Nov 202015
 

Sleigh Ride Ornament Card (2)The Sleigh Ride Ornament Card uses some of my favorite dies.  Notice there is no stamping on the front of this card-only the die cuts and embossing.

I am traveling and visiting family for the next couple of weeks so I don’t have my usual photographic tools available.  Therefore, my lighting is not the best to show off this beautiful card.

The sleigh and ornament topper are done is the Silver Glimmer Paper.  Also the “joy” is die cut from the Silver Glimmer Paper.  I used the “enjoy” thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and just cut off the “en”.

Vellum card stock is used over the Soft Sky card stock of the ornament and “joy” .  Both pieces of vellum are embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder as well as the Whisper White background.

I hope you enjoy the Sleigh Ride Ornament Card and will try going ink free.

Oct 192015
 

Christmas CardTime for Tinsel Christmas card is designed for a card sketch challenge.  I enjoy using card sketches to start the creative process.

What do I do next when designing a card?  Once I have a general idea of the shapes I want, I look to colors.  I knew I wanted to use Silver Glimmer paper snowflakes and to me that means a cooler color scheme such as the blues.

Actually unless I have a specific theme such as Christmas or a birthday or get well wishes, I choose the sentiment based on the room I have available.  Silver snowflakes usually mean Christmas or winter so those are the stamp sets I look for in my stash.  Sometimes I will have a specific message I want to include and then I choose the layers to match the size and shape of the sentiment.

If I were to re-make this card, I might add some texture to the blue layers – maybe some small polka dot embossed pattern.

I would love to know what aspects of the card do you plan first or last.  Please leave your comments below or Email Me with your suggestions and share your card design.

Sep 012015
 

Christmas CardIntroducing the Holiday Catalog today!  There are so many wonderful products.  Just take a peek.  You will love it all!

To celebrate I am offering this Christmas card making tutorial absolutely FREE during the month of September when you place an order of $25 or more in my Online Store.

Take a nostalgic step back in time as you look through the window at this welcoming Christmas scene complete with Christmas decorations and a warm and inviting fire.

You will be able to recreate this lovely handmade Christmas card for to share with others.  To receive a complete PDF tutorial with a supply list, cutting, and step-by-step instructions, all you need to do is place an order of at least $25 in my store.  You will receive your PDF tutorial within 24 hours.

Or you can purchase this tutorial for only $2.95 by using the Buy Now button below.  After purchase you should be taken to a link to immediately download your PDF tutorial. Please contact me if you have questions or a problem.


Warm Wishes Christmas Card

Jan 072015
 

Happy BirthdayFor today’s card sketch on i Love Card Sketches, I created a fun and colorful Happy Birthday Card. 

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a real treasure.  You get double-sided 12″ X 12″ sheets that are perfectly coordinated with Stampinn’ Up! card stock and ink and ribbons.  Here I have a piece of DSP from Birthday Bash Specialty DSP collection.  The colors incorporated in the paper are background of Whisper White, Mossy Meadows, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay.

The card base is Whisper White with a top layer of Bermuda Bay and the bottom layer of the DSP.

The butterflies are stamped with Calypso Coral ink using the larger butterfly stamp.  The Bitty Butterfly punch is used to cut out the center of the stamped image.

The first Whisper White circle is punched using the 1 3/8″ circle punch.  The second layer is the 1 1/4″ circle punch from Crushed Curry card stock.  I punched one layer of butterfly out of Bermuda Bay card stock and attached the top layer of butterflies with a folded up glue dot just in the middle.

Note the rhinestones are colored Calypso Coral.  I used the dark Calypso Coral Blendabilities alcohol marker.  This doesn’t wipe off.

Stamp the greeting with Bermuda Bay in onto Whisper White card stock.  Use the Paper Snips to cut around the greeting freehand.

Last, use glue dots to attach the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim across the middle.

See the list of supplies below.

If you like this Happy Birthday Card, please leave a comment.

Also, visit i Love Card Sketches to see more ideas using the same sketch.

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Dec 242014
 

Thank You CardNow that all the Christmas cards have been made, it is time to turn to Handmade Thank You Cards.  This card is designed for this weeks sketch at i Love Card Sketches.ILCS08

The card base is made with Pistachio Pudding card stock.  I added a paper ribbon of Strawberry Slush card stock across the top.  I added a layer of Daffodil Delight and All Abloom Designer Series Paper on the left side of the card.  Instead of using a rectangle on the right side, I liked the effect of layering the paper doily with a scalloped circle of Daffodil Delight.

The butterflies are also layered.  For the base of butterflies I punched one butterfly using the Elegant Butterfly punch and one using the Bitty Butterfly punch.  These are punched from Strawberry Slush card stock.

I colored the butterfly stamps by “thumping” ink onto the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers.  Start with the lightest color first and use the brush end of the marker to “thump” color where you want it.  Then add the next color the same way.  Leave the darkest color for last.  These are small images so don’t overdue.  Each butterfly will be different without trying to be exact and “paint” the color onto the stamp.  Once you are satisfied with the color on the image, stamp onto Whisper White card stock and punch out your painted butterflies.

“Thumping” is a great way to add color spots to a larger image as well.  You can do this with one main color and one accent color “thumped” over the lighter main color.  Or, you can do as I did here with several colors to pick up the same colors as the Designer Series Paper.

The butterflies are mounted on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  For smaller pieces to use between the two layers, I cut the dimensional into a narrow strip.  Stampin’ Dimensionals are one of my favorite tools to add depth or dimension to a project.  That way the butterflies look more like they are flying.

To finish, I stamped “Thank You” with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Whisper White card stock and cut it out.  Again I mounted this with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Experiment on your next project using the “thumping” technique to color your image.  So easy to do.  Share your projects HERE.  I would love to see your results.

I appreciate your looking at my Handmade Thank You card.  Please share.

Apr 252014
 

Part 5 of Stamping Basics gives you several sketches to help design clean and simple cards.  This is the next chapter in a series of FREE tutorials meant to help you get started with the fun, rewarding, and exciting art of rubber stamping.

Stamping Basics Part 5 Sketches

Sketch

CAS Figure 4

Check out these sections if you missed earlier lessons:
Stamping Basics:  Tools
Stamping Basics:  Paper, Card Stock & Standard Card Sizes
Stamping Basics:  Types of Stamps
Stamping Basics: Stampin’ Up! Inks

Here is another clean and simple card idea:  http://papercraftsobsession.com/?p=1062

For your stamping supplies, visit my Online Store.

If you have any questions or comments, please email me:  donna@papercraftsobsession.com

 

 

Apr 182014
 

Part 4 of Stamping Basics will introduce you to the different types of ink  available from Stampin’ Up!   These include ink pads, ink refills, cartridges and markers.  I’ve tried to list some of the features and benefits for each category and give you a few tips on using the inks.  This is the next chapter in a series of FREE tutorials meant to help you get started with the fun, rewarding, and exciting art of rubber stamping.

Stamping Basics Part 4 Inks

Classic Stampin' Pad

Check out these sections if you missed earlier lessons:
Stamping Basics:  Tools
Stamping Basics:  Paper, Card Stock & Standard Card Sizes
Stamping Basics:  Types of Stamps

If you have any questions, send me an email.  I’ll be glad to help you with your stamping questions.  Please let me know of any specific topics you would like to see added to the tutorials.

“Like” me on FACEBOOK to get weekly reminders for these FREE tutorials.

You will want to come back here to my blog throughout the week to see new projects and ideas.

Apr 112014
 

Part 3 of Stamping Basics will introduce you to the different types of stamps available from Stampin’ Up! and give you some basics about how to ink the stamp, stamp an image and clean-up.  This is the next chapter in a series of FREE tutorials meant to help you get started with the fun, rewarding, and exciting art of rubber stamping.

Stamping Basics Part 3 

Check out these sections if you missed earlier lessons:
Stamping Basics:  Tools
Stamping Basics:  Paper, Card Stock & Standard Card Sizes

If you have any questions, send me an email.  I’ll be glad to help you with your stamping questions.

“Like” me on FACEBOOK to get weekly reminders for these FREE tutorials.  Next week I will be talking about ink.

You will want to come back here to my blog throughout the week to see new projects and ideas.

Clear Blocks

Clear Blocks

Wood Blocks
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Apr 042014
 

Here is the second in the Stamping Basics series of FREE tutorials.

Knowing what kind of paper and how to cut it is basic to learning to paper craft.  Today, the .pdf gives you a description of the types of paper available through Stampin’ Up! and how to cut your full sheet of card stock to make basic cards.  Click on the link to find today’s .pdf:  Stampin Up Paper & Cardstock & Standard Card Sizes.  If you have any questions, send me an email.  I’ll be glad to go over diagrams with you.

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Standard Card Cut