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Try It - Creped Filter Paper 2

Hello! Welcome back. I have another project to share today using the Creped Filter Paper. This technique is called Faux Silk. I think it was originally done with plain tissue paper, but it works really well with the Creped Filter Paper too.

For this technique, I stamped the solid flowers and stems from the Secret Garden set onto a Whisper White Cardstock panel with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Gumball Green inks. Next, I covered the whole panel with the Stampin' Up! Glue Stick. Then, cut a piece of the Creped Filter Paper larger than the stamped panel, wad it up so there are lots of wrinkles, open it back up and apply it to the glue covered panel. Don't rub the paper too much or all the lovely wrinkles and texture will go away. But do make sure it sticks to the glue all over the panel.



The card base is Daffodil Delight Cardstock. I added a layer of the orange and yellow print from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series paper, and a die cut piece of Calypso Coral Core'dinations Cardstock. I also tied some Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon around this, and adhered it to the card front. I stamped the greeting in Calypso Coral, punched it out with the Large Oval Punch and added some Calypso Candy Dots before adhering it with Stampin' Dimensionals.



Well, that is all for today. I have more Creped Filter Paper projects to share this week. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Try It - Creped Filter Paper 1

Hello, and welcome back! Today I am sharing a card that features some new favorites of mine: the card in a box template and the Hardwood background stamp as well as Creped Filter Paper. I had a sneek peak of the stamped pieces for this card on Instragram this week. So excited to finally share the whole card with you! And here it is! Other stamp sets I used are Backyard Basics (and the matching Framelits) and the Banner Greetings set.



This was the birthday card I made for my mother, and she finally received it so I can share it here. The card base is Crumb Cake Cardstock, and the "wood" panels are Crumb Cake ink on Sahara Sand Cardstock. I really like this combo, and I can't wait to try other combos with the Woodgrain stamp. Maybe I should have called it a new obsession instead of a new favorite! I think it will work really well on masculine cards as well.



The flowers were stamped in Jet Black Stazon, and I colored them using a Blender Pen with Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Gumball Green inks. I just squeezed the ink pad so there was ink on the top lid, and picked that up with the Blender Pen. Then the pieces were diecut with the Backyard Basics matching dies. The greeting is also stamped in Elegent Eggplant ink, and hand cut with some extra cardstock on the left to wrap around the toothpick.



So, here is the first Creped Filter Paper technique: fringing, which I used to mimic grass. I cut a couple of strips about 1 1/4" x 6", spritzed them with Old Olive ink and alchol, folded them in half and cut the folded edge with scissors. I attached the two strips to the fronts of the interior card dividers. Then, I attached the Irises and Tulips to the back of the same pieces. The banner toothpick was attached to the inside edge of the card front with washi tape. I love all of the dimension in this project.



On the left flap, I attached the bee from the set colored and die cut in the same way.



On the right panel, I added the matching butterfly.



On the front panel, I added the bird and some more fringed Creped Filter Paper for the nest. I cut a 1" x 6" strip, colored it with a Baked Brown Sugar marker, fringed it with scissors and then wrapped it around the edge of a Small Oval punched piece of cardstock. I adhered it, then adhered the bird over it with Stampin' Dimensionals.



I even stamped the envelope.



Here are a couple of pictures of the card in progress.



I wanted to share another example of using the Creped Filter Paper fringed. I created this Easter card with the fringe as grass too (original post here).



Well, that is all for today. I'll have more samples to share using the Creped Filter Paper this week. Thanks for stopping by!

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Try It - Watercolor Paper 4

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm saring the last of my ideas for you to try with Watercolor Paper. I call this technique the Letterpress Look. To get this look, just run a piece of Watercolor Paper through a dry embossing folder. For this card, I chose to use the Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Because the Watercolor Paper is thick and has a lot of fiber, it really makes a nice, deep impression when run through the folder.



Here is a close-up of the card. I used some Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, Cardstock in Summer Starfruit and Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Lovely and Simply Stars Stamp Sets, some Coaster Board (for the larger star, stamped and cut out), the Off the Grid Stamp Set and Very Vanilla Cardstock for the card base. Ink colors used are Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit and Crumb Cake.



For the next sample, I added ink to one side of the embossing folder before I ran it through the Big Shot. I used a brayer to apply Crisp Cantaloupe ink to the raised areas around the letters. The result is that the debossed area is inked, and the embossed area is not! For this particular folder, you have to make sure to ink the correct side or your letters will be backwards! See, you can have the look of letterpress without buying all the separate supplies for it.



Here is a close-up of this card front. I used Very Vanilla Cardstock for the card base again, Crisp Cantaloupe, Island Indigo and Summer Starfruit Cardstock, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit and Island Indigo Inks, and the Hello Lovely, Simply Stars and Off the Grid Stamp Sets, and some Coaster Board for the largest star. The small star I punched with a retired punch. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the stars, the arrow and the greeting.



For these cards, I also started with a sketch from Retro Sketches, RS#76. On my cards the dry embossing is more the star of the show, but the stars help too.

I have one more photo to share tonight. For some of the embossing folders, you can ink either the top or the bottom of the folder and you will get the opposite pattern when it is embossed. I used the Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to test this out. The folders need to have a symetric pattern that is different on the top and bottom. Others that would work well for this are the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.



Well, that is all for today. Please find linked below a Try It -- Watercolor Paper Tip Sheet with each technique listed. I hope you find this to be useful! Please let me know if you have other supplies from Stampin' Up! that you would like to see featured as part of this series. I plan to share this once or twice a month going forward. Thanks for stopping by!

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Post Try It - Watercolor Paper 3

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm back with a couple more ideas for using watercolor paper. Two of these projects I have shared before, but they illustrate the featured techniques. So, here they are again! I'll also be sharing one new card today that was published recently.

The first technique I call "classic watercolor". I stamped my image in Jet Black Stazon ink, which is waterproof.Then, I colored it with reinkers and my Aqua Painters. This card was recently published in the Create: Stamping August 2013 issue. You should check it out! A lot of really cute projects are featured in this issue.


The second technique is "emboss resist". First a project that uses a bold image with emboss resist. I stamped the Butterfly Collection Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel with Versamark ink, and then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I watercolored with reinkers and my Aqua Painters for an ombre look. Because the paper has a definite grain and texture to it, the butterfly images have some texture as well instead of being completely solid images. But, you can see that the butterflies resist the ink!



Here is another example where I used emboss resist with a line-art image. I stamped the Pleasant Poppies Clear-Mount Stamp Set onto watercolor paper in Versamark and then heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. Then, I colored in the flowers and stems, as well as added color to the whole image for the grass and sky areas. Again, I used reinkers and Aqua Painters. This example yields similar results to classic watercolor.



Well, that is all for today. You'll find the supplies for the first card listed below. Please join me again tomorrow for a new project and one more technique for watercolor paper. Tomorrow I'll also post a PDF file with all of the techniques listed together for you to download and keep on hand! Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Life Shared Wood-Mount Stamp (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Stazon Black; Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pool Party, So Saffron (Stampin' Up!)

Paper: Basic Grey Cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Storytime Designer Series Paper (Stampin' up!)

Accessories: Sycamore Screet Buttons, Pool Party 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Pool Party Baker's Twine