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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