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.

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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
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 #hello #greetingcard #handstamped

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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!

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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.

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This is For You (PPA314)

Are you feeling the Olympic spirit? I sure am – it’s been amazing Games for team USA! Today’s card is one of those solid players – a utility player if you will. A design that will fit many needs – to accompany a gift, to give encouragement, to just say “hi”. A sentiment like “this is for you”, coupled with some solid patterns is the perfect recipe for a utility card – one of many to have at the ready for any occasion!

 

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Today’s design was also brought to you with inspiration from the latest Pals Paper Arts sketch – this week, provided by Amy Lazzell. I hope you play along with us this week!

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA314): Paisleys & Posies, Tin of Tags, Copper Foil; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #paisley #foryou #card
By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA314): Paisleys & Posies, Tin of Tags, Copper Foil; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #paisley #foryou #card

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Maven’s Mastery Tips

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No, not mind your own business – but Make Your Own Background! Today’s Pinnable tip is to use multiple stamps (either clear mount, or photopolymer) on a large block to create your own background pattern. You can use stamps from the same set, or different ones. Get creative! Click the Pin button on the picture to the right to save this tip to one of your Pinterest boards!

Metal Medallions & Sentiments

Using our Gold, Silver, or soon to be released COPPER FOIL adds that lovely metallic shine to any project in a jiffy. If you want to stamp on it, you need to use Staz On, or if you’re really careful, you can emboss on it. (The Embossing Buddy is a MUST!) Be sure to stamp straight up and down, no rolling or smooshing, or you’re image will smear.

Hidden Holidays

The DSP behind the stamped paisleys is from the new Halloween DSP – Halloween Night Specialty DSP. You might not celebrate Halloween, but that doesn’t mean this paper is out! There are some really lovely patterns that can be used outside of the holiday – even a pattern with pumpkins that could be used for fall or Thanksgiving projects!

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Bohemian is a Go-To for Fall

If you’ve been following along lately, you know that I’ve been exploring the Bohemian DSP. I find it a very difficult pack to work with, especially the big zig-zag pattern. So, instead of avoiding it, I’ve been tackling it, and hopefully mastering it! The bonus for you is that it will culminate in a freebie in a few days 🙂

Anyway, this DSP is a no-brainer for fall designs. The rich, regal colors are reminiscent of fall leaves and gorgeous fall sunsets. And, paired with the new Lighthearted Leaves (2015 Holiday Catalog, pg. 44) and Leaflets Framelits (2015-16 AC pg. 172), the result is stunning!

 

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Maven’s Mastery Tips

Walk the Line: Instead of going against a pattern, try working with it! Look closely at the piece of DSP – I’ve simply followed the line of the zig-zag to make a more interesting cut.

Break the Line: Unless you’re doing colorblocking, it’s unusual to keep an unbroken line in a design. Here, I used the leaves to cut across the angled DSP. It helps bring all of the elements together. Additionally, I trailed gold thread circles between the leaves to connect them. It’s delicate, but just enough to mirror the embossing, and to continue breaking that line.

Smooth it Out: Have you ever embossed a piece of cardstock, then put some DSP over it only to see hints of the embossing because the DSP has rippled or bent a little around the embossing underneath? Here’s how I avoided that… After embossing the Delightful Dijon cardstock, I placed the DSP on top and used a pencil to lightly trace where the DSP would end. Then, I used my bone folder to flatten the embossed circles that would end up under the DSP. Since the cardstock was going to be sandwiched between the Whisper White base, and the DSP nobody would see what I’d done – they would just know that the DSP looks nice and smooth.

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Starry Site for PPA 261

Welcome to this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge! Many of us are just starting our 2015 Stampin’ Up! Convention experience this morning, so, be sure to follow along for updates from your favorite demonstrator (hopefully me! – I’m on Twitter for General Sessions).

This week, Design Team 2 is working from another original sketch from me!

Pals Paper Arts 261 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)

 

I read this sketch as the same element getting bigger across the card, so, of course, I grabbed some framelits – they nest!

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA261); Watercolor Wonder, Stars Collection Framelits, Corrugated Paper;  For more details, click through to my blog! #PMRetreat #stampinup #stars #hello #masculine

Maven’s Mastery Tips

Avoid the Bulk: You might miss this from the picture but those stars are all flat against the background. I wanted to avoid extra bulk and distortion of the stars, so I inlaid the stars. How? Simply place the stars in the desired arrangement and use a pencil to lightly trace where they overlap. Then either snip off the extra paper, or run it through the Big Shot again with the appropriate die, using the pencil lines as a guide. Voila!

Just Pierce It! Looking for an elegant design element – suitable for men and women? Look no further than paper piercing! Our paper piercing packs make it super easy to add those little holes both on the element and around it. Just line up the template and poke, poke, poke!

Save a Penny… A square card usually means that you need to make a custom envelope with the Envelope Punch Board. Well, why not save a few cents on your postage by making that card rectangular? This 5.5″ x 5.5″ is pretty large, but the punch board worked great – the envelope size is sized to fit a 5.5″ x 7″ design. I just added some adhesive to one side to make a pocket that would hold the square card securely!

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Hop Along to See Our Favorite Things!

2015junehop_badgeWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for June.  This month we are excited to show off new Stampin’ Up! products from the just released 2015 – 2016 annual catalog.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.  Get your wish list ready!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings, number 25 on the Pals Hop.  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.

One of my FAVORITE things about the new Annual Catalog is all of the 15%-off BUNDLES! Did you know that there’s 35 of them throughout the catalog? The bundles are a must-have because they couple together the products that are designed to work together that you would have bought anyway. I mean, who buys a stamp set without the coordinating punch?! LOL!

 

By Nicole Watt for the June 2015 Pals Blog Hop; Flower Shop & Pansy Punch Bundle; For more details, click through to my blog! #PMRetreat #stampinup #floral

Maven’s Mastery Tips

Bundle of the Month: Today’s design features my Bundle of the Month – the Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch. There are sooo many ways to use this set! Stop by throughout the month to see this bundle in action. If you buy the bundle from me, you’ll get exclusive project sheets and videos that give you a more in-depth look into the cards. Stop back tomorrow for more details!

Hidden Coloring: What makes this design pop – especially in person? The backs of the flowers are colored in the shades of orange. When the light creates the shadows, they look slightly colored on the Whisper White CS underneath. Cool trick, huh?

Crazy Color Combo – or not? How did I come up with Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Tangelo Twist, Watermelon Wonder and Rich Razzleberry? Easy – my Color Coordinator! These five colors are all in a line 🙂 Pull out some Watermelon CS and pair it up with the oranges – you’ll be surprised at how orange it looks too!

By Nicole Watt for the June 2015 Pals Blog Hop; Flower Shop & Pansy Punch Bundle, Color Coordinator; For more details, click through to my blog! #PMRetreat #stampinup #floral

The next stop is Jessica Wilson at My Papercraft Universe, number 27 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you at next month’s Pals Hop!

Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. By Nicole Watt; Pixel Maven's Color Picks - June 2015. Use this creative color combo in your next project! #PMRetreat #stampinup #colorcombosPeggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Jennifer Michalski at stampingserenity.blogspot.com
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  12. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  14. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  15. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  16. Maggie Mata at Maggie Mase Cards
  17. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  18. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  19. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  26. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  27. Jessica Wilson at My Prapercraft Universe
  28. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  29. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  30. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  31. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  32. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  33. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

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