Stamparatus

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'!

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'!

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'!

Dashing Deer Winter Night Bokeh

Dashing deer bokeh
Dashing Deer Winter Night Bokeh
 
 
Create an easy winter night's scene using the star image stamp found in set, Bokeh Dots.
  1. Stamp night sky image from Bokeh Dots on piece of Whisper White card stock using Balmy Blue ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the image multiple times so it would be darker.
  2. Cut landscape using the Big Shot and In the Woods Thinlits Die out of Shimmery White card stock.  Place on card front, and with a pencil, lightly trace the top edge of the landscape.  This will help you place the stamping of the trees.
  3. Stamp trees from Waterfront using Tranquil Tide ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the image multiple times.
  4. Stamp deer from Dashing Deer on a scrap piece of Crumb Cake card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Detailed Deer Thinlits die.
  5. Attach landscape using Dimensionals to pop it up.  Place deer using Dimensionals to pop it up.
  6. Mat to Tranquil Tide card stock.  Stamp greeting from Christmas Pines on Whisper White card base using Tranquil Tide ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the image multiple times.  Attach card front to card base using Dimensionals to pop it up.

I am really loving my Stamparatus.  It's a invaluable positioning tool, allowing you to aligned images and complete ink coverage.

 

Stamparatus

Stamparatus

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dashing Deer, Bokeh Dots, Waterfront, Christmas Pines

Ink: Balmy Blue, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Crumb Cake

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

Happy Stampin'!