Background Techniques

Faux Metal Lovely as a Tree

Faux Metal Lovely as a TreeLovely as a Tree is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets.  It is one of the first stamp sets I purchased when I started stamping many moons ago. 

I think it is the oldest set found in the SU! Annual Catalog. 

I hold my breath every year when the retiring list is published, and I breathe a sigh of relief when I see that it is not on that list!

For this card, I combined Lovely as a Tree with the Faux Metal Technique. 

Perfect for a fall-themed card!

Also perfect for those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards too!

The Faux Metal Technique is very easy to do.

You will need a Versamark pad, embossing powder, heat tool and a stamp.

That's it!

Here's how:

1.  Ink up your stamp with Versamark and set it aside.  This is an important step.  The Versamark protects the rubber from the melted embossing powder in the last step.

2. Dab Versamark ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Pour embossing powder over the Versamark, and heat emboss using a heat tool.  For this card, I used copper embossing powder.

3. Repeat that step 2 more times.  On the third time, make sure the embossing powder is melting and flowing, like melted wax.

4. Quickly remove the heat from the card stock, and stamp your preconditioned stamp into the melted embossing powder.  Lift the stamp, and your image should be burnished into the embossing powder.  It's  the same principle as wax sealing an envelope. 

5. If you don't like the image, simply add more heat to the embossing powder, so it is melted and flowing and try again.  Remember to condition your stamp with Versamark before stamping.

6. Swipe Embossing Buddy over piece of Perfect Plum card stock.  Stamp leaves and pine cones from Lovely as a Tree using Versamark ink.  Heat emboss using copper embossing powder. 

7. Dab edges of Perfect Plum into Versamark and heat emboss using copper embossing powder.

8.  Attach to front of Whisper White card base.  Attach Faux Metal piece to front of card base , popping it up using Dimensionals.

9. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Elegant Eggplant to complete.

I  hope you'll give it a try and will share your creations with me.

Lovely as a Tree, timeless tree images!

Lovely as a tree

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Versamark, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Embossing Paste Daisy Delight

Embossing Paste Daisy Delight

Fall has arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

Purple Asters, some of my favorite flowers, are blooming in abundance.

My project for this posting was inspired by these pretty flowers growing on our property.

I love their bright yellow centers.  They make me smile!

Asters

I combined the stamp set Daisy Delight, stamped in purples, with Embossing Paste colored in green, along with one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks from Stampin' Up!

I love the easy texture that the Embossing Paste gives to projects.

Here's how:

Coloring and Mixing Embossing Paste

With a palette knife, scoop out and place embossing paste onto your work surface.

For this, I use a plastic lid.  As you can tell, I've used this lid many times over for various projects. 

The embossing paste from other projects has dried on the lid.  It would take a good scrubbing to remove it.

So, be sure to wash off the embossing paste with warm water from your stencil, palette knife, and work surface as soon as you are finished with it.  It dries quick.

Also, be sure to put the lid back on the jar of embossing paste and seal tightly, so it doesn't dry out in the jar.  I have also added a piece of cling wrap to the top of the jar, sealing it with the lid.

Place a drop or two of ink refill onto the embossing paste and mix in using the palette knife.  For this project, I used 1 drop of Wild Wasabi.

You could also use the embossing paste without color.  It has an off-white, shimmery tint to it.

 

Spreading the embossing paste

Place your card front onto a covered work surface and then place the stencil on top of the card stock, securing it with a piece of washi or painter's tape at the top.

Begin spreading the embossing paste onto the stencil using a palette knife.  It's kind of like spreading frosting. 

The thicker you apply, the longer it will take to dry.  But even so, it doesn't take long.

You can cover the whole stencil like I did or only parts.

Embossing Paste done

Remove the stencil and set the piece aside to dry as you work on the other parts of the card.

Stamp two daisies on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock, one using Elegant Eggplant, the other using Wisteria Wonder inks.

Stamp solid circle in the center of one of the daisies using Crushed Curry ink.

Punch out using the coordinating Daisy Punch.  Offset layer the daisies, one on top of the other using SNAIL Adhesive.  Slight bend the petals up using your fingers.

Wrap ribbon around the front of the embossed card front, securing it in the back with SNAIL Adhesive.  I used some retired chevron ribbon from my stash.

Attach to Elegant Eggplant card base.

Attach flower to front of card using a Dimensional to pop it up.

Stamp leaves from Daisy Delight using Emerald Envy ink on a scrap piece of Old Olive card stock. 

Fussy cut using a pair of scissors.  Slip underneath flower as desired using SNAIL Adhesive.

Embossing Paste close up

I also stamped the inside of the card using the daisy and greeting in Daisy Delight.

Embossing Paste inside
 

Adding texture to your project is fast and easy using Embossing Paste and accessories from Stampin' Up!

The possibilities are endless!

Shop Embossing Paste HERE

Embossing paste

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Daisy Delight

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, and Wild Wasabi ink refill.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, Daisy Punch, retired ribbon, Mini Dimensional, washi tape

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Garden Party-Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

A Little Wild Garden PartyI've had so much fun crafting with the adorable A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Thinlits Dies.

Before I put the stamp set away for the time being, I decided to create a cute little garden party flip card for my granddaughter's one year birthday coming up in October.

I combined it with the Acrylic Block Watercolor Background technique.

Here's how:

  1. To create the background, I tapped Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Wild Wasabi inks onto an acrylic block, then spritzed it with water so the ink would pool and run and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then removed the block and set the paper aside so it would dry completely.
  2. While the watercolor paper was drying, I stamped the images from A Little Wild onto scrap pieces of watercolor paper using Archival Black ink.  I then colored the images using watercolor pencils, a Blender Pen, and an Aqua Painter.  I set them aside to dry completely.
  3.  Once dry, I cut the images out using the Big Shot and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies.  I folded them over and removed the little tabs on each one using a pair of scissors.
  4. On the inside of each animal, I stamped a greeting from A Little Wild and Teeny Tiny Wishes using Archival Black ink.

On the inside of the bear, I stamped "hello there, honey bear!" and added a Dapper Denim Enamel Shape:

A Little Wild Garden Party Bear Inside

On the inside of the lion, I stamped "wild about you" and added three Glitter Enamel Dots:

A Little Wild Garden Party Lion inside

And finally, on the inside of the elephant, I stamped "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes and added a row of rhinestones colored using a pink Sharpie Pen:

A Little Wild Garden Party Elephant inside
       5. I stamped the grass image from A Little Wild onto the Wild Wasabi part of the background using Emerald Envy and Old Olive inks.  I stamped the image repeatedly full  strength and after off stamping.

       6. I stamped the bees in the sky part of the background using Archival Black ink and then colored in the images using a Crushed Curry marker.

      7. I attached the watercolor card front to my Crushed Curry card base, then attached each of the animals using Mini Dimensionals.

      8. I tied bows out of various baker's twine and attached to the animals using Mini Glue Dots.

A Little Wild Garden Party Closeup

A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies can be purchased separately.

But, if purchased as a bundle, you can save 10%

A Little Wild Bundle

Be sure to check out my other A Little Wild creations Here!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: A Little Wild, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Archival Black, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Emerald Envy, Old Olive, watercolor pencils, Crushed Curry Marker

Paper: Crushed Curry, Watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves Framelits Dies, acrylic block (not Stampin' Up!), Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Enamel Shapes, Glitter Enamel Dots, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, baker's twine, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Copper Foil Paper Meets Ruffled Embossing Folder

 

  Ruffled Copper Butterfly

Here's another card I created using copper foil paper embossed with Ruffled, one of the new embossing folders from Stampin' Up!

Using a die cut machine like the Big Shot paired with an embossing folder instantly brings texture and interest to your paper crafting.

And by using the copper foil paper, your project will be rich and deep in color.

(For another embossed copper foil card I created, please be sure to see my hexagon bee card HERE.)

To create the butterfly, I stamped one of the images from Watercolor Wings using Versamark ink on a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock, then heat embossed it using copper embossing powder.  I then cut it out using the Big Shot and coordinating die found in Butterfly Framelits.

I added a copper glimmer brad from my stash to the center of the butterfly for a little more interest.

The foliage was cut out of Basic Black card stock using the Big Shot and Pretty Pines Framelits dies, which I attached to the embossed copper foil paper using my Fine Tip Glue pen along the bottom only so the tops of the leaves stick up.

After attaching the foliage, I added a narrow strip of torn Basic Black card stock over the bottom of the foil to neaten things up. 

The butterfly is popped up using a Dimensional, and I placed black candy dots here and there for more interest.

Ruffled Copper Butterfly closeup

Using embossing folders is an easy way to add dimension to any paper crafting project.

Be sure to check out Stampin' Up!'s full line of embossing folders.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Watercolor Wings

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Ruffled Embossing Folder, Butterfly and Pretty Pines Framelits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, copper glitter brad, paper-piercing tool and mat, candy dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensional

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Clear Block Watercolor Background-Wild About Flowers

Clear Block Background Wild About Flowers

My plan for this week was to create cards for birthdays coming up in July. 

I try to tailor-make each card for the person I am going to give it to.

I created this one for a special neighbor who will be turning 84 this year.

She loves the wildflowers that grow around our properties here in the mountains of southern Colorado, so I decided to create her a watercolor landscape that might look familiar to her.

I used the Clear Block Watercolor Technique paired with the 2-step stamp Wild About Flowers.

To create the landscape, I tapped Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide onto my clear block "E." 

I spritzed the ink with water until it started to pool and run. 

Then, I stamped the block onto my Whisper White card front, letting it sit on the paper for a few seconds.   I lifted the block and set the paper aside to dry completely.

Once it was dry, I stamped the leaf image from Wild About Flowers using Tranquil Tide ink.  Then, I stamped the coordinating flower stamp using Fresh Fig ink.  The grass image is from In the Meadow (retired) using full strength Tranquil Tide and stamped again without reinking.

The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams and seems to be my latest go-to for birthday cards.  I think it is the perfect sentiment for the occasion!

I really like the bold colors on this one. 

I think our neighbor will like it too!

Clear Block Background Wild About Flowers Close Up

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wild About Flowers, In the Meadow, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide (3 of the 2016-2019 In Colors)

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water

Happy Stampin'!

Sponged and Masked Background Wild About Wildflowers

Wild About WildflowersFor this card, I decided to create a mountain meadow landscape using the Sponged and Masked Background Technique, along with the 2-step stamp set Wild About Flowers.

My inspiration came from the wildflowers that are starting to bloom in all different colors here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

The Sponged and Masked Background is a super easy technique, and the possibilities are endless!

All you need is a piece of torn computer paper, ink, and a sponge.

To start, simply tear a piece of computer paper to use as a mask to separate the line between the sky and the ground.

The paper can be torn in any way you want depending on what kind of landscape you'd like.

Masked Sponged Background step 1

Place the torn computer paper onto the bottom section of a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Then, add the sky colors above the torn paper using a sponge.

For this card, I used Marina Mist ink.

Masked Sponged Background

Remove the mask, and you will see a definite separation between the sky and what will then become the ground.

Masked Sponged Background step 2

Now, you can sponge on color to create the ground.

For this card, I used Pear Pizzazz ink. 

Once you are satisfied with the colors, it is now time to stamp the main images.

For the flowers, I used the 2-step stamp Wild About Flowers.  First, I stamped the leaves using Tranquil Tide ink.  Then, I used the 2nd step coordinating flower image stamped in Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, and Fresh Fig inks.

I added grass using the image from In the Meadow (retired) stamped using Tranquil Tide and Pear Pizzazz inks full strength, then stamped again without reinking.

The butterflies also came from In the Meadow and were stamped using Dapper Denim ink.

The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams and was stamped onto Crushed Curry matting using Dapper Denim ink.

Masked Sponged Background closeup

I also wanted to show you what the stamp set looks like so you can see how the 2-step images fit together:

Wild about Flowers

 

So take a look outside for inspiration for your next Sponged and Masked Background project.

You can find more sponged background ideas HERE.

I hope you'll share your creations with me!

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wild About Flowers, In the Meadow, Dragonfly Dreams

Inks: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Dapper Denim (4 of the 2016-2019 In Colors)

Paper: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry,  Whisper White

Accessories: computer paper, sponge

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Clear Block Cool Water Background-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams

Spring has arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  After a dry winter, we've had a snowy and rainy spring.  Temps are rising, and the Hardscrabble Creek is running high.  That means the dragonflies will soon be patrolling up and down the creek bed in search of food.

In celebration of their return, I created this card using the Clear Block Watercolor Background Technique and the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams.

The Clear Block Watercolor Background Technique is my go-to whenever I want to create a landscape, whether it be on land or water.

The technique is easy.  Here's how.

Lightly tap ink pads onto a clear block, and spritz with water.  Lay the block onto a piece of regular card stock or watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds, then lift.  Let it dry completely, then stamp your image.

For this card, I tapped Pool Party and Marina Mist inks onto my clear block "E", then added Pear Pizzazz ink along the edges.  After spritzing the block with water, I stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock. 

Once the background was dry, I stamped the dragonfly using the 2-step method.  First came the solid wings stamped in Emerald Envy, then came the body over stamped using Dapper Denim. 

I stamped the dots image using Marina Mist and Pool Party.  For the most part, I inked up the stamp, stamped off, then stamped onto my background so they dots wouldn't be full strength.  But, some of the Pool Party dots were stamped full strength.

I added some clear Wink of Stella to the dragonfly as well as to the background for a little shimmer.

The greeting was stamped in Dapper Denim.

Dragonfly Dreams closeup

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Pool Party, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White

Accessories: Clear Block "E", Stampin' Spritzer with water

 

Happy Stampin'!

That's the Tag Stained Glass

Thats the Tag Stained Glass

Create the look of stained glass by using Vellum cardstock and Stampin' Up! Write Markers. 

For this card, I paired the Stained Glass Technique with the retiring stamp set That's the Tag and coordinating Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies.

The technique is easy.  Here's how:

To begin, first cut the flower oval out of Early Espresso ink using the Big Shot and Timeless Tags Thinlit Die. 

Then, cut out the solid oval out of vellum cardstock . 

You will now have 2 pieces that will need to be glued together.  For this piece, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen along the narrow edges of the Early Espresso frame.

Turn the piece over, and you are ready to color in the back side of the vellum, using the Early Espresso flower as your guide.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

For this card, I used Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Pool Party and Crushed Curry markers.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

When you turn it over, you will now have a pretty piece with the look of stained glass!

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

To complete the card, I applied glue from the Fine Tip Glue pen carefully along the inside of each of the segments of the flower.  This gives a lacquer finish look of glass.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass close up

I hope you'll give the Stained Glass Technique a try!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: That's the Tag

Ink: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Vellum, Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Pool Party ribbon





 

Happy Stampin'!

In the Meadow Reflection Technique

Here is another couple of Blast from the Past cards featuring the retiring stamp set In the Meadow and the Reflection Masking Technique.

Instructions can be found HERE

In the Meadow Reflection Technique

For the card above, after creating the sky and water by sponging Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Pool Party inks, I stamped and colored in the main images of the deer, trees, and grass. To create the reflections, I inked up each stamp with Basic Gray Archival ink.  I off-stamped the images onto my work paper, turned the stamps upside down and stamped, lining the bottom of the stamps up with the bottom of the original stamped images.

The deer were stamped using Early Espresso ink, then colored in using a blender pen and Crumb Cake ink.  The landscape is the from the stamp set Sheltering Tree stamped full strength and off stamped using Old Olive ink.

 And here is a pretty reflection mountain scene:

In the Meadow Reflection Masking Technique

To see how this card was created using the Reflection Masking Technique, please visit my instructions HERE

In the Meadow retires on May 31.

Be sure to order your set before it is too late!

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Paper Piecing using Beautiful You and Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper

 

Paper Pieced Beautiful You
 

 

The Paper Piecing Technique in card making is adding colorful and patterned paper to a stamped image. 

When it is paired with the images in Beautiful You, it's kinda like playing paper dolls when you were a child but with a grown up appeal.

And by using the patterned pieces found in  Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper ( found in this month's sneak peek bundle from Stampin' Up!), the images now have a bold, colorful look.

The Paper Piecing Technique is easy to do. 

Here's how:

Stamp your image onto a neutral piece of card stock.  For this card, I stamped the woman with the umbrella image on Very Vanilla card stock using Basic Gray ink.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, I stamped her body and umbrella on different patterned Eastern Palace DSP using Basic Gray ink.

For her dress, I used the deep colored, Fresh Fig lined pattern.  I think this is going to be one of my new favorite colors!

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

For the umbrella, I used the fun Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim polka dot pattern. 

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, with a pair of scissors, I cut out the individual pieces.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

Then, it is just a matter of piecing them onto the stamped image.  You can pop them up with Dimensionals if you'd like.

I popped up the umbrella but decided to use SNAIL Adhesive for the dress.

Paper Pieced Beautiful You

With the images in Beautiful You, the possibilities are endless for the Paper Piecing Technique.  You can make different "outfits" to match the mood of the card.  Or use your recipient's favorite colors.

See, just like playing with paper dolls!

And what is the Eastern Palace Suite anyway?

Stampin' Up! is offering customers a sneak peek of the bold and exotic product found in the Eastern Palace Suite before the release of the Annual Catalog on June 1. 

Two bundles will be available for purchase May 1-31. 

While the a la carte items will be available in the upcoming catalog, the bundles are exclusive to the Sneak Peek period.

These bundles consist of a new stamp set, thinlit dies,  Designer Series Paper, accessories and 3 of the 5 new In Colors:  Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime, and Tranquil Tide!  

And depending on the bundle, SU! will include a gift of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes OR Very Vanilla thick card stock and envelopes.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You

Ink: Basic Gray, Dapper Denim

Paper: Very Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper

Accessories: scissors, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Towel Stormy Sky Background-Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure baby wipe background

The Baby Wipe Technique is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

I lay them flat, let them dry and use them in my crafting.

  I know to some it looks like something that should be thrown away, but not to me!

Recycle and reuse, right?

The baby wipe I used for this card was left over from one of the baby wipes I used for a recent class.

Be sure to see that project HERE!

To me, it looked like tie dye. 

But, it also looked like one of the stormy skies we sometimes see here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

So, I decided to create my own little mountain scene.

So, to start crafting with it, I first applied glue from a glue stick onto a piece of regular card stock, then placed my used baby wipe on the glue and patted it down so it would stick. 

By doing this, I was able to cut the piece down for my project.  You need the baby wipe on a thicker surface to cut it down with a paper cutter or scissors.

I left it a little longer on the bottom so I could build my landscape scene right on the wipe.

Baby Wipe Background

I cut mountains, hills, and trees out of Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Garden Green card stock using my Big Shot and Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies. 

To create the snowy foreground, I simply tore a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the greeting from Wish Big using Melon Mambo ink.

Then, I was ready to build my landscape.

I simply layered them on top of the baby wipe using Dimensionals to pop up each layer.  After the scene was built, I trimmed down the two sides to even them up.  Then, I layered it onto a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock, then layered it onto my Crumb Cake card base.

Love the bold colors and texture on this one!

Outdoor Adventure baby wipe background closeup

Recycle and reuse.  Use those baby wipes in your crafting to create some great backgrounds!

If you liked this project and would like to purchase the product I used, please let me know.

You can email me at annehayard@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink:  Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Crushed Curry, Pool Party ink refills,

Paper: Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Garden Green

Accessories: baby wipe, Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (retiring), glue stick, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Technique-Flowering Flourishes

Flowering Flourishes Baby Wipe Card    

Using the Baby Wipe Technique is one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques!

This is the card we created at a recent refresher course for my Wetmore Ladies Stamping Group.

I had shown them the Baby Wipe Technique as one of my first classes for them 8 years ago.

I thought everyone could use a little reminder on how to do this fun technique!

This card was CASE'D (copy and share with everyone) from Stampin' Up!  I liked it so much that the only thing I decided to change was the stamp sets.

So, we used Flowering Flourishes and Picture Perfect, both retiring on May 31.

Here's how you do this technique.

All you need is a baby wipe and ink refills.

You will ink up the baby wipe and use it as your ink palette to stamp on.

To do this, simply fold a baby wipe to fit inside a Powder Pal or on an acrylic block.  Since the flower image from Flowering Flourishes is so large and it needs to be mounted on an "F" block, the largest that SU! sells, it then became too big to fit into my small Powder Pal.   So, instead, I folded the baby wipe onto another "F" Block.

Making a Baby Wipe Ink Palette

Now, apply strips of color onto the baby wipe using Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Crushed Curry and Pool Party ink refills.

Lay your stamp onto the palette, inking it up.  You can move it around a little bit to pick up different colors on the stamp.  But, be careful your colors don't become muddy.

Then, stamp onto your card front and remove.

Done!

I love how the flower looks batik.

Flowering Flourishes Baby Wipe Closeup

You can also create your palette by adding drops of ink refills onto the baby wipe.

To learn more, Click HERE to see my Lovely as a Tree Baby Wipe Card

To finish the card, I stamped the greeting from Picture Perfect using Archival Black ink.

I wrapped a piece of black Baker's Twine around the left side of the card front, tying a bow on the front. 

The card front was matted to a Crushed Curry card base.

Give the Baby Wipe Technique a try! 

The possibilities are endless!

If you like this project and would like to order the supplies to make some for yourself, please email me at:

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations. com

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Stamp Sets: Flowering Flourishes, Picture Perfect, both retiring on May 31

Ink: Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Crushed Curry, Pool Party ink refills, black ink (Memento or Archival)

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Baby Wipes, black Baker’s Twine, Acrylic Block "F"

Happy Stampin'!

Shaving Cream Technique-Always an Adventure Sunrise

Always an Adventure Shaving Cream Background

The Shaving Cream Technique (also known as the Marbling Technique) is great for creating pretty landscape backgrounds!

I had some left-over pieces from my Shaving Cream Happy Birthday Card I shared HERE.

Since I'm usually in my don't throw anything away mood, I decided that I'd create a sunrise backdrop for a pretty mountain scene.

The inspiration for this card came from my surroundings here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.  I am surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, a forest of green and sometimes a bear or two. 

This card pretty well sums up spring in my little piece of the world!

To create my landscape, I used the stamp set Always an Adventure and coordinating Outdoor Adventure Framelits. 

Purchase them as a bundle, and you'll save 10%

Both of these items are retiring, and will no longer be available after May 31. 

The Shaving Cream Technique is super easy to do.  All you need is some shaving cream and ink refills.

For full instruction on how to do this fun technique, please visit my posting HERE.

Shaving Cream Background Sky closeup

I love the soft colors on this one!

I hope you enjoyed looking at a small snapshot of my world!

Be sure to try out the Shaving Cream Technique.

What will be your inspiration?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Always an Adventure, Bunny Buddies (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Soft Sky, So Saffron ink refills, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso

Paper: Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Garden Green

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies, Dimensionals

 

 

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Shaving Cream Background-Happy Birthday

Shaving Cream Technique Did you like my Shaving Cream/Marbling Technique Easter Eggs from my April 12th posting?

That posting has step-by-step instructions, so be sure to take a look.

Here's another Shaving Cream Background idea.  In this card, the shaving cream background provides an interesting background for a clean and simple birthday card. 

This might even be used as a masculine card.  What do you think?

  Maybe change up the color of the baker's twine, or leave it off completely.

Ink refills used were Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, and Pool Party.

Shaving Cream Technique

Check out my step-by-step instructions and then give the Shaving Cream/Marbling Background technique a try.

If you like this project and would like to order the supplies, please let me know:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Celebrate Today

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Soft Sky, So Saffron ink refills, Basic Gray

Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White

Accessories: shaving cream, paper plate, something to stir the shaving cream, paper towels, Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

 

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Shaving Cream Background-Easter Eggs

 

Shaving Cream Technique Easter EggsThe Shaving Cream Technique (also known as the Marbling Technique) is one of my all-time favorites!

It's super easy and is perfect for creating colorful Easter Egg cards!

Here's how:

All you need is some shaving cream (not the gel type), a few ink refills, a paper plate, paper towels (this is a messy technique, so be sure to have plenty of paper towels on hand for the cleanup), and something for swirling/mixing.

First, spray shaving cream, making a pile on a paper plate.

Shaving Cream Technique Instructions

Drop a few drops of ink refills into the pile of shaving cream. 

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

Using a spoon or similar, mix the colors into the shaving cream.  Be careful not to mix it too much, so the colors don't become muddy.

For this sample, I used a plastic fork to create lines in the shaving cream.

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

Place a piece of white card stock into the shaving cream mixture, letting it set for a couple of seconds.

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

Remove the card stock from the mix,

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

and then scrape off the shaving cream.  I used a credit card as my scraper, but a paper towel will work just as well. 

You will now have an awesome background that you can use in your crafting!

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

For the Easter eggs, I first cut out several ovals out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and Oval Thinlits die.  I then placed them in my shaving cream/reinker mix.

Reinker colors used for the Easter Eggs were Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and Wisteria Wonder.

To create a card base, I cut another oval out of Whisper White card stock.  I placed the oval in my scoring tool and scored along the top at 1/2".  I secured the shaving cream egg to the scored oval, folding the base along the score line.

Shaving Cream Easter Eggs closeup

So colorful and bright!

The Shaving Cream Background Technique is so versatile. 

The possibilities are endless!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and Wisteria Wonder.

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Ovals and Bitty Banners Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents and Owl Builder punches, Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Simply Scored Scoring Tool,

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Happy Home, Happy Retirement-Clear Block Stamping Background Technique

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique-Happy HomeThe Clear Block Stamping Background Technique is one of my all-time favorites! 
This technique allows you to create beautiful landscape backgrounds for any occasion!

I recently needed a retirement card for a friend, so I decided to combine this great technique with the stamp sets Happy Home and Fun with Flowers.

To create the background, I simply patted Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Crushed Cucumber ink pads directly onto my clear block "D",

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 1

spritzed it with water,

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 2

then stamped it onto my Whisper White (you could also use watercolor paper) card front, letting it set for a few minutes.

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 3

  I lifted the block off and let the paper ink dry before stamping the image from Happy Home over the background. 

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 4

I used Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush markers to add color directly to the different parts of the stamp.

Remember, when you color a stamp with markers, "huff" on the stamp before stamping.  This will add moisture to the ink for a better image.

The greeting from Fun with Flowers is perfect for the occasion for this card!

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Happy Home Close Up

Create pretty backgrounds by giving the Clear Block Background Stamping Technique a try.  Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Home (retired, but any stamp would work), Fun with Flowers (greeting)

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush ink pads, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush  markers

Paper: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "D", spritzer bottle with water

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Color Therapy for Adults-Inside the Lines Sale-A-Bration Coloring Paper

Inside the Lines-Sale-A-Bration

Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!

Coloring books for adults are everywhere. They bring out the kid—and the Zen—in all of us! Now you can jump on the trend with Sale-A-Bration’s Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper. When you’re showing this fun paper in your events make sure to display the various ways to use it.

Paper Details: Black and white for coloring, the packet includes 12 one sided sheets measuring 12"x 12": 3 each of 4 designs.  Acid and lignin free. 

Use watercolor pencils, markers, sponge daubers, or a brayer to add color! 

Many Ways to Color:

  1. Gorgeous Box-Color Therapy-Use markers for detailed coloring like we did on the box.  Just cut the paper out with a die, color, relax, and then assemble.
  2. Card #1- Outside the Lines-Use sponge daubers on the paper for a quick and easy but awesome effect.
  3. Cared #2-Leave it Alone: Don’t forget that the paper has a cool black-and-white look from the start. Use it as a background and add a vibrant element front and center like we did with our fairy.

For more Inside the Lines ideas, please be sure to view Stampin' Up!'s video:

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Don't forget, for every $50.00 spent, you get to choose a free item out of the Sale-a-Bration catalogs.

Don't miss out!  This is a great time to stock up!

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Please e-mail me with any questions!

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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!

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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

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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

 

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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

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