Thursday, February 20, 2020

Sponge brayers and masking techniques for fun cards

Oh my goodness; it actually was 80 degrees here in Mesa, Arizona!  I wanted to share that this little tool can be one of the best and most useful ones to embellish your stamping projects with - it is a sponge brayer. It is one of those handy little gadgets that all stampers love to have in their tool box. To use it, simply roll it over your ink pad (gently roll the brayer across the ink pad, taking care not to press too hard (remember, if the handle touches the ink pad surface, it may scratch/dent it) then roll it over your background stamp or piece of cardstock. It lets you apply a thin, uniform layer of ink over broad areas—such as a background stamp or embossed cardstock. When rolling it over paper, you can even build up layers to create interesting, artistic effects, such as an ombre/rainbow effect, color a piece of designer paper/diecut figures, boxes, or glossy paper, etc.

Brayering with the sponge really makes embossed paper stand out beautifully as well – you just brayer the ink on one side of the embossing folder, insert the card stock or envelope flap into the folder, and then run it through the machine; be sure to wash the embossing folder off afterwards. You might think that your brayer doesn’t have enough ink on it, but usually there’s plenty. Try it out on a piece of scrap paper first to see if the brayer has the color saturation you want for your project - Sound like fun? It is! And it’s also a very simple technique that even beginning crafters can enjoy for stunning effects!

Tip: When you use the Brayer don’t just go back and forth on the ink pad, as that will only put ink on some of the brayer. Instead, roll lift, and keep roiling and lifting a few times, then roll onto your card stock.  Use a rubber mat underneath the ink pad to keep it in place. People have said the sponge brayers are more forgiving than the rubber brayers, and easier to use too. 

One other way you can use a sponge brayer is to run ink over card stock with a stencil/mask over it, giving you a cool pattern on the card stock. Sponge Brayers are also a great value—they include two handles and four sponges (1-3/4" wide)….try it and you will love it!  Sponge Brayers #141714 Price: $8.00 - Use for ink techniques. Easily wash the sponges with water to re-use. Check out Pinterest for more sponge brayer techniques and ideas, too.  

You can purchase sponge brayers in my online store:

Masking:  To add dimension to your stamping, use the masking technique to layer the images. Or you can try Reverse Masking.

Here are a couple of youtube videos about masking and reverse masking so you can use the sponge brayer too:  - Create layered images using the masking technique and the Sitting Here Stamp Set. Combine the images to make the picture you want. Watch this video to learn how to using masking in your stamping. - Brandi Barnard takes us through the "Reverse Masking" process while making the Butterfly Card. Enjoy this "techniques and training" video by Stampin' Up! Inc.  Check out my online store for other Stampin' Up promotions!


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Project kits with Stampin' Up; heart tins/Valentines items

Sometimes you just want to have everything you need to make some cards all put together already, don't you?  It makes it so convenient and easy to make the cards in a short amount of time; you can do it while watching tv!  (I have been watching all the ice skating on tv!) Stampin' Up has a couple of the cutest project kits that do just this. The one I show above is called For the Love of Felt:

Isn't that little card box that you could make separately adorable?!  Here are what you get in this kit:

 It's so easy you can do it with your children!
More info about this kit that you can buy in my online store:

For The Love Of Felt Project Kit  #149650- Price: $30.00
Fun felt flowers and layers add texture and dimension to the cards you can make  Makes 12 cards; folded card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm). Stamp set and ink sold separately. Complete using your choice of adhesive.  Kit includes: * 12 card bases: 4 each of 3 designs, * 12 printed envelopes, * Embellishments. Coordinating colors: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Lovely Lipstick, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Shaded Spruce, white

Another great card kit is the Kerchief Card Kit #152319 that you can get for FREE - yep, you read that right - with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration you can get this kit free:
Here's more info about this darling card kit: 
Create all-occasion cards with bandana-inspired designs in just minutes with the Kerchief Card Kit. It’s perfect for beginners, busy crafters, or crafters on the go. This card making kit is also a great gift. The kit includes printed card bases and envelopes**, printed die-cut accents, gold foil accents, vellum accents, twine, and adhesive. Earn this card kit FREE with a qualifying purchase January 3–March 31, 2020, during the Sale-A-Bration promotion!  * Makes 8 cards: 4 each of 2 designs
* Folded card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm) - Kit includes sentiments in English: Thinking of you & Celebrate Today; Product colors: Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Early Espresso, gold, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, white

A couple other items I wanted to share with you, since Valentine's Day is coming up, and if you like giving treats or making them to give on Valentine's Day, these are perfect!

 Heart Foil Tins  #151190 Price: $9.00 Use these Heart Foil Tins for treats or gifts. These heart-shaped baking tins can be lined or topped with coordinating Heart Doilies. They're an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. * 10 red/silver tins with 10 clear, high-dome lids, * Tin: 3-1/2" x 3-5/16" x 1-3/16" (8.9 x 8.4 x 3 cm) and Food safe

Put the treats into these food safe bags:  3" X 9" (7.6 X 22. 9 Cm) Printed Gusseted Cellophane Bags #151312 Price: $7.00  These shiny cellophane bags have white stars printed on them. Just pop a treat or gift into one of these bags, and add a handmade tag you make using stamps and punches or dies. These bags are also great for storing finished projects, parts for future projects, or any other odds and ends. * 25 gusseted bags, * 3" x 9" (7.6 x 22.9 cm), * Food safe

Tie up your packages with some pretty ribbon - you can use either ribbon alone, or use them together!

 Real Red 3/8" (1 Cm) Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon #151155  Price: $7.50 - Step up your projects with our Real Red 3/8" (1 cm) Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon. This glossy satin craft ribbon has a row of stitching along each edge. Use it on cards, tags, treat packages, and more. * 3/8" (1 cm), * 10 yards (9.1 m)

Petal Pink 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon #151194  Price: $7.00 - Add some shine to your projects with our Petal Pink 1/4" (6.4 mm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon. This glossy satin craft ribbon has champagne metallic edges. Use it on cards, tags, treat packages, and more. * 1/4" (6.4 mm) - * 10 yards (9.1 m)

And don't forget to embellish your cards and packages with heart doilies!

Heart Doilies #151191  Price: $5.50  Heart Doilies are heart-shaped paper doilies that are colored on one side and white on the other. They are sized to fit Heart Foil Tins or card fronts. Use them for valentine cards, treats, and more.
* 40 doilies: 20 each of 2 colors, * 2-3/4" x 2-3/8" (7 x 6 cm), * Acid free, * Lignin free, * Food safe. Product colors: Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, white
And if you want to complete the package and cards, these designer heart papers are perfect:

 From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper #151189  Price: $14.50 The playful heart patterns in the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper have red and pink foil accents on some designs. Some images from the paper can be cut out using the Heart Punch Pack. This paper is excellent for valentines, cards, and scrapbook pages. * 12 sheets of patterned paper: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs, * 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm), * Acid free, * Lignin free.  Product colors: Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, Whisper White

If you mix and match any of the products I have mentioned here, you can easily come up with a $50 order, and then you could get the Kerchief Card Kit for Free, right?!  

Check out the other items you can order and get for free in my online store:   The hardest thing will be to decide which items you want to get!  lol


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