Wednesday, March 27, 2013

More Than One Way to Say Thanks~

One of the things I LOVE about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that we receive a bi-monthly magazine called Stampin' Success. It's chock-full of product ideas, business tips and techniques for card-making or scrap booking. There are party decoration ideas, featured guest artists and more in each issue. Stampin' Up! helps us successfully create and share our love for paper-crafting. 

The March/April issue of Stampin' Success has an article titled, "Embossing...without the fuss!" on pages 8-9. 

By using the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, you can use this already-gorgeous paper and make it even more appealing for your projects.

By using Craft White Ink and a Sponge Dauber (or cotton swab for small areas), I accented all of the un-embossed areas of the floral pattern on this designer series paper. The raised areas don't hold the ink, so when you wipe away with a tissue after applying the ink, the white only stays "inside the lines."
Then I used Stampin' Write Markers in Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi to color the middle of the flowers and the leaves. 

Super easy, fun and it didn't take a whole lot of time to take this card to the next level. You could try coloring in all of the flowers or other prints from the paper pack for a very colorful look. This was my first try at this technique and I hadn't thought to do it before I read the article.

I hope you enjoyed learning a new technique and will try and implement it into your own cards or scrapbooks. Please leave a comment--I love to read them all!

Speaking of more than one way to do things.... Here are the four ways I made my first kit from My Paper Pumpkin work for me! It took me a total of about 20 minutes to open my kit, get stamping and walk away with four unique cards that were fun to put together! Everything I needed was in the box! I have a feeling I will be saving my monthly kits to take on short trips! They will be so easy to pack so I can get my card fix on the road!

Get your kits started today. Find out how! 

There is still one more day to upload YOUR creation to the Pals Paper Arts Blog and play along with us this week!


krcmasterpiece said...

I love the 2 different effects you get with the versa mark or embossing. Lovely on craft cardstock.

Anonymous said...

I recently bought that pack of paper and did not know what I was going to do with it. Thank you for the ideas. Your cards are beautiful