Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Watercolor Techniques

Kylie’s Monthly International Blog Highlights Gallery- December 2020-Stampin’ Up!®-Arrange a Wreath

Thank you for stopping by Theresa’s Treasures today. I am Theresa and I am a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator in Arizona, USA. Today I am taking part in Kylie Bertucci’s Monthly International Blog Highlights Gallery. The theme is- Thank You. On this gallery, you can see thank you cards made by people from all over the world! My thank you card with the Arrange a Wreath stamp set was such fun to make! I hope you enjoy it. Please remember to visit the Highlights Gallery and vote for me! Thank you!

I have really been enjoying the versatility with the different wreaths I can create with the Arrange a Wreath Bundle. I wanted a winter-themed wreath for this card so I used Cherry Cobbler with Garden Green and Old Olive as the base colors. I added the Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody to brighten up the wreath.

I used the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper to make all of the flowers.

To color the watercolor paper, I used an E sized Clear Block. Just using the Daffodil Delight ink pad, I dabbed some ink onto the block.

Next I dabbed on a little Mango Melody, then Real Red and Cherry Cobbler.

I used a small spray bottle of water to dampen the paper, then sprayed a liberal amount of water onto the block with the ink. Next I flipped the block over onto the watercolor paper. I let this sit with a little weight on it for about 10 minutes.

Here it is when it is dry. This one came out a little dark with more of the reds. Sometimes it comes out with more yellows. I used the dies in the Wreath Builder Die set to cut out all the flowers.

The background is made with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder. I sponged some of the Cherry Cobbler on the more prominent bricks. The sentiment from Peaceful Moments was stamped on Crumb Cake card stock after it was embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder.

Voila! You have a fabulous thank you card for someone special!

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Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, 3D Embossing Folder, Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Sponge Brayer, Sponge Dauber, Sponging technique, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Evergreen Forest & In The Pines Serene Season’s Greetings with Sponging Tips

Hello fellow crafters! To continue on with my 15-Day Challenge of making a Christmas card each day, I decided to create a peaceful forest with the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. The “Season’s Greetings” sentiment is from the In The Pines stamp set.

To create the coloring I used the Sponge Brayer and Sponge Dauber so I will try to give you some tips on using those.

Measurements: Shaded Spruce Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Thick Whisper White CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 1/2 x 4 inches; Shaded Spruce CS: 3/4 x 4 inches.

The Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder is available in the 2020 August-December Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. Note: The reason mine has a “One Navy Blue Plate” sign on it is because that is what I would use with my Big Shot. I now use the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine which uses a gray plate and is much smoother.

The first step is to roll some Night of Navy ink onto the inside of the embossing folder. Apply the ink to the side that has the “Stampin’ Up!” logo on it. Tip: To get the ink on the Sponge Brayer evenly, push fairly firmly and roll the sponge from near to far, lift, and roll from near to far again. Repeat until there is a nice layer of ink on the sponge. Roll the ink onto the embossing folder with the same motion- near to far, lift, near to far. If needed apply more ink to the Sponge Brayer. Roll ink onto the embossing folder until there is a nice even layer.

Tip: Spritz a little water onto the Thick Whisper White CS to help the paper be easier to emboss and turn out more 3D. Also spritz a wee bit of water onto the ink on the embossing folder. Place the paper on the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder and close. Run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine slowly to allow time for the ink to be absorbed by the paper.

Viola! This is the beautiful scene you have!

Now use the Sponge Dauber to apply Shaded Spruce ink to the trees. Tip: Dab the dauber onto the ink pad, then gently rub onto the embossed trees in a small circular motion applying a light layer of ink. Start light and add more to get a darker shade. Note: I have a different dauber for each color that I keep in a partitioned craft box.

Apply a nice even layer of the Shaded Spruce ink, then add a deeper color to the trees that “stick out” a little more than the others. Tip: Shade the edges of the card piece a little darker for a vignette look.

Continue to add more ink in a small circular motion until the color is deep enough and you are satisfied with the look.

Use the Shaded Spruce ink to stamp the sentiment “Season’s Greetings” onto the 1/2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Adhere the sentiment to the 3/4 x 4 inch Shaded Spruce CS.

Use the Timeless Label Punch to make a curved edge.

Use the largest tree in the In The Pines stamp set to stamp onto the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Some trees are stamped full strength and others are Stamped Off. This is the inside of the card.

Use your Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 score line on the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Shaded Spruce CS card base. Adhere the inside panel to the inside of the card base.

Adhere the embossed and sponged front panel to the front of the Shaded Spruce CS card base. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.

Viola! This really turned out to be a fun and soothing Holiday card!

I really appreciate you coming by today. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

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Posted in Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Sponging technique, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Quite Curvy Peaceful Christmas Card with the Aurora Borealis Technique

Yesterday I started a 15 day Christmas Card Making Challenge with my accountability partner, Christy. The challenge is to blog one Christmas card each day for 15 days. I am planning a variety of cards at different levels, some using dies, some with techniques and also some that will be simple stamping. So join me in my challenge!

For today’s card, I will focus on showing you how to create the Aurora Borealis background. I am using the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle (#158396) which includes the Quite Curvy and Curvy Christmas stamp sets, as well as the Curvy Dies and some Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 2 x 3 inches, and two 5 1/2 inch long curvy “snowdrifts”. The snowdrifts are made using the Curvy dies.

The Aurora Borealis Technique

The first step is to prepare some sponges. I cut the Stamping Sponges in half, then cut the half to make a quarter. Some folks like the 1/4 sponge but I have found I can cut the quarter in half again and get 8 pieces from one Stamping Sponge. I cut out a square of card stock in the same color as the ink I plan to use and staple it to the top of the sponge.

I do not rinse the sponges out, but rather I store them in a compartmentalized craft box.

To prevent the ink from getting on the back of the card, I used sticky note tape at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Dab the sponge in the Daffodil Delight ink and then make horizontal streaks in a random pattern to cover the top 1/3 of the card front.

Dab a sponge in the Granny Apple Green ink and make some more streaks. Follow the same procedure for the Magenta Madness ink and the Pacific Point ink. I know it looks pretty weird right now.

I sponged the Night of Navy ink more heavily around the edges. Using the Pacific Point ink I then sponged over the other colors.

Next I sponged some more Daffodil Delight ink and Magenta Madness ink to make the colors more vibrant. You can keep adding colors and the Pacific Point or Night of Navy over the colors until you are satisfied with the look. Don’t worry, it will look much better once we add the snowdrifts.

Carefully peel off the sticky tape and let the ink dry before trying to fold the card.

Putting it all together

Tip: When using a curvy sentiment, put the stamp on the card stock and position it how you want it, then put the clear block over it. Stamp the sentiment “Thinking of you at Christmas” on the larger snowdrift in Misty Moonlight ink. The sentiment is in the Curvy Christmas stamp set.

I stamped the birds from the Quite Curvy stamp set in Memento Black ink and then colored with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in Light and Dark: Balmy blue, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy. I always have the Color Lifter handy so I can lighten the colors as well as cover any marks out of the lines. Fussy cut the birds.

I used the Light and Dark Balmy Blue to color the edges of the snowdrift and add some dimension. Glue the two snowdrifts together.

Adhere the snowdrifts to the card front. Position the birds and use the Light Balmy Blue to make small shadows before you adhere the birds.

Adhere the birds to the card front. Tip: I find it easier to position smaller images by using some tweezers.

Add some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the sky for extra sparkle and Viola! you have a unique and extraordinary handmade Christmas Card!

Thanks so much for visiting. I am excited about my 15 Day Christmas Card Challenge and hope to see you back tomorrow!

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Have a wonderful start of the Holiday Season and best wishes on your crafting projects!


Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Christmas, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Fun/Fancy fold card, Mini Catalog 2020, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Winter Holiday

Super Simple Gatefold Fun Fold with Poinsettia Petals for an Elegant Christmas Card

Hello and Happy Friday! This month is flying by! I was looking forward to visiting my family for Thanksgiving, but they have a shelter in place order. Needless to say, none of use is getting together in person. We might try meeting on Zoom. Looking on the bright side- I can stay home and make more Christmas cards!

The card for today’s Fun Fold Friday is called a Gate Fold Card. The band with the poinsettia on it is a Belly Band. This elegant holiday card is super simple to make so you can send one to your friends & family to spread the Holiday Cheer.

Measurements: Very Vanilla Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 5 x 5 inch for stamping, a 2 inch circle and 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Red Velvet Paper: 2 x 3 inches and 1 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches; and the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper (DSP): 2 x 5 3/8 inches. You will also need 9 1/8 inches of the Vanilla open weave ribbon from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack.

Stamping: Starting with the Memento Black ink, stamp one of the complete poinsettias, two berry sprigs and three leaves onto the 5 x 5 inch Very Vanilla CS. Use the Real Red ink to stamp the sentiment “May Magic & Wonder bloom this holiday” onto the 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch Very Vanilla CS.

I used the Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers to color the images. If you have not tried them yet, I highly recommend them. I have tried other alcohol markers that are more expensive and have not gotten results as good as I have with the Stampin’ Blends. The colors for this card are: Light & Dark Real Red, Dark Cherry Cobbler, Light & Dark Mango Melody, Light & Dark Old Olive and Dark Mossy Meadow. I will show you how I got the look I did, but this is just one way. There are many other ways to color with the Blends. To start off, I colored the leaves completely with the Light Old Olive.

I added some shading with the Dark Old Olive followed by the Dark Mossy Meadow. You could go over the leaf again with the Light Old Olive to blend everything together.

The berry sprigs were colored first with Light Real Red, then Dark Real Red followed by a little Dark Cherry Cobbler. For the poinsettia, I outlined the top layer of petals with the Dark Cherry Cobbler to try and achieve a 3D look. Next I colored the entire poinsettia with the Light Real Red.

I blended the Cherry Cobbler outline into the Light Real Red with the Dark Real Red. To add a finishing touch, I added a little more shadow with the Dark Cherry Cobbler. Note: The best part of coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers is experimenting with them yourself to see what kind of look you get.

Cut all the images out either by Fussy Cutting with your Paper Snips or using the coordinating Poinsettia Dies with the Stamp and Cut Machine. Fold the Very Vanilla card base with the Bone Folder to get crisp folds.

Adhere the Poinsettia Place DSP to the front flaps. Adhere the 2 x 3 inch Red Velvet to the inside. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the sentiment card piece on top of the Red Velvet.

Add the berry sprigs. Tip: For very delicate items I use a tweezers to position the item after first applying a wee bit of glue.

Wrap the 1 1/2 x 9 1/8 inch Red Velvet Paper around the card so that it is snug but not tight. You want it to slide off easily, but not fall off. Also wrap the ribbon around. I did not need to glue the ribbon to the Red Velvet except where I attached the ends of the Belly Band in the front. Tip: I recommend using a strong adhesive to attach the ends of the Belly Band. Examples of a strong adhesive are the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue and the Tear & Tape. Both can be found in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

Adhere the poinsettia leaves to the Very Vanilla 2 inch circle. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the poinsettia.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the Very Vanilla CS Circle to the front of the Belly Band, covering the ends of the Belly Band. Add some Bling! with the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Tip: I use the Take Your Pick Tool to transfer the rhinestones to the card.

Viola! That is all there is to it! This card is a really fun way to share the Holiday Cheer with a loved one!

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On Tuesday, November 24, 2020 there will be 10% off select products from the Annual Catalog. If you are still planning your Christmas cards, look over pages 56 to 63 of the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. There are 12 stamp sets for the Holidays! Click HERE to check it out now!

Thank you to all of you who came by today. I so appreciate you! Thank you to all of you who have placed orders to help me keep my business going. These are difficult times and it is so nice to have your support. I have my own “Black Friday” Special. When you place an order for $35 or more between November 22 -27, 2020, you will receive your choice of a free package of Rhinestone Basic Jewels or a Bone Folder from me!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are able to start on your Holiday cards & gifts!


Posted in #simplestamping, 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Simple stamping, Watercolor wash background

Stampin’ Up!® Snowflake Wishes Watercolor Wash Notecards & Gift Box #simplestamping

Well, Thanksgiving is almost here and it is time to start thinking about Holiday Gifts. These festive Snowflake notecards and cheerful coordinating box will make a great handmade gift! This is a #SimpleStamping project because it is made primarily with Stamps, Ink and Paper. The only other tool you need is a Water Painter.

Although these cards look difficult, they are actually fairly simple. The variety of sentiments in the Snowflake Wishes stamp set makes this a great gift. There are lots of photos to easily guide you through this surprisingly simple project.

The Snowflake Wishes stamp set is rich with snowflake images. I am only going to use 5 of them.

The first step is to make the backgrounds. You will cut one sheet of the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper at 4 3/4 inches. Next cut the 4 3/4 x 5 inch piece at 3 1/4 inches. This will give you 3 different backgrounds for 3 different notecards.

Watercolor Wash Background: Squeeze your Balmy Blue ink pad so some of the ink gets on the inside of the top. Using the Water Painter, apply a slight puddle of water on the 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. You want the puddle to be in the center, not touching the edge of the card piece. Note: I am using an old Aquapainter, but the new Water Painters can be found in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog on page 146, item #151298.

Take up some of the Balmy Blue ink with the Water Painter and apply it to the puddle of water on the Watercolor Paper. Move the ink and water around until you like the shape of the Watercolor Wash. If you desire a more intense color you could put a drop of the Balmy Blue Ink Refill on the top lid of the stamp pad.

Now for a little trick to make a creative effect. Shake some coarse sea salt onto the puddle of water. You will see that the salt crystals will take up some of the water and ink right away. Let this dry completely.

Repeat the above procedure using the 2 1/4 x 5 inch piece of the Watercolor Paper and Pacific Point ink.

The remaining 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 inch Watercolor Paper piece is done in Pool Party ink.

For the next step you will need to open up a package of Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. These are available in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 153, item #131527. Note: these notecards also come in Very Vanilla #144236.

While the backgrounds dry, we can stamp the envelopes. This envelope is done in the Balmy Blue ink. The larger snowflake is stamped at full strength. The next snowflake is Stamped Off first.

I added a smaller snowflake at full strength to complete the front of the envelope. Next I stamped several snowflakes on the back flap of the envelope. Note: Be mindful of leaving space for someone to write an address and return address, and place a postage stamp.

The next envelope only uses 2 snowflake stamps and is stamped in Pacific Point ink. Again, stamp on the front and the back flap of the envelope.

The last envelope is stamped in Pool Party ink. I stamped the larger snowflake, one on top of the other, to make it look more full. The remainder are smaller snowflakes stamped on the envelope front and flap.

In order to give the backgrounds a little more time to dry, we will stamp the sentiments. Make 2 of the 3/4 x 4 inch Whisper White cardstock strips with the sentiment “Snowflake wishes for a Merry Christmas.” Make one of the “May your season sparkle” on 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White cardstock.

Trim both ends of one of the “Snowflake wishes…” strips to make a banner end. Tip: Make a cut in the middle, then from one corner to the middle on each side to have the banner look even every time.

When the backgrounds have dried completely, brush the salt off of the card piece. Each will have a different look. The most noticeable effect is on the Pacific Point color. You can see that the ink is darker around where the salt crystal was. I just love this effect!

We will start with the Balmy Blue background. Stamp the sentiment “Thank you Snow much” in Pacific Point ink onto the lower right-hand corner. Then use the Balmy Blue ink to stamp the larger snowflake, followed by the medium snowflake and finally the smallest snowflake.

Now we will stamp on the Pacific Point ink background. Using Pacific Point ink, stamp the larger snowflake on the left-hand side followed by the group of snowflakes.

For the Pool Party ink background, I stamped one image on top of the other for the larger snowflake in Pool Party ink.

Now stamp the medium sized snowflake and finally the smaller snowflake in Pool Party ink.

Now we will put everything together.

Complete the Balmy Blue card by adhering the stamped card piece to the front of one of the notecards.

Adhere the background done in Pacific Point ink to the front of the notecard. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the “Snowflake Wishes…” sentiment with the banner ends onto the card front.

Adhere the Pool Party background to the front of a notecard. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the “May your season…” sentiment to the card front.

Now that we have all the awesome notecards done, let’s create a nice box for them to go in. The Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes on page 152 of the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog are perfect for these notecards. Lay the box flat with the matte surface on top. Stamp the largest snowflake in Balmy Blue ink.

Follow with the Pool Party ink and a medium snowflake. Finish with a small snowflake in Pacific Point ink.

Assemble the box and add the second “Snowflake wishes….” sentiment to the front.