Saturday, September 21, 2019

Rick’s Saturday Simple Stamping Episode 32: A Simple Christmas Card Using the Holiday Catalogs Host Sets

Hello and welcome to my YouTube Channel and Blog: Today I am going to share with you the next Episode of Saturday Simple Stamping.  In this Episode  I am going to share with you a super quick and easy Christmas Card using the two new Host Stamp Sets from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  The stamp sets I am using are Holiday Haul and Greatest Part of Christmas.  Both of these again are host sets and must be earned with a qualifying order.  You will find a full list of the supplies I used in today's Simple Stamping Episode below.  Here's a look at my cards.

In each Episode of Saturday Simple Stamping I share with you a super easy card geared towards beginners.  These are easy recreatable cards using stamps ink and paper.  Every once in awhile I may throw in a designer series paper, punch, or other embellishment, but meanly I keep it to the basics just stamps ink and paper.  If you are a brand new crafter or stamper looking at getting into card making this is the series for you.  I have currently 32ish videos or episodes you can find here by searching simple stamping or #simplestamping in the search feature on my site.  

This week I am featuring the two Holiday Catalog Host Stamp Sets Holiday Haul and Greatest Part of Christmas.  Each of these sets can only be earned with Stampin' Rewards.  Those are points earned for purchasing products in my online store read more about Stampin' Rewards.

The Holiday Haul Stamp Set allows you to combine the images to build a scene for any occasion.  I put my images on a slight slant for this card to have a little more visual interest without having to do a log of work.  I chose to use a different color ink for each image.  I wanted them to each have equal value and visual weight on the card.  So by having each in a different color it allowed me to let the images guide the viewer.  You will also notice that you see the same colors repeated at least three times on the card.  This is a visual element that helps to tie everything together and keeps the viewers eyes moving around the card and not leave the visual plane.  Now that I have gotten all technical with you lets just talk like real people shall we.  You can pair with your favorite greeting stamp set for even more versatility I paired it today with the Greatest Thing About Christmas stamp set.  The greatest part of Christmas is spreading cheer to everyone! No matter what sentiment you want to express for the season, you'll find it with the Greatest Part of Christmas Stamp Set. Pair with any image set for unlimited possibilities.

This is the first version of the card I created for today's episode.  I used a ruler and lightly drew off the lines with a pencil so that I would have a guide to keep my images straight and aligned.  I used a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 11 for my card base and added the whisper white to the front of the card.  The Whisper white piece was cut at 4 x 5 1/4 a 1/4" smaller than the card base this allows for a nice equal border around the focal image.  I added the strip of the Wrapped in Plaid Speciality Designer Series Paper to add a little more visual interest with the fun plaid pattern in Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, and Gold foil accents.  
I did the same thing with the card above but I didn't draw off the lines to follow.  I thought that I would be able to stamp the images freehand in a straight line.  And I was wrong!  If you look at the card above again you will notice some of the images go up slightly or down slightly from the visual straight line that I have on the original version.  But, that's okay I mean it's handmade after all and not Hallmark.  One of the fun things about creating a handmade card is the fact that you made it with love and it may have impressions and that's okay.  It doesn't matter that it's not perfect.  Yes, I know there are some of you out there that thinks otherwise but the small things like it being off slightly really doesn't bother me.  For me it's more about how the person feels when they get the card I've made, not if it's perfect or not.  
I also stamped my envelope with the same images in a line going across the flap.  I almost only stamped the reindeer and the slay but decided it needed the other two images to match and to more visually appealing.  I think you should always dress your envelopes with something before you send them.  It helps to give the person receiving the card a little hint of what my be on the inside.  And with our Stampin' Up! products it helps add coordination to it as well, since all our inks, and papers all color coordinates perfectly.  That's one of the things that drew me to Stampin' Up! and becoming a demonstrator myself.  I hated searching for things at the big box stores that I thought my match only to get home to find out they were close but no cigar!  

Video Tutorial: 

Here's the Video tutorial of how I created this card step by step.  If you are viewing this post by email you may not see the video pop up.  Some servers will not show you the embedded videos.  So you will have to click the image below to go to my YouTube Channel and watch.  

Thanks for dropping by today for another episode of Saturday Simple Stamping.  If you are new to stamping or crafting and you are interested in learning more or interested in purchasing some products to help you get started I have the Beginners Experience Creativity Brochure you can download by clicking here.  This publication is smaller than our other catalogs and not so overwhelming.  It's filled with items that are perfect for someone just starting out.  
Happy Stampin' 
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Friday, September 20, 2019

Boo to You Werewolf Gusseted Treat Bag by Rick Adkins

Hello and welcome to my blog; today Halloween is just around the corner and it's time to start making super easy and quick but cute treats; I am going to share with you one that I made and it's super easy to recreate.   Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year and I love to get ready for  them.  I was thinking the other day I may actually get organized and make some treat boxes and bags this year super early and actually fill them with candy.  It helps that I got my September Paper Pumpkin since I know that makes 20 treat boxes, so I was feeling inspired and came up with this little cutie using the Boo To You Stamp Set.  Here's a look at my project.

Tips & Tricks: 

The first thing I did was cut a piece of the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper (#150447) down to 
3" x 10".  This designer series paper was roughly scored at 2" & 6 1/2" on my Simply Score Scoring Tool.  So, you can get 4 inserts for your bags from one sheet of /designer series paper.  Which means if you used the entire pack of DSP for this project you would get 48 treat bag inserts.  Once I had the treat insert folded and scored it was time to put it into my 3" x 6" Gusseted Treat Bag (#141704).  Just a little side note if you don't have a scoring tool you can totally just measure it out with a ruler and fold the paper on those measurements, the papers so easy to fold it's not a big deal.  This is the method I prefer.  The 2" part of the designer series paper is the bottom of the bag.  You can place it in and put it on the bottom you may have to do a little work to get the gussets to sit down or you could add a little tape to the bottom.  I found that once it sat for a little while the bottom flaps were just fine.  The top flap folds over; you will want to fill the treat bag and then press in the gusseted sides flip the top part of the Designer Series paper over that and punch two holes.  You are punching through the gusseted bag and the designer series paper.  Make sure that your holes line up with the folded sides of the treat bag and then secure close with your ribbon.
Once I had the Designer Series Paper inserted into the bag I could then fill it with treats.  It was time to dress it up just a little.  So I stamped the werewolf from the Boo To You Stamp Set (#150550) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a piece of whisper white cardstock that I cut out using the largest stitched oval die from the Stitched Shapes Die set.  I then colored him using my Stampin' Blends.  You can find a full list of the colors that I used in the Stampin' Up! Shopping List below.  I then stamped my greeting at the top in Old Olive and added a couple of the Googly Eyes from the Assorted Googly Eyes pack using just a little Liquid Glue.  I then popped the oval up on the front flap with a couple dimensionals.  And, that my friends finished off my cute little treat bag.

Wonderfully Wicked Online Class: 

I have a Online Class going on right now that you can purchase the products form using the monthly Host code to get enrolled in.  You simply purchase the items listed here and use the host code for this month.  In this class we are making six boxes, Cards with matching envelopes and six tags.  If you're not into Halloween you can substitute products of equal or greater value to meet your needs.  This class looks beautiful with any of our Designer Series Papers.  I will tell you that you have to use 12 x 12 paper for this class 6 x 6  will not work.  But I have everything you need listed in the class Shopping Cart for you all you have to do is follow the instructions to order.  
Happy Stampin' 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

How to Create a Forest Scene Card Video Tutorial featuring Ride With Me Stamp Set

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you the card that I made last night during my Facebook Live.  I shared in the video how to create a one layer scene card using my Stampin' Blends and the Ride with Me Stamp Set.  I had been asked a few times how I created a snow man scene card last year that I shared on my page.  I never got around to creating a video for that card but I decided to create a new card using the same process that I used to create that one.  Let's look at the card shall we.

I created the card on the left first so that I could show everyone what I was going to be showing that last night.  I did change shape of the trees on the second one.  I wanted to show how to make the trees look like they were in the distance and in the foreground as well as creating a road scene for the truck to be one.  I mean after all it has to have some place to sit.  I enjoy creating these types of cards there's something relaxing about the coloring process.

The largest tip I can give you when creating a scene card is start with the focal image since it will be in the forefront and then work your way back.  When working on the background start with the lightest color of trees because they are in the distance.  So, the reason for this is that anything in the distance will appear lighter because of atmospheric perspective.  As things get closer the will appear darker and darker in color.  For my tree layering I started with Light Shaded Spruce and then worked my way up to Dark Pretty Peacock.  The actual order of the blends for the trees was Light Shaded Spruce, Dark shaded spruce, Light Night of Navy to Dark Pretty Peacock.  

Let's go back a step and talk about the coloring of the truck.  I started with Light Sea Side Spray stampin' blends to create a base coat.  I then added in the dark Sea Side Spray and moved to the light night of navy and then to the dark in the darkest part of the shadows.  I colored the pumpkins in just light and dark Pumpkin Pie.
I put the sky in after everything was complete.  I started with Dark Sea Side Spray and then blended it out using the Light Sea Side Spray.  If you want to add in some clouds the Color Lifter is great to do just that.  If you want more details I recommend watching the video tutorial to see the entire process.  This a longer process video but I show you exactly what I did.  If you are viewing this post by email you may have to click here to view the video.  Some email servers will not show the video.

Video Tutorial: 

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have enjoyed the card and the process.  
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Happy Stampin'

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