Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy. Tonight was our monthly technique night, and I love the technique we did. I’ve been playing with this technique for a few weeks, and it’s so much fun. Even better, it’s really easy and hard to mess up. I need that kind of technique!
Today I found out I’m really old. Here’s how.
When Jon was little, my mom and Mike’s mom used to spend time with him. My mom was a champ. She could keep up with that busy little boy and think nothing of it. Mike’s mom – and another friend who was a little older than I – needed a couple days to recuperate after they spent a day with him. I think my mom was just a little more used to keeping up with little kids – and Jonny was a busy little kid!
I had no problem keeping up with Miss Amelia. From the day she was born, I thought up ways to visit her parents daily so I could spend time with her – holding her or playing with her so they could catch a nap or two, bringing food to the new parents –anything to have some time with that precious girl. As she grew and became more active, I adapted with her. So hanging out with a preschooler several days a week before she went to school was not a big deal.
And then there was today. Stephanie and I had lunch with my mom. Stephanie babysits a preschooler every day so she was there as well, but Quincy didn’t want to eat. Quincy was bored with adult talk, so she whispered in my ear, “Can we play when you’re finished eating?” Of course! We made a fort. We played hide and seek. We planted and watered imaginary flowers. We took care of an imaginary cat. (She kept whispering, “We’re just pretending,” in case I forgot and actually tried to feed the imaginary cat real food. Quincy has an amazing imagination!) We took a walk and picked asparagus for Mimi. I don’t know what Quincy did after she left, but I came home and took a nap. I didn’t need naps six years ago when Amelia was little. I am old.
Quincy had such a good time, that she has decided we’re all coming back Monday to play some more. Fortunately Monday is a holiday and her older sister and Amelia will also be with us so they can help with the entertainment. (Although, the first time they all played hide and seek, Miss Q was the first to hide. After she hid, her older sister told Amelia, “You know, we don’t have to find her.” Is this why I had to sit so long in my hiding place when I was a kid?? Older siblings are the worst! But we still love them.)
I did wake up from my nap in time for my technique class. You may remember the technique from this post. Here’s one of the other cards I made.
This card is darker than some I’ve made, but it all depends on the colors you use. Here’s how you do it.
First, use Blending Brushes to blend ink onto Basic White Cardstock. The colors I used here are Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, and Pretty Peacock.
Once you’re happy with how it looks (and it’s totally your decision. The colors can be light or darker, however you like them), set this aside. Take an embossing folder (I used the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder) and ink the debossed side (typically the side without the Stampin’ Up!® logo) with a Basic Gray or black ink pad. I like to use an ink spot or other linen pad. You can also use a Stampin’ Write Marker, but be sure to use the side of the marker, not the tip. And make sure your stamp pad (or marker) is water based so it doesn’t stain your embossing folder.
When you’re sure all the “details” are inked. place your inked card stock in the folder with the inked side of the card stock over the inked side of the embossing folder. Run it through your Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine hinge first, then look at the gorgeous background you’ve created.
I added a few dots from the Artistically Inked stamp set in Tuxedo Black Mememto Ink over the background. Then I die-cut sending using the Sending Dies in Black and Petal Pink Cardstock. I also stamped love & big hugs in Pretty Peacock Ink on Petal Pink Cardstock from the Sending Smiles Stamp Set and die-cut with the coordinating die in the Sending Dies.
I stamped some images from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set on Petal Pink Cardstock with Calypso Coral Ink (flowers) and Pretty Peacock Ink on Lost Lagoon Cardstock (leaves) and added them to the card.
I am in love with this technique. It’s so simple and is such a WOW! I’d love to see your take on it! (And thanks again, Jackie, for sharing!)
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