See-Through Cards

(soft music) – [Voiceover] Hi and
welcome, it’s Jennifer. Today I wanted to show you
another way you can create cards you can see-through,
including acetate and vellum, and also some ways to add a
little bit of interest to them, including color. I’m also going to show
you a way you can enhance your stamp layering stamps to
get even more faux dimension. And, I’m going to do
some partial die-cutting, so I have a lot to share in this video. I actually created five cards at a time, I like to make more than one at a time, so I’ll show you some of
the variations that I did. I’m gonna go ahead and start
with the stamp layering. This is a new Hero Arts flamingo stamp set that I am really excited about. All you have to do is
stamp these images on top of each other in different colors, and you get beautiful faux dimension. I’m using my Mini MISTI
stamping tool today because I’m making so many at once, and it’s really helpful
with stamp layering. However, you could just
use an acrylic block if that’s what you have. I’m actually starting with six
pieces of four and a quarter by five and a half inch
Neenah white card stock. Any white card stock would work. I’m putting three in my
stamp positioner here, that just saves me time
from having to switch out. I’m starting with the
most solid image first, and I’m going to stamp that
on each of these six pieces. And you’ll see me do a few along the way. So I’m putting the flamingo
exactly where I want it, then closing the door on
the MISTI stamping tool. Now instead of just
using one ink color here, I’m going to go for more color variation by using two each time. So here I am using a light pink ink, inking up the flamingo
and then dabbing off some of the color with a dry cloth. Just the color towards
the top of the flamingo. So here I’m going to do it again. I’m going to ink that up
with that light pink stamp, just very quick and easy, and then dab off some of that
extra ink towards the top, with a dry cloth. That kinda gives you a nice
little variation of color, from dark to light. Now I’m gonna go through and
do that with all six pieces. Next, I’m going to take that same image, but going and adding another color on to what we’ve already stamped. This time I’m using a light peach ink. And I’m inking up the flamingo,
dabbing off some of the ink from the bottom of the
flamingo, and stamping again. And there you get a
little bit of variation. It doesn’t have to be perfect
here, because we are going to add more layers of other images on top. But if this were your only
image and you wanted to do two tone like this, you could
just stamp it a few times using the MISTI stamping tool. Or you can take better care to
make sure you get really good ink coverage when you’re stamping it. I’m doing this very quickly. Once I have all six
pieces done, it’s time for the next layer of the stamping images. The nice thing about
this flamingo stamp set is that it is really easy
to line up each image on top of each other. You really don’t need a
stamp positioner for it. The two colors I’m going
to use for this layer are bubblegum and pale tomato. First I’m going to ink up with bubblegum, dab away some of the ink
from the top, stamp that, and I’ll do that on all six, and then I’ll go through and do the pale tomato towards the top, dab off some of the ink, and stamp again. Remember, you could just
do one solid color for each of these layers. This is just a way to get more out of the inks you already have. If you don’t have this many
ink colors, you could always put marker on your stamp
and stamp with a marker, or you could even double
stamp, so stamp a few times on top of each other, to
give it a darker color. But check out the beautiful
color variation you get by using the two colors with each layer. If you don’t have a stamp
positioner you can easily look through an acrylic block
and line up each layer every time you stamp. This is a really easy one to line up, there’s no guesswork involved. So now we’re on to the
final layer of the flamingo. I’m just lining it up with the flamingo we’ve already stamped. Sorry
I’m kinda off camera here. I’ll just close the door on
my MISTI and then I’ll have it perfectly placed. I just need to make sure that
every time I put my paper in the MISTI, I put it in the same spot, and that’s the bottom left corner. This time I’m just using one color, and this is the ultra pink,
which is a nice bright pink. By using both peach
colors and pink colors, we get a beautiful salmon result. You can see the variation
of color on the flamingo. Next we need to do his eye and his beak, so I’m going to just position this. I’m going to stamp this
with black ink so that it really stands out. Now you’ll see that stamping
all these layers does take a little bit of time,
but keep in mind that I’m creating six cards here at once, and I don’t really have
to color anything else. Once I have all this stamping
done, the image is done. So I’m not taking time to color
with watercolor or Copics, I’m putting my effort in to my stamping. And the nice thing is, you’re going to get the same result on each one. I don’t know about you, but
sometimes I’ll watercolor something and I’ll try to repeat it, and I just can’t get it. This is something that I can count on. When I’m using stamps and inks I can get good results every time. OK, now for the legs I
wanted it to be peach, but have a little grey to it. So I first stamped in peach. Now I’m inking it up with
a soft granite color, dabbing away some of the
color, and then stamping again, so that he has a little
grey towards his feet. It just made it look a
little bit more realistic. I really like to use two colors
stamped on top of each other Just being sure to remove some
of the color with a dry cloth so you can see the variation in color. This is a great way to get more
out of your inks and stamps. I finished off my stamping by
adding some of that greenery that’s in that same stamp set. I used some green hills and
lime green Hero Arts inks. I stamped those, and then I
actually double stamped them, just to make it a little bit darker. Then I added some of
the field green color, which is a darker green, put it towards the base of those leaves, and stamped that also. So I did two tone with those also. Then I used the little puddle images that are in the same stamp set, and just stamped a few
around the flamingo’s feet in tide pool and soft pool. So now it’s time to do
some partial die cutting. To get those diagonal
lines that you see there, with the flamingo’s head above. So I have a die here,
this is the flamingo die the coordinates. This is
available from Hero Arts also. Gonna line up the head
so it die cuts nicely. I like that their die’s cut
right close to the edge. I’m going to put this
into my die cut machine, but only partially. I’m only putting his head
in my die cut machine, which sounds absolutely terrible, and I’m putting it at an angle. So now anything that is on
the edge of the cutting plate, right there is the edge
of the cutting plate, anything that’s to the
left of that will cut, anything to the right
of that will not cut. So it doesn’t matter
where your top plate is, we’re just looking at
that bottom cutting plate, and anything to the left of
that edge there will cut, anything to the right will not cut. And you’ll see I have it
at kind of a diagonal, so that we can cut our edge at a diagonal. So you’ll see here that only
the head of the flamingo, the top part of the flamingo, cut. And we’ll continue that
diagonal cut later, with a trimmer. Here I’m going to show you it again. I’m gonna put it kinda
hanging out at a diagonal. You want to make sure that
the paper will go through the die cut machine, of course. Anything to the left of that
cutting plate edge will cut, anything to the right will not. So this is a great way to kinda get more out of your coordinating dies. So now I’m going to use
my trimmer to connect those two spots where
the die cutting stopped. So here I’ve got it at
an angle in my trimmer. I’m going to cut up to the stamped image, right up to where the die cutting stops. So I’m cutting over there, and
then behind the flamingo also And there we have a diagonal edge, with that flamingo kinda
sticking up from the top. This is a great way to give
a really clean cut design, and get more out of
your coordinating dies. At the end of this video I’ll link to some other partial die
cutting videos that I’ve done, and they explain it a little
bit better than I did today. There’s a lot you can do
with partial die cutting. So I ended up creating five cards, I messed one up along the way, and I have the diagonal
line going in directions on each of these just for some variety. So now we need to cut some white pieces for the inside of our card. So I’m putting our piece
up against another four and a quarter by five and
a half inch white piece, lining it up on the bottom, and creating pencil marks that go along with the diagonal line. Now I’m going to cut a white
piece to the same diagonal using my trimmer, and these
will go on the inside of my card I actually cut two at once, but you’re going to end
up wanting to cut three, all to that same size as the bottom piece. I’m going to set those pieces aside, I did it for all of the cards, and now it’s time to create
the cards themselves, the see-through part of the cards. So I have this Hero Arts background. I love this background,
I think it’s fantastic. And I have some top
folding four and a quarter by five and a half inch vellum
note card that I created. And that’s a heavy
weight vellum, 40 pound. You want to make sure you
use a heavy weight vellum. I’m inking up my stamp
with a tide pool ink, which is a Hero Arts ink, and I’m going to stamp it on there. And I’m using a stamp pad
underneath to make sure I stamp it entirely. You want to be sure to not
move because this is stamping on to a slick surface. As soon as you’re done give it time to dry or quickly wave a heat gun on it. It’ll end up stamping
lighter than the ink itself because you’re stamping on vellum, but the results are beautiful. I also did some of the
cards on a clear note card. So this is a Hero Arts
clear acetate note card. I love using clear cards
instead of card stock. This time I’m going to
use white Stazon ink. It’s best to use Stazon ink
when stamping on acetate because it’ll give you
a bright, solid image, and it’ll dry nicely. So I’m gonna ink this up and
stamp it on to that acetate. Again, you want to be
very careful not to shift as you’re stamping this
because it will smear. However, if you do mess up, you
can just use rubbing alcohol to erase all that Stazon off the acetate and you can start over again. Again, I’m using a stamping pad
to help me get a good image. And check out those vivid results. Now you want to set that
aside to dry for a bit, or, if you want to, you can kinda wave it in front of a heat gun, but you want to be sure
not to warp that acetate. When using Stazon be sure
to use Stazon cleaner on rubber stamps only, to make
sure you remove that Stazon. If you’re using Stazon on
your clear stamps be careful, because you don’t want to use
Stazon cleaner on clear stamps Now it’s time to put our cards together. You can see how that pool
colored ink dried on the vellum. It’s really subtle and beautiful. I’m putting lots of
double-sided tape on the back of one of our stamped diagonal pieces. Now I’m going to adhere this
to the front of the vellum card I find it’s really important
to use a strong double-sided tape to make sure that the paper sticks to these slicker surfaces
like vellum or acetate. I ended up trimming my
card down a little bit, because I didn’t stamp it
completely with the background, so that I’m ending up
with a card that’s about four inches wide by five and a half tall. Now you can see the
adhesive on the inside. If that doesn’t bother you,
you could just leave it as is, but I like to hide that adhesive. So I’m putting some more double-sided tape on the inside of the card, and then I’m going to put one
of those white diagonal pieces that we created to cover that up. This also adds some stability to the card. And by the way, I did mention that I used 40 pound vellum for this card. I’m gonna mention again
the importance of using a heavy weight vellum like that. If you use a super light weight vellum, some vellums are very light weight, your card will end up being kinda flimsy, and it won’t stand up
nicely. It just won’t hold up to all this card stock
that we’re adding to it. If you are using a lighter weight vellum you could try doubling it
up to make it even stronger if you wanted to. OK, so now I glued one of
those pieces on the inside of the card where you write your message, and now I’m gluing one all the
way in the back of the card to hide that adhesive. And this is where you can stamp your ‘Hand stamped by Jennifer’
stamp image if you wanted to. So now we have a complete card. We have the front, we have a place to write
our message on the inside, and then the back where
we can sign our name. So this is really a great way
to create a see-through card, and add some interest to an
otherwise card stock card. I also wanted to add a
little bit of shimmer, so I’m just adding some Wink of Stella on to the little wings of
the flamingo for some fun. You can barely see the shimmer there because I didn’t color it solid, but it does show up in real life. Another fun touch I added was
a big drop of Glossy Accents right on the eye of the flamingo, to give it a little bit of
dimension to make it pop a bit. Now I just want to show you one last final thing on these cards, and that is the die
cut ‘hello’ that I did. Since I was making five at once, I’m going to be using this tool called the Creative Station from Xyron. This is like a giant sticker maker. And since I make several things at once, this is really handy over
the smaller sticker maker you’ve seen me use in videos in the past. So you can see it’s got this giant roll of sticker maker on the inside, and you can feed several
things through at once to create stickers, or you can put full sheets through, and you just pull it out the
other side and it cuts for you. So here I have die cut five
of those hello die cuts from black card stock. And this is a Hero Arts ‘hello’ die. And I’m feeding them all in
there, I’m sliding them in there And then I can put adhesive
on the back of these all at once and it saves me a lot of time. So you can see all five in there, you just want to make sure
it’s pushed up inside. Now I’m cranking the side
of it, you can’t see, but there’s a handle over
there that I’m cranking. It starts to come out the
back, and check it out. We have five hello die cut
stickers done that quickly. You can get refills for this machine. If you do not make a bunch
of cards like me at once, or put adhesive on a
bunch of pieces at once, you can get the smaller sticker maker, but I’ve found this is really handy when you’re doing a lot of die cutting. So before you remove the
release paper you want to rub that adhesive down onto it, to make sure that you get
all the sticky taken away. Remove the release paper and
there you have five stickers. I like to rub my finger over it again, to remove any of the sticky
that might be around the edge, and then we’re ready
to just pick these up, and add them to our card. When adding these sticker die cuts, I like to use some tweezers, so that I can see where
I’m putting it on my card without my fingers being in the way. This really helps me out quite a bit. And I also can make sure
it’s all positioned perfectly before I press it down. There’s one last thing I
did to this hello die cut to really make it stand out, and that’s that I went over
it with some Glossy Accents. I just put a layer of Glossy
Accents over the hello die cut, and it really made a nice shine. So I wanted to show you
each of the completed cards. This is the one where I
stamped with the white Stazon on the acetate. It’s probably my favorite of the bunch. And then I kept two very simple because I was running out of time, and these are just the
plain acetate cards, with the pieces adhered to them. I really think you
can’t go wrong by adding a clear element to a card. Now for the vellum I did
two different versions. One is the one that I showed you, where I stamped with that pool ink and just let it dry on it’s own. The other one, while that
pool ink was still wet, even though it’s a dye ink,
it doesn’t dry right away, so since it was still wet I added some clear embossing powder, and check out this dimension that you get with just a touch of pool color to it. So I encourage you to
try doing heat embossing on your vellum. Just make
sure you move your heat gun around so it doesn’t warp. OK, if you’re interested
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