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Posted on September 24, 2020

What is YOUR Biggest Cardmaking Challenge Part 2

Customer Q & A

Yesterday I answered one of the questions I most often receive from my email newsletter community. If you missed it, you can read my post by clicking here.

Today I wanted to touch on another great question:

Which Stampin' Up! ink should I use?

You can use any of our Classic Ink Pads on our Whisper White/Very Vanilla or any of our colored cardstock. If you stamp one color of ink on the same color of cardstock, you'll achieve a “watermark” or “tone on tone” look.

If you are using a water pen, brush, or a Blender Pen, you would need to use StazOn Jet Black ink as it is waterproof and will not bleed when adding water to your image.

To color with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers, you will want to use Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This is a fade resistant dye ink. You would also use this ink when stamping images (such as sentiments or greetings) which do not need to be colored.

I use Stampin' Blends on Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock. You will want to be sure to put something like a piece of chipboard or the backing that comes in our DSP packages under your project when coloring with these markers. The Blends do bleed through and you don't want to ruin your stamping surface!

Hope my “what is your biggest cardmaking challenge part 2” helped you today.

To order Stampin' Blends or any other papercrafting supplies, please visit my online store.

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Posted on September 23, 2020

What is YOUR Biggest Cardmaking Challenge

Customer Q & A

Hey Stampers! Hope you all are having a great week.

I put this question to my email newsletter community a few weeks ago and I wanted to share one of the most common challenges.

I never know which kind of Stampin' Up! paper I should use; can you help me decide?

I wanted to share my answer in case this might be something about which you have been wondering.

Our “core” cardstock is Whisper White and Very Vanilla. It is the same weight as our other “colored” cardstock, but it is milled to an ultrasmooth finish. (our medium envelopes are also ultrasmooth).

This milling process makes the cardstock lighter and thinner in physical weight and helps it to take to the ink very well. This cardstock is also great for coloring or watercoloring with Stampin' Write markers, watercolor pencils, or classic ink pads. Another paper I recommend is our Fluid 100 watercolor paper (149612) or our Shimmery White (101910) when using a lot of water. There will be less “pilling”.

Our colored cardstock is also great for card bases, layers, and die-cutting. This cardstock coordinates with all of our core colors and our In Color collections.

Our thick Whisper White and/or Very Vanilla cardstock is great for making card bases, especially when adding layers, embellishments, and ribbon. This cardstock also works very well for creating tags, boxes and scrapbook pages.

Our Designer Series Paper (DSP) is our lightest paper. It is best used for layers, decorating boxes, lining/making envelopes and using for paper piecing techniques. It works great in punches to create flowers and other embellishments.

I hope this helps! Tomorrow I'll be answering another question:

Which kind of Stampin' Up! ink should I use?

If there's a question that you'd like to ask, or you have a particular cardmaking challenge with which I might be able to help, please post here or feel free to send me a private email.

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Posted on September 15, 2020

Do You Like This Color Combination?

Customer Q & A

While this card doesn't have “traditional” fall colors, it does feature two of my favorite Stampin' Up! In Colors, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight. The stamping is done with the versatile set, Banner Year and uses the same color ink on top of the coordinating cardstock strip.

Sometimes I like to experiment with colors that aren't the typical choice for a particular season or holiday. How about you? Do you ever veer away from traditional “go to” colors?

Check in below by leaving me a comment. I'd love to get your thoughts!

Below are the supply list, measurements and instructions for my card share today. If you need anything to make this card or maybe some basic stamping supplies, just click on a picture below to go right to my online store. Thanks for popping in today!


  • Card Stock – Just Jade (153079); Misty Moonlight (153081); Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamps – Banner Year (153464)
  • Ink Pads – Just Jade (153115); Misty Moonlight (153118)
  • Misc. – Banners Pick a Punch (153608);  Fancy Tag Topper Punch (152711); Misty Moonlight ¼” Ribbon (153624); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Stampin Seal (152813);  (110755); Bone Folder (102300); Paper Snips (103579); Paper Trimmer (152392)


  • Whisper White: 8 ½” x 5 ½” scored at 4 ¼”
  • Whisper White: 3 ½” x 4 ¾”
  • Whisper White: 3 ¼” x 4 ½”
  • Whisper White: 2” x 3”
  • Just Jade: 3 pieces cut at ¾” x 3 ¼”
  • Just Jade: ½” x 3”
  • Misty Moonlight: 3 pieces cut at ¾” x 3 ¼”


  1. Fold the Whisper White card base in half on score line. Flatten fold with bone folder.
  2. Stamp the acorn and leaf image on the three ¾” strips of Just Jade card stock with Just Jade ink.
  3. Stamp the sprig image on the three ¾” strips of Misty Moonlight card stock using Misty Moonlight ink.
  4. Attach the strips onto the 3 ¼” x 4 ½” Whisper White card stock alternating the colors.
  5. Attach to 3 ½” x 4 ¾” Whisper White card stock and then to the card base using four Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Place 2” x 3” Whisper White card stock in the tag topper punch and create a tag. Stamp a squirrel on the tag using Misty Moonlight ink.
  7. Fold 4” of ribbon in half and feed through the tag and through the loop. Gently tighten the ribbon.
  8. Attach to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  9. Add three rhinestone jewels to the card.
  10. Place the ½” x 3” Just Jade card stock in the Banners Pick a Punch and punch both ends. Stamp the sentiment with Just Jade ink. Attach to the tag with Stampin Dimensionals.

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