Swirls and Flourishes

The flourish is a polishing step in design. It’s a detail, neat and pretty that shows you’ve taken that extra time to make your project special.

Did you know we have swirls and flourish stamps throughout our January 2015 Catalog? You can find them in the Cling Rubber Sets like Spring Bouquet, Moray Dahlia and the pot of gold in Cling Filigree?

TRI-lingual_Jumbo Cling Pkg_FRONT
Cling Filigree Stamp and Stencil Set

Debi Hammons used this set to create a stunning birthday card as the main attraction!

CRS5073_H302_DH_800
Filigree Happy Birthday by Debi Hammons

Krissy Fossmeyer took the time to add the flourish border in Moray Dahlia for a ribbon accent here on her Thank You card.

R199_CRS5063_KF

Bowl Bouquet By Krissy Fossmeyer

Swirls and flourishes work great for finishing up those scrapbook pages, too! Here’s a scrapbook page from alumni Cindy Bundy’s project bin that uses the swirl border from Spring Bouquet.

P184-R159-CRS5045-FRC19-MG06-FREG040-TP117-CB_800
Grape Label Scrapbook Page by Cyndi Bundy

What will our designer share today? Let’s not wait a second more to find out! Thank you for stopping by…

Pam Hornschu

 

*Use the Little Extras

“Hello, Stampendous fans!  Today I have a clean and simple card to share with you.  Do you ever look at your stamp sets and notice all the little ‘extra’ stamps that are included with the set.  I think we often purchase a set for the focal images, and then forget to use those little ones that we get with them!  For this card, I decided to focus on the little extras in this stamp set and I LOVE it!  I will be reaching for these tiny flowers over and over again!”  – Jennifer J Ingle

"Thanks" by Jennifer J Ingle

Supplies:
Stampendous Vintage Typewriter Perfectly Clear Stamps
Ink:  London Fog, Buttercup, Tulip
Glitter Glue
Twine

Instructions:
Create card base from white card stock.
Stamp the flowers in the three different colors.
Stamp sentiment amidst flowers.
Tie twine around card.
Embellish with glitter glue.

A Kiss From the Rose

Clean & Simple says it all! Blog Star Janelle Stollfus sure knows how to keep it clean and keep it simple with Stampendous Jumbo Stamps!

 

“The Jumbo flowers have become my CAS (Clean & Simple) go-to stamp. They create such a dynamic quick card there’s really no need to add more! Here’s what I did to make this card.” – Janelle Stollfus

Supplies:
CRS5006 Cling Jumbo Rose
SSC1116 Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear™ Stamp
Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle
Other Supplies:
Ink pad
Embroidery Thread (coordinate with ink color)
Piercing Tool
Sewing Needle
Cardstock for card base
Coordinating Pattern Paper
Utility knife

Cut a piece of pattern paper to within 5/8” from the edge of your folded card base. This card uses a 3 5/8-inch by 4 7/8-inch cut pattern paper.

Stamp the jumbo rose onto the bottom left side of the pattern paper.

On a coordinating patter paper, stamp the sentiment from Friendship Assortment set. Trim down the paper and cut the right edge with a shallow ribbon tail angle cut.

Pierce around the edges and sew a straight stitch with embroidery thread.

Cut along one of the outer petals on the right side with a utility knife in the height of the sentiment paper. Slide the sentiment into the cut and adhere from the back.

Glue the pattern paper to the card base.

Start Making Those Thank You Cards

Blog Star, Jennifer J Ingle, sent us this “After the Holidays – Thank You” card sample.

Who doesn’t have someone the thank right now, right? Now that the Christmas cards are out, it’s time to start on the “Thank You” cards. (Lucky for those of us who love to make cards.)

Thank You by Jennifer J Ingle

Jennifer used the little bird from Stampendous’ Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Stamp Set and the words come from out Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear Set.

Thank You!

“There’s nothing like a stamp that says it all and does it all!
The sentiment in the Cling Jumbo Thank You does exactly that for a superb and quick CAS (Clean & Simple) card. Here’s how that happened on my project today.”

–  Janelle Stollfus

Supplies:
Stampendous Jumbo Cling Thank You Set
Cream card stock, 5-1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, folded in half
Pattern paper 5-1/2 X 4 1/2 inches
Light Brown ink
Sponge
Any means to stitch on paper such as sewing machine and white thread, paper piercer, or stamp.

1.       Stitch 1/4-inch from the edges of the pattern paper.

2.       Distress edges with scissors blade or tool and sponge with light brown ink.

3.       Glue pattern paper to cream card stock.

4.       Stamp Thank You sentiment on the center of the pattern paper letting it stamp over the edge onto the cream card stock.

5.       Sponge distress around the edges of the card front.

6.       CAS complete!

You can visit my Rain Puddles Design blog post to see how it dwindled down for me.

Thank You DAHLIng!

Say “Thank You” to your darling friend with a Dahlia card! That would be a DAHLing friend. Another hybrid. Suzanne, you’re on a roll. Yesterday’s Hydrangium (hydrangea/geranium) and today DAHLing friend (Dahlia/darling). Alright, I admit, the DAHLing thing wasn’t Suzanne’s doing. Just thought I’d add to the whole hybrid thing she started yesterday.

Beautiful card Suzanne. Thank You for sharing it with all of us.

“I can’t get enough of the jumbo flowers. This time I stamped the Dahlia over pattern paper to allow the ledger to show through and add texture.  I used an unusual color palette to provide a little fun color to my card.”  – Suzanne Czosek

Thank You Dahlia by Suzanne Czosek

Products Used: Stampendous Jumbo Cling Dahlia, Thank You, Ranger Black Archival Ink, Watercolor Pencils, Pattern Paper, Marvy Uchida Butterfly Punches, Blue Dye Ink, White Gel Pen

Instructions:

  1. Stamp Dahlia onto pattern paper using grey ink.
  2. Color with watercolor pencils shading with gray pencil  fading out to gold. Highlight with white gel pen.
  3. Sponge pattern paper with blue dye ink.
  4. Stamp thank you by curving clear stamp to fit the outline of flower with gray ink.
  5. Punch butterflies with pattern paper and gray card stock. Accent with clear gem.
  6. Layer paper and card stock. Tie with twine.

Hydrangea Thanks by Piali Biswas

Wow Piali, nice job. This is a great Thank You card. Those hydrangea flowers just POP! The little bits of Mica in the center of each flower finish it off quite nicely. This is just one great example of use for our NEW Mica Fragments.

Supplies:

Stampendous Products: Jumbo Cling Hydrangea (CRS5005), Versafine Onyx Black Ink, FRM01-R Pearlized  Mica Fragments

Paper: My Mind’s Eye Collection

Card Stock: Papertrey Ink

Other Copics Markers, Sentiment sticker

Instructions:

  1. Cut and score the card base;
  2. Adhere the card stock and patterned paper strip.
  3. Stamp the hydrangea image twice, color both the images with copics/makers.
  4. Trim one stamp image to make the focal panel.
  5. Trim the individual flowers and the leaves, adhere them to the focal panel using glue & 3D dots for added dimension
  6. Attach the lace.
  7. Add the sentiment sticker ;
  8. Adhere the image to the card using 3D dots;
  9. Apply glue to the center of the flowers and sprinkle Pearlized Mica fragments on them, dust off the excess.
  10. Embellish with pearls to finish.

SIZE: 5.5” X 4.25”.

Guest Stamper: Cyndi’s Glitter & Acetate Tutorial

We simply cannot get enough of Cyndi B. and her adorable cards on her Scrappy Chick Blog! And that is why we’ve made her the Guest Stamper for today’s blog post! Read her tutorial below to learn a beautiful new way to use glitter and acetate in your cards and scrapbook pages. Then, check out Cyndi’s blog here to see more of the cute things she has created!

Glitter & Acetate Tutorial

1. Gather all the supplies you will need.
Stamps, Acetate sheets, StazOn pad (& cleaner), glitter, glue & lots of scrap paper!  I used Stampendous Glitters in Mint Green, Melon, and Lavender for the sample in this tutorial and Sunny Flowers stamps, also by Stampendous.

glitter1

2. You will want to use a StazOn pad for this technique so that you get a good impression on the acetate.  Make sure your pad is really inky!  The acetate will stick to your stamp so be sure to gently peel it off so that you don’t smear the image.  If your image is too wet, simply blot it off on some scrap paper.  Don’t forget to use the StazOn cleaner to clean your clear stamps immediately since acrylic stamps do not like solvent inks!  I also clean mine in a bowl of warm soapy water to remove the cleaner too!

glitter2

3. Flip the image over, you will be applying the glitter to the back side of where you stamped  (This way you can still see the black lines clearly when it’s done)  You want to do one section at a time with the glitters.  The glue will dry enough to work with additional colors within a few minutes, but I will skip adjacent sections, then come back to them after a bit of drying time.  Apply your glue sparingly, but be sure to cover every bit of open space within the section of the image you are working on.  Do a small section at a time. Also, You will want to go all the way up to or even onto the black lines, as the glue will shrink in a bit after it is dry.  (I used PVA glue by Kay Kraft, that was what was recommended to me and it dries pretty fast…about 4 hours to total hard-as-a-rock dry…and dries clear.  Other glues such as Aleene’s or Crystal Effects should be fine, but dry time may differ)

IMG_8865
4. When you add the glitter, overcoat the image.  (Do this over a scrap sheet of paper so that later you can funnel it back into your container).  I will then lightly press with my fingers on top of the glitter so that I am sure its adhered.  Then shake and tap off the excess.  Don’t be afraid, it won’t fall off!

glitter4

5. After your area is glittered you can clean it up a bit by brushing the surrounding areas off with a flat brush  (Don’t get too close to the glitter yet…)  Also you can use a flat rounded object to scooch the glitter back into the lines if you went out a bit (you need to do this while it’s still wet!)

glitter5n6

6. Keep moving to the next area until the image is complete.  Let the image dry completely before trying to trim the acetate.  Also once the image is really dry you can run that same brush all around the acetate, even up next to the glittered  areas to really clean it up.  Total dry time will vary, but you will know its done when you can see the glitter color clearly through the other side.  (It will appear white until dry) And once it’s hard you know it’s done!

glitter7n8

That’s it!  Finish your card or project by adding layers and embellishments.  You can adhere  the acetate to another layer with by applying glue to the back of the glittered area so that it will not show.  Or simply use brads to attach the layer!

blue-glitter