I’m sharing a clean and simple card using Stampin’ Up!’s Positive Thoughts stamp set.
I find myself reaching for this stamp set more and more in the last couple of weeks. The sentiments are perfect for these times we face as a world.
It’s available in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2020 Mini Catalog on page 23. Good news: It’s also available in Stampin’ Up!’s new, upcoming Annual Catalog (available to customers June 3). The coordinating die cuts, Nature’s Thoughts, will be available for purchase with the release of the new catalog.
For now, I relied on #simplestamping to create this clean and simple card Positive Thoughts rubber stamped greeting card. I can make a large number of cards in a short time and get the in the mail.
- Using the largest circle from the Layering Circles Dies, die cut a hole in a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of card stock. The thick card stock holds up best.
- Place the stencil on top of a white layer (also measuring 5 1/4 x 4).
- Sponge color into the circle. This card uses Balmy Blue, Pool Part, and Pacific Point. I started with Balmy Blue at the bottom, using circular motions to blend the ink. Pool part was next, followed by Pacific Point.
- Ink the flower image with the Pacific Point Classic Stampin’ Pad. Stamp the image once in the center of the circle of sponged ink. Without reinking, stamp again to the left and right of the first flower.
- Stamp sentiment with Pacific Point ink pad.
- Color the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends.
- Wrap the ribbon around the card and adhere in back with Mini Glue Dots. Tie a knot with another small ribbon piece.
- Adhere the card front to the Pacific Point base.
Think about all of the color combinations that could be used — lots and lots of options for a clean and simple, but beautiful card.
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Welcome to the Team Stamp It Blog Hop where I’m featuring a Mother’s Day card sample.
Welcome to Team Stamp Its April Blog Hop. Time to recognize moms everywhere for everything they do! Visit all of the awesome blogs participating in the hop to get ideas to help you create your own cards to recognize mom. Leave a comment with the #stampitcontest. You’ll be entered to win a Looking Up Card Kit.
Mother’s Day Card Sample
My card features Stampin’ Up”s Dressed to Impress Bundle ($47.50) which includes the Dressed to Impress stamp set and coordinating All Dressed Up Dies. Great news: The stamp set and dies are included in Stampin’ Up!’s next Annual Catalog which debuts June 3. Purchase them as a bundle now to receive a 10 percent discount. This duo won’t be discounted in the next catalog.
I’ve really had fun playing with all of the elements in the bundle. It’s perfect for so many reasons. Here ‘s a basic look at how this card goes together:
- Blackberry Bliss card base
- Best Dressed 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper (5 1/4′ x 4′)
- Mint Macaron Scallop Circle (largest of the group)
- Stamped sentiments with Memento Ink
- Whisper White 5 1/4′ x 1 1/4′
- Blackberry Bliss layer 5 1/4′ x 1 1/2′
- Stamped shoes with Stamparatus using Hinge-Step Stamping (see sample video here)
- Stamped additional shoes on Whisper White scraps and die cut
- Colored shoes with Stampin’ Blends
- Added sequins for fun!
Please let me know if you have questions about this card or any other stamping issues.
In Other Stampin’ Up! News
Stampin’ Up! recently released its list of Last-Chance Products — those items that won’t be included in future catalogs. See the list and shop at: kimquade.stampinup.net.
Look for discounts; they’ll go fast. If there’s something you “need,” shop sooner rather than later.
Thanks for stopping by today. Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment. Congratulations to Annie Jasper, the winner of last month’s contest.
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Stampin’ Up!’s 2018-2020 In Colors retire soon!
This card achieves three of today’s objectives:
- Call attention to Stampin’ Up!’s retiring In Colors: Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch. Grapefruit Grove, and Blueberry Bushel
- Use Stampin’ Up!’s Stampartus
- Create with my newest stamp set: Positive Thoughts.
Retiring In Colors: Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch. Grapefruit Grove, and Blueberry Bushel
We’ve been able to work with these colors for almost two years. I’m always sad to see the In Colors retire, but I look forward to the new ones. Stampin’ Up! announces its list of retiring products soon, and we know it includes these colors and all of the associated products.
If you love these colors, be sure to stock up now on the ink pads, ink refills, card stock, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blends, ribbon, embellishments, and 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper stack. These offerings are available while supplies last and are often some of the first to sell when the retirement list comes out.
Stampin’ Up!’s stamp positioning tool, the Stamparatus, allows you to do some fun techniques (in additional to being able to stamp straight!). The unique hinge system facilitates this fun stamping of the butterflies. I call it Hinge-Step Stamping. Position the first stamp on the paper, ink the image, and stamp the paper. Then, remove the plate and move it down one slot. (Look for a video later this week demonstrating this technique.) Keep stamping until you have the desired design. Be sure to clean the stamp if you’re using several colors.
The Positive Thoughts stamp set works perfectly for the times we are experiencing. Each day, I focus on sending cards to offer happy mail and let people know someone is thinking of them. The sentiments and images in this set are perfect for that. I’m just starting to play with the images.
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I’m sharing a new how-to video showing the masking technique with Stampin’ Up!’s Timeless Tulips stamp set.
I hope you enjoy this quick video I recorded demonstrating how to use a Post It Note and rubber stamps, ink, and paper to create lifelike images for your card making. This technique works with a variety of stamps and images. Be creative and see what you can do.
Here’s the tulip card I demonstrated. See this blog post for details.
Here is another card I created using one of Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, The Gang’s All Meer. It shows how I used a mask with the cactus to give them a real-life appearance.
Thanks for taking the time to watch the video. Please let me know if you have questions about this or other techniques!
On Another Note
Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog is nearing the end of its run. The sales period ends June 2. A retiring list publishes April 22. We do know the 2018-2020 In Colors retire. They include: Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, and Blueberry Bushel. So, if you love these colors and need ink pads, ink refills, card stock, ribbon, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blends, or Designer Series Paper containing these colors, get them now. They’ll go fast once they are officially announced on the list.
Looking for something fun and creative to do during our stay-at-home time? Stampin’ Up!’s all-inclusive kits offer a great value. This link takes you to the online store where you can view these kits. They include: Looking Up Card Kit, Notes of Kindness Card Kit, and Lots of Happy Card Kit. You may need additional adhesive; be sure to include a SNAIL or Glue Dots with your order.
Lots of Happy Card Kit
Notes of Kindness Card Kit
Looking Up Card Kit
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Today, I’m sharing a #simplestamping card using just rubber stamps, ink, and paper.
This past year, Stampin’ Up! focused on #simplestamping: the art of creating a handmade card with just stamps, ink, and paper. After all, these provide the underpinnings of paper crafting. It allows us to focus on the basics of the craft and realize we can make beautiful projects with a handful of supplies. It’s a great place to start for beginning stampers, and it challenges seasoned stampers to step away from the extras.
Each month, Stampin’ Up! challenges demonstrators to practice #simplestamping. It presents different themes – and an extra product now and then – that we can add to our card making. This month’s challenge calls for us to create a birthday card with just rubber stamps, ink, and paper. I love tulips, so I’m drawn to the Timeless Tulips stamp set found in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.
My Tulip Card
Stampin’ Up’s’ note cards and envelopes offer a great place to start with #simplestamping. Available in Whisper White and Very Vanilla, you receive 20 pre cut and scored cards and envelopes for just $7. These bases make it easy to build a card from there without having to cut and score a bunch of card stock.
I added a layer of Melon Mambo card stock between the base and the front, stamping the flower with Melon Mambo ink. Stamps the leaves with Old Olive ink. Although the Timeless Tulips stamp set includes a “hello” greeting (as well as birthday, Mother’s Day and spring), this “hello” comes from the Bloom & Grow stamp set.
The tulips get their layered look from a technique called masking. Stamp a tulip on a Post It note and cut around the tulip. (If you happen to have the coordinating Tulip Builder punch, use that to punch the image. But it’s not a necessity.)
Stamp your first tulip directly onto the card stock with your ink of choice. Place the Post It note on top of that tulip. Then, ink and stamp additional tulips on both sides.
A couple of tips: I placed a Stampin’ Pierce Mat under my card stock. And, I applied solid pressure to each stamp, making sure the entire image was stamped. Remove the Post It Note , and you’re ready to complete the card.
The photo below shows the masking technique.
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