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Trip to Paradise

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Welcome to the weekend! Deb here, for the Design Team today. It’s a sunny one here in beautiful Vancouver, which also happens to be home to Scrap ‘N Stamp, as well as me!  Summer will be here soon, which is one reason why I chose the word ‘sea’ for today’s challenge word. We could all use a trip to paradise this year, I think – even if it’s just on paper.


If you’ve been following my blog at all, you’ll know that I love painting with alcohol inks. So I decided that I’d create a beautiful background for the Penny Black stamp, called Paradise. Here’s a look at the completed card.

Trip to Paradise

I don’t know about you’d, but I’d be happy walking along that path next to the sea! And what a pretty sunset, right? It’s easier than you think to paint – let me tell you how.


First, start with a piece of Yupo. The final size will be 5″ x 3 3/4″, but you can start larger if you want. Set up the Yupo and the Paradise stamp in your stamp platform. Next, lightly ink up the shore line and the horizon line in a light ink – I just used a light brown. This is just for reference, so you know where to paint the sand, water and sky.  Stamp lightly, and then remove the Yupo, but leave the stamp in place.

Start with the sand, pouring a bit of Latte ink onto that area. Add a bit of Blending Solution, and tip the Yupo from left to right – keeping the ink within the shore line. Use a small brush to  help cover the area. The Ranger alcohol ink brushes are perfect for this! Next, add some Teakwood ink to the left and right sides, and brush into place. Keep the ‘path’ area lighter.

Allow the sand area ink to dry, and move onto painting the setting sun. Place some Lemonade and Sunset Orange inks into 2 wells in your ink palette. Using the horizon line reference, pick up some Lemonade ink, and create your setting sun. Add a bit of the yellow below the horizon line, for the reflection. Next, pick up some of the Sunset Orange, and paint around the yellow sun. Add some into the reflection. If the colour is too strong, dip your brush into some Blending Solution, dab off any excess onto paper towel, and then lift some of the ink off of the Yupo.

Now you’re ready to paint the water, and sky! To your ink palette, add Glacier and Laguna inks to 2 more wells. Pick up Glacier with your brush, and paint in the water. Leave a line near the shore white, and then add Laguna ink in that area. Paint Glacier ink onto your sky, using Blending Solution or an Alcohol Ink  Blender Pen to lighten up some areas.  Here’s a photo, below, of how my painting process looked.

Trip to Paradise

Remember that you’ll be stamping over with the Paradise stamp, so every inch of your painting doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’.


Once you’re happy with your sunset background, and the ink is dry, place it back into your stamp platform. Cover the Paradise stamp with a pigment ink, such as Versafine Nocturne or StaZon ink – remember that the Yupo is a slick surface, so regular ink will wipe off. Stamp firmly onto your background; you can ink & stamp more than once if necessary. I love using my stamp platform, for this reason!

Trip to Paradise

The stamp adds more texture to the sand, as well as adding the horizon and shore lines. With a white gel pen, add some highlights to your trees, and waves to the water.   The sentiment is from an older Hero Arts stamp set, called Color Layering Waves.  Layer your sentiment, and then your work of art onto coordinating cardstock and a card base, and you’re done!


If you haven’t already, I hope that you’ll join the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge. It’s on the Facebook Group HERE, where you’ll find a new word prompt for each day of the month. Play along as many times as you’d like, by creating your project & then share a picture to the group. Be sure to use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE there, and on your other social media sharing sites. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly chose to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!


Have fun creating your own trip to paradise – however you interpret that! I’ll be looking for your ‘sea’ creations in the FB group. If you need supplies, links are below.

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Tuesday with Tara {take 295} Framed

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s challenge word is ‘frame’ and I took an opportunity to feature a new to me set of Hexagon Frame dies by Penny Black.  Sadly, it’s no longer featured in the SNS online store, but I hope you enjoy the card anyways!

I paired some frame cuts with a fern from the Garden Greens die set by Tim Holtz, but any leafy shape would look lovely as well!  Once I had an arrangement I liked I had to find a sentiment to fit the small space… there are several that would be perfect in the hello sunshine stamp set by Concord & 9th!  I chose to stamp it with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink since I knew it would give me great color on the Kraft die cut panel.  If you haven’t tried stamping with Distress Oxides on Kraft you NEED TO DO IT!

The same green is the dominant color on the fern, which I had previously inked up on a piece of watercolor card stock.  You can see a bit of the shimmer I added with a Nuvo pen on the leaves and the inner frame.

Something about geometric shapes really lend themselves to simplicity, like I’ve done with this card.  I hope you like it and I can’t wait to see what you frame today!

Inky hugs,


Get Cozy for the Daily Challenge

Saturday, January 9th, 2021

Happy Saturday! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. Are you ready to get cozy for the Daily Challenge on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page? Cozy is today’s word prompt, and I hope that you’ll play along with me today. Once your project is complete, share a photo of it on the Challenge page HERE. Be sure to use hashtag #snschallenge, so that it won’t be missed! I’m looking forward to seeing what you create.


I got literal, and used the Cozy Cabin stamp set from Penny Black! This is my first time using it, and I know I’ll be using it a lot more. Penny Black is one of my favourite stamp lines, for scenic stamps.

Get Cozy for the Daily Challenge

It sure does look cozy though, doesn’t it?


Start with a piece of smooth white cardstock. Set up the the cardstock and the stamp in your stamp positioner. This will allow you to stamp with different ink colours, without worrying about lining up the image each time. First, cover the trees with Gina K. Fresh Asparagus ink, and then stamp. Next, cover the cabin with Gina K. Faded Brick ink, and stamp. Stamp the chimney smoke with a light gray ink.

To create the sky, lightly blend on Broken China Distress Oxide ink. To create the snow, you have a couple of choices. I was too lazy to get up & get my Texture Paste, but that can be used. Or, you can use a white gouache paint, which I had already on my table. To make the snow ‘thicker’, apply the gouache directly, without watering it down. Use a small brush and add the paint or texture paste to the cabin roof, the ground, and a bit on the trees.  Next, add some falling snow by diluting the gouache with water, and flicking it on with a small brush.

Get Cozy for the Daily Challenge

In the photo above, you can see how the undiluted gouache creates a raised 3D effect for the snow.  I also used my Nuvo Midas Touch Shimmer Pen to add some shine to the windows.

Stamp the sentiment from the Poppystamps Christmas Quotes stamp set in dark blue ink. Next, use the Big Shot with the coordinating dies. Add the sentiment across the bottom, using foam tape. Finally, attach the card front to a dark blue card base.


I hope that you enjoyed seeing my Cozy Cabin card, and that you’ll get cozy for the Daily Challenge, too! Feel free to interpret cozy however you want, to make your own project. Play along with as many days as you want; you don’t  have to join every single day. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly chosen, and will WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp!


For supplies to recreate my card, links can be found below.

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Get Cozy for the Daily Challenge