AECP: All the Masking

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What masking technique is your favorite?

There are so many ways to mask off projects to achieve complex (or simple) layered looks. It can help you take a bunch of separate images and bring them together in a cohesive arrangement – a real “wow” statement on paper, without any die cutting or extra layers. If masking is something you avoid, read on to hear more about a great class that will help you learn how to incorporate masking, easily, into a variety of irresistible looks!

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Class #9: Masking Unleashed

Masking requires a certain level of patience and forethought. The class, Masking Unleashed, helps to explain how to think ahead and plan a project so you get all of the masking in place when you need it. There’s lots of fantastic ideas on using masks creatively, as well as how to use different materials for various masks. If masking is something you want to get better at, or if you want a helping hand in exploring this technique and all the results you can achieve, this class is definitely for you!

My Project

I LOVE the new Wallpaper Art stamp set, and I knew I wanted to use it for this project. Instead of creating something where the flowers and leaves were all separate, like wallpaper, I wanted a small grouping, with bold, bright colors. 

The Technique & Design

As I shared earlier, masking requires planning – so, I started out by laying out the stamps in an arrangement that I thought looked nice, and would fit on an A2 size card. I couldn’t plan out the leaves since I reused the same stamp over and over. So, I just played that part by ear, trying out different positions before stamping each image.

I used two masking techniques for this design. First, I used masking paper to cover the flowers and leaves to create all the overlapping, then, I used masking liquid to protect the flowers while I watercolored the background.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Most people are familiar with masking paper, so I thought I would focus on masking fluid instead. I recently discovered some tools that make it soooo easy to apply. It’s now my go-to for most masking because it’s easy to apply and you can throw a lot of water at it without getting any seepage onto the masked area. Enjoy!

9 down, 1 to go!

Yikes! I’m a little off track with my personal goal for certification, but, sometimes other priorities get in the way. I’m still well on track to achieve complete certification by June which is my ultimate goal! Saturday will usher in my last Level 2 coursework project, followed by my final project. Yippee!

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

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I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!

This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design. With the holiday hustle and bustle, it can be good to have a few quick cards ready to go. 

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (December 2018 - Detailed With Love - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring,Delightfully Detailed product suite. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate  #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Detailed with Love
Paper: Delightfully Detailed Notecards & Envelopes, Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper, Vellum (3″ x 3″), Mint Macaron CS (1″ x 5″)
Inks: Grapefruit Grove, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Faceted Dots
Other: 2 1/4″ Circle Punch, Sponge Daubers, Stamparatus

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Grab one of the Blackberry Bliss watercolor wash notecards from the Delightfully Detailed Notecards & Envelopes pack.
  2. Trim out the spiral floral pattern and a bit of the dotted scallop trim from the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper.
  3. Sponge some Grapefruit Grove ink on the white side of the scallop trim using a sponge dauber.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss. Trim the dots off the bottom of the sentiment.
  1. Adhere the scallop element to the bottom of the sentiment.
  2. Thread the sentiment through the laser cut piece.
  3. Add a 2 1/4″ vellum circle behind the sentiment.
  1. Adhere the finished sentiment panel to the card base. The laser cut piece should fit exactly. If not, trim the card base or the laser cut to fit.
  2. Add some Faceted Dots for some extra bling!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – Once I realized that there was no way this card was actually white, but vanilla, the project came together quickly. Sometimes SU has their product samples put together and photographed before they finalize designs and colors. Seems like they originally thought to use Whisper White as the primary neutral for the Delightfully Detailed suite, not Very Vanilla – hence the white looking sample images in the catalog! I really love the detail of weaving the sentiment through the laser cut image. It really makes the whole thing look pretty complex, but really, it’s just about having the patience to weave through and adhere. Give this project a try this weekend and you’ll have lots of nice notecards to use in the coming weeks!

We’ll be back!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks – in 2019!! Be on the lookout for fresh, new projects, and a NEW assignment for ME! But, until then…

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

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I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

On the CASE: Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Ready to move on from holiday projects?

I will have a few more to share this week, but for today’s On the CASE, I’m sharing a project from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that is fun all by itself, or could be used as an element in a larger design. That’s the fun thing about the 3x3 format. You can leave the design as a small “love note” for hidden messages left in pockets and lunches, or as a small greeting to accompany a gift. Or, you can add additional background elements and add it to a larger card size. This design comes together in no time, and mixes a great birthday set with the fun Pick A Pattern Washi tape.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (December 2018 - Happy Birthday Gorgeous - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate  #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Paper: Crushed Curry (6″ x 3″), Shimmery White Cardstock (2″ x 4″)
Inks: Crushed Curry, Lovely Lipstick, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Faceted Dots, Glitter Enamel Dots
Other: Paper Snips, sewing machine (optional)

On the CASE Notes

  1. Score your card base at 3″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Stamp the flower pieces, and sentiment border in Tuxedo Black. Stamp extras if you’re not sure about your fussy-cutting skills.
  3. Stamp the large flower and sentiment in Lovely Lipstick.
  4. Use an Aqua Painter to color in the large flower. It will activate the ink from the stamped image and leave a lighter hue.
  5. Fussy cut the images.
  1. Trim the wide washi in half. Adhere it and the arrow pattern to the card base, towards the center line.
  2. Stamp the flowers and sentiment on the card base in Crushed Curry for a tone-on-tone look.
  1. Adhere watercolored flower and two leaves to card base.
  2. Pop up small flower image and sentiment using mini dimensionals.
  3. Adhere two small black faceted gems on the card base and a small pink glitter dot in the center of the flower.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – This was a fun little love note card. It would also be a great element for a larger card. Just use this creation and add a fun pattern to a full sized card base and pop it on top – voila! Using the Shimmery White Cardstock, it’s easy to add watercoloring. This paper doesn’t pill up easily, so you can add water without worry! Today’s technique reminds us that you don’t have to be a whiz with a brush – just stamp an image and use your aqua painter to swish the ink around. Easy peasy! I did skip out on the sewing machine stitching. It’s a lovely little element, but it can be skipped without anyone noticing.

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing a project too. We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

On the CASE: Playful Backgrounds

Are you ready to look like a papercrafting genius?!

I am so excited to share today’s CASE file with you. I’ve been eyeing this project since the catalog came out, but thought that it might just take too much time. Well, wasn’t I surprised when I had it put together in about 10 minutes (with the help of a heat tool). This particular design showcases one of our background-ish stamp sets – Playful Backgrounds. It’s great “utility” stamp set because it can add all sorts of great texture to any design as it’s just a bunch of fun, random patterns. In today’s project, we’ll make a stunning multi-technique panel that really helps the sentiment to pop.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (November 2018 - Playful Patterns - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Playful Patterns stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate #emboss #gold #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps:  Playful Backgrounds Photopolymer Stamp Set [141920] , Picture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp Set [145519]
Paper:  Whisper White Thick Cardstock [140272] 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, Mint Macaron Cardstock [138337] 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, Shimmery White Card Stock [101910] 3″ x 5 1/2″, 3″ x 3″ , Vellum Card Stock [101856] 3″ x 3″
Inks:  Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Pad [147106] , Versamark Pad [102283] , Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad [101406] , Stazon Cleaner [109196]
Accessories: Gold Metallic Thread [138401]
Other:Embossing Buddy [103083] , Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder [109129] , Heat Tool [129053], Aqua Painters [103954] , Big Shot [143263] , Layering Circle Framelits Dies [141705], Pretty Label Punch [143715]

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Adhere the Mint Macaron piece to the card base. Set aside.
  3. Watercolor a big splotch in Mint Macaron on the Shimmery White Cardstock piece. Dry (use heat tool to speed drying).
  4. Stamp spots from Playful Patterns using Staz-on Black.
  5. Stamp the circle outlines using VersaMark and heat emboss in Gold.
  6. Adhere finished panel to card base, offset about 1/2″ from the left.
  1. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark on a scrap of Shimmery White. Heat emboss in Gold. Punch out with the Pretty Label Punch.
  2. Add Gold Metallic Thread to the back of the sentiment with mini glue dots.
  3. Diecut the largest circle from vellum. Adhere the sentiment to the vellum.
  4. Attach completed sentiment to card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – I popped this up to a three because there’s some intermediate techniques like the watercolor wash and the embossing. Be sure to get the watercolor completely dry before stamping. AND, be sure to use an Embossing Buddy before the embossing steps, as I noticed that the embossing powder likes to stick to even the Staz-on ink a bit after it’s dry. This design would be fun to do in a myriad of colors, perhaps one from each color in a color family. Don’t let the huge supply list scare you, the execution is quite straightforward!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

Festive Friday: This Little Piggy at the Fair

All I need is a good time and some fried butter stamps, paper & ink!

Can you believe that it’s already State Fair season? We’re ready to rock some carnival rides over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating State Fairs and the color Turquoise. Take the challenge literally, or bring in some more subtle aspects – either way your entry could win a Blue Ribbon as one of our Festive Faves and some Fest Points to go shopping in the store!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Focus on fair fare – like ice cream, candy, bbq, fried anything…
  • Focus on fair fun – can you say yippee to stomach turning carnival rides?
  • Focus on fair festivities – like parades and judged events – go for the blue ribbon!
  • Forget the fair and fall in love with shades of turquoise – from bright and lively combos to soft and tranquil – turquoise has a place either way!

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The timing for this challenge couldn’t have been any better! My 5YO nephew just won his first fair blue ribbon! Check out this adorable dinosaur diorama. He’s an artist in the making for sure! (get that boy some stamps, paper & ink! LOL!)

So, of course I had to put together a totally adorable design to send him so he can know how proud Brian and I are of his accomplishment! Stampin’ Up!’s This Little Piggy stamp set was the perfect choice to create this blue-ribbon-inspired project. A little bit of masking on the kisses stamp and I was able to add in that single, perfectly placed smooch!

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0013). Featuring: This Little Piggy stamp set and Stampin' Blends. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #puns #pigs #statefair #blueribbon #handstamped

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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.