Thoughtful Branches, Embossing with die technique

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!, Papercraft by Jennifer Frost, Sympathy card, Embossing with Dies

"You are like the Willy Wonka of cardmaking" laughed one of my class participants earlier this year.  At the time I was demonstrating how to attach a pearl string embellishment to a card using a little clear fishing wire.  I'd not thought of myself like that before, but I've since had a little laugh to myself when these words have come back to me, as I've been in the process of picking up an odd household item to put to use at my craft desk.  This project, featuring the lovely tree branches die from the exclusive Thoughtful Branches bundle, was one such time!

Clever Stampin' Up! bloggers from around the globe have flooded the Internet with gorgeous paper-crafts featuring this limited time special August product offer.  I wanted to try something a little different and loved the idea of doing a little dry embossing with a die from the collection.  I grabbed an old rubber mouse pad from my desk and experimented with using it in the Big Shot to cushion the die so it would imprint rather than completely cut through the whisper white card panel.  I was delighted with the result!  The team at Stampin' Up! thought it was a fun idea too and shared it on Instagram this week.  Big love to all of you who liked the post, left a comment and/or found and followed me on Instagram as a result!!


Please find below a link to the key products used to put this project together!

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Thursday, August 18, 2016


The Artisan Design Team returns today to share projects featuring the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and coordinating Flourish Thinlet Dies.


I started with a piece of the tip top taupe envelope paper which I decorated with the Touches of Texture scattered ink spritz image in whisper white.  I then decorated with a little smoky slate patterned paper, strips of mini striped tip top taupe ribbon and flirty flamingo card.

I love tags on cards!  For this design, it made a great backdrop for this flirty flamingo flower and the die cut leaves I layered beneath for a little extra texture.


As per this card I shared earlier this month, using the envelop paper in the card design allowed for a great opportunity to make my own matching envelope with the same papers and the envelope punch board.

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you enjoyed this project!  Be sure to follow the hop to see what amazing projects my fellow Artisan's have came up with.


#TGIFc68 Owl in the branches

Friday, August 12, 2016

#TGIFc68, Owl Builder Punch, Watercolor Wash Background, Thoughtful Branches, Papercraft by Jennifer Frost

Watercolour effects are very trendy in cardmaking.  I love the watercolour style and have decided to explore and practice a few different techniques to get a bit more comfortable with all the ways there are to add a little watercolor look to a design.

I thought this TGIF challenge sketch would be perfect for giving a little watercolour wash background effect a try!  All I needed was my soft sky, pink pirouette and pear pizzazz ink pads, an acrylic block and some water to make this lovely soft washed background using a tutorial by Laura Bassen.  I do have one tip of my own though, spritz the Stampin' Up! Watercolour cardstock with water too before adding the ink.  I found I got a much smoother blend this way.

Now to decorate! I created the cute owl with the Owl Builder punch and sat him in a tree made with the Thoughtful Branches trunk and a circle of patterned pear pizzazz paper with some pink die cut Botanical Builder flowers.  

#TGIFc68, Owl Builder Punch, Watercolor Wash Background, Thoughtful Branches, Papercraft by Jennifer Frost

I hope you will get your craft on and join us this week at the TGIF challenge page.