Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! Best is Yet to Come Card

For today’s card, I used a technique I first learned about on Amy R’s blog, Prairie Paper and Ink.

I started with a  sentiment from the Best Thoughts Stampin’ Up! hostess set, stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with American Crafts Zing! Clear Embossing Powder.

After creating a simple “smooshed” watercolor background using Peacock Feather Distress Ink, I removed the heat-set embossing powder with a regular household iron, revealing the unblemished, white watercolor cardstock.

I adhered the stamped hydrangea image that I watercolored with more Distress Ink–Barn Door and Cracked Pistachio–onto the front of the card with foam squares and then attached the watercolor card front to the red Doodlebug cardstock card base using 3M foam tape.

I kept the inside of the card simple – just Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock stamped in Ranger Archival ink with the same hydrangea image from the front of the card.

I love the high contrast of the color palette and the dimension achieved from the foam adhesive.

 

Watch how I created this card on my YouTube video:

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Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! Giggle Greetings Cardmaking and DIY Stamp Positioning Tool

Many of you have probably already seen the MISTI stamp positioning tool or even already have one.  I’ve been hesitant to purchase one because I’m more scrapper than cardmaker and couldn’t see a lot of use for me with the 8.5″x11″ format currently available.  I would have been first in line to get one if it had allowed for 12×12 paper.  Since it didn’t though, I haven’t hit the go button to buy it yet.

On the other hand, it’s a great concept for a tool and if they ever produce a 12×12 format, I’m there.  In the meantime, I repurposed an empty, plastic DVD case to mimic the functions of the MISTI tool in a smaller format that I am likely to use. Using a printable transparency sheet, 2 sheets of craft foam, and an empty DVD case I found at a thrift store for 9 cents, and a free, printable grid on the Internet, I created a simple tool that allows me to position my stamps exactly where I want them and restamp, if needed, to get perfect coverage.  My DIY stamp positioning tool will never take the place of the MISTI, because so much time and thought was clearly put into the design of that tool, but it works for me, for my purposes.

I used my DIY stamp positioning tool to create this fun birthday card, using the Stampin’ Up! Giggle Greetings Stamp Set again.  I watercolored the image using Ranger Distress Ink in several colors, including three of the new 2015 colors: Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Fossilized Amber.  I love the new line of colors and can’t wait to get the newest color, Hickory Smoke, which is a great, rich neutral gray.

 

Watch the YouTube video: