My Faceted box

Wendy Cranford created an awesome tutorial for Splitcoaststampers for a faceted box. As I was making one from her tutorial I discovered a problem (from my view)–her box required a piece of cardstock11 1/2″ x 7 7/8″, which meant using 12by 12 if you are in the US or A4 if in a metric market. Since I live in the US and don’t have very many colors avail in 12by12 I decided to modify her design to fit 8 1/2 by 11in cardstock. In the photo below, the one in the back was made with her directions using 12 by 12 Raspberry Ripple Cardstock.(yes it is retired- but it was my test sample) The one one the left is made out of a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 Flirty Flamingo cut to 10 3/4 by 7 5/8.

After cutting the cardstock to size, score at 238, 468, and 718 on the short edge. Turn it 90 degrees on your scoreboard. It will look like the picture below. Scorelines-1

Score at 238, 468, 718 and 912 the long edge down to the second score line. Turn it over and use the same measurements to score to what is now the first score line. You will now have the lines shown below except the diagonals which you will score from point to point as shown below.Scorelines-3

The final diagram shows your final cut lines. Cut up and down on the black lines and remove the grey sections.Scorelines-final

From here is a simple process of burnishing all your score lines, applying adhesive to the half triangle flap and joining the middle section.Then you glue the bottom flaps together and tuck in the top flaps. And when you are done you can embellish as you wish. I created a dragonfly with double wings out of vellum stamped with the Dragonfly dreams stamp set and die cut the body from the matching die. I used the white gel pen to make the eyes stand out.Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial and try it out yourself it is sooo…easy! I am so glad Wendy inspired me to convert this to 812 by 11. 

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


Stamping on the edge -‘my way’

I love putting my own spin on the cool techniques I see on the web.   Today I played with a gatefold card that is all  a one layer card. You stamp a design that goes from the left edge of the card to the right edge with no gaps near the bottom of the card front. Then you fussy cut along the bottom edge of your stamping. When you fold at the score lines, you will have a fold at the top and at the bottom of the card. This first card is made by glueing 2 pieces of 4.25″ by 7.5″ together scoring at 2″ . This gives an unfolded piece that is 4.25″ by 12.5″ and a finished size of 4.25″ by 5.5″.  

For the first 2 cards I used my stamps and for the measurements I followed Jennifer Macquire’s video. For the next card, I turned the finished card into landscape mode. I cut my cardstock to 5.5″ by 10.5″ and scored it at 2″ and at 6.25″. then I folded on the score lines and with a light pencil marked the front 1″ from the the cut edge. This is where I want the bottom edge of my stamped edge to be. Now I can stamp across the edge as I did in the previous card and trim off the bottom edge. I will stamp a hidden sentiment on the top of the 2″ panel and my card is ready for the personal message inside. For my demo friends look for a third version of this card that I will be doing for a swap a On Stage in Shreveport in April.

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


Floral Emboss Resist

A few days ago I decided to play with a new technique. I have done Emboss Resist with Clear Embossing Powder a variety of ways but I saw some big name Crafter demonstrating a couple of new resist techniques. (I think it was Jennifer Macguire – not sure) Anyway the first one was pretty much something I had done before– You take a piece of Whisper white card stock, dust it with the powder tool and stamp your images in Versamark ink (I used the flower from So In Love Stamp set). Then you add white embossing powder and heat set the image until you see the embossing powder turn shiny. Then you sponge on some dye ink, in the card below I used Mint Macaron, then you wipe the excess off the embossed areas with a soft cloth. Sounds easy, it is. This looks a little different than if you had used clear embossing powder but not much. In this card the big difference for me was a defective jar of embossing gave me an unexpected but not bad result. My embossing powder says Whisper white but when it was heated up it was an exact match for Very Vanilla. Wow! SU doesn’t carry a Very Vanilla powder and I don’t think they ever have. So I’m thinking of just relabelling this jar and I will have a color no one else does. 

To finish the card I trimmed my resist sample and mounted it on the front of an A2 Very Vanilla card base. I used a piece of the Mint Macaron taffeta ribbon to add detail and cover the top edge of the emboss resist piece. I stamped the Sentiment from the Party Animal Stamp set and added three rhinestones in the upper left.IMG_1913

Here is how I finished the inside. That Party animal stamp set is full of fun images. I even stamped the back of the envelope with the confetti stamp.IMG_1914

So that was resist technique 1 but did you know that you could do a resist with no electricity or powder? All you need to do is stamp with Versamark give it a few minutes to dry (like a count of 10), sponge on your dye ink and wipe off the excess with a soft cloth. Look at this — you get a soft 2 tone effect. the white of the cardstock shows where the versamark was stamped but it is not shiny like the one with the embossing powder. I like this effect and will be doing more of this technique.IMG_1915.

I made an anniversary card for a dear friend with this piece of resist by adding it to a top folding cardbase to which I had applied a piece of Designer series paper in Mint Macaron. I then stamped the sentiment on a piece of vellum with Versamark and gently heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I finished the card with a narrow Silver ribbon wrapped and tied with a bow and stamped a sentiment on the flap of the envelope. Here is the inside.IMG_1917 Since I was using  scraps of whisper White to play with these techniques I had a leftover piece that I finished into a gift tag. I just added some drops of dazzling details glitter glue in the upper right and lower left as accents and voila! a finished gift card/tag. Hope you enjoyed seeing this and try it out yourself it is sooo…easy!IMG_1911

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


Affectionately Yours Twist & Close Boxes

Yesterday, I discovered a new to me Stampin’ UP Demo from the UK known as Pootles. Her way of thinking and approach to crafting so resonates with me. Her style is very similar to mine except that she makes videos of what she does and I am doing my sharing here or occasionally on Facebook. I think she is said that she was the creator of the twist and close boxes. She did videos on a 3 sided, a 4 sided and a 6 sided box. I decided to challenge myself to create each of those boxes using the same Designer Paper set. Here is the 3- sided box. 

I used Mint Macaron cardstock for the base. For the sentiment and stamped images I used the So In Love stamp set on Whisper White cardstock with Mint Macaron Ink. To complete the box, I added a Falling in Love Floral Embellishment. IMG_2997

For the 4-sided box, I started with Watermelon Wonder cardstock, to which I added the Designer series paper. For the sentiment and stamped images I used the That’s the Tag stamp set for the sentiment and images and stamped with crumbcake ink on Whisper white with a crumbcake mat. I embellished with a bow using the 3/8″ metallic ribbon available in the Sale-a-bration catalog. I also added Wink of Stella to the flowers on the tag.

And finally for the 6-sided box I used Watermelon Wonder as my base cardstock Layered on panels of the Affectionately Yours DSP and embellished with a bee stamped with the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set on Very vanilla cardstock and a series of Dragonflies in flight die cut out of Copper Foil using the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits and a Bee die cut from the same thinlits in Early Espresso Cardstock.IMG_3003IMG_3002

As you can see even though all three boxes are twist and close style and use the same designer series paper, they are very different looking.IMG_3007

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


It’s a guy thing!

The final swap card from the Jan Fun & Crafty swap is this super cool card created by the talented and creative Nicole Flournoy. She used the new Hexagon Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder to give dimension to the Smokey Slate cardstock. then she stamped the tools and sentiment using the Nailed it Clear Mount Stamp set and cut it out with the Build it framelits. I love the detailing of the burlap ribbon under the silver foil cardstock die cut and embossed to be a ruler. the vellum hexagon under the tools was a great touch. beautiful watercolor on the tools. Her cardbase of Dapper Denim cardstock finished the card perfectly.

This is the last of the swaps. On Monday I will be showing you what I have been doing so far this month. (Hint- playing with my new goodies)

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!