Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Lake/Sea/Ocean, Sea, Sealife, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Seaside Notions for End of Summer Seaside Birthday Card

This wonderful summer Birthday card was inspired by a swap I received. A swap is a card that you make multiple copies of and take to a stamping event with you. There you will meet others who have made swap and you swap cards with them. Unfortunately I have lost the name of who made the swap I was inspired by.

Measurements: Very Vanilla Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inch card base with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, two 4 x 5 1/4 inch, 2 x 4 1/2 inches and 1 x 3 3/4 inches.

I used Memento ink for the stamping and I colored with Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I used the light and dark Blend of each of the following colors: Pool Party, Purple Posy, Petal Pink, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.

Using the Memento ink, stamp the sea horse onto the 2 x 4 1/2 inch Very Vanilla CS and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment onto the 1 x 3 3/4 inch strip of Very Vanilla CS.

On one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS pieces I stamped a row of the conch shell, then added the sand dollars.

Next I stamped the snail shell. I filled in the spaces with the clam shell. I added another conch shell on the very bottom left and top right. This is a slightly organized random pattern in my book! Ha, ha! 🙂 

Don’t do this step because it turned out to be a mistake later on but i wanted to share this with you so you won’t make the same mistake. On the inside of the card base I stamped another sea horse and two sand dollars. I recommend that you stamp the sea horse and sand dollars onto the other 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS piece.

Again do not do this step. Once I used the Stampin’ Blends to color the sea horse and sand dollars, I realized that the markers bled through to the back. Whoa! 😲 The way I fixed it is that I cut the inside panel to be 4 x 5 1/4 inches and made another 4 1/4 x 11 inch Very Vanilla CS card base.

On with the fun. Color the sea horse with the light and dark Soft Suede Blends.

For each of the shells, I decided to add a shadow to the lower right hand side. I did this by first coloring in the shell with the Light Crumb Cake Blend. I then went over the lower right with the Dark Crumb Cake Blend. Lastly I went over the area I wanted shadowed again with the Light Crumb Cake Blend to blend the light and dark together.

I repeated the process with all the shells. The conch shells are colored in Petal Pink. The snail shell is colored in Pool Party and the clam shell in Purple Posy.

Fussy cut the sea horse that is stamped on the 2 x 4 1/2 inch Very Vanilla CS. Place cut up Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the tail and head, leaving the body without Dimensionals.

Adhere the body of the sea horse to the left side of the Happy Birthday sentiment. Cut a banner end on the right end of the sentiment strip.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS stamped with the sea horse to the inside of the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Very Vanilla CS card base. Use the Bone Folder on the 5 1/2 inch score line to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the other 4 1/4 x 5 inch Very Vanilla CS stamped with the shells to the card front. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment strip and adhere in place.

Now for some Bling! The Wink of Stella Glitter Brush is perfect for adding a little sparkle to the sea horse.

Viola! You have a fun end of summer Birthday card to send off to someone special. I just love the sparkle!

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you enjoyed this end of summer card. I am looking forward to some cooler temperatures, but here in Arizona it may be quite awhile. Good thing I can craft inside!

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Have a wonderful day full of creative ideas!


Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, flowers, Love/Affection, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Summer

Celebrate Sunflowers and Celebrate You

Boy is it hot today! Even though it is only 7 am I have been out watering my flowers I am hot and sweaty! I love flowers both real and on stamps. The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is just so beautiful and fun to color. Especially if you have some Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. The Blends make it possible to color the flowers so they are just so lovely!

This card can be used for several occasions making it very versatile.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, 5 x 3 3/4 inches, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 x 3/4 inches; Bumble Bee CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Using Memento Black ink, stamp the sentiment “Let’s Celebrate You” onto the 3 1/2 x 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the smaller sunflower onto the 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Then stamp the larger sunflower on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS slightly on the right and leaving enough space on top for the sentiment.

The Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker colors I used are the light and dark Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, and Old Olive. I also used Light Calypso Coral (not pictured).

I colored the leaves with the Light Old Olive, then added the Dark Old Olive as an accent.

The center of the flower is colored first in Light Daffodil Delight, then Light Soft Suede. The Dark Soft Suede is used to make some dots on the Light Soft Suede.

The first layer of petals is colored with the Light Daffodil Delight. I accented these petals with Dark Daffodil Delight by drawing on the lines that are already on the petals. The back petals are also colored in Light Daffodil Delight but I used the Dark Daffodil Delight more heavily on those petals. Set this aside while we color the larger sunflower.

The top layer of petals are colored in the Light Daffodil Delight. The next layer of petals are colored in Light Mango Melody. The center of the flower was done with the Light and Dark Soft Suede and Light Daffodil Delight.

The back layer of petals are colored in Dark Mango Melody. I used the Dark Daffodil Delight to accent the Light Daffodil Delight petals in the first layer by drawing on the lines that were already there.

I used the Dark Mango to accent the petals colored in Light Mango and added Light Calypso Coral to accent the Dark Mango petals.

I used the edge of the Light Daffodil Delight to accent the border around the sentiment. Tip: Use a light touch as the alcohol markers bleed slightly and if held on the paper too long they will leave a blotch.

Use your Paper Snips to fussy cut the smaller sunflower. Sometimes I leave a slight white border around the image when I fussy cut. Today I cut right next to the outer black line. Either way looks fine.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 5 1/2 inch score line on the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Whisper White CS card base. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Bumble Bee CS to the front of the card base. Now adhere the larger sunflower panel to the Bumble Bee CS.

Adhere the smaller sunflower and sentiment to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

And now for the Bling! No card of mine is complete without some Bling! The Gold Glitter Dots add just the right amount of sparkle.

I use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Gold Glitter Dots easily from the acetate sheet to the card front.

Viola! You have a lovely, cheery and bright card to help someone celebrate–a birthday, a promotion, a great report card–anything!

Thanks for being here today! I hope your day is very bright and cheery!

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Posted in Lake/Sea/Ocean, Sponging technique, Summer

Tips for Sponging a sunset with Stampin’ Up!® Inks

Sometimes I need something new to try, so I wanted to do something a little different today. I thought I would show you how fun it is to make a sunset by using the Sponging Technique.

This card was made with a Host set called Soft Spring. I will discuss how to get a Host set below. To me this is a very serene appearing card and could be used for a variety of occasions.

Measurements: Bermuda Bay card stock (CS) card base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Pool Party (CS): 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches and a 1/2 x 5 inch strip; Whisper White (CS): two 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

The colors of ink we will be using today are: Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

To prepare the scene you will need full sticky note paper punched with the 1 1/2 inch Circle Punch. Tape the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White to a sheet of scrap paper. Tape another sheet of scrap paper about 1 3/4 inches down from the top of the Whisper White card piece. This will be a mask.

To prepare the sponges, first cut the Stampin’ Up! Stamping Sponges in half.

Now cut the half in half, then the quarter in half.

I use a square punched out of the color of cardstock that I am going to use the sponge for, attached with a staple. I store my sponges in a compartmentalized crafters box.

Dab the sponge onto the Daffodil Delight ink pad. If the ink is quite wet, dab lightly. Now rub the sponge onto the scrap paper with a small circular motion. This will give you an idea of how the sponging will look and will take off any excess ink.

Sponge the ink onto the Whisper White with a small circular motion very lightly. It is best to go light at first then gradually add to the color to make it the shade you want. I wanted a medium color. You can see that it is a little blotchy. Do not worry about that. It will not be noticeable on the completed card.

Apply the sticky note circle. The area that is masked will become the sun. Using the Mango Melody ink, sponge over the Daffodil Delight until you get a darker shade. Make it a little darker near the “sun” and the “horizon”.

I apologize for the blurry photo. My phone has been acting strangely all day. You can get the idea of how the sun and sky will look once you remove the sticky note.

Now move the scrap paper that was masking the bottom of the card piece to mask the area above the horizon. Leave a wee bit of color showing under the mask so that you do not end up with a white space between the sky and the lake. Start sponging the Coastal Cabana ink onto the lower part of the card piece, using the same gentle circular motion.

Once you have covered the area in Coastal Cabana ink, you can start sponging with the Bermuda Bay. Only sponge along the outer edge of the lake.

When you have finished with the Bermuda Bay ink, remove the scrap paper mask. Place the card piece on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat since we will be using a Photopolymer stamp set.

Using Memento ink, stamp the images from the Soft Spring stamp set on the edges of the card piece.

Add images until you like the look. You could stop here if you like. This stamp set is a two step stamp which means you can stamp some more over the outline of the leaves and flowers to make them more of a silhouette.

Add the little dragonfly.

Now you can add the second step of the stamping. This will make the leaves and flowers darker and more of a silhouette.

As you may have noticed, my second stamp does not line up with the outline perfectly. I do struggle with getting the two step stamps to line up. However, I do not think this will detract from the overall look.

Adhere the second 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White to the inside of the card base. Use the Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the Pool Party CS, then to the front of the card base.

Now for the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment “Happy Day” from the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set in Memento ink onto the 1/2 inch strip of Pool Party CS. Trim it down and make a banner end. If you need help with the banner end, please click on THIS for a “How to”. Boy my fingers are blue!

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment strip, then adhere it to your card front.

And Viola! you have learned how to sponge a sunset and make a very serene appearing card. You could use a different sentiment and make this card very versatile. Now to go wash all the ink off my fingers!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are well and staying safe. If you want to get the Soft Spring Host Set, you would need to place a $150 order. Then you can order it for $9.50. One way to place such a large order is to have your friends order with you. Then you can all get together (once the pandemic is over) and use the Soft Spring stamp set!

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Have a great day and try some sponging!