embossing, InColors 2017, ink as watercolor, Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, Tranquil Tide, Watercolor, watercolor | 10 comments

Happy 100 to Global Design Project #gdp100

The Global  Design  Project  is celebrating  there 100th challenge!  I remember  how excited  I was when this challenge  started!  I was even more excited  to participate  in that very first challenge. Now, 100 challenges later we are all celebrating the designers.

Each designer designed a card.  Those of  us playing along, are picking a designer to case.  What fun! For today’s  card I picked my friend,  Brian  King! His clean line card is amazing. I love the pop of gold he used!!!

I love  the clean lines with the marbled background!  And the bold focal point is awesome!

I knew that I wanted to use a metallic as part of my focal point.  So, while thinking about what stamped I wanted to use I also thought  about what would look awesome  in metallic. I decided on a new stamp bundle in the  upcoming  Holiday  Catalog  (available  September 1) Pick a Pumpkin bundle is beautiful  and has a pumpkin in the dies I know  I wanted to guild! Perfect!

Pick A Pumpkin Bundle

I wanted  a basic  background  that would allow  the pumpkins and gourd to shine.  I went to my default  background  technique, and ,adequate a watercolor background!  I sed the ink refill for the watercolor.  Initially, I was just going to use two colors and make a soft background.  But, the watercolor  had something else in mind.  I love how the unexpected  addition  of Tempting  Turquoise is to this Pool Party and Tranquil Tide background.

Pool Party
Tranquil Tide
Tempting Turquoise

I have several pictures to share with you today .  They will show you the process  I used in making my watercolor  background.

 

The first step is to gather the supplies up that our will need!  You will need watercolor  paper, ink refills o your  choice, a aqua painter, versamark ink, a heat tool, and embossing powder.  I also used a clip board and some  painters tape.

Let’s talk  just a second about watercolor  paper. Watercolor  paper comes in three forms normally.  hot press, cold press, and rough.  Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper is cold press paper.  For this particular project I wanted a paper that had more tooth.  So, I pulled  out  some rough paper.  I am addicted  to watercolor  paper and use all three types.   Hot press is awesome for stamping because  it has a smother  surface  than the other two.  You  could make this card with Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper without any problem

The first thing I did was to tape off a border on the watercolor  paper. I used my grid paper to help lign it up straight. I did not really press down my tape  to the grid paper because,  I transferred the whole thing over to a clip board.

The next step  was to use my aqua painter to add water to the paper.

The next step, is to start adding color! I started off with Pool Party. I added a few drops of ink and water to a flat dish. Using  a aqua painter, I  added the color. I started with up and down strokes. Then dropped  in color in a few spots

At this point, I used my heat tool to dry the paper.  After each addition of color the paper was dried with a heat tool.  This added some harsh  lines between layers of color

The second  layer of color was Pool Party and Tranquil Tide.  The color was added in the same fashion.   By starting with up and down strokes, them dropping  in color.

Again,  I heat set the panel adding definition between  layers of color.

The final watercolor step was to add Tempting Turquoise  ink and Pool Party ink.  This layer was added with almost  a dry brush.  Again, using an up and down motion with the Tempting Turquoise.  Then I added a little  more water to my brush and added Pool Party ink.

Watercolor always looks it’s worst right before it looks good. So keep going and practice.  Practice is key in learning how watercolor works.  The final step is to heat set the watercolor  one last time. Carefully,  remove the tape.

After the watercolor panel is dry, it is time to add the copper  embossing.  To do this you will need embossing power,  versamark ink, and a heat tool

I used the edge of the versamark ink pad to add inkto the paper.  Then added the embossing powder.

At this point my embossing looked quite messy.  So, I  used a paint brush to swipe away any unwanted embossing powder.  Then used my heat tool to set the embossing.

I love the final results! The copper really adds a fun fall feel to the background.   It also brings in the copper guiding flakes used on the pumpkin.

I love to watercolor and don’t get the chance to use the rough paper very often.  I love the results of the inks on this paper.  The difference  in color  between  this panel  and the one on the card is that this one turned out darker.  That’s because,  I used less water in my ink dishes.  Also, no two watercolor panels will ever come out exactly  the same.

  • The images were stamped and die cut out. The small pumpkin in Peakaboo Peach. The gourd  in Bermuda bay.  The fun leafy flower thing in Tranquil Tide on Pool Party  paper.  The large leaf stem is die cut with Tranquil Tide paper. The small curly q is die cut with soft  suede paper
  • The large pumpkin is die cut out and has gilding added to it.  I used mostly copper. But, there is a little silver and gold also. I used whisper white paper and added the new adhesive sheets to both sides.  Then cut out the die. And added the leafing to one side.  The same process was used  for the large curly q
  • The card base is Soft Suede with a copper layer on top
  • The final steps was to decorate the envelope!

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Thank you for sticking with me through so many pictures! I know it was a lot, but I really wanted to share with you my process.  Hugs to you who stuck around!!!

Below os a list of products used. If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up!, products used, or today’s card feel free to contact me via email at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

 

Price: $110.00

I have a new class registration  open.  We will be using the Coffee Cafe’ and Merry Cafe’ stamp sets! The class is August 26th from 1-3 at Westside  Coffee Place & Café

Sign Up now!

The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one!  The Pick a Pumpkin  bundle will no doubt be popular for fall crafting.  And because  it’s a bundle, you save 10% YEPPIE.

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!

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Won’t you join me in celebrating Global Design Project 100th challenge!!!! I hop hope each of you have an awesome day! Let’s all be creative  every day and share it with those around us! And just incase you are wondering who won the very first Global Design Project Challenge,  you can check it out here!

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Holiday Catalog 2017, Merry Little Christmas, watercolor, Watercolor pincles, Wonderful Life, Year of Cheer | 0 comments

Ticket to ride

Music is a big source of inspiration for me.  I love all sorts of music.  And at different stages of my life different genres of music appealed to me.  The older I get the more I want to listing to music that is relaxing.  That being said, some times it great to pull out the records of the past and enjoy the memories rush through.  One of the first albums that I pull out is Vanilla Fudge.  The other  and I use to listen to this album all the time. Sit on the screened in porch and Blair music 🎶 and drink martinis 🍸.   Mind you we lived in the middle of a hay-field.  One of the awesome songs was ticket to ride. A Beatles cover stuck amongst some very awesome tunes. I know how the songs on the albumSegway from one to the next….  I was thinking about all this yesterday morning while I was working on my card for today.   And what a Wonderful Life we have had together.  It was not the life either of us expected.  It has definitely had its moments!! But,  I would do it all over again to be on that porch with martinis and Vanilla Fudge… The Wonderful Life stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog is so stinking cute.  I can just see  Clark Griswold packing for Christmas or that young couple headed out on their first adventure!! This adorable stamp set has my ticket for sure.

Wonderful Life

I adore this stamp set!  It is perfect for watercolor! Witch is my favorite thing to do!  It is just totally relaxing!!!  I love the way watercolor makes you relax and just let the color do its thing.

I made two cards for you today! They are basically the same card. But, with different themes and colors!!! The Wonderful Life stamp set is perfect for so many different occasions!!!

I love how just changing a few thing like color and paper makes a whole new card for a completely different occasion!

Both cards are square! My favorite size of card to make right now!!! I love the big 5 1/5 by 5 1/2 inch square cards I have been making.  But, my friend Julie, the Paper Pixie, makes the most adorable little mini cards.  My goal was to make something simular…well, things didn’t go as planned😲   my cards did not turn out mini… They are 4 1/2 by 4 1/2.  This size feels like the perfect size for a square card!!!

  • The elements are stamped in archival Basic Black on shimmery white paper
  • I used my watercolor pencils, gold and clear wink of stella to add color.  I used basic gray for the bumper.   Real red and old olive for the presents.  One present is gold wink of stella. The car is daffodil delight.  The wheels are basic black
  • After the watercolor was dried I used a black pin to go over some of the lines that were faded.

Here is a close up of the watercolor

I love that Stampin’ Up! has thought of all the details! They even give you stamps to add a personalized tag!  😱  I also love how the gold wink of stella looks like shimmery kraft paper! How fun is that 😜

The card base is real red.  To make a 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 square card. Cut a piece of card stock so that it is 4 1/2 by 7 inches. On the 7 inch side score and burnish at 4 1/2 inches.  The polka dots layer is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The dsp is cut to be 4 3/8 by 4 3/8 inches.  The popped up layer is real red and shimmery white. The real red is 3 5/8 by 3 5/8 inches. The shimmery white is 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.

  • By just changing the colors to metallic and peach with a big splash of rich razzleberry we have this sweet wedding card!!!
  • I used the wink of stella pins to color most of the presents. On two I used clear wink of stella and peekaboo peach ink refill
  • The car is watercolored just like the other excerpt, I used the rich razzleberry watercolor pencils instead of daffodil delight
  • The tin cans are basic gray with a touch of clear wink of stella.
  • As if this card did not have enough shine. I layered it with the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper and Champagne Foil

Here is an up close of this watercolor and all the fun layers!!!

The card base is peekaboo peach (same as described above)   The next layer is the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper. The dsp is cut 4 3/8 by 4 3/8 inches. The next three layers are popped up. The champagne foil is 3 7/8 by 3 7/8 inches. The peekaboo peach layer is 3 3/4 by 3 3/4 inches.

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one!  The Wonderful Life Stamp Set and both dsp used today are apart of this exciting release!!

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!

Thank you for sticking with me through this long and winding post.  I hope each of you have a great day! Go be creative and share your art with others!

Peace out-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Beautiful You, Coloring Tools 2017, ink as watercolor | 4 comments

Beautiful You with a simple watercolor

One of my all time favorite  stamp sets is Beautiful You!  I love the way the ladies are drawn in this stamp set!  The sentiments are fabulous as well.  I love that they give you the option of coloring in the stamps or using the sketchy watercolor looking stamps.  This lends to lots of different looks that you can achieve.

Beautiful You Stamp Set

I adore how this set is classic yet modern!

One of my favorite things to do is watercolor with Stampin’ Up! ink refills.  It is a quick way to add some color to your card.  It is also fun to watch how the ink reacts with each other and water.  I have not watercolored much lately, so I was ready to relax and watercolor!!!

  • I love this clean and simple layout paired with the classy lady.
  • The watercolor panel is shimmery white cardstock.  On the shimmery white stamp the image in Archival Basic Black. Then use your aqua painter and ink refills to watercolor the image.
  • For the watercolor I used pool party, tranquil tide, and lemon lime twist
  • The dress is watercolored in pool party. Then I dropped in tranquil tide and let the watercolor do its thing.  The umbrella is done the same way, but lemon lime twist with pool party and tranquil tide dropped in
  • The watercolor panel is popped up with soft sky and stampin’ dimensionals

The paper is all new in the Holiday Catalog (Available Sep.1) ,  Painted Autumn. This paper is full of beautiful fall designs and coordinating patterns.

 The ribbon, lemon lime twist ombre ribbon, is also a new products. It made its debut in the 2017 Annual Catalog!

The card is a 4 bar size.  Stampin’ Up! makes some wonderful notecards and envelopes in this size.  Unfortunately, I was out of very vanilla. It is quite easy to make this size of card! Though I do recommend the Stampin’ Up! set. Because, you get the coordinating envelope!!! And you can decorate the envelope flap with the dsp! How cute !

To make my card base use Thick Very Vanilla paper.  Cut it so that it is 5 by 7.  On the 7 inch side score and burnish at 3 1/2 inches.  There is a soft sky layer that is 3 3/8 by 4 7/8. The next layer is made up of two panels one dsp that is 2 1/8 by 4 3/4. And tranquil tide that is 1 1/8 by 4 3\4. These two layers my overlap just a bit! That’s okay. It will be covered by ribbon. The next layers are the watercolor panels.  The soft sky is 3 1/8 by 2 1/8. The watercolor layer is shimmery white 2 by 3

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

 

There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!

Here is a list of items used to make this card. If you have any questions about this card feel free to contact me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

Supply List

Thanks for stopping by! I love this sweet little card! It would be perfect for a gift set to give to a friend.  I hope each of you have a great Monday! Lets all go out and be creative and share the things we love with others!
Peace and love my friends-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Embossing, Faux Batik, Flirty Flowers, Heat Embossing, Silver Embossing Powder, Wood Plank Texture Impressions Embossing Folder | 48 comments

Faux Batik with the Flirty Flowers Stamp Set!

I have had so much fun playing with the Faux Batik technique over the past couple of weeks.  And,  I’m so very excited to show you how to achieve beautiful Batik with stamped images.  My friend, and Inking Royalty Team Leader, Brian King invited me to be a Guest Stamper on his blog.  Thank You Brian, for this awesome opportunity!!!   I am truly honored to be a Guest on your blog and apart of the Inking Royalty.  And Thank you to all of those who have hopped over from his blog to see more detail about the Faux Batik process.

Batik is a wax resist that is used for fabric dyeing.  The process of Batik can also be used in other mediums, such as rice paper watercolor.  I fallow a lot of artist on Instagram. It is one of the places that I go to for inspiration.  One of the artist, Emily Jeffords, that I fallow has been doing a lot with Batik and painting.  Her batiks are amazing.  And made me want to try to make something similar for cards.

For the Faux Batik technique, I have found that it works best with stamped images that are more solid.  Verses ones that have lots of details or are sketchy looking.   Batiking is a very organic looking process.  There for flowers and leaves are really beautiful with the Faux batik.  The Flirty Flowers stamp set is just perfect.

This stamp set is so happy and the flowers have such a fresh feel.

Today,  I am sharing details for the Faux Batik techniques with you.  Also, at the bottom of the post is a video if you would like to see the technique in action.  If you have any questions about the technique  feel free to email me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com  If you would like to see other cards featuring this technique click here and here

The first step is to gather up the supplies that you will need.   This includes tissue paper, shimmery white cardstock, versamark ink, embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, inks of your choice, stamps, and baby wipes

After you have gathered up your supplies, the next step is to heat emboss a stamped image onto the tissue paper.  To do this you will need your versamark ink, embossing powder, embossing buddy,  and heat tool.  Be sure to use the embossing buddy first.  This will help keep stray embossing powder form sticking in unwanted areas.  After using the embossing buddy, you want to stamp the image with versamark, add the embossing powder, pour off any access powder, and heat set the image.

After you have the tissue paper embossed.  It is time to make a Batik image!! To do this you need to place the tissue paper over the  shimmery white card stock.

 

The next step is to start adding ink to the tissue paper with a baby wipe.  I work from lightest color to darkest color.  In this case Pool Party was the first color added .

This is what is should look simular to after adding the first color

Then, Pear Pizzazz

and Finally, Old Olive.

After adding the Old Olive ink.  You can go back to your lightest color and add more if you like.  The final step is to remove the tissue paper to reveal your Faux Batik

You can use your tissue paper more than once if you are using the same colors.  Also, do not throw your tissue paper away.  You can use this for another card showing off the pretty embossing.   I used silver embossing  powder for my card.  And I am planning a second card that uses the tissue paper layer.  I love the look of the metallic embossing powders with the ink around them.  Also, this technique works very well on Whisper White Card Stock.

When using a bold technique, like this Faux Batik, it is best to keep the rest of the card quite simple.  This allows for your handy work to shine.

 

  • After the Faux Batik has dried it is time to add a sentiment.  I chose one from the upcoming Holiday Catalog. This sentiment is in the Painted Harvest stamp set (available Sep 1) .  It is stamped in Early Espresso ink
  • The background is the pinewood Plank texture impression embossing folder.  Use the folder to emboss Early Espresso cardstock.  After embossing, I added some gold leafing to the texture.  This give it a shimmery weathered look.
  • The only thing left is to  put the card together and pop up the Faux Batik

This card is a standard A2 card (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) . The card base is made from a 8 1/2 by 11 Early Espresso cardstock cut in half at 5 1/2 inches on the 11 side and scored at 4 1/4 inches.  Each layer is as follows.   Pear Pizzazz 4 1/8 by 5 3/8 inches.  Early Espresso 4 by 5 1/4 inches and embossed with the pinewood planks embossing folder. Pear Pizzazz 3 1/4 by 4 5/8 inches .  Shimmery White with Faux Batik 3 1/8 by 4 1/2 inches

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

 

Price: $110.00

Thank you for stopping by!! I so enjoyed sharing this fun technique with you!! I hope each of you have a fablous Friday!! And that you have a moment to be creative and share your creative flow with others!!

Peace & Happiness-

Jennifer

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