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Birthday Balloons with Iron-Off Technique

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BalloonHi everyone!

I’m back with another card featuring the use of heat embossing. As I’ve been taking on the HeatWave class over at OnlineCardClasses and have been enjoying breaking out these powders for some fun takes on cards. For this

For this card, I wanted to use the iron-off technique as an alternative method in masking off my stamping. I first stamped the images I wanted to be in the foreground and then added a clear embossing over them. Then, I continued stamping my image being sure to overlap the embossed images. Since the embossing powder is sleek it resists ink and therefore made the second set of stamped images look like they are behind the first. To remove ink off of the clear embossed images I simply used a baby wipe and cleaned off as much ink as I could.

To iron-off the embossing powder, I sandwiched my project between a towel and a piece of paper. As I ironed over my project the embossing powder melts itself again and sticks to the scrap paper rather and removes itself entirely from the project. This leaves just the stamping and vibrant colors to show.

I love this technique in that it is an easy method at masking and is pretty precise at it as well. To finish the project off I added some detailed stamping and trimmed down my stamped piece.

Here’s a look at how the entire project came together.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Feel free to leave any questions or comments on projects you would like to see in the future!

Exploring Watercolor Mediums

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Hi all,

I’m back with multiple cards to share with you all in one day! Surprise!

When it comes to watercolor, there are just a ton of ideas and techniques out there in the world. It can absolutely be overwhelming, but that only inspires me to explore mediums and try out different techniques. I used different mediums for each card and strathmore coldpress watercolor paper for each painting.

For the first card, I used distress markers. I decided to use my Tim Holtz distress markers to create a globe and then added in a highlight around to create that ‘glow’ type feel. Such a pretty card, and it’s as simple as a hand drawn circle and loose watercoloring. The sentiment is a set from Hampton Arts and Jillybean. Love the scripty font!


On the second card, I used a more traditional medium. In my opinion, traditional mediums are more like pan sets, tubes, and inks with high pigmentation. For this I used my distress ink pads. These are different from the markers in that they are more concentrated colors and put out a lot more ink than the markers would. I embraced the concept of free-flowing ink by saturating the paper with quite a bit of water. I absolutely loved the way his one turned out! I can’t believe how uniform the images look together, but individually I just let each shape do it’s own thing.


On this last card I used watercolor pencils. I tried multiple stamped images with this technique (as you’ll see in the first photo). To get the look of free flowing ink I colored slightly outside the lines. Typically, I’m one that always likes to keep cards neat and tidy. This type of quick coloring is totally out of my comfort zone! But there is beauty in going outside those barriers isn’t there? How inspiring!


So this wraps up what’s going on in the craft room and I hope you enjoyed taking a quick look at my projects and practice pieces. I’ll talk with you all real soon. In the meantime feel free to come follow me over on instagram (jolie_samuel) where I post even  more daily happenings of the craftroom and life.

Have a great weekend!

Online Card Class – Day 2

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Hi all,

Here we are on day 2 and challenge number 2 for Clean & Simple cards. Todays “homework” is to create a 1 layer card. Believe it or not, this was a huge challenge for me, as I always tend to gravitate toward using physical layers to create a card. For today’s card I wanted to not only make a card, but use an added technique that was shown by the amazing Jennifer McGuire using rainbow colors and watercolor inks. To get the affect I wanted I used InkTense pencils.

Here’s my take on the assignment.

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Card Base: Hero Hues Notecard – Blues

Stamp: Stampendous Sunny Flowers

Washi Tape: Freckled Fawn Telephone Wire Washi tape

Online Card Class – Day 1

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Hi all,

As the title indicates, I’ve joined an online card class hosted by some of my favorite designers. You can find their class links here. I’ve already learned so many tips and tricks in one day and can’t wait to see what the rest of the class has in store. For today’s challenge we are to pay careful attention to craftsmanship and keeping our elements clean and crisp. Here is my take on today’s challenge. Enjoy!

Wherever The Wind Blows



Card Base: Neenah Environmental Card Stock Desert Storm

Papers: My Minds Eye (scrap material)

Embellishments: Basic Grey

Embossing: Tim Holtz Fades Embossing Folder – Rays and Retro Circles

Circle Cutter: Martha Stewart Crafts

Distress Ink (background of pinwheel): Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China