Triangular Mini Cards – Part 2

Whoop, Part 2 of the triangular hinge box and mini cards is here – today being the turn of the mini cards. If you didn’t catch Part 1, you can view my previous post which contains all the details of the hinge box including the video tutorial. Today’s tutorial focuses on the mini cards to fit inside the box – six of them to be exact.

The great thing about the cards is you can change the colours and sentiment to suit any occasion. I focused on birthday cards for this particular box, but there’s nothing to stop anyone from turning them into thank you cards, invitations or cards ready for a random act of kindness. They’re such a good size you can keep them ready for any occasion.

Now which colour do you prefer – the first example is Cherry Cobbler and the second is Misty Moonlight. I think I prefer the Cherry Cobbler ones, I’ve always been a fan of Cherry Cobbler and the Designer Series Paper combined with the cardstock looks brilliant.

So, which do you prefer?

Best Wishes,

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Colours Used:

Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 6 inches
  • Belly Band = 6 x 11/2 inches
  • Scrap for stamping & flowers

Scoring:

  • Notch @ 2, 3, 4 inches on all four sides.
  • Join the notches each with a score line diagonally (see video)

Supply List:

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Simple Sunday #18 – Count on Me

Welcome to my Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features the Elegantly Said stamp set that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

The cute little animals in this set are what drew me towards it in the Annual Catalogue. I’ve said previously that my son is a massive fan of penguins, so having a penguin included in the set was also a bonus. This is my first time using this stamp set as although I was instantly drawn towards it, I wasn’t sure how to use it on a card. When I hit blocks like this, I turn to my Simple Sunday template / style as it allows me to be minimalist and get the ideas flowing.

In the end, I made three different versions of the card using the bear, the kangaroo, and the penguin. All of them with blended backgrounds to help them ‘pop’ from the card base. I didn’t really need to do much more than that to the cards as the blended background gave them enough dimension (as well as added dimensionals). Very quick to make and can be a range of colours with the sentiments mixed up with the images to make numerous different variations.

But which one is your favourite? I think mine is the penguin, I love how he pops from the blue background.

Best Wishes,

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Gothic Elegance

I’ve always had a bit of gothic streak, stemming from my teens and whilst it isn’t as prevalent now, I still love the gothic style and some of the flourishes that form part of it. The Simply Elegant suite caught my eye the first time I flicked through the new Annual Catalogue pages and it hasn’t disappointed me on bit.

The background of the card can be made in one of two ways – the way that I made is using blending brushes and ink after random stamping the large motif or you could get a similar finish by random stamping using the tone on tone technique. I preferred the blending brushes as I wanted to have areas darker around the edges and add shading.

The Ornate Frames dies really tie in with the gothic theme – don’t they? With some added ribbon and a double layered heart, I think it has completed the gothic theme really well. And the best part? I still have another three card fronts so can make more to go with this one!

Whilst I chose Rich Razzleberry, which colour would you have used for this? Let me know in the comments.

Best Wishes,

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You are so turtle-y loved!

Whilst I love teeny tiny small project, I do love it when I can create a large project – something that requires multiple pieces of card and can fit plenty in it. As you can see from the picture, that’s certainly what today’s project is – it barely fit in my photobooth! But I felt I had to create a large box as I wanted to show off the FREE hostess reward paper Pattern Party.

Pattern Party is gorgeous paper and whilst it is a reward choice, it is a large pack with 48 double sided sheets. One side is colourful, a mix of patterns and colours which are bright and cheerful. The other side is monochrome – black and white – and allows you to work with it in whatever way you please. I chose to blend some of mine with ink that co-ordinates with the cardstock.

You’ve seen me use this stamp set already and before I made the box I knew I wanted to feature these cute little turtles on it. I hadn’t used Evening Evergreen much, so chose to make that the feature of my first box (the second in the video uses Soft Succulent) and to say I wasn’t overly keen on the colour when it was first announced, I have loved using it – the matching ribbon by the way is so easy to work with, makes the most gorgeous bows!

…and these little guys, well it goes without saying that they’re just the cutest. Bit of a note here – the punch only cuts out the larger turtle. To make the smaller ones, I stamped the images and then fussy cut around them – totally worth it!

Best Wishes,

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Colours Used:

Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 6 inches
  • Belly Band = 6 x 11/2 inches
  • Scrap for stamping & flowers

Scoring:

  • Notch @ 2, 3, 4 inches on all four sides.
  • Join the notches each with a score line diagonally (see video)

Supply List:

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Etched in Ombre

I love trying out new techniques, but then I also have a set of techniques I like to keep going back to as part of my card making. As part of an event that Stampin’ Up! held in April for Demonstrators, we had to make a swap with the stamp set ‘Etched in Nature’. I loved the sketchy nature of the stamps, but wanted to make a card focused around the butterfly.

Heating embossing with white and then blending over the top is just a gorgeous look, no matter what stamp set or colours you use. It picks how the detail on the butterfly really nicely – isn’t it gorgeous?

Disclaimer: Unfortunately, the stamp set used on this card has since been withdrawn (perhaps only temporarily) due to quality issues. Stampin’ Up! believes in only selling items that continue to meet their high standards.

The background is blended from Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness & So Saffron to create the gorgeous ombre effect seen. My inspiration being a sunset in a tropical location – just as the sun is disappearing below the horizon.

And to pop the sentiment away from the background, I use my ever faithful white embossing on black with just the most beautiful sentiment “When being together is more important than what you do, you’re with a friend”, which I think is very poignant given the past 12 months the world has been through.

What is one of your favourite techniques on a card? Tell me in the comments below.

Best Wishes,

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Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Colours Used:

Supply List:

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Shimmering Incolor Birthday

Whoop! Everyone loves a project with something that shimmers, right? I know I do. What’s more, it’s one of the new colours and it uses a full sheet to showcase the gorgeousness (that’s a word) of the paper. The new Incolor Shimmer paper is beautiful and whilst my photos don’t quite capture just how beautiful it is, my video certainly does – so be sure to watch it!

The colours within the new 2021-2023 Incolors are absolutely gorgeous and so no great work is required to make a project look stunning – I decided to team mine up with the Artistic Dies and the Tailor Made tags, keeping them as basic as possible to let the paper do all the talking.

To help stick the gorgeous leaf motif from the Artistic dies, I used the Adhesive Sheets. It prevents all the mess that can be made when trying to get liquid glue in the right places. Then to give the label a bit of ‘pop’ and tie it in with the colour scheme, I’ve added some of the co-ordinating ink around the edges with a blending brush.

…and no bag is finished without some bling on there, so the Silver and Clear Epoxy essentials give it a gorgeous finish. In the video I make a Pale Papaya version – which do you prefer?

Best Wishes,

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Colours Used:

Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 6 inches
  • Belly Band = 6 x 11/2 inches
  • Scrap for stamping & flowers

Scoring:

  • Notch @ 2, 3, 4 inches on all four sides.
  • Join the notches each with a score line diagonally (see video)

Supply List:

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Blended Butterflies

Welcome to my Butterfly Bouquet spotlight week – this week will feature 7 video tutorials posted back to back to spotlight this early release collection from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The collection is made up of several components – Stamps, Dies, Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Specialty Paper.

It’s time to get a bit messy / creative as today I have been blending with brushes using a mask. I was inspired by this idea following a craft session making tomorrow’s box. A leftover section of tomorrow’s project works really well as a mask, but needed to be a little bigger so I set off making another. Using the dies from the Brilliant Wings set (which forms part of the Butterfly Bouquet collection), I used the largest butterfly to make my mask – be sure to make it large enough that you don’t risk blending off the mask like I did (see my video).

On Monday, I used my blending brushes with three colour – Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight & So Saffron, so I stuck to that colour choice for today’s project too. They go together so well, so as they say “why fix what isn’t broken?”. The colours blend beautifully together and get a lovely sharp edge thanks to the mask.

Finishing off the card with some contrast by heat embossing a sentiment in white onto black cardstock gives it a great finish, with some matte black dots of course! I love it…and the best thing about it? You will never get two cards the same because of the blending technique used.

In my video I did a bright version and a more subtle version, which did you prefer?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Prism Congrats

How amazing is the new Hydrangea Hill Mercury Acetate? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pack of it – not only because it contains purple either! The pack contains two different colours, Highland Heather & Rococo Rose, both equally beautiful. My box is made from Highland Heather and during my Facebook Live, I made one using Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Snail Mail suite.

The box is a prism slider, where the acetate or DSP acts as a ‘wrap’ around the inner card box. It’s a good size and will hold a varying amount of sweet treats or jewellery – perhaps even stationary. Because of the acetate and how stunning it looks, I didn’t need to add much more to get a gorgeous finish to the project.

A quick bow using the Gorgeous Grape sheer ribbon, a couple of flowers from the Hydrangea dies and a sentiment from the ‘You are Amazing’ stamp set. Quick and easy project which showcases the suite perfectly.

Which way did you prefer – acetate or Designer Series Paper?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

Colours Used:

Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 63/4 x 8 inches
  • Cardstock = 71/2 x 113/4 inches
  • Scraps for stamping.

Scoring:

  • 21/2 inches on all four sides

Supplies:

Pastel Love

Sometimes I really struggle for inspiration and sometimes inspiration comes at the craziest of times. My daughter Mia is currently studying Art as part of the option set she chose for GCSE and their current material of choice is watercolour. It was one of her recent pieces of work that inspired this card and the colour choices.

Copyright: Mia Pickard

Whilst I didn’t do watercolour myself, I went with three similar colours to blend a background going for the more subtle pastel type shades. These were applied using the blending brushes from the Mini Catalogue, which allow you to blend onto card much more evenly that daubers or sponges do.

Mia decided to use a black outline for each focal point – the eye. However, I felt I didn’t need that due to the muted shades that I chose for my background. So simply punched out a Basic White heart and popped it up on dimensionals with a die cut sentiment.

My final touch was a few of the pearls from the Hydrangea Suite – gorgeous!

Where do you go when you need inspiration?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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