Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Horse, Occasions Catalog 2019, Sponging technique

Running Free

Ever felt like just running away from it all? This horse looks like he is running free, which I know we all dream of occasionally. Stamping offers me a chance to escape and relax. In addition, “taking life by the reins” is also invigorating advice. This next series of 3 cards are going to be with an artfully beautiful stamp set. There will also be several different water coloring techniques demonstrated.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, but there was not any name associated with it. I like to look on Pinterest to get new ideas from time to time, especially if I feel a little creative block coming on.

Here is the beautiful and artistic, as well as graceful, stamp set called Let It Ride by Stampin’ Up!. The images and the sentiments go so well together.

The other awesome product I want to bring to your attention is this Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper stack. The 5 colors are just right for Spring and each comes in a large and small gingham pattern.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Gingham Gala in Balmy Blue 5 x 3 3/4 inches, and Whisper White 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.

You will also need Stampin’ Up! ink in Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue, Memento ink, and Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light Basic Black, Light Crumb Cake and Dark Crumb Cake.

The following is a short video demonstrating how I use the Sponging Technique to create the background for this card. Enjoy watching!

I hope that video was helpful.

For a larger stamp, I like to ink it upside down. Using the Memento ink, apply the ink to the stamp while the stamp is laying on the table.

Take care to put the stamp straight down and lift straight up. Keep the stamp on the cardstock for a few seconds to allow time for the ink to transfer. That way you get a nice crisp image.

Use the Pear Pizzazz to stamp some trees on the horizon.

Continue to add trees until you like the horizon.

Now I am sure you noticed that we have a “horse of a different color”! We are going to change that with the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light and Dark Crumb Cake.

We will start with the Light Crumb Cake. Color the entire horse using the brush tip.

I used the Dark Crumb Cake to trace the hair of the mane and tail with the brush tip.

Continuing with the Dark Crumb Cake brush tip, shade in some areas to add dimension.

Use the Light Crumb Cake to blend in the darker areas with the lighter areas.

Use the light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker for the hooves.

Adhere the Balmy Blue Gingham Gala Designer Series paper to the Balmy Blue card piece.

Next, adhere the stamped horse card piece.

Adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card base.

Viola! You have a great card to send to someone to encourage them and help them keep moving forward!

You will find this wonderful stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! 2109 Occasions Catalog which you can view by selecting the shop button above. During Sale-a-bration you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure for every $50 you order. What a great deal! But don’t delay because some of the free products have already sold out!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Designer Series Paper: Gingham Gala #148554; Ink: Memento #132708, Balmy Blue #147105 and Pear Pizzazz #147104; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601 and Light Basic Black #147940; Stamping Sponges #141337 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch, Sale-A-Bration 2019, Sponging technique

Good Luck Card

Hello fellow stampers! I had a great time with my brother. We went to the Renaissance Fair, the Arizona Science Center (for the Mummy Exhibit), Slaughter Ranch and Casa Grande Ruins. Lots of driving!

I almost feel a withdrawal from card making! So let’s finish the series of 3 cards made with Stampin’ Up!’s Amazing Life stamp set. This one is Good Luck!

While you can use this for St. Patrick’s Day, you may also give it to someone who just started a new job, is going on a business trip, or who is in a sports tournament or any type of competition- there are many possibilities!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches. Call Me Clover 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 1/4 x 3 inches, Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 x 3 3/4 inches, Whisper White 4 x 2 1/4 inches and 4 x 2 inches.

Start with the clover stamp and stamp in different directions to cover the 4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White. Remember to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat with the Photopolymer stamps to get a good image.

Use the Stampin’ Trimmer to cut the stamped clovers into 3/4 inch strips.

Adhere the strips to the smaller piece of Call Me Clover. Adhere the center piece first, then each side piece.

Take the Lemon Lime Twist 3/8 inch Mini Ruffled Ribbon and cut it to be about 1 inch longer on each side. Put a glue dot on each end and adhere the ribbon to the back.

Stamp the “Good Luck” sentiment onto one side of the 2 x 4 inch strip of Whisper White.

Using the Everyday Label punch, frame the sentiment and punch it out.

I took the Stampin’ Sponges and cut it into smaller triangles. I put a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock with a label on top with a staple. That way I can use the sponge over and over again. I have one sponge for each color of ink. We are going to do the Sponging Technique to outline the sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist. Apply ink to the sponge.

Gently scrape the sponge on the edge of the “Good Luck” label.

Please see how I make a bow in a video that was posted at https://theresas-treasures.com/2019/02/15/making-a-bow/

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Call Me Clover to the front of the card base.

Adhere the DSP to the Call Me Clover.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the stamped clover piece as well as the back of the sentiment label.

Adhere the clover piece and the label. Use a glue dot to adhere the bow to the side of the sentiment label.

In order to add the rhinestones you need the Paper Piercing Tool or something similar to help transfer them from the sheet of rhinestones to the card. Once you have the rhinestone in place, gently press on it to adhere it to the card.

And there you have it fellow stampers, a great “Good Luck” card to give to someone!

For the next series of 3 cards I am going to use the Piece of Cake stamp set. See you soon!

Remember that it is still Sale-a-bration until March 31, 2019. For every $50 you purchase from the Annual Catalog or the Occasions Catalog, you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. For this card I used the free Botanical Butterfly DSP. Click on the Shop button on top to go to my store. There you may look at all the products available from Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! products used for this card include: Stamp Set: Amazing Life #148750; Punch: Everyday Label #144668; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Call Me Clover #146969; Designer Series Paper: Botanical Butterfly #149622; Ink: Call Me Clover #147139 and Lemon Lime Twist #147145; Clear Blocks: A #118487 and C #118486; Ribbon: 3/8 inch Lemon Lime Twist Mini Ruffled #146947; Clear Rhinestones #144220; Stampin’ Sponges #141337; Stampin’ Pierce mat #126199; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Dimensionals #104430; Glue Dots #103683; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, dog, encouragement, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch, Sponging technique

Sage Advice from a Dog

We all get overwhelmed with stress at times. What to do for relief? Well, Spot here says to “Keep Calm and Wag On”! Not bad advice, eh? What I really do is keep calm and make cards!

For this card I will again be using Stampin’ Up! Happy Tails stamp set and the Dog Builder punch, as well as the Everyday Label punch, Real Red ink and Memento ink.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half at 4 1/4 inches and burnished with the Bone Folder. Real Red 5 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches, Blueberry Bushel 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches, and Whisper White 4 1/2 x 3 inches.

Using the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, stamp the dog in Memento ink to the left side on the Whisper White piece. *Look at my previous post to see how to add spots and the collar.

Stamp the sentiment onto the right side of the Whisper White piece.

Using a scrap piece of cardstock, punch the dog and heart out. We will be using this as a stencil. Lay the stencil over the stamped dog. Stamp the heart in Real Red as shown by the stencil. This will make it possible to punch out the dog and the heart together.

Lay the punch upside down on the table. Line up the image and depress the punch slightly to hold in place. Then press quickly and firmly with the heel of your hand to punch the image out.

Use the Everyday Label punch for the sentiment using the same procedure as above. Now for a new technique!

The new technique is called Sponging. Today I am going to use a Sponge Dauber to do this. I put the Dauber on my index finger. Tap down on the ink pad several times to get some ink evenly over the tip of the Dauber.

Now you are going to put the ink on the edge of the cardstock by flicking the dauber back and forth. Go all the way around the label. Start light and go darker as desired.

Adhere the Blueberry Bushel strip to the Real Red strip. Now adhere the two to the cardbase.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals and put them on the back of the label and the dog. I used the Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals for the back of the heart.

Peel off the protective cover on the Dimensionals, adhering the sentiment label to the card front first, followed by the dog, then the heart.

And there you have some sage advice from a dog. A dog?!?!

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp set: Happy Tails #148682; Punch: Dog Builder # 148543 and Everyday Label #144668; Happy Tails Stamp set and Dog Builder punch bundle (save 10%) #150631; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Real Red #102482 and Blueberry Bushel #146968; Ink: Real Red # 147084 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147 and D #118485; Sponge Dauber 3133773; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals #144108; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755. To place an order select the Shop Now button above.