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Add Some Sparkle To Your Day!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Hello, my crafty friend! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. I hope that today finds you & your loved ones doing well, and staying healthy. Life in these days is rather unusual, but it’s important to ALL of us that we all maintain our social distancing, don’t hoard supplies, and stay healthy! If you see anyone not doing the right thing, just gently remind them that it’s not just for them -but also for whoever else they come in contact with. That could be strangers, or their own loved ones. Okay – enough of the public health PSA for now – let’s get on to adding some sparkle to your day! We can all use it, for sure.

As a design team member, I just received a wonderful box of new products from Scrap ‘N Stamp. It arrived just before the weekend – perfect timing! So I decided to use some of the new products, to share with you.


This is the first time I’ve used this Tonic glitter paper – and I’m IN LOVE! It’s beautiful to use, and it doesn’t shed! Not when being, or during the making of my project. I’m sold on it, for sure! This is the gorgeous Sugar Crystal colour.

Add Some Sparkle To Your Day!

Believe it or not, it’s even more sparkly in real life!


There’s no stamp involved in the flowers – these are made with Ranger Alcohol Ink Pearls, directly on the glimmer paper! You can see that the ink changes colour a bit, when it contacts with the paper. By adding layers of ink, you can achieve 2 colours, with just one ink. I used the Pearls in Villainous (purple) and Enchanted (pink).

Start with your panel of glimmer paper. Have your alcohol pearl open & ready to use, along with either a straw, the new Ranger Alcohol Ink Air Blower, or canned air. Start with one drop of alcohol pearl ink onto the glimmer paper. Next, blow the ink from the bottom of the drop upwards, to create the petal shape.  Repeat adding one ink drop at a time, and blowing it upwards and to the left and right, to create a flower shape.  You’ll see that the petals on the bottom are lighter, and the 2nd layer of petals is darker.  Create your flowers using both the Villainous and Enchanted pearl inks, randomly on your panel.  Once the flowers shape is done, you can add in detail to the petals, with a white gel pen.

Next, create the stem & part of the flower where the stem joins the petals. To do this, use the Ranger Pitch Black ink and a small Ranger alcohol ink brush. Put a drop of the Pitch Black ink at the bottom of the flower, and spread it out using the brush. Use the brush to flick the ink upwards, into the petals, to create the bottom of the flower.  For the stem, place a few drops of the Pitch Black ink onto a slick surface, or in an ink palette. Pick up the ink with the brush, and draw the stem downward, from the bottom of the flower. The most amazing part of this – that the Pitch Black ink actually looks green, on this glimmer paper! I found that out totally by accident, when I was practicing on a scrap piece!


Use the Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases dies, and some dark pink cardstock. Die cut the sentiment twice, and glue them on top of each other. Another new product I used for this project is the Ranger Letter It Embossing Powders. Another win! I love embossing powders for their dimension & shine, but hate that gritty mess they leave! Guess what?! This embossing powder is SOFT!! Seriously – no grit left on my work surface! I used the beautiful Wisteria colour – take a look at this close up of the colour & shine of this powder.

Add Some Sparkle To Your Day!

So pretty! It looks like molten lava, if lava were a wisteria colour! Stamp the sentiment from the MFT Well, Hello stamp set in Versamark. Cover it with the Wisteria Letter It embossing powder, and set with a  heat tool. When done, layer the sentiments onto the inked panel.  Create a card base of dark purple, and add a strip of the dark pink cardstock on the left hand side. Attach your card front, with foam tape.


I hope today’s project has inspired you to get outside your ‘stamping’ comfort zone, and experiment with the Ranger alcohol inks! Pearls or regular, they are a lot of fun to use, and come in gorgeous colours that match the Ranger inks. To see more projects made with them, just type ‘alcohol inks’ in to the search feature on the blog.

All  supplies can  be ordered through the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store. The great news is that the store is STILL OPEN, and operating safely within the recommended guidelines. So order away!  Right now there’s a huge Clearance Sale on, or you can shop new arrivals & regular products and get a 10% Discount using my Discount Code 10DEB at checkout.

Add Some Sparkle To Your Day!

Gel Press & Oxides

Monday, October 14th, 2019
Gel Press & Distress Oxides

Happy Thanksgiving! Chala here and I am so excited that you are joining me today for this fun technique using the Gel Press and Distress Oxide inks.

I have run into some technical difficulties with my computer and the video and am very disappointed with it’s outcome. In the meantime I will do my best to describe what I did to create these 9 (that’s right 9!!) fabulous cards.

The Gel Press is new to me and I was excited to open it up! They come in several different size, however, I chose the 5″ x 7″ as I usually create A2 size cards. It is like a big blob of firm jello! I removed the two protector sheets and laid it down on my clean Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat which was perfect! Laying it on this mat made it so the gel plate would not move around.

I used a TON of stamps! Look around in your stash to pull out your unused gems and follow along!

I will admit I was a bit overwhelmed staring at this clean, clear blob of jelly. But, I dove right in and started smushing ink direct from the ink pad onto the surface of the gel plate. Right now you can purchase the first 36 Distress Oxides Ink colours at an incredible deal. Click here to check it out!

You can use swipes, swirls, or use your brayer or blending tool, etc. Just know that if you don’t work your ink into the gel plate it will stay that shape.

What I mean by this is, if you simply stamp down the square ink pad you will get that exact shape when you press down your paper. I think I will be using the gel plate a lot to create mirror images of certain stamps.

After I smooshed the ink onto the plate I used my brayer to move the ink around. I wanted to get a smooth transition between the colours. Don’t waste the ink on the brayer! Grab another piece of cardstock and brayer the leftover ink onto it to create another background!

Grab the stamp set you want to use and stamp the image carefully onto the gel press. I used acrylic blocks to help with this process. Then stamp that image onto another background. What we are basically doing is layering images and colours to create one of a kind backgrounds.

Once I stamped the amount of images I wanted onto my gel plate I grabbed a blank piece of cards stock and laid it on top of the gel plate and gently pressed down. I tried several techniques from rubbing my fingers on the back to using the brayer to help transfer the ink. My favourite technique was grabbing an acrylic block and dragging the edge along the back. This seemed to give me the best transfer results.

When you pull up the piece of cardstock you will notice you get a negative image of the stamps you used. So, some of the stamps that had words on them actually appear backwards on my gel pressed piece. I don’t mind this, but you might want to keep that in mind when you are choosing your stamps.

I repeated this process using a variety of stamps and using both Neenah White Classic Crest cardstock as well as Canson Watercolour paper. Each paper gave me a different look.

I noted some stamps worked better than others. My favourite was the Concord & 9th Barnwood Background. The textured look was amazing. If I didn’t like how something turned out I just continued layer on colours and stamps until it worked out. Even the pieces that I cleaned my brayer off on created interesting results. I didn’t let anything go to waste. Using a piece of cardstock that I also pulled up any residual ink after my first presses.

I didn’t get to use all the backgrounds I made but I can save them for another project. The ones that I am not “In Love” with I can use to die cut sentiment from our cut them down into strips to create a different look.

The great thing about the gel press was that it was so easy to clean! After I pulled up all the ink I simply swiped a microfibre cloth over top. I double checked how clean it was with a baby wipe and was surprised that there was little to no ink left over.

You can use a variety of mediums with the gel press including acrylic paint. Many people don’t even clean their gel press as they like the unique images they get by continuing to layer the paints or inks and like that each “pull” gives a new surprise.

I am not that person…I like my materials clean. LOL! Maybe over time I will give up this control…but not today my friend!

I highly recommend adding the gel press to your arsenal of craft tools! I was able to create many backgrounds in short order which I love!

Here is a look at all the cards I created.

Head over to my personal blog by clicking here to see individual photos of each card.

After much deliberation I have decided to share the video even though the quality is not the greatest. For that I apologize. However, after putting in that much work I did want you to have the opportunity to be able to see how easy this process is. If you can stick it out you can see all the cards at the end!

I am so thankful that you shared your time with me today and I look forward to be able to share with you again soon!


Concord & 9th Uplifting Thoughts

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Hello, Friday! It’s Deb here for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. I hope your week has been a good one, and you’re looking forward to enjoying your weekend. I’ve got some new stamps, dies and inks to play with, so you know I’m happy! Today I’m sharing one of those new sets with you. We always want to get the most out of our stamps, right? Sometimes you feel like you’re turning into MacGyver, figuring out different ways to use them! Well, the beauty of this Bundle is that it’s done for us! Concord & 9TH’s Uplifting Thoughts stamp set and dies work beautifully together – with both large images in the stamp set!


It’s almost that time of year – leaves will soon be turning those gorgeous fall colours! This first card uses the leaves image in the Uplifting Thoughts stamp set.

Concord & 9th

Can you see what the die does?! It partially cuts some of the leaves, so that you can lift them up, for extra dimension and movement! I love that effect!


To use multiple colours for the leaves like I did, set up your stamp and white cardstock in your stamp platform. This makes your life so easy! First, cover the entire leaves stamp with Mustard Seed Distress ink, and stamp. Next, randomly add Spiced Marmalade on the leaves, not covering the whole leaves, and stamp again. Finally, add Fired Brick to just the ends of the leaves, and stamp again. No need to even clean your stamp in between colours! DESIGNER TIP: for smooth colour application, I find it best to apply the Distress inks to the stamp using the Blending Tool. That way, it goes on evenly, without any harsh lines.

Now, clean and remove the leaves stamp from your platform. Line up the sentiment stamp, also from the Uplifting Thoughts set, and stamp it in Versamark ink. Remove the cardstock from the platform and cover the sentiment in Copper embossing powder. Set with a heat tool.

Now you’re ready to die cut your leaves. Using the easy reference marks on the die, line the die on top of the image, and run it through your die cutting machine.  Use your fingers to gently lift the leaves up, away from the panel. Take a minute to admire how awesome this looks! 🙂  Now, prepare your card base. Attach a piece of patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid pad to a rust coloured card base. Now attach your die cut panel with foam tape or foam squares, for more dimension.

Uplifting Thoughts bundle


The other large image in this Uplifting Thoughts stamp set is of flowers. I just had to make a second card, to show you how the die, which cuts leaves also works with the flowers! Have a look below!

Uplifting Thoughts flowers

See – I wasn’t pulling your leg! The die has easy to line up openings so you can see the middle of 2 flowers, to line it up properly. Then, die cutting lifts some of the flower petals. Genius, right?! Like I said – Concord & 9TH have come through for us in the ‘get the most bang for your buck’ department!

For this card, I used Seedless Preserves Distress ink for the flowers. After die cutting, I went back and added the small individual leaves (also in the stamp set) in Mowed Lawn.  The sentiment is stamped in Nocturne ink, covered in clear embossing powder, and heat set. Before attaching the panel to a purple card base, I wound some gold thread 3 times around the left side, holding in place on the back with some tape. To add some more gold to the front, I used a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Midas Touch, to add gold to the middle of each flower. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture above, but it’s there!


I hope you’ve been inspired by my Concord & 9TH Uplifting Thoughts cards. I really think that getting this Bundle (though they are available separately) is worth the investment. Flowers & leaves are multi purpose, and can be used year-round. Just change up the colours for different seasons and occasions! I always have trouble finding suitable sympathy/thinking of you sentiments, but I know I’ll be using these ones for a long time.

If you’ve been inspired, I’ve included links below to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store for the products used in creating these cards.


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