Cards- Thinking of You

Stamping Technique: Spotlighting with the Country Livin' Stamp set.

One of my favorite stamping techniques from years ago is the "spotlighting" technique. I love this technique when used with outline stamps, because I don't have to color the entire image if I don't want to. With this spotlighting technique, the colors pop right off of the page.

It really makes the card unique and a true stand out. I used the Country Livin' stamp set from the Stampin Up 2016-2017 annual catalog. I also used the Hardwood background stamp because it went perfectly with the old wooden truck bed. It also makes for an awesome masculine greeting card.

I do have a video posted below with step by step instructions. NOTE: the video cuts off at the end, however, the only thing you'll miss is me gluing the card together. I'm not sure why it cut out, but I'm new to this video stuff so I'm learning as I go.

This is the card with the spotlighting technique- isn't it cool?

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Here's a close up of the spotlighted circles. I used 2 circle punches to punch out the images on the truck. I stamped two trucks. One that I used as the full truck image on the card and one that I punched the circles from, which you will see in the video. The spotlighting looks a little off in this photo, but its the angel that I took the picture.

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I hope you watch the video and have fun learning this super cool stamping technique. Like I mentioned, the video cuts off at the end, but you won't miss any of the spotlighting technique.

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Dragonfly Dreams- from a friend. And Lots of Swaps

I received this beautful Dragonfly Dreams cards from my friend, Elaine Swidzinski. I thought it was so pretty, that I wanted to give Elaine a "shout out." She is such a talented stamper and makes the most beautiful creations, that I wanted to share it with all of you.

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Elaine used the Dragonfly stamp set and coordinating dies, to create this copper foil dragonfly. I love how she embossed the Falling in Love designer paper with the Softly Falling emboss folder. It looks so elegant.

Rhinestone jewels eyes on the dragonfly give it that sparkly touch.

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Thanks Elaine, for making such an exceptional card for me. I love it!

And just for fun, I wanted to add a bunch of swaps that I received from a special swap that I host with fellow members of the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board Alumni. These ladies always "wow" me with their talent!

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I hope you enjoyed these special cards that I have shared today.

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Stampin' Up! Perfect Mix stamp set

Here is a card we made at card class recently. Its made with the Perfect Mix stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.

I got this idea from another demonstrator, Brian King. I liked the simplicity of the card. I did change the colors and add the star and Sparkle embossed background from the original card.

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I colored the measuring spoons with dapper denim ink. I used a blender pen dipped in the lid of the dapper denim inkpad. I colored the inside of the spoons with the same color, but did them after I colored the outside of the spoons, so that the color would be softer.

I think the colors, dapper denim, cherry cobbler and delightful dijon look great with the neutral of the sahara sand ink and cardstock panel.

Quick and easy and ready to send to a favorite friend.

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Aqua Wash Technique, featuring: "Lift Me Up" stamp set.


I had a lot of fun with this new technique today. Its called Aqua Wash with markers. This is a very pretty watercolor background technique that can be used with pretty much any stamp set or detailed dies.

This technique is super easy and super cool. You'll need the Stampin Up watercolor paper or shimmery white paper, an aqua painter and some markers in various colors. You'll also need to grab a quart sized ziplock bag.

For this card, I used the Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating Up and Away thinlits. As I mentioned, I used the watercolor paper as well as the melon mambo, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight Stampin Write Markers.

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Here's a card using the elegant eggplant, wisteria wonder and rich razzleberry markers along with the aqua painters:

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I've created a quick tutorial for you...

First scribble on a ziplock bag with your markers.

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Next, use your aqua painter to brush water onto your watercolor paper, kind of in a zig zag motion.

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Then, you will turn the bag over so that the ink is facing down and smoosh it into your watercolor paper.

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Lift up the bag and voila!

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Lastly, let it dry either naturally or zap it with a heat tool and apply the Lift Me Up diecut hot air ballon and embellishments.

This one, I used the basic black cardstock for the hot air balloon, instead of the whisper white cardstock.

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 Here's my You Tube video if you'd like to watch it in real time.

 

I had so much fun using different color combinations and different dies and stamp sets with this technique. I hope you try this awesome aqua wash with markers, stamping technique. And if you do, let me know if you like it!

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Stampin Up - Dragonfly Dreams Elegance

I resisted buying this stamp set until I saw all the amazing projects that were created with it. Now,
Dragonfly Dreams is one of my favorites from the Stampin' Up! Catalog.

I created an elegant card with both the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly thinlets.

My favorite "elegant" color combination is gold and elegant eggplant. So, for this card, I used both the elegant eggplant and gold foil sheets as well as a bit of wisteria wonder cardstock.

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I stamped the background of the elegant eggplant cardstock with the dragonfly stamp in elegant eggplant ink. It gives the card a subtle tone on tone look.

I also used the ever popular Stitched Shapes framelits for the ovals. I did a little "sponging" around the small oval with a sponge dauber dipped in elegant eggplant ink.

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And don't forget about sparkle, when it comes to making an elegant card... The gold glimmer paper really makes this dragonfly pop off of the card. I used the wisteria wonder cardstock behind the detail of the dragonfly. A little more shimmer and shine was added with the gold satin ribbon and metallic enamel shapes in gold as well.

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I used the fine tip glue pen to attach the detailed dragonfly to the wisteria wonder dragonfly under it. Plus, I popped it up with a few dimensionals to give it some dimension.

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I think this card would absolutely brighten someones day- just to say "hello."

I hope you give this card a try and if you don't have the Dragonfly Dreams bundle, you need to get one for yourself. You'll be glad you did!

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More Swan Lake using Watercoloring techniques

I have a couple more Swan Lake cards to show you today. I loved watercoloring this darling stamp set, which is from the Stampin Up Occasions Catalog.

I shared a Swan Lake card the other day, using the watercolor pencils and blender pens, which I did use on one of the cards that I'll show you here.

This card uses the new watercolor pencils from Stampin Up!

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We will do a very similar card at Kim's Card Class this coming week. I can't wait for all of you to use the new stamp set and the awesome watercolor pencils.

I used our tear tape to attach the pool party satin ribbon and silver sequin trim. The dragonflies were stamped in soft sky onto soft sky cardstock and I drew the trails with the Stampin Up journaling pen.

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It looks great from any angle :)

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This card was colored with the aqua painters dipped in ink refills. The splatter was made by splattering the aqua painter over the watercolor paper.

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I added a rhinestone to the middle of the cute Classy Designer button to give it a little sparkle.

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This makes such a darling thank you card for a wedding, or really any occasion.

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Here's a recap of all the Swan Lake cards including the one that I posted last week.

Such a great stamp set. I love creating with the darling images in this sweet stamp set.

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