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Super Sweet Pineapple Card

HA PINE 1 web

Pineapples. Maybe it’s my Filipino background. Maybe it’s because it happens to be trending/has been trending for awhile.

And, maybe, just maybe I simply like pineapples and they make me smile.  The instant I laid eyes on this die, a bunch of ideas piled up in a jumbled mess inside my head.

So, this is one of four ideas I made recently.  I just played.  Non-stop. Because sometimes you just gotta ride that wave… Especially if you’re stuck creatively  with everything else.  And, I have been really, really stuck.  (oh, hey, was that a pun???!!! BAH HA HAAAAA!!!)

So, this was good, because #1. I had a blast.  #2. I ended up with 4 cards I love. #3. They are so purdy!

HA PINE DIE 1a web

To make this card:

  1. Die cut pineapple on a panel of watercolor paper (the die only cuts the details and does not cut the whole shape out).
  2. Color as desired–I watercolored.
  3. Allow to dry or speed dry with a heat tool.
  4. Spatter with black ink. Dry again.  Trim down 1/4″ all around.
  5. Pop details out.
  6. White emboss a greeting on scrap black card stock and staple to the panel.
  7. Mount to patterned paper; mount all to a base card (This one is a standard A-2, 4.25 x 5.5″)
  8. Embellish with glitter glue.

I love how the patterned paper peeks out from behind the die cut details… Such a fun, clever effect! :)

 

 

SUPPLIES:

Coffee Rings and Droplets…

Frappe rings WEB

My dad always kids me that what I call coffee, is really “glorified cocoa”…  He drinks it black, and I can’t drink it at all without all the fun stuff (you know, the stuff that slathers the pounds to your behind). Whatever, Dad! *hair flip* ;)

Nevertheless, I love my coffee, and I love coffee stamps, and these ideas for coffee cards with the “Oh, frappé!” stamp set just keep swirling in my head.

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Like most of my favorite cards, this one is pretty simple–and relatively clean! *chuckle*

LINK:  Watch in HD on my YouTube Channel HERE.

 Hope your week has been good–I’m excited about a weekend getaway with the Mister, that includes the Home Show… We finally have a contractor lined up and are starting the remodel on our house… I’m excited and terrified all at the same time…  Bracing myself for lots of idea overload… And wine.  Hah!

 

1Julie

 

Stacked Lattes

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Coffee cards have been on my brain lately.  I may just have to keep making coffee cards until I get them all worked out of my system…

 

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TIPS:

  • I used a ceramic mixing palette to dilute my Gansai Tambi–I love the brush tip of my Pentel Aquash, but sometimes using it alone makes it hard to get less concentrated color so I just loaded the tip with color, smeared it around in one of the palette wells (petals), and then squeezed the reservoir of the water-brush to add more water a little at a time to the colors I was working with.  Note:  A ceramic palette isn’t “necessary”; you could use a plastic one.  I’ve just always wanted one like this so I treated myself to it on my birthday.  :)
  • I prepped the surface of my black card stock with an anti-static pouch; this helps reduce stray embossing powder from sticking to unwanted areas due to any oils or moisture on the surface or static electricity.
  • After embossing the sentiment, I buffed away the residual anti-static powder with a Swiffer cloth to restore the rich black color of the paper.
  • I only needed to ink up the outer edges of the background stamp before stamping onto the base card, since the center would be concealed by the top layer.  The scratch paper on top kept my fingers clean.
  • I’m glad I hang onto any and all scraps of Real Wood Sheets–they’re perfect for making my own wood veneer embellishments on the fly with my dies! *fist pump*

 

 

LINK:  My YouTube Channel

Thanks for poppin’ in! :)

1Julie

 

 

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