Friday, May 15, 2009

fun with techniques

Next we have a couple of technique cards. These are both using 'Upsy Daisy' which is a great set for different techniques. I've seen some gorgeous brayered backgrounds done with this set...
During my Presentation, I showed these 2 cards looking nice but ordinary, and then showed a 'Stepped Up' version, where I've added accessories like brads, buttons and ribbon. Here are my 2 Stepped Up ones (you'll just have to imagine them dressed down!):
To give this 3D effect, I've first stamped in Whisper White Craft ink, and then once it has dried, I've stamped over the top in Not Quite Navy. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position it just slightly to the right. The sentiment is from 'Best Yet' Hostess set, which is my favourite Level 1 Hostess Set. I've added some of the gorgeous Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon to step it up a notch, and then a 'bouquet' button.

TIP: I love adding co-ordinating thread to my button, but since I don't own thread in all 48+ Stampin' Up! colours (actually I don't own any!) instead I use a tiny thin strip of cardstock (in this case Not Quite Navy) and thread it through the holes of my button.

To get this effect, I've inked up the whole stamp in So Saffron, then (don't stamp it yet!) I've used a More Mustard inkpad to ink up just the lower 2/3 of my stamp and then (you still can't stamp it!) I've used Tangerine Tango to ink up the lower 1/3 of the stamp. Now (hope you haven't stamped it yet!) use a sponge dauber to blend the areas where the colours meet, to soften them. NOW you can stamp it (make sure you go 'ooooooohhhhhh!' afterwards!).

I blinged this one up, using a line of Sticky Strip with glitter applied to it, and a Rhinestone brad.

Isn't it amazing how different a stamp set can look when you use different techniques and colours on it?

Materials for card 1 (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Upsy Daisy, Best Yet
ink: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
card: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
other: Large Oval Punch, Designer Label Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Bouquet button, Kiwi Kiss satin Ribbon

Materials for card 2 (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Upsy Daisy, Best Yet
ink: So Saffron, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango
card: So Saffron, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
other: Haiku DSP, Large Oval Punch, Designer Label Punch, Curly Label Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, sponge daubers, sticky strip, Fine Supernova glitter, Rhinestone square Fire brad


  1. Hi Marelle, I'm really enjoying coming here each day to re-live your presentation. This is fantastic as your presentation was very inspiring and this is just recapping all that for me.

    Thanks again.

  2. These cards are beautiful. I love this stamp set.

  3. Certainly not tired of these posts yet, bring it on LOL. Thanks for sharing for those of us who were disappointed to miss out,



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