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Stamps, Stencils & Dies- Oh My! BLOG HOP

Friday, May 1st, 2020

Welcome to our May 2020 Blog Hop!   This month the team is show-casing some great sets by Wendy Vecchi which include coordinating stamps, stencils & dies.  The sets will be 20% off in the SNS online store until May 7.  You can see all the current specials, including this one right HERE.

As always, we encourage you to please leave us some comments along the way!   We will be selecting one person from the comments to win a $50 gift certificate to spend in the SNS online store (to be announced May 14).

I am using the “A Million Thanks” set, and since I’ve shared cards with it before (see them HERE) I decided to challenge myself and use parts that I hadn’t worked with on my other cards.  This meant working with the butterfly stamp & die, a sentiment I hadn’t used yet.  I also challenged myself to use the background stencil pattern.  I had a good sized scrap of water color paper which I had inked up doing some clean up on my work space (I’ve been using Wendy’s Make Art STAY-tion and it’s pretty great!) and I decided to work with that.  I inked up the stencil with some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide and since it’s small, I repeated it to cover the strip.

I decided since I was working with small images, I should go add some texture to keep it interesting.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of canvas  I had and set it aside to dry for a while before I trimmed it down and frayed the edges.  The butterfly was also stamped on water color paper in Distress Oxide Ink, then blended with a water brush.  After I had all my pieces, I tried several layouts before I settled on this one, which allowed me to add more texture with some fringed ribbon and twine.

And that’s it!  It’s a pretty fun set with some neat elements, I think you’ll see them used somewhere else along the blog hop… but you can also look at my previous post to see what else this set includes!  You can see all sets, which are on sale until May 7, right HERE!  I know I have a  few on my wish list, I’m sure you will too!

Next up on the HOP is Nancy, and I think she’s actually featuring the same set as me today!  Here’s the full hop order- PLEASE take a moment to leave us some comments, it encourages us so much!

 

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

LOTS OF LOVE

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Hi Everyone. It’s Susan here to share a card that features one of the birds from the  Happy Hugs stamp set from Penny Black. The stamp comes with one balloon but I stamped it two more times to make a bouquet of balloons. Is three considered a bouquet?

I started with the sky. I used the Cloud Stencil from My Favorite Things, some Broken China Distress Oxide ink and a blending tool. The Cloud Stencil has 4 different edges so I just kept rotating the stencil and blending on some ink until the panel was covered. I die cut it twice using one die from the Large Stitched Rectangles and one next in size from the Small Stitched Rectangles both from Lawn Fawn creating an outer frame that I adhered directly to the card base. I stamped the bird using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink onto the clouds and again onto some scrap card stock. I colored in the balloons and the bird using Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut each one out and adhered them to the panel covering the original stamping. I used a fine tip black marker to add two more balloon strings.

The sentiment is stamped directly onto the panel and the whole panel was added to the card base with craft foam.

This card puts a smile on my face. I hope it puts a smile onto the face of the person I send it to.

 

Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Susan
Shopping list:
Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much. 


Making Mountains out of Stencils

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Hi Everyone! It’s Susan.

I hope you are all keeping safe and well during this Corona outbreak.

In keeping with the stencil theme from this months hop I’ve decided to use my stencils instead of stamps to create a scene on my card. Triangles for mountains and a circle for the sun – pretty basic – it reminded me of working with kids in the primary grades and making pictures using shapes. It was fun.

I used the MFT’s Basic Triangle Shapes stencil and some distress oxide inks to make the mountains. I started with Peeled Paint and blended the ink over one of the triangles onto a piece of white card stock.

Next I made a mask to cover up the first triangle and then using Iced Spruce and a larger triangle I added another mountain. When I peeled off the mask the larger mountain is in the background.

I decided I wanted a sun shining on those mountains so I used MFT’s Basic Circles Shapes Stencil with Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks. I did this on a scrap piece of card stock and fussy cut it out.

I have a little trick I want to share.  You may already know this trick and I did too but sometimes I forget about it and get frustrated lining my stamps up and then I remember to do this and it’s like a new trick again. (I’m easily amused haha).

Place your sentiment on the line of  a grid paper or along the edge of a ruler. This ensures that it’s straight. Pick up the sentiment with your block. If you’re block doesn’t have lines on it then line the edge of your block to the line on the grid paper just above your sentiment.  Simple right, yet I often forget about it. It’s great for when you don’t have a stamp positioning tool.

Back to the card. I made another mountain on scrap paper using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and a smaller triangle. I cut it out and added it the card panel with craft foam for some dimension. I adhered the sun and cut the whole panel down.

The sentiment on this card is actually one stamp. It’s from MFT as well and is I cut it apart because I wanted part of it under the mountains and part of it above them.  If I want to use the sentiment as one then I can easily line them back up. It’s a great way to stretch your stamps.

To finish the card I layered it onto grey, green and kraft card stock to coordinate with the mountains and then onto a white card base.

This was a very simple but satisfying card to make. As I’m looking at the picture above and typing this up I have the urge to doodle on those mountains. Hmmmm time to make another card 😉

Thanks so much for visiting me here today.

Stay safe and well.

Hugs,

Susan

 

Shopping list:
Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.