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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Rustic card with Home to Roost

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Home to Roost stamp set! This super cute stamp set is in the 2019 Sale-A-Bration catalog and you can earn this for FREE with a qualifying $50 (USD) purchase! I honestly passed this stamp set by the first time I saw it in the SAB catalog, but then what really caught my eye was the card samples in the catalog, which inspired this card. Not only is the rooster another stamp that you can use to color in with your Stampin’ Blends, but look at the sentiments! These great for just simply sending a card, but I can totally see using “enjoy the simple moments” for scrapbooking! For this card, I really wanted to give it a distressed and rustic flare, which is so easy to do!

The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

To distress the Crumb Cake cardstock, first emboss the cardstock with the Tin Tile DTIEF, crumple the paper into a ball, unfold flat, use a sponge with Early Espresso ink along the raised impressions, take the edge of your scissors to distress the edges, and then use the sponge again with Early Espresso ink along the distressed edges:

The rooster is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock in Memento ink, but before stamping, I used a Q-Tip to remove the ink around the bottom that looks like a shadow underneath. The image is then fussy cut out and colored in with Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Real Red, Light Cajun Craze, and Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends:

Cut a 2 ½” x 3” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the wheat image twice in Sahara Sand ink, use a blender pen with a little bit of Sahara Sand ink to fill in the ground, and then use a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the shading underneath the rooster, stamping this on the shaded ground:

The rooster is adhered with dimensionals on the Very Vanilla cardstock and then use a sponge with Early Espresso ink along the edges:

Cut a piece of Wood Textures DSP to 3” x 4 ½”, adhere the stamped cardstock, and then use enough Copper Trim to tie around into a bow:

This piece is then adhered to the base layer and then I used dimensionals to adhere this to the card base:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock and I stamped the wheat image along the bottom in Sahara Sand ink, using second generation stamping to fill in (or stamping off):

Wasn’t that easy?? A little sponging, a little distressing, and you get a rustic themed card! Again, I did not use any sentiments on the front or inside as this is one of my “use for any reason” cards! This stamp set would also make a great “masculine” card!!

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Emboss resist & Brusho!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my little experiment with emboss resist on watercolor paper and Brusho. If you don’t know what Brusho is, it is watercolor ink crystals that are highly pigmented and Stampin’ Up! offers them in 5 colors that come in small pots. These crystals are more like a fine dust, which makes it easy to get everywhere, and I recommend that you only poke one small hole in the top and keep a thumb tack in the hole until ready for use. There are different ways to create watercolor washes with Brusho, but today I am showing you how I created this watercolor wash by sprinkling the Brusho color onto Watercolor Paper and spritzing with water and I love the end result!

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To start, I use a piece of Watercolor Paper, cut at 3” x 5”, and heat emboss the flower and leaf from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set in Clear Embossing Powder:

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I gently sprinkled the Brilliant Red, Gamboge, and Yellow over the flowers and then sprinkled Yellow and Moss Green over the leaves:

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Next, I used my Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and spritzed until I achieved the desired result. If you missed a spot or want to add more of a color, you can sprinkle more on as well:

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I used a paper towel to soak up some of the excess water and also lightly dried the embossed edges of the flowers and leaves. If you notice, there is a slight blue color, which is from the Prussian Blue pot, and I didn’t even take this pot out of the box! LOL:

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After comparing different color cardstock for the base, I decided to use Mossy Meadow, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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I really liked how the watercolor paper design looked on my bamboo cutting board (this was just a random one I had and decided to use this for any Brusho projects. This especially helps protect my work space when I’m spritzing water), so I found this design from the Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP and trimmed it to 4” x 5 ¼”. I used this edgelit die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies along the top and bottom of the DSP:

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Adding a bit of ribbon wouldn’t be too much, so I used the Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon. I thought this coordinated nicely with the colors:

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To assemble the card front, I tied the ribbon around the DSP and then adhered the watercolor paper to the DSP. (Note-make sure that the watercolor paper is completely dried and use a strong adhesive, like Tear & Tape, Liquid Glue, or Fast Fuse) I then used dimensionals to adhere the base layer to the card base:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock, the sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink, and the leaves from Beautiful Promenade are stamped in Mossy Meadow. The first stamp is in full ink and then immediate stamp again, which is also referred to second generation stamping:

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Brusho is really a great medium to play with! If you want to apply the color directly to the paper, simply mix a little bit of Brusho with water (on a clear block or small container) and then use a paintbrush to apply. Try experimenting with the colors by combining them to create a totally different color! Using watercolor paper or thick cardstock works best, especially if you are spritzing water on and protect your work space by either using a cutting board or having something else underneath for excess water and any runaway color crystals!!

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Incredible Like You

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which feature’s the new Incredible Like You stamp set from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! This stamp set coordinates with the Incredible Like You Project Kit, but I thought today I would make a card with just the stamp set, which is a photopolymer 2-step set. I really didn’t know what I wanted to create at first, so I decided to start with the 2-step flower stamps and chose the Calypso Coral and Grapefruit Grove color combo. I absolutely loved how the flower turned out, so I decided to use the Calypso Coral/Grapefruit Grove/Mango Melody color combo to complete this card. Let’s get started on this great, all occasion card!

The card base is Calypso Coral, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. Using the hinge-step technique with my Stamparatus, I inked up the striped stamp first in Calypso Coral ink for the top and bottom, Grapefruit Grove ink for the next step to Calypso Coral, and then Mango Melody for the middle:

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For the front of the card, you will need enough Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to tie around the base layer into a bow, this design from the 6” x 6” Wood Textures DSP that measures 2 ½” x 2 ½”, and a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 2” x 2”. For the flower, I stamped the outline in Calypso Coral, the full flower stamp in Grapefruit Grove, the stem and leaves in Pear Pizzazz, and the dot stamp in Mango Melody. It really doesn’t show up very well, but I used my Wink of Stella pen along the Calypso Coral outline of the flower:

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To assemble the card front, tie the tulle ribbon around the base layer into a bow, adhere the squares together, use dimensionals to adhere the layered squares over the ribbon, and then adhere the base layer to the card base:

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For the inside, the sentiment from this set is stamped in Grapefruit Grove and the leaves from the set are stamped along the sides in Pear Pizzazz ink:

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I absolutely love card kits and the project kit that coordinates with this set makes 16 cards, but who doesn’t love seeing alternative ideas? It’s kind of like Paper Pumpkin, you want to see what others can create to inspire us!

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Clean and simple card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a Clean and Simple card that is so easy to make multiples of! This is a great design to use when you need to make some cards but are limited on time. Now that the Fall weather is finally here on the East Coast, or at least here in Virginia, I thought this card would be perfect to make!

The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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For the card front, you will cut this design from the Wood Textures DSP into 3” x 3” (basically cutting in half, the DSP is 6” x 6”), cut a piece of Copper Foil Sheet 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, use the detailed leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies to cut out from the middle of the Copper Foil Sheet:

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Adhere the DSP to the Foil Sheet and then adhere the leaf in the middle:

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This is then adhered to the base layer with dimensionals and I used Copper Trim to tie around into a bow:

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To complete the front, adhere the base layer to the card base with dimensionals:

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For the inside of the card, use the coordinating leaf stamp from Seasonal Layers and heat emboss with Copper Embossing Powder:

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This is a very quick and easy card, I made four using two sheets of Thick Whisper White and Whisper White cardstock and one sheet of DSP and Copper Foil! This is another great way to use up that 6” x 6” DSP!

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Lilypad Lake Z Fold Pop-Up Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super fun and easy Z Fold Pop-Up Card! I made this a birthday card for dearest sister-friend, who loves Lilypad Lake stamp set! I’ve posted on Facebook a couple of other cards that I made, so I figured why not show you how easy it is to make, which you can do out of ONE piece of cardstock!

The card base is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 2 ¾” and at 5 ½”:

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The front fold is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 2 1/8” x 11”, and scored at 2 ¾” and at 5 ½”:

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The inner strip to create the “pop-up” part is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 2 1/8” x 11” and scored at 7/8”, 3 5/8”, 4 1/8”, 6 7/8”, 7 3/8”. You will then fold into a “Z” and use strong adhesive on the “mountain” of the folds (I used Tear & Tape):

The panels for the card base are Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and 2 pieces cut at 2 ½” x 4”:

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For all the card base panels I wanted to make them look like the sky, so for the two smaller panels, I placed them next to each other and created a mask for clouds using the cloud dies from the Up & Away Thinlit Dies and sponged Balmy Blue ink onto the cardstock:

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For the bigger panel, I first used a sponge dauber with Pineapple Punch ink in the upper left corner and then used the sun stamp from Lilypad Lake in Crushed Curry, stamping several times for the effect. I then used the same cloud masks with a Stampin’ Sponge and Balmy Blue ink for the rest of the sky:

Since I knew I was making the bird from Lilypad Lake stamp set into a Heron, I wanted to make it look like he was “walking on a dock” for the front fold piece, so I used a piece of Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP cut at 2” x 5 ¼”, embossed it with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF, and then sponged Early Espresso ink to give the embossing a darker definition:

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For the smaller two front fold panels, I cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 2” x 2 ½”, sponged Balmy Blue ink, and then used the wave stamp in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel inks. I also stamped the wave stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink on the front panel of the inner strip:

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I stamped the Heron in Memento Ink and then colored with Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the sailboats 5 times in Memento Ink and then colored them in with Light and Dark Pineapple Punch, Light and Dark Call Me Clover, Light and Dark Poppy Parade, Light and Dark Highland Heather, Light and Dark Lovely Lipstick, Ivory, Bronze, Light Granny Apple Green, Light Bermuda Bay, Light Night of Navy, Dark Pool Party, Dark Petal Pink, Dark Flirty Flamingo, and Dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends Markers:

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Attach the panels to the card base and to the front fold base:

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I used Tear & Tape on the ends of the front fold and then attached to the card base:

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Next place the inner strip in the “box”. The easiest way I have found to make sure this piece is correct and the card folds over, is to adhere the end pieces first, and then fold the card closed and the two inner pieces will adhere correctly:

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The final step is to adhere the Heron and all the sailboats! For the inner strip, I used glue dots at the bottom of the boat and then for the front fold panels I popped the smaller ones and the Heron up with Mini Dimensionals. I also used Wink of Stella on all 3 of the front fold panels:

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After I put this all together, I felt like it needed a little bit more. So, I used the birds from the High Tide stamp set and heat embossed the sentiment from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Copper Embossing Powder on Whisper White cardstock. This was then cut out with the smallest circle from the Stitched Labels Framelits and I also used the heart framelit from this set to cut out from Copper Foil Sheets:

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I just love how this turned out! Now I will admit these are not my instructions, I got them from Splitcoast Stampers! Having great instructions make it so easy to make and share creative ideas!!

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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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