Cardmaking and Papercraft with Becki Ritson Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Mon 21 Aug 2017
Detail of masked lighthouse card using High Tide stamp set from Stampin' Up!

As soon as I saw the High Tide stamp set, I knew it would have to make its way to my craft room. There are loads of different elements in it, and by layering them up together you can create all sorts of scenes, from simple and serene, to highly detailed and involved. Because it's a photopolymer set, it's really easy to position everything. I particularly love the way the lighthouse itself is a two-step image; you can totally change the look of it by stamping it tone-on-tone, or with colours that compliment each other, or (of course) as I've done here, creating a lifelike (is that the right word?) lighthouse. I did this one using Real Red, and it reminds me of the Lighthouse at Orford Ness, which is a National Trust nature reserve a little way up the coast from here. 

Here's the full card:

Masked Lighthouse Card using High Tide stamp set from Stampin' Up!

This is the third project from my May Mostly Cards class, and although it's quite a lot more detailed than the previous ones I've shared, it's much easier than it looks. The sentiment, sea and shingle were stamped using sticky notes to mask off those parts of the images that needed to appear "in front of" other parts. The sea, for example, goes right behind the lighthouse and shoreline, but it's stamped after them, with the lighthouse and shingle being masked off first. The frame around the sentiment was created by simply popping a rectangular sticky note over the sentment to protect it, and then stamping the sea right across it. 

When I run my classes, I always supply instruction sheets, which usually show a close-up of the project in question, with pointers as to how to achieve certain results. For this one, I had to revert to a step-by-step format, as it's so important that everything is stamped in the right order. I'm delighted to confirm, though, that even those at my class who would consider themselves complete beginners successfuly created beautiful versions of this card. The looks on their faces were an absolute picture - I love seeing people when they realise they are capable of so much more than they thought!

Are You Near Me? Come and Join Us for Our Next Mostly Cards Class

If you're within reach of Ipswich (the Suffolk, UK one, not the Australian one - who knew there were two?) then I'd love you to come and join us at our monthly Mostly Cards classes. You can find information about this year's dates, and links to book your place, by clicking here. You'd be really welcome!

As always, there are links to everything used in this card in the list at the bottom of this post. Everything is available through my Online Shop, or just get in touch with me if there's anything you want to know. I always love to hear from you! Thanks for dropping in. xx

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Product List 

Stamp : High Tide Photopolymer Stamp Set 

Ink : Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad , Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad , Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad , Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad , Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad , Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad

Card Stock : Card Stock A4 Soft Sky , Whisper White A4 Card Stock , Soft Suede A4 Card Stock

Tools & Adhesive : Fast Fuse Adhesive , Stampin' Dimensionals , Stamping Sponges

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sat 19 Aug 2017
Detail of masked card using Lovely as a Tree and Beautiful You from Stampin' Up!

This was a fun card to make, and it's the second project from my May "Mostly Cards" class. Lovely as a Tree was one of the very first Stampin' Up! sets that I ever owned - it was one of the ones I chose in my very first Starter Kit, when I signed up as a demonstrator in France (this was before it was possible to transfer demonstratorships across European borders, so I had to resign and then sign up again when I moved back to England). Because it's been around in my stash for so long, it has been sadly neglected of late, so I decided it was time to give it an outing, and whaty better than to use it to demonstrate how masking makes it possible to create completely new, composite images. Here's the full card:

Masked stamped card using Lovely as a Tree and Beautiful You stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

The Trick to Masking Off Your Stamped Images

The most time-consuming bit of this card is cutting out sticky notes to make masks of the dancer and the tall tree in the foreground, but it really is worth taking the time to make them as detailed as possible. The trick with masked cards is that you stamp them in what feels like back-to-front order. Stamp the image that you want to have right at the front (in this case the woman), then mask it off, stamp the next "closest" image and so on. You need to think about it a bit, but once you get the hang of it, it really isn't hard.

The girl's dress is coloured using the Sweet Sugarplum Stampin' Write Marker, but you could just as easily use the ink pad and an aqua-painter, if you don't have the pens. Similarly, although I inked up the sentiment using markers, you could use inkpads, you'd just need to be careful that you just add each colour to the appropriate end of the stamp (I hold the stamp up at eye level and dab the inkpad onto it, so I can see exactly where the edge of it is). The ribbon is retired now, sadly, but you could swap it out for one of the gorgeous new ones in the current catalogue. The ladies in my classes always grumble at me when I add bows to my cards, so tying a piece of Linen Thread around the ribbon is an easy way to create some interest, and it's nice and easy to do if bows aren't your thing, either.

If you're within reach of Ipswich (the Suffolk, UK one, not the Australian one!) then I'd love you to come and join us at our monthly Mostly Cards classes. You can find information about this year's dates, and links to book your place, by clicking here. You'd be really welcome!
 
As always, there are links to everything used in this card in the list at the bottom of this post. Everything is available through my Online Shop, or just get in touch with me if there's anything you want to know. I always love to hear from you! 
 
Thanks for dropping in. I'll be back soon, with the third project from my May class. I hope you enjoyed this one. xx
 

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Product List 

Stamp : Lovely As A Tree Wood-Mount Stamp Set , Beautiful You Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Ink : Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad , Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad , Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad , 2016-2018 In Color Stampin' Write Markers , Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers

Card Stock : Card Stock A4 Pear Pizzazz , Sweet Sugarplum A4 Cardstock , Whisper White A4 Card Stock

Tools & Adhesive : Fast Fuse Adhesive , Stampin' Dimensionals

Ribbon & Trim : Linen Thread

 

 

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Thu 17 Aug 2017
Detail of a quick and easy masked card using Hardwood and Window Shopping from Stampin' Up!

I realised a couple of days ago that I hadn't posted photos of the cards we made at my May "Mostly Cards" class - how on earth did that happen?! So, here's the first of four posts putting that right, and today we start with the simplest of the four. I always like to include a really quick and simple card in each of my classes, 'cause I firmly believe that a card doesn't have to be all "bells and whistles" to be really effective, and sometimes we simply need a card in a hurry and don't have the time to get into anything more involved. 

The topic we were focussing on in May was "masking". I'd been wanting to do a class on this for ages, there are so many things you can do with it and it can really expand your options with your stamp sets. Take this card, for eample:

Single layer masked card using Hardwood and Window Shopping stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

I love this wood-look stamp (it's called "Hardwood" and is one of Stampin' Up!'s big background stamps), but I tend to use it in pretty subtle colours so that it doesn't overwhelm. However, by simply masking off a section in the centre, and stamping a striking sentiment in the same colour, you have a fun and fabulous single-layer card that can be made in double-quick time and really packs a punch. Just mat the stamped limage onto cardstock that is the same colour as the ink (I do LOVE that it's so easy to do with Stampin' Up!), wrap a length of thread around it, pop it onto a white card base and there you go. Simples!

If you're within reach of Ipswich (the Suffolk, UK one, not the Australian one - who knew there were two?) then I'd love you to come and join us at our monthly Mostly Cards classes. You can find information about this year's dates, and links to book your place, by clicking here. You'd be really welcome!

As always, there are links to everything used in this card in the list at the bottom of this post. Everything is available through my Online Shop, or just get in touch with me if there's anything you want to know. I always love to hear from you! Thanks for dropping in. xx

 

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Product List (click on any item for more information)

Stamps : Hardwood Clear-Mount Stamp Set , Window Shopping Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Ink : Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad

Card Stock : Calypso Coral A4 Card Stock , Whisper White A4 Card Stock , Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock

Tools & Adhesive : Fast Fuse Adhesive , Stampin' Dimensionals

Ribbon & Trim : Linen Thread

 

 

 

 

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