Series | Stretching Supplies

Ink Layering – Stretching Your Stamps, Day 2

August 11, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here!  This is the second post in my Mini Series about stretching your background stamps.  My challenge is to use the Modern Damask background in several different ways to get lots of mileage from one stamp.  This card is very simple, and doesn’t need tons of supplies.

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement  Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped my background stamp in Lawn Fawn’s Yeti ink on white cardstock.  This is a white pigment ink, and a great tool to have in your crafty stash.  Hero Arts and Ranger have great ones, too.

You can let the panel dry overnight, or speed up the process with a heat tool.  I got this idea from Jennifer Mcguire, and if you haven’t seen her website, you’re missing out!  When she did this card, she used the Jumbo Stripes stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. But it’s still on my wish list, so I needed something else.

I went through my stamps, and found the Petals and Pallets stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I mounted the stamp upside down in my stamp positioner, at an angle.  Next I inked it up with All That Jazz ink from Catherine Pooler Designs, which is a dye ink.  Any dye ink would work for this, so use what you have.

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement  Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

I used the grid paper to keep the panel straight while I stamped my stripes, and shifted the paper around.  Don’t forget to clean the stamp after every use, because it picks up the pigment ink, and you don’t want to contaminate your dye ink pad.  And the pigment ink partially resists the dye ink, so you can still see the pattern.  After I finished the first layer of stripes, I decided I wanted more color.  So I lined up the paper again, and stamped between the first layer of stripes.  Now it looks like there are 3 or four different colors of ink, but I only used 2.  So cool!

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

This sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Thankful Heart stamp set.  My sons had VBS a few weeks ago, and they wanted to give homemade cards to all of their teachers.  They used up most of my thank you cards, so I’m rebuilding my stash before the holidays get here.  I stamped on vellum with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.

The challenge with vellum is hiding the adhesive.  I took my sentiment out to the garage, and misted the back with a light layer of spray adhesive.  Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area.  I added my sentiment to my background, and finished up with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Have you tried this technique before?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back next week with more ways to use this stamp!

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Rainbow Stamping – Stretching Your Stamps, Day 1

August 8, 2017

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’ve stopped by.  This is the first day of my new Mini Series, all about background stamps.  My challenge is to use the same stamp in 3 different ways, and show how versatile they can be.  For the whole series, I’ll be using the Modern Damask background stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Today, I’m doing rainbow stamping.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, you need lots of ink colors.  This Paintbox by ColorBox is perfect.  The colors are designed to work together, and they can be used individually by removing them from the tray.  If you don’t have this set, use whatever you have.  Many companies have ink cube sets, and they would work great for this card.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

You need a stamp positioner like the MISTI for this card.  I’m using my homemade version, and you can see I’ve positioned the stamp about 1/2″ from the edges, because I can’t stamp all the way into the corner.  I put a line of tape runner on the back of my panel, but use any temporary adhesive you have.  This keeps the paper from shifting around, since I’ll be stamping several times.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I applied the pink ink diagonally to the corner of the stamp.  Next I used a paper towel to wipe off a bit of the ink where it will meet the next color, to get rid of any hard edges.  Then I stamped it onto the white cardstock.  I cleaned my stamp well, so the leftover ink wouldn’t contaminate my orange ink pad.  When I added the orange ink to the stamp, I let it overlap with the pink slightly, and wiped off where it met the pink and yellow before stamping.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Here’s my finished panel.  I trimmed it down slightly and I ended up with 2 panels that are each 2″ x 5 1/2.”

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Now I’m ready to work on my sentiment, using the Say It Thanks die from Technique Tuesday.  I die cut the word from white cardstock, and the shadow from black.  I glued them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and stacked acrylic blocks on the die cuts until the glue dried.  You can use any liquid adhesive you have on hand, but the best thing about this one is that it dries completely clear and with a matte finish, so if any glue oozes out, no one will see it.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I added a blue mat behind my panel, cut to 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2.”   Then I attached the pieces to my card base with tape runner.  I’m using a T square to make sure my sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp’s Thankful Heart stamp set), is straight.  The T square is an inexpensive tool – I got mine for less than five dollars – and it’s great for lining up sentiments, embellishments, dies, and pretty much everything else.  Can you tell I like it?

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I added my die cuts with foam tape, and a few Clear Iridescent jewels from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards to finish the cards.  How do you use background stamps?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!

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Dresser Baby Card – Baby, Day 2

June 23, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of my Baby Mini Series!  This card has a lot going on, and it looks complicated, but it’s actually pretty easy.  It would be perfect for a baby coming home from the hospital, or for a baby shower.  Let’s start with the background.


This is a 5 x 7 card, so the Modern Damask background stamp from Catherine Pooler isn’t large enough to fill the whole panel.  But I stamped it with Versamark, and heat embossed it in silver.  Then I added a strip of white paper to make a chair rail, and now it looks like wallpaper on the top.  Let’s add some furniture.


This die is called Grand Madison Window, from Poppy Stamps.  I did some partial die cutting to just cut the trim at the top of the window.  Then I used my paper trimmer to cut the sides straight down.  If you don’t have this die, you can just cut the paper to any width you choose, then add a narrow strip of paper to the top for some trim, like this card here. This was my inspiration, but I wanted something smaller.


I used my paper trimmer to cut 3 drawer fronts, each 2 5/8 x 1.  Then I used my T-ruler to measure in 1/2″ from either end and mark it lightly with a pencil.  I grabbed one of my most used scrapbook tools – a large safety pin – to poke a hole through the drawer front at the mark I made.  Then I erased the pencil marks.  I have a rubber mat under my paper so I can poke through the paper without creasing it.  A mouse pad would also work for this.

I’m using small brads for drawer pulls, and I poked holes first with the pin so they would be straight.  I’m pushing them through, and folding them open on the back.


I temporarily attached each drawer front to the dresser, so I could get the spacing right, and drew a line under each drawer.  Then I removed them, and used a Nesting Square die from Darice to cut out the space in the bottom. It makes it look like real furniture!  If you don’t have these dies, many companies have fancy label or frame dies that will work.


I added the dresser to the background with tape runner, and popped up the drawers with foam tape.  I’m using these cute stickers from Recollections for embellishments.  I cut a few stickers at an angle to make them stick out of the drawers.  Lots of companies make stamps of baby clothes, and they’re definitely on my wish list.   Those would work great for this card, and you can match it to the baby’s room.

For the sentiment, I stamped Justrite’s  Large Fancy Sentiments to stamp “Welcome Home” on a scrap of pink cardstock.  Then I added more scraps of black and pink cardstock behind it to make it stand out.  But it still needed something.  I finally stamped the sentiment again in Versamark, slightly offset from the first, and heat embossed it in silver.  And that completes my baby card.  Would you make a card like this?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another post in this series.  Thanks for coming by!

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Pregnancy Card – Baby, Day 1

June 20, 2017

Hey, thanks for coming by!  It’s time for another Mini Series, all about babies.  This is one of my favorite occasions for making cards, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this.  If you changed the sentiment to, “We’re expecting,” this would make a great announcement too. I found this idea here, but I wanted something a little more feminine.

Here’s what I used for my card.  I’ve got a white card base that’s 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″,  two pieces of patterned cardstock cut to 4″ by 5 1/4″, and 2 circle dies from Darice.  If you don’t have dies, this is easy to create without them.  You can cut the paper to size with a paper trimmer, and there are tons of things around the house that you could use for the circles.  I have a salt shaker and a glass that would work perfectly.


I laid the larger die on the edge of the paper, and ran it through the Big Kick.  Then I switched circles and ran it through again.  I heat embossed a Hero Arts Congrats sentiment in white.  I tried to stamp, “we’re so happy for you” underneath, but it didn’t stamp evenly.  Oops!


Fortunately, this mistake was easy to cover up.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  I added Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive on the back of the words, and attached it to the panel.  Then I trimmed off some of the strip and folded it to the back, and glued it down.  I’ve got acrylic blocks weighing it down until it dries.


Where the circles meet, I marked it with a pencil.  I added a piece of white ribbon over the line.  I folded the strip around the back, and glued it down.  Last, I added foam tape to the back of the panel for some dimension.  I made sure to stick it all the way around so I have even support.

For a final touch, I attached a ribbon bow with hot melt glue.  Tying these tiny bows is much a challenge, unless you use this fork tutorial here.  And this simple card is complete.  You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I wanted to keep the focus on the silhouette.  Have you ever made a card like this?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!



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Cards | Series | Wedding

Mini Series – Wedding, Day 3

May 22, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here for my final post in the Wedding Mini Series! I’ve got a watercolor tutorial to share with you, and if you’re intimidated by watercolor, you’ll love this technique, because you have more control, and less mess.


I started with two Altenew stamp sets, Tulip and Garden Hydrangea. I only used the outline images, and I stamped the blossoms and leaves onto my watercolor paper with Versamark, and heat embossed them in white. Then I mounted the tulip stem onto my acrylic block, which has lines on it to help keep the design straight. After I stamped it and heat embossed it on the watercolor paper, I stamped it again onto Post It tape with black ink. Whatever ink you have works for this, you just need an image you can see to cut out. I used Black Soot Distress Ink because it’s easy to clean off my stamps.


The lines in the acrylic block make this part easy. I lifted just the top of the stem off of the block, and angled it to the side before stamping it again. First I stamped it onto the watercolor paper, then in black onto the Post It tape. Then I was able to bend the stamp in the other direction, and get a symmetrical look. Once I had 3 stems heat embossed, I cut out the Post It tape stems, and masked my images. This allowed me to go back in, and add 2 more stems between the others. I used the marks on the block so the second layer of stems would be halfway between the first ones.


Now we get to my favorite part, adding color! I dragged my Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink across my acrylic block, and used a Waterbrush to paint in my hydrangea. If you don’t have a Waterbrush, you can use a small paintbrush and water. Don’t worry about staying in the lines, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Once it’s colored in, mist it with water. I mixed Perfect Pearls with the water to give the flowers some shine, but that’s optional.  Spray the paper until the paint beads up, and let it dry.


For the second flower, I used Salty Ocean mixed with Blueprint Sketch. The third is Wilted Violet, and the last is Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch. I used Lucky Clover for the stems and leaves. As you spray the paper with water, the color moves around the design unevenly. When it dries, you get lots of variation in color, which makes it look like you spent a lot of time on it. Good trick, huh?


When my paper was dry, I cut out my pieces. Altenew has matching dies for these sets, but I don’t have them. I laid my pieces on the card, a played around with them to find an arrangement I liked before adhering the pieces to my card with tape runner. Next I cut scraps of white ribbon and pressed them into the adhesive on the back of the stem bundle. Finally, I tied a bow for the top, and adhered it with a hot melt glue gun. I find hot melt works better than other adhesives for ribbon and fabric, because it sets so quickly.

I stamped a small sentiment from Hero Arts’ Year Round Sentiments onto vellum, and heat embossed it in white. Next I trimmed it down, and made a cut in the center on the right side. Then I cut from one corner up to the top of the cut, like above. I cut from the other corner to the top of the cut, giving me a perfect banner end.  I added a little tape runner to the top and attached it to the card.

And that’s the end of my Wedding Mini Series. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments below if you have more ideas for a Mini Series in the future, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!

P.S.  I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge and A Blog Named Hero. Hope to see you there!


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