I get asked this question a lot. Do you stamp before you stick? Do you stamp before you punch or diecut? Check the video for the answer that might help you and there are some other stamping tips to help you out.
If you are a long-time stamper you might know these already but there might be something you didn’t know. If you are just starting out in your stamping journey then I think you will find this helpful.
Sara (the Stampin’ Up! CEO) shares the tips in this video and she is mentioning the new kits but these tips will help you with any projects you create. Of course any of these kits or other products are available in my store.
Tell me what you found helpful in this video.
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Wednesday’s WOW! #121. Sharing a tip for you on masking your sentiment area. This creates an “edge” for your surrounding stamping and creates a white space for your sentiment that helps it stand out without even raising it on a separate punch or diecut. It creates such a cool effect.
We created this card in my Retiring Class last week. I love the Beautiful Friendship stamp set and I’m so sad it is leaving. This card is not my original idea. I saw it on Pinterest by Nancy Ferb.
I have used the Mango Melody for the card base and Terracotta Tile for the card mat.
You create the mask for your sentiment area by adding a Sticky Note on the white card. I have shown it below. You can place it anywhere you like. Then stamp around the Sticky Note. When you are done remove it and then you have a “block” area to add the sentiment.
Sadly this stamp set is no longer available. 😦 They go quick when they are retiring.
Don’t miss out on any other of the Retiring Items. Only 2 weeks left. Check it out -> HERE.
Check out the Clearance Rack too for some huge discounted items. See it -> HERE.
With your orders I’m sending out some of my Hand-made cards. I have lots to give away. That’s in addition to the other little gifts I send out.
Wednesday’s WOW! #120 – Let’s check out the Many Medallions Diesand the fun ways you can use them on your projects?
Have you seen the Many Medallions Dies in the Catalogue? While they make a great background on the front of your cards using the full diecut. Why not trim it down and use different elements of the die for fun effects.
Check it out below.
So many different ways. Isn’t it cool!
The Many Medallions Dies are retiring very soon. If you want to create these fun effects on your cards be sure to grab this dies.
Here they are for you.
You can grab these in my store or you can contact me directly on 0439 844574.
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I’m giving away some hand-made cards with your orders.
It’s Wednesday’s WOW! #119. Today let’s have a close look at this newButterfly Brilliance release. You might have seen these products around but I thought we would check out some of the particular unique features of it.
The new Butterfly Brilliance is a new collection of products released early. You might say you have enough butterflies …but really do you have such butterflies as pretty as these? And that paper! That on it’s own is just so gorgeous.
While the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle (stamps and dies) you will see in the new catalogue the gorgeous papers won’t be available. They are limited release. 😦 That’s sad as they are so pretty and the dies cut out some of the butterflies on this paper.
What do you do if you want all the butterflies? The solution is the Butterfly Brilliance Collection.$125 AUD Only available while supplies last.
The Butterfly Brilliance Collection includes: – * Butterfly Brilliance Cling Stamp Set – * Brilliant Wings Dies – Butterfly Bijou 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2) Designer Series Paper – Natural Touch Specialty Paper
*The stamp set and Dies are available as a Bundle.
The Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper is available in 6″x6″ papers and there are 8 sheets of 6 different designs. Oh so beautiful! One side has the butterfly prints and the other has a more plain pattern OR … a beautiful watercolour wash.
And the colours! They are Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight, Poppy Parade, So Saffron. So pretty together.
But check this out! The Brilliant Wings Die cuts the butterflies on some of the Butterfly Bijou DSP. No fussy cutting these beauties.
The other paper in this collection is the Natural Touch Specialty Paper. The pale woodgrain is versatile enough for any project and any time of year and will give a “textured” effect. Emboss it, use it with dies and you can even colour it with inks. There are only available while supplies last too.
You receive 2 sheets at 12″x12″ size. (30.5cm x 30.5cm). They both have a different pattern.
Now let’s talk a bit more about the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle.
BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE CLING STAMP SET The images are so detailed.
Did you know that these butterflies are modelled after butterfly species from around the world?? Including the Clouded Yellow (Europe), Black Veined White (Europe & Asia), Coppers (New Zealand), Swallowtail (North America), Blue Copper (North America), and Painted Lady (Australia). How cool!
The butterflies are a single stamp so you can create a background or diecut them individually. You will need a Block F to use them. I would suggest using the Stamparatus to stamp them as it is so big but also if it doesn’t stamp as well as you would like it is very easy to restamp.
BRILLIANT WINGS DIES I mentioned above how you can diecut the paper. These dies cut the stamped butterflies also so you have individual butterflies. Why not layer them for a fun effect!
You might wonder what those funny little pieces in the dies do. Check them out.
They emboss the card or diecut a “brick” effect or a “splatter”.
So now you just want to go grab them right??
In Australia? You can head to my store and grab them right now -> HERE. Please use the Host Code: 4WESFNXP
Or contact me directly to help you with your order on 0439 844574
Watch out for my Butterfly Brilliance class coming soon.
Wednesday’s WOW! #118. You might have heard about some new White card that Stampin’ Up! has. Today let’s check it out closer to see how the Basic White compares to the previous Whisper White.
Sadly the previous Whisper White card and other products ended. So a frantic dash was made to source a new card. It was important that the new White card performed to the expectations that we as crafters need for all the stamping and techniques we do.
The new Basic White card seems to have passed the quality tests and it is now available in cardstock and envelopes and great to use for all your stamping, great for colouring with the Stampin’ Blends and for many of the Techniques you love to do.
I don’t need to say too much more about it as you can check out how it performs and with a little more explanation in the video -> HERE.
If you need some new White cardstock it is now available in my store.
There are some cute chicks on the block. Well that’s what we are going to look at for Wednesday’s WOW! #117 –Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick.
Aren’t they just the cutest?? You just have to smile.
The Hey Chick stamp set was available a few years ago. Stampin’ Up! has brought them back – and with co-ordinating dies. How exciting! Also is the Hey Birthday Chick with some more cute chicks and some dies for that. You can get the one or both. Mix them up to make some fun card.
Check out some creations with them. I will share more with you soon.
For Wednesday’s WOW! #116 I have a little tip for you with the Many Messages stamp set. What I’m going to tell you is … cut that stamp!
Yes I know it is pretty horrific to cut in to the rubber on a stamp. Why did I cut the stamp though??
When I first got the Many Messages stamp I realised it is one big stamp. Yes I was in a hurry when I ordered and didn’t read the catalogue properly. That’s ok though. 🙂
I loved many of the sentiments on the stamp but I didn’t want to ink the whole stamp or most of it to get the one sentiment. And I didn’t want to have a multiple of sentiments sitting around waiting to be used.
So … I cut it up.
With all the sentiments now separated I could use whatever one I wanted to.
TIPS WHEN CUTTING THE STAMP
First adhere the backing sheet (stickers) with the words on it on to the stamp. To do this, only remove half of the backing sheet. Line it up with the stamp and only put the one half of the sticker on to the stamp and press it down to smooth it out. Then peel off the other half and adhere the rest of the sheet.
When cutting the stamp, have the rubber of the stamp facing up so you can see the actual stamp. Cut carefully around the words being sure to leave an edge. It is better to cut them with the rubber side up rather than following the sticker as you don’t want to cut any of the words off. Use sharp scissors and take your time. After they are all separated you can then go back to each one and trim and straighten any of the edges.
The stamps can be stored directly on to the inside back of the case.
Another note on the Messages Die since we are talking about this. Don’t be limited just to the stamps in the Many Messages stamp set. Although they are a bundle and work together there are many other stamps you would have in your other stamp sets where the sentiments would fit in some of these spaces in the die. Check them out and see what you can find.
I hope you find these tips helpful when using this stamp set and the Die. You will find it so much more versatile.
The Many Messages Bundle can be found in my store now -> HERE.
ForWednesday’s WOW! #114 I wanted to show you the effect you can create by colouring the Embossing Paste. This paste is not something I have used a lot of but it is so cool!
Embossing Paste is available in a 118ml or 4 fl. oz. container. You can use the paste to add extra texture to your projects which is fun. Use it with the Palette knives to add the paste directly by smearing it on your project or through the Decorative masks which are available.
Stampin’ Up! carries the regular White Embossing Paste as well as the Shimmery White Embossing Paste. The extra sparkle in the Shimmery White paste adds that little extra to your projects.
This one below is the Shimmery White one although it is hard to see the sparkle.
As an extra step why not add a little reinker to the paste. Simple smear some on the Silicon mat or even a block. Add one or 2 drops of reinker and mix. Then you can add it directly to your project. Be sure to rinse off the paste straight away on your mat or block that you have used.
Check out the project below. Some Soft Suede ink refill has been added to the paste and then smeared through the mask. It has been applied to the Soft Suede card so gives an textured sparkle in the same tone as the card. Pretty cool right. 🙂
This project uses the Peaceful Boughs stamps and the Beautiful Boughs Dies.
So why not grab some texture paste and not only add the paste on your projects but colour it with the reinkers for some co-ordinated colour.
These are available in my store now. In Australia? why not head along to grab some now. Head -> HERE.
Thanks for visiting for another fun tip today for Wednesday’s WOW!
Shelli, (Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful co-founder) has stated that there should be no naked envelopes. 🙂 I’m guilty of that all the time I have to say. What about you?
I have discovered these fun products in the Holiday Catalogue to dress up our envelopes. They look really fancy. For Wednesday’s WOW! #113 – Why not dress up your envelopes with the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle.
I think these products are overlooked in the catalogue. The ornaments in the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set are gorgeous but I really wanted to focus on the Envelopes Dies.
Below is the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle.
Check out the Envelopes Dies closer though.
The Envelopes Dies consists of 12 dies. 4 Envelope liners, 1-2 decorative edges, and some other elements to diecut in to your paper liners or directly on to the envelope. It also has the dies to cut the ornaments from the stamp set too. The Largest die measures 6-3/16″ x 2-1/2″ (15.7 x 6.4 cm).
So how do you use these dies?? Check out the samples below.
On this one create a decorative wrap for your envelope. How fancy is that?? You can line inside the envelope as well.
Not just line the inside but you can make a pretty decorative liner for inside. How sweet! Or you can diecut the outside and add a liner inside of pretty paper that you can see through the edge.
For this one below I am not sure but I think that for the envelope a mask was made with one of the decorative dies and some coloured texture paste has been added through the mask. This adds to the festive feel.
If you want to dress up your envelopes with the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle or even just the Envelopes Dies you can check them out and order them in my store -> HERE
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Wednesday’s WOW! today #112. I want to share with you how to create the lovely sponged backgrounds.
I don’t know about you but I have been enjoying creating these backgrounds a lot lately.
Here is a tip from our Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.
The great tool to use for these backgrounds is the Sponge Brayers.
To use the Sponge Brayer build up the ink on the Brayer to roll over your project. I have shared this technique in a few videos recently. You will find those on Youtube or scroll back a few posts to catch them.
One tip I tell people when rolling to collect your ink is to not roll back and forward on the inkpad. It’s a “roll and lift movement”. Roll gently over the ink pad, lift the roller and roll again gently. Keep repeating this until you get the amount of ink you want.
When rolling on to your card it’s a good idea to start off the edge of your project and roll gently onto your card. Repeat building up the ink on your inkpad and roll on your project again starting off the card. Keep building up as much colour as you like.
The Sponge Brayers come with 2 handles and 4 sponge rollers. So it’s good to have a different Sponge for a different shade of colour. You can see them in store ->HERE
For creating your backgrounds you could also use the Sponges or use the Sponge Daubers but I think the Sponge Brayers are more effective as they cover a larger area at a time.
TIP: To create your “horizon” as shown in the projects above, place a piece of paper over a section to create a lined edge before you start rolling. Then if needed change your paper around to mask the edge again from the other direction to roll. Or on these cards they have elements stamped.
The stamp set used for these projects is the Sending Sunshine set seen -> HERE.
I hope you have a go at this technique. It’s a fun one to build up your coloured background.
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