VIDEO: Adding Patina to Foil Sheets

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Welcome to the Techniques & Textures Pals Blog Hop for May 2017.  We are thankful you stopped by to take in all of our projects! Today, I’ll be adding patina to foil sheets and showing you how to do it.

This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

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Over the top? Naw…

I loooovvee our foil sheets. Really, how could they get any better than they already are? Metallic pieces add such an amazing, elegant touch to any project. But I think today, I’ve gone over the top! I figured that adding patina to foil sheets would take them from perfectly shiny to perfectly antiqued and aged and I just had to figure out how to do it and share it with you.

I consider this a bit of an “advanced” technique – only because it takes some time to apply the finish, so patience is important. Go slow and add just a little bit at a time. Here’s some key products:

  • Sponge Daubers – to daub on ink
  • Paper Towel – to wipe and blot
  • Heat Gun – to dry the ink between applications
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper – to rough the foil for additional texture
  • Stampin’ Mist – to apply a water-spotted look

Check out my video that walks you through the whole patina process…

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If all of today’s hop techniques and tips are this great – you’re really going to build up your technique toolbox today! I hope you use my video and tips to try adding patina to foil sheets – and share your results!


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Congratulating a Coworker (PPA304)

Do you invest in Stampin’ Up! reinkers, and then wonder why? It’s true, I’m not reinking my pads often – even with classes. So, what to do with that little investment taking up space in your craft area? You are going to love today’s design as it showcases one of the many ways you can use reinkers. I’m using modeling paste and our Daffodil Delight reinker, along with a “sleeper” tool – the stars (& hearts) stencil mask. It’s soo easy!

Changes are going smoothly here at Our Home in the Woods, but in the meantime I’ve got a sweet design for this sweet sketch by Lisa Ann Bernard. Oh, the possibilities are endless, but I needed a card for a coworker who is moving on to a new company and exiting opportunities. I will really miss working with him as he’s been an amazing leader. Well – our new Thoughtful Banners stamp set is the perfect way to highlight some of his best qualities, followed by a congrats sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes card kit.

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Instead of giving you Mastery Tips today, I thought I’d reshare a video I did a while back on how to use modeling paste. I show a few ways to create your own stencils too. Since then, we’ve added in the stencil masks to the catalog. In this instance, I also just spread some of the colored paste onto a piece of cardstock, and let it dry. Then, I was able to cut out a shape (star) with framelits and the Big Shot. You could even use a Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter to the dried elements. I think you’ll be seeing more of these great textured elements from me – they’re so easy and add total WOW to a project!

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA304): Thoughtful Banners, Watercolor Wishes, Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #congrats #card

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Happy Friday! How about a video? On Wednesday and Thursday, you saw two great, but somewhat similar cards. Why? Well, because I was promoting my Sketch of the Month, which is only available to my Newsletter subscribers. Each month, subscribers have the chance to win my creations if they’re the first to recognize my card as the Sketch of the Month. Crafters can also be recognized on my blog by using the month’s sketch along with the designated hashtag (this month’s is #PMRSketch815) on social media. I’ll spend the month finding all of your great projects that are tagged with the hashtag, and I’ll share them next month on the blog!

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Begin with Basics – Key Tools & Supplies

Welcome to a new week! Today I’m starting a new series called Begin with Basics. I’m getting new subscribers every day, and not everyone is a seasoned crafter, so why not create a series of resources that can help people get started on their journey to becoming a papercrafting maven!

For this first post, let’s talk about products that every papercrafter needs in their toolbox:

A Stamp Set: You can’t really get started with rubber stamping without a good stamp set! There’s lots of great ones in this year’s Annual Catalog, but for getting started, I’m recommending So Very Happy. It’s got some diverse sentiments, and images that you can use to make all sorts of great cards.

Paper & Ink: Of course, the next requirement is paper and ink. Stampin’ Up! makes it easy with coordinated colors. The papers match the inks, so there’s no guesswork. Of course, the best bang for your buck is a bundle, so how about a sampler pack of this year’s new In Colors, along with their matching stamp pads? Add in a pack of Whisper White for stamping your images and you’re off to a good start!

Trim it up: Next on the list is the Stampin’ Trimmer. This versatile piece of equipment cuts and scores! You can even get additional attachments to cut with a rotary trimmer with different cutting blades that cut wavy and perforated patterns. Of course, you don’t need that to start with. The provided cutter is enough to cut card bases (4 1/4 x 5 1/2, either lengthwise or widthwise. You can also cut any additional layers, such as a 4 x 5 1/4 background layer, which is common. Be creative! Then, you can use the score tool to score your card base in half (at 4 1/4 or 5 1/2 – depending on how you cut your base). Once you’ve scored, you fold with the “mountain in the middle”. This is opposite of what you might expect, but produces the best fold! If you have a bone folder, you can burnish the fold to make it super crisp, but if not, just use your finger or nail (gently!).

Detail Cutting: I loooooove my Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips. They are sharp, sharp, sharp, so be careful! It’s because of their size and sharpness that I can cut out just about anything – with a little patience. We call snipping out images “fussy cutting”. Some people prefer to cut right on the line, others like to leave a white outline around the image – whichever you prefer!

Assembly Time!: A great card needs great adhesive. Some people swear by SNAIL, but in the right (or wrong) conditions, your creation might not stick. If it’s too humid (Nebraska in the summer), or too dry (Nebraska in the winter), you might notice that you need more adhesive than you normally use. Yikes! I avoid this by using the Tombow Multi Adhesive. It takes some patience to learn how to use properly, but it’s worth it. The key here is a little goes a looooonnnggg way. I use the small applicator side, not the smear side, and I don’t open up the opening at all. A gentle press to the bottle will get the glue flowing. I always remove the dried “snot” before re-capping. When I’m using the bottle, i put it on it’s side so the glue is always towards the end. When storing, I store upside down so glue doesn’t dry in the tip.

Whoops! Too Much Glue!: The Adhesive Remover is a miracle tool! Wait for your Multi Adhesive to dry (or, dig right in if you’ve used SNAIL), and gently rub the Adhesive Remover over the extra glue. It will ball up and come off your paper without leaving a mark.

Clean-up: The only thing to worry about cleaning up is your stamps. That’s where the Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist come in. In the past (before I knew about Stampin’ Up!), I would clean my stamps in the sink with warm soapy water, but now it’s even easier with the mist and scrub. Spray mist on one side of your scrub and scrub your stamps until the ink is gone. Then, rub your stamp on the dry side to dry! Its easy, convenient, and it smells great!

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PPA193 – A Masculine Thank You (Recipe for Success)

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA193); Ampersand TIEF, Label Love, Starburst Sayings @NMWatt #stampinup #pixelmaven

Yea!!!! It’s time for another Pals Paper Arts challenge! This week, Design Team 2 is using a pretty cool sketch from yours truly! At first, it may seem simple, but as you can see, there’s a lot you can do with it!Pals Paper Arts (PPA193) Sketch by Nicole Watt. Challenge runs from Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2014. Play along at www.palspaperarts.comAt PPA, we plan our sketch and color books every six months, so it’s usually a month or more before we get to my sketches. That means that they’re as fresh for me as they are for you! When I design a sketch I don’t usually have anything specific in mind for my final design, so it’s not surprising that I decided to mirror this layout, putting the circle elements on the right.

Maven’s Mastery Tips

– Sketches are just a guideline! Notice how I ignored the direction to use the same elements for the circles, and just kept to the circular theme. Also, instead of using a wider ribbon, or piece of CS/DSP for element 2, I chose to go with the 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon, tying the circles together.

– Make your sentiment pop! I could have just put the Starburst Sayings sentiment at the bottom, but I knew that it might get lost in the design if I didn’t make it more prominent. I love how the Label Love frames the sentiment and really helps you to focus there first!

– What’s the hype over the ampersand? I have always loved the curving lines of the ampersand, so I’m thrilled that it’s a trendy thing right now. The way I think of it, it’s like finishing a sentence “blah, blah, blah, etc… & Thank You So Much!


I hope you enjoy this new feature – a Recipe for Success card recipe! You can easily print out the recipe, or save it to PDF (when you print, you most likely have the option to save as a PDF instead). I’ll be working over the next few weeks to make these Rich Pins on Pinterest, so you’ll be able to store it right there on a pinboard!

Please note my terms of use. You’re more than welcome to reuse this recipe personally, or for a class, but please give me credit for the design! Oh, and please don’t try to sell this recipe in any way, shape or form. Thanks, and enjoy!

And Thank You So Much
Recipe Type: Masculine, Thank You
Author: Nicole Watt ([url href=””][/url])
This is a pretty simple thank you card that any man in your life would really appreciate!
  • Baked Brown Sugar CS (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]131296[/url]
  • Night of Navy CS (4 1/8″ x 5 1/4″) – [url href=”” target=”_blank”]100867[/url]
  • Scrap of Very Vanilla CS – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]101650[/url]
  • Night of Navy Classic Ink Pad – [url href=”” target=”_blank”]126970[/url]
  • Ampersand TIEF – [url href=”” target=”_blank”]132970[/url]
  • Label Love Stamp Set – (c)[url href=”″ target=”_blank”]130622[/url]; (w)[url href=”” target=”_blank”]130619[/url]
  • Artisan Label Punch – [url href=”” target=”_blank”]130920[/url]
  • or – Label Love Bundle (stamp set & punch – save 15%) – (c)[url href=”” target=”_blank”]132722[/url]; (w)[url href=”” target=”_blank”]132723[/url]
  • Starburst Sayings Stamp Set – (c)[url href=”” target=”_blank”]133185[/url]; (w)[url href=”h” target=”_blank”]133182[/url]
  • Starburst Framelit Dies – [url href=”” target=”_blank”]132967[/url]
  • or – Starburst Sayings Bundle (stamp set & dies – save 15%) – (c)[url href=”http://″ target=”_blank”]134818[/url]; (w)[url href=”http://″ target=”_blank”]134817[/url]
  • 7/16 Natural Trim Ribbon (~5″ piece) – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]129287[/url]
  • Linen Thread (two 6″ pieces) – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]104199[/url]
  • Naturals Designer Buttons (one small) – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]127554[/url]
  • Basic Metal Buttons (one medium) – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]133319[/url]
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (2) – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]104430[/url]
  • Mini Glue Dots (2) – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]103683[/url]
  • Big Shot – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]113439[/url]
  • Big Shot Magnetic Platform – [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]130658[/url]
  1. Score the Baked Brown Sugar CS at 4 1/4″, fold and sharpen the crease with a bone folder if you like.
  2. Run the Night of Navy CS through the Big Shot using the Ampersand TIEF. You should be using NO TABS on your cutting platform. Make sure the image is offset to the left to accommodate the rest of the design elements.
  3. Affix the Natural Trim Ribbon to the Night of Navy CS (as shown) using SNAIL or your adhesive of choice. Wrap the extra ribbon around the back of the CS.
  4. Affix the Night of Navy CS to the Baked Brown Sugar CS card base with SNAIL or your adhesive of choice.
  5. Take the Linen Thread and thread through the buttons. Leave enough extra thread when you start and finish to make the thread wisps (as pictured).
  6. Apply a Mini Glue Dot to the back of each button and affix to the card as pictured.
  7. Ink up the empty circle stamp from the Label Love set with Night of Navy Classic Ink and stamp your scrap of Very Vanilla CS. If you prefer to use a different stamp to achieve a different pattern, you can. You’ll be covering the sentiment with the Starburst Saying sentiment.
  8. Punch the Label Love image with the Artisan Label Punch.
  9. Cut a Stampin’ Dimensional in half. Apply each half to the sides of the Label Love image and affix to the card as shown.
  10. Ink up the “Thank You So Much” image from Starburst Sayings with Night of Navy Classic Ink and stamp your scrap of Very Vanilla CS.
  11. Using the Magnetic Platform and the smallest Starburst Framelit with your Big Shot, cut the Starburst Sayings sentiment.
  12. Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the sentiment you just cut out and apply it on top of the Label Love image as pictured.
  13. Your card is complete!
Card design and instructions courtesy of Nicole Watt ([url href=””][/url]). These instructions may be re-posted, distributed and used for classes as long as I am credited for the design. This recipe may NOT be sold in any way, shape or form.