The Ins & Outs of Inking

The Ins & Outs of Inking

Are you puzzled by the many options and different uses of stamping inks that are available to crafters?  Rest assured you’re not alone.

Ink Types

Dye

Dye inks are great for basic stamping.  Dye inks will penetrate into your cardstock and leave a nice, clean, image.  These inks dry rapidly, which is perfect for when you want to stamp and quickly continue on with your project without having to wait for your ink to dry

Classic Stampin’ Pads

Ink pads

Features: Firm foam pad with flip-top that stores ink upside down to keep the pad moist. Coordinates with exclusive Stampin’ Up! Cardstock, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills.  Acid Free, Archival.

Best For: Basic Stamping or tone-on-tone look when stamping on coloured cardstock

 

 

Classic Stampin’ ink Refills

ink refills

Features:  Refresh Stampin’ Pads to keep the pad fresh and well-inked or use for various techniques outside of stamping.  Acid Free, Archival.

Best For: Refilling pads, dyeing, spritzing, or colouring

Tips:  To refill pad, put a few drops of ink onto pad and use a bone folder to spread the ink around the surface

Stampin’ Write Markers

Stampin write markers

Features:  Dual-tipped including a .5mm fine point for details and journaling, and a flexible brush tip for colouring and inking stamps.  Acid Free, Archival

Best For:  Writing, and colouring directly on stamps and paper.

Tips:  After colouring on stamps, breathe on it to moisten before stamping.  Store markers horizontally.

 

Memento Ink

momento

Features:  Fade resistant, alcohol resistant, and fast drying

Best For: Good with fine details and even coverage for bold images

Tip: Keep the ink pad fresh with the Memento Refill

 

 

Solvent

Solvent inks are great for nonporous surfaces such as acetate, glass, metal and glossy cardstock.  Solvent inks dry quickly and do not need to be heat-set

Stazon Ink

stazon

 

Features:  Crisp, permanent ink, Acid Free, Archival

Best For:  Stamping images that you can watercolour or for nonporous surfaces like Window Sheets

Tips:  Clean stamps with StazOn Cleaner

Pigment

Pigment inks are also great for basic stamping applications.  Pigment inks have a thicker consistency and tend to sit more on the surface of cardstock.  Because of these attributes, these inks take longer to dry.  Pigment inks are great to sue for heat embossing, because they stay wet long enough for you to add an embossing powder.  Pigment ink used with a clear embossing powder creates a great, ridged design with stamped images.

Craft Stampin’ Ink

craft ink

 

Features:  Rich, permanent pigment, Acid Free, Archival

Best For: Embossing or to create an opaque look on dark cardstock.  If heatset, you can use to stamp on cloth

Tips:  Allow plenty of time to dry before continuing with project

Watermark

watermark ink has no colour and leaves a subtle tone-on-tone image when stamped on darker cardstock.  This ink is great to use for creating a nice subtle stamped background for your projects.  Like Pigment inks, watermark ink can be used for heat embossing.

Versamark Ink

versamark

 

Features:  Versatile clear ink, Acid Free, Archival

Best For: Embossing or creating tone-on-tone or watermark effects

Tips:  Use with a Heat Tool to adhere embossing powder to stamped images

 

 

Don’t let the mystery of inks intimidate you.  Just have fun and enjoy experimenting with different types of inks and techniques.  You’ll be creating beautiful, perfectly inked projects in no time!

All new Online Class

All new Online Class

We’re back…. after a long break our monthly online classes and class kits are back.  This  month we’re focusing on the Butterfly Gala stamp set
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The New Stampin’ Up! Catalogue is Live!!!

The New Stampin’ Up! Catalogue is Live!!!

No need to wait any longer, the new catalogue with Stampin’ Up! is live, online ordering is ready to go – go have fun!!

To view the new catalogue, click here or on the image below.

To place your order, click here!

Last Call for 2019 Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products

Last Call for 2019 Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products

Today is your VERY last chance to purchase 2019 retiring Stampin’ Up! products! If there is ANYTHING on your list that is on the retiring list you must order today or forever say goodbye!  Be sure to go through your retiring In Colour supplies – card stock, ink, embellishments – and make sure you haven’t left a gap. Look again at the bundles that are on the list and be sure you are willing to pay 10% more if you change your mind when the new catalogue is released tomorrow. Check out the Designer Series Papers again and make sure you haven’t missed a favourite.

And when you DO have your order ready be sure to place it as soon as you can because every single year there is a huge crunch at the end of the day when everyone realizes – THIS IS IT for  2019 retiring Stampin’ Up! products!

Order online HERE

A little Note – Butterfly Gala

I just can’t get enough of the Butterfly Gala stamp set, the ideas keep flowing and I just have to share with you another project idea.  I do I want to share with you a strategy of mine of how I decide which stamp sets to purchase.

As you know the catalogue 212 pages so how do I decide which stamp set to purchase and why.  It’s a little thing I like to call “5 Before You Buy”

Before I buy something I make sure I can think of five (5) ways of using it.  This way I can make sure I make wise choices plus it also helps me with my creativity.

Click HERE for my 5 tips to help you come up with 5 ways to use a stamp set or product before you buy.

Now back to our project tutorial for today

A little Note - Butterfly Gala

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Butterfly Gala (148580)
  • Ink – Grapefruit Grove (147142), Daffodil Delight (147094), Memento Black Ink (132708)
  • PaperThick Whisper White (144238), Daffodil Delight (121680), Whisper White (106549),  Gingham Gala DSP (148554)
  • Other –Butterfly Duet Punch (148523), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Whisper White Bakers Twine (124262), Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins (148561)

Dimensions:

  • Daffodil Delight CS: 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″
  • Whisper White CS: Scrap piece
  • Gingham Gala DSP:  1″ x 3-7/8″ (one of each colour)

Directions:

  1. Lay the Gingham Gala DSP pieces on the Thick Whisper White Card front, leaving equal borders in between each colour.  Adhere with adhesive.
  2. Using Grapefruit Grove ink stamp your greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS, trim the greeting and cut a flag on the left side.
  3. With Daffodil Delight Ink stamp a small butterfly image in onto Daffodil Delight CS.  Stamp the butterfly body using Black ink. Punch out with the duet butterfly punch.
  4. Create some messing string with Whisper White Bakers Twine, and adhere to card front using SNAIL adhesive
  5. Place your greeting over the top of messing string using stampin’ dimensionals.
  6. Place your butterfly and using it as a guide stamp the butterfly antennas using Black ink.  Adhere butterfly slightly off your greeting with both stampin dimensionals on the top right wing and liquid adhesive on the bottom left wing.
  7. Scatter some Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins.  You’re Done!

A little Note - Butterfly Gala

A little Note - Butterfly Gala

Video Tutorial 

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

Product List

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Thank You Very Much – Butterfly Gala Greeting Card

Thank You Very Much – Butterfly Gala Greeting Card

This weeks project tutorial we’re featuring my all time favourite Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, plus a different way to use your Stampin’ Blends.

Butterfly Gala - thank you so much (1)_tn

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Butterfly Gala (148580)
  • Ink – Memento Black Ink (132708), Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin Blend (144585), Light Calypso Coral Stampin Blend (144042), Highland Heather Stampin Blend Combo pack (147276)
  • PaperWhisper White (106549), Gingham Gala DSP (148554), Lemon Lime Twist (144250), Vellum (106584)
  • Other –Butterfly Duet Punch (148523), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Starburst Punch (143717), Whisper White Flax Ribbon (148764), Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins (148561), Ruler

Dimensions:

  • Daffodil Delight CS: 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″
  • Vellum CS: scrap piece
  • Whisper White CS: 3-1/8″ x 1″ , and a scrap piece
  • Gingham Gala (Lemon Lime Twist pattern): 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″
  • Whisper White Flax Ribbon:  4-1/2″ piece

Directions:

  1. Draw vertical lines in the white spaces using Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin Blend marker.  Draw horizontal lines in the white spaces using Light Calypso Coral Stampin Blend Marker.  Adhere to Lemon Lime Twist Card base
  2. Stamp the butterfly image (small & Large) twice on a scrap piece of White cardstock.  Colour using Highland Heather Stampin Blend Combo pack.  Punch out using duet butterfly punch
  3. Punch a starburst with scrap piece of Vellum cardstock.  Set aside.
  4. Stamp your greeting using Memento Black Ink onto Whisper White CS.  Colour over your greeting with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin Blend
  5. Adhere Whisper White Flax Ribbon to centre of your starburst vellum piece using tear tape.  Centre and stick to the card front towards the top centre
  6. Add your greeting as shown in the photo using stampin’ dimensionals.
  7. Adhere 1 large and 1 small butterfly to the card front using stampin dimensionals
  8. Adhere 1 small butterfly using liquid glue to the top left of your greeting.  Add a scattering of Adhesive backed sequins.  You’re done!

Butterfly Gala - thank you so much (1)_tn

Video Tutorial

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE
  • Basic colouring techniques using Stampin’ Blends HERE

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

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Handmade Thinking of You Card

Handmade Thinking of You Card

Today I’m sharing a current favourite of mine, a handmade Thinking of You Card.  Before we move on let’s chat about the stamp set really quick.

I am using Butterfly Gala stamp set from Stampin’ up!   I LOVE this stamp set and coordinating punch, and I’ve also paired this project with the Be Mine Stitched Dies from the current  Occasion Catalogue.

Lucky for me this stamp set will be in the upcoming new Annual Catalogue.

Butterfly Gala - You've been on my mind

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Butterfly Gala (148580)
  • Ink – Lemon Lime Twist (147145), Balmy Blue (147105), Memento Black Ink (132708)
  • Paper – Daffodil Delight (121680), Balmy Blue (147007), Whisper White (106549), Vellum (106584), Gingham Gala DSP (148554)
  • Other –Butterfly Duet Punch (148523), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Stitched Be Mine Dies (148527)

Dimensions:

  • Daffodil Delight CS: 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″
  • Vellum CS: 5-1/4″ x 3-1/2″
  • Whisper White CS: Scrap piece
  • Balmy Blue CS:  1″ x 4″
  • Gingham Gala (Daffodil Delight pattern): 5-5/8″ x 1-1/2″,  (Grapefruit Gove Pattern) 4″ x 4″ pice

Directions:

  1. Stamp a large butterfly image onto scrap piece of Whisper White CS using Lemon Lime Twist ink, Stamp the body of the butterfly in Balmy Blue Ink.  Punch butterfly using Butterfly duet punch set aside.
  2. Die cut large heart with Grapefruit Grove DSP using Stitched Be Mine Dies and Die cutting machine.  Set aside
  3. Die cut border along the bottom of the Daffodil Delight DSP using the border die from Stitched Be Mine Dies and die cutting machine.  Set aside
  4. Stamp the small solid butterfly image with Balmy Blue ink randomly onto the Balmy Blue CS.
  5. Place the Vellum CS onto the Daffodil Delight card base for placement.  Adhere the Daffodil Delight DSP approx 1/2″ from the bottom  of the vellum using adhesive of choice.
  6. Adhere the stamped Balmy Blue butterfly CS to the top center of the Daffodil Delight DSP approx 1/2″ down from the top.
  7. Adhere the vellum to the Daffodil Delight card base using adhesive on the back only where the DSP and CS are, so not to show adhesive on the other side.
  8. Place the punched butterfly image centre of the die cut heart image for placement.  Using the butterfly as a guide carefully remove the butterfly and stamp the antennas in Black ink.  Adhere the butterfly to the heart using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  9. Adhere the die cut heart image to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  10. Stamp your greeting in black ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White CS, cut around with paper snips and adhere to the butterfly with liquid adhesive.  You’re Done!

Butterfly Gala - You've been on my mind Butterfly Gala - You've been on my mind

Video Tutorial 

 

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

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The Shelli Kit from Paper Pumpkin

The Shelli Kit from Paper Pumpkin

One of Stampin’ Up!’s goals is to surprise and delight you with fun, new creative experiences. And I think you’re going to absolutely love what Stampin’ Up! have up our sleeve this fall. Shelli Gardner, board chair and cofounder of Stampin’ Up!, has partnered with Paper Pumpkin to create a limited edition, nature-focused, Shelli-inspired kit.

Though Paper Pumpkin isn’t currently offered in Australia, I wanted to share this very special kit with everyone. And because you may long been curious about the Paper Pumpkin program, Stampin’ Up! thought you’d love to have this unique opportunity to see what it’s all about.

The look and feel of this kit is all Shelli. It’s elegant and feminine, and so full of natural details that you’ll probably just want to take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, and then go home and stamp every card in the kit. And the box it comes in? We predict that you’ll be keeping it . . . like . . . forever. Wait and see.

What is Paper Pumpkin?

  • Paper Pumpkin is a monthly papercrafting kit offered by Stampin’ Up! that is currently only available in the United States and parts of Canada.
  • Because the Hugs from Shelli kit is so special, Stampin’ Up! wanted to make sure demonstrators and customers everywhere would get the chance to experience it.
  • To accomplish this Stampin’ Up! are offering the Shelli kit as an exclusive, limited release in all of our global (Europe, South Pacific, Japan and Quebec, Canada) markets starting 15 May.

Who is this kit for?

  • The Shelli kit is the perfect product for all kinds of crafters, but Stampin’ Up! die-hards will love it the most. The fact that it’s Shelli’s kit and is a limited-time, exclusive offering gives it a level of collectability Stampin’ Up! fans won’t want to miss.
  •  Shelli has collaborated with concept artists and designers to develop the kit, giving you a papercrafting experience inspired by Shelli herself.

The Finer Details 

  • Even though it is Paper Pumpkin-branded, the Hugs from Shelli kit will be sold like any other Stampin’ Up! kit
  • Part of what makes a Paper Pumpkin kit special is that Stampin’ Up! don’t reveal the projects inside the box ahead of time. This allows you to experience an element of surprise and excitement when they receive your kit in the mail.The Shelli kit from Paper Pumpkin includes the following:
    • An exclusive stamp set not available anywhere else
    • One Classic Stampin’ Spot® from our Classic ink collection
    • Paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs)
    • 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes
    • Adhesives and embellishments for all 12 cards

    Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colours: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla

  • And remember, everything in the Hugs from Shelli kit is pre-cut and ready to go.
  • On 15 May, the kit will be available for purchase through my online store
  • The kit is available while supplies last; in other words, once they’re gone, they’re gone!

 

Everything is Rosy Product Medley

Everything is Rosy Product Medley

Are you ready for a ray of sunshine in your life?  Because the Everything Rosey Product Medley is here!  This exclusive, limited-time collection of coordinating, petal-packed products has everything you need to let your creativity bloom.

What is a product Medley?

Stampin’ Up! are trying something new, and this the first of its kind.  It’s a whole bunch of stuff in a box and it’s filled to the brim with cute, coordinating products, designed for the avid crafter.

What’s included

Everything in the Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

What’s not included

There are no pre-designed projects or tutorials with the product medley, but provides endless creative possibilities.

When can I order

Rosey Product Medley is available to order 1 – 31 May 2019.  or While Supplies Last.  I think this product will sell out fast, so if you’re interested, don’t delay in grabbing yours.  Shop Online HERE

Detailed with Love

Detailed with Love

This weeks project featuring multiple different returning favourites.  Let’s take a look:

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Detailed with Love (146606)
  • Ink – Rich Razzleberry (119981)
  • Paper – Rich Razzleberry (119981), Grapefruit Grove (146995), Very Vanilla (106550) cardstock, Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper (146907), Delightfully Detailed Note Cards (146911)
  • Other –Faceted Dots (146910), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Gold Mini Sequins Trim (144128)

Dimensions:

  • Rich Razzleberry CS: 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″
  • Very Vanilla CS: 1-3/4″ x 1/2″ piece
  • Grapefruit Grove CS: Scrap piece
  • Gold Mini Sequins trim:  3″ piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp your greeting on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Rich Razzleberry ink.  Create a banner at one end
  2. Cut your notecard in half along the score line.  keep the card front piece and place the back piece aside.  This can be used on another project
  3. Cut the 6 distinct patterns from one 12″ x 12″ sheet evenly.  Place pattern over the top note card front using liquid adhesive
  4. Stick the matted notecard to the front of the Rich Razzleberry cardbase flush to the top of the cardbase leaving equal borders along the left, right and bottom
  5. Die cut a small heart from the Be Mine Stitched framelit dies onto a scrap piece of Grapefruit Grove CS
  6. Lay piece of Gold Sequin trim across the center approx 2″ down from the top
  7. Adhere heart to card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Adhere the greeting using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Adhere the greeting using Stampin’ Dimensionals, overlapping on the heart die cut.
  8. Embellish with Faceted Dots.  You’re Done!

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store
Product List

Faceted Dots

$10.50

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Last Chance Products

Select products from the 2019 occasions catalogue and 2018–2019 annual catalogue are retiring—and this is the last chance for you to get them!

View the Annual Catagloue Retiring list – HERE
View the Occasions Catalogue Retiring list – HERE

What You Need To Know

Everything on THESE LISTS is retiring from Stampin’ Up!  All of these items are only available while supplies last.  Some items will go fast, like lightning fast.

This is where it can get tricky…  there are only 2 areas of trickiness though…

1. There are items where you will see that a bundle is retiring, but then you don’t see that stamp set retiring, that means that the bundle is retiring, as is the bundle pricing, but the stamp set and punch, or stamp set and dies will be available individually in the next annual catalogue.

2. Please remember that Stampin Up is doing away with wood-mount and clear-mount stamps.  Our next catalogue will have cling or photopolymer.  Some items are on the retiring list, as they are currently wood mount or clear mount, but will be in the next catalogue as a cling stamp set.  The highlighted items on the retiring list are coming back in the new catalogue as Cling Mount.

What You Need To Do

Click here to see the list.  Make a list of your must-have items and then click here to place your order.  Like I said above, everything is only while supplies last.  There are no backorders on these items and no rainchecks.  When it’s gone, it’s gone!

Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

It seems every time I’m hosting a card making class or even just talk to my friends who are crafters, I am always surprised at how scared crafters and card markers are of alcohol markers.  Today I thought I would walk you through my design process when I use Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends.

For those of you who are new to Stampin’ Blends or just starting to build your collection, think of your markers as a lifelong tool.  I buy mine in sets of two (a light & dark shade).  This is so I have a choice of having a nice blend.

Previously I shared with you two-shade blending tips, if you missed it you can read about it HERE.  My project today I am going to show you how I coloured in the butterfly using a three (3) colour blend technique.

 

250319- Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

First stamp your image onto cardstock.  Ink and cardstock choices are very important when using Stampin’ Blends.  I use Memento tuxedo Black Ink and Whisper White Cardstock .

250319- Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

Next I am going to colour in the outline of the butterfly. I always start with the lighter colour first, then move onto darker colours.

I started by using DARK Daffodil Delight Blends in the top and bottom corners next I added the LIGHT Daffodil Delight and blended them together using the circular motion technique.

Next I added LIGHT Pumpkin Pie Blends and then blended it into the LIGHT Daffodil Delight using the flicking technique, and added the DARK Pumpkin Pie blending towards the center of the butterfly.

Lastly I added LIGHT Cherry Cobbler blending using both circular and flicking technique into the Pumpkin Pie area to create a rainbow of colour.

Once I stamped my sentiment, I adhered the front panel to a Cherry Cobbler Card base and my card was complete.

250319- Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

Stampin’ Blends can be intimidating, but with a little practice you will be colouring everything in no time!

 

Stampin’ Blends – Two-Shade Blending Tips

Stampin’ Blends – Two-Shade Blending Tips

Previously I shared with you practice sheets and basic blending with your Stampin’ Blends, if you missed it you can read it HERE.  

Today, we’re utilising the Blending Basic technique of “Flicking” and creating a project using 2 colours.  I buy my markers in sets of two (a light & dark shade), which let me tell you makes blending process so much easier.  There is no need to think about which colours will be blend nicely just start with a light & dark shade of the same colour.

Here is my project for you today.  I am going to show you step-by-step how I coloured in these images from Falling Flowers stamp set to added two-shade blending.

Coordinating Stamps & Dies

First stamp your image onto cardstock.  Ink and cardstock choices are very important when using Stampin’ Blends,  I use Memento tuxedo Black Ink and Whisper White Cardstock.  I did a post recently on Stampin’ Blends and “Product Compatibility”  read it about it HERE

Using Coordinating Stamps & Dies

There are two ways you can do the two-shade blending technique,  and I will be sharing both in this example.

Two-Shade Blending technique #1 (starting with lightest colour)

  1. Colour along the side of the image, working from top to bottom in a smooth stroke using the Brush end of the marker
  2. Move the marker next ot the first line, and repeat Step 1 to create another line of colour that overlaps the first line.  work quickly to ensure that the first line is still wet when you fill in the line below – this will result in a smooth blend.
  3. Fill in the entire image using this method
  4. Using the darker shade, add colour along the bottom edge of the image using the “Flick/ Feather” technique.
  5. Using the lighter shade, add colour along the top edge of the image using the “Flick/Feathering” technique.  blend into the feathered edge of the darker shade into the center of the image
  6. Continue using the lighter shade, colour in vertical lines along the center o the image where both shades meet, flicking the marker in both directions (the “Pendulum” technique)
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 as needed to create a smooth blend with the shading along the bottom edge.  If needed, repeat Step 2 to enhance the shading

Two-Shade Blending technique #2 (starting with darkest colour)

  1. Using the darker marker shade, add colour along the bottom of the image using the “Flick/Feather” technique
  2. Using the lighter shade, add colour along the top edge of the image using the “Flick/Feather” technique.  Blend into the feathered edge of the darker shade in the center of the image
  3. Using the lighter shade, colour in vertical lines along the center of the image where both shades meet, flicking themarker in both directions (the “Pendulum” technique)
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 as needed to create a smooth blend with the shading along the bottom edge.  If needed repeat Step 1 to enhance the shading.

Tips & Tricks to Note

  • If, by the time you’re nearing the end of your blending, the colours don’t seem to be blending as well as they did at the start, colour over the entire image using your lightest shade.  This will get the colours moving again and help smooth out the blend.
  • Keep an eye on the edges of your images and the back of the cardstock, stop adding layers of colour before excessive colour bleeding occurs
  • Go ahead and get creative on your practice sheets!  Doodle dots, circles, stripes, and other shapes on your practice images, just for fun.

Click HERE where I will be sharing with you how to colour an image and blend 3 colours.

Stampin’ Blends – Blending Basics

Stampin’ Blends – Blending Basics

Previously I share with you “9 Stampin’ Blend Crafting Hacks” and storage solutions for your Stampin’ Blends, if you missed you can read it HERE

There are various ways to add ink to paper.  The two most common ways are circling and flicking.  Each technique produces a particular appearance, and knowing how to utilise them will add depth and variation to your creations.

Watch the below video as I share tips for basic colouring and simple, basic blending techniques.

Practice Sheets Download

Download:  Practice Sheets (PDF)

Please click the link above to download the Practice Sheets.  Using these practice sheets, you will be colouring the same images as I, which will make it easier to follow along closely with the videos.  And now just a few things to remember when printing your images:

  • Look for a “do not scale” or “print at 100%” option when printing.  Your particular printer may require that you select “fit to page”.
  • Print on high-quality cardstock or paper that you know works well with Stampin’ Blends.  For suggestions, please see “Stampin’ Blends Product Compatibility” post.
  • If you have never used digital images for Stampin’ Blends, “”print a test page first.  If your printer ink is not compatible with Stampin’ Blends, you can take your practice sheets to a copy center and have them printed on your prefered cardstock.  The ink used in Stampin’ Blends or other toner based printers (like laser printers) work well with Blends.
  • If you need to have your Practice Sheets printed at a copy center or at a friend’s house, consider printing two copies of the practice sheets.  You might want t colour additional Practice Sheets.

Smooth Colouring 

Stampin’ Blends have the unique ability to lay down smooth, even colour without streaks.  Using the following steps, practice smooth colouring with a variety of colours and shades until you achieve a smooth image every time.

Step 1: Colour in small circles.  This will keep the leading edge “wet” and allow the ink to blend with itself, creating a seamless look.

Step 2: Make sure to saturate the entire area so that you eliminate any light or mottled areas

Step 3: Check the back of your card stock to make sure that the ink is saturating through evenly.

Tips & Troubleshooting

  • Do not colour with back-and-forth strokes as this will not saturate the paper evenly and will leave you with streaks.
  • Letting an area dry and going back over it will create uneven patches.
  • Over-saturating or using too much ink may make your ink feather outside the image

Flicking

This technique is achieved by applying ink in quick, single strokes.  The key to this inking technique is to “flick” the marker tip across the paper to create a single stroke that goes from dark to light.

Basic Blending Stampin' Blends

Step 1: Holding the marker loosely, start a downward movement toward the paper

Step 2: As the marker tips touches the paper, quickly move across the paper, bringing your hand up and away at the end of the stroke.  This will apply more ink at the beginning of the stroke and less ink at the end.

Tips & Troubleshooting

  • The darker the shade you use in the “Flick/Feather” technique, the more pronounced the feathered effect.  Use light shades and this technique to blend a colour into white.
  • Flick with the side of the nib for larger, smoother strokes or use the tip of the nib for narrow strokes (image 1)
  • If you are getting a blob of ink at the beginning of your stroke, make sure to start moving your marker as soon as it touches the paper.  The longer it sits in one spot, the more ink the paper will absorb. (image 2)
  • If you are getting a curved “c” or “u” shape instead of a straight line, you might be moving your arm instead of your wrist/fingers. (image 3)

Practice Makes Perfect!

Don’t worry about staying in the lines as you’re learning to blend.  Relax and have fun!  Remember that the Practice Sheets are available for you to use!  (You can always print extras!)

Let’s put the basics to practice and start blending with 2 shades of colour.  Learn more HERE

Quick and Easy Birthday Greeting Card

Quick and Easy Birthday Greeting Card

I don’t know about you but there are plenty of times I need a quick and easy birthday card to send out to a friend or loved one.  Take a look:

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Supplies:

  • Stamps – Balloon Celebrations
  • Ink – Pool Party, Powder Pink, Black Memento Ink
  • Paper – Whisper White Thick CS, Whisper White Scrap
  • Other –Balloon Bouquet Punch

Dimensions:

  • Thick Whisper White  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp your cloud images randomly using Pool Party Ink, stamping off onto scrap paper first and then stamping onto your card base.  This give you a lighter shade of Pool Party (stamp off technique)
  2. Stamp your large and small solid balloon images using powder pink ink onto scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Stamping off onto scrap paper first and then stamping onto your cardstock (stamp off technique)
  3. Using the 2 step stamp technique, stamp the inside detail of the balloons using powder pink ink at full strength.  Punch the balloons out using the balloon bouquet punch.
  4. Adhere the balloons to your card base using stampin’ dimensionals
  5. Stamp your greeting using Black Memento Ink.  You’re Done!

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE
  • If you don’t have the Balloon Bouquet Punch you can fussy cut your images with a pair of paper snips

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


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