Distracted by Abstract Impressions

Back in June I promised to show you some samples of cards made with the Abstract Impressions stamp set. Or as I like to call it, Distracted Impressions. Just because I am. Distracted. All the time.

Abstract Impressions in Red and Yellow

I have a tutorial for this one, and the link to it is below the card.

Abstract Impressions thank you card in red and yello

  • I used two of the new ink colors here for the red flowers, Poppy Parade and Lovely Lipstick
  • to which I added Real Red for the three-step stamping.
  • Dude, if you don’t have a Stamparatus you really need to get one!
  • I used Granny Apple Green for the leaves. I love how bright these new colors are; there’s no dark overcast to them.
  • That’s one of the new embossing colors in Lovely Lipstick that I used for the “thank you.”
  • I stamped the floral images on a separate white panel on purpose – that way I could trim the piece to give it that “off the edge” look that is pleasing to the eye. Plus I could make a mistake and not ruin the whole card. Been there, done that. Lots.
  • Click here for the tutorial. (It’s a PDF file)

Until next time, stay crafty my friends!


Christmas Shadow Box

Why make a card when you can make a shadow box? And it’s sparkly!

I just got back from Atlanta, Georgia where I had the good fortune to attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage and Brian King’s World Card Making Day event. I got to meet lots of new people and many Facebook friends, too.

While I was there I also had a few of my burning questions answered:

  • How tall is Brian King? VERY tall. Beyond measurement, really.
  • Mary Fish can jump REALLY high. I mean, higher than kangaroo high.
  • Sometimes it does take the bartender more than one try to make me the perfect Dirty Martini.
  • It is indeed possible to clap so hard that you bruise your palms.
  • Yes, this here Yankee could teach the Southern gals at my table a few new tricks! Y’all come back now, y’hear? And finally,
  • Whether they’re five or sixty-five, a good chunk of your audience will FAIL at following directions! And at listening for said directions!  😉

Here’s my anything but a card 3D shadow box

One of the events of World Card Making Day was a 3D swap. I decided to make a shadow box.  I actually wound up making about five of them. One of them was successful (guess which one that was, one through four don’t count), and it is so sparkly that no matter how I took the picture it’s really hard to see the fine details!

Christmas Shadow Box

Here’s another look, this time from the table where all the swaps were laid out, and where you can at least make out the detail!

Christmas Shadow Box

This shadow box is made completely from a 12 x 12 piece of Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper.

I leave you now with some words of wisdom. So until next time, stay thirsty, my friends! ~ Amy

Pokemon is out there

Thanks for visiting!

Triple Time Embossing: a Tutorial

I have had several requests to do a tutorial on Triple Time Embossing, which is exactly like triple time stamping except instead of stamps and ink you use embossing folders. I love the simple yet elegant look that you can create using just embossing folders – and it’s fun and not too difficult! The examples I’ve shown you are just samples – the possibilities are endless. You can use card stock that’s all the same color, you can use two or more different colors for the mats, you could use multiple embossing folders, etc.

Here is a picture of the card I made for the tutorial:

And here is an alternate card I made that uses two embossing folders, one for the top images (in white) and one for the matted layers that go underneath (in pink):

I hope you find this tutorial useful. I only ask that you don’t sell it and if you do share it, that you keep my name as credited. Enjoy!

Triple Time Stamping: A Quick Tutorial

I’m sure the triple time stamping technique has probably been around for awhile, but I only latched onto it about a year ago when it was all over Pinterest. I think this technique can produce absolutely gorgeous results, but it does require a pretty strict adherence to placement of the different pieces. However, this can be easily solved with a little bit of Snail adhesive.

This is just a basic tutorial. Obviously, you can do so many different things with this, so my tutorial is just to get you started. For my example I will use two colors of cardstock, one of which is Whisper White. Here’s what you want your card stock pieces to line up as once they’re cut:

Oh, and PS, I am using my 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base on its side, so think landscape here, not portrait. But feel free to switch it up, the rules are the same. 🙂

Now when you break this apart you will see the measurements used for cutting the card stock. Basically you are cutting each color of cardstock into 3 rectangles that decrease in size each time by ½.”

You can also make your card base white, if you like, or you can make it any other color you want. Just reverse the cuts. In my case, the diagram shows my colored card stock in white and my stamped layers in striped. (It was actually polka dots when I uploaded it, but somehow this is how it’s showing!)

Okay, now let’s see some color. Here are my “cut” card stock pieces, including my card base.

Now here’s the part where you want to pay attention (work with me, now): take the white card stock pieces and layer them on top of each other from largest to smallest. That means, that the first piece of card stock to be stamped and lay it on your work surface. Take the next smallest piece (that would be the medium size), turn it over, stick a tiny bit of Snail adhesive on the back, and then flip it over and attach it to the bottom layer matching centers, which means the medium piece now has a ½” border, if you will, from the piece below it. Next, do the same thing with the smallest cut of card stock: flip it over, add some Snail adhesive, flip it back, and attach it to the two bottom layers, again matching the centers. The smallest, or top piece, will now be ½” inside the middle piece, on all sides.

Like this:

Once you have all three “stamping” layers stuck together, pull out whatever stamp(s) you want to use and have at it! Larger stamps tend to work a little better, if you’re just starting out, because you can catch more of the detail and how cool it looks when you put the pieces back together.

So here are my white stamping layers fully stamped:

And here comes the fun part: disassemble your stamped layers. Don’t worry about the adhesive on the back. Attach your layers to the card base as shown, being sure to match the centers. There should now be a ¼-inch “border” around each layer of cardstock:

  • Card Base
  • Bottom Stamped Layer
  • Largest Piece of Cut Cardstock
  • Middle Stamped  Layer
  • Smaller Piece of Cut Cardstock
  • Top Stamped Layer

Your finished project will hopefully look like this. Notice how the detail of the stamping is now spread out neatly across the card stock layers:

And finally, here is my card using the Stampin’ Up! Wetlands stamp set, one of my personal faves. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial…