Tropical Birthday Greetings – Hand Stamped Patterned Paper

Tropical Birthday Greetings – Hand Stamped Patterned Paper

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I created this quick card sample while playing around with some stamps and ink to create my own patterned paper.  I “stamped off” the split leaf philodendron leaves to allow the areca palm fronds to pop.  (Yes, I needed to research the names of these leaves – LOL!)

This card was made with only white card stock and ink.  Memento Bamboo Leaves ink was sponged on one of the white panels to create the green mat and was also used for “stamping off” the lighter leaves.  Mowed Lawn Distress ink was used for the darker leaves and greeting.

These tropical images can be found in the Kaisercraft “Relax” stamp set.

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A-Maze-ing Birthday

A-Maze-ing Birthday

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(inside: Hope it’s a-MAZE-ing!)

This interactive card is a variation of a shaker card – instead of the usual sequins, confetti, or other small items that are fun to shake, this window pouch contains a plastic maze that is fun to tilt and turn to get the ball to the finish.

The maze and metal ball, the shaker pouch, and the dies to cut the window and frame are all from My Favorite Things.   There is a coordinating stamp set as well, although the stamps I used are custom made from rubberstamps.net.

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The band across the front was cut with dies from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Label Die Set.  The card stock used is Papertrey Ink Rustic White, Gina K Designs Tranquil Teal, and Authentique Together (#CEL002) from the Celebrate collection.  The ink is also GKD Tranquil Teal.  (Not sure why the ink and card stock look so blue in the photos; I tried multiple times, with no success, to get a pic with the accurate color.  Hmmm…)

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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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Snowflake Wreaths & Stamping on Custom Size Panels

Snowflake Wreaths & Stamping on Custom Size Panels

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I have several small snowflake stamps and thought it would be fun to create a winter wreath card with them.  I don’t usually use pink, but I decided to try something a little different for me, and I like it more than I thought I would!  The Gina K Designs wreath builder template helps you create a perfectly positioned and evenly spaced circular pattern with your stamps.  A tutorial on how to use this tool can be found HERE (beginning at the 6:40 mark).  While it is easier if you use a stamp positioner (like a MISTI), I show you HERE how to use the template without one.

For this card, I wanted my wreath to be on a 3 inch panel but was using a 4 inch template.  It is super simple to use any size panel (the template size or smaller) with any size template.

Let’s say you wanted your stamped panel to be 2 1/8 inches square.  In addition to the 2 1/8″ panel, cut a scrap panel to the correct size for the template.  If you are using a 4 inch template, you need a 4 inch square panel.  With a pencil and a ruler, draw diagonal lines from each corner to it’s opposite corner.  Put a spot of removable adhesive in the center of this panel.

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Take the 2 1/8 inch square you need for your project.  Center it on the “adapter” scrap.  Use the diagonal lines to help you position it; when all 4 corners of your panel touch the diagonal lines, it is centered.

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Then, just rotate and stamp with the “adapter” (and your temporarily attached panel) as you normally would.

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Remove your stamped panel when done.  Save your adapter panel.  If you used removable adhesive, you can rub it off and use this adapter again and again (although it is so easy to just make another one if needed)!

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I used Milled Lavender and Seedless Preserves distress inks and Memento Danube Blue and Summer Sky.

While I had these ink pads out, I made another card where I stamped the wreath directly on the rectangular card panel (instead of on a smaller square).  If you focus on the top edge and corners of the panel (and ignore the bottom half that hangs out of the template) and rotate and stamp as you do with a square panel, you can achieve the same result.

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Both of these cards were made with just white card stock.  I applied ink to some of the card stock to create the matching background panels and mats.  I also added ink to white ribbon (on the second sample) to make the purple bow.

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