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A Stand Up Card for a Stand Up Friend

Hee Hee! I couldn’t resist making this card into an easel card.

Stamp set: Painted Poppies, The Gang’s All Meer (SAB)

Ink: Gray Granite, Gray Granite marker, Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black marker

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Fluid 100 Watercolor paper

Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly dies, Rectangles stitched dies, Aqua painter

I wasn’t originally intending to make this an easel card. You could literally hear the brakes squealing as I quickly changed how I was going to make the card front. Really! I had the glue on the back of the whole front image, when I realized that an easel card would be perfect. Five minutes later, I had glue off the parts that would pop up, and I could continue putting together the card.

I didn’t add the inside stop for the easel yet, because I didn’t know for what kind of occasion this would be used. I did stamp the little dude that is sticking his head out of the ground. I could just add a strip next to him when needed.

This was a pretty fun project to color. I dabbed a bit of ink onto an acrylic block and used the Aqua Painter to quickly add color. I had to add squiggles and dots under the meerkat and lizard, to match the ground under the cactus. I used a Basic Black marker to draw in their pupils. The sky is a really dilute wash of Pool Party. I was surprised at how smoothly the color went down. Our old watercolor paper would have sucked it up quickly, making it splotchy. I didn’t have to pre-wet the paper, either.

I didn’t use Staz-on ink for my watercoloring, did you notice? I didn’t use a whole lot of water, so there wasn’t a lot of bleeding. (I like using Gray Granite for my outline stamping.)

I used two of the three lines in one of the sentiments from The Gang’s All Meer for my card. I used the Stamparatus to stamp one line at a time, so that I could get the two lines all together on one skinny strip. Love the combo of fonts, don’t you?

Did you notice? I used the blob stamp from Painted Poppies to make the background for my focal image. Tee Hee!

It’s way faster and easier to make a watercolor-like background than doing a watercolor wash.

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More Classic Blue with Poppies

I have another project for you combining Classic Blue (the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020) and poppies. I am starting to see why Stampin’ Up! decided to classify Night of Navy with the Neutrals collection.

Stamp: Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments

Ink: Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Peaceful Poppies DSP

Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly dies, From my Heart faceted gems

I really like the big blob stamp in the Painted Poppies stamp set. I thought I’d try out as the basis for a card background. I stamped around the perimeter of my main background layer, making sure I see the edges of the stamped images along the edges of the cardstock.

For the rest of the card front, I layered a piece of DSP onto a cardstock mat, and then onto a scalloped rectangle (largest size). Getting those measurements were a bit tricky. (Let’s see, DSP is 2-3/8 x 3-7/16, mat is 2-1/2 x 3-5/8. It’s better to start a bit larger than you need and trim down…)

I chose this particular pattern of DSP because of the predominant purple color. It is “close” to blue on the spectrum, so will coordinate. There is a little hint of red, so the green of the sentiment strip provides some coordination and contrast at the same time. The Real Red gem next to the sentiment also adds a bit of contrast.

On the inside, I kept it simple. I stamped the small flower/stem in Night of Navy.

Can you think of other ways to use the blob stamp?

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New Year Celebration with Lovely Lily Pad

Today is the last day in North America to order the Japan-exclusive stamp set New Year Celebration. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I wasn’t sure how to use some of the images, because they are not something I used all the time. (Or see all the time; I have searched on Google and have seen some of these images used on kimono fabric, fabric hangings, fans, etc.)

However, the “bamboo leaves” sparked a memory of something creative we have done as kids, and that led to how I used it on this card.

I thought it would be appropriate to combine it with the Lovely Lily Pad images (free! during Sale-a-bration).

Stamp: New Year Celebration (available until today), Lovely Lily Pad (SAB)

Ink: Shaded Spruce, Pool Party, Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Crumb Cake marker, Rococo Rose reinker, Frost White shimmer paint

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pool Party

Accessories: Lily Pad dies (SAB), Rectangled Stitched dies, Aqua painters

Did you see the bamboo that I created? It was really simple to do.

Using the brush end of your Stampin’ Write marker (I used Crumb Cake), make long strokes on your cardstock. It doesn’t have to go all the way across. Just stop where it’s comfortable. Add a mark across where you end (for the “seam” of the bamboo), then continue across the cardstock piece. You may need a 2-3 strokes for each section for the width you want. The variations in color give it natural shading. I love it! If you are not confident you can make straight strokes, just make them shorter. Then, when you are done with creating the stalks, stamp some leaves at the seams. Make sure that if you have more than one stalk, don’t put the seams in the same place. 🙂

The Lovely Lily Pad stamp set is one of the Reversibles style of stamps that Stampin’ Up! is creating. That means you can stamp the detail, flip the stamp, then stamp a solid design. Most are not designed to match exactly. Instead, they “coordinate”.

The lily pad is pretty symmetrical, so the reversible solid, while not perfect, looks pretty decent. For the water designs, I stuck with stamping the detail and reverse in different spots because they ARE different enough. I knew it would bug a little, so I wanted to avoid that feeling.

For the large lotus that I used, the reverse solid image definitely does NOT line up either. I opted to color it another way. It was largely an experiment, but I like how it turned out.

I used a plastic lid from a paper can, such as Pringles (mine was actually bread crumbs), as a palette. I combined two drops of glycerin, one drop of reinker, and Frost White shimmer paint (approximately the same volume as an ink drop). Stir to combine. The glycerin will help the mixture stay fluid and not dry out.

After letting the outline dry a bit, I used an Aqua painter to apply color with the above mixture. I used quick strokes and tried not to repeatedly apply color to the same section. Also, I tried to keep from using too much water. (If you see a lot of water, blot aggressively and start again.) I started my brush stroke at the bottom of the petal and flicked toward the tips. I have seen pictures in which the lotus petals are white at the tips, and I was going for the same effect. I like the sparkles. Definitely a quick way to get cool color.

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Purple Floral Z-fold Card

Once again, Rachel Tessman designed a neat looking z-fold card. I took her idea and made a few tweaks of my own.

Stamp: Dressed to Impress, Beautiful Friendship

Ink: Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Purple Posy, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Best Dressed DSP

Accessories: Painted Labels dies, Leaf punch, Everyday Label punch, Glitter enamel dots

Here is the card when it is opened:

Pretty neat little design. As I have it designed, though, it doesn’t give much room to write a note! You either have to change out the paler DSP panel, or write on the back.

To make sure the sentiment goes where I want it, I put the mat down first.

Just make sure the glue goes on the left side only!

Since Rachel did something slightly different, here are the measurements of what I used:

  • Card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2-1/4″, 5-1/2″
  • DSP 1: 4″ x 4-1/4″, cut into 4″ x 2″, 4″ x 2-1/4″ (for continuity)
  • DSP 2: 4″ x 3″
  • Whisper White: 4″ x 2-7/8″

If you wanted to get more mileage out of your DSP, you could do the following instead (I haven’t tried it; so if you try it and it doesn’t work, let me know so I can update!)

  • Card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2″, 5-1/2″
  • DSP 1: 4″ x 3-3/4″, cut into 4″ x 1-3/4″, 4″ x 2″ (for continuity)
  • DSP 2: 4″ x 3-1/4″
  • Whisper White: 4″ x 3-1/8″


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Building a Scene with Painted Poppies + Offer

With a little support from Snow Front.

This card really came to be out of an experiment to color the leaves in the Painted Poppies stamp set. I don’t think you would recognize elements from the stamp set. The only recognizable image is the set of tree trunks from Snow Front. The result was super cool, and I am excited to share with you today.

Stamp set: Painted Poppies, Snow Front (still available!)

Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Gray Granite

Paper: Whisper White, Gray Granite

Accessories: Stamp dauber

Here is the inside, which I think would work really well on a mini card (3×3).

I started with the large “blob” stamp. Ink in Pear Pizzazz, and partially stamp along the bottom of Whisper White. I stamped four times, rotating each time. This forms our ground.

Next, ink up the big splatter stamp. I tried to use the more openly spaced splatter portions, so I don’t overwhelm the “ground”. Stamp randomly along the green with different colors. This forms the wildflowers.

Stamp the cluster of tree trunks from Snow front on a section of grass. Use the smaller splatter stamp to add color to represent the leaves on the trees. Feel free to use second and third generation stamping as well, to add depth to the color of the leaves.

To create the “clouds” took a bit of experimenting. I thought I could use the rock-and-roll technique to add color to the edge of the large blob stamp, to stamp the edge with the nice contours. Turns out that there was a harsh edge to the ink. Instead, I used a sponge dauber to add color along one section, then stamp to add a nice fluffy shape. Resist the urge to stamp again! In between stamping a new edge, I twisted the stamp on my grid paper to rid the stamp of residual ink. Otherwise, you will get ghost images of a previously stamped edge.

Continue with dabbing, stamping, and scrubbing until you get one layer of clouds. Then, move onto the next layer, and stamping off before stamping to get the second generation of ink. (hope that all makes sense!)

The only reason I added the clouds was to fill out the empty space at the top of the card. Alternatively, you could use the small or large splatter stamps to fill in with color. I just thought of that as I am typing this up, so I’ll have to run off to see how that turns out.

Stuck with me so far? I have been playing with the Painted Poppies set for a bit, to see what kind of cards you can make with it. I also wanted to start with something that would fulfill the simple stamping concept, but have ways that the same design could be stepped up. I am in the middle of writing it all up, and thought I would try something new with it.

For anyone who orders the Painted Poppies stamp set, I will email you a PDF with instructions for these projects. These are projects that I haven’t shared on my blog.

If you order both the Painted Poppies stamp set AND the Peaceful Moments stamp set (which I use on my projects) OR you order the Painted Poppies bundle, I will also send a kit to make 2 each of the base cards (a total of 6 card kits).

If you also use the Host Code posted to the right, I will also send you your choice of the From My Heart faceted gems or Champagne rhinestone basic jewels, both of which I use in my projects.

If you use the Host Code AND order both bundles, I will send you both embellishments in addition to the project PDF.

Note that the purchase of each bundle will qualify your for a free Sale-a-bration item.

This is an offer through me only, and open to US residents only. The embellishments will be sent to you separately from your order. Note: if you are listed as “No Contact”, I cannot send you the PDF or free items, so do please check your account settings. Offer good through May 31, 2020.