Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fancy Post Dry Embossing

Hi everyone. Vera here and I am back today with a fun dry embossing technique tip.

First, let's see the card, shall we?

Stamp: SP & Company For Every Woman set
Scrap paper
Grayish brown cardstock
Impression plate or embossing folder
Brown ink cube

For this card, I am hoping to get a balance of softness and strength. The flower is the softness part of course and for the panel I was aiming for a leather look for contrast to the flower softness. I cut a panel slightly smaller & shorter than the card base. Then I embossed it with the impression plate or you can also use any embossing folder. After you finish embossing the panel, gently rub the raised area with ink cube by going back and forth slowly. You can use ink pad, but I feel like I have more control of where the ink goes using the small ink cube.

Don't worry if the ink gets to the debossed (hmm... is that a word? I am talking about the are non-raised area) as it will just add to  the grungy, rough leather look. 

Once you're satisfied with the look of the panel, adhere it to card. Add a strip of patterned paper, then stamp the flower, color, fussy cut it (or use the coordinating SVG file), and adhere to card with pop-dots. Then stamp sentiment and you are done!

That's it for my tidbits for today. Hope you enjoy it and thank you so much for stopping by here. Cheers....

Stop on over at the Scrapmaster's Blog for more inspiration!!!

Shop with SP anytime 24/7 at the SP and Company Store! If you need any help, be sure to email Sami at Don't forget to sign up for the SP Weekly Newsletter (Click here!)!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Creating Oversized Banners

Chrissie here today and I want to show you how I create those fabulous trendy over-sized banners.  I know there are dies out there for them, but why waste the money when you can just do it by hand? It's really quick and easy.  All you need is a ruler, paper trimmer, pencil (or pen) and scissors.

Trim your paper to the width and length you want.  Flip your paper over.  Simply measure up from the bottom where you want the tip of the banner to be and draw a light line.  I measured an inch and a half.  Then, find the center of your paper and make a little mark.  Just connect that point with the lower corners.

Cut on the lines and flip your banner over.  If you plan on using this size frequently, use this as your template for future projects - you can just trace the points and cut them out - no measuring required!!!

To complete my card, I stamped Large Polka Dot Background in the background using some lighter brown ink.  I also inked up the edges of the banner using that same ink.

I thought it would be really cool to divide the banner, too!

So, I also made a smaller banner strip and placed that in the center.  I love the stripes and dots together.  They are both from Echo Park.

To finish up the card, I stamped the oval image from Lovely Labels and then placed the sentiment from Easter Eggy inside of it.  I simply inked the edges and adhered with pop dots.

I hope you'll give this banner technique a try! Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to come back every day for more inspiration!!!

Pop on over to the Scrapmaster's Blog to see what Sami has to share with you today!

Shop with SP anytime 24/7 at the SP and Company Store! If you need any help, be sure to email Sami at Don't forget to sign up for the SP Weekly Newsletter (Click here!)!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Making Envelopes for Embellished Cards

Good morning- it's Jen, and I'm wondering....have you ever made a beautifully embellished card only to discover that it won't fit into an envelope?  I've certainly been there.

Today I want to share with you a quick and easy tutorial for making box envelopes.  Here's what you need:

I used my Martha Stewart score board with the diagonal thingy ( know...that triangle! hehe). If your scoreboard doesn't have one, you could do the same technique-just make sure to align the 2 opposite corners of your paper with the 6" mark.  Then follow all of the same steps.

Don't have a scoreboard? I've done this with my paper trimmer fit with a scoring blade.  Or you could use a bone folder in the groove of your paper trimmer.

No paper trimmer?  Use a ruler!  It's a little tougher to get everything all aligned, but it still works :)

These directions will make an envelope for a standard A2 card.  Start by cutting your paper to 8.5" square, and place it diagonally on your score board:

Score one side at 3"

...Then again at 2 5/8"

Rotate paper 180 degrees and repeat the above 2 steps.

Next, on the last 2 sides, score at 3 5/8"

...and 3 1/4"

At this point, you'll need to snip the little triangles where the score lines overlap:

Which will leave you with this:

Now's a good time to stamp too....I used the Bold Houndstooth inked up in white:

And I just love how the envelope looks with rounded corners!

Fold along the scorelines and add some strips of adhesive:

...and there you have it!  A finished envelope for all of your embellished cards!

I know it looked like a lot of steps, but I promise you the whole thing took me under 5 minutes to make.  Have fun making and customizing your own!

Chrissie has a super cute layout to share with you today on her blog!

Patty has an elegant card to show you - pop on over to her blog!

Shop with SP anytime 24/7 at the SP and Company Store! If you need any help, be sure to email Sami at Don't forget to sign up for the SP Weekly Newsletter (Click here!)!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mustache-less Madness?!

Hi everyone!! Samantha here.

Today I have made you a card using the Mustache Madness stamp set. . . but it doesn't have ANYTHING to do with Mustaches! I designed the Mustache Madness in a manner that you do NOT have to use the sentiments along with the Mustache Pun!

I love stamp sets that are versatile so I do my best to make the SP stamp sets super versatile. The Mustache Madness stamp set is no exception.

Here is my finished card:
 I used the Labels Nine Nestabilities to create the label shapes. I cut out the largest one from one of the patterned papers in the Hello Spring mini collection kit from Echo Park. Then I cut the next smallest size in some textured cardstock from American Crafts.

On the textured cardstock, I used the Diamond Background to stamp a pattern. I used VersaMark ink so that the diamonds left a tone on tone effect. The pattern is noticeable, yet on the subtle side.

I actually didn't have any yellow paper handy, so I used one of my Copics to color a strip of white cardstock. I used the Copic Y35.  Then I stamped the strip with a sentiment from the Mustache Madness stamp set & added a butterfly sticker element from the Hello Spring mini collection.

For the white cardstock base, I used an embossing folder from my stash to add some decoration to the cardstock.

I added the lables shape off center and then chopped off the sections that hung over the edge of the card.

Having the shape off center gives the card a bit of visual interest!

Here is what I did to the inside. I just added the big Happy Birthday stamp from the Mustache Madness stamp set. Super duper simple!

Here is another look at the finished card:

All in all, this project was very easy to make, but it has a lot of color and visual interest.  Even if you don't love the mustache trend, I am sure you will love this stamp set. It has a bunch of great sentiments in it!

Vicki has a really fun card on her blog today!

Jen has bright and cheery CAS card today!

Shop with SP anytime 24/7 at the SP and Company Store! If you need any help, be sure to email Sami at Don't forget to sign up for the SP Weekly Newsletter (Click here!)!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to make a pop-up card

Hello! It's Amber here to show you how to make a pop-up card. It is incredibly easy and will add such a fun element on your card. Here's what the inside will look like:

To start you'll need a strip of cardstock to build this little box that pops up your image.
Originally I was only going to pop up one flower so I made my strip 1"x3" and scored at .75", 1.5", and 2.25" so that it made a box .75" on all sides. That's what you see in the photo below. But after I decided to make a little bouquet of 3 flowers I remade the box from a 1"x4" strip and scored at 1", 2", and 3" to get a 1" box to better support my bigger image. But I didn't get any photos of that. Sorry.
After you fold and score the lines, fold it into a box and adhere to two end squares to the inside of the card as shown. See how it folds up when you close it? And that's it! All you need to do is adhere an image to the box!

For my card I chose to use the flower from the For Every Woman set. This is such a great flower to color! I stamped the vase image once and the bloom 3 times. Then colored them in with my stamp markers:

To get a faint color of water on the vase I pressed a blender pen (basically just a clear marker) onto my ink pad and then colored the vase.
 You'll need to re-press the pen several times during the coloring process. This will give you a much softer color than if you colored it straight with a marker.

After I fussy-cut my images I like to outline them with a black marker to cover up any white edges:
 Now, if you are not a fussy cutter, there are SVG files in the SP store for the vase, the bloom, and even a banner. I didn't check for these until after I was done. **blush** So if you choose to make something similar save yourself some time and try the svg files!!

For the front of my card I chose to use  paper from the MME Miss Caroline All Dolled Up 6x6 pad. This paper is so incredibly beautiful. The sentiment is also from For Every Woman. I just stamped it onto a die-cut label.
I wanted to use the woodgrain sheet with that frame of flowers around it but I didn't want my card to be 6x6. So I cut the paper down. I cut out a middle section (as seen below) and adhered the two end pieces to a white card base (as seen above). The lines of the wood boards help so that you can't see a seam! My card ended u p being 4.25" x 6", just slightly bigger than a standard A2 card.

One more look at the inside:

Thanks for looking and I hope you try out this very easy technique!

Stephanie create a great just because card to share with you today.

Kelli has a beautiful vellum card for you.

Shop with SP anytime 24/7 at the SP and Company Store! If you need any help, be sure to email Sami at Don't forget to sign up for the SP Weekly Newsletter (Click here!)!