Stampin’ Blends – Product Compatibility

Stampin’ Blends – Product Compatibility

Previously I share with you my views on Copic Markers vs Stampin’ Blends you can read about it HERE.  To get the best results from your Stampin’ Blends, it’s vital to use the right inks and papers.  While I recommend Stamin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock and Memento Black Ink, and all my examples I will be sharing with you will be using these items.  It’s important to do your own testing for product compatibility as everyone’s inking and colouring styles are different.  It’s often a matter of personal preference.

Testing Inks 

Stamp your image onto the paper; let it dry completely.  Scribble over the stamped image with the Stampin’ Blends Colour Lifter.  Does the stamped ink bleed or feather?  If yes – it’s not a compatible ink.  If no-then it’s good ink to use with your Stampin’ Blends

Testing Papers

Draw a circle with a pencil or compatible inking pen.  Colour up to the edges using a lot of ink, saturating your paper.  Does the ink feather outside the line?  If yes-the paper may not be compatible.  If no-then it’s a good paper for your Stampin’ Blends to use.

Testing Digital Images

Print your images as normal and test the printer ink the same way you would stamping ink.  If your printer ink isn’t compatible, you can heat-set the image or make a laser copy before colouring

Simple Masculine Birthday Card

Simple Masculine Birthday Card

I won’t lie, making masculine cards scare me, I always seem to struggle with how and what to create.  That’s why this week I decided to set myself a challenge.  Setting a challenge lets me stretch my creativity to another level, and think outside the box.  As I shared during my Facebook Live today my challenge today was   1. Create a card using a stamp set that I hadn’t used before and 2.  Create a masculine themed card.

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Lemon Zest, Hardwood Background Stamp
  • Ink – Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake Classic Ink, Memento Black Ink
  • PaperCrumb Cake, Whisper White CS
  • OtherLemon Builder Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread

Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Crumb Cake CS – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″  and a scrap piece
  • Whisper White – Scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp the Hardwood Background image in Crumb Cake Ink onto 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece Crumb Cake CS.
  2. Wrap the linen thread twice around the stamped CS and tie a bow
  3. Stamp two orange images in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Whisper White CS.  Punch the oranges using the 1-34/” Circle Punch.  Cut one of the orange images in half.
  4. Stamp three leaf images in Granny Smith Apple Ink on Whisper White CS; punch them out using the Lemon Builder Punch.
  5. Adhere the orange images to the Stamped Crumb Cake CS using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Adhere two of the leaves slightly under the oranges.  Adhere the third leaf using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp the sentiment in Black Memento Ink on a seperate piece of Crumb Cake CS.  Cut out the sentiment and adhere it below the oranges using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Adhere the entire Crumb Cake piece to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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

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Copic vs Stampin’ Blends

Copic vs Stampin’ Blends

I love the look of coloured images with seamless blends of colour and shading, previously the only way to achieve this was using Copic Alcohol Markers.  I’ve always wanted to learn the art of using copic markers, but honestly the thought of actually colouring using copic scared me.

It scared me because there are over 300 different colours, WOW!!!  let’s just take that in for a moment, 358 different colours.   Each marker costs $8.19AUD and if I was to purchase all colours that would set me back almost $3,000AUD, plus the cost of classes, and tutorials to help learn how to use them and understand the copic colouring system.

So, when Stampin’ Up! introduced Stampin’ Blends I decided to give alcohol markers a try.  Stampin’ Up! currently have 60 colours total (a light and dark shade of these colours) Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Call Me Clover, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Green Apple, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pineapple Punch, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce, Smoky Slate, Soft Sea Foam, Soft Suede) as well as 3 single colours: Bronze, Ivory and a clear color lifter marker. Plus Stampn’ Up! are continually introducing new colours

Markers can be purchased individually $7.75AUD or in a combo pack of 2 (light & dark shade).  nb there is no discount for purchasing Stampin’ Blends in a combo pack.  If I was to purchase the whole set (all 63 current markers) the cost would be less than $500AUD, a big difference from purchasing Copic Markers.

Why Stampin’ Blends

Pros:

  • The colours, as the name suggests, blend beautifully, mainly because the colours are picked out and designed to blend with each other. If you have never coloured with alcohol markers before this will take out the guesswork and lessen the learning curve.
  • Dual-tip marker includes brush and bullet nib.
  • Markers are rectangular so they don’t roll around on the table.
  • This set has a great range of colours with nothing superfluous.  I like how they picked a limited palette with plenty of colour options to get you started.
  • Since all of the markers are available individually you can replace a colour as you use it up or build your collection a couple of markers at a time (and it is the same price per marker whether you buy in a set or singles.)
  • Colours are easy to erase with the color lifter.

Cons:

  • The nib is a felt/fiber type nib and not foam like copics so it is less springy and flexible.
  • You can’t refill the marker or replace the nib, so when ink runs out you will need to replace it by purchasing another marker
  • The caps might be a bit tough to snap on and off but they do stay on securely!

Let’s Recap

  • Top-quality project designed to a life-long art tool
  • Alcohol ink can be layered and blended without harming paper surface
  • Waterproof and acid free
  • Ink formulas and colours consistent with Stampin’ Up! colour families
  • Low odor, nontoxic and environmentally friendly
  • Works on multiple surfaces
  • Purchase individually or in a combo pack

Bottom line: I think these markers are priced fairly for the quality. If you are just getting started and you want to take the guesswork out of colouring these are sure to please.

My next post I will be sharing how to get the best results from your Stampin’ Blends.  Read it HERE

No Stamping Required

No Stamping Required

Today’s we’re creating a greeting card the requires no stamping.  We’re using patterned paper and punches to create this project

Supplies:

  • Paper – Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black CS, Botanical Butterfly DSP
  • Other –Butterfly Duet Punch, Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Pear Pizzazz  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Basic Black CS – 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ and scrap pieces
  • Botanical Butterfly DSP – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″

Directions:

  1. Punch 3 butterfly’s from scrap Basic Black CS
  2. Adhere DSP to the Basic Black CS to create a mat
  3. Adhere the matted DSP to the Pear Pizzazz card front
  4. Adhere the butterfly’s vertically down the center of the card front.
  5. Add rhinestones to the centres of all butterfly’s.  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

 

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The Joy of Colouring

Colouring, at first glance, may seem childish, unimportant, silly even – an act that many of us did when we were young.  But think back, remember why you coloured, and how you felt when you were doing it.

For me, it is a form of communication, a way to gather the ideas from my head and transfer them to paper, creating a visual image that is easily understood.  Colouring is also a form of relaxation.  The act of colouring itself becomes a meditation that relieves stress, relaxes the body and clarifies thought processes. Colouring is something I’ve learnt to love again… and I want you to love it too.

With the myriad of colouring mediums that are available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and even frustrated.  Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! own Stampin’ Blends alcohol ink markers are easy tools to use!  With a growing colour selection and each colour available in a light and dark shade, available individually or in a combo pack. There’s no guesswork involved, so you can forget about the “how” and focus on the “do”.

Over the next few blog posts I will be sharing with you tips, techniques and projects ideas using Stampin’ Blends.  I hope to lead you down the road to successful (and frustration free) colouring.

In my next post I will be sharing my views on Copic Markers vs Stampin’ Blends.  Read about it HERE

 

 

Just for You Greeting Card

Just for You Greeting Card

For today’s project we’re creating  quick and simple card using Meant to Be Stamp set and coordinating Be Mine Stitched Framelits.

200219 - Meant to Be

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Meant To Be
  • Ink – Memento Black Ink
  • Paper – Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo CS, All My Love DSP
  • Other – Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies, Big Shot, All My Love ribbon pack, Basic Pearls

Dimensions:

  • Lovely Lipstick  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Flirty Flamingo CS – 5-3/4″ x 4″ (2 pieces)
  • All My Love DSP – 5-5/8″″ x 3-7/8″

Directions:

  1. Die cut heart shape from DSP in the bottom right corner
  2. Adhere die cut piece to Flirty Flamingo CS using liquid adhesive, place the heart die over the gap and die cut again
  3. Adhere matted CS to Lovely Lipstick cardbase and die cut heart shape again
  4. Adhere Flirty Flamingo CS to inside of cardbase
  5. Stamp greeting through the heart shape hole onto Flirty Flamingo CS inside using Black ink
  6. Decorate with a strip of pearls under greeting
  7. Tie ribbon in a bow on the left side of cut out heart shape.  You’re Done!

200219 - Meant to Be

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE
  • Learn tips for using coordinating Stamps and Dies in your cardmaking 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

Big Shot

$159.00

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Using Coordinating Stamps & Dies in your card making

Using Coordinating Stamps & Dies in your card making

One of the greatest ideas/tools/inventions for a card maker has to be coordinating stamps and dies.  Having a die that can cut out an image in one pass through a die-cutting machine like the Big Shot saves so much time, especially on really intricate images.  Even with this great product, I find a lot of crafters are sometimes confused on how to use the two.  There really is no right or wrong way.

Today, I will walk you through a few basic steps n how I ensure a great cut around my stamped images.

First, I stamp my images onto a piece of cardstock using the desired colour.  If I’m water colouring I will use StazOn ink and if I’m colouring with my Stampin’ Blends I will use Memento Black Ink.

Then I apply my dies over the stamped images.  Use a low-tack tape or something like washi tape to hold the die pieces together or try the magnetic platform plate.

Remove the die cuts from the dies.  The images are now ready to use for projects.  The die cuts I don’t use I keep with my stamp set for future use.

Coordinating Stamps & Dies

Next time you’re buying a stamp set, buy the bundle and save 10% plus you’ll be able to die cut your images to add to your handmade greeting card.

TIps & Techniques : Just Add Water

Just Add Water

I’m in love with this years in-colours, they blend together beautifully.  Classic inks also get really exciting when you just add water.

050219 - Just Add Water

Using Stamping sponges, I added colour to a panel of watercolour cardstock.  The colours I used were Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape.

050219 - Just Add Water

Next, I propped up the cardstock and spritz water on each of the coloured areas generously to encourage the colour to drip and run down the panel.

050219 - Just Add Water

I used paper towel to dab up any extra pools of colour and allowed the panel to dry.  You can continue to add more water depending on how runny you want the finished colours to look.

050219 - Just Add Water

To finish the card, I added a Thank die cut from the Thank You Thinlits and stamped the “you” greeting from the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set in StazOn ink.  I trimmed the top and bottom of the panel and adhered it to Thick Whisper White Cardstock to create a standard size greeting card. with liquid adhesive.  I also adhered a thin strip of Basic Black Cardstock as a finishing touch.

050219 - Just Add Water

050219 - Just Add Water

That’s it. Super easy and really fun too!

How to Clean Your Acrylic Blocks

How to Clean Your Acrylic Blocks

I have a cute little story for you today. Once upon at time my acrylic stamping blocks were soooo dirty, to the point where they were hard to see through. My husband was curious as to why I didn’t clean them. When I told him I didn’t know what to use, he was dumbfounded.  Don’t laugh, but I really didn’t know what to use that would get the permanent ink off.  Later that day I walk into the kitchen and he was with a stack of my blocks looking perfectly new again. All he used was some household cleaner spray and paper towels to clean them, and then he washed them off with soap and water. I was afraid the chemicals would ruin my stamps. SO EASY RIGHT?!

So,  if your acrylic stamping blocks are dirty, grab your all-purpose glass cleaner and your blocks will look brand new in minutes.

Tip & Technique: How To Create a Glitter Border

Tip & Technique: How To Create a Glitter Border

Today I want to  share one of my favourite techniques—using tear tape with glitter. I just love the extra bling glitter can add to any project. I find this technique is the easiest way to use glitter and let’s face it, we all have jars of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter just sitting around unused waiting to be cracked open. Am I right? (Maybe it’s just me) I use tear tape but you can use any type of tape adhesive for this technique.

First, place the tape where you want it. A tip on laying the tape perfectly straight is to lay your cardstock on Stampin’ Up! Grid paper and line up the ends of the tape. The ends trim off easily with a pair of scissors.


Next, sprinkle the glitter on, tap lightly and then gently brush the excess off with a small soft paintbrush. A tip on collecting the glitter is to use a coffee filter.  For some reason the fibers in coffee filters help with the static and the glitter (and embossing powder) slides easily back into their jars. You can even use different colours of glitter. Since the glitter sticks so well to the tape the colours won’t drop into another container and get all mixed up.

I always use Dazzling Diamonds glitter as its ultra fine but this technique also works with other kinds.

Here is a  card I made using this technique.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give this technique a try!

Make It Monday #7: Petal Garden Designer Series Paper

Make It Monday #7: Petal Garden Designer Series Paper

Vellum is a beautiful, versatile and fragile type of paper that can add uniqueness to any project. There are lots of ways to use vellum and today I’m going to share with you just one idea.

I love the  Petal Garden DSP, but I find that it is bright and vibrant, and I sometimes struggle to use it.  So I’ve challenged myself to use it.

I’ve started by selecting different patterns from the Petal Garden DSP, the flowers seemed to be to vibrant and bright for me and took away from the greeting which was my main focus on this card. So I placed a piece of Vellum the same size as the floral piece to soften it a bit.

I stamped my greeting from Thankful Thoughts stamp set and cut it out using the Layering Circle Framelits.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink –Memento Black Ink
  • PaperRich Razzleberry CS, Whisper White CS, Vellum
  • Other Double Sided adhesive, Paper snips, Layering Circle Dies, Big Shot, Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Rich Razzleberry CS – 9” x 4-1/2” (scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase)
  • Whisper White CS – scrap piece
  • Petal Garden DSP – small circle piece 4-3/8” x 4-3/8”, Large floral piece 4”x 4”, small floral piece – scrap piece
  • Vellum – 4” x 4”

Directions:

  1. Stamp your greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS. Die cut using the layering Circle framelits and Big Shot
  2. Adhere the 4” x 4” large floral piece to the 4-3/8” x 4-3/8” small circle piece leaving equal boarders around all four sides
  3. Place vellum over the top of 4” x 4” large floral piece, adhere the die cut greeting to the bottom right.
  4. Place adhesive behind the greeting piece and stick the vellum over the 4” x 4” large floral piece.
  5. Fussy cut a set of small flowers from the small floral piece of DSP, and adhere to the greeting as shown above
  6. Adhere scattering Rhinestones. You’re done!

Not able to create today?

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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

See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

Tips & Techniques: Adding Colour to Rhinestones & Pearls

Tips & Techniques: Adding Colour to Rhinestones & Pearls

If you’re like me and LOVE to use rhinestones & pearl accents, but don’t always have the right colours, then this tip is for you.  My favourite thing to do is to colour my rhinestones & pearls with a Stampin’ Blends marker!

Yep, you can colour your rhinestones!

I usually colour clear rhinestones because I tend to buy these in bulk, especially since I always run out of the smallest sized ones.

Here is a picture of the coloured pearls for my card.  I wanted the colour to complement my crumb cake flourish on my card.  So I recommend colouring your pearls or rhinestones with the darker shade of Stampin’ Blends

When colouring your rhinestones and pearls, here are a couple of important things to keep in mind:

  1. Apply the colour evenly as the colour can come off if you run the Stampin’ Blend back over it.  I usually smoosh my Stampin’ Blend on the top and circle my way down all the way to the plastic sheet
  2. Choose a Stampin’ Blend with a darker colour than you want it to be.  The rhinestone and pearls take colour, but it ends up lighter than if the marker is colouring white paper
  3. I “test” my Stampin’ Blends colours on the larger rhinestones and pearls as I don’t use them often.
  4. You can easily change your shade of colour by taking another Stampin’ Blend and colouring over it
  5. Let the ink fully dry and lightly tap the rhinestone or pearl with your finger to make sure all the extra ink is off.  Otherwise, you can end up with a mark on your paper if you move your rhinestones around like I tend to do

Here is my final card!

I hope you found this tip useful.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tips & Techniques: Why Use Baby Wipes!

Tips & Techniques: Why Use Baby Wipes!

Why use baby wipes while your crafting?  Today and I am going to share a little secret with you. My secret is this—my daughter is nearly 4 years old and I often frequent the baby aisle. Why? It’s because of these glorious little cloths known as baby wipes.

I use them for cleaning just about anything—stamps, for one. Yes, I have the Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Cleaner I use those when baby wipes won’t cut it, but 90% of the time the wipes do the trick and then I don’t have a scrubby pad to clean after I clean the stamp.

My workspace, my hands, spilled glitter, bits of paper from fussy cutting, etc. all can be cleaned quickly with a baby wipe. Got some tape residue on a die from taping it to the right spot on the paper? A baby wipe will get that cleaned right up. An inked brayer can sit on a baby wipe until I make it to the sink.

They are mild, and leave no residue. One wipe can clean a lot, so I don’t feel wasteful either. I could go on and on about how much I love baby wipes. The generic brands are what I usually use. They work just fine and they are super affordable. Now you know my secret, maybe you will use it too! Have a fantastic day.

Tips & Techniques: Carve A Little Time

Tips & Techniques: Carve A Little Time

My best tip for any card maker (new and old) is to practice. Carve out a little time in your busy life each week to get creative. It’s good for you. Every card you make is a learning experience. You might be trying a new colour combination, a technique or a challenge of some kind. I prefer challenges without a prize because I don’t want to compete—I’d rather just play when I create.

Challenges are a great way to learn because they stretch you to try new things or look at things you’ve done before in new ways. If I get in a slump and need a jump start I usually create myself a challenge. Here are couple challenges I like to create for myself

  • Colour Challenge – punch out 1/2″ circle of each colour cardstock place them in a bowl.  Randomly pick out 3-4 colours and create project using them
  • Sketch Challenge
  • Limited Supplies Challenge – Select 3-4 items from stamp sets, paper and embellishments and create project using just those items
  • Stamp Set Challenge – Create a project using a stamp set that you haven’t used yet or haven’t used in a long time.

I always seem to find something that wakes up my creativity. Like everything else in life you need to work at your craft a bit to get better. Make a card in a different shape than you normally do. Try new techniques. Try new colour combinations.

Relax and have fun while you create. Through the process you will become a better card
maker

Here is a look back at a card I made in 2013 when I first started my blog. Not Bad!

Birthday Basics, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Here’s one I created just last month, a great improvement.

Whole Lot of Lovely
Don’t give up, keep creating and challenge yourself.  You can only get better.

Make It Monday #1: Sunshine Wishes

Make It Monday – Sunshine Wishes

Sunshine Wishes

Welcome to our first Make It Monday series for 2018.  I’m excited to be sharing a new project tutorial each week, and I’m starting today with a Valentines project.  This project features the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits .  No Stamping.

To create my card this week, I’ve cut 10 x Love die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits in Whisper White Cardstock. I’ve adhered them to my Whisper White Card front using liquid adhesive.  Alternatively you can die cut them with the Adhesive sheets making for easy placement.

I’ve selected three (3) colours to draw the eye in, and these colours all work well together.  Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum and Melon Mambo.  Each of these colours have been cut 3 times and layered on top of each other for height.

To finish my card I added some gold thread under the coloured “Love” die cuts and randomly placed Metallics Sequins to finish it off.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • PaperThick Whisper White CS, Whisper White, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo CS
  • Other Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Big Shot, Liquid Adhesive, Gold Thread, Metallic Sequin

Dimensions:

  • Thick Whisper White CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) – score and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – scrap pieces
  • Powder Pink CS – scrap piece
  • Sweet Sugarplum CS – scrap piece
  • Melon Mambo CS – scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Die cut 10 “Love” die using Whisper White CS
  2. Die cut 3 “Love” die in each colour (Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo)
  3. Adhere the 3 die cuts of each colour together using liquid adhesive. You will have a stack of 3 dies in each colour
  4. Adhere the 10 Whisper White “Love” die cuts to the front of the cardbase as shown in the picture using liquid adhesive
  5. Place some Gold Thread over the 3 center dies
  6. Adhere the coloured die cuts over the Gold Thread using liquid adhesive
  7. Randomly place Metallic sequins to your card front. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card. You can view this below

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Not able to create today?

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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

See you next Monday for another fun Valentines Project.