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Thank you for visiting my blog about cards and other hobbies. Stamp Club is for anyone that would enjoy making cards and learning new techniques - we would love to have you come! We meet the first Saturday of each month or the following Monday (unless changed because of holidays). (Each monthly get together is held those two days - sometimes one day is more convenient than the other!) An Evite is sent out each month - so if you would like to come to Stamp Club, just email me and let me know to put you on the Evite list: helencashon@gmail.com . Sometimes we have Stamp-A-Stacks or other classes also.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack

We had a Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack last week.   Participants made 3 cards each of the following 5 designs.  All images and supplies Stampin' Up!

Come to Bethlehem stamp set, embossed in silver; Whisper White cut with Top Note die.
Note bling on star!   I don't think this is CASED; I think it is a compilation of several I have seen using this set. 

 CASED from CardMaker Magazine, November 2010.   Jolly Holiday designer series paper, Scallop Trim border punch. 

CASED from Susan Bastedo as shown on SU! Stampin' Connection 9/20/10.   Stamp set is Contempo Christmas.  Hard to see in photo, but the tree has dazzling diamonds glitter in each oval.  

CASED from Lee Conrey as shown in SU! Stampin' Connection on August 6, 2010.  Stamp set used for ornament is Contempo Christmas.  SU! embossing folder is Elegant Lines.   The ornament was stamped in Versamark and then Heat and Stick powder and heated; then Celery glitter poured on and Heat and Stick Powder reheated to set the glitter. 

CASED from judym09 on splitcoaststampers shown 9/4/10.  Her website:
Stamp used is Dasher;  designer paper is Jolly Holiday. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

October Stamp Club

October 2 and 4, 2010

CASED from: Lee Conrey
Stamp Set:  Scenic Season
Embossed in Silver
Added rhinestones on top of trees
Did different way to do bow
Inside is also embossed with the verse from this same set

Created by Helen!
Technique:  Waxed Paper Resist
Stamp Set:  Tree Trimmings (I thought the ornament coordinated with the background)
Cardstock:  River Rock
Modern Label Punch
Used Stamp-a-ma-jig

Somewhat CASED from: 
Technique:  Faux Pinwheel
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade (I love those two colors together!)
Designer Paper:   Sunny Garden
Stamp Set for sentiment:   Sincere Salutations
Squares punched with 1 1/4" square punch. 
Layered on 2 5/8" x 2 5/8" Poppy Parade.  I think next time I'll make these squares a little bit bigger so there is a little bit bigger border.

Step 1:  Put Dotto adhesive just in one corner and put that glued corner in the middle each time, cause you've got to go back and pull up the squares and insert the white flowered square behind the yellow dotted ones.  Using grid paper helps you line up things.

Step 2:  Insert the white flowered squares behind the yellow dotted ones.   After I got everything positioned using Dotto, then I went back with 2 way glue pen and without moving squares, I lifted up part of them and glued them down better. 

Step 3: Put other Poppy Parade behind the "naked" squares.
And add colored rhinestone brad in middle.
Then position pinwheel and then stamp sentiment.  Then glue pinwheel down.

Note:  Some glued (I would use Dotto in case need to adjust) the two Poppy Parade squares together and then worked their other pieces with that so that they ended up bordered.  They indicated that that was easier than the other way. 

Sponged Sky and Masking

This technique - with brayering - was developed by Michelle Zindorf.  Her gallery has some beautiful cards she has done with this technique.  
Showing brayering with torn paper so straight lines wouldn't show - but we didn't brayer the card.   Sponging seems to work best for me, and everyone agreed they liked sponging better too - gives you more control using the sponges and ink pads and also can blend from color gradiation to color gradiation better.
Colors used:  So Saffron, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie
Lovely As a Tree line of trees stamped in black.
Found it works better to stamp trees first, then you can make sure your sponging goes just below the ground lines.

Other samples used while discussing this technique:

Sponged, by used some masking paper as we went up the card from the bottom with the different colors of ink - this helps do away with straight lines too.  But we still decided we liked just using the sponges and just leaving the mask line at the bottom to make sure the bottom most part stayed white.

This was a card I did the first time learned the sponged sky technique - so it doesn't have the moon like the ones we did today.  Also shows that you can stamp the image and sponge it and then cut it apart and get at least 2 cards, if not 3 out of it.

Note on the cards that are layered how the black or the black and gray makes the colors pop.

Other Samples:

Below are not cards we made - they were just samples I showed. 
These first two have been embossed with the Big Shot and the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder.  Because this folder came out in the Holiday Mini last year, it is easy to think of the flowers as being Christmas poinsettias.  These cards show that the flowers aren't just for Christmas! 

CASED from:  Cathy Tomlinson

CASED from:  kitkat55 on splitcoast on August 3, 2010.  See her card here.

While I was embossing in silver for the Scenic Season card we did, I wanted to try Come to Bethlehem on a white Top Note piece layered on Night of Navy.   Also shown is the inside verse which was also embossed in silver inside.