Thursday, March 8, 2012

March Club Cards

I have two new beautiful cards to share with you today.  We will be making both of these at my Stamp Clubs this month.  By the way, I'm getting ready to start new sessions in April for both my Friday and Sunday clubs.  If you are interested in joining please contact me for more information.

The first card I'd like to share with you uses a technique called Versa Shadow that I found on a blog by Erin Gonzales.  She used this technique on an 8x8 scrapbook page.

Created by Erin Gonzales

Here is a photo of her page.  Isn't is gorgeous?  My favorite colors, too!  Here's a link to her post.  She even shows a video of the technique.  I love her style and can't wait to CASE more of her beautiful projects!

So, here is the card that I was inspired to make after seeing Erin's scrapbook page.  I just LOVE it and it's so easy to do!  The card base is Basic Gray card stock that has been stamped on with Whisper White Craft ink using the Mixed Bunch stamp set.  Keep in mind that when you are using craft ink that it takes a little longer to dry and will smear if not completely dry.  I used my heat tool to speed things up a little.  Lord knows that I'm not the most patient person...LOL!  The patterned paper is a piece from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.

To get the "shadow" effect you simply draw around your stamped image with a VersaMarker.  How cool is that?  It looks fantastic on this Basic Gray card stock.

The Baker's Twine in Wisteria Wonder is just tied in a knot through the holes in the buttons.  The buttons are Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzelberry, and Old Olive and adhered using Mini Glue Dots.

You can also see the 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon very well in this photo.  It's in Pear Pizzazz and adds just the right touch!

The card is finished off with another flower image stamped in Concord Crush from the Mixed Bunch stamp set and punched out using the coordinating Blossom Punch.  The center is from the same set and is stamped in Pear Pizzazz.  The "hello" is from the Tiny Tags set, stamped in Rich Razzelberry, punched out with the Jewelry Tag punch, and adhered to the center of the flower with a Rich Razzelberry brad.  The entire flower was popped up with a double-stacking of Stampin' Dimensionals.

So what do you think?  I'd love to here your comments.  Just on Comment down below.

List of supplies:
Stamps:  Mixed Bunch and Tiny Tags 
Ink and Markers:  Whisper White Craft Ink; Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, and Rich Razzelberry Classic Ink; VersaMark Pad; and a VersaMarker 
Paper:  Twitterpated Designer Series Paper and Basic Gray and Whisper White Card Stock
Accessories:  Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzelberry, and Old Olive Buttons; Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon; Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine; and a Rich Razzelberry Brad  
Tools:  Blossom Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Jewelry Tag PunchMini Glue DotsStampin' Dimensionals, and SNAIL Adhesive

On to card #2....

What a difference between the two, huh?  I love how elegant this one seems.  It's so much prettier in person, too... the photos don't do it justice.  Of course, that may have something to do with the photographer :).

As I mentioned, this card uses a technique called Double Embossing.  It is texture embossed AND heat embossed.  It's actually much easier than it looks, too.

The card base is Naturals Ivory with a piece of Basic Black on top.  Next is a piece of Mocha Morning Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Here's where the fun begins!

To do the textured embossing I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Prior to running this through your Big Shot, though, you have to ink up the embossing folder with VersaMark.  Use a brayer and ink up the de-bossed side of the embossing folder...the side that is "indented" not raised.  Place your DSP face down onto the inked side of the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot like normal.  When you remove your paper from the embossing folder keep in mind that it is covered in VersaMark and try to keep your fingers out of it.  Next, cover the DSP with black embossing powder and heat using the heat tool.

That's all there is to this Double Embossing technique.  That was pretty simple, right?  I love how the DSP only shows up on the embossed/raised areas of the card.  I don't know if you can tell in the photo above, but it really gives the card some extra dimension.

 In the photo on the right, you can see the focal image.  It's a piece of Naturals Ivory card stock stamped in Basic Black with the Kindness Matters stamp set.  This set is part of the Sale-a-bration promotion currently going on.  That means that you can get this set for FREE with a $50 order!  Click on the Sale-a-bration link at the top left side of this page to get more information.  Click HERE to go directly to my online store and start shopping now.

Back to the card.  The stamped piece is then layered onto a piece of Brushed Gold card stock and then onto a piece of Basic Black card stock.  I used a few Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the center piece.  The card is finished off with a piece of Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

List of supplies:
Stamps:  Kindness Matters
Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink, and  VersaMark Pad
Paper:  Mocha Morning Designer Series Paper and Basic Black, Naturals Ivory and Brushed Gold Card Stock
Accessories:  Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Tools: Big ShotVintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing FolderBlack Stampin' Emboss PowderHeat Tool Brayer, Stampin' Dimensionals, and SNAIL Adhesive
 Thanks for stopping by!



  1. I really like both cards and can't wait to make them tonight at club. I especially like that fact of how easy it looks to make a card look so elegant with only a few simple tools. Thanks for showing us these techniques. Love it.

  2. So glad that you liked the technique- your cards are BEE-utiful!!