Stamparatus

Country Home and Buffalo Check

Basic Gray Buffalo PlaidCountry Home with Basic Gray and Night of Navy Buffalo Check

Mint Macaron Buffalo PlaidCountry Home with Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate Buffalo Check

Here are two more cards I created using the stamp set Country Home.

(You can see more of my Country Home creations Here)

For these, I paired them with the background stamp, Buffalo Check.

To create the background, I used the Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.

Buffalo Check is a large background stamp, and getting a good inking the first time around can be a challenge.

It's easy though when using the Stamparatus.  Load it up on a plate, ink, stamp, and repeat as necessary.

Then, I added more lines by placing a ruler on the image and drawing lines using Stampin' Write Markers.

I used Night of Navy for the first card, and Smoky Slate for the second.

I cut a square out of the middle of each background using my Big Shot and the Layering Squares Dies.  I matted them with coordinating cardstock, then added them back into the background using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.

I colored the vase, milk jug and flowers from Country Home using a variety of Stampin' Blends and fussy cut them out using a pair of scissors.

They were added to the card front using Dimensionals to pop them up.

The greeting on the first card is from Blossoms in Bloom.

I added Metallic Pearls to complete.

 

Country Home

Country Home

 

Buffalo Check

Buffalo Check

 

Happy Stampin'!

Country Home

Blue and White Country Home

 

Blue Milk Jug Country Home
I think I might be late to the table with the stamp set Country Home.

I've had it in my collection for awhile and just recently brought it out to use.

Not sure why the delay, but I must say, it has become one of my favorites.

Better late than never I suppose!

Here are two versions using the tile, milk jug and summer flower images.

The first is a simple blue and white version.  The intent was to color it in, but I really liked the simplicity and decided not to go any further.

The second is the colored version in blues and purples, one of my favorite color combos.

The images were stamped in Night of Navy ink.

I set the tile image up on my Stamparatus, and it was just a matter of moving the plate up a notch to get the perfectly aligned and placed images.

Love my Stamparatus!

I used a variety of Stampin' Blends and Stampin' Write Markers to color in the milk jug and flowers.

Country Home

Country Home

Supplies Used Card #1:

Stamp Set: Country Home

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Stamparatus, enamel dots out of my stash

Supplies Used Card #2:

Stamp Set: Country Home

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White

Accessories: Stamparatus

 
Happy Stampin'!

Varied Vases Cards

Varied Vases in another of my favorite stamp sets that is retiring. 

It'll be available until June or until supplies last.

Please note, the coordinating Vases Builder Punch is not retiring.

Here are a few cards I've made using the stamp set and punch.

Birthday Wishes Paper PiecingPaper Pieced Vases

The vase images were stamped on Best Dressed DSP in Gorgeous Grape ink, then punched out using the Vases Builder Punch.

The flowers were colored using Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape, Flirty Flamingo, and Call Me Clover Stampin' Write Markers, then colored in using Petal Pink, Purple Posy, and Pineapple Punch Stampin' Write Markers.

The Stamparatus was used to stamp the scallop border and greeting.

Soft suede watercolorWatercolor Wash Vases in Soft Suede

For this card, I swiped Soft Suede ink using an Aqua Painter on watercolor paper.

The vases were punched using the Vases Builder Punch.  Soft Suede ink was sponged along the edges.

I used the Sprig punch to punch leaves out of Copper Foil card stock.

The greeting from Varied Vases was stamped using the Stamparatus in Soft Suede ink.

Pearls were added for interest, and the card front was attached to Copper Foil card base.

Blue watercolorWatercolor Wash in Night of Navy

For this card, Night of Navy was used for the watercolor wash. 

Nobel Peacock Foil Paper was used for the sprig and card base. 

The pearls were colored using Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blend.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Mountain Air Sending Prayers

Sending prayers

Unfortunately, I needed to send out a sympathy card to the family of a neighbor who passed away recently.

The images in the Mountain Air stamp set and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies are perfect for our setting here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

You  can view more of my Mountain Air creations HERE.

To create the mountain scene, I started with the background on watercolor paper using Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, and Crushed Curry inks swiped on using an aqua painter.

I heat embossed the detail mountain image using white embossing powder on Night of Navy and Seaside Spray card stock for the first two layers of mountains.  For the third layer, I stamped Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White card stock.

The treeline and landscape were embossed on Garden Green card stock.

The two trees were cut out of Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz card stock and added to the front to give a little more dimension.

 

Mountain Air Bundle

Mountain air bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mountain Air, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, Crushed Curry, Blueberry Bushel, Soft Suede,Versamark

Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: heat tool, white embossing powder, Big Shot, Majestic Mountain Dies, aqua painter, Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Sending Flowers Die Meets Baby Wipe Background

Sending Flowers Baby Wipe Background

Sending Flwoers Baby Wipe Background 1

I created these 2 cards using the baby wipes left over from a card idea I was experimenting with.

I'm not sure what happened to that particular card as it obviously didn't make the cut, but I kept the baby wipes to use for another project or two.

Recycle and Reuse!

Here's what the baby wipes looked like:

Baby wipes

I simply attached them to scrap card stock using SNAIL Adhesive, then trimmed them down for use in other projects.

For these, I paired the baby wipe backgrounds with the Sending Flowers Die for quick and easy cards.

The tie-dye effect just makes me smile!

The Sending Flowers die is part of the Coordination Product Release from Stampin' Up! and is available through March 31 or while supplies last.

Sending Flowers Die

Sending Flowers Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Varied Vases

Ink: Poppy Parade

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade

Accessories: baby wipes, Big Shot, Sending Flowers Die, various enamel dots out of my stash, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Painted Poppies Valentine's Day Card

Over the next few days, I'll be sharing some Valentine's Day cards I created to send out to customers and friends. 

I used stamps in my collection that aren't necessarily Valentine's Day themed, but with the right colors and greeting, they lend themselves to cards that can be sent to the special people in your life.

For the first two, I used the stamp set Painted Poppies.  I stamped them onto Whisper White card bases using Memento Black ink, then colored in the image using a variety of Blends.

The greeting is from Honey Bee.  I used the Stamparatus to get good stamped images.

The pearls were colored with a Lovely Lipstick Blend.

The black and silver cording is retired, but any ribbon could be substituted.

Field of Painted PoppiesField of Poppies

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Painted Poppies, Honey Bee

Ink: Memento Black

Light Cherry Cobbler, Light and Dark Poppy Parade,  Light and Dark Lovely Lipstick, Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo, Dark Petal Pink, Light and Dark Calypso Coral Stampin'  Blends,

Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White

Accessories: Stamparatus, pearls, black and silver cord from my stash (retired)

Single Poppy Valentine's Day

Single Poppy

The black and white striped DSP is from the Golden Bee collection which is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Painted Poppies, Honey Bee

Ink: Memento Black

Light Flirty Flamingo, Dark Lovely Lipstick, Light Daffodil Delight, Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends

Paper: Whisper White, Golden Bee Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus, pearls, black and silver cord from my stash (retired)

Be sure to check back for more Valentine's Day card ideas.

They will be included in my Valentine's Day Page HERE

Painted Poppies Bundle

Painted poppies bundle

Stampin' Blends

Stampin Blends

Happy Stampin'!

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'!

Last Christmas Cards of the Season-Cards for the Grandkids

Ryan and Madysen Christmas 2019Here are the last of the Christmas cards I created this season.

I made these for our 4 month old grandson Ryan, and our 3 year old granddaughter Madysen.

The mittens were punched out of Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper using a retired mitten punch I had in my stash.

It has been retired for many years, but I'm glad I kept it!

The cat was also punched out of Wrapped in Plaid DSP using the current cat punch.

Our granddaughter loves cats, or as she calls them, "Ma's."

The greeting comes from Christmas Gleaming.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Christmas Gleaming, Still Scenes (snow flakes stamped in Night of Navy), Christmas Gleaming (greeting)

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: mitten and cat punches, heat tool, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, red rhinestones, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Seaside Spray Buffalo Check Snow Front

Blue gingham

Here's another card I created using Snow Front, one of my favorite stamp sets found in the Holiday Catalog.

This scene was inspired by the North Hardscrabble Creek that runs through the front of our property.

I think the birds in the set are meant to be Cardinals, and therefore should be stamped in red.

But, we do not have Cardinals here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

But, we do have Stellar Blue Jays!

And of course, we have deer!

The Buffalo Check background was stamped using Seaside Spray.

I stamped all images using the Stamparatus.

The greeting comes from Itty Bitty Greetings.

Snow Front is the featured product in my December newsletter.

To see more ideas using Snow Front, please be sure to add your name to my mailing list.

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Snow Front

Snow front

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Snow Front, Buffalo Check, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Seaside, Night of Navy

Paper: Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Shimmery White

Accessories: 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'!

Crystal Effects Varied Vases

Crystal Effects Vases

Crystal Effects has made a return in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!

Crystal Effects is a water based glossy lacquer that works as a liquid embellishment. 
 
Stampin' Up! retired it a couple of years ago, but has brought back an updated version that has white and silver flecks for an added touch of sparkle!
 
So fun, and the possibilities are endless.
 
For this cheery card, I used Crystal Effects to create the look of water in the stamped flower vases.
 
Here's how:
1. Stamp vases from Varied Vases on Whisper White card stock using Night of Navy ink. 
2. Punch the vases out using the coordinating Vases Builder Punch.
3. Color each vase using Light and Dark Pool Party Blends. 
4. Stamp the scalloped image on Shimmery White card base using Night of Navy ink.  I used the Stamparatus.
5.  Stamp the flowers on Shimmery White card base.  I used my Stamparatus to align the flowers, putting the stems in the vases.  I attached each vase, one by one on my card base using a small amount SNAIL Adhesive to temporarily hold each vase in place.  I aligned each flower image and used the Stamparatus.  This  ensured I would get a good stamped image.  I used Garden Green ink.  Remove the vases. 
6. Color the flowers using a variety of Stampin' Blends.
7. Add Shimmery Crystal Effects to the vases.  Set them aside to dry completely.
8.  Stamp greeting using Night of Navy ink below the scalloped border.  I used the Stamparatus.  Attach card front to Night of Navy card base.
9. Attach vases.  I tucked the second vase behind the first vase, and then tucked the third vase behind the second vase.  The first vase is popped up using a Mini Dimensional.
10.  Attach enamel dots to complete.
 
 
 
Shimmery Crystal Effects
Varied vases
 
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Varied Vases
Ink: Night of Navy, Garden Green, various Stampin' Blends
Paper: Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Whisper White
Accessories: Shimmery Crystal Effects, Vases Builder Punch, Stamparatus, enamel dots from my stash, Mini Dimensional
 
Happy Stampin'!

Perennial Essence Friend Like You Thinking of You

Perennial EssencePerennial Essence Friend Like You Thinking of You

A quick and easy card using one of the pretty designs found in the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper and the flower die-cut from Friendly Silhouettes.

The flowers were cut out of Granny Apple Green card stock.  The greeting is from Butterfly Galore and was stamped using the Stamparatus in Blackberry Bliss ink.

The dragonflies were cut from another piece of the Perennial Essence paper.

Friend Like You

Friend Like You Bundle

Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper

Perennial essence dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Galore

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Purple Posy, Granny Apple Green, Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Friendly Silhouettes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Ready to Layer Part 2

Night of Navy ready to layerNight of Navy, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam Ready to Layer

Here's another card I created using the Ready to Layer stamp set and the Stamparatus.

Click HERE for instructions on how to position the four Ready to Layer stamps on the Stamparatus

Possible Color Combinations:

Color combos

Top to bottom, left to right:

Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam

Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Gray Granite

Merry Merlot, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Balmy Blue

Basic Gray, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Gray Granite

Night of Navy, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam

Poppy Parade, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Balmy Blue

The possibilities are endless!

 

Ready to Layer

Ready to Layer

Stamparatus

Stamparatus

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Ready to Layer

Ink: Night of Navy, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam

Paper: Night of Navy, Highland Heather, Whisper White

Accessories: Stamparatus, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Oval and Oval Framelits Dies, Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder, Granny Apple Green 1/2" Textured Weave Ribbon, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Ready to Layer and the Stamparatus

Basic Gray Real Red Ready to LayerBasic Gray, Real Red, Smoky Slate, and Gray Granite Ready to Layer

I've had the Ready to Layer stamp set for awhile, but I was a little apprehensive about using it until recently.

I really liked the look of the stamped image, but to be honest, I wasn't quite sure how to go about using the set.

You see, there are 4 images in the set that have to be aligned and stamped separately in different colors.

Ready to Layer

Although this is a photopolymer stamp set, and lining up and placing the stamps on a clear blocks was certainly doable, I knew the Stamparatus would be helpful to making this work.  But I was reluctant to give it a try.

Well, I finally got the set out and figured out how to position and line up the stamps in the Stamparatus for perfect stamping every time.

It really is easy to do.  And once you've got the stamps positioned on the hinged plates of the Stamparatus, you can stamp numerous images to use on future projects, cleaning and changing colors in between each one.

I've created a quick tutorial in a pdf format that hopefully will help you.

Some basic tips for using this set:

There are four stamps in the Ready to Layer photopolymer stamp set.  You will use all four stamps, plus both hinged plates that come with the Stamparatus.

You will need four colors, one for each stamp.  Use the darkest color for stamp #1.

The plastic packaging has printed numbers, 1-4, next to each stamp. Once you remove the stamps from the packaging, write its number on the front upper left corner of the stamp using a Sharpie pen.

Here are some color possibilities:

Color combos

Top to bottom, left to right:

Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam

Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Gray Granite

Merry Merlot, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Balmy Blue

Basic Gray, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Gray Granite

Night of Navy, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam

Poppy Parade, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Balmy Blue

The possibilities are endless!

Stamparatus

Stamparatus

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Ready to Layer

Ink: Basic Gray, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Gray Granite

Paper: Real Red, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Accessories: Stamparatus, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Oval and Oval Framelits Dies,Tin Tile Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Wavy All the Good Things

Graceful Glass Blends

I really like the stamp set All the Good Things.  It's been in my collection for awhile, but

This was a fairly easy card to create with the help of the Stamparatus.

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of Pool Party card stock for the card front. Punch a hole in the center using a circle punch or the Big Shot and a circle framelit die.
  2. Cut a piece  of Graceful Glass Vellum Designer Series Paper.  Color in the design using Light Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, and Dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends.  You can color the front side like I did or the back.  Coloring the back side will leave you with more subtle colors.
  3.  Attach the vellum DSP to a   Whisper White card base using SNAIL Adhesive.
  4. Stamp the fish using the Stamparatus on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  For the first fish, I placed the stamp rubber side down onto my card stock that was placed into the Stamparatus.  I closed the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  I inked the fish using Pacific Point ink and stamped.  I repeated this step 2 more times making sure I had a good stamped image.  Then, I dabbed Night of Navy ink over parts of the stamp and stamped.  I repeated this step 2 more times making sure I had good ink coverage to add texture and depth to the fish.
  5.  The steps for the second fish were the same except I used Pool Party ink first, then added Gorgeous Grape ink.  Fussy cut fish out using a pair of scissors.
  6. Stamp the greeting in Night of Navy ink using the Stamparatus for placement.  Sponge Gorgeous Grape ink along the edges.  Attach card front to the card base, placing the circle over the vellum dsp.  Use  Dimensionals to pop it up.
  7. Add the fish using SNAIL Adhesive.  Add enamel dots to complete.

All the Good Things

All the Good Things catalog

Stamparatus

Stamparatus

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: All the Good Things

Ink: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Graceful Glass 6"x6" Vellum DSP

Accessories: Light Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Light Pool Party Stampin' Blends, 2 1/4" circle punch, Stamparatus, Dimensionals,  sponge, enamel dots

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'!

Animal Outing Wild About You Valentine's

Wild about you heart
Wild About You Heart

This is the Valentine's Day card I made for our 2 year-old granddaughter. 

She loves zoo animals, but she is especially fond of giraffes.

The giraffe image in the stamp set Animal Outing is perfect for her!

Here's how:

1. The embossed background is made using the Animal Friends Framelits die.  Normally when using this die, you would cut the design from the paper.  To emboss instead, you'll need to use the Big Shot Embossing Mats.

-Emboss the background on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock using this sandwich:  platform on Tab 1, standard cutting pad, blue mat, card stock, framelit placed down, white embossing pad.  You'll need to reposition the framelit three or four times to fully emboss the card front.

2. Cut the center of the card front out using the Big Shot and hearts framelits die or a punch.

3. Place scrap piece of Whisper White card stock into the Stamparatus.  Place the giraffe image rubber side down on the card stock.  Close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Early Espresso and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.  Do the same with the leaves/frog image.

4. Color the giraffe using Blender Pens, water color pencils or Stampin' Write Markers.  Do the same for the leaf images.  I used my Stampin' Blends.

5. Cut the giraffe and leaves out using the Big Shot and coordinating Animal Friends Framelits Dies.

6. Cut a background piece slightly smaller than your embossed card front.  For this card, my background came from Tranquil Tide Designer Series Paper.

7. Get an idea for the placement of the giraffe and leaves, leaving room for the greeting.  Once you have a plan, place the background piece in the Stamparatus.  Place the greeting rubber side down on the background.  Close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Early Espresso and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.  For this card, I used the greeting from A Little Wild.  Animal Outing has a stamp with the same sentiment, "Wild About You," but it is a little too big for this project.

8.  Cut out a border for the heart by nesting two heart framelits, one larger than the other, on a piece of Early Espresso card stock.  Cut out using the Big Shot.  Attach to card front using a small amount of Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.

9. Attach giraffe and leaves to the inside edge of the heart cut-out using a small amount of SNAIL adhesive.  I trimmed off the frog image.

10. Attach card front to So Saffron card base using Dimensionals around the heart and on the 4 corners to pop it up.

11. Add enamel dots to complete.

Big Shot Embossing Mats:

Your favorite Framelits, Thinlits, and Edgelits dies can do more when paired with the Embossing Mats. Use with dies that have decorative ejection holes for additional embossing. Or use with cutting dies to emboss instead of cut. Includes Impressions Pad, thin silicone rubber mat, and thick silicone rubber mat.

Big Shot Embossing Mats

Animal Outing Bundle

Animal outing bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Animal Outing and A Little Wild

Ink: Early Espresso, Stampin' Blends

Paper: So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Big Shot Embossing Mats, Hearts and Animal Friends Framelits Dies, Stamparatus, Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue, Dimensionals, Enamel Dots

Happy Stampin'!