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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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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Birthday Wishes

 Birthday Wishes | shawn

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.