Friday, June 10, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques - June Blog Hop - Step Cards

I cannot believe we have reached the half-way point of our year-long adventure into creating cards using different techniques, folds, or paper crafting products.  And yet, here we are and it is June already.  We hope you've had a chance to hop with us each month.

First time seeing one of our technique hops?  It is never too late to hop and be entered into the prize drawing.  I've included links below to the different starting points of each hop in case you want to head back and check out other techniques.  You can click each month to be taken directly to the starting point. 

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards

This month we will be creating step cards and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today.  We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with the projects.  I have three completely different cards.  My first card was created using a die set from The Stamps of Life.  Admittedly, when I create a step card using a die, it makes me feel a bit like I cheated.  But I did want to be sure that I showed there are some easy options where measuring and scoring were not required.  

So yes, the card above had a die that made most of those pieces.  I used some pattern papers to decorate my balloons.  I also created a vellum balloon that hangs off to the right side and has an added sentiment.  Everything here was all dies from the set that I got from The Stamps of Life.  It's a great way to learn how to do step cards.  

My second card I created on my own . . . cut and scored and GUESSED.  Yes - I'm a guesser.  But all went well, and when it doesn't I have scrap cardstock.  

I used pattern paper for the front of my card, and I embossed my sentiment in orange.  I was going back and forth between orange and black, and in the end, the orange won out.  I think it's a good choice.  

The flowers were stamped in black pigment ink and clear embossed.  I colored the flowers with distress inks and spritzed with some perfect pearls

 And now my final card was one with a lot of fussy cuts and paper piecing.  I do love to paper piece.  

 I do love these cute little pandas.  

 I do hope that all the cards you've seen so far have inspired you.  And there are a few more folks on the hope, and I can't wait to see what they've create.  

Here is today's line-up in case you get lost along the way.  

YOU ARE HERE - Debbie  -
NEXT STOP - Sharon  -

Thanks for stopping by, and as I always say . . . I hope you find some time to create today.  

Supplies Used - Balloon Step Card
Stamps:  candles4birthday and morecandles2stamp (The Stamps of Life)
Ink:  Black (Hero Arts); Versamark
Paper:  Marshmallow (The Stamps of Life) and Pattern Paper from November 2015 Card Kit (The Stamps of Life); Vellum (Bazzill)
Accessories:  Sparkle Flowers (The Stamps of Life), Twine (The Stamps of Life), Happy Birthday Die (The Stamps of Life), Balloon Step-up Card Kit (Sizzix); Black Sparkle Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Supplies Used -  Look for the Miracles
Stamps:  Look for the Miracles* (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Versamark; Ranger Distress Inks (varying colors)
Paper:  Believe Collection (Bo Bunny)*
Accessories:  Orange Blossom Embossing Powder (Ranger); Perfect Pearls; Icicle Stickles; Bitty Sparkles (Close To My Heart)

Supplies Used - Sending You Smiles
Stamps:  Incoming Mail (Mama Elephant); Sending and Wishing (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Black (Hero Arts); Worn Lipstick (Ranger Distress Marker)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); The Paper Studio; POW Silver (American Crafts)
Accessories:  Denim Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Wedding Dress (Irresistible PICO Embellisher from Imagine Crafts)