Archive | March 13, 2013

Technique Tuesday | Let’s Party




Today, designer Britt Bass is here for the next installment of our Technique Tuesday feature week to showcase the new “Party Lights” set from their CHA Winter 2013 releases!

Technique Tuesday Party Lights

Using just ink and paper, Britt’s card is a great example of a “single layer” design. With the right stamp set, using just these elements can be very effective! The high contrast color and bold graphic elements carry the card without a lot of extra accessories.

Britt was excited about her experience using this stamp set:

I love this stamp set! The sentiments are so versatile and the impression of the stamps are nice and clean.  It can sometimes be very hard to find acrylic stamps that make a crisp impression, but these are some of the best ones I’ve used!

Supplies | Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday (Party Lights). Cardstock: The Paper Company (White). Ink: TPC Studio (Black, Gold), Fiskars (Red).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.


Trend | Ombre

In the past year, the ombre trend has made quite a splash across fashion runways and into the home deor industry. The colorful trend can be spotted in hair color, shower curtains, nail enamel, cell phone covers and even shoes.

And perhaps the trend couldn’t be hotter than within the wedding market. From bridesmaid dresses in vibrant tones to wedding cake icing in soft shades for every tier, the ombre trend is headed full speed ahead into 2013.

But what exactly is ombre?

As Merriam-Webster defines it:

om·bré / having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.

I recently started an ombre pin board on Pinterest and within days, I had good collection of images from painted furniture to tableware to jewelry.

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Technique Tuesday | Keep Calm and Turn 29 Again

Technique Tuesday Birthday

Today’s Technique Tuesday feature highlights one of my favorite stamp sets from the CHA Winter 2013 release! I love the “Keep Calm and…” meme, and Technique Tuesday has done some really fun stamps with it recently. Designer Annette Allen got to work with the birthday set that they released at CHA Winter 2013, called Turn 29.

Technique Tuesday Keep Calm

Two sentiment options and whole ton of elements make this a set you can use over and over.

Technique Tuesday Birthday

Annette used another recent trend – neon – to brighten up her card and make it festive. Stamping some of the designs multiple times (like the presents and the banners) in multiple colors gives the appearance of the card having more elements than it actually does.

Washi tape makes a quick border that helps tie together some of the neon colors in the stamped elements.

Supplies | Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Turn 29). Cardstock: Neenah (white). Ink: Hero Arts (Neon Pink, Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Yellow and Neon Orange). Adhesive: Scotch (ATG), American Crafts (foam). Washi Tape: Recollections.

Designer: Annette Allen

Annette started card making in 1997, when a neighbor invited her to a Stampin’ Up! party while she was living in Germany. She has since started a blog and taken part in many design teams. Annette has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Designed To Color, Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine and Papercraft Inspirations. To learn more about Annette, visit her blog, My Clever Creations.