Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stamp Layering Technique - Thank You Card

Welcome back to a gypsy’s journey. Today I am sharing the card I made for the April Hero Arts contest. I am using the stamp layering technique featured on the Hero Arts blog. Complete how-to instructions for this technique can be found on this video by Shari Carroll.

Stamp Set

CG115 Floral Thank You (Hero Arts)


(A) Black – 6” X 12” Card (folded to 6” square)
(B) Light Teal – 5 ¾” Square
(C) Print* - 5 ½” Square
(D) Red – 4” X 5 ½”
(E) Cream  – 1 ¼” X 5 ½”
(F) Black – 3 ¾” X 4 ½”
(G) Stripe* - 3 ½” X 4 ¼”
Scraps of C, E and Green Print** cardstock

*October Afternoon Thrift Shop Collection – Needs Paint
**October Afternoon Campfire Collection - Animal Tracks

Basic Supplies

VersaMark Ink (Tsukineko)
Vanilla Embossing Powder (Stampin’ Up!)
Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger)
Scallop Edge Punch (Stampin’ Up!)
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
Scor-Buddy (Scor-Pal)
Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (EK Success)
Sewing Machine


Emboss scraps of cardstock for the layered pieces.

Stamp and emboss the main image onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink. Cover with vanilla embossing powder, tap off excess and heat to emboss. Cut out the embossed image. Set aside.

Stamp and emboss one small cream flower, one small print flower, one large cream flower, one large print flower and the six leaves. Cut around the embossed images and set aside.

Embossed Images - Used for Layering Technique

Card Construction

1. Distress edges of C and G with Broken China Distress Ink. Stitch around edges. Set aside.

2. Attach pieces B and C to card front A. Set aside.

3. Score vertical lines at ¼” intervals on panel D as shown. Set aside.

Panel D - Scored Vertical Lines

4. Use the Scallop edge punch to create the scallop edge on cream strip E.

5. Place strip E inside embossing folder with scallop edge extending about ¼” above edge of folder as shown. Feed through Cuttlebug to emboss.

6. Place the straight edge of strip E against the edge of the Scor-Buddy (right side of embossed strip down). Score a line from edge to edge at the ¾” measurement.

7. Attach embossed strip E 1/8” below top edge of panel D.

8. Wrap ribbon along the top edge of piece D and secure ribbon to back.

9. Attach completed D panel to C as shown.

10. Attach pieces F,G and the main embossed image to center of the layered card. Attach with Pop Dots

11. Layer the flowers onto the main image with Pop Dots.

12. Attach the leaves to the main image.

12. Add pearls to embellish.

These are the basic instructions for making the layered card. In my next post I will talk about “Fussy Cuts”, the basics of how I layered these flowers and then share an embossing tip from the pros. Thanks for sharing my journey! – Jane, the Polka Dot Gypsy.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Two New Challenge Cards!

I created this card for the PKS Card Sketch Challenge #48. This cute little chick is easy to color and takes very little time. I colored the image first and pulled my cardstock and embellishments to coordinate. This is a quick and easy, fun card! To see some of the other challenge cards, visit Peachy Keen Stamps.

Supply List

Sweetie Pie Peepers (PK-260) Peachy Keen Stamps

Copic Markers
Chick - Y11, Y15 and YR68
Hat - R81, R83, R85, YR04 and YR68

Mememto Tuxedo Black

Miscelaneous Supplies
Stampin' Up! Spring Flower Boquet Punch
Stampin' Up! Scallop Trim Border
1/2" Circle punch
Scallop Circle Nestabilities
Sewing Machine

Pink Card - 6" Square
White Embossed Cardstock - 5 3/4" Square
Pink Solid - 3 7/8" X 4 3/4"
Plaid - 3 7/8" X 4 5/8"
White Embossed Cardstock Strip - 1 1/2" X 5 3/4"
Solid pink Strip - 1" X 5 3/4"
Plaid Strip - 5/8" X 5 3/4"
Yellow Polka Dot Scallop Circle - 3 5/8"
5 Yellow punched Flowers
5 Orange Circles - 1/2"
Pink Circle - 3 1/4"
White Circle - 3 1/8"

Happy Spring!

The "Happy Spring" card was created for the Color Me Creative Classroom Challenge. The requirements:

1. Use Copics.
2. Use Primary Colors.
3. Use the theme, Celebrating.

I rarely use primary colors in my cards. So, this was a real challenge for me. This winter has been so cold and snowy. I'm ready to enjoy some warm weather. So I chose to celebrate Spring!

Supply List
New Friends from Susana's Custom Art & Card Design (SCACD) by Elizabeth Bell

Copic Markers
Skin - E00 and E11
Hair - Y32, E33 and E59
Shirt - Y11, Y15, Y17, YR04 and YR68
Jeans - B93, B95 and Blender Pen
Jeans Patch - Y11, YR 04 and YR68
Bird - B93 and B95

Mememto Tuxedo Black

Miscelaneous Supplies
Scallop Circle Nestabilities
Adhesive Letters

Blue Card - 6" Square
Red Cardstock - 5 7/8" Square
Yellow Cardstock - 5 3/4" Square
Black Cardstock - 5 1/2" Square
Red, Blue & Yellow Cardstock Scallop Nestabilities - 4 1/8"
White Circle - 3 1/2"
Orange Ring - 3"

"Happy Spring" was a learning experience for me. It was the first time that I had to refill a Copic marker. I spent hours working on the hair. Everytime I thought I had ruined the image I heard Suzanne Dean saying that you can never ruin an image, it just may end up darker than you planned. So, I kept working through it. In the end I learned that the cause of my problem was the tip of my pen had been contaminated. The solution was to simply replace the brush tip.

Both of these cards are easy to make. It is simply coloring, layering and adding embellishments. The red, blue and yellow scallop circle was made by cutting one scallop circle each from red, blue and yellow cardstock. Use repositionable adhesive to stack them together and then cut the stack into three strips. Place the cut strips together to form the multi-color scallop circle.

My cards today have a Spring theme. And today was a beautiful day here where I live. I took a long walk and just enjoyed the sunshine. I hope your day was just as beautiful! Have a great week. - Jane, the Polka Dot Gypsy!