Thinking of You with Botan Peony

by Deb Smart

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Hello stamping friend! It’s Deb here today, for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. We all take turns posting throughout the month sharing posts here on the Scrap ‘N Stamp blog. I love seeing all kinds of techniques, styles and products used by everyone on the team! Today, I’ve made a thinking of you card with Botan Peony by Picket Fence Studios. 


Thinking of You with Botan Peony

I had never actually heard of a ‘Botan Peony’ before, so I looked it up. Of course, I was familiar with the peonies that are grown in the garden – my step mom loves growing them – but I was curious about the ‘Botan’ part of the name. If you’re wondering, a Botan Peony is a tree peony that has a woody stem, and stays above ground all year. There’s some other differences, but I won’t get all of that. I actually took my colour inspiration from this page that I was reading, and this image on the page:


Start by setting up your panel of watercolour paper and the stamp in your stamp platform. Ink up the image with Versamark ink, and stamp onto the panel. As watercolour paper is textured, stamp twice, inking up both times, to be sure you get a good image. Cover the stamped image with silver embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.

I chose my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers for colouring my flower. I used Pink, Light Pink, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Olive Green and Pale Green. Start by scribbling the ink colours onto a slick surface; I just use a piece of acetate, or you could use a large clear block or a craft mat. Use a wet water brush to apply water directly to a petal on the watercolour paper, and then pick up ink from with the water brush, and blend it onto the wet surface. While the embossing does act as a ‘dam’ to keep the paint in place if you’ve used too much water, I still worked on opposite petals as I painted – just in case!

While your finished panel is drying, use the Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases to die cut the sentiment. Die cut one sentiment from silver foil cardstock, and 2 from white cardstock. Layer the 3 sentiments one on top of the other, using liquid glue or the Quickie Glue Stick.

Thinking of You with Botan Peony

In the photo above, you can see the thickness of the stacked die cuts. I think it gives a nice extra bit of dimension to the card.


When you watercolour panel is dry, attach the stacked sentiment die cuts to the front. Next, attach the image panel to a layer of black cardstock, and then to a bright pink card base, with foam tape or squares.  To finish off the card front, I added a few clear droplets from my embellishment stash. I think sequins would look nice, as well.

Thinking of You with Botan Peony

I do like a card with dimension! However, if you’re concerned about postage, you can leave off the extra layer of black cardstock and the droplets. This would give you a less bulky card to mail.


There’s nothing nicer than receiving a card in the daily mail, for no special reason! Telling someone ‘I’m thinking of you’ with this Botan Peony would make anyone’s day, I think! If  you’d like to make a card like this, I’ve included links to the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store.

Thinking of You with Botan Peony

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Sending Good Vibes

by Nancy Frustaci

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Hello and Happy Wednesday. Today I am on the blog with a set of glitter fun encouragement cards using the Concord and 9th Geode stamp set along with the Picket Fence “good vibe” stamp and Boss Babe stamp set from MFT. I couldn’t have planned it better.

I am all about crystals and their healing properties so I knew this set was destined to be in my collection. I had a lot of fun creating, not 1 but 6 cards. Three with the bigger geode and three with the cute heart geode which you can see on my blog.

I started off the card by stamping out the geodes onto some watercolour paper using my Tim Holtz stamping platform. I used the platform as I decided I was going to heat emboss these geodes which meant I needed to be able to restamp the images if need be and the platform makes that doable. If I was using a clear block I know I would not be able to restamp it.

Once I had it all stamped out with versa mark, I used both silver and gold embossing powder for the geodes. That’s right, I mixed the two together for some of the stamped images. I felt it just added a little more interest to the geodes.

Now it was time for the fun part, getting inky and messy. Here I mixed some of my Ken Oliver colour burst with some of my Distress stains and Dylusion ink sprays. I went in layers. Starting with some water and then the colour bursts. Then adding some of the inks from my collection to bring in more layers to the geode. I love how these turned out! So many layers of delicious colour. I repeated the process several times, with greens, yellows, pinks, and reds. You should have seen my hands after these cards, they were blue and purple for days. lol!

I set the stamped images aside to dry and went on to the background. I wanted to make it look like actual energetic vibes coming out of the geode, so I took some coloured paper from my stash, the MTF sunburst stencil, and some tonic Nuvo glitter paste and went to town. I managed to get three panels done before running out of that beautiful glittery goodness. Because of this, I had to think of a way to finish off the rest of the backgrounds. I decided to make my own glitter paste with some translucent paste and white/sparkly glitter from my stash. This worked out pretty well. Just a little bit of a finer look tha the Nuvo paste gives.

I repeated the process six or seven times with different colour cardstock until I got enough that I liked. I set those aside to dry and went on to cutting out the geodes. I did this all by hand but there is a coordinating die for the set you can find at Scrap’n Stamp.

I then went on to die cut all the black scalloped layers for the cards. While I was at it I die cut the ” You got this” sentiment which is also a Concord and 9th sentiment. For the rest of the cards, I stamped the sentiments onto both vellum and black cardstock, which I then heat set with clear embossing powder as well as white and silver.

I took some precut sliver cards from my stash which measured 61/2 x 5, and started to assemble everything. I adhered the black scallops flat to the base, I then added fun foam to the back of the stenciled panels and added that on top of the black. I popped up the geodes twice with my foam tape as I wanted a little more dimension and then I added the sentiments. For the vellum sentiments I used clear foam tape to pop it up. I hid all the adhesive underneath the black embossing.

I hope you got some inspiration! Please come check out my blog for the other three cards.

Have a wonderful week,


Having Fun With Paper

by Susan

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Hi Everyone. This is Susan with a simple way to do something a little different and a great way to use up your pile of designer paper that you’ve been hoarding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has a pile to use up.

Start with a piece of card stock cut to 4 1/4 x 11″ and score it at 5 1/2″. This is your standard top folding card base. Add another score line along the long side at 2 3/4″ and this will give you your ‘fun fold’.

I went through my designer paper stash and because I’ve just piled them all together without any packaging I can’t tell you exactly which paper came from which company. I just searched through my pile and pulled out all the ones with blues and browns because I knew those were the colors I wanted to use. When I found 3 I liked I started cutting my panels. I cut 2 panels at 4 x 2 1/2″ and 1 panel at 5 1/4 x 4′ and then cut black card stock to give each panel just the tiniest bit of a frame.

I adhered each piece like you see in the picture above and then cut the pieces for the stamping. I cut 2 pieces of white card stock to 3 3/4 x 2 3/4″ and cut 2 pieces of black card stock to 4 x 3″. I adhered the white to the black and then adhered them to the card panel.

The trick to lining them up is to adhere the one on the right, which is the inside of the card, first. Fold the cord at the 5 1/2″ score line so that all your paper is facing inside. Then fold the 2 3/4″ fold back to the left. Now you’ll see the paper. Position the panel to go on the front of the card on top of the panel you adhered on the inside of the card so that it covers it completely. Make a little pencil mark where the top panel meets the edge of the panel you folded back. Put adhesive on the back of the top panel being sure not to go past that pencil line so when you adhere it to the front of the card it only sticks to the front. ( I really hope that makes sense.)

Now, I forgot to add the stamping to the front of the card before I adhered it. I recommend you do that first as I had to mask everything off and then stamp. It worked out but it would’ve been easier to stamp first. I didn’t add any color to the flower since there is so much going on with all the patterns on the papers. If you are not one who likes to color then this is a great technique for you. I’ll add a personal message to the inside and then this card is ready for the mail.

Happy Stamping

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