A “Sassy Stems” Hello

A “Sassy Stems” Hello

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(inside: sending hugs)

This card features a stamp from the “Sassy Stems” set from Stampin’ Up (retired) and a greeting from the “Fleur de Lis” set from Gina K Designs.  I love the illustration style of the stamps in this set and how the font of that greeting follows the lines of this image so nicely!

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The images were stamped on white card stock with Gina K Designs Jet Black amalgam ink and “loosely” water colored with ink from peach, peacock blue, and bud green Spectrum Aqua markers (that I scribbled on a piece of acetate and then added a bit of water with a brush).

The printed card stock came from the DCWV Peri & Peach Premium Stack.  The inside sentiment is from the “Ever So Much” set from Papertrey Ink (retired?).

Recently, a fellow crafter requested “Thinking of You” or “Hello” cards for her 95 year old friend who is in a care home and is feeling lonely and blue.  This is the card I made to send to her.  If you wish to send a card, the information is at the end of her post HERE.

I also needed a birthday card so I changed up the greeting using a stamp from the “Fabulous Flowers” set from Gina K Designs.

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Goodbye Sassy Cheryl’s – Snowman Wiper Card (and some other sites to find digital stamps)

Goodbye Sassy Cheryl’s – Snowman Wiper Card (and some other sites to find digital  stamps)

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Happy New Year!

Digital stamps are images you download and print from your computer to use on your cards/projects.  You can color them (just like with traditional line art image stamps), but since they are digital, you can also size them to suit your needs.

The snowman on the wiper card above is a digital image from an online shop called Sassy Cheryl’s (that, sadly, just closed down).  What I loved about the images on that site (besides that I thought they were adorable) is that most were also available as pre-colored illustrations so if you didn’t want to color the images yourself, you could just print them in color and use them as is.  The image used on the card above is the pre-colored version of “Fa-la-la-la Snowman” and was “traced and cut” with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  And while this site is no longer operational, there are lots of other companies/shops that offer digital stamps (some pre-colored).

Etsy is a great place to begin looking.

Here are some other sites to check out:

Whimsy Stamps (This site actually has some of Sassy Chery’s designs)

Jan’s Digi Stamps

Graciellie Design

Bugaboo Stamps

Di’s Digital Stamps

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Imagine That Digistamp

Power Poppy

Beccy’s Place

and

The Artsystamper Shop

… to name a few!  (Google Digital Stamps for more options.)

The digital paper I used is called “Snowflake Background – Snowy Paper” by SBdigitalDesigns from Etsy.  The “Festive Mini Expressions – Warmest Wishes” die from Creative Expressions was used for the pop-up greeting.

The following sample (previously posted here) shows how the wiper element works on my snowman card above and features another of Sassy Cheryl’s designs called Once Upon a Star Santa.

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I colored this image myself and used a reindeer image from the “Reindeer” stamp and die cut set (#657780) from Hero Arts/Sizzix (retired) in place of the star in the original design.

Thanks for checking out my card project and post!

*I am not affiliated with any of the above sites, was not asked to promote these sites, and will not be compensated if purchases are made from these sites.  I was just looking for digital stamp sites for myself and thought I’d share my findings.

Graduation Slider Card

Graduation Slider Card

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It’s that time of the year again…

I found this fun stamp at DRS Designs called “Culmination Graduation Greeting” (#1126K) which I thought was good for college (or grad school) graduates since they were “done” with their education.

This interactive card has a die cut graduate that “runs” across the inside of the card when it is opened.

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I needed several of these cards for both female and male graduates.  This is the inside for the guys:

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This is actually a card design I made last year but hadn’t shared.  By the time I was ready to photograph and post it, it was well past graduation season so I decided to wait until now.  In addition to the design above, I had also made some with the year.  Change the year, and it works for any graduating class!

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The “Class of  2018” was from a digital file that I purchased on Etsy.  (My saved link for that file no longer works.)  The same file for 2019 can be purchased HERE at ThankYouDadDesign.

I purchased the die cuts for the insides of the card from the Silhouette store and cut them with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  The female graduate is from a file called “Graduation” (design #82728) by Studio Ilustrado, and the male graduate is called “Jumping Graduate Boy” (design #197569) by Sarah Bailey.

The background paper is “Black Congrats” (0S-003-00093) from DCWV.  The sentiment on the inside is from the “Flower Builders” set from Gina K Designs.

I made two other slider cards in the past (an anniversary card, and a football themed birthday card).  If you care to see how to make a card like this with a sliding element, check out my tutorial HERE.

I had a little trouble getting the white to look white in the photos.   😦

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Wine Themed Napkin Cards

Wine Themed Napkin Cards

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I have another set of napkin cards to share – this time using a gorgeous, wine themed beverage napkin.

All of the panels on the above 5″ x 7″ card were cut from half of one napkin.  This beverage napkin came folded in quarters.  On each napkin, there were two panels with the wine bottles and glass print and two panels with some text and scroll designs (which is the panel in the back).  When folded, you just see the bottles and glass (which I divided into the two panels in the front).  I added a greeting and scored some horizontal lines above and below the matted panels to “fill in” some of the empty space.

The smaller sized beverage napkins make nice A2 size note card with (most of) the front print as is.  I think these would be great to make boxed sets of note cards.

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I also tried one where I resized the above panel slightly and added a few more layers, some raffia, and a greeting to create another 5″ x 7″ card.

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Click here to see how I created the napkin panel for my card.

The Mod Squad Challenge this week is called “Layered Looks” where we are encouraged to “create layered cards/projects.  Not just layered backgrounds, but layered images.” 

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Floral Frame Napkin Card – with Tutorial

Floral Frame Napkin Card – with Tutorial

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Recently, I had created a few cards with panels I made where I adhered napkins to card stock with cling wrap.  It was suggested that freezer paper also works (thanks Bonnie and Verna), and I decided to give that a try.  Oh my goodness – soooo much easier to work with!  The freezer paper does not stick to itself (at all) or move around as much as the cling wrap does.

Another issue I had in the past was separating the back layer(s) from the front layer of the napkin.  I discovered a tip (on this video at 12:20 mark) which is to use a piece of tape on the back of the napkin – near the corner, half on and half hanging over the edge.  Use your finger nail or a bone folder to burnish/push it down on the corner really well.  Then pull up on the tape.  The portion of the back layer attached to the tape will begin to separate from the front layer(s).  Once started, carefully pull the rest of the layer off.  If there are two layers behind the front layer, use a second piece of tape to remove the second layer.  Again – soooo much easier than fighting with the corners to get it started!

I used a pre-cut freezer paper sheet (instead of a roll) which I really liked because it did not curl and was easy to cut to size with either my paper trimmer or scissors.  The freezer paper is shiny/coated on one side, and this is the side that “sticks” to the napkin when heat is applied either with an iron or when it is run through the minc (or laminator).  (An additional layer of card stock was not needed as with the cling wrap method.  Since there is only one coated side (that sticks to the napkin), there is nothing on the back to adhere to a card stock layer.)

If you care to see how I created my napkin panels with freezer paper, I’ve included complete instructions at the end of this post .

I die cut a square (with a peek-a-boo window die) from the napkin panel to create a frame on my 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card.  My Favorite Things has dies that cut either a square or a rectangle frame, and the cool thing about these dies is that the stitching is on the negative and not on the square itself which makes an interesting border around the opening of the frame.

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I stamped my greeting on a smaller square panel 4 times in my MISTI.  A die cut flower with a bit of stickles (glitter glue) in the center finished it off.

If you care to see how I created my napkin panels…

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