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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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