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Woodland Faux Illusion by GigiDesigns

Tips of the Trade

snowball fightI am loving all the wonderful things that can be done with the Woodland Embossing Folder. Here again is the snowball fight where the folder is inked and used for the background only.

When using the Woodland Embossing folder (139673), why not try hiding things in the woods,trees, elves, bears, children, or cars. Etc. This tutorial works the same with any stamp that will fit in the woods.


This card begins with inking the embossing folder on the Sizzix side with Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake and then before placing your white cardstock inside, take Momento ink and stamp an image of choice on the same side of the folder that is already inked. When you stamp on the Sizzix side, the trees resist the ink to allow the stamped image to appear to be behind them. Run your folder through the Big Shot.

Using Smoky Slate Ink, take a brayer and ink it up. Remember to roll the brayer ever so softly over the resisted tress as many times as you would like the color of the trees to be.

Using Stampin’ Write Markers, color the car as follows: (My suggestions but you can definitely use your own color scheme.)

Leave white walls white

Grill and car – your choice of color

Bumper – Smokey Slate

Tires – basic grey

Window and light – soft sky.

After getting the hang of the process, hide more fun things in the woods. Add a sentiment of choice on the inside, use a banner, or stamp directly onto the front of the card.

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Gail Etchie Independent Stampin’Up! Demonstrator

Vintage Leaves, Autumn is Here!

Gail's card focusing on embossing and glitter splatts!
Gail’s card focusing on embossing and glitter splatts!

I had a great class on Saturday that showcased sponging and splatting! It was messy fun!

Stamp Sets: Sentiments from Watercolor Wishes Card Kit 140406 Vintage Leaves 138802

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss 133675, Very Vanilla 101650, Gold Foil Sheets 132622

Classic Ink Pads: Cajun Craze-126965, Daffodil Delight 126944, Pumpkin Pie 126945, Real Red 126949, VerseMark 102283

Die Cutters: Lots of Labels 138281, Leaflets Framelits 138283

Miscellaneous: Stampin’ Glitter133457, Stampin Sponges 101610, 5/8” Gold Satin Ribbon 134547, Into the Woods Elements 139636, Dimensionals 104430, Encore Gold Pad, 110755 Aqua Painter-103954, Tombo Glue 110755, curvy corner Trio Punch139683, Heat Tool 129053

 Stamping/ Embossing and Cutting Table Instructions:

Leaves – Stamp Leaves with VerseMark on Cardstock heat emboss leaves with gold, cut with Leaflets Framlets and sponge entire surface of each leaf going from light to dark with colors of ink provided, be sure not to mix sponges with different colored pads. Burnish around the edges with darkest color ink.

Frame – Using the gold foil paper, cut your frame for your Blackberry Bliss Card Base. Cut leaves.

 Assembly Instructions:

Your gold frame should be somewhat off set to the right, place on folded card base. Use dimentionals.

Decide what sentiment will fit inside the gold frame and stamp carefully with god stamp pad. Heat set to prevent smearing. Adhere the frame to the cardbase. Take burnished sponged leaves and create a pile of them to the left of your frame making sure that none of your sentiment is covered. Paste some flat and some raised with Dimensionals.

. Splat your card with mixture of Tombo Glue and water add glitter, Heat set and add gold ribbon bow and wooden sentiment ( You can stamp your wooden element with gold ink). Brush off excess glitter

Place Very Vanilla cardstsock inside your card. Use new Trio punch on corners. Don’t forget to decorate your envelope.

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Gail Etchie
Independent Stampin’Up! Demonstrator

Coloring Vellum Cardstock

There are a few techniques when trying to color with Vellum Cardstsock. Please note, not all vellum works the same, but a sure bet is Stampin’Up!’s Vellum Cardstock.

Coloring vellum technique. Make this card into an easter card or any other all occasion with numerous sentiments provided.
Coloring vellum technique.
Heat emboss and layer on colored cardstock!

Technique #1: First you must find a stamp image or background, you would like to heat emboss on Vellum. I picked the Lovely and Lacy background stamp which is probably too much stamp, but other examples are included  in this post. Using VerseMark ink , generously ink up the background stamp and apply to your cardstock, using white embossing powder.

Carefully heat the vellum being sure you do not burn you paper. Layering this on a colored backround will give color to your vellum. If more color is wanted, you can use an alcohol marker to color the embossed areas as well.

Technique #2:  Vellum Overlay on top of what is stamped, add a layer of embossing on top of the vellum. coloring with vellumCut your vellum cardstock overlay to the same size as your under layer. This is 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp the greenery first on the Whisper White under layer. Use any  stamp set with stems and leaves. Then match up the Vellum with the Whisper White cardstock and stamp the flowers using Versamark over the leafy areas you want to bloom. Add another dimension by stamping another flower or two on Whisper Cardstock and emboss it with Embossing Powder, cut it out and adhere with a dimensional for additional texture.

Heat  emboss with the colored  Embossing Powder of your choice and your Heat Tool.

You can stamp on vellum and turn it over and use your markers to give a faint coloring to parts of the design. This technique was used with the leaves.

For this card, Mini Glue Dots were placed under the centers of each flower on the backside of the Vellum. That area was solid enough that the glue dots wouldn’t show through.

Next, the ribbon/bow combination helped keep the top edge in place.

Wrap a piece of the ribbon around the layered cardstocks then attach a bow with a brad and greeting with Mini Glue Dots. The greeting was punched out with the Modern Label punch and is secured with a glue dot and accented with pearls.

Technique #3: Working with Vellum Cardstock and a Stylus or Dry Embossing. vellum stylusUsing the vellum cardstock, stamp your design and turn over the paper. Where you want white highlights press and shade in with a stylus as desired. In this case the sails were dry embossed with this tool. On Vellum Cardstock, the impression from the stylus turns a bright white and shows through to the right side, raising the design.

Technique #4  Stained Glass is easy when you heat emboss on Vellum with black embossing powder.swallow tail on vellum First stamp with VerseMark and heat emboss with black embossing power. Flip your paper over and color with your Stampin’ Write Markers. Note : Darker colors show up better than lighter colors. YOu can also use our Blendabilities,

The Swallowtail butterfly in the center of this card was done doing this technique.


The most important supplies used here are:

Another Brayered Haunted Holiday Home

I am having so much fun creating these brayered Holiday homes. By using the Bundle of Holiday Home and the Homemade  Holiday Framelits, I was able to create this vignette of a haunted home on a brayered background.

stacked houses

  1. Creating the beautiful background is easy if you do it one color at a time.
Cut circle for the moon
  3.  Ink brayer with the lightest color of  ink: Wysteria Wonder by rolling it across the ink pad. Using a back and forth motion, roll inked brayer across the sky area of the masked cardstock until all of the ink is off the roller.
  4. Roll some more to blend it further.
Repeat previous step using the second lightest color of ink Perfect Plum.
  6. Repeat previous step with the darkest color Elegant Eggplant  covering only part of the previously inked area.
  7. Using the Lovley As A Tree Stamp Set take large oak tree and Mossy Meadow ink to create shrubs in front of where your houses will be placed. Wipe your stamp clean and stamp again using Cajun Craze over the green schrubs.
Cut out 3 houses and color with blendabilities to your liking. 
 Add any pumpkins, spiders, bats etc
  9. Stamp images with Black Momento Ink.

 Place the holiday homes on your card and add some spookyness to it using your imagination and stamps from Holiday Cheer and Gratitude for Days. Add some new Natural and Old Olive two-toned Trim  and finish the card.

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Stair Step Card #1– Brew Up A Little Fun! Sneak Peek

Stair Step Card #1- Brew Up A Little Fun! Sneak Peek

PAPER:  Basic Black, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey,  Motley Monsters  DSP, Whisper White

INKS: Black Stazon

STAMPS : Freaky Friends

ACCESSORIES: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Assorted Leaves, Triangle punch, Owl Punch, That’s the Ticket PunchBrew up a little fun

Create a card that has step folds on one side.

Begin with  One 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock


Step 1 
Line up the short side of the cardstock at 2 1/2″” in a paper cutter. Start at 21/8″  and cut all the way to 7 1/8”

Step 2 
Score the 2 1/8″ wide section of the card, 4 1/4″

 straight across                

Step 3 
Score the 2/18″ wide section at 21/8″, 41/4″, 5 1/2″ and 63/4,  7 5/8″”.

Step 4 
Fold the score line at 4 1/4″ down.

Step 5 
Fold the first score line on the right hand side of the card down (mountain fold),
 fold the second fold up (valley fold).

Step 6 
Continue to fold the score lines mountain valley style.

Step 7 
Fold the last score line down to finish the card base.

Step 8 Finish decorating your card

To make ghosts use the owl Punch and turn body upside down

To make the Candy Corn cut 3 triangles. I used a retired punch but it is the same directions. Place the orange and yellow triangle  together and cut the same width. Take the yellow section and paste to the bottom of the white piece.  Then take the small orange piece left and cut from the top down to fit the white candy corn, leaving a white tip on top.

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Technique Tuesday: August 19th , The Ultimate Paper Pumpkin Experience

We are lovin’ Paper Pumpkin and want to share it  with you.  Don’t miss out on the fun. We’re throwing together a little Paper Pumpkin Party on Tuesday, August 19 from 6:30 – 8:30.

July 2014 Paper Pumpkin. Gift bag

If you are already one of my subscribers or want to decide if you would like to be one, or maybe you have those orange boxes stacked up in a closet, here is some good news!

Come and learn more about Paper Pumpkin and make a beautiful make and take project with July’s kit. The cost is $5.  This event will be held at  Sandi Hutton’s House at 3333 Viewpoint Drive off of Delta Waters.  Of course, we will serve drinks and snacks.  Let us know by August 15th if you plan to attend.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP at or my  phone, 541-664-3744. 


Right now for new subscribers you can get the first two months at 50% off. While you do not have to have a kit for our first party, in order to participate in the second party in September, you will need to order that kit no later than August 10th.  Just go to and click join here. Be sure to use the code halfoff2 and be sure to fill in my name as your demonstrator. Just a few easy steps  to be part of the party! If you decide to sign up, you will now be part  of our Paper Pumpkin experience—a monthly escape to an enchanting world of paper and creativity. Your happily ever after is right around the corner, because who needs the Prince when you have the Pumpkin?!

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