Working with Vellum

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Hi, this week I am featuring some cards made with the Stampin' Up! Vellum card. It is very quick and easy to use when combined with our embossing folders. It reminds me of the Pergamino (parchment craft) that I tried in the 1990's. Only then, I did all my dry embossing by hand and now I can achieve an even nicer result using the Big Shot and embossing folders.
Currently some of these folders are on special. So check out the Promotions and Specials tab on the right hand side if this is something that interests you. (only available in New Zealand and only until the end of November).

Manhattan Flower Sympathy Card - Embossed
The flower embossed image is highlighted on the underneath side with a white gel pen (drawn into the grooves) to give the flowers even more definition.


Butterfly Birthday Card - Stamped
Vellum can be stamped on and coloured in with markers. It doesn't smudge. It creates a soft look to the card and would be great to use on baby cards or wedding cards. This card is embossed along the top and bottom edges with the framed tulips embossing folder and punched along the side with the scallop border punch.

Hot Air Balloon Card - Punched
The vellum card punches out nicely with our Stampin' Up! punches. I have used vellum to create clouds punched with the cupcake builder punch. The vellum is nice to use when a subtle white colour is wanted and where the Whisper White card would be too stark. It would look great for windows on the truck from the Loads of Love stamp set...
Now there's an idea! I will have to try that next.

 If you were wondering how I made the pine trees and bush covered hills, they are stamped with images from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. The bush is stamped with the oak tree randomly over the foreground (minus the tree trunk of course) and the pine trees are made from the little pine cone stamp, of which one leaf has been inked with a marker then stamped to create miniature trees.


Tent cards

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Saturday, 05 November 2011

Christmas Tent Card
This card was one that I taught at an extravaganza event last Christmas. It uses the ornament punch, once again, to make the cute little snow kid. The original punch art idea for this snow kid came from the talented Jackie Topa (you can find her at
The tent card doesn't open up but creates a 3D scene in layers. You write your message on the back of the card.
If you would like instructions for this tent card, you can find them on my tutorials.


Owl Tent Card 
This next card I made last week as I was trying out some sponging. Still a bit of work needed on my technique but overall I was quite happy with how it turned out.





Punch Art Christmas Cards

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Friday, 21 October 2011

More ornament punches:
This is a quick and easy Christmas card that I made as a swap last Christmas. I heat embossed the whisper white card with white embossing powder and then sponged pink and blue ink over top. (This simple technique is called emboss resist as the ink will not settle on the embossed images.) Once this pattern was made, it was then punched out with the ornament punch.

Christmas Lights:
The little lights on this simple card were made using the second largest petal from the blossom petal builder punch and the top hanger was made using the jewellery tag punch which was then inserted into the small oval punch to trim a section off the tag. The swirl stamp used to hang the lights from is the stem stamp from the cottage garden stamp set.

Here comes Santa:
This card is made with the stocking stamp set and co-ordinating punch. The bricks are from the top part of the stocking. Santa's red legs are punched with the biggest petal on the blossom petal builder punch. The white trim at the top of his boots is the square scallop punch (doubled punched). It was a very easy card to make.

Hope these ideas inspire you as you start to get organised for posting your Christmas cards and letters.


Using the ornament punch

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Ornament Punch - Candles
It has been awhile since I last used this punch. I got it out only a couple of weeks ago to make Christmas cards for a class I was teaching. I wanted to show the class how versitile it was and so made up a few samples of how it could be used. I cased some ideas of the internet such as this candle card below. (The original was made by Lynda, from the USA. You can visit her website at She had a great punch to make the oozing wax effect but I have used crystal effects instead. I have also used the bird wing (from the bird builder punch) to create the inner flame and I have made holly leaves using the large oval punch which I then inserted into the square scallop punch to create the indents in the leaves. The holly berries have also been given a shine with the crystal effects.

Vase of Daisies
A lot of people have made the ornament punch into a vase. I chose to fill my vase with daisies made from the smallest petal of the blossom petal builder punch. 

Perfume Bottles
This was the swap I made for the Fiji incentive trip. I was really pleased with how it turned out. I have instructions in how to make this awning card and the bottles on my tutorials.

Thanks for stopping by from Rhonda 



More Artist Trading Cards

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Sunday, 09 October 2011

Earlier in the year, I show cased some Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) and I have some more to show this week.
The first are themed “birthdays with balloons”
Artists are L) to R) Rhonda Fawcett, Lisa Bullock, Bev Poultney, Narelle Hoggard, Vicky-Lee Mueller and Sharna Russell
Sharna’s card in the bottom right corner had a surprise inside when you opened it up.


This second set of ATC’s has a masculine theme.
Artists are L) to R) Rhonda Fawcett, Bev Poultney, CarolMcCready, Lisa Bullock and Katrina Bongers.


 Artists are (top to bottom) Nikki Spicer, Sharna Russell and Narelle Hoggard.

 NB Not all ATC's feature images and products from Stampin' Up!


Wet Wipe Technique

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Brown Butterflies
Here is another two cards to show off the wet wipe technique that I talked about in my last post.
First is the Brown Butterflies card using the 'Every Moments' stamp set. To make this card, I swiped the glossy circle with my inked wetwipe, then stamped the images and lastly used the Stampin' Markers to colour the images in. The scallop edging around the circle was taught to us at the National Training day and uses one long strip of cardstock that has been punched with the scallop border punch. Frequent snips are made with scissors along this strip so that it can be curved.It is adhered to the back of the circle a few scallops at a time. You almost have to pleat it as you go.

Totally Tools
This is another favourite stamp set of mine. This time the wet wipe technique is used to just provide a subtle background border for the main focus of the card, which is the three squares of tools.



At the beach

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Last week I talked about starting my on Christmas cards, well to me Christmas is synonymous with the beach, so this week I am showing some beach inspired cards.
Surf's Up: Do you like my surf's up card copied from page 61 of the new catalogue. I have made three small changes only. Can you spot what is different?

Seagull: I decided to make this card after I heard that someone had used the bird punch to make a seagull. I chose to add a bit of colour to my bird and was very happy with the result. The bird punch also makes great tui's and parrots and Christmas Cardinals. So versatile!

Sailboat: This card shows the wetwipe technique (which is also on the surfs up card).This technique uses reinkers on a folded wet wipe which is then dragged across glossy white card to leave a nice smear of colour. The sailboat is stamped over the top of this swiped background. Quick and easy and it gives a really nice effect.

When I showed this card to my husband, he said he didn't like it! :( But only because I used a seaworthty stamp again. So my challenge for next week is to make some more cards using the wet wipes technique but NOT a stamp from the seaworthy stamp set!
Check in next week to see what I come up with...
from Rhonda



Step cards

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Side Step Card
Well it's that time of year when I start to think about making Christmas cards. I came across this side step one that I made last year. It is a "partridge in a pear tree". The pear and branch stamp are from the now discontinued cheep talk stamp set. The greeting is printed from my computer. I do like the bird stamp though and decided to make another step card, using the same bird.

Centre Step Card
So here is my latest card, it is a centre step and uses the stamps from curly cute (happy birthday) and autumn days.
The leaf is a Stampin' Up! die cut that has been sponged and daubered. Some of you may have seen the father's day card  I made using a few of these leaves and also some punch art acorns.

Another centre step card
This one uses the Cute as a Cupcake stamp set, the little cupcake from the short and sweet stamp set and the wide striped grosgrain ribbon. Also the new in-colour from Stampin' Up! - Lucky Limeade.
Do you like it? It is one of five new colours that came out this month.

From Rhonda


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