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Technique Week, Friday: Embossing Seam Binding…

Technique Week: Day 5


With all of Stampin’ Up!’s great Embossing Folders, we know we can add amazing dimension to card stock. But, did you know you can emboss ribbon as well? Well, you can! I tested this technique out on several types of ribbon and they all work, but Seam Binding works the best; giving you a clear, deep embossed design.

Embossed Seam Binding


For this technique I chose Crumb Cake Seam Binding.


1.    Cut a piece of Seam Binding long enough to do what it is intended for, to wrap around card or to make a bow.


2.    Run the Seam Binding under water Embossing Crumb Cake Seam Binding


3.    Place wet Seam Binding in an Embossing Folder of choice ( I used Petals-A-Plenty) and run it through the Big Shot.  You might have to do a section at a time.


4.    Let the Embossed Seam Binding dry.


5.    Either use the Embossed Seam Binding to wrap around a card or tie a bow and adhere to project with a glue dot.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this Technique Week. If you have a technique you’d like me to explain, either leave me a comment here, on Facebook or EMAIL it to me.


Have a great weekend!

Siggy 2


Technique Week, Thursday: Resist Stamping…

Technique Week, Day 4


Resist Stamping is a simple technique, which allows any stamped image to show through when color is applied over the stamped image.

Resist Technique


To achieve this look:


Stamp an image on Glossy card stock in VersaMark.


Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over the image and heat the image with a Heat Tool until the powder completely melts.


Use Sponge Daubers and various ink pad colors to apply color over the stamped image. A Brayer can be used as well. When using several colors I prefer the Sponge Daubers. Experiment.


Wipe off excess ink from the image with a tissue.


Colors used in this tutorial: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and VersMark 

Stamp set used: Fabulous Florets

Paper used: Glossy White Card Stock

Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers


Tip Button Instead of using stamped images, draw your own design with a VersaMark Marker. Then use a Brayer or Sponge Daubers to add color.

Brayer or dab on color before you heat emboss and these colors will show through the subsequent layer of color.


Siggy 2


Technique Week, Wednesday: Distressed Paper Flower

Welcome to Technique Week, Day 3.


Paper Flowers are the BIG rage right now. This Paper Flower Technique is quick, easy and has wonderful results. You can add glitter along the flower edges for add glitz and ever give them a light spritz of perfume.

 Finished Flower

Here are the Instructions:

1. Two Scallop Circles



1. Punch out wo 2-3/8″ Scallop Circles with a punch, out of Pretty-In-Pink card stock.





2. Crimp 3. Roll into Ball

2. Run the two Scallop Circles through the Crimper. I ran each scallop through twice in one direction then twice in the other.


3. Once each scallop has been crimped, roll it into a small ball. Keep squeezing it with your fingers.


 Paper is made up of fibers and this will help break down the fibers and the layers of paper will separate.

4. Separate Flower Layers



4.  Un-roll the ball and give the scallops a few rubs with a bone folder. You’ll notice the paper layers coming apart. Carefully, separate the two layers of each scallop.





5. Sponge Edges on Both Sides


5.  Once you have the four layers, sponge each edge with a Sponge Dauber and Pretty-In-Pink Ink Pad. Do both front and back of each scallop. Besides all the wrinkles, and softness to the paper, the sponged edges will add to the distressed look.




6. Layer & Pierce Center



6.  When the edges dry, layer and pierce the center with a Paper Piercing Tool.

To find the center fold the scallops in quarters.






7. Add Brad Finished Flower


7. Add a brad to the center of the layers. Once the Brad is in place holding the layers together, wrinkle up the layers one at a time until they resemble a flower.






Now you have a quick and easy method for making Distress Paper Flowers. For smaller flowers use the  smaller 1-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. Go ahead and use these on your hand-made cards, scrap-book pages, party favors or as a pin.


Have fun trying this new Paper Flower Technique and check back tomorrow for anothe great technique!

Siggy 2


Technique Week, Tuesday: Silhouette Technique…

Technique Week continues with this very easy, “Silhouette Technique” While this looks complicated, it is easily achieved with the help of dies and punches. Make up a batch, because everyone will want one.

Silhouette Card
 To make this car using the Silhouette Technique card, you do the following:


1.    Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Island Indigo card stock and scored it at 4-1/4″


2.    With the Big Shot and the Top Note Die cut a Top Note opening shape on the front of the card.


For easy line up I marked my Big Shot dies with a White Gel Pen. All I do is line Bigz Top Note DIe with Guidelines up the card Stock with these guide-lines, so whatever I’m cutting out is centered. If you don’t have the Top Note Die, you can use the largest punch you have for an opening and use smaller die cuts for the scene.


3.    With another piece of Island Indigo, punch out flower, leaf and butterfly shapes. This card used the embosslit Flower Burst, Sweetest Stem and Beautiful Wings. You can also use any punches you have to make a scene.


4.    Now, you take all your flowers, leaves and butterflies and lay them out in the opening. Once you have a pleasing scene you need to glue the cut-outs to each other, by over lapping them a bit  and attaching them together. Make sure you have enough hang over to attach the scene to the opening. You can attach it on the inside of the opening or on the outside. The choice is yours. I glued mine on the outside, because I wanted the whole flowers to show. For gluing I found the 2-Way Glue Pen to work the best. 

Silhouette Card Detail

Experiment using different colors and punches. Don’t you love this? Leave me a comment if you do either here on my blog by clicking comment to the bottom of the post or on the Lakeside Stamper FaceBook page.


See you tomorrow!

Siggy 2



Technique Week, Monday: Perfect Bow Method…

Reef Knot Bow Detail

This is the beginning of Technique Week here at the Lakeside Stamper. Everyday this week a different technique will be featured. so, sit back, learn, take notes, print out directions and enjoy the process…

How many of you have trouble making a bow??? I know my class ladies always ask about how to make a bow. Here are written directions for you to print out and follow. You’ll get the perfect bow every time with this method, so go ahead and order all of those beautiful Stampin’ Up! ribbons.
This bow is different then the, “Granny Knot” bow where the knot and the bow are tied in the same direction. The directions for this bow are based on the, “Reef Knot,” where the knot and the bow are tied in the same directions. Because they are tied in the same directions, the bow will sit straight and stay secure, so you don’t have to worry about the bow coming un-done.
  Reef Knot Bow

 Start by tying a simple knot crossing the left side over the right.

Using the ribbon in your right hand, form a loop; hold the base between your thumb and middle finger.
Next, take the length on the left and bring it around the back of the loop in your right hand and around to the front.
Push that piece of ribbon, with your left hand, feeding a loop through the hole.
Grab the “new” loop with your right hand and grab the first loop with your left hand and pull in opposite directions.
You can adjust the bow by pulling on the loops or the tails.
Once you mastered this directions you’ll be able to make perfect bows every time!
EMAIL me any questions you might have for my Q & A column.
 Siggy 2

Under the Big Top Circus Collection


Under the BIG Top Circus Collection…

I had so much fun designing this “Under the BIG Top Circus

Collection”.  This tutorial is filled with circus themed projects

galore. Each project capture’s a different aspect of the

circus excitement.

The tutorial is 27 pages with over 60 photographs patterns

and complete directions, including measurements for

completing all of the projects shown.

All you have to do is purchase the tutorial and you can download it immediately


Under The Big Top Circus Collection
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Welcome Home Card…

Hello Friends!

I want to share with you a card I made for my cousin Linda, Stephen, Andrew and Daniel who just moved into a new house.

Welcome Home 1
For the card base I used a 5-1/2′ x 8-1/2″ piece of Not Quite Navy scored at 4-1/4″. Then I cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Pear Pizzazz. For the top layer I cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White.


For this card I used a retired stamp set called, “Welcome Home.”  I inked up the house stamp with my Stampin’ Up! Markers in Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip and Garden Green. For the fence I hand-cut pickets out of Crumb Cake Card Stock and glue it with my Tombow Glue.


On the Whisper White, I shaded with Bashful Blue Ink and a Sponge Dauber to form the clouds. I made cloud templates out of a piece of card stock by cutting small circles resembling cloud puffs as shown below. Yes, you have to hand cut these as a circle punch will not work because it will leave a concave form. These templates work as a mask except along the edges where I used a circular motion with my Dauber. The area underneath the template will remain the Whisper White. I randomly moved the template down and from side to side  and repeated the circular motion technique along the edge. When I painted years ago sometimes I used stencils in a similar manner.




I computer generated, “Congratulations on Your New Home,”  punched it out with the Small Oval Punch and layered it on a Not Quite Navy Scallop Oval. I assembled the card as shown and wrapped some of that gorgeous Cherry Cobbler Polka Dot Ribbon around it. I finished the card off with a bow. By the way, this ribbon makes great bows.


Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Promotion.


As Always Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Stamping on Canvas: Mixed Media Part 2

Today’s feature is Stamping on Canvas: Mixed Media Part 2

Mixed Media Avian Toile


Stamped Avian Toile on Canvas
Here’s a picture of some stamped images and rub ons. The Avian Toile Block Stamp (retired) still didn’t print up enough, even with the wood block underneath the canvas. Normally for these mixed media pieces, I don’t mind partial images, but this was really the feature and the bird hardly stood out.

Stamped Avian Toile on Tissue Paper

So, what I decided to do is to stamp the Avian Toile Stamp on white tissue paper with Stazon Black Ink and it worked like a charm. I used a decoupaged medium to adhere the stamped tissue image to the canvas. You can also use watered down white glue such as Tombow Multi Purpose.

Stamped & Colored Avain Toille Detail
This photo shows a detailed image of the bird. I used various Ink Refills as watercolors. Once the inks dried, I then added Gold Smooch to highlight the bird

Stencil on Canvas

I then took one of my Stampin’ Up! Decor Stencils and dabbed on some Regal Rose Ink.

Stencil Detail on Canvas

Here’s a detailed view of the stencil.

Rub-Ons on Canvas
Then, I added Stampin’ Up! Rub-Ons for some extra layers. Don worry if only partial images rub off, it adds to the dimension and blending effect if some are ragged edged.

White Rub Ons Detail
More rub-ons.

The whole purpose of this canvas piece is to use a variety of inks, paints, rub-ons, stamps and textures. You want lots of layers. You need to be careful that you don’t make gray, by mixing too many colors. I try to go with two or three colors and a white to really pop certain areas. Sit down over the weekend and see what you can come up with. If you live in the Westchester, Putnam County, New York areas I’ll be offering classes in this technique. Look for class details in my newsletter.

Send Me what you’ve created. I would love to see it!



Stamping on Canvas: Mixed Media Part 1

Hello to all of you!

I’m so excited to share this project with you. I took a class in mixed media and have wanted to do a canvas of this kind for a long time. Everything I used is Stampin’ Up! except for some acrylic paints and textured fabric to use as a stencil. Oh and of course the canvas I used isn’t Stampin’ Up! I’m experimenting with this mixed media technique on water-color paper as well.

Mixed Media Avian Toile

Here’s a step by step tutorial with accompanying photos Today’s feature is Mixed Media Part 1. Tune in on Thursday for Stamping on Canvas: Mixed Media Part 2

Mixed Media Supplies

To start this project you’ll need to a canvas, mine is 6″ x 12″, acrylic paints, Stampin’ Up! Ink Refills and brushes. First you need to give the canvas a good coat of white paint.

Piece of Textured Fabric

Once the white paint is dry, take any textured fabric, ribbon, bubble wrap, burlap or any other material with texture. I chose  Punchinella, a scrap piece I had. Punchinella is what’s left over after they punch out sequins. I used the Punchinella as a stencil. I laid it on the canvas and with acrylic paint I painted right over the surface of the Punchinella. You can also use your Stampin’ Up! Ink Refills for this by squirting some drops onto a palette, dipping a brush into the puddle of ink and painting with it.

Acrylic Paint Results over Textured Fabric

Here is the acrylic paint result after painting right over the Punchinella.

Daffodil Delight Ink from Refill

Along the bottom of the canvas, I used some Daffodil Delight Ink. I didn’t paint it on. I stood my brush perpendicular to the canvas and dabbed the Daffodil Delight along the bottom of the canvas, for a more random look.

Wood Support for Back of Canvas

Since the canvas is stretched over a wooden frame, there’s little support in the middle of the canvas. While the support is good enough for brush strokes, I soon found out there wasn’t enough support to stamp on. I asked my husband if he could cut me a wood block support to place underneath to stamp on and support the canvas. It fits perfectly in between the canvas frame.

Inking up Block Stamp with a Marker
. I then proceeded to ink up the Filigree Block Stamp with a Concord Crush Marker.  Make sure to huff on the stamp before stamping. The moisture from your mouth helps keep the ink wet.

Stamped Image on Canvas

I stamped it up in the right hand upper corner.

For Stamping on Canvas: Mixed Media Part 2, visit again on Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stampin’ Hugs,


Origami Shirt Birthday Card…

Hi, Stampers!


So many of you have asked for another Origami Shirt Card, so here goes. For this card I decided to make it a birthday card, but you can make it just in time for Father’s Day. I chose a plaid shirt, because plaid reminds me of my husband’s choice of shirts for the summer.

Origami Shirt Birthday Card


Card Directions:


Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pice of Poppy Parade Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″


Cut a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock


Cut a 3-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ of Designer Series Paper for the top portion and a 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″ of another pattern of Designer Series Paper for the bottom portion. Both of these pieces are layered over the Whisper White

Origami Shirt Birthday Card Detail

I cut a simple tie shape as shown and made an origami shirt.Directions for the origami shirt are HERE  For my shirt I used the plaid sheet from the Pawsitively Prints II Designer Series Paper. I love this pack of paper and seem to use it a lot lately. Doesn’t red and blue look fabulous together?


On a 3″ x 1-1/4″ piece of Poppy Red Card Stock I stamped Happy Birthday from the Bring On the Cake Stamp Set in Versa Mark Ink and embossed it with White Embossing Powder.


I hope you enjoy making this origami shirt as much as I do. Play around with different patterns and colors. Instead of a tie, try a bow tie or buttons going up the front of the  shirt like I did in my first origami shirt. If you’d like to order the Pawsitively Prints II Paper click HERE


Thanks for stopping by,

Siggy 2



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Using Kraft Packing Paper to make a Heart Flag…


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