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Sending Lots of Love – Heating Embossing

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Hi All,

For the next week I am participating in an awesome card class hosted by Online Card Classes. The class focuses on fun ways to create clean & simple cards for card makers.

I loved several of the techniques demonstrated today, and decided to give one a try. It was a technique in off-stamping. Meaning to stamp an image once in one color ink, and then stamp again slightly off to the side of the previously stamped image. I loved this technique because it makes images pop in almost a 3D way and gives lots of dimension.

Here’s my card demonstrating one of today’s techniques:


I love the way this turned out! I used stamps and supplies from a Simon Says card kit I received a few months ago. I off stamped the envelope-stripe border around the edges and the sentiment and then gold embossed.

I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the participants tomorrow ~ but I’m sure I’ll be inspired to keep creating.

Stronger Together – Border Cuts

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CS4_participantHi All,

Welcome back to another day of clean & simple cards. Once again I was blown away by the amazing talent of cardmakers out there. This class has been phenomenal in teaching me all sorts of new techniques.

Today I wanted to try my hands at using a border to break up an image. I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a sentiment that would work, but found one that was a bit fun.

I used Hero Arts shadow inks to create the hombre look on each panel & a Simon Says Stamp set called Paper Hug for my sentiment. I loved the little paperclip heart and wanted to incorporate some paperclips into the design. I happened to have some colored clips on hand and thought it pulled everything together perfectly.

Here’s my card for day 2:


It’s a Good Day – Velveteen Stamping

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CS4_participantHi all,

I am LOVING this online class and have another project to share using a technique called velveteen stamping. It’s a type of double stamping where you stamp a solid background image ( I used white on white for my card) and then stamp directly on top of that using a pigment ink (I used floral stamps and Hero Arts Shadow Ink). I am fascinated by this technique and love the concept of a textured stamped image.

Here’s how my first attempts at this technique turned out. You can see the technique predominantly in the butterfly & larger floral pedals.


Wishing You The Best – Colored Vellum

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CS4_participantHi all,

Today’s card was truly a challenge for me. I loved the technique of colored vellum shared in class and thought I would give it a try. I have quite a bit of vellum on hand but typically I use it with heat embossing and have never thought to color it with paints/watercolors. For this card I wanted to achieve some vibrant colors so I thought I’d paint using my Inktense pencils. The pencils worked fabulously with the vellum, but I did have a lot of paper curling. I think for future attempts, it would be best to tape down all edges and see if that helps in keeping the vellum flat.

Additionally, this card was created using 5 key elements (as that was the primary challenge of the day in the class). Here are the items I chose. Grey card stock, white vellum, a sheet of 6×6 designer paper, 1 sentiment stamp set & a set of Inktense pencils.

*I did use common tools to create the card such as a trimmer and adhesives.


Here is my finished card.