Stamping Tips & Techniques

Stampin Up Snowman Chum

As I mentioned this weekend, I was playing with the Seasonal Chums stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Tags framelits and I have another sweet card to share with you.

This time, its the adorable snowman image. I used some untraditional snowman colors- pink pirouette, melon mambo, pool party, wild wasabi and smoky slate because I wanted to be able to use if for a winter card and not necessarily a Christmas card. However, it would work just as perfectly for Christmas too.

I also used silver glimmer paper and the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the large pink pirouette circle, and the 2 1/4" circle punch for the silver circle.

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Ah, this snowman chum is so chubby and cute! The small snowflakes were also cut from the Seasonal Tags framelits set. For the snowflakes, I used dazzling diamonds glimmer paper. It sparkles just like a real snowflake would.

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A little bit of fine tip glue was used to give shine to the buttons, nose, eyes, berries and scarf. Its cool how the fine tip glue dries so clear and shiny!

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A few ombre glitter dots were attached to the middle of the small snowflakes. I love how they give the snowflakes color and dimension.

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I'm loving this new Soft Slate Gingham Ribbon, its so soft and pretty. I added a little sparkle with a rhinestone gem on the knot of the bow.

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The Cable Knit emboss folder has got to be one of my most favorite embossing folders. Its so realistic!

Don't forget the inside! Its says "You're Sweet"- I would have stamped it in pool party, but it was packed away in my class projects and I didn't feel like digging it out. lol

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And you guessed, it... just like the reindeer card from the last post- I used the back of the snowman on the back of the card of course.

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I think these soft colors work really well with this chubby snowman and cute little bunny, don't you?

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The snowman was attached with dimensionals and the snowflakes with our super sticky mini glue dots.

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I could stamp with this set all day long... I love the images and I love the framelits. So many cute possibilities!

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Stamping Fun with Seasonal Chums- A Cute Little Reindeer

I was finally able to get some stampin' time in today, so I grabbed my Seasonal Chums stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Tags framelits and started inkin' up my stamps.

I chose the cute little reindeer as my focal point for this card. He's got the sweetest little face. I also haven't used my new Snowflake emboss folder yet, so I chose that for my background.

This stamp set is made so that when its stamped, it can be cut out with the Seasonal Tag framelits to make a tag- it has a front and back. I did use the front and the back of the reindeer, and you'll see that later in my post.

I didn't want to do a lot of coloring - so I stamped the reindeer onto crumb cake cardstock. The color was already there, so no coloring in on his body. Just a few highlights with a marker, here and there. I also used our chalk marker for the antlers, spots and tail. Isn't he the cutest?

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I LOVE sparkle, so I wanted to add a layer of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper around the edges, but I didn't want to waste all that glimmer by hiding it behind my Winter Wonder embossed snowflake layer. I used my paper trimmer to cut the inside of the glimmer paper, so I could save it for another project.

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Using my fine tip glue pen, I outlined the raised edges on the Winter Wonder embossed snowflake and added dazzling diamonds glitter to make is sparkle like fresh falling snow.

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The pearl jewels fit nicely in the design of the Winter Wonder embossed snowflake.

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I stamped the greeting in crumb cake ink and punched it out with the 1" circle punch and tucked it under the crumb cake ribbon.

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I added a little bit of sparkle to the crumb cake ribbon by adding another knot of silver ribbon on top of it, using a glue dot.

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I used dimensionals to pop up the Winter Wonder embossed snowflake layer from the card. The dimensionals also stick to glimmer paper really well.

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Are you wondering where the back of the reindeer is?

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Why, its on the "back" of the card, of course.

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Just too cute for words...

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Hope you enjoyed my sweet reindeer card today.

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I'll have another Seasonal Chums card to share with you next time too- so be sure to come back to check it out.

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Stampin Up Colorful Seasons Z Card Fold

I've got another triple Z fold card to share with you today. I posted one last week made with a birthday stamp set, and today I'm using the Colorful Seasons Bundle to make a fall card.

I used the beautiful leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. This stamp set is a two step stamp set- which means the stamps are layered on top of each other in different colors to create shading and dimension.

If you'd like the measurements and a quick tutorial on how to make this fold- refer back to the card from last week - click here

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 A tip when stamping the large leaves- stamp the outline image first and then the solid image. I used pumpkin pie, rich razzleberry and pear pizzaz inks on this card.

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I added some fun embellishments too! Gold faceted gems, enamel shapes and gold metallic shapes.

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 I wanted to give the card the look of tree bark, so I added the Pinewood Plank emboss folder to add some detailed woodgrain dimesion to the top flap of the card. I love how it turned out.

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Its officially fall and I think this card is a perfect greeting for the season.

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Happy Fall y'all and thanks for stopping by!

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How To Tutorial- Stampin' Up! Be Merry Ornament Kit

I put together my new Be Merry Ornament Kit by Stampin' Up today and I LOVE this kit!!!

I already have another one on order, too! It's going to be great for gift packaging tags, tags for beverage bottles, and of course ornaments for ornament exchange gifts and for on the Christmas tree.

The kit comes with instructions and photos, but I've also made a quick step by step tutorial for you. There are a few tips I've included that I found helpful when assembling my ornaments. I also changed up the colors patterns into a few different combinations.

Here's a look at the contents of the kit: Makes 12 ornaments

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This is one of the finished ornaments with a candy cane design.

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This one has the Christmas tree design.

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And here's a candy cane with green tulle.

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First I separated all the tulle circles- you'll need 9 for each ornament. You must make sure you separate them because they are very thin and stick together. I rubbed them between my fingers to separate them. Then I made little piles for each ornament. Once you have your tulle piles, the first thing you will do is assemble the base- it is a circular "flower" shaped circle that has a strip of adhesive on one of the folded ends- peel off the paper and attach to other end of circle base.

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Next, fold your tulle in "fours" and pinch the bottom end- attach it to every other fold on the circle base with hot glue.

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I placed my tulle about halfway down on the fold.

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This is what it will look like, once all 9 pieces of tulle are attached.

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Next, you will attach the gold foil doily to the center of the ornament with hot glue.

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Then attach the candy cane cutout to the red glitter circle using hot glue.

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 Then attach the candy cane glitter circle to the front with hot glue.

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Next, you will attach the precut word "merry" to the wooden banner with our multipurpose liquid glue.

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Then attach the wooden banner with hot glue.

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The final touch is the ribbon.

RIBBON TIP: To get the kinks out and straighten or curl the ribbon, slide your fingernail (or bone folder) down the length of the ribbon like you would if you were using paper "curling" ribbon. Use lighter pressure with your nail (or bone folder) if you want to straigthen the ribbon and more pressure if you want it to curl.

Attach the ribbon at the top with hot glue.

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Also included are white circles to attach to the back or the ornament. You can stamp to:/from: on the back or add the date or name to the back. I attached the white circle with hot glue as well. This photo also shows all the "leftovers" I had with this kit.

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Here's all the ornaments. I changed up the colors from what the instructions suggested. You can assemble them in any color combination that your heart desires.

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I was having so much fun!

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Here's all 12. This is my most favorite kit ever- these turned out beautifully!

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I can't wait to get my second kit! If you would like to order a kit of your own.. click on the product photo below- it will take you to my shopping page where you can place your order.

I hope you find these tips useful.

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Pumpkins A Plenty and an Embossing Technique

Well, I mentioned that I love pumpkins, and now you know that I wasn't kidding. Here's a couple more pumpkin cards from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and coordinating Patterned Pumpkins framelit dies.

One card we made at Kim's Card Class last week and the other is a variation of that. Both in similar color and design.

This one is from card class. The designer paper is from the Painted Autumn paper pack.

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Notice the background? Its the Garden Trellis emboss folder. What I did here, was to stamp the pumpkin and the greeting first and then emboss over it. I kind of am in love with this technique.. and the emboss folder.

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This one is a little different - no embossing but a couple more die cuts.

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I've added some wooden, Hearts and Stars Elements to this cheerful pumpkin card. The colors are mostly the same, but I used soft sky as the card base instead of cajun craze.

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I've attached the elements with mini glue dots and multi purpose glue. The greeting on this card is from the Painted Harvest stamp set and the birthday greeting on the card above is from the Special Delivery stamp set. Don't you just love the colors of fall? Me too!

Which one is your favorite?  I can never choose - I love any kind of pumpkin card!

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How To Card Fold with Seasonal Chums

One of the cutest stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog is the Seasonal Chums stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Tags framelits.

I used the pumpkin stamp as a single image instead of a tag, which is what the stamp was designed to be. Check the images in the set, below, listed after this post. You will see what I mean.

For this special fold, I cut a 4 1/4" x 11 " piece of wisteria wonder cardstock. Then I cut a 2 3/4" in piece off of the front flap of the card. The basic black square is 1 3/4", the so saffron is 1 1/2" and the lemon lime twist is 1 1/4".

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I stamped the pumpkin in basic black archival ink and colored it in with the wink of stella clear brush dipped in the lids of the inkpads. The inks I used were pumpkin pie, tangerine tango and garden green.

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Using the wink of stella brush is like using a blender pen, only its shimmery!

Here's an inside view:

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Here's an inside view.

I also used the new Quilt Top embossing folder for the background on the lemon lime twist cardstock as well as the new Black Rhinestone Jewels and the Painted Autumn designer series paper. The bats, web and pumpkin were all die cut with the Seasonal Tag framelits of course.

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That's another cute pumpkin card and unique, fun fold to add to your idea box!

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