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Friday, July 22, 2022

Gift Bags From DSP

 I made these for the ladies who came to my New Catalog Launch in June. I made a tutorial and then forgot to post it! Silly me! Here is the Tutorial. If you'd like to make a smaller size, there are a couple of posts from several years ago that include directions here: https://scmagnolia.blogspot.com/search?q=gift+bag



Stampin' Around!

 No particular theme, just random stamping this week:) 

I made the Double Slider Card with the Tech Support stamp set for my son. There's a great stamp for birthday, but I was excited and couldn't wait until his birthday to mail it to him!! I have two sets of alphabet stamps and both were too big to fit in the keyboard spaces. I think the current set in the annual catalog would fit. The idea for this computer use came from fellow Demo, Robin Broome, who got the directions for the Double Slider Card from another fellow Demo Dawn Griffin. You can see Dawn's video tutorial here. You actually use a strip of plastic grocery bag to make the slider card. 

Then I made the camper card because I got the Tree Lot Dies from SALE-A-BRATION. This set is such fun to play with. You can even use the diecuts to make a 3D camper and put a little treat, or some lights inside. I'll be sharing those with you soon.

Last up is a W Fold Card. The directions for that fun fold can be found on Splitcoast Stampers. To access their wonderful library of tutorials, you simply sign up for FREE with a login name and password.



Stamps

Tech Support

Paper

Pacific Point, Basic Black, Smoky slate, Balmy Blue, Basic White

Ink

Pacific Point, Basic Black, Real Red, Smoky Slate

Embellishments

Black Sharpie

Tools

1/2" and  3/8" Circle Punches, Very Best Trio Punch



Stamps


Paper

Tahitian Tide, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Basic White and Thick Basic White, Very Vanilla, Vellum

Ink

Tahitian Tide, Stampin' Blends for the wheel and hitch

Embellishments


Tools

Tree Lot Dies



Stamps

Nature's Prints

Paper

Pacific Point, Starry Sky, Basic White, Sun Prints DSP

Ink

Starry Sky, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Orchid Oasis

Embellishments

Starry Sky Metallic Woven Ribbon

Tools

Natural Prints Dies



Sunday, July 17, 2022

Christmas Card Time

 

Stamps

Leaves of Holly

Paper

Real Red, Gold Foil, Evening Evergreen, Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Boughs of Holly DSp

Ink

Real Red

Embellishments


Tools

Holly Berry Dies, Triple Banner Punch

Stamps

Joyful Flurry

Paper

Soft Succulent, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Lights Aglow DSP, White Glimmer Paper

Ink

Evening Evergreen

Embellishments

Festive Pearls, Vanilla and Gold Ribbon

Tools

Frosted Flurry Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Merry Melody Embossing Folder


Stamps

Joyful Flurry, Basic White

Paper

Silver & Gold Foil DSP (SAB), Starry Night, Silver Foil, Basic White

Ink

Starry Night, VersaMark

Embellishments

Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Silver Emboss Powder

Tools

Frosted Flurry Dies, Merry Melody Embossing Folder, Heat Tool


Stamps

Leaves Of Holly

Paper

Cherry Cobbler, Basic White, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Distressed Gold

Ink

Mossy Meadow

Embellishments

Fesive Pearls

Tools

Holly Berry Dies


Stamps

Leaves of Holly

Paper

Very Vanilla, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, White Glimmer Paper

Ink

Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend

Embellishments

Gold Thread

Tools

Holly Berry Dies, Organic Beauty Dies (for holly branch)


Stamps

Joyful Flurry

Paper

Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Lights Aglow DSP, Vellum

Ink

VersaMark

Embellishments

Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Gold Emboss Powder

Tools

Heat Tool, Frosted Flurry Dies

Stamps

Joyful Flurry

Paper

Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Gold Foil, Very Vanilla, Lights Aglow DSP

Ink

VersaMark

Embellishments

Festive Pearls, Gold Emboss Powder

Tools

Frosted Flurry Dies, Heat Tool









Thursday, July 14, 2022

Christmas in July!

  I held a Christmas Stamp A Stack class this week. Christmas music and cards in 90+ degree heat! lol

Stamps

Wisteria Wishes

Card Stock

Basic White, Mossy Meadow, Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes, Painted Christmas DSP or Boughs of Holly DSP

Ink

Mosy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party

Embellishments

Glittered Organdy Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals

Tools

Wisteria Dies

Stamps

Joyful Flurry

Card Stock

Thick Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Soft Suculent, Lights Aglow DSP

Ink

Cherry Cobbler, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen

Embellishments

Red and Green Adhesive Backed Pearls

Tools

Frosted Flurry Dies


Stamps

Leaves of Holly, For Unto Us (retired)

Card Stock

Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Basic White, Distressed Gold or Goild Foil, Santa Express Memories & More Cards & Envelopes, Boughs of Holly DSP

Ink

Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce, Real Red

Embellishments


Tools

Holly Berry Dies, Timeworn Type Embossing Folder


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

SALE-A-BRATION

 

Here are some stunning cards using the Wonderful World Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper. If you like what you see, join Sale-A-Bration now until the end of August for access to these unique products!

CASUAL
For the Fijne dag card, the Layering Circles Dies were used to cut out a bundle of lovely white lilies from the Designer Series Paper. Then some floral images were stamped on the yellow Designer Series Paper panel and a piece of white Baker’s Twine was tied around it. Then the die-cut piece was positioned as the focal point of the card, taking care that it wouldn’t cover the stamped images.

AVID
For the Bonne fĂȘte card, the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks and a Blending Brush was used to add a fun design to the panel. Then varying degrees of pressure with the Blending Brush was applied, depending on how light or dark the desired color was to be. The lilies from the Designer Series Paper were fussy cut and a few Festive Pearls were added to finish the card.

ARTFULLY AVID
For the Zum Geburtstag card, the Designer Series Paper was die cut with the Stitched Rectangles Dies to create some fun background pieces. Then Paper Snips and a Bone Folder were used to distress the edges of the paper, and the main florals and a few leaves from the Designer Series Paper were fussy cut. Wink of Stella was aded to the flower petals for a final bit of shine.


Sunday, July 10, 2022

Back to the Basics

EVEN IF YOU'VE BEEN STAMPING A WHILE. If you get those pesky halos around  your stamped image, you need this refresher. Demonstrators find that a lot of stampers like to use more ink than they actually need! 

So Let's get Back to the Basics:

  1. For the best results, turn your stamp over and hold the inkpad in your hand. This gives you more control over the amount of ink and where you lay it. Tap, tap, tap, lightly on the stamp with the inkpad a few times while moving around to cover the rubber completely.When printing your stamp, you'll find that steady, even pressure will give you the cleanest imprint.

  2. Tapping lightly on the stamp is key to avoid over-inking your stamp.

  3. If you take care not to put ink where you don't want it, will make your life much easier. Rocking your stamp will give you edge prints, smudge or echo your print. To much pressure causes some of the same problems.

  4. For a much more crisp, clear image, use Stampin' Pierce Mat when stamping with Photopolymer stamps.

Paper Sushi made a great video about 7 years ago that bears repeating:


Thursday, July 7, 2022

Watercolor Techniques


Don't you just love the stamp in the photo above? This background stamp called Pretty Medallion and can be found on page 116 of the annual catalog. It sells for $18.00 and the order number is 158930. To get that beautiful image is really so simple, stamp the image in Versamark ink, heat emboss with white emboss powder and then apply ink with an Water Painter. This is one of the projects shown in the video I posted yesterday.

Did you know that Stampin' Up! has 23 colors of watercolor pencils that coordinate with the colors found in our inks, cardstock and other products? To highlight al the fun watercolor products that we carry in one place, I've created a flyer for you. You can download it HERE.  

Try your hand at a new technique! Trying something new, and experimenting is fun!  Remember that practice makes perfect, so try a few samples. Below is a list of some watercolor techniques you can try. I'll be posting samples using these techniques this month and posting samples to share with you.

Techniques shown in the video:

  1. No Line Watercoloring: stamp in a very light color of ink, use ink from the lids of inkpads and water painters to color your image.

  2. Watercolor Pencils: stamp an image in Stazon on Shimmery White paper, use Water Painters to 'paint' with.

  3. Watercolor Wash: spritz watercolor paper with water, then use Water Painters to apply a bit of color from the lids of ink pads to apply color to paper. 

  4. Stamp in Color on watercolor paper and fill in with Water Painter.

  5. Emboss Resist: stamp image in VersaMark ink on watercolor paper, then heat emboss with white powder.  Put  a few drops of desired colors of ink refills onto a block, then 'paint' using Water Painters.

  6. Chalk Pastels as Watercolor: Stamp image with Stazon Ink, on Shimmery White paper. Apply a bit of color from chalks to a scrap paper, then use Water Painters to 'paint' with.

  7. Watercolor on Embossing Folder: use your favorite embossing folder on Shimmery White paper, then use Water Painters and some ink from the lids of ink pads.

Additional Techniques To Try:

  1. Use watercolor pencils to add shading to your solid stamped images.  You can use blending stumps to soften the look or leave as is.

  2. Mist watercolor paper with water and then stamp. The water causes the color to move, creating a not-so-perfect look.

  3. Mist watercolor paper with water then using the Stamparatus, ink the stamp and stamp on the wet watercolor paper. This results in a fun effect where the color moves. Then heat emboss the same image on top to give it definition. You can use any color of emboss powder, black, white, gold etc.

  4. You can also ink up your stamp with markers or ink and stamp it… and THEN mist it. This also causes a more of a bleeding effect. If you want it to be “cleaner,” use less water. If you'd like a messier more ethereal look use more water! 

  5. Use the Stamparatus, ink up your stamp with markers or ink, and stamp it… and mist it.  Once it dries, heat emboss the image with any color Embossing Powder. 

  6. Use the Stamparatus, ink the stamp and mist the stamp before stamping.  Once it dries, heat emboss the image with any color Embossing Powder. 

  7. Ink the stamp, then mist the paper before and after stamping. This causes the ink to move even more, then heat emboss with any color powder.

  8.  Use Stampin’ Write markers to color on the stamp. You can use several markers and then use an Aqua Painter to achieve the “watercolor” look.

Technique List in printable PDF format


          Want to use black ink with a watercolor technique?                  Just remember, Opposites Attract.

Using water? You want to use the Jet Black StazOn pad. If you will be watercoloring with a watercolor brush, AquaPainter or blender pen then you are using water. The Memento pad is water-based. That means that if you wipe water across it, it will smear. The StazOn pad is alcohol-based. That means it won’t smear when you watercolor.

Using Stampin’ Blends or another type of alcohol-based marker? You want to use the Memento Pad. If you use alcohol-based markers on an image stamped with an alcohol-based ink pad like StazOn, your image will smear. Stamp with Memento ink, color with Stampin' Blends markers.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

World Watercolor Month

 

July is World Watercolor Month and we’re celebrating by bringing you all things watercoloring! See what supplies we offer by taking a look at the Ink & Coloring page here. Watercolor adds that WOW factor to even the simplest projects, making it ideal for all crafters.

Stamping Up! has something for crafters of all levels, and I'll be sharing more videos about watercoloring techniques throughout the month.

Color Your world with our wonderful watercolor products. We have lots of watercoloring products to celebrate! Products for watercoloring basics include: Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Water Painters, and Watercolor Pencils. You can also use Classic Stampin’ Pads and Refills.

I'd be happy to have you order your watercoloring goodies through me. It’s time to share your watercoloring projects with the world!




Card Ministry for July

 

Materials:

  • Forever Fern bundle

  • In Your Words stamp set

  • 2-1/2” Circle Punch

  • Ink pads: Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen

  • Soft Succulent card base 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 score @ 4-1/4

  • Evening Evergreen Cardstock: 3-3/4 x 5 

  • Ever Eden DSP: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 

  • Ever Eden DSP: 4-1/4 x 1-1/2 

  • 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 piece of Basic White Cardstock: punch one circle from the Circle Punch

  • 3-1/4 x 2-1/2 Gold Foil: die cut fern image from Forever Flourishing Dies

  • 3-1/4 x 2-1/2 Soft Succulent: die cut fern image from Forever Flourishing Dies

  • 2-3/4 x 3/4 Evening Evergreen Cardstock: sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed in gold

  • 4 x 5-1/4 Basic White Cardstock for inside card

Instructions:

  1. Fold Soft Succulent card base in half and score with bone folder.

  2. Adhere 3-3/4 x 5 Evening Evergreen Cardstock to card front.

  3. Adhere 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 Ever Eden DSP on top of Evergreen cs.

  4. Adhere 4-1/4 x 1-1/2  strip of Ever Eden DSP a bit above center of larger DSP.

  5. Adhere Basic White circle on center of card front.

  6. Adhere the Soft Succulent and Gold Foil diecuts to white circle.

  7. Cut stems off and adhere Evergreen and gold diecut ferns to white circle.

  8. Adhere 4 x 5-1/4 white cs to inside, stamp leaves and message in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen Ink

Materials:

  • Oceanfront stamp set

  • Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set

  • Painted Texture embossing folder

  • Inks: Balmy Blue, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate

  • Basic White Thick card base 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 score @ 4-1/4

  • 4 x 5-1/4 Balmy Blue

  • 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 Basic White

Instructions:

  1. Fold Thick Basic White card base in half and reinforce score with bone folder.

  2. Adhere 4 x 5-1/4 Balmy Blue to card base.

  3. Stamp the square -ish shaped sky on 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 Basic White retangular piece in Balmy Blue ink.

  4. Directly below, stamp the larger angled piece in Pool Party ink with the straight edge on top.

  5. Below the blues, stamp the smaller angled piece in Soft Suede ink, with the point to the right.

  6. Stamp rocks over the sand in Early Espresso ink.

  7. Finally stamp the two sea grass clumps and the greeting in Early Espresso inks.

  8. Emboss the stamped white panel with Painted Texture embossing folder.

  9. Adhere stamped and embossed layer to the Balmy Blue layer, then both of those layers to the card front.

  10. On the inside, stamp rocks in Smoky Slate ink, sea grass and sentiment in Early Espresso ink.