Simply Blue

Good Morning!  I am feeling really inspired lately. It has been REALLY busy on my end, but I have taken a few extra minutes each day to look at card samples (in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and past catalogs). The annual catalog and past catalogs are a great resource for card ideas. I look at the layout and size and change the colors, stamp sets, and embellishments to suit what products I have on hand or what my need is at the time.

I just love the Simply Sketched hostess set.  I would host a thousand parties to get my hands on this set. It is simply amazing.  It has three perfect sentiments, Birthday, Sympathy, and Thanks. And three wonderful outline images for coloring with blender pens and aquapainter, bird, flower, and leaves.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Simply Sketched Stamp Set (hostess)
  • Crumb Cake card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Tea for Two (can substitute Afternoon Picnic)
  • Staz on Ink
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Marina Mist Ink
  • Primrose Petals Ink
  • Gumball Green Ink
  • Blender Pens

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  1. You can recreate this simple 3×3 card with a Crumb Cake base 3″x 6″.
  2. Cut DSP to 3″ x 1″ and “3 x 1/2”. Use the same opposite side of the DSP, whichever is more patterned, for the smaller strip.
  3. Cut a piece of 2″ x 3/4″ Vanilla card stock, stamp Thanks in Crumb Cake, and tear edge.
  4. On a piece of 3″ x 2″ Very Vanilla card stock stamp the bird from Simply Sketched in Staz On ink.  Ink just the tip on the leafy stamp and stamp above the bird with Staz On ink.  This gives the bird more leaves around him.
  5. Color the stamped images with blender pens and Marina Mist, Primrose Petals, and Gumball Green ink.
  6. Carefully rip the left and top edges of the stamped piece of card stock.  Adhere all pieces to the card base.

Technique Tip:  To tear the edges, I placed the clear block (with no stamp on it) over the image to protect it from being torn. I then tore the paper around the block, using it as a guide and the pressure kept the paper from tearing except along the edge that I wanted torn.


Happy Stamping!

Swallowtail Tutorial


Beautiful, right?

This Swallowtail stamp is wonderful. It makes beautiful cards.  I posted this card earlier, but wanted to give some instruction and pointers on making it work.

1. Buy WOOD MOUNT. I usually buy clear mount stamps, but for these large background stamps, I spring for wood mount.

2.  Use STAZON ink.  It doesn’t bleed, dries quickly, and is prefect for coloring over.

3.  Use texture. Because the stamp is so rich looking, extra texture from different embossing folders gives the card even more punch.

4. Emboss with clear embossing powder AFTER coloring in. The clear embossing powder gives it a shiny, glossy look and texture as well.  Color in your image with Stampin’ Markers and blender pens, then restamp over the image (as close to the original image as you can) with Versamark, cover with clear emboss powder, tap off excess and heat set.

5. Cut out your image and mount with Crystal Effects.  Crystal Effects is quite possibly the strongest adhesive I have ever used. It is wonderful. Use it! All the time.

6. Coloring.  Start with the marker to paper near the center.  Use a blender pen as you work outward to create dimension and more than one saturation level. I color on my clear blocks and use a blender pen to pick up the color and transfer it to my project.

I hope these tips are helpful in creating your project.

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