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Posted on January 30, 2019

Stampin’ Up! Nine Lives Stamp Set

Big Shot/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Welcome! How many cat lovers do I have popping by today? My share is a whimsical Calypso Coral card, using Stampin' Up!'s new Nine Lives stamp set. Don't worry, if you're more of a dog lover, tomorrow's post will have you covered! 🙂

Stampin' Up! Nine Lives Stamp Set

This stamp set has some adorable images as well as several coordinating sentiments.

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/148703/nine-lives-photopolymer-stamp-set

If you'd like to create today's share, here are the instructions and measurements. I've also included product numbers for easy ordering at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Nine Lives (148703)
  • Cardstock: Calypso Coral (122925), Whisper White (100730)
  • Ink and Coloring: Classic Stampin’ Pad in Calypso Coral (147101) and Basic Gray (149165), Stampin’ Blends Calypso Coral Dark (144044)
  • Miscellaneous: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies (148551), Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (148533), Cat Punch (144666), Heart Epoxy Droplets (148583), Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush (141897), Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (149623 – Sale-A-Bration item free with a qualifying purchase), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White card base: 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” scored at 4-1/4” then folded in half and 2-1/2” x 4”
  • Calypso Coral: 3-3/4” x 5” and 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
  • Ribbon: 4”

 Instructions:

  1. Run card base through embossing folder so that lines of dots are vertical along the longer 5-1/2” direction. TIP: if you'd like a little more “definition” in your embossed cardstock, spritz it before running through the Big Shot.
  2. Using the 3-1/2” x 4-3/4” rectangle stitched die as a guide, stamp the yarn in opposing corners of the larger Calypso Coral piece of cardstock then die cut.
  3. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White with Basic Gray ink then die cut with the 2-1/4” x 3-1/2” rectangle aligning so sentiment ends about 3/8” from bottom.
  4. Stamp striped cat in Calypso Coral ink on Calypso Coral cardstock then stamp the outline over it with Basic Gray ink. Punch out with Cat Punch.
  5. Tie ribbon into small bow and trim ends with Paper Snips.
  6. Color over one of the Heart Epoxy Droplets with a Calypso Coral Dark Stampin’ Blends marker.
  7. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere all layers to one another as well as the cat.
  8. Place the colored Heart Epoxy Droplet onto the Whisper White cardstock so it nestles between the cat tail and cat shoulder as shown.

This stamp set will surely give you more than nine lives as you use it over and over to create cards for family and friends! If you'd like to add it to your collection, and also see the coordinating punch, click HERE.

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Posted on November 19, 2018

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects – 5 Remaining!

Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! I hope you've been getting my weekly email with a new free project tutorial delivered right to your inbox! These emails give you card, gift and other seasonal inspiration. If you haven't been getting these emails, you're probably not a subscriber to my email newsletter!

Don't worry, it's easy to fix that! Just put your name and email into the box at the top of the page and you'll be subscribed. As a thank you for subscribing, you'll get a video tutorial to make a Paper Cone Christmas ornament like these…

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects - 5 Remaining!

and each Wednesday, for the next five weeks, you'll get the last remaining “12 Weeks of Christmas” project tutorials.

As a subscriber, you'll also get other exclusive projects and offers that I don't share anywhere else. I hope you'll join!

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Posted on August 30, 2018

Make This Card in TEN Minutes or Less…REALLY!

Memories & More/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! SO glad you popped in today and I think you will be happy, too! What if I told you that you can make this card in TEN minutes or less…really! Sometimes don't you just want to make a card or two without getting out every product that you own and working for a couple of hours to make ONE card?! You know… easy…peasy…done! That's what I'm talking about!

Make This Card in TEN Minutes or Less...REALLY!

This card was made with FOUR products; well, five if you count the bone folder! And the ten minutes part? Yeah, that includes getting out your supplies! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Card Stock (CS) – Bermuda Bay (131197); Whisper White (100730)
  • Misc. – Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack (147035); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Here are the measurements and instructions:

Measurements:

  • Bermuda  Bay Card Stock:        4-1/4” x 11”, score in half at 5-1/2”
  • Whisper White Card Stock:      4” x 5-1/4”

Instructions:

  1. Crease the fold in the card base using a Bone Folder.
  2. Glue three 3” x 4” Tea Room cards onto the front of the card base.
  3. Glue the Whisper White CS onto the inside of the card base.

If you're not familiar with “Memories and More” by Stampin' Up!, this is our memory keeping (aka scrapbooking) line of products.  The card packs in our line are so versatile, like the ones I used in today's sample. I keep several sets in my craft room! Of course, if you like, you can add bling and ribbon to jazz things up!

If you'd like to order any of today's supplies, just click on any picture below. That's it for today; see you next time!

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Posted on August 14, 2018

On the Outside Looking In – Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Big Shot/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I know it's “technically” still summer but here in Texas kids are heading back to school and, for the last few days, our weather has been rainy and cool, like fall. Today's project uses fall colors and shows you a technique using framelits that gives you an “outside looking in” effect!

On the Outside Looking In - Blended Seasons Stamp Set On the Outside Looking In - Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Isn't this cool? Kind of like a “card inside a card” Here are the instructions if you'd like to try. Also, Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post to see a couple of reminders. I don't want you to miss out on a couple of things! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Blended Seasons (149019 Wood Mount, 149016 Clear Mount), Blended Seasons Bundle (149893 Wood Mount, 149894 Clear Mount)
  • Stamp Pads: Early Espresso (147114)
  • Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Early Espresso (119686)
  • Misc.: Stitched Season Framelits Dies (149013), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (149014), Blender Pen (102845), Crumb Cake 3/8” Classic Weave Ribbon (144162), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

 

Measurements:

  • Early Espresso:     5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Cherry Cobbler:    3 ¼” x 4 ½”
  • Crumb Cake:         2 ½” x 3 ½”

 

Instructions: (This card shows the inside of the card from the outside).

  1. Fold the Early Espresso card base in half. Stamp the leaf image in Early Espresso in each corner on the INSIDE of the card.
  2. Open the Early Espresso card, lay the largest frame die from the Stitched Seasons Framelits in the center of the card front (the part that does NOT have the leaves stamped on it). Cut out the frame with the Big Shot.
  3. Layer the Early Espresso frame on the inside of the card over the stamped leaf images using Dimensionals.
  4. Cut out a medium size label from Cherry Cobbler using the medium frame die from Stitched Seasons.
  5. Layer the Cherry Cobbler frame on to the Early Espresso frame using Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp the words “Thank You” in Early Espresso ink on the piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  7. In Early Espresso stamp a portion of the leaf stamp image below the word Thank You.
  8. Cut out the greeting and leaves with the smallest frame from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.
  9. Color the leaves using the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry used here). Blend the coloring with the Blender Pen.
  10. Adhere the Crumb Cake frame on to the Cherry Cobbler frame using Dimensionals.
  11. Tie a bow with the Crumb Cake ribbon.
  12. Attach the ribbon with a mini glue dot.

Reminders:

  • Blended Seasons Bundle only available through the end of August OR while supplies last. ORDER NOW and I'll send you some PDF tutorials to give you extra ideas!
  • You can still earn $5.00 bonus coupons for every $50 product purchase, no limits! Earn these in August and redeem in September. Here's a PDF with the most common Q & A's: Bonus Days FAQ

 

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Posted on August 9, 2018

Join me tonight at 7:00 PM CST on Facebook LIVE!

Classes / Events/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! I hope you'll be able to join me tonight at 7:00 PM CST on Facebook LIVE! Why? It's Thursday so I thought a fun “Technique Thursday” would be in order! Several of you have been asking to learn (or re-learn) some new ways to make your handmade cards stand out! Tonight I'll be teaching the “spotlighting” technique, shown below.

Join me tonight at 7:00 PM CST on Facebook LIVE!

Our swap challenge this month was to make a tag using this technique. There is more than one way to do this and I'll be sharing a couple of ways tonight AND I'll be making this card. I colored my flowers using our new Stampin' Blends so I'll be giving you some tips for using this fabulous coloring tool as well.

Come and join the fun! Right here at 7:00 PM CST. (use link or sign into Facebook at 7:00 and search “stampmaven”).

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Posted on July 17, 2018

Green With Envy – Mossy Meadow Round Two!

Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! Today's project is a “Christmas in July” sample. I told you Mossy Meadow is one of my favorite new Stampin' Up! green colors so today I have Green With Envy – Mossy Meadow Round Two! As shown in today's project, when you “off stamp” you get a different shade of the original color.

Green With Envy - Mossy Meadow Round Two!

This technique really adds dimension to the card. Try this with different ink colors and you'll be amazed at the versatility of the results. It's like having three ink pads in one!

Here are the supplies, cutting dimensions and instructions.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSnowflake Sentiments (144820); Lovely As A Tree (127793)
  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650); Early Espresso Cardstock (119686)
  • Stamp Pads – Mossy Meadow Ink (147111); Balmy Blue Ink (147105); Early Espresso Ink (147114)
  • Misc. –Snail Adhesive (104332); Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897); Sponge Dauber (133773)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock 1:      8.5” x 5.5”                              Card Base
  • Card Stock 2:     4” x 5.25”                               Very Vanilla Card Front

Instructions:

  1. Fold the Early Espresso card stock in half creating your card base.
  2. Stamp the tree on your Very Vanilla card front so that the trees closest to you are stamped in full strength after inking and the trees further away are stamped again without reinking your stamp.
  3. Then using your sponge dauber and Balmy Blue ink, very lightly ink the top ¾ of card front, creating a sky effect.
  4. Then using your Wink of Stella brush, add glitter to the fully stamped trees to give the effect of glistening snow or ice. Also dab the brush randomly in the sky for snow flakes and sweep across the ground for snow.
  5. After the glitter has had a few moments to dry, stamp your sentiment in the top corner.
  6. Finally, adhere your card front to your card base. 

If you missed yesterday's project, you can see it here.

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Posted on July 13, 2018

Many Ways To Emboss – Two of my Favorites Today!

Online Stamp Club/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

I just love to emboss! It always adds such a beautiful dimension to my handmade cards. Did you know there are tons of different ways to emboss? Watch this short video below that shows Brandi, from the Stampin' Up! Home Office, demonstrating a faux metal embossing technique.

Doesn't that look like fun? Ready to see another embossing technique?

Here's a video of me demonstrating another embossing technique, embossed foil. This was a card I did with my stamp clubs and it was a big hit.

If you're ready to give embossing a try but need a little more instruction or tips, please reach out!

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Posted on June 25, 2018

A 10 Minute Project Using Varied Vases Stamp Set

Product Information/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! Today I'm sharing a 10 Minute Project Using Varied Vases Stamp Set. You can even use this layout, but change up the stamp set and colors to use whatever products you have in your inventory. Why not invite a couple of friends over to stamp, start an assembly line and make up a bunch of these for all of you?

A 10 Minute Project Using Varied Vases Stamp Set

In case you find yourself in a shopping mood, I've included the supplies, measurements and instructions below, along with clickable links to my online store! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Varied Vases bundle – stamp set & punch (148381)
  • Card Stock: Thick Whisper White (140272), Pool Party (122924), Grapefruit Grove (146972) Merry Merlot (146979)
  • Ink: Pool Party (147107), Grapefruit Grove (147142), Merry Merlot (147112)
  • Other: Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Clear Rhinestones (144220), Acrylic Blocks: A (118487), B (117147), G (118489) and H (118490), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), SNAIL adhesive (104332)

Measurements:

  • Thick Very Vanilla: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, 2 1/2” x 3 1/4”, scrap
  • Pool Party & Grapefruit Grove: 4” x 5 1/4
  • Merry Merlot: 2 3/4” x 3 1/2”

Instructions:

  1. Cut the Pool Party and Grapefruit Grove pieces of cardstock at an angle by setting opposite corners over the cutting mat on your Stampin’ Trimmer.
  2. Attach one of each of the triangles of cardstock as shown.
  3. Using Merry Merlot ink, stamp the vase and flowers onto the layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  4. Using Pool Party ink, fill in the vase.
  5. Using Grapefruit Grove ink, stamp the solid part of the flowers.
  6. Attach this layer to the Merry Merlot cardstock and then to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Using Merry Merlot ink, stamp the greeting onto the scrap of Whisper White. Trim if necessary and attach to the card by placing a Stampin’ Dimensional on the left where it attaches onto the Pool Party cardstock. Regular SNAIL adhesive can be placed on the rest of the piece.
  8. Add a Clear Rhinestone as shown.

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Posted on June 21, 2018

My Video Tutorial Library

Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

Happy Friday Eve! I just love saying that; only one more work day and then it's “stamp 'till you cramp” time! 🙂 Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite technique videos from my video tutorial library on You Tube.

If you haven't subscribed to my channel, I have lots of helpful free videos for you to watch. Enjoy!

 

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Posted on June 19, 2018

Tuesday Tip – Simply Shammy

Product Information/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I have a stamp cleaning tip to share with you today; Simply Shammy! This new little gem is tucked away on page 206 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/product/147042/simply-shammy

This reusable stamp cleaning cloth makes cleaning your stamps effortless! And, at only $8.00, you can have one for yourself and treat your best stamping buddy to one, too!

Our quarterly demonstrator magazine has lots of great info about this new product and I wanted to share it with you today. This magazine is full of so much great product information, samples, and projects to CASE, it's one of my favorite things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator….I get one in my mailbox every three months!

Tuesday Tip - Simply Shammy

If you have any questions on other products in the new catalog, I'm only a click away! I'd love to help you! 🙂

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Posted on May 31, 2018

Stamper’s Secret Weapon Available Tomorrow!

Announcements/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers? Were you able to pre-order your Stamparatus? If not, no worries. This Stamper's secret weapon is available tomorrow! The 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog goes “live” and is filled with awesome new products, including this fantastic stamp positioning tool. I might be a little biased but I truly believe this is a tool that will make you a better stamper. I've been stamping for over 15 years and this tool is now one that I cannot live without. I'm sure once you've learned more about it, you'll want to add it to your crafting bag of goodies, too!

Stamper's Secret Weapon Available Tomorrow! Stamper's Secret Weapon Available Tomorrow!

Why do YOU need a Stamparatus?  You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it.

•Make multiples with ease
•Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
•If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and re-stamp – in exactly the same spot
•Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
•Easily create 2 step, 3 step, and 4 step stamping images using multi-sided plates
•Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

And, in case you were wondering, YES, it is like a Misty – but it’s so much more! The size of the Stamparatus is in between the small and large Misty . But, unlike the Misty, it’s open on two sides, allowing you to stamp on as large a piece of cardstock as you like. This was a big selling point for me, along with the acrylic pads being hinged and adjustable.

I've also compiled some tips and techniques for using this “must have” stamping tool. Just click below and save to your computer for future reference.

STAMPARATUS TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FROM THE STAMPMAVEN

Questions? Feel free to email or call (214-293-4461) me.

 

 

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Posted on March 25, 2018

Stand Up Card Using Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes/ stand up star card/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Good Sunday evening Stampers! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I sure did.  Had a wonderful card class on Saturday and the hostess received over $168 in free Stampin' Up! products; she was quite happy! One of our projects was a really cool star card that stands up. I just recreated this on a Facebook LIVE session where I made a Stand Up Star Card Using Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.

Stand Up Star Card Using Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

At my class the ladies thought this was going to be so difficult to make; but, it is actually so easy!

I used Peekabo Peach for the base. This is one of the 2018-2018 retiring In Colors. If you just love any of the colors in that collection, I encourage you to go ahead and stock up on cardstock and ink refills; I'll guarantee you they will disappear once the retiring product list appears in April. The envelope paper I used is actually a sheet from an old retired package but I just wanted to show you that the card easily fits inside.

Click here to see my Facebook video and I have the measurements below.

MEASUREMENTS:

One piece of any color of solid cardstock cut to 5″ x 6″ and scored down the middle (at 3″); this will form the card base that will stand up. You will cut off each side to create 2 triangles (I explain this in the video).

One piece of Designer Series Paper cut to 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and then cut in half. 2 of these will be adhered to the base and the other two pieces will be adhered to the smaller triangle pieces.

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Posted on March 19, 2018

A Mother’s Flair Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Happy Monday Stampers! Did you all have fun this weekend? I hope so! We all need some time to just relax, kick off our shoes, and have FUN! I spent time with two different groups stamping and creating. My batteries are totally recharged. My project share for you today is A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day! Yes, I know Mother's Day is two months away. But, I know how we all procrastinate; let's get started on our cards early. This card is perfect for any special lady in your life!

A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!

This card uses Petal Passion Designer Series Paper from our Occasions Catalog. This black and white patterned paper is awesome because you can use it as is, right out of the package. Or, add a bit of color as in today's project!

We have lots of DSP from which to choose.Watch this short video on the packs of DSP available in Stampin' Up!'s 2018 Occasions Catalog Designer Series Paper. Our DSP is so versatile and a great value. You get 12 double-sided sheets in each package and the colors are always on trend!

You can use our DSP for card fronts as in today's project, or just use a small piece to accent your projects as shown in these samples:

A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!

 

Here are the instructions for today's project using A Mother's Flair stamp set. If you need any supplies, click here. Questions? Email me and I'll be glad to help!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets A Mother’s Flair (145902-w, 145905-c)
  • Card Stock – Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Basic Black (121045); Whisper White (100730); Berry Burst (144243)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival Ink (140931)
  • Misc. – Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) (145589); 2017 – 2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033); Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (144191); 1½” Circle Punch (138299); 1¾” Circle Punch (119850); Big Shot (143263); Layering Oval Framelits (141706); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Basic Black Card Stock:                        4¼” x 11”
  • Lemon Lime Twist Card Stock:            4” x 5¼”
  • Whisper White Card Stock:      4” x 5¼”; 4¼” x 5½” scrap
  • Berry Burst Card Stock:                        4¼” x 5½” scrap
  • Petal Passion DSP:                               3¾” x 5”
  • Berry Burst Ribbon:                               8” – 10”

Instructions:

  1. Color Petal Passion DSP with Lemon Lime Twist Marker.
  2. Adhere Petal Passion DSP to Lemon Lime Twist card stock.
  3. Add a line of adhesive on the left side of the DSP; fold the ribbon along the adhesive line and adhere the ends on the back.
  4. Adhere to the card base.
  5. Stamp the shoe and sentiment with Basic Black on Whisper White card stock.
  6. Color the flower with Berry Burst Marker.
  7. Punch the sentiment with 1½” Circle Punch; die cut the shoe with the Layering Oval Framelits.
  8. Using Berry Burst card stock, die cut scallop oval and punch 1¾” Circle.
  9. Adhere layers together.
  10. Adhere stamped assemblies to card with dimensionals.
  11. Add Whisper White piece to the inside of the card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on March 4, 2018

Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hi stampers! Today's project is a Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style! I saw this idea from UK Demo Monica Gale and changed it up to make it my own.

Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style

https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/product/145653/lots-to-love-box-framelits-dies

Aren't these fun? I did a Facebook LIVE today and you can see how I made these cute little critters.

The Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies are in our current Occasions catalog. Don't forget, you can still get free Sale-A-Bration products until March 31 when you spend at least $50…and there's no limit on how many free gifts you can earn!

Now is also a great time to check out all the benefits of joining the Stampin' Up! family; there is an extra perk of any two stamp sets out of any of our catalogs as an extra freebie.

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Posted on March 3, 2018

Same Stampin’ Blends Different Look – Coloring Techniques

Stampin' Blends/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Same Stampin' Blends Different Look – Coloring TechniquesHappy Saturday Stampers! I've been working on samples today that show some coloring techniques and tips using Stampin' Up!'s Alcohol Markers, Stampin' Blends.

Same Stampin' Blends Different Look - Coloring Techniques

Both samples were done with light and dark Blends in Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. The one on the right was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and the one on the left with Sahara Sand. Notice the subtle difference? The Sahara Sand is a more fibrous cardstock so the ink in the markers soaks in a bit more. The colors also look darker, even though I colored both images in the same manner. I like to start with the lighter color first and the lay down my darker shade when I want more contrast. You could easily do it the opposite way if you prefer.

Take a look at my video on Facebook and you'll see a few more tips.

If you need any supplies, including the Stampin' Blends, you can purchase them at my online store.

Now, off for a walk to enjoy the sun!

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