VIDEO: How to Wow – Distressed Metal (TTTC002)

It’s been a week already! Welcome back for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge! We were just floored by all the submissions from our inaugural challenge – be sure to check out the Picks here. As promised, I have another How to Wow video – this time featuring the distressed metal used in my design.

This week’s Featured designer is Corinne Blake (thecreativecompendium.com) and, no matter what three elements you choose, you can’t go wrong! When the Design Teams were setting up their boards and doing up our first projects, we all wondered if we could do all nine elements. Would it look too cluttered? Would something just not go together? Well, surprise, surprise! It CAN be done! And I did it!

It was a total accident. I started off with Masculine, Birthday, Hexagon. But then, realized that the hexagon was embossing and I used the diecut from Swirly Scribbles – that was also yellow. The background is wood, there’s a gray banner, and of course, some Enamel Glitter Dots embellishments (the best way to sneak in some glitter for a masculine card!). And, POOF! I was at all 9 elements!

Let’s take a minute to focus on the “wow” element – that hexagon piece that looks like distressed sheet metal. As are many “wow” techniques, this one is pretty simple. Simple enough I can show it to you in less than 3 minutes! Take a look:

You’re probably thinking that it can’t get much easier – there must be a catch? Nope! No catch. Just some sandpaper on your foil sheets. It even works great without the embossing folder! The key is to take your time. Let the ink dry, and sand gently and sparingly. You can always take more off, but it’s really hard to put back on!

Here’s a few other tips about this card

  • The Basic Gray bars are stamped off. I didn’t want solid – but more distressed. So, don’t fret if the whole image doesn’t stamp.
  • I wanted a bold swirly element – instead of the typical thread or twine, so I went for the Swirly Scribble. BUT, I didn’t want all the leaves. So, I simply snipped off the ones that I didn’t want!
  • Always heat-set your craft ink! Stamp, then heat set, THEN punch!
  • The Happy and Birthday are just freehanded. They’re not supposed to be perfect rectangles. That adds to the rustic look!

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If you’re in love with this project and my new How to Wow Series, please do share!

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Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing each other’s work, not only will we get better, and craft more often, but we help inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

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5 Ways to Add a Lace Look

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Welcome to the first ever Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop! This month’s theme is Sale-a-Bration, so I thought I’d showcase 5 ways to add a lace look using the Delicate Details stamp set. It’s a lovely “accessory” stamp set that’s available FREE with $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration!

Since this is an “accessory” stamp set (doesn’t have any sentiments) I paired it with another Sale-a-Bration set – Any Occasion. You’ll see that my samples really are great for any occasion — Lace isn’t reserved for the frilly and feminine!

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog or may be hopping over from elsewhere on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Lace isn't just for the frilly & feminine. Today's 5 designs take you outside the box!Click To Tweet

Stretching My Creativity

Ok – here we go! 5 ways to add a lacy look. I came up with the title before I created the projects, so I was committed (or doomed to an eternity in the Retreat to come up with 5 samples). After I got past the first one, the rest came easy. I think the key tipping point was deciding to add in the Any Occasion stamp set for the sentiments. It helped set the tone and card size (I opted for our 3.5 x. 5 notecards).

There’s lots of watercoloring too… it really is quite fun to come up with washes and other ways to use our reinkers and aquapainters! Ok, so, enough blahblahblahblah…. Click on the plus signs to view each project.

1. Distressed & Hinted-at Lace
For the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, March 2017. Featuring Delicate Details & Any Occasion stamp sets, Aquapainters, Gold Sequins Trim, Gold Wink of Stella #pmretreat #stampinup #foryou #greetingcard #handstamped

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This is the design that kicked-off this whole collection. I wanted watercolor – bright & vivid. I wanted lace – hinted-at… UGH! It took me a couple of tries, but I finally arrived at gorgeous! Yes – that is Tempting Turquoise. Straight from the re-inker with just a hint of water added. Layer, dry. Layer, dry. Layer, dry. Then, the lace was stamped with Whisper White craft ink, and immediately covered in white embossing powder. I took a dry paintbrush to the powder to remove some of it from the lace, then heat-set it. I did stamp the “twine” stamp to align the sentiment, but then I glued some Linen Thread right over the top, with one of the Party Animal embellishments. I did add some Clear Wink of Stella to the lace in the end…

2. Lace In-The-Round
For the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, March 2017. Featuring Delicate Details & Any Occasion stamp sets, Aquapainters, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Gold Wink of Stella #pmretreat #stampinup #thankyou#greetingcard #handstamped

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This one came together quick! Another watercolor wash using Tempting Turquoise reinker – this time, on Shimmery White Cardstock. Then, some ink spatter, and Gold Wink of Stella spatter. Dry it up quick with the Heat Tool. Then, I punched out a 2″ circle from some scrap and attached it to an acrylic block. I was able to work one of the lace patterns around the circle, and add the sentiment around the bottom (check out my Instagram feed). Genius! Stamp in Basic Black Archival Ink, add the Dragonfly and pop-up on some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

3. Lace in the Background
For the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, March 2017. Featuring Delicate Details & Any Occasion stamp sets, Aquapainters, Gold Sequins Trim, Gold Wink of Stella #pmretreat #stampinup #wedding #weddingshower #greetingcard #handstamped

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I know you’ve seen it everywhere, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t use all of the Delicate Details stamps in a big block to create a background. Here, Whisper White Craft Ink on a Crumb Cake Notecard is a nice, light detail to set the background apart from the top layer. There’s some more Turquoise watercolor wash with gold and turquoise spatter. This time, a tiny bit of Calypso Coral – in both the hearts and the background strip. Oh, and how about some glitz with a small sequins flag? Wondering how I got that scallop? I used just the top of the Best Badge Punch! Nice hack, right?

4. Lace Gone Masculine…?
For the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, March 2017. Featuring Delicate Details & Any Occasion stamp sets, Aquapainters,Urban Underground Embellishments, Gold Wink of Stella #pmretreat #stampinup #birthday #masculine #greetingcard #handstamped

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I knew I wanted to get in a good guy look, so here we are. Crumb Cake notecard with watercoloring across the bottom. I opted for the more curly-cue stamps from Delicate Details. Does it count as lace? There’s some more Turquoise and gold splatter, and the Happy Birthday banner. To set off the top layer, I added a strip of Tangerine Tango to the top, and a screw head element from the Urban Underground embellishments.

5. Lace As An Architectural Feature
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This last look is pretty far out. I got some watercolor paper really wet on top and dripped the ink and let it roll. That’s what I got. Pretty neat!. Then, I added the two lace patterns – one on the base card, and one on the watercolor element. I thought I would use ribbon, but opted for the Gold Sequins Trim instead. I think the whole top has an architectural look to it. Kind of  like crown molding or the top of a column, or wood “gingerbread” detail (technically called a Spandrel). I used the Signo White Gel Pen to add some white detail, just for some pop.

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Whew! That was a marathon!! I hope you’re inspired to pull out your Aquapainters, reinkers and Delicate Details stamp set to create some cards like these. If you don’t have this stamp set, you have until the end of the month to place a $50 order to get it for free! Use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

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  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
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When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

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Forgotten Treasures for the Pals Sparkle and Shine Hop

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for December 2016. This month our projects showcase products that can add sparkle and shine for a finishing touch. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Forgotten Treasures that Shine

Do you remember back to August when the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog was all shiny and new? It seems like years have passed since then, and now that we’re into the throes of super cold weather, fall is a distant memory – and so are all those great stamps and dies that we fell in love with… way back when.

Well! It’s time to dust them off because one of our early favorites – the Paisleys and Posies stamp set and coordinating dies will be carrying over into January, and may even make it into next year’s annual catalog!

Paisleys and Posies is a super versatile bundle. Use the sentiments from the set, or pair the images with a sentiment from another stamp set, like I did today with Suite Sayings.

But today’s hop is all about sparkle and shine, so, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP (that comes with those amazing designs with shiny copper foil) is only available until January 3rd – or while supplies last! The Copper Foil Sheets are carrying over into the new year (Yippee!!!).

Let’s Create, Simply!

If you want to create cards like the ones I share, there is a simple way to do it. All you have to remember is “Let’s Create, Simply!”. Remembering that phrase will help you recall three key points of design: Layout, Color, Style. Don’t overthink it and use these three steps to make great cards every time. Click on the tabs below for today’s tips and Pin-worthy graphics! (Hint: If you’re on a mobile device, you can save images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.)

Get more card layouts like this one over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #pmretreat #crafttips #cardsStart your project by finding a great layout. Here’s a sketch of today’s design. See how simple it is when you break it down into its parts? Save this sketch to a Pinterest board and use it any time you need design inspiration.

Featured Element: Medallion

The highlight of this sketch is the oval element – or medallion. Of course, it could be any number of things – a collage, like my design today; or perhaps just a big sentiment cut out in an oval. Perhaps you would rotate the sketch 90-degrees (so section B is on the bottom), and then the oval looks more like a window or a space for a portrait.

Get more color combos like this one over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #pmretreat #crafttips #cardsColor doesn’t have to be cosmic! Inspiration is all around, and you can hardly go wrong with any of Stampin’ Up!’s colors. Here’s the primary colors used on today’s creation. You can save this to a Pinterest board to use any time you’re looking for project inspiration.

Featured Coordination: Monochromatic

Using shades of the same hue is called monochromatic. The key to monochrome design is to use the colors intentionally. There is a ton of Night of Navy in the DSP strip, so I used Night of Navy ink to stamp on the Island Indigo and Pool Party cardstock pieces. To bring all three shades together, it was important to use multiple pieces of Island Indigo and Pool Party.

Monochrome combos almost always need a neutral to help them pop. In this case, I used both copper and Very Vanilla.

By Nicole Watt for the Pals Blog Hop (Dec2016): Paisleys & Posies, Suite Sayings, Copper Foil; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #paisley #birthday #card

Styling is where it’s easy to go overboard. So, take a deep breath and focus on one key technique to add some flair to your project.

Featured Style: Collage

I stamped and diecut various pieces from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set to collage with the sentiment that was stamped and cut out with a simple 2″ circle punch. I needed something to hold it all together, so I diecut a scalloped oval from the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate. It was just enough to bring it all together. The sentiment is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals to give depth to the design and the collage element.

As you can see, there’s no other embellishments or ribbon on this beauty – it doesn’t need it with the collage and all of stamped and paper patterns.

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Wow! I hope you’re inspired to pull out some of your neglected, and shiny papercrafting stash. Use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

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A Classic Milestone Greeting for PPA 298

#IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK – have you heard of this movement? Its the idea that birthdays – and special occasions – are more important than just a text, a Tweet or a like or post on Facebook! How can you bring birthdays back? The easiest way is to do something from the heart. And, what’s more heartfelt than a handmade card?

I’m still working furiously behind the scenes to bring some new, fresh stuff to you. So while I continue to devise and refine, how about another Pals Paper Arts sketch? Today’s sketch is deceptively hard in its simplicity, and is brought to you by Ginger Tovoinen – an amazing Pal from Butte, Montana!

PPA + #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK = a sweet design for a milestone birthday!Click To Tweet
Today I decided to combine the PPA sketch, and the idea of #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK for a very special occasion  – my husband’s 40th birthday! What a great way to show him some love – make him a handmade card! Of course, I couldn’t resist the common theme of dark and dreary with the black and sliver. But, these days, 40 is hardly over the hill! Really, we feel like life is just beginning!!
By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA298): Number of Years, Silver Foil, Number of Years Dies, Silver Fancy Vellum; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #40thbirthday
By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA298): Number of Years, Silver Foil, Number of Years Dies, Silver Fancy Vellum; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #40thbirthday

Maven’s Mastery Tips

Dies Nest for a Reason!

Our square, circle and oval dies nest for a reason! So you can cut out cool shapes!!! Or, in this case, so you can cut out a half-circle arch to fit in a sentiment. Worried about our dies on the retiring list. I promise you better things are yet to come in the new catalog! So, breathe!! Change is good!

Be Flexible!

My top tip today is that our photopolymer stamps are flexible! So, come up with new ideas by bending them on their block for a different look. As you can see in my tooltip photo, I bent the sentiment slightly so it would fit in the arc I made with two circle dies. Easy – and CUSTOM!

Mix Patterns - subtlely

There’s lots of stripes going on here, but it’s not too noticeable! That’s because they’re pretty subtle. The vellum and silver can be pretty bold, but with the black showing through they tone down a bit. And, of course, tone-on-tone black is about as subtle as you can get! I could have used two different patterns, and it would have been ok. So, don’t be afraid to experiment!
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PPA281 – Take Some Time for You This Weekend

Yah – I’m a little late posting this today. As a matter of fact, yes, I’ve been a bit absent on the blog, but I’ve been a busy bee making improvements to the Loft and working on projects and all sorts of good stuff, which I’ll share with you over the coming weeks. But, today, it’s our last PPA challenge of the year! What will you make with this wonderful sketch?

Pals Paper Arts 281 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)

Yes, it’s pretty simple, but there are soooo many possibilities! From last minute holiday cards to Valentines or any other occasion, this sketch is a classic that will fit the bill for anything. Let’s see what I designed!

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA281): Traveler, Tin of Cards, Hardwood, Wink of Stella Gold; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #masculine #birthday

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Maven’s Mastery Tips

Traveler is Tricky...

I love the Traveler stamp set, but I find it a bit tricky to use. My tip to you is to use the images to coordinate with the sentiment. In this case, I used the camera to go with “Happy Birthday” because we’re always taking pictures at birthday events. The globe, suitcase or boat could be used for retirement, or best wishes when someone is moving on from one job to another. How have you used this set? Leave a suggestion in the comments below!

More than a Wink

If you’ve never used it, Wink of Stella is a MUST for your January order. I used it on the camera with the brush tip as designed, but I ALSO used it to make the distressed splatter. Just tap the brush with the side of your finger and make splatters all over. It is sooo cool!

Easy Gloss Accents

There’s quite a few ways you can add glossy, raised accents to your designs. There’s clear embossing powder, and Crystal Effects (a personal favorite), AND, there’s our new Fine Tip Glue Pen. It’s got that tiny tip that makes application a breeze, even in the smallest places. I used it on the camera, and it was dry in a flash! If you like to do Crystal Effects in classes, but hate that it takes a while to dry, the Fine Tip Glue Pen is a perfect alternative!

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