Category: Techniques

Magical Mermaid Shaker Card

Hi Everyone.

 

I couldn’t resist popping back so quickly to share another of my Magical Mermaid cards. I told you I LOVED this set! This time I decided to create a shaker card in purple and pink hues.

Magical Mermaid Shaker Card

The base of this card was created during my Sunday Night Live Video on Facebook, where I demonstrated how to create the same background on my mermaid card in the recent CASEing the Catty blog hop.  You can see that one HERE.

I told everyone that I would finish off the card in these ‘New’ colours and show you all.

Well, here it is!

Magical Mermaid Shaker Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, Watercolour backgrounds with video link

This one has so many of our gorgeous new products. The colours are 3 of our new In Colour Range – Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. And our New Iridescent Sequin Assortment suited this shaker card perfectly.

The Mermaid’s beautiful glossy tail is again achieved by first watercoloring the image and gradually building and blending layers, before coating the whole thing with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  It gives of such a glossy smooth finish – and no sticky feel AT ALL! Definitely one to add to your tool kit!

For some added bling I popped on a couple of our New Glitter Enamel Dots!

Take a look at my Video HERE to see just how easy these beautiful watercolour backgrounds are to create!

 

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CTC 133 – Love and Sympathy with Magical Mermaid

It’s time for another CASEing the Catty!

This week we are CASEing the Love and Sympathy Section of the New Catalogue on pages 86 – 101.

If we are CASEing the Love and Sympathy section how can you be using Magical Mermaid I hear you ask!  Well remember that CASEing the Catty means to Copy And Share Everything (or Copy And Selectively Edit).  That means we can take inspiration for ANYTHING in those catalogue pages – stamps, layouts, colours, backgrounds, boxes…..anything!

And that means you can too!!!  So take the hop, be inspired, create your own and hop on over to our Facebook page to upload your design straight to the wall – no blog necessary!

I took lots of inspiration this week from the multiple backgrounds that you can find on lots of the cards in this section this week.

Take a look – the backgrounds to lots of the cards are either stamped, sponged, embossed or watercoloured – just like this one ….

So I decided to make a background worthy of setting off a gorgeous mermaid!  My daughter is all about flamingos…before that, it was unicorns, but  I LOOOVVEEEEE Mermaids – they’re kind of my thing.

CTC 133 - Love and Sympathy using Magical Mermaid by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, watercolored backgrounds, stampin up, embossing paste

I began by watercoloring on a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock using Pool Party, Pacific Point and Emerald envy reinkers.  I then used the ‘waves’ die from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlets to cut a mask so I could use a sponge dauber, versamark and clear embossing powder to mimic the movement of the ocean in the water coloured background. You have to do this a few times! Over that I stamped the seaweed image in versamark and heat set with white embossing powder. I then went back and dropped small blobs (technical term) water over the image, let it sit for a minute before patting off with paper towel

One of the most fun parts though was colouring the embossing paste with a crumb cake reinker and smearing it along the base of the card. Once it had dried I stamped right over the top of it with the Soft Suede ink … did you know you could do that?  It does have to be reasonably smooth to get a good image.

My mermaids tail is also watercoloured using just the Emerald Envy and Pacific Point reinkers.  Even though it was stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock, I still felt it could do with more shimmer. So I hit it with the clear Wink of Stellar Pen before covering it with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and letting it dry!  The result is amazing!!!

CTC 133 Love and Sympathy using Magical Mermaid by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, watercoloring, embossing paste

Not even this picture can do it justice!  I need to play with more colours – so I’m sure you will see more of this lovely new stamp from me!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Julia Quinn to see what she has created for you all!

 

Happy Crafting 🙂

 

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Colour INKspiration 11

Hi everyone! Are you ready for another Colour Challenge???  Well get ready, because we are back for Colour INKspiration #11.

Play along every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month by using the given colours to create your own work of art, and then upload it to our Facebook Group right HERE.

The colours we get to work with for this challenge are Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Soft Suede.

Marina Mist is one of those tricky colours for me – a bit like a love / hate relationship. I love it – it hates me when it comes to using it! Lol.It’s one of those colours that I really struggle with for some reason.

Anyway, I was very grateful that my new order arrived in time for me to have a play with some of our lovely new goodies! And I combined those with some old favourites.  I have been itching to use the new embossing paste, so one way or another it was going to end up on my card.  I did get the decorative masks to go with it, but I really wanted to create my own with one of our lovely dies from the Rose Garden Thinlets.  So I set to work…

Colour INKspiration #11 by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Rose Garden Framelits and Embossing Paste by Stampin' Up!

It’s a bit hard to see on the image, but I have the brand new Sheet Music Stamped lightly in Soft Suede in the background, and then used Timeless Textures to add a more vintage feel, with the flourish embossed with copper.

I used the large rose image from the Rose wonder Dies as a mask, trimmed of the leaves and secured the image in place with a bit of washi tape, before adding a few drops of Marina Mist Ink to a small amount of embossing paste and carefully spreading it over the mask.  Carefully remove the mask whilst the paste is still wet and there you have it!

Have you noticed the little curls to the copper trim bow – it is so easy to do – just wrap it around a toothpick or similar and it holds the shape!  Unfortunately I had to mask a little boo boo with the sentiment –  the card wasn’t going to have one initially, but I ended up with a blue splodge from the stampin write marker when flicking Marina Mist specks over the card front!

Now it’s time to pop on over to Monique’s blog and see how she has used this colour combo!

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Cutting Cardstock for Beginners

Hi Everyone.

Today I wanted to share with you how I cut my cardstock to make my basic layers for my cards.

Now I am a quilter at heart, as well as a stamper – so I do work in Inches, which I understand some people are just not a fan off! Lol. But I honestly feel it gives you more even cuts.

They are like anything you learn.  It make be a bit difficult to grasp initially, but easy once you have practiced.

If the video doesn’t load then You can watch Cutting Card Layers for Beginners Here so you can see how I do it.

Here are the card layers that are my ‘go to’ when creating cards.

Card Bases:

Cut on short side of A4 cardstock at 4 1/8″

Cut on long side of A4 cardstock at 14.9cm ( this is the centre of your Australian A4 cardstock)

Layers:

5 3/4″ x 4″

5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″

5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″

5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″

This means that if you want a larger border around one piece of your cardstock, you simply skip to the next measurement.  There are so many ways you can do layers.  Once you are more confident you can really begin to play around with them!

Download the PDF below:

Basic Card Layers

And here is just a little guide to help you with your Inches!

And a couple of layered examples.

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

Colour Inspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree

I do hope you find this helpful!  If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

Happy Crafting!

 

 

Colour INKspiration #10

A big hello to you all!

Welcome back to another Colour INKspiration!  You may be popping over from the lovely Rebecca Scurr, or starting right here! So have a hop around and then come back and create your own masterpiece! We are loving seeing your fabulous creations on our Facebook page – so keep them rolling in!

I am glad to be back this week after missing the last one.  Going to Picture to Page in Pakenham and then having a Biggest Morning Tea Event really kept me very busy!  And as Colour Challenges are my favourite kinds of challenges, I was a bit sad to have missed it!!!

But this week’s Challenge I found just a little bit tougher than usual!

Our colour palette this week are gorgeous Autumn / Wintery Hues with Cajun Craze (yes, dust it off!), Island Indigo, Smokey Slate and Delightful Dijon (retiring colour).

So I set to work creating some Autumn / Wintery cards to set these colours off.  My first card I had a bit of fun playing around with the Shaving Foam Technique again.  It’s a great way to mix a few co-ordinating colours and make those stunning backgrounds.  You can watch my video over at my You Tube Channel HERE to learn how to create your own.

Colour INKspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Colourful Seasons Bundle

I mixed Island Indigo, Cajun Craze and Smokey Slate re inkers into my shaving foam for the background.  I love all the leaves falling from trees in Autumn.  The bright reds and soft yellows!  So I stamped the leaves in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon.  I lightly sponged the tips of the Delightful Dijon leaves in Cajun Craze to give them an Autumn feel.  I also used the matching framelits to cut a leaf in Delightful Dijon, and then sponged the edges in Cajun Craze, and I then topped this one off with some our fine tip glue pen to really make it stand out!

Colour Inkspiration #10 by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Colourful Seasons Bundle

The sentiments from the Colourful Seasons Stamp set are just stunning!

I then went on to have a bit more of a play, with a card type I don’t normally do, but I thought I would show you the ned result anyway…because sometimes its all about the learning as we play!

Colour Inkspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree

I would love to know what you think, so feel free to leave a comment to let me know!

 I do hope you are going to make some time to be inspired and play along too 🙂

Now it’s time to hop on over to Nicole Wilson and see what she has created to inspire you all!

Happy Creating everyone!

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Shaving Foam Technique

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m back to share my Stamp it Sunday Facebook Live video on how to create brilliant background using the Shaving Foam Technique!

It’s so simple, so messy and so fun! And just take a look at the stunning backgrounds you can create.  The skies the limits with hundreds of potential colour combinations!

Here is my favourite so far!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set by Stampin Up

My boys actually choose these colours – My youngest said his favourites are Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo, then they choose some of the new Powder Pink!  It matched the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set beautifully.  I was lucky enough to win this at the demonstrator On Stage event! I was one very happy girl!  This one was created with a lovely friend and downline in mind and it has already been sent to it’s new home!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

These two were created using Wisteria Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and our new Lemon Lime Twist reinkers!  Teamed with our Daisy Delight bundle to create some lovely Gerber’s.  You can highlight different colours from your batch of shaving foam.  These two still need sentiments which I will save until the right occasion arises!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano from My paper Oasis using Scenic Sayings from Stampin Up

Great for smaller card with big bold sentiments…

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel pagano from My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

Or use the patterned card to create your embellishments!

So many variations! I encourage you to try it!

You will need:

-shaving cream (cheapest one will do)

-something to squirt your shaving cream in to (I used a plastic plate)

-reinkers in colours of choice

-something to swirl your colours

-something to scrape the foam (i used an old iTunes card)

-whisper white cardstock

Take a look at my You Tube Video to see exactly how it is done over at My Paper Oasis.

And then go get messy and have some fun.

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3D Flower Making using Flower Shop

Hi everyone,

I have had loads of interest in how I made my 3D flowers using the Flower Shop Stamp set on the top of my Windows Hexagon Box, as seen in the CASEing the Catty Challenge a couple of weeks ago.   You remember the one……

CTC125 Antique Window Box design by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, flower shop

Here’s the link to that post – CTC 125

So I thought I would pop past and show you what you will need and the link to my brand new ‘How To’ Video on You Tube  showing you exactly what to do!

Essential Tools:

You will need a

: Flower Shop Stamp Set

:Pansy Punch

:ink pad

:bone folder

:tooth pick or similar

:tombow multipurpose liquid adhesive

:hot glue gun

Here’s a picture of the petals you will need to complete the flower –

How to create stunning 3D flowers using the Flower Shop Stamp and Pansy Punch by My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, 3D flowers, paper flower art

You need 4 full flowers to being with.

Trim the first flower by removing one petal as shown (keep all petals).

Trim the second flower by keeping only 2 petals joined together.

The third flower remains while with just a snip straight into the centre of the flower.

The fourth flower is completing whole.

Watch my video over at My Paper Oasis HERE to see just how to put it altogether 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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Colour INKspiration 08

Hello and welcome to Colour INKspiration Challenge #08!

At Colour INKspiration, we play and create using a different colour palette every fortnight.  It’s a fantastic way to stretch your creativity and I encourage you to join in.  We have a dedicated Facebook group where you can upload your own creation to right HERE.

I missed the last challenge, so I was determined NOT to miss this one! And boy is this a challenging one!

I love this picture but I must admit, I was a bit daunted initially with the colour palette – Delightful Dijon; Tip Top Taupe; Soft Suede; Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  But after a little pondering I realised what it reminded me of … the colours of a sepia photo …you know the ones … with just a hint of colour to highlight a certain area.

Once I had that idea in my head I knew exactly which stamp set to reach for – so I am giving you a little sneaky peak at one of our new upcoming sets from the Birthday Memories Suite. It is sooooooo adorable!

Colour INKspiration #08 Sneak Peak from the upcoming Birthday Memories Suite by My Paper Oasis, Birthday Delivery, Stampin Up, Sepia Colouring, Vintage Card

Isn’t she gorgeous!  I used the masking technique for the addition of the flowers before lightly water colouring them with Delightful Dijon. I created the sepia effect by watercoloring around the image of the girl lightly with Soft Suede, then inside the image gradually building with small amounts of colour until I was happy with it.  As this is on Very Vanilla Cardstock, I did have to make sure that my aqua painter was not very wet or it would ruin the card.

The flowers were created with the Succulent Flower Dies (retiring item) simply sponged in Delightful Dijon, curling the tips under and then layered on each other.

Colour INKspiration #08 Sneak Peak from the upcoming Birthday Memories Suite by My Paper Oasis, Birthday Delivery, Stampin Up, Sepia Colouring, Vintage Card

I absolutely love the vintage feel of this card! I hope you do too. And I know you are going to love the entire Birthday Memories Suite!

But don’t stop here!!! We have an absolutely amazing array of stunning projects from our Design Team lined up to inspire you for this hop!  Get ready to be WOWED as you make your way around to everyone’s blogs!!!!!

Up next is the lovely Rebecca Scurr and her gorgeous creation!

Happy Crafting!

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Lining Up your Delicate Details Stamps

Hi Everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you my Stamp it Sunday Live video creation, where I gave a couple of tips and tricks for creating this weeks card.

In my video, I explained exactly how to Line Up your Delicate Details Stamps to achieve a lovely straight and consistent result when stamping multiple rows of them!  I also snuck in how to create a rectangle using our Stitched Shape Framelits!  A video full of goodness just for you!

Here’s the card we created using those beautiful, intricate, lacy delicate details stamps!

Lining Up your Delicate Details Stamps and creating stitched shape rectangles by My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, heat embossing, sponging

You may remember the Gold Version I created for a CASEing the Catty challenge a while back – you can see it HERE – well this one was similar, but i went for a white embossed background before sponging some of our current In Colours over the heat embossing.  The great thing about sponging is, you can create as such or as little depth of colour as you desire!

You can watch the video over at my You Tube channel – My Paper Oasis – to see exactly how this card was created and to hear all my tips.

You can still get this stamp set ABSOLUTELY FREE with any $90 order – but ONLY until March 31st – so you had better be quick!  If you are in Australia you can shop at my secure online store by clicking the link below!  All products used are listed below to help you recreate this card yourself 🙂

Card Measurements:

Base – Basic Black Cardstock – Cut on short side of card at 4 1/8″ and fold in half.

Layer One – Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″

Layer Two – Whisper White Cardstock – 5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″

You will have to measure the Basic Black Layer behind your sentiment after you have cut your rectangle in Whisper White (see video for why).

Happy Creating!

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Colour INKspiration #3 – CI03

Welcome to our third Colour INKspiration Challenge! And WOW do we have a colour challenge for you this week!

You may have come from Elizabeth Gross and here stunning project, or you may be starting here. So hop around to get some inspiration and ideas for this unusual colour combo, and then pop in to our Facebook page and play along with your very own creation!

We are using 5 colours for this INKspiration challenge – Marina Mist; Peekaboo Peach; Soft Suede; Whisper White and Soft Sky.

A gorgeous, but I’m not going to lie, a bit of a tricky challenge.  I really enjoy colour challenges to stretch me out of my comfort colour zone, but I had to play with this one in my head for a few days before I decided what products I wanted to use for this combination. I was quite happy with the end result.

A simple watercolored background was the base for this card.  I used the Stamp Off technique to soften the colours of soft suede and peekaboo peach, with a full coloured flower behind the stamped off one.

I love removing the white background on the White Perfect Accents and then using them on watercolour backgrounds.  I also added the little ‘leaf’ shape pieces that I cut in vellum from the long border framelit to create a bit more interest on the background.

Don’t forget to keep hopping around to see what everyone else has created with this challenge! Next on the hop is Paula Dobson with her amazing project!

Play along too by Joining our Facebook Challenge Page HERE.

Happy Crafting

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