Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birds, Birthday, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Punch

Posted For You Stampin’ Up!® Birthday Card for beginners

Posted for You is a fun Stampin’ Up!® stamp set in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog that coordinates with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch.

The Love stamp in this stamp set reminds me of the Love Series of postage stamps. This Love postage stamp I believe is from 1982. I just love the colors and different flowers.

Today’s birthday card has its own Love stamp as well as some birds and flowers.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches (this is the card base), 4 x 5 1/4 inches, three 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches and 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; Gorgeous Grape CS: 3 1/2 x 4 inches; Highland Heather CS: 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches and 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches.

Use Memento ink to stamp one of each design onto the three 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS pieces. Stamp the images about 1/4 inch away from the bottom edge so they will fit in the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch.

Stamp the sentiment “Happy Birthday” in Memento ink onto the 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS strip. Stamp about 1/4 inch away from the left edge of the Whisper White CS. Note: In this image I stamped too far away from the left edge. When I needed to use the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch I had to trim off a little for it to fit properly.

Punch all of the stamped images out with the Rectangle Postage Stamp punch.

Punch the sentiment “Happy Birthday” out by using the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch as shown. Do the same with the 5 /8 x 4 1/2 inch Highland Heather CS strip.

I colored the stamped images with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 using the colors pictured above.

I used a heavy hand with the darker areas then lightly added color over the top to create a little more depth. Note: If you have a hard time sharpening the Watercolor Pencils, invest in a metal sharpener from an art supply store. I have found that a dull sharpener just makes the pencil tip crumble. Of course, that could also be due to living in the dry climate here in Arizona.

Adhere the stamped images and the sentiment to the corresponding Highland Heather CS.

Adhere the 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch Highland Heather CS to the 3 1/2 x 4 inch Gorgeous Grape CS. Now adhere the stamped image piece to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Adhere the sentiment to the 5/8 inch piece of Highland Heather CS and then to the card front.

To add a little dimension to this card I cut the Foam Adhesive Sheets into 1/4 inch strips and placed them on the back of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS as shown.

Fold the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS card base at the 5 1/2 inch score line using the Bone Folder so you get a crisp fold. Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS panel to the front of the card base.

Viola! You have made a lovely birthday card! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. What do you like about the post? Is there anything I could improve on?

Thanks for visiting. I hope you give this card a try. I found it to be very relaxing to color the images.

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Flowers For Every Season in Blues

The Flower For Every Season Suite is just so beautiful and fun to create cards with! The Suite includes 2 different stamp sets – Jar of Flowers and Celebrate Sunflowers. The Jar of Flowers coordinates with the Jar punch and the Mason Jar Dome. To see a card with all 3 of the Jar products, check my blog from May by clicking here.

Here is the card for today. The lovely Flowers for Every Season DSP is paired with the Jar of Flowers stamp to match! Let’s get started!

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Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and two 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches; Just Jade CS (New In Color!): 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Flowers For Every Season DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

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Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set in Shaded Spruce* ink onto one of the 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Use the Timeless Label Punch to punch out the sentiment. (*I have used Shaded Spruce ink in this blog because the Just Jade ink was not available yet. The Just Jade ink can now be purchased and should be used in place of the Shaded Spruce.)

One really cool thing about the Jar of Flowers stamp set is that several pieces are reversible! First stamp the outline of the bowl in Balmy Blue ink onto the other 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Flip the stamp over. Stamp the background color for the bowl in Balmy Blue by first Stamping Off on scrap paper, then on the card piece. That is so smart!

I used Smoky Slate ink to stamp the bunch of flowers after first Stamping Off onto the scrap paper. I used a sticky note as a Mask to shorten the flower stems. The stems are Stamped Off and stamped in Shaded Spruce ink.

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I am going to use the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to color the bunch of flowers. However, there is not a matching green Watercolor Pencil. I used a Blender Pen to add a light coloring of Shaded Spruce ink to the stems.

My goal was to try and match the coloring of the bunch of flowers to those flowers on the Flowers For Every Season DSP I had chosen for the card. I colored on top of my new catalog to keep the pencil pressure soft. The blue is the new In Color Misty Moonlight. To match the color with the Watercolor Pencils available I first colored the flowers lightly with the Basic Gray then with the Night Of Navy Watercolor Pencils.

I added some shading with a combination of a little more Basic Gray and a little more Night of Navy until I was satisfied. I used the Cajun Craze Watercolor Pencil for the larger flower, only coloring in the center of each petal.

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To smooth out the Watercolor Pencil I went over the flowers with the Blender Pen.

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The leaves were colored with the Blender Pen and the Shaded Spruce ink. The berries are colored in Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil and the Pussy Willows are colored in Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil. Finally, I added some more shading to the center of the blue flowers with the Night of Navy Watercolor Pencil.

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I added some “water” in the bowl with the Balmy Blue Watercolor Pencil.

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Punch out a label from the Just Jade CS with the Timeless Label Punch. Set aside. Adhere the Just Jade CS to the front of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base after you have used the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the Flowers for Every Season DSP to the Just Jade CS on the card front.

Adhere the Just Jade CS Timeless Label to the back of the sentiment label, slightly offset. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the watercolored bunch of flowers and the sentiment to the card front.

Add a bow tied from the Misty Moonlight In Color 1/4 inch Ribbon with a Glue Dot. I plan to make a new video on how to tie bows. I tried today, but it did not work out. Soon I hope.

Now for the Bling! The Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels are perfect as there are several colors to choose from. I added some light blue rhinestones to the blue flowers in the bunch of flowers, dark green around the sentiment and dark blue rhinestones on the Flowers For Every Season DSP. I love lots of Bling! There is more Bling to be had for this card!

Wink of Stella!! This glitter brush can add a light sparkle to your card! But how to start using it? It comes with a black ring between the two barrels. Remove the black ring and put the two barrels back together.

Squeeze the barrel where it says “PUSH” until a little glitter is seen. Brush onto a scrap paper to get the flow going and get a feel for how it works.

Brush the glitter onto the water until you like the sparkle!

And Viola! you have a lovely floral card to send to someone for their Birthday! You could also use a different sentiment for any occasion. This card would be great for a variety of occasions!

Thanks for being here today. I appreciate 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!

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