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DIY Foil Stamped Flowers on Vellum – Elegant Monochromatic Card + Tips & Tricks

I love using transparencies on cards. I usually use vellum because of how delicate it looks. So I decided to use one of Sweet ‘n Sassy’s latests flower stamp from a set I designed –Floral Greetings– in a non-traditional way. You will see me using a couple of stunning papers today from Paper Temptress too!

I used a quick and easy DIY technique to foil the flowers on heavyweight #48 vellum to create these stamped embellishments. First, I stamped the flowers using pigment ink (which works just as well as any embossing ink), and I then heat embossed the images in gold. But because I wanted to create a metal on metal effect I went ahead and foiled the flowers in silver. All I did was cover the images with a piece of Deco Foil Silver Foil transfer sheet and ran them through a laminator making sure to wrap the stamped vellum within at least 2 copy paper sheets folded in half, to avoid the embossing powder from melting completely. This trick will allow you to get a distressed foil effect that lets some of the embossed areas to show. In the end, you get a beautiful silver on gold metallic finish.

I fussy cut the flowers and used them to frame the wonderful verse from Peaceful Peonies. I layered a few die cuts and used a beautiful black shimmery two toned cardstock called Nero Incandescent to go along with the metallic tones on the images. (This is one of the most beautiful papers I’ve worked with.) I added a few touches of beige here and there to make the sentiment pop and tie all the monochromatic layers together. I love the result, but I’m sure this card wouldn’t have been the same without these beautiful stamps!

For more details on these and other stamp sets from our latest releases please visit Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. For more inspiration make sure to subscribe to the blog so you never miss our design team’s projects. (There is so much inspiration here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Graciellie Design at Word Art Wednesday – $15 Gift Card & Inspiration Projects

I am joining Word Art Wednesday Challenge today, together with some of Graciellie Design’s Creative Team to showcase their weekly verse printable using our digital stamps. I decided to go for a subtle pool and white card with a touch of gray and Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil.

To view this and other new stamp sets click here.

I printed the verse using a laser printer and foiled the sentiment in Black Deco Foil, which is actually kind of matte. The foiling made the verse look bolder, added contrast and laminated the print. (It’s a super nice effect.) The flowers were foiled with Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil which has blue, silver and champagne hues. By watercoloring the flowers in light blue it made the foiling look tone on tone… Very subtle and elegant. I used Zig markers to color the images.

The die cuts used are all from Spellbinders. I did a lot of die cut layering like in the old days. I added a piece of gray grossgrain ribbon to match the beautiful Laser Silver Lustre cardstock from Paper Temptress.

I invite you to head over to Word Art Wednesday Challenge to check out what the designers created with this beautiful verse and our stamps. WAW designers are featuring cards too, so there are a lot of project ideas for you! Oh, and there is a $15 Gift Card giveaway too so make sure to participate on this week’s challenge for a chance to win new stamps!

Thanks for stopping by.

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Foil Stamped Flowers on Vellum – New year’s Inspirational card –

With the new year also come new crafty tools and new techniques to try out; New opportunities in every sense and new energy to give it our best. So today I have a card for you that represents all of the above in an elegant and inspirational way.

I went for black and white, adding gold as my transition shade and the result ended up reminding me of the old 30’s glamour. The Arched Elegance dies also contribute with the look of the card and since they are new to my stash I went ahead and layered them as uniquely as I possibly could.

I used so many different materials on this card: vellum, craft metal, decofoil and even acrylic paint for the monoprinted background. I started out using a 5″ by 7″ Gelli plate to create a gold and silver background (love the effect), then I heat embossed in silver a few snowflakes on it; I also cut the flourishes from the same paper. I die cut a few archs on craft metal (which looks like aluminum foil but it’s sturdier), and layered a few other archs cut from black patterned paper. I also foiled stamped my flowers on vellum, using Stamp ‘n Bond and Gold Decofoil sheets and then colored them (from the back) with Spectrum Noir markers. The process requires a bit of patience but the result is absolutely worth it! The inspiring sentiment is stamped with gold glitter embossing powder (my new favorite).

I wanted to add a few unexpected elements to my card such as the gold lattice ribbon pieces on the sides and the snowflake die cuts under the flowers that I heat embossed with Bridal Tinsel powder to add a bit of sparkle. I wanted this design to be sort of transitional, with a new year feel and a bit of a winter touch. It all blends nicely in the end thanks to the neutral tones.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project. Update: I added a quick tutorial on how I foil stamped my flowers and you can find it HERE. Until next time.

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Layers & Layers handmade card with unity stamp co.

Our family is starting a new stage, with my son entering kintergarden. With it comes a new routine that each of us needs to adapt to. I am spending much more time taking care of my loved ones and in consequence I haven’t been around here much. Still I do take advantage of the few moments I have available to create a few things! Today I’m sharing a card with lots and lots of layers and delicate embellishments.

The layers on this 5″ by 7″ card were cut from metallic, linen and leather textured cardstock. The inspiring verse stamp is from my new set Praise the Lord by Unity Stamp Company (check it out here).

This verse has inspired me since I was very young, and I’m glad to have the chance to inspire others stamping it on a card. I also used one of the lovely patterned papers from my Keys & Roses digital set. I will be updating my digital shop here on the blog soon!

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! I would love to hear about you and your latest projects. Do you like to add a lot of layers to your cards?

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Sharing with:
Deep Ocean Challenge 2W – #112 – Shabby Chic (Week 2) / In the Pink #77 – Ribbons and Bows / 
Crafty Cardmakers – 2W, C15 – (Week 2) Floral Embellishments

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Die Cuts & Vellum – Our Daily Bread Designs

Hello and welcome to our last challenge of the month at Our Daily Bread Designs! This challenge will run for two weeks and it’s an Anything Goes with ODBD stamps. So take out your supplies and let’s get crafty! I enjoyed so much sharing male card designs with you this month. I know that we papercrafters feel blocked when it comes to creating male cards, so I thought I would share as many ideas as possible, sharing cards for Father’s Day and any other occasions. I hope I have inspired you to try out more male cards too!

Here is another card idea that I think is very modern and clean. Vellum always adds an awesome effect to cards. I stamped and heat embossed and wonderful verse from the new Good Man stamp set on vellum. I added a bit of gold string matching the gold sentiment.

For the background I added many different tool die cuts from the new Workshop Tools set, using patterned papers (also new from ODBD). I created a wide die cut frame with a soft patterned paper that I think finishes that card design nicely.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC244 or to join the challenge click here. You have until June 28, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

My teammates designed cards for your inspiration too:

My wish is to continue to share male cards ideas whenever possible, but I do encourage you to break that paradigm and expand your creativity trying out different kinds of papercrafting projects. Thanks so very much for stopping by! I’ll see you again very soon.

Main Supplies:

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Vintage Blessing – ODBD Sketch

It’s time for a sketch challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. Today’s sketch was so much fun to play with and it also made my design look elegant! As promised last week I’ll be sharing male card ideas throughout the month. My card for today would work well for any occasion and even for a lady, since it incorporates all sorts of elements.

I used 3 different patterned papers from the new ODBD vintage collection and cut two banners included in the same paper pack to add them as elements to my card. I picked black as my accent color and followed the sketch vertically. I really like the new stamp set and I think it matches the design perfectly!

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC242 or to join the challenge click here. You have until June 14, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I invite to see what my teammates created this week:

I hope you are inspired to join our challenge this week! Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time! Don’t forget to check out my Birthday Giveaway HERE. ODBD is sponsoring a prize!

I’m sharing this with:

RRR – Masculine with Ribbon or Trim / 
Supplies:

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Showers of Blessings – ODBD Inspiration Challenge

This week Our Daily Bread Designs is hosting an Inspiration Challenge! The inspiration photo goes along so well with the new release.

I created this card using the new Umbrella die upside down holding little handmade flowers. I thought the umbrella would look perfect in front of the Window die, to which I added a beautiful piece of patterned paper from the Blushing Rose Collection. The sentiment is from one of the new stamp sets released and I think this verse not only goes well with the theme of this week’s challenge and my design, but also is such a beautiful promise, a very encouraging and inspiring verse!

As always I hope you enjoyed seeing my card for today! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC235 or to join the challenge click here. You have until April 26, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I hope you have a minute to check out the beautiful cards created by the DT:

Thanks for stopping by today!

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From my Garden – ODBD Sketch Challenge

Were you able to join us last week at our Shining the Light challenge? This week our challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is a sketch! When I saw the sketch I think I knew right away that I wanted to make a window card. I decided to make a garden themed card too, with a bit of floral pattern and garden die cuts!

You may have noticed by now how much I love to use the largest frame from Flourished Star Pattern dies. I just like the stitched border this die has and how it matches many other dies from ODBD like the Gilded Gate I used this time too! I die cut a window on the white mat using Vintage Flourish Pattern and then I embossed it with a polka dot folder. I thought some polka dot embossing would look great with this card’s design, especially because of the shabby chic look it has.

I stamped a sentimend from The Gate set, and I die cut a smaller coordinating label, that way I could make the window stand out with patterned paper. I stenciled the label with pink ink, because I can’t have enough pink in any of my cards and it just happened to match my design!

Since I wanted dimension for the different elements of the card and since the Gilded Gate is so intricate, I thought of an idea that turned out great… I adhered the gate to a strip of patterned paper and mounted it on the embossed mat! Turns out the floral pattern behind the gate looks a bit like a garden.

I stamped the bird from Music Speaks, fussy cut it, colored it with markers and heat embossed it with pearlescent powder to make it stand out. I must say the little bird looks much better in person! I added a few leaves I die cut from beige cardstock using Fancy Foliage. Since I didn’t have the green cardstock to match the patterned paper exactly, I colored the leaves with markers. I embellished the leaves with a few pink pearls that look a lot like fruit (at least in my imagination).

I hope you liked my card for today! I think this is a fun sketch, so I hope you can join us this week! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC226 or to join the challenge click here (link to the ODBDSLC226). You have until February 15, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

As always, my DT sisters created some beautiful cards to share with you! I invite you to visit their blogs below and leave them a comment! I’m sure you’ll be inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to share my card with:
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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I praise Him! – ODBDSLC224

I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by! It’s time for a new challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs and since it is the last week of the month our challenge is “Anything Goes”. I hope you can join us! My card for today is monochromatic, in neutral hues and vintage style!

Main supplies
Music Speaks stamp set
Faith stamp set
Vintage Flourish Pattern dies
Beautiful Borders dies
Winter Collection 2014 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Other supplies
Inks: Brilliance Ink in Pearlescent Beige and Graphite Black. Distress Paint in Antique Linen, Crafter’s Ink in Snow (to emboss)
Papers: Linen and Leather textured cardstock in white, embossed cardstock in beige, vellum
Tools: Zap! heat tool, Grand Calibur die cutting machine, Westcott Titanium Bonded trimmer
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Pastel Mini Pearls, Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon, 2″ vintage lace

Adhesives: Bazic foam adhesive, Ad-Tech Crafter’s Tape, Uhu silicone glue

As you can see I cut the Vintage Flourish Pattern frame in half vertically and adhered the resulting parts parallel to each other (outer sides facing inwards). This is a die cut alteration I like to do often! The dies I used for the beautiful labels are from the same set. I roughly stamped the central label with the bird image from the NEW set Music Speaks to create a soft background, and I stenciled it with beige ink and even smudged it with beige paint. I stamped the sentiment in black to make it stand out!

I painted in beige the vintage lace and crinkle ribbon to match the rest of the card and created a layered border below the labels. I also thought some gold would look beautiful with the design, so I stamped and heat embossed the butterfly branch image from Faith on vellum and fussy cut each pretty butterfly to adhere them around the card randomly. To complete the design I added some mini pearls to the die cut border and mounted the finished mat onto a white card base.

I love the soft hues of this card. I must confess I was inspired by the beautiful papers from Winter Collection 2014 to get started!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC223 or to join the challenge click here. You have until February 1, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

Don’t forget to stop by the blogs of my talented teammates to see the gorgeous creations they designed for the challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to share my card with:
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Morning Glories – ODBD Color Challenge

It’s time for a color challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. We have a lovely color scheme to inspire you this week! I love the tones of lilacs combined with the peachy pink and vanilla included on the color board, in fact those are some of my favorite colors.

Supplies
Glory stamp set
The Gate stamp set
Vintage Flourish Pattern dies
Doily dies
Fancy Foliage dies
Flourished Star Pattern die

I used different metallic cardstocks for my card’s layers. I die cut a background lilac layer with Flourished Star Pattern. This set has a beautiful pierced matting layer die, that I use all the time. To add contrast I die cut a beautiful Vintage Flourish Pattern from pink metallic cardstock and adhered it on top of the lilac layer.

The beautiful Morning Glories were stamped on white cardstock, and I actually was trying to do partial die cutting until this happy accident ocurred! I love how the stamped flowers frame the Doily label. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and stenciled the label with a soft lilac ink.

I stamped a sentiment from The Gate set in black, die cut it with a smaller label from Vintage Flourish Pattern and stenciled it with a soft pink ink. I die cut a Fancy Foliage from the same pink cardstock used for the vintage frame, cut it in half and added a piece on each side of the sentiment label. A piece of lilac ribbon and a few pearls and rhinestones were the perfect finishing touch.

While I was writing this post I was also listening to Pastor Dante Gebel’s sermon (River Church – Anaheim, California), in which he talked about how God uses bad things and transforms them into good things in the end, to bless your life so He can also use you to bless others…

Genesis 50:20
As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day.

My sister sent me the link to this sermon’s video. I love how the Lord has been using friends and family to encourage me through devotionals, sermons and verses. What a blessing! I want to remind you that when we stumble across a difficulty, when someone or something tries to harm us, God is actively working on the transformation of that circumstance to make it better! We will bloom like Morning Glories my friend!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I also hope you can join our challenge this week at ODBD! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC222 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 18, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I invite you to visit my talented teammates’ blogs to see what they created for our color inspiration challenge! Here are the links to their posts:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’m submitting my card to:
Spectrum Noir – January Challenge