Background Techniques

January Fresh Card Making Idea-Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card

Flowering desert pop up card front 1
Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card front, closed



Flowering desert pop up inside
Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card inside, opened

Create fun pop up cards with this easy technique. 

Great for creating landscape scenes like this using the Flowering Desert stamp set.

The card folds flat for easy mailing.

Open it up, and you have a pretty desert scene to brighten someone's day.

The sunrise background is made using alcohol and reinkers.

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My January Fresh Card Making  tutorial will feature this easy technique.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00am (MST) on January 22, 2019.

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Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via e mail in a pdf format as my gift to you.

This was my sunrise inspiration. 

I did an internet search and found this perfect example of a saguaro silhoutte in the morning sky.

Flowering desert inspiration

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

 

Happy Stampin'!

Golden Afternoon Watercolor Background Sympathy Card

Sympathy
Golden Afternoon Watercolor Background Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card for a friend of mine who recently lost her brother.

This is one of the reasons I purchased Golden Afternoon, found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

I liked the images, plus the sympathy greeting because, you just never know.

To create this card, I made a watercolor background using Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Granny Smith Green ink colored onto a piece of watercolor paper using an aqua painter.

Once the paper dried, I stamped the images from Golden Afternoon using Memento Black ink. 

I used my Stamparatus for each of the images to get good inked images.

 

Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink:  Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Granny Smith Green, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter

 

Happy Stampin'!

Golden Afternoon Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

Acrylic block
Golden Afternoon Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

The Occasions Catalog is here, and one of my favorite stamp sets found in the new catalog is Golden Afternoon.

I'm always a sucker for a tree image, but what sold me on the set were the birds in flight.  They just make me smile.

And of course, the tree images are pretty cool too!

 Golden Afternoon is one of the new cling stamp sets offered by Stampin' Up!

Cling stamps, featuring red rubber with a strong, re-positional backing.

Easy to set up, use, and clean to get those perfect stamped images.

Learn more about cling stamps from Stampin' Up! in this video HERE

For this card, I created an easy acrylic block watercolor background.

  1. Tap Balmy Blue, Powder Pink and Granny Smith Green inks on a clear-mount block "E".  Tap Pacific Point ink along the top and edges.  Spritz with water so the ink begins to run and pool.  Place the block on a piece of watercolor paper.  Let it set for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the paper aside to allow the inks to dry.
  2.  Place the watercolor paper in the Stamparatus, securing with the magnet bar.  Position the tree image where you want it on the card front, close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.  Because of the texture of the paper, the Stamparatus works great for getting a good stamped image on watercolor paper.  I stamped the image 4 times.
  3.  Remove the tree stamp and place the bird image where you want it on the card front.    Close the hinged plate, pickup the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.
  4.  Remove the bird image and place the greeting where you want it on the card front. Close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.
  5. Attach to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Whisper White card base to complete.

Honestly, I do most of my stamping these days using the Stamparatus.

It has certainly become my number 1 go-to tool.

Stamparatus

Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink: Balmy Blue, Powder Pink, Granny Smith Green, Pacific Point, Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Clear-Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Polished Stone Golden Afternoon

Polished stone
Polished Stone Golden Afternoon

When I first started stamping 15 or so years ago, Tammy Fite, my Stampin' Up! Demo at the time (and later Upline), showed me the Polished Stone Technique.

With veins of metallic ink running through the colors, it does indeed look like a high-end marble.

To this day, it is still one of my top 5 favorite stamping techniques.

You need: glossy card stock,  ink refills, cotton ball, isopropyl alcohol and metallic ink (gold, silver, copper refill or shimmer paint).

Here's how:

  1. Place drops of ink refill onto a piece of glossy white card stock.  Place drops of metallic ink refill or shimmer paint on card stock.  For this card, I used  Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Smoky Slate ink refills.  My metallic was Bright Copper Shimmer Paint that was sold in the Holiday Catalog.
  2.  Wet a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol (don't make it too wet), and dab the alcohol onto the glossy card stock, mixing and moving the drops of ink.  The metallic ink will start to vein.  The shimmer paint will add shimmer highlights.  Add more ink or alcohol if desired. Set the piece aside to dry completely. 
  3. Place card front in the Stamparatus, securing it with a magnet.  Position small tree image from Golden Afternoon on card front, and close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.  Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image. 
  4. Remove tree image and place bird image on card front.  Close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.   Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.
  5. Remove the bird image and place greeting on card front.  Close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.  Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.
  6. Attach card front to copper foil mat.  Attach to Basic Black card base to complete.

Golden Afternoon is one of the new cling stamps from Stampin' Up!

Cling stamps, featuring red rubber with a strong, re-positional backing.

Easy to set up, use, and clean to get those perfect stamped images.

You can learn more about the new cling stamps in this video HERE

Golden Afternoon cling stamp set, found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!

 

Golden Afternoon

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Smoky Slate ink refills, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, copper foil, glossy white

Accessories: isopropyl alcohol, cotton ball, Bright Copper Shimmer Paint, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Norhern Lights Dashing Deer

Northern Lights Dashing Deer
Northern Lights Dashing Deer
 

Happy Day after Christmas!

Here's a Dashing Deer in a Northern Lights background.

 

Supplies used:

Stamp Set: Waterfront, Flora and Flutter

Ink: Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Call me Clover, Highland Heather, Night of Navy, Basic Black, white craft

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Deer Framelits Dies, aqua painter, Wink of Stella, mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

A Wintery Day In the Woods

 

A Wintery Day In the Woods
                                         A Wintery Day In the Woods

This card was inspired by the view out my front window on a recent wintery day here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

It features the clear block watercolor background technique and Winter Woods stamp set and In the Woods Framelits Dies.

Here's how to make the card:

1.  Create a mask for the moon by punching a circle out of a post-it-note and a 1 1/4" circle punch.  Place the punched circle onto a square piece of Shimmery White card stock.  Create the background by tapping Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Gray Granite ink onto an "E" clear block.  Spritz the block with water so the ink pools and runs, then stamp onto the Shimmery White card stock and over the circle mask.  Let it set for a few seconds, then lift.   Remove the mask and set the piece aside to allow to dry.  I re-positioned the mask over the moon, and lightly sponged on more Gray Granite ink along the edge.

2. Stamp tree from Winter Woods onto a piece of vellum card stock using Shaded Spruce ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  Cut tree out using the Big Shot and coordinating In the Woods Framelits die.

3. Cut a square opening out of Shimmery White card front using the Big Shot and Layering Squares Framelits die.  Stamp greeting from Dashing Deer onto card front using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good inked image.

4. Cut a frame out of Night of Navy card stock by nesting two of the squares framelits, one inside the other.  Cut using the Big Shot.

5.  Attach the background to Balmy Blue card base.  Attach vellum tree.  Attach card front over the background piece and tree using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

6. Attach Night of Navy frame over opening.  Bring the top of the tree outside of the frame to complete.

Winter Woods Bundle

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Winter Woods

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Dashing Deer

Ink: Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Gray Granite, Shaded Spruce

Paper: Balmy Blue, Shimmery White, Night of Navy, Vellum card stock

Accessories: post-it-note, 1 1/4" circle punch,  clear block "E",  spritzer bottle with water, heat tool, clear embossing powder ,Big Shot, In the Woods and Layering Squares Framelits Dies, sponge, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Lovely as a Tree Fall Sponged Sunrise

Sponged lovely as a tree

Here's one more fall-themed project using the perennial favorite stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.

This is a clean and simple, 5-minute card creation!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp trees from Lovely as a Tree  and greeting using Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Heat emboss with a heat tool and clear embossing powder.
  2.  Lightly sponge the sunrise using Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Cajun Craze ink
  3. Attach to Early Espresso mat.  Attach to Very Vanilla card base using Dimensionals to pop it up.

That's it, done!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Floral  & Fauna ( December 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso

Accessories: heat tool, clear embossing powder, sponge, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Brusho Crystals Dandelion Wishes

Brusho Dandelion Wishes
Brusho Crystals Dandelion Wishes

I'm loving the stamp set, Dandelion Wishes.

(You can see some of my other Dandelion Wishes creations HERE.)

For this card, I combined the stamp set with Brusho Crystals for a vibrant background.

Super easy to create.

Here's how:

  1. Spritz card front with water and sprinkle Brusho Crystals on the water.  Let it pool and run as it desires, then set aside to dry completely.  For this card, I used Shimmery White card stock and Brilliant Red and Gamboge crystals.
  2.  Once the card stock is dry, stamp the dandelion images using Memento Black ink.
  3. Stamp greeting from Painted Glass.
  4. Attach to Basic Black card base.
  5. Color pearls using a red Sharpie pen and apply to complete.

Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion Wishes

Brusho Crystals

Brusho crystals

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dandelion Wishes, Painted Glass

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Shimmery White

Accessories: spritzer bottle with water, Brusho Crystals, pearls, Sharpie pen

Happy Stampin'!

Country Road Clear Block Stamping

Pink clear block stamping
Sunrise Country Road
Blue clear block stamping
Blue Sky Country Road

I combined Country Road, my new favorite stamp set with clear block  stamping, one of my favorite techniques!

These cards were quick and simple, taking less than 5 minutes to create.

Here's how:

  1. Dab ink pads onto a clear block, then spritz with water until the ink begins to pool and run.  Stamp on card stock and let sit for a few seconds.  Remove the block, and you'll have a mix of colors, creating a pretty background.  For the first card, I dabbed Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, and Mango Melody ink onto an "E" clear block, then stamped onto Shimmery White card stock.  Watercolor paper would work also. Colors used for the second card were Pool Party and Pacific Point.
  2.  Once the ink had dried, I masked the bottom of the square with a strip of copy paper, then stamped the "weed" image from Country Road using Mossy Meadow ink.   The greeting from Country Road was also stamped in Mossy Meadow.
  3.  I attached the card fronts to the Mossy Meadow and Pacific Point card bases using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

Done, that's it!

Be sure to check out my other Country Road projects HERE

 

Country Road

Country Road

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Country Road

Ink: Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Pacific Point, Shimmery White

Accessories: Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Mini Dimensionals

 

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Happy Stampin'!

Flowers! Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper Stencil

Flower sheet stencil
Grid Sheet Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

One more idea using the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper as a stencil!

For this card, I trimmed the flower and circle design from the laser-cut paper and attached it to a scrap piece of grid sheet paper using washi tape.

I first stamped the greeting from Detailed with Love using Memento Black ink.

Using sponge daubers, I added Rich Razzleberry, Minto Macaron, and Mango Melody inks.

I attached the card front to Basic Black card base and added Faceted Dots to complete.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Mango Melody, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, scrap piece of grid sheet paper, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

Accessories: sponge daubers, Faceted Dots, washi tape

Happy Stampin'!

Stencils! Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper

Here are two more cards that I created using pieces of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper as stencils.

 

Dragonfly
Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper Trellis Stencil

 

For this card, I trimmed the trellis design from the 12"x12  sheet of Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper and secured it to a piece of Shimmery White card stock using washi tape from my stash.

With 2 foam brayers, I added Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Old Olive inks overs the stencil.

Once the stencil is removed, I was left with a pretty, shimmery trellis background.

I cut the solid dragonfly using the Big Shot and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die out of one of the small cards in the Delightfully Detailed Memories and More Card Pack.

I then cut the detailed dragonfly out of another design found in the Memories and More Card Pack.

The solid dragonfly was attached to the card front using SNAIL Adhesive, and the detailed dragonfly was attached with a Mini Glue Dot to pop it up.

The greeting is a sticker from the Memories and More Card Pack.

 

Dragonfly up close

 

Supplies Used:

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, and Old Olive

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White, Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes

Accessories: sponge brayer, washi tape, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Leaf stencil
Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper Leaf Stencil

For this card, I trimmed the leaf design from the laser-cut paper and secured it to a piece of Whisper White card stock using washi tape.

Using sponge daubers, I added Granny Apple Green and Old Olive ink.

I punched 2 daisies out of a piece from the Memories and More Card Pack, and offset one on top of the other using a Mini Dimensional in between.

I dyed a piece of 5/8" Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon using a spritzer bottle  filled with water mixed with a few drops of Rich Razzleberry ink refill.

Once the ribbon was dry, I attached it to the stencil card front, then layered it to a Rich Razzleberry mat.

I added the daisy using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

I cut the center of the flower out of Rich Razzleberry card stock using a 3/4" circle punch.  I glued it to the center of the daisy, then added a Faceted Dot to complete.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Granny Apple  Green (new), Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry ink refill

Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Delightfully Detailed Memories and More Card Pack

Accessories: sponge daubers, Daisy and 3/4" circle punches, 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, spritzer bottle with water,  washi tape, Faceted Dots, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper as Stencils

Flower stencil
Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper Stencil

 Have you checked out the beautiful Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper found in the new Stampin' Up! catalog?

There are 2 designs, 4- 12"x12" sheets each.

One of the sheets has several laser-cut designs which can be cut down and used individually for projects.

When I saw the designs, I immediately thought of stencils!

So, I cut one of the sheets down to use as stencils to create some easy and bright thank you cards.

I will save the stencils to use later.

  That still leaves me with 3 sheets of this paper to cut down and use for other projects.

For the card above, I used the piece with individual flowers.

I taped the stencil to a piece of Shimmery White card stock using washi tape from my stash.

Then, I used sponge daubers to add colors from the Brights Collection:

Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, and Mango Melody (all new!), Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight.

 

Flower stencil closeup

When all the colors had been added, I carefully removed the washi tape and removed the stencil.  Then, I cut the piece down to use as my card front.

The greeting is from the Detailed with Love stamp set stamped on a scrap piece of Shimmery White card stock using Granny Apple Green ink.

I punched it out using 1 3/8" circle punch and sponged on Mango Melody ink along the edges.  I matted it onto a piece of Melon Mambo card stock punched out using a 1 3/4" circle punch.

The card front was attached to a Melon Mambo mat, then attached to Granny Apple Green card base.

Easy, easy!

Please check back over the next few days for more ideas using the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut paper as stencils.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight

Paper: Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Shimmer White, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

Accessories: sponge daubers, 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches washi tape

 

Happy Stampin'!

Marbled Masculine Birthday Card

Marbled Background Happy Birthday
Marbled Happy Birthday

Here's a quick and easy masculine happy birthday card using the Marbled background stamp and Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.

So easy to create in 5 minutes!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp Marbled background stamp onto Whisper White card front using Smoky Slate ink.
  2. Cut "Happy Birthday" using the Big Shot and the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die out of Basic Black card stock.
  3.  Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4.  Attach card front to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Smoky Slate card base.
  5.  Color rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen.  Attach to card front to complete.

Marbled Background stamp

Marbled background stamp

Happy Birthday Thinlits Die

Happy birthday thinlits die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Marbled Background

Ink: Smoky Slate

Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Thank You Thinlits Die, Mini Dimensionals, rhinestones, Sharpie pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

Fresh Card Making Idea-Burned Batik and Batik Techniques

Layered Leaves Burned Batik
Burned Batik Technique

 

Batik dragonfly
Batik Technique



Batik  is a wax resist method of dying fabrics originating in Indonesia.

In stamping,  the batik look can be achieved by using the emboss resist technique called Burned Batik.

It can also be achieved by applying color direct to paper and adding highlighting with white ink.

Both techniques add vibrant colors to any stamping project.

My May Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Burned Batik and Batik Techniques.

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You Move Me Emboss Resist

You Move Me Emboss Resist
You Move Me Emboss Resist

You Move Me stamp set is retiring.

 I combined it with the Emboss Resist Technique to make this colorful, spring-themed card.

Here's how:

  1. To do the Emboss Resist Technique, first, swipe a piece of Glossy White card stock (you can also use regular matte Whisper White card stock) with an Embossing Buddy.  Then, stamp the images from You Move Me using Versamark or Whisper White Craft ink.  For this card, I used Whisper White craft ink. 
  2.  Heat emboss the images using a heat tool and white embossing powder.
  3. With a sponge or brayer, add different colors of ink over the embossed images.  For this card, I sponged on Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight inks.  Wipe excess ink off using a tissue or paper towel.  The embossed white images will pop!
  4. Attach card front to Elegant Eggplant mat.  Attach to Tempting Turquoise card base.
  5. Stamp greetings onto scrap pieces of Daffodil Delight card stock using Elegant Eggplant ink.  Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.
  6. Add enamel dots to complete.

You Move Me Emboss Resist close up

You Move Me stamp set

You Move Me

 To view all of the Stampin' Up! retiring products, please click HERE

Items are available through May 31 or while supplies last.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: You Move Me

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Tangerine Tango (all retiring), Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant (both retiring), Daffodil Delight, Glossy White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, sponge, Mini Dimensionals, enamel dots

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Blast from the Past-Definitely Dahlia Emboss Resist Cards

Definitely Dahlia is retiring!

This bold stamp is one of my favorite background stamps.

I will miss it.

I thought I'd revisit one my favorite ways to use this stamp, the Emboss Resist Technique.

Stamp the image onto Whisper White card stock using Versamark, then heat emboss using a heat tool and white embossing powder.

Sponge or brayer on color. 

Then wipe excess ink off using a tissue or paper towel. 

The white embossed image will really pop!

Definitely Dahlia emoss resist

To see details  for A Note of Thanks Definitely Dahlia Emboss Resist Card, please click HERE

Definitely Dahlia emoss resist1

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The Definitely Dahlia stamp set will be available through May 31 or while supplies last.

Don't miss out.  Get yours today before it is gone!

Definitely Dahlia

Happy Stampin'!

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background Stencil

Paper Towel Bold Butterfly Stencil

I often incorporate the paper towel that I have used to clean stamps, ink pad covers or ink refill bottles into my crafting.

This was the case after I used this paper towel to wipe off the tops of ink refill bottles which I had used in my Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer projects.

This is what the paper towel looked like:

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel

I used the paper towel to create the Bold Butterfly card found here.

After cutting the butterfly out using my Big Shot and retiring Bold Butterfly Framelits Die, I was left with a negative stencil. 

I then used the stencil, paired with the retiring Butterfly Thinlits Die to create another quick card.

Remember, recycle and reuse!

 

Here's how:

  1. Here are the instructions for starting with the paper towel for the original card: The paper towel is 2-ply, so I first separated the plys.  This will give me another piece of paper towel to craft with at a later time.  In order to make the paper towel easier to work with, I always attach it to a piece of card stock.  By doing this, it is easy to cut the paper towel down to size using a paper trimmer.  I applied glue from a glue stick onto a scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Self-adhesive sheets would work as well.  Then, I trimmed the paper towel down to the size of the Butterfly Framelit. Run the piece through the Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die.
  2. Cut a piece of background designer series paper a little larger than the stencil.  Attach to the back of the stencil using SNAIL Adhesive.  For this card, I used a piece of retired Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper.
  3. Cut a butterfly using the Big Shot and retiring Butterfly Thinlits die out of Powder Pink card stock.  Attach the butterfly to the cut-out using a Mini Dimensional on the body to pop it up.
  4. Attach to a piece of Melon Mambo matting.  Attach to Whisper White card base.
  5. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Tempting Turquoise ink.

Easy and done!

So don't throw those paper towels away after cleanups.

Recycle and reuse!  Add them to your crafting arsenal for future projects!

Bold Butterfly and Butterflies Thinlits Dies are retiring:

Bold butterfly

Butterflies Thinlits Die

 

To view all retiring Stampin' Up! product, please visit HERE.

Items are available through May 31 or while supplies last.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Tempting Turquoise (retiring), various colors on the paper towel after cleaning up ink refills

Paper: Blushing Bride (retiring), Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits Die, Mini Dimensional, glue stick

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background
Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background

I often incorporate the paper towel that I have used to clean stamps, ink pad covers or ink refill bottles into my crafting.

This was the case after I used this paper towel to wipe off the tops of ink refill bottles which I had used in my Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer projects.

This is what the paper towel looked like:

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel

Love the bright colors and patterns!

I decided to use it for a butterfly cut out using my Big Shot and retiring Bold Butterfly Framelits Die.

Here's how:

  1. The paper towel is 2-ply, so I first separated the plys.  This will give me another piece of paper towel to craft with at a later time.  In order to make the paper towel easier to work with, I always attach it to a piece of card stock.  By doing this, it is easy to cut the paper towel down to size using a paper trimmer.  I applied glue from a glue stick onto a scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Self-adhesive sheets would work as well.  Then, I trimmed the paper towel down to the size of the Butterfly Framelit.
  2. Run the piece through the Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die.
  3.  To create the background, I simply tapped Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist and Garden Green inks (all retiring) onto my "E" clear-mount block, spritzed it with water so the inks would pool and run, then stamped the block onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds, lifted it up, and set the paper aside to dry.
  4. Attach the paper towel butterfly to the watercolor background using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Tempting Turquoise ink.
  6. Attach to Melon Mambo card base.

Done and easy!

So don't throw those paper towels away after ink cleanups. 

Recycle and reuse! Add them to your crafting arsenal for future projects!

Bold Butterfly Framelits Die is retiring.

Bold butterfly

Don't miss out on your favorite retiring Stampin' Up! products.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Garden Green, various ink from refill bottles as I did cleanup

Paper: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, watercolor paper

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits Die, "E" clear-mount block, spritzer bottle with water, Mini Dimensional, glue stick

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Clear Block Pocketful of Sunshine Watercolor Background

Pocketful of Sunshine acrylic block background

I recently needed a quick birthday card.

  It was a bright and beautiful day here in the mountains of southern Colorado. 

This was the inspiration needed to create this quick and simple clear block watercolor background paired with the sun image found in the stamp set Pocketful of Sunshine!

Here's how:

  1. To create the watercolor background, tap ink onto a clear-mount block, spritz the ink with water, and stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the paper aside to dry completely.  For this card, I tapped on Crushed Curry ink in the middle of the block, Calypso Coral on the bottom right of the block, and Dapper Denim on the bottom left and upper part of the block.
  2.  Once the paper is dry, swipe an Embossing Buddy over the card front.  Stamp the sun and ray images from Pocketful of Sunshine using Versamark ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  3. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Versamark and heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  4. Attach card front to a copper foil mat, then attach to a Crushed Curry card base.

Done!

I like how the mixing of the Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Dapper Denim inks created a slight lavender and green tint to the watercolor paper.

Pocketful of Sunshine

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pocketful of Sunshine, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, copper foil, watercolor paper

Accessories:  Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder

 

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Grid Sheet Happy Celebrations-Sending Wishes Your Way

Happy Celebrations grid paper

Recyle and reuse!

Stampin' Up! Grid Paper

It's a great way to cover your work surface.

  But what can you do with it once it has been used and is covered with ink?

Don't throw it away!

Instead, cut it up and use it to make new creations!

For the card above, I was testing using different colors on the ink splotch image found in the stamp set Happy Celebrations.

I tapped on Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, and Marina Mist inks onto the stamp, then spritzed it with water and stamped onto the grid sheet paper.

Oh, I really liked that, so I alternated the colors and stamped again.

I liked the way the colors popped with the black grid marks found on the paper.

I trimmed the paper down, then added a butterfly I cut out using my Big Shot and Butterfly and Bold Butterfly Framelits dies using a Dimensional to pop it up.

The solid butterfly was cut out of Berry Burst card stock with the detailed overlay cut out of Basic Black card stock.

I stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black ink.  This is one of my favorite sentiments, and I use it often.

The grid paper was layered to a Basic Black mat, then added to a Berry Burst card front.

Easy!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Archival Black

Paper: Berry Burst, Basic Black, Stampin' Up! Grid Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterfly, and Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Dimensional, Stampin' Spritzer filled with water

 

 

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