Go on and Celebrate

Go On and Celebrate by shawnmanuel.com

Here’s a bright card I made for my friend Nina’s birthday. The watercolor background carries on a watercolor theme that I’ve been hooked on this Summer.

I squished some Distress Ink on a craft mat, misted it with water and dropped my watercolor paper onto the ink to create the background. After drying it with my heat tool, I dropped the paper back onto the ink a few times to create a more random pattern.

The popsicles from Simon Says Stamp’s August Card Kit and the sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Make a Wish stamp set were heat embossed with white powder. Since the sentiment was hard to read, I used Distress Markers to create a shadow and add contrast.

Glossy Accents was used to give the popsicles a melting look and to add shine to the die-cut hearts.

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Back to Cool

Back to Cool by Shawn

Back to Cool by Shawn

Today’s card focuses on alphabet stamps and making the letters part of the design. I made a “Back to Cool” card that would be great for a special student or a teacher in your life.

Most of the elements come from Lawn Fawn except for the larger chalk board which I made with some careful cutting.

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My Favorite

My Favorite by Shawn

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During the first two days of Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2, we have been experimenting with new ways to use our background stamps. Here, I created a background image using the technique Shari Carroll shared.

Inking the background stamp with Distress Inks and misting it with water created an interesting background, but the Tiny Flags stamp by Hero Arts needed a little more texture to pull the card together for me.

I decided to make a stencil out of the Triangle Background Fancy Die by Hero Arts and spread a bit of Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste over the triangles. Because the die and stamp do not line up, it created an interesting visual effect that I just love; plus you can still see the color through the embossing paste.

Then I heat embossed a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Favorite Flowers stamp set. The white embossing powder on vellum has just enough opacity to continue the see-through look I was going for.

I loved this so much I called it my favorite. That sentiment is meant for the background. 🙂


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Big Hello

Big Hello by Shawn


This card uses the rest of the watercolored background I made in my previous post. I die cut the image using the Big Hello die from Simon Says stamp and stacked it on several cuts of black card from the same die. Glossy Accents coated the letters to create a unique embellishment that is also the focal point of the card.

I treated the chevron arrows from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card in the same manner.

To tie in the watercolor effect, I splattered the same colors I used all over a folded piece of watercolor cardstock. I added some black to tie-in the stacks under the die cuts.

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Hello, Sunshine

Hello Sunshine by Shawn

My post today comes from a card I made while stretching my stamps with Online Card Classes. If you didn’t know Stretch Your Stamps 2 has begun and it’s a great way to get ideas on how to use the stamps you already have in new ways.
Day 1 & 2 focuses on background stamps. Here I used the Highline Ironwork Background stamp from Hero Arts featured in the class to create a watercolor background like Kristina Werner’s. This technique utilizes the emboss-resist technique to allow watercolor to pool between all the stamp details. I cut along the edge of the  shapes to create the background piece.

The Big Hello die cut from Simon Says Stamp was stacked from several cuts, covered with Wink of Stella glitter pen then coated in Glossy Accents to create a glimmery and puffy embellishment.

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Birthday Wishes

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Here’s a multi-layered birthday card featuring several products from different places that I’ve just been meaning to use.

The birthday sentiment was made by layering several die cuts from the Studio Calico Birthday Stamp & Craft Die Set. I cut the top layer from a scrap of cardstock that I completely embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing power. By embossing first and die cutting later, the finish on the sentiment ended up smooth and without the bumpy texture you usually get from embossing powder.

Next I used Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads to stamp the flowers and leaves from the Favorite Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp’s June Card Kit and cut them out. All of the pieces were layered using liquid glue and foam dots on the background that was made using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impression embossing folder by Stampin’ Up! with Sizzix.

I hope you like it. I think this one is going to Mom for her birthday.

Hello, Love.

Hello, Love. | shawn

My card today was inspired by the Studio Calico May Card Kit Camelot.

This kit was a box full of ideas and although it included many colorful elements, I opted for some of the more muted tones so the gold embellishments would stand out. Don’t you just love that herringbone vellum? It is so unique. I also used a sewing machine for the first time to stitch gold thread along the top of the champagne grosgrain ribbon that was included in the kit. I think it tied it all together (pun definitely intended).

Although I didn’t use any stamps on this card, I did use craft dies from Mama Elephant; the Embellished Tag Creative Cuts for my tag and the Hello Script Creative Cuts for the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed. Leave a comment below and check out the other submissions for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #139 by Rita.

P.S. Here’s a little tip.

To prevent the grosgrain ribbon from fraying, I squeezed out a thin line of Ranger Multi Medium Matte on a craft sheet then dipped the ends of the ribbon. The edges keep their shape and you can’t even tell it’s there!

Freshly Made Sketches #139

Freshly Made Sketches #139

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