Chalktalk Distress Layered Thanks

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What do you do when you try out a new technique on a piece of scrap paper?  Do you use the left over piece for a project?  I try to, I figure if I’m going to take the time to figure it out, why not create something small at the very least!  That’s what this project is – my scrap turned into tag.

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Layer several shades of blue distress inks with Vintage Photo, spatter a little water, dry your piece thoroughly and then layer a lightly stamped layer from a background script stamp.  The end result is stunning!  I cut out my scrap with the biggest tag framelit from the set Chalk Talk by Stampin’ Up! Next, you’ll want to use a darker brown to stamp your greeting from the stamp set Thanks by Simon Says Stamp on an angle and voila – you have a perfect tag.

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For a little emphasis, I decided to use some left over tiny strips of white to randomly place back and forth behind my tag.  I added a few pearls and some corner piercing to the main card front.  I like that the colors of the card are masculine – this card is a great clean and simple design that’s easily mass produced – just sponge colors on larger strips of white paper and then cut out your tags!

We have videos on this technique in our VIP Community with a few different projects if you want more step by step tutorials.  Hope to see you there!

I’m wrapping up our week in Tuscany, we’re sad to go, but had a wonderful time here!  I must say after all the rich colors and texture, I’m excited to get into the stamping studio.  See you soon with more great projects.  For now, I’ll leave you with a few of the rich colors of the Tuscan countryside and villages.


Have a great day – thanks for stopping by!


Polka Dots and Striped Christmas

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Have you ever finished a project and just felt so-so about it?  That happened to me for this project.  So, what do you do when it just doesn’t feel right?  Well, make a tiny switch and then just like Emeril – BAM, that’s just what it needed!

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I created a clean and simple polka dot/striped card and entered it into three of my fav challenges – the Merry Monday Christmas, CAS(e) this Sketch, and Virginia’s View Challenges this week.  Here is what I came up with and how a small change made all the difference.  If you’re part of the VIP Community – there’s a step by step video tutorial on this project for you!

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Creative Tips –

  • To create subtle stripes, grab those left over 1/2 inch strips that you have from trimming down your card stock and cut them into 3” long strips.
  • Arrange them at the top in a back and forth pattern for a great backing to any element.Striped and Polka Dot 001
  • Cut out a shape – here you see Deco Framelits by Stampin Up and emboss your greeting – I used a bold greeting to be able to keep up with the polka dots.
  • For the polka dots, use any tiny circle stamp you have.  This is a double circle stamp I have from a floral set by Simon Says Stamp – love these little stamps!
  • Stamp them in versamark and emboss with clear powder
  • My original card used Gold Embossing Powder for the greeting and around the card front.  The gold got a bit overpowered – I’m not sure if it was all the elements or the Cherry Cobbler color, but it just wasn’t working for me.Striped and Polka Dot 007
  • To give the card a little more pop and make it work, as Tim Gunn says…I switched to White Embossing Powder for the greeting
  • I loved the embossed edge on the card front – so I duplicated that in white. It’s kind of hard to see the white edge in this photo though…Striped and Polka Dot 006
  • The original card uses pearls, but that didn’t work for me either, so I switched to sequins and BAM – perfection!

Here they are side by side – see the difference?  It’s night and day.  Sometimes minor changes make all the difference in the world.

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So don’t settle for mediocre, next time try it a second time and enjoy your success!


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