Stamping Techniques

NEW - Take Your Pick Tool!

Stampin' Up! is always on the cutting edge of offering new tools.  The Take Your Pick Tool (144107) is no exception.  This multipurpose pickup and precision tool simplifies meticulous tasks. It has tacky putty on one end that easily picks up sequins, paper accents, and other small objects.  Just twist to dispense more putty.  The other end has 2 changeable, double-ended tips with a paper piercer, a mini spatula, a small stylus, and a large stylus.

I call it the all-in-one picker upper!!

If you didn't see it, it's on page 30 of the new 2018 Holiday Catalog.

I love this tool and will use it to pick up sequins, rhinestone, etc.

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Winter Woods Christmas Card!

Even though Christmas is a couple months away, I'm gearing up for this wonderful holiday now!

Here is a card I made for a challenge our stamping team had in early September.  We were asked to stamp a card without any cardstock layers.  We could use embellishments and ink, but that was it.

Here is the card I made.

Winter Woods Collage 9-18

I used my new Stamparatus...awesome tool!  I also used several markers to blend in all the colors on the trees.  The last step was to add some shimmer and I used our new Frost White Shimmer Paint on page 38 of the new 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I added a drop of Pear Pizzazz Refill Ink to the Frost White Shimmer Paint (you don't want to change the color too much) and painted it on the stamp.

With the Stamparatus, you can use several different markers to blend in all the different colors on the tree.  The Stamparatus holds the stamp in place while stamping several times on your cardstock.

Here is the product I used to make this card:

- Winter Woods Stamp Set (Wood-147658; Clear-147661)
- Sentiment from the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set (Wood-148989; Clear-148936)
- Gold Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes (147901)
- Frost White Shimmer Paint (1470460
- Pear Pizzazz nk Refill (131160)
- Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Early Expresso, and Cajun Craze

I hope you are starting to think about Christmas and that this card gives you some inspiration.

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Spirited Snowmen!

If you like making winter cards, the Spirited Snowmen Stamp Set is one that you can use all the way through February.

Spirited Snowmen SS 9-18

The versatility of the set is enhanced with different coloring themes and techniques.

If you are an avid crafter, you can use your Blender Pen or Stampin' Blends to color the cute snowmen.

Here is what is included in the Spirited Snowmen Stamp Set.

Spirited Snowmen SS

Wood mount - #148075; Clear mount - #148072

Give these holly jolly snowmen a place in your home. They deserve it! And they will prove themselves useful!

I love stamp set that are so versatile that you can use them all winter long!

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Wild About You Pop Out Card!

Today I have the cutest card to share. 
Best of all it's a great pop-out card. 

I've never made a card with all the different pieces and folds because my thought was that it would be very difficult.  I was really was easy to make.  I used several Stampin' Blends to color the different animals from the A Little Wild Stamp Set. 

Check out my card.

Inside Banner Pop-Out Card-Out

Inside Banner Pop-Out Card-In

Product used to make this card:
A Little Wild Stamp Set (Wood-143671; Clear-144344)
Little Loves Framelits (143743)
Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper (146902)
Cardstock:  Whisper White (100730); Basic Black (121045); Call me Clover (146969)
Momento Black Ink (132708)

Stampin' Blends:
Daffodil Delight Combo Pack (144603)
Crumb Cake (144601)
Pumpkin Pie (144599)
Smoky Slate (145058)

Dimensions on the card are as follows:

Outside Cover
Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (scored at 4 1/4")
Call Me Clover layer - 5 1/4 x 4
Whit layer - 5 x 3 3/4
Designer Series Paper Strip - 1 1/2 x 5
I used the Layering Square Framlits for the bear and bee hive.

Pop-out strip - 1 x 8 1/2 (scored at 2 1/8, 4 1/4 and 6 3/8)
Cut four 2" squares in Call Me Clover Cardstock
Cut four 1 7/8" squares in Whisper White

All that is left is to stamp and color your images, stamp your sentiment and assemble.
(I cased this card from Dawn Griffith.)

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Stamp with a friend today.

Abstract Impressions Bundle!

Create a beautiful detailed die-cut butterfly, flower, or intricate flower cluster in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot. The flower cluster can be placed in a corner of a project and some of the pieces can be cut out for smaller clusters.

There are 21 photopolymer stamps and 3 dies.  The three dies are gorgeous!

Check out this video using the Abstract Impressions Video.

The Abstract Impressions Bundle is part of the Garden Impressions Suite that includes the following items:

- Garden Impressions 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Stack (146289)
- Garden Impressions Cardstock Pack (146325)
- Metallic Ribbon (146329)
- Blossoms Elements (146330)
You can see everything that is included in this suite on pages 128-130 in the Annual Catalog.

Here is a picture of the gorgeous paper, which is also included in the Designer Series Paper Sale.  The Designer Series Paper Sale is buy 3 get 1 FREE when you purchase during the month of July.

Garden Impressions DSP Stack

I've been playing around with this set and want to share a sample card I made using the Abstract Impressions Bundle along with the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper Stack.

  Abstract Impressions-Tech

I hope you can see the floral background that was cut out using the framelits that are included in the bundle.

I spritzed the Shimmery White cardstock using one of the Stampin' Spritzers and then sponged some color to create the beautiful background.

If you attend my workshop in September, you will make this card doing this new technique.

Here are some of the supplies I used to make this card:

Abstract Impressions Bundle (148348)
Detailed Trio Punch (146320)
Stampin' Spritzers (126185)
Sponge Daubers (133773)
Cardstock:  Pacific Point (111350), Powder Pink (144244), Whisper White (100730)
Inks:  Pacific Point, Powder Pink, Melon Mambo

I hope you enjoyed the card I had for you today.

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Thank You Big Time!

The new Animal Expedition Suite on pages 26-27 in the Annual Catalog is going to be a big hit with kids (or anyone who is a kid at heart).

The Animal Outing Stamp Set is my new go-to stamp set.  I'm sure I will be using this set over and over for thank you, birthday, anniversary, and even baby cards. This stamp set is part of the Animal Outing Bundle (purchase together and save 10%).  

Here is the card I have to share with you today:

Animal Outing Card-2 6-18

Can you see the subtle brick wall in the background?  I used the brick pattern in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks along with the NEW Big Shot Embossing Mats to create that subtle look.  With the new Embossing Mats, you can make your own embossing folder using any decorative mask or thinlit/framelit dies.

Here are the products I used to make this card:

  • Animal Outing Bundlet (Wood-148323; Clear-148324)
  • Big Shot Embossing Mats (146327)
  • Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103)
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372)
  • Night of Navy Medium Baker's Twine (146336)
  • Sponge Daubers (133773)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
  • Cardstock:  White (100730); Balmy Blue (146982); Night of Navy (100867)
  • Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (145058)
  • Bermuda Bay Light Stampin' Blends (144580)
  • Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Curry Markers
  • Inks:  Black Momento Ink (132708); Night of Navy (147110)

I hope you enjoyed my 'Thank You BIG TIME' card.  If you want to make this card and need supplies, head over to my online store by clicking on the 'Shop' button.

Create your own craft projects and stamp with a friend today.



Monochrome is the New Black!

Here are three projects that are mostly monochromatic and created with a few of our favorite new colors:
Lovely Lipstick, Highland Heather, and Mango Melody. 

A fun way to show color’s impact on a project is to create a card that is mostly monochromatic and remake it with some of
your favorite new colors using the same design. You can see how
a simple color change can drive the story of a card in a new direction.

Monochrome Pic 6-18

Check out more of this technique on the Pinterest page
by clicking here.

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Graceful Glass Vellum!

Graceful Glass Suite!

Explore the stunning beauty of the Graceful Glass suite (on pages 164-165) in this video.

The Painted Glass Stamp Set (147458-Wood; 147461-Clear) features patterned vellum and gothic-style fonts, you can use
with different coloring tools to create completely unique looks.  The Graceful Glass Vellum is gorgeous when used on any stamped card or project.  Happy stamping!


Rooted in Nature Bundle!

On Monday, I shared a couple of cards I made using the Rooted In Nature Bundle along with a couple of colors from the Regals Color Collection.

Today, I have a video for you to see showcasing the Rooted In Nature Bundle.

This bundle has six great sentiments that can be used for all occasions. 
- To Thank You For All You Do
- Words Are Never Enough
- Be Strong   Be Happy   Be You
- Just For You
- You Are Wonderful
- Thinking of You

I can't wait to make a fall or masculine card with it.  Check out the Nature's Poem Product Suite on pages 142-143 in the new Annual Catalog.

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Petal Passion Bundle!

Recently, I mailed cards to several of my friends who needed to know that I was I'm thinking of them.

When I decided on a card to make, I immediately thought of the Petal Passion Suite of products because when stamped, they create a soft and subtle look. 
Here is the card I made with the Petal Palette Stamp Set and the Petals & More Thinlits Dies. 
I used the sentiment from the Weather Together Stamp Set...just because I liked the "wishing you brighter days!" sentiment.  It was exactly what I wanted to say.

Petal passion-brighter days card

I love the collage look and I made this card mixing a lot of different colors, stamp sets and dies.

First, I spritzed the card using one of our Stampin' Spritzers to give the card a softer look.   Spritzers are one of those cool tools that I forget that I have, but they create such a unique look.  The colors can be vibrant when you add several drops of refill ink or they can look softer when you use just a few drops of refill ink.

Once you add the amount of refill ink you want, fill the remaining Stampin' Spritzer bottle (3/4 full) with at least 70% by volume of alcohol. 

Next I spritzed a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock 2-3 times.  Then I took a marker in the same color and flicked the brush tip end to make speckles. 

Here is the product I used to make this card:

- Petal Palette Bundle (Wood-145973; Clear-145974)
- Birds & Blooms Thinlits (141477)
- Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751)
- Weather Together Stamp Set (141543)
- Cardstock:  Shimmery White (101910); Soft Sky (131203); Pink Pirouette (111351); Wild Wasabi (108641)
- Inks:  Wild Wasabi (126959); Bermuda Bay Refill (131156); Archival Black (140931)
- Pool Party Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (144605)
- Stampin' Spritzers (126185)

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do.

Happy stamping!