- You can add just the right amount of color where you need it using either the brush tip or fine-point.
- Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
- Stampin' Up! has done lots of in-house testing for evaporation and life of the markers and is very happy with the test results.
- The lid seals in a special way to prevent air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
Hey friends! How has your week been going? Mine has been very full with work, stamp clubs, crafting swap and family! We all lead such busy lives that we need to save time wherever we can. I think today's Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Punch Fix will do just that!
I'm very fortunate to have a husband who helps me in my stamping business. He helps me prepare for classes, bakes food for events and even records tool videos!
I have to say the most popular tool video so far has been the one where he teaches how to fix a broken punch. Do you ever have trouble with your punches getting stuck or even getting dull? Dave will take you step by step and, chances are, after following along with the video, you'll be able to fix your punch!
AND, instead of spending money on a new punch, you'll be able to buy a new stamp set, perhaps a new color of ink, or maybe some fun embellishments!
If you haven't seen all the amazing new products in our Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, check them out now!
If you have time, why not watch the video now. If you're in a hurry, bookmark the page and watch at your leisure!
Dave also has a video showing you how to repair the older, whale tail punches. You can find that one on my You Tube Channel. We're recording new videos all the time, so be sure to subscribe to my channel so you'll always see the latest ones!
Thanks for popping in today and I hope today's Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Punch Fix was helpful!
Magical Mermaid Stampin' Up! Style
Hey stampers! In keeping with yesterday's “weather related” post, today's project features a Magical Mermaid!
When my middle granddaughter was very young I used to tell her we had mermaids visit our swimming pool after we had all gone to bed. She was always asking if we could go down and see them. Now she's older and wiser and just rolls her eyes when I mention it!
If you love to color, this card is totally up your alley. The “smooshing” technique makes such a fun effect and the Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter lets you easily color in the mermaid. Not familiar with the Aqua Painter coloring tool?
This nifty tool looks like a paint brush, but the handle holds water. When you squeeze the handle, water runs into the brush tip. You simply unscrew the brush, add water into the handle, replace the brush and start coloring! Easy Peasy!
Instructions, including supplies and measurements, follow. You can order the stamp set or any other supplies you might need to make your own Magical Mermaid Stampin' Up! Style card 24/7 at my online store. While you're shopping, be sure to add adhesive or envelopes if you're running low. Those are things I always forget!
- Stamp Sets – Magical Mermaid (144017; Timeless Textures (140517)
- Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Basic Black (121045); Watercolor Paper (122959)
- Stamp Pads – Lemon Lime Twist (144086); Berry Burst (144083); Powder Pink (144084); Bermuda Bay (131171); Elegant Eggplant (126969); Crumb Cake (126975); Soft Suede (126978); Versamark (102283); Black Archival Stampin’ Ink (140931)
- Misc. – Window Sheets (142314); Embossing Buddy (103083); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132); Heat Tool (129053); Pretty Label Punch (143715); Aqua Painters (103954); Stampin’ Spritzers (126185); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Paper Snips (103579)
- Whisper White: 4 1/4″ x 11” (scored at 5 1/2″)
- Basic Black: 4” x 5 1/4”, 2” x 3”
- Watercolor Paper: 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”, 2” x 4 1/2″
- Rub the Embossing Buddy over the Watercolor Paper mat. Using Vermark ink stamp the flourish from Timeless Textures in various places on the mat. Cover with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and set with the Heat Tool. NOTE: It may be difficult to see where you are stamping so it might be beneficial to stamp a few flourishes, add the Embossing Powder and then do a few more until finished.
- Use a Stampin’ Spritzer to wet the Watercolor Paper.
- Take a 2” x 4” piece of Window Sheet and “smoosh” it in one of your ink pads (shown here are Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Elegant Eggplant) and then Spritz it with a little water. Take the colored Window Sheet and “smoosh” it onto the Watercolor Paper. Clean the Window Sheet and do the same thing with the other ink colors until you are satisfied with the look of the Watercolor Paper art piece.
- Rub the Embossing Buddy on the smallest piece of Basic Black and use Vermark ink stamp the sentiment and cover with White Embossing Powder and punch out with the Pretty Label Punch.
- Use Black Archival ink to stamp the Mermaid, allow to dry, and then color her using an Aqua Painter and ink. You can squeeze the stamp pad to get some ink into the lid and pick up the color from there. Shown here is Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay on the tail, Powder Pink on the body, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for the hair. Use Paper Snips to cut her out.
- Use SNAIL to attach the mats onto the card base and then add the sentiment and the Mermaid with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Hope you enjoyed today's Magical Mermaid Stampin' Up! Style. If you missed any of this week's posts, start here to see them all.
Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Ink Pads
Hey stampers! I'm back with another tip to help you get the most out of your crafting supplies. Today I'll be sharing a couple of ideas for your ink pads.
You might be someone who buys every color of ink pad ever made by Stampin' Up! That would be me, which is why I became a demonstrator That's another conversation we can have if you have any interest. Give me a shout and we'll chat.
Back to ink pads. Notice in the photos above there are 2 shades of ink in each sample. In each example only one color of ink is used. Rose Red in the first, Early Espresso in the second and Pear Pizzazz in the third. Each Stampin' Up! Ink Pad can actually give you three different shades of ink, dark, medium, and light. The name for this is repetition stamping.
In repetition stamping, the image is stamped repeatedly without re-inking your stamp. The first stamp will be the darkest, then a little lighter and the third repetition will be the lightest. Repetition stamping allows you to create some really cool effects, using one color alone. I always keep a piece of grid paper on my stamping table so that I can “stamp off” onto that paper when I need just the lightest shade on my card. Of course, you can always use two or three different colors of inks to create shading effects if you prefer.
The second tip I have for you involves re-inking your pads. When you purchase an ink pad do you get the re-inker at the same time? No? Well, you are not alone, ha! I have so many customers who just buy the ink pad to save money. I totally get that; however, more times than not you will end up with a dry ink pad down the road. If you had the re-inker you could freshen it and get back to stamping. If you don't have one, you will either have to purchase a new inkpad OR purchase a re-inker which might be from a different dye lot and you'll end up with a different color. So my advice is to save yourself time and money, buy the re-inker! 🙂 Click here to go to my online store.
I hope you've found today's topic, Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Ink Pads, helpful. I'm here to help if you need anything!
I am loving the new Carols of Christmas Bundle and today I am sharing two Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek Inspiration Sheets to get your creative juices flowing. I am so excited that my customers can purchase this bundle now! Normally when Stampin' Up! releases a new seasonal catalog only demonstrators enjoy the perk of pre-ordering products. BUT, during the month of August, anyone and everyone can get this fabulous Christmas bundle which will make its appearance in our Holiday Catalog being released on September 1.
When you order this bundle now, you'll have plenty of time to finish your holiday cards before the hustle and bustle of this busy season arrives! These cards showcase totally different styles to highlight the versatility of this bundle.
The first card uses several touches of gold to provide elegance and shimmer. The second card uses a more traditional red and green color combo. I paired one of my favorite reds, Cherry Cobbler, with one of our new 2017-2019 In Colors, Tranquil Tide. This card also has touches of gold in the ribbon and gold foil acetate layer.
You can find supplies, measurements and instructions for both of these cards below. It's so easy to order these products; just click on any picture following the card instructions.
Merry Christmas Card
- Stamp Sets – Carols of Christmas Bundle (146037); Star of Light (142110)
- Card Stock – Thick Very Vanilla (144237); Wild Wasabi (108641)
- Stamp Pads – Versamark Ink (102283)
- Misc. – Gold Foil Paper132622; Card Front Builder (part of the bundle)(144674); Foam Adhesive Strips (141825); Gold Embossing Powder (109129); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Heat Tool (129053)
- Thick Very Vanilla: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” 4” x 5 1/4”
- Gold Foil: 4” x 5 1/4” scraps for deer
- Wild Wasabi: 3” x 4” scraps (banner)
- Use your Vanilla Mat to use the frame builder part to make the edges around your card. Make sure to line up at the top so it’s square but as close as you can so they both fit. Turn and do the other end.
- Cut out trees in Wild Wasabi. You’ll need two of the double tree and one of the single tree.
- Cut out two deer using the Gold Foil
- I used the swirl image from Star of Light set and Versamark across the trees and sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with my Heat Tool.
- Add trees and deer to the card using Tombo Multi Glue
- I stamped the Merry Christmas from Star of Light in Versamark after I build my card so I could see where to add the sentiment
- I added a few Stars from the Carols of Christmas Set and embossed in gold as well.
- I attached the Thick decorated Mat to the gold mat and made sure it was straight. Then attached to the card using the Foam Strips.
Deck the Halls Card
- Stamp Set – Carols of Christmas (w-144801, c-144804)
- Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler (119685), Very Vanilla (101650), Tranquil Tide (144246)
- Stamp Pads – Cherry Cobbler (126966); Tranquil Tide (144085)
- Misc. – 3/8” Metallic-Edge Ribbon Gold (144146), Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (141653), SNAIL Adhesive (104331)
- Cherry Cobbler: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
- Tranquil Tide: 5 ½” x 2 ¼”, 2 5/8” x 4 1/8”
- Very Vanilla: 2 ½” x 4”
- Foil Acetate piece: 3” x 5 ½”
- Ribbon: 6 ½” piece
- Fold Cherry Cobbler Cardstock in half to create card base.
- Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp “Deck the Halls” on Very Vanilla piece and layer onto Tranquil Tide mat piece.
- Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp small flower and small dots on each side of sentiment. Using Tranquil Tide ink, stamp 2 sets of leaves around flower on each side of sentiment.
- Using SNAIL, adhere the foil acetate to card base. Be sure to run your SNAIL in the middle of the piece so once you put the next layer on top the SNAIL will not show through.
- Using SNAIL, attach ribbon to the long Tranquil Tide piece and attach to card base, on top of foil acetate.
- Attach stamped sentiment unit to card base.
Don't forget about a service I offer every year for the holidays. I will help you design your holiday cards and we'll start with a complimentary one hour design session (in person if you live near me, or on the phone or via skype if you live away) to help you figure out exactly what type of card you would like. Sometimes it just takes verbalizing your thoughts and ideas with someone else to put it all into perspective. I'd love to help you achieve the perfect card so please do email me and let's get the ball rolling!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you've enjoyed my Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek Inspiration Sheets!