Background Techniques

Shaving Cream Background Technique-Happy St. Patrick's Day Shamrock

shaving cream background technique

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

To create this card, I used the Shaving Cream Background Technique, one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques!

It is one of those simple, yet WOW stamping techniques!

Click Here for complete instructions

Here are the shaving cream pieces before I punched out 3 hearts to form the shamrock

Shaving Cream Background Tecnique

I love the soft swirls of the Shaving Cream Technique!

Shaving Cream Background Technique close up

I hope you'll give the Shaving Cream Background Technique a try.  The color possibilities are endless!

 

Supplies Used:

Shaving Cream Shamrock:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake reinkers, Soft Suede

Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Love Blossom's Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Full Heart and Bird Builder punches, Dimensionals, large rhinestone, Sharpie pen

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciling With a Sunburst Thinlits Die-Shine

Stenciled Sunburst Thinlits Die card

Create a bright sunburst by using the cut out from Sunburst Framelits Die as a stencil.

I had a Sunburst piece left over from my pencil eraser sunshine project I posted on March 8. Instead of throwing it away, I decided to repurpose it as a stencil for my "shine" sunburst card.

I laid the stencil onto my Whisper White card front and sponged color around the rays of the sunburst.  Colors used were Crushed Curry, Peek a Boo Punch and Watermelon Wonder.  You can see the pencil eraser dots left over from the previous project.

Sunburst Thinlits Die as a Stencil

When done, I removed the stencil leaving a white sunburst on a bright background.

Sunburst Thinlit Die as a Stencil

I trimmed the edges of the card front and matted it to a piece of Peek a Boo Peach card stock.

The greeting comes from Sunburst Sayings which I stamped onto a piece of So Saffron card stock using Watermelon Wonder ink.  I punched it out using my 1 3/4" circle punch,  and layered it to a 2" Watermelon Wonder circle  I  then attached the circle to the card front, trimming the bottom half of the circle so it would sit flush on the edge of the Peek a Boo Peach card base.

To complete the card, I added Sprinkles Embellishments (Peek a Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party), using my Fine Tip Glue to secure the pieces.

Stenciled Sunburst Card closeup

Be sure to repurpose your paper pieces from other projects.  I did and was able to reuse a sunburst piece as a stencil!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sunburst Greetings

Ink: Crushed Curry, Peek a Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder

Paper: So Saffron,  Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder

Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits Die, sponge, Sprinkles Embellishments, Fine Tip Glue Pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping With Pencil Eraser Background Using a Sunburst Stencil

Pencil Eraser stamped background sunburst thinlits die

It's easy to create fun backgrounds by stamping with a pencil eraser dabbed in ink. Pair the pencil eraser background technique with a sunburst stencil, and you'll have a card that is certain to brighten someone's day!

For more pencil eraser background ideas, please visit my spring blooms Sheltering Tree post here

To create this card, I started by cutting out my stencil using the Big Shot and Sunburst Thinlits Die out of scrap card stock.

I laid the stencil over my Whisper White card front and started adding ink using the eraser of a pencil.  I dabbed the eraser onto an ink pad, then stamped around the stencil.  I cleaned the eraser by swiping it onto my worksheet, then picked up the next color.

Colors used were Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Peek a Boo Peach, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry.

stamping with pencil eraser and sunburst die stencil

After finishing, I removed the stencil and then sponged on a mixture of Crushed Curry, So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach inks around the eraser dots.

I stamped my greeting from Sunburst Sayings onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Cajun Craze ink.  I then punched it out using my 1 1/4" circle punch.   The greeting was then layered onto a 1 3/8" Crushed Curry circle, 1 3/4" Crumb Cake circle and finally a 2" Cajun Craze circle.

Clear Wink of Stella was brushed all over the card front to add a little shimmer.

stamping with pencil eraser sunburst close up

Stamping with a pencil eraser is fun and easy.  And the possibilities are endless!

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sunburst Sayings

Ink: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Peek a Boo Peach, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, So Saffron

Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits Die, pencil with eraser, sponge, 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches, clear Wink of Stella

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping With Pencil Eraser Background-Spring Sheltering Tree

stamping with pencil eraser sheltering treeStamping with a pencil eraser is a fun and easy background technique!

All you need is a pencil with an eraser and some ink!

(For another pencil eraser stamped background, please visit my Jar Full of Candy post Here)

Is it spring yet?  Almost! 

In anticipation of the arrival of spring, I decided to celebrate by pairing the stamp set Sheltering Tree with a pencil eraser to create a colorful tree filled with spring blooms!

I started by lightly sponging on Marina Mist ink onto my Whisper White card front.

I then stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree (very versatile and one of my all-time favorite stamp sets) using Early Espresso ink.

To create the blooms, I simply tapped the eraser on a pencil into various inks (swipe the eraser clean on your worksheet in between colors) and stamped the colors all around the tree.

Colors used were Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride.

 

stamping with pencil eraser blooms closeup

The grass below the tree was stamped using Pear Pizzazz.  I stamped full strength, then again without reinking.

The inspiration for this tree came from the explosion of blooms our apple, plum, pear, and peach trees put out every spring.  The array of colors always brings a smile.  So I decided to use the perfect "sending a smile..." greeting found in the stamp set  Love and Affection stamped in Melon Mambo ink. 

I wrapped a piece of Gumball Green Thick Baker's Twine around the card front, securing it in the back.  Then, I used another small piece to tie a simple knot in the front.

The card front was mounted to a piece of Early Espresso mat, then attached to the Melon Mambo card base.

Get out your pencils with erasers and start stamping! I hope you'll share your creations.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Love and Affection

Ink: Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: pencil with eraser, Gumball Green Thick Baker's Twine

Happy Stampin'!

Pencil Eraser Art-Jar Full of Candy

 

Stamping With Pencil Erasers
Nothing beats a jar filled with colorful candy!  The candy in this jar was created using a pencil eraser! 

This is an easy and fun technique using an everyday item!

I bet you have a pencil with an eraser sitting on your desk or near your crafting table. So, pick it up, and let's start crafting!

Here's how:

I began by stamping the jar image from the stamp set Jar of Love on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.

I then dabbed my pencil eraser into Melon Mambo ink and stamped inside the jar image several times.
I cleaned the eraser by swiping it on my worksheet, then moved onto the next color which was Cucumber Crush.

Pencil Eraser Art Close Up

I continued adding more colors,

Pencil Eraser Art closeup

and more colors, until the jar was filled in with an assortment of bright candies!

Pencil Eraser Art close up

I stamped the greeting "Sweet" from the retired set Sweet Shapes alongside the jar in Melon Mambo ink.  I stamped the image for the jar top onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink and then cut it out using the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelit die.  Before adhering the top to the jar, I wrapped a piece of Island Indigo Baker's Twine around the front, securing it in the back.  I then added another piece of baker's twine over it and tied a simple knot.

I matted the jar to a piece of Melon Mambo card stock, then added it to the Early Espresso card base.  Once the card was put together, I added some clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

So, get out your pencil and create some eraser art!  The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Sweet Shapes

Ink: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry

Paper: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Accessories: pencil with eraser, Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelits Die, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, clear Wink of Stella

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Definitely Dahlia Meets the Emboss Resist Technique Part 2

Emboss Resist TechniqueWow! 

That's what happens when the bold Definitely Dahlia stamp is paired with the Emboss Resist Technique!

(to see another idea using the Definitely Dahlia paired with the Emboss Resist Technique, please visit my post HERE)

For this card, I swiped my Embossing Buddy over the Whisper White card front.  I stamped the Definitely Dahlia using Versamark and then heat embossed it using my heat tool and white embossing powder.  I sponged Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie inks over the embossed images.  I then buffed the images with a paper towel, removing the ink and making the flowers pop.   The ink will resist where the images have been embossed.

I stamped the greeting from Another Thank You using Early Espresso ink after I heat embossed the flowers, but before sponging on the inks.  I wanted the greeting in place so I could lightly sponge around it. 

This card has a fall feel to it.  By switching up the colors, it could easily be made into a spring or summer themed card.

Definetly Dahlia and Emboss Resist Technique closeup

Stunning!

Emboss Resist Technique-the possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Definitely Dahlia, Another Thank You

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, sponge

 

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Technique Meets Definitely Dahlia

Emboss Resist Technique

Emboss Resist is one of my favorite stamping techniques. 

Easy to do and it provides that WOW factor!

Heat emboss images stamped with Versamark using white embossing powder and then sponge on different inks, buff off excess ink, and then you're left with an image that pops!

For more instructions, please visit my Dragonfly Dreams Emboss Resist card here

For this emboss resist card, I used the bold stamp Definitely Dahlia.  The colors sponged on were Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, and Wisteria Wonder. 

Emboss Resist Technique close up

You can really see the added interest in texture that the embossing brings to the card.

The greeting was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock in Island Indigo ink and then lightly sponged with Cucumber Crush to soften the look.  It was matted with Island Indigo and popped up using Dimensionals.

I hope you'll give the Emboss Resist Technique a try.  Please share your results!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Definitely Dahlia, Thank You Kindley

Ink: Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Dragonfly Dreams

Emboss Resist Technique, Dragonfly Dreams

Create a pretty pastel background using the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and the Emboss Resist Technique.

Super easy and it is one of those WOW techniques.

To start, I swiped my Whisper White card front using the Embossing Buddy, stamped the dragonfly image from Dragonfly Dreams in Versmark ink, and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.

Then, with a sponge, I added my Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Cucumber Crush inks over the embossed images.

Sponging on colors for emboss resist technique

When I was done, I rubbed off the ink from the embossed images with a paper towel making the white image pop.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

Emboss Resist close up

The piece was attached to an Elegant Eggplant mat and added to the Whisper White card base using Dimensionals.  The greeting from Wish Big was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink.

The Emboss Resist is an easy way to add interest to any background.  Color combinations are endless.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Embossing Buddy,  heat tool, white embossing powder, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Aquapainter Watercolor Wash Background Technique-Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash Detailed DragonflyOne of my favorite techniques is to create a simple watercolor wash background using an Aquapainter and ink.

For this card, I started out by creating my ink palettes by squeezing the tops of my closed ink pads. (Hard to photograph because I usually use both hands for the squeezing).

Colors used are Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder.

Making an ink palette

By doing this, the ink in the pad side will transfer ink into the lid.  This will now be my palette for picking up the ink with the Aquapainter.

Making an ink palette

Then,  I simply picked my ink colors from their lids using my Aquapainter, swiping each color in bands onto watercolor paper.

watercolor wash with aquapainter

After the paper had dried, I stamped the dots image from the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams along the edges using Island Indigo and Perfect Plum inks. 

The upper, detailed part of the dragonfly was cut out of Elegant Eggplant cardstock using the thinlits die from Detailed Dragonfly.  The lower, solid part of the wings was cut out of a scrap piece of Cucumber Crush card stock using the solid thinlit from the set.  The Cucumber Crush piece was left over from a recent cling wrap/shimmer ink project that didn't quite work, but I had a nice piece of scrap paper to craft with. Remember, never throw anything away!

The dragonfly was popped up onto the card front using Dimensionals, the greeting from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink, and Candy Dots were added to complete the card.

Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash!

Any number of color combos will work with this technique.  Give it a try, and let me know what you come up with!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams (Bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and save 10%), Wish Big

Inks: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Candy Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and Hey, Chick

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Am loving the Hey, Chick stamp set found in this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog (spend $50, earn a free item out of the catalog!)

These "chicks" just make me smile!

This is a quick and simple card featuring the stamp set plus the new Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog. 

I stamped the "chick" onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink.  I colored her comb, tail, and beak using the watercolor pencils, blending them with a Blender Pen.  I used the Big Shot and circle framelits to circle cut the piece, along with the Real Red matting.  I inked up the chickens for the background using Memento Black, off stamped, then stamped so they would be muted. 

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The watercolor pencils are smooth, high-quality, acid and lignin free.

Perfect for water coloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.
And they come in 13 Stampin' Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Hey, Chick and Watercolor Pencils.  A perfect match!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Double Hexagons Embossing Folder Chicken Wire-Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

  Hey,chick with chicken wire background

Create fun chicken wire backgrounds using the Double Hexagons Embossing Folder. 

What a perfect match for this year's Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Hey, Chick!

Here's how:

Open the folder and swipe or pat ink on the inside of the folder, the side that has "Sizzix" and "Stampin' Up" on the front. For this card, I swiped on Smokey Slate ink.

Chicken Wire Background Step 1

Insert a piece of card stock into the folder,

Chicken Wire Background Step 2

Close the folder and turn it around so the side with "Stampin' Up!" is on top.  With your fingers, press down on the top of the folder, transferring the ink on the inside to the card stock.  A bone folder will also work.

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Open the folder, remove the card stock and voilà, you have a chicken wire background!

Chicken Wire Background Step 3

Chicken Wire Background Final

For the chicken, I used the Paper Piecing Technique. 
I simply stamped the chicken and greeting onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink and cut it out using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits.  I  stamped the image again onto the polka dot patterned piece of Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  I then cut out only the chicken's body using a pair of scissors and paper pieced it onto the stamped image using SNAIL Adhesive.  The feet, comb, and beak are from the stamped part underneath.   I colored in the comb and beak using a red marker. 

Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

I really like how the patterned paper gives the chicken a little texture and interest.  And the chicken wire background is a perfect compliment!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration)

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate

Paper: Smokey Slate, Real Red, Whisper White, Carried Away Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration)

Accessories: Double Hexagons Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Real Red Thick Baker's Twine, Dimensionals



 

Happy Stampin'!

Die Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot-Dragonfly Dreams and Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder

Aluminum Cans and the Big ShotOne of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is cutting shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and dies.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the lookout for aluminum cans with interesting colors and designs. 

Some of my favorites are Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale, especially when creating snowflakes for Christmas!

When my husband brought home cans of Arrogant Bastard Ale, my eyes lit up!

Black, red and white! 

I knew I could create something fun using this beer can, especially when it was combined with a Coke can.

Here's how the cans started out:

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I cut the tops and bottoms off of each can, then cut down the center to flatten them out. 

See instructions here (towards the end of the post).

Be careful, the cans are sharp at this point.  Once they have been cut using the die or embossed using an embossing folder, the edges become smooth.

I used the outline die from the new Dragonfly Thinlits from Stampin' Up to cut a dragonfly out of the Arrogant Bastard can.

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I embossed the inside of the Coke can using the new Hexagons Dynamics Embossing Folder (my new favorite!) to use as the background.

I matted the embossed background to a piece of Real Red card stock, then attached it to my Basic Black card base.  The greeting was heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The dragonfly was attached using Dimensionals.  I colored rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen and added them for a little extra bling.

Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot

Try using aluminum cans in your crafting. 

Once you've started, you'll never look at an aluminum can the same way again!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, aluminum cans, sturdy craft scissors, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, silver embossing powder, rhinestones, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Shimmery Alcohol and Ink Spritzed Background-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly dreams 035Create shimmery backgrounds by mixing rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol and regular dye based inks along with some shimmer paint in a spray bottle and then spritz the mix onto card stock!

This project came about after a morning of cleaning out my craft studio.  I found a collection of small spray bottles filled with isopropyl alcohol and various colors of  ink from dye based ink refills.  Instead of throwing out the mix, I decided I'd rather create some pretty backgrounds for future use.  After a quick test, I found I had bottles with Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder. 

Oh, perfect for creating a background to go with a dragonfly cut out using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits die.

Before I started, I decided that I wanted the colors to be a little bolder.  The Tempting Turquoise was ok, but the other two needed a refresher.  So, I added a few drops of Cucumber Crush ink refill to the Wild Wasabi mix and a few drops of Elegant Eggplant ink refill to the Wisteria Wonder mix.  I then spritzed the colors onto a piece of watercolor paper and set them aside to dry.  Once dry, I noticed the background had a little bit of shimmer to it.  Obviously, one (or more!) of the mixes had a touch of shimmer paint that Stampin' Up! used to carry.  It looks copper in color, but it might have been gold.  Who knows for sure :)

What a nice surprise!

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After the paper was completely dry, I stamped the dot image from the coordinating stamp set Dragonfly Dreams using Dapper Denim ink along the edges and corners.  After matting the background to a piece of Dapper Denim card stock, I then cut out a Dapper Denim Dragonfly using my Big Shot and Detailed Dragonfly thinlit die and popped him on the background using Dimensionals.  I added some rhinestones that I colored using a purple Sharpie pen for a little extra bit of bling.  The greeting from Dragonfly Dreams was stamped onto the Whisper White card base using Dapper Denim ink.

Adding dye based ink to regular isoproply alcohol and spritzing it on regular mat card stock or watercolor paper like I did is a great way to create some interesting backgrounds.  I personally like the added texture the watercolor paper brings.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams (bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die and save 10%!)

Ink: Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, rubbing alcohol, spritzer bottle, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Adding Texture Backgrounds Using Paper Towels-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams with paper towel background

I love recycling paper towels to create fun textured backgrounds in my crafting.

Did you see the paper towel background hot air balloon from my posting on 01/07?

I had a little piece of paper towel left over from that project,  so I used it to create the background behind the dragonfly for this card.

I used the new Dragonfly Dream Bundle found in the Occasions Catalog by Stampin' Up! The bundle comes with the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.  This bundle is one of my favorites found in this new catalog!

To create this card, I started by cutting out a dragonfly from Pink Pirouette card stock using the dragonfly thinlit. I set it aside while I cut another dragonfly out of my Whisper White card front.  I cut my paper towel a little bit larger than the size of the cutout and mounted it to a pieces of scrap card stock using a glue stick.  Before securing it behind the cutout, I stamped the dots from Dragonfly Dreams all over the card front using Melon Mambo ink.  Then, I secured the paper towel piece using SNAIL adhesive behind the cut out, making sure I only put adhesive around the edges so the glue wouldn't show through once I placed the Pink Pirouette dragonfly over the cutout.  I sponged a little bit of Melon Mambo ink along the edges of the Pink Pirouette dragonfly, then glued it on top of the cutout using Fine Tip Glue.  The card front was then mounted to a Tempting Turquoise card base.

The greeting was stamped using Melon Mambo ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White and matted to a scrap piece of Tempting Turquoise, then popped up using Dimensionals.   A turquoise Candy Dot was added for a little extra interest. 

Dragonfly Dreams with paper towel background

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Melon Mambo

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, paper towel used to clean stamps, glue stick, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dot, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Adding Texture Backgrounds Using Paper Towels-Lift Me Up Balloon

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One of my favorite stamping techniques is incorporating used paper towels in my crafting to create interesting textured backgrounds.

With this card, I paired the paper towel with hot air balloon in the new framelit collection Up & Away  by Stampin' Up! which is found in the Occasions Catalog!

I often use damp paper towels to clean my stamps and blocks.  This is the one that I used to clean my blocks after various tie dye stamping projects I did for Christmas cards. 

I lay them flat and let them dry.  I know to some it looks like something that should be thrown away, but not to me!

Recycle and reuse, right?


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This one had been sitting on my craft table for the longest time.  I kept eyeing it, thinking what a pretty collection of colors it was and how it would make a very colorful and textured background for an upcoming project.  When I received my pre-order for the new Occasions Catalog which included the fun Lift Me Up Bundle (stamp set Lift Me Up and the Up & Away Framelits), I knew immediately what I'd do with the paper towel! 

Coming from ABQ, the hot air balloon capital of the world, I knew I had to have this bundle.

To start, I cut the balloon out of Pink Pirouette card stock using my Big Shot and the balloon framelit.  I then cut a piece of scrap card stock a little larger than the size of the balloon framelit and glued the paper towel to it using a glue stick as my adhesive.  I attached the Pink Pirouette balloon to the paper towel, then trimmed the paper towel around the balloon using a pair of scissors.  By backing it to a piece of card stock, it gives the paper towel sturdiness to allow for cutting.

For the back ground of the card, I simply sponged on Island Indigo and Marina Mist inks.  The clouds are cut out of Shimmer White card stock using two of the cloud framelits, and the balloon is popped up using Dimensionals.  Tempting Turquoise Candy Dots were added for a little bit of interest.

The greeting is included in Lift Me Up, and is perfect!

Love the texture the paper towel gives behind the balloon.

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Don't throw those paper towels away!  Use them to create textured backgrounds in your crafting!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo

Paper: Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Shimmer White

Accessories: used paper towel, Big Shot, Up and Away Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Snow Blooms-White Craft Ink Meets Sheltering Tree

Snow Blooms Sheltering Tree

Snow!  It's easy to create the look of snow using white craft ink! 

For this card, I wanted the tree from Sheltering Tree to be covered in snow blooms.

I started by stamping the blooms from Sheltering Tree onto my Smokey Slate card front.  I then stamped the trunk using Early Espresso ink.  I added some more snow to the around the tree by stamping the ground image using white craft ink. 

What is craft ink?  It is a pigment ink which means it is thicker and slower to try.  Drying time varies, but can take up to an hour depending on how inky your pad is.  Once it dries, it is waterproof and permanent meaning it will not fade.

Stampin' Up! sells White Craft ink #101731, plus the refill #101780.

White Craft Ink Snow Blooms

Want to add a little more oomph to your project?  You can add embossing powder to the ink and heat emboss to get raised or bolder images.  The ink stays wet longer, allowing you plenty of time to add your embossing powder and get it embossed. 

Here, I stamped my blooms in white craft ink, then embossed them with white embossing powder. 

You can see that the snow blooms pop more.

Embossed Snow Blooms
 

I hope you'll try adding snow to your crafting projects by using white craft ink!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Thoughtful Branches  (greeting)

Ink: White Craft, Early Espresso

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Smokey Slate

Accessories: white embossing powder, heat tool, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine

 

Happy Stampin'!

Custom Made Melon Mambo Glimmer Paper Meets Detailed Santa

Melon Mambo Glimmer Detailed Santa

Custom Made Melon Mambo Glimmer Paper, please meet Detailed Santa!

I was cleaning up my stamping studio when I came across a Detailed Santa cut out of Basic Black card stock.  Obviously a left over from my Tie Dyed Santa stamping projects!

I knew I had to use this last piece before I put the Detailed Santa Thinlits dies away for the season.

I also had a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper in my stack of scraps, and an idea started to form.  I laid the black piece over the glimmer piece, but didn't quite like the look.  The Dazzling Diamonds paper was just too bright and Santa was lost on it.  mmmm... Why not tone down the glimmer paper by adding a softer shade of pink? 

So, I got out my Melon Mambo ink and pad and a sponge and went to work.

Making custom color glimmer paper to match Stampin' Up!'s colors is super simple. 

You can fill a Stampin' Spritzer bottle with rubbing alcohol, add a few drops of reinker, shake to mix, then spritz it on the paper. 

Or simply sponge on the color using a sponge or sponge dauber like I did.

sponging Melon Mambo onto glimmer paper

 

Custom color glimmer paper

To finish the card, I heat embossed the greeting from Greetings from Santa using white embossing powder.  I then swiped on some Melon Mambo using the excess ink on my sponge.

The possibilities are endless!

What color of custom made glimmer paper is in your future?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Dazzling Details Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, sponge, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Background Santa Part 2

Tie Dye Santa

Here's one more tie dye background paired with Santa cut out of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die.

See my Melon Mambo/Tempting Turquoise die dye Santa here

Colors for the background are Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Wisteria Wonder.  Inks were dabbed onto my clear block "E", spritzed with water, then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then lifted it up, and I was left with a tie dye background.

After Santa was cut out, the greeting was heat embossed using white embossing powder, then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.

What colors will you use for your tie dye Santa?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder,clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water,  Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Santa

Tie Dye Greetings from Santa

Tye Die Santa: a little different Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas colors. 

The background is the clear block stamping technique.  I dabbed on Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my "E" clear block, spritzed with water so the ink would pool and run and then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it set for a few seconds, lifted it off and let the ink dry. 

I Just love the tie dye look!

Greetings from Santa

Santa was cut out of Elegant Eggplant card stock using my Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die. He was popped up from the background using Dimensionals.  The greeting is from the coordinating stamp set, Greetings from Santa, and was heat embossed using white embossing powder.

What colors will your tie dye Santa be?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, "E" clear block, spritzer bottle with water, Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Rose Red Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Here's another stenciled reindeer using left over pieces from Santa's Sleigh cut outs (see posting from 12/6).

The reindeer is Rose Red and the background is the clear block watercolor technique using Rose Red, Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush inks. 

This stenciled reindeer makes me smile!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Rose Red, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red

Accessories: Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Cucumber Crush thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!