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Hi Stampers! Today, I have a new technique to share with you, so this post might be a little longer than usual. I hope it’s helpful!
This beautiful card was created using a Digital Brush set from Stampin’ Up! called A Cardinal Christmas.
I wanted to have a male and female cardinal on my card, so I used Photoshop to create the image you see on the front of the card. For those of you that are not familiar with Photoshop, I ‘m going to walk you through the steps. Also, if you don’t have Photoshop and don’t want to pay for such expensive software, there is a free program called GIMP that can do the same simple steps I’m going to show you below.
Choosing this option is going to download a .zip file that contains a .abr which is a Brushes file. These files can be used in Photoshop or GIMP. It basically gives you a “stamp” in the program!
Open Photoshop and create a new file. I like to use the same size of card that I will be using so I don’t make my image to big!
On your first layer, you will want to choose your paintbrush tool and select the Cardinal from the new brush set. Stamp the Cardinal onto your first layer.
Create a new layer and stamp a second cardinal.
Now you have 2 identical cardinals! Select your second cardinal and flip it horizontally. Now your birds should be facing each other.
We want to make one of the birds smaller. I chose the one on the right (my first cardinal). Select the first cardinal and make it slightly smaller than the second one (This will be the female).
Also, erase the branch to the left of her foot.
Move your first bird (female) so the branch from the second bird (male) lines up with her feet.
Your birds should look like they are on the same branch! Save this as an image (.jpg, .gif., .png, etc.) your preference. I usually go with a .png.
Now you have an image with 2 birds. I loaded this into Microsoft Word, and then printed the image on Whisper White card stock. Wasn’t that Easy!!!!
I colored the male bird using Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, and the female using Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake Blendabilities. The leaves were colored with Old Olive Blendabilities. I used a white Gel Pen to add a highlight to the leaves and branches.
Now the fun part……well not quite. It’s time to cut out the birds. This does take a little time, but it’s worth it! I tried to cut as close to the image as I could, but there is some white in a few places. I just used the Blendabilities to color around the edges where needed.
Now the background! I used a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4 6/8″ x 4″. I stamped across the top of the paper with the small splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Versamark in and then heat embossed using Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder.
I sponged across the entire sheet with Soft Sky, and added Marina Mist to the top. The embossed “Snow” resists the color!
Using the adorable trees from the White Christmas stamp set, I stamped several for the background in Chocolate Chip ink. I think I like these trees better than the grove of trees from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set!!!
I added a matte/window on top of this background to separate the birds from the scene. To do this, I used a sheet of paper from the Trim the Tree DSP Paper Stack cut to the same size as the background. Now, of course the Big Shot has to come out!!! I cut out the middle using the largest framelit form the Deco Labels set!
The card base is an odd shape but I wanted to really make a statement with this card! You’ll need a piece of Crumb Cake card stock cut to 5 1/4″ x 11″, then score at 4 7/8″. This creates the off center fold!
I added a matte using Marina Mist card stock cut to 5″ x 4 5/8″.
I placed a strip of Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon between the Marina Mist card stock and the background.
The cardinals were glued on top of the background! Everything glued together using my favorite Tombow glue!!!
Since this card is offset, there is a piece of the inside of the card that sticks out of the bottom which is perfect for a sentiment! I added Whisper White card stock to the interior of the card.
The sentiment is from the Sassy Salutations stamp set and was stamped on the bottom of the card using Cherry Cobbler ink.
The edges seemed a little bland so I added a couple of holly berries from the Holiday Invitation stamp set! I colored the stamp with Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Sky Stampin Write markers!
I love the way the tails go off the front of the card, it adds so much dimension!!
I added a large bow using the same Cherry Cobbler ribbon to finish everything off! I love how unique this card is!
I hope you enjoyed this card and learned a few new tricks along the way!!! Digital Stamps are a wonderful affordable way to build up a collection!!!!
Thanks for stopping by! ~Bridget
Hi Stampers! Today I want to share with you a lovely card I made of a cute little cabin in the wintery woods!
I started by creating the cabin. First I stamped the Hardwood background stamp onto Crumb Cake card stock using Early Espresso Ink. I then stamped the smallest house from the Holiday Home stamp set onto the background using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
The home was then colored in using Crumb Cake Blendabilities. I cut the house out using scissors so I could get close to the border and I wanted to cut off the chimney.
Next, I stamped the same house onto Whisper White card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. The chimney and door were colored in using the smallest tip of my Cherry Cobbler Stampin Write Marker.
The windows were colored in using the brush tip of my Crushed Curry Stampin Write marker. I cut out the door, windows and chimney with scissors.
Using Versamark Embossing Ink, I covered the roof of the first house and heat embossed using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I then used Heat and Stick powder with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to add “Snow”.
The cut out door, windows and chimney were glued to the first house using Tombow glue.
Now on to the card! I used a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and stamped several snowflakes from the Endless Wishes stamp set in Versamark Embossing Ink. I heat embossed the snowflakes with White Stampin’ Emboss powder.
Using Marina Mist ink, I sponged over the entire piece of paper. The embossed snowflakes resist the ink, this is called “Emboss Resist”!
I wanted some “Woods” in the background of my scene so I masked the bottom of the card and stamped the Evergreen tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set in Smoky Slate. I also added several trees from the White Christmas stamp set using Silver Metallic Staz On ink.
Across the bottom of the trees, I added Embossing Ink and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat and Stick powder, and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to give a layer of snow.
Now, I want this to be a wintery forest scene, adding deer is the perfect accent! I stamped 2 deer from the White Christmas stamp set onto Whisper White card stock using Memento Ink and colored each deer in with the light Crumb Cake Blendability Marker. The deer were then cut out with scissors (I removed the antlers as well).
Now the third deer…….
Anyone familiar with the set will quickly realize I have a deer going opposite from the direction of the stamp. How was this done?
First I stamped a deer onto Whisper White card stock and cut it out. Then I flipped the deer over and colored the shape with the lightest Crumb Cake Blendabilities marker. Last, I used the fine tip of my Basic Black Stampin Write marker to trace around the edge and add a dot for the eye!!!
Now that I have my deer, I glue all 3, plus the cabin to the card using Tombow glue. This stuff is awesome and my paper sticks even with the glitter behind it!
I once again add Versamark Emboss Ink to the bottom of the card covering the legs of the deer and the bottom of the cabin. I heat emboss with White Stampin Emboss Powder, Heat and Stick powder and add Dazzling Diamonds glitter for “Snow”!!!!!
I used Silver 1/8″ Ribbon along the top with a cute little bow! The sentiment is from the Endless Wishes stamp set and was heat embossed onto a piece of Vellum with White Stampin Emboss powder! The scene was then attached to a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Smoky Slate card base.
For the inside of the card, I used a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock as a matte. I used all three snowflake stamps from the Endless Wishes stamp set to add snowflakes to the interior in Marina Mist, Smoky Slate, and Night of Navy.
OK, so trying to take a picture of the interior turned out to be more challenging than it should have been. Klondike, my Pomeranian thinks I should pay more attention to him than taking pics for my blog!
So, here’s the inside!
I love the way this card turned out with the glittery snow! Using the Heat and Stick powder allows the glitter to stay on and not rub off all over your fingers!
Thanks for stopping by! ~Bridget
The new Photopolymer stamp set is here! You’re Wonderful, is the newest Photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and is available now in the Stampin’ Up! store! This is an adorable 18 stamp set that is extremely versatile and can be used for so many occasions! What a great set to add to your collection for $23.95
Did my post title say more Christmas themed products???? Yes it did!
We all love the new holiday catalog, but you can’t have to much of a good thing. Especially when that thing is Christmas, right?!?! Stampin’ Up! has just announced that they will be releasing a 2014 Holiday Supplement catalog on October 20th! Stay tuned for additional details on this catalog, and I’m sure their are some sneak peeks in the near future!
Thanks for stopping by! ~Bridget
~Hello! Today I want to share with you a card that I created as a gift for a friend who is leaving the company I work for (my day job!). This co-worker is from Missouri and is a HUGE University of Missouri fan, so I thought it would be fitting to give him a card with the logo.
This card doesn’t use any stamping, but I did have a chance to play with my Silhouette Cameo! This was a really simple card with just 3 colors so it was a breeze to create.
The base of the card is cut to a standard A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) card size and uses Basic Black Stampin’ Up! card stock. The colors used in the logo are also Stampin’ Up! card stock in Crushed Curry and Whisper White.
The logo was cut in 3 layers and glued together using my favorite Tombow glue! It’s just like putting a puzzle together, except easier!
Using Silhouette Studio, I typed out the sentiment and cut it in Whisper White. I then made the font slightly larger and cut that out in Crushed Curry. This gives the font some depth!
The logo and words were glued to the card and voila!
This super simple card was a hit in the office, and the recipient LOVED it! I know this card doesn’t use many Stampin’ Up! products, but sometimes I just can’t live without my fabulous Silhouette Cameo! If you’re interested in getting an e-cutter, this one is the best by far in my opinion! Check out what you can do with this machine!
Thanks for stopping by. ~Bridget