Step It Up… Tasteful Touches

Step It Up Tasteful Touches

Hello and welcome to ‘Step It Up Tasteful Touches’, the latest edition of my Step It Up Series! This follows on from my Stampin’ Basics Series which looked at everything you need to start your stamping journey and some hints and tips on how to get better results from your stamping. Now we are moving on to the ways in which you can take your projects to the next level!

In each episode we will look at a simple stamping project (just stamps, ink and cardstock needed) and explore different techniques and products that can be used to ‘Step It Up’.

If you would prefer to watch me create the cards, simply scroll to the end of this blog post where you can find my video tutorial.

Today I’m using the Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set, and this is my ‘simple stamping’ project…

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches - Step It Up Tasteful Touches Card 1 by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s make it…

For today’s three cards I will be using the Stampin’ Up! Notecards & Envelopes. These are a great option if you are in a rush and don’t want to make your own card base.

I have stamped the flower image from the Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set directly onto the notecard in Night of Navy ink.

Pieces of Night of Navy and Whisper White cardstock are cut to 6 x 3.2 cm. Onto the Whisper White piece I have stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink. This piece is then layered onto the Night of Navy piece to help the sentiment stand out from the card base. These pieces are adhered to the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

This is a really quick and simple card to make and is great for beginners or those short on time. However, what if you are ready it step up your projects or you want to spend a little longer creating a really special card? Well, there are many options and that is the purpose of this series. Today we are going to look at two alternative cards…

Step It Up… Version 1

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches - Step It Up Tasteful Touches Card 2 by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

To step up our cards we are going to use other products from the Stampin’ Up! In Good Taste Suite.

On the second card, the main card front is formed by a piece of Night of Navy cardstock measuring 8.5 x 12.1 cm. This has been embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.

The flower image has been stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Whisper White cardstock and fussy-cut.

One of the Tasteful Labels Dies has been used to cut out a piece of Vellum Cardstock.

The sentiment is stamped onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out using another of the Tasteful Labels Dies. This piece is layered together with the Vellum and the flower and adhered to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Step It Up… Version 2

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches - Step It Up Tasteful Touches Card 3 by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

In version 2, I have cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock to 8.4 x 12.7 cm and adhered it to the notecard. This is followed by a layer of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP) measuring 8.1 x 11.9 cm.

The flower is, again, stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Whisper White cardstock and fussy-cut.

The larger label die is this time used to cut out a piece of Night of Navy cardstock which has then been embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.

The sentiment has been stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out using one of the Tasteful Labels Dies. The sentiment piece is further decorated by stamping the foliage in Night of Navy ink around it.

The final touch is provided by a few of the In Good Taste Wooden Elements. The foliage pieces are adhered to the back of the flower before the flower is adhered to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

What do you think to my Step It Up Tasteful Touches Cards?

I hope you like my ‘Step It Up Tasteful Touches’ Cards. Which is your favourite? I hope I have managed to show you that there are many ways to create beautiful cards. We have looked at different ways to use DSP, Embossing Folders and Embellishments to create cards which are similar in theme but very different.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create any of these cards? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, you can request them here.

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Happy crafting, h x

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Tasteful Touches Wood Grain Card

Hello and welcome! Today I’d like to share with you my Tasteful Touches Wood Grain Card. For this card I have used the technique of stamping onto Designer Series Paper (DSP) which I think is under-used!

Stamping on Designer Series Paper using Stampin' Up! In Good Taste Suite - card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s make it…

The (standard A6) card base is created from Early Espresso cardstock. This is followed by a layer of Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 10 x 14.4 cm. Next is a layer of the Stampin’ Up! In Good Taste DSP, measuring 9.5 x 13.9 cm, which forms the main card front.

Onto the card front I have stamped the flower image from the Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set in Early Espresso ink. I have then wrapped a length of Scalloped Lace Trim around the card front (adhering at the back using Tear & Tape) before adhering to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stamping on Designer Series Paper using Stampin' Up! In Good Taste Suite - card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

A piece of Early Espresso cardstock is cut out using the large label from the Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Labels Dies. I have trimmed the die cut to give a straight edge and adhered it to the card front, under the ribbon, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out using another of the labels from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Stamping on Designer Series Paper using Stampin' Up! In Good Taste Suite - card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Three of the In Good Taste Elements have been adhered to the back of the sentiment piece using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. This piece if then adhered to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

What do you think to the Stamping on Designer Series Paper technique?

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Tasteful Touches Wood Grain Card. Do you use the stamping on Designer Series Paper technique? If not, I hope I have convinced you to try something new.

I think this card is really effective but is actually pretty simple to make! The DSP does most of the work for you and the addition of the Lace Trim and wooden elements make it stand out from the crowd!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, you can request one here.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. To find out my current host code and how to use it, click here – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop.

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here.

Happy crafting, h x

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Faux Watercolour Gift Tag

Hello and welcome! Today I would like to share with you the faux watercolour technique using Stampin’ Write Markers. These markers can be used in so many different ways and this is one of my favourites.

Faux watercolour technique using Stampin' Write Markers and the Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set - gift tag by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s make it…

The tag base is a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper measuring 10 x 2.5 cm.

I have used the flower from the Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set and Stampin’ Write Markers in Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo and Gorgeous Grape. I used the brush end of the Markers to colour in the flower – I started with Flirty Flamingo on the outer petals and worked inwards with Melon Mambo and finally Gorgeous Grape in the centre of the flower.

Once I had applied the ink with the Markers, I spritzed the stamp with water using a Stampin’ Spritzer. I then stamped onto the paper twice – once in the bottom right corner and once in the top right (without reinking). It’s best to hold the stamp in place for a few seconds to allow the water and the ink to soak in to the paper.

Faux watercolour technique using Stampin' Write Markers and the Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set - gift tag by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

I heat embossed the sentiment (also from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set) in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto Gorgeous Grape cardstock and trimmed it to 10 x 2 cm.

I adhered the sentiment to the tag base and then shaped the tag using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch. It is finished off with a length of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.

What do you think to faux watercolour technique?

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this technique. Do you have Stampin’ Write Markers? Are you going to try the faux watercolour technique with them? If you haven’t purchased any yet, you should definitely consider it as they can be used in so many different ways!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, you can request one here.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. To find out my current Host Code and how to use it, click here – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop.

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here.

Happy crafting, h x

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Distressed Tasteful Touches Card

Hello and welcome! Today I would like to share with you my Stampin’ Up! Distressed Tasteful Touches Card! I love using distressing techniques so as soon as I saw the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder in the latest Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue I just knew I had to have it.

If you would prefer to watch me create the card, simply scroll to the end of this blog post where you will find my video tutorial.

Stampin' Up! Distressed Tasteful Touches Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s make it…

The (standard A6) card base is created from Whisper White Thick cardstock. I have then cut pieces of Basic Grey (4.5 x 10 cm), Grey Granite (5.1 x 10 cm) and Night of Navy (4 x 10 cm) cardstock.

These three pieces of cardstock were taped together on the back using washi tape. I then heat embossed some of the images from the Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Stampin' Up! Distressed Tasteful Touches Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

These three pieces have then been embossed using the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder and further distressed using a distressing tool (you can also use the blade of a pair of scissors but please be careful) and a bit of corner folding! The pieces are adhered to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stampin' Up! Distressed Tasteful Touches Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

The sentiment is heat embossed on Early Espresso cardstock in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The individual words are snipped out using Paper Snips and adhered to the card front using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

What do you think to my Distressed Tasteful Touches Card?

I hope you like my Stampin’ Up! Distressed Tasteful Touches Card. This Stamp Set is so versatile! Have you made cards using distressing techniques or do you prefer your projects to be more chic than shabby!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. Will you use the same colour scheme for your Pattern Play card or will you mix it up a bit?

If you don’t have a copy of the catalogue, you can request one here.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. My June 2020 Host Code is: ZG9GYQAN – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop. If you would like more information about how to use the code, you can find it here.

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here. During June the offer get EVEN BETTER as you can also add in a FREE BUNDLE! Click here for more details.

Happy crafting, h x

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The content of this Blog, Youtube video, website, or other internet, or written medium is the sole responsibility of Helen Chapman as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator (UK) and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!® My original designs are displayed for your enjoyment and inspiration. Please do NOT use any of my original designs for publication, contests or anything that may be in competition with me or Stampin’ Up!®