Make Your Own Embossed Vellum Butterflies

Hi everyone! This is Bev and today I get to introduce you all to Nathalie. In this blog post, Nathalie shares some ideas about how to make heat-embossed vellum butterflies. Her gorgeous layout will inspire you to make some vellum butterfly accents for your next card, scrapbook page, or decor project! (If you'd rather watch Nathalie's process video, hop on over to our website!)

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Hi there! I am Nathalie, and I am so excited to have been invited to be a guest designer here at Technique Tuesday. I love stamps because they are one of the most versatile tools when memory keeping, and this month’s new releases - the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set and the matching Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes stamps - were the inspiration for the layout that I am sharing with you all today.

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How to Color Red Roses with Copic Markers

Hello, Julie here with another amazing tutorial from Ana! Today Ana is showing us how to color a red rose with Copic markers.

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Hello crafty friends!

It’s Ana here today sharing a card I made with the beautiful Sending Roses Stamp Set and the matching Sending Roses Dies! They are part of the Greenhouse Society Collection of flower stamps and dies.

This newest Technique Tuesday floral addition took my breath away when I saw it! I love roses and all the beautiful colors they come in and I just couldn’t wait to color this gorgeous image!

For today’s card I decided to color the stamped roses in classic red.

To start, I stamped two rose images on Neenah Classic Crest 80 lb. cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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See the New Release Video & Join the Blog Hop!

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Hello, Julie here! It's the first of June and we are all smiles and laughter, beautiful blooming flowers and happy hippos around here. It's pretty giddy, let me tell you! We are excited to announce the June new release, and Bev is here with a 3-minute video to get things started!

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Plus, Don't Miss The Blog Hop!

Our creative team, along with several guest designers, have a whole bunch of projects that they're sharing with you, too. We hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!

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Norine Borys

Jung AhSang

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey

Dana Kirby

Nathalie DeSousa

Amy Kolling

Ana Anderson

Latisha Yoast

Allison Arbour

Sheree Forcier

Yasmin Diaz

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all the new products in Bev's video, and all the amazing projects on the Blog Hop. If you saw some new stamps or dies you like, head on over to the new products section of our website. We've also included a handy-dandy table below!

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June Sneak Peek Day 3

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Today is the last day of the June new release sneak peeks. And here is a preview of the happy creatures who will be joining the Animal House Collection in June. I've been having so much fun playing with these stamps and dies!

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So far I've made at least 8 projects featuring these critters and the punny sentiments that are included in the June stamp set. A little bit of one of my cards is featured in this sneak peek. Plus Bev included this project in her new release video.

Want to be the first to see the new release video and a whole "herd" of new projects? Sign up for our Inner Circle Newsletter. We'll send details about the video and this month's blog hop to you first thing tomorrow morning!

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June Sneak Peek Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of the June new release sneak peeks! Today's sneak peek is of the June Greenhouse Society stamps and matching dies.

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This picture also includes a little peek of one of the cards I made using these new stamps and dies. I've been making cards for nearly 20 years. And the truth is these stamps and dies helped me make not one but 2 of my most favorite cards EVER. I can't wait to share them with you. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know as soon as I have the tutorials ready!

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June Sneak Peek Day 1 - A Reason to Smile!

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As usual, I cannot believe June is almost here! We here in the Pacific Northwest have been flirting with warmer weather. School is nearly out. We've had several days that were mostly sunny. And this all means that people around here are actually smiling and laughing a little more too. 

Our first sneak peek is all about documenting memories of times that made you smile and laugh. Here's a quick look at this month's Memory Keepers' Studio stamp set.

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The Fresh Cut Studio dies that are coming out in June will also give you a reason to smile. These dies are layered and will help you add a little dimension to your layouts and cards!

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I hope you enjoyed these sneak peeks of a couple of the stamp and die sets that are coming in June. If you want to be the first to see all the new stamps and dies on the new release reveal day, sign up for our Inner Circle Newsletter. We'll send you all the details (plus links to lots of projects that are part of the blog hop) on Saturday, June 1st!

Happy crafting!

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Watercolor Stamped Rose Tutorial with Dana Kirby

Hey there, it's Julie! Today I'm happy to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. In this blog post, Dana shares her stamped rose watercolor tutorial. Dana used her watercolors and the Sending Roses stamps and the matching Sending Roses dies to create such a sweet card! (These stamps and dies are the May additions to the Greenhouse Society Collection.)

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Hi Friends! It is Dana here today sharing a card using the gorgeous Sending Roses Stamp Set from the May release.

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I started my card by stamping my rose image in black ink and water coloring it with a pale blue and green watercolor. I used a lot of water, and just kept adding color until I got my desired look. Next, I used the Sending Roses dies to die cut my rose image. I set this aside and began working on my card design.

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I started by die cutting the large Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Die from light gray cardstock for my center label. Next, I die cut Sending (included with the Sending Roses die set) from medium gray cardstock. I attached this to my label and stamped the rest of my sentiment (lots of love from the Sending Roses stamp set) underneath. I also added my rose image to my label at this time.

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To finish my card, I used an aqua piece of patterned paper to create my card panel. I attached this to a medium gray mat before attaching it to my A2 card base. Lastly, I attached my label to my card front with foam adhesive.

Don't you just love this Sending Roses stamp set and dies? The image is gorgeous and the sentiments are definitely some of my favorites!

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Dana's card is so beautiful, right? And her rose stamp tutorial using watercolors makes it so easy to replicate this card. If you aren't into watercolors, you might like my tutorial about how to color and add highlights to these stamped roses using alcohol markers. Or use the Sending Roses stamps and dies with any or all of your favorite coloring mediums. I hope Dana's card and these tutorials inspire you to make some beautiful stamped roses of your own!

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P.S. If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, you should already have received the Sending Roses products. Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Sending Roses, sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member before the end of May!

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Butterfly Embellishments for Your Scrapbook or Handmade Cards

Hi everyone! This is Bev and I am delighted to introduce Sheree Forcier to all of you. In today's blog post she shares some ideas about how to make gorgeous butterfly embellishments for your scrapbook pages (or handmade cards). I love the lovely, airy layout that Sheree created!

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Hi everyone! Sheree Forcier here and I’m so excited to be here as a guest designer for May and June! Today I have a layout to share with you featuring the gorgeous Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set and the matching Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Set.

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I layered some white cardstock onto two pieces of patterned paper then decided where I wanted my photo to go. I added some machine stitching around the edge of the white cardstock background and to the top right corner of the photo, then added some die cut flowers and leaves.

I cut a white label using the Essentials Stitched Labels Dies, then stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set in the center using black ink. The label was placed to the left of the photo and I added a line of machine stitching across the middle. I also stamped the ‘lovely’ stamp from the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp set multiple times at the top right of the photo.

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Next was the fun part…stamping the butterflies! To create the multi-coloured butterfly embellishments for this scrapbook page, I simply stamped the different butterflies directly onto patterned paper and cut them out. (I didn't have the matching dies but you could use them to avoid having to fussy cut out the butterflies.) This is a great, easy way to add colour to an image if you don’t have many coloured inks in your stash or if you’re not very confident working with markers.

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Before adhering the butterflies to the page, I decided where I wanted them to go, then created a shadow for them using the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamps and a lovely neutral coloured ink. I stamped directly onto the white cardstock, then added some machine stitched butterfly trails before adding the butterflies with foam dots to create extra dimension.

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The journaling strips were added to the top left of the page and machine stitched, and the date was added to finish it off

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If you’d like to watch my process you can see how I put it all together in the video below.

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas on how you can add dimension to your next project using the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set with the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Set. They have been so much fun to create with!

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Thanks so much for joining me today! Happy crafting!

Sheree

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I love the wandering lines of stitching that indicate the butterflies' flight paths. And I adore the way Sheree used the butterfly silhouette stamps to make shadows for the detailed butterfly accents. These subtle details add a sense of movement, dimension, and bring the design together!

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P.S. If you're a member of the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program, we shipped the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set to you earlier this month. Not a member? No problem! You can order these stamps now. If you'd like to save 25% off the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set, sign up to become a Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship member before the end of this month!

Or, if you'd like the Beautiful Butterflies and the Beautiful Butterflies Silhouettes Stamp Sets, as well as the Beautiful Butterflies Crafting Dies all in one bundle (saving you %10), check out the Beautiful Butterflies Bundle.

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Cute Crocodile Card Ideas by Norine Borys

Good morning all! Julie here, bringing you a couple of unbelievably cute crocodile cards by Norine Borys. She used the newest stamps and matching dies from the Animal House collection. Take it away Norine!

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Hi friends, it’s Norine back with you today, sharing a couple of cards made using the May Animal House stamp and die sets, called Alligators and Crocodiles. First up is a cute birthday card!

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To emphasize the numerical aspect of a birthday, I also used the By the Numbers crafting die. I began by stamping the Croco/Gator image onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with Versafine Onyx black ink - an ink that is watercolor friendly, and then coloring the images with Arteza Real Brush watercolor markers, and blending the colors with a water brush. I used the coordinating Alligator & Crocodile dies to cut the crocodile and bird shapes and set them aside.

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Next, I die cut a panel of white cardstock with the By The Numbers die and adhered it to the front of a white cardstock card base. I love to use over-all die cuts like this to support the theme of my card as well as to provide some interest without being distracting, so that the images and sentiment can have the attention. I used Versamark ink to stamp a sentiment onto black cardstock, heat embossed with white embossing powder and cut out the sentiment block, then backed it with foam tape to pop it up on the card front.

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Finally, I adhered the die-cut crocodile accent, with his big toothy grin, to the card front, adding one of the die-cut flamingos to his back, safely away from those teeth! I’m kidding, these two are the best of friends! The addition of a few coordinating enamel dots (I never get tired of those!) completes the card!

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My second card is a fun “hey, how’ve you been?” card. I started by ink blending onto an A2 sized white cardstock card panel with a wave stencil and some blue Tim Holtz Distress ink.

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Following the lines at the top, I hand cut the stenciled portion about 1/4th of the way down. I used a piece of green patterned paper for the background and adhered it to a card base.

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Next, I stamped an alliga-dile (sorry, I don’t actually know the difference well enough to know which I made) onto Bristol Smooth card stock with Versafine ink, and colored again with water-based real brush markers before die cutting with the coordinating dies. Before adhering the water portion of the card panel to the card base, I tucked the alliga-dile under the edge to appear like he’s menacingly peeking out, although the little bird sitting on his back totally gives him away!

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I stamped the sentiment directly onto the stenciled cardstock with black ink. I found some blue glitter enamel dots in my stash that made me think of water bubbles so I used them and some yellow dots (to tie in with the yellow bird) to complete this card.

Thanks for visiting the blog and enjoy the rest of your day!

Norine

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I love these crocodile card ideas!

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PS: Are you an Animal House auto-ship member? We shipped these alliga-diles (or croco-gators?) to you earlier this month. Not a member? Learn how you can save 25% of these cute alligator stamps and matching dies!

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Alligator Card Ideas by Allison Arbour

Hello, Julie here! Today I'm happy to bring you a new blog post from Allison Arbour. She's showing us how she made this super cute card using the Alligators & Crocodiles Stamp Set, the matching Alligators & Crocodiles dies, and the Stars on the Border dies.

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Here's Allison's Alligator Card Tutorial!

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First, start by blending distress oxide inks in colours Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron on 2 separate pieces of white cardstock.


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Use the Stars on the Border Die to cut through from each sheet. You will be using the negative cut from this die to create the bite marks but be sure to save the positive image and all the stars for another card or project.


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Trim the negative sheets (the bite marks) to the size you want to fit your card base.


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I positioned for placement then stamped my sentiment in black ink and heat embossed in clear.


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Using foam tape on the back of the bite mark sheets, I adhered them to the card base.


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I coloured the alligator in copics using colours YG23 and YG21. I then used the matching die to die cut out the alligator.The birds were coloured in copics and die cut as well, using the colours R22,R20,RV63,RV55,YR30,YR31,Y19


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Foam tape was used on the back of the alligator and birds and adhered to the card base.

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And voila! Here is Allison's finished card! I love that she used the negative space from the Stars on the Border die for this card. If you missed this month's blog hop, you probably also missed Allison's other card where she used the positive space (the star border). Here's a link to that alligator card on her blog. Finding new ways to make the "scraps" into something beautiful on their own is a great challenge that can bring out your creative side! What kinds of "scrap" projects have you made?

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