Creating a Watercolor Background by Jessica Joana Winter

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This post has been written by the extraordinarily talented Jessica Joana Winter
a member of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Artisan Design Team.
Hello friends! Today I made a card for you with a watercolor background.
I created my card using the Petal Palette Stamp Set (item 145788) and I’m going to show you how easily you can turn a simple stamped image into a watercolor image.
1. Stamp the image as usual on a sheet of Watercolor Paper (item 122959).
2. Trace the stamped impression using an Aqua Painter (item 103954) filled with water. (It’s okay if the water is clearly visible.)
3. Pick up some ink from a Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147101) and lightly dab on the water.
4. Let it dry thoroughly and then you have your stamped image with a watercolor look.
I used this background to make a romantic card, for example for a wedding. I stamped the bird in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (item 132708) on Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) and then cut it out using the Big Shot (item 143263) and the Petals & More Thinlits Dies (item 145655).
I stamped the greeting “Glückwunsch” (“Congratulations”) in Old Olive ink (item 147090) and cut it out using a coordinating Framelit. These amazing Thinlits also include some beautiful detailed images that I cut from Calypso Coral (item 122925) and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (item 131201).
Finally, I decorated my card with Linen Thread (item 104199), True Gentleman Buttons (item 145596), Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim (item 141672), and Share What You Love Artisan Pearls (item 146927).
Jessica Joana Winter 2018 Artisan Design Team

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Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x


Memorable Moments by Sylwia Schreck

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This post has been written by the incredibly talented Sylwia Schreck,
a member of Stampin’ Up! 2018 Artisan Design Team.
Back when I was as young as my daughter in this photo, cameras looked way different. Who remembers the black rolls of film you had to insert into the camera first? More often than not, you wouldn’t even know how the images would come out as you had to develop the film first. Those that turned out well ended up in a photo album.
Today, taking pictures is completely different. Any smartphone can capture the marvelous moments in life as high quality images. We don’t print as many photos as we used to. Most of them just sit on our devices. Well, I decided to preserve my most beautiful moments in a different way—by creating a layout.
A small moment of happiness, the smile of a child, is more than worth being documented and preserved in this special way. They are growing up so fast and every moment we can capture is precious.
For the base of my layout, I used Whisper White 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (item 124302). To add some color, I used two sheets of Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper (item 146338): one to create the outer frame and the other one to cut out a heart shape that I layered with a smaller heart that was fussy cut as well. Then I used a sewing machine to sew on all of my four paper layers.
Next, I decorated the heart frame with various flowery elements (items 145655, 145617, 142749, 143659) as well as with some stamped images from the A Good Day Stamp Set (item 145586) that my daughter loves so much—including the bunny, the super-cute deer, the little bird, and the ice cream, of course! The sentiment “Du bist unvergleichlich” (English version: “You are wonderful”) is from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set (item 146482). I embossed it using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129) on translucent Vellum 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock (item 101856).
I hope you like my little memorable moment. Keep on creating!
Sylwia Schreck 2018 Artisan Design Team

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Joanne x


Think Make-Up Compact…

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This is the best thing to remember when it comes to the wonderful new Ink Pads that Stampin’ Up! have introduced with the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.

Admittedly it’s a tad confusing swapping between the old and new Ink Pads, opening and closing them, but once you see how beautifully these Ink Pads stack I’m sure all will be quickly forgiven!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x


Shadow Stamping with the Stamparatus… by Jennifer Frost

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This post has been written by the very talented Jennifer Frost
a member of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Artisan Design Team!
Once-tricky stamping techniques are now a breeze with the brand new Stamparatus (item 146276), available in the new 2018–2019 annual catalog as of June 1! Take shadow stamping, for instance. Adding subtle, professional-looking shadowing to the bold “Sorry” in these projects was quick and easy with this new tool!
How did I do it? To start, I positioned a piece of cardstock to the top left of my Stamparatus and secured it with a magnet. Then I placed my stamp from the Sorry for Everything Stamp Set (item 143820) face down on the paper and closed the plate to pick up the stamp. I lifted the plate, added ink (tone on tone, the same color as the cardstock), and reclosed to stamp the word. Then I allowed the ink to dry.
TIP: I used my heat tool to ensure this first stamped layer was dry; this will be important afterward in achieving a clean, heat-embossed layer.
Next, I positioned the paper exactly where it was again, bringing it down from the top of the Stamparatus edge just a tiny bit, a few millimeters, as pictured.
Then I applied VersaMark ink (item 102283) to the stamp and closed the plate to re-stamp the word. I added White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132) and heat set with the Heat Tool (item 129053) to complete the technique.
One of the key benefits of the Stamparatus is you can stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely. While the stamp was all set up and ready to go, I couldn’t resist creating a full collection of these lovely shadowed sentiments.
I’ve paired these stamped panels with the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Papers (item 146926). Bows of Linen Thread (item 104199) added a little texture and I’ve layered in touches of shimmer by way of Pearlized Doilies (item 146936), strips of Gold (item 146958) or Silver (item 146960) Glimmer Paper, and swashes of Berry Burst (item 145489) or Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon (item 144146).
I hope you’ve enjoyed this set of cards and it encourages you to break out your Stamparatus and give a little shadow stamping of your own a try!
Jennifer Frost 2018 Artisan Design Team

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Joanne x


Hello 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!

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The glorious new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is now officially live which means…
ORDERS FROM THE 2018-2019 ANNUAL CATALOG ARE NOW BEING TAKEN!

Not sure what your Wish List/Shopping List is looking like but mines looking more and more like a roll of toilet paper it’s so long!

As fortunate as I was as a demonstrator to be able to pre-order from this catalog, it wasn’t from the entire catalog, just a select few items. Now don’t get me wrong, I still placed an order trust me, it just wasn’t everything I wanted.

Needless to say this additional time has allowed me to plan and replan what my needs for this summer will be. There’s a lot of work in my backyard going to be taking place so some “nice” rewards awaiting me at my workbench are a must!

When you have your order ready, simply email or call it through to me ’cause… the sooner you order, the sooner you receive your treats. WOOT WOOT!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

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