Two-Step Stamping

Watercolor Wings Painted Ladies

Watercolor Wings

Recently, there was an article in the newspaper about the Painted Lady butterflies migrating through Colorado on their way to Mexico for the winter.

I have noticed an increase in Painted Ladies in my garden!  I have a space in my garden that I call the "weed patch."  It is a collection of oregano, sage, mint, clover, and alfalfa.  The clover and alfalfa bloom early.  The oregano, sage, and mint are in full bloom now for the fall.  Most people would consider this truly a weed patch (especially with the clover and alfalfa), but I love this little garden space.  It attracts bees, butterflies, and a number of other pollen-seeking insects. 

Here is a photo I took of a Painted Lady in my garden.

Painted Lady 3

In celebration of the migration, I created the card above covered with Painted Ladies using the 3-step stamp set, Watercolor Wings.

This is such a great stamp for creating all kinds of butterflies.  

And it is easy to use.

Here's how:

 

The medium-sized butterfly in the set is a 3-step stamp.  Randomly stamp the solid image first using Pumpkin Pie ink.

Watercolor Wings Step 1

Next, stamp the outline image using Basic Black ink.

Watercolor Wings Step 2

Then, stamp the wing image using Cajun Craze ink.

Watercolor Wings Step 3 

Stamp the body and antennae using Soft Suede ink. 

That's it.  Done!

To complete the card, randomly stamp the 3 dot image using Old Olive ink.  Stamp greeting on scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Banner cut the end, and lightly sponge Pumpkin Pie ink along the edges.  Mat to an Old Olive piece that has also been banner cut.  Attach to front of card using Dimensionals.  Layer to Basic Black mat, then to Pumpkin Pie  card base. 

  Watercolor Wings Close Up

Thank you Painted Ladies for stopping by. 

Safe travels to Mexico!

Watercolor Wings stamp set, #139424, $26.00

Watercolor WingsSupplies Used:

Stamp Set: Watercolor Wings

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Archival Black, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive

Accessories: Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

You Move Me Hummingbird Card

You Move Me Hummingbird

Here's another fun interactive card I created using the Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

This one features the fluttering hummingbird!

(Please see my card featuring the butterfly HERE).

You Move Me Hummingbird pouch and insert

I made this pouch card for my niece's birthday. 

The hummingbird is stamped on a piece that inserts into the pouch. 

When you pull up the insert the hummingbird's wings flap.

Of course, this is one of those cards that you have to see in action to get the full effect.

So, I created a short video showing the movement.


Move Me Hummingbird Card You Tube
 How cool is that?

And it is easy to make!

Here's how:

  1. To create the pouch, score 5 1/2" x 8 1/1" Tangerine Tango card base at 2 1/8" x 6 1/4".  Do not fold along the score lines just yet.
  2. Attach 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper to the front of the card base.
  3. Cut out an opening using the Big Shot and Square Framelits Die.  You can discard the cutout or use it for another project.
  4. Cut out the top notch using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.
  5. Cut out the luver from a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Crushed Curry card stock using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlits Die.  The sandwich should be the Big Shot Platform, Thin Die Adapter, Precision Base Plate, card stock, die, and upper cutting plate.
  6. Carefully apply SNAIL Adhesive to the back side of the louver.  I placed the louver piece onto my Silicone Craft Mat and carefully applied the SNAIL along the outside edges.  You don't want the adhesive to extend to the inside of the cutout as it will hinder the movement of the insert once the card is assembled.
  7. Attach the louver over the square opening.
  8.  Fold pouch along fold lines and apply Tear and Tape to the edge of one back panel.  Apply Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the middle panel to close the bottom of the pouch.  Remove backing off Tear and Tape pieces, and fold along the score lines, securing the pouch close.
  9.  To figure out where the hummingbird should be stamped on the card insert, place 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Whisper White insert into the pouch.  Make a small mark through the louver with a pencil.  Use that mark as a guide for placement.  I found it best to stamp the hummingbird towards the bottom of the insert.  It may sit lower as you are looking at the front of the card, but you'll get more fluttering effect as it moves up and out of the pouch.
  10.  Now to stamp the hummingbird onto the insert.  There are two images in the stamp set.  One is a full image of the hummingbird, the other is just the body and wing.  Using your pencil mark as a guide, first stamp the full image hummingbird using Tangerine Tango ink.  Then, stamp the partial image of the hummingbird over the first image.  The stamps are photopolymer, so they are easy to see where you are stamping.  You want the lines of the partial image to be offset from the lines of the full image.  That offset makes the fluttering effect work.
  11. Stamp the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black in at the top of the insert.
  12. Mat to a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" Basic Black card stock.  Puch a hole at the top and insert a piece of ribbon.  I used retired Tangerine Tango ribbon out of my stash.
  13. For the front, stamp flowers using Powder Pink, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango inks onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut pieces out using the Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies.
  14. Stamp leaves onto a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock using Old Olive ink.  Cut out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Die.
  15. Cut flower stamens out of scrap Crushed Curry card stock using Big Shot and Move me Thinlits die. 
  16. Attach flowers and leaves to front of card. Make sure you place them blow the louver as you don't want them hindering the movement of the card front.  Attach the stamens using Mini Glue Dots.  Attach Candy Dots to flowers if desired.

      Hummingbird close upHere's how the stamped hummingbird should look.  It may look out of focus, but that is ok as again, that's what makes the fluttering effect work.

     Create easy interactive cards using the Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Move Me BundleThe stamp set and framelits are sold separately, but if purchased as a bundle, you'll save 10%

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: You Move Me, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Archival Black, Powder Pink, Pool Party

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed CurryWhole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Move Me Thinlits Dies, Squares Framelits, hole punch (non SU!), Tangerine Tango ribbon (retired) Silicone Craft Mat, SNAIL Adhesive, Tear and Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Candy Dots

Happy Stampin'!

You Move Me Butterfly Card

You Move Me Butterfly

I'm loving the interactive You Move Me Bundle from Stampin' Up! 

The bundle includes the stamp set You Move Me (a fluttering butterfly and hummingbird), and the coordinating Move Thinlits Dies.

Of course, to get the full effect of this card, you need to see it in action.  I created a short video showing how the butterfly flutters as you pull the card insert.

It's best to pull the insert out slowly to get the best fluttering effect.

You Move Me Butterfly Card Video

How cool is that?!

And it is so easy to create using the Move Me Bundle!

Here's How:

1. For this card, I created a pouch in which the butterfly fits inside as an insert.  To create the pouch, I started with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Calypso Coral card base, scored at 2 1/8" x 6 1/4".

Don't fold the pouch along the score lines just yet. 

2. Attach 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper to the front of the card base.

3. Cut out an opening using the Big Shot and Square Framelits Die.  You can discard the cutout or use it for another project.

4. Cut out the top notch using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.

5.Cut out the louver from a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Move Me Thinlit Die.  The sandwich should be the Big Shot platform, Thin Die Adapter, Precision Base Plate, card stock, die, and upper cutting plate.

6. Carefully apply SNAIL Adhesive to the back side of the louver.  I placed the louver piece on a Silicone Craft Mat and carefully applied the SNAIL along the outer edges.  You don't want the adhesive to extend to the inside of the square cutout as it will hinder the movement of the insert once the card is assembled.

7. Attach the louver over the square opening.

8. Fold pouch along fold lines and apply Tear and Tape to the edge of one back panel.  Apply Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the middle panel to close the bottom of the pouch.  Remove backing off Tear and Tape pieces, and fold along the score lines, securing the pouch closed.

9. To figure out where the butterfly should be stamped on the card insert, place 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Whisper White insert into the pouch.  Make a small mark through the louver with a pencil.  Use that mark as a guide for placement.  I found it best to stamp the butterfly towards the bottom of the insert.  It may sit lower as you are looking at the front of the card, but you'll get more fluttering effect as it moves up and out of the pouch.

10.  Now to stamp the butterfly onto the insert.  There are two images in the stamp set, one large and one smaller butterfly.  Stamp the larger image using Calypso Coral ink.  Use your pencil mark as your guide for placement.  Then, stamp the smaller butterfly using Crushed Curry ink.  The stamps are photopolymer, so they are easy to see where you are stamping.  You don't want the lines of the butterflies to be lined up.  You want the lines of the smaller butterfly to be offset from the lines of the larger butterfly.  That offset makes the fluttering effect work.

You Move Me Butterfly closeup

When looking at the stamped image, it looks out of focus.  But, that is ok as again, that's what makes the fluttering effect work.

11. Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams using Night of Navy ink at the top of the insert.

12. Mat to a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" Night of Navy card stock.  Punch a hole at the top and insert Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched ribbon.

13. For the front, stamp 2-step butterfly using Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry inks on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Stamp flowers using Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy onto the same scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut pieces out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Dies.

14. Stamp leaves onto scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock using Old Olive ink.  Cut out using Big Shot and coordinating Move Me Thinlits Die.

15. Cut flower stamens out of scrap Calypso Coral card stock using Big Shot and Move Me Thinlits Die.  Attach to center of flowers using Mini Glue Dots.

16.  Attach butterflies, flowers, and leaves to front of card.  Make sure you place them below the louver as you don't want them hindering the movement of the card insert.  Attach candy dots to flowers if desired.

Create fun, any occasion, interactive cards using the Move Me Bundle.

Move Me Bundle
The stamp set and thinlits dies are sold separately, but you'll save 10% when you purchase them as a bundle.

Shop online 24/7

Online ordering

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: You Move Me, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive

Paper: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Move Me and Squares Thinlits/Framelits,  Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon, hole punch (non SU!), SNAIL Adhesive, Silicone Craft Mat,Tear and Tape Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Giant Coneflower and Bee-Daisy Punch

   Bee and Daisy Punch Coneflower

As always, I'm able to find inspiration for my card making in my surroundings here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

This time of year, we have Giant Coneflowers growing along the banks of the North Hardscrabble Creek which flows through our property.

The Giant Coneflowers attract all kinds of winged creatures: butterflies, tachinid flies and bees.

Here is the inspiration for my card:

Bee and coneflower

Up close and personal. 

I watched this bee awhile before I snapped the photo. I thought to myself that her expression looks like she's mad at the world.  But after uploading the photo, I think that is just the way she looks.  Concentrating and busy at her work that's all!

Now onto the card.  Here's how:

  1. Emboss Pear Pizzazz card front using the Big Shot and Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.  Sponge the edges using Wild Wasabi ink.
  2. Punch 2 flowers using the Daisy Punch out Crushed Curry card stock.  
  3. Cut the daisies in half and layer 3 halves together, offsetting the petals. Sponge the edges of the petals using Crushed Curry ink.
  4. For the top of the coneflower, punch a piece of Early Espresso card stock using 1" circle punch.  Cut the circle about 3/4.  Attach to the top of the daisies using a Dimensional.
  5. Stamp the 2-step bee from Dragonfly Dreams onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Crushed Curry and Early Espresso inks.
  6. Cut the bee out using the coordinating die from Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
  7. The leaves are from the retired Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies cut out of Early Espresso card stock using the Big Shot.
  8. Attach leaves to card front using Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  9. Attach coneflower over the leaves using a Dimensional.
  10. Attach bee to card front using a Dimensional.
  11. Tear a narrow piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Sponge the edges with Wild Wasabi ink.  Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams using Early Espresso ink.  Attach to the bottom of the card front.
  12. Attach to Early Espresso card base.
  13. Apply clear Wink of Stella to the top and leaves of the coneflower and to the bee for a little sparkle.

  Bee and Daisy Punch Coneflower close up

What will be your inspiration?  I hope you'll share your creations with me: annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Detailed Dragonfly and Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Daisy and 1" circle punches, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, sponge, Clear Wink of Stella

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Two Step Stamping Busy as a Bee Thank You

Thank You BeeSpring has sprung here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

Many of the bee-friendly plants in our garden have come up and are already in bloom.

This is great news for our bees!

In celebration, I created this quick and easy card using the bee image found in the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams.

The bee is a 2-step stamp image.

Two-step stamping allows you to combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want.

First, I stamped the solid image of the bee repeatedly onto my Crumb Cake card front using Crushed Curry ink.

Then, I over stamped the solid image using Chocolate Chip ink.

The stamp set is photopolymer so lining up the images is very easy.

I did the same on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I punched out the image using my 1 3/4" circle punch and then matted it onto a 2" Crushed Curry circle.

Easy, Easy!

The greeting is from the all-occasion set Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my all-time favorite greeting sets.

Thank You Bee Closeup

Here is a photo of the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set so you can see the 2-step images for the bee as well as for the dragonfly.

Dragon Fly Dreams imageStampin' Up! also offers Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits to coordinate with the stamp set. 

Use the thinlits and your Big Shot to cut out images for added dimension! 

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: 1 3/4" and 2" Circle Punches, sponge

Happy Stampin'!