Posted in 2022 January-June Stampin' Up!® Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, Simple stamping, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Stampin' Write Marker, Watercolor Pencil

Stampin’ Up!® Coloring Techniques with In the Moment

Hello fellow stampers! I hope you are having a good day. Today I am going to show different coloring techniques with In the Moment, a new stamp set in the upcoming 2022 Stampin’ Up! Jan-June Mini Catalog. I will show three different media: Watercolor Pencils with the Blender Pen, Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers. At the end, you can vote on which one you like best!

Watercolor Pencils with the Blender Pen

The stamp set is In the Moment and is a sneak peek of what is in the 2022 Stampin’ Up! January to June Mini Catalog. The catalog will be live on January 4, 2022 at 3 am MST. This card was colored with the Watercolor Pencils followed by a Blender Pen. The Watercolor Pencils come in two different assortments. Assortment 1 has 13 pencils and Assortment 2 has 10 pencils. 23 different colors! The Blender Pen has a chemical in it which helps to smooth out the pencil marks.

Stampin’ Write Markers

The Stampin’ Write Markers were used to color this card. These are water based markers. The colors are more vivid. These can be purchased by color group (10 colors in each group) or in a pack containing all 40 colors. The color groups are: Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles. The big pack is called Many Marvelous Markers.

Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers

I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers to color this card. These are alcohol based markers. They are different from water based markers in that they can be blended to create a more subtle gradation of shadowing. There are 38 colors which come as a 2 marker combo-light and dark. There is also a color lifter (which I use quite frequently when I color outside the line).

Vote on which coloring technique is your favorite.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you voted. It will be really fun to see which technique is most popular!

Ciao!

Theresa

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Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Halloween, Sponging technique

It’s Live! Stampin’ Up!® August-December Mini Catalog is live today!

I showed a sneak peak of the wonderful and festive Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog with an adorable Winter card on my last blog. Today I am going to show a spooky Halloween card. I will plan on showing a Fall card on Friday. I recommend you spend some time looking through a PDF of the Mini Catalog here and start planning for the holidays coming up now. If you act now, you will have plenty of time to design some handmade cards!

This Halloween card was a lot of fun to make with the Magic In The Night Designer Series Paper (DSP)! Lots of creepy spiders!

Measurements: Blackberry Bliss Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Smoky Slate CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 x 3 1/2 inches; Basic Black: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Magic in the Night DSP: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches; and Basic Grey 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

This is the Hallows Night Magic stamp set in the Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. The design detail on the bats is awesome!

Let’s start stamping!

Oops! First I wanted to show you how to deal with a “halo“. That is when the ink gets on the part of the stamp surrounding the image and makes a mark on your card that you do not want. This is a BIG halo!

One way to fix this issue once and for all, is to trim the stamp. I use a sharp pair of Paper Snips. Others use an Exacto knife. I just trim a little away as shown.

That’s better! I used the Memento black ink to stamp the spider onto the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Smoky Slate CS. This will be the inside of the card.

I added a few of the smaller spiders. I used a straight edge to draw a string of web with the Stampin’ Write Basic Black Marker.

Using the Memento Black ink stamp the larger spider onto the 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Basic Grey CS. You can fussy cut the spider or if you do have a cutting machine, you could use the Halloween Magic Dies to cut the spider out.

Stamp the frame for the sentiment in Memento Black ink onto the 2 x 3 1/2 inch Smoky Slate CS, then stamp the sentiment “Happy Halloween” in the middle of the frame. Next, squeeze the middle of your Blackberry Bliss ink pad so that you get a little ink on the lid. Use a Blender Pen to take up a little ink and color in the flowers in the frame.

Now we are going to sponge the sentiment to make it more interesting. First I just dabbed the sponge right over the sentiment and around the frame. Next I flicked the sponge along the edge to darken the corners and edges of the card piece. Finally, lay the card piece on some scrap paper and move the inked sponge in small circles to darken more of the edge. Now that is interesting!

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the Blackberry Bliss CS card base. Adhere the Smoky Slate CS stamped with the spiders to the inside of the card base.

Adhere the Blackberry Bliss spider design from the Magic in this Night DSP to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic Black CS. Now adhere the card piece to the front of the Blackberry Bliss CS card base.

I used the Black Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.

Now some Bling! The Mini Catalog has Self Adhesive Black Iridescent Pearls! I used the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Iridescent Pearls to the large spider and to a few other spiders in the background. When you move the card around, the pearls look purple, blue and green!

I decided the card needed just a little more Bling! so I added the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the body of the large spider and to the flowers in the frame.

Viola! You have a very spooky spidery card! So much fun!

A lot is happening today. As I stated above the Stampin’ Up!® August to December 2020 Mini Catalog is going live! Also, Stampin’ Up! has updated their catalog website to make your shopping experience better. There will be new features including the ability to sign off but keep items in your cart so you can come back to shopping later. The new website my not keep your link to my store. Try the link here to go to my Online Store. Please double check to be sure you are still shopping with Theresa McEntee from Bisbee Arizona 85603. Thanks so much for all your support of my small business. I would not be able to do this without your support. Thank you!

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Sneak Peek- Jar of Flowers

There is only one more week before the new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is live! Since I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I got to order for the catalog a month early. Here is a sneak peek at a new stamp set called Jar of Flowers!

The really fun part about this card is that there are Mason Jar Shaker domes and Flowers for Every Season Gems you can use to make a Shaker card! I will also show a Technique today using the Watercolor Pencils and the Blender Pen.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 5 x 2 inches and 4 x 2 1/2 inches; Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; and a new In Color – Magenta Madness: 5 3/8 x 2 1/4 inches.

Stamp the sentiment “Just Thinking Of You” from the Many Mates stamp set in Melon Mambo ink onto the bottom of the 4 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Use the Timeless Label Punch to punch it out with the sentiment on one end. Put the punch as close to the words as you can.

Now insert the punched label back into the punch so the words are as close to the edge as possible.

Use the 1 1/2 inch Circle punch to punch a circle out of the 5 x 2 1/2 inch Magenta Madness CS. Be sure to leave a 1/4 inch border because you will be using this as part of your card. Adhere the sentiment punch to the circle punch. Trim the sides with your Paper Snips. Set aside.

Set up the 5 x 2 inch Whisper White CS on the Pierce Mat to be able to stamp with the Jar Of Flowers Photopolymer stamp set. I tried using Gray Granite ink but it was too light. I found if you use Smokey Slate ink and you Stamp Off on a scrap paper once before stamping on the card piece you get the right intensity of gray for using the Watercolor Pencils.

Stamp off onto the scrap paper once before stamping the stems and the bunch of flowers. The lid to the Mason jar is not Stamped Off.

I put the Flowers for Every Season DSP that I wanted for the background next to my jar of flowers so I could copy the coloring. I used colors from both sets of the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils. I started with Garden Green for the leaves and stems, Daffodil Delight for the little bunches of flowers, and Pumpkin Pie for the center of the Daffodil Delight flowers. I use a light touch first to color the entire image, then I press a little harder in spots where I would like to have the image shaded.

I used the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil to create a water level in the jar. Next I used Real Red to color the poppies. Again, I used a light touch to color in the image and then press harder to shade. When I color lightly, I move the pencil in small circles and rotate the pencil every so often so that it stays sharp.

I used the Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil to color the tulips and the Night of Navy to color the sprigs of small flowers.

Now for the fun part! I used the Blender Pen which is filled with a specialized solution for easy blending. The tulip I am pointing to has been treated with the Blender Pen and the other tulips have not. I have already used the Blender Pen on the water and stems. I use a light touch and start in the lighter colored area of the image, moving toward the shaded part. When you are done with one color, you simply write on a scrap of paper with the Blender Pen until it writes clear. Take your time with this. The Blender Pen smooths out the colored pencil.

Now I used the Jar of Flowers punch to punch the Mason Jar out. You will have the Mason jar, the bunch of flowers and need the Magenta Madness CS piece.

Do not adhere the bunch of flower piece. Just lay it on the Magenta Madness CS to help position the Mason Jar. Adhere the Mason Jar to the Magenta Madness CS.

Peel off the protective layer on the top of the Mason Jar Shaker Dome. Adhere the bunch of flowers piece to the top of the Mason Jar Shaker Dome. Take care to position the paper because the adhesive on the dome is very sticky and once the paper is on it, it will stay there!

Note to self: Leave at least a 1/4 inch under the stamped jar so that the Mason Jar Shaker Dome doesn’t stick out! Fortunately, it was easy to trim with the Paper Snips.

Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Flowers For Every Season DSP to the Whisper White CS card base. Then adhere the Magenta Madness piece to the left side of the card front. Now for some Bling! The Flowers For Every Season Gems include green faceted gems and epoxy drops.

Place a few of the gems and drops on the Mason Jar. Remove the protective layer from the back of the Mason Jar Shaker Dome. Apply some adhesive to the rest of the back of the bunch of flowers card piece. Adhere the Whisper White bunch of flowers piece to the Magenta Madness piece on the card front. Take care with placement as the Mason Jar Shaker Dome adhesive adheres quickly and doesn’t allow any “wiggle” room.

Adhere the sentiment “Just Thinking Of You” to the right side of the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To make the card extra special you can add a strip of the Flowers For Every Season DSP to the inside of the card. (Measurement: 5 3/8 x 3/4 inches)

Add a bow with the 2020-2022 In Color Bumblebee 1/4 inch ribbon and adhere it to the card with a Mini Glue Dot. Viola! What a colorful and gorgeous card!

Thank you for enjoying the Sneak Peek today! I really enjoyed making the card. If you would like to purchase the products I used, you will be able to on June 3, 2020 after noon Mountain Time.

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It Starts with Art

A lot of us spend a lot of our time working in jobs that we may not like. The easy solution is to change to a job we do like. But that is not always possible. One way to “survive” your job is to “Start with Art”. Being creative is known to help improve your psychological well being. This Stampin’ Up! stamp set is retiring soon, so don’t waste any more time and let’s create a card to help you “Follow Your Art” no matter what your art may be!

This card is so fun because of all the color and the mixed designs! There are also a few Techniques thrown in there as well!

Here is the It Starts with Art stamp set. There are many exciting images to make a host of cards. I decided to use the stack of ribbon since it complimented the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I chose.

Measurements: Blueberry Bushel card stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; Follow Your Art DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; Coastal Cabana CS: 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches and Whisper White CS: two 4 x 3 inch pieces.

Let’s get stamping!

Stamp the sentiment “Follow your art” on one end of one 4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS in Memento ink. Leave space around the sentiment for the Tailored Tag Punch. Flip the Whisper White CS around and stamp the stack of spools on the opposite end.

For coloring the spools of ribbon, I did a bit of experimentation with markers and decided the Watercolor Pencils created the most appealing look. When I used the markers, I did not like the card. I actually thought it was ugly! The Watercolor Pencils made the card look so much better! I did use the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker since there is not a Watercolor Pencil in Blushing Bride. The colors for the Watercolor Pencils are Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana. One of the Techniques is to use the Blender Pen.

I started coloring with the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker on the middle spool. I tried to only put one layer of ink down and keep the color light.

I colored the top spool and the stripes on the bottom ribbon with the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil. I did color a little darker in areas where I wanted a slight shadow.

I colored the middle ribbon with the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil. The bottom spool and the ribbon on top are colored in Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil.

Blending Technique The Blender Pen is a dual tipped pen filled with a specialized solution for easy blending. You just go over the Watercolor Pencil with a light touch and blend the color. To clean off the color, you just write on scrap paper until the fluid from the pen runs clear. I started Blending the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil first.

Next I blended the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil, and finally the Calypso Coral.

Now we need to fussy cut the spools of ribbon.

Tip: To fussy cut into really tight space, use the very tip of your Paper Snips and make very tiny cuts. I did try just leaving the center of the heart uncut, but I did not like the way it looked. Set this piece aside.

Punch the sentiment out with the Tailored Tag Punch. (I had to photograph this card twice because I did use the Stampin’ Write Markers initially. That is why the spools of ribbon are still there).

Prepare to use the Aqua Painter by squeezing the closed Blueberry Bushel ink pad to get a little ink on the lid. Add a few drops of water to the ink. Place the sentiment card piece on scrap paper as this technique can be a little messy. The black cardstock is just there so the sentiment card piece would show on the photograph.

Splatter Technique Flick the tip of the Aqua Painter on the lid to splatter the color onto the sentiment card piece. Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing water out onto a paper towel until the water runs clear.

Squeeze the Calypso Coral ink pad and get some ink on the Aqua Painter. Flick the Calypso Coral ink in the same way as the Blueberry Bushel. Allow to dry, or use your Heat Tool to dry the ink more quickly.

Punch a label with the Tailored Tag Punch from the 4 x 3 inch Blueberry Bushel CS. Use the Paper Snips to cut the tag in half lengthwise.

Glue one half of the Tailored Tag Punch to the bottom half of the sentiment card piece. Now glue the other half on top.

Now to stamp the inside of the card. Use the larger button stamp to stamp onto the second 4 x 3 inch Whisper White using the Blueberry Bushel ink. Remember that an odd number of images seems more pleasing to the eye than an even number.

Use the smaller button stamp to stamp in Calypso Coral ink and Coastal Cabana ink.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch Coastal Cabana CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold.

Adhere the 4 x 3 inch Follow Your Art DSP to the front of the little card. Adhere the piece stamped with the buttons to the inside of the little card.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Follow Your Art DSP to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch Blueberry Bushel CS. Now adhere the little card to the center of the Blueberry Bushel card piece.

This card is a little different. Fun, fun, fun!

We will use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and the spools of ribbon.

I decided that the sentiment did not show up as much as I would like. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. I placed it onto the sentiment piece to size it and then adhered it in place.

Adhere the spools of ribbon in place.

Viola! You have a card to keep around to help inspire you to “Follow Your Art”! Or you can send it off to someone else who may need encouragement!

Thanks so much for coming by today! I hope you are doing well, and if not, I hope you have an opportunity to try to start with art to lift up your spirits!

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and I sell the products I used for this card. If you are interested in purchasing some product to get yourself started on creating at home, please comment or send me an email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

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