Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Textures & Techniques for Pals Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Scroll down for a Pop-Up surprise!

My card has texture all over the place! Not only texture, but some fun techniques and folds as well. Can you tell I had fun with this one? 

Starting with the card front: I've used the metal embossed DSP from Urban Underground to set the stage for a Father's Day card. The card is held together with a belly band made with Basic Black cardstock and Silver Foil, wrapped from the back to the front and glued together. The Father's Day sentiment is from the Nailed It stamp set. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, but then wiped some of the black ink off, and colored those spots with a Delightlful Dijon Stampin' Write Marker. I then stamped it onto Very Vanilla cardstock and cropped it out with the coordinating Build It Framelits.

I glued the Vanilla Hexagon onto a scrap of Delightful Dijon and cut around the hexagon leaving about 1/8" showing. I repeated that process with Basic Black cardstock then glued the layered piece onto the largest Stitched Oval piece of Very Vanilla. I Fast Fused the whole piece to the belly band, covering up the seam.

And that's just the front!  Are you ready to see the inside? Here we go...

Ta-da!  It's a Twist & Pop-up card! A fun surprise for the recipient, for sure!

I used Urban Underground Designer Series Paper along with Basic Black Cardstock for the whole card. I decorated it with Nailed It images and Build It Framelits Dies. The DAD comes from Layered Letters Alphabet. I stamped the letters directly to the DSP with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. "Thanks for always building me up" comes in the Nailed It stamp set. I stamped it with Black onto Very Vanilla and cropped it with the smallest of the Stitched Oval framelits.

Here is a close-up of the tools ~

I stamped the saw twice - once on Delightful Dijon and once on Silver Foil (this needed StazOn permanent ink, as the water-based inks just smear no matter how long you let them dry.) I cut the saw, hammer, and screwdriver out twice using the matching framelits, trimmed and pieced them together for a more realistic look. The wrench, screws, and bolts are only Silver Foil.

This card looks complicated, but it is not! Leave me a message if you would like a tutorial on this Twist & Pop-Up fun fold! Maybe I will feature it in my next newsletter, coming June 1st, if there is interest in it. Here is one more look ~

Much of what I used on this card (with the exception of cardstocks, Silver Foil, and Stitched Framelits) is on the Retiring Product List. They will be available until May 31, or when supplies run out. You might want to take advantage of this opportunity to order them now. All products will be listed below. You can click on any product to be re-directed to my online store where you will see ordering details.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!
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  1. love the card. would love to see a tutorial,

    1. Are you on my mailing list for my newsletter, Julie? If not, go to the Contact Me section and fill out your info. I'll add you to my list. Thanks!

    2. would like to see a tutorial on this card...thanks...looks great...

  2. SHAZAM!!!! This is a keeper of all keepers! Love everything about it - YOU NAILED IT!!!!

  3. WOW...just WOW! This card is awesome. You really went above and beyond in the Technique Dept. It's almost like it comes to life when you open it...great job, Karen!

  4. Karen, this card really is a cut above!!! I love how you showcased the pop up and fold technique, it is perfect with this stamp set. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Great card and I too would like a tutorial. I'll look for the contact link to send my info.

  6. Love this card... fantastic use of the stamp set and the card technique! I would love a tutorial on the card base and folding mechanism.

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  8. Love this card!!! I too would love to see a tutorial please and thank you!!!

  9. I'd love to make this card!!! Please share the info!

  10. WOW Karen .... I knew I wanted to attempt this card as soon as I "saw" it on your Blog. hee hee This is such a great use of this set and then the Twist and Pop card design is genius. Thank you for sharing this awesome layout!! A tutorial would be so helpful. Signing up for your newsletter.