Posted in beginner stamper, dog, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Doggone cloudy day

Well, the weather outside is menacing. It is a perfect day to stay inside and cozy, and make some cards!

The next series of 3 cards will focus on “man’s best friend”.

The Stampin’ Up! Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch can be purchased until March 31, 2019 from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. If you do purchase both as a bundle, you will save 10%. So let’s make some cards!

The first step is to open the punch. Just squeeze the punch while sliding the plastic button upward. The punch will spring open.

You can insert the paper to be punched from the top or either side.

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

First we will stamp the dog in Memento ink onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch strip. I used a D block. Stamp at the bottom of the strip so you can use the punch. Tip: Be sure to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, since this is a Photopolymer stamp, to get the best image.


The way to use the punch is to have it laying upside down on the table. Insert the strip of cardstock and line up the image. You can depress the punch slightly to hold the cardstock in place, then push firmly and quickly to cut the image out.

The dog house is a 2 step stamping process. The body of the house will be in Real Red and the details (the shingles and wood grain) will be in Memento ink. I used a B and a C block.

Try to get an even layer of ink on the stamp. It may not look perfectly even, but will still give a good image. Tip: Hold the stamp onto the cardstock for a few seconds to ensure the ink will transfer completely.

The second step is to ink the details of the dog house in Memento, line it up and stamp over the Real Red house. I had to do this a couple of times to get the hang of it.

Now lay the dog without adhesive in the position you desire, to help with placement of the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink.

Add the bone in Memento ink and the small hearts in Real Red.

There is even a little dog collar!

You can add some spots to make a Dalmatian!

For “Spot” here, you need to Stamp Off to make the spots light enough to still see the eye. To Stamp Off, get a scrap piece of paper and have it on the Stampin’ Pierce mat. Ink the spot stamp with Memento ink and stamp onto the scrap paper first, then place the stamp over the dog image and stamp down.

Choose whichever dog you like best.

Adhere the doghouse and sentiment piece to the Blueberry Bushel piece, then adhere that to the card base.

I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the dog. I cut one in half to better fit behind the leg. Tip: Some folks cut all of their Dimensionals in half to make them last longer.

Peel off the backing from the Dimensionals and adhere the dog to the card. Now you have a great card to send to your best (human) friend!

The next 2 cards will also be using the Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch. I will also introduce the technique of Sponging.

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Stampin’ Up Products used include: Stamp Set: Happy Tails #148682; Punch: Dog Builder #148543; Bundle: Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder Punch #150631; cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Blueberry Bushel #146968; Ink: Real Red #147084 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals # 104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cling Stamp, Father's Day, Grunge style, Masculine, Occasions Catalog 2019, Stamping-off technique

Father’s Day in January?

This is the 2nd in a series of Blog posts about masculine cards. I have had many a time when a holiday has crept up on me before I was able to get a card ready. Ever had that happen? Well, today I am making a Father’s Day card, mostly because the sentiment is in the stamp set -Geared Up Garage-which I started using the other day. But also, I want to be ready this year!

This style of card is “grunge”. It is a lot easier than it looks!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half and burnished with the Bone Folder, Basic Black 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches and a scrap of Whisper White 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches, and Real Red 2 1/4 x 1 inch.

You will also need Memento ink and a C block to start. Later you will need an A, B, C and D block.

Just a reminder for how to put the label on the new Cling Stamps. First remove the stamp. Then turn the label sheet so the words are backward. Pinch the middle of the desired label.

Gently remove the paper backing without removing the label. Place the stamp with the foam side down over the label, taking care to line up the edges. Press firmly.

Now gently remove the label attached to the stamp. This is very sticky! Do not set it down on anything. Put it on the block right away and when finished, directly back into the stamp case. I do not always put the labels on, but I typically will put on the labels for sentiments.

Use the Memento ink and stamp the Father’s Day sentiment onto the scrap of Whisper White. Note: You do not need the Piercing mat for the red rubber stamps, just stamp onto a smooth firm surface.

Use your paper snips to cut around the sentiment leaving a slight border.

Adhere the sentiment to the Real Red piece. Now cut a banner edge, first by making a cut in the center, then from each corner to the center as shown. Set aside.

Now for the “grunge”! Mount the lug nuts on an A block, the oil can on a B block, the tool box on a C block and the oil spill on a D block (Clockwise from top).

Start with the tool box since it is one of the larger images. Stamp an odd number of times.

Now stamp the oil can and then the lug nuts an odd number of times. I messed up and stamped 6 lug nuts! Fortunately the sentiment with cover one!

We are going to use a technique called “Stamping Off” for stamping the oil spill. First apply Memento ink to the oil spill stamp and stamp it on a scrap of paper. Then stamp onto the card piece. This gives a slightly lighter image. That way the oil spill doesn’t over-power the rest of the images. It just makes it “grungy”.

Continue to first stamp on the scrap paper, then on the card piece, until you like the result.

Adhere the Basic Black to the folded card base. Now adhere the stamped “grunge” piece.

Apply Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment banner and adhere to the front of the card. Viola! You have a Father’s Day card ready to go! Now, if you can just put it away somewhere where you can find it!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Geared Up Garage #148590; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Basic Black 121045 and Real Red #102482; Ink: Memento #132708; Blocks A #118487, B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Paper Snips #103579; Dimensionals #104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755