Wednesday, July 10, 2024

A Bearable Birthday!

 

Hello, friends!

Welcome back to Paper Play.  Do you ever find yourself needing a quick birthday card and not having the right one in your stash?  It's nice to be able to fall back on something to help save you time when that happens - and that's the focus of today's post.  Blank Page Muse has a great digital download kit, It's Your Party, that will all will you to create a really nice handmade card.  It has a variety of papers, ephemera, greetings, and more.  I chose a paper that I really liked and paired it with one of Rick St. Dennis' adorable bear stamps.  The result is a card that is certain to make someone smile!

 

Here's what I used to create it:

 Here's how I made it:

  • Used the printer app for my printer to reduce the size of the digital background paper for the card (3.75" x 5") and printed it.
  • Adhered printed panel to card base with double sided tape, stamped the sentiment, and applied Glossy Accents to the balloons on the panel to give them texture and make them shine.  TIP: use a heat tool on low or a hair dryer to speed up the drying time of the glossy accents!
  • Stamped the bear onto white card stock; colored the image with a mix of alcohol markers, pastel gel pens, and glitter gel pens; fussy cut the image.
  • Adhered the bear to the card with a Wobbler Action Spring, which gives the bear some motion when tapped.
  • Placed two rows of rainbow gems under the sentiment.


Such a quick way to make a colorful and fun birthday card!

I hope you enjoyed this post and my tips for making a beautiful card in no time at all.  Let me know what you think!

You may read more about my creative process on my blog.

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Monday, July 8, 2024

Almost A One Layer Card

Today's project features a silhouette stamp from I Brake for Stamps. I hope you like it. 


The products I used on this card are:
I used a heavy weight white A2 sized note card. I temporarily adhered the stencil to the card front. I covered the rest of the card with Post-It notes to prevent putting ink on these areas. I blended inks that are from the same color family with gradating shades. I lightly blended one color of ink over the stencil. After which, I cleaned the stencil and placed the stencil back over the card front off setting it toward the bottom right. I repeated the process until the whole panel is covered with ink blended blocks.

I bravely stamped the silhouette stamp on the bottom right of the card front. I did not get a good impression on my first try. On my second attempt, I must have moved my stamp positioner because the image was double stamped. Not to give up on this project, I stamped the image on a white cardstock. (Check my blog to know how many times it took me to get to this point.) I fussy cut the succulent and adhered it directly on top of the distorted succulent. 


Just by looking at it, you would think that this is a one layer card until you have a feel of the stamped image. And since I failed making this into a one layer card, I went ahead and adhered a sentiment strip.

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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Happiness Blooms From Within

Good day, fellow crafters. It's Tamara once again, with a new post where I am going be showcasing my latest card created using  I Brake for Stamps and Blank Page Muse products! 

  



Happiness blooms from within, much like a flower nurtured by the rich soil of self-awareness and personal growth. It isn't something that can be simply acquired or bestowed by external circumstances; rather, it flourishes from our inner resilience, positive mindset, and the choices we make every day. Just as a gardener tends to their plants with care and attention, we must cultivate our inner garden through practices such as gratitude, mindfulness, and self-compassion. 

In my card designs, I embrace this theme of inner happiness. Each handmade card is crafted to inspire joy, reflection, and connection, encouraging us to nurture and celebrate the happiness that comes from within. By sharing these cards, we spread the message that true joy is cultivated internally and blossoms outward, touching the lives of others. 


To create this project, you will need the following:

 

Stamps

·        Blank Page Muse Floral Spray Sunflowers Chrysanthemum Line Art – Pam Bray Designs

·        Blank Page Muse Happiness Blooms from Within words – ShalooWebster

Inks

·        Black ink pad

·        Watermark ink

Paper

·        Cardstock – black

·        Watercolor paper

·        A2 card base – white (4.25” x 5.5”)

Pigments

·        Watercolor pigment

Adhesive

·        Liquid glue

Tools

·        Paint brushes

·        Paper trimmer

·        Heat Tool

·        Stamping platform

·        Die-cutting machine

·        Tub large enough to fit watercolor paper

·        Anti-static powder pad

·        Label Die

Misc

·        Cherry Kool-Aid – sugar free

·        Water – amount per Kool-Aid directions

·        Cup of water for cleaning paint brushes

·        White Embossing powder

 

To craft your card, start by creating the background panel, as this is the most time-consuming portion. First, mix the Cherry Kool-Aid per the package instructions, minus the sugar, in a tub or tray. Once it's fully incorporated, place a sheet of watercolor paper into the prepared liquid. Allow the paper to set for a full 24 hours to absorb the color, then let it dry completely. You can use a heat gun to speed up the process, but the color doesn't look as nice in the final product.

 

Next, stamp your focal images. Using black ink and the Floral Spray Sunflowers Chrysanthemum Line Art stamp, ink and then stamp the image on the area of the watercolor paper where the color looks the most pleasing to your eye. Allow the ink to dry.

 

Now it's time to add color. For this project, watercolors are suggested, but you can also use quality-colored pencils or alcohol markers if you prefer. The best technique with watercolors is to wet small areas of the image at a time with water, then drop small amounts of watercolor pigments into the wet area. Slowly brush the pigment into the desired areas. If the color is too heavy, use a paper towel to dab up the excess. This technique allows you to slowly build up color and results in a better finish. Once you're done, let the paper dry completely.

 

Next, cut the background panel and the cover mat to size. Using a paper trimmer, first trim your water-colored background panel to its final dimensions. For this design, the dimensions are smaller than the A2 card base to provide some visual interest. Then, trim the black cardstock to 4.25” x 5.5” to cover the front of the card base. Set these aside.

 

Now it’s time to create the sentiment. Start with the black cardstock, using either any extra pieces that were trimmed off in the previous step or, as is often done in my studio, the center of the cover mat since it will be covered in the assembly stage. Place your black cardstock in your stamping platform of choice. Align the "Happiness Blooms from Within" words stamp over the area of the card you wish to stamp. Lightly dab the area with an anti-static powder pad where the stamp will land. Using a watermark ink pad, tap the ink pad onto the stamp to get an even coat. Once inked, stamp the image onto the cardstock. Repeat one or two times to ensure a proper image transfer. Cover the freshly stamped image with white embossing powder, then dump off the excess. Heat set this with a heat tool until melted. Lastly, using a label die that fits around the sentiment and a die-cutting machine, cut out the sentiment.

 

For the final step, assemble your card. Using liquid glue, adhere the black cardstock to the card base. Next, align and adhere the background panel with more glue. Lastly, position the sentiment in the desired location and adhere it to the background panel with liquid glue. As an optional idea, you can use pop-dots or foam tape for the sentiment. With that, your card is complete.

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Be a Unicorn

Hello Lyneen here with my first post in July. Today I have a 5 x7 card with several images from the Unicorn Wishes Moon & Stars stamp collection. This collection is a great value for your dollar, with a total of nine stamps.



Stamps used from Blank Page Muse
Unicorn Wishes Moon Stars & Words Art Rubber Stamp Set designed by Donna Gray DGUnicorn






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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Such a Boy Thing

 Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.

Today I am using some amazing products from Blank Page Muse and I Brake for Stamps.


Blank Page Muse Stamps:  Let's Get Away
Blank Page Muse Paper Pack: Tattered & Worn

Mixing and matching assorted stamps provides a very unique card for the special guy in your life!    This fishing scene, one of eight images comprising the Let's Get Away stamp set, was stamped, punched and added to a ribbon which embellished the card.

Details can be found on my  blog.

Thanks for stopping by.


Steph

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Friday, June 28, 2024

Flowers and Butterflies


Hello, it's Sue here today with a couple of summer cards.


Going back to the basics with these cards.  Some stamps, color pencils, and ink can make simple cards.  
A few color pencils for a little simple coloring.

See more on my blog here.

stamps/products used:
stamps used:
Blank Page Muse
Butterfly breezes clear stamp set 
You make me Happy clear stamp set 

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back again soon.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Stick With It and With Me

Good day, fellow crafters. It's Tamara once again, with a new post where I am
going be showcasing my latest card created using I Brake for Stamps and
Blank Page Muse products! 
 


Life can sometimes feel like a desert cactus, with its twists and unexpected
turns. Just as a cactus thrives in harsh conditions, we too can endure and grow
through life's challenges. Our mental health may waver, feeling off-kilter or
crooked, but it's during these times that support becomes essential. The
sentiment "Stick with Me" echoes the resilience of the cactus, reminding us
that companionship and perseverance can help us weather any storm. Just as
the cactus stands tall despite adversity, we too can find strength in sticking
together and supporting one another through life's unpredictable journey.

To create this project, you will need the following:
– Pam Bray Designs
 Black ink pad
 Cardstock – black
 Liquid glue
 Paper trimmer
 Coffee
 Tub large enough to fit watercolor paper
 Watercolor paper
 Watercolor pigments
 Paint brushes
 Cup of water for cleaning paint brushes
 A2 card base – white (4.25” x 5.5”)

To craft your card, start by creating the background panel as this is the most
time-consuming portion. First, brew the coffee per the package instructions
and allow it to cool. Next, pour the coffee into the tub and place a sheet of
watercolor paper into the prepared liquid. Allow the paper to rest for a full 24
hours to absorb the color and then allow it to dry fully naturally. A heat gun
can be used to speed up the process, but the color doesn’t seem to look as nice
in the final product.

The next stage is to stamp your focal images. Using black ink and the
stamp the image in the location of the watercolor paper where the color looks
the most pleasing to your eye. Allow the ink to dry.

Following the stamping of the images comes the addition of the color. For this
project watercolors are suggested, however other media such as a quality-
colored pencil or an alcohol marker may be to your liking. The best technique
to employ with the water coloring pigments is to wet small areas of the image
at a time with water, and then drop small amounts of watercolor pigments into
the wet area. Then slowly brush the pigment into the areas where color is
wanted. If the color is too heavy, use a paper towel to dab up the excess. This
technique allows you to slowly build up color and results in a better finish.
Once the color addition is complete allow the paper to dry completely.

For the next step you need to cut your paper to size. Using a paper trimmer,
first trim your water-colored background panel to its final dimensions. I have
purposely made the dimensions smaller than the A2 card base to provide
some visual interest. Next trim the black cardstock to 4.25” x 5.5”, this is to
cover the front of the card base.

The next stage is assembly. Using liquid glue, adhere the black card stock to
the card base. Next, adhere the background panel with more glue. As part of
the design theme the background panel is angled purposefully.
Lastly, using black ink and the  Stick with me Words Art, ink and stamp the
sentiment onto the card. Again, for the theme of the card this was done a
slight angle. With that, your card is complete.

If you or someone you know is suffering from issues related to mental health
and needs help, then call the National Mental Health Hotline 24 hours a day at
1-866-903-3787. It is free and confidential.

The stamps I used can be found by following the links in the materials list or
you can find them with a quick search on www.blankpagemuse.com. Visit our
social media sites for more stamping fun!

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Monday, June 24, 2024

Using Digital Paper to Create a 3D Embellishment

Hello! Welcome back to the BPM blog. I am glad you are here. Do you remember the time in crafting when rosettes were on trend? I remember creating a lot of it back then. Remember when you have to score the paper evenly, mountain and valley fold it, and use a glue gun to keep the rosettes form? Nowadays, creating rosettes are easier than it used to be especially with the creation of specialty dies that cut and score the paper for you. Not only that. Rosettes are not limited to the circular rosettes anymore. There are dies that create shaped ones just like the one that I used on today's project. 


I used an image from the Blank Page Muse Vibrant Spring Digital Paper Bundle. This bundle includes a sheet of ephemera, a sheet of tabbed dividers, both plain and printed; and a sheet of digital paper. I am using one of the digital papers in this bundle. 

After I printed the digital paper to the same size as the butterfly rosette die, I die cut the paper using the die. I folded the paper using the scored lines as a guide. I used a bone folder after each fold to make the fold lines crisp. 


I used a glitter and a holographic paper for the butterfly's body. I embellished the butterfly's body with gems. 

There are lots of uses for this butterfly rosette. It can be used to embellish a card, a gift, a mobile, a wreath, a flower bouquet...the possibilities are endless.  

I hope you like today's project. Please visit my blog, Maria Giselle's Creative Cuts, for more details. 

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Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!



Saturday, June 22, 2024

Wonderful Summer

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.

Today I am using some amazing products from Blank Page Muse and I Brake for Stamps.


Blank Page Muse Stamps:  Let's Get Away
I Brake for Stamps:  Phrases Sheet #048

Mixing a black and white image with a colorful background allows the stamped image to stand out.  This scene, one of eight images comprising the Let's Get Away stamp set, was stamped, die cut and added to a summer themed background panel.

Details can be found on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.


Steph

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