Background Techniques

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:

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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

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

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

 

Happy Stampin'!

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!

If you like this project and would like to see more of my work, please be sure to follow me on Pinterest.

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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,

Happy Stampin'!

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

Happy Stampin'!

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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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!

If you like this idea, please be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

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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'!