Q-tip coloring with Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features Q-tip coloring with the Flowering Foils Designer Series Paper! Have you ever colored using a Q-tip? This is a fun and easy way to color using your ink pads and the end of a Q-tip! The Flowering Foils DSP is nice and smooth, so applying the ink is very easy and dries quickly. Since there are a few smaller, detailed pieces on this DSP, I thought using a Q-tip would be a great way to color it in and if you are just starting your crafting journey and don’t have a lot of supplies or are limited on space, this would be a fun technique to show you!

The base layer is this design from the DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I first colored in all the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink, the flower centers with Pineapple Punch ink, and Flirty Flamingo ink on different flower petals:

I then colored in the flowers with Petal Pink in and the flower buds with Grapefruit Grove ink:

I went back over the flower centers with Pineapple Punch ink and blended the Petal Pink ink on the petals a little more. I then filled in the background with a Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends to really make the colors pop:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. 6 ½” piece of Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon.

2. Enough Braided Linen Trim to tie into a bow.

3. One of the 5mm (large) Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

4. Stamp the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock in Gray Granite ink and punch out with the Tailored Tag Punch. Punch another piece out of Silver Foil Sheet and cut in half, this will be layered under the sentiment.

Use liquid glue to adhere the foil punch piece under the sentiment, this will give you time to move the piece before it sets and dries. Fold the organdy ribbon in half and use a glue dot to keep it in place. Tie the linen trim into a bow, use a glue dot to adhere to the organdy ribbon, and place the Champagne Rhinestone on the middle of the bow:

Use another glue dot to adhere the organdy ribbon to the base layer and dimensionals to adhere the sentiment:

This completed piece is adhered to a Gray Granite cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

I kept the inside very simple, stamped the sentiment in Gray Granite ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

Don’t you just love this Flowering Foils Designer Series Paper? You can earn it for free, now thru March 31st (or while supplies last), with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration! While this DSP is beautiful on its own, coloring it just takes it a step up for your cards and crafts! Now, I know I should have also colored in the background of this DSP using a Q-tip, but I really wanted to see how well Stampin’ Blends colored with this paper and to really “saturate” the background with color so the flowers stand out. 

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More fun Christmas card making with 6 x 6 DSP!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun, but simple card made with the Wrapped in Plaid 6” x 6” Specialty DSP and the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle! This week I’ve shared some simple cuts to get the most out of your 6” x 6” DSP and today I’m adding some additional elements with four different punches. The cut for the DSP is the same as my previous blog post, so you can make four cards out of four pieces of DSP. Itty Bitty Christmas is a must if you are looking for a variety of sentiments and the detailed dies that are a part of the bundle can add a simple, but elegant, detail to your card. 

With this design from the DSP, you can cut the design any which side and it will not matter if your card base is landscape or portrait. You start by cutting ¾” strip off one side, turn the DSP 90 degrees, and cut at 4”. You will end up with 3 pieces measuring 4” x 5 ¼”, 2” x 5 ¼”, and ¾” x 6”. This will be your base layer:

For the card front:

1. Use the 1 1/8” Scallop Circle Punch on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink.

2. Use the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment piece.

3. Use the detailed star die to cut out of a piece of Gold Foil Sheet. You will also want to use the single star die to cut a piece from the Gold Foil Sheet for the inside of the card.

4. For the 2” strip of DSP, use the Banner Triple Punch on one end and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on the other end.

5. Cut a piece of Braided Linen Trim long enough to tie thru the top of the tag top of the DSP.

The card base is Night of Navy cardstock, cut at 4” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. Adhere the DSP to the card base, tie the linen trim thru the tag top, and then adhere the tag to the middle of the DSP base layer:

Adhere the gold foil star die cut out to the DSP layers using your Fine Tip Glue Pen, adhere the scalloped layers together, and use a dimensional to adhere on top of the die cut stars. I used three of the 6mm Gold Glitter Enamel Dots to add some extra gold to the card front:

For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink, adhere the ¾” strip of DSP along the bottom and trim off the excess, and adhere the single foil star with the Fine Tip Glue Pen:

Lots of elements on this card that are easy to make! If you are looking for a stamp set bundle that easily coordinates with DSP, Itty Bitty Christmas is definitely worth looking at! Lots of sentiments and you can change up the look with the coordinating dies. If you have the Big Shot Precision Base Plate, I highly recommend using this to cut out any paper, makes it much easier to get those little pieces out! I hope you have enjoyed this week of 6” x 6” DSP cutting, since this is my only DSP for my holiday card making, I will always share how I cut this paper. Keep it simple and DSP can be your friend, no matter the size! 

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Fall foliage card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and easy fall foliage card made with the Snow Front stamp set! I just love when you can use a holiday stamp set for more than one holiday like the Snow Front stamp set. If you pair this with a great sentiment set, then you really have an all occasion stamp set! 

The base layer is this design from Come to Gather DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” (vertical cut):

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Cut a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock at 3 ½” x 4 ¾” and emboss with the Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder.

2. Cut enough Braided Linen Trim to tie around the embossed cardstock into a bow.

3. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3” x 3 ½”, use your Stamparatus line up the tree stamps, the single large tree is stamped in Early Espresso ink and the three small trees are stamped in Gray Granite ink. Use the small dotted stamp to create the foliage with Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze inks and the ground stamp is stamped in Gray Granite ink, first generation under the trees and stamping off to fill in the rest of the ground area. Use a sponge dauber with Gray Granite in to lightly fill in the ground area, a sponge dauber with Crushed Curry ink around the trees, and a sponge dauber with Cajun Craze ink along the outside of the Crushed Curry and the cardstock edge:

Adhere the stamped cardstock on top of the embossed cardstock (more towards the top), tie the braided trim into a bow around the bottom, and then adhere to the DSP base layer:

This completed piece is adhered to an Early Espresso cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. I decided the front needed a little extra, so I used three of the smallest (3mm) Gold Glitter Enamel Dots on the large tree:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of coordinating DSP from the card front:

Isn’t this a fun and easy card to make? You can still keep the fall theme going if you cut a bigger piece of Whisper White cardstock and add the cabin and deer to give it that “warm and cozy” mountain feel!

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Make a fall card with the Snow Front stamp set!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Snow Front stamp set from the 2019 Holiday Catalog! When I first saw this set in the holiday catalog, I knew this would be perfect for my Christmas cards! But, why limit yourself to just one holiday card? I’ve used this set for Halloween and now I am also using it for my Thanksgiving cards! One of the things that makes this stamp set versatile for the seasons, is that there are no sentiments, just lots of scenery stamps for you to create with. I also wanted to incorporate Come to Gather DSP and thought the gingham design would pair nicely, not detracting from the scenery or looking too “busy”.

The base layer is this design, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the next layer is Pretty Peacock cardstock, cut at 3 ¼” x 4 ½”, and the last layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 3”x 4 ¼”:

To create the scenery and card front:

1. Use the 3” x 4 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the mountains in Gray Granite ink, closer to the top, two times.

2. Use a sponge dauber with Pool Party ink to color in the sky around the mountains and then a sponge dauber with Pear Pizzazz ink to color in the “meadow”.

3. Stamp the trees and deer in Early Espresso ink and then the pond in Pretty Peacock ink.

4. Use the small dotted/background stamp in Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze inks to make it look like fall colored leaves in the trees and on the ground.

5. Adhere the Whisper White cardstock layer to the Pretty Peacock cardstock layer, adhere this piece to the gingham DSP with dimensionals, and then use enough Braided Linen Trim to tie around the bottom into a bow:

This completed piece is adhered to a Pretty Peacock cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut at piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, cut a piece of the DSP at ¾” x 4” and adhere along the 4” side of the cardstock, ink up two of the trees (the stamp is three trees) in Early Espresso ink in the corner, stamp the dotted/background stamp in Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze in for fall leaves, and then stamp the sentiment from Country Home in Pretty Peacock ink:

Don’t you just love the colors of this card? This would also make a great birthday card for that “outdoorsy” person in your life! You could also step this card up by heat embossing parts with clear embossing powder! If you are looking for a great versatile stamp set, give the Snow Front stamp set another look!

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Bright and cheerful with Country Home

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a bright and cheerful card made with the Country Home stamp set! I will admit this stamp set has been sitting on my shelf neglected since making my Thanksgiving cards. So, when I brought out my pack of Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper and chose at random a piece to make a card with, I thought this would be perfect! Then layer this on a piece of cardstock embossed with the Tin Tile DTIEF, you give the stamp and embossing folder a whole new look!

I first started with this design from the Garden Impressions 6” x 6” DSP, first cutting a 1 ½” strip off one end and then cutting this in half at ¾”. Then turn the DSP so 6” side is at the top and cut at 3”. This will give you two 3” x 4 ½” and two ¾” pieces, which you can make two cards from cutting the DSP this way, and this is my absolute favorite way to cut 6” x 6” DSP:

I cut a piece of Mango Melody cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and embossed it with the Tin Tile DTIEF for the base layer:

For the rest of the card front, you will need enough Braided Linen Trim to tie into a bow and the tin can stamp. This is stamped in Memento ink on a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock and colored in with Stampin’ Blends. I first colored around the edge of the can in Dark Night of Navy and then colored the handles in Light Night of Navy and blended this in with the outline towards the middle of the can. Next, I colored in the middle of the can with Light Mango Melody and then blended Light and Dark Balmy Blue around the edge of the Mango Melody and Night of Navy. Then to give this a lighter and weathered look, I used the brush tip of the Color Lifter over the Mango Melody and Balmy Blue inks. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut out, colored with Light Smoky Slate, used the brush tip of the Color Lifter, and then adhered to the can. This is then cut out with the second smallest Stitched Rectangle Framelit. TIP-using Thick Whisper White with multiple Stampin’ Blends helps prevent the colors from bleeding outside the stamp image and also making sure the cardstock dries inbetween coloring, which you can use your Heat Tool to help with this:

Adhere the DSP to the embossed base layer, tie the Braided Linen Trim into a bow around this piece, and then adhere the stamped piece with dimensionals. This completed piece is then adhered to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside sentiment is on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” in Night of Navy ink and the ¾” piece of DSP is adhered along the bottom, trimming off the excess:

I love how Night of Navy and Mango Melody really make the colors pop on this card! The Country Home stamp set really has some great sentiments and this is a great way to repurpose a holiday stamp set! So get out those sets and see what you can create with them!!

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Lasting Lily and what I learned for the best stamped image

Hello and welcome to today’s blog, which is some tips and tricks I learned experimenting with the stamp set Lasting Lily. This set can be found in the 2019 Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, which you can earn for FREE with a qualifying $100 product purchase. What really caught my attention, are the beautiful sentiments and I thought it would pair wonderfully with the Kindness & Compassion stamp set from the Annual Catalog. Lasting Lily is not only a 2-Step stamp set, but it is also Distinktive. What is Distinktive? It is when the stamp lays down the ink at different opacities giving the finished image more depth. My first (and until now only) Distinktive stamp was Heartfelt Blooms from last year’s SAB catalog. That stamp was a red rubber stamp and Lasting Lily is a photopolymer, which they stamp differently. So, when I sat down to experiment with different colors with Lasting Lily, imagine my surprise when the stamped image looked not quite right…

I pre-cut Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼” to have plenty on hand, especially for the inside sentiments. This is a great way to experiment with stamps if you are seeing how the final image looks or are trying to figure the best color to use. I thought that Petal Pink or Blushing Bride would be good colors to start with and I did not like the stamped image, wasn’t very Distinktive as the image from the case insert for the set. Fast forward after experimenting with a variety of variables, the bottom line is that if your ink pad has too much ink, you will not get the best stamped image.

What do you mean too much ink and how does that even happen?? 

It can happen one of two ways: either it comes to you with too much ink or you use your ink refill and apply too much. I’ve had both happen.

How can I “remove” or “take up” this excess ink?? 

There are three ways that I can suggest:

1. Use the back of a spoon and using a “sweeping motion”, push the ink down on the pad:

2. I use these blue shop towels for cleaning (better than paper towels and leaves little to no residue) and you place this on top of the ink pad and gently press down to absorb some of the excess ink:

3. If you have an ink pad that is really inked up, take a couple pieces of printer paper, fold it in half, and lay that on top of the ink pad and gently press down so the paper can absorb the excess ink:

Repeat any of these steps as necessary. One way to really tell that you have too much ink without even stamping on a piece of cardstock, is the stamp itself. If you see any bubbling on the inked image, then you will not have a clean and precise image that you desire, you can see that in the stamped images above. This is totally my opinion and what I found worked for me, you may find other results. I know that it is suggest that with photopolymer stamps to use a Stampin’ Pierce Mat underneath your cardstock, but I didn’t find any additional help in this case and I also already have a mat that I use under my grid paper for stamping. I hope this helps you, if you too run into the same issues I had. This is a beautiful stamp set and I hope you have fun making lots of wonderful cards!

Here is a quick tutorial for the card that I made with this set:

The card base is Mossy Meadow cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I used the embossing thinlit from the Stitched Labels Framelits on the upper left and lower right corners:

The stems and leaf are stamped in Mossy Meadow ink and the lilies are stamped in Mango Melody ink on Whisper White cardstock. This is then cut out with the 3rdlargest Rectangle Stitched Framelit Die, which measures 3 1/8” x 4 ½”. I tied a piece of the Braided Linen Trim into a bow across the bottom and then layered this on a piece of 3 ¼” x 4 5/8” piece of Wood Textures DSP:

This is then adhered to the card base with dimensionals:

Quick and easy card to make for any occasion!

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