Sunday, July 4, 2021

Creation Station: A Textured Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to another fun and inspiring Creation Station blog hop! This month's theme is "texture" and we can create projects using any form of texture, be it embossing paste, folders, or powders.  To get some inspiration, I looked up the definition of "texture" and chose these two art-related definitions:

  • the tactile quality of the surface of a work of art
  • the quality created by the combination of the different elements in a work of music or literature

So I went with a combination of both a tactile surface and a combination of different elements. I made two similar cards--one that's pretty straight-forward and one on which I did some experimentation.

First up is a card with simple elements. I embossed a 3-7/8" by 5" Basic White Card Stock panel with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. That gave the panel a tactile surface. Next, I used a Blending Brush to add Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green Inks diagonally across the panel. Honestly, I was "afraid" to use the Blending Brushes because I'm so heavy handed with our Stampin' Sponges, but these Blending Brushes are an absolute dream to work with! The trick is to start off your card stock so you don't get too much color in one spot. It couldn't be simpler.
I adhered this panel to a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic Black Card Stock mat, wrapped a length of Highland Heather Grosgrain Ribbon around, and then adhered everything to a Highland Heather Card Stock card base. I cut two leaf sprays--one from Basic White and one from Granny Apple Green Card Stock--using the Forever Flourishing Dies. I adhered these to the card with strategically placed Mini Glue Dots. 

I stamped a sentiment from the "Forever Fern" stamp set in Highland Heather Ink onto Basic White Card Stock and quickly sprinkled on some Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I set this with my Heat Tool. I like to "pop" the sentiments on my card by embossing them. I cut this element out with one of the Tasteful Labels Dies and adhered it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card I added some Fresh Freesia In Color Jewels.
I thought that card turned out nicely, but I wanted to play some more with the idea. So I again started with a  3-7/8" by 5" Basic White Card Stock panel, but this time I stamped two of the textured images from the "Tasteful Touches" stamp set in Versamark Ink randomly over the panel. I used Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and my Heat Tool to set these images. Then I embossed the panel with the  Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. I applied Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green Inks to this panel with Blending Brushes, just like before. This time, however, the clear embossing resisted the ink and gave me a different type of texture.
I adhered this panel to a 3-7/8" by 5" Basic Black mat and folded down one of the corners Susan Wong style, wrapped a length of the Highland Heather Grosgrain Ribbon around, and adhered it to a Highland Heather Card Stock card base. Susan also likes to get texture from ribbons by deconstructing them and I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I snipped a 2" piece of the Highland Heather ribbon and used my Take Your Pick Tool to pull out the metallic thread. It unraveled quite easily. I made a "nest" of the bendy silver thread and adhered my sentiment element directly on top of the nest. I was able to fiddle with the silver thread a bit, but I wanted it to be messy. 
I cut a Granny Apple Green Card Stock label with one of the Tasteful Labels Dies and cut two leaf sprays from Vellum Card Stock using the Forever Flourishing Dies. I adhered the leaf sprays to the back of the label and then adhered everything directly to the card front. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to add my sentiment element on top of the Granny Apple Green label.

As with the first card, I finished by adding some Fresh Freesia In Color Jewels.
I hope you've enjoyed my projects and I know you'll enjoy Denita Wright-Smee's projects! Just click the hyperlink to Denita's blog to continue our international hop!

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Creation Station: In Color Floral Frenzy Mash-Up

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Hello everyone! I'm glad you've stopped in to see what the Creation Station design team has in store for your June 2021 hop. Our theme is "In Color Floral Frenzy Mash-Up." Say that three times fast! Our mission is to create a project using at least one In Color from the 2020-2022 collection and at least one color from the 2021-2023 collection and Basic White--and that's all. Oh! And throw in a floral, too! As I always say to my boss when she gives me an assignment: On it!

I chose the Hand-Penned Suite for my project. I have to admit, I passed that suite by when I first got my catalog  “I have enough floral sets I don’t need another one,” I thought. But I kept seeing all the beautiful cards everyone was making with that set, it grew and grew and GREW on me until I simply had to have it! Does that ever happen to you?

I love the artistic two-step stamps. Simply stamp the floral arrangement from the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set (I used Evening Evergreen Ink) and then fill in the flowers and leaves with their matching stamps. I used Magenta Madness, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, and Soft Succulent Inks.  The best part is that the filler stamps aren’t meant to fit exactly into the outline stamp so you don’t need to drive yourself crazy trying to make it perfect. Besides, as my friend Lydia Fiedler says: perfection is for serial killers! I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers to give them some sparkle and shine. I cut out the image with the matching outline die from the Penned Flowers Dies.  You can get the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set and Penned Flowers dies in a bundle, saving you 10% off the price if you purchase the separately.

Next, I used the detailed die to cut two floral pieces from Thick Basic White Card Stock. I adhered these to the back of the stamped floral image and set them aside while I built the card base.  

The card base is Evening Evergreen Card Stock cut lengthwise and scored at 5-1/2” and 6-3/4”.  I adhered the top left of the card to the card base, making a book fold. I adhered a 1” by 4” strip of Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper to the top of the book fold. I used the pointy corner of the Tailored Tag Punch to make a notch at the top and bottom so that the Pale Papaya and White Ribbon would lay flat.

I cut a 4” square of dotted Pale Papaya Hand-Penned DSP and adhered it to the right front of the card. I added the floral elements to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped a sentiment from the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set in Evening Evergreen Ink onto Basic White and cut it out with one of the  Hippo & Friends Dies. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I finished the card with a few Genial Gems.

On the inside, I stamped the outline of the other floral image from the Hand-Penned Petals set onto a 4" Basic White Card Stock square using Evening Evergreen Ink.

I hope you enjoyed my creation and I hope I inspired you to make your own floral frenzy mash-up. Remember, you can purchase everything in the Hand-Penned Suite (stamp set, dies DSP, Genial Gems) with one item code. Just click on the thumbnails below and you'll go right to my online store. I'm certain you'll fall in love with this suite just like I did!

Now it's time to be inspired by another one of our wonderful design team members, Vicki Boucher!

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