Shaving Cream Technique

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Shaving Cream Technique  (with a Spritz!)

One of my all time favorite techniques is the messy one where I get to play with shaving cream!  If you’ve never had this experience, well, you’ve missed out on some fun.  Let me show you how the shaving cream technique is done, in a fun new way.

You’ll notice the background on this card is a dreamy, swirly mix of blue and green & my intent was that it would look like shafts of light permeating through the ocean.

Let’s get messy!

Are you ready to see how it’s done?  Here we go!

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Squirt a card-sized puddle of cheap white shaving cream into a pan or cookie sheet.

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Smooth it out with a spatula, keeping as much depth as possible.

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Add 5-7 drops of Pacific Point ink refill to a Stampin’ Spritzer and fill with water. Shake it up and spray it once or twice onto the shaving cream.

Now add 5-7 drops of Lemon Lime Twist ink refill to another Stampin’ Spritzer and fill with water. Spray it next to the Pacific Point from the previous step.

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Use a butter knife or bone folder and make a zig zag pattern through the shaving cream, from the Pacific Point side to the Lemon Lime Twist. side. This will pull the two colors together.

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Lay a 5″ x 3.75″ panel of Whisper White card stock onto the shaving cream and press it into the mixture until all areas of the panel have made contact.

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Carefully lift the panel out and scrape off the shaving cream with a spatula. Set the panel aside to dry for a few minutes.

If you have more panels that you want to do, smooth out the remaining shaving cream, spritz again, zig zig again, and then proceed with your next panel.

I finished my card by stamping some foliage with Tranquil Tide ink and then layering in some torn Crumb Cake card stock, and finally tucking in a bottle full of “I love you’s”.

All of the products that I used are listed below and can be purchased from my Stampin’ Up store here or by clicking on any of the product thumbnails.

Message in a Bottle with Shaving Cream Background Technique, www.regalstamping.com


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Triple Fold Technique and Tutorial with Coffee Cafe

Coffee Cafe Tri Fold Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

This Triple Fold technique is a fun way to use coordinating designer paper for a colorful “wow” factor. With just 3 score lines, it’s easy and fun to make. Let’s get started!

Triple Fold Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Cut a Soft Suede panel measuring 12″ x 5 1/2″.

Score along the 12″ side at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ & 7 3/4″.
The first score line is a valley fold, then mountain, then valley. Your card base is now ready to be decorated!

Triple Fold Technique, www.regalstamping.com

You will need three pieces of designer (printed) paper to decorate the card base. The measurements are:
Front section- 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
Middle section- 2 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
Back section- 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ and a white panel measuring 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. This white panel will be where you stamp your sentiment.

Coffee Cafe Triple Fold Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

The card will be held shut with a belly band, so you’ll need two pieces of paper measuring:
1 1/4″ x 11″ (card stock)
1″ x 11″ (designer paper)

Glue the 1″ strip onto the 1 1/4″ strip and then somewhat loosley wrap it around the card, overlapping the ends and gluing them together.

Coffee Cafe Triple Fold Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Stamp the coffee cup pieces and assemble, gluing it to the belly band at the front of the card.

Slide the belly band off of the card and finish embellishing the inside of the card as desired.

Coffee Cafe Tri-Fold Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com


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Fall Spinner Card Technique & How to Get Perfect Images with Large Background Stamps

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Here’s a fun spinner card that’s sure to delight and surprise. Twist up the leaf before inserting it into an envelope, and then when it’s removed, the leaf will spin!  Follow my tutorial to make your own.

Spinner Leaf Tutorial:

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Stamp an Early Espresso panel, measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″, with Marbled background stamp and Early Espresso ink.

How I get perfect results with large background stamps…

My favorite tip for stamping with large stamps, especially those huge background stamps, is to lay the card stock on top of the inked stamp. Pull your place mat over the top and give it a nice massage. This will ensure good coverage and the place mat keeps your fingers from getting inky. Carefully remove card stock panel from stamp and admire your perfectly stamped panel!

Cut through both layers of card base & panel with a 3″ circle framelit, leaving approximately 1″ above the framelit and centering it from side to side.

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Separate the panel from the card base. (This is why you used temporary adhesive in step 2.)

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Use framelits from Seasonal Layers to cut out 2 solid leaves (Cajun Craze & Always Artichoke) and 2 detailed leaves (Delightful Dijon & Old Olive).

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

 

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Cut a 6″ piece of fishing line. String will also work, but fishing line is virtually invisible. For that reason, I like it better!

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Center the fishing line over the back side of one leaf set. Secure line with tape.

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

 

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Keep the line stretched tight.

Trim off any fishing line that extends beyond the panel edges.

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

 

Finish card by adding a scalloped frame around the circle and a sentiment below. You can also add an embossed panel to the inside of the card.  I used Woodland embossing folder here.

Spinner Card Technique by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Twist the leaf 6-8 times and watch it spin!


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Custom Silhouette Stamping & Watercolor Striping Techniques

Watercolor Striping with Fabulous Flamingo

I was impressed by a card made by Elizabeth Price over at Seeing Ink Spots and I had to give it a try.  Thank you Elizabeth, for a beautiful background idea!

Here’s how I did it:

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On watercolor paper, sponge three different colors in a striped fashion, from one end of the paper to the other.

Today we’re using Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist.

Watercolor stripe colors, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist & Flirty Flamingo

Cover the entire panel, alternating colors.

Watercolor striping

Use an aqua painter (water pen) to draw stripes across the sponged panel, going over each stripe 2 or 3 times.

Leave a little space between each water stripe. Allow to dry before stamping the flamingo onto the panel.

Watercolor striping

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can make a wavy pattern instead of straight stripes.

Watercolor striping

Stamp the flamingo onto the dry panel. Fill in (blacken) any area that you can see through. This is “custom silhouette-ing”  and can be done with any stamp and a black Sharpie.

Fabulous Flamingo on Water Striped Background

 

 

Card dimensions are as follows:
Bermuda Bay card base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Lemon Lime Twist panel: 4″ x 5 1/4″
Flirty Flamingo panel: 3 7/8″ x 5″
Watercolor paper panel: 3 3/4″ x 4 7/8″
Inside panel: 4″ x 5 1/4


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Painted Harvest and Tie-Dye Technique Tutorial

Painted Harvest with Tie Dye Technique

This card features a new set from the 2017 Holiday Catalog called “Painted Harvest”, available beginning September 1, 2017….that’s TODAY!

In the background is a fun and colorful tie dye technique.  Let me show you how it’s done…

Tie Dye Tutorial 1

Open up a white coffee filter.

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Gather up the filter until it is long & scrunched up.

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Using a baby wipe, dab Old Olive ink onto the coffee filter in a 1″ section at one end.

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Continue dabbing colors onto the filter, using a clean baby wipe for each color and leaving a bit of white showing in between each color. You will need to turn the scrunched coffee filter over and dab it from the other side in order to get the ink through all of the layers. Here we have Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.

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Open up the filter and check to see if there are any spots that need more ink. If so, scrunch it back up and add the needed ink.

If it looks good, then allow it to dry.

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Use a glue stick to cover a white panel measuring 5″ x 3.75″.

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Lay the panel onto your dried filter, glue-y side down. Rub to adhere.

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Using your glue stick again, cover the back side of the same white panel.

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Fold the edges of the filter onto the glue-y panel. Glue all 4 sides down, keeping your corners nice and square.

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Turn panel over and admire your beautiful tie-dye!

Painted Harvest with Tie Dye Technique

When I stamped the sunflower, I used Crushed Curry for both the first and second layer stamps, and then did a third layer with Pumpkin Pie.  The center is stamped with Cajun Craze and the entire flower is cut out with scissors.  Both layers of the leaves are stamped with Old Olive and then punched out with the new Leaf Punch (#144667).  Glitter Enamel Dots are used as accents on the tie-dyed background.

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Day at the Beach U Fold Technique

My husband and I just spent a week camping on the Oregon coast which is one of my favorite places in the world.  The weather was in the 70’s and just beautiful, while our home town was experiencing a heat wave in the 3 digits.  So we enjoyed ourselves immensely, walked on the beach, sat around a campfire and got some much needed R & R.

Here’s a little beach scene I created using Day at the Beach stamp set and the U Fold Technique, which is really quite simple.

 

Day at the Beach U Fold Technique, www.regalstamping.com by Krista Thomas

The palm trees were stamped with Avant Garden, a Sale-a-Bration set from earlier this year, and it’s actually a flower but worked perfectly as a palm tree!

Here are the instructions for making this Day at the Beach U Fold Technique:

U Fold Tutorial

You will need the following 3 card stock pieces to make this U Fold card:

Pool Party- 4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″

Crumb Cake- 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Island Indigo- 2″ x 3 1/2″

U Fold Tutorial

Score the 4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ panel (Pool Party) at 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 5″ and 6″

U Fold Technique

Score the 2″ x 3 1/2″ panel (Island Indigo) at 1/2″ and 3″.

Use a scallop edgelit across one long edge to mimic ocean waves. (The new Seasonal Layers Thinlits has a scallop edgelit, as well as the Adirondack chair used on this card)

U Fold Technique

Fold the Pool Party (4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″) panel on it’s score lines going across as: mountain, valley, valley, mountain.

Fold the Island Indigo (2″ x 3 1/2″) panel on it’s fold lines, both as mountain. Those end tabs will face the rear of the card.

U Fold Technique

Glue Island Indigo panel between the 2 1/2″ & 5″ score lines of the Pool Party panel.

U Fold Technique

Stamp and sponge the Crumb Cake (1 1 /2″ x 5 1/2″) panel and then glue it on the front flaps of the Pool Party panel.  The scallop-y top edge was done with a non-Stampin’ Up framelit.

Finish by stamping and cutting out the palm trees, dolphin, sun, star fish, drink and Adirondack chair. Glue these elements into place.

This card will fit into an A2 sized envelope by folding one end in and the other end flat.

I hope you enjoyed this little beach scene and I also hope you make one of your own….go get inky!

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Wiper Technique with Birthday Fiesta Llama

Goodbye & Farewell to Birthday Fiesta…

Sometimes we have to say goodbye to things we love…such is the case with this Birthday Fiesta Bundle, including the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP). On June 1, 2017 it will no longer be available and this favorite of mine will be a thing of the past.  I’m so glad that I’ve stocked up on the designer paper and you might want to as well.  That’s where the sombrero and maracas are cut from.  I’ve also cut out guitars and pinatas to use as accents, and it’s all from the DSP.

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

Amaze your Friends!

This might just be my favorite technique EVER and it’s so simple to make!  It features an interior panel that pops up when you pull the sides of the cards out.  You can pop-up balloons, a cake, presents or in this case, a llama!  Your imagination is all that’s required!

Let’s get started…

Wiper card instruction

Cut 2 pieces of card stock that each measure 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″.

Score each one at 1″ and 1 3/4″ on the longest edge (6 3/4″).

Rotate one panel so that the score lines are on the right.

Fold each panel on the score lines so they look like this…

Wiper card instruction

 

Wiper card instruction

Cut a 2″ x 2 3/4″ panel which will become the wiper. Place it on your Stampin’ Trimmer so that it looks like this picture. Score and fold back and forth so that it bends easily.

If you don’t have a trimmer like this, measure in from both sides of a corner 5/8″ and mark it on each side. Connect the markings to make a triangle. Fold on that line.

Wiper card instruction

Flip over the panel from step 2 that has the score lines on the left. You will be looking at the back side of the front panel. The score lines should still be on the left.

Measure up 1 3/4″ from the bottom, along the 1″ score line and place the wiper panel (from step 3) to the right of that score line with the scored triangle at the top left. Glue ONLY the triangle to that spot.

Wiper card instruction

Flip the wiper panel back over, keeping the score lines at the left.

Attach it to the other panel (from step 1) as shown. The paperclips in this picture show where you’ll glue the card together. Basically, it’s the 1″ strip at each end that glues to the facing panel.

To make the wiper work, simply hold the card in both hands and pull outward in each direction. The wiper should pop up! Glue whatever image you like to the wiper and finish decorating your card!

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

I hope you find time to stamp today!


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Shadow Box Technique with Balloon Adventures Bundle

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Card, Stampin' Up, 3D card

This is a very easy and fun technique which enables us to use dies in new ways and that’s ALWAYS a good thing!  I was inspired by a card made by Dawn Griffith here.  She’s so talented and I always like her ideas.

Shadow Box Card, step 1

For your card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ panel.

Score on the 10 1/2″ side at 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/2″ & 8″.

Shadow Box step 2

Place your Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit between the 1/2″ & 4″ score lines. The thinlit is taller than the card stock, so just even it up with equal parts hanging off the top and bottom.

Run through your Big Shot.

Shadow Box step 3

Fold inwards on all score lines. See picture.

Glue the 1/2″ strip to the facing panel as shown.

Shadow Box step 4

This is now what your card will look like.

Adhere a panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/2″ to the partial front of the card.

Shadow Box step 5

Once that front panel is glued into place, this is how your card will look from the inside.

To clean up the appearance and give yourself a place to write a sentiment, glue a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ panel to the inside, left.  Here’s another look at how I finished the inside on my balloon card…and I stamped some confetti to dress it up and make it fun!

Pictured at left: front of card                                                  Pictured at right: inside of card

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Technique card, Stampin' Up, Occasions 2017

If you want your own Balloon Adventures bundle, get them before they’re gone.  They’re available while supplies last until May 31, 2017 and then they’re gone for good.  Right now, the framelits are 50% off, making them only $16.50, so it’s actually cheaper to NOT buy the bundle.  The Balloon Adventures stamps are regular price, $26 (#142823) and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits are $16.50 (#142753), for a total of $42.50.  That’s a savings of $10.50.  Not bad at all!  And don’t forget the awesome Party Animal Designer Series Paper (#142738), it’s on sale for $6.60 while supplies last!

Come back for my next post and I’ll show you what the Balloon Pop-Up die is actually intended to do…it’s pretty cool!


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Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Acrylic Block Stamping, #HighTide, #regalstamping, #StampinUp, #LighthouseCard

I used an acrylic (clear) block to watercolor my background for this lighthouse card.  It’s easy and you’ll get a different look every time!

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

You will need the following supplies handy:
1.Stampin’ Spots in Garden Green, Island Indigo and Marina Mist.

2. Water spritzer

3. Watercolor paper (3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)

4. Clear Block E

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Spritz your watercolor paper until it is well saturated and allow it to sit and absorb while you prep the clear block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Place your clear block E so that it is in “portrait” position. Starting at the top of the block, rub your lightest ink color (Marina Mist in this case) over 1/3 of the block.  Stampin’ Spots are the perfect size for this technique and while they are not available except through a Paper Pumpkin subscription, you can make your own with un-inked spots (#141822) and an ink refill of your choice.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Rub Island Indigo over the next 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Finally, rub Garden Green over the bottom 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press the block down over your wet watercolor paper. If the paper has curled, you’ll need to flatten it a bit first, using your fingers or a pair of tweezers.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press hard over the entire block and then slowly lift it off. If there are runny edges, you can allow them to run back into the paper or just let them dry naturally.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.  Once dry, stamp the lighthouse and scenery with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


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Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero

Everyday Hero and Timeless Tags Thinlits

If you thought I was done showing off cards that feature Timeless Tags, well you were wrong!  I actually thought I was ready to move on, but then realized that I hadn’t shared this card with you yet.  We made this during my Technique Classes in February and I have instructions for you below.  But first, some of the details…

I stamped the super hero using Everyday Hero stamp set and colored him with PrismaColor Pencils.  After a quick fussy cut with scissors, I then placed him on a tag made with Timeless Tags.  I rather thought that the sunburst-y tag looked good with the little guy!  I didn’t have any Pacific Point ribbon, so I cut a very thin strip of card stock and tied that through the tag hole.  That’s my go-to trick for when I don’t’ have ribbon in the right color!!  Works every time.

 

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero, www.regalstamping.com

Here’s the tutorial…

This is a simple shadowing technique that creates an interesting background!  Let me show you how I did it…

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Lay a stencil over your card stock panel. In this case we’re using the stars stencil, (which is from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks set, shown below in the product section) over a Tip Top Taupe panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.

If you feel the need, you can secure both the card stock and the stencil with tape to prevent it from moving while you work.

Use a sponge dauber with Whisper White Pigment Ink and sponge through each of the stencil openings, transferring the ink to the Tip Top Taupe panel.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Allow to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.

Clean the white ink off of the stencil.

Once the white ink has dried and you have cleaned off the stencil, realign stencil over panel.

Slightly off-set the stencil to the right or left of the previously sponged stars. You’ll see most of each white star, but you’ll have a “slice” of Tip Top Taupe showing through as well.

Secure stencil in place if desired.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Use a different sponge dauber with Pacific Point ink and sponge through all of the stencil openings. You will be sponging over the white and the “slice” of Tip Top Taupe that is showing in each star.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Remove mask and enjoy your Shadow Stenciled Background!

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero, www.regalstamping.com

I hope you like it!  See you next time.

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