To a special friend

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring another faux Stained-Glass technique! This time I used Whisper White cardstock, Sponge Daubers, Ink Pads, and Embossing Powder. I experimented with both of the dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies to show that you can use either one and I did not know how I was going to create this card until the pieces where complete.

To start, I used a 4 ½” x 4 ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock, which will give enough room to color and emboss. I used Sponge Daubers to color the cardstock first with Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Pineapple Punch inks. As I colored, I would place the die on top to make sure that I was inking the paper enough:

After coloring with the Sponge Daubers, then emboss the paper with the dies using the Big Shot Embossing Mats:

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Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock and a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to 4 ½” x 4 ½” and then adhere together. Place both of the dies on the non-adhesive side and cut out with the Big Shot. After this is complete, I used the Versamark stamp pad directly on the dragonflies and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder:

For the embossed dragonfly images, I also used the Versamark stamp pad directly on the paper and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, two times. Then fussy cut the dragonflies out of the paper:

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Remove the backing from the gold embossed dragonflies and adhere to the clear embossed dragonflies. Tip-if you find some parts that aren’t sticking together, simply use your Fine Tip Glue Pen:

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Here is a close-up image:

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The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. The front of the card is then embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

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The base layer is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾:

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The front sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. This is then cut out with a die from the Lakeside Framelits Dies:

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The DSP is adhered to the card base with Snail, I decided to use the bigger dragonfly, which is adhered with Mini Dimensionals, put some Snail on the back of the sentiment to adhere some Gold Metallic Thread, and used Mini Dimensionals to adhere to the card front:

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The inside sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Early Espresso ink. I cut a piece of the DSP that was used on the card front to ½” x 5 ¼” and adhered along the bottom:

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This week I have shown you three different ways to achieve the same technique, I hope you’ve enjoyed this! Which way is your favorite and which way would you choose to try? Even if you don’t have any of the detailed dies that I’ve shown, but have a different one, give it a try!

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Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, or joining my team!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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Life is a Beautiful Thing

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring another faux Stained-Glass technique! To create this version, I used the butterfly from the Springtime Impression Thinlits Dies, Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Paper, and Champagne Foil Sheets!

I first started with a piece of Watercolor Paper, cut down to fit the butterfly die (3” x 4”), and then embossed using the Big Shot Embossing Mats:

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I next colored the wings using Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, and Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencils and used the medium tip Aqua Painter to blend the colors:

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I heat embossed Clear Embossing Powder two times over the image. This is achieved by pressing the VersaMark pad directly to the paper, sprinkling Clear Embossing Powder, and then using the Heat Tool:

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Cut a piece of the Champagne Foil Sheet and Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to 3” x 4”, adhere the adhesive sheet to the back of the foil sheet, and then run the butterfly die through the Big Shot (no messy glue to adhere to the Watercolor Paper):

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Cut out the butterfly outline from the Watercolor Paper, remove the adhesive backing from the foil butterfly, and then lay over the embossed butterfly:

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Here is a close-up of the butterfly:

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The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, but at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is from the Petal Promenade DSP, cut at 4” x 5”:

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The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, heat embossed in “Champagne” Embossing Powder (this is made combining Gold and Silver Embossing Powders):

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The card front is completed by adhering the butterfly with Mini Dimensionals, using the Detailed Trio Punch on two opposite corners, the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in Petal Pink and Rich Razzleberry, and then adhering to the card base with dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is from the Special Celebrations stamp set on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Crumb Cake ink. The flowers on the bottom are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, stamped in Petal Pink and Rich Razzleberry inks:

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So what do you think of this version? This was fun and easy to make, but the only thing that I was disappointed in was that the Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencils looked too similar after using the Aqua Painter.

I will definitely do this again, but next time I am going to use the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and ink, so stay tuned!!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, or joining my team!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Creating a faux Stained Glass card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring a faux Stained-Glass technique! We all love to learn new tips, tricks, and techniques, and so when I saw a video on YouTube from Jennifer McGuire, I thought I want to try that!! So for this project, I used the new Big Shot Embossing Mats, Brusho Crystal Colour, and the big flower die from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies.

To start with, I used a piece of Watercolor Paper cut at 4” x 6”:

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Next, I embossed the Watercolor Paper using the big flower die from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot Embossing Mat:

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I used Painters Tape to tape the paper to a cutting board (that I only use for crafting), and colored the flowers and leaves using Brusho and the medium tip Aqua Painter. I only mixed up a couple of colors to make purple and the rest are single colors:

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After this completely dried, I stamped my VersaMark pad directly onto the paper around the flowers, covered with Clear Embossing Powder, and heat embossed. I did this technique twice to make the paper extra shiny:

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I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4” x 6” and placed a piece of Sizzix Adhesive Sheet (cut at 3” x 4” and then cut diagonally) on the back of the paper. Then I cut out the big flower thinlit with the Big Shot and with the adhesive on the back, this will make it easier to adhere to the embossed paper:

Next, I again used the VersaMark pad completely over the image and then heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder, I did this technique twice as well, but you can do it more, it just depends on how thick you want this piece to be:

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I fussy cut around the flowers on the Watercolor Paper, removed the backing from the heat embossed image, and then adhered to the Watercolor Paper. Any additional pieces that I may have missed and are sticking out, I was able to fussy cut them off:

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Here is a close-up of the image:

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The card base is Calypso Coral cardstock, cut at 5 ½” 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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Since the embossed image is pretty thick, I used liquid glue to adhere to the base layer and the base layer to the card base:

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The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greeting stamp set, stamped in Calypso Coral ink on a scrap piece of the same DSP. I punched this out and a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock with the Classic Label Punch, trimming down the sentiment. This is then adhered together and use Mini Dimensionals to adhere to the card front:

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The inside sentiment is also from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Calypso Coral ink. The butterflies are from the Abstract Impressions stamp set in Calypso Coral and Mango Melody inks:

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This was my very first time trying this technique and I really like how it turned out! Of course, after the card is completed I could see somethings that I would do differently next time when coloring the embossed flowers in. But isn’t that how it goes when you try something new??

I will definitely do this again, but next time I am going to use the butterfly from this thinlit set and watercolor pencils!! So stay tuned!!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, or joining my team!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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Patriotic Blog Hop!

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Hello and welcome to the June Stamp It Group Blog Hop and Giveaway! This month’s theme is Patriotic/4thof July and the card I am showing today can also be used as a cute invitation if you are having a celebration to invite friends and family! I used a combination of the Pick A Pennant Bundle (page 173), Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (page 219), and the Brights 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper (page 191) to create this fun and patriotic card!

The card base is Poppy Parade cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Pacific Point cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Simple Stripes TIEF:

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I used the Adirondack chair die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies to cut out the three chairs using the white-washed wood from the Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP and the Poppy Parade and Pacific Point from the Brights 6” x 6” DSP:

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To make the template for the pennant from the Playful Pennants Framelits Dies, cut a 2 ½ x 6 ½ piece of Whisper White cardstock, and then cut out the pennants:

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Another reason the Stamparatus is a must, you can line up the stamps from the Pick a Pennant stamp set easily to stamp onto your pennant template! I used Poppy Parade and Pacific Point inks to stamp the sentiment:

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Using the same Poppy Parade and Pacific Point 6” x 6” DSP for the Adirondack chairs, I flipped the DSP over and to cut the bow from the Playful Pennants Framelits Dies, adding a Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the middle of each:

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Adhere the Adirondack chairs to the base layer using Mini Dimensionals cut in half (**Tip-when cutting the Mini Dimensionals in half, cut from point to point and then you will have a flat edge that is easier to line up and hide behind your image):

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Mini Dimensionals are used to adhere the pennants and bows across the top, snipping off the excess cardstock:

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The base layer is adhered to the card base using Dimensionals:

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For the inside sentiment, I used the Celebrate stamp from the Tabs for Everything stamp set in Pacific Point ink, and the stars from the Pick a Pennant stamp set in Poppy Parade and Pacific Point inks:

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Isn’t this a fun card?? I’m so happy to see Poppy Parade back, love this bright and cheerful color!! Don’t forget about the pennant template! This can easily be stored with your stamp set or with your other templates and can be used again and again for future stamping!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, or joining my team!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

This Month’s Contest:

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Last Month’s Winner:

Congratulations Deb Schuh!!

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Don’t forget to leave your name and a comment with #stampitcontest and keep on hopping to the next name on the Blog Hop tour:

BLOG HOPPERS

1. Tami White
2. Pam Nichols
3. Rachael Rife
4. Gianna Melone-Sardella
5. Carol Tennant
6. Christina Miller
7. Bobbie Crouoch
8. Linda Cullen

 


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Card Swap Week!!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring the Tranquil Textures Suite! One of the many things I love as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is being a part of the Stamp It Demo Group and with every new catalog launch we have a card swap! This is a great way to share creativity and inspiration and pass it along to you, our customers! So, this week I am sharing with you the 3 card designs I sent in and the card designs I get back! **How it works for this swap, for each design I make 11 cards and will get back 10 different cards in return!! Yes, I sent 33 cards (11 each of 3 designs) and will get back 30!

The card base is Night of Navy cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is from the Tranquil Textures DSP cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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The next layer is Whisper White cardstock cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾”. I used Sponge Brayers with Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue, and Night of Navy inks:

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The fishes are from the Under the Sea Framelits, cutting them on the front and then the back to give them the look of going in two directions. From the Sea of Textures stamp set, the seaweed is stamped in Fresh Fig ink (first and second stamping) and the coral is stamped in Gray Granite ink (first and second stamping):

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The octopus is stamped in Smoky Slate ink and then I used a Sponge Dauber with Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating framelit. The seagrass is cut out in Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide cardstock, layered together, and then I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen along the bottom to adhere the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles:

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Part of the octopus is adhered to the top layer and the excess is trimmed off. This piece is then adhered to the base layer:

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The base layer is adhered to the card base and then I adhered the seagrass along the bottom corners on the base layer DSP:

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This was a really fun card to make, the only tip I would advise is that you cut the seagrass and adhere the sprinkles first and then make the card so that will give the glue time to dry when you card putting the layers together!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, or joining my team!

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To See Far

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring the new 2018-2020 In Colors and the Lilypad Lake Bundle! I just love the font used for these sentiments and also wanted to experiment with the wave framelit die. So, when I started creating this card, I thought I would mix in some High Tide stamps!

The card base is Blueberry Bushel cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”

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For the base layer you will need two pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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On the first piece of Whisper White, stamp both of the lighthouse images in Blueberry Bushel ink and the ground stamp in Sahara Sand ink, from the High Tide stamp set. I used my Stamparatus (available on my online store June 1st!!) to line the stamps up:

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This image is then fussy cut out of the Whisper White cardstock and then I used the small ground stamp from High Tide to fill in some of the area in Sahara Sand ink:

Use a Sponge Dauber with Sahara Sand ink to finish coloring in the ground area around the lighthouse:

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For the second piece of Whisper White cardstock, use the wave framelit from the Lakeside Framelit Dies twice with the Big Shot. Note: I used the Precision Base Plate to get the cuts completely through, I had some issues with my first piece of cardstock, and used washi tape to keep the framelit in place:

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I cut a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper to 3 ½” x 4”, but if you don’t have glimmer paper, you can use a piece of cardstock. This is going to be placed behind the waves:

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Using the leftover Whisper White cardstock from the lighthouse, stamp the sailboat images from Lilypad Lake stamp set twice in Memento ink. I then colored the sailboats in Poppy Parade, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, and Blueberry Bushel inks. They are then cut out using the coordinating framelit:

I used Multipurpose Glue to adhere the Silver Glimmer Paper to the back of the card base and then used Snail to adhere the lighthouse piece to the front:

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To soften this piece, I used a Sponge Dauber and Pool Party ink around the top and sides:

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Use the sun stamp from Lilypad Lake and stamp several times in Pineapple Punch ink. The bird stamp from High Tide is in Blueberry Bushel ink (see my boo-boo? I’ll fix that!):

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To finish the base layer, I adhered the sailboats with Glue Dots, used the grass stamp from High Tide in Call Me Clover ink, and stamped the sentiment from Lilypad Lake in Blueberry Bushel ink, using the framelit from Lakeside Framelits to cut it out and adhere with Dimensionals:

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The base layer is then adhered to the card base with Dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink. The waves along the bottom are also stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink, I stamped another sailboat in Memento ink, colored it in with Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove inks, cut out with the coordinating framelit, and then adhered with a Mini Dimensional:

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I just love combining High Tide and Lilypad Lake together to make this card!! I also really loving the new In Colors! There’s usually one or two that I’m “ho-hum” about, that’s just me, but I really think that because they all coordinate so nicely together and are so vibrant, it makes incorporating them a breeze!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me! June 1st is just a few days away and the new Annual Catalog will go live!! I’m so excited!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, or joining my team!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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Mix it up Monday!

Hello and welcome to Mix it up Monday! Today I am mixing a whole lot of creativeness to make this awesome display case picture! I was inspired to make this as a follow up to the Father’s Day Blog Hop card from Saturday, if you missed it, you can see it here. Please note, this 8” x 10” display case picture frame is not sold by Stampin’ Up!

I first started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 5” x 7”:

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I masked the bottom half of the cardstock at 4”:

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The sun stamp is from the High Tide stamp set in Pineapple Punch ink:

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The sun stamp from Lilypad Lake is only a ring image, so I used that in Crushed Curry ink around the Pineapple Punch sun:

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I used a Sponge Brayer in Crushed Curry ink across the mask line (yes, I forgot to mask the sun, however, I will show you what I did later):

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For the rest of the sunset coloring, I used sponges in Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade, Merry Merlot, and Night of Navy:

How if fixed the mistake with the sun, is I used the sun stamp from High Tide again and stamped it twice in Crushed Curry ink:

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I removed the mask from the bottom of the sunset and repositioned it to cover the sunset:

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The shoreline was created by using the lighthouse ground cover stamp from High Tide in Sahara Sand ink and then I used a Sponge Brayer in Sahara Sand to fill in:

To create the water, start with a Sponge Brayer and Blueberry Bushel ink, and you will want to get a concentration of ink towards the sunset line:

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Next, you will use another Sponge Brayer and Night of Navy ink to make the water even darker. I really like combining these two colors together for this water look, I sampled these on a piece of scratch paper to first see if I just wanted one of the blues by themselves or to combine them together:

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When I removed the mask I didn’t quite like the abrupt line between the water and the sunset, so I used the Sponge Brayer with Blueberry Bushel in and carefully went along that line to try and soften it up:

To create the sun reflection on the water, I used this little stamp from High Tide and Whisper White Craft ink:

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I filled in the rest of the water using the wave stamp from High Tide and Whisper White Craft ink. My craft ink is very juicy, so I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper and then stamped the image on the cardstock 2 or 3 more times before inking again and repeating the process:

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Using Basic Black cardstock, cut out these images using the Lakeside Framelit Dies. The sailboat framelit from this set cuts out two boats together and then a small one, so I positioned the cardstock so it would only cut out this small sailboat:

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The images are then positioned and adhered with Glue Dots:

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Since I wasn’t sure which Designer Series Paper I wanted to use, I waited until the previous part was complete and then chose this DSP from Nature’s Poem DSP and trimmed it down to 8” x 10”:

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I used Multipurpose Glue to adhere the cardstock to the DSP so I would have time to reposition if needed and to ensure it stays adhered to the DSP since the glass from the frame is not right on top of it:

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To complete the project, place in the display frame:

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I thought this was a great follow up for a Father’s Day gift to go along with the card or you can even make a card with these instructions, just us a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”.

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, or joining my team!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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