Rose cards created with a stencil!

Rose cards created with a stencil!

I’ve always been drawn to the floral stamps and had a fabulous time crafting these rose cards created with a stencil:   This was a project at my recent stamp camps and I couldn’t wait to make more in a variety of colors.  The Rose Garden Thinlits dies are available as a bundle with the Rose Wonder stamp set but they can be used alone too.  I die-cut a “stencil” from Whisper White cardstock and the largest rose die.  The stencil is placed on top of Whisper White cardstock (5″ x 3-3/4″) and inks are sponged on top with a Sponge Dauber. Here are the list of supplies: Rose Garden Thinlits #140619 $31 Rose Garden Thinlits with Rose Wonder stamp set bundle #140804 $49.25 Whisper White cardstock (5″ x 3-3/4″) Basic Black cardstock (5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″) Pear Pizzazz cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″) Inks (Hello Honey, Rose Red, Old Olive) Sponge Daubers Dimensionals Versamark Clear Embossing Powder Glue Dots Once you make one, you have to make more – they are so easy!  Here are some of the other color combinations: Hello Honey and Rose Red Pink Pirouette and Rose Red Pool Party and Island Indigo Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant   Then you can make more cards with the used stencils as they have the same color inks from all the sponging.  I covered the inked up stencils with Versamark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for a shiny, enamel look and then added them to a cardfront with Glue Dots. I also have a video tutorial for the rose cards created with a stencil on my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel: Floral cards are so versatile and work for a variety of occasions.  I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will be inspired to create some rose cards with a stencil for your family and friends...

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Versatile Stamp Set!

Versatile Stamp Set!

What makes a versatile stamp set?  For me, a stamp set is versatile if it can be used for a variety of occasions.  The new Sprinkles of Life is one of those stamp sets – VERY versatile!   The base of this card is the new Mint Macaron which is one of the new 2015-2017 In Colors – isn’t it pretty?  The ice cream scoops and cone are stamped on Shimmer White cardstock (watercolor paper would work too) in Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Chocolate Chip and Watermelon Wonder.  I then used an Aquapainter to add more of the same color.  This method will slightly lighten and blue the outlines but I like that effect for this card.  I used Crystal Effects to add some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the ice cream scoops which are punched out with the coordinating Tree Builder Punch.  You have to trim the cone with scissors but it’s a pretty easy trim.  I layered all the pieces with Glue Dots to Shimmery White cardstock and then added to Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Dimensionals are used to layer to the front of the card.  The greeting was stamped with Chocolate Chip on Mint Macaron cardstock and die-cut with the Banners Framelits.   This card used the same ice cream scoop image to create clouds!  I stamped them in Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock (yes, it’s my favorite!) and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  The raindrops are punched from colored cardstock:  Pacific Point, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Real Red.  I added them to the Shimmery White cardstock with Glue Dots and then added Crystal Effects on top to give them the look of raindrops.  Crystal Effects will take 20-30 minutes to dry so be sure to set aside someplace safe (coming from someone with 2 nosy cats!). Here’s a picture of this versatile stamp set and coordinating punch, both available June 2nd!   Just look at all the different images and greetings – 22 stamps for only $21!!!  Here’s one more card that was a make-n-take at my team meeting this month:   The background is Watermelon Wonder cardstock embossed with the new Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  The paper banners are from the new “Cherry on Top” Designer Series Paper Stack and the notches on the end are created with the new Triple Banner Punch.  I stamped the cupcake pieces in Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White cardstock and then sponed with the same colors. Please let me know if you would like to receive the new 2015/2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It will be available online June 2nd and you can order Stampin’ Up! products by clicking the “Order Online” link in the right sidebar.  I’m...

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Fall card using Emboss Resist technique

Fall card using Emboss Resist technique

The Emboss Resist technique  works beautifully with this Fall card using the new Seasonally Scattered stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  It’s a very fun technique and my customers loved the results at class last week. Stamps:  Seasonally Scattered, Choose Happiness, Hardwood Ink:  Versamark, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry Paper:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White Accessories:  Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers   I love the hardwood stamp and it provides a great background for this fall card.  The little banners are stamped in the same color ink as the cardstock with a stamp from the Choose Happiness set.  That image can be die-cut with the Banners Framelits but it’s also a very easy one to trim with scissors.  The little points are slightly curled (I used my fingers but a Bone Folder would work too – I just couldn’t find mine! The “thanks” image from the Seasonally Scatter stamp set is stamped in Versamark on Whisper White cardstock and embossed with White Embossing Powder.  You could also use Clear Embossing powder for a similar look.  Whenever you’re embossing, be sure to use the Embossing Buddy – just rub it across your fingertips to remove the oil that can transfer the to cardstock and also across the cardstock before stamping and embossing. Sponge Daubers work great to add the different color inks over the embossed image, just remember to go in a soft, circular motion.  Keep repeating till you get the look that you like.  The Emboss Resist technique is definitely a “wow!” technique and pretty easy too 🙂 Here’s a slightly different version of this Fall card:     At a class last week, one of my customers has a smudge on her card and we were trying to figure how to cover it up.  We decided to stamp the leaves from the Fall Fest stamp set (we were using that set to stamp the inside of the card and the envelopes) to stamp a pattern in the background of the greeting.  Each of the leaves were stamped in the same color ink as was sponged.  Meaning, the green leaf was stamped where the Old Olive was sponged, the orange leaf was stamped on top of the Pumpkin Pie, and so on… After stamping the leaves, you have to wipe off the excess ink with a tissue.  Even though the embossed image will resist the ink, some of the ink will sit there and need to be wiped off. You can watch a video tutorial for this project:   Please leave me a comment below and let me know which version of the Emboss Resist Fall card you prefer...

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Easy embossed Christmas card

Easy embossed Christmas card

I love the Wisteria Wonder background of this easy embossed Christmas card using the new Ornamental Pine stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog due out August 28th.  I love holiday cards using the more traditional colors of red, green and navy but isn’t it also fun to use a color that’s not as traditional?     I trimmed the Wisteria Wonder cardstock layer to 3 3/4″ x 5″ to allow for a larger border of the Whisper White cardstock base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″).  The branch, pinecone and greeting are from the same set (Ornamental Pine) but the falling snow is created with the “splotchy” stamp from Gorgeous Grunge: All of the images were stamped in Versamark and embossed with White Embossing Powder.  Remember to use the Embossing Buddy first to remove oil from your fingertips and from the cardstock.  This will help lessen any stray embossing powders and give you a much cleaner embossed image.  The Wisteria Wonder layer is adhered directly to the front of the card and the greeting is popped up with Dimensionals.  The greeting is stamped in Wisteria Wonder ink and die-cut with a framelit from the new Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies also coming out in the holiday catalog.  I can see myself using that particular framelit a LOT with the longer greetings from Stampin’ Up! 🙂 You can see below that I stamped the envelope to match and while I did not take a photo of the inside of the card, it is very similar to the envelope and has a greeting stamped as well.       I think I may use this easy embossed Christmas card for my swaps at Founders Circle next month.  I was fortunate enough to place in the top 100 demonstrators again this year and will enjoy a 5 day/4 night trip to St George, Utah 🙂  I love this trip and the time to relax and share ideas with some of the most talented demonstrators and a few of my closest stamping friends.  The swap count this year is 108 and they will all feature products from the new Holiday Catalog! If you would like to see a video tutorial for this project, you can view it here: If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel and help me to reach my goal of 10,000 subscribers by the end of the year 🙂  Please also let me know what types of projects you’d like to see in my video tutorials. I hope you enjoyed today’s project on how to create an easy embossed Christmas card and are inspired to begin your...

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Embossed Christmas Card

Embossed Christmas Card

Isn’t this embossed Christmas card simply elegant?  It’s actually a very simple card but the gold elements – embossing, ribbon, cardstock – make it extra special.   The Brushed Gold cardstock is a thick, shimmery gold that is colored all the way through – no white center like other brands – and it’s sturdy enough without any extra layers.  I stamped the stars and the greeting in Versamark and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder using the Heat Tool.  After the stars were embossed, I die-cut them using the Stars Framelits and Big Shot.  I like to use the Magnetic Platform when die-cutting with the Framelits but you could also use the Multi-purpose Platform.  If you find the framelits aren’t staying in place on the Multi-purpose Platform, you can use a post-it-note to keep them from scooting around. I wrapped the Gold Satin ribbon all the way around the card and tied a pretty knot in the front.  If the ribbon goes around the front of the card, you have a spot on the inside to tuck in a little gift of cash, a check or a gift card. The stars on this embossed Christmas card are popped up with Dimensionals.  I chose to line up my stars but you could also offset them.  I finished off the card with a  Pearl added to the center of the top star. The stamp set is part of the Big Shot Bundle promotion this month and can be earned free with the purchase of the Big Shot (during August) or at a 15% discount if you only want the bundle: Bright & Beautiful Stars Clear-Mount Bundle #138200 Price: $43.95 Bundle and save 15% with the Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set and Stars Framelits Dies. (You can also view the other bundles that are part of this promotion at http://www.keenankreations.com/2014/08/shot-bundles-promotion.html or by clicking the “Order Online” link in the right sidebar) The Bright & Beautiful Stars stamp set is also a sneak peek item from the Holiday Catalog that begins August 28th and is paired with the Stars Framelits for the bundle option.  My customers will be receiving the new Holiday Catalog directly from Stampin’ Up! in the next couple of weeks.  If you are not currently one of my customers but would like to be, please let me know and I’ll be happy to mail you the Stampin’ Up! catalogs 🙂 If you like the embossed Christmas card project, please leave me a comment below – I love hearing from you guys and really appreciate your feedback!  ...

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Create a fun background for your cards!

Create a fun background for your cards!

Have you ever wanted to create a unique and fun background for your cards?  Try this technique using inked embossing folders for a one of a kind look that will give you slight variations each time.     Stamps:  Beautiful Bunch, Label Love Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Versamark Paper:  Lost Lagoon(5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″), Blackberry Bliss (4″ x 5 1/4″), Whisper White (3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″) Accessories:  Fun Flower punch, Artisan Label punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch, Beautiful Baroque Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers, Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Satin Stitched ribbon, Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool   The flower is stamp two times in Blackberry Bliss on scrap Whisper White cardstock and then punched out with the Fun Flower punch.   I used a Bone folder to slightly curl the edges and popped up the different layers with Dimensionals being careful to slightly offset the petals to create a fuller flower.  I stamped the flower again in Lost Lagoon for the center piece and punched it out with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch.  The greeting is also stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White cardstock and punched with the Artisan Label punch. You can find the directions for creating the fun background for this card on my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZGTHg7dJEc&feature=youtu.be     but I’ll also provide the basic directions here:   Use Sponge Daubers to pat the inks (Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon) directly to one side of the Beautiful Baroque Embossing Folder Carefully lay the Whisper White cardstock to the uninked side of the Embossing Folder Close the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot Use the Sponge Daubers to lightly rub ink across the embossed cardstock to deepen the colors and highlight the embossed images Cover the entire embossed cardstock with Versamark ink Emboss with Clear Embossing powder and the Heat Tool     This card is the same except the flower and greeting are embossed with Clear Embossing Powder on Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon cardstock.  I’m not sure if I prefer the lighter or darker flower and greeting but most of my customers like the lighter version. Please leave me a comment below if you enjoyed this card using a fun background that you can easily create with a little sponging and embossing...

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