Background Techniques

Pigment Sprinkles Honey Bee

Pigment sprinkles

The Honey Bee Bundle found in the 2020 Mini Catalog just makes me smile!

This was a quick and easy card to make using Pigment Sprinkles for the background.

I spritzed a piece of watercolor paper with water, then sprinkled on Mango Melody with a small amount of Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles.  I let the color run and pool, then dabbed the excess off with a paper towel.

I cut two of the honeycomb pieces out of Whisper White card stock using the Big Shot and Detailed Bee Die.

Once the background was dry, I attached the honeycomb pieces using a small amount of Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.

The bee was stamped on a piece of scrap watercolor paper using Memento Black ink and the Stamparatus. 

Then, I used the coordinating die to cut it out. 

I used my Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker to color the bee's body, and a sponge to add Crushed Curry ink around the edges.

The greeting was stamped using Black Memento ink and the Stamparatus.

The card front was matted to Basic Black, then attached to a Crushed Curry card base.

The bee was added using a Dimensional to pop it up.

Honey Bee Bundle

Honey Bee bundle

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Honey Bee

Ink: Memento Black, Crushed Curry

Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black,  watercolor

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, Big Shot, Detailed Bee Dies, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, sponge, Dimensional, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Friendly Silhouettes Stippled Watercolor Backgrounds

Stipple watercolorStippled Watercolor Paper  Background

 

Stipple paper towel watercolor
Paper Towel Watercolor Background

 

I loved Sherrill Graff's idea of creating hand-made paper by wetting Whisper White card stock, then stippling on ink, creating pretty watercolor patterns.
I created these thank you cards using that technique, but instead of Whisper White, I used watercolor paper.
I spritzed on water until the paper was really wet. With a wet stipple brush, I added Highland Heather and Bermuda Bay inks. Then, I added coarse kosher salt. I let the ink and salt set, then blotted it with a paper towel, and set it aside to dry.
The salt leaves interesting splotches.
 
The 2nd set of cards were made with the paper towel. I always try to use the paper towels I have used to blot Sprinkles or watercolor.
What a great way to recycle and reuse!
I separated the plys, attached it to a card stock base with SNAIL so I could easily cut it down for cards.
 
 
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings
Ink: Highland Heather, Bermuda Bay, Blueberry Bushel
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White, watercolor
Accessories: spritzer bottle with water, stipple brush, kosher salt, paper towel, Big Shot, Friendly Silhouettes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus
Happy Stampin'!

Northern Lights Background

Northern LightsRecently, I shared a card inspired by the optical phenomenon, Light Pillars. 

This happens when light is refracted by ice crystals.

I used this photo taken of light pillars as the inspiration to make my own.

Light pillars

The card above was my first go at it.

While I really like how it turned out, I think it is more of a Northern Lights Background than a Light Pillars Background.

So, I kept at it, coming up and sharing a Light Pillar card HERE.

For the Northern Lights card, I sponged Poppy Parade, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, and Pretty Peacock inks onto my Shimmery White card front.  I sponged up from the bottom where the landscape is so my colors would be more even as I got to the top.

The sky was sponged on using Night of Navy, Basic Black, and Whisper White Craft inks.

Supplies Used:

Ink: Poppy Parade, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, and Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Basic Black

Accessories: sponges, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Light Pillars Technique

Light pillars

Recently, I learned about Light Pillars, an optical phenomenon that occurs when light is refracted by ice crystals.

I used this photo of light pillars taken in Canada to create my own.

Light pillars canada


I used post-it-notes to mask the light pillars and sponge daubers to add Poppy Parade, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, and metallic copper inks.  

The sky was sponged using Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Basic Black, metallic copper, and Whisper White Craft (like a Northern Lights background.)

The card front is Shimmery White matted to Gold Foil.  The trees are from Snow Globe Scenes Dies

Supplies Used:

Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil, Shimmery White, Basic Black

Ink: Poppy Parade, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, metallic copper, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft

Accessories: post-it-notes, sponge daubers, sponge, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Dies

Happy Stampin'!

Happy 2020-In the Woods Mercury Acetate Blends Background

Mercury Acetate background

Best Wishes for Peace, Health, and Happiness in the New Year!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cajun Craze

Stampin' Blends: Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Cajun Craze, Light and Dark Poppy Parade

Paper: Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Silver Glimmer, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Deer and In the Woods Dies, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Snow Front in Purple

Purple reflectionsSnow Front Purple Reflections

Purple winter sceneSnow Front in Purple

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog is Snow Front.

With the mountains, pine trees, snow, and even the cute little country cabin, it is the perfect set for my surroundings here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

I played around with the set to create some different watercolor landscapes.

For both cards, I started by creating a mask for the moon cut out of a post-it-note using my 1 3/4" circle punch.

I laid the stencil on my watercolor paper card front and sponged on metallic silver ink.

For the first card, I placed the punched circle over the sponged moon, and added Pacific Point and Highland Heather inks to create the sky.

Next, I stamped the trees and landscape using Highland Heather ink and the water using Seaside Spray and Balmy Blue inks.

To create the reflection, I stamped the trees on my Silicone Craft Mat in Highland Heather ink.  Then, I turned the mat so the image would be upside down.  I placed it on the bottom section of the card front and gently rubbed the backside of the mat with my fingers, transferring the ink to the paper.

For the second card, after sponging the moon, I stamped the mountains using Soft Suede ink.  I tapped Shaded Spruce, Pretty Peacock, and Highland Heather inks on the tree stamp to get the three-tone coloring.  A simple watercolor wash using an aqua painter was done to create the water.

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Snow Front

Snow front

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Snow Front, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink:

Card #1: Highland Heather, Pacific Point, Seaside Spray, Balmy Blue, silver metallic

Card #2: Highland Heather,  Shaded Spruce, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede, silver metallic

Paper:

Card 1: Balmy Blue, Rich Razzleberry, watercolor

Card 2: Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, watercolor

Accessories: post-it-note, 1 3/4" circle punch, sponge, Silicone Craft mat, aqua painter, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Merry Christmas Mercury Glass Acetate Background

Acetate

Have you seen the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?

I overlooked it a few times as it really isn't prominent in the samples.

But, it is really cool stuff!

I provides easy backgrounds that add that WOW factor!

So, what is it?

According to Wikipedia, "Mercury glass (or silvered glass) is glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware."

Stampin' Up! Mercury Glass Designer Acetate features a faux mercury glass look on translucent paper.

To get different effects, place it over different colored card stock. 

For this card, I placed it over Basic Black card stock.

You can also color the back of the paper using Blends.  The color will show through the clear parts of the acetate. 

The possibilities are endless!

Just a note, there is a clear film covering the back side of the acetate that should be removed in order to get the full effect.

It is a little hard to get started.  I slightly bent one of the corners of the acetate, then used my Take Your Pick Tool to work the film free. 

Then, you can peel it away. 

I  peeled just enough away to cut my 3" x 3" piece needed for this card.  Then, I moved the film back over the rest of the sheet until I need it for another project.

The Designer Acetate comes in a pack of 4- 12" x 12" sheets, 2 each of 2 designs.

Fun!

Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Mercury glass designer acetate

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Gleaming Ornaments

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Snow Globe Mercury Acetate and Blends Background

Mercury Acetate Bears

Have you seen the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?

I overlooked it a few times as it really isn't prominent in the samples.

But, it is really cool stuff!

I provides easy backgrounds that add that WOW factor!

So, what is it?

According to Wikipedia, "Mercury glass (or silvered glass) is glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed.  Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware."

Stampin' Up! Mercury Glass Designer Acetate features a faux mercury glass look on translucent paper.

To get different effects, place it over different colored card stock. 

Or, you can also color the back of the paper using Blends like I did for this card. 

The color will show through the clear parts of the acetate. 

Since Blends are alcohol based, the ink will dry fairly quickly.

The possibilities are endless!

Just a note, there is a clear film covering the back side of the acetate that should be removed in order to get the full effect.

It is a little hard to get started.  I slightly bent one of the corners of the acetate, then used my Take Your Pick Tool to work the film free. 

Then, you can peel it away. 

I  peeled just enough away to cut my 4" x 3 1/4" piece needed for this card.  Then, I moved the film back over the rest of the sheet until I need it for another project.

The Designer Acetate comes in a pack of 4- 12" x 12" sheets, 2 each of 2 designs.

Fun!

Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Mercury glass designer acetate

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Cajun Craze

Stampin' Blends: Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Calypso Coral, Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background-Winter Woods

Paper towel background winter woods

Recycle and reuse!

I always try to use the paper towels in my crafting that I've used to blot the color from Pigment Sprinkles, watercolor, or after cleaning stamps.

That was the case with this card.

I incorporated the paper towel I used to blot the Pigment Sprinkles from this Winter Woods card HERE.

I separated the plys, using 1 and saving the other for another creation.

I glued it to a piece of Whisper White card stock, then cut it down to the size I needed.

The trees were cut out of Early Espresso card stock using my Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

I added the Early Espresso landscape, also cut out using the In the Woods Die.

The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus.

In the Woods Dies

In the Woods Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, paper towel, Big Shot, In the Woods Die, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Winter Woods

Emboss resist winter woods

 

Embos resist pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods is one of my favorite stamp sets. 

This grove of trees is perfect for my setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.

For these cards I used the Emboss Resist Technique.

Stamp the image in Early Espresso and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

Then, add color to the background.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

For the first card, I sponged on Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral inks on Shimmery White card stock.

For the second card, I added Mango Melody Pigment Sprinkles.

I added Copper Foil landscape cut using the Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

The greeting comes Itty Bitty Greetings and was heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

Winter Woods

Winter Woods

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

 

 

Paper Card 1: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Paper Card 2: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, In the Woods Die, sponge, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

October Fresh Card Making Ideas-Four Seasons of a Tree

4 seasons of trees

Add great texture to your projects by applying Embossing Paste over a Decorative Mask!

Embossing Paste is easy to use.  Color can easily be added to the mix for an endless supply of possibilities!

Want to learn more?

My October Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature Embossing Paste and Decorative Masks made to create Four Seasons of a Tree cards.

Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer-a forest filled with changing colors!

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

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Shimmery White Embossing Paste

Shimmer embossing paste

Basic Patterns Decorative Masks

Basic Pattern Decorative Masks

Happy Stampin'!

Neon Chalk Dandelion Wishes

Neon Chalk

Neon Chalk Technique

Here's a quick and easy idea to bring vivid colors to your card project!

All you need is a heat embossed image and Stampin' Blends!

Here's how:

  1. Swipe Basic Black card front using the Embossing Buddy. Stamp flowers from Dandelion Wishes using Versamark.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and white embossing powder.
  2. Color parts of the flowers using Stampin’ Blends.
  3. Swipe Basic Black scrap paper using the Embossing Buddy. Stamp greeting from Dandelion Wishes using Versamark. Heat emboss using a heat tool and white embossing powder.  If desired, color in the greeting using Stampin’ Blends.
  4. Punch greeting using 1 ¾” circle punch. Punch a mat out of Melon Mambo card stock using 2” circle punch. Layer the two circles.
  5. Attach card front to Melon Mambo mat. Attach to Whisper White card front. Attach greeting to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up to complete.

Stampin' Blends

Stampin Blends

 

Stamp Set: Dandelion Wishes

Ink: Versamark, various Stampin’ Blends

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing folder, 1 ¾ and 2” circle punches, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Copper Embossed Home To Roost

Home to roost

Sale-A-Bration ends just days away on March 31!

(For every $50 spent in catalog merchandise, you can choose a free SAB item!)

One of the great Level 1 product choices is the fun Home to Roost stamp set.

I paired the rooster in the stamp set with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder, both embossed in copper for a rustic metallic look.

I swiped Versamark inside the folder (on the side with the word Sizzix on the front so I would get a raised versus an indented image) then inserted a piece of Basic Black card stock and ran it through the Big Shot.

Then, I added copper embossing powder and heat embossed it with a heat tool.

I also dabbed the edges of the card front in Versamark and heat embossed them with black and copper embossing powders.

I swiped a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock with the Embossing Buddy, then stamped the rooster in Versamark.  I heat embossed him using copper embossing powder.

I then punched him using my 2 1/4" circle punch and matted it to a piece of copper foil paper punched using my 2 1/2" circle punch.

The edges of the copper foil circle were dabbed in Versamark and heat embossed using copper embossing powder.

Don't miss out on the last days of Sale-A-Bration!

It's a great time to stock out and earn some free goodies!

Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Tin tile

 

Home to Roost, Level 1 Sale-A-BrationHome to Roost

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Home to Roost

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: heat tool, black and copper embossing powder, Buddy, Big Shot, Tin Tile Embossing Folder, 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" circle punches, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Black and Copper Embossed Country Floral Embossing Folder

Country Floral embossed copperRaised Embossed Image

Country FloralIndented Embossed Image

Sale-A-Bration ends just days away on March 31!

(For every $50 spent in catalog merchandise, you can choose a free SAB item!)

One of the great Level 1 product choices is the pretty Country Floral Embossing Folder, perfect for your spring creations.

I decided to add a metallic look to the embossing for the 2 creations above.

I swiped Versamark inside the folder, then inserted a piece of copper foil paper and ran it through the Big Shot.

Then, I added black embossing powder and heat embossed it with a heat tool.

I also dabbed the edges of the copper foil in Versamark and heat embossed them with black and copper embossing powders.

The greeting is from another Level1 SAB choice, Home to Roost.

It was heat embossed on a piece of Basic Black card stock using copper embossing powder.

I matted it to a piece of copper foil that the edges were heat embossed with black and copper embossing powders.

For the first card, I swiped the Versamark on the inside of the folder with the raised embossing (the side with the word Sizzix on the front). 

For the second card, I swiped the Versamark on the other side of the folder with the indented embossing.

Two different looks made with one technique and one embossing folder.

Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

149698G

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Home to Roost

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: heat tool, black and copper embossing powders, Embossing Buddy, Big Shot, Country Floral Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Easy Buffalo Check Thank You Cards

Buffalo Check Thank you

Buffalo Check Thank You 1

Buffalo Check has become one of my favorite of Stampin' Up!'s big background stamps.

The color possibilities are endless.

Switch up the colors, and you've got a great background for holiday or masculine-themed cards.

For these card, my color was Flirty Flamingo stamped on Whisper White card stock.  I drew the horizontal and vertical lines using a ruler and black Stampin' Write Marker. 

The lines just add a little extra pop.

I stamped the full image of the background stamp, then cut it down to create these two cards.

I would suggest using the Stamparatus for these big background stamps.

It is unlikely that you'll get a good stamped image the first time around.  The Stamparatus will allow you to add more layers of ink, getting a good stamped image this is perfectly lined up with each stamping.

 

Buffalo Check

Buffalo check

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Buffalo Check, Detailed with Love

Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Memento Black, black Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black,  Whisper White, vellum cardstock

Accessories: Stamparatus,  1 1/4", 1 3/8", and 1 3/4" circle punches, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Trio of Hearts

Paper towel hearts
Paper Towel Background Trio of Hearts

Here's another card created using a paper towel that I had used for cleaning stamps, ink pads, and fingers.

You can see my Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background card HERE

This paper towel had Real Red, Powder Pink, Pineapple Punch, and a little Pacific Point and black on it.

I selectively chose what parts of the towel I would use for my trio of hearts.

Wood words paper towel hearts

I applied glue from a glue stick to a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

I then placed the paper towel onto the card stock.

Then, it was easy to cut out the hearts using my Big Shot and Hearts Framelits Dies.

The Basic Gray background was embossed using the Big Shot and Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder.

The greeting is from Wood Words, stamped in Basic Gray on the Blushing Bride card base using the Stamparatus.

The hearts were popped up using Dimensionals.

Easy, easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wood Words

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Swirls and Curls embossing folder, Hearts Framelits Dies, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background

Paper towel background
Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background

One of the things I like to do in my crafting is to use the paper towels that I have used to wipe off stamps, ink pads, and fingers.

They often have a pretty mix of colors that are great to use as backgrounds.

This was the case with a paper towel I used while making the projects for my January newsletter. 

The color inspiration was Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, and Granny Apple Green which you can see in the paper towel, plus Pacific Point, and maybe a couple of other colors mixed in.

I usually don't clean my stamps using paper towels.

Instead, I use the purple Simply Shammy from Stampin' Up! to get most of the ink off the stamp. 

Because the stamp is wet from the shammy, I lightly dot it with a paper towel to dry it off so I can quickly move on.

I am using the Stamparatus  more and more in my stamping. 

I clean each stamp and put it away after each use, especially if I'm having to build the next image on the Stamparatus.

This is the case with Flowering Desert as each image is separate.

I also use the paper towel to wipe off any ink that is on the Stamparatus' plastic plate. 

Don't want any ink from the plate to transfer over to my project!

So in short, the paper towel is used often and is covered with ink when I'm done.

I saw a pretty sky background in the paper towel, perfect for creating a desert landscape.

Paper towels are usually 2-ply, so you'll need to separate them.  

And this way, you'll have another piece to use on another project.

You'll need to secure the paper towel to a piece of card stock so you can easily trim it to the size you need.

I used a glue stick to apply glue to a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, then applied the towel.

Then, I could trim it down to the size I needed and place it in the Stamparatus for stamping.  The Stamparatus was a life-saver especially with this background because of the texture in the paper towel.  It would be difficult to get a good, clear stamped image with one try.  It took 2, 3, sometimes 4 inkings and stampings to get the color I wanted.

I stamped the big saguaro on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Tranquil Tide ink (again, using the Stamparatus), then fussy cut it out using a pair of scissors.

Recycle and reuse!

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flowering Desert

Ink:  Granny Smith Green, Gorgeous Grape, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Whisper White,  Gorgeous Grape

Accessories: paper towel, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

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.

Want to learn more?

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

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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'!