I wouldn’t bleach my hair, but bleaching paper is awesome

First of all, I’m happy to announce that Stampin’ Up’s new Annual catalog is live! Have a look.

Today I’m going to feature two of the catalog’s new sets, Celebrate Sunflowers and Forever Fern.

I’ve always thought sunflowers were awesome and have wanted to grow some that are taller than me, which probably wouldn’t be that difficult. Unfortunately, I can’t even keep an aloe vera plant alive. Someday….. (sigh).

Recently I’ve been experimenting with painting bleach on paper with an aqua painter and I love the results. Painting with bleach is as easy as it sounds. I like to put the bleach in an aqua painter so I can keep it contained and it’s easier to control, but I suppose you could just use a regular paint brush and a small cup of bleach. Before you start, test the bleach on a small piece of card stock to see what the color fades to after the bleach does its work. It’s not always what you would expect. Also, you have to stamp with Staz-On ink; any other type of ink will fade along with your paper.

For this card, I stamped the leaves on a piece of Old Olive cardstock. The card base is one of the fresh new In-Colors, Bumble Bee. The tag is made from another product called the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, which is one of my favorite new things because you can use it to make custom-sized labels in two different styles. The Celebrate Sunshine stamp set also has a companion die set called Sunshine Dies, which is what I used to cut the sunflower and leaves with.

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The next card I made uses the Forever Fern stamp set. I have some ferns growing beneath my deck and I haven’t killed them yet, mostly because they pretty much don’t need any help from me.

I stamped the leaves on a Just Jade (another new In Color) piece of cardstock for the background paper and applied bleach to the leaves, which surprisingly turned them light turquoise blue. I used the dies from the Forever Flourishing companion die set to cut out the black leaves, which I layered on top of the background piece.

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May Paper Pumpkin: A Kit in Color

The May 2020 Paper Pumpkin is vibrant and playful. It comes with all of the supplies you need to make the three card designs pictured above (four of each design), a Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Spot, and the photopolymer stamp set pictured below.

This kit features four of Stampin’ Up’s five new In Colors that will be available June 3rd when the new annual catalog gets released.

The colors featured in the kit are Just Jade, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, and Misty Moonlight. As you can see in the pictures at the top of the page, the kit uses these colors to create some unique patterns, both on the envelopes and the cards themselves. Some might even call them groovy, or reminiscent of the Psychedelic ’60s and ’70s.

I always say not to be afraid of cannibalizing your envelopes when creating alternate versions of your kit’s cards, which is what I did to make the card pictured below.

I used the insides of the envelopes and a square from of the Just Jade card base for the pattern pieced square. I separated the back of the Just Jade card base and used it as a card front, which I mounted on a Whisper White card base. I even used a white scrap from one of those cut up envelopes for the white square layer.

For my next card, I challenged myself to use only the kit’s stamp set and included ink pad to create a card on a single white card base. This card required several different stamping techniques including, masking, sponging, and stamping off.

If you’re a new Paper Pumpkin subscriber and have a minimal amount of other paper-crafting supplies, I highly recommend buying a set of envelopes and white card bases so you can extend the use of your stamps and ink. Although you can pick up a pack of card bases with coordinating envelopes at most craft stores, I highly recommend buying them from Stampin’ Up. Their Whisper White paper has an ultra smooth surface which helps your stamped images to be clean and crisp.

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Hot Diggity-Dog!

Most of the greeting cards I make can be given to just about anyone, but sometimes I design one for a specific person. For me, making a custom card is incredibly rewarding. With the aid of a computer, printer, and my daughter’s drawing skills, I made this one-of-a-kind greeting card last week. I’ve been waiting to share it until it arrived at the recipient’s home.

My father-in-law is adventurous when it comes to cooking and he recently decided to make pickled hotdogs. (Pickling hotdogs is out of my realm of imagination, so I didn’t even know that people do this on a regular basis.) After three weeks of marinating, he taste-tested them over a Zoom call with my husband and they laughed themselves to tears for at least fifteen minutes. My husband asked me to make a card to commemorate the occasion. (We’re a little goofy that way.)

I dusted off the retired Stampin’ Up set Jar of Love and its coordinating batch of dies to make this card. I have a large collection of stamps, but a hotdog stamp isn’t numbered among them. My daughter is a gifted artist, so I commissioned her to draw and color the hotdogs in the jar.

I found a font that resembles the typeface on a Ball jar and printed a custom label. (The font is called Ave Fendan and you can find it at dafont.com. It is free for personal use.) I circle-punched my custom text and adhered it to a Grapefruit Grove tag made from the Story Label punch. I wanted the card to have a county fair feel to it, so I placed a swatch of Daffodil Delight gingham paper behind the jar. I chose the woodgrain background paper because I wanted the card to seem rustic.

As I said before, the Jar of Love stamp set is retired. However, the new annual catalog, which will go live on June 3rd, contains a similar set called Jar of Flowers, a coordinating punch, and mason-jar shaped shaker domes.

I recommend two easy (and cheap) ways to further customize your one-of-a-kind greeting card. First, find a font that compliments your stamp set and print out sentiments tailored to the card recipient. Second, doodle or sketch extra elements if you have the artistic skills (or a daughter who can do it for you).

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Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
Retired
Everyday Jars Framelits Dies
Everyday Jars Framelits Dies
Retired
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Retired
Gingham Gala 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Gingham Gala 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Retired

Cake is the answer…who cares what the question is?

Today’s post features the stamp set, Piece of Cake, which is scheduled to retire the day before Stampin’ Up’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog launches on June 3rd. Look at the Last Chance Products page in the Stampin’ Up store to see what else is retiring. The items on this list are available until June 2nd or until supplies run out.

Piece of Cake coordinates with the Cake Builder Punch, which eliminates the need for fussy cutting if you want to pop up the images from the card. The set features multiple kinds of cakes such as birthday, wedding, plain, decorated, etc. so you’re not limited to just making birthday cards with this one.

Here are two cards I recently made with this set:

The base of this wedding card is a silver foil-edged card, which also comes in gold. The card bases come with coordinating envelopes. Right now, the silver ones are sold out, but the gold are still available.

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The next card is a more masculine birthday card featuring the Country Club Designer Series paper, also slated for retirement. Golf is on my list of least interesting sports, but this set of paper has some amazing argyle prints on the reverse sides.

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I’ll bee on my way now

If you couldn’t tell from my earlier posts, I really love Stampin’ Up’s Honey Bee stamp set. Unfortunately, this set will retire on June 3 when the new annual catalog launches. Today’s post is my final tribute to the Honey Bee stamp set and the Detailed Bees die set.

I wanted this series of cards to be soft looking, so my color scheme is Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, a touch of Early Espresso, So Saffron, and gold.

This first card didn’t require any stamping at all. I used the large bee die from Detailed Bees set and the largest oval die from the Stitched Ovals sent. Instead of sandwiching my paper between two cutting plates. I sandwiched it between a rubber embossing mat and a cutting plate so the paper has a raised detail to it. Then, I used a sponge dauber with Sahara Sand ink to give the paper an antique look and highlight the raised images. The design for this card was inspired by the technique featured in this YouTube video by Allison Okamitsu.

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My next card in the series is simple and requires no other techniques beyond stamping and coloring. I love using Wink of Stella on the bee wings because it gives them a subtle gossamer look. Unfortunately, you can’t see the sparkly wings on this picture, but they’re there. I also daubed Sahara Sand to soften the edges of the paper. I colored in the bee with a So Saffron marker and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso. I sketched in the “bee trail” with a Sahara Sand marker.

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My final card takes advantage of the Golden Glitz Delicata ink featured in the January-June Mini Catalog, which unfortunately is currently unavailable. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend it.  I really liked this ink because it provides an embossed look without having to take the time to pull out my heat embossing tool and embossing powders. Also for the bee images, the Delicata ink shows more detail than embossing powder would. The only caveat with this ink is that you must be patient and let it dry fully before handling your paper again.

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